Celebrating Alumnae

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

the Emily Hensley Award

Nominations for the Emily Hensley Award 2020 are now open!

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 Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School, in 1893. Miss Emily Hensley strongly believed in offering an education for girls that was not only rich in history, achievement, and tradition, but was progressive, contemporary and independent in approach.  

This Award has been aptly named the ‘Emily Hensley Award’ to continue the legacy and in celebration of young, pioneering women – our Melbourne Girls Grammar alumnae.

Anyone from the MGGS community (extended or immediate) can submit a nomination and this year, we’ve made it easier than ever to get involved. As a nominator, this is your chance to highlight some of the incredible things happening in the community through identifying someone you admire; a friend, family member or colleague. Old Grammarians may also self-nominate and we encourage our alumnae to bring their story to life – this is not a time for modesty!

Thinking about nominating? Here are the criteria!

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. 

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; and

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.

how to get involved

The nomination period for the Emily Hensley Award 2020 is now OPEN.

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. This Award creates the opportunity for individuals to let us know what they’ve been doing since leaving school. There can, at the discretion of the Emily Hensley Award Selection Committee, be more than one award offered in any given year.

We encourage you to get involved by reading the Emily Hensley Award 2020 Program Guidelines carefully and completing the online Nomination Form before the closing date.

Emily Hensley Award 2020 – Dates to note

Nominations Open: 18 September 2020

Nominations Close: 13 November 2020

EHA Selection Committee review nominations: November 2020

Recipient/s announced: December 2020

The Award will be presented at a community event in 2021 and recipient/s are also invited to speak at the International Women’s Day celebrations hosted by MGGS.

Recipients of the Emily Hensley Award

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

Year Recipient Field
2018 Camilla Bachet (2001) Engineering
2019 Natalie Molino (2008) Public Health and Nutrition

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, Bold Changes for Trying Times.

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.