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Girls on Fire
Kind, curious, imaginative, bold, unique ... The Girls on Fire podcast celebrates the students, staff and community members who capture the spirit of MLC.
23 hours ago
Andy Quilty on Life as an Artist
Our Year 10 Art students were lucky enough to spend the day with Artist Andy Quilty. Listen to this week’s episode to gain an insight into where Andy draws inspiration from and his take on the importance of art history.
Feb 23, 2021
Lucy Iffla Found her Fire
Jazz was not so much of a choice for Lucy but rather a calling. When she was first awarded a music prize at MLC, she never imagined that in 2021 she would be a professional musician. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Year 12 student Stella chat to her vocal tutor and Collegian Lucy Iffla about their passion for Jazz.
Feb 15, 2021
Get to Know Our New Deputy Principal ELC to Year 6
Our Junior Years Students were eager to ask our new Deputy Principal ELC to Year 6 all of life’s biggest questions. In this week’s podcast join them in getting to know Kylie Cross, where they chat about everything from Kylie’s devotion to Surf Life Saving, her pet bunny Snowball and the her vision for the MLC Junior Years.
Feb 10, 2021
Our 2021 College Themes
The MLC community is unified under two guiding themes each year, one being the prefects’ theme and the other is the principal’s theme. Listen in to this week’s podcast to hear Principal Dr Perry and Head and Deputy Head Prefects Jemeeka and Ruby announce the themes.
Jan 26, 2021
Celebrating Academic Success
MLC Collegians Evelyn and Shannon have a chat to our 2021 Academic Prefect Maya about their recent results in the WACE exams. They both received a perfect score of 99.95, placing them as two of the top 14 students in the state. For this pair of exceptional students, life throughout school was more than just study, they spoke about the importance of spending time with friends and family and really enjoying everything that MLC had to offer.
Dec 2, 2020
Dr Perry's 2020 Reflections
Take a look back at the year of 2020 with Principal Dr Marie Perry and Head and Deputy Head Prefect Elect Jemeeka and Ruby. Dr Perry shares her best and most challenging moments of 2020, from working on the transition to online learning, reimagining MLC events and dealing with being away from her own family and friends. Listen in to the final episode of Girls on Fire 2020 to hear Dr Perry reflect on how she has taken a leap this year.
Nov 26, 2020
What defines a successful leader? Listen to this week’s podcast to hear two of our Year 11 students discuss this question and more with Nevin, a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Woodside. He shares valuable advice with the students giving an insight into his journey from high school to now living in Karratha.
Nov 18, 2020
First footsteps of an MLC adventure
Our MLC Early Learning Centre (ELC) Director Rika Whelan and MLC staff member and ELC parent Jessica Addy chat about the wonderful community that has flourished in the ELC. The legacy that was established in 2018 has only grown stronger as more MLC staff members enrol their babies at the ELC. With access to purposeful opportunities across the College and a curriculum that fosters the learning and development in each child, our ELC creates an environment for children from six months of age to thrive. Listen in to this week’s episode to hear more about our unique approach.
Nov 12, 2020
Alicia Janz Found her Fire
MLC Collegian Alicia Janz (2007) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for West Coast in the AFL Women’s competition. She also played netball for both the West Coast Fever and Western Sting. Beyond sports, Alicia is a member of the AFL players’ association Indigenous Advisory Board and a Team Coordinator for Deadly Sista Girlz, which is part of the Wirrpanda Foundation. In this week’s podcast, students from our MLC IGSSA AFL team had the opportunity to chat with Alicia about her experience as a professional athlete and ask her advice for young women playing football.
Nov 4, 2020
Amberley and Kylee Found their Fire
MLC Collegians Amberley Woo and Kylee Kotula (2019) returned to the College this term to direct one of the Years 7–9 Productions. When writing their play they took inspiration from their very own Year 9 Production and endeavoured to create the same fun and welcoming environment that their Collegian directors did back in the day. Listen in to hear them chat about the give-it-a-go attitude they developed while at school and their appreciation for the continuing support of the MLC community.
Oct 28, 2020
Bonnie Hyatt Found her Fire
MLC Collegian Bonnie Hyatt (2018) found her passion for immunology and language studies at MLC. Bonnie leaped into every opportunity while at MLC and she hasn’t changed. As the Boarding Prefect in Year 12, Bonnie took her role as a big sister very seriously and dedicated much of her time to caring for the boarders and creating fun activities for them to take part in. Now that she’s at Residential College, she endeavours to create the same experiences for university students.
Oct 21, 2020
Class of 2020 Rewind
As it is the final week of classes for our Year 12 students, we have created this unique episode featuring special recollections from the girls. Listen in to hear them reminisce about painting in Kindergarten, the Year 4 talent show, forming a flash mob in Math class, and more of their fondest MLC memories. Our girls have shared some amazing memories together during their MLC journeys, which will no doubt last a lifetime.
Oct 14, 2020
Can fish see water?
If sunscreen protects our skin from getting burnt does the sunscreen get burnt? How do Chameleons get their pigment? These are just some of the questions our Years 5 and 6 students posed to scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki during a Teams session last term. Listen in to hear some of our young philosophers unpack these mysteries and chat about why being curious is so important.
