Principal From the
Our graduating students, the Class of 2022, faced the challenges of recent years with good humour, grace and maturity. These students have grown through involvement in a vast array of co-curricular activities, from rowing to debating, clubs and committees. They raised funds for those in need, represented the School at conferences and tested themselves in pursuit of gold in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We are proud of our students’ impressive achievements across the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. They have achieved high academic results in many subjects, along with selections and nominations in the creative and performing arts.
I am sure that you will join in with me to congratulate them on their achievements, and for becoming strong, well-rounded young women who finished their school days so strongly. I offer my deepest congratulations to each and every student, their parents, families and their teachers.
My deep gratitude goes to those who taught and cared for them throughout the year. I also thank those over the years who have taught and cared for the girls throughout their time at MLC School. We are fortunate to have an exceptionally dedicated and caring team working directly with all our students. Every staff member who assisted the Class of 2022 throughout their years at MLC School are offered my sincere thanks, though I would like to highlight a few people in particular:
• Head of Year 12, Sharon Connolly
• Head of Learning and Teaching, Linda Emms
• Head of Careers and Academic Advising, Jo Cilia
• Heads of Department
• All Year 12 subject teachers and Luminaries
I fully appreciate that end results are just one measure of the people we all know well. As they embark on a new journey, I have every confidence that they will help shape a better world. They have left the School a wiser, gentler and more inclusive place, having led with grace, dignity and maturity far beyond their years.
Congratulations, Class of 2022.LISA MOLONEY PRINCIPAL
It is with great honour that I present to you highlights of the many achievements of our Class of 2022.
Head of Learning and Teaching
It was both an honour and a privilege to work with the Class of 2022 as they completed their final year of school. Their ongoing commitment as leaders of the MLC School community was inspirational to all and they served as fine role models for the years to follow.
For the 2022 cohort, their final year was marked by the return of many of the events that make the right of passage that is finishing school so special. They balanced these with rigorous study regimes, co-curricular commitments, and a number of initiatives across the broader School community, living the ethos of becoming agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others.
Completing their senior years as they lived the reality of a global pandemic is just one chapter of their life. While it will no doubt always bring back strong emotions when they think about it, it is just a single chapter in a much longer story. As they go on to build their lives beyond MLC School, I have no doubt that as each of them individually follows their chosen path, they will weave a story that is rich and complex, building on the strong foundations set by their time with us. The resilience, compassion and grit that was so evident in the way in which they navigated their senior years of study will be the same characteristics that will ensure their success in the future.
The strong working relationship that develops between students and staff at MLC School in the senior years is truly special. Despite the challenges of the past two years and some uncertainty as the world opened again, the girls put their trust in the staff to do what was in their best interests and stayed the course. My thanks to all the staff who have supported, encouraged, and nurtured them. Special thanks must go to their Head of Year, Sharon Connolly; no one has walked this journey with them more closely. As their Head of Year, she worked
tirelessly to help them solve problems, was their advocate when needed and prepared them to navigate the transition to life beyond school. Regardless of the program they chose to pursue, the same things characterised the efforts of the Class of 2022. Their empathy and compassion in the way they cared for each other, their sheer hard work and determination to achieve their goals, and most importantly their teamwork.
Their achievements are not just those of individuals, but reflect the strength that comes when individuals work together and support each other in the pursuit of a common goal. Amongst all of this, they also remembered that finding joy and humour in what we do is an essential part of the human experience. For all the days when the stress and weariness seemed likely to overwhelm, there were bursts of laughter and moments of pure fun.
The mark on their final credential is almost a by-line to what was truly achieved. Every girl grew on some level, every girl demonstrated their individual courage and their compassion for others, and as a cohort they have the absolute respect of their peers and the staff for the way they comported themselves throughout Year 12.
