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Building the future of Junior Years | MLC gets an A on its 2015 report card | Hawaiian inspiration for Prefects

ISSUE 11 | SEMESTER 1 | 2016

Tour de France winner lights up Hadley Hall | Girls turn Japanese | Newest members of the 99 Club revealed



WELCOME 4 A message from the Chair of Council

AC A D E M I C E XCE LLE N CE 5 99 Club Dux heads to Melbourne Charlotte receives two top awards Geraldine cooks up an exhibition Our report card Scholarship recipients Positive scholar in residence World champion rides for STEM


Duo go east for experience


Art graduates go on show


Welcome to the family Meet the Prefects

13 14

TO U R S 20

Learning Japanese culture in homes


Junior Years’ Redevelopment


S E RV I CE 25

Ball gowns help refugees College Sunday Uniform collection




Silverware and other intriguing stories


A message from the Chair of Foundation Winning Circle of Success project







President’s message Dads and daughters for breakfast Summer Market Dads and daughters’ dance


President’s message Christmas lunch Annual Musicale



President’s message MLC on the road Collegians’ golfing prowess Long table luncheon Reunions Alumni achievements

A N N O U N CE M E NT S 43 Edited by Heather Paterson and designed by Sandra Herd for the Office of Development and Community Relations.


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TERM 2 26 A PR I L

Term 2 Commences.

10 M AY

NAPLAN Testing.

14 M AY

2016 MLC Foundation Gala.

16 M AY

Collegians’ Association Meeting.

19 M AY

Junior Years’ Thrival Curriculum Parent Information Evening.

25 M AY

Advantage Morning.

26 M AY

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

27 M AY

Cabaret Night.

3- 6 J U N E

Mid-Term Exeat.

8 J U N E

Junior Years’ Speech And Drama Evening.

14 J U N E

Years 5-12 Piano Recital.

15 J U N E

MLC Foundation Pinnacle Of Success Soirée.

25 J U N E

Head of the River.

1 J U LY

Term 2 Concludes.



Meet our new deputy


19 J U LY

Term 3 Commences.

20 J U LY

Pre-Primary to Year 6 Parent Teacher Conferences.

27 J U LY

Pre-Primary to Year 6 Parent Teacher Conferences.

28-30 J U LY

College Production.

3 AU G U S T

Pre-Primary to Year 6 Parent Teacher Conferences.

13 AU G U S T

Rowing Club Manure Drive.

17 AU G U S T

Per Ardua Musicale and Grandparents’ Afternoon.

19 -22 AU G U S T

Mid-term Exeat.

23 AU G U S T

Keys for Life: Parent Workshop and Information.

1 S E P TE M B E R

Year 12 Choreography and Solo Night.

2 S E P TE M B E R

Pre-Primary to Year 6 Dads and Daughters’ Dance.

9 S E P TE M B E R

Year 12 Creative Arts Exhibition.

9 S E P TE M B E R

Concerto Night.

13 S E P TE M B E R

Year 7 2017 Orientation.

15 S E P TE M B E R

Parent Education Seminar.

23 S E P TE M B E R

Term 3 Concludes.


L-R: Maya Miyagawa (Year 3), Principal Rebecca Cody and Emma Kerr (Year 3)

At MLC, Values matter… Given the media’s saturated referencing of terrorism and political unrest, much of our world seems to be currently framed within an “us and them” mentality. This is often a calculated and divisive positioning that breeds fear and uncertainty. Through reporting and ministerial dialogue, we can be confronted to identify with others “like us” and ostracise those “not like us”; whether it be espousing the virtues of one political party, or even one religion, over the other, binary thinking dominates. For our youth, instability across the globe must be especially confronting. As one example, at an MLC assembly following the 2015 horror attacks in Paris, most girls raised their hands to indicate their choice to avoid watching or reading the news because they find it an overwhelming experience. Amid the constancy of speech and behavior inciting hatred, many adults are likely to concur. Just like the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001, this tragedy symbolises yet another shift for humanity. Given this backdrop, it felt especially meaningful and timely to launch MLC’s 2016 theme: Purposeful Camaraderie is about knowing, believing and behaving in ways that extend due regard to every individual and unite our community in a sense of belonging. Mostly, it means that we should be able to trust each other never to retreat from our MLC Values.

At MLC we encourage our staff and students to value the exploration of truth, expertise, resourcefulness and fairness in all that they say and do. Similarly, we aim to be both grounded and inclusive in carrying out our responsibilities across the College community. This encompasses holding ourselves and each other accountable for promoting behaviours and decisions that are supportive of the ethos of the Uniting Church and guided by our Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Priorities. As such, respecting difference and celebrating diversity are critical to our identity. At a time when difference is being commonly characterised as wrong or dangerous, at MLC we can model what it means to seek to understand: “In recognising the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute” (Thurgood Marshall). It is my pleasure to welcome you to this edition of our biannual community publication, Strive, that recognises and celebrates the outstanding scholarship and service of our girls and young women. Moreover, I invite you to empower all around you to embrace a year full of Purposeful Camaradarie. In 2016 may we be especially intentional and determined to uphold and honour our Values, confirming that we’re all in this together; indeed, we’ve been called together for the stellar purpose of striving to the heights at MLC.

Rebecca Cody Principal


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF COUNCIL Life is about balance. At the start of each year your College Council reflects on a topic at the beginning of our meetings to focus us on our purpose as a Council, which is to ensure that MLC is providing the very best for each and every girl. One of our reflections for this year is ‘inspiring girls and young women to live their lives with integrity and respect’. It is about taking charge of your own life journey, and being the best you can be, but with a humility and sensitivity that does not focus solely on your own achievements and experiences. It means living your life with integrity by demonstrating, through your actions, the strong moral principles that your College and your parents have been modelling over your life time. The College also has a topic to reflect upon. This year the Principal, Rebecca Cody, has asked the girls to explore ‘purposeful camaraderie’; working together for purposeful outcomes within the framework of the College Values. Every year Strive captures some of the examples of this value balance that our girls are developing. In this issue we see the outstanding WACE results and awards from the 2015 graduates: the highs and lows of competitive sport; our wonderful musical performances at College Sunday and Sunset on the Green; community service activities that


our girls have participated in like donating the price of a ball dress to charity and collecting and sending uniforms to Laos. It is always delightful to meet the new Student Leadership team, and learn about the wide and varied interests and skills they have gained during their time with the College. These girls are models of the ‘purposeful camaraderie’ – leading through trust and friendship. Every time I come to MLC I have opportunities to see our girls live the MLC Values and that is one of the reasons the MLC community is so warm and welcoming. I often receive comments from people outside of the MLC community that describe the delightful interactions they have had with MLC students, staff or Collegians. I thank Ms Cody and the dedicated staff for creating such a warm, supportive environment for our girls to thrive; I am humbled by the generosity of the Foundation members and the projects they have delivered for our College over the last 12 months; I thank the parents for the trust they place in the College Council; and lastly, I thank our girls for striving to model purposeful camaraderie.

Dr Penny Flett, AO Chair of MLC Council


99 CLUB Brittany Suann | 99.95

Jackie Bridgwood | 99.8

Chemistry Japanese Literature Mathematics Physics

Chemistry English Mathematics Mathematics Specialist Physics

Charlotte Bradley | 99.75

Rhiam Kadhim | 99.65

Chemistry Literature Materials Design Technology Physics Psychology

Chemistry Economics Literature Mathematics Physics

Zoe Oldfield | 99.55

Katherine Liu | 99.55

Biology English German Mathematics Modern History Philosophy and Ethics

Chemistry Literature Mathematics Mathematics Specialist Music Physics

Imogen Sweeney | 99.5

Geraldine Gazali | 99.45

Chemistry Literature Mathematics Media Production and Analysis Modern History Politics and Law

Accounting and Finance English Food Science and Technology Mathematics Politics and Law

Anushree Loyalka | 99.35

Abigail Chew | 99.25

Chemistry Literature Mathematics Mathematics Specialist Physics

Chemistry Japanese Literature Mathematics Physics

Eleanor St George | 99


Geography Literature Mathematics Modern History Psychology

One student who attained an ATAR above 99 did not want her results published.


Brittany had done her homework before making her decision to move the 2,726 kilometres to the other side of the continent. She had visited the campus while in Years 11 and 12. She also researched various scholarships that would lead to her chosen field of Medicine. She was awarded the Melbourne National Scholarship. “It means that I’m a participant in the Chancellor’s Scholars Programme. I get a mentor in an industry of my choice and I also get assured entry into any graduate field at Melbourne Uni for my postgraduate degree,” she said. The scholarship covers her tuition fees for her undergraduate degree, and she will receive a yearly bursary to cover some of her living costs. Although she says the move has propelled her out of her comfort zone, Brittany has a ready-made circle of friends at the university. She is one of seven 2015 MLC graduates that have also chosen to study in Melbourne. Brittany started at MLC in Year 6 and threw herself into College life while developing good study habits.

Brittany Suann (right) with her youngest sister, Alicia, on holiday in Spain

BRITTANY GETS A SPORTING CHANCE MLC’s 2015 co-Dux Brittany Suann credits, in part, IGSSA sport for her success in her WACE exams. “One of the benefits I found from doing IGSSA is that I met people from other schools and we were able to share resources when we got to the WACE,” Brittany said. “We shared our exams, our past exams and our worksheets so we had heaps of material.” That exchange of material, along with a lot of hard work, helped Brittany achieve the highest possible mark of 99.95. She was one of only 40 students in Western Australia to be awarded a General Exhibition, and she also received a Certificate of Distinction for Japanese and a Certificate of Commendation. Brittany recommends that students resist the urge to drop every co-curricular activity in Years 11 and 12 to stay healthy, happy and focussed. “It’s not good to be sitting still at your desk for however many hours, so give yourself a break by doing something that you enjoy. Even if you have less time you’ll probably be more efficient in your studies,” she said. The 2015 Deputy Head Prefect was offered numerous scholarship opportunities in Perth, Melbourne and Canberra. After long deliberation, and a last minute change of heart, she finally packed her bags and moved to the Victorian capital to commence a Bachelor of Science (Chancellor’s Scholars Programme). “I chose Melbourne because of the exciting opportunities the university has for undergraduate students at the moment, research fields in particular,” Brittany said. “We had Peter Doherty, a Nobel laureate, come and speak to us on the first day, so I feel very fortunate in this regard.” 6

“I really liked how in Middle Years I managed to do a lot of Music, Sport and co-curricular things. I did the Middle Years’ Production, Chorale, Barbershop, the joint MLC/Christ Church choir, and IGSSA sport,” she said. Brittany says the highlight of Year 10 was being chosen as a Youth Patron for Nulsen, a service which enables people with complex disabilities to lead a full life. The Youth Patron programme fosters leadership, self-development and builds awareness around disability issues. Her time with the programme, and the many other leadership and volunteering opportunities that she took part in, also helped her with her university and scholarship applications. “Everyone has to get good marks to get into university, so it’s the other things that you do that make you stand out.”


