MFG is a vibrant learning community that nurtures and serves the aspirations of our students. Surrounded by a supportive ‘sisterhood,’ our young people aim to achieve excellent learning outcomes and develop qualities of character that will enrich their own lives and impact positively on the lives of others.
At MFG we have consulted with the school community – students, staff and parents/carers - to develop a set of eleven traits, behaviors and dispositions that we, as a school community believe, are important to foster in our students.
These 11 traits are:
MFG learners are able to articulate a core set of values and ethical principles, which they apply to their lives.
Kind, compassionate and trustworthy
Caring and respectful of others and themselves
Knowledgeable about learning and self-aware
Deep thinkers who are curious and creative
Resilient, adaptable and able to learn from mistakes
Hard-working, ambitious and confident
Able to respect and celebrate difference and diversity
Optimistic about the future
Responsible and active local and global citizens
Flexible collaborators, leaders and team members
Matthew Flinders Girls (MFG) has a long and proud history. The original foundation stone was laid in 1856 when there were few other schools in Geelong. MFG is one of eight girls-only state educational providers (since 1940) and the only girls-only provider outside of the metropolitan area.
While there is no formal alumni structure, a group of ex-students, currently aged in their 70s and 80s, meets twice a year. Some students in the school are third generation members of the school community. There is an ever growing Facebook presence of past student groups and a College Alumni Facebook Page has been established. In 2016.
Our school is centrally situated within the business, arts and sporting precincts of Geelong. It has excellent access to public transport (buses and trains). A proportion of students are from the immediate locality, but a significant number come from outside the City of Greater Geelong, from areas such as Colac, Barwon Heads, Indented Heads, Lara, Inverleigh, Bannockburn, Werribee and Anakie. There are more than 50 feeder Primary schools from where the students have been drawn over the past 5 years.
The student population incorporates a diverse range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and family blends. The Student Family Occupation (SFO) for the school is currently 0.49.
In serving the aspirations of students, our curriculum provision and quality of teaching are fundamental. Curriculum in Years 7-10 is based on the Victorian Curriculum and is framed by challenging and provocative ‘essential questions’. An Inquiry Based Learning approach to Teaching and Learning is at the heart of learning in Years 7 – 9.
A wide range of options is made available to Later Years students, including the opportunity to accelerate into VCE studies. Our school offers a range of VCE units, access to some Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET/SBATs) and to VCAL (Intermediate and Senior).
MFG is an accredited member of The Academy of Select Entry Accelerated Learner Program (TAASS) , the only one in the State which is in an all-girls’ setting. This program gives students the opportunity to be selected at Year 7 according to academic and leadership potential to undertake an alternative curriculum for Years 7 to 9.
All students in Years 7 – 12 participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students are encouraged to purchase the technology which best suits their needs for learning. The school outlines minimum specifications and recommended devices to support parents when making decisions.
Instrumental Music is a key component of our school’s co-curricular Program. Students can learn percussion, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, guitar and keyboard at school. MFG is also the educational home of the Sweethearts, a highly talented and well known music group that performs frequently in professional contexts, nationally and internationally.
Since 2013 the school has been working with Deakin University to develop links between MFG and the Science and Engineering Faculties at Deakin. The focus for this development has been at Year 10 in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 – 2017 the focus is in Years 7-9. This work will links us to Deakin’s CADET facility (Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training) and enables MFG students to access that facility as well as Deakin’s expertise. We are also one of the partner schools with Deakin as part of Skilling the Bay: Successful STEM Schools - a program which focuses on developing teacher capacity, improving students’ Maths and Science learning outcomes in Years 7 and 8 as well as developing their interest and curiosity in STEM disciplines.
A community garden has been established and exemplifies our school’s recent permaculture focus of “earth care, people care and fair share”. This space is shared with Dial A Lunch. A key component of the garden is the construction of an urban agricultural garden where students can grow healthy organic food and share this with people in our local community. It has also been the focus of a number of environmental engineering projects.