Melbourne Girls' College

14 July 2016
Issue Ten
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
eSmart Community Engagement Program
MGC French Trip 2017
School News
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


13th - 24th July - Beijing Summer Camp

14th July - Parent Guided Book Club, The Mind of a Thief, Unit 3/4

20th July - Teaching Resilence at Home (reserve your place here)

20th - 29th July - Year 9 City Experience

21st July - Year 8 -12 Prospective Enrolment Information Evening

26th July - Senior School Course Information Night

27th July - Space Camp Information Evening, 7pm


1st August - Year 9 City Experience Exhibition Evening

3rd - 5th August - Musical Production - The Wizard of Oz (book your tickets here)

9th August - Middle School Course Information Night

10th August - Parent Guided Book Club, All About Eve (film), Unit 3/4

10th - 12th August - Musical Production - The Wizard of Oz (book your tickets here)

19th August - PUPIL FREE DAY

23rd August - eSmart Communitiy Engagement Program, 6pm

30th August - Year 12 Music Proformance Evening, 6.30pm


1st September - Year 7 Immunisations

2nd September - Fathers' Day Breakfast

6th September - Year 12 Drama Solos

13th September - Parent Teacher Interviews, 12.30pm - 8.00pm

16th September - Final day of term 3


3rd October - Term 4 Commences 

31st October - PUPIL FREE DAY

Principal's Report

Welcome to Term 3

I hope you have enjoyed an energizing break with your daughters and the girls are ready for another term of learning and activities.

Design and Technology Exhibition

A brilliant exhibition of the creative hard work undertaken by Design and Technology students was held from Tuesday 14th June to Friday 24th June. The exhibition showcased Year 9 Fashion Design, Textile Design, Interior Design – Product, and Creating Global Flavours. The Year 10 students shone in Costume Design, Jewellery Design, Interior Design – Furniture and Food, Glorious Food.

The image created by Rachel Butchart of Year 10 Costume Design was used to create the official invitation. A selection of wooden side tables, sleepwear items, printed and hand-made textiles, food products, ottomans and stools, costumes for the ‘Rise of the Guardians’ stage show and individual jewellery pieces engendered much awe and discussion.

Congratulations to all students and our wonderful teachers Jo Jepsen, Hazel Etheridge, Carol Busetti, Karen Stubbs, Laura Blackburn, Ollie Hull and Trish Corless for the fantastic teaching and support work.


The exhibition is another example of the creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking which are essentials to future life skills and part of our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics S.T.E.A.M. program.

Congratulations to Giorgia!

Congratulations to Year 9 student Giorgia Salmas who competed in the National Fencing Championships over the break. Giorgia is ranked first in Australia for her age group, and acheived fantastic results in the competition:

  • Silver medal for under 15s individual event for Australia
  • Gold medal for under 15s team event for Australia & Victoria
  • Bronze medal for under 17s team event for Australia & Victoria

Well done to Giorgia as well as Fencing Victoria and the Australian Fencing Federation.



Karen Money

eSmart Community Engagement Program

Parent Forum - 23rd August

As part of their commitment to support school communities in being safe, smart and responsible online, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation will be facilitating a parent seminar at Melbourne Girls’ College on Tuesday August 23 at 6pm in the Auditorium. Facilitated by the experts in their eSmart Schools team, parents will be presented with all the latest trends and research about cybersafety and online behaviours. Strategies and guidelines will be discussed that relate to safe, smart and responsible uses of technology in the home.


The eSmart Schools program is a cultural change initiative developed by the Foundation in consultation with academic and industry experts. eSmart aims to create positive, respectful and inclusive cultures that reduce bullying, cyber bullying and increase cybersafety. 


We would like to thank the MGC Parents’ Association for their generous grant which has funded this program.


Tip Kennedy & Patricia Sklavakis

Assistant Principal & Year 11 Leader


Tickets now on sale!

Click here to purchase your tickets. Cast list can be viewed here.



MGC French Trip 2017

Expressions of Interest

Un grand bonjour à toutes les familles de MGC,


Many girls start studying French in Year 8 and many take the continuous and successful path to French in VCE. The important role of second language acquisition can be affirmed well beyond school and into our adult lives through travel, business and further education.

In order to help the cultural enrichment of our students, a guided study tour to France is offered every second year and we are asking interested families of current Years 8-11 to talk with their daughters about potential interest in the proposed 2 week trip next year 16-30 September (last week of Term 3 and the first week of the holidays). Actual days still to be confirmed.

