Melbourne Girls' College

26 July 2018
Issue Ten
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Reminder – Assessment and Reporting Survey for Parents
2018 Parent Opinion Survey
Perfectionism: Parent Information Session 
Tuning into Teens
New York & Los Angeles Arts Design and Cultural Trip
Year 10 Community Challenge
Performing Arts News
MGC Presents: Bring It On: The Musical
Library News
MGC Homework Club
MGC Second Hand Uniform Shop
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


25th July - Yr 9 City Experience Commences

27th July - Murnong Day

1st August - NY/LAX Information Night

6th August - City Experience Exhibition 

8-10th August - Bring It On: The Musical Cast 1 Shows

14th August - Perfectionism Parents Information Session

15-17th August - Bring It On: The Musical Cast 2 Shows

15th August - Casual Clothes Day





Principal's Report

Random Acts of Kindness


The random acts of kindness our girls display often go unnoticed, however a kind person has taken the time to write:


Good evening, I just wanted to let you know that one of your lovely students showed courage and kindness towards my daughter on the train this afternoon.  My daughter has some special needs around spatial awareness.  The train at Hawthorn Station can be hard for her to navigate and when she was climbing on board she tripped and fell into the train with her legs in-between the carriage and the platform.  One of your students lifted her up and helped her on board.   I just wanted to find a way to show our gratitude.  This student is a great ambassador for your school and should be very proud of her actions.  

Kind regards.


Congratulations to Tip Kennedy

Our wonderful Assistant Principal, Tip Kennedy has been appointed Principal of Richmond West Primary School. We are very proud of Tip and indeed all of our leaders who go onto promotion in our public system. We are so grateful to Tip for her wonderful work at Melbourne Girls’ College over many years and wish her every success in her new role.


Congratulations on whole school assembly 21 June

Unite was the theme of the assembly for over 1400 girl and 100 staff in the gym on 21 June lead by our Captains and Student Executive. The theme gave us all an opportunity to reflect on being united in respect and honouring care over cruelty. Respect for different opinions, perspectives and agendas and for example, thinking before posting and ‘liking’ anonymous vitriol on line.


Turning of the Sod Ceremony, Tuesday 26 June

On Tuesday 26 June the Honourable Minister for Sport and Recreation John Eren, the Honourable Minister for Planning and for Richmond, Richard Wynne and CEO of Netball Victoria, Rosie King officially began the construction of the new netball courts at Melbourne Girls’ College. We look forward to the students utilising the courts in term four. The courts replace the old courts which were in need of expensive refurbishment and we are grateful for the Sport and Recreation funding to support the work.


Yarra Sustainability Awards Thursday 28 June

Congratulations to Lucy Skelton who won a highly commended in the Local Hero section of the Yarra Sustainability Awards for her social enterprise ‘beHappy.bags’ which raises money for environmental organisations and awareness about plastic pollution. Lucy drove the plastic cutlery ban, replacing them with metal ones for hire in the café. Lucy is a role model to younger students through her genuine approach and commitment to the environment and sustainability.

Many congratulations also to our Environmental Team, Captains Zoe Mavros, Polly-Jane Decker, Samantha Kitanar, Maryam Abdekhodae and Andrew Vance who won the education section of the awards for the ban on plastic utensils, reintroducing the locally threatened Murnong yam daisy; saving more than $7,000 in water by detecting a major underground leak; installing solar panels and hosting the pedal power cinema event for the community each year.




Vocal Showcase

Congratulations to Ellyce Calder, Susan de Jong and Anne Corry for their expert teaching of a large number of girls whose talents were showcased in the Vocal Showcase on Tuesday 26 June. It was a privilege to see how far so many students have come. The work continues with preparations for the musical “Bring It On”. We have two casts of excited students who look forward to entertaining.


School for Student Leadership

Six very excited students and their families arrived at the Snowy River Campus, at Marlo in east Gippsland on Sunday 22nd July to begin their School for Student Leadership adventure. According to the Campus Principal they are enthusiastic and keen to get into the program! We wish Cecilia Karlovic, Mihiri Dharmabandu, Hazel Calwell, Saskia Junge, Jemima Kavanagh and Ruby Upfield every success.


