Lucis Magazine, December 2017

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Summer Edition 2017

The Magazine of the MLC School Family incorporating Collegiate




Important Dates 2018 TERM DATES





the Community 18 In OPERATION ART and Scholarships 19 Tours VISIT MLC SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS


22 Dance RE– 24 Music MUSIC AWARDS 2017 and Public Speaking 25 Debating DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING AWARDS 2017





OUR VALUES Pursue excellence Demonstrate integrity Celebrate diversity Embrace world citizenship Live with humility CONTRIBUTORS Pauline Johnston Vanessa Roussos

PHOTOGRAPHERS Nicole Anderson Hanh Nguyen Melissa Pollett Vanessa Roussos MLC School Staff





LC School has had another year of stunning achievement. From wins in debating, to sporting achievements, dance and musical performances, which delighted our audiences to, of course, academic accomplishments, it is clear that our students are among some of the most well-rounded individuals in the country. Our aim, as ever, is to encourage our girls to become whole within themselves, which, we hope will in turn produce global citizens, who are enthusiastic in their pursuits, humble in their wins and gracious in their losses. It is the participation that really counts, not the success or otherwise of the endeavour. Students of MLC School have the distinct feeling that they are a part of something greater and this is important to remember as some of our girls complete their schooling with us, year after year. It is a bittersweet cycle, but one that we prepare ourselves for, because as we know, all good things must come to an end. When one chapter closes, another opens, and our hope is that this chapter of our girls’ lives is one, which will equip them to tackle life ahead.

As my own chapter at MLC School comes to an end, I would like to draw attention to the values we celebrate at MLC School: pursue excellence, demonstrate integrity, celebrate diversity, embrace world citizenship and live with humility. People

‘Students of MLC School have the distinct feeling that they are a part of something greater.’ are not born with these values, they are taught them and they grow into them. The most important part of our students’ journey will always be growth because it is through growth that we are educated. It is my hope – and the hope of all educators – that we will provide students with the tools to navigate through life, upholding the values they learn at MLC School.

be remiss not to record here my admiration and affection for the staff of MLC School. Their dedication and passion is the reason our students thrive. They are the pivot for any success the girls enjoy and they make every day special in this school. Finally, I would like to extend a thank you and congratulate the parents of MLC School – as you know, without you and your trust in us to educate your daughters, there would be no MLC School. It is this that keeps us going and we hope that you are proud of your amazing daughters. Thank you for allowing us to nurture them within these historical and iconic school walls.

Louise Robert-Smith Principal

I am grateful for the privilege of having led MLC School and hope that my own legacy will be looked back on as a positive and loving contribution to the school. I would

Mrs Louise Robert-Smith with the 2018 Leadership Team and 2018 House Captains and Vice-Captains.

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Important Dates

2018 TERM DATES TERM 1 Tuesday 30 January

Term 1 begins for Pre-Kindergarten and Year 1 to Year 12 students

Wednesday 31 January Term 1 begins for Kindergarten students Friday 31 March

Good Friday

Monday 2 April

Easter Monday

Friday 13 April

End of Term 1

TERM 2 Monday 30 April

Term 2 begins for whole school

Monday 11 June

Queen’s Birthday

Friday 29 June

End of Term 2

TERM 3 Tuesday 24 July

Term 3 begins for whole school

Thursday 20 September End of Term 3

TERM 4 Monday 15 October

Term 4 begins for whole school

Tuesday 4 December

End of Term 4 for Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 students

Wednesday 5 December Thursday 6 December



Junior School Speech Day End of Term 4 for Year 3 to Year 5 students Speech Night End of Term 4 for Year 6 to Year 12 students


2018 CAPTAINS 2018 Leadership Team


LC School’s 2018 Captains were elected by senior students at the beginning of Term 4 to represent the student body for the next year. These students from the MLC School Leadership Team are keepers of the MLC School flame, helping foster important bonds among all students. They embody the qualities of loyalty, courage, compassion and strength and will lead MLC School to a successful 2018.

HOUSE CAPTAINS Abbeythorpe House Captain �������� Jennifer Tang Abbeythorpe House Vice-Captain �����Emma Clark Booralee House Captain ��������Danah Maher-Lee Booralee House Vice-Captain ������� Nancy Wang Churunga House Captain ���������Isabella Lasovski Churunga House Vice-Captain ���� Eva Gouganovski


Leawarra House Captain ��������� Malia Crawford Leawarra House Vice-Captain ������ Sienna Prowse

School Captain ������������������������������ Jane Liu

Lester House Captain ������������Rita Cammaroto

Vice-Captain (Year 10 to Year 12) ����������� Anna Michael

Lester House Vice-Captain ���������� Michelle Law

Vice-Captain (Year 6 to Year 9) ���������� Anastasia Kennett

Mooramoora House Captain ������� Ashna Kapoor

Creative Art and Design Captain ���������������Emily Hart

Mooramoora House Vice-Captain ��� Ava Tsaousidis

Dance, Drama and Entertainment Captain ������� Zoe Cross

Prescott House Captain ����������� Asena Gunduz

Debating Captain ��������������������Ashley Oliver-Sjahry

Prescott House Vice-Captain ����������Julia Athos

Music Captain ������������������������� Emmeline Booth

Sutton House Captain ������������Georgia Hewitt

Round Square Captain �������������������Dakota Comino

Sutton House Vice-Captain ������Megan Cavanagh

Sport Captain ���������������������������Georgia Pollitt

Wade House Captain ������������� Sherrie Chung

SRC Captain ���������������������������� Swathi Ilanko

Wade House Vice-Captain ������ Therese Makarious Whitley House Captain ������������� Yasmin Mills Whitley House Vice-Captain ��������� Ella Makovec

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FAREWELL MRS LOUISE ROBERT-SMITH In her relatively short time with us here at MLC School, the entire school community has grown to both love and respect Louise and her leadership. She has given of herself generously over the last two years to further the school’s position as a first class educator of girls, based on our Uniting Church foundations of inclusivity, kindness and humanity. All who have engaged with her know Louise to be generous with her time, attention and care for others. She has a wonderful knack for making all members of our community feel valued and heard – staff, parents, alumni, young and more senior students alike. Through this she has built a strong community of achievement at MLC School, all focused on our primary priority – our girls.

