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ISSUE 2, Semester 2 2011

Celebrating 100 Years

How You Can Help PLUS:

Scholarships, Reunions, Invitations & Social Pages

Contents From the Editor


From the chair of council


MLC Council Profiles




MLC Music Wins Global Gold Gillian Declared Australian Youth of the Year MLC in the World’s Top Ten MLC’s Rowing Hat Trick Relay for Life Students Learn Leadership through Community Service National Simultaneous Storytime Midsummer with a Twist of Nostalgia Teacher’s Dedication Recognised Young Artist Helps to Feed the Hungry

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Our Invitation to You Our Boarding Home

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College Initiatives


Smart and Safe Online Whatever it Takes Dads ’n’ Daughters MLC Foundation Report Scholarships – Our Commitment Since 1909

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Alumni Inspiration


Chelsea’s Message 100 Collegian Voices – We Need Your Nomination Striving towards a Cure Sailing into the Future The Reluctant OAM WA Gold

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Alumni news & events


In Memoriam Welcome to the World Supermodel Heads to Uni Alumnus Receives OAM A Cool Head for Sailing 2011 Annual IGSSA Tennis Competition Alumni Reunions

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social pages


Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre Opening Five Friends Lunch Men of MLC Fun Day Adieu Summer

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Cover image: MLC musicians. Photo courtesy The Community Newspaper Group

Principal’s Perspective

As MLC launches its new Strategic Plan, Claudia Sampson, Student Representative Council Prefect, interviews Principal Rebecca Cody to find out what this means for the College.

Q. What insights did you draw upon to help draft MLC’s new Strategic Plan?

A. Any strategic document is a composite of the planners’ experiences and their capacity to dream and imagine the future. During my first six months as Principal, I invited individuals and teams with a stake in the future of MLC to share their story with me, and their aspirations for its next chapters. It was a period of deep listening that led to rigorous reflection. What followed was a distilling and formalising of our school’s need for a revitalised and united direction. The most significant question at every stage was “How can we do better?”

Over the last 20 years, my own philosophy of education has been enriched by leaders in their field, such as Art Costa, Sir Ken Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Howard Gardner and Martin Seligman (to name but a few), and undoubtedly their wisdom is echoed in our planning.

Q. Who wrote the Strategic Plan? A. While I penned the words, the concepts and targets were most definitely a collaborative effort. Across several months the College Leadership Team joined together for numerous sessions to workshop ideas and refine our thinking. Consultation with our staff, Council and community groups was critical to devising the final outcome. Although the Plan is written, it remains dynamic and will be reviewed every Term; it will continue to evolve. There were global influences too, which served as great inspiration throughout this process: for example, the Uniting Church’s National Education Charter, UNESCO’s The Four Pillars of Education, the USA’s Partnering for 21st Century Skills, the New Zealand Curriculum, the Australian Government’s Nine Values for Australian Schooling, the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

Q. Who is responsible for achieving the Strategic Goals set out in the Plan, and how long do they have to do this?

A. Our current Strategic Plan has a lifespan from 2011 until 2015. We will report annually on progress and adapt accordingly. While I am ultimately responsible for implementing the Plan, College departments and support groups all have a set of accountabilities, which means that staff and members of our community all have roles to play.

Sitting beneath each Strategic Goal are far more specific objectives that will help us reach those Goals. There are over 80 objectives in total, and they are the tools we will use to measure our successes. Ultimately we are working together; the Plan has been designed to optimise opportunities for integration and collaboration. This is a chance for Team MLC to shine!

Q. What makes MLC’s Strategic Plan different from those of other schools?

A. The people! As ever, it is in HOW we choose to meet the objectives that our unique MLC brand will come into play.

Q. How do you see the Strategic Goals being relevant to students, particularly Senior Years’ girls who will soon be leaving MLC? Be assured that your voices have been captured through mechanisms such as the Student Representative Council, and you have all impacted on the direction of the Plan. Know also that although our focus is for the next five years, our visioning extends far beyond that – we want you to exit MLC proud of the education you have received and keen to invest in it for your daughters and granddaughters. Goal 4 explicitly refers to your ongoing place at MLC as valued Collegians; whether currently enrolled or otherwise, you belong.

Strategic Goals: 2011 – 2015 Our Students


To provide differentiated and rigorous opportunities for multiple intelligences and skills to be developed and celebrated within a balanced curriculum.


To embed proactive pastoral care initiatives aross our teaching, co-curricular and residential environments. Our Resources


To strengthen, sustain and future proof human, intellectual, financial and physical resources.


To realise philanthropy as an active and sustainable College culture.


To enable ICTs to be fully utilised as learning and administrative tools.

Our People To develop an organisational identity that inspires and supports staff to achieve best professional practice.


To achieve a five-phase PK (Pre-Kindergarten) to Collegian, collaborative, collegial and connected community.


Our Community To improve educational outcomes through the engagement of past, present and prospective families with the College’s Vision, Mission and Values.


To refine and strengthen business systems, communication strategies and processes.


To be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in education.


continued... Q. You have shared the Preferred Educational Model (PEM) with the MLC community. How does this relate to the Strategic Goals?

A. The PEM reflects the high priority we place on fostering quality relationships. As such, it provides a strong base from which Goals 1, 2 and 10 can be met.

Q. One of the Strategic Goals relates directly to the use of ICTs as learning tools. What sorts of practical applications can we expect to see within classrooms as a result? Is this indicative of MLC becoming a ‘laptop school’?

A. Developments in ICTs have come a long way in recent years. Students need to be skilled in being able to select the appropriate technology for what they are trying to achieve. Our girls may choose different tools for the same task: in any one class there can be students using iPads, some the MacBooks, others the desktops, and the remainder opting for video cameras. We are interested in finding the best tools to support optimum learning outcomes. To enable this, we currently operate a dual platform of PC and Apple. Ms Cody’s final comment... I commend your rich questions Claudia! The Strategic Plan reveals further the College’s commitment to our students, people, resources and community. I have the utmost confidence that it will keep us loyal to MLC’s Vision – Per Ardua Ad Alta!

Rebecca Cody Principal Voices of the Class of 2011 have been captured in preparing the Strategic Plan.

From the Editor Feedback on the first edition of STRIVE, published in April, has been overwhelmingly positive. Many have commented on the fresh look, the quality of the publication and, of course, the inspiring stories within. The magazine is already becoming a source of pride for our community of current families and past students, and a means of reconnecting and networking.

From the

There is certainly plenty to be proud of in this edition, which celebrates key achievements and successes over the past six months.

As we move into Semester 2, 2011, it is interesting to reflect on where the year has gone. From Council’s point of view, we see MLC as having much to be proud of. A recent example is the highly successful International Music Tour undertaken by a large group of students and staff during July and placing MLC’s music firmly on the world stage. At a more local level, the Women Who Lead series of presentations is an example of how the College seeks to provide our students with opportunities and role models to assist them in shaping their futures.

We applaud the impressive success of our Music ensembles on the stages of Europe, our Rowers at the Head of the River Regatta, and our Future Problem Solving team in the United States – all examples of how MLC girls continue to strive to make the most of their unique abilities. This issue strongly reflects MLC’s culture of philanthropy, with instances of students giving to the community through the Nulsen Youth Patron Program, the Hunger Project and Relay for Life; and messages from our Chairs of Council and Foundation. Features on MLC’s Learning Support Unit and our Boarding House Recreation Officer exemplify MLC’s ‘whatever it takes’ approach – a spirit that is also reflected in our alumni stories. In an enlightening feature on the Leukaemia Foundation, Carolyn Turner encourages students to consider careers in medical research as an opportunity to make a real difference; and we celebrate two Collegians who have received OAMs for services to the community. A new feature in this issue is our Social Pages: if you have attended one of our 2011 events, you might find yourself featured! Finally, I draw your attention to the form inserted into your magazine. We need your help in identifying 100 alumni for a publication celebrating the MLC Collegians’ Association Centenary in 2013. Please fill out and return your form as soon as you can. Thank you!

Janie Hammond Communications Specialist

Chair of Council

The role of Council, as a group of 13 volunteers, in shaping those futures is to ensure a sound and well-planned base for the College. Each year, in addition to our ten regular meetings, we meet collaboratively with the Principal and senior staff for a full day to review progress on the College’s Strategic Goals and to renew our vision for the College. This year, our meeting is in early September and we are all looking forward to a stimulating and creative day where we address some of the key challenges facing the College in 2012, while celebrating and giving thanks for the successes of 2011. As always, educational issues remain high on the agenda, followed closely by financial matters and fundraising. The commitment and effectiveness of our Principal, Ms Rebecca Cody, the dedication of MLC teaching and operational staff, the achievements (academic, sporting, cultural and spiritual) of our students and the strong support of the MLC community provide our inspiration in undertaking this exercise. In this edition of STRIVE you have profiles of all MLC Council members. As you can see, the experience, breadth and balance of the group as a whole is outstanding. As Chair, I can only say that they are delight to work with!

Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker AM, Chair of Council 


Council Profiles Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker AM, Chair Lesley was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University of Technology (1997–2004) and Executive Director of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2004–05), before moving into part-time work as an education consultant. She has been closely involved with Uniting Church schools for many years, as a teacher, researcher, council member, parent and grandparent. In 1997, she was awarded an Order of Australia for services to education.

David Singleton, Deputy Chair David is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Poseidon Nickel. He is a Board Member of Quickstep Technology, which designs and manufactures carbon fibre components for the defence industry. Before coming to Australia, he was the Group Head of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions for BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace). His two daughters attended MLC, graduating in 2007 and 2010.

Elaine Ma, Secretary

Prudence Honey, Treasurer

Elaine is a Collegian with twin daughters attending MLC. She graduated from UWA in 1987 and holds Bachelor Degrees in Jurisprudence and Law. She was admitted to the Western Australian Bar in 1989 and is currently Marketing Manager for Hawkstone Property Development. Elaine is a member of the Nedlands Uniting Church.

Prue is the parent of an MLC Collegian and a Christ Church old boy. She has a Bachelor of Business and is a registered Tax Agent and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. In 2004, Prue and her husband established a business providing advice on taxation and business structuring to major accounting and legal firms and property developers. She is a member of the Nedlands Uniting Church.

