Melbourne Girls' College

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Melbourne Girls' College
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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
Established 1994
Principal Karen Money
Years 7−12
Enrolment 1,323 [1]

Navy Blue, White, Green, Purple


Melbourne Girls' College is an all-girls, government secondary 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 and has an enrolment of 1323 (2014)[1] with a division between the middle and senior school. 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.

The school has Year 12 College Captain's and they are the leaders of the school, as they lead the Senior and Middle School Executive, organising school and outside of school events with teachers and peers within other clubs of the school, such as Environment Club, Philanthropy Team, Sport's Captain's, Maths Club, Science Clubs and The Arts as well as many more that students create themselves. There are Captains and co-captains for each, usually in the senior years of school with guided help of the correct staff to ensure the clubs are maintained correctly in a fair manner.

MGC maintains and upholds that the girls turn into exceptional young women leading and achieving - as the motto goes once they graduate in year 12. The school holds Valedictory dinners for the graduating classes each year at a venue and Presentation Night's for the entire school to attend as this is compulsory, where they must sing the school song. The school provides a year 9 and 10 social with a brother school, and a Year 11 and 12 formal each year.


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. The school also has two current assistant principals; Linda Brown and Kay Clarke.

House system[edit]

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.

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. Additionally, the blue represents the Yarra river which is adjacent to the school grounds.


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.

The summer school uniform is a checkered blue and white dress with a white collar. The blazer (navy with crest) must be worn during formal assemblies, or at all times while travelling to and from school in the summer and winter months. Students must wear white knee high socks however socks are permitted to be worn down low. The straw 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. Additional items including the navy blue knit jumper (pullover) or the navy blue vest (pullover) may also be worn.


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 a number of students who do not meet these criteria, which is determined through a written test which focuses on leadership skills.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Melbourne Girls' College offers a range of co-curricular opportunities to meet a wide range of interests including Public Speaking and Debating, Drama, Music, Outdoor Education, Sport, Overseas Student Exchange and Overseas Tours. An Australian Air Force Cadet program has allowed students opportunities for powered flying and gliding, as well as marching in the ANZAC day parade.

The school is prestigious and selective of its students and ensures that the curriculum and teachers are maintained as role models and support when needed. MGC offers French and Chinese as a LOTE subject from year 8 to girls VCE years if chosen, with opportunities for overseas exchange and language trips available. All subjects at Melbourne Girl's ensures variety and offers other pathways such as VCE VET.

MGC maintains a recurring Swimming Sports Carnival and Athletics Day for the students every year; although offers other sports such as Cross Country, Tennis, Rugby, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Netball, Softball, Cricket, Soccer and Basketball. The school also has a successful program with many high-level Victorian gymnastics programs, which has seen 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. 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 travelling to international competitions.

An extensive co-curricular music and performing arts program supports a great choice of over 15 ensembles including an Choir, Senior School Ensemble, Concert Band, Middle School guitar ensemble and Senior Orchestra with school performances, Musicals every second year, Chorals from year's 7-8 and Inter-house productions. MGC also undertakes an overseas trip to New York City for an arts based learning opportunity, where students are able to visit multiple art galleries and musicals.

Girls at every year level have opportunities to participate in the school’s extensive camping program, including residential rural camps and curriculum-based excursions such as the week-long Year 9 study of the city of Melbourne.


  1. ^ a b "Home - My School". 

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