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World of celebrity stretches minds | Music therapy promotes learning | Golden gamelan brings world to MLC

ISSUE 12 | SEMESTER 2 | 2016

Girls look beyond the stars | Glittering night, staggering generosity | Acceptance not tolerance | Shop delights




Girls stretch their understanding All roads lead to Europe Therapy through music Canberra calling 2016: A space odyssey



B OA R D I N G 28



A message from the Chair of Foundation Circle of Success to spruce up old girl MLC Gala is a night to remember

S P O R T 23

Netball tour takes centre court

S E RV I CE 24

Thailand trip to care for elephants From tolerance to acceptance



Communicating the community Boarding House renovations complete

Dancing with Sydney Stars 2016 College Production 25 years of memories Music and Art on the beach Golden instrument bridges cultural gap

Junior Years’ Redevelopment

S E RV I CE 25

Ball gowns help refugees College Sunday Uniform collection


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Ball gowns help refugees College Sunday Uniform collection









Elizabeth Williams

President’s message

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


President’s message MLC Grand Reunion Alumni achievements Interstate reunions Save the date for a long luncheon

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Births Marriages

TR I B U TE S 38

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“When you view your career as part of your life purpose and your daily spiritual expression, rather than an obligation or enslavement, you will experience meaning and free the creativity in the deep wellspring of your life.” Dr Mao Shing Ni

Unsurprisingly, a definite highlight of my daily work is any first-hand engagement with girls and their learning. Fortunately, with close to 1,200 students and our perpetual endeavour to live MLC’s Motto, there are plentiful opportunities for me to experience the vitality and vulnerabilities associated with striving to the heights. To illustrate this, what follows is a mere snapshot of my insights into our girls’ efforts across the final 10 days of Semester 1 (listed in order of occurrence).

Graduate Women WA It was such a pleasure to have three current Year 11 students join me at this year’s Graduate Women WA Annual Birthday Dinner. As MLC ambassadors the girls had an opportunity to practice their leadership; watching the girls introduce themselves and share their experiences of our School was a powerful symbol of the young women

they are becoming - grounded, inclusive and quietly confident.

Year 12 Dessert with the Principal I hosted my final lunchtime discussion forum with Mentor Mentee Time group 12C1. In exchange for their feedback about MLC, I offered dessert treats and a chance to quiz me directly on anything. During this session I was heartened by the girls’ deep gratitude for their College and all that it offers. Articulate and respectful in their communication, the following themes emerged from synthesising each group’s commentary across the term. Ranked in order of most frequently mentioned, these are our Class of 2016’s Top 7 Reasons to Value MLC: 1. Sense of belonging; 2. Quality and commitment of teachers; 3. Holistic opportunities; 4. Relationships and support network; 5. School spirit; 6. The physical environment; and, 7. Small classes.



Showcasing our Village It is always a joy to visit our PreKindergarten to Year 2 Village. On this particular occasion I was showcasing the Village’s design elements to a group of current families and former staff. As we toured, our little learners’ abounding energy and curiosity were infectious. For Pre-Kindy and Kindy various play investigations were occurring simultaneously and included sand, water, blocks and paint

interesting characters. I was delighted

and role model for women aspiring

to celebrate the girls’ efforts and

to equality and recognition in

convey that all great scholars know

contemporary Indonesia. The name,

the art and skill required for effective

chosen by the donors, is profoundly

poetry recitation.

fitting for a gamelan owned and

Netballers’ Farewell Event

played by girls at a school committed to equality for women throughout the world. I am so humbled by Ary and Peter Johnson’s generosity. Their gift isn’t just about the instrument; it is a beautiful symbol of our 2016 theme –

For the first time MLC embarked on entering the Waverley International Netball Competition during the July holiday period. Our farewell function for the tour group, comprising two teams, was a spirited ceremony. Our

to name just a few resources. In Year 2

Purposeful Camaraderie - in action.

the girls were especially proud of their

It was uplifting to enjoy our girls’ new-

‘Big Write’ about Dreamtime; eager

optimistic and winning attitude, and

found skills and talents that had been

to show their work and talk through

impressed me with their genuine

enabled by this philanthropic gesture.

their learning, the emergent writers’

expressions of thanks for their

After only three weeks of working with

coaches’ mentoring.

one of Australia´s leading Balinese

Head of the River and Rowing Club Dinner

enthusiasm made me want to stay all day.

Kindergarten to Year 12 Semester 1 Concert MLC’s Semester 1 Concert felt like a journey around the world. Our choirs,

gamelan and dance experts, Dr Jonathan McIntosh from Monash University, the girls developed unique understandings of Indonesian culture, and a very personal appreciation of

netballers buoyed me with their

At the 2016 Head of the River all crews modelled grit in challenging weather conditions, and our three

music from a global neighbour.

Eights dug deep to secure a trio of first time in MLC’s history, we have

familiar places.

Junior Years’ Heather Lamont Poetry Slam

It is almost impossible to name an

Our finalists commanded the

overall highlight of such occasions,

audience’s attention with style and

our club.

yet the inaugural reveal of MLC’s

grace as they recited favourite poems.

The day was a terrific culmination

Gamelan Gong Kebyar Srikandi was

With fine elocution and expressive

of and reward for an intense

stellar. Srikandi is a female character

intonation, we were transported to

season. I admire greatly our

in the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata.

diverse settings and met the most

rowers’ zealousness; their resolute

barbershop, bands and orchestras transported a full house to new and


This warrior princess is a superhero

second places. The fact that, for the three Eights speaks volumes for the depth of competencies emerging from

determination to stretch and strive

This kind of creative expression

ingenuity of our Year 6 students. Their

towards better outcomes, year in and

modelled courage to communicate

work intrigued and educated me well

year out.

openly and united teamwork to

beyond expectations. If this current

perform as an ensemble.

cohort is any indication, the nation

Middle Years’ Awards’ Assembly

can be assured that resourceful and

Assemblies are always interesting and

the way at MLC.

At the end-of-year Rowing Club Dinner, I was moved to tears as all girls offered a stirring standing ovation to Year 11 student, Indi Leaversuch, who selflessly coxed quads across crews and year levels. Her stellar versatility and unflappable support were duly recognised.

2017 Scholarship Recipients’ Celebratory Morning Tea With families and staff, our 2017 scholarship recipients were celebrated for their commendable achievement; undoubtedly, to be selected as a beneficiary of this MLC

an often eclectic mix of information, entertainment, inspiration and recognition. More and more at MLC, at their core, Assemblies are for the students and by the students. At this particular Assembly I had the privilege of personally acknowledging a range of girls’ academic achievements, as well as their citizenship qualities. It was a pleasure to have these Years 7-9 girls present with courtesy and dignity as they accepted their award.

responsible entrepreneurs are leading It is hoped that, as you read about these daily encounters with our girls, you have been reminded of the value of our learning culture, the inspiring and infinite capacity of our girls, and the unwavering commitment and impressive expertise of our staff. There is no doubt that at MLC we remain true to the intention of our Motto and the principles of holistic education. Indeed, the College’s Vision, Mission and Values lead our

initiative is a great honour. The girls’

Year 9 Statistics Presentations

humility was delightful and their

Year 9 Mathematics classes wrapped

aspirational hopes for the future were

up a unit of learning about statistics

very motivating.

with an array of presentations. It

our best.

Dance Showcase

was fascinating to note the girls’

Personally, this reflection also serves

Dancers from Years 7-12 shone at our

subject selection to convey their

as a poignant testament to why a

understandings; from the real-estate

career in education is purposeful

market to monitoring social media

and enriching; as Dr Mao Shing Ni

trends, their eloquent coverage of key

suggests, may our girls find their

principles was noteworthy.

work at and beyond MLC a liberating

equally struck by the ideas; social

Year 6 Sustainability Fair

expression of their spirituality.

justice was woven powerfully into

The Sustainability Fair was a chance to

the themes.

marvel at the intellectual rigour and

Rebecca Cody Principal

2016 Showcase. The variety of genres and emerging skills were joyous to behold, the technical support slick, and the costuming incredible. I was

ambitious Strategic Plan (Towards 2025) for improvement and signal our steadfast promise to give to the world


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF COUNCIL I would like to take this opportunity, in this latest issue of Strive, to offer a few words about our MLC Council. Council and its committees meet regularly. We work hard on several fronts: • Oversight of the College’s current and strategic performance, and stewardship of assets; • Ensuring unerring allegiance and demonstration of MLC’s Values; and, • Providing strong support to our Principal in her leadership. We depend on the generosity of our members, who give so willingly of their time and expertise, and their ability to work together for the present and future well-being of MLC. So I thought I would give you a brief update. We have seen a number of departures and arrivals at Council this semester. Changes in membership are inevitable from time to time, and this semester we have been very pleased to welcome two new members, while sadly bidding farewell to another. Our long-serving Deputy Chair, Mr David Singleton, has moved on after 10 years of service on Council. David, a parent of Collegians, and the retiring Chair of the Strategic Asset Management and Planning Committee (SAMPC), has been a very important


contributor to the College Council and he will be greatly missed. He has guided the planning and associated activities for the wonderful Junior Years’ building complex, which you can already see emerging. However, the great news is that we have two new members: Ms Tanya Trevisan and Mr Dan Minchin. Both are parents of current students, and have been members of Council committees. They bring extensive knowledge and experience from their respective professional backgrounds. Tanya has also taken on the role of chair of the SAMPC. Potential members of our Council and committees are considered with reference to the desired skills and experience needed to ensure strong, capable and cohesive governance and leadership. The world around us changes constantly, and we must be both remarkable today, and well prepared to be just as exciting tomorrow. MLC is very fortunate to have the great capability to tackle whatever the future brings, and I am both proud and humbled to be part of such a team. I thank every member of our Council and committees. Through their voluntary time and professional expertise, they contribute significantly to your daughter’s experience at MLC.

