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Youth speak out for refugees | Graduates awarded | 110 reasons to value MLC | A mouse in the house

ISSUE 13 | SEMESTER 1 | 2017

Have scholarship, will travel | STEM winners drive surgical robot | Prefects build on our 110-year legacy









99 Club WACE award winners Our 2016 report card Upwardly mobile Dux goes East Scholarship recipients – Tannith Lilford and Ciara Sudlow Faraday winners



Crossing borders to understand migration Financial planning starts now Volunteers pave the way to better understanding A wonderland for learning and play



S P O R T 25 Volleyball tour



Chair of Foundation’s message A diamond at the centre of success Our 2016 donors Being bold A commanding inspiration



President’s message Musical journey at twilight picnic



President’s message 2017 events

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Building our culture 2017 Prefects on MLC110

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President’s message Bownes Memorial Bursary breakfast Old girls heading here Grand reunion 2016 reunions Alumni achievements

Award for unlikely duo

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF COUNCIL Celebrating MLC’s 110-year legacy The notion of legacy is founded in history. It is the gift of one generation to those who come after. After our 110-year history, I thought it fitting to reflect for a moment on MLC’s legacy. We surely owe much to those who founded this school, whose decisions, hard work, and trust in each other set it on an amazing path of success. The foundation stone for MLC’s first building was laid in 1907. At that time, the small city of Perth was flourishing. Vital institutions and services were being established, in many cases initiated and supported by churches and charitable groups. Thanks largely to the gold rush, the colony’s population had quadrupled in less than two decades. For MLC these were days of courage and determination on the part of the school’s pioneers, of founders and first staff, of the girls and their families. Although suffrage had been accepted, it must have been quite a step to establish a school which gave girls a realistic opportunity to pursue qualifications and a professional career. Ten years after 1907, girls were graduating from UWA. The legacy to us is the story of working together to achieve a worthy end, of confidence in right values, respectful determination, and wisdom. This is not just history, this is a marvellous lesson for life. We have inherited it 110 years later, and this is a great year to reflect on our founders’ efforts, and to celebrate what has been achieved. In 2017 the foundation stone is still there, and that first building still stands proudly. Most importantly, the spirit of that brave venture is still at the heart of MLC’s success, and guides everything we do. In 2017 MLC is busy building on the gift of that legacy for generations to come. It is our way of thanking the pioneers for their gift to us, and creating our gift for the MLC of the future.

Dr Penny Flett, AO Chair of Council



Our 110 Year Learning Legacy In 2017 at MLC, we’re taking a walk back in time and opening our imaginations for what we can create into the future. In 1907 the dream of a group of forward-thinking individuals became a reality, and work began on a school unlike any other in Western Australia: that school was our MLC.

a few of my favourite reasons shared thus far. Like most catch phrases, MLC’s 110-year legacy, will hold a different meaning for every individual. Essentially it is about celebrating and expressing gratitude for all those who have come before us. It also invites us to imagine the kind of legacy we want

To mark our foundation date, and the

to leave behind: what will the MLC

extraordinary journey since then, this

community say about us in 2127?

year will highlight 110 reasons why

If such a prospect seems too daunting

our students, Collegians, staff and families value being a part of the MLC community. I am honoured to have


in early February, this page captures

to ponder, I invite you to instead consider what an ‘everyday legacy’ may look like. This kind of legacy is

begun the tribute with Reason 1 –

about moments that are impactful; it

MLC learners give to the world their

is captured in the times you choose to

best. Since the launch of this initiative

be a catalyst for improving someone













else’s day. This may be about bringing love, not fear, to a room abundant with tension. Perhaps it is about seizing opportunities to offer humility and compassion. It could also be optimising every chance to offer encouragement and strength to those who need us to believe in them. Whether it be tomorrow or in another 110 years, I suspect that the significance of MLC’s legacy will be connected to stellar learning and the value of belonging to a striving

As you can gather from Ms Cody’s selection listed in this article, there are many reasons why our Collegians, students, staff and families treasure being a part of our vibrant and united community. If you would like to join in this celebration on our MLC 110 website, please send your reason to au. In addition, Collegians have received a postcard asking, “Where are you now?” This is another opportunity to share in our community celebrations by taking a photo with your MLC postcard to show us where you are now. We invite Collegians to please send their photographs to or join the conversation on social media by sharing it with #MLC110.

culture that is inclusive, grounded and progressive. What will be your legacy?

Rebecca Cody Principal



99 CLUB Congratulations to our newest members of the 99 Club. These graduates received an ATAR score of 99 or above in their WACE examinations.

Emily Singleton | 99.85 Chemistry French Second Language Literature Maths Specialist Maths Methods Physics

Madeline Owens | 99.35 Chemistry French Second Language Literature Maths Methods Philosophy and Ethics Physics

Katelyn Edis | 99.15 Biology Chemistry French Second Language Literature Maths Methods Physics


Some of MLC’s 2016 53 WACE award recipients returned to the College to attend the first Senior Years’ Assembly for 2017 where their achievements were recognised. They also met with Principal Rebecca Cody to discuss their MLC journey. Pictured above, left to right, are Charlotte Brasington, Angel Thomas, Kate Ivey, Tahlia Pemberton, Cass Mattes, Emma-Jane Wellman, Jemma Eton, Emma Kriening, Rebecca Whiting, Amberlee Thurstan, Rebecca Cody, Freya Power, Josephine Dunn, Claire Morrison, Emily Singleton, Tilly Lawrence, Brianna Afiat, Annabel Saggers, Matilda Pritchard, Sophie Atkinson, Madeleine Owens and Sabrina Bilston-John.

AWARDS GALORE Each year the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) awards students with outstanding results in their WACE examinations. General Exhibitions are awarded to the 50 students with the highest WACE scores. Certificates of Distinction are awarded to each student that, in their last three consecutive years of senior secondary WACE enrolment, achieves 190–200 points, while Certificates of Merit are for those that achieve 150–189 points.

The following girls received awards for their 2016 results.

General Exhibition Emily Singleton

Maddy Murray

Jemma Eton

Georgia Murrell

Sacha Furtado

Megan O’Brien

Hannah Gent

Madeleine Owens

Tilly Lawrence

Certificates of Distinction

Tahlia Pemberton

Clara Lipscombe

Brianna Afiat

Milly Penrose

Isobel Long

Freya Power

Chiara Ma

Annabel Saggers

Shannon Ma

Emily Singleton

Mirette Nakhla

Jordan Symons

Sofi Nazir

Alicia Tay

Matilda Pritchard

Angel Thomas

Sage Rogers-Uff

Rebecca Whiting

Tyler Ronaldson

Alexandra Wilde

Jacinta Sinel

Hanna Young

Jonica Stick

One recipient asked not to be named.

Amberlee Thurstan

Tannith Lilford

Certificates of Merit

Lauren Timms

Cass Mattes

Caitlin Clarke

Emma-Jane Wellman

Claire Morrison

Avila Den Ouden

Molly Whiteley

Sophie Atkinson Kimiya Bari Sabrina Bilston-John Charlotte Brasington Josephine Dunn Katelyn Edis Ellie Ferguson Mimi Gregg Teagan Heeks Kate Ivey Emma Kriening



OUR 2016 REPORT CARD MLC’s 2016 graduates lived the motto Per Ardua Ad Alta with their outstanding results in both the West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. • 114 girls (98.3 per cent of the 2016 graduates)

• 103 students (90.3 per cent) achieved an ATAR that would provide entry into one of Western Australia’s five universities. • 114 students (98.3 per cent) • One General Exhibition;

achieved Western Australian Certificate of Education

• Four Certificates of Excellence;

graduation and completed four or more Year 12 ATAR

• 31 Certificates of Distinction;

courses. These girls achieved: A median ATAR of 90.55; • Three students attained an ATAR 99 or above, placing them in the top one per cent of students across WA (2.7 per cent of the MLC ATAR population); • 12 students attained an ATAR 98 or above, placing them in the top two per cent of students across WA (10.5 per cent of the MLC ATAR population); • 36 students attained an ATAR 95 or above, placing

• 21 Certificates of Merit; and • One Engineering award MLC achieved ‘top performing students’ status in 12 WACE ATAR courses including: • Ancient History • Biology • Chemistry • Drama

them in the top five per cent of students across WA

• Economics

(31.6 per cent of the MLC ATAR population);

• English

• 59 students attained an ATAR 90 or above, placing them in the top 10 per cent of students across WA (51.7 per cent of the MLC ATAR population). • 90 students (78.9 per cent) achieved the minimum

• English as an Additional Dialect • Food Science and Technology • Human Biology

ATAR requirement for gaining entry into the Group of

• Mathematics Methods

Eight Universities across Australia.

• Psychology



In 2016, six students studied and completed one or more VET courses with external Registered Training Organisations. Some of these girls also sat WACE examinations. They attained:

All students in Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit the National Assessment Programme – Literacy and Numeracy tests. The following results show the percentage of students achieving the national benchmarks in 2016.

• Two Certificate IVs in Education Support;


• One Certificate IV in Preparation for Nursing; • One Certificate III in Animal Science;


























• One Certificate II in Customer Engagement; • One Certificate II in Retail Makeup and Skin Care; and, • One Certificate II in Hospitality.


be an ideal gateway to whatever path I choose.” Emily’s success was as a result of a lot of hard work. To keep on top of the six subjects she chose in her final year at MLC, Emily had to study for three hours each week night, as well as at weekends and in school holidays; however, she also made sure she had time to balance her workload with co-curricular activities that also had her packing her bags to go on adventures. She was part of the MLC Barbershop quartet, Fille Harmonics, that competed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2016. She was also in three choirs, played sport and hit the ice twice a week. “I was doing ice skating mostly for fun, trying to get to a competitive level which I have almost done,” Emily said. “My coach was hoping to put me in a competition in late February, which would have been my first, but unfortunately I was in Melbourne. I am hoping to keep it up and I’ll be able to


start competing here.”

Emily Singleton is a woman on the move. In fact, she’s been a highlymobile individual all of her life.

latest member of MLC’s 99 Club (see


page 6 for details).

