LUCIS WINTER EDITION 2015
THE MAGAZINE OF THE MLC SCHOOL FAMILY, INCORPORATING COLLEGIATE
A life changing new perspective ENLIGHTENMENT GOES GLOBAL ON THE MOVE • CAFÉ 1886 • ZONE 8 • THE LIGHT HOUSE
THE WINTER EDITION
From the Principal
MLC School Campus Redevelopment
Year 10 Service Learning Goes Global
What do we mean by Service?
From the Chaplain
Embracing World Citizenship
Where Science and Art Collide
Sydney Opera House Concert
Love and Service
Ellen Schofield Society
MLC School Scholarships
30 Events 32 Reunions 34 Vale 35
5 Generations at MLC School
Tours of MLC School
OUR VALUES Pursue excellence Demonstrate integrity Celebrate diversity Embrace world citizenship Live with humility
PHOTOGRAPHERS Nicole Anderson Christina Barriere Scott Cameron Alison Dunn Eliott Toms
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The editorial team has compiled the information in Lucis and Collegiate from various sources. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information published, MLC School reserves the right to alter dates and programs as necessary.
From the Principal
PRINCIPAL ‘When you want to solve a problem women come in droves.’ This comment was made by Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist at NASA who was a guest speaker at the recent National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Conference I attended in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Her comment hasn’t left my mind because it speaks to the priorities of our New Horizons strategic design. The first priority is powerful learning and the second is serving humanity. From STEM to STEAM the conference focused on how girls’ schools are leading the way in the technological age by adding the ‘Arts’ to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics experiences. In the age where common problems cannot be solved without interdisciplinary thinking, it’s time to step up our commitment to what we call in MLC School’s Powerful Learning philosophy – Crossing Boundaries. Crossing boundaries is all about interdisciplinary thinking, eureka thinking, taking what we learn from one subject and applying the thinking in multiple subjects to reach a breakthrough. In a world increasingly influenced by global factors, it is easy to see why we need creative and critical thinkers. Look no further than current dilemmas facing the state of New South Wales. Ranging from how to solve the issues of increasing population matched by rising housing prices, to the daily transport congestions. These are not easy problems to solve and they won’t be solved by the same thinking that created them.
solving into our daily curriculum. We will continue unabated with these initiatives.
This edition of Lucis is peppered with examples of how our current and past students are forging ahead in their thinking about how to serve their communities. From our partnership with Red Cross to bring the blood service into our school grounds to Zoe Rosen’s UX or User Experience application in multiple careers, there is no doubting the fearless thinking of MLC School students.
As we prepare to celebrate 130 years of educating young women in 2016, we will embark on the School’s most ambitious building project in history. We do so because the vanguard approach to education at MLC School has always been matched by ambitious projects that place the needs of our young women and their futures at the centre of our decision making.
It’s fearless thinking that is centred on wanting to solve the world’s problems, herein lies the link and the conundrum. If Western civilisations are struggling to attract young women into science, technology and engineering, why is it not an issue for our Eastern neighbours?
Pioneers cross boundaries and by doing so, make the world a better place.
MLC School is not content to sit back. We’re moving full STEAM ahead having introduced a suite of initiatives to bring computer coding, robotics, 3D printing, hands-on experimentation, tinkering, computational thinking, microprocessing, logical reasoning, creativity and problem
We want our students to serve humanity and to genuinely contribute, through their actions, to making the world a better place. The world needs young women who are curious about, and have the courage to, participate in shaping our common future. Our aim is to expand our young women’s expectations of their capacities for roles in the global marketplace.
Denice Scala Principal
MLC SCHOOL CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT WHAT’S IN A NAME? We are now entering the next exciting phase of the delivery of our New Horizons strategic design as we begin building work on the Senior School campus redevelopment. Developed by the whole staff of MLC School, the names of the buildings are the result of the same creative and collaborative process that has been a hallmark of this ambitious project since its beginning. The new Senior School Building is to be known as Zone 8. The name references MLC School’s traditional association with innovation and contains the following ideas and concepts:
• The number 8 when turned on its side is the scientific symbol for infinity. • The number 8 is considered particularly auspicious or sacred in many cultures. • Zone 8 is a way of bringing forward scientific, mathematical and artistic traditions and possibilities at MLC School. • Zone 8 is a neutral name, open to many possibilities for the creation of meaning and design. • Being In the Zone equals Powerful Learning.
Zone 8, Park Road view
ZONE 8 – LEARNING CLUSTERS Imagine a home for learning where everything is at your fingertips; where the savvy sophistication of a teenager’s world comes to life to engage, enrich and inspire; where daily walking weaves a story that stops you in your tracks to inquire and ask for more? That’s Zone 8. It’s bold. It’s flexible. It combines the traditional with the modern, the quiet with the collaborative and the creative with the innovative. It will pioneer a new era in learning. It’s cutting edge, without peer. It’s the juxtaposition of school with real life.
It’s our learning narrative in action where we search tirelessly to ensure that every girl is in the story and the story is in every girl. – DENICE SCALA, PRINCIPAL We wanted to create story lines so that everyone will be walking into learning, protagonists in our story. This is a building that really does bring learning to life, personifying beauty, awakening the senses and is firmly rooted in the School’s educational philosophy, Powerful Learning. 4 Lucis
Constructed over three levels, spaces will inspire and motivate to optimise opportunities. A suite of learning studios, sound-proof meeting rooms, seminar rooms, collaborative zones, IT Hubs, a STEAM Lab, the Wearne Library, multimedia booths, staff areas, an amphitheatre, science labs, art ateliers, and an outdoor terrace on the top level are all accessed via a central atrium. Zone 8 and the Light House will connect to create a piazza, a short stroll from Café 1886 positioned at the ‘Heart of School’.
‘The development has been so comprehensively thought through from the perspective of each student who will use it. It will be like nothing the School has seen before. The girls coming after us have no idea how lucky they are’. LILY STEWART, SCHOOL CAPTAIN 2015
ZONE 8 TIMELINE START TIME NOVEMBER 2015 Zone 8 PROJECT ANTICIPATED COMPLETION
Kent House Outdoor terrace
Senior Learning spaces One of the most ambitious building projects in the Schoolâ€™s history is now well underway with the refurbishment of Kent House that began during the July break. Students and staff returned on Day 1 of Term 3 to find that, as planned, their temporary classrooms were ready, each one warm, comfortable, complete with wide verandahs, data facilities and all that is required to make a temporary home away from home. In Kent House the building team has commenced the refurbishment in earnest. The light, height and airiness of these lovely spaces is immediately apparent. The wooden floors are to be revived, existing concrete floors refurbished and polished, surfaces painted and ceilings renewed. These beautiful contemporary spaces will offer a high degree of flexibility and utility for Powerful Learning. It is anticipated that Kent House will be ready for the start of Term 4 2015 to accommodate Year 11 and 12 students during the construction of Zone 8. The new Kent House provides multiple spaces for collaborative and powerful learning for the students, as well as a sense of adventure and possibility. The spaces are infused with light and are optimised for creativity and collaboration.
