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
Semester 2 Awards
The Semester Award ceremonies celebrate the achievement and efforts of our students. We welcome you to join us in celebrating our student successes. Each ceremony will be held in the Malcolm Barlow Hall on Friday 14 December 2018. Parking is available in Car Park #2.
Year 7 - 9 am
Year 8 - 10 am
Year 9 - 11:25 am
Posted on 12 Dec 2018
Christmas MarketsTHURSDAY 6 December 2019, 5-8 pm
Posted on 06 Dec 2018
Parent engagement session #3 - Transitions
Melrose High School invites you to join us on Monday 19 November 2018 at 5.30-7pm for our third Parent Engagement Session, focussing on Year 6/7 and Year 10/11 transitions.
At this Parent Engagement Session we will share the following information:
- 5.30-5.45pm – come and meet key Melrose High School staff
- 5.45-6.10pm – Keynote presentation- managing change, what to expect at times of transition and how to support your young person. Delivered by: Careers & Transition Senior Manager, Penelope Butt & Careers & Transition Program Manager, Lucia Ciccarone
- 6.10-7pm – Breakout sessions
Year 6/7 Parents
- Hear from a current Year 7 student and parent regarding their experience with transition
- Hear from the current Year 7 Coordinator, Charles McIntosh about his first year
- Meet the 2019 Year 7 Coordinators, Shannon McAlister & Dane Wells as they share what to expect in 2019
Year 10/11 Parents
Parents will break into four smaller groups based on the college their young person is attending, each session will be as follows:
Lake Tuggeranong College – Helen Uren-Randall
- What does Day One look like for students at Lake Tuggeranong College (LTC)?
- How do LTC parent/carers get information about their young person?
- Packages- what does this mean?
Narrabundah College – Glenda Nimmo
Erindale College – Vanessa Sergeant
- What does Day One look like for Erindale College (EC) students?
- Packages, points, majors and minors
- Opportunities at EC – making the most of the college experience
- How to succeed at college
Canberra College – Richard Johnston
- Student life at Canberra College
- Overview of the opportunities for students.
- Packages - what does this mean?
We look forward to seeing you there, please RSVP by email to MelroseHS.Events@ed.act.edu.au
Posted on 16 Nov 2018
We invite you to the Teaching and Learning ExpoThursday 15 November 2018, 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Malcolm Barlow Hall.
Posted on 06 Nov 2018
Elective Selections open for Years 7, 8 & 9
Elective selections are open for Year 7, 8 and 9 from Tuesday 30 October until Friday 9 November. Students should check their school email for details.
Language and Elective selections for year 6 students will open from Wednesday 7 November until Friday 16 November 2018. Further instructions will be emailed on 7 November.
Read the Elective Handbook here
Check out the Arts/Tech faculty video
Posted on 30 Oct 2018
Term 4 Lunchtime activities
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
Big Picture Information Session
Posted on 12 Oct 2018
ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety Presentation
From 4:30 pm in the Library the following services will be present for you to engage with:
The Conflict Resolution Service, Men's Link, Relationships Australia & The Woden Youth Centre along with the MHS Year Coordinators and Executives. Come and enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the ThinkUknow Presentation which starts at 5:30 pm.
Posted on 12 Oct 2018
Families and Community Evening
Posted on 13 Sep 2018
2018 ACT Public Education Awards
A reminder that nominations for the 2018 ACT Public Education Awards: Celebrating Excellence close this Friday 24 August 2018.
The Directors School Improvement encourage you to discuss these awards within your school community, networks, and nominate the people in your school who are going above and beyond their expected duties to make a real difference to the lives of students and the school community. As you know, these awards provide an important opportunity to showcase the great work happening in our schools, highlight achievements and recognise contributions to our system.
Further information including the online nomination form is available here http://www.det.act.gov.au/teaching_and_learning/act_public_education_awards.
For further information or to request assistance with the online form please contact the Workforce Strategy team on 6205 4360 or email EducationAwards@act.gov.au.
Posted on 21 Aug 2018
QCity and Transborder Bus service updates
Further queries can be directed to the Qcity Transit website, call Qcity Transit on (02) 6299 3722 or contact TfNSW directly on 131500.
Current Bus No.
New Bus No.