The School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students’ home regions. The program at Snowy focuses on engaging the students in activities which allow them to explore and learn about the local environment and cultures; both indigenous and non-indigenous. Gaining a sense of belonging in local places through knowledge and experience is a key learning outcome.


Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)


School Council has recently been discussing the installation of security cameras at Melbourne Girls’ College. The council, which comprises parents, students and staff is keen to seek community input on a proposal which would include the installation of eight external cameras aimed at the gated entrances to the school, the entrance to the Rowing facility and the entrance of the Gym.


Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a proven crime prevention tool that will greatly improve our ability as a college to increase the safety of students, staff and visitors. On behalf of the School Council, I have attached a draft Melbourne Girls’ College CCTV policy. This policy outlines the rationale behind the installation of these units, the locations they may and may not be used, what the footage would be used for and who will have access to the footage.


If you are keen to offer your feedback to council before a decision is made, please email Jordyn Taylor in the general office at [email protected] by the Friday the 29th of June.


Kind regards,



Reminder – Assessment and Reporting Survey for Parents

As you would be aware, at Melbourne Girls’ College we use Compass to provide you with information regarding your child’s academic achievement and progress:

  • Teachers regularly update your child’s Learning Tasks with grades and comments about what your child has achieved and areas for improvement.
  • This is supplemented with Progress Reports during Terms 1 and 3 before bookings open for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences.
  • End of semester reports are provided at the end of Terms 2 and 4, summarising the student’s work habits, Learning Task results and comments and for Years 7-10 students, Victorian Curriculum achievement levels.

This system has been in place since 2016. We are currently reviewing our assessment and reporting system to ensure that it provides the best possible feedback for your child and you as parents/carers as well as being manageable for teachers. 

As part of this review we invite you to complete a short 11 question survey. The average time taken to complete the survey is 4 minutes. Thank you to the 165 parents who have responded so far.

Parents can find the survey link via the newsfeed in Compass. The survey will be open until Friday 27th July.

Brent Houghton
Assistant Principal


2018 Parent Opinion Survey


Our school is taking part in the annual Parent Opinion Survey, offered by the Department of Education and Training. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.


Approximately 30 per cent of families will be randomly selected and invited to participate in this year’s online survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. The survey only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

The Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 30th July to Sunday 26th August. If your family has been selected to take part, you will receive an email from me on Monday 30th July with the survey link and PIN. Where two parents share the same login to Compass, the email will be sent to the first email address associated with that login.


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Brent Houghton

[email protected]

Assistant Principal


Perfectionism: Parent Information Session 


We are pleased to announce that Dr Susan Wade BA(Hons) Melb, GradDipEd (Sec), MEd (Gifted Ed), PhD Monash will be running a parent evening focusing on Perfectionism and perfectionistic tendencies. The evening will also highlight the important role of parents in assisting students to manage these tendencies.

If you would like to attend, please book through Trybooking on the link below. The event is free but you will need to register to attend. Bookings close at 4pm Tuesday 7th August, 2018.


Please register here.




Tuning into Teens

Please find attached a flyer with information on Tuning in to Teens - a session that will help you develop skills to recognise and respond to your teen's emotions. 


New York & Los Angeles Arts Design and Cultural Trip

The New York & Los Angeles Arts, Design and Cultural trip will be happening again in 2019. The trip will be in the last week of term 1 and the first week of the holidays.


This trip is for students who will be in years 10,11 & 12 in 2019.


Come and spend two weeks exploring all the Art and culture that two of the world’s most exciting cities can give.


There will be a parent information night coming up Wednesday 1st August in the library at 6.30. Please e-mail Mr Dunscombe if you are planning to attend  with numbers so we can save your seats.

New York  & LA where too much Culture is barely enough!

Year 10 Community Challenge



But how and when will I get these goodies?!

