MGC Alumni Newsletter

18 September 2015
Issue One
President's Message
A message from our Principal's - Now and Then
Meet Your Board Members
Your Alumni Association
Join us to celebrate our 21st Birthday!
Past Student Spotlight - From Top Goalie to Top Draft Pick
Photo Galleries
From the Vault
 From the Vault
Celebration Day
Melbourne Girls' College
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President's Message

President's Message

It is with great pride that I announce that Melbourne Girls’ College have established an Alumni Association to unite the school community with past students and their families. As the first President, I would like to personally welcome you to the Alumni Association.  

I am honoured to serve as your President and work with the Executive Board to help us re-connect with one another and re-engage with the College. The Executive Board is comprised of a group of passionate and talented alumni who generously volunteer their time to plan a number of exciting and enriching alumni events and activities.

Membership of the Alumni Association is free. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to register here to be added to our alumni database and receive updates on alumni news and events. By registering on our database, you can capitalise on the numerous opportunities to network and socialise with fellow graduates.

There are a variety of ways you can connect with us, whether it is by attending one of our many alumni events, reunions, networking opportunities, volunteering to mentor current students, speaking to current students and sharing your valuable experiences, presenting awards to students, and of course, by donating money to the school building or library fund to build new state of the art buildings and give our students more opportunities for future growth. Our Alumni Association is also committed to helping develop future leaders by supporting our current students and is actively looking for opportunities for work experience placements with alumni.

By registering your details on our alumni database and joining the Alumni Association, you will be able to expand your network of like-minded peers and find out about upcoming alumni activities, volunteer and much more.  Through the database, you can easily update your information and share your thoughts on how the College can better serve you and other alumni.

We are very excited to announce our first alumni event to commemorate the 21st anniversary of our College, which will be held on Saturday 24 October 2015.  I would like to invite each and every one of you to come to the College where there will be a delicious array of food available, including a sausage sizzle and Devonshire tea. We welcome you to relax and enjoy some entertainment and music ensembles performed by our current students. You can also go on a guided tour to see our beautiful new buildings and garden plantings, spend time looking through photographs in the archives, and experience some of the varied activities which take place at the College, ranging from our aerobics and rowing program, and culminating in the cadet parade. Most importantly, it will be an opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni, teachers and parents and share stories and memories of your time at MGC. So mark your calendars to be at the College for our 21st birthday celebration and participate in the festivities.

If you have any questions about the Alumni Association, please feel free to contact me or any of the other officers on the Executive Board by emailing us at [email protected]. Please also contact us if you are interested in volunteering, organising an event, making a donation or serving on the Executive Board.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all.

Suzie Rule

A message from our Principal's - Now and Then

Karen Money - 2015

It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the Melbourne Girls’ College Alumni Association. We encourage you to share your stories, whether career, a passion for community service or milestone. This vibrant community will grow as friends reconnect, engage with Alumni events, reunions, newsletters or become a mentor to current students of Melbourne Girls’ College.

The history of Melbourne Girls’ consists of a rich and diverse collection of wonderful women and we enjoy celebrating the many achievements, whether big or small, that each story comprises. For 21 Years Melbourne Girls’ College has been committed to the education of girls. We are passionate advocates of the benefits of innovation, leadership, diversity, teamwork and achievement.

Please continue to be a part of this wonderful school and show all of our young women what it truly means to be a life-long learner. We will know true success as we see our present and past students lead and achieve on the world stage, practising the values sown and encouraged at Melbourne Girls’ College.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart”. Helen Keller

Karen Money


Caval Zangalis - 1994

The community of Melbourne Girls' College celebrates its foundation in this record of its first important year.

It has been a year of change, with a new location, new environment and many new faces as girls and staff from Malvern and Richmond joined with girls and staff from other schools to begin Melbourne Girls' College.

