Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Our vibrant Old Collegian community

Old Collegians are warmly invited to join our global network and stay connected with MLC through our lively program of reunions, regular events, and professional networking and career development opportunities.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of when they graduated; our network is made up of supportive women aged between 16 to 100, and they can be found all over the globe and in every profession and sector.

Whether you are looking for friendship, a mentor, or a way to give back to the College, you will find a warm welcome among MLC alumnae.

Upcoming Events and Reunions

Date Event Time
Friday, 3 March Class of 2013, 10 Year reunion 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Saturday, 18 March Deaf Education - All Years 11 am - 3 pm
Saturday, 6 May Class of 1983, 40 Year reunion 11 am - 3 pm
Thursday, 11 May Class of 2018, 5 Year reunion 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturday, 20 May Class of 1963, 60 Year reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Friday, 26 May Class of 2003, 20 Year reunion 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturday, 3 June Class of 1993, 30 Year reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday, 15 June Class of 1998, 25 Year reunion 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Friday, 21 July Class of 1988, 35 Year reunion 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturday, 5 August Class of 1978, 45 Year reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Saturday, 12 August Class of 1973, 50 Year reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Saturday, 26 August Class of 1968, 55 Year reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday, 4 October Class of 2022, 1 Year reunion
(Offsite)
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturday, 7 October Silver Circle Reunion 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday, 19 October Class of 2008, 15 Year reunion  

Date Event Time
Thursday, 9 March OCC International Womens' Day Welcome Event 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Thursday, 30 March OCC Annual General Meeting 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Saturday, 15 July OCC Annual Chapel Service and Lunch 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday, 10 August OCC Young Alumnae Event 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Tuesday, 29 August OCC Past President's Lunch 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Monday, 9 October OCC Annual Golf Day
(Offsite)
8.00 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, 11 October OCC Celebration Event 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Our Branch Events provide MLC alumnae with the opportunity to connect with one another, in person, throughout the world. The events are organised in conjunction with a local Convenor who is based in a given area.

Past and future event locations include Geelong, Phillip Island, Sydney, Tasmania, Canberra, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and New York. If you are interested in becoming a Convenor for the next event in your area, please email: alumnae@mlc.vic.edu.au

Join our network

The MLC Old Collegians’ Club (OCC) was established in 1904 to foster ongoing relationships between all Old Collegians and between Old Collegians and the College.

President's message

The Old Collegian community is an incredible network of over 32,000 alumni across Australia and the world. Our MLC graduates are vibrant, diverse and engaged. As your Council we are responsible for providing fora in which Old Collegians can learn and connect – where everyone is welcome and supported. I am incredibly proud to take on the role of Old Collegian Club President and build on the incredible work of those before me.

We are living in an extraordinary time. Social, environmental, and political change will remain a constant. As Old Collegians we have the opportunity and responsibility to use our education and connection to advance the wellbeing of people and the planet for current and future generations. Many of our Old Collegians are doing amazing work and continue to have a positive impact on society. The Old Collegians Club is committed to supporting their projects and passions. Each year we celebrate these Women at our OCC Celebration Event, Young Alumnae Event and throughout the year on our social media; Instagram and Facebook.

We know that when women succeed, their families and communities benefit and often thrive. Over the past few years times we have seen an evolution in the concept of gender thanks to the advocacy of the non-binary and queer communities, women and allies. Their work has helped us to confront restrictive gender assumptions and ideas of what we can and can’t do. Each year we celebrate this important work at our International Women’s Day Event, while our aims to provide meaningful support to Old Collegians planning to undertake a not-for-profit venture that promotes the empowerment of women.

Our community is important and is strengthened by our connection to each other. The Council warmly invites you to continue your connection no matter where in the world you reside.

Warm regards,

Alex Waddell (2010)
President

Publications

As an Old Collegian, you will receive a copy of our biannual community magazine, The Star.

To submit a Community Notice (engagement, marriage, birth or In Memory), please click here.

Our Old Collegians also receive a quarterly email from the OCC President, sharing interesting news and updates.

Please remember to keep your contact details updated to ensure you do not miss out on the latest news.

Do you need to update your details?

If you have moved or changed your email address, please let us know so that we can keep you up to date.
Let us know by completing our update form.

OCC Council

The OCC is led by generous volunteers and the support of MLC. The Council comprises Old Collegians from across the generations who work together to implement the OCC events and programs to connect Old Collegians with each other, the College and their communities.

