Melbourne Girls' College

08 February 2018
Issue One
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Performing Arts News
Pedal Power Cinema
Student Exchange Information Session 
New Cafe Menu
Tuning Into Teens
Melbourne Girls’ College   Co-operative
Dance News
Sports For Schools
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


12th-14th February - Year 7 Camp 1

12th-14th February - Year 12 Camp

14th-16th February - Year 7 Camp 2

20th February - Year 7 Parent Welcome Evening

27th February - Swimming Sports Day

Principal's Report

Welcome to 2018 and another year of learning, leadership, wellbeing, the arts, languages, STEAM and co-curricular opportunities. The start to the year has been positive with a focus on all that Melbourne Girls’ College (MGC) has to offer.



The 30th January saw our excited Year 7s settling into the Lyceum and the new world of high school. They will be guided by Ms. O’Connell Ms. Kontogeorgis and their Wellbeing teachers, as well as their Year 12 mentors. An initiative of our College Captains, Claudia Junge, Ky Luong and Isabelle Carney is to pair a Year 7 students with a Year 12 so there are a range of friendly faces for our youngest girls.


2017 VCE Results

We continue to be very proud of the Class of 2017 and their excellent VCE results. Pham Van and Alice Noonan are joint Dux with a score of 99.75. Our median is 33 with 27% of students attaining an ATAR above 90, 50% above 80 and 73% above 70. Every student who worked hard and reached their personal best takes enormous satisfaction in their results, regardless of the final ATAR score.


2018 Welcome to New and Returning Staff

We welcome a number of new staff including Amber Munro (English Language), Alice Dawes (English/Humanities), Luke Deery (Legal Studies/ Business Management), Charlotte Fu (Mathematics) Penelope Wilmot (Psychologist), Jielei Cui (International Student Program Coordinator), Angie Ho (ISP Assistant), Rachel Robertson (Leading Teacher), Bethany Barrass (Library Assistant). We welcome back Michael Newton, Meredith Carre, Lucy Chen, Anna Crosswhite and Erin Edgley.


Student Success

Congratulations to Mabel Eldred who has been selected for the under 20 year old Australian Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. Mabel will travel to Canada in August to compete in the World Championships. Mabel’s achievement and hard work is a credit to her persistence and determination.


The Library

The “new” Library was ready to start on 29 January for staff professional learning and welcomed students on 30th January. The feedback from the girls has been overwhelmingly positive about the open learning area and break out spaces. A major hit is the green screen room where learning comes to life on film.


Professional Learning

This year we are consolidating the work around building a professional learning community with a lens on the differentiation of learning.

  • A community of students, staff and parents; rather than a community of separate learners. The premise being that the exponential growth in learning when we collaborate and problem-solve together is greater than planning and reflecting alone. At one level this work is evidenced by VCE, NAPLAN and assessment results; on the most important level it is evidenced by empowered students who reflect, see learning as continuous improvement and have the resilience to mistakes and challenges as an opportunity rather than a failure.
  • Wellbeing with a focus on kindness, gratitude, respect and high expectations. The program continues to incorporate the Victorian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum Capabilities Positive Psychology Growth Mindset research and Career Action Plans
  • An M.G.C. Learning Model which is displayed in every classroom for students and teachers to share, discuss and use as a foundation for increasingly complex learning.

Netball Courts

The construction of three new netball courts at MGC as part of the Inner City Netball Program, funded by the Victorian Government will begin in term 2. They will replace the old and worn current courts. The Department of Education and Training’s School Building Authority personnel are finalising the process at present.  


School Council Student Member Category

The Department of Education and Training (DET) are still determining how best to implement the Minister’s announcement on a mandated student member category. Whilst this separate DET advice is being developed we will proceed with the election of our parent and staff representatives. Students in Year 7 and above enrolled at Melbourne Girls’ College please keep in mind that you are eligible to nominate for membership as soon as the new process is announced through our newsletter.


General School Council Election Information

The Melbourne Girls’ College School Council generally meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6.15pm, however the first meeting of the newly elected Council will take place on Tuesday 13th March.

Membership of School Council is rewarding and ensures parents contribute to and have a close understanding of the direction and strategic planning of MGC. The dates for our Council election process are detailed below and I look forward to working with our parents on Council throughout 2018. Ballot papers and instructions will be attached to a Compass message sent on the 9th of Feburary. Please deliver, mail or email signed nomination forms to Jordyn Taylor in the front office by 4pm on 23rd February.