KENT HOUSE TIMELINE START TIME JUNE 2015
Demountables installed complete with wireless AV, reverse cycled air conditioning
Refurbishment of Kent House
The Heart of School
Since its establishment in 1886, MLC School has sought to extend and challenge its students as well as ‘being prepared to make all the necessary additions and improvements for the proper accommodation of scholars’ (Source: MLC School advertisement, SMH, 1886). The School’s founders understood that great learning happens in great spaces, and since that time the School has regularly updated facilities to remain in tune with the ambitious thinking that has always been the hallmark of MLC School. In 2016, the 130th year of MLC School, we honour this intent, and the ideas of current students, with the creation of Café 1886. The beating heart of the School, Café 1886 will provide a space for sharing conversations, healthy food and more, all set within a warm, inviting and casual atmosphere. Café 1886 is a fun, flexible and social space which will serve the needs of students, staff and community with style and warmth.
CAFÉ 1886 TIMELINE START TIME NOVEMBER 2015 PROJECT
Café 1886 – Refurbishment of ILC ground floor
Outstanding 2014 Academic Results
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS We applaud and celebrate the achievements of every young woman at MLC School, especially those of the 2014 Year 12 cohort. Using the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)* as a measure, we can combine the results of the HSC and the IB to summarise the cohort’s performance in 2014.
FOR THE CLASS OF 2014
2014 HSC STUDENTS AT THE RESULTS AFTERNOON TEA AT MLC SCHOOL
52% of the 2014 Year 12 cohort achieved a combined ATAR over 90 in the HSC and IB while 37.4% of the 2014 Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR over 95. Three of our IB students achieved a perfect score of 45 (equating to an ATAR of 99.95) and 5 achieved a score of 44 (equating to an ATAR of 99.85).
Front row (L–R) Jenny Liu, Emily Vernem, Georgia Lardis, Myriana Molina-Londono, Jina White, Isabella Balzer, Mrs Anne Layman, Mrs Denice Scala, Mrs Joanna House, Mrs Jennifer Brown and Mrs Lynn Calluaud. Back row (L–R) Mia Fiegel, Hannah Steen, Ms Sharon Fajou, Mrs Loretta Toole, Emma Turner, Laura Mack, Mrs Jennifer Woods, Mrs Alessandra Mecozzi Saha, Erin Smith, Aynsley Ring and Mr Michael Hayes.
HSC and IB combined *The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, or ATAR, is a percentile awarded to students for application into undergraduate university programs upon completion of Year 12 in all Australian States except Queensland. The maximum rank attainable is 99.95.
HSC INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS
nn A total of 33 subjects were studied by our HSC student cohort and in 32 of these the average score of our students was above the State average
nn Sophie Putt achieved the highest ATAR score of 99.60 nn Five recipients of HSC All-Round Achiever’s Award – Dimitra Kalamvokis, Jenny Liu, Laura Mack, Sophie Putt and Emma Turner nn Julia Laman tenth in Design and Technology
nn The highest ATAR achieved by an HSC student was 99.60 nn A total of 51 students joined the Distinguished Achievers list for those who received a result in the highest band possible for one or more courses nn Median ATAR (middle score) for the HSC cohort was 83.05 nn Subjects in which we were 10 marks above State mean – Ancient History, General Mathematics, Modern History and Music 1 nn Subjects where all students were in Band 6 or Band 5 – Japanese Continuers, Music 1 and Music 2 nn Extension course where all students received band E4 – Music Extension and German Extension
nn Erin Smith seventh in Visual Arts nn Myriana Molina-Londono, Aynsley Ring and Lucy Huang selected for ARTEXPRESS, Lilly Ahlberg, Vicky Chen, Erin Smith and Hannah Sheen nominated nn Three of the five group performances were nominated for ONSTAGE Group 1: Natasha Aravanis, Dimitra Kalamvokis, Hayleigh Konstantakopoulos; Group 2: Sarah Dutton, Taylor Hill, Elise O’Donnell, Hannah Steen; Group 3: Mia Fiegel, Sylvia Lee, Jina White, Jianing Yao, Silvia Zhang nn Sarah Sung selected for ENCORE and Ruby Alfonzetti and Rachel Siu nominated
‘Pick what you are good at, and what you enjoy. There is no point doing subjects you dislike as you will not be motivated’ Emma Turner 10 Lucis
‘While it might sound like a cliché – always maintain a balance between school and social life. Going out with friends and watching TV are an excellent reprieve from studying’. Xenia Nastatos
2014 IB STUDENTS AT THE RESULTS AFTERNOON TEA AT MLC SCHOOL
Front row (L–R) Akanksha Kar, Xenia Nastatos, Pooja Hariharan, Shalomi Rajanayagam, Mrs Denice Scala, Amaani Hatoum, Lily Frame, Jessica Teo and Christina Plessas Back row (L–R) Mr Michael Hayes, Bonnie Liang, Rachel Lin, Stephanie Raad, Rachel Ang, Megan Foo, Jessica Gereis and Mrs Anne Layman
Combined HSC/IB ATARs
Both the HSC and IB scores can be converted to an ATAR* ranking. When this was done for the 2014 Year 12 cohort, 14 students achieved ATARs above 99. This represented 11% of the MLC School candidature.
Number of students
11% over 99
nn The average score (HSC equivalent ATAR) for the MLC School IB cohort was 95.95
37% over 95
52% over 90
70% over 80
nn Three MLC School students achieved a perfect score of 45 (99.95 ATAR) and five students achieved 44 nn Of the 45 students who sat for the IB at the School, 31 (74%) achieved an ATAR of 95 or higher
10 5 0
≥95 90-95 85-90 80-85
nn The average score among Australian IB students was 31
nn Internationally, of the students sitting the IB Diploma, Australians made up more than 10 per cent of those awarded 45 out of a possible 45
ATARs over 99
75-80 70-75 65-70 ATAR range
IB INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS nn Shalomi Rajanayagam, Amaani Hatoum and Lily Frame achieved a perfect score of 45 (equating to an ATAR of 99.95). Pooja Hariharan, Adele Jackson, Bonnie Liang, Xenia Nastatos and Stephanie Raad all achieved scores of 44 (equating to an ATAR of 99.85)
nn The IB median score was 39, or ATAR equivalent of 97.35 nn Subjects where all students received the top score of 7 – Mandarin ab initio, Mathematics Higher Level, Visual Arts Option A and Visual Arts Option B
‘Balance is key! I honestly could not have achieved my mark without proper time management.’ Shalomi Rajanayagam
School Captain Lily Stewart and Vice Captain Ivy Jiang are growing exponentially as leaders of the MLC School student body. The skills they are gaining are sure to help them make an impact in their lives beyond our gates. What have you learned so far? The MLC School staff warned us that leadership would be time consuming and it’s true, but we are learning so much that will be useful post-school. Thinking on your feet and time management have been big ones. One moment everything is calm, the next moment there are four events lined up in a week or a request comes in to speak in public with almost no time to prepare.
We are also learning to collaborate. We worked together seamlessly to organise the inter-school Prefects’ Afternoon Tea. That event revealed that each member of our team is dynamic, energetic and talented and brings something different to the table. We generate so many great ideas together. We have also learnt strength. There are many girls from the Year 12 cohort who would have made successful leaders. It can be easy to feel weighed down by what you perceive to be others’ expectations. We’ve had to learn to believe in ourselves and forget about what other people think.
‘We’ve had to learn to believe in ourselves’.
