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Council Chair’s Report 6
Principal’s Report 8
Head of Junior School’s Report 10
School Captain’s Report 12
Vice-Captains’ Report 13
SRC Captain’s Report 14
Middle Years Leaders’ Report 15
Junior School Captain’s Report 16
Junior School Vice-Captain’s Report 17
Junior School Student Council Report 18
Worship Report 19
Staff List 22
Staff Photos 24
YEAR 12 26
Year 12 Captains 27
Year 12 House Captains 28
Year 12 Portraits 30
Kindergarten to Year 12 Students 39
Year 12 Prize Winners 40
HSC and IB Results 42
Year 12 Reflections 44
Abbeythorpe Senior School Report 47
Booralee Junior School Report 48
Booralee Senior School Report 49
Churunga Junior School Report 50
Churunga Senior School Report 51
Leawarra Junior School Report 52
Leawarra Senior School Report 53
Lester Senior School Report 54
Mooramoora Junior School Report 56
Mooramoora Senior School Report 57
Prescott Senior School Report 58
Sutton Senior School Report 59
Wade Senior School Report 60
Whitley Senior School Report 61
House Photos 62
JUNIOR SCHOOL 67
Student Life 71
Junior School Photos 75
SENIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM 89
Year 6 Space 90
Year 7 Illumination Project 91
Year 8 City Experience 92
Year 9 Broken Hill 93
Year 10 Enlightenment 94 Careers 95
Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) 96 English 97
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) 99 HSC and IB Report 100
Languages 102 Mathematics 103
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) 105
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Technology and Applied Sciences (TAS) 107 Visual Arts 108
SENIOR SCHOOL STUDENT LIFE 109
Art and Design Captain’s Report 110
Book Week 111
da Vinci Decathlon 113
Debating Captain’s Report 114 Debating 115
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 116
Languages Day 117 Overseas Tours 118
Rainbow Week 121 Reconciliation 122
Round Square Captain’s Report 123
Service 124 Sports Dinner 125
Senior School Photos 126
Music Captain’s Report 134
Junior School Music 136
Senior School Music 138
14 th Biennial Sydney Opera House Concert 140
Music Photos 142
PERFORMING ARTS 153
Dance, Drama and Entertainment Captain’s Report 154
Drama Production 156
Middle Years Drama Production 157
The Speech and Drama Studio 158
Acting and Communication Academy 159
Performing Arts Photos 160
Sport Captain’s Report 164
Junior School Sports Champions 166
Senior School Sports Champions 167
Junior School Carnivals 168
Sport Results 171 Athletics 171 Badminton 172 Basketball 172 Cross Country 173 Diving 173 Fencing 174 Football 174 Gymnastics 175 Hockey 176 Netball 176 Rowing 177 Snowsports 178 Softball 179 Swimming 179 Tennis 180
Touch Football 180 Volleyball 181 Water Polo 181
Sports Photos 182
SCHOOL ROLL 198
Council Chair’s Report
How wonderful to celebrate yet another extraordinary year of achievement from the MLC School girls.
In 2017, once again, MLC School girls have excelled at the highest level in academia, sport and the arts. In sport we had national, regional and competition champions.
We wowed audiences with our Sydney Opera House and Town Hall concerts. We
continue to reign as the best girls’ school in debating, and our dance program is second to none. Our girls have achieved all this whilst still delivering academic results that are the envy of the world.
We achieve all of this because we walk together as a community of the light with one common objective – to provide the best possible education for our girls as a
‘Each and every one of you has had a wonderful gift, the gift of an MLC School education.’Pauline Johnston with MLC School Principal, Mrs Louise Robert-Smith, at the 2017 Principal’s Welcome Cocktail Party.
platform from which they can achieve all they desire in life, and make the world a better place for their contribution.
At the heart of MLC School, since its humble beginnings in 1886, is a belief that holistically well-educated young women can, and do, change the world. We take pride in being at the forefront of girls’ education in all its dimensions. In this regard, in 2017, it has been particularly pleasing to see our new Senior School building rise out of the ground. This stateof-the-art facility will mean that, at long last, our physical infrastructure will be as fit for the 21st century as our learning programs and educational approaches.
I am pleased to report that the building project is going well and is currently ahead of schedule, so that with continued luck and fine weather, our senior girls should be enjoying this facility in early 2019.
Every Speech Night is inevitably a time for both celebration of achievement and reflection of the passing of time and generations. It is a time to enjoy all that is special about MLC School and also acknowledge that, as a body we are constantly changing – each year bringing with it a new set of beginnings and farewells. At Speech Night, we experienced both the sadness of farewelling our Principal, Mrs Louise Robert-Smith, and the joy of celebrating all she has brought to MLC School over the last two years.
Louise, you have been nothing short of a gift from God Himself to MLC School. During your time with us, you have given us incredible love, support, dedication, ability and insight. Under your leadership, our staff, students and entire community have flourished. Although Louise always knew that her time at MLC School would be short, she gave of herself fully from the first day to the last day, and much has been achieved under her principalship. You have become a much loved member of our community and will be greatly missed. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time you spent here at MLC School and wish you the very best as you embark on the next phase of your journey. We hope that wherever life takes you, you will always take with you a little piece of MLC School as we will always have a little piece of you here with us.
Next year, we of course welcome our new Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney. An experienced Principal who has most recently led St Paul’s Grammar School in regional Victoria. We are extremely fortunate to have joining us such
an outstanding educator and educational leader, with a track record of building school communities of excellence and compassion. Many of our staff have had the opportunity to meet Lisa and experience her humility, care and capability. We look forward to welcoming her as our leader in the new year and supporting her as she leads us into the next chapter success and growth for MLC School.
Importantly, I would like to thank all members of the school community for their efforts this year in making MLC School the special place that it is. Thank you to all of our staff; I am constantly in awe of how far you go above and beyond to give our girls every opportunity and support. Thank you to our parents for your support of your daughters, the staff and the school. Thank you to all the volunteers for your selfless service.
And particularly, thank you girls for simply being awesome. Seeing you, your achievements and the women you are becoming makes me so proud to be associated with this great school. Each and every one of you has had a wonderful gift, the gift of an MLC School education. Cherish it. I encourage you all every day to
be all that you can be, because this world needs you. In particular, to our Year 12 girls, whilst we will miss you, it is so exciting for us to see you go out from this place, take your place in the world and imagine all that you will be and do – with the foundations you have built here, you will be nothing short of incredible.
Chair of the MLC School Council Mrs Pauline Johnston
Speech delivered at 2017 Speech Night.
It has been such a privilege to have been your Principal for the last two years. Certainly these have been interesting times for our school, and if it proves one thing, it is that great organisations endure and are so much more than the individuals that are part of their fabric at any given time, no matter how prominent they are. It is a salutary lesson for us all.
Our school has values at its core that carry it through the winds, indeed sometimes tempests, of change. At this core is respect. Good, old fashioned respect, preserving each other’s dignity, even in stressful situations, is vital to the emotional health of any community. MLC School seeks to demonstrate this respect on all levels. As a Uniting Church school, we practise inclusiveness, and that extends to embracing all of our members from all faiths, from all social and philosophical
groups. Our girls are the champions of this; their passionate defense of minority groups is a mark of their humanity and generosity of spirit. In the classroom, or the playground, we expect kindness and acceptance, in meetings with parents we will always seek to find solutions that embrace all perspectives. We are not perfect. Indeed, sometimes we will not all walk away from a situation feeling that our ideal solution has been signed off, but we all need to respect the process and the intent behind these outcomes. This has been another year of enormous vitality and progress at our school. The most tangible sign of this is, of course, the new Senior School building, which is rising up to its full four storeys, and will be transformative in terms of its facilities and learning spaces when it opens for business at the beginning of 2019.From left to right: Rebecca Janssen (2017 School Vice-Captain), Mrs Louise Robert-Smith (Principal), Zoe Latham (2017 School Captain) and Jasmine Todoroska (2017 School Vice-Captain).
‘The ultimate prize, and what I wish for you all, is good, old fashioned contentment.’
In the Senior School, we have been working to reaffirm our commitment to both, the Higher School Certificate (HSC), as well as to the International Baccalaureate (IB), as pathways in Year 11 and Year 12. Both courses offer rigorous credentials, recognised internationally and both open doors worldwide for our students. While the content in their courses may be different, the pedagogy is often the same. Our teachers are generally accredited to teach both, but obviously teach their subjects in separate classes. Students who wish to specialise in, say, humanities or sciences, will probably choose HSC, while our generalists will go for IB. We are proud to be one of a handful of elite schools that offers both courses.
While challenging and rigorous academic programs remain the central axis of what we do, a full menu of co-curricular programs is also essential for the growth and development of our students. MLC School offers 18 sports and is renowned for its swim school and Gymnastics program. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is well established. In Music, there are 21 different ensembles, including orchestras, bands and choirs, as well as the opportunity to study a wide variety of different instruments, in addition to choral tuition. Dance and Debating are also significant programs and attract large enrolments. Our leadership opportunities work through our Houses, Student Representative Council and Prefect and Captaincy structures, with the unique MLC School recognition of every girl in Year 12 as a Prefect, carrying with it obligations as well as kudos.
Across all of our programs, be it Music, Sports, special interest or leadership, the enthusiasm and generosity of spirit in our
girls is lovely to behold. But the reality is that not everyone thrives in these endeavours.
Awards for academic, creative and sporting achievement and recognition in the form of elected leadership positions are part and parcel of school life, and it is, of course, totally appropriate to celebrate effort and excellence as well as the personal qualities which result in these awards. However, while they are a cause for validation and satisfaction for the minority, awards may not be so great for everyone else.
How do we deal with the disappointment, especially if there are no bright spots to celebrate, and it seems as though our own sincere efforts are being continually overlooked? How do we counter the performance anxiety and drive towards perfectionism that is becoming a worrying trend, particularly with adolescent girls?
Young children are generally shielded from any sense of falling short; there are prizes for all at many events from sports days to birthday parties. Eventually though, real life kicks in and we all have to accept that we may not always, or even ever, be on the podium receiving the award.
In my parents’ day, they tended to be more pragmatic about this. My father was always saying such disappointments were, ‘character building’. These days, our expectations for ourselves and our children seem to be much higher and sometimes uncompromising.
We know that we need to build resilience, and we should accept that this is not a quick fix. The ability to accept ourselves for who we are is built over many years by the love and acceptance of those we love and admire. The corresponding ability to take
pleasure in someone else’s achievement without resentment is a mark of a generous and secure person.
From early on, we need to work together to validate all the wonderful aspects of character in each and every one of our students. The glittering prize may not be theirs today, but it may well be theirs at another time, and indeed it may come in a different form from a conventional award.
I shake many hands and award many prizes, and while I sincerely congratulate all the recipients, I am also very aware that their fellow students may well outshine them in the years ahead.
The ultimate prize, and what I wish for you all, is good, old fashioned contentment. And that comes from the quality of our relationships – both social and spiritual –and the capacity to be comfortable with who we are.
As I said at the beginning of this reflection, it has been a profound pleasure to have led the MLC School community over the last two years. To our wonderful staff who are so dedicated to our school, our Old Girls whose love of MLC School is shown in so many ways, our Council for whom governing the school is a labour of love and our students and their families without whom there would be no school, thank you and Godspeed.Principal Mrs Louise Robert-Smith
Speech delivered at 2017 Speech Night.
Head of Junior School’s Report
Music Awards evening and in instrumental concerts throughout the year, and 2017 has been a musical feast.
On the sporting field, we have achieved success at our own swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals; at IPSHA and CIS representative meets and in each of our IPSHA sports.
sometimes conspired, relaxed and often just enjoyed the silence of the bush – although with our girls in residence, silence is not always guaranteed!
I talk a lot, and often, about the importance of a process of continual improvement and we have made great strides in our endeavour in this regard in 2017.
Each year, we take our school mission and unpack it with the girls, adding to their understanding of what it means to be fearless thinkers, to have moral courage, to show compassion, and to be agents of change, in both their own, and others’ lives. It is a massive undertaking, for those of us who are all grown up, let alone for those still going through that process.
What an adventure 2017 has been! As with all memorable adventures, there has been joy and sorrow; exhilaration and fatigue; glorious victories and shattering defeats; times when all has gone to plan, and times when it hasn’t; times when the wind has blown fiercely behind our backs, helping us along, or in our faces, a headwind making the going tough. During these times, we learn that, while we cannot control the wind, we can always adjust our sails.
There have been so many highlights in 2017.
The tentacles of our MLC School Creative Arts and Music programs stretch far and wide, with all girls involved, to a significant extent, in choirs and instrumental programs, with many opportunities to perform.
The truly spectacular Sydney Opera House Concert was an opportunity for our students to perform with the best our school has to offer – and what an amazing offering it was.
For the first time in many years, our Year 5 students performed at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at Sydney Town Hall, a wonderfully collaborative festival, which allowed our girls to mix with students from other independent schools in NSW. And what an impact we had! Our strong, powerful and beautiful voices silenced the audience. Add to this, participation at the
Our students have also achieved representation in the national school sporting arena. In fact, our very own Annaliese Yan (Year 4) represented NSW at the School Sports Australia Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide, coming home with one Gold, three Silver, and a Bronze medal – an outstanding performance in the elite arena of national swimming representation.
However, it’s not just about representative sport. Participation is the backbone of our sporting program and our numbers grew again this year, further demonstrating our girls’ commitment to trying new things, and their understanding that you will never find what it is you’re good at, or may become passionate about, if you don’t give everything a go!
Sports include Soccer, Minkey, Tennis, Touch Football, Basketball, Fencing and Netball. Our netballers perhaps did it hardest and faced the strongest headwind, more than any other group this year, as they played for our new MLC School Netball Club as part of the Eastwood Ryde Competition – a competition that is significantly stronger than the IPSHA offering we have previously entered. Our girls had to dig deep to endure stiff competition, and they demonstrated a wonderful spirit of adventure as they worked hard, trained hard and built on the small successes they experienced throughout the season.
Congratulations to all of our sportspeople for your efforts in training and competition this year.
Our Junior School girls have embraced the spirit of adventure in 2017. During outdoor education experiences, they faced their fears, climbed giant poles, swung freely from great heights, paddled, swam, trekked, cooked, coexisted, cooperated, and
A strong House system is the basis of a student’s sense of belonging to a community. This year, we reimagined the House system, expanding the focus on a vertical structure and deepening engagement in House-related activities and events. This was as simple as girls sitting in House groups at assemblies, working together with their Housemates in after-lunch clean-ups, and simply spending more time together as a House. The results were an increased connection between students in different year groups, the opportunity for mentoring and friendship without age constraints, and a shared sense of belonging to something special.
Of course, the penultimate House experience was, without doubt, the inaugural Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge for Father’s Day. What an amazing afternoon of fun, frivolity and friendship, along with some fiendish follies with our fearless fathers. I have a strong feeling this will be an annual event and that many Dads are already looking forward to it!
Our Junior School parents have adventured with us this year also. It is important for us that our parent community is engaged and interested in the life of our school. We know that this interest and involvement has a positive impact on our girls’ engagement with school and their own sense of belonging. Thank you for trusting us with your daughters this year. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously and we have enjoyed working with you, for them, throughout 2017.
Volunteering to coordinate and run Junior School events is a significant undertaking. To the parents who have acted as ambassadors for your daughters’ year groups, thank you! Coordinating events like our Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, Book Week events,
Dad and Daughter Social and, our biggest event of the year, International Night, takes bravery. Know that you are appreciated.
I spoke last year of my excitement about the pilot program run by our Stage 1 team, using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data to personalise the mathematics learning for each girl, regardless of her year group. This year, the rollout of this program across all year groups, from Kindergarten to Year 6, has been nothing short of revolutionary. We knew we were onto a good thing, and we knew it would be great for your daughters but, quite simply, without your support; without your trust in us, in our processes, in our confidence that this would be a better way to teach Maths, we would not have seen the successes that we have. Ours is a true community of learners, and I thank you for trusting us.
What were our markers for success?
Ì Girls excited about going to Maths… every day.
Ì Girls engaged in goal-setting and developing plans for meeting these goals.
Ì Teachers waiting expectantly for the data to arrive and excitedly messaging me at 10pm about the girls’ growth, once the data was in.
Programs tailored to meet the precise needs of all learners.
Ì Every girl learning something new in Mathematics – Every. Single. Day.
Ì Girls, teachers, and parents working together in an environment of complete transparency, for the benefit of the girls.
Ì A focus on growth, rather than competition.
It would be easy to rest on our laurels and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, but our team is already looking at ways to use the MAP Reading data more effectively next year. Exciting times ahead, indeed!
Last year, I quoted Mary Angelou, who said, ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then,when you know better,do better.’ We’ve now done better. I am so excited that, at MLC School, the research that tells us that girls and Mathematics are not happy companions just doesn’t apply!
Another triumph came in the form of our Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN results, which, as expected, were significantly strong.
Congratulations Year 3 and Year 5 girls, and teachers, for your commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all its forms.
We have worked hard for several years now, to make service learning real; for the girls to understand their part in changing others’ lives for the better. I have been inspired by your daughters’ awareness of the needs of others and, more importantly, their willingness to act.
What did this look like in Kindergarten? Our 5-year-olds, whilst learning about the importance of recycling, took matters into their own hands, organising a roster of students to supervise the bins and ensuring that rubbish was correctly allotted to its appropriate bin. Passionate, committed little people.
Year 1 girls imagined their future during their innovation and design unit, thinking about the next iterations of our everyday objects and tools, which is at the heart of innovation – taking something we have and making it better.
Year 2 developed a program of upcycling. And not just the development of a program – its implementation, problem-solving, co-opting others to join in and making a difference.
Year 3 girls developed a kindness challenge, with no expectation of accolades, but simply a strong desire to make the world a better place.
Year 4 considered UN global goals for sustainable development – being agents of change in their quest to create, innovate and campaign for a better world.
Year 5 girls wrote a book in a day to raise funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project, with any awards won being secondary to the cause itself. Thousands of dollars were raised and the girls had lots of fun along the way.
I am constantly in awe of the generosity of our community and your support for your daughters’ initiatives. We pride ourselves on taking student-led action very seriously and encouraging this often means that several projects are on the go at the same time. This year, our four Houses have run four comprehensive service learning events, supporting charities that make a difference in children’s lives. Congratulations to all, on your commitment to serving humanity.
Speech Day on Wednesday 6 December 2017, marked 30 years, quite literally to the day, since I graduated from teachers’ college, as we did in the ‘olden days’. The theme for our graduation was, Called,Gifted,Sent. Called I definitely was. For those of us who are teachers in this room, know that teaching is much more than an occupation – it is, indeed, a vocation. Gifted? Well, as a fledgling in the profession, gifted was certainly an
exaggeration, although I believed quite passionately that I knew it all; And Sent I was, to a series of little schools where I honed my craft, and where my love for this vocation grew.
Marcus Aurelius sums it up so well: ‘Whenyou riseinthemorning,thinkofwhataprivilegeit istobealive…tobreathe,tothink,toenjoy, to love.’ We, who are educators, would add –to teach and to learn.
I have been blessed at MLC School, with a team of educators who are, quite simply, second to none. Their level of commitment to your daughters, to our process of continual improvement, to innovation and to excellence in all its forms, is like nothing I have experienced anywhere… in all of those 30 years!
Parents often thank me for all that we do here. While there is no doubt that I play a role, the Junior School staff, teachers, aides and operational members of the team are the builders and the designers – the ones who make it happen. And at the centre of all of our plans are your daughters and their individual needs.
To the staff of the Junior School – thank you.
We farewell our 2017 Year 5 students as they head across the road to Year 6. Year 5, you have led us well. Your spirit is strong, and your love of life is legendary! You have outdone yourselves this year, in the classroom, on the sporting field, and in the playground as you’ve led the younger students.
As I do each year, as a community, we will send you off with these words:
Be strong enough to stand alone.
Be yourself enough to stand apart; and
Be wise enough to stand together when the need arises.
You have been a phenomenal leadership team in 2017. Thank you for your contribution to our Junior School.
Finally, on a personal note, may I thank you all for your kind, heartfelt and truly beautiful words during my final weeks in the Junior School. I will miss everything about this place. I feel blessed and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve this remarkable community, and I wish you all continued success as our students and staff march onwards, as Daughters of the Light.
Head of Junior School
Mrs Suzanne Floro
School Captain’s Report
If I were to describe MLC School in one word, it would be ‘opportunity’. I will forever be grateful for all of the incredible opportunities I have been given in the last six years of my life, as they have truly shaped my high school experience and the person I have become.
Whether it be spending every Friday morning jamming with Stage Band or spending six weeks halfway across the world in South Africa on exchange, MLC School has given me so many opportunities to broaden my perspective and to learn more about myself and the world.
Some of these opportunities may not have been anticipated, such as getting lost in the Sydney Opera House thinking we would miss the show, or losing every single volleyball game this year, but they have certainly taught me things – most importantly resilience and openmindedness. If I have learnt one thing
throughout my time at MLC School, it is that the girls here won’t ever give up.
I would like my parting message to everyone to be, ‘Give everything a go, always say yes’. Don’t be afraid of failure because it will only make you stronger. Take control of your high school experience and make the most out of all of the wonderful opportunities MLC School offers us.
While the primary focus of high school is academics, the memories and experiences from these opportunities, which I have taken away with me, are worth so much more than that. From the never-ending laughter with friends, to the somewhat cringe-worthy karaoke as we drove through Broken Hill, Kosciuszko, Thailand and Fiji, I will always treasure my time here at MLC School.
Thank you to everyone at MLC School for giving me an opportunity, whether it was
the opportunity to serve as your School Captain in 2017, the opportunity to try something new, or simply the opportunity to be a friend. I am proud to call myself an MLC School girl and would like to encourage you all to continue spreading your light throughout the world.
School Captain Zoe Latham
‘If I have learnt one thing throughout my time at MLC School, it is that the girls here won’t ever give up.’
This has been the most extraordinary year at MLC School. We’ve been surrounded by compassionate, intelligent and generous girls throughout the school, who are continually shaping it and who will, no doubt, continue to make a positive impact wherever they go in the ‘adult world’. This is evident in the variety of achievements in 2017 across academics, as well as in the consistently outstanding effort that all girls have shown in a variety of activities – from winning the Archdale Shield, to another amazing Sydney Opera House Concert, successes in Wakakirri and in sport. Although the extraordinary achievements of a select few girls continue to amaze us all, the vast majority of girls, who are actively participating in these activities each week, should be equally thanked for their positive contributions to building the diverse and vibrant culture at MLC School.
The spirit of MLC School girls is also reflected in our school’s intrinsic role within the wider community. This year, we took part in the annual ANZAC and Sandakan Memorial Services in Burwood Park, and were touched by the conversations we had with members of the community who had special ties to MLC School. Upon also hearing the excitement of potential students to the school, we were reminded of the countless joys of our schooling journey, which we hope students will enjoy for many years to come.
In our wider community, we were also invited to speak at the International Women’s Day Senior Assembly at Newington College, which was an exciting
and important opportunity to engage in the conversation surrounding the language we use to speak about other women, and its ability to degrade or empower.
Within MLC School, we’ve been able to further explore the importance of having fun, in what can be considered one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life. During Senior Years assemblies, we led Year 10 to Year 12 in a variety of activities, including Just Dance, musical chairs, and a Christmas in July themed assembly, complete with pass-the-parcel and Mariah Carey’s Christmas hits. Our Year 12 muck-up videos, and the willingness of girls in other years to participate, is testament to the sense of fun, balance and humour, which we hope to have encouraged amongst the girls in 2017.
More than anything, our experiences this year have emphasised that MLC School is one of a kind, because of the students who make the school, and the teachers and staff who take the time to encourage and support every single student. It has been our privilege to serve as Vice-Captains in 2017, and while it is bittersweet to leave, following such an exciting and wonderful year, we have no doubt that 2018, led by the new captains, will be even more fantastic.
SchoolVice-Captains Rebecca Janssen and Jasmine Todoroska
‘More than anything, our experiences this year have emphasised that MLC School is one of a kind, because of the students who make the school, and the teachers and staff who take the time to encourage and support every single student.’Rebecca Janssen, School Vice-Captain (Year 6 to Year 9) Jasmine Todoroska, School Vice-Captain (Year 10 to Year 12)
SRC Captain’s Report
In 2017, the Student Representative Council (SRC) blossomed into a remarkable student body, with endless passion and enthusiasm for MLC School one where students have a voice and fully embrace school spirit. Working with an inspiring group of young women, who strive to be agents of change, has shown me what it means to a fearless thinker. It has been an absolute privilege to be MLC School’s first SRC Captain.
In a new and exciting era, Middle Years and Senior Years SRC joined forces, uniting as one group to encourage cross-grade collaboration, encourage new friendships to flourish and make the committee a more powerful and representative body. From then on, the girls willingly met every Wednesday at lunchtime to discuss student issues brought to light by MLC School students, and devised plans for improvement, in order to make the MLC School experience even better. Our meetings consisted of lively discussions, filled with laughter and energy, as the team united into one voice.
Our first success was collaborating with Round Square to organise MLC School’s first Inter-House Handball Tournament, which was held during Rainbow Week. This saw Churunga take the trophy home and win their own bragging rights. Another achievement was organising the annual Lost Property sale, which re-homed lost items. Continuing on from the success of cross-committee collaborations, SRC teamed up with the Debating committee for several weeks to bring back the InterHouse Debating Competition with a bit of a twist. Who knew that debating whether pineapples should be on pizza, or assessing the words from the infamous Voldemort could be so competitive? We also worked on small projects, such as the Kindness Cards Project, where students wrote anonymous encouraging messages to their friends, which were then delivered by the SRC team. There are still many projects in the works, such as the establishment of a relaxation room within the MLC School campus, for a peaceful place for students during lunchtime.
Throughout the year, the SRC worked endlessly to solve issues raised by the MLC School community, and were successful in its endeavours, due to undying passion. I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr Chris Eddleston, who continuously kept the team and myself on the go, and pushed the SRC to dare to be more. Without his guidance and leadership, the SRC would not be what it is today.
As the new academic year arrives, I know that the SRC is in good hands, as the baton is passed onto Swathi Ilanko, who is a compassionate and inspiring leader. She has a great, supportive team behind her and I cannot wait to see their future projects and achievements. It has been an honour to work with an inspiring group of people who truly put their heart and soul into giving the students at MLC School a voice.SRC Captain Maekayla Tran
‘Our meetings consisted of lively discussions, filled with laughter and energy bouncing off the walls, and the team uniting their voices.’
Middle Years Leaders’ Report
‘Shoot for the moon – even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’, was a wise proverb often recited by our mentor, Mrs Joanne Sarmiento, and one which eventually evolved to become the central objective of the Middle Years Leadership team. Being daring and innovative are already existing qualities in every MLC School girl, as we are provided with many opportunities to extend ourselves within our own talents, abilities and community. The ability to reach, encompasses not only the school community, but also the wider world. For this reason, Middle Years have reflected on the theme of ‘REACH’ in 2017: R – Relationships, E – Excellence, A – Acceptance, C – Challenge and H – Harmony. These attributes are already prominent throughout the MLC School community, but took on a deeper meaning during our term as Middle Years Leaders.
An essential ingredient, which contributes to MLC School’s astounding success, is the strong sense of community and unity, while still being diverse in opinions and cultures. In 2017 particularly, we have seen the strengthening of relationships between each individual year group, as well as throughout Year 6 to Year 9. This year, the Middle Years Leadership Team, took a unique approach to assembly, setting fun activities with the Middle Years and actively involving all students in these activities,
subsequently bringing students together, whether through strengthening current relationships or making new friends through laughter and games.
We have challenged Middle Years to reach out into the wider school community, to form new friendships with new faces, and to continue to be open-minded and inclusive of everyone. Acceptance is an essential factor when trying to be inclusive and open-minded. In assemblies, we stressed the importance of accepting others for their differences and being receptive to new opinions and cultures, as acceptance is vital in establishing new relationships and a strong community. Additionally, we also challenged each girl to make cleaner decisions in their everyday life and evaluate their impact on the environment.
Whether it was welcoming the new Year 7 students, going on camp or congratulating our peers through the introduction of Middle Years ‘Citizens of the Term’, all students have embraced this challenge with open arms.
Embracing new challenges is not easy when we have to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. Excellence can be achieved, as long as the individual strives to be open to new opportunities and challenges. Every Middle Years girl should strive for excellence with whatever they choose to focus on. Reaching beyond our
comfort zone has been encouraged in every assembly and has been reflected in our achievements this year, as demonstrated through our biennial Sydney Opera House Concert, Legacy, where every Middle Years student performed with the school choir, or in their instrumental ensembles. Excellence was also demonstrated in the Middle Years though the Shakespeare Festival, FED, ISDA and Archdale Debating, Dance Showcase, Wakakirri and sport.
We thank Mrs Joanne Sarmiento for always inspiring us to be creative, and for her continued guidance throughout the year, during exam periods and times of disgruntlement. We would also like to thank the Middle Years for their enthusiasm, laughter and passionate drive to embrace new challenges. The girls in Year 6 to Year 9 are an astounding group of fearlessly ambitious and compassionate young women, who are ready to reach beyond their school community and into the wider world.MiddleYears LeadershipTeam Eliza Crossley, Lillian Dummett, Emily Eker, Caitlin Field, Isabel Leung, Holly Miller, Samantha Naayen, Meera Patel, Amelie Roediger and Lucy Squier
‘The ability to reach, encompasses not only the school community, but also the wider world.’FRONT ROW Emily Eker, Caitlin Field, Eliza Crossley BACK ROW Samantha Naayen, Lillian Dummett, Lucy Squier, Amelie Roediger, Isabel Leung, Holly Miller ABSENT Meera Patel
Junior School Captain’s Report
Wow – where do I begin? The memories we’ve shared. The things we have learnt. The moments we’ve had, here at MLC School. We have gone to Berry, Ballarat, the Sydney Opera House, IPSHA singing at Sydney Town Hall and to the Music Awards. We have been book writers, illustrators, and editors for Write a Book in a Day. We’ve learnt about the Australian gold rush, survival, light and adaptations and that’s just Year 5!
I would like to thank everyone at the Junior School who has helped all the students at MLC School grow into kind, brave, encouraging and risk-taking students. I would also like to thank everyone who helped turn me from a shy little girl into a leader, who is willing to take on anything.
Thank you to all of the Year 5 teachers who have taught us this year. You have all helped us get through hard times when we doubted ourselves. Once we realised that we could, we knew that we were unstoppable.
Mrs Suzanne Floro, there are more than 100 words we could use to describe you but of course we don’t have that much time, so I’ll say a few. Amazing; wonderful; kind; caring; out of this world and just the greatest Principal. You are so kind and caring to everybody in the school. We wish you the best of luck in your new job at Knox Grammar. Thank you so much for taking MLC School girls on the adventure with you. It has been so much fun. I love how you are always encouraging us to be brave and to go on adventures, even when we are unsure of what we may face along the way. MLC School just won’t be the same without you. You are a great Principal.
Mr Douglas Finlay. You have always been there for us when we need you. You are amazing. I wish that we could have been taught by you, but at least we got to see you every Friday afternoon in our wonderful Captains’ Meeting. I would like to thank Mr Finlay for organising all of the Captains’ Meetings. I love how you take the time to get to know each and every person in the Junior School. One really special thing that I love about you are your spectacular ties. I love how you make such a big effort to wear a different one every day.
Sienna, what can I say? You are the most kind, caring, amazing, awesome, helpful partner and leader anybody could ask for. I am so grateful that I got to work with you and be a part of your school life this year. Without you, my job as Junior School Captain would not have been as easy, as fun or as enjoyable. You are the most amazing Vice-Captain I have ever met. Thank you for all those times you turned the font to 18 just so I could read it. You are always there for me when I need you. I will miss working with you as a leader when we move into the daring Senior School.
Year 5, our work has paid off; the girls in the Junior School have become brave, strong risk-takers.
On behalf of Sienna and myself, we would like to say a big thank you to the House Captains. This year would definitely not have been the same without them. They have helped everybody out this year. From helping out with House carnivals to running Chapel Services. To each and every one of the House Captains – you are so amazingly
funny and caring about each and every thing you do. You were all so easy to work with. You are all leaders. It’s not just about the badge. It’s about how you become that leader; how you become that badge and what the badge stands for. It has been a great opportunity to work with you guys.
I wish next year’s captains and leaders the best of luck. I would like to tell everybody who has tried out for School Captain, that you should not be disappointed with yourself if you don’t get it. I would like to congratulate whoever gets elected in the role. I know that you will do a fantastic job. Make sure that you enjoy every minute of leading our school. I would also like to congratulate whoever gets elected as the Junior School Vice-Captain. You are going to be fantastic too. I know that you are in safe hands with one another and that you will be a great team.Junior School Captain Gwenyth Smith
‘Once we realised that we could, we knew that we were unstoppable.’
Junior School Vice-Captain’s Report
‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world’. This a quote from Malala Yousafzai, my biggest inspiration and the girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girls having the right to be educated. She taught me that anything is possible.
We are so fortunate. We attend a school that encourages us to ‘Dare to be more’, be the biggest versions of ourselves, to embrace our abundant opportunities.
I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I started at MLC School. What an adventure we have had at this school! None of it would have been possible without our amazing Year 5 teachers.
Mrs Victoria Bradshaw, Mrs Mariatina Ruddock and Ms Courtney Dougherty: you are all kind, caring and funny teachers and we are so grateful that you taught us in this final year of Junior School.
From the little things like Mrs Ruddock’s metaphors, Mrs Bradshaw’s quotes each morning and Ms Dougherty’s warm smile, to big things like looking after us in Ballarat and filling our year with enthusiasm, learning and fun, they have always been around to help us whenever we need.
Mr Douglas Finlay, you have been so involved in our journey of the last seven years. You work with the captains and Junior School Student Council (JSSC) to make the school a better place. You stand for impeccable uniforms, you come on
camps and organise excursions, and I’m sure there are many more things that you do for us that we aren’t even aware of. We are so glad that you are one of our leaders.
We also acknowledge every teacher who has made a difference to us from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 5; thank you to our classroom teachers, music teachers, art and drama teachers, librarians and language teachers.
We will really miss the Junior School and the journeys we have had, but we are all excited to go into the Senior School and embrace future opportunities.
I am thankful for having had the chance to be the Junior School Vice-Captain at MLC School. As a Year 5 community, we have raised thousands of dollars for Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), Bear Cottage, The Smith Family, OzChild and The Kids’ Cancer Project. We are so proud of the positive impact we have had on others.
We asked a few monitors to tell us about their role and to talk about leadership. A teacher assistant monitor said, ‘Being a leader is not about being in a higher position than anybody else, it’s about being a role model and still having a great time with your friends.’
We wish all the 2018 leaders the best of luck. We know you will be amazing and all the younger grades will look up to you and follow you as role models. There is an incredible year ahead of you.
To my friend and partner, Gwenyth Smith. What a year we’ve had together! Fulfilling leadership commitments were fun and exciting because of you. You are a cooperative, thoughtful and determined partner. Working with you has made my year so enjoyable. You are always available to take on any role or position, and you look for ways to make this amazing school, even better. Not only do you look after the school, you look after me. I will always cherish our friendship and the memories of this year together.
Mrs Suzanne Floro, you are the most handson and inspiring Junior School Principal, and we are all so sad to see you leave. You have been our English teacher for the past few years and have changed the way we learn maths. Your creative learning activities push us to be our best, but my favourite activity was when we went to the IMAX Theatre. You take the time to get to know everyone in the Junior School. The students at your new school are very lucky! Everyone will love you, but no one will ever love you as a teacher or as a principal as much as we do.
At our Year 5 graduation assembly you left us with one BIG message that will stay with us: Make good choices; Participate or spectate; Commit or make excuses; Work hard or not; Be grateful for what you have or resent others; Look inside yourself when things don’t go to plan or blame others and say it’s not fair. And most importantly, make a plan for 2018, and how we are going to be the best version of ourselves.
I think we will all take your message and keep it with us.Junior SchoolVice-Captain Sienna Marriott
‘We are so fortunate. We attend a school that encourages us to ‘Dare to be more’. To be the biggest versions of ourselves, to embrace our abundant opportunities.’
Junior School Student Council Report
The Junior School Student Council (JSSC) met during morning break every Friday in 2017 to discuss ways to improve the school and the learning experiences of the girls. Teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment were always evident during JSSC meetings.
Once again, our Year 2 members joined the other members of the JSSC at the beginning of Term 3 and immediately brought a fresh Early Years perspective to our discussions.
Perhaps the most significant innovation that was adopted during the year was the Early Years Citizen of the Term. For 20 years, the JSSC committee has been instrumental in selecting the Junior School Citizen of the Term from Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. The question was raised, ‘Why do we not have a Citizen of the Term for Kindergarten to Year 2?’ This caused much discussion in meetings and it was clear from the discussions that all members of the JSSC were very enthusiastic about the proposal. Members of the JSSC then took their ideas to Mrs Suzanne Floro who enthusiastically agreed and so, at the end of Term 3, we announced our first ‘Early Years Citizen of the Term’, Jodhi Bou (Year 2).
We arrived at our decision by dividing the JSSC into groups and reading through all of the applications from the girls in Kindergarten to Year 2, and developing a shortlist. Each group then reported back to the entire Junior School Student Council on the achievements of the Early Years girls on their shortlist. From there, we further refined our shortlist to three candidates. Again, we reflected on the contribution each of these outstanding candidates made to the Junior School and to their peers before holding an election to choose the winner.
‘Stay and Play’ was also a highlight for us in Term 3 as we busily prepared for a spectacular and fun-filled final afternoon of Term 3. It was a wonderful afternoon and we all enjoyed face-painting, the hair salon and the nail polish stall, as well as the petting farm and a whip-cracking demonstration amongst many, many other activities. The silent disco was very busy all afternoon, as was the photo gallery, where we could dress up and have our photo taken. We spent many hours planning how we would run our chosen activity, but everybody had so much fun at ‘Stay and Play’ that it was well worth it in the end.
We would like to thank Mrs Maya Cupac and Mrs Felicia Calautti for coming to the rescue when the jumping castle that we ordered early in the year didn’t arrive. They frantically rang every company who had jumping castles until they found somebody who was able to help. There was great celebration as the jumping castle arrived and was set up for us. We certainly had a huge number of people who were keen to try it out. Our thanks also go to Mrs Michelle Wyatt who managed to make some sense out of the chaos and enabled everybody to have fun jumping.
We would like to thank Mrs Donna Keane who was our mentor during the year. We would also like to thank Mrs Wendy Allen who helped us out during Term 3 as we planned for Stay and Play. We have absolutely loved being your JSSC representatives in 2017 and we wish the Junior School Student Council all the best in 2018.JSSC Coordinator Mr Douglas Finlay FRONT ROW Sophia Hu, Jodhi Bou, Stella Wallace, Bianca Trimboli, Angelina Le, Sophia Antipas, Katelyn Tu, India-Rose Macè SECOND ROW Ms D Keane, Annaliese Yan, Isabel Garner, Saskia Roberts, Madeline Atkinson, Azzurra Zappacosta, Kristina Bitar, Yolanda Dolenac, Mr D Finlay THIRD ROW Cara Britton, Edie Baker, Sally Obaid, Georgie Roediger, Amelia Cosmidis, Chloe Ho-Shon
‘Teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment were always evident during JSSC meetings.’
2017 has been considered a ‘settlement period’ for the Chaplains as we adjusted, learnt and worked through the dynamics of the different terms. MLC School represents our life of faith and spiritual journey, as it is lived in the Uniting Church in Australia. We promote the Christian ethos, leading worship, pastoral care, nurturing discipleship and teaching as appropriate.
Worship this year has been based on the Lectionary cycle, biblical series and themes such as the fruits of the Spirit, as our whole school community, from Kindergarten to Year 12 joined together for weekly Devotional Assembly and Chapel Services.
The liturgical year for Pre-Kindergarten is enhanced in our Godly Play Room, where our youngest members of MLC School have a service fortnightly. The Godly Play Program will play a major role as the core of the Early Years’ study of Religion into 2018. Significant liturgical events such as Ash Wednesday, Easter, Pentecost and Advent are shared in student and family gatherings. Sunday Services focus on our House system bringing the family together and students displaying leadership in creating the liturgy for these services.
Pastoral Care continues to be a major part of the role, as we meet the spiritual needs of staff and students during their times of need. It is an intentional dialogue of exploring spirituality to help them deal with life’s challenges, by assisting young people to develop their full potential, pursuing knowledge, the practice of empathy and understanding, and seeking to discover the answers to spiritual needs.
Rev Viniana Ravetali toured with a group of Year 11 girls to Fiji during the Term 2 holidays for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award expedition. It was a life-changing experience for our girls, as they built footpaths for a local school in the highlands!
Our lunchtime programs, Jesus in School Time (JIST) for Senior School, and Jesus and Me (JAM) for Junior School, continue to grow. In Term 4, a new mindfulness program, Colour, Chill and Chat, was introduced for Tuesday lunchtimes, where
students prayed, told stories and shared life’s ups and downs, while colouring, chilling and chatting, as we grew to know each other. This program is inclusive of Year 6 to Year 12 girls.
The Chaplains also serve the school community through Christian rites, having overseen a funeral, five baptisms and four weddings this year. Other special services included Staff Service at the start of the year, Valedictory Service for Year 12, Prefect Service and Advent services for staff, students, parents and Old Girls.
One of the most exciting aspects of 2017 has been the refurbishment and ongoing care for the chapel, as funded by the generosity of the MLC School Old Girls’ Union. The Chaplains continue to work with our Old Girls on this project.
School Ministry is unique in that it brings the church to the community, continuously striving to keep the dialogue going, and therefore, continuing the work of Christ in ushering the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven.