Alan Brien

Dorothy Carey

Alan Brien has been CEO of Scitech since 2000. Under his guidance, Scitech has become an internationally recognised science engagement and education facility, receiving a prestigious Eureka Award for Science Communication. Alan has a Master of Education from the University of Western Australia and has held a range of senior managerial positions, including Director of Sport and Recreation at UWA and Promotions and Programming Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Dorothy was formerly a departmental head at Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Melbourne. She was actively involved in the development of the Victorian Certificate of Education, chairing the Field of Study Committee. Dorothy has co-authored many textbooks and is a contributor and general editor for a nutrition journal. Dorothy works part-time in the Uniting Church office managing the Ministry Resourcing Centre.

John Goodlad

Gaye McMath

John is an experienced Investment Advisor with Hartleys Ltd. He has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Law from the Australian National University. Prior to joining Hartleys, he spent 16 years as a policy officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. John is a former Australian diplomat with a wide experience of expatriate life. His daughter graduated from MLC in 2008.

Gaye is Executive Director, Finance and Resources, at the University of Western Australia. Prior to this, she was Pro ViceChancellor (Resource Management) and Chief Financial Officer at Murdoch University. Gaye has been a director on various university-related companies, and was previously employed with BHP Billiton. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. Gaye has a daughter at MLC and another who is a Collegian.

Konrad Mony de Kerloy

Ralph Moore

Konrad is married to a Collegian and has four children, three of whom have graduated from MLC. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Jurisprudence and Law from the University of Western Australia. In 1989 he became a partner of Freehills, one of Australia’s largest commercial law firms, where he is a senior member of the firm’s national litigation practice. He is the treasurer of the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Ralph holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Western Australia and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Australian Management College in Victoria. A Senior Consultant at Estill and Associates, Ralph has worked extensively in the public sector at a strategic level. He is a member of Synod and Presbytery and an Elder of the Mount Pleasant Uniting Church.

Grant Robinson

Anne Russell-Brown

Grant has two daughters who have graduated from MLC. He was educated at Scotch College and the University of Western Australia, where he attained a Bachelor of Commerce and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Grant is a partner of KPMG, one of the largest international audit, tax and advisory firms in the world. He is a current board member of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and a member of the Audit and Review Committee of UWA.

Anne is a Collegian with a Diploma of Teaching from Nedlands Secondary Teachers’ College. A change of direction in the mid ’80s led to a career in the development of services for young people at risk. Anne served as the State Manager of Mission Australia for eight years. Currently, she is the Group Director Social Outreach and Advocacy at St John of God Health Care. Anne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former Chair of the Council advising the Minister for Health on drug and alcohol issues. She was named 2004 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Judy Tennant Judy is a Collegian who has spent more than 30 years working as a teacher, child care centre director and ministerial advisor. In her current role as Principal Advisor to the Hon Robyn McSweeney, Judy is responsible for providing advice on matters relating to the portfolios of Child Protection and Community Services, Seniors’ and Women’s Interests and Youth. Judy is an active member of the Zonta Club of Perth, having held positions at local and district levels.

ML C Music Wins Global Gold

Singers from Methodist Ladies’ College brought home gold and silver medals from two prestigious competitions during their International Music Tour. On 30 June, a logistical miracle was achieved by MLC staff with the support of Gulliver’s Sports Travel, when 94 girls from MLC, aged 12 to 18, around 70 instruments and 11 staff travelled to the UK to kick off the school’s fifth International Music Tour. The MLC Music Tour occurs every three years, and is no ordinary school trip. Led by dedicated Music Director, Bobby Gallo, the students’ extraordinary talent and

performance maturity has caused a stir each time, leading to prestigious invitations and adding some unique experiences to the schedule for 2011.

the MLC Barbershop – 19 singers drawn from the Chorale, who perform a mixture of contemporary tunes, jazz, classics and old favourites.

Four ensembles made up the tour group: the Chorale, Barbershop, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band.

As one of the premier school jazz ensembles in Australia, the MLC Jazz Band receives numerous performance requests, including radio and television appearances, and has performed with artists such as Don Burrows and Karen Knowles.

The 70-strong Chorale and the Orchestra of 50 perform diverse repertoires. The world-ranked Chorale is adept at singing a cappella, while the instrumentalists have mastered pieces from Baroque through to the Modern era. Barbershop expert Carole Macintyre has taken on the rewarding task of directing

The 2011 Music Tour began with the worldrenowned Llangollen Music Eisteddfod in Wales. MLC’s Chorale and Barbershop were the only singers from Australia accepted into the 2011 competition. The girls took part in the Senior Children’s Choir section, which

is the most competitive section for choirs in this world-class event. Not only that, but out of 14 girls applying to participate in the solo competitions, nine were accepted – an outstanding achievement from one school. The Chorale finished eighth out of 19 choirs from around the world. Next stop Montreux, in Switzerland, for the famous two-week Jazz Festival – an invitation-only event and the largest in Europe, second only to Monterey in the US. This was the third time the MLC Jazz Band had been invited to perform, rubbing shoulders with pro jazz musicians from around the world. The only all-female group to participate, they played twice on the main stage at Parc Vernex to a delighted audience.

In an interview with the West Australian newspaper for an article on the band’s trip to Montreux, Bobby Gallo said: “Everyone is ecstatic. They left such an impression in 2005 that in 2008 we had a Swiss television crew filming us and following us around. They are a unique band, being all female, and they follow a very strong tradition of music at MLC.” Another prestigious invitation was extended by the artistic director of the World Choir Championships, held in Graz, Austria, who chose the Chorale, Orchestra and Barbershop to perform in the closing concert in the magnificent Stephaniensaal concert hall.

The Chorale was chosen to go straight through to the Championship rounds of this competition, without having to compete in the qualifying rounds, and received a Gold Medal in the Youth Choirs section. The Barbershop won Silver in the Vocal Pop section. The Chorale was also selected to compete in the Grand Prix of Choral Music – an elite competition within the Championships, which accepts only the best (world-ranked) choirs – resulting in an Honorary Diploma in the Youth Choirs section. The 18-day tour presented some very special performance opportunities in between the major festivals and competitions. These included an invitation


It was such a delight for me to surprise the girls and be a part of this extraordinary competition tour... – Principal Cody

to the Chorale to sing during Holy Mass at the Basilica Mariatrost in Austria (the first time a foreign choir has been invited to do so), and, in London, performances by the Chorale and Barbershop at Hays Galleria, and by all four ensembles on the famous Clapham Common Bandstand. In a message delivered before departure, MLC Principal Rebecca Cody celebrated the performers’ determination to pursue excellence. “Skill development and global connectedness can be achieved in a myriad of ways, but perhaps none as stimulating as journeying to other countries with the promise of world-class events and competitions!” she wrote. “The 2011 International Music Tour provides an opportunity for our girls to refine competencies, gain amazing performance

exposure and strengthen each ensemble’s cohesion. Similarly, the chance to breathe in new perspectives and develop insights is a real gift.” Ms Cody surprised the performers by joining the tour in Llangollen – bringing an extra boost of encouragement and support. On her return, she applauded the girls’ success, resilience, flexibility and sense of fun: “It was such a delight for me to surprise the girls and be a part of this extraordinary competition tour,” she said. “I shall never forget witnessing first-hand the girls’ tremendous successes... In addition, the Chorale’s performances exceeded all previous international results for MLC: 2011 saw us awarded our highest ever scores.” Mr Gallo commented that the girls not only represented MLC during the tour, but

Australia, a fact reinforced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pre-tour message to the performers: “This year’s European tour is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your considerable musical talents across many genres and to build new friendships and cultural links with other countries. I am sure you will bring credit not only to yourselves and your school but also to Australia, as you represent us internationally, including at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and the World Choir Championships.” WA Premier Colin Barnett commented: “The opportunity to visit and perform at such iconic events and locations across different European cities is every musician’s dream, and I am sure you will each seize this remarkable opportunity and make the very most from it.”

Pages 8-9 (L to R): Flying the flag at the Llangollen Eisteddfod. Rehearsing beside a statue of Freddie Mercury in Montreux. On Clapham Common, London, for a performance in the famous Band Stand. This page (L to R): On the move. Ready to roll at the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Gillian Declared

Australian Youth of the Year

Year 12 student Gillian Mahony was declared National Winner of the Lions/NAB Youth of the Year Quest in April, and will be travelling as Youth of the Year Australian Ambassador to an International Youth Exchange Camp in the UK in 2012.

ML C in the

World’s Top Ten MLC students were the only Australians to make the top ten in their division out of 60 teams from across the world, in a competition that focuses on positive futures for society.

Chair of the Youth of the Year Quest, WA-based Brian Williams, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Gillian. It’s six years since WA had a national winner. We are all very proud!”

Future Problem Solving is an international educational program for school students that challenges them to apply critical, creative and futuristic thinking to significant issues. A feature of the program is the lateral and quick thinking required to produce and present action plans to an audience.

Gillian was awarded the title following a public speaking challenge in front of a crowd of over 1,000, involving impromptu speeches and a five-minute prepared speech, in which she chose to discuss ‘Secrets and Wikileaks’. Selection criteria also included an assessment of leadership, academic, voluntary and sporting achievements.

Four teams of MLC students travelled to Melbourne late last year to compete in the National Finals, with a team of three Year 7 students getting through to the International Finals this June in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Gillian said, “I am really grateful for this opportunity. It has been fantastic to meet other young people interested in making a difference in the world, and to see the talent that is out there.” The five state winners each received $500 and a five-week trip around Australia in December and January 2011–12, with each winner hosting the others on a tour of their home state. As National Winner, Gillian receives $1,000 and an overseas trip to represent Australia at the Lions International Youth Exchange Camp in the UK – a chance relished by Gillian, who has ambitions to study arts and commerce at UWA. The Lions/NAB Youth of the Year Quest seeks to develop citizenship and leadership qualities. Established in 1964, the annual program is for young people aged between 16 and 19.

