Parent Teacher Evening
Parent Teacher Evening will will be held on Thursday 22 April from 3:45 - 7:00PM.
Booking login details will come via email on Wednesday 31 March 2021.
The booking link is here https://bookings.parentteacheronline.com.au?school= and will be open from 4pm, Wednesday 31 March until 10am, Thursday 22 April 2021.
Posted on 30 Mar 2021
School Board Election Results
Please join us in congratulating the following candidates who were successful in their election to the 2021-2023 School Board :
- Alison Carson - Staff representative
- Alexander Gillespie - Student representative
- Dr Amanda Walsh - Parent representative
- Mr Richard Perry - Parent representative.
Posted on 19 Mar 2021
Parent Engagement Session
2. Key note speaker – eSafety presentation Nicole Agius.
eSafety presentation focusing on the following questions:
- How to have the hard conversations?
- How to get out of online trouble?
- Where to get help?
These questions will be answered by focusing on:
- Parents taking the lead
- Supporting your school in eSafety
- Safety by Design
- Proactive narrative on digital safety
- Hands on learning: Bring your phone
3. Student Engagement introduction - what do we do, what are the job roles who can young people access for help
4. Question time
Time: 5:30-7 PM
Posted on 05 Mar 2021
School Board Elections
During the nomination period, we received no nominations for a Community Member therefore the position will be filled by an additional Parent/Carer Representative. We have three nominations for two Parent/Carer positions therefore requiring an election.
The election will open at 11am on Monday, 1 March 2021 and close at 11 am on Tuesday, 9 March 2021. Ballot papers can be picked up from the Front Reception and must be returned to the secured box by the close of voting. Please make sure you read all instructions included with the ballot paper to ensure your vote is valid.
Below is a brief statement from each candidate.
I am trained in law but have a passion for community so work as a mediator, volunteer as a breastfeeding counsellor and educator, and have volunteered in many positions for the Australian Breastfeeding Association and my children's schools including leadership roles such as the P&C President. I want to join the Melrose school board to promote parental involvement for all parents, particularly those who, like me, work and can't be as involved as they would like but are still committed to their child/ren's education and school. Initiatives I would like to propose include an online second-hand uniform shop (for environmental and cost benefits) and a P&C Facebook group (without the volunteering and fund raising but with the social and educational benefits).
I hope to be able to put these and other initiatives into place for the MHS community.
I am the father of two boys in years 9 and 7 at Melrose. I invite you to support my candidature for the school's board. I have nominated because I want to ensure the school's governance supports its mission of helping our young people to grow and achieve. I believe in the right of all children to receive a high quality, comprehensive education, in an environment that is fun, safe and inclusive, and that is respectful of their individual needs and circumstances. My broad professional background (including as an economic analyst, innovator and negotiator) equips me to be an effective board member. My 'life experience' (including as a backpacker, farm labourer and Scouts leader) has taught me that everyone has inherent value and no one should be left behind. I encourage you to vote for me, Richard Perry, as your representative on the school board.
Dr Amanda Walsh
I have two children at Melrose High School (in Years 9 and 8), and a third child in primary school. I have a long-standing interest in education, and I've been lucky enough to work in education policy (higher ed and early childhood education) for the last five years. I'm a board member at ACT Playgroups and I used to sit on the board of Lyons Early Childhood School. At Melrose, I'd like to contribute a keen eye for strategy and a strong commitment to ensuring that all children (especially those who don't fit the mould) have a great experience at school.
If you have any questions please email the Assistant Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 01 Mar 2021
Melrose Swimming Carnival
The following details relate to a whole school educational excursion to Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre, which will be the venue for this year’s school swimming carnival. The will not be an alternative program at school on the day.
The teacher in charge of this event will be Mrs Sonja Marmont, Executive Teacher, PE and Health.
Event: School Swimming Carnival
Venue: Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre
Date: 23 February 2021
Time: Students will go to Check In, then move to the Hall at 9.00am
Transport: Students will travel via chartered bus
Cost: $9.00 Including pool entry and transport
Food: Canteen will be open, bring your own supplies and a large water bottle.
