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Methodist Ladies’ College

Annual Report 2013


ANNUAL REPORT 2013 CONTENTS

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Reflections of 2013

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Our Vision, Mission,Values and Strategic Direction

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MLC Council

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MLC Foundation

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MLC 2013 Graduates Strive to the Heights

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NAPLAN 2013

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Academic Competitions and Results

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Rewarding Academic Excellence

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Sporting Results

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MLC Orchestras and Choirs Scale the Heights

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Leading the Way in Pastoral Care

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Word and Deed - Service Learning

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Indigenous Youth at MLC

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Attracting and Retaining Exceptional Staff

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Our Community

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Continual Improvement

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Organisational Structure

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Appendix 1 Staff Qualifications

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Reflections of 2013 Being bold is a hallmark of MLC. In 2013 our students lived that hallmark to the fullest. They inspired us all. Whether during moments of unexpected sorrow or much anticipated jubilation, we witnessed a definite MLC sparkle; an irrefutable pluck, the wisdom to recognise and revere what it means to strive for the heights. 2013 was a year where our Prefecture dared our Community to step up. And they did. Most dared to learn more, do more and be more; many even dared to be different. With Dorothy and her transformative journey to Oz as our analogy, we somehow, across numerous fields of endeavour, helped each other to find a pair of red shoes and added our own “Onya” affirmations. Circumstance prompted those first few steps for Dorothy, and before too long she was skipping, arm in arm, with her newly discovered comrades. They kept each other buoyed with encouragement and took turns to share vulnerabilities; it was during those moments of doubt that their bond strengthened and unity triumphed. Time and time again, similar experiences unravelled at our School. After all, MLC’s yellow brick road is well-defined: we are developing character and intellectual capability to ultimately have a broad influence and benefit for society. In giving to the world our best, we are compelled to push

beyond our limits and confront our fears to experience the joys of amazing ourselves. Everyday situations often motivate us to find the courage to do this, yet so too does our history and context. Our School was founded amid tumultuous debate within the Methodist church about investing in education for girls or boys. A preference was made to support the principle of creating chances for girls to access quality learning and teaching, during a period when education investment was preferred for boys. The choice was modern and indicated advancement. Indeed, our School evolved from the tenet of excellence in education for girls and inherent in these underpinnings is the fundamental commitment to equality of opportunity for women.

Through Malala Yousafzai’s example, in 2013 we stopped to reflect: “I thought, why shall I wait for someone else? Why don’t I raise my voice? Why don’t I stand up for my rights? I need to tell the world what is happening.” It is right and just to step up for ourselves; it is bold and noble to step up for humanity. In 2013 we stepped up.

Per Ardua Ad Alta. Rebecca Cody

More than a century later we live out this MLC foundation promise for more than 1,100 girls. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to do so, especially given that globally the privilege of an education eludes millions of girls.

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Our Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Direction. Our Inspiration

• Striving to make the most of individual gifts; and

We are inspired by our Vision: Per Ardua Ad Alta; through striving to the heights.

• Respect for self, others and the environment.

Who we are MLC is a College of the Uniting Church for boarding and day girls from Kindergarten to Year 12.

What we do MLC provides challenging and holistic educational experiences that inspire individual excellence and global citizenship. The College supports more than 1,100 Australian and international students to develop life skills that enable them to participate fully in society, to achieve their personal best and to value life-long learning.

How we do it To achieve this, we live our Christian Values: • Christian foundations in life; • Courage, resilience and confidence; • Community spirit which celebrates diversity;

Our students 1. To provide differentiated and rigorous opportunities for multiple intelligences and skills to be developed and celebrated within a balanced curriculum. 2. To embed proactive pastoral care initiatives across our teaching, co-curricular and residential environments.

Our PEOPLE 1. To develop an organisational identity that inspires and supports staff to achieve best professional practice. 2. To achieve a five-phase PreKindergarten to Collegian, collaborative, collegial and connected Community.

What makes us different We work together and achieve our goals through a collaborative, collegial and connected community. We embrace diversity and respect every child’s unique talents. We help them to discover who they are and the individual gifts they have, and then nurture them by providing opportunities and support to grow. Over the years this has defined a character and service which provides high quality, non-selective holistic education based on Christian beliefs and practice to girls and young women from diverse backgrounds. Our Strategic Plan was developed in 2011 and provides the College with a united direction. All staff are focused on this strategy and regularly report on their progress towards the attainment of goals. Inspired not only by the MLC community, but also global leaders and influences, the Strategic Plan and goals focus on the four pillars of our College: Our RESOURCES 1. To strengthen, sustain and futureproof human, intellectual, financial and physical resources. 2. To realise philanthropy as an active and sustainable College culture. 3. To enable Information and Learming Technologies to be fully utilised as learning and administrative tools.

Our COMMUNITY 1. To improve educational outcomes through the engagement of past, present and prospective families with the College’s Vision, Mission and Values. 2. To refine and strengthen business systems, communication strategies and processes. 3. To be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in education.