‘She has given of herself generously over the last two years to further the school’s position as a first class educator of girls.’ As a school we have benefitted greatly from Louise’s extensive experience in education. In particular, her leadership regarding the design of the new Senior School to meet the educational needs of the 21st century, and her focus on improving outcomes for our students will have great impacts on educational outcomes for our girls for many years to come. Mrs Louise Robert-Smith with MLC School Chair of Council, Mrs Pauline Johnston.



As her time at MLC School has drawn towards an end, Louise has worked


particularly hard to lay the best foundation possible for our new Principal, Ms Lisa Moloney, and to ensure a smooth transition for the school. In a testament to her character, she has worked tirelessly to the end, always focused on what is best for the future of the school above her own interests.

Louise, on behalf of the entire school community I thank you for your exceptional leadership of MLC School during this important time. You have left your mark in more ways than you can realise. We wish you all the best in your future adventures and hope that MLC School has left a

little mark on you too. You will always be welcome at the school as a valued member of our school community. Mrs Pauline Johnston Chair of School Council

A day with the MLC School rowers.

Mrs Louise Robert-Smith and Rev Viniana Ravetali.

The Sapphires’ Luncheon was an opportunity for Mrs Louise Robert-Smith to catch up with Old Girls and hear their stories of when they were students.

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The additional fourth floor has been designed and construction has begun.

MLC School Update

BUILDING OUR FUTURE The building site as of November 2017.




LC School began the groundbreaking process of commencing construction on our new Senior School academic hub in December 2016. The building will include state of the art science and library facilities, as well as the latest innovations in classroom design for a number of faculties. Since the additional fourth floor was approved, we have seen immense progress in the building. The basement, ground level and level 1 and level 2 slabs have all been poured and the concrete structure of the building will be completed by the end of January 2018. Demolition of older facilities commenced at the end of 2016 and we expect to see this continue throughout 2018. The project is running to program and looking fabulous – we can’t wait to see the continued progress over the coming months.

MLC School Update



LC School is embarking on a new era of innovation and will be facilitating a new Centre for Design, Art & Technology known as ‘DART’. The new Centre for DART will become a part of Kent House, combining the new with the traditional, as MLC School continues in the forefront of educational innovation. With the construction of the new Senior School building, Kent House will become a reimagined teaching and learning environment, dedicated to Design, Art and Technology students and teachers.

the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Design subject for students in Year 7 to Year 10, and will offer subject choices from the NSW HSC and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for students in Year 11 and Year 12.

'The Centre for DART aims to empower and encourage students to be more and to do more.'

The Centre for Design, Art and Technology will provide a model of education where students and teachers will be inspired to creatively and collaboratively engage with one another in the subjects of Design, Art and Technology. The most up-to-date resources and technologies will be used and supported by the best possible teaching practices so that the Centre can provide an innovative and challenging curriculum, which aims to meet and reflect the needs of students in a changing world, both nationally and internationally. The Centre for DART will integrate NESA mandatory and elective curricula with

workshop-style activities. These spaces will support a variety of learning modes and embed a range of teaching and practices where students will be encouraged to extend their learning. They will be suitable for modern pedagogical methodologies and will ‘allow for interdisciplinary connections to facilitate integrated project and learning activities.’

The new Centre for DART aims to provide learning spaces that are flexible, in order to incorporate theory classes, as well as

MLC School encourages students to be active participants in their learning and educational development. The new MLC School Centre for DART will become a beacon for creative and innovative practice and learning, and will become a place where the concept of ‘fearless thinking’ becomes an everyday reality for its students. The Centre for DART aims to empower and encourage students to be more and to do more.

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MLC School Update



LC School enthusiastically welcomes Mr Colman Wong as the new Head of Swimming.

Mr Wong graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Major in Exercise Science, as well as the University of Queensland, with a Masters of Sports Coaching. With over 14 years’ experience, Mr Wong brings his coaching expertise and results-oriented track record to MLC School, as the school embraces a new era of swimming. An Inner West local, Mr Wong returns to the area after having coached at prestigious schools both nationally and internationally. As Head Coach, Mr Wong has contributed to the swimming success of Trinity Grammar School, South China Athletic Association and more recently, Barker College. He has also coached at the national level and guided students of all skill levels through major swim meets and competitions, increasing results and establishing competitors as major front-runners in swimming. Mr Wong’s focus is on developing, managing and coaching at all squad

levels, and working collaboratively with the Director of Sport, Mrs Lisa Filby, as well as MLC School squad parents, as he understands the vital importance of effective communication with swimmers

‘At MLC School, we have a terrific indoor long course swimming facility, which provides an opportunity to our students train all year round.’ and their families. Mr Wong also hopes to develop and implement curricular and co-curricular aquatic programs, which will enrich MLC School’s swimming program and strengthen the school swimming team, encouraging greater results across the board.

at a state level or above. His goals for MLC School are, ‘to see more students getting involved, enjoying swimming and improving our ranking at both the IGSSA and IPSHA swim meets’. When asked what differentiates MLC School from other elite schools that Mr Wong has trained in the past, he replied, ‘The swimming squads and structure are similar, however, at MLC School, we have a terrific indoor long course swimming facility, which provides an opportunity for our students to train all year round. We also have a good transition system for the swimmers from the Learn to Swim program to the competitive program’. With a firm base of knowledge and high-level skills in exercise science, coaching and management, Mr Wong will be an asset to MLC School, guiding the students to reach their full potential, individually and in their respective squads.

