Melbourne Girls' College

18 May 2017
Issue Seven
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Open Day 2017
Attitudes to School Survey 2017
Leadership Report
Year 10 News
STEAM Program
International Student Program News
Performing Arts
Maths News
Trivia Night
Head Lice Alert
Get to know MGC's Education Support Staff
2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding​
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


18th & 19th May: Dance Night

23rd May: Year 11 Performance evening 

27th May: Parents' Association Trivia Night

30th May: Year 9 Performance Evening

31st May:  Year 10 Performance Evening


3rd June: Additional Information Session for Prospective Year 7 2018 Students

7th June: Year 12 Music Evening

16th June: Curriculum, Assessment,  Reporting, Student Free Day

20th June: Piano Soiree

27th June: Vocal Showcase (Formerly Cabaret Night)

30th June: End of Term 2

Principal's Report

Principal's Report, 18th May 2017

In the midst of the Federal Budget and its implications for education funding and the ratification of the new Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 we continue the important daily work of learning with and from your daughters.


Review Report

As you know Melbourne Girls’ College was reviewed in term 1 by Mr. Michael Rowland who analysed an enormous amount of data, evidence and most importantly worked with our students, parents and staff to gain insight into the school. The report is available upon request and was discussed in detail at School Council on the 16th May. A draft Strategic Plan will be developed with our staff from the Review’s recommendations. The key actions for the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan will centre around:

  • Every teacher at MGC being a teacher of wellbeing. This will be facilitated through Professor Lea Waters’ Visible Wellbeing Program in 2018-2019.


Wellbeing at MGC is closely aligned with our extensive co-curricular programs which provide opportunities in areas of interest for a wide variety of girls.

  • Differentiation of learning for every student. This will centre on professional learning, data literacy and planning for extending all students, no matter where they place on a learning continuum. The areas to be targeted specifically are gifted, talented students, numeracy, literacy and key learning areas.
  •  Continuing to embed The Curiosity & Powerful Learning framework (CPL) and Learning Model, a shared pedagogical language and approaches to Visible Learning.
  • DET Framework for School Improvement (FISO).



STEAM Centre Visit


The Science Technology Engineering Art & Mathematics (STEAM) work progresses under the leadership of Wendy Keen. Many thanks to Wendy, Anthony Keen and our Middle School STEAM Leaders, Eleanor Eyres and Claudia Mountjouris who hosted four colleagues from Darwin Middle School on the 17th May.


Congratulations to our Finance Officer, Kathy Schipper!


Our Finance Officer, Kathy Schipper won a professional learning scholarship from the Association of Business Managers Victorian Secondary Schools (ABMVSS) on the 12th May. Kathy will utilize the award to research best practice in innovation and excellence, resourcing for our students and staff.


Mother's Day Breakfast 12th May


Many thanks to Paul Webber and his team of Dads who hosted over 150 mothers and daughters in the Gillard Centre on 12th May. The background music was performed by Miranda Moloney, Jessie Radda, Eva Palamara & Chantel Wong who played beautifully and were well supported by their mothers Patsy and Janet. Miranda, Jessie, Eva and Chantel of Year 10 also represented MGC at “Generations in Jazz” in Mount Gambier on the weekend of May 5th, they came 4th overall in their division.


Kind Regards,

Karen Money

Open Day 2017

Information Night and Open Day 2017


MGC held another successful Information Night and Open Day on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April.


For those that are statistically inclined:

  • We had approximately 600 prospective parents and students in attendance across the two Information Night sessions
  • 855 people braved the cold and wet conditions to take a tour led by our Year 8 Junior Ambassadors
  • 93% of Open Day participants rated their experience ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’. This demonstrates what a wonderful job the Junior Ambassadors did, ably led by the Public Relations Captains Naomi Miller, Claudia Junge and Lexie Dennis.


Thank you to the many staff and students who helped out across the two events. The feedback was that prospective parents and students really appreciated being able to interact with members of the MGC community and get a real sense of what our school is like.


Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal



Attitudes to School Survey 2017

Attitudes to School Survey 2017 - We want our students to tell us what they think


Melbourne Girls’ College is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training. The survey assists schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.


This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school between Monday 22 May to Friday 23 June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time. Your child will complete the survey online using a purpose built secure online survey tool.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in Term 3. The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance.


Student privacy is our priority. Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file. This survey is not a test and your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion.


Want to know more?


Please contact me if you would like more information or see: Attitudes to School Survey


Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal



Leadership Report

Information Night 26th April and Open Day 27th April

Congratulations on the most successful Information Night and Open Day yet to our Public Relations Team: Naomi Miller, Claudia Junge & Lexie Dennis.


