Term 2 Week 5


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Principal Rebecca Cody

  • Celebrating the heart of our school

  • Making a statement on diversity

  • Principal recruitment on track for 2018 start

The rain early in the week didn’t dampen any spirits at MLC. It has been especially joyous to celebrate National Boarding Week. Our Boarding House is literally in the heart of our school, and the diversity and experiences our boarding families bring to our community is valued dearly. It is a fitting time to acknowledge our sensational Boarding House staff, led by Elaine Riley, who give so generously and affectionately of their time and skills to care for learners who are away from home.

With regards to appreciating diversity, it was a particularly proud moment at the end of Term 1 when MLC released our Diversity Statement. This was a collaborative initiative between students and staff honouring our values and our place as a College Uniting Church. I thank the Rev. Hollis Wilson for coordinating this project and, as ever, for supporting our learners in their endeavours to serve and support the wider community. One recent example of this has been the emergence of our Amnesty International student leaders and their recognition of IDAHOT 2017 in the Senior Years. How beautiful it has been to be reminded through this activity that love makes a family.

Finally for now, I am very pleased to refer you to an item from our Chair of Council regarding the recruitment process for MLC’s 12th Principal.

Dear MLC Community

I am very pleased to inform you all that the advertisement to recruit MLC’s next Principal, commencing in 2018, will be in The Weekend Australian newspaper on Saturday.

The process of search, and ultimately the successful selection and appointment for Ms Cody’s successor, has been carefully planned, and will take some months. In the meantime, please be assured we are on track.

Your MLC Council has engaged an executive search firm with particular expertise and experience in the education sector to assist throughout the process.

On behalf of Council, I thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to sharing news as we work through the coming months.

Yours sincerely

Dr Penny Flett
Chair, MLC Council

Deputy Principal Maree Baddock

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for MLC parents, students and staff to come together to share a cuppa and some delicious food, while helping the Cancer Council raise vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support services.

On Thursday 25 May the Parents of MLC are inviting parents to join their daughters and staff for morning tea, commencing at 10am on the Great Court.

Students are encouraged to show support through wearing royal blue and daffodil yellow coloured ribbons or decorations in their hair, and may also wear blue or yellow socks for the day. These colours are representative of the Cancer Council of WA; the blue symbolises ‘thought’ and the yellow, ‘hope’. A donation is requested to go to towards the Cancer Council’s research.

Please put this date in your diaries and join us for this very worthwhile fundraising cause.


Over the last two weeks I have spoken to the Middle and Senior Years’ girls about the College value of Integrity and reminded them of the need to be honest and demonstrate strong moral principles. There have been a number of incidents since the beginning of the year where students have stood up and spoken out when they have observed inappropriate behaviour on the part of their peers.

We recognise, however, that there are students who are currently not demonstrating integrity. A number of mobile phones have gone missing over the last few weeks, and some of them have been taken by students. Removing another person’s phone is theft, it is a crime, and it could become a police matter.

I would ask your help in reminding your daughters to take care of their personal property and make sure that any items of value are on them at all times or secured in their lockers.

The Week Ahead


Years 9 and 10 MLC Language students Christ Church Grammar School Quiz Afternoon
Years 11-12 IGSSA Hockey and Netball Fixtures


Year 7 Mathematics Spotlight Series – Session 1
Year 6 Leaders – IPSHA Ecumenical Service
Years 10-12 Undergraduate Studies at Cambridge University


Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 Occupational Therapy Provision
Year 10 Career Development Day
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 National Simultaneous Storytime
College Council Meeting
Years 4-12 Semester 1 Music Concert


Senior Years’ Assembly
UnitingCare West Student Forum
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Years 9-10 Hockey and Netball Fixtures


Sorry Day
Junior Years’ Chapel
Cabaret Night


Rowing Regatta 3
Year 12 Semester 1 French and German Oral Exams



Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12


REVelation – A Weekly Reflection from Rev. Wilson

Sorry Day 2017

It has been 20 years since Commissioners Mick Dodson and Sir Ronald Wilson (former national Uniting Church president) submitted the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report on the Stolen Generation.

From the ‘Bringing Them Home’ website:

This is a significant anniversary for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report in the Commonwealth Parliament. This landmark report into the Stolen Generations highlighted the past practice of removing Aboriginal children from their families and the ongoing impact of those policies.

