Melbourne Girls' College

29 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
Important Dates
Page 3
2019 Book Lists
2018 House Cup Results
Yr 10 Smith Family Christmas Drive
Counsellor Visit
Sustainability News
I.S.P Buddy Program
Year 8, Digital Technologies Boot Camp
First Lego League – National Final at Swinburne
Aerobics News
Year 8 at Lake Dewar Camp
Performing Arts News
Library News
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Important Dates


29th November - Yr 12 2019 Information Evening 

30th November - Schools Climate Change Rally

3rd December - Year 10 Work Experience Commences

5th December - Marine Biology Camp

10th December - Digital Technologies Bootcamp

11th December - Grade 6 Orientation


Principal's Report

We are heading towards the end of term and the exam periods for Years 11 and 12 are complete. Preparations for 2019 and ensuring the end of 2018 is engaging and rigorous are at hand. The Presentation Night held on 27 November is a highlight for families and students who celebrate the culmination of a year’s hard work in academic and co-curricular areas. It is always a privilege to see and hear the girls and Student Executive in action.


Many thanks to Wendy Murray who has organised the award so meticulously over many years. To Brent Houghton who oversees the organisation of the ceremony, Zack Pretlove, Trevor Howlett, Glen Holland, Anne Corry, Jordan Evans, Ellyce Calder, Susan De Jong, Wen Chin, Lenore Twist, Bek England-Hill, Roger Dunscombe, Sefija Demirova, Andrew ,Year Level Leaders and staff thank you.


Year 8 Camp

The buzz at Lake Dewar camp in Myrniong, outside Bacchus Marsh, was palpable as the girls engaged in raft building (and testing to much laughter and saturation!), ropes courses, canoeing, the flying fox, orienteering, getting to know each other and teachers in the camp environment. Thank you to Anna Crosswhite, Tonia Douglas-Scarfe and the entire team who supported camps 1, 2 or the entire week. Teachers are on duty 24/7 during these adventures and their dedication is appreciated by students and parents alike.


Refurbishment of Level 3

This exciting project is now underway. The upgrade to a fifty year old facility will allow for flexible learning spaces from standard classroom to double, even triple learning areas but with sophisticated acoustic design to ensure the spaces enhance all types of learning practice. It is anticipated the project will be completed at the end of term 1.


Performing Arts / STEAM Building

As reported in October I met with Minister Wynne on 14 September lobbying for funds for the PA/STEAM Centre. The concepts of problem based learning spaces to promote the skills for collaboration, application and deep thinking was of interest to the Minister as a tool for building global citizens with the skills for their future success. The Curiosity and Powerful Learning framework, Department’s initiatives including the High Impact Teaching Strategies (H.I.T.S.), support the thinking for the design. The intention is to form a working party of students, teachers, parents and architects to build the plan from concept to a formal brief and budget. Please let me know if you are interested in joining this planning group.


2019 Planning

A reminder for 2019 Planning

Student Free Days approved by School Council:

  • Friday, 8th March 2019 - Visible Wellbeing with Professor Lea Waters of The University of Melbourne
  • Friday, 14th June 2019 -  Assessment, Reporting and Planning
  • Friday, 16th August 2019 – Curriculum Day
  • Monday, 4th November 2019 – 2020 Planning      

The Leadership Intensive on Friday 9th November went well in strategizing the work on three key Strategic Plan areas in 2019:

  • Professional learning in differentiation for student learning growth (data literacy and classroom practice)
  • Guaranteed, viable and visible curriculum documented on OneNote
  • The Visible Wellbeing Program

The overarching goal of the leadership team in 2019 is:

“We are a leadership team with high expectations for visible learning and wellbeing. The success of students and staff is at the centre of our work and decision making.”