It is sometimes difficult to recall our first days and weeks but vivid in our memories of the time must be the boxes that lined the corridors which progressively made their way to their new homes in our light and freshly prepared building. The change in our surroundings has continued all year; a new canteen, a refurbished and computerised library, carpet in all classrooms, improved grounds and carpark and most recently new grass planting and a landscape which will complement our unique Yarraside setting.

Our technology wing and programs came into focus and will increase next year when further work is begun during the summer break.

The range of activities and achievements documented in the snapshot of our first year reflect the creativity, energy, enthusiasm and talent of our school. It tells of the endeavor, success and participation of students of every age and across academic, citizenship, creative, sport and leadership fields.

The fine reputation of Melbourne Girls' College in its foundation year is the result of purpose, pride and integrity, the strong partnership of students, staff and families and the vision of the future of this newest school for girls in Victoria.

Our experience of change has not only been location, environment and community. It has focused on curriculum, learning experienc and prepartion for girls to face a rapidly changing society, with skills, adaptability for change and confidence, to take leadership roles in the future that is theirs.

I wish all of us, of the foundation year of Melbourne Girls' College, a fulfilling, challenging and celebrating future.

Cavell Zangalis

Foundation Principal

Meet Your Board Members

Suzie Rule

Melbourne Girls' College Alumni Board - President

LLB (Hons) B.Comm.

Suzie Rule joined Melbourne Girls’ College when it was established in 1994 with an enrolment of approximately 300 students. She was heavily involved in extracurricular activities and was nominated by the then College Principal, Jan Parkes for the Young Australian of the Year Award in the sports category for her achievements in sport and contribution to the school sports program. She also served as the College Sports Captain and graduated in 1999, achieving a score placing her in the top 3% of the State. Suzie then went on to successfully complete a double degree in law and commerce at Deakin University and was actively involved in the Deakin Law Students’ Society. Suzie has been practising law for 10 years and appears and advises in all major jurisdictions on a wide range of commercial matters including trade practices litigation, complex insolvency matters, contractual disputes, competition and consumer protection litigation, Corporations Act claims, banking and finance litigation, and employment disputes. She is a long distance runner and still maintains a strong network of alumni.

Georgia Schmidt

Melbourne Girls’ College Alumni Board - Vice President.

B.Ed (SEC)/ B. App.Sci (Human Movement)

Teacher at McKinnon Secondary College

Georgia attended Melbourne Girls’ College from 1997-2000.  During her time at MGC, she was actively involved in the Air Cadets, the school music program (studying voice, piano and saxophone) and the sports program, representing the school at a state level in athletics and cross country as well as being a member of the rowing Senior 1st IV.  She was on the Senior School Council and was College Sports Captain as well as being the recipient of the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award, Sports Person of the year, member of the Sports Team of the Year and also in her final year awarded the All Rounder Award of Excellence.

Georgia completed her double degree of Education (Secondary) and Applied Science (Human Movement) at Deakin University, where she was heavily involved in the sport and leadership programs.  Georgia was awarded the highest level of award for her sporting achievements whilst at Deakin, and was also awarded the highest level of leadership for her work as a Deakin Ambassador, host leader and student association member.

After University, Georgia travelled Europe, settling in England for six years where she met her partner Ben.  During her time in England, Georgia became Head of Girls PE and Assistant Head of PE and Sport at ‘The Leigh Technology Academy’, teaching year 7-12 Physical Education. 

Whilst in England, Georgia was selected to play netball for the Hertfordshire Mavericks in the United Kingdom's top elite netball league (the UK’s version of the ANZ).  During her time playing for Mavericks she was awarded the “Coaches Player of the Year” and the “Player Who Contributed Most to the Club”.  She was also asked to captain the Mavericks in training games against the National England Team, and invited to train with the England National Team Midcourt.  Mavericks won the Superleague and came Runners-Up whilst Georgia played for them, making them, during her time, the most successful netball team in the United Kingdom.