The site reports that of the 54 recommendations, five have been fully implemented.

On Sorry Day, May 26, singer Archie Roach, along with a number of WA indigenous performers, will headline the 20th anniversary concert at the Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley.

Many of the performers have family connections to the Stolen Generations and will be joined by Stolen Generations survivors and their families to acknowledge this anniversary.

Thanks be to God.

Cabaret Night – Last Chance to Book

Tickets for Cabaret Night have almost sold out. Bookings close 11.30pm on Sunday 21 May.

If you would like to secure your tickets for this wonderful musical event, please book here.

Catherine Butler
Friends of Music President

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2017

The MLC community is invited to join Parents of MLC in support of the Cancer Council of Western Australia. Morning tea will be provided on Thursday 25 May on the Great Court from 10-11am. This year we have a guest speaker from the Cancer Council to share her knowledge of how the money raised is used for vital research and development.

Last year MLC contributed to the national fundraising effort of close to $14 million. Please join us next week, we would love to see you all.

Mirella Tarulli
Parents of MLC President


Wellbeing at MLC – Drugs in the Community

As part of the Walton Leadership Institute Champions of Change series and the Thrival curriculum, MLC is hosting a School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) free information session to help parents understand the role they play in school drug education.

Parents will learn the real picture of illicit drug use in adolescents, and how to open a dialogue with their children about this. The event is open to the broader community, so please invite other parents that may be interested in attending. As our teenagers’ social networks often extend well beyond the College grounds, a community approach to the issues faced by our teenagers is often best.

Date | Thursday 8 June 2017
Time | 7-8.30pm
Where | MLC’s Hadley Hall
Booking | Please contact Kelli Dawson at SDERA on 9402 6267 or kelli.dawson@education.wa.edu.au
RSVP | 6 June 2017

Get your taxes into shape by joining the Circle of Success

Join the momentum of the Circle of Success in 2017. Your tax deductible contribution of $1,000 will make a significant difference to all current and future MLC students. Have your say as you vote on a worthy project that will join the Yvonne Palmer Biological Sciences Laboratory (2015) and the Gertrude Walton Centre (2016) to vastly enhance the learning adventures at MLC.

You can join here or call Development Associate Cath Woodley on 9383 8856.

2017 European Music Tour Concert

On Friday 16 June at 7pm the College’s premier ensembles will by joined by guest artists, international opera singer Paul O’Neill and 2017 Wesfarmers Young Artist at West Australian Opera Fleuranne Brockway, for their European Music Tour Concert.

Further details and call times for ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Chorale and Barbershop) will be sent to parents soon.

Please join us for this exciting preview. Admission is free but seats must be reserved here.

School Holiday Programmes



Celebrating Success

Congratulations to the following girls on their success at the Fremantle Eisteddfod:

  • Trio Pianissimo – Lydia Dutton (Year 9), Celine Ng (Year 9) and Kate Zhao (Year 9) – String Ensemble under 15 – second place
  • Quartet Stringendo – Evelyn Carapetis (Year 9), Shannon Morgan (Year 9), Celine Ng (Year 9) and Kate Zhao (Year 9) – String Ensemble under 15
  • Cecilia Quartet – Charlotte Butler (Year 10), Sophie Butler (Year 9), Alexia Fassetta (Year 10), Niki Hessamodini (Year 10) – String Ensemble under 18 – third place (Credit)
  • Ace Trio – Christine Jang (Year 10), Angela Yang (Year 10), Eleanor Munn (Year 10) String Ensemble under 18
  • Hannah Wang (Year 4) Piano Solo Romantic under 13 – first place | String Recital under 10 – First Place; Grade 6 Violin – second place
  • Veronique Gavan (Year 8) Grade 6 Flute – first place
  • Yuchen Chan (Year 5) Piano Solo under 10 – first place

The Eisteddfod continues this week and more girls are performing in various classes.


In preparation for their European Music Tour, MLC Barbershop performs this Saturday at the Perth Convention Centre as part of the Region 34 Sweet Adelines of Australia National Women’s Barbershop Competition.

Piano Recitals

Piano Recitals for students in Years 5-12 will be held in Hadley Hall on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 June (Week 7) at 7pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students Years 5-12 to perform to an appreciative and supportive audience on the College’s concert grand piano. Girls learning privately outside the College are welcome and encouraged to participate. Younger students with significant concert experience may play at the discretion of the Director of Music. Other junior pianists will be performing at the My Learning Community Day later in the year. Students may perform a solo item or join with another student to play a duet.