This goal is supported with the following projects and teams:

Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting – Rachel Robertson, Anna Crosswhite, Andrew Arney

Data and Analytics – Sandor Kazi, Pat Sklavakis, Brent Houghton

Student Voice and Agency – Bridget Tellefson, Shaunagh O’Connell, Ella Mc Donald

Differentiation, Problem Based Learning and Collaboration – Wendy Keen, Bec Irvine

Professional Learning and Visible Wellbeing – Lisa Rosos, Brooke O’Callaghan, Sefija Demirova


International Student Program (I.S.P.)

Feedback during 2018 saw that our International Students would appreciate closer relationships with local students. One of the strategies developed was a buddy program. The inaugural program was held last week with activities and games promoting new friendships. A follow up day will be held in Term 1, 2019.

Congratulations to our I.S.P. Coordinator, Jielei Cui and assistant Angie Ho.


Aerobics Presentation Night

Thank you to Lenore Twist, our coaches, parents and most importantly athletes who attended the celebration of the Aerobics Program in 2018. We sadly farewell our Head Coach, Bek (Rebekah England-Hill) but welcome our very own Claire Chessman, currently of Year 12, as the new Head Coach!

The following awards were presented, congratulations to all of the athletes:

Carolyn Milles Award: Victoria Gosios

Judy Crowe Encouragement Award: Holly Morrison

HP Team of the Year: Mila Eastick & Grace Haslem

HP Team of the Year: Jasmine Wong & Evie Piemonte

HP Individual athletes of the Year 2018: Claire Cheesman, Lana Croker, Grace Haslem

Most Improved Athletes: Amanda Kristanto, Lucinda Rhodes, Evelyn Gammon

Fitness Awards: Gisele Boyd, Jessica Edbrooke

5 Year Service Awards: Lana Croker, Mariana Pappas

Dedication & Commitment to MGC Aerobics Club Awards: Lily Jepsen, Izabella Jepsen, Charlotte Bourke, Jessica Brown


Thank you for your ongoing support of the Melbourne Girls’ community.

Kind regards,

2019 Book Lists

Please find attached the MGC book lists for 2019.

Year 7 2019


Year 8 2019


Year 9 2019


Year 10 & VCE 2019


2018 House Cup Results

The 2018 MGC House Cup Results are in....

Congratulations to Melba! Well done to all teams for their efforts in 2018 - Next week – 2019 Cup scores begin!!​

Yr 10 Smith Family Christmas Drive


Counsellor Visit

Visit from the New Education Counsellor of the Consulate-General
of P.R. China in Melbourne

Mr. Wang Ying, the new Education Counsellor from the Consulate-General of P.R.C. in Melbourne visited Melbourne Girls’ College (MGC) on Tuesday the 27th of November. Accompanying him were Education Consul Mr. Nie Wenkai and Ms. Tian Qingfang.

The guests were warmly welcomed by Principal Karen Money who took them on a school tour. Mrs. Money introduced MGC’s philosophy of Education and a wide range of curricular and co-curricular programs. Ms. Lucy Chen, founder of the Confucius Classroom at MGC shared the history of the Confucius Classroom and its contribution to promoting teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. Through the Confucius Classroom Program, students at MGC have enjoyed many opportunities to learn about the Chinese culture. Activities such as Chinese cultural day, China study tour, Beijing International Summer Camp, Global Village Chinese Speaking Competition, excursions to Chinese museums and cinemas have increased students’ interest and enhanced students’ understanding of the language and culture. As a result, MGC has witnessed non-background students such as Emily McDonald, Cassandra Furst, Sophie Cutter, Daniel Del Rosario, Hyun Jeong Roh, Milla Harrison and Matilda Smithers winning scholarships to study at prestigious universities in China.

Both Mrs Money and Ms Chen thanked the Consulate-General of P.R.C. for its support for MGC’s Chinese program. Mr. Wang Ying was impressed by MGC’s programs and commended on the academic success of the students. He praised Mrs Money for her leadership and an international vision for education. He also expressed their unwavering support for Chinese language teaching and cultural activities at MGC.