What have you achieved? That is a hard one because we started out with so many goals, only to discover that we did not have the time to implement them. It is crazy the way the year disappears. Our main aim was to achieve unity among the students in Year Our negotiation skills are developing. 12 and we believe we have certainly Everyone thinks the Captains just achieved that. Also, the senior girls with organise assemblies but that takes up the least of our time. The Captaincy team double study periods after lunch were very keen for an earlier departure time. meets once a week to flesh out ideas We were able to successfully work with and much of our work is done behind the School to bring that about. the scenes as we work with the staff to implement the proposals. 12 Lucis
What have you most enjoyed? We’ve had so much exposure to insightful experiences and people. Opportunities like visiting the Governor General, attending a leadership conference in Queensland and a lunch with Sir Bob Geldof have been really valuable. The House Bake-Off Challenge was another highlight, along with the inter-school Prefects’ Afternoon Tea. One of the best experiences has been the chance to consult with Mrs Scala and the MLC School Executive about the new building. The development has been so comprehensively thought through from the perspective of each student who will use it. It will be like nothing the School has seen before. The girls coming after us have no idea how lucky they are. What do you recommend to the girls who will follow you? We would say, pick just a few goals and follow them through rather than trying to take on too much. Don’t get caught up in your title – try to be so approachable that even the youngest girls feel they can talk to you and make sure that you share the leadership opportunities among your team. Also, remember that the MLC School staff listen to and respect the student voice. They provide valuable guidance so ask for help when you need it and learn from them.
YEAR 10 SERVICE LEARNING GOES GLOBAL
In a bold move MLC School took its entire Year 10 cohort to Chiang Mai, building much needed facilities for a small Thai village.
Following extensive planning for over two years, in 2015 the inaugural Enlightenment Goes Global Experience was introduced for all Year 10 students. Based in the Traidhos International School in Chiang Mai (Thailand), the students were immersed in cultural experiences including close contact with elephants at an international sanctuary, farm visits, cooking, martial arts, and working in two remote communities approximately three hours outside of Chiang Mai in Thailand, one being a boarding school for approximately 60 orphans. Year 10 experienced powerful service learning on a deeply personal level. Sleeping in beautiful and basic tree houses and riverside accommodation, the MLC School students made a tangible and vital contribution to the lives of others in these remote locations. They met and overcame many personal and physical challenges, simultaneously getting closer to their peers and teachers, absorbing new ways of being in the world, different cultural norms and new ways of meeting difficulties. Lucis 13
The International Service Learning Experience was 13 days in duration, involved 117 students and 12 staff and covered a 16,210 km round trip. The Year 10 students mixed 55 tonnes of concrete by hand, providing a new school for one village and a playground and open recreation room for another. The girls assisted in classrooms teaching English and introduced the children to new games and fun during recreational times.
‘We gained a stronger work ethic, definitely. We were rendering and painting walls, making floors and we were exhausted at the end of the day but we kept going and we really saw the benefits of our hard work. The Traidhos staff told us that we did twice the work in half the time of some other school groups who visit. I think it was because MLC School has always told us to ‘dare to be more’. We felt that we wanted to go beyond what was expected of us’.
Our community has every reason to be very proud of our Year 10 students involved in this Powerful Learning experience. Fearless and hardworking, they were sensitive to their environment, goal oriented, open hearted and willing to serve.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS... ‘The Chiang Mai Enlightenment Goes Global experience will be irreplaceable as the memories experienced there are a once in a life time occurrence. All the activities and events were fun, interesting and just simply life-changing.’ ‘The Chiang Mai Enlightenment Goes Global trip was an experience that I will treasure forever. It was an unmissable opportunity to learn about and participate in Thai culture. Taking part in the service at the village was truly incredible and interactions with the children at the school allowed us to see that the work we were doing was genuinely appreciated. I hope this project continues because it was extraordinary and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. It was the perfect chance to become closer to my peers and I am very thankful I have had this opportunity.’ ‘I felt like this experience opened up my world. Before, I was not aware that I lived – we all lived in quite a bubble. I was quite unaware – I think because Australia is a multicultural country, we get lazy and make assumptions thinking we know it all. Participating and immersing myself in a culture that was so different from my own made me realise how big the world truly is. That is in a way reassuring, especially with careers and life after school now impending on us.’ ‘The MLC School Chiang Mai Enlightenment trip was truly incredible and indescribable. The trip broadened my perspective of a different culture and opened my eyes to how incredibly lucky I am to go to MLC School and live in a country like Australia. The activities we participated in helped develop myself as a global citizen. The service program was by far the most challenging but also most fulfilling activity we took part in. Knowing that we were making a difference to another community, made me feel very happy inside, like I was truly fulfilling the Enlightenment Goes Global experience and helping make a difference to others.’ ‘To the girls going in 2016 we’d say embrace it and work as hard as you can while you are there. We still miss it. We’d go back in a heartbeat’.
‘The trip broadened my perspective of a different culture and openend my eyes to how incredibly lucky I am to go to MLC School and live in a country like Australia’
‘This experience opened up my world’
‘Just simply life-changing’ ‘We’d go back in a heartbeat’
‘We felt that we wanted to go beyond what was expected of us’ Lucis 15
Service in Action
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SERVICE? Our strategic design New Horizons is a living document that sets out our overall strategic direction and expresses our aspirations and the values we carry forward with us from deep within the heart of the School. New Horizons clearly establishes Serving Humanity as an important priority and the School has made it the theme for 2015. The Year 10 immersion in Chiang Mai was an obvious highlight among a range of service activities that have focused our attention so far this year. When the devastating earthquake killed more than 8,800 people in Nepal, it made a particular impact as between the years 2000 and 2012, MLC School students and staff made almost annual service visits to the tiny nation. ‘Every Nepalese national who assisted us during these trips has been badly affected by the quake,’ says former member of the MLC School Chaplaincy Team, Rosemary King. MLC School students and staff responded with a Bake Off Challenge fundraiser, chapel offertory donation and a clothing drive to provide every child in a Nepalese HIV clinic with a full set of clothes. The MLC School crochet club crafted beanies and scarves while the Junior School’s contribution included the sale of hand made brooches. Rising Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund is now distributing the $5,000 and clothing collected at MLC School to some of the poorest villagers in Nepal, along with medical supplies gathered by some former MLC School parents.
FROM THE CHAPLAIN MLC School has had a long history of giving. Formally Methodist Ladies College, the School’s direction was firmly set in the values of the Methodist church which placed great importance on serving those less fortunate than ourselves. As time has gone on we have learnt that there are more meaningful ways to lend our support to the various needs of the local, Australian and global scenarios. We know that the first step is knowledge. In this way we gain understanding of the issues concerned and from there, appropriate ways of responding. The Chaplaincy Department has taken an active role, not only in supporting the initiatives of others but in directing the girls’ attention to a variety of important issues. It is important that we continue to recognise the difference between service and meaningful giving in a Christ-like manner, and that of merely ‘business’ to make us feel good. Our girls, their families and the staff are to be commended on their approach to the issues of service and social justice at all levels.