Rev Viniana Ravetali and Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke
‘School Ministry is unique in that it brings the church to the community, continuously striving to keep the dialogue going.’Rev Viniana Ravetali, Rev Simon Hansford (Moderator, Uniting Church, Synod of NSW and ACT), and Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Brett Grey BCom, CPA Easso Mathews BCom
Trinh Nguyen Andrea Prevost
Navoda Wellege ACMA
Jason Nicholas BDes – Aquatic Centre Manager
Jessica Gilmour BAPsych, DipCommWel Dayna Sakalauskas
Loretta Toole DipTeach, DipRelEd, GDipCareers Ed, DipCoun, MBTI Accred – Director of Careers
Jo Cilia BA, DipEd, GCert Careers
Catherine Roach RN, (Cert IV G Career Development)
Lynne Bondar BA, DipEd
Rev Viniana Ravetali MTh, BTh, DipAdminMgt
Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke BTh, DipDramArt
Blake Fatouros BHlthSc, GDip Creative Industries
– Dance Teaching (Secondary Ed), BEd, Cert III Ent, Cert IV Workplace Assess, BEd (Secondary) PDHPE and Dance
Marion Delprado MA (Social Work), BA, DipEd Elizabeth Hill MA, BA, DipEd
Susan Rountree MA, BA, DipEd
DANCE, DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT
Lisa Jinga MA, BA, DipEd – Head of Department
Bianca Argyrous BA, BEd, Cert IVPA
Kate Caron MEd, BA, DipEd
Alyssha Clarke BMus
Kate Drady MTeach, BArts Dance (Hons)
Blake Fatouros BHealth Sc, GDip Creative Industries (Dance Teaching) (Secondary Ed), BEd, Cert III Ent, Cert IV Workplace Assess, BEd Secondary PDHPE&Dance
Julian Kennard MTeach, BCA
Bojana Kvrgic BA
Jenna Skepper BEd
Benjamin Haeusler BEd(Hons)
– Head of Department
Rachel Alice BA, DipEd
Lynn Calluaud MEd, BA DipTeach, GDip TESOL, Christine Choi BA, DipEd, TESOL Cert
Carmel Cordaro BA(Hons), DipEd
Alice Fenton BAComm, GDipJ, GDipEd
Gemma Goldberger BA, GDipEd
Elizabeth King BA, DipEd, TESOL
Adam Lee MTeach
Kim Lightfoot MLOLead, BEd
Hanna Lucas BA, GDipEd
Deborah Moir MLitt, BA (Hons)
Fiona Pow BA (Hons), PGCE
Lynne Slarke MEd M SPEd, BA, BEd, DipEd, GDipSpEd
Irene Swain DipTeach, DipEd, GDipSpEd, Cert IVAss &Tr., Cert Comp in EdAss
Jane Wang MEd, BA/BEd
Adrianne Wardrop CertIIIEdsupport
Peter Klamka BA (Hons), DipEd
– Head of Department
Antonella Accurso BEd(Sec)PRINCIPAL Louise Robert-Smith BA, DipEd, MEd, MACEL DEPUTY PRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL (Term 1 – Term 3) Paul Brown MA, BA, Cert HRM (MGSM), MACEL, MAHRI DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Term 4) Frances Booth BA (Hons), PGCE, ARI, MACEL HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL (Term 4) Neil Scotney BPhysEd, BEd (PDHPE) HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL Suzanne Floro BEd, DipEd, DipCL, COGE HEAD OF LEARNING DESIGN AND INNOVATION Carolyn Rhodes BEd, DipEd, COGE DIRECTOR OF SENIOR CURRICULUM AND IB DIPLOMA COORDINATOR Anne Layman MBA, BEd DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES (Term 1 – Term 3) Frances Booth BA (Hons), PGCE, ARI, MACEL HEAD OF SENIOR YEARS (Term 1 – Term 3) Neil Scotney BPhysEd, BEd (PDHPE) HEAD OF FINANCE, SYSTEMS AND ADMINISTRATION Ross Kirby BBus Studies, Dip Acct, Cert GIA, ASA, JP HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES Angela D’Amore BA HEAD OF MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS Alison Dunn BA, GradDipComm Mgt, FGLF HEAD OF MIDDLE YEARS Joanne Sarmiento BSc, BEd, Cert TESOL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PRINCIPAL Ally McManus
Lesley-Ann Angus BA, DipEd
Felicity Berry PhD, BTeach, BA(Hons)
Sharon Connolly BA, DipEd
Gemma Goldberger BA, GDipEd
Vicky Zinopoulos BA, BEd, Cert IVAssessment and WPlaceTrain
Angela D’Amore BA
– Head of Department
Vanessa Lau BCom, CertIVBA
Monika Slobodova AssocDipBus, CertIVHRM
HUMAN SOCIETY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT (HSIE)
Allison McCulloch MA, BEc, Dip Ed, GDip RE – Head of Department
Lynne Bondar BA, DipEd
Manuel Condoleon MEd (Research), BComm, BEd
Annie Conway MA (Spirituality), BA, DipEd, Dip Christian Studies, Bryanna Cooper BExHlthSc, DipEd
Ben Davidson MEnv, BSocSc, Jocelyn Jabbour-Perez BEc, GDipAFin&Investment, DipFinPlan, GDipEd, CertRE
Helen Kondos BEc, DipEd
David Latimer Med (Merits), BA, DipEd
Anne Layman MBA, BEd, Prue Pope MREd, BA, BTeach
Jo Sarmiento BSc, BEd
Nicole Wirth BSc, GDipEd
Joan Wyllie BA, DipEd
Rudy De Vos GDipITMgt, GCertITMgt, AssocDipMechEng
– Head of Department
Catherina De Gier BA, Dip LibSci
Elias Shakif Cert IVIT
Sujatha Gunja MTeach, BSc
Bryce Lindstrom BTeach, DipIT
Wendy Allen Cert III Teachers Special Aide
Julie Alimpic BPhysEd
Elizabeth Astle BA Hons, DipEd
Rachel Barakat BEd (Primary)
Matilda Baxter BA, MTeach
Melissa Baxter BEd
Susan Blanche BEd, Higher DipTeach, DipArtEd
Diane Bonnici DipEdSupport
Rachael Borg BEd (Early Childhood)
Victoria Bradshaw BEd (Hons) (Primary)
Felicia Calautti Cert III BusAdminEduc
Carol Campbell MEd (Library Science)
Pauline Carr BTeach (Primary), RN
Marie Cassar BMechEng/BCompSc (Hons)
Sherry Chen Med, BA, BTeach (Sec),
Geneva Clayton BTeach (Hons), COGE
Emma Davey BEd (Primary), BECE
Courtney Dougherty BEd
Patricia Duke BA, DipTeach
Samantha Edwards BEd (Primary) (Hons)
Carmen Gaspersic BEd
Jody Gilroy MTeach, BA
Jan Falls MEd, MECH, BA, DipEd, Dip Decorative Arts
Douglas Finlay BEd, DipTeach
Sue Floro BEd, DipEd, DipCL, COGE
Madison Greville BVA
Nerida Greville BA, DipEd
Natalie Hird MTeach, BA
Michelle Hiss BEd (PhysHlth)
Grace Kapellos MA (Psych), BA
Donna Keane BA, HigherDipEd
Jeanine Kobylinski BEd (Early Childhood)
Jane Lancaster MA/Design Ed, BA, Dip Ed (Primary)
Michael Lewis BPsych
Vicki Liubinskas AssocDipECH
Annette McClure BEd, DipTeach
Belinda Merrick BEd (Early Childhood) (Hons)
Mariatina Ruddock BA, DipEd
Brett Salakas BTeach, BEd
Bede Schofield MTeach
Liane Simpson JP, Cert III Hosp, Cert Clothing Assembly
Jackie Tanevski DipIT, CertIIIECEd
Michelle Wyatt BA (Hons), DipEd
Louisa Macdonald MA, BA (Hons), PGCE – Head of Department
Lijun Bi PhD, GDipEd
Jennifer Brown BA, GDipEd (Hons)
Cristy Gover BA, PostGDipEd, PostGDipHR
Gabriele Grave DipEd (Secondary), LOTE (German)
Penelope Hewett MTeach, BCom/BA
Sandy Huang BA, GDipLOTE
Kentaro Otani BSc/BEd
Frank Schaer BA (Hons), GDipLibSc
Elisa Tagliabue MAAppL (LT)
Veronique Tormey MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Louise Piggot MEd, BEd, DipTeach
– Head of Department
Nola Booth DipLib&InfSc
Sharon Goad BA, DipEd, DipLib&InfSc
Tara Howell BInfSt(Lib), DipLib&InfSc
Michelle Olah BA/BEd, GCTESOL
MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Alison Dunn BA, Grd Dip Comm Mgmt, FGLF – Head of Department
Jillian Avramis AssocDipFA
Barbara Hoffman BSc (Hons), GCRecords Mgt
Hanh Nguyen BDes
Melissa Pollett BJ (Hons)
Vanessa Roussos BA
Eva Pejovic MGuidCouns, BSc (Hons), BSc (Maths & Psych), DipEd – Head of Department
Berta Challita BA/BTeach
Brett Duncan BEd
Christopher Eddleston MMath (Hons), PGDipEd
Genevieve Green BSc, DipEd
Carolyn Knight BEd
Kestie Neligan BEd, DipTeach, Penny Pachos MEd, BSc, DipEd
Angela Renwick BAppSc, BTeach (Secondary)
Joanna Souroullas BSc, BEd
Joanne Sarmiento BSc, BEd
– Head of Middle Years
Shaunna Evens DipTeach
Kerry Garner BA (Hons), PGCE
Kim Lightfoof MLOLead, BEd (Hons1)
James Allington PGCE (Mus), GTCL, FTCL, ARCO – Director of Music
Emma Bourke BMus (Hons), PGCE
Tristan Coelho BMus (Hons)
Richard Coward BMus/BEd, Cert IVTrain&Asses, CertIIILiveProd, Theatre & Events
Guy de Villiers BMus (Hons), LRAM, PGCE
Joanna Drimatis PhD, MMus, BMusEd (Hons), GDipMus
Alison Duncan BA (Hons), MMus
Elisabeth Finlayson BEd/BCA
Elizabeth Gilberthorpe BMus
Holly Harrison DCA
Ying Ho MMus, BMus (Hons)
Phillipa Knight BA (Hons), DipEd
Annette McClure BEd, DipTeach
Anne Shearman BSc (Nursing), RN
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PDHPE)
Olivia Nolan, MEd, BExcSc, GDipEd – Acting Head of Department
Wayne Donley BEd, GDipREd, AssDipSportsSc, GDipEd
Jane Ferguson BEd (Phys & HlthEd)
Michelle Hiss BEd (Phys & HlthEd)
Sarah Papachristoforou BComm/ BJ, DipEd
Neil Scotney BEd (PDHPE)
Gavin Starr BPhEd, BEd
Claire White BEd (HMS)
Gregory McGirr Cert III Electrical Fitter Mech Trade, Cert IV Ind Electronics – Facilities Manager
Brendon Doak Cert III Plumbing Services
Scott Ingwersen Horticultural Cert, AssocDipLandscaping
Nerida Coman DipTeach (Primary), Cert III BusAdmin
Natalie Martino CertIVBA
Susan Rowley MSc, MTeach (Hons), BSc, G Dip FDA – Head of Department
Marc Berndsen MSc (Biol), GDipEd
Kaitlyn Calluaud MTeach, BExPhys Felicity Cassidy BPharm, BTeach Mary Correa AssocDipChemTech
Moira Gaha BEd
Tracey Getts MSc, BSc (Hons), DipEd Michael Hayes BSc (Hons), DipEd, MA Carlee Hill BSc, DipEd
Ingrid Smolka BSc, DipEd
Martina Stolzi MTeach, MSc
Sandra Street ChemCert
Roseanne Thompson BSc, GDipEd
Sarah Tynan MTeach, BSc
Patricia Watson BSc, DipEd
Lisa Filby BEd, DipTeach – Director of Sport
Naomi Bruce MComm, BA
Kylie Bickerstaff BEd, DipM
Pepe Havea Kathleen Hextell
Leesa Lawrence BEd
Laura Verlinden BPDHPE
Claire White BEd (HMS)
Colman Wong BSc, MSportCoach
Ellen Duff MAppSc(Soc)
Michael Hayes MA, BSc (Hons) DipEd
Debra McRostie BBus
Kestie Neligan BEd, DipTeach
Tim Sutherland MEd, BEd, DipDes
– Head of Department
Natalie Adaimy BSc (Hons)
Kate Andrews BASc, GDipEd, DipASc, DipHospMgt
Nicole Gilberd BDes, GCertMktg
Sujatha Gunja MTeach, BSc
Kara Laidsaar BEd
Robyn Langford DipTeach
Bryce Lindstrom BTeach, DipIT
Robyn Mackertich BEd
Pamela McGowan DipTeach
Caitlin White BIArch, BTeach
Renee Willemsen BEd
Nicole Wirth MSc, BSc, GDipEd
Sally Marks BA, DipEd, DipFA
– Acting Head of Department, Visual Arts
Emma Hogan BA, BArtTh /BArtEd
– Acting Head of Department, Visual Arts
Cigdem Aydemir MFA, GCFA, BDes, BA/BEd
Caitlin Boyd BDes/BA
Douglas Evans BA, DipEd
Anita Lee BDes
Eloise Panetta MA, BDes
Tom Rae BFA
Emily Turner BA/BEd
Dayna Wilding BDes
CaptainsSCHOOL CAPTAIN Zoe Latham At MLC School since 2012 SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN (YEAR 6 TO YEAR 9) Rebecca Janssen At MLC School since 2013 CREATIVE ART AND DESIGN CAPTAIN Carma Jackson At MLC School since 2015 SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN (YEAR 10 TO YEAR 12) Jasmine Todoroska At MLC School since 2012 DANCE, DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT CAPTAIN Charlotte Beckett At MLC School since 2012 DEBATING CAPTAIN Shuang (Claris) Foo At MLC School since 2010 ROUND SQUARE CAPTAIN Mary Pilkinton At MLC School since 2008 MUSIC CAPTAIN Christina Burjan At MLC School since 2012 SPORT CAPTAIN Phoebe Hunter-Mole At MLC School since 2012 SRC CAPTAIN Maekayla Tran At MLC School since 2012 LEAWARRA PRESCOTT WADE ABBEYTHORPE WHITLEY LESTER LESTER CHURUNGA BOORALEE
Year 12 House CaptainsVICE-CAPTAIN Sachi Jhingran At MLC School since 2009 CAPTAIN Eloise Smith At MLC School since 2013 CAPTAIN Julia Tanevski At MLC School since 2005 CAPTAIN Nina Frissel-Thomas At MLC School since 2012 VICE-CAPTAIN Elizabeth Hewish At MLC School since 2005 VICE-CAPTAIN Grace Webster At MLC School since 2009 CAPTAIN Isabella Seales At MLC School since 2010 CAPTAIN Kayla Tanevski At MLC School since 2012 VICE-CAPTAIN Ellyn Sheehy At MLC School since 2012 VICE-CAPTAIN Jasmine Yip At MLC School since 2012 ABBEYTHORPE BOORALEE CHURUNGA BOORALEE CHURUNGA LEAWARRA LESTER LESTER
Year 12 PortraitsArtemis Alfonzetti At MLC School since 2009 WADE Isabella Anderson At MLC School since 2012 BOORALEE Madison Allan At MLC School since 2012 LEAWARRA Semela Angelides At MLC School since 2012 WADE Kaelyn Bachir At MLC School since 2005 PRESCOTT Charlotte Beckett At MLC School since 2012 WHITLEY Lauren Barclay At MLC School since 2010 WADE Sargun Bhatia At MLC School since 2014 MOORAMOORA Lakshmi Bhuphatiraju At MLC School since 2011 ABBEYTHORPE Rebecca Bisseh At MLC School since 2012 CHURUNGA Yu Xin (Susan) Bian At MLC School since 2016 LEAWARRA Elizabeth Borodin At MLC School since 2010 SUTTON Edith Buckland Watts At MLC School since 2012 LESTER Christina Burjan At MLC School since 2012 CHURUNGA
Year 12 Portraits Continued
2017Brittany Duncombe At MLC School since 2012 Nicola Economides At MLC School since 2005 Teresa Du At MLC School since 2009 Caitlin Farrell At MLC School since 2010 Janjane Feng At MLC School since 2006 Jacqueline Field At MLC School since 2012 Navini Fernando At MLC School since 2013 Ella Finlay At MLC School since 2012 Shuang (Claris) Foo At MLC School since 2010 Xinwei (Chloe) Gong At MLC School since 2015 Nina Frissel-Thomas At MLC School since 2012 Bridget Goonan At MLC School since 2010 CHURUNGA LESTER SUTTON BOORALEE MOORAMOORA MOORAMOORA PRESCOTT LESTER LEAWARRA CHURUNGA SUTTON Jasmine Dowidar At MLC School since 2010 PRESCOTT Geer (Kitty) Du At MLC School since 2015 ABBEYTHORPE
Year 12 Portraits Continued
2017Rebecca Janssen At MLC School since 2013 Yuting Jin At MLC School since 2012 Sachi Jhingran At MLC School since 2009 Holly Jones At MLC School since 2005 Michelle Joseph At MLC School since 2008 Jung In (Jessica) Kim At MLC School since 2016 Hannah Kelly At MLC School since 2012 Jessica Kotselas At MLC School since 2005 Sheree Kuan At MLC School since 2012 Tiffany Lai At MLC School since 2012 Rebecca Janes At MLC School since 2012 Catherine Jang At MLC School since 2012 Carma Jackson At MLC School since 2015 Tedaree Jamieson At MLC School since 2011 PRESCOTT ABBEYTHORPE LESTER BOORALEE BOORALEE CHURUNGA WHITLEY WADE PRESCOTT
2017 Year 12 Portraits ContinuedOlivia Redwin At MLC School since 2012 Athanasia Sakoutis At MLC School since 2010 Victoria Rule At MLC School since 2012 Maria Salman At MLC School since 2014 Isabella Seales At MLC School since 2010 Ellyn Sheehy At MLC School since 2012 Gabriella Searle At MLC School since 2008 Vivian Shen At MLC School since 2011 Mary Pilkinton At MLC School since 2008 Vishaya Pracy At MLC School since 2012 Alice Patterson At MLC School since 2012 Annika Pienaar At MLC School since 2009 Sreya Parakala At MLC School since 2013 Haelin Park At MLC School since 2012 LESTER WHITLEY LESTER PRESCOTT LEAWARRA LESTER CHURUNGA WADE WADE BOORALEE ABBEYTHORPE
2017Cecilia Wong At MLC School since 2005 Megan Wyllie At MLC School since 2014 Lillian Wu At MLC School since 2014 Jasmine Yip At MLC School since 2012 Tara Wilkie At MLC School since 2012 Sarah Wellfare At MLC School since 2010 Anna Wilson At MLC School since 2012 Yu Jia (Anna) Wang At MLC School since 2011 Grace Webster At MLC School since 2009 ABBEYTHORPE SUTTON ABBEYTHORPE LESTER SUTTON SUTTON BOORALEE LESTER CHURUNGA
Kindergarten to Year 12 Students
We would like to acknowledge the following students who have been educated at MLC School from Kindergarten to Year 12.
2017FRONT ROW Shakira Chung, Mia Caputo, Kaelyn Bachir, Jessica Kotselas, Demi Charalambous, Anastasia Hatzisarantinos, Holly Jones SECOND ROW Catelyn Ha, Elizabeth Chen, Elizabeth Hewish, Julia Tanevski, Nicola Economides, Cecilia Wong
Year 12 Prize Winners
HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (HSC)
Business Studies (aeq.) Economics Madison Allan Business Studies (aeq.) Janjane Feng
Music 1 Artemis Alfonzetti
Design and Technology Geography Mary Pilkinton
Drama English Advanced English Extension 1
The Jennifer Carr (Grant) Memorial Prize for English Extension 2 All-round Academic Excellence Charlotte Beckett
English as a Second Language Shirley Chen English Standard Ashley Liptak Entertainment Sophie Liang Food Technology Victoria Michael French (aeq.) Georgia McNaughton French (aeq.) Visual Arts Isabella Seales
All-round Academic Excellence Anastasia Hatzisarantinos
Industrial Technology Annika Pienaar Japanese Continuers Yu Jia (Anna) Wang Mathematics Lillian Wu Mathematics Extension 1 Josephine Lam Mathematics Extension 2 Jane Liu Mathematics General Lauren Barclay
All-round Academic Excellence Yaeji (Tiffany) Son
Senior Swimming Champion Sarah Wellfare
Studies of Religion II Caitlin Farrell Textiles and Design Mia Caputo
All-round Academic Excellence Lilian Le
All-round Academic Excellence
Runner-up to Dux of MLC School HSC Candidature (aeq.) Milly Day-Collett
All-round Academic Excellence
Runner-up to Dux of MLC School HSC Candidature (aeq.) Geer (Kitty) Du
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Physics
Dr Denise Cole Prize for Science
All-round Academic Excellence
The George Lane Prize for Dux of MLC School HSC Candidature Alice Patterson
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
French Annelisa Dorrell Business Management Stephanie Dimovski Dance Nicola Economides
All-round Academic Excellence Adelaide Grisard English (aeq.)
Japanese Visual Arts Sophia Costantino
Geography Sreya Parakala German Claudia Orr
Italian ab initio Theory of Knowledge (aeq.)
All-round Academic Excellence Shuang (Claris) Foo Mathematical Studies
All-round Academic Excellence Elizabeth Hewish
Mathematics HL Psychology
All-round Academic Excellence Jung In (Jessica) Kim Music Sheree Kuan Senior Athletics Champion (aeq.) Zoe Latham Theatre Imogen Locke-Sodhi
All-round Academic Excellence Rebecca Janssen Chemistry (aeq.) Mandarin ab initio Mathematics SL Physics
All-round Academic Excellence
Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq.) Lilian Hunt Chemistry (aeq.) Economics English (aeq.) History Theory of Knowledge (aeq.)
All-round Academic Excellence Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq.) Jasmine Todoroska
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Gold Award Madison Allan Katerina Chen Annelisa Dorrell Jasmine Dowidar Brittany Duncombe Nicola Economides Janjane Feng Navini Fernando Nina Frissel-Thomas Lilian Hunt Phoebe Hunter-Mole Tedaree Jamieson Holly Jones Zoe Latham Ashley So Kayla Tanevski Imogen Turner Felicia Ventouris
2017 Pierre de Coubertin Awards Rebecca Janes Zoe Latham
C.R. Warne Prize for Sportsmanship and Proficiency in Sport Zoe Latham George Brown Prize for Leadership Zoe Latham Helen Bagley Memorial Medal for Achievement, Generosity and Citizenship Zoe Latham
MLC School Blue for Music Yaeji (Tiffany) Son MLC School Blue for Sport Erin Bofinger Tara Wilkie
Nicole Horton Prize for the Players’ Player Elizabeth Hewish
OGU Prize for Scholarship, Sportsmanship and Leadership Jasmine Todoroska The King Constantine Medal – Round Square Mary Pilkinton
HSC and IB Results
Congratulations to the 2017 Year 12 cohort. Using the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) as a measure, we can combine the results of the HSC and the IB to summarise the whole cohort’s performance in 2017.
ATAR OVER 99
Christina Burjan Sophia Costantino Shuang (Claris) Foo Elizabeth Hewish
Rebecca Janssen Jung In (Jessica) Kim Sheree Kuan Tiffany Lai Imogen Locke-Sodhi Sreya Parakala Jasmine Todoroska Maekayla Tran
Overall, 37% of our combined HSC/IB cohort achieved an ATAR over 95 and 64% achieved an ATAR over 90.
Five IB students achieved a perfect score of 45 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.95) and two students achieved a score of 44 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.85
There were 145 instances of students being awarded Band 6 or E4 (the highest bands possible).
HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (HSC) HIGHLIGHTS
this list, with one Band 5 and otherwise Band 6.
65% of Ancient History students achieved a Band 6.
Six students were placed on the HSC Distinguished Achievers list for those who achieved a result in the highest possible Band for one or more courses.
One student placed 7th in Mathematics Extension 2 and one student placed 4th in Entertainment Industry.
The works of Frankie Howard-White were exhibited as part of the ArtExpress showcase of the best visual artists completing the HSC across NSW.
65% of the cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. In 24 of the 27 subjects sat by our students, the results in Bands 5 and 6 exceeded the state average.
100% of Music 1 students achieved a Band 6 and 100% Music Extension students received a Band E4.
100% of English Extension 2 students received a Band E4.
The work of Catherine Jiang and Isabella Suckling was selected for inclusion in ENCORE, a concert of outstanding performances and compositions from HSC music students.
Four students were placed on the HSC All Rounders list, for those who achieved Band 6 in 10 units of studies.
Congratulations to Milly Day-Collett, Anastasia Hatzisarantinos, Victoria Michael and Alice Patterson.
Congratulations also to Madison Allan, Lauren Barclay, Charlotte Beckett, Holly Jones, Ashley Liptak and Anna Wilson who narrowly missed
100% of Geography students achieved a Band 5 and Band 6
100% of Japanese Continuers students achieved a Band 5 and Band 6.
The work of Holly Jones was selected for the Texstyle showcase of the best textile works from HSC students across NSW.
100% of Visual Arts students achieved a Band 5 and Band 6.
The work of Charlotte Mackie Pawson was selected for InTech, an annual exhibition of Major Design Projects from students across NSW.
87% of Drama students achieved a Band 6.Mr Julian Kennard and Ms Lisa Jinga with IB Drama students at the IB Results Morning Tea.
HSC DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS
Madison Allan Lauren Barclay
Charlotte Beckett Mia Caputo Shirley Chen Annelise Chu
Olivia Dodd Geer Du
Nina Frissel-Thomas Xinwei (Chloe) Gong
Laura Laman Lilian Le
Francesca Lee Sophie Liang Ashley Liptak
Charlotte Mackie Pawson Georgia McNaughton
Victoria Michael Tiffany Pang Alice Patterson Annika Pienaar Mary Pilkinton Vishaya Pracy
Lily Soliman Yaeji (Tiffany) Son Amy Song
Julia Tanevski Kayla Tanevski
Yu Jia Wang
Five students achieved a perfect score of 45, placing them among the top academic achievers worldwide.
Congratulations to Shuang (Claris) Foo, Elizabeth Hewish, Imogen Locke-Sodhi, Rebecca Janssen and Jasmine Todoroska.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) HIGHLIGHTS
Ì Congratulations also to Lilian Hunt and Sreya Parakala who narrowly missed this list, achieving scores of 44.
Ì 32% of the IB candidature achieved an ATAR of 99 or over.
The MLC School average score for the November IB examinations was 38.9 (ATAR of 97.6).
English A Literature HL
English A Literature SL
77.5% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
50% awarded a Grade 7
French B HL 100% awarded a Grade 7
French B SL 66.6% awarded a Grade 7
German B HL & SL
100% awarded a Grade 7
Mandarin ab initio SL 100% awarded a Grade 7
Business Management HL 73% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
Economics HL �����������������������67% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
Geography HL 71% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
History HL 87.5% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
History SL 50% awarded a Grade 7
Psychology HL & SL 82% awarded a Grade 6
Biology HL 64% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
Biology SL 75% awarded a Grade 7
Chemistry HL 64% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
53% awarded a Grade 7
Design Technology HL 75% awarded a Grade 6
Design Technology SL 50% awarded a Grade 7
Physics SL 50% awarded a Grade 7
Sports Exercise and Health Science SL 60% awarded a Grade 7
Mathematical Studies SL 39% awarded a Grade 7
Mathematics HL 50% awarded a Grade 6
Mathematics SL 33% awarded a Grade 7
Dance HL 100% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
Music HL 100% awarded a Grade 7
Theatre HL 100% awarded a Grade 6 or 7
Visual Arts 100% awarded a Grade 6
Twenty-two students scored an A Grade for their Extended essay
‘You get out what you put in. In reality, it’s just two small years in an overall long life. Therefore, try as hard as you can and exert yourself, knowing that your hard work will be rewarded.’
– Semela Angelides
‘Stay balanced and do the HSC your own way! Don’t copy the way your friends study, find what works and make sure you enjoy it.’
– Anastasia Hatzisarantinos
‘Be confident in yourself and your abilities and try to keep everything in perspective so as to not get too overwhelmed.’
– Milly Day-Collett
‘What I liked most about the IB was the choice and independence it promotes – specifically the freedom to choose your own research projects.’
– Imogen Locke-Sodhi
Year 12 Reflections
‘Remember your goals are your own, and you shouldn’t compare yourself to others even though the HSC so often feels very competitive. Work with your peers and be kind to each other in a very stressful year.’
– Mary Pilkinton
‘Keep going and stay motivated, even if your marks aren’t reflective of the work you are putting in. The hard work will pay off.’
‘Don’t doubt your abilities because everyone has an equal chance at succeeding. With hard work and confidence all can achieve.’– Athanasia Sakoutis
‘Remember to take breaks and find a healthy balance between school work and your personal interests/hobbies.’
– Anna Wilson
– Gabriella Searle
HOUSESFRONT ROW Katerina Chen, Lauren McLean, Eloise Smith, Stephanie Dimovski, Felicia Ventouris, Anastasia Hatzisarantinos, Elena Viatos SECOND ROW Isabella Seales, Elizabeth Hewish, Jasmine Yip, Tedaree Jamieson, Kayla Tanevski, Julia Tanevski, Jessica Kotselas THIRD ROW Alice Patterson, Sachi Jhingran, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Ellyn Sheehy, Grace Webster, Claudia Orr
Abbeythorpe Senior School Report
Abbeythorpe, being the first House in alphabetical order, has lived up to the expectations of starting with a bang this year. Aside from our achievements in both House spirit and sporting skill, and coming 4th at the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, Abbeythorpe has shown collaboration beyond belief. This made our role as Captains very enjoyable, and there was never any need to ask for louder cheers or more participation in the carnival events.
It was our goal to make Abbeythorpe feel like less of a House and more of a home at the fortnightly House times. We played mini games and celebrated the girls’ achievements with the occasional update from the Head of House, Ms Cristy Gover. The atmosphere was light and energetic, not only because of the nature of the
activities, but also because the Abbeythorpe girls made it that way.
The spirit of Abbeythorpe went far beyond the House times and carnivals. We witnessed girls mingling between grades and greeting each other in the school corridors, creating a harmony and unity between Abbeythorpe in the wider school community. This year has been memorable, not only in terms of sporting achievements, but also because of the friendships and collaboration between 90 different girls.House Captain Eloise Smith HouseVice-Captain Sachi Jhingran
‘The atmosphere was light and energetic, not only because of the nature of the activities, but also because the Abbeythorpe girls made it that way.’
Junior School Report
This year has been a great one for Booralee House.
The carnivals have been a real highlight for our House. Every Booralee student chose to give their all in each of the events this year. They tried really hard and gave every piece of energy they had stored in the tank! The Year 5 girls and the staff patrons of Booralee have had so much enthusiasm and have been more than happy to help us with organising carnivals, events and leading the cheers! As Booralee House Captains, we really appreciate all the help from everyone. Even though we didn’t win every carnival, we still tried our best in every event we participated in. We are really proud of every girl. Thanks to you, Booralee won the Athletics Carnival and the Cross Country Carnival.
The Booralee Service Learning Event was a lot of fun. The Junior MLC School girls learnt what it might be like to have a hearing impairment. Booralee raised funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and, by working together, we raised $1702. All of the Year 5 Booralee girls helped teach a range of activities on the
day: listing things that would be hard to do with no hearing, exploring lip reading and sign language, watching YouTube videos without any sound and also watching a video that showed us what it might be like inside a deaf person’s mind. The House Captains and the House patron, Miss Samantha Edwards, really appreciate all the help from the Year 4 and Year 5 Booralee girls who helped during this Service Learning Event.
Being Booralee House Captain is probably the greatest thing any girl could ever wish for. The best thing about being Booralee House Captain is being able to meet and spend time with all the amazing Booralee girls in the Junior School, who are full of fun and energy. This is why we would love to wish the House Captains for 2018 the best of luck. A final big thank you to all the Year 5 Booralee girls for being so helpful this year, as well as to all of the staff members in Booralee. To be a House Captain you need to be fun, kind and, most importantly, a leader – this means to help and care for your House members. Being House Captains, we had so many things to do, like showing visitors around our school,
organising events, running carnivals and even shouting chants out to all our House members, just to name a few. We have had so many great experiences leading this incredible House, which we will remember forever. GO BOORALEE!
We wish good luck to the 2018 Booralee House Captains and we hope that all future Booralee girls try their hardest in all of the carnivals and events throughout the year. We know that the 2018 team will lead all the girls confidently and proudly.House Captain Isabella Kristallis
HouseVice-Captains Isabelle Barakat and Jaiden Sinozic
‘Even though we didn’t win every carnival, we still tried our best in every event we participated in!’
Senior School Report
This year, Booralee fostered a community based on enjoyment, inclusivity and enthusiasm, paving our way to success. Our victory in the final results is reflected in our improvements in both our performance and participation in carnivals and beyond. From the Swimming Carnival to House charity events, the girls adopted positive attitudes to not only further the success of Booralee, but to further themselves as individuals. Without this unwavering effort from the girls and the devoted staff, Booralee’s growth would not have been possible.
Our Bollywood theme at the Swimming Carnival undoubtedly stole the limelight at the event, surprising the school with our outstanding costumes and determination to seize a spot in the top three houses.
Channeling their inner Michael Phelps and cheering until their voices cracked, the Booralee girls demonstrated sheer strength and tenacity in and out of the pool. Although we narrowly missed out on securing the winning place, our legendary Head of House, Ms Sujatha Gunja, perpetuated a wave of motivation and enthusiasm and generated an unstoppable drive for success in the ensuing House events.
Booralee’s unfaltering dedication was exemplified in our undeniable success at the Athletics Carnival. Dressed as ballerinas, more than a hundred of us pirouetted across the finish lines, and rose up the ranks with high participation and undeniable House spirit. The Booralee ‘corps de ballet’ relentlessly chanted our innovative cheers and flawlessly executed self-choreographed routines, leaving the judges speechless. Due to the irrefutable effort put in by the girls, Booralee soared into the top five houses, clearly highlighting each Booralee girl’s skill and enjoyment.
Our achievements were not limited to the sporting field, as we strove to strengthen our relationship with our House charity, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The foundation draws on the skills and expertise of the book industry to address children’s literacy levels in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Book exchanges and generous donations at our Chapel Service have allowed us to make significant change in the lives of Indigenous children, with the provision of new books, and strengthened links between the book industry, schools and libraries across Australia.
Finally, we would like to thank Ms Sujatha Gunja, the Booralee staff and every Booralee girl, particularly our fellow Year 12 students, for such a wonderful year, as the friendly environment and constant support made our jobs so much easier and enjoyable. Our 2nd place in the Highest Score Trophy for House Champion Events and 3rd place in the G.A. Davey Cup for Highest Overall Score in House Competition are testament to the hard work and passion of every member of Booralee.
Good luck next year!House Captain Julia Tanevski HouseVice-Captain Elizabeth Hewish
‘From the Swimming Carnival to House charity events, the girls adopted positive attitudes to, not only further the success of Booralee, but to further themselves as individuals.’
Churunga Junior School Report
Churunga House soared beyond our dreams in 2017. We discovered that we could achieve greater goals than we ever did before, and that we can make it to the TOP!
The 2017 events at MLC Junior School were varied. The Father’s Day House STEAM Challenge was a pirate ship competition. The aim of the game was to collectively build a pirate ship that no cannonballs could enter. Unfortunately, our Churunga ship broke because a dad, who will remain anonymous, was feeling a bit tired and leant on the ship. However, we came 2nd overall. Everyone had so much fun and it was amazing to work together as a House. It is with pride that we recognise how far Churunga has progressed this year. We are confident leaving the Junior School knowing that we are leaving our dearly loved House with the values that Churunga stands for.
The 2017 Churunga House charity of choice was the Smith Family Back to School Appeal. We thank the entire Junior School for their support in raising over $2000. This appeal provides school supplies for children who aren’t as fortunate as us. Our school certainly provided opportunities for many
children to shine. To raise funds for this amazing cause, we decided that we would have a stall on the red carpet, where we could donate towards buying stationery items and uniforms for the children. After each purchase, the donor was given a little card with the item they had bought. This was then attached to a chart on the wall. At the end of the fundraising week, the art room wall was almost covered. This display demonstrated the outstanding generosity from MLC Junior School families. Thank you for the amazing support that you all showed Churunga!
each other and to nurture and mentor the younger students. Churunga won both the Kindergarten to Year 2, and Year 3 to Year 5 Swimming Carnival House Cups. We are incredibly proud of the efforts that students have put into all of our carnivals. We encourage you to strive to great heights again next year, led by your new Churunga House Captains.
We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the amazing Churunga girls and teachers for always showing dynamic House spirit. We have learnt so much from being in our House Captain roles and have had so much fun this year.House Captain Harriet Gohil HouseVice-Captains Zara Constance and Eladie Simmonds
We had some wonderful moments in Churunga House in 2017. These include the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, Book Week activities and Mother’s Day. We had many additional opportunities to come together as a House, to get to know
‘Stop saying I wish and start saying I will!’
This year has been a very successful and busy one for Churunga, with participation in many events as a House, including the Swimming Carnival, Athletics Carnival, Chapel Service, Handball Tournament (which we won), Inter-House Debating Competition, Rowing Challenge and our House fundraiser.
We kicked off the year with the Swimming Carnival, where Churunga showcased outstanding House spirit and participation, with the theme of Churunga Construction Workers. We commend all the girls on their efforts, placing Churunga 5th in both House spirit, and overall. This was followed by our Churunga House Chapel Service, an occasion where Churunga came together as a community, and celebrated
Senior School Report
our House with our families. The theme for this was, Empowerment, particularly the empowerment that we can provide to one another when we work together as a community, and support each other as young women.
This year, we chose Save the Children as our House charity, which we raised funds for with a very successful gelato stall. A big thank you to all the girls who helped out and assisted in the running of the stall. After this, came the Athletics Carnival, where Churunga also delivered a great performance, coming 4th overall. The girls all displayed great team spirit and participation, and got involved in our theme, Churunga Coachella.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our Head of House, Ms Kate Andrews, for all her hard work, support and guidance this year. We would also like to thank Ms Lynn Calluaud, who has been a fantastic Luminary to the 2017 Churunga cohort for the past four years. You will be greatly missed.
We wish the 2018 Churunga Captains, Isabella Lasovksi and Eva Gouganovski, the best of luck. We know that you are
going to do a fantastic job continuing to lead Churunga, and that we are leaving Churunga in safe hands. We hope you, and all of the Churunga 2018 cohort enjoy your final year in Churunga. Remember: you have an amazing community of people around you in Churunga House, who are always willing to help – you only have to ask.
Finally, as House Captains for 2017, we’d like to thank all the Churungans for an amazing year. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and participation. We are so proud of everyone’s involvement, and it has been an honour to be your captains.House Captain Nina Frissel-Thomas HouseVice-Captain Grace Webster
‘Remember: you have an amazing community of people around you in Churunga House, who are always willing to help –you only have to ask.’
Leawarra Junior School Report
It has been an honour being your House Captains in 2017. We, the entire Leawarra family, have pushed ourselves and tried our best, and are so very proud of what we have achieved this year. We have learnt so much from working together and using House spirit to cheer on our team. We were lucky enough to win the Year 5 House relay, and to help win the carnival. Being part of Leawarra means working towards your best and striving to win. Working together as one big family, we have shown real team spirit. Whenever we were called to do a job or a race, Leawarra girls would stand up and get the cheers going again.
This year, the students in Leawarra achieved many amazing things. They participated in various carnivals and showed team spirit. Not only were they a part of a team that cheered one another on at the carnivals, but they achieved a much more powerful thing – a sense of accomplishment. Leawarra is not a House of individuals, it’s a House that represents a collaborative environment, where we succeed because one person’s weaknesses are someone else’s strengths. It encompasses traits that will stay with us for a lifetime and assist us in being the best people we can be.
For our charity this year, Leawarra ran an art and craft drive where all students brought in glue sticks, painting brushes, pipe cleaners and much more. We donated all the craft supplies to the children at
Bear Cottage. Bear Cottage is a place, which supports terminally ill children and their families. Leawarra decided to have a ‘Superhero Day’ where all the students dressed up as their favourite superhero to show their support for the many sick children at Bear Cottage, who are very brave and inspirational.
sing. We would also like to thank Mr Doug Finlay and Mrs Suzanne Floro for ensuring that we succeed by learning from our mistakes and continuously improving. We are so proud to be a part of the MLC School community.
Leawarra is a team of students, teachers and parents. Thank you to Miss Jeanine Kobylinski and Miss Emma Davey for all your organisation and dedication towards Leawarra. We have loved working with you as our House Patrons. Our amazing team of teachers who have helped guide us throughout this year, have put in a lot of effort to make the amazing songs we
Thank you for electing us to be your leaders and House Captains for Leawarra in 2017. We are proud to have led this House through the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals and Cross Country Carnival. Your effort to always do your best never fails to delight us, and we couldn’t think of a better House to have led. Leawarra is always welcoming and inclusive, especially to newcomers – a trait we personally respect. We’ve had such a great time leading this House, and we know the next Captains will enjoy it too. You will learn a lot at the Friday lunchtime meetings, which Mr Doug Finlay makes a lot of fun. This job takes a lot of responsibility and leadership, which can be challenging at first; but with perseverance, you’ll get there eventually. We wish you all luck for 2018 and hope you have as much fun as we did. To the future leaders of this House, we wish you extra special good luck for the year ahead. Let’s go Leawarra!House Captain Tiana Roins HouseVice-Captains Olivia Gouganovski and Ruby Wiefler
‘Leawarra is not a House of individuals, it’s a House that represents a collaborative environment, where we succeed because one person’s weaknesses are someone else’s strengths.’
Senior School Report
From efforts in the pool to the Athletics track, and everything in between, the Leawarra community demonstrated fantastic participation and House spirit throughout 2017. Leawarra achieved excellent results across the board, with close top-two finishes in both the Swimming Carnival and the Rowing Challenge, as well as 3rd place in the Year 6 to Year 12 Athletics Carnival. It was extremely rewarding to see the entire House come together and support one another. With the constant support and mentoring of our fantastic Head of House, Mr Wayne Donley, Leawarra’s future is sure to continue to move upwards and onwards.
The House competition calendar kicked off with the Swimming Carnival, where all the students showed excellent House spirit and participation. Seeing the girls engage with the Leawarra Little Mermaid theme and have a go in each of the events is testament to the fearless and spirited attitude that we love about Leawarra. The same can be said about the Athletics Carnival, where our Purple Pride really stood out on the track. The stand was empty for most of the day due to everyone getting out there and making their House proud. It was great to see so many Leawarrans supporting each other and having a run around to earn some points for the House.
In addition, Leawarra saw great success in our charity efforts this year. Not only did we hold the annual Starlight Mother’s Day
Stall, which was an impressive success, but we also held a fairy floss stall later on in the year. The Starlight Foundation is a charity that helps sick children and teens, and has been Leawarra’s House charity for many years now. Between the fundraisers and contributions made at the annual Chapel Service, we are very proud to support and represent them through our school community.
Many thanks go out to all the Luminaries who helped us organise the House and made things run just that bit smoother, whether it be for House time or on a carnival day. We would also like to thank and congratulate the students for their efforts and unfaltering spirit in all aspects of the House. Lastly, we are infinitely thankful for the support, mentoring and leadership of Mr Wayne Donley, who, despite only being Head of House for a short period of time, has made a significant impact on Leawarra thus far. Best of luck to the incoming Captains – we cannot wait to hear about all the achievements made in 2018.House Captain Isabella Seales HouseVice-Captain Ellyn Sheehy
‘It was extremely rewarding to see the entire House come together and support one another.’
Senior School Report
Family support and enjoyment have been the central goals for Lester this year – an objective that was effortlessly achieved with the girls’ boundless House enthusiasm and contribution. Lester’s results in the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals were remarkable, as was their participation in House charity organisation and Luminary/ House time. The dedication shown by all Lester girls enabled us to build a stronger community, where support and comfort in academics, sport, extra-curricular, and even personal life could be obtained.
This outstanding effort is evident in the Lester family’s participation at the annual Swimming Carnival this year. The Lester stand was filled with orange streamers and jolly Leonardo DiCaprio masks – which was our theme for the 2017 carnival. The girls worked hard in and out of the pool, with the House cheering and supporting the girls swimming in their races. The girls were enthusiastic and full of spirit on this exciting day, helping to earn extra points, while interacting with all the members of Lester and building on our strengths in teamwork.
The Athletics Carnival was an even greater success, where our girls showed their talents on the field and track. We were all even fortunate enough to roll out of
bed and head straight to the venue, given that our fun theme for the 2017 carnival – Lester Siesta – was inspired by sleep and the Spanish culture. Despite the tired connotations of the theme, the girls were competitive and eager throughout the day, and while the hot sun shone, everyone managed to stay cheering and exhilarated, gaining more points for the House.
society. The Lester community believed that we resonated most with the White Ribbon values of courage, integrity, respect, collaboration and leadership, hence decided to make this a continuous House charity, where the connection will be developed over the years.
This year, the Lester community decided to support the charity, White Ribbon Australia. The organisation supports women who have experienced domestic violence. We raised funds to assist White Ribbon in spreading their message of working towards an equal and educated society, around the devastating impact of domestic violence on women, as well as the fact that women and men must work together towards an equal
2017 has been an incredible year for Lester House. The girls’ contribution and enthusiasm made our role as House Captains simple and extremely enjoyable, considering the stress of our final year. However, none of this would have been possible without the tireless assistance from our Head of House, Mrs Jocelyn JabbourPerez. Having had her as our Luminary since Year 7, she has become a motherly figure for the departing cohort and we will miss her support dearly. We have been privileged and it was a great honour to be your House Captains in 2017. We wish the whole Lester community all the best for the following years, particularly the upcoming House Captains, Rita Cammaroto and Michelle Law. Best of luck, girls!House Captain Kayla Tanevski HouseVice-Captain Jasmine Yip
‘The dedication shown by all Lester girls enabled us to build a stronger community.’
Junior School Report
What an amazing year we had in Mooramoora!
The carnivals! We had the Swimming Carnival, the Cross Country Carnival, and the Athletics Carnival. Although we didn’t win any this year, the Mooramoora girls have shown teamwork, initiative, and true spirit. All the girls gave their best and tried new things. What counts is that the Mooramoora girls had fun representing their House. The leadership team of Mooramoora are very proud of our girls and we all enjoyed the year working together.
SERVICE LEARNING EVENT
For 2017, Mooramoora decided to raise funds to support OzChild. OzChild helps over 6000 young adults and kids who may have family problems, or who are suffering abuse. They help by fostering children in homes, setting them up for a better education and giving support services to families who are struggling.
To help OzChild, we sold small kits that allow you to grow and take care of your very own sunflower. The kit had sunflower seeds, a jiffy pot, instructions and a paddle
pop stick with a kind word on it. We chose a sunflower because OzChild believes that everyone deserves a chance to shine and grow into what they want to be. Sunflowers are bright and they shine, and that’s what OzChild wants. OzChild would like all children and young people to be safe, respected, nurtured and to reach their full potential.
