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Mrs Pauline Johnston, Chair of MLC School Council
Address delivered at 2019 Speech Night. How wonderful to celebrate yet another extraordinary year of achievement by our amazing MLC School girls. 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 globally, never placing limits on what is possible. And even more pride in the role that MLC School girls and Old Girls play in creating the world we all want to live in. In 2019, once again, MLC School girls exemplified this, excelling at the highest level in academia, sport and the arts. Our 2018 International Baccalaureate results were once again amongst the very best in the world, with two girls earning perfect scores and another two only one point behind. In the HSC we had four girls on the AllRounders List for achieving a Band 6 in 10 units of studies and over 60 per cent of our students achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject. In addition, our HSC candidates were selected to perform in ENCORE for Music, Callback for Dance and OnSTAGE for Drama, and selected to exhibit in InTech for Technological and Applied Studies and ARTEXPRESS for Visual Arts. A simply outstanding all-round performance. And we all know MLC School is not all about academia – the participation and achievements of our girls beyond the classroom are critical to developing their confidence and self-esteem as they grow, ensuring that every girl has the opportunity at MLC School to discover and nurture her own particular uniqueness – what it is that makes her special. In 2019 our girls succeeded at the highest level and were selected to represent both the state and the nation in too many sports and musical events to list this evening. Our Junior School Wakakirri item was awarded the Best Social Media Awareness Award (very important in today’s world and I hope their parents now find it easier to prise these girls away from their devices!) and our Senior Wakakirri item was awarded second nationally. In recognition of the impact MLC School girls have in our community, Year 12 student
Vicky Feng was named Burwood Young Citizen of the Year. What an incredible set of achievements. None of this would be possible, of course, without the passion, commitment, expertise and support our amazing MLC School staff provide to our girls every day. We all know that critical to developing happy, confident and successful women are happy, motivated, skilled teachers who are committed to their own ongoing development. At MLC School we are abundantly blessed with the talent and dedication of our entire staff, both teaching and non-teaching. The world in which we live is changing rapidly and the future in which our girls must thrive and take shape will be very different from the world we have known. In this rapidly changing world it is not the content we put into our girls’ heads or the subjects they study that will prepare them to excel and contribute, but the way they learn to think, adapt, engage and act. As I foreshadowed last year, over the course of 2019 the School staff and Council, led by our passionate and talented Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney, have devoted much time to considering how MLC School must adapt to remain at the forefront of girls’ education globally. They have led our community in a process to articulate our strategic vision and plan for the next era that explores what it means to be an MLC School girl, and puts the MLC School girl at the heart of everything we do. We will be sharing more about this with you early in 2020 and I encourage you all to engage with this and understand how school and parents can partner to continue to develop MLC School girls, of whom we are all so proud. Young women who are fearless thinkers with the moral courage and conviction to be agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others. I also mentioned in 2018 that the School Council had been working with the Uniting Church to articulate and implement a new relationship and understanding between the Church and the School, and a new governance framework for MLC School. This enhanced relationship and governance framework must maintain and strengthen the unique essence of MLC School; honouring and protecting the contributions of those who have been before; and ensuring that all
that is special about this place will truly endure for the long generations that will come after us – while continuing to underpin our spirit with the teachings and example of Christ Jesus and the social justice ethos of the Uniting Church. Whilst this has taken a little longer than we had hoped, we have continued to make good progress throughout 2019 and it is critical for the future of the School that we take the time to get this right. 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 again to Lisa and the staff – I know 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 – raising amazing young women really is a partnership between parents and school. Thank you to my fellow Council members for your wisdom and leadership and the many hours you have selflessly given. Thank you to all the volunteers for your generosity and commitment to making MLC School the best place it can possibly be for your daughters. And most importantly, thank you MLC School girls, for simply being awesome and making us so proud every day – your compassion for others, determination, energy and joy of life are infectious and are what really sets MLC School apart as a very special place. To the Year 12 girls leaving us – each and every one of you has had a wonderful gift, the gift of an MLC School education. If you thank your parents for nothing else, please do thank them for that. Our world is crying out for leaders and citizens who have both knowledge and the internal fortitude, integrity and compassion to step up and make a contribution in all aspects of society – be it in politics, business, the arts, sports, or community endeavours. You, girls, are exactly what our world needs. I encourage you all every day to be all that you can be, and with the foundations you have built here you will be incredible – and our world will be a better place for you having walked in it. Mrs Pauline Johnston Chair of MLC School Council 7
Principal Ms Lisa Moloney, Principal
Address delivered at 2019 Speech Night. I would like to begin by thanking our 2019 School Captains for their leadership and hard work. These young women are wonderful ambassadors for MLC School. Along with the rest of the Leadership Team, Captain Jessica Kuo and Vice8
Captains Rachel Wang and Emily Osborne led with determination, care and a sense of fun that inspired and encouraged us all. I wish them and every one of our graduating Year 12 girls all the very best. What an absolute joy it is celebrate yet another exceptional year at MLC School.
One of the most significant undertakings of Council and Executive this year has been the development of our next strategic plan. Using the feedback that the School community provided last year as a starting point we have spent many, many hours discussing what we want for the MLC School girl, what she will need
from us in order to flourish and how we plan to provide those things. However, before we could talk about what we wanted to achieve, we had to agree on what we valued as a School – for it is our values that are the foundation upon which we build everything else. After a number of Executive and Council sessions with a consultant, staff meetings and staff project teams where we discussed and debated, countless coloured post-it notes and pieces of butcher paper later, we agreed on four core values – those things with which every member of our School community is expected to engage and which will be the foundation of our expectations. These four core values are: Ì Courage Ì Compassion Ì Respect Ì Growth Imagine a world where each of us lived every day showing compassion and respect, being courageous and seizing every opportunity for personal, spiritual and intellectual growth! That is what we want for our School.
' ... every day at MLC School I witness moments of joy amongst our staff and students and it is part of what makes MLC School so unique ...' Out of our discussions also came another word, JOY, and I must admit that despite the fact that it is not a value, I fought hard for it to be considered. Now, when I say JOY I am not talking about being happy all the time, for while, of course, we all enjoy the happy times, experiencing and spreading joy is much deeper. The most apt definition that I can find is ‘a state of mind and an
orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.’ And every day at MLC School I witness moments of joy amongst our staff and students and it is part of what makes MLC School so unique and special and that is why I wanted it to be included.
And of course, our Chaplains are committed to helping us to understand the biblical perspective of joy and remind us that the word JOY always brings good news and that good news is always followed by blessing – thank you Rev Ness and Rev Vinnie.
Now, I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that sensing my passion, the staff of course, could not help themselves and for several months, took every opportunity to weave joy into their conversations and interactions with me, and…
Now the sad part of my story is that despite my passionate advocacy for JOY to be included, it isn’t a value and so couldn’t be included as such. It is however, a very important part of who we are and you can certainly expect to hear it mentioned again.
Ì The Sports Department developed and shared an exceptional number of joy memes that they (until this moment) think I don’t know about
I would like to acknowledge the contribution of some very special people who concluded their formal relationship with MLC School in 2019.
Ì In the staff Secret Santa, my first gift was a Christmas ornament that simply says JOY and an MLC School ribbon on it so that I can attach it to my tree
Our very sincere thanks must go to outgoing P&F President Julie Smith who after three years in her current role and three years as Secretary concluded her time with the School and similarly, P&F Treasurer Dr Jenny Iversen also concluded her time with the P&F. Thank you both for your hard work, advocacy for parents, support for the staff and love for the School. I know I am not the only one who will miss working with you.
Ì Then the MLC School Christmas card arrives, hot off the press from the Marketing and Community Relations team and what does the greeting inside say? I quote, ‘Best wishes for the festive season and may 2020 bring you JOY!!’ However, in amongst the silliness and fun was confirmation that indeed our community does value joy, and I think this beautiful message from Rev Viniana Ravetali ties it all together. As part of a thoughtful reflection about joy, Vinnie wrote, ‘To be a daughter of the light, is to be a star that loves, bringing joy to those around you’. MLC School girls – that is what you do. Your passion, energy, intelligence, care for each other and love for our school do indeed bring joy to me and to everyone who works with you. Thank you! Then of course, there is also the joy of learning which is promoted each and every day by our teaching staff through their expertise, hard work and commitment and we honour them for their exceptional contribution.
The end of any School year brings with it the inevitable changes in the teaching staff and while we would all prefer that each and every one of them stayed and taught with us forever, we know that they deserve the new opportunities that they have been offered and wish them all the very best for their futures. Similarly, to those girls who are leaving us, please remember that you will always be an MLC School girl and we wish you well. In the words of Charles Dickens, ‘The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist). We look forward to the time when you come back to visit. Ms Lisa Moloney Principal
And the joy in the relationships that we share as we work and learn alongside each other, and I thank members of the School Council, the School Executive, P&F, Old Girls’ Union and all staff for their contributions to the School and the time and expertise that they share. 9
Head of Senior School The Senior School has been superbly led by the Class of 2019 and, in particular, the Leadership Team. Jessica Kuo and her team of Captains made an immediate impact on the School community as they set about bringing the School closer together and leading by example in areas such as kindness. As we look back on a successful year it was marked by the inaugural Kindness Day, initiated by the School Captains, which included cookies for all staff and students. This theme was continued in a student-driven initiative that saw messages of support and appreciation given out for staff. Term 1 kicked off by welcoming a number of new MLC School girls to the School and sending Year 7 off to Camp at Killalea. They enjoyed three action-packed days that enabled them to discover new friends, be immersed in outdoor activities and set the platform for a productive year ahead. Many of our Houses held their annual Chapel Services, sharing a time of fellowship and ministry with our families and the MLC School Chaplains. Chapel Services are student centred and ably led by House Captains, speakers and musicians. House time continued to be an integral part of the Senior School with our Heads of House creating unique cultures that foster inclusivity and provide opportunities for leadership, charity and broader School celebrations. One of these includes the House Swimming Carnival – an incredible celebration of House spirit displayed by the participation of every girl, examples of House cheers and a wildly colourful show of House-themed outfits. I am constantly inspired by the cocurricular efforts of our girls where they regularly go above and beyond in an attempt to push boundaries and extend themselves. In Term 1 this included playing host to the Round Square Regional Meetings, Harmony Day, the annual Careers Expo, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Trip to Fiji and a European Netball Tour. Term 2 was another action-packed eight weeks that saw the first of our Year 9 girls head off to Broken Hill, a long-held 10
tradition for all girls in Year 9 where they are immersed in the local community and exposed to rural experiences, the Indigenous community and a step into the reality of independence. All members of our community, including staff, students and parents took part in our Cyber Safety day. E-Safety sessions were held for all students throughout the day, enabling them to unpack relevant skills to equip them for the everchanging world of online safety. These sessions were conducted by Yasmin London, the Executive Director of Y-Safe. We were fortunate to work with Yasmin, who is highly experienced in this space, having previously worked with the NSW Police Force.
‘They continue to inspire with the multitude of cocurricular activities they juggle and their relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of School life.’ Other highlights of Term 2 included regular studio concerts for our Music students; Careers Conversations with Old Girls sharing their insights from specific areas of the workforce, the annual Languages Day, and the Drama Production. There’s no denying we are constantly amazed by the talent of our girls as they commit to so many aspects of school life, while maintaining a strong commitment to their academic studies. After a successful launch of MLC Illuminate in 2018, we were treated to an extraordinary celebration in 2019, superbly led by Capri Maher, Art and
Design Captain, who curated a selection of displays and performances utilising the theme of Light. Other initiatives for 2019 included the very first Battle of the Bands, which culminated in an exciting final where we witnessed some rousing performances by budding rock bands. The musical theme continued as a selection of musicians travelled to Port Macquarie to participate in the Big Band Blast, an annual festival. It is fair to say that Term 2 was an exhausting yet rewarding term for all staff and students as we participated in another highly successful Sydney Opera House Concert, continuing MLC School’s amazing tradition. The other highlight was the official opening of the Senior Centre. The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia, and Lady Cosgrove were the guests at the opening ceremony which welcomed students, staff, parents, Old Girls and members of our wider community. Term 3 is always one that gains rapid momentum as our graduating Class of 2019 navigates their final weeks at School. Coupled with regular events such as the Australian Music Day, DART Showcase, Dance Showcase, Snow Sports competitions, House Rowing Challenge and Wear it Purple Day, it’s easy to see that Term 3 is an action-packed time. The Class of 2019 led the way for their final House Athletics Carnival which saw some wonderful efforts from all girls and an energetic display of House spirit. On the final day of term there will always be mixed emotions for girls and this year was no different. Congratulations to all Year 12 students on the way they conducted themselves throughout the final week and celebrated in style at the Valedictory Assembly and Service, and later at their Valedictory Dinner. Term 4 began with Immersion Week and saw all girls engaged in activities set outside the normal teaching environment, taking Year 8 literally to all four corners of Sydney, while other Year groups spent time discovering new worlds and new ideas. Students walked away with a range
Mr Neil Scotney, Head of Senior School
of experiences and moved straight into a new academic year with a renewed sense of vigour. With a new academic year comes the introduction of a brand-new Leadership Team. Under the direction of Amelie Roediger, School Captain for 2020, the team set about building on the platform made by their predecessors. The first thing
they did, as leaders was to create a set of values that they would strive to achieve: Integrity, Strength, Community, Empathy, Passion and Innovation.
continue to inspire with the multitude of co-curricular activities they juggle and their relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of school life.
As the Head of Senior School, I could not be more proud of the way all girls have worked throughout 2019. I commend them on the way they approached their school day and took on so much. They
Mr Neil Scotney Head of Senior School
Head of Junior School At the end of a typical afternoon at MLC Junior School, a young girl jumped into her mother’s car and exclaimed ‘I love school’. Mum replied ‘That is great darling, why you do love school so much?’ The girl said, ‘I love learning new things and I love swimming’. The girl’s mother emailed her class teacher and me, recounting this conversation about school. ‘I just want to thank you for all that you are doing for my daughter’, her mum wrote. ‘I have seen a huge jump in her maturity. It may be because she is getting older, but I really think it is because of the way you encourage her to be fearless. It is the way you encourage and challenge her in swimming, for the challenges in Maths (she loved last night’s multiplication homework), for the challenging books she is encouraged to read and also for developing in her a love of creative writing. I really can’t thank you enough. Her school life enriches our home life’. This is a typical day in the life of our Junior School. Embracing change is part of the fabric of who we are as a school. Woven into our being is a desire to be at the forefront of girls’ education, empowering them with the skills and attributes for the future – to be resilient young women who are confident to challenge the norms, step outside their comfort zone and contribute to a better society. We have an imperative to prepare your daughter for a future that is filled with rapid change and uncertainty. You may have heard me say, it takes a village to raise a child. As I walk through our Junior School each day, I am reminded of the many different members that make up our village. I would like to acknowledge and thank my Senior Executive colleagues. It is a newly formed, dedicated and committed team that leads MLC School today. It may not be visible, yet behind the scenes each member has in some way or another supported the Junior School. Our Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney, is no stranger to the Junior School community. Her presence and support of PreKindergarten to Year 6 is strong and appreciated. We are indeed fortunate to have a leader who knows and understands the significance and critical 12
importance of early years and primary education, setting the foundation for a secondary education and beyond. Our thanks to Ms Moloney for your unwavering support, for your leadership, and commitment to the entire Junior School community. A sense of belonging and self-worth are two important factors that contribute to our girls love of their school. There is growing research and evidence to support the importance of wellbeing and the positive impact that student welfare has on academic performance. This sense of wellbeing is often described as the ‘oil’ that leads to a student’s engagement at school. We are highly committed to each girl’s pastoral care needs, that is evidenced by the creation of a senior position in the Junior School to pastoral care commencing in 2020. Our URSTONG program has made, and will continue to make, a significant impact across the Junior School. While we only integrated URSTRONG into our Pastoral Care programs in 2018, MLC School was invited to share with other schools, the work we are doing in this area. Pastoral care cannot be separated – it sits alongside our rigorous academic and co-curricular programs in the Junior School. As educators of the whole MLC School girl, we acknowledge that girls have varying needs both academically, socially and emotionally. This year we have developed and implemented our Friendship Club. Another new initiative supporting the girls' emotional wellbeing which is so intertwined with their readiness for learning. To support our URSTRONG program, our Junior School girls, being true to the MLC School ethos, put forth a proposal via the Junior School Student Council (JSSC). I am becoming accustomed to, and quietly proud of how, our girls respectfully, challenge where they see a need or injustice. It is something I have come to love about this place and says a lot about the strength of character of the young women we have here before us. When constructing the beautiful Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten playground last year, the old storage
shed was removed. The JSSC challenged me that the shed did not have to go to landfill and could be repurposed as a friendship cottage to support their URSTRONG program during playtimes. I requested that the JSSC put forth a proposal. Consequently, we now have a colourful friendship cottage where our lunchtime guardian angels are situated supporting girls and problem solving their minor friendship fires. MLC Junior School is certainly known for our community events and 2019 did not disappoint. Our year began with a surprise event. Our littlest people, the Pre-Kindergarten girls celebrated the Lunar New Year, creating their own dragon and visiting each grade performing their dragon dance to the delight of the older girls. For the very first time, International Night took place during Term 1 to coincide with Harmony Day. More importantly it provided an opportunity for the entire Junior School community to come together early in the year and for new families to connect with our continuing families. At the conclusion of the evening a parent spoke to one of our teachers saying how proud she is of being part of such a strong and united community. Other highlights of the year included the disco ball shimmering at our motherdaughter social around Mother’s Day, and the Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge around Fathers’ Day. This year’s theme was Space, marking the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. As Book Week approached, it was the teachers turn to dress up along with the Pre-Kindergarten to Year 5 girls. This years’ theme Reading is our secret power had many of the staff in superhero capes and the girls loved parading in costume as their favourite book character. What a special day it was when much loved members of our village, our grandparents, visited the Junior School. It was the inaugural Junior School Grandparents' Day and it was a day full of joy. I do not know who was more excited, the girls or their visitors.
‘You may have heard me say, it takes a village to raise a child. As I walk through our Junior School each day, I am reminded of the many different members that make up our village.‘
Mr Daniel Sandral, Head of Junior School
Since joining the MLC School village what impresses me is how focused and committed the School is in providing a curriculum that educates the whole MLC School girl. Our teaching of academia is first class, and we see the benefits of this today, with one student in the Junior School awarded a University of NSW ICAS Science medal. This is a significant achievement. Many rewards of the education our girls receive are yet to come, as early years and primary education lay the foundation for lifelong learning. It is the combination of strong teaching of core subjects, combined with the many other facets of MLC School life, that enables the MLC School girl to become a fearless thinking, courageous and compassionate individual who leaves us with a strong moral compass, and who is well equipped for what lies ahead. In all the many things that we do in the Junior School, we strive for our personal best. We do receive many accolades, but I impress on the girls in our care that knowing that they have given their best, and being kind and caring, far outweighs any trophy, badge or certificate.
was an exceptional music educator with a passion for choral performances. During her five years at MLC School, Mrs McClure had directed many musicals and choirs, and enriched our music and instrumental programs. She will be greatly missed. To all my colleagues, your dedication to bringing about the best educational environment for our girls and support for their families is noted, valued and appreciated. Your commitment to our School’s mission is what makes us the exemplarily school that we are today. Thank you for all you have given. We are privileged to have educators and professionals of your calibre as committed members of our village.
2019 was certainly a year of personal bests across the Junior School – success in Dance competitions, Speech and Drama examinations, STEAM, Sport and Music.
A message for our MLC Junior School girls – our village exists solely for you. We are all immensely proud of you. Keep striving to do your best, for yourself, for others, for our world. Year 5, as you venture across Park Road to our Year 6 Centre, you take with you the love of learning and zest for life that we all share. Take advantage of the unique opportunity here at MLC School, as your final year of primary education is designed for and structured to give you the very best head start for Year 7 when you commence Senior School.
As the year concluded, we farewelled our much-loved Coordinator of Junior School Music, Mrs Annette McClure. Mrs McClure
To our parents and carers, thank you for your supportive partnership in the education of these young women.
It does indeed take a village to raise a child, and our village is indeed a special one, due to the strong, collaborative partnership we share. There is one special member of our village to thank and acknowledge. MLC Junior School is not going to be the same without Mr Douglas Finlay. Mr Finlay has devoted his life to the education of young people. On behalf of our MLC School community, past and present, we cannot thank him enough for the dedication he has given throughout the past 24 years to every MLC Junior School girl. On behalf of the education profession, I also thank Mr Finlay for all you have done during your 49 years of service. I know that retirement was being considered when it was announced that I would be joining MLC School, yet Doug stayed two more years. Thank you Doug for that privilege of working alongside you. Thank you for your generosity of time, your wisdom, dedication and loyalty. We will all miss you. As you leave, do so with your head held high, as you have made the Daughters of the Light star shine, so, so brightly. God bless you Mr Douglas Finlay. Mr Daniel Sandral Head of Junior School
School Captain Wow! That is the first word I think of when trying to summarise 2019 for MLC School. Not only has it been filled with a multitude of new adventures, insightful learning experiences, all-round achievements, lifelong friendships, and special memories, but it has also flown by. I guess time flies when you are having fun. An exciting highlight of 2019 was the grand opening of our new Senior Centre. It was an honour to have the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove mark this momentous occasion, as well as celebrate MLC School’s continuous sense of innovation, development and growth. The 2019 Leadership Team is extremely proud to have organised countless events that we have supported so strongly. One of the first events included supporting the White Ribbon Day panel hosted by Burwood Council, which we complemented with a White Ribbon Day banner at school. This signified our support for fighting violence against women by encouraging others to stand up and speak out. Other initiatives included rekindling our connections with both the Junior School and our brother school, Newington College. It was wonderful to see all those bright young faces from the Junior School while assisting with their Junior School Student Council (JSSC) Citizen of the Term assemblies and celebrating their wonderful achievements. The Leadership Team and I have also enjoyed hosting our own MLC School Prefect afternoon teas, establishing connections with leaders from other schools, as well as co-hosting our brother school Newington College’s afternoon tea. We also built and sustained this connection with Newington College while fundraising for the Red Shield Appeal. On Tuesday 18 June 2019, we introduced Random Acts of Kindness Day, celebrating this day by surprising girls with a cookie at lunchtime. Although it was only a simple cookie, it had the potential to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day that extra little bit special. In saying this, it does not mean that giving someone a cookie can solve all problems, 14
Jessica Kuo, School Captain
it is a reminder of how the little things in life can make such a huge difference. By planting small seeds of kindness and not accepting anything in return, compassion and selflessness, traits that can be often overlooked, can flourish.
‘ “Dare to be more”, and to “be an agent of change” are not clichés or mottos, they are deep declarations of strength and unity that sets MLC School apart.’ Reflecting on my MLC School journey of 13 years, it has been full of the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and of course, filled with unforgettable memories and experiences. One could describe it as a crazy rollercoaster. That is a good thing, because I like rollercoasters! One of my fondest memories is walking into the Kindergarten cottage on my first day of school and witnessing MLC School’s warm and welcoming spirit. This liveliness is something that I still feel walking into school each morning.
What I admire about MLC School is that it encourages you to be the best person you can be, to ‘dare to be more’, and to ‘be an agent of change’. These words are not clichés or mottos, they are deep declarations of strength and unity that sets MLC School apart. The School’s sense of positivity, community, and courageousness is something that always resonates with me. I can honestly say that I would not be the woman I am today without all the wonderful opportunities and support the School has offered, and of course, all the incredible girls and staff who make MLC School the amazing school it is. Lastly, I cannot go without saying that I am fortunate to have worked alongside such a marvellous Leadership Team. Each member of the team has my deepest respect, and each of them has led the School in their respected areas with such excellence and poise. There is no doubt in my mind that the next School leaders will also continue to embody the MLC School spirit and lead the School wonderfully well. MLC School, it has truly been an honour and a privilege serving the School as your School Captain for 2019. I am looking forward to hearing about and supporting all the amazing things the School will continue to do. I am proud to be an MLC School girl, and always will be. Jessica Kuo School Captain
School Vice-Captains If life is a journey, then graduation is undoubtedly one of its crossroads. With a bittersweet yet grateful heart, we find ourselves looking at the road behind and reflecting on the path we have taken to get here.
‘Not only are they an incredibly talented group of young women, but their energy, humour, and support of each other is what makes Middle Years the welcoming and vivacious community it is.’
Rachel Wang, School Vice-Captain (Year 6 to Year 9) Emily Osborne, School Vice-Captain (Year 10 to Year 12)
insightful advice on topics ranging from sleep to mental health, the team’s creativity and passion have been so inspiring to both Middle Years and myself. Through interacting with girls from Year 6 to Year 9, I believe that the future of MLC School truly looks promising. Not only are they an incredibly talented group of young women, but their energy, humour, and support of each other is what makes Middle Years the welcoming and vivacious community it is. Rachel Wang School Vice-Captain (Year 6 to Year 9)
This captaincy experience has been its own extraordinary journey. The year has been marked by many moments of recognition, celebration and action. Alongside the Leadership Team, we orchestrated MLC School’s White Ribbon Day, raising vital awareness about domestic abuse. We also represented MLC School at Burwood Council’s Anzac Day and Sandakan Memorial Services, where we reinforced MLC School’s strong link with our Burwood community. As Middle Years Vice-Captain, the liveliness of Middle Years has made my role such a memorable experience. Their enthusiasm is readily shown at Middle Years assemblies, which were aimed at helping the girls recharge amidst jam-packed weeks. Highlights included a student versus teacher Family Feud and an Egg Roulette challenge, met with ‘oohs and ahhs’ as raw eggs hit the heads of brave captains and teachers. Such action-filled assemblies would not have been possible without the Middle Years Leadership Team. From working together to raise awareness on World Environment Day, to offering
As Senior Years Vice-Captain, the strong sense of support and community among Senior Years has made leading them this year an absolute joy. Our Senior Years assemblies have been filled with laughter and fun, from decorating human Christmas trees for Christmas in July to sharing goal-setting advice. Yet, we have also tackled challenging topics head-on. This approach was epitomised in our creation of an MLC School You Can’t Ask That, where 13 Senior Years girls spoke out bravely and candidly on the topic of mental health, inspiring profound discussion and reflection amongst girls and staff alike. The respect, openmindedness, and humour the Senior Years girls brought to school every day is a testament to their strength and passion. I have cherished every minute as the proud leader of our Senior Years family. With these exceptional young women at the helm, the future of the world is no doubt bright as well.
As our journey as Vice-Captains and MLC School students conclude, we see in hindsight that despite the wistful ‘lasts’ and looming exams, high school is a journey, not a destination – there are no mistakes, just chances we have taken. Despite the challenges, from losing every volleyball game to tripping down the Palm Court stairs more times than we can count, we will always treasure the laughter shared, the friendships made and the resilience gained. Our parting advice is to take the scenic route on this journey of high school. When you participate in as many things as possible, you will experience in full the beauty, truth, and kindness this School embodies.
‘The respect, openmindedness, and humour the Senior Years girls brought to school every day is a testament to their strength and passion.’ It was our privilege to serve as ViceCaptains of 2019. Best of luck to all girls and may you continue to shine your light as you journey through life. Emily Osborne School Vice-Captain (Year 10 to Year 12)
Student Representative Council Captain Vicky Feng, SRC Captain
2019 has certainly been an eventful year for the Student Representative Council (SRC) at MLC School. The beginning of the year saw the restructuring of SRC from a student group to an elected committee, composed of three girls from each year from Year 6 to Year 11. These girls were elected by their peers to represent the opinions of their Year group. Our newly-elected committee proposed concerns and suggestions regarding various issues in the School community, reflecting the unique views of different Year groups. Topics the Committee discussed included recommendations for the Senior Centre, designs for School infrastructure (water fountains) and improvements for the School uniform.
In Term 2, the SRC introduced Teacher Appreciation Week – a week of recognising and giving thanks for the hard work of our teachers and the pivotal role they play in our education. The focus of the week was on the writing of kindness notes, messages of gratitude written by students to staff, which were delivered by the SRC to the individual teachers. Throughout the week, staff and students also participated in other activities such as daily ‘guess who’ quizzes featuring mystery staff members, a trivia competition, and an intense staff versus student dodgeball championship. The week concluded with the presentation of special teacher prizes to 10 staff members who were nominated by the School community.
Additionally, the SRC facilitated a number of initiatives over the year. One of these projects was the They’re Calling On You phone drive, where students were encouraged to donate old mobile phones or chargers to be recycled. The project seeks to reduce the mining of minerals required in electronic devices, which has caused a widespread destruction of mountain gorilla habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Recycled devices have been sent to Taronga Zoo, where they will be sold and the materials reused.
I would like to thank all the girls and staff for responding enthusiastically to our initiatives this year, without whom our projects would not be a success. I am especially grateful to Ms Lisa Moloney, Mrs Frances Booth, Mr Neil Scotney, and the Heads of Year, for generously giving their time and being so supportive of our ideas. There is no doubt that what the SRC does would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of each and
every member in our Committee. Thank you to our representatives for sacrificing their Wednesday lunchtimes, making our meetings so enjoyable and being such diligent representatives of their Year groups. Finally, I would like to thank Mr Christopher Eddleston, our wonderful SRC mentor, for his wisdom, guidance and constant support.
‘There is no doubt that what the SRC does would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of each and every member in our committee.’ It has truly been a pleasure to be your 2019 SRC Captain. I have no doubt that the SRC will continue to flourish under the leadership of our incoming SRC Captain, Charlie Kairaitis, and I wish her the best of luck into 2020. Thank you for a wonderful year. Vicky Feng SRC Captain
Middle Years Leadership Team ‘Team’ seems like a simple word. Most of the girls at MLC School will graduate having been a part of a team, whether it be through Sport, Music or group projects. Instead of referring to ourselves as the Middle Years Leaders, we probably called ourselves the Middle Years team more often than not. In that, our team extended beyond the 10 of us who had been elected into the Middle Years Leader position in late 2018. Our team was made up of the entirety of the Middle Years and we wanted to focus on bringing everyone together to talk and share a few laughs. Every Friday lunchtime we would meet and share ideas on what to do at the fortnightly assembly. These meetings were where we built a sense of what our team looked like, and how we worked together. Rachel Wang, our Year 12 Middle Years Captain, played a big role in helping us find our bearings those first few weeks of planning and learning how to become part of the team. Rachel continued to show her support throughout the year and worked tirelessly to encourage us. We all worked together collaboratively, and everyone pitched in to help out, whether it be editing videos, writing tips or organising slideshows. Members of the team were always willing to give up their spare time to make sure the Middle Years were happy!
The overall theme we looked at this year was mental health and wellbeing. Year 6 to Year 9 is a time of change for many girls, so we wanted to focus on making the girls feel supported and make sure that they were working through the term without too much stress. In our assemblies, we usually had a tip of the week or segment regarding mental health and wellbeing, whether it be on sleep, how to reduce stress or managing social media. We also wanted to make these assemblies a time for the girls to feel that they were able to relax a bit and take some time to enjoy themselves, so we played an abundance of games. We highlighted topics that were important to the girls, such as taking care of the environment. We made a parody of Under the Sea on protecting the environment, which was a fun way of spreading the message. Knowing the importance of ensuring that the Middle Years were enjoying our time together, we sent out several surveys asking for feedback, so that we were able to improve the quality of our assemblies, and allow the girls to have a say in what we did. Teamwork is all about growth! A big thank you is due to Ms Penelope Hewett who guided us throughout the year, and who was so open to all of our crazy ideas! We hope that the future Middle Years teams are able to enjoy
themselves as much as we did. We have loved being a part of the team – thank you endlessly for all of your passion, enthusiasm and laughter. Natalie Cavallaro, Madison Clemens, Trinity Elghitany, Jacqueline Flett, Ashmini Ganesh, Anna Gough, Zoe Johnson, Tina Papamanuel and Ruby Smith Middle Years Leadership Team
‘Our team was made up of the entirety of the Middle Years and we wanted to focus on bringing everyone together to talk and share a few laughs.’
Junior School Captain do best. Each of you sacrificed time to share specialised talents to optimise our learning, growth and development. You showed us kindness and compassion.
Kathleen Chrun, Junior School Captain
MLC School has been my home for the past seven years. This Junior School has given me seven incredible years of memories to cherish. I am proud to be a part of this family where it has taught and given me so many opportunities to learn, do my personal best and to give back to the community. A place where anything is possible and everything is within reach, where all you need is to dream. Before I begin, there are a number of people I need to thank. Emma Sullivan and Haegan Sitou, the peanut butter and jelly to my sandwich, have been at my side this whole year. I was a crying mess when I was surprisingly announced as 2019 Junior School Captain. Girls, you have made me strong and allowed me to see the qualities hidden inside when in time of doubt. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work and experience this leadership year so closely with you both. I look forward to moving on and watching you both grow and allowing our friendship to flourish. Our House Captains this year led our cheers, dressed brightly in their House colours like rays of the rainbow. Each one worked so hard for their House to connect within the community through their chosen charity, showing great dedication and commitment. Ms Lisa Moloney, Mr Daniel Sandral, teachers and supporting staff, you are our inspiring leaders. Daring to make significant changes and to light our path for our promising future is what you all 18
Mr Douglas Finlay, our outstanding MLC School Deputy Head of Junior School, you are truly irreplaceable and your 24 years of service here will be forever remembered. We wish you well on your retirement and know that you have affected so many lives. There’s no word to describe how you have contributed to my personal journey. You’ve managed to somehow make my learning fun and increased my passion for Mathematics. You gave us little tricks to remember formulas, like the story of Sir-Cumference and Lady-Diameter when learning about circles and their properties. You are my guardian angel here at the Junior School and you have mentored me to be the person I am today. Thank you for seeing my potential and guiding me to walk as a daughter of the light. It’s an honour and a privilege to be your final Junior School Captain and I hope I’ve made you proud.
‘A place where anything is possible and everything is within reach, where all you need is to dream.’ Our parents are our most devoted fans and have been right here with us from day one. They’ve allowed us to make our own mistakes, to fall flat on our faces and they catch every tear. At every failed attempt, they watched over us as we became better decision makers. Mum and Dad, thank you for allowing me to be me. To let me walk my own path and make my own decisions. You let me fall, and with your support and encouragement, I’ve learnt to gracefully pick myself up. You’ve taught me that every failure is an opportunity to learn as success shall follow.
Now, let me take a journey back to our first day when the Vice-Captains and I welcomed and challenged each one of us to participate in our co-curricular activities, sports or clubs. I hope you have embraced and dug your fingers into them with a passion like I have. While I continued with all of my sports and activities which I had carried on from previous years, I can proudly say I have added a few to my own list, such as Waterpolo, IPSHA Athletics, Debating Gala Day and da Vinci Decathlon. I encourage you all to continue to taste test as many as your taste buds desire. ‘We are pilgrims on a journey. We are travellers on the road. We are here to help each other. Walk the mile and bear the load,’ is a verse in the hymn The Servant Song. This verse caught my eye when I wrote my speech when going for School Captain. A verse where I see our Junior School girls going on a journey, sharing one path, helping one another when in need, and together, we shall go the distance as we bear the load. Year 5, it’s been a rollercoaster joyride these past seven years. We leave our beloved Junior School, bold, brave and fearless. Together we strive forward and face all challenges head on together. Remember, none of us is ever alone, there will always be a helping hand. I hope to create new memories and make our marks as we move into Year 6, preparing for Senior School. Thank you Junior School for your support and kindness. It has been an honour to be your Captain, and I’ve embraced each day as I stand amongst you, witnessing your courage and dedication. I hope the 2019 Leadership Team has served, motivated and inspired you as you take the lead and create your own journey. Thank you for being a part of mine. Kathleen Chrun Junior School Captain
Junior School Vice-Captains Being given the responsibility of student leadership of the Junior School this year has been an enormous honour. I think we can all agree that 2019 has been a busy year, which has offered many challenges and opportunities. This year has certainly showcased MLC Junior School’s capacity to experience cultural and sporting feats that have definitely made the year enjoyable and rewarding. Like the Churunga song Reach for the Stars, we want you all to keep reaching for the stars. MLC School girls are always daring to be more and we hope that you keep reaching and you keep on daring to be more. We would like to say a big thank you for electing us as your Junior School ViceCaptains. We would like to acknowledge and say a huge thank you to our great School Captain Kathleen Chrun. Without Kathleen we would not be the people we are today. None of this would be here without Kathleen. Kathleen has been a great School Captain for 2019, and the greatest friend. Every moment she has been with us she has been there to support us and be a great friend. Mr Douglas Finlay has devoted 24 years of his professional life to the MLC Junior School. That is an outstanding effort and one which Mr Finlay has done wholeheartedly. His leadership and advice has been treasured by all, and his obvious love for MLC School will never be extinguished. Mr Finlay’s support and encouragement has certainly had a positive ripple effect on everyone he encounters; students, staff and parents. So thank you very much Mr Finlay. Thank you for all you’ve done to make our school an awesome place. You have modelled what it means to ‘Walk in the light’. Who else has been leading us in the right direction this year and has shown fabulous leadership too? That’s right – it is Mr Daniel Sandral. The experience on the red carpet with you every Monday morning has been very enjoyable – you lead this school so well. You are like the captain of the ship called MLC Junior School.
Emma Sullivan and Haegan Sitou, Junior School Vice-Captains
We also can’t forget our amazing House Captains who have been there through the whole year to support us. They were at every Captain’s meeting, at every House carnival cheering their girls on, and at every clean up urging us to have the cleanest spaces. Thank you Isabella Correia, Anna Obaid, Tessa Britton, Tilly Ackland, Elysse Diep, Mia Tynan, Emily Bitar, Ava Roins, Evelyn Kerr, Isabella Townsend, Gauri Nathan and Markella Krekacs.
‘This year has certainly showcased MLC Junior School’s capacity to experience cultural and sporting feats that have definitely made the year enjoyable and rewarding.’
This has been a productive year and your hard work and long hours have been noticed. We will never forget our experience in Ballarat. Of course, these teachers have been well supported by all the office and support staff that keep us well organised and on track. You have all contributed to our learning and for this we are extremely grateful. We are forgetting someone. Well actually we are forgetting a whole heap of people. Can you guess who we’re talking about? It’s you girls. This school would never qualify to be a school if you weren’t here. You were on the journey with us. You were amazing and supportive of us and of everyone this year. You, all of you, have shown your true colours this year and we appreciate all of your support and leadership. Especially the Year 4 girls who have stepped up to the challenge called leadership. Together we have grown and shared so many fun times in the MLC Junior School and it is so sad to say goodbye, but I’m sorry Junior School, we have to say, au revoir, sayōnara, zàijiàn, selamat tinggal. Year 6 get ready, here we come. Haegan Sitou and Emma Sullivan Junior School Vice-Captains
We would also like to give a special thank you to our amazing Year 5 teachers Mrs Patricia Duke, Ms Courtney Dougherty, Mr Clayton Howard and Mr Timothy Hall. They have been amazingly kind, crazy supportive, encouraging and of course, incredible teachers with such energy! 19
Junior School Student Council
FRONT ROW Angelyn Xiang, Jenny Lin, Ellie Li, Amelia Kroehnert, Liesl Wong, Vita Gohil, Hayley Dinh, Ethelia Cassar SECOND ROW Mr D Finlay, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Umaiza Mahfuz, Luella Farah, Alyssa Corbett, Emma Sugianto, Carina Chu, India Mace, Ms C Dougherty THIRD ROW Evelyn Gogos, Jemima Zoud, Ashley Denton, Angelique Houltham, Isabel Garner, Yolanda Dolenac
The Junior School Student Council (JSSC) had another very successful and productive year in 2019. The JSSC is made up of students from Year 2 to Year 5. Weekly meetings are held each Thursday at recess where the elected students, Mr Douglas Finlay and Ms Courtney Dougherty enjoyed discussing many issues and suggestions that were brought to our attention. Our aim is to make sure that the voices of all the students in the Junior School are heard. In our JSSC meetings this year the students discussed our playground and how to make it a better place. Mr Daniel Sandral visited and we discussed potential designs and what sort of equipment we wanted to be included. We are looking forward to seeing the end result. We also collected and counted the Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers, which we were able to use to purchase sports equipment for the playground. The main event and responsibility of the JSSC is organising the much anticipated and loved Stay and Play afternoon. This year’s Stay and Play did not disappoint. The afternoon was filled with delicious food stalls and fun carnival games. 20
The JSSC girls said, ‘It was lots of fun to run all the stores and serve lots of customers’. Another big responsibility of the JSSC is selecting the Citizen of the Term. Each term all the classes in the Junior School nominate one girl who they agree is an outstanding citizen. The nominees then go to a JSSC meeting where they are asked questions about citizenship as well as how they display citizenship qualities. Afterwards, the JSSC all vote and Mr Finlay counts the votes. A special assembly is then held to announce the winners. This year’s winners were: Term 1: Early Years: Elana Chrun (Kindergarten) Junior School: Chloe Lu (Year 3) and Kushla McCaul (Year 5)
The JSSC members of 2019 would love to stay as the JSSC but they also want to welcome and wish all the best to the new JSSC members for 2020. They hope that you all have just as much fun as they did.
‘Our aim is to make sure that the voices of all the students in the Junior School are heard.’
The JSSC, would also like to thank all the teachers, parents and students who helped make the 2019 JSSC a blast. Thank you.
Early Years: Zoe Zlamal (Year 1) Junior School: Charlotte Latham (Year 4)
Ms Courtney Dougherty Teacher
Term 3: Early Years: Sophia Correia (Year 1) Junior School: Grace Kuman (Year 4)
Spiritual Life 2019 has been a challenging but encouraging year for Chaplaincy. In response to the result of the 2018 survey on Religion and Religious Education, intentional work of collaboration with stakeholders of the School has begun. As a Uniting Church school, MLC School has a responsibility to promote the ethos and values of the Church and to carry out the activities of the School in a way that embraces the Church’s commitment to diversity; and is in keeping with the Church’s values of: Ì Hope Ì Justice Ì Mercy Ì Respect Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke and Rev Viniana Ravetali
Ì Integrity Ì Innovation Ì Service As Chaplains we work closely with the School community, upholding these values in weekly Chapel Services, Devotional Assemblies and religious education, taking an active role in teaching, especially in the Junior School. From Kindergarten to Year 12, Worship was theme-based. Special themes included What does it mean to be Agents of Change? and What does it mean to be a Star? Also included in Worship are the Lectionary readings, in recognition of the important seasons of the liturgical year. The weekly liturgy and order of service (prayers, songs, Bible readings and reflection) is tailored to suit the theme. Significant liturgical events such as Ash Wednesday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Pentecost, Advent and Christmas are shared in student and family gatherings. The House Chapel Sunday Services, bringing families together, are studentled with the themes and charity chosen by the girls. It is during these House Services that students take ownership of creatively putting the liturgy together and leading worship, with some assistance of the Chaplains.
Pastoral care continues to be a major part of the role, as we meet the spiritual needs of staff and students during their special times of need. It is an intentional dialogue of exploring spirituality to help deal with life’s challenges, assisting young people to develop their full potential, and pursue knowledge, with the practice of empathy and understanding, seeking to discover the answers to their spiritual needs. Rev Vinnie joined with our Year 9 girls in their service trips during the year where girls prepared and served meals at different shelters for the homeless and disadvantaged. This is part of the Service Program aiming to raise awareness about disparity in Australia and the world, and how to respond accordingly as volunteers in the community. She also attended the Year 12 Leadership retreat, supporting our most senior Year group whilst at camp. These are life transforming experiences for our girls. Our lunchtime programs, JIST (Jesus in School Time), Colour Chill and Chat for Senior School and JAM (Jesus and Me) for Junior School continue to grow. These are shared times for exploring faith by storytelling, games, Biblical quiz, songs and prayer.
The Chaplains also serve the School community through Christian rites, and in 2019 there were four baptisms and three funerals in the School community. Other special services included: Start and End of Year Staff Services; Valedictory Service for Year 12; Prefect Service; and end of term Communion Services for staff, students, parents and Old Girls. We also held a Sapphire Chapel Service for the first time on the 15 October 2019. More than 60 Old Girls attended this service. We are thankful for the assistance of Mrs Lynne Bondar as Chaplaincy Assistant. Her teaching skills and maturity in faith has contributed a lot to supporting our role as Chaplains. School Ministry is unique, 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 Chaplains
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FRONT ROW Clara Janssen, Diya Mehta, Emily Osborne, Jessica Kuo, Rachel Wang, Olivia Wu, Cassandra Economides SECOND ROW Ms L Moloney (Principal), Vicky Feng, Laura Sutherland, Capri Maher, Mrs F Booth (Deputy Principal), Mr N Scotney (Head of Senior School)
FRONT ROW Lydia Todoroska, Charlotte Seales, Afamia Moussa, Grace Karras, Gabrielle Giannakos, Ava McGrigor, Sarah Monaha, Natashja Eyles, Katie Papachatgis, Tess Tsoi SECOND ROW Ms L Moloney (Principal), Desiree Miller, Crystal Warner, Jessica Pizzinga, Emily Millar, Chloe Gentle, Anushri Baksi, Georgia Dunn, Laura Libro, Georgia Ventouris, Elle Andreopoulos, Mr N Scotney (Head of Senior School)
S AR AM YE TE E IP DL H ID RS M DE A LE FRONT ROW Madison Clemens, Ashmini Ganesh, Ruby Smith, Anna Gough, Natalie Cavallaro, Tina Papamanuel SECOND ROW Ms L Moloney (Principal), Jacqueline Flett, Zoe Johnson, Trinity Elghitany, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Mr N Scotney (Head of Senior School)
T IVE EN AT C) UD NT SR ST ESE IL ( PR NC RE OU C FRONT ROW Marah Tryphon, Jasmine Stavros, Julia Gough, Vicky Feng, Mikaela Nguyen, Olivia Clowes, Vivian Qin, Madhavi Chauhan SECOND ROW Mr C Eddleston, Anna Xu, Cynthia Hu, Diane Wang, Katrina Marshall, Olivia Wu, Isabella Chapman THIRD ROW Rachel Wang, Olivia Winlaw, Aleksia Grbic, Natalia Grbic, Kate Baker, Katie Zheng
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FRONT ROW Elysse Diep, Emily Bitar, Isabella Townsend, Haegan Sitou, Kathleen Chrun, Emma Sullivan, Isabella Correia, Ava Roins, Tilly Ackland SECOND ROW Mr D Finlay, Gauri Nathan, Evelyn Kerr, Tessa Britton, Markella Krekacs, Anna Obaid, Mia Tynan
Staff List PRINCIPAL Lisa Moloney BEd, MEd Leadership, GDip Music Ed MACE, MACEL, AHISA DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Frances Booth BA(Hons), PGCE, ARI, MACEL HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL Neil Scotney BPhysEd, BEd (PDHPE) HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL Daniel Sandral BEd, Dip Teach, MEd, GradDip TESOL HEAD OF LEARNING AND TEACHING Linda Emms BEd Design & Technology, MACE HEAD OF FINANCE, SYSTEMS AND ADMINISTRATION Ross Kirby BBus Studies, Dip Acct, Cert GIA, ASA, JP HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES Louise Strachan BEd(Hons), MBA (HRM) HEAD OF MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS Michele Dunn BJuris Law EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL Tracy Neale EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEPUTY PRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL Alexandra Norton EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD OF FINANCE SYSTEMS AND ADMINISTRATION Andrea Prevost ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE Ross Kirby BBus Studies, Dip Acct, Cert GIA, ASA, JP – Head of Finance Systems and Administration Wendy Allen Cert III Teacher’s Special Aide, DipEd Support Carla Comitogianni Brett Grey BCom, CPA Easso Mathews BCom Trinh Nguyen Andrea Prevost Navoda Wellege CPA, ACMA, CGMA AQUATIC CENTRE Stephen Buchberger – Aquatic Centre Manager Jason Nicholas BDes – Aquatic Centre Manager Rochelle Dagher Jessica Gilmour BAPsych, DipCommWel Bobby (Borislav) Karadjov Timothy Kelly Nathan Kirby Alex Vieira BSc(Hons), MTeach (Primary), Cert Ed, FdA, PTLLS, Cert SLPS (Open) Ashley Wierzbicki BBus&Com CAREERS Loretta Toole DipT, DipRelEd, GDipCarEd, DipCoun, MBTI Accred – Head of Careers and Academic Advising Jo Cilia BA, DipEd, GCert Careers, MBTI Catherine Roach RN, (CertIV G CarDev) CHAPLAINCY Lynne Bondar BA, DipEd Rev Viniana Ravetali MTh, BTh, DipAdminMgt Rev Vanessa Williams-Henke BTh, DipDramArt 28
CO-CURRICULAR Blake Fatouros BHlthSc (PDHPE), BEd (Secondary PDHPE and Dance Ed), Cert III Live Prod Services, Cert IV Workplace Assess – Director of Co-Curricular Programs, Teacher DDE COUNSELLING Susan Rountree BA, DipEd, MA (Psychology) – Head of Department Marion Delprado BA, DipEd, MA (Social Work), GDip Clinical Social Work Cara Milwidsky BPsych (Hons), MEd&DevPsych DANCE, DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT Lisa Jinga BA, DipEd, MA – Head of Department Samantha Abrahim BA, MTeach Bianca Argyrous BA, BEd, Cert IVPA Kate Drady BArts Dance (Hons), MTeach Julian Kennard BCA, MTeach, Cert IV Training and Assessment Bojana Kvrgic BA Simone Salle Bachelor of Circus Arts, MTeach (Dance and Drama) Jenna Skepper BEd, Cert IV Training and Assessment DESIGN, ART AND TECHNOLOGY (DART) Vince Papa BA, BArtEd (Hons) – Head of Centre Design Art and Technology (DART) Sally Marks BA, DipEd, DipFA – Acting Head of Department Design Art and Technology (DART) Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Caitlin White BIArch, BTeach – Assistant Head of Department Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Caitlin Boyd BArtEd, BDes – Acting Assistant Head of Department Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Natalie Adaimy BSc (Hons) Marianne Bohdan B Visual Arts, MDes Film and Television Richard Burgess BEd(Secondary) Industrial Arts Linda Emms BEd Design & Technology, MACE Nicole Gilberd BDes, GCertMktg Kara Laidsaar BEd Robyn Langford DipTeach Bryce Lindstrom BTeach, DipIT Robyn Mackertich BEd Pamela McGowan DipTeach Jake Morrissey DipGD, BFA Kim Spits CertIV in Training and Assessment, Trade Certificate Cooking Renee Willemsen BEd, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert II Kitchen Operations, Cert II Food and Beverage Visual Arts Emma Hogan BA BArtTh /BArtEd – Acting Assistant Head of Department Visual Arts Cigdem Aydemir BDA, MFA, GC (Sculpture, Performance and Installation) Victoria Bradshaw BEd(Hons)(Primary) Ciane Brewster BVA/BEd (Secondary) Emily Cribb B Arts/BTeach Nicole Gilberd BDes, GCertMktg Jane Lancaster BA, DipED(Primary), MArtDesEd Rebekah Lukins BFA, BEd(Secondary) Jake Morrissey DipGD, BFA Liane Simpson JP, Cert III Hosp, Cert Clothing Assembly Dayna Wilding BDes(Hons) E-LEARNING Roshan De Silva BA (Humanities), GDipEd(Secondary) – Director of e-Learning, Teacher HSIE ENGLISH Benjamin Haeusler BEd(Hons) – Head of Department Deborah Moir BA(Hons), MLitt, GradDipEd, COGE – Assistant Head of Department Rachel Alice BA, DipEd
Christine Choi BA, DipEd, TESOL Cert Carmel Cordaro BA(Hons), GDipEd Gemma Goldberger BA, GDipEd Victoria Ingram BA, PGDE, MRes (Psychology) Elizabeth King BA, DipEd, TESOL Ashleigh Maihi BA, MTeach David O’Donohue BA, DipEd, Cert. TEFL. Joseph Pfeffer BLAS, MTeach Fiona Pow BA(Hons), PGCE Melissa Rhodes BA, DipTeach Jane Wang BA/Bed, Med, TESOL ENRICHMENT AND DIFFERENTIATION Lynne Slarke BA, BEd, DipEd, MEd, MSPEd, GDipSpEd – Director of Enrichment and Differentiation Diane Bonnici DipEdSupport, Cert IV Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Christina Cleaver MInclED, GDip IEd, DipEd, BSc Deborah Doyle Nerida Greville BA, DipEd Elin Lazar Dijana Mastronardi MInclED, BEd (Primary)/BA Kathy Meintjes BSc, DipEd Belinda Merrick BEd (Early Childhood) (Hons) Jennifer Rodger BEd Salma Saikal BEd (Primary) Irene Swain DipTeach, DipEd, GDipSpEd, Cert IVAss &Tr., Cert Comp in EdAss Jackie Tanevski Cert III Early Childcare FACILITIES Gregory McGirr Cert III Electrical Fitter Mech Trade, Cert IV Ind Electronics – Facilities Manager Erdal Altas Brendon Doak Cert III and Cert IV Plumbing Services, Cert IV and Diploma in WHS Scott Ingwersen Horticultural Cert, AssocDipLandscaping Vince Marino Trade Certificate Electrical Jorge Schell Jeffery Wright HEALTH CENTRE Anne Shearman BSc (Nursing), Dip Family History Immunisation Cert, RN, JP Catherine Trevallion RN HISTORY Peter Klamka BA(Hons), DipEd – Head of Department Antonella Accurso BEd (Sec) Felicity Berry BA(Hons), BTeach, PhD Sharon Connolly BA, DipEd Christopher Moysa BA(Hons), MTeach (Secondary) Vicky Zinopoulos BA, BEd, Cert IVAssessment and WPlaceTrain HUMAN RESOURCES Louise Strachan BEd(Hons) MBA (HRM) – Head of Human Resources Andrea Casey BSc Mariam Issa BCompEng, BTeach (Sec) Vanessa Lau BCom, CertIVBA HUMAN SOCIETY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT (HSIE) David Latimer BA, DipEd, MEd (Merits) – Head of Department Manuel Condoleon BCom, BEd, MEd (Research), PhD – Assistant Head of Department Paul Batten BSc(Hons), DipEd, PhD Lynne Bondar BA, DipEd Annie Conway BA, DipEd, DipCS, MA(Theology) Bryana Cooper BExHlthSc, DipEd, CertRE Ben Davidson BSocSc, MEnv Jocelyn Jabbour-Perez BEc, GDipAFin&Investment, DipFinPlan, GDipEd, CertRE Helen Kondos BEd, DipEd, Cert II Bus Danielle Rodrigues BA, DipEd, MEd (Learning and Leadership), Cert II Bus, Cert IV Training and Assessment
Henry Wijanto BBus, MA, GDipEd Nicole Wirth BSc, GDipEd IMMERSIVE LEARNING Sarah Tynan BSc, MTeach – Director of Immersive Learning, Teacher Science INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Steven Swarts PGCertBus – Director of Information Technology Shane Beal Anthony Cheater Jake Katrakis-Larkin Kelly Lyu Jeremy McCowage JUNIOR SCHOOL Daniel Sandral BEd, DipTeach, MEd, Grad Dip TESOL – Head of Junior School Douglas Finlay BEd, DipTeach – Deputy Head of Junior School Junior Years Natalie Hird MTeach, BA – Interim Deputy Head of Junior School Early Years Elizabeth Astle BA(Hons), DipEd Joanna Avraam BSc (Molecular Genetics), MTeach (Primary), DipFinPlan Rachel Barakat BEd, Higher DipEd, DipVArt (Primary), DipEAL Susan Blanche BEd, Higher DipEd, DipVArt (Primary), DipEAL Rachael Borg BEd (Early Childhood) Jennifer Bruscino Marie Cassar BMechEng/BCompSc(Hons) Selina Clark BPsych(Hons), MTeach Leah Coles BA Danielle Collins COGE, MEd Maya Cupac Claudia De Pasquale BEd Early Childhood and Primary Courtney Dougherty BEd Eamonn Dunphy BEd, DipTeach, COGE Patricia Duke BA, DipTeach Samantha Edwards BEd (Primary)(Hons) Jan Falls BA, DipEd, MEd, MECH DipDecorative Arts Madison Greville BVA, MTeach (Primary) Timothy Hall BEd, DipTeach Clayton Howard BMus, MTeach (Primary) Donna Keane BA, HigherDipEd Catherine Larque BAppSc (OT), PGDipEd Michael Lewis BPsych, PGCE Kim Lightfoot BEd, MLOLead Vicki Liubinskas AssocDipECH Andrea Martinez BA, MTeach (Primary), MIncIED Helen Missiris Eleonora Monda Monica Mookhy MTeach, BBusComm Danielle Pham Ellen Rhodes BEd Primary Victoria Rouhliadeff B Arts, MTeach (Primary) Brett Salakas BTeach, BEd Bede Schofield MTeach Emily Simpson BEd (Primary) Kim Tran BTeach (Primary) Michelle Wyatt BA(Hons), DipEd, MInclEd Gina Zucco BEd DipTeach LANGUAGES Louisa Macdonald BA(Hons) MA, PGCE – Head of Department Veronique Tormey BA(Hons), MA, PGCE – Assistant Head of Department Lijun Bi GDipEd, PhD Kartika Brand BA, BEd Jennifer Brown BA, GDipEd(Hons) Sherry Chen BA, BTeach (Sec), MEd Penelope Hewett BCom/BA, MTeach Sandy Huang BA, GDip LOTE Kentaro Otani BSc/BEd
Bronwyn Peace BA, GDipEd Erika Pieri BPolSci, MTeach(Sec) Elisa Tagliabue MAAppL (LT) LEARNING AND TEACHING Linda Emms BEd Design, MACE – Head of Learning and Teaching, Teacher TAS Jennifer Brown BA, GDipEd(Hons) – Director of Curriculum (Year 7 to Year 10), Teacher Languages Anne Layman BEd, MBA – Director of Curriculum (Year 11 and Year 12), IBDP, Teacher HSIE Zainab Anver BA Louisa Gatto LIBRARY SERVICES Louise Piggot BEd, DipTeach, MEd – Head of Department Kerrie Backhouse BA, DipEd, MEd (TL) Nola Booth DipLib&InfSc Carol Campbell BEd, MEd (Library Science) Jody Gilroy BA, MTeach Sharon Goad BA, DipEd, DipLib&InfSc Grace Kapellos BA, MA (Psych) Lauren-Gaye O’Donoghue BA, MEd (Primary) Michelle Olah BA/BEd, GCTESOL, MEd Anne Sullivan DipLib&InfSc MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS Michele Dunn BJuris Law – Head of Marketing and Community Relations Fadia Aoun Jillian Avramis DipEventMgt, AssocDipFA Nerida Coman DipTeach (Primary), Cert III BusAdmin Heleen Fourie BA, PostGradDipl Communication Barbara Hoffman BSc(Hons), GCRecords Mgt Shelley Kirkwood DipArts, DipGA, AdvCert Print Management, CertAdv Judy Lezon Hanh Nguyen BDes Melissa Pollett BJour(Hons) Julianne Sheedy MATHEMATICS Penny Pachos BSc, DipEd, MEd TL, MEd (Curriculum) – Head of Department Eva Pejovic BSc(Hons), BSc (Maths & Psych), MGuidCouns, DipEd – Head of Department Jason Truong BEd (Secondary: Math), BSc – Assistant Head of Department Christopher Eddleston PGDipEd, MMath(Hons) Marisa Edwards BA(Hons), MSc Genevieve Green BSc, DipEd Shirley Green BSc(Hons), MTeach Monica Lee BEd (Secondary Math), BSci (Math) Clea Manthos BSc, BEd Jane Martin BA, LLB, MBA, MTeach Kestie Neligan BEd, DipTeach Angela Renwick BAppSc (Math), BTeach (Secondary) Nancy Tanios BEd(Secondary)Math Dr Natasa Vranesevic PhD (Astrophysics), MSc, BSc, GDipEdu
Annette McClure BEd, DipTeach Katherine Moses BMusEd(Hons) Karen Roberts BMus, PGDipMus, MMS, ATCL PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PDHPE) Olivia Nolan BExcSc, GDipEd, MEd – Head of Department Claire White BEd (HMHE) Julie Alimpic BPhysEd Wayne Donley BEd, DipSportsSc, Hons Exercise Science (Research), GDipREd, AssDipSportsSc, GDipED, MEd Jane Ferguson BEd (Phys & HlthEd) Michelle Hiss BEd (Phys & HlthEd) Sarah Jauncey BEd (Phys & HlthEd) Sarah Papachristoforou BComm/BJ, DipEd Gavin Starr BPhEd, BEd SCIENCE Susan Rowley BSc, GDipFDA, GCertEducStud, MSc, MTeach(Hons) – Head of Department Mora Soliman BTech, GDipEd, MEd (Leadership) – Assistant Head of Department Marcus Berndsen GDipEd, MSc Glenn Blackburn BEd (Sec:Sc) Rosie Boshell BScFoodSc&Tech, GDipEd (Secondary) Felicity Cassidy BPharm, BTeach Charlene Clarke BSc Moira Gaha BEd (Secondary Science) Tracy Getts BSc(Hons), MSc, GDipEd Brooke McAlister BRurSc Jennifer Rubie BSc, Cert IV TAE Kate Schurch BSc, MEd Ingrid Smolka BSc, DipEd Martina Stolzi MSc, MTeach Sandra Street ChemCert Roseanne Thompson BSc, GDipEd SPORT Lisa Filby BEd, DipTeach – Director of Sport Kylie Bickerstaff BEd, DipM – Assistant Director of Sport Naomi Bruce BA, MComm Ludovic Catherine Jessica Coetzee Emmanuel Fashoyin Delia Halmu Pepe Havea Esther Maling BExHSc, DipEd Laura Mannion Emily Osborne BEd Human Movement and Health Education Colman Wong BSc (Exercise Science), MSportsCoaching STUDIES OFFICE Kestie Neligan BEd, DipTeach – Head of School Administration, Teacher Mathematics Debra McRostie BBus Wendy Strachan
MUSIC James Allington PGCE (Mus), GTCL, FTCL, ARCO – Director of Music Emma Bourke BMus(Hons), PGCE – Assistant Director of Music Tristan Coelho BMus(Hons), MMus Richard Coward BMus/BEd, Cert IVTrain&Asses, CertIIILiveProd Theatre & Events Virginia Diomis Joanna Drimatis BMusEd(Hons), MMus, GDipMus, PhD Alison Duncan BA(Hons), MMus Elizabeth Gilberthorpe BMus Holly Harrison DCA Ying Ho BMus(Hons), MMus Phillipa Knight BA(Hons), DipEd 29
Staff Recognition Dinner
On Thursday 4 April 2019, members of the School Council and Executive, family, friends and colleagues gathered to acknowledge the exceptional contribution of our long-serving staff.
