Term 2 Week 1


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Principal Rebecca Cody

Set for Success

It is a pleasure to welcome families to the commencement of Term 2 at MLC. Whatever the year level, there promises to be terrific learning opportunities ahead. My mind immediately ponders the chance for Junior Years’ learners to express gratitude during our Mother’s Day celebrations, NAPLAN testing preparation to refine literacy and numeracy skills, Senior Years’ examinations to discover areas for development, and improving fitness levels during the upcoming rowing and netball seasons, as well as resilience boosting at Relay for Life.

The MLC calendar of activities is certainly dynamic and with ample room to stretch ourselves to new heights. As with exercise, stretching is most effective with a suitable warm-up strategy in place. As we warm-up for a new term, it is helpful to remind our children and adolescents that plenty of sleep and excellent nutrition are critical to optimal functioning. It may seem tedious to position these reminders so regularly, yet for a growing brain in particular, there is no substitute for these two sustainable basics. The third basic that can just as easily become habitual is choosing a positive mindset.

Across the coming weeks I’ll be speaking with students about the four ways we manage our brain and how to select a stellar mindset. Simultaneously, we act as leader, inventor, teacher and user of our brains (Chopra & Tanzi, 2013). How we enact these roles impacts our daily, and ultimately long-term, performance. During upcoming assemblies, I’ll be unpacking these ideas and why I believe curiosity, creativity and nourishment are critical elements in strengthening our brain’s capacity to thrive.

With our encouragement and modelling, the importance of quality sleep, nutrition and thinking can be embedded in a young person’s way of being: here’s to a new term, set for success!

Deputy Principal Maree Baddock

Welcome back to Term 2

I hope everyone has had a terrific break. The Year 6 students had a wonderful time in Canberra in the last week of Term 1, and a group of Chinese Language students participated in a fantastic cultural tour to China during the holidays.

Classes will commence on Wednesday 26 April and students are expected to be wearing the winter uniform.

Looking ahead to a busy term, activities include students preparing for the College Production, which will be held early in Term 3, Year 8 Camp, Years 11 and 12 students sitting the Semester 1 examinations and the Junior Years’ students participating in the Heather Lamont Festival.


On Tuesday a number of students from the Student Representative Council will join me at the ANZAC service that is held at the Claremont memorial. The service commences at 7.30am.


We welcome back the following staff from leave:

  • Ms Shelley Smith, who returns to Religious Education; and,
  • Ms Kathy Kucan, returning to English.

As a result of these staff returning, Ms Karina Podmore left us at the end of Term 1. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her contributions to MLC during their time with us.

Ms Templeton-Knight and Ms Helen Lydon will be taking leave this term and we welcome Dr Monica Mackay and Ms Janene Sproul to Science as their replacements.

The Week Ahead



ANZAC Day Public Holiday


Term 2 commences
Years 3-9 Anzac Day service
Middle and Senior Years’ Parent Student Teacher Interviews
Foundation Annual General Meeting


Senior Years’ Assembly
Most Likely to Succeed film screening for students
2017 Bethany Home Malaysia International Service Learning Pre-trip Information Night


Junior Years’ Chapel


Year 11 Relay for Life



Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12


REVelation – A Weekly Reflection from Rev. Wilson

In Praise of the Sunrise

This Easter Sunday made me nostalgic for the occasional sunrise services that my family and I attended at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Being awakened at what seemed to be the middle of the night, my family departed so that we could gather with thousands of fellow Christians to celebrate the Easter dawn.

I find being awake during the dawning of a new day to be a subtly profound moment – even though I know that it is the Earth on its never-ending spin. There is great hope symbolised in the sunrise and the Easter sunrise amplifies that hope for people of faith.

Scanning my Facebook newsfeed on Easter Day, I read the post from a friend in Derby who works with the Mowanjum indigenous community. It was about the Easter sunrise service on the Derby jetty. Among the uploaded photos of that morning was a simple wooden cross with a white cloth draped over it and tied to the bull bar of a Land Cruiser. In her words, ‘just beautiful.’

As one who often walks before dawn, I find that this time provides clarity for what is on my mind.

Thanks be to God.

MLC Art Exhibition

Mikaela Castledine is an award-winning Western Australian artist. Her collage works explore her Burmese heritage and were an outcome of the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea Scholarship.

Meet Mikaela and other artists at the MLC Art Exhibition Twilight Opening in the Gertrude Walton Centre on Friday 5 May. Tickets are $40 and include drinks and canapés. Book your place here.

The exhibition will also be open on 6 and 7 May from 10am-3pm. Entry on these days is free.