Clothing: Bring a hat, sunscreen, loose clothing to cover up against sunburn.
The UV rating will likely be extreme, and students must take care not to burn.
Permission notes can be accessed HERE and must be returned by FRIDAY 19 February 2021.
Posted on 18 Feb 2021
Girls Programming Network
The Australian Signals Directorate is happy to announce that we are again sponsoring a Girls Programming Network (GPN) event to be held on Sunday 21st March 2021.
What is GPN?
- The Girls Programming Network is a workshop series aimed at girls in Year 4-12.
- The GPN is a community of women and girls who are interested in computer science, programming and information technology.
- Workshops are run by GPN tutors - local women studying or working in IT in industry, academia and government. are topic based and tutors teach the girls how to solve fun programming projects. There is also food to eat, friends to make and other fun activities to be had!
- ASD has had a long-standing relationship with the Girls’ Programming Network and supports the Canberra node of this fantastic program.
- The workshops are free and no prior coding experience is necessary!
Places for this incredible program fill up very quickly, so if you are interested please register your interest via https://canberragpn.github.io/ as soon as possible.
Posted on 18 Feb 2021
Community event - pilot pre-employment program
The ACT Down Syndrome Association is running a parent information session next week about a pilot pre-employment program they’re running for students in Years 9 – 12 with an intellectual disability.
February 22, 2021 7-8 PM at the Pearce Community Centre
Posted on 18 Feb 2021
Meet the Teacher Afternoon
Our ‘Meet the Teacher‘ afternoon is on Wednesday 17 February commencing in the Year 7 Quad at 4.30pm.
The main purpose of the afternoon is to provide you with the opportunity to meet each of your child’s teachers and to learn a little about how things are taught at Melrose High School.
After the introduction and welcome by the principal in the courtyard, you will have the opportunity to meet all of the teachers and have tours of the school in small groups.
At this time we will have all teachers available in faculty groupings around the courtyard. Your child will be given a timetable the day before to take home for you so that you can easily find their teachers.
Light snacks will be provided by our Hospitality students and tea and coffee should also be available if we can serve it within the current Covid-19 guidelines.
Wednesday 17 Feb update:
Unfortunately the following teachers are not able to join us:
Wells, McAlister, Vanbeveren, Edwards-Wells, Harriott, McMillan, Deng, Kores, Antonios, Brickhill (after 5pm).
Posted on 12 Feb 2021
The School Board
Nominations will open at 11 am on Monday 8 February and close at 11 am on Monday 22 February 2021. Nominations forms will be available from the Front Office during the above times.
For more information please contact the Assistant Returning Officer, Ruth Mahon on email@example.com
Posted on 04 Feb 2021
2021 Stationery requirementsDownload the 2021 Stationary requirements HERE
Posted on 13 Jan 2021
Support if needed
You may be aware of a tragic incident that occurred over the weekend that has gravely impacted a family within our community.
Many in our school community will be saddened by this incident so I encourage all of us to support each other. Education Directorate has extended condolences to the family and our thoughts are with the family as well as with the members of our community.
The school is ensuring that staff members have the needed support in managing their grief and we are enclosing information on grief as a resource for you. When the school resumes in Term 1, school psychologist will be available for any additional support that might be required by the school community.
Please contact me by email at: Shannon.Carnovale@ed.act.edu.au if you would like to talk about this further. Contacting school staff is an important way of ensuring you receive consistent and accurate information and for us to be aware of all parent concerns.
We also encourage families to participate in pleasant activities and maintain a regular routine where possible at this time.
The following telephone hotlines are also available if you wish to speak with someone.
- Grief line 1300 845 745 (landlines only)
- Insights - How to help your kids cope when someone close to them dies
- Insights - Parenting in challenging times
- Adolescents and grief
Posted on 22 Dec 2020
The ACE English Experience
Over the past two years (2019-2020), the ACE English Class has produced an amazing portfolio of work. From dystopic stories to Shakespearean sonnets, they shared their stories, experiences and love for English. Mrs. Antonios has guided the class through various topics - Dystopia, Gothic, Shakespeare's plays & Novellas, and lit the way through Online Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACE English class has published the following pieces of work:
Posted on 14 Dec 2020
A message from ACT Policing
As many of you would be aware, during the school holidays a distressing incident occurred at the Weston Skate Park where two young people were stabbed, and an 18-year-old later died. ACT Policing have asked us to share a video with you about the incident that also includes advice about cyber safety for our young people.
