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Congratulations to Old Collegian, Ellie Johnson (2020), for her outstanding victory at the 2024 Canoe/Kayak Marathon Championships in South Australia earlier this month. Ellie dominated the Under 23 women's single category, triumphing in the challenging 20km race, which comprised five laps and included a portage at the end of each lap, requiring competitors to swiftly exit their boats, run and re-enter.

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Congratulations to Old Collegian, Grace Brown (2010), who recently achieved a remarkable milestone in her racing career with a spectacular victory at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes classic in Belgium. In the 153km race, Grace surged ahead of an elite group, solidifying her position as the first Australian woman to claim victory in one of cycling's prestigious Monuments. Additionally, her triumph secured her team, FDJ-SUEZ, its inaugural Monument win.

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Last Saturday we welcomed the Class of 2004 back to our campus for their 20-year reunion. It was a privilege to see alumni return, eager to explore how the school has evolved while reminiscing about their formative years. We're grateful to all who attended and helped to turn this reunion into a meaningful celebration of community and shared history. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special day!

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The PLC OCA invites you to return and reconnect. Experience a captivating evening at the first ever dinner in Wyselaskie Hall. Hear from our guest speakers Judge Suzanne Kirton (1983) and her Associate Tracey Huong (2014) for a
night of connections and insights. Scan the QR code to book!

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Saturday 1 June, 2024
6.30pm - 10.30pm
Wyselaskie Hall, PLC
www.trybooking.com/CPMCX

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This week, we celebrated a significant milestone for the school as we commemorated Foundation Day, the day marking the founding of Presbyterian Ladies’ College on 15 February 1875 in East Melbourne.

As we reflect on the journey that began on this day, we're reminded of the strong roots upon which our school stands.

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It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Miss Joan Montgomery AM OBE, 5 February 2024, who was Principal of PLC from 1969-1985. During this time, she led the College with vision, dignity and compassion. She inspired generations of young women and staff through her humility, wisdom and commitment to providing the highest level of education for the students in her care. Joan, or Monty as she was affectionately known, nurtured those around her to bring out their best.

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We are delighted to share that Old Collegian Laura Foo (2013) is the grand final winner of this year’s Great Australian Bake Off. It has been a joy to watch her progress through the series and see her many wonderful and inspiring creations. Congratulations Laura!

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Congratulations to OC Grace Brown on her outstanding 2nd place in the women's time trial at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow. Grace, who was pipped for first place by only 6 seconds, recently achieved 4th in the time trial at the 2023 Tour de France Femmes, 4th at the Tokyo Olympics and a Gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Old Collegian, Dr Rebecca Deans (1989), has been awarded the 2023 NSW Woman of Excellence Award for her leadership of the surgery team during the historic first Australian uterine transplant. Dr Deans is not only internationally renowned in the field of paediatric and adolescent gynaecology, but she has also been instrumental in educating and empowering the next generation of female clinicians in her field. We congratulate Dr Deans on her groundbreaking achievements which have significantly advanced the landscape of Australian medicine.

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Join us in celebrating Old Collegian, Laura Foo (2013), as she embarks on Week 7 of The Great Australian Bake Off! This week is all about citrus and Laura has truly outdone herself by showcasing her extraordinary pastry skills with the creation of the most exquisite Lime & Gin Vertical Tarts. Drawing inspiration from the incredible French patisseries and pastry chefs, Laura fearlessly pushed the boundaries of physics to craft these delectable and dainty treats. Well done Laura!

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Congratulations to Old Collegian, Grace Brown (2010), who yesterday achieved 4th place in the final time trial stage of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes. Grace expressed her feelings, saying, "It's really special to be in this race and finish it and today, to wear my Australian colours and represent my country on the biggest cycling stage in the world, it's very cool." Well done Grace!

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A group of lucky Old Collegians were treated to a special rehearsal of the College musical, Alice in Wonderland last night. Not only did they enjoy the vibrant performances and stunning stage effects but they also had the chance to socialise over refreshments afterwards. It was extra special for the Old Collegians whose daughters were in the show!