Mr Wong currently trains students from ages 10–18 and on average, will see 20–35 swimmers daily, predominantly

Mr Colman Wong dove right into his role as MLC School’s new Head of Swimming.



Mr Neil Scotney, Head of Senior School, with the MLC School Captain and Vice-Captains for 2018.



r Neil Scotney began his journey at MLC School in 2013 and has enjoyed a variety of roles since, such as Acting Head of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Head of Whitley House and, most recently, Head of Senior Years – a role which saw him tasked with the responsibility of overseeing students in Year 10 to Year 12. In Term 4 2017, Mr Scotney was named Head of Senior School. Having always admired the reputation for academic excellence at MLC School, Mr Scotney felt that moving to girls’ education was a challenge, which would provide him with an opportunity to contribute to a rich history. Mr Scotney relishes the opportunity to continue to add to the well-rounded education program that MLC School offers, and in his role as Head of Senior School, hopes to empower students with a ‘people first’ approach to all that they do. Mr Scotney believes that the students at MLC School are an incredibly talented and

creative group, who are pushing boundaries in all aspects of school life, and that they are caring and supportive of everyone around them, be it their peers or members

‘A day doesn’t go by where I am not amazed by the work of students at MLC School.’ of staff. He says, ‘A day doesn’t go by where I am not amazed by the work of students at MLC School’, and he is proud of the way that the school embraces the diverse student population and honours the identity of every girl, acknowledging that her story contributes to the school’s shared identity.

demonstrates the power of a positive mind-set. One of the steps that Mr Scotney has taken to achieving this goal is the development of a personal ‘tool kit’, which helps students re-frame the negative impacts they encounter, and work towards bouncing back. While MLC School undergoes a physical transformation over the next couple of years, Mr Scotney acknowledges that, ‘Whilst buildings are important, it is the combination of quality programs and passionate staff that will allow students to reach their full potential and truly become “fearless thinkers” to be at the forefront of their chosen career paths in the community’.

One of Mr Scotney’s aims – shared with the staff at MLC School – is to be a clear role model for resilience; someone who LUCIS Summer 2017


Learning Through Experience



erm 3 2017 saw Year 6 students study Science in their first year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The ‘Space’ unit of work was an interdisciplinary program, covering multiple subjects and introducing students to working through an inquiry process framework. Students selected a topic linked to space that they would like to research, and each girl was then assisted in selecting three inquiry questions, which they would research over the next few weeks, while also maintaining a learning journal. Students then created products or presentations, which displayed their knowledge of their chosen topic and what they’d learnt while researching it and questioning themselves. From the very beginning, Year 6 and their teachers connected with experts on space, such as Jackie Slaverio, who runs the ‘One Great Leap’ Foundation and is also the NASA Space Camp Ambassador to Australia. Jackie encouraged the girls throughout their research – often placing them in direct contact with experts in their field, who would be able to assist them with their inquiry questions. One important connection, which Jackie was instrumental in forming, was with the NASA Digital Leaning Network (DLN). Through this process, Year 6 met Penny Pettigrew, Chief Payload Officer at NASA. Penny cleared time in her busy schedule to allow for a one-hour Q&A with the Year 6 students. The girls were in awe of Penny’s incredible achievements and exciting career, and listened intently to her stories about women in the science and engineering fields. The Year 6 students listened closely as Penny explained her role at NASA and talked them through what a day at the Space Station looks like. The fascination was evident on their faces.



The Year 6 class listened intently as NASA Chief Payload Officer, Penny Pettigrew, shared stories about her career.

Penny also encouraged the students to persevere and to keep working towards their goals, and regaled them with stories of her own professional accomplishments within the workplace. Penny’s words were inspirational to the students, particularly considering her achievements and contributions to science and engineering, typically in male-dominated industries. Being only the second time NASA DLN has linked with an Australian school, the students took advantage of the experience and contributed with their own questions and observations. Particularly interesting were Penny’s explanations of scientific experiments undertaken in

space, which have led to some fascinating breakthroughs in the medical field in areas such as cancer research and portable medical machinery and equipment. This was an amazing opportunity for the students, who were able to see a successful woman in science and hear about her career and achievements firsthand. Penny is a great example to young women everywhere, encouraging them to broaden their horizons and never give up on their goals and ambitions. In her own words, ‘You never know what you are going to dream up.’

Each year, the Year 6 cohort visits Canberra to learn about Parliament.



s part of their camp in Term 4, Year 6 visited Canberra and, amongst all the mingling with politicians like Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Hon Bill Shorten MP, one politician in particular, stood out to the students. Mrs Jan Falls set the Year 6 students a task to choose a cabinet member and research their background, their role in politics and some recent issues they have dealt with. Sanjana Natkunamanickam selected

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. A bit of digging led Sanjana to realise that Senator Payne is a second-generation MLC School Old Girl. Sanjana emailed Senator Payne to tell her of the upcoming Year 6 visit to Canberra and, excitingly, Ms Payne took time out of her day and met with the Year 6 cohort. Ms Payne, who happens to be the first woman to hold the position of Minister for

Defence, met with the girls and told them about her role in politics, mentioning the welcome she gave for the Invictus Games athletes earlier that morning (an event the girls were fortunate enough to witness for themselves). The Year 6 students were very excited and inspired to have met Ms Payne and to have had the privilege to listen to her speak about her role in such an interesting and challenging profession.



era Valentina is a fibreglass cow who came to MLC School plain and covered in bubble wrap, but who leaves the school as a tangible symbol of the learning and dedication that Year 6 MLC School students put into their project.

precisely where each cotton seed is sown, ensuring the greatest possible yield, and therefore making the practice of cotton farming more sustainable.