Dr Penny Flett, AO Chair of Council



The Year 5 Stretchy Thinking girls dressed as a famous person about whom they wrote a riddle. The invited guests had to work out who they were. Back row (left to right) Grace Morrison as Barack Obama, Chloe Chan as Steve Irwin, Emily Bult as Steve Jobs, Elena Latchem as Wilbur Wright, Mehtab Dhillon as Malala Yousafzai, Melissa Young as Leonardo da Vinci, Alexandra Choong as Pocahontas. Front row (left to right) Amelia Jayasundera as Leonardo da Vinci, Indiara Karthigasu as Abraham Lincoln, Lottie Kerr as Professor Barry Marshall, Dominique Manasseh as Millicent Fawcett, Raquel van Merwyk as Mozart and Eva Veerman as Anne Frank.

Year 5 Stretchy Thinking girls took on the world of celebrity to discover the impact that famous people have had on society – and to test their parents’ knowledge. The 14 girls in the programme picked a famous person and wrote riddles to describe that person’s achievements.

to utilise higher order thinking skills

and had to justify their reasoning with

and broaden their knowledge of the

associated evidence. After completing

content,” said teacher Sharmaine

this they used stop-motion animation


techniques to illustrate their choices.

“The tasks chosen are open ended

The Years 2 and 3 girls designed and

and require the girls to generate ideas,

constructed their own games, having

research, analyse and synthesise

identified elements that make an

information, as well as draw their own

effective game. They played the games

conclusions and justify them.”

and evaluated how to improve.

read their riddles to an audience

Age appropriate tasks have been

Priyanka Muthukattu (Year 3) said she

of parents and grandparents. The

designed for each year group. In

enjoyed making her game.

Semester 1, Year 6 participants

“Our fantastic teacher, Ms Pritchard,

researched adaptations for housing

taught us the important features for

to make it more sustainable. They

designing games,” Priyanka said.

created a model of their house with

“My game was called ‘Speed Problem

associated inclusions and wrote an

Solving’. Eight players are allowed to

analysis to justify why they chose

play my game.

particular green aspects.

“I had to make all of the components

Year 4 girls researched what life was

of my board game including a

like for girls from 1816 to 2016. Using

cardboard box to store my cards,

They dressed as their subject and

audience had to guess who they were. The Stretchy Thinking programme is designed for girls in Years 2-6, who have been identified, through standardised testing, as highly able, abstract thinkers. The programme is closely aligned to topics covered in the classroom, but challenges the girls to take the topic further. “It gives the girls an extra opportunity

a decision making matrix, they wrote

rules and the board itself.

an essay to explain which century they

“It was great fun making my board

considered to be the best to live in,




ALL ROADS LEAD TO… Despite changes in the itinerary due to security concerns, 25 students headed off to Europe on MLC’s first Academic and Cultural Tour. The 16-day tour focussed on bringing Ancient History, Drama and Visual Arts out of the classroom and to where it all began. “The trip was planned to give our girls not only the opportunity to look at their subject matter through text books but to see it, touch it and experience it first-hand, to appreciate that what they are studying is real and continually changing,” said Head of MLC’s Social Science Department, David Ford. The tour’s first stop was Athens where the girls breathed in history at one of the most recognisable symbols of ancient civilization, the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis, dating back to 447BC. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron of Athens. While at the Acropolis, Drama students enjoyed exploring the birthplace of the Greek tragedy,


the Theatre of Dionysus, where once they could have performed to as many as 17,000 patrons, all of whom would have heard the play due to the excellent acoustics. At the remains of the Temple of Zeus, the tour could see where the Statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was covered in plates of ivory and gold panels, once stood in all its glory. A trip to Hadrian’s Arch, built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, to separate the old and new cities of Athens, was the perfect introduction to the power of the Roman Empire. From there all roads lead to Rome and a chance sighting of the Pope. “We weren’t supposed to see him. The travel leader didn’t know the Pope was in house,” said Mr Ford. “The Pope had called a pilgrimage so St Peter’s Square was awash with banners and flags and thousands of people. “The Pope drove right past us.” While in Rome the girls saw the

world’s most famous arena, the Colosseum, visited the Villa Borghese, threw coins into the Trevi Fountain and climbed the Spanish Steps. But the highlight of Italy was the trip out of Rome to the infamous Mt Vesuvius. “It was surreal to actually ascend to the top of Mt Vesuvius. Looking out over the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum from the top of the volcano gives you a glimpse of what mother nature released on that fateful day in 79AD,” Mr Ford said. “Interestingly, the many residents that live in the area today have evacuation drills just in case the mountain should release its power once again.” Away from the fury of nature, the group landed in London’s West End, where the focus was on drama and art. To bring the smallness of the world home, the girls watched Perth-born and raised, singer/song writer/ playwright Tim Winton’s Matilda. This juxtaposed with a ripping performance of Shakespeare’s Pericles at the Globe Theatre.

Art students revelled in the

amazing natural beauty. During the

magnificent collection of modern art

visit to Vico Equense and Sorrento,

at London’s Tate Modern. Not only did

along the west coast of Italy, the

the works that they had learned about

tourists saw the jaw dropping beauty

come to life, they also experienced the

of the Gulf of Naples, and had time to

feeling of a premier installation and

explore different towns and cities to

were able to see how the modernist movement has evolved. The British Museum allowed the girls to engross themselves in one of the most magnificent collections of artefacts that they had only seen in books and on television.

get just a glimpse of life in some of the most historic places in Europe. It’s not just the girls who have benefited from their amazing journey. The four staff that accompanied them have brought back a plethora of valuable teaching resources to take

Apart from the academic benefits, the

into their learning programmes and

girls experienced some of the planet’s

share with girls in future years.




Music Therapist Karen Twyford with Inclusive Learning teacher Filicity Lowrie, students Chloe Williams and Lucy Galvin, Education Assistant Stacey Wilde, and Holli Primeau. Photo by Billie Fairclough, Post Newspapers Pty Ltd.

SONGS OF PRAISE FOR THERAPY Parents are singing their praises for an innovative programme for their girls in Methodist Ladies’ College’s Learning Support Centre.

Lucy, who is in Year 8 at MLC, does

“It’s exceeded our expectations. The

a mixture of mainstream classes,

girls that are working in the music

and individual lessons and activities

therapy have all improved in their

In a first for WA, MLC is providing

therapy group, Lucy has been singing

regular music therapy sessions as part

and playing various percussion

of its curriculum for girls with high


The weekly sessions at MLC are run

“I like writing our own songs,” says

by music therapist, Karen Twyford,

learning support needs.

Along with her friends in the music

educational outcomes as a result of their participation in the group, and apart from that it’s been good fun.”

Bronwyn Galvin’s daughter, Lucy, who

Lucy, who helps write new words to

who also works at Princess Margaret

has a condition which makes it difficult

popular tunes.

Hospital. She says the sessions

for her to make her muscles do what she wants them to do, is part of the group of girls attending the therapy. She says she has seen a big difference in the way her daughter expresses herself. “I have seen progress in her confidence and her social skills,” Mrs Galvin said.


in the Learning Support Centre.

The programme was proposed by the Head of Inclusive Learning, Rebecca

provide a planned, creative and shared way to promote positive

Rourke, and MLC’s Director of Music,

change and well-being.

Dr Robert Faulkner, after a careers’

“I feel that the girls are empowered in

night session on music therapy.

these sessions and have developed a

“It was as a result of that that I could

real sense of ‘group’. They are offered

see what a wonderful opportunity it

opportunities to make choices about

would be for our girls in the Learning Centre to be included in something

how the sessions will run as well as the activities that we will do,” Ms

“It does help. All of the things you

that was different,” Ms Rourke said.

take for granted, little things that you

As a non-verbal language, music

don’t even think about, are hard when

engages and motivates and offers the

you’re in Lucy’s body, so it’s amazing

girls opportunities to explore their

when you see her sit in a room and

creative potential. The therapy at the

how this could be done differently or

concentrate, and be aware of the

School addresses the educational goals

extended and I am always impressed

others around her.”

of the girls’ individual learning plans.

at this.”

