Melbourne Girls' College

27 July 2017
Issue Eleven
Important Dates
Principal's Report 
Parent Opinion Survey
Year 7 News 
Performing Arts
STEAM Program
SRC News
Algorithmics 3&4
Physics News
Netball News
Earn and Learn
Student News
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


9th - 11th 17th July: Learn to Row Program Begins

26th July: Year 9 City Experience Begins



4th August: Year 8 Wellbeing Day

7th August: Parent Exhibition of Year 9 City Experience Work

8th August: Middle School Information Night

8th August: Prospective Parents Evening

9th, 10th, 11th August: House Production

Principal's Report 

Principal's Report 27th July

Welcome back to term three and I trust the break from school routine was relaxing for you all. Term three is busy as the 2018 planning begins in earnest. The many pieces of the timetable puzzle including big picture planning, student subject choices, allotment preferences and staff appointments ensure we are kept on our toes! The hard work is worth it to support the talent and expertise of our students.


Thank you to our dedicated parents and staff who attended the information evening on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see and speak to so many of you. The girls are certainly excited about the possibilities for their futures and your support is so important to negotiating the plethora of choices and pathways available.


Strategic Planning

A crucial part of our work is ensuring the Strategic Plan 2017-2020 captures how Melbourne Girls’ College will guide future learning and success.


The key recommendations will be developed with staff on Tuesday for their ideas on key improvement strategies and targets we wish to set for the girls.


The key recommendations from the recent school review are:

  • To optimise the learning achievement growth of each student
  • To establish a consistent level of excellence in teaching and learning across the college
  • To optimise Wellbeing for every student

The review confirmed we should explore extension of our many Gifted and Talented students. I attended the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference in Sydney last week. The learning was excellent in research, theory and practice providing insight into future directions in this area for our College. Please see this link to the conference program for more detail:


Student Success

Grace Rosebirch of Year 8 recently appeared in an anti-bullying short film called "Spill". Grace plays the lead girl, Amy.  The film has won many awards and been exhibited at film festivals around the world. “Spill” has now been accepted into the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Film Awards. In order to win this highest short film honor the film needs maximum votes from the public. I encourage our school community to follow this link to support Grace and the “Spill” crew in their endeavours. Any initiative to combat bullying is worth our support.


Congratulations to Mikki George of Year 12 who is the recipient of the 2017 Victorian NAIDOC Sports Person of the Year. Mikki has been in Utah attending a three week camp for her Aerial Skiing training and her skills, courage and commitment are inspirational.


Congratulations to our talented Technology Leader, Jo Jepsen who fostered the talents of Alannah O’Farrell and Lilly Oshlack to win the 2016 ‘So you think you can design’ competition. Alannah and Lilly were interviewed for the latest Design and Technology Teacher’s Association professional journal, Technotes, about their experience, “We had never worked cooperatively on a garment before; this made delegating tasks very challenging. However, it ended working in our favour because we were able to utilize our combined skills to produce a garment that incorporated both our individual styles. Working collaboratively on making our garment was really enjoyable”.



The Year 10 Visual Arts students have been involved in a collaborative project with the City of Yarra Artist in resident, Carolyn Cardinet. The students have created an amazing public artwork that will be installed in the Richmond library. Many thanks to our great Harriet Turnbull who always ensures her students have access to the best experiences possible.


The Rotary Club of Richmond’s Slade Literary Awards were held on Monday 24th July and congratulations are due to three of our students awarded major prizes for their short stories.


First place went to Sarah Kinch, Year 11, “Birds of a Feather”.

Second place to Greta Chadwick, Year 10, “The Guest List”.

Third place to Leyla Yucel, Year 10, “Behind the Veil”.


The stories explored homelessness, connecting with community and what it is to be a human being in the complex worlds we live in today including being a wedding guest! Thank you to Indra Leipins and Ruth Gadsden for supporting the girls in their creativity and writing.


Reminder: City Edge Network Professional Learning 16th and 18th August          


Every two years the City Edge Network of schools conduct professional learning as an inner city Community of Practice. This year the Twilight Session will be held at The University High School on Wednesday 16th August, 2pm - 4 pm. All students will be dismissed at the end of period 3 on this day.


The Student Free Day endorsed by School Council for 18th August will see City Edge colleagues congregate at one of our seven schools to discuss pedagogy and curriculum, particularly related to our schools, performance development plans and Key Note speaker who is Adjunct Professor Erica McWilliam discussing “High Impact teaching for collaborative learning:  What great pedagogy looks like.”