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MLC Council As I reflect on 2013 I feel great pride and gratitude for the enormous amount of work undertaken by so many people to maintain the College’s standing as one of our most recognised and influential independent girls’ schools. Across all areas, this work was reflected in our capabilities, our results and our relationships. Everywhere I looked I not only saw, but also felt, the cohesiveness and collective intentions of a dynamic group of people. In our teachers I saw a dedicated and energetic team whose work provided our girls with an academically focused curriculum enriched by challenge and choice. In our community organisations I saw a caring and enlightened group who played active and important roles. Through their work on the Community Leadership Committee, Parents of MLC, the Men of MLC, Per Ardua, Collegians, Friends of Music

MLC, and the MLC Rowing Club the individual talents of our girls grew and flourished. When I looked at the numerous subcommittees of our Council overseeing Governance, Strategic Assets Management and Planning, Audit, Risk and Compliance and Naming Rights I saw passionate discussions and careful consideration of many important issues and matters. In our Principal, Rebecca Cody, I saw tireless leadership and an inclusive approach take us all to new heights. I give thanks for the work you have all done and on behalf of the Council say a heartfelt thank you. The year also saw us strengthen and reaffirm many of the relationships we have with our key stakeholders. In September 2013, the Synod of the Uniting Church ratified the new College Constitution, maintaining the shared educational purpose of the Uniting Church with Methodist Ladies’ College. The relationship

between the College Council and the MLC Foundation has always been positive and with the ratification of the new Deed of Cooperation between the College Council and the MLC Foundation Board, a new financial direction was forged. We said a very fond farewell to retiring Council Members Ms Dorothy Carey, Ms Gaye McMath and Ms Judy Tennant and wholeheartedly thanked them for many years of distinguished service. In their places we warmly welcomed Dr Phillip Dolan, Dr Anne Passmore and Ms Diane Smith-Gander. When I look forward I feel great excitement. The Council has a very full strategic agenda planned for 2014 – one that will see MLC take its rightful place among the best of the best. One that will capitalise on the preparatory work of the past year. One that will truly amaze us all. Dr Penny Flett OAM

Methodist Ladies’ College Council 2013 Chair: Penny Flett OAM Deputy Chair: Mr David Singleton Treasurer: Ms Prudence Honey Secretary: Ms Diane Mony de Kerloy

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Mr Nick Brasington

Ms Dorothy Carey

Ms Rebecca Cody

Mr Craig Colvin

Dr Phillip Dolan

Mr John Goodlad

Ms Gaye McMath

Mr Ralph Moore

Dr Anne Passmore

Mr Grant Robinson

Ms Judy Tennant

Ms Diane Smith-Gander


MLC Foundation 2013 has been a very exciting and positive year for the Foundation. We have undertaken a significant amount of groundwork towards positioning the Foundation as a genuine and independent source of funding for MLC for many years to come. During the year, the Board reviewed and re-evaluated the role of the Foundation and its purpose. This resulted in two changes in the governance of the Foundation. Firstly, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Foundation and the College has been replaced with a Deed of Cooperation. The new Deed provides the Foundation with greater certainty regarding the distribution of funds to the College but also explicitly recognises any contributions that the community may make to the Foundation via the College. To this end in 2014 the Foundation will launch the Foundation Future Levy to support an endowment that will allow the Foundation to establish an

intergenerational source of income. Secondly, a new constitution for the Foundation was created to ensure it was fit for purpose and met best practice from a governance point of view. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Craig Colvin for his worthy guidance and counsel in this area along with the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee members for their valuable assistance. A key agenda item has been the desire to improve the visibility and transparency of the Foundation and several initiatives are under way in this regard, including the imminent publication of an annual report for the Foundation. In 2013, the Foundation recorded an increase in net assets and total donations of $392,854. To complement the existing Endowment, Building and Scholarship Funds, the Foundation created the General Fund. Notwithstanding the introduction of

the Foundation Future Levy voluntary donations remain and will continue to remain the main source of growth of the Foundation and we are excited with the recent recruitment of staff into the Office of Development and Community Relations that will help drive this process over the next few years. It is the commitment and dedication of the Foundation Board members that makes my involvement with the Foundation so distinctive and enjoyable. They are wholly devoted and bound to the vision of a structure and culture that will see the Foundation achieve considerable success over the coming years. This success will be invaluable to the ongoing delivery of quality education for all current and future MLC students. I am proud to be a part of the Foundation and thank all the Board members and supporters for their ongoing allegiance. James McClements

Methodist Ladies’ College Foundation 2013 Chair: Mr James McClements Deputy Chair: Ms Megan Edwards Mr Nick Brasington

Mr Craig Colvin

Ms Elaine Ma

Mr Peter O’Sullivan

Ms Rachel Pritchard

Mr Cliff Rocke

Ms Lorica Storey Ex-Officio: Dr Penny Flett Ex-Officio: Ms Rebecca Cody

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MLC 2013 Graduates Strive to the Heights This remarkable year group continued to enhance the standing of the College as a leading academic school in WA through the following:

MLC girls also achieved:

• 3AB Human Biological Science

• One General Exhibition;

• 3AB Literature

• One Course Exhibition;

• 99.19 percent achieved secondary graduation;

• Eight Certificates of Distinction;

• 3AB Marine & Maritime Technology • 3AB Materials, Design & Technology

• One Special Certificate of Distinction; and

• A median ATAR of 89.10 percent;

• 12 Certificates of Commendation.

• 92.3 percent of the students attained an ATAR of 66.6 and above, putting them in the top third of the state’s WACE population; • 45 percent of the students achieved an ATAR of 90 and above; and • 24.5 per cent of the students studying a 3A/3B course achieved one or more WACE Course Scores of at least 75.