DOUBLE EXHIBITIONIST Her success in the exams helped her gain an impressive Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.75 and has set her on course of fulfilling her ambition of becoming a doctor. Charlotte has commenced her Bachelor of Philosophy with an assured pathway to Medicine at the University of Western Australia. “Since Year 10 I’ve known I’ve wanted to get the assured pathway. You feel a lot safer when you have that,” Charlotte said. Although she claims she is naturally better at science, Charlotte’s creative side helped her put together an enviable portfolio for Materials Design and Technology. Extracts from her work are now being used to inspire current students.

A deep passion for both the human mind and fashion lead to two top awards for MLC’s 2015 co-Dux, Charlotte Bradley. Charlotte was awarded the Course Exhibition for Psychology after topping the state in her WACE exam. She also became MLC’s sixth student in a row to gain the Course Exhibition for Materials Design and Technology.

“All my free time was put into the portfolio because I quite enjoyed doing it,” Charlotte said. “It was a mental break, and more of a creative time. It was like free time at home. A study break would be doing textiles. It helped me deal with stress.” Charlotte had pulled out of Materials Design and Technology in Year 11 after being advised that her ATAR would be scaled down. However, she decided to pick up the subject she loved so much during the summer break prior to starting Year 12.

“Materials Design and Technology was scaled down more than I thought it would be, which is why I originally thought that I wouldn’t get the Course Exhibition.” The Bradley family was in Cambodia, enjoying their summer holiday, when they gathered in the foyer of their hotel to log on to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website to look up Charlotte’s ATAR. The experience was nerve-wracking, but relief soon followed when Charlotte saw her result. She had to wait a few more weeks to find out that she had been awarded two Course Exhibitions, two Certificates of Distinction, and a Certificate of Commendation. Her school teacher mum, Bonita, broke the news to her. “I was asleep and mum came running into my room screaming,” she said. To gain her results, Charlotte said she sacrificed social aspects of her life, but those days are now over. She plans on joining numerous clubs at university, including netball, running and possibly, ultimate Frisbee. “I definitely want more of a balance. I still want to do well, but I’m not going to sacrifice everything to do that,” she said.


the School Curriculum and Standards

mother is an incredible cook, my family

Geraldine Gazali’s very surprised

Authority website to see how she had

loves to eat

done. Her first response was relief,

and I’ve grown up to love learning about

that she did so well in her 2015 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) exams, achieving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that propelled her into MLC’s 99 Club. The unassuming university student puts her success down to one thing: hard work.

followed by a flood of emotions. “After the long, anxious wait since the end of November I was incredibly relieved, then happy, but also shocked by the revelation of my results,” she said. “My family was very happy and proud of my results. They always told me I would get into the 99 Club but I guess I

“I worked incredibly hard and it was so

underestimated myself and never really

satisfying to see that I have been rewarded

took what they said seriously.”

with good results,” said Geraldine who

Food Science was the subject that

received the Course Exhibition for Food

Geraldine chose to do simply because she

Science and Technology, topping the state.

loved it. Her passion for the subject comes

Geraldine was on holiday in Thailand

from growing up in a family of foodies.

with her family when she logged on to

“My family is very food oriented; my

food and nutrition,” Geraldine said. “You could always find me in the kitchen during Year 12 because it was a great stress reliever.” She says she found about her Course Exhibition for Food Science when a friend sent her a text to congratulate her for topping the state. Geraldine does not plan to follow a career in food. “I have been fortunate to secure an assured pathway to Law and I plan to continue pursuing my career goal to become a corporate lawyer after I finish my bachelor degree,” she said. 7


Just some of MLC’s 2015 Award winners. L-R: Emily Wray, Brittany Suann, Principal, Rebecca Cody, Annabelle Alberghini, Chrysten Koong, Anushree Loyalka, Katherine Liu, Eleanor St George, Charlotte Bradley and Jackie Bridgwood celebrate their 2015 success.



In Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) courses, MLC’s 2015 graduating Year 12 cohort reached the heights.

The 96 girls who sat the WACE exams gained outstanding results:

One General Exhibition (Awarded to the top 40 students in WA);

A median ATAR of 91.3.

12 students attained an ATAR of 99 or above; top one per cent of of students across WA.

Three Course Exhibition (Awarded to the top student in a course);

19 students attained an ATAR of 98 or above; top two per cent of of students across WA.

13 Certificates of Distinction (Awarded to the top 0.5 percent of students in a course); and,

39 students attained an ATAR of 95 or above; top five per cent of of students across WA.

18 Certificates of Commendation (Awarded to students who receive 10 or more A grades in Years 11 and 12).

54 students attained an ATAR of 90 or above; top 10 per cent of of students across WA.

82 students achieved the minimum ATAR requirement for gaining entry into most of the ‘Group of Eight’ universities across Australia.

94 students achieved an ATAR that would provide entry into one of Western Australia’s five universities.

Exhibitions and Awards

Other Awards The Australian Engineers Institute Certificates – for graduates who gain above 75 per cent in their WACE exams in each of the following subjects: Specialist Mathematics 3CD, Mathematics 3CD, Chemistry and Physics. Four were presented to 2015 graduates.

MLC achieved ‘top performing students’ status in 12 WACE Stage 3 courses including: 3AB Accounting and Finance 3AB Applied Information Technology 3AB Ancient History 3AB Chemistry 3AB English 3AB Human Biological Science 3AB Japanese: Second Language 3AB Literature 3AB Marine and Maritime Studies 3AB Modern History 3AB Physics 3AB Politics and Law 3AB Psychology Fifteen MLC courses had fewer than 10 students and were not eligible for this category. Vocational Education and Training (VET) In 2015, four students studied and completed VET Units of Competency with external Registered Training Organisations.

They attained: 1 Certificate III in Education Support; 1 Certificate II in Business; 1 Certificate IV in Business, and; 1 Certificate II in Hospitality. Our Award Recipients General Exhibition Brittany Suann 99.95 Course Exhibitions Charlotte Bradley- Materials Design and Technology Charlotte Bradley – Psychology Geraldine Gazali - Food Science and Technology 13 Certificates of Distinction Charlotte Bradley | Materials Design and Technology Charlotte Bradley | Psychology Jackie Bridgwood | Chemistry Jackie Bridgwood | English Geraldine Gazali | Food Science and Technology Alexandra Kannegiesser-Bailey | English Zoe Oldfield | Biological Sciences Zoe Oldfield | English Eleanor St George | Psychology Brittany Suann | Japanese as a Second Language Imogen Sweeney | Literature Imogen Sweeney | Media Production and Analysis Emma Williamson | English

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Methodist Ladies’ College offers academic, boarding and music scholarships, each year, to girls from around the state entering Years 7, 8 and 10. Scholarship testing, and auditions for music scholarships, take place in the year prior to commencement. This year, 14 girls began their scholarships at MLC. They are: Jade Alcock, Emily Basford, Millie Coole, Veronique Gavan, Ava Nielsen, Charlotte Owens, Mareeya Pigram, Kirsty Rendell, Ananyna Sharma, Leila Skoss, Kaitlyn Sprigg, Amy Thomas, Laurelle Wright and Saieesha Yogesan.

RHEANNA STAYS ON SCHOLARSHIP ROAD When Rheanna Fairhead received a Boarding Scholarship to MLC in 2011, her parents thought they had won the lottery.

I have received have been

The 2015 graduate says their

Rheanna was awarded a Richard

gamble paid off.

18 Certificates of Commendation

“The MLC scholarship I received

Anabelle Alberghini Charlotte Bradley Jackie Bridgewood Geraldine Gazali Rhiam Kadhim Chrysten Koong Katherine Liu Anushree Loylka Isabella Lyndon-James Brittany Marzec Molly McKenzie Zoe Oldfield Brittany Suann Imogen Sweeny Emma Williamson Emily Wray Eliza Zhang Anonymous

to encourage me to do my

for boarding served as a way best and also, in a way, helped me realise my potential, and

extremely beneficial to my learning and have eased a lot of financial pressure,” the pharmacy student said. Langham Memorial Scholarship by Curtin University, which is given to a student from rural WA with a raw ATAR above 85. She will receive $5,000 over four years.

encouraged me to use the

Her second scholarship is the

opportunities I had been

Rural Pharmacy Scholarship

offered,” Rheanna said.

from the Pharmacy Guild of

“I realised that it was a privilege to be offered a scholarship, and I wanted to make my parents, myself and the awarders of the

Australia, which gives Rheanna $10,000 a year for up to four years, and encourages her to return to the country after

services remaining available.” As part of her Pharmacy Guild Scholarship, Rheanna will be mentored by pharmacist, Rebecca Cousins, in her home town of Pingelly, 160 kilometres

scholarship proud, and make


southeast of Perth.

them realise that the faith they

“I always knew I was going to

All Australian universities offer

had instilled in me was justified,”

return to the country, and I think

she said.

that drove me to apply for the

Knowing the benefits of

scholarship, since it was one of

ensure that they can meet the

scholarships, Rheanna

the conditions,” Rheanna said.

criteria in their application, and

decided to apply for numerous

“I think it’s really important to

opportunities to help her through her tertiary studies. She is now at Curtin University on two awards. “All of the scholarships that

encourage country students to maintain their ties with the

scholarships based on varying criteria. Students need to

be prepared to put work into their applications. Rheanna says it’s worth the effort.

rural community, especially as

“Even if you only just qualify for

many towns are suffering with

a scholarship, go for it because

declining populations and fewer

you have nothing to lose.”



“It’s not about deluding themselves or telling themselves fairy tales or just thinking positive for the sake of it, but when they grab that thin slice of reality was there anything else they missed? In the things that they missed, might those stories serve them better, might they help them think, feel and act in ways where self-doubt isn’t going to hold them back in the same way? At a second seminar, parents were told that they needed to teach their children about how their brains worked and help them understand how they respond to people, how emotions shape their behaviour and performance, the value of relationships with others, how to overcome challenges and obstacles and manage those negative thoughts and self-doubt. “When we think about what we want for our kids we want them to be happy, we want them to be healthy, we want them to be able to do well in life – whatever that may look like for them,” the mother of one said.