The education of girls in Kenya was the focus for Year 8. Their second annual MLC School Spelling Bee Challenge raised $9,200 for Starehe Girls’ Centre in Nairobi. The competition also encompassed many areas of MLC School’s Powerful Learning philosophy as the students trialled and evaluated different strategies to enhance their learning. The funds raised will pay for the full education of Kenyan students Lilian Muthuka and Maxine Jeptoo, whose reports will be posted each semester, allowing the Year 8 students to follow their progress. In 2014 in the Junior School, students from Mooramoora FUNDRAISING FOR NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
House raised money to build an orphanage in Zimbabwe by getting sponsored to sleep on the floor for a night, this year they raised $750 to buy beds so the orphans could sleep well in order to learn well. Closer to home is the plight of children in detention. Senior students hosted an installation to symbolise the 179 children locked in Australia’s immigration detention facilities on Nauru, and held a doll drive for the Australian Coalition to End Child Detention. Meanwhile the entire School community combined to donate blood to the Red Cross Blood Service. When the Red Cross bus visited in 2014, the MLC School community filled it twice over and this year we made a similar contribution. ‘It is one of the simplest ways to help those in critical need,’ said Year 12 student Deborah Greenbaum.
JORDON TREDINNICK (2013) IN INDONESIA
EMBRACING WORLD CITIZENSHIP Two recent MLC School graduates are using the knowledge, attitudes and philosophy of service they gained at MLC School to support and empower women in impoverished regions of the world. Jordon Tredinnick from the class of 2013 is half way through the second year of her midwifery degree at the University of Technology Sydney with the aim of serving the needs of the developing world. The United Nations estimates that up to 3.6 million deaths could be avoided if midwifery services were upgraded. ‘The West tends to think only of food, water and housing needs in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster but midwifery services can be just as urgently required,’ she says. Jordon completed the International Baccalaureate in 2013 gaining a global perspective that has proved invaluable in her tertiary studies. ‘On applying for the scholarship to be part of the Midwifery in Indonesia project, I found myself making regular references to my two years’ studying Indonesian as a language for IB as well as the international knowledge and perspectives I had gained from Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) and many of the other subjects I studied including Music and English’. Though she had reservations about embarking on the IB in the belief that she was ‘no good at languages’, Jordon now says she is grateful for the knowledge of the Indonesian language, culture and people she developed through the programme.
When she has finished her degree, Jordon aims to work in the Phillipines, a country suffering a desperate midwife shortage in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Ultimately she will dedicate herself to midwifery education and may apply to study medicine to understand the field from an obstetrician’s perspective.
‘...walk in the light of others and allow others to walk in your light’. Nikita Simpson from the class of 2011 received the MLC School Prize for the highest university admissions rank and is now an undergraduate student in social anthropology at Cambridge University. Nikita’s particular area of interest is in advocating for women’s rights across the globe. She has worked in Kathmandu, Nepal and Himachal Pradesh, in India. Nikita plans to undertake a PhD on women’s rights and the law in contemporary India and is studying the dissonance between the government’s rhetoric and the reality when it comes to India’s female poor. India accounts for a quarter of the world’s maternal deaths and is home to one third of the world’s poor. She has interviewed public health experts, district attorneys, judges, superintendents of police and district commissioners and will explore why, while they speak of the empowerment of women as a top priority, they lack the will to make a difference on the ground.
This European summer, Nikita will serve for three months as an intern in the Global Health arm of the United Nations in Geneva. She is also the editor of the King’s College magazine. Nikita spoke at this year’s prefects’ awards ceremony to welcome the 2015 prefects to their roles as leaders in the School. ‘Foster leadership as a practice of constant self reflection and humility,’ she told the girls. ‘Think wildly beyond your comfort zone, with compassion and courage… walk in the light of others, and allow others to walk in your light’. Nikita and Jordon’s study and work reveal that they both think beyond their comfort zone and that an MLC School education is a launch pad for service on a grand scale. NIKITA SIMPSON (2011)
FUTURE FOCUS As the 21st century workplace rapidly evolves, employers are calling out for people who can think creatively, critically, globally and collaboratively with the resilience to adapt to a changing world. The challenge is to prepare students for this new workplace in an educational context that still prizes an Industrial Age model of education with its emphasis on knowledge acquisition rather than selfdirected, interconnected learning.
industries, while short-term contracts will increasingly be the norm. Our students will face a fast paced workplace that demands that they think with depth and rigour. Schools need to act more like the real world’.
Students have changed too. Products of the digital age, their more visual way of thinking and capacity for multi-tasking is adapted to the world they are growing into as opposed to traditional learning, which typically requires sequential thinking, reproduction of given content and replication of a given method of a silo discipline. The best creative thinking today is happening at the boundaries of disciplines.
The aim is to help students lose themselves in their learning to the extent that they forget what else is going on around them. They need to be able to explore subjects at both deep and surface levels and cross boundaries between subject areas. At MLC School that learning is enhanced when the girls immerse themselves in their learning, whether that be through projects that take them beyond the confines of classroom walls or in their day-to-day experiences.
Cue MLC School’s new Head of Learning Design and Innovation, Carolyn Rhodes. Carolyn, who is charged with implementing Powerful Learning across the Junior School and Senior School, began her working life as a civil engineer but transferred to secondary science and maths teaching to encourage more young women into her field. Passionate about education, she moved to the primary sector when she realised the rich potential for cross-curriculum learning. Now in her role at MLC School, Carolyn brings real world experience, a deep knowledge of primary, secondary and tertiary education, including gifted and talented programming and a firm understanding of the alchemy of Powerful Learning. ‘We are no longer preparing students for a career that they will stick with their entire lives, we are preparing them for multiple roles,’ she says. ‘There is research that predicts that by 2030, 50% of the workforce will be in start-up 18 Lucis
‘Research now shows that girls in engineering want to come from a place of social worth. They want to use their science, maths and knowledge for good in the world rather than to tinker for the sake of it’. Through the Middle Years Programme (MYP), teachers are developing and embedding interdisciplinary collaborative units. For example, over a six week period, Year 9 students are looking at sound and light in science, exploring how musical instruments are made in music and making electronic musical sounds
in engineering over in the new STEAM room. ‘Research now shows that girls in engineering want to come from a place of social worth. They want to use their science and maths knowledge for good in the world rather than to tinker for the sake of it,’ Carolyn says. ‘The challenge for us will be to find some real problems to engineer solutions for, projects like robotics for real working arms or 3D printed prosthetics’. Students don’t think critically by chance, teachers need to learn how to teach this skill by building provocations into their programs and assessment tasks. International Baccalaureate Schools like MLC School have an advantage because the IB provides a framework for Powerful Learning and critical thinking. ‘Teaching is an art as much as a science. We actually need to look closely at the processes. What is it about the interactions between teachers and students that improve learning? We need to drill down really deeply into that’. MLC School has introduced a 360 degree Educator Impact reflection tool that sees teachers assessed by their peers, students and themselves before receiving individualised, goal-oriented coaching and mentoring. ‘Groups of staff are also undertaking online courses in Visible Thinking and Leading for Understanding through Harvard University. They are learning to create a positive and vibrant culture of thinking and understanding in the classroom that will improve outcomes’. The end result is a school that equips learners to think critically and creatively in the future.