MLC achieved “top performing students” status in 14 WACE Stage 3 courses including: • 3AB Accounting and Finance • 3AB Biological Science • 3AB Chemistry

• 3AB Mathematics • 3AB Modern History • 3AB Physics • 3AB Psychology MLC achieved “top performing students” status in one WACE Stage 2 course: • 2CD Mathematics

• 3AB Economics • 3AB English • 3AB French

NAPLAN Years 3, 5, 7, 9 - a very strong result In May 2013 the National Assessment Programme - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) was completed by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in all government and non-government schools.

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The test results provided important information about what each student can do and was used to support teaching programmes. Parents received a report indicating their child’s level of achievement against the national minimum standard.

The tests are a useful snapshot, a one-off assessment, that allows the College to review our teaching and learning programmes and also to look at the individual growth of each child.

2013

Year 3 % Achieving Benchmark

Year 5 % Achieving Benchmark

Year 7 % Achieving Benchmark

Year 9 % Achieving Benchmark

Numeracy

100

100

100

98

Reading

100

100

100

100

Spelling

100

100

100

100

Grammar

100

100

100

100

Writing

100

100

100

100

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Academic Competitions and Results Girls across all year groups challenged themselves in a number of academic competitions and received national and international recognition including:

Engineers Australia Certificate of Excellence

Alliance Française Examination
 • 384 students sat Stage 3 examinations

Language Perfect 2013 World Championship

To achieve this award students must receive more than 75% in four of five courses: Specialist Mathematics 3CD, Mathematics 3CD, Chemistry and Physics. MLC had one recipient in 2013 - Emma Lu

• 30 Certificates of High Distinction were awarded with four going to MLC girls

• Eight Gold

• MLC girls were awarded five Certificates of Distinction

• 36 Credit

National Chemistry Quiz

ICAS Science

11O,OOO students sat this worldwide quiz. 23 students from Year 10-12 at MLC achieved: • 16 High Distinctions

• Year 7 - Two High Distinctions • Year 7 - 10 Distinctions • Year 8 - Six Distinctions

• 19 Credits

• Year 9 - Five Distinctions

• Year 6 teams came 4th, 6th and 8th out of 47 teams • Middle and Senior Years had two teams of 14 students compete in the Year 8-10 and Year 11-12 competition

• 17 Bronze

• English - 14 Distinctions and four High Distinctions

• Year 9 - One High Distinction

• Year 5 teams came first, 16th and 23rd out of 43 teams

• Four Silver

ICAS – English, Mathmatics, Spelling, Writing

• 14 Distinctions

Havesumfun

MLC received 65 Awards:

• Writing - 14 Distinctions and one High Distinction • Math - 16 Distinctions • Spelling - eight Distinctions, two High Distinctions and one Medal winner

Australian Mathematics Competition 216 MLC students from Years 7-12 took part in this worldwide competition achieving; • Four High Distinctions • 22 Distinctions • 81 Credits • 59 Proficiency certificates

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Rewarding Academic Excellence The College Council awards a number of scholarships for academic and musical excellence. These awards acknowledge and reward the strengths of recipients, and take into account their potential to contribute both within MLC and in service to the wider community. Council Academic Scholarship

MLC Shell Australia Regional Science Scholarship

Jemima Chan, MLC

Megan Cheng, Dalkeith PS

Isabella Coveney, MLC

Sophie Cullingford, MLC

Eliza Davis, Dalkeith PS

Chelsea Francis, MLC

Kristy Lo, MLC

Charlotte Singleton, MLC

Eury Sohn, MLC

Angela Yang, MLC

In 2013, Methodist Ladies’ College was proud to announce a partnership with Shell Australia to profile science as a creative and innovative pursuit through a scholarship programme for girls in regional communities. Shell Australia has committed to fund four scholarships for girls who demonstrate talent in maths and/or science and a desire to achieve excellence. The first Shell Australia Regional Science Scholarship was awarded to Sara Koster.

Mathushika Kawryshanker MLC Derrick Row Academic Scholarship - Naomi Brough, MLC Collegian Academic Scholarship - Katelyn Edis, MLC Collegian Academic Prize - Charlotte Owens, MLC Ohman Music and Academic Scholarship Christine Jang, Nedlands PS Council Music and Academic Scholarship Hannah Hippisley, MLC Council Rural Scholarship Tashi-Anne Elliott-Lockhart, Geraldton Grammar School

MLC Regional Boarding Scholarships MLC has a strong tradition of boarding and extensive links with WA’s regional communities. Women in the rural sector play a significant leadership role, enriching the communities and adapting to external economic pressures. In recognition of this, MLC has established a Regional Boarding Scholarship programme. Scholarships were awarded to Grace Maddams, Asha McFarlane, Cyra Park, Caitlin Atherton and Tegan Gibson. .

Independant Girls’ School Sporting Association (IGSSA) Results 2013 Athletics

Fifth

Cross Country

Fifth

Swimming Fifth Basketball

Seventh

Netball Seventh Hockey Fourth Softball Third Rowing Fifth Volleyball

Seventh

Tennis Fourth Water polo 10

Eighth

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MLC Orchestra and Choirs Scale the Heights Participation in the arts enhances self-esteem, encourages spontaneity and allows diversity to be celebrated. Our programmes encourage students to strive for the heights. In 2013 they did this and achieved excellence: Venus and Adonis

• The Combined MLC/CCGS Choir and dancers from MLC performed in John Blow’s opera Venus and Adonis in Hadley Hall in collaboration with the Australian Research Council Centre of the History of Emotions at UWA.

