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LUCIS DECEMBER 2014

THE MAGAZINE OF THE MLC SCHOOL FAMILY, INCORPORATING COLLEGIATE

The

architecture

of happiness

Adding up to Success • Hope in Action • Full STEAM ahead


CONTENTS How an MLC School education added up to success

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Hope in action

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The Junior School builds up a head of STEAM

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Review delivers Powerful Learning in Pastoral Care

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Dyalgala: Embracing culture and education

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Putting music in tune with the whole learning experience

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The architecture of happiness

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Building a sustainable future

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Barbara’s caring career

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Delightful Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 performance

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Lorraine’s road less travelled

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21 Scholarships

Junior School International Night

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2016 Cookbook – 130th anniversary

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P&F important dates

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Powerful Learning – Years 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

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2014 Sports Dinner

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Year 6 Archive Monitors

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Our Anzac Old Girls

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The joy of meeting Joy

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The Valda Ridgewell story

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From the archives

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2014 MLC School reunions

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Our Values Pursue excellence Demonstrate integrity Celebrate diversity Embrace world citizenship Live with humility

The editorial team has compiled the information in LUCIS and Collegiate from various sources. Although every care has been taken to ensure the information is published accurately, the editors cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies in the content or authenticity of that information.

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From the Council

How an MLC School education

added up to success

People often ask Pauline Johnston when she realised that she could be a high achiever in the male dominated financial world. Her answer is: ‘It never occurred to me that I could not.’ The Chair of MLC School Council and Dux of the School in 1988 attributes this attitude to her experience at school. Her recollections of her student days are of friendships and a very strong sense of belonging. ‘It was a great combination of achievement and fun. I was given lots of challenges and I always felt supported to achieve in a learning environment that set high standards. ‘At MLC School one of the enduring things is an expectation that girls can and will achieve. It still inspires me that back in 1885 when the School’s foundation document was written, it referred to preparing girls for university.’ Since leaving school, Pauline has had a number of significant achievements, not least being the first woman and the first Alumni to Chair the School Council, which she joined in 2001. She became Chair in 2010.

‘At MLC School one of the enduring things is an expectation that girls can and will achieve.’ 4 Lucis

Pauline is married to Greg, and has two children, Imogen aged 3 and Nicholas, 5. Her successful business career includes more than 20 years in the financial services industry, encompassing a number of executive posts both in Australia and overseas. In May 2013 she joined AMP, one of the country’s largest financial services organisations, where she is currently Group Executive of Insurance and Superannuation, responsible for the company’s risk insurance, retail superannuation, investment, and pensions business. It could have been quite different. As a very bright student it was expected she would study medicine, but one day her father suggested she should consider being an actuary, which she immediately dismissed. ‘I didn’t know what they did.’

(Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to calculate the probability of certain events occurring in the future in order to minimise the impact of financial losses, especially those of concern to insurance companies and pension programs.) In Year 12 Pauline decided to look at what other options there were apart from medicine and consulted the School’s careers adviser who provided her with information about being…an actuary. ‘I decided to do actuarial studies because I was strong in, and enjoyed, maths and economics and it made sense to put them together. I never started with a career plan but one thing I did do was choose options I would enjoy most and I think you are typically good at things you enjoy.’

She is mystified by the decline in the number of Australian students studying maths. ‘That is completely foreign to me. People don’t understand that the business world is crying out for maths skills. They don’t realise how many interesting things you can do with a maths foundation.’ Although she did recognise the additional hurdles faced by women after she left school, she is not a believer in the ‘glass ceiling’ constraining women’s ascent to the senior corporate ranks, perhaps with the exception of childcare. ‘Everywhere is resource constrained and every business is looking for the right people to get things done, and mostly they don’t care what package they come in. Every individual has unique skills and abilities and therefore some things are easier and some things are harder. Any individual, male or female, has strengths and weakness in various areas and you have to maximise the strengths and minimise the weaknesses. ‘Yes, it may be harder for me to do a business deal on the golf course but it may be easier for me as a woman to study people in a meeting and recognise what it will take to seal a deal.’ The leadership opportunities she was given at school also provided a great foundation for the business world. ‘At MLC School, girls get a great variety of leadership opportunities. You learn that leadership is not all about standing on the stage, it is also about learning to let others run things. Leadership takes many forms and I think MLC School does that very well.’


Pauline Johnston addressing Year 12

Her school experience also helped her self-awareness. ‘I am not perfect and I think in business it helps if your perceptions of your own strengths and weaknesses are similar to how those around you perceive you. A good dose of humility helps.’ Pauline sees the real value of MLC School as its commitment to a holistic education which turns out women who are going to make a difference in the world based on their particular interests and skills. ‘The School’s approach is to help every girl to be what she can be, no matter what her abilities or where her interests lie. It is about a sense of belief and support to try harder. I am a big believer that most people deliver to the level of your expectations. If there are high expectations it is amazing what you can achieve.’

She believes the fact that it is a Christian school also provides an additional dimension which helps to keep students grounded. Pauline says she joined the School Council because of the many opportunities that have come her way due to her school education. ‘It is a chance for me to do something to help other women which is not just about me or about business and I am proud to be associated with MLC School.’ She considers the highlights of her time as Chair so far have been working with the School leadership on the development of ‘New Horizons’, the framework for the School’s strategic design; the broadening of scholarship opportunities; and putting together the Master Plan for the Senior School campus.

And her message for current students? ‘An MLC School education is a real gift and a real opportunity for you to learn about who you are, about what you are capable of and how you can best make a difference. Make the most of it.’ n

‘The School’s approach is to help every girl to be what she can be, no matter what her abilities or where her interests lie.’ Lucis 5


From the Principal

H O PAEC T I O N IN

I have the best job in the world. It is a privilege to walk through MLC School gates each day and to be surrounded by girls and young women who love learning and strive to contribute to making the world a better place. I like to think of the daily unfolding of every girl’s story and how their collective stories shape the future. It’s a special form of hope in action and it’s a magical recipe for success. At MLC School, we recognise outstanding achievement and success in all its forms; from the fiercely competitive to the fiercely compassionate. Our girls and young women are successful when they support their team mates, when they harmonise in an ensemble, when they challenge their own thinking, when they make their own moral choices and when they choose to be fully present in their learning experiences. They are successful when they look over the horizon with hope and courage. Sometimes it is easy to forget that success in life is making a decision to be present when the going gets tough and to acknowledge our vulnerability. According to social psychologist, Brené Brown, when we reframe vulnerability as a strength not a weakness, we grow as individuals in situations that we ordinarily avoid because they bring us uncertainty:

‘To put our art, our writing, our photography, our ideas out into the world with no assurance of acceptance or appreciation, that’s also vulnerability.’ 6 Lucis

The culture at MLC School regularly affords our girls this opportunity. One of our parents acknowledged this recently when her daughter in Year 6 won our MLC School Idol competition. During the first round of the competition, Madison was so shy she ran off the stage and had to stop, but that wasn’t the end of the story. The girls and staff rallied round, encouraging her to continue – she came straight back on stage and continued. The support she received from her friends, competitors and staff meant she not only returned to the stage she won the 2014 competition. Can you imagine the courage it took for Madison to stand up and sing in the final for the first time ever with a live band in front of students from Year 6 to Year 12. As the beautiful quote from artist and writer Mary Anne Radmacher reminds us:

‘Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’ This edition of Lucis recognises the influence of MLC School’s culture on our students’ success. Chair of Council Pauline Johnston shares our philosophical pathway to success. She demonstrates how the School’s philosophy of helping every girl be the best she can be, coupled with our expectations that girls can and will achieve adds up to success. Head of Junior School Sue Floro explains how our plans for STEAM Labs will provide another launch pad for powerful learning. We are successful when we understand the nature of our own vulnerability and handle the vicissitudes of life with grace. Building personal leadership, emotional capacity and resilience is at the heart of our pastoral care program. We unveil an enhanced structure for pastoral care and

introduce the staff team who will partner with our students in 2015 to deliver these lifelong benefits. We marvel at the richness and depth of talent nurtured, developed and exhibited in the music, drama and sporting arenas and in our community life. We illuminate the intellectual independence and critical thinking that is strengthened daily in all our Powerful Learning programs at every level in the School. We celebrate the multidimensional creativity which is woven into life at MLC School in everything from simple daily interactions to the use of the Poly sculpture – a three dimensional practical artwork that fosters creativity, collaboration and fun in people of all ages. Next time you are in the Enlightenment Centre we invite you to try them out! We honour the successful careers of two very distinguished and long serving staff members, Barbara Rumble and Lorraine Dobbie. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contribution to countless girls and their families. The rich tapestry of stories from our Old Girls is testament to the fearless thinking that has always been woven into the fabric of this great school. We look to new horizons in 2015 with all the daring, creativity and ambition that marked the establishment of MLC School in 1886.