Gillian Mahony with her Youth of the Year award. Photo courtesy Fotogroup

Australian teams joined students from China, Great Britain, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. The MLC students participated in the Junior division of the Global Issues Problem Solving (Team) competition, along with 59 other teams. The girls were awarded individual trophies for placing ninth out of all 60 teams – a magnificent achievement, and the result of 18 months’ solid work. The team also benefited from cultural exchange activities, including: ß A Memento Exchange: every competitor brought hundreds of items from their own locale to swap with others. ß A Variety Show: each team joined with at least one other to prepare an item for audition, such as a song, dance or dramatic performance.

Nicola Rose (Learning Support Teacher), Katherine Liu, Frances Clarke, Alexandra Wulff, Charlotte Bradley and Jo-Anne Starkie (Learning Support Teacher).


ML C’s Rowing Hat Trick MLC’s 1st VIII were triumphant at the IGSSA Head of the River Regatta on Saturday 20 August – for the third year in a row. Captain of Boats, Tatjiana Pieris, sums up the season: The 2011 rowing season for MLC has been full of memories, new friendships and great experiences. Throughout the season the girls have worked hard to achieve their best possible performance at Head of the River. They should be highly commended for their efforts. Brutal ergo and fitness sessions on top of waking up at 4.00am four times a week and going down to the shed half asleep – this has been the training program the 68 girls in our squad have endured during the coldest months of the year. Head of the River results proved that the hard work really paid off. The Year 9s did amazingly well, with the A quad winning their last race. Year 10s had two VIIIs on the water and did an incredible job at Head of the River, achieving second and third places.

Relay for Life Relay for Life is an overnight community event for thousands of Australians who relay non-stop as they celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost, and fight back against the disease by raising important funds.

The MLC 1st VIII: Back (L to R): Klara Gray, Isabella Gillett, Maegan Thompson, Principal Cody, Alice Green, Cassie Greer, Kirstie Albone, Georgia Markwell (stroke); Front row (L to R) Tatjiana Pieris (Captain of Boats), Saria Nasser (Cox), Simon Cox (Coach). Photo: Bryce Houghton The 1st and 2nd VIIIs drastically improved from the start to the end of the season. The 2nd VIII had many ups and downs, but still managed to row an VIII at Head of the River. The 1st VIII fought their way from second last to an incredible first place with an exciting win against Perth College. I am so proud to have captained this team, and I hope next year they continue to strive for the heights in rowing.

The Year 11s decided this would be a really worthwhile event to support, as many of our families have been touched by cancer. We raised almost $6,000 for the Cancer Council prior to the event, by door knocking, car washing, cake stalls and sausage sizzles. Then on 16 April, a group of 30 Year 11 students and three staff arrived at the WA Athletics Stadium. The event was much bigger than we had expected and was very well organized by passionate volunteers. We walked in groups of four or five in shifts of half an hour during the day and one hour during the night and into the early morning. A candle ceremony was held to celebrate, remember and acknowledge the lives of people who have been touched by cancer. Before the ceremony we decorated candle bags with personal messages and placed them around the walking track. At 8.00pm there was a short ceremony at the main stage before everybody went to their candle bag and lit the candle inside. Relay for Life was an amazing and rewarding experience that was worth staying up all night for. Everybody was happy and helpful, supporting each other through the tiring hours of the night, and we all agreed that the blisters were worth it!

Imogen Mugford, Louisa Paterson, Sophie Gray and Jessica Lane.


Georgia Salathiel and Renae Roberts ( Year 11 / 2011)

Students Learn Leadership through Community Service In Semester 1 of 2011, disability support service Nulsen recruited four Youth Patrons from MLC as part of a program that aims to develop public speaking and leadership skills while increasing knowledge of disability. Nulsen is a not-for-profit organisation providing accommodation and 24 hour support to people with a range of disabilities, including intellectual, physical and acquired brain injury. Year 10 MLC students Alice Angeloni, Jia Ying Kho, Lucy Moyle and Laura Wilkinson were invited to become Nulsen Youth Patrons for 2011.

The Nulsen Youth Patrons: Jia Ying Kho, Laura Wilkinson, Alice Angeloni and Lucy Moyle. Photo: Paul McGovern

So far, MLC and Hale School are the only two schools participating in the program, with four Year 11 Hale students also recruited.

The MLC Patrons have been visiting Nulsen homes and receiving training in public speaking and encouragement to develop leadership skills in a community service context.

The objectives of the Youth Patron Program include developing leadership and public speaking skills, increasing awareness among students and the wider community about disability issues and people living with a disability, and promoting the work of Nulsen through fundraising and educational activities.

Another six girls were elected as Youth Patron Committee Members, providing a supporting role to the Patrons throughout the Program in 2011.

National Simultaneous Storytime Phoebe is small, grey and very ordinary, but she wants to get noticed. In Rod Clement’s book, Feathers for Phoebe, we learn through a wonderful story of self-acceptance that appearances aren’t everything. At exactly 11.00am on 25 May 2011, Principal Cody read Feathers for Phoebe to the Junior Years’ girls, as we participated in National Simultaneous Storytime – a fun event organised by the Australian Library and Information Association. “I cannot explain to you the joy of watching all our Junior Years’ girls’ faces as I read Rod Clement’s Feathers for Phoebe,” commented Ms Cody.

“From time to time we may experiment with new ways of looking and behaving, but in the end, our most positive experiences can emerge when we are true to ourselves.” Celebrated around Australia, National Simultaneous Storytime aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, and was enjoyed this year by over 140,000 children.



with a Twist of Nostalgia

This page (clockwise from top): The Cast; Backstage Crew; Emma Court, Kayla Lehmann and Rosie Mc Dowell. Opposite page (clockwise from top left): Nicola Ferguson, Emma Court and Kayla Lehmann; Hannah Miller, Kathleen Elliot, Lowri Cox, Marvin Barns (dog), Elizabeth Batten, Jake Eckert and Kayla Paul; Olivia Barns; Stella Stevenson; Brittany Bro and Erin Price.


Parents were transported back in time to their own high school years at MLC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in August. A cast of 50 teens from Years 10-12 (including four boys from John Curtin College of the Arts, Scotch College and Hale School) presented a 1980s version of the play. “The production was set in Athens and I chose the era of the 1980s to bring a new quirky twist,” said MLC’s Head of Theatre Arts, Jodee Lambert. “We produced some vintage costumes, and the amazing set was created by a professional designer.” The audience enjoyed identifying pop icons from the era and picking the ’80s songs, which included ‘Love is a Battlefield’, ‘Wild Boys’, ‘Bat out of Hell’, ‘Ice Ice Baby’ and ‘You Can’t Touch This’. Katie Campbell, who graduated from MLC in 2010, also composed an original piece of music that the girls sang to the Fairy Queen Titania.

The cast included one eight-year-old student, Stella Stevenson, and one very cute and well-behaved dog, Marvin, both of whom had to audition for the parts. The backstage crew was drawn from students in Years 7–12, and front of house was managed by the Year 9 Commerce students. Jodee Lambert said: “Students involved in the production learned invaluable performance skills and worked on the technical aspects of the performance backstage – and they enjoyed the wonderful team spirit and sense of community that comes from being part of such a huge undertaking.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed over three nights in MLC’s magnificent auditorium, Hadley Hall.



Dedication Recognised In August, Health and Physical Education Teacher Lynne Hughes received a Highly Commended Award from the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA) in recognition of her dedication and innovative approach to Health Education. This includes the Year 10 City After Dark program, which equips students with information, tools and skills to enhance safety and security when placed in difficult situations. It is part of a wider and ever-deepening concept that addresses healthy lifestyles, with Year 10-12 units addressing many facets of protective behaviours. These initiatives involve the engagement of the wider community, including the Police, to address issues of Self Defence, Anger Management, Road Trauma and Safety, Sexual Assault and Date Rape, Leavers Live and the Keep it Safe Summer Program.

Young Artist Helps to Feed the Hungry

In May, Year 12 Design student, Natasha Steere, donated two of her photographs to a silent auction to raise funds for the Hunger Project. Natasha created the two photographic pieces, Soft and Undersea Mystery during her Design (Photography) course at MLC in 2011. As someone who declares a commitment to community service, Natasha is happy to be combining this with her passion for photography. “The chance to donate my works to aid such an inspiring humanitarian project with a global community reach closely aligns with my interest in helping people in this world,” Natasha said. At MLC, Natasha has found studying photography to be “a wonderful creative outlet” and she enjoys taking photographs of natural objects: “by photographing them close up I am able to highlight unique aspects of the subjects to challenge the viewer’s perceptions”, she explained. The image Undersea Mystery (Starfish) represents her love of the ocean, while Soft (Grass Seed) was a result of searching for objects that showed unexpected beauty. The Silent Art Auction took place on Sunday 22 May, and Natasha’s photos raised $175 for the Hunger Project Australia.

Lynne Hughes receives her award from the Honourable Rob Johnson MLA.


Natasha Steere with her two auctioned images. Photo courtesy The Sunday Times

Our Invitation to You If you are inquisitive about MLC and would like to experience the College’s unique atmosphere, come along to a performance, exhibition or Advantage Morning.

MLC/CCGS Concerto Night

celebrated Chorale, Barbershop and Jazz Band. This is an ideal opportunity for parents with musical children to get a taste of the prestigious MLC Music Program.

Light refreshments will be available from 9.00am in the Hadley Hall Foyer until the presentation commences at 9.30am with a Welcome by Principal Cody.

Performed in Hadley Hall, the concert is free, and you can purchase refreshments during the interval.

Following the presentations, our Deans of Junior, Middle and Senior Years’ Education will conduct tours, giving you the opportunity to ask questions.

Friday 16 September, 6.15 for 7.00pm

Art Exhibition Opening

One of the highlights of the College music calendar, this collaborative concert with Christ Church Grammar School will be held in our 700-seat auditorium, Hadley Hall. Senior musicians from both schools perform concerto repertoire from the Baroque through to Modern periods.

Wednesday 2 November, 6.15pm

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for concession card holders and $5.00 for children, available from The price includes a glass of champagne or orange juice served in the foyer of Hadley Hall from 6.15pm.

Semester 2 Music Concert Wednesday 19 October, 7.00pm This annual showcase of talent features every Music ensemble, from the Junior Concert Band through to our internationally

This Kindergarten to Year 12 event never ceases to amaze with the extraordinary showcase of artistic talent. An array of artwork will be displayed around the College for a week in this expertly curated exhibition. The launch, in Hadley Hall Foyer, is a free event. If you would like to view the exhibition at another time, please visit the Centenary Reception on arrival.