Coming From (AM)/Going To (PM):
Tharwa Rd and Jerrabomberra
Jerrabomberra, North Terrace and Tharwa Rd
Posted on 21 Aug 2018
Link to Student Satisfaction Survey
Please use your Student Number to access the survey
School Code: MLRH
Posted on 15 Aug 2018
School Satisfaction Survey
The 2018 School Satisfaction Surveys will be conducted from 14 August to 3 September 2018. Parents and carers, school staff and students (in years 5 to 12) will be asked to participate in these important surveys. The survey results will contribute to school research and improvement processes. Although the survey is voluntary, we hope you will want to participate. It won’t take much of your time and will help us improve our school for your child and future students. A letter or email about the parent and carer survey will be sent to you in August. The key ACT results from the 2017 School Satisfaction Surveys have been published on the Education Directorate website (www.education.act.gov.au) and a summary of our school results is provided in our 2017 School Board Report.
Student Surveys will be conducted online during class time in August. The survey results will contribute to our school improvement processes and will also be used in public interest research projects and longitudinal studies aimed at improving the quality of services in the ACT.
The survey includes general satisfaction items together with the school climate module, which covers relationships with other students and teachers, connection to the school, student well-being and engagement in learning. This module is part of a longitudinal study being conducted in partnership with researchers at the Australian National University. Student identification numbers will be used at the start of the survey to confirm the identity of students and to enable survey responses to be linked over time and with administrative and performance data. Linking data in this way will help researchers to assess the relationship between improvements in school climate and educational outcomes and enable a more informative understanding of patterns over time. No personal information will be provided to any school or college.
Posted on 10 Aug 2018
Schools Day Out - Raiders Rugby League
Posted on 07 Aug 2018
Semester award ceremonies
Posted on 05 Jul 2018
Entertainment Night - Thursday 5 July
Posted on 03 Jul 2018
Teaching & Learning Expo
Melrose High School is proud to host its third 21st Century Fluency Expo on the 28 June 2018 from 4.30 - 6.30pm and invites you to come and hear from students and staff.
Teachers of Melrose High School support students to be critical and innovative thinkers, and develop their problem solving skills to be ready for their changing futures. Through the modernising of their pedagogy, they have engaged the 21st Century Fluencies within their teaching practice to support students to take ownership of their learning. This Expo showcases the learning outcomes of students who have engaged in the Fluencies and demonstrates their successes as independent learners.
We look forward to sharing this Expo with you all.
Posted on 28 Jun 2018
Posted on 31 May 2018
ENROL FOR YEAR 7 NOW
Posted on 14 May 2018
Open Night - Thursday 11 May 5:30 pm
Join us for Open Night on Thursday 10 May 2018. The session starts at 5:30 pm in the School Hall with the Principal's address, then tour each Faculty to meet our staff and see the great work our students are producing. The Library will be open if you need assistance with your online enrolment application.
Applications for 2019 enrolment will open Monday 30 April (subject to confirmation by the Education Directorate). Please complete your enrolment before 9am, 11 June 2018.
Posted on 04 May 2018
Come and Try Days for Year 6 Students
Posted on 10 Apr 2018
Parent Teacher Night
Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 3:45-7pm.
To make an interview appointment log into the PTO portal at https://bookings.parentteacheronline.com.au?school=298qb
An email with Log in details has been sent to families.
Posted on 04 Apr 2018
Appointment of the MHS School Board
The Returning Officer has made the following appointments to the Melrose High School Board:
Mr Benjamin Patrick Duggan -Staff Member
Mr Arron Scolnik - Parents and Citizens Member
Ms Hana Franklin -Student Member
Ms Catherine Prosser - Parents and Citizens Member
Miss Sonja Milenkovic - Student Member
Please join us in welcoming the members to the Board.
Posted on 23 Mar 2018
Posted on 20 Mar 2018
We would like to remind you that there are only 7 days left to get our discounted prices.
Click on the link below to view and order your child's images:
FREE SHIPPING is offered for orders placed in the first 10 days. Enter REBATE CODE: FREEPOST18 at the checkout. You still will be able to purchase after this time although additional P&H fee will be charged.
Please don't hesitate to email if you have any questions,
Pieta, Nicole and the Grin and Bear It Photography Team
Posted on 16 Mar 2018
2018 Academic Competitions
Students are invited to enter a range of academic competitions aimed at challenging their knowledge. Subject areas include Science, Mathematics, English, Languages, Geography and Digital Technologies. The entry form is available from the NOTES section of the website or from the Library.
