9am, 5 September – 6 pm, 11 September – Parent/Student/Teacher Conference open for booking
12th September - Year 7 Sport
13th September - Parent Teacher Interviews, 12.30pm - 8.00pm
16th September - Final day of term 3
9am, 5 September – 6 pm, 11 September – Parent/Student/Teacher Conference open for booking
12th September - Year 7 Sport
13th September - Parent Teacher Interviews, 12.30pm - 8.00pm
16th September - Final day of term 3
3rd October - Term 4 commences
19th October - Year 12 Celebration Day and Valedictory Dinner
20th October - Dance Night
21st October - Dance Night
31st October - PUPIL FREE DAY
28 November - 2 December - Headstart Program
5 - 9 December - Year 10 Work Experience
It was with great excitement we welcomed the Honourable Julia Gillard to Melbourne Girls’ College on 1st September. Ms. Gillard has been at the forefront for women and leadership in so many endeavours, including becoming the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion in 2007; our 27th Prime Minister; the first woman to hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister, the only Australian woman to hold the positions of Prime Minister and leader of a major party.
In a minority government Ms. Gillard lead the way on many initiatives.
Notably, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and equity funding for education. Whilst we have work to do here the debate on education funding will never be the same again due to her commitment and hard work.
Melbourne Girls’ College was founded on the vision for young women to be curious, creative and no matter their back ground to Lead and Achieve.
Ms. Gillard spoke to the students about her life story so far and her current commitment to global education initiatives including the Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship she has developed with Ducere Global Business School and the University of Canberra.
Ms. Gillard also officially opened The Gillard Centre. A crowd of students, staff and parents cheered as she lead a countdown from 10 and cut the red ribbon. I wish to acknowledge with thanks our former principal, Ms. Judy Crowe, who planned and built the Gillard Centre as a magnificent resource for our students – both for learning and rowing.
I also wish to thank our great staff who helped our parent, Tara Poole organise the event and of course our College and Humanities Captains for hosting the occasion.
As you know we are working as a professional learning community to coordinate many aspects of our work together to ensure excellence in learning. Another aspect of this work is in Internationalising Schooling.
Intercultural awareness and skills are embedded in the Victorian Curriculum, the DET Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) and the DNA of Melbourne Girls’. We look forward to this lens further informing our curriculum, study of languages, International Student Program and instruction. We are building sister school partnerships alongside our current overseas learning experiences. Please see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/Pages/connected.aspx
and http://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/courses/leading-asia-capable-schools for further information.
Please come on an exciting bargain and treasure hunt where the proceeds benefit our students!
Thank you to our Parents’ Association for conducting the sale on 11 September and providing the community fun involved.
Thank you to all of our parents for your support.
On Monday evening a number of staff and I attended the Rotary Club of Richmond’s Annual Slade Literary Awards.
The Awards recognise excellence in creative writing. We are so proud of the following students from Melbourne Girls’.
"Everyone except Stevie" by Lilian Gonzalez (0C2)
"Human Spirit" by Myafi Chowdhury (0R3)
"Blue flame" by Natasha Fleming (0L2)
Certificate of Merit
"The new family" by Claudia Crowe (1R1)
We have had some reports from members of the public regarding the behaviour of MGC students on trams.
Could students please ensure that they give up their seats for other members of the public if they require them. Also, students should ensure their bags and other belongings are not placed in the way of other tram users.
It would be appreciated if parents can raise these issues with their children if they travel on the tram.
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange urgently needs a host family for a Japanese student for the next three months.
Enjoy the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture in the comfort of your home.
Australian volunteer families play a significant role in increasing international understanding while gaining a better insight into another culture. Exchange students and their much appreciated host families come together in a mutual sharing of cultures and they develop special friendships while experiencing daily life.
Southern Cross Culture Exchange provides all the supporting arrangements. For further enquiries, please contact Dasha on 0433 996 142 or 03 9775 4711. Your help is much appreciated.
Dear Parents and Students,
This semester the science faculty has been participating in a PhD research project. Ms. Rochette is studying teachers' and students' perceptions of technology use in geoscience. This field is incredibly interesting as it is currently an under-researched topic. So far, we have a small picture of how technology is being utilized in science. Students and teachers have participated in a pilot project and we are beginning to see emerging themes of technology use and uptake in geoscience.