Twyford said. “Sometimes I will introduce an activity and one of the girls will have an idea of

CANBERRA CALLING Years 6 girls jetted off to the Australian Capital Territory on MLC’s first Canberra Tour. To align with the West Australian curriculum, the girls explored leadership, government and history, having studied Australian governments in school before venturing to the nation’s purpose-built capital. The trip also aligned with the philosophy behind the Walton Leadership Institute – to give girls opportunities to practice leadership while maintaining the College Values. “It was an opportunity for girls to step up,” said Head of Years 3-6 Brian Taylor, who led the inaugural tour. “We threw lots of on-the-spot leadership opportunities to the girls, particularly to those who didn’t already have leadership positions.” While visiting Government House, the group was lucky enough to meet the Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret.). The girls expected a very formal man, especially after their guide had given them a complete lesson on protocols, but were surprised when the Governor-General turned out to be charming and personable. “He held them spellbound for about 15 minutes and took lots of questions at the end. They had many questions, about not only his role, but also leadership, and how he demonstrates that,” Mr Taylor said. Another highlight of the tour was a visit to Parliament House, where they sat in the chambers and learned about the roles of parliamentarians. They also took part in a mock trial. Many of the girls also saw celluloid film for the first time at the National Film and Sound Archives, and were able to view original art works at the National Gallery. There was plenty of time for fun. A visit to the multistorey science museum, Questacon, a ride on the train through the miniature villages of Cockington Green, and playtime in the park gave the girls a well-deserved break. While the girls gained significant insights into what they had learned at school, Mr Taylor says the teachers also benefited from the journey. “It was a real affirmation that we are an amazing school. We’re very lucky, as staff at MLC, to be supporting such enthusiastic and engaged students. On the trip their behaviour was impeccable - they listened, they participated, they just did everything right.”



Sarah Norton, Rev. Hollis Wilson, Dr Ravi Margasahayam and Chloe Keswick talk about their links at NASA and space at MLC.

Dianne McGrath (centre) was brought to MLC by Andrew Friars (left) whose daughter Christina (right) is in Year 10.

2016: A SPACE ODYSSEY MLC has a special relationship with space. College Chaplain, The Reverend Hollis Wilson, was once an engineer for the Unites States space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and worked on the Challenger programme. The

of isolation. Ms McGrath says her

is hoping for a one-way ticket to Mars

childhood set her up for that.

in 2026 as part of a privately-funded, international space station. Ms McGrath is one of the final 100 people vying to be part of the Mars One space mission, that will send 24 people into space to set up the first

“I grew up from the ages of 10 to 17 in the outback in the Northern Territory on Aboriginal settlements. I was the only white girl there,” she said. “I never expected to be, at that age, potentially an astronaut. But I used to

fathers of two current students also

colony on Mars.

worked at NASA.

More than 200,000 people applied for

In 2016, girls and staff were fascinated

the mission.

by visits from two guests with space

“Space is cool. Why else would you

travel in their veins.

apply for this sort of thing?” she told

NASA engineer Ravi Margasahayam

Year 10 students at Methodist Ladies’

Ms McGrath hopes her research in

spoke to girls about careers in


environmental engineering and food

engineering and how they can take

The mission will ultimately be funded

waste, and her background in food

them beyond our galaxy to the

by advertisers on a reality television

furthest reaches of space.

show that will be beamed back to Earth

self-supporting agriculture on Mars

While at MLC, Dr Margasahayam met

from Mars.

that could also be used on Earth.

the daughters of two former NASA

“It’s Big Brother for intelligent people,”

While on Mars, she will need to be

employees, Year 11 student, Sarah

Ms McGrath said.

able to complete tasks outside of her

“They’ll be filming us in the 10 years of

normal remit so she Is also studying

Norton and Chloe Keswick, Year 7.

dream about space a lot. “ She describes herself as “a calculated risk taker who tries to do things that are useful.”

sustainability will enable her to create

metal work, 3D printing, and is about

During his talk, Dr Margasahayam told

training if I get through, then my life

the girls that man’s journey to Mars

will be on screen for the rest of the

to do a course in welding.

could begin in 2030, however, another

world to see.”

The would-be space traveller will find

One of the criteria for selection to

out next year if she will be part of

be on the crew to travel to Mars is

the crew that hopes to be the first to

being able to cope with long periods

experience life on Mars.

guest speaker said that journey could start sooner. Dianne McGrath wants to be


Australia’s first woman astronaut, and


DANCING WITH SYDNEY STARS The opportunity to work with some of the world’s top choreographers took 32 girls from Claremont to Sydney on the 2016 Dance Tour. The girls spent seven days on their feet sightseeing, exploring behind the scenes at theatres, watching worldclass performances and, of course, dancing. Acting Dance Coordinator Jan Urbini said while the tour challenged the Years 7-11 girls it also invigorated them. “Our Dance students learned from renowned national and international choreographers, in dance studios they had only ever heard about,” Ms Urbini said. “The new skills and dance styles that they learned will complement their dance studies at school and enhance the dance works they create in the future.”

cultural contexts of dance genres, the use of technology in dance design, how to make critical decisions in individual and group work, and choreography. While in Sydney the girls worked with prestigious dance schools Brent Street and the Sydney Dance Company, and increased their strength and control at Air Yoga, a form of yoga that is performed on hammocks that are suspended from the ceiling. “The air yoga really helped the flexibility in my hips and my back for the rest of the day. It also made me feel really relaxed. I really enjoyed it,” said Year 11 student Olivia Bennett. The trip culminated with the two-day Global Dance Convention. Dancers from across the nation spent the weekend exploring hip hop, funk and street styles, tap and musical theatre, lyrical and stylised jazz, and Latin

Teaching Dance is a part of MLC’s

dance with international dancers

commitment to providing holistic

Gustavo Vargas, Gina Starbuck, Greg

education. It gives girls a creative and

Russell, Barry Youngblood, and Adam

physical outlet for their thoughts and

Parson, and dance troupes, the

feelings. They learn the historical and

Groovaloos and Stir Studios.




The 2016 College Production of Little Shop of Horrors made for a haunting and delightful evening from start to finish.

Seymour’s lady love, ‘Audrey’ (Laura

As the ensemble began and the

as moving as she was beautiful. The

curtains opened, an air of anticipation filled the room. A hush fell as the lights rose, and the beautifully decrepit set, portraying run-down Skid Row, was revealed. A chorus of seven girls, who tirelessly provided tuneful and hilarious harmonies throughout the night (almost stealing the show), opened the play with a catchy number introducing us to the performance to come… and what a performance it was. The audience was introduced to a diverse cast of loveable, if not dysfunctional, characters. The effervescent Lucy Iffla portrayed our male protagonist ‘Seymour’, the charming but hapless botanist who just wanted to please everyone. She provided many laughs as she attempted to care for her plants


Bonner), the product of a hard life, brought tears to our eyes as she overcame great torment with her dreams intact. Laura’s portrayal of Audrey was climactic number of the play, Suddenly Seymour, brought the two together in a whirlwind performance that cemented the show as one of the School’s greats. The story was skilfully framed by the wonderfully individual performances of Rachel Lavin as the relentless, wealth seeking ‘Mr Mushnik’, and Anna Watkins as the horrifying yet hilarious dentist. Of course, no one could forget Isabella Hardisty as ‘Audrey 2’, the man-eating plant that outsmarted them all. Her deep, resonant tones gave a delightfully scary rendition of Feed Me Seymour, and her various other pleas for human flesh. The audience sat in wonder as the skilful puppeteers took the plant from a small and comical shoot to a giant monster.

from outer space, Audrey 1 and Audrey 2,

This production was a testament to the

and stunned the audience with her rich

skill of all the cast and crew members,

and soulful voice.

tackling issues such as financial hardship


and domestic violence with grace and dark humour. Director Jodee Lambert has certainly outdone herself this year, in the performance marking the 25th anniversary of Hadley Hall.

Little Shop of Horrors had the audience spellbound and sitting on the edge of their seats, and through both tears and laughter, took us on a wonderful, if not twisted, journey.

“The audience sat in wonder as the skilful puppeteers took the plant from a small and comical shoot to a giant monster.”

25 YEARS OF MEMORABLE MOMENTS air-conditioning, nor any carpet. But, it still impressed me. I used to put on performances in the woodwork room at my previous school.

favourite child - you love them all. The most memorable ones would have to be the two Little Shop of Horrors, the first year the theatre

By the end of 1993 the Assembly Hall

opened and this year, plus The Wizard

was named Hadley Hall in honour of

of Oz in 1994. We had flying monkeys

the retiring Principal, Dr Geoff Hadley.

that actually abseiled down the

By then it had housed two College

sides of the main curtain into the

Productions, Dance performances,

auditorium. The stage still squeaks

concerts and many assemblies.

from where we drilled an enormous

It took quite a few more years to get the air conditioning and the bio box.

pivot into it for the revolving set of Anne of Green Gables.