It was a busy first couple of weeks as MGC’s first Activities Fair also happened, on the 1st of May at lunchtime. All clubs and groups from the school were invited. Each had a stall or set-up and could meet new members or highlight to the students the incredible diversity and range of extra-curricular activities offered at MGC. The event was focused on Year 7s and 8s, but it was a whole school effort with senior school girls coming together with the junior school, sharing common interests and ideas. Hopefully it was a beneficial event for both the clubs and the students. If so it will be added to Executive Annual Events Calendar to be held again next year. Thank you to everyone who helped or came along. See below for some photos and a list of the clubs/groups within the school.




Year 10 News

Fundraising to Help Prevent Youth Homelessness


When Ella, Courtney, Eve, Isabella, Mia and Sarah contacted Kids Under Cover about a fundraising idea, we were humbled by their enthusiasm, maturity and genuine desire to do something to help prevent youth homelessness.


The group, all year 11 students from Melbourne Girls' College, joined YMCA’s Youth for Causes program to learn about social entrepreneurship, community leadership and environmental responsibility. The program provided the funding, training and mentorship to create a social enterprise. Who they chose to support with the funds raised was entirely up to them.


“Seeing someone your own age homeless is really upsetting so we wanted to support the prevention of youth homelessness. We really wanted to get behind something we find close to our hearts and have a real passion for, so choosing Kids Under Cover was easy” says Ella.


Having decided on the charity, they then needed a great product. “After some consideration and advice from our mentor we came up with the idea of creating lip balms that were vegan, cruelty-free, handmade and completely natural, so ‘Sheltered Lip Balms’ were born,” explains Ella.


The lip balms were an overnight success. “There was huge demand from Facebook that we didn’t expect -we sold a lot very quickly.”


Ella credits their success to their passion for the cause and the product, “and we had really great people supporting us too.”


With the lip balms selling out, the group raised $4,680, but more importantly helped raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness.


“We are all incredibly proud of what we achieved and feel really invested in the product we created. We can’t wait to see how far we can take the project so will definitely be picking it up again once our exams are over,” said Ella.


We are overwhelmed by the group’s commitment and thank all six students for choosing to support our work. In a community where so many young Australians are at risk of or are already homeless, it’s inspiring to see young people work together as young leaders to make a real difference.



STEAM Program

Steam News

This term, we’ve been welcoming the final few classes of Year 7 to participate in our STEAM robotic program. We will be moving onto other Year levels later is term


We are continuing to expand our STEAM collections with new Lego EV3s, the Virtual Reality rig and our expanded green screen setup. Additionally, our 3D printers are in high use as we allow all students to design whatever they want and we will print it out for them. We’ve had many designs for Mother’s Day this year! Remember: if you draw it, we will print it! Students can submit their files via the 3D printer dropbox.


Any questions about MGC’s STEAM program can be sent via the email address below.


[email protected]



Monday and Thursday Lunchtimes

Each Monday and Thursday lunchtime, the STEAM room is open for use. On a Monday, anything goes, all the technology is available, but on Thursday, we have a program for anyone interested in participating. We’ve already had Virtual Reality game day and Green Screen, but over the next few weeks, we will cover Wearables, 3D Printing, more VR and programming our NAO robot to dance.



Virtual Reality

Virtual RealityThere is a lot of interest in our Virtual Reality gear in the STEAM room and it is in high demand at lunchtimes. In classes, the students have engaged in exploring a virtual body from the skeleton up, being inside a cell floating down a vein and exploring the world through Google Earth



Useful MGC Links


MGC eMail                    


Home Access Plus    

MGC’s Public Site     

Parents’ Association

Alumni Association 

International Student Program News



On Friday 5th May we had the Year 11 formal at the very glamorous Lincoln of Toorak.  The food was great, the company even better, and the fashion… out of this world!  Only a few international students attended, but we’re hoping for a better turn out for the year 12 Formal in June!



For three days before the Year 11 Formal our International Student Coordinator accompanied the Year 10 Outdoor Education Class to hike and camp on Mt Stirling!  It was freezing cold, but the mountain made us forget all our minor discomforts.  Mt Stirling is a very special place, and walking to its summit and camping is a challenge that everyone should try!



On Tuesday May 17th Ruby Nguyen, Joyce Liu and Karen Luo represented MGC at the 2017 International Student Forum at the State Library in the city.  The theme for the Forum was sharing cultures, developing intercultural understanding, building capability. This year’s theme recognised the importance of valuing diversity and of sharing cultural knowledge and experience within the school and the broader community. Building intercultural understanding and capability in schools was the focus of the discussion and activities.


