Mentone Girls' Grammar has earned a world-class reputation as an outstanding school and a market leader in girls’ education. We have had the traditions and track-record of success since 1899 and we continue to be progressive, outward-looking and contemporary in our thinking, shaping Australian education into what schools should be - communities where education empowers, where there is a culture of care, and where the future can be shaped to make a better world.
Our mission drives us to create a very special community, one which is authentic and ‘down to earth’ and which harnesses the best teachers, motivated parents, business and community leaders, global education partners and researchers, and a vast network of alumnae from around the world to engage in important work – growing ‘remarkable women’. Together, we empower girls to aspire to excellence, to make a difference and, as enterprising global citizens, to rise boldly to the opportunities of their times. We are not afraid to try creative new approaches which respond to our students’ changing needs – from our ground-breaking Enterprise Academy which links students’ learning to the world of future work and entrepreneurship, to impactful wellbeing approaches that get to the heart of how girls think and process emotions - we constantly craft environments where girls can learn, have fun and flourish, right from the earliest days of their education.
Our students enjoy our beautiful single campus, individualised learning and attention, an impressive array of co-curricular activities and all the advantages of a seamless, technology-rich education from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Importantly, we take the time to get to know our students. We listen to their concerns, understand their fears, and expose them to a whole range of surprising opportunities about what girls and women can be. Through the right blend of challenge and choice, formal and informal learning experiences in Australia and around the world, and great female and male role-models, we build their self-confidence and encourage them to discover themselves through all the exciting programs and initiatives that the School has to offer.
And we do that expertly for girls, from their academic success to the factors that impact on their own wellbeing.
Year after year, our students exceed expectations, surpassing their personal goals and achieving outstanding academic results. This is impressive given that we are ‘open-entry’, accepting girls of all talents and abilities, with different temperaments and interests, and from diverse faiths and cultures.
But excellent academic results are only one part of the story. Our enviable location by the beach provides a fresh and healthy educational environment and has inspired our powerful WAVES priorities which influence all aspects of our work. These priorities help our students believe in themselves as confident, capable and ethical young women who can enjoy learning, make a difference, and ride the waves of the world beyond school.
The world needs women who can ride these waves; women who have a global perspective, who appreciate diversity, who are open, inclusive, and sensitive to all people; women who know how to get things done while navigating the dramatic societal and economic changes before us. This world of artificial intelligence, globalisation and flexible work requires that women have the skills, capabilities and mindset to see possibilities, seize opportunities and to make a difference, so that they can create value for themselves and for others; a world where women have a strong voice and can take their place alongside men to collaborate for a better world.
There is considerable research evidence to show that girls benefit from a quality all girls' environment. Stereotyping of subjects and careers is limited in girls' only schools, so girls can feel confident there are no impediments to their choices, whether they are in academia, sport, music, entrepreneurship or many other co-curricular areas. This also extends to their choices of career paths. All activities are open to girls: they are the ones who participate, influence and lead for genuine achievement. They learn to respectfully question society’s preconceptions about what girls and women can do and hold to account those who would hold them back from becoming ‘remarkable women’.
I am proud that parents feel confident in entrusting their daughters to us as part of a very special community, one where current and future students can’t wait to come to school and where staff are proud to contribute. As Principal and CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer), I encourage you to come and visit us and to see for yourself how Mentone Girls’ Grammar could partner with you for your daughter’s remarkable education.