• Emily D

    Emily D

    Year 10

    Year 10, Emily D, is a force to be reckoned with on a bicycle. After starting cycling in Year 6, she has soared to great heights recently taking home gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit in the 2014 Cycling Australia Junior Track National Championship...

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  • Emily C

    Emily C

    Year 12

    Year 12 student, Emily C, is a powerful force on the sand. She launched out at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held in Perth this year, coming away with a silver medal in the individual Under 19 beach sprints. Emily’s victory has been...

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  • Alessandra C

    Alessandra C

    Year 11

    Year 11 student, Alessandra C, can add two-time Goju Kai World Champion to her list of accomplishments after bringing home gold at the IKGA World Championships in Mumbai, India. Alessandra, who took up the discipline in 2007, has dedicated herself to a...

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  • Remy W

    Remy W

    Recent Graduate (2013)

    Remy W has joined an elite group of VCE students selected to exhibit their artwork at the prestigious Top Arts 2013 Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The annual Top Arts Exhibition highlights the NGV's strong commitment and support...

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  • Bronte S

    Bronte S

    Year 9

    Bronte started Scottish dancing at the age of five as a surprise for her Scottish great grandmother. From there, she climbed up the sections from Primary to Beginners, Novice, Intermediate, and at the age of nine, into Premier which then allowed her to...

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  • Caitlin C

    Caitlin C

    Year 10

    Our very talented Year 10 student, Caitlin C, has been accepted into the exclusive Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Music Theatre Studio Audition program. It is a dynamic new one year skills-building course modelled on the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music...

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  • Ella H & Maddisyn D

    Ella H & Maddisyn D

    Year 6

    Music has always been an important part of the culture at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. There are many opportunities for our students to perform and excel. It is particularly exciting when we see individual students externally acknowledged for...

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  • Kai K

    Kai K

    Recent Graduate (2013)

    Kai K has become a remarkable young woman indeed. In 2012 she was the first ever Mentone Girl to be awarded a very prestigious SAGSE (Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange) scholarship. She was one of just 16 students awarded scholarships at...

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  • Lisa Z

    Lisa Z

    Year 12

    Lisa Z is a dynamo when it comes to all things gaming. In 2012, she joined a small number of students hand-picked for the prestigious ACMI Hothouse program where she worked with four other students to create the video game, Springshot Robot. The annual...

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  • Lauren Goldie

    Lauren Goldie

    2013

    Lauren recognises the importance of her education, and the contribution, influence, support and role in which our School has played in assisting her wellbeing, development and determination. Our recent graduate, Lauren Goldie, was accepted into the Royal...

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  • Dulcie Boling

    Dulcie Boling

    1949

    "By the time I left school I had no idea men ran everything... it was too late to change!” Dulcie Boling is a legend of the Australian media industry. Her avant garde approach initiated a more contemporary agenda for women’s media and...

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  • Sarah Miller

    Sarah Miller

    1992

    "My time at Mentone gave me a great foundation, and I encourage all students to take advantage of every opportunity to learn and develop." Dr Sarah Miller has received international acclaim for her work as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist....

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  • Nicole Bradtke

    Nicole Bradtke

    1987

    “I was living a different life to other students because I was constantly travelling with my Tennis…[but] returning to school was always easy.” We honour Nicole Bradtke (née Provis) as a Remarkable Woman for her true ANZAC spirit...

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  • Stacey Sullivan

    Stacey Sullivan

    1996

    “School is the building blocks of what you want to achieve later in life. The morals that I learned and the encouragement that I received has really carried on throughout my life.” What do weight lifting and dog showing have in common? Well...

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  • Polixeni Papapetrou

    Polixeni Papapetrou

    1978

    “The most important thing is to find your voice, to have faith in who you are and to work hard.” Without a doubt, Polixeni Papapetrou has found her voice, and as she stands on the international stage as an accomplished artist, there is no...

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  • Casey Trebilcock

    Casey Trebilcock

    2010

    "I know that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard." Since graduating from Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Casey Trebilcock has applied her entrepreneurial skills in social media to pursue her virtual vision. Casey...

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  • Lucy Christopher

    Lucy Christopher

    1998

    “Be brave and don’t go with the crowd.” In Year 8, Lucy Christopher sat listening to guest speaker and award winning teen author, John Marsden, completely unaware this would become a pivotal moment in her own life. Soon she would become...

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  • Jo Cavanagh

    Jo Cavanagh

    1971

    "I hope my story will encourage more Mentone Girls to create social good and a productive caring community where everyone helps and everyone benefits.” Jo Cavanagh has long been a change merchant, working tirelessly to help vulnerable families,...

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  • Amy Baker

    Amy Baker

    1996

    “It’s so easy to forget the hundreds and thousands of families in need if you don’t ever see them or hear about them.” Amy Baker was preparing for a job interview with the Salvation Army and the more she researched, the more she...

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  • Annette Kellerman

    Annette Kellerman

    1902

    “My early physical misfortune has turned out to be the greatest blessing that could have come to me.” We honour Annette Kellerman as a Remarkable Woman for taking the risk to challenge social norms, and for her courageous drive and...