Mrs Diane Bonnici, Ms Jane Lancaster and Mrs Susan Rowley
Mr Anthony Cheater, Mrs Janice Falls, Ms Emma Hogan, Mrs Grace Kapellos and Mrs Belinda Merrick
Between them, those acknowledged have contributed a total of 1295 years of service to MLC School. These staff members, whether they be teachers, receptionists, members of the facilities team, administrators or educational leaders, hold the story of MLC School in their hearts and help those of us who are new (staff and students alike), to understand the history and tradition of this exceptional school.
Mr Easso Mathews, Ms Christine Paek (Choi) and Mrs Wendy Strachan
Mr Blake Fatouros, Mrs Jane Ferguson, Mrs Jody Gilroy, Mr Brett Grey, Ms Lisa Jinga, Mrs Elizabeth King and Mrs Vicki Liubinskas
Mrs Michelle Hiss, Mr Ross Kirby, Mr Jorge Schell, Mrs Roseanne Thompson, Mrs Navoda Wellege and Mrs Nicole Wirth
Ms Vicky Zinopoulos
Mr Shane Beal, Mrs Nerida Greville and Mr Bryce Lindstrom
Mr Manuel Condoleon, Ms Robyn Langford and Mrs Sandra Street
Mrs Anne Conway, Mr Peter Klamka and Mr Gavin Starr
Mrs Robyn Mackertich and Ms Lynne Slarke
Mrs Antonella Accurso, Mrs Carla Comitogianni and Ms Pamela McGowan
Ms Helen Kondos and Mrs Loretta Toole
Mrs Lynne Bondar, Mrs Jennifer Brown, Mr Wayne Donley and Mr Douglas Finlay
Ms Thi (Trinh) Nguyen
Mrs Genevieve Green
Mrs Anne Layman
Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a network of supportive family and friends to enable someone to undertake what can often be a demanding job for an extended period of time. Working at MLC School can impact on having time for family and friends and for this reason we were also pleased to thank those who have travelled the journey with our long serving staff. Depending on their length of service, staff were presented with a lapel pin â€“ Bronze for 10-19 years, Silver for 20-29 years and Gold for more than 30 years. We hope that they will wear their pins with pride. At this point in time there is only one gold pin and it was presented to Mrs Anne Layman, who this year celebrated her 32nd year at MLC School. Anne has seen generations of girls through the School and I know each and every one would honour Anne for her genuine interest and for her role in helping set her path for the future. A full list of award recipients is included in the table. Ms Lisa Moloney Principal 30
A day in the life of MLC School staff
Official opening of the
SENIOR CENTRE 24 May 2019 by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia 35
‘For more than 130 years this school has been educating girls, not just to do their best or do what is expected of them, but to push the boundaries and exceed expectations.’ Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Enthusiastic Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 girls lined the Park Road footpath, waving MLC School flags and cheering Their Excellencies, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove, and the official party as they made their way along the road, into the School grounds, and onto the stage, welcomed with the fanfare of Taiko drums. The backdrop, MLC School Senior Centre. The Opening was attended by Mayor of Burwood, Councillor John Faker; architects, BVN; the Senior Centre builders, Lipman; and the MLC School community. In his address, Sir Peter Cosgrove spoke of the MLC School tradition, over 130 years 36
of educating girls to exceed expectations and to push the boundaries. The Senior Centre opened on the first day of the 2019 school year to great excitement.Since this first day, the girls have embraced the new spaces; the glass pods for private study, the large work tables for group discussion and collaboration, or the beanbags and beach huts for casual interaction – so many different spaces to be together. The building’s flexible design has encouraged similar interactions with staff, as they move classes around to accommodate different learning approaches to work best with the delivery of particular content.
‘We can all say it has been worth the wait! The rooms I really enjoy are the Science labs. They make it so easy for us to try cool, new experiments.’ Georgie Roediger, Year 7
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Learning and Teaching campuses completed the Harvard: Differentiation Made Practical online course as part of the continued development of our practice as educators. These teachers then led professional learning sessions for their peers as we continued to work together to more effectively identify and meet the needs of the learners in our classrooms. In 2020 we will have another team of teachers engaging in this professional learning opportunity as we continue to strengthen this practice across all areas of learning.
Ms Linda Emms, Head of Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching at MLC School is as unique and dynamic as the School itself. This year brought about one of the most significant changes in Senior School with the move into the Senior Centre. This much anticipated move has opened new possibilities for learning with its flexible learning spaces and expanded opportunities for collaborative practice. The spaces allow for a seamless transition between large group lecture style segments of lessons, where entire year groups are brought together, and the move back into discrete classrooms for more individualised teacher guidance and instruction. The timber risers on Level 1 have been the space for the recitation of performance poetry while on Level 2, Science classes moved from laboratory to kitchenette to demonstrate the measurement of the speed of light using a microwave and very large block of chocolate. The amphitheatre on the ground level has seen an array of performances throughout the year with the Year 12 Drama students sharing their experience of professional performances by comedia del arte practitioners with all those who stopped to watch some or all of the performance. At all times of the day small groups of students can be found working in one of the many breakout spaces with learning pods being hotly contested spaces by students and staff alike. Differentiation has been a focus for learning and teaching in 2019. In Semester 1 a team of staff from across the Junior and Senior 40
Teacher professional learning has been a regular focus of our Wednesday afternoons in 2019. The Junior School has continued their work on inquiry learning based on the research of Kath Murdoch. The work they have completed has brought about the reinvigoration of the Collaborative Learning Projects across the Junior School. These projects seek to nurture the sense of curiosity and wonder that is inherent in even our youngest learners. They develop them as thinkers, collaborators, self-managers, communicators and researchers. In the Senior School the focus has been on how we can better use data to inform the learning and teaching in our classrooms. Staff members have engaged in peer to peer learning as we share practice across disciplines. Discussions have ranged from the use of the quantitative educational data available to all staff to more qualitative formative assessment data that can be used to enrich the learning experience. The professional leaning program culminated for the year in a full-day program where we had the privilege of sharing the expertise of keynote speaker Professor Andrew Martin who spoke about student engagement, motivation, learning and personal potential before delivering a masterclass on meeting the needs of gifted and talented learners. Staff engaged for the rest of the day in a range of workshops focused on how we can use technology more effectively to increase engagement in learning in our classrooms. The staff at MLC School are actively involved in their professional organisations outside the school and represent MLC School as both members of professional committees as well as
being invited to speak at education conferences as experts in their fields. In addition, MLC School has hosted a number of professional learning events this year as we maintain our engagement with relevant professional bodies, including the IB Speaker Series, AIS Science Conference and Round Square Asia Pacific Conference. Our Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Department has facilitated a number of student voice consultations with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as part of the development of the new Health and Movement Science Stage 6 Syllabus. The Science Department once again ran their highly successful Science Conference where students had the opportunity to engage with practicing scientists and learn about their research. The move to a more dynamic and student focused Learning Management System (LMS) has been the focus of our e-Learning program in 2019. The implementation of Canvas has involved staff across both the Junior and Senior campuses engaging in ongoing professional learning as they develop the MLC School Canvas learning platform. Canvas is a more dynamic learning tool and will provide greater interactivity than previous platforms. Many classes have been involved in pilots throughout 2019 and in 2020 we look forward to full implementation across an expanded number of year groups. We have continued to grow and develop the Immersion program across all year groups under the guidance and leadership of Ms Sarah Tynan. In 2019 Ms Tynan and I had the opportunity to be part of a research trip for a new immersion, and in 2020, we will launch the pilot of our first Indigenous Immersion. The Immersion program continues to be a pillar of our learning and teaching program and is unique to the MLC School experience. Ms Linda Emms Head of Learning and Teaching
2019 has been a year of steady development within e-Learning at MLC School. The greatest technology change to affect teaching and learning areas of the School has been the introduction of Canvas as a Learning Management System (LMS) across Kindergarten to Year 12 classrooms. Canvas is a tool to aid pedagogical development within the teaching and learning community. The implementation of Canvas as a tool for teaching and learning has enabled: Ì Teachers to provide students with curriculum content and resources through a logically, organised, consistent delivery methodology Ì Teachers to create, deliver and manage educational resources; which monitor and track student participation and performance Ì The creation of a range of learning resources, enabling differentiated learning; increasing engagement; while still complying with deadlines Ì Documenting and recording of learning modules over several years which would increase efficiency and provide students with a learning continuum from Kindergarten to Year 12 Ì A range of outcomes to be achieved by providing an opportunity to create diverse, interactive content
RoboCup third place
Ì Teachers to provide students with an online only learning environment or a blended learning experience (printed and online content) Ì Teachers to be able to create a central repository for all learning material and modules
‘Technology at MLC School is part of normalised classroom culture, where students and teachers use a variety of ICT tools to enhance, showcase and develop ideas.’ Ì Students to be geographically independent – access anywhere, anytime to curriculum information Ì Students in Year 3 to Year 12 to take charge of their own learning, pace and style
The development of blended learning modules by academic staff has also identified the need to design our pedagogical practices to incorporate technology skill development. Technology at MLC School is not an add-on. Technology at MLC School is part of normalised classroom culture, where students and teachers use a variety of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools to enhance, showcase and develop ideas. The Junior School STEAM Lab continues to provide quality opportunities for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 to investigate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics through engaging activities and projects. Alongside regular classes, the STEAM teachers provided a range of co-curricular activities, including Code Club, Robotics Club, The Tinkerbelles, and LEGO Play. MLC School’s STEAM teachers continue to update their own skills to bring the best teaching practices and experiences to their students. The teachers aim is to model life-long learning to students who will fearlessly shape the future for the better. Mr Roshan De Silva Director of e-Learning
Immersive Learning Year 5 THE JOURNEY TO BALLARAT Early on Wednesday 26 June 2019, we were a group of excited Year 5 girls travelling to the airport to embark on our three-day adventure to Ballarat. After farewelling our parents and guardians, we got ready for the journey of a lifetime. At Ballarat, we immersed ourselves in an enriched learning experience. This included gold panning, mine tours, fun games and exploring Sovereign Hill to help us have an authentic experience as to what life on the goldfields was like for a gold miner. At the Golden Dragon Museum, we learnt about the different rituals and the meaning behind the Chinese dragon parades. We spotted many precious, ancient artefacts, such as a replica of an old-fashioned carriage, which was made from real jade. Thought-provoking, hands-on highlights of the trip were the visits to the Deborah Mine and the Red Hill Mine. In the Deborah Mine, we travelled down the mineshaft, into a slightly claustrophobic space. It would have been incredibly difficult having to go down the mineshaft every day for work, into the dank, dark, dusty mines, performing back-breaking arduous work. In the Red Hill Mine we shuffled down underground, where we walked through the mines, guided by a voice over a speaker, and saw a projection of some miners working hard to uncover
some gold. The mine experiences were vital to the Ballarat journey, as it made us realise the harsh reality of just how horrid the conditions were down in the mines. Of course, we all were itching to go shopping at Sovereign Hill. We had heard of the highly-anticipated, revered Raspberry Drops, which lived up to their reputation. Girls strolled languidly around Sovereign Hill, excitedly making purchases and laughing with friends. We also bought souvenirs such as personalised horseshoes with our names on them, scented soaps, wax candles, and hardboiled sweets. Walking around the town made us feel like we were shopping in the olden-day Sovereign Hill. The Sound and Light show, Aura, was a captivating story of the goldfields from a new perspective. Projections, sound and light effects (hence the name), and visual effects were combined to create and enhance a vivid retelling of the events of the Eureka Stockade and how the miners fared – some got lucky and became rich, others found enough to be comfortable but didn’t strike it rich, and unfortunately, the majority of the miners were unlucky and their lives quickly deteriorated. The enjoyable activities we experienced at Ballarat were imperative for us to have a full understanding of life on the goldfields in 1854, and the events of the Eureka Stockade. However, the Ballarat
experience was more than just learning about the goldfields – it also taught us to take initiative, be responsible and independent, and dare to be more. This adventure was a character-building experience where girls not only gained new information, but also important life skills and strengthened friendships.
‘The mine experiences were vital to the Ballarat journey, as it made us realise the harsh reality of just how horrid the conditions were down in the mines.’ The journey to Ballarat was an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience. Thank you so much to the teachers and parents who made this excursion possible. Year 5 will never forget the fantastic time we had at Ballarat. Jordon Vo Year 5 Student
Immersive Learning Year 6 TRIP TO CANBERRA
DAY 2 Everyone woke up bright and early, ate breakfast and we headed off to Questacon. There were many hands-on fun experiences such as zipping down the free-fall slide, creating a Rube Goldberg machine and visiting an exhibit about engineering. We all left Questacon with a smile on our faces and our heads full of knowledge.
On Tuesday 22 October 2019, Year 6 girls hopped on the bus to amazing Canberra, the home of the Australian government. It was an incredible experience!
DAY 1 After three hours on the road, we jumped off the bus and headed to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. We learnt all about the global history of film and sound. We watched some of the world’s oldest video footage and believe it or not, we learnt that Australia created the first-ever film, about Ned Kelly! We observed how much film has changed since then and how much of an influence Australia has had on the film industry. It was exciting to learn about how films have changed and how many major events in the world influenced film over time. Then we went to the CSIRO Discovery Centre and learnt that the scientists at the CSIRO cover many areas of science. We were split into teams and went on a discovery adventure learning about many different areas of science, including chemistry and nutrition. After a long day of travelling and fun, we drove to our accommodation at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and soon settled down into bed after a long and tiring day.
After lunch, we visited the War Memorial where we learnt many things about the wars Australia has been involved in. A guide took our group around as we looked at artefacts, dioramas and displays. Then we walked around with our teachers and went past the honour rolls with over 102,000 members of the Australian armed forces, who have died during the wars. We then went to a gorgeous lookout at Mt Ainsley and we looked over at a brilliant view of Canberra. We were able to see many places we had been to that day, such as the War Memorial with its distinctly shaped roof. Next, Year 6 went bowling. We split into teams and it was a great chance for team bonding and a way to let out our energy before bed.
DAY 3 The first stop was Parliament House, the heart of Australia’s Federal System. We split into groups and acted out a day in Parliament. We discussed a new bill passing through Parliament; a really fun way to learn. We also got to meet our representative of Reid, Dr Fiona Martin, who answered some of our questions about Parliament. It was very inspiring and an amazing opportunity. We walked through a hall of many portraits, where we saw paintings of plenty of important people throughout Parliament’s history, including Australia’s first and only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
such as Blue Poles and many traditional Aboriginal artworks. Next, we paid a visit to the National Museum of Australia where we learnt about the history of Australia and about major events that shaped our country. We even got to play a virtual reality game based on Australian events in an exhibition called K-space. At AIS we saw where many Australian athletes had trained and witnessed some current athletes in action. Part of the tour was an exhibition at Sportex, a hands-on fun way to try out sports, such as virtual rowing, cycling and skeleton racing and many other fun activities as well as a display of Australian Olympian memorabilia.
DAY 4 We visited the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point and learnt about Canberra’s history, and we even got to see some of the original design ideas from the design competition for the city’s architecture and layout. There was even a model of the city and a light show about some of the most significant buildings in Canberra. It was then off to the old Parliament House to learn about voting and how voting has been in the past. We also experienced voting by role playing an election, taking on the roles of either polling officials, guards or citizens who were voting. We arrived back at MLC School later in the afternoon. We were happy to be home, but we definitely missed the fun experiences we had in Canberra. It was an entertaining and exciting learning opportunity. Sarah Pickett and Lucinda Butcher Year 6 Students
We visited the National Gallery of Australia, an art gallery full of stunning artworks 43
Immersive Learning Year 7
A WEEK IN SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD When I think of Shakespeare it is usually sitting in an English classroom and reading one of his texts for an essay. In Term 4, Week 1 however, we learnt about the works of Shakespeare in a different way.
‘It didn’t matter whether you loved drama or hated it, everyone was involved.’ Mentors from Sport for Jove came to our school to teach us more about Shakespeare and to help us perform our very own version of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Whether it was Henry V, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing or Twelfth Night; we all had plenty of fun learning about the works of Shakespeare through acting. It didn’t matter whether you loved drama or hated it, everyone was involved. Some girls were nervous about getting up on stage, but over the course of the week they 44
overcame that fear and stood up on Friday night to deliver a fantastic performance. The highlight of the show, however, was probably at the end when everybody came together to sing A Lover and his Lass, bringing the show to an end and finishing off a wonderful week of fun and learning. Not only did I really enjoy A Week in Shakespeare’s World, I was also able to immerse myself more in Shakespeare in a really fun way. Emily Edwards Year 7 student
I was looking forward to the Shakespeare week because I knew I would love it and it would be great fun. I enjoyed the experience so much because I really want to be an actor when I am older. A Week in Shakespeare’s World allowed me to actually see what it would be like to act in front of an audience. Sport for Jove were professional; and inspired and motivated me to do my best. I didn’t know what to expect on the first day. When our instructor Renee said that tomorrow we will cast, I immediately
knew that I wanted to challenge myself. At the end of the day when she asked me what character I would like to be, I said I wanted the lead role. The next day we were given our parts, and I was given the lead role. I was incredibly happy that she chose me, and that she saw something in me. When we received our scripts, I learnt all of my lines in two days. But there was more than just lines, I had to learn the character. Some lines we cut and some were added. This allowed everyone an equal chance to display their role. I took my lines home and committed to study them and give it my all. As the days went on, we started rehearsing more and then it came to the final day of the performance. I was really excited and of course, also a little bit nervous. The performance could not have gone better. I could hear the audience reaction and it made me feel special. Overall, this was an amazing experience. It has really inspired me and confirmed my love of theatre and acting. Genevieve Cesarano Year 7 Student
Immersive Learning Year 8
CITY X 2019 – ‘IN DIVERSITY, THERE IS STRENGTH’ City X was an incredible experience that was enjoyed by all of Year 8. Our week was spent seeing all the big and little things across the city from huge tourist attractions like the Harbour Bridge to hidden gems like Shark Island. Our theme for the week was diversity with each day spent exploring the many differences that our city holds.
‘Each day was spent doing unique and fun activities that we otherwise wouldn’t have done.’ Something that most of Year 8 wasn’t aware of was the tremendous amount of diversity that our city holds. We only knew what was around us, in Burwood and wherever we live, and were unaware of the other places, filled with life and excitement on our doorstep. Each day was spent doing unique and fun activities that we otherwise wouldn’t have done. They include: a cruise to Shark Island, a trip to the Blue
Mountains, cooking at Our Big Kitchen in Bondi, The Amazing Race, and a food tour of Bankstown. Something we were not aware of is how the Vietnamese and Middle Eastern migration influenced our city as we currently know it. Bankstown showed us some crazy things about how food builds a city, and how people build brands and businesses through the food they love so much, like Greek delis and Lebanese bakeries. While we learnt a massive amount about the history of our city, we also learnt many practical skills that can be taken into the real world. The Amazing Race was a fun activity that helped us become familiar with the city and developed vital skills like navigation. This activity required us to make our way around the city using a GPS to find QR codes with information about the city. Our Big Kitchen was an opportunity to give back to those in need. It also taught us to cook and function as a team in a high-pressure environment and to prepare new and exciting food such as bread rolls, schnitzel, muffins, cookies, and curry. As much as we enjoyed learning about immigration to Australia, it was also interesting to learn about the culture and traditions of the Aboriginal people.
This area was explored through a cultural cruise and a trip to the Blue Mountains. On one day, we took a cruise to Shark Island, a small place off the coast, from Vaucluse. There, we were shown how the Aboriginal people used the land to their advantage. We even participated in some traditional song and dance. Another day was spent at the Blue Mountains, where we were told old Aboriginal stories about the history of the mountains and then taken for a bush walk. Both these experiences were really enjoyable opportunities to learn about and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land. We learnt that the city we live in was built on the foundations of different cultures and forged with so many other ones. We were exposed to hundreds of cultures, maybe not directly, but from what we could see, hear, taste, and smell, while walking around. Learning in the classroom is always good but being able to experience these sorts of cultures and opportunities in real life is something many people will never get to do. We are so grateful that we were able to have this incredible opportunity. Sylie Bhat Year 8 Student 45
Immersive Learning Year 9
IMMERSIVE LEARNING GOES OUTBACK – BROKEN HILL The Year 9 Immersive Learning Goes Outback Experience Broken Hill is designed to provide an opportunity for MLC School girls, who are a part of a Round Square school, to live out the Round Square IDEALS of Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The experience combines academic curriculum with personal and interpersonal development. The program has been in place for over a decade and has evolved in line with the needs of our girls and focus of the School, educating young women to be fearless thinkers, act with courage and compassion and understand their roles in a changing world. Broken Hill, Australia’s first heritage-listed town, was our base for this experience, and over the last 17 years has been a warm and inviting community. They look forward to our annual visits and sharing their local knowledge with MLC School. The Broken Hill Immersive Learning Experience was an invaluable one for the Year 9 cohort and through the many interesting and highly enjoyable activities and events, we grew immensely, in ourselves and also in our understanding of Australian culture. We started off our trip by enduring a 14-hour train ride, travelling through the sparse Australian landscape. Our maturity was tested as we were given a strict budget which we used to purchase breakfast, lunch and, importantly, snacks. Then we had to work as a team in close quarters, cooking and cleaning in our cabin. We also had the opportunity to explore the town of Broken Hill, including walks in Mulberry 46
Vale, Sculptures at Sunset, and The Living Desert, all on amazing red earth.
was an experience, even though it was a freezing night. We were able to view the solar system without the interference of light pollution.
‘Besides the beautiful Aboriginal art at Mutawintji National Park we also experienced the breath-taking natural landscape and enjoyed the absolute silence which was an amazing contrast to our city lifestyle.’
The absolute highlight of our trip to Broken Hill was the Outback Astronomy session and Mutawintji National Park. The number of stars visible and seeing the Milky Way was amazing. At Mutawintji National Park local Aboriginal guides took us on tours and showed the many culturally significant features of this park, including handprints on ancient rocks and water lines for surrounding tribes. They helped us understand the connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Besides the beautiful Aboriginal art at Mutawintji National Park, we also experienced the breath-taking natural landscape and enjoyed the absolute silence which was an amazing contrast to our city lifestyle.
Year 9 girls embarked on a journey of experiences in Broken Hill; from art workshops, solar farm visits, and exploring Day Dream Mine. We made morning tea to share with a local Uniting Church congregation and visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is essential to rural and remote communities. The School of the Air showed us their different methods of teaching without a classroom and at Broken Hill High, we loved the Agricultural class (with their own farm) and woodwork studio. Outback Astronomy
The immense natural beauty of Broken Hill made a powerful and lasting impression on Year 9. We have come away from our immersion with a renewed respect for each other from testing out our independent living skills. Friendship bonds were strengthened during our shared experiences in the overwhelming magnificence of the landscape. New connections were made with the people of Broken Hill through their welcome and willingness to share their culture with us. Jacqueline Flett Year 9 Student
Immersive Learning Year 10 IMMERSIVE LEARNING GOES GLOBAL – CHIANG MAI The Immersive Learning Goes International program Chiang Mai, Thailand, is designed to provide an opportunity for MLC School girls who are part of a Round Square School, to live out the Round Square IDEALS of International-Mindedness, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The activities on the experience are designed to challenge girls to step out of their comfort zone, experience a very different culture, and ultimately to serve others through contribution to local and rural villages. The service component of the trip is the highlight for staff and students alike. The connections made with the people, especially the children in the villages, have a lasting impact on the girls, so too does the physical nature of the building works and sense of achievement that is felt. The first half of our trip allowed us to jump straight into action and start the service learning component. During the week we spent away from the main city of Chiang Mai, we were welcomed by communities and students of all ages. At the two locations, there were different projects set up, one was paving a 50-metre road, and the second was concreting a courtyard within a school. Throughout the five days we were there we all interacted with children in the villages, many of whom were so eager that they would help us with our work. We had the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the Northern Thai culture, as we were provided with meals and snacks which we had never tried before, and we
tried our best to pick up pieces of the Thai language in an attempt to communicate with the locals. Despite the language barrier, many of us formed such strong bonds with the children. We tried to overcome the language barrier by coming together in sports, crafts and music, and sharing laughter and joy.
‘Each morning we were filled with so much motivation and determination. At the end of every day we left knowing that collectively we were making little steps appreciated so greatly by the members of that community.’
During the week spent in the main city of Chiang Mai, we immersed ourselves in the culture of North Thailand through cooking classes, city-wide scavenger hunts, going to local marketplaces, farming activities, dressing up in traditional and ceremonial clothing, and learning about the history of the city… and eating. The week helped us to get a grasp of the culture, which is incredibly different to the combined cultures we have in Australia. For so many reasons, Chiang Mai will forever be one of the most rewarding experiences. It was amazing to be a part of such a special project and to physically see the progress we were making each day. Each morning we were filled with so much motivation and determination. At the end of every day we left knowing that collectively we were making little steps appreciated so greatly by the members of that community. As well as being part of the physical projects, and exploring a completely different country and sharing wonderful experiences, there were new and stronger friendships that came with us all the way back to Australia. Tahlia Hatzisarantinos and Isabella Lee Year 10 Students
Talking to the girls in the year and catching up about each of our individual and unique experiences in Chiang Mai, it was obvious for the majority of us, the service component was the most valued and rewarding experience of our entire trip.
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Learning LANGUAGES The Celebration of Learning evening in the Junior School was a huge success and it was a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of the students’ and teachers’ talents. There was a performance by students who sang the
Sakura Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom) accompanied by students playing a range of instruments and their teacher playing the Koto. For Indonesian, the students performed a traditional nursery rhyme called Burung Kakaktua (Cockatoo Bird)
using angklung instruments. These are percussion instruments made of bamboo. Mrs Louisa Macdonald Head of Department – Languages
LIBRARY Worimi! This year, the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s lives. In the Junior School Library, we began the year with a focus on Indigenous language and story. Kindergarten to Year 2 girls explored the messages told through Indigenous stories, while students in Year 3 to Year 5 learnt about the Indigenous language of the Dharug people and the power of language in connecting people to place. Students learnt that of the estimated original 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, only around 120 are still spoken today and of those, approximately 90 percent are endangered. Our girls saw the need to value the Indigenous language of our area and have since adopted the greeting of Worimi at School events as a sign of our respect.
‘Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.’ Margaret Fuller
The Junior School Library is in the business of encouraging and nurturing life-long readers and critical thinkers. In 2019, we embraced the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s theme Reading is my Secret Power, to promote the knowledge, wonder and magic that occurs when you read. Ì National Simultaneous Read Aloud provided us with an opportunity to enjoy the magic of a book together. 50
Ì In class, students explored the secrets hidden within books and the messages that these secrets communicate to us. Ì Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 girls enjoyed a performance of Big Dreams which promoted the message, ‘Be Brave, Be Strong’, found in our CBCA shortlisted books. Ì Year 3 and Year 4 girls navigated the internet, developing an understanding that messages are not always trustworthy and as such we need to use our secret power, reading, to discern fact from fiction. Ì Year 3 to Year 6 students were visited by Tim Harris who talked to us about life as an author and led Year 5 through informative writing workshops. Ì We celebrated the National Reading Hour with a teacher swap, as class teachers brought their students to the Library for an hour to share their love of books, while I taught in the classrooms. Ì All students embarked on the Premiers Reading Challenge with enthusiasm, and we congratulate the 215 students who completed the challenge. Our most successful year of participation to date. Ì Our incredible Library Monitors worked with enthusiasm throughout the year to promote the Library. During Book Week they organised an activity each lunchtime, with over 120 students attending their lunchtime bookmark making event. Our Library monitors sold masks to raise money for their chosen charity, the Indigenous Literacy Fund.
Ì On the Friday of Book Week, many of the characters that have inspired and shared their secret powers stepped out of their books and into our Junior School playground. Parents organised a delicious breakfast and then our much-loved book characters came to life at the parade. House reading followed the parade with older students reading to younger ones. This provided time to reflect on the aim of Book Week; a life-long love of reading. This was a special opportunity to share books and bond with House mates. Apart from the Book Week parade, the transformation of the Junior School Library is what our students have listed as their most memorable Hub event of 2019. Student enthusiasm for the new space allowed for opportunities within our classes to discuss changes they have observed, analyse why these changes have occurred and understand what this means for them. Comments included; ‘My Mind Has Been Blown!’ ‘Wow.’ ‘I LOVE it.’ ‘I didn’t think I could love our Library more.’ ‘There is SO much space.’ This new space has allowed for the Hub to become a more functional space where students and staff are welcomed to explore, read and collaborate. Our Hub truly is the heart of the Junior School. Mrs Jody Gilroy Teacher Librarian
STEAM CURRICULUM AND CO-CURRICULAR Here we find ourselves at the end of another year full of fun, creativity, and informative investigations 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 girls through exciting and hands-on activities in their Collaborative Learning Projects (CLP) as well as through Co-curricular 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. We aim to teach the students, right from Pre-Kindergarten, the skills of critical, logical and lateral thinking, design, innovation, inquisitiveness, resilience, collaboration and selfevaluation. These skills are symbiotic with MLC School’s philosophy of powerful learning and are essential in a 21st century education for powerful learners who will shape their own future. Pre-Kindergarten began the year with a range of STEAM investigations that covered Physics and Mathematics. They had a great time playing with water, to look at buoyancy and displacement; using a water wall and rolling balls down a ramp to see gravity in action; dropping parachutes to see how air resistance works; and sticking magnets to cars and letting magnetism help us drive them around. At the end of the year, we used science experiments to show us all different ‘Changes’ that can occur. We made ‘oobleck’ (a non-Newtonian fluid), mixed colours and tested for solubility in a range of substances. We had a lot of fun mixing, shaking, and stirring with many surprising results. Kindergarten asked, ‘What’s It Made Of?’ for their unit on materials and their properties. They designed and built a model of a house constructed by the Three Little Pigs’ fourth sibling, who learnt from the other three’s discoveries around what materials are best for constructing a house. At the end of the unit, they undertook a waste audit in the school to see what contributes to our rubbish and how we can reduce, 52
reuse, or recycle to reduce our impact on the environment. Later in the year, they looked at ‘Our Living World’, particularly at insects and how their bodies are welladapted to their needs. The girls then collaboratively designed and sketched their own ‘mini-beast’, building their creature using LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kits, and coding them to move in a way they thought appropriate based on their body design. ‘Consumption Keeps Us Alive’ showed Year 1 that the food and products we consume, and use come from somewhere beyond the supermarket and shops. They looked at how some of these products are made and had a try at some of those processes, including cheesemaking, weaving, and tie-dying. During the following term we investigated how ‘Design Solves Problems’, using the boomerang as an example, making our own paper versions. Using the online coding platform, Scratch, we created an informative and interactive game that was designed to educate people about the importance of design and purpose when inventing. Year 2 asked themselves the question, ‘Are We Really Resourceful?’ in relation to the environment and sustainability. They used the online coding platform, Scratch, to create a game designed to educate people on the importance of a chosen topic regarding the environment and sustainability. For ‘Systems and Connections’, the students looked at forces and energy, in particular sound energy and how it is created. Using this knowledge, they were tasked with designing a ‘sound machine’, to be constructed and coded with LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kits. In Year 3, the girls explored how ‘All Living Things Are Connected’, particularly in relation to endangered species and their precarious position in the ecosystem. They imagined and designed a possible solution to help protect their chosen endangered species, and then created an interactive model using Scratch, Makey Makey, and craft materials. For their next STEAM unit, Year 3 looked at how ‘Properties Influence Purpose’ in relation to the materials and substances we use. This was comprised of a series of science experiments and investigations looking at states of matter, heat, electricity, catapults,
and was finished up with a popular design project to create a wearable shoe from salvaged and reused materials. Year 4 focused on physics and forces, 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. For ‘Perspective Drives Change’, the girls looked closely at microscopic organisms, particularly bacteria, growing different strains in agar plates and identifying them. Through the investigation, they were able to better appreciate how important, and how potentially devastating, bacteria are in our lives. Investigations into earthquake-proofing technologies had Year 5 thinking ahead of designing their own structures for their ‘Natural Hazards’ unit. After looking at how earthquakes work, they made models of structural bracing, base isolation, and even a working seismograph. Later in the year, they explored how ‘Sustainability Impacts the World Around Us’. To help educate people on a chosen issue surrounding the environment and sustainability, the girls created a game from the online coding platform, Scratch. Year 6 enjoyed a full year of STEAM, beginning with a series of experiments looking at matter in ‘Change Detectives’ that amazed and inspired as we played with ‘oobleck’ (a non-Newtonian fluid), made thermometers, hydraulic lifts, compasses, lava lamps, and even ice cream in a bag! Next came ‘Our Diverse and Connected World’, which led the students to the creation of a 3D model that was viewed as augmented reality (AR) using Merge Cubes and Cospaces. Their augmented cubes provided information and statistics on Australia’s relationship with Asia and was a big hit at the Celebration of Learning. In Term 3, they launched into the abyss to explore the depths of ‘Space’. After laying out a large-scale model of the Solar System on the tennis courts, the girls got their hands on some LEGO EV3 robots to develop their programming skills. They envisioned the (very real and growing)
need to remove space junk from the Earth’s orbit before it begins to impact on our ability to launch into Space, and then programmed their robots to scan an area and collect any rubbish. The year finished up with an exploration of how architectural styles of the 19th and 20th Centuries reflected ‘Australia as a Nation’. After researching a particular style, they were required to recreate two typical, possibly famous, buildings in that style using Minecraft: Education Edition. Our Co-curricular clubs were again brimming with enthusiastic students engaging with fun learning experiences outside of their regular classes. Code Club students were introduced to Grok, an instructional online coding platform, and undertook the National Computer Science School (NCSS) Challenge. The Tinkerbelles Club returned, following the success of its first year. Once again, the students built a multitude of contraptions from everyday materials; including cranes, catapults, rockets, and parachutes. In Robotics Club, they learnt all about inputs, processes and outputs using Bee Bots,
Sphero, LEGO WeDo 2.0, and LEGO EV3 robotics kits. Our drop-in LEGO Play Club continued, giving an opportunity to play, build and create in a relaxed environment during lunch break.
STEAM EVENTS This year saw the return of the popular event, the Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge. For its third year, the event was Space-themed, to pay homage to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Once again, it was an enjoyable and memorable night that brought together the students and significant males in their lives. For the second year running, we entered a team into the RoboCup Junior Australia NSW Open competition. The five Year 5 students, led by Mrs Cassar, put together an entertaining routine based on an Australia’s Got Talent show, all performed by robots. Their extensive preparations helped them to perform well on the day and earned them third place in the competition!
For National Science Week in August, we invited Penrith Observatory from Western Sydney University to come to MLC School with their inflatable planetarium. It was so large that the only place able to accommodate it was the gym hall! Throughout the day, we brought all students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 in for the presentation in the dome and they (and the staff) greatly enjoyed the experience. We wish to thank all of you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for what we do here in the STEAM Lab. It always brings a smile seeing, how much the girls love coming to the Lab each week and we look forward to continuing to bring them fun and engaging experiences in STEAM. Mr Bede Schofield and Mrs Marie Cassar STEAM Lab Coordinators
TOURNAMENT OF MINDS (TOM) 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 sixweek problem solving structure. Teams must work together to solve problems
and create a stimulating 10-minute performance. This year the Junior School completed in the Arts discipline. The students had to rewrite the musical The Wizard of Oz. The challenge was to set it in an Australian setting and choose where their ‘Yellow Brick Road’ would start and end. The presentation also had to show
what hurdles their characters would overcome and incorporate an overarching theme such as power or resilience. Mr Michael Lewis Junior School Teacher
Student Life AUDIO VISUAL CLUB Lights, camera, action! On Tuesday afternoons throughout the year, Audio Visual Club was a blast! We definitely learnt much more about sound, film, lighting, storyboarding, soundtracks and more. Whether it was about screenplays, types of shots, green screens, Garageband or iMovie, we learnt what was needed to produce a top film. Throughout the year, we were given assignments to complete. Sometimes it was recording short films, or editing a film, or developing a soundtrack. Either way, our minds were challenged and we had to think creatively. Some of these assignments included making a music video with green screen and also filming some assemblies throughout the year.
One particularly challenging task was when we had to film the ANZAC assembly and then edit an hour-long assembly down to a five-minute video using iMovie. It took a lot of cutting, pasting and patience, but the job was eventually done. When club members were asked about their favourite part of Audio Visual Club, they said that being on camera and working with the proper equipment to make a perfect movie were their favourite things. We used tripods, cameras, lighting, microphones and boom poles. We definitely felt like we were part of a proper film crew! We developed our skills in teamwork and took responsibility when working with this expensive and easily breakable equipment.
Audio Visual Club was a wonderful experience for Year 4 and Year 5 students, but it couldnâ€™t have been run without Mr Clayton Howard who gave up so much of his time to teach us. It was definitely the club we waited for throughout the week. It always put a smile on our faces when we knew we had achieved something fantastic. Anna Obaid and Anisha Sivagurunathan Year 5 Students
CHINESE NEW YEAR
WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS YEAR OF THE PIG The new academic year of 2019 started with a special celebration at the Junior School as the students from PreKindergarten to Year 4 welcomed the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Pig. The Year of the Pig brings a spirit of diligence and compassion. These values shape the work students have been doing here at the Junior School, from the diligent work being done to develop skills in literacy and numeracy, to participating enthusiastically in specialist subjects as well as co-curricular activities. In Chinese (Mandarin) lessons, Year 4 girls learnt to name words related to Pandas, and they explored the well wishes people use during the Chinese New Year period. The students made a paper panda and wrote down a lucky message to wish their families and friends a prosperous and joyful year. Year 3 students had fun exploring the tone-syllabus nature of spoken Chinese. They learnt that the words for ‘fish’ and
‘abundance’ have the same sound in Chinese and, because of this, fish are believed to be a good luck symbol. Year 2 girls investigated the customs and legends that make Chinese New Year the most exciting time of the year in China and across South-East Asia. They made little red envelopes, called ‘hong bao’ – in Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises luck. Year 1 students discussed the activities people do to celebrate this significant festival and they coloured a paper dragon. Kindergarten girls listened to the story, My First Chinese New Year, and discussed why the fruit, tangerine, is displayed as decoration during the Chinese New Year period. They stand for money and good luck.
many hands helping, a dragon’s head was created using recycled boxes and a bright fabric tie-dyed tail was attached. The Pre-Kindergarten girls performed their Chinese Dragon Dance along the corridor of Level 2 in the Junior School building, much to the delight of the older girls in the Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 studios. Leading the girls was Nora, our School giraffe mascot, holding the dragon’s head with the Pre-Kindergarten girls under the dragon’s tail they had painted. Our Pre-Kindergarten girls performed their dance beautifully much to the cheers, laughter and clapping from their audience. Miss Sherry Chen Chinese (Mandarin) Teacher
In Pre-Kindergarten, girls read the book, New Year Surprise by Christopher Cheng. The students were excited by the Chinese dragon in the story. The question posed by the teacher was: What could we use to make a dragon? The students were able to consider using the recycled materials in their creative space. With
DA VINCI DECATHLON The da Vinci Decathlon is a competitive team event that is held at Knox Grammar each year. For the group of eight girls chosen to compete from Year 5 and Year 6, it involved a number of skills from teamwork to time management. It was a day filled with excitement and bright ideas shared around a table. Whilst competing against 65 schools across Sydney, the competition required students to complete 10 tasks from 10 different disciplines in a set amount of time. These subjects were: Math, English,
Ideation, Creative Producers, Science, Art and Poetry, Code Breaking, General Knowledge, Cartography and Engineering. It was very stressful and our hearts beat out of our chests and sweat ran down our foreheads. Yet, conversations happened and bright lightbulbs flashed above our heads from all our hard thinking. It felt like we were competing in an academic race. We were so happy when we realised that we had won first place in English, which according to our teachers was very hard to do.
Having the opportunity to work together in a group was a wonderful learning experience. Completing these tasks was impossible to do alone â€“ we needed to work together. We learnt a lot from this experience and we cannot wait until next year to try again. Thank you to Mr Clayton Howard and Mrs Jan Falls for guiding and supporting us through this challenge. Kathleen Chrun and Evelyn Kerr Year 5 Students
DEBATING Open debate and logical thought expand knowledge and understanding. Debate takes learning and insight to the next level. This is why debating is so important at MLC School. It starts in the Junior School and is embraced by students through to Year 12. This year, the Junior School had a number of successes as they engaged in IPSHA Interschool Debating. Many students from Year 5 to Year 6 were given the opportunity to be part of a team. As the season progressed the girls became more confident in both their preparation and presentations. At the last event for the year, the IPSHA Gala Debating Day, the girls won three of their four debates which was a great effort.