THE BIG QUESTION Each time you doubt yourself there is one important question you need to ask: “Is it true?” That’s the advice given to students and their parents by Scholar-in-Residence Michelle McQuaid. The author and positive psychologist says we all tell ourselves stories about ourselves and the situations we are in, but we rarely question those stories. These stories, in turn, affect the way we think and feel, and the way that we act. “Most of us don’t realise that we’re constantly creating stories; that our brains are sense-making machines, constantly trying to figure out why things are happening and what might happen next in the world around us, and the way we


do that is by telling ourselves stories,” Ms McQuaid said. Ms McQuaid, whose message is embedded in MLC’s Thrival Curriculum, told Middle and Senior Years’ girls that the stories they tell themselves are only thin slices of reality that are perceived as absolute truths, and are fuelled by self doubt. They have long-term ramifications. “We know for girls, in particular, that selfdoubt, as they go on through their later school years and into their first jobs, is often really challenging, and we see these kind of confidence gaps starting to appear in workplaces where women start to hesitate, hold themselves back, and don’t put themselves forward for opportunities in the same way our male colleagues do,” she said. The way to negate the thought patterns is to teach young girls to recognise these stories, see the impact they are having on the way they think, feel and act, and to gently challenge the stories by asking “is it true?”

“The reality is that takes a bit of figuring out; it’s not instinctive for us, we don’t know just how to do it.” Ms McQuaid, who has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD, says her teachings are based on research by Professor Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, and Professor Carol Dweck at Stanford University in the United States, who suggests that girls are more vulnerable to self-doubt than boys. Research shows that this is partly due to neurological differences, as well as hormones. “Men experience more of the hormone testosterone, the action hormone. It gets us taking risks and moving forward, whereas women tend to experience more of the oestrogen hormone, and oestrogen is more about tending and befriending. Michelle McQuaid’s visit to MLC was sponsored by the Parents of MLC.

Prefects-elect Annabel Saggers and Chiara Ma race cycling legend, Cadel Evans

RACING TOWARDS THE FUTURE Sporting legend Cadel Evans powered up Hadley Hall with the help of two prefects-elect, a cycling-enthusiast Science teacher and an enterprising student.

and Science teacher Bill Biffin, raced

In 2015, Year 12 student, Jackie

addressing future power generation in

the power generating bikes to try to light up a string of lights behind them. Their efforts were displayed on the auditorium’s screens. Jackie’s winning concept and video,

Bridgwood won a national

an innovative and creative way.

competition that promoted the study

Her video, Tap into the Future,

of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her prize in the Seimen’s FutuRide competition was a visit to the school by the Tour de France winner and four powergenerating bikes worth more than $4,000. Cadel Evans spoke to a packed Hadley Hall about the importance of having dreams and chasing them. “Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do it,” he told girls in Years 6-10.

explores harnessing the power of taps on mobile phones and other mobile devices. She reveals that 6.7 trillion messages are sent each year: that’s 220 thousand messages a second. “So what if finger taps could generate power?” Jackie asks in her video. She goes on to explore the possibility of using the vibrations of the tap to

Technoloy giant, Seimens, says it instigated the FutuRide competition to highlight the importance of STEM

Cadel Evans with competition winner Jackie Bridgwood

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and the future of engineering in Australia. It’s head of Asia-Pacific operations, Dr Roland Busch, says he hopes that his company can one day make Jackie’s

generate power that would charge the

concept into a reality.

device being used, or collecting the

Seimens is one of the world’s

Mr Evans, along with Sports Prefects-

collaborative taps in an office building

biggest suppliers of energy-efficient

elect Chiara Ma and Annabel Saggers,

to power that building.




Lucy Harrup and Bronte Maddren at Thomas Cook in Melbourne

FASHION FORWARD EXPERIENCE While most of their friends were enjoying preparations for Christmas, Bronte Maddren and Lucy Harrup headed to Melbourne to get some hands-on experience in a fashion house.

“They taught me how to use professional computer

The two enterprising Materials Design and Technology

The biggest eye-opener for both girls was the level of

students spent the first week of the 2015/16 summer

an opportunity to use these programmes in my work at school in materials and design.” organisation it takes to work in a fashion house, and how to

holidays working in all areas of the business, where

dress to be taken seriously in the work place.

Bronte’s aunt, Cindy Hallam, is a designer.

“Throughout the week it was very stressful but fun. What I

The girls, who are now in Year 12, were at Thomas Cook,

learned from it is that you have a lot more hours in the day

a country fashion house that designs clothing for three

if you organise it all,” Bronte said.

labels, as well as an equestrian line.

“I found it inspiring because I am quite an organised person

“We started off in administration where they take care of

but my time management isn’t as good as I thought it would

the money and customer service,” Lucy said. “Then we went down into the factory where we picked out

be. After my week in Melbourne I knew that I would have to change things.”

all the different clothes for the orders; we’d label them and

While Bronte is still deciding which career path she’d like to

do all the invoices and get them ready to be sent to the

take, Lucy has her eyes set on a career in fashion design.


“I liked working with the fashion design team. It was

After learning about the less glamourous side of the

interesting to talk to the head designer about how she goes

business, the girls worked with the graphic and fashion

about getting inspiration - how she goes on several trips

design teams, looking at the way the designers put together

to find that inspiration, and does research on trends and

patterns for the textiles and coming up with clothing that

colours and things like that,” said Lucy.

would appeal to the public.

“For my Year 10 work experience, I worked with a smaller

Bronte says she learned new skills that she has already

company in Perth. They have their studio where they

used in her work at school.

design and make the clothes. This company was a lot

“I’ve always wanted to design the clothing, and choose a pattern. They had given me a task of doing a story board. I enjoyed that a lot because they use different techniques,” 12

programmes and I had a lot of fun with that. It’s given me

Bronte said.

bigger, and I enjoyed seeing the process from start to finish, how it is to be in a work environment, to have a job fulltime, and how tiring it is.”


A METAMORPHIC GAP YEAR After being chosen to exhibit in a major art show, a 2015 graduate will spend this year going through her own metamorphosis. Emma Williamson, whose artwork won first prize in the 2D Artwork section of Gallery Central’s Metamorphosis exhibition, plans to spend the second half of 2016 growing her knowledge of art in Europe during her gap year. “Towards the end of high school I became set on going to Europe because I have such an interest in art,” Emma said. “The culture is so rich over there that I didn’t see any other options.” Emma has accepted a deferred place to study Arts in 2017 at the University of Western Australia. She hopes her tour of Europe will help her gain a better understanding of the study and career paths she may like to pursue.

“Adopting a similar process, I conversed with and photographed strangers, exploring the relationship we have with ourselves based on our insecurities and anxieties,” she said. ‘Sonder’ reflects Emma’s interest in illustrating people. “There is so much variation that you can do and every time you draw a person, even if it is the same person, it has a different feel to it,” she said. The work of Emma’s fellow Art student and 2015 Leaver, Josie Kelly, is included in Year 12 Perspectives at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Josie’s beautiful watercolour, ‘Sacred’, is a study of the beauty of Australian nature. Josie has left WA to study Environmental Science at the University of Tasmania.

The first stage of her tour is in northern Italy, where Emma will visit historic art sites in and around Venice, Florence and Rome. She will then take a break to travel more extensively before doing a one-month residency in Barcelona, Spain, where she will exhibit the work she completes while there. “I want to have a sense in the back of my mind of what I want to do, especially for the month in Barcelona, rather than drawing things I like all day. I like having purpose with my work and anything I do,” she said. Emma’s stunning drawing, ‘Sonder’, was one of the artworks chosen for Metamorphosis, an exhibition which showcases the most innovative, exploratory and creative works by West Australian students in Years 11-12. She said her inspiration for the piece was ‘Humans of New York’, a collection by American photographer Brandon Stanton.


Our 2016 Prefects

MLC OHANA At the start of each year, the Head Prefect addresses the whole College. In 2016, Clara Lipscombe grows the MLC family. Some of the greatest times of our lives have been at school. Mostly, because of the people we’re with: friends, teachers, Mowgli the cat. Each of us has a different reason for being here. Whether it be academic, career path or just for a pat, this is our MLC community - our MLC family. We’re in this school together, working closely together. United. “Ohana means family, and family means no-one gets left behind.” This is a line from the Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. Lilo, a young girl, and Stitch, an alien, meet in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, and couldn’t be more different. It gradually emerges that both are longing for something important in their lives - family. Family issuch an important part of our lives, and, in many ways, MLC is an extension of our families. Hawaiians regard ohana as the glue that holds families together, and the social fabric of their islands. This is why, for 14

2016, we’re going to borrow their concept and focus on our MLC ohana; to make it stronger than ever. Like a family, MLC is populated by people we love. Like a family, MLC wants only the best for us and will go to great lengths to help us achieve our best. And, like a family, MLC restricts our social lives. A smile can go a mile.

Head Prefect Clara Lipscombe with Sarah Connors

differences. By doing this, our MLC family will become diverse and more resilient than ever. This is when special things start

There’s always that girl whose name you don’t know, or her year, but when you cross paths it’s a tradition to flash each other the biggest smiles. Let’s call her your ‘Smile Girl’. We all have one. Next time you swap smiles, stop and introduce yourself. Ask her about herself. At the end of last year I had a two-minute chat with my Smile Girl. Her name is Sarah Connors and she’s in Year 11. I found out that she is a boarder and lives in a very remote community, thousands of kilometres away. Everyone in our MLC family has their own incredible story, so let’s reach out and learn a thing or two about each other.

to happen.

One thing we should never forget is that each of us is unique. We see things from a perspective that’s available to nobody else. 2016 is the year to take pride in your own uniqueness and embrace others’

Now, finally, let me go back to the home

Like sisters, we will create healthy competition that pushes each of us to become the best possible version of ourselves.And we’ll have the whole school as our cheer squad.We won’t feel embarrassed sitting on the Great Court by ourselves while our friends are in the café because everyone will be our friend. This united school, this ohana, doesn’t just form itself. It needs effort from every one of us. So let’s take pride in our MLC family, let’s take care of our MLC family, let’s take our MLC family places. of ohana and borrow another word. It’s mainly used for greeting or farewelling. And it means, literally, my love to you all. Aloha.


Goals in your role as Head Prefect: To motivate the Year 12s to make effort to include and get to know the younger years is my main aim for this year. Having once been a young MLC girl I know how much of an influence the older girls had over me. If the Leavers of 2016 could take advantage of the influence they have, and set a friendly example, it would create a chain reaction and make our MLC family (MLC ohana) more united then it’s ever been. The communal feel of our school is already something quite incredible. I believe it is one of the greatest features of our school. So this year I would love to focus on that and make our MLC ohana stronger than ever. When did you start at MLC? I came to MLC half way through Year 5 and the one thing I do remember is how amazed I was with the MLC grounds;


both the size and the beauty of the gardens blew my mind. Who do you admire most in the world and why? I don’t particularly believe in admiring people, or aspiring to be like people. If we are looking to improve ourselves, instead of looking around at other people to see what the best thing to do is, maybe we should look to ourselves and our strengths. We could envision what the best versions of ourselves would be like and aspire to be like that.

Goals in your role as Deputy Head Prefect: I hope to be an uplifting influence on those around me. I will tackle all things with enthusiasm and integrity, as even small tasks can have a significant effect on others. I will conduct myself consistent with the Prefect motto, ohana, and by being someone whom others can rely upon. I hope to be remembered as someone who inspired others to grasp opportunities and achieve their best. When did you start at MLC? I started at MLC in Kindy. On the first day, I remember being incredibly nervous. I was very shy. I became almost hysterical and, eventually, I had to be prised off my Dad who was dropping me off. By the time he came back at pick up time, apparently I just looked at him and said, “Do I have to go home already?”


