Melrose High School is founded upon a tradition which encourages achievement in learning within a safe and friendly environment based on the values of Respect. The school aims to provide opportunities and support to develop students in the areas of intellectual, aesthetic, moral, emotional, physical and social growth.

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MHS School Board Elections

Voting is now open for the two (2) parent and citizen representative positions on the School Board.  All voting must be completed on the official ballot paper available at the Front Office.  Voting will close at 11am, 27 February 2017.  

School Board Candidates

Crystal Mahon
I am the proud parent of two children who currently attend Melrose High School, as well as a secondary school teacher and school leader with 20 years' experience working with students, staff and parents in the ACT school system. I have previously worked at Melrose High School as the Executive Teacher of Student Wellbeing and therefore have considerable knowledge of the school philosophy, policies and processes, and have also been able to maintain many positive connections with current school staff. I have a strong understanding of the roles and responsibilities related to School Board representation as I have previously enacted the roles of parent representative (at Namadgi School) and staff representative at various other schools. I am a passionate advocate for public education and have dedicated my working life to improving outcomes for all students. I look forward to representing the voice of the Melrose parent community - some of the most important stakeholders in effective schools - on the Melrose School Board in 2017.

Stuart McKellar
I have four boys, ages eleven to seventeen, with the middle two at Melrose in Years eight and ten. I’ve been with the board for two years, and would like to continue to represent the Melrose parents and carers in the operations of the school. The regular catch-up with our schools executive, and hearing about school operations and various challenges, present a terrific opportunity to provide a parents perspective to the school, and I’ve enjoyed doing just that. The board seeks input from parents and carers, students, teachers and staff, through their representatives - yes, teacher reps, parent reps, and two students provide reports throughout the year. 

For my boys, I want them to have resilience and a good relationship with other students and teachers, and to respect and consider other opinions. I want them to enjoy learning, and have lots of happiness. I want them to challenge themselves, have  excitement in learning about the world around them; be challenged to improve themselves; and to recognise the joy in doing well, individually, and as a team. I don’t want much really.

And for the school, I would like to help maintain the schools core business, to see the facilities cared for and used well, and have as many students and their families benefit from tours and exchanges and teaching that challenge them with different cultures and values, and for them to learn that others cultures are different, yet equally as valid as their own.

Our main resource is the staff, who need our respect and support to do their work, and for us to recognise them and their often extraordinary efforts. I will support them at every opportunity, and if elected to your school board, I would help you show your appreciation to them too. I am interested to meet other people who want to be actively involved in the school, and contribute more to the outcomes for the children.

I would love to represent the parents and supporters to the Melrose School Board.

Robert Thompson
My son Liam has transferred to Melrose High School this year and I would like the opportunity to join and support his Melrose School community. I am writing to offer my services as a member of the MHS School board. I am a single father of 2 children, one currently at Melrose and one in year 5, who will attend Melrose. I work in the Australian Public Service as a Business Analyst (BA). I am also currently studying for my Masters in Informatics (similar to an MBA). I have previously worked as a Project Manager and I am familiar with the processes for successfully completing projects. I believe that these skills and my enthusiasm to ensure the ongoing success of the school, would enable me to contribute to the work of the board. 

 


  

Posted on 20 Feb 2017


Students with Disability Surveys

The Education Directorate is currently undertaking an evaluation of support for students with disability in Canberra public schools. To inform this work we are seeking a wide variety of views on how we best support both students and schools.

The Directorate is consulting with students, families, school staff, peak bodies and leading practitioners to ensure a wide variety of views are considered.

We would like to invite the Canberra community to contribute to the review process by completing a short survey or providing a written submission. Information on how to contribute is at http://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/students-with-disability-review.

This is an important review and your contribution is greatly appreciated. 

Posted on 20 Feb 2017


Extreme heat

The school community is doing as much as humanly possible to put systems in place to cope with the heat tomorrow. Priority in the afternoon will be given to classes on the top floor moving to cooler locations, followed by the middle floor. Obviously the hottest part of the day is that time around lunch and last lesson. The UV tomorrow will also be extreme.

Staff will work together to help get classes to cooler spots as available and take the following action:
1) Help keep the students hydrated with regular drink breaks
2) Minimise activity in the afternoon sessions and consider a mindfulness/slow/gentle activity
3) Allow students into the corridors where possible and during recess and lunch in particular, we will ring the wet weather bell so students know that they can come inside
4) The library will be open as usual at lunch time
5) Open and supervise an air conditioned space (computer lab) if possible

We advise all parents to ensure that every student has a hat, sunscreen and a drink bottle with water.

Posted on 09 Feb 2017


Canberra Music Tuition

Canberra Music Tuition

Music Lessons for Melrose Students

 

Posted on 07 Feb 2017


MHS School Board - nominations open

Nominations are open for two (2) Parents and citizens members on the MHS School Board.  The term is for two (2) years and has duties as stated in the SCHOOL BOARD MANUAL .  If you would like to nominate for a position please complete the NOMINATION FORM and return it to the locked box in the Front Office or email to ruth.mahon@ed.act.edu.au.  All nominations must be received by 11am, Monday 13 February 2017.  Nomination forms are available from the link above or at the Front office.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the Assistant Returning Officer -  Ruth Mahon ruth.mahon@ed.act.edu.au

Posted on 02 Feb 2017


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