Joondalup Eisteddfod •

Chorale First Place (Secondary School Choir Section. Winners of

the Mayor’s Cup for the Most Outstanding School Choir)

Barbershop First Place

WA Schools’ Band Festival • •

Concert Band Merit Junior Concert Band Certificate of Participation

(non- competitive section of the competition)

Western Australian Schools’ Orchestra Festival • • •

Symphony Orchestra Outstanding (Premier Division) Philharmonic Orchestra Merit (B Division) Sinfonietta String Orchestra Merit (C Division)

Western Australian Schools’ Jazz Festival • •

Jazz Band - Outstanding (Division 1 Section and recipients of ‘Adjudicator’s Award’) Swing Band Certificate of Participation (non- competitive section of the competition)

2013 Enrolments Enrolments as at 2 December 2013

Day Students

Boarders

Total

Kindergarten

33

-

33

Pre-Primary

39

-

39

Junior Years 1–6

358

-

358

Middle and Senior Years 7-12

642

57

699

1,072

57

1,129

TOTAL

Student Attendance The College has a detailed Attendance Policy with processes and responsibilities to ensure we meet our Duty of Care responsibilities; our attendance monitoring system connects directly with our pastoral care programme; and we maintain accurate attendance records.

Attendance

%

Junior Years’ Students

95.5%

Middle Years’ Students

94.3%

Senior Years’ Students

97.6%

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Leading the way in Pastoral Care The Pastoral Care Board has overarching responsibility for the development, review and delivery of MLC’s Pastoral Care curriculum. In 2013 the Pastoral Care Board, working in tandem with Heads of Year classroom teachers and Tutors, has been proactive in overseeing the seamlessness of our Kindergarten to Year 12 pastoral care curriculum, policies and procedures. • The Kindergarten to Year 12 Pastoral Care Curriculum was mapped to include learning occurring through Health Education, Tutorials, Religious Education classes, Outdoor Education and various leadership development programmes. This scope and sequence retains the flexibility to respond as specific issues arise in any particular year group or across years and is augmented by regular classroom learning. • Peer Coaching Training was trialled whereby Year 11 girls coached Year 10 students. This was in response to feedback gathered through a range of satisfaction and social and emotional wellbeing surveys. The report on this coaching trial will include data related to the effectiveness of peer coaching in terms of students’ academic achievement and wellbeing. Selection and training of Peer Support Leaders also moved from Year 11 to Year 10. Both of these programmes were very successful; Year 10 Peer Support Leaders and the Year 11 Academic Performance Coaches modelled great resilience, sound communication skills and a high level of organisation. 12

Feedback confirmed that girls enjoyed working closely in these support roles with students in a different year. • During their Orientation Week, all Year 7 students and their tutors participated in a workshop on goal setting and building positive relationships. • The Becoz Project, focussed on developing self esteem and confidence, has been provided for our Boarding students • MLC was recognised as an Asthma Friendly School after all staff attended training and the requisite policy and equipment were put in place. Head Injury Management Guidelines for school nurses were also documented. • The continued rolling out of The Pacific Institute – Investment in Personal Exellence training for staff represented a significant investment in positive psychology, which will have flow on impact for students. • A series of Cybersmart OutreachInternet Safety Awareness presentations was tailored for students, staff and parents. Data derived from the final report on the longitudinal Cyber Friendly Schools Project was applied to shape the ongoing refinement of our programmes. • An explicit process to support preenrolment and enrolment interviews for students who have special learning needs was implemented. The identified need for a Head of Inclusive Learning was the stimulus for designing such a role to be

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recruited at the end of the year for commencement in 2014. • With the introduction of Teachers’ Assistant - our online student information management system - a series of education workshops was run for teachers to guide them in entering and accessing anecdotal notes as well as learning support needs and medical information. This system means details pertinent to the pastoral care of students are readily available and up-to-date. • The implementation of the Junior Years’ Toolbox created a common solution and supported teachers’ negotiations when girls didn’t appreciate each other’s point of view. The Toolbox comprises the following 12 Tools: 1. Own Space Tool 2. Breathing Tool 3. Understanding Other People Tool 4. Quiet/Safe Place Tool 5. Listen to Others Tool 6. Please and Thank You Tool 7. Apology and Forgiveness Tool 8. Garbage Can Tool 9. Talking Time Tool 10. Finding Courage Tool 11. Friendship Tool 12. Caring Tool • The purchase of Girl Power materials to be used in Years 5 and 6 assisted teachers in the delivery of the social and emotional curriculum in the Upper Junior Years. Girls participated in the sixweek programme and some also attended an evening workshop with their mothers.


Word and Deed - The MLC Model of Service Learning With an eye towards what we say matching what we do, the MLC Service Learning programme has adopted the moniker Word and Deed. This is intended to further focus and enhance our commitment to teaching and living out the virtues of connectedness and interdependence whether locally, nationally or internationally. A myriad of projects and events underscored our Word and Deed commitments across the College. Two are highlighted below:

Room to Read The Junior Years took up the challenge to raise funds for school-age children in Cambodia. Primarily, the goal was to receive enough donations to build and supply a primary school library. So successful was the effort, that having reached that goal, the Junior Years’ students went on to provide scholarships for Cambodian students. In 2013, the total funds raised for Room to Read were $9,919.