New initiatives in debating this year included the creation of the Friday morning debating squad. A number of girls from Year 5 and Year 6 met and considered affirmative and negative arguments for the upcoming inter-school debate. They were given instruction and practised at rebuttals. They were aided in this training by enthusiastic and experienced senior debaters who would join the sessions. Another ‘first’ this year was the Year 4 Debating Skills Workshop where eight students from Year 4 were selected to attend. The course was aimed at providing students with a broad understanding
INDONESIAN Indonesian students used their language skills to write to MLC School’s sponsored child, Maria Natalia. Maria celebrated her birthday on 25 December, and the girls designed unique birthday cards with messages of well wishes in Indonesian. Hopefully, the cards were a welcome surprise for Maria. The girls also used the medium of song to learn greetings, numbers and colours. They exhibited a lot of talent and are sure to become fantastic Indonesian students in the Senior School. Ms Bronwyn Peace and Ms Kartika Brand Indonesian Teachers
of debating skills and methodology, including: critical thinking, ideation, argumentation and presentation style. It was an ideal way for the girls to gain confidence and enthusiasm for debating. As the focus for skill development continues, debating in the Junior School will go from strength to strength. I would like to acknowledge all the girls for their commitment to debating during 2019 and thank Ms Andrea Martinez for her enthusiasm and assistance throughout the season. Mrs Jan Falls Public Speaking Coordinator
ROBOCUP For the second year running, MLC Junior School entered a team into the RoboCup Junior Australia NSW Open competition. The five Year 5 students, led by Ms Marie Cassar, put together an entertaining routine based on an Australia’s Got Talent show, all performed by robots. Their extensive preparations helped them to perform well on the day and earned them third place in the competition! Mrs Marie Cassar and Mr Bede Schofield STEAM Lab Coordinators
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Tina Nguyen, Dina Saeed, Vivian Pang, Valerie Tran, Camille McLucas
FRONT ROW Jodhi Bou, Aryana Sah, Anna Obaid, Eve Ireland, Ophelia Li, Mia Coady SECOND ROW Mr C Howard, Meena Kanthathas, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Haegan Sitou, Grace Farrow, Angelique Houltham, Chloe Messih
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FRONT ROW Victoria Cassar, Kyrani Countouris, Victoria Wai, Elana Chrun, Arabella Kuo, Zara Ho-Shon, Gabriela Lim, Hannah Girgis, Emilia Sarayar SECOND ROW Ms J Avraam, Taylor Lu, Svara Mutalithas, Chloe Lu, Ada Savage, Emma Koeswandy, Niamh Canadas, Mia Coady THIRD ROW Jordan Vo, Anna Obaid, Gauri Nathan, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Diar Kabaha, Tin Leung, Sophia Hu
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FRONT ROW Avery Koh, India Mace, Janice Leong, Stella Wallace, Jodhi Bou, Amritha Ravichandra, Imogen Wong SECOND ROW Miss E Rhodes, Sophie Ye, Ophelia Li, Sallia Nguyen, Sacha Jeyasingam, Nectaria Constanti, Carina Chu THIRD ROW Valerie Tran, Gauri Nathan, Chloe Messih, Ava Saad, Isabella Townsend, Isabella Correia
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FRONT ROW Jordan Vo, Lara Bazzi, Eve Ireland, Christine Jin, Mia Rae, Katelyn Tu, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Ms J Falls, Gauri Nathan, Angelina Le, Annaliese Yan, Amaya Karunakaran, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Anna Obaid, Mr C Howard THIRD ROW Aspen Lambert, Sarinna Cai, Kathleen Chrun, Haegan Sitou, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Evelyn Kerr ABSENT Jiayi Li
FRONT ROW Katelyn Tu, Lara Bazzi, Sarina Nagra, Edith Hynes, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Ava Saad, Anna Obaid, Eve Ireland, Umaiza Mahfuz, Georgie Papadimitriou, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Ms J Falls, Riya Chib, Natalia Gadelrabb, Angelina Le, Bonnie Zheng, Chloe Ho-Shon, Allegra Carlini, Amaya Karunakaran, Julinar Alshehabi, Emma Sullivan, Ava Roins THIRD ROW Anisha Sivagurunathan, Sarinna Cai, Ella Baker, Jemima Zoud, Tessa Britton, Erin Muir, Kathleen Chrun, Sophia Malas, Abigail Bush, Sameera Khatri ABSENT Ms A Martinez 60
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Bella Nguyen, Sara Placanica, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Amalia Labraga, Saskia Roberts, Thea Townley, Yihan Zhang
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Ms M Cassar, Emma Sullivan, Sara Placanica, Kathleen Chrun, Chloe Messih, Yihan Zhang
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Chloe Kypreos, Sienna Dodd, Isabelle Ng
Kushla McCaul, Sallia Nguyen, Hannah French, Ava Saad, Ze Wong, Eve Ireland, Aryana Sah
TE CH Y NI AS NJ
Jordan Vo, Chloe Messih, Hazel Gohil ABSENT Emily Duong, Jiayi Li
T EN M S NA IND UR M TO OF
Eve Ireland, Amaya Karunakaran, Sameera Khatri, Haegan Sitou, Angelina Le, Mia Rae, Umaiza Mahfuz
Junior School Photos
FRONT ROW Olivia Cheng, Ariya Sundaraj, Skye Nguyen, Amanda Zhang, Amelia Ko, Caitlyn Law, Leonie Nguyen, Charlotte Lim, Sienna Nguyen, Caitlyn Wong SECOND ROW Ding Tong, Eloise Qiu, Henrietta Britton, Moyi Chen, Avianna Tanios, Peita Nikolakopoulos, Leah Maidment, Freyja Caldon, Hayley Lam THIRD ROW Le Chan Gui, Amelia Lee, Avni Narang, Isabella Rocca, Alev Brennan, Vaani Narang, Leanna Shen, Laura Chang ABSENT Chuchu Huang, Anushkaa Thadani TEACHERS Mrs E Monda, Ms G Zucco, Mrs V Liubinskas, Miss C De Pasquale
FRONT ROW Annabella Xiang, Nia Immanuel, Olivia Duong, Sienna Dib, Estella Tran, Chloe Huang, Olivia Smith, Shangya Gao, Genevieve Nguyen, Poppy Frederick, Daisy Han, Annika Bou, Victoria Cassar SECOND ROW Macy Bellew, Nikoda May, Ruby Tzouganatos, Eve Hutchison, Camellia Yao, Catherine Coorey, Jolyn Nassif, Eloise Dastyari, Elissa Chami, Aaliyah Liu, Katherine Zhai, Kyrani Countouris, Victoria Wai THIRD ROW Irene Chau, Niamh Gorman, Shantelle Nguyen, Elizabeth Horvath, Audrey Henderson, Tara Siddarth, Anne Zhang, Averie Ling, Hannah Girgis, Kathy Zhang, Lara Byrnes, Bailey Tong, Vivienne Woon FOURTH ROW Annika Arul, Joyce Guan, Georgia Sioutas, Peta Bianchi-Howden, Lily Sugianto, Clara Southwood, Vera Papaluca, Scarlet Akers, Mia Li, Elana Chrun, Sienna Khouzame, Grace Trimboli ABSENT Eirya V Chauhan, Mia Jin TEACHERS Ms S Blanche, Miss S Edwards, Mrs S Clark 64
YE AR 1 FRONT ROW Aerin Kim, Alexandra Huynh, Freda Xie, Faith Huynh, Manjima Dutta Gupta, Vy Truong, Mia Licenblat, Lydia Ye, Leona Nadarajah, Victoria Xu, Fedra Nikolakopoulos, Anna Lieu, Emily Tu SECOND ROW Taylor Bakir, Sophia Hall, Christa Jeyasingam, Kimia Ferdose, Adora Xu, Queeny Guan, Ashwini Kanesalingam, Halimah Bokhari, Elina Yu, Magdalena Volikas, Hayley Trinh, Charlotte Hing THIRD ROW Vivienne Nguyen, Frida Yao, Helen Liu, Chloe Zheng, Joanna Gao, Alicia Suen, Frankie Fardoost, Claire Liang, Lavinia Xu, Sophia Correia, Sherlyn Lin, Dora Zheng FOURTH ROW Arianna Xu, Zara Nicholias, Zoe Fotoulis, Abira Sanan, Sateni Shoaib, Yasmin Maidment, Selina Shan, Sophia Ghaly, Megana Pasupati, Ella Le, Jessica Lim, Angela Thorn FIFTH ROW Maggie Ma, Chloe Grasso, Anaahat Kahlon, Queena Chen, Sofia Callegaro, Joy Wei, Mariette Karam, Evelyn Tran, Yang Yang Liu, Zoe Zlamal, Amanda Houltham ABSENT Carolyn Dou, Chelsey Gao, Shiloh Gao TEACHERS Ms M Mookhy, Mrs M Wyatt, Mrs D Keane
YE AR 2 FRONT ROW Emilia Sarayar, Giselle Tanios, Chelsea Keomanivong, Arabella Kuo, Raquel Gill, Sienna Munoz, Francesca Masters, Bethany Haddad, Aurora Sharma, Elisa Li, Charlotte Yiu, Avery Lee, Gabriela Lim SECOND ROW Isabella Horvath, Sophie Hong, Frances Xie, Alana Bakir, Zara Ho-Shon, Eva Rocca, Sookai Law, Ella Rose Zraika, Aleeya Sharma, Olive Simmons, Chloe Price, Eloise Wong THIRD ROW Jocelyn Yao, Angelyn Xiang, Layla Abdelrahim, Sophia Du, Leela Das, Anny Xie, Jenny Lin, Sally Nguyen, Scarlett Innes, Lucia Cicinelli, Amara Sivagurunathan FOURTH ROW Svara Mutalithas, Janani Kanthathas, Lexie Bellew, Imogen Sutton, Imogen Bush, Olivia Burke, Kaitlyn Yang, Anastasia Countouris, Alisha Ji-Lee, Vita Gohil ABSENT Olivia Connolly, Angela Liu, Yan Tsoi TEACHERS Mrs J Tanevski, Mrs R Barakat, Mr M Lewis 65
Junior School Photos
FRONT ROW Hannah Dastyari, Hayley Dinh, Megan Ouyang, Stephanie Elâ€™Atrache, Sofia Tzouganatos, Madeleine Girgis, Katelyn Lim, Christina Messih, Joanna Williams, Taylor Lu, Miranda Lin, Ethelia Cassar SECOND ROW Tamara Abdelrahim, Rachael Ming, Emma Kanaan, Rima Zhang, Danika Krekacs, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Chloe Lu, Jiarui Song, Alana Siluk, Niamh Canadas, Maryse Elassal THIRD ROW Ingrid Henderson, Katherine Goldring, Elizabeth Ravens, Tina Guan, Yunqi Ellie Ni, Rachael McGuire, Audrey Boulton, Megan Kuit, Stella Inthavong, Ada Savage FOURTH ROW Adelaide Akers, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Angelina Huang, Jade Scott-Rogers, Milla Papaluca, Matilda Dugan, Sybilla Howes, Jacqueline Wang, Katherine Woo, Liesl Wong FIFTH ROW Elyse Vivash, Kristella Miltiades, Julia Saad, Avery Dauphinee, Elizabeth Faraj, Indigo Hannah, Ava Brown, Zoe Brown, Alisha Dhaliwal, Emma Sugianto ABSENT Gloria Chen, Sienna Clark, Evelyn Gogos, Rithika Vinoth TEACHERS Ms J Falls, Miss E Simpson, Ms E Astle
FRONT ROW Sophia Hu, Isabella Munoz, India-Rose Mace, Aashi Shah, Imogen Walker, Lola Jablonski, Zaina Verma, Angelina Ng, Olivia Nguyen, Mia Rice, Amelia Kroehnert, Ilaria Blanco, Jade Pashos, Sophie Connolly, Mia Coady SECOND ROW Eleni Giannacopoulos, Georgia Delis, Stephanie Phong, Imogen Wong, Janice Leong, Hannah North, Niamh Johnson, Mikayla Woon, Jodhi Bou, Liana Wai, Avery Koh, Violet Le THIRD ROW Stella Wallace, Tin Wing Cheylene Leung, Nectaria Constanti, Elly Yu, Nicola Keast, Carina Chu, Diar Kabaha, Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Eleanor McKeough, Ines Prince, Avnika Kandala, Gigi Guan, Rose Lin FOURTH ROW Aaliya Salim, Lucy Cui, Luella Farah, Stephanie Keo, Sophie Ye, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Kyra Narang, Alyssa Corbett, Sophia Antipas, Charla Howard, Baylie Shen, Charlotte Latham FIFTH ROW Soraya Bates, Chelsea Chen, Lam Nguyen, Meena Kanthathas, Chloe Miller, Yolanda Dolenac, Angelina Mijakovac, Grace Kuman, Angelina Xu, Sacha Jeyasingam, Naoise Lynn-Black, Ophelia Li ABSENT Amritha Ravichandra TEACHERS Ms E Rhodes, Mr E Dunphy, Ms V Rouhliadeff 66
YE AR 5 FRONT ROW Kushla McCaul, Jordan Vo, Chloe Kypreos, Umaiza Mahfuz, Eve Ireland, Ashley Denton, Hannah French, Evelyn Kerr, Thea Townley, Bella Nguyen, Ellie Li, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Emily Bitar, Tilly Ackland, Gabriella Ayad, Rebecca Gao, Jiayi Li, Emma Sullivan, Ava Roins, Emily Duong, Jane Xia, Yihan Zhang, Genevieve Beattie, Karla Anderson THIRD ROW Mia Tynan, Zoe Andrews, Edith Hynes, Isabelle Ng, Gauri Nathan, Isabella Townsend, Aryana Sah, Julia Zarlenga, Isabella Correia, Sallia Nguyen, Valerie Tran, Hazel Gohil FOURTH ROW Bianca Trimboli, Dina Saeed, Ze Wong, Kiara Elghitany, Allegra Carlini, Isabel Garner, Saskia Roberts, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Chloe Messih, Anna Obaid, Julinar Alshehabi, Sara Placanica FIFTH ROW Maalika Chalak, Markella Krekacs, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Karry Yang, Tessa Britton, Kathleen Chrun, Ava Saad, Jemima Zoud, Grace Farrow, Angelique Houltham, Vivian Pang ABSENT Camille McLucas, Haegan Sitou TEACHERS Ms C Dougherty, Mr T Hall, Mr C Howard
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Year 12 Captains
SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN (YEAR 10 TO YEAR 12)
Ruihan (Rachel) Wang At MLC School since 2014
Emily Osborne At MLC School since 2013
Jessica Kuo At MLC School since 2007
SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN (YEAR 6 TO YEAR 9)
DANCE, DRAMA AND ENTERTAINMENT CAPTAIN
Capri Maher At MLC School since 2014
Cassandra Economides At MLC School since 2007
Olivia Wu At MLC School since 2014
Clara Janssen At MLC School since 2014
CREATIVE ART AND DESIGN CAPTAIN
ROUND SQUARE CAPTAIN
Diya Mehta At MLC School since 2014
Laura Sutherland At MLC School since 2014
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Year 12 House Captains
Lydia Todoroska At MLC School since 2014
Desiree Miller At MLC School since 2017
Gabrielle Giannakos At MLC School since 2007
Chloe Gentle At MLC School since 2014
Grace Karras At MLC School since 2014
Emily Millar At MLC School since 2014
Charlotte Seales At MLC School since 2012
Crystal Warner At MLC School since 2011
Ava McGrigor At MLC School since 2012
Anushri Baksi At MLC School since 2017
Katie Papachatgis At MLC School since 2010
Georgia Ventouris At MLC School since 2008
Natashja Eyles At MLC School since 2015
Laura Libro At MLC School since 2013
Lok Yu (Tess) Tsoi At MLC School since 2016
Elle Andreopoulos At MLC School since 2007
Sarah Monaha At MLC School since 2014
Georgia Dunn At MLC School since 2014
Afamia Moussa At MLC School since 2012
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WADE Rasika Bains
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Yoonju (Jasmine) Cho
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Jade De Julian
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Yumeng (Penny) Fu
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Xin Rui (Sherry) Jiang
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Ho Yi (Alice) Lam
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PRESCOTT Olivia Makhlouf
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Year 12 Portraits
Natasha Sok Melican
At MLC School since 2017
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Lok Yu (Tess) Tsoi
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Pelagia (Julia) Varvarigos
At MLC School since 2013
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Chit Ham (Ada) Wong
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Ruihan (Rachel) Wang
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FRONT ROW Nehreen Hassan, Bethany Xue, Nese Sirikci, Gabrielle Giannakos, Grace Karras, Elizabeth Trung, Jessica Kuo, Ms L Moloney (Principal), Ms I Swain (Head of Year 12), Emily Osborne, Rachel Wang, Hanna Nash, Sherry Jiang, Shirley Kuang, Clara Janssen, Breanna Scott SECOND ROW Lilly Mijatovic, Phoebe Zhou, Charis Chiu, Olivia Wu, Cassandra Economides, Afamia Moussa, Georgia Ventouris, Eliza Swann, Jade De Julian, Anjelica Issa, Matilda Swann, Christiana Perdis, Olivia Otto, Tiahna Sortwell, Rhiannon Macleod, Alyssa Nguyen, Olivia Cain, Natasha Sok Melican THIRD ROW Virginia Peter, Jasmine Cho, Desiree Miller, Teagan Truong, Jessica Pizzinga, Jade Su, Danielle Mikhael, Laura Libro, Tiara Huynh, Sarah Monaha, Rasika Bains, Natalie Bejar, Tessa Iversen, Tess Tsoi, Elizabeth Liu, Sian Thomas, Ellen Margaritis, Elle Andreopoulos FOURTH ROW Julia Varvarigos, Hope Mersal, Sabrine Yassine, Georgia Dunn, Natalie Sorial, Annike Lindhout, Claire Wang, Emily Millar, Yijun Cui, Diya Mehta, Zoe Lindhout, Christina Catania, Bella Leighton, Lana Selwood, Georgia Softsis, Olivia Makhlouf, Eleni Kaloterakis, Emily Huynh FIFTH ROW Gabriella Melhem, Eleni Charalambidis, Eva Jessurun, Lily Rodgers, Anna Brew, Katrina Marshall, Vicky Feng, Katie Papachatgis, Annika Haller, Chloe Gentle, Natashja Eyles, Lydia Todoroska, Katie Zheng, Fiona Paterson, Sophie Newby, Amanda Yu, Ada Wong, Jennifer Lee SIXTH ROW Charlotte Seales, Madeleine Aitken, Lucy Baker, Sashira Mulholland, Katerina Malafouris, Anushri Baksi, Victoria Workman, Stephanie Kalamvokis, Julia Spiker, Nicole Lin, Lauren Phelps, Caitlin Fitch, Olivia Robb, Madeleine Lysaght, Gemma Dessent, Crystal Warner, Ava McGrigor SEVENTH ROW Christiane Diamantis, Lilie Tyler, Sophie Graham, Capri Maher, Alex Harbridge, Madeline Bide, Claire McLelland, Alice Ho Yi Lam, Aleksia Grbic, Madeleine Murphy, Olivia Russell, Jennifer Leng, Nicola Yarrow, Sarah Day, Billie Whittaker, Laura Sutherland, Grace Gilmore, Tayla Casey ABSENT Penny Fu, Imogen Greenslade, Anastasia Kennett, Zoe Scoufis
Kindergarten to Year 12 Students
We would like to acknowledge the following students who have been students at MLC School from Kindergarten to Year 12.
FRONT ROW Bethany Xue, Cassandra Economides, Jennifer Lee, Charis Chiu, Elle Andreopoulos, Gabrielle Giannakos SECOND ROW Ms L Moloney (Principal), Julia Spiker, Madeline Bide, Eleni Charalambidis, Jessica Kuo ABSENT Zoe Scoufis
HSC and IB Results HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (HSC)
STATE RANKINGS Ì Gabrielle Giannakos – 2nd in Indonesian Extension
Band 5/6 Achieved
Ì Amanda Yu – 5th in Japanese Beginners
Entertainment Industry Examination
Ì Zoe Lindhout – 6th in Industrial Technology
Ì Matilda Swann – 9th in Textiles and Design
Textiles and Design
Ì 64% of the 2019 cohort achieved a Band 6 in at least one subject.
Ì There were 96 instances of students awarded a Band 6 or E4.
Design and Technology
Congratulations to all the girls who were placed on the HSC Distinguished Achievers list for those who achieved a result in the highest possible Band for one or more courses.
HSC DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS
Elle Andreopoulos, Lucinda Baker, Madeline Bide, Anna Brew, Olivia Cain, Christina Catania, Eleni Charalambidis, Yoonju Cho, Jade De Julian, Gabrielle Giannakos, Sophie Graham, Imogen Greenslade, Tessa Iversen, Eva Jessurun, Xin Jiang, Eleni Kaloterakis, Grace Karras, Shirley Kuang, Zoe Lindhout, Elizabeth Liu, Madeleine Lysaght, Katerina Malafouris, Danielle Mikhael, Desiree Miller, Sashira Mulholland, Hanna Nash, Sophie Newby, Alyssa Nguyen, Christiana Perdis, Virginia Peter, Jessica Pizzinga, Olivia Robb, Lily Rodgers, Zoe Scoufis, Charlotte Seales, Nese Sirikci, Georgia Softsis, Jessica Song, Jade Su, Matilda Swann, Sian Thomas, Elizabeth Trung, Georgia Ventouris, Crystal Warner, Billie Whittaker, Chit Wong, Bethany Xue, Nicola Yarrow, Amanda Yu
PERCENTAGE OF MLC SCHOOL CANDIDATES WHO ACHIEVED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS
* All MLC School students sat the English Advanced Examination
E3 and E4 Achieved
English Extension 2
English Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2
MLC School encourages girls to take on challenging courses to ensure academic growth. For example, all of the HSC cohort completed the Advanced English course. We are one of the few schools in the State to do this.
Our aim is for girls to maximise their ATAR and not simply the number of Band 6s as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Ì Four students received a perfect score of 45 (99.95 ATAR). Congratulations to Vicky Feng, Annike Lindhout, Rachel Wang and Olivia Wu. Ì Four students received a score of 44 (99.85 ATAR). Congratulations to Yijun Cui, Nicole Lin, Capri Maher and Lydia Todoroska. Ì 64% of students achieved an ATAR equivalent of 95 or over. Ì 76.5% of students achieved an ATAR equivalent of 90 or over. Ì The average score among IB students at MLC School was 38 which represents an ATAR equivalent to 96.45. Ì The worldwide average in 2019 was 28.5. Ì Thirteen students achieved an ATAR of 99 and over Î Charis Chiu 99.6 Î Yijun Cui 99.6 Î Vicky Feng 99.95 Î Emily Huynh 99.25 Î Jessica Kuo 99.25 Î Nicole Lin 99.85 Î Annike Lindhout 99.95 Î Capri Maher 99.85 Î Katrina Marshall 99.25
SNAPSHOT OF 2019 MLC SCHOOL IB RESULTS COMPARED WITH AUSTRALASIA AND THE WORLD Total number of students sitting the 2019 IB Diploma
(source provisional stats from IBO)
ATAR equivalent of 98.05 or higher
(IB Diploma of 40 or more)
EXTENDED ESSAYS The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of original research, resulting in 4000-word academic thesis. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge awarded grades combine to gain a possible three bonus points.
If a student gains a Grade A for both or a Grade A and Grade B combination they will receive the three bonus points. 36.9 per cent of MLC School candidates received three bonus points in November 2019 compared to the world percentage of 9.47 per cent.
% Scored A
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English A Literature
Î Lydia Todoroska 99.85
Î Tess Tsoi 99.25
Î Rachel Wang 99.95
Î Olivia Wu 99.95
Artwork from the DART exhibition
Senior School Curriculum
YEAR 7 TO YEAR 10 CURRICULUM This year students engaged in the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) subject areas with enthusiasm and diligence. The standards achieved and growth seen in each student reflect the encouragement as teachers we give to our students at MLC School, as they strive to achieve their personal best, accept challenge and learn from setbacks. We had some very interesting Personal Projects completed this year from Year 10 including the design and manufacture of a surfboard, a bee hotel and reeds for a clarinet. The ingenuity and organisation of Year 10 students and their commitment
to complete a project independently has prepared them well for the more independent structure of study in Year 11 and Year 12. The Chiang Mai program also provided rewards and opportunities that each student can build on as she takes her place in a global society. Year 7 students embraced the challenges of a much larger campus and curriculum and have flourished, making new friends, learning new skills and seeing new horizons. Year 8 girls enjoyed a year of consolidation and are ready to take on the risks of increased rigour in their core
subjects while also taking the opportunity to begin specialising in subjects of particular interest to them. Year 9 girls have emerged as young women of intent and imagination as they have begun to think of future careers and implications while still enjoying the period when they can relish carefree weekends. Their Broken Hill program will be a stand out memory of Year 9. Mrs Jennifer Brown Director of Curriculum (Year 7 to Year 10)
YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12 CURRICULUM: HSC AND IB In 2019 there were 75,006 students studying one or more Higher School Certificate (HSC) courses, with 338 of the students residing outside NSW. Biology and Business Studies were two of the most popular subjects. 2019 also saw the first Extension Science online HSC examination and the examination of the new syllabuses in History, English, Sciences and Mathematics Standard as part of the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) push to strengthen the rigour of the HSC. The changes were designed to extend and provide authentic experiences for students; to motivate them to achieve at the highest possible level, while reducing excessive stress by reducing the number of examination type assessments.
In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme this year, the Psychology and Geography students faced the first examination of their new syllabuses. The IB Diploma Programme courses and core (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity and Service) are reviewed on a five-year cycle to ensure currency.
from six prescribed titles. One of the questions for the November examination session was:
Cassandra Economides was the recipient of the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) prize this year at Speech Night. This prize is not given out every year and is only awarded to students who go beyond the requirements of the core CAS part of the Diploma.
An interesting question to debate over the coming year.
‘In the acquisition of knowledge, the responsibility for accuracy lies with the user not the producer.’ Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.
Mrs Anne Layman Director of Curriculum (Year 11 and Year 12)
Each examination session, the IB students in Year 12 have to write a 1600-word (maximum) Theory of Knowledge question 89
Sophie Wheen (2014) discussed her plans to become a helicopter pilot through ADFA
Annual MLC School Careers and Tertiary Expo
2019 Work Experience Immersion Program
At MLC School, the Careers Development Process has been designed to help students navigate their future higher educational pathways and careers. Our vision is to develop each student’s self-understanding through various programs, which acknowledge personality, strengths and interests. We build on this from Year 10 to Year 12 with a variety of integrated programs and activities, but most importantly, through working with individuals to plan their transition from school to further study and work. Throughout the year, in addition to our annual programs, we run a number of lunchtime workshops and whole Year group presentations to address different areas of enquiry. This year two highlights were: Ì A visit by Old Girl Ashna Kapoor (2018) who received the award for UTS Bachelor of Accounting Co-op Scholarship program. She came to discuss the scholarship opportunity with current students. Ì A visit from Old Girl Sophie Wheen (2014) who is currently studying through Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Bachelor of Technology and is well on her way to qualifying as a helicopter pilot. 90
Campus tours give the girls a glimpse of life beyond high school
WORK EXPERIENCE IMMERSION PROGRAM This program for Year 10 students is more relevant today than ever before. Personal qualities and relevant experience can be more important than qualifications alone in the new employment landscape. The impact of the work experience immersion on the girls has been profound as they learn so much about themselves and become excited about their futures.
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS TOURS In October, the new Year 11 cohort had an opportunity to visit university campuses and participate in hands-on workshops, lectures and tours. Participating institutions, which generously organised these experiences were University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and The Hotel School. Workshops were delivered in the areas of Forensics, Nursing, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Architecture, Law, Business, Creative Industries, Tourism and Hospitality. This unique experience was followed by a one-day workshop linking their personal values, learning styles and future study and work ideas with an individualised careers plan. This will be
continued and built upon over their next two years as they receive current industry information and liaise with their networks, including the Careers Counsellors.
CAREERS AND TERTIARY EXPO All senior students have access to the Annual Careers and Tertiary Expo, which is their introduction to different tertiary institutions, employer groups and Gap year programs. This opens their eyes to the many exciting opportunities that are emerging in the globalised world we live in. Girls discover the leading-edge courses that have just been created in response to the new capabilities that employers are seeking, including critical and creative thinking, future scenario building and sustainable futures innovation. These are the careers of the future and we want students to be fully informed about the world they are graduating into, not just choose the traditional options. Mrs Loretta Toole Head of Careers and Academic Advising
Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) Ashna Kapoor (2018) spoke to girls about the UTS Bachelor of Accounting Co-op Scholarship program.
3… 2… 1… Action! 2019 has been a busy, successful year for the Dance, Drama and Entertainment Department and the girls we teach. The talented, enthusiastic students and dedicated staff have been busy in a number of areas. Our annual school production, Away, was a highlight of Semester 1 and involved over 50 students. The Solo Performance Evening by our Year 12 IB Theatre class produced some of the most innovative, creative works we have seen in a long time. The highlight of Semester 2 was the fantastic achievement of the MLC School Wakakirri team. There was great anticipation after we won our regional competition and we went on to achieve second place out of 350 schools in the National story/dance competition – an incredible achievement.
Our Entertainment class were the crew for this team and won the Best Backstage Crew whilst Sarah Moller won Best Lighting Design and Calling of Cues for the show. We also won the Best Set Design. Our annual Dance Showcase held at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) was based on board games and produced outstanding works. Our curriculum classes also had a great year. Our Year 12 Drama students performed with confidence at their Trial Showcase and their final works for the HSC were outstanding. Seven students were nominated for OnStage, the showcase of outstanding HSC Drama works for 2019, and two of our projects by Jessica Pizzinga and Christina Catania were selected. Our HSC Dance students also achieved wonderful results. The following students were nominated for Callback; Georgia Ventouris, Georgia
Softsis and Desiree Miller. Our annual Year 11 drama production was the challenging contemporary play, Silent Disco. One parent commented, ‘this play is challenging theatre for any company to perform and the Year 11 girls did a great job. The girls should be very proud of their work’. Other classes presented creative showcases of their work in playbuilding and script, such as the Year 9 Drama Night. As the house lights fade and the curtain falls on 2019, all students and staff of DDE can take a bow to a well-deserved round of applause. We look forward to the next show. Ms Lisa Jinga Head of Department – Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE)
Design, Art and Technology (DART) VISUAL ARTS 2019 has been a wonderful and inspiring year for the Visual Arts Department across all year groups, with MLC School students engaging in creative projects that have broadened their opportunities and understanding of art and culture. We welcomed two new staff members to our department. Mrs Rebekah Lukins, a dedicated teacher with special expertise in art theory, and Ms Ciane Brewster, a passionate teacher and practising artist who specialises in ceramics. The 2019 Year 12 cohort performed extremely well, with HSC students creating exciting artworks that reflected their unique personalities and passions in an impressive exhibition. The International Baccalaureate (IB) candidature exhibition was of a very good standard with highly conceptual and cutting edge works on show. Thank you to all the incredible and dedicated staff in the Visual Arts Department for their outstanding support enabling students from both HSC and IB to transform their ideas into reality.
Art and Design week was triumphant this year. Led by our amazing Art and Design Captain, Capri Maher, alongside the hard work of the Art and Design Committee members, they explored the theme of Seasons culminating in Illuminate Winter Art and Design celebration. Thank you to all involved as it was a wonderful night and a huge success. This year the Art and Design tour was an absolute highlight for the staff and students. Thirty-seven students and five staff travelled to Spain and Italy, visiting Madrid, Bilbao, Guernica, Milan, Verona, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome. The students from Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 experienced the delicious foods, rich culture and amazing art, design and architecture that each of these places had to offer. To finish off 2019 with a bang, Design, Art and Technology (DART) held a fantastic and comprehensive exhibition showcasing hundreds of students’ works
from Year 6 to Year 11. It was a wonderful evening where parents and friends celebrated the outstanding creative forces existing in our School. It was a pleasure to demonstrate the artistic and creative achievements of students who have worked so hard this year. We look forward to 2020 with much excitement and hope the students, staff and School community will enjoy what we have to offer. We are privileged to teach such dedicated, passionate and innovative young women who we know will go on to achieve greatness in the world. Ms Emma Hogan Acting Assistant Head of Department – Visual Arts Ms Sally Marks Acting Head of Department – Design, Art and Technology (DART)
TECHNOLOGICAL AND APPLIED STUDIES As always, the Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Department had a busy year, designing, sewing, baking and creating. Across Food Technology, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology Multimedia, Information and Software Technology, and Textiles and Design, the MLC School students worked exceptionally well to create a variety of products and systems. This year we welcomed three new staff members to our department, Mr Richard Burgess, a Design and Technology teacher, and Ms Kim Spits and Mr Jake Morrissey, our new DART assistants.
This year, Year 8 students competed in the National Computer Science School (NCSS) Challenge, a programming competition which saw them undertake a series of tasks, that ranged in difficulty, to improve their coding skills. On top of this, they refined their textiles skills in the creation of a fabric container and explored the possibilities of herbs as part of their Grow Cook Eat Food Technologies unit. Over the two years, the students explored five different types of technologies, developing their skills in different areas in preparation for their elective TAS subjects.
The 2019 Year 12 HSC cohort, across all disciplines, performed diligently throughout the year to produce practical, thought-provoking and technically skilled projects. All students completed highly successful works, which were exhibited at the Design, Art and Technology (DART) Showcase in September.
Year 9 Textiles Technology students had a jam-packed year refining their skills in non-apparel and apparel construction. The students were treated to an in-school fashion illustration workshop, which provided them with tips and techniques for producing industry-standard design illustrations. Year 11 and Year 12 girls had the opportunity to see works at the Texstyle and Shape exhibitions at Ultimo TAFE, as a way to spark inspiration with their own designs. Finally, students from Year 9 to Year 12 were lucky enough to end the year with a bang, watching a Cirque Du Soleil Kurios performance. The girls marvelled at the exquisite and technically refined costume designs, especially after completing their own works in the Year 9 Costume unit.
Year 7 started their Senior School Technology experience brightly, with a third of the cohort creating intricate acrylic lanterns for the Daughters of the Light unit. The girls were encouraged to consider each of their individual qualities to create unique products using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and laser cutter technologies. They then learnt about the historic and aesthetic features of the Memphis design movement, to influence the production of their own, very colourful Memphis-inspired boxes. Finally, the students ‘wrapped it up’ by using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to design and create a 3D CAD earbud holder.
In Food Technology, the girls had multiple behind-the-scene opportunities to witness industry professionals at work. In 2019, Year 9 Food Technology visited the Sydney Chocolate School at Mosman during Term 3, working with the owner of Coco
Chocolate, and leading chocolatier in Australia, Rebecca Kerswell. The girls learnt about ethically sourced chocolate, the chemical properties of chocolate and the process of tempering and crystallisation. They also engaged in hands-on activities, using hand-tempering and decorating techniques, to create a take-home bag of chocolate treats. The Year 10 Food Technology class visited Brasserie Bread at Banksmeadow to complete a short course in Breaducation. The students learnt about artisan bread making, techniques, sourdough, mass production, and sourcing ingredients to make high quality and consistent products. The girls enjoyed kneading and shaping dough to create a variety of bread-based products including baguettes and pizza scrolls. Overall, the TAS Department had a hugely varied year, with students pushing the boundaries of creative possibility. We look forward to another exciting year in TAS in 2020, and encourage all students to be brave, inquisitive and creative in their design possibilities! Ms Caitlin White Acting Assistant Head of Department – Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) Ms Sally Marks Acting Head of Department – Design Art and Technology (DART)
English examined for the first time in 2021. A number of staff attended IB workshops in preparation for these significant changes, changes that will give students an even greater level of freedom and autonomy in their study of literature. As such, the department has been designing a stimulating new program which will introduce students to an exciting array of new classic and contemporary texts, including Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. This year, the MLC School English Department has encouraged each student to be courageous. We have urged them to embrace the challenges that the study of literature instigates and to not be afraid to take risks. Being an independent thinker is crucial to success in our discipline and it is this trait that we have promoted and fostered within each girl in the classroom throughout 2019. With the introduction of an updated and fresh HSC, courage has been an ongoing theme. The Year 12 girls were engrossed in four new units of work, requiring them to study a number of literary heavyweights – Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot and Margaret Atwood, to name just a few. One of the major changes to the HSC English course was the introduction of the module, The Craft of Writing, which aims to develop further students’ writing skills and requires them to experiment with different forms of writing and reflect on their own compositions. Additionally, the refreshed English Extension 1 course involved the girls deconstructing, analysing and imaginatively writing about previously unseen texts for the first time, asking them to consider the literary worlds writers construct. The 2019 Year 12 cohort embraced these significant changes and, with the unwavering support and encouragement of their teachers, tackled these new courses head on, unafraid of the challenges they presented. The English Department has also been busy preparing for a refreshed International Baccalaureate (IB) Language A: Literature course which will be 94
Two of our junior students, Esther Tonkinwise (Year 8) and Isabel McKeough (Year 8) were shortlisted in the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? competition for their original pieces Doors and The Little Things. Additionally, students throughout the Senior School participated in a number of writing competitions, including the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition, applying the content and skills they learnt in class into their writing. Both students and staff engaged in a diverse and exciting range of unique learning experiences throughout the year. The MLC School English Department was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Margaret Atwood at the Sydney Opera House, enthusiastically listening to her witty and sharp observations about literature and contemporary society. A number of MLC School English teachers also attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival, eagerly watching an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Andrew Sean Greer, whose latest novel Less will be taught as part of our new IB programme. Year 12 HSC students attended a symposium on their study of The Merchant of Venice, exploring aspects of the new Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences and witnessing performances of select scenes. The Year 12 EAL/D students also saw a performance of Michael Gow’s iconic Australian play Away at Parramatta Riverside Theatre. English Extension 2 is one of the most demanding and challenging courses NSW students are offered; a program which requires students to compose a Major Work and reflect on their process
of composition. Five students this year embraced this challenge and, as a result of twelve months of gruelling hard work, produced outstanding Major Works. George Orwell said that when it comes to composing a piece of writing, ‘one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand’. This sentiment undeniably proved to be true for our courageous English Extension 2 cohort. Charlotte Seales, Christiana Perdis and Elle Andreopoulos each composed a short story, titled The House That Washed Away, The Destination and Ophelie respectively. Jennifer Leng wrote a critical essay that examined the conceit of entrapment in Post-Modern Gothic texts and Madeleine Lysaght penned a drama script that drew on her own life experiences to explore the impact of prolonged mourning and grief on individuals. With the departure of Ms Rachel Alice, the English Department welcomed two new staff members this year – Mr Joseph Pfeffer and Mr Dave O’Donohue. These new additions bring a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise to the department, as do Ms Christine Choi and Ms Jane Wang who returned in 2019 after parental leave. We would also like to congratulate Ms Ashleigh Maihi who received an award from the Teachers’ Guild of NSW for being an ‘Outstanding Early Career Teacher’ at their Annual Awards Dinner in October. An amazing achievement for a very talented and dedicated teacher. The new Senior Centre building has opened up a world of possibilities for our teaching. The collaboration spaces have been of significant benefit to the teaching of English at MLC School, allowing us to share our teaching practices and engage in even more team-teaching activities. We look forward to seeing what this revolutionary space has in store for us in the future. Mr Benjamen Haeusler Head of Department – English
History As a History Teacher in my 43rd year of teaching I am often asked by friends as to why I don’t retire. The reality is that I have enjoyed every moment of teaching, especially during the last 20 years at MLC School. I am able to share my knowledge, tell stories and make jokes, for which I even get some laughs. The MLC School History student is willing to accept challenges and she develops a confident understanding of the world that surrounds her, recognising the importance of understanding the past in a rapidly changing world. Working together with a wonderful and very capable History Department has enabled us to develop History courses that engage students with interest, while at the same time developing skills essential for lifelong learning. In 2019 we had the pleasure of Mr Moysa joining our department and he has greatly added to the enjoyment of History, especially for the enthusiastic Year 7 and Year 8 girls. Excitedly, we looked forward to teaching a new elective History course that we have called ‘Time Travellers’, a course to engage students with new ways at looking at the past, while also developing their skills for further study of History in the Senior School. As a teacher it is always with great satisfaction to be a part of a student’s development across the years. It is hard
to believe that my lively Year 7 Sutton Luminary group have developed into a still lively, but also, open minded and wiser Year 10. This wonderful group of students, who went on the last History Tour to Greece, Germany and Italy, with awe and excitement, are already now at the end of their schooling, but will forever be touched by an experience they will revisit and build upon in their lives.
‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are.’ David McCullough
MLC School always produces outstanding students that excel at the highest levels. Charlotte Seales clearly was one of those that thrived with the study of Ancient, Modern and Extension History gaining top band results in each subject. Similarly, a positive, eager and talented IB cohort was a highlight of this year. Sitting in S112 around the conference table in our amazing new building, engaging in discussions about topics ranging from Genghis Khan to post-Soviet Russia, creating relevance to our world was
a most memorable teaching experience. As one of these students stated in her exit survey: ‘History during the Senior Years stands out as a highlight of my time at MLC School. It is a class I always look forward to. As a class we have some of the most engaging, thoughtprovoking discussions, formulate such nuanced arguments and are able to draw extremely relevant and meaningful conclusions. Studying History has given me an insight into a range of societies and time periods that are seemingly so far removed from us today. It has allowed me to better understand the world I currently live in and consequently the types of actions we can take in the future’. It is the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for History, together with the new insights provided by our wonderful students, that keeps me teaching at MLC School! Mr Peter Klamka Head of Department – History
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
In 2019 the Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Department has continued to foster curious learners who are fascinated by the world around them. The HSIE subjects, or social sciences, occupy a unique place in academia as they bridge the gap between the experimental sciences and the arts, by being both dependent on factual data and analysis, yet also recognising the importance of different perspectives and world views that exist. Many of the world’s so-called ‘wicked problems’, those such as refugee movements, climate change and natural resource consumption, require the various lenses of the social sciences to understand why scientific knowledge alone has been unable to provide solutions to these challenges. At MLC School, the HSIE faculty includes the subjects of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics, Geography, Global Studies, Psychology and Studies of Religion.
important element of our work and we continue to seek new fieldwork possibilities to support our content. For example, our Year 9 cohort visited Auburn to understand how migration and sustainability can shape a suburb. They also visited the Gallipoli Mosque to obtain a greater understanding of Islam. This year our Year 11 Studies of Religion classes immersed themselves in Hinduism and Buddhism by visiting the Sri Venkateswara and Nan Tien Temples. Girls even stayed overnight at Nan Tien to fully experience the Buddhist monastic lifestyle. Similarly, the Senior Business Studies girls were able to enrich their case study understanding with a trip to IKEA to explore the role marketing plays in a global business. Another group of Year 11 Geography students visited the Blue Mountains to conduct fieldwork on biophysical interactions and the management of bushfires in a world with changing climate.
While representing a broad range of subjects, we also continue to adapt to the needs of our girls. In 2019, we commenced our new Global Studies elective for Year 9 and Year 10 girls. Global Studies aims to equip girls with a clear understanding of how global forces impact on all aspects of our lives locally. The course explores themes such as terrorism, emerging diseases and renewable energy. We have also undertaken a refresh of our Year 7 to Year 10 Religion curriculum to better reflect the diversity of our girls and recognise the important role faith plays in society regardless of one’s own personal beliefs.
HSIE subjects, Geography in particular, provide an outstanding foundation for the practical inclusion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). STEM and ICT can greatly enhance analytical and research skills in a range of innovative and creative ways. We have begun the introduction of the Canvas learning platform to support blended learning in our faculty. Moreover, in addition to drone technology, we have been integrating GPS devices into our classroom experiences. For example, a GPS geocaching activity was provided to support the Year 8 Amazing Race this year. Globally, a geospatial revolution is currently being undertaken as the collection of locational data is being
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capitalised on by businesses such as Uber, Google and the various social media platforms. The HSIE teachers recognise their role in equipping girls with these future skills. Although we remain proud of our external examination results in both the HSC and IB curricula, we also continue to promote our girls in public competitions and foster authentic learning experiences. This year we are proud to recognise Mariam Yassine, Ishwary Ramjeevan and Maddisen Strauss for their selection as finalists in the Plan Your Own Enterprise competition. Zoe Lindhout was also awarded third prize for her Senior Geography Competition in the NSW Geography Teachers Association Arthur Phillip Awards. Several girls also performed exceptionally well in the National Geography Competition earning High Distinctions. As HSIE subjects are well suited to address the issues of the contemporary world, several of our senior Geography girls have begun to recognise the growing need for greater environmental awareness and action at MLC School. They have used their knowledge of resources and sustainability to form the MLC School environment group. We expect that 2020 will continue the rich tradition of authentic learning and engaging case studies the HSIE department has been able to offer this year. Mr David Latimer Head of Department – Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
Languages In a modern world of unlimited possibilities and greater connectivity than ever before we need to ensure that girls at MLC School have every door open to them. We believe that language learning empowers our girls with the skills and open-mindedness to walk through those doors and connect with the world in a way that goes beyond the confines of the classroom. An understanding of language, culture and people helps shape our girls to become the global citizens of tomorrow.
‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.’ Frank Smith
2019 was another busy year in the Languages Department. At the start of the year, a group of senior girls returned from a highly successful French exchange to Toulouse. They spent four weeks in the south-west of France exploring iconic places around Toulouse, followed by a cultural week in Paris discovering all the delights that this beautiful city has to offer. Our girls were accommodated by French families, and were not only immersed in the French language, but also built lasting relationships with the families they stayed with. The French exchange girls reciprocated the visit in July when they came to stay with our girls. It was a wonderful opportunity for
the girls to practise and consolidate their language skills, build relationships and gain a meaningful insight into aspects of human commonality and diversity. Eleven students departed once again in December 2019, accompanied by Ms Kartika Brand and Mrs Jennifer Brown. Our Year 8 students 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 $5300 for student Abigael Khaoma. 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, whilst participating in a service activity to enhance the lives of others. This is an extract from one of the thank you letters we received this year: ‘In my Academics, this being my last year, I want to work harder. I am improving which is a good sign and I hope to perform to my fullest potential in my senior year. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting me in my education. May God bless you abundantly. Yours sincerely,
from energetic Flamenco and Indonesian dancing classes, to French storytelling and theatre, a Japanese obstacle race, an Indonesian show, French and Italian cooking, Chinese drums, Kung Fu and paper cutting and painting. This was all topped off with a delicious lunch that showcased various cuisines from around the world and satisfied the appetites of nearly 600 hungry students! Year 12 students attended various HSC workshops at Sydney University and the Nihongo Tanken Centre to help further consolidate the skills required to handle the various components of the French and Japanese examinations. This year there were also many individual successes, including a group of Year 10 French students making it through to the finals of the Linguafest Short Film Competition. Japanese students also participated in the Video Matsuri Film Contest and the Japan-Australia Relations Essay Contest, as well as the NSW Japanese Speech Contest. We were very proud of Ariana Haghighi who won first place in the Alliance Française French Song Competition. What a talented group of students we have. Finally, the Languages Department would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2019. We hope that you enjoyed your language learning at MLC School and that you will go on to find future opportunities to widen your connections with different languages and cultures.
Lillian Kavuu Muthuk Languages Day 2019 was a lively, colourful day of culture and language and, of course, food. Activities ranged
Ms Louisa Macdonald Head of Department – Languages
2019 was another busy year for the Mathematics Department. We welcomed three new members of staff, Mr Jason Truong, Dr Natasa Vranesevic and Mrs Jane Martin. These accomplished Mathematics teachers fitted right in and have brought much depth and enthusiasm to our already vibrant faculty. Sadly, this year we also farewelled some very significant members of our team. Mrs Genevieve Green retired after serving MLC School for 27 years. In that time she saw huge transformations in educational pedagogy and in particular the way we learn Mathematics. Mrs Green was our ‘brains trust’, with her wealth of knowledge and mathematical prowess and she will be truly missed by both staff and girls. We also farewelled our Head of Department, Ms Eva Pejovic. Ms Pejovic brought another dimension to the Mathematics faculty, with her immense knowledge of the International Baccalaureate (IB). She promoted deep problem solving and encouraged our girls to think outside the box and explore the beauty of Mathematics. Ms Pejovic led the Mathematics faculty with care and compassion. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours. The girls also had a busy year, challenging themselves with problem solving incursions and competitions. Inquisitive Minds spent a day with each of our Year 7 to Year 10 girls. During this time, the girls competed against each other and the clock to solve as many difficult and unusual problems as they could. The
noise and smiles on the girls faces as they raced around Potts Hall to grab the next question card, is testament to the fact that Mathematics can be fun. The resounding pleas of ‘when can we do this again?’ proved to them that Maths is fun, relevant and doable for all.
Fiona Feng (Year 7) received a Prize Award, placing her in the top 0.3 per cent of all candidates, Anica Shen (Year 11) received a High Distinction placing her in the top 3 per cent, and 20 girls were awarded a Distinction, placing them in the top 20 per cent of all candidates.
Vicky Feng (Year 12) was selected to represent Australia in the 2019 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) team. The selection process for the EGMO is a very extensive and exhaustive one. Vicky has achieved outstanding results in the Australian Mathematics Olympiad competitions. She attended The National Mathematics Summer School and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee School of Excellence, both experiences enriching her knowledge and allowing her to immerse herself in Mathematics at a university level. Vicky has opened up a world of possibilities for our younger girls and is an exemplar model of where Mathematics can lead MLC School girls.
Six of our finest Mathematicians also braved the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad, a four-hour examination attracting students with a passion for Mathematics. Christie Ch’ng (Year 10) and Gloria Lim (Year 10) both received Credit Awards, placing them in the top 35 per cent of all Year 10 students.
Dalia Alsaad (Year 8) and Erica Chou (Year 8) scored 100 per cent on the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition, which set the scene for all the subsequent competitions our girls participated in.
Each year, the Australian Mathematics Trust runs a four-week Challenge Program, where students work through a series of problems that are submitted for marking. Kylie Becvarovski (Year 10) received a High Distinction in this competition, placing her in the top 0.08 per cent of all Intermediate Division students. We look forward to bigger and better learning experiences in 2020 and thank the entire MLC School community for their support and commitment to their daughters’ Mathematics journey. Mrs Penny Pachos Head of Department – Mathematics
This year 97 girls entered the Australian Mathematics Competition, the oldest and biggest Mathematics competition in Australia and in 30 countries around the world. Our results were outstanding. 99
Annual Music Gala Concert
MLC School’s mandatory and elective classes had an exciting year of curriculum centred around the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert, Unity. Whilst mandatory classes engaged in massed choir items as part of their core curriculum, the Year 12 elective classes worked with Mr Tristan Coelho on an exciting new work which went above and beyond in fulfilling the syllabus requirements to study Australian music. The principles of Zoltan Kodaly underpin all of our music teaching and are consistently linked in with both the mandatory classroom and year choir program, including appropriate assessment of aural and singing skills. Whilst the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Stages 4, 5, and 6 are a mandatory requirement of being a registered NSW private school, both the MYP and IB offer dynamic alternative teaching philosophies that help support the relevance of a quality music education in the 21st century. The teaching of music focuses on creative (composition), performance, and listening/ musicology and is built around the selection of termly topics for the students, relevant to the various stages of their music learning. Highlights of the music teaching programs from Year 6 to Year 12 were:
MIDDLE YEARS MUSIC PROGRAM Year 6 – Australian Made, Concepts of Music in Space, Gala Concert Activities included group composition and performance, research and process journal reflection and studying music from a range of genres linked to the topics. 100
Australian Music Day
Year 7 – Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz, Gala Concert Instruments of the orchestra involved introducing students to all the different instruments and then composing for an orchestral instrument. Jazz asked students to dare to be more through improvisation. Year 8 – Back to the Future, Film Music, Annual Music Gala Concert With rollover commencing in Week 2 of Term 4 this course begins with the Annual Music Gala Concert. Back to the Future identifies and forges links between contemporary music and some of the best loved classical pieces. One of the most enjoyable topics taught in the Year 8 program is Film Music and 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), Musical Theatre One of the highlights for many MLC School girls 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.
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, terms and definitions Students in Year 10 commenced the course in Term 4 by working with Opera Express. This is an opportunity for the girls as a collective to write and perform their own opera, including all the associated elements of putting on a production. In Term 1 the Year 10 cohort’s community project in
Chiang Mai, Thailand became the outlet for these students to explore ethnomusicology. By sampling the sounds of this Asian country not only do the students create quite different style of composition but it helps contextualise their understanding of this country’s rich artistic culture. Australian Music and Popular Music form the rest of the Year 10 course and in Term 4, in preparation for Year 11, a revision Boot Camp unit ensures that the girls 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 wide ranging and relevant to the selected course. Australian Music Day (AMD) now in its 21st year focused on instrumental and vocal composition. As Australia’s premier schools’ composition workshop, AMD features two strands Popular Music Focus and Art Music Focus consistently attracting schools from across Sydney. 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 post school. Conscious of our responsibility in this regard, the Music Department 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 a regularly teaching tool, and within a collaborative and supportive environment, the students are positively guided to reflect and help improve their work. Mr James Allington Director of Music
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) First, well done to the HSC Class of 2018 for their PDHPE results. The students worked consistently throughout the year to consolidate and apply their knowledge. Special congratulations to the following students who achieved the top results in the PDHPE cohort: Michelle Law, Ella Makovec, Georgia Pollitt and Ava Tsaousidis. 2019 has been a busy yet rewarding year for the PDHPE Department. As a department, we continued to develop innovative programs and engaging opportunities to enhance each girlâ€™s understanding of what it means to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It has been an exciting time due to the implementation of the new Kindergarten to Year 10 PDHPE syllabus from 2019 and beyond. In the Junior School, we welcomed Ms Sarah Jauncey, who returned to MLC School having previously worked in the Senior School PDHPE and Sports Department. Along with Mrs Michelle Hiss, they have been eagerly creating and implementing innovative programs to complement the new curriculum. The Junior School girls have continued to develop their fundamental skills, teamwork and communication through the associated learning experiences in their physical education and health lessons. Parents also had the opportunity to be further involved in the Junior School curriculum by attending parent
information sessions focusing on growth and development content run by Amazing Me. Year 7 and Year 9 students also commenced the new PDHPE syllabus this year, exploring new aspects such as health promotion, as well as investigating the impact of various determinants on health within Australasia. Year 8 and Year 10 students fulfilled the final year of the previous syllabus through exciting units such as synchronised swimming in Splish Splash and our reinvigorated Hip Hop program. As part of the Life Beyond School unit, Year 10 students attended the Bstreetsmart forum hosted by Westmead Hospital, which focused on educating young drivers about road safety. Our Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) elective students participated in a variety of specialised activities including golf, triathlons and investigated current issues in sport. Year 9 PASS students enjoyed a three-day alpine skiing adventure as part of the Participating with Safety unit where they were involved in a series of instructor-led skiing lessons. The Year 10 PASS students transferred their aquatic skills from the pool environment to the beach when they participated in a Surf Awareness course. Additionally, this year a new PASS elective syllabus was released, and we look forward to implementing it in both Year 9 and Year 10 from 2020.
Our Year 11 and Year 12 students embraced their PDHPE studies. The Year 11 students completed their First Aid course and Year 12 students attended the Big Day Out, a specialised excursion at the Wesley Mission Centre. This year we also introduced the Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) IB Diploma Programme in Year 11. The PDHPE staff were very excited for this opportunity as the course provides great depth in learning about the human body with specific application to areas such as nutrition, skill acquisition, training programs, psychology and the various medical conditions that can impact on health and wellbeing. A special thank you to each member of the PDHPE Department, including, Mrs Claire White, Ms Jane Ferguson, Miss Sarah Papachristoforou, Mrs Michelle Hiss, Ms Sarah Jauncey, Mr Wayne Donley and Mr Gavin Starr. They all continue to provide our students with opportunities to challenge and embrace their individual qualities. Their commitment and enthusiasm allow our students to flourish in PDHPE and embrace being a lifelong learner. Ms Olivia Nolan Head of Department â€“ Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
‘There is no one method in Science. No one way of doing things.” The above quote is from this year’s Science Extension HSC examination, the first HSC examination to be conducted online. Three MLC School girls were part of history in the making and to quote Kerry Sheehan from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), ‘The significance of today is that the pen and paper has been replaced by a keyboard, screen and those cables behind them which are connected to the net. Today we went from horse and cart to the FJ Holden.’ This could not be more apt in this past year of Science in the world, in NSW and indeed at MLC School. 2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. In the Trip to Mars unit, Year 7 studied the development of new space technologies such as space elevators and solar sails, which would allow safer and easier space travel in the future. 2019 also marked the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev Periodic Table which is an iconic image and a vital tool to all who learn and work in Science, at all 102
stages of their learning and careers. As part of the Clever Chemistry unit, and in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, Year 8 girls created their own interactive periodic table, using QR codes to record information about each element. There were many opportunities to learn about Science in the Year 9 Broken Hill Immersive Learning Experience. The streets of Broken Hill were all named after minerals that were mined in the town, highlighting the relevance of Chemistry to this township. At Broken Hill High School, the girls encountered a phenomenal rocks and minerals collection, even ones that fluoresced under UV light. Year 10 celebrated their learning in Science with the STEM conference and the Big Science show. Science at MLC School continues to challenge students to think outside the box and to become persistent in solving problems and using critical thinking skills. The new HSC Science courses have led to the first in-depth studies where students undertook independent Scientific investigations.
