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From the Principal: 19 November 2018

From the Principal: 19 November 2018

On 30 October we hosted a STEM Industry and Education curriculum design day. Under the leadership of our Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE) the day was organised in collaboration with STEMHub (platform allowing industry to source student STEM talent, collaboration with the higher education sector and research groups) and was facilitated by OG Olivia Ilic (1999). This event brought together 10 industry professionals and 50 teachers from 11 schools. Together, we explored and developed designs for the authentic integration of STEM curriculum in schools and how industry can support the STEM learning of teachers and students. This was a great success and the first cross school STEM professional learning event we have held.

Parallel to this, I attended a National Future Work Summit in Sydney. The Summit was part of the Sydney Spark Festival and brought together experts from a range of backgrounds including government, recruitment, startups, education and the corporate world to explore the necessity for Australia to review its investment in innovation, and the imperative to reform school and tertiary systems to ensure graduates into the workforce have the skills and attributes required to work in a digital economy. Such an important aspect of this is to equip our girls with empathy and ethics, both underpin their resilience to be purposeful in a world in which technology will continue to integrate with human activity.

I am delighted to share the news that the Artemis Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards for 2018. I encourage you to view the video which supports BVN’s pitch for the award. Watch the video here. The Artemis Centre is one of 10 shortlisted buildings in the ‘School – Completed Buildings’ category for the awards, amongst a highly competitive field of schools from all around the world. Winners will be announced on 28 November 2018 in Amsterdam. We are humbled to be shortlisted for such a prestigious international award, and to be recognised for providing not only a world class education for girls, but also an internationally acclaimed facility to enable our girls’ learning to flourish.

The inaugural Emily Hensley Award selection took place last week. The Emily Hensley Award is dedicated to honoring our young alumnae. It raises awareness and celebrates the outstanding achievements that many of our Old Grammarians accomplish after graduation. We had 9 fantastic nominations and look forward to sharing the winner with the community in December.

Artemis Gymnastics Program has been nominated as a finalist for the 2018 New Club of the Year Award at the upcoming Gymnastics Victoria Club Awards. This is fantastic recognition for our inaugural Gymnastics Program and a great credit to Bec Pollard, Jump start Gymnastics Head Coach and Program Manager. The winner will be announced at the Family Ball & Awards Night on Saturday 9 February 2019.

Congratulations to Sophie Butcher (Year 12) on the National Merit Scholarship for which she was a Commended Student. Sophie intends to apply to universities in the USA for 2019 studies, and we wish her well with her future plans.

Amy Werbeloff (Year 12) has received confirmation of her offer to attend AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York, along with award of a scholarship. This is an incredible achievement and we wish Amy every success as she pursues her dreams abroad.

The Middle Years Musical, Beauty and the Beast Junior, was a huge success and an enjoyable experience. The girls rose to the challenge, providing a stellar performance for appreciative audiences. Huge thanks to the Drama and Music Departments for their wonderful collaboration.

The MGGS Uniform Shop now has an online store! To access the MGGS Online Uniform Shop visit: https://www.mggs.vic.edu.au/shop
Purchases can be made online and a click and collect option is available whereby orders can be collected from Merton Hall or Morris Hall Reception during office hours. The online store stocks the entire range of MGGS uniform, as well as a selection of other branded items. The Online Uniform Shop will be closed during holiday periods.

Author

Catherine Mission, Principal