Nulsen A select group of Year 10 students, in collaboration with Hale School, has participated in the Nulsen Youth Patron programme. Nulsen is a provider of services to Western Australians with profound intellectual and physical disabilities.

The Youth Patrons undertook a range of activities, including regular home visits with the Nulsen residents, fundraising on behalf of the agency and participation in various Nulsen community events.

Service Learning 2013 was also a significant planning period for events in 2014 and beyond. Under the leadership of Binh Nguyen, in his redefined role as Service Learning Associate, the biennial Year 11 and 12 Vietnam Service Learning trip will become an annual event for Year 11 students during the July school holidays. With the arrival of the new Chaplain Rev. Hollis Wilson, a new Service Learning opportunity arose in partnership with the Lutheran-sponsored Bethany Home, Malaysia. Year 11 students will travel to this school for young people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The girls will spend a week volunteering at the school with the Bethany Home staff as well as a host of international volunteers. While not the only measure of our Service Learning, Community Service and Social Services commitments, the College has raised over $45,000 in support of local, national and international agencies and organisations.

Word and Deed - MLC 2013 Fundraising Recipient

Event

Amount

World Vision

40 Hour Famine

Cambodian schools and school-age children

Room to Read

$9,919

WA Cancer Council

Relay for Life

$6,087

UnitingCare West

College Sunday / Year 12 Valedictory Service

$4,921

Vietnamese Orphanages

Vietnam Service Learning

$3,622

Asthma Foundation WA

Social Services Week/Harmony Day / Sports Week

$1,828

Various agencies and organisations

2013 Fundraisers

$1,582

Disable Surfers Association

Sports Week

$1,230

Hope for Cambodian Children Foundation

Shades for AIDS

$604

Hamlin Fistula International

Social Services Week / Harmony Day

$598

TOTAL

$15,000

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Indigenous Youth at MLC MLC provides an opportunity for young indigenous women to achieve their personal best, academically, socially and physically in a caring and safe environment.

and events recognising cultural engagement and to reinforce knowledge and appreciation of indigenous culture have been held or are being planned. These being:

The number of indigenous students has fluctuated during the past 12 months. Currently, there are four indigenous boarding students.

• NAIDOC Week.

MLC has a commitment to embed the notion of high expectations in a sound learning environment. The staff of the College ensures an understanding of cultural issues and an awareness of special needs in a supporting and warm environment as part of key components in both the curriculum and co-curriculum activities. The Indigenous Students’ Programme is coordinated by the Director of Boarding, whose main purpose is to ensure that the education of indigenous students is maintained through mentoring and support. She is an advocate for indigenous students becoming positive role models for indigenous youth and meets weekly with the students. New initiatives during the past 12 months have been the development of a one-on-one mentoring programme through the University of Notre Dame and the studying of a Certificate in Management through FMG. A series of specific activities

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• Sorry Day through a culturally speaking workshop. • Outreach Programme at the University of WA (UWA), involving leadership seminars and science camp. • Study Vacation Programme at UWA. • University tours to UWA, ECU, Murdoch and Curtin. • Graduation dinner for indigenous students. • Acknowledgment of Country – ongoing. • Welcome to Country in Kings Park. • Indigenous Student Boarders’ Council meetings – ongoing.

International Students at MLC There are 12 international students at MLC from Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.


Attracting and retaining exceptional staff We recognise that our staff are a key strength of our College and as a result our aim is to consolidate MLC as the employer of choice in Western Australia. We have a strategic goal to develop an organisational identity that inspires and supports staff to achieve best professional practice. Staff Attendance

evidence of behaviours and outcomes that will contribute toward the attainment of these strategic goals.

In 2013 staff were absent for 1303 days or 8471 hours. This includes not only illness but also commitments due to other College activities. The increase on 2012 is accounted for by a small number of staff having an extended period of sick leave.

The College has adopted Art Costa’s Habits of Mind as behavioural examples of best practice. The implementation of these is also assessed annually by each Staff Members’ Head of Department or Line Manager.

Performance and Review The College’s Performance Review process is linked toward the fulfilment of the Strategic Plan. Every staff member has individual strategic goals which are a subset of the organisational goals. They are asked on an annual basis to provide

Professional Learning and Development Professional Learning and Development (PLD) activities encompass training and development on curriculum matters, innovation

in teaching, pastoral care and staff personal development. The College is totally committed to a comprehensive PLD programme and all staff are encouraged to apply for appropriate courses. A substantial budgetary allowance has been made to fund attendance, including transport, accommodation and wages for both the staff member and their replacement. 2,962 hours or 370.25 days were spent on teachers’ PLD in 2013.