Denice Scala, Principal References Brown, B (2012) Daring Greatly. How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Penguin London (pp 34, 239)


NEW HORIZONS When we launched New Horizons, our strategic design in 2012, we knew it was ambitious. Crafted to guide and articulate our priorities, it also combined our long-term architectural vision. In creating a physical expression of the MLC School philosophy we have given form to our long held belief that aesthetics and spaces for learning are inextricably linked to better outcomes for our students. Preparations to make improvements to our Senior School campus are well underway. As part of the process, we were required to lodge a development application with the Department of Planning and Environment and an independent consultation process has been undertaken with our neighbours. Assuming everything goes to plan, construction will commence in late 2015. All too often, schools start by asking what buildings they need. We chose a different path. We started by asking what kind of learning experiences we wanted, what our learning philosophy should be and what spaces we need to conduct the learning and bring that philosophy to fruition. A series of staff and student workshops have been running since 2011 and these have made significant contributions to the design. We hope to be able to share the imagery and concepts with you very soon.

The project will involve §§ The demolition of properties owned by the School at 31A and 33 Park street §§ Construction of a new building facing Park Road §§ Refurbishment of some existing buildings §§ Provision of additional green spaces Our Heritage zoned buildings will remain. When completed, the buildings will provide the physical dimension to our strategic priority of Powerful Learning – creating an environment for our senior students that accommodates current and future teaching methods through innovative design. While some disruption will be inevitable, the School will be putting a great deal of energy into minimising the impact on the day to day operation of the campus while ensuring our neighbours are also looked after as much as possible. In addition to the daily buzz generated by a myriad of learning activities at the School we have been making clear organisational progress and measuring our success against the New Horizons framework developed since 2012. This framework underpins more than our bricks and mortar projects (as exciting as those are!) it informs the daily realities and future directions of the School as a contemporary organisation delivering outstanding individual results, powerful learning and unrivalled experiences to our students.

PARTNERSHIPS

PROGRAMS

Powerful Learning §§ Introduction of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, to strengthen and diversify academic opportunities. §§ Introduction of Chinese (Mandarin) Pre-Kindergarten – Year 7, to continue to Year 10 to pursue excellence and enhance learning opportunities §§ Educational Psychologist employed to join staff support team to enhance personally significant learning opportunities §§ Year 6 Major Works Project introduced §§ Year 7 illumination Project introduced A Week in Shakespeare’s World §§ Pastoral Care review completed and enhanced structure introduced for 2015

PEOPLE

Unrivalled Experiences §§ The introduction of Educator Impact which includes a 360 degree review of teaching staff by Heads of Learning Curriculum, students and peers to illuminate and enhance teaching practice §§ Human Resource Manager employed to refine and develop employment and management practices and further develop a first choice high performance culture §§ The employment of a School Archivist to bring MLC School’s significant history to life and directly involve students in contextualising MLC School traditions

Serving Humanity Stewardship of finite Resources §§ Year 10 Overseas Service Learning experience launched for February 2015 §§ Solar electricity now generated on site §§ Introducing innovative use of iPads to assist parents and students when travelling on School buses §§ Broadening our horizons on scholarship offerings §§ Parent Year Level Ambassador’s program established from Pre-Kindergarten – Year 12 §§ Governance – School Council and P&F constitutions updated


Powerful Learning Programs

The Junior School

builds up a head of STEAM

Sue Floro is preparing to take the Junior School into the steam age. That’s STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, a new framework for teaching across the disciplines, integrating these subjects into an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum. ‘We’ve been teaching these subjects in an integrated way for some time now, with our Collaborative Learning Projects,’ the new Head of Junior School explains. ‘But STEAM takes it to a new level of sophistication. It becomes practical, real and solutions based.’ STEAM will be introduced in the Junior School in Term 1, 2015 and there will be a comprehensive information night for parents early in the term. As an example of what already happens, Year 5 recently completed a Collaborative Learning Project on how gold has helped to shape the Australian identity. Their learning experience began with a three day ‘immersion’ in the historic town of Ballarat, followed by reading books about the gold rush, studying the history of the Eureka Stockade, looking at the geography of the area and in maths, applying their 8 Lucis

understanding of calculating area and perimeter and using timelines. ‘STEAM adds technology and engineering into the mix. It’s all about tinkering, creating, making things, and finding solutions to problems; acting on ideas, not just reading about them,’ said Mrs Floro.

get to Year 5 they will be using technology in creative and sophisticated ways.’

‘We will have girls using robotics and computers as well as hammers and nails – having a go at things they’ve never done before.’

To enhance the delivery of this program to students, a number of teachers have undergone professional development courses. And to provide the right environment for this type of learning, an art room is being redesigned into a ‘maker space’ for solving problems and promoting creativity using robotics, computer programs and 3D printers.

In addition to class time, Mrs Floro envisages co-curricula programs where girls and their parents will be able to work together on projects in the ‘maker space’. ‘People are so busy these days and these projects will provide an opportunity for girls to work together with others to solve problems.’

‘We will have girls using robotics and computers as well as everyday tools like hammers and nails – having a go at things they’ve never done before. By the time they

She is not aware of any other school which has introduced STEAM at primary level. ‘That is what I love about this School’s philosophy and the foundations


it is built on in terms of girls pushing the boundaries. ‘It aligns perfectly with our philosophy of Powerful Learning. We know that students perform well when they are engaged in their learning and their tasks are connected to the real world.’ Innovative approaches to education are also being developed for our youngest students. Teachers in the Early Years have been working with two Professors from Macquarie University’s Education Faculty to develop their understanding and application of the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education.

Innovative approaches to education are also being developed for our youngest students. ‘Teachers analyse the learning that very small children are doing and the type of knowledge they are acquiring, based on the things they create and the conversations the teachers observe them

having with each other,’ said Mrs Floro. ‘Instead of asking the girls, “What are you doing?” the question is “Tell me how this works or why are you doing that?” It gives teachers a deeper understanding of the girls’ learning and the theories they are developing for themselves as a result of their interactions with each other and their environment.’ Mrs Floro’s overriding aim for the whole Junior School is to meet the needs of all students, no matter what their ability – to provide a challenging curriculum for every girl. ‘In many schools there is a set curriculum and everyone does the same thing. In 2015, we will be working with a specialist education consultant to learn to use the data we have to identify exactly what level each girl is at and then calibrate the level of difficulty to meet each girl’s needs. There may be several different activities going on in the classroom at the same time.’ By the time they move to the Senior

School, Mrs Floro wants students to be able to ‘tackle challenges, overcome setbacks and move forward as confident, creative and articulate girls, willing to take on the world. ‘At the heart of this is our focus on developing a culture of a growth mindset in the school community, where mistakes are seen as an integral part of the learning process. This links with both the STEAM initiative and the notion of providing a challenging curriculum for all learners. ‘We know that learning should be pitched just beyond the current level of performance so the girls can experience that great feeling of satisfaction that comes from achieving something they didn’t know that they could do, with hard work, effort and persistence.’ Mrs Floro has a favourite quote: Life should be a series of daring adventures, launched from a secure base. ‘I like to think that we provide not only that secure base but the opportunity for daring adventures!’ n Lucis 9


Heads of Year L to R: Jennifer Woods, Fiona Pow, Sarah Tynan, Lynne Slarke, Joanna House and Carmel Cordaro

Heads of House L to R: Christina Bulbrook, Jocelyn Jabbour-Perez, Kate Andrews, Katie Wright, Nathanael Primrose-Heaney, Bianca Argyrous, Gavin Starr, Vivienne Migdanis, Prue Pope and Sharon Fajou

Review delivers Powerful Learning in Pastoral Care Following a comprehensive review, MLC School is enhancing its pastoral care program to ensure there is a clear focus on individual students’ needs. Pastoral care is a very important part of Powerful Learning in MLC School’s New Horizons strategic design. The new structure will clearly define roles and accountability for delivery of the various elements of pastoral care, covering the academic, intellectual, emotional, psychological, social, community, leadership and spiritual development of every girl. Responsibility for pastoral care will now be shared between Head of House and a new staff position – Head of Year. Heads of Year will be introduced in Years 7–12 from 2015 to manage the academic and pastoral care of girls in year groups. There will be an emphasis on monitoring

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every student’s developmental journey, with additional support at key transition points. Heads of Year will coordinate and manage students in their year groups within the enhanced structure and will be the main point of contact for parents. Parents can speak to a person who knows their daughter well, who has analysed her academic profile in a holistic manner and who sees her as a ‘whole person.’ The role of Heads of House will be redefined to manage community, leadership, celebratory and spiritual care of the girls. Junior School Houses will be aligned with the Senior School to engender a sense of belonging as girls move through the School. The House is the place where the sense of who we are as a school resides. The Heads of House are the keepers of the MLC School traditions.

In addition to these structures, all staff members are committed to ‘know the girl’ and to ensure her well-being at all times during her journey through MLC School. Denice Scala, Principal, said the nature of pastoral care, along with the nature of teaching and parenting, had changed dramatically over the last 20 years. ‘At the same time, there has been a continual escalation in the compliance requirements of schools in relation to duty of care and their responsibilities around the protection and care of students. That is why it is essential to have an explicit and contemporary system that is well-embedded in the School.’ The School’s Chaplain, Rev Punam Bent said ‘We also believe these changes will maintain a strong focus on the spiritual development of each girl across year levels so there is a shared sense of spirituality in the School.’ n


Pic: Sue Floro Head of Junior School, Gulian Vaccari Mayor of Strathfield, Rev Punam Bent, Rev Dr Andrew Williams General Secretary of the Uniting Church , Warren Mundine Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Denice Scala MLC School Principal, Shauna Colnan Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal, Rev Naomi Cooke, Uncle Allan Madden Gadigal Elder, Colman Chan MLC School Council and Johanna Kerin Indigenous Education Coordinator with students.