“Year 12 doesn’t slow down. In

That General Exhibition, along with

previous years, the workload is often

The 2016 MLC Dux has moved

Emily’s outstanding results, has meant

a mixture of hellish weeks and then

between Australia and the United

that she has packed her bags once

a few weeks’ respite when you can

Kingdom a couple of times, meaning

again and moved east to undertake a

breathe and catch up. Year 12 does

she has been the new girl at MLC not

Bachelor of Science at the University

once, but twice, and she has now

of Melbourne.

moved cities to follow her dream to become an engineer. It’s not unexpected, then, that she was 14,541 kilometres from Perth when she learned that she had been awarded a coveted General Exhibition after her success in her WACE examinations. “I was in York, in the UK, with my extended family, and ran around

Emily says she is majoring in engineering, but hasn’t quite decided which branch of the science she would like to pursue. “I chose engineering because I have always enjoyed maths and science, and it is a career which takes these studies and applies them specifically to improving the world,” Emily said.

Emily wants girls in Year 12 to keep balance in their lives to ensure they have a great final year at school. She says that working out a routine to fit everything in was paramount to her

not have the respite so you need to be honest with yourself about what you’re going to do,” Emily said. “I sat down at the start of the year, and said that I would come home from skating Monday night, eat and do homework. Same thing with choir on Tuesday and so on. I wouldn’t come home ‘have a break’ and then get into it. “My advice for future Year 12s is to do the same; keep up what you

telling all my English relatives who

“There are so many different

love because you’ll probably end up

didn’t know what it meant,” said the

opportunities and so I feel like it will

performing better.”



TANNITH JOINS A GLOBAL TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERS Inspired by a Collegian to become part of a connected community of leaders, 2016 graduate Tannith Lilford has begun her journey at the University of Western Australia on a Fogarty Foundation Scholarship.

more than just academic excellence.

and being part of a group of girls that

The Fogarty Foundation looks for young

grew through the experience was

people who take part in community

motivational. I learnt that I’ll always have

Tannith is one of 11 students to receive

Awards, Academic Full Colours and

a 2017 scholarship which provides

Tannith was an active part of the MLC student community. She received Values Full Colours twice, Citizenship

a heart for the hurting,” she said. Tannith has also found time to volunteer at an organisation working with children on the Autism spectrum.

Athens Full Colours. At the end of 2015,

While at UWA, Tannith is undertaking

she received an Edith Cowan University

a Bachelor of Science, majoring in

their undergraduate degrees. More

Year 11 Citizenship Award, and in 2016

Psychology, a career inspired by MLC’s

importantly, says Tannith, she will be

was awarded a Gold Duke of Edinburgh

Thrival Curriculum.

part of a unique leadership programme.

Award by Kerry Sanderson, the

$10,000 a year for the entirety of

“This is an important characteristic that distinguishes this scholarship

Governor of WA. She also played and umpired netball.

“MLC often arranged speakers who discussed mental health issues. “I worked on a project which focused

from many others. Recipients learn

Being challenged at MLC to step outside

from, and have access to, a network

of her comfort zone compelled Tannith

of significant leaders, gain insight into

to follow her passion for women’s

major challenges within our community,

education, particularly in Sierra Leone

and depression as a result of their dire

and develop awareness of how we can

and Uganda.


contribute,” she said.

She was also part of the group that went

“There is no doubt in my mind that

Inspired by social media posts by 2014

on the 2015 Bethany Homes Service

developing a culture of wellbeing is

Tour to Malaysia, an experience she

crucial in any community. I believe that

Deputy Head Prefect and Fogarty


service, sports, leadership and the arts.

on educating girls in Africa. Two of the main issues these girls face are anxiety

Foundation Scholarship holder,

described as enlightening.

Georgie Carey, Tannith researched the

“Working with disabled students was

me with skills to become a leader in

scholarship. She had to demonstrate

humbling. Meeting inspirational women

this field.”

my studies in psychology will equip

SWEET SOUNDS OF SCHOLARSHIP “I knew I would regret it my whole life if I didn’t give music a chance.” They’re the words of 2016 MLC graduate Ciara Sudlow who is making sure that she has no regrets. The violinist has commenced a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia on a highly-contested Delano Scholarship. Winners of the scholarship are chosen for their exceptional musical ability, based on

awarded a Music Scholarship at MLC. During her six years at the College,

“The scholarship will definitely help

the Music Department where she

me with day-to-day expenses and

attended rehearsals at lunchtimes

costs associated with doing music,”

and after school, as well as having

Ciara said.

regular music lessons.

“I would love to eventually become a

She played in and frequently led the

professional musician, but my goals

MLC Symphony Orchestra, one of

in the short term are just to improve

only a handful of students to ever

my playing as much as possible and

conduct the full orchestra. Ciara also

their entrance audition. “I was considering a career in

in the bands for the 2012 College

I just couldn’t see myself studying


Ciara became a regular face in

led Symphony Strings, was in the

medicine or biomedical science but

school student to a university

Allegro String Quartet and played production, Chicago, and was also

see where it takes me.” Although focusing her studies on classical music, Ciara also loves folk music, especially Irish folk songs.

in the orchestra that played the

She plays traditional Irish music on

audience down the yellow brick road

her violin, and enjoys playing the Irish

music,” Ciara said.

in the 2013 production of the Wizard

flute and tin whistle.

Music has been Ciara’s passion

of Oz.

Ciara has no plans to sit still. She

since the age of five when she first

Ciara’s Delano Scholarship gives

is already looking to complete post

took a bow to the strings of a violin.

her $5,000 in her first year at UWA

graduate studies in Ireland and to

When she was 12 years old she was

to make the transition from a high

pursue a musical career in Europe.

science when I could be studying



The girls are shown how to control the robotic arms from the main console.

FARADAY WINNERS SCRUB UP Five girls scrubbed up on a November Saturday on their way to drive Western Australia’s most advanced surgical robot. This was their prize in the inaugural Faraday Challenge, a one-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activity where girls in Years 6 and 7 work together in small teams to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely

and uses extremely sensitive finger controls to move the arms. A camera is attached to one of the robotic arms. Urologist Dr Sris Baskaranathan, who uses the robot on his patients, told the winners that the robot is more precise than the human hand. He also said that each of the arms costs $6,000 and can only be used a couple of times before being replaced.

difficult engineering problems.

The joints may become worn,

The MLC challenge was to devise,


design, build and document a robotic arm that could be used in surgery. Surprisingly, the winners discovered that their robotic arm worked on the same concept as one of the world’s most advanced robots, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which is based at Hollywood Hospital. Evie Hamilton, Caitlin Isaacs, Emily Roe, Kate Shirley and Stella Urquhart


the patient via a television screen

identified as essential for the future.” The teams were judged on their concept, design, the development of their ideas, teamwork, and the quality and function of their final device. They also had an extra challenge that gave the experience a real-life twist. “They had Faraday dollars that they could spend on materials, and they had to stay in budget,” Ms Hoffman said.

therefore affecting the sensitivity of Mary Hoffman, Assistant Principal – Academic Strategy, brought the Faraday Challenge, which originate in the United Kingdom, to MLC to inspire girls to look at careers in the STEM areas. “In the next decade we will see most job growth will be in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics so it is important that

all carried out ‘surgery’ on rubber

our students at MLC are inspired to

cones using elastic bands.

be involved in these areas because of

Each girl sat at the driver’s seat of

this,” Ms Hoffman said.

the $2 million system to guide the

“Integrated projects such as the

bands around the cones. The arms

Faraday Challenge promote critical

of the robot are operated at the main

and creative thinking, collaboration

console where the surgeon looks at

and communication; these skills are

MLC’s Faraday winners Kate Shirley, Evie Hamilton, Stella Urquhart, Emilie Roe and Caitlin Isaacs are ready to head into surgery.


CROSSING BORDERS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF MIGRATION Fleeing under cover of night and hiding in the forest to avoid being captured and forced into becoming child soldiers or slaves was just one of the stories that Year 6 girls heard when they were brought face to face with young refugees and migrants. Golda Signal, whose family had fled South Sudan to a refugee camp in northern Uganda when she was just

Year 6 girls listen to the stories of young migrants

two years of age, told the students that violence followed them where ever they went. The constant threat of violence inside that Ugandan camp forced them to flee to another camp not far from where her grandfather had owned land. Under Ugandan law, her family was entitled to his land, so they made their claim and established their farm. But the peaceful life her family

Roshni Fernandes interviews Daniel

Katie Metcalf, Srishti Devgun, Naysa Meloni and Jessica Dauth

coveted remained aloof. Continued unrest in the region, and constant

out there in the world that we should

people couldn’t get past his accent. He

attacks from militia groups forced the

learn about and know about.”

also did not understand many of the

family to apply to the United Nations

Eva spent time learning about Amran

words that Australians use every day.

Abdi, who was only six when her family

He said that more school age

for refugee status and resettlement. “After school, the villagers would

moved to Australia after originally

come to our farm and hide in the

settling in New Zealand. They had fled

forest,” Golda told the students who

the war in Somalia.

sat silently. “We did that for four years

Although the childcare educator has

some politicians, so that they would

spent most of her life in Perth, she

gain a greater understanding of the

because the militia came at night.” The students spent the morning

says she still doesn’t know where she

interviewing the group of 16 speakers


from Shout Out, an organisation

“I feel like I’ve grown up in western

that promotes young refugees and migrants to tell their stories. The study of migration is part of the Australian curriculum. For many of the students it was the first time they had met refugees. Eva Terry said she found the stories put humanity into an issue that is highly contentious. “I learned that all of the refugees have a different story and a different identity,” she said.

countries my entire life but the biggest difficulty is that sense of belonging,” Amran said. Not all of the young speakers fled war. Aksh Handa’s family came to Australia in 2010 as economic migrants from India. Unlike many of the other speakers, Aksh spoke English when he arrived, and his family were economically self-sufficient. Despite this, Aksh says

children should hear the stories of migrants from migrants, rather than the inflammatory comments of

obstacles migrants and refugees face when they arrive in this country. “The younger you are the more impressionable you are, and if you learn the right kind of stuff it stays with you for a longer time. Doing this with a group of university students wouldn’t have the same impact as it probably had on the Year 6 girls that we interacted with today,” Aksh said. “The girls who interviewed us were well mannered and they treated us with so much respect. I felt really

he still struggled to fit in. He had

overwhelmed because they’re in Year

“It’s very traumatising, but it allowed

problems communicating as he didn’t

6 and it felt like they were adults. Their

me to see that there’s a lot of things

understand the Australian accent and

maturity level is amazing.”