When I came to MLC in the summer of 1990 as a newly appointed staff member, I was taken on a tour of the College and shown the nearly completed Assembly Hall.

Today, Hadley Hall is a fully functioning

I believe that Hadley Hall is a special

and beautiful theatre space. MLC was

place for every girl at MLC, whether

the first school in Western Australia

she is a performer, or a girl walking

to build such a large theatre. Now it’s

across the stage to receive an award

commonplace for schools to have one,

at Assembly, because it has an

but we were the pioneers.

atmosphere of encouragement and

It was a huge, empty space with no

favourite production over the past 25

seats, no stage lights, no bio box, no

years, but I say that’s like choosing a

I often get asked what has been my

support for every girl to take what I call, her ‘moment’ on the stage. Jodee Lambert, Head of Theatre Arts. 15

Just another day at Cottesloe Beach. Year 12 student Sofi Nazir plays a little lunchtime Bach while Art student Brittany Dalzeill touches up the seascape.

TICKLING THE IVORIES ON THE BEACH A slight sea breeze kissed the sand on a perfect 22° Tuesday at Cottesloe Beach when the playful sounds of a harpsichord delighted an amused crowd of onlookers. The beach goers were treated to a lunchtime performance of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Major by Methodist Ladies’ College Year 12 student, Sofi Nazir. Sofi was on the beach with fellow Year 12 student, Brittany Dalziell, to unveil the new-look, MLC harpsichord. The Music and Art Departments joined forces to create the stunning instrument which was built by students almost four decades earlier. The Music Department had the harpsichord restrung and reconditioned. Its director, Dr Robert Faulkner, invited the Art Department to decorate it. Harpsichords date back to the 16th century, and were traditionally painted with countryside scenes. However, the girls chose an ocean scene to represent their closest nature scape. “We decided we liked the idea of water representing WA,” Brittany said. There was no record of when the harpsichord was built until a Collegian, Merrilyn Watson (Graham, 1978), contacted the College after seeing a newspaper story about the instrument. “The harpsichord was made as part of our Year 11 Music class under Margaret Pride, in 1977,” Mrs Watson said. “The students were: Merrilyn Graham, Trenna Pederick, Penny Bladen, Cathy Twentyman and Janine Glover. “It really does not feel like nearly 40 years ago.” 16

GOLDEN GAMELAN BRIDGES CULTURAL GAP It’s a sound that many associate with the Indonesian island of Bali, and now it can now be heard echoing across MLC. The College’s Music Department has taken delivery of a bespoke gamelan – an ensemble of percussive instruments that has been specially crafted for the School by one of the world’s top manufacturers. The instruments were donated to the College by a current, Bali-based MLC family after they saw Music students playing an old Javanese gamelan that had been borrowed from the University of Western Australia back in 2014. Ary and Peter Johnson decided then and there that they would make sure MLC had a better set of instruments. “We were playing on the Great Court one evening before a Semester Concert when a gentleman came up to me and said how wonderful it was to hear the girls playing Indonesian music,” said MLC’s Director of Music, Dr Robert Faulkner. “It’s been a wonderful adventure – visiting the maker in Bali, working on getting the skills we need for the girls to become gamelan players, and then watching as more than 100 girls have played just in the past couple of months.” The gamelan arrived at MLC in 10 huge crates, containing the 20 instruments (mainly gongs, drums and large metallophone-like instruments) that make up the ensemble. Soon after, leading expert on the gamelan Dr Jonathan McIntosh, from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, arrived to teach Music students and staff how to play the instrument, and Dance students the intricacies of Balinese dance. He said that the music and movement takes some getting used to as it uses a tuning scale known as pelog, which has seven tones although only a five tone set is generally used. “When they first hear a gamelan some students say ‘that’s not normal’,” Dr McIntosh said. “I say, ‘it is, but not for you’, and they have a light bulb moment.”


The gamelan is part of MLC’s commitment to exposing students to a variety of world music. “Getting the girls to play non-Western music is such an important part of our vision for music in education at MLC,” Dr Faulkner said. “At one level, it is amazing for aural musicianship skills, musical memory, ensemble and rhythm. These are skills that enhance all of our musical abilities. But at another level, and no less importantly, it is about a commitment to empathy and understanding, to a world desperately in need of enlightening and exciting inter- and cross-cultural experiences.” Just three weeks after Dr McIntosh started working with the girls, alongside Music teacher Sarah Stopher and Music tutor, Collegian and WAAPA percussion graduate, Nanna Faulkner, more than 40 girls took part at the inaugural performance of the gamelan during the Semester 1 Concert. Dr Faulkner says the College plans to expand its involvement with Indonesian music. With the further support of the Johnsonf family, he hopes to take a small group of girls to Bali in 2017 for gamelan, dance and cultural immersion. “They will become our key experts and leaders for the continued growth of the project here in Perth,” he said. “After all Bali is one of our closest neighbours. It will be nice to know each other a little better.”



THE 2016 CIRCLE OF SUCCESS A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF FOUNDATION We have much to celebrate as we consider the first half of 2016. In May we held our second, biennial MLC Gala at Winthrop Hall, and it truly was a night to remember. Congratulations to our volunteers on the Sponsorship Committee and our College organising staff for producing such a spectacular event. On the night I asked those present to “be generous”, and I was certainly taken at my word. Together we raised the astonishing total of $120,000 and, as a result, have been able to make substantial distributions to our Community Support Groups. Thank you to all of our sponsors, particularly our returning Emerald Sponsors Moss Wood Wines, Beaumonde Catering and Lux Creative Events, and new Emerald Sponsors Stefan Diamonds and Consuming Passions. To all of those in our community who supported the Gala by attending, bidding in the various auctions, buying raffle tickets, or making donations of goods or their time, our most heartfelt thanks from myself and the Foundation Board. In June we brought our second, annual Circle of Success to a close. This year the members of the Circle have given $71,777 to the College and voted for the rejuvenation of the Gertude Walton building. This building, the College’s original library built with a bequest from Miss Walton and other donated funds, will turn 60 in 2017. We are planning for the works to be completed in the summer holidays so we can reveal the new face of this grand lady in time for her birthday. My many thanks to all members of the Circle, both returning and new, for your commitment to this initiative. We will update you about the progress of the Gertrude Walton rejuvenation, and possibly another project, at our Sundowner in October. As we celebrate our donors and volunteers for these two initiatives, as well as donors that support other areas of the College or choose to give every year, we must also look to the future. Our Junior Years’ Redevelopment is gathering pace and there are many opportunities to contribute to this landmark project. Included with this issue of Strive you will find a brochure with the details of the Bosisto Walk which will honour the history of our College, as well as those that donate to the Junior Years’ Redevelopment. I ask you again to be generous when considering how you can contribute.

James McClements Chair of Foundation


The 2016 Circle of Success came to a close on 15 June at the annual Pinnacle of Success voting night. Earlier in the evening 2015 Circle of Success members were also able to celebrate the opening of the Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory and enjoy seeing what their collective donation achieved. Our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, Tim Gossage, once again kept the audience thoroughly entertained as he guided them through the voting process. Members of the College staff made their last minute pitches for support, and there was a very special surprise visit from ‘Miss Gertrude Walton’ herself. Miss Walton exercised her powers of persuasion and a rejuvenation of the College’s original library, now the Gertrude Walton Drama Centre, was the winning project for 2016. The collective donation of $71, 777 made by the Circle of Success members will be put to very good use giving this grand old building a makeover in time for its 60th birthday next year.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - THE MLC GALA The MLC Gala epitomised what our community can achieve. More than 330 parents, Collegians, MLC staff and guests donned their finest and came together at this very special celebration to support our girls.

of delicious food, fine wine and great

responded enthusiastically. The dance

company. Our commanding Master of

floor was never empty as Perth band

Ceremonies, Adrian Barich, kept the

‘Little Belle’ entertained the crowd

night moving smoothly as we heard

throughout the evening.

from Principal Rebecca Cody and Chair

The Gala raised an astounding total of

of the MLC Foundation, James

$120,000. These funds are distributed

Mc Clements.

between the MLC Foundation and

stunningly lit Winthrop Hall with a

The MLC Gala Sponsorship Committee

the MLC Community Support Groups:

performance by MLC’s Dolce Quartet.

secured spectacular live and silent

The MLC Drumline led the way inside

auction items from our generous

where a glamorous setting awaited

sponsors. Auctioneer Kim Green kept


guests as they settled in for a night

the bidding lively and the audience

The next Gala is planned for 2018.

The evening kicked off outside the

Parents of MLC, Friends of Music, the Rowing Club and the Collegians’

Thank you to our Emerald Sponsors

Consuming Passions Pty Ltd.



Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

Wandibirrup Grazing Co.



