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									                                                                           ISSUE 10 — 24 APRIL 2009

                                      PRINCIPAL NEWS

Welcome back to Term 2 which is shaping up as an extraordinarily busy one even by Mac.Rob
standards. The rehearsals for House Chorals have been echoing around the corridors for weeks and as I
write we are looking forward to a night of music, singing and some dancing in an event which is always
one of the highlights of the school year.
The traditional Legacy schools ANZAC Service will this year be held on Thursday 23rd April as ANZAC
Day falls on the Saturday and the Year 10 students have been practising the songs that they and the
Melbourne High School boys will sing at the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. The School
Captains of both schools give the readings during the ceremony and the Melbourne High cadet corps
provides the guard of honour.
During the holidays some of our students volunteered to collect for the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal
Children’s Hospital and collected an amazing $19, 400. Very well done to those girls and the teachers who
worked with them on a job well done.
We are saddened by the death of 2006 Year 12 student Kim Lane who lost her battle with leukaemia
during the second week of the holidays. Kim requested that in lieu of flowers at her funeral donations be
sent to OnTrack@PeterMac which assists young people with cancer. She made news in the daily press
doing her VCE examinations in hospital during her initial round of treatment and maintained contact with a
number of people at Mac.Rob. An outstanding student, Kim was very involved in the life of the school,
including the SRC, and we will establish a Speech Night prize in her name. Vale Kim.
Ms Jane Garvey

             Principal Contract                                  Parent Teacher Interview
After the normal process of consultation and            Year 9 students, new students and students with
review, including seeking input from the president      an area of concern received an interim report at
of school council, the Department of Education          the end of term 1.
Early Childhood Development has renewed the             All parents are encouraged to meet with their
contract of Ms Jane Garvey as principal of Mac.         daughter’s teachers at the scheduled parent
Robertson Girls High School for a further five          teacher interview this term
years. I was pleased in 2008 to offer support for        The students with surnames beginning with letters
Ms Garvey's reappointment and I now congratulate           A - L will be held on Monday 27 April from
her on her second contract. The school has had                               2.30—8 pm
many outstanding achievements over the past                 M - Z will be held on Tuesday 5 May from
years. I am sure that Ms. Garvey's next term will                            2.30—8 pm
see further successes and look forward to reading         Please contact your daughter’s Coordinator for
about them in the newsletter.                                            further information.
                                                                          PLEASE NOTE:
                                                         Adjusted Bell Times Following Parent Teacher
Dr. Helen Marshall                                                            Interview
President of School Council 2007-8                        Tuesday 28 April—Students arrive by 9.10 am.
                                                                     Period 1 starts at 9.20 am.
                                                          Wednesday 6 May—Students arrive by 9.05 am.
                                                                     Period 1 starts at 9.15 am.

                                                        Ms Marilyn Smith
                                                        Assistant Principal

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            The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School : 350 – 370 Kings Way MELBOURNE VIC 3004
         Tel: 03 9820 0788 Fax: 03 9864 7777 —
THANK YOU to the student, parent and                                     Careers
teacher volunteers who participated in the
2009 Pied Pipers Good Friday Appeal for the           Morrisby Report
Royal Children’s Hospital.                            The PowerPoint from the Parent Information
Early on Friday 10 April over 170 wonderful           Evening held in Term 1 has been placed on the
Mac.Rob students gathered outside the school          school intranet for parents who were unable to
Gym to take part in the annual Pied Pipers            attend. Go to the Careers section of the intranet.
Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital. They
set off in groups of four, accompanied a parent
or teacher volunteer supervisor, to collect money
from the surrounding residential areas. The
following extract is from the letter of thanks sent
to the school from the Pied Pipers
Our participating Schools and Colleges
contributed $97,581.50 via the house-to-house
collections, and we sincerely congratulate
achieving a total of $19,427.50. Please accept
our grateful thanks for the efforts of your
volunteer Students, Teachers and Parents who
generously gave up their time to participate with
the Pied Pipers in achieving our overall result on
Good Friday 2009. We once again had a large           Guest Speakers
percentage of supervisors/drivers arranged
by our Schools and Colleges – a wonderful             On Tuesday 21 April Liz Beaton and Hannah
example of the whole-school community                 Lewis (ex-Mac.Rob students) spoke on the
involvement. We and all our supporters are            Bachelor of Philosophy at The Australian
tremendously impressed and gratified by the           National University where both are completing
spirit of service displayed by the School &           their honours year. Hannah is completing her
College communities who participate with our          thesis on “Gender and Climate Change” whilst
Good Friday effort – we hope to have your             Liz is doing a thesis on creative writing. The PhB
continuing support for the Royal Children’s           is a specialised research based course with a
Hospital and the RCH Pied Pipers for many             very small intake. Currently of the 10 students
years ahead.’                                         studying, two are from Mac.Rob. The PhB is of-
                                                      fered in Arts, Science and Asian Studies.
The amount raised by our school on Good Friday
is truly remarkable and certainly makes the time
donated by all our volunteers very worthwhile.        On Friday 24 April, May Ling Lum from Ernst
                                                      and Young, one of the big four accounting firms,
                                                      gave advice on applying for cadetships
                                                      Ms Irene Serpless
       Our GIV leaders, Semonti Modak,
          Rapthi Rajaratnam, Kate Young
          and Sharoan Selvakumaran for
          organising the student volunteers
       Our parent volunteers, without whom,
          this fundraising event would not be
       And to our supervising teachers,
          Deborah Stringer, Alice Andreu                   Education Maintenance Allowance
          Martha Goodridge- Kelly, and                       cheques are now available for
          Rebecca Kristanto                                         collection from
Ms Rebecca Vosper                                          Mrs Baldock in the Student Welfare
Assistant Principal

