The students at Melbourne Girls’ College have the opportunity to be involved in a range of international study tours to Asia, Europe and America. Our Languages Department offers an alternating program of overseas study tours to France and China. These study tours are open to all Melbourne Girls’ College students with priority given to those students who are studying the language at the time of the tour. The tours take place in the final week of term 3 and the first week of the September holidays.
The aim of the tours is to provide students with unique in-country cultural experiences and language learning opportunities. They get to visit many iconic places, improve their language skills and meet new people. They learn a lot about the country they visit and about themselves.
2017 International Trips
New York & Los Angeles U.S.A. (Art)
On 26th of March we jetted off on the third MGC Arts, Design and Culture trip to New York City and Los Angeles in the United States of America. Thirty students from Years 10 – 12 and three staff spent fifteen days exploring the Arts offerings of these two cities. The influence of these two cities on the Arts is incalculable. This unique experience will not only encourage the students to further explore their own art, it will also positively enrich their lives.
See below for a first hand account of the Los Angeles leg of our journey from one of our students.
Head of Visual Arts
NEW YORK leg 2017
On the 26th of April, 30 students from years 10 – 12 student and 3 teachers jetted off to New York and LA for the bi-annual arts and culture trip. Spending 10 days in New York, we experienced a wide range of New York culture, walking through the streets of midtown and Manhattan, taking the subway all around the city and venturing over the Brooklyn bridge and buying hotdogs from a street vendor! We were also fortunate enough to experience a wide range of important artistic landmarks of New York, with visits to galleries such as MoMA, the Whitney, the Brooklyn museum, the Met, the New museum and Dia Beacon.
In addition to immersing ourselves in art, one of the other highlights of this trip was seeing the Broadway musical Hello Dolly with the incredible, Bette Midler! We are all so grateful for this amazing opportunity and for the guidance of our teachers. It has opened our eyes to new ideas and perspectives and given us inspiration for the future.
LA leg 2017
During the term 1 holidays a group of 30 students and 3 teachers visited America on an art trip. One of the stop offs was Los Angeles, where we spent the last four days of our adventure.
We went to places like LACMA and MOCA, both of which displayed different types of art while focusing on different areas of art studies. A highlight of LA was The Broad. The Broad is an art gallery owned by a couple with hundreds of art pieces from artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
Other experiences included visiting the fashion district, Universal Studios and going to the Santa Monica boardwalk. Overall the trip inspired me to widen my work variety and explore different concepts in art.
Space Camp U.S.A. (STEAM)
In September 2017, 21 brave students will set a heading for the United States of America to test themselves at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Here students will live like an astronaut in training. They will experience Orbiter, Space Station and Mission Control simulators. They will design and test their own virtual Mars Rover and experience weightlessness through scuba diving scenarios. They will have the opportunity to meet other cadets from all over the world.
Following the official graduation ceremony from Space Camp, students will board a flight to Orlando, Florida. Here they will visit Kennedy Space Centre and have lunch with an astronaut. They will also complete an indoor skydiving experience and visit the Florida Everglades. Students will also get to visit Disney’s EPCOT and Magic Kingdom.
This camp aims to promote collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication skills in our students and develop their love of STEAM fields.
Head of S.T.E.A.M.