We would like to thank all the 2017 Mooramoora staff members. Mrs Mariatina Ruddock, our House Patron, you have helped organise all the Mooramoora events this year and worked really hard to make everybody have a better future. Mrs Phillipa Knight, you have put in a lot of effort to make the amazing songs we sing.
We would also like to thank all Mooramoora staff who helped guide us throughout the year, along with Mr Douglas
Finlay and Mrs Suzanne Floro for supporting us, leading the House meetings and making us feel special to be part of MLC School.
However, none of this could have happened without our team, Mooramoora. Thank you Year 5 Mooramoora, for helping us by being part of the team and making sure that the younger girls felt welcome.
Thank you so much, Mooramoora, for electing us to be your 2017 Mooramoora House Captains; it has been a privilege. Mooramoora, you have made this year amazing, exciting, wonderful and fun. We would like to wish the future Captains good luck, and we bet you’ll love it as much as we did. Mooramoora has made this year a fantastic last year in the Junior School, leaving us with memories that we will cherish. We have loved being part of such a loving community.
As we leave the Junior School and start our new adventure, we will carry your spirit, happiness and joy along with us.House Captain Zoe Jameson
HouseVice-Captains Bariah Khaznadar and Lara Stojkovic
‘The Mooramoora girls have shown teamwork, initiative, and true spirit. All the girls gave their best and tried new things.’
Senior School Report
2017 has been a fun-filled and exciting year for Mooramoora. We began the year at our House Chapel Service, with the theme, Love,Faith and Hope. This allowed everyone to reflect on having compassion, trust and belief – an important reminder during our time at school. The values of our theme reflected what we aimed to foster within the House throughout the year, creating a safe, open and caring environment for the entire House family.
This year, Mooramoora made the collective decision to change our House charity to Beyond Blue, a charity which, ‘provides information and support to everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health,whatever their age and wherever they live’. This decision was made by the students and, as a House, we felt that the work of Beyond Blue was most relevant to us as young people. The entire House worked hard to raise money for Beyond Blue at our House Chapel Service, and in our successful bake sale at the 2017 Swimming Carnival.
Mooramoora took a quick trip to Maui at the 2017 Swimming Carnival, with our theme Mooramoora Maui. We worked our way up the military ranks at the Year 6 to Year 12 Athletics Carnival, with our Mooramoora Military theme. We’ve
never seen the girls and staff so willing and excited to dress up in our House themes. The participation from Mooramoora House in all events this year, including the House Rowing Challenge, was second to none, and we are incredibly proud of the improvement shown in our House spirit.
We’d like to thank all the girls and House staff for their unwavering enthusiasm throughout 2017. It made our job easy. We’d also like to acknowledge the huge role that our Year 12 cohort and Luminary, Mrs Pamela McGowan, played in our House this year. Your support and efforts behind the scenes is deeply appreciated.
Mooramoora’s achievements would not have been possible without the leadership and hard work of our Head of House, Ms Prue Pope. Your dedication to the House is incredible, and has greatly assisted us in our leadership roles. We wish the 2018 Mooramoora House Captains the best of luck!House Captain Felicia Ventouris HouseVice-Captain Anastasia Hatzisarantos
‘The values of our theme reflected what we aimed to foster within the House throughout the year, creating a safe, open and caring environment for the entire House family.’
Prescott Senior School Report
As the 2017 House Captains of Prescott, it has been our ambition to create a greater sense of unity and community within the House – something we believe has been achieved this year. As a House, we’ve worked together exceptionally, from House times to sports carnivals, the Prescott girls have contributed and exemplified support and teamwork. This year, the girls produced amazing results in all sporting arenas – especially in the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals – which allowed the true qualities of a Prescott girl: friendship, support and collaboration, to shine.
‘This year, the girls produced amazing results in all sporting arenas, which allowed the true qualities of a Prescott girl: friendship, support and collaboration, to shine.’
We began the year with an incredible Chapel Service, which demonstrated our collaborative efforts as a House. With girls ranging from Year 6 to Year 12 all contributing to bring the service together, and helping out in every way they could. Our theme for the service, Joy, we felt, truly encapsulated the unique experiences that Prescott provides, and expressed how, as a House, we strive for all things that make us happy and joyful.
Prescott’s participation and efforts in the 2017 Swimming Carnival and the 2017 Athletics Carnival were extraordinary displays of the enthusiasm and dedication that Prescott constantly demonstrates. The countless data and statistic slideshows of House time that Mr Chris Eddleston provided, lifted our House spirit even further. We have also raised over $650 for our chosen House charity, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, which is also an incredible achievement.
The Prescott spirit has grown immensely stronger, especially with the rise of a new Head of House, Mr Chris Eddleston, who has gone above and beyond for the House, and who we would like to thank for his ongoing support and enthusiasm towards all the students, as well as members of the Prescott community. We would also like to thank all of our Luminaries for the
encouragement and assistance they have provided, and for their immeasurable contribution to the House in 2017.
We wish the 2018 Captains of Prescott the best of luck, knowing that they’ll embody and continue to express the spirit that only a Prescott girl has. We hope you enjoy every minute of it as much as we did. Prescott, we are beyond proud of you and eternally grateful for the opportunity to be involved in, and lead such a spectacular House!House Captain Stephanie Dimovski HouseVice-Captain Tedaree Jamieson
Senior School Report
Sutton House began the year with the theme, We Believe at our House Chapel Service. From this, a special bond was created amongst the Sutton girls that we know will grow and strengthen beyond 2017. As House Captains, we promoted the ideas of togetherness, participation and fun to Sutton during our House times. But success was truly achieved by the hard work and enthusiasm of all the House members. With this combined effort, Sutton won their Inter-House Debate and are the champions of the Inter-House Rowing Competition, the House Swimming Carnival, the House Athletics Carnival and the Athletics Carnival House Spirit Award. This is the first time in over 20 years that Sutton has won the Swimming Carnival, showing more than ever the strength of the Sutton dragon!
All of Sutton would like to thank our Head of House, Mr Gavin Starr, who has played an integral part in encouraging and inspiring Sutton to embrace our House pride. We have all learnt that teamwork, enthusiasm and participation are the most important values when competing as a House. Sutton showed these values when uniting under the fun themes of Sutton 60s and 70s, and SuttonSparkles in our carnivals. In previous years, Mr Gavin Starr had organised Sutton water bottles and
Sutton temporary tattoos. This year, we welcomed Sutton shoelaces into the House. All the girls wore their sparkly pink laces to the Athletics Carnival, marked with the Sutton dragon to show unity and spirit.
We would also like to thank every other member of Sutton House, especially our Luminaries, who have become mentors to the girls. Our achievements would not have been possible without the support of the Sutton teachers. Good luck to the incoming 2018 House Captains, who we know will continue to lead Sutton with pride and enthusiasm. We are forever grateful for the wonderful experience that Sutton provided us, and we look forward to seeing Sutton continue to blossom in the years to come!House Captain Elena Viatos HouseVice-Captain Katerina Chen
‘Success was truly achieved by the hard work and enthusiasm of all the House members.’
Wade Senior School Report
As Wade House Captains in 2017, our aim was to build House spirit and participation. We wanted to build a more supportive environment, conducive to involvement regardless of the outcome. We believe we achieved this aim throughout the year and we thank each member of Wade House who contributed to this goal.
Wade House is very diverse and rich in talents, including in Music, Sport, Dance and Debating. Events throughout the year provided an opportunity for our students to display their abilities. From involvement in the Dance Showcase, to the wonderful displays of musical talent in our Chapel Service and on the Sydney Opera House stage, Wade has many artistically-talented students. One of Wade’s achievements was the success in the SRC Inter-House Debating Competition, displaying the teamwork and poise, which is prevalent within our House.
Another one of Wade’s highlights in 2017 was winning the Year 12 synchronised swimming event at the 2017 Swimming Carnival. This was a great display of the collaboration and participation within
Year 12. We were proud to see so many students in younger years getting involved with the theme, WadeWiggles, adding to the improved performance of Wade in House Spirit. Participation in the Swimming Carnival was very impressive and we were ecstatic to see so many people getting in the pool and having a go. We wanted to build an environment where the outcome was not the focus, and this was clearly seen through the many girls who participated in multiple events for House points.
The Year 6 to Year 12 Athletics Carnival provided another opportunity for Wade House to display its talent. The theme, WealthyWade encouraged a range of fabulous costumes and excitement throughout the day. We were once again thrilled to see so many members of Wade participating in events, with a great display of teamwork in the final relay.
Wade continues to support the Triple Care Farm charity through fundraising. We feel very passionate about this charity as it assists young people suffering with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and
family breakdown. With a focus on the theme, WomeninUnity in 2017, Wade House enjoys supporting this charity as we recognise the importance of a positive and safe environment for all young people.
Finally, we would like to thank each student in Wade House, and especially our Head of House, Mrs Angela Renwick. Without her support and the involvement of each and every student, Wade would not have been as successful in all our achievements throughout the year, or in building a more positive environment for our students.
House Captain Alice Patterson
HouseVice-Captain Jessica Kotselas
‘We wanted to build a more supportive environment, conducive to involvement regardless of the outcome.’
Whitley House has had a wonderful 2017, with many memorable moments and great achievements. As Whitley House Captains, we are so proud of what the House has achieved together. This year has been the year of participation and friendship. As a result of House spirit, team work and participation, Whitley achieved some fantastic results, including 1st in the Spirit Award at the Swimming Carnival and 3rd place overall in both carnivals. We would like to thank all of the girls and the staff of Whitley for helping the House achieve these amazing results, and encourage them to maintain their passionate support of Whitley in 2018.
Senior School Report
It has not only been through sport that Whitley shone and showed their strength and unity as a House. The Whitley Chapel Service
this year was lovely and well-organised by Year 11, and involved students from all year groups. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of Whitley to come together as a family, and we would like to thank you all for sharing that special day with us. Furthermore, Whitley has continued to support our charity, Uniting, previously known as Burnside. Whitley has had a long-standing relationship with Uniting and all of the girls were involved in the Christmas Charity Drive to donate gifts to those less fortunate and to help bring joy to others during Christmas.
Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to thanks Ms Penelope Hewett, our Head of House in 2017, for her enthusiasm and commitment to Whitley. We would also like to welcome our new Head of House, Mr Richard Coward. We know he will work hard to maintain Whitley’s strong sense of community and participation next year.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time as House Captains of Whitley. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers, our fellow Year 12 students and all of the girls of Whitley for supporting us
this year. It has been our absolute pleasure to lead Whitley in 2017. We wish Yasmin Mills and Ella Makovec all the best and look forward to hearing what Whitley achieves in 2018.
House Captain Lauren McLean HouseVice-Captain Claudia Orr
‘This year has been the year of participation and friendship.’
House PhotosFRONT ROW Martine Zeilinga, Mrs J Sarmiento, Ms F Pow, Mrs L King, Mrs J Avramis, Mr J Allington, Eloise Smith, Ms C Gover, Sachi Jhingran, Ms M Perreault, Ms K Maree Lightfoot, Mrs P Pachos, Mrs L Macdonald, Mrs S Evens, Nichole Wang SECOND ROW Jennisa Ha, Esther Tonkinwise, Zoe Wang, Sarah Kanaan, Audrey Nguyen, Andie Clark, Caitlin Zeilinga, Sydney Chen, Hanna Nash, Shakira Chung, Olivia Smith, Anna Constantinidis, Georgia Mouscas, Soina Thind, Indianna Miller, Caitlyn Singleton, Paris Chen THIRD ROW Annika Lee, Olivia Leighton, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Ciara Hyland, Annie Gu, Annie Chen, Ella Fletcher, Jaimie Kappas, Prerna Pabathi, Sienna Fresta, Layla Ziade, Antonique Amperidis, Ellery Joyce, Joy Zhang, Daisy Zheng, Eva Tkocz FOURTH ROW Desiree Miller, Phoebe Zhou, Catelyn Ha, Tiffany Lee, Elisha Quan, Jennifer Tang, Klara Zhao, Leanne Li, Lakshmi Bhuphatiraju, Clare Gu, Ananya Krishna, Amy Song, Emma Clark, Kitty Du, Cecilia Wong, Anousha Xegas, Jasmine Cho FIFTH ROW Renae Varvaris, Natasha Gokcen-Nehme, Katherine Du, Evie Gallagher, Sofia Carey, Anika Grannall, Sen Sen Xie, Tashjan Managreve, Elizabeth Farrow, Katie Sutherland, Jessie Feng, Eliana Farr, Eliza Crossley, Eden Cheng, Claudia Catania, Trinity Elghitany SIXTH ROW Nikki Zanuttini, Jasmine Todoroska, Emmeline Booth, Bella Leighton, Amanda Lee, Grace Gilmore, Laura Sutherland, Claire McLelland, Adelaide Grisard, Giorgia Ferrari, Christina Catania, Lydia Todoroska, Eleni Charalambidis, Alexandra Farrow, Lillian Wu, Yuting Jin ABSENT Haelin Park, Nicole Miloucheva FRONT ROW Grace Scanlon, Chantelle Wan, Ms S Papachristoforou, Ms K Laidsaar, Ms R Willemsen, Mr B Salakas, Elizabeth Hewish, Ms S Gunja, Julia Tanevski, Mr J Kennard, Ms T Getts, Mrs S Connolly, Ms C Cordaro, Isabel McKeough, Zahli Harris SECOND ROW Helena Panos, Rachel Lao, Mia Eker, Jasmine Stavros, Sarah Truong, Charlotte Trieu, Lily Scanlon, Chanel Boudib, Isabella Chapman, Mia Stavropoulos, Tianka Parapuram, Jade Di Girolamo, Indigo Devlin, Annabelle Banfield, Madison Clemens, Laryssa Latt, Dwaraka Raguparan THIRD ROW Hannah Chau, Kirsten Dao, Natalia Giannakos, Cienna Dent, Mikaela Nguyen, Emily Eker, Laura Cincotta, Elke Krassoi, Olivia Winlaw, Dakota Sinozic, Sophie Reid, Briar Campbell, Amy Yarrow, Uma Barrett, Freya D’Mello, Aimee Chau, Maekayla Tran FOURTH ROW Alyson Huynh, Gabrielle Giannakos, Laura Laman, Mia Caputo, Judy Lin, Danah Maher-Lee, Tiara Huynh, Zoe Scoufis, Jessica Kuo, Emily Huynh, Sonia Kang, Nancy Wang, Nese Sirikci, Ashley Liptak, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Tiahna Sortwell FIFTH ROW Anna Lucas, Gemma Sorial, Ellena Hartzenberg, Holly Herden, Kate Baker, Bianca Walton, Olivia Tanevski, Grace Potts, Beth Balas, Gabrielle Cadena, Lucy Edwards, Himani Gupta, Emma Webb, Kayley Macgonigal, Nancy Faraj SIXTH ROW Hannah Kelly, Eleni Kaloterakis, Sandy Qiu, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, Natalie Sorial, Michelle Joseph, Anna Wilson, Sreya Parakala, Nicola Yarrow, Isabella Anderson, Janjane Feng, Katerina Malafouris, Lily Rodgers, Wendy Shi, Georgia Bowrey, Stephanie Kalamvokis ABSENT Chloe Gentle, Eliza Gwynne, Shailpriya Manocha, Supriya Manocha
MOORAMOORAFRONT ROW Keiralyn Dao, Seetha Nathan, Mikaela Sitaramayya, Amelia Whitmont, Ms P McGowan, Mrs C Irwin, Felicia Ventouris, Ms P Pope, Anastasia Hatzisarantinos, Mr K Otani, Miss B Cooper, Ms A McCulloch, Jasmine Talbot, Yianna Mitropoulos, Chloe Bofinger SECOND ROW Francesca Morrison, Gracelyn Dao, Julia Gough, Lola Whittaker, Charlotte Huynh, Tori Charalambous, Paris Mitropoulos, Aadhya Dhanpal, Anna Gough, Sophie Beraldo, Eda Haller, Zoe Trpezanovski, Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart, Tessa Tomkins THIRD ROW Diane Wang, Ella Tomkins, Sophie Walker, Gloria Lim, Lara Taleb, Cynthia Hu, Chloe Beraldo, Emma Suster, Jasmin Selim, Sophie Thomas, Ava Mason, Grace Selim, Amelia Chan, Isabella Lee, Claudine Talbot FOURTH ROW Erin Bofinger, Georgia Ventouris, Shreeya Haridas, Jade De Julian, Anthea Trent, Angelica Lovel, Sarah Taleb, Madeleine Sherbon, Mia Boursiani-Lawrence, Shirley Chen, Ashley So, Jacqueline Field, Bianca Weng Io Lok, Ashna Kapoor FIFTH ROW Zoe Johnston, Jivi Govender, Isabella Zhang, Tahlia Hatzisarantinos, Natalia Grbic, Ella Tsaousidis, Chloe Azzam, Chiara Moore, Grace John, Olivia Papasavvas, Samar Taleb, Hannah Williams, Amara Kalcev, Jess MacMaster, Ruby Ince SIXTH ROW Anna Michael, Hope Mersal, Sargun Bhatia, Annika Haller, Katie Papachatgis, Demi Charalambous, Brittany Duncombe, Aleksia Grbic, Alice Ho Yi Lam, Billie Whittaker, Olivia Robb, Tayla Casey, Ava Tsaousidis, Gabriella Searle, Eva Jessurun ABSENT Ms H Lucas FRONT ROW Belle Cortiula, Georgina Lim, Claudia Scott, Mrs E Bourke, Mr B Haeusler, Ms D. Moir, Kayla Tanevski, Mrs J Jabbour-Perez, Jasmine Yip, Mr T Sutherland, Mrs R Thompson, Madhavi Chauhan, Maiee Hanna, Ruby Newton, Sanjana Natkunamanickam SECOND ROW Angela Trang, Tara Mulholland, Kayla Graham, Zoe Johnson, Elizabeth Linardos, Rachel Kardasis, Halle Yang, Olivia Alden-Hallit, Alexandra Robinson, Zunairah Mahfuz, Christie Ch’ng, Kate Cvetkovski, Laura Kardasis, Amanda Ou THIRD ROW Dyana Hamed, Piper McCowan, Patria Koutsogiannis, Maggie Wang, Imogen Kuah, Hayley Kenzler, Sarah Carvolth, Kim Trang, Leilani Innes, Sophie Ciesielski, Chloe Mavris, Sophia Kang, Emma Corcoran, Vittoria Loprevite, Divya Mehta FOURTH ROW Elizabeth Trung, Anjelica Issa, Olivia Redwin, Teresa Du, Kitty Chen, MacKenzie McCowan, Michelle Law, Sashira Mulholland, Sophie Newby, Suhani Gupta, May Hamed, Celine Kang, Selina Cho, Holly Jones, Georgia Softsis FIFTH ROW Lauren Madden, Charlie Sodbinov, Maeve Ryan, Liv Sodbinov, Vivian Law, Anastasia Giannakakos, Fiona MacKenzie, Tayla Kerpiniotis, Olivia Codevelle, Jessica Karabesinis, Briana Chapman, Elsa Tonkinwise, Morgan Kelaher, Caitlin Field, Olivia Debs SIXTH ROW Vicky Feng, Anna Wang, Anna Brew, Ava McGrigor, Rita Cammaroto, Rosa Wang, Eva Novikov, Jennifer Leng, Madeleine Murphy, Lilian Le, Edie Buckland Watts, Claris Foo, Anushri Baksi, Mary Pilkinton, Vicky Rule ABSENT Mrs L Piggot
CurriculumDEVELOPING RESILIENT STUDENTS
Bounce Back is a social and emotional learning program for the whole school. It has been developed to support schools and teachers in their efforts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their students and, in particular, to enable them to act resiliently when faced with challenges and adversity.
Now in its third year of implementation, Bounce Back integrates the teaching of important social and emotional skills within all subject areas. It is built on a combination of research, cognitive behaviour theory and the use of children’s literature to teach key wellbeing and resilience concepts. Each unit contains a large variety of engaging classroom activities that include cooperative strategies, such as circle time, educational games, Music, Art, Drama and contemporary culture and technology. Many of the activities also feature critical and creative higher-order thinking.
ad times don’t last. Things always get better. Stay optimistic.
ther people can help if you talk to them. Get a reality check.
nhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset. Think again.
obody is perfect – not you and not others.
oncentrate on the positives (no matter how small) and use laughter.
verybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, rejection and setbacks sometimes, not just you. They are a normal part of life. Don’t personalise them.
lame fairly. How much of what happened was due to you, to others and to bad luck or circumstances?
ccept what can’t be changed (but try to change what you can change first).
atastrophising exaggerates your worries. Don’t believe the worst possible picture.
eep things in perspective. It’s only part of your life.
GIRLS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The continued development of our Collaborative Learning Projects has invited opportunities for our students to take action and contribute to the world around them. These experiences have offered access to ‘real world problems’, empowering our students to be agents of change, in their own lives and in the lives of others.
Being sustainable in Kindergarten had students identifying the waste that exists in their world, predominantly in their studio. The girls conducted their own research, collecting data about the materials found in the rubbish bin. Using gloves, they sorted this rubbish into various groups, identifying the items that were environmentally friendly, and those that were not. The results were astounding, generating a heartfelt persuasive letter to Mrs Suzanne Floro outlining their concerns and identifying ways to improve the
situation. This led students to voluntarily monitor the rubbish bins in the playground, passionately expressing their knowledge and understanding of the various materials and showing their genuine concern for the environment to their school community, including the teachers.
In Year 3, as part of their unit on ‘Heat and the Built Environment’, the girls were asked to design and build a shelter that could be used to protect an individual or a community. The design needed to include insulation in order to enhance the comfort of the occupant. The girls visited Reverse Garbage to obtain their materials and then used their classroom desks as the framework for their shelter. As an additional challenge, they had to contend with wind as they constructed their shelters on the sports fields.
In a rapidly changing world that is increasingly becoming digitised, it is essential that students develop a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems. These systems support new ways of collaborating and communicating, and require new skills, such as computational and systems thinking. These technologies are an essential problem-solving toolset in our knowledge-based society.
The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies empowers students to shape
change by influencing how contemporary and emerging information systems and practices are applied to meet current and future needs. A deep knowledge and understanding of information systems enables students to be creative and discerning decision-makers when they select, use and manage data, information, processes and digital systems to meet needs and shape futures.
The introduction of this syllabus has allowed a review and specific focus on digital
technology practices across Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, ensuring that these are not simply a substitute for an existing tool. Using the syllabus as a guide, opportunities have been identified to help students become innovative creators of digital solutions, effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems. These experiences foster creativity, curiosity and solutions to real world problems.
The recent introduction of a new approach to Mathematics in the Junior School has empowered the MLC Junior School students to foster a love of Mathematics, energised the teachers to provide a specific, targeted, tailored program, and allowed our community to better understand the stages in mathematical development. The Mathematics program does away with traditional methods of organisation and sees our students grouped according to their levels of skill, ability and next
steps in their learning. This evidencebased approach has allowed data to inform practice, providing a personalised learning program for each student. Regular assessment, analysis of data, regrouping and creation of programs have resulted in the girls’ pure enjoyment, passion and complete confidence in Mathematics.
Not only has student growth in this subject been truly phenomenal, but the girls’ self-efficacy and attitudes towards
Once again, this year each of the Houses conducted a Service Learning event as part of their House Chapel service activities. One aspect of Service Learning is raising funds to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. More important is the learning aspect of the activity where the girls experience, if only briefly, what it feels like to live in a poor community, or to live with a disability.
As part of Booralee’s Service Learning, the girls learnt about what it might be like to have a hearing impairment. Booralee raised funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind People (RIDBC). All of the Year 5 Booralee students helped teach a range of activities to other classes on the day. The girls took part in listing activities that would be hard to do with no hearing: exploring lip reading and sign language, watching YouTube videos without any sound and also watching a video that showed us what it might be like inside a deaf person’s mind.
Leawarra ran an art and craft drive where all the students in the school brought in
glue sticks, paint brushes, pipe cleaners, colouring pencils and much more. They donated all the craft supplies to the children at Bear Cottage, which supports terminally ill children and their families. Leawarra decided to have a ‘superhero day’ where all the students dressed up as their favourite superhero to show their support for the many sick children at Bear Cottage who are bravely fighting their illnesses.
Mooramoora decided to support OzChild for their fundraiser. OzChild helps over 6000 young adults and kids who may have family problems or who are suffering abuse. They help by fostering children in homes, setting them up for a better education and giving support services to families who are struggling. The girls sold small kits, which allowed students to grow and take care of their very own sunflower. They chose a sunflower because OzChild believes that everyone deserves a chance to shine and grow into what they want to be.
Churunga House’s charity was the Smith Family Back to School Appeal. This appeal provides school supplies for children who
Mathematics has shown a significant shift. With research highlighting the relationship between students’ self-efficacy and achievement as significant, our Mathematics program provides a promising, effective framework that can potentially be adapted in other settings.
aren’t as fortunate as us. To raise funds for this amazing cause, the girls decided to have a stall on the red carpet where students could donate money towards buying stationery items and uniforms for the children. After each purchase, the donator was given a little card with the item they had bought. This was then attached to a chart on the wall. At the end of the fundraising week, the art room wall was almost covered with our cards.
Altogether, members of the Junior School raised over $6000 and learned so much about how others live.
Deputy Heads of Junior School
Ms Geneva Clayton and Mr Douglas FinlayOUR GIRLS LOVE MATHEMATICS
This year has been an enjoyable, highly creative and busy time in the MLC Junior School STEAM Lab. We have been working collaboratively with teachers, students and parents to infuse innovative design thinking into the curriculum, through the elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). We have engaged the students through exciting and handson activities in their Collaborative Learning Projects (CLP), as well as through cocurricular clubs.
Incorporating STEAM into the Junior School setting provides students with the opportunity to learn through an integrated pedagogy, showing them the connections between traditionally disparate disciplines. From Pre-Kindergarten, we aim to teach students the skills of critical, logical and lateral thinking, design, innovation, inquisitiveness, resilience, collaboration and self-evaluation. These skills are essential in a 21st century education for powerful learners, who will shape their own future.
Early in the year, Pre-Kindergarten designed and constructed their own incredible ‘imaginary pets’, using different features from their favourite animals. They then brought their animals to life using Scratch coding software and Makey Makey programmable controllers.
Kindergarten investigated ‘Our Living World’ and made impressive model habitats for their favourite animal. Each habitat required everything the animals need to survive, with Scratch and Makey Makey providing interactive buttons to play recordings of the students presenting their research.
‘Innovation, Design and Technology’ was the focus for Year 1, using a Design Innovation Process to invent a product. Students found a problem at home, asked questions about it, imagined solutions, planned a possibility and created it. It was a fun and busy project, using recycled cardboard boxes and the Little Bits modular electronic system to create marvellous inventions.
Year 2 started with an investigation of the Engineering Design Process Cycle, looking at the conception, creation and refinement of inventions through prototyping. They designed and constructed wonderful, cardboard-based push-pull toys. Later in the year, they asked the question, ‘Are We Really Resourceful?’, culminating in the making of fantastic, creative, upcycled Christmas ornament gifts. These were based on solarpowered LEDs and adorned a Christmas tree made from discarded materials.
School desks were turned into insulated cubby-houses in Year 3 for their study of ‘Heat and the Built Environment’. Organised into a desert group and an Arctic group, they had to use what they had learnt about heat, reflection and insulation to create the most effective design.
Year 5 enjoyed an exciting project for ‘Light is Life’, where they designed and hand-sewed personalised light-up tutus using LEDs and e-textiles. The girls rose to the challenge and were able to proudly display their hard work, as they lit up the night, wearing their tutus on a chilly cruise through Sydney Harbour during the Vivid Light Exhibition.
Our co-curricular clubs were popular this year, and provided the students with fun and rich learning experiences outside their regular classes. In Engineering Club, students built bridges, catapults, towers, Sphero battlebots and balloon-powered cars. The Code Club worked tirelessly on their Scratch Games, Makey Makey interactive projects, Sphero Hot Potatoes and twister games, as well as completing the National Computer Science School (NCSS) Coding Challenge. In Robotics Club, students learnt all about inputs, processes and outputs using Bee Bots, Spheros, Lego We-Do and Scribble Bots.
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly our inaugural Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge, held at the Father Daughter Social. The Junior School was transformed into Buccaneer Bay, with dads and their daughters working together to construct one huge, cardboard pirate ship per House, as well as all manner of pirate accessories. The evening culminated in a battle for the high seas as the four Houses battled it out with ‘cannon balls’, with Booralee reigning supreme. It was a pleasure to see all the smiling faces on the students, their relatives, friends and teachers alike!
STEAM Lab Coordinators
Year 4 focused on physics, with bungee-jumping Barbie dolls and balloon-powered hovercraft. This was followed up with an experimental design challenge to create a safe and robust Lunar Lander model, using household materials. It was a very challenging and rewarding project that resulted in a wide variety of designs and solutions of varying success.
Mrs Marie Cassar and Mr Bede Schofield
‘Incorporating STEAM into the Junior School setting provides students with the opportunity to learn through an integrated pedagogy, showing them the connections between traditionally disparate disciplines.’
Book Week is a celebration of books, knowledge and reading. The theme for Book Week 2017 was, Escape to Everywhere, and the Junior School enjoyed a variety of activities to consider the theme and celebrate.
In the lead up to Book Week, students examined the CBCA shortlisted books and explored what it means to be a judge. While sharing these shortlisted books, students escaped to the Northern Territory (Go Home,CheekyAnimals!), the outback (All I Want for Christmas is Rain), into the life of a family living as refuges (Out) and those experiencing loss (My Brother). Students were encouraged to escape to the past (WithinTheseWalls) and imagine the future (Mechanica). They learnt about perspective and appreciated that escaping with a book was a personal journey.
In library classes during Book Week, students were given an insight into the books that staff loved to escape with as children. The Great Reading Escape, was a fun opportunity for students to guess the teachers’ favourite books, encouraging the promotion of great titles, which in one way or another, enabled us to escape, while also encouraging a discussion about why these books were – and are – so beloved.
Throughout the week, the library monitors ran a number of lunchtime activities in the library, which were well attended.
The Escape to Everywhere Trivia Quiz in which students competed in their Houses. Congratulations Leawarra and Booralee on the win, and to Churunga and Mooramoora who competed honourably.
Well done to our Year 5 Library Monitors, Joanne Law, Fiona Feng, Georgia Duggan, Bella Upcroft, Kate Morfoot and Clare Butcher, who worked hard to ensure that the lunchtime activities were a success!
On the last day of Book Week 2017, amid a flurry of costumes, our Junior School was transformed into a sea of excitement as students, dressed up as beloved literary characters rushed from friend to staff member, to find out who everyone was dressed as. After a delicious breakfast, organised by the amazing Year 5 mums, our characters enjoyed a Book Character Parade in The Daphne Line Hall. Thank you to all the girls and families for their eager participation in this event. It was fantastic to see how much effort and creativity parents, carers and students went to.
Our ‘characters’ then made their way to House areas where the older students read books to the younger students. This was a special time for all to share their love of reading and escape together to places and lives they had read about in the books they shared.
Our visiting author, Oliver Phommovanh, shared his experiences of writing, and as we chuckled along with his entertaining tales, he explained to us how he is able to write such entertaining books. The next week, all of his books had been borrowed out from the library! This is a tell-tale sign of the success of Book Week and why it is important that we encourage all students to read and appreciate the magic of books.
A mindful colouring-in session with an escape theme.
Origami workshops, with the aim of transforming paper into something new; something that could escape the library (birds, fish, butterflies).
The announcement of winners in our bookmark competition was greatly anticipated and well received. We had many incredible entries in the competition. Congratulations to all who entered, in particular, Nevaeh Nicholas (Year 5), Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Jasmine Banks (Year 4) and Mia Rae (Year 4), whose winning entries were made into bookmarks and sent home with students on Friday afternoon.
A treasure hunt for all the pirates still living among us after the Dad and Daugher Social.
Junior School Librarians Mrs Carol Campbell, Mrs Grace Kapellos and Mrs Jody Gilroy
In a multicultural country, children often find themselves in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Learning a language other than English in the early years lays the foundation for positive cognitive development and fosters an appreciation for different cultures around the world. Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart’.
At the Junior School, Chinese (Mandarin) is offered to all students from Pre-K to Year 5 with students in Year 6 providing opportunities to participate in a 12-week immersion program of three different languages: French, Indonesian and Chinese (Mandarin). With a focus on integration with the Collaborative Learning Project (CLP), the program aims to develop an insight into Asian culture and enhance language skills.
During the Chinese New Year period, the Junior School celebrated with a number of cultural activities. Pre-Kindergarten students decorated paper lanterns with red colours and hung the lanterns up on a cardboard tree. The red lanterns represent booming life and prosperous business. Other grades in Early Years and Junior Years explored the many aspects of Chinese New Year celebrations. They engaged in various tasks, including creating bilingual greeting cards, cutting paper flowers, writing calligraphy, singing and painting. This annual celebration deepens a growing awareness and appreciation for this important cultural festival in Australia and our nearby Asian neighbours.
Junior School Chinese (Mandarin)Teacher Miss Sherry Chen
Creative writing encourages students to exercise their creative minds and practise using their imaginations. It improves their ability to come up with alternatives and builds confidence as they express their point of view, their thoughts and their feelings. Research suggests that one of the most subjective benefits of pursuing creative writing is the way it can benefit the writer’s emotional wellbeing.
Creative writing is offered to girls in Year 2 to Year 5. During the sessions, students are exposed to excellent writing samples. They also learn the benefits of giving and taking constructive criticism. Taking criticism is a vital skill and in a small, nurturing environment, much learning can follow. Knowing how to give constructive advice to others is a life skill that can be transferred to many situations. It is always a privilege to watch writing ability develop and share in the magical and imaginative world of others.Coordinator for Gifted Education Mrs Jan Falls
The Independent Primary Schools Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Friday Afternoon Debating Competition was a worthwhile opportunity for the girls who participated in 2017.
This competition introduces students to debating in a supportive environment with an emphasis on learning the skills of debating. It aims to teach and develop self-confidence, time management, listening skills, collaboration, critical thinking and the skills associated with writing a persuasive speech.
Teams are provided with a range of challenging and thought-provoking topics. They have two weeks to research their topic, develop a team plan and write their speeches. This year, MLC School competed against All Saints Grammar School,
Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Newington College and Trinity Grammar School. To cap off a successful year of debating, MLC School hosted the annual IPSHA Debating Gala Day, which saw a number of schools visit the Junior School campus and enjoy a day of friendly debating.
To the girls who participated in this competition, congratulations and well done! You consistently demonstrated fearless thinking throughout the year and definitely ‘dared to be more’. Thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication and creativity, without which, the season would not have been the success and fun it was.IPSHA Debating Coordinator Mrs Victoria Bradshaw
The da Vinci Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. The competition is fast-paced and requires organisation, collaboration and intellectual rigour. In the Junior School, Year 4 girls can join the da Vinci Club and learn skills that will help them be selected for the Year 5 team. The selection process for the competition is multifaceted. Girls complete a nomination form outlining their skills and abilities. Teachers are also consulted. This year, the Year 6 team came in 13th place – a marvelous effort considering there were over 45 schools represented. They received 1st place in Creative Producers for their original take on a court case involving a corrupt judge and an inconsequential argument.
Coordinator for Gifted Education
Mrs Jan FallsDA VINCI DECATHLON
International Night is always a highlight in the MLC School calendar. Serving as a culmination of learning about different cultures and traditions, International Night brings the wider MLC School community together in a celebration and appreciation of culture.
Filled with good food, fun activities and frivolous dancing, International Night 2017 once again highlighted the importance of community to MLC School. Students and
families enjoyed a lovely evening, learning new things and celebrating cultures from around the globe.
As always, we look forward to the next one!
The school ministry group, Jesus and Me (JAM) is a lunchtime program held once a week for students of Junior School in Year 3 to Year 5. It’s a wonderful opportunity to tell inspiring stories of the Bible and the role of faith in life, as well as a chance for girls to explore who God is. It provides a safe, fun and supportive environment in which students can build relationships with each other and reflect on the experiences of their own beliefs and spirituality. The program and activities encourage group and individual learnings that are not only enjoyable, but reflective as well.Chaplains Rev Viniana Ravetali and Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke
The Kitchen Garden Club has some very enthusiastic gardeners who come together every Friday at lunchtime to plant, weed, mulch and water their crops. We have planted:
Ì Lettuce (different varieties)
Weeding out the old crops is just as much fun as mulching the soil and planting new ones. It is amazing to watch them all grow so quickly. We sell the produce to the teachers for a gold coin and occasionally we get to take some home to try ourselves!
We are thankful for the rain, which sometimes does our watering for us, and the sunshine which helps our garden grow. We are thankful for each other and the fun we have together, helping and sharing the tasks with much laughter and joy.
Kitchen Garden Coordinator Mrs Phillipa Knight
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK
‘Let’s take the next steps…’
This year, we acknowledged two important milestones in our country’s history – the 50th anniversary of the Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. During National Reconciliation Week, Junior School students participated in many activities focused on exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Students reflected on our shared histories by hosting an assembly to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students were reminded that the Referendum in 1967 was a momentous turning point in Australian history because the vote was a significant step towards ending discrimination toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Eddie Mabo was acknowledged for recognising the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of their land. They explored the important symbolism in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
The Junior School students created giant stepping stones in the school playground to reflect this year’s theme for reconciliation, ‘Let’s take the next steps’. Each stepping stone incorporated patterns made with natural materials, such as pine cones, sticks, pebbles and shells. The installation in the playground was a tribute to Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have been creating ground mosaics for thousands of years.
Pairs of silhouetted feet, representing the ‘Stolen Generations Track Home’, were displayed on the wall of the playground, to represent the thousands of silent and unseen tracks of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken away from their families by force. The 54 feet represent the 54 Recommendations in the ‘Bringing Them Home Report’. The feet reflect the six different colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, incorporating red, yellow, black, blue, white and green and were displayed alongside the MLC School plaque to reinforce our shared journey towards reconciliation.Junior School Reconciliation Committee Ms Jane Lancaster
Each year, schools across NSW are invited to participate in Operation Art, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Operation Art is a program which provides students with a forum to display their artworks publicly through exhibitions at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. There are many benefits of participating in this program. The exhibition of student artworks gives students a real purpose in their artmaking and a wider audience, with up to 10,000 visitors viewing the exhibition. The intention of the program is that some of the artworks will become part of the permanent collection of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The display of cheerful and uplifting artworks in the hospital has positive health benefits for children and their families during hospitalisation, which demonstrates the power of art in stimulating the healing process. This year, four of our students in Year 1 entered the competition. Many thanks to Emma Rose Koeswandy, Rima Zhang, Adelaide Akers and Sofia Tzouganatos for your beautiful contributions. It was such a joy to see your colourful animal artworks on display in the exhibition!VisualArts Specialist Ms Jane Lancaster
Developing public speaking skills is essential for success throughout school and later in life, and it is never too early to start learning. Girls in Year 5 have the opportunity to develop vital skills to enhance their speaking ability. They learn how to write a speech and how to use their voice when speaking publicly. They are also provided with many opportunities to practise presentations. Constructive points for improvement are given by both teachers and peers. The aim is to build confidence and learn ways to manage nerves. The rudiments of debating are also taught, with an emphasis on impromptu rebuttals. This year, three girls were selected to compete in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge, which required competitors to write and present a three-minute speech on the topic, ‘the best things in life are free’. Although MLC School girls did not receive a prize, the experience was invaluable.