Dyalgala: Embracing culture and education MLC School community acknowledges the Wangal people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the School is built. Next time you are in the School you might notice the plaques that are in the Junior and Senior School, placed to honour the culture and traditions of the Wangal People. The plaques are a tangible symbol of the ongoing commitment of MLC School to recognise and integrate Aboriginal cultures and histories into our learning programs; promoting knowledge and respect through powerful learning opportunities.

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN The plaque design of two sets of footprints and six concentric circles depicts an educational journey, one that has been walked in formal and informal education for thousands of years. The concentric circles represent many aspects of learning. Firstly, they symbolise a meeting place – the bricks and mortar of MLC School. As a group, the circles depict the different stages of learning. The centre circle is the individual who is embraced by five circles.

Gawalgalyung Scholarships now open MLC School is currently accepting applications for the Gawalgalyung Scholarship program, designed to enrol Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls whose financial circumstances would exclude them from attending MLC School on a full fee paying basis. MLC School has had a long relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 1942 the House System was adopted and the names chosen for the Houses were Aboriginal

The next four circles represent learning in Early Years, Junior Years, Middle Years and Senior Years. The final outer circle illustrates the endless possibilities beyond school years. The footprints are that of two learners, walking side by side on their learning path. One set of prints is gawalgalyung (elder sister) and the other is narangalyung (younger sister). Dyalgala means embrace – the two embrace their culture and education. n

words, Mooramoora, Leawarra, Churunga and Booralee. The announcement in the School’s magazine ‘Excelsior’ recognised the traditional owners of Australia at a time when Aboriginal people were rarely mentioned in Australian society.

Excelsior, December 1942 ‘It is the Aboriginal people who have given us the names for our Houses, so that the tradition which we begin this year has its roots in Australia’s most distant past. They are lovely names, both in sound and meaning given to us by the people whose land Australia really is.’ Lucis 11


Putting music in tune with

the whole learning experience For MLC School’s new Director of Music, James Allington, music is not only an individual subject, but an integral part of a student’s broader learning experience. ‘The benefit of the girls studying music is that it enhances all their other subjects. They learn things like how to work both independently and collaboratively. Establishing musical links with other areas in the school community significantly enhances each girl’s personal learning experience and promotes an ethos of social responsibility and service. ‘Touching a girl’s soul and her emotions through music gives her the courage to use her God given gifts to make a difference in the world. The girls are challenged through their continual exposure to music to have the confidence to discover their spiritual purpose in life.’ James took up his post in August and has spent the time since getting to know the students and music staff.

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‘I have been trying to meet as many students as possible to find out their strengths and to make sure that the experiences the girls are exposed to are a major positive for everyone involved.’ James comes to the School with over 20 years’ experience as an outstanding music educator as well as a conductor and performer. Most recently he has been Head of Music Curriculum at The Scots College Sydney and before that Director of Music at Barker College, and has worked in similar roles at schools in New Zealand and the UK. He is both a graduate and a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London and his Music Teacher’s Certificate is from the University of London Institute of Education. He has been an HSC music examiner since 1997. He readily acknowledges the excellent reputation of the School’s music program. ‘My vision is to build on what is already here and continue to reinvent

and improve what we are trying to do – you never stand still.’

‘My vision is to build on what is already here and continue to reinvent and improve what we are trying to do – you never stand still.’ James is full of praise for the music staff. ‘We have the highest calibre of people working here and they are all doing an amazing job in terms of inspiring the girls and one of the strongest features of MLC School is shown by the high number of students involved in the co-curricular ensemble program. ‘A successful music department is one which caters for all levels of musicianship. Wherever they are on the music journey, girls will get a sense of fulfilment while maintaining those levels of excellence.’


WOODWIND AND JAZZ BLOWING UP A STORM A concerted effort to provide pathways for woodwind, brass and percussion players has seen a substantial increase in participants in the last few years. Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, Christopher Hayles, said that because woodwind and brass instruments are physically more difficult to play, students had to be a little more mature than when starting piano or strings. ‘We traditionally start a little later because you need to be big enough to blow into the instruments, which means a lot of talented students who started at age four or five are more often string players. ‘Because we don’t start until Year 2, we have put in a lot of effort in the last five years to attract students, which is starting to pay off. The big focus of the program is ensemble music and getting ensemble pathways right in the early years of the program.’

New additions to the music program in the last two years include a Training Band and small flute, clarinet, brass and percussion ensembles in the Junior School and in the Senior School a new instrumental program consisting of a Senior Brass Ensemble and a Senior Woodwind Ensemble.

might be a string soloist playing Bartok or Sibelius as in last year’s Opera House Concert, you need a strong home-grown woodwind section backing that up.’

Mr Hayles, a Graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and his staff of 15 specialist teachers have made a major effort to make a wider range of instruments available to younger students, including bassoons, trombones and oboes. For example, P-Bones – plastic trombones and smaller sized bassoons give younger girls a chance to develop their skills on instruments essential to the orchestral program.

‘Whilst we have had Jazz ensembles at the School previously, this trip inspired me and gave me a lot of ideas on how to set up a program that allowed more people to be involved and give the students the tools to play Jazz and Latin inspired music.

‘To have woodwind, brass and percussion sections which enable us to program some of the big concertos in our concerts is a big deal.’ ‘To have woodwind, brass and percussion sections which enable us to program some of the big concertos in our concerts is a big deal. While there

In conjunction with this, the Jazz program is also staring to grow, strongly influenced by the School’s trip to Cuba in 2012.

There are now more girls involved at different levels in the Jazz Program in the Senior School, which has three Combos, a Big Band and a Jazz Ensemble. A highlight of the year was the inaugural ‘Groove 2014’ which showcased singers from the Music 1 HSC course as well as performers from the Combo project. This performance was held at The Camelot Lounge, a Marrickville music club. ‘A year ago, these girls could not have thought that they would be playing at this level. It was a landmark achievement, of which we are all very proud,’ said Mr Hayles. n

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MLC School learning spaces

The Architecture of Happiness ‘Beauty has a huge role to play in altering our mood. When we call a chair or a house beautiful, really what we are saying is that we like the way of life that it’s suggesting to us. It has an attitude we are attracted to: if it was magically turned into a person, we’d like who it was,’ Alain de Botton, author of The Architecture of Happiness. If the collection of jewel-coloured pods that is ‘Poly’ were turned into a person, then MLC School students would certainly ‘like who it was’. ‘They are so comfortable I would sleep in them!’ ‘You can bunch them together and hide’ ‘They’re great for a cubby house!’ ‘I think they are cool’ was the response from students recently hosted in the Enlightenment Centre. Silver and space ship-like on the outside, invitingly soft on the inside, ‘Poly’ is destined to become a focal point of MLC School’s new building development. Their futuristic design blurs the lines between architecture, industrial design and art and will bring to life the School’s vision of a learning space that fosters idea creation, collaboration and community. ‘The best thing about ‘Poly’ is that it is designed to be reconfigured,’ says MLC School Old Girl Danielle Devery (2004) who is now the General Manager of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) which commissioned ‘Poly’. ‘The pods have concealed wheels that allow them to be moved around. The students will be able to redesign their environment every single day. The possibilities are endless’. ‘Poly’ came to MLC School’s attention through the architects of the new building development, Donovan Hill. It was created by Tomek Archer and Toby Breakspear for SCAF’s annual architectural competition ‘Fugitive Structures’ and originally manufactured for an exterior garden from recycled aluminium sheets.

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‘The pods have concealed wheels that allow them to be moved around. The students will be able to redesign their environment every single day.

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SCAF Director, Dr Gene Sherman AM was so taken with the work that she commissioned the interior, human-scale version that has taken up residence at MLC School. Each of the seven pods fits two people snugly or luxuriously accommodates one. The girls can cocoon themselves away for some quiet contemplation or push the pods together to create a communal hub. It is the chance to work with pieces like ‘Poly’ and on exhibitions like ‘Fugitive Pieces’ that Danielle says makes her job thrilling. ‘It’s fantastic being so heavily involved in the development of these ambitious projects involving hundreds of conversations, meetings and late nights in the office over two or three years. Then suddenly you’re there at the opening, celebrating this amazing installation with all of the people you have worked with. I also enjoy being on the road with our touring exhibitions and the pleasure

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of sharing the work with a totally new audience. It is a great feeling and you meet some fantastic, good people’. Danielle fell into the job when she was half way through a Communications degree at UTS. She was searching for positions in animal welfare when she came across Voiceless, the animal protection institute run by Gene’s husband Brian Sherman AM and daughter Ondine. ‘I started volunteering one day a week. A year later, SCAF needed some extra hands in the office and nearly five years later, here I am – General Manager’. Throughout this time, Gene has remained a strong influence. ‘Gene is fiercely intelligent, generous, interested and ethical. From her meetings with Denice Scala, Principal she has been most interested in knowing more about MLC School, the progressive teaching styles and the fantastic new building developments.’