Our Next Advantage Morning Wednesday 2 November, 9.00am Our regular open days – or Advantage Mornings – are an ideal opportunity to tour the campus, see students perform, and hear from our Principal, Deputy Principal and Academic Dean.

Morning tea will be provided at the conclusion of the tours, at around 11.00am. Book your place by contacting the Admissions Office: (08) 9384 4000

Further Information The MLC website contains useful information, news and contact details: You will find the Contact link next to the Search bar, top right. To view our Community Calendar, please go to our News and Events section. For information on parking, and a campus map, click on Practical Matters.

Our Boarding Home ‘Home away from home’ is a neat cliché, yet a Boarding House has to be just this if students are to thrive. MLC is fortunate in having a team passionately committed to creating this home environment, and one stand-out member is Burgess Orton – aka ‘Burgie’ – the Boarding House Recreation Officer. After 11 years at MLC, Burgie is firmly ensconced as the ‘big sister’, bringing an extraordinary energy and commitment to her role. Her routine starts at 5.00am, when she goes for a run before working at a local deli from 6.00am. Then it’s over to MLC for the afternoon. Saturday is the big day, when she is on duty into the evening, and on Sundays she is in the Boarding House in the morning, and leading activities in the afternoon. She also somehow finds spare time for swimming, running, cycling, triathlon and rollerblading. For Burgie, this is simply a way of life that she wouldn’t swap for anything – a chance to help girls “acquire skills such as cooperation, compromise and laughing”. Asked if she ever sees herself retiring, she declares: “No way! The girls will have to help me up and down those Boarding House stairs with my Zimmer frame when I get old!” As well as organising outings – to the nearby beaches, films and socials, horse-riding, rock climbing, surfing and ice-skating – Burgie keeps the girls active on campus, exercising on gym equipment, playing games, organising football tournaments or quiz nights, and cooking with the help of dedicated MLC Cook, Heather Edmondson. Boarding House teams from local schools also get together regularly to coordinate joint activities, including Chinese New Year celebrations, Earth Hour and socials. Burgie’s involvement is equally vital in helping to care for the inner girl as well as her physical wellbeing. While the House Mothers are regarded as ‘Mum away from home’, Burgie develops a sisterly trust that enables her to keep alert for girls who may be struggling – with homesickness, exam stress, or other teenage worries. MLC Counsellors, Nurses and the MLC Youth Worker, Binh Nguyen, are all ready to care for the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of each individual girl. “Girls will talk to Burgie about issues they wouldn’t raise with me, in just the same way they might talk to an older sister or friend, instead of Mum,” said Elaine Riley, the popular Director of Boarding. Boarding Prefect Paige Bailey summed up the positive role the MLC Rec Officer plays in the girls’ lives: “After a hard week of study, Burgie is always there for a smile, a high-five and an ice cream run!” Camera-shy Burgie works out with girls in the Boarding House gym. Photo: Lisa Embleton

Smart and

Safe Online ‘Social networking’ is a term that sends shivers down the spines of many parents. Yet, used smartly, it is a powerful medium that is likely to play a central role in your children’s future lives. So how do we keep our young women safe, while teaching them to be smart online? While most of us make use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, chances are your teenage girls are more familiar with this ever-changing terrain. Stories of cyber-bullying and inappropriate online relationships strike fear into our hearts, and parents’ first instinct is often to protect children from potential dangers by blocking access. However, MLC’s School Psychologist Luisa Rossi, says that while MLC blocks popular social networking sites and discourages mobile phone use during school hours, totally blocking Internet access is not an effective solution. Both Mrs Rossi and Dean of Middle Years’ Education Maria Camilleri point to communication as the key. “Parents do have the option of blocking their child’s Internet access, but it would be preferable for them to have conversations about appropriate Internet use, such as limiting the amount of time they are using it, identifying times when it would and wouldn’t be appropriate for them to access the Internet, ensuring phones are turned off at night, thinking carefully about what they post, the friends they add, the pages they like, and so on.”

To support parents, the College provides information sessions and regular communications via its weekly newsletter about being smart online, and a Cybersafety Use Agreement is signed by both parents and students at the start of each year. The College is participating in Edith Cowan University’s Cyber Friendly Schools Project and is working towards becoming registered as an eSmart School. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s eSmart program provides a guiding framework to assist schools to create a school community where the smart, safe and responsible use of communications technology is the norm. MLC students in Years 9 and 10 have also contributed to the Australian Government’s Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-safety, and soon students in Years 4-6 will have the opportunity to contribute too. Maria Camilleri points out that too much anxiety about the potential dangers of online networking can often blind us to the positive aspects of the media at our disposal. Dangers exist in the real world too, but we don’t keep girls locked up indoors to protect them.

At MLC, opportunities to teach girls about smart use of the Internet, including social media, are integrated into the curriculum when the opportunity arises. “Sitting students down and telling them about the dangers of social media is less effective,” said Mrs Camilleri. “It works much better to integrate knowledge and understanding into the curriculum where it is relevant to the students’ learning. Then they are more likely to understand the positive aspects and remember the pitfalls. “In English, for example, students may learn how social media enables advertisers to reach an audience, and in the Library they will learn how to use search engines effectively for research.” Mrs Camilleri is currently looking at the variety of social media available to teenagers, so that useful sites can be introduced at an appropriate age to support the curriculum. If students learn the full potential of social networking and blogging, they are more likely to use them creatively and sensibly outside school, while becoming prepared for the wide application of these media in the workplace.

Whatever It Takes

Finding the right school for your daughter is paramount, and never more so than when she needs additional support. For Shelley and Gavin Kotkis, MLC was a clear winner. “The thing that impressed us when we came to visit MLC was their enthusiasm and eagerness to help Sophie adjust to a new school,” said Shelley Kotkis. “The teachers were keen to incorporate whatever was necessary to make Sophie’s MLC experience a positive one.”

MLC’s Learning Support Unit assists children up to Year 6 who have a range of needs at both ends of the learning spectrum. Some are bright students who have conditions such as Asperger syndrome or dyslexia. Some have physical or intellectual challenges, and others might need extension classes. “The focus is on providing support in the classroom so that each individual child can access the curriculum,” said Dean of Junior Years’ Education, Michael Brown. All the students experience differentiated learning, which takes into account their individual aptitudes. The Learning Support Unit enables this differentiation to be extended to cater for a wide range of needs. Many of the students simply need additional group time with the Learning Support Teachers, focusing primarily on literacy and numeracy. Students identified as requiring more help are provided with an individual Action Plan, setting out goals and curriculum modifications. Some, like Sophie, require a more detailed Individualised Education Plan (IEP),


and have an Educational Assistant (EA) working one-on-one with them full-time. For these students, additional funding is often available from AISWA (Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia). EA Leigh Claessen describes Sophie as having visual, hearing and intellectual needs, and the best sense of humour. Leigh designs activities for Sophie around her IEP goals. One of these is to help Sophie become independent, something she is clearly keen to achieve as she will not hesitate to tell Leigh when she does not need her help. Leigh and Learning Support Unit coordinator Tessa Zani have both found the presence of children with special needs to be greatly beneficial to the other girls, who learn to celebrate diversity – one of MLC’s core values – and to be compassionate towards those who need a helping hand. “The girls are wonderful with Sophie,” said Leigh. “They fully accept and adore her.” Leigh describes Sophie as a ‘people person’, and is working to develop her life skills, believing that one day she will be able to work in retail or catering, where she can interact with people all day. Shelley Kotkis is particularly impressed by the ‘whatever it takes’ attitude of MLC staff. “Sophie’s teachers have been very welcoming to the many specialists that visit her at school, and her teachers themselves have undertaken additional training from

the Vision Impairment Service as well as the Association for the Blind,” she said. “Nothing seems too hard, and should there be a hurdle it is dealt with. For example, the school painted hazards, such as steps and poles, in fluoro yellow paint so that Sophie can avoid them.” The Unit also provides equipment, such as special chairs, touch screens and joysticks, made possible by AISWA funding. “Having the Learning Support Unit program is invaluable, as it coordinates Sophie’s learning journey and will continue to do so as she enters the Middle Years,” said Shelley. “It offers peace of mind. Everyone greets her by name as she wanders throughout the school and it makes her feel very special.” While early intervention means students generally require less support as they grow, those needing help beyond Year 6 attend the Learning Support Centre and move onto a new program, as the academic pace picks up. In Year 11, when WACE subjects and alternative pathways are being selected, classes may be substituted with more intensive tutoring. Unlike the structure of the Unit, which provides most support within the classroom, the Learning Support Centre is set up as a separate academic classroom where students can consolidate work learned in class, and feel safe and nurtured.

Throughout a student’s school journey, Learning Support staff work proactively with specialists, such as occupational, physio and speech therapists, to help the girls access the curriculum. From Year 7, subject teachers and tutors liaise with the Centre’s Learning Support Teachers to ensure individual students’ needs are identified. “The combined expertise enables us to ensure every girl gets the appropriate amount of support she needs,” said Centre Coordinator Jacquie Hardwicke. “There is a strong focus on both core subjects and life skills, and we have made community connections for work experience.” This year, a UK based program endorsed through the Curriculum Council has been introduced. ASDAN offers recognition for a functional curriculum (life skills, such as cooking, organisational, time and money management) so that students with a range of disabilities can be accredited for their achievements. “It’s about working out what’s best for each student academically, socially and emotionally and ensuring they have somewhere to move on to after Year 12.”

Top (L to R): Abigail Sarmidi, Sophie Kotkis and Rosanna Radici. Right (L to R): Louise Watson, Caitlin Ross, Sophie Kotkis, Trinity Hardee and Ellen Seed. Photos: Lisa Embleton

Dads ’n’ Daughters Recent research has emphasised the increasing importance of fathers in influencing young women’s career paths and sense of place in the world. MLC parent Peter Owens tells us what this means for him, and why the Men of MLC support group is essential to our students’ wellbeing.

Q. Peter, can you first describe your own

position on fathering of girls [Charlotte (Year 5) and Madeleine (Year 7)]?