Masterclass takes fun to a whole new level

Our amazing Masterclass participants brought huge smiles and incredible enthusiasm to our school holiday series this week.

Our stellar MLC teachers and Senior Years’ students, who assisted with the Masterclasses, have created memories and opened up new worlds for so many young minds.

Stay tuned for our fabulous July topics.



Entertainment Books for Sale

Buy your 2017/2018 Entertainment Book through the Collegians’ Association and you will be supporting MLC’s future Bownes Memorial Bursary and Collegian Prize recipients.

Order your book now.

110 Reasons to Celebrate MLC

“We were equipped with skills, but more importantly, with the belief that we could take on the world and make our mark.”
Collegian | Jenny Swan (Weir) 1972

Read more of our 110 Reasons here. Reasons are added to our collection each week.

If you would like to submit a reason to value MLC, email MLC110@mlc.wa.edu.au.

Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Donations

Please take the opportunity to clear out your wardrobe as the season changes. Following on from previous years, we are collecting good-quality, clean clothes, jewellery, shoes and bags for the 54th Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale.

Last year’s sale raised $150,000, with all proceeds helping fund vital Red Cross services. Please hold on to your items at home until the start of the collection period, which will be during Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 2 (Monday 1 May to Friday 12 May), when our special purple collection bins will be located in the foyer of the Meredith Taylor Health and Sports Centre.

For more information contact Lou Clayton on cjc_lmc@bigpond.net.au.

Parents of MLC Values Support

Winter at the Uniform Shop

The very stylish MLC umbrellas are now back in stock, with the introduction of a small fold-up version, as well as two types of golf umbrellas.

The Uniform Shop will re-open on Wednesday 26 April at 8am. Normal trading hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am – 4pm will then continue throughout the term.

Sustainability and Recycling at MLC

MLC has a responsibility to manage resources used by the College in a sustainable manner, minimising the adverse affect on the environment.

The College Sustainability Committee has been working hard over the last couple of years to implement practical and sustainable environmental initiatives, with the involvement of students, teachers, staff, parents and community members. We are currently working on the expansion of recycling capabilities across the campus, and have developed a Guide to Recycling at MLC. Although recycling is currently focussed in Middle Years, Sumner House and the new Junior Years’ buildings, we ask all families to take a look at this guide and encourage your daughters to recycle in accordance with it. In the past year we have doubled our proportion of recycling to landfill waste, to 28 per cent of our total waste, but we are looking to improve on this further for 2017. Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions please contact Peter Lindsay (Campus Manager) at plindsay@mlc.wa.edu.au or Lou Clayton (Committee Chair) at cjc_lmc@bigpond.net.au.

School Holiday Programmes



Withdrawal for end of Term 2

To withdraw from Music Tuition for the end of Term 2, all Cancellation of Music Lesson forms must be received by Friday 12 May.

Please submit the completed form to the Music Department or by email to music@mlc.wa.edu.au. If you have any questions, please contact Carisa Arrigo on 9383 0222.

Instrumental Camp

Instrumental Camp this year is being held at the College on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May. Holding the camp as a non-residential camp during a tour year allows for greater flexibility around scheduling of rehearsals for touring and non-touring ensembles, and provides some economies for parents.

Advance notices have been sent to parents and fuller details will be sent out soon. All girls in Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Philharmonic, Big Band and Swing Band are expected to make themselves available according to the schedule which will be published in the final week of Term 1. For further details please contact Cate Creedon at ccreedon@mlc.wa.edu.au.

Cantabile and Anzac Day

Cantabile will be singing at the Claremont Memorial on Anzac Day (Tuesday 25 April) at 7.30am. Girls are assembling in Verdi at MLC promptly at 6.40am in full winter uniform. Parents have been sent notices. Please contact Ms Creedon for further details at ccreedon@mlc.wa.edu.au.

This is the day before the first day of term. All parents are welcome to join the girls at the memorial.

Fremantle Eistedfodd

As in previous years, the Junior Years’ Choir, Cantabile, Barbershop and Chorale are all taking part in the Fremantle Eisteddfod on Friday 12 May. Details will be sent to parents in coming days. Parents and members of the wider MLC community are warmly invited to attend. All MLC choirs will be performing between 9.30am and 1pm.

Additionally, an unusually large range of MLC chamber ensembles and soloists are performing at other classes at the Festival in Fremantle Town Hall. We wish them all well.