Coordinator for Gifted Education Mrs Jan Falls
Tournament of Minds (TOM) aims to enhance skills that will flow through to academic performance and eventually workplace practice. The competition offers students a unique experience, providing challenge and growth through its six-week problem solving structure. Teams must work together to solve problems and create a stimulating 10-minute performance. Students need to think outside the box, incorporating technologies, both past and present. A marker of success is working collaboratively, using the skills and talents
of each team member. This year, the Junior School entered three teams. One of the teams received an Honour Award, narrowly missing out on making it through to the final.Coordinator for Gifted Education Mrs Jan Falls TOURNAMENT OF MINDS (TOM)
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2017Jaiden Sinozic, Isabella Kristallis, Isabelle Barakat, Mrs S Edwards FRONT ROW Hannah Ford, Lucinda Winlaw, Aileen Leong, Isla Saxena, Sofia Cvetkovski, Magdalene Miltiades SECOND ROW Ms J Lancaster, Georgia Terzis, Zara Poortvliet, Eve Vantas
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CHESSTEAMFRONT ROW Gauri Nathan, Lara Bazzi, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Christine Jin, Gwenyth Smith, Sophie Pan SECOND ROW Mrs M Wyatt, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Sally Obaid, Hannah Ford, Miss L Coles FRONT ROW Eloise Wong, Amara Sivagurunathan, Arabella Kuo, Sienna Munoz, Imogen Sutton, Megan Kuit, Rachael Ming, Olivia Kozman, Isabella Munoz, Avnika Kandala, Lara Omran, Stephanie Phong, Stephanie El’Atrache, Emilia Ghaly, Alisha Ji-Lee, Francesca Masters, Evelyn Hardy, Jocelyn Yao, Giselle Tanios, Chloe Price SECOND ROW Avery Koh, Emma Sugianto, Mikayla Woon, Kristella Miltiades, Emily Duong, Charla Howard, Isabelle Barakat, Isabella Kristallis, Jaiden Sinozic, Evelyn Gogos, Gloria Chen, Karla Anderson, Katelyn Tu, Imogen Wong, Adelaide Akers THIRD ROW Ms M Bromley, Miss E Astle, Amelia Kozman, Sacha Jeyasingam, Emily Phong, Misha Behi, Mariyah Sfarjalani, Danielle Wan, Megan Lieu, Isabella Correia, Felicia Hannah, Sophie Pan, Tulasi Kanani, Alana Ikladios, Elizabeth Faraj, Gabriella Ayad, Soraya Bates, Liana Wai, Tin Wing Cheylene Leung, Mrs C Campbell, Miss S Chen, Ms P Carr FOURTH ROW Mr D Finlay, Maalika Chalak, Yolanda Dolenac, Elyssa Ghaly, Santina Signorelli, Angelina Hu, Amelia Norton, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Sneha Hasanat, Fatat Malas, Ynez Liauw, Magdalene Miltiades, Ayana Chandra, Zara Luong, Jenaan Rajani, Erin Clowes, Ms S. Edwards FIFTH ROW Cara Britton, Genevieve Cesarano, Anikah Sanan, Angie Lan, Ruby Davis, Ivana Dolenac, Victoria Grammenos, Sophia Pavlovic, Jana Mourad, Sally Obaid, Georgia Duggan, Haegan Sitou, Hannah Ford, Sienna Marriott ABSENT Lucia Cicinelli, Isabella Horvath, Liesl Wong, Eleanor McKeough, Julia Zarlenga
CHURUNGA HOUSEFRONT ROW Yan Hei Rosanna Tsoi, Avery Lee, Chelsea Keomanivong, Angelyn Xiang, Taylor Lu, Bethany Haddad, Alana Bakir, Olivia Yang, Jiarui Song, Madeleine Girgis, Niamh Canadas, Allison Videira Firmino, Audrey Boulton, Hannah Dastyari, Miranda Lin, Aurora Sharma, Scarlett Innes, Angela Liu SECOND ROW Elizabeth Ravens, Georgina Auld, Elysse Diep, Nicole Giannacopoulos, Alisha Dhaliwal, Ines Prince, Janice Leong, Eladie Simmonds, Harriet Gohil, Zara Constance, Kyra Narang, Aashi Shah, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Faith Ata, Sophia Hu, Eleni Giannacopoulos, Ingrid Henderson THIRD ROW Mrs V Bradshaw, Mrs M Wyatt, Julia Saad, Ilaria Blanco, Raezi Wang, Angela Ong, Mimi Lim, Diar Kabaha, Lana Radwan, Eloise Girard, Alyssa Corbett, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Carina Chu, Hazel Gohil, Stella Wallace, Mia Rice, Mrs J Lancaster, Ms E Finlayson FOURTH ROW Mrs N Greville, Emma Sullivan, Aryana Sah, Nicole Audi, Gwenyth Smith, Ava Saad, Madeline Atkinson, Angelina Mijakovac, Joyce Mai, Jasmine Fordyce, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Natalia Gadelrabb, Julinar Alshehabi, Kiara Elghitany, Amalia Fernandes, Camille McLucas, Mrs S Blanche FIFTH ROW Ella Wu, Sarah Pickett, Chiara Corbett, Neika Abdilla Bacon, Cara Wu, Keira O’Connor, Christina Di Giandomenico, Gabrielle Palmer, Isabella Gadelrabb, Georgia Terzis, Aileen Leong, Isla Saxena, Fiona Feng, Florence Ata, Saskia Roberts ABSENT Vita Gohil, Kaitlyn Yang, Jocelyn Yao Zara Constance, Harriet Gohil, Eladie Simmonds, Ms S Blanche
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DAVINCIDECATHLONFRONT ROW Hope Selim, Cara Britton, Anikah Sanan, Tiana Roins, Georgie Roediger, Sienna Marriott, Eve Vantas, Gwenyth Smith SECOND ROW Mrs V Bradshaw, Moira Peach, Zara Poortvliet, Bella Upcroft, Zara Constance, Jaiden Sinozic, Sally Obaid, Jody Feng ABSENT Isabella Kristallis FRONT ROW Magdalene Miltiades, Anikah Sanan, Hannah Ford, Chloe Hui, Cara Britton SECOND ROW Mrs T Ruddock, Georgie Roediger, Clare Butcher, Zara Poortvliet, Moira Peach
STUDENTJUNIORSCHOOL COUNCILFRONT ROW Sophia Hu, Jodhi Bou, Stella Wallace, Bianca Trimboli, Angelina Le, Sophia Antipas, Katelyn Tu, India-Rose Macè SECOND ROW Ms D Keane, Annaliese Yan, Isabel Garner, Saskia Roberts, Madeline Atkinson, Azzurra Zappacosta, Kristina Bitar, Yolanda Dolenac, Mr D Finlay THIRD ROW Cara Britton, Edie Baker, Sally Obaid, Georgie Roediger, Amelia Cosmidis, Chloe Ho-Shon Mr D Finlay, Chloe Hui, Jana Mourad, Genevieve Cesarano
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LEAWARRA HOUSECAPTAINSRuby Wiefler, Tiana Roins, Olivia Gouganovski, Ms J Kobylinski Ms S Chen, Santina Signorelli, Zara Luong, Nevaeh Nicholas
MONITORSLIBRARYFRONT ROW Hope Selim, Fiona Feng, Kate Morfoot, Joanne Law, Georgia Duggan SECOND ROW Mrs C Campbell, Clare Butcher, Bella Upcroft FRONT ROW Ethelia Cassar, Eva Rocca, Joanna Williams, Lucia Cicinelli, Hayley Dinh, Katelyn Lim, Maryse Elassal, Chloe Lu, Svara Mutalithas, Bethany Mikhail, Georgie Papadimitriou, Anastasia Countouris, Georgia Delis, Rima Zhang, Leela Das, Tamara Abdelrahim, Raquel Gill, Mai Phan, Aleeya Sharma, Layla Abdelrahim SECOND ROW Mia Coady, Tiffany Ibrahim, Emily Bitar, Imogen Bush, Ava Brown, Elyse Vivash, Chloe Kypreos, Olivia Gouganovski, Tiana Roins, Ruby Wiefler, Zaina Verma, Jade Scott-Rogers, Jacqueline Wang, Zoe Brown, Rose Lin, Jordan Vo, Janani Kanthathas THIRD ROW Ms G Clayton, Ms E Davey, Naoise Lynn-Black, Umaiza Mahfuz, Chelsea Chen, Chloe Miller, Valerie Tran, Ava Roins, Nevaeh Nicholas, Mia Rae, Christine Jin, Chloe Constantinidis, Meena Kanthathas, Bianca Trimboli, Lucy Cui, Ophelia Li, Sophia Antipas, Aaliya Salim, Stephanie Keo, Mr M Lewis, Ms L Coles FOURTH ROW Amaya Karunakaran, Lucinda Butcher, Ella Zhang, Sara Trimboli, Zahra Yassine, Grace Farrow, Kristina Bitar, Eve Vantas, Sofia Cvetkovski, Jemima Zoud, Sameera Khatri, Stephanie Mikhail, Abigail Bush, Zara Dhawan, Isabella Bednaic, Anastazia Samad FIFTH ROW Amelia Cosmidis, Georgie Roediger, Edie Baker, Seraya Srikumar, Chloe Arnold, Stella Margarian, Clare Butcher, Isabelle Lin, Bella Upcroft, Zara Poortvliet, Lucinda Winlaw, Raashi Parmar, Chloe Hui, Jasmine Banks, Aspen Lambert ABSENT Ms J Kobylinski, Mrs D Bonnici, Ms M Cassar
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MOORAMOORA HOUSEFRONT ROW Gabriela Lim, Charlotte Yiu, Jenny Lin, Elisa Li, Angelina Huang, Ada Savage, Zara Ho-Shon, Katherine Goldring, Pip McGuire, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Lexie Bellew, Christina Messih, Sofia Tzouganatos, Olivia Connolly, Emma Kanaan, Anny Xie, Katherine Woo, Sally Nguyen, Frances Xie SECOND ROW Mrs C Gaspersic, Cassandra Vielman, India-Rose MacÈ, Amritha Ravichandra, Avery Dauphinee, Nicola Keast, Angelina Ng, Bariah Khaznadar, Zoe Jameson, Lara Stojkovic, Imogen Walker, Jodhi Bou, Sybilla Howes, Lola Jablonski, Sophie Connolly, Ella Zraika, Mrs G Kapellos, Ms W Allen THIRD ROW Ellie Li, Baylie Shen, Nectaria Constanti, Chloe Messih, Yolanda Liu, Sallia Nguyen, Gauri Nathan, Bonnie Zheng, Jiayi Li, Dina Saeed, Giovanna Lim, Nghi Phuong Nguyen, Niamh Johnson, Gigi Guan, Lam Nguyen FOURTH ROW Mrs P Knight, Mya Andrews-Ruker, Jossie Liu, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Allegra Carlini, Stephanie Wang, Angelique Houltham, Olivia Walker, Kathleen Chrun, Chloe Ho-Shon, Evie Papamanuel, Isabel Garner, Annaliese Yan, Hope Selim, Angelina Le, Lara Bazzi, Isabella Townsend, Mrs M Ruddock FIFTH ROW Azzurra Zappacosta, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Danielle Dib, Mia Tsaousidis, Joanne Law, Isabel Baudille, Mannix Aurisch, Sophia Sefein, Alexandra Walker, Kate Morfoot, Dakota Dodd, Moira Peach, Claire Liu, Jody Feng, Mira Kalra Bariah Khaznadar, Zoe Jameson, Lara Stojkovic, Mrs M Ruddock
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TECHYNINJASFRONT ROW Angelina Hu, Chiara Corbett, Raashi Parmar, Cara Wu, Jody Feng, Joyce Mai, Isabella Bednaic SECOND ROW Mrs C Campbell, Isabella Gadelrabb, Alexandra Walker, Stella Margarian, Keira O’Connor, Ivana Dolenac, Dakota Dodd FRONT ROW Tulasi Kanani, Amelia Norton, Anikah Sanan, Danielle Dib, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Yolanda Liu, Nicole Giannacopoulos SECOND ROW Miss W Allen, Seraya Srikumar, Sophia Pavlovic, Gabrielle Palmer, Victoria Grammenos
PRE-KINDERGARTENFRONT ROW Anna Lieu, Fedra Nikolakopoulos, Freda Xie, Hayley Trinh, Scarlett Mireskandari, Magdalena Volikas, Charlotte Hing, Queeny Guan, Claire Liang, Mia Licenblat, Emily Tu, Christa Jeyasingam, Emilia Sarayar SECOND ROW Mrs V Liubinskas, Alexandra Huynh, Alicia Suen, Vivienne Nguyen, Jessica Lim, Sateni Shoaib, Frankie Fardoost, Megana Pasupati, Angela Thorn, Olivia Wang, Abira Sanan, Lavinia Xu, Manjima Dutta Gupta, Mrs E Monda THIRD ROW Miss R Maroun, Anaahat Kahlon, Yasmin Maidment, Amanda Houltham, Queena Chen, Mariette Karam, Sofia Callegaro, Chloe Grasso, Carolyn Dou, Selina Shan, Maggie Ma, Arianna Xu, Mrs R Borg ABSENT Taylor Bakir, Lucy Xiang, Frida Yao FRONT ROW Amelia Norton, Raashi Parmar, Isabel Baudille, Chloe Hui, Tulasi Kanani SECOND ROW Mr M Lewis, Zara Poortvliet, Bella Upcroft, Lucinda Winlaw
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KINDERGARTENFRONT ROW Ethelia Cassar, Mai Phan, Emilia Ghaly, Stephanie El’Atrache, Tiffany Ibrahim, Rima Zhang, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Niamh Canadas, Katherine Woo, Elizabeth Ravens, Maryse Elassal, Jiarui Song, Joanna Williams, Taylor Lu, Olivia Kozman, Miranda Lin, Hannah Dastyari SECOND ROW Miss M Bromley, Audrey Boulton, Katherine Goldring, Georgina Auld, Rachael Ming, Ada Savage, Ingrid Henderson, Elyse Vivash, Olivia Yang, Liesl Wong, Madeleine Girgis, Emma Kanaan, Megan Kuit, Pip McGuire, Chloe Lu, Allison Videira Firmino, Christina Messih, Sofia Tzouganatos, Tamara Abdelrahim THIRD ROW Jacqueline Wang, Adelaide Akers, Emma Sugianto, Evelyn Gogos, Alisha Dhaliwal, Gloria Chen, Ava Brown, Elizabeth Faraj, Zoe Brown, Julia Saad, Sybilla Howes, Avery Dauphinee, Kristella Miltiades, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Jade Scott-Rogers, Angelina Huang, Mrs M Wyatt FRONT ROW Gabriela Lim, Chloe Price, Yan Hei Rosanna Tsoi, Sophie Hong, Amara Sivagurunathan, Avery Lee, Layla Abdelrahim, Sookai Law, Frances Xie, Scarlett Innes, Angela Liu, Evelyn Hardy, Arabella Kuo, Giselle Tanios, Eloise Wong, Jocelyn Yao, Charlotte Yiu SECOND ROW Lucia Cicinelli, Chelsea Keomanivong, Sally Nguyen, Aleeya Sharma, Raquel Gill, Aurora Sharma, Hayley Dinh, Sienna Munoz, Jenny Lin, Angelyn Xiang, Ella Zraika, Katelyn Lim, Elisa Li, Eva Rocca, Zara Ho-Shon, Xin Yao Grace Xiong, Olivia Connolly THIRD ROW Ms E Davey, Alisha Ji-Lee, Kaitlyn Yang, Lexie Bellew, Leela Das, Vita Gohil, Svara Mutalithas, Anastasia Countouris, Imogen Bush, Faith Ata, Imogen Sutton, Sophia Du, Janani Kanthathas, Bethany Haddad, Anny Xie, Francesca Masters, Mrs C Gaspersic ABSENT Alana Bakir, Isabella Horvath, Ms J Tanevski
Junior School Photos ContinuedFRONT ROW Nevaeh Nicholas, Tulasi Kanani, Mira Kalra, Gwenyth Smith, Isabella Bednaic, Magdalene Miltiades, Joyce Mai, Hope Selim, Angelina Hu, Zara Luong, Jenaan Rajani, Santina Signorelli, Yolanda Liu, Nicole Giannacopoulos SECOND ROW Mrs V Bradshaw, Eve Vantas, Azzurra Zappacosta, Cara Britton, Jody Feng, Olivia Gouganovski, Hannah Ford, Anikah Sanan, Isabella Kristallis, Sienna Marriott, Zoe Jameson, Genevieve Cesarano, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Amelia Norton, Miss J Kobylinski, Mrs M Ruddock THIRD ROW Fiona Feng, Georgia Duggan, Chiara Corbett, Isla Saxena, Moira Peach, Lucinda Winlaw, Sally Obaid, Joanne Law, Georgie Roediger, Amelia Cosmidis, Sofia Cvetkovski, Tiana Roins, Bariah Khaznadar FOURTH ROW Mia Tsaousidis, Dakota Dodd, Aileen Leong, Seraya Srikumar, Cara Wu, Stella Margarian, Alexandra Walker, Georgia Terzis, Edie Baker, Danielle Dib, Claire Liu, Chloe Hui FIFTH ROW Chloe Arnold, Jana Mourad, Keira O’Connor, Victoria Grammenos, Ruby Wiefler, Jaiden Sinozic, Ivana Dolenac, Lara Stojkovic, Kate Morfoot, Isabel Baudille, Raashi Parmar, Zara Poortvliet SIXTH ROW Isabella Gadelrabb, Bella Upcroft, Zara Constance, Sophia Pavlovic, Sophia Sefein, Gabrielle Palmer, Isabelle Lin, Clare Butcher, Eladie Simmonds, Harriet Gohil, Isabelle Barakat FRONT ROW Emily Phong, Mimi Lim, Alana Ikladios, Misha Behi, Lana Radwan, Lucinda Butcher, Giovanna Lim, Mia Rae, Eloise Girard, Lara Bazzi, Georgie Papadimitriou, Nghi Phuong Nguyen, Katelyn Tu SECOND ROW Ms E Astle, Christine Jin, Bonnie Zheng, Nicole Audi, Angelina Le, Anastazia Samad, Sara Trimboli, Jossie Liu, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Amaya Karunakaran, Mariyah Sfarjalani, Zara Dhawan, Felicia Hannah, Mr M Lewis THIRD ROW Olivia Walker, Annaliese Yan, Stephanie Mikhail, Sameera Khatri, Natalia Gadelrabb, Chloe Ho-Shon, Madeline Atkinson, Evie Papamanuel, Kristina Bitar, Erin Clowes, Zahra Yassine, Abigail Bush FOURTH ROW Jasmine Fordyce, Fatat Malas, Ynez Liauw, Neika Abdilla Bacon, Ruby Davis, Christina Di Giandomenico, Mannix Aurisch, Angie Lan, Jasmine Banks, Sarah Pickett, Aspen Lambert
Year 6 Space
On Tuesday 12 September 2017, Year 6 hosted their annual Showcase of Learning. This year, the chosen Middle Years Programme Global Context, under which all the girls would design their own inquiries, was Scientific and Technical Innovation. Our overarching statement of inquiry was that ‘Scientific and technological developments enhance our understanding of the Solar System, its impact on us and how we can make responsible use of its resources’.
After some initial provocations to expose the girls to the potential scope of inquiries, we were lucky enough to link live with Ms Penny Pettigrew, NASA’s Chief Payload Officer, on the organisation’s Digital Learning Network. She spoke to the girls about her role and responsibilities, and encouraged them to have confidence to
pursue their dreams, particularly in male-dominated industries, such as hers.
All the girls were then required to choose an area on which to focus their research and formulate questions to structure their personal investigations. We saw a huge variety of areas of interest emerge – from satellites to black holes, asteroid mining, to what life is like on the International Space Station, spacesuit technology to the Big Bang Theory.
The night itself was the culmination of a lot of hard work by all the girls over eight weeks. Visitors were thoroughly impressed by the depth of knowledge demonstrated by the girls and by their creativity, in terms of communicating their findings and ideas. There were models, experiments, artworks,
voting booths and surveys. Others made animations, or made use of Virtual or Augmented Reality. Perhaps most satisfying, was seeing the various forms of action taken by girls to share their learning and passions well beyond classroom walls.
With women under-represented in science around the world, and less than a hundred female astronauts having ever travelled to space (none of whom were Australian), we hope that this unit may just have inspired some budding astronauts. Watch this space…
Year 6 teachers
Mrs Jan Falls, Mrs Shaunna Evens, Ms Natalie Hird and Mr Brett Salakas
‘We saw a huge variety of areas of interest emerge – from satellites to black holes, asteroid mining, to what life is like on the International Space Station, spacesuit technology to the Big Bang Theory.’
When you think of Shakespeare, what immediately springs to mind? Men in tights? The Year 7 Illumination Project: A Week in Shakespeare’s World, was a fantastic opportunity to debunk some of the stereotypes associated with the works of William Shakespeare.
For a week in Term 4, Year 7 worked alongside talented mentors from Sydney-based theatre company, Sport for Jove, to put a modern twist on some of Shakespeare’s well-known plays.
Each group focused on a specific play, either Macbeth,A Midsummer Night’s Dream, HenryV,Twelfth Night,Hamlet,Romeo and Juliet,TheTempest or AsYou Like it.
After unpacking the text, performances were augmented with physical theatre, music, chorus, transformation and contemporary references. At all times, the focus was on a collaborative process, and student input was essential to the success and accessibility of the work.
Strains of A Lover and his Lass could be heard around the school, along with sightings of dancing and acting, as the girls rehearsed in the lead-up to the Celebration of Learning on Friday 20 October 2017, which was the highlight of the week.
The Year 7 Illumination Project: A Week in Shakespeare’s World has inspired a new appreciation of Shakespeare’s plays.
Engaging with professionals is one of the tenets of MLC School’s Strategic Plan, Powerful Learning. Not only did Year 7 ‘learn from the greats’, they had a great time.
Head ofYear 7
Mrs Kate Caron
‘This experience flipped my whole view on Shakespeare, helping me to further understand his writing and how it is meant to be interpreted.’
– Laryssa Latt
‘This is brilliant – exactly what you’d hope for kids studying Shakespeare.’
– Emma Heyde, Parent
With the focus of sustainability consistently in mind, MLC School Year 8 students were involved in an extensive experience of Sydney’s city and suburbs. Throughout this opportunity, the girls were involved in a range of activities, from a scavenger hunt around the bustling CBD, to a lush community garden overflowing with fresh vegetables and native wildlife. The girls were able to gain an appreciation of the city and its diversity, as well as gaining innovative ideas on how it can be improved to become a more sustainable urban environment.
At the culmination of this exploration, the girls pondered how they could improve the sustainability of MLC School. They divided into groups of all sizes to brainstorm ideas that would last for a prolonged period of time, and continue to ameliorate the school’s community for many years. One group chose to build a ‘bee hotel’, to house and support the native bee population. Another took the initiative to cook meals for the homeless, as they saw on the experience, the desperate need for food and the impact that students are able to make.
Finally, the students were able to share their knowledge in a Presentation of Learning, which was held on Friday 20 October 2017. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and celebration of the accomplishments. Parents and daughters wandered from presentation to
presentation, awestruck by the creativity and hard work of the Year 8 students. OzHarvest, a charity dedicated to rescuing otherwise-discarded produce, provided a delicious and eye-opening meal for the night. Students and families enjoyed a freshly-made hamburger, bursting with leafy greens, and while doing so, contemplated that food waste can, and should be, rescued and transformed into a delectable meal.
The efforts of the student events team should also be noted; throughout the night, students clad in vibrant orange vests worked fervently to organise the influx of parents circulating the presentations, and ensure that the whole evening ran smoothly. They also transformed the Year 12 common room into a restaurant, where families could comfortably indulge in their hamburger, with ambient music playing in the background.
City Experience enabled the girls to develop their compassion towards those who are less privileged, and gave them opportunities to observe how they can improve the world around them, making it a more sustainable and liveable place. This journey has also taught Year 8 how to make an idea into reality and how to stay positive and mature, whilst overcoming challenges.Year 8 student Elsa Tonkinwise
‘City Experience enabled the girls to develop their compassion towards those who are less privileged, and gave them opportunities to observe how they can improve the world around them.’
Community – Connection – Challenge – Change
The Year 9 immersion experience project, Eudaimonia, undertaken at Broken Hill, is an experience for students and staff to explore their identities; to reflect on their values and to work actively for social change and justice with people from all walks of the community. The Service Learning is designed to be both a strategy and an outcome. Over the last 17 years, the Broken Hill community has been warm and inviting, and looks forward to visits from MLC School.
The train journey is as much the destination as the destination itself! It is a wonderful experience for the students to appreciate the diverse and spectacular landscape of Australia, as groups pass through the Blue Mountains and vast forest hills, endless grassland plains, little villages and the vast rugged plains and red earth of the Australian outback.
The categories of connection we build with the community each year are special. Broken Hill and its surrounds is Australia’s first heritage-listed town, valued for its natural and cultural significance. The girls enjoyed meeting the Aboriginal guides, Aunty Alannah and Alfred, and learning of the special connection they have with the land in the Mutawintji National Park. Understanding different school contexts at
the School of the Air and Broken Hill High School also provided the students with a different perspective towards their learning. This year, we also had the opportunity to tour the AGL Solar farm and, despite the freezing desert night conditions, everyone enjoyed the astronomy night.
In 2017, we engaged with Broken Hill Art Exchange in a local re-urbanisation project in South Broken Hill, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the green corridor around the town to combat devastating dust storms. The girls worked with local artists to design and paint a large mural on the side of the Art Centre’s building. The students also enjoyed the Broken Hill Uniting Church service and the congregation immensely enjoyed the morning tea catered by the girls, and the company that youth brings to a community.
The students will tell you that the challenge of socialising with girls outside their friendship group and living independently in a cabin with friends, budgeting meals and equitably sharing chores, has given them a renewed appreciation and gratitude for their parents.
The program concluded with a Presentation of Learning evening on Friday 20 October
2017, where students showcased their individual special interest community project and spoke of how it was a personally transformative experience –many commenting that they are now a more responsible, mature and wiser person because of the experience.Coordinator of Immersion Experiences Ms Kim Lightfoot
‘I became more open-minded during this experience as we were constantly being put into new situations and introduced to new concepts.’
– Alyssa Scott
‘I feel more aware of myself and my local community after this process. Previously, I did not care about issues in my local community, but I now find myself constantly thinking of solutions.’
– Katherine Du
Year 10 Enlightenment
The usual, touristy, Thailand experience often consists of mocktails sipped on crystalline white beaches, while the sun sets over the world-class facilities of a five-star resort.
This, to be clear, was not our experience of Thailand.
Instead, our experience was deeper and richer. One where we were allowed to access the heart of the culture, and to learn about all things uniquely Thai.
We had a chance to try everything Thai culture had to offer, from traditional umbrella painting to Muay Thai. We were allowed to try our hand at Thai and jungle cooking, to make dishes that exceeded all our expectations and to watch authentic cultural performances, which allowed us to understand some of the history and traditions of the culture. We also had the opportunity to visit some local villages, where we were given an insight into what everyday life was like in Thailand and learnt about the hardships and joys of rural Thai life.
All these experiences allowed us to learn about Thai culture from the inside out, and to view and experience it in a way that we
couldn’t have emulated anywhere else. We are all so grateful for this authentic and genuine taste of Thai culture – one that helped us to understand other countries and cultures different from our own more deeply.
The second part of our experience was also atypical.
Our service week was both physically and mentally challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. We were tasked with building a road, which would run through the local school. Arriving in the village on day one was a reality check for many of us, an awakening to the comfortable privilege we enjoy day-to-day. There was such a sharp disparity between our own private school bubble and the facilities we saw at the school there, yet all of the people we met – particularly the children – were so joyful, constantly smiling and bursting with happiness. One of the many lifelong lessons Chiang Mai had to offer was to be grateful for what you have.
The second thing to hit us was the enormity of the task ahead. Stacks of cement bags, a giant mound of cement, and a winding path, up the hill all of the Green Group (Green
Team, Dream Team) would come to hate. None of us were particularly experienced in the road-making department, but we stuck together and pushed through. It was tough work in the sun, but bucket by bucket, we were able to make a tangible, visible difference, as the road moved further and further up the hill. We returned, aching, cement-splattered, and complaining, to our cabins each night, tired but with a unique and beautiful sense of fulfilment. It was an indescribable experience.
Having ‘been there, done that’, our advice to girls going to Chiang Mai in 2018 is simple: attitude is everything. You get out of Chiang Mai what you put into it, so go with an open mind and a positive attitude, and you will have the best two weeks of your life. We hope you find your experience every bit as amazing as we did.Year 10 students
Emily Osborne and Diya Mehta
‘You get out of Chiang Mai what you put into it, so go with an open mind and a positive attitude, and you will have the best two weeks of your life.’
Employers and the Higher Education Sector are witnessing a change in the nature of work and the need for individuals to acquire skills, which can help them adapt and respond quickly to these changes.
The focus is changing from acquiring knowledge to broadening skill sets. Technology, disruption, connectedness, globalisation, volatile economies, and vast employee and consumer demands are just a handful of the forces driving this. This year, we have adapted our Careers Program to expose students to the evolving variety of courses, which address some of these issues.
At the Alumni Careers Forum held early in the year, we heard from inspiring young women who are making their way to the top of their field, some of which are traditionally male-dominated or non-traditional female careers. These included Amanda Shalala (2003) from Fox Sports News, Anastasia Cammarato, CFO of BT Financial, Melissa Radjenovic (2007), who is a Surgical Senior Resident Medical Officer, and Nicole Hudson (2000), who is a forensic scientist at the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.
On campus tours at the University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney and University of Sydney, students learnt about new courses, as well as more traditional vocational courses, such as Creative Intelligence and Innovation, Data Analytics, Design and Law. These provided an insight for our new Year 11 students into the different university environments and the innovation that is happening in some faculties.
In addition to our annual Careers and Tertiary Expo, we invited a group of US Universities to our campus for a ‘mini expo’. This provided a great opportunity for students to access first class universities, which they’d otherwise not be aware of, such as, University of South Carolina, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Colorado, University of Hawaii and University at Buffalo.
Notable international opportunities for some students: Julia de Sterke (2016) going to Science Po in France to study the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program, Michelle Joseph (Year 12) has been accepted
for the Australian Defence Force Gap Year, which is a highly competitive program, three students from Year 10 and Year 11 attended the Oxbridge program at Oxford University in July, and Caitlin Farrell (Year 12) has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design in the US.
Director of Careers Mrs Loretta Toole
‘The focus is changing from acquiring knowledge to broadening skill sets.’
Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE)
2017 has been a busy year for the DDE Department: touring, performing, entertaining, designing and learning all aspects of Theatre and Dance.
We have had a year of beginnings and endings. We enjoyed our inaugural tour to the USA and hope to visit Britain and Europe on the next tour. But exciting things also happened here in the classroom.
This year, our Entertainment students had the opportunity to develop their skills in many ways; building props and sets, crewing for our school play, Stories in the Dark, setting up specialty events and attending a taping of the Channel 10 show, The Living Room, where we inspected the equipment, spoke one-on-one with the production team, visited the control room and chatted with the cast.
Our curriculum classes had a great year characterised by excellence. Our Year 12 Drama class had two of four Group Performances nominated for Onstage, and four Individual Performances nominated out of seven. Two students’ works were
nominated and chosen for display at Onstage – Ashley Liptak (Year 12) for her Lighting Design and Isabella Anderson (Year 12) for her Research Project.
Year 11 Drama performed a full-length play titled, War Crimes, to end their work in the Preliminary year. They had a very short time to rehearse and perfect the play for a public audience, which involved a full set and costumes, before they moved into Year 12. Year 10 helped with the construction of the set and ran front-ofhouse for the performance.
Drama classes from Year 6 to Year 10 presented creative showcases of their work in both play building and script. The two Year 9 classes were inspired by their own experiences and informed by research to devise TheTeenage Dream, performed on their drama night in Term 1. Throughout the year, they learned circus skills, including stilt walking, and developed a script into performance in class.
Our Dance students performed at the MLC School Dance Showcase in Term 3 at
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), showcasing their classwork, compositions and Year 12 performing their works in progress for the HSC. Our 2017 Drama Captain, Charlotte Beckett (Year 12) ran the DDE Committee for girls from Year 7 to Year 12 and they all had a wonderful time.
Miss Alyssha Clarke directed our first Middle Years production with students from our new co-curricular Middle Years Ensemble, Fight with allYour Might the Zombies ofTonight, which was a great success.
Our Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 students appreciated the story of friendship and identity, and we look forward to their work next year.
So, the year has ended much as it began –full of excitement and business, as we bring the curtain down until the next show.
Head of Department – Dance,Drama and Entertainment Ms Lisa Jinga
‘Our curriculum classes had a great year characterised by excellence.’
‘Books are the quietest and most content of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers.’ – Charles W. Eliot
It has been argued throughout history that one can judge a piece of literature based solely on its ability to have an impact on the reader. Charles W. Eliot, an American academic writer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, highlighted the profound role books play in each of our lives; they can offer us companionship, wisdom and an escape from the ordinary. Most importantly, however, Eliot noted that books have the inherent power to teach. Throughout the year, the MLC School English Department has encouraged each and every one of their students to consider the profound role reading has in their lives, urging them to reflect on what they have learnt from the books encountered throughout the year.
For the second year running, the Year 10 cohort was engrossed with the work of Australian poet Eileen Chong, working closely with the poet herself and learning about the process of writing poetry. They also engaged in the Year 10 Gothic Film unit of work, creating their own Gothic short films and celebrating their achievements in our own MLC School Gothic Film Festival. Year 7 participated in a fun and energetic workshop with Poetry in Action at the beginning of the year, a presentation that brings poetry to life in performance.
After a multitude of entries into the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? competition, five of our students were once again shortlisted, receiving commendations for their engaging persuasive pieces of writing, outlining what matters the most to them in their lives. Students throughout the Senior School also participated in a number of other writing competitions, including the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition, consistently applying the content and skills
they’ve learnt in class and embedding them into their own writing.
Immersive learning experiences were abundant in 2017, with multiple oncein-a-lifetime opportunities presenting themselves. The Year 12 IB students had the privilege of attending the Sydney Writers’ Festival to meet Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The students were able to hear the renowned poet speak about her works and discuss poems they’ve studied closely as part of the Diploma Programme. The Year 11 English Extension 1 students viewed a live production of Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, at
the extended absence of their husband and father, due to his repeated visits to Japan after WWII. Charlotte’s Major Work, exploring the effects of intergenerational guilt, was given a staged reading at Griffin Theatre in July, a performance many of the English Department attended, including Charlotte’s mentor, Ms Deborah Moir.
Parramatta Riverside Theatre, and the Year 12 Extension 1 class saw Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of 1984. Our Year 12 ESL students also partook in various study days offered by the University of New South Wales in September, as they prepared for their final HSC examinations, and enjoyed a production of, The Shoe-Horn Sonata, earlier in the year.
This year, we had two students complete the arduous and challenging English Extension 2 course, which requires students to work independently and compose their own Major Work. With the guidance of Ms Carmel Cordaro, Isabella Suckling (Year 12) wrote an outstanding short story that examines the way self-justification can be used as means to absolve oneself of unethical acts. Charlotte Beckett (Year 12) penned a ‘three-hander’ play that centres around a mother and daughter coming to terms with
In NSW, there have been many developments throughout the year around curriculum development, as NESA begins the rollout of a stronger HSC in 2018. These reforms have been designed to support high school students achieve their best, reduce stress and anxiety, and give students more skills and career options. A number of staff members in the faculty have been instrumental in the development of these reforms, being actively involved in program construction, text selection and the consultation process, as well as attending various workshops and conferences during the academic year. The English Department has therefore been working hard on planning and developing innovative new units of work and approaches to teaching the new HSC, designing a program of work that students will find engaging, challenging and stimulating.
With Ms Christine Choi and Ms Rachel Alice taking parental leave throughout 2017, we welcomed three new additions to the English Department. Ms Alice Fenton, Mr Adam Lee and Ms Kim Lightfoot joined the faculty, each bringing with them enthusiasm, energy and a wealth of knowledge. We are glad to have them join our ever-growing team.
As is the case every year, it has been a busy and exhilarating time in the English Department, as we have continued to actively inspire within our students a love of learning.
Head of Department – English Mr Benjamen Haeusler
‘Immersive learning experiences were abundant in 2017, with multiple once-in-a-lifetime opportunities presenting themselves.’
Time moves relentlessly, bringing change; at times slow, at other times rushing onwards to some undefined point. It was only a year ago, on a Wednesday afternoon, that my bright and exuberant Year 9 History class checked into the progress of the elections in the United States via Google. We became more than alarmed when we saw the map of the United States gradually falling to the now President, Donald Trump. When Florida and Illinois went to Trump we realised we had witnessed a dramatic shift in history. A year later, with hundreds of inexplicable tweets, insults, lies and double standards and, most alarmingly, the threats of warfare between two belligerent and petty antagonists, we hope that we can help to shape the direction of change.
Despite this, our lives go on largely undisturbed. It reminds me of Bruegel’s painting, The Fall of Icarus. Icarus, with his wax wings, ignored instructions and flew too close to sun and fell into the sea, an event that goes unnoticed by the farmers who continue with their daily chores. Our intrinsic values of taking pride in our work, striving to excel, love, loyalty and friendships determine our approach to daily life, especially in our work place. It has been a pleasure to work for the last 18 years with Mrs Lesley Ann Angus who retired this year, having been the foundation of Modern History. Similarly, it was a privilege to have shared many wonderful discussions with Mr Michael Hayes who, after 40 years at MLC School, has retired. It is testimony to
the wonderful community that MLC School has provided for both staff and students.
While some people, quite wrongly say that nothing ever changes in teaching History, the History staff have been immersed in coming to terms with the exciting new syllabus in Ancient and Modern History, as well as IB History. Year 10 History once again enjoyed their study of the 1960s, as much as we enjoyed their oral presentations, using many varied media techniques for their online product. We cannot be anything but optimistic about our future when we look at the teaching and learning of History at MLC School. After Rachel Wang (Year 10) was awarded Young Australian Historian of the Year in 2016, Hazel Sung (Year 9) has followed by winning the Young NSW Historian of the Year in 2017. We welcome Mrs Sharon Connolly and Dr Felicity Berry, our very capable and experienced teachers to the faculty, who will continue to empower the girls in asking the critical question of ‘why is it so?’, and encouraging them to challenge the world around them.
Personally, this year at MLC School was filled with truly rewarding experiences, especially with Year 12 History students, the IB History and Ancient History. Each and every student has become a part of my Pantheon of memories.
Head of Department – HistoryMr Peter Klamka Hazel Sung (Year 9) is presented with her award for the Year 9 NSW Category of the 2017 History Teachers Association National History Challenge. Mr Peter Klamka with a few Year 12 2017 HSC students, celebrating their results.
‘Our intrinsic values of taking pride in our work, striving to excel, love, loyalty and friendships determine our approach to daily life, especially in our work place.’
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
The year kicked off with a visit to the beach for Year 10 Geography to examine coastal erosion at Collaroy. Senior geographers were further afield and visited Nelson Bay and Stockton Bight for three days, looking at the natural ecosystem of the extensive dune systems, as well as the tourism industry that depends on the area. This trip included a dolphin watching cruise, as well as four-wheel drive tours and a sand boarding experience in the sand dunes. Year 9 were closer to home in Barangaroo, investigating the impact of the changes taking place in the area. Year 7 were closer again, carrying out a fieldwork investigation into the liveability of their local area. Year 8 geographers rounded out the year by laying the groundwork for City Experience and looking at the ‘War on Waste’. We also tested the geography knowledge of our girls against 70,000 students in the Australian Geography Competition with impressive results. Fifty-four students achieved High Distinctions, with Charlotte Trieu (Year 7), Annabelle Banfield (Year 7) and Anica Shen (Year 9) ranking in the top 1% nationwide.
Our Business, Commerce and Economics students were also out exploring and
inquiring. Taronga Zoo, IKEA, Westfield, Paddy’s Markets and the Reserve Bank were all on the list of places visited. A visit from IKEA’s Regional Manager gave Year 12 students the opportunity to ask questions about business strategy. We saw some excellent research from Year 9 regarding the pros and cons of property investment, as well as an investigation into the values of generic versus branded products. Year 10 business plans reflected the growing importance of e-commerce, with creative ideas for apps, which find dog minders, help you get your driver’s licence and tailor your news feed. Congratulations to Economics student Shirley Chen (Year 12) and Business students Stephanie Dimovski (Year 12), Georgina Smith (Year 12), Vishaya Pracy (Year 12), Madison Allan (Year 12), Claudia Orr (Year 12) and Bridget Goonan (Year 12) who all scored at the distinction level or better in competitions run by UNSW Business School.
Senior Studies of Religion students continued their work on the world’s major religious traditions and the changing nature of the religious landscape in Australia. Junior religion students also looked at the diversity of faith across the globe and reflected on the ethics of various human
behaviours. Why humans behave the way they do, also continues to be the focus of the senior IB Psychology students.
The HSIE teaching team welcomed new staff members, Mr David Latimer and Ms Kim Lightfoot. We said goodbye to Mrs Katie Wright who returned home to the UK, and we farewelled Mrs Joan Wyllie who retired after a long and successful Geography teaching career. This will also be the last Excelsior report written by the Head of HSIE, Ms Allison McCulloch, who is leaving after more than 20 years at MLC School.
Head of Department – Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Ms Allison McCulloch
‘Why humans behave the way they do, also continues to be the focus of the senior IB Psychology students.’
HSC and IB Report
HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (HSC)
The 2017 MLC School students who completed the Higher School Certificate (HSC) are to be congratulated on their excellent achievements across a wide range of subjects. In an external analysis of the HSC results from 2017, 89% of students who were at MLC School in Year 10 and went on to do the HSC, achieved equal to, or better than, their Year 10 grades would indicate. Six students added significant value by doing the HSC.
In Year 12, HSC students can study a minimum of 10 units or they can elect to study more; 56.8% of our girls did 10 units, 21% studied 11 units and 22.2% studied 12 units. Analysis showed that students who studied 12 or more units achieved a higher per-unit score than the students who did less units. Also,
students who studied an extension subject invariably scored higher than those who did not. This is something for girls in Year 10 and Year 11 to keep in mind.
One of the hallmarks of the HSC is its flexibility, as the only compulsory subject is English. Compared to the state, more MLC School HSC students study the harder courses of Advanced English, Mathematics, Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics, Music 2 and Extension Music. Other popular subjects at MLC School include Business Studies, Ancient and Modern History, Industrial Technology Multimedia and Textiles and Design.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are dual pathways, giving students the ability to gain Certificate II or Certificate
III qualifications as well as the HSC. In 2017, we had a significant number of students complete the VET Entertainment course, which is studied at school. Other VET subjects are held on Tuesday afternoon, with students travelling to the various TAFE colleges in Sydney. These include Human Services as well as Tourism Travel and Events. If a student sits for the HSC Examination in their VET subject, it can count towards their ATAR.
MLC School wishes every student all the best for their future learning and endeavours.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The core of all IB Diploma Programmes are the Approaches to Teaching and the Approaches to Learning, which underpin the principles of the IB. These are inquiry, conceptual understanding, developing local and global contexts, collaboration, differentiation and informing by assessment. Learners in the IB are actively taught how to think, communicate, engage socially, self-manage and undertake research.
In the Diploma Programme, the core also includes Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE) and Community, Activity and Service (CAS). The combined grades of TOK and the EE can earn three bonus points for Diploma students. The 2017 IB Diploma students are to be congratulated on their achievements, not just on their final grades, but also in the core component of the Diploma. Twenty students (41.6%) scored three bonus points from their TOK and EE submissions and 21 students (43.75%) gained two bonus points.
The extended essay is a 4000-word original research essay in a subject of the student’s choosing. Each student is assigned a supervisor who may spend up to five hours assisting the student to develop their ideas, but may only comment on one draft and may not edit or correct the student’s work.
Three of the very successful essays in 2017 were:
‘The function of comedy within the tragedy of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe’ (Jasmine Todoroska, English A category 1)
‘The significance of music inAnthony Burgess’A Clockwork Orange’ (Maekayla Tran, English A category 1)
‘How does Ovid create a new genre in the Heroides by rejecting traditional genre boundaries?’ (Elizabeth Chen, Classical Languages, Literature category 3)
For the first time, MLC School students attempted extended essays in Sports Exercise and Health Science with titles such
as: ‘An investigation into the post-operative eating habits of bariatric surgery patients’ (Claudia Orr) and, ‘What is the effect of the usage of a dynamic pre-event warm up on the performance of elite 100m freestyle swimmers?’ (Bridget Goonan)
MLC School wishes every student all the best for their future learning and endeavours.
Director of Senior Curriculum and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator Mrs Anne Layman
‘Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things,but learning another way to think about things.’ – Flora Lewis
Learning a language at MLC School is certainly much more than being able to translate one word with another. Indeed, the actual language that is being studied is much less important than the process of learning that language. Language is a tool to encourage our students to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, make connections, reflect and arouse curiosity around cultural similarities and differences. Be it in the classroom or beyond, the transfer of the skills learnt through language acquisition is our key focus, and is something that drives the vision of the Language Department.
2017 was another busy year in the Language Department. Our Year 8 students have again continued our legacy of raising money to sponsor students at the Starehe Girls’ Centre in Kenya through our annual Spell-a-thon, this time raising over $9000! The spelling workshop to prepare for the competition, required the students to trial and evaluate different learning strategies for vocabulary acquisition. It is an excellent example of how students are encouraged to use language to work collaboratively and to reflect upon their learning methods, while participating in a service activity to enhance the lives of others.
Once again, we were successful in our submissions for the 2017 Modern Language Teachers Association of NSW (MLTANSW) Linguafest Competition, where students
have to create a two-minute short film in another language. This year, the films had to include the motif of a ‘watch’ and the concept of a ‘second chance.’ Two of our Year 10 French classes were selected as finalists and their films, Le Lait and La Poubelle were screened at the Events Cinema, George Street.
Languages Day 2017 was a vibrant, colourful day of culture and language. There were engaging performances by French and Indonesian theatre companies, French storytelling, crêpe making, a Japanese tea ceremony, Tyrol dancing, Indonesian dancing and cooking, Chinese Kung-Fu, knot making, Tour de France races and, of course, an array of delicious multi-cultural lunch options!
This year, there have also been many individual successes, including 10 students who participated in the State NSW Japanese speech contest. Yasmin Mills (Year 11), Sonia Kang (Year 11) and Vicky Feng (Year 10) were all prize recipients, with Yasmin advancing to the National finals and winning 1st place and Vicky achieving 1st place in the state!
Preparation has been underway this year for overseas trips to Indonesia in 2018 and New Caledonia in 2019. We are excited to be able to offer these motivating immersion opportunities and we are sure that there will be many students eager to participate.
We sadly farewell Ms Gabriele Grave after 18 years of teaching German at MLC School. She has been a massive asset to our faculty during this time and has
really inspired both staff and students with her passion and commitment to language learning. We also thank Mr Frank Schaer for having taught the last of our Latin students for the past three years. We wish them both all the very best for the future.
Finally, the Language Department would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2017. We have strived to foster a love of language learning and hope that your future endeavours will involve a life-long interest in language and culture.
Head of Department – Languages Ms Louisa Macdonald
‘The actual language that is being studied is much less important than the process of learning that language.’
2017 was a fantastic year for Mathematics at MLC School. As is the case with Mathematics, it was challenging, but ultimately extremely rewarding.
This year, we celebrated many achievements by some of our students, who embodied the MLC School quality of being fearless thinkers and daring to be more. Some key events and accomplishments in 2017 include Maths in Philosophy Day, which was held at Christian Brothers Lewisham in November, and gave Year 10 students an insight into some higher order mathematics. This included learning about Cantor’s Theorem and discussing philosophical questions about our concepts of infinity in a philosophical community of inquiry. This was a great event, which promoted collaboration between Year 10 students from different schools, all with the shared goal of thinking about whether our concepts of Mathematics are based on pre-existing foundations unknown to us, or
based on a set of rules we have created to complement pre-existing rules.
Collaboration was also a key theme in Beaux and Belles, which MLC School hosted this year. Beaux and Belles is a cross-school Mathematics initiative for Year 7 to Year 10 students, which was run by Mrs Penny Pachos in 2017. The event encouraged students to think critically and to work together in order to find solutions to real-world concerns. Collaboration, not competition, was at the forefront of this initiative, and students cooperated in order to create and present some amazing ideas to their peers.
We are very proud of Tina Gong (Year 11) who competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) and was one of only three students from NSW to win a medal in the Senior Division of the competition. Tina was also awarded the newly-created Cheryl Praeger Medal. She flew to Tasmania,
where she was presented with her award in Government House by the first female Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC. We congratulate Tina on this incredible and exciting achievement!
Vicky Feng (Year 10) also completed a residency in Melbourne, taking her studies interstate to broaden her horizons and share her ideas with peers around Australia. Congratulations, Vicky!
2017 was a fulfilling and gratifying year for the Mathematics faculty and we look forward to what 2018 will bring with excitement and anticipation.