Congratulations for all you have achieved, and we look forward to hearing what you conquer next.LINDA EMMS HEAD OF LEARNING AND TEACHING
The Reverend Dr Charles J. Prescott Medal
The medal for the highest university entrance score (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) is named in honour of the founder and first Headmaster of MLC School (1886–1899), Reverend Dr Charles J. Prescott, and is awarded at the Assembly for Academic Achievement.
Lia Al-Soufi (99.95)
Laryssa Latt (99.95)
Tina Papamanuel (99.95)
The Assembly for Academic Achievement recognised results after the final examinations.
with ATAR over 99
Weizhi (Vicky) Zhang
Maria Gourlas ATAR 99.10
Plus four girls who elected not to be included
Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank
achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking of 98 or more in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
Weizhi (Vicky) Zhang
Plus five girls who elected not to be included
Overall Distinguished Achievers
HSC Distinguished Achievers list and Certificate of Distinction for Diploma Programme
91.65 Median ATAR
CLASS OF 2022
Lok Yee (Sophia) Au
Lok Yung (Samantha) Chan
Jade Di Girolamo
Zizhuo (Alicia) Ding
Yanlan (Kerry) Fu
JiYang (Wisteria) Hu
Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi
Tia Van Den Borne
Mei Yan Wong
Sen Sen Xie
Penelope (Poppy) Yacoumatos
Weizhi (Vicky) Zhang
Valedictory Assembly and Service
The Higher School Certificate (HSC)
MLC School offers a wide range of HSC subjects to suit students and their interests.
To be eligible for the HSC, students must:
• Study at least 12 units in Year 11
• Six units must be NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) developed courses
• Two units must be NESA developed English courses
• Study at least four subjects
NESA developed courses are the bulk of the courses developed for the HSC. They contribute to the ATAR and have an examination.
Each year some MLC School students in Year 11 and Year 12 select the Pathways option of extending their HSC by more than two years to accommodate their demanding commitments in extra-curricular activities or to provide, in special circumstances, flexible program delivery over a longer period of time.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive, two-year course of study chosen by a range of students as an alternative to studying the NSW HSC.
Worldwide, the IB Diploma Programme is recognised for providing the academic challenge required for future university success.
Students select one subject from each of five different discipline areas (Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics) and a sixth may be an Arts discipline or another subject from Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies or Sciences. This ensures a breadth of experience in Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, a key feature of the Diploma that makes it different from the HSC.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
VET enables students to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training described within an industrydeveloped training package or an accredited course.
MLC School offers VET Entertainment, which is studied at school plus other VET subjects studied through TAFE NSW. Some VET courses are NESA developed courses and have an optional HSC examination. If students choose to sit for the examination, the course counts towards their ATAR. If students do more than one NESA developed VET course, only one will count towards their ATAR.
Higher School Certificate Highlights
Congratulations to the entire cohort. Below we highlight some of the outstanding achievements.
2 MLC School students achieved 50/50 for Music Extension:
Jade Di Girolamo
Three students were placed on the HSC All-Rounders list for those who achieve Band 6 in 10 units of studies.
35 nominations for HSC Showcases HSC Showcase Selections
– Madison Clemens for her Core Composition – Traffic Light
– Amelia Jubelin for her Individual Performance – The Countess Encore (Music)
– Jade Di Girolamo for her Performance – Gothic Carousel
– Ruby Scott-Wishart for her Composition – Soliloquy for Winter Solstice
ARTEXPRESS (Visual Arts)
– Zoe Brase for her Printmaking Work – Feathered Phobia
– Jacqueline Flett for her Printmaking Work – Accepting Purple
4 Girls on Showcase Reserve List
OnSTAGE (Drama) – Juliette Beattie, Anna Gough, Layla Hare and Amelia Jubelin for their Group Performance – The Death of Theatre
Congratulations to all the girls who were placed on the HSC Distinguished Achievers list for those who achieved a result in the highest possible Band for one or more courses. 111
There were instances of students awarded a Highest possible band
Band 6 or E4
Lok Yee (Sophia) Au Chelsea Hunt
Jade Di Girolamo
Zizhuo (Alicia) Ding
Layla Hare Penelope (Poppy) Yacoumatos
60% EVEIHCA D B AND 6INONESUBJECT of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. Up 6% from 2021
80% RUOC S E S THATACHIEVED ABOVE STATEAVERAGE
Year 12 2022 Farewell Events
A number of performances and major works from MLC School girls were nominated and selected for recognition as part of HSC Showcase events. To be nominated for any of these showcases is a significant achievement as it acknowledges these projects as best in the State. To be selected into a Showcase event is outstanding recognition.