Music Tour Parent and Student Evening

This is an important information evening for all participants of the 2017 Europe Music Tour and their parents. The information session will be held in Hadley Hall on Tuesday 2 May at 7pm. The evening will cover a wide range of essential practical information for the Tour, along with an updated itinerary. It will also provide opportunities for questions from students and parents.

Junior and Middle Years' News


MLC Weekend Netball Update

Well done to all players, coaches and umpires for an excellent pre-season.

Competition commencement dates

  • Years 7-12 first match – Saturday 29 April
  • Years 3-6- first match – Saturday 6 May

Training in Term 2

  • Years 3-6 Tuesday training – lunchtime shooting and team training after school from 3.45-5pm
  • Years 7-12 team training days should now be confirmed.


All players should now have their playing uniform. Ordered items can be collected from the Netball Office. Please see the Athlete Handbook for the correct uniform specifications. If a uniform is not yet organised, please see Gayle Watson-Galbraith urgently. Incorrect uniforms attract a $50 fine.

Team managers

Kim Thurstan is seeking a Team Manager for each team. If you can help, please email kimthurstan@yahoo.com.

Match days

Year Coordinators are available to help:

  • Years 3-5 – Renae Pyne
  • Years 7 and 8 – Anne Gribble
  • Club Coordintors – Tibbie, Emma, Kim and Gayle – all will be in purple shirts


Middle and Senior Years' News

Academic Centre

The Academic Centre offers Years 7-12 girls the opportunity to access coaching provided by Academic Mentors and teachers in a range of subjects. Students can build skills, seek clarification, and ask for advice about completing task work.

When | Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time | 3.30-6pm
Venue | Walter Shepherd Resource Centre

All students accessing the Academic Centre should sign in/out at the circulation desk.

Years 7-12 Parent Student Teacher Interviews

Our final Parent Student Teacher Interview session is on Wednesday 26 April (Term 2 Week 1).

For this final session online bookings will close at 9am Monday 24 April.

Please click here for full instructions.



A Message from Mrs Riley

I am sending this to you from the ‘sunny’ United Kingdom where I have been visiting my family. While it has been wonderful to spend time with my grandchildren, my eyes and heart are turning back to Perth, and welcoming our girls back for the start of Term 2.

The Boarding House will re-open on Tuesday 25 April from 2pm. Term commences the following morning.

I do hope these past two weeks have been enjoyable for you all. Holidays pass by so quickly, or perhaps it is just time that passes by so quickly these days.

Our busy Netball programme will begin in Term 2. Brisk and bright Saturday mornings at Matthews Netball Centre are a highlight of the week for us all.

This term we will be reviewing our Dining Room facilities with the girls, and giving them some feedback about the survey I conducted in the last week of Term 1. It is always good to hear directly from the girls what works for them and what needs a little bit of tweaking.

Junior Years


A Message from Mrs Hole on behalf of Mr Brown

Mike BrownMr Brown commenced his fundraising adventure on the Bibbulmun Track on Saturday 1 April. He has travelled through Torbay, Denmark, Peaceful Bay, Walpole and Northcliffe and has walked an amazing 337kms so far.

If you would like to make a donation to support Mr Brown on his journey, or follow his blog, visit these links:

Donation page

Some important dates to remember for your calendar:

  • Years 1-6 Mum and Me Disco Night | Friday 12 May
  • Kindergarten Mothers’ Day Breakfast | Thursday 11 May | 8-8.45am
  • Pre-Primary Mothers Day Breakfast | Friday 12 May | 8-8.45am
  • NAPLAN Testing for Years 3 and 5 girls will begin on Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May

Term 2 will commence on Wednesday 26 April and Co-Curricular clubs and activities will commence in Week 2.

View our Term 2 co-curricular offerings here.


Playgroup in Term 2

It has been delightful to watch the children interact with their caregivers and peers, and to participate in the learning experiences during the last term.

We look forward to welcoming current and new members to Playgroup in Term 2, commencing Friday 28 April.




Welcome back to Pre-Kindergarten

Welcome back to Pre-Kindergarten for Term 2. We will begin our ‘Personal Story Books’ this term.

Please print and send photos in each week of your child participating in a family event, special outing or a picture of anything that interests your child. Please add text which will help your child share their story. We will paste these pictures and text in a book which will be shared with the class. The book will also be used to gain greater knowledge and understanding about your child’s interests, family events etc. which are an integral part of our programme.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Welcome back to Term 2

We look forward to welcoming the students back to Kindergarten on Wednesday 26 April ready for another term of joy and learning. If you have any boxes that you are able to bring in to school for the students’ collage work, we would certainly welcome them.

Please note, we cannot accept any egg cartons, toilet rolls or any boxes that have contained nut products.