Head of Department – Mathematics Mrs Eva Pejovic
‘This year, we celebrated many achievements by some of our students, who embodied the MLC School quality of being fearless thinkers and daring to be more.’2017 Beaux and Belles hosted by MLC School. Year 8 Mathematics class.
MLC School’s mandatory and elective classes had an exciting year of curriculum, centred around the Biennial Sydney Opera House Concert, Legacy. While mandatory classes engaged in massed choir items as part of their core curriculum, all Year 12 elective classes worked with Mr Tristan Coelho on an exciting new commission, The Gift.
The principles of Zoltan Kodaly underpin all of our music teaching, and are consistently linked with both the mandatory classroom and year choir program. Whilst the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Stages 4, 5, and 6 are a mandatory requirement, both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) offer
MIDDLE YEARS MUSIC PROGRAM
Year 6 – Our World through Music, Australian Made, Staff Wars and Music Awards.
Activities included group composition and performance, research and process journal reflection, studying music from a range of genres linked to the topics.
Year 7 – What is Music?, Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz and Music Awards
The ever-popular graphic score as a response to an Australian Indigenous
narrative begins the course. Instruments of the orchestra involved the students composing for an orchestral instrument, while Jazz asked students to Dare to be More through improvisation.
Year 8 – Back to the Future, Middle Years Concert, Film Music and Music Awards
Back to the Future identifies and forges links between contemporary music and some of the best loved classical pieces.
SENIOR YEARS MUSIC PROGRAM
Year 10 – Music for Large Ensembles (Opera), Music Technology and Music of a Culture, Australian Music, Popular Music, Boot Camp – Concepts of Music and terms and definitions
Students in Year 10 commenced the course in Term 4 by working with Opera Express. This is an opportunity for the students to write and perform their own opera, including all the associated elements of putting on a production, as a group. In Term 1 Year 10 students’ community project in Thailand’s Chiang Mai, became an outlet for them to explore ethnomusicology. It helps to intrinsically link their understanding of
the country’s rich artistic culture. Australian Music and Popular Music form the rest of the Year 10 course. In Term 4, with the preparation for Year 11, a revision ‘Boot Camp’ unit ensures that students are properly prepared for the advanced study of music.
Year 11 – Music 2 and International Baccalaureate The topics and music studied in this stage of an elective music student’s journey are wideranging and relevant to the selected course. Australian Music Day (AMD), now in its 19th year, focused on instrumental and vocal
dynamic alternative teaching philosophies, which help support the relevance of a quality music education in the 21st century which is built around the selection of termly topics
Highlights of the music teaching programs in Year 6 to Year 12 are listed below.
Film Music offers all girls a chance to create a score using music technology.
Year 9 – Baroque Music, Music for Small Ensembles, Australian Music (Broken Hill Focus) and Musical Theatre One of the highlights for many MLC School students are the two weeks at Broken Hill. This was based around two activities, a Soundscape composition at Broken Hill, and an extensive student-led project in class.
composition. AMD features the very best of contemporary music, consistently attracting schools from across Sydney. Music 1 focused on rhythm and song writing with Ms Holly Harrison and Andrée Greenwell. Music 2/ IB explored Australian Art music, featuring music by MLC School’s Head of Composition, Mr Tristan Coelho, and MLC School Old Girl, Alice Chance (2011).
Year 12 – Music 1, Music 2 and International Baccalaureate
As this is the culmination of each student’s elective music program, inevitably the final result can affect their opportunities postschool. Conscious of our responsibility in this regard, the Music Department has worked in developing the program to ensure that in all aspects of the course, the students are able to realise their full potential. Performance and Composition workshops are now a regular teaching tool, and within a collaborative and supportive environment, the students are positively guided to reflect and help to improve their work.Director of Music Mr James Allington
‘The teaching of music focuses on creative (composition), performance, and listening/musicology, and is built around the selection of termly topics for the students.’
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
2017 has been a busy, yet rewarding year for the PDHPE Department. The department continued to develop innovative programs and opportunities embracing the Middle Years Programme (MYP) format. Students were provided with a variety of experiences to further develop their understanding of what it means to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through concept-based learning.
Year 6 investigated the various body systems, became safety inspectors and learnt all about how they can make healthy choices. Their practical units included creative dance, fitness activities, basic skills and lifesaving experiences in the pool.
relationships, through minimising bullying and developing conflict resolution skills. Students further developed their teamwork and communication skills through group tasks, including synchronised swimming, gymnastics and invasion games.
Year 9 worked with an external instructor to learn the skills of hip hop dancing, culminating in the creation of their very own hip hop film clip. They investigated the impact of body image in a range of contexts and inquired about various health issues, by reflecting on City Experience and their time in Broken Hill.
Year 10 attended the eye-opening BStreetsmart excursion at Sydney Olympic Park, hosted by the Trauma Division of Westmead Hospital. The event highlighted the importance of being safe on the road and consolidated their knowledge of life beyond school, as they obtain their driver’s licence.
Our Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) elective students participated in a variety of specialised activities. Year 9 PASS completed a new unit, Australia’s Sporting Identity, in which they had the chance to test out their AFL skills. Additionally, they enjoyed a three-day alpine skiing adventure as part of the Participating with Safety unit.
experienced two days at Manly Beach, where they completed their Level 1 Surf Awareness course, and participated in surf activities, such as snorkelling and board work.
Our Year 11 and Year 12 students, embraced their Senior School PDHPE studies. The Year 11 students completed their First Aid course, as part of their chosen study topic. The Year 12 students attended a fantastic PDHPE course at the Wesley Mission Centre. This program consolidated their knowledge of the core topics and options studied, through providing reputable guest speakers, who link their own knowledge and experiences to the syllabus content.
Thank you to the Senior School PDHPE staff who continue to provide our students with opportunities to challenge and embrace their individual qualities. Their passion and dedication allow our students to flourish by providing them with every opportunity to achieve their best.
Acting Head of Department – Personal Development,Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
Ms Olivia Nolan
Year 7 and Year 8 increased their knowledge of mental health, decision-making behaviours and maintaining positive
The Year 10 PASS students completed their Level 0 Coaching Certificate and implemented their newfound knowledge by conducting training sessions with the Junior School students. Additionally, they
‘Students were provided with a variety of experiences to further develop their understanding of what it means to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through concept-based learning.’
‘Science is infrastructure and it is critical to our future.We must align our scientific effort to the national interest;focus on areas of particular importance or need;and do it on a scale that will make a difference toAustralia and a changing world.’
– Professor Ian Chubb
Girls who study Science at MLC School are encouraged always to put their best effort into learning, so they understand the role they can play in the future of a changing world. They are encouraged to investigate difficult problems and evaluate a range of possible solutions. They are asked to question what they know and justify their understanding. They are validated for working collaboratively and thinking differently. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding in increasingly complex ways when performing, designing and analysing firsthand investigations. In an ever-changing world, the experimental nature of Science is one which will endure and often provides the most memorable learning experiences for students. Throughout 2017, the Science Department guided and encouraged students to develop safe experimental plans and to use mathematical and scientific terminology to communicate results and draw conclusions. Changes on a scale that will ‘make a difference’, can be relative, and our aim is to make a difference to each student’s learning in Science in the hope that she will be well-prepared to make a difference to her changing world.
MLC School girls participate in a range of experiences as part of their Science studies.
Year 7 visited Taronga Zoo and used their observations to consider the environmental impact of human activity, and our ethical responsibility to other organisms on the planet.
Year 8 headed to Towra Point to explore the interaction between biotic and abiotic factors in a mangrove environment.
Year 9 took a day trip to explore the stalagmites and stalactites at Jenolan Caves.
Our Year 10 Cutting Edge Conference focused on Future Science, and a number of outstanding female presenters from varied fields of study participated in this annual event.
Year 11 Biology students undertook an ecology field study while Year 12 Biology students viewed medical specimens at the Museum of Human Diseases. Year 12 Chemistry and Physics students visited ANSTO and Year 12 Chemistry students learnt how water is treated and recycled at Sydney Water.
A small group of Year 9 students attended the L’Oréal Women in Science event. All these opportunities continue to add richness to the study of Science and to inspire students to focus on what is possible.
I congratulate our Year 12 students, not only for their excellent results, but also for the dedication and perseverance they showed towards their studies. Both HSC and IB Science courses are challenging, however, our future is in need of young women who can use intellect and passion to solve
problems. Many of our Year 12 graduates will go on to further studies in Science and Engineering or Health Sciences. In doing so, they will bring their collaborative skills and intelligence to the Science infrastructure. I wish them great success in the future and look forward to following their scientific pursuits.
Ms Carlee Hill is leaving to take up an appointment closer to her family in Victoria. She has been a valuable member of the Science staff in 2017. Ms Sarah Tynan has left her love of learning Science with many students over the past nine years and we wish her every success in her new role. Mrs Patricia Watson has decided to spend more time travelling and exploring the world. I thank all of the teachers for the work they have done with so many of our students and the intelligent approach they have brought to the Science team.
The Science staff each have their own perspective on Science education, which is expressed in both the staffroom and the classroom. They are creative and inspirational in their approach to teaching, and we consistently challenge each other to align our efforts in the interest of the students. They are outstanding educators whose capacity to reflect and renew is critical in the success of every student.
Head of Department – Science Mrs Susan Rowley
‘In an ever-changing world, the experimental nature of Science is one, which will endure and often provides the most memorable learning experiences for students.’
Technology and Applied Sciences (TAS)
TECHNOLOGY: YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8
The Technology learning environment encourages students to explore technology, design, problem solving and thinking through the lenses of communication, development, communities and systems. Year 7 and Year 8 students’ time has been well spent, learning the design process and following a unique documentation structure, generating very different ideas and products. Students have manufactured laser-cut lanterns with LED circuits, 3D printed USB cases, pyjamas with textile embellishments and promotional products, which educate a target audience about herbs and encouraging the use of fresh food in our diets through the use of social media.
FOOD TECHNOLOGY: STAGE 5–6
The Year 9 to Year 12 Food Technology students explored scientific theory and the importance of food in society. They investigated the history of food in Australia, the many cultural influences on contemporary Australian cuisine, nutrition, food product development, issues related to food security and food processing and preservation.
Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Design and Technology students have explored a range of real-world problems to develop innovative solutions this year. The workshop has been full of fun and hard work to manufacture products from a variety of materials and tools. HSC Design and Technology saw students follow their passion for design development to complete their self-negotiated major projects.
Students identified an authentic need from society, developing prototypes including a GPS cat tracking device, an upcycled desk, a clothing compendium and a Bluetooth bike device. IB Diploma Design Technology students took a scientific approach to design, delving deep into material science, ergonomics, human factors and aesthetic theory to develop their own major projects.
Year 11 Multimedia students developed a portfolio of projects, which introduced them to software, technical equipment and the manufacturing techniques used in industry, including Disney and Ubisoft. This supported them to develop skills, which will be used throughout tertiary education, and during possible careers. Projects included kinetic-typography motion graphics, platform gaming and 3D modelling. HSC Multimedia students applied
their preliminary understanding to create outstanding products and documentation. The major projects of Frankie HowardWhite (Year 12), Charlotte Mackie Pawson (Year 12) and Elena Viatos (Year 12) were selected by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for the Shape Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, which showcased the most outstanding work from the State.
TEXTILES AND DESIGN: STAGE 5 AND STAGE 6
Textiles students experienced a variety of decoration techniques, from digital printing and fabric dyeing to machine embroidery.
Year 9 used digital technology to produce a costume designer mini-documentary, while Year 10 used design skills to create an e-magazine for an interior designer.
Year 11 experienced the use of bamboo fabric, designed a historically-inspired
garment and a culturally-inspired kimono, utilising numerous decoration techniques. HSC students produced amazing, detailed major works using all their past experiences and skills. Holly Jones (Year 12) was chosen to display her major work at Texstyle. Her beautifully tailored navy and cream blazer, pants, beret and trench coat were inspired by Coco Chanel.
INFORMATION, SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY (IST): STAGE 5
It’s been another exciting year in IST. Year 10 students worked with vector-based graphics and animation, gained insights into network infrastructure and how to manage their own home network routers, developed their own websites using HTML5 and CSS
and worked on independent projects, which they designed themselves.
Technology andApplied Sciences (TAS) teacher
Ms Caitlin White
‘The Technology learning environment encourages students to explore technology, design, problem solving and thinking through the lenses of communication, development, communities and systems.’INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY MULTIMEDIA: STAGE 6 DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: STAGE 5–6
2017 has been another successful year in the Visual Arts Department across all years, with MLC School students engaging in both local and national artistic projects that have broadened their opportunities and understanding of contemporary art practice and culture. I would like to introduce two new staff members to our department Ms Cigdem Aydemir, a practising artist who specialises in photography, film making and performance art and Ms Emily Turner, an artist and teacher with a specialty in mural site-specific projects.
The 2017 Year 12 cohort performed extremely well, with the HSC Visual Arts students creating thought provoking and emotional artworks, which reflected their unique personalities and passions in an impressive exhibition. Special congratulations go to Frankie Howard-White (Year 12) for her nomination to ArtExpress (a selective exhibition highlighting Visual Arts in NSW). The IB candidature Exhibition was of an exceptionally high standard and a credit to their hard work and conceptual reasoning. I must thank our incredible Visual Arts Department for all their dedication and support enabling students from both the HSC and IB to transform their ideas into artworks.
Art Week was again held, under the leadership of Creative Art and Design Captain, Carma Jackson (Year 12), the Art and Design Committee and the Visual Arts and TAS staff. A Yoko Ono inspired wishing stairwell and henna designs enabled students to participate in various artmaking. Under the theme of inclusion and diversity, the committee was able to raise awareness of these important issues through audience participation and fun activities. Thank you to all those involved as it was a huge success.
In 2016, MLC School had the pleasure of hosting artist-in-residence Rebecca Kamen, from Washington DC. She introduced the Senior School to her artmaking practice, looking at the connections between Art and Science, launched the Strata Project with the Year 9 elective class, creating portfolios from the 900 artworks printed in a five-week period. This led to Rebecca, three students and me being invited to present this project at the National Coalition of Girls School Alliance Annual Conference in Washington DC. Eleni Charalambidis
(Year 10), Charlotte Seales (Year 10) and Billie Whittaker (Year 10) were outstanding ambassadors for MLC School and made me extremely proud, speaking to a room of principals and teachers from around the world with poise and sophistication. An installation of the portfolio was also displayed for all the delegates to engage with. The praise was staggering, and several International schools have approached us to engage in the project in the future.
This conference coincided with the biennial 2017 Art and Design Tour, an absolute highlight in the Visual Arts Department calendar. This year, 26 students and four teachers travelled to New York, Rome, Florence, Venice and Berlin, visiting over 17 galleries, museums, exhibitions and participating in a variety of workshops, including a photography safari through Central Park and an Italian cooking experience in Florence. The students from Year 9 to Year 11 were guided through the culture, and architectural connections to the Art world in each city. This tour enables the students to engage with artworks that are studied in the classroom, making meaningful connections to both Historical and Contemporary art practices in relation to their own artmaking. Thank you, Mr Michael Hayes, Ms Elisabeth Finlayson and Ms Jane Lancaster, for your tireless efforts on this tour, it is much appreciated.
Year 6 completed an outstanding Collaborative Mural Project. This new program was designed to enliven the Year 6 Centre during the construction of the school’s new building, as well as link with the girls’ studies in Global Connections. This project saw each class working together in an artist cooperative to not only create an eight-metre mural, but also a website that documents the concept and process. Each mural highlights a different environmental concern faced by our planet today: deforestation, coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, global warming and pollution of our land, air and waterways.
Year 9 Photography and Digital Media students had a fantastic film-making incursion with the Brosis Production Company which expanded the students understanding of how practising filmmakers create films using the same methods as they do in class. Congratulations to
Amelie Roediger (Year 9), finalist in V-Fest Interschool Video Festival, whose film was screened at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington. Students attended a night photography workshop run by Canon at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) followed by applying those skills during Sydney’s Vivid Festival with Year 10 students. Year 10 Photography and Digital Media engaged in a lighting incursion with Australian Centre for Photography and a talk by Martha Ansara, renowned Australian filmmaker and feminist, as they created their own documentary films.
We are privileged to teach these inspiring students and invigorated by their passion. The end of this year has seen the retirement of a much-loved staff member Mr Douglas Evans. We wish him all the best and want to thank him for all he has done for the department, students and the MLC School community over the past 24 years. He will be missed.
Acting Head of Department –VisualArts Ms Sally Marks Art Week
‘Interacting with artworks in person is an integral part in the study of Visual Arts, as analysing the role of the audience in the artist intention is vital in understanding the works themselves.’Art and Design Tour
Art and Design Captain’s Report
All too often, accomplishments in both art and design go unrecognised, I think there is a common misconception that art is something that has to be kept private and should never see the light of day. At MLC School, we are very lucky to have so many talented young artists working on incredible artworks and creations, however the school community rarely gets to see the end result. This is something that I really wanted to change over my year as Art and Design Captain. I think that it is really important to acknowledge the hard work of all art and design students, by offering opportunities to put their amazing work on show and share it with the rest of the school. In this light, I am very proud that this year we were able to start what will hopefully become a regular event, the MLC School Art Showcase.
The MLC School Art Showcase included artworks made by students from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, which were displayed in Kent House. This is something that I hope the Art Committee will be able to build upon next year, as they continue to showcase all of the incredible work that goes on in Art and Design. The Showcase ran throughout the school week, allowing students the opportunity to see artworks made by their friends and peers on their way to class or during lunchtime, something which hopefully encouraged everyone to appreciate the amazing work created by their peers in Art and Design.
Perhaps the highlight of the year in this area was Art and Design Week, which was held in Term 3. Throughout the week, students could learn how to make friendship bracelets, get a henna tattoo, or hang a wish on the Yoko Ono-inspired wish tree. Over the past year, our main aim was simply
to encourage all students to embrace their creativity and imagination, and I think we definitely achieved that. Everyone was able to engage with Art and Design, whether it be through face painting at the Junior School Stay and Play, buying a ticket to the Art and Design Raffle, entering your art in Art Showcase, hanging a wish on the wish tree as a part of the Art and Design Festival, or even simply looking at any one of the amazing installation artworks Art and Design Committee member, Klara Zhao created throughout the year.
I am also very proud of the work we did to include the younger students in Art and Design activities, such as when the Art and Design Committee coordinated face painting at the Junior School Stay and Play afternoon. None of this would have been possible without all the girls on the Art and Design Committee – it’s been such fun getting to know everyone over the year, even if we didn’t always stick to topic in our meetings. I’m very thankful for everyone’s enthusiasm and creativity in improving Art and Design throughout the school. Of course, none of this was possible without the teachers in the Art Department, particularly Ms Sally Marks and Ms Emma Hogan, who have been the backbone of the Art Department this year, through their unfailing hard work and commitment. The Art and Design Committee will be in safe hands next year, under the leadership of Emily Hart, who I’m sure will do an amazing job as Creative Art and Design Captain.CreativeArt and Design Captain Carma Jackson Carma Jackson
‘Over the past year, our main aim was simply to encourage all students to embrace their creativity and imagination.’
ESCAPE TO EVERYWHERE
In September 2017, MLC School celebrated our highly anticipated Book Week. Book Week is an opportunity to celebrate all things books, knowledge and reading. As American author, Kate DiCamillo reminds us, reading should not be presented as a chore or an onerous task, but rather, as a precious gift. This year’s theme, Escape to Everywhere, provided the perfect opportunity for students to explore that gift by escaping into the world of literature.
Book Week is always fun and 2017 was no exception. Students had the chance to participate in a variety of activities in the library, which centred on books and reading. They enthusiastically took part in treasure hunts, tried to match the ‘shelfie’ with the corresponding teacher and attempted to decipher the book Twitter board.
In honour of Book Week, we invited Philip Wilcox, Australian poetry slam champion, to perform to many of the English classes from Year 7 to Year 11. The girls were introduced to the world of poetry from a new perspective, and were able to draw on their own imagination and creativity by writing and presenting their own spokenword poems. The excited buzz as the girls left the room said volumes about how much they enjoyed it.
Year 6 and the Junior School were entertained by the energetic Oliver Phomavanh, author of books such as, Thairiffic and Con-nerd. Oliver introduced the girls to his books, and reflected on how writing and creating characters can come from the simplest of moments.
At the end of Book Week 2017, we encouraged students to continue enjoying the many benefits that reading offers, both to their academic and personal wellbeing.
Head of Library Services Mrs Louise Piggott
‘Reading should not be presented as a chore or an onerous task, but rather, as a precious gift.’English classes enjoyed the opportunities during Book Week. Philip Wilcox, Australian poetry slam champion, performed in front of the students.
Collective Voice had an exciting 2017. Each week, students from all year groups came together to discuss current social, gender and political issues, focusing primarily within an Australian context. With events like Wear It Purple Day, National Reconciliation Week and Rainbow Week, this year was also jam-packed with preparations and fundraising for issues that the girls feel passionate about.
In 2017, we celebrated the 6th annual Wear It Purple Day at MLC School, which was a huge success. The national event raises awareness about fostering supportive, safe and accepting environments for young people. Through this year’s theme, Celebrate, we celebrated our differences and the idea that everyone at MLC School should have the right to be proud of who they are. The Enlightenment Centre was filled with music, face painting, a bake stall and a buzzing energy for the entire lunchtime.
In May, Collective Voice recognised National Reconciliation Week. The girls organised the sale of badges, with all proceeds going to Girls from Oz, a charity, which supports Indigenous girls’ education in Australia. Throughout the week, there were artworks
created by contemporary Indigenous artists, including Dale Harding, displayed in Kent House. Our weekly topic of discussion featured Indigenous rights, as the girls questioned the relevance of the two milestones that the week acknowledges, to the Indigenous community today.
Towards the end of the year, the events surrounding the same sex marriage debate became a key topic of discussion in Collective Voice. The girls explored the varying perspectives of this current social issue and its representation in the media, in both a local and international context. With the result of the plebiscite coinciding with the end of the school term,
our recently graduated Year 12 students returned to celebrate this momentous occasion. As always, it was a great way for students across different year groups to come together and share their opinions in an inclusive environment. As a teacher, it is wonderful to see MLC School students engage so passionately and inquisitively in matters of social justice and equality.
As an embracing, safe place for all students to meet, Collective Voice invites everyone to join us in 2018.CollectiveVoice Coordinator Ms Caitlin Boyd
Jesus In School Time (JIST) is one of the weekly school ministry programs held at lunchtime for students in Year 6 to Year 12. This Christian group in Senior School is an invaluable opportunity of inquiry and learning, enabling girls to explore their faith and spirituality through the reflective learning of Scriptures and Biblical Stories. It’s also an awesome time to hang out, share food, and do Bible studies, where girls can be inspired to grow, learn together and be encouraged through Christ.
Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke
Chill, Chat and Colour commenced in Term 4 of this year – a lunchtime program held weekly on Tuesdays for Senior School students. Its goal is to provide a space where students can chill out at lunchtime, meet new friends and colour fresh pictures each week. The program brings about a calmness and peacefulness, which is necessary in the business of everyday schooling life.
Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke and Rev Viniana RavetaliJESUS IN SCHOOL TIME (JIST) CHILL, CHAT AND COLOUR
‘This Christian group in Senior School is an invaluable opportunity of inquiry and learning.’
‘As a teacher, it is wonderful to see MLC School students engage so passionately and inquisitively in matters of social justice and equality.’
da Vinci Decathlon
The da Vinci Decathlon is a challenging academic competition held at Knox Grammar School, designed to stimulate students’ minds. It is a highly popular competition amongst MLC School girls, and the teams are selected based on students’ strengths and interests. Students compete in teams of eight, made up of students from the same year group, across 10 disciplines including, Engineering, Mathematics and chess, code breaking, Art and poetry, Science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.
In preparation for the big day, the teams met on a weekly basis to work on sample questions and to discuss competition strategies. The competition was held over two days for different year groups, and the teams worked relentlessly throughout the day in a highly competitive atmosphere. The announcement of results at the end is always the most exciting time for the competitors.
As always, in 2017, the MLC School da Vinci team achieved excellent results. The girls competed against selective, independent and Catholic schools from all around the state. The Year 8 team came 10th overall, our Year 10 team achieved 16th overall and our Year 11 team achieved an outstanding result of 4th overall. In addition to this, students achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in many different disciplines. Students learnt about the importance of working collaboratively, and also about their own, as well as other people’s strengths. It was an invigorating and memorable experience for all who participated and we are looking forward to participating again in 2018.daVinci Decathlon Coordinator Ms Jane Wang
‘Students learnt about the importance of working collaboratively, and also about their own, as well as other people’s strengths.’
Debating Captain’s Report
2017 has been an exciting time for debating at MLC School thanks to the unmatched enthusiasm and extraordinary drive of our debaters throughout the year. Our continually high levels of participation and great results in all three competitions stand as testament to the readiness of our debaters to push themselves to greater heights.
The highlight of our successes this year was a collective effort from all our teams in the Archdale Debating Competition, where we won the Archdale Shield. Our performance in the Independent Schools’ Debating Association (ISDA) and Friday Evening Debating (FED) competitions also consolidated MLC School’s position as one of the best schools in the competitive Sydney high school debating scene, with Primary B emerging victorious for their division and Senior A reaching the Grand Final in the ISDA competition. Both Year 9 and Senior B reached the Semi-Finals in the FED competition. Congratulations to all the debaters who contributed to these stellar results.
It is also important to congratulate all MLC School debaters on their efforts behind the scenes, which have contributed to
our results throughout the year. Debating is a hugely challenging activity where students learn to see beyond themselves and consider different aspects of an issue in order to engage in a valuable discourse; an especially important skill in this day and age. MLC School debaters seem to effortlessly do this, but this only comes as a result of hours of training and a constant effort to be better debaters than they were last week. This year, more than any other, I saw the hard work and commitment our debaters put in to the activity, and the joy that they derive from it has made my final year in the MLC School Debating family all the more enjoyable.
A huge thank you to Ms Andrea Rowe and Ms Tessa Pang for their hard work throughout the year; to our parents for their invaluable support, and to our incredible coaches for their guidance. Most of all, thank you to all MLC School debaters for continuously giving their all, and making 2017 a great year for debating at this school.Debating Captain Claris Foo Claris Foo
‘This year, more than any other, I saw the hard work and commitment our debaters put in to the activity, and the joy that they derive from it has made my final year in the MLC School debating family all the more enjoyable.’
This year, we had a very effective and busy three terms of Debating at MLC School. We started the year with our two concurrent competitions the Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) and Friday Evening Debating (FED). We had 16 teams competing every Friday either at MLC School, or another school in the Sydney region.
This was our first year using Kent House as our base for hosting other schools visiting MLC School. It turned out to be the perfect venue for holding debates and the Senior common room has been a hive of activity after hours, with over 25 different schools visiting.
In terms of debating success, we have maintained our position as one of the top debating schools in Sydney. In the ISDA competition, probably the most difficult and hotly contested, with 32 boys’ and girls’ schools competing, we ranked 3rd, behind
Abbotsleigh and Sydney Grammar – a pretty amazing feat considering MLC School is not a selective school.
Our ISDA team of 33 girls worked tirelessly through seven preliminary rounds and then some gruelling Finals series debates. All eight of our teams made it through to the Finals series, a feat only matched by Abbotsleigh. We had two teams in the Grand Final, held at Monte Saint Angelo, and it was our youngest team, the Primary Bs, who emerged victorious. Our Senior A team were very narrowly beaten by PLC.
Our FED team of 35 girls included many who were new to Debating. This competition is a great opportunity for learning to debate against a pool of 10 schools as it is more relaxed than the ISDA. We had seven teams qualify for the Finals series, and it was impressive how hard the teams worked and how poised they were in all of their debates.
Our last competition of the year was the Archdale Debating Competition, with 22 girls’ schools competing in the event. We have always done well in this competition and this year was no exception. Our seven teams were outstanding throughout the competition and into the Finals series. We had three teams competing in the Grand Final and two – our 7B and Seniors – won their division. All our wins throughout the competition helped us to accumulate enough points to win the overall Archdale Shield. This makes MLC School the number one girls’ Debating school in the Sydney region.Debating Coordinator Ms Andrea Rowe
‘We have maintained our position as one of the top debating schools in Sydney.’
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
MLC School’s philosophy has always been to offer students a wide range of opportunities to extend themselves beyond the classroom. The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award brings this all together in the internationally recognised award. DofE is offered in 144 nations to adults aged between 14-25. The Award is designed to
allow participants to develop skills that they will be able to use throughout their life.
Each year, students between Year 9 and Year 12 are offered three different adventurous journeys. In April 2017, 20 Year 11 students travelled to Fiji to prepare a research a paper into hygiene and the use of traditional medicine. They also spentDUKE OF EDINBURGH GOLD FIJI TRIP
On Sunday 9 April 2017, I embarked on a life-changing journey with 20 of my peers to Fiji. Alongside our two wonderful teachers, Mr Glen Mole and Rev Viniana Ravetali, we were able to experience the wonders that the island and its people had to offer.
We set up camp in the village of Momi Bay, a two-hour drive from the capital, Suva. There, we completed our Gold Duke of Edinbugh requirements, which meant that we were able to gain a deeper understanding of the Fijian culture. We interviewed individuals from surrounding settlements, and subsequently wrote a report that was given to the Rustic Pathways organisation to be used for future projects. The interviewing process
was an incredibly rewarding experience and enabled all of us to make comparisons between the lifestyles of those we met in the settlements, and our own lives in Australia. Upon returning to Sydney, our appreciation for basic amenities, such as electricity and clean tap water was greatly heightened.
five days living in a remote village, with no electricity, no running water and no mobile phone coverage. The experience was so rewarding that many a tear was shed when they left the village to head home.Duke of Edinburgh’sAward Coordinator Mr Glen Mole
The second component – the Residential project, took us to the remote Nasivikoso village, located in the Fijian highlands.
There, we spent three nights with a family from the village.
With the villagers, we helped build a pathway that would improve the health and sanitation of the local school. We were also given the opportunity to teach a class at the local school, which was one of the highlights for many of the girls. While this project did prove to have tangible benefits for the local community in the Nasivikoso village, it also benefitted us – possibly more so.
It was an incredibly rewarding experience, which led us to being more well-rounded, independent individuals, capable of making a true difference in the world. All of us are incredibly grateful for the opportunity provided by the school, and are immensely grateful to Mr Glen Mole and Rev Viniana Ravetali for making the trip as enjoyable as it was.Year 11 student Nicole Healey
‘While this project did prove to have tangible benefits for the local community in the Nasivikoso village, it also benefitted us – possibly more so.’
If you could have one wish, what would it be? A plane trip across the world – to France, China or Indonesia? No, too expensive. The next best thing would be a pair of wings.
The downside of wings, though, is that you’d be experiencing these wonderful things alone. The best thing: MLC School Languages Day! It encapsulates many amazing cultures, and you get to spend day with friends you’d otherwise miss if you were off flying.
It’s widely known amongst MLC School that a highlight of Languages Day is the food. As always, there were many different options: noodles, baguettes – even gelato!
While in the food lines, we got to talk to many students from different language classes and year groups. Hunger resulted in a heated debate (in mostly good spirit) about what the best language to study was. Personally, as a French student, I believe it’s the best, but all languages are equally interesting, important and enjoyable. After all, they all work!
This debate was, fortunately, concluded with gelato. Now, everyone knows that tongues are important for speaking languages, however they are also essential to eating gelato; confirmed after seeing many students with vibrant red tongues, stained from the delicious raspberry gelato – a highlight of the day.
While the food was amazing, it wasn’t even the beginning – we also got to take part in many fun experiences. You could hear the loud, happy, French students singing songs all the way down the hall where the Chinese and Indonesian students were making delicious delicacies.
Languages Day was an amazing experience. And we didn’t even need a wish to get it!
Year 9 students
Eliza Crossley and Emma Dickson
‘You could hear the loud, happy, French students singing songs all the way down the hall where the Chinese and Indonesian students were making delicious delicacies.‘
ART AND DESIGN TOUR
Art is a universal language, which has been celebrated worldwide for thousands of years. It allows for expression of ideas, ideologies and perspectives. Michelangelo, one of the many influential Renaissance artists, avowed that, ‘the true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.’
In light of this, a group of Art and Design students toured New York, Rome, Florence, Venice and Berlin during the July holidays, to immerse ourselves in the splendour of modern, contemporary and traditional art. While on tour, we saw museums, local artists in action and visited inspiring memorials at the World Trade Centre and the Berlin Wall. We walked the streets of New York and saw Aladdin on Broadway; wandered through the corridors of Venice and created our own Venetian masks; and fully immersed ourselves in all things Italian with a cooking class in Florence.
Along with other well-known museums such as The Met, The Whitney and Guggenheim in New York, we visited The Biennale in Venice, which is an art
gallery with art installations from over 40 countries, including Australia, Japan, Brazil and Angola. Each country had a different pavilion that contained an artwork reflective of its culture. The result was a spectacular multicultural art extravaganza full of short films, sculptures, traditional paintings, sound installations and photo series.
A standout was the 10 minute-speed-spraypaint artists on the streets of New York, who produced cityscapes from layering different coloured paints and scraping away sections to create white imprints.
A personal highlight of the trip was seeing the extensive sunflower fields on our long bus ride through Italy, but I think everyone loved the sights, cultures, shopping, food and of course, the art.
While exploring the globe, we sketched, photographed, discussed and created art along the way; expressing general street scenes, incredible views of old palaces and interesting objects in museums. Despite museums being identified as a designated place for art to be displayed, there were countless displays of impressive street art made from local artists around the cities.
Experiencing new and interesting cultures was extremely enjoyable, and the process of travelling independently definitely added to everyone’s skill sets. Overall, the Art and Design Tour was an amazing overseas experience and we met many new people, made great friends and enjoyed a whole new world of art. Thank you to all the teachers who came with us – we wouldn’t have had such an amazing time if we didn’t have your cheerful support.Year 9 student Amelie Roediger
‘While exploring the globe, we sketched, photographed, discussed and created art along the way.’
2017 has been a phenomenal time for the Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) Department with our tour to the USA at the centre of this busy and rewarding year. Our Drama and Theatre students benefitted from outstanding courses at prestigious schools in New York such as The Acting Studio, Movement Theatre Studio (for a physical theatre and character mask workshop) and New York Film School for an audition workshop. Drama students saw Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie, which showed how hard work and determination can pay off. We loved seeing this iconic star in action.
Our Dance students visited and participated in courses at Broadway Dance Centre; met the cast of Aladdin, workshopped a scene from the musical; and had a private Q&A with cast members after the performance. They visited The Edge and Millennium Dance Studios, which were amazing
opportunities. They had the chance to do a lyrical, jazz or hip-hop class and entered into each with enthusiasm and energy. We also took time in New York to visit the 9/11 Memorial and took a Harlem Gospel Tour, which were highlights of our trip.
In New York and Los Angeles, our Dance students had the chance to perform in different venues, culminating with their brilliant work at Disneyland on a big stage in front of an appreciative audience. It’s hard to know whether this, or visiting Abby Lee Dance Studios was their highlight!
Drama girls visited Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank. We did a course at the home of realism – Stella Adler Studios, and our highlight was meeting Tim Robbins at The Actor’s Gang Theatre, where we viewed a modern Comedia del Arte show, which Tim wrote and directed.
The DDE tour to the USA was the opportunity of a lifetime and our girls were the epitome of ‘an MLC School Girl’: enthusiastic, inquiring, alive to all the possibilities life has to offer.
Head of Department – Dance,Drama and Entertainment Mrs Lisa JingaDANCE, DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT (DDE) TOUR TO THE USA
‘Our girls were the epitome of ‘an MLC School Girl’: enthusiastic, inquiring, alive to all the possibilities life has to offer.’
Rainbow Week 2017 was a great success with students from all years and teachers from all departments getting involved in the celebrations. The girls were involved in student versus teacher debates, Bollywood dance lessons and much more. This year’s theme was, ‘YOU-nique’, which was chosen by the Round Square Committee, whose members dedicate their Monday lunches to planning events like Rainbow Week.
One of the most notable events in this year’s Rainbow Week was painting the school emblem using students’ fingerprints in a variety of colours. Through partnerships between Round Square, the Art and Design
Committee and the Year 12 Entertainment girls (who were a massive help), the mural was a success and looks stunning! Profits from this year’s Rainbow Week went to Starehe Girl’s Centre, which offers girls education in Kenya. It’s a great cause and it was incredible to see the whole school get behind it.
Another exciting part of the week was the mufti day on the last day, where the MLC School girls epitomised the meaning of Rainbow Week by showing their individuality and expressing themselves. Overall, another incredible Rainbow Week to add to the list!
A special thank you goes out to Ms Caitlin
White and Ms Lynn Calluaud who have done so much for Round Square these last few years, and without whom, events like this would not be possible.2018 Round Square Captain Dakota Comino
‘MLC School girls epitomised the meaning of Rainbow Week by showing their individuality and expressing themselves.’
National Reconciliation Week is an annual event to celebrate and build upon respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. All Australians are encouraged to participate in our nation’s reconciliation journey. It aims to build a foundation for success and to enhance our national wellbeing by enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in collaboration with non-Indigenous Australians, to close the gap and achieve a shared sense of fairness and justice.
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship with the land; a relationship that existed prior to colonisation, and continues to exist today. This year is particularly significant as it is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision.
The starting and ending dates of National Reconciliation Week mark significant milestones in our Nation’s Reconciliation journey. 27 May commemorates the anniversary of Australia’s first successful referendum. Over 90% of Australians voted in 1967 to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recognise them in the National Census. 3 June marks the High Court’s decision in the 1992 Mabo Case, which legally recognised
Although our Reconciliation journey has achieved some great feats, there is so much more to be done. In 2016, the government released a report on the state of Reconciliation in Australia. Shockingly, 33% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experienced verbal racial abuse only six months prior to the survey. This extends beyond vindictive racial slurs. It means being refused services, including something as accessible as a taxi, and being denied opportunities – especially in the workplace, simply on the basis of one’s cultural and ethnic background. Despite these actions being blatantly discriminatory, they still find it difficult to fight against what is commonly known as ‘casual racism’ – where one’s prejudice is embodied subtly in one’s words, behaviours and attitudes. Moreover, Indigenous Australian peoples also experience vast health and lifeexpectancy inequalities as a result of social, economic and cultural determinants. It is suggested that there are deeper underlying issues, such as intergenerational trauma, which is a consequence of the ongoing and cumulative effects of colonisation, loss of land, language and culture, the Stolen Generation and racism.
And so, in alignment with 2017’s theme, Let’sTake the Next Steps, we ask that you look to the future and be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey. It could be as simple as educating yourself and your community about the past, present and future of our nation’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We can also be mindful of the language we use towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and be respectful of their culture. This is because their histories, cultures and rights should be, and are, a valued and recognised part of our shared national identity. While it is inevitable that mistakes will be made, it is okay, as long as an open and accepting attitude is maintained towards learning and correcting these behaviours. By being considerate of our words, behaviours and actions, we can begin building a nation based on acceptance and understanding.
Foster Reconciliation in our hearts, minds and actions. Let’s take the next steps in closing the gap.
Year 11 student Jane Liu
‘By being considerate of our words, behaviours and actions, we can begin building a nation based on acceptance and understanding.’
Round Square Captain’s Report
our school. With funding from the Round Square Centenary Challenge, we have begun working on sustainability projects in the school, which will continue to be developed in future years.Mary Pilkinton
Being MLC School’s first Round Square Captain in 2017 has been a massive privilege and honour. The achievements in the committee have been outstanding.
Round Square is an organisation, which consists of about 150 schools from 50 countries, who share a belief in the Round Square IDEALS, which are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service.
This year, the Round Square Committee has run a variety of initiatives around our school. Each year in Term 4, we hold the Round Square Rainbow Week – an end-of-year celebration of community at MLC School, and a time for the committee to share Round Square with the broader school community.
Term 1 in Round Square had a focus on the environment, and in the committee we learnt about sustainability and how we can implement this Round Square ideal at
In Term 2, Round Square also held National Reconciliation Week Activities as well as the annual Teacher Sing-Off, which raises money for Girls from Oz. The Teacher Sing-Off was first run in 2015 by Maekayla Tran and me, and it was so wonderful to hand over the reins for this event this year to Yijun Cui, Madeleine Murphy and Diya Mehta, who expertly led a group of Middle Years students. Over the last three years, this event has raised over $1500 for Girls from Oz, which takes performing arts programs to girls in rural communities. It is also a fun and hilarious event for staff and students to participate in.
Term 3 is a very stressful and busy one for most year groups. As some respite from the many exams and other activities, we held keynote speakers at lunchtime on Mondays, for the majority of the term. These speakers discussed a range of topics, from determination, to language learning and experiences as migrants to Australia. They provided talking points and food for thought for those who attended, and offered great insight into a variety of interesting ideas. At the end of Term 3, we also launched the new Round Square ‘IDEALS Award’, which acknowledges a member of the committee who epitomises Round Square’s values. The award is nominated by the Round Square Captain, and then a short list of candidates is voted on by the committee. The award this year went to Sophia Costantino (Year 12), who has been an invaluable addition to
the Round Square committee for almost as long as she has been in attendance at MLC School. Sophia has been on a Round Square Regional Conference, as well as an exchange to Japan. She has assisted in running a variety of initiatives over the years, and was the only student to deliver a keynote in Term 3 2017.
Outside of the committee, there have been many students from the school who have gone on regional and international exchanges to other Round Square schools, and a delegation of students and teachers went to the International Round Square Conference in South Africa. These opportunities are an amazing way for students to learn more about the world around them, and make interesting and rewarding connections and friends.
Thank you to Ms Caitlin White and Mrs Lynn Calluaud for your mentorship and assistance in Round Square, not only this year, but over the past few years. Also, a massive thank you to the Round Square Leadership team, whose passion and dedication to the committee made all the projects possible.
I have no doubt that Round Square will flourish next year under Dakota Comino’s strong leadership, with the assistance of the rest of the leadership team, and that similarly, Collective Voice will continue to grow and do amazing work in our school.
Thank you for an amazing year.Round Square Captain Mary Pilkinton
‘These opportunities are an amazing way for students to learn more about the world around them, and make interesting and rewarding connections and friends.’
On Thursday 30 November 2017, Dakota Sinozic (Year 7), participated in Hair with Heart – Variety. Hair with Heart creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer. Dakota had to wash her hair and brush it until all the knots were out, and even measure it!
IN 2017, the student-led Business Club made a donation of $3000 to KIVA, a micro-financing organisation, which assists people around the world.
Business Club holds up to two fundraisers every semester, basing them on certain themes, incorporating KIVA. Fundraising runs for a period of a few years, in which students work together to raise an
amount they wish to donate. This not only encourages all students to get involved and help to raise funds for KIVA, but supports students’ camaraderie throughout different years.
Dakota’s hair was tied into low ponytails, which measured 350mm. Her hair was then tied into five ponytails and cut. This is a great cause, which raises awareness for a very important issue.
SPELL FOR MERCY CHEROTICH
In Term 2 this year, Year 8 Language classes participated in our annual Spelling Bee Challenge, with the motivation to raise funds for Spell for Mercy Cherotich Students were asked to commit to learning 50 words in their elected language, in order to raise money by sponsorship, to contribute to financing the ongoing education of Mercy, who is a student at the Starehe Girls’ Centre in Kenya.
The goal was to raise $1050, which would enable them to begin a sponsorship
Dylan Rose (Year 7) has been volunteering with the Lane Cove component of Sydney Community Services group. The group suffer from varying degrees of disability and Dylan gave her time to assist with Drama every Wednesday, leading up to a performance on Tuesday 5 December 2017.
program, however, the girls far exceeded all expectations, raising $10,000!
Our partnership with Straehe Girls’ Centre continues to grow and thrive, encouraging students to make a difference in the lives of others.BUSINESS CLUB DONATION TO KIVA HAIR WITH HEART VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY
2017 has been a massive year for MLC School sport. We like to say that it has been the year of many firsts:
The first time we sent our Primary teams to Tamworth for the National Primary Games
We have also learnt:
To never give up.
To respect our coaches, officials and opposition.
The first time we have competed in Club based Netball
The first time we have sent a crew down to Melbourne for Head of the Yarra
That mastering the art of serving a volleyball over the net can take a long time. Serving it into the back of someone’s head, not so long.
The first time we entered teams into the Sydney Volleyball League
The first time the Sports Department organised and staffed the Snow Sports Competition
The first time we introduced the Targeted Athlete Program
That sometimes life is not fair. That sometimes no matter how perfect you perform or play, it might just not be your day – however... not so true on Friday 27 October 2017, because on this day our gymnastics team were close to perfect… and finally, finally we beat Pymble and are now the current IGSSA Artistic Gymnastics Champions.