Danielle herself showed signs of leadership potential while still at school. ‘A lot of my teachers might say I challenged authority a lot … I spoke my mind often and though it sometimes got me into trouble, I generally enjoyed a fantastic relationship with my teachers. You grow a lot faster when everyone is being honest with each other’. After ten years in the ‘real’ world, Danielle’s advice to the current crop of MLC School girls is: ‘enjoy yourself, take your time, find what interests you and pursue it. Have fun. Lots of it’. Fun is what Danielle says ‘Poly’ will bring to the students. ‘It is energetic, participatory, democratic and fun,’ she says. ‘It is a chance for them to interact with contemporary design and architecture in practice’. n


Building a sustainable future MLC School’s Head of Finance, Systems and Administration, Ross Kirby is one of a new breed of school business managers with a background in corporate finance and a drive to bring good operating practice to every area of the School. ‘I think it is in my DNA,’ he laughs. At every point my aim is to maximise resources for teaching and learning for the students. Sustainable initiatives by the Business Office, like the solar panels on the roof of the Aquatic Centre have made a big difference. Now the 396 panels on the Aquatic Centre roof generate 144,000 kilowatts of energy a year which will save the school approximately $30,000 a year for the next 30 years,’ he says. The project boasts educational benefits as well. Science students can access the inverters via the school computer network to analyse and monitor the power and emissions generated on an hourly, daily and annual basis.

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bill is approximately $380,000 a year or $316 per student. My aim is to make more consumption data available on the School portal to encourage people to set reduction targets and for us to report back on the savings achieved.’ The introduction of iPad ticketing on MLC School buses is a project of which the Business Office is understandably proud. It has reduced administration time from ten hours a term to ten minutes and was designed by the School’s Database Administrator, Management Accountant and Facilities Manager. ‘I do not know of another school with a system quite like it. We now have weekly statistics on who is travelling where and when, allowing us to evaluate and maximise bus routes. The benefits of the ticketing system extend to duty of care. Parents now have a record of their daughter’s travel and can give permission online for their child to go home with a friend.

‘Creating sustainable frameworks in which the School can allow tomorrow’s future to shine’

More energy is being saved through water storage and recycling measures as well as sensors and timers on lights and electronic equipment. The next step is to involve the students. ‘The best way to produce energy savings in an organisation is to engage with the users to modify their use of resources and provide timely feedback on the results,’ Mr Kirby says. ‘The girls would probably be shocked to learn that our annual power

‘Ensuring good financial processes and systems results in the ability to continually provide great opportunities, technology, music programs, project based learning and most importantly quality teachers and professional development,’ Mr Kirby says. ‘It is really inspiring to be involved in a not for profit, where shareholder value and hard financial ratios are replaced with creating sustainable frameworks in which the School can allow tomorrow’s future to shine’. n

Picture: Justin Sanson

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Exemplary academic

Barbara’s caring career For Barbara Rumble, the last 24 years have gone surprisingly quickly. ‘It seems like the blink of an eye when I think of the thousands of students I have known,’ she says of her years at MLC School, having decided it is time to leave at the end of 2014. Back in 1990 as a science teacher she was persuaded to apply for a job at the School and was employed in 1991, coincidentally at the same time as her daughter Rebecca started as a student in Year 7. Barbara has provided magnificent service to the School since then, as a teacher, the first Head of Whitley House, as Director of Pastoral Care and more recently as Head of Students, interviewing prospective students and their parents. Ms Rumble began at the School in 1991, teaching Physics and Chemistry and subsequently the 4 Unit Science course for scientifically gifted students at senior levels. As is the MLC School way, 10 of Ms Rumble’s students were placed in the top 15 in one year; Barbara loved teaching senior students as much as they enjoyed working with her to achieve these kinds of results. In 1992 the MLC School House system was expanded from 4 Houses to 10 and an enhanced pastoral care program commenced. Ms Rumble was intimately involved in the development of this program and was appointed the inaugural head of Whitley House, a role she held for 10 years. From 1992 – 2002 Barbara continued to teach Physics and Chemistry, 4 Unit Science and IB science in conjunction with her Head of House role. In 2002 she was appointed Director of Pastoral care with oversight of all pastoral care within the School, working closely with families, students, each Head of House, school counsellors and chaplains. 18 Lucis

Barbara recalls that MLC School was a pioneer in introducing the system of pastoral care in 1992. ‘It was the notion of understanding the whole person, and recognising that emotional, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing is as important as academic wellbeing that set us aside from other schools. We were seen as a leader in the field.’ Her breadth of experience has been important in her current role during the past two years. ‘Being here for 24 years I have a deep understanding of the type of girls who will fit into the School. It is about ensuring that students can find their passion and flourish at the School, not only academically but also from an emotional, physical and social point of view. She says students coming into Year 7 these days know what they want in a school. ‘We often have students coming to the School after their parents initially sent them somewhere else. The parents concede that their daughter was right in wanting to come here in the first place.’ Apart from pastoral care, the biggest changes Barbara has seen in the last 24 years relate to subject choices, the move away from traditional classroom teaching and advances in technology. ‘Girls can do anything’ is a bit of a cliché but we have always encouraged our students to aim high. For example, science education has always been important and we have in the past offered 4 Unit Science and General Science as well as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. ‘The choice of subjects available for girls is the greatest change, the freedom to choose subjects they enjoy. The introduction of the International Baccalaureate doubled the choices for students in their senior years, not to mention Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the TAFE courses we now offer.


‘Another change is the independence in learning which we start at an early age. We don’t have the traditional classroom where the teacher lectures from the front. Students are able to choose the path of study that suits them best. ‘We ask the girls to step outside their comfort zones and the teachers do that as well. I have always liked girls to push the boundaries and to try new things and be different. My Chemistry classes were never quiet. How are students going to learn if they don’t communicate with each other?

‘We ask the girls to step outside their comfort zones and the teachers do that as well.’ ‘Along with this are the unique experiences we offer including City Experience in which Year 8 students explore the stories of the CBD, and the Outback experience when Year 9 visit Broken Hill.’ Barbara does not see too much difference between the students of 24 years ago and those of today. ‘MLC School girls have always been confident, articulate young women with a well defined sense of who they are. Prospective employers tell us that there is an indefinable quality that sets them apart. ‘However I think our girls today are more aware from a social justice and political perspective because we encourage them to be fearless thinkers. They tend to step more outside their environment and have a more global perspective, helped by the fact they have so many opportunities for overseas travel.’ She recently took a group of students to India. ‘The girls have come back really engaged and wanting to make a difference in young women’s education.’ Technology has added to that feeling of being global citizens. ‘We were one of the first schools to introduce computers to students in 1982. In 1991 we introduced the early Apple Mac Powerbook 140, these were bulky black laptops and the forerunners of the ‘clamshells’. And her fondest memories of the School? ‘My fondest memories are of the thousands of students I have come in contact with. At the heart of any school are the students and it is amazing to meet girls from 20 years ago at reunions and know that they still have a connection to MLC School.

Delightful Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 performance Our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 Performance captured the essence of childhood that we value at MLC School. The student-focused performance displayed the Early Years students’ love of learning. We find it is a wonderful way for our School community to see the girls end their school year in a manner that reflects their development, and the excitement of a year of learning at MLC School, embracing the School’s philosophy of helping every girl to be the best she can be. We know that the girls love to sing and perform and celebrate all that they do. The performance was deliberately child-centred with collaboration between music teachers and the Junior School staff culminating in a delightful experience for students, parents and teachers alike. Sue Floro, Head of Junior School spoke for many people when she said it was one of her favourite parts of the year, as she thanked everybody for their participation and introduced the performers on the evening.

‘It’s not just those who were outstanding in their field of music, drama, sport, debating, service or academic you enjoy catching up with, but the ‘naughty’ ones as well. They tell you of their wonderful achievements since leaving the School and admit ‘I was a bit of a challenge when I was at school!’ Denice Scala, Principal said the whole school would miss Barbara. ‘We are so grateful for her significant contribution and years of dedication to excellence as a teacher, a leader and a colleague. ‘There are many generations of students and their families who have come into contact with Barbara over the years and will remember her fondly, particularly for the counselling and advice she provided as part of her role in pastoral care. She cared for them in her typically wise and concerning way.’ n Lucis 19


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Lorraine’s road less travelled Lorraine Dobbie, our long-standing librarian and teacher is leaving MLC School after a 37 year ‘love affair’ with the School. Her career has sparked a love of learning, respect for innovation and passionate views on the role of libraries. ‘Like Kylie Minogue, libraries have to reinvent themselves if they are to stay relevant. I think they will continue to play an important role as the ultimate classroom in which people can congregate for research,discovery and learning’. In 2014, Lorraine Dobbie is still as passionate about libraries as she is about inspiring young people to read. Her career working in Library and Information Services at MLC School has left a profound impression on the woman who came to the school from the world of business. Mrs Dobbie’s MLC School journey began when she was appointed as Assistant Boarding House Superintendent to start in the beginning of the 1977 school year. Her twins Catherine and Warrick had won places at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney and she and her husband sold their respective Wollongong businesses to give them the opportunity for a bright future in music. The position was to come with accommodation in the MLC School Tower residence. So it was with some shock that Mrs Dobbie watched the boarding house burning to the ground on the TV news during the Christmas break. ‘The building looked like a bomb had hit it,’ Mrs Dobbie says now. ‘I was only grateful that none of the 75 boarders had been hurt’. Instead, Mrs Dobbie and her family moved into a house on Park Road so that she could perform duties that included a nightly walk around to make sure all the gates were locked. ‘It took 25 minutes to get around all the buildings. Things have changed a lot now but the area seemed Dickensian back then, especially at 10pm’. 20 Lucis