In her presentation, Erica will address the issue ‘why collaborate?’ before exploring what highly effective teachers do build, sustain and ‘normalise’ collaborative learning. Drawing on recent classroom research, she will share a range of useful pedagogical techniques for directing, supporting and sustaining collaborative learning in the context of a virtual ecology of digital disruption and distractibility and high stakes assessment. Insisting that all learning environments function best around facilitative routines, Erica will elaborate on pedagogical protocols for placing dynamic peer-with-peer collaboration at the centre of the inquiry-oriented learning environment.    


We are delighted that our educational support staff are also involved in the joint professional learning day. They are focussing on effective teamwork and sharing of practice across schools.  A great opportunity for all educational professionals to build their expertise.


Kind Regards,

Karen Money

Parent Opinion Survey

Parent Opinion Survey


The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school. It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. Last year’s results were used as an important source of feedback for our recent school review.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey, to be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The survey will only take 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

Parents that have been randomly selected will receive an email from me on Monday 7th August with the survey link.


For further information, please get in contact with me ([email protected] or 9428 8955) or visit.


Kind Regards

Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal



Year 7 News 

United Nations Poster Competition

One of our very own Year 7 students’ Casey Tring came second in a United Nations poster competition! Casey won one of 23 merit awards offered in the competition. In fact, she won second place out of 600,000 entries.


This year Casey has attended a function dinner with her parents, primary school art teacher and primary school principal. One prize that Casey received was an award of 500 US dollars, or 660 Australian dollars, and the merit award certificate.


Casey’s poster depicted the theme of ‘The Celebration of Peace’. It shows elements of multiculturalism as well as global community.  When asked what she is most proud of about her poster Casey replied, ‘’ I had to restart because I lost my first copy so I am proud of myself having been resilient.’’


Casey wasn’t sure if she had a chance of winning but still was very happy and excited. Casey has now attended a function dinner with the Lions Club. She was required to give a speech about her experience and what peace meant. She was very nervous but she was able to deliver the speech well. Well done Casey!!  


Claire Garner 




Performing Arts

Vocal Showcase

Congratulations to the 66 students who participated in our Vocal Showcase on Tuesday, 27th June. The 32 acts featured solos, including performances from 9 of our VCE voice students, duets and trios, as well as performances from our Choir and A’capella Choir. Highlights of the evening were our sister acts, the Fleet sisters and the McGeorge twins and the finale with all the girls on stage singing and having a “Good Time”.


Thank you to our MC’s, Choir Captains Felicity Edmonson and Grace Rosebirch, Sylvan Dorney for Trybooking, Jordyn Taylor for the flyer & Trevor Howlett for his technical assistance.


Farewell and best wishes to Tanya Schnyder, our German Exchange student, who has been a committed member of the A’capella Choir.


Finally, a huge thank you to our two voice teachers at MGC, Susan de Jong and Ellyce Calder, for their organization of the evening and enthusiasm and dedication to our vibrant vocal program at MGC.


We look forward to our next Vocal Showcase in Term 4.


A reminder that Choir rehearses every Monday lunchtime and everyone is welcome.



String Soiree

Congratulations to our 42 violin, ‘cello and guitar students who performed at our String Soiree on Wednesday, 28th June. Highlights included Millicent Coburn’s Harp solo, Darby Stoffel’s singing “Galway Girl” (and winning the bowing competition) the performance of the MGC String Ensemble and the finale with all the guitar students onstage playing “Wild World”.


Thank you to our wonderful string teachers at MGC, Andy Clarke (Guitar and Bass), Les Gyori (Violin) and Wen Chin (‘cello and String Ensemble)


We look forward to our next string soiree in Term 4!

MGC's House Production 2017 Reminders


- Online, Week 2

-  Adults-$20 Concession-$15, plus booking fee.

- Don’t leave it till the last minute, as you may miss out. There are only 200 seats available each night.


Important Dates

- Thursday, 3/8: One Period rehearsal, on Compass.

- Tuesday 8th August: Full run through afterschool till 4pm approx. (Year 9’s on City Experience are expected to attend)

- Wednesday 9th August: Full Dress Rehearsal during the day. Costumes required. Students have permission to be dismissed at lunchtime to allow time to freshen up before opening night.


Supervision Notice Afterschool

Provision is made for Middle School students who live too far away to be able to go home and get back again in time for the evening performances. Those students will be supervised and can order dinner from the canteen by completing a lunch order at recess. (Students are welcome to bring their own dinner and use the staffroom microwave for heating)


Evening Performances Call.

- All Students are required by 6.00 pm. Make sure you sign in.

