Award winning author, Clare Atkins


The Academy recently welcomed author, Clare Atkins, to the College where she talked with students relating how she weaves real-life stories into fictional works.

Clare wrote her first book whilst living in Arnhem Land. Nona & Me won the 2016 Book of the Year in the NT Literary Awards and was an Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards. She has worked as a scriptwriter on many successful television series including All Saints, Home and Away, Winners & Losers and Wonderland.

From 2003-2006 Clare volunteered with an organisation called ALIV, running recreation activities for children in Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Whilst in Darwin (2015-2017) she’s volunteered with DASSAN visiting detainees in Wickham Point Detention centre.

Clare is passionate about multicultural representation
and stories in Australian literature, television,
film and media.

‘We are an incredibly multicultural society – why don’t all our creative works reflect that?

Clare was born in Sydney and has lived in many places, including Spain. She now resides in Darwin.

New 2018 Talk & Tour Dates


In response to demand, the Academy have added new 2018 Talk & Tour dates for families wishing to tour the College.

All Tours start at 9am and can be booked online here – or call the College registrar on (03) 9412 7154 for further information.

Friday 18 May
Monday 28 May

OUR STORY: Elizabeth Wol


ELIZABETH WOL Class of 2015: Dance Teacher

I graduated from the Academy of Mary Immaculate in 2015 and went on to do a business administration traineeship at Child Wise. After six months of learning about business, I decided to apply for a part-time job at a medical centre as a receptionist, and have been in this role for almost two years now.

While working part-time, I realised my love and passion for dance was something I wanted to take more seriously and possibly turn into a career. During this time, I was teaching hip hop and African dance at the Yarra Youth Centre on Tuesday nights, which I loved. I was able to match my ability to teach with my love of dance, and this helped me decide to turn this into a career.

I applied and completed a six-month young entrepreneur program with Yarra Youth Services, where I learnt how to actually develop my idea into a real business. I learnt about finance, marketing, social media, how to pitch my business and talk to others about it, as well as gain confidence in myself and in my business. I’m still working at the medical centre part-time, but have recently been employed as Youth Peer Leader at Yarra Youth Services, where I get to work with other young people in a leadership role.

My business is called Diamond Dance School. I teach dance Tuesday nights, I teach in schools on a weekly bases inside the City of Yarra, but also all over Melbourne. I have partnered with Save the Children and teach dance to younger students on an ongoing basis, as well as teaching a ‘mums and bubs’ class.

When I look at back at my schooling years, I remember how much I loved health, business, and dance. I’m now working in all three areas and feel grateful to be doing something I am passionate about. I would like to thank the Academy for giving me a good basis for going out into the world and to thank Yarra Youth Services who supported me to make my dream a reality.

Congratulations VCE Class of 2017


CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2017 on their outstanding results!

  • DUX Aisha Buckle 99.45- top 1% in the state
  • 28% of Academy students gained an ATAR over 90 – top 10% in the state
  • 41% of Academy students gained an ATAR greater than 80 – top 20% in the state
  • 29 scholarships and guaranteed entry offers were awarded to Academy students for academic achievement, all round accomplishment, and in recognition of leadership and active commitment to community.
Aisha Buckle, 2017 College Dux

2017, our 160th year, the Academy’s proud tradition of high academic achievement continues. The Academy community warmly congratulates our senior Class of 2017 on their outstanding results this year.

Special Congratulations to our High Achievers

College Dux  Aisha Buckle 99.45
Corin Powell                        97
Charlotte Smith                   95.5
Chelsea Hunt                      95.2
Jennifer Ha                         95
Alexandra Dooley               94.95
Jingyi (Eva) Shi                  94.5
Mattea Spielrein                 94.5
Melissa Gonzaga-Hicks     94.4
Geneva Forster                  94.25
Chelsea Lojko                    94.15
Sienna McCormack           94.15
Bianca Montagner             94.15
Angela D’Souza                94.05
Hannah Merrigan              93.8
Eleanor Boag                    93.25
Stefeny Cheng                  92.75
Charlotte Mitchell              92.7
Kate Taylor                        92.05
Lillian Starling                    92
Genevieve Sherburn         91.6
Olivia Do                           91.5
Grace Pucci                      90.6
Katherine Willis                 90.55

“It has been a big year for the Academy celebrating our milestone of 160 years of Mercy education in Melbourne. There have been many student achievements, both individual and collective, during 2017. We are very proud of all our students, from Year 7 through to our seniors, who have made the most of the opportunities at the Academy and contributed to the life of the College. We look forward to the joys and challenges of 2018.”
Sr Mary Moloney.

Celebration of Excellence


Congratulations to the 5 students who were acknowledged as Dux of their Year Level for 2017.

From L–R: Jamie Cheeseman–Year 10, Sharon Guan–Year 11, Francesca Perri–Year 8, Sr Mary Moloney Principal, Katja Curtin–Year 9, Sophia Da Silva–Year 7



Primary School STEAM Activities

Recently the Academy Year 10 Mathematics Committee hosted a morning of STEAM activities for senior students from Sacred Heart Primary School Fitzroy and St Joseph’s Primary School Collingwood.