Each year, the Royal Agricultural Society runs the ‘Archi-bull Prize’ – a competition in which schools and students turn fibreglass cows into abstract works of art. As part of their Middle Years Programme Inquiry Model, students are encouraged to turn their learning into action, and the Archibull Prize fits perfectly with this concept. The Year 6 students drew their inspiration from Farming Champion, James Kanaley, who visited MLC School and spoke to the students about cotton farming. The girls were fascinated by James’ stories about how the equipment used today links with satellites and allows farmers to track

terminology, and she was also given hightech add-ons, like solar panels, which were used to represent the link between space and technological developments. The girls further added cotton seeds, cotton industry icons, raw cotton and a poem about Vera to their artwork. Vera Valentina’s message to audiences is that through scientific and technological advancements in space, we can establish more sustainable farming practices here on Earth.

Year 6 students linked the Archibull Prize to their Space Inquiry Project by naming her ‘Vera Valentina’, in honour of Vera Rubin, who discovered dark matter, and Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first woman in space. Vera Valentina became a collage, on which every student added some space

On MLC School's first venture into the competition, Vera was placed within the top six Primary Schools in NSW. As a finalist, you can meet Vera at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show, as a guest of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

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The OzHarvest Food Truck took part in the Presentation of Learning.

An interactive display on the impact of worm farms.



ity Experience is a two-week program that provides an opportunity for students to be immersed in an urban setting and experience Sydney as Australia’s leading global city. In Term 4, Year 8 students participated in the program and developed a familiarity with Sydney CBD,



while also learning to navigate through the area with confidence. Students accessed public transport, learning about its social, environmental and economic benefits, and worked collaboratively to inquire, research and develop solutions and products that have social, environmental and economic dimensions.

The context for this City Experience was globalisation and sustainability. Students engaged in 'city living', explored urban, natural and built environments, and experienced cultural and economic communities from Bondi to Bankstown. Students considered sustainability through green and eco design, as well

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as sustainable consumption, design, development, innovation and production. Building on their experiences in the city, students brought their attention to MLC School and how they could improve the school's sustainability. Having been divided into small groups, they took the time to brainstorm long-term, practical ideas. One idea was a ‘bee hotel’, which would house and support the native bee population. Another idea, which was inspired by their experiences in the city, was to cook meals for the homeless, as students realised how much of a positive impact they could have when it came to helping out the community – and particularly those less fortunate than themselves. On Friday 20 October 2017, Year 8 showcased their newly acquired knowledge and plans for the future to their parents and friends, and explained the actions they planned to take, in order to make MLC School and the local community more

The Kent House garden is the site of Year 8’s green and eco design.

sustainable. From interactive displays on food waste, to worm farms, self-watering herb gardens, art installations and a local food drive with St Paul's, the girls presented their ideas and projects on Sustainable Sydney.

people in need across the country’. This tied in well with the girls’ sustainability aims, as it educated everyone involved in ways to manage food waste and transform it into a delicious meal.

Students from the events team, wearing fluoro high-vis jackets wandered Kent House, ensuring that everything was run smoothly and that parents and students circulated the entire presentation and didn’t miss any of the projects. They also transformed the Year 12 common room into a comfortable space where parents and students could enjoy their OzHarvest meals, while listening to ambient music.

The Presentation of Learning evening was a wonderful culmination of the Year 8 students’ hard work and efforts towards embracing their City Experience, and learning about and implementing sustainable practices. The girls developed their compassion and observed the world around them, while using strategies to make it a more sustainable and environmentally conscious place.

Throughout the evening, families enjoyed delicious food from the OzHarvest Food Truck, where all funds raised continue to help OzHarvest nourish, educate and feed Australia. OzHarvest is a charity dedicated to ‘collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1000 charities supporting

An interactive display regarding a ‘bee hotel’.

The Kent House herb garden.

The Presentation of Learning included a variety of displays on globalisation and sustainability.

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K ‘The chicks made our unit come alive and provided an element that encouraged the girls not only to learn about living things but also to apply their knowledge daily.’



indergarten learnt about living things and exploring their characteristics and needs in Term 4. Understanding the needs of others and empathising are important lessons, which help to shape young students. When planning the Collaborative Learning Project (CLP) Unit, ‘Our Living World’, Kindergarten teachers, Miss Emma Davey and Mrs Carmen Gaspersic wanted to provide the girls with a hands-on experience and liaised with a company who provided chicken eggs to the class, along with all the supplies and resources required to meet the chicks’ needs. The students weren’t told what was in the eggs and spent time guessing what might soon hatch. Some guesses included, ducks, crocodiles, lizards, chickens and flamingos. The girls then watched as the first eggs began to hatch and chicks started to emerge – experiencing this wonderful moment with Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 students created a passionate and

excited atmosphere throughout the Junior School and emphasised the importance of community and sharing. From the moment the chicks hatched, the Kindergarten class had a big responsibility on their hands! They were in charge of feeding them, cleaning their environment and entertaining the chicks on a daily basis. The girls took great care of the chicks and treated them with love and affection. The chicks also kept the girls company while they wrote, and instilled in the students a sense of responsibility and respect for living things. Miss Davey and Mrs Gaspersic hoped that the students would take away a deep understanding of living things, and encouraged a discussion about what living things need, animal groups, adaptations, habitats and life-cycles. This then led into research about animals the girls hadn’t even heard of, like those that are extinct and endangered.

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Taking care of, and raising, the chicks gave the Kindergarten students a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, and enabled them to collaborate in order to ensure that they kept the chicks safe, fed,

watered and entertained. The students loved having the chicks around and it brought a lot of joy and excitement to the Junior School.