This year we welcomed Ms Rosemary Boshell as a new member of the Science team. The dedication, creativity and collaboration of the Science staff has enabled the development and implementation of the new HSC Science courses which focus on inquiry, analysis, collaboration and linking to industry and tertiary institutions.
‘There is no one method in Science. No one way of doing things.’ 2019 in Science has truly been a year of questioning whether or not there is there only one method to do Science. Ms Mora Soliman Acting Head of Department – Science
SENIOR SCHOOL STUDENT LIFE
Committees COLLECTIVE VOICE 2019 was another exciting year for Collective Voice. The student-run Committee, led this year by Year 12 students Eleni Charalambidis and Emily Osborne, continued to ask the big questions and celebrate the diversity that is present within the MLC School community. We started off the year continuing our new tradition of Q&A@MLC, an event structured like the ABC program, where a panel of students and teachers discussed and challenged relevant current affairs topics in the media. The areas covered were ‘whether English should be compulsory in senior years’ and ‘where to draw the line with uniform rules’, specifically regarding accessories. Later in Term 1, Q&A@MLC explored ‘whether as a school we are doing enough to help the environment’ and ‘if the stigma surrounding mental
health has decreased or if we continue to hold back our stories for fear of judgement’. It was amazing to see students and teachers alike explore differing ideas, and pose new concepts around these issues, with students in the audience able to provide anonymous questions throughout the event.
booths, allowing all girls to get involved. With this year’s theme of Stand Up, Stand Out, the MLC School community raised an impressive $1100 from the day for twenty10, a NSW based program that supports and provides a broad range of specialised services for young people of the LGBTI+ community.
In September, we celebrated the eighth annual Wear It Purple Day at MLC School. The ‘party’ this year was bigger than ever. Throughout the day, students in the Senior School were able to jazz up their uniform with purple and rainbow accessories, as a way to recognise and be proud of the diversity throughout MLC School. At lunchtime, students were treated to the musical talents of Year 11 band, Red Scare, followed by a rave dance party on the new Principal’s Lawn. There was also a cake stall, craft stations and photo
It has been another big year, and a great way for the MLC School girls to engage enthusiastically in issues and topics of social justice and equality. In 2020, we welcome all students to come and join in these discussions, events and celebrations as we continue to question, challenge and advocate for social equality. Ms Caitlin Boyd Collective Voice Coordinator
JESUS IN SCHOOL TIME (JIST) JIST is a Christian fellowship group that runs in the Senior School. The girls meet Wednesdays at lunchtime where they share, explore and grow their faith in Jesus. It is a time of fun, food, fellowship, Bible study and prayer. The girls regularly lead the meetings as well as taking a leadership role during Chapel services. Mrs Lynne Bondar Assistant to the Chaplains 103
Art and Design Captain members, sub-captains and DART staff, that within weeks of commencing, the essence of our canvas was already shining through.
Capri Maher, Creative Art and Design Captain
Art replicates life in so many ways. We begin our journeys with a blank canvas before us. Pure intention and the promise of a masterpiece, our driving force. How we choose to fill our canvas is the gift that resides within us… our choice of creative living is the courage that separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one. Will you fill your canvas with conservative black and white lines from which you will not stray? Will you channel your inner Picasso and abstractly challenge the norm, living with exuberant colour, and sweeping brushstrokes? What will your legacy one day be? MLC School has served as the most creative and challenging environment, launching each of us into the realm of creative thinking and expression, of thinking independently and fearlessly. It has provided the undercoat upon which the many layers of our lives can easily be bonded. I feel very fortunate to have been primed in such a wonderful environment that has offered me many opportunities to exhibit the skills I have learnt along the way. As Creative Art and Design Captain, I began the year with yet another blank canvas but was surrounded by the most talented Art and Design Committee
‘We all have the chance to illuminate our own light during our years at MLC School… be someone that makes a difference, give your light solidity, memory and impact here.’ We welcomed summer with a splash of vibrancy, decorating the School with vivid yellow to brighten the grounds and let the School community know the Art and Design Committee was planning an active presence throughout 2019. The mission of the committee was ‘to create a strong presence for art and design by incorporating all departments in order to illuminate MLC School’ and our ode to the seasons seemed the perfect way to remind our peers that time was moving and to stop and notice the colourful moments around us. We filled the grounds with autumn leaves in a warm and rustic theme for Autumn has Arrived Day, which paved the wave to our tribute to winter in our very own Winter Wonderland during Art and Design’s Winterfestival Week. The magic of winter was captured through Illuminate, our 2019 light spectacular celebrating the incredible works from not only the Art and Design areas but also Dance, Music, Gymnastics, Japanese
Club and Round Square, all set within our incredible new building. Illuminate was the culmination of months of hard work by a huge dedicated team and I am incredibly proud of what we collectively achieved. An igloo, made out of over 1000 milk containers, was the crowning glory as it sat beneath a canopy of snow cascading from above.
Illuminate had its own special message of creating light, inspired by what Oprah Winfrey famously said: ‘You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world’. We all have the chance to illuminate our own light during our years at MLC School… be someone that makes a difference, give your light solidity, memory and impact here. For once our light passes through the gates for the last time, the warmth of the flame we created as ‘daughters of the light’ will continue to illuminate others for many years to come. Throughout the year we also illuminated the talents of many girls through a number of Art and Design masterclasses and competitions. Finally, to end the year in the way we began, we finished with Spring has Sprung Day in all of its colourful glory… a vibrant awakening of the senses. I am proud of everything our hardworking Committee has created and appreciate every minute that was given to me by my peers and teachers who selflessly supported the colourful vision I had imposed upon them. I cannot thank you all enough and I definitely would not have been able to do this without you. Together I think we have created a masterpiece and a lasting legacy that the 2019 Art and Design Committee deserve to be remembered for. Capri Maher Creative Art and Design Captain
Art and Design Tour The 2019 Art and Design Tour was a huge success. Thirty-seven girls from Year 9 to Year 11 were accompanied by five staff members on an immersion tour of traditional and modern art, architecture, food and culture across eight cities in Spain and Italy. The first stop on our tour was Madrid, a beautiful inland city full of gastronomic Spanish delights and inspiring museums. The Reina Sofia Museum inspired us with original works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali and we made gazpacho and paella at an inner-city cooking studio which was finished with a beautiful Spanish almond cake. The hot temperature didn’t stop our itinerary as we bought endless supplies of bottled water and sugary snacks to fuel our walking adventures. We were in awe of the history and opulence inside the Prado Museum, which featured artworks from Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Alberto Giacometti and renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was an exciting first experience for most of us. Not only an iconic piece of architecture, the Guggenheim is also home to some of the most interesting contemporary art of today. The works of Jenny Holzer and Jeff Koons opened our minds to concepts far and wide. On the other side of town, the Bilbao Museum of Modern Art was a wonder of artworks displayed in a thematic manner using
the alphabet. On top of this, Guernica became an unexpected treat to be slotted into our itinerary. Guernica is renowned as the subject of Picasso’s painting of the same name, representing the pain and turmoil of the people of this area whose villages were bombed by their own leader, General Francisco Franco. This quaint and misty Basque town evoked many deep emotions in the entire group as we contemplated the tragedy. After feasting on traditional Spanish tapas, it was time to fly over to Italy, and switch to pizza, pasta and gelato instead! The trendy area of Brera in Milan is home to the Pinacoteca di Brera which holds some of Italy’s most famous paintings. The girls were taken back in time to the Renaissance period and the beauty and stories of the ancient world. After visiting the School of Photography in Milan and participating in a hands-on photo shoot, the girls had a greater appreciation for the thought processes behind producing a great photograph, and the intentions of the photographer. Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney then joined us on our Venetian adventure. After battling some torrential rain and storms, we were able to take vaporetto rides around the city to the 2019 Biennale, St Mark’s Square, a Venetian mask making workshop and a glass blowing demonstration in Murano. The highlight of Venice was the art collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The almost
hidden gallery is such a well curated and comprehensive private collection that the girls almost forgot they were in Venice. Travelling by coach between the Italian cities allowed us to appreciate the beauty of the Italian landscape. After stopping at some very interesting and authentic road stops, which interestingly had some of the best local food, we stopped at the Italian towns of Bologna, Verona, Florence, and finally in Rome. We battled the crowds to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona and were immersed in the beauty of the ancient cathedral in Bologna, despite the pouring rain. Florence was exciting and busy during the peak season. The line to see the pièce de résistance of Leonardo da Vinci’s David was definitely worth it. Rome was the final stop on our trip with action-packed days wandering through the ancient city marvelling at how the Romans were able to build such incredible structures without today’s machinery. More incredible art and the reverence of the Vatican Museum was a fitting way to end a life changing tour for all. Ms Sally Marks Acting Head of Department – Design, Art and TTechnology (DART) Ms Dayna Wilding Visual Arts Assistant
Debating and Public Speaking Captain to the FED Grand Finals and multiple teams in the final series of Archdale. Congratulations to each team for a successful and rewarding season.
Olivia Wu, Debating and Public Speaking Captain
Debating and Public Speaking are integral parts of student life in the Senior School with a huge program that spans across three competitions with over 130 students participating. 2019 was a successful year of Debating and Public Speaking at MLC School continuing our renowned reputation as one of, if not the best, debating schools in Sydney. The debaters and their coaches continued the long tradition of success as we competed in the Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA), Archdale and Friday Evening Debating (FED) competitions all year round. Our ISDA Primary A team – Sarinna Cai (Year 6), Zara Dhawan (Year 6), Madura Gaikaiwari (Year 6), Aiesha Sivaranjan (Year 6), Annaliese Yan (Year 6), and Senior B – Year 11 team – Annie Chen, Eliza Crossley, Ariana Haghighi, Cherie Pepperell and Hazel Sung, emerged as champions, marking the third consecutive year we have won the Senior B division. The collective efforts of all teams, their coaches and parents culminated in MLC School being the runners up in the coveted ISDA Shield. Our Archdale and FED teams also fared well in their respective divisions with 8B progressing
‘Throughout the year, teams have risen to the challenge of articulating and justifying arguments on topics regarding geopolitical relations, environmental policy and human rights issues.’ Similarly, in the Public Speaking program, 2019 marked a year of great success and learning. In the Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools (AHIGS) Festival of Speech, MLC School placed fifth overall, competing in sections such as Readings, Religious and Ethical Questions, Poetry, Drama and more. The Current Affairs team of Ariana Haghighi (Year 11), Eliza Crossley (Year 11), and Cherie Pepperell (Year 11) placed first and Mariam Yassine (Year 10) placed in the top three in the Junior Poetry section. We also had success in the Legacy Plain Speaking Competition, Legacy Junior Public Speaking and the Rostrum Voice of Youth. Congratulations to all Public Speakers who represented MLC School in such high calibre competitions.
The skills of Public Speaking and Debating are invaluable, and this year we hosted the second annual Interhouse Public Speaking Competition to encourage the development of these skills in all girls. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the prepared speech and challenging impromptu round, particularly to the Middle Years winner, Madhavi Chauhan (Year 8 – Lester) and the Senior Years winner Ariana Haghighi (Year 11 – Churunga). It has been a pleasure to have been involved in the Debating and Public Speaking program at MLC School. The program provides opportunities for girls to understand and analyse complex issues in order to develop their own worldview. Throughout the year, teams have risen to the challenge of articulating and justifying arguments on topics regarding geopolitical relations, environmental policy and human rights issues. The learning and achievements of our debaters and public speakers are also due to the countless hours of support by staff and coaches. I would like to thank Dr Andrea Rowe, Mrs Jan Falls, Mr Harrison Rogers and all debating coaches for their invaluable lessons throughout the seasons. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the talent and enthusiasm of all girls involved whose skills will develop their civic engagement and help them become active members in the community. It has been incredibly fulfilling to be involved in the Debating and Public Speaking program and I wish you all continuing success in the future. Olivia Wu Debating and Public Speaking Captain
Dr Andrea Rowe, Debating Coordinator
The MLC School Debating teams have completed a busy year in three competitions during 2019. Term 1 started with both the Friday Evening Debating (FED) and Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) teams using the new Senior Centre as our home base for debating nights.
‘In 2019, speaking and listening skills were vastly improved, general knowledge and current affairs were thoroughly argued, and friendly relations with the 40 schools we compete against were well maintained.’ Our eight FED teams started their competition well, with three new coaches looking after the girls this year. This included both our 2017 and 2018 Debating Captains returning to MLC School to begin their coaching careers. For the first time, the FED held quarter finals
and seven MLC School teams made it through to this round. The Year 9, 8A and 8B teams all made it through to the semi-finals with the 8B team proceeding through to the grand finals. It was MLC School’s turn to hold the grand final this year and it was delightful to hold the event in our new building and host 10 different schools on the night. Our 8B team put up a valiant fight but were defeated in the final by Sydney Girls High School. Overall our 42 strong FED team improved their skills substantially across the season and maintained the tradition of FED as a friendly debating competition between the 16-member schools. The ISDA competition was very competitive this year with our eight teams focused on successfully negotiating seven preliminary rounds of debates before qualifying for the finals series. This was not easy as we faced some very good schools; however, seven teams made it through to the October finals. The quarter finals were held at MLC School and it was a great night with six of our teams competing and the Primary A, Primary B and Senior B teams making it through to the semi-finals. In the grand final, we were represented by our youngest team, Primary A, and our Senior B team of Year 11 girls. Both teams put in stellar performances on the night with Primary A defeating Riverview to be crowned champions. The Senior Bs defeated Abbotsleigh meaning MLC School has
won this division three out of the last four years. Overall, the entire 40 strong ISDA team members contributed to MLC School coming second out of 32 schools in the competition. The Archdale competition was our last for the year and MLC School went head-tohead with some good debating schools. Our preliminary rounds were difficult with postponements interrupting our flow, however the teams battled through and we had four teams progress to the quarter finals. Our Year 10 team made it to the semi-finals but were defeated in a very close debate by SCEGGS. Overall MLC School finished equal fourth in the Archdale Shield. Over 100 girls participated in our Debating program this year and we catered for beginners right through to those who are in their seventh year representing MLC School. In 2019, speaking and listening skills were vastly improved; general knowledge and current affairs were thoroughly argued; and friendly relations with the 40 schools we compete against were well maintained. Dr Andrea Rowe Debating Coordinator
da Vinci Decathlon
Another fantastic year has passed at MLC School and our girls continued to commit to many extra-curricular activities such as the da Vinci Decathlon. Five teams of eight girls were chosen to participate from each of the following year groups: Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. Each girl contributes in a different way and with different skills to the team so that all topics can be covered by each team. In fact, da Vinci is about team building, teamwork and allround knowledge. The selection process of the teams starts early in the academic year and the girls fill in a form where they self-nominate to be part of the team, listing all their strengths and skills.
‘da Vinci is about team building, teamwork and being able to have an allround knowledge.’
problems and questions provided by the da Vinci organisers. It really is a ‘super’ mind challenge where the girls are challenged both mentally and physically. The teams met once a week for an entire term and the purpose of each meeting is to practise da Vinci questions from previous da Vinci competitions. This is when girls show their organisational skills and where they build up strategies to be ready for the final challenge at Knox Grammar School. Of course, as our MLC School girls always do, they shone at Knox Grammar School. Here are some of the amazing results achieved by the different teams involved in da Vinci: The Year 7 team placed: Ì 8th position for Creative Producers Ì 5th position for English Ì 12th position for Ideation The Year 8 team placed: Ì 1st position for Creative Producers
The girls competed at Knox Grammar School and the subjects in which they competed were: English, Art and Poetry, Ideation, Science, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Cartography, Engineering and General Knowledge. Each team sits at a table for hours in order to solve all 108
Ì 12th position for Ideation The Year 10 team placed: Ì 14th position for English Ì 2nd position for Ideation
These results show how much effort the girls put into their challenges, in and out of school. It is worth mentioning that each year many different schools take part in the da Vinci Decathlon. A special thank you goes to the Year 9 and Year 11 teams who took part in each da Vinci meeting with so much energy and enthusiasm. These teams were unfortunately not able to participate due to the high number of requests for entry. Girls, you should be admired for your effort and passion for da Vinci! Another special thank you goes to our wonderful reserves. The reserves came to each meeting showing so much dedication and some were called on in the very last minute to fill any gaps. It was my absolute pleasure to guide our girls through the da Vinci vibe, once again, this year. Ms Martina Stolzi da Vinci Decathalon Coordinator
Duke of Edinburgh Award
During Term 4 holidays, I was privileged to be part of an Adventurous Journey for Silver Duke of Edinburgh, where we immersed ourselves in the marvels of Megalong Valley’s rich bushland. The trip involved hikes, horse-riding lessons and trails, camp-fire gatherings, swims in crystal-clear streams, camp-cooking and horse-care lessons, among others. We gained a greater appreciation for the Indigenous Australian heritage, central to this historical valley.
On 20 September 2019, 22 excited and nervous girls embarked on a life-changing journey as part of our Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Thirteen MLC School girls spent two weeks in remote Fiji for our Duke of Edinburgh Gold trip.
Whilst we had the luxury of these opportunities, there were challenges of confronting steep hills in intense heat, fortifying our tents for impending storms, self-organisation and independent planning necessary for this trip. Nevertheless, from each challenge overcome, we developed our selfconfidence as individuals and ability to collaborate as a team. Annika Lee Year 10 Student
We began our Residential Project in Pongobamba, a local community located outside of Cusco at a whopping 3700m above sea level! Every day we climbed up a hill with our shovels in hand, and under the harsh sun at great altitudes, cleared water pipe systems and painted water retention centres. The families in Pongobamba welcomed us into their homes and hearts, sharing with us their culture, food and skills. We also experienced a night without water. This reinforced the importance of the work we did in Pongobamba to improve the community’s access to sanitation and safe water. The second leg of our journey involved various treks around Cusco. We were able see Peru, immerse ourselves in Andean culture, and learn about Incan history. A drive to the other side of the Andes offered a change in scenery from dry and hot weather to wet and humid conditions in the Cloud Forest. At Albergue Ecologi Colibri, we hiked through more Incan ruins and waterfalls and learnt about the types and importance of agriculture in the region. Our final day was spent at Machu Picchu, the perfect ending to an epic adventure…a breath-taking sight. What a privilege it was to visit such an incredible country like Peru. Cherie Pepperell Year 11 Student
The first leg was based at Momi Bay, where we spent our time completing our Practice Adventurous Journey, travelling to the Sigatoga Sand Dunes National Park, Momi Bay Battery Historic park, going to a church service on Palm Sunday, conducting interviews at Hart House (a shelter for women) and visiting the Nakorokula village. For the Residential Project, we drove to the Nasuori village in the Highlands and stayed with host families. During the stay, we built a new path in the village, played rugby, cards and clapping games with the children, interviewed many different families, and went to a church service for Easter. The home stays were our favourite part, with the evening made up of the routine of sitting together, playing cards and chatting. We truly felt as if we were part of an extended family. To complete our final part of the trip, our Qualifying Adventurous Journey, we took a five-hour boat ride from the main island of Fiji to Somosomo Village, on Naviti Island, for the final four days, where we interviewed one of the two only female chiefs in Fiji, and families who lived in the village. Every aspect of our stay on the island only deepened our appreciation and insight into the Fijian culture. Darani Gilchrist and Eva Telemachou Year 11 Students
Languages Day Every year, MLC School holds a day to celebrate the diversity of languages and cultures around the world and within our School community. This fun-filled day allows students to meet a variety of people from actors and chefs to dancers and musicians as well as participate in fun activities. This has allowed us to broaden our knowledge of different customs and traditions as well as enable us to practise our linguistic skills out of the classroom, applying these to realworld situations. Not only were we able to meet new people and learn about their backgrounds and cultures, but we were also able to collaborate with our cohort – sharing a busy part of the school week with our peers. Delicious foods were also available for lunch, originating from a plethora of different cuisines. One of our favourite activities was the French Drama workshop. This activity was an interactive and fun experience where students could collaborate as a class under the instruction of a professional French actor, trying to decipher her speech and apply our understanding of theatrical performance into a new context. Another immersive experience which we thoroughly enjoyed was the Indonesian Show. This activity involved three talented dancers who opened our minds to Indonesian song, dance and costume and allowed us to learn how they differed from island to island. We were also
taught how to perform the dance style named ‘Tari Indang’ which incorporated the staggering of hand movements, as well as the use of handheld drums. This was extremely fun as we were able to participate with the dance group, despite this being a different language to the one we learn during class.
‘This has allowed us to broaden our knowledge of different customs and traditions as well as enabling us to practise our linguistic skills out of the classroom.’ Other activities on offer during the day included: Ì Linguafest – we watched films made by Year 10 students in their chosen language. These films were entered in to a state-wide competition, with MLC School being amongst the finalists
Ì Cooking – Italian risotto, French crepes and Indonesian drinks Ì French show/storytelling Ì African drumming Ì Kung Fu Ì Chinese paper cutting Ì Dragon dancing Ì Badminton Ì Flamenco dancing Ì Japanese Tea Ceremony Ì Japanese obstacle course Ì Indonesian show We look forward to next year’s Languages Day! A big thank you to all the staff and Language teachers who made this special event possible. Amber Johnstone and Claudia Padman Year 8 Students
Four girls are ready and waiting to come in.
11 girls are on laptops (doing school work of course), four girls are reading and three are chatting.
Year 8 English girls arrive for wide reading. After a quick discussion of who is reading what, they very quickly settle into bean bags, sofas and on the floor with their books. Upstairs on Level 2 of the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) there are a number of girls who have grabbed the prime window locations to study.
Year 9 English class arrives and is introduced to Project Gutenberg as a means of finding free classics ebooks for their current English topic. It is then time to read either online or with a book.
Prescott House and Whitley House Luminary groups use the space for their Luminary time.
The printer is running hot, and there is much chatter as girls lay around the bean bags and talk. The second wave of senior girls take over ILC 2 to study.
There are several senior girls working with the Teacher Librarians to ensure their reference lists are accurate.
Year 10 English students arrive and are shown where they can find an abundance of gothic literature resources, including films on Clickview. This has to be quick as the girls are eager to read.
Lunch starts quietly as the girls find places to eat outside.
On ILC 1 there are 82 girls using the space, some reading, some chatting, some on their laptops and the all-important UNO cards are in play. In F210 The Edge Newspaper editorial committee meet to discuss the next edition. ILC 2 is a quiet sanctuary for both seniors and juniors who are finishing homework and studying.
The MLC Senior School Library is always a hub of activity. The Library is regularly packed to capacity with wide reading classes, students researching independently or as a class, girls gathering as a community, students curled up with a book or on their laptops, and girls doing puzzles and playing cards. Regardless of how it is used, it is very much an integral part of the School. The following is a window into a random day in the MLC Senior School Library.
Year 7 English class excitedly arrives ready to evaluate the CBCA shortlisted picture books. After 20 minutes the girls are desperate to immerse themselves in their own books.
Year 6 students are introduced to the importance of evaluating websites before browsing and borrowing and settling to read. On ILC 2 the Year 12 Extension History girls are being presented with search strategies to assist in their historical research.
The Library is a busy place after school. It is the perfect space to start homework, to collaborate on group projects or to just read.
The Library closes for another day.
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Round Square Captain
Diya Mehta, Round Square Captain
When one considers the name ‘Round Square’ they are immediately struck by the seemingly nonsensical nature of the phrase. How can a square be round, and how can a circle be square? These are all valid questions, but for me, the notion of a round square suggests that something is so different, so out of the ordinary, that it cannot be defined by convention. Indeed, all of the Round Square girls are, in fact, round squares, in so much as their individual identities and passions allow them to flourish and develop outside of the bounds of what is expected, what is ‘normal.’ In this spirit, we chose to dedicate Round Square’s efforts this year towards celebrating the diversity of MLC School. We created Round Square Week with this exact sentiment in mind, and all of our events were dedicated to promoting tolerance and acceptance. Whether this be the ‘Humans of MLC School photobooth’, which aimed to visually capture our community’s multiplicity, or the ‘Multicultural Munch’, which aimed to educate through the very engaging medium of food, we found fun, and engaging ways to capture the diversity of spirit and ideas that is MLC School.
Taking this theme even further, Round Square also organised the School’s first Harmony Week, working in conjunction with the MLC Junior School. Over three days the girls planned a range of activities, each day corresponding to a different part of the world (Oceania, Europe and Asia). From retelling Hans Christian Andersen tales, to hosting a martial arts workshop, the breadth and depth of cultural immersion the event inspired is truly amazing, expanding to the Junior School girls who were given the opportunity to learn and explore more about the world that exists outside of MLC School.
‘We want to help everyone recognise their difference, and when they have, to channel this, to shout it to the world, allowing it to transform them and those around them.’ This year we also hosted the Regional Round Square Annual General Meeting, where Round Square representatives and Principals from all across the Asia-Pacific Region came and visited our school in order to discuss the future of Round Square. It was truly an honour to host this conference, and the event certainly reminded me of Round Square’s infinite
capability to connect us with like-minded people, no matter where they are. On a personal note, visiting Canada as a part of MLC School’s 2018 Round Square International Conference delegation was an experience that redefined my comfort zone, challenged my worldview, and made me think about myself, and my place in the world in a whole new way; as it did for all the delegates who attended. It was truly an unforgettable experience, one only Round Square could have given us. Within MLC School, Round Square has been just as transformative. I have connected with girls across the School, particularly through the Round Square leadership team, which is a group of dedicated, hard-working girls who I owe everything to. I advocated, with the rest of Round Square, for causes that matter to us. Also during lunchtime conversations and the new initiative of SIGMA, we turned our passions into official clubs. This is what Round Square is – it gives our girls an opportunity to explore what they are passionate about, and facilitates them to pursue what they would choose to, as varied and broad as this may be. We want to help everyone recognise their difference, and when they have, to channel this, to shout it to the world, allowing it to transform them and those around them. Round Square’s pulse is one of community, diversity and leadership; I feel it in everything that we do, and in every person that it touches, and being a part of something like that helps you appreciate and experience the world in a new way. Diya Mehta Round Square Captain
Round Square Conference
The Round Square International Conference is an annual global conference where over 150 Round Square schools from over 50 different countries come together to develop leadership skills, forge friendships, broaden international understanding and share different perspectives on pressing global issues. This year, we were given the opportunity to attend the Round Square International Conference hosted by The Emerald Heights International School Indore, India. We participated in an array of different activities that embodied the theme of this year’s conference; sarvodaya, a Hindi word which translates to ‘the world we wish to see’. These activities were also centered around the fundamental Round Square IDEALS; Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Prior to the official conference, MLC School, along with The Westminster School, embarked on a pre-conference, where we explored the cities of Singapore and Agra, the latter of which allowed us to immerse ourselves in the Indian culture and make connections to the Round Square IDEALS. In Singapore we explored some of the city’s most renowned sites, including Fort Siloso and Gardens by the Bay, before heading off to Agra where we visited the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Following the pre-conference, we travelled to Indore, where we attended the official opening ceremony of the conference and were immediately occupied with an extensive list of activities the week had to offer. Throughout the conference, we were fortunate enough to hear from six keynote speakers. These speakers sparked a lot of discussion in small barazza (student-led) discussion groups that followed each keynote presentation. In these groups, we were able to share our opinions on relevant topics, gain an insight into the perspectives of others and also debate the controversial and key global issues that arose. We also discussed the most pressing issues faced by our own nations, which consequently led to the collaborative development of a number of possible strategies to address these issues. The conference also included visits to the fortified city of Mandu and Maheshwar, where we were able to discover the important role these locations played in India’s history. The city of Mandu revealed extensive ancient architecture which has been in existence since 6th Century BC, and houses the largest fort in India, whereas our visit to Maheshwar opened our eyes to the importance of religion in Indian culture and history.
Throughout the conference all delegates also participated in community service. We were not only able to give back to local communities through our acts of service, but we were also able to gain a better understanding of the unfamiliar challenges faced by Indian communities and a sense of gratitude for the privileges we take for granted. These service activities ranged from: painting fences to planting trees; spending time with the elderly at different locations, including The Indore Cancer Foundation; an orphanage; an aged care facility; a Deaf Bilingual academy; non-government organisations assisting the underprivileged; and a range of other educational institutions. Each night of the conference we attended carnivals which were dedicated to showcasing the variations of culture in different regions of India. The conference was an incredibly rewarding and unique experience and we were able to broaden our international understanding, share different perspectives on pressing global issues, gain knowledge from our peers, forge lifelong friendships – all unforgettable memories. Vanessa Ryan and Kayla Graham Year 10 Students
The Edge The Edge has grown from strength to strength this year, in terms of its readership, its contributors and its quality. 2019 editions have focused on Water, Fantasy, Murder Mystery and, last but not least, Summer! There have been over 40 different students, drawn from every Year group, participating in The Edge in 2019. Contributions included, indepth articles, interviews, creative short stories, reflective reviews, recipes, puzzles as well as the burgeoning favourite ‘Top 5/10’ lists. Whilst the girls have made contributions according to their strengths, they have
also risen to the challenge of developing new skills, whether in graphic design, layout, templating or communication. Most of the publications’ recent success has been due to the driving force of Christiana Perdis (Year 12). From its re-emergence three years ago in 2017, Christiana has been the backbone of each edition. Whether brainstorming themes and feature categories, writing articles, editing submissions or driving the team to meet deadlines, she has constantly led by example and usually with a smile. We are sad to be losing her to the wide-open world but know that she will make the
most of life’s opportunities. A huge and heartfelt thanks for all you have done. A huge and heartfelt good luck Christiana, for all you will continue to achieve.
The Edge team meet in F210 at lunchtimes on Wednesdays and always welcome new members. All ideas or contributions welcome, email email@example.com Ms Kerri Backhouse Teacher Librarian
Senior School Photos T IGN AR ES TEE D T D MI AN OM C FRONT ROW Bethany Xue, Christiana Perdis, Paris Mitropoulos, Eleni Charalambidis, Capri Maher, Madeline Bide, Matilda Swann, Tayla Casey, Eva Jessurun, Georgia Ventouris SECOND ROW Ms S Marks, Katelyn Tu, Lana Radwan, Mia Rae, Ruby Harriet Scott-Wishart, Angelina Le, Zahra Yassine, Christine Jin, Eloise Girard, Lara Bazzi, Georgie Papadimitriou THIRD ROW Claire Lee, Vivian Qin, Erin Muir, Isabelle Burnham, Emma Guermanoff, Madison Clemens, Ynez Liauw, Megan Ebel, Phoebe Rizoski, Aspen Lambert FOURTH ROW Olivia Clowes, Kelly Zhang, Audrey Williams, Nikki Juffermans, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Briar Campbell, Aarathe Ramraj, Cassandra Economides, Siena Cribb
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FRONT ROW Ruby Scott-Wishart, Emily Osborne, Eleni Charalambidis, Annabelle Bailey, Sarai Rollason SECOND ROW Matilda Swann, Lily Rodgers, Emma Juffermans, Lilie Tyler, Kaisha Rollason
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FRONT ROW Alannah Christodoulou, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Sanjana Natkunamanickam, Isabella Kristallis, Anikah Sanan, Georgie Roediger, Olivia Wu, Chloe Hui, Tiana Roins, Marah Tryphon, Chloe Jing, Madhavi Chauhan, Eve Vantas SECOND ROW Dr A Rowe, Sarina Nagra, Riya Chib, Zara Dhawan, Sarinna Cai, Ella Baker, Keiralyn Dao, Ruby Newton, Jade Park, Madura Gaikaiwari, Zahra Yassine, Annaliese Yan, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Lara Bazzi THIRD ROW Selma Ulutas, Samridhi Garg, Marissa Matthews, Mariam Yassine, Cherie Pepperell, Annie Chen, Amala Cuganesan, Yijun Cui, Jacqueline Ciofani, Mikaela Nguyen, Evelyn Doan, Amelie Roediger, Gracelyn Dao, Maya Simpson FOURTH ROW Erica Chou, Anika Cuganesan, Soina Thind, Tina Papamanuel, Moira Peach, Layla Hamdan, Jody Feng, Isabel McKeough, Jade Di Girolamo, Sanya Mehta, Vivian Zhang, Mia Eker, Anna Xu FIFTH ROW Zara Poortvliet, Amisha Khatri, Sylie Bhat, Annabelle Banfield, Grace Selim, Isabella Smith, Himani Gupta, Olivia Chapman, Sarah Pearson, Pascale Simington, Sally Obaid, Esther Kim, Doris Yang SIXTH ROW Ariana Haghighi, Nancy Faraj, Lauren Millar, Sophia Murphy, Vivian Law, Eliza Crossley, Meghana Gopalan, Claudia Bean, Elise Nikolopoulos, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Rachel Wang, Diya Mehta
FRONT ROW Ananya Wakhare, Sanya Mehta, Helena Panos, Madeleine Lewis, Tina Papamanuel, Sienna Strauss, Zunairah Mahfuz, Haya Yahia, Sophie Wilson, Julia Gough, Laryssa Latt, Olivia Clowes, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Gauri Sharma, Kristy Spyrakis, Soina Thind, Zoe Churchill SECOND ROW Ashmini Ganesh, Amelia Chan, Anna Gough, Sarah Pearson, Annading Chen, Isabella Chapman, Samridhi Garg, Gabrielle Giannakos, Georgia Ventouris, Cassandra Economides, Emily Huynh, Annika Lee, Anjali Jayanthi, Kayla Graham, Grace Selim, Mounica Akula, Jessie Tang, Annabelle Banfield, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Vivian Zhang THIRD ROW Cherie Pepperell, Tianka Parapuram, Elle Tamvakolos, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Tess Tsoi, Diya Mehta, Natalia Giannakos, Sabine Saad, Bella Leighton, Amy-Grace Docherty, Charlotte Jones, Inez Kritzler, Claire Wang, Maha Meer, Mikaela Nguyen, Claudine Talbot, Holly Miller, Jessica Kuo, Tiara Huynh FOURTH ROW Dylan Rose, Dakota Sinozic, Sophia Heyde, Zoe Johnson, Anna Sundquist, Jacqueline Flett, Erykah Lakkis, Himani Gupta, Layla Hare, Zoe Johnston, Tia Athanassiou, Wisteria Hu, Sophie Ciesielski, Zoe Clark, Juliette Beattie, Chelsea Hunt, Sophie Beraldo, Shivani Spencer, Natalie Toomey, Zoe Trpezanovski FIFTH ROW Natashja Eyles, Emily Ryner, Morgan Kelaher, Lilia Coman, Vanessa Ryan, Elsa Tonkinwise, Chloe Gentle, Holly Herden, Amelie Coman, Kimberly Keogh, Rachel Wang, Katie Sutherland, Elise Nikolopoulos, Hayley Kenzler, Charlie Kairaitis, Taylor Hosking, Katrina Marshall, Ella Woolbank SIXTH ROW Stephanie Kalamvokis, Grace Gilmore, Chiara Moore, Eliza Crossley, Emma Dickson, Tiarna Cominos, Montana Cominos, Sarah Day, Natalia Grbic, Aleksia Grbic, Nicola Yarrow, Madeline Bide, Samantha Naayen, Ellena Hartzenberg, Eloise Riviere, Laura Sutherland, Capri Maher 116
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S FRONT ROW Jade Park, Sanya Mehta, Chloe Jing, Tina Papamanuel, Keiralyn Dao, Georgie Roediger, Vivian Zhang, Madhavi Chauhan, Magdalene Miltiades, Vishaalini Ravichandra SECOND ROW Ms M Stolzi, Katelyn Tu, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Amaya Karunakaran, Samridhi Garg, Sarinna Cai, Annaliese Yan, Angelina Le, Mia Rae THIRD ROW Layla Hamdan, Zara Poortvliet, Esther Kim, Mounica Akula, Jacqueline Flett, Ashmini Ganesh, Sally Obaid, Isabel McKeough, Anikah Sanan FOURTH ROW Kylie Becvarovski, Ria Kapoor, Elsa Tonkinwise, Grace Selim, Mikaela Nguyen, Cynthia Hu, Gracelyn Dao, Christie Châ€™ng
D UN RE RO UA SQ FRONT ROW Maya Simpson, Samridhi Garg, Sara Kie, Amelie Roediger, Emily Huynh, Diya Mehta, Tiara Huynh, Kate Cartwright, Cherie Pepperell, Annika Lee, Georgia Ventouris SECOND ROW Kayla Graham, Tess Tsoi, Mikaela Nguyen, Jivi Govender, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Vivian Zhang, Sanya Mehta, Georgie Roediger, Emma Oxley, Diane Wang, Tianka Parapuram, Anjali Jayanthi, Ruby Guminski THIRD ROW Laryssa Latt, Zunairah Mahfuz, Haya Yahia, Sarah Pearson, Grace Selim, Zoe Clark, Wisteria Hu, Juliette Beattie, Chelsea Hunt, Ashmini Ganesh, Doris Yang, Jade Di Girolamo FOURTH ROW Elle Tamvakolos, Amala Cuganesan, Holly Miller, Maha Meer, Meghana Gopalan, Lily Smith, Charlie Kairaitis, Natalia Giannakos, Vivian Law, Uma Barrett, Gloria Lim FIFTH ROW Lilia Coman, Vanessa Ryan, Ellena Hartzenberg, Samantha Naayen, Amelie Coman, Madeline Bide, Ella Woolbank, Elsa Tonkinwise, Katie Sutherland, Elise Nikolopoulos
Music Captain Over the past year, the girls have involved themselves in many incredible musical experiences. In addition to the Sydney Opera House Concert, the girls participated in countless opportunities; including eisteddfods, MLC Illuminate, the Annual Music Gala Concert, Groove at Camelot Lounge, numerous impressive performances in assembly, Music Camp, studio concerts, Australian Music Day, Opera Express, the European Music Tour, MLC Idol, Battle of the Bands, Rockfest, playing for the Governor General, and the list goes on.
Clara Janssen, Music Captain
The music community at MLC School is full of enthusiasm, passion, and commitment. The endless melodies played by our many talented musicians fill the Music Centre with an undeniable buzz day-in and day-out. The vibrant Music programs, along with all the other co-curricular opportunities at MLC School, provide the girls with the opportunity to experience a balanced interdisciplinary education. Yet, music proves to be unique in providing a creative outlet not only of self-expression, but by which a musician can communicate to an audience, through the medium of their instrument. The musicians within MLC School form a strong and meaningful community. Leading up to our many performances, the girls have worked together to support, encourage and build each other up. Our MLC Idol and Battle of the Bands competitions were examples of the incredible support the girls have shown towards each other. The success of the Sydney Opera House Concert was a testament to the strength of this community, and the devotion of the entire School to this display of music.
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It is worth mentioning that the commitment and time the girls dedicate towards the Music program at MLC School is astonishing. Many girls incorporate multiple afternoons of one and a half hour rehearsals into their week, in addition to their own individual musical ventures of examinations, performances and ensembles outside of school, as well as their daily practise. It is this absolute devotion that creates beautiful music, when the girls, each a talented musician in their own right, are together as an ensemble. I would like to thank the musicians for this commitment and for all their perseverance. I thank them for their ideas and unfailing passion for music. I would also like to extend my thanks to the Music Committee: Charis Chiu, Madeleine Murphy, Gabrielle Giannakos, Jessica Pizzinga, Holly Miller, Sofia Carey, Jaqueline Flett, and Georgie Roediger. I would like to thank the Music Department for their unending faith in the potential of the girls. Thank you for the hours you spend guiding us to become better musicians, supporting us in every way and facilitating any musical desires we may have. Thank you to all those involved in
conducting and directing the many and various ensembles at MLC School. Your dedication to leading, and your passion for music inspires us all to play our very best. Yet, none of this would be possible without the direction and support of Mr James Allington â€“ thank you for all you do. Finally, thank you to Ms Lisa Moloney for your support of the Music programs here at MLC School.
â€˜It is this absolute devotion that creates beautiful music, when the girls, each a talented musician in their own right, are together as an ensemble.â€™ I hope the girls at MLC School have enjoyed their time involved in music as much as I have, and that the Music Department continues to bring the light and joy of music into the School, connecting girls of all ages and interests alike, in a love of music. I hope that whether on the Sydney Opera House stage or in a practice room, the music will play on with passion, expression and immense love. Clara Janssen Music Captain
Junior School Music Junior School students performed throughout the year at many events and in a variety of venues. All students participate in a weekly Music class and instrumental lessons.
Junior School Orchestra with Kowloon Orchestra
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT Students from Year 4 to Year 12 performed in the biennial MLC School Sydney Opera House Concert in May. Our Year 4 and Year 5 choir sang Sisi Ni Moja by Jacob Narverud, an uplifting, hopeful song with a message of unity. Sisi Ni Moja is partly in English and the South African language of Swahili. Sisi Ni Moja means â€˜we are oneâ€™. The students performed actions choreographed by Ms Kate Drady to reflect the dynamic energy of the song. Mrs Phillipa Knight was our talented percussionist on the djembe.
INSTRUMENTAL NEWS It has been an exciting year for Junior School instrumentalists. The String program had a visit from the Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section) who were visiting Australia from China, which culminated in a concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Jazz bands had a fabulous time performing at Camelot Lounge and we heard all of the bands play at their soiree. The girls were given a large number of performance opportunities at String and Band soirees; String, Band, Choral and Piano festivals; studio concerts; Grandparents Day; and assemblies. 122
Junior School Orchestra with Kowloon Orchestra
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT, CHAPEL SERVICES, FAREWELLS AND SPEECH DAY Class groups sing together at many of our public occasions. Each House performed special items at the four Chapel Services. Girls in Kindergarten to Year 5 performed Itâ€™s a Small World to celebrate International Night and all students performed a number of hymns and songs to farewell Mr Douglas Finlay. Mrs Phillipa Knight, Ms Katherine Moses, Ms Bianca Argyrous and Ms Kate Drady choreographed the movement for the dynamic Year 3 to Year 5 performance of Adiemus at Speech Day.
PICCOLE STELLE Piccole Stelle lunchtime concerts are held each week in the Junior School. The concerts give many of our young musicians the opportunity to gain performance experience in a relaxed setting.
PLAY DAY Music, Art and STEAM staff joined together to provide six learning opportunities for children under four years of age as part of MLC Schoolâ€™s commitment to early years education. The Music Rooms were filled with enthusiastic youngsters and their parents who listened to stories, sang, danced, and produced fabulous art works to take home.
DRUM UP DAY Members of Taikoz gave the girls an exciting demonstration of the Japanese art of drumming. Year 5 and Year 6 students can be part of this fabulous ensemble through our Co-curricular program.
BELLE VOCE Girls in Year 4 and Year 5 audition for a place in the Belle Voce choir. The girls are selected on their singing ability and commitment to practice and performance. They rehearse each week for an hour. Performances this year included the Annual Music Gala Concert, open rehearsals and assemblies.
Angeli is a choir made up of Year 3 to Year 5 girls who love to sing. At the end of each term they have an open rehearsal to show parents/carers and friends how they warm-up their voices and prepare repertoire. The girls performed at the Annual Music Gala Concert, assemblies and Speech Day.
ANNUAL MUSIC GALA CONCERT The Annual Music Gala Concert was held in the spectacular Sydney Town Hall. Our Junior School choirs Bella Voce and Angeli combined their beautiful voices to perform Mangwani Mpulele, a traditional South African folk song that uses the Sotho language.
EARLY YEARS MUSICAL The Early Years Musical was the final event of the year for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. The girls enjoyed using a green screen to film some of their performance. Due to popular demand, we performed our Nativity musical twice. The girls were thrilled to perform for their families. Ms Katherine Moses and Mrs Phillipa Knight Music Teachers 123
Year 3 to Year 12 Music BAND PROGRAM 2019 has been a fabulous year for the Band program with wonderful performances in world class venues – Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, Camelot Lounge – and for the second year the highly anticipated Stage Band trip to the Big Band Blast at Port Macquarie. Being a Sydney Opera House year, it was pertinent to really focus the Symphonic Wind Band with a piece of music that was exciting and challenging. Stubernic by Mark Ford showcased the amazing marimba playing talent of Music Captain Clara Janssen, Chanel Boudib and Katherine Du. The performance was stunning and the whole ensemble is to be congratulated on the effort and professionalism they showed during the many hours of rehearsing leading to the performance. Then the combined forces of the Symphonic Wind Band and Concert Band played The Witch and the Saint by Steven Reineke. This ensemble of 80 students generated beautiful melodies and powerful ensemble moments that resonated the very walls of the concert hall.
The Band program in Junior School continues to grow in strength with innovations that are starting to feed through to the Senior School. In Year 3 we have been focusing on both band repertoire and method books with two weeks on method book followed by two weeks as a band. Having the students in a band situation as early as Year 3 has been a very positive step allowing students the enjoyment of playing in an ensemble and hearing the tone colours that other instruments have. In 2019 we introduced 10 instruments into Year 3 with the addition of oboe, alto saxophone and bass guitar. The students learning these instruments have shown great progress and it is amazing to hear a balanced ensemble with all the band instruments as early as Year 3. With over 40 students learning a band instrument in Year 5, two separate ensembles were created, Band Blast and Advanced Band. The annual evening of Groove at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville continues to expand and grow with wonderful
performances by all the Jazz ensembles and Year 12 Music 1 students to delight the sell-out crowd. The purpose of the event is to allow students in the Jazz ensembles real-world experience in an authentic venue. The girls love the night and the parents enjoy a variety of music in one of Sydney’s leading venues. The highlight is the combined Big Band performance at the end of the night which included over 40 students. Stage Band returned to Big Band Blast for the second year running. The event is extremely well run, and the focus of the weekend is not just to perform to an audience but to attend multiple workshops that educate and encourage students to improve on improvisation and jazz music in general. 2019 has been a very busy but fulfilling year with all band students stepping up and I look forward to 2020 and anticipate many more amazing performances. Mr Richard Coward Head of Bands
Groove at Camelot Lounge
The 15th biennial Sydney Opera House Concert
CHOIRS The focus of the first semester program was preparing for the 15th biennial Sydney Opera House Concert on 21 May 2019. The concert began with the Senior Choir leading a performance of the first two movements from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the singers revelling in the powerful primitive rhythms and melodies. The major commission was a choral work by British Composer Award winner Kerry Andrew. The compositional process for Under One Sky involved students writing acrostic poems using the word ‘unity’. Kerry Andrew then arranged a selection of the students’ words to make one unified poem and set it for Choir and Taiko ensemble. She has an international reputation for her experimental music that challenges performers to sing as well as realising vocal and body percussion too.
The Chamber Choir sang two pieces. MLC School Old Girl Alice Chance (2011) conducted And the Lord Said from her song cycle Fiat Lux, and they followed this with a stunning performance of Kim Arnesen’s very difficult eight-part a-cappella motet Even When He is Silent. The Senior Choir’s notable contribution at the concert was Bob Chilcott’s ‘unity’ piece Like A Rainbow. The second semester’s focus was preparing for the Annual Music Gala Concert at Sydney Town Hall in November and the Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, together with Year 6 and Year 8 class choirs performed an eclectic stylish range of repertoire:
Ì Chili Con Carne – Anders Edenroth Ì Will the Circle be Unbroken – Traditional Applachian/Gospel arranged by J. David Moore Ì Be My Friend (The Facebook Song) – Pasek and Paul arranged by Holly Harrison The concert concluded with all the choirs combining to sing Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom. The lyricist Harriet Hamilton expresses the hope for unity, peace and dignity for all humankind, and this was a fitting climax for the concert. Mr James Allington Director of Music
Ì They Live in You from The Lion King Ì Weep No More – David N. Childs 125
Year 6 to Year 12 Music
AUSTRALIAN MUSIC DAY This year’s Australian Music Day was bigger than ever with over 250 students in attendance from across Sydney including our own MLC School students. Two inspiring programs ran side-byside, jam packed with jaw-dropping performances by guest musicians, presentations and engaging composition and song writing activities. As part of the popular music-focused Program 1, we welcomed Melbournebased band Toehider and electronic music producer Ben Carey. In these sessions, students went through a ‘song writing bootcamp’ and explored speciallydesigned music software to inspire new ways of making music.
In the art music-focused Program 2, we had sessions with the classical/jazz hybrid ensemble Ephemera led by Keyna Wilkins, and the renowned Acacia String Quartet, who were joined by guitarist Matt Withers performing composer Robert Davidson’s stunning work, Landscape. In these sessions, students experimented with strategies for improvisation and discovered how a sense of place can unlock myriad musical ideas in shaping one’s own composition. A common theme throughout the day was the creation and sharing of work; students composed music then and there, and in the blink of an eye our guest musicians were performing their pieces and providing feedback.
MLC School’s Head of Composition, Mr Tristan Coelho, and Composer-inResidence, Ms Holly Harrison, team up every year to curate and present these programs as well as design related education resources for participating schools. This year they were supported by music department staff Mr Richard Coward, Dr Joanna Drimatis and Mrs Elizabeth Gilberthorpe. It was an inspiring day all round and students left buzzing with ideas for their next musical masterpiece! Mr Tristan Coelho Head of Composition
The 15th biennial Sydney Opera House Concert
Chamber Orchestra Early Music Ensemble
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND SINFONIA The MLC School Symphony and Chamber Orchestra had a very busy and productive year. In the Symphony Orchestra, students learnt to play under the guidance of a conductor and the orchestra was made up of strings, winds, brass and percussion. The Chamber Orchestra is predominantly string instruments and the students performed with and without a conductor. The Sinfonia is a string orchestra for students in Year 6 to Year 10. The main focus for the Music Department was the biennial Sydney Opera House Concert in May this year. The Symphony Orchestra performed the first movement of Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto with soloist Charis Chiu. In addition, the students in both the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony and Sinfonia performed the beautiful Impromptu by Jean Sibelius. The Chamber Orchestra also featured in the concert performing the famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Handel’s oratorio Solomon with oboes Annika Lee and Jade Park and continuo Fiona Feng. Both the Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra performed at the Sydney Eisteddfod which was a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform in another
prestigious venue at the Concourse at Chatswood. Later this year, the Chamber Orchestra was invited by Professor Neal Peres da Costa from the Sydney Conservatorium to perform with the Conservatorium’s Early Music Ensemble in a special concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in November. This was an excellent opportunity for the members of the Chamber Orchestra to work with experts in Baroque performance practice and perform in a concert alongside tertiary music students. The performance was held in the beautiful Verbrugghen Hall. Other events included the Chamber Orchestra performing in a masterclass with the renowned Australian String Quartet at MLC School at the end of Term 3. Members of the Sinfonia also performed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music this year in a special concert with the Alliance Primary School Kowloon Tong from Hong Kong. The students learnt so much from their overseas visitors and performed a range of repertoire from Europe and Australia in the concert.