Posted on 05 Mar 2018
School Board elections - Meet the candidates
Three nominations were received for the role of the Parent Representative on the School Board. As such we will now move to the election phase of the process. Voting will open at 11am, Monday 26 February 2018. All votes MUST be completed on the official Ballot paper available from the Front Office and returned to the Locked Box at the Front Office by 11am, Monday 5 March 2018. No electronic voting is available. If you have any questions regarding the voting process please email the Assistant Returning Officer, Debbie.email@example.com
My daughter has just started at Melrose High School, and I am eager to be involved in the overall governance of the school. I have just completed 8 consecutive years as Chairman of the Farrer Primary School Board. During this time, in conjunction with the principal and the school board, we have successfully navigated through a number of difficult challenges. I have also been involved in the appointment of 2 school principals and in the Department of Education’s ‘Futures of Education’ initiative. I am a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience and would bring significant governance and management experience to the school. Society is changing rapidly and I am keen to help the school to adapt to those changes and to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for all our children.
I'm a new parent to the school with my son starting in Year 7 this year. I have been impressed with what I have seen and heard at Melrose to date and believe this is an exciting time to be at the school. I have served on four boards (one corporate and three not-for-profits, including as Chair for an independent school) and have also sat on a number of advisory panels for government agencies. Through this experience, I have developed strong governance, strategic and financial skills and I understand the educational and regulatory frameworks that schools must operate within while striving to provide the best for their students. I have nominated for the Board because I want to contribute these skills to support the school's direction and be an active part of the Melrose community.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Murdoch University and I have previously been a school board member at Monash primary. I am bringing over 10 years of corporate finance & management experience which includes reporting to a private sector board of directors. I am currently employed by a local construction and services company and am looking to contribute to the Melrose High School community.
Posted on 26 Feb 2018
Year 7 Meet the teachers evening
Year 7 Welcome Night is on Tuesday 20 February 2018 commencing in the Malcolm Barlow Hall at 5.00pm.
The main purpose of the evening 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 in the hall, we will move to a more informal setting in the internal courtyard. At this time we will have Year 7 teachers available in faculty groups. We invite you to introduce yourself and have a quick chat. Light refreshments will be provided.
Posted on 16 Feb 2018
Emails from Melrose
Email is our primary form of communication with families. Sometimes email client servers block us, especially when we send bulk emails. This is nothing we can control from our end. To ensure you get all our communication make sure firstname.lastname@example.org and MelroseHS.Events@ed.act.edu.au are whitelisted (approved) in your email settings.
Posted on 15 Feb 2018
MHS School Board
Posted on 15 Jan 2018
2018 Stationery requirements
The 2018 Stationery list is available for download here: 2018 STATIONERY LIST [pdf]
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements and efforts of our students at our Semester Awards this Friday 8 December 2017.
Venue: Malcolm Barlow Hall
Time: 9am - Year 7; 10am - Year 8; & 11:25am - Year 9
Parking available in Carpark 2
Posted on 05 Dec 2017
Semester reports - Update
Please note: Reports will now be emailed on Wednesday 13 December, not Friday 8 December as previously advertised.
We apologise for the miscommunication around this.
Posted on 05 Dec 2017
Chromebook request - 2018
Today (Friday 1 December) is the last day to submit the online form to request or decline a Chromebook in 2018. Year 10’s will need to complete the online form for Melrose High School if they would like to receive a Chromebook at College.
Emails have been sent to parents with login information to complete the registration form. If you haven’t received your login information please contact the Front Office on 61420700
More information about the Better Schools for our Kids – Technology Enabled Learning Initiative can be found on our website:http://www.melrosehs.act.edu.au/ict/chromebooks
Posted on 01 Dec 2017
Christmas Night MarketsNeed awesome Christmas Gifts? Then pop into our Christmas Night Markets in the Hall on Wednesday 29 November between 5-8 pm.