FROM OUR STUDENTS ÌÌ ‘Oh my gosh! Look how the wings have grown.’ – Alana ÌÌ ’They’re so cute and fluffy. I love them so much.’ – Raquel ÌÌ ‘They are a family like us. Look how they keep each other warm.’ – Eva ÌÌ ‘Watching the chick crack open and come out was the best day ever!’ – Bethany ÌÌ ‘I was a bit scared of holding the chicks but I like playing with them now.’ – Anastasia ÌÌ ‘When I held the baby chicks their claws were spikey. They tickled me.’ – Vita ÌÌ ‘The chicks are so cheeky. They try to fly but they can’t yet.’ – Frances ÌÌ ‘When I touched the chick, it made me want to take it home. It was so beautiful.’ – Hayley

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In the Community


Ms Jane Lancaster and Ms Wendy Allen joined the Year 1 artists at the Operation Art Exhibition.


peration Art is an annual exhibition, run by The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education. The program is a forum for students and schools to demonstrate their visual arts achievements, through various exhibitions at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Students are motivated by having a real purpose to their art-making – helping children in hospital and having their works viewed and admired by up to 10,000 visitors at the exhibition. All the pieces submitted by the students were framed and exhibited until 29 October 2017. Many of the works then became part of a permanent collection, which was exhibited as part of the art collection of The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. All the artworks not selected for display were returned to MLC School and serve



as a reminder of the girls’ hard work and dedication to the program. Year 1 students, Emma Rose Koeswandy, Rima Zhang, Adelaide Akers and Sofia Tzouganatos represented MLC School at

A core value at MLC School is to ‘live with humility’, and we believe that in broadening students’ horizons through programs like Operation Art, we allow them to experience and see the world through different perspectives. This is essential in

‘The exhibition was a wonderful display of cheerful and uplifting artworks produced by students of all ages, and served as a colourful reminder of the power of community and working together.’ Operation Art and attended the exhibition at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park with their families. The exhibition was a wonderful display of cheerful and uplifting artworks produced by students of all ages, and served as a colourful reminder of the power of community and working together.

developing students’ ideals and morals, and is crucial in their development as students of MLC School, members of their community and citizens of the world.

Tours and Scholarships



ne of the best ways to decide if MLC School is right for your family is to come and see the school in action. When you join one of the scheduled tours you will have the opportunity to meet students, see the classes in action, meet teachers and get an excellent feel for the life of MLC School. We also welcome individual tours at any time. To join one of our regular tours, contact our Registrar on (02) 8741 3165, email enrol@mlcsyd. or visit au/enrolments/visit-mlc-school

TOUR DATES 2018 SENIOR Term 1 Term 2

Thursday 22 February 2018 Thursday 24 May 2018

JUNIOR Term 1 Term 2



Tuesday 20 February 2018 Tuesday 22 May 2018



LC School offers a range of scholarships, including scholarships for new students, continuing students, all rounders, music students, Aboriginal students and daughters of Old Girls. Some scholarships are means tested. For all scholarships at Year 7 level and above, candidates must sit an entrance examination held at the school. Shortlisted

candidates are later invited to a Scholarship Activity Day to take part in a variety of activities with other shortlisted candidates and attend an interview. The entrance examination is held early in Term 1 with the Scholarship Activity Day held later in the term. Scholarship offers are made to successful candidates by the end of Term 1.

To be considered for the Gawalgalyung Junior School Scholarship, no testing is required. Candidates are invited to spend the morning in the Junior School and there will also be an interview for parents.

2019 SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OPEN Year 7 to Year 11 2019 scholarships are now available Registrations open

Monday 9 October 2017

Registrations close

Monday 5 February 2018


Saturday 17 February 2018

Music Auditions

Friday 23 February 2018

Music Auditions

Saturday 24 February 2018

Activity Days for Shortlisted Candidates

To be advised

Examination Results Released

Friday 6 April 2018

To apply for an MLC School scholarship for entry in 2019 please visit mlcsyd. scholarship-information

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erm 3 saw MLC School hosting Year 7 to Year 10 students from fellow schools around Sydney for a day of collaborative learning, cooperation and innovation. An annual event, which encourages students to participate in mixed groups from different class years, Beaux and Belles inspires creativity and teamwork, with students excited at the prospect of introducing musical pieces and technological ideas within their group and later presenting these in front of their peers. Students participated in an array of activities for selected subjects. Within their groups, they composed and played a short piece of music, created a short film using their iPhones and iMovie, used grammatical rules to translate unfamiliar languages and also created their own language. Students collaborated in order to develop an answer to a current ethical issue, using ethical theory as the foundation

for their answer, and citing the sources they used. They worked together to solve an engineering problem, cooperated to solve complex chess problems, and designed a technology-based solution to keep children safe, while addressing some of the issues raised during the project.

'Cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition, was the focus of the day’s activities.’ ‘The aim of the day was to provide an opportunity for students with a gift in a particular discipline to participate with students from other schools in creating a piece of work. Cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition, was the focus of the day’s activities’, said

MLC School students worked with students from other schools across Sydney to compose collaborative pieces of work.



Mrs Penny Pachos, Assistant Head of Mathematics, who was the driving force behind the event this year. MLC School encourages innovation and collaboration, and Beaux and Belles 2017 was tremendously successful in reiterating these values, with students presenting pieces of work and solutions to current, global issues. Working together with students from other schools highlighted the importance of teamwork and partnership to the students, encouraging them to remember that achievements are always best when shared with others, and that seeing a collaborative piece of work come to life can be one of the most exciting and inspiring aspects of school life.

The New Caledonian visitors presented their project to the Year 9 Science class.



s part of the cross-curricular purpose of promotion of Science and Technology, innovation and Language learning, MLC School hosted a visit from a small cohort of New Caledonian students and teachers. As well as introducing MLC School students to overseas peers on a social level, visits like these have the added benefit of broadening students’ horizons and introducing them to alternate ways of life, education and learning. This prepares students for the people they will meet after life at MLC School, and encourages them to see things from different perspectives, promoting empathy, understanding and kindness in students who will soon become citizens of the world. Three Year 11 students, Yoann, Matéo and Jason, along with their teachers, Laurent de Boerdère and Laurence Joop came to MLC School, travelling all the way from Lycée Anova, Païta, a senior high school situated 30 minutes north of Nouméa. Through a national competition in New Caledonia called, ‘The Nautilus of

Innovation’, Yoann, Matéo and Jason were awarded the opportunity to travel to Australia and visit MLC School during Science Week to present their project. The focus of their innovation was sustainable engineering, and their objective was to provide independent energy storage, using renewable energy for their school.