There are three parent positions due for election and the time line is as follows:

Friday 9th February- Call for nominations

Friday 16th February 4pm- Nominations close

Friday 23rd February- Ballot papers and information on the candidates distributed

Friday 2nd March 4pm- Close of Ballot


Another excellent MGC organisation is our Parents’ Association (P.A.). Please consider joining. The P.A. meets every fourth Tuesday of the month. The tireless efforts of parents on this committee are appreciated by all. The morning tea provided for staff on 27th January was the most wonderful welcome back.


I always look forward to getting to know as many parents as possible. Parent evenings, student-parent-teacher meetings, the Sustainability Collective, School Council and the Parents’ Association are all excellent ways for us to meet and I look forward to having a great year with you all.

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.


Continuation of Instrumental Lessons for 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We trust that your daughter has enjoyed being a part of the Instrumental Music

 program at MGC. Apart from undertaking weekly lessons, students have the

opportunity to be involved in our many ensembles and performance evenings.

We thank you for supporting your daughters with their home practice.

Planning for 2018.


Staffing and timetabling is an involved task, so it is necessary for your daughter

 to indicate if she wishes to continue with her music tuition in 2018 to guarantee

 her place.


In order to secure your daughter’s place in the program, we require you to return

the portion below to the General Office with payment methods.

Want to begin instrumental lessons for 2018?

Please submit your application form to the office ASAP.



Anne Corry

Instrumental Music 


Bring It On - School Musical

It is with much pleasure that MGC announces that our 2018 Musical Production is “Bring It On”.

(Composer: Tom Kitt; Lin Manuel Miranda. Lyricist: Amanda Green; Lin Manuel Miranda. Book by Jeff Whitty) in conjunction with Hal Leonard Australia.


When? There will be 6 evening performances at MGC from 7.30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August. (Term 3, Week 4) and

Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August. (Term 3, Week 5)


Missed Friday’s lunchtime information session?


Expression of interest forms can be located outside the music room. You can return your completed form there too.


We have begun familiarizing students with the audition song/s and characters. If you are unable to make your allocated session, then come along to another. Audition tracks can be found on Compass under School Resources/Miscellaneous/Bring It On.


Auditions begin in Week 5. All students who audition will be accommodated-no one misses out!


Rehearsals will begin in Term 2, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays afterschool, depending on which chorus you are allocated.




Anne Corry

Musical Production


Pedal Power Cinema

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!


Student Exchange Information Session 




New Cafe Menu

Please find attached the new MGC Cafe Menu for 2018. 


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. 


Melbourne Girls’ College   Co-operative

Notice To Community Melbourne Girls’ College Co-Operative Members

The Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne Girls’ College Co-operative Limited will be held at Melbourne Girls’ College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond at 8:30am on Monday 26 March, 2018  Co-operative members are cordially invited to attend this meeting.


Dance News

Sarah Kinch

Congratulations to Sarah Kinch who was invited to audition for Top Class (Dance) for both of her solo dance works.  Students are only selected to audition if they receive an A+ result on their Unit 3/4 Performances.  Well done Sarah!


Dance Classes

Dance classes started this week (week 2) for Year 7 and 8 students.  Students should check Compass for their individual schedules.

There will be no Year 7 dance classes running Week 3 due to camp.


Dance Showcase

The Dance Showcase for Semester 1 will be on the 24th/25th May 2018 from 6pm in the MGC Auditorium.  More information to come, closer to the event.


Sports For Schools

MGC is Participating in Sports for Schools

During the Sports For Schools program, you will be able to collect Coles Sports for Schools vouchers for MGC from Coles stores across Australia (but mainly Melbourne). When the program ends, we can exchange those vouchers towards sporting equipment to source more equipment for our Physical Education programs within the school.

The blue Collection Boxes are at the front office and in the library.

For any enquiries please email Zack Pretlove ([email protected])

Melbourne Girls' College
2017_School_Council_Self-nomination_Form_for_Parent_Member_Category (1).pdf
2018_School_Council_Self-nomination_Form_for_Parent_Member_Category (1).pdf
Continuation Of Music Form 2018.pdf
Continuation of Tuition form 2018 PAYMENT FORM ONLY (3).pdf
Introduction of INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC Teachers.docx
Term 1 Bring it On Audition Schedule.docx
moonlight cinema 18.pdf
moonlight cinema 18.pdf
Tuning In To Teens Flyer W18004.pdf
Coop notice to members prior to agm2018.doc
Coop notice to members prior to agm2018.doc