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? ‘Get ready to live your life’. MLC not only provides an outstanding academic education, which is essential for success in life, but it also offers an array of experiences to inspire girls to live life to the full. The vitality of the exceptional community environment of the School is contagious – motivating girls to make positive contributions in all their endeavours. I believe MLC provides girls with the opportunity to live a full and rewarding life that makes a positive difference. After my MLC experience (nearly 14 years of it), I am certainly ready to live my life.

Goals in your role as Academic Prefect: As my portfolio is relatively new at MLC, one of my aims for this year is to increase the responsibilities and involvement of the Academic Prefect throughout the College, in addition to promoting the academic side of School life. When did you start at MLC? I started at MLC in Year 7 (2011). I was really nervous at first as I had just moved from interstate and didn’t know anyone, however, all of the girls made me feel really welcome and I soon felt like I’d been at MLC forever.


Who do you admire most in the world and why? I admire Malala Yousafzai as she continuously challenges gender stereotypes to empower women in education, in her native Pakistan and the rest of the world. Her courage, passion and commitment to her cause inspires me to be the best version of myself, and it’s humbling to remember that we are both the same age.



Goals in your role as Arts Prefect: I would like to encourage every girl to step out of her comfort zone by trying something creative, whether that be joining a choir or auditioning for College Production. There is no better feeling than stepping out on stage and performing, and I want everyone to give it a go.


When did you start at MLC? I started at MLC in Year 7, feeling nervous although somewhat excited, and wearing a dress that swamped me like a tent. MLC was my seventh (and final) school, so you could say I was used to being the new girl and the fears that come along with it. Of course, it was scary at first, however, I can honestly say that after a couple of weeks I felt right at home, and have loved every minute since. Starting MLC was the beginning of an incredible journey; I just didn’t quite know it yet. If you could change MLC’s motto, what would it be, and why? I would change our motto to ‘Be the Real You’. Too many people are scared to stand out or be different due to fear of judgment. I believe the most important thing we can do is to stay true to ourselves, no matter what. This motto encourages all students to trust their own judgment, and not change what they believe due to peer pressure. Goals in your role as Arts Prefect: As long-time lover of the arts, my primary goal is to allow all those in the arts at MLC to experience kinship and enchantment that can be found in shared passions while expressing their talents and working to improve their skills. Who do you admire most in the world and why? The person I most admire is Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, because of her incredible bravery and astounding kindness, even in the face of hardships we can’t imagine. She managed to defy all odds, societal and physical, becoming a champion for young women the world over. In spite of all the ignorance, rage and discrimination she has faced in her pursuit of universal education, Malala remains steadfastly kind and forgiving.


What does MLC mean to you? To me, MLC is a community where I have been nurtured as a girl and supported as a young woman, all with a group of peers who I would be proud to call family. From my time here I can enter the world with a million stories in my mind, a song on my lips and love for those around me in my heart.

Goals in your role as Boarding Prefect: My main goal as Boarding Prefect is to create a more cohesive and inclusive environment in the Boarding House through not only being a positive role model to the younger boarders, but by encouraging my fellow senior boarders to do the same. When did you start at MLC? I started at Methodist Ladies’ College in 2014, in my first year of Senior Years. Starting at MLC was a big change, coming from a small, rural high school combined with moving away from home; the first few weeks were challenging. The welcoming staff and students in the MLC community made this transition much easier and as fun as possible.


If you could change MLC’s motto, what would it be, and why? If I had to change MLC’s Motto, I would change it to the quote “If not me, who? If not now, when?” (Emma Watson). I chose this quote because I believe it is suited to MLC in that it inspires you to take action, as it is not enough to say you’ll make a change, when your actions are what truly matter.

Goals in your role as Service Prefect: Get people involved and excited about service. I want to make people aware of Service opportunities and ways they can help the community. When did you start at MLC? I started in Kindergarten with a few other ‘survivors’ in 2003 - all of whom I still call my best friends. The Junior Years is very different to what it was; it has grown to many classes, although it still has many of the lovely teachers that I had the privilege of having when I was in Barclay and Middle Years.



If you could change MLC’s motto, what would it be, and why? I honestly wouldn’t change MLC’s motto. Through striving to the heights means working to achieve the best you can. However, If I had to, I would incorporate ‘unity’ into the motto because, in order to achieve, teamwork - working as a unit and appreciating one another - plays very important roles in success.

Goals in your role as Service Prefect: My goal as Service Prefect is to encourage and empower as many girls as possible to incorporate kindness, love and Service actively into their daily lives. I also want to create more opportunities for the students to be involved in community service and other acts of giving. Who do you admire most in the world and why? Apart from my lovely parents, whom I truly admire the most, I would have to say Mother Teresa. She was a great woman who dedicated her life to helping the poor and the ill. Her selfless acts of compassion remind me everyday what my purpose in this world is: to serve others and to serve God.


If you could change MLC’s motto, what would it be, and why? I would change MLC’s motto to ‘realise your potential’ because the atmosphere at this School is one where students are encouraged and guided to do and achieve amazing things that they never thought they could. This phrase could mean a variety of different things to different people - whether it be realising your academic potential, sporting potential, musical potential, leadership potential or, more personally, realising my potential to do great things in the world. MLC has taught me that I’m not just a girl in this world, I’m a girl who is capable of changing the world. Goals in your role as Sports Prefect: As Prefect, I aim to encourage girls to participate in Sport and approach it with enthusiasm. Sport has always played an important role in my life and taught me to stay positive and not be afraid to try new things. As I have not played a variety of IGSSA sports over the years and have not been selected for teams before, I want to be an example for girls so that they know you don’t have to be the best or most talented in a range of sports or have any previous experience to try something new and play a new sport. When did you start at MLC? I started at MLC in Kindergarten along with my twin sister, Shannon. By starting in Kindergarten I was given the opportunity to explore interests in a variety of areas including Art, Sport and Music. I owe my closest friendships to this


school and am so grateful that I have them with me on my MLC journey. If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? If I had to change MLC’s Motto I would change it to ‘Endeavour Distinction’, because, from my time at MLC, I feel it is a School that welcomes different talents and appreciates the individual gifts of its students. Goals in your role as Sports Prefect: My main goal is to increase the participation in sport throughout the College across Physical Education, House activities and IGSSA sport. I believe it is important thing to participate in Sport to keep a healthy lifestyle, make new friends, have fun and take a break from the demands of school work. When did you start at MLC? I began at MLC in Year 7. The first week was so busy and overwhelming. Not only were there more girls there than my primary school, but the grounds were so large and unfamiliar. I had a set timetable, with so many new interesting classes, not to mention all the different co-curricular activities.


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? I wouldn’t change the MLC Motto. Our Motto can be applied everywhere throughout our lives, not just when we are at school. I place a high importance on always doing my best, no matter what I do, and Per Ardua Ad Alta is exactly that, striving to the heights. Two areas of my life that I apply this to regularly are my schoolwork and the sports I play. But I also believe this is very important at the personal level, striving to be the best person you can be.

Goals in your role as Student Representative Council Prefect: My primary goal is to promote unity between all year groups, to reflect the Prefects’ ohana theme for 2016. The SRC combines students from all years, therefore, it is the perfect place to start. My other goals include raising awareness of the SRC’s role within the school. This, in turn, will help to increase the effectiveness of the council. I want to encourage all students to speak up, to share their opinions and ideas so that we can act on them.


Who do you admire most in the world and why? I admire many influential people in the world, but a recent inspiration for me is Emma Watson. Her fight for gender equality is powerful; she uses her fame to help make a difference. Standing up for what she believes in and changing the way feminism is viewed has had a meaningful impact on the world. I admire the way she fights for equality through wisdom and strength. If you could change MLC’s motto, what would it be, and why? I don’t think I would change the Motto, I feel our current one encapsulates the School and its community perfectly. MLC has always been like my family and I am lucky to have been a part of it for so long.


HOUSE PREFECTS Goals in your role as Athens Prefect: My goal this year is to create a united and encouraging House environment. I want every girl to feel comfortable, confident and passionate about Athens. My aim is to make House meetings engaging and fun for all year groups; I want House to be something everyone looks forward to. I am also passionate about blending the year groups, especially for the younger years so the girls can form strong friendships with some of the older girls, establishing a role model system.


When did you start at MLC?: I started at MLC at the beginning of Year 7. It was an incredibly exciting time, but also fairly daunting. It was a dramatic change from my primary school and I can remember finding it difficult to adjust to wearing a tie, the lack of boys, and going to chapel. If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? I believe this year’s theme ohana is absolutely perfect in encompassing the way I see MLC; a big, happy family, and I wouldn’t want to change it. Since Year 7 it has become completely apparent that the community spirit at MLC is something quite spectacular. Whether you are a sportswoman, dancer, debater or musician, the feeling of oneness and support you receive in every aspect of school life at MLC if so incredible. I have discovered the more I get involved at MLC the more memorable experiences I gain, and incredible relationships I make.

Goals in your role as Corinth Prefect: My goal is to lead my House and provide as many opportunities for the girls to work together across the year levels, forming a more united, cooperative and intimate Corinth family. Through this unification, Corinth will strive and succeed in 2016. Who do you admire most in the world and why? I admire Ella Fitzgerald. Her exceptional singing ability is outstanding. Her determination and passion in music inspires passion within me. Her ability to laugh or shrug away a mistake on stage shows her confidence and resilience. She is an inspirational and sensational woman who is an example of the beauty of Jazz.


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? If I could change MLC’s Motto I would include the important aspects of camaraderie and life-long learning. I believe working collaboratively is a crucial part of the fabric of society and we should be continually reflective learners.

Goals in your role as Olympia Prefect: Encourage House spirit and pride. Provide a friendly and fun environment within the House. Allow our ‘Olympia family’ to thrive - girls from all ages and year groups can interact and support one another. Who do you admire most in the world and why? I started at MLC in Year 7 and instantly I felt at home. The staff, peers, and older girls at the School were all so friendly and supportive. The MLC community welcomed me with open arms. It was overwhelming at first; all the new opportunities and experiences that had opened up for me, but I soon learnt to embrace all of them, whether they be challenging or exciting, and to make the most of my time at MLC.



If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? MLC has given me so many fantastic opportunities and provided a supportive environment where I have been able to develop my skills and talents and challenge myself academically. Hence, if I could change the Motto, I wouldn’t, because for me it reflects my experience at MLC - through striving to the heights - making the most of every opportunity presented to me and always aspiring to do my best.