‘The students discovered that no matter how diverse, or how far away people may live, there is always some common ground to explore.’

lesson before the HSC oral examinations, to practise French conversation for the afternoon. They participated in the lunchtime Science Week activities and attended a Year 8 art class, as well as a rowing session. The students encouraged one another and discussed the similarities, as well as the differences between life at MLC School and life at Lycée Anova, Païta. The students discovered that no matter how diverse, or how far away people may live, there is always some common ground to explore. Events like these truly reinforce MLC School’s commitment to education and delve into what it really means to collaborate, and the benefits that come with doing so.

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Year 11 IB Dance students performing in Ghost Dances.


LC School celebrated its first Dance Showcase performance at NIDA Parade Theatre in 2015. Re– marked the third consecutive year that MLC School has performed at NIDA’s largest theatre space. 2017 has been a year of exploration for the MLC School Dance students and with over 300 enrolments across 20 weekly classes, the program continues to amaze. Dance is unique in its structure, as it involves students from both the Junior and Senior School. As one of the most inclusive programs at MLC School, it comes as no surprise that the enrolment numbers continue to rise, year by year. As well as encouraging students from different year groups to socialise and collaborate, Dance allows students to express their creativity and emotions in a productive way, and to explore their passion with others who share it. The title of the 2017 Dance Showcase, Re–, signifies a newness, a re-working or re-imagining of the traditional, in order to be understood in modern society.



‘Re–‘ celebrated performances and composition works by students in Year 6 to Year 12. The overarching aim of the Showcase was for students to communicate their ideas with their audience, and to showcase how inclusive dance is.

dancers were not the only stars of the evening. Year 11 Entertainment students were the unseen heroes of the night, managing the backstage operations. Their roles varied from ensuring that all students made their way to the stage on time and in the right costume, manoeuvring large sets

‘MLC School Dance students have explored ways that alternate re-workings can dismantle the basic assumptions of traditional ballets and modern dance works.’ Dance Coordinator, Ms Jenna Skepper says, ‘MLC School Dance students have explored ways that alternate re-workings can dismantle the basic assumptions of traditional ballets and modern dance works’. The creation of alternate narratives allowed the students to explore and analyse how the pieces they performed were relevant within modern society. While it was a night of showcasing the phenomenal Dance talent at MLC School,

with precision, and working alongside NIDA technicians to design the lighting for the entire show. Their level of professionalism and commitment to the running of the show, from bump in to bump out, ensured the success of the evening. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents involved in such a spectacular night.

Junior Pom Team performing 2017 routine.

Year 10 Elective Dance students performing their reworking of Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances.

Year 9 Dance elective students performing in Carmen.

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MUSIC AWARDS 2017 A few of the Music Award recipients.

The Year 5 choir took part in the event as well.

On Wednesday 15 November 2017, MLC School celebrated the tremendous talent of our co-curricular music ensemble program at Sydney Town Hall, surrounded by supportive teachers, parents and families. MLC School’s Junior and Senior School students performed some magical pieces from film and television, as well as pieces ranging from early English madrigals, a movement from a Beethoven symphony, an arrangement of classic American bluegrass 24


Each year, students perform at Sydney Town Hall.

fiddle tune and contemporary Australian choral music with Aboriginal text. Students and teachers began preparations for the 2017 Music Awards in May, after the 14th Biennial Music Concert, Legacy, and their efforts and commitment were evident on the night. Between performances, students were acknowledged for their major achievements throughout the year, while we also introduced the new music student leaders

and student-elected committee members. The student committee consists of the Music Captain, who acts as the Chair, Heads of Orchestras, Choirs and Bands respectively, as well as two students from Year 7 to Year 9 and two students from Year 10 to Year 12, elected by their co-curricular music ensemble peers.

Debating and Public Speaking



very year, it is a tradition at MLC School that an evening is dedicated to its debaters, coaches and parents, in which the community gathers to celebrate the year’s debating achievements. In 2017, MLC School had over 170 people in attendance at Potts Hall, celebrating a very successful year for MLC School Debating and Public Speaking.

Changeover of Debating Captains with Principal, Mrs Louise Robert-Smith.

The evening began with an address from Principal, Mrs Louise Robert-Smith, who highlighted some of the year’s triumphs, including the Primary B team winning the ISDA Grand Final, the 7B and Senior teams winning their Archdale Grand Finals, and the entire MLC School team winning the 2017 Archdale Shield. The evening also included the traditional exhibition debate of Year 6 versus Year 9. It was a spirited exchange of arguments on the topic, ‘Kids, not parents, should set the rules ’. The Debating Dinner was also an opportunity to present the Most Improved Awards to students deemed by their coach to have developed the most throughout the year. Pockets were presented to many of the girls this year, with several qualifying for multiple colours.

Students from all year groups in the Senior School represented at the Awards.

The exhibition debate was between Year 6 and Year 9 students.

The official part of the evening ended with the changeover of Debating Captains with Claris Foo (Year 12 2017) handing over responsibility to Ashley Oliver-Sjahry (Year 12). Ashley spoke of the commitment Claris has devoted to Debating from Year 6 right through to Year 12, her many team wins and generosity in helping fellow debaters. Both Debating Captains had the job of saying goodbye to Head Coach and Old Girl, Tessa Pang (2013), who has made a great contribution to MLC School Debating over many years. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate everyone’s contribution and achievements.