Kilkenny Ong and Alana Keogh exchange credit for cash with financial advisor Grace Mugabe.

FINANCIAL PLANNING STARTS NOW Grace Mugabe has strong financial advice for young women: take control of your money and live in a cash economy. The business woman told Senior Years’ girls at Assembly that no matter

Grace’s advice to the girls was stark

Grace now runs the financial

but simple. She told them to start

consultancy, Financially Empowered,

their financial planning as soon as

to help women in business to

they got their first jobs, and to follow

confidently take control of their

these top tips:


1. Avoid invisible money – don’t get

how good they had it now, things

She is also the treasurer of the

credit cards as you can just tap and


100 Women’s advisory board, a

there goes your money. With cash,

She found herself cut off from a comfortable allowance while studying at university when her native Zimbabwe’s economy went into meltdown. Her parents had been sending her money to live on but had to stop when they could no longer afford to

philanthropic group where women donate $100 a month to create a funding pool for projects impacting women and girls. Grace says that many young women still think that they can count on

money – do you really need something or do you just want it. 3. Save, save and save some more. You never know when you won’t have an income.

“A man is not a financial plan,” she told the Assembly. “You don’t make plans for yourself in the hope that you’ll marry well.”

Grace to save, save and save a little

She said death and divorce can crush


those plans, especially if women had

“At 15 my mum introduced me to

2. Be mindful of how you spend

through life.

due to hyperinflation. words of her mother who had told

you can see it dwindling.

finding rich partners to carry them

exchange their Zimbabwean dollars Luckily, she has listened to the wise


to be financially responsible,” she said.

no concept of their families’ finances.

finance. I didn’t see the point in it

“Even your fathers cannot be relied on

at that time, but three years later I

to maintain your lifestyle. What if your

moved to Australia by myself and had

parents break up? It will affect you.”

4. Budget and set financial goals. This gives you the freedom to make decisions about what you want and need. 5. Read every document before you sign it. You may be signing on for more than you think. 6. Check your payslips. 7. Mum is always right.


Akiko Okabe, Lisa Miyahara and Shinobu Nishijima present the cups of green tea.

Making tea and chatting may not seem central to learning, but in Japanese classes at MLC they are an integral lesson on culture and understanding. The Japanese tea ceremony teaches students about culture, precision and art. Its elegance lies in the smooth movements of the hands of those preparing the aromatic tea along with the graciousness of the presentation of the cup to their guest. In turn, the recipient takes the cup and turns it to show respect and appreciation. This ceremony was performed by a group of volunteers, who gave their time to share their culture and knowledge. Akiko Okabe, who has been volunteering at MLC since 2015, organised this tea ceremony for Years 7 and 8 students. She has also demonstrated calligraphy to classes, and has cooked Japanese food to bring to the school. Akiko is also a regular conversation partner for girls needing some practical help with their oral skills. Akiko Okabe demonstrates that even pouring water is an art while Eiko Miyahara watches on.

Her husband’s company transferred them to Perth, where she found “kind people and rich nature.” “I would like to contribute to this society and am very happy to do volunteer activities,” Akiko said. “I have seen that young people here are interested in Japanese culture, and it is wonderful to be able to introduce them to the intricacies of it through the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and even food.” Girls at MLC can study Japanese from Year 7. Akiko was introduced to MLC by a friend who also volunteered to help the girls with their language skills. She says that MLC students are motivated and focussed on their Japanese studies, aiming for good results in their WACE examinations.

Jemeeka Leigh learns the correct way to hold a cup.

Akiko Okabe helps and Rosanna Radici (Year 11) with her conversational Japanese.

“This sort of student’s attitude motivates us to volunteer and makes our life productive,” Akiko said. 15


A WONDERLAND OPENS FOR DISCOVERY, LEARNING AND PLAY In less than 12 months, and through one of the wettest winters in Perth’s history, the first phase of the Junior Years’ Redevelopment has been completed.

The rooms are not cluttered with a

the veranda, are a favourite spot for

teacher’s desk, and the expectation

girls to have their lunches on sunny

is that when teachers are in the

days. The diagonal windows and the

classroom, they are teaching and not

mesh which looks like gentle ripples

doing administration work,” Mr Brown

on the ocean along the exterior of the


building ensures that direct sunlight is

“The environment can be seen as

through the new building which


the ‘third teacher’ and complements

houses classrooms for Years 3-5, a

Inside, the rooms are spacious

the curriculum work we’ve been

The sounds of children learning and playing are already echoing

spectacular Art space, and Music and Dance spaces. Perth architectural firm CODA was asked to use creativity and imagination to come up with a design that was playful. The final result is a Junior Years’ precinct that has been


Wonderland. Pink arches, which line

and can be opened up to create

completing for the last five years.”

one large space for classes to work

The third teacher is part of the


Reggio Emilia approach, an education

Dean of Junior Years’ Education Michael Brown says nothing was left to chance.

philosophy focused on early and junior years’ education, based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration

inspired by the essence of fun and

“The furniture was carefully selected

and discovery in a supportive and

adventure in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in

to also facilitate variety and choice.

enriching environment.

“In the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the first teachers are parents and teachers, the second teacher is self and peers, the third teacher is the learning environment,” Mr Brown said. “The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children.” Phase two of the redevelopment commenced after the students finished school for 2016. Refurbishment of the historic Barclay House began and the building which housed the Years 3 and 4 classes was gutted and partly demolished. It will be modelled on the new building and will be completed in time for the 2018 academic year.



BUILDING OUR CULTURE TODAY, TOMORROW TOGETHER Head Prefect Olivia Bartlett set out the Prefects’ vision for 2017 at the Whole School Start of Year Assembly in February.

What we do today - our actions, the choices that we make - that is our legacy.

This year is very significant in the

genuine and values honesty, is hard

history of our school. The proud

working, and doesn’t back down from

legacy of 110 years of building a terrific

a challenge.

school community is something that

What we do today - our actions, the

we are all incredibly proud of, and has provided our Prefect body with the inspiration to come up with our theme for 2017.

legacy. Tomorrow, those actions, those choices become our legacy. We

What has happened at this school in

need to decide how we want to be

past years has shaped our lives here,

remembered and what we want to

just as what we do today, in every way,

leave behind. We need to consciously

will affect what happens tomorrow.

choose to be the best people we can

Not just for us, but for the future

be so that MLC continues to be the

of all the girls who will follow in our

fantastic environment it has been for


the past 110 years.

So, all our actions and our

This supportive environment, this

interactions, all of our success and

team, we build together.

achievements that we manage today,

Together, we will show each other

will reflect upon and benefit the MLC girls of tomorrow. And we all know, nothing we have

love and be there for one another. Together, we will get involved within our MLC community and embrace and

accomplished here happens in

celebrate our talents.

isolation. It truly is a team effort.

As the Prefects of 2017, we pledge

Our success is shared, and so much

that today, the MLC girl will impact

sweeter when we do it together.

tomorrow, creating our culture

That is why we believe that three


words, above all else, sum up perfectly

Girls, this is our theme. Embrace it.

the spirit of 2017 - today, tomorrow,

Think it. Live it. Today, tomorrow,



Today we focus on the MLC girl. She is

Olivia Bartlett Head Prefect

a girl who is supportive, a girl who is


choices that we make - that is our

The 2017 MLC Prefects are, back row left to right, Tess Blythe (Rome), Madi Horler (Olympia), Genie Spadaccini (Arts), Emma Ferguson (Sparta), Maddie De Silva (Sports), Georgia Seed (Athens); middle row left to right, Bec O’Brien (Service), Izzy Plumb (Student Representative Council), Tara Suann (Arts), Grace Maddams (Boarding), Bianca Lawlor (Corinth), Sophie Hogan (Academic); front row left to right, Angie Humphris (Deputy Head Prefect), Ella Tweedie (Sports), Amelia Channer-Holmes (Service), Ellie Thomas (Troy), Olivia Bartlett (Head Prefect).

2017 PREFECTS ON OUR 110TH YEAR Head Prefect | Olivia Bartlett The diversity of talents and abilities within our community are to be celebrated. Every girl is unique and contributes richly to our school environment. I value being part of a school community which encourages me to fulfil my

The celebration of our 110th year is not

year legacy and what it means to be an

only a recognition of our past, but an

MLC girl.

opportunity to decide what we want to accomplish and how we want to be

Academic | Sophie Hogan

remembered in the future.

I value the inclusive and encouraging

Deputy Head Prefect | Angie Humphris

environment in which everyone is celebrated for their own unique abilities. As a prefect in the 110th year I am able

potential. I am honoured to be trusted

I treasure the friendships I have made

to celebrate our school community and

with the legacy of previous Head

and the life enhancing opportunities

culture through unique traditions, while

Prefects. I hope to use the platform to

and experiences I’ve embraced. I’m

helping shape the legacy we will leave for

be a positive role model for other girls.

looking forward to celebrating our 110-

those who follow.



Arts | Genie Spadaccini I value the opportunity to take on new experiences and responsibilities in a safe and supportive environment, and the opportunity to initiate change in MLC’s 110th year and leave a strong legacy for the oncoming years.

make this a year that really stands out

school. I feel privileged to be able to

in the next 110 years.

represent the College as a Prefect in its epic 110th year and to have the chance to create my own legacy as a leader, which I hope can be celebrated in another 110 years’ time.

