An International Baccalaureate World School
At Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, we are experts in girls’ education – with over 119 years of tradition and excellence behind us. We understand how girls think, learn and interact. Our contemporary curriculum is specifically designed to engage girls at each age and stage from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12 in order to support their growth as happy, independent confident and capable individuals.
As an open-entry school, we accept girls of all talents and abilities, faiths and cultures. We are consistently ranked among the top schools in Melbourne and our students regularly win prizes for sporting, artistic and academic endeavour. We also have an impressive track record of VCE success and university entry, with students choosing a wide-range of course and career options from biomedicine and engineering to law, commerce, industrial design and music.
Our beautiful beachfront location has inspired our WAVES priorities – key principles which guide the way we meet the particular learning needs of girls by contributing to their Wellbeing, Achievement, positive Values, Enterprising nature and Success as women in our society. These priorities contribute to the unique culture and success of our school, as well as our personalised approach to learning. Students gain important skills to manage their lives and make informed choices, and the self-awareness and self-belief to deal with different challenges and pressures.
As the first school in the world to receive the prestigious Council of International Schools International Certificate, and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School (primary), we are often benchmarked against some of the best schools in the world. Our curriculum challenges and inspires our students to learn, lead and live with an international focus. Our aim is to develop compassionate, connected, articulate young women who have fun in learning and the confidence to succeed no matter where their journey takes them in life.
The curriculum includes debating, dance, drama, music, visual arts, media studies, Duke of Edinburgh, volunteering, leadership training, and a formal careers program, all within a technology-rich environment. Strong community alliances provide many opportunities, from water skills with Mentone Life Saving Club, to quality competition through Girls Sport Victoria. Another area of signifcant impact is our focus on enterprise education which has been a priority at the School for 10 years. Our Enterprise Academy is about driving our future-focussed and experiential enterprise learning which we will continue to embed as inseperable from a Mentone Girls' Grammar education, not indepedent of it. The School welcomes international students to enhance cultural diversity and has active international and language programs to promote the growth of our students as confident, connected, articulate global citizens.
Mentone Girls’ Grammar is filled with staff and students who have passion, dedication and perseverance. We have high expectations and take great pride and joy in exceeding them.
Mentone Girls' Grammar School is one of the finest schools for girls in Melbourne. We accept girls of all talents and abilities and pride ourselves on being culturally diverse, welcoming students of all faiths and cultures. Quality teaching, small classes, and an inspired curriculum, set within technology rich, purpose built learning centres, have led to our long history of outstanding achievement.
Since 1899, generations of students, staff and parents have been proud to be a part of this vibrant, nurturing and highly successful learning community. With a beautiful single campus, we offer the advantages of a seamless education from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our unique location by the beach provides a fresh and healthy educational environment and has inspired our WAVES priorities – key principles which guide the way we meet the particular learning needs of girls by contributing to their Wellbeing, Achievement, positive Values, Enterprising nature and Success as women in our society.
Mentone Girls. Remarkable Women.™
This statement has become a powerful message of pride and encouragement for our students and our community. We believe every girl is remarkable in her own way, and as such we value each individual and work to foster self confidence and achievement. We strongly believe that our ultimate advantage is the individual care and attention we give our students. Our team of highly qualified, talented and dedicated teachers work respectfully and thoughtfully with our 'Mentone Girls' and their parents, to ensure we can meet the ever- changing needs of our students as they grow into 'Remarkable Women'.
There is certainly something very special about Mentone Girls' Grammar School and I very much look forward to welcoming you to this unique community.
In order to support families from across the greater South Eastern suburbs, Mentone Girls' Grammar is pleased to offer a subsidised School Bus Service for our students. Our personalised service means that we try to accommodate families and will allocate stops according to the families who use the service (where possible).
We operate three routes - please vist our website for details.
Mentone Girls' Grammar School is committed to providing premium education opportunities for girls and nurturing individual student's interests and talents. As part of this commitment, the School offers a range of scholarships open to remarkable girls across differing year levels. We are pleased to offer Academic (internal and external candidates),General Excellence (external candidates only) and Music (Instrumental or Voice) Scholarships (internal and external candidates).
Scholarships open in November each year, with testing in February/March for entry into the start of the following year academic year (e.g. applications open Nov 2016 for 2018 entry).
We aim to give our students a global education, one which will empower them to, as global citizens, meet the challenges of their times. For us, global education includes, but is much more than learning about the world and its people. It naturally includes international and intercultural education, but global education extends to focus on issues and concerns that affect people and the planet as a whole. Thus it seeks to give students an appreciation of interdependence and includes development of ethical and moral thinking in relation to these complex issues. Our aim is to promote a sense of social responsibility and positive actions that can help promote sustainable futures for all.
In Junior School, at the heart of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) philosophy is a commitment to developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Every aspect of the curriculum from English, Mathematics and Humanities to Health, Science and The Arts, is also designed to engage students with these key concepts.
In the Senior School, we provide a number of Languages, as well as Arts/Humanities offerings that form a significant component of our global learning program ranging from Accounting and Economics to Business Management, Geography, History, Global Politics and Legal Studies, as well as our focus on Religion and Values Education that is an important part of developing tolerance, understanding and social cohesion. Students are encouraged to maintain mother tongue or heritage languages through our partnerships with the Greek School, Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language School, or the Victorian School of Languages.