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P&F SPORTS DINNER 2017 Olympic sprinter, Morgan Mitchell answered questions posed by the MLC School Sports Captains and guests in attendance.

2017 and 2018 MLC School Sports Captains.

Director of Sport, Mrs Lisa Filby, and the 2017 Sports Captain.


n Wednesday 29 November 2017, the P&F hosted the annual Sports Dinner in celebration of all the sporting achievements at MLC School. In 2017, MLC School saw its share of wins and losses, more than its share of personal bests and many goals set and achieved. There was a great spirit of camaraderie between MLC School students and the girls are always encouraged to celebrate their wins while remaining resilient when they don’t. The 2017 Sports Dinner celebrated the premiership winning teams for the year, which included, MLC 1 Water Polo Friday Night Competition Division 2, MLC 1 IGSSA Netball (Navy) Division 3, MLC 2 IGSSA Netball (Gold) Division 7, MLC 1 Hockey Term 3 Division 2, MLC 5 Hockey Term 3 Junior Division 8, MLC 2 Football Term 2 Division 4, MLC 7 Football Term 2 Year 7 Division 2 and MLC 2 Basketball Term 2 Division 11. We also acknowledged



and celebrated our IGSSA Championship Winners, IPSHA Representatives, IGSSA Representatives, CIS Representatives, State Qualifiers (Alternate School Sport Pathway), National Qualifiers (Alternate School Sport Pathway), NSW All School, PSG Representatives, National Representatives, as well as our First Teams in Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball ERNA Club Competition, IGSSA Netball, Softball, Tennis, Touch Football, Volleyball and Waterpolo. Every student who represented MLC School in these teams and sports, went above and beyond what was expected of them and exhibited the team spirit MLC School expects. Australian Olympic sprinter, Morgan Mitchell was the guest speaker on the night. Morgan represented Australia in the Women’s 400m and 4x400m Athletics Relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics and is a great example of setting goals and persevering towards making them a reality. With her experience on the world stage,

Morgan exemplifies the hard work and dedication we encourage in students, as well as the rewarding experience of working with others towards a common goal. Sport is an important facet of MLC School life. Through sport, students are encouraged to work together, as a team or in support of a single athlete. They are motivated to practise and work towards improving themselves, time and time again and, perhaps most importantly, students are introduced to the highest highs of winning and the lowest lows of losing. Persisting through this develops resilience and grit in MLC School students, qualities that will guide them through school and life, in the years to come.

Student Achievements

DEBATERS DO IT AGAIN the adjudicators, arguing the negative case that, 'We should abolish prison terms for non-violent criminals'. ‘The team was very happy to get up on stage and receive their medals, and to bring the trophy to MLC School’, Ms Andrea Rowe, Debating Coordinator, said.


017 was a big year for MLC School debating, as three teams proudly represented the school at the Archdale Debating Competition Grand Finals. Year 7 students, Mounica Akula, Juliette Beattie, Natalie Cavallaro, Sarah Pearson and Grace Selim were mostly new to debating in 2017, but were very excited to compete for and represent MLC School. They put in an amazing performance to win their debate, in a 3–0 decision from

Year 9 students, Annie Chen, Eliza Crossley, Amala Cuganesan, Ariana Haghighi and Hazel Sung performed wonderfully throughout the competition and were in with a good chance to win, however, they were unfortunately defeated in a 2–1 split decision. MLC School have won the Senior Division of the Archdale Competition for the last two years – and another four times before that, so Year 11 students, Georgia Bowrey, Anastasia Kennett, Ashley Oliver-Sjahry and Ruth Snelling were excited to participate and keep the winning streak going. Competing against a very good team from

Abbotsleigh, MLC School’s Year 11 team was unstoppable and swept to a 3–0 comprehensive victory, bringing the trophy back to the school for another year. The overall Archdale Shield is awarded each year to the school with the highest point tally. MLC School placed runner-up in both 2015 and 2016 but this year won by a clear 9 points – a true testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the 35 students involved in the competition, as well as their dedicated Head Coach, MLC School Old Girl, Tessa Pang and each team’s coach. This win cements MLC School as the number one girls' debating school in the Sydney region. As this year’s winner of the prestigious Archdale Shield, MLC School will host the Grand Final of next year’s competition.



ear 12 student, Celine Kang, took part in the Vienna Virtuoso International Competition, performing on piano in August, September and October 2017. The competition, which is considered a type of pre-screening, aims to encourage young musicians to perform and grow their talent. Participants reap many benefits, such as an increase in their confidence and the realisation of their goals and ambitions. The purpose of the Vienna Virtuoso International Competition is, ‘to discover artists of outstanding personality and provide awards which can help to launch international careers’. Winners are

selected in each category and are invited to perform their debut – this is known as, The Winner’s Concert. Celine competed in the advanced category section of the competition and won in her category. She performed three pieces, Chopin Ballade No.1, Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major k.333 and The Sancan Toccata. Celine was then invited to the Winner’s Concert in what is considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the world, the Vienna Musikverein. Speaking about the experience, Celine says, ‘This experience made me strive to be more, as I met a lot of professors and other musicians, who came from all over the world, which motivated me’. LUCIS Summer 2017


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ear 10 student, Hazel Sung represented MLC School in the 2017 History Teachers Association National History Challenge. This nationwide essay writing competition, gives students the opportunity to delve into a subject in History they would like to explore further. A research-based competition, the National History Challenge places the student in the role of the historian, encouraging them to delve into their past and investigate their community, while using research techniques, effective communication and community resources to present their argument in a clear, concise manner. Hazel’s essay reassessed the contribution of Paul Keating to Australian immigration policies in the 1970s and the 1980s. In her essay, Hazel examined Keating’s policies and how they contributed to the Australia we are familiar with today. Hazel’s research and use of resources earned her the top spot in the national competition. Her essay

Hazel Sung is presented with her award for the Year 9 NSW category.