Please contact Cate Creedon (ccreedon@mlc.wa.edu.au) to provide details by Monday 22 May.

Guzheng Lessons Available

We are very excited to announce that commencing Term 2, the College will be offering Guzheng lessons in the Music Department.

Lessons will be available under the standard Music Tuition 2017 Terms and Conditions. For further details, please contact Carisa Arrigo (carrigo@mlc.wa.edu.au).

Semester 1 Concert Ensembles

The following ensembles will be performing at the Semester 1 Concert on Wednesday 24 May at 7pm in Hadley Hall:

  • Archetti;
  • Arioso (Year 4 Choir);
  • Big Band;
  • Cantabile;
  • Combined Christ Church Grammar School/MLC Choir;
  • Concert Band;
  • Drumline;
  • Giocoso (Year 5/6 Choir);
  • Philharmonic;
  • Sinfonietta;
  • Swing Band;
  • Symphony Orchestra; and,
  • Wind Orchestra.

All girls in these ensembles are expected to attend and perform. Full details will be sent to parents soon. We expect the concert to conclude at around 8.30pm.

Music Tour

Following the Parent and Student Information evening for the 2017 Europe Music Tour, the Tour Blog has been updated and the Music Tour powerpoint presentation uploaded. Parents of touring girls should be able to access these through their MLC portal. Please contact Ms Cate Creedon for further details.

Cabaret Night Ensembles

Big Band, Jazz Orchestra and Barbershop will be performing at Cabaret Night on Friday 26 May at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Full details, including call-times and programme order, will be sent to parents soon, but all members of these ensembles are expected to be available.

Parents, friends and the wider MLC community are strongly encouraged to attend this highlight of the College’s Music calendar.

Choirs at Fremantle Eisteddfod

Nearly 300 MLC choristers took part in the Fremantle Eisteddfod. Special congratulations to Chorale for two first places in the festival, including Best Choir in Eisteddfod for the third time in four years. They are the recipients of the Moylan Shield and the Guildford Grammar Shield. Barbershop was awarded second place in the choir recital under 18. Cantabile were awarded second place in the Choir Recital under 15 and the Junior Years Choir, third place in the under 11.

Junior and Middle Years' News


IGSSA Training and Fixtures

View the IGSSA WA Training and Fixtures for Week 5 here.

MLC Weekend Netball Club Update

Wet Weather Years 3-12

This Friday and Saturday wet weather is forecast. Please bring raincoat and make sure you have a waterproof bag to put all clothes in and a dry jumper to put on after the game. You cannot play with tights or long sleeved shirts under uniform. We play in rain at all times. Matches are either deferred or cancelled if lightening and thunder is in the area. If there is a cancelation, team managers will let you know prior to the match.

Re-grading Years 7-12

This occurred last Saturday and we now have a number of changes in divisions and times. Please note that MLC Yellow, Turquoise and Topaz have moved their match times to 11.15am. Good luck to all teams in their new divisions.

Years 3-6

Years 5 and 6 have their last grading match this weekend and then teams will be reviewed. Years 3 and 4 play a full round before their group is reviewed.

Training as usual Tuesdays – Lunchtime shooting and 3-5pm. Shooters are working very hard which is fabulous.


Middle and Senior Years' News

2018 Academic and Cultural Tour to Europe

We are delighted to offer current Years 9-11 students the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Methodist Ladies’ College Academic and Cultural Tour to Europe. This is an opportunity for Senior Years’ students to experience the cultural highlights of Athens, Rome and London, with a particular emphasis on sites and experiences relating to ancient history, art and drama. It is not a prerequisite for students in Years 10 and 11 in 2018 to be studying history, art or drama, however, participating Year 12 students must be studying Ancient History, Art and/or Drama ATAR courses.

Travel dates for this invaluable learning opportunity are 7-23 April (Term 1 Week 10 into school holidays; to be confirmed). The approximate cost for this tour is $7,500 per person (to be confirmed and dependant on numbers). This includes flights, land transfers, travel insurance, taxes, accommodation, entrance fees, some meals, tour manager and tour guide hire at the major cultural and historical sites.

Your daughter can pick up a copy of the Tour Application Form and draft itinerary from David Ford, Head of Social Science, in the Social Science office (on the former Year 9 level, in the Middle Years’ building).

