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A Passionate Support Network

In Tammy Read's four years as Parents Association President, the time, energy, passion and enthusiasm members of the PA and parent community put back into Melbourne Girls Grammar has continuously surprised and delighted her.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

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Parents pose for a photo at the Whole School Cocktail Party in 2022.
Arts Auxiliary Station Gallery Event.
Arts Auxiliary members at the 2022 Dark Arts merch stall.
Attendees at the Arts Auxiliary's Three Women Event.
Parents connect at the Principal's Thank You to PA event.
Parents dance together at the 2022 Navy Blue Dinner.
Parents catch up at the Morris Hall Father's day Breakfast.
Pet Chapel is a favourite event for Junior Years families.
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Parents pose for a photo at the Whole School Cocktail Party in 2022.
Arts Auxiliary Station Gallery Event.
Arts Auxiliary members at the 2022 Dark Arts merch stall.
Attendees at the Arts Auxiliary's Three Women Event.
Parents connect at the Principal's Thank You to PA event.
Parents dance together at the 2022 Navy Blue Dinner.
Parents catch up at the Morris Hall Father's day Breakfast.
Pet Chapel is a favourite event for Junior Years families.
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Throughout those years, she has experienced the special connections in the PA and the parent community, and she says it's important in creating a great School community.  

"I have always felt that MGGS has a strong, connected, supportive and loyal community," she said.  

"One of the things that makes the community special is its diversity – it's a community with representation from different cultures, countries, regions, suburbs, backgrounds, expertise and interests – all united by the shared values of the School and the exceptional education it provides," she said.    

"What's wonderful about the PA, the Parent Reps, and people involved in the auxiliaries is that when someone is new to the School, they make them feel welcome and part of the community – it’s a selling point of the School! Something I love and value about the Arts Auxiliary and its events is that they are open and accessible to everyone."  

"If you've got a positive and inclusive School community that speaks to the broader community. Then if I meet people who are interested in or thinking about, 'what's MGGS like?' for their child, I can honestly say that it's been a fabulous community and a fabulous place for my kids."  

Throughout those years, she has experienced the special connections in the PA and the parent community, and she says it's important in creating a great School community.  

"I have always felt that MGGS has a strong, connected, supportive and loyal community," she said.  

"One of the things that makes the community special is its diversity – it's a community with representation from different cultures, countries, regions, suburbs, backgrounds, expertise and interests – all united by the shared values of the School and the exceptional education it provides," she said.    

"What's wonderful about the PA, the Parent Reps, and people involved in the auxiliaries is that when someone is new to the School, they make them feel welcome and part of the community – it’s a selling point of the School! Something I love and value about the Arts Auxiliary and its events is that they are open and accessible to everyone."  

"If you've got a positive and inclusive School community that speaks to the broader community. Then if I meet people who are interested in or thinking about, 'what's MGGS like?' for their child, I can honestly say that it's been a fabulous community and a fabulous place for my kids."  

Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

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09

A Passionate Support Network

In Tammy Read's four years as Parents Association President, the time, energy, passion and enthusiasm members of the PA and parent community put back into Melbourne Girls Grammar has continuously surprised and delighted her.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

Tammy's connection with the School began when her eldest daughter, Georgia (2021), commenced in Year 7. Her connection with the PA started with the Navy Blue Committee, which she was a member of for several years before becoming the Association's president in 2019.  

The outgoing president, who finishes her final term this year, said she was proud of the incredibly strong Parents Association and all the work the parent community puts back into the School and in supporting each other.  

"It's phenomenal, and we truly can't believe what some parents do to support this school," Tammy said.  

"That passion comes from our School culture, which values inclusivity and service. That comes from the top, from Council and the Exec to the parents and filters through to the students."    

Tammy says it is important to have a connected, cohesive and inclusive parent community as it allows for shared experiences and support.  

"It doesn't matter what year level your child is in or their particular interests; there's a group of parents there who can offer you support," she said.  

MGGS's Parents Association, which dates back to 1928, currently has four executive members, 52 representatives across 15 levels, seven auxiliaries, the Navy Blue Committee, and the Swap Shop. The Auxiliaries include: Arts, Boarding, GaP, Rowing (MHRC), Snowsports, Sports and STEM. In conjunction with the School, it has played a vital role in building a thriving community in support of programs offered to the students. She advocates that parent participation in the School community is integral to how their children experience School.

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The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

The Parents Association’s Junior Years Executive, Julie James, says events that promote connection are important for the parent community, especially at Morris Hall and ELC, as many parents, specifically our working parents, often don't get the chance to be present on campus and casually meet other parents.      

"As part of the Parents Association, we like to offer a variety of events throughout the year that are inclusive for all families because the connections you build at these events help us to understand our community in the early years; it helps build a stronger community for our children too," she explained.    

"The Junior Years events run by the Parents Association range from cocktail evenings, alcohol-free events, park play dates, and venue events. We try to cover all options to really provide families with the opportunity to make connections outside of school right across the year. Our most recent event was Family Night at the Museum, which was attended by over 110 people and was one of the most popular and successful Parents Association Junior Years events this year."  