During term 4, this study will continue in two year 9 science classes. Teachers have already volunteered their classes, but student participants are still needed. Plain language statements and consent forms have been distributed to the classes. We are hoping to have students participating in two ways:
1) A weekly survey, during class time. For consenting students, this survey will be used as part of the formal research. Students who do not wish to participate will complete another survey the STEAM team is delivering for our professional development process.
2) At most 6 students are required to attend 6 weekly focus group sessions and a follow up interview during lunchtimes that are convenient for them.
Participating classes have had forms distributed to students. If you are interested in hearing more about this exciting project please feel free to contact Emily Rochette.
Congratulations to our Guitar teacher, Les Gyori, on his recent show, "Life as Sounds" at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday, 20th August , following his sold out performance last year of his "Enigma" concert. We are very lucky to have such a talented composer and musician working at MGC.
Well done to the junior Dance students who attended the all-day workshop intensive at Elevator Dance Studios in South Yarra on the 29th and 30th August.
The girls participated in four workshops with industry professionals in a range of styles including Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Commercial Hip Hop. The girls focused on developing their technique as well as their choreographic and performance skills. All students put in an exceptional amount of focus, energy and persistence in each class and should be congratulated on their efforts.
2016 is Melbourne Girls’ College’s third year participating in the AUSACA School Division. In both 2014 and 2015 we progressed through to the Championship Final. Last year we were crowned VIC State Champion as well as receiving three Special Awards at the VIC State Finals.
Produced by Vocal Australia (Australia’s Contemporary A Cappella Hub), the main feature of GET VOCAL Festival will be AUSACA Australian A Cappella Awards where we will see the best adult, university and school a cappella groups from around the country battle it out to be crowned the Australian A Cappella Champion!
Come along and support our MGC A Cappella choir battle it out to progress through to the state championships and hopefully be crowned State champion for the second time!
Thursday 15 September, 4pm
RMIT Storey Hall – Swanston Street, Melbourne
Steph Burgess here, new Head Coach of Rowing.
Three weeks in and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the beautiful view from the MGC boat shed, plus all the stunning views from around the school. What a handsome campus we have. I love taking in natural scenery, hiking and camping are one of my most favourite things to do when the weather permits. I’ve hiked the Larapinta trail out from Alice Springs, its wonderful – do it if you ever get the chance!
Before coming to MGC I was project manager of a small composting business that collected household food scraps and turned it into fertiliser, I’m very passionate about environmental issues. I also coordinated the senior rowing program at Korowa Anglican Girls School.
One thing I’d like to achieve whilst in my role at MGC is to get a teachers rowing crew out on the water and have a race between the senior rowers and the teachers (come and see me if you’re a teacher who is interested!) I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can, even those who don’t row.
Head Coach of Rowing
On Wednesday the 7th of September Melbourne Girls’ College held our Annual Rowing Information Night. It gave parents the chance to meet our new Head Rowing Coach, Stephanie Burgess, as well as successfully having all those questions answered.
The night was used to help not only the parents but the students as well by having Jessica Cuddy speak as an ex Rower for MGC and showing the students that it all doesn’t have to end after school. She has continued on to be a great coach for the Rowing team. Mae James an intermediate cox spoke about the roles and responsibilities as a cox followed by Maddie Carman a senior Rower explained how you can be committed student as well as rower for MGC.
The night was also used to help introduce a few new faces as well as some familiar faces too. Andrew Beck will be taking on the role as the new Rowing Leader, Adele Giarrusso as the Rowing Administrator and Nancy Magliano as the Junior Rowing Co-ordinator. To help the parents understand what it is like to have a rowing daughter our Rowing President Shelley Anderson spoke of all her highlights and experiences as being a parent.
The night was overall a huge success and we are all looking forward to an exciting and successful Rowing Season. Happy Rowing!
Helena Wenzel came to us from Randersacker, Germany, to spend a month at MGC to perfect her English prior to completing her senior school studies.