Oct 7, 2020
Amy Barber Found her Fire
MLC Collegian Amy Barber (2004) found her passion for international law and social justice at MLC. After taking a leap to find her dream job, she began a life-changing adventure travelling the world working in international law for the United Nations. Her cases involved everything from war crimes to prosecuting genocide and crimes against humanity. Listen in to hear Amy chat to Year 11 student Jemeeka about her journey from school, which she describes as some of the best years of her life, to living in Tanzania and returning to Perth where she now works for the Army Reserves, Red Cross and teaches yoga at a Women’s Prison.
Sep 17, 2020
Next level Spelling Bee
For Gia and Acacia, the annual Spelling Bee was an opportunity to showcase their hard work and determination as they learnt how to spell many new words. Little did they know, this year’s competition would be a bit different. With the introduction of new technology and innovative delivery methods, the Spelling Bee was taken to a new level. Learn how they tackled the nerves and mastered the competition in this week’s podcast.
Sep 9, 2020
Behind the Scenes
Our backstage crew from this year’s production enter the spotlight in this week’s podcast. How did they bring the show to life? What was the biggest blunder? What was the greatest win? Tune in to hear the students answer these questions and share their insights into what it was like being behind the scenes of one of the College’s biggest shows of the year.
Sep 2, 2020
A Night to Shine
Evelyn, Kate and Jessica had their sights set on Concerto Night from the beginning of their MLC journeys. The big night is right around the corner and nerves are building. In this week’s episode, hear about the years of practise which have prepared them for their moment in the spotlight.
Aug 27, 2020
Gold Medallist Mentor
Providing the best support and mentorship for our students is key to everything we do at MLC. For boarders Sophie and Jennilee, the advice and guidance from their Boarding House Mum Kate, who is an Olympic Gold Medallist, has inspired them to strive for the heights as they pursue their sporting passions at an elite level. Sophie discusses the trials and tribulations of being a Champion Mountain Bike Rider and Jennilee chats about the dedication required to train as a State Swimmer in this episode.
Aug 19, 2020
Think Tank Champions
After much deliberation from the judges, the MLC team was announced as the winner of the challenge. The judges believed the MLC team’s solution was creative, achievable and practical. The East Metropolitan Health Service will be contacting our students for further information so that the solution can be implemented in hospitals. Curious to know more about the challenge and our students winning solution? Listen to this week’s podcast.
Aug 13, 2020
Nulsen Youth Patron Program
At MLC we take pride encouraging a strong sense of social responsibility in our girls. This is why our almost 10 year partnership with Nulsen has been so central to our Year 10 students. In this week’s episode four of our students have a chat with Emma the Nulsen Community Engagement Coordinator about their involvement with the program. They talk about raising awareness around disability issues, creating inclusive communities and developing leadership and public speaking skills.
Aug 6, 2020
MLC Collegian Katarina Throssell (2013) chats to three of our Year 9 students about how studying a language at MLC opened doors for her to explore international career opportunities. Listen in to hear how her passion for international politics and German language at school led to internships with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Austria.
Jul 29, 2020
This is not a performance to miss, hear why in this week’s episode. Like most things in 2020, this year’s College Production is a little different. Hear from some of our cast about how they have embraced changed and taken on a whole new approach. Their hope is that the audience will leave the show feeling the pride and joy that the whole cast and crew have shared in making it happen.
Jul 23, 2020
AFL Women’s is taking the nation by storm. It’s an exciting time for young women who are passionate about footy as clubs continue to grow every season and there are more career opportunities available than ever before. Year 8 student Harmony and her coach and teacher Miss Robertson discuss their passion for the sport and how they plan to be a part of the future of AFL Women’s.
Jul 15, 2020
Helping young people to find purpose and fulfilment is the driving force of our special guest Elizabeth Knight, founder of Purposeful. In this week’s episode, she chats to two of our Year 10 students about how to get in tune with your passions, and how to find the pathway that is right for you. Listen in to learn more about leading with purpose.
Jun 25, 2020
Olympia, Rome, Athens, Corinth, Sparta, Troy … From the day you start at MLC, you become part of a House with its own traits and traditions. In this week’s podcast, our 2020 House Prefects and our Head of House System Years 7–12, Mr Guggisberg, chat about our six Houses at MLC and what they mean to the girls.
Jun 18, 2020
What does it take to compete at a national level as a middle-distance runner? In this week’s episode, Annie (Year 10) and Jemima (Year 12) reflect on the passion, resilience and commitment required to achieve in elite sport. Hear their thoughts on the importance of wellbeing activities—including visualisation and mindfulness—and why their best races aren’t just about winning.
Jun 10, 2020
Year 6 student Hallie placed third in the world in the Language Perfect Championships, helping the MLC team win the international competition for the second year running. In this week’s podcast, Hallie and her Chinese Languages teacher, Mrs Woo, chat about how learning languages enables students to understand different cultures and have a more informed global outlook.
Jun 4, 2020
War on Waste
Our Year 6 Sustainability Committee members share their facts and learnings on how to live a more sustainable life. They are passionate about reducing plastic use and creating a cleaner world for their future.