Posted on 14 Oct 2020
Parent correspondence and resources during Pupil Free period
To help you navigate the information we are providing, please refer to the summary below (status- currently updating):
Posted on 01 Apr 2020
COVID-19 and ACT public schools: pupil free days from 24 March to school holidays
COVID-19 and ACT public schools: Updated information re pupil free days 23 March 2020
Dear parents and carers
This morning’s communication has caused confusion, for which we apologise. I’m writing to provide you with corrected information about COVID-19 and ACT public schools.
Pupil free days from 24 March 2020 to school holidays
From Tuesday 24 March 2020 all ACT Public Schools will go pupil-free until the school holidays, due to begin on Friday 10 April 2020.
ACT schools will remain open to students who absolutely need to attend. Schools will still be able to safely receive and provide learning for students whose parents and carers must attend work to provide essential services and unable to care for their children at home, as well as vulnerable children and those with additional needs.
No child will be turned away.
This also applies to ACT Government preschools. At this stage, other early childhood services such as long day care, family day care, out of school hours care and vacation care can continue to operate.
New online resources
Today the Education Directorate has released a resource library to support parents and children with home learning. You can find a link to the resource on the Education Directorate website www.education.act.gov.au
Relationships are key to education and we want parents and students to remain connected to their teachers and schools. In the coming weeks, we will build more resources and ways to support continued education, in the event students cannot attend school for extended period. Please take some time with your child to explore the resources on offer.
Once again, thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult time together.
Director-General, ACT Education Directorate
Posted on 23 Mar 2020
RAISING BOYS and RAISING GIRLS talks - POSTPONED
Please note this event has been postponed. If you have purchased tickets you will be contacted by the event provider regarding options.
Tickets are available NOW for both Raising Boys and Raising Girls! Please see more information and ticketing links below:
- On the 1st of April, 2020 we have Steve Biddulph presenting his Raising Boys Talk at Melrose HS, 7:30pm.
Tickets available via this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=580786&
- On the 2nd of April 2020 we have Steve Biddulph presenting his Raising Girls Talk at Stromlo HS, 7:30pm.
- Tickets available via this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=581760&
Some details about Steve and his Raising Boys and Girls Talks:
About Steve - Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known parent educators. A psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and now 10 Things Girls Need Most are in four million homes and 31 languages. They have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men. Today though, the exploitation and misuse of girls and young women globally are a major focus. Steve’s live talks have had a remarkable public response, reaching 130,000 people. Many people express surprise at how moving and emotional these talks are, as well as how much fun.
Raising Boys with Steve Biddulph - Come and hear Steve's world famous talk, covering boys of all ages. How to raise sons who are kind, confident, and safe. Boys and school. The importance of dads. What single mums can do. Testosterone. The 3 Stages of boyhood and how to have them go smoothly. Boys and housework. This life-changing seminar is unforgettably moving and funny too.
PLEASE NOTE, BABIES including newborns, CHILDREN AND TEENS CANNOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SEMINAR.
Raising Girls with Steve Biddulph - Covering girls of all ages, this practical, helpful and moving talk by Steve Biddulph will galvanize you to better strengthen your daughter, and help her grow up confident, happy, and free. Steve is one of the world's best known speakers on parenthood, funny, honest, and deeply affecting, and his stories will stay with you forever. NB. PLEASE NOTE THAT BABIES AND CHILDREN CANNOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SESSIONS.