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We extend our appreciation to the NGV and PLC Old Collegian Annie Smithers for providing attendees with an exceptional experience during today's annual PLC Foundation NGV Winter Masterpieces exhibition and inaugural lunch. We would like to especially celebrate those alumnae from the Class of 1983 who attended today.

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Do watch Old Collegian Laura Foo (2013) in the new season of The Great Australian Bake Off that airs at 8.30pm tonight on Foxtel. Laura, a management consultant and self-described 'butter lover', is one of twelve talented bakers competing for the title this year. We wish her all the best in this exciting competition! Watch her here https://fb.watch/l82MQo7gus/. Follow her @lozforbakes

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Congratulations to the PLC Old Collegians team who won this year's Driver Hockey Cup. The PLC Senior Hockey team competed valiantly despite the cold and the rain and both teams displayed great spirit. It was wonderful to see representatives from the PLC OCA, current parents, students and staff cheering them on.

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The PLC OCA hosted its annual donor’s lunch this week in recognition of the outstanding support of the many Old Collegians, parents and friends who support the scholarship program. Attendees enjoyed a shared lunch with the current scholarship holders and discovered what they enjoyed most about their experiences at PLC. It was clear that the girls really valued the friendships they have made and the breadth of opportunities, both in the classroom and beyond, that they are able to pursue.

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We are delighted to share that Old Collegian and Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the people of Melbourne, local government, business and the community. Sally said that she was “surprised and humbled” to be recognised in today’s honours list and that “It is a privilege to serve the people of Melbourne, and I thank them for the opportunity to work alongside them through past challenging circumstances and now as we shape the future of our city together.

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This year's Hethersett Mother's Day event was a tremendous success with a record turnout. We especially want to thank our guest speaker, Old Collegian Anne Neil (Hare 1963) for her inspiring stories and reflections on the value of community, the power of generosity and the importance of faith in our lives. We hope that everyone has a truly wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday 14 May.

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We welcomed back Old Collegians, Rachelle Tannhauser (2013), Amy Leong (2006) and Kalpana Ramani (2003), to share their fascinating insights on their career journeys in psychology, law and IT and digital communication, with Year 11 and Year 12 girls. Two structural engineers, Sam Little and Sanduni De Mel, from the Mott MacDonald engineering company, also spoke to the students about the diverse and meaningful careers available to women in the STEM field.

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The Class of 2013 enjoyed their 10 Year reunion recently at the Aviary Hotel. There was a real buzz and excitement in the room as they reminisced about their College days. They were very interested in each other’s diverse study and work journeys and happily shared their plans for the future.

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The Class of 2003 is having a wonderful time at their 20 Year reunion this afternoon! It's heartening to see so many old friends reconnecting and sharing their life experiences since their school days. Everyone is having fun reliving their PLC days and sharing news about their diverse journeys since then. A fantastic afternoon full of sharing and laughter.

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Join the PLCOCA for their Annual Golf Day. See flyer for full details.

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Join the Geelong Branch PLCOCA for their 72nd Afternoon Tea Celebration at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Grovedale.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from Lisa Saffin, Deputy Principal of PLC and to reconnect with other Old Collegians.

DATE: Sunday 26 March 2023
TIME: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+11)
LOCATION: Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 410 Surfcoast Highway, Grovedale VIC 3217
COST: $50
RSVP: 17 March 2023
BOOK: www.trybooking.com/CGKBS

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130 Old Collegians were inspired by Lord Mayor Sally Capp (1986) in the iconic Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, last Saturday.

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Check out all the fun, action and history as PLC Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Kellet Tennis Cup.

This annual event features Old Collegians competing against our Senior Tennis girls.

Watch the Kellet Cup Video here

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Join us as Old Collegian, Grace Brown (2010), shares her Olympic and cycling journey before heading off to compete in the Tour de France Femme.