Upon returning to Australia, Georgia began working in her current position at McKinnon Secondary College, teaching VCE Physical Education and Health and Human Development and Junior Science.  She has initiated and coordinates the House Cup competition and the annual Year 10 Girls Day, focusing on feminism and femininity in the 21st Century, and also coordinates the 24/7-relay event,   a biennial relay event in which over 1,200 staff and students race one another over a 24 hours period, whilst raising in excess of $45,000 for charity.

Your Alumni Association

Connect with Careers @ MGC

The Careers area at MGC is keen to connect with Alumni that would like to take up the opportunity to share their ‘Career story’ with current students.  Students are really keen to know what is possible once they leave high school and to hear about the different jobs/industries that they could end up in one day.

Most recently, Ruby Vadiveloo (Class of 2012) came in to speak to current students about her experience of not only auditioning for but being accepted into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.  The students found this very insightful and can now see that with a lot of hard work, this is a real possibility!

Ruby Vadiveloo (Class of 2012)

There is also opportunity to mentor our Year 10 students through our Work Experience program that occurs at the end of each year. Having insight into different occupations and industries can really assist students when making career decisions.

If you would like to make direct contact with Erin Edgley (Careers Co-ordinator) about being involved in any of the above, please email [email protected] or phone 9425 8943.

Alumni Reconnecting with MGC

On Monday September 7, the Middle School Executive hosted an assembly for all Yr 7, 8 & 9 girls with the focus on Female Empowerment and Feminism. When considering different ways we could approach this broad topic, the team came up with the idea of inviting ex-students Tess Falconer and Georgia Schmidt to speak about their journey of becoming successful women in the modern world. Both Tess and Georgia are living examples and role models of MGC’s Lead and Achieve philosophy. Their stories inspired the girls and reminded them that they can still be successful even when working in and encountering challenges in male dominated careers. 

Tess Falconer (2001) & Georgia Schimdt (2001)

After the assembly, leaders from the Middle School Executive took the initiative to write and then teach classes to their peers using a lesson plan crafted from ideas around the key concepts of feminism and empowerment. The classes included discussions about the different meanings of feminism and the importance of it in their own lives, the media and its effects (especially when stereotyping women) as well as researching powerful and positive female role models.  The students also viewed videos of influential women including Emma Watson’s now famous He For She UN speech. 

During a two week period in September the Middle School Executive taught over 600 girls and now that the program has drawn to a close we hope that everyone has their own individual take on what feminism means to them and what is possible in their own lives.

Most of all, we hope that everyone now believes they have the power to set and reach their goals. We’d like to thank Tess and Georgia for supporting our special project and for helping to make it such a success.

Ally Bass, Middle School V-Captain

Alumni Board Members

Office Bearers

President: Suzie Rule - class of 1999

Vice President: Georgia Schmidt - class of 2001

Treasurer: Edwena Dixon - class of 1999

Secretary: Linda Brown & Trevor Howlett (Staff)

Marketing: Genevieve Neuman - class of 2002

Ordinary Members

Charlotte Bouten – class of 2001/2002

Camille Hepworth – class of 2014

Shravya Karna – class of 2007

Alexandra Leeder – class of 2011

Nicola McCaskill – class of 2009

Rachel Paule – class of 2009

Ella Rosetzky – class of 2012

Isabelle Willis – class of 2012

Harriet Harte – school co-captain 2015

Julia Ly - school co-captain 2015

Caitlin Hooper - school co-captain 2015

Tell us your story!

If you have any news you would like to share, i.e. baby or family news, engagements, marriages, personal and/or professional achievements, news articles, or the odd business plug, email [email protected] Please attach photos or something we can include as well.  A listing is far more interesting when there's a lovely photo or logo to look at!

Name your magazine!

This magazine is your place to reconnect with MGC and your classmates. If you have a suggestion for the name please email [email protected].

Join us to celebrate our 21st Birthday!

Art Works Welcomed for 21st Birthday Celebration

We would love it if you would join with our current students in donating a piece of your artwork to the school for a silent auction during the 21st Birthday. The money we raise from the auction will go back into the MGC Arts department. Hopefully this will enable us to better combine performing and visual arts. 

