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Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne

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Denomination  Uniting Church
Principal  Miss Diana Vernon
Phone  +61 3 9274 6333
Lowest grade  Kindergarten
Established  1882
Chaplain  Meaghan Paul
Founded  1882
Highest grade  Year Twelve
Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne

Type  Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Motto  Latin: Deo Domuique("For God and for Home")
Address  207 Barkers Rd, Kew VIC 3101, Australia
Similar  Scotch College, Xavier College, Carey Baptist Grammar, Presbyter Ladies' College, Lauriston Girls' School
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Methodist Ladies' College (commonly referred to as MLC) is an independent, non-selective, day and boarding school for girls, located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school has two additional outdoor education campuses known as 'Marshmead' and 'Banksia'.

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Established in 1882 on its current campus by the Methodist Church of Australasia, MLC is now a school of the Uniting Church in Australia, and caters for approximately 2200 students from the Early Learning Centre (MLC Kindle) to year 12, including more than 100 boarders.

The college is a member of Girls Sport Victoria, the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), and the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia.

MLC offers students both the Victorian Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate.

Fees are up to $36,000 per student per year.

History

William Henry Fitchett was secretary of a committee formed in 1879 to start a secondary school for girls. MLC was founded on its current campus in Kew on 14 February 1882 as a modern school of the first order, with buildings that formed a collegiate institution for girls unsurpassed in the colonies. It was the first Australian girls’ school established by the Wesleyan Methodists and Fitchett was the first principal. The goal of its founders was to provide a high-class Christian education for girls, comparable with that provided elsewhere for boys. As the first Australian girls’ school established by the Wesleyan Methodists, MLC attracted boarders from all Australian colonies.

In 1990, MLC became the first school in the world to introduce laptop computers for all students from Year 5 – 12. In 1991, MLC Marshmead opened, providing Year 9 students with an eight-week residential experience with a focus on outdoor education.

In 2001, The Sun-Herald reported a 1988 study which ranked MLC third in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the number of its alumni mentioned in the Who's Who in Australia (a listing of notable Australians). In 2002, MLC won the title of 'Australian School of the Year', as published in The Australian newspaper.

Although never exclusively denominational, the original College motto 'Deo Domuique' - For God and for Home - still remains today. In recent times, the College has adopted an international outlook, embracing diversity and the UNESCO principles of being an internationally minded school.

House system

As with most Australian schools, MLC has a house system through which students partake in inter-house competitions and activities. The college currently has five houses:

  • Berry - Colour: Purple, Mascot: Turtle.
  • Cato - Colour: Blue, Mascot: Bear.
  • Fitchett - Colour: Yellow, Mascot: Lion fitchett is also known as the winning house or the best house
  • Krome - Colour: Green, Mascot: Frog
  • Nevile - Colour: Pink, Mascot: Pink Panther In the past, there was a Tiddeman house(which was red). This was a specific house for boarders.
  • Curriculum

    MLC offers an extensive range of VCE and Vocational Education Training (VET) courses, as well as the IB Diploma Programme. It has one of the largest VCE subject selections in the state. The school's success with the IB Programme is internationally renowned, with students consistently achieving in the top global percentile each year. Its physical education program includes a wide variety of summer and winter sports. It participates in the Girls Sport Victoria competition.

    The music school features an auditorium, and a department for woodwind, strings, keyboard, percussion and brass, with multiple ensembles including a concert orchestra, senior strings, choirs and bands. The music school is known for its excellence. The state of the art auditorium is often used for external performances.

    The school offers a speech and drama program from early years and theatre arts and drama at VCE and IB level, as well as a variety of studio arts subjects.

    2012 sacking of principal

    In September 2012 the school board sacked the then principal of 15 years, Rosa Storelli, leading to calls by Storelli plus some parents and old girls for the board's dismissal. There were protests outside the school by parents and students concerning the sacking of a much respected principal too.

    The board at the time of Storelli's sacking consisted of Louise Adler (Melbourne University Press), Brendan Fleiter (Australia Post), Ahmed Fahour (Australia Post), Tony Peake (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Bernard Salt (KPMG), Patricia Cross (NAB, JB Were, Qantas), Patrick Ng (Architect), Belinda Probert (LaTrobe University) and Julie Landvogt (education consultant). By 2017 most of the board had been replaced.

    Notable alumnae

    Alumnae of the Methodist Ladies' College are known as 'Old Collegians' and automatically become members of the 'MLC Old Collegians' Club' upon graduation. The club was established on 29 October 1904 for the purpose of providing an ongoing relationship between the College and its alumnae.

    Some notable 'Old Collegians' include:

    Entertainment, Media and the Arts
  • Roma Egan, child TV actress, ballet dancer and teacher
  • Joyce Nicholson, author, political philanthropist
  • Alice Marian Ellen Bale - Artist
  • Cate Blanchett - Actress (also attended Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School)
  • Tessa James - Actress
  • Ada Lorna Forbes - Actress
  • Deborra-Lee Furness - Actress
  • Libbi Gorr - Entertainer, most commonly known as 'Elle McFeast'
  • Nene King - Doyenne of Australian magazine publishing, former editor and editor-in-chief of Women's Weekly and Woman's Day
  • Karen Knowles - Performer, producer and director
  • Jodie Loebert - Performer, Young Talent Time (1980 - 1983)
  • Dora Lynnell Wilson - Artist
  • Yumi Stynes - Television presenter (also attended Melbourne Girls' Grammar School)
  • Marzena Godecki - Actress
  • Juliana Forge - Model
  • Christine Lau - Mother of Jason, Kylie, David and Rachel Lau
  • Katie Bender, film maker
  • Medicine and Science
  • Isabel Clifton Cookson - Botanist and palaeobotanist
  • Mary Clementina De Garis - Obstetrician, second woman in Victoria to take out an M.D.
  • Hilda Estelle Kincaid - Medical practitioner
  • Kate Heathershaw - paediatrician
  • Politics and the Law
  • Millie Peacock, First woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria
  • Nicola Roxon - Labor Attorney-General of Australia
  • Fiona Richardson - State Labor Minister for Northcote, Minister for women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
  • Mary Wooldridge - State Liberal member for Doncaster, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women's Affairs and Minister for Community Services from 2010 to 2014
  • Judith Troeth - Liberal Senator for Victoria
  • Lara Giddings - Labor Premier of Tasmania
  • Julia Riley - Barrister/Cellist
  • Vanessa Ash - Lawyer, founder of business Vanessa Ash & Associates
  • Sport
  • Alisa Camplin - Aerial skier, Winter Olympiad gold medallist
  • Lydia Ierodiaconou - Freestyle skier, Winter Olympiad gold medallist
  • Other
  • Jessie Vasey - Founder of the War Widows' Guild of Australia (also attended Lauriston Girls' School)
  • Frances Gertrude Kumm (8 April 1886 – 4 June 1966) - an Australian women's activist and philanthropist
  • Rhodes Scholars

    MLC has produced four Rhodes Scholars:

  • Karen Yeung (1987) (Law) (having studied at her local school, Gladstone Park Secondary College, in years 7-10)
  • Joanna Masel (1991) (Zoology)
  • Sanya Reid Smith (1993) (Law)
  • Kate Robson (2001) (History of Medicine)
  • References

    Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne Wikipedia