Don't miss this special PLC Women event organised by the OCA.

Saturday 25 June, 2pm

Click here to attend

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Each year the Senior hockey team eagerly look forward to competing against the Old Collegians for the prestigious Driver Cup.

The Driver Cup is named after Janet Driver, a long serving Physical Education/Outdoor Educationstaff member who has been instrumental in the development of hockey at PLC. Janet is a passionate hockey player and coach, she has played hockey at a national level and has been an integral part the hockey program at PLC.

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New Colombo Plan scholars receive a prestigious scholarship, which offers Australian government funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs for students to study and intern in the Asian and Indo-Pacific regions, helping to develop cross-cultural links internationally.  

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Be inspired by the story of PLC's most famous Old Collegian, Dame Nellie Melba, on the ABC's new Fierce Girls Podcast, celebrating bold, adventurous Australian girls who dared to do things differently.

Dame Nellie overcame many challenges to become one of the most famous singers in the world.

Listen to her fascinating story on the ABC Listen App here

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Please enjoy this video production of the OCA's Melba Music Concert that was recorded in the Performing Arts Centre earlier this year. It is a wonderful celebration with our Old Collegian Musicians performing together.

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Our thanks to Old Collegians Dr Mabel Yan (2011), Maddy Costello (2005), Dr Alison Chong (2008), Amy Nhan (2006) and Dr Fiona Bateman (2000) who shared their inspiring study and work journeys with Year 11 and 12 in May.

Their encouraging advice across a range of careers, medicine, teaching, employment law and veterinary science was really appreciated and highly informative. 

They accepted the extra challenge this year of presenting in video format which was then livestreamed to students through Wyse.  

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At our Foundation Day Assembly this week, PLC Old Collegian Kim Low (1978) shared her reflections on her education, the life she’d built upon her ‘PLC foundations’ and how recent events lead to her fulfilling a childhood dream ‘to work with wild animals in wild places."

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Old Collegian Peg Randell (1947) recently donated a specially engraved silver spoon which she had won as a player in the winning PLC team at the 55th Women's Inter-School Golf Challenge Cup held in 1984.  

Peg played with Margaret Williams in heavy rain at the Commonwealth Club to win the cup for PLC. The College previously last won it in 1958. 

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Mothers, grandmothers and daughters celebrated together at the annual Old Collegians’ Mother Daughter Morning Tea.

The girls enjoyed the treats on offer whilst their mothers, aunts and grandmothers chatted to former school friends.

Mrs Clements welcomed the guests and reflected upon the deep bonds between generations of family members who have shared the same values and wonderful traditions of a PLC education.

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Congratulations to Old Collegian Jan Dimmock on her celebration of 27 years as an official volunteer and guide at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Club.
 
Early in the year Jan toured a group of interested PLC Old Collegians around the 'hallowed' grounds and showed them some of its significant as well as its curious historical details.
 

Jan is pictured here with the MCG carved grand doors. 

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It was another hard-fought competition between team PLC and the OCA at this year's Driver Hockey Cup.

It may have been a comprehensive win for the Old Collegians, but team PLC had many close shots and kept the pressure on all the way to the end!

You can watch some of the match here

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It was a wonderful celebration of the life and achievements of Lesley Falloon OAM (1937) at the Tea and Conversation afternoon held yesterday.

Lesley explained that the practical way that women get things done can make such a huge difference in local government and our communities. She added that her PLC values and education have always inspired her "to make the world a better place."

Many Old Collegians, staff and girls joined in the birthday celebrations.

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It was a wonderful luncheon on Saturday as the College hosted the 60-years on Old Collegian reunion.

This annual event celebrates the return to the school of those Old Collegians who graduated from PLC 60 years ago and even longer.

This year's 'oldest' Old Collegian, Lesley Falloon, is 96 and graduated from PLC in 1937. She celebrated her 80th year since leaving PLC - an amazing achievement.