Posted on 13 Mar 2020
School Board Election Results
The following nominees have been elected to the 2020-2022 Melrose High School Board:
Parent representative: Stuart McKellar
Staff representative: Greg Tozer
Student Representative: Maddelyn Drewson
Congratulations on your appointment
Posted on 11 Mar 2020
SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
Nominations are now open for the 2020-2022 Melrose High School Board. The following positions are open for nomination:
1 x Parent and Citizens Member
1 x Staff Member
1 x Student Member (preferably a Year 9 student)
The term for each of these positions is two (2) years. If you would like to contribute to the governance of the school this would be the perfect opportunity for you. Details of what is required of a Board member can be found on the Directorate’s Webpage SCHOOL BOARDS
The official nomination form is available from the Front Office or via email to the address listed below.
Nominations are to be submitted to the school’s front office between 11 am Monday 3 February 2020 and 11 am Monday 17 February 2020. Nominations must be submitted during school business hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday.
You can submit your nomination by:
· hand delivery to the Melrose High School front office
· email to firstname.lastname@example.org
· mail to Ruth Mahon ARO, c/- Melrose High School, Marr St, Pearce ACT 2607
If an election is required, the voting period will be from 11 am Monday 24 February 2020 to 11 am Monday 2 March 2020.
Posted on 07 Feb 2020
START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
We are looking forward to welcoming students to Melrose High School for the 2020 School Year.
MONDAY 3 February: All Year 7 and new to Melrose Year 8,9 & 10 students. Please be seated in the Hall by 8:50 am. Parking is available in Carpark #2 adjacent to the Hall.
TUESDAY 4 February: ALL Students return. Please line up outside the Hall in your Check In Groups by 8:50 am
Posted on 31 Jan 2020
Bushfires response resources
The following resources have been provided to assist families who may be dealing with distress or trauma as a result of ongoing fire events:
ACT Emergency Services Agency - ACT Government
How to cope with the stress of natural disasters - headspace
Bushfires and Mental Health - Beyond Blue
How to talk to your children about Australia's bushfire emergency - UNICEF Australia
Bushfire health and safety - healthdirect - Australian Government
Bushfires and asthma - National Asthma Council
10 ways to support your child during the bushfire season - Emerging Minds
Australian Government mental health response to bushfire trauma - Australian Government
How to get mental health support (for those directly impacted by the fires) - Dept. of Human Services. Australian Government
Posted on 24 Jan 2020
Melrose High School is turning 50Melrose High School is turning 50 in 2020. We are gathering resources to share with you all throughout next year to highlight just how far we have come. There will be a celebration event in Term 4 2020. If you have a connection to our school please fill in the attached form to share your memories with us.
Posted on 20 Dec 2019
Melrose High School Board 2020-2022
Staff Representative x 1
Student Representative (yr 9) x 1
Each position will be for a term of two (2) years.
For more details contact the Assistant Returning Officer, Ruth Mahon (email@example.com)
Posted on 09 Dec 2019
Teaching and Learning Expo
Posted on 27 Nov 2019
Parent Engagement Session - Transitions
Monday 25 November 2019 - 5 to 6:30 pm in the Library
Keynote speaker: Penelope Butt and Jo Wisdom
Year 6 Parents remain in library (60 min)
Introduce Transitions team 6/7 and Q and A:
· 2020 Year 7 Coordinator Tim Pike
· Deputy Principal Shannon Carnovale
· Deputy Principal Ryan Kay
· Student Engagement SLC Nathan Hitchcock
· Wellbeing SLC Sonja Marmont Sonja Marmont
· Youth Support Worker Mark Baldwin
· 2019 Year 7 Coordinator Dane Wells
· School Psychologist Anne Shaw
Year 10 parents move to Big Picture Room 104 (60 min)
Q and A session for year 10 parents with college representatives
College representative talk directly to parents enrolled in their school.