â€˜We are no longer preparing students for a career that they will stick with their entire lives, we are preparing them for multiple rolesâ€™. Lucis 19
SCIENCE AND ART COLLIDE
It will take flexible thinking, risk taking and creative problem solving to overcome today’s most complex challenges. Welcome to STEAM where science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics meet. STEAM (science, technology, engineering art and maths) is becoming pivotal to a nation’s competitiveness. Increasingly, innovative schools are infusing art and design to create STEAM, recognising that the challenges of the future will demand creative solutions. For the current generation of students, problem solving, fearlessness and critical thinking will be key. MLC School is an early adopter of STEAM education and one of the first in the country to extend the concept to the junior years. At the beginning of 2015 a new STEAM lab was opened in the Enlightenment Centre, in part thanks to P&F funds and a small grant awarded by the Association of Independent Schools to advance the integration of scientific studies with the arts. The STEAM Lab is the new hub for creative digitally-based projects. Developed in the Enlightenment Centre, initially to be used by the technology classes, it will become a launch pad for the cross-pollination of ideas, augmenting Powerful Learning through
hands-on and unexpected opportunities to design, experiment, build and invent. A second STEAM lab is being developed in the Junior School and both labs will serve as prototypes, informing the construction of a larger, enhanced STEAM lab planned for the new building, Zone 8. The first project undertaken in the new space, by Year 6 students, was to design their own microbial fuel cell using simple household items such as plastic bottles and pipes filled with an agar and salt solution. Senior Science teachers explained the chemical reactions involved when hydrogen ions were passed through to produce electricity. At the peak of their investigation, students sought to measure the output of electricity they had achieved and demonstrated that six of the microbial fuel cells linked together produced the equivalent of an ‘AA’ 1.5V battery. In the third stage of this project students constructed felt toys that represented engineered bacteria, which they then programmed with a sound recording module to make the microbes come ‘alive’.
‘The challenges of the future will demand creative solutions’. The students’ learning became an engaging whole that amounted to more than the sum of its parts for two reasons. First, by understanding the link between living cells and electricity generation, students gained a sense of wonder about the natural world they could not have achieved by studying the processes in biology and physics separately. Secondly, through their more holistic understanding, they were able to grasp the application in the real world of the science involved and the implications for society’s future. The Year 6 projects are but one example of the powerful, immersive learning being achieved by MLC School students as they ‘cross boundaries’ in STEAM.
RISING STARS Rachel Siu was around four and a half when her father Freeman played her a piece from Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and asked her to choose an instrument. ‘The largest instrument in the concertos is the cello, so of course I decided on that!’ she laughs. By the time Rachel was 11 she had won the string section of the National Competition Youth Concerto for players aged 17 and under and a music scholarship to MLC School. Her entry to Juilliard comes despite her parents’ misgivings about music as a career. As she told ABC Radio, ‘They actually told me to stop practising so hard when I was in Year 11. I did study hard for the Higher School Certificate but I kept practising hard as well. For Juilliard, my parents told me that I had one chance. If I failed the audition I would have to go back to my studies. Luckily I got in!’ The audition process was ‘absolutely nerve wracking’ but there was a saving grace. Another MLC School music scholar, Lisa Sung, who had arrived at Juilliard the year before, was there to work as audition assistant. ‘I told Lisa that as an MLC School girl, she had to look after Rachel’, said Lisa’s mother Molly. ‘After the auditions she introduced Rachel to one of her world famous professors, took her to a performance in the Lincoln Centre and for a walk around Central Park. For Rachel it will be like having a big sister over there’.
‘Being an MLC School graduate gave me countless experiences and opportunities which significantly helped to make the transition to life at Julliard.’
RACHEL SIU (2015)
PHOTO BY TRACEY TROMPF, LIFE MATTERS ABC
Lisa’s own Juilliard experience has been nothing short of a dream. She is currently spending the American summer in New Mexico, the youngest violist of 19 string musicians from around the world to receive a full scholarship to the Taos School of Music summer camp. She will then return to Juilliard where she is studying under the international concerto soloist Paul Neubauer who was the youngest principal player at the New York Philharmonic. She is on a $60,000 a year scholarship paid for by the Chair of the Juilliard Board, Bruce Kovner. This scholarship covers all Lisa’s tuition and living expenses, as well as tickets and monthly passes to orchestra, ballet and opera at Carnegie Hall, which she is able to attend with other Kovner Fellowship students. ‘Being an MLC School graduate gave me countless experiences and opportunities which significantly helped to make the transition to life at Julliard,’ Lisa says. I am so proud and honored to have been a part of the MLC School Community’. Back in Sydney, Rachel Siu will fly to Juilliard for the beginning of the school year in September. As she told ‘Life Matters’ host, Natasha Mitchell, ‘MLC School gathers all the passionate teachers and it rubs off on everyone and creates a really great atmosphere.’ Her dream is to become a cello soloist, travelling the world to packed houses. She took the first step on Radio National, playing an iconic work by J.S. Bach which was enthusiastically received by ABC Radio National listeners all over Australia.
‘MLC School gathers all the passionate teachers and it rubs off on everyone and creates a really great atmostphere.’ LISA SUNG (2014)
Dance, Drama and Musicals
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT 2015 IDENTITY The MLC School biennial Sydney Opera House concert was a triumph of creativity and collaboration. Ambitious and creative music making has always been a strong feature of the life of MLC School. The School’s founders were confident that young women would thrive in an environment that had an emphasis on both scholastic achievement and ambitious studies in the creative arts, music and sport. The School’s founding Principal Rev Prescott championed the pursuit and recognition of excellence in music, and from the 1880s until today music has played a vital role in the life of MLC School. Creativity is more than a specific study of the creative arts. The ability to think creatively is important for all disciplines. It helps students to develop a deeper understanding of any subject matter and strengthens the ability to access higher learning and breakthrough thinking. This is what we mean by Powerful Learning at MLC School and it prepares our girls for success in all areas of life.
MLC School students truly can do anything. It was particularly impressive to note the way in which all girls contributed to this memorable evening – from the brilliant soloists to the classroom musicians, the music making was amazing. The reaction from the audience was also warm and strong, with emails and comments flooding in to let the School know what a memorable experience the concert was.
The 13th biennial Sydney Opera House concert Identity is Powerful Learning at its finest. Five especially commissioned works were performed, including collaborations between Old Girls and present students, music written by staff members for student ensembles and contributions from both emerging and leading artists.
‘Music is central to our identity as a learning community – it is in our DNA’.
The Identity concert continued the great MLC School tradition of working with Australia’s foremost musicians. All present were in agreement that the students performed at such a high level it was difficult to remember that the musicians on stage were girls and young women from eight to eighteen. Yet in so many ways the audience was not watching students at a school concert, it was witnessing the results of ambitious and Powerful Learning at MLC School on the stage of one of the world’s great classical music venues. 22 Lucis
Thanks are due to the Director of Music Mr James Allington, all of the music team and the entire staff of MLC School who worked together behind the scenes to make this concert such a success. A special thank you also to all MLC School parents for their support. Our greatest thanks goes to our students – who have once again proved that life at MLC School is all about fearless endeavours, creativity in its widest sense, collaboration in its truest meaning, learning from the greats and creating joy for ourselves and one another. Bravo!