This year the Chamber Music Soireè occurred in Term 3 with 10 chamber ensembles performing in the concert. Finally, the year concluded with the Annual Music Gala Concert in Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 20 November. The Symphony Orchestra started the concert with two major pieces of orchestral repertoire – Beethoven’s Overture to Creatures of Prometheus and Infernal Dance, Berceuse and Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Following the professional partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium Historically Informed Performance (HIP) Department, Professor Neal Peres da Costa and cellist Daniel Yeadon again led the MLC School Chamber Orchestra on their own in three movements from Handel’s Concerto Grosso Opus 6 Number 10. Dr Joanna Drimatis Head of Strings
Members of the Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra form small ensembles and perform chamber music for School events. 127
Music Junior School
FRONT ROW Niamh Canadas, India Rose Mace, Ingrid Henderson, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Elly Yu, Liana Wai, Amritha Ravichandra, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Rachael Ming SECOND ROW Mrs P Knight, Sophie Ye, Avery Dauphinee, Surabhi Parab, Diar Kabaha, Emma Sugianto, Jade Scott-Rogers, Claudia Beattie, Ellie Li, Mrs A McClure
FRONT ROW Eva Zhong, Chloe Kypreos, Janice Leong, Rose Lin, Qing Guan, Ilaria Blanco, Olivia Nguyen, Tin Leung, Elly Yu, Aashi Shah, Amritha Ravichandra SECOND ROW Mrs A McClure, Ava Roins, Aaliya Salim, Luella Farah, Valerie Tran, Aryana Sah, Julia Zarlenga, Hazel Gohil, Sacha Jeyasingam, Emma Sullivan, Niamh Johnson THIRD ROW Stephanie Keo, Angelina Xu, Dina Saeed, Yolanda Dolenac, Xinyi Pang, Angelique Houltham, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Chloe Miller, Meena Kanthathas, Gauri Nathan ABSENT Jiayi Li 128
TE IA D ED BAN RM T TE ER IN NC CO FRONT ROW Amritha Ravichandra, Nectaria Constanti, Hazel Gohil, Anna Obaid, Chloe Miller, Erin Clowes, Gauri Nathan, Sarina Nagra, Stella Wallace SECOND ROW Ophelia Li, Saskia Roberts, Amaya Karunakaran, Aspen Lambert, Tessa Britton, Erin Muir, Sameera Khatri, Anika Springford, Yolanda Dolenac
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FRONT ROW Umaiza Mahfuz, Gauri Nathan, Erin Clowes, Amaya Karunakaran, Yolanda Dolenac, Anna Obaid, Hazel Gohil, Nectaria Constanti SECOND ROW Sameera Khatri, Aspen Lambert, Erin Muir, Tessa Britton, Haegan Sitou, Anika Springford
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FRONT ROW Miranda Lin, Niamh Canadas, Violet Le, Stephanie Phong, Rima Zhang, Ada Savage, Sophia Hu, Imogen Wong, Ingrid Henderson, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Sophie Connolly, Chloe Lu, Elysse Diep, Taylor Lu SECOND ROW Avery Koh, Megan Kuit, Rose Lin, Niamh Johnson, Stephanie Keo, Katherine Woo, Alisha Dhaliwal, Aaliya Salim, Carina Chu, Jodhi Bou, Janice Leong, Mikayla Woon, Jiarui Song THIRD ROW Dr J Drimatis, Imogen Bush, Rebecca Gao, Gigi Guan, Emma Sugianto, Chelsea Chen, Emma Sullivan, Valerie Tran, Meena Kanthathas, Tin Leung, Sophie Ye, Ms K Moses FOURTH ROW Julinar Alshehabi, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Angelique Houltham, Jemima Zoud, Kathleen Chrun, Grace Farrow, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Jessica Fichera, Yolanda Dolenac ABSENT Mia Coady
Music Senior School R BE C AM SI CH MU FRONT ROW Hannah Kang, Georgie Roediger, Chloe Arnold, Jade Di Girolamo, Julia Lok, Laryssa Latt, Christine Jin, Anikah Sanan, Fiona Feng, Nichole Wang SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Cherie Pepperell, Jessica Kim, Halle Yang, Maya Felice, Anica Shen, Angie Xu, Karen Chung, Charis Chiu, Ms Y Ho THIRD ROW Sophie Wilson, Isabelle Lin, Coco Huang, Nicole Lin, Eloise Riviere, Amber Johnstone, Lucinda King, Jessie Tang, Kirsten Dao
R BE RA AM EST CH CH OR FRONT ROW Fiona Feng, Jade Di Girolamo, Desiray La, Angie Xu, Charis Chiu, Paris Chen, Hannah Kang, Nichole Wang SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Laryssa Latt, Jessie Tang, Coco Huang, Cherie Pepperell, Jessica Song, Kirsten Dao THIRD ROW Anica Shen, Ria Kapoor, Jess MacMaster, Eloise Riviere, Nicole Lin, Halle Yang, Joy Xu
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FRONT ROW Tulasi Kanani, Felicia Hannah, Joyce Mai, Sienna Marriott, Cleo Clark, Jessica Pizzinga, Ms K Roberts, Mr J Allington, Ms Y Ho, Gabrielle Giannakos, Amreen Thind, Vivian Qin, Abigail Bush, Georgie Roediger, Evie Papamanuel SECOND ROW Vishaalini Ravichandra, Sasha Kovarik, Ada Tetley-Sutton, Hannah Kang, Ruby Newton, Dalia Alsaad, Erica Chou, Soina Thind, Chloe Hui, Ananya Wakhare, Maya Lecuna, Seetha Nathan, Jenna Wright, Madhavi Chauhan, Anikah Sanan, Amaya Karunakaran, Zahra Yassine THIRD ROW Chloe Arnold, Moira Peach, Esther Tonkinwise, Sanya Mehta, Seraya Srikumar, Isabelle Lin, Grace Williams, Amelie Roediger, Cynthia Hu, Bella Upcroft, Victoria Grammenos, Vanessa Nguyen, Harriet Gohil, Isabella Coombes, Olivia Clowes, Madison Clemens FOURTH ROW Emma Corcoran, Ellery Joyce, Annika Lee, Mikaela Nguyen, Simone Maddison, Karen Chung, Anica Shen, Ria Kapoor, Dionne Alaveras, Katherine Du, Jasmine Cho, Ayla Varol, Holly Miller, Isabella Lee, Audrey Nguyen FIFTH ROW Sophia Sefein, Anna Gough, Chelsea Hunt, Mounica Akula, Sophia Heyde, Isabella Chapman, Briar Campbell, Himani Gupta, Claudia Padman, Shivani Spencer, Christyn Cordato, Arya Sharma, Jacqueline Flett, Tessa Tomkins, Julia Gough, Sally Obaid SIXTH ROW Evelyn Doan, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Sofia Carey, Diya Mehta, Maya Felice, Meghana Gopalan, Natalie Wong, Eloise Riviere, Zoe Hannam, Katie Sutherland, Audrey Williams, Anushri Baksi, Sabine Saad, Kittu Hoyne, Aarathe Ramraj
FRONT ROW Sasha Kovarik, Kali Springford, Martine Zeilinga, Annabelle La, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Sienna Barrett, Kathryn Shih, Elizabeth Wilkie, Jenna Wright, Megan Ebel SECOND ROW Ms S Grattan-Smith, Sienna Marriott, Georgie Roediger, Seetha Nathan, Chloe Arnold, Aileen Leong, Maya Lecuna, Claire Liu, Cara Britton, Mr R Coward THIRD ROW Sally Obaid, Tessa Tomkins, Zara Cathcart, Ivana Dolenac, Audrey Nguyen, Caitlin Zeilinga, Meera Rawal, Hannah Baker, Scout Van Der Merwe FOURTH ROW Zara Kilborn, Annabelle Banfield, Chelsea Hunt, Sophie Reid, Helena Lu, Emma Mahant, Anna Gough, Ashmini Ganesh, Mia Grasso-Nguyen 132
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Mr R Coward, Jacqueline Flett, Maya Felice, Ellena Hartzenberg, Amelie Roediger
Z JA Z EN SE M BL E FRONT ROW Vishaalini Ravichandra, Sienna Marriott, Megan Ebel, Ashmini Ganesh, Cara Britton, Zara Cathcart, Georgie Roediger, Maya Lecuna, Tessa Tomkins SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Kali Springford, Chloe Arnold, Scout Van Der Merwe, Ivana Dolenac, Lucinda King, Sally Obaid, Seetha Nathan
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Music Senior School
FRONT ROW Jessica Pizzinga, Madeleine Murphy, Clara Janssen, Charis Chiu, Gabrielle Giannakos SECOND ROW Mr J Allington, Georgie Roediger, Sofia Carey, Holly Miller, Jacqueline Flett
Halle Yang, Nicole Lin, Charis Chiu
E ON E PH BL XO EM SA NS E FRONT ROW Amelie Roediger, Emma Juffermans, Maya Felice, Morgan Kelaher SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Ashmini Ganesh, Jacqueline Flett, Sanya Mehta
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IR FRONT ROW Madhavi Chauhan, Ruby Newton, Georgie Roediger, Gabrielle Giannakos, Jessica Pizzinga, Jasmine Cho, Anikah Sanan, Jenna Wright, Sienna Marriott SECOND ROW Ms Y Ho, Amelie Roediger, Isabella Lee, Ellery Joyce, Ria Kapoor, Kittu Hoyne, Emma Corcoran, Annika Lee, Mr J Allington THIRD ROW Erica Chou, Tessa Tomkins, Isabelle Lin, Claudia Padman, Sophia Heyde, Esther Tonkinwise, Seetha Nathan FOURTH ROW Holly Miller, Anica Shen, Sofia Carey, Natalie Wong, Zoe Hannam, Sabine Saad, Katherine Du 135
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FRONT ROW Emily Phong, Mia Rae, Chloe Ho-Shon, Ynez Liauw, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Georgie Roediger, Olivia Walker, Jossie Liu, Christine Jin SECOND ROW Dr J Drimatis, Dalia Alsaad, Jasmine Banks, Esther Kim, Suyi Yin, Sarinna Cai, Abigail Bush, Annaliese Yan THIRD ROW Anikah Sanan, Ananya Wakhare, Diane Wang, Vanessa Nguyen, Chloe Arnold, Chloe Hui, Maggie Zhang FOURTH ROW Yijia Sang, Christyn Cordato, Sarah Pearson, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Amber Johnstone, Lucinda King, Isabelle Lin
FRONT ROW Amelie Roediger, Jasmine Cho, Madeleine Lewis, Sanya Mehta, Ella Tomkins, Jessica Pizzinga, Charlotte McCrory, Natalie Cavallaro, Cynthia Hu, Anjelica Issa SECOND ROW Mr R Coward, Isabel Leung, Sofia Carey, Jade Park, Arya Sharma, Jacqueline Flett, Katie Sutherland, Veronikah McClelland, Clara Janssen THIRD ROW Briana Chapman, Morgan Kelaher, Emma Juffermans, Zoe I Johnston, Nikki Juffermans, Ellena Hartzenberg, Laura Sutherland, Maya Felice, Sophia Murphy 136
IC ON ND PH A M DB SY IN W FRONT ROW Tina Papamanuel, Natalie Cavallaro, Zoe Berg, Jade Park, Madeleine Murphy, Mr R Coward, Clara Janssen, Charlotte McCrory, Jessica Kim, Madeleine Lewis, Isabel McKeough SECOND ROW Tianka Parapuram, Audrey Nguyen, Ella Tomkins, Amelie Roediger, Jocelyn Ting, Tessa Iversen, Isabel Leung, Jessica Pizzinga, Anjelica Issa, Chanel Boudib, Annika Lee, Sanya Mehta THIRD ROW Jacqueline Flett, Emma Christie, Katherine Du, Laura Sutherland, Nikki Juffermans, Anika Lammers, Emma Mahant, Dionne Alaveras, Cynthia Hu, Emily Ryner, Arya Sharma FOURTH ROW Briana Chapman, Maya Felice, Helena Lu, Katie Sutherland, Ellena Hartzenberg, Claire McLelland, Elsa Tonkinwise, Zoe I Johnston, Emma Juffermans, Morgan Kelaher
Y ON RA PH T M ES SY RCH O FRONT ROW Nichole Wang, Hannah Kang, Georgie Roediger, Laryssa Latt, Desiray La, Madeleine Murphy, Mr J Allington, Charis Chiu, Clara Janssen, Tina Papamanuel, Fiona Feng, Jade Park, Christine Jin SECOND ROW Paris Chen, Chanel Boudib, Sanya Mehta, Chloe Arnold, Harriet Gohil, Joy Xu, Sabine Saad, Annika Lee, Isabelle Lin, Aria Swan, Jade Di Girolamo, Kirsten Dao, Ella Tomkins THIRD ROW Jessica Kim, Karen Chung, Halle Yang, Tessa Iversen, Katherine Du, Elsa Tonkinwise, Anica Shen, Emily Ryner, Angie Xu, Isabel Leung, Jessica Song, Cherie Pepperell FOURTH ROW Sophie Wilson, Haya Yahia, Christyn Cordato, Coco Huang, Arya Sharma, Amber Johnstone, Helena Lu, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Lucinda King, Jessie Tang, Sarah Pearson, Amelia Chan FIFTH ROW Sophia Murphy, Fiona Paterson, Katie Sutherland, Natalie Wong, Eloise Riviere, Laura Sutherland, Nicole Lin, Mia Burjan, Maya Felice, Jess MacMaster, Ria Kapoor 137
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FRONT ROW Zara Luong, Isabelle Burnham, Jana Roy, Georgia Terzis, Le Yan Gui, Keira Oâ€™Connor, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Emma Guermanoff, Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi, Isabella Bednaic SECOND ROW Ms K Roberts, Tessa Tomkins, Kirsten McLelland, Jacqueline Flett, Himani Gupta, Zoe Johnston, Sophie Reid, Briar Campbell, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Zoe Howes THIRD ROW Ella Tomkins, Veronikah McClelland, Janelle Jiao, Vicky Feng, Eloise Riviere, Aleksia Grbic, Tiffany Boungoto Weng, Jocelyn Ting, Maria Antonia Costantino, Lauren Huynh
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Dance, Drama and Entertainment Captain
Cassandra Economides, Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) Captain
Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) thrived with the vast and unique opportunities offered in 2019, making it an especially exciting year. 2019 was an exciting year for Dance, where there were several MLC School firsts. The Senior MLC School Wakakirri team won the Wakakirri Story of the Year Award for NSW with their work titled The Price of Low Cost and were nominated to compete for the title of National Story Of The Year. This was an exciting first for the Dance program at MLC School. This success continued with the Junior Wakakirri team, who were awarded the Best Social Media Awareness Award for their work, Faded. The work expressed students’ concerns regarding factors that contribute to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. Impressively, they received an invitation to perform at the Wakakirri Awards Night (Primary Division) for the first time in MLC School history. Another amazing achievement was the success of our Junior and Senior Pom and Hip-Hop teams who brought home four first place trophies and one second at the annual Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) Winterfest competition. Overall, the Senior Year 9 to Year 12 Hip-Hop troop placed first, and after competing in the Dance Battle at NIDA, were awarded the prestigious Dance Scholastic Royalty prize.
All of these amazing performances and many others were presented at the prestigious 2019 MLC School Dance Showcase, themed Endgame, held at NIDA. Showcase explored the concept of board games as a stimulus for both movement and intention, allowing us to find our own creative voice through dance, communicating abstract ideas and metaphors. The success of dance in 2019 can only be attributed to the commitment from all MLC School girls along with the devoted dance teachers, Ms Jenna Skepper and Mr Blake Fatouros, as well as the many passionate co-curricular dance teachers. Drama at MLC School continued to rise to new heights led by the dedicated DDE Department, in particular Ms Lisa Jinga, Mr Julian Kennard and Ms Bojana Kvrgic. This year’s Senior School production, Away, was engaging and emotional, seeing a combination of drama, sets, music and dance, that created a memorable show which became the talk of the school. Away showcased the talent of many MLC School girls, both in drama and entertainment. The enthusiasm the students have for Drama at MLC School is inspiring. The many Drama elective exhibition nights were also exciting as they provided an opportunity for the girls to perform in front of a live audience, demonstrating the skills they have been working towards all year. As usual, the Dance and Drama performances would not have been successful if it weren’t for the Entertainment girls, who dedicated countless hours to ensure productions ran smoothly. They had various production responsibilities: from painting sets to designing lighting – these girls are the unsung heroes of all DDE events. Their hard work was acknowledged at Wakakirri when the Entertainment students won Best Lighting Design and Stage Calling, Excellent Overall Set Design and Best Backstage Crew.
The DDE Committee worked incredibly hard all year behind the scenes of various events, including the annual MLC School talent show, various lunch workshops and helping with productions. I want to extend my appreciation to the DDE Committee and Ms Samantha Abrahim for their dedication, helping to ensure DDE was successful in 2019.
‘The many Drama elective exhibition nights were also exciting as they provided the students with an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, demonstrating the skills they have been working towards all year.’ I feel extremely honoured to have participated in and witnessed the achievements of the DDE community throughout 2019. DDE is a growing success at MLC School, and I cannot wait for all the amazing new experiences to come next year. Cassandra Economides Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE) Captain
Dance In 2019, the MLC School Co-curricular Dance program continued to thrive with another successful year of performances and competitions. Our inclusive programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 create differentiated learning environments that foster the development of individual students. The program equips our girls with a range of style-specific technical skills and allows them to explore dance as a means of communication and creative expression. This year, students showcased their abilities at a variety of performances, including the 2019 Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Twilight Recital, Wakakirri Story Dance Competitions, Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) Cheer and Dance Competitions and MLC School Dance Showcase held at National Institute of Dramatic Art’s (NIDA) Parade Theatre. To kick start Term 2, our Junior and Senior Hip Hop and Pom teams competed in the 2019 AASCF WinterFest competition held at the Quay Centre, Sydney Olympic Park with our teams blitzing the competition. All teams then returned to the competition floor in Term 3, at NIDA Parade Theatre for AASCF Dance Battle, with our Senior Hip Hop Team awarded the Scholastic Grand Champions title for the competition. Following is a list of the full results.
AASCF WINTERFEST Junior School: Ì Pom – 1st Place Primary School Pom Division Ì Hip Hop – 1st Place Primary School Hip Hop Division Senior School: Ì Pom – 1st Place High School Pom Division Ì Hip Hop (Year 9 to Year 12) – 1st Place High School Hip Hop Division Ì Hip Hop (Year 7 to Year 8) – 2nd Place High School Hip Hop Division
Overalls: Ì Scholastic Dance Royalty 1st Place – Senior Hip Hop (Year 9 to Year 12) Ì Scholastic Dance Royalty 2nd Place – Senior Hip Hop (Year 7 to Year 8)
AASCF DANCE BATTLE Junior School: Ì Pom – 1st Place Primary School Pom Division Ì Hip Hop – 1st Place Primary School Hip Hop Division Senior School: Ì Pom – 1st Place High School Pom Division Ì Hip Hop (Year 9 to Year 12) – 1st Place High School Hip Hop Division Ì Hip Hop (Year 7 to Year 8) – 2nd Place High School Hip Hop Division Overalls: Scholastic Dance Royalty – 1st Place Senior Hip Hop (Year 9 to Year 12) Next up on the performance calendar, 56 of our littlest dancers took to the Drama Theatre stage for the annual Twilight Recital titled Step Back in Time, where dancers performed the swingin’, rockin’, Disco twistin’ tunes and moves of the past century. The annual Twilight Recital allows our littlest dancers to develop their confidence and celebrate their learning with friends and family. Term 3 is always the busiest term for our dancers with the 2019 Primary and Secondary Wakakirri Story Dance entries competing against other schools regionally, state-wide and nationally. Our Primary students hit the stage on Wednesday 20 August, with their story dance titled Faded. This entry explored the human impact on the Great Barrier Reef. The judges were impressed with both the level of professionalism, direction and skill of our girls both during
the rehearsals and on the evening. They were awarded Best Teamwork and the celebrated Spirit of Wakakirri Award and were later awarded with the Best Social Media Awareness Award for the region, which saw them compete in the regional finals at the Quay Centre late in Term 3.
FADED – JUNIOR SCHOOL WAKAKIRRI ENTRY The Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s underwater wonder, but where has all the colour gone? MLC School students highlight factors of destructive human activity and concern for their reef’s future in, Faded. Show Awards Ì Spirit of Wakakirri Ì Best Teamwork Performance and Production Awards Ì Excellent Performance Teamwork Ì Well-Rehearsed Performance Ì Excellent Group Acting Ì Excellent Theme/Concept Ì Best Direction – Combination of Dancing and Acting Story Award Ì Best Social Media Story Judge’s Comment ‘A wonderfully delivered performance with lovely stylised images creating an entertaining but poignant message which is delivered with commitment. A creative and strong performance from a very well-rehearsed ensemble, with clever moments such as the plastic bag ballet and toning down the colour of the set and costumes as the reef is dying and showing its impact. A very well performed and staged performance with a show stopping finale.’ Our Secondary team competed on Wednesday 14 August with their entry titled, The Price of Low Cost, a story in which our students unveiled the smokescreen of factory working
conditions – conditions that highlight the question. Who is truly paying for consumer greed? The girls received numerous production awards of creative set and props and costuming, and were invited to compete in the regional awards night in September. Their September performance back at NIDA Parade Theatre saw them nominated as the state winner to progress through to the National Final, at which they were awarded with second place.
THE PRICE OF LOW COST – SENIOR SCHOOL WAKAKIRRI ENTRY Show Awards Ì Most creative reuse of materials for sets and props Ì Most creative reuse of materials for costumes Performance and Production Awards Ì Excellent Lead Cast Ì Excellent Supporting Cast Ì Excellent Theme/Concept Ì Excellent Construction and Clarity Ì Excellent Overall Set Design Awards Night Show Awards Ì Best Backstage Crew Ì Best Lighting Design and Calling
Story Award Ì Best Raising Awareness Story Nomination Ì Sydney Regional Nomination for National Story of the Year Nationals Ì 2nd Place Judge’s Comment ‘A beautiful, confronting and powerful performance creating awareness to the empath degree. A commending performance from the two protagonists not only in dance but dramatically. Quite disturbing at times which is what confronts and tightens the performance. The soundtrack is haunting and driven, the set movements and transitions were seamless and executed extremely well by the onstage crew. Overall the power behind the message is dynamic and direct. Congratulations on a highly exciting and powerful performance from all involved, great choreography direction and performance.’
Endgame. This year’s concept explored board games as a stimulus for both movement and intention. The overarching concept of board games allowed students to access their own creative voice through both performance and composition to communicate ideas stimulated by abstract ideas and metaphors. Behind every great performance hides many unseen faces, and the Dance staff would like to acknowledge the Year 11 VET Entertainment students who worked tirelessly to ensure all performers made it on stage in time for each curtain to rise. Their dedication to the show and their level of professionalism working alongside the NIDA staff has been inspiring to witness. That wraps up another successful year for Dance. Thank you to the parents and students for their ongoing commitment to the program, and to the Co-curricular Dance staff for their endless enthusiasm and creative ideas that pull together such wonderful programs for our dancers. Ms Jenna Skepper Dance Coordinator
Dance Showcase has become one of our most anticipated events of the calendar, involving over 250 students from Year 3 to Year 12. This year’s event returned to the prestigious NIDA Parade Theatre for the fifth consecutive year, where our girls worked together to showcase three terms worth of class work in a showcase titled,
Drama In 2019, the Drama Department chose the iconic Australian play, AWAY as our annual Senior Years 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 and Ms Lisa JInga. The play set in the Summer of 1967/1968, tells the story of three families who go ‘away’ for the holidays. Set across the background of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the three families set out separately but are driven together by a storm. They know each other from the local high school where the students have just performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as their annual school production.
This year we developed a symbolic set to illuminate the concept that in life, everyone has baggage to carry and this is true of the characters in the play. Using Our Year 11 VET Entertainment students as builders and crew, we created an original set made entirely of luggage and baggage of all kinds which opened to reveal and create specific locations in the play. For every actor on stage, there was at least one person behind the scenes doing back-stage crew, front-ofhouse, set construction, hair and makeup, photos, costumes, ticketing, etc. The huge scope of the show aims to provide a professional, unrivalled experience. The MLC School Drama Department prides itself on being accessible. 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. Further, they learn a range of practical skills such as punctuality, commitment, organisation, communication and flexibility. The cast and crew were thrilled with the positive feedback they received after months of hard work. Ms Lisa Jinga Head of Department – Dance, Drama and Entertainment (DDE)
Acting and Communication Academy EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION THROUGH PERFORMING ARTS Over the year, our passionate tutors have worked with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 to develop confident communication and inspire a love of performing. During Term 1 and Term 2, many students prepared for local speech and drama eisteddfods, entering performance sections such as improvisation, impromptu speaking, prepared speeches, poetry and more. Eisteddfods offer an excellent opportunity for Acting and Communication Academy students to grow as they put their skills to the test against other like-minded young people. Students gain feedback from Eisteddfod adjudicators and are inspired by the work of other young performers. Many ACA students who took part in the Eisteddfods received great results with several students placing or receiving highly commended awards. Congratulations to all who participated! Our Junior School lunchtime public speaking and debating class has spent the year developing their skills in speech writing, impromptu speaking and group presentation. Miss Lily has enjoyed working with students from Year 3 to Year 6 as they challenge themselves to think outside the box, creating engaging and exciting presentations. The beginning of the year saw a particular focus on persuasive speaking as the students learnt about the language and expression required to give an engaging and highly persuasive
presentation. The class also looked at the skills required for effective conversation, engaging with active listening, open body language and open-ended questioning.
learnt about developing their personal presence and how to identify and maximise their strengths, whether it be in business, as a presenter or as a performer.
Our Musical Theatre classes grew this year as students flocked to Miss Sarah’s Wednesday afternoon classes and our one musical theatre class has increased to three. Fun afternoons were spent singing, acting, and dancing, improving confidence and performance skills.
We also hosted Madelaine Parker and her renowned improvisation and comedy masterclass. Maddie is an international performer, improviser, comedian and actor. Our students were stretched, inspired and challenged in this high energy masterclass.
Our Speech and Drama Performing and Teaching Diploma students were privileged to work with some amazing working professionals this year, including a masterclass with Alexandra Ridgy, an Australian working and in her final year at the Atlantic Acting School in the U.S.A, In Alexandra’s masterclass on Modern Movement Training for Performers our students got world-class training in exploring the fundamentals of modern movement training and learnt the foundations of the Suzuki Method and Anne Bogart’s ‘Viewpoints’, a technique which teaches you to make conscious, deliberate choices in performance whilst encouraging freedom and instinctive expression. This technique is recognised as a staple throughout the world’s elite acting schools. In March, I shared the Pitch Perfect Module from our Voice Consultants Corporate Training program with our Diploma students. The focus was on communication and pitching your ideas, because selling yourself is the key to success for young professionals. Students
The techniques gleaned from working with industry professionals sets our students apart. This also filters down to influence the course’s content in all classes offered. Our students under the mentorship of the Teaching Diploma Program take their new found skills and impart them to the younger students. As always, our students sit the Trinity College London Exams, with some sitting mid-year but most taking the end of year exam. For the past five years, ACA has been invited to provide our specialist public speaking workshops to all the Year 11 IB English with two of the key elements of this training focusing on identifying personal strengths in communication and managing nerves. We are excited about what 2020 holds and as we continue to work for excellence in communication through the performing arts. Ms Kayte Borg Acting and Communication Academy
The Speech and Drama Studio 2019 has been an eventful year for our students with many successes. Girls have excelled in Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA) and Trinity exams, eisteddfods, holiday productions, AHIGS Festival of Speech, open days and showcases. Ninety Speech and Drama Studio (SDS) girls represented MLC School across 120 sections at the Inner West, Ryde, Parramatta and Sydney Eisteddfods. Girls achieved numerous first, second and third placing and Highly Commended Awards in Prepared Speech, Verse Speaking, Poem for Two, Improvisation, Character Recital in Costume, Duologue in Costume, Impromptu Telephone Conversations and Group Scene categories. Sanya Mehta (Year 9) was awarded second place in the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Actors Championship. One hundred Year 2 to Year 4 and some Year 1, Year 5 to Year 7, and Year 9 SDS girls participated in the ASCA Individual and Group Performance Drama examinations and Communications Skills examinations, achieving exceptional results with a Distinction average. Julinar Alshehabi (Year 5), Sophia Hu (Year 4), Jodhi Bou (Year 4), Nicola Keast (Year 4), and Rachael McGuire (Year 3) received ASCA Excellence Awards for their outstanding results in their 2018 ASCA exams, which were presented at
Ravenswood School. Eight MLC School girls received ASCA excellence awards for their 2019 exams. Seventy-nine Year 5 to Year 11 students participated in 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 worldwide. Junior School students from PreKindergarten to Year 6 produced five highly creative and successful holiday productions this year, including The Witches, Mystery on Mount Olympus, Aladdin, Frank-kid-stein and Mother Goose. The productions were assisted by talented production teams made up of senior students. Holiday productions give girls 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-Kindergarten to Year 1 girls enjoyed open days with family and friends throughout the year. Year 2 to Year 4 girls performed to family and friends at our open ASCA examinations in Term 3.
Middle and Senior girls 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. Some of our Speech and Drama girls proudly represented MLC School at the Association of Independent Girls Schools (AHIGS) Festival of Speech. We are so proud of each and every one of our girls at The Speech and Drama Studio for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout 2019. The SDS team are made up of established industry professionals and highly experienced educators who are passionate and committed to creating an empowering learning environment for our girls. 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 human skills. We see students transform as they discover their creative potential and gain necessary tools that will assist them through their schooling and throughout their life. We look forward to another successful year in 2020. Mrs Monica Brian The Speech and Drama Studio Director
Performing Arts Photos L HO RY E SC RA L R PO MB NO M SE JU NTE EN E CO NC DA FRONT ROW Rithika Vinoth, Audrey Boulton, Aashi Shah, Minh Thu Mai, Emma Sullivan, Kushla McCaul, Amritha Ravichandra SECOND ROW Evelyn Gogos, Nghi Nguyen, Dina Saeed, Grace Kuman, Alyssa Corbett, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Luella Farah THIRD ROW Lam Nguyen, Ava Saad, Jasmine Banks, Haegan Sitou, Isabel Garner, Allegra Carlini
N DA CE CO M N PA Y FRONT ROW Isabella Al-horani, Grace Karras, Afamia Moussa, Georgia Softsis, Tiara Huynh, Georgia Dunn, Sophie Graham, Ms J Skepper, Capri Maher, Lucy Baker, Sian Thomas, Georgia Ventouris, Emily Huynh, Cassandra Economides, Rachel Kardasis SECOND ROW Dalia Alsaad, Ria Simone Farag, Emily Edwards, Isabella Kristallis, Cleo Clark, Ava Dean, Teâ€™jhaan Altiok-Brown, Kelly Zhang, Tara Mulholland, Maya Simpson, Yianna Mitropoulos, Jorja Papantoniou, Megan Ebel, Freya Patterson, Jennisa Ha, Jasmine Wolfe THIRD ROW Mahi Shah, Zoe Proctor, Ella Walters, Jasmine Stavros, Elsa Pickering, Rose Halliday, Grace Williams, Matilda Banfield, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Olivia Clowes, Tori Charalambous, Madison Clemens, Zoe Churchill, Julia Lok, Harriet Gohil FOURTH ROW Sophia Hendriks, Sienna Barrett, Georgia Wyatt, Alice Kreis, Lilia Coman, Gabrielle Cadena, Vienna Durie, Isabella Collins, Vanessa Ryan, Audrey Williams, Georgia Beretov-Millar, Paris Mitropoulos, Amisha Khatri, Tamara Obradovic FIFTH ROW Alexandra Lasovski, Amelia Jubelin, Samantha Brady, Molly North, Chantelle Farag, Isabella Smith, Tara Gentle, Sophie Ciesielski, India Makovec, Zoe Johnson, Lucinda King, Taotao Jiang, Zara Constance, Anna Devlin 149
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P HI W OR E NI CR JU OP H FRONT ROW Rithika Vinoth, Katherine Goldring, Liesl Wong, Kyra Narang, Evelyn Gogos, Eloise Girard, Eve Ireland, Jade Scott-Rogers, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Tilly Ackland, Georgie Papadimitriou SECOND ROW Mia Tynan, Meena Kanthathas, Isabella Correia, Zahra Yassine, Aspen Lambert, Sameera Khatri, Amaya Karunakaran, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Erin Clowes, Nghi Nguyen THIRD ROW Kristina Bitar, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Sophia Malas, Tascha Ireland, Christina Di Giandomenico, Angelique Houltham, Markella Krekacs, Angelina Le, Riya Chib ABSENT Madura Gaikaiwari
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FRONT ROW Taylor Lu, Alana Siluk, Jiarui Song, Chloe Lu, Rachael Ming, Niamh Canadas, Christina Messih, Miranda Lin SECOND ROW Audrey Boulton, Elizabeth Ravens, Angelina Huang, Liesl Wong, Rachael McGuire, Katherine Goldring, Rima Zhang THIRD ROW Adelaide Akers, Katherine Woo, Emma Sugianto, Evelyn Gogos, Alisha Dhaliwal, Jacqueline Wang ABSENT Madeleine Girgis
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M A FRONT ROW Mia Coady, Avery Koh, Isabella Munoz, Amritha Ravichandra, Aashi Shah, Violet Le, Rose Lin, Liana Wai, Janice Leong, Imogen Wong, Hannah North, Sophia Hu SECOND ROW Avnika Kandala, Niamh Johnson, Aaliya Salim, Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Sacha Jeyasingam, Cheylene Leung, Kyra Narang, Charlotte Latham, Mia Rice, Nicola Keast, Jodhi Bou THIRD ROW Luella Farah, Charla Howard, Meena Kanthathas, Angelina Xu, Angelina Mijakovac, Chelsea Chen, Baylie Shen, Naoise Lynn-Black, Stephanie Keo
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FRONT ROW Misha Behi, Elora Nadarajah, Bonnie Zheng, Lucinda Butcher, Zahra Yassine, Amaya Karunakaran, Sophia Shaikh, Lara Bazzi SECOND ROW Sameera Khatri, Ella Baker, Sophia Malas, Amreen Thind, Christina Di Giandomenico, Phoebe Rizoski, Lily Simmons, Riya Chib ABSENT Sarinna Cai, Zara Dhawan, Lana Radwan, Aiesha Sivaranjan
FRONT ROW Audrey Boulton, Kushla McCaul, Hannah North, Aashi Shah, Mia Rice, Tilly Ackland, Katherine Woo, Liesl Wong, Amritha Ravichandra, Chloe Lu, Georgie Papadimitriou, Rima Zhang, Katherine Goldring, Rithika Vinoth SECOND ROW Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Alisha Dhaliwal, Sophia Antipas, Eve Ireland, Luella Farah, Evelyn Gogos, Sacha Jeyasingam, Alyssa Corbett, Emma Sullivan, Ophelia Li, Sarina Nagra, Minh Thu Mai THIRD ROW Eloise Girard, Erin Clowes, Angelina Le, Aiesha Sivaranjan, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Aryana Sah, Chloe Miller, Angelina Xu, Kiara Elghitany, Isabella Correia, Nghi Nguyen, Dina Saeed FOURTH ROW Ze Wong, Amaya Karunakaran, Lam Nguyen, Sameera Khatri, Isabel Garner, Kristina Bitar, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Jemima Zoud, Zahra Yassine, Grace Kuman, Riya Chib, Allegra Carlini FIFTH ROW Markella Krekacs, Haegan Sitou, Sophia Malas, Jasmine Banks, Neika Abdilla Bacon, Christina Di Giandomenico, Sarah Pickett, Tascha Ireland, Ava Saad, Grace Farrow, Aspen Lambert, Madura Gaikaiwari 156
Sport Captain positive feedback from the competition, which commenced in Term 1, and saw vast improvements across all five junior and senior teams. General fitness training was also introduced this year at MLC School. This morning activity proved to be a great way for those who want to build on their strength and skills in sport to do so, rather than working towards excelling in a specific area. It’s safe to say that there will be further increases in participation in both of these sports in the years to come! Laura Sutherland, Sport Captain
This year, MLC School has seen some amazing achievements across all age groups and sports. Each and every girl has been instrumental in shaping the MLC School spirit, whether she plays sport at an elite level, or just for fun. We began the year with some ambitious goals centred around encouraging participation in sport, and celebrating the successes of our girls, no matter how big or small. To achieve this, we worked towards making regular announcements at assemblies to acknowledge individual and team achievements, as well as creating methods of increasing awareness about the abundance of sports offered at MLC School. On top of gaining significant improvements across the board in the various Independent Girls’ Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) competitions and carnivals, one of our greatest achievements throughout the year was the introduction of AFL. We have had such
‘Each and every girl has been instrumental in shaping the MLC School spirit, whether she plays sport at an elite level, or just for fun.’ This year in the Sports Committee, the individual Sport Captains and I have worked towards a number of different projects. We were able to ensure that the voice of each sport was heard and considered in school events and activities in our Friday lunchtime meetings. The 2019 individual Sport Captains offered so many valuable contributions and ideas to the team and each and every one of them has played a role in improving the atmosphere of their sport. Thank
you, girls! We now have the hope that in the coming years, membership in the Sports Committee can be built upon and extended to encompass representatives from each Year group, as we see in the other committees around the School. Another successful project this year was the introduction of the inaugural MLC School City2Surf fundraiser. Following on from the creation of the MLC School team in 2018 by Mr Christopher Eddleston, the Sports Committee chose to add a fundraising element in support of the mental health foundation Beyond Blue. Their main objective is to equip everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health. On the day we had over 30 girls and members of the School community join the MLC School team in running the 14km race. On top of that, we received many generous donations making it a huge success! We hope that in 2020, the Sports Committee and Sport Captain will take the event even further in order to continue increasing awareness for the issue. Being the 2019 Sport Captain has been a true honour. Sport at MLC School is something that has played a huge role in my life since 2014, and I will be forever grateful for the friendships I have formed, and the memories I have created through my involvement in sport. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the Sports Department, and in particular Ms Lisa Filby, Ms Esther Maling, Ms Emily Osborne and Mrs Kylie Bickerstaff, who work tirelessly to create a fun and supportive environment in which MLC School girls are able to thrive in sport! Laura Sutherland Sport Captain
Junior School Sports Champions YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL AGE CHAMPIONS 8 Years Champion������������������������������������������� Indigo Hannah 8 Years Runner-Up����������������������������������������� Jacqueline Wang 9 Years Champion����������������������������������������������� Avery Koh 9 Years Runner-Up�����������������������������������������Avery Dauphinee 10 Years Champion������������������������������������ Lucia Barrington-Higgs 10 Years Runners-Up������������������������������������������� Elysse Diep Tessa Britton 11 Years Champion�����������������������������������Angelique Houltham 11 Years Runner-Up��������������������������������������� Saskia Roberts Open Champion��������������������������������������Angelique Houltham Overall House Champion��������������������������������� Mooramoora
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 CROSS COUNTRY AGE CHAMPIONS 8 Years Champion������������������������������������������ Jacqueline Wang 8 Years Runner-Up��������������������������������������� Danika Krekacs 9 Years Champion������������������������������������������� Avery Koh 9 Years Runner-Up���������������������������������������� Hannah North 10 Years Champion��������������������������������� Lucia Barrington-Higgs 10 Years Runner-Up���������������������������������������� Thea Townley 11 Years Champion�����������������������������������Angelique Houltham 11 Years Runner-Up��������������������������������������� Saskia Roberts
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 SWIMMING AGE CHAMPIONS 8 Years Champion���������������������������������������Jacqueline Wang 8 Years Runner-Up������������������������������������������ Ada Savage 9 Years Champion������������������������������������������� Avery Koh 9 Years Runner-Up������������������������������������������ Chloe Miller 10 Years Champion������������������������������������������Elysse Diep 10 Years Runner-Up������������������������������������������Evelyn Kerr 11 Years Champion��������������������������������������� Saskia Roberts 11 Years Runner-Up�������������������������������������� Kathleen Chrun Overall 2019 Champion������������������������������������ Saskia Roberts Super-Fish Winner���������������������������������������� Saskia Roberts Overall House Champion������������������������������������ Booralee 160
Senior School Sports Champions YEAR 6 TO YEAR 12 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS Year 6 Champion���������������������������������������� Aspen Lambert Year 6 Runner-Up����������������������������������������� Annaliese Yan Year 6 Runner-Up������������������������������������������ Christine Jin Junior Champion������������������������������������ Madeleine Hutchens Junior Runner-Up������������������������������������������Mia Jameson Intermediate Champion�����������������������������������Morgan Kelaher Intermediate Runner-Up����������������������������������� Claudine Talbot Senior Champion������������������������������������������Chloe Gentle Senior Runner-Up����������������������������������������� Nicola Yarrow
YEAR 6 TO YEAR 12 SWIMMING CHAMPIONS Year 6 Champion��������������������������������������������� Annaliese Yan Year 6 Runner-Up���������������������������������������������� Christine Jin Junior Champion��������������������������������������������� Florence Jiang Junior Runner-Up���������������������������������������������� Jessica Ryan Intermediate Champion����������������������������������������Juliette Beattie Intermediate Runner-Up���������������������������������������Natasha Sheehy Senior Champion����������������������������������������� Tashjan Managreve Senior Runner-Up������������������������������������������������� Tess Tsoi Open Girls Champion������������������������������������������ Annaliese Yan Sychronised Swimming Champions��������������������������� Abbeythorpe House Spirit�������������������������������������������������� Prescott Overall House Champions���������������������������������������Leawarra
Junior School Carnivals
KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 5 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL Thursday 20 June 2019 saw our Junior School empty and the Athletics track full of colour as Kindergarten to Year 5 prepared for the 2019 Junior School Athletics Carnival. It was the first time for our Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 girls to be out at the track all day, and they loved it! They participated in 70m; mini hurdles; bean bag throw; vortex; long jump; some novelty chicken waddle; and egg and spoon races.
Our Year 3 to Year 5 girls were great at cheering and supporting the younger girls as they sped past.
Thank you to all the support of Junior School staff, and all the parents who came out to support their daughters.
Girls in Year 3 to Year 5 moved through their rotations competing in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Discus, Shot Put, and jumped into sacks as they had a good giggle at the Novelty Station.
Congratulations to House Champions 2019 Mooramoora!
The day ended with each House performing their cheer loud and proud, and a staff versus House Captains chicken waddle.
CIS Representatives: Tessa Britton and Aspen Lambert
IPSHA Representatives: Tessa Britton and Aspen Lambert
Ms Esther Maling Senior Sports Coordinator
JUNIOR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY Monday 11 March saw our Year 3 to Year 6 girls wander over to Burwood Park in preparation for the 2019 Cross Country Carnival. We started the morning strong with our Year 6 girls running 3km at a blistering pace. The girls had the choice to participate in the 1km fun run or the 2km 162
race. The girls soon found out how far 1km was as they ran past their teachers at pit stops cheering them on.
Congratulations to Aspen Lambert who continued through to PSSA â€“ a great achievement.
It was great to see the parents at the finish line congratulating all the girls as they came through. The day finished with House ball games and cheers.
Ms Esther Maling Senior Sports Coordinator
YEAR 3 TO YEAR 5 SWIMMING CARNIVAL On Friday 15 February 2019 the MLC School Aquatic Centre was full of smiles and colour as our Year 3 to Year 5 girls competed at the Junior School Swimming Carnival. There were kickboard and noodle races, along with our traditional Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. All the girls jumped in and gave it a go, with the roars of their Houses to cheer them on. Our Super-Fish event saw some fierce competition at the end of the day, exhibiting great endurance by our older girls.
The All Age Relay caused great excitement for those cheering loudly as their House champions gave it their all! Thanks to our Junior School staff for supporting the Sports Department in holding the Carnival, and to our parents cheering from the balcony.
Saskia Roberts, Jacqueline Wang, Annaliese Yan, Suyi Yin Combined Independent Schools (CIS) representatives: Saskia Roberts, Jacqueline Wang, Annaliese Yan, Suyi Yin Ms Esther Maling Senior Sports Coordinator
Congratulations to the Overall House Champion Booralee! Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) representatives: Christine Jin, Avery Koh, Chloe Miller,
Sport Results ATHLETICS Athletics has been a huge success in 2019, and I would like to congratulate all the girls who trained their hardest and put their best foot forward at every opportunity. This year we implemented a new training session at Sydney Olympic Park. It was a great chance to use the track and its facilities for an extended Wednesday afternoon training session. Our team also participated in a number of competitions including the Independent Girls' School Sporting Association (IGSSA) Carnival, Friday night twilight carnivals and the Nitro athletics competition. In August, the School’s House Athletics Carnival saw girls enthusiastically run, jump and throw. I would like to personally congratulate Churunga for winning both the spirit and overall first place award. The overall results include; Ì First Place, Churunga Ì Second Place, Prescott Ì Third Place, Abbeythorpe Ì Fourth Place, Booralee
MLC School’s success in athletics continued after the School Athletics Carnival. With a strong team of 21 girls, MLC School was represented well at this year’s IGSSA (Independent Girls’ Schools Sporting Association) Athletics Carnival. I would like especially to mention the following girls who placed in the finals of their events; Ì Lucy Lee, 1st in 13 years shot put, 3rd in 13 years discus Ì Morgan Kelaher, 4th in 16 years 100m, 4th in 16 years 200m Ì Chloe Gentle, 5th in girls 18-19 years 800m Ì Nicola Yarrow, 3rd in girls 18-19 years 200m Following the IGSSA Carnival, during the first week of the September holidays, a few girls competed at the CIS Championships with some fantastic results.
Ì Lucy Lee placed 2nd in shot put, 8th in discus Ì Chloe Gentle placed 2nd in the 800m Ì Nicola Yarrow placed 2nd in 200m, 2nd in high jump This year of athletics would not have been possible without the dedication of each and every member of the Athletics team. I thank you all for your hard work, support and dedication and look forward to seeing what 2020 and beyond brings you. I would also like to thank our coaches and all the Sports Department staff for their organisation and helping hands at competitions. Ms Esther Maling Senior Sports Coordinator
2019 saw the introduction of AFL at MLC School and our girls completely embraced it. MLC School had over 65 girls participate in the sport, with five teams entered in the IGSSA AFL Competition. Many of the girls had never played AFL before and the season gave them the opportunity to learn a whole new set of skills.
Watching the girls attempt to kick an AFL ball for the first time to their improvement in the last game of the season showed how far the girls had come. We appreciate and thank all of the coaches who trained us in the early hours of the morning, teaching the girls how to handball, kick and tackle and allowing girls to understand the rules of the game. The coaches provided enjoyable training sessions full of laughs and wonderful memories. Most importantly, we thank all
girls who participated in AFL this year, and we hope you enjoyed yourself and honed your AFL skills. Congratulations to the girls, coaches and Ms Esther Maling for making 2019 the first and amazingly successful year of AFL at MLC School. I encourage the girls to return next season, and to spread the word to your friends â€“ itâ€™s the greatest sport! Charlotte Pullinger AFL Captain
BADMINTON To my Senior Firsts team: Annie Gu, Rachel Wang, Claire Wang, and particularly to Julia Spiker who has been there since Year 7, it has been a wonderful journey, which would not have been what it was without you. Thank you for your unwavering support, your positivity (particularly during those tough points), guidance, and for all the hilarious moments we have shared together.
MLC School Badminton fosters a sporting environment of fun, new opportunities, and competition. As Badminton Captain, I have been incredibly excited and proud to see the sport grow this year and it has been a privilege to watch and support all the girls. I have been thrilled to see the participation of both new and experienced players, and it has been equally wonderful to see the enthusiasm and skills of girls from all different year groups, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12.
Our success in the Loreto Normanhurst Badminton Competition is a testament to the spirit and dedication of our girls, as well as the collective efforts of our coaches, the ever-so encouraging Sports Department, and our parents, who together have made the early morning training sessions and long treks to the Saturday games possible. It has been a challenging season, but an unforgettable one, and I hope the girls have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Badminton is highly unique, given that it is both an individual and team sport. To this end, girls have developed their individual skills and confidence in their singles games alongside their ability to communicate and work with a partner in doubles. The support and the pep talks I have seen the girls give each other, both on and off court, has been amazing, and I know this same camaraderie translates into the wider MLC School Badminton community. I am hopeful that Badminton at MLC School will continue to thrive and expand as girls pass on their interest, skills and shared passion with each other. Yijun Cui Badminton Captain 165
BASKETBALL Although no teams won the competition, there were two teams which managed to come close, finishing in second and third place. The competition was tough but that did not sway the confidence of the girls as they showed up at each training with the goal to win… and to have fun. Nonetheless, the girls and coaches persevered and they displayed commitment by coming to early morning training sessions and games, giving it their best effort until the final countdown of the clock.
IGSSA Basketball 2019 has been an outstanding and rewarding season of Basketball. A combination of new and old faces resulted in cheery smiles as girls reunited with friends from past teams or were introduced to new girls. What was outstanding about this season was the camaraderie of each of the girls in their early winter morning training sessions as they shared jumpers or huddled close to each other for warmth before they started training. These little moments of kindness are commendable and show what it really means to be a part of a sport at MLC School.
There were many thrilling moments – shots in the last seconds of the game and three-pointers that resulted in a win – girls cheering and jumping towards each other, parents and coaches. These moments are the most memorable and rewarding as the rest of the game blends into a blur of running up and down the court, or your teammates cheering from behind you, ‘take it up', as you sprint down the court dribbling the ball. IGSSA Basketball is for girls of all ages and skill levels trying their best. Girls create new relationships with peers across all year levels, while participating
CROSS COUNTRY 2019 was another great year for Cross Country at MLC School. Congratulations and thank you to all the girls who participated, giving up countless hours of their week to attend training sessions and compete in various competitions. The passion, determination and sportsmanship displayed by both our Junior and Senior teams were evident at every carnival throughout the season, from our school competition, to the Independent Girls’ School Sporting Association (IGSSA), New South Wales Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) and NSW All Schools Cross Country carnivals. The teams achieved some fantastic results, and all girls should be very proud. Representing MLC School at the IGSSA Cross Country carnival is definitely one of the highlights of the year. Despite the early wake-up, freezing temperatures and extremely long bus ride to Frensham, the optimism and support offered by girls of all ages and abilities during their own races while encouraging their teammates 166
definitely makes the experience worth while and enjoyable. In our talented junior team, four girls progressed from IPSHA to the NSWCIS Championships. All girls performed exceptionally well, with Aspen Lambert claiming the bronze medal and progressing to the State Championships. In our senior team of almost 30 girls, five progressed from IGSSA to NSWCIS, with Jessie Phelps also being selected to run at State. This year’s achievements would not have been possible without the commitment of our wonderful coaches and staff. A massive thank you is extended to everyone involved – your guidance, support and enthusiasm have been invaluable throughout the season. Congratulations to all our cross country girls once again – I am excited to see what the future holds for cross country at MLC School. Chloe Gentle Cross Country Captain
in a sport they enjoy and look forward to. I encourage any MLC School girls to look out for next year’s IGSSA competition. I am immensely proud of every single girl's effort, and although the focus of Basketball is the sport, I truly believe that the friendships gained and those moments where you began a conversation or gave advice to someone who you wouldn’t otherwise have spoken to, are the real highlights of the season. This is what it really means to be part of a team. So, here’s to a great season! I know that next year’s IGSSA competition will be just as good if not better, so I challenge you to give it a shot because all that’s needed is your best effort! Sabrine Yassine Basketball Captain
2019 has been an incredible, eventful, and unforgettable year for diving. This year has brought new dives, more belly flops, back flops, face plants, and of course, has developed stronger and braver divers. We have also welcomed many new faces to the diving team and continue to grow our diving family. During Term 1 this year, we had the IGSSA and IPSHA Diving competition, and once again, our MLC School divers did a fantastic job. The IPSHA girls put in a tremendous effort and have done MLC School proud. Their team included Ada Savage, Hannah North, Rose Lin, Kristina Bitar, Chloe Ho Shon, Georgie Papadimitriou, Yolanda Dolenac. For some of them, it was their first year competing, and they did such a wonderful job. A special mention to Ada, who later competed in the National Age Championships placing seventh in Platform and eighth in Springboard. A superb diver, who was also the youngest diver to compete at that competition and was also selected as the NSW sign carrier at the opening ceremony.
Another huge congratulation to the IGSSA team, Rose Halliday, Emily Edwards, Athena Nikolakolpoulos, Ruby Narvaez, Scout Van der Merwe, Mia Gerbino, Ziya Kalra, Desiree Miller, Jessica Kuo, Hanna Nash, Alannah Christodoulou, Isabella Wang, Anna Xu and Claudine Talbot. The IGSSA girls did an amazing job, not only in the pool diving but supporting and cheering for one another. It is evident every year at the competition that the MLC School team are by far the loudest and most supportive of all the other schools. It was a very close competition by one point, and MLC School placed second in our division. We will get them next year! Congratulations to Desiree, Rose, and Jessica who qualified for the ALL SCHOOLS competition, and an impressive performance from Desiree and Rose at that competition. All these fantastic results and unforgettable memories couldnâ€™t have been achieved without our wonderful coaches, Lucy and Ben. Their patience and expertise have helped guide us to flourish as divers, and we cannot thank them
enough. On behalf of Hanna and myself, it has also been a pleasure working alongside and coaching the junior girls. Watching the girls improve and enjoy this fun sport is truly wonderful. Overall, this year has brought unforgettable memories, fun training sessions, funny belly flops, and most importantly, lifelong friendships. I am so happy to be a part of such an astonishing team that supports and encourages each other. It has truly been a pleasure serving as Diving Captain for three years, and I could not be prouder of this wonderful sport and astonishing team. For the many exciting events to come, including our inaugural MLC School Diving Championships, I am looking forward to how you will tackle these new opportunities. I know the MLC School Diving team will smash whatever comes in their way and will continue to dive as daughters of the light. Jessica Kuo Diving Captain
FENCING This year in Fencing, our MLC School girls focused on strengthening their technique and stamina. We are happy to announce that with the increase in student participation we now have a senior and junior team, therefore training days have increased and the girls are required to give more of their time in pursuit of Fencing. However, as there is an increase in new fencers, MLC School and its dedicated coach have been working on
mastering the basics in Fencing before we tackle school and state competitions next year. I am pleased to say that the introduction of new gear has sparked a zealous attitude from the girls to increase overall performance, as we continue to improve our Fencing capabilities both on and off the piste. Our girls are enthusiastic and committed and we trained harder
than ever this year so we are well prepared and equipped to tackle larger competitions next year. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for their immense passion for Fencing and their continuous eagerness to learn and push themselves in this beautiful sport! Jiveneshwari Govender Fencing Captain
Football in 2019 enjoyed another successful season on and off the field from the Junior School, through to the Senior Years. It is exciting to be a part of the continuing development of Football at MLC School. The ongoing commitment seen by the girls throughout the season truly embodies the spirit of MLC School girls and it has been an absolute pleasure to represent this sport. MLC Schoolâ€™s Football family continues to grow every year with 76 girls participating in the Independent Girls' School Sporting Association (IGSSA) Football Competition in 2019.