During this time the girls will spend a week in Paris - still subject to DET Risk Assessment Policy due to recent events which may mean the trip is redirected but we will cross that bridge later – and the second week in Montpelier in a Homestay environment with language schooling to give the girls a day-to-day experience of living in a French family (and sharing this special time with their chosen MGC buddy).

Expression of interest:
If your family is interested in knowing more and would like to attend an information evening early next term then please register your interest by email detailing your daughter’s name/year level (see below).

Key facts:
- we are looking ideally at a group of around 25 with 3 supervising teachers accompanying the group
- final numbers will be determined by demand and seniority with a ballot if required
- indicative cost for nearly all inclusive (excl. some meals/lunches/spending money) is aiming to be around $6k but is subject to exchange rate fluctuations, final itinerary etc.
- positions are secured by a non-refundable deposit of $1000 by 15th September, 2016 (staged payment plan follows)

Register your interest before Friday 15th July by emailing [email protected] with your daughter’s name and your level of interest.

A more detailed itinerary proposal will follow and key highlights reviewed at our first Information Evening in Term 3


Tim Macdougall
French Teacher and France Trip Planner


Space Camp

We’ve had overseas trips before, but we’ve never had a trip to outer space!

In 2017, MGC is offering students who will be in Years 9-12 the opportunity to participate in a Space Camp to the United States. The camp will begin at “Space camp” in Huntsville Tennessee. Here students will take part in a rigorous program of training – involving low gravity activities, aeronautical sciences lessons and problem solving challenges. Once students have graduated from Space Camp, we will then fly to Orlando, Florida to visit Kennedy Space Centre, have lunch with an astronaut, complete a wind tunnel sky dive, visit Disneyland and tour the Everglades.

There will be an information evening for all interested students and their families on Wednesday 27th July at 7pm in the library.

Go Girl, Go For IT

Go Girl, Go For IT is an initiative of the Women are IT organisation. It is a free expo on the 16th August promoting the fields of ICT to girls. There will be guest speakers, workshops, careers information, tertiary study representatives and giveaways. Female role models from some of the world’s biggest companies will be in attendance. The event is being held at Deakin University, Burwood. Any student who is interested in attending should email Mrs Keen.

Year 7 and the STEAM Room

This term, it will be the turn of Year 7 classes to visit our dedicated STEAM Room and experience robotics, 3d printing, computer coding and electronics. Students will get to experience one of the technologies on offer and develop their coding, problem solving and creative skills. The program is intended to be a fun, hands-on session to allow our students to feel more comfortable and competent with new technologies.

Year 8 students visited the room in term 2 where they faced the same challenges.




School News

Rosie Duffy Art Award Winner

Congratulations to Rosie Duffy, 2015 Dux who has received the Macquarie People's Choice Award and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board Appreciation Award for her artwork 'Grace' that is on display at the Top Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Rosie is currently under taking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Piano Soiree

Congratulations to the following piano students’ of Katrina Halliday whom performed on Wednesday, 8th June:
Jocelyn Phuong, Lilith Stewart, Grace Wilkes, Jacqulin Green, Caitlin Marshalll, Romy O’Donoghue, Mia Surkitt, Sophie Townsend, Swasti Dhunlall, Jessica Rogers, Mia Casey, Claudia Van Vliet, Maya Perry, Kate Livingston, Grace Tan, Charlotte Flook, Tallulah McCuaig & Siena Chumbley Contin.
Thanks to Katrina Halliday for organizing this performance opportunity for the girls.
Congratulations to the following piano students who recently completed their AMEB exams:
Mia Surkitt, Claudia Van Vliet & Crystal Choo.
Keep up the great work girls!

Cross Country Results

MGC had over 40 students competing in the district cross country event on May 31st with all teams winning their age group and progressing to the next round. The Regional finals were held on June 15th with the year 7 and year 8 teams coming second in their events, and the year 9, 10 and 11-12 teams winning and going through to the state finals next term.

There were some outstanding individual results with Sunshine Spencer easily winning the Girls 14 event, Emily Mizis coming in second in the Girls 16, and Venezia Naylor 2nd with Bella Niven-Brown 3rd in the Girls 15.




Melbourne Girls' College
Letter re supervision for Student Interhouse Production.pdf
Letter re supervision for Student Interhouse Production.pdf