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      U15 SWIMMING 4X50m RELAY                                     Science News

The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School
represented Northern Zone in the State
Championships in 4 relay and 8 individual
events.                                                           Year 9 & 10 Students
This in itself, was an excellent achievement ,but              Australian Museum Eureka
this was surpassed by the Under 15 4x50m                         Final date Friday 1 May
Freestyle Relay team winning this event. The
team of Anna Lieschke, Catriona Nguyen                      Rio Tinto Big Science Competition
Robertson, Isabelle Volpe and Kelly McInnes                         Thursday 21 May
Smith is congratulated for this excellent
                                                                 National Chemistry Quiz
                                                                     Thursday 30 July

The results for the other events were:                              Year 11 Students
12-15 200m Freestyle: Anna Lieschke 5th                  Applications for National Youth Science
                                                                  Form—Canberra and Perth
Under 17 50m Breaststroke: Helen Megow 8th
                                                                      Friday 29 May
Under 20 50m Breaststroke: Megan Jennings 6th
                                                             Science Olympiads coming up!
Under 15 50m Butterfly: Anna Lieschke 6th
Under 20 50m Butterfly: Julia McGennisken 4th
                                                         Please see Ms Hayes for further details
Under 20 50 Freestyle: Julia McGennisken 6th
Under 15 50m Backstroke: Isabelle Volpe 4th
U 15 200m Individual Medley: Anna Lieschke 6th
                                                             THE SIEMENS SCIENCE
    16 4X50 Medley Relay 3rd                                     EXPERIENCE
U15 4X50 m Freestyle Relay 1st
                                                       Science Opportunity For Year 9 Students
U16 4X50m Freestyle Relay 6th
                                                     A three day hands on practical science program,
U20 4X50m Freestyle Relay 4th                        will be conducted again in 37 Australian
Special thanks to Julia McGennisken for her          universities and tertiary institutions in 2009/2010
leadership of this and to Mrs Smyth for              for students who will be entering Year 10 in
managing the team throughout the competitions.       2010. Each program includes a wide variety of
                                                     practical activities, excursions, career
                                                     information together with interesting
Mr Russell Webber                                    presentations by leading Australian scientists.
Sports Coordinator                                   This is a Rotary Youth Services Project,
                                                     supported by the Australian Science Teachers
                                                     Association and The Young Scientists of
                                                     Australia. The total cost of the 3 day program is
              SLICES                                 $105 ( includes GST).
The Friends of Music Cake Stall for Term 2 will
be held at recess on Wednesday 29th April by         Local Rotary clubs are often willing to sponsor
         Friends of Music @ Mac.rob.                 students to attend, so please contact your local
                                                     Rotary club for details.
                                                     Further information and application forms are
    Music students, please bring cakes and slices.
                                                     available from your school, local Rotary clubs
            Others please come and see.
                                                     and from
                                                     Early application is advised.
                                                     Any Year 9 Student Is Welcome To Attend

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                             Share the magic
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern fairytale .be transported to
medieval France where an enchantress transforms a young prince into a hideous
Beast as punishment for his selfishness.