Sustainability News

Dear MGC Community,

Congratulations to everyone who has embraced the #WarOnWaste and worked to reduce their disposable product use this year. Despite the positive campaigns centred around reducing food packaging and recycling, the amount we have sent to landfill at MGC has not decreased. We have actually increased the amount of waste per student since we started monitoring this in 2011 (see below).


This is a call to arms!

Parents, please help your students to bring their lunch plastic free!

Consumers of hot beverages, don’t be lazy, bring your own mug to the canteen or café and stop filling our bins with non-recyclable, non-biodegradable disposable coffee cups!

*Note that you can buy discount Keepcups from the front office*


Stop sucking! Refuse straws and plastic cutlery whenever you purchase takeaway food and drinks (You can still hire a metal fork or spoon at the canteen if you forget your BYO)


Staff and students –Take your food scraps home or make a communal container for your friends to put all your scraps in to take to the solar compost cones or worm bins at the end of your lunch- Take the time to learn where these are in the school.


Remember our privileged location is right on the banks of the Birrarung and any litter you leave behind when you finish your lunch can easily end up blowing into the river and out to sea where it may well harm wildlife.

New to recycling at MGC

Last week Ms McIntosh organised for a new stationery recycling system for MGC. This means that any empty whiteboard markers pens, highlighters, textas, or even any unwanted items such as used erasers, pencils, sharpeners, rulers and bulldogs clips can be dropped off at one of the recycle boxes around the school and we will arrange for them to be recycled or reused via a Melbourne based company called Green Collect. Green Collect are amazing and you can learn more about them here.


I.S.P Buddy Program

The recently launched Buddy Program at Melbourne Girls’ College aims to welcome new international students (ISP) on their first day, enhance the greater sense of belonging and supportive school community by partnering local and new international students for the day.

This year’s Buddy Program was held on the 19th November with the participation of 14 new ISP students and 10 local students. The girls had great fun playing various “get to know you” games. They were very excited in introducing themselves and learning more about their new friends’ backgrounds and interests. Followed these activities were school tour and lunch, where the current students could introduce the school’s facilities to new students, share their experience and provide insight into MGC’s life.

The Buddy Program would not have been possible without the strong support of all teachers and students. The International Student Division would like to extend our gratitude for everyone’s support. Special thanks to Ms Day and Ms Shi who have introduced us to all the lovely local students and gone through the journey with us from the very beginning of the Buddy program. We also want to thank all the buddies for having been so supportive, friendly and open to our new international students. We hope that many friendships will be formed and maintained through this program.   

Testimonials from students

I really enjoyed my time involved in the Buddy Program! It was a really great event that I learnt a lot from. Meeting new people from other countries was really insightful, and it was a lot of fun to get to know each other though games and conversations. I definitely have made some great friends! 

Ruby UPFIELD Year 9

Buddy program is a great program which helps us make friends easily and not feel awkward when we move to a new school. I'm really appreciate that Melbourne Girls organize this program, it's really a fun and useful experience especially for international students like me. I made a lot of new friends, they are all nice and adorable. I hope that our school will continue with the Buddy program and make this program bigger and bigger.

Mia BUI Year 10

If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected] or [email protected]  😉 

Year 8, Digital Technologies Boot Camp

Monday 10th to 19th December


To assist MGC in covering the Digital Technologies curriculum with, we are holding an 8-day intensive compulsory program in the last two weeks of term 4. We will be providing several different types of lessons for students to learn about different computer technologies, intermixed with some sporting activities, elective activities and a chance to assist the Year 7s in their Choral preparations.

Planned activities include coding, computer networking, using Microsoft technologies to prepare for Year 9 and working on a prototyping challenge. Students will learn about how to effectively use Photoshop and Adobe Spark to create multimedia presentations as well as do some robotics and delve into the inner workings of a computer.

