An International Baccalaureate World School
We believe in creating a nurturing education environment where every girl feels that they’re known, seen and heard, ensuring that a strong sense of belonging underpins their time with us.
We know girls and we use our expertise in girls’ education to support them in reaching their full potential in whatever pathway to choose.
Through our holistic approach of supporting the whole girl through individualised learning and curriculum, we are focused on empowering our girls to become confident, capable young women.
Whilst we may be blessed with state-of-the-art facilities including our cutting-edge Aquatic Centre and pool and playing fields, the true measurement of our School’s worth lies not in its physical environs but in the quality of the relationships that underpin the day to day experience for its students. It’s in how well our students are taught and mentored; challenged and nurtured to be the kind of thoughtful, compassionate, creative, intelligent and moral leaders that the world needs right now. Because we’re a small school with a big history behind us, we’re in the enviable position of being able to create an intimate environment where every girl is known, seen and heard so that a strong sense of belonging, underpinned by high quality teaching and learning is a feature of their time with us.
The 21st Century with its rapidly digitalizing economy, community platforms and 4IR clearly demands a broad and discrete set of employable skills; our role for over 120 years at Mentone Girls’ Grammar has always been to balance what it means for our girls to make a good living, (in a future that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous) against what it means to live a good life for the betterment of all.
If ever there was an imperative to exercise one’s rights and responsibilities in a proudly independent single sex girls’ school it is now. Leading and inspiring the next generation of women to take their place in a world that paradoxically seems to simultaneously empower and disarm them, celebrate and shame them is imminently achievable however, when we focus upon her life-long need for traditional knowledge acquisition; her future industry’s need for a range of responsive, transferable skills and society’s need for the purposeful development of a set of innately human capabilities so that she is better prepared to navigate the personal and professional complexities that await her. And if we do this properly we will address her deep-seated need to find meaning, purpose and belonging which in turn brings hope…powerfully transformative forces any way you look at them.
We have established a culture that is at once nurturing, challenging and encouraging, where girls are free to be themselves.
At Mentone Girls’ Grammar, our priority is ensuring that our girls feel safe to explore their passions, make mistakes and grow into confident and capable young women.
At Mentone Girls’ Grammar, we take great pride in offering one of the best Performing Arts Programs in Bayside, Melbourne for girls from 3-years-old to VCE while our Sport Program caters to all girls who wish to participate in a variety of sports to enhance their co-ordination, confidence and skill development.
Early Learning and Junior Years
Our Junior girls are exposed to a diverse program of inquiry and encouraged to try new things, take-risk and be bold, tapping into their interests and passions. Our girls develop the confidence, capability and self-worth to support them in their journey their school and life.
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.
"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.
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 September each year, with testing in October for entry into the start of the academic year following the next year (e.g. applications open September 2020 for 2022 entry).
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.
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.
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.
If you live in the Bayside area you will no doubt have seen our girls out and about in their vibrant red uniforms, chatting happily to each other at the shops or holding onto their hats as they run to catch a bus or a train; they are a glorious sight to behold in all their energy, youth and vitality and they can tell you, far better than this website ever will, what it is that sets their community apart.
For whilst we may be blessed with state of the art facilities, a brand new pool and recently laid playing fields, the true measurement of a school’s worth lies not in its physical environs nor in the glossiness of an appealing prospectus but in the quality of the relationships that underpin the day to day experience for its students. It’s in how well its students are taught and mentored; challenged and nurtured to be the kind of thoughtful, compassionate, creative, intelligent and moral leaders that the world needs right now. Because we’re a small school with a big history behind us, we’re in the enviable position of being able to create an intimate environment where every girl is known, seen and heard so that a strong sense of belonging, underpinned by high quality teaching and learning is a feature of their time with us.
The 21st Century with its rapidly digitalising economy, community platforms and 4IR clearly demands a broad and discrete set of employable skills; our role for over 120 years at Mentone Girls’ Grammar has always been to balance what it means for our girls to make a good living, (in a future that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous) against what it means to live a good life for the betterment of all.
If ever there was an imperative to exercise one’s rights and responsibilities in a proudly independent single sex girls’ school it is now. Leading and inspiring the next generation of women to take their place in a world that paradoxically seems to simultaneously empower and disarm them, celebrate and shame them is imminently achievable however, when we focus upon each girl’s life-long need for traditional knowledge acquisition; her future industry’s need for a range of responsive, transferable skills and society’s need for the purposeful development of a set of innately human capabilities so that she is better prepared to navigate the personal and professional complexities that await her. And if we do this properly we will address her deep seated need to find meaning, purpose and belonging which in turn brings hope…powerfully transformative forces any way you look at them.
So next time you're out and about and you see one of our girls, and ask them about their School - I promise, you won't be disappointed.
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