Posted on 15 Nov 2019
Elective Selections - 2020
Students in Years 6-9 will select their Electives for 2020 in Week 5. Students will access the Web preferences selection form from their SchoolsNet email account. To prepare for selections, parents and carers are encouraged to look through the Elective website linked below with their child. https://sites.google.com/ed.act.edu.au/melrosehighschoolelectives/home
Posted on 06 Nov 2019
School Polo Shirt OrderMelrose Uniforms is a volunteer run group that operates as a fundraiser for Melrose High School. All profits are donated to the school to purchase educational resources. School Polo Shirts - Order NOW for delivery in Week 1 Term 4
Posted on 11 Sep 2019
Parent Engagement Session - ThinkUKnow
Posted on 21 Aug 2019
Big Picture Information Evening
Posted on 20 Aug 2019
THURSDAY 15 August 2019
Woden Athletics Track, Philip
Please note: This is a normal school day RELOCATED to the Woden Athletics Track. If your child is not participating in the carnival their absence needs to be explained. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM AT SCHOOL ON THE DAY as all teaching staff will be at the carnival. Please complete the Permission/Non attendance note linked below. A copy of this note is also available in the Library.
Posted on 31 Jul 2019
Parenting Ideas - Anxious Kids Seminar
There's lots of things parents and teachers can do to help kids when they become anxious.
Hear from parenting expert, award-winning speaker and author of 11 books Michael Grose, together with wellbeing expert and researcher Dr Jodi Richardson. Michael Grose and Jodi Richardson will be touring across Australia and New Zealand to present their evidence-based approach to managing kids’ anxiety. In this seminar they will speak about the tools and strategies for helping children outlined in their recently released and highly acclaimed book Anxious Kids.
This special seminar is ideal for parents, carers, teachers and other professionals who work with children and their parents.
30 July 2019, 7pm - Hellenic Club.
For more information and tickets please visit https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/seminars/anxious-kids-seminar-tour
Posted on 23 Jul 2019
Young Carer Bursary
The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers a limited number of bursaries of up to $3,000 each year. Young carers across Australia can apply from late July until early September.
For more details visit https://youngcarersnetwork.com.au/young-carer-bursary
If you need assistance filling in the form please have a chat to Mark (Youth Worker), Jess ( School Health Nurse) or Anne (Psychologist).
Posted on 17 Jul 2019
The Semester 1 Awards will be handed out at ceremonies on Wednesday 3 July 2019 (Week 10).
Malcolm Barlow Hall. Parking available in car park #2
Year 7 & 8: 9:30am - 11am
Year 9 & 10: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Invitations will be sent by email the parents/carers of students receiving awards on Tuesday 25 June 2019 however everyone is welcome to attend to celebrate the achievements and efforts of our students.
Posted on 18 Jun 2019
Parent Engagement Session #4
We welcome you to our fourth Parent Engagement Session for the year on Monday, 17 June 2019 from 4.45-6 pm in the Melrose Library. The focus of this session will be Self Harm Explained.
4.45-5.00: Light refreshments
5.00-5:05 pm: Meet & Greet and Acknowledgement
5:10 – 5:50: Keynote Presenter: Nicola Whitelaw- Clinical Development Nurse for the School Youth Health Nurse Program
5:45 – 6:00 pm: Workshops and Presentations- Questions and Answers
Self harm Explained
Why self harm?
What can I look out for?
How can I support my young person at home?
What supports are available at school.
Posted on 06 Jun 2019
Prospectus 2020The 2020 Edition of the Melrose High School Prospectus can be accessed here:
Posted on 15 May 2019
Parent Engagement Session #3
TOPIC: Literacy and Numeracy
Keynote speaker: Jack Heath (author) - Literacy: why is it important?
Focus Groups: Read & Write for Google, GRiN and MaqLit
5-5:15 pm: Refreshments and welcome
5:15-6:15 pm: Keynote speeches
6:15 - 6:30 pm: Q & A panel
6:30 - 7:00 pm: Focus groups
Posted on 09 May 2019
ACT School SportInterested in finding out more about ACT School Sport? Read the latest updates in the ACT SPORT BULLETIN [Link]
Posted on 08 May 2019
Transport Canberra - Updated Bus Timetables
Transport Canberra's new timetable updates are effective from Monday 29 April. Please follow the link to access the Melrose High School services [Link]
Posted on 26 Apr 2019
Come and see what Melrose has to offer
Posted on 08 Apr 2019
School Board Election results
We are excited to announce the following candidates were successful in the recent School Board elections and now commence their two-year term:
Parent Representatives: Sally Bower and Fiona Loaney
Staff Representative: Mark Baldwin
Student Representative: Emma Loaney
Many thanks to all the nominees, we appreciate your commitment to our school community.
