Celebrating Alumnae

We are incredibly proud of the diverse accomplishments of our alumnae community.

the Emily Hensley Award

The Emily Hensley Award is designed to recognise the wonderfully diverse achievements of our young alumnae. Focused on celebrating individuals under the age of 40, the Award gives Old Grammarians the opportunity to share what they’ve been doing since leaving school and inspire students and other members of the community, to pursue their passions.

At Melbourne Girls Grammar, so many of our past students go on to achieve amazing things. They continue to embrace the School values and demonstrate a steadfast commitment to a chosen field of endeavour. They are energetic, confident and determined to make a contribution to the wider community through their voice and action.

Emily Hensley was one of two founding principals of our school, in 1893. Her life embodies the values of our school and this award, aptly named the Emily Hensley Award, continues her legacy and recognises young women today whose lives resonate with the same spirit.

Thinking about nominating?

The Emily Hensley Award is open to any Old Grammarian who is aged 40 years or younger at the time of application and who can demonstrate the three criteria outlined below. 

Any member of the Melbourne Girls Grammar community may nominate a young Old Grammarian for an award including staff, Old Grammarians, current families, past families, community partners and friends of MGGS. Old Grammarians can also self-nominate.

The Emily Hensley Award recipient must demonstrate the School values – courage, self-discipline, integrity and compassion – through their actions and conduct.

The Emily Hensley Award recipient must demonstrate their commitment to a chosen field of endeavour. This may include, but is not limited to, a particular project, continued learning, career progression and/or personal growth.

The Emily Hensley Award recipient must show that they have made a contribution to the wider community through engagement. This may include but is not limited to philanthropic action, involvement in community programs, relief support and/or service/volunteer work.

Emily Hensley Award 2024 – Dates

Applications for 2024 Awards will open in August 2024. We encourage you to consider who you would like to nominate and read the submission requirements and details.

Recipients of the Emily Hensley Award

The Emily Hensley Award was launched in 2018, and since then we’ve celebrated three wonderful recipients. 

Year Recipient Field
2018 Camilla Bachet (2001) Engineering
2019 Natalie Molino (2008) Public Health and Nutrition
2020 Anika Molesworth (2005) Agriculture and Science
2021 Melissa Yang (2000) Medicine
2022 Sarah Giles (2001) Performing Arts
2022 Francesca Valmorbida McSteen (2005) Medicine
2023 Ginger Ridgeway (2006) Law & Human Rights

Old Grammarian Honours List

MGGS are proud to see many of our accomplished Old Grammarians awarded OAMs and other notable awards, for their distinguished service and achievements.

The Order of Australia (OAM) is an order of chivalry established to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Different levels of the Order are awarded according to each recipients’ levels of achievement.

Details of past recipients of OAMs, and other notable awards, can be found below.

Information Exchange

Information Exchange (IE) is the School’s bi-annual publication which is shared with the wider Melbourne Girls Grammar community.  

Read the latest edition, Community.

Latest News

News on current events and activities at Melbourne Girls Grammar can be found on our News page. More news on our OGs (births, weddings, reunions, professional success and more!) can be viewed at MGGS Connect.