Melbourne Girls School

Melbourne Girls’ College was established in 1994 with the aim of providing an exemplary environment for the education of girls. Since then it has grown in student numbers – a four fold increase since 1994 – and in its reputation. The college is known for academic excellence, commitment to sustainability and for providing a safe, positive and creative place of learning.

Situated on Yarra Boulevard in Richmond, between the Yarra River and Burnley Gardens, students study with the calls of native birds flying through the native vegetation on the river banks. The river is represented by the ripples in the college crest. The ripples are purple, white and green; the colours of the women’s movement.

Students learn how the traditional owners of the area, the Wurundjeri people, lived in harmony with the environment and how European settlers and their descendants have abused and degraded this once pristine environment.  Just downstream of the school in a former river flood plain, lies an ancient Eucalyptus tree that still bears the scar where an indigenous person had carved out bark to make a canoe.

Occupying a former landfill site, the school stands testament to the environmental wrongs that have occurred in recent history. As a leader in Science and Technology education, it also stands as a centre for excellence in education for sustainability. Students study ecology, environmental physics and chemistry. They explore environmental issues through practical based subjects such as Technology, Marine Biology and Outdoor education.

The college has a large, well informed student environment team made up of representatives from each year level that meet weekly to plan and discuss environmental initiatives. These students work closely with the sustainability staff team and are form an integral part of the Melbourne Girls’ College Sustainability Collective.