The day culminated in the development, by the students, of school action plans documenting recommendations for improvements in their school and changes that could be applied across the State. 



Student Profiles





My name is Tanya Schnyder, I’m the weird International Student that introduces herself as an Exchange Student because she is only able to stay in this amazing city for 1 year.


I arrived on the seventh of July, completely jetlagged and tired, after flying for more than 20 hours from one side of the world (Switzerland) to the other (Melbourne) and even though I did feel a bit awkward and lonely, I do not regret having booked my flight on my seventeenth Birthday at all. My host family baked a wonderful cake for me (with candles!) and even prepared a little present. The very next day I was able to meet Lluani Williams who transformed me into a Melbourne Girls' College Student (ok… she actually just took me to the uniform shop. But hey, I felt really Australian after!), and she also offered me a seat in her office and great support during my first weeks when I was struggling to find the right group of friends to eat lunch with.


During the last few months I was able to meet a lot of amazing MGC girls and I fell in love with multicultural Melbourne. I had the unique opportunity to walk the great ocean road and to have my first go at surfing with my year 10 outdoor ed. classmates. I went to a lot of encouraging excursions with AYCC, the environment team, my French, and my arts class, I was able to enjoy a musical weekend with my Accapella friends and I experienced an Australian year 11 Formal. My English skills have increased significantly (though I still have ta work on mah ossie accent) and I feel like I finally got the hang of this thing called ‘society’.



Call for Story Tellers

We are all part of the Melbourne Girls’ College community, so we would like to hear the stories of some of the people that make up our diverse and colourful community.


We’d like you to share your story; where did you come from, where have you been?  If you have a family member, particularly a grandparent or older relative, who is a particularly good story teller, we’d like to invite them to tell us a story at school!  Please let us know!


League of Homestay Champions

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!




Performing Arts


Anne Corry


Into the Music

Monday July 17th:

Into The Music 
Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne


Into The Music is a short, hands-on music making workshop for kids of all ages. From lush classical to dubstep, participants will explore the technology and techniques used to create the music they hear every day. All levels of musical knowledge can be catered for; from students who have never made music before to experienced secondary and tertiary music students. Using loop-based software ACID, participants will create a song that they can take home with them. This day is being offered to schools in The City of Yarra and The City of Melbourne, and is a part of The Push Pop Up Shop at Collarts in Fitzroy, and would be a fantastic excursion for students groups especially students of music, multimedia, performing arts, media, journalism, digital arts, events management etc. I would strongly urge you and your school to consider taking up this offer. There are three sessions running on Monday, July 17th:-10-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm.


For further details, please contact :

Gabrielle Nolan

Youth Participation and Events Officer

Youth Services

City of Yarra


PO Box 168 Richmond 3121

T (03) 9426 1455 M: 0419 101 486   F: (03) 8417 6666

E  [email protected]

Year 12 Drama Ensembles

The end of semester performances began on Tuesday night with the year 12 Drama students presenting their ensemble performances to family and friends. This performance was a part of their School Assessment Coursework (SAC) and worth the lion's share of marks for year 12 Drama. Each of the three groups presented fabulous work that explored the given theme - "The Last Days". In this piece the girls were given a scenario which required research and exploration, before threading ideas together to create an interesting piece of theatre. In this performance students also needed to demonstrate the theatrical conventions, dramatic elements and expressive & performance skills studied in VCE drama.


The girls are now keen to get started on their next performance task. Good luck with preparation of your solo performances girls!!


Lindy Mummé

Year 12 Drama


Generations In Jazz 2017

On the 5th of May, the MGC sax quartet woke up bright and early (5:45 am!!) and hopped in the car – ready for the 6 hour drive to Mt Gambier, South Australia. We drove for 450 km, and when we finally reached our awesome accommodation at Mt. Gambier we got out our instruments and practiced. At around 5:30 we got in the car and headed down to the festival location for dinner. After dinner we got to watch an amazing jazz concert, featuring professional jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. We went to bed feeling very inspired, and ready to wake up early the next day to perform.


It was another early morning on Saturday, and we were all nervous and excited. After breakfast and a quick practice, we drove to the festival and walked the brisk walk to the Apple Farm, which is where we were playing. We were the second act at the Apple Farm for the day. We were allocated 10 minute in a sort-of shed, where we could rehearse. It was a great rehearsal, and we headed to the ‘green room’ feeling pumped to play.