Australian Mathematics Competition

Your daughter is invited to participate in the annual Australian Mathematics Competition to be held on Thursday 27 July 27.

Each year many students across Years 7-12 at MLC participate in this prestigious competition. Every entrant receives a certificate to acknowledge their efforts as well as a comprehensive analysis of their question-by-question performance.

To participate, your daughter should request an enrolment form from her Mathematics class teacher, which needs to be completed and returned by Thursday 1 June.



A Message from Mrs Riley

We have enjoyed this past week as we have celebrated National Boarding Week. While some of the girls were bemused by celebrating one week a year, we focused on the positive things about being a boarder.

One of our objectives was for each boarder to walk one kilometre per week – our Boarding Prefect, Grace Maddams, cleverly paced the walk to Claremont, meaning each boarder could meet the criteria quite easily. We therefore had a 100 per cent uptake. Fifty cents per child will be donated to a charity designated by the Australian Boarding Schools Association.

We also had a cup cake boarding morning, a ‘what I love about boarding’ competition, and a wonderful boarding chapel by Rev. Hollis. At Middle Years’ chapel Grace and two of our boarders, Caitlin Day and Amelia Venn, talked about the challenges of living away from home.

The College’s social media was abuzz with boarding, focussing on our current, past and future boarders. One of my most memorable moments during the week was when one of my new Year 9s asked me why we celebrate boarding only once per year – her feeling was it was a celebration everyday.


Junior Years


A Message from Mr Brown

Mike BrownIt was certainly a busy week at MLC on Thursday and Friday of last week. Not only were we hosting an Early Years’ workshop for teachers, we had the variety of Mother’s Day events happening. I certainly reached my exercise goals walking from The Village to the Centenary Building. However, it was all worthwhile.

Over the next couple of weeks we have a couple of key events happening:

  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on the Great Court at recess time. You should’ve received information from your parent representatives regarding this event. I’d like to just remind parents of children in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 not to take any cakes into The Village area due to a student with a severe allergy. We cannot contaminate this learning environment.
  • Junior Years’ Open Classrooms are on Thursday 1 June from 2-5pm. This is only for girls in Years 3-6. This is time when you can look at your daughter’s class work and share her learning journey.
  • Wednesday 7 June, Interhouse Cross Country from 12.45-2.45pm. This event will take place at Alderbury Reserve. Further details will be in next week’s Wyvern.

New Parents Coffee Morning – Monday 29 May

Every year I arrange a coffee morning for any parent who is new to the College this year. This is a great opportunity to hear your views about your experience as a new member of our community. What did we do well? What could we do differently? How could we make the transition to MLC smoother?

The session will take place in the Boardroom commencing at 8.45am. Please contact Mrs Sweet in the Junior Years’ Reception if you would like to attend. We should be finished by 9.45am.

Heather Lamont Day – House Singing

The songs for House singing have been announced and your daughters need to learn their House Songs ready for Heather Lamont Day on 12 June. Girls can use the following links to help them (lyrics do not have to be memorised).

Colours of the Wind (Pocahontas) – Athens

Reflection (Mulan) – Olympia

Touch the Sky (Brave) – Rome

Almost There (Princess and the Frog) – Sparta

Journey to the Past (Anastasia) – Corinth

How Far I’ll Go (Moana) – Troy

Fidget Spinners Banned

Over the years there have been many fads and crazes ranging from elastics to knuckle bones. At the moment fidget spinners seem to be the latest craze. Whenever we make any decision we always seek specialist advice and check the research. In doing so we’ve come to the conclusion that there is no place for the fidget spinners within the learning environment. We request that they are kept at home and are not brought into school.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Cake Drop-off

The Early and Junior Years’ cake collection point for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea will be in the undercover area outside the music room of the new Junior Year’s building. Please do not bring any baked goods into the Village area.

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary children will enjoy their morning tea in this under cover area.

Year 1 and 2 children will join the rest of the school on the Great Court at 10.30am. Parents are very welcome to join their children in these locations.



Celebrating our Mums

Thank you to all of the mothers that attended our Mother’s Day Breakfast. The children were very excited to have their mums in our classroom. They worked so hard to produce the beautiful gifts they presented and we hope all of the mothers love them as much as we do. It was so heartwarming to see our Pre-Kindergarten mums interacting with each other and making some connections within the group.


Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Celebrating Mother’s Day

The Kindergarten children were delighted to share breakfast in acknowledgement and celebration of Mother’s Day. Each student helped to make a jar of homemade orange marmalade and used creative thinking to paint a beautiful posy of flowers for their mum. The highlight of the morning was a brief concert.



Kindergarten and Pre-Primary


River Visits

The children in Pre-Primary will commence visits to the river bank in Week 6 of Term 2. The purpose of the River Visits is to promote a connection to the natural environment, and provide opportunities to foster persistence, risk taking, creativity, problem solving and curiosity. Please view further details here and return the permission slip by Thursday 25 May.

The Benefits of Climbing the Spider Web

Since the opening of the new spider web playground, the Pre-Primary girls have had the opportunity to climb the new frame at least once a week.

The new playground offers opportunities for climbing, jumping, swinging, balancing, using problem solving skills, increasing flexibility and supporting others who need help. In line with the Early Years Learning Framework, the climbing frame has many benefits in supporting children’s emerging physical wellbeing. Children learn to “combine gross motor and fine motor movement and balance to achieve increasingly complex patterns of activity” and “demonstrate spatial awareness and orient themselves, moving around and through their environments confidently and safely” (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009). With every visit, the girls are developing confidence in their abilities to climb and are learning new skills. They learn through observing others, climbing and engaging in conversations with their peers about the various ways to climb, jump and keep balance.



Pre-Primary and Year 1

Pre-Primary to Year 2

Year 1

Years 1 and 2

Year 2

Spelling in Year 2

Our Year 2 girls focus on a different sound and/or spelling rule each week. The sound/rule focus is based on the Diana Rigg programme, and is set at the point of need for each student. These words are uploaded on to Literacy Planet for the girls to practice at home if they choose to do so.

At the beginning of the week, each girl is given a spelling list of words to use to assist in learning the sound/rule. They complete a different spelling activity each day based on multi-sensory tasks. These activities begin with explicit segmenting and blending with assistance from a teacher. The girls then complete a range of activities to reinforce these sounds.

One compulsory activity is partner dictation, where they read out a sentence for their partner to write down. This allows us to see whether the girls are able to apply their spelling focus in context.

This approach aims to embed these spelling concepts in the girls’ writing, rather than relying on them ‘rote learning’ list words.

View a copy of the girls’ spelling activities here for your reference.

Multiplication Game

Super Fingers

This is a game for two players.

The game is basically a version of rock, paper, scissors but with numbers. Two players count to three and then make a number using their fingers. Both players then have to multiply both numbers together and the quickest wins.

Flowers in the Garden

Year 2 girls finished their unit of work looking at flowers in the MLC gardens and, in particular, at the beautiful hibiscus growing near the school canteen. The girls have employed a number of techniques and learnt a lot about how artists create artworks, to achieve these fabulous results.

Year 3

Year 3 Cross Country Club

The Year 3s are invited to join Junior Years’ Cross Country Club.

When | Every Tuesday 7-8am
Where | Meet at the Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre and run along Claremont foreshore

What | MLC sports shirt and shorts, MLC bucket hat, running shoes, water bottle

Year 3s will be joining the Years 4-6 training sessionStudents are to bring their own breakfast to have after the training session is complete.

Please email ahopps@mlc.wa.edu.au to register your daughter’s interest.

Finishing Still Life Work

The Year 3 girls are coming to the end of their Still Life unit of work. In the Year 3 curriculum the girls need to learn about tints and shades as a painting technique. They have employed this in their still life, based on the history of the school, with skill.

Years 3 and 4

Year 4

Year 4 News

The Year 4 students enjoyed another visit from the Water Corporation this week. This time they discovered what happens to the waste water that is used inside our homes. Items including detergents, sand, paint, oil, toothpaste and soap, were added to a clear water sample. Students discovered how the Water Corporation treats this waste water and, ultimately, releases it into the ocean. The incursion was followed by a visit to the Craigie Groundwater Replenishment Centre where students saw where the treatment process takes place.

Water saving tip Number 4

Scrape leftovers into the bin instead of pre-rinsing your dishes.