LOVE AND SERVICE Old Girl Suzanne ‘Polly’ Mackay’s life has been filled with unforeseen hurdles but she has sailed through adversity with optimism intact and the determination to contribute to the School that formed her. One of Suzanne Mackay’s favourite memories is from her kindergarten year when she took off in a running race in Burwood Park and kept going long after she’d broken the tape, heading for Park Avenue with the race officials running behind her. ‘I knew I’d won, I just wanted to make sure that everyone else knew it too!’ Looking back, the event foreshadowed Suzanne’s entire school career and life beyond. ‘I’ve always had tenacity and drive. It’s my Scottish blood – I am like a cattle dog. I fight to the bitter end’. 24 Lucis
It was a difficult start to school for the girl known to everyone as ‘Polly’ after the much-loved children’s nursery rhymes. She was the youngest of three girls, all of whom attended MLC School. By her first day of school, Polly’s mother was bedridden with an illness that was to last three years. ‘I had never seen a book and did not even know the alphabet. The teachers had me trace around a big, wooden ‘S’ and circle all the ‘S’s that I could find in the Sydney Morning Herald. I thought it was the most marvellous thing.’ From that day, Polly became a lover of learning. Her other love was the School itself. When the family moved to the North Shore, enrolling Polly at Ravenswood, she apologised to her new teachers, telling them that she couldn’t stay for long. ‘My mother said I couldn’t leave until my new uniform had worn out, I threatened to start pulling the threads immediately’. It was a battle that Polly was to win, staying at Ravenswood for just two terms. The then Headmistress of MLC School, Dr Wade, was waiting to greet her on her return. ‘She had been there to see me off as well. I liked Dr Wade. Everyone says she was so stern and cold but I thought she was lovely, a real lady – she just liked things to be done correctly’.
‘I sing the school song in my heart every day... It is about leaving something beautiful behind and that is why I want to make a bequest to the School to pay for scholarships. All the Mackay girls were conscientious. In particular, Polly’s middle sister, Robin who gained her PhD at 21 or 22. ‘Our parents never had to ask us to do our homework. We just did extra all the time – extra maths, extra English, extra
everything. In senior school I used to go into town and buy additional text books with my pocket money’. Polly’s dream was to become a doctor and work in Aboriginal communities. ‘All my cousins were doctors. I got the highest pass in the Leaving Certificate, which qualified me for Medicine at Sydney University. But I had to give it up after three years because I hadn’t studied the necessary chemistry, physics or high maths at school and I was completely lost. We didn’t have the career advice then that students have today. They are so fortunate’. Instead, Polly completed an Arts degree and Dip. Ed to become a Geography teacher at PLC Pymble. But circumstances were to take her life in a different direction yet again. ‘My father became ill and needed me to help run his business for five years before he died, driving him around, making orders and taking deliveries. I never went back to work after that’. Instead, Polly took on the role of a permanent carer, nursing her uncle, two sisters, mother and two romantic partners through painful, terminal illnesses over a period of almost 40 years. ‘I thought of myself as a nurse in the trenches of World War One. That is how hard it seemed’. Worse still, Polly herself suffered two serious car accidents, one of which almost killed her. ‘I don’t have any regrets, you can’t in life. But it has been very hard. Mum was from Moree, and I am a bush girl at heart. I just get on with it. I think it’s also due to the self- discipline I learnt at school. They were the best, absolutely the best years of my life. I sing the school song in my heart every day. Whenever you get us old MLC School girls together and we sing it, you would think you were listening to teenage voices, even though many of the group are now in their 80s. It is about leaving something beautiful behind and that is why I want to make a bequest to the School to pay for scholarships. I want to do something worthwhile with my life. I want to show my gratitude to the School that has done so much for me and give other young girls the opportunities that I had.
‘We MLC School girls are all in the same mould. We share a rare affinity. There is something that binds us together that I haven’t experienced in any other community...’ Suzanne has become one of the first members of the Ellen Schofield Society, for people who leave a significant bequest to the School in their Will. ‘We MLC School girls are all in the same mould. We share a rare affinity. There is something that binds us together that I haven’t experienced in any other community, not at church or anywhere’. Today at 70, Polly is studying Biology and Biochemistry in the hope of finally completing that medical degree. ‘I don’t like unfinished business. I don’t want anything to get in the way again, even if it takes me until I am 90! The MLC School motto Walk as daughters of the light means a lot to me. That new phrase too, Dare to Be More, at first I didn’t like it at all but now I realise it absolutely fits me. That is what I have done all my life and will continue to do. I will continue to dare’. Polly is now caring for her greatest love, Ron, who is in a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. ‘A week before my mother died she looked at me and said, ‘love is all you need to know’ and she was right. That is what I would say to the girls of today: follow your dreams but don’t forget the importance of love. Love is what counts in the end.’
Thank you to our benefactors
ELLEN SCHOFIELD SOCIETY MLC School began in 1886 without the benefit of a founding grant and its early years were marked by financial struggle. Student numbers were on the rise and building extensions were urgently required but despite the Headmaster’s appeals, no donations were forthcoming.
ELLEN SCHOFIELD (CIRCA 1890)
Finally Ellen Schofield, a former teacher and widow of a wealthy Wesleyan Methodist Minister, pledged 2000 pounds ($1 million in today’s terms). The donation allowed construction of the boarders’ dormitory hall and dining room, the ground floor of which is now the MLC School Chapel. Ellen Schofield had been a regular donor to local churches and a familiar figure at foundation stone laying ceremonies. When the new Schofield Hall opened, it included a gothic-style cabinet (still standing in the Chapel) to house her treasured collection of ceremonial foundation-laying trowels. Established in 2012, the Ellen Schofield Society honours benefactors who in their lifetime leave a bequest to MLC School. To join the Society or for more information, contact Alison Dunn on 02 8741 3178.
TWO OF ELLEN SCHOFIELD’S FOUNDATION-LAYING TROWELS THAT SHE DONATED TO THE SCHOOL IN 1892 SCHOFIELD HALL (1930)
SCHOLARSHIPS MLC School’s mission is to educate young women to be fearless thinkers with moral courage and compassion to be agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others. Each year we meet many brilliant young girls who, for financial reasons, are not able to access the life changing education we provide. While we have a generous scholarship scheme in place, we would like to be able to extend this generosity even further. When you support the MLC School scholarship fund you are providing a life changing opportunity for an outstanding girl to receive an unrivalled education and grow into her potential as an extraordinary young woman. To give to the Scholarship Fund please contact Alison Dunn on email@example.com or go to www.mlc.nsw.edu.au
‘It was a real boost to receive a scholarship and know that the School was behind me in my learning. It meant that I could participate in a huge range of activities that otherwise my parents would not have been able to afford.’ – YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT
‘I am definitely feeling more confident about my career prospects having been a student at MLC School. I have a more global awareness and have experienced so many rich educational experiences.’ – YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT 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. Some of our scholarships are means tested. For all scholarships at Year 7 level and above, candidates must sit an entrance examination held at the School. Short listed candidates are later invited to a Scholarship Activity Day at which girls will have an interview, a tour of the School and take part in a variety of activities with other shortlisted candidates. 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. For information about Scholarships and the application process please contact the enrolments office on firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered for the Gawalgalyung Junior School Scholarship no test is required. Candidates are invited to spend the morning in the Junior School and there will also be an interview for parents.