2022 Executive Council Members:

  • Alex Waddell (2010) – President
  • Alexandra O'Keefe (1999) – Vice President
  • Anne Turner (1988) – Immediate Past President
  • Sarah Ben-David (2014) – Treasurer
  • Annalise King (2019) – Secretary

Applications close Sunday, 26 February 2023.

The MLC Old Collegians' Club is currently seeking nominations and applications from Old Collegians to join the OCC Council. OCC Council values diversity - we welcome all nominations and applications. Volunteer Council members are responsible for leading and co-ordinating the activities and programs of the Club in support of connecting Old Collegians with each other and the College. Council meetings are held online, so you don’t need to live in Melbourne to join the Council.

We're particularly looking for council members who are interested in helping drive career-focused and young alumnae-focused initiatives (e.g. mentoring).

 

OCC Ordinary Council Member Nomination Form 2023

OCC Council Application Form and Process

Please email through your completed forms to occ@mlc.vic.edu.au by 26 February 2023.

Fellowship Grant Program

Our Val Kerr Fellowship Grant Program supports Old Collegians who are planning to undertake a not-for-profit venture that aligns with OCC values and promotes the empowerment of women, female leadership, education or social entrepreneurship. 
 
The program includes financial support to assist the recipients in their endeavours. Examples of suitable ventures that may benefit from the Fellowship Grant include undertaking a research project, developing a business case for a social enterprise, providing outreach activities or adapting an existing program offering/approach.

A maximum of three grants will be awarded each calendar year, each for an amount up to $3,000.

About Val Kerr:

Val Kerr (1937) was a much-loved and respected member of the MLC community. Val had an impressive 84-year connection with MLC, attending as a student from 1932 to 1937. She later returned to the College as a teacher, Chief of Staff, Deputy Vice Principal and Acting Vice Principal before retiring in 1983.  Val was a devoted member of the Old Collegians’ Club and served as President in 1960.  Val was named patron of the Club in 2001 where she continued her dedication to the College until her passing in 2016.
 
Naming the grant program after Val is in recognition of her contribution to the College community and in particular to the Old Collegians’ Club over many years.

Key Dates

May – June: Applications Open
July: Selection Process
August: Outcomes Notified

Please ensure you read the information below:

Additional Information and Application Form

2019:

Steph Cousins (2000): Empowering refugee women to find safer futures through international employment.

2020:

Nicole Bishop (Butcher 1996): Evaluation of the effectiveness of a not-for-profit training program aimed at improving the lives of widows in Northern India.

N'Deane Helajzen (1994): Marking 25 Years since the Srebrenica Genocide: To see, to know, to remember – An online exhibition to combat Historical Revision and Genocide Denial.

Alana Schetzer (2000): 'Get Lippy', a social enterprise selling limited edition lipsticks to raise awareness and funds for organisations that work to prevent violence against women.

2021:

Sarah Cavenagh (Brook 2007): Quilts of Love, with quilters donating quilts to show care and support for those caught in a natural disaster.

Jocelyn McCallum (Houghton 1965): The Supporting Women to Create a Positive Future, assisting 16 vulnerable women to be job ready and gain employment.

Alexandra Murphy (2005): SMART-BREAST, helping in the development of a smartphone-based app for cardiovascular risk reduction in breast cancer patients.

Our OCC Patron

OCC Patrons hold a special position within the MLC community, acting as ambassadors for the College and its alumnae, wherever in the world they are located.

We acknowledge and pay tribute to former OCC Patrons who have passed away: Joan Forster (1934), Val Kerr (1937) and Fran Keller (Woolhouse 1948).

In 2018, MLC’s Old Collegians Club was delighted to appoint Anne Scott OAM (Simpson 1957) as its Patron.

Anne Scott OAM (Simpson 1957) attended MLC from the age of six until she completed her Leaving Certificate. Her daughter and granddaughter are also past students. Anne served on the OCC Council for almost 20 years, including as its President from 2009 – 2010.

Anne says her long history of community contribution – beyond MLC she has made an enormous impact on the Girl Guides Association/Guides Australia, International Guiding, The Order of Australia Association and Rotary International – reflects the life lessons taught at MLC and Dr Wood’s famous reminder that “from those to whom much is given, much will be required.”