MLC Staff Profile 2013* Women

Men

Casual

%

Full Time

Part Time

Full Time

Part Time

Women

Men

Total

Women

Men

7

0

5

0

0

0

12

58

42

Heads of Academic Dept & Senior Teachers

14

5

8

1

0

0

28

68

32

Managers - Operations

0

0

3

1

0

0

4

0

100

60

50

7

5

42

19

183

83

17

22

57

14

6

82

25

206

78

22

0

1

0

0

1

1

3

67

33

Leadership Team

Other Teachers Operational Employees

No Staff Category

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Our Community The College supports students in one seamless lifetime journey. To achieve this, MLC aims to achieve a five-phase Pre-Kindergarten to Collegian collaborative, collegial and connected Community. Parents as Partners MLC has a long tradition of parental involvement in social and community based activities. The involvement of parents as partners in the education of their daughters provides a caring and supportive environment for the girls, and an array of opportunities for them that may not have been possible without a strong parental network of support. The involvement of parents creates many treasured memories and lifelong friendships. Of particular importance to the College are the contributions and input from the College’s other ‘families’, namely the: • Parents of MLC • Men of MLC • Friends of Music MLC • MLC Rowing Club • Collegians’ Association • Per Ardua Association

Parents of MLC (PoMLC) Parents, step parents, guardians, carers, or any person having familial care of a student attending the College, automatically become a member of Parents of MLC. Its purpose is to bring MLC families together to strengthen the MLC Community by supporting the girls, their families and the College by: • fostering interaction among families. • organising and supporting social activities designed to promote the 16

general welfare of the College. • supporting families in crisis. • providing assistance to the staff for College activities. • supporting and encouraging interaction and cooperation between Community Support Groups. • raising funds and using these to further the objectives of the Parents of MLC. PoMLC coordinate the Summer Market and Second-hand Book Sale as fundraisers, support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for Cancer Research and support parent and student learning through the Scholar in Residence programme and education seminars. In 2013 coordinators organised a wide variety of social events for parents to attend as part of the MLC Family.

by The Fathering Project on “Fathers Raising Teenage Daughters”. The MoMLC Fun Day proved to be very successful with 175 people attending and the annual Year 6/7 Father/ Daughter camp was again a highlight for dads and daughters.

Friends of Music MLC Friends of Music MLC promote and support the development of Music within the College and the wider community. This takes the form of practical support for concerts held within the College and fundraising events for specific activities. Parents of students involved in the musical life of the College are encouraged to participate, but membership is open to everyone and is a positive and pro-active way of showing support for MLC Music.

Men of MLC (MoMLC)

MLC Rowing Club

Established in 2009 with only a handful of eager dads, MoMLC has developed a membership of more than 250 enthusiastic and innovative dads, uncles, brothers and grandfathers who enjoy being constructively involved in the students’ College lives.

The MLC Rowing Club is a dynamic and dedicated group of parents of MLC rowing girls, past MLC rowers, past and present coaches and members of the MLC staff that offers practical support to the rowing programme of the College.

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The Club has a strong fundraising focus as well as providing a fabulous social component. The Club has contributed to the purchase of a new scull and rowing simulator.


The Collegians’ Association Inc. Every student leaving MLC becomes a part of the MLC Collegians’ Association - a vibrant and extraordinarily well-connected global Alumni network. The Collegians’ Association Committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining a connection with more than 9000 members of the Alumni Community through hosting reunions and social and networking events, and providing mentoring opportunities to Collegians. The Committee also aims to support the College and its Community through fundraising to provide scholarships and bursaries to current students. 2013 marked the centenary of the Collegians’ Association. The Committee hosted a Committee Member Reunion Cocktail Function as part of their AGM, Centenary High Tea, Sleepover in the Boarding House and a Cocktail Party to allow the Alumni Community to celebrate this momentous occasion. In conjunction with these successful events, the College produced the 100 Collegian Voices publication to highlight the incredible achievements and endeavours of 100 MLC Collegians. A number of reunions throughout the year also allowed further reconnection within the Alumni Community. The College’s first 1 Year Reunion and 70 Year Reunion were held during the Collegians’ centenary year.

of 2013 based on her participation and success in many facets of school life and the surrounding community. The Bownes Memorial Bursary was established to commemorate the lives of Noelle and Gillian Bownes who were both Collegians. Noelle Bownes taught at MLC and was also a Council member.

The MLC Per Ardua Association The MLC Per Ardua Association is comprised of members from the wider Alumni community including Collegians, past and current staff members, past parents and grandparents of current and former students. This group meets approximately four times a year to hear from a guest speaker and enjoy a coffee and a chat. In 2013, the Association hosted a Welcome Brunch with former MLC teacher and renowned artist Mr John Garde, an AGM where they were joined by Ecologists and Environmental Educators Dr Mike and Mrs Mandy Bamford and the annual Christmas Luncheon with MLC’s recently appointed Director of Music Dr Robert Faulkner. The Per Ardua Association also hosted MLC’s inaugural Grandparents Day in 2013 as part of their annual Musicale. Students and grandparents enjoyed afternoon tea together following the musical performance.

The Association awarded the annual Bownes Memorial Bursary to Samantha Schrauth for the year

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Continual Improvement Feedback from our community is critical to achieve our goal to refine and strengthen business systems, communication strategies and processes. MLC is committed to listening to the views and expectations from key stakeholders and commissions independent surveys to provide performance feedback on a wide range of related education topics. The feedback from these surveys greatly assists the College with its operational and strategic planning and its determination to continually improve the value proposition and educational experience offered to the students. In 2013, the College once again commissioned MMG Education to conduct independent, confidential satisfaction surveys of our leavers’ community (Year 12 parents and students). Such an endeavour is part of our ongoing commitment to continually monitor and improve the quality of education we provide. We value greatly the views of parents and students. Indeed, the data collected informs our operational and strategic planning, as well as enabling us to track changes in our performance.

