Melbourne Girls' College

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Melbourne Girls' College
Melbourne Girls' College.jpg
Lead and Achieve
Richmond, Victoria
Coordinates 37°49′19″S 145°0′52″E / 37.82194°S 145.01444°E / -37.82194; 145.01444Coordinates: 37°49′19″S 145°0′52″E / 37.82194°S 145.01444°E / -37.82194; 145.01444
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day school
Established 1994
Principal Karen Money
Years 7−12
Enrolment 1,323
Colour(s) Navy Blue, White, Green, Purple

Melbourne Girls' College is an all-girls, 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. Currently, girls from 212 Melbourne postcodes, in Melbourne and in country Victoria, along with girls from overseas countries, make up the student population. Sixty countries of birth are represented there.


Melbourne Girls' College was established in January 1994 with an enrolment of approximately 300 students. The site on which the College is 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 own unique identity and mission, much 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. Current Assistant Principals: Linda Brown and Kay Clarke.

House system[edit]

All students are allocated a House when they first enroll at the College. The four houses are named after 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.

Purple represents dignity[citation needed]

Green the environment and personal growth[citation needed]

White, independence and purpose[citation needed]

Navy represents the pursuit of excellence[citation needed]

The combination of green, white and purple were the colours of the Women's Social and Political Union in the UK.


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.)

There are three uniforms: summer, winter and sports, all of which generally consist of two colours, navy and white. The summer uniform is worn throughout terms 1 and 4 and the winter uniform in terms 2 and 3 (Victorian School Terms). There is generally a two week transition period between wearing the separate uniforms. The sports uniform is only to be worn on days where the students have P.E. and other sporting events.

Melbourne Girls' College has four house colours for their school: purple, blue, green and white. Each colour is also the colour of each of the four houses. They are the colours of the women's suffragettes.

The summer school uniform is a checked blue and white dress with a white collar. You must also wear the blazer (navy with crest), the navy blue knit jumper (pullover) or the new navy blue vest (pullover) during assemblies, or at all times at school, to and from school, as this is compulsory. The socks must be white knee high however may be worn down low; the school hat must be worn in terms 1&4.

The winter uniform consists of a white blouse, a navy skirt, navy tights, a blue and white striped tie. (or an optional blue with green, white and purple stripes for year twelves) the school hat does not need to be worn but the blazer and pullover is strongly advised, although once again compulsory and reinforced.


To be accepted to Year 7 at Melbourne Girls’ College a sibling needs to be currently enrolled or it needs to be your nearest local school, given that you live in the area. Melbourne Girl's College is rather prestigious and a selective school, as you must do a test before being a successful applicant for the school itself if you are not in the schools post code area.


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