Posted on 24 Nov 2017
Recent Policy Update - Responding to Student Accident/IncidentsPlease visit the Education Directorate Website to read the updated Policy: Responding to Student Accident/Incidents [Link]
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Parent Meeting - Change of Structure of Maths & Science classes 2018 and Personal Electronic Devices
The Melrose High School Board has recently approved some changes to the structure of Maths and Science classes from 2018 onwards. These changes include replacing the current level based structure with mixed ability classes. This will not affect the ACE program, and a support class will be offered for those students who have significant gaps in their learning. This is not a change that has been made lightly, and it is substantially supported by current educational research. It will also bring these faculties in line with the rest of the school, where mixed ability classes are already in operation. Extensive details can be found in the documents attached.
For students in Year 8, 9 or 10 in 2018 classes will be carefully created paying close attention to each students current ability and learning styles to ensure they are placed in an appropriate learning environment. If you would like more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Aine McAuley via email at email@example.com.
Alternatively, you are invited to attend a parent information session on Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 530 - 630pm in the Melrose High School Hall. The session will include information about the schools Personal and Electronic Devices Policy and the changes that are being made to the structure of Maths and Science classes for 2018. There will be a short presentation, followed by a Q&A session. There will also be stalls from a variety of vendors should you wish to discuss some of the personal electronic device options they have available for students.
Posted on 06 Nov 2017
Posted on 18 Oct 2017
Canberra Girls’ Programming Network
The Canberra Girls’ Programming Network is a community for female students to learn about programming and technology through hands on workshops. The girls are introduced to female role models across academia, government and industry.
Our next workshop will be held on 5 November 2017
What: The topic this time is Nicta ED1 Boards! Nicta ED1 Boards are a special type of microcomputer that comes with everything connected. We’ll be using it to make LEDs flash, text appear on screen, and learn about binary numbers!
Where: Melrose High School, Marr Street, Pearce 2607
When: Sunday, November 5th, Please arrive by 9:30am for registration
Workshop begins at 10am
Parents and teachers invited for afternoon tea at 3:30pm, Conclusion at 4pm
Who: Female students from grades 4 – 12
What do I need to know?
Absolutely no coding experience necessary! We cater for girls of all programming skill levels.
How do I register?
You’ll need to register to attend. Please fill in the registration form available from the Library and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places are limited, so please return your forms by Monday, 30th October 2017 to email@example.com.
You will receive information and confirmation of registration via email prior to the workshop day.
Posted on 16 Oct 2017
Big Picture 2018 Program
Information sessions and & Application Process coming soon
Posted on 09 Oct 2017
Posted on 09 Oct 2017
Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 14 September from 3:45-7:00 pm.
Emails have been sent with details on how to access the PTO booking system or an alternative method if families have not consented to using the PTO booking system. PTO will go live at 3pm on Friday 8 September.
If you are having any problems making appointments please contact the Front Office on 6142 0700
Posted on 08 Sep 2017
Cupcake dayStudents from the SRC and the Year 7 Indonesian classes are holding a cupcake stall at recess on Monday 21 August (Week 6). This is in support of the RSPCA and the Orangutan Foundation International Australia. Students who would like to bake some cupcakes to help on the weekend can see Ms Battaglini, Mr McIntosh or Mr Duggan for information.
Posted on 16 Aug 2017
SRC - House Colours Crazy Hair
Posted on 10 Aug 2017
Come and enjoy a showcase of the DRAMA, DANCE, VISUAL ARTS, DIGITAL ARTS and MUSIC.
Thursday 22 June 2017. Doors open at 6:30 PM for a 7 PM show.
Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Tickets available from the Finance Office:
$6 - Students
$12 - Adult
$25 - Family
Posted on 19 Jun 2017
New Phone numbers
Posted on 16 Jun 2017
ACTION BUS UPDATE - Route 663
Posted on 06 Jun 2017
Heating maintenanceDue to extensive maintenance and repair to the heating system we are going to continue to have problems with supply until this round of maintenance is complete. I am advising everybody to dress warmly as we cannot know at this stage which sections of the building will be effected. Wherever possible, other sources of heating will be sourced. Please consider the forecasts as we move into the colder weather and ensure that all students dress to the conditions. - Simon Vaughan
Posted on 02 Jun 2017
School bus - temporary changes
The intersection of Sternberg Crescent and Ashley Drive has been closed for construction since Saturday 13 May 2017, due to be completed today Monday 29 May 2017. Due to delayed works, this diversion has been extended to remain in place until Monday 19 June 2017.
During this time, school services and regular ACTION bus services travelling this way will be diverted via Erindale Bus Station and surrounding roads.
Could you please alert students and parents of this diversion.