Thank you to our Gold Sponsors

Adam and Mel Gilchrist

The Lisle

John and Evdokia







NETBALL TAKES CENTRE COURT Netball is a huge sport at MLC. More than 120 girls play in the inter-school IGSSA competition, and are part of the co-curricular MLC Weekend Netball Club.

injuries - just very tired and sore

“Our first game was against Kuala

bodies. We will implement a more

Lumpur. It was an intense game that

rigorous match-play programme that

forced our players to quickly modify

It was no wonder that competition


between players was fierce to go on the first netball trip to Melbourne to compete against schools from around the world. After a series of trials, 24 girls from Years 7-10 packed their trainers and headed east.

prepares the girls for this format and continue to develop strong recovery programmes,” Mrs Watson-Galbraith Traditionally a game played by only Commonwealth member countries,

their complex game-plays,” Julia said. “We had to step up to the challenge and play smart to get the ball down through their tight defensive zones.

netball is making big inroads to the

“This was a great learning experience

Asia region. Netball Australia, the

for us and we took away lessons

Association that governs the sport in

that we hope to incorporate into our

Australia, is the driving force behind

The two MLC teams had to play 14

the massive improvement in the

matches each over the four days of

regional competition.

intense competition.

our tactics and strategies to combat

“I was surprised by the strong playing

plays.” Mrs Watson-Galbraith is confident that this first trip to the international competition in Melbourne won’t be

MLC Netball Coordinator Gayle

standards, the size and height of

Watson-Galbraith said the gruelling

players, and the skills of all the

format ensured that every team spent

international teams,” Mrs Watson-

“Our girls were wonderful. They

the four days on the court.

Galbraith said.

played very well and will have brought

“Our players were magnificent

Year 10 player Julia Wang said the

home this experience of hard four-

and all gave their best at all times.

teams learned a lot about strategy

quarter play, and leadership both on

We were very pleased we had no

throughout the competition.

and off the court,” she said.

the last.



CARING FOR NATURE’S MASTERPIECE As part of MLC’s global outreach programme, Senior Years’ girls have been taking part in international Service trips since 2008.

A group of enterprising Year 10 girls

Starting as a biennial initiative, the first

addition to the Service tours.

overseas Service Learning trip was to Vietnam. Girls raised money and collected goods for orphanages, and, once there, completed maintenance and helped out with the children.


then developed the idea of adding a conservation trip and took the idea to Rev. Wilson. They managed to convince him that it would be a worthwhile In 2016, the first trip to Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok, in Thailand, was designed for students with a passion for the environment and conservation. The girls became mahouts, or elephant

In 2014 this became annual event due

keepers, with the Sappraiwan Elephant

to its popularity among the student

Sanctuary, a sanctuary for orphaned



At the same time, the College Chaplain,

“The sanctuary is linked in with a

The Reverend Hollis Wilson, added a

world famous professor who was

second destination, Bethany Home

able to meet us and educate us

in Malaysia. Bethany Home is a

about the conservation project,

not-for-profit school that supports

best care for elephants, and why a

children and adults with physical and

sanctuary is needed rather than just

intellectual disabilities.

releasing them to the wild,” said MLC’s


Coordinator of Well-being, Dr Kath

be saddled with bulky seats that hurt

the lack of high-level and grass-roots

Russell-Smith, who led the tour to

them and have to walk on tarmac,

support for conservation. Unlike many


which was hard on their feet.

conservation projects throughout the

Elephants have featured in Thai

“While our girls did ride the elephants,

society for hundreds of years.

they only did this bareback which

Traditionally, they were captured and

does not bother or hurt the elephant,”

trained as a form of transport, used as

Dr Russell-Smith added.

war combatants and as royal symbols. The earliest recorded reference to elephants in Thailand is in a stone inscription circa 1250 as part of a description of battle. The elephants were also used to haul heavy logs through the dense forests when logging in northern Thailand was legal. That logging, and illegal logging since it was banned in 1989, destroyed

Through blistering heat, the MLC girls made sure the orphans were as comfortable as possible. “Since it was hot we sprayed the elephants off with water a lot, which was very entertaining as they splashed and played in the water, grabbing the hose and spraying you as well,” said honorary mahout Claudia Crockett.

world, these elephants are unable to be returned to the wild as they have been domesticated for thousands of years. “There is not enough land left in Thailand to sustain the elephant population, so naturally elephants end up wandering onto farms in search of food where they are shot. Places like the sanctuary, where they are able to provide food and space for these elephants, are essential,” Dr RussellSmith said. As part of the inaugural group of MLC

much of the elephants’ natural

“The thing that most surprised me

students to take part in the elephant

environment, and, along with

was the connection you could have

programme, Claudia says that the

poaching for the ivory trade and the

with an animal and how the fact that

girls who went on the trip are eager to

removal of calves from their mothers

we couldn’t talk to each other didn’t

come up with ways to raise funds for

to be trained as tourist attractions,

seem to matter.”

elephant conservation in Thailand.

has led to the animal being placed on

The girls also learned that

“Hopefully, over the years, if MLC

conservation is complex in Asia due

continues to participate in this

Many of the elephants at the

to rising populations, lack of impetus

programme, we will be able to expand

sanctuary have been rescued from

from governments, and limited space.

our knowledge collectively, and make

the tourist trade, where they would

Limited funding also contributes to

more worthwhile contributions to this.”

the endangered species list.




Cultural barriers were demolished and stereotypes were quashed when girls from the Australian Islamic College (AIC) spent a day at Methodist Ladies’ College in April, and MLC girls paid a return visit in August. Eleven teenagers, from the school in the northern Perth suburb of Dianella, spent a day with their hosts discovering that they were more similar than different. MLC Principal Rebecca Cody also met with AIC’s Principal Wahaj Tarin. She said the relationship between the two schools gives the students the opportunity to move beyond stereotypes. “I think that all great schools learn from each other, so this is merely an

kept talking, and I thought she was

meetings over a few years.

wonderful, but when I got to meet

Both principals agreed that

her she was way better, she was so

understanding and acceptance rather

enthusiastic and so encouraging,” said

than tolerance were key to moving

AIC Year 10 student Hamdi Guie who

forward in a world that is shrinking

spent the day going to classes with

due to technology.

MLC Year 10 student Alexandra Slater.

“The world is moving towards a global

On her visit to the Australian Islamic

village, and the only way that we will, in

College, Alexandra tried her hand

a peaceful and happy way, inhabit this planet is by building bridges, building friendships, building relationships. If our young are introduced to this, it is our hope and anticipation that, later on in life as leaders of tomorrow, they will make decisions based on the facts and not stereotypes,” Mr Tarin said. The girls were introduced to each other via email prior to their first meeting. By the time they met face-

at Arabic calligraphy, and attended a seerah class which focused on the life of Mohammad and the teaching of peace. “Our day consisted of various activities that allowed space for a broad awareness and how education about religion and culture is vital for society to disregard prejudice and avoid ignorance,” Alexandra said.

to-face they had already struck up

“I’m looking forward to further

numerous conversations and were

experiences to be shared with the

texting each other.

AIC and I am certain, that this school

Tarin’s girls to seek to understand

When they did finally meet at MLC

relationship will persist for many years

each other,” Ms Cody said.

a wave of excitement crashed over

to come.”

them all.

This initiative has just won the

schools was borne out of discussions

“We were really worried that they

Methodist Church WA Synod Interfaith

between MLC Chaplain, Rev. Hollis

wouldn’t text us, and then when I got

Award. Read more about it in the next

Wilson, and AIC Islamic Study teacher,

my email we started texting, and we

issue of Strive.

example of a learning conversation between two schools, and it’s also an opportunity for our girls and Mr

The relationship between the


Fazida Razak, at a series of interfaith


Collegian Committee 1969


Collegian Committee 1968

By 1913 enough time had passed for MLC to have a history they could talk about, and in June that year the first community publication, The Collegian, was issued.

By the end of the 1970s, MLC had

making their way into the class

become a bustling community.

and staffrooms, and the College

The Ladies’ Committee, formed by

had a new mode of direct and fast

volunteers, had become a social

communication with students, staff

Current students could now reflect

numerous fundraisers.” (sic) (Catharine

on current events and past students

May, More Than a School).

could connect with the newlyestablished Old Girls’ Association (now Collegians’ Association) in the quarterly updates.

and working hub for mothers “in the tuck shop, the uniform shop and at

embedded as a way to immediately

daughters began to graduate, some

recognise the College and symbolise

of those mothers formed a new, the Per Ardua Association.

advertisements for Perth businesses.