Winter Uniform Requirements

Please find below an outline of the winter uniform requirements.

In Term 2, the Kindergarten girls are required to wear the following items on days in which they do not have Dance or Physical Education:

  • Collegian green hat for play
  • Collegian green polar fleece jacket
  • Purple cardigan (optional)
  • Winter dress
  • White knit shirt
  • MLC socks or Black cotton-rich tights (optional)
  • Black lace-up, T-bar or Mary-Jane buckle or Velcro shoes, or black sandals with no socks
  • MLC stripe hair ribbon, black or dark green hair elastics

Students will continue to wear the Physical Education uniform on days when Dance and Physical Educational are scheduled. Your child will need green tracksuit pants and a yellow windcheater for cooler days.

Boys in Kindergarten will wear the Physical Education uniform daily during Terms 2 and 3.

Kindergarten and Pre-Primary


Welcome Back to Term 2

We hope you have had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday spent with family and friends. As we welcome you back please note the change in uniform for Terms 2 and 3.

Below is a guide to the Winter uniform, which can also be found in the Uniform Guide:

  • Collegian green hat for play
  • Collegian green polar fleece jacket
  • Purple cardigan (optional)
  • Winter dress
  • White knit shirt
  • MLC socks or black cotton-rich tights (optional)
  • Black lace-up, T-bar or Mary-Jane buckle or Velcro shoes, or black sandals with no socks
  • MLC stripe hair ribbon, black or dark green hair elastics

On the days the girls have Physical Education they can wear the MLC tracksuit jumper and pants.

Pre-Primary and Year 1

Pre-Primary to Year 2

Year 1

We hope you had an Eggcellent Holiday

We trust that all Year 1 girls and families enjoyed a wonderful term break. We look forward to seeing the girls on Wednesday 26 April for the commencement of Term 2.

Please be reminded that the girls should be in full winter uniform, as per the College’s uniform guide.

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Thinking Creatively

The girls in Year 1 have been exploring the different types of patterns that can be created with lines. Using their knowledge of lines and colour, they have been adding these patterns to their colour background building their designs carefully and skilfully.

These detailed art works will be turned into large rainbow serpents ready for exhibition.


Years 1 and 2

Year 2

Assembly – Term 2, Week 2

The next Junior Years’ Assembly will be proudly presented by the magnificent Year 2s. The assembly is on Friday 5 May at 1.45pm in Hadley Hall. We would love to see all of our parents there.

Term 2 News

This term, all girls will be participating in weekly news as part of our Listening and Speaking programme. Each week there will be a different topic that the girls must address. We encourage the girls to prepare for their news, use a palm card, and practice before each session. The presentation must be less than three minutes and include interesting facts for the audience.

This news timetable will help with preparation and will also be available on Connect-P. We thank you for your support in helping your daughter prepare for her news.

Literature Centre Excursion

As part of our integrated English/Humanities and Social Sciences programme, the Year 2s will be attending the Literature Centre to participate in ‘Make Your Own Picture Book’ workshops to inspire and influence their writing style.

Please view the permission note here for further information.

The excursion will take place on Wednesday 3 May from 10.30am-2.40pm.

Please ensure your daughter brings a packed recess and lunch, in disposable containers or packaging, as well as a disposable water bottle.

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help on the day.

River Visit

Last term the Year 2s visited the Swan River. Prior to their visit we watched a video which provided the girls with some insight into how the Nyoongar people used the river. The girls discussed fishing tools and how the Nyoongar people would have cooked and eaten fish. They also talked about shelters. We recalled the Mia Mia huts from the video and the girls collected sticks to make their own. They added leaves for further protection from the elements.



Adding detail

Our Year 2s are coming to the end of their creative painting journey. They have been adding detail to their flower and starting the background. Their background will also involve printmaking, adding depth and detail to these excellent pieces of work.


Year 3

Years 3 and 4

Year 4

Year 4 News


Co-curricular activities will begin in Week 2. It is wonderful to see so many girls sign up for these clubs.

Integrated Learning

This term our unit is called, ‘Water Makes The World Go Around’.

Excursion on Friday 28 April

The students will be visiting Herdsman Lake to investigate local ecosystems and marine life.

Years 4-6

Years 4 and 5

Year 5

Years 5 and 6

Year 6

Year 6 - 7




Middle Years


A Message from Ms Dunn

I hope you have all had a recharging holiday and that the girls are ready to return for an action-packed Term 2.

In the first week we have another Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening on Wednesday 26 April. Girls are encouraged to attend these sessions and to reflect on the information that is shared with them about their learning.