Maps of the diversion for the below dedicated school services are now available on the Transport Canberra website.
· Morning routes:
· Afternoon Routes:
Regular route service 67 and 66 will also be diverted.
We appreciate your assistance in this matter. For more information please call 13 17 10.
Posted on 29 May 2017
Tuesday 23 May 2017 will be MALrose Day at Melrose High School and we will be holding commemorative assembly to celebrate the life and achievements of Malcolm Barlow and recognise his contributions to education. Malcolm was a member of the Melrose community as a teacher, a colleague and a friend. His contributions to the education of children is outstanding. Through his passion for music he engaged students in performance and developed their musical skills. His happy nature, welcoming smile and his innate ability to put people a ease made every person smile and brought laughter to the ears of everyone and he will always be celebrated for these qualities.
To honour Mal and to showcase his unique and colourful style of dress, students are encouraged to wear brightly coloured clothes and Hawaiian shirts in place of their school uniform for Malrose Day. The gold coin donation will go to help others battling with cancer so that families and communities can come together to celebrate and fund research so that one day we find a cure.
Posted on 19 May 2017
MHS 2018 ProspectusOur 2018 Prospectus has moved online. Visit https://www.melroseprospectus.com [Link]
Posted on 12 May 2017
OPEN NIGHT and Enrolling now for 2018
OPEN NIGHT - Thursday 11 May 2017 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Starting in the Hall with the Principal's address.
Please visit the Education Directorate website [Link] to complete your enrollment for 2018. All students, including those in our feeder schools, must be enrolled via this portal.
Posted on 26 Apr 2017
Community Consultation - Draft Reconciliation Action Plan
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION WELCOMED
DRAFT Reconciliation Action Plan [Link]
Melrose High School, Torrens Primary School, Mawson Primary School and Canberra College
Melrose High School and our PEA schools have worked to identify our Reconciliation Actions within this cluster and some of the future actions and areas that need attention within our school communities. Reconciliation is an ongoing and positive process which the schools in this cluster have identified as one of the core areas of focus for our school communities. Please read this Draft RAP [Link] and provide feedback or ideas to Helen.Uren-Randall@ed.act.edu.au. These will be reviewed by a RAP Working Party established across the schools and will include students from different schools within the cluster.
This Community Consultation closes on the 12th of May 2017. At this point, the Working Party will meet to discuss community feedback and address concerns in the RAP, as needed. The RAP will then be forwarded to Reconciliation Australia for further review and clarification. From this feedback, the RAP Working Party will reframe elements of the RAP if required, before sending it for final ratification to Reconciliation Australia.
We look forward to hearing from our parents/carers and wider school community.
Posted on 12 Apr 2017
Parent Teacher NightComing to Parent Teacher Night this afternoon? All interviews will be held on the first floor; entry through the Front Office. Download this handy floor plan or ask our student assistants to help you.http://www.melrosehs.act.edu.au/…/3…/A4_Floorplan_upload.pdf
Posted on 30 Mar 2017
ACTION Buses update
Route 479, 663, 844, 848 and 868 return to normal running.
Commencing: Effective from Wednesday 26 April, 2017.
Reason: From February 2017, diversions were in place to allow for road works and traffic light upgrades, at the intersection of Launceston Street and Eggleston Crescent.
Change to route: School services listed above will no longer divert through this intersection. Works are due to be completed and diversions reverted as from Wednesday 26 April 2017.
Please note, Route 663 diversions will continue to be in place until a later date, Monday 8 May 2017.
We encourage you to view further information available on the Transport Canberra Website. We would appreciate your assistance in circulating this information using your existing communications channels, such as school emails, newsletters or notices so students and parents can start planning their travel during this time.
We further advise that parents and students are able to use our NXTBUS system to view live bus information for selected stops or stations.
Posted on 28 Mar 2017
Arts tour is fully subscribed9/10 students please note that there are no more places left on the Arts tour.
Posted on 27 Mar 2017
Changes to Priority Enrolment Area (PEA) for Kambah residents
The Education Directorate monitors population changes and trends across the ACT and looks at how these changes affects student enrolment in our public schools. At times, this results in changes to the Priority Enrolment Areas (PEAs) - that is, which suburbs feed into which local school.