The rural downturn led to the closure of the boarding house in 1980. ‘It was a sad time. I had really enjoyed working with the boarders who were a mischievous, fun lot from such diverse origins’. But not long after that chapter closed, Principal Rev Ken Cornwell asked Mrs Dobbie to become the school’s first Audio-Visual Librarian. ‘Back then the ‘big thing’ was to record documentaries from the ABC on topics the girls were studying. A reticulation system allowed the programs to be shown in any classroom with a remote control. It all seemed very high tech. I also did a lot of videoing and the cutting edge camera was in a box about a metre long and half a metre high. It weighed a ton and I used to lug that thing around with a tripod to record various activities going on in the School’. Mrs Dobbie became so committed to her role that she decided to do a B.A. in Library Science and later went on to complete a Dip. Ed in English and Drama, allowing her to teach English. ‘MLC School likes you to be diverse. When I look back I honestly don’t know how I did it. I see the young mothers of today and I can sympathise with them’. Mrs Dobbie says MLC School has brought her varied and stimulating opportunities, not least the chance to work with the IB students, helping them settle on a question for their extended essays and flesh out strategies for organising their ideas. ‘The IB really does give you a sense that you are living in a global village. The girls come from so many different cultures and the subjects they examine and the questions they pose are fascinating. When they stepped through that door I never knew what area we were going to start exploring’. For Mrs Dobbie, the most fulfilling aspect of her work were the programs the library initiated to connect the girls with the written word.

The latest, ‘Lit.Gym.’ ensures the students spend extended periods reading, whether it be with a physical book, on an iPad or even an iPhone. ‘MLC School’s mission from the very beginning was to help young women get to university. We have to teach the girls to analyse the content of an article and use the information ethically. That is the backbone of academic learning. Now of course it is the era of the iPad and you see children in strollers with iPads and iPhones. I can’t say I enjoy seeing that but it is the way of the world. I think though, we have reached a new phase where educators will start to question the value of the technology, see it simply as a tool and put it on the back shelf a bit. It is clearly a different landscape and at MLC School in particular, head librarians like Janet Grant have been very forward thinking. I think libraries will continue to be a social beacon and books will continue to hold their intrinsic value’. In the future, Mrs Dobbie’s new path will include work as an online book reviewer. Her family’s move to Sydney has indeed paid off with both her grown up children now prominent figures in the field of music education, working as respected violin and cello teachers. Possibly inspired by their mother’s years as a librarian, they are the founders of a music teachers website. ‘It is a bit like The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost,’ she says:

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.


Scholarships and tours

Scholarships There are a range of scholarships available at MLC School, including scholarships for new students, continuing students, all rounders, music students, Aboriginal students and daughters of Old Girls. For all scholarships at Year 7 level and above the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) test is an important part of the process. To be considered for the Gawalgalyung Scholarship at Year 2 level, an ACER test is not required. For more information on all MLC School Scholarships please visit our website and save the dates below: www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au/page/public/enrolments/ scholarship-information Information morning:

Friday 27 February 2015

ACER exam:

Saturday 28 February 2015

Music auditions: Please contact the enrolments team on enrol@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au

Entry Points

We welcome the daughters of Old Girls to MLC School We have many long-standing connections with families who continue to send their daughters to MLC School. We invite enrolment application for students who are daughters of Old Girls. These applications are given advanced standing provided they are received by the student’s first birthday. Applications from Old Girls who have granddaughters will also be considered.

Although the School has formal entry points, new students are welcome to enter the School at other Year levels at the discretion of the Principal and if places are available. Formal or regular points of entry are: Pre-Kindergarten: Early Years (students must turn 4 years by 31 May in the year of entry). This is either a 3 day or a 5 day program Kindergarten: Early Years (students must turn 5 years by 31 May in the year of entry) Year 5: Junior School Year 6: Middle Years Year 7: Middle Years Year 9: Senior School Year 10: In readiness to commence either the Higher School Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

2015 TOUR DAYS TERM 1 Senior School tour Tuesday 10 February Junior School tour Thursday 12 February Junior School tour Monday 30 March Senior School tour Tuesday 31 March

TERM 2 Junior School tour Tuesday 5 May Senior School tour Thursday 7 May Senior School tour Monday 16 June

Find out more To make application for your daughter to attend MLC School download an application and return via mail, email or in person at www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au/page/public/enrolments

Junior School tour Thursday 18 June

TERM 3 Junior School tour Thursday 13 August

Request a prospectus from our website: www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au/page/public/enrolments/request-a-prospectus

Senior School tour Thursday 3 September

Visit MLC School and experience our learning environments by joining one of our regular group tours throughout the year, or contact us to make an appointment

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Contact: Phone:

Enrolments Manager – Mrs Nerida Coman +61 2 8741 3165 or email enrol@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au

Junior School tour Tuesday 8 September

Junior School tour Wednesday 4 November Senior School tour Thursday 5 November

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Dance, drama and musicals

11 and 12 June 2014 At first glance an international chess competition may seem an unusual topic for a musical, but Chess has ambition, betrayal, romance… and more. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, wrote the music, and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics. The story involves two chess grandmasters, an American and a Soviet, fighting over a woman who manages one player and falls in love with the other – all in the context of a politically-driven, Cold War-era tournament between the two men. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (Freddie Trumper) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov. The musical was an example of performance-based learning that offered a rare opportunity for students to grapple with big questions and explore a variety of ways to gain understandings. It was not about passively absorbing facts but taking risks to process experiences and articulate learning in a range of ways. The sheer size of the production provided an unrivalled experience for our students. The collaborative energy and innovation of the dedicated MLC School staff and help from our volunteer parents combined to make Chess a major learning tool for creative expression and teamwork. All members of the cast and crew experienced a production that was powerful learning in action. 22 Lucis


between the sea and sky

12 and 13 September 2014 The Junior School Musical for 2014, Between the Sea and Sky was commissioned by MLC School, written by Luke Byrne and premiered at the Seymour Centre. Luke combined the narrative and the music to write a summer holiday mystery story. Although primarily a Junior School musical, we were privileged to have Isobel Graham (2013) return. Seeing three of the cast, Ella Finlay (Year 9), Zara Zuccolotto (Year 5) and Olivia Toomey (Year 9) respond to her as an actor and unofficial mentor was inspiring. The Powerful Learning philosophy at MLC School encourages all students to engage with the sophisticated elements of music and drama. Special thanks to our dedicated, talented students, teaching staff and two people in our School community whose expertise was instrumental to our success, director Dawn Martin, and costume designer Janine Tredinnick. Congratulations to the students for two wonderful performances.

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International night

JUNIOR SCHOOL

International Night 7 November 2014 The MLC School community celebrated our rich, cultural diversity at the International Night Food and Music Festival, hosted by Year 2. The festive spirit on the night was electric with parents and friends, children and Junior School staff joining in the festival atmosphere, and the mouth watering aromas of sensational food from different parts of the world setting the scene. A core of dedicated Year 2 parents and families worked tirelessly to make the night a roaring success. Amongst the many delights of the evening were multicultural dancing workshops, games and crafts. Many of the dance performances involved students dressed in the national dress of their

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heritage. All performances and activities during the evening had enthusiastic and encouraging audiences. The girls beamed and their parents and families looked so proud of them, uplifting the performances. The girls’ dance and music teachers were delighted. International Night is an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity that makes MLC School such a dynamic community, and reminds us all that we each bring our own story and history to enhance the MLC School story. It celebrates our community, shares our rich heritage and places your daughters in the heart of the School.


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celebrates

130 years in 2016

In 2016 MLC School celebrates its 130th year. There are many exciting and ambitious plans afoot to mark this important milestone in the life and history of the School. One of the anniversary projects is to produce a beautiful cook book – one that reflects and celebrates our rich and diverse MLC School community. We’re hoping to be able to include many of your cherished family recipes to share with others, and throughout 2015 we will be calling for your contributions.

If you would like more information on how you can be involved please contact the Community Relations office on 02 8741 3178.

Save the date The MLC School Parents and Friends is a great way to connect with other families, support one another through the highs, lows and mysteries of school life and have a lot of fun along the way! There are a number of events being planned for 2015 – in the meantime, save these dates! Principal’s Welcome Cocktail Evening – 30 January 7pm Junior School P&F Meeting – 19 February 8.45am Parent Daughter Golf Day – 14 March 2pm P&F Parents Forum – 25 March 7pm Junior School P&F Meeting – 7 May 8.45am P&F Meeting – 3 June 7pm Junior School P&F Meeting – 30 July 8.45am Dad and Daughter Social – 4 September Junior School P&F Meeting – 29 October 8.45 am P&F Annual General Meeting – 11 November 7pm

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Powerful Learning Programs

Year 6 Down the Rabbit Hole ‘Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol

The Year 6 major works were designed within the Middle Years Programme framework (MYP) for the first time, bringing with it a strong focus on the process of inquiry, action and reflection. The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The girls were immersed into Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They went on a journey into Alice’s imagination, and, dressed up as Alice, set off on an adventure to iconic parts of the city to be playful and inspired. It was truly magical to see the girls in the Botanic Gardens running, skipping and taking photos as mementos of the time. Wonderful Middle Years teachers and crossdiscipline specialist teachers all combined to make the Year 6 Down the Rabbit Hole a powerful learning project. Congratulations to the girls, their Exhibition of Major Works inspired their audience.