Works nominated and selected for Showcase
Celebrating Showcase Success
Callback is the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by HSC students of Dance.
• Madison Clemens for her Core Composition – Traffic Light
• Tori Charalambous (Core Composition)
• Madison Clemens (Core Performance and Major Study Performance)
• Olivia Clowes (Core Composition)
• Raeja Pashos (Core Performance)
The SHAPE exhibition features a selection of exemplary Major Projects from HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students.
• Amelia Bresolin (Industrial Technology: Multimedia)
• Zizhou (Alicia) Ding (Industrial Technology: Multimedia)
• Evie Gallagher (Industrial Technology: Multimedia and Design and Technology)
ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by HSC Visual Arts students.
• Zoe Brase for her Printmaking Work –Feathered Phobia
• Jacqueline Flett for her Printmaking Work – Accepting Purple
• Caitlin Hartnett for her Photo Media Work – Confined By the Clock
ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the HSC Music examinations.
• Jade Di Girolamo for her Performance –Gothic Carousel
• Ruby Scott-Wishart for her Composition – Soliloquy forWinter Solstice
• Jacqueline Flett (Music Composition and Music Performance)
• Emma Mahant (Music Composition)
OnSTAGE is a presentation and exhibition of group and individual performances and projects by HSC Drama students who have been selected for their exemplary work.
• Amelia Jubelin for her Individual Performance – The Countess
Selected (Reserve List for Group Performance – The Death of Theatre):
• Juliette Beattie
• Anna Gough
• Layla Hare
• Amelia Jubelin
• Sophie Ciesielski (Group Performance)
• Anna Gough (Individual Project)
• Tara Grasso (Individual Project)
• Layla Hare (Individual Project)
• Indianna Miller (Individual Project)
• Kirsten Moller (Individual Project)
• Sophie Reid (Group Performance and Individual Project)
• Sarai Rollason (Individual Project)
• Ruby Scott-Wishart (Group Performance and Individual Performance)
• Lola Whittaker (Individual Project)Jade Di Girolamo performing at the Valedictory Assembly and Service
Speech Night 2022
Year 12 2022
International Baccalaureate Highlights
19 students achieved an ATAR over 99:
Weizhi (Vicky) Zhang
Plus four girls who elected not to be included
3 students received a score of 45. Congratulations to:
– Laryssa Latt
– Tina Papamanuel
5 students received a score of 44. Congratulations to:
– Christyn Cordato – JiYang (Wisteria) Hu
– Sanya Mehta
– Weizhi (Vicky) Zhang
Highest possible grade
THERE WERE INSTANCES OF STUDENTS AWARDED A GRADE 7
6 students received a score of 43. Congratulations to:
– Mounica Akula
– Natalie Cavallaro
– Trinity Elghitany
– Grace Selim
– Charlotte Trieu
– Doris Yang
ATESACHIEVEDAN ATAR OVER95
ATESACHIEVED AN ATAR OVER90 84% 96
MEDIAN ATAR AMONG IB STUDENTS
Extended Essays and Theory of Knowledge
From the Class of 2022
What are your plans for 2023? What are you studying and where? Are you intending to travel?
’I’m planning to do a gap year in America, and then hoping to study media and communications the next year.’
– Lily Dunnallen
’I want to go to university and study either in the sciences, or journalism and policy analysis fields.’– Zoe Johnston
’Next year I will be doing a performing arts full-time course.’
