Melbourne Girls' College

22 February 2018
Issue Two
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Performing Arts News
Pedal Power Cinema
MGC Homework Club
Women in Aviation Week
Swimming Carnival
Safer Internet Day 2018
Library News
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


23rd February - Pedal Cinema 2018

27th February - Swimming Sports Day

5th March - Year 7 Immunisations

7th March - International Women's Day Breakfast


Principal's Report

Another learning and action filled fortnight has passed at MGC. Thank you to our hardworking staff who have given up personal and professional time to facilitate the Year 12 Camp, Year 7 Camp, the Rowing Club, Information Nights the Student Executive whole school assembly and planning for tomorrow’s Pedal Cinema.


Student Leadership

On Wednesday, 21st February our 2018 Student Executive Leaders were inducted into their roles during a whole school assembly. I look forward to working with the Executive lead by our College Captains, Ky Luong, Claudia Junge and Isabelle Carney. The assembly highlighted women in leadership whether that be in official roles or the quiet leadership of so many of our girls.


Year 7 Parent Welcome

A balmy evening last Tuesday ensured we could warmly welcome our Year 7 parents in true MGC style whilst overlooking the beautiful Yarra River. Thank you to our Parents’ Association who provided the refreshments and camaraderie for everyone involved. Our Year 7 parents shared stories about their daughters first weeks, camp and many offered support for all of our organisations – even costume design for our production. We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and talented parent community supporting the girls.


Pam St Leger

Pam St Leger has been a community member of Council since 2002 at the invitation of then principal Jan Parkes. Jan met Pam when Professor Brian Caldwell appointed her as an Assistant Dean to set up a university/schools partnership initiative at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. On behalf of our school community, I wish to sincerely thank Pam for her willingness to make a significant contribution to the quality our girls’ education. Pam’s generous donation of time, professional expertise, dedication and valued support will always be remembered.


Student Success

Congratulations to Freya Van Dyke-Goodman of Year 9 who won Best Actress at the 2018 Tropfest Film Festival for her role in the short film, “Two Piece”. The film is a positive story about young teenage girls and body image. “Two Piece” was also named Best Film of the festival! We are very proud of Freya’s talent and hard work, she worked with cast and crew over many hours to ensure the best possible story could be told in an engaging way. Please see this link to the film


School Council Welcome

It is with pleasure I announce the School Council membership for March 2018- February, 2019:

 Parent Representatives: Tracie Winch, parent of Ally Bass in Year 11; Heather Pritchard, parent of Elizabeth in Year 8; Sonia Sharp, parent of Thea in Year 10 and Charis in Year 12; Gary Funston, parent of Meg in Year 11; Elanthendral Ramasamy, parent of Thiruavani in Year 9; Geoff Coates, parent of Isla in Year 12. 

Community Members: Maya Narayan, Caroline Milburn (also parent of Charlotte I Year 9 and Isabelle in Year 12), College Captains.


Student Member Category of School Council: The Department of Education and Training (DET) are still determining how best to implement the Minister’s announcement on a mandated student member category. Once this advice is available, students in Years 7 - 12 are eligible to nominate for School Council membership. We look forward to wider student voice on Council in the near future.


Alumni Open House 

The 2018 Alumni Open House takes place on Saturday 24th of February from 5-6pm where tours and memorabilia will take centre stage. Our alumni have then arranged dinner and get togethers in Richmond.



In her opinion piece, Professor Elizabeth Croft (The Age 12 February, 2018), gave professional and personal insight into the road ahead for young women who have the skills and aspiration to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. It is both a word of warning and a challenge society must meet if it is to ensure true gender equality and reap the benefits of more young women entering the field.


It is a challenge that Melbourne Girls’ College has long sought to meet. We appointed a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Leader in 2016 to develop a STEAM Centre where, from Year 7, our students would be exposed to the many ideas and issues the world faces today. The girls are not only learning new skills, but also have the opportunity to contribute to future solutions on diverse aspects of health, sustainability, engineering, cyber safety and the myriad challenges we don’t even know of yet. They learn to take risks, learn from trial and error and most importantly, learn to take a clear sense of self into this currently male dominated STEM/STEAM landscape. They are truly treading the path to which Professor Croft points.


Leadership is central to this and a pillar on which Melbourne Girls’ was built. It is exactly the sort of skill our students need to take into universities and the workplace to ensure they can exercise their human right to learn, contribute and be valued regardless of gender or career of choice.


Thank you for your support in all aspects of learning at MGC.

Kind regards,





Performing Arts News

Performing Arts Ensembles  


CHOIR IN THE AUDITORIUM with Ellyce Calder and Susan de Jong.

SOUL BAND in the MUSIC ROOM with Andy Clarke.



MUSICAL PRODUCTION with Anne Corry, Lindy Mumme and Ellyce Calder.



BEFORE SCHOOL: ORCHESTRA in the MUSIC ROOM from 7.45am with Tony Hicks

LUNCHTIME: SOUL BAND in the MUSIC ROOM with Andy Clarke.



LUNCHTIME: JUNIOR STRING ENSEMBLE in the Music room with Wen Chin.




A’CAPELLA CHOIR in the Music room with Susan de Jong.




Bring It On - Audition Schedual 

Auditions have begun for MGC’s 2018 Musical Production, “Bring it On”, in the Auditorium.


Tuesday 20/2 from 2.30pm- VCE students

Thursday 22/2 from 3.30pm-Year 9 & 10 students

Tuesday 27/2 - Swimming Sports (No Auditions)

Thursday 29/2 from 3.30pm-Year 8 students

Tuesday 6/3 from 2.30pm-Year 7 Students Surname A-K

Thursday 8/3 from 3.30pm- Year 7 Students Surname L-Z.