Sports | Ella Tweedie I value all of the opportunities that we are presented with at the College. There is something for everyone and we are so lucky to be able to try

Arts | Tara Suann

Rome | Tess Blythe

I value all the people I have met

The thing I value most about my MLC

abilities. I am so honoured to be a

through school. MLC has the most

experience is the incredible range

prefect, especially in MLC’s 110th year.

amazing group of grounded, friendly

of opportunities the school has to

I value all of the legacies that each

and caring girls. I’m honoured to be a

offer, which has allowed me to extend

leader from MLC has left, which is

prefect this year and look forward to

myself and discover my passions and

such great inspiration and motivation

being pushed to create and reflect on

talents. I highly value the leadership

for me to do my best so that I too can

the legacy I leave behind.

skills that becoming a prefect has

leave a legacy and encourage others

Athens | Georgia Seed

given me, which I know I will utilise in

to do the same.

the future and hopefully pass on to

I value all of the amazing opportunities I have received during my time at MLC, and the absolutely amazing group of girls I get to work

the girls in younger years.

Service | Amelia Channer-Holmes

out new things and strengthen our

Sparta | Emma Ferguson I value MLC celebrating each student’s individual strengths through the

I celebrate MLC’s spirit of sisterly

wide range of opportunities and

camaraderie, a spirit that allows

co-curricular activities available to

Boarding | Grace Maddams

every girl the chance to inspire and

us. In my role as prefect, I value the

be inspired. I value, especially as

opportunity to make a lasting, positive

My MLC experience has taught me

a Service Prefect, the opportunity

influence on the MLC community, just

the importance of my own voice and

to motivate girls to be givers in a

as the previous prefects have done.

to never succumb to the expectations

world that desperately needs their

of mediocre opinions. 110 is all about

voice, their innovation, and their

legacy, and I value being a perfect in


with throughout this year.

the 110th year as this connects me, in a significant sense, to many strong, successful women who were here

Service | Bec O’Brien

Student Representative Council | Izzy Plumb I value the boundless amounts of opportunities that we are presented

The thing I value the most about MLC

with and, also, the huge amount of

is that we are one huge family, we look

time the staff put in to allow every

out for each other, celebrate each

MLC girl to reach their full potential. I

other’s achievements and embrace

value being a prefect in this 110th year

each other’s differences. I value the

as it really encourages me, and the

I value all the wonderful opportunities

importance to make this year count,

other prefects, to be able to promote

presented to me and the friendships

and to carry on the strong legacy

and celebrate MLC’s journey thus

that I’ve made that I know will last

that the previous prefects have left

far, and also to be able to positively

beyond the MLC years. I feel honour


contribute to our 110-year MLC legacy.

Sports | Maddie De Silva

Troy | Ellie Thomas

I really value the inclusive and

I value the friendships I’ve built and

supportive MLC community that

the support given by the whole school

allows me to learn new things in a

to help me strive to achieve my best.

I celebrate the incredible friendships

safe environment while striving to do

It’s what makes MLC unique. I value

I have made over the years and the

my best. This year, so far, has given

the strength of the Prefecture and the

many opportunities MLC has provided

us (prefects) lots of opportunities

faith both the school and cohort has

me with to explore my true interests

to celebrate our school and leave a

in us to make our mark and leave our

and passions, which are what will

lasting legacy. This has inspired us to

legacy behind.

before me, and the many that will come.

Corinth | Bianca Lawlor

and a sense of humility in being a part of the Year 12 student leadership team during our 110 celebration year.

Olympia | Madi Horler


guide me into a future beyond high


AWARD FOR UNLIKELY DUO An unlikely partnership between two forward thinkers, two schools and two cultures has received accolades from the Uniting Church. The schools, MLC and the Australian Islamic College (AIC) Dianella campus, formed a partnership to give their students first-hand experience of the other’s culture, and to learn from each other. “We are offering our students the opportunity of getting to know someone who doesn’t look like them. But the girls tell us that they are so much alike,” said MLC Chaplain, The Reverend Hollis Wilson, who, along with the AIC’s Fazida Razak, came up with the concept which won the Uniting Church Synod of Western Australia’s Interfaith Award. The award is presented annually to recognise and celebrate ecumenical and interfaith initiatives of the Uniting Church’s congregations, schools and agencies. Rev. Wilson and Ms Razak, an Islamic Studies teacher, have brought together groups of girls from both schools at each other’s campuses. Through experiencing ‘a day in the life’ of their counterpart, it’s hoped that stereotypes and prejudices will be diminished. The programme began in April 2016 when the first group of girls from the Islamic College spent a day at MLC. In September, MLC students went

Interfaith award winners Fazida Razak and Rev. Hollis Wilson.

to classes at the AIC Dianella campus. To help celebrate the Heather Lamont Festival, the girls from the AIC and their teachers returned to MLC where they rekindled their friendships. Rev. Wilson is continuing to broaden the programme by establishing a similar exchange relationship with the AIC Thornlie campus. “This was so successful in its first year that I would like to offer more girls the chance to discover the sameness that our first group of girls experienced,” Rev. Wilson said. “There are so many misconceptions about our cultures on both sides of the fence and this is one way of giving the leaders of tomorrow an insight into the truth, and, ultimately, acceptance.”

Halimah Mohamed, Louise Li, Zunaira Shabaz and AIC Kindy girls Sumeya Aliyi and Maham Ali.



‘EARTH’S NOBLEST THING IS A WOMAN PERFECTED’ In 2017 MLC celebrates 110 years since its foundation. Tens of thousands of girls have walked the halls of the Centenary Building and College grounds since its opening in 1908. Many thousands have gone on to become noted and exceptional community members and leaders. MLC Archivist, Michelle Campbell, looks back at how it all began.

President in 1907, a ‘college under the

contract to James Hine. Hine’s design

management of the Church, regulated

is noted for its strong Federation

by the Church and endowed by the

style, contrasting elements of banded

Church while under the control of a

brick (blood and bandage design),

college council’.

Cottesloe stone, classical balconies

The growing Methodist population

development of the college including

in Western Australia in the late

Perth for a boy’s school in the late 1800s, was sold, and a 28-member college committee was quickly elected. This included both Mr JP Walton, and Reverend Barclay who was designated to the promotion and donations, subscriptions and the

1800s, leading to the establishment

promotion of enrolments.

of a Methodist Conference in 1900,

From here, things moved quickly. A

fuelled a strong desire to provide

six-acre site overlooking Freshwater

secondary education to boys and girls

Bay was bought for £4,500 and

of Methodist families.

competitive designs were immediately

A proposal was put to the Conference,

sought for a college building to

but it would take a further six years before it was resolved, and one more


A block of land, initially secured in

be constructed in three stages to accommodate 40 to 50 boarders and

and grand staircase. Tenders to build were called immediately. The successful bidder was RA Gambles at a cost of £4,217. On Friday 8 November 1907 Governor Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford laid the foundation stone for Methodist Ladies’ College. As part of the ceremony and a monument to the event, a bottle containing daily papers, historic documents and names of attendees were placed in the cavity behind the stone. This ceremony was reported the following day in the daily newspaper, The West Australian. The reporter wrote of the occasion: Earth’s noblest thing is a woman perfected and they trusted that those

before the decision was made to

200 day scholars.

establish just a girl’s school in either

In September 1907, the government

would receive a training which would

Claremont or Cottesloe. It was to be,

architect and competition assessor,

enable them to take their share in the life

as noted by the Methodist Conference

Hillson Beasley, awarded the architect

of the true womanhood of the State.

who passed through the institution

Among the distinguished guests were Reverend Fry (Master of Ceremonies and President of the Conference), Mr Langsford (who would become Treasurer of College Council 19081931), Mr JP Walton (Chief Inspector of Schools and whose daughter would later become Principal), James Hine, Reverend Barclay and Sir George Shenton (the first mayor of Perth). By Saturday 8 February 1908, the first stage of the building was completed and, one week later, 23 boarders and 31 day girls walked up the long hill and entered the College for the first time.



Mia Palmer on double bass, Savannah Rogers as Maximus Musicus, Olivia Bartlett on violin and Sophie Bennett on tuba.

MAX HITS THE HIGH NOTES An icy connection led a curious mouse to the Methodist Ladies’ College Music Department.

The story revolves around the mouse,

education on how an orchestra works

sheltering from the cold inside a

and the different types of instruments

concert hall. During the performance,

within an orchestra.

The mouse, Maximus Musicus, is the

has been published in a variety of

creation of Icelandic authors and musicians, Hallfrídur Ólafsdottir and Thórarinn Már Baldursson. The latter is a former student of the College’s Director of Music, Dr Robert Faulkner. The story of Maxi and his journey of discovery melted the hearts of the audience at a special performance to mark the 50th anniversary of the orchestra at MLC in 2016.


illustrations from the book, which languages, were projected on to a screen while the narrator told the story of Maxi’s delightful discovery of

“The audience goes on a journey with the mouse and listens to a whole range of different pieces and the orchestra has a lot of fun interacting

the orchestra’s instruments.

with the mouse,” Olivia said.

Making her debut as conductor, Olivia

MLC’s Symphony Orchestra

Bartlett (Year 11) led the orchestra for

performed classics including Ravel’s

Ravel’s Bolero.

Bolero, Copland’s Fanfare for the

“Dr Faulkner had given me a few conducting lessons because I hadn’t had any conducting experience

Common Man, the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and Bizet’s Les Toreadors. To give the story a local twist,

“We want to ensure another 50 years

without leading with my violin. It was

of wonderful music making at MLC,”

quite a steep learning curve and I was

Dr Faulkner said.

definitely out of my comfort zone,”

composer Iain Grandage’s Left Edge.

“The beauty of this work is that it is

Olivia said.