We got up on stage and, although we were nervous, we played our pieces well. We all had fun on stage, and we were relieved to get out performance out of the way – now we could really enjoy the festival! We hung around the Apple Farm for a while before heading over to the main pavilion – we were awed (if not a little intimidated) by the amazing Division 1 school bands. We spent the rest of the morning checking out other school bands and enjoying the jazz. We grabbed lunch and then half of us left the festival to check out the town and see the Mt. Gambier sights. We all reunited back at the house in the afternoon, and had a quick break before heading straight back out to see the Division 1 vocal groups. Then we had dinner and went straight to the second concert of the weekend. The concert was fantastic and we had the chance to see awesome musicians like James Morrison and Wycliffe Gordon, as well as amazing high school students, who were nominated for an elite jazz scholarship.


On Sunday we woke up, packed up and went to the festival area to go to our special workshops. The saxophone workshop was really informative and we learnt so much. After our workshop we picked up our lunch and headed back to the main pavilion, where we watched the Division 1 Superband rehearse. Then, we got in the car and began the long drive home.


We all really enjoyed our time at Generations in Jazz, and we ended up coming in 4th place out of 25 in our division!


-    The MGC Saxophone Quartet: Miranda Moloney, Jessie Radda, Eva Palamara & Chantel Wong.



2017 House Production

2017 House Production

“It’s Not the End of the World…or is it??”


Thank you to our Arts Captains who are doing a great job running rehearsals after school on Tuesdays for our student run House Production in August. It is not too late to join!  Come and support your House.


All welcome.

Dance Night

Dance Night is coming up on the 18th and 19th of May at 6:30PM! Tickets are now available through the events page on the MGC website. 


Dance Night is a ‘concert’ where the students involved in dance have the opportunity to perform their learnt and choreographed works for parents/family and friends.



Maths News

The Australian Maths Competition


The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.


Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.


Entry fee:              $6.50

Date:                      Thursday 27 July

Venue:                  At school


The cost needs to be paid to the general office.

Students will need to place the entry fee in an envelope with their name, form and the name of the competition.

Payment is due by Monday 22nd May


Students can access sample problems from the following link.


Students can also come to room 208 for a copy of a past paper.


Ms Sotiriou

Mathematics Domain Leader



Trivia Night

Not Attending the Trivia Night? We Still Need Your Help!


In only a matter of 1 week the majority of Trivia night tickets have sold. Well done, it will be a great night!


WE NEED YOUR help though even if you are not attending.


Please hurry with your class donations (also available via the booking link) as the class that raises the most could win a Pizza lunch or chocolate hamper! Or... You could sponsor a table in your family or business name – that table will then be referred to by your name throughout the night.


Remember all monies raised goes straight to great new items or events to help with your daughters' enjoyment and education at MGC.


Thank you for your ongoing support.


Parents’ Association



Head Lice Alert

Head Lice Report

Please note that head lice has been reported in years 7, 8, 10 & 11. A Compass News Feed was immediately forwarded to parents/guardians of the affected year levels.


It is important that the entire school community, including all staff, follow the procedures on the attachment for the control and prevention of future outbreaks.


Thank you,

Christine Wallace

First Aid Attendant.



Get to know MGC's Education Support Staff

The Library

Sylvan Dorney: Library Leader


My primary responsibility is to manage the Library -  helping students and staff with a variety of matters from sourcing curriculum related materials and eResources, through to personal reading suggestions. I am currently preparing for the expansion into the new library from Term 1 2018. This refurbished library will provide students with new facilities to enhance their learning experience.


I am also responsible for the School Website and Twitter accounts and assist with office administration where possible. While the temporary library is small in comparison to the old library, we still have a wide range of exciting books to read. If we don’t have the title you’re after, you can put it down in the suggestion book for our consideration… we also have access to thousands of eBooks. Pop up to room 301 if you have any questions. I hope to see you soon.


Lesley Sims: Library Assistant, Integration Aid and Numeracy Support


I am lucky to have three roles in the school with the main one being Library Assistant where I support staff and students in all library matters.  My other roles are Integration Aide, giving specialist assistance to an individual student in need and Numeracy Support to Yr 7 and Yr 8 maths students in small groups during class time.



2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding​

(CSEF) Applications are Open

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply.

Each family receives $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school ​students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists.


Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. 


Please note: If you applied in 2016 your application will carry over to 2017. You do not need to submit a new application unless your circumstances have changed.


Please submit applications to the Front Office or any questions please email [email protected]


Applications Close- June 23rd, 2017.



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