A total of 55 parents and 122 students from Year 12 2013 completed the survey; this was an excellent response. We are most grateful to parents and girls for their time and effort in assisting us with this important initiative. The surveys were extensive and covered in excess of 300 areas in relation to students’ education at MLC. The following chart provides details of parents’ overall expectations met or exceeded

2013 Methodist Ladies’ College Year 12 Parents - Expectations - Met or Exceeded

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2013 Methodist Ladies’ College Year 12 Parents - Expectations - Met or Exceeded

2013 Methodist Ladies’ College Year 12 Students - Expectations - Met or Exceeded

2013 Methodist Ladies’ College Year 12 Students - Expectations - Met or Exceeded

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Organisational Structure

COUNCIL PRINCIPAL

Director of Boarding

Uniform Shop

Boarding House Staff

Director of ILT

Director of Corporate Services

Director of Development and Communications

Catering

Head of Operational Departments

Office of Development and Communications

Operating Teams

Senior Years’ Subject Coordinators

Chaplain

Health Centre

Middle Years’ Curriculum Coordinators

Deputy Principal

Director of Human Resources

Principal’s Assistant

Assistant to Council

Deputy Principal’s Assistant

Dean of Junior Years’ Education

Dean of Middle Years’ Education

Assistant Deans of Junior Years’ Education

Assistant Dean of Middle Years’ Education

Heads of Academic Departments

Academic Dean

Teachers

Head of Staff and Student Services Staff and Student Services

Curriculum coordinators

Junior Years’ Administrative Assistant

Archivist

Heads of Year

Middle Years’ Administrative Assistant

Heads of Year

Dean of Senior Years’ Education

Heads of Year (includes Assistant Deans of Senior Years’ Education responsibilities)

Senior Years’ Administrative Assistant

College Income and Expenditure Tuition and Boarding Fees remain the principal source of income for the College accounting for 77 percent of revenue. This covers operating expenses but not capital expenditure on buildings, etc. Any reduction in government funding in real terms would have a significant impact on the College as state and federal funding accounts for 17 percent of our total revenue.

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The majority of operating expenditure relates to salary costs (71 percent). The MLC Council is committed to maintaining a healthy financial position for the College, while always being mindful of the need to keep fees as affordable as possible.

Human Resources Team


Appendix 1: Staff Qualifications Ashby, Anne. Bachelor of Economics. Diploma of Education. Bakitch, Ainsley. Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Education. Associateship, Australian Library and Information Association. Bath, Belinda. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Bayly, Katherine. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education. Bayne, Suzy. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Beaton, Ben. Master of Education Leadership and Management. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Beaton, Helen. Bachelor of Music Education (Honours). Biffin, Bill. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education. Birch, Paul. Diploma of Teaching. Blackburn, Robyn. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. Boon, Katie. Bachelor of Education. Graduate Diploma of Education. Borrill, Jennifer. Bachelor of Education. Teacher’s Certificate. Diploma of Physical Education. Bourke, Deborah. Master of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Graduate Diploma of Education. Boyce, Adele. Bachelor of Physical Education. Diploma of Education. Brahim, Roslyn. Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Arts. Brand, Breanne. Bachelor of Commerce/Business. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Chrystal, Jane. Diploma of Education. Cody, Rebecca. Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours). Combes, Amanda. Diploma of Teaching. Cook, Andrea. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Davis, Kareena. Bachelor of Education. Teacher’s Certificate. De Boer, Chris. Diploma of Education. Dee-Vasilciuc, Andreia. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Delena, Sarah. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Diedrichs, Jemma. Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Dilkes, Jennifer. Associateship in Fine Art. Graduate Diploma of Education. Dunn, Rosemarie. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. England, Samantha. Bachelor of Science (Honours). Graduate Diploma of Education. Faulkner, Robert. PhD (Music). Master of Arts. Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Graduate of Royal Schools of Music (Honours). Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. Fallon, Colin. Bachelor of Commerce/Business. Graduate Diploma of Education. Fletcher, Vanessa. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Ford, David. Bachelor of Education. Ford, Jodie. Diploma of Education. Franz, Tanya. Diploma of Education.

Brand, Elizabeth Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Education.

Fulton, Kirin. Bachelor of Secondary Education.

Bromell, Heather. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Gara, Lainie. PhD (Education). Master of Education (Honours). Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Brookes-Kenworthy, Lucy. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Brown, Michael. Bachelor of Applied Science. Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Burnett, Amelia. Bachelor of Education. Camilleri, Maria. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Cash, Bruce. Diploma of Teaching. Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Chaney, Sally. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education. Chaumont, Emmanuelle. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Gairns, Kate. Bachelor of Physical Education. Diploma of Teaching. Gibson, Jill. Bachelor of Economics. Diploma of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Teacher’s Certificate. Goff, Marina. Bachelor of Education. Associate Diploma. Groenewald, Daniel. Master of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Masters of Arts. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Diploma of Education. Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Guggisberg, Patrick. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts.