- MGC ‘s Crowes Nest Café will be open pre show and at interval  for parents to have a drink or something to eat.

- Doors open at 6.15pm

- Show starts at 6.30pm sharp.

- Interval-7.30 approx for 10 minutes

- The performance will finish at 8.45 pm approximately.

- Please make sure you are dropped off & collected safely from each performance.

- Do not travel alone, make sure you have a “buddy”.

- Permission to come in at Recess, Thursdays & Fridays of Performance Week

- Middle School Students are permitted to sleep in Period 1 but must sign at the kiosk, as an approved late on Compass, ready for Period 2. (don’t leave it too late or there is a huge queue at the office. Be in by recess)




- The main school building is locked at 6pm. Do not leave anything you need in your locker!

- Please label all your belongings. We do not have space for storage of costumes. You must take them home with you each night.

- Do not bring valuables. If you need your phone etc, please give to your supervising teacher to look after.

- Remember to bring a labelled bottle of water to keep your voice hydrated, and any healthy nibbles you may need for energy (no lollies/chocolate- sugar high)

- Bring some quiet activities to do while you are not onstage. (book, cards etc)

- A reminder to students who have borrowed costumes/props, they are your responsibility. If you lose an item, you will be charged the replacement value.

- Please help your supervising teacher by leaving the rooms clean & tidy.



Thank You

Anne Corry

Manager of Performing Arts & Instrumental Music



STEAM Program


Last night (25th July), MGC hosted our Senior School Information Night and STEAM was represented with our elective courses for students going into Year 10 with Digital Worlds and Extended Investigations. We demonstrated various parts of the STEAM program including Lego design, 3D printing and of course, our Virtual Reality setup.


Sometimes a subject doesn’t neatly fit into one learning area alone and that is where STEAM steps in. Subjects that combine a number of different learning areas provide students the opportunity to improve their skills in a range of areas. The Year 9 STEAM: Robotics and Engineering elective will combine mathematics, technology, computer science, science and engineering skills within the one subject. Year 10 Extended Investigation allows students to develop their research skills in order to conduct their own in-depth research on a topic of their choice. This topic can be anything that is worthy of research and from any learning discipline. Digital Worlds covers a multitude of computer skills in conjunction with mathematical, design and artistic skills. Unit 3/4 Algorithmics combines mathematical and programming skills to represent processes and decision making.


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Space Camp

16th September is not too far away!


MGC’s first ever Space Camp trip is coming around fast! In 7 weeks, 20 fearless students will be heading to Huntsville Alabama to participate in NASA’s Space Camp adventure.

Our final information night for parents of our Space Campers will be on Tuesday 1st August at 6pm in the Lyceum.



Useful MGC Links


MGC eMail                    


Home Access Plus    

MGC’s Public Site     

Parents’ Association

Alumni Association 

SRC News

SRC News - VicSRC Congress 2017

During the Winter Holidays Ky Duyen Long (Year 11) and Mia Sherman (Year 10) represented MGC at the VicSRC Congress. The Congress is an annual event run by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria that aims to celebrate and strengthen the student voice of Victoria by inviting schools across the state to share their ideas. Through formal debating and voting the Congress decided that the top five priority areas for the VicSRC in 2017-2018 were:








Senior School SRC Co-Captain, Ky Duyen Long had this to say about her time at Congress.

"My three days with the VicSRC was a short but wonderful experience for me! It was amazing to meet students from across the state and even interstate coming together to discuss and act on the issues they were passionate about to their education. I was apart of the 'Take Student Voice Seriously!' action team. Our issue was that the ideas and opinions presented by students were often not considered or taken seriously by the teachers and principals in many schools.  


The action team came up with three resolutions: 


1. Having students on the school council, where we have a say and allow to vote on what matters the most to our education. 


2. Having an SRC Constitution written up by students for every school. This is a resource which ensures that students can share their ideas and thoughts openly and comfortably and trust that their opinions are taken seriously. This was an idea brought from our own SRC at MGC.


3. Having a Social media presence, starting off with a Facebook page for all SRC’s to share ideas and experiences.


Our action team made it into the top 5, therefore it is one of the prioritised resolutions that the VicSRC will work on. 


I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity! I have learnt and gained so much from these three days and now feel even more inspired and motivated to share what I've experienced to our SRC and make a positive change to student voice! :)" 


It is also our great honour at MGC to have Mia Sherman elected to the VicSRC Executive. This is a position that many past MGC SRC representatives have held, and this will allow the MGC SRC to continue to be making a difference for not only our own students but also students and schools across the state. Mia will have the opportunity over the next 12 months to consult with the Minister for Education, Parents Victoria, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and other education bodies as she works with the VicSRC Executive to achieve their vision of a student-focused education system that enhances young people’s capacity to change the world.