May 28, 2020
From NASA in Houston to a role as the MLC Chaplain, Reverend Hollis Wilson has had a fascinating career. In this week’s podcast he speaks to our Deputy Head Prefect, Georgie, about everything from Star Wars to serving others to the Uniting Church’s modern perspective on Christianity.
May 21, 2020
We Are Family
To celebrate National Boarding Week, the MLC podcast explores day-to-day life within our Boarding House. Hear the girls reflect on their experiences with everything from close friendships to unique morning wake-up calls to the ultimate chicken curry lunches.
May 14, 2020
Our Year 10 Engineering students took on the challenge of creating prosthetic hands using materials from around the house during their recent period of teacher-directed online learning. Hear about their ingenious approaches to this project, and how Engineering has developed their creativity, collaboration skills and problem-solving ability.
May 6, 2020
I Love My Mum Because...
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked our students to tell us about the special bonds they share with their mums. From giving the best cuddles to making hot chocolates, listen in to hear about the motherly acts of love and kindness most appreciated by our girls.
May 1, 2020
The Simple Things
This week’s podcast is a little different to usual. Instead of hearing from one or two members of our community, we asked a whole range of people, from our younger students to our staff members, what they cherished most about spending time at home over the school holidays. Listen in to hear about how they made the most of having more time to enjoy the best—and often most simple—things in life, such as spending time with family or learning a new skill.
Apr 24, 2020
Finding Her Voice
Year 10 student Savannah was selected from more than 1000 applicants to take part in Australia’s most prestigious junior public-speaking competition, the United Nations Youth Voice National Finals. Savannah is a determined individual, who credits a lot of her success to hours of research and rehearsals with her family. Here, she discusses her passion for giving speeches, exploring complex topics and working towards her ultimate goal of serving others as a leader.
Apr 9, 2020
Inside an Online Classroom
At MLC, building a strong student-teacher connection is key to supporting each individual’s learning journey. In this week’s episode, we hear from Year 8 student Monet, who chats with her teacher, Ms Crawford, about how they have adjusted to teacher-directed online learning. Hear their advice on staying motivated while learning from home, nurturing connections in an online classroom and maintaining a positive mindset through challenging times.
Apr 2, 2020
COVID-19: Teacher Insights
Discover how our teachers are embracing innovation during the COVID-19 crisis. Two of our Kindergarten–Year 6 educators, Ms Depiazzi and Ms Paul, reflect on their experiences during the first week of teacher-directed online learning. Listen in to hear them discuss how our classrooms have temporarily evolved, their digital approach to supporting student wellbeing, and why patience and a sense of humour have never been more important.
Mar 25, 2020
Our COVID-19 Learning Continuity Plan
Our Director of Innovation, Mrs Meagan King, chats to Year 11 student Ruby about the MLC Learning Continuity Plan and what it means for students. As our girls transition to virtual classrooms, this episode will answer all your questions about our specialised approach to online learning.
Mar 19, 2020
The Harris Sisters
Hear about life as an MLC boarder in 1950s … The four Harris sisters, Pamela, Patricia, Joan and Janice, share their most memorable experiences, from swimming lessons in the river to dance lessons after dinner to making their dresses for the Year 12 Ball.
Mar 11, 2020
Singer-songwriter and Year 4 student Sophie chats with her Music Teacher, Mrs Beaton, about how she came to write the song “I’m Free” for her cohort’s choir performance. Hear about what inspires and encourages Sophie to pursue her passion.
Mar 4, 2020
Leading the Way
Year 12s Baci and Georgina share their learnings from this year’s Student Leadership Conference in Sydney, covering everything from goal setting to leaving an impact to building confidence when public speaking. Listen in to hear more about their experience and how they are going to implement their new skills at MLC.
Feb 27, 2020
The Trip of a Lifetime
After they both received prestigious SAGSE Scholarships, Year 12 students Tara and Ava embarked on a 10-week exchange in Germany. They had the opportunity to travel independently and experience daily school life in a new country, building resilience and confidence along the way. Hear about how this experience has shaped their future aspirations and given them a greater understanding of the world beyond MLC.
Feb 19, 2020
The Reel World
MLC Collegian Zoe Flood shares her experiences as a leading journalist and documentary filmmaker with Year 12 Media student Grace, who aspires to work for the United Nations. After studying History and Politics at Oxford University, Zoe went on to work and live in Nairobi for the past 10 years, reporting on conflict and post-conflict situations for international media outlets.
Feb 12, 2020
Road to the Beazley Medal
Find out what drove Charlie Singleton to be the 2019 Beazley Medal recipient as she chats to Year 11 student Maya in this week’s episode. Charlie talks about focusing on what makes you happy, the power of determination and developing healthy study habits to spark success.
Feb 5, 2020
Head to Head
Our 2019 Head Prefect, Sophie, chats with this year’s Head Prefect, Grace, about empowering girls, pre-speech nerves and the key to being a successful leader. Listen out for Grace and Sophie’s tips on organisation, time management and getting involved in everything you can at MLC.