Posted on 02 Apr 2019
Progress and Attendance Reports and Parent Teacher Interviews
Term 1 progress reports, as well as attendance reports, have been emailed out today. If you have not received the Progress Report firstly check your SPAM or JUNK MAIL folder before emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
All attendance discrepancies (Absent or Unjustified) need to be explained by emailing the Rolls Office on email@example.com
Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at 3:45 - 7 PM. Bookings are managed through the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) portal and login information has been emailed this afternoon. PTO will open at 9 AM on Thursday 28 March and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 2 April.
Posted on 27 Mar 2019
Parent Teacher Night
Posted on 08 Mar 2019
Parent Engagement #2
Topic: Gender, sexuality and safe behaviours5-5:20 pm: Community stalls, meet & greet with Student Services team, light supper
5:20-6:20 pm: Keynote speaker: Jen Lewis from Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.
6:20 - 7 pm: Community stalls
Posted on 08 Mar 2019
Year 7 camp
Going on the Year 7 Camp? DOWNLOAD the packing list
Not going on the Year 7 camp? We will have a fun program for you to participate in back here at school.
Posted on 28 Feb 2019
School Board Elections
We have eight (8) parent candidates for two (2) Parent and Citizen positions on the MHS School Board so we now move to the election phase of the process. Voting opens at 11 am Monday 25 February 2019 and closes at 11 am Monday 4 March 2019. Official voting slips can be picked up from the Front Office from 11 am Monday 25 February 2019. All voting must be done on the official voting slip, there is no capacity for email or proxy voting. All votes must be returned to the Locked Box in the Front Office by 11 am Monday 4 March 2019. Each parent/carer of a student at Melrose is entitled to vote.
If you have any questions regarding this process please do not hesitate to email Ruth Mahon (Assistant Returning Officer, Melrose High School Board) on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 25 Feb 2019
Year 7 Meet the Teacher
Posted on 20 Feb 2019
STUDENTS! Get on board the bus and join us at the Annual Swimming Carnival being held at Queanbeyan Pool on Tuesday 26 February 2019.
Please note that as we will be hiring coaches to transport students to and from the pool there is a deadline for payment and return of notes of FRIDAY 22 February.
Tuesday 26 February is a formal school day so nonattendance at the carnival needs to explained by contacting the Rolls Office on 6142 0703 or by email on email@example.com
We look forward to having all students participating in and supporting their School Houses.
DOWNLOAD THE NOTE HERE or pick one up from the Library (DEADLINE FOR RETURN NOTES 22 FEBRUARY)
Posted on 14 Feb 2019
School Photo day is this FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2019. Please ensure your child is in full school uniform as all students will be photographed regardless of whether you are purchasing photos
If a student has not received their payment envelope they should visit the student window to collect it BEFORE FRIDAY. Please do not send payments to the school before the day,
Sibling/Family photos - only students who present a Siblings Presentation order form to the photographer on photo day will have their sibling/family photo taken. Envelopes are available from the FRONT OFFICE. A discount applies for families with 3 or more children. After purchasing individual packs for each child, a Sibling Presentation Pack of your choice will be free.
Posted on 13 Feb 2019
Back to school schedule
Monday 4 February 2019
All Year 7 students and new to Melrose Year 8-10 students. Please meet in the Hall at 8:50 am for the Welcome Assembly. Parents are invited to stay. Parking is available in Car Park # 2 adjacent to the Hall.
- Year 7 students will be dismissed from the Hall at 3:10 pm
- NEW Year 8-10 students can leave after they get their timetable and chat with their Year Co.
Tuesday 5 February 2019
All students will meet outside the Hall for Assembly at 8:50 am. Tuesday's timetable will be modified.
Posted on 22 Jan 2019
2019 Stationery Requirements
All students are required to bring a FULLY CHARGED Chromebook or similar device to school every day.
Posted on 14 Jan 2019
2019 School Board nominations
Posted on 21 Dec 2018