Currently, the PEA for residents of Kambah is shared between The Canberra College and Lake Tuggeranong College. Population changes brought about largely because of the development of Molonglo mean that Kambah’s PEA needs to change. From the commencement of the 2018 school year 2018 Kambah residents will be a shared PEA suburb for enrolment into Lake Tuggeranong College and Erindale College.
For many Kambah residents this change will be irrelevant as they have already made choices to enrol at either Lake Tuggeranong or Erindale College. This does not mean that Kambah residents will be unable to apply to attend Canberra College. It just means they will not have priority for enrolment but their applications will be considered with other non-PEA applications. This information will be affirmed through the Tuggeranong and South-Weston high school communities in coming days.
Proposed changes to PEAs for a number of schools across the Territory for the 2018 school year can be found on the ACT Education Directorate website. http://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school/priority_placement_areas.
Posted on 24 Mar 2017
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher night is THURSDAY 30 March 3:45-7:00 pm
Emails were sent on WEDNESDAY with details on how to access the Parent Teacher Online booking system
Posted on 23 Mar 2017
Athletics carnival cancelledThursday's scheduled athletics carnival has been cancelled due to the forecast rain. It will be a normal school day.
Posted on 21 Mar 2017
MSATT Launch at Mt Stromlo
Last Friday (17 March 2017) the McNamara-Saunders Astronomical Teaching Telescope (MSATT) was launched. Read an article by the ABC News about the project here http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-17/new-teaching-telescope-at-mt-stromlo/8362848
Posted on 20 Mar 2017
Posted on 20 Mar 2017
Yr 7 camp return - ETAWe have been notified that the expected arrival time back to MHS is now 4:10 pm this afternoon.
Posted on 10 Mar 2017
Year 10 to College Transition Information Session
Year 10 parents and carers,
You are invited to an information session where we will discuss the transition from Year 10 to College. We will focus on the enrolment process, how parents can support their child through this transition and what the students need to be doing now to be ready.
The session will be held on WEDNESDAY 15 March 2017, from 5:30 – 6:15 pm in the school Library
We look forward to working with you and your child through this process.
Posted on 08 Mar 2017
Friday 17 March 2017
Ride, walk, skate or scoot.
Posted on 06 Mar 2017
Temporary route change - Route 663
School Service 663 will see a small diversion:
Commencing: Monday 6 March 2017 until further information.
Change to route: Due to roadworks and improvements to the intersection of Eggleston Crescent and Hindmarsh Drive route 663 will be diverted via Chifley.
We encourage you to view this information now available on the Transport Canberra Website. We would further appreciate your assistance in circulating this information using your existing communications channels, such as school emails, newsletters or notices so students and parents can start planning their travel during this time.
We further advise that parents and students are able to use our NXTBUS system to view live bus information for selected stops or stations.
Posted on 27 Feb 2017
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Posted on 02 Feb 2017
MHS Swimming Carnival
The Information and Permission note regarding the MHS Swimming Carnival being held on Friday 17 February 2017 has been uploaded to the NOTES page as well as emailed to families. Please note that this is a compulsory school day and if your child does not attend you will need to contact the Rolls Office to provide details of their absence (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
To assist us in preparing for the event please return the note promptly.
If you are unable to print a copy of this note please ask your child to pop into the library where they can pick one up.
Posted on 01 Feb 2017
World's Greatest ShaveThe Melrose High School Community is doing our bit to raise funds for research and support to those with the many forms of blood cancer. You can support us by sponsoring our efforts as we once again prepare to Shave on Thursday 16 March 2017. You can donate at our team page, any amount would be gratefully accepted.
Posted on 30 Jan 2017
School Bus Services
Details of all school and regular bus services are now available for parents and students to begin planning their journeys. We ask that parents and students familiarise themselves with the most suitable route, times and stop locations for their children before the school term commences.
School bus services are available to school students only however, parents with young children may apply to travel on these services for a few weeks to help their child get used to bus travel. Please use the links below for further information on our bus services:
We are urging parents and students to check MyWay cards and top up if required. MyWay cards can be topped up automatically using the handy autoload service, online, over the phone via the Transport Canberra information line (13 17 10), or in person with a MyWay recharge agent. Passengers who top up using Autoload attract a further 5% discount on all fares.
