MLC Collegians Find their Fire

During MLC's 113-year history, more than 10,000 Collegians have walked the Centenary hallways. These women have so many amazing stories to share.

Listen to our podcast episodes below to hear just some of our Collegians' incredible endeavours, experiences, passions, achievements and unique journeys.

Kate Kirwin

Kate Kirwin Found Her Fire

We were very lucky to be joined by special guest MLC Collegian and Founder of She Codes Kate Kirwin (2010) for this week’s podcast. Listen in to hear her advice for young people wanting to enter the tech industry as well as her experiences running a successful business.

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Lucy Iffla Found Her Fire

Jazz was not so much a choice for Lucy but rather a calling. When she was first awarded a music prize at MLC, she never imagined that in 2021 she would be a professional musician.

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Year 12 student Stella chat to her vocal tutor and Collegian Lucy Iffla about their passion for Jazz.

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Amy Barber Found Her Fire

MLC Collegian Amy Barber (2004) found her passion for international law and social justice at MLC. After taking a leap to find her dream job, she began a life-changing adventure travelling the world working in international law for the United Nations. Her cases involved everything from war crimes to prosecuting genocide and crimes against humanity.

Listen in to hear Amy chat to Year 11 student Jemeeka about her journey from school, which she describes as some of the best years of her life, to living in Tanzania and returning to Perth where she now works for the Army Reserves, Red Cross and teaches yoga at a Women’s Prison.

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Bonnie Hyatt Found Her Fire

MLC Collegian Bonnie Hyatt (2018) found her passion for immunology and language studies at MLC. Bonnie leaped into every opportunity while at MLC and she hasn’t changed. As the Boarding Prefect in Year 12, Bonnie took her role as a big sister very seriously and dedicated much of her time to caring for the boarders and creating fun activities for them to take part in. Now that she’s at Residential College, she endeavours to create the same experiences for university students.

Listen in to hear Bonnie chat to Year 11 student Rebekah about her fondest school memories and how these have led her to pursue her passion for science and the arts at the University of Western Australia.

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Alicia Janz Found Her Fire

Collegian Alicia Janz (2007) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for West Coast in the Women’s competition. She has also played netball for West Coast Fever and Western Sting. Beyond sports, Alicia is a member of the AFL players’ association Indigenous Advisory Board and a Team Coordinator for Deadly Sista Girlz, which is part of the Wirrpanda Foundation. In this podcast, students from our MLC IGSSA AFL team chat with Alicia about her experience as a professional athlete and ask her advice for young women playing football.

Alicia visited MLC to deliver a powerful speech to our girls in recognition of Naidoc Week. Read her speech.

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Katarina Throssell Found her Fire

MLC Collegian Katarina Throssell (2013) chats to three of our Year 9 students about how studying a language at MLC opened doors for her to explore international career opportunities. Listen in to hear how her passion for international politics and German language at school led to internships with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Austria.

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Grace and Sophie Found their Fire

Our 2019 Head Prefect, Sophie, chats with 2020 Head Prefect, Grace, about empowering girls, pre-speech nerves and the key to being a successful leader.

Listen out for Grace and Sophie’s tips on organisation, time management and getting involved in everything you can at MLC.

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Charlie Singleton Found Her Fire

Find out what drove Charlie Singleton to be the 2019 Beazley Medal recipient as she chats to Year 11 student Maya in this week’s episode.

Charlie talks about focusing on what makes you happy, the power of determination and developing healthy study habits to spark success.

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Zoe Flood Found Her Fire

MLC Collegian Zoe Flood (1999) shares her experiences as a leading journalist and documentary filmmaker with Year 12 Media student Grace, who aspires to work for the United Nations.

After studying History and Politics at Oxford University, Zoe went on to work and live in Nairobi for the past 10 years, reporting on conflict and post-conflict situations for international media outlets.

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The Harris Sisters Found their Fire

Hear about life as an MLC boarder in 1950s … The four Harris sisters, Pamela, Patricia, Joan and Janice, share their most memorable experiences, from swimming lessons in the river to dance lessons after dinner to making their dresses for the Year 12 Ball.

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Jussea Sutton Found her Fire

Five years ago, MLC Chaplain Rev. Hollis Wilson asked then Year 11 student Jussea to create an animation for the Easter Chapel Service. The result was superb and, not surprisingly, Jussea has continued to pursue her talent through studying a Games Art and Design degree at university. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Jussea chat to Hollis about her experience studying and working in a creative industry.

Record Breakers

Jodi Newton Found her Fire

Since 1976, Collegian Jodi Newton (1980) has held the Year 8 50-metre Breaststroke record at MLC, but this changed when talented athlete and Year 8 MLC student Lucy came along and broke the record. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Jodi chat about her experience as an athlete with Year 8 students Lucy and Jemima.

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Suzanne Harrison Found her Fire

Two of our passionate Year 11 story writers were excited to sit down and quiz published author and MLC Collegian Suzanne Harrison (Sutherland 1986) on her tricks to being a successful novelist. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Suzanne shed light on life as a writer, from the struggles and set backs to the joy of seeing your work finally published.