Unable to attend these time slots? Make up auditions will be run every Wednesday lunchtime in the Auditorium, till Week 7.


Call backs will begin in Week 8, on Wednesday, 14/3 @ 3.30pm. Students will be notified by e-mail if they have received a callback, so make sure you check your e-mails!


Casting will be completed and announced on Wednesday, 28/3, last week of Term 1.

Remember- anyone who auditions will be accommodated- there is not such thing as “I wasn’t good enough”…


Don’t miss you chance to be involved- BRING IT ON!!

Anne Corry

Musical Productions


PS: Don’t forget to put the dates of “Bring it On” in your calendar!


Term 3, Week 4, Wednesday 8th-10 August @ 7.30pm.

Term 3, Week 5, Wednesday 15th-17th August @ 7.30pm.


String Ensamble




Pedal Power Cinema

We are looking forward to a fantastic night of sustainable education, activities and the great movie HIDDEN FIGURES. Don't forget that children 10 and under are free and there are plenty of family friendly sideshow attractions running from 5pm until the movie begins at 8.30pm!


The 2018 raffle (tickets available on the night) has some fantastic prizes – check them out!

If you would like to further contribute to the raffle or bring in some chocolates for the choc toss please contact Ms Hosking.


Human Powered Pedal Cinema 2018

Our very own carbon neutral outdoor cinema experience is returning for another fantastic year!

MGC’s Human Powered Pedal Cinema is on the lookout for fabulous prize donations from businesses, families and friends to contribute to the raffle and to award our best ‘pedallers’. If you have something to offer and would like to be involved please contact Ms Hosking ([email protected]).


We also invite families to bring in chocolate donations for everyone’s favourite side show….. the CHOC TOSS! Grab some choccies (blocks or packets of ‘fun size’) when you see them on sale over the next 2 weeks and deliver them to Ms Hosking in the Science Staffroom. If you can’t come on the night this is a great way to help support this fantastic event.


We encourage everyone to assess the packaging of the chocolate (and all your other packaging for the matter!) – is it packaged in a recyclable material? An easy test for plastic is ‘if you can scrunch it into a ball, you can recycle it’. Have a look at this great site to further educate yourself about the what, where, when and how of recycling soft plastics


Wet weather? The night goes ahead with the movie screened in the auditorium
Please note, children under 10 are free!


MGC Homework Club


Come and join us Monday and Thursday afternoons for Homework Club.



The Library




Hope to see you there!

Ms Hajzler

Women in Aviation Week

Let's Add Some Pink in Aviation!

March 5-11 is Women in Aviation Week and there are some great opportunities to get involved. Check out the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Website for information, events and competitions!


Swimming Carnival

Fellow MGC swimmers!


This Tuesday our Swimming House Carnival is on and our theme is THE OCEAN!!!  This means you can dress up as anything to do with on the beach or under the ocean (lifeguard, fish, turtle, wave, shell, seaweed or just your HOUSE COLOURS) 



There will be an SRC Sausage Sizzle, a Middle School bake stall,  as well as a Face Painting Stall, a Best Costume Competition and Novelty Events for all Year Levels. No matter of your swimming ability, every time you compete in an event you get points towards your house, so make an effort to get involved as much as possible.  

2017 winners CHISHOLM are looking to make it back to back. Which house will rise to the challenge and become Swimming Champions for 2018?


Please find attached a copy of this year's Swimming Carnival Program.


Safer Internet Day 2018

By Evie Scott 7L1

Tuesday the sixth of February was 2018’s Safer Internet Day. To celebrate this, the year seven students attended a talk given by Adrian Turner who is the CEO of Data61 and Dr Sara Khalifa who is currently a researcher at Data61.


What is Data61?

With more than 1,100 staff CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data innovation group which was formed in 2016 when CSIRO’s Digital Productivity flagship and NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) combined.  Data61 have helped to create multiple amazing things such as: Bionic Vision which helps patients who have lost their eye sight, Nitero which is a company that is designing ultra-low power WiFi which means that wifi can perform at up to ten times faster than the current WiFi, and many more. 

More about Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner is a technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley, America.

He is also co-chair of the Australia Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN) and was a co-founder of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation.


More about Sara Khalifa

Currently Sara Khalifa is researching smart wearables (such as apple watches and fitbits), Internet of things, energy harvesting, and human activity recognition (for example, when you walk, your phone will unlock). She completed a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of NSW in February 2016.


More about the CSIRO

CSIRO stands for Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation. It has over 5,000 staff and over 55 locations across Australia. The CSIRO have invented some pretty cool things such as: WiFi, Plastic Banknotes and Aerogard.


If you want to find out more about Data61 here.


Library News


We've got lots of exciting things happening in the library this year! 

Green Screen Club

Explore the magic of Green Screen Technology in our new Green Screen room!

Chess Club

The MGC Chess club is starting up next week and is open to all ages and abilities. 


Study Room Naming Competition

Can you help us name the library study rooms? We're are looking for student submissions to name the rooms after their favourite FEMALE AUTHORS. What do you think?


If you have any suggestions, pop into the library and fill out a suggestion form. When we have a good selection of authors, students can then vote to decide the four best room names.


Board Game Fridays

The Library will be hosting the Wellbeing Board Game Friday.


Page to Screen Movie Afternoons


Library Calendar


Melbourne Girls' College
Term 1 Bring it On Audition Schedule.docx
moonlight cinema 18.pdf
Tuning In To Teens Flyer W18004.pdf
Coop notice to members prior to agm2018.doc