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Year 7’s powerful learning experience was the Illumination Project, Rough Magic – A week in Shakespeare’s World. Working with Sport for Jove Theatre’s award-winning director Damien Ryan and his actors, Year 7 broke up into 6 mini theatre companies: The Globe, The Curtain, The Rose, The Theatre, The Blackfriars and The Swan Theatre. The girls developed, rehearsed and performed a series of works, drawn from Shakespeare’s plays: The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The thematic focus was the extraordinary and volatile relationships between people and the natural world – its storms, its movement, its light and darkness, its power, its beauty and our common humanity. The Illumination Project culminated in amazing performances, given by the students in various locations on the senior campus. The MLC School community including parents, guardians, teachers and friends were amazed and delighted by the girls’ performances.


Year 8 City Experience City Experience 2014 challenged students to investigate specific elements of their city environment in order to create modern adaptations of common board games. They explored significant city landmarks and historical sites, interviewing and analysing survey data and evaluating how the people and the systems within our city are connected. In a plan focusing on curiosity about personal interests in the environment and using innovative and creative adaptations of the board games, students demonstrated their ability to think critically and creatively in their exciting and challenging experience. At the conclusion of City Experience, the students celebrated their successes and accomplishments through an Exhibition of Learning at the Karstens Centre. The students demonstrated their curiosity, pursuit of big ideas, development of deeper understanding and purposeful action, and their joy and love of learning. Through this unrivalled experience, they engaged and connected to the city and shared a sense of belonging and powerful learning with the School community.

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Powerful Learning Programs

Year 9 Broken Hill

Red earth, blue sky, hidden stories: notes from an outback town By Angela Geng Year 9

we stand in awe, dumbfounded by the beauty of the view at the sunset in the Living desert.

I looked into the openness of the plains under us. The sun shone on my face, sending warmth all over me despite the wind blowing. Here we are, sitting on the rocks of the hill after a tiring one hour bush walk, The shifting of our heavy backpacks and the flies landing on my sweaty face did not help at all. But here

‘It’s beautiful, isn’t it,’ my friend Shirley breathed. ‘It sure is.’ I answered almost immediately. The sun was a semicircle behind the wide empty plains, shining luminously at us in a bright yellow colour surrounded by orange specks of light, as if saying its last goodbye

Year 10 Enlightenment MLC School explores opportunities for its students to nurture an ethos of social responsibility and seek mutually beneficial partnerships to enhance outcomes for all. Our 2014 Year 10 Enlightenment experience provided these opportunities. Some groups travelled to Fiji and Bali to continue service project work from previous years. Other powerful learning opportunities benefiting from the partnerships the School has forged were offered to students: from career focused trips experiencing university life, including lectures and campus tours in Canberra (ANU and ADFA) and Sydney (USyd,UNSW,MQU), through to advice from an expert filmmaker, visiting the Wayside Chapel, or a two day MLC School Foodies Project culminating in cooking for 130 Year 7 students undertaking their Illumination Project. Students could also design their ideal senior locker, their ideal senior learning space or their ideal senior space interiors with architectural space designers. 28 Lucis

to us. Nobody spoke, as if they were afraid to miss something. The only sound was the soft breeze rustling the leaves. Everything fell into place in that moment, and it felt as if the world was at peace, ready to go to sleep. That was the first time I ever saw a sunset, I know that I would never forget the scene, because I may never go to Broken Hill again. We sat on the rocks for a long time. And slowly, the sun crept behind the plains as if it was never there before.


L to R: Amanda Shalala (2003), Denice Scala, Morgan Kelaher and Hayley Lewis

L to R: Denice Scala, Amanda Shalala (2003), Alex Corbett and Hayley Lewis

Pic: Amanda Shalala (2003), Hayley Lewis and Denice Scala with the 2014 Gold Pocket recipients

2014 P&F Sports Dinner 2014 saw the continuation of what is rapidly becoming a favourite MLC School event – the annual Sports Dinner. On this special occasion sports students and their families celebrate excellence in sport and honour the outstanding individuals and teams including the coaches and captains and their dedicated families who make such participation possible. Over 200 guests were regaled by the bright brass of the MLC School Big Band led by Chris Hayles and the ever sparkling ABC 24 presenter Amanda Shalala (2003) who was our MC for the evening, with Guest Speaker Hayley Lewis OAM.

Of the many outstanding moments, few will forget Amanda’s MLC School cheer demonstrations or the funny, moving and inspirational stories of Hayley Lewis’ extraordinary career, both in and out of the pool, especially her siblings’ reactions to suddenly having a famous sister. The audience was captivated as Hayley spoke frankly about the obstacles she has faced in sport, business and life and how she has overcome these, including a brilliant blow by blow description of one of her medal winning races. As Hayley acknowledged, excelling in any sport requires continued dedication and consistent effort so when the awards were presented the audience

was acutely aware that the girls on stage put an outstanding amount of time and energy into their discipline, particularly those who have represented Australia this year. The Junior Sportswoman of the Year, Morgan Kelaher Year 9, and the Senior Sportswoman of the Year, Alex Corbett Year 12, were given special recognition for their achievements, commitment, sportsmanship, willingness and school spirit. Fast becoming an event not to be missed, we look forward to many more P&F Sports Dinners and thank this dedicated group of supporters for their sponsorship of the 2014 evening.

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Collegiate

Year 6 Archive Monitors Discoveries in the MLC School Archives My project: Sammy Cavanagh, Year 6

‘I started on my scrap book project because I looked through this lady’s scrap book she made when she was at MLC School and I thought it was a great idea so I started on my own. And I put in my school reports and photos and lots of other things.’ Archivist’s note: The scrap book Sammy refers to is one compiled by Old Girl Kristi Jones (1984) from 1979 when she commenced in Year 7 to 1984 when she graduated. The scrap book contains detailed administrative, personal, financial and educational information that give a thorough snap shot of the School during this period. This is an amazing and valuable asset for the School’s Archives and we are grateful to Kristi for donating it . And we are grateful to Sammy for being so inspired by this material that she decided to start one herself to reflect her time at MLC School from 2014 (Year 6) to 2020 (Year 12). The Archives looks forward to taking possession of Sammy’s scrap book at the end of 2020!

Front Row: Madison Gollan, Ruby Guminski, Darcy Martin, Amelie Roediger, Ella Tomkins, Ariana Haghighi Second Row: Chloe Beraldo, Caitlin Field, Hannah Arnold, Natalie Wong, Lily Smith, Isabel Leung, Olivia Winlaw Absent: Sammy Cavanagh, Briana Chapman and Joy Xu

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Our Anzac Old Girls The MLC School WWI Honour Roll in Potts Hall commemorates the eleven Old Girls who enlisted to serve in WWI. The MLC School Honour Roll located in Potts Hall

While researching the enlistment records of these Old Girls, the Archivist made an exciting discovery. Old Girl Elsie Sheppard is the Elsie Sheppard Cook whose story features in the ABC mini-series ‘Anzac Girls’. A presentation to Year 9 History revealed some fascinating facts about Elsie. Elsie Sheppard enrolled at MLC School (then called Burwood Ladies’ College) in 1905 at the age of 15. Her father Michael Sheppard was the Mayor of Burwood in the early 1900s (he opened the Burwood Park Rotunda in 1902) and the family lived in ‘Kassala’ on Comer Street, now part of the campus of the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College. Sisters Leila and Iberia (Iby) and brother Harold also attended the School. After completing her Leaving Certificate at MLC School (in approximately 1907), she did her nursing training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, finishing in 1914 just as the War broke out. On 31 December 1914, she wrote in her diary: ‘What an eventful year! My engagement, marriage (19 September 1914), finishing my training and old life at Prince Alfred Hospital, the outbreak of the Great War, my joining the Army Nursing Service and leaving home and Australia for the first time.’ Elsie was engaged in 1914 to George Sydney (Syd) Cook, the eldest son of Australia’s sixth Prime Minister, Joseph Cook, the Prime Minister who declared Australia would support England and go to war. The couple quickly married, enlisted and set off on transport ships to Egypt in 1914. Elsie joined the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) under her maiden name to get around a rule forbidding the enlistment of married women. Elsie kept diaries during her service and these diaries are now displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Elsie Sheppard during her service in WWI. Photo sourced from www.aans.gravesecrets.net/co.html


On 1 January 1915 she wrote:

‘New Year’s Day dawned… a gloriously moonlit morning, calm and beautiful, everyone bright and happy, and so begins 1915. It seems a good omen.’ Just five months later, as the wounded came back from the failed Gallipoli landing and the grim realities of War became apparent, Elsie would write:

‘Frightfully busy, getting off their bandages & dirty blood-stained clothes, washing them, the wounds to be dressed. Some had not been touched for days. ‘We have got 700 badly wounded men and six Sisters and a matron! Wounded still arriving in their hundreds.’ ‘Simply running all day ... & yet the awful feeling that they were not getting the right attention – simply impossible.’