The first time we entered the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup in Melbourne
And the first time we sent a gymnastics team to compete in Hawaii.
While we experienced the highs and lows that these opportunities afforded us, we can truthfully say that we learnt many life lessons this year. We have learnt:
That hard work pays off. No one succeeds by trying just a little bit, and that at times, you have to make sacrifices.
To the entire MLC School community, we thank you for your continued support of the MLC School Sports Program and MLC School Sports Department, and for the positive way in which you have embraced the various changes and opportunities that have been on offer this year. And, as always, we challenge all students to take up a sport in 2018 because it’s fun!
Director of Sport Mrs Lisa Filby
The importance of teamwork. That it takes everyone to work together to achieve the end result.
That it’s a really long way to Tamworth with a bus full of Year 5 and Year 6 girls
‘Mastering the art of serving a volleyball over the net can take a long time. Serving it into the back of someone’s head, not so long.’
Senior School Photos
BUSINESS CLUBFRONT ROW Vivian Shen, Jessica Zhu, Emily Li, Anica Shen, Kim Trang, Jessica Song, Yasmin Mills, Judy Lin, Hazel Sung SECOND ROW Mrs J Wyllie, Fiona Lee, Linda Lee, Sandy Qiu, Rosa Wang, Elizabeth Chen, Katherine Du, Catelyn Ha FRONT ROW Caitlin Hartnett, Elke Krassoi, Rhiannon Macleod, Anica Shen, Jessica Song SECOND ROW Mrs S Marks, Eleni Charalambidis, Carma Jackson, Hazel Sung, Vivian Shen ABSENT Eliza Swann, Charlotte Seales, Klara Zhao
Senior School Photos Continued
DUKEOFEDINBURGHFRONT ROW Ruby Newton, Erica Chou, Madhavi Chauhan, Annabelle Banfield, Rachel Lao, Mia Eker, Amisha Khatri, Maya Simpson, Gracelyn Dao, Natalie Cavallaro, Arrielle Carisio, Tina Papamanuel, Charlotte McCrory, Isabel McKeough, Keiralyn Dao SECOND ROW Hannah Bathgate, Sanya Mehta, Alannah Gill, Samridhi Garg, Elle Tamvakolos, Aisling Matthews, Juliette Beattie, Shivani Spencer, Anna Gough, Charlotte Bathgate, Kirsten Dao, Mariam Yassine, Sarah Pearson, Sarai Rollason, Maiee Hanna THIRD ROW Hazel Sung, Emily Eker, Elise Nikolopoulos, Grace Selim, Jacqueline Ciofani, Ariana Haghighi, Himani Gupta, Alexia Lorenzato, Isabel Leung, Mounica Akula, Mikaela Nguyen, Amelie Roediger, Annie Chen, Amala Cuganesan FOURTH ROW Bethany Xue, Katrina Marshall, Charis Chiu, Eva Jessurun, Dakota Comino, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, Ruth Snelling, Emily Hart, Anastasia Kennett, Rachel Wang, Georgia Bowrey, Yijun Cui, Olivia Wu, Elisha Quan FIFTH ROW Cherie Pepperell, Eliza Crossley, Vivian Law, Hannah Arnold, Emma Dickson, Claris Foo, Edie Buckland Watts, Sargun Bhatia, Queenie Howard-White, Meghana Gopalan, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Lauren Millar, Jade Di Girolamo ABSENT Claudia Bean, Anna Brew, Ella Finlay, Nicole Healey, Marissa Matthews, MacKenzie McCowan, Diya Mehta, Rosa Ueon FRONT ROW Ruby Guminski, Daisy Zheng, Amala Cuganesan, Imogen Kuah, Megan Xie, Cherie Pepperell, Holly Miller, Jaimie Kappas, Meera Patel, Paris Mitropoulos, Kate Cartwright, Uma Barrett, Angie Xu, Amelie Roediger, Annie Chen, Mia Stavropoulos, Desiray La SECOND ROW Joy Zhang, Joy Xu, Chloe Beraldo, Isabel Leung, Taylor Hosking, Nicole Hussein, Eden Cheng, Alexia Lorenzato, Eliza Crossley, Zoe Hannam, Sarah Healey, Meghana Gopalan, Maria Antonia Costantino, Ariana Haghighi, Jasmin Selim, Annie Gu, Eugenie Tan THIRD ROW Bethany Xue, Gabrielle Giannakos, Divya Mehta, Virginia Peter, Monique Li, Nancy Wang, Danah Maher-Lee, Mia Boursiani-Lawrence, Nicola Economides, Nicole Healey, Sarah Chou, Jennifer Tang, Maddie Allan, Tiahna Sortwell, Josephine Lam, Emily Li FOURTH ROW Sherrie Chung, Fiona Lee, Tina Gong, Yasmin Mills, Swathi Ilanko, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, Jane Liu, Felicia Ventouris, Jasmine Dowidar, Emily Hart, Dakota Comino, Megan Nipatcharoen, Linda Lee, Sonia Kang, Navini Fernando FIFTH ROW Vivian Law, Jess MacMaster, Morgan Kelaher, Darani Gilchrist, Samantha Naayen, Hannah Arnold, Marie Yan, Jessica Karabesinis, Chiara Moore, Ellena Hartzenberg, Ella Woolbank, Beth Balas, Rahni Ong, Ava Heine SIXTH ROW Kayla Tanevski, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Kaelyn Bachir, Olivia Otto, Natashja Eyles, Chloe Gentle, Laura Sutherland, Nicole Lin, Rachel Wang, Grace Gilmore, Kate Papadimitriou, Sophie Graham, Julia Spiker, Katrina Marshall, Emily Huynh, Brittany Duncombe SEVENTH ROW Olivia Debs, Eloise Riviere, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Lili Dorrell, Tiarna Cominos, Sarah Day, Amelie Coman, Tayla Kerpiniotis, Lucy Squier, Aleksia Grbic, Emma Dickson, Madeline Bide, Zoe Latham, Claire McLelland, Halle Yang
MIND CHALLENGESFRONT ROW Tina Papamanuel, Jade Di Girolamo, Cherie Pepperell, Piper McCowan, Cynthia Hu, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Grace Selim, Mikaela Nguyen, Ellery Joyce, Angie Xu, Jessica Kim, Sarah Pearson, Isabelle Choi SECOND ROW Sanya Mehta, Charlotte Trieu, Mounica Akula, Jacqueline Ciofani, Ruby Scott-Wishart, Nicole Hussein, Isabel Leung, Jacqueline Flett, Simone Maddison, Ashmini Ganesh, Aisling Matthews, Christie Ch’ng THIRD ROW Olivia Wu, Natashja Eyles, Yijun Cui, Claire Wang, Rachel Wang, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, Nicole Lin, Georgia Bowrey, Katrina Marshall, Danah Maher-Lee, Charis Chiu, Ms I Swain FOURTH ROW Emmeline Booth, Emily Hart, Nancy Faraj, Zoe Hannam, Elizabeth Farrow, Annabelle Bailey, Beth Balas, Anika Grannall, Elsa Tonkinwise, Vivian Law, Emma Rutherford, Anastasia Kennett ABSENT Ms J Wang, Gracelyn Dao, Claudia Bean, Diya Mehta, Tess Tsoi, Vicky Feng, Rosa Ueon, Lone Bromley FRONT ROW Meera Patel, Isabel Leung, Mrs L Robert-Smith, Mrs J Sarmiento, Amelie Roediger, Emily Eker SECOND ROW Lilly Dummett, Holly Miller, Samantha Naayen, Caitlin Field, Eliza Crossley ABSENT Lucy Squier
Senior School Photos Continued
SCHOOLCAPTAINSFRONT ROW Jasmine Todoroska, Zoe Latham, Mrs L Robert-Smith, Rebecca Janssen, Phoebe Hunter-Mole SECOND ROW Christina Burjan, Lotte Beckett, Claris Foo, Carma Jackson, Mary Pilkinton, Maekayla Tran FRONT ROW Elisha Quan, Maekayla Tran, Sophia Costantino, Therese Makarious, Dakota Comino, Jane Liu, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Mary Pilkinton, Madeleine Murphy, Zoe Latham, Emily Hart, Yijun Cui, Ashna Kapoor, Sherrie Chung, Amelie Roediger SECOND ROW Rachel Lao, Ruby Guminski, Madeleine Lewis, Annie Chen, Cherie Pepperell, Grace Selim, Jaimie Kappas, Ariana Haghighi, Dakota Sinozic, Holly Miller, Kate Cartwright, Ruby Scott-Wishart, Ashmini Ganesh, Amala Cuganesan, Aisling Matthews, Sanya Mehta, Chloe Jing THIRD ROW Mrs L Calluaud, Gabrielle Giannakos, Emily Li, Virginia Peter, Fiona Lee, Olivia Otto, Christiana Perdis, Emily Huynh, Linda Lee, Michelle Joseph, Danah Maher-Lee, Katrina Marshall, Olivia Wu, Charis Chiu, Georgia Ventouris, Bethany Xue, Ms C White FOURTH ROW Laryssa Latt, Breanna Mar, Ella Allport, Eliza Crossley, Rahni Ong, Darani Gilchrist, Chiara Moore, Lucy Squier, Amelie Coman, Emma Dickson, Ellena Hartzenberg, Lily Smith, Vivian Law, Alexia Lorenzato, Uma Barrett, Sarah Pearson FIFTH ROW Morgan Kelaher, Swathi Ilanko, Claire Wang, Rachel Wang, Lily Rodgers, Laura Sutherland, Edie Buckland Watts, Sarah Day, Madeline Bide, Claire McLelland, Capri Maher, Kate Papadimitriou, Sophie Graham, Natashja Eyles, Yasmin Mills, Felicia Ventouris, Himani Gupta
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCILFRONT ROW Madison Clemens, Olivia Clowes, Anna Gough, Isabella Chapman, Maekayla Tran, Briar Campbell, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Julia Gough, Claudia Kritzler SECOND ROW Mr C Eddleston, Phoebe Zhou, Alyssa Nguyen, Olivia Wu, Olivia Winlaw, Elizabeth Trung, Imogen Locke-Sodhi, Kim Trang, Vivian Shen THIRD ROW Katrina Marshall, Tina Gong, Chloe Donkin, Abbie Milton, Isabella Lasovski, Olivia Bubalo, Katie Zheng, Tess Tsoi FOURTH ROW Sreya Parakala, Claris Foo, Sachi Jhingran, Aleksia Grbic, Rachel Wang, Caitlin Farrell, Michelle Joseph
Music Captain’s Report
The title and theme of this year’s Sydney Opera House Concert was Legacy. It’s been a great privilege to be involved in the preservation and development of the legacy of innovative and inspiring music-making, which has become associated with the MLC School Music Department. The past year has also seen a number of new developments within the department, which have been worked on and supported by MLC School Music staff and students alike.
In particular, it’s been fantastic to oversee the broadening of the MLC School Music Committee, led by Mr James Allington and Mrs Emma Bourke, to include a greater number of students from a broader range of year levels. In addition to the support of Mr Allington, the music staff and such a dedicated committee, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a massive thank you to the numerous Year 12 Music students who have similarly continued to inspire and promote engagement within the Music community as a whole. Their commitment, regardless of any HSC/IB divide, has, I believe, been as fundamental to the department’s continued success, and is something that I really hope to see sustained throughout the years to come.
Central to the department’s activity in 2017 was the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert. The concert featured several commissions from leading Australian composers. Paul Jarman, Bonnie Nilsson and Brooke Shelley, all composed pieces for Legacy. MLC School’s Head of Composition, Mr Tristan Coelho wrote The Gift especially for all the Year 12 elective Music students.
Hayley Cavanagh’s (2016) Music 2 core composition was nominated and selected for the HSC Encore in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in February.
It was fantastic that, in addition to performing these commissions, we were provided with the opportunity to work so closely with composers who represent such a diverse face of Australian music. In talking with Mrs Louise Robert-Smith, we agreed that the best thing about the concert was its appeal to such a wide
variety of musical tastes and interests, from big-band extravaganzas to cutting edge contemporary ensemble works.
In addition to the Sydney Opera House Concert, the department has been involved in several new undertakings, such as featuring the first-ever Year 12 flash mob at MLC School Idol, a re-evaluation of the MLC School music pocket-scheme, the establishment of several new chamber string ensembles, as well as the first-time entrance of the MLC School Chamber Orchestra into the City of Sydney Eisteddfod (in which the orchestra, under the direction of Dr Joanna Drimatis, was awarded 3rd place). Similarly, the committee has also been involved in the maintenance of numerous MLC School Music Department traditions including, Groove at Camelot Lounge, the ongoing Friday Live @ 3.45 concerts for Year 11 and Year 12 students, the HSC showcase, the Advent service and hosting Australian Music Day.
I’d like to again extend an enormous thank you for having been given the opportunity to oversee a community, which has meant so much to me throughout my time at MLC School. I wish the incoming Music Captain, Emmeline Booth, all the very best in preserving the great legacy of MLC School music.
Music Captain Christina BurjanChristina Burjan
‘The best thing about the concert was its appeal to such a wide variety of musical tastes and interests, from big-band extravaganzas to cutting edge contemporary ensemble works.’
Junior School Music
Junior School students have performed in many events, in a variety of venues throughout the year. All girls have weekly class music, instrumental lessons and choir.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT
Students from Year 4 to Year 12 performed in the biennial MLC School Sydney Opera House Concert, Legacy, in May. Our Year 4 and Year 5 Choir sang Butterflying – a lighthearted text set to a flowing piano
Piccole Stelle lunchtime concerts are held every week in the Junior School. The concerts give young musicians the opportunity to gain performance experience in a relaxed setting.
accompaniment, written by Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin. The girls’ conductor, Mr Guy de Villiers, wrote a harp and string orchestra arrangement to enhance the singing.
Girls in Year 4 and Year 5 audition for one of the 25 places in Belle Voce. They rehearse each week for an hour. Performances in 2017 included, International Night, Music Awards, the Advent Carol Service and assemblies.
Angeli is a choir made up of girls from Year 3 to Year 5 who love to sing. At the end of each term, they have an open rehearsal to show parents and friends how they warm-up their voices and prepare repertoire. The girls performed at International Night, assemblies and Speech Day.
‘A colourful array of birds, animals, farmers, narrators, and dancers were on the Potts Hall stage.’
The MLC School girls from Year 3 to Year 5 joined five other private schools to rehearse and then perform together at the Sydney Town Hall. Our students performed in a number of combined massed-choir and
string orchestra items, as well as preparing their own choral item under the direction of Ms Elisabeth Finlayson.
In November 2017, Year 5 performed two items: a folk song called, TheMagpie, by Ruth Schram and a lively Brazilian song titled, Ciranda da Lua, by Daisy Fragoso, complete with colourful feather fan choreography.
EARLY YEARS MUSICAL ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
Belle Voce performed in the Advent Carol Service and joined with girls from the Senior School to sing a massed carol.
A colourful array of birds, animals, farmers, narrators, and dancers were on the Potts Hall stage to present The Early Years’ Musical as their final event for 2017. It comprised four short items, Tiddalik,The Little Red Hen,The EnormousTurnip and TheGingerbreadMan.IPSHA CONCERT AT SYDNEY TOWN HALL Junior School Music Coordinator Mrs Annette McClure
Senior School MusicAUSTRALIAN MUSIC DAY
Australian Music Day was once again a wonderful celebration of home-grown music and student creativity. The two-day event involved over 200 students and staff from 13 schools, and participants had the chance to compose and hear their work played live by professional musicians.
Australian Music Day encourages students to experiment and take risks with their musical ideas in a supportive environment. This year, we welcomed composer and MLC School Old Girl, Alice Chance (2011),
as well as The Luminescence Chamber Singers, who guided students in writing music for voice. Composer, Andrée Greenwell ran workshops on setting lyrics and song writing, and also invited students to perform their ideas live with the in-house band.
Two program streams were on offer, which catered for HSC Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension and the IB course. As Head of Composition, I directed and curated these programs and presented a session on instrumental writing and rhythm.
2017 has been a tremendous and eventful year, and the MLC School Band program has gone from strength to strength, with outstanding performances at both, the Sydney Opera House Concert and Music Awards.
The Band program grew in size with the creation of three new ensembles.
Ì Training Band caters for students who have just started to learn an instrument and are in the Junior School Instrumental Program for Year 3 and Year 4. This ensemble is a lot of fun to rehearse, and the girls turn up each week with boundless enthusiasm. The highlight was a performance at the Junior School International Night, where they played in front of a large audience of parents.
Ì Intermediate Concert Band was created to allow students in Year 4 to Year 6, who take private instrument tuition, the opportunity to rehearse and perform as a group. This Band rehearses on Tuesday mornings before school, and they have performed at a number of Junior School events, including Speech Day.
Ì Junior Jazz Band is a small ensemble of students taken from the Intermediate Concert Band, where they learn how to play swing music and improvise. The highlight this year was their first ever performance at Groove at the Camelot Lounge.
2017 brought with it a fantastic opportunity for Symphonic Wind and Combined Band to
MLC School’s Composer-in-Residence, Ms Holly Harrison explored grooves in music and how they can shape the style of a song.
It was a fantastic learning experience for all involved and students left with plenty of ideas going forward on their musical journey.
Head of Composition Mr Tristan Coelho
perform in the Concert Hall. The Symphonic Wind Band performed the award winning, Lord of the Rings, by Johan de Meij. The Combined Bands enjoyed the opportunity to go back in time and play a medley of hits from Glenn Miller, conducted by Ms Elizabeth Gilberthorpe.
Camelot Lounge, now in its fourth year, remains a favourite event for both students and parents. This year, it showcased all the jazz ensembles as well as Year 12 elective Music students, who enjoyed the opportunity to play through their HSC repertoire.
Head of BandsMr Richard Coward
The Choral Program at MLC School goes from strength to strength in the Senior School, and the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert afforded us the opportunity to perform a range of repertoire. The Lord Shall Reign from Handel’s oratorio, Israel in Egypt, was the ideal platform for the Senior Choir to lead the whole school in this wonderful Baroque chorus, where we were joined by professional tenors and basses from Cantillation. Solos by Milly Day-Collett (Year 12) and Emmeline Booth (Year 11) within the sequence of choruses and recitatives were also of the highest musical quality.
At the Sydney Opera House Concert, Brooke Shelley’s commission of, Legacy, an exacting a-cappella piece, demonstrated the progress that the choir has made in performing unaccompanied scores. Ola
Gjeillo’s, Tundra, performed by the chamber choirs with piano quintet accompaniment, crowned off a remarkable set of choral works at the Sydney Opera House in 2017, and particularly impressive was the ability of the 35 members of the ensemble to perform without a conductor.
Post-Sydney Opera House Concert, we established a Middle Years Vocal Ensemble for students in the lower Senior Years as part of their preparation and training to progress through to the Chamber Choir, and welcomed Miss Karen Roberts as a choral conductor in the Senior School too.
Stephen Leek’s iconic Australian choral work, Ngana, was an exciting challenge for the Senior Choir in the second half of 2017, and the Chamber Choir also sang a-cappella at the Music Awards Concert
with two Elizabethan madrigals, The Silver Swan and All Creatures now are Merry Minded. Maintaining the principle of singing a range of repertoire, Paper Moon demonstrated that the choir could sing quality choral arrangements from a more popular style, and everybody enjoyed the Argentinian Tango, La Camparsita, which also included the Year 6 and Year 8 choirs.
Finally, the Chamber Choir and Middle Years Vocal Ensemble led the singing at the annual Advent Carol Service at St Paul’s Church, Burwood. The singers enjoyed the range of sacred music, which signalled the start of the lead-up to Christmas.Director of Music Mr James Allington
Stars of the Future is a weekly public concert held on Fridays at lunchtime in the Sylvia Lew Music Auditorium. It is open to students of all years and levels. It provides a valuable performance opportunity and allows students to gain important skills, such as the art of communicating and working with their accompanist.
This year, Music Live @3.45 was introduced to showcase our Senior students, in
STARS OF THE FUTURE AND MUSIC LIVE @3.45
particular those who were preparing for IB and HSC exams. The concerts are held once a term on a Friday afternoon at 3.45pm in the Music Auditorium, preceded with afternoon tea in the foyer. The Music Live concerts are professionally recorded, and are designed to provide a platform for the IB students to have the opportunity to prepare and record their repertoire. As part of the IB Music Programme, students are required to submit a live concert recording of their
chosen program. These concerts demonstrate the exceptionally high level of performance and achievement that the MLC School Music students are renowned for.Head of Keyboard Ms Ying Ho
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND SINFONIA
Both the MLC School Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra had a very busy and productive year. In the first semester, the main focus was the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert. Celine Kang (Year 11) was the soloist in the first movement of Grieg’s, Piano Concerto, and the combined strings of Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia played Benjamin Britten’s famous work for strings, Simple Symphony The Chamber Orchestra also played an important role as part of larger ensembles in pieces by Jarman, Kats-Chernin, and Handel, and the culmination of the 2017 Sydney Opera House Concert was the Symphony Orchestra playing Elgar’s, Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4.
Following this concert, the Chamber Orchestra participated in the Sydney
Eisteddfod Senior String Orchestra section and achieved 3rd place. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform at the Concourse Concert Hall in Chatswood.
The Sinfonia, also performed soon after the Sydney Opera House Concert for the Middle Years Concert, playing the first movement from, Palladio, by Karl Jenkins, as well as movements from the Matilda Suite by Western Australian composer, Iain Grandage.
In November 2017, all orchestras performed at the Music Awards in Sydney Town Hall. The Symphony Orchestra performed, Indian Pacific, by multi award winning Australian composer, James Ledger, which is a work about the train that travels across Australia from Sydney to Perth. This was followed by the beautiful slow movement from Beethoven’s,
Symphony No.7.The Chamber Orchestra featured works that were inspired by ‘fiddlers’ from Finland and the USA, with selected movements from Rautavarra’s, The Fiddlers and Orange Blossom Special.The Sinfonia continued the connection with Finland performing, Andante Festivo, by Sibelius.
Members of the orchestras and Sinfonia also form small ensembles and perform chamber music for many school events. In addition, this year there have been two Chamber Music Soireès, with approximately 10 chamber ensembles performing at each concert.
Head of StringsDr Joanna Drimatis
14th Biennial Sydney Opera House Concert
On Thursday 12 May 2017, MLC School performed in our 14th Biennial Music Concert, Legacy, held at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Students from Year 4 to Year 12 performed 14 pieces – five of which were original compositions.
Music is an imperative aspect of learning and growth at MLC School. Our students are encouraged to push boundaries and collaborate in order to achieve and celebrate their shared success. Legacy was a testament to the inclusivity that students
find within music. The camaraderie that students showcased through Legacy is something to celebrate and aspire to in future years. Not only did students from a wide range of year groups work together, but they worked closely with their teachers and, particularly, MLC School’s Music Department, whose creativity and efforts cannot be overlooked.
The constant collaboration between the staff, students and parents of MLC School is something that we cherish and look forward
to witnessing through our many events in the school calendar.
Congratulations to all the students, staff and parents involved in such a magical night.
‘Legacy was a testament to the inclusivity that students find within music.’
Music Photos Junior School
BELLEVOCEFRONT ROW Lara Bazzi, Nevaeh Nicholas, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Gwenyth Smith, Joyce Mai, Evie Papamanuel, Abigail Bush, Christine Jin, Mimi Lim SECOND ROW Mrs A McClure, Angelina Le, Sienna Marriott, Anikah Sanan, Lucinda Winlaw, Seraya Srikumar, Tiana Roins, Hannah Ford, Genevieve Cesarano, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Mrs G Ritchie THIRD ROW Georgie Roediger, Chloe Arnold, Harriet Gohil, Isabelle Lin, Bella Upcroft, Ivana Dolenac, Sally Obaid, Chloe Hui, Miss E Finlayson FRONT ROW Hazel Gohil, Amelia Kozman, Gauri Nathan, Emma Sullivan, Julinar Alshehabi, Mariyah Sfarjalani, Chloe Constantinidis, Ava Roins, Dina Saeed, Mimi Lim, Ellie Li SECOND ROW Miss E Finlayson, Katelyn Tu, Felicia Hannah, Ella Zhang, Angelique Houltham, Grace Farrow, Sienna Marriott, Jemima Zoud, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Gwenyth Smith, Evie Papamanuel, Valerie Tran, Mrs G Ritchie, Mrs P Knight THIRD ROW Tiana Roins, Georgie Roediger, Chloe Arnold, Victoria Grammenos, Harriet Gohil, Kate Morfoot, Seraya Srikumar, Jasmine Banks, Sophia Malas
Junior School Continued
JUNIORSCHOOL TAIKOMrs A McClure, Isabella Bednaic, Azzurra Zappacosta, Seraya Srikumar, Sophia Sefein, Keira O’Connor, Chiara Corbett, Zara Luong FRONT ROW Emma Sullivan, Alana Ikladios, Sophie Pan, Mia Rae, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Jossie Liu, Felicia Hannah, Christine Jin, Emily Phong, Nghi Phuong Nguyen, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Miss E Finlayson, Julinar Alshehabi, Sara Trimboli, Eve Vantas, Stephanie Wang, Madeline Atkinson, Joyce Mai, Anikah Sanan, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Abigail Bush, Nicole Audi THIRD ROW Angelique Houltham, Jasmine Banks, Ynez Liauw, Joanne Law, Georgie Roediger, Chloe Hui, Fiona Feng, Sophia Malas, Chloe Ho-Shon, Annaliese Yan FOURTH ROW Kathleen Chrun, Cara Wu, Harriet Gohil, Eladie Simmonds, Clare Butcher, Isabelle Lin, Mannix Aurisch, Keira O’Connor, Chloe Arnold ABSENT Dr J Drimatis, Misha Behi, Kristina Bitar
Music Photos Senior School
2017FRONT ROW Rebecca Janssen, Coco Huang, Teresa Du, Cherie Pepperell, Anica Shen, Jessica Song, Sheree Kuan, Charis Chiu, Christina Burjan SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Sherrie Chung, Fiona Lee, Ruby Scott-Wishart, Laura Sutherland, Halle Yang, Eden Cheng, Danah Maher-Lee, Jade Di Girolamo THIRD ROW Nicole Lin, Jane Liu, Lilian Le, Tiffany Son, Georgia Hewitt, Adelaide Grisard, Francesca Lee, Yijun Cui, Catherine Jang FRONT ROW Jade Di Girolamo, Shakira Chung, Cherie Pepperell, Ariana Haghighi, Olivia Debs, Eloise Riviere, Anica Shen, Jessica Song, Sherrie Chung, Desiray La SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Eden Cheng, Jess MacMaster, Rebecca Janssen, Catelyn Ha, Fiona Lee, Charis Chiu, Halle Yang, Ruby Scott-Wishart, Darcy Martin THIRD ROW Catherine Jang, Danah Maher-Lee, Lilian Le, Tiffany Son, Adelaide Grisard, Francesca Lee, Yijun Cui, Teresa Du, Sheree Kuan
Senior School Continued
CONCERTBANDFRONT ROW Rachel Lao, Annabelle Banfield, Annie Chen, Madeleine Lewis, Sammy Cavanagh, Chanel Boudib, Daisy Zheng, Natalie Cavallaro, Charlotte McCrory SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Ashmini Ganesh, Ella Tomkins, Jessica Pizzinga, Anjelica Issa, Zoe Berg, Annie Gu, Sanya Mehta THIRD ROW Amala Cuganesan, Lia Al-Soufi, Emma Mahant, Morgan Kelaher, Meghana Gopalan, Amy Yarrow, Katherine Du, Jocelyn Ting FOURTH ROW Emma Christie, Elsa Tonkinwise, Anna Lucas, Ellena Hartzenberg, Hannah Arnold, Olivia Winlaw, Dionne Alaveras ABSENT Hayley Ma, Bianca Walton FRONT ROW Chloe Bofinger, Ruby Newton, Erica Chou, Stella Lin, Esther Tonkinwise, Madison Clemens, Olivia Clowes, Claudia Padman, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Julia Gough, Tessa Tomkins, Julia Lok, Rachel Lao, Madhavi Chauhan, Yianna Mitropoulos SECOND ROW Mahi Shah, Ananya Wakhare, Isabelle Choi, Anna Gough, Tianka Parapuram, Joy Zhang, Isabella Zhang, Amala Cuganesan, Annie Chen, Ella Tomkins, Shivani Spencer, Audrey Nguyen, Dalia Alsaad, Joanna Tsoi, Seetha Nathan THIRD ROW Ms K Roberts, Anabelle Truong, Amelie Roediger, Sammy Cavanagh, Olivia Alden-Hallit, Chloe Beraldo, Holly Miller, Paris Mitropoulos, Josephine Lewis, Taylor Hosking, Karen Chung, Ariana Haghighi, Cailey Smith, Mounica Akula, Ayla Varol, Angie Xu, Ms Y Ho FOURTH ROW Erin Bofinger, Hanna Nash, Diane Wang, Arya Sharma, Isabella Chapman, Zoe Westbrook, Meghana Gopalan, Sofia Carey, Darcy Martin, Sophia Heyde, Ria Kapoor, Emma Corcoran, Megan Cavanagh, Joyce Lin, Mr J Allington FIFTH ROW Sanya Mehta, Ellery Joyce, Phoebe Zhou, Olivia Wu, Katie Zheng, Katherine Du, Eliza Crossley, Jessie Feng, Charlie Kairaitis, Anica Shen, Jessica Song, Linda Lee, Danah Maher-Lee, Catelyn Ha, Mikaela Nguyen, Tiffany Weng SIXTH ROW Georgia Dunn, Emmeline Booth, Georgia Hewitt, Zoe Hannam, Isabella Collins, Beth Balas, Ellena Hartzenberg, Emma Dickson, Marie Yan, Hannah Arnold, Olivia Winlaw, Eloise Riviere, Olivia Bersais, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Milly Day-Collett, Rachel Wang ABSENT Charlize Hosking, Rochelle Wang, Zoe Wang, Sophie Ciesielski, Zoe Trpezanovski, Queenie Howard-White, Kittu Hoyne, Annika Lee, Isabella Lee, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Sabine Saad, Angela Trang, Ana Trigg, Mia Burjan, Maya Felice, Madison Gollan, Simone Maddison, Shailpriya Manocha, Audrey Williams, Natalie Wong, Jasmine Cho, Vicky Feng, Gabrielle Giannakos, Katrina Marshall, Diya Mehta, Jessica Pizzinga, Jade Su, Teagan Truong, Olivia Bubalo, Celine Kang, Jane Liu, Eva Novikov
VOCALMIDDLEYEARSFRONT ROW Ruby Newton, Tessa Tomkins, Julia Gough, Olivia Clowes, Madhavi Chauhan, Erica Chou, Madison Clemens, Seetha Nathan SECOND ROW Ms K Roberts, Esther Tonkinwise, Claudia Padman, Sophia Heyde, Anna Gough, Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi, Mahi Shah, Mr J Allington FRONT ROW Ella Tomkins, Chanel Boudib, Ellery Joyce, Arya Sharma, Jacqueline Flett, Amy Yarrow, Amala Cuganesan SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Katie Sutherland, Hannah Arnold, Emma Dickson, Ellena Hartzenberg, Emma Juffermans, Morgan Kelaher ABSENT April Guest
Music Photos Senior School Continued
SENIOR CHAMBERCHOIR MUSIC COMMITTEEFRONT ROW Tianka Parapuram, Kittu Hoyne, Amelie Roediger, Ellery Joyce, Katherine Du, Emma Corcoran, Jessica Song, Holly Miller, Sammy Cavanagh, Annika Lee SECOND ROW Ms Y Ho, Sophia Heyde, Josephine Lewis, Erin Bofinger, Megan Cavanagh, Celine Kang, Christina Burjan, Catelyn Ha, Ria Kapoor, Darcy Martin, Mr J Allington THIRD ROW Anica Shen, Taylor Hosking, Meghana Gopalan, Hannah Arnold, Ellena Hartzenberg, Olivia Winlaw, Olivia Bersais, Sofia Carey, Sabine Saad FOURTH ROW Danah Maher-Lee, Milly Day-Collett, Eva Novikov, Georgia Hewitt, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Jane Liu, Emmeline Booth, Olivia Bubalo FRONT ROW Christina Burjan, Hannah Arnold, Celine Kang, Meghana Gopalan, Catherine Jang SECOND ROW Mr J Allington, Milly Day-Collett, Georgia Hewitt, Ashley Liptak
DUOSENIOR TRIOSENIORTiffany Son, Catherine Jang Laura Sutherland, Jane Liu, Danah Maher-Lee
Music Photos Senior School Continued
STAGEBANDFRONT ROW Clara Janssen, Ashley Liptak, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Annie Gu, Anna Michael, Laura Sutherland, Isabel Leung, Amelie Roediger SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Milly Day-Collett, Zoe Latham, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Jane Liu, Anna Wilson, Briana Chapman ABSENT Maya Felice, Ella Woolbank, Gabriella Searle FRONT ROW Nichole Wang, Julia Lok, Stella Lin, Paris Chen, Kate Cvetkovski, Laryssa Latt, Gracelyn Dao, Charlize Hosking, Madhavi Chauhan, Keiralyn Dao SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Dalia Alsaad, Amisha Khatri, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Kirsten Dao, Sammy Cavanagh, Sarah Pearson, Breanna Mar, Soina Thind, Miss E Finlayson THIRD ROW Christyn Cordato, Sophia Kang, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Diane Wang, Chloe Beraldo, Uma Barrett, Amber Johnstone, Taotao Jiang, Sophie Wilson FOURTH ROW Tarindhi Fernando, Amelia Chan, Tahlia Hatzisarantinos, Zoe Hannam, Olivia Bersais, Isabelle Tang, Ria Kapoor, Sabine Saad
WINDSYMPHONIC BANDFRONT ROW Desiray La, Jade Di Girolamo, Mia Stavropoulos, Cherie Pepperell, Meera Patel, Angie Xu, Anica Shen, Isabel Leung, Amelie Roediger, Annika Lee, Chanel Boudib, Tina Papamanuel SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Karen Chung, Ariana Haghighi, Arya Sharma, Clara Janssen, Megan Cavanagh, Virginia Peter, Charis Chiu, Katherine Du, Joy Xu, Mr J Allington, Mr R Coward THIRD ROW Catelyn Ha, Fiona Lee, Sheree Kuan, Catherine Jang, Danah Maher-Lee, Rachel Wang, Tessa Iversen, Yijun Cui, Ashley Liptak, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Olivia Bubalo, Teresa Du, Shakira Chung FOURTH ROW Jessica Song, Darcy Martin, Jess MacMaster, Katie Sutherland, Hannah Arnold, Ella Woolbank, Eloise Riviere, Briana Chapman, Olivia Debs, Halle Yang, Eden Cheng FIFTH ROW Laura Sutherland, Zoe Latham, Francesca Lee, Tiffany Son, Georgia Hewitt, Madeleine Murphy, Lilian Le, Georgia McNaughton, Anna Wilson, Nicole Lin, Elizabeth Liu FRONT ROW Daisy Zheng, Annika Lee, Meera Patel, Isabel Leung, Arya Sharma, Jacqueline Flett, Emma Mahant, Amelie Roediger, Jessica Kim, Tina Papamanuel, Chanel Boudib SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Clara Janssen, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Ashley Liptak, Emmeline Booth, Annike Lindhout, Sophie Graham, Zoe Lindhout, Anna Michael, Tessa Iversen, Tiahna Sortwell, Olivia Cain THIRD ROW Annie Gu, Zoe Johnston, Katie Sutherland, Marie Yan, Rachel Wang, Emma Dickson, Laura Sutherland, Briana Chapman, Emma Juffermans, Katherine Du, Nikki Juffermans FOURTH ROW Tina Gong, Anna Wilson, Georgia McNaughton, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Nicola Yarrow, Georgia Hewitt, Madeleine Murphy, Claire McLelland, April Guest, Zoe Latham, Milly Day-Collett ABSENT Maya Felice, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, Katie Papachatgis, Fiona Paterson, Ella Woolbank
Music Photos Senior School ContinuedFRONT ROW Zoe Wang, Ella Tomkins, Emily Li, Virginia Peter, Maekayla Tran, Katrina Marshall, Phoebe Zhou, Madeleine Lewis, Tessa Tomkins SECOND ROW Miss K Roberts, Joanna Tsoi, Hanna Nash, Sophie Liang, Kim Trang, Joyce Lin, Sophia Costantino, Rhiannon Macleod, Helena Panos THIRD ROW Maria Antonia Costantino, Sophie Reid, Dakota Sinozic, Nicole Hussein, Himani Gupta, Dylan Rose, Jacqueline Flett, Briar Campbell FOURTH ROW Yasmin Mills, Lydia Todoroska, Olivia Bersais, Aleksia Grbic, Eloise Riviere, Julia Spiker, Claire Wang
Dance, Drama and Entertainment Captain’s Report
It has been an incredibly exciting and diverse year for Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) at MLC School. From school productions to talent shows to dance showcases to competitions, MLC School girls have continued to engage passionately with the arts and lift the level of performance.
Dance at MLC School in 2017 was full of talent, as always. This year’s Showcase at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) saw girls from both curriculum and co-curricular Dance performing pieces based on the theme of Re–; revive, reconstruct, recreate. Alongside inspired reimagining of classical tales, students from both the Junior and Senior Wakakirri teams performed their award-winning pieces to the delight of the audience. Many dance numbers had already been performed on the USA Tour, in esteemed locations in Los Angeles and New York and, as such, were of an exceptionally high standard. The night was a testament to the ever-growing dance community, and demonstrated the hard work of the teachers and students.
Drama this year has similarly been full of opportunities for students to showcase their talent and personality. The innovative adaptation of Debra Oswald’s, Stories in the Dark, was a highlight – wherein dance and drama combined with the efforts of the entertainment girls to create a truly memorable production. Girls from Year 7 and above also bravely participated in the Shakespeare Carnival, with dance routines, devised songs and mature Shakespearean performances. Through events like the Middle Years Production, the Year 11 Production and the popular Talent Show, the drama community at MLC School never fails to bring people together for unforgettable experiences.
Much of the work behind these events must be attributed to the Entertainment girls, and those on the DDE Committee. The Entertainment students perfected lighting, sound, set and the behind-the-scenes
workings of productions at a professional level, which was outstanding to watch. Thank you to those girls for always stepping up and embracing the tough responsibilities given to you. Similarly, the DDE Committee’s engagement with each other and with upcoming events was extremely important, allowing the committee to grow in order to create a space where Dance, Drama and Entertainment is loved and supported.
Working in Dance, Drama and Entertainment can be an especially tough commitment at school, but I know that the support and learning gained from the DDE teachers and staff made our experiences rewarding and thrilling. From late night rehearsals, to coordinating lighting states, costumes, blocking and scripts, the DDE teachers have always shown full commitment to the girls and the work we do. To the DDE staff, a thousand ‘thank yous’ for your passion, support and for the way you nurture all arts lovers to work as hard as we can. You push us to be the best and that is why my six years being involved with DDE have been exciting and full of joy.
Finally, I want to thank every girl that has ever been in a dance routine, drama production or been a stage manager, lighting designer or prop painter. You all make DDE such a fun and hardworking community, and I hope 2018 is full of more learning, excitement, and bows to upstanding audience members. I am positive that the passionate Zoe Cross will lead such successes with vigour.Dance,Drama and Entertainment Captain Charlotte Beckett Charlotte Beckett
‘MLC School girls have continued to engage passionately with the arts and lift the level of performance.’
In 2017, the Dance@MLC co-curricular program exceeded 350 enrolments, across 21 classes, operating weekly. Our inclusive program from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, successfully operated to create differentiated and sequential learning environments, which foster the development of each individual student. The program not only equips girls with the technical skills necessary for dance, but allows them to explore dance as a means of communication and creative expression.
Authentic performance opportunities play a vital role in the development of the program and allow students to showcase their abilities. Annual performance opportunities such as, Twilight Recital, Wakakirri, Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) Cheer and Dance Competitions, MLC School Dance Showcase and International Night, allow the girls to perform for both internal and external audiences.
The Dance calendar for 2017 began with dancers from both curricular and co-curricular dance programs joining the MLC School Drama students on the performance trip of a lifetime. The Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) USA Tour, which toured New York and Los Angeles took place in the April school holidays and offered our dancers the opportunity to participate in workshops at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Abby Lee Dance Company, Millenium, The Edge and Broadway Dance Centre just to list a few. In addition to these workshops, MLC School dancers performed for audiences at Madame Tussaud’s, Universal Studios and Disneyland. Once back on Australian soil, the girls entered the DanceLife Unite Eisteddfod for the very first time held at UNSW. Performing modified sections of their tour performance work, the girls walked away in 3rd place in the Entertainment division.
Next up on the calendar came the annual AASCF WinterFest competition at Sydney Olympic Park for our Junior and Senior Hip Hop and Pom teams. The girls had a fantastic day cheering each other on as, group by group, the MLC School girls entered the competition floor. We had great results overall for all teams on the day, with the Junior Hip Hop and Junior Pom teams taking out 1st place in their primary school divisions, while our Senior Hip Hop Team left in 1st place and Senior Pom a very close 2nd. Later in the year, the same teams returned to Sydney Olympic Park to compete in the AASCF Scholastic Nationals event with the following results: Primary Hip Hop – 1st, Primary School Pom Team – 2nd, Senior Hip Hop – 3rd and Senior Pom Team – 3rd
Early in Term 3, our tiniest dancers took part in the annual Twilight Recital, held in the MLC School Drama Theatre. With a program of dance pieces, which aimed to transport the audience back in time, our students from Pre-K to Year 2 performed with smiling faces to their family and friends. The aim of the Twilight Recital was to develop our youngest dancers’ confidence and share their dance journey with family and friends, in a fun and supportive environment.
Term 3 is always the busiest term for Dance with the Wakakirri – Story Dance event kick-starting the performance season for students in Year 3 to Year 12 at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Parade Theatre. Both Primary and Secondary Schools were standout performances on their respective evenings. Our Senior school entry, Odette, was selected in the top five of NSW to return to the Parade Theatre stage in September for the 2017 NSW Wakakirri Awards Night, while our Primary School entry, Coppelia, was a mesmerising piece, which inspired people to look at the beauty within themselves. Our Senior girls won
awards for Best Individual Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Call, Best Adapted Story, Best Group Dance and Best Staging, and were also nominated for Excellent Solo Dance (Nicole Economides, Year 12), Excellent Performance Teamwork and Excellent Direction – Choreography. Our Junior girls also came out of Wakakirri with performance awards for Excellent Individual Acting, Excellent Ensemble, Excellent Group Dance, Amazing Finale, Excellent Lead Cast and Spirit of Wakakirri.
Dance Showcase has become one of our most anticipated events of the Dance calendar, involving over 250 students from Year 3 to Year 12. This year’s sold-out performance returned to the prestigious NIDA Parade Theatre stage, where our girls worked together to showcase three terms’ worth of class work to present, Re– Re–aimed to explore counter-narratives and alternative deliveries of traditional ballet and modern dance. Behind every great performance, hide many unseen faces. The Dance staff would like to acknowledge the Year 11 VET Entertainment students who worked tirelessly to ensure that all 250 performers made it to stage in time for each curtain to rise. Their dedication to the show and level of professionalism working alongside the NIDA staff was fulfilling to witness as a teacher.
That wraps up a successful 2017 for co-curricular Dance, with many new ideas on the backburner for 2018. Thank you to the parents and students for their ongoing commitment to the program and the DDE Department, and the co-curricular Dance staff for their endless enthusiasm and creative ideas, which combine to pull together such a large program.
Dance Coordinator Ms Jenna Skepper
‘The program not only equips girls with the technical skills necessary for dance, but allows them to explore dance as a means of communication and creative expression.’
In 2017, the Drama Department chose the Australian play, Stories in the Dark, as our annual school production, open to students from Year 10 to Year 12. The play was performed in the MLC School Drama Theatre and over 50 performers from MLC School and Newington College auditioned for a variety of roles. The play was directed jointly by Mr Julian Kennard, a new addition to the Drama and Entertainment staff in 2017, and myself.
The play was set in an undisclosed war-torn city where two teenagers, Anna and Thomas, meet and shelter in a derelict house. Every night as chaos reigns outside, Anna tells Thomas folk tales from around the world to distract them both from the
surrounding events. And thus, began a journey into a shimmering world of ogres, princesses, singing bones, wolf-mothers and foolish lazy lads.