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Guilfoyle, Janice. Diploma of Teaching. Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education. Hadley, Peter. PhD (Ethnomusicology). Bachelor of Music (Honours). Graduate Diploma of Education. Hall, Kate. Diploma of Performing Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Halliday, Joanna. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Hardwicke, Jacqueline. Master of Education. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Harris, Fiona. Bachelor of Education. Haughton, Deirdre. Bachelor of Science (Honours). Diploma of Education. Hill, Robyn. Diploma of Education. Hilliard, Andrea. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology. Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Hodkin, Michelle. Bachelor of Education. Hodson, Katie. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Hole, Karen. Diploma of Teaching. Graduate Diploma of Physical Education. Teacher’s Higher Certificate. Hooley, Diane. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Horler, Trudi. Bachelor of Education. Howlett, Gary. Diploma of Teaching. Graduate Diploma in Science. Hudson, Paula. Associate Diploma of Teaching. Diploma of Teaching. Hughes, Lynne. Diploma of Physical Education. Diploma of Teaching. Ireland, Dennis. PhD (Philosophy). Master of Applied Science. Bachelor of Applied Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Postgraduate Diploma of Science. Teacher’s Higher Certificate. Johnson, Jessica. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Johnstone, Alta. Bachelor of Arts. Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Diploma of Teaching.

Kinsey, Seanne. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Kolka, Donna. Bachelor of Physical Education. Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Kucan, Kathy. Master of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Lambert, Jodee. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Li, Ping. Bachelor of Commerce / Business. Graduate Diploma of Education. Lipscombe, Emma. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Conversion Diploma of Education. Loss, Amanda. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching (Librarianship). Associateship, Australian Library & Information Association. Lundy, Cheryl. Diploma of Teaching. Associate Diploma of Applied Science. Lussick, Dell. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Teacher’s Certificate. Lydon, Helen. Master of Education with Honours. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Mah, Joyce. Bachelor of Commerce/Business. Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Martin, Lesley. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Graduate Diploma of Education. Martino, Jennifer. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education. Maslin, Leisa. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Teaching. McGillivray, Jennifer. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Education. McGlynn, Penelope. PhD (Philosophy). Bachelor of Applied Science. Bachelor of Physical Education. Diploma of Education. McNamara, Melissa. Bachelor of Education. McNaughton, Gabrielle. Bachelor of Education. Miller, Susan. Bachelor of Education. Higher Diploma of Teaching. Moffat, Kerris. Bachelor of Education. Teacher’s Certificate.

Jones, Ruth. Bachelor of Arts.

Moran, Tamsin. Master of Teaching. Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

Khan, Hani. Master of Arts. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Advanced Diploma of Education. Higher Diploma of Teaching. Graduate Certificate in Learning Technologies.

Nguyen, Binh. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Graduate Diploma in Computing. Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Kane, Emma. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Graduate Diploma of Education.

Nippierd, Lucy. Bachelor of Education.

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Norwood, Aasha. Bachelor of Education. O’Sullivan, Jane. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education.


Olsen, Sharleen. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Sewell, Vanessa. Bachelor of Arts (Education). Graduate Diploma of Science (Information Services).

Ong, Robert. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education.

Shadbolt, Tanya. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education.

Outtrim, Maria. Master of Education. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies. Diploma of Teaching. Padman, Katherine. Master of Science. Bachelor of Science. Postgraduate Diploma of Education. Teacher’s Certificate. Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment. Palmer, Yvonne. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Diploma of Education. Park, Barry. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Parker, Cheryl. Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Pearn, Brendon. Bachelor of Music. Graduate Diploma. Petchell, Katie. Bachelor of Education. Porter, Kate. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Potier, Jennifer. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Powell, Natalie. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Pritchard, Sharmaine. Master of Education. Bachelor of Education. Certificate of Education. Quesnel, Denise. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Rackl, Megan. Bachelor of Education. Riekmann, Elke. Master of Theology. Roberts, Meredith. Bachelor of Education. Robertson, Amanda. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Rose, Laura. Bachelor of Education. Rose, Nicola. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Certificate of Education. Rose, Shannon. Bachelor of Education. Rossi, Luisa. Graduate Diploma of Education. Rough, Emma. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Rudrum, Michelle. Master of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Applied Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Saunders, Romaine. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education.

Shaw, Sue. Bachelor of Arts Graduate. Diploma of Education. Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Silberstein, Rosalind. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Marketing Communication. Diploma of Education. Smith, Shelley. Bachelor of Arts. Diploma of Education. Diploma of Bible and Missions. Smith, Vanessa. Bachelor of Economics. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Stark, Jane. Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Graduate Certificate in Education. Starkie, Jo-Anne. Master of Education (Honours). Graduate Certificate. Stulpner, Katherine. Master of Science (Honours). Bachelor of Science (Honours). Higher Diploma of Teaching. Tamblyn, Karen. Master of Education. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Taylor, Brian. Diploma of Teaching. Templeton-Knight, Rachael. Bachelor of Science with Honours. Diploma of Education. Teusner, Margot. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Trend, Felicity. Bachelor of Education. Urbini, Jan. Bachelor of Arts. Graduate Diploma of Education. Varley, Marshall. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Middle Years’ Teaching. Diploma of Engineering and Mine Surveying. Walsh, Alana. Bachelor of Education. Certificate of Education. Weekes, Jonathan. Bachelor of Physical Education. Weight, Kate. Bachelor of Science. Diploma of Education. Wilkins, Bruce. Master of Science. Bachelor of Education. Diploma of Teaching. Wilson, Hollis. Master of Divinity. Master of Science. Bachelor of Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Woo, Bonnie. Bachelor of Applied Science. Graduate Diploma of Education. Graduate Diploma of Chinese. Zani, Tessa. Bachelor of Education.

Scott, David. Bachelor of Arts. Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Certificate of English Language. Methodist Ladies’ College Annual Report 2013

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