Goals in your role as Rome Prefect: My primary goal as Rome House Prefect is to see Rome becoming a closer-knit group, and to be a place where everyone is welcome and feels involved. More broadly, I want to develop my leadership skills, be a strong role model, and someone younger girls in Rome and the wider School community can look up to. Who do you admire most in the world and why?: Michelle Payne, the winner of the 2015 Melbourne Cup and the first women to win the event. The reason I admire her so much is that she showed me you can do whatever you want as long as you set your mind to it, and have a positive attitude. Michelle won the event on her own accord and was extremely humble in the process. She showed the world that a woman can win in a male-dominated sport.


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? If I could change the MLC Motto I would change it to ‘if you can dream it, you can achieve it’. My years as a MLC student has taught me that you can achieve your dreams if you apply yourself and don’t hold back. The key is not to let anyone or anything stop you from making your dream come true.

Goals in your role as Sparta Prefect: Greater participation across the whole school to build on the sense of community that we enjoy at MLC. I hope to lead by example and to be someone who will be considered to be a great leader. When did you start at MLC? I have been at MLC for 14 years. I began as a nervous 3 ¾-year-old. My first friend was Shannon (Ma), and my second friend was Chiara (Ma); it took me a while to realise that Shannon was not changing her name and there were two of them. (Shannon and Chiara are identical twins).


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt. All of our dreams are different but no less beautiful. Creating and celebrating diversity is the cornerstone of female success.

Goals in your role as Troy Prefect: My goal as Troy House Prefect is to make House meetings and events things the girls look forward to. Another goal I have is to break down the year group divide in House meetings so we unite together as one House. When did you start at MLC? I started at MLC in 2009 when I was in Year 5. I remember being so excited to take part in all of the cocurricular activities that were on offer; my two favourite being swimming and netball. I was also nervous to begin with, but that quickly disappeared once I met all the great girls in my year group for the first time.


If you could change MLC’s Motto, what would it be, and why? If I were to change the MLC Motto I would change it to ‘Strive to a Purpose’. At MLC I have been given many opportunities to participate in different activities. For each one I have had to set a goal and strive towards it. The ability to strive to my goals until I have achieved them is a life skill that I will take away from my time at MLC.



MEMOIRS OF GAKUSEITACHI Term 3 2015 ended with the start of an adventure for 12 Year 10 and 11 girls who packed their bags and headed to Japan. The girls, all gakuseitachi or students of Japanese, travelled with their Christ Church Grammar School counterparts.

Japanese families so that they may experience Japan from the inside,” Ms Ashby said. “They have a taste of real daily life and have all sorts of cultural experiences that would otherwise not be possible. They

Their first stop was MLC’s sister school, Kobe College, where

become part of a Japanese family and live like a Japanese

the Japanese language students immersed themselves in the

student for two weeks.

culture, and taught the local girls and Kobe College staff how to use the array of sporting equipment that they had presented to the College. “We attended classes especially designed for us, including calligraphy, Home Economics, where we cooked a yummy lunch with our new Kobe College friends, dance class where we learned a traditional folk dance, Chemistry class, taiko drum class and art class where we made our own key-ring,” said Shanti Anandan who was in Year 11 in 2015. “We also attended two traditional club activities: ikebana flower arranging and a tea ceremony.” Along with language and tradition, the tour also explored Japan’s history. Koko Kondo, was a child when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima during World War II. She spoke to the students of her experience in the aftermath of that historic moment. MLC’s award-winning Japanese teacher, Anne Ashby said the three-week tour reinforced the girls’ language abilities and gave them an “amazing opportunity to experience the real Japan.”


“Our girls have the unique opportunity of staying with

“Their new families dote on them and make their experience thoroughly memorable.” The tour also took them to tourist side of Japan: the World Heritage-listed Golden Pavilion as well as temples, parks and a cup noodle museum. “With all these temple and shrine visits we soon become old hands at the various customs such as cleansing your hands and mouth before entering, and shaking a rope to ring a bell to attract the attention of the gods before you pray,” 2015 Year 11 student Dilanga da Silva said. Ms Ashby says many of the girls who go on the tour make lasting friendships with their host families and other local girls they meet along the way. “Many of the girls who participated in past tours have been able to return to Japan subsequently and have visited both Kobe College campus and their old host-families, having stayed in touch for years in between,” Ms Ashby said. “It is this personal connection that is made between two countries and two cultures that is to be most treasured.”

JUNIOR YEARS | A WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

- Former US President John F Kennedy

Throughout its history, MLC has changed. It has grown from a School of just 56 students to the thriving community of 1,182 girls in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 today. As a progressive School, MLC does not want to “miss the future”, as John F Kennedy so eloquently told his German audience in 1963. He strived to the heights and took the United States to the moon. As part of the College’s ambitious Strategic Plan, Towards 2025, the redevelopment of the Junior Years commenced late 2015. This Redevelopment is being undertaken in two distinct phases. The first phase has commenced and involved the construction of the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Village on part of the oval. This is a wonderful environment in which our early learners can thrive and strive at the beginning of their learning adventure. The construction site where Bosisto Hall once stood is only temporary. By the start of 2017 the Years 3, 4 and 5 girls will be moving into a building that, based on global research, is designed to enrich their learning. The second phase involves the refurbishment of the existing wing of Junior Years, referred to as the Summerhayes Building, where Years 3 and 4 are currently housed. Barclay Hall, where Dance classes are held, and the current staff room will be demolished. This phase will be completed in time for its grand opening at the start of the 2018 academic year.





Building contract awarded.


Construction of The Village. Work begins on the Redevelopment of the Junior Years’ precinct. Bosisto Hall demolished.



The Village is completed. Construction of Years 3-5 and Performing Arts Hub begins.

FEBRUARY Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 girls begin their academic year in The Village.

DECEMBER Work begins on the refurbishment of Barclay House and the current Junior Years’ building, known as the Summerhayes Building.


The Years 3-5 and Performing Arts Hub is completed and readied for the start of the academic year.



Years 3-5 continue their learning adventure in the new environment.


Redevelopment of the Junior Years is completed.

FEBRUARY Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 girls begin classes in the refurbished Summerhayes Building. The Village is removed from the oval Time for celebrations.





Past projects before re-development. Sumner House 1981 (far left), Bosisto Hall c.1959 (above) and Barclay House c.1940 (left).

AN EVOLUTIONARY PROJECT Primary education has always been a part of MLC. The first School prospectus, published in 1908, offered a preparatory class for children under nine years of age.


A Kindergarten was established in 1916 in the College’s main

In 1962, Years 6 and 7 moved to Barclay House, while Years

building (now known as the Centenary Building).

2-5 remained in Langsford. There were no Kindergarten or

With increasing student numbers, a Methodist Ladies’ College

Year 1 students.

Junior School was established in Thomas Street, Nedlands,

Alterations are made to Barclay House and in 1964 all primary

in 1935 and operated until the improved transport facilities

education is moved there. The following year, Year 1 girls are

and proposed bus trolley service made it less necessary. With further increasing numbers, the College Council planned a new building to house the Preparatory and Kindergarten classes on the main school site. That building became Barclay House. Barclay House was officially opened on Saturday 25 February after a prayer of dedication by the President of the West Australian Methodist Conference, Rev. Arthur Mason, and the unveiling of two tablets on the outside walls by Mrs Barclay and Rev. Mason. Inside this modern building were two classrooms; one was an art room, the other was the Kindergarten. Over the next century, the number of students in Barclay would grow, and with them came the need for more classrooms. In the 1940s, Barclay House Preparatory School provided education to children in Kindergarten through to Grade 2.

as an upper primary school with three classrooms and accommodation for 18 boarders. It was renamed Langsford House after the death of Mr Langsford, the first College

back. In 1971, the Junior School’s Lorna Dickson Library was opened inside an old, nearby building. It was complete with a television so that girls could view programmes without disturbing other classes. Further extensions to Barclay House occurred in 1973; a large room dedicated to Ballet, Drama and creative activities was added, and the television room was transformed into a multipurpose area for Music and study. It was named the Moore area. Plans were developed over the next few years for the expansion of the Junior School and by 1986 a new wing hand been built which included classrooms, Art and Music areas, and Barclay Hall. In 1993, the specialist Early Years area was established as part

Upper Primary and Senior students were housed in the

of the restructuring of College buildings. The first new facility

College’s original building.

to open was the Pre-Primary centre in October 1994.

As the demand for quality primary education continued to

Small renovations to the Junior Years continued. The internal

increase over the decades, the College’s younger learners

courtyards were redesigned and paved in 1997. In 2006 new

were spread over the campus. In 1957, Burnside House

playgrounds were constructed. In 2009 the Year 6 classes

(now home to the Middle Years’ Reception and the Office

were moved to Sumner House as were the Year 5 classes in

of Development and Community Relations), was developed



BOSISTO HONOR WALL We have farewelled Bosisto Hall, but we have not forgotten the part Roy Bosisto played in the changing landscape of MLC. His legacy, as an advocate for change, is being honoured by an exciting fundraising initiative. The Bosisto Wall will mark both our past and celebrate our current advocates for tomorrow – those who have given to the Junior Years’ Redevelopment.


Details on how to become a part of Bosisto Wall will be released at the start of Semester 2. If you would like to explore other ways to donate to the Junior Years’ Redevelopment, please contact the Director of Development, Lauren Major, on (08) 9383 8858 or email


BEAUTY IN WHITE A beautiful carpet of white adorned the Great Court for College Sunday as the community came together to acknowledge tradition, the beauty of the Earth and the College’s place as a Uniting Church school.

as a collection of states, territories and

School chaplain, Rev. Hollis Wilson, began

rising over the Moon,” the Chaplain said.

his homily with a tradition that began in

“To mark the occasion, each man took his

2015 – a photo of the gathering for his mother in the United States – before exploring his theme, For the Beauty of the Earth.

DRESSING FOR LESS HELPS REFUGEES The sight of the lifeless body of a threeyear-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015 so shocked Jonica Stick that she decided to do something to help the plight of refugees.

While some interpretations of the Book of Genesis portray humans as a dominating force over nature, others give humans the role of stewards of the land, he said. Rev. Wilson said that some credit the Apollo Eight mission in 1968 with the beginnings

countries”. “But on December 24, Christmas Eve 1968, those three astronauts looked out the window of their tiny capsule to become the first humans to see Earth in its entirety

turn at reading the first 10 verses from the book of Genesis. “It was a watershed moment. More people listened to their broadcast than to any other radio message in the history of the world. “Their iconic photograph clearly set in people’s minds that this big blue marble is ours to nurture and to protect.”

of the environmental movement and

College Sunday is held annually on the

the concept of eco-theology, when the

Great Court. Students, staff and guests

astronauts took a photo of Earth as they

gather in their College Sunday ‘whites’

came around the moon and human

to remember past students who were

beings were forced to see the planet as

required to wear white dresses, hats and

a whole, “just as God intended it and not

gloves to church every Sunday.