One of the privileges of the job is to witness the enjoyment, commitment and obvious team spirit the girls displayed each week. MLC 1 had yet another thrilling season and although the results were not what we had hoped for, each and every one of the girls displayed determination and passion throughout the season, never once giving up. Losing by one goal against our rivals Pymble only provided motivation for the following games. With the guidance and leadership from the departing Year 12 girls, I have nothing but hope for the success of the future Football teams.
Our Middle Years girls had the benefit of committed staff and coaches, which is evident through the outstanding results of the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 teams which performed strongly and proved to be highly competitive against other schools in the IGSSA competition. The continued hard work of our Head Coach, Mr Tony Dunn, has seen further developments in the overall program. Football Coordinator, Ms Emily Osborne, has also been on hand throughout the year to offer assistance and guidance to coaches and players.
For the first time, MLC School entered a team into the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Cup, which is a knock-out competition for all Independent Schools across NSW. The team went head to head against Oxford Falls Grammar School, and after an exhilarating game, the girls unfortunately lost 4-3. Due to senior examinations, many of the younger players had the opportunity to step up and perform, which was a fantastic way to see the passion and enthusiasm of the future footballers of MLC School.
Additionally, for the second year in a row MLC School has entered seven teams into the Ascham 5-a-Side competition. With three teams winning premierships, it is evident that the MLC School girls are passionate about the sport and it makes me proud to know that the up and coming Football girls will continue to lead and improve the Football program. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the effort of all the coaches who provided assistance and encouragement throughout the season and shared their skills to help develop football at MLC School. Thank you to Ms Lisa Moloney for her ongoing support of Sport at MLC School. I wish the girls all the best for next season and I hope that Football continues to grow. Sarah Monaha Football Captain
GYMNASTICS 2019 was a sensational year for MLC School Gymnastics, with girls from Year 3 to Year 12 competing at either the Independnt Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) or Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) Gymnastics Competition. The dedication to training was exemplified throughout the year prior to the competition, starting with the infamous IGSSA Sleepover, in which students from Year 7 to Year 12 sleep in the Senior Centre, allowing for team bonding.
The strong bond within the teams was undeniable, having the loudest cheering and an encouraging attitude towards everyone throughout the entire comeptition. The support which the girls have shown each other throughout the year has helped our girls achieve great success within their respective competitions. Our IGSSA team came home with a fifth place all around at the IGSSA competition, including a fourth place in Division 1 WAG and first place in Division 2 RG. Our IPSHA gymnasts did
a sensational job as well, with personal bests being achieved at the competition. We are thrilled with the results which are a clear reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment the IPSHA and IGSSA teams have shown to training. It has been our greatest pleasure to be your Gymnastics Captains this year, and we are so proud of every gymnast and we hope to see even more new and familiar faces next year. Jade Jameson and Eugenie Tan Gymnastics Captains
HOCKEY 2019 was another sensational year for Hockey at MLC School. We built on the efforts of the past and had another fantastic season. Once again, MLC School entered teams in the Sydney East Hockey Association (SEHA) Schoolgirls Competition and the Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) competition. It has been so encouraging to see the growth in Hockey this year, with MLC School fielding an extra team in both competitions. For the second year, MLC School entered teams into the Term 2 SEHA Schoolgirls Competition. This was once again a tremendous success, with four teams competing. All teams played exceptionally well, but particular congratulations goes to our MLC 2 team who came away with a win, and our MLC 1 team who came in a close second.
For the first time in years, we were also able to field three senior teams in the Term 3 IGSSA competition. All of our senior players showed fantastic school spirit all term and were incredibly committed to their teams. Our four junior and Year 7 teams also showed outstanding dedication and commitment to Hockey this season. The positive attitudes and sportsmanship showed by every girl is testament to the outstanding culture that has been created. Congratulations to MLC 1 and MLC 4 who made the semi-finals in tough competitions, and to MLC 1 who played in an exciting grand final. Thank you to all of those who contribute to make this success possible: the parents who support their daughters to get to training and games and who cheer on the sidelines each week;umpires who make
games possible; the coaches who pass on their wisdom and passion for the game; and to the Sports Department at MLC School. Special thanks to Ms Kylie Bickerstaff for her tireless support, communications and leadership of the Hockey program. Congratulations again to all of the Hockey girls this season. You are all a bunch of incredibly talented and dedicated girls and I hope to see all of you and more back out on the field next year. The future of Hockey at MLC School is looking very bright. Olivia Cain Hockey Captain
I came across this quote before my first Representative Netball State Age Championship in 2013 and it is something that I have always tried to play by, ‘Somewhere behind the netballer you have become and the hours of training and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her’. This way of thinking is something that I have also tried to instill in all Netball players at MLC School this year. Playing Netball teaches people so much more than the physical sport. Being a member of a Netball team provides skills to take into the wider worlds of school, work and life. Beyond the obvious teamwork, players also learn how to: deal with adversity through loss or injury; remain composed under pressure; problem-solve more effectively; encourage and support others; stay committed to training and games; and push themselves to improve their skills. The development of these qualities has been evident in all netballers in 2019, something to be very proud of, regardless of the final results. At MLC School there are two Netball competitions. All girls involved have been committed to developing their Netball skills
all season and should be commended for their efforts regardless of their results. The first competition is through Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (ERNA), which is MLC School’s club competition and runs over two terms. This year MLC School entered 19 teams and all girls who competed represented the School exceptionally well throughout the season. Congratulations to MLC 1, MLC 2, MLC 3 and MLC 16 who were the premiers of their divisions. Well done also to MLC 5 and MLC 9 who were runners up.
program and one Junior and one Senior team was selected. The IGSSA Junior team fought hard all season but unfortunately just lost their semi-final against SCEGGS. The IGSSA Senior representative team tried their best each game and just missed out on entry into the finals after losing to Ravenswood by one point in extra time. Thank you to the coaches, parents and supporters for a fantastic 2019 season. Capri Maher Netball Captain
We also had MLC School girls named in ERNA Representative Squads – Markella Krekacs, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Angelique Houltham, Chloe Arnold, Madeleine Hutchens, Savannah Phengsavath, Caitlin Zeilinga and Tashjan Managreve. This competition allowed us to train and develop girls to be umpires. We had approximately 10 girls as part of our umpire development program this year. Congratulations to Briana Chapman who was awarded her National C Badge. The Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) allows girls to compete against other girls’ schools in a term long competition. This year the competition was incorporated into our representative 171
ROWING Resilience, tenacity, commitment, and reward are some of the defining characteristics of MLC School Rowing in the 2018/2019 season. With an increase in Senior rowers this season, the opportunities we were able to provide and support also increased. We are incredibly proud that many of the girls embraced and stepped up to these opportunities with amazing results. For the first time since 2013, MLC School boated a senior eight at the Schoolgirl Head of River. A new Sykes eight was purchased and delivered just in time for a training row prior to the Head of River. Some of our Intermediate and Senior rowers then nominated and raced in the NSW State (February) and Australian Championships (March) with outstanding results. NSW State Championships Ì Lily Smith (Year 11) 7th in the final of the Under 17 Single Scull Ì Emily Osborne (Year 12), Ella Woolbank (Year 11), Lily Smith (Year 11), Madeleine Murphy (Year 12) cox: Madeleine Aitken (Year 12) 7th in the final of the Schoolgirl coxed Quad Scull Ì Inez Kritzler (Year 10), Sophia Murphy (Year 10), 8th in the final of the Under 17 Double Scull
Sydney International Rowing Regatta (Australian Championships)
MLC School Rowing Most Improved 2018/2019 Season
Ì Lily Smith (Year 11) 3rd in the B-Final of the Under 17 Single Scull
Ì Junior – Le Yan Gui (Year 8)
Ì Ella Woolbank (Year 11), Tayla Kerpiniotis (Year 11), Lily Smith (Year 11), Samantha Naayen (Year 11), cox: Madeleine Aitken (Year 12) 4th in the B-final of the Scoolgirl coxed Quad Scull Two of our Senior rowers were selected into the NSW Pathways 8+ and competed as part of the Rowing Australia Junior selection trials in April. We congratulate Lily Smith (Year 11) and Tayla Kerpiniotis (Year 11) on this achievement. The entire squad continued to grow and perform well above expectations, given our program size when compared to other NSW school rowing programs. Clearly evident is the culture of performance, support, and community which has built within the program over the last few seasons and supported by our 2018/19 Rowing Captains of Lily Smith (Year 11) and Inez Kritzler (Year 10). At the end of the season we celebrated all on and off water success, and acknowledged the following for their results and contribution to the program and its community.
Ì Intermediate – Sarah Carvolth (Year 10) Ì Senior – Sophie Newby (Year 12) MLC School Rowing Encouragement Award 2018/2019 Season Ì Junior – Layla Hare (Year 9) Ì Intermediate – Inez Kritzler (Year 10) Ì Senior – Ella Woolbank (Year 11) Coxswain of the 2018/2019 Season Ì Madeleine Aitken (Year 12) Spirit of Rowing Award Ì Sophie Reid (Year 9) 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, encouragement, and example they provide to the students and coaches. Ms Kathleen Hextell Head of Program (Rowing)
2019 has been a great year of success for our MLC School Snowsports team. There were a large number of girls competing in various events from all ages. This year we competed in all disciplines; skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. The divisions at Interschools are based on year groups with Division 1 being Year 11 to Year 12, Division 2 is Year 9 to Year 10, continuing down to the youngest Division 6 of Kindergarten to Year 2. At Sydney Interschools all girls skied and boarded brilliantly resulting in a handful of girls qualifying for state. In Division 6 Ski Cross, Eloise Wong (Year 2) and Arabella Kuo (Year 2) placed third as a team and in Division 2 Moguls, Claudine Talbot (Year 10) placed 14th, qualifying for State. In Division 4 Snowboard Giant Slalom, Zaz Tiglao (Year 6) placed fifth and in Division 1, Madeleine Lysaght (Year 12) placed 12th, resulting in Zaz and Madeleine being invited to State. As well as this, Zaz also qualified in Snowboard Cross placing fourth. A very successful week in Thredbo for MLC School.
NSW Cross Country and Northern State Interschools week was another opportunity for our MLC School girls to display their skills. It was an all-round fantastic week in Jindabyne, with the girls forming friendships and giving it their all at training and competitions, evident in their impressive results. In the CrossCountry Relay our Division 3 team of Zara Cathcart (Year 8), Mia Grasso-Nguyen (Year 8) and Maya Lecuna (Year 8) came fifth, qualifying for nationals. In the CrossCountry Freestyle, eight girls qualified for the Australian Interschool Snowsports; in Division 3: Georgia Duggan (Year 8), Mia Grasso-Nguyen (Year 8), Zara Cathcart (Year 8); and in Division 2: Ava Lee (Year 10), Zoe Churchill (Year 9) and Claudine Talbot (Year 10) placing an amazing fiftth, and in Division 1 Madeleine Lysaght (Year 12).
The Australian Interschools Championships proved another successful event for the MLC School Snowsports team, with Claudine Talbot (Year 10) placing fourth in her division, Ava Lee (Year 10) 36th, Zoe Churchill (Year 9) 37th, Zara Cathcart (Year 8) 23rd, Mia Grasso-Nguyen (Year 8) 31st, and Georgia Duggan (Year 8) 39th in their respective division and the relay consisting of Mia GrassoNguyen, Zara Cathcart and Maya Lecuna, placing 11th. Zaz Tiglao placed a fantastic 16th in her Snowboard Cross. We are so proud of these girls and their new national rankings! It was an extremely successful season for the MLC School team and we hope that these achievements continue to grow. Madeleine Lysaght Snowsports Captain
Not only did MLC School shine in the Cross-Country races, Zaz Tiglao (Year 6) qualified for Nationals in Division 4 Snowboard Cross. 173
SOFTBALL first team was given the opportunity to play in Division 1 of the competition. This is the highest level of the IGSSA competition and was therefore a challenge. The girls kept a positive mindset throughout the season and were able to improve on their softball abilities through friendly competition with professional softballers. Although we were not lucky enough to win a game, we developed our skills and built friendships over the season.
This year five softball teams represented MLC School in the Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) Softball competition with two Senior teams and three Junior teams. Fortunately, only one of our softball games was cancelled due to bad weather, meaning we were able to make the most out of the season. This year our MLC School Senior
Other than the MLC 1 team, four other teams competed in the IGSSA competition. Our Senior team, MLC 2, won four out of seven games. The girls did extremely well to play in some tough conditions, including the pouring rain. Each week the girls improved on their skills. The team is to be commended on their enthusiasm and support for each other, which helped them get the wins they did. Our Junior first team started the season with a friendly game against Roseville, which turned out to be the only game
they lost during the season. In their league they played six games, and won six games with a run difference of +20 for the season. In the last game of the season, they defeated Abbotsleigh and made it to the top of the table. Our MLC 3 team made it to the semi-finals! The MLC School Junior Seconds worked very hard this year, improving drastically over the season. Their coach says that all of their hard work during games and training paid off. The team were very close to making the finals, coming equal fourth. When the team returns next season, they will continue to develop their skills and keep the softball spirit they evidently have. Last but not least, the MLC 5 team, consisting of Year 7 and Year 8 girls, worked really hard throughout the season. Although they lost their games, they had exceptional team spirit and effort, and will improve as they continue Softball through Senior Years. Gabrielle Giannakos Softball Captain
SWIMMING The MLC School Swimming program has continued to grow, and the MLC School Swimming team has participated in multiple invitational carnivals as well as the annual Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) Swimming Championships. Aside from the constant improvement and development of our girls, the MLC School Swimming program has continued to foster great sportsmanship and teamwork within the MLC School Swimming team. Although our MLC School Swimming team involves many competitive swimmers, it takes pride in inviting
swimmers of all levels into the program. The morning school development squads, the IGSSA team training sessions, as well as the MLC School Swimming squads training sessions are all testament to the great opportunities provided for our girls. This has truly heightened the involvement and participation of our girls in the swimming program. Finally, our MLC School Swimming Program would not be what it is today without the ample support from the Sports Department, in particular our MLC School Swimming Head Coach, Mr Colman Wong. Through his endless efforts and commitment, Mr Colman
Wong was most deservingly awarded with the â€˜Coach of the Year 2019 Awardâ€™ for Swimming. The success of the MLC School Swimming program would not be what it is today without him. The MLC School Swimming Program has a bright future ahead, with continuous improvement and success. Congratulations to all the girls who participated in 2019, and good luck to all those who will join the 2020 season under the trusty leadership of our 2020 Swimming Captain, Emily Eker. Tess Tsoi Swimming Captain
TENNIS The MLC School Tennis program has had another successful year. In total we had sixteen teams (eight Senior teams, six Junior teams, and two Year 7 teams) all representing MLC School at the annual Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) Tennis competition on Saturday mornings. The dedication the girls put into the morning training sessions and many early starts was admirable and inspiring. I also want to recognise the numerous friendships formed, as well as growth in sportsmanship and passion in this season, resulting in a wave of accomplishments. Five out of the 16 teams reached semifinals, a further five placed second in the grand final, and three claimed first place. Congratulations to all the teams for your participation and achievement, and commendations for your dedication to this sport and its program. In addition to these IGSSA teams, MLC School entered four Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Tennis teams, with students ranging from Year 3 through to Year 6. These girls were exposed to match play and competition with a focus on developing their skills and enjoying the game of Tennis. Tennis has been an important part of my MLC School life, providing me with inspiration, motivation and most importantly a balance between academics and wellbeing. I believe that this balance is crucial and I encourage all girls to join
the MLC School Tennis community–we welcome everyone with open arms. I would like to thank the parents for supporting their daughters in this program, especially with the long commutes to games. To all the MLC School Sports Department staff and coaches, you provided consistent support in all of our tennis endeavours. A special mention to the Head Coach Mr Ludovic Catherine, who I have had the opportunity to work with, in strengthening the Tennis Program. Desiree Milller Tennis Captain
TILDESLEY TENNIS SHIELD March this year, 26 girls selected into the Tildesley Tennis team travelled out to Pennant Hills Tennis centre for the annual Tildesley Shield Tennis Tournament. The tournament invites all private girls’ schools within the Sydney region to participate in either singles or doubles. The MLC School team consisted of nine singles players and 10 doubles players, all of whom competed and represented the School with courage and incredible sportsmanship. Four girls including Alex Harbridge, Natalia Giannakos, Indianna Miller and myself (Julia Varvarigos) smashed it through the first round of singles with Alex continuing through to round three, her furthest Tildesley campaign ever. I myself made it through to the singles quarter finals, defeating a highly ranked player on the way. It was an amazing moment shared amongst a beautiful team with such stunning spirit. Special mention goes to
Himani Gupta, Emma Juffermans, Zoe Westbrook, Trinity El-Ghitany and Ria Farag who all competed with MLC School pride in the first round of singles. Doubles was also a huge success with three out of our five doubles teams making it past the first round. Taylor Hosking and Alexia Lorenzato campaigned right through to the third round presenting to us some very entertaining and intense matches leading up to their graceful defeat. Desiree Miller and her partner Sian Thomas made it through to the second round and fought hard to continue through but went down in a close match with a score of 8-4. Charlotte McCrory and Molly North also made it through to the second round. Special mention goes to Eloise Proctor and her partner Kayla Graham as well as Chloe Jing and her partner Erica Chou for fighting hard in the first round of doubles and representing MLC School with dignity. Congratulations girls! Overall, a very successful and spirit filled experience for all the girls competing. MLC School finished 13th overall, a fourplace improvement from 2018. What a wonderful achievement! A special thanks goes to all the coaches who were present each day and provided the guidance and support for each girl and their matches and also to the MLC School cheer squad who without their support, I don’t think I would have made it as far as I did in this special tournament. Julia Varvarigos Tildesley Tennis Captain 2019
TOUCH FOOTBALL Touch Football is one of the most enjoyable team sports offered at MLC School, and brings girls of all ages and abilities together. Congratulations and thank you to every girl who gave up many hours of their Saturday this year to travel across Sydney to represent our School in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) and Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) Touch Football competitions. Although waking up before sunrise countless times a week for training can prove to be quite a struggle, the amazing sportsmanship, encouragement and the inclusive environment that each
team offered this season definitely made it all worthwhile. This year, Term 3 saw three Junior teams compete in the IPSHA Touch Football Competition with some great results. Term 4 saw 10 Senior School teams compete in the IGSSA Competition. It was clear that the girls had created new friendships and memories both on and off the footy field. The value of teamwork was highlighted in their constant encouragement for all team members, and a special acknowledgement to our Most Valued Players (MVPs) and Most Improved award recipients.
A massive thank you to all of our Touch Football coaches. Without your guidance and commitment each week, the successes of each team would not have been possible. To all the parents of our ‘touch girls’, thank you for driving us around the city, watching our games and always supporting us. I’m confident that MLC School’s amazing achievements in Touch Football will continue in years to come. Chloe Gentle Touch Football Captain
VOLLEYBALL as the girls hoped for. A benefit of the Santa Sabina Competition being held at one venue is that it allowed the girls to go and support other teams, cheering on players both new and old, despite the score. This sportsmanship inspired both the younger and older girls to enjoy themselves when they were on the court, regardless of the result. The AVSC tournament was a week of growth for the girls with two teams entered into Yr12div3 and Yr11div3. Whilst playing against challenging competition they were given the opportunity to develop their skills tremendously, especially their teamwork skills. They learnt to rely on each other, and form trusting bonds. 2019 has been a year of growth for the Volleyball Program at MLC School, involving the expansion of the program through the running of the Development Squad and Representative Program, and also through the participation opportunity in Term 4. This year we saw: six teams entered into the Santa Sabina Competition in Term 4; two representative teams, and one development squad in the
Sydney Volleyball League (SVL); and two teams sent to the Gold Coast for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC). Entering these teams into challenging competitions against various schools and clubs in Sydney and Australia engages the girls, enabling them to become better players. While the development of the physical skills is important, equally important are the lessons of sportsmanship, especially when the results achieved may not be
We congratulate all girls who participated in the Volleyball Program in 2019. Your efforts and perseverance in the sport is admired and commended. In 2020, we welcome and encourage any students, both new and old, who are interested in joining Volleyball to have a go! Olivia Wu Volleyball Captain
WATER POLO To many girls, Water Polo is always a gruelling sport. However, in 2019, the number of Water Polo participants increased dramatically, as girls took part in the sport, daring to be more. Playing Water Polo allows girls to develop great resilience, perseverance, as well as teamwork. This year was no different. Our MLC School Water Polo teams competed in the Term 1 Water Polo competition run by Danebank Anglican School for Girls. This provided many new opportunities for our girls, including a uniquely developed Super Sevenâ€™s tournament, whereby five different teams all play against each other by competing in one quarter of a game each and then rotating. This intense competition largely developed the drive and sportsmanship of our players, once again demonstrating the great outcomes in our girlsâ€™ best attitudes.
The Term 3 MLC School Friday Night Water Polo was once again a success, where our MLC 2 team achieved a well-earned gold after winning their finals game against Wenona School. The MLC School firsts team just missed out on the gold, narrowly coming in second place after an intense grand final. Throughout 2019, all MLC School Water Polo players trained diligently, achieving great results at the end of the year. It has been a fantastic year for the Water Polo program, and I trust that the MLC School Water Polo will continue to flourish under the leadership of our fantastic 2020 Water Polo Captain, Tashjan Managreve. Tess Tsoi Water Polo Captain
Sports Awards Dinner Ì 11 State or equivalent pathway representatives Ì 4 National representatives Hundreds of girls were out on Saturdays playing one of the 19 different sports we offer.
Mrs Lisa Filby, Director of Sport
2019 has come and gone so quickly, yet we have achieved so much! Ì 15 premierships Ì 14 IPSHA Representatives Ì 15 IGSSA Representatives Ì 21 CIS or equivalent representatives
At MLC School we are fortunate to offer sports tours both domestically and internationally. This year our netballers travelled to France and England to compete. We offer tours for the many benefits the students gain–to compete against teams we would not normally compete against, to learn what it is like to tour as a sporting team, and, to foster independence. There is so much to be learnt from these experiences. This year, each girl who has taken up a sport has further developed her skills and has made connections with her peers and her coach. Some seasons have proved to be challenging and winning games a tough ask. What makes us proud is the
girl’s resilience and perseverance, when faced with these challenges. They have learnt that setting themselves small goals during games can be just as rewarding. They have learnt that an honest effort is just as important as winning a game. Of course, there have also been many successes, and we have celebrated them accordingly. Through winning; we have learnt to be humble, we have learnt to respect officials and our opposition, and we have learnt the value of belonging to a team. Thank you to all of our students for the contribution you made to sport in 2019, for encouraging each other and for making us proud to call you ours. Mrs Lisa Filby Director of Sport
2019 SPORTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS Thelma Coyne Long Award�������Lilly Dummett (Year 11) AFL Athlete of the Year������������������ Matisse Liu (Year 7) Athletics Junior Athlete of the Year�����������Aspen Lambert (Year 6) Athlete of the Year��������������� Nicola Yarrow (Year 12) Emerging Talent�������������������� Elysse Diep (Year 5) Badminton Athlete of the Year�������������������Annie Gu (Year 11) Basketball Athlete of the Year����������� Imogen Greenslade (Year 12)
Softball Athlete of the Year�������������� Lydia Todoroska (Year 12) Swimming Junior Athlete of the Year����������� Annaliese Yan (Year 6) Athlete of the Year���������������� Florence Jiang (Year 7) Emerging Talent���������������� Aimee Goodridge (Year 8) Tennis Junior Athlete of the Year���������� Isabella Munoz (Year 4) Athlete of the Year�������������� Julia Varvarigos (Year 12) Emerging Talent����������������������� Suyi Yin (Year 6) Touch Football Athlete of the Year������������ Natalia Giannakos (Year 10)
Cross Country Junior Athlete of the Year�����������Aspen Lambert (Year 6) Athlete of the Year ���������������� Jessie Phelps (Year 10)
Volleyball Athlete of the Year�������������������Olivia Wu (Year 12)
Diving Junior Athlete of the Year������������� Ada Savage (Year 3) Athlete of the Year�����������������Rose Halliday (Year 7)
Water Polo Junior Athlete of the Year�� Christina Di Giandomenico (Year 6) Athlete of the Year�������������� Phoebe Mullins (Year 10)
Equestrian Athlete of the Year���������������� Sophie Walker (Year 9)
MLC 16 Netball Team Junior Team of the Year���������Angelique Houltham (Year 5) Markella Krekacs (Year 5) Sara Placanica (Year 5) Anisha Sivagurunathan (Year 5) Kathleen Chrun (Year 5) Ava Roins (Year 5) Kiara Elghitany (Year 5) Hazel Gohil (Year 5) Grace Farrow (Year 5)
Fencing Athlete of the Year�������������� Kaisha Rollason (Year 11) Football Athlete of the Year����������������Desiree Miller (Year 12) Golf Athlete of the Year��������������Charlotte Huynh (Year 10) Gymnastics Junior Athlete of the Year������������� Misha Behi (Year 6) Artistic Gymnastics Athlete of the Year����������������� Eugenie Tan (Year 11 Rhythmic Gymnastics) Athlete of the Year����������Athena Nikolakopoulos (Year 8) Hockey Athlete of the Year������������������Olivia Cain (Year 12) Netball Junior Athlete of the Year�������������� Ella Baker (Year 6) Athlete of the Year����������� Tashjan Managreve (Year 11) Rowing Athlete of the Year�������������������Lily Smith (Year 11) Snowsports Junior Athlete of the Year�������������� Zaz Tiglao (Year 6) Athlete of the Year�������������� Claudine Talbot (Year 10)
RG Group Senior Team of the Year ������������ Maria Gourlas (Year 9) Ilaria Korompay (Year 8) Isabella Wang (Year 8) Service to MLC School Sport Professor Joan Beck Award��������� Kayla Graham (Year 10) Briana Chapman (Year 11) Overall Junior Athlete of the Year�� Annaliese Yan (Year 6) Overall Senior Athlete of the Year��Desiree Miller (Year 12) Australian Representative Rhythmic Gymnastics�������������� Isabella Wang (Year 8) Maria Gourlas (Year 9) Artistic Gymnastics ��������������� Breana Scott (Year 12) Taekwondo�������������������������Jade Park (Year 7) Coach of the Year������������������� Mr Colman Wong
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Sports Junior School
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FRONT ROW Ada Savage, Jacqueline Wang, Christine Jin, Chloe Miller, Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Avery Koh SECOND ROW Saskia Roberts, Annaliese Yan, Suyi Yin, Tessa Britton, Angelique Houltham, Aspen Lambert
FRONT ROW Elysse Diep, Mikayla Woon, Danika Krekacs, Charlotte Latham, Jacqueline Wang, Genevieve Beattie, Avery Koh, Chloe Lu SECOND ROW Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Yolanda Dolenac, Annaliese Yan, Haegan Sitou, Aspen Lambert, Saskia Roberts, Christine Jin, Avery Dauphinee THIRD ROW Angelique Houltham, Ella Baker, Suyi Yin, Christina Di Giandomenico, Tessa Britton, Kathleen Chrun, Jemima Zoud
S BA KE AL TB L FRONT ROW Rima Zhang, Imogen Wong, Tina Guan, Katherine Woo, Sophie Ye, Charlotte Latham, Misha Behi, Nicola Keast, Gabriella Ayad, Mikayla Woon, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Ava Roins, Aryana Sah, Chelsea Chen, Giovanna Lim, Gauri Nathan, Isabella Correia, Sacha Jeyasingam, Mia Rae, Emma Sullivan, Nectaria Constanti THIRD ROW Julinar Alshehabi, Natalia Gadelrabb, Evie Papamanuel, Amaya Karunakaran, Chloe Ho-Shon, Madura Gaikaiwari, Angelina Le, Kiara Elghitany, Allegra Carlini, Aiesha Sivaranjan FOURTH ROW Sameera Khatri, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Ashley Denton, Haegan Sitou, Amreen Thind, Erin Muir, Ava Saad, Jemima Zoud, Zahra Yassine, Riya Chib
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CR FRONT ROW Elysse Diep, Avery Koh, Genevieve Beattie, Thea Townley, Eve Ireland, Sienna Clark, Jacqueline Wang, Danika Krekacs, Hannah North SECOND ROW Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Saskia Roberts, Angelique Houltham, Haegan Sitou, Aspen Lambert, Kristina Bitar, Christine Jin, Mia Tynan ABSENT Jiayi Li
Sports Junior School
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Jordan Vo, Felicia Hannah, Hannah French, Haegan Sitou, Evelyn Kerr, Zoe Andrews
FRONT ROW Jocelyn Yao, Katelyn Lim, Niamh Canadas, Alana Siluk, Georgie Papadimitriou, Elizabeth Ravens, Sophia Hu, Danika Krekacs, Katherine Goldring, Lexie Bellew, Rachael Ming, Tamara Abdelrahim, Elisa Li SECOND ROW Ada Savage, Avery Koh, Imogen Walker, Claudia Beattie, Genevieve Beattie, Avery Dauphinee, Olivia Nguyen, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Hannah North, Ellie Li, India Mace THIRD ROW Niamh Johnson, Naoise Lynn-Black, Camille McLucas, Hannah French, Lam Nguyen, Zara Dhawan, Sophia Grave, Ze Wong, Zoe Andrews, Surabhi Parab, Misha Behi 182
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Felicia Hannah, Evie Papamanuel, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Ashley Denton, Jasmine Fordyce, Evelyn Kerr, Anastazia Samad, Julinar Alshehabi
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FRONT ROW Ella Zraika, Zara Ho-Shon, Miranda Lin, Christina Messih, Amanda Houltham, Vita Gohil, Olivia Burke, Hannah North, Amritha Ravichandra, Janani Kanthathas, Anaahat Kahlon, Megana Pasupati, Sateni Shoaib, Amara Sivagurunathan SECOND ROW Sienna Clark, Katherine Woo, Jade Scott-Rogers, Eleanor McKeough, Carina Chu, Aaliya Salim, Tahlia Jeffery, Matilda Dugan, Milla Papaluca, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Megan Kuit THIRD ROW Sarina Nagra, Ava Roins, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Eloise Girard, Erin Clowes, Zaz Tiglao, Hazel Gohil, Sara Placanica, Eve Ireland, Thea Townley, Luella Farah FOURTH ROW Kiara Elghitany, Amaya Karunakaran, Lucinda Butcher, Sameera Khatri, Sophia Grave, Markella Krekacs, Chloe Ho-Shon, Olivia Walker, Riya Chib, Chloe Messih, Aiesha Sivaranjan FIFTH ROW Anisha Sivagurunathan, Aspen Lambert, Grace Farrow, Ella Baker, Kathleen Chrun, Christina Di Giandomenico, Jasmine Banks, Tascha Ireland, Sophia Malas, Madura Gaikaiwari, Angelique Houltham 183
Sports Junior School
FRONT ROW Arabella Kuo, Imogen Wong, Ophelia Li, Avnika Kandala, Mia Coady SECOND ROW Indigo Hannah, Haegan Sitou, Sarinna Cai, Zaz Tiglao, Niamh Johnson
FRONT ROW Hannah Dastyari, Danika Krekacs, Gabriella Ayad, Sarina Nagra, Eleanor McKeough, Diar Kabaha, Ava Roins, Genevieve Beattie, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Nectaria Constanti, Julia Zarlenga, Aryana Sah, Julinar Alshehabi, Anastazia Samad, Allegra Carlini, Isabella Correia, Eloise Girard, Mia Tynan THIRD ROW Sameera Khatri, Maalika Chalak, Jemima Zoud, Tessa Britton, Christina Di Giandomenico, Haegan Sitou, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Chloe Ho-Shon, Evie Papamanuel 184
SP TS OR M ON OR IT S FRONT ROW Genevieve Beattie, Edith Hynes, Julia Zarlenga, Bianca Trimboli, Jessica Fichera, Zoe Andrews, Gabriella Ayad SECOND ROW Kiara Elghitany, Julinar Alshehabi, Grace Farrow, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Maalika Chalak, Allegra Carlini
Y AR NG IM I NG M PR IM IVI D SW D AN FRONT ROW Georgie Papadimitriou, Hannah North, Jacqueline Wang, Stephanie Keo, Avery Koh, Ada Savage, Elysse Diep SECOND ROW Chloe Miller, Yolanda Dolenac, Saskia Roberts, Kristina Bitar, Zaz Tiglao, Christine Jin THIRD ROW Evelyn Kerr, Kathleen Chrun, Suyi Yin, Ashley Denton, Annaliese Yan
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FRONT ROW Georgia Delis, Isabella Munoz, Carina Chu, Edith Hynes, Kyra Narang, Hannah North, Sienna Munoz SECOND ROW Mia Tynan, Angelina Xu, Bianca Trimboli, Chloe Miller, Grace Kuman, Ophelia Li THIRD ROW Angelique Houltham, Tessa Britton, Suyi Yin, Kathleen Chrun, Sara Trimboli, Maalika Chalak
FRONT ROW Mia Coady, Mikayla Woon, Nicola Keast, Charlotte Latham, Diar Kabaha, Eloise Girard, Sophie Ye, Mia Rice, Imogen Wong SECOND ROW Mia Tynan, Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Zahra Yassine, Saskia Roberts, Angelique Houltham, Kristina Bitar, Harriet Scott, Julinar Alshehabi THIRD ROW Evelyn Kerr, Claire Lee, Ashley Denton, Chloe Ho-Shon, Christina Di Giandomenico, Jemima Zoud, Lily Simmons, Anisha Sivagurunathan
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FRONT ROW Eve Ireland, Erin Clowes, Kristina Bitar, Annaliese Yan, Grace Farrow, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Saskia Roberts, Zaz Tiglao, Edith Hynes SECOND ROW Ashley Denton, Ava Saad, Kathleen Chrun, Christina Di Giandomenico, Suyi Yin, Tascha Ireland, Ella Baker
Sports Senior School
FRONT ROW Clara Janssen, Ava Lee, Emily Eker, Beatrice Drake, Maya Felice, Natalia Giannakos, Amy Yarrow, Charlotte Pullinger, Jaimie Kappas, Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart SECOND ROW Matisse Liu, Mia Eker, Andie Clark, Elsa Pickering, Brittany Warner, Claudia Kritzler, Annading Chen, Indianna Miller, Maeve Halliday, Sienna Strauss, Aria Swan, Zahli Harris THIRD ROW Kayla Graham, Hayley Kenzler, Chelsea Hunt, Zoe Clark, Tara Gentle, Elisha Matthews, Anna Sundquist, Olivia Chapman, Isabella Chapman, Lilly Dummett, Ella Fletcher FOURTH ROW Desiree Miller, Olivia Otto, Tiahna Sortwell, Eliza Crossley, Charlie Kairaitis, Emma Webb, Vanessa Ryan, Gemma Dessent, Katie Papachatgis, Madeleine Lysaght FIFTH ROW Liv Sodbinov, Chloe Gentle, Annika Haller, Emma Dickson, Amelie Coman, Nicola Yarrow, Laura Sutherland, Katie Sutherland, Darani Gilchrist, Charlie Sodbinov
FRONT ROW Weizhi Zhong, Annabelle La, Gloria Lim, Julia Spiker, Yijun Cui, Rachel Wang, Elsa Tonkinwise, Emma Ung, Soina Thind SECOND ROW Nichole Wang, Cassandra Tong, Amy Zhao, Minda Wang, Kathryn Shih, Daisy Li, Aileen Leong, Chantelle Wan THIRD ROW Vivian Zhang, Jade Di Girolamo, Amelia Bresolin, Zunairah Mahfuz, Maggie Zhang, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Hayley Ma FOURTH ROW Amelia Chan, Emma Mahant, Evie Gallagher, Helena Lu, Taotao Jiang, Coco Huang, Maggie Wang 188
S BA KE AL TB L FRONT ROW Madison Clemens, Elsa Pickering, Jade Di Girolamo, Mikaela Nguyen, Sabrine Yassine, Gabrielle Giannakos, Chloe Correia, Chloe Arnold, Madhavi Chauhan SECOND ROW Jade Park, Sarah Pearson, Grace Selim, Emma Mahant, Sophia Sefein, Ruby Smith, Seetha Nathan, Vivian Zhang THIRD ROW Mariam Yassine, Charlie Sodbinov, Elsa Tonkinwise, Anika Grannall, Sabine Saad, Sophia Murphy, Tess Tsoi FOURTH ROW Alice Kreis, Aleksia Grbic, Fiona MacKenzie, Maddison Fisher, Darani Gilchrist, Liv Sodbinov
S OS RY CR UNT CO FRONT ROW Kaylie Keogh, Moira Peach, Maddie Hutchens, Hermione Campbell, Ivy Ross, Isabel McKeough, Emily Edwards SECOND ROW Annika Lee, Claudia Kritzler, Annabelle Banfield, Tara Gentle, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Julia Gough, Tianka Parapuram THIRD ROW Natasha Sheehy, Vanessa Ryan, Jessie Phelps, Laura Sutherland, Chloe Gentle, Annika Haller, Charlotte Jones
Sports Senior School
FRONT ROW Emily Ward, Sarai Rollason, Vivian Qin, Taara Kotibhaskar, Ananya Wakhare, Lily Rutherford SECOND ROW Savannah Hazlewood, Sen Sen Xie, Jivi Govender, Kaisha Rollason, Sophia Heyde, Moira Peach
FRONT ROW Claudia Scott, Isabella Kristallis, Georgie Roediger, Brittany Warner, Kristy Spyrakis, Zoe Proctor, Natalie Cavallaro, Lara Varol, Hayley Ma, Tina Papamanuel, Olivia Gouganovski, Yianna Mitropoulos, Jorja Papantoniou SECOND ROW Georgia Duggan, Anika Cuganesan, Mia Tsaousidis, Seraya Srikumar, Sophia Pavlovic, Crystal Balleine, Samantha Brady, Matilda Banfield, Bariah Khaznadar, Mia Eker, Grace Scanlon, Jade Park THIRD ROW Tessa Tomkins, Madeleine Lewis, Ashmini Ganesh, Chelsea Hunt, Indianna Miller, Amelia Chan, Annading Chen, Annabelle Banfield, Charlotte McCrory, Anna Gough, Julia Gough, Claudia Kritzler, Mikaela Sitaramayya FOURTH ROW Desiree Miller, Lily Scanlon, Amelie Roediger, Inez Kritzler, Natalia Giannakos, Elise Nikolopoulos, Amy Yarrow, Elle Tamvakolos, Amala Cuganesan, Ella Tomkins, Crystal Warner, Olivia Cain FIFTH ROW Isabella Chapman, Jacqueline Flett, Anna Sundquist, Eloise Drake, Sophie Beraldo, Zoe Johnston, Tia Athanassiou, Lola Whittaker, Shivani Spencer, Eda Haller, Sophie Reid, Victoria Pachos SIXTH ROW Emily Osborne, Lucy Edwards, Sarah Carvolth, Jasmin Fitch, Annika Haller, Emma Juffermans, Katie Papachatgis, Zoe Hannam, Vicky Feng, Jess MacMaster, Charlie Kairaitis, Lily Smith 190
NE AL TB L FRONT ROW Cleo Clark, Matisse Liu, Chloe Jing, Jana Roy, Despina Stamoulos, Arabella Zeederberg, Dalia Alsaad, Grace Scanlon, Kira Hodgson-Yu, Jasmine Stavros, Maddie Hutchens, Zoe Churchill, Dahlia Issmail, Vishaalini Ravichandra, Joyce Mai, Marah Tryphon, Sofia Jury SECOND ROW Ivy Ross, Megan Ebel, Chloe Arnold, Isabelle Burnham, Kate Morfoot, Lucinda Winlaw, Savannah Phengsavath, Amisha Khatri, Teâ€™jhaan Altiok-Brown, Marissa Matthews, Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart, Kayla Graham, Vanessa Nguyen, Amelia Glastonbury, Riley Chantler, Amelia Comley, Jody Feng, Anikah Sanan, Laura Kardasis, Zara Coates THIRD ROW Sanya Mehta, Andie Clark, Maeve Halliday, Sienna Strauss, Zara Poortvliet, Sally Obaid, Aimee Goodridge, Pascale Simington, Charlize Hosking, Caitlin Zeilinga, Sophie Wilson, Indigo Devlin, Mimi Jones, Brooke Bucholtz, Sarah Furlan, Alexandra Robinson, Olivia Clowes, Tori Charalambous, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Soina Thind FOURTH ROW Tianka Parapuram, Amy-Grace Docherty, Ella Fletcher, Antonique Amperidis, Mei Wong, Ana Trigg, Cassidy Maher, Briana Chapman, Sofia Carey, Vanessa Ryan, Hayley Kenzler, Gabrielle Cadena, Taylor Hosking, Holly Miller, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Cherie Pepperell, Emily Eker, Aarathe Ramraj, Inez Kritzler FIFTH ROW Emma Lawrie, Molly North, Juliette Beattie, Amber Johnstone, Lauren Purkis, Lucy Lee, Kaitlyn Flanagan, Charlie Kyle-Sutherland, Courtney Roberts, Lucy Dickson, Claire van der Stel, Imogen Johnstone, Maia Sullivan, Elisha Matthews, Claudia Padman, Zoe Clark, Zoe Johnson, Isabella Smith, Ruby Scott-Wishart SIXTH ROW Gemma Sorial, Emma Webb, Eliza Crossley, Capri Maher, Katie Sutherland, Emma Dickson, Tiarna Cominos, Olivia Russell, Olivia Codevelle, Olivia Tanevski, Nicola Yarrow, Elizabeth Farrow, Samantha Naayen, Laura Sutherland, Gemma Dessent, Holly Herden, Claudia Bean, Lauren Millar
W RO IN G FRONT ROW Sasha Kovarik, Amelia Glastonbury, Kate Morfoot, Zoe Howes, Tessa Tomkins, Sophie Wilson, Romy Dobbie, Lucinda Winlaw, Jody Feng, Hailey Truong SECOND ROW Mrs K Hextell, Haya Yahia, Uma Barrett, Inez Kritzler, Emily Osborne, Sophia Murphy, Madeleine Aitken, Sarah Carvolth, Sophie Newby, Lauren Purkis THIRD ROW Olivia Alden-Hallit, Dylan Rose, Jacqueline Flett, Layla Hare, Lucy Dickson, Sophie Reid, Briar Campbell, Ruby Smith, Francesca Morrison FOURTH ROW Fiona Paterson, Ella Woolbank, Lily Smith, Madeleine Murphy, Tayla Kerpiniotis, Olivia Codevelle, Samantha Naayen, Jasmin Fitch 191
Sports Senior School
FRONT ROW Zoe Churchill, Maya Lecuna, Madeleine Lysaght, Ava Lee, Zara Cathcart, Kate Morfoot SECOND ROW Ivy Ross, Claudine Talbot, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Charlotte Pullinger, Georgia Duggan
FRONT ROW Sarai Rollason, Jessica Jing Jun Wang, Emily Edwards, Ria Simone Farag, Erica Chou, Mia Eker, Zahli Harris, Mira Kalra, Hope Selim, Annabel Twomey SECOND ROW Sylie Bhat, Giselle Timperi, Milla Newman, Kirsten Moller, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Ashmini Ganesh, Zunairah Mahfuz, Francesca Morrison, Grace Williams, Isabel Baudille, Isabel McKeough THIRD ROW Tina Papamanuel, Desiree Miller, Jaimie Kappas, Kayla Andreopoulos, Kate Cartwright, Maya Felice, Kaisha Rollason, Natalia Giannakos, Maya Simpson, Sarah Monaha, Tiana Roins FOURTH ROW Maggie Wang, Elisabeth Bubalo, Zara Constance, Amandine Oâ€™Connell Locke, Dakota Sinozic, Olivia Chapman, Isabella Chapman, Annabelle Banfield, Jaiden Sinozic, Matilda Banfield FIFTH ROW Mikayla Papadimitriou, Lilly Dummett, Natashja Eyles, Katie Papachatgis, Amelie Coman, Ava McGrigor, Jess MacMaster, Charlie Kairaitis, Nicola Oddie, Beatrice Drake
SO FT L BA L FRONT ROW Annabel Twomey, Sofia Jury, Georgie Roediger, Maeve Halliday, Julia Gough, Ashmini Ganesh, Lara Varol, Elizabeth Wilkie, Zahli Harris, Sarai Rollason SECOND ROW Kyra Ioakimidis, Sophie Beraldo, Chelsea Hunt, Lilly Dummett, Maya Simpson, Gabrielle Giannakos, Eda Haller, Sophia Kang, Amelia Norton THIRD ROW Amandine Oâ€™Connell Locke, Anais Siu, Annabelle Banfield, Miranda Norton, Mariam Yassine, Kylie Becvarovski, Sarah Furlan, Jacqueline Flett, Anna Gough FOURTH ROW Cynthia Hu, Georgia Beretov-Millar, Lucy Edwards, Natalia Grbic, Amelie Coman, Madeline Bide, Isabella Collins, Mikaela Nguyen
G IN G M IN IM DIV SW D AN FRONT ROW Jessica Jing Jun Wang, Emily Edwards, Rose Halliday, Jody Feng, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Athena Nikolakopoulos, Kaylie Keogh, Florence Jiang, Claire Liu, Alannah Christodoulou SECOND ROW Desiree Miller, Jessica Kuo, Scout Van Der Merwe, Juliette Beattie, Mia Sumich, Mia Jameson, Mia Gerbino, Tess Tsoi, Hanna Nash THIRD ROW Claudine Talbot, Natasha Sheehy, Sarah Moller, Tashjan Managreve, Vienna Durie, Kimberly Keogh, Chloe Gentle, Emily Eker, Evelyn Doan 193
Sports Senior School
TI L TE DES NN LE IS Y
FRONT ROW Mira Kalra, Tiana Roins, Isabelle Burnham, Chloe Jing, Zoe Proctor, Erica Chou, Ria Simone Farag, Elle Kendrovski, Chloe Arnold, Claire Liu SECOND ROW Kayla Graham, Tina Papamanuel, Gauri Sharma, Esther Tonkinwise, Charlotte McCrory, Alexandra Robinson, Indianna Miller, Laryssa Latt, Isabel McKeough, Jade Park, Bethany Lo THIRD ROW Charlize Hosking, Zara Constance, Eladie Simmonds, Trinity Elghitany, Sophie Thomas, Lola Whittaker, Eloise Drake, Himani Gupta, Molly North, Mounica Akula, Isabella Gadelrabb FOURTH ROW Zoe Westbrook, Natalia Giannakos, Madeleine Lysaght, Kaisha Rollason, Emma Juffermans, Katie Sutherland, Elise Nikolopoulos, Sian Thomas, Elle Tamvakolos, Taylor Hosking, Desiree Miller
FRONT ROW Chloe Jing, Erica Chou, Indianna Miller, Molly North, Charlotte McCrory, Esther Tonkinwise, Ria Simone Farag SECOND ROW Kayla Graham, Himani Gupta, Sophie Thomas, Trinity Elghitany, Mounica Akula, Desiree Miller THIRD ROW Sian Thomas, Julia Varvarigos, Alexia Lorenzato, Emma Juffermans, Natalia Giannakos, Taylor Hosking
L VO LE AL YB L SV L FRONT ROW Coco Huang, Sanya Mehta, Kate Cartwright, Olivia Wu, Piper McCowan, Zoe Brase, Zunairah Mahfuz SECOND ROW Annie Gu, Kirsten Dao, Himani Gupta, Evie Gallagher, Martine Zeilinga, Hayley Kenzler, Cynthia Hu THIRD ROW Noelle Davis, Elsa Tonkinwise, Fiona MacKenzie, Claire Huddy, Mei Wong
E AT W R PO LO FRONT ROW Grace Scanlon, Savannah Phengsavath, Riley Chantler, Charlotte McCrory, Aimee Goodridge, Hermione Campbell, Marlene Anderson, Madeleine Lewis, Kaylie Keogh SECOND ROW Olivia Clowes, Zoe Johnson, Anna Sundquist, Amber Johnstone, Imogen Johnstone, Nikki Juffermans, Sophia Sefein, Georgia Duggan THIRD ROW Annika Lee, Tess Tsoi, Vanessa Ryan, Kimberly Keogh, Tashjan Managreve, Jessie Phelps, Tiahna Sortwell, Evelyn Doan 195
Abbeythorpe Senior School
Abbeythorpe had an incredible 2019! The year began with a beautiful Chapel Service focusing on the theme of acceptance. The warm sense of fellowship felt that morning continued to grow during House times and Luminary sessions. Big Sister Little Sister activities throughout the year also fostered friendships and support networks across grades. It was so lovely watching these relationships strengthen during the year. New heights were reached at the Swimming Carnival, with Abbeythorpe winning the synchronised swimming routine! This was a testament to the dedication and passion of the Year 12 girls who had been planning this win since Year 7. The cheer competition was particularly memorable this year as we recreated the Abbeythorpe House song. We have never seen the girls sing the song with such enthusiasm and passion. It certainly touched the hearts of not only us, but the judges as well. The Athletics Carnival exceeded all expectations. It was wonderful to see the girls embrace the theme of Abbeythorpe Avengers, and they certainly lived up to their superhero costumes, zooming
around the track all day long. The cheer competition was another huge success. Jasmine Cho’s (Year 12) amazing solo and the kazoos definitely took the competition to a whole new level. Our performance brought a smile to everyone’s faces, which we believe truly encapsulates the essence of Abbeythorpe. In both carnivals, it was so wonderful to see each and every girl get involved and have some fun.
‘Our performance brought a smile to everyone’s faces, which we believe truly encapsulates the essence of Abbeythorpe.’ We would like to take this opportunity to extend the biggest thank you to Mrs Elizabeth Gilberthorpe, who has been the most inspiring and wonderful Head of
House. Mrs Gilberthorpe, your energy and enthusiasm has made every House-related activity a joy to be a part of and we can’t wait to see what new and exciting things you have in store for 2020. We would also like to thank all the Luminaries and staff members who have dedicated so much time towards supporting and caring for the girls. Your commitment does not go unnoticed and we are extremely grateful. Best of luck to the 2020 Captains, Antonique Amperidis and Jaimie Kappas. We know the future of Abbeythorpe is in good hands. Finally, thank you to all the beautiful girls of Abbeythorpe. We could not have asked for a more friendly, supportive and caring group of girls. Thank you for making Abbeythorpe the wonderful, supportive family that it is. We are so proud of what you have all accomplished this year and we are excited to hear about all the amazing things that you will continue to achieve in 2020. Lydia Todoroska House Captain Desiree Miller House Vice-Captain 199
Booralee Junior School
Booralee could not have been prouder this year. From carnivals to line ups, to cheering, to wearing our hats, the list could go on and on. To sum up our year in just one word, it would be ‘astonishing ’! 2019 has been the best year of our lives due to the friendships, the teamwork, participation, and sportsmanship of everyone involved.
PUBLIC SPEAKING For the first time, all girls in Year 3 to Year 5 took part in our Inter-House Public Speaking Competition by giving a one-minute speech on a topic they were passionate about. Lots of girls from Kindergarten to Year 2 also took part in the competition and earned points for Booralee. This event was a great new addition to our inter-House activities and we were very proud to be the winners.
‘To sum up our year in one word, it would be “astonishing”.’
CARDBOARD CHALLENGE The Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge was a fun and enjoyable event and it gave us a chance to reach up to the stars and work together as a team with our dads just before Father’s Day.
SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS Booralee girls really showed great participation this year by taking part in all of the team carnivals and activities. Despite whether winning or losing, we are always proud of what Booralee accomplished. We came first in the Swimming Carnival and won House soccer and netball.
HATS AND CLEAN-UP Booralee also gained victory when it came to hats! Booralee girls earned its House several House points because of their efforts to wear their hats in the playground.
SERVICE LEARNING AND CHAPEL SERVICE Booralee’s focus for our service learning event was on depression and anxiety, fundraising Beyond Blue. To raise money, we sold Beyond Blue wristbands, magnets, scrunchies, bag charms, message in a bottle, friendship necklaces and stress balls.
The Booralee Chapel Service was also a great success. We explained the important work of Beyond Blue, heard bible readings and also witnessed some beautiful music played by the girls in the Booralee strings. The fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $4000. We would like to thank all the teachers for their hard work and involvement in the organisation of carnivals, fundraisers, and other events for their ongoing support. We would like to wish the future Booralee Captains the very best of luck and for them to reach for the stars. We hope 2020 is an unforgettable year and that you continue to take risks. And just remember: We are red, we are bright, we are dynamite! Isabella Correia Junior School Booralee House Captain Tessa Britton and Anna Obaid Junior School Booralee House Vice-Captains
Booralee Senior School
2019 has been both a busy and gratifying year, starting with the Swimming Carnival and ending with the Athletics Carnival. As per usual, Booralee lived up to the expectation of performing exceedingly well in all competitions. Despite not placing first in the carnivals, the passion, determination and level of involvement from all girls was the greatest it has ever been! This year, we endeavoured to constitute a great sense of community within the Booralee House by focusing on promoting positive attitudes and encouraging participation. Our fundamental goal was to ensure that every single girl felt embraced and comfortable in the House, thus able to contribute and share ideas. From the House charity and inter-House Public Speaking Competition to the inter-House Shakespeare challenge and Inter-House Rowing Challenge, Booralee never failed to perform with tenacity and strength while always upholding our fiery passion. Our Booralee Baywatch theme at the Swimming Carnival undoubtedly stole the spotlight, as every girl embodied their inner Hasselhoff to swim in every single race and cheer until their voices were gone. Our fellow Year 12 girls placed in the top five with their synchronised swimming routine, showing off our impeccable underwater dance moves. Booralee continued to exemplify our talents at the Athletics Carnival, dressing
to the theme Booralee Back to the 80s. Girls and staff wore their leg warmers, thunderbolt earrings and scrunchies; not only looking amazing, cheering from the sidelines, but also filling the entire track with red as every girl participated in various field and running events. We did immensely well with our cheering abilities through singing and dancing collectively to various hits from the 80s; the staff were certainly feeling nostalgic!