During Mentor Mentee Time the girls will be asked to review their goals and set new ones for the term, thinking about the feedback on the most recent assessments will help them set SMART goals.

Please check that your daughter’s skirt has not shrunk over the last six months and let down any hem that is above the knee ready for Wednesday.

Information for Parents – NAPLAN 2017

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The following information outlines the dates of the 2017 testing and requirements for girls in Years 7 and 9.

Test and DateItems requiredWhat will be tested?
Language Conventions
Tuesday 9 May
2B pencil
Students identify and correct spelling errors and answer questions on aspects of grammar and punctuation.
Tuesday 9 May
40 min
Blue or black pen
or 2B pencil
Students write a text in response to a given stimulus.
They are assessed on their ideas, the structure and the correct use of spelling and punctuation.
Wednesday 10 May
65 min
2B pencilStudents read a number of short texts and answer questions to show understanding of texts.
Thursday 11 May
50 min
2B pencil
Calculator (check batteries)
Students solve problems across Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
Thursday 11 May
10 min
2B pencilAs above

All students have been given a pamphlet ‘Naplan 2017 – Information for Parents’. If you have not received this pamphlet, please contact the Middle Years’ Reception.

Students need to provide the items as specified in the above table – a 2B pencil (and sharpener), a blue or black pen and a calculator.

Further information regarding NAPLAN can be found on the website.

A note about NAPLAN in Year 9

Year 9 students who do not achieve Band 8 in each of the tests listed above will be required to sit the OLNA in Year 10. The OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

Year 7

Year 7 Parent Event

Year 7 parents are invited to a drinks evening.

Date | Thursday 4 May
Time |  7.30pm
Venue | 300 Acres Bar and Lounge, Wembley Golf Course
Cost | $22 per person which includes a selection of pizzas and share plates. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
RSVP | Bookings close on Monday 1 May

Book tickets here.

Please contact Ainslie Sartori (ainsliesartori@y7mail.com) with any queries.

Year 8

Year 8 Vaccination reminder

Visit 2 |  Thursday 4 May
HPV and Chickenpox

Year 9

Year 9 Social Events Term 2

Dad and Daughter Ten Pin Bowling

Date | Sunday 21 May
Time | 12-2pm
A Trybooking link will be available soon to book your place.

‘Bring and Share’ Parent Evening

Date | Friday 9 June
Details to follow.

Tania Carcenac
Year 9 Parents of MLC Coordinator




Senior Years


A Message from Mrs Padman

I hope everyone enjoyed the break and change in routine over the holidays. Now our students should be fully focussed on the coming term. During this term our Years 11 and 12 students are looking towards the Semester 1 Examinations in Weeks 6 and 7. These exams form an integral part of the overall assessment programme in each subject and are the best indicator of final performance in the WACE examinations. They should be looked upon as an opportunity to show what students know and the marked papers will provide valuable feedback.

Taking time for exercise, sleeping sufficiently and eating healthily, are all crucial in the lead up to examinations as these habits help to build resilience and maintain balance. Read this article about how to Start your Day Well.

Senior Years’ Academic Coaching

Senior Years’ girls have the opportunity to access academic coaching provided by teachers on a range of subjects. Teachers are available at a variety of times in set class locations. Students are encouraged to consult the schedule and utilise the support being provided. If a subject is not listed then students are encouraged to approach their teacher who will provide some extra help.

Please view the Academic Coaching roster for Term 2.

Preparation for examinations

I hope that all Senior Years’ girls have taken time during the holiday period to reflect on their study progress and to make plans to target specific skills and course concepts in the coming weeks. This plan might include checking in with specific teachers through the Academic Coaching sessions offered during the term, creating study planners and revising specific areas of course work or login to the study skills website.

Upcoming Events

Week 2 
Week 2
Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May
110-year Whole School Photo

Year 10

Year 11

Year 11 Food Science and Technology Afternoon Tea

On Thursday 29 March, the Year 11 Food Science and Technology class members each invited an adult guest to an afternoon tea function.

Students applied their knowledge and skills of food processing to plan, prepare, present, and serve a chosen savoury and sweet dish. The students also developed their skills in making a range of tea and coffee beverages.

It was lovely to have parents, guardians, family friends, teachers or staff of MLC and Christ Church Grammar School join us for this special occasion.



Year 12

Year 12 Parent Coffee Morning

When | Friday 28 April
Venue | Il Lido, 88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
Time | from 8.30am
Contact | Janet Ferguson 0400 878 270

Parents of MLC Year 12 Volunteer