On Monday 20th August during period 1 (assembly / Wellbeing), representatives of 10C1 will be coming around to each Year 7 and Year 8 class to collect small donations and in return, we’ll provide you with FREE baked goods (made by us) as a thank you!


Why are we doing this?


As part of the Year 10 Community Challenge, 10C1 chose to support and raise awareness for the St Kilda Mums organisation. 

 St Kilda Mums is an organisation which recycles pre-loved clothes and toys and other baby essentials to families in need.


What can I donate?

St Kilda Mums accepts gifts such as:

  • Art and craft materials
  • Baby food
  • Towels
  • Bibs
  • Cot linen and blankets
  • Children’s books
  • Bottles and feeding equipment 
  • CDs and DVDs for children
  • Nappies: Disposable and cloth 
  • Clothing: From birth size to size 12
  • Pyjamas: From birth size to size 12
  • Games for children
  • Baby wipes
  • Wraps for babies
  • Unopened toiletries
  • Children’s shoes

And especially during the winter season…

  • Coats
  • Jumpers
  • Jeans 
  • Hats 

So the next time you’re doing your house “winter” cleaning, put your unwanted items to good use and donate them to those who need your help!

And the best part is, not only will you be making a difference, but you will receive yummy treats for doing so!


The posters around school will remind you and we will talk about it at your next assembly.

For more information about the organisation visit:

If your daughter is not a student un Years 7 or 8 you can still donate. Please ask your daughter to drop off any donations to Mr Hilton in the Languages Office at any time.

Performing Arts News

Snowed Inn

The Camberwell Showtime proudly Presents Snowed Inn! Come along to see some talented MGC students on stage at the community theatre. More information and tickets are available here.

Important General Reminders


  • Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th August (Cast 1) 
  • Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th & Friday 17th of August. (Cast 2)

NB- Band/Crew/Chorus/Specialist Dancers/Specialist Singers are required for all 6 evening performances.



Bump In: Monday 6th August. This is when all the equipment arrives. Crew only.

Tech rehearsal: Tuesday 7th August. This is when all the lights and audio is tested. Crew only required. Cast on call.               

 Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday 7th August afterschool, 2.30-5pm approx. All required

 Full Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday 8th August, Periods 1-3. All required

(Please note early dismissal to allow time to freshen up before opening night!)

Performance Evenings

Cast, Crew & Musicians required @ 6pm for makeup/set up/tune up respectively.

Chorus required @ 6.30pm.

Compulsory preshow meeting @ 6.30pm in the Auditorium for everybody

Doors open: 7.15pm

Show Starts 7.30pm

Interval-8.40 approx

Show Ends 10pm approx.

Please make sure you have a lift home- organize a car pool or a buddy to travel with. Don’t travel alone.

Parents- please note that the MGC Café will be open before the show for you to enjoy a light meal and a drink.

Parking at MGC is limited, so please leave enough time to find a park or take public transport.


Please find attached the Term 3 Rehearsal Schedule for Bring It On: The Musical 


Anne Corry

Musical Production

[email protected]



Bring It On Student Reminder Summary

All information can be found on Compass under School resources/Miscellaneous/Bring It On.


Costumes & Makeup

Costumes briefs are available on Compass.


Supervision of Middle School Students

Staying back at school? Afterschool supervision is provided for Middle school students who are unable to go home and return in time for their call. This is a good opportunity to have some quiet time, catch up on homework, or watch a DVD. Students do not have permission to leave the school grounds. Meals are available from the Café -just complete a lunch order at recess. Alternatively, BYO dinner and heat it up in the microwave.

What to bring on the night

Named costume, water bottle, nibbles (not lollies) and makeup. Also bring a quiet activity such as a book or deck of cards for when you are not on stage.

What not to bring- valuables!  If you need to bring your phone/wallet, make sure you hand it to your supervising teacher for safe keeping.


Performance Night Procedure

Compulsory meeting in Auditorium at 6.30pm.

From there, proceed to your allocated dressing room area.

Sign in and give any valuables to your supervising teacher


10pm (approx.) Clean up dressing room area and sign out.