Genevieve’s sister, Eloise Cox, lived with Helena and her family in 2012, and then returned to MGC to do VCE leaving in 2014. Genevieve Cox is also going to Germany in 2017 on a Rotary Exchange, sponsored by Rotary Richmond!
She stayed with year 10 Genevieve Cox and their family, who said Helena was a delightful girl to have in their home. They hope that some of the girls at school had a chance to learn from her. She is a very smart girl who wants to go into medicine and then into medical research, so improving her spoken English is very important to her.
Hi! My name is Heni Wang and my English name is Wendy. I come from a city called Shenyang, which is located at north east of China. I came to Australia in 2013 and this was my first time to study aboard. I have been signed to a Chinese homestay, Tang’s Family, which I think I am really lucky to have the opportunity live with them. My homestay mother, Amy, is kind and friendly to us and I always share my things with her, whether happy or sad. At the beginning of this year, I have been on a holiday trip with my homestay to a small town near Sydney, Foster. I had a wonderful time since Foster is a quiet and peaceful town where I can just relax and forget about VCE and school. During my three years in MGC, I have experienced some electives that I did not have the opportunity to select while I was in China, such as Food Technology, Jewellery Design and Outdoor Education. Trust me these electives are worth to choose and you will enjoy a lot of fun within classes. A small tip for you who are new to Australia, get along with your homestay family who you are spending the most of your time with and be brave to share your things with them. Practice your English as much as possible and make more local friends to get involved in the mainstream society. Finally, Good Luck your time at MGC!
Hi! My name is Hyun-Jeong Roh (aka HJ), and I’m from South Korea. Due to my desire to come to this wonderful school, unlike the rest of the international students, I have been privileged to study here at Melbourne Girls’ College since year seven. I take great pleasure making things from scratch; ranging from origami, knitting to painting. Although I have made up my mind to study in a medical field, I truly hope to continue expanding my interest in crafts!
The most memorable moment in my schooling is when I was appointed as a maths vice-captain in the year 2015. It was an absolute honour organising events arm in arm with the maths department. And the best part was when I got to witness our annual maths games day coming to life right before my eyes – it was worth the amount of effort we have put in all year long. I will never be able to forget this breath taking experience, it will be cherished in my heart forever.
Most importantly, I would like to be remembered by the teachers and students at our school as the girl who flashes her warm smile when you stumble across her along the corridors!
Skye Qiao – award for Academic Excellence for Math Methods for U1/2 2015
My name is Donna and I come from east part of China. I have lived in Australia for nearly two years and I really enjoy spending my time on study and travelling here. Melbourne is a multicultural city and luckily I am aldo interested in learning varies kinds of cultures. Australia is a country where we never feel lonely and upset.
Amy Wang at the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships
The 2016 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships was held at Mt Buller from the 22nd - 28th August 2016.
Competitors had the choice of Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Giant Slalom, Boardercross, Skiercross and Moguls and for the first time Ski Slopestyle and Snowboard Slopestyle events for Divisions 1 & were held.
Year 11 international student Amy WANG participated and skied for MGC. She had a fantastic time, and was very satisfied with her ranking.
‘I was at the bottom, but not the last, so I was happy with that and I really enjoyed the competition. I was pretty nervous at the beginning, but as I finished my first run, I realized it was not that scary. I loved it!’
She was also delighted to stay with year 11 Charis Jones and her family:
It was lovely to stay with them!!! They were really, really nice! Charis helped me a lot, such as taking me to inspect the course and helping me hire a helmet. Sonia was patient and looked after me. Also Maja and her daughter were really nice and helpful! The whole trip was wonderful!!!
With the September holidays coming up, we need to remind you that you need to tell me if you are returning to your home countries.
Holiday travel forms can be found on my door in my office, make sure you let us know your travel dates and flight details!
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent teacher interviews are on the 13th September. If you would like to make an appointment with your teacher and have Amanda, Lluani or your homestay attend, please let us know as soon as possible. We will be able to translate and send to your parents any feedback that teachers may have.
LEAGUE OF HOMESTAY CHAMPIONS
We are coming up to the time of the year when we need to know how many rooms will be available in 2017. With 25 year 12s graduating in 2016, and 27 new students starting in 2017, we will be doing lots of homestay moves, so make sure you put your hand up if you would like to host one of our handpicked future women leaders in your home!
