Dear Future Year 7 Families,
We are again delighted to welcome you and your child to Melbourne Girls’ College. We look forward to the next six years being productive and happy ones for your child and your family. The key promise we make to our community is that learning, wellbeing and life-long success are our major priorities. The curriculum with its focus on expert teaching of core subjects, trans-disciplinary subjects and inquiry has been a major success. Students are engaged in their studies and are learning about the growth mindset they need to take into life beyond secondary school. Our students are experiencing great success as a result.
On Tuesday, 10th December 2019 Orientation Day will occur. On this day students will complete a number of different activities with their new classmates and teachers.
Students are to arrive with their parents at 8.40am at the Auditorium via Gate 2.
A Parent Welcome morning tea will be held in the Gillard Centre from 9.15am to 10.15am on this day. We welcome you to this event to showcase the many ways you can be actively involved in our College.
For the invitation to the Parents’ Morning Tea, please click here.
The Parents’ Association Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open from 1.30 to 3.30pm on this day in the Café foyer via Gate 2.
Students are to be collected from the Auditorium via Gate 2 at 2.30pm.
For more information on the Orientation Day, please click here.
2020 Term dates
Term 1: Tuesday 28th January – General Office opens, teachers return.
Wednesday 29th January – Term 1 Academic Year begins for Years 7, 12 & all new students.
Thursday 30th January – Term 1 Academic Year begins for Years 8-11 students.
Term 1 concludes on Friday 27th March
Term 2: Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June
Term 3: Monday 13th July to Friday 18th September
Term 4: Monday 5th October to Friday 18th December
Please note: On the last day of each term, students finish at 2.30pm.
Year 7 Camp
Students will attend camp from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th February or Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th February. The camp that students will attend is dependent on their house, which they will find out about on Orientation Day.
The camp is an important event in the Year 7 calendar. Arrabri Lodge in Warburton provides a range of great activities and gives an opportunity for students to become better acquainted with classmates and teachers.
For information on what to bring to the Year 7 camp, please click here.
Parents’ Welcome Evening
On Tuesday 18th February at 7.00pm – 8.30pm beginning in the Auditorium (Gate 2), we host a parent welcome evening. This is an opportunity to meet other new Year 7 parents as well as established MGC parents. It is also an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers informally, and build our shared understanding of how we can support your child.
For the Parents’ Welcome Evening invitation, please click here.
These will take place on Wednesday 19th February. Information regarding ordering photos will be made available on Compass in 2020.
House Sports Carnivals
• Swimming – Thursday 20th February
• Athletics – Wednesday 29th April
It is expected that all students attend these important school events.
Whilst there are no scheduled classes on these days, it is expected that students will attend the interviews with their parents in order to receive feedback:
• Tuesday 24th March, 12.00pm – 7.30pm
• Tuesday 15th September, 12.00pm – 7.00pm (date TBC)
2020 Student Free Days
• Friday 24th April
• Friday 12th June
• Monday 10th August
• Monday 2nd November
Please note: MS = Middle School – Years 7, 8 and 9 students
Resource Lists (Booklists)
Resource lists include other resources as well as books. The process for ordering Resource Lists has recently changed to an online ordering system. Required books and resources can be ordered via the link here.
Please note that books and resources will not be delivered to school, only home delivery is available.
If you have further questions please contact Sylvan Dorney, our Library Manager via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Hand Books
MGC suggests the online website The Sustainable School Shop for parents to buy and sell books. Parents’ can visit the sustainable shop here.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Students are expected to have a device for use in their classes in 2020. MGC recommends parents purchase a laptop via our managed program. If you have questions about any aspect of Information Technology at MGC, please contact Anthony Keen, the IT Manager via email email@example.com
Parent laptop purchase portal is available here : https://mgc.orderportal.com.au/
For more information on BYOD, please click here.
Uniform Guidelines and Second Hand Uniform Shop Details
Bob Stewart is our uniform supplier. For the Bob Stewart website, please click, here.
Every student is expected to wear the full Melbourne Girls’ College uniform, including the school bag. In 2020 students consistently out of uniform will be sent home after contact with parents until they can return in full school uniform. Families experiencing financial hardship should contact the Wellbeing staff on 9428 8955.
The Second Hand Uniform shop run by our Parents’ Association is open every Thursday from 1.05pm – 2.00pm and is located in the Café foyer (Gate 2).
Safe, orderly environment – our Code of Conduct
We are keen to see every child succeed; part of this is teaching that rights and responsibilities are inherent in any organisation. Respect for staff and school policy is expected at all times. An agreement is located in the front pages of every student diary so that we are clear on rights and responsibilities. In enrolling at MGC, you and your daughter agree with the MGC Statement of Values (which was included in your Enrolment Pack).
Attendance and Lateness – “It’s Not OK To Be Away”
At Melbourne Girls’ College we take attendance very seriously. Please make appointments and family vacations outside of school hours and enter all absences into Compass (our parent portal) prior to the date of the absence or on the day of the absence. Extended absences should be communicated to the Year Level Leader or Assistant Leader to support your child’s learning during her time away from school.
Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund
The Victorian Government has announced $148.3 million over four years for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF), to ensure all eligible students are able to participate in school trips and sporting activities.
Families holding a valid means-tested concession card will be eligible to apply. Eligible families will need to apply for the CSEF at their child’s school with applications to be entered by school administrators onto a web-based system. Application process starts Term 1, 2020.
A payment of $225 for secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used towards camps, sports and excursion costs for the benefit of the student.
School Council Elections Timeline and Process
Serving on Council, or one of its sub-committees, is a great way of supporting our College and playing a leading role in its development as a provider of quality education. Please consider nominating for Council when notices are distributed in February.
Year 7 Course Confirmation Booklet
To download a fresh copy of the Year 7 Course Confirmation Booklet – please click here.
Performing Arts Links
PowerPoint from the Year 7 2020 Laptop Information Night held on Thursday 22nd August 2020. Includes some key dates and information regarding Year 7, 2020.
Stephanie Valencia – Year 7 & 8 Enrolment Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent Houghton – Assistant Principal (Years 7 & 8) – email@example.com
Shaunagh O’Connell – Year 7 Leader 2019 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Tellefson – Year 7 Leader 2020 – email@example.com
Anthony Keen – IT Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org