Using Our Year 11 VET Entertainment students as builders and crew, we created extravagant set pieces, masks and costumes. For every actor on stage, there was at least one person behind the scenes doing back-stage crew, front-of-house, set construction, hair and makeup, photos, costumes, ticketing, etc. The huge scope of the show aims to provide a professional, unrivalled experience.
At MLC School, we pride ourselves on being accessible to all. Theatre is a viable,
valuable learning tool and a means for all students to discover who they are, by being able to express themselves either as actors, designers or crew. The cast and crew was thrilled with the positive feedback they received after months of hard work.
Head of Department – Dance,Drama,and Entertainment Mrs Lisa Jinga
‘The huge scope of the show aims to provide a professional, unrivalled experience.’
Middle Years Drama Production
On Friday 10 November 2017, the MLC School Middle Years Drama Company performed, Fight withAll your Might the Zombies ofTonight, a piece of work originally commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in 2015.
As the inaugural Middle Years Drama Production, Fight withAll your Might the Zombies ofTonight, was a huge success, and set a very high standard for all future Middle Years Drama Productions.
Fight withAll your Might the Zombies of Tonight addresses peer pressure, conformity and identity in the modern world, and particularly highlights the importance of being an individual and celebrating uniqueness, at a crucial stage in a young person’s life.
All the students involved worked hard and collaborated in order to produce something special, which was enjoyable and which resonated with their audience.
The Middle Years Drama Company, guided by Ms Alyssha Clarke, dedicated time to their rehearsals and to perfecting their characters. The result was a hilarious and moving production, which everyone involved in should be proud of.
‘All the students involved worked hard and collaborated in order to produce something special.’
The Speech and Drama Studio
2017 has been an eventful year with many successes. Students have excelled in the Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA) and Trinity exams, Eisteddfods and Holiday Productions, Open Days and Showcases.
Year 2 to Year 4 Speech and Drama students participated in the ASCA examinations, achieving exceptional results with a Distinction Average and a record number of High Distinctions. Four of our students will receive Excellence Awards for 2017 exams early next year.
Year 5 to Year 11 students participated in their Trinity College of London examinations in Speech and Drama, Performing Arts, Communication Skills, Individual Acting skills, and Group Drama in Term 4. We expect to achieve outstanding results again this year, maintaining our Distinction Average and our reputation as one of the highest achieving Speech and Drama Studios in Australia.
Many of our Speech and Drama Studio students represented MLC School at the Inner West, Ryde, Parramatta, Sydney,
St George and Sutherland Eisteddfods with excellent results. Students achieved numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings and highly commended awards in Prepared Speech, Verse Speaking, Character Recital in Costume, Duologues in Costume and Group Scene sections.
Junior School students from Pre-K to Year 6 produced five highly creative and successful holiday productions this year, including, The Storybook,Neverland, Madeline and the Gypsies,TheTales of Beatrix Potter and The Sugarplum Fairies. The productions were assisted by talented production teams made up of Middle and Senior Years students. Holiday productions give students a firsthand experience of the production process, the opportunity to work with students across different year levels, promote confidence and teamwork and, of course, are lots of fun!
Pre-K to Year 1 students enjoyed Open Days with family and friends throughout the year. Year 2 to Year 4 students performed to family and friends at our Open ASCA exams in Term 3. Middle and Senior students
performed at the Trinity Exam Showcase Days in Term 4, showcasing their work for family and friends. These events are a wonderful opportunity to see our program in action.
We are so proud of each and every one of our students at The Speech and Drama Studio, for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout 2017. Our programs offer cutting edge training and are a wonderful opportunity for students to develop and expand their vocal skills, confidence, performance skills, communication and public speaking skills and interpersonal skills. We see students transform as they discover their creative potential and gain necessary tools that will undoubtedly help them, not only throughout their schooling, but also throughout their life.
Director,The Speech and Drama Studio Mrs Monica Brian
‘We see students transform as they discover their creative potential and gain necessary tools that will undoubtedly help them, not only throughout their schooling, but also throughout their life.’
Acting and Communication Academy
2017 has been an outstanding year for the Acting and Communication Academy students, with the girls participating in a wide range of competitions, examinations and professional development masterclasses.
Our girls excelled in both the mid-year and end of year Trinity College London Exams, achieving High Distinctions, Distinctions and Credits across communication skills, public speaking, musical theatre, speech and drama and performance arts. Many students also participated in the Annual Inner West Eisteddfods, with the majority placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Verse Speaking sections and Duo Scenes.
Over the holiday breaks, students enjoyed a range of exciting holiday programs exploring topics such as, TheArt of Conversation,Kids and Conflict – Conflict Resolution,Debating and Public Speaking, Improvisation and more.
Several of our gifted and talented students from Year 8 to Year 10 have been working exceptionally hard towards their Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Diploma, in Performing or Teaching for Speech and Drama or Communication Skills. The ATCL
Diploma is a tertiary-level qualification, which is offered to hard working and passionate MLC School students through our Pre-diploma and Diploma program. We are very proud of Diya Mehta (Year 10) and Jessica Kuo (Year 10), who have completed their final examination this year and will look forward to receiving their Diploma Certificates early next year.
our guest speakers, all of whom are acclaimed professionals in their field. These masterclasses included The Actors’ Voice and American Accent, with Rebecca O’Sullivan, Drama and Early Childhood Development with Samantha Fazldeen, Devising with Movement Based Theatre with Chris Tomkinson, and Feldenkrais Movement Technique for Actors with Andrea Schadberg to name a few. A quote which resonated with us in looking back at our year so far, came from presenter, Samantha Fazldeen, who said, ‘Creative Arts is a form of communication, it is not a passing fad or a luxury but, is actually essential in growing future generations’.
It’s our great joy to see students of all ages exploring their creative potential and developing their confidence and skills, which they will carry with them into the future. We are so proud of each student for their achievements and commitment over the course of this year.
Our 2017 Professional Development Masterclass series has been especially rewarding for our girls. The students gained a great deal working with
Acting and Communication Academy Manager Ms Lily New
‘Creative Arts is a form of communication, it is not a passing fad or a luxury but, is actually essential in growing future generations.’
CO-CURRICULAR DRAMAFRONT ROW Annie Gu, Zoe Berg, Caitlin Hartnett, Annading Chen, Amala Cuganesan, Piper McCowan, Holly Miller, Phillipa Signorelli, Ria Kapoor, Cailey Smith, Ellery Joyce, Jessica Kim, Kittu Hoyne, Maya Simpson, Zara Zuccolotto, Sarvani Bala SECOND ROW Ms A Clarke, Elisha Quan, Dyana Hamed, Nikki Zanuttini, May Hamed, Ashley Liptak, Jessica Kotselas, Jessica Pizzinga, Jessica Kuo, Lotte Beckett, Sabrine Yassine, Malia Crawford, Emma Clark, Elena Viatos, Ashna Kapoor THIRD ROW Mariam Yassine, Crystal Warner, Sophie Newby, Eleni Kaloterakis, Anthea Trent, Ruth Snelling, Megan Nipatcharoen, Sophia Nikiforidis, Tedaree Jamieson, Holly Jones, Emily Millar, Felicia Ventouris, Madeleine Lysaght, Zoe Cross, Ava Mason, Mounica Akula, Ms L Jinga FOURTH ROW Mrs K Caron, Maha Meer, Eliza Crossley, Elke Krassoi, Zoe Hannam, Olivia Winlaw, Elizabeth Farrow, Emma Dickson, Annabelle Bailey, Olivia Tanevski, Queenie Howard-White, Isabella Collins, Anika Grannall, Himani Gupta, Sofia Carey, Kaisha Rollason, Mr J Kennard FIFTH ROW Isabella Lasovski, Sabrina Lowe, Emily Osborne, Julia Tanevski, Katerina Malafouris, Emma Rutherford, Stella Kochanowicz, Imogen Greenslade, Beccy Minett, Hanna Woodward, Lucy Baker, Kate Papadimitriou, Eliza Swann, Isabelle Sherbon, Swathi Ilanko, Emily Hart FRONT ROW Georgie Papadimitriou, Emily Duong, Mimi Lim, Emma Sullivan, Danielle Wan, Aryana Sah, Amelia Kozman, Hazel Gohil, Emily Bitar, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Kristina Bitar, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Allegra Carlini, Kiara Elghitany, Bonnie Zheng, Isabella Correia, Amaya Karunakaran, Zahra Yassine, Erin Clowes, Olivia Walker THIRD ROW Sameera Khatri, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Jemima Zoud, Aspen Lambert, Sarah Pickett, Haegan Sitou, Sophia Malas, Grace Farrow, Isabel Garner FOURTH ROW Jasmine Banks, Georgie Roediger, Sally Obaid, Christina Di Giandomenico, Zara Constance, Kate Morfoot, Ruby Davis, Claire Liu
DANCE COMPANIESFRONT ROW Zoe Churchill, Emily Fitzgerald, Rachel Kardasis, Arrielle Carisio, Lily Scanlon, Molly Rose North, Sarah Pearson, Kelly Zhang, Annading Chen, Natalie Toomey, Olivia Clowes, Ruby Guminski, Madison Clemens, Maya Simpson, Amelia Whitmont, Claudia Kritzler SECOND ROW Ms A Clarke, Helena Panos, Zara Zuccolotto, Teíjhaan Altiok-Brown, Andie Clark, Aisling Matthews, Tori Charalambous, Mia Jameson, Inez Kritzler, Briar Campbell, Natalia Giannakos, Lilia Coman, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Kittu Hoyne, Isabella Al-horani, Eloise Proctor, Madison Floros, Ms J Skepper THIRD ROW Neethika Naidu, Georgia Wyatt, Jessica Kim, Anabelle Truong, Georgia Long, Charlotte Jones, Isabella Zhang, Daphne Doumanis, Paris Mitropoulos, Darcy Martin, Mikayla Papadimitriou, Annie Chen, Layla Hare, Tiffany Weng FOURTH ROW Cassandra Economides, Sherrie Chung, Georgia Softsis, Emily Huynh, Claire Wang, Felicia Ventouris, Ella Makovec, Nicola Economides, Georgia Dunn, Michelle Joseph, Sian Thomas, Georgia Ventouris, Ashna Kapoor, Gabrielle Giannakos FIFTH ROW Ruby Scott-Wishart, Hannah Ross, Veronica Phan, Trinity Elghitany, Eliza Crossley, Vivian Law, Gabrielle Cadena, Nancy Faraj, Anika Grannall, Aisling McCreery, Kayley Macgonigal, Cassidy Maher, Katerina Delis, Ella Tomkins SIXTH ROW Morgan Kelaher, Georgia Beretov-Millar, Lucy Edwards, Liv Sodbinov, Isabella Collins, Sen Sen Xie, Sofia Costa, Holly Herden, Emily Hunt, Charlie Sodbinov, Alice Kreis, Sarah Carvolth, Vanessa Ryan SEVENTH ROW Emily Hart, Lucy Baker, Julia Spiker, Veronika Males, Stella Kochanowicz, Fiona MacKenzie, Annabelle Bailey, Olivia Tanevski, Amelie Coman, Grace Gilmore, Capri Maher, Sophie Graham, Kate Papadimitriou, Anna Michael ABSENT Mrs K Drady
Sport Captain’s Report
Sport this year at MLC School has taken a step towards professionalism and inclusiveness. The Sports Committee, focused purely on our school spirit, trying to improve the girls’ sense of pride, both in sport and in other aspects of school. This took us on multiple paths and was the driving purpose behind our initiatives this year.
The uniforms allowed us to feel a sense of professionalism when playing, which can ultimately be seen in the increase in participation, as well as incredible results this past year. To further this, we proposed the marlin to represent MLC School, due to its resemblance to the nature of an MLC School girl. When researching the key characteristics of a marlin, the following description came up: They put up a tremendous fight, they’re majestic, active, strong and powerful. I believe this embodies the meaning of being an MLC School girl and how we approach sport, as well as all aspects of schooling. These became the core focus for the Sports Committee, made possible by Mrs Lisa Filby’s support. Mrs Filby’s enthusiasm really embodies her passion for MLC School. I hope every single girl appreciates the lengths that, not only Mrs Filby goes to, but every staff member in the Sports Department. Without them, arranging the large variety of sports at MLC School would not be possible. It is because of them that we are able to experience such a plethora of opportunities to develop our sporting skills at MLC School.
Being Sport Captain in 2017 was a great honour and I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off my time at MLC School than to wrap things up at the Sports Dinner. The amazing 400m Olympic sprinter, Morgan Mitchell spoke and presented. She is a truly
inspirational athlete who gave insight into balancing study and training, at both an amateur and elite level.
I would like to end with this quote by Michael Jordan, as I believe it is one that is relevant not only to sport but to all aspects of life: ‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.’Sport Captain Phoebe Hunter-Mole Phoebe Hunter-Mole
‘They put up a tremendous fight, they’re majestic, active, strong and powerful.’
Junior School Sports Champions
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL AGE CHAMPIONS
8 Years Age Champion
8 Years Runner-Up Elysse Diep
9 Years Age Champions
Saskia Roberts and Angelique Houltham
10 Years Age Champion Isabelle Barakat
10 Years Runner-Up Zoe Jameson
11 Years and Over Champion Georgia Duggan
11 Years and Over Runner-Up Bella Upcroft
2017 House Champions (Kindergarten to Year 2) Churunga
2017 House Champions (Year 3 to Year 5) Booralee
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 SWIMMING CARNIVAL AGE CHAMPIONS
8 Years Age Champion Emily Bitar
8 Years Runners-Up
9 Years Age Champions
Elysse Diep and Hazel Gohil
Saskia Roberts and Jossie Liu
10 Years Age Champion Annaliese Yan
10 Years Runners-Up Christine Jin and Isabelle Barakat
11 Years Age Champion Isabella Kristallis
11 Years Runner-Up Bella Upcroft
Junior Age Champion Annaliese Yan
Senior Age Champion Isabella Kristallis
Overall 2017 Swimming Champion Annaliese Yan
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL AGE CHAMPIONS
8 Years Champion Elysse Diep
8 Years Runner-Up Gabriella Ayad
9 Years Champion Florence Ata
9 Years Runner-Up Haegan Sitou
10 Years Champion Aspen Lambert
10 Years Runner-Up Isabella Barakat
11 Years Champion Hannah Ford
11 Years Runner-Up Jenaan Rajani
Senior School Sports Champions
Year 6 Champion Alannah Gill
Year 6 Runner-Up Erica Chou
Junior Champion Morgan Kelaher
Junior Runner-Up Vanessa Ryan
Intermediate Champion Nicola Yarrow
Intermediate Runner-Up Annika Haller
Senior Joint Champions
Megan Cavanagh and Zoe Latham
House Spirit Sutton House Champion Sutton
Year 6 Champion Rachel Lao
Year 6 Runner-Up Caitlyn Singleton
Junior Champion Bianca Walton
Junior Runner-Up Juliette Beattie Intermediate Champion Tashjan Managreve
Intermediate Runner-Up Tess Tsoi
Senior Champion Sarah Wellfare
Senior Runner-Up Sienna Prowse
House Spirit Whitley House Champion Sutton
Junior School Carnivals
Girls in the Junior School participated in their annual Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 9 March 2017. All girls ran exceptionally well, taking on the long and challenging 2km and 3km course, which resulted in some close races as the girls sprinted to the finishing line. Twenty-one girls were successful and qualified to represent MLC School at the IPSHA Cross Country in April 2017.
Congratulations to the 2017 Champions and the Cross Country House Champions, Booralee.
Congratulations to all the girls who participated in such a wonderful carnival. Everyone looked fantastic dressed in their House colours, and the House Captains and leaders did an amazing job demonstrating how much sporting spirit there is in the Junior School. It was great to see so many families in attendance, proudly supporting the girls.
Students participated in House relays, 100m, 50m and 33m races, where we saw records that had been held for several years broken. It was an incredibly close carnival with Churunga being crowned this year’s overall House Champions. Congratulations to the 2017 Junior School Swimming Age Champions as well as our overall 2017 Swimming Champion, Annaliese Yan (Year 4).
The weather was amazing for the annual MLC Junior School Athletics Carnival, where the girls looked fantastic dressed in their House colours, and the atmosphere was electric.
This year, all girls in Kindergarten to Year 5 participated in a variety of track and field events. The Year 3 to Year 5 girls ran exceptionally well, taking on the challenging 800m long distance race, the 100m and 200m sprint, relays, long jump and shot put. We witnessed some extremely close finishes. The Kindergarten to Year 2 girls took part in the 70m sprint, long jump and a game of poison ball.
Congratulations to all the Junior school girls. Your efforts were outstanding.YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 SWIMMING CARNIVAL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL
Congratulations to the girls from the Junior School who represented MLC School at the IPSHA Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 29 August 2017. All girls displayed true team spirit and their performance and determination in both the track and field events resulted in several personal best times and distances.
Thank you to all the Athletics coaches who supported and facilitated the girls with their
preparation in the lead-up to the carnival. The overall results reflected the hard work, energy and time that were dedicated to the team.
Congratulations to Zoe Jameson (Year 5) (100m, 200m and Junior Relay), Annaliese Yan (Year 4) (Junior Relay), Jaiden Sinozic (Year 5) (Junior Relay) and Isabelle Barakat (Year 5) (Junior Relay) who were selected to represent MLC School and IPSHA at the CIS Carnival.
The annual IPSHA Cross Country Carnival was held at The Kings Preparatory School on Saturday 1 April 2017, and despite the changeable weather, approximately 4000 people turned out to watch and compete in the day’s events.
Twenty-one girls successfully qualified to represent MLC School. The 8/9 Years and 10 Years girls competed in a 2km run and the 11/12 Years girls competed in a 3km run. Due to the rain we experienced all week the course was treacherous and muddy, but nevertheless, all our competitors completed the course.
The IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Nineteen girls were selected to represent MLC School. The competition was exceptionally strong this year, but the girls faced it head-on with determination and courage by setting new personal best times in their chosen events.
Congratulations to the Junior School swim team who placed 2nd overall in total points
for the day’s carnival. Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Christine Jin (Year 4), Isabelle Barakat (Year 5), Zoe Jameson (Year 5) and Rachel Lao (Year 6) successfully qualified for the NSWCIS Championships in both relays and an array of individual events.
All Junior swimmers are to be celebrated for their exceptional results and efforts!
Thank you to Mr Douglas Finlay, Mrs Suzanne Floro and Mrs Wendy Allen who generously gave up their Saturday morning to support and assist the girls at the carnival. Congratulations to all the girls on a brilliant effort at the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival.
Congratulations also to all the girls who qualified for the NSWCIS Primary Championship Carnival.
Zoe Jameson (Year 5) (100m, 200m sprints and Junior Relay), Annaliese Yan (Year 4) (Junior Relay), Jaiden Sinozic (Year 5) Junior Relay) and Isabelle Barakat (Year 5) (Junior Relay) represented MLC School at this year’s annual CIS Athletics Championships on Sunday 13 August 2017 at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The
heats in which the girls competed were exceptionally strong, producing several outstanding results.
Congratulations to all four girls who placed 1st, winning the Gold medal in the Junior Girls Relay and qualifying for the NSWPSSA Championships.
The NSW CIS Cross Country Carnival was held at Eastern Creek on Thursday 15 June 2017. Aspen Lambert (Year 4) (10 Years), Caitlyn Singleton (Year 6) (11 Years) and Alannah Gill (Year 6) (12 Years) were all selected to run for MLC School, where they performed outstandingly in both the 2km and 3km course events.IPSHA CROSS COUNTRY IPSHA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS CIS ATHLETICS CIS CROSS COUNTRY IPSHA ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
This year saw the first Junior Relay Team from the MLC Junior School compete. Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Jaiden Sinozic (Year 5), Isabelle Barakat (Year 5), and Zoe Jameson (Year 5) previously competed at the IPSHA and CIS Athletics carnivals to qualify for the NSW State Championships.
The Junior 4x100m Relay team performed exceptionally, placing 23rd overall out of 40 schools in NSW.
Congratulations to these four girls on an outstanding performance. The dedication you put into your training, along with the support, encouragement and sportsmanship you showed towards each other throughout these championships, was truly a reflection of the athletes you are.
NSWPSSA ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Junior School CIS Swimming Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Christine Jin (Year 4), Isabelle Barakat (Year 5), Zoe Jameson (Year 5) and Rachel Lao (Year 6) represented MLC School in numerous swimming events. The competition was exceptionally strong and the girls faced it with determination and courage.
This year saw the largest representation of swimmers from the MLC Junior School compete. Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Christine Jin (Year 4), Isabelle Barakat (Year 5), Zoe Jameson (Year 5) and Rachel Lao (Year 6) previously competed at the IPSHA and CIS swimming carnivals to qualify for the NSW State Championships.
Rachel Lao qualified for the finals of the 12 Years 50m Freestyle and 11/13 Years 200m Individual Medley placing 4th in both events and 8th in the Butterfly.
The Junior 4x50m Freestyle Relay team (Annaliese Yan (Year 4), Christine Jin (Year 4), Isabelle Barakat (Year 5) and Zoe Jameson (Year 5)), placed 2nd overall in the state, taking out the Silver medal.
NSWPSSA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Annaliese Yan was selected to swim for the CIS team in the All Age 5x50m Freestyle Relay, which placed 1st in the state, earning her a Gold medal. Furthermore, Annaliese competed in four individual events, the 8-10 Years 50m Breaststroke, Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley as well as the 10 Years 50m Freestyle.
Annaliese placed 2nd in the Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley (Silver medals), 3rd in the Freestyle (Bronze medal) and 8th in the Butterfly. Annaliese also set herself a new personal best (PB) time in the 200m IM of 2:53:70, dropping 3.88 seconds off her previous time.
Christine Jin competed individually in the 8-10 Years 50m Butterfly (14th)
and Isabelle Barakat competed in the 8-10 Years 50m Backstroke (21st) and Breaststroke (20th).
Congratulations to both Annaliese and Rachel who qualified to compete in the Pacific National Games, held in Adelaide.
Congratulations to all of these girls for your commitment, dedication and incredible sportsmanship.CIS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
It has been a great year for Athletics at MLC School. The girls all showed commitment, trained hard, displayed significant improvement and outstanding results. There were a number of girls who competed at IGSSA and CIS, and should be congratulated on this fabulous achievement. We also had a fantastic Athletics Carnival with plenty of participation, enthusiasm and House Spirit.
2017 AGE CHAMPIONS
Year 6 Champion
Year 6 Runner-Up Erica Chou
Junior Champion Morgan Kelaher
Junior Runner-Up Vanessa Ryan
Intermediate Champion Nicola Yarrow
Intermediate Runner-Up Annika Haller
Senior Joint Champions
Megan Cavanagh and Zoe Latham
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL RESULTS
Spirit PointsHouse Points
Sutton 1268 points
Leawarra 1060 points
Prescott 1001 points
Whitley 797 points
Mooramoora 654 points
Booralee 1072 points
4th Place Churunga 1009 points
Abbeythorpe 900 points
8th Place Lester 689 points
10th Place Wade 638 points
Sutton 484 points
3rd Place Leawarra 452 points
5th Place Whitley 421 points
7th Place Mooramoora 343 points 9th Place Lester 332 points
2nd Place Booralee 480 points
4th Place Abbeythorpe 446 points
Prescott 411 points
8th Place Wade 340 points
10th Place Churunga 323 points
Chloe Gentle U16: 1500m
Mia Jameson U12: 100, 200m
Charlotte Jones U13: 800m
Morgan Kelaher U14: 200m, 100m
Zoe Latham U17: Long Jump
Matilda Swann U16: 200m
Term 1 brought an amazing season of badminton for the Junior and Senior girls, some participating for the first time and others acquiring new skills to add to their prior experience. During training, it was great to see the Juniors eager and enthusiastic to learn from the coaches and the Seniors earnestly practising and trying to improve their badminton skills.
Badminton is an individual sport as well as a team sport and many girls took on the challenge of partnering up with girls they did not know to form a team and share a passion for badminton. I am hopeful that in the years to come, students will pass down their badminton skills and experience to the younger years, as well as share their interest and avidity for the sport.
We had a total of 11 teams competing in the Loreto Normanhurst Badminton Competition with girls from Junior and Senior teams achieving outstanding results at the end of each round. Most of the girls had playoffs and made a great effort for their last game. The Junior team, MLC 09, had an outstanding season, making it to the final round. The team consisted of Elsa Tonkinwise (Year 8), Prerna Pabathi (Year 9), Maha Meer (Year 8), Ishwary Ramjeevan (Year 8) and Katherine Du (Year 9). It was also fantastic to see girls from different teams cheering each other on, as it demonstrated the strong bonds and relationships that the badminton girls shared. I am confident that next year will also bring another great season of badminton filled with enthusiasm, spirit and sportsmanship.Badminton Captain Rosa Wang
On and off the court, the participation in MLC School Basketball was remarkable. We had countless girls involved from Year 7, and many continuing to play in the difficult years of Year 11 and Year 12. This year, the focus throughout our teams was development and teamwork.
At the beginning of the year, during the holidays, I hosted a development day with the younger girls to introduce them to basketball and teach them basic skills,
tactics and overall techniques. It was a fun day filled with laughs, sausage rolls, prizes and, best of all, basketball! Having played for years, l was aware that some of the younger girls may have been nervous before starting the season and over the course of the day, the girls’ skills not only evolved, but friendships also developed, which was crucial as comfort was paramount.
Although no teams made the finals this year, everyone tried their very best.
I’d like to extend my praise to all of the girls: thank you for making my last season as Basketball Captain so enjoyable – l hope to see the community spirit and participation continue to grow.Basketball Captain Kayla Tanevski
What a great season it has been for Diving. We have all worked very hard this term. We’ve all back flopped, belly flopped, and face planted but in the end, our hard work has paid off. It’s been a fun-filled and great season and I can definitely say that we have all improved our diving and have become a closer diving family.
In Term 4, we had the IGSSA and IPSHA Diving Carnival. For the IPSHA Carnival, we had two girls compete, both of whom did an incredible job in their different age groups. Kristina Bitar (Year 4) came 8th and Anthea Nikolakopoulos (Year 6) came 11th I’d like to congratulate those girls for an awesome effort.
In the IGSSA Carnival, we had a range of girls from Year 7 to Year 11 compete. The girls who made the IGSSA Team were: Mia Jameson (Year 7), Ava Lee (Year 8), Ziya Kalra (Year 9), Desiree Miller (Year 10), Jessica Kuo (Year 10), Natalie Lin (Year 11), Claudine Talbot (Year 8), Lilia Coman (Year 8), Hanna Nash (Year 10), Eugenie Tan (Year 9), Catalina Floros (Year 11),
One hundred eager girls participated in the annual MLC School Cross Country challenge at Sydney Olympic Park, where 36 progressed to the IGSSA carnival. Congratulations to all girls who participated in the long distance run and l encourage you to continue trialing in the years to come. All runners were more than capable and continued to smile, despite the fatigue and pain after the race, which made for a much more enjoyable day.
In the preparation towards the IGSSA Carnival, the MLC School Cross Country team met before school to train at Burwood Park. In the school holidays, the coaches decided the ‘bay run’ would be a pleasant change in location for training. Dedication and commitment was paramount from all girls, especially during the lead up towards competition day.
Having had MLC School’s Sydney Opera House Concert the night before, all girls should be extremely proud of how they performed considering the 5.30am wake up for our trip down to Frencham. The competition was very strong but MLC School put up a fight and gave their all. The results were outstanding. With 36 competitors, we had five girls finish in the
top 20, three of whom continued on to compete at the CIS Cross Country Carnival. Special congratulations to Charlotte Jones (U13) (Year 8), Zoe Scoufis (U15) (Year 10) and Chloe Gentle (U16) (Year 10) for their achievements.
Close friendships formed across the MLC School Cross Country team over our Athletics season and l have been very fortunate to be their captain this year. However, this would not have been possible without the consistent dedication from our coaches Mr Michael Psarakis, Ms Miranda Middleton, Ms Julia Laman and Ms Laura Verlinden. We are all very thankful for your tireless sacrifices and putting up with our exhaustion during early morning trainings! Best of luck to all girls in Cross Country in the years to come.Cross Country Captain Kayla Tanevski
Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart (Year 8), Ella Fletcher (Year 9), Brittany Warner (Reserve) (Year 7), Erykah Lakkis (Reserve) (Year 7), and Georgia Long (Reserve) (Year 8). IGSSA was a long and tiring day, but was full of fun, hot chips and sour straps. All the girls put in an amazing effort.
In the 13 Years Springboard for the IGSSA, Ava Lee came 7th and for the CIS trials, Claudine Talbot came 14th. In the 14 Years Springboard, Ziya Kalra came 5th and for the CIS trials, Lilia Coman came 16th. In the 15 Years Springboard, Desiree Miller came 4th. In the 16 Years Springboard, Natalie Lin came 4th and Jessica Kuo came 5th. In the 17 Years Springboard, Natalie Lin came 4th In the 12/13/14 Years Platform, Ava Lee came 5th. And for the team event, the MLC School Team (Hanna Nash, Eugenie Tan, Catalina Floros, Samantha TsakalosStewart and Ella Fletcher) placed 3rd. Overall, a fantastic job!
I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our coaches for helping us to improve to be the best that we can be, as well as many of the
other sports teachers and coaches for also helping along the way.
Thank you and congratulations to all of you who competed in IGSSA and CIS, and to those who were reserves for the team. Thank you for hard work and dedication, for supporting and encouraging and for doing your best. I hope to see you all next year at IGSSA again.Diving Captain Jessica Kuo COUNTRY
It has been an extremely positive year for the MLC School Fencing squad. I saw our numbers grow dramatically, and the spread across ages allowed us to enter a team into every age group. I had the pleasure of watching the squad grow and I hope that the girls have found joy and challenge in this sport. Below are some of our results from the year.
National School Teams Qualifier
BRONZE: Sophia Heyde (Year 7), Sen Sen Xie (Year 7), Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9) and Erin Bofinger (Year 11)
National Senior School Teams
BRONZE: Sophia Heyde (Year 7), Sen Sen Xie (Year 7), Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9) and Erin Bofinger (Year 11)
Individual School Championships
GOLD: Erin Bofinger (Year 11)
9th: Sen Sen Xie (Year 7)
10th: Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9)
13th: Sophia Heyde (Year 7)
U15 State Championships
6th: Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9)
U17 State Championships
BRONZE: Erin Bofinger (Year 11)
U15 School Teams
GOLD: Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9), Kaisha Rollason (Year 9), Sarai Rollason (Year 7), Sen Sen Xie (Year 7)
U15 School Championships
6th: Sen Sen Xie (Year 7)
U13 State-School Mini Series
BRONZE: Chloe Bofinger (Year 6)
U13 School Teams
GOLD: Sophia Heyde (Year 7), Chloe Bofinger (Year 6), Sarai Rollason (Year 7) and Sen Sen Xie (Year 7)
Senior School Teams
SILVER: Erin Bofinger (Year 11), Jiveneshwari Govender (Year 9) and Kaisha Rollason (Year 9)
7th: Erin Bofinger (Year 11) (SILVER in teams)
Asian Fencing Circuit U17 and U17 SEAP
10th: Erin Bofinger (Year 11) (BRONZE in teams)
This has been a rewarding experience for everyone in different ways, and the hard work is paying off. Personally, the sport has taken me to Manila, Europe and different cities around Australia, and the experience has allowed me to bring back new skills to our team. As a team, we all will grow together, I think that there is always something to learn in this sport. To my team: keep learning, take your time, perfect your skills. Thanks for a great year, fencers!
Fencing Captain Erin Bofinger
Football, also known as soccer, has always been one of MLC School’s hidden strengths. There is something about 11 girls on a field working together for a common goal that forms bonds between girls no matter what their age. The Senior First team is a prime example of bonds formed between
girls from different years, as they all came together to play their hardest for each other, their coach and the school’s crest.
The IGSSA competition format ‘first past the post’ means that all of the games throughout the season count towards the final standings. In the first five minutes of the Senior Firsts season, they found themselves down by two goals to Ravenswood, however, the girls did not give up. They showed the spirit of MLC School and fought back to win the game 3–2. Throughout the rest of the season, they continued to play good football and grow together as a team. Unfortunately, they went down to Roseville and Pymble but their goal difference proved to be strong enough to place them 2nd. As the Senior Firsts play in the 1st division of IGSSA, this makes them the second-best football team
in the whole IGSSA association. Our other Senior teams (Year 10 to Year 12) played extremely well this season with both teams finishing in the top two.
We also had two girls from the Senior Firsts represent MLC School at the CIS championship playing for the IGSSA team. Lauren McLean (Year 12) and Georgia Pollitt (Year 12) both played brilliantly and helped the IGSSA team win the CIS championship. Georgia Pollitt was also named a shadow player for the CIS team. Later in the year, Lauren represented MLC School again by participating in the IGSSA interstate challenge held in Brisbane where IGSSA won the soccer division and, combined with the netball and tennis teams selected, resulted in IGSSA winning the overall champions of the challenge.
This year Gymnastics at MLC School had our most successful year yet. As always, everyone dedicated a great amount of time and effort into the IGSSA Gymnastics competition held on Friday 27 October 2017.
The whole team participated in the team sleepover held in the Term 3 holidays, which promoted team bonding and aided us in working as a team. As IGSSA Gymnastics involves an accumulation of girls throughout Year 7 to Year 12, it was important to establish a connection between the older and younger girls in order to have a cohesive and supportive team environment. This year, it was clear that we established that support within the team, with girls from all age groups supporting each other and getting to know one another, regardless of whether they were a part of Rhythmic or Artistic Gymnastics, or from completely different age groups. I believe that this is why we were so successful this year – because of our team spirit and enthusiasm that we stand apart from other schools, due to every single girls’ passion and dedication to the team.
On the day of the competition all you could hear were the MLC School girls cheering at the top of their lungs for every single girl who competed. This is what makes the MLC School IGSSA Gymnastics team what it is; every single girl dedicating immense amounts of time and passion just for their love of gymnastics. Even with a few setbacks, like injuries or girls falling ill close to competition, we all persevered and competed at our best. When the final results came out, the whole team was shocked to find out that we were the winning school
The Junior team is a prime example of the MLC School spirit, from the start to the end of the season, they showed huge improvement. The girls also became really close, which led to them having a strong finish and coming 3rd overall. Girls enjoyed training and playing throughout the season, and their improvement set a strong platform for years to come. The teams trained hard all season. I commend them for their results.
Our Year 7-1 team, also had a very strong season finishing 1st overall in their division. Having two Year 7 teams shows great depth
for Artistic Gymnastics Division 1 for the first time in a very long time. We finally beat PLC Pymble, which was an immense achievement considering they have been the champions for numerous years in a row. Well done to every single girl on the team this year; it is because of all of you that we have this victory and I’m sure the years to come will be even more successful.
Artistic Gymnastics Captain Zoe Cross
IGSSA Gymnastics is an annual event where all the private schools across NSW come together to compete. Rhythmic Gymnastics, on the other hand, is one of the disciplines that you can participate in. As a ritual, MLC School holds a traditional IGSSA sleepover every year to build and create a supportive environments which instils team spirit, friendships and positive relationships amongst fellow team members.
We are proud to announce that MLC School is the 2017 IGSSA Gymnastics winner of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics division for 2017, Rhythmic Gymnastics, placing 7th overall, including both amazing individual and group results. All the girls who participated in this competition have worked so hard and should be very proud of themselves. Not to mention all the hard work that the coaches have also put into this.
Some of our outstanding achievements from 2017 include:
Ì Maria Gourlas (Year 7) who travelled to Bulgaria for an international competition, placing top 3 in all events.
coming through the MLC School Football program, and it will be great to see what the girls can achieve if they continue to play. Participation in football continues to grow with the girls enjoying playing the sport, which is a huge reflection of the success of the coaches and administration, along with the girls’ attitudes towards their training, games and their teammates, which will lead to Football continuing to develop to a high standard at MLC School.
Director of Sport Mrs Lisa Filby
Bella Wang (Year 6) placed 2nd at the 2017 Australian National Championships in the pre-Junior division.
Tara Wilkie (Year 11) overcame an injury that took place at the beginning of the year and claimed the National title in Melbourne. She also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Italy achieving the best placing any Australian has had since 2003.Rhythmic Gymnastics Captain Tara Wilkie
Term 3 brought with it another fantastic season of Hockey. Fielding seven teams this year, MLC School powered through the rounds with confidence, style and determination. The girls had a great season of training, with many teams banding together to strengthen their skills and match play. The girls embraced these training sessions with enthusiasm and commitment and the results were proof of their hard work.
Many teams finishing the season in the top half of the leader board with most teams narrowly missing out on finals places. Hearty congratulations to MLC 1 and MLC 5 players, who qualified for the Semi-Final rounds and went on to impressive victories in their Finals to claim the premierships for their divisions.
Congratulations to all of our MLC School Hockey players. We look forward to seeing you next year. A fond farewell and good luck to our Year 12 players and we hope to see them back with us soon, sharing their skills with future MLC School Hockey stars. Finally, a very large and sincere thank you to our coaches for another wonderful Hockey season.Director of Sport Mrs Lisa Filby
We’ve had a wonderful season in Netball this year, competing for the first time in the Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (ERNA). It was great to see all the girls embracing this change. With a total of 17 teams competing in ERNA strong bonds were developed due to the longer netball season. One team reached the Semi-Finals (MLC 1) and unfortunately just lost 23–27. It was awesome for me to come down each week and watch all the teams persevere, demonstrate and uphold MLC School sportsmanship.
I’d also like to congratulate Olivia Tanevski (Year 8), Madita Anderson (Year 6), Caitlin Zeilinga (Year 6) and Mannix Aurisch (Year 4) on their first-round selection for 2018 ERNA representative squads.
MLC School also entered two Senior teams into the IGSSA competition, MLC SchoolHOCKEY NETBALL
Resilience, tenacity and commitment are the defining characteristics of MLC School Rowing in the 2016/2017 season, with everyone pulling together to make this season one of the most successful in the history of the Rowing program.
All athletes in the program have achieved significant results both on and off the water, in land training, benchmarking and racing and we would like to acknowledge the squad for their commitment to training in early mornings, afternoons and at regattas.
Of the many on-water highlights, one of the most memorable was MLC School’s win in the Year 10 double at the Schoolgirl Head of River by Madeleine Murphy (Year 10) and Emily Osborne (Year 10). This is the first time MLC School has won a Gold medal at the Head of River since 2011, and prior to that, 2004.
This year, we added to the regatta calendar and competed in the inaugural Australian Indoor Rowing Championships, an event held at over 25 locations around Australia, at which MLC School competed strongly.
All of this made for an incredible end-ofseason celebration where we acknowledged the following for their results both on and off the water:
Most Improved Junior Rower (Year 8) of the Season: Inez Kritzler
Navy and MLC School Gold. They had a successful season with both teams winning their Grand Finals.
Netball Captain Annika Pienaar
Most Improved Junior Rower (Year 9) of the Season: Olivia Debs
Most Improved Intermediate Rower of the Season: Fiona Paterson
Ì Rower of the Season: Emily Osborne and Madeleine Murphy
Ì Spirit of Rowing: Crystal Warner
Most Improved Recreational Rower of the Season: Hannah Williams
Ì Junior Encouragement Award (Year 8): Diane Wang
Ì Junior Encouragement Award (Year 9): Tayla Kerpiniotis
Ì Intermediate Encouragement Award: Claire McLelland
Ì Recreational Encouragement Award: Claudia Catania
Results are not achieved in isolation and we wish to acknowledge and thank MLC School Executive, the Rowing parents Support Group, and all families for their continued support and encouragement of the girls and coaches.Ì Coxswain of the Season: Maddie Aitken
Madeleine Lysaght (Year 10) 21st and Elisha Quan (Year 11) 22nd
CROSS COUNTRY RELAY
5th – Zara Cathcart (Year 6), Mia Grasso Nyugen (Year 6) and Madita Anderson (Year 6)
This year has been a great winter season, with lots of snow and fun-filled experiences. We all had a fantastic time downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, shredding, carving and having fun. All the girls did an amazing job and performed at their best.
In Thredbo this year, MLC School came 12th overall in Senior School and 9th Overall in Primary School.
Some of the results from this season:
DOWN HILL – ALPINE
12th – Emma Rose Koeswandy (Year 2) and Niamh Johnson (Year 2)
12th – Mannix Aurisch (Year 4), Christina Di Giandomenico (Year 4)
8th – Alannah Gill (Year 6), Zara Cathcart (Year 6), Ivy Ross (Year 6), Charlotte Waters (Year 6)
28th – Jasmine Talbot (Year 6), Ruby Newton (Year 6), Mia Grasso Nguyen (Year 6), Kate Morfoot (Year 5)
27th – Claudine Talbot (Year 8) and Georgia Long (Year 8)
10th – Layla Nazha (Year 9), Jessica Kuo (Year 10), Tessa Iversen (Year 10), Ella Woolbank (Year 9)
DOWN HILL SKIER CROSS
8th – Emma Rose Koeswandy (Year 2) and Niamh Johnson (Year 2)
13th – Mannix Aurisch (Year 4), and Christina Di Giandomenico (Year 4),
14th – Alannah Gill (Year 6), Ivy Ross (Year 6), Charlotte Waters (Year 6)
25th – Zara Cathcart (Year 6), Jasmine Talbot (Year 6), Ruby Newton (Year 6)
28th – Mia Grasso Nguyen (Year 6), Kate Morfoot (Year 5)
34th – Claudine Talbot (Year 8)
12th – Layla Nazha (Year 9), Tessa Iversen (Year 10), Jessica Kuo (Year 10)
25th – Ella Woolbank (Year 9), Madison Long (Year 9)
DOWN HILL – MOGUL
17th – Zara Cathcart (Year 6)
12th – Claudine Talbot (Year 8)
Congratulations to Layla Nazha who came 7th in the Alpine race, and 6th in skier Cross, and qualified for State Championships, Niamh Johnson who came 18th in Alpine, and Mannix Aurisch who came 17th in Alpine.
We came 6th overall in the Cross Country races in Perisher in Primary and 11th in Secondary. Congratulations and a great gob to all the girls!
CROSS COUNTRY – FREESTYLE
Zara Cathcart (Year 6) 14th, Georgia Duggan (Year 5) 22nd, Mia Grasso Nguyen (Year 6) 31st, Kate Morfoot (Year 5) 41st
Claudine Talbot (Year 8) 13th and Marlene Anderson (Year 8) 22nd
7th Elisha Quan (Year 11), Claudine Talbot (Year 8), Madeleine Lysaght (Year 10)
A special mention and congratulations to Claudine Talbot who came 13th and qualified for Freestyle Nationals, Zara Cathcart who came 14th and qualified for Freestyle Nationals and to the Divison 4 Relay team – Zara Cathcart, Mia Grasso Nguyen and Madita Anderson who came 5th and qualified for Nationals. An outstanding effort!
Moreover, I would like to thank, commend and congratulate all the girls for their efforts this season. For some it was their first race and for others it has been one of many. In the end, not only did the girls do extremely well in the races, but they were also able to have a great time bonding and making new ski buddies.
A huge thank you to all the staff, team managers, ski instructors and coaches and parents, who sacrifice a lot when they put effort in to make that long 5-6-hour drive, and, of course, to all the talented girls who participated and smashed the races.
I would also like to thank former captain, Zoe Latham (Year 12) and her mother Mrs Bronwyn Latham for all their help and guidance in making this year a success and for coaching morning cross country sessions on the skikes. I would also like to thank Ms Shelly Talbot who has been helping this team for the past two years.
I speak on behalf of everyone in thanking Ms Kylie Bickerstaff – none of this would have been possible without her organisation, contribution and support. Thank you for being there for us through it all!
It was such a privilege being your Snow Sports Captain for 2017, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I wish you all the best.Snowsports Captain Jessica Kuo
Softball 2017 has been a season to remember. It was a season of volatile weather, with two games being rained out, one being cancelled due to extreme heat, and countless training sessions being interrupted with sudden and relentless rainfall. It took a real sense of spirit and positivity to maintain enthusiasm for softball. However, the girls have certainly managed it, with great results
as well as an always-positive attitude at games and training sessions. MLC School Softball has continued to demonstrate what is considered most important – a positive attitude and a sense of fun! IGSSA determined that the season a was a no-result season, but the weather never stopped our girls from turning up at every training session and keeping a hopeful eye out for the weekend ahead.
for the MLC School Swim Team, to compete in the IGSSA Swimming Championships in March.