A. I want to state first, for the record, that I am not formally qualified to give advice in the area of fatherhood. However, I have been fortunate in having both the desire and sufficient flexibility in my schedule to spend many hours each week with my daughters, and I am very involved in their school and other activities.

The knowledge I have gained from numerous books and seminars on parenting and fatherhood, and my understanding of human development as a physiotherapist, have also contributed to my appreciation of the role of a father.

Q. What is your response to the research findings that reveal the increasing importance of fathers in influencing young women’s career paths and sense of place in the world?

A. I am not surprised at these research findings. In fact, I am rather surprised that research is required to ‘prove’ this assertion, as it seems obvious to me and, I would hope, other fathers too.


A father should be aware that he has an enormous influence on his daughter’s perception of herself, which flows through to the young woman’s ‘sense of place in the world’. And a father’s influence is most acute during his daughter’s formative years – the critical years for determining a young woman’s career path. If a father is physically absent, for example due to family circumstances or work commitments, his relationship with his daughter needs to be even more carefully managed so that she realises why her father is absent and doesn’t equate this with emotional absence.

Q. Do you regard yourself as a role model

1. how a man should relate to a woman; 2. how a woman should relate to a man; and 3. ensuring that daughters recognise their own ‘inner beauty’ and strengths.

daughters, whether they acknowledge it or not. Even if my daughters don’t yet understand it or admit it, I am sure that they learn at least some things by observing me and relating to me – so eventually they will see me as a role model.

These insights are best conveyed to a daughter through observation of her dad and through her relationship with him.

Q. What unique benefits and opportunities are dads able to provide for daughters, in your experience?

for your girls – and do you think they see you in this way?

A. All fathers are role models for their

Bruce Robinson’s views* in this area explained things clearly for me by outlining that only dads can serve as legitimate role models for their daughters in these areas:

A. In addition to the very important and unique contributions listed above, in my experience, dads are usually more willing to encourage and assist daughters in physical activities and risk-taking.

While mums and others carers can be physical with young girls too, dads seem more likely to take their girls surfing or camping, or play sport with them, or

Peter Owens with Charlotte (left) and Madeleine.

encourage them to get back on a bike after falling off, or push themselves to jump higher, run faster or throw further.

In addition, dads can explain the ‘male perspective’ on issues such as friendship, love and relationships. If a daughter is able to observe and understand these differences in perspective, she gains a broader view of the world and her potential place in it.

Q. As an active member of the parent support group, Men of MLC, what do you regard as the group’s key benefits – for the dads and for their daughters?

Q. What do you regard as the most difficult challenges faced by young women growing up today, and how can a dad provide support in those areas?

A dad can help by firstly being a good role model for relationships, and secondly by providing insight into the male perspective on relationships.

confirming and validating dads’ involvement in their daughters’ school lives. The group conveys that not only is it OK for dads to be involved, but it is encouraged and preferred.

Men of MLC provides practical assistance by promoting and facilitating dad–daughter events such as the Fun Day and the Year 6/7 Camp; encourages and supports new ideas and strategies to get dads involved with their daughters and with the school generally; and promotes dad–dad interaction for the benefit of the girls.

Networking amongst dads aims to support the girls by facilitating activities such as work experience, social interaction and practical help.

Q. If a dad were to ask you for advice about how to best support his daughter during her school years, what would your top three points be?

A. Express your love and approval for your daughter to her as openly, plainly and explicitly as you can. Like most things in life, action speaks louder than words, so demonstrating support for your daughter though involvement in her school life is essential.

A. The key benefit of Men of MLC is

A. I reckon that the most difficult challenge for them is how to get on with other people – and especially men. I believe that being able to forge successful relationships of all types at home, at work and in society is essential to a young woman’s long-term happiness and fulfilment.

MLC is particularly good at helping girls form and understand relationships – but being a girls-only school inevitably limits their experience of relationships of all types involving males. In their formative years, I think this is preferable, but it increases the need for dads to convey the male perspective from time to time.

Balance this with guidance, advice and feedback, but remember that criticism from a dad should always be measured and positive and should be MUCH less frequent than displays of love and approval.

Finally, help your daughter meet your male friends (many of whom will also be dads) so that she can observe other positive male role models.

* Bruce Robinson, Daughters and Their Dads (Macsis Publishing)


ML C Foundation Report The MLC Foundation was established in 1987 with two key aims: investment management and developing a culture of philanthropy. Fees paid by MLC families are dedicated to teaching salaries and day-to-day running costs. Creating a philanthropic culture enables us to facilitate campus development through the Building Program, while opportunities for students to access an MLC education are spearheaded through scholarships and bursaries, which are supported by initiatives such as Women Who Lead and Men of MLC. The campaign to fund the Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre, opened in March, was the first since Hadley Hall was built 20 years ago, and resulted in generous giving by parents, past students and the wider community. The Foundation believes such capital campaigns are far more preferable than introducing, for example, a buildings levy. Donations carry the benefit of tax deductibility, and a wider vision enables past students to give back to the College in a tangible way. The current Foundation Board represents a balanced group of MLC stakeholders with a diverse range of experience and skills, enabling us to become more creative and inventive in this endeavour. Through our Partnering for Their Future campaign, some highly successful initiatives, such as our major donor and annual giving programs, have produced great results, along with the significant fundraising efforts of parent support groups, particularly the Community Support Association and the Parents’ Association. The Foundation is dedicated to managing the income raised from investment funds and donations, and those who support the College can rest assured that their gift will be of immense benefit to students now and for future generations. Individuals, families and organisations who participate in the Partnering for their Future campaign will be recognised formally as a Donor, Partner or Patron member of the Foundation.

Our fundraising target for 2011 is $750,000, and at the time of going to press we are well on the way to reaching this target. We are proud to thank and recognise our 2011 donors:

2011 Donors Mr J M and Mrs I R Afiat BHP Billiton Matched Giving Program Miss J Chan Ms Yunxia Chen Mrs Margaret Chih Dr N and Mrs J Clarke Dr and Mrs Crostella Ms Emmie Del Borrello Mrs H Di Bona and Dr P Di Bona Mr J Dossan and Ms S Hill Mrs D Drake-Brockman and Mr D Drake-Brockman Dr S Dunne and Dr J Dunne Fineline Print and Copy Service Mrs Lynn Fisher Miss Suzanne Fisher Brian and Elizabeth Hill Martha Hodnett Mr J and Mrs R Humphris Dr Corrine Jones and Mr David Whittle Ms M Kotylak and Mr R Hoffmann Mrs B Lane and Mr B Lane Dr Yun-Fei Lu Miss K Lugun The Manasseh family Mrs Barbara McCarthy The McVeigh family Cherry O’Donnell Professor Lesley Parker Dr H Piirto The Estate of J.M Pixley The Pritchard family


2011 Partners Creative Fruition Mr P Garner Mr P and Mrs E Ma Ms A McGurk and Miss A Bennett Gaye and John McMath Mr T and Mrs C Ward The Luan and Yoong Foundation Anonymous – 3

2011 Patrons Hon R and Mrs J Court Mr M and Mrs J Hills Mr J and Mrs M McClements

College income from fees (74%), government subsidies (17%) and private income (9%) are expended as shown in the chart below. Our capital building works program and scholarship funding therefore depend entirely on the support of our donors.

MLC Expenditure 2010 9%

Interest Depreciation IT Facilities Administration Boarding Services




2% 2% 6%


John R Goodlad, Chair, ML C Foundation

Mr D and Ms F Rakich Mrs Elaine Riley Mr D and Mrs M Rose Mr D Snellgrove and Ms T Trevisan Mr D St George and Ms C Jenkins Mrs J Sugget The Thomas family Miss Faye Tsui Mrs J Twine Dr Jack Vercoe Mrs R Watson and Mr P Watson Mr C and Mrs C Wilkinson Drs James Williamson and Shantha David Mrs D Wright Anonymous – 13



Scholarships – Our Commitment Since 1909 MLC’s commitment to the awarding of scholarships began in 1909, with the first examinations held in December of that year. Our scholarship investment is approximately $500,000 annually. Scholarships are awarded for academic and music excellence, assisting boarding and day students and descendants of Collegians. Our program currently has three named scholarships: ß The Derrick Row Academic Scholarship was established in 2011 in recognition of Derrick’s 38 years of passionate and dedicated service to the College. Derrick was appointed by Principal Walter Shepherd in 1970 as a teacher of Geography and the Social Sciences. This scholarship takes into consideration the student’s citizenship qualities as well as their academic potential. ß Council’s Collegian Scholarship was established in 1915 by the Old Girls’ Association (now the Collegians’ Association), awarding £10 for the girl who made the best general progress. This scholarship (known then as the Old Girls’ Association Scholarship) was financially significant to many families as it was established during the time of the Great War. In 1935, the Old Girls’ Association changed the policy for the scholarship to support the future generations of Collegians, awarding it to the descendant of a Collegian. ß The Ohman Music Scholarship was established from a bequest gifted from the estate of Doctor Albert Ohman of Mount Claremont, in memory of Dr Ohman’s sister Vera, who attended MLC from 1914–16. Vera’s daughter, Beth Coghill, attended MLC, followed by her daughters, Sue and Tonia van den Berg, in the 1970s. This scholarship therefore celebrates three generations of MLC girls. The Ohman Scholarship is awarded (subject to means testing) to a student who demonstrates both significant musical talents and a strong academic pursuit of excellence.