Jonica, now in Year 12, decided to enlist the whole of her cohort to raise money for refugees by encouraging them to use the money they would have spent on the Year 12 ball more cleverly and giving it to Oxfam via her fundraising page. Her plan was simple: set a budget; borrow or hire a dress, or wear one hanging in your wardrobe; spend the bare minimum; donate the balance. For her part, Jonica wore a dress that had been bought for another event, she had a friend do her makeup and her mum do her hair. She drove herself to the ball. Out of her $500 budget, Jonica spent $10, leaving her $490 to donate. She said 13 girls in her cohort joined her campaign, and others wished they had. “During the ball girls were coming up to me saying ‘this isn’t as big of a deal as I thought

UNIFORMS GO GLOBAL When MLC decided to update its

She said she just threw uniforms

school uniform, it was left with a

in the boot of her car and stored

conundrum - what to do with the old

them in her house until parent

“I had a fabulous night. I felt that I had less


volunteer Lou Clayton heard about

pressure on me to look good because I hadn’t

A savvy parent and MLC’s Values

the collection and came up with the

it was, and we regret spending so much time, effort and energy on it’, ” she said.

spent all this money trying to look good. I just showed up and had fun.”

coordinator both decided to ensure


that the quality garments didn’t end

Mrs Clayton organised for the

Jonica has met with student representative

up as landfill.

councils from other schools which are now

Mother of three MLC girls, Mei Teo,

Hands. The uniforms have been sent

wanted to recycle the uniforms, but

to schools in Laos, and more are

didn’t quite know how.

being collected to send to Africa.

joining her campaign.

uniforms to go to local charity Global



DEPUTY HAS THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY In 1988, a young would-be

thing about being a teacher.”

Chemistry teacher did her final

As a supporter of single sex education

teaching placement at MLC. Fast

among her favourites.

for girls, Dr Baddock said she made the

Dr Baddock did, however, forfeit going

forward to 2016, and that woman

move to MLC as the College’s Values

to a pop culture expo, Super Nova,

is MLC’s new Deputy Principal.

aligned with her outlook on life.

for fans of science fiction, with her

Dr Maree Baddock has spent the past

“Cultural fit is very important to me,” Dr

28 years sharing her love of Chemistry

Baddock said.

to students in state and independent

“At this point in my career, I’m not

schools, co-educational and single sex. She also took time out to complete a Doctorate and to teach Chemistry at university level.

going to go and work at a school where I don’t feel in tune with the values of the school or the direction

daughters to interview for her post at MLC. “I think it is a very exciting time to be here because there is a lot happening. The strategic plan is focusses on where the School wants to be,” she said.

it seems to be taking. I want to be

Part of her focus at MLC is to allow girls

After toying briefly with the idea of

working somewhere where I can feel

the space to learn and grow at their

becoming a lawyer, Dr Baddock says

comfortable and I can contribute to

own pace. She says this is important

there was no question that she would

that growth, that movement towards

for future success.

become a teacher.

those strategic goals. I need to feel

“I love Chemistry, but I also like

aligned to those.”

“Play is very important. They may get top marks until they leave high school,

interacting with people, so teaching

Family is very important to Dr Baddock.

then their parents let go and they fall

seemed a good combination of the

Outside of work, she is mother to two

over,” she said.

things I enjoyed,” she said.

girls, Julia who is 18 and eight-year-old

“To see the ‘aha’ moments when you know students are struggling with


fiction television, naming Dr Who

Victoria. Her husband, Leonard, is a geologist, and she has a cat, Maya.

“I think increasingly parents, unfortunately, are living vicariously through their children. Their children’s

a concept and then they to come to

She has a list of crafts that she enjoys

successes contribute to their sense

a point where they understand is

in between reading and taking in the

of self worth. Whereas kids should be

probably one of the most rewarding

odd musical, and she is a fan of science



Margaret Medcalf with her mother’s silver.

SMALL OBJECT | BIG STORIES The donation to the MLC Archives of some silverware revealed a fantastical life of intrigue for the daughter of a MLC Collegian and teacher. Margaret Medcalf’s mother, Rita Fry, was a founding student at MLC from 1908-1912. Rita woud regularly escape the Boarding House to meet her Scotch College boyfriend whom she eventually married. This talent for slipping away unnoticed was passed on to Mrs Medcalf who used it in her intriguing work for the Australian Government just after World War II. She worked for the Australian Embassy in The Hague where she would code cable messages to send back to Australia.

There are more than 10,000 items in the collection, which have been donated by Collegians and past members of staff or their families. In 2015, 12 new donations including 55 items were accepted into MLC Archives. Also joining the collection in 2015 were academic gowns donated by former Principal, Dr Geoff Hadley. These gowns were worn throughout Dr Hadley’s time as Principal (1973-1992) for Barclay House and Senior School Assemblies, speech nights and ceremonial occasions. They join Gertrude Walton’s gown, dating back to the late 1800s, which was donated by her great niece in 1994.

“The Ambassador would go to cocktail parties where he would gather information. After the party he would come back to the emabssy, write out the cables and I would code them,” she said.

Early textbooks covered with hand-written study notes are a colourful reminder of subjects taken in the 1920s and are especially poignant as we move deeper into the digital age where paper and pen are almost becoming obsolete.

“A driver would be waiting behind the building to take me to the post office in the middle of the night. I’d send the cables to Canberra.”

These items and others are on display in the Aileen Bennett Archive and Resource Room in the Centenary Building which is open to the public.

Mrs Medcalf visited MLC to donate her mother’s silverware to the MLC Archives Collection, which had been a wedding present from the MLC community. Miss Fry had become a teacher at the College and left when she married.

If you would like to donate to MLC Archives, contact Michelle Campbell at



A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF FOUNDATION Like all great schools, Methodist Ladies’ College is ambitious, and it is the purpose of the MLC Foundation to facilitate that ambition and to ensure the College has the resources to meet the challenges of the future. Tuition fees pay for tuition and operational expenses, however, capital projects, scholarship programmes and the security of our long-term goals rely on donations received from the MLC and wider community. In 2015 we experienced a year of achievement through collaborative effort. Our community supported the refurbishment of the Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory, our Scholarship Programme, and our Building Fund. The Foundation Future Levy continues to build the Endowment Fund. Individuals within our community made the transformation of the Boarding House, the upgrade of the Hadley Hall audio-visual system and the advancement of our Rowing programme possible. The Foundation worked with the other Community Support groups to build the wider picture of philanthropy at the College. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our generous 2015 donors and all those that support the Foundation through the gift of their time and expertise, particularly our ambassadors, board members and sub-committee members. In 2016 we are operating in a challenging financial climate across the State, however, we have reason to be


optimistic. Increasingly, our resourceful and generous MLC community members work together to to provide for the current and future needs of generations of MLC girls and young women. This year we have many ways for you to interact with the Foundation and to provide your support. Our 2016 Circle of Success is open for membership and we remain committed to attracting 100 members to this very worthwhile initiative. The Junior Year’s Redevelopment is beginning to take shape and the Foundation has committed its support to the College building programme. Information about both of these programmes is available from our Director of Development, Lauren Major, on 9383 8858 or Finally, in 2016 we will be holding our second MLC Foundation Gala. The outstanding success of the inaugural MLC Gala was a marvellous example of our community spirit. We have received generous support from sponsors, both within the MLC family and from the wider community, and anticipate being able to pass significant funds on to other support groups as a result of that sponsorship. On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank you all for your support and generosity. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in 2016, and in the future.

Mr James McClements, Chair of Foundation

SCIENCE LABORATORY COMES FULL CIRCLE Science students are already enjoying the benefits of the inaugural Circle of Success. The winning project, the Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory, opened at the start of 2015. The $86,000 raised provided a total refit of the room in the Science building on the south of the campus. The room was gutted; a resilient floor was installed and the level of the floor was reset, and a carpet square was set into the learning part of the floor. New benches were built, a wet area consisting of three oversize sinks with plumbing and new taps was installed, a very large display screen was installed

Chair of Foundation James McClements said the donation from Circle of Success provided the base financing and inspired the maintenance and ILT teams to give their time outside of normal working hours to get the job done. “The refurbished Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory is in recognition of the importance that MLC places on the STEM programme and the outstanding results our girls produce in this area,” Mr McClements said. “The members of the 2015 Circle of Success recognised the need to have up-to-date facilities which reflect the achievements of our students.”

and set to the science teacher’s lap

The laboratory was named in honour

top. Topping off the project is the new

of MLC’s recently-retired Deputy

tropical fish tank and furniture.




THANKFUL FOR TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE Part of MLC’s Strategic Plan is dedicated to the people that make the College community so special. Those members of the community that give their time, talent or treasure are celebrated at the annual Morning of Thanks. This includes staff. In 2015, MLC said farewell to three long-serving members of staff, including Deputy Principal Yvonne Palmer. Ms Palmer began her MLC career in 1977 in the Science Department as a Biology and Human Biology teacher. Over the decades she educated scores of young women, was the Coordinator of Biological Sciences, Head of House, Head of Academic Department - Science, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. “She has embodied wisdom, professionalism, and so much more,” Principal Rebecca Cody said on the sunny December morning. Ms Cody also revealed that the new Science laboratory would be named in Ms Palmer’s honour. “Yvonne, you’re the finest educator I have ever walked alongside, and it has truly been an honour to serve MLC with you. When we count MLC’s blessings, we count you twice,” she said. After 30 impressive years, Collegian Adele Boyce (Cain, 1974) put down her hockey sticks for the last time at MLC. Having represented Australia at international level as a member of the Hockeyroos, Ms Boyce returned to her alma mater in 1985 where she was a Physical and Health Education teacher, Head of House, Career and Enterprise teacher, and the coach/coordinator of Athletics, Cross Country, Softball, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, and Tennis. She also organised a Netball/Hockey tour of Europe. Former member of the College Leadership Team, Bruce Wilkins, left MLC after 11 years. The keen cyclist and mathematician had served as the Student Services Coordinator, acting Dean of Middle Years’ Education, and Academic Dean with the unenviable task of creating timetables. While that wasn’t always possible, Mr Wilkins worked tirelessly to enable every girl to enjoy the course she had selected.



SUNNY START TO THE NEW YEAR The annual welcome to the new school year for parents and staff was celebrated at Sunset on the Green on Friday 12 February. As parents arrived, they were entertained by our talented Jazz Orchestra with Year 12 student, Lucy Iffla, on vocals. In the relaxed atmosphere parents and staff could chat and take the opportunity to meet and make new friends. During the evening, the winner of the MLC Tuition Raffle was drawn by Collegian and patron, Meredith McClements. It was won by Janet Newton, who has two daughters at MLC. Tickets went on sale for the biennial Gala to be held in Winthrop Hall at the University of WA on Saturday 14 May.