Sleep In!

Middle school students have permission to sleep in on the Thursday and Friday mornings. You must be at school in time for Period 2.


You are welcome to buy a souvenir t-shirt. Payment deadline: Wednesday 25th July​

All students will receive a complimentary souvenir program.

MGC Presents: Bring It On: The Musical


ConocoPhilips Science Experience

From the 11th to the 13th July, during the recent school holidays, Tyana and I (Yr9) joined about 60 other high school students at Swinburne University to participate in various Science workshops, presentations, activities and social events as a part of the ConocoPhilips Science Experience.


It was one of the most memorable and enjoyable Science events I have been to; jam packed with lots of fun, exciting workshops and interactive activities. It was a very ‘hands on’ experience! Including extremely engaging presentations by some cool figures in science such as Alan Duffy, covering various topics from the microscopic level (forensic analysis of DNA and chromosomes) to an infinite level (virtual exploration of the solar system and the universe)


We visited the ‘Synchrontron’ where particles hurtle around a machine almost at the speed of light, we put on the full lab gear to handle dangerous chemicals, do experiments and conduct forensic analysis, we worked with electrical circuits to create lighting and engineer our own electronic dice, we used coding to create our own simulation of the solar system, we learnt about black holes and exoplanets, we geared up to take an fully immersive virtual tour of the universe, some flew drones in the flight simulator, we toured the amazing Design and technology facilities at Swinburne and met lots of incredibly inspiring university lecturers, funny, energetic and friendly science students and made lots of new friends from schools all across Victoria.


I had a fantastic time and I would definitely recommend it.


Jade Leung 9G


Having the opportunity to go to Invetech for a week of work experience was such an amazing adventure. We were a total of six people with three of us from Melbourne Girls’ College. We were first divided into two teams and had to work on building a Linebot robot by the end of the week with the help of our leaders. So, we were given a room, like a small office, and it was there that we did all the planning and designing. But aside from working on our robot, we also had some additional activities such as presentations, tours and workshops which were led by people who worked within that field. When both groups were finished with designing their chassis, we were taken to the 3D printers’ section to see how it all works.

Some of our planning and designs for our robot.


On the last day, both groups were mostly working on coding their robots. At the end of the day, each group had to do a short presentation about what they found challenging, interesting, things they learnt and a short description of their robot. After the presentation, we tested our robots on a track and then we had a drag race.


It was such a wonderful experience. I learnt so many things, made new friends and gained a lot of new skills. It changed the way I thought about engineering and I would definitely love to be doing something like this in the future.


Yasaman Dehbozorgi (Year 10)


ROGAINING: the sport of long distance cross-country navigation - teamwork, endurance, strategy and map reading.


34 adventurous AAFC cadets accepted the Victorian Rogaining Association’s Challenge of a 6-hour Rogaine near Castlemaine on Sunday 24 June. After departing MGC at 0700hours, we arrived at Campbell’s Creek, registered, received our maps and quickly planned our route to find as many checkpoints as we could within the 6 hour timeframe. At 1000 hrs the approx. 400 Rogainers all departed the “Hash House” and scattered into the surrounding forest. Yes, we got lost, but we found ourselves again and kept having lots of fun whilst wandering along tracks and occasionally through the Goldfields near Chewton. 1600hrs was the cut off and we all got back with time to spare! The points were counted and not only did we achieve the top 3 teams in the Junior Girls competition, but we also won the AAFC Golden Boot Trophy with our top two teams scoring more points than any other Squadron from around Victoria. Thanks to the VRA and our support team for getting us there, running the event and making sure we were safe throughout. It was a great way to spend a Sunday – maybe we might do one of the 24 hour Rogaines later in the year! See the VRA website for their next Rogaine, some are even in the city!


Congratulations to CCPL Cousins, LCDT Carey, Casey, Palamara and Perkins, who attended a 2 week promotion course in RAAF Laverton.
All our candidates did amazing and we're so excited to see what these new leaders will bring to 414.