Congratulations to the 2012

Scholarship Winners

Council’s Academic Scholarship Alexandra Wilde – Methodist Ladies’ College Sarah Sun – Hillarys Primary School Jaslyn Woo – Methodist Ladies’ College Isabel Philip – Methodist Ladies’ College Stephanie Fletcher – Methodist Ladies’ College

Rural Scholarship Erika Weaver – Pannawonica Primary School

Council’s Collegian Prize Sarah Norton – Nedlands Primary School

Council’s Collegian Scholarship Rebecca Whiting – Methodist Ladies’ College

Council’s Music Scholarship Olivia Bartlett – Nedlands Primary School

Derrick Row Academic Scholarship Thilinie Kain – Methodist Ladies’ College

How You Can Participate Scholarships and prizes can provide an opportunity for a young girl, which may not otherwise be attainable, to access an MLC education. Please contact Suzanne Fisher (’02), Development Associate, on (08) 9384 4000 or to discuss how your family can establish a scholarship that will last for generations. Alternatively, your contribution to the Scholarship Fund will allow the continued growth of the capital that funds the named scholarships described above. Please consider supporting the MLC Foundation Scholarship Fund by going to the ‘Giving to MLC’ section of our website,

Derrick Row with Thilinie Kain, inaugural winner of the 2012 Derrick Row Academic Scholarship. Photo: Lisa Embleton


Chelsea’s Message Dear Collegians, I hope those who attended the MLC Collegians’ Association Movie Night on 2 September thoroughly enjoyed watching The Help and the complimentary champagne and canapés on arrival. I would like to thank all those who assisted in arranging such a successful and enjoyable night. The Association is celebrating its Centenary in 2013, and we are in the process of organising four events that will be held during the year: the Collegians’ Long Table Lunch, a Boarders’ Sleepover, a High Tea and a Cocktail Party. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, please contact Tamara Kilian (Alumni Relations) at or on 9384 4000, or the Collegians’ Association directly at We are seeking people for all levels of involvement. Do you know a Collegian who has made an outstanding contribution to the community? Included in this edition of STRIVE is a nomination form for 100 Collegian Voices, a collection of life stories from 100 Collegians to be released in our Centenary year. Your nomination is important, so please fill out and return the form as soon as possible. More information appears on this page. Details on Centenary celebrations and 100 Collegian Voices will be updated regularly in the Community section of the MLC website: Finally, I would like to extend the best of wishes to you and your families for the remainder of 2011, and for Christmas and the New Year. I hope to see you at a future MLC Collegians’ Association event.

Chelsea Gallash

President, ML C Collegians’ Association


100 Collegian Voices – We Need Your Nomination The Collegians’ Association, in conjunction with MLC, is producing a book entitled 100 Collegian Voices to help commemorate the Collegians’ Association Centenary. The experiences of 100 MLC Collegians will be recorded, representing a cross-section of the thousands of students who have honoured the College Vision: Per Ardua Ad Alta; Through striving to the heights. We plan to acknowledge a wide variety of journeys, from business, athletic or artistic success, to voluntary contributions of time and support, charity or community service work. If you know any Collegians who you believe to be worthy of this accolade, please fill out the nomination form inserted into this edition of STRIVE. Please don’t assume that the person you are considering has already being nominated; the number of nominations an individual receives will be taken into account during the selection process. Forms should be returned asap to Tamara Kilian at the Office of Development and Community, Methodist Ladies’ College, 356 Stirling Highway, Claremont WA 6010 – or email your nomination to


towards a Cure

Carolyn Turner (’84) says schools such as MLC should not underestimate their role in the medical research breakthroughs of the future. As General Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation, Carolyn Turner knows that research can change the future forever. Here she explains why schools play a vital role, and gives an insight into the career path that led to her current position. The Leukaemia Foundation places great emphasis on research. The research being undertaken on blood cancers in Australia, and right here in Perth, is highly regarded around the globe, thanks to the world-class researchers carrying out these projects.

We will need outstanding researchers in the future.

But where will the researchers of the future come from? With state-of-the-art facilities being built across Perth, we will need outstanding researchers in the future to fill the positions these facilities will create. Medical and scientific research is therefore a career choice MLC students should be encouraged to consider, and a pathway that the College can support – taking girls into a career that can literally save thousands of lives. My own years at MLC did not lead me along a scientific path, yet they did open my eyes to opportunities beyond our borders, while allowing me the confidence to believe in myself. My career began when a Rotary Exchange Scholarship took me to Japan for 12 months immediately after I graduated from MLC. When I returned to Perth with my newly acquired Japanese language skills, I studied a double major in Economics and Japanese at UWA. During this time, I won a language scholarship with Qantas, which led to my

employment as part of the airline’s Graduate Management Program. Whilst working in strategic planning at Qantas, I became interested in China and how aviation opportunities where rapidly advancing. In 1995 I secured an Austrade Asia-Pacific Scholarship to work and study at university in Beijing. After 12 months of language training and business experience there, Qantas appointed me to the challenging role of establishing from scratch the Qantas operations (airport, government relations, marketing, sales etc) in Shanghai and the emerging East China region. After another international post as Country Manager Vietnam, where I met my husband Stephen, I returned to Sydney as General Manager Global Alliances with responsibility for the bilateral alliances and the ‘oneworld’ alliance.

... we can all play a role in caring for our country and the people in our community.


continued... Our direction is clear – we have a ‘Vision to Cure; Mission to Care’.

I left Qantas to care for my two children, Brodie and Reilly, eventually moving back to WA to become CEO of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association. During this time I was appointed as a Commissioner to the Board of the Conservation Commission of WA. I still hold this position and hope that I can continue to represent and protect our amazing, unique and very precious environment. A ‘healthy country’ means a ‘healthy people’, and we can all play a role in caring for our country and the people in our community. By this time, whilst my background has a strong corporate focus, I was looking for a challenge with community engagement. The role at the Leukaemia Foundation gave me the chance to apply many of the business fundamentals to a field that demands creativity on a very small budget within the crowded ‘charity’ arena. A major challenge has been to gain recognition of our brand and our needs in the corporate and business sectors around WA. This is where my knowledge of big business and the demands they face has come in handy.

Advocacy is a Foundation priority, and the skills I learnt in China and Vietnam dealing with complex business and government negotiations have certainly been an asset. I have been in my role as General Manager for almost 18 months, and during this time I have been able to create new roles and engage new staff with a vision and a passion that will take our organisation to the next level. Our direction is clear – we have a ‘Vision to Cure; Mission to Care’. The Vision is all about research into better treatments and cures; the Mission is to care for all of those affected by blood cancer. Services we provide include patient transport, accommodation in Perth for regional patients, education, counselling and other forms of practical assistance. The work we do for people touched by blood cancer in the WA community is very challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Our ‘clients’ are children, the elderly and everyone in between. It is a job I love and one that allows me to make a difference to the lives of those impacted by cancer. I am inspired almost every day by the courage

Our experiences have proved that philanthropy is alive and well in WA.

and the passion of the people I connect with through my work. Our biggest challenge is ensuring blood cancer clients right across the state know who we are and what we do. A vital project I am about to commence involves understanding how we can better engage with, and provide services for, Indigenous communities, not only in WA but right across the nation. I see many exciting times ahead for me at the Leukaemia Foundation. I hope to utilise my experience in China and my knowledge of Mandarin again as opportunities arise for the Leukaemia Foundation in China. As we are part of Asia it makes sense to look for partnerships beyond our borders – especially in the areas of patient services, education and, most significantly, research. My ability to positively impact the lives of those with blood cancer is only limited by my own creativity and how effectively I can encourage the businesses and communities of WA to get behind the fundraising initiatives that can make our ‘Vision to Cure; Mission to Care’ a reality.

I was delighted that our flagship fundraiser in March – ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ – broke all previous state totals to exceed $1.8 million.

exists to an organisation, the giving comes easily. And those who have benefited from a cause or organisation tend to give more and at greater rates. It feels wonderful to give.

Our experiences have proved that philanthropy is alive and well in WA. Australians are internationally recognised as one of the most generous people in the world when it comes to individual giving, and this was evident earlier this year when Australians gave so generously to so many natural disasters both locally and overseas.

Yet what gives blood cancer patients real hope is medical and scientific research.

Our biggest opportunity still lies in the area of corporate philanthropy. WA’s success in the resources sector has created a new type of philanthropist, and the not-for-profit sector is very fortunate to have shared in the success of the resources boom in recent years. However, Australia features less well in corporate giving when compared with the record of individual philanthropic contributions.

In 2003 an amazing new drug was released onto the market that meant a certain blood cancer type, which until that point presented a very poor prognosis, could now be treated effectively, offering patients a normal life span. This is a discovery that excited the world – and it happened in our lifetime. We all live in hope that dramatic improvements in treatments, and ultimately cures, for many more types of cancers and diseases are possible in our lifetime. Only research can make this happen – and research needs excellent educational institutions in which to develop these researchers of the future.

The extent to which individuals or businesses are connected with communities seems to be a factor: where a connection


Sailing into the Future Barbara Jones (’81) has done MLC’s X-generation proud – taking a rapid ride from freelance reporter at the America’s Cup to president of state-of-the-art interactive media company, SailorJones.

Even my 93-year-old grandmother is on Facebook!

As a schoolgirl from Canada living in Nedlands, Barbara Jones used to swap cassette tapes with family and friends who were on exchange in other parts of the world. “We would sit and talk into clunky old machines and mail the packages, which might arrive several weeks later.” She also tells of an early career memory – sending her first fax. “When I covered the America’s Cup in Fremantle for a Canadian radio network, fax machines had just been introduced. I remember standing by the machine at the media centre in Fremantle watching the paper feeding into the machine and saying to the operator, ‘So … really… this is coming out, exactly the same, in Canada?’”

This experience may sound odd to young women today, especially those who have grown up with the technologies that we now take for granted. But for Barbara, it was a profound moment – and the start of a journey that would keep her at the forefront of an evolution: “Those same communication experiences are now instantaneous using Skype, or AIM, or half a dozen other live chat tools,” she said. “Even my 93-year-old grandmother is on Facebook! “What had been journalists or reporters or photographers or videographers in traditional media companies are now ‘MMJs’ … multimedia journalists.” Yet for those who fear the loss of traditional journalism as a profession, Barbara has reassuring words:

There will always be a place for professionally produced content and trained writers and storytellers.