In 1984, the College appointed a

The Collegian remained the main form of community communication until 1962 when the P and F Newsletter, a four to eight page, A5 publication on green paper, went on sale. This was replaced in 1983 by College News which marked the 75th birthday of the

Strong College branding, as well as the long recognised crest and motto, were

Collegian was the only edition to carry

representation of the College.

were emailed rather than posted.

continue to help the school as their

information-hungry community group,

logo appeared in public as a symbolic

parent newsletters such as The Bulletin

To maintain the social network and to

The second, Christmas edition of The

It was the first time the MLC crest and

and parents. In the early 2000s,

Development Officer for the first time. College News was turned into a glossy, professional publication and a new magazine was created to target the members of the Per Ardua Association. The Per Ardua Ad Alta

its Values. In 2010 Per Ardua Ad Alta and College News were combined under a new banner, and the first issue of the biannual, Strive, was published in April 2011. The magazine was designed to mirror the school’s new website and its marketing campaign, ‘Prepare to amaze yourself’.

streamlined information to engage

Today The Collegian and Strive are just

those with previous ties with the

two of a multitude of media formats

College, rather than current parents

that can be accessed by the MLC

and students who were serviced by

community. Where once The Collegian

School and was available for an annual

the ongoing College News.

subscription of 30 cents. The banner

By the mid 1990s, a new form

of current events, the community can

of The Collegian was adopted to be the

of communication was being

access anything at any time anywhere

girls’ year book.

established. Computers were now

in the world via the internet.

was issued quarterly to stay abreast



LIFT TAKES EXTREME MAKEOVER TO THE HEIGHTS The installation of a lift was the icing on the cake for MLC boarders at the end of a two-year transformation of the Boarding House.

and west wings of the Centenary

“Each wing has a family room which

Building. Over the holidays they

includes a fully-fitted kitchen where

painted and updated the bedrooms,

the girls spend time together cooking,

laid new carpets and floorings,

chatting and just hanging out.

installed funky furnishings and

“We deliberately put televisions in

air conditioners, and created new

the theatre rooms so that the family

bathrooms, an exercise room, theatre

rooms could remain a place to

room, and two, new family rooms.


Upper and Lower Riverside were next,

The Boarding House recently won

followed by Burnside. The renovations

the design company, CODA, a

were completed in 2016 with the

commendation in the Public Design

installation of a much-anticipated lift,

category of the Australian Interior

and new bathrooms for the Year 12

Design Awards.


At the heart of the Boarding House

soon as the girls packed up and went

“The Boarding House is more like

are the MLC Values of Integrity,

home for the Christmas holidays in

home than ever,” said MLC’s Director

Mastery, Enterprise and Justice.

2014. Workers moved in to the main

of Boarding, Elaine Riley.

“We teach and model for our girls the

“It’s so good,” said Boarding Prefect Sara Koster, who moved in with four suitcases full of belongings at the start of 2016. “I don’t know how many times I had to carry these giant suitcases up and down those stairs. Having the lift is so much more convenient.” Work started on the renovation as


College Values. As with any home,

young woman. To do that we get to

there are many personalities, but if we

know each and every girl and her

remain committed to and live those

family,” Mrs Riley said.

Values we will have a wonderful home, and a positive grounding for the future,” Mrs Riley said. MLC provides boarders with live-in education interns. The interns are available to tutor the girls, as well as

Although the renovations are complete, Mrs Riley plans on adding a special touch to the Boarding House in the summer of 2016-17. “I plan on reclaiming the balcony of

provide positive role models for those

Centenary and creating a beautiful

navigating their teenage years.

outdoor area where the girls can relax

As with the College’s education model of keeping classes small, the Boarding

and look out over the Great Court,” she said.

House is home for up to 100 girls.

“It’s important that we create an

“We’ve deliberately kept the Boarding

environment where our girls can feel

House small so that no-one gets

at home. When they walk through the

lost or overlooked. It’s a huge

doors of the Boarding House they

responsibility to partner with parents

know that they are somewhere that

to guide a girl as she grows into a

they belong.”

“We’ve deliberately kept the Boarding House small so that no-one gets lost or overlooked. It’s a huge responsibility to partner with parents to guide a girl as she grows into a young woman. To do that we get to know each and every girl and her family.”



Elizabeth Williams and her mother, Audrey Pickering, both worked for MLC.

UPSTAIRS-DOWNSTAIRS Thousands of footsteps have left their imprint on the wooden floorboards at Methodist Ladies’ College over the past 109 years, but few understand the stories behind the scenes like the staff within MLC Housekeeping. Elizabeth Williams began in the MLC kitchen in May 1973, three years after her mother Audrey Pickering. Initially beginning two days a week for 10

survived five principals and four acting

Elizabeth became a boarder at the

principals. In 1979 Elizabeth took a

grand Mosman Park School for the

two year break after giving birth to her

Deaf. Her father would travel to Perth

son, Neil.

to take her and other deaf children from the Goldfields to and from school each term. She went on to graduate from Swanbourne High School before taking up a job at the WA State Treasury.

hours a day, Elizabeth would work the

“I was the pension collector. I would

morning, lunch and evening shift in

fold up pension cheques, put them in

the Boarders’ Dining Room.

envelopes and post them,” Elizabeth

At that time there was a lamb or beef


While the feeling of divide between upstairs and downstairs staff has certainly shifted, the camaraderie and support between the domestic staff remains the same. “When I started you weren’t allowed to approach the principal, only the house mother could do that, and you never associated with teachers. Today, if I had a problem, I could knock on (Principal) Rebecca Cody’s door and

roast every Sunday to complement

For both Elizabeth and Audrey, it is

the chops, stews, cottage pies and the

the friendship and companionship

mounds of potato the girls would have

that has most endeared them to staff

during the week.

and students at MLC. Often they were

Elizabeth’s journey to MLC began

an ear to a homesick girl, and both

Elizabeth has also seen the campus

remember fondly the laughter and

grow. She was here for the myriad

idiosyncrasy of many of the staff, such

of changes to the Boarding House,

as a liking for the rum balls made by

Hadley Hall, Sumner House, the lower

grew up in is still there, although it has

Audrey for Dr Hadley (MLC Principal 1972-1992) or the lone Easter egg

level of the Walter Shepherd Resource

undergone a significant facelift.

in the outback, gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie, 550km east of Perth, in the 1950s. The tin and wood house she

“When we were there the veranda was closed in and there were two


In 1963, at the age of just eight,

left as a gift to share with the other domestic staff by a boarder.

she would see me,” Elizabeth said. “There’s a real community spirit here, I’ve seen it grow over the years.”

Centre, Middle Years Building, and the Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre. She plans on being here to

bedrooms on it,” said Elizabeth who

Audrey retired in 1985, but Elizabeth

see the new Junior Years open in 2017

was born deaf.

is still in Housekeeping, having

and 2018.


PER ARDUA PRESIDENT 'S MESSAGE It was my pleasure to officially take on the role of Per Ardua Association President in July at our Winter Warmer event. I am delighted to be working alongside my former MLC colleague, MLC parent and alumni, Jenny Borrill 1969, whom we also welcomed to the role of Vice President of our association.

and friends of the College through Per

of Boarding Elaine Riley who took us

Ardua, and look forward to leading

on a tour of MLC’s Boarding House in

this special association together.

July, showing us the transformation

I wish to sincerely thank outgoing President Fay Woods for her service between 2011 and 2016. Fay’s leadership of Per Ardua has seen the launch of our Grandparents’

following recent renovations. Prior to the tour, Dr Geoff Hadley was able to provide insights into Boarding House development in the early years of his tenure.

Afternoon which now aligns with

We look forward to celebrating the

our annual Per Ardua Musicale.

fast-approaching festive season at

This event provides MLC’s Junior

our annual Christmas Luncheon on

During our many years of service

Years’ grandparents with an

Thursday 17 November and invite you

at MLC, mine as a teacher of Senior

opportunity to connect with their

to join us.

Years’ Physical Education and Head

granddaughters while watching a

of Health Education for 32 years, and

stunning performance by MLC’s young

The Per Ardua Association is open to

Jenny’s role as Junior Years’ Physical


Education Coordinator for 25 years, we established relationships with our colleagues and with many members of the MLC community that we both treasure. Per Ardua provides an invaluable link to the place that has played a significant role in our lives.

and our events are not invitation only -

As a former staff member and parent

everyone is welcome. We hope to see

of a Collegian, Fay has a meaningful

you at one of our future functions.

connection with MLC, and her

If you would like to find out more

knowledge and networks have been vital to the association’s growth. She has directed our events towards an educational focus by inviting

We are both eager to reconnect

speakers such as Rev. Hollis Wilson,

with many former staff members,

MLC’s Director of Global Strategy Ben

Collegians, parents, grandparents

Beaton and, most recently, Director

Lynne Hughes circa 1996

all members of the College community

about Per Ardua and how to book our annual events, please contact Alumni Coordinator Tamara Kilian on 08 9383 8851 or at

Lynne Hughes Per Ardua President

Jenny Borrill on the bike presented to her on her retirement in 2014


PARENTS OF MLC PRESIDENT 'S MESSAGE BRINGING OUR VALUES TO OUR COMMUNITY Three years ago the Parents of MLC created a new portfolio to encompass and formalise the many service acts and projects it undertakes. It has been an exciting and vibrant addition to the Parents of MLC committee, magnificently led by our Values Coordinator, Louisa Clayton.

clothing for the annual Bindaring Red

Our aim is to bring together the

lasting, sustainable relationships.