On Thursday 19th July our Aerobics team competed in the Secondary Aeroschools competition and achieved outstanding results! We came second overall and are so proud of how well MGC was represented! On Saturday 21st July we also competed in the Victorian Championships and again achieved second overall, with numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. The hard work, training, dedication and commitment really pays off! Next competition we have is the annual MGC Interschool Aerobics competition, before heading off to Nationals in the Gold Coast!! We are so proud of everyone on the team, well done MGC!



Library News

Student Creative Anthology

Curious about the creative talents of students at Melbourne Girls’ College? Looking for fresh new writing to read? Purchase the MGC Creative Anthology for a window into the writing, artwork and tech drawings being produced in our wonderful school. At only $10 this is a great gift for friends and relatives. You can purchase the book here.

Student Book Reviews

Ashlee lives in a world that is almost destroyed by pollution, seismic adjustments and plague. Birds are blamed for the plague and everybody is terrified of them.

A controlling retrogressive group called the Citadel has taken over, and they believe that it is better that people are all of one thought as then there is no dissent. How wrong they are.  Ashlee who is a Cinderella character begins to doubt when she sees a bird nesting on some eggs near her home. When she is caught with the eggs by an ugly stepsister and labeled a witch she sets out into a world she didn’t know existed.

This is a world of resistance. A world where Eggheads (scientists) and conservationists plot the downfall of the citadel who are not only poisoning minds but the environment as well.

The action takes place in a location that is remarkably like Christchurch and Banks Peninsula and there is talk of a toppled cathedral. There is tension throughout the novel and the ending is action packed and ultimately hopeful. So, it should be. Good should always triumph over evil. The book also encourages children to take a step forward into a new world of adventure.


The Explorer is about 4 kids who get lost in the Amazon Jungle trying to get home after their plane crashed. It is mainly based on the character, Fred, but it’s written in third-person. They find an explorer who lives there and he helps them. There are twists and turns and the characters are very unique. Their backstories shine through as you read and it gets very intense at times. It also has a good sense of humour in the book, which can make the tough times seem a little less tough. Even though it is a bit of a kid’s book, it has a different sense of writing, which makes me want to read more books by this author. She has a good sense of humour and she manages to put a more “young adult” sense to a kid’s book, whilst still making it feel young. If you are into books like this, I would definitely read it, and even if you’re not, I would give it a try – just like I did – because you never know if you will actually enjoy it. I would give it a higher rating, but I’m more into young adult books than junior fiction. That’s just my taste, but considering the genre, I think it has done pretty well.

Library Book Club

The Library Book club is up and running! The Book Club is a space for students who want to read books, read about books, talk about books, and then read and talk some more.


If you have any questions or you'd like to get involved, please email Beth at [email protected].

Library Events


MGC Homework Club


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



The Library




Hope to see you there!

Ms Hajzler

MGC Second Hand Uniform Shop

With the MGC Rowing Season about to kick off for 2018-19 it’s a good time to check out the second hand rowing items at the uniform shop.


We currently have a fantastic supply of rowing training shirts and vests as well as some training zooties, jumpers and even a few hats!


If you get in early, we also have a limited number of competition zooties.


We are open every Thursday lunch from 1pm – 2pm


Alternatively, if you are looking to sell or donate your uniform, we take items all year round.  You can drop them either to the office at any time or to the uniform shop during our opening hours.


We now operate on a consignment basis so payment will be made once per term for items sold with 30% retained by the Parents Association.  These funds go towards supporting all MGC students through our Annual Grants Program and other PA events.


Please find attached the Uniform Shop Consignment form below.


Melbourne Girls' College
CCTV Policy 2018.pdf
Bring it On Term 3 Rehearsal Schedule.docx
Bring it On Term 3 Rehearsal Schedule.docx
Souvenir T-Shirt Order Form.docx
Bring it On Term 3 Rehearsal Schedule.docx
Tuning In To Teens Flyer August Richmond 18031.pdf
Tuning In To Teens Flyer August Richmond 18031.pdf
MGC Parents Association Second Hand Uniform Shop Consignment .pdf