If you would like to make a contribution of your Artwork please email [email protected] 

The MGC Arts Team

Catch up with alumni from your year level @ our 21st birthday celebration

Come along and catch up for photos with others from your graduating class in the Lyceum.

1994, 1995, 1996 - 12pm

1997, 1998, 1999 - 12.15pm

2000, 2001, 2002 - 12.30pm

2003, 2004 - 12.45pm

2005, 2006 - 1.30pm

2007, 2008 - 1.45pm

2009 - 2.00pm

2010 - 2.15pm

2011 - 2.30pm

2012 - 2.45pm

2013 - 3.00pm

2014 - 3.15pm

2015 - 3.30pm

MGC Through The Years

MGC Staff 1994

Past Student Spotlight - From Top Goalie to Top Draft Pick

Brianna's Journey to the Bulldogs

IT'S TAKEN Port Melbourne local Brianna Davey just seven games to leap to the top of the women's footy talent pool and stake her claim as the must-have recruit for next month's Western Bulldogs-Melbourne match.

Davey, 20, was taken with pick No.1 in the first official AFL women's mini-draft on Wednesday, after seven eye-catching performances in the VWFL.

She'll now line up for the Dogs on August 16 at Etihad Stadium in the second women's exhibition match this season.

The versatile St Kilda Shark has shot to prominence in a remarkable few months, after narrowly missing the opportunity to represent Australia in soccer at the recent World Cup.

She was part of the Matildas' squad up until May as a goalkeeper, but was edged out of the travelling team by former captain Melissa Hudson. 

While the omission naturally hurt, Davey wasn't to be kept down for long.

She swiftly dealt with the disappointment by trading in her goalkeeping gloves for a pair of footy boots and joined the Sharks, where she has been in the team's best in every game she's played since.

"I didn't expect it to happen this quickly," Davey told this week."Initially, AFL was something for me to just get back on the field and have a kick - I didn't expect to progress this quickly in a sport but it's been really cool so far."

Davey is no stranger to Australian Rules. Her family has a strong background in the sport and she started Auskick  when she was four. 

From there, it was onto under 10s with the Port Melbourne Colts, playing "with the boys" when she was seven.But when she turned 12, the desire to pursue a sport with national representation won out for the talented athlete.

"I had this ambition to be a professional athlete and at the time there wasn't much in it for women [in Australian Rules]," she said.

"As much as I loved it, I thought I'd pick up something else I was interested in and it happened to be soccer."

Davey was 13 when she made her first national soccer team, and then from there represented Australia in under-17s, under-20s and then seniors, where she made her debut at the age of 16.

She'd been with the senior squad for the past four years before she had to deal with the recent heartbreak of staying home and watching the Matildas make it to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they lost to Japan.

"It was definitely disappointing and difficult, and I think any athlete who cops a blow like that is going to be disappointed because it's something you've worked so hard for, for a long time," she said.

"When it happened though, it was the perfect opportunity for me to go and play footy again, and I know a couple of girls from the Sharks and they suggested I come and play.

"It's been great to come back to footy on my break and play the sport I've always been really passionate about.

"When I started playing footy I just wanted to play, and it's the same now … and now with being drafted, I'm just really excited for the challenge."

Davey says her fearless nature and hand-eye coordination, honed from years of playing in goal on the soccer pitch are her features that best translate to AFL.

But Bulldogs coach Craig Starcevich believes her versatility will help his team the most. 

"Brianna is a first-choice athlete from another sport and obviously brings a lot to the table. She's very versatile and can play as a big-bodied midfielder, key back or key forward," Starcevich said.

"We're expecting her to give us some flexibility to play in any of those spots.

"She's really competitive, made a huge impact in the VWFL since she's been playing, which has only been for a couple of months.

"She's regularly in St Kilda's best and we're really excited to have her in our group."

This article originally appeared at, republished with full permissions.

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Year 7 1994

Year 8 1994

Year 9 1994

Year 10 1994

Year 11 1994

Year 12 1994

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