Years 4-6

Years 4-6 Cross Country Club

The Junior Years’ Cross Country Club is up and running. Students are invited to attend any of the following four sessions:

  • Monday | 3.30-4.45pm | Alderbury Reserve, Floreat | MLC school bus to and from venue
  • Tuesday | 7-8am | Claremont foreshore | Students run from school along the river bank
  • Wednesday | 3.30-4.45pm | College Park, Nedlands | MLC school bus to and from venue
  • Thursday | 7-8am | Lake Claremont | Students dropped at venue and return to school on MLC bus

Apart from Tuesday’s session, numbers are limited as we will be travelling on the MLC bus. Please email ahopps@mlc.wa.edu.au to register your daughter’s interest.

Years 4-6 Volleyball Development Squad

The Years 4-6 are invited to join the Volleyball Development Squad:

When | Every Wednesday 7-8am
Where | Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre
What | MLC Physical Education uniform, water bottle

Students are coached by Mandy Combes, who is currently the WA Pearls State Women’s coach and the Australian u/19 Women’s Beach Volleyball coach.

Please email me your daughter’s interest at ahopps@mlc.wa.edu.au

Years 4 and 5

Year 5

Year 5 News

Reminder to Parents

A reminder to all parents to check Connect-P. There is lots of information in regards to your daughter’s learning programmes. The weekly overview allows you to see the topics and concepts that will be taught, and ideas on how you can assist your daughter with Learning Beyond the Classroom activities.

Year 5 Assembly

5HR and 5R will be hosting the Junior Years Assembly in Week 10. This Assembly will be showcasing the Year 5 camp and we look forward to seeing parents there.

At the conclusion of the Assembly parents are invited to join go into the classrooms to view the girls’ Term 2 learning.

Personal Belongings

Please encourage your daughters to look after their personal belongings. It is important for the girls to be responsible for all items of clothing throughout the school day.


Blazers must be worn to and from school each day.

Years 5 and 6

Year 6

Year 6 Jewellery Beading Class

Saturday 27 May | 3-5pm | MLC Junior Art Room

Parents/guardians are invited to attend a jewellery beading class with their daughter. Learn how to create a beautiful wrap bracelet. All materials provided. $42 per person. Book a place here.

Loretta Van Merwyk
Year 6 Parents of MLC Coordinator

Year 6 News

Some girls will be involved in the Semester 1 Music Concert on next Wednesday 24 May. This promises to be as spectacular as ever with many of our Junior Years’ Girls participating.

On Thursday 25 May we have our ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event on the Great Court. You are warmly invited to join us for this.

Thank you for your support of our Year 6 Sponsored Walk. We are collecting the last of the sponsorship money to finalise this.

Year 6 - 7


Fremantle Eisteddfod Congratulations

Well done to the 100 Years 4-6 girls who performed as part of the Combined Junior Years’ Choir at the Fremantle Eisteddfod last week. They looked and sounded amazing and were a credit MLC.



Middle Years


A Message from Ms Dunn

As we approach the midpoint of the term and assessments are looming and tests are being held, it may be harder for your daughters to get out of bed on those cooler mornings and maintain a positive mindset about learning.

Below are some friendly reminders you may wish to discuss with your daughters to ensure a positive start to the day and the direction of their learning could include a night time and wake up routine.

  1. Set your intentions before bed: consciously decide every night to create a positive expectation for the next morning.
  2. Move your alarm clock across the room so you must get up to turn it off.
  3. Brush your teeth when you wake up and splash water on your face.
  4. Drink a full glass of water: to hydrate yourself after several hours without water.
  5. Direct your focus on how you want your day to be.
  6. Exercise is a great thing to do in the morning. This could mean a stretch, short walk or mindfulness for a few minutes.

Sometimes if you take care of the little things then the big things will look after themselves. This can be applied to every aspect of life, especially learning.

Use of Mobile Technology at MLC

You may have seen several articles in the press about some schools banning the use of mobile phones at school. At MLC we ensure that girls are guided in acceptable use of the technology so it can be used to optimise their learning. Our students are also asked to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement prior to being given access to our technology and services.

This Acceptable Use Agreement can be viewed here.

Supporting the Cancer Council

Families are encouraged to bake some treats for the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 25 May.

Join us at the morning tea from 10-11am and wear blue and yellow ribbons, socks or eye shadow to show your support for the Cancer Council. Donations will be collected on the morning.