Former Principal of PLC Miss Joan Montgomery was in attendance, as was Mrs Elaine Collin and many past and present Presidents of the Old Collegians' Association.

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News in from Victoria Bartlett from the Class of 2009 as she was formally inducted into the Class of 2021, Yale University School of Medicine. 

Congratulations to Victoria and we wish her all the best with an exciting career ahead of her at this very prestigious hub of learning.

 

 

 

 

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Over the weekend of 5 and 6 August, Karen Guest (Beasley 1992) competed in the (GKR) World Karate Championships held in the Gold Coast.  

GKR is a traditional Japanese style of karate which is taught in a non-contact environment and promotes both character and physical development.  GKR promotes self-defence, fitness, coordination, discipline, confidence and stress relief.  

Karen won BRONZE in her event - an outstanding achievement.

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On Friday 21 July the PLC Old Collegian's Association hosted the 1st Year Reunion for the Class of 2016.

The Cocktail party was held in the new Performing Arts Centre and was the first opportunity for many of the girls to see the new Centre first-hand.

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On Thursday 20 July, PLC and Scotch combined to host inaugural drinks at the Commonwealth Club Canberra.

It was attended by 32 Old Collegians from PLC and Scotch from the years 1951 to 2016 and it was terrific to see 5 PLC ANU students there including Lily Cox (2016), Marion Gillespie-Jones (1964), Cate Le Mesurier (2006), Ailsa Wilson (1978), Julia Mayne (1982) and Jennie Reid (1965).

Some of the Scotch alumni attending included Paul Fitzgerald (2015), Hrishikesh Goradia (2016), Toby Warwick (2016) and William Wilson (2012).

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The annual Driver Cup was held on Tuesday 13 June - with the best of the OCA hockey alumni, taking on the best of the PLC hockey talent.

It was also another comprehensive win by Team OC  - who have won the last 3 games in a row!

Thanks again to all the Old Collegians spanning many yeras, who came back to support the competition and to show the 'youngsters' how to bring home the game.

 

 

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Following her untimely death in 2015 after a long battle with cancer, the family and friends of PLC Old Collegian, Liz Water (1984), have established the Elizabeth Waters Memorial Travel Scholarship to honour two of Liz’s great passions in life: excellence in child public health and travel.

The Scholarship will assist with expenses associated with attending a conference or other event, in Australia or overseas associated with those fields of endeavour.

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The following is the transcript of Fiona's speech at the OCA Christmas Lunch 2016.

I am delighted to be here today with you all in the ‘Betty Caldwell’ Hall – as Betty Caldwell –was Anne Gifford’s mother and Anne was my best friend at PLC.  Betty was a wonderful best friend’s mother and my favourite Betty story has to be the time she turned up to a parent-teacher interview at Scotch College and insisted on calling the famous Mr Bond,  “Mr Chesty”, throughout the entire parent-teacher interview.

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This weekend Ultimate Frisbee World Champion and PLC Old Collegian Catherine Phillips (09) will take on Japan in the Australia vs Japan Ultimate Frisbee World Series Test Match.

We wish her and the entire team all the best!

 

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On Friday 31 march, 56 PLC Old Collegians, partners and friends gathered at the Rainforest Room at the Melbourne Zoo to hear guest speaker Dr Sally Sherwen (2004) speak on her research into new frontiers in animal science.

It was a captivating and inspiring presentation and Sally was joined by her mother Sue Reddish (1975) and grandmother Judy Reddish (Harris, 1951) - three generations of PLC Old Collegians.

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This week the girls in Year 10 engaged in a very special Q & A session with two guest Old Collegian speakers – Catherine Phillips and Emily Cheung.  It was all part of our week-long Year 10 Bright Stars program at PLC.
 
This program assists girls in their transition to the senior years at PLC. Through a series of carefully considered and planned activities, the program aims to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to support their long-term personal health and wellbeing, and maximise their academic potential.