PARENTS OF MLC PRESIDENT 'S MESSAGE The start of a new academic year can be as daunting for us parents as it is for our daughters, and as we embark on yet another year of learning, co-curricular activities before and after school, homework and friends, we should all take comfort in the knowledge that we’re all in this together. I have compiled my Top 10 List of Facts which I hope will inspire you to get involved. 1.

The Parents of MLC does so much more than organise coffee mornings, parent dinners, act as barbecue cooks and event volunteers.

2. The Parents of MLC is fully supported and guided by the Office of Development and Community Relations and works in partnership with the College according to the Parents of MLC Charter. 3.

The official structure of the Parents of MLC includes School, Year and Class Representatives, a Values Portfolio, a New Families Coordinator and Boarding Coordinator, along with the many parent volunteers.


All parents and carers of a girl attending MLC are automatically members. Each year, eight meetings are held to which all members are invited. All agendas and meeting minutes are available on Connect.P.


Many major College events, including the annual Barclay Picnic for all Early and Junior Years’ families every February, the annual ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’, and the Summer Market, are hosted by the Parents of MLC.

6. Host mother/daughter and father/daughter events throughout the year. 32


In collaboration with the Friends of Music, the parents of MLC will co-host the inaugural Maximus Musicus Picnic in November 2016.


We host parent seminars throughout the year with influential and inspiring speakers. Our past speakers include Paul Dillon and Maggie Dent.


So far, we have donated 100 kilograms of junior-sized MLC Uniforms to an orphanage in Laos through Global Hand Charity Inc. We are hoping to donate more to Laos and to a girls’ school in Kenya later this year.


10. Receive a ‘Wish List’ every two years from Principal Cody with a list of items identified by teachers. In 2015, the Parents of MLC allocated funds to the following: •

10 MLC Marquees - $20,000

Loose Parts Blocks for the Early Years- $7,000

70 ergonomic music chairs and 4 storage carts $20,000

$15,000 for our 2016 Scholar in Residence, Positive Psychologist Michelle McQuaid.

In the spirit of ‘renovation and renewal’ the Parents of MLC has also undergone a renovation of sorts and has streamlined reporting, meetings are tighter and more efficient, and a comprehensive guide to the organisation has been launched for 2016. So, as you can see, the Parents of MLC has been very busy in the space of 12 months and I am very proud of all that’s been achieved. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to either get involved or raise your hand at some point because we need more people and we look forward to having you.

Mirella Tarulli, President, Parents of MLC

It has long been a tradition for the Middle and Senior Years’ girls to invite their dads to share a special breakfast once a year. It is an opportunity to introduce their friends and friends’ fathers to their dads. A guest speaker is invited to share knowledge, experience and advice on topics that will help dads and their daughters work on their relationships. In 2016 Father/Daughter breakfasts will be held for Years 7, 9 and 12 and, as a new initiative, Mother/Daughter breakfasts will be held for Years 8 and 10.


SIZZLING SUMMER MARKETS The 2015 Summer Market sizzled on a 37.4° November Saturday. Parents, students and outside stall holders provided an array of goods and there were plenty of activities for all to enjoy, including delicious food, crafts to make and buy, second-hand books and toys, face-painting, refreshments, ice creams and fresh produce. There were also rides, slides, mini-golf and an an obstacle course to keep everyone amused. Shade was provided by the new marquees that were purchased through the efforts of Parents of MLC fundraising. Despite the extreme heat, people flooded to the market where they entertained by a rolling sequence of dance, music and demonstrations. The Summer Market is an initiative of the Parents of MLC to raise funds which will ultimately benefit MLC girls, now and into the the future.

JUNIOR DADS HIT THE DANCE FLOOR Flashing disco lights lit up the dance floor and smiling faces of the Early and Junior Years’ girls as they danced the night away with their dads. There were some pretty cool moves executed by the dads who surprised their daughters with their up-to-date steps. Everyone looked lovely in their gorgeous outfits, and they could dress up with additional props for photos that were being taken by student volunteers. Mums worked behind the scenes to help decorate the hall and provide delicious treats for everyone to nibble. It was a very special night of fun and laughter.



PER ARDUA PRESIDENT 'S MESSAGE We have had a wonderful start to 2016, gathering for our annual Welcome Brunch on Thursday 7 April. As always, this was a great

together. Mr Brown gave us an insight

If you would like to join us at any of our

into plans for MLC’s Junior Years’

events, please feel very welcome. We

Redevelopment, and we all left very

always endeavour to extend our reach

excited for the future of the College

further into the community.

and its students.

If you would like to speak with me

We look forward to our next

personally, I would always be happy to

opportunities to gather - our Mid-

connect with you. Please feel free to

welcomed former staff members,

year Morning Tea on Thursday 23

give me a call on (08) 9385 7491.

students, parents and friends back

June, followed by our Musicale and

to MLC to hear from Dean of Junior

Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 17

Fay Woods,

Years’ Education Michael Brown

August, and Christmas Luncheon on

before we enjoyed a beautiful brunch

Thursday 17 November.

opportunity for the past and present MLC community to connect. We

Per Ardua Association President

PILGRIMAGE AT CHRISTMAS LUNCH Per Ardua rang in the 2015 Christmas season at its annual Christmas Luncheon. Enjoying the three-course meal in the MLC Boardroom were 40 Collegians, former staff members, parents, grandparents and friends. We were joined by three delightful students that shared their experiences walking the Salvado Pilgrimage, from Subiaco to New Norcia, as part of the Service Learning Programme. The girls spoke of what they learned about themselves and one another on their journey, and while their feet were sore by the end of the trip, it was a wonderful learning experience.


GRANDPARENTS JOIN MUSICALE MLC’s Chorale, Barbershop, Concert Band, orchestras and choirs did not disappoint at the annual Musicale in August. The ensembles entertained members of Per Ardua with a superb programme of modern and classic pieces. Grandparents of girls in Years 4-6 were invited to attend the performance and were joined by their granddaughters. At the end of the Musicale the girls took their grandparents back to their classrooms. As part of MLC’s new relationship with nearby Mercy Place Mont Care, an aged care community opposite the College, residents were invited to enjoy the entertainment. Per Ardua members enjoyed an afternoon tea in the Boardroom.




It has been wonderful to see so many of our Collegians return to MLC so far this year. We once again hosted our Collegians’ Long Table Luncheon, which was a fabulous event. Seeing such a diverse group of MLC women gathered in white, as part of the College Sunday tradition was very special. The chatter was almost deafening and only ceased for a short period as we enjoyed our beautiful meal. The Association were also proud to host a new event this year, our Mother Daughter Breakfast. We welcomed new MLC students and their mothers and/or grandmothers who are Collegians to enjoy breakfast together. The number of Collegians returning to the College as parents to ensure their own daughters receive the same educational experience that they did is just phenomenal. This year we were very proud to welcome 2015 Head Prefect, Emily Wray, and Deputy Head Prefect, Brittany Suann, to our Committee. The girls have already contributed some wonderful ideas. As always, new members are warmly welcomed as fresh outlooks and ideas are vital to allow our Committee to thrive. A number of new members joined our Committee following our Annual General Meeting in February. I was lucky enough to be entrusted with another year as President and here introduce our committee members for 2016: Vice President | Meg Dyson ‘87 Treasurer | Caroline Delves ‘99 Secretary | Ronael Humphris ‘90 General Committee Members: Steph Barrett ‘85 Amanda Cox ‘85 Monique Christidis ‘86 Angela Dring ‘87 Anita Dickins ‘87 Linda Hunt ‘80 Simone Janney ‘90 Conor O’Neil ‘99 Barbara Partington ‘54 Peta Scott ‘63 Lisa Scott-Harmer ‘90 Derrick Row | Honourary Life Member


Early in the year, I had the honour of sharing in the moment that our Bownes Memorial Bursary winner, Verity Dickins, was presented with her bursary certificate at an Assembly. Verity truly encapsulates the ‘MLC girl’, positive, down to earth and always willing to give everything a go. We are delighted to share in her journeys at the College. I wish you all a stellar year and look forward to reconnecting with or meeting you in the future.

Margaret McLeod (’86), Collegians’ Association President

MLC ON THE ROAD The Dowerin Field Days provided the perfect setting for a Collegian catch-up in the country. Principal Rebecca Cody and Collegians’ Association Committee members took to the road to join around 35 Collegians and MLC community members from Dowerin and surrounding areas for a casual lunch in one of the field day marquees. The group had a great time reconnecting. There were a few squeals of joy as Collegians, long parted, reconnected for the first time in years.

OLD GIRLS TEE OFF The 50th Combined Independent Girls’ Schools Golf Day was held on 12 October 2015. Sporting new green and purple outfits, kindly donated by the MLC Collegians’ Association, the team contained many newcomers.

and Vanessa Allen (Walker) ‘85/Tracy

A big thank you to our new organisers

example of the active lives led by our

Chris Ridgeway (Gardner) ‘72 and

MLC Collegians.

Karlene Marzec (McIntosh) ‘87 who

Please contact Chris Ridgeway

successfully recruited a full team of 24 golfers.

Silbert (Sabitay) ‘84. Our golfers enjoyed the generous hospitality of our host school, Perth College, and club, Royal Perth Golf Club. It was a fun game of 18 hole Canadian Foursomes Stableford, and a fabulous

( or Karlene Marzec ( if

Penrhos/Kobeelya won the shield, St

you are interested in being part of this

Mary’s was second and MLC came an

fantastic day in future years.

equal third with Loreto. The highest scoring teams for MLC were Jane

Vanessa Allen (Walker) ‘85

MacGregor ‘73/Susie Rich (Pepper) ‘62

COLLEGIANS LONG TABLE LUNCHEON A buzz of chatter and laughter filled the Lee Auditorium on Sunday 20 March as 140 Collegians gathered at the Long Table Luncheon. Three ornately decorated tables stretched the length of the auditorium providing a beautiful setting for guests to get together at the annual affair. Dressed in white as per tradition, the Collegians eventually moved off to the Great Court to enjoy the College Sunday service.


CLASS OF 1955 60 YEAR REUNION We had a great 60 Year Reunion in October 2015. The main theme, of course, was to catch up with each other. Therefore, talking was the most important activity of the day. Such was the success of the afternoon, the only formal subject we paused for was to agree to have another reunion, in 2020, five years from this one. It was also agreed to continue to get together with almost any excuse, such as a visit to WA from one of our classmates who lives out of the state. Another excuse is to have a get together to plan the next reunion. The School’s organisation was superb; very helpful with every detail. The group photo on the main steps, of course, was a good record. Those who took up the option to inspect new buildings and renovations were somewhat


blown away, with comments like: “The boarders have much better study areas, small sitting rooms, privacy for sleeping, nothing like the basic boarding facilities we had.” All were impressed. “What opportunities they have, I hope they appreciate it.” There was good interest in the College magazines and any other memorabilia, particularly for those less able to climb steps. We did hear a rumour that a small capacity lift is planned in the near future. (Editor’s note: Lift installed, ready for your next reunion.) The format for the reunion was recommended by the Class of 1954, as theirs was a huge success. Easy for us, just do it that way.