"We also encourage the attendance of the Junior Years families at School events such as the Whole School Cocktail party, chapel services, and performances."  

The hard work and commitment of our Junior Years Class Representatives help make our community feel engaged and connected.  

"We also encourage parents across the School to get involved in the auxiliaries and attend PA meetings [held each term], so they get a sense of what's going on across the campuses."   

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

Julie, whose daughter Eloise joined at ELC and is now in Year 2, said solid friendships are built through the connections parents make in the early years of their children's time at MGGS.    

"Families are making those connections early, and people with similar interests are coming together.  

"It's all those satellite connections that are made that are wonderful."    

Auxiliaries are another way to create these satellite connections within the parent community, something Beck Wilkinson has experienced as Arts Auxiliary President and in her long connection with the PA.    

Her first involvement with the School was in 2007, when her daughter Evie (2021) began in the ELC, and her involvement continued with her second daughter, Honey (Year 10). Her involvement with the PA began as a parent rep in the ELC and at Morris Hall before becoming the Junior Years Co-ordinator, the PA Vice President and now the President of the Arts Auxiliary.

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Parents pose for a photo at the Whole School Cocktail Party in 2022.
Arts Auxiliary Station Gallery Event.
Arts Auxiliary members at the 2022 Dark Arts merch stall.
Attendees at the Arts Auxiliary's Three Women Event.
Parents connect at the Principal's Thank You to PA event.
Parents dance together at the 2022 Navy Blue Dinner.
Parents catch up at the Morris Hall Father's day Breakfast.
Pet Chapel is a favourite event for Junior Years families.
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Parents pose for a photo at the Whole School Cocktail Party in 2022.
Arts Auxiliary Station Gallery Event.
Arts Auxiliary members at the 2022 Dark Arts merch stall.
Attendees at the Arts Auxiliary's Three Women Event.
Parents connect at the Principal's Thank You to PA event.
Parents dance together at the 2022 Navy Blue Dinner.
Parents catch up at the Morris Hall Father's day Breakfast.
Pet Chapel is a favourite event for Junior Years families.
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Throughout those years, she has experienced the special connections in the PA and the parent community, and she says it's important in creating a great School community.  

"I have always felt that MGGS has a strong, connected, supportive and loyal community," she said.  

"One of the things that makes the community special is its diversity – it's a community with representation from different cultures, countries, regions, suburbs, backgrounds, expertise and interests – all united by the shared values of the School and the exceptional education it provides," she said.    

"What's wonderful about the PA, the Parent Reps, and people involved in the auxiliaries is that when someone is new to the School, they make them feel welcome and part of the community – it’s a selling point of the School! Something I love and value about the Arts Auxiliary and its events is that they are open and accessible to everyone."  

"If you've got a positive and inclusive School community that speaks to the broader community. Then if I meet people who are interested in or thinking about, 'what's MGGS like?' for their child, I can honestly say that it's been a fabulous community and a fabulous place for my kids."  

Throughout those years, she has experienced the special connections in the PA and the parent community, and she says it's important in creating a great School community.  

"I have always felt that MGGS has a strong, connected, supportive and loyal community," she said.  

"One of the things that makes the community special is its diversity – it's a community with representation from different cultures, countries, regions, suburbs, backgrounds, expertise and interests – all united by the shared values of the School and the exceptional education it provides," she said.    

"What's wonderful about the PA, the Parent Reps, and people involved in the auxiliaries is that when someone is new to the School, they make them feel welcome and part of the community – it’s a selling point of the School! Something I love and value about the Arts Auxiliary and its events is that they are open and accessible to everyone."  

"If you've got a positive and inclusive School community that speaks to the broader community. Then if I meet people who are interested in or thinking about, 'what's MGGS like?' for their child, I can honestly say that it's been a fabulous community and a fabulous place for my kids."  

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Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

Boarders Auxiliary President Tony Giles, who is in his fifth year of involvement with MGGS, works hard to ensure the parents of our boarding students are connected with each other and the wider School community. As the auxiliary's President, he organises meetings and catch-ups at the start and end of terms, parent getaways, dinners, and family events. He is also currently connecting the boarders’ parents via social media and keeping them up to date via frequent email check-ins.  

Tony, whose first daughter Merrin finished in 2021 and second Lydia started in Year 9 in 2022, said connections between boarding parents are important for supporting their children.  

"It helps support your children through their Schooling because often there are really good friendships forged through the boarding house, and it's nice that the parents know who their kids are friendly with, who they meet, and who they go out with," he said.    

"You get all these names, and you like to meet the parents of those kids. I'm not doing it for myself, but I'm happy to go and meet people and if we become lifelong friends, great, but it's to support your kid's development in school and post that is the motivation to get involved."  

"It's also to give parents a bit of support... It's about guiding friendships through the kids, knowing the community, and helping the community for the years ahead."

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