It is Peter Rees’ book The Other Anzacs that is the most comprehensive account of Syd and Elsie Cook and the men and women who endured war with them. Rees’ book was the basis for ABC mini-series Anzac Girls, which tells the stories of six Australian nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front, one of whom is our Elsie. Sr. Elsie Sheppard Cook is one of four women listed on the Burwood War Memorial Arch. n Please contact Barbara Hoffman, MLC School Archivist for more information on Elsie or any of our other WWI Old Girls. For information on all the women who served in WWI, an excellent resource is www.aans.gravesecrets.net

Elsie tending to Syd’s head wound. Photo sourced from www.theherald.com.au/story/2474103/anzacgirls-the-couple-who-went-to-war/

Syd was shot in the leg at the Gallipoli landing on 25 April 1915. He recovered and, walking with a limp, led a battalion into the Battle of Lone Pine, where he was shot in the head. Elsie transferred to Syd’s ward to be at his bedside to provide intensive nursing and incredibly, he survived. Elsie decided to leave the AANS on her return to Australia on 29 June 1916 because she knew she would not be sent overseas again once they discovered she was married. Instead she joined the Red Cross (known as the ‘Bluebirds’ because of the colour of their uniforms), and was sent to the Western Front. Ninety women from across Australia applied to be a Bluebird and twenty were chosen. Of these, two were MLC School Old Girls, Elsie Cook (Sheppard, 1907) and Lynette Jones (Crozier, 1906). After the War, Elsie and Syd had one child and three grandchildren. In 1945, Elsie founded Grafton Galleries in Double Bay, an antiques business that her grandson, Hartley Cook, still runs today. Elsie and Syd’s story has been immortalised a few times, in Thomas Keneally’s The Daughters of Mars and the Shift Theatre’s The Girls in Grey.

This letter, sourced from the University of Sydney’s Beyond 1914 website, was written from Cairo in March 1915 by Elsie Sheppard to Sir Thomas and Lady Stuart. Year 9 History students Georgina Smith and Isabella Seale kindly transcribed this letter and the transcription is now held in the MLC School and University of Sydney Archives.

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The joy

of meeting Joy

Old Girl Joy Williams (1976) connecting with some of our Year 9 girls at Broken Hill this year

In the early 1970s Australia was in a state of change. Aboriginal Australians had just been recognised in the census, more migrants were calling the Australian shore home and a new government had been elected. This national change was mirrored in the lives of the MLC School girls of the 1970s who wrote about the changing world they lived in. Joy Williams was one of these women. Enrolled in 1973, Joy came from the far western town of Menindee, NSW. It would always be home to Joy, but at school she had found many sisters from all over the world. At the beginning of every school term, Joy would make the 16-hour journey to be with her friends in the Boarding House at MLC School. Joy has fond memories of sneaking out of the Boarding House to steal mulberries with her friends, summer afternoons of purple stained fingers, 32 Lucis

laying in the sunshine sharing stories of home. She shared memories of students taking care of each other, ‘it didn’t matter how wealthy people were, everyone shared everything, it was like being at home,’ said Joy. After learning of Joy’s enrolment at MLC School in the early 1970s, we were determined to track her down. Through a number of tweets, some Facebook research and a series of phone calls, we were able to organise a meeting with Joy who now works with Family and Community Services in Broken Hill. For decades, keen young women came from all over Australia, and some from across the sea, to learn at MLC School. Many of them from country towns just like Joy. And now, every year these roles reverse, with Year 9 students taking the journey out to Broken Hill to experience life in the bush for two weeks.

In June, current Year 9 students were able to meet with Joy and yarn about MLC School in days gone by. Exchanging stories, experiences and asking questions of each other shows that MLC School was developing ‘life long learners’ before the term was even coined. n

A 14 year old Joy sitting on her bed in the MLC School Boarder’s sleeping dorm in 1973


The Valda Ridgewell story a story of reconnection Valda Brushe (Ridgewell) attended MLC School from 1935 to 1944. She commenced as a day pupil and then became a weekly boarder. In 1944 Val gained her Leaving Certificate scoring all A grades with a first class Honours in Biology. She was a tall, slender, well-liked girl, who loved poetry and played sports. Until this year, these details were unknown to Valda’s five children, all of whom were under the age of six when Valda died in 1960. In March they came across a photo of their mother in her blazer with the MLC School badge on the pocket. An email to MLC School Archivist, Barbara Hoffman, started a reconnection, and the unravelling of this story has brought tremendous comfort and confidence to Valda’s five children. They now have knowledge of who she was that they are passing on to her ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. On 13 March this year, Valda’s daughter Varina flew from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney to visit MLC School. During a tour of the School, Varina was able to see the original parts of the School where her mother would have been. She says that during that visit, she learned about the School’s values, philosophy and principles, which greatly impressed her. Varina and Barbara then started hunting through the Archives where they found mentions of Valda in MLC School’s magazine ‘Excelsior’ as well as her enrolment and report card. Varina writes: ‘That night I wrote to my brothers and sisters, describing my visit, and excitedly provided information on mum’s grades, interests, and sports – including her physical characteristics, as these were also recorded on her school card. The school card also provided my grandmother’s name and address – this was the first time I had known my grandmother’s name, or seen an address!’

Following Varina’s visit Barbara wrote to the 1944 Old Girls asking for any memories or personal details of Valda for her children. Varina writes: ‘Well, the doors opened, and we heard from several women who were in her class and knew her, and we learnt that mum called herself Val’. Varina also learned from her mother’s school friends that: ‘Val would take boarders home on weekends to the Criterion Hotel (on the corner of Park and Pitt Streets), where Val lived with her mother who was the publican. Also, that she was an incredible ice skater, and liked speed skating at the Glacerium (an ice rink that was once located near Railway Square).’ ‘Val was most attractive and very sophisticated. Quite tall and striking.’ One 1944 Old Girl was prompted to go through her ‘meticulously kept’ box of MLC School archives and she sent Varina a copy of the 1944 Prize List where Valda had won two prizes, the Form Prize and the Special Prize for Original Verse – and the poem she won it for! Varina also learned from her mother’s friends that MLC School was very progressive, with girls in their year excelling in maths and science. There were other conversations, and materials – too many to mention here – about a dark-haired, polite, lovely and happy girl. A ‘vivacious, capable and well-liked young woman’, one who was pleasant to be around, was engaging and loved people. During this period of discovery, Varina would write to the School and tell us that her brothers and sisters were thrilled to be developing a deeper understanding of their mum’s personality, her interests, her delight to be amongst people. Soon more stories surfaced of her as a young adult, engaging with others, raising money for

charity and totally bewitching their father.

The photo that started it all... Valda in her MLC School blazer

Val’s youngest daughter, now a grandmother herself, who was two years old when her mother died, told her siblings that she is comforted by the information she now has of her mother; that she feels calmer. Varina says she is enormously grateful that MLC School keeps its archives, and to the School Archivist for reaching out to other women from her mother’s time at the School. Valda’s children feel that by attending MLC School, their mother developed principles of helping others, of reasoning with the facts of the world, and of having a deep-seated contentedness with her place in the world. In order to celebrate their mother’s time at the School, the family purchased a Paver. On 10 November, the family came from across Australia to gather at the Paver to celebrate their mother’s birthday – their first birthday celebration together as a family for their mother. n

The five children, and three of the grandchildren, of Valda Brushe (Ridgewell, 1944) gather at MLC School to celebrate her life on her birthday.

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Vale Margaret Somerville MBE (1930) Old Girl Lynnette Ford (Somerville, 1972) has written to us to let us know that her Aunt, Old Girl Margaret Somerville, MBE (1930), has died at the age of 101. Margaret’s father was a Methodist Reverend and growing up she was always interested in missions. In 1941 she became a cottage mother to Aboriginal children living at the newly established mission on Croker Island, Northern Territory. In 1942 World War II came to northern Australia. Margaret and two other cottage mothers, defying orders that the children in their care were to remain at the mission, evacuated their 95 children from the Island to the mainland. Margaret said that ‘they would not go without the children’. The story of their epic journey through central Australia ending at Otford, NSW, is detailed in Margaret’s book ‘They Crossed A Continent’, originally published in 1965 and reprinted in 2011. (The 2011 edition of her book was launched by the former Governor General Quentin Bryce.) In 1965, Margaret was awarded an MBE for her work on Croker Island, and in 1991 she became the first Australian woman to be awarded the Battle of Australia Medallion. Family and friends described Margaret as compassionate, brave, joyful and humble. She fostered two children who lived with her for several years and maintained regular communication with her Croker Island children until she passed away peacefully in her sleep in July this year. Phyllis Fry (Shepherd, 1950) A donation to the MLC School Archives led to the unfolding of the story of Old Girl Phyllis Fry (Shepherd, 1950) and a connection with her daughter Margie. 34 Lucis