A homestay family is, for an international student, the foundation for successful studies. We will be talking to some of our homestay families in upcoming issues, to thank them for all the hard work they do for our international students!
Susan Campbell and Ted Howard and family
ISP: How long have you been a homestay family?
Susan and Ted: We’ve been hosting for 3.5 years.
ISP: How many students have you hosted?
Susan and Ted: 9 or 10 students, including a couple of short stays.
ISP: Do you have any stand out memories in your time hosting?
Susan and Ted: Sure! When they all cooked Susie mother’s day brekkie last year! It’s great seeing a student progress to Uni and come back to visit us. There are little gifts thoughtfully given to us, and we enjoying eating together and trying new food combinations.
ISP: What are your overall impressions of being a MGC homestay?
Susan and Ted: We like the MGC system for managing homestay girls with the school as the guardian rather than a separate commercial and often uninterested person.
We appreciate the effort Lluani has put into matching girls with our homestay family. She is always ready and willing to help and it has been enjoyable working with her.
We like girls from a variety of countries and MGC can often do this for us. We have learnt through experience that it is best to have all the girls from one school.
We try to encourage the girls to communicate with us and improve their English. However most girls are hesitant to make use of us to improve their communication skills.
We like the way the MGC girls study together downstairs and help each other and our children join in as well. They all like going out together sometimes.
It would be nice if the school arranged more school holiday activities perhaps excursions or campus so that the girls can get to see some of Victoria, our country and culture rather than just Box Hill market and the city.
It is amazing the difference in knowledge and experience regarding house work duties e.g. what is a broom and how does it work?
We love hearing their experiences from their life in China - particularly boarding school life from a young age and how tough their study regime is.
Thanks so much to Susan and Ted for sharing their home and their experience as a homestay to MGC international students!
If you are interested in hosting one of our fabulous international students, please contact Lluani Williams via the College number: 9428-8955, or by email: [email protected] , or you can pop by my office in room 302. We are always looking for new Melbourne Girls’ College homestay families!
Le jeudi 4 août, les filles de Melbourne Girls College (inclus moi) sommes allées au cinéma et nous avons regardé le film 'Le Nouveau'. Nous avons pris le tram jusqu'à nous sommes arrivées à ACMI. Il faisait très beau, le soleil brillait, même au milieu de l'hiver!
Quand nous sommes arrivées, nous attendions devant ACMI quand j'ai vu Geoffrey Rush! J'étais en admiration devant le star!
Après ça, nous sommes allées dans le cinéma et le film a commencé. C'était très mémorable, et très émouvant.
Benoît, le personnage principal, est le nouveau à l'école et il passe par tous les typiques moments adolescents. Il lutte se lie d'amitié avec des autre étudiants donc, quand une autre nouvelle, Johanna, arrive, Benoît l'accueille avec bienveillance, mais elle choisit les amis méchant! En bref, un bon divertissement! Je l'ai aimé beaucoup!
Le jour en tout était beaucoup d'amusement et j'espère que nous pouvons le faire un de ces jours!
Jeudi 4 août toutes les étudiantes de français sont allées au ACMI au tramway. Il faisait un peu froid, mais nous avons porté vêtements chauds. Nous avons regardé le film “Le Nouveau”. Tout le monde ont pensé que le film était vraiment chouette et agréable.
Le film s’agit d’un nouveau garçon qui s’appelle Benoît et ses épreuves avec la bande de Charles, des garçons populaires. Il se lie d’amitié avec des “Ringards” et tombait amoureux de Johanna, la jolie, nouvelle fille.
J’ai bien aimé ce film et je pense que c’est un film vraiment génial.
En somme la journée a eu du succès et je vous recommande à regarder le film!
Jeudi dernier, le 4 août, élèves de française de seconde sont allées à ACMI pour voir un film appelé Le Nouveau. Nous avons pris le tram pour le film. C’était pas mal, à l’exception du fait qu’il y avait beaucoup de filles et c’était vraiment bondé. Nous y sommes arrivées en avance, donc nous avons dû attendre à l’extérieur dans le temps froid. Après beaucoup d’attente, nous sommes entrées dans le cinéma finalement.