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  • Erin Johanson

    Erin Johanson

    1994

    "Be yourself. It’s ok and your unique personality will be an asset when you need it most." Erin Johanson is living a fantasy life that she never dreamed of and this Mentone Old Girl is living proof that "quirky is cool". From a...

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  • Jacqueline Killian

    Jacqueline Killian

    2005

    “Sometimes big goals can seem unachievable but by focusing on the smaller steps in between you can keep your motivation up – you may even find it’s the little things that make you the proudest and excite you the most.” Jacqueline...

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  • Jane Chidgey

    Jane Chidgey

    1969

    “We were well regarded in the cheetah community in South Africa which we spent many years trying to protect.” Old Girl, Jane Chidgey, has led a fascinating life living in South Africa for many years where she successfully ran a Wildlife...

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  • Keren McFie

    Keren McFie

    1990

    "I had no idea what Engineering was!" Keren McFie (Horton) has seen some unusual things – she’s worked on a New Zealand naval frigate, a gas platform off Karratha and an oil rig in the Timor Sea. But for this remarkable woman,...

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  • Kylie Ladd

    Kylie Ladd

    1985

    “Success is just as much about determination and perseverance as it is about talent – there are many routes to get there.” Kylie Ladd (Fowler) has a hugely rewarding professional double life – she’s a Neuropsychologist and a...

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  • Kylie Matulick

    Kylie Matulick

    1988

    “I do think that creative people see our work and get a lot of inspiration from it... so we have definitely contributed to the global creative community.” A friend once urged Kylie Matulick to “...dream big and if it doesn’t scare...

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  • Lisa Xu

    Lisa Xu

    2003

    "My Mentone Girls’ Grammar School friends are the siblings I never had. We are all so different yet very like-minded people all chasing our dream jobs and having a lot of fun along the way." It takes a remarkable woman to combine nuclear...

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  • Liz Tosh

    Liz Tosh

    2008

    “There is a massive world of opportunity out there. It’s a matter of finding out what difference you want to make and going out there and making it!” At just 19 years old, Liz Tosh was spending her life running, swimming, cycling and...

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  • Margaret McLorinan

    Margaret McLorinan

    1901

    Margaret McLorinan, known affectionately as Peg, was always ahead of her time. We honour Margaret McLorinan as a Remarkable Woman for her exceptional professional ability, her kindness to patients, her outstanding ability as a surgeon and administrator,...

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  • Marion Weir

    Marion Weir

    7 January 1911 - 18 August 2011

    Prominent Mentone identity, Eugenie Marion Weir (Marion) was farewelled by family and friends in August 2011 at St James Anglican Church, Mt Eliza, at the ripe old age of 100. Marion Weir (nee Downe) was a former Mayoress of Mordialloc and much loved...

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  • Megan Douglas

    Megan Douglas

    1987

    “Keep your eyes open and take every opportunity as it comes... you never know where it could lead.” “Okay, I was a spy,” laughs Megan Douglas when pushed for details on her work with the Defence Signals Directorate – a...

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  • Michelle Waters

    Michelle Waters

    1969

    “To really live an authentic and harmonious life, you need to know and be aligned with your core values.” Long before the phrases ‘family friendly’ and ‘work-life balance’ became part of our vocabulary, Michelle Waters...

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  • Reena Ghelani

    Reena Ghelani

    1987

    "I work in an organisation that seeks human rights, justice and peace. This is the world I want my children to live and believe in." For Reena Ghelani, helping build a better world is more than just a desirable ideal – it’s her job....

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  • Sarah Arachchi

    Sarah Arachchi

    2003

    “Every tree is beautiful in its own different way. Value your individuality and the different seeds you have within yourself.” Dreams do come true and Sarah Arachchi is living proof. At just 25, this remarkable Old Girl is a doctor at...

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  • Shelley Matulick

    Shelley Matulick

    1996

    “Being a witness to dire social injustice and extreme poverty was definitely a driving force.” Shelley Matulick was travelling around the world with a knapsack on her back, experiencing life in foreign cultures when she realised two important...

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  • Tracy Ford

    Tracy Ford

    1988

    "Success does not come overnight. Initiative, drive and hard work are required for progression." She is inspired by beauty, has objects of international envy at her fingertips, business travel and a much sought after career with Italian style...

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  • ZoŽ Badwi

    ZoŽ Badwi

    1995

    Zoë Badwi is loving her life in the spotlight. As a singing sensation, Zoë has stormed the impossibly difficult and unforgiving music industry and made a lasting impression with her vocal talents and dynamic stage presence. At school, Zoë...

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  • The Simpson Sisters

    The Simpson Sisters

    1899

    The Simpson educational philosophy was simple, “to be bold, to do one’s best and to never give in”. We honour the Simpson family, and in particular Effie Simpson and her three sisters, Minnie, Ethel and Daisy, as Remarkable Women whose...

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  • Mr Peter O'Donnell

    Mr Peter O'Donnell

    Head of Sport

    “I get the same enjoyment from watching a student pick up a ball for the first time, as I do from watching our girls represent the State at an elite level.” With three active young daughters of his own, Head of Sport, Mr Peter O’Donnell,...