Jenny Twine (Peet) 60 Year Reunion Coordinator

CLASS OF 1965 50 YEAR REUNION A group of 60 members of the Class of 1965 enjoyed a luncheon at the Pagoda Restaurant in Como on Saturday 10 October. The ladies reminisced as they watched a slideshow of old photos and read their classmates 50-year histories in their Friendship Books.

CLASS OF 1975 40 YEAR REUNION We took a gamble choosing Sunday 27 September for our class reunion date. We were juggling football finals, a long weekend and the Perth Royal Show; despite the competition, the date appeared to be favoured. We were rewarded with magnificent weather, and 30 ladies who had travelled from near and far gathered at MLC at 3pm to commence our reunion. We relived happy memories as soon as we started walking up the driveway, which we all agreed is much longer and steeper these days. During our tour of the school, ‘The Boarders’ had us in stitches as they disclosed some of the adventures they had while in residence. After posing on the school steps to mark our milestone, we drove off to Cottesloe Golf Club, in

Swanbourne, and our numbers swelled to 41. From the terrace we had magnificent views to Rottnest Island as we sipped refreshments and enjoyed a vast variety of finger food. Deanne Dymock (Rogers) welcomed everyone and reflected on those who could not be present. With the sun putting on a spectacular dip in the ocean, we settled into the comfortable chairs and continued chatting well after the fireworks display at the show grounds had finished. It was well worth the effort everyone had put in to attend, and many happy times were remembered and created.

Amanda Mincherton (Kelly) 40 Year Reunion Coordinator

CLASS OF 1985 30 YEAR REUNION The 30 Year reunion of the Class of 1985 was held on Saturday 7 November 2015. The afternoon started with a glass of champagne in the MLC Boardroom and a tour of the School. There have been many changes since our time, so there was a lot to see. We then moved on to the Claremont Yacht Club where we talked for hours. More than 60 of our class attended with many travelling from around Australia and some from overseas. It was great to see so many girls. We should do it more often.

Sara Ritchie 30 Year Reunion Coordinator



CLASS OF 1990 25 YEAR REUNION Collegians from the Class of 1990 met for their 25 Year Reunion at the Cottesloe Beach Club on Saturday 17 October. It was wonderful to see each other again and to share our ongoing life stories. In 2016, eight Collegians from 1990 will also be parents of students at MLC.

Lisa Scott-Harmer 25 Year Reunion Coordinator

CLASS OF 1995 20 YEAR REUNION More than 60 Collegians from the Class of 1995 gathered on the Saturday 24 October for our 20 Year Reunion. The Collegians enjoyed a glass of champagne and tour of the College before meandering down to the Claremont Yacht Club for a cocktail function. Many of the old girls were impressed by the new gymnasium facilities, but also enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane and seeing the parts of the school, like Bosisto Hall, that remain unchanged after all these years.


We then enjoyed an evening filled with laughter as they chatted about the ‘old days’ and were lucky enough to be joined by favourite teachers, Mr Row and Mrs Drew. All who attended, including many who flew in from interstate and overseas, agreed that one night was not enough to catch up on 20 years of gossip.

Selby Lynn Nicholas (Bradford) and Renee Whitcher (Barron) 20 Year Reunion Coordinators

2016 Reunion Dates Please ensure your contact details are up to date with the College in order to receive important reunion information. Contact Alumni and Web Coordinator Tamara Kilian on 08 9383 8851 or at to update your details.

Class of 1956 | Sunday 9 October Reunion Coordinator: Margaret Mathea | Venue: MLC Boardroom

Class of 1966 | 50 Year Reunion Reunion Coordinators: Susan Creelman | Linley Dodd |

Class of 1976 | 40 Year Reunion Reunion Coordinator: Jane Cook |

Class of 1986 | Saturday 15 October Reunion Coordinators: Margaret McLeod | Sophie Raven |
 Venue: Subiaco Hotel

Class of 1991 | 25 Year Reunion Seeking reunion Coordinator:

Class of 1996 | Saturday 22 October Reunion Coordinators: Jenella Downing - Kathryn Daws -

Class of 2006 | 10 Year Reunion Reunion Coordinators:

CLASS OF 2005 10 YEAR REUNION On 31 October 2015, around 50 members of the Class of 2005 gathered together once more on the steps of the Centenary Building to reconnect for our 10 Year Reunion.

we admired with some jealousy - the girls gathered at Steve’s in Nedlands to catch up over wine and canapés.

After a tour of the School, where we remarked on the many changes to the School since graduating - most notably the disappearance of our Year 9 and Year 12 locker areas, and many of the old ovals now covered in buildings, including the new Sports Centre which

Thanks to all the girls who came, from Perth, regional WA, the eastern states, and internationally; the evening was a great success thanks to you.

Kathryn Jafferies |
 Mona Ciancotti |
 Phoebe Stewart | Claire Dafforn-Smith |

It was great to see Mrs Lundy and Mrs Hughes (or Cheryl and Lynne as they kept insisting we call them) again.

Lauren Evans 10 Year Reunion Coordinator



ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS Jackie Ball 2003 Jacqui won the City of Perth Photographic Commission for 2015 in the Architectural Photography section.

Alma Harris (Rayner) 1931 Alma turned 100 in March 2014 and celebrated with her daughters and son. Pictured from left to right: Pamela Kidd ‘60, Arthur Harris, Joan Gosbell ‘57, Janice Raymond ‘52, Patricia Arnold ‘60 and Alma Harris (Rayner) ‘31 (seated).

Bonnie Potier 2010 (above)

Jess Mews 2013 (above)

Bonnie recently graduated from her Bachelor of Psychology degree with Honours from Curtin University, and is now completing her professional Masters in Psychology. She ran into fellow Collegian Windermere Lai 2010 at the graduation ceremony, who had completed her own Master of Dietetics.

Since completing her Year 11 studies at MLC, Jess has been accepted into the highly acclaimed Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Melbourne. Here she completed not only her final exams, but a Diploma of Theatre Design and Event Management simultaneously. She was a guest teacher at the National Indigenous Youth exchange at Garma in the Northern Territory, before completing an internship with the Australian Contemporary Circus, C!RCA. Jess is touring with a new circus show, Stunt Lounge, to venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre. The show will then move to Cambodia as the Australian representative at the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival, alongside troupes from Canada, France, Afghanistan and Indonesia. She also recently embarked on a solo tour to Montreal, Canada, where she auditioned for the Ecole Nationale De Cirque, an institute led by Cirque Du Soleil

Stephanie Sim 2009

spirits of patients, visitors and staff.

Stephanie and three friends from her MLC Class of 2009, Sharanyaa Shanmugakumar, Amali Samarasinghe and Tamara Ponos, have recently graduated from the University of Western Australia with degrees in Medicine. Class of 2008 MLC graduates Molly Gilfillan and Maureen Krasnoff also completed their Medicine degree at the same time.

Stephanie says she believes music is beneficial as it relieves anxiety and is a good distraction from pain.

Sharon, Tamara and Amali will be undertaking internships in 2016 at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and Stephanie will be at Royal Perth Hospital.


In her spare time, Stephanie has been organising lunchtime performances at Royal Perth Hospital. The series of performances, entitled ‘Music on the Bridge’, aims to lift the

Stephanie has been coordinating an array of performers from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, but volunteers are encouraged. Visit the Royal Perth Hospital, Music on the Bridge Facebook page to find out more. Pictured from left to right: Sharanyaa Shanmugakumar, Stephanie Sim, Amali Samarasinghe and Tamara Ponos celebrating together at the UWA Medical Students’ Grad Dinner at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle last year




Jenna Santos (Freind ‘02) Jenna Freind married Tye Santos on 24 April 2015 at Darlington Estate Winery after which they headed off to Italy for their honeymoon. Tye and Jenna were together for more than seven years before tying the knot. They live on a hobby farm just out of Dowerin.

Donna Kolka Physical Education teacher Donna and her husband Martin are very proud to announce the birth Harry Nicholas Kolka. He was born on 20 June 2016 weighing 3.45kg. He is their bundle of joy, mischief-maker and greatest achievement.

Kris Carr Middle Years’ Receptionist Kris Carr and partner Ken Crommelin welcomed Mason James Crommelin to the world on 10 November 2015 at 5.26pm. Mason weighed in at 3.3kgs and was 49cms.

Suzy Bayne and Marshall Varley

Natalie Linthorne (McManus) 2002

Head of Academic Services – Students Suzy Bayne and Rowing Coordinator Marshall Varley welcomed Finn Jameis Varley on 15 September 2015. Finn was 55cm long and weighed 3.9kg.

Natalie and husband Travis welcomed their first child, Ashton John Linthorne, into the world on 25 January 2016. Ashton was 3.5kg at birth and 51cm in length.

Cynthia Margaret McMillan (Forman) 1935 12 February 1917 – 6 January 2016 Cynthia was born in Hampstead, London, and came to Western Australia when she was five years old. She was the daughter of John McMillan, a Perth magistrate, and grew up in Peppermint Grove. After early schooling at Dame School, she spent her secondary school years at MLC, during which time Gertrude Walton was the muchadmired headmistress. She had very fond memories of her school days. In 1934, Cynthia was Captain of the School and, at the end of her second matriculation year, was Dux of the School. She was a keen all-round sportswoman and presented the McMillan Cup (gifted by her father) for Sport to Marion Hayles (1942) for Athletics and to Jean Witford (1943) for Tennis. Cynthia trained as a nurse at the Fremantle Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital (later Princess Margaret Hospital), and, later, when her own children were at school, nursed in midwifery, general, repatriation and geriatrics. In 1940, Cynthia married Clive Campbell Forman, a flying officer, who was a member of the RAAF for the course of World War 2 and, post-war, a foundation member of Trans Australian Airways (TAA), with whom he flew until his retirement. They settled in Melbourne after the war and raised three children. After Clive died in 1977, Cynthia retired from nursing, returned to Perth in 1978 and lived in Cottesloe until she moved to Amana Living retirement village in Mosman Park where she spent her last five years. Cynthia was a driver for the Red Cross and for TAPPS, a member of the Bird Club, tagged turtles up north, and was a keen bridge player with the West Australia Bridge Club, playing three times a week for many years until quite recently. She enjoyed travelling, especially in her beloved Australian countryside, and also overseas to such destinations as the UK and Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, India, China and South East Asia, Canada, South America and Antarctica. Cynthia died at Sir Charles Gairdiner Hospital after a very short illness, just a month shy of her 99th birthday. She leaves behind three children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.




The 2016 MLC Gala will be an unforgettable event thanks to the

generous support of the following sponsors.

Thank you to our Emerald Sponsors

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Strive Issue 11  

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