MGC – History

Melbourne Girls’ College was established in 1994 on the original site of Richmond Secondary College, which was closed in 1992. The College was envisaged as an innovative and exemplary environment for girls’ education. From humble beginnings of 300 students, today the College has flourished and grown to become a vibrant community of over 1400 students.

We continue to honour the original vision of our founders and are proud of our reputation as a creative, safe and supportive place of learning characterised by academic excellence, teamwork and diversity.


The Melbourne Girls’ College values provide the foundations of our strong community.


Excellence in our achievements and aspirations while always striving to give and be our best.


Together, we know we can achieve so much more. We strongly believe that effective communication and the celebration of individuality within the team are crucial elements to developing an effective team-based collaborative environment.


We are a richer community when we consider all perspectives and recognise and celebrate the differences. We challenge our students to think critically about their own beliefs and examine the world in fresh ways to promote creativity and innovation in an authentic, inclusive environment.


The Yarra River is an ever-present and picturesque feature of the campus and holds a special significance in the life of our community. The river is represented by the ripples on the College crest. The colours of the ripples, purple, white and green, pay respect to the achievements and aspirations of
the women’s movement.

The House Program creates a sense of belonging, and fosters enthusiasm, teamwork and leadership across a range of activities including annual swimming, athletics and cross-country inter-house competitions. In addition to the sporting competitions, there are competitions in music, art, debating, chess,
and public speaking.