Time certainly flies in an excellent school like MGC, it is hard to believe the end of term two is upon us already! The learning achievements of the students and staff continue to grow as do the wide array of experiences offered. Many thanks to Pat Sklavakis, Alison Lam, Brooke O’Calloghan, Bridget Tellefson and Leigh Hanley for overseeing the VCE Genaral Achievement Task (GAT) and semester one exam process. Thank you to Glen Holland who ensures the exam rooms are well prepared for students, staff and exam supervisors.
As the world evolves we are constantly looking to evolve also in line with Horizon Reports and developments in neuro-science and education. To facilitate this work we are conducting a curriculum audit and review to investigate renewal at the College in line with the Victorian Curriculum https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/foundation10/Pages/f10index.aspx and latest research. For example, where will Digital Technologies be taught specifically? Where can new subject offerings meet current students’ needs? Please see the links below if you are interested in exploring aspects of the Victorian Curriculum further:
Critical and Creative Capabilities
Personal and Social Capabilities https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/capabilities/personal/Pages/default.aspx
Congratulations Giorgia Salmas, Year 12!
On 20 June we honoured the achievements of our very own Youth Olympian, Giorgia Salmas. The third Summer Youth Olympic Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 6th to the 18th October, 2018. Over four thousand athletes between 15-18 years old from 206 countries competed in 32 sports, with Australia claiming 21 medals in total. Our team of 88 athletes competed across 26 sports. Giorgia was part of the Australian Team competing in fencing. Fencing is a very exciting but also physically demanding sport where Georgia achieved a fantastic personal result. In recognition of this great achievement Sean Wroe, Athletics Olympian who competed at the 2008 Beijing Games presented the Olympic Flag to Giorgia to be flown at Melbourne Girls’ College in her honour. We are very proud of Giorgia both personally and professionally for her hard work, persistence and courage.
School for Leadership
Congratulations to Year 9 students, Aeonie Ostik-Smith, Abigail Marsland, Lola Nibali and Jessica Bell for their selection from a strong field of candidates to attend the Alpine School for Leadership in term 4. The term long experience sees the girls participate with students from all over Victoria in leadership, personal and community building projects and life skills. The vision for the experience is to build a community where people are passionate, informed and active global citizens
Cross Country Congratulations!
Our students will write more fulsomely about our success in cross-country last Wednesday but please see a glimpse of our championship flags!
The MGC Rowing Program Review
The report was tabled at School Council on Tuesday 18 June by the reviewers, Tim Dolphin (Rowing Program Director at Methodist Ladies’ College) and Jono Rundell (long-standing member of the MGC Rowing Program). Tim and Jono began the review on 6 May, 2019 with clear terms of reference that have resulted in a series of excellent recommendations to Council. The recommendations will be passed on to the new Director of Rowing for their input and implementation. The review summary has been sent to the rowing community but if any other stakeholders would like a copy please let the front office know.
A 2019-2020 handbook written along with the new Director of Rowing and covering many key aspects of the review is currently under development. A meeting will be held in the Library at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 16 July where our new Director will be introduced in person to the community.
Announcing our new Director of Rowing, Glenn Fischmann
It is with great pleasure we announce the appointment of Glenn Fischmann as our new Director of Rowing. Glenn is a highly qualified and experienced VCE secondary teacher with a degree from Monash University in Secondary Education, Economics and Business.
Glenn has over ten years of experience in coaching rowing from beginner to National Masters level champions. Glenn was Head Coach at Carrum Rowing Club and a coach at Frankston High School. Glenn is a National medalist in the open lightweight quad scull and a National Champion at Masters level, with recent medals in both sweep rowing and sculling. Glenn also has broad experience as an administrator having served as a club office bearer at the Carrum Rowing Club as Treasurer, Secretary and President. Glenn’s expertise in key areas along with alignment to the vision and values inherent in the rowing review recommendations made him the outstanding candidate.
In applying for the position Glenn wrote, “When I first attended the Head of Schoolgirls regatta, I was stunned by the passion and excitement on display from the athletes from
all of the schools present. Having subsequently coached many individual rowers and crews to compete at this regatta, I remain convinced that the drawcard of
competition at Head of Schoolgirls remains a powerful tool to engage students in their education. It is unparalleled in developing persistence, team work, respect, resilience
and motivating students to attempt to reach their personal best. This Director of Rowing role attracts me as developing these qualities in students is what drives me as an
You are warmly invited to meet Glenn on 16 July, 5.30pm in the Library. For catering purposes please book via this https://www.trybooking.com/BDSMT
Congratulations to Lily Hopkinson, Eloise Webb and Chloe Johnstone who will be appearing in Young Australian Broadway Company’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz at the University of Melbourne’s Union Theatre from July 10-13, 2019. Please contact University of Melbourne Bookings: wizardofoz-themusical.com.au for performance information will be held
Many thanks to our community for all of your support which is appreciated by our staff and students. Have a restful and relaxing break from school routine over the next two weeks and we look forward to the beginning of term 3 on Monday, 15th July.