New bus fares came into effect on 14 January 2017. Single trip concessions cash fares cost $2.50 and MyWay fares are now $1.16. School Students are almost $60 a month better off when using MyWay rather than paying a cash fare to and from school. Parents and students can find more information at transport.act.gov.au or by calling 13 17 10.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017
2017 Start dates
Monday 30 January 2017
All Year 7 students and New Year 8-10 Students plus Year 10 Peer Support Leaders.
Please assemble in the hall at 8:50 am for a Welcome Assembly.
Tuesday 31 January 2017
All students return. Please assemble outside the hall at 8:50 am for a Welcome Assembly.
Please note that the Front Office will be closed from 4 pm Friday 16 December 2016 until 9 am Tuesday 24 January 2017. If you need to contact us please email email@example.com as this will be monitored over the break.
Posted on 16 Dec 2016
2016 Melrose Magazine
Here is the link to download the extended version of the Melrose Magazine 2016. [Link]
Posted on 09 Dec 2016
We look forward to celebrating Semester 2 achievements with families.
FRIDAY 9 December 2016
Year 9 - 9 am
Year 8 - 10 am
Year 7 - 11:25 am
Posted on 08 Dec 2016
All lockers must be empty and cleaned out before Friday 9th December.
Posted on 02 Dec 2016
Swim and Skate Permission forms
We look forward to celebrating the 2016 school year with our Year 7 to 9 students at our whole school activities day at Phillip Skate and Swim on Wednesday 14 December.
Permission notes are available at:
These should be completed and provided to the Front Office with payment of $20 by Friday 9 December 2016.
Posted on 29 Nov 2016
Book Pack Lists 2017
Please find attached the Basic Book Pack Requirements for 2017. These stationary supplies can be purchased at any store you wish to use. Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding the Book Packs.
Posted on 24 Nov 2016
Yr 10 End Of Year activities
Information regarding the Yr 10 Formal and Graduation has been uploaded to the Notes page of the website. Read it here YR 10 EOY Formal and Graduation information
Posted on 25 Oct 2016
2017 BYOD Meeting2017 - Melrose High School is going fully BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for all students. There will be an information evening for parents of current Year 6, Year 8 and Year 9 students on Monday 24 October at 5:30pm in the Library. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require more information. We hope to see you there.
Posted on 20 Oct 2016
For some really handy hints on moving from Primary school to High School or High School to College watch the videos below.
Posted on 17 Oct 2016
Applications for Enrolment in Melrose High School
We are now accepting applications for enrolment at Melrose High school for 2017.
If you would like to be considered for enrolment in 2017 please complete the online enrolment form.
You will then be contacted by the school for an interview, at which time we would request that you provide us with copies of recent reports, proof of address and any other supporting documentation that will assist with enrolment.
If you would like to look at our prospectus or any other information about the school please look at the schools website or Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MelroseHSCanberra
Posted on 23 Sep 2016
Athletics Carnival Cancelled
Due to the bad weather forecast for Thursday the 15th of September the athletics carnival has been cancelled. Classes will continue as normal.
Posted on 14 Sep 2016
Parent Teacher InterviewsPARENT TEACHER ONLINE
Posted on 09 Sep 2016
Big Picture Academy 2017
Posted on 22 Aug 2016
Posted on 19 Jul 2016
Changes to ACTION school bus routes
Posted on 19 Jul 2016
ACTION Buses - Code of Conduct
Students who travel on ACTION Buses are advised to read the Code of Conduct for travel on buses within the ACT
Posted on 18 Jul 2016
2017 Yr 7 Acceptance of offer
By now you should have received the email of letter of offer for your student for Year 7 2017 at Melrose High School. If you have not received this email can you please contact the school as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has already accepted the offer by supplying the school with a copy of your student’s birth certificate/passport and a proof of residence such as a utility bill (please note we can not accept a rates notice as a proof of residence).
A quick reminder that we require the your acceptance or decline of our offer by 18 July 2016. A copy of your student’s birth certificate/passport and Proof of residence can be emailed to email@example.com
Once we receive your acceptance the enrolment pack will be posted to you, however due to the holiday break this may not happen until school commences for Term 3, in which case could you please return all forms as soon as possible after receiving the pack.
Once again we welcome your student to Melrose High School.
Posted on 06 Jul 2016
Semester awards ceremonies
Please join us in celebrating the achievements and efforts of our students.
FRIDAY 1 July 2016 - In the Hall
Year 7 : 9 am
Year 8: 10 am
Year 9: 11:25 am
Year 10: 12:25 pm
We look forward to seeing you there.