‘Booralee never failed to perform with tenacity and strength while always upholding our fiery passion.’ Despite our successes on the sporting field, we also aspired to strengthen and raise awareness for our House charity, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The foundation provides children living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the opportunity to improve their literacy levels. Our newly introduced readathon was exceptionally successful, raising
almost $2000. This coupled with the Chapel Service funds, has allowed us to make significant changes to the lives of underprivileged Indigenous children, providing them with new books and opportunities to improve literacy skills. Finally, we would like to thank everyone in the House – to each and every staff member and girl. With the love and support displayed by the Booralee family, it has been an honour to be the 2019 Booralee House Captains. To our wonderful Head of House, Ms Tracy Getts, your guidance and support over the past year has been invaluable and we can’t thank you enough for all that you have done to lead Booralee to success. A big thank you is also extended to our Year 12 girls who have helped us achieve all of our goals and have undoubtedly been the most dedicated and encouraging group of girls. To the new Booralee House Captains, Emily Eker and Uma Barrett, we are so happy that the House will be in such great hands next year and we can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things that you do! We wish Booralee the best of luck for 2020, and we hope that we have forged a positive influence on the House that can be instilled for years to come. Gabrielle Giannakos House Captain Chloe Gentle House Vice-Captain 201
Churunga Junior School
Churunga had the best year ever! We are very proud of all the girls in our House. They showed House spirit as they cheered, danced and supported each other and we want to say that everyone has been amazing. Our first award for the year was the House Spirit award at the Swimming Carnival and this highlights how supportive we are as a House, always looking out for each other. We may not have won much this year but we tried our hardest to make Churunga the amazing House that it is. This year we did a couple of new things to win more House points. Public speaking was one of them. Girls had to speak for one minute about what they were passionate about. It was amazing to see how each girl approached it differently. We came in third place! Along with the public speaking event we had the Cardboard Challenge, where we had to build a spaceship with our House. Churunga went for a bird-looking spaceship with wings. We had so much fun and tried our best. The end result was a spaceship with a Churunga banner that spread across the wings and a large rocket base for the middle. Unfortunately, it didn’t lift off and we were awarded the honour of fourth place, but this did not diminish our spirit. The first major sporting event was the Swimming Carnival, where we placed third. Despite our placing, we walked away thinking of ourselves as winners with the senior relay team breaking the record, our House Vice-Captain Elysse 202
Diep winning age champion and Saskia Roberts awarded both age champion and Super Fish. Yelling names and supporting each other was awesome and this showed as we were rewarded for House spirit. Another sporting event was the Cross Country, where we tried our best and came third. It was a fabulous event and every single girl in Churunga tried their best and did an amazing job. The final sporting event of the year was the Athletics Carnival, where again we tried our absolute hardest and came fourth place. All the Churungans challenged themselves and produced amazing results. No one gave up. What an amazing effort from Churunga girls who showed so much determination. Term 3 was Churunga’s big term when we planned our service learning, Chapel Service and Assembly. On 18 August 2020, Churunga led an amazing Chapel Service where we focused on the themes of hope and gratitude. We spoke to our Churungan family about how children are not all born with the same opportunities, but they all have the same potential. We prayed that all children might be given a chance to meet their potential and we thanked Jesus for the opportunities we are so blessed to have here at MLC School. When we prepared for the Chapel Service we decided to make Room to Read our charity. This charity aims to provide an education for the 132 million girls living in poverty to become strong, independent women. We discovered that
750 million people in the world lack reading and writing skills and that one in four children in-low income countries can’t read. After we read this at Chapel all of Churunga said, ‘let’s change that!’ At our Assembly we introduced our charity through dance, song and the words of famous women like Malala, Emma Watson and Michelle Obama. Then the whole of MLC Junior School were given Churunga boxes and they filled these boxes with donations for Room to Read. We collected ‘Small Change for Big Change’ every time we read to someone over a two-week period. These donations made a change in the lives of young women around the world. We raised over $2000. We would like to say thank you to all of the Churunga teachers for supporting us, including our House patron Mrs Jody Gilroy. We couldn’t have done what we did without you. We would also like to say thank you for helping out with everything and being very flexible with our meetings. Thank you to the students for voting for us to be your House Captains for 2019, we have loved every minute of it. We wish the Churunga captains for 2020 good luck in their year ahead. Tilly Ackland Churunga Captain Elysse Diep and Mia Tynan Junior School Churunga Vice-Captains
Churunga Senior School
Churunga had one of the most chaotic yet rewarding years ever. 2019 was full of surprises, but with those surprises, Churunga turned from a House, into a tribe, and that tribe conquered all towards the end of the year. It was such an honour leading such a dedicated and enthusiastic House. Each House time was filled with optimistic and eager girls, looking forward to catching up each fortnight, hence the introduction of Churunga Champions, which highlights particular students in Churunga who accomplished something spectacular. In true Churunga spirit, the Churunga Circus themed Swimming Carnival was a roaring success with fabulous outfits, participation and cheers. Every girl who came to support the House, as always, was super keen to get involved, either through volunteering to participate in splash for a sash, the kickboard event, taking one for the team and swimming in the medley relay, banging the drum in the stands, or painting Mrs Janice Moore and Ms Martina Stolzi’s faces to look like clowns. This is just a small glimpse of the phenomenal teamwork, we as a House have accomplished throughout 2019. As Mr Richard Coward – the legendary head of Churunga House says, we are the CHURUNGA TRIBE! Part of our growing community within this tribe is to support the Save The Children Foundation, an organisation that strives to provide children access to health care, education and protection. As always, we continue to acknowledge the ongoing work that the charity, Save The Children is doing, and this year, Churunga held a pizza lunch with a gold coin donation collected and sent to this charity. We are
aware that the future Captains of Churunga for 2020, Samantha Naayen and Kate Cartwright, are already planning ideas for new and creative ways to continue this legacy of selflessness to support all that Churungians embody, and to aid this charity in the coming year. As your 2019 Captains, we are confident that Churunga is in safe hands and will continue to flourish and strengthen in the years to follow.
‘Churunga turned from a House, into a tribe, and that tribe conquered all towards the end of the year.’ The Athletics Carnival was where the House of Churunga displayed its full potential and flourished its House spirit and participation. Our theme titled Churunga Zoo began the day with the 800m races, with half of the House especially early just to take part. However, Churunga illustrated their love and dedication for their golden House when every student who attended the carnival participated in every event for their age group. Whether running for the win, or just running for enjoyment, the most important thing was to participate in everything because the memories made together as a House are unforgettable.
This was further highlighted when Churunga was in the top two Houses overall throughout the day and took home the win at the end of the day. The Athletics Carnival was a huge success for the golden House and a fantastic way to conclude our roles as leaders of Churunga. The Inter-House Public Speaking Competition was one of Churunga’s many successes throughout the year. We had a junior and senior representative talk about what they were particularly passionate about. Our junior, Lucinda King (Year 8) spoke enthusiastically about how dancing has played such an important role in her life and encouraged others to join her. Our senior representative, Ariana Haghighi (Year 11) spoke about the dangers of voluntourism in developing nations in the name of altruism, and how we can fix it. Ariana took home a win for the senior division of the competition with her inspiring and interesting speech. The Inter-House Rowing Challenge was another success for Churunga. We gathered our best rowers to participate in the competition. One House member from each grade volunteered to participate and the House spirit and participation from House times turned into amazing and positive atmospheres during these challenges, placing fourth. Grace Karras House Captain Emily Millar House Vice-Captain 203
Leawarra Junior School
This year, Leawarra was outstanding. By working together as a team, we accomplished a great deal. We may not have won any carnivals, but everyone tried their hardest. It’s not always about winning but giving it a go and trying our best. We still gained valuable House points in every event we entered, whether we won or not. There have been many highlights throughout 2019 for Leawarra and we have learnt a lot from participating as a team to do our best. This year, Leawarra held a bake sale to raise money for The Wayside Chapel and Aisha’s Angels. We selected Aisha’s Angels as one of our charities because Aisha was a Leawarra MLC School girl. Her family created the foundation to remember her and to help others. Book Week this year was so much fun. The theme was Reading Is My Secret Power. Everyone in the School dressed up as a character from their favourite book. After the parade, Leawarra gathered as a House where the older girls read to 204
the younger girls. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our love of literature and our pride in Leawarra.
‘There have been many highlights throughout 2019 for Leawarra and we have learnt a lot from participating as a team to do our best.’ Another exciting and enjoyable event this year was the Father’s Day Cardboard Challenge, where the Leawarra girls teamed up with their fathers to build amazing rocket ships out of cardboard. Everyone worked really well together and had an enjoyable night.
In Term 4, girls in Year 1 to Year 5 participated in the inaugural MLC Junior School Public Speaking Competition. All girls presented in classes and one girl from each House in each class progressed to the next round. The selected girls then presented to their House and one girl was selected to represent Leawarra from each Year group. Well done to everyone who participated in the many House activities this year, including parents and staff. We would like to thank you all for your support throughout the year, we have enjoyed every moment. It has been a privilege to be your captains. It has been a great year and we look forward to an even better one next year. We wish the 2020 Leawarra captains all the best for the year ahead. Emily Bitar Junior School Leawarra Captain Evelyn Kerr and Ava Roinse Junior School Leawarra Vice-Captains
Leawarra Senior School
2019 has been a wonderful year for Leawarra. The entire House has continued to value encouragement, enthusiasm and compassion above all else. This consistently translated in our efforts to raise money for our charity, The Girls Refuge, through our Mother’s Day Stall.
narrow second place in House Spirit. Riva Houses were blown away by our new cheer, an appropriation of an AFL team chant, which was delivered with high energy and volume. The willingness of the girls to whole-heartedly participate in this event was incredible to watch.
As the Captains of Leawarra, we are proud to have been part of the significant journey the House took over this year. Our fantastic Head of House, Mr Wayne Donley, was instrumental in fostering this supporting and welcoming environment.
This enthusiasm continued throughout the year, as the House thrived in the InterHouse Rowing Challenge and Inter-House Public Speaking Competition. Year 11 also displayed leadership in organising our Chapel Service with the theme of Empathy, which was a wonderful opportunity for the Leawarran community to connect.
‘The entire House has continued to value encouragement, enthusiasm and compassion above all else.’ Leawarra began with a bang in 2019. Our Swimming Carnival theme Leawarra League was a success with all members of the House displaying their purple pride in sports jerseys and matching purple socks. House leaders placed emphasis on participation, and the girls were encouraged to go in every race if possible. Their efforts were rewarded with a first place in House Championship and very
Finally, we had the Athletics Carnival, which was particularly impressive as all students bought and painted matching costumes to fit our Purple Prisoners theme. The Carnival was a wonderful way to finish the year, with all girls enthusiastically throwing themselves into novelty events and races. A highlight of this year has been the charity work Leawarra has undertaken. After connecting with The Girls Refuge in 2018, the House made a conscious effort throughout 2019 to increase our support of the organisation. The Girls Refuge is a Sydney-based, not-forprofit organisation that provides crisis accommodation for girls and young women aged 14-17 years, at risk of homelessness. Other services provided by the refuge involve counselling, financial and education support, and occupational training, creating a sense of stability
and comfort for the girls. Leawarra has found it extremely rewarding to be able to contribute in a meaningful manner to assist the refuge, particularly as the House took on a more hands-on approach to fundraising. Leawarra has donated over 40 clothing and essentials packs, and the money raised from our Chapel Service collection and Mother’s Day Stall went towards buying magnetised whiteboards for every occupant at the refuge and a new washing machine and dryer. Thank you to the members of the wider Leawarran community who have donated to this initiative, and we hope that in the years to come our relationship with this organisation will continue to develop. The tireless dedication of our enthusiastic Head of House, Mr Donley, cannot be ignored. Serving as a mentor, a formidable leader, and the loudest voice in our cheering competitions, Mr Donley has furthered the philanthropic values of Leawarra and challenged the girls to make a conscious effort to practise gratitude and empathy in their daily lives. These core values, although always prioritised within the House, were particularly evident throughout 2019, which is a testament to Mr Donley and the members of the House. We are incredibly proud to have led Leawarra this year and wish the House another fun-filled year of purple pride in 2020! Charlotte Seales House Captain Crystal Warner House Vice-Captain 205
Lester Senior School
It has been a big year for Lester! We began the year with the magical Harry Potter themed Swimming Carnival – Lester Leviosa. The girls displayed impressive House spirit as the day was filled with encouragement and support for one another. The dedication and determination of our Lester girls was clearly demonstrated as they tirelessly lapped the pool. The participation this year was at an all-time high with each year group putting in a tremendous effort. The same can be said for the Athletics Carnival, where Orange Outback took on the track! We are so proud of our Lester girls as they pushed themselves and each other to try their best, achieving excellent results and demonstrating true Lester spirit. In 2019, Lester continued our support of White Ribbon Australia to bring awareness to domestic violence against women. As a House, we decided to support this charity to promote the value of friendship, kindness and sisterhood enabling our young women of Lester to uphold these qualities outside the school environment. By supporting a female-focused charity, we have been able to educate ourselves on the struggles women face in society and the importance of supporting one another and our community. The theme of Empathy was beautifully displayed at our House Chapel Service as it is a characteristic that every Lester 206
girl exhibits with great pride. Central to the planning and organising of the service were the girls – their ability to rise to the occasion and work with such dedication is truly inspirational. However, it is with the unwavering support of our Lester Luminaries and parents/guardians that we are able to realise our goals. So, we would like to thank the whole Lester community for making it such a wonderful service for all.
‘We are so proud of our Lester girls as they pushed themselves and each other to try their best, achieving excellent results and demonstrating true Lester spirit.’ Throughout the year, Lester girls have proudly worn the Lester House colour as they participated in a variety of events. The Inter-House Public Speaking Competition was a highlight for Lester, with our talented girls, Anna Brew (Year 12) and Madhavi Chauhan
(Year 8), confidently addressing a range of topics. Our girls continued to impress with their athletic abilities in the Inter-House Rowing Challenge, with our amazing rowers achieving first place! We are so proud of the girls’ participation and initiative this year and are grateful to have led a group of wonderful and kind young women. We would like to thank our Head of House, Mrs Jocelyn Jabbour-Perez, for her ongoing diligence and passion for our House and the girls throughout the year. We’d also like to say a massive thanks to the Luminaries, who have been a constant support and guide to each Lester girl throughout the year. We wish the best of luck to our 2020 Captains, Elizabeth Linardos and Vivian Law. We know you will be amazing leaders and continue the Lester House legacy. And lastly, thank you to our beautiful Lester girls! You have made our time as leaders extremely enjoyable; you have challenged us as leaders and enabled us to grow. Thank you for the ongoing enthusiasm and the loving community you have created, we will cherish the memories of being a part of this exceptional community, forever as strong, resilient and proud Lester girls for life! Ava McGrigor House Captain Anushri Baksi House Vice-Captain
Mooramoora Junior School
SERVICE LEARNING This year Mooramoora’s service learning was supporting yher which is an initiative of ygap. yher is a great charity supporting female local leaders from the Pacific regions. We chose to support yher because they support fearless women like MLC School girls and they give them the opportunity to be great leaders. We supported the charity by being ecowarriors as this linked to our green colour. For two weeks the girls were rewarded at home for every eco-friendly deed. For every five dollars raised, all students swapped it for one leaf. These leaves were hung up on the tree that sits on the red carpet in the Junior School. We made this a class competition so that the class who raised the most money won a prize. The winners were Year 5! We also held a mufti day where students dressed up as eco-warriors or dressed in green. After raising $4200, yher also had a corporate supporter that tripled any money raised. So altogether, yher received $12,600. Thank you to all the parents, teachers and MLC School girls who were fantastic eco-warriors.
SPORT This year, Mooramoora had a great sporting year full of achievements. We didn’t come first place in the Swimming Carnival but the Mooramoora girls tried 208
their best. Mooramoora came first in the Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals and also won the cheering competitions.
CARDBOARD CHALLENGE The Dad and Daughter Cardboard Challenge was a great night. All the students had so much fun with their dads and developed some great building skills. All Houses participated in making a rocket ship. Mooramoora won!
‘They have given everything a go and always done their personal best because that’s what a true Mooramoora girl does.’
PUBLIC SPEAKING Girls from Year 3 to Year 5 participated in the IPSHA Interhouse Public Speaking Competition. The winner of the public speaking competition earned points for their House which contributed towards the House cup. Mooramoora
representatives were Megana Pasupati (Year 1), Sofia Tzouganatos (Year 3), India-Rose Mace (Year 4) and our Captain, Isabella Townsend (Year 5).
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND GAMES Once each term, the Mooramoora girls had the best time bonding during House time and playing lots of fun games outside, including the chicken waddle and also the egg and spoon race. Thank you for such a great year Mooramoora. We couldn’t have done it without your effort and determination. We would also like to thank Mr Clayton Howard for being such a supportive and hardworking House patron along the way. Thank you also to the Mooramoora staff for all your help and effort throughout the year. Lastly, we also want to give a very special thanks to Mr Douglas Finlay for helping us and guiding us throughout the whole year. You are funny, kind and you will always be a big part of MLC School. Isabella Townsend Junior School Mooramoora House Captain Markella Krekacs and Gauri Nathan Junior School Mooramoora House Vice-Captains
Mooramoora Senior School
Mooramoora has always felt like a family to us and this year was no different. Leading Mooramoora has been a memorable and fulfilling experience that will never be forgotten. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to increase the level of participation and to build a stronger sense of community within the House. We are pleased to say that this goal was achieved in 2019, through the girls’ strong dedication and enthusiasm in events such as the Athletics Carnival, Swimming Carnival, Inter-House Rowing Challenge, Inter-House Public Speaking Competition and the House Chapel Service. The Mooramoora girls have shown great engagement, showcasing what being a part of the Mooramoora family is all about. The year began with the Swimming Carnival, where Mooramoora Mamma Mia was a hit, where everyone chanted Dancing Queen and cheered each other on in the races, shouting at the top of their lungs. The exceptional House spirit from all our girls was a testament to Mooramoora’s passion and enthusiastic attitude. The level of participation from all Year groups was immense with nearly 100 per cent of girls taking part in a range of events. The Athletics Carnival was another highlight this year with the girls demonstrating great enthusiasm, ability and cohesion across the Year groups. It was thrilling to see how Mooramoora tore up the track with Mooramoora Mario Kart, with multiple students coming first in many races. Despite the early start with the 800m race it was exciting to see so many turning up to an optional event to earn extra points for the House.
Mooramoora efforts were strong and consistent with our cheers being creative and passionate. Overall the Carnival showed that the Mooramoora spirit is strong and we know how to have fun!
‘The exceptional House spirit from all our girls was a testament to Mooramoora’s passion and enthusiastic attitude.’ We had a beautiful House Chapel Service based on the theme of strength and resilience. We would personally like to thank the Year 11 girls for their participation and planning of such a meaningful service, which resonated well with the theme, trying to better understand how to bounce back when challenging circumstances arise. We would also like to thank our talented Mooramoora musicians, our capable readers and all those who worked hard to make the service run smoothly. This year, Mooramoora continued to support the charity Beyond Blue in an effort to further promote the theme of strength and resilience. We raised money and awareness of what Beyond Blue does in promoting mental health and
wellbeing. This was done through running in the City2Surf, Chapel donations and discussions held during House time. We are supporting this charity as we believe that depression is a very important issue, not just within our Mooramoora family but within the MLC School community and the wider world. All of our House achievements would not have been possible without both the Mooramoora students and teachers, especially Mrs Annie Conway. Mrs Conway’s guidance and passion inspired us to reach our goals and helped us lead the House to greatness. We would also like to thank our Year 12 cohort. We would not have been able to do this without you and all your enthusiasm this year. Overall, thank you to our Mooramoora family for your participation, support and willingness to take on new challenges alongside us. It has been an honour being the 2019 Captains and we feel privileged to have led this excellent House. It will be a year that will never be forgotten. To our new Mooramoora leaders, Jessica MacMaster and Ella Tsaousidis, we wish you all the best for this coming year. We are confident that you will continue to encourage spirit, growth and determination, in order to achieve great things within our Mooramoora family. Katie Papachatgis House Captain Georgia Ventouris House Vice-Captain
Prescott Senior School
This has been an unforgettable year for Prescott. Every girl from Prescott should be so proud of their endless drive and dedication to the House this year. As Captains, it has been an absolute honour to lead, encourage and support you all this last year. We hope you were not too overwhelmed by Mr Christopher Eddleston’s statistical analysis and that House times were a time to meet new friends and step outside of your comfort zone. As we continued to sponsor our gorgeous Seeing Eye Dogs Australia puppy Amber, Prescott held our second Prescott Puppy Pageant. This year we also held a bake sale to further support Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. With 23 dogs competing in this year’s pageant, we are proud to announce that we raised over $1200 for the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia. Prescott would like to thank everyone who took part, attended, donated, and who helped make our fundraiser a massive success. Congratulations to the following winners: Ì Most Compassionate: Tash Cleaver Ì Most Talented: Odin Tynan Ì Most Stylish: Rufus Brown and Elsie Hunter-Mole (tied) Ì Shakespeare Award (chosen by Prescott’s winning inter-House Shakespeare competition team): Banjo Skepper 210
Ì Class of 2019 Award: Princess Theodora Lee Ì People’s Choice Award: Elvis Starr (for the second year running!) Ì Overall Judges’ Choice Winner: Ivory Ryan Ì Special Life Time Achievement Award: Bori Nolan This has been Prescott’s most successful year by far. In the Swimming Carnival we blew it out of the water. We came first for House spirit, second overall and third in synchronised swimming. Congratulations to our Prescott pirates who swam their hearts out and just kept kicking. For the Athletics Carnival, our Prescott Primary Schoolers, never stopped in the race. The true character of the Prescott girls was demonstrated by them arriving early to compete in the 800m, jumping over the high jump bar, throwing a javelin and running like there was a lion behind them. Thank you for doing the 800m at 7.30am and swimming butterfly after a full day at the Swimming Carnival. Our Shakespeare team smashed the competition combining various death scenes from Shakespeare’s tragedies, alongside the insightful guidance of Ms Lisa Jinga, proudly bringing home the first-place ribbon. As expected, our public speakers conducted outstanding performances, discussing issues which
they felt passionate about in modern-day society. Additionally, our rowers pushed and worked their hardest during the InterHouse Rowing Challenge.
‘You are all the most deserving group of girls who constantly fight and win!’ Huge congratulations to every Prescott girl on their achievements this year. Thank you to our Luminaries and Mr Eddleston, who never gave up and supported us constantly. Best of luck to our new captains, Philippa Machin and Audrey Williams, we are hopeful that you will continue Prescott’s winning stride into next year. You are all the most deserving group of girls who constantly fight and win! It has been such a pleasure to be your Captains and we will miss our Prescott family. Natashja Eyles House Captain Laura Libro House Vice-Captain
Sutton Senior School
It is no surprise to say that once again, Sutton House had an amazing year. As the 2019 Captains, we have been very privileged to work with such a diligent, talented and passionate group of girls. We started the year off with the Swimming Carnival, where Sutton girls dressed up as snazzy surfers with our Sutton Surfer theme. We definitely surfed our way through the Carnival, with amazing participation and immense effort coming from the girls. As always, we came out with impeccable results due to Sutton’s aspirational determination. However, regardless of our placements or our final scores, the most inspirational aspect of Sutton House is the girls’ spirit and solidarity. This was acknowledged during our 2019 Chapel Service, where our Chapel theme was Inspiration. The beautiful Chapel Service run by Reverend Vanessa Williams-Henke was a great congregation of the Sutton House community. As a House, we reflected on the talents and accomplishments that inspire each other, making the House the successful community that we are today. This would not have been possible without everyone’s support, whereby all girls
helped with the organisation of the Chapel Service and subsequent morning tea. It is always a wonderful time for the families of Sutton House to share a pleasant morning together. Thank you to all the families who attended and celebrated with us.
‘The most inspirational aspect of Sutton House is the girls’ spirit and solidarity.’ Akin to the unity shown during House commitments, is the commendable spirit of the girls during House time. When faced with group tasks, such as carnival preparations, the girls of Sutton consistently impressed us with their attitude. As always, they acted with positivity and support, creating a collaborative environment. This enthusiastic approach appears in everything they do, and we feel so proud
to have witnessed such a lively group of kind-hearted girls. This enthusiasm was also demonstrated in the House Rowing Challenge. Waving their magenta signs, the girls cheered loudly for their peers who were rowing with all their might. Thank you to the girls who were involved in the challenge and assisted Sutton in achieving great results. However, it is clear that Sutton is more about placing and winning. We are about teamwork, solidarity and unity. It has been a pleasure to be your 2019 Sutton Captains. However, none of what we have achieved would have been possible without the ongoing, unwavering support of our Head of House, Mr Gavin Starr, whom we are incredibly grateful for. We wish the 2020 Sutton House Captains, Samantha Cavanagh and Isabel Leung, as well as the rest of the Sutton community, all the best for 2020. Tess Tsoi House Captain Elle Andreopoulos House Vice-Captain
Wade Senior School
Passion, spirit and support were truly displayed in Wade House this year. It has been a privilege to have been the Captains of Wade House for 2019, and without the assistance of our Head of House, Mrs Robyn Langford and Year 12 Luminary, Ms Caitlin Boyd, the turquoise colour of Wade would not have shone so bright. This year started with a beautiful Chapel Service that was organised by the Year 11 girls. The theme of the service was Aspire to inspire before you expire. It was a beautiful service with Wade girls showcasing their musical talent. This Chapel Service was a wonderful way to start 2019 and brought the girls in Wade closer together. It is fair to say that the girls in turquoise have been the underdogs at House Carnivals for a number of years and this year was no different. With such a combination of fearless individuals, it is difficult to comprehend why the great women of Wade have a problem with water. While the results may have not gone our way, thanks to the enthusiasm from the House, the day proved successful. The sporting spirit was again displayed at the annual Athletics Carnival where the spirit of the House was maintained. The girls worked hard throughout the day, challenged themselves and proudly 212
represented Wade. Our Wade girls showed their enthusiasm in the variety of costumes for the theme of Wade Walt Disney.
‘The friendships forged are some of the highlights of our time at MLC School and the tight knit Year 12 Wade will never be forgotten.’ This year Wade House chose to continue our support for the charity Triple Care Farm which supports young people who suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and family breakdown. Triple Care Farm provides young people with a place to achieve a better future. With the famous Wade Toastie Stall which was held during parent/teacher meetings throughout the year, a remarkable amount of money was raised for our charity. We would like to wish our fellow Year 12 Wade House members the best of luck in the future. It has been an honour to have
known you all throughout the past seven years. The friendships forged are some of the highlights of our time at MLC School and the tight knit Year 12 Wade will never be forgotten. Finally, Ms Boyd, words cannot express the gratitude the class of 2019 have for the positive reinforcement, guidance and patience with us over the past four years. With that, we are proud to have been a part of Wade House because of the devotion towards one another, whether it be the cheers or the friendly acknowledgements when passing by. The House has been an integral part of our lives at MLC School and we would like to thank the girls and the staff for giving us the opportunity to captain the House. We have thoroughly enjoyed being the Wade Captains this year and we would like to thank all of the girls, especially our fellow Year 12 girls for supporting us. We look forward to seeing Wade’s achievements in 2020 under the leadership of Amelie Coman and Tiarna Cominos. Sarah Monaha House Captain Georgia Dunn House Vice-Captain
Whitley Senior School
What a year it has been for Whitley House! From swimming through our first two terms to cheering our way through the final weeks of the academic year, Whitley has never been as close as they are now and as Captains, we are so proud of what we have achieved as a House. We started off our incredible year with our House Chapel Service with the theme Live your dreams. The Year 11 girls organised a beautiful service with delicious food and gifts to give the graduating class of 2019, an amazing send off in their final service. Then came the annual Swimming Carnival where our Whitley girls looked magical in their mermaid outfits and although it is biased to say, we think that Whitley was the most exuberant House. Most of our girls participated in every race they could, allowing Whitley to live up to its notorious reputation of possessing unique integrity. This unity was most definitely present as well through our House spirit where Whitley blew the roof off with their cheers for the cheer competition and their cheers for the Year 12 girls who presented a fabulous synchronised swimming routine. Fast forward a couple of terms and our ever-present House spirit lingered at all times throughout the Athletics Carnival.. Whether it was under the tent where we had some refreshing fruit and lollies, or out on the track where our girls were exhibiting their athletic skills, one could never fail to spot the Whitley pride at one
point or another. Towards the end of the day, Whitley House was able to exhibit unity as a tribe once again in the cheer competition, where the girls showcased their singing and dancing skills with their very own spin on High School Musical. Overall, Whitley definitely smashed it on this day, regardless of where we placed. Our House spirit then carried through to our charity. Our aim for the Whitley charity, Uniting, was to make a significant positive impact on the charity itself. We wanted to move away from the traditional concept of just raising money, therefore deciding that we would gather volunteers to visit one of the Uniting care centres around Sydney, where we would be given the opportunity to interact with the people there through different activities such as dancing. As a House, we wanted to make a more active and involved effort into the charity so that we can truly make a difference. Overall, we believe that the most rewarding thing about being a part of Whitley House is the family environment that we have. We are unlike any other House, and what we lack in athleticism, we make up for in our unity, strength, and camaraderie, and we could not be prouder as Captains to have led such an amazing House. To the 2020 Captains, Daphne Doumanis and Maria Costantino, we could not have left Whitley in better hands. With the help of your cohort and amazing Head of House, Ms Bianca Argyrous,
we are positive that Whitley has a bright future ahead of them. We wish you the best of luck and we will see you soon!
â€˜As a House, we wanted to make a more active and involved effort into the charity so that we can truly make a difference.â€™ Finally, to our Head of House, Ms Argyrous, you have done an amazing job guiding and caring for the whole Whitley tribe and we cannot thank you enough for everything you do for us. Once again it has been an honour leading the Whitley tribe this year and we will never forget the memories and friendships we made. All the love, your Captains of 2019. Afamia Moussa House Captain Jessica Pizzinga House Vice-Captain
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FRONT ROW Emma Ung, Bonnie Zheng, Sienna Marriott, Nichole Wang, Ms F Pow, Mrs E King, Desiree Miller, Mrs E Gilberthorpe, Lydia Todoroska, Mrs P Pachos, Mrs M Gaha, Martine Zeilinga, Sophia Grave, Natalia Gadelrabb, Eve Vantas SECOND ROW Angelina Hu, Jennisa Ha, Amreen Thind, Savannah Phengsavath, Selina Chen, Giselle Timperi, Angie Lan, Rebecca Mai Yue Wang, Suyi Yin, Hermione Campbell, Edie Baker, Jasmine Banks, Zara Coates, Ching Yee Brianna Chiang, Felicia Hannah THIRD ROW Soina Thind, Sarah Kanaan, Daisy Zheng, Annika Lee, Joy Zhang, Ella Fletcher, Esther Tonkinwise, Mia Gerbino, Isabella Gadelrabb, Annie Chen, Eva Tkocz, Annie Gu, Paris Chen, Georgia Mouscas, Anna Constantinidis FOURTH ROW Jasmine Cho, Ellery Joyce, Antonique Amperidis, Janelle Jiao, Eden Cheng, Veronikah McClelland, Tiffany Boungoto Weng, Olivia Leighton, Katherine Du, Evelyn Doan, Sienna Fresta, Jaimie Kappas, Hanna Nash, Phoebe Zhou, Audrey Nguyen FIFTH ROW Caitlin Zeilinga, Mia Grasso-Nguyen, Tia Van Den Borne, Jessie Tang, Kyra Ioakimidis, Renae Varvaris, Sen Sen Xie, Evie Gallagher, Olivia Smith, Ciara Hyland, Trinity Elghitany, Kirsten McLelland, Harriet Campbell, Indianna Miller SIXTH ROW Sofia Carey, Layla Ziade, Eliza Crossley, Eleni Charalambidis, Katie Sutherland, Claire McLelland, Tashjan Managreve, Elizabeth Farrow, Christina Catania, Grace Gilmore, Laura Sutherland, Bella Leighton, Eliana Farr, Anika Grannall
FRONT ROW Vivienne Woon, Alexandra Huynh, Shantelle Nguyen, Eloise Wong, Annika Arul, Adora Xu, Magdalena Volikas, Giselle Tanios, Mia Li, Amara Sivagurunathan, Abira Sanan, Scarlet Akers, Chloe Price, Lavinia Xu, Elizabeth Horvath, Emily Tu, Camellia Yao, Victoria Wai, Niamh Gorman SECOND ROW Ms S Chen, Ms J Lancaster, Lydia Ye, Maggie Ma, Christa Jeyasingam, Sophia Correia, Vera Papaluca, Ella Le, Clara Southwood, Stephanie Elâ€™Atrache, Rachael Ming, Alisha Ji-Lee, Lucia Cicinelli, Zara Nicholias, Arabella Kuo, Lily Sugianto, Joanna Gao, Peta Bianchi-Howden, Ms C Dougherty, Mr D Finlay THIRD ROW Violet Le, Mariette Karam, Stephanie Phong, Avery Koh, Imogen Wong, Liesl Wong, Liana Wai, Avnika Kandala, Claudia Beattie, Megan Kuit, Grace Zhao, Mikayla Woon, Isabella Munoz, Imogen Sutton, Francesca Masters, Sienna Munoz FOURTH ROW Mrs J Tanevski, Miss S Edwards, Kristella Miltiades, Milla Papaluca, Matilda Dugan, Cheylene Leung, Evelyn Gogos, Eve Ireland, Luella Farah, Rebecca Gao, Elizabeth Faraj, Charla Howard, Emma Sugianto, Sienna Clark, Eleanor McKeough, Gabriella Ayad, Adelaide Akers, Mrs S Clark, Ms E Astle FIFTH ROW Julia Zarlenga, Isabella Correia, Lulu Habibullah, Yolanda Dolenac, Maalika Chalak, Ashley Denton, Haegan Sitou, Tessa Britton, Anisha Sivagurunathan, Grace Kuman, Angelina Xu, Sara Placanica, Anna Obaid, Sacha Jeyasingam ABSENT Gloria Chen, Emily Duong, Jessica Fichera, Isabella Horvath, Zara Stewart, Vy Truong
SS BO OR AL EE FRONT ROW Tulasi Kanani, Jenaan Rajani, Madura Gaikaiwari, Ms S Huang, Mr B Salakas, Ms F Cassidy, Gabrielle Giannakos, Ms T Getts, Chloe Gentle, Ms K Brand, Ms R Willemsen, Ms K Laidsaar, Safiyyah Rauf, Zahli Harris, Katelyn Tu SECOND ROW Emily Phong, Sophia Malas, Isabella Kristallis, Cara Britton, Grace Scanlon, Rashi Dhamala, Dwaraka Raguparan, Jasmine Stavros, Madison Clemens, Dahlia Issmail, Isabel McKeough, Riley Chantler, Mia Eker, Elizabeth Wilkie, Megan Ebel, Tascha Ireland, Chantelle Wan THIRD ROW Jade Di Girolamo, Ella Tanner-Black, Matilda Banfield, Olivia Chapman, Laryssa Latt, Annabelle Banfield, Pascale Simington, Briar Campbell, Maia Sullivan, Dakota Sinozic, Indigo Devlin, Charlotte Trieu, Helena Panos, Jaiden Sinozic, Sally Obaid, Lucinda Winlaw FOURTH ROW Freya Dâ€™Mello, Laura Cincotta, Chanel Boudib, Mei Wong, Tianka Parapuram, Mikaela Nguyen, Sophie Reid, Tara Gentle, Isabella Chapman, Cienna Dent, Natalia Giannakos, Lily Scanlon, Uma Barrett, Aimee Chau, Kirsten Dao FIFTH ROW Tiara Huynh, Tiahna Sortwell, Natalie Sorial, Caitlin Fitch, Gabrielle Cadena, Amy Yarrow, Jana Kabbara, Airlie Cullen, Lily Rodgers, Katerina Malafouris, Eleni Kaloterakis, Sophia Wang, Emily Huynh, Jessica Kuo, Emily Eker SIXTH ROW Lucy Edwards, Kayley Macgonigal, Stephanie Kalamvokis, Jasmin Fitch, Ellena Hartzenberg, Olivia Winlaw, Nicola Yarrow, Olivia Tanevski, Kate Baker, Beth Balas, Holly Herden, Emma Webb, Gemma Sorial, Nancy Faraj ABSENT Vanessa Nguyen, Lucy Vu, Himani Gupta, Zoe Scoufis, Nese Sirikci
JS CH UR UN GA FRONT ROW Poppy Frederick, Genevieve Nguyen, Eloise Dastyari, Averie Ling, Sienna Khouzame, Hannah Girgis, Taylor Bakir, Shiloh Gao, Chloe Zheng, Anaahat Kahlon, Sateni Shoaib, Chelsey Gao, Rosanna Tsoi, Tara Siddarth, Katherine Zhai, Eve Hutchison, Audrey Henderson, Chloe Huang, Annabella Xiang SECOND ROW Ms E Rhodes, Ms S Blanche, Mrs J Gilroy, Olive Simmons, Elissa Chami, Sophia Hall, Hayley Trinh, Angela Liu, Alicia Suen, Chelsea Keomanivong, Scarlett Innes, Jing Qiu, Aurora Sharma, Miranda Lin, Vy Truong, Alana Bakir, Jocelyn Yao, Avery Lee, Vivienne Nguyen, Manjima Dutta Gupta, Mrs R Barakat, Ms J Falls THIRD ROW Halimah Bokhari, Niamh Canadas, Bethany Haddad, Megan Ouyang, Kaitlyn Yang, Taylor Lu, Jiarui Song, Sophia Hu, Elizabeth Ravens, Ingrid Henderson, Elysse Diep, Eleni Giannacopoulos, Queena Chen, Arianna Xu, Vita Gohil, Yik Ki Lin, Hannah Dastyari, Mrs N Greville FOURTH ROW Mrs D Keane, Audrey Boulton, Jade Pashos, Amelia Kroehnert, Tina Nguyen, Ilaria Blanco, Stella Wallace, Mia Rice, Alisha Dhaliwal, Surabhi Parab, Mia Tynan, Kyra Narang, Carina Chu, Jasmin Srisathkurunathan, Tilly Ackland, Janice Leong, Aashi Shah, Kushla McCaul, Mrs M Wyatt FIFTH ROW Emma Sullivan, Hazel Gohil, Indigo Hannah, Ellen Gadsby, Gurnaaz Kahlon, Aryana Sah, Kiara Elghitany, Ze Wong, Angelina Mijakovac, Ava Saad, Olivia Sun-Ryan, Saskia Roberts, Julinar Alshehabi, Diar Kabaha, Camille McLucas, Alyssa Corbett ABSENT Madeleine Girgis, Julia Saad, Angelyn Xiang, Karry Yang
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FRONT ROW Jossie Liu, Elle Kendrovski, Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi, Scarlett Sarris, Ms M Stolzi, Ms S Tynan, Grace Karras, Mr R Coward, Dr J Drimatis, Emily Millar, Mr J Truong, Ms K Roberts, Chiara Corbett, Amy Zhao, Marissa Tsaousidis, Lily Rutherford SECOND ROW Eloise Girard, Armita Dutta Gupta, Olivia Gouganovski, Hannah Kang, Mahibhana Mahinthan, Keira O’Connor, Ashmini Ganesh, Lucinda King, Kira Hodgson-Yu, Elisabeth Bubalo, Harriet Gohil, Sanya Mehta, Sofia Sok Cifuentes, Kaylie Keogh, Claire Lee THIRD ROW Anika Cuganesan, Alexandra Lasovski, Zara Zuccolotto, Bethany Xue, Cassandra Economides, Menawish Asif, Amala Cuganesan, Jocelyn Ting, Neethika Naidu, Alyssar Zogheib, Natasha Sok Melican, Maya Simpson, Mahum Jahan, Sophia Hendriks, Chloe Jing FOURTH ROW Alannah Exarhos, Eladie Simmonds, Sofia Sarris, Liv Morrison, Chelsea Hunt, Kirsten Moller, Helena Lu, Mercedes Ansuh-Yeboah, Emma Lawrie, Sophia Heyde, Amandine O’Connell Locke, Sylie Bhat, Christina Di Giandomenico, Zara Constance FIFTH ROW Olivia Hempel, Georgia Wyatt, Maha Meer, Lauren Millar, Ariana Haghighi, Annike Lindhout, Poppy Yacoumatos, Katrina Marquarding, Mia Burjan, Zoe Lindhout, Diya Mehta, Ishwary Ramjeevan, Natasha Sheehy, Kate Cartwright SIXTH ROW Sarah Moller, Kimberly Keogh, Sophia Russell, Emily Hunt, Samantha Naayen, Maddison Fisher, Sophie Graham, Olivia Russell, Lucy Baker, Sarah Dejanovic, Eva Wright, Rahni Ong, Isabella Collins, Abbey Williams
FRONT ROW Emilia Sarayar, Eirya Chauhan, Daisy Han, Fedra Nikolakopoulos, Nia Immanuel, Grace Trimboli, Mia Licenblat, Jolyn Nassif, Joyce Guan, Sophie Hong, Eva Rocca, Kexin Zhang, Kyrani Countouris, Jesselle Yue, Charlotte Hing, Ethelia Cassar, Shangya Gao, Olivia Smith, Estella Tran, Victoria Cassar SECOND ROW Ms E Simpson, Ms M Cassar, Joanna Williams, Zoe Fotoulis, Angela Thorn, Kimia Ferdose, Dora Zheng, Georgia Sioutas, Mia Coady, Layla Abdelrahim, Svara Mutalithas, Sophia Du, Evelyn Tran, Selina Shan, Helen Liu, Sophia Ghaly, Jessica Lim, Chloe Grasso, Ashwini Kanesalingam, Raquel Gill, Mrs T Duke, Mr M Lewis THIRD ROW Mr E Dunphy, Aleeya Sharma, Katelyn Lim, Georgia Delis, Tamara Abdelrahim, Anakha Nalliah, Chloe Lu, Jordan Vo, Emily Bitar, Zoe Brown, Elyse Vivash, Jacqueline Wang, Chloe Kypreos, Rima Zhang, Alana Siluk, Anastasia Countouris, Yirong Zhong, Hayley Dinh, Janani Kanthathas FOURTH ROW Leela Das, Imogen Bush, Lu Cui, Ophelia Li, Zaina Verma, Sophie Ye, Rose Lin, Umaiza Mahfuz, Yihan Zhang, Sophia Antipas, Charlotte Latham, Aaliya Salim, Naoise Lynn-Black, Chelsea Chen, Jade Scott-Rogers, Ava Brown FIFTH ROW Tina Guan, Zoe Andrews, Stephanie Keo, Edith Hynes, Valerie Tran, Jessica Fichera, Chloe Miller, Evelyn Kerr, Grace Farrow, Jemima Zoud, Hannah French, Bianca Trimboli, Meena Kanthathas, Isabelle Ng, Thea Townley, Ava Roins ABSENT Sofia Callegaro, Maryse Elassal, Frida Yao
SS LE AR AW RA FRONT ROW Evie Papamanuel, Alannah Christodoulou, Sameera Khatri, Kristina Bitar, Mrs R Mackertich, Ms B Cooper, Charlotte Seales, Mr W Donley, Crystal Warner, Mrs N Wirth, Mrs N Tanios, Hailey Truong, Jasmine Wolfe, Zahra Yassine, Nevaeh Nicholas SECOND ROW Isabella Bednaic, Jorja Papantoniou, Te’jhaan Altiok-Brown, Madison Gollan, Ruby Guminski, Olivia Cain, Bella Upcroft, Zara Kilborn, Amisha Khatri, Matisse Liu, Alex Stackpool, Mia Novati, Charissa Chatnantawej, Sara Trimboli, Abigail Bush, Sarina Nagra THIRD ROW Seraya Srikumar, Dalia Alsaad, Chloe Arnold, Athena Nikolakopoulos, Tina Papamanuel, Sienna Barrett, Anna Devlin, Alannah Gill, Milla Newman, Romy Dobbie, Destiny Nicholas, Zoe Proctor, Jana Roy, Chloe Hui, Tiana Roins FOURTH ROW Eloise Proctor, Emily Fitzgerald, Anabelle Truong, Lilly Dummett, Charlie Kairaitis, Samara Tucker, Anika Lammers, Beatrice Drake, Kittu Hoyne, Annaliese Konidaris, Katerina Delis, Madeleine Aitken, Sian Thomas, Teagan Truong, Mariam Yassine FIFTH ROW Stella Margarian, Brittany Warner, Charlotte McCrory, Arya Sharma, Coco Huang, Anna Sundquist, Tara Grasso, Lucy Dickson, Dylan Rose, Eloise Drake, Juliette Beattie, Christyn Cordato, Zoe Brase, Crystal Balleine, Caitlin Hartnett SIXTH ROW Amy-Grace Docherty, Emily Osborne, Sabrine Yassine, Victoria Workman, Nicola Oddie, Alex Harbridge, Emma Dickson, Annabelle Bailey, Queenie Howard-White, Emma Juffermans, Harriet Clark, Madeleine Lysaght, Lana Selwood, Ella Zohs ABSENT Nikki Juffermans
LE ST ER FRONT ROW Anika Springford, Ms S Grattan-Smith, Ms D Moir, Dr L Bi, Mrs R Thompson, Mr J Kennard, Ava McGrigor, Ms J Jabbour-Perez, Anushri Baksi, Mr R De Silva, Ms P Hewett, Ms I Swain, Mr B Haeusler, Ms M Lee, Aiesha Sivaranjan SECOND ROW Harriet Scott, Emily Edwards, Sofia Cvetkovski, Madhavi Chauhan, Claudia Scott, Rachel Kardasis, Vittoria Loprevite, Elizabeth Linardos, Patria Koutsogiannis, Kayla Graham, Christie Ch’ng, Angela Trang, Sanjana Natkunamanickam, Kali Springford, Belle Cortiula, Zara Dhawan THIRD ROW Jessie Johnson, Ella Baker, Maha Amir, Isabella Coombes, Hannah Baker, Laura Kardasis, Amanda Ou, Jody Feng, Kate Cvetkovski, Chantel Nguyen, Georgina Lim, Ruby Newton, Amelia Comley, Vivian Zhang, Ava Dean, Kassandra Flanagan FOURTH ROW Anjelica Issa, Tara Mulholland, Emma Corcoran, Zunairah Mahfuz, Maggie Zhang, Isabelle Lin, Georgia Terzis, Olivia Alden-Hallit, Maggie Wang, Alexandra Robinson, Sophia Pavlovic, Ivy Brasher, Aria Swan, Piper McCowan, Georgia Softsis, Elizabeth Trung FIFTH ROW Imogen Kuah, Anna Brew, Halle Yang, Chloe Mavris, Leilani Innes, Vivian Law, Zoe Johnson, Sophie Ciesielski, Tia Athanassiou, Kaitlyn Flanagan, Sashira Mulholland, Vicky Feng, Hayley Kenzler, Fleur Hamilton-Vincent, Sophie Newby, Julia Varvarigos SIXTH ROW Briana Chapman, Charlie Sodbinov, Liv Sodbinov, Elsa Tonkinwise, Jessica Karabesinis, Madeleine Murphy, Olivia Codevelle, Fiona MacKenzie, Tayla Kerpiniotis, Jennifer Leng, Morgan Kelaher, Anastasia Giannakakos, Sophia Murphy, Sarah Carvolth, Ada Wong ABSENT Mrs E Bourke, Ms L Piggott, Mrs K Schurch, Fiona Feng, Ji Yang Hu, Sophia Kang, Shreya Prasad, Isla Saxena 217
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FRONT ROW Olivia Duong, Mia Jin, Ruby Tzouganatos, Macy Bellew, Hui Yu, Bailey Tong, Qing Guan, Elana Chrun, Ella Rose Zraika, Frances Xie, Charlotte Yiu, Elisa Li, Freda Xie, Lara Byrnes, Aerin Kim, Aaliyah Liu, Nikoda May, Faith Huynh, Irene Chau SECOND ROW Mr C Howard, Sienna Dib, Sherlyn Lin, Olivia Connolly, Christina Messih, Megana Pasupati, Sofia Tzouganatos, Zoe Zlamal, Lexie Bellew, Anny Xie, Yasmin Maidment, Amanda Houltham, Sally Nguyen, Frankie Fardoost, Zara Ho-Shon, Gabriela Lim, Leona Nadarajah, Claire Liang, Ms N Hird THIRD ROW Ms J Avraam, Danika Krekacs, Olivia Burke, Stella Inthavong, Ada Savage, Rachael McGuire, Hannah North, Amritha Ravichandra, Olivia Nguyen, Lola Jablonski, Angelina Huang, Imogen Walker, Ellie Li, India Rose Mace, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Katherine Goldring, Emma Kanaan, Rithika Vinoth, Sophie Connolly, Mrs G Kapellos FOURTH ROW Miss K Tran, Sybilla Howes, Yue Yu, Niamh Johnson, Avery Dauphinee, Nha Nguyen, Zheng Xia, Guan Guan, Sallia Nguyen, Lucia Barrington-Higgs, Nectaria Constanti, Genevieve Beattie, Katherine Woo, Angelina Ng, Nicola Keast, Jodhi Bou FIFTH ROW Baylie Shen, Isabella Townsend, Chloe Messih, Allegra Carlini, Markella Krekacs, Xinyi Pang, Sienna Dodd, Amalia Labraga, Kathleen Chrun, Angelique Houltham, Isabel Garner, Dina Saeed, Lam Nguyen, Gauri Nathan ABSENT Annika Bou, Jiayi Li, Jenny Liu
FRONT ROW Elora Nadarajah, Hope Selim, Ms C Cleaver, Mr K Otani, Ms P McGowan, Katie Papachatgis, Mrs A Conway (Head of House), Georgia Ventouris, Mr M Berndsen, Ms C Aydemir, Mr V Papa, Giovanna Lim, Madeline Haller SECOND ROW Chloe Ho-Shon, Emily Ward, Natasha Whitmont, Seetha Nathan, Alexandra Scherf, Hana Lee, Despina Stamoulos, Gracelyn Dao, Amara Kalcev, Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart, Layla Hamdan, Claire Liu, Dakota Dodd, Yianna Mitropoulos, Keiralyn Dao, Annaliese Yan, Olivia Walker THIRD ROW Bariah Khaznadar, Alexandra Walker, Ella Tomkins, Jasmin Selim, Cynthia Hu, Tessa Tomkins, Francesca Morrison, Julia Gough, Aadhya Dhanpal, Samantha Brady, Jivi Govender, Isabella Zhang, Charlotte Huynh, Mikaela Sitaramayya, Mia Tsaousidis FOURTH ROW Ruby Ince, Ella Tsaousidis, Diane Wang, Chloe Beraldo, Veronica Abal, Hope Mersal, Annika Haller, Samar Taleb, Eva Jessurun, Olivia Papasavvas, Tahlia Hatzisarantinos, Amelia Whitmont, Paris Mitropoulos, Jade De Julian, Isabella Lee FIFTH ROW Tori Charalambous, Lara Taleb, Grace Selim, Eda Haller, Sophie Beraldo, Sophie Walker, Anneliese Sandy, Samantha King, Zoe Johnston, Lola Whittaker, Sophie Thomas, Zoe Trpezanovski, Amelia Chan, Anna Gough, Danielle Dib SIXTH ROW Chiara Moore, Emma Oxley, Emma Suster, Billie Whittaker, Alice Ho Yi Lam, Aleksia Grbic, Natalia Grbic, Olivia Robb, Grace John, Hannah Williams, Tayla Casey, Madeleine Oxley, Chloe Azzam, Jess MacMaster ABSENT Ms J Cilia, Daisy Li, Gloria Lim, Nghi Nguyen, Claudine Talbot 218