College and community through living our Values. We believe in a holistic community approach where we bring together parents, staff, students and our external community to make a positive difference through living our Values. Our projects include: • Parent involvement in the College’s Waste Wise committee. MLC gained Waste Wise School accreditation at end of 2015. The committee is currently working on expanding recycling options across the School and is applying for a $2,200 Waste Wise grant. • Uniform Recycling Project. Collection and donation of unwanted, old style uniforms to worthy causes. More than half a tonne of uniforms has been collected so far and donated two worthy causes: Primary

Cross Sale. • Register of Charities and Volunteering Opportunities. We have compiled a list of charities and worthy causes that MLC currently has links to, as well as a list of potential worthy causes and volunteering opportunities. Our goal is to maximise the value we can offer to worthy causes, as well as develop • Health and Well-being. Liaising with the School Psychology team to aid in parents’ understanding of wellbeing at MLC and its Psychology team services. The psychologists provided parent information coffee mornings in Terms 2 and 3 on the new positive psychology programme being rolled out to staff and students at MLC. Our Values Portfolio is also involved in supporting and promoting: • Values-related awareness days, such as World Environment Day, National Recycling Week, Mental Health Week, Harmony Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. • School programmes, environmental initiatives, Waste Wise Committee, community service and our School well-being and positive psychology

uniforms were taken to a school in


Laos by Global Hand Charity and

• Close liaison with school staff and

high school uniforms were taken by Teule Kenya, home to more than 100 orphaned children, to girls schools and orphanages in Kenya. Uniforms are sorted and packaged by Year 7 volunteers. • Food Rescue. We have an ongoing relationship with the Food Rescue Cargo Cart Project. MLC families volunteer during school holidays and are based in the CBD where they use carts to pick up left over sandwiches and rolls from cafés and restaurants to distribute to those in need. • Bindaring Red Cross Annual Clothing Sale. Annual collection of second-hand 32

students, our subcommittee regularly meets with our Chaplain, Rev. Wilson, the Office of Community Relations, Waste Wise Committee, Prefects and student volunteers. • Liaison with external organisations such as Earth Carers, Waste Wise Schools Programme and the Uniting Church. I am very proud of the work that our community has undertaken and am excited about our future direction. I extend an invitation for you to join us.

Mirella Tarulli President, Parents of MLC


DO YOU KNOW YOUR DAUGHTER? The inaugural Mother Daughter Breakfast was held in June at the Claremont Yacht Club, and gave Year 8 girls an insight into their mothers’ personalities. The Parents of MLC has hosted Father Daughter Breakfasts for more than a decade to give dads the opportunity to meet their daughters’ friends while spending some quality time together. Recognising that many mothers also work and cannot attend coffee mornings, the traditional way of meeting other mothers, the breakfasts give mums the chance to have that special time with their daughters and their friends.


During breakfast a fun questionnaire helped the motherdaughter pairs to find out just how well they knew each other. To add some colour to proceedings, everyone was asked to wear a hat or hair accessory in School colours.

MLC’s Junior Years’ Mother’s Day celebrations were given a makeover in 2016. Instead of the Mum and Me Movie Night, an injection of fun, dress-ups, and music gave the night sparkle and magic for mothers and daughters. Games such as ‘Fanning the Fish’, ‘Ping Pong Wobble’ and paper cup towers challenged the mums, while their girls got plenty of laughs. Early Years’ students iced and decorated a delicious cupcake for their mothers to take home for morning tea. The evening culminated in a disco and each mum was presented with rose a from their daughter.



COLLEGIANS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FROM STUDENT TO COLLEGIAN At the beginning of 2016 the Collegians’ Association launched two very special initiatives with an aim to connect with current students. We hoped to reinforce to the girls that once you’re an MLC girl, you’re always an MLC girl. As an association we aim to give back to the College wherever possible. We have done so for a number of years via our Collegians’ Prize and Bownes Memorial Bursary, awarded annually to current students. In 2016 the Collegians welcomed Year 12 students into their final year

I was fortunate enough to present

with the Methodist Church. It was

the ties to their girls on stage at

selected as the image for the pins

their Induction Assembly. It was a

due to its association with the history

rather special moment and a unique

of our College, but also because

opportunity to create a smooth

it symbolises boldness, gallantry,

transition for the girls from student to

daring and spirit - attributes that are

Collegian next year.

important to any journey in life.

In March we distributed a distinctive

It’s wonderful to see so many girls

pin to almost 200 MLC students that

around the school wearing their

are the daughters, granddaughters

badges with pride as a symbol of their

and/or great granddaughters of

family’s ongoing link to MLC.


We look forward to continuing these

The badges represent the

two new traditions in the future and

intergenerational bond that the girls’ families have with our College.

of school by gifting them their Year

The pins feature a Wyvern image,

12 ties in the first week of Term 1.

which is an emblem associated

forming further connections with MLC students.

Margaret McLeod 1986 Collegians’ Association President

MLC GRAND REUNION In celebration of MLC’s 110th anniversary in 2017, all Collegians are invited back to the College for our Grand Reunion.

followed by canapés and drinks on the

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017

Great Court from 6-8.30pm.

Campus tours: will begin at 5pm

MLC’s musicians will be performing,

Function time: 6-8.30pm

This special event will allow all

night to remember.

year groups to revisit MLC and


providing the perfect backdrop for a

reminisce together under the stars in

Year groups that are celebrating

commemoration of this momentous

milestone reunions in 2017 are


encouraged to continue their own

The evening will begin with optional

individual celebrations before and/or

tours of the campus from 5pm

after this special event.

Venue: Great Court Cost: $55 per person To book your place now, visit

Alma Harris

Catherine Clarnette

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS Alma Harris (Rayner) 1931

Catherine Clarnette 2008

Alma celebrated her 102nd birthday

Musician and songwriter Catherine

on 25 March 2016.

released her solo album, Bold, on 17 June.

Alma has lived in Como for the last

The album is an eclectic collection

20 years following 61 years farming in

of dark pop and jazz-infused original

the Dalwallinu area. She is still in her

songs, recorded over the last year at

own home with the assistance of her

Soundbaker Studios with producer

daughter, Pam, and other members of

Rob Agostini.

her family. She has 100 roses and still loves to get out into the garden to pull a few weeds, plant some flowers, and

Asha Bodycoat 2012

admire her roses.

Asha was named in the Curtin University Vice Chancellor’s List for

Dr Susan Slatyer (Bantock) 1976

exceptional results in her Speech Pathology course. She has been

Susan was recently named the 2016

named on the list twice during her

WA Nurse/Midwife of the Year in the

tertiary education for achieving results

WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence

within the top one per cent of students

Awards. She was also the top in the

at the university.

Excellence in Research category in the awards.

Claire Rossi (Whitehead) 1985 MLC’s 1985 Dux Claire was recently presented with the Law Society’s 2016 WA Senior Lawyer of the Year

Emma Harvey 2012 Emma has been accepted to study a three-year conservatory course at the Stella Adler School in New York City. She is one of only 32 people worldwide that were accepted.

award for making a particularly Billie Court

noteworthy contribution to the Western Australian legal profession and being an outstanding example to the profession. Claire joined the Department of Legal Aid after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws from UWA. She initially worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the adult section, before moving into children’s

Meg Charnaud 2014 Meg has launched a successful swimwear business, Charnaud The Label. The label came about following a holiday on the European coast where Meg was seeking a bikini that was comfortable enough to wear all day.

law, where her career there has earned her this prestigious award.

Billie Court 1991 Bronwyn Cox and Bree Kennedy-Smith

Bronwyn Cox and Bree KennedySmith 2014 Bronnie and Bree represented

Billie gave a moving rendition of ‘Proud

Australia at under 21 level against

Mary’ on Channel Nine’s The Voice

New Zealand in the first leg of the

in May. The positive praise from the

trans-Tasman series in July. Australia

judges resonated throughout the MLC

won the first leg in Sydney, and the


girls travelled to New Zealand where Bronnie and Bree have continued

Holly Ransom 2007

their Head of the River winning form in the Australian Under 21 Rowing

Holly is the youngest female to be

Women’s Eight. The pair have returned

named a director on the board of an

to Australia from the chilly waters of

AFL club. In March this year she was

Lake Karapiro, in New Zealand, as part

headhunted by David Koch to join the

of the team that claimed the coveted

board of Port Adelaide Football club to

Rusty Robertson Trophy from the

represent the millennial generation.

hometown rivals.



SYDNEY SUNDOWNER Collegians living in the Sydney area gathered at The Establishment to enjoy drinks and canapés together on Friday 9 September. The group reminisced about their school days together and shared their adventures since leaving MLC.