‘I’m planning to head to uni to study Primary Education.’
– Natalie Toomey
How do you believe being at MLC School has shaped the person you are today?
’MLC School has allowed me to feel confident in myself in many ways, particularly my academic skills and successes as well as social skills.’
’I think MLC School has taught me to be confident in expressing my own voice and to not be afraid to share my opinion.’
– Sophia Cairns
’MLC School has allowed me to explore various pathways to many ideas and experiences. I still don’t know who I am, but I think I am closer to knowing that because of my time at school.’
’I have done things I never thought I would have done before, and for that I am grateful.’
– Sophie Reid
’It has made me inquisitive, to ask questions to help me improve, as well as helped me realise that receiving help is beneficial and not scary.’
– Ruby Smith
’I think whilst being at MLC School since 4 years old, I have learnt what it means to be a hard worker, to be resilient and kind, as well as courageous and generous to others.’
– Renae Varvaris
’Being offered the opportunity to develop myself as a learner, particularly being encouraged in STEM based subjects.’
– Sophie Walker
’I’ve had the opportunity to do many co-curriculars and explore my interests outside of the classroom. I’m intending to go to university and study something in the field of science.’
– Sophie Wilson
’It has help ed me grow out of my comfort zone.’
– Brittany Warner
‘It’ll be okay. Find things to look forward to; keep life interesting and exciting amidst the study. Keep people around you who make you happy, and who love and support you. It isn’t easy but I promise it will be okay :)’
’Start everything early so it doesn’t overwhelm you.’
– Annabelle Banfield
’Memorise all content as you go (makes it easier at the end)
– Practice papers = besties
– Hand write EVERYTHING (builds strength in your hands = faster writing) – Hand in as many practice essays, questions, papers as possible
– DON’T LEAVE STUFF TO THE LAST MINUTE
– Keep all Year 11 content + ensure you don’t lose anything from Year 11 and Year 12.’
– Sophie Beraldo
’Stay consistent, ask for help when needed, and always ALWAYS take time for yourself - enjoy it!’
– Natalie Cavallaro
‘Start your notes early in the year and update them every lesson. Do work in your spares.’
– Juliette Beattie
If you could offer a tip to someone about to commence their final year, what would it be?
’Immerse yourself in new experiences and forge new friendships. Your teachers are your best friend. They are there to help you, not to discourage you. Most importantly... have fun!’– Zoe Churchill
’Embrace that Year 12 really is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be highs and lows; don’t expect for every exam to go perfectly and every exam result to be what you had hoped for.’– Zoe Clark
’Use your time wisely, it all goes by so fast. Go to every class, don’t ditch them because in the end you will regret it. Make the most of every moment. Make sure to have a balance of social life and school work. Try not to hate anyone - try to socialise with everyone. Just live in the moment; don’t worry about the future. And of course, try and have so much fun. Take photos with everyone for memories.’– Cosette Cromer
’Don’t give up on co - curricular activities in your final yearthe break from studying and academic pressure is invaluable, and will likely form some of your strongest and happiest memories in your final year. Rely on and support your peers - your MLC School cohort are an incredible part of school life and spending time with them will help you enjoy your final year.’– Jacqueline Flett
’Use a monthly calendar for all events, due dates, library days, and work days (if you work) to stay organised and on top of things. It also makes the Year 12 experience less daunting.’– Maria Gourlas
’It is important to work consistently throughout the year, pace yourself and try not to cram. Work on creating good habits and routines that are sustainable to maintain throughout the year. Build in breaks throughout the week and reward yourself. ’– Layla Hare
’Keep a social and school life balance.’– Nikki Juffermans
’Eat good food, sleep before 11pm, and go on walks. MLC School has taught me a lot about how to become independent in my academic studies, and also has provided me a safe space to make friends.’– Laryssa Latt
’My biggest tip is that in order to maintain stamina in each of your subjects, you must find moments of passion in your studies. Read widely and not just what is prescribed in the syllabus, create discussion and find moments in your assessments where you can allow your individual voice to shine through. Although this is easier said than done, it truly make the final year of studies not lead to burnout. Throughout my eight years at MLC School, the S chool has really provided a vehicle for developing passions in my own areas of interest. It has shaped my curiosity and motivation to acknowledge all areas of an argument.’– Madeleine Lewis
’The most important thing in Year 12 is balance: there is no need to sacrifice sleep or social life for study, and it is equally important to make the most of and enjoy all the more fun parts of year 12.’– Sarah Pearson
What is your favourite memory of your time at MLC School?