PR ES TT CO FRONT ROW Minh Thu Mai, Aspen Lambert, Ms S Rowley, Ms S Marks, Ms O Nolan, Mr B Lindstrom, Natashja Eyles, Mr C Eddleston, Laura Libro, Mrs E Pejovic, Ms B Peace, Ms N Vranesevic, Ms H Kondos, Sofia Jury, Kayli Scott SECOND ROW Amaya Karunakaran, Erin Muir, Amelia Norton, Zoe Churchill, Ynez Liauw, Nehreen Hassan, Clara Janssen, Jane So, MinhTam Le, Kelly Zhang, Selma Ulutas, Eugenie Tan, Breanna Scott, Phoebe Rizoski, Vivian Qin, Zara Luong, Sahasra Bandi, Mariyah Sfarjalani THIRD ROW Taara Kotibhaskar, Georgie Roediger, Lara Varol, Minda Wang, Marlene Anderson, Maya Kobayashi, Maddie Hutchens, Amelia Cosmidis, Charlize Hosking, Doris Yang, Esther Kim, Isabel Baudille, Julia Lok, Le Yan Gui, Maeve Halliday, Ivy Ross, Rose Halliday FOURTH ROW Maddisen Strauss, Amelie Roediger, Rhiannon Macleod, Aarathe Ramraj, Simone Maddison, Ayla Varol, Ana Trigg, Jacqueline Ciofani, Matilda Swann, Olivia Otto, Olivia Makhlouf, Alyssa Scott, Jessica Song, Christiana Perdis, Virginia Peter, Wenyan Fan FIFTH ROW Ruby Mitchell, Yijia Sang, Sienna Strauss, Ruby Smith, Ivana Dolenac, Emma Mahant, Claudia Padman, Elisha Matthews, Erini Stavroulakis, Mei Yan Wong, Anais Siu, Mia Sumich, Chloe Correia, Madita Anderson, Grace Williams SIXTH ROW Eliza Swann, Alexia Lorenzato, Liana Angell, Nicole Lin, Maya Felice, Ella Woolbank, Julia Spiker, Philippa Machin, Lily Smith, Audrey Williams, Johanna Lafoaâ€™i, Vanessa Ryan, Aisling McCreery, Taylor Hosking, Miranda Norton
SU ON TT FRONT ROW Sophia Shaikh, Erin Clowes, Mr C Moysa, Mr J Allington, Mrs S Connolly, Tess Tsoi (Captain), Mr G Starr (Head of House), Mrs L Bondar, Elle Andreopoulos (Vice Captain), Mr P Klamka, Ms C Manthos, Mrs J Ferguson, Marni Simring, Tahlia Jeffery SECOND ROW Misha Behi, Anastazia Samad, Mira Kalra, Lily Simmons, Georgia Duggan, Kate Morfoot, Courtney Shi, Sophia Sefein, Zoe Howes, Savannah Hazlewood, Ada Tetley-Sutton, Aileen Leong, Florence Jiang, Zoe Jameson, Sarinna Cai, Zaz Tiglao THIRD ROW Olivia Clowes, Anikah Sanan, Sarah-Bronte Andrikis, Annading Chen, Lia Al-Soufi, Scout Van Der Merwe, Abigail Latham, Lauren Purkis, Laura Andrikis, Mimi Jones, Ella Walters, Isabella Wang, Ilaria Korompay, Maria Gourlas, Claudia Kritzler, Meera Rawal FOURTH ROW Emily Heng, Alyssa Nguyen, Megan Xie, Sammy Cavanagh, Jade Su, Zoe Berg, Yijun Cui, Danielle Mikhael, Ziya Kalra, Joy Xu, Jennifer Seo, Isabel Leung, Tessa Iversen, Kayla Andreopoulos, Lauren Huynh FIFTH ROW Kylie Becvarovski, Ellen Margaritis, Dionne Alaveras, Sabine Saad, Isabella Smith, Mia Jameson, Molly North, Sophia Cairns, Claire van der Stel, Zoe Clark, Erykah Lakkis, Sasha Green, Phoebe Mullins, Ria Kapoor, Inez Kritzler SIXTH ROW Charlotte Jones, Katie Zheng, Nicole Hussein, Meghana Gopalan, Marina Chan, Fiona Paterson, Olivia Bersais, Marie Yan, Eloise Riviere, Alice Kreis, Jade Jameson, Lauren Phelps, Josefine Ticic, Jessie Phelps ABSENT Isabella Al-horani, Sherry Jiang 219
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FRONT ROW Avondale Thompson, Christine Jin, Ms V Ingram, Mr D Latimer, Ms J Skepper, Sarah Monaha, Ms C Boyd, Ms R Langford, Georgia Dunn, Ms K Drady, Mr H Wijanto, Mrs A Renwick, Lara Bazzi, Nicole Giannacopoulos SECOND ROW Nicole Audi, Magdalene Miltiades, Marah Tryphon, Ria Simone Farag, Isabelle Burnham, Ananya Wakhare, Neika Abdilla Bacon, Genevieve Cesarano, Amelia Bresolin, Maya Lecuna, Emma Guermanoff, Erica Chou, Jenna Wright, Jasmine Fordyce, Elizabeth Giannacopoulos, Lucinda Butcher, Santina Signorelli THIRD ROW Kristy Spyrakis, Mahi Shah, Shirley Kuang, Bethany Lo, Tarindhi Fernando, Sara Kie, Charis Chiu, Lilly Mijatovic, Zoe Westbrook, Elizabeth Liu, Rainy Yang, Eva Telemachou, Marissa Matthews, Anjali Jayanthi, Hayley Ma, Kathryn Shih FOURTH ROW Natalie Cavallaro, Andie Comino, Sophia Westbrook, Zaara Chalak, Zara Poortvliet, Sophie Wilson, Mounica Akula, Jana Edrees, Haya Yahia, Sarah Furlan, Wei Zhi Zhang, Chantelle Farag, Elsa Pickering, Ruby Narvaez, Amelia Glastonbury FIFTH ROW Rhea Gandhi, Karen Chung, Hannah Ross, Noelle Davis, Emily Ryner, Phillipa Signorelli, Cassidy Maher, Claire Wang, Sofia Costa, Maria Stamateris, Sarah Healey, Isabelle Tang, Rasika Bains, Jessica Kim SIXTH ROW Georgia Melhem, Gabriella Melhem, Christiane Diamantis, Gemma Dessent, Taotao Jiang, Montana Cominos, Tiarna Cominos, Amelie Coman, Vienna Durie, Courtney Roberts, Capri Maher, Claire Huddy, Lilia Coman, Elise Nikolopoulos ABSENT Gauri Sharma
FRONT ROW Lana Radwan, Alexia Carisio, Riya Chib, Ms A Maihi, Ms I Smolka, Mr M Condoleon, Afamia Moussa, Ms B Argyrous, Jessica Pizzinga, Mr T Coelho, Ms V Zinopoulos, Mrs S Green, Angelina Le, Mia Rae, Georgie Papadimitriou SECOND ROW Fiona Pham, Jessica Jing Jun Wang, Jade Park, Sarai Rollason, Desiray La, Jennipher Kong, Natalie Bejar, Sarah Pearson, Anna Xu, Samridhi Garg, Sarvani Bala, Tiana Michas, Sarah Pickett, Joyce Mai, Annabelle La, Annabel Twomey THIRD ROW Maiee Hanna, Azzurra Zappacosta, Moira Peach, Jana Mourad, Victoria Grammenos, Aimee Goodridge, Madeleine Lewis, Amelia Jubelin, Brooke Bucholtz, Zara Cathcart, Catherine Kong, Ruby Varndell, Sasha Kovarik, Cassandra Tong, Freya Patterson, Arabella Zeederberg FOURTH ROW Ava Lee, Olivia Wu, Preeyangka Manogaran, Sherry Zhao, Veronica Phan, Daphne Doumanis, Maria Antonia Costantino, Angie Xu, Cherie Pepperell, Mikayla Papadimitriou, Holly Miller, Kaisha Rollason, Elle Tamvakolos, Jasmine Ferraby, Arrielle Carisio FIFTH ROW Katrina Marshall, Natalie Toomey, Jacqueline Flett, Victoria Pachos, Charlotte Pullinger, Claudia Bean, Georgia Beretov-Millar, Zoe Hannam, Emma Christie, Amanda Yu, Shivani Spencer, Ruby Scott-Wishart, Pandora Eliades, Jennifer Lee, Anica Shen SIXTH ROW Lucy Lee, Layla Hare, Ella Allport, Charlie Kyle-Sutherland, Isabella Gall, Rachel Wang, Madeline Bide, Sarah Day, Lilie Tyler, Darani Gilchrist, Natalie Wong, India Makovec, Imogen Johnstone, Amber Johnstone, Tamara Obradovic
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Junior School Prize winners as awarded at 2019 Speech Day for Year 3 to Year 5 and 2019 Speech Night for Year 6 to Year 12. YEAR 3 Wholeness����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Niamh Canadas Madeleine Girgis Rachael Ming Effort�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Katherine Goldring Elyse Vivash Liesl Wong Demonstrating Integrity������������������������������������������������������������������������� Avery Dauphinee Hayley Dinh Jasmin Srisathkurunathan Celebrating Diversity�����������������������������������������������������������������������������Matilda Dugan Rachael (Pip) McGuire Alana Siluk Embracing World Citizenship��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Taylor Lu Elizabeth Ravens Joanna Williams Living with Humility������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Gloria Chen Ingrid Henderson Danika Krekacs The Pursuit of Excellence�������������������������������������������������������������������������� Elizabeth Faraj Chloe Lu Sofia Tzouganatos
YEAR 4 Wholeness��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Nectaria Constanti Meena Kanthathas Charlotte Latham Effort ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Alyssa Corbett Diar Kabaha Mia Rice Demonstrating Integrity�������������������������������������������������������������������������� Avnika Kandala Aaliya Salim Yue (Elly) Yu Celebrating Diversity�����������������������������������������������������������������������������Sophia Antipas Janice Leong Eleanor McKeough Embracing World Citizenship�������������������������������������������������������������������������Luella Farah Stephanie Phong Amritha Ravichandra Living with Humility�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jodhi Bou Violet Le Angelina Xu The Pursuit of Excellence���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Carina Chu Yolanda Dolenac Sophia Hu 222
YEAR 5 Wholeness������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Tessa Britton Elysse Diep Haegan Sitou Effort��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Lulu Habibullah Bella Nguyen Ava Saad Demonstrating Integrity���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Grace Farrow Sara Placanica Thea Townley Celebrating Diversity�������������������������������������������������������������������������� Genevieve Beattie Anna Obaid Mia Tynan Embracing World Citizenship������������������������������������������������������������������������ Tilly Ackland Emily Bitar Valerie Tran Living with Humility�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Jiayi Li Sallia Nguyen Isabella Townsend The Pursuit of Excellence������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kathleen Chrun Anisha Sivagurunathan Jordan Vo
Prizes for Achievement Across the Curriculum ������������������������������������������������������� Chloe Ho-Shon Annaliese Yan Bonnie Zheng Prizes for Diligence in Learning �������������������������������������������������������������������� Angelina Le Erin Muir Christine Jin Prizes for Improvement in Learning ����������������������������������������������������������������� Abigail Bush Sophia Grave Marni Simring Prize for Academic Distinction ������������������������������������������������������������������� Annaliese Yan
Junior School PRIZES FOR EXCELLENCE Excellence in Debating��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Elysse Diep Excellence in Music Performance������������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Sun-Ryan Excellence in Music Leadership�����������������������������������������������������������������������Anna Obaid Excellence in Visual Arts���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Evelyn Kerr Excellence in Language����������������������������������������������������������������������������Gauri Nathan Excellence in Sport���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jacqueline Wang The Grayson Book Prize����������������������������������������������������������������������������Thea Townley
PRIZES FOR SERVICE Junior School Captain������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kathleen Chrun Junior School Vice-Captain�����������������������������������������������������������������������Haegan Sitou Junior School Vice-Captain���������������������������������������������������������������������� Emma Sullivan Booralee House Captain����������������������������������������������������������������������� Isabella Correia Booralee House Vice-Captain��������������������������������������������������������������������� Tessa Britton Booralee House Vice-Captain����������������������������������������������������������������������Anna Obaid Churunga House Captain������������������������������������������������������������������������ Tilly Ackland Churunga House Vice-Captain���������������������������������������������������������������������� Elysse Diep Churunga House Vice-Captain����������������������������������������������������������������������� Mia Tynan Leawarra House Captain���������������������������������������������������������������������������Emily Bitar Leawarra House Vice-Captain���������������������������������������������������������������������� Evelyn Kerr Leawarra House Vice-Captain����������������������������������������������������������������������� Ava Roins Mooramoora House Captain������������������������������������������������������������������ Isabella Townsend Mooramoora House Vice-Captain��������������������������������������������������������������� Markella Krekacs Mooramoora House Vice-Captain����������������������������������������������������������������� Gauri Nathan Junior School Student Council Prize for Exceptional Service������������������������������������������������Isabel Garner
SPECIAL AWARDS Lucis Medallists Esprit de Corp���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Niamh Johnson Music��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Yolanda Dolenac Sport����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Hannah North Lulu Thomas Memorial Prize for Citizenship�����������������������������������������������������������Haegan Sitou Junior School House Cup_���������������������������������������������������������������������� Booralee House
Senior School YEAR 7 Prizes for Achievement Across the Curriculum ������������������������������������������������������ Samantha Brady Cara Britton Olivia Chapman Fiona Feng Sarah Furlan Jade Park Moira Peach Vishaalini Ravichandra Georgie Roediger Prizes for Diligence in Learning ������������������������������������������������������������������� Riley Chantler Zara Constance Lucy Dickson Emily Edwards Olivia Gouganovski Tulasi Kanani Isabella Kristallis Sienna Marriott Sally Obaid Santina Signorelli Prizes for Improvement in Learning ������������������������������������������������������������� Isabelle Burnham Megan Ebel Rose Halliday Bariah Khaznadar Sophia Pavlovic Alexandra Walker Junior Swimming Champion ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Florence Jiang Prize for Academic Distinction ����������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Chapman
YEAR 8 Prizes for Achievement Across the Curriculum ���������������������������������������������������� Madhavi Chauhan Erica Chou Taotao Jiang Maya Lecuna Isabel McKeough Seetha Nathan Claudia Padman Prizes for Diligence in Learning �������������������������������������������������������������������� Dalia Alsaad Chloe Jing Amber Johnstone Jorja Papantoniou Despina Stamoulos Jasmine Stavros Annabel Twomey Prizes for Improvement in Learning ������������������������������������������������������������������� Ria Farag Jennisa Ha Kyra Ioakimidis India Makovec Sanjana Natkunamanickam Arabella Zeederberg Junior Athletics Champion ����������������������������������������������������������������� Madeleine Hutchens Prize for Academic Distinction ����������������������������������������������������������������� Claudia Padman 225
Senior School YEAR 9 Chinese ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Maggie Wang Commerce ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Lia Al-Soufi Dance ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Madison Clemens Design Technology ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Amelia Chan Drama �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ruby Scott-Wishart English Music ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jade di Girolamo Food Technology ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Victoria Pachos French ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Sarah Pearson History ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Zunairah Mahfuz Intermediate Swimming Champion ��������������������������������������������������������������� Juliette Beattie Information and Software Technology Personal Development, Health and Physical Education All-round Academic Excellence The Margaret Thomas Memorial Prize for Citizenship ������������������������������������������������ Isabella Chapman Mathematics All-round Academic Excellence ���������������������������������������������������������������� Natalie Cavallaro Mathematics ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Layla Hare Mathematics �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Tiana Michas Photography and Digital Media ����������������������������������������������������������������� Mounica Akula Religion ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Haya Yahia Science All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Sasha Green Textiles Technology ������������������������������������������������������������������ Zoe In der Maur Johnston Visual Arts ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sen Sen Xie Geography Indonesian Physical Activity and Sports Studies All-round Academic Excellence Outstanding Academic Distinction ��������������������������������������������������������������� Tina Papamanuel
YEAR 10 Chinese Mathematics Religion ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Wenyan Fan Commerce All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������� Claudia Bean Design Technology ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Preeyangka Manogaran Drama �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ellery Joyce English Photography and Digital Media ������������������������������������������������������������������� Kittu Hoyne Food Technology ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Charissa Chatnantawej Geography All-round Academic Excellence ����������������������������������������������������������������� Mikaela Nguyen History (aeq) ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sophia Murphy Indonesian ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Natalia Giannakos Information and Software Technology ����������������������������������������������������������� Amelia Whitmont Mathematics �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Christie Ch’ng Mathematics ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Emily Heng Music ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sofia Carey Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (aeq) All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������� Kayla Graham The Phyllis E Watt Prize for Leadership ����������������������������������������������������������������� Ana Trigg Textiles Technology ������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kylie Becvarovski All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Anika Grannall All-round Academic Excellence ��������������������������������������������������������������� Xinyue Cynthia Hu All-round Academic Excellence ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Annika Lee Dance Science All-round Academic Excellence Outstanding Academic Distinction ������������������������������������������������������������� Montana Cominos French Visual Arts All-round Academic Excellence Outstanding Academic Distinction ��������������������������������������������������������������� Elsa Tonkinwise History (aeq) Physical Activity and Sports Studies Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (aeq) All-round Academic Excellence Outstanding Academic Distinction ����������������������������������������������������������������� Vanessa Ryan
Senior School YEAR 11
PRIZES FOR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Business Management All-round Academic Excellence ����������������������������������������������������������������� Alexia Lorenzato Dance ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Tiarna Cominos English Literature ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Isabelle Tang French B Sports Exercise and Health Science ��������������������������������������������������������������� Ruby Guminski Geography All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Annie Chen Italian ab initio �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Halle Yang Japanese ab initio Mathematical Studies SL ������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jessica Kim Mathematics SL Physics ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Eden Cheng Music ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Cherie Pepperell Theatre ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jiveneshwari Govender Visual Arts ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Madeleine Oxley All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Jasmin Selim All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Daisy Zheng Biology History Psychology All-round Academic Excellence Dux of Year 11 IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) ������������������������������������������������������ Ariana Haghighi Chemistry Chinese B Economics Mathematics HL All-round Academic Excellence Dux of Year 11 IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) �������������������������������������������������������� Ruiming Yang
PRIZES FOR PRELIMINARY HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE Biology All-round Academic Excellence ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Eva Wright Business Studies Economics All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Xu (Marie) Yan Dance Studies of Religion 1 ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sofia Costa Design and Technology ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Samantha Naayen Drama Studies of Religion 2 ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Ellena Hartzenberg Entertainment J & N Murphy Memorial Prize for Music 2 ����������������������������������������������������� Veronikah McClelland Geography �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ella Woolbank Harvard Book Prize All-round Academic Excellence ���������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Papasavvas Indonesian Continuers All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Samara Tucker Intermediate Athletics Champion ��������������������������������������������������������������� Morgan Kelaher Japanese Beginners ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Joy Zhang Mathematics Advanced Meryl Hilda Wright Award in Food Technology ������������������������������������������������������������ Sara Kie Mathematics Extension 1 (aeq) �������������������������������������������������������������������� Aimee Chau Mathematics Standard ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Jessica MacMaster Music 1 All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Anika Lammers Personal Development, Health and Physical Education ������������������������������������������������ Philippa Machin Physics All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Jessica Song Senior Swimming Champion ����������������������������������������������������������������� Tashjan Managreve The Aldyth Deer Memorial Prize for Visual Arts ������������������������������������������������������ Sarah Dejanovic The Judith Olive Stephen Prize for Preliminary English Extension ��������������������������������������������� Hazel Sung Thea Notaras Memorial Prize for Textiles and Design �������������������������������������������������� Amelie Coman All-round Academic Excellence �������������������������������������������������������������������� Eugenie Tan English Advanced (aeq) All-round Academic Excellence Runner-up to Dux of Year 11 HSC Candidature ������������������������������������������������������� Veronica Abal Ancient History Chemistry English Advanced (aeq) Mathematics Extension 1 (aeq) Modern History All-round Academic Excellence Dux of Year 11 HSC Candidature ��������������������������������������������������������������� Charlie Kairaitis 229
Senior School YEAR 12
PRIZES FOR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Biology ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Yijun Cui Business Management (aeq) ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Jessica Kuo Business Management (aeq) ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Julia Spiker Creativity, Activity and Service ������������������������������������������������������������ Cassandra Economides Dance �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Capri Maher Italian ab initio ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Lydia Todoroska Mathematics SL All-round Academic Excellence ���������������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Wu Music �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Charis Chiu Senior Athletics Champion���������������������������������������������������������������������� Chloe Gentle Theatre �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Diya Mehta Chemistry Economics French History Theory of Knowledge All-round Academic Excellence Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) ����������������������������������������������� Ruihan (Rachel) Wang English Geography Mathematical Studies SL Psychology All-round Academic Excellence Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) ��������������������������������������������������� Annike Lindhout Mathematics HL Physics All-round Academic Excellence Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) ������������������������������������������������������� Vicky Feng Visual Arts All-round Academic Excellence Dux of MLC School IB Diploma Candidature (aeq) ��������������������������������������������������� Katrina Marshall
PRIZES FOR HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE Biology ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Alex Harbridge Business Studies ������������������������������������������������������������������������� Katerina Malafouris Dance ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Georgia Softsis Design and Technology ����������������������������������������������������������������������� Madeline Bide Drama ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sophie Newby Economics ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Robb English Advanced Geography Industrial Technology All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������� Zoe Lindhout English as a Second Language ������������������������������������������������������������������� Shirley Kuang Entertainment ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Crystal Warner French Continuers Human Services – Nursing Mathematics Software Design and Development ����������������������������������������������������������������� Eva Jessurun Indonesian Music 2 ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Gabrielle Giannakos Japanese Beginners ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Amanda Yu Mathematics Extension 1 Physics All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������� Virginia Peter Mathematics Standard ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Cain Music 1 ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Yoonju (Jasmine) Cho Personal Development, Health and Physical Education �������������������������������������������������� Desiree Miller Science Extension Dr Denise Cole Prize for Science ������������������������������������������������������������������� Lily Rodgers Textiles and Design All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Matilda Swann Visual Arts All-round Academic Excellence ����������������������������������������������������������������� Christiana Perdis All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Sophie Graham All-round Academic Excellence ������������������������������������������������������������������ Elizabeth Trung Chemistry Mathematics Extension 2 All-round Academic Excellence Runner-up to Dux of MLC School HSC Candidature ��������������������������������������������������� Alyssa Nguyen Ancient History English Extension 1 History Extension Modern History The Jennifer Carr (Grant) Memorial Prize for English Extension 2 All-round Academic Excellence The George Lane Prize for Dux of MLC School HSC Candidature ����������������������������������������� Charlotte Seales 231
Senior School SPECIAL AWARDS Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Gold Award ������������������������������������������������������ Madeline Bide Sarah Day Cassandra Economides Natashja Eyles Gabrielle Giannakos Chloe Gentle Grace Gilmore Aleksia Grbic Emily Huynh Tiara Huynh Stephanie Kalamvokis Jessica Kuo Isabella Leighton Zoe Lindhout Capri Maher Katrina Marshall Diya Mehta Samantha Naayen (Year 11) Olivia Otto Virginia Peter Laura Sutherland Eva Telemachou (Year 11) Lok (Tess) Tsoi Georgia Ventouris Rachel Wang Ella Woolbank (Year 11) C.R. Warne Prize for Sportsmanship and Proficiency in Sport ���������������������������������������������� Desiree Miller Kareen Healy Memorial All-Rounder Sports Award ������������������������������������������� Samantha Naayen (Year 11) Nicole Horton Prize for the Players’ Player ������������������������������������������������������������� Olivia Cain The Joyce Denning Memorial Prize for Tennis ������������������������������������������������� Julia (Pelagia) Varvarigos MLC School Blue for Sport ������������������������������������������������������������������ Imogen Greenslade MLC School Blue for Music ����������������������������������������������������������������������� Charis Chiu Clara Janssen A.N.P. Award for Diversity and Inclusion ��������������������������������������������������� Kate Cartwright (Year 11) The King Constantine Medal – Round Square ���������������������������������������������������������� Diya Mehta Caltex Best All-Rounder Award ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Vicky Feng Helen Bagley Memorial Medal for Achievement, Generosity and Citizenship �������������������������������������� Yijun Cui George Brown Prize for Leadership ������������������������������������������������������������������ Jessica Kuo OGU Prize for Scholarship, Sportsmanship and Leadership ������������������������������������������������ Capri Maher
SPECIAL AWARDS Highest Score Trophy for House Champion Events ���������������������������������������������������� Prescott House The G.A. Davey Cup for Highest Overall Score in House Competition �������������������������������������� Booralee House We acknowledge students who have been educated at MLC School from Kindergarten to Year 12: Elle Andreopoulos
Class of 2018 Assembly for Excellence in Academic Achievement On 13 February, the Class of 2018 Academic High Achievers were welcomed back for the inaugural event, Assembly for Excellence in Academic Achievement. The event is to recognise and honour the high achievers from the graduating class, and was attended by Senior girls and staff. Those recognised included girls with nominations and selections for the creative and performing arts, top bands and first in subject at MLC School and ATARs over 98. The Reverend Dr Charles J. Prescott Medal is awarded to the students who attain the highest university entrance score (ATAR), and was the highest accolade of the day. This year, we had joint winners – Anna Michael and Ashley Oliver-Sjahry, both of whom achieved an ATAR of 99.95.
NOMINATION IN THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Students in the creative and performing arts areas of Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Design & Technology are acknowledged in the Higher School Certificate examination process by being nominated for inclusion in a variety of public shows and exhibitions. NOMINATIONS ARTEXPRESS (Visual Arts)����������������������������������������������������������������������� Xue (Judy) Lin Callback (Dance)������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Natalie Lin Ella Makovec Encore (Music)���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Seo (Celine) Kang Jane Liu InTech (Industrial Technology)����������������������������������������������������������������� Hanna Woodward OnSTAGE (Drama)��������������������������������������������������������������������� Mia Boursiani-Lawrence Eva Gouganovski Asena Gunduz Seo (Celine) Kang MacKenzie McCowan Ava Tsaousidis
ACCEPTED OnSTAGE (Drama)������������������������������������������������������������������������ Stella Kochanowicz 234
EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR SUBJECT
An Excellence in Academic Achievement Award for Subject is awarded to girls who achieved the top Band (Higher School Certificate Band 6 or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Band 7) and came first in the MLC School cohort after the final examinations. HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE Ancient History Mathematics Extension 2�����������������������������������������������������������������������Josephine Lam Biology Chemistry English as a Second Language Physics���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Yizhou (Tina) Gong Business Studies������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Sarah Cooper Chinese Continuers����������������������������������������������������������������������������Sabrina Lowe Chemistry English Advanced Music 2 Physics���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jane Liu Dance����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Natalie Lin Dance Textiles and Design���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ella Makovec Drama English Advanced������������������������������������������������������������������������MacKenzie McCowan English Advanced��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Rita Cammaroto English Advanced English Extension 1 �������������������������������������������������������������������������� Veronika Males English as a Second Language Mathematics Extension 1������������������������������������������������������������������� Bianca Weng Io Lok English Extension 2 ������������������������������������������������������������������������� Atoufa Mohanna Entertainment����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Isabella Lasovski Entertainment�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Anthea Trent Food Technology���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Mia Ryan French Continuers Modern History����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Alyssa Filippoff Industrial Technology����������������������������������������������������������������������� Hanna Woodward Mathematics General���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Amy Clarke Mathematics������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Malia Crawford Music Extension��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Seo (Celine) Kang Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)��������������������������������������������� Michelle Law Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)�������������������������������������������� Georgia Pollitt Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)�������������������������������������������� Ava Tsaousidis Visual Arts���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Tina Liu
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Biology HL English A Literature HL French B HL Italian ab initio��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Klara Zhao Biology SL Business Management HL Theatre HL�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Swathi Ilanko Chemistry HL Economics SL English A Literature HL French B SL Mathematics HL Physics SL������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Ashley Oliver-Sjahry Chemistry SL Dance HL Economics HL Mathematics SL������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Anna Michael English A Literature HL��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Monique Li English A Literature SL������������������������������������������������������������������������Georgia Bowrey French B SL Psychology������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Anastasia Kennett Japanese ab initio�������������������������������������������������������������������������Chuhua (Joyce) Lin Japanese ab initio����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Yasmin Mills Mathematical Studies Theory of Knowledge���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sarah Chou Music HL�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Fiona Lee Theatre SL������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Katia Matar Visual Arts HL�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Nancy Wang
EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE
Tertiary Admissions Rank of 98 or more in the Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. 1 Ì Emmeline Booth
Ì Josephine Lam
Ì Madeleine Sherbon
Ì Georgia Bowrey
Ì Monique Li
Ì Amy Song
Ì Hannah Chau
Ì Jane Liu
Ì Jennifer Tang
Ì Sarah Chou
Ì Katia Matar
Ì Nancy Wang
Ì Sherrie Chung
Ì Anna Michael
Ì Klara Zhao
Ì Yizhou (Tina) Gong
Ì Ashley Oliver-Sjahry
Ì Swathi Ilanko
Ì Jaya Ong
The above list may not be a full representation of this achievement. MLC School is reliant on the Year 12 2018 cohort to provide their ATAR result, as the information is not made public or provided to the School.
School Roll Pre-Kindergarten Alev Brennan Henrietta Britton Freyja Caldon Laura Chang Moyi Chen Olivia Cheng Le Chan Gui Chuchu Huang Amelia Ko Hayley Lam Caitlyn Law Amelia Lee Charlotte Lim Miao Miao Liu Leah Maidment Avni Narang Vaani Narang Leonie Nguyen Skye Nguyen Sienna Nguyen Peita Nikolakopoulos Eloise Qiu Isabella Rocca Leanna Shen Ariya Sundaraj Avianna Tanios Anushkaa Thadani Bonnie Tong Caitlyn Wong Amanda Zhang Meirun Wu
Kindergarten Scarlet Akers Annika Arul Macy Bellew Peta Bianchi-Howden Annika Bou Lara Byrnes Victoria Cassar Elissa Chami Irene Chau Eirya Chauhan Elana Chrun Catherine Coorey Kyrani Countouris Eloise Dastyari Sienna Dib Olivia Duong Poppy Frederick
Shangya Gao Hannah Girgis Niamh Gorman Joyce Guan Daisy Han Audrey Henderson Elizabeth Horvath Chloe Huang Eve Hutchison Nia Immanuel Yue (Jeselle) Jiao Mia Jin Sienna Khouzame Emily Leung Mia Li Averie Ling Aaliyah Liu Nikoda May Jolyn Nassif Shantelle Nguyen Genevieve Nguyen Vera Papaluca Tara Siddarth Georgia Sioutas Olivia Smith Clara Southwood Lily Sugianto Bailey Tong Estella Tran Grace Trimboli Ruby Tzouganatos Victoria Xuyi Wai Vivienne Woon Annabella Xiang Camellia Yao Katherine Zhai Kathy Zhang Minghan Zhang
Year 1 Taylor Bakir Gaia Bigolin Halimah Bokhari Dora Cai Sofia Callegaro Vanesa (Queena) Chen Sophia Correia Carolyn Dou Manjima Dutta-Gupta Frankie Fardoost Kimia Ferdose Zoe Fotoulis
2019 Chelsey Gao Shiloh Gao Yunzhuo (Joanna) Gao Sophia Ghaly Chloe Grasso Qing (Queeny) Guan Sophia Hall Charlotte Hing Amanda Houltham Alexandra Huynh Faith Huynh Christa Jeyasingam Anaahat Kahlon Ashwini Kanesalingam Mariette Karam Ella Le Claire Liang Mia Licenblat Anna Lieu Jessica Lim Sherlyn Lin Helen Liu Yang Yang Liu Maggie Ma Yasmin Maidment Leona Nadarajah Vivienne Nguyen Zara Nicholias Fedra Nikolakopoulos Megana Pasupati Jing Wen Qiu Abira Sanan Selina Shan Sateni Shoaib Alicia Suen Angela Thorn Evelyn Tran Hayley Trinh Bao (Vy) Truong Emily Tu Magdalena Volikas Fuman Joy Wei Freda Xie Arianna Xu Lavinia Luoyi Xu Adora Xu Meng Yuan (Victoria) Xu Frida Yao Lydia Ye Hui (Elina) Yu Chloe Zheng Zoe Zlamal
Layla Abdelrahim Alana Bakir Lexie Bellew Olivia Burke Imogen Bush Lucia Cicinelli Olivia Connolly Anastasia Countouris Leela Das Sophia Du Raquel Gill Vita Gohil Bethany Haddad Zara Ho-Shon Sophie Hong Isabella 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 Sally Nguyen Chloe Price Eva Rocca Emilia Sarayar Aleeya Sharma Aurora Sharma Olive Simmons Amara Sivagurunathan Zara Stewart Imogen Sutton Giselle Tanios Yan Hei Rosanna Tsoi Eloise Wong Angelyn Xiang Anny Xie Frances Yi Wen Xie Kaitlyn Yang Jocelyn Yao Charlotte Yiu Ella Rose Zraika
Tamara Abdelrahim Adelaide Akers Claudia Beattie Audrey Boulton Ava Brown Zoe Brown Niamh Canadas Ethelia Cassar Gloria Chen Sienna Clark Hannah Dastyari Avery Dauphinee Alisha Dhaliwal Hayley Dinh Matilda Dugan Stephanie El’Atrache Maryse Elassal Elizabeth Faraj Madeleine Girgis Evelyn Gogos Katie Goldring Tina Guan Indigo Hannah Poppy Hayes Ingrid Henderson Sybilla Howes Angelina Huang Stella Inthavong Emma Kanaan Emma Rose Koeswandy Danika Krekacs Megan Kuit Katelyn Lim Miranda Lin Yik Ki Lin Taylor Lu Chloe Lu Rachael (Pip) McGuire Christina Messih Kristella Miltiades Rachael Ming Anakha Nalliah Yunqi Ellie Ni Megan Ouyang Milla Papaluca Surabhi Parab Elizabeth Ravens Julia Saad Ada Savage Jade Scott-Rogers Alana Siluk Jiarui Song 239
School Roll Jasmin Srisathkurunathan Emma Sugianto Sofia Tzouganatos Rithika Vinoth Elyse Vivash Jacqueline Wang Joanna Williams Liesl Wong Katherine Woo Rima Zhang Tsz Ham (Grace) Zhao
Year 4 Sophia Antipas Lucia Barrington-Higgs Soraya Bates Ilaria Blanco Jodhi Bou Chelsea Chen Carina Chu Mia Coady Sophie Connolly Nectaria Constanti Alyssa Corbett Lu Jin (Lucy) Cui Georgia Delis Yolanda Dolenac Luella Farah Ellen Gadsby Eleni Giannacopoulos Guan (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 Amelia Kroehnert Grace Kuman Charlotte Latham Violet Le Janice Leong Tin Wing (Cheylene) Leung Ophelia Li Rose Lin Naoise Lynn-Black 240
India-Rose Mace Eleanor McKeough Angelina Mijakovac Chloe Miller Isabella Munoz Kyra Narang Angelina Ng Lam Nguyen Olivia Nguyen Hannah North Jade Pashos Stephanie Phong Ines Prince Amritha Ravichandra Mia Rice Aaliya Salim Aashi Shah Baylie Shen Riya Singh Zaina Verma Liana Wai Imogen Walker Stella Wallace Imogen Wong Mikayla Woon Angelina Xu Sophie Ye Yue (Elly) Yu Yirong (Eva) Zhong
Year 5 Tilly Ackland Julinar Alshehabi Karla Anderson Zoe Andrews Gabriella Ayad Genevieve Beattie Emily Bitar Tessa Britton Allegra Carlini Maalika Chalak Kathleen Chrun Isabella Correia Ashley Denton Elysse Diep Sienna Dodd Emily Duong Kiara Elghitany Grace Farrow Jessica Fichera Hannah French Rebecca Gao
2019 Isabel Garner Hazel Gohil Lulu Habibullah Sneha Hasanat Angelique Houltham Edith Hynes Eve Ireland Evelyn Kerr Markella Krekacs Chloe Kypreos Amalia Labraga Jiayi Li Ellie Li Umaiza Mahfuz Kushla McCaul Camille McLucas Chloe Messih Gauri Nathan Isabelle Ng Nha Vi (Bella) Nguyen Sallia Nguyen Tina Nguyen Anna Obaid Xinyi (Vivian) Pang Sara Placanica Saskia Roberts Ava Roins Ava Saad Dina Saeed Aryana Sah Haegan Sitou Anisha Sivagurunathan Emma Sullivan Olivia Sun-Ryan Thea Townley Isabella Townsend Valerie Tran Bianca Trimboli Jordan Vo Ze Yan Wong Jane Xia Zhikai (Karry) Yang Julia Zarlenga Yihan Zhang Jemima Zoud
Year 6 Neika Abdilla Bacon Maha Amir Nicole Audi Ella Baker Jasmine Banks
Lara Bazzi Misha Behi Kristina Bitar Abigail Bush Lucinda Butcher Sarinna Cai Alexia Carisio Riya Chib Erin Clowes Zara Dhawan Christina Di Giandomenico Jasmine Fordyce Natalia Gadelrabb Madura Gaikaiwari Ellie Girard
Anika Springford Amreen Thind Zaz Tiglao Sara Trimboli Katelyn Tu Olivia Walker Rebecca Mai Yue Wang Annaliese Yan Zahra Yassine Suyi Yin Bonnie Zheng â€ƒ
Sophia Grave Felicia Hannah Chloe Ho-Shon Tascha Ireland Tahlia Jeffery Christine Jin Jessie Johnson Amaya Karunakaran Sameera Khatri Aspen Lambert Angie Lan Angelina Le Claire Lee Ynez Liauw Giovanna Lim Jossie Liu Hoang (Minh Thu) Mai Sophia Malas Erin Muir Elora Nadarajah Sarina Nagra Nghi Nguyen Ashley Pagewood Georgie Papadimitriou Evie Papamanuel Emily Phong Sarah Pickett Lana Radwan Mia Rae Phoebe Rizoski Anastazia Samad Scarlett Sarris Harriet Scott Mariyah Sfarjalani Sophia Shaikh Lily Simmons Marni Simring Aiesha Sivaranjan Sofia Sok Cifuentes
Chloe Arnold Edie Baker Matilda Banfield Isabel Baudille Isabella Bednaic Samantha Brady Cara Britton Elisabeth Bubalo Isabelle Burnham Hermione Campbell Riley Chantler Olivia Chapman Selina Chen Ching Yee (Brianna) Chiang Cleo Clark Zara Coates Amelia Comley Zara Constance Chiara Corbett Amelia Cosmidis Siena Cribb Sofia Cvetkovski Ava Dean Danielle Dib Lucy Dickson Dakota Dodd Ivana Dolenac Megan Ebel Emily Edwards Alannah Exarhos Jody Feng Fiona Feng Sarah Furlan Isabella Gadelrabb Nicole Giannacopoulos Amelia Glastonbury Harriet Gohil Olivia Gouganovski Victoria Grammenos
Emma Guermanoff Madeline Haller Rose Halliday Savannah Hazlewood Angelina Hu Chloe Hui Zoe Jameson Florence Jiang Imogen Johnstone Mira Kalra Tulasi Kanani Kaylie Keogh Bariah Khaznadar Esther Kim Maya Kobayashi Catherine Kong Taara Kotibhaskar Sasha Kovarik Isabella Kristallis Annabelle La Gisela Labraga Hana Lee Aileen Leong Daisy Li Isabelle Lin Claire Liu Matisse Liu Zara Luong Joyce Mai Sienna Marriott Magdalene Miltiades Ruby Mitchell Kate Morfoot Jana Mourad Vanessa Nguyen Nevaeh Nicholas Amelia Norton Keira O’Connor Sally Obaid Gabrielle Palmer Jade Park Sophia Pavlovic Moira Peach Fiona Pham Savannah Phengsavath Zara Poortvliet Meilin (Vivian) Qin Jenaan Rajani Safiyyah Rauf Vishaalini Ravichandra Georgie Roediger Tiana Roins Lily Rutherford Jessica Ryan Anikah Sanan Isla Saxena Kayli Scott Sophia Sefein Hope Selim Courtney Shi Kathryn Shih Santina Signorelli Eladie Simmonds
Jaiden Sinozic Kali Springford Seraya Srikumar Georgia Terzis Avondale Thompson Giselle Timperi Hailey Truong Marah Tryphon Mia Tsaousidis Bella Upcroft Eve Vantas Ruby Varndell Lucy Vu Alexandra Walker Jessica Jing Jun Wang Grace Williams Lucinda Winlaw Cara Wu Azzurra Zappacosta Yunqing (Amy) Zhao
Year 8 Honey Alexander-Erber Dalia Alsaad Madita Anderson Laura Andrikis Hannah Baker Crystal Balleine Sahasra Bandi Sienna Barrett Sylie Bhat Ivy Brasher Brooke Bucholtz Harriet Campbell Zara Cathcart Genevieve Cesarano Zaara Chalak Madhavi Chauhan Erica Chou Alannah Christodoulou Anika Cuganesan Katerina Cvetkovski Keiralyn Dao Anna Devlin Rashi Dhamala Aadhya Dhanpal Romy Dobbie Georgia Duggan Jana Edrees Mia Eker Chantelle Farag Ria Simone Farag Kassandra Flanagan Tara Gentle Mia Gerbino Elizabeth Giannacopoulos Alannah Gill Aimee Goodridge Mia Grasso-Nguyen Le Yan Gui Jennisa Ha
Layla Hamdan Maiee Hanna Zahli Harris Sophia Hendriks Kira Hodgson-Yu Charlize Hosking Zoe Howes Madeleine Hutchens Ciara Hyland Kyra Ioakimidis Dahlia Issmail Taotao Jiang Chloe Jing Amber Johnstone Mimi Jones Sofia Jury Hannah Kang Laura Kardasis Amisha Khatri Zara Kilborn Lucinda King Samantha King Ilaria Korompay Charlie Kyle-Sutherland Alexandra Lasovski Abigail Latham Emma Lawrie Maya Lecuna Lucy Lee Georgina Lim Julia Lok Helena Lu India Makovec Stella Margarian Elisha Matthews Isabel McKeough Kirsten McLelland Yianna Mitropoulos Liv Morrison Francesca Morrison Ruby Narvaez Seetha Nathan Sanjana Natkunamanickam Milla Newman Ruby Newton Nha Nhu (Chantel) Nguyen Destiny Nicholas Athena Nikolakopoulos Amandine O’Connell Locke Tamara Obradovic Amanda Ou Claudia Padman Jorja Papantoniou Freya Patterson Elsa Pickering Zoe Proctor Dwaraka Raguparan Meera Rawal Ivy Ross Jana Roy Anneliese Sandy Yijia Sang Grace Scanlon
Alexandra Scherf Claudia Scott Mahi Shah Pascale Simington Caitlyn Singleton Caitlyn Singleton Mikaela Sitaramayya Anais Siu Isabella Smith Despina Stamoulos Jasmine Stavros Maia Sullivan Aria Swan Ella Tanner-Black Ada Tetley-Sutton Tessa Tomkins Cassandra Tong Esther Tonkinwise Annabel Twomey Emma Ung Scout Van Der Merwe Claire van der Stel Lara Varol Alexandra Varvarigos Lily Walker Ella Walters Chantelle Wan Nichole Wang Isabella Wang Minda Wang Emily Ward Sophia Westbrook Natasha Whitmont Elizabeth Wilkie Jasmine Wolfe Jenna Wright Anna Xu Arabella Zeederberg Caitlin Zeilinga Martine Zeilinga Maggie Zhang
Year 9 Mounica Akula Lia Al-Soufi Olivia Alden-Hallit Marlene Anderson Sarah-Bronte Andrikis Tia Athanassiou Jasmine Balfour Annabelle Banfield Juliette Beattie Sophie Beraldo Zoe Brase Amelia Bresolin Sophia Cairns Briar Campbell Natalie Cavallaro Amelia Chan Isabella Chapman Tori Charalambous
Annading Chen Zoe Churchill Sophie Ciesielski Zoe Clark Andie Clark Madison Clemens Olivia Clowes Andie Comino Anna Constantinidis Isabella Coombes Christyn Cordato Chloe Correia Jade Di Girolamo Eloise Drake Armita Dutta-Gupta Trinity Elghitany Pandora Eliades Kaitlyn Flanagan Jacqueline Flett Evie Gallagher Ashmini Ganesh Julia Gough Anna Gough Maria Gourlas Tara Grasso Sasha Green Himani Gupta Eda Haller Maeve Halliday Layla Hare Caitlin Hartnett Run (Helen) He Sophia Heyde Natalia Hollands Ji Yang (Wisteria) Hu Coco Huang Chelsea Hunt Mia Jameson Zoe Johnson Zoe Johnston Amelia Jubelin Nikki Juffermans Sarah Kanaan Sophia Kang Elle Kendrovski Erykah Lakkis Laryssa Latt Madeleine Lewis Hayley Ma Emma Mahant Zunairah Mahfuz Mahibhana Mahinthan Rania Malibari Katrina Marquarding Charlotte McCrory Sanya Mehta Tiana Michas Indianna Miller Kirsten Moller Georgia Mouscas Molly North Victoria Pachos Helena Panos 241
School Roll Tina Papamanuel Sarah Pearson Lauren Purkis Sophie Reid Courtney Roberts Alexandra Robinson Sarai Rollason Dylan Rose Sofia Sarris Ruby Scott-Wishart Grace Selim Arya Sharma Gauri Sharma Dakota Sinozic Olivia Smith Ruby Smith Shivani Spencer Kristy Spyrakis Erini Stavroulakis Sienna Strauss Mia Sumich Anna Sundquist Lara Taleb Jessie Tang Soina Thind Sophie Thomas Natalie Toomey Charlotte Trieu Zoe Trpezanovski Marissa Tsaousidis Yung Hei Joanna Tsoi Tia Van Den Borne Renae Varvaris Ananya Wakhare Sophie Walker Maggie Wang Brittany Warner Lola Whittaker Sophie Wilson Mei Yan Wong Sen Sen Xie Penelope (Poppy) Yacoumatos Haya Yahia Doris Yang Vicky Zhang
Year 10 Isabella Al-horani Dionne Alaveras Ella Allport Te’jhaan Altiok-Brown Kayla Andreopoulos 242
Liana Angell Annabelle Bailey Sarvani Bala Claudia Bean Kylie Becvarovski Georgia Beretov-Millar Tiffany Boungoto Weng Sofia Carey Arrielle Carisio Sarah Carvolth Claudia Catania Christie Ch’ng Charissa Chatnantawej Paris Chen Emma Christie
Eliza Kafer Amara Kalcev Ria Kapoor Rachel Kardasis Hayley Kenzler Kimberly Keogh Jennipher Kong Alice Kreis Inez Kritzler Claudia Kritzler Johanna Lafoa’i Ava Lee Annika Lee Isabella Lee Olivia Leighton
Harriet Clark Olivia Codevelle Isabella Collins Lilia Coman Montana Cominos Emma Corcoran Freya D’Mello Gracelyn Dao Kirsten Dao Evelyn Doan Amy-Grace Docherty Vienna Durie Lucy Edwards Toni Eliades Wenyan Fan Nancy Faraj Tarindhi Fernando Sunisa (Jasmine) Ferraby Jasmin Fitch Emily Fitzgerald Samridhi Garg Natalia Giannakos Kayla Graham Anika Grannall Natalia Grbic Tahlia Hatzisarantinos Emily Heng Holly Herden Queenie Howard-White Kittu Hoyne Cynthia Hu Claire Huddy Charlotte Huynh Leilani Innes Anjali Jayanthi Taffy Jiang Janelle Jiao Charlotte Jones Ellery Joyce
Gloria Lim Kayley Macgonigal Fiona MacKenzie Cassidy Maher Preeyangka Manogaran Marissa Matthews Piper McCowan Angelina Meade Maha Meer Georgia Melhem Lauren Millar Tara Mulholland Phoebe Mullins Sophia Murphy Neethika Naidu Mikaela Nguyen Audrey Nguyen Elise Nikolopoulos Miranda Norton Nicola Oddie Tianka Parapuram Jessie Phelps Eloise Proctor Ishwary Ramjeevan Aarathe Ramraj Roisin Redmond Vanessa Ryan Sabine Saad Lily Scanlon Claudia Seales Natasha Sheehy Kiara Shine Phillipa Signorelli Maya Simpson Jane So Gemma Sorial Maria Stamateris Maddisen Strauss Katie Sutherland
Claudine Talbot Elle Tamvakolos Olivia Tanevski Jocelyn Ting Eva Tkocz Elsa Tonkinwise Angela Trang Ana Trigg Samantha Tsakalos-Stewart Selma Ulutas Diane Wang Emma Webb Amelia Whitmont Hannah Williams Abbey Williams Georgia Wyatt Mariam Yassine Kelly Zhang Weizhi (Vivian) Zhang Ella Zohs Zara Zuccolotto
Year 11 Veronica Abal Antonique Amperidis Menawish Asif Chloe Azzam Kate Baker Uma Barrett Chloe Beraldo Zoe Berg Olivia Bersais Chanel Boudib Mia Burjan Gabrielle Cadena Kate Cartwright Samantha Cavanagh Marina Chan Briana Chapman Aimee Chau Annie Chen Eden Cheng Isabelle Choi Ga Man (Karen) Chung Laura Cincotta Jacqueline Ciofani Amelie Coman Tiarna Cominos Sofia Costa Maria Antonia Costantino Eliza Crossley Amala Cuganesan
Airlie Cullen Noelle Davis Sarah Dejanovic Katerina Delis Cienna Dent Emma Dickson Daphne Doumanis Beatrice Drake Katherine Du Lillian (Lilly) Dummett Emily Eker Eliana Farr Elizabeth Farrow Maya Felice Maddison Fisher Ella Fletcher Sienna Fresta Isabella Gall Rhea Gandhi Anastasia Giannakakos Darani Gilchrist Madison Gollan Meghana Gopalan Jiveneshwari (Jivi) Govender Annie Gu Ruby Guminski Ariana Haghighi Fleur Hamilton-Vincent Zoe Hannam Ellena Hartzenberg Sarah Healey Olivia Hempel Taylor Hosking Emily Hunt Nicole Hussein Lauren Huynh Ruby Ince Mahum Jahan Jade Jameson Grace John Emma Juffermans Jana Kabbara Charlie Kairaitis Ziya Kalra Jaimie Kappas Jessica Karabesinis Morgan Kelaher Tayla Kerpiniotis Sara Kie Jessica Kim Annaliese Konidaris Patria Koutsogiannis Imogen Kuah Desiray La
Anika Lammers Vivian Law Ngoc (Minh Tam) Le Isabel Leung Elizabeth Linardos Bethany Lo Vittoria Loprevite Alexia Lorenzato Philippa Machin Jess MacMaster Simone Maddison Tashjan Managreve Chloe Mavris Veronikah McClelland Aisling McCreery Holly Miller Paris Mitropoulos Sarah Moller Chiara Moore Samantha Naayen Layla Nazha Tia Niemann Mia Novati Rahni Ong Emma Oxley Madeleine Oxley Prerna Pabathi Mikayla Papadimitriou Olivia Papasavvas Cherie Pepperell Veronica Phan Charlotte Pullinger Eloise Riviere Amelie Roediger Kaisha Rollason Hannah Ross Sophia Russell Emily Ryner Alyssa Scott Jasmin Selim Jennifer Seo Anica Shen Lily Smith Charlotte (Charlie) Sodbinov Olivia (Liv) Sodbinov Jessica Song Alexandra Stackpool Hazel Sung Emma Suster Samar Taleb Eugenie Tan Isabelle Tang Eva Telemachou Josefine Ticic Ella Tomkins Anabelle Truong Ella Tsaousidis Samara Tucker Ayla Varol Sophia Wang Zoe Westbrook Audrey Williams Olivia Winlaw
Natalie Wong Mei Wong Ella Woolbank Eva Wright Megan Xie Joy Xu Angie Xu Xu (Marie) Yan Halle Yang Ruiming (Rainy) Yang Amy Yarrow Joy Zhang Isabella Zhang Shuyue (Sherry) Zhao Daisy Zheng Layla Ziade Alyssar Zogheib
Year 12 Madeleine Aitken Elle Andreopoulos Rasika Bains Lucinda (Lucy) Baker Anushri Baksi Natalie Bejar Madeline Bide Anna Brew Olivia Cain Tayla Casey Christina Catania Eleni Charalambidis Charis Chiu Yoonju (Jasmine) Cho Yijun Cui Sarah Day Jade De Julian Gemma Dessent Christiane Diamantis Georgia Dunn Cassandra Economides Natashja Eyles Vicky Feng Caitlin Fitch Yumeng (Penny) Fu 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 Xin Rui (Sherry) Jiang Stephanie Kalamvokis
Eleni Kaloterakis Grace Karras Shirley Kuang Jessica Kuo Ho Yi (Alice) Lam Jennifer Lee Isabella Leighton Jennifer Leng 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 Diya Mehta Gabriella Melhem Hope Mersal Lilly Mijatovic Danielle Mikhael Desiree Miller Emily Millar Sarah Monaha Afamia Moussa Sashira Mulholland Madeleine Murphy Hanna Nash Sophie Newby Alyssa Nguyen Emily Osborne Olivia Otto Katie Papachatgis Fiona Paterson Christiana Perdis Virginia Peter Lauren Phelps Jessica Pizzinga 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 Matilda Swann Eliza Swann Sian Thomas Lydia Todoroska
Elizabeth Trung Teagan Truong Lok Yu (Tess) Tsoi Lilie Tyler Pelagia (Julia) Varvarigos Georgia Ventouris Ruihan (Rachel) Wang Claire Wang Crystal Warner Billie Whittaker Chit Ham (Ada) Wong Victoria Workman Olivia Wu Bethany Xue Nicola Yarrow Sabrine Yassine Amanda Yu Katie Zheng Phoebe Zhouâ€ƒ
MLC School's annual yearbook highlighting the School Community and their achievements during 2019.