“There will always be a place for professionally produced content and trained writers and storytellers. They’ll continue to rise above the sea of blogs and usergenerated content. There will continue to be a consumer appetite for all forms of communication, after all.” Barbara’s own career path began as early as Year 6, when, inspired by uncles in radio, she decided that she wanted to attend Ryerson (in Toronto) to study broadcasting.” Barbara tactically selected activities in high school that were geared towards building a CV that would get her into the program, including becoming an exchange student at MLC and pursuing a media-related degree. “Initially I thought I wanted to be a writer, then a reporter, and I’ve tried them both. My sweet spot has been, and continues to be, producing. I’m the ‘putting all the pieces together’ person.” Since graduating, Barbara has experienced an ‘exponential evolution’ in all forms of media. In particular, she believes that social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, etc.) and the proliferation of content gathering devices have changed the world, with the change gathering pace in recent months. “I would say the most important international trend is the opportunity for more voices to be heard in the media landscape. The first half of 2011 bore witness to the influence of citizen journalism [reporting and

broadcasting of news by members of the public, generally via online channels]. “From a business perspective, content producers are now able to provide their products directly to consumers. Broadcasters, cable and satellite companies are being removed from the food chain.” Yet what excites her most are “original design and finding new ways to push boundaries with technology and content”. She gives Webby Award-winning as a favourite example of original work by musicians created in collaboration with engineers at Google and a design firm.

Barbara’s Advice for Students Considering a Career in Media As well as directing SailorJones Media, Barbara is a Professor at Syracuse University in New York, where she gained a Master of Science (Television/Radio/Film). Her impressive track record includes senior management positions with several Canadian and US communications companies, and positions on various advisory committees for media organisations such as the Canadian Film & Television Production Association and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Here is her advice for students about to launch into a media career:

“The creative industries are ‘businesses’. Even auteur filmmakers need to unearth financing to support their creative vision, and pay levels are notoriously low when you start out. Stick with it and be on the lookout for a ‘big break’ when it comes your way. “Learn to be comfortable with networking. The media industries are about building relationships and maintaining your network. People you work with as peers today can be your clients or your boss a year from now. “There will always be a need for ‘face time’ with colleagues and clients. When we make the effort to work together in person on a regular basis we are much more effective when working apart. Our relationships are stronger and we’re better able to cut through any ‘electronic confusion’ that might clutter our communications channels. “A company such as SailorJones Media will hire according to the deliverables: do we need creatives, project managers, shooters, graphic artists… or is it a research assignment requiring statistical analysis and business expertise? That said, there are some universal characteristics that seem to ‘pop’ when we’re putting together our teams: strong organisational skills, strong communication skills (especially written), a passion for storytelling, the ability to work both independently and with diverse teams (sometimes remotely), and the specific technical expertise for the role. “Above all, you have to be flexible, openminded and maintain your sense of humour!”


The Reluctant OAM Wilma McBain (’65) cannot understand why she was awarded an OAM – what she can tell you is that she loves her job, especially the chance to make a difference in the lives of 20 newborn babies every year. Three years ago, His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC, then Governor of Western Australia, awarded Collegian Wilma McBain the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through the care and support of children requiring craniofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. When Wilma received notification of the award, she rang Government House to inform them that they had ‘got the wrong person’. “I’m just an administrator!” she explained. Yet Wilma is so much more than an ‘administrator’. For more than 20 years, she has been responsible for coordinating the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit and later the Craniofacial Unit in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). Each year there are approximately 20 newborn babies with cleft of the lip and/or palate. These patients are followed through from birth to maturity – 21 years of age.

The Extra Mile Going the extra mile is something Wilma has never resented, coming as she does from a line of strong, resilient women who have battled adversity. “I come from a strong matriarchal family. My great-grandmother came to Australia from Ireland at the age of 15 or 16 and built a life for herself. My grandmother was awarded an MBE – she was a JP, sat on various boards and committees, and was the first woman to become a Subiaco Councillor. And my mum was just as strong and active – a school teacher who couldn’t resist joining committees.” Wilma also finds it hard to say no when invited to participate, and sets high

expectations for herself. Within 16 months of joining the Freshwater Bay Rotary Club, she found herself on the Board of Directors with a Community and Vocation portfolio!

Her ‘muddling along’ approach to life became an inspired journey as she followed her instincts, rolled with the punches and took opportunities as they arose.

“It all goes back to my parents sending me to MLC and boarding,” said Wilma, who believes that the boarding experience helped her to find her place in the world.

The Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Unit at PMH is the only one of its kind in WA. Wilma’s role includes lots of communication with the young patients and their parents, as well as liaison with practitioners and consultants in various complementary departments.

MLC Ties A country girl from a wheat and sheep farm in Wyalkatchem, Wilma benefited from the opportunity to mix with girls from a wider world, and made some strong lifelong friendships. “I have remained in constant contact with several from my year and meet up regularly for lunches. I really value their friendship. We have lots of laughs together and every June have our own ‘Boarders’ Weekend’ in Dunsborough.” She still feels a strong tie to MLC, and the sporting teams. Although her daughters attended a different school due to locality, she would find herself instinctively cheering for MLC when the two schools played sports matches against one another. “To be honest, I preferred sport to being in the classroom, and really just muddled along at school. My sense of humour used to get me into trouble, and I was often in detention,” she confesses.

An Instinctive Carer Wilma ‘always knew’ she would go from school into nursing – a job that seemed ideally suited to her gregarious and caring nature. During three years of training at Royal Perth Hospital, Wilma discovered that being with people was the aspect of the job that she enjoyed most.

Apart from her family, she names the wellknown burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood as her role model. As colleagues at PMH, Fiona has often supported Wilma with the words, ‘Stay strong!’ “I love the variety in my job, and enjoy helping others who feel life has treated them badly to see that the world isn’t all bad. A smile is very important!”

Advice for Young Women Wilma’s key messages for young women are that adversity makes you stronger, listening to your instincts will get you going in the right direction, and success comes from following your passions and grabbing opportunities. “I have always followed the MLC vision, ‘Strive for the Highest’, or ‘Through Striving to the Heights’, plus a saying from a sampler that my grandmother used to have hanging on her wall: ‘I expect to pass through life but once – therefore, if there is any kindness I may show or any good deed I may do, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.’ “In other words, if you can do something to make a difference now, do it.” Opposite: Wilma McBain with her Medal. Photo: Lisa Embleton


WA Gold Dorothy Erickson (’56) enjoys international renown, with her jewellery represented in major collections around the world, yet she remains firmly grounded in Western Australia.

Gold and Silversmithing in Western Australia: A History (UWA Publishing, 2010) is an exquisite coffee table book developed from Dr Dorothy Erickson’s PhD thesis. The first graduate to be awarded a doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia (1992), Dorothy’s own artistic jewellery is featured in the book, alongside other WA gold and silversmiths. The former MLC boarder, who began her career as a teacher, held her first solo jewellery exhibition in 1977. Since then she has clocked up almost 40 solos in Australia and Europe. Her work now features in major collections on both continents, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Schmuckmuseum in Germany, and the National Fine Arts Collection in Malta. Australians can find her pieces in the National Collection, and in the state art


galleries of Queensland, South Australia and WA. Home-schooled by her mother, naturalist and historian Rica Erickson, Dorothy was inspired by the natural world during her early childhood. She had plenty of time to absorb her country surroundings, as her mother managed to squeeze her schooling into two days a week, leaving five days to explore and grow her imagination. Dorothy’s early love of flora has lasted until today, her most recent collection being based on WA wildflowers. She attended MLC as a boarder for eight years, where, at the age of eight, she won the first state prize for crafts in the Junior Red Cross Intercircle Competition, and later exhibited in an international children’s art exhibition run by UNESCO.

After graduating, she became a primary school teacher, and then travelled to the UK and Europe for a few years, working and absorbing the cultural and artistic influences that helped to inspire her craft. Yet her inspiration remains rooted in WA, with her first piece designed around an opal given to her by her mother after she returned from Europe. Dorothy began training in her craft in 1969, at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT now Curtin University) – studying jewellery and silversmithing at night and teaching by day. In 1980, with her first few solo exhibitions under her belt, Dorothy set up a home studio and her career as a jewellery designer began to take off.

Fascinated from an early age by her grandfather’s goldmine, she has always enjoyed working with gold. Later she began to work with steel cable, which she crafted with semi-precious stones and gold to create unique, kinetic designs. These award-winning works featured in the ABC’s Body series in 1990, were shown in a solo exhibition at the Galerie in the Palais, Vienna, in 1990 and used in promotion for the Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition in 1992. Dorothy is a true ‘multitasker’, achieving success also as a lecturer, historian, curator, editor and author: she won the inaugural Australiana Prize for Writing in 1994, was WA editor of Artlink for over ten years, and has curated a number of national exhibitions.

In 2011 she has curated an exhibition based on the work of jewellers featured in her book, including another Collegian, Gillian Rainer (Cock ’73), who studied with Dorothy at WAIT. Seven pieces from that touring exhibition have been reserved for the National Collection. As this edition of Strive goes to press, Dorothy is winging her way to London to launch her book with an exhibition at the prestigious Lesley Craze Gallery as part of London Design Week. Back in Australia she is scheduled to give lectures in Sydney on her book, and in Brisbane on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: 100 Women, 100 Stories, 100 Brooches – an exhibition that will tour Australia for three years.

“For this exhibition, I chose 100 inspiring women from as many walks of life as I could find from 1788 to today,” said Dorothy. “There are a good number of Western Australian women in the 100.” Dorothy is now starting to experiment with new work based on linkages for solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Vienna and possibly Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2012. “I am exploring the linkages between my goldminer grandfather, my botanist mother and her grandmother, a midwife on the Goldfields and even perhaps her mother, an hotelier on the Victorian Goldfields. I am not sure how it will develop yet.” Photos courtesy Dorothy Erickson and Douglas Elford


In Memoriam Julie Scott (Sumner ’80)

Joan Pixley (Hill ’39)

On 12 May 2010 Julie passed away peacefully at her home in Bunbury surrounded by her family, having lived with breast cancer for ten years.

Joan Pixley was born in Cottesloe on 9 May 1922 and died suddenly at her home in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, on 26 September 2010. Joan was married in the MLC Chapel to John Pixley and spent the last 28 years residing in Sydney and Brisbane. After leaving MLC, Joan obtained her secretarial qualifications at City Commercial Business College in Perth and became Private Secretary to several managers at Dalgety & Co., where she spent her working life.