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  • Ms Shannon Boyle

    Ms Shannon Boyle

    Head of English

    “Language is the basis of civilisation. The things we can do with language are astonishing; from basic communication to articulating the depth of our soul. That’s what literature does for us.” Shannon Boyle lives for her love of...

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  • Ms Michelle Dennis

    Ms Michelle Dennis

    eLearning Manager

    “I love the culture of this school. Here we trust and respect one another; staff, students and parents. It’s a great environment to work in.” Racking up 50,000 air miles in the last twelve months is proof enough that eLearning Manager,...

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  • Mr Konrad Kondratowicz

    Mr Konrad Kondratowicz

    Head of Visual Arts

    “Artistically, I’d rather be alive and make mistakes than dead inside and safe.” He’s clever, quirky and creative but if you want to learn to paint by numbers then the colorful Head of Visual Arts, Mr Konrad Kondratowicz, is most...

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  • Rev Philippa Lohmeyer-Collins

    Rev Philippa Lohmeyer-Collins

    School Chaplain

    “In RAVE, we provide opportunities to listen to our hearts and develop compassion, kindness, patience, resilience and courage through engaging with others and learning how to be of service to others.” “Our girls have heart,” says...

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  • Mrs Lara Silkoff

    Mrs Lara Silkoff

    School Psychologist

    “There is so much going on in the School – a great energy and enthusiasm pervades the place.” Armed with a secret weapon, the new school psychologist, Lara Silkoff, is helping students to identify, understand and talk about their...

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  • Mrs Jo Frost

    Mrs Jo Frost

    Head of Years 11 & 12

    “That’s what is special about this school – it is the relationship between the teachers and the students and the genuine interest the teachers have in the girls’ whole lives.” Every Friday morning, well before the first bell...

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  • Mrs Susanna Rummel

    Mrs Susanna Rummel

    Head of Performing Arts

    “I have never heard a person say: ‘I’m sorry I did music’… but I have heard many people say: ‘I always wanted to learn to play an instrument’ or that they wish they had never given it up.” The incredibly...

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  • Ms Hiromi Kado-Jewell

    Ms Hiromi Kado-Jewell

    Head of Languages

    “We have study tours and many great programs to enhance cultural diversity and to encourage an international perspective from students at all year levels.” Vibrantly painted fish come alive in the breeze outside the Junior School and according...

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  • Ms Bronwyn Gowty

    Ms Bronwyn Gowty

    Program Co-ordinator (IB) (PYP)

    “The girls here are authentic, grounded and without pretension… they work really hard and their families work really hard to have them here – it’s unique.” Bronwyn Gowty has her sights set on the world – and as Program...

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  • Dr Sandra Fordyce-Voorham

    Dr Sandra Fordyce-Voorham

    Head of Home Economics

    “My favorite quote is Om Shanti – which means I am a peaceful and happy soul.” It’s possible that Sandra Fordyce-Voorham has unearthed the secret ingredient to a happy, healthy, vibrant life! How else could the delightful and...

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  • Mr Daryl McGrath

    Mr Daryl McGrath

    Head of Humanities

    “I have travelled to every continent on the planet and lived in a number of them as well.” There’s just a hint of country about his leather shoes and something a little 'RM Williams' about his friendly persona but the dead...

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  • Mr Michael Lawrence

    Mr Michael Lawrence

    Head of PE, Health & Recreation

    "I have a good understanding of the commitment, dedication, sweat and perseverance required to reach the top in any sport." Michael Lawrence has coached students who became Olympians, competed in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, played football for...

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  • Mrs Angela Wiseman

    Mrs Angela Wiseman

    Head of Years 7 & 8

    "The modeling of leadership contributes to the development of strong minded, thinking, young women who will go on to make positive contributions to our society." Angela Wiseman points to a framed photo hanging in her office of beaming Mentone...

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  • Mrs Catherine Freney

    Mrs Catherine Freney

    Head of Years 9 & 10

    “The girls are so lovely and I am in awe of how hard they work.” From the fresh and inviting surrounds of the new Global Learning Centre (GLC), Catherine Freney, Head of Years 9 & 10, happily chats about why it’s such an exciting...

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  • Mrs Fiona Shepherd

    Mrs Fiona Shepherd

    ELC Team Leader

    "I love these little ladies," says Fiona Shepherd with a smile, "I really do". "Preschoolers may look small and cute but they are as smart and capable as any adult," declares Fiona Shepherd. And after 10 years of working with...

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  • Mrs Helen Silvester

    Mrs Helen Silvester

    Head of Science

    "Science is cool," says Helen Silvester, "I get to blow things up!" As a teenager country girl, Helen used to ride her motorbike to the bus stop each morning and, as the eldest of five girls, was her father’s helping hand on the...

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  • Ms Maria Spaziani

    Ms Maria Spaziani

    Head of Mathematics

    “Our girls do so well in Mathematics because they are confident and confidence is everything.” “It never occurs to our girls that they shouldn’t do well in Maths,” says Maria Spaziani “that’s why so many of them...

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