Mentone Girls' Grammar has a rich history. Since the first day of class in 1899 when just five Mentone Girls took their place in history, to today's thriving community of over 6,000 students and 'Old Girls', we have held fast to the philosophy of our Founders, the four Simpson sisters, "to be bold, to do one's best and to never give in".
Over the years, we have seen major changes from buildings and uniforms to community attitudes and the social change that comes with each new generation. Succeeding generations of principals, staff, parents, students and School Council leaders have been responsible for the success of the School today and we honour them for their passion and commitment. Together they have contributed so much to the social fabric of our School and it is upon their shoulders that we stand together as a successful community today.
With a strong sense of purpose we have been able to stand the test of time and remain committed to our mission, to empower girls to aspire to excellence, make a difference and, as enterprising global citizens, rise boldly to the opportunities of their times.
Fran Reddan - Principal
Mrs Fran Reddan is the Principal of Mentone Girls' Grammar School where she has served the pursuit of excellence in education for 10 years. Specialising in the education of girls from Kindergarten to Year 12, the School has seen great advancement under Fran's leadership due to the innovation, entrepreneurship and vision to be 'a leading contemporary Australian school with an international outlook'. With her passion for girls’ education, Fran has propelled the School into the global arena with international partnerships, advanced the curriculum with a vigorous Science, Technology and Maths program, pioneered a new approach to student wellbeing and helped students and staff achieve together through a culture of great expectations. Fran's extensive expertise in the education sector spans more than 25 years and includes a variety of leadership positions, serving on several Boards, and contributing her expertise in innovation, global learning, creativity, gender and leadership. Fran is recognised not only as an outstanding educator achieving excellent results, but also for her astute skills and understanding of the ‘business of a school’ with its complexity in stakeholder management. Fran is President of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, the peak advocacy group for girls’ education, and is a Director of the Centre for Strategic Education, which strives to lead educational thinking and practice through inter sectoral, interstate and international connections. Fran regularly mentors aspiring and practising leaders and is also listed in Who's Who for her contribution to education.
Kay McCullough - Senior Vice Principal
Jo Frost - Vice Principal Wellbeing / Head of Senior School
Edwina Aikman - Head of Junior School
Louise Robinson Lay - Head of Curriculum
Brian Trumble - Business Manager
Stacey Mair - Head of Marketing & Communications
Monica Cabrita - Human Resources Manager
Glenda McDonald - Admissions Manager
Roslyn Holloway - Advancement Manager
Educational Leadership Team
Through our Educational Leadership program we are developing and supporting the leadership bench strength across the School. Our dedicated Educational Leadership Team (ELT) comprises members of the Strategic Management Team together with the School’s middle managers and group leaders who are responsible for driving educational innovation and delivering expert services in order to provide the best possible teaching and learning environment for our students and staff.