’Witnessing the graduation rap performed and created by Mr Pfeffer for our English class. Finishing both of my major works, which required two 80 page portfolios.’– Evie Gallagher
’I always love when we have the music out on the Bird Bath Quad. Also just class time in general - you build really good relationships with teachers in Year 12, so class time is always a lot of fun! A stand out moment is definitely going on Red Earth in Year 11. This trip was a once in a life time experience that I will never forget.’– Victoria Pachos
’Going to Ballarat in Year 5 for the Gold Rush topic. That experience and topic was the best time I have had learning, and also spending time with the people in my year.’– Emma Mahant
’Broken Hill Camp in Year 9. It was a time to make new friends and just have fun. MLC School has made me be more independent and contributed to the critical way in which I think about things.’– Claudia Kritzler
’When I completed my Design and Technology major work, and realised the amount of work I had completed over the last year. MLC School has contributed to my ability to form my own opinions and beliefs, seperate of the people around me.’– Courtney Roberts
’I really enjoyed my time in Year 6. The transition from Junior to Senior School was really well done, and we got the chance to explore more. The Year 6 personal project allowed me to find a passion, and I felt supported by my teacher to have fun and push myself. The 2022 drama production. After not being able to perform for so many years it was a great experience to get back to and round out my time at MLC School.’– Ruby Scott-Wishart
’Meeting my friends and knowing I’m going to stay friends with them for a long time in the future. ’
– Natalie Toomey
’Having the opportunity to go on Space Camp.’
’My favourite memory would have to be the end of term celebrations we always have on the quad, where all the year groups mix together and enjoy some music.’– Haya Yahia
’All the Year 8 to Year 10 PE lessons where we played games every week - the competition was heated between the teams.’– Sienna Strauss
’The people have without a doubt been the highlight. I have met so many thoughtful, bright, and generous people who have helped shape who I am and offered new perspectives. I have been fortunate enough to make some incredible friends and be in a supportive year group. Small things such as mornings in the common room and talking to people in between classes has been a highlight throughout the years.’– Julia Gough
’The teachers who invest so much time and effort in my education.’– Sasha Green
’The opportunities and experiences that we have had have made my time very enjoyable.’– Eda Haller
’I think that immersions have been a real highlight, for example, Shakespeare Week and Red Earth, which is where I met some of my best friends. I find that these experiences give you the ability to meet new people that you may have never gotten close to before.‘– Chelsea Hunt
’1. Making life-long friendships and mentorships
2. Learning new skills for day to day life’– Mahibhana Mahinthan
’I think the highlight at MLC School would be the access to education and sport. Recently, there was a report about how girls do not partake in sports, but since I joined in Year 5, MLC School has provided me access to sport for every month of the year. Also, with the facilities, they have provided me with the best access to education, from study areas, to wellbeing areas.’– Charlotte McCrory
’A highlight of MLC School would have to be all of the performances, from participating in the concerts to the drama productions, everyone is able to have a fun time and showcase their hard efforts in the most beautiful way.’– Arya Sharma
’I think a highlight was involving myself in drama and doing School productions. It was always an opportunity to have a little fun and break up the pattern of sit-down classes. Or participating in things like the International Round Square Conference.‘– Grace Selim
What has been the highlight of your time at MLC
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