Le film s’agit d’un garçon appelé Benoit. C’est son premier jour dans une nouvelle école. Il essaie de se faire des amis, mais plutôt il se trouve en difficulté avec Charles et son entourage qui sont populaires mais méchants. Benoit apprend que ses vrais amis sont plus importants que la popularité.
Je suis tombée amoureux de ce film. C’était vraiment gênant (j’ai dû couvrir mes yeux pendant quelques scènes!) mais à la fin, c’était mignon et doux. Dans l’ensemble, c’était une journée inoubliable et j’espère que nous faisons plus d’excursions comme celle-ci! 4 étoiles sur 5
Jeudi 4 août, ma classe de français et d'autres sommes allées voir un film au cinéma intitulé "le nouveau".
Il faisait beau, il y avait du soleil mais il faisait très froid mais heureusement il ne pleuvait pas, mais ce n'est pas grave s’il pleuvait car nous étions à l'intérieur et dans le tram pour y aller donc nous ne sommes pas restées longtemps dehors.
Ce film se déroule à Paris dans une école. Dans ce film il est question d'un garçon de 13 ans nommé Benoit qui vient d'arriver dans l'école donc il est nouveau et il n'arrive pas à s'intégrer dans la classe, il ne parvient pas à se faire des amis.
J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce film, il nous livre une morale car des personnes n'acceptent pas d'autres personnes soit parce qu'elles sont différentes soit parce qu'elles possèdent un handicap. Ce film permet de se remettre en question et d'accepter les personnes telles qu'elles sont, ce n'est pas parce qu'elles sont handicapées qu'elles ne peuvent pas rire ou participer à des soirées.
Ce film était vraiment très intéressant. Si j'avais à le noter je mettrais un dix sur dix !
Merci aux professeurs de nous avoir permis de voir ce film et surtout de nous y avoir accompagnés.
Le jeudi 11 août, nous sommes allées voir un film qui s’appelle “Miss Impossible – Jamais Contente”. Le film parle d’une jeune fille qui s’appelle Aurore et qui n'est jamais contente. De plus, elle déteste ceux qui sont autour d’elle. Le film parle de ses aventures en 5ème quand elle se joint à un groupe de musique. Je pense que ce film est fantastique pour la famille car c’est facile de trouver quelqu’un qui nous ressemble. Personnellement, je l’ai adoré et je le recommande à tous ceux qui aiment les films drôles.
Jeudi dernier, Il faisait beau - le soleil brillait, et avec les deux classes de français, nous sommes allées au cinéma, pour voir le film Jamais Contente. Le film était au sujet d’une jeune fille, qui était en train de redoubler sa première année au collège. Elle pense que ses parents la détestent, elle n’aime pas l’école, et elle a du mal à vivre dans l’ombre de sa sœur très intelligente. Avec la crainte que ses parents veulent l’expédier en pension, elle est invitée à participer à un groupe de rock avec un nombre de garçons plus âgés. Elle a des gros combats, mais elle retrouve son chemin à la fin.
À mon avis, j’ai pensé que le film était un peu non-structuré. J’ai pensé que c’était bizarre quand elle est tombée amoureux avec un garçon qui avait quatre ans de plus, mais en général, ça m’a plu, et la journée était très sympa.
C’était vraiment bon de passer le temps avec mes amies en dehors de l’école, où on pouvait apprendre le français sans s’asseoir à un bureau.
Le 11 août, les deux classes de première sont allées au ACMI pour voir le film "Miss Impossible" au Festival international du film de Melbourne. Le film s'agit d'une jeune fille qu'est en train de faire un redoublement de cinquième. Elle pense que ses parents ne la comprennent pas donc elle trouve refuge dans son groupe de rock en essayant de trouver 'l'homme parfait' à l’âge de 13 ans. C'est un film qui donne beaucoup de plaisir en étant aussi très mémorable! A ne pas manquer à mon avis!
En tout c'était une journée très agréable, il faisait très beau pour août et le film était le clou! Je donne la journée 4 étoiles!