was deemed to be the winning entry in the Year 9 NSW category, and was further awarded the National Year 9 prize. As a national winner, Hazel was invited to Canberra in November 2017, where she was presented with her award by Senator

the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training at the National Presentation Ceremony, which was held at Parliament House.



ymnastics is a year-round sport, meaning that there is no respite from the commitment and hard work that goes into training and competing throughout the year. MLC School Year 12 student, Tara Wilkie has continued to consistently amaze with her results, both nationally and internationally. Tara was selected for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in which she placed in the top 20 in every apparatus. She competed in the 2013 Australian Youth Festival, in which she came fourth in the All-Apparatus, and in the 2013 Bucharest Cup in Romania, in



which she achieved two top 10 finishes in Ball and Clubs. Her first Senior National competition saw Tara achieve a sensational third placing in the All-Apparatus final, as well as another silver medal with the Ball.

Having competed in, and won the Rhythmic Senior International Division at the Australian Gymnastics Championships, Tara is now the National Champion and ranked number one in Australia. She also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Italy, where she achieved the best placing an Australian has held since 2003. We congratulate both Tara and her coach, Delia Halmu on these wonderful achievements.

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stablished in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story-Dance Festival and involves over 20,000 students across each state and territory every year. ‘Wakakirri’ is an Aboriginal word, which means to ‘dance to a story’. Students participating in Wakakirri are asked to create Story-Dances that reflect their thoughts, ideas, inspirations and aspirations. Stories are performed in professional theatres in front of an official panel who are on the lookout for the ‘Story of the Year’. Each year, Wakakirri performances are watched by over one million people. MLC School Junior and Senior students participated in Wakakirri in 2017 and

were recognised for their achievements. MLC School Junior students performed a piece, titled, Coppelia, which is a twist on the classical ballet, and tells the story of childhood toys falling to pieces and the moral dilemma of what to do – must the toys now be replaced, or can we continue to love them, with all their flaws? The Junior students were presented with performance awards for Excellent Individual Acting, Excellent Ensemble, Excellent Group Dance, Amazing Finale, Excellent Lead Cast and Spirit of Wakakirri. MLC School Senior students performed a piece, titled, Odette. Another contemporary twist on a classical ballet, this piece represented the choices and pressures faced

by young people today. MLC School Senior students received Show Awards for Best Individual Costume Design and Best Lighting Design and Call. They were also presented with State Awards for Best Adapted Story, Performing at Awards Night, Best Group Dance and Best Staging. To top it off, the Senior girls were nominated for Performance and Production Awards for, Excellent Solo Dance, Excellent Performance Teamwork and Excellent Direction – Choreography. We congratulate the girls on all their hard work and achievements, as well as Ms Jenna Skepper and Mr Blake Fatouros, who guided them throughout the competition.

Junior students performing Coppelia.

The Junior Wakakirri performance won six awards.

Senior students performing Odette.

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Old Girls

A few students accompanied their grandmothers to the event.

Traditional act of cutting the cake – oldest Old Girl in attendance and a student who is the youngest daughter of an Old Girl.

Three generations of MLC School students.



ld Girls from the graduating classes of 1937 to 1962 gathered on Thursday 26 October 2017, to enjoy each other’s company and reunite at MLC School. The Old Girls were ushered to their seats in Potts Hall by Year 9 and Year 12 students, who were in awe of the Old Girls and listened to their stories intently, while discussing what had changed since their time at MLC School. Year 12 School Captain, Jane Liu, accompanied by Vice-Captains, Anastasia Kennett and Anna Michael welcomed the Old Girls to the luncheon and expressed their admiration for all the work and commitment that the Old Girls continue to put into maintaining their relationships with their cohorts. Their enthusiasm in coming to the luncheons year after year sets a great example for current students



and shows how special and valuable their time at MLC School is to them. At 97 years old, the oldest MLC School Old Girl at the luncheon, Margaret Rush (Jackson, 1937) had the honour of cutting

time at MLC School. The Old Girls rejoiced in coming back to the school they loved so much, and were overjoyed at being able to chat with some of the current students about their time at MLC School, their goals and their ambitions.

‘Their enthusiasm in coming to the luncheons year after year sets a great example for current students and shows how special and valuable their time at MLC School is to them.’ the cake, along with Emilia Sarayar (Kindergarten), a student who is the youngest daughter of an MLC School Old Girl. It was wonderful to see both the Old Girls and the current students chat and cut the cake together, keeping in mind that the one thing they have in common, is their

Every year, the Sapphires’ Luncheon is a highlight on the MLC School calendar, and this year was no exception, thanks to the efforts of the Old Girls Union and the staff and students at MLC School.

Old Girls

COLLEGIATE MAGAZINE The revival of Collegiate magazine, an MLC School Old Girls’ Union magazine, was launched in October 2017. Collegiate is now the publication featuring articles of interest to Old Girls of MLC School, and a place where readers can keep up to date with all of their school friends. The second issue will be released in late 2018 and will include an introduction to the new MLC School Principal, news from the Old Girls’ Union, reunion recaps and stories about MLC School Old Girls. We very much encourage and welcome your news and would love to receive photos. Get in touch and let MLC School share your news. Email oldgirlsunion@mlcsyd.nsw. with any news you’d like to share, from MLC School lineage, graduations, careers, marriages, births, and deaths.

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS Are you an Old Girl and missed out on the latest issue of Collegiate? Contact to check your details and update if necessary. We’ll gladly send you a copy. Don’t forget to include: ÌÌ Full Name ÌÌ Surname at MLC School ÌÌ Address ÌÌ Email ÌÌ Year of leaving and Year Group

WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TEACHER? For the next issue of Collegiate, we’d like to know the teacher you loved most and why. Email with your stories and memories or send a letter to: Attn: Archivist MLC School PO Box 643 Burwood NSW 1805

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