At the end of the concert, Maximus

so accessible, especially for younger

While the story of Maxi is appealing to

nestled down into a double bass to


youngsters, it gives the audience an

await his next musical adventure.

the performance ended with WA


MLC VOLLEYBALL’S EASTERN DEBUT For the first time, MLC volleyball players were tipping the ball over the net on a Melbourne court. Two teams, made up of girls from Years 9 and 10, and Years 11 and 12, travelled to the Victorian capital to take part in the 2016 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. The competition is the pinnacle of secondary school volleyball in Australia, and attracts more than 500 teams from around the country and, also, New Zealand. While in Melbourne the girls developed their game skills, teamwork, decision-making processes and their leadership skills. Four Physical Education staff members - Mandy Coombes, Emma Leggett, Amanda Robertson, and Suzy Williams gave up part of their summer holiday to organise the trip and take the girls on the tour to Melbourne. Both Mandy and Suzy have extensive experience as volleyball players and coaches. Mandy is currently the coach of the Western Australian Women’s State Volleyball team. The girls were able to watch her team play against New South Wales in the semi-final of the Australian Volleyball League prior to the Schools Cup competition. Amanda Robertson, Psychology and Physical Education teacher and MLC’s Coordinator of Physical Education Studies, said that competition opened the girls’ eyes to a world of possibilities in their sport. “It really kicked off, for the girls, the level of the volleyball they could achieve, and it enabled them to see Mandy in a different light, when she’s coaching her elite athletes and her senior girls,” Amanda said. Prior to leaving for Melbourne, all of the players had to learn how to officiate games as each of them had to take a turn at being an umpire, keeping score or being a line keeper, in between playing up to three games a day. “With each game their confidence improved so they were making better decisions about the shots that they were playing. “Their skills improved, from their basic passing and serving and setting to their decision making, and their knowledge of the game,” Amanda said. “I don’t think that you can get that development in a short season like IGSSA.” MLC has 16 teams, of eight to nine girls, playing in the IGSSA WA volleyball competition. Increasingly, many more girls are joining local clubs.



A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF FOUNDATION MLC was founded by generosity. The grounds, buildings and educational opportunities our girls enjoy are all reminders of the contributions made by previous generations. It is so heartening to see, in the College’s 110th year, that the spirit of generosity of the founders still resonates in our community.

our musical possibilities and enriched

Since 2013 our donor numbers have

through inclusion in the Bosisto Walk

Hadley Hall music rooms and the

increased from 89 to more than 300.

commemorative initiative in the Junior

Gertrude Walton Centre, and the

Donations have come in many forms,

Years’ Redevelopment. I ask you

design of the development has broken

from our youngest students who

to consider the brochure included

down the visual barriers that existed

raised $18.90 from a flower stall to

with this issue of Strive and contact

between the previous Junior Years’

begin our fundraising for the Junior

our Development Team for further

buildings and the rest of the College.

Years’ Redevelopment, to a past

information. Our Dean of Junior

This reflects MLC’s commitment to

parent watching the new buildings rise

Years’ Education, Michael Brown,

providing a seamless educational

and making a donation because of his

will ‘walk the talk’ of his dedication

experience from Pre-Kindy to Year 12.

belief in the transformative power of

to the redevelopment by tackling

an MLC education.

the Bibbulmun Track, raising funds

Collective donations have resulted in

over the course of 2017 to assist us

more than $350,000 in infrastructure


our artistic experiences.

together to support him. Already we are seeing so much benefit

In addition, the Foundation Future

from the completed first stage of

Levy is growing our corpus of funds,

the redevelopment, not only for our

and we have begun to contribute four

Junior Years’ students, but for our

per cent of those accumulating funds

whole campus. The Dance studio is

to the College annually.

being used by our Senior and Middle

In 2017 there are further

Years’ girls, the new Music and Drama

opportunities for you to make your own mark in the history of MLC

in achieving our goal of contributing

improvement in two years, and

$2 million to this key strategic

individual donors have aided the

project. This is an extraordinary

transformation of our Boarding

commitment by Mike, and there will be

House, assisted our scholarship fund,

opportunities to sponsor him, and for

enabled planning for the future of our

the girls and their families to use their

Rowing programme, helped expand

imagination and innovation to come

spaces have relieved pressure on our existing facilities, such as the

To all of those who have supported MLC, now and in the past, with gifts of time and expertise and through donations, we thank you for your commitment and foresight. Every act of generosity leaves a legacy for future generations of MLC learners.

James McClements Chair of Foundation

A DIAMOND SUCCESS A grand old girl was totally rejuvenated when it became the winning project in the second annual Circle of Success. The members of the Circle donated an astonishing $72,777 to MLC to refurbish the Gertrude Walton Centre and breathe new life into it. The centre opened 60 years ago as a library, but in recent years has been used for Drama and Dance classes. Age had taken its toll on the facility, and, in an impassioned plea, the ghost of Gertrude Walton, aka Head of Theatre Arts Jodee Lambert, appeared at the Pinnacle of Success to convince the voting members to spruce up the Gee-Dub, as it is affectionately known, for its diamond jubilee, and make it a Drama and Dance studio that will inspire MLC students. “The old girl on the cliff needs a lift,” Ms Walton told the members. Work commenced on the facility in December 2016 and was ready for a new year of creativity on the first day of the 2017 academic year. A new floor, lighting and wall coverings were installed, and the neglected outdoor area was landscaped. “It has changed our lives in that the girls just don’t feel love for the building like they used to, now they’re proud of it. It’s made them all feel so special that their beloved GW is now not just a unique place because of the wonderful creations they work on in there, but also because it’s a room to enjoy and feel inspired in,” Ms Lambert said. “The biggest improvement has been the whole feel of the place, that it’s now an actual black box theatre that works as an effective drama space. “It’s also just so gorgeous. The view is now the highlight of the room, the floor is stunning, the stage lighting is awe inspiring, the carpet is clean and cosy, and the outside area is delightful.”

Projects vying for the Circle of Success have so inspired the MLC Community that individuals and groups have come forward to: • fulfil the audio-visual upgrade in Hadley Hall; and, • support the upgrade the College pool. All of these projects will enhance the learning adventure and outcomes for all current and future MLC students. If you would like to join the incredible momentum of the Circle of Success please visit the MLC website.



OUR 2016 DONORS The MLC community generously supported the various fundraising initiatives of the MLC Foundation in 2016. The Gala was a tremendous success and the Foundation would like to again thank all of the Gala sponsors. The MLC Foundation would also like to thank the following people for their generous support throughout 2016.

Foundation Patrons Mr D Bovell The Brasington Family Dr B and Mrs Carnley Hon. R and Mrs J Court Mr M and Mrs J Hills Peter and Ary Johnson and Family Mr P and Mrs K Kopejtka Ben and Gina Lisle Mr H Loton Ms Y Low and Mr T Alcock The McClements Foundation Mr G and Mrs J Purich Salim Nominees Pty Ltd The Seed Family Mr R and Mrs K Staniforth Mr M and Mrs D Throsby Ms T Trevisan and Mr D Snellgrove Mr A and Mrs L Van Merwyk The Ward Family Mr P and Mrs R Watson Mr Whittle and Dr Jones 2 Anonymous Patrons

Foundation Partners Mr J Afiat and Mrs I Djajaseputra Mr G and Mrs S Bamford Mr A and Mrs C Carver Ms R Cody and Mr S Herczykowski Mr C and Dr L Colvin Mrs L Court Dr L and Mrs P Crostella Mr A Dunn Dr D Forte and Mrs S El-Fil Mr P Garner Dr D Hua Ms A Leguier Mr P and Mrs E Ma Mr I and Mrs C McDonald Mr J and Mrs G McMath Mr B and Mrs L McVeigh Dr P Moore and Dr E Moore Dr F and Mrs T Nielsen Mr N and Mrs J Potier G and R Pritchard Mr D and Mrs F Rakich Mrs Elaine Riley Mr G and Mrs L Robinson Mr D and Mrs M Rose Ms M Saunders The Thomas Family The Timms Famly Dr C Viiala and Dr D Dogra Mr C and Mrs C Wilkinson



Dr J Armstrong Prof. Jonathon Carapetis and Prof. Sue Skull Mrs E Carne and Mr M Carne Dr F Chai Mr S and Dr A Ch’ng Mr P Chow Mrs M Elliott Mrs L Gabriel Mrs L Gavan Mrs M Hodnett Mrs R Humphris Mrs C Jeffery Mr Ron Jones Prof. P Johnson and Dr S Morris Prof. Y Kanagasingam Mrs N Lake Mr P Lindquist Mrs F Martin Miss I Molyneux Mrs D Mony de Kerloy Dr A Nowak and Dr J Terry Mrs K O’Connor Mrs Margie Oldfield Mr P O’Sullivan Mrs B Partington The Piggott Family Miss N Pentony Mr A Robinson Dr M Samuel and Dr B Kuruvilla Mrs J Twine Mr S Volk 1 Anonymous Donor

Circle of Success Mr J Afiat and Mrs I Djajaseputra Mr W Anderson and Dr S Ulreich Mr and Mrs G Bamford Jonathon Carepetis and Sue Skull Mr M Cardaci and Ms G McGarry Chung and Janet Chan Ms R Cody Dr L Colvin and Mr C Colvin The Cox Family Dr A Dayanandan The Dickins Family Dr P and Mrs C Dolan Mr A Dunn Mr L and Mrs J Ferguson Mr K Flynn Andrew and Mandy Friars Nicole Gallin Martyn and Elizabeth Gilbert Tania and Alex Gregg Kathryn Gunn and Wayne Bradford Jenni Hill and Andrew Wood

David and Elaine Horlock Ary and Peter Johnson Felicity Kermode and Peter Owens Evdokia Klepec Karen Kopejtka Paul Kopejtka Dr D Latchem and Ms N Sabatini The Lefroy Family Vandra Leigh Dr John Lewis and Dr Sarah Cherian Emma Lipscombe Gina and Ben Lisle Ms Y Low and Mr T Alcock MLC Collegians’ Association Dr Rita Malik and Dr Stephen Rodrigues Dr F and Mrs T Nielsen Mr P and Mrs E Ma David and Jenni Mackie Lauren and Paul Major Bruce and Gemma Marriott Meredith McClements Quentin and Andree Megson Jonathon and Amanda Osborne Andrew Patrikeos Roger and Lisa Piggott The Pritchard Family The Rasmussen Family Elaine Riley Will and Vicki Robinson Ms C Sargent and Prof. S Maloney Michelle Saunders Ms Kathy Seed David and Cassandra Simpson Diane Smith-Gander Jahnn and Lette Stati The Stevenson Family Brett and Annette Suann Robin and Mei Teo The Thomas Family Tony Van Merwyck Johan and Leanda Visagie The Ward Family Di Warner Rachael Watson The Watson Family Mr B Wylynko and Ms S Grainger 1 Anonymous Donor

Raffle Mrs D Alder and Mr T Alder Dr S and Mrs D Afonso Mrs C Aitkenhead and Mr B Aitkenhead Dr S Aravinth and Dr S Aravinth Mrs M Atherton and Mr T Atherton Mrs K Austin and Mr S Austin