The MLC School Community was saddened to hear of the deaths of some of our Old Girls. In March this year, a member of the team at the retirement complex where Phyllis had resided for the last few years wrote to the School to donate Phyllis’ 1950 Senior Speech Day Prize. Prompted by this contact, Margie Fry wrote to us to tell us her mother’s story. While at Parramatta High School Phyllis won a scholarship to MLC School which enabled her to matriculate. In later years she imagined that her life would have been very different if she had not been given the opportunity to complete high school, particularly at a school considered very progressive, since at that time MLC School was one of the very few teaching girls mathematics and physics. In the 1950s Phyllis was awarded a scholarship to study Science at the University of Sydney, and by the age of 21 she had completed a Master of Science. Her experiences both at School and University led her to become very passionate about scholarship programs – particularly for low socio-economic students from rural and regional areas. The late 1960s were an exciting time of social change. Phyllis would deny she was a trailblazer, however the combination of her personal circumstances, working with open-thinking people and the climate of social change at the time, produced a progressive, intelligent and compassionate woman who would come to be highly respected for her leadership. Colleagues described her as a mentor, as having vision and dedication, as being an excellent educator and as a consummate administrator. Many would go on to describe her as a friend. In 1984 Phyllis was appointed Principal of Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne (incidentally, the first university college in Australia to admit women) where she stayed until her retirement in 1995. The

current Principal Damien Powell stated that she is remembered for her wisdom, grace, judgment, care and dedication. Margie Fry says that many themes weave throughout Phyllis’ story and one of the big ones is the sense of community she enjoyed and built around her. Margie described her mother as a decent and kind person who possessed a basic and innate value of diversity, culture and social justice. In March 2013, Phyllis was diagnosed with cancer. She received this news with grace and acceptance. Although her symptoms and treatment were demanding, she enjoyed her last months spending time with family and loved ones, and gaining great comfort from her enjoyment of music and literature. She passed away peacefully on 21 July 2013. Dr Betty Andersen, AM (1947) Old Girl Dr Betty Andersen (1947), who died in June this year, was a visionary nurse leader who left a significant legacy to nursing education. Her contribution to nursing was acknowledged in 1986 with an Order of Australia award, and in 1994 she was awarded an Honorary PhD by the University of Newcastle. A glowing obituary delivered by the University of Newcastle reported that Betty had influenced the education of nurse educators and administrators in the 1970s through her degree program at Prince Henry Hospital and her Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Newcastle. Many of her ideas were shaped by the ‘novel situations’ she experienced as a missionary nurse in Bangladesh. Throughout her career the models of nursing and education developed by Betty were used to guide practice, research


and educational initiatives undertaken by nurses across Australia and the world. Alison Nicolls (Medcalf, 1963) We have just received the sad news that Alison Nicholls (Medcalf 1963), formerly of ‘Yellangalo’ in Gunning NSW, passed away in July 2012. Alison was an innovative and dedicated science teacher, stud merino breeder and a delegate of the NSW Farmers Association. Alison was predeceased by her husband Michael. She was the sister of Old Girl Marion Edwards (Medcalf, 1957) and daughter of Old Girl Enid Medcalf (Banner, 1929). She was also the loving mother of her daughters, Caroline and Rosie and devoted grandmother to her five beautiful grandchildren. Alison is fondly remembered by her 1962/1963 MLC School friends. Cr Melinda Manikas (Mustac, 1993) The MLC School community was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Cr Melinda Manikas in May this year at the age of 38 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Tributes flooded in to honour the Liberal Councillor for Balmain Ward in Leichhardt Council who left behind her young daughter Victoria and husband Michael. Jamie Parker MP, Greens, Member for Balmain paid tribute to Melinda in Parliament, thus put on the record of the House, the permanent record of this State, her life and her passing. At Melinda’s funeral the church was overflowing with family, friends and colleagues from all sides of politics. They described Melinda as energetic and vivacious with a passion for life, family and the community she served, and that

her campaign to get elected and her fight against cancer were a testament to her courage and tenacity. Emily Wong (1996) It is with great sadness that the MLC School community has learned of the death of Emily Wong in September 2013 at the age of 35 from ovarian cancer. Emily completed her law degree at the University of NSW in 2002. She spent most of her professional life working for Freehills law firm. In a glowing tribute, colleagues at Freehills described Emily as an exceptional lawyer who was dedicated to the firm’s pro bono program. Over the years she devoted a lot of her time and energy to giving legal advice to not-for-profit organisations and she was renowned for never saying no to requests for pro bono legal assistance. This willingness to help others led the firm to ask her to be the coordinator for a new pro bono clinic that was being established with Mission Australia. This scheme was the first of its kind in Australia to provide legal assistance and legal education to unemployed people who were setting up micro businesses. Such was Emily’s infectious passion for helping the community that she inspired a number of other solicitors to participate in the pro bono scheme.

Helen Bell (Muir, 1936) MLC School friends have advised us of the recent sad passing of one of our oldest Old Girls Helen Bell (Muir, 1936). Ellen Jenkins (Clark, 1952) Yvonne Gray (Wilkie, 1951) has written to us to tell us of the sad passing of her friend Ellen Jenkins (Clarke, 1952). Ellen passed away at home on 29 July this year. She was the much loved mother of Christopher (deceased) and Keith, the cherished grandmother of Amber, Ben and Mitchell and great grandmother of Nathan, Thomas and William. Ellen had her 80th birthday celebration in July 2013 which was a very happy occasion. She was surrounded by many relatives and friends. She loved attending the Sapphires Luncheon each year and socialised regularly with her MLC School friends. She will be greatly missed. Gretel Braun (Johnson, 1951) We have just had word that Gretel Braun (Johnson, 1951) passed away on 2 March this year at the age of 79. Gretel was the much loved mother of Craig and his wife Mardi and the adored grandmother of Ryan and Zac. Dianne Nicol (Vout, 1953)

Jan Pritchett (Stokes, 1959)

Mary Willis (Seaman, 1952) has written to tell us the sad news of the passing of her friend Dianne Nicol (Vout, 1953) in October.

Jan passed away suddenly at home on 20 September aged 72 years.

June Greenhalgh (Oberg, 1940)

She was the loving wife of David and much loved mother of Lynne, Ian and Paul, and the proud and loving grandmother of Jordan, Gabi, Myles, Corey, Jade, Nick and Ashley. Her family say that she was loved, admired and respected by all.

June’s daughter Jan contacted the School to let us know of the sad passing of her mother on 4 October. Jan said that days before she had taken the Sapphires Luncheon invitation in to hospital to show her mother, and ever the optimist, June thought she may be able to attend. Her MLC School friends will miss her. n Lucis 35


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

OGU President, Kim Rowley (1975)

In 1903 the Old Girls’ Union was formed with the aims of fostering and maintaining a close relationship between Old Girls and the School and Old Girls with each other. I’m pleased that in 2014 we have upheld these founding principles.

the OGU in the coming year. We recognise

Reunions are the way that most of us maintain ties with the School and each other. This year there was a very successful extension to the leaving year reunions with a Back to College Afternoon Tea held in May for all Old Girls. This brought together over 130 Old Girls who left between the 1930s and 2013. In 2015 there will be reunions for the 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005 school leavers as well as the much anticipated Sapphires’ Luncheon and Back to College Afternoon. I look forward to catching up and meeting many of you at those events.

all of you with news of our activities and

All former students of MLC School are now recognised as members of the OGU, whether you joined on leaving school or not. With this inclusive nature of membership, we now have over 10,000 members and I invite you to become involved in the activities of

choosing to have their children christened

that given the size of our membership, communication presents some challenges. As part of a global community, MLC School Old Girls live in many corners of the world and move often! To ensure that we reach invitations to events, I encourage you to make sure that we have your current contact details. You can do this online by completing the form on the Alumni page on the School website or by contacting the Community Relations Office. I am looking forward to a busy year for the OGU in 2015. As a major project we will be commissioning the design and construction of a baptismal font (which we hope will be designed and constructed by an Old GirI) for the School Chapel. With many Old Girls in the School Chapel, this will be a welcome addition and continue the tradition of OGU contribution to the pastoral life of the School.

Kim Rowley (1975)

Sapphires (Pre-1959 and 1959) Thursday 23 October 2014

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Back to College Day Saturday 17 May 2014

2014 MLC School reunions

Sapphires and staff alike. The Sapphires, who are MLC School

The 2014 MLC School reunions were a great success.

beautiful piano playing from Vice Captain Ivy Jiang. Happily

Commencing with our inaugural Back to College Afternoon Tea

we were able to celebrate Nola Hewitt’s (1938) 94th birthday

which brought together Old Girls of all ages, from recent 2013

which fell on the day of the luncheon and the room was filled

leavers to an Old Girl who finished school in 1938, to reminisce

with emotion as everyone sang the School Song accompanied

and share experiences of their time at MLC School. The 10, 20,

by Alison Taylor (1954) on the piano. Thank you to the daughters

30, 40 and 50 year reunions were celebrated in June and August

of Old Girls in the Junior School who presented gifts to the

and Old Girls enjoyed a champagne afternoon tea and tour of

Sapphires. We are also grateful to Mr Hayles and the MLC

the School led by MLC School Archivist Barbara Hoffman.

School Jazz Combo 1 who provided fantastic music at all the

As ever, the Sapphires’ Luncheon was greatly anticipated by

reunions and created a lively and celebratory atmosphere.

Old Girls that left in 1959 and before, enjoyed a luncheon with

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1974 Saturday 21 June 2014

1984 Saturday 21 June 2014

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1994 Saturday 23 August 2014

2004 Saturday 23 August 2014

2015 SCHOOL REUNIONS Save the Date

All to be held at MLC School For enquiries or to update your contacts details, please contact Jeni Care on 02 8741 3180 or jcare@mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au

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Thursday 12 March 2015: 1955 reunion Saturday 16 May 2015: Back to College Afternoon Tea Saturday 13 June 2015: 1975 and 1985 reunions Saturday 22 August 2015: 1965, 1995 and 2005 reunions Thursday 15 October 2015: Sapphires’ Luncheon

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