Melbourne Girls' College

17 November 2016
Issue Eighteen
School News
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
Rowing News
Parents' Association News
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


18th - 25th November - Unit 2 Exams

23rd November - Last Day of Year 10 Classes

28th November - 2th December - Headstart Program

29th November - Presentation Night

30th November - Piano Soiree


3rd December - Class of 2011, 5 Year Reunion

5th - 9th December - Year 10 Work Experience

6th - 9th December - AAFC Camp

6th December - Grade 6 into Year 7 Orientation Day

13th December - AAFC Presentation Dinner (book your tickets here)

13th December - Chorals Performance Day

20th December - Final day of Term 4


31st January - Academic Year begins for Years 7, 12 and all new  students


1st February - Academic Year begins for Years 8-11


Presentation Night 2016

Book your tickets here:


The Melbourne Girls' College Presentation Night is coming up on Tuesday 29th November. The evening will commence at 7pm in the Gymnasium and conclude at 8.30pm.
Students finish at the end of period 3 (1.10pm) on this day. It is the expectation that students will attend this celebration in full school uniform.
This is an important school event which commends the achievements and talents of our girls. Parents and family members are very much invited to this celebration. We look forward to seeing you there.

Principal's Report


Visual Arts and Technology Successes!

Congratulations to Olivia Basile of Year 12 who has been selected for the VCE Season of Excellence in Top Designs. Olivia’s work focused on a Library Design comprising a folio of design plans, work briefs, client feedback and evaluation. The Top Designs 2017 exhibition will be officially launched on Friday 17 March 2017 at the Melbourne Museum, Carlton.


Congratulations to Harriet Murphy – Hoyle who has been nominated as a VCE Top Arts candidate. Harriet’s work is too amazing to describe fully however, picture large bamboo knitting needles used to knit a length of bright pink, thick rope as a comment on the continuum from tight to less control. Harriet’s creativity and expertise is inspirational.


Many thanks to our wonderful teacher, Harriet Turnbull, who for the third year in a row, has a student nominated for Top Arts. Last year Harriet’s student, Rosie Duffy, won the overall Top Arts Award.


The Top Arts 2017 exhibition will be officially launched at The Ian Potter Centre on Thursday 23 March.


Celebration of Senior Art and Design

The Senior Art and Design exhibition and Parent Association Art Acquisition Award ceremony took place on Tuesday 15 November. The work of our students was outstanding with the Acquisition Award awarded to by our P.A. co-President, Gailean Hammond to Harriet Murphy – Hoyle. Thank you to Roger Dunscombe, Harriet Turnbull, Fiona Storrie, Ingrida Ansons, Emma McCowan and Ollie Hull who made the event such a success.


Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) Challenge

I received a very excited email from Jo Jepson last week so proud of two of her Year 11 VCE students, Lilly Oshlack and Alannah O’Farrell, who entered a design challenge for DATTA. The panel loved their work which included meeting two challenges. Firstly, to create a mood board and secondly, to re-design a contemporary version of a 1950’s or 1960’s garment. The girls have been invited to the DATTA Conference with Jo on Thursday 8th December to take part in the 3rd and final challenge. We wish them every success.



The first rowing regatta was held last Saturday and went extremely well. Thank you to our great parents who support this fantastic program.


Junior Space Design Competition (JSDC)

Melbourne Girls' College has been selected as a JSDC shortlisted team to present at the JSDC presentation night on 27th November for their work on “A Settlement on Mars”. Congratulations to Lucy Vogel, Tanya Kahn, Sona Hariharan, Samantha Kintanar and to Ms Emily Shaw who lead the team.


Parliamentary Convention Achievement

On the basis of their performance at a youth parliamentary convention and subsequent applications, Lilian Gonzalez and Gabriella Dawson of Year 10 have been chosen to participate in the National Schools Constitutional Convention, 15-17 March 2017 in Canberra. Well done!


2017 Planning

Student Free Days approved by School Council

Monday 30th January (Students Years 7 and 12 on 31st Jan and Years 8-11 1 February) 2017 Vision, operations, curriculum planning, student wellbeing planning and preparation for classes.

Friday 16th June – assessment and planning day

Friday 18th August – City Edge Powerful Learning

Monday 6th November – 2018 planning and Student Agency through Powerful Learning and Wellbeing


Best regards,


Assistant Principal's Report

Important End of Year Dates

Please be advised of the following important end of year dates:

Thursday December 1 - VCE Parent Information Evening                               

Friday December 9 - Last formal classes for Years 7-9

Monday December 12 - Chorals Rehearsal Day

Tuesday December 13 - Chorals Performance Day

Wednesday December 14 - Friday Dec 16 - Pay it Forward week

Monday December 19 - Clean up/planning day

Tuesday December 20 - Staff Final Day                                                         

Rowing News

2016 Ergathon

On Friday October 21, the MGC Rowing Club took part in the 2016 Ergathon. Starting at 9.00am on Friday and going through to 9.00am Saturday, the Juniors, Inters and Seniors kept the ergos ticking over for 24 hours straight.

As well as raising funds for the program, this event was a great opportunity for the rowers to get to know each other, to select and name our new captains, and to celebrate the upcoming season by christening our brand new boats. Thank you to the parents who helped by feeding the coaches and putting on an amazing breakfast spread, the staff who helped supervise and allowed the rowers to attend their sessions during the day, and finally, the MGC rowing coaches who donated their time and expertise for the evening.

The Ergathon was a great success, with a final fundrasing tally of $8777.40! Thank you to all of our friends and families for their generous donations.




Parents' Association News

MGC Second Hand Uniform Shop - Attention all 2016 Year 12 Students!

The MGC Second Hand Uniform Shop is a service provided by the MGC Parents Association.  We are willing to sell your old uniform for you!

We are coming up to our busiest time of year for uniform sales.  With the Year 7 2017 Orientation Day Sale on the 6th of December, we are looking for more stock, including rowing items.

Please consider selling or donating your uniforms that are in good order and we will make a one off payment via EFT or Cheque, no waiting for your items to sell!

Please complete the form below and return it at any time to the office or to the uniform shop on a Thursday between 1pm and 2pm.

Please Note: Items will be priced according to condition and we retain 30% of the buying price, which the Parents Association then utilise towards further MGC PA projects and grants.




Melbourne Girls' College
PA Uniform Shop Form.pdf