Sophie Dolan and Amy Houghton

COLLEGIANS’ BRUNCH IN MELBOURNE A group of Collegians, located in Melbourne were able to connect with one another and MLC Principal, Rebecca Cody, over brunch at Sofi’s Lounge on Sunday 19 June. Many stories were shared and Ms Cody provided updates on plans for MLC’s future.

Claudia Keech McAuliffe OAM (Simpson) 1969, Susan Anderssen (Carter) 1986, Christine Cloros (Richardson) 1986, Rebecca Cody and Tamara Burke (Holmes) 1987

TABLES READY TO BE SET FOR LUNCH Dr Winsome Roberts, Stephanie Cooper (Silbert) and Jane Millett

There is already an air of anticipation about the 2017 Long Table Luncheon. This fabulous annual event was highly commended in the Award for Excellence in an Alumni and/or Community Event category at the 2016 Educate Plus International Conference.

Emily Guilfoyle, Kendall Clifton-Short and Nicole Elischer

The first Long Table Luncheon was in 2013 as part of the celebrations for the Collegians’ Association’s 100th anniversary. It was so successful that there has been once each year since the inaugural event. Save Sunday 19 March 2017 to be part of this event, which brings together generations of MLC Collegians.

36 Isabella Mony de Kerloy and Emma Court


BIRTHS Jane O’Sullivan Ellie Rose Andrews, daughter of Junior Years’ teacher Jane O’Sullivan and her partner, Ben Andrews, came into the world on 26 August 2015. By eight months of age, Ellie had already received her first swimming certificate, and developed a taste for the food of champions – pumpkin, blueberries and pears.

Ellie Rose Andrews

WEDDINGS Frances Prindiville (Rofe) 2003 Frances Rofe married Simon Prindiville at St Columbia’s Church in South Perth on Saturday 2 April 2016. The reception was held at the Rambla on Swan. The newly-weds honeymooned in Hawaii. Their wedding was also attended by nine other MLC Collegians from the Class of 2003, all of whom lined up for this fantastic photo below. They are (from left) Kirsten Littlewood, Louisa Dawkins, Kavisha Alles, Amy Powles, Frances Prindiville (Rofe), Anthea Cannon, Megan O’Leary, Lisa Smith, Tara Finch ( Jones), and Julia Wilcox.

Already showing resilience, Ellie wore a hip harness from seven weeks of age for three months, however, that didn’t stop her from taking on Gymbaroo and jetting to Sydney and Melbourne. She also loves joining her friends at play group.

Kate Saunders Executive Officer Kate and husband James Saunders welcomed their son James Geoffrey Saunders to the world on 11 December 2015 at 3.20pm. He weighed in at 3.5kg and was 50cms. James Geoffrey Saunders

Suz Miles (Fisher) 2002 Suz was married to Neil Miles on Saturday 20 February 2016 in front of 140 guests at Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm in Margaret River.

Carisa Arrigo Music Administrator Carisa Arrigo and her partner, Gabriel Gonzalez, welcomed their son Aidan Scott Gonzalez on 10 January 2016. Aidan weighed in at 3.345kg and was 51cm long.

Suz is pictured with her father Ross, husband Neil (right) and bridesmaid Kaitie McNamara (Parker) 2002 (left). Collegian Nicky Coxon (Thompson) 2002 arranged the beautiful flowers for the wedding.

Aidan travelled to the USA for six weeks when he was three months old to meet the rest of his family in Ohio and California. Aidan Scott Gonzalez

Aidan loves playing with his light up musical keyboard and chewing on Sophie the giraffe. He loves watching his dog, Layla, run around the yard. Aidan enjoys interacting with the other babies at daycare although mum still cries every time she drops him off.



but the two were eventually engaged in November 1955 and married the following June. The pair holidayed in Geraldton before setting up their first home in Gnowangerup, 355 kilometres southeast of Perth. In June 1957 their first child, Rick Michael James, was born. Tom and Margaret enjoyed their time in Gnowangerup but soon moved on to Pinjarra. On Rick’s second birthday they moved again to a 12.5 acre (5 ha) property in Walliston called Myera. They bred chickens, starting with 200 in the first year, building up to 3,000. About six months after the move to Myera, Laurie Watson, named after Margaret’s father, was born followed by David Thomas, completing the

MARGARET JOAN RYAN (WATSON) 1947 24 May 1930 - 18 April 2016 After a happy and incredibly varied

Adelaide on the state ship Manora,

life, Margaret Ryan passed away

then on to Melbourne by Pioneer

peacefully at Fremantle Hospital on 18

Coach. She met Enid in Sydney and

April 2016.

went to Brisbane and Daydream

Born in Beverley Hospital on 24 May

Island. While in Brisbane, Margaret

1930, Margaret Joan Watson was the second daughter of Laurie and Grace

Dies in Sleep’, and, fortunately, was

Watson, and sister to Enid, who was

in England the following year for the

five years older.

coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Her

The family lived on Raglan Street in Pingelly in a four room, brick house. At 10 years of age the family moved to a

family toured England, Scotland and Wales - 6,000 miles (9,656 kilometres) in all.

After 13 years, they sold the hen license and grew pigs, raising them to pork or bacon, whichever was bringing the best price. Sometime later, Margaret went to James Street Tech to do a Hotel and Catering course so that they could follow Tom’s dream of getting into the hotel business. The couple then took on the Cranbrook Hotel. Despite being told they would struggle to build up the business, they introduced counter meals and specials, built up the accommodation and plotted

large stone house in Stratford Street,

Margaret returned to Pingelly after her

tourist wild flower spots close by, and

which was purchased for £200.

travels but moved to Wagin. Always up

business did build.

Margaret’s sister, Enid, studied at

for a challenge, Margaret took on the

Rick stayed in Kalamunda to finish a

MLC for three years, and graduated

role of first monitor of the telephone

in 1942. In 1943 Margaret joined MLC.

exchange, a new position.

She left after sub-leaving and worked

It proved to be a life-changing move.

in the local post office rather than returning to the College for her leaving year, though she would have loved to return and continue on to study Kindergarten teaching. In 1951 Margaret travelled east to


read the headlines in the paper ‘King

family in October 1964.

Butchering course, Michael boarded at Wesley College and Laurie and David went to Cranbrook Primary

She hadn’t been there for long when a


new policeman in town, Tom, spotted

In 2013 Margaret Ryan wrote

her and declared that if he ever

about her sister, Enid, for the MLC

marries, Margaret would be the girl.

publication, 100 Collegian Voices,

It was an on-off relationship for two

entertaining the staff with her vibrant

years because of religious differences,

stories of their lives.


BETTY COX (PEARSON) 1936 12 February 1920 - 21 August 2016 Betty began at MLC in 1928 as a

Betty came to MLC in 1972 where she

boarder, at the age of eight, following

eventually became Headmistress of

the death of her mother in Kalgoorlie

Barclay House (now the Junior Years).

that year.

Betty talks about this in 100 Collegian

In a way she never left. She was also a

Voices, saying that she felt this was the

day girl for a time when her father, a

greatest achievement of her career.

Methodist Minister, returned to Perth.

Both Betty and Harold were actively

She would catch a ferry and a tram to

involved with MLC. Both served on the

school from South Perth.

MLC Council; Harold was the school

Betty loved MLC and often said the

chaplain, and Betty was on the Old

nurturing of the teachers and older girls made them family to her. She maintained many of these friendships

Girls Committee (now Collegians’ Association), and a long-time member and President of the Per Ardua

all her life.


A keen scholar, Betty also participated

In retirement Betty was very involved

readily in sports. She was an Assistant Prefect and Vice-Captain of Athens, as well as being on The Collegian committee. She obtained a scholarship to the University of Western Australia where she completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Modern Languages.

in the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children volunteers, both as president and then patron until her death. She was a founding life member of the ladies Probus Club in Safety Bay where she and Harold retired in 1985. Betty and her lifelong friend, Rae Edwards (Watson 1943), lived near

She attended Claremont Teacher’s

each other, and until very recently

College and went on to teach mostly in

were able to go on outings together

country schools.

and attend Per Ardua meetings at

In 1948 Betty sailed for the UK on the


‘Orion’, where she also worked as a

Betty leaves her daughter Susan


Cordell (Cox) 1970, granddaughters

On returning to Australia she met Harold Cox, a Methodist minister, and they married in 1951. They served in

Holly (2005) and Anna (2008) Cordell. Only a few months before her death she beat them all at Scrabble.

various parishes including Bridgetown,

She passed away peacefully at

Reid (ACT), Mt Lawley, Claremont and

Rockingham Hospital on 21 August

Mosman Park.

2016 at the age of 96 and is dearly

In 1965 Betty began teaching again,

missed by her family.

and spent time at St Mary’s Anglican

By Susan Cordell (Cox) 1970,

Girls’ School and Scotch College.

Betty’s daughter.




Visits the Orchestra

An adventure in pictures, words and music. by Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir and Þórarinn Már Baldursson Performed by the MLC Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.





Concert tickets

Hampers and merchandise

Supported by Friends of Music and Parents of MLC.

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