Year 7

A Night at The Museum

On Wednesday 3 May MLC was very lucky to host an Ancient History exhibition. Year 7 students did a marvellous job producing their exhibits to teach parents and staff all about the ancient civilisations including India, Greece, Rome, China, Egypt and Australia. The Year 7s engaged their audiences with their insightful knowledge and the interactive displays such as quizzes, food and “wine” tastings, henna applications, music, jewellery, masks, volcanoes and mummification. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful and memorable evening.

Year 7 Social Science Team



Year 8

Year 8 Outdoor Education Camp

The Year 8 girls have all had amazing experiences from their Outdoor Education Camp. They have shared many stories of their adventures. The emphasis is on the individual and focuses on self-responsibility which is fundamental to adventure. During the camp, the girls were involved in hiking, abseiling and camping, all of which contribute to learning about working in groups, facing fears, leadership training and building resilience.



Year 8 Mother/Daughter Breakfast

Mums/mother figures and their daughters are invited to the Year 8 breakfast.

Grandmothers, aunties or big sisters are welcome to attend if a mum is unable. The guest speaker will be Dr Katherine Russell-Smith, our school psychologist.

Date | Thursday 1 June
Time | 6.45-8am
Venue | Claremont Yacht Club
Cost | $29 per person for full buffet breakfast. Book here.

Numbers are limited by the venue so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Nee Nee Ong
Parents of MLC Year 8 Coordinator

Year 8 High Tea

Mums and daughters are invited to share a high tea and great company.

Saturday 17 June | 2.30-4.30pm | Private dining Room, University Club, UWA, Crawley | $39.50 per person

Book a place here. 

Nee Nee Ong
Year 8 Parents of MLC Coordinator

Year 9




Senior Years


A Message from Mrs Padman

From time to time the College receives information about holiday study courses in preparation for the WACE exams. As we do not advertise any particular course, we ensure all the information about these courses is placed in the Year 12 area and also in the Psychologists and career practitioner’s area. You are welcome to come and browse the options.

A reminder that the College and Parents of MLC are hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 25 May from 10-11am. Please join us in enjoying a tasty treat and raising money for the Cancer Council of WA. A donation of cupcakes to share will be appreciated. Donations will be collected in the morning.

Some Creative Stress Relief

Recent research shows that the act of colouring-in changes brain behaviour and helps to reduce stress. When people colour-in their brain waves change from beta wave frequencies,  the type associated with physical or mental stress, to alpha waves, which are the more restful and relaxed wave frequencies. Hormone levels in the brain also change, adrenaline (which stimulates activity) is reduced and dopamine (the ‘feel good’ hormone) increases, similar to when listening to music. This is one of the strategies we are promoting in the lead up to Year 11 and 12 exams. Colouring-in books can be collected from the Senior Years’ Reception.

A Study-friendly Home

As the Year 11 and 12 exams approach I thought it useful to summarise advice from Beyond Blue about what a study-friendly home looks like. Some tips include:

  • Eliminate all distractions such as mobile phones, TV and access to sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Keep the house quiet at study time.
  • Provide good lighting, cool temperatures, and a desk with a supportive chair.
  • Work space should be neat and clear of clutter.
  • Maintain an upright posture while studying.

Find more information and fact sheets here.

Cambridge University at MLC

Jon Beard, Head of Cambridge Admissions Office and a Bye-Fellow of Selwyn College at Cambridge University will be visiting MLC. Interested students who expect an ATAR of at least 98.5 and their parents are invited to attend this presentation.

Date | Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time | 7-8.30pm
Venue | Hadley Hall

Upcoming Events

Week 6 
Monday 29 MayYears 11 and 12 Semester 1 (written) Exams commence
Tuesday 30 May Year 10 Milo and a Muffin with Ms Cody
Year 10 Susan MacLean presentation on Cybersafety
Friday 2 June Mid-term Exeat
Week 7 Years 11 and 12 Semester 1 Exams continue
Monday 5 June Western Australia Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 7 JuneYears 10-12 Tertiary Careers Expo (at Scotch College)
Thursday 8 JuneUniversity of Melbourne Information Night - ‘Meet Melbourne Perth’ at Hyatt Regency from 6.30-8.30pm in the Grand Ballroom.


Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 12 Parent Coffee Morning

Join us for a coffee.

Monday 22 May | from 9am | Elixer at Chelsea Village, 45A/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands

Jane Bonadeo 0401 148 819
Parents of MLC Parent Volunteer