Mr J and Mrs A Barich Mrs S Barrett and Mr C Barrett Mrs S Blood and Mr T Blood Mr G and Mrs L Brandon Mrs A Brown and Mr R Brown Mr G Bogdanich and Mrs L ChewBogdanich Mr M and Ms C Bonev Dr I Boyatzis and Mr L Boyatzis Mrs K Brough and Mr D Brough Mr M Brown and Mrs S Steel Mrs H Bucktin and Mr C Bucktin Dr A Bullock and Ms D Coleman Mrs S Bult and Mr M Bult Mr I and Mrs M Burrows Mr C Campbell Mr G Canova Mrs S Capewell Mrs M Caporn and Mr T Caporn Mr R Carvajal and Mrs M Rueda Dr S Cardaci Mrs L Carnley and Dr B Carnley Ms L Ceriani and Mr A Gardner Mr P Chow and Ms H Lim Mrs M Christidis and Mr G Christidis Dr L Colvin and Mr C Colvin Mrs A Cox and Mr A Cox Mrs N Craig and Mr K Craig Ms L Cutler Dr J and Mrs J Dass Dr R Dhillon Mrs H Di Bona and Dr P Di Bona Mrs A Di Girolami and Mr B Di Girolami Mrs A Dunlop and Mr I Dunlop Mrs M Dunkeld and Mr A Dunkeld Mrs R Dunn Mrs M Dyson and Mr B Dyson Ms H Ecker and Mr M Fisher Mr C and Mrs R Edwards Mr D and Mrs S Edwards Mr R and Mrs S Eliott-Lockhart Ms J El-Saleh and Dr J Edwards Mrs S England and Mr T England Dr J and Mrs J Ferguson Mr B Godfrey and Ms S Raven Mrs L Gordon and Mr D Gordon Ms S Grainger and Mr B Wylynko Mrs L Graham and Mr P Graham Mrs T Gregg and Mr A Gregg Mr A and Mrs A Gribble Dr A Gubbay and Dr S Erickson Mrs T Hage and Mr T Hage Mrs N Hanlin and Mr T Hanlin Mrs C Hannington and Mr A Hannington

Dr C Harrison and Dr A Patrikeos Mrs S Hart and Mr M Hart Dr P Hartree and Ms M Humphreys Mrs F Harvey and Mr A Harvey Mrs B Honey and Mr A Cook Mrs T Hunter Mrs K Hyde Mitchell and Mr H Mitchell Mrs B Iffla and Mr G Iffla Mrs S Ingram and Mr K Ingram Ms H Jin and Mr F Sun Mr P Johnson and Mrs M Aryawati Dr K Karthigasu and Dr C StulnerKarthigasu Ms N Kinsella Mrs J Kirchner and Mr M Kirchner Mrs E Klepec and Mr J Klepec Mrs A Koong and Dr B Koong Mrs K Kopejtka and Mr P Kopejtka Mrs S Kotkis and Mr G Kotkis Mrs K Lane and Dr P Stobie Dr D Latchem and Ms N Sabatini Ms V Leigh Mr G and Mrs L Lilleyman Mr A and Mrs J Lian Ms S Low and Mr G Woods Mrs J Mackie and Mr D Mackie Dr B and Mrs R Madin Mr D and Mrs A Manuel Mr S Sanda Marakkala and Mrs D Sundra Waduge Mrs G Marriott and Mr B Marriott Mrs A McAuliffe and Dr W McAuliffe Mrs J McFarlane and Mr S McFarlane Mr B and Mrs L McVeigh Mrs S Miller and Mr G Miller Dr D and Mrs T Minns Mrs I Mirmikidis and Mr A Mirmikidis Ms V Morris Mr J and Mrs V Munn Ms L Munro and Mr D Blows Mrs T Murie and Mr I Murie Mr P and Mrs S Murray Mrs T Nielsen and Dr F Nielsen Mrs J Newton and Mr A Newton Ms C Nleya Mrs C Nocciolino and Mr N Nocciolino Mrs A Osborne and Mr J Osborne Ms D Paciejun and Mr L Ritchie Mr B Palmer and Mrs L CheethamPalmer Mrs C Pollock and Mr N Pollock Mrs R Pritchard and Mr G Pritchard Mr P and Mrs S Rees Mrs S Rendell and Mr P Rendell Mr D and Mrs D Renton Mr A Robinson and Ms S Payne

Mrs K Robinson and Mr P Robinson Mrs H Rocke and Mr C Rocke Mrs A Sartori and Mr P Sartori Ms M Saunders and Mr P Saunders Mr S and Mrs P Scott Mrs T Scott and Mr D Scott Mrs L Scott-Harmer and Mr K Harmer Mrs J Shearn Mrs D Singleton and Mr I Singleton Mrs J Skett and Mr P Skett Prof. S Skull and Prof. J Carapetis Mr B Smith and Mrs K McKinnonSmith Mrs C Smith and Mr G Smith Ms J Smith Mr S Smith and Ms E Hardwick Mrs B Tan and Mr T Tan Mdm P Tan and Mr F Chong Ms V Tan Dr Y Tesfai and Dr B Amanuel Mrs M Thomson and Mr R Thomson Mrs S Torrisi and Mr C Torrisi Mrs P Turcinov and Mr A Throssell Ms C Turner and Mr S Wicks Mrs T Urie and Mr R Urie Mrs L Van Helden and Mr N Van Helden Ms H Van Scherpenzeel and Mr M Westermann Mrs N Vanderzanden and Mr P Vanderzanden Dr R Varghese and Dr A Abraham Mrs J Viney and Mr B Viney Ms M Ward and Dr S Vijayasekaran Mr M and Mrs M Wallis Mr T and Mrs C Ward Mr T Weir and Ms V Kelleher Dr F Whitewood and Dr C Whitewood Mr R and Mrs J Whiting Mrs E Williamson and Mr K Wong Dr K Withanage and Dr I Withanage Ms C Wong and Mr H Ang Dr K Wong and Dr J Chan Ms P Wong and Mr M Cheng

Scholarship and Curricular Partners Shell Australia The SAS Resources Fund WAAPA and The Jackman Furness Foundation

MLC Community Support Groups The Collegians’ Association Friends of Music MLC The MLC Rowing Club Parents of MLC



BEING BOLD As part of MLC’s International Women’s Day celebrations three Collegians shared their advice for their ‘younger selves’ with girls from Years 5-12 and their mothers. Caroline de Mori (1973), Tracy Lefroy (1996) and Rebecca Johnston (2006) tackled the subject, What I Would Tell My Younger Self, while exemplifying the 2017 International Woman’s Day theme, ‘Be Bold for Change’. The three Collegians have all travelled different paths. In 2013 Caroline de Mori received the Australian of the Year WA Local Hero Award in recognition for her drive and determination as an indigenous health advocate through her work as the founder of the Edge of Nowhere Foundation. Tracy Lefroy, was an MLC boarder, became a prefect and went on to receive two academic scholarships. She now juggles raising her three young children from her farm in Moora, with running a thriving online business. Finding a niche in aviation law, Rebecca Johnston is the founding partner of aviation and aerospace law firm, HodgkinsonJohnston. She also holds two degrees and successfully passed the New York State Bar examination. Rebecca is currently teaching at the University of Western Australia, has co-authored a book and is completing her Masters of Business Administration. In 2015 Rebecca awarded the 2015 Cottesloe Young Citizen of the Year for her volunteer work with The Cottesloe Roosters Amateur Football Club. The three women are proof that hard work is necessary to achieve goals and that persistence and passion overcome challenges. They also admitted that mistakes are crucial for learning. Their messages highlighted the need for kindness, courage, the celebration of uniqueness and the benefits of building networks.

Rebecca Johnston 2006, Tracy Lefroy (Gillam) 1996 and Caroline de Mori (Firkins) 1973

A COMMANDING INSPIRATION The base commander at Campbell Barracks, the home of Australia’s most Special Air Service Regiment, spoke to the prefects-elect about her road to leadership at the MLC Foundation Amazing Women Breakfast in November.

Deputy Head Prefect Angie Humphries and Head Prefect Olivia Bartlett hold the base commander’s medals. She cannot be identified.


The commander, who cannot be named nor photographed for security reasons, had a profound impact on everyone. The messages she conveyed in relation to not taking ‘no’ for an answer, facing adversity, staying true to her values and the many paths to reaching her destination were pertinent and inspirational. The former stockbroker also spoke of dealing with ‘crusty’ officers, and her time in East Timor and Afghanistan.


PARENTS OF MLC PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Warm and joyous birthday greetings for our wonderful College.

It is timely to recognise that all of

Services. The MLC Values of Integrity,

our current MLC families make up

Mastery, Enterprise and Justice

the membership of the Parents of

provide the aspirational vision for

I have just been perusing the

MLC. The cornerstone objective of

our work in this area, and I am proud

our charter is ‘to bring MLC families

of what we have achieved within this

together to strengthen the MLC

portfolio which now encompasses

MLC website and marvelling at the photographs and timelines

community by supporting the girls,

described in the History section,

their families and the College.’ We are

commemoration of our 110-year

here to support our families during


their time at MLC. We engage in

One special image stood out for me and that was of the main photograph which showed our grand long driveway leading to the majestic, MLC ‘mother ship’, the Centenary Building.

social activities designed to promote the general welfare of our MLC families. In addition, we support our parents through education forums. Our aim is to empower our families with knowledge and skills, and to

teamwork within the College Sustainability Committee. Throughout our everyday tasks, and including our medium to long-term projects, we work side by side with the College, primarily with the Office of Community Relations. We have a true partnership with the College, and offer our support and commitment to

We have entered a new millennium

ensure they keep abreast of current

College life in all of its spheres.

from our founding days, however, I

information and theories.

I look forward to celebrating and

Throughout 2014 and 2015 the

collaborating with our families,

believe that the theme of community and connectedness permeates through the decades and centuries.

