Melbourne Girls' College
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|Melbourne Girls' College|
Lead and Achieve
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Navy Blue, White, Green, Purple
Melbourne Girls' College (MGC) is an all girls Department of Education and Training (DET) private independent school located in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond alongside the Yarra Boulevard. It has one campus on the banks of the Yarra River which is for girls from year 7 to 12, (11/12 VCE/VCE VET) and has an enrollment of 1323 (2014) with a division between the middle and senior school. Currently, girls from 212 Melbourne postcodes, in Melbourne and country Victoria, along with girls from overseas countries, make up the student population. Sixty countries of birth are represented at the school.
Melbourne Girls' College was established in January 1994 with an enrolment of approximately 300 students. The site on which the College stands was initially Richmond High School, which was closed in 1992 by the Kennett government.
Although the College was established as an entirely new entity with its unique identity and mission, many of the founding staff and initial intake of students came from three other schools which had ceased to exist. These were Richmond Girls' High School, Malvern Girls' High School, and Richmond Secondary College.
The Foundation Principal was Cavell Zangalis, the Principal from Richmond Girls' High School, who created the school from the empty shell that once was Richmond Secondary School. From 1995, Jan Parkes led (as principal) the newly formed Melbourne Girls’ College for over seven years, developing it into an innovative educational college. In 2002, a newer principal, Judy Crowe, introduced a new curriculum structure and several new facilities development. The current principal, Karen Money, joined the college in 2015.
All students are allocated a House when they first enrol at the College. The four houses are named after prominent Australian women; Chisholm (green), Melba (blue), Lyons (white), and Maris (purple). Chisholm, named after Caroline Chisholm; Melba, named after Dame Nellie Melba; Maris, named after Hyllus Maris; and Lyons, named after Dame Enid Lyons.
Melbourne Girls' College maintains a strict uniform policy. All students are required to wear a uniform from Year 7 throughout to Year 12, at all times of the year (with the exception of school organised events such as Casual Clothes Day and Year 12 jumpers.)
Entry to Melbourne Girls' College is competitive; to be accepted to Year 7, students must live in the local school zone or a sibling needs to be currently enrolled. Melbourne Girls' College also accepts some students who do not meet these criteria, which is determined through a written test which focuses on leadership skills and their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) program.
MGC holds the annual Swimming Sports Carnival and Athletics Carnival, which is a fun filled day for the competitive and the non-competitive students with events catering for all abilities, to compete for the House Swimming or Athletics Cup. The MGC School team members for Athletics and Swimming is also chosen during these carnivals who go to represent the school at District, Zonal, Regional, and State meets conducted by Schools Sports Victoria. Other MGC Sports teams at 'A' grade (competitive) and 'B' grade (non-competitive/social) include Cross Country, Tennis, Rugby, Badminton, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Netball, Softball, Cricket, Soccer, and Basketball. These teams compete in intra and inter-school sports at meets such as District, Zonal, Regional and State. While MGC is very competitive, they also encourage students to try sports and have fun regardless of ability as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The school also has a successful program with many high-level Victorian gymnastics programs, which has seen many MGC alumni travelling to the Olympics to compete in Gymnastics. Additionally, the school sends a team of students and teachers to take part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
Melbourne Girls' College boasts one of the largest and most successful rowing programs in Victoria, with girls competing in many competitions including the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta and the Australian Rowing Championships. MGC offers rowing to all students from year 8 to year 12 and training occurs outside of the normal school hours. MGC is one of the only private schools in the state to have such a unique program. 
The school also offers students an aerobics program, where students are given the opportunity to compete at a national level, with recent members of the program even traveling to international competitions.
An extensive co-curricular music and performing arts program support a great choice of over 15 ensembles including a Choir, Senior School Ensemble, Concert Band, Middle School guitar ensemble and Senior Orchestra with school performances, Musicals every second year, Chorals from years 7-8 and Inter-house productions. MGC also undertakes an overseas trip to New York City for art based learning opportunity, where students can visit multiple art galleries and musicals.
Camps - Outdoor Education
Girls at every year level have opportunities to participate in the school’s extensive camping program, including rural residential camps and curriculum-based excursions such as the week-long Year 9 study of the city of Melbourne, City Experience.