Those who knew her at school will remember a determined but quiet achiever, an all-round student – academic, sporty, and involved in the school orchestra. Julie was the granddaughter of Mr Sumner, after whom Sumner House is named. It was at school where she met her future husband, Rob Scott, who played Judd Fry in the school production of Oklahoma. They married in 1983 during her third year in the Physiotherapy course, and later moved to Bunbury where she completed her MBA and became the Head of Physiotherapy for the region. In 1992 her daughter Courtney was born, followed two years later by son Sheldon. In 2000 Julie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer with a prognosis of only three to five years. Julie never saw it as a battle, but rather lived whatever life she had left to the fullest, taking many of us along for the ride. The family bought a caravan and had many wonderful holidays in it. There were trips interstate and overseas. Our annual girls’ weekend was formed – to celebrate birthdays and another year of having Julie with us. Julie will live on for us in our memories of the wonderful times shared over the past 35 years. Her gift to us was to recognise that life is such a precious thing, and not to take it for granted, to embrace every day and to actively cherish family and friends.

Living close to the beach, Joan enjoyed swimming from the earliest age until a year or so before her death. She also enjoyed tennis until well into her 60s and then played bowls for many years. The opportunity to travel came in her early working years, and she spent some time in England. After her marriage, Joan and John visited many overseas countries, and they were still enjoying shorter trips within Australia until her death. In her younger days she was a Cub Master, and for many years she was a member of the Institute of Private Secretaries, the Victoria League, the Cottesloe Tennis Club and the Uniting Church. Joan enjoyed her years at MLC (1935–37) and always attended the alumni reunions. Kathleen Leggoe (Hill ’40) Methodist Ladies’ College is very grateful for Joan Pixley’s support of the College as a donor. Mrs Pixley chose to remember MLC by leaving a bequest to the MLC Foundation as an enduring gift that makes a difference beyond her lifetime.

Sonia Hewison (Tunley ’80) and Sandra Eckert (’80)

Doris Strachan (Taylor ’42) Doris was born on 8 August 1925 and died on 19 March 2011. She is survived by three sons, Greg, Neil and Trevor.

Welcome to the World

She attended MLC during the Second World War, in the time of Gertrude Walton. Doris kept in touch with other Collegians and attended MLC’s centenary lunch celebration. She played both golf and tennis for the MLC Old Girls. Janet Cameron (Taylor ’75)

Hannah Bone (Penman ’95) gave birth to Clara Elizabeth Bone on 21 November 2010 at 6.23am. Clara weighed 6lb 10oz (3.0kg).

Supermodel Heads to Uni Karen Lugun (’10) has achieved third place in the prestigious Ford Models Supermodel of the World competition. Established in 1980, Supermodel of the World held its inaugural event in Monaco. Since then, it has expanded across the globe, and now receives over 60,000 contestants from over 40 countries. “It’s been very exciting,” said Karen. “I’ve received a contract with a British clothing brand and travelled to Europe for photoshoots and shows.”

Inspired by an internship with Stylo following her success in the competition, Karen now plans to study PR and Fashion Management at university. “I’ve met amazing people in the fashion industry who have really inspired me,” she said. “I think boarding has really helped me cope with working and being away from home. It especially helped me during the competition! I had to live in a house with 12 other girls, and it was very tense for them having to share their space.”

Alumnus Receives OAM Janet E Davidson (’57) received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division in 2011, for service to local government and to women. Janet holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Western Australia, and is a trained teacher and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Justice of the Peace, an Ambassador for the Year of the Outback and Executive Officer to the WA Regional Office/Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Elected to the City of Perth in 1998, she was appointed Deputy Lord Mayor in 2009. Among her many committee positions, she sits on the Board of Trustees of Perth Theatre Trust, and holds two National Vice President positions for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and the National Council for Women of Australia.

If you have news to share with MLC families and alumni, please email Janet Davidson OAM.


A Cool Head for Sailing Lisa Chamberlain (’07) has won a string of accolades in sailing since leaving MLC, the latest being the prestigious Rani Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Lisa received the trophy for her cool headedness in identifying and rectifying a severe water leak. She was one of the three ‘youth crew’ aboard the maxi yacht YuuZoo. Last year Lisa was training with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Program, which, she says, has helped her to fine-tune her sailing skills. She is also part of the Australian team testing the America’s Cup boats. Lisa was already racing competitively while in her Senior Years at MLC, and began match and offshore racing at 17. She has completed a Yacht Master Ocean Certificate and a Diploma in Business Management with a major in Marketing.

2011 Annual I GSSA Alumni Reunions

Tennis Competition

This year’s tournament, held on 7 April, was hosted by Loreto at the Reabold Tennis Club, Floreat.

A reunion is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect a community of students who learned and grew together. Below is a list of reunions taking place in 2011. Keep an eye on the Community section of our website for updates:

Congratulations for another grand effort from our Collegians, who came second to the victorious PLC team.

Class of 2001 – 10-Year Reunion

We look forward to next year when Perth College will be the host school.

Coordinator: Claire Brooks –

Date: 12 November

Class of 1991 – 20-Year Reunion Date: 20 December Coordinator: Naomi Quinlivan – – or look for us on Facebook: MLC 20 year school reunion

Class of 1986 – 25-Year Reunion Date: 17 September Coordinator: Sophie Raven –

Class of 1981 – 30-Year Reunion Date: 12 November Coordinator: Kell Muir – Back row (L-R): Jo Sklarz (Brown ’71), Penny Humann (Smith ’71), Leonie Needham (Smith ’70), Sue Thomas (Bloch ’71), Mary Sullivan (Colliver ’67), Helen Morgan (Dewar ’67).

Class of 1971 – 40-Year Reunion Date: 29 October

Front row (L-R): Virginia Burke (Saunders ’76), Marnie Taylor (Edwards ’65), Barbara Partington (Jones ’54), Georgina Abbott (Nield ’85).

Coordinator: Deb Elliott –

Barbara Partington, Collegians’ Tennis Coordinator

Date: 16 October


Class of 1961 – 50-Year Reunion Coordinators: Kaye Miller – Lexie Brbich – Diane Michael –

Meredith Taylor

Health and Sports Centre Opening The Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre, opened in March, is the first building to be named in recognition of a Collegian. As a School Prefect, Deputy Head Girl of Wesley Boarding House and Sports Prefect, Collegian Meredith McClements (Taylor ’84) represented her house, Sparta, and the College in a long list of both summer and winter sports. Meredith has made an outstanding and consistent contribution to the College, as a student, Collegian and now as a parent.

The Centre also recognises two exceptionally important former staff members, who have each dedicated 30 years to MLC during an era of unparalleled sporting achievement. Former Physical Education teachers, Elizabeth Davenport (on staff from 1970– 2004) and Patricia Wadsworth (1969–99), have both been acknowledged with the naming of the court space and viewing deck: the Elizabeth Davenport Arena and the Patricia Wadsworth Mezzanine. These three named acknowledgements are a celebration of our College’s pride in the dedication and achievement of MLC women of every generation.

While the Centre is now complete, the need remains for continued community leadership to sustain our ongoing Building Program. In 2011, an anonymous ‘matched gift’ of $100,000 has been donated to the Building Fund. This year we need your assistance to match this figure, dollar for dollar. This means that your donation to the campaign will be automatically doubled! Please consider joining the 400+ donors, by making a gift to the MLC Building Fund. See ‘Giving to MLC’ on our website – – or contact Suzanne Fisher (’02), Development Associate, on (08) 9384 4000 or

Left (L to R): Three generations – Kathryn Shaw (’00), Sue Shaw (’69) and Audrey Knight (’45) with their adopted brick. Above right (L to R): Allana Slater (’01), Rachel Harris (’96), Liz Davenport, Principal Cody, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi (’77) and Meredith McClements (’84). Below right (L to R): Mandy Coombes, Sasha Fitzpatrick, Principal Cody and Holly Dobney.


Five Friends Lunch Over 120 Collegians, ranging in ages from 24 to 94 years, joined together on 22 May 2011 at the home of Meredith McClements (Taylor ’84) for the Five Friends Lunch.

Clockwise from above: Marnie Taylor (Edwards ’65), Sue Thomas (Bloch ’71), Helen Dalgleish (Pascoe ’71), Jo Sklarz (Browne ’71). From the Class of 1985: Wendy Taylor (Rodwell), Lisa Hardie (Procter), Georgina Abbott (Nield), Elizabeth Davenport (former PE Teacher), Erin Hutton (Prowse), Deann Jones (Price), Rimi Roper (Mitra), Karen Dorfman (Shepherd). Twin sisters Pam Kidd (left) and Pat Arnold (Harris ’60) with niece Glenda Jerkovic (Raymond). From the Class of 1984: Karen Lang, Sam Rees (Walker), Dani Wright (Johnston), Sue Nash (Varey), Libby Feutrill and Meredith McClements (Taylor). From the Class of 1987: (back row) Simone Mulder (Muller), Ainsley Gifford (Davidson), Simone Binning (Morey), Sue Penberthy, Natalie Snooke (Taylor); (front row) Marnie Le Fevre (Benda), Caris Penniket (Walker), Meg Dyson (Toop), Phillipa Potter (Lacy), Kym Devenish (Gannon), Kate Sugars (Biddles).

Men of ML C Fun Day The Men of MLC (MoMLC) Fun Day was a big hit with families in June. A list of attractions included lots of activities organised by PE staff in the new Elizabeth Davenport Arena and a surf board ride on the Great Court. The day finished with a tug-o’-war, sausage sizzle, drinks and icecream.

Clockwise from above: Tug of War; April and Russell Ward; Jim and Stella Stevenson; Balloon Fun; Haydn and Eloise Long.


Adieu Summer Adieu Summer, on the afternoon of Sunday 20 March, celebrated the launch of autumn-winter fashion collections and the opening of a plethora of designer stores just along the road from MLC in the new Claremont Quarter. Sponsored by the Quarter and hosted by the MLC Collegians’ Association, which combined the event with its AGM, the parade was a gift to our alumni, who received complimentary entry. Amongst the collections were pieces by Collegian Anna Thomas (’87).

Clockwise from above: Adieu Summer models; Christina Shea, Rosemary Laughrey, Cheryl Banks and Derrick Row; Caitlin Babington (’10) and Elaine Esbenshade (’10); Student helpers, Francesca Hopkins and Sophie Blades; Tamara Kilian (Alumni Relations) welcomes Sarah Flanagan (Walker ’88).


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