“A tale as old as time”, Beauty and the Beast is spun with magical moments and
unforgettable characters like the wilful, intelligent Belle who dreams of a life less
dull than her small provincial town; Gaston, the arrogant town Romeo; Cogsworth,
the pompous clock; Lumiere, the love-struck candelabra, and the kindly teapot,
Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast will be presented by Melbourne High School and The
Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School at Memorial Hall from May 13 to 16, 2009. This
exciting and elaborate production is suitable for the entire family to enjoy. A classic
tale of love, sacrifice, jealousy, revenge and redemption, it explores an age-old
theme: the true meaning of beauty.

One of the most popular musicals of all time, Beauty and the Beast has delighted
adults and children around the world, and we are proud to be part of this much
loved fairytale. Nominated for nine 1994 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, it
ran 13 years on Broadway (that’s 5,464 regular performances), making it the sixth
longest-running show and has been staged in seven languages, in 15 countries,
playing to over 24 million people worldwide.

For more information about this spectacular show, please visit our website:


Tickets are only available on-line at

Students wishing to purchase tickets may do so by downloading the on-line Order
Form from MHSTix. Please read the instructions for completing the form and
making payment at your school.
For all Booking enquiries, please phone 9824 0480.

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We invite students in Year 9 and 10 at your school to participate in the Research Australia National Youth
Ambassador for Health Research 2009 program and help us inspire the next generation of health and
medical professionals.

We are looking for someone who cares about the future health of Australia to help spread the message of
the importance of science and research to other young people, business and government leaders.

The Research Australia National Youth Ambassador program is an essay-based competition with
opportunities to interact with researchers and government and lead a team of like-minded young people to
set priorities for research.

Students in Year 9 & 10 have until Monday, 10 July to submit their 800-1,000 word essays and have a
chance to win a laptop computer of their choice up to the value of $2,500.

This year’s topic is:

        “Nurturing my brain to be the best person I can. What I can do to increase my brain capacity to be
        as capable as I can possibly be.”

        Consider aspects of your experience and lifestyle that facilitate your capacity and capability to
        create the best life that you can for yourself. Capabilities might include: intelligence; academic
        and emotional, creativity, socialisation, physical enjoyment of life. Your piece of writing will be
        judged on the extent to which you develop your point of view in a reasonable and convincing way
        and the effectiveness with which you express yourself.

The National Research Australia Youth Ambassador for Health Research will be selected from the state
finalists and announced during National Science Week 15-23 August.

Further details and entry forms are available from or visit our
blogspot for more information

About Research Australia
Research Australia is a national alliance of over 190 organizations, with a mission to make health and
medical research a higher national priority. Independent of government and not-for-profit, Research
Australia’s activities are funded by its members, donors and supporters from leading research
organizations, academic institutions, philanthropy, community special interest groups, peak industry
bodies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, small businesses and corporate Australia. Find out
more at

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Week 2:
Monday 27 April                  Parent Teacher Interviews A-L 2.30 pm—8 pm
Tuesday 28 April                 Late start for all students at 9.10 am
Tuesday 28—Wednesday 29 April    Duke of Edinburgh Camp One
Wednesday 29 April               Friends of Music Cake Stall
Thursday 30 April—Friday 1 May   Duke of Edinburgh Camp Two

Week 3:
Tuesday 5 May                    Parent Teacher Interviews M-Z 2.30 pm—8 pm
Wednesday 6 May                  Late start for all students at 9.05 am
                                 Model United Nations conference at Melbourne
Friday 8 May                     Year 11 Rejuvenation Program 8.30—12.30 pm

Week 4:
Tuesday 12 May                   School Tour for prospective parents
                                 11 am—12 pm

Tuesday 12—Thursday 14 May       NAPLAN testing for all Year 9 students
Wednesday 13—Saturday 16 May     Mac.Rob & MHS Beauty and the Beast
                                 Combined Play 7 30 pm—MHS Memorial Hall
Saturday 16 May                  Beauty and the Beast Matinee Play 2 pm—MHS
                                 Memorial Hall
Week 5:
Tuesday 19 May                   School Council Meeting 6.30 pm
                                 Parents Association Meeting 7.30 pm—
                                 Function Room

Thursday 21 May                  Prospective Students Information Night 7 pm—
                                 Rio Tinto Science competition for Year 9 & 10
                                 Visiting author Alice Pung—LRC Lunchtime

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