Agent of Change
Descending a perilous South African cave alongside a select group of international scientists, Zoe Rosen (2006) could hardly believe her good fortune. She was participating in one of the most exciting archaeological adventures of recent times, the 2013 Rising Star Expedition, which uncovered a goldmine of human fossils hidden beneath obstacles that included a dangerous 18cm wide chute. Zoe was the first caver to return to the surface with a bag of fossils, completing the subterranean trip in roughly half the time estimated. Over three weeks, she and the other scientists uncovered more than 1,200 hominid fossil elements, representing at least a dozen individuals. The Rising Star Expedition was also the first archaeological dig to exploit the immediacy of social media. Around the 28 Lucis
world, everyone from experts to school students was following the discoveries live through a series of tweets, blogs and videos. Under the stars at the make-shift camp, Zoe says her thoughts sometimes turned to the staff at MLC School who worked tirelessly to help a girl, who doctors said might never learn to read, to achieve her International Baccalaureate (IB). ‘Without MLC School I would never have got to university let alone achieved a degree. I would have missed out on many of the opportunities that I have since enjoyed,’ she says. Zoe was studying at a non-traditional school in Dural when she begged her parents to enrol her somewhere with more structure, guidance and
homework.’They looked at me like I was crazy but I knew that my alternative school had taken me as far as it could. I was about to start Year 10 and suffered from severe dyslexia. I had never used a computer or a calculator and was not even sure what the Internet was. I am so grateful that MLC School was willing to take me on’. The start of Zoe’s MLC School career was stressful to say the least. ‘I remember sitting in an English lesson in front of a laptop and the teacher said ‘all right class, open a new document’. I had absolutely no idea what she meant. I didn’t know how to structure an essay and had never sat an exam. I got two out of twenty for my first English essay.’ It was by no means assured that Zoe would achieve the IB, having started
from such a low base but thanks to countless study skills sessions and encouraging pep talks from her teachers, she accomplished her extended essay on Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and went on to study anthropology at Macquarie University. It was in part Zoe’s attitude that gained her a place on the Rising Star Expedition. ‘I love to keep moving, keep learning, so after four days on holiday in South Africa, boredom struck and I went to the University of Witwatersrand to investigate research opportunities,’ she says. ‘They told me they were looking for small-bodied people to go down the cave chute in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the next thing I knew I was participating in a journey to shed light on the origins of the human species’. When Zoe returned home she was invited to speak about the expedition at workshops and conferences. Interest in her experience led to an internship in an area she had never heard of, User Experience or ‘UX’. ‘I Googled ‘uses of ethnographic research’, a core skill I gained during my degree and came across this young
and burgeoning field, the benefits of which some companies are still coming to grasp. I was the first to gain a sought after internship, largely because of my participation on Rising Star’.
‘Without MLC School I would never have got to university let alone achieved a degree. I would have missed out on many opportunities that I have since enjoyed’.
her industry’s tendency towards shortterm contracts. ‘Most UX jobs are on consultancy or contract. It can be stressful to be between contracts but it is exciting to work with so many different companies and with so many different people. The key to success is to know your field, know your keywords and network, network, network. I attend lots of industry get togethers through the app ‘Meet Up’. Zoe is not certain whether she will one day open her own consultancy business or join a large firm but she does plan to work extensively overseas. With such a can-do, never give up mantra, there is little doubt that Zoe will take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way.
User Experience helps companies understand the needs and desires of their employees and customers, informing the design of everything from websites and apps to ticketing systems. Much of Zoe’s time is now spent interviewing and observing people to determine the thinking behind their actions. She advises a diverse range of businesses from big banks to start-ups and has embraced
ALâ€™S P I C N I PR IL COCKTARTY PA Guests at the Principal's Cocktail Party held to bring in the 2015 school year, took a 'walk in the light' in a space aglow with outdoor candelabras, stage spotlights and helium balloons filled with LEDs. The warm evening lent itself to colourful cocktails on the veranda, while the soulful sounds of the MLC School 'Big Band', lured guests to the dance floor. Parents began the night by mingling in their year groups, then moved around the room to connect with old and new friends. In her speech, Principal Denice Scala spoke of the School focus for 2015 and thanked the parents for entrusting their girls to MLC Schoolâ€™s care.
S PREFECTD AWAR Y CEREMON ‘Leadership is about making decisions that sometimes involve going where others don’t have the moral courage to go’, said MLC School Principal, Denice Scala as we ushered in our Year 12 leaders at the Prefects Awards Ceremony on 2 April. The ceremony when each Prefect is presented with her badge of office dates back to 1933. It featured music from the choir and orchestra and a symbolic bowl of red roses to represent the flowers that Year 11 students historically laid for their Year 12 leaders.
YEAR 7 T PAREN ER DINN While their daughters were setting off on their camp to Kiama, Year 7 parents bonded at a buffet style dinner in Daphne Line Hall. To break the ice they played ‘Human Bingo’, traversing the room with a bingo card that featured tasks like ‘find someone who is taller than you’ and ‘find someone with a son at Newington’. They heard an explanation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) from the Head of Middle Years, Jo Sarmiento and Head of Year 7, Fiona Pow. Then, sitting in House groups, they constructed shapes out of paddle pop sticks following the verbal instructions of their chosen ‘facilitator’ before conducting an MYP style reflection on what they had learned. ‘It was a great night and we all connected really well,’ said Year 7 parent, Nerida Coman. Lucis 31
REUNIONS O BACK TGE COLLE NOON TEA AFTER Old Girls from the 1930s to the 2000s attended the Back to College event held on 16 May. They drank champagne and nibbled on delicious high tea fare as they heard Principal, Denice Scala explain the School’s educational vision and the concept of Powerful Learning. ‘We are pleased to have revived the annual tradition of Back to College. This event offers all Old Girls, irrespective of when they left school, the opportunity to meet with each other and catch up first hand on the changes as they take place at MLC School,’ said Kim Rowley MLC School Old Girls’ Union President.
1955 REUNION Over 29 Old Girls from the class of 1955 gathered in the former Principal’s Residence (now the Sutherland Rooms) for an elegant afternoon tea in March. Some had travelled from rural NSW, others had flown from interstate to reconnect and reminisce with old friends. In her speech, one of the organisers, Judy O’Neil made reference to the many ways that the School has changed over the years. ‘It is pleasing to see that MLC School has such a progressive attitude and kept pace with the times’. Many guests enjoyed a tour of the School and the chance to move among the students of 2015. Their overall impression was that while the times might have changed, the girls essentially had not.
1 9 7 5U N I O N RE One highlight from the class of 1975 reunion was a sing along to the MLC School song and hymn performed by Jocelyn Bode one of two Old Girls who once played the piano in assembly every day. ‘I was surprised to see how much pleasure we all took in singing them both again after so long,’ she said. ‘They really are beautiful pieces of music’. As an afternoon tea rather than a sit down lunch, the event provided plenty of opportunity to mingle and the time seemed to fly by. 32 Lucis
1974 ION REUN Old Girls from the class of 1974 so enjoyed their 40th reunion at the school in 2014 that they organised another get together this year. ‘We tried to find every girl from our year using Facebook and LinkedIn and we posted hand written letters to former boarders who still live on the land. We had to use our detective skills but it was worth it as we are now in touch with 94 girls out of a total of 144’ said one of the organisers, Lyn Melrose (Woolley). An Old Girl opened her bucolic Windsor property for the event. For a number of attendees it was their first reunion and they were thrilled to re-connect with the School Captain who flew in from the USA. ‘The divisions that existed between us at School, like what class we were in or whether we were boarders or ‘day bugs’ had dissolved. What we still have in common are the traits that MLC School instilled in us like confidence, strength and resilience. As my father says, you can take the girl out of MLC School but you can’t take MLC School out of the girl’. As the sun went down the class of ’74 sat by an outdoor fire and looked back at old photographs and copies of ‘Excelsior���. The gathering was such a success that some guests stayed for 48 hours and the next reunion is being planned for within the next two years.