Jamais Contente à Miff 2016
Le matin du onze août, les élèves de français en première sont allées par le tramway jusqu’au ACMI au centre-ville pour voir le film Jamais Contente de Émilie Deleuze. À notre arrivée, le grand écran de la Fédération Square jouait du Hockey olympique, donc c’était un bon divertissement. En outre il faisait beau pendant que nous l'attendions avec impatience et nous avons pris une photo du groupe également. Finalement les Australiens ont gagné le match et on nous a fait entrer. Ce qui s'est ensuivi, c’était une heure et demie de conflit, de gêne et quelques toutes petites victoires. Qualifié adroitement d’un « life movie » par une de mes camarades, ce film nous montre la vie d’une adolescente assez perturbée qui s’appelle malheureusement Aurore. En effet, elle redouble au collège et le film commence avec la rentrée. Pendant le film, cette fille de treize ans rencontre plusieurs problèmes familiaux, entre amis et avec les garçons également, surtout ceux dans son groupe de rock. La difficulté, c’est qu’elle est la plus têtue fille du monde et elle ne s'en débrouille pas bien. Enfin, elle n’évolue pas beaucoup pendant le film et il n’y a pas trop de résolution concrete, donc le film nous a soulevé plusieurs questions et des soucis – surtout pourquoi un mec de seize ans s’est embrassé avec une fille de treize ans après avoir fait les ongles de pied pour elle ? C’était un grand succès quand même en ce qui concerne le français que l’on a entendu.
On the 17th and the 18th of August, 9 students from the MGC environment team went to an AYCC climate justice summit. The summits purpose was to teach high school students how to create campaigns and run them in their own school. It was also to teach students about climate justice. Climate change is one of the largest issues facing the world today. Climate justice is the idea that people who are majorly contributing to climate change, aren't the most effected. For example, third world countries and Pacific Islanders, who might not have the economy to recover while their lands and home are being covered in water and destroyed by sea level rise, storms, floods etc, even when they are barely contributing to the problem.
Students also learnt that global warming (which is a part of climate change) is effecting more than some of us originally thought. Attached are some photos of students participating in a “hunger Banquet” where we were randomly allocated to a class and therefore given a lunch according to what the majority of humans on Earth eat. Most of us were given a ball of rice in a lettuce leaf, some of us were given a salad sandwich and 1% of the group were given a Beef lasagne with salad and cake. Only the people with lasagne were allowed to sit on the tables and they were actually waited on! We came to the conclusion that there are many solutions to tackle these problems, like renewable energy, thinking about our consumption, living more sustainability and many more ideas that we have already implemented into the MGC community. On the second day of the summit we went to Parliament House where we were greeted by the honourable Lily D'ambrosio, Victorian MP for Energy, the environment and Climate Change. Schools shared their pledges, about how they are going to tackle climate change at their school and why they care about climate change.
Responses were things like...
I care about climate change because it effects everything and everyone.
I care about climate change because we have to protect the people and species that can't protect themselves.
And I care about climate change because, this is the only earth we have, and we have to look after it.
Overall we all had an amazing time and have come back passionate and determined to make a difference.
Lucy Skelton 8H
On Tuesday the 9th of August, all the year 7’s gathered to celebrate Ancient Civilisation’s Day. They have recently been researching and learning about four different civilisations, Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and China. They each worked in groups and investigated different subtopics to learn more about the civilisation. Each group constructed a poster in pairs about their theme and produced a role-play to help teach the other students.
On the day each group took turns performing their role-play to their fellow peers and a class that had been learning about a different civilisation. Through their role-play they shared facts about what they had discovered and learnt about the different topics that their classmates had researched.
After that the groups that performed took their posters and shared what they had learnt with the other class, who had researched another civilisation. They then taught them about their topic in more depth, and shared some more facts. Once they had finished, the groups swapped and the other class performed and shared their own information.
To conclude the day, the students watched a movie to celebrate their hard work. It was a great day in which we all learnt a lot about different civilisations and how they lived back then. Everyone had a fantastic time and we would like to thank the teachers for organising this event and look forward to more in the future.
Written by Jamie Balassopoulos with photos by Nina Harrison