Algorithmics 3&4

New VCE Subject - Algorithmics 3 & 4

MGC will be offering students who have completed or enrolled in Maths Methods 1&2 the opportunity to choose Algorithmics 3&4 as a VCE subject in 2018. As a new subject it is probably best suited to Year 10 students looking to a 3&4 in Year 11.


Algorithmics is the study of rules, systems and processes that solve complex problems either quickly or exactly.  Examples of this are Google Page rank, how Facebook determines what items appear in your newsfeed, automated online loan applications, or even whether or not you are a citizen of a country in the absence of birthplace data. Given the rise of the Internet of Things, algorithms that can sort through your metadata will become increasingly important for government agencies and business.


To put it more simply, any form of recipe, how-to guide or set of instructions are algorithms for a specific set of circumstances. Consider a simple version of the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter:


If brave → then Gryffindor

If smart → then Ravenclaw

If hard-working → then Hufflepuff

If ambitious → then Slytherin

If more than one of the above → then look at closest relative’s house

If still in doubt → then user’s choice


IBM actually made a real life sorting hat, so maybe check out your search engine of choice if you want to see how much more detail they included in their algorithm.


This subject is not designed to turn students into coders, but into computational thinkers who can understand how to take a complex problem in real-life and apply the best problem-solving method (algorithm) to it. This is an invaluable skill to anyone no matter what field of work they are in.


For further information refer to the MGC Senior School Handbook 2018, the VCAA website (, the University of Melbourne School of Engineering ( or the Monash University Faculty of Information Technology ( ). You can always email Zack Pretlove at MGC for specific questions.




AAFC Winter Bivouac

44 cadets braved the cold, rain and the bush at Beaconsfield Upper for 3 days of chilling fun, warming fires and challenging activities. Whether they were:

  • a first year cadet learning how to camp in the bush under canvas, read a map, camouflage and conceal oneself amongst the bush or find checkpoints using a compass, or
  • a second year cadet surviving in the wild through building a shelter, lighting a fire using a flint, gathering water through a variety of stills, cooking on an open fire and performing search & rescue scenarios
  • a third or fourth year cadet instructing lessons, driving the program, helping in the kitchen/HQ, caring for individuals, supporting the team or leading a group to finish a task

They all had a successful camp and can stand tall because of their accomplishments.




Physics News

Girls in Physics Breakfast

Year 12 physics students were truly born under a lucky star to hear one of the most prominently followed astrophysicists in the twittersphere last Friday at the Hawthorn Town Centre.


Dr Katie Mack, an astrophysicist (@astrokatie) enlightened 100 female high school physics students, female physicists, engineers over breakfast about dark matter and dark energies. What may seem like complex theories were conveyed in a simplified yet technical manner that concreted our current understanding of the universe. She spoke with such an interest, passion, and fascination with her work that inspired many of the girls in the room about both physics and scientific communication.


The senior schoolgirl students also got an opportunity to talk with women currently in the industry about careers and tertiary education in STEM fields, and in specific physics application industries, which was fantastic given the current stereotype that women and girls aren’t exactly interested in this field. It was also great to hear some stories of how these women have overcome and dealt with dominating male co-workers, both in their subconscious and conscious attitudes towards women, as well as respect for women in the workplace.


We hope Katie has a great tour around Australia as part of the Women in Physics outreach organised by the Australian Institute of Physics and we thank Mr Kazi for organizing the attendance of the MGC girls and providing us with such an eye-opening experience.


Sophia Maisey and Thirumagal Arunachalam Elanthendral



Netball News

Congratulations to Our Netball Team


Congratulations to MGC's intermediate netball team! They won regionals yesterday and have made it through to the state finals in September. We currently have an extremely strong team, the closest winning margin of the day was 14!


Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program


We are excited to be taking part in the 2017 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.


During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.


From now until September 19th 2017, you can collect stickers at Wooloworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths  you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker card. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school.


We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please contact Zack Pretlove ([email protected])



Student News

MGC Homework Club

Come one, come all!!


Students are invited to join the MGC Homework Club.


When?  3:30-4:30 Mondays and Thursday

Where?  Room 112


See you there!!

Ms Hajzler




Years 8-12 Prospective Students and Parents Information Evening

Please find attached a flyer for the Information Evening for prospective students and their families.



Melbourne Girls' College
Year 8-12 Info Session 2017.pdf
Year 8-12 Info Session 2017.pdf