Parents of MLC redesigned its

committee and College throughout

structure to encompass a broad

this special celebration year. I pledge

I am honoured to serve our

reach across our 900-plus families.

that I will work to ensure our strong

community through the Parents of

We created a Boarding portfolio

ethos continues within the Parents of

MLC, and together with the executive

to strengthen our support for our

MLC as we enter our next decade of

and non-executive committees,

boarding families as well as a New

learning, experiencing and living the

Families portfolio to ensure that we

MLC way.

parent representatives and parent volunteers we strive to create bonds

connect with those families that join

of friendship and camaraderie within

us throughout the year.

our present MLC families for their time

Finally, we created a Values Support

at our College and hopefully beyond

portfolio to enable us to support and

their daughters’ graduating years.

augment the work of our Chaplain and

Happy birthday MLC, and my best wishes to our community.

Mirella Tarulli President, Parents of MLC





After the wonderful musical story of Maximus Musicus, the MLC community was invited to enjoy a family picnic.

of entertainment. The MLC Jazz

talented Year 9 volunteers. Flowers,

Orchestra and singer/songwriter

butterflies, fairies, dinosaurs, super

Charlotte Viney provided some

heroes and mouse masks were just a

catchy tunes to dance to, and more

few of the fun designs adorning faces.

Greeted on the Great Court by the

came from the Swing It dancers,

Gamelan Ensemble, MLC families

demonstrating their clever footwork.

and friends set up their picnic

Many smiling, colourful faces were

hold a community event every year in

rugs and baskets for an evening

created at the face painting tables by


encouragement to get up and groove

It was a great opportunity for the community to catch up before the summer break. Parents of MLC plan to


PER ARDUA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Throughout the year the Per Ardua Association provides members with a wonderful opportunity to reconnect. The second half of 2016 was an interesting time for the association. In August our Per Ardua gathering featured the highly anticipated Musicale. We joined by Junior Years’ grandparents and enjoyed a feast of musical repertoire presented by Dr Robert Faulkner and the Music

Shostakovich, Michael Jackson and

The association’s vice president,

Lionel Ritchie, to the Jazz Orchestra’s

Jenny Borrill, and I look forward to

rendition of ‘World on a String’ by

our next opportunity to meet with

Harold Allen.

you as we celebrate the 110th year of

Our final Per Ardua luncheon event

the College. Our association is made

incorporated a presentation by highlysuccessful Materials Design and

up of former students, parents, staff members, Council and Foundation

Technology teacher, Cheryl Lundy,

board members, grandparents of

who was involved in the introduction

current and former students, and

of this WA Certificate of Education

friends of MLC.

subject. Subsequent to a short talk,

If you would like to receive invitations

Cheryl invited us to view student portfolios and marvel at the display of 2016 fashions produced by her students. By tour’s end we could all

Department. Eleven musical groups

appreciate the reasons for the long-

demonstrated their wide-ranging

standing success achieved by MLC

skill set including works by Dmitri


to these events please contact Tamara Kilian at, who provides wonderful support through the Office of Community Relations.

Lynne Hughes Per Ardua Association President

2017 Per Ardua Events Winter Warmer Thursday 13 June 4.30-6.30pm Gertrude Walton Centre Musicale and Afternoon Tea Tuesday 15 August 2.30-5pm Boardroom and Hadley Hall Christmas Luncheon Wednesday 22 November 11am-2.30pm Boardroom



COLLEGIANS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Welcome to 2017. The start of the year has been incredibly busy for the Collegians’ Association as the College’s 110-year celebrations were put in motion. It was a delight to begin the year with our second presentation of the Year

On Saturday 11 February, Collegians from all year groups celebrated together at the Grand Reunion in the Gertrude Walton Centre. Our guests had a wonderful time catching up with old friends in such a beautiful setting.

12 ties at the Induction Assembly

Most recently, we invited our

during the first week of term.

former Bownes Memorial Bursary

Being able to engage with each young woman as I handed them their ties on stage was very special, and watching the girls’ camaraderie as they helped each other to tie their ties after assembly was a beautiful sight to behold. I look forward to welcoming


group of Year 12s in the years to come.

recipients to return to the College to celebrate the 30th year of the Bursary being awarded. We welcomed nine recipients, along with Margaret Dawkins, the daughter and sister of Noelle and Gillian Bownes, to a celebratory breakfast at the College.

the girls into our association next year

It is always a touching time for

and continuing this tradition with each

Margaret and it was extraordinary

to see the diverse pursuits of the recipients since they have left the College. The Bursary has such a significant meaning to our Association and we take pride in presenting it to a student each year. More about this on page 35. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in our association, please email collegian@ The Collegian’s Association is anticipating a wonderful year in which MLC’s 110 anniversary celebrations will bring so many Collegians together again.

Margaret McLeod 1986 Collegians’ Association President

Back row: Elisabeth Edwards (Sobon) 1998, Sam Schrauth 2014, Joanne Richardson 1988, Emily Wray 2015, Elinor Birmingham 2012 Front Row: Charlotte Owens (Year 11), Margaret Dawkins (Bownes) 1972, Verity Dickins (Year 12), Gemma Upson (Edwards) 1996, Margaret McLeod 1986 and Barbara Partington (Jones) 1954

Marnie Taylor (Edwards) 1965, Peta Grant (Weir) 1981, Helen Charlesworth (Barton) 1960, Sue Thomas (Bloch) 1971, Georgina Abbott (Nield) 1985, Angela Brown (Donato) 1980, Helen Morgan (Dewar) 1967, Jo Sklarz (Browne) 1971, Dale Croker (Wilderspin) 1976, Julie Gale (Schultz) 1962, Barbara Partington (Jones) 1954



Instituted in the midst of tragedy, the Bownes Memorial Bursary has a special place in the hearts of many Collegians. Its 30-year anniversary was celebrated in February at an intimate breakfast by those who have shared in its history.

family’s grief was shared by the

Nine of the bursary recipients

or great granddaughters of

returned to MLC during the

Collegians to apply for the bursary.

College’s milestone year to share

A panel of Collegians select the

their stories and honour the

successful student who, in recent

legacy of the Bownes family.

years, is presented with their

The Bownes’ ties with MLC began with Etta Hollis who attended the school around 1915. Etta’s

entire College community. During that year, the Association decided to award a bursary to a current MLC student who embodied Noelle’s spirit of contribution. Each year, the Association invites Year 10 students that are the daughters, granddaughters

bursary certificate by Noelle’s daughter, Margaret Dawkins (Bownes 1972).

daughter Noelle started at MLC

Margaret joined the bursary

in 1935. Noelle loved her school

recipients at the celebratory

years and immersed herself in all

breakfast along with Collegians’

College life had to offer; Hockey,

Association President Margaret

Swimming, Tennis, Drama, singing,

McLeod and Bownes Bursary

as well as academics. She left

Coordinator Barb Partington

MLC in 1947 but returned as a

( Jones 1954).

guidance counsellor and teacher

“I hope you found the bursary

after completing a psychology degree, and also served on the College Council. Noelle’s daughters Margaret and Gillian came to MLC in the 1960s.

valuable and that it caused you to reflect on what it means to give selflessly of yourself,” Margaret told the recipients. “I hope your lives since school

The bursary was established by

have been full of rich experiences

the Collegians’ Association to

and that you continue to be a

honour Noelle and Gillian who

contributor to the life of the

were tragically killed in a bus

College community. That is the

rollover while travelling together

best legacy Noelle Bownes could

in Greece in 1987. The Bownes

have left.”

Each year Collegians play in the annual Independent Girls’ Schools Sports Association WA Tennis competition, and in 2016 MLC hosted the event at Reabold Tennis Club in Floreat, as Barbara Partington (Jones 1954) reports. MLC was a hit on and off the court. The College catered the event and volunteers ensured the day ran smoothly as the MLC Collegians matched up against players from Penrhos College, Perth College, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, and from the former Loreto Convent Girls’ School. It looked as though the competition was going to end in a draw for the first time, but on countback Perth College won by one game from St Hilda’s. I’m sure all would have been pleased for Perth College as they started the competition for the Glenys Ferguson Trophy in 1998, and until this match had not been successful. Third place was Presbyterian Ladies’ College and MLC was fourth. All of the players in this competition have to be over the age of 40. This yearly event is so enjoyable, for we can catch up with friends from other colleges whom we have not seen for some time.

Barbara Partington (Jones 1954) MLC Collegians’ Tennis Coordinator



GRAND REUNION More than 140 Collegians were welcomed back to the College in February to celebrate the 110 Grand Reunion. Tours of the campus were followed by drinks and canapĂŠs in the newly refurbished Gertrude Walton Centre where guests spilled out into the courtyard to enjoy the view.


2016 REUNIONS South West Reunion Friendships were renewed and news ones made at the home of Clayton and Melissa Hyder (Bremner 1973) when they hosted around 40 ‘old girls’ at their property near Busselton for the South West Reunion on Saturday 22 October 2016. Perfect spring weather greeted the ladies and they enjoyed a relaxed afternoon tea in the lovely garden setting. The welcome glass of champagne helped the conversations flow easily and there was much laughter among the lively group. It was particularly pleasing to have such a diversity of ages – from Betty Fry (Farley 1943) to Jayne Witham (Patton 1998) - with Collegians travelling from as far away as Albany and Kojonup to

mothers-in law and daughters-in-law,

for attending and bringing along a plate

aunties and nieces. Age, distance and

of afternoon tea (and flowers and wine).

circumstances made no difference –

As it was such a successful occasion,

everyone shared that special bond of being an MLC old girl.

there are plans to make the reunion an annual event.


Thanks to Sue Knight (Hallett 1974) for

The relationships were interesting

her assistance and for providing the

Melissa Hyder (Bremner 1973)

– mothers and daughters, sisters,

champagne. Thanks also to all the ladies

South West Reunion Coordinator

Class of 1956 - 60 Year Reunion

classrooms’, except for the view of the

with champagne, wine and orange juice

Twenty-Nine girls from the Class of 1956

river which is still spectacular.


(with a couple travelling especially from

Boarders now have their own

A video, relevant to our time at the

the eastern states), gathered at the

bedrooms, study areas and sitting

school, ran for the duration of the

School on Sunday 9 October 2016. A

rooms which is a far cry from the

group photo was taken on the steps of

facilities in 1956. The new lift, which

the Centenary Building, then we were

has recently been installed, was very

on display.

taken on a tour of the school.