1985 ION REUN The class of 1985 reunion was held in Independent Learning Centre Level 3 with its beautiful view of the city skyline. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed and guests report that the volume was loud. ‘It was such a happy reunion. You couldn’t shut us up!’ says Old Girl Tamara Carlin who revived her debating days by giving a speech in which she expressed gratitude that everyone in the room was still recognisable. The Old Girls toured both new and familiar old buildings, noting that while the physical structures might have changed, the MLC School values live on. The get together continued for hours at Café Bello on Burwood Road as old friendships were rekindled and new ones made. Lucis 33
VALE The MLC School Community was saddened to hear of the deaths of some of our Old Girls. Margaret Davis (Collard, 1944)
Margaret Hearder (Muir, 1946)
Old Girl Karen Davis (Robinson, 1968) called to tell us that her mother-in-law Margaret Davis (Collard, 1944) died peacefully on 9 May 2014 at her home in Adelaide. Margaret was the much loved mother of Ewen and Catherine and grandmother of Ben and Julie. She was the dear sister of Craig and aunt of Elizabeth. Margaret was actively involved in the Old Girls’ Union for many years and will be greatly missed by her MLC School friends.
Margaret’s son Tony Hearder called to say that Margaret passed away peacefully at home on 22 April 2015. Margaret was a loving mum to Tony and Susie, adored grandma of Karl and Ciara and a friend to all she met.
Bronwyn Carter (Lees, 1968) Old Girl Carolyn Heckenberg (1968) contacted us to tell us of the death of her MLC School friend Bronwyn Carter (Lees, 1968) from breast cancer on 11 April 2014. Bronwyn was the devoted wife of Ray and adored mother of Nerida and Michael. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and her MLC School friends. Jennifer (Jenny) Bowen (Hamilton, 1973) Carol Edds (Hamilton, 1968) has written to tell us of the sad passing of her younger sister Jennifer (Jenny) Bowen (Hamilton, 1973). Jenny was the loving wife of John Bowen, proud mother of Adam and the doting grandmother of Ryan. Her passion for birds and animals, particularly for horses, continued through out her life especially in her role as a vet nurse. Her interest and devotion to animals also shone with her ability to hand-raise exotic Australian birds as a hobby. Jenny died after a long struggle with breast cancer and passed away peacefully on 23 November 2014 aged 58. Her family and MLC School friends will miss her.
Thelma Coyne Long 1960s–1970s MLC School Tennis Coach Judy Stokes (Woolley, 1971) has written to tell us of the passing of ex MLC School staff member, tennis coach Thelma Long on 13 April 2015 at the age of 96. We are grateful to Judy because we were unaware that Mrs Long, our tennis coach in the 1960s and 1970s, was international tennis super-star Thelma Coyne Long. Tributes to Thelma’s life were published by the NY Times, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the International Tennis Federation and local media. Thelma Long was an Australian tennis star who won 19 Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles in a career that spanned more than two decades from 1936 to 1958. She was the oldest Australian women’s singles and doubles champion and remains the only player (man or woman) to have won 12 Australian doubles titles.
After her tennis-playing career ended, Thelma qualified as a teaching professional and began working as a tennis coach at MLC School in the 1960s. She also became a trailblazer for women’s tennis – she was a driving force for the ITF to establish the Federation Cup in 1963. Judy Stokes, who at the time was unaware of all of Thelma’s achievements, says ‘Mrs Long was just our tennis coach who took us for lessons. I will always remember her quiet manner. She would say ‘and into the net’ as she demonstrated volleying with her left foot forward and racquet held high, which always preceded our girly attempts to perform a decent volley. I think we all owe our life-long love of tennis to her lessons.’ Judy concludes by saying ‘What a grand age to reach! Helped perhaps by all that exercise.’
At the start of WWII Thelma joined the Red Cross, working as a transport driver in Melbourne. In 1942 she enlisted in the Australian Women’s Army Service, attaining the rank of Captain. For her wartime service, she was awarded both the Australian War Medal and Australian Service Medal for 1939 –1945.
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GENERATIONS AT MLC SCHOOL
Last year MLC School welcomed our third 5th generation MLC School girl when Ines Prince (2027) started Pre-K. We are also excited to discover that in three years time we will welcome Ines’ cousin Poppy Matilda Frederick (2031) who will be our first 5th generation MLC School girl directly through the matriarchal line.
SARAH MATILDA SCOTT-TILLY EVANS (1894)
Poppy Matilda Frederick (2031) is the daughter of Sarah Prince (1996), who is the daughter of Heather Prince (Walker, 1965), who is the daughter of Heather Walker (Scott, 1928), who is the daughter of Sarah Matilda ‘Tilly’ Scott (Evans, 1894). Ines' and Poppy’s family’s long association with MLC School began in the very early years of the School when their great-great-grandmother, Sarah Matilda ‘Tilly’ Evans and her sister Ethel enrolled in the Wesleyan Ladies College. 23 direct descendants of ‘Tilly’ Evans, and 13 direct descendants of Ethel Evans have attended MLC School. To our knowledge we currently have three 5 generation families, but when Poppy arrives she will be our first directly through the female line. We also believe that we have four 4 generation families and quite a number of 3 generation ones.
SARAH PRINCE (1996) POPPY FREDERICK (2031)
INES PRINCE (2027)
HEATHER PRINCE (WALKER, 1963) HEATHER WALKER (SCOTT, 1928) SARAH PRINCE (1996)
If your family has a long association with the School and you have not yet told us, please let our Archivist Barbara Hoffman know at email@example.com
Welcome to MLC School
ENTRY POINTS While 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:
TOURS OF MLC SCHOOL Join us to see what MLC School is all about
You are most welcome to join us to get a good idea of how MLC School works, meet some of our students and generally get a sense of what life is like here. We understand this is a big decision for your family and your daughter, so we encourage as many questions as possible! SENIOR SCHOOL
TERM 3 2015 Thursday 3 September
Thursday 13 August Tuesday 8 September
TERM 4 2015 Thursday 5 November
Wednesday 4 November
MLC SCHOOL INFORMATION EVENING Do you know a girl in the Sutherland Shire who would like to attend MLC School? Bring her and her family to our Information Evening. WHEN: VENUE: DETAILS:
Monday 24 August 2015 Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands. Contact our Enrolments Manager Nerida Coman on 8741 3165 for more details
§§ Pre-Kindergarten – Early Years (students must turn four 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 five years by 31 May in the year of entry) §§ Year 5 – Junior School §§ Year 6 – Middle Years §§ Year 7 – Middle Years Applications are also invited from students wishing to join the Senior School in Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11, in readiness to commence either the Higher School Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
WELCOME TO MLC SCHOOL HSC or IB? At MLC School, students have the freedom to choose their academic pathway and are well supported in the decisions they make. §§ 52% of the 2014 Year 12 cohort achieved a combined ATAR over 90 in the HSC and IB §§ 37.4% of the 2014 Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR over 95. If you would like to discuss a position in Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11 in preparation for the Senior Years, please call our Enrolments Manager Nerida Coman on 8741 3165 for a confidential conversation.
OLD GIRLS We warmly welcome the daughters of Old Girls to MLC School, and there are many families with long standing connections to the School. Daughters and granddaughters of Old Girls are given advanced standing in the application process, provided the School receives an application by the student’s first birthday.
Rowley Street Burwood NSW 2134 Tel 61 2 9747 1266 Fax 61 2 9745 3254 www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au Follow MLC School on Facebook The Uniting Church in Australia CRICOS No. 02328D A UNITING CHURCH DAY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12