All students are expected to bring a charged laptop to school for each day of the program and a final assessment will be a learning task on compass. Make sure that you have Office 365 installed and wireless access. IT Services will be able to help with any problems.

A timetable and elective options will be distributed shortly.

First Lego League – National Final at Swinburne

On Sunday 18th November, two teams from MGC competed in the First Lego League State Finals. Space Troubles and Anti-Gravity Legoed-it-out with 35+ teams from around Victoria. The teams demonstrated their projects, core values, robotic programming and robots themselves to a panel of judges.


Our teams did very well and Anti-gravity won the Inspiration Award, demonstrating to the judges that they had been inspired by the values of the First Lego League more than any other team.

Space Troubles won an award in the preceding regional event at MGC, so both teams did exceptionally well but weren’t chosen to proceed to Sydney to compete for a place in the international event.



Our Lego teams will start practising for next years competition in Term 1, if you want to come along and start practising, we’ll see you in the STEAM room.

Congratulations to the following students for their wonderful work:

Space Troubles

  • Jessica Liu
  • Jessica Nguyen
  • Jade Leung
  • Tiffany Li
  • Sona Hariharan
  • Niann Lu
  • Rachel Phung
  • Felicia (Fang-Yu) Xang
  • Thiruavani A-E
  • Elina Katsikas
  • Christina Soupionas
  • Tanya Khan


  • Arabella Rowlands Copley
  • Imogen Meskaukas
  • Quinn Simpson-Tuckey
  • Maya Garrett
  • Julia Wang
  • Sadie Joyner
  • Scarlet Gregory
  • Arushi Sen Chaudhuri
  • Tilly McDonald-Leslie
  • Holly Shearman Raine

Aerobics News

Congratulations to all athletes in the MGC Aerobics team for a massive year of hard work, dedication & success! The 2018 Aerobics Presentation night saw the following awards presented:


  • Carolyn Milles Award: Victoria Gosios
  • Judy Crowe Encouragement Award: Holly Morrison
  • HP Teams of the Year: Mila Eastick & Grace Haslem, Jasmine Wong & Evie Piemonte
  • HP Individual athletes of the Year 2018: Claire Cheesman, Lana Croker, Grace Haslem
  • Most Improved Athletes: Amanda Kristanto, Lucinda Rhodes, Evelyn Gammon
  • Fitness Awards: Gisele Boyd, Jessica Edbrooke
  • 5 Year Service Awards: Lana Croker, Mariana Pappas
  • Dedication & Commitment to MGC Aerobics Club Awards: Lily Jepsen, Izabella Jepsen, Charlotte Bourke, Jessica Brown

This was a wonderful night to end such a successful year of hard work and achievements.

We are sad to say goodbye to Rebekah England-Hill as our Head Coach of the past 4 years and it is thanks to her we have had so much success in recent years. We owe her a massive thank you for how much fun, passion and knowledge she has bought to every training session. She has transformed our club in more ways than words can describe and has left a mark no one will forget. Whilst it is sad to see her go, we are just as excited for Claire Cheesman to take over the position & help the club grow in the future.

Year 8 at Lake Dewar Camp

MGC's Year 8 recently returned from an adventure filled camp to Lake Dewar, near the Werribee River. The students spent their time paddleboarding, kayaking, archery, and ziplining, among many other things!





Performing Arts News

Year 11 Performance Evening

Congratulations to our Year 11 Music and Drama students who performed on Tuesday, 13th November. The music students each performed solo and also performed their own  group arrangements of  "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Feeling Whitney".  We wish them all the best for Year 12 next year.


Year 9/10 Drama Evening

Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 drama girls who performed on Tuesday, 20th November. The Year 9's looked at teenage girls from the perspective of different family generations, teachers' perspectives, a TV game show and bad influences.

The Year 10's investigated the world's wealth, highlighting the haves and the have nots.


Library News

Student Book Reviews


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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