We all agreed It was a great afternoon

With the number of new buildings that

We sat down to a delicious lunch where

are now on land which used to be ‘open

the tables were spectacularly arranged

spaces’, we found it hard to recognise

with three-tiered plates of hot finger

the area we used to call the ‘cliff

food, a selection of cakes and pastries

afternoon with a table of memorabilia, old Collegian publications and photos

getting together at the School where we all met.

Margaret Mathea 60 Year Reunion Coordinator 37


Class of 1966 - 50 Year Reunion Around 40 women from the leaving year, 1966, came together, some for the first time in 50 years. As we gathered for the College tour and the traditional photograph on the front steps, the years melted away, the faces were suddenly familiar and the reminiscing began. A tour of the Boarding House was particularly poignant for those who had boarded many years ago, and a revelation to the day girls for whom

had brought photo albums and we did

There was even an attempt at the

it had always been out of bounds.

look young and lovely back then.

school song.

Visiting the old library, passing familiar

An open floor time for all to share in

As we parted, with some clasping

recalled memories resulted in much

a floral centrepiece, life returned

hilarity, including a banned book in

to normal, but voices were heard

classrooms and seeing the Chapel were other highlights. At Claremont Yacht Club, with

detention, Mrs Matthews’ Monday

the morning showers past and

morning tables and the bag she

the sun glittering on the river, the

tossed out the window one day. The

smorgasbord lunch was presented

talking increased and table places

and the Friendship Books exclaimed

meant nothing as girls circulated.

over. These were a huge success and a

Three girls had come from interstate

source of lots of discussion. Some girls

and many from the country.

Susan Creelman, Linley Dodd and Marilyn McCutcheon 50 Year Reunion Coordinators

Class of 1976 – 40 Year Reunion

excellent speeches by former

During the evening, old friendships

again’ at the next milestone. We’ll say yes to that.

Head Girl Siobhan Sadka, and Judi

were renewed and new friendships

of 1976 held its 40 Year Reunion at

Hutchinson, and a Round Table

made that will continue well into the

Sue Millar’s (Raybold) beautiful home.

where each old girl shared what they

future and to our next reunion. As

Always having been a somewhat

had been doing since graduating

unconventional year, we decided to

from MLC. This demonstrated the

our head girl Siobhan said, “we had

have a ‘bring a plate and something

wide-ranging talents and interests

to drink’ event. This proved to be a

of the Class of 1976. We also had

great success with nearly 50 old girls

a memorabilia table full of photos,

On Saturday 12 November the Class

attending and festivities lasting well into the night. Highlights of the evening included


asserting that we needed to ‘do it

school clothing and programmes from 1972 to 1976 which added to memories of our time at MLC.

a unique and wonderful experience” at MLC that has contributed to who the members of the class of 1976 are today.

Jane Cook 40 Year Reunion Coordinator

Class of 1986 – 30 Year Reunion

The Class of 1986 reconnected at their 30 Year reunion on Saturday 15 October 2016. The event started at MLC with drinks and a tour of the School. Many of those in attendance had not been to the School in decades and were amazed by the changes and the wonderful new facilities to which the students now have access. The tour was followed by a cocktail evening, held at the Subiaco Hotel function room. For us oldies, this was a great venue as you could actually hear each other talk. Which is what we did. Lots of talking. We had a wonderful turn out, with girls coming from Busselton, Queensland, New South Wales and Christmas Island. There had been great times and sad times to reminisce about over for the last 30 years. What is always evident at these events is the excitement and pleasure at seeing each other and hearing how the girls

Class of 1991 – 25 Year Reunion Fifteen girls from 1991 came to the College for a lunchtime tour and a glass of champagne to celebrate the milestone. It was fantastic to walk around the school grounds and to see what had changed and what was exactly the same. We could not believe the changes to the Middle Years’ area, the library and the sports centre, however we thought that the Gertrude Walton Drama Centre was just the same, as

have been doing; what travels, how big families are, and what their children were doing. We had a fun survey and found that the children we had during the last 30 years ranged from 29 years of age to a one-year-old, a child for nearly every year since we left. The evening was wonderful and thank you to all the Collegians who were able to make it. Also thank you to Fi WalkerHart and Sophie Raven for all their wonderful efforts in putting this event together with me.

Margaret McLeod 30 Year Reunion Coordinator all had our Year 8 form rooms was

visitors to see the new part of Perth,

interesting, with the wooden staircase

and the views of the river. It was

that led to our lockers since removed.

great to see everyone, we are looking

We also loved seeing the upgraded

forward to the 30 Years Reunion.

Science classrooms, which were way

Naomi Quinlivan 25 Year Reunion Coordinator

more impressive to what we could remember sitting in listening to the likes of Mr Stanton, Mrs Gibson, Mrs Clarke and Mr Swingler. Hadley Hall was just the same, as we were in Year 12 when this building was officially opened and utilised, and it still looked just as impressive.

was Connell House. The news that

Later that afternoon we were joined

the Drama Centre was ear marked

by more girls for drinks and nibbles

for an upgrade was popular among

at The Reveley Bar at Elizabeth Quay.

the group. Looking at where we

It was impressive for the interstate



Class of 1996 – 20 Year Reunion The 20 Year Reunion for the Class

thoughtfully prepared slide show of photos from back in the day; and

of 1996 was held on Saturday 22

captured some gorgeous and silly

October. We enjoyed a tour of some

memories via a kindly donated photo

of the MLC’s buildings which bought


back memories of fun, laughter and learning in the some of the preexisting facilities and interest and insight into some of the new spaces current students are so fortunate to utilise. Following our stroll and

The pervasive feel of the night was one of openness, laughter, shared experiences and long-lasting friendship. The years between our 10 Year Reunion and this night revealed

a lovely glass of bubbly, we were

careers, adventures, marriages,

blessed with a warm spring night

children and a deepened empathy

and a short walk down the road to

for each other’s paths and choices.

Claremont Yacht Club…the venue for

We received much positive and joyful

our night of connection!

feedback for the event – thank you to

There we were treated to a touching

all who attended and MLC for their

welcome speech by Gemma Upson

assistance with the facilitation.

(nee Edwards), one of our year’s prefects; got competitive between the houses with a 90s quiz; reminisced over old-school music and a

Alana Marshall and Jenella Downing (nee Middleton) 20 Year Reunion Coordinators

Class of 2006 – 10 Year Reunion More than 50 members of the Class of 2006 came together for their 10 Year Reunion in 2016. The girls enjoyed returning to MLC for a tour before heading off to the Claremont Hotel to continue the celebrations well into the night.



Colourwash Creative Bakes

Madi Bodycoat 2015 Madi has started a small business called Colourwash Creative Bakes. She creates stunning cakes and baked goods which are custom designed and made to order. In addition to the dessert business, Madi also produces gorgeous greeting cards which are sold on Etsy. For enquiries about her beautiful designs, Madi can be contacted at madison.

Dr Annie Sparrow

Dr Annie Sparrow 1985 Annie has been visiting the Syria-Turkey border every three months since January 2014 to train Syrian medical personnel, covering topics that will assist the Syrian doctors to deal with the trauma of war, infectious diseases and malnutrition.

Trilby Glover 1996

Sophie Dolan 2014

Los Angeles-based Trilby recently

In 2016, Sophie was awarded the

starred in a crowd-funded short film,

Collegian of the Year award at Queen’s

Library of Love, which was shot in Perth

College in the University of Melbourne

last year.

for the best contribution to the life of

Trilby stars as a librarian in the film

the College.

which will premier to audiences in Perth later in 2017.

Margaret Harmer 1949 OAM

Marlene has recently written the English translation of Fit in 15 Minutes,

Margaret was awarded an Order of

a German publication by Professor

Australia Medal for her incredible work

Benjamin Bergmann.

founding The Compassionate Friends

She describes the book is a ‘must have

(TCF) organisation in Australia.

Margaret Harmer

Marlene Crone 2009

for any violin player who is very short

TCF provides support and friendship

of time and wants to maintain and

to bereaved parents and their families

improve their violin technique in an

following the death of child.

effective 15 minutes.



BIRTHS Melissa McNamara Ruby Siena McNamara was born on 11 September 2015 at St John of God Hospital, Murdoch. She is adored by her big brother Jack and loves singing “ABC”. Melissa McNamara’s family

Ruby Siena McNamara

WEDDINGS Clare Aldworth (Fuller) 1999 Clare married Mark Aldworth on 12 March 2016 at Nedlands Yacht Club. The pair met teaching at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. Sophie Maddern (Considine 1999) and Felicity Smith (1999) were part of the bridal party.

Sabra Poole-Johnson 1991 Sabra married Martin du Plessis on 7 February 2015 at St George’s Cathedral in Perth. Sabra’s sister Amber Lister (1996) was bridesmaid, and Elizabeth-Kate Gulland (1991) was an usher and gave a reading.



YVONNE EDWARD (MURDOCH 1960) 14 March 1943 – 22 August 2016 Yvonne was the first daughter of Ray and Betty Murdoch of Belmont Park, Wagin. She attended Wagin Junior High School from 1949 to 1955, continuing her education at Methodist Ladies’ College from 1956 to 1960. Yvonne was an Associate Prefect at the College in 1960. Yvonne travelled extensively, beginning when she and her sister, Ailsa, travelled to Singapore in 1963, and in 1964 they continued their journeys in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Yvonne became engaged to Malcolm Edward on her 21st birthday, and they were married on 11 September 1965. They have one son, Raymond Edward, and a daughter, Alexandra Edward, who, with partner Neil Ferguson, has blessed them with a grandson and granddaughter. Yvonne, along with Malcolm, returned to the family farm in 1968, farming with Ray and Betty Murdoch and Ailsa and Ric McDonald until 1980. They then continued farming the family farm with Betty Murdoch after Ailsa and Ric purchased their own property. Yvonne and Malcolm continued with the Belmont Park Poll Merino Stud and travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas, due to their involvement in the stud industry. Yvonne had a deep commitment to her faith. She passed away very suddenly leaving a huge gap in her family’s lives.

Written by Yvonne’s sister Ailsa McDonald (1962)


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