By Leanne Fink, President of the Old Girls’ Club 

Our year of Action for Impact in the Old Girls’ Club has certainly been a remarkable feat. From the launch of our Old Girls’ Club eNews to reunions in Brisbane, Sydney and New York, we have continued to unite past students across many generations.  

On behalf of the Old Girls’ Club, I would like to thank this year’s committee members for their unwavering support and enthusiasm; Nicole Grant (Vice President), Keli David (Secretary), Gayle Neylan (Archivist), Chrissy Slater (Treasurer), Cindy Orchard, Michaela Rowland, Jessie Kingston, Krystal Brown, Jan Stanley and Roslyn Holloway. I would also like to extend a special thank you to our Alumni Co-ordinator, Debra Campion, the Marketing team and Grounds staff.

We were thrilled to receive 213 responses to our recent Old Girls’ Club Survey. A sincere thank you to all of you who responded! The feedback gained is immensely helpful in determining what is important to you as an Old Girl, the events and initiatives you like best, staying connected, career programs and more. Analysis of the results indicated (among other things) that:

  • Reunions are by far the most sought-after form of engagement. Many of you indicated that you prefer informal events.
  • The most important OGC objective is to facilitate engagement with other Old Girls through events, and second to that, to support the School community.

We will indeed take this and many other aspects of the survey on board! Congratulations to the winners of the Amart Sports vouchers - Cassandra N, Diane C, Kimberley W, Belinda M and Valentina S. If you missed the survey and would like to provide feedback, please get in touch with Debra Campion at dcampion@mentonegirls.vic.edu.au.

Keep your eyes peeled for our 2016 edition of well RED magazine in the mail which will be posted to all Old Girls before Christmas. Please send any changes to your email or postal details to: oldgirls@mentonegirls.vic.edu.au.

We hope to see some new faces at next year’s Annual General Meeting in April to help our Club continue its important work in supporting and staying connected to our wonderful School. I am particularly excited about next year’s Reunion as myself and many of my old school friends will be celebrating our 30 year milestone since leaving Mentone Girls’ Grammar as enthusiastic and eager Year 12s in 1987! And on that note, I officially welcome the Class of 2016 to our remarkable community of 7,000 Old Girls across the world and wish them all the best in their future endeavours, whether it’s tertiary studies, travel abroad, full-time work or otherwise. We do hope you stay connected with your classmates and to this wonderful School.

We are also seeking two valuable donations needed for our Archives collection – Valedictory Dinner programs from 2006 and 2010. If you have these programs or know of anyone who might, please contact School Archivist, Gayle Neylan at gneylan@mentonegirls.vic.edu.au.

Please continue to visit our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages for exciting Old Girls news, important school announcements and events. I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive break over Christmas and New Years.

Till next year Old Girls!