Academy girls engaged their guest students on two challenges. Firstly each group had to design and construct a tool to project a ping pong ball at a target using only wooden ice-cream sticks, a plastic spoon and elastic bands. The sling shot and catapult designs were very impressive and mostly effective.
The second challenge provided students with a plastic cup, motor, batteries and markers to build an Artbot that automatically drew attractive patterns and was uniquely decorated. The students needed to work through the challenge of attaching all the pieces, connecting the motor and adjusting the balance so appropriate motion was achieved.

The designs and patterns were amazing. It was great to see all the students in this vertical learning environment working together to achieve the goal, overcome problems and setbacks and become proud of their product. Well done to the visiting Grade 5 and 6 students and our Academy Year 10 students mentors.

Year 7 Coding Club

This semester the Year 7 Coding Club expanded their activities. Initially the girls were using Scratch for the basis of their coding but in the last few weeks they explored Stop Motion Animation, Lightbox, Cardboard Virtual Reality and makerspace Wobblebot design with great results. Congratulations to the Coding Club for their innovative and consistent work.

Year 7 e-portfolios

Also this semester each Year 7 student developed their own e-portfolio – a webpage where students can display evidence of their learning. Students posted their learning and social goals, certificates of achievements, personal traits or Brand Me evidence from Positive Education and examples of their best work in each of their subjects. The webpages not only look visually fabulous but the girls are learning to developing appealing and relevant content. A great achievement and we encourage families to view their daughter’s work.

Pre Exam 2018 University Scholarships awarded


In the two weeks running up to our senior exams no less than 20 Academy girls have been offered scholarships to Australian Universities and leading Institutions. Of particular note Grace Pucci has been awarded the exclusive Bond University, Queensland, Excellence Scholarship. Academy is not one of Bond’s collegiate partners, so this is a real coup for both Grace and the College.

“The Collegiate Excellence Scholarship is testament to Bond University’s commitment to fostering future leaders. The scholarship is designed to reward those students who perform not only on an academic level, but also demonstrate exceptional personal talent, and contribute significantly to their communities.”

This incredibly competitive and highly sought scholarship, will cover 50% of Grace’s Law & Business (double degree) tuition fees.

Other students were awarded places in Bachelor of Hotel Management, early entry and guaranteed place in a Bachelor of Criminal Justice (pathway to the Police Force), and three students have been awarded early entry into their chosen courses at ACU University based on their leadership, community involvement and volunteering.

At La Trobe University 14 of our students gained entry into the  ‘Aspire Program’ studying areas as diverse as; Education, Law/International Relations/Criminology/Psychology, Applied Science, Biomedicine and Psychology.

These results are not by chance or good luck.

“Starting in Year 9, the careers department works with students to develop a career profile – their interests, skillsets and professional aspirations – that will enable them to engage in the research, selection and decision making processes, building capacity as they move through their senior years. By the time they have reached ‘scholarship application time’ students are confident and well prepared to apply for any available offerings.” Amanda Siva, Careers Practitioner.

We are delighted and proud of the commitment, confidence and resilience the girls have shown.

Mercy Day 2017


Our Mercy Day Mass was particularly significant this year – being part of our 160th Anniversary year. Past students, across the decades from the 1940s to 2010s, represented the Alumnae and proceeded into St Patrick’s Cathedral, as current choir and instrumental music students welcomed the congregation in song.

“It was lovely to see the alumnae, particularly the elderly ones, taking part in the procession and then later to see the whole youthful school community heading up the central aisle for communion. Such fine looking young women.” Alumnae

Following the Mass the College community returned for a BBQ lunch prepared by a number of parents. The day concluded with a concert during which each House performed a number of dance routines.

The whole day was a wonderful celebration of the Academy community.

“As the current college community we are aware of both the treasure that is ours and the responsibility that is ours. We stand on the shoulders of giants not over awed by this but rather impelled to ensure that their legacy is lived and passed to the next generation.” Sr Mary



Mid August VETiS Hospitality students Alana Abenir and Jessica Nguyen got the opportunity to cook in the kitchen with one of Melbourne’s best chefs, Guy Grossi, as part of the ‘Great Chef’ program at William Angliss. It was a once in a life time experience for the girls who regard themselves as fortunate to be mentored by such a well-known and experienced chef. Alana and Jessica cooked alongside Matteo Pignatelli the Head Chef at ‘Grossi Florentine’. It was a thoroughly rewarding experience and the girls said “the menu was amazing and the new techniques we’ve learnt will come in handy for us in the future.”

Science with the Academy, CSIRO and Melbourne – seriously good fun


National Science Week 12 – 20 August

The Academy of Mary Immaculate was invited back to host a stall to promote science within the community by the CSIRO, who have run the “Living Science at the Market” at the Queen Victoria Market for the past nine years.

Nine Academy students, from Years 7 to 11, shared their passion for science with a receptive public imparting their knowledge and skill. The students were great ambassadors for the College and with enthusiasm, encouraged all ages to ‘have a go’ and participate in the multiple science activities provided.

The Environment Protection Authority of Victoria, complimented the Academy on having a worm farm and the College’s ambition to become a more sustainable school.

The day was a huge success – for the students, the public, the College’s profile in our Melbourne community and, of course, the amazing world of science!