Through our personalised approach to learning, combined with our expertise in the education of girls, we help students build their self-confidence, achieve excellence and make a difference – these are the results that will last a lifetime.
"By the time I left school I had no idea men ran everything... it was too late to change!”
Dulcie Boling is a legend of the Australian media industry. Her avant garde approach initiated a more contemporary agenda for women’s media and left a formidable legacy. As the former Editor-in-Chief of New Idea, she has gone head to head with some of the fiercest competitors in the Australian media industry. She was one of Rupert Murdoch’s top executives, risked the ire of the British monarchy by publishing the scandalous “Camillagate” tapes, and even managed to stare down the formidable Kerry Packer when he challenged her decision to move New Idea into supermarkets. The move was an outstanding success, and the Packer organisation swiftly followed.
A few years into her editorship, with New Idea’s circulation and advertising revenue increasing rapidly, the seemingly indomitable Women’s Weekly switched to a monthly format. By 1975, Dulcie, began the slow and subtle changes updating a tired, traditional homemaker magazine for women into magazine history; a publishing giant, selling a million plus copies per week by the late 80s, proudly wearing the slogan, ‘the best selling weekly magazine for women in the world (per capita)’.
Elizabeth Dulcie Boling always wanted to be a journalist. “My mother worked very hard to send me to a private school at secondary level, and I wanted to make the best of every opportunity. I was so excited to become the youngest House Captain (Kent) at Mentone Girls’ Grammar, and later a prefect. Principal, Miss Jeannie McCowan, had a powerful influence on my formative years. She was an intellectual, an early feminist, and was an outstanding role model, quite unique at the time. My mother and grandmother were the dominant forces in the family. By the time I left school I had no idea men ran everything... it was too late to change!”
Dulcie continued to excel at school, but burning for a start in journalism, secured a position as a copy girl at The Herald and Weekly Times, and began work just before her fifteenth birthday. She completed her Matriculation certificate (sixth form) at night school the year she turned 16 while working full time, and gained both a coveted four-year journalism cadetship, and entry to the Melbourne University two-year Diploma of Journalism.
At 19, she married her childhood sweetheart, John Boling. She took ‘time off’ to have a family, raising two beautiful girls, Kate and Emma, born 16 months apart, returning to work part time at her local newspaper when her youngest daughter was eight. The family were living in Sydney when Dulcie joined New Idea as their only National Staff Writer.
“I loved writing and chasing my own stories, but like most working women, I found it difficult juggling full time work and motherhood. After two years I was offered the role of Deputy Editor at head office in Melbourne, a great career opportunity. Typically of married life at that time, it was my husband who decided I could take it up (he had a national job and could work out of either city).”
This was a key move for Dulcie which sparked her meteoric rise to the top. Within a year, she was Editor, promoted to Editorial Director two years later with responsibility for the company’s magazines including TV Week, Australasian Post, a handful of small monthly magazines, and the scandal newspaper, Truth, which she later sold. Three years later she was promoted to Chairman and Chief Executive of the once little known publishing house, Southdown Press, later Pacific Magazines and Printing, which had become invaluable to the News Corp giant, and one of Rupert Murdoch’s most important revenue streams.
Dulcie left her executive role in the magazine group early in 1996 after 15 years editing New Idea, 10 of those years in the dual role as Chief Executive, to take up the coveted seat on the Seven Network board, representing News’ 15 percent shareholding.
“I was told the board seat was earmarked “for one of the boys” so the feminist in me bit back, I lobbied hard, and got the seat, with the firm backing of my very bemused boss, Rupert Murdoch.”
The early years at Seven were very tough and confronting until the emergence of brilliant new shareholder, media moghul, Kerry Stokes, who ultimately transformed a floundering television station into the mining/media conglomerate, Seven Group Holdings, now one of Australia’s top 100 companies.
“I have been an Independent Director of Seven for 20 years, the last five years on the Seven Group board. Directors should never discuss their companies in public, but serving as an Independent on this board, chaired by Kerry Stokes, has been the most rewarding time of my life, and sets an example of how a great company should be run. I take great pride in still being part of that team.”
Dulcie has also served on several corporate boards including News Ltd, ING, Country Road, several IT and venture capital companies. She was a long term director of the Mental Health Research Institute, the Australian Cancer Institute, Chairman of the Old Treasury Trust, Tourism Victoria, and was an inaugural trustee and Vice Chairman for 12 years on the Melbourne Festival, and a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, plus many other not-for-profit boards, including the world’s first female Chair of the showbiz charity, Variety. She also mentors women in business to help them achieve their aspirations.
Dulcie, now in her mid-seventies, lives in Melbourne and heads to Sydney regularly for work. She is very close to her daughters, travels overseas regularly, and has broad interests in theatre, music and art, especially the National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
We understand you may have many more questions about our School so we encourage you to attend one of our School Tour and Information Days or we are more than happy to arrange a personal tour at a time that suits you. We would also be delighted for any prospective students to join us for our ‘Mentone Girl for a Day’ program. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and classmates, meet our teachers, sample our programs and share the excitement of the school day.
To arrange a personal tour or a Mentone Girl for a Day visit, please contact our Admissions Manager, Glenda McDonald on (+61 3) 9581 1200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information and enrolment details can also be found on our website: www.mentonegirls.vic.edu.au.