At the IGSSA championships, our girls achieved highly across all events, with the team placing 2nd in Division 2 and 11th overall across all divisions. The whole team was enthusiastic and continued to persevere throughout the competition.
The improvement through training was outstanding and, had the season continued, the girls most certainly would have been at the top of the results.Director of Sport Mrs Lisa Filby
Throughout the swimming season, our girls raced in a number of competitions, spanning inter-school carnivals to state and national championships. The season began with the School Championship Swimming Carnival, from which 21 girls were selected
Three of our girls progressed to the CIS Swimming Championships: Bianca Walton (Year 8), Tashjan Managreve (Year 9) and Sarah Wellfare (Year 12). All three girls achieved fantastic results, with Bianca placing 2nd in the 12–14 Years 200m Freestyle, 3rd in the 200m Butterfly and 7th in the 13 Years 100m Freestyle. Tashjan achieved highly in the 15 Years 50m
Backstroke, placing 3rd overall. Sarah placed 2nd in the 18–19 Years 200m Freestyle, 3rd in the 100m Freestyle, 4th in the 200m Backstroke, 4th in the 50m Freestyle and 5th in the 50m Backstroke.
Bianca and Sarah were selected to represent CIS at the All Schools Swimming Championships in May. Both girls achieved great results and were selected to represent NSW at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.Swimming Captain Sarah Wellfare
The Tildesley Tennis Tournament was held at Pennant Hills Park with MLC School entering 10 singles players and five doubles teams. Some strong opening round performances saw Nicole Miloucheva (Year 11), Alex Harbridge (Year 10), April Guest (Year 12) and Alexia Lorenzato (Year 9) progress to Round 2. Our doubles teams also played some solid first round matches.
Thank you to our lines girls who officiated over the two days. They were guided by a very enthusiastic senior group, led by Madeleine Lysaght (Year 10). We hope to see these girls as future Tildesley players.
The girls showed great team spirit, cheering for each other during matches, coming together as a team to provide snacks for everyone during the day and organising a pizza lunch on the final day.
Thank you to our Tennis coaches, Head Coach, Mr Ludovic Catherine, the MLC School Sports Department for their encouragement and support of the girls and to our Facilities Department who set up the athlete’s area for the tournament.Tennis Captain April Guest
gaining the well-deserved title of IGSSA Champions of their division.
Our second premiership went to another senior team, MLC 4, consisting of players new to the game of Touch Football. These girls challenged themselves by trying a new and unknown sport, with their effort and determination rewarded with the premiership win.
2017 was an enjoyable and successful year for MLC School Touch Football. Proving to be one of the most popular sports among MLC School students, 14 teams were fielded in the IGSSA Competition, an extra three from 2016. MLC School also entered three teams into the IPSHA Touch Football
competition for girls in Year 4 to Year 6 for the first time.
Our Senior First team produced an outstanding result with an undefeated premiership win. These girls continued to perform week after week, ultimately
With many 2nd place final standings, plenty of laughs, friendships formed and strengthened; and most importantly, skill development and love for the game for many, 2017 proved to be a great year of Touch Football. All players are to be commended for their efforts throughout the season, with the growth and success of MLC School Touch Football expected to continue with years to come.Director of Sport Mrs Lisa Filby
During this season, various students entered the Santa Sabina Competition (SSC) and a number of students took part in the Sydney Volleyball League (SVL) Competition for the first time, yielding exciting results. In the 2016 Santa Sabina Competition, MLC 1 progressed into finals and won a Silver medal, MLC 2 and MLC 3 brought home a Gold medal. Regardless of the competition results, all teams who participated in the SSC performed exceptionally well together.
In 2017, we saw great development and progression in volleyball, as it was the first time that MLC School entered the Sydney
Volleyball League Competition, representing the school in a club competition. As this competition was a club competition, the opposition teams were of a high caliber, providing both MLC School teams with a challenge that they handled well. It is notable that the results from each week showed improvement as MLC 1 won 20 points overall in the very first game. By the end of the season, MLC 1 won by 61 points. Similarly, in one week, MLC 2 won a total of 18 points and in a subsequent week won 32 points. Overall, the duration of the two competitions brought about impressive improvements from every team, which should be commended. Along with
the 2017 Santa Sabina Competition (SSC) to look forward to, there were also 10 girls selected to participate in the Australian Volleyball School’s Cup (ASVC), which was held in December 2017.Volleyball Captain Jennifer Tang
Water Polo had an exciting couple of seasons in 2017. It was a rough start at the beginning of Term 1, with many team members never having played before. Despite this, both teams pulled through to perform well, with the Firsts narrowly missing Gold in the IGSSA competition. In Term 3, we all improved upon the foundation laid in Term 1, learning new skills, techniques, and strategies to improve our game play, resulting in an excellent season for water polo.Water Polo Captain Lilian Hunt WATER POLO
Sports Photos Junior School
CIS ANDPSSA REPRESENTATIVES
IPSHA ATHLETICSFRONT ROW Emma Sullivan, Amalia Fernandes, Ava Roins, Angelique Houltham, Sienna Marriott, Aspen Lambert, Annaliese Yan, Angelina Le SECOND ROW Elysse Diep, Zoe Jameson, Isabelle Barakat, Bella Upcroft, Jaiden Sinozic, Georgia Duggan, Maalika Chalak ABSENT Ivy Ross, Alannah Gill, Charlotte Waters Annaliese Yan, Aspen Lambert, Isabelle Barakat, Jaiden Sinozic, Zoe Jameson, Christine Jin ABSENT Rachel Lao, Caitlyn Singleton, Alannah Gill
CROSSIPSHACOUNTRYFRONT ROW Christine Jin, Hope Selim, Madeline Atkinson, Aspen Lambert, Gwenyth Smith, Jenaan Rajani, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Zoe Jameson, Georgia Duggan, Isabelle Barakat, Haegan Sitou, Isla Saxena, Hannah Ford ABSENT Caitlyn Singleton, Keiralyn Dao, Ivy Ross, Scout Van Der Merwe, Alannah Gill, Claudia Scott FRONT ROW Isabella Bednaic, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Georgie Roediger, Anikah Sanan, Sameera Khatri, Amaya Karunakaran SECOND ROW Seraya Srikumar, Aileen Leong, Ruby Wiefler, Isabella Gadelrabb, Chloe Arnold, Lucinda Winlaw THIRD ROW Victoria Grammenos, Bella Upcroft, Sophia Sefein, Christina Di Giandomenico, Jaiden Sinozic
Junior School Continued
IPSHA GYMNASTICSFRONT ROW Sophia Hu, Ellie Li, Mimi Lim, Eloise Girard, Niamh Johnson, Ilaria Blanco, Liana Wai, Georgie Papadimitriou SECOND ROW Camille McLucas, Aryana Sah, Zara Dhawan, Gwenyth Smith, Alyssa Corbett, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Julinar Alshehabi, Bonnie Zheng THIRD ROW Chiara Corbett, Isla Saxena, Dakota Dodd, Isabelle Barakat, Edie Baker, Sarah Pickett, Zoe Jameson Angelina Hu, Isabel Baudille, Clare Butcher, Harriet Gohil, Jody Feng
SOCCERIPSHAFRONT ROW Nevaeh Nicholas, Mira Kalra, Evie Papamanuel, Gwenyth Smith, Zoe Jameson, Madeline Atkinson, Azzurra Zappacosta, Sameera Khatri, Abigail Bush, Santina Signorelli, Alana Ikladios SECOND ROW Genevieve Cesarano, Amelia Cosmidis, Edie Baker, Mia Tsaousidis, Isabel Baudille, Keira O’Connor, Lucinda Winlaw, Georgie Roediger, Tiana Roins, Danielle Dib THIRD ROW Chloe Arnold, Mannix Aurisch, Jaiden Sinozic, Zara Constance, Gabrielle Palmer, Christina Di Giandomenico, Bella Upcroft, Victoria Grammenos, Ruby Wiefler, Kate Morfoot FRONT ROW Alana Ikladios, Evie Papamanuel, Madeline Atkinson, Gwenyth Smith, Abigail Bush SECOND ROW Olivia Gouganovski, Isabelle Barakat, Sophia Pavlovic, Ruby Wiefler, Georgie Roediger
Junior School Continued
IPSHATENNISFRONT ROW Jenaan Rajani, Evie Papamanuel, Gwenyth Smith, Mira Kalra, Felicia Hannah SECOND ROW Amy Zhao, Eladie Simmonds, Tiana Roins, Hannah Ford FRONT ROW Elysse Diep, Saskia Roberts, Jossie Liu, Annaliese Yan, Christine Jin SECOND ROW Isabel Garner, Zoe Jameson, Isabelle Barakat, Kathleen Chrun, Kristina Bitar ABSENT Lucy Lee, Caitlyn Singleton, Caitlyn Zeilinga, Rachel Lao, Keiralyn Dao, Zahli Harris, Francesca Harris, Lauren Purkis, Madita Anderson
MONITORSSPORTSFRONT ROW Claire Liu, Moira Peach, Mia Tsaousidis, Mira Kalra SECOND ROW Isabel Baudille, Isabelle Lin, Sophia Sefein, Chloe Arnold FRONT ROW Zoe Jameson, Madeline Atkinson, Georgie Roediger, Gwenyth Smith, Jenaan Rajani SECOND ROW Ruby Wiefler, Eladie Simmonds, Gabrielle Palmer, Clare Butcher, Jaiden Sinozic
Sports Photos Junior School ContinuedFRONT ROW Eloise Girard, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Amaya Karunakaran, Lucinda Butcher, Mia Rae SECOND ROW Jasmine Banks, Christina Di Giandomenico, Mannix Aurisch, Sameera Khatri FRONT ROW Eleanor McKeough, Karla Anderson, Allegra Carlini, Ava Roins, Amritha Ravichandra SECOND ROW Miss E Davey, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Kathleen Chrun, Angelique Houltham
Sports Photos Senior SchoolFRONT ROW Madison Clemens, Natalie Cavallaro, Charissa Chatnantawej, Kelly Zhang, Preeyangka Manogaran, Georgia Long, Amelie Roediger, Annie Chen, Desiray La, Kirsten Dao, Chloe Correia, Amelia Chan, Hayley Ma SECOND ROW Helena Panos, Sophia Cairns, Kylie Becvarovski, Annie Gu, Daisy Zheng, Ava Mason, Mikaela Nguyen, Cynthia Hu, Gloria Lim, Isabella Lee, Charlotte Huynh, Angela Trang, Indianna Miller THIRD ROW Olivia Wu, Tess Tsoi, Jessica Kim, Simone Maddison, Amy Yarrow, Sophie Reid, Trinity Elghitany, Nicole Hussein, Eloise Drake, Eden Cheng, Rasika Bains, Georgia Ventouris, Kim Trang FOURTH ROW Alice Kreis, Elsa Tonkinwise, Ava Heine, Claire Wang, Nicola Yarrow, Madison Long, Fiona MacKenzie, Aleksia Grbic, Grace Potts, Alex Harbridge, Sashira Mulholland, Sarah Dejanovic, Anika Grannall, Sabine Saad FRONT ROW Hayley Ma, Jade Di Girolamo, Ananya Wakhare, Joy Zhang, Kate Cartwright, Vivian Shen, Isabella Zhang, Maggie Wang, Annie Gu, Amelie Roediger, Zunairah Mahfuz SECOND ROW Jessica Zhu, Tiffany Lee, Amelia Chan, Evie Gallagher, Jasmine Yip, Jessica Song, Maha Meer, Emma Mahant, Cecilia Wong, Yuting Jin THIRD ROW Joyce Lin, Tess Tsoi, Danah Maher-Lee, Linda Lee, Meghana Gopalan, Elsa Tonkinwise, Eleni Charalambidis, Tina Gong, Katrina Marshall, Rasika Bains FOURTH ROW Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Rachel Wang, Julia Spiker, Rosa Wang, Grace Gilmore, Amanda Lee, Sarah Dejanovic, Annelise Chu, Elizabeth Chen
FENCINGFRONT ROW Sarai Rollason, Annading Chen, Erin Bofinger (Captain of Fencing), Jivi Govender, Chloe Bofinger SECOND ROW Jacqueline Flett, Kaisha Rollason, Sen Sen Xie, Sophia Heyde FRONT ROW Claudia Kritzler, Sarah Pearson, Annabelle Banfield, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Sammy Cavanagh, Morgan Kelaher, Charlotte Jones, Ellery Joyce, Annika Lee, Tianka Parapuram, Julia Gough SECOND ROW Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi, Emily Eker, Laura Laman, Yasmin Mills, Ava Mason, Rahni Ong, Eliza Crossley, Megan Cavanagh, Sonia Kang, Sasha Green THIRD ROW Vanessa Ryan, Chloe Gentle, Ella Woolbank, Lauren McLean, Georgia Hewitt, Zoe Latham, Samantha Naayen, Emily Osborne, Katie Sutherland
Sports Photos Senior School Continued
IGSSA SWIMMINGANDDIVING HOCKEYFRONT ROW Madeleine Lewis, Ava Lee, Kirsten Dao, Juliette Beattie, Mia Jameson, Jessica Kuo, Georgia Long, Claudine Talbot, Ella Fletcher, Eugenie Tan, Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart SECOND ROW Tiana Michas, Desiree Miller, Natalie Lin, Tiahna Sortwell, Anastasia Kennett, Lilian Hunt, Sienna Prowse, Tess Tsoi, Virginia Peter, Catalina Floros, Hanna Nash THIRD ROW Ziya Kalra, Josephine Lewis, Ella Woolbank, Samantha Naayen, Lauren McLean, Sarah Wellfare, Nina Frissel-Thomas, Bianca Walton, Tashjan Managreve, Sarah Moller, Emily Eker FRONT ROW Nichole Wang, Yianna Mitropoulos, Lara Varol, Claudia Kritzler, Grace Scanlon, Stella Lin, Matilda Clayton, Mia Eker, Brittany Warner, Hannah Bathgate, Abbie Sen, Martine Zeilinga, Jorja Papantoniou, Belle Cortiula SECOND ROW Claudia Scott, Mikaela Sitaramayya, Zara Cathcart, Charlotte McCrory, Eloise Proctor, Tina Papamanuel, Annabelle Banfield, Hayley Ma, Lily Scanlon, Ava Lee, Indianna Miller, Kate Cvetkovski, Seetha Nathan, Zoe Proctor THIRD ROW Julia Gough, Mia Stavropoulos, Amelia Chan, Maeve Halliday, Chelsea Hunt, Madeleine Lewis, Anna Gough, Eda Haller, Lola Whittaker, Aisling Matthews, Gauri Sharma, Ella Tomkins, Ciara Hyland, Natalie Cavallaro FOURTH ROW Anna Sundquist, Elle Tamvakolos, Claudia Seales, Mikaela Nguyen, Meera Patel, Amelie Roediger, Prerna Pabathi, Amy Yarrow, Alexia Lorenzato, Amala Cuganesan, Cailey Smith, Cynthia Hu, Kayla Andreopoulos, Shivani Spencer, Eloise Drake FIFTH ROW Clara Janssen, Hannah Kelly, Olivia Cain, Georgia Long, Neethika Naidu, Isabelle Tang, Isabel Leung, Maria Antonia Costantino, Tahlia Hatzisarantinos, Phillipa Signorelli, Natalia Giannakos, Shreeya Haridas, Laura Laman, Desiree Miller SIXTH ROW Hayley Kenzler, Evie Gallagher, Himani Gupta, Charlie Kairaitis, Maya Felice, Emma Juffermans, Zoe Hannam, Caitlin Field, Sarah Carvolth, Zoe Johnston, Sophie Reid, Arya Sharma, Dylan Rose SEVENTH ROW Lilly Mijatovic, Annika Haller, Katie Papachatgis, Rebecca Janes, Zoe Latham, Grace Webster, Fiona MacKenzie, Elizabeth Hewish, Jasmine Yip, Giorgia Ferrari, Stephanie Kalamvokis, Vicky Feng ABSENT Elke Krassoi, Jessica MacMaster, Chloe Azzam, Ayla Varol, Lucy Edwards, Georgia Melhem, Anica Shen, Uma Barrett, Ellena Hartzenberg, Annaliese Konidaris, Beatrice Drake, Gabriella Searle, Billie Whittaker, Lauren Barclay, Madeleine Sherbon, Isabelle Sherbon, Isabella Seales, Emerald Bui, Phoebe Hunter-Mole
Sports Photos Senior School Continued
SNOWSPORTSFRONT ROW Niamh Johnson, Marlene Anderson, Ruby Newton, Jasmine Talbot, Ivy Ross, Charlotte Waters, Zoe Jameson, Emma Rose Koeswandy SECOND ROW Layla Nazha, Kate Morfoot, Christina Di Giandomenico, Claudine Talbot, Georgia Duggan, Zara Cathcart, Elisha Quan THIRD ROW Alannah Gill, Tessa Iversen, Ella Woolbank, Madison Long, Jessica Kuo, Georgia Long, Mia Grasso-Nguyen ABSENT Mia Jameson, Jade Jameson FRONT ROW Ava Lee, Inez Kritzler, Olivia Alden-Hallit, Tara Mulholland, Imogen Kuah, Lauren McLean, Cynthia Hu, Diane Wang, Uma Barrett, Zoe Brase, Freya D’Mello SECOND ROW Ms K Hextell, Angela Trang, Elle Tamvakolos, Mia Caputo, Crystal Warner, Sophie Reid, Madeleine Aitken, Emily Osborne, Dylan Rose, Mr R Glendenning THIRD ROW Natashja Eyles, Lauren Madden, Lily Smith, Briana Chapman, Samantha Naayen, Ellena Hartzenberg, Ella Woolbank, Ava Heine, Sarah Carvolth, Olivia Debs FOURTH ROW Sophie Newby, Katerina Malafouris, Fiona Paterson, Ellyn Sheehy, Olivia Codevelle, Tayla Kerpiniotis, Madeleine Murphy, Claire McLelland, Claire Wang
SOFTBALLFRONT ROW Brittany Warner, Annabelle Banfield, Annika Lee, Ashmini Ganesh, Sophie Beraldo, Amala Cuganesan, Ruby Ince, Mikaela Nguyen, Kirsten Moller, Maya Simpson, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Hannah Bathgate SECOND ROW Kylie Becvarovski, Sophia Kang, Menawish Asif, Aisling McCreery, Emma Christie, Eliza Crossley, Emma Webb, Vanessa Ryan, Holly Miller, Lilly Dummett, Chelsea Hunt, Sarai Rollason THIRD ROW Gabrielle Giannakos, Olivia Cain, Annika Haller, Rahni Ong, Hannah Arnold, Katie Papachatgis, Sophie Graham, Zoe Hannam, Samara Tucker, Lilly Mijatovic, Jacqueline Field, Elena Viatos FOURTH ROW Charlotte Seales, Georgia Pollitt, Isabella Seales, Tedaree Jamieson, Saskia Kanellos, Amelie Coman, Olivia Tanevski, Annika Pienaar, Caitlin Farrell, Anja Seeto, Jasmine Todoroska, Isabella Collins ABSENT Clara Janssen, Eloise Smith, Lydia Todoroska, Emerald Bui, Isabelle Ingham, Eva Jessurun, Eleni Kaloterakis, Jessica Pizzinga, Elisha Quan, Georgie Smith, Lilia Coman, Tiarna Cominos, Lucy Edwards, Olivia Keeble Otero, Meera Patel, Gabrielle Cadena, Dionne Alaveras, Georgia Beretov-Millar, Emma Dickson, Nancy Faraj, Lily Scanlon FRONT ROW Belle Cortiula, Sanjana Natkunamanickam, Yianna Mitropoulos, Madhavi Chauhan, Julia Lok, Tina Papamanuel, Mia Eker, Destiny Nicholas, Matilda Clayton, Gracelyn Dao, Laura Kardasis, Hannah Bathgate, Erica Chou, Isabel McKeough, Jorja Papantoniou SECOND ROW Keiralyn Dao, Chantelle Wan, Marissa Tsaousidis, Mahi Shah, Milla Newman, Annabelle Banfield, Jasmine Stavros, Liv Morrison, Amisha Khatri, Andie Comino, Amelia Whitmont, Mikaela Sitaramayya, Sarai Rollason, Claudia Scott, Zoe Proctor THIRD ROW Maya Simpson, Lauren Huynh, Kirsten Moller, Sophie Beraldo, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Amber Johnstone, Maggie Wang, Shivani Spencer, Anna Sundquist, Aimee Goodridge, Eda Haller, Ashmini Ganesh, Aisling Matthews, Charlotte Bathgate FOURTH ROW Olivia Leighton, Cailey Smith, Kaisha Rollason, Mikayla Papadimitriou, Jaimie Kappas, Paris Mitropoulos, Jess MacMaster, Maria Stamateris, Lilly Dummett, Georgia Wyatt, Kate Cartwright, Alex Stackpool, Natalia Giannakos, Kayla Andreopoulos FIFTH ROW Desiree Miller, Eleni Kaloterakis, Eleni Charalambidis, Georgia Dunn, Zoe Lindhout, Sophie Graham, Grace Gilmore, Julia Spiker, Annike Lindhout, Katie Papachatgis, Natashja Eyles, Sarah Monaha, Hannah Kelly SIXTH ROW Dakota Sinozic, Phillipa Signorelli, Lauren Barclay, Ava McGrigor, Lauren McLean, Katerina Malafouris, Annika Haller, Georgia Pollitt, Anja Seeto, Rebecca Janes, Phoebe Hunter-Mole, Hannah Williams, Georgia Melhem SEVENTH ROW Evie Gallagher, Caitlin Field, Anna Lucas, Beatrice Drake, Ria Kapoor, Sarah Carvolth, Annabelle Bailey, Amelie Coman, Sarah Moller, Charlie Kairaitis, Maya Felice, Himani Gupta, Aisling McCreery, Isabella Chapman ABSENT Zahli Harris, Claudia Kritzler
Sports Photos Senior School Continued
TENNISFRONT ROW Erica Chou, Chloe Jing, Claudia Kritzler, Tina Papamanuel, Julia Gough, Alexandra Robinson, Gauri Sharma, Charlotte Bathgate, Molly Rose North, Samridhi Garg, Georgia Mouscas, Charlotte McCrory, Charlize Hosking, Charlotte Waters SECOND ROW Zoe Proctor, Indianna Miller, Gracelyn Dao, Charlotte Trieu, Anna Gough, Desiray La, Alyssar Zogheib, Cailey Smith, Zoe Berg, Helena Lu, Eda Haller, Coco Huang, Makala McQueston, Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi THIRD ROW Lola Whittaker, Joy Xu, Mounica Akula, Taylor Hosking, Nicole Hussein, Sarah Healey, Liv Sodbinov, Maria Antonia Costantino, Alexia Lorenzato, Sasha Green, Natalia Giannakos, Megan Xie, Zoe Clark, Trinity Elghitany FOURTH ROW Emily Li, Olivia Wu, Desiree Miller, Nicole Miloucheva, Vicky Feng, Nicole Lin, Zoe Lindhout, Stephanie Kalamvokis, Annike Lindhout, Yasmin Mills, Sian Thomas, Sarah Chou, Phoebe Zhou FIFTH ROW Sophie Thomas, Ria Kapoor, Emma Juffermans, Chiara Moore, Madeleine Lysaght, Jessica Tippett, Aleksia Grbic, April Guest, Alex Harbridge, Jessie Feng, Katie Sutherland, Himani Gupta, Charlie Sodbinov FRONT ROW Kirsten Dao, Josephine Lam, Nancy Wang, Jennifer Tang, Jade Su, Katie Zheng, Lilly Mijatovic, Piper McCowan SECOND ROW Cynthia Hu, Alyssa Filippoff, Zoe Latham, Ellyn Sheehy, Georgia McNaughton, Nicole Healey, Teagan Truong, Kate Cartwright
POLOWATERFRONT ROW Molly Rose North, Mounica Akula, Alexia Lorenzato, Himani Gupta, Trinity Elghitany, Taylor Hosking, Desiray La, Makala McQueston SECOND ROW Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi, Sian Thomas, Yasmin Mills, Madeleine Lysaght, Nicole Miloucheva, Desiree Miller, Charlotte McCrory THIRD ROW Stephanie Kalamvokis, Annike Lindhout, Jessica Tippett, April Guest, Aleksia Grbic, Alex Harbridge, Zoe Lindhout FRONT ROW Scout Van Der Merwe, Marlene Anderson, Olivia Clowes, Madeleine Lewis, Madita Anderson, Lilian Hunt, Briar Campbell, Sarah Demos, SarahBronte Andrikis, Maeve Halliday, Lilli-Rose Nasr SECOND ROW Zara Cathcart, Zoe Johnson, Josephine Lewis, Alexia Lorenzato, Eliza Crossley, Isabella Chapman, Lauren Purkis, Aadhya Dhanpal, Mia Stavropoulos, Helena Panos THIRD ROW Aisling Matthews, Desiree Miller, Virginia Peter, Ella Allport, Lily Rodgers, Emma Dickson, Grace Gilmore, Tashjan Managreve, Lauren McLean, Mounica Akula
Taylor Bakir Sofia Callegaro Queena Chen
Manjima Dutta Gupta Frankie Fardoost Chelsey Gao Shiloh Gao
Chloe Grasso Queeny Guan Charlotte Hing Amanda Houltham Alexandra Huynh Christa Jeyasingam Anaahat Kahlon Mariette Karam Claire Liang Mia Licenblat Anna Lieu
Jessica Lim Maggie Ma Yasmin Maidment Nikoda May Scarlett Mireskandari Vivienne Nguyen Fedra Nikolakopoulos Megana Pasupati Abira Sanan Selina Shan Sateni Shoaib Alicia Suen
Caroline Tao Angela Thorn Hayley Trinh
Emily Tu Magdalena Volikas
Freda Xie Arianna Xu Lavinia Luoyi Xu
Frida Yao Hui Elina Yu
Layla Abdelrahim Faith Ata Alana Bakir Lexie Bellew Imogen Bush Lucia Cicinelli Olivia Connolly Anastasia Countouris Leela Das Sophia Du Raquel Gill Vita Gohil Bethany Haddad Evelyn Hardy Zara Ho-Shon Sophie Hong Izzy Horvath Scarlett Innes Alisha Ji-Lee Janani Kanthathas Chelsea Keomanivong Arabella Kuo Sookai Law
Avery Lee Elisa Li Gabriela Lim Jenny Lin Angela Liu Francesca Masters Sienna Munoz Svara Mutalithas Sally Nguyen Chloe Price Eva Rocca Emilia Sarayar Aleeya Sharma Aurora Sharma Amara Sivagurunathan Imogen Sutton Giselle Tanios Yan Hei Rosanna Tsoi Eloise Wong Angelyn Xiang Anny Xie
Frances Yi Wen Xie
Xin Yao Grace Xiong Kaitlyn Yang Jocelyn Yao Charlotte Yiu Ella Rose Zraika
YEAR 1 Tamara Abdelrahim Adelaide Akers Georgina Auld Audrey Boulton Ava Brown Zoe Brown Niamh Canadas Ethelia Cassar Gloria Chen Hannah Dastyari Avery Dauphinee Alisha Dhaliwal Hayley Dinh Stephanie El’Atrache Maryse Elassal Elizabeth Faraj Emilia Ghaly Madeleine Girgis Evelyn Gogos Katie Goldring Poppy Hayes Ingrid Henderson Sybilla Howes Angelina Huang Tiffany Ibrahim Emma Kanaan Emma Rose Koeswandy Olivia Kozman Megan Kuit Katelyn Lim Miranda Lin Chloe Lu Taylor Lu Pip McGuire Christina Messih Kristella Miltiades
Rachael Ming Mai Phan Elizabeth Ravens Julia Saad Ada Savage Jade Scott-Rogers Jiarui Song Jasmin Srisathkurunathan Emma Sugianto Sofia Tzouganatos Ally Videira Firmino Elyse Vivash Jacqueline Wang Joanna Williams Liesl Wong Katherine Woo Olivia Yang Rima Zhang
YEAR 2 Sophia Antipas Soraya Bates Ilaria Blanco Jodhi Bou Chelsea Chen Carina Chu Mia Coady Sophie Connolly Nectaria Constanti Alyssa Corbett Lucy Cui Georgia Delis Yolanda Dolenac Eleni Giannacopoulos Gigi Guan Charla Howard Sophia Hu Lola Jablonski Sacha Jeyasingam Niamh Johnson Diar Kabaha Gurnaaz Kahlon Avnika Kandala Meena Kanthathas
Nicola Keast Stephanie Keo Avery Koh Janice Leong Tin Wing Cheylene Leung Ophelia Li Rose Lin Naoise Lynn-Black India-Rose Mace Eleanor McKeough Angelina Mijakovac Bethany Mikhail Chloe Miller Isabella Munoz Kyra Narang Angelina Ng Lam Nguyen Lara Omran Angela Ong Stephanie Phong Ines Prince Amritha Ravichandra Mia Rice
Aaliya Salim Aashi Shah Baylie Shen Zaina Verma Cassandra Vielman Liana Wai
Imogen Walker Stella Wallace Rae Wang Imogen Wong Mikayla Woon Yue Elly Yu
YEAR 3 Julinar Alshehabi Karla Anderson Mya Andrews-Ruker Florence Ata Gabriella Ayad Emily Bitar Allegra Carlini
Ayana Chandra Kathleen Chrun
Isabella Correia Elysse Diep Emily Duong Kiara Elghitany Grace Farrow Amalia Fernandes Isabel Garner Elyssa Ghaly Hazel Gohil Sneha Hasanat Angelique Houltham Amelia Kozman Chloe Kypreos Ellie Li Jiayi Li Megan Lieu Umaiza Mahfuz Camille McLucas Chloe Messih Gauri Nathan Sallia Nguyen Sophie Pan Saskia Roberts Ava Roins Ava Saad Dina Saeed Aryana Sah Haegan Sitou Anisha Sivagurunathan Emma Sullivan Olivia Sun-Ryan Isabella Townsend Valerie Tran Bianca Trimboli Mia Tynan Jordan Vo Danielle Wan Stephanie Wang Ella Wu
Julia Zarlenga Ella Zhang
Nicole Audi Mannix Aurisch Jasmine Banks
Lara Bazzi Misha Behi Kristina Bitar Emma Burgess Abigail Bush Lucinda Butcher Erin Clowes Ruby Davis Zara Dhawan Christina Di Giandomenico Jasmine Fordyce Natalia Gadelrabb Eloise Girard
Felicia Hannah Chloe Ho-Shon Alana Ikladios Christine Jin Amaya Karunakaran Sameera Khatri Aspen Lambert Angie Lan Angelina Le Ynez Liauw Giovanna Lim Mimi Lim Jossie Liu Sophia Malas Stephanie Mikhail Nghi Nguyen Georgie Papadimitriou Evie Papamanuel Emily Phong Sarah Pickett Lana Radwan Mia Rae Anastazia Samad Mariyah Sfarjalani Aiesha Sivaranjan Sofia Sok Cifuentes Sara Trimboli Katelyn Tu Olivia Walker Annaliese Yan Zahra Yassine Bonnie Zheng
Chloe Arnold Edie Baker Isabelle Barakat Isabel Baudille Isabella Bednaic Cara Britton Clare Butcher
Genevieve Cesarano Zara Constance Chiara Corbett
Amelia Cosmidis Sofia Cvetkovski Danielle Dib Dakota Dodd Ivana Dolenac
Neika Abdilla Bacon Maha Amir Madeline Atkinson
Georgia Duggan Fiona Feng Jody Feng Hannah Ford Isabella Gadelrabb Nicole Giannacopoulos Harriet Gohil Olivia Gouganovski Victoria Grammenos Angelina Hu Chloe Hui Zoe Jameson Mira Kalra Tulasi Kanani Bariah Khaznadar Isabella Kristallis Joanne Law Aileen Leong Isabelle Lin Claire Liu Yolanda Liu Zara Luong Joyce Mai Stella Margarian Sienna Marriott Magdalene Miltiades Kate Morfoot Jana Mourad Nevaeh Nicholas Amelia Norton Keira O’Connor Sally Obaid Gabrielle Palmer Raashi Parmar Sophia Pavlovic Moira Peach
Zara Poortvliet Jenaan Rajani Vishaalini Ravichandra Georgie Roediger Tiana Roins Anikah Sanan Isla Saxena Sophia Sefein Hope Selim Santina Signorelli Eladie Simmonds Jaiden Sinozic Gwenyth Smith Seraya Srikumar Lara Stojkovic Georgia Terzis Mia Tsaousidis Bella Upcroft Eve Vantas Alexandra Walker Ruby Wiefler Sofia Wilson Lucinda Winlaw Cara Wu Azzurra Zappacosta Yunqing Amy Zhao
YEAR 6 Suad Al Ali Dalia Alsaad Madita Anderson Laura Andrikis Chloe Bofinger Ivy Brasher Brooke Bucholtz Zara Cathcart Zaara Chalak Madhavi Chauhan Erica Chou Matilda Clayton Belle Cortiula Kate Cvetkovski Keiralyn Dao Sarah Demos Indigo Devlin Aadhya Dhanpal Romy Dobbie Mia Eker Elizabeth Giannacopoulos Alannah Gill Aimee Goodridge
Jennisa Ha Maiee Hanna Francesca Harris Zahli Harris Charlize Hosking Zoe Howes
Ciara Hyland Taotao Jiang Chloe Jing Amber Johnstone Mimi Jones Laura Kardasis Lia Keeble Otero Amisha Khatri Rachel Lao Abigail Latham Lucy Lee Georgina Lim Stella Lin Julia Lok Helena Lu India Makovec Breanna Mar Isabel McKeough Francesca Morrison Liv Morrison Yianna Mitropoulos Lilli-Rose Nasr Seetha Nathan Sanjana Natkunamanickam Milla Newman Ruby Newton Destiny Nicholas Athena Nikolakopoulos Tamara Obradovic Amanda Ou Claudia Padman Jorja Papantoniou Zoe Proctor Lauren Purkis Dwaraka Raguparan Meera Rawal Ivy Ross
Jana Roy Grace Scanlon Claudia Scott Abbie Sen Mahi Shah Caitlyn Singleton Mikaela Sitaramayya Jasmine Stavros
School Roll Continued
Ada Tetley-Sutton Tessa Tomkins
Cassandra Tong Esther Tonkinwise
Sarah Truong Scout Van Der Merwe
Claire van der Stel
Lara Varol Chantelle Wan Isabella Wang Nichole Wang Rochelle Wang Zoe Wang Charlotte Waters Caitlin Zeilinga Martine Zeilinga
Mounica Akula Lia Al-Soufi Olivia Alden-Hallit Ella Allport
Marlene Anderson Sarah-Bronte Andrikis Annabelle Banfield Hannah Bathgate Juliette Beattie Sophie Beraldo Zoe Brase
Isabella Chapman Tori Charalambous
Olivia Clowes Andie Comino Anna Constantinidis Christyn Cordato Chloe Correia Jade Di Girolamo Eloise Drake Armita Dutta Gupta Trinity Elghitany Jessie Feng Jacqueline Flett Madison Floros Evie Gallagher Ashmini Ganesh Anna Gough Julia Gough Maria Gourlas
Tara Grasso Sasha Green Himani Gupta Eda Haller
Maeve Halliday Layla Hare
Caitlin Hartnett Sophia Heyde Coco Huang Chelsea Hunt Mia Jameson Zoe Johnson Zoe Johnston Nikki Juffermans Sarah Kanaan Sophia Kang Claudia Kritzler Erykah Lakkis Laryssa Latt Madeleine Lewis Anna Lucas Hayley Ma Emma Mahant Zunairah Mahfuz Mahibhana Mahinthan Katrina Marquarding Aisling Matthews Charlotte McCrory
Makala McQueston Sanya Mehta Tiana Michas Indianna Miller Kirsten Moller Georgia Mouscas Molly Rose North Essence Ocean Helena Panos Tina Papamanuel Sarah Pearson Mia Poletto Sophie Reid Courtney Roberts Alexandra Robinson Sarai Rollason Dylan Rose Ruby Scott-Wishart Grace Selim Mirabella Shang Arya Sharma Gauri Sharma Dakota Sinozic Olivia Smith Ruby Smith Shivani Spencer Sienna Strauss Anna Sundquist Lara Taleb Soina Thind Sophie Thomas Natalie Toomey Charlotte Trieu Zoe Trpezanovski Marissa Tsaousidis Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi Renae Varvaris Ananya Wakhare Sophie Walker Maggie Wang Brittany Warner Tiffany Weng Lola Whittaker Sophie Wilson Mei Yan Wong
Sen Sen Xie Vivian Zhang
YEAR 8 Anoushka Adam Isabella Al-horani Dionne Alaveras Te’jhaan Altiok-Brown Kayla Andreopoulos Liana Angell Annabelle Bailey Sarvani Bala Charlotte Bathgate Claudia Bean Kylie Becvarovski Georgia Beretov-Millar Lone Bromley Sofia Carey Arrielle Carisio Sarah Carvolth Claudia Catania Christie Ch’ng Charissa Chatnantawej Paris Chen
Emma Christie Harriet Clark Olivia Codevelle Isabella Collins Lilia Coman Montana Cominos Emma Corcoran Freya D’Mello Gracelyn Dao Kirsten Dao Victoria Demos Amy-Grace Docherty Lucy Edwards Wenyan Fan Nancy Faraj Tarindhi Fernando Jasmine Ferraby Jasmin Fitch Emily Fitzgerald Samridhi Garg
Natalia Giannakos Grace Gilhawley Kayla Graham Anika Grannall Natalia Grbic Tahlia Hatzisarantinos Emily Heng Holly Herden Queenie Howard-White Kittu Hoyne Cynthia Hu Charlotte Huynh Leilani Innes Charlotte Jones Ellery Joyce Amara Kalcev Ria Kapoor Rachel Kardasis Hayley Kenzler Jennipher Kong Elke Krassoi Alice Kreis Inez Kritzler Johanna Lafoa’i Annika Lee
Isabella Lee Olivia Leighton Gloria Lim Georgia Long Kayley Macgonigal Fiona MacKenzie Lauren Madden Cassidy Maher Preeyangka Manogaran Ava Mason Marissa Matthews Piper McCowan Maha Meer Georgia Melhem Lauren Millar Tara Mulholland Sophia Murphy Neethika Naidu Mikaela Nguyen
Ishwary Ramjeevan Mia Ramsey
Vanessa Ryan Sabine Saad
Natasha Sheehy Phillipa Signorelli
Maya Simpson Jane So
Gemma Sorial Maria Stamateris Maddisen Strauss Katie Sutherland Claudine Talbot Elle Tamvakolos Jnisha Tanasap Olivia Tanevski Jocelyn Ting Eva Tkocz
Elsa Tonkinwise Angela Trang Ana Trigg
Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart Selma Ulutas
Diane Wang Emma Webb
Hannah Williams Georgia Wyatt Mariam Yassine Kelly Zhang Ella Zohs
Hannah Arnold Menawish Asif
Kate Baker Beth Balas
Uma Barrett Chloe Beraldo
Zoe Berg Olivia Bersais Chanel Boudib
Mia Burjan Gabrielle Cadena Kate Cartwright Sammy Cavanagh Marina Chan Briana Chapman Aimee Chau Annie Chen Eden Cheng Isabelle Choi Karen Chung Laura Cincotta
Jacqueline Ciofani Amelie Coman Tiarna Cominos Sofia Costa
Maria Antonia Costantino Eliza Crossley Amala Cuganesan
Olivia Debs Sarah Dejanovic Katerina Delis Cienna Dent Emma Dickson Daphne Doumanis Beatrice Drake Katherine Du Lilly Dummett Emily Eker Mouna El-Ahmad Eliana Farr Elizabeth Farrow Maya Felice Caitlin Field Maddison Fisher Ella Fletcher Sienna Fresta Bella Gall Rhea Gandhi Anastasia Giannakakos Darani Gilchrist
Madison Gollan Meghana Gopalan Jivi Govender
Ruby Guminski Ariana Haghighi
Zoe Hannam Kendall Harris Ellena Hartzenberg Sarah Healey Ava Heine Taylor Hosking Emily Hunt Nicole Hussein Lauren Huynh Ruby Ince Mahum Jahan Jade Jameson Grace John Elke Johns Emma Juffermans Charlie Kairaitis Ziya Kalra Jaimie Kappas Jessica Karabesinis Olivia Keeble Otero Morgan Kelaher Tayla Kerpiniotis Sara Kie Jessica Kim Annaliese Konidaris Patria Koutsogiannis Imogen Kuah Desiray La Anika Lammers Vivian Law MinhTam Le Isabel Leung Josephine Lewis Elizabeth Linardos Bethany Lo Madison Long Vittoria Loprevite Alexia Lorenzato Philippa Machin Jess MacMaster Simone Maddison Tashjan Managreve Shailpriya Manocha Supriya Manocha Darcy Martin Chloe Mavris Aisling McCreery Holly Miller Paris Mitropoulos Sarah Moller Chiara Moore Samantha Naayen
Layla Nazha Tia Niemann Mia Novati Rahni Ong Prerna Pabathi Mikayla Papadimitriou Olivia Papasavvas Cherie Pepperell Veronica Phan Grace Potts Charlotte Pullinger Lana Reiter Eloise Riviere Amelie Roediger Kaisha Rollason Hannah Ross Maeve Ryan Alyssa Scott Jasmin Selim Anica Shen Cailey Smith Lily Smith Charlie Sodbinov Liv Sodbinov Jessica Song Shannon Song Lucy Squier Alex (Alexandra) Stackpool Mia Stavropoulos Hazel Sung Emma Suster Samar Taleb Eugenie Tan Isabelle Tang Eva Telemachou Josefine Ticic Ella Tomkins Anabelle Truong Ella Tsaousidis Samara Tucker Ayla Varol Bianca Walton Zoe Westbrook Audrey Williams Olivia Winlaw Natalie Wong Ella Woolbank
Eva Wright Megan Xie Angie Xu Joy Xu Vanessa Yakasem
Marie Yan Halle Yang Amy Yarrow Isabella Zhang Joy Zhang Shuyue Zhao Daisy Zheng Layla Ziade
Madeleine Aitken Elle Andreopoulos Rasika Bains
Lucy Baker Anushri Baksi Natalie Bejar Madeline Bide Anna Brew Olivia Cain Tayla Casey Christina Catania Eleni Charalambidis Charis Chiu Jasmine Cho Yijun Cui Sarah Day Jade De Julian Gemma Dessent Christiane Diamantis Georgia Dunn Cassandra Economides Natashja Eyles
Vicky Feng Giorgia Ferrari Caitlin Fitch Chloe Gentle Gabrielle Giannakos Grace Gilmore
Sophie Graham Aleksia Grbic Imogen Greenslade Annika Haller
Alex Harbridge Nehreen Hassan Emily Huynh Tiara Huynh
Anjelica Issa Tessa Iversen Clara Janssen Eva Jessurun
School Roll Continued
Stephanie Kalamvokis Eleni Kaloterakis
Jessica Kuo Alice Ho Yi Lam
Jennifer Lee Bella Leighton
Laura Libro Nicole Lin Annike Lindhout Zoe Lindhout Elizabeth Liu Madeleine Lysaght Rhiannon Macleod Capri Maher Olivia Makhlouf Katerina Malafouris Ellen Margaritis Katrina Marshall Ava McGrigor Claire McLelland Ashley McQueston Diya Mehta Gabriella Melhem Hope Mersal Lilly Mijatovic
Sophie Newby Alyssa Nguyen
Emily Osborne Olivia Otto
Meera Patel Fiona Paterson Christiana Perdis Virginia Peter Lauren Phelps Jessica Pizzinga Abigail Rae Olivia Robb Lily Rodgers Olivia Russell Breanna Scott Zoe Scoufis Charlotte Seales
Lana Selwood Nese Sirikci
Georgia Softsis Natasha Sok Melican Natalie Sorial Tiahna Sortwell
Julia Spiker Jade Su
Laura Sutherland Eliza Swann Matilda Swann Sian Thomas Lydia Todoroska Elizabeth Trung Teagan Truong Tess Tsoi
Lilie Tyler Julia Varvarigos Georgia Ventouris Claire Wang Lyn Wang Rachel Wang Crystal Warner Billie Whittaker Victoria Workman Olivia Wu Bethany Xue Nicola Yarrow Sabrine Yassine Amanda Yu Katie Zheng Phoebe Zhou
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