Posted on 30 Jun 2016
News from ACTION buses
ACTION bus services will be disrupted on Tuesday 28 June 2016 to allow for a meeting to be held of all drivers. From 10am to 2pm on Tuesday 28 June 2016 there will be no ACTION bus services in operation. During this time drivers will attend a meeting with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to be briefed on and vote on new shift arrangements.
To allow our drivers to come off the road for the meeting in the morning and for services to start back up in the afternoon, there will also be limited bus services available from 9:30am to 10am and 2pm to 2:30pm.
The meeting with drivers has been scheduled outside peak travel times to minimise inconvenience to our customers. School and special needs services, including the Flexible Bus Service, WILL NOT be affected.
For more information please visit www.action.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10.
Posted on 22 Jun 2016
Year 7 2017 enrolments
Posted on 01 Jun 2016
MHS Football Precinct construction zone
Parents are requested to inform their child of the new traffic arrangements due to the fencing off of the ovals. Commencing Monday 6 June the upgrade to our school oval will begin and the oval will be fenced off. Students are asked to maintain their own safety by staying out of the building site. Access to the school from the Mawson bus hub (Athlon Drive), will be along the footpaths on Beasley and Marr streets to the front of the school. There will also be an intersection for truck access on the Beasley street side of the oval, this is monitored by the builders traffic controllers for truck access. Students are to follow the instructions of those traffic controllers. The work will be completed for the start of 2017 school year.
Posted on 31 May 2016
2017 Year 7 Enrolments
A quick reminder that enrolment applications for Year 7 2017 will close on 27 May 2016. Please use the following link to complete the enrolment application online
Please contact the school if you require assistance with the online application.
Enrolment packs will be sent out to all successful applicants on 24 June 2016.
Posted on 19 May 2016
Canberra College Open NightTUESDAY 17 May 2016 6-8 pm
Posted on 17 May 2016
2017 MHS ProspectusDownload your copy [LINK] now
Posted on 16 May 2016
Rescheduled Car park closureRescheduled Car park closure - Car park #1 (Front office entry) will be closed on WEDNESDAY 11 May from 7 am until approx. 11am. Please use Car park #2 near the Hall for drop off and parking.
Posted on 09 May 2016
NAPLAN - message to parents
Dear parents, NAPLAN testing starts on Tuesday next week. The school is under renovation with the roofing project and we are having the testing in classroom spaces which will cause some disruption to the normal patterns of the school day for all teachers and students. The school will be providing drinking water and a healthy snack after the testing but it is advised that students start the day with a good breakfast and bring their water bottle to fill up.All students will be reminded about their participation and the importance of trying to do their best as well as allowing everyone else the opportunity to do the same.
Posted on 03 May 2016
Car park closure
Posted on 03 May 2016
School Board Election results
The following persons have been elected to the Melrose High School Board.
Parent member: Craig Jones
Student member: Natalee Mosslar
Staff members: Ben Duggan & Helen Uren- Randall (Casual vacancy)
Congratulations and thank you to all who nominated.
Posted on 04 Apr 2016
Parent Teacher Interviews
Posted on 22 Mar 2016
Introducing the School Board Candidates
We have three nominees vying for one Parent and Citizens position on the Melrose High School Board. Voting opens Monday 22 February at 11 am and closes Monday 29 February at 11 am. Voting slips must be picked up from the Front Office during business hours and returned to the locked box by close of voting. There is no electronic voting. Below is an introductory statement for each of the candidates.
Craig JonesI have two children at Melrose High School and have been on the School Board for the last two years. I have a strong interest in ensuring that the school is able to provide the best possible education for our children and I actively contribution to agenda items. Professionally I have an Information Technology and Project Management background with Government and the Private sector. This experience has helped me contribute to the Board practices and curriculum developed by the school staff. I am keen to continue my involvement with the Board, particularly with the introduction of "bring your own devices" and online education. I feel my background will provide valuable input as the school evolves over the next few years with the next generation of education.
Boushra MahfoudMy name is Boushra, I am a mother for 2 children at Melrose High School. I hold a secretary position at my work, a role which demands excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent liaison and relationship building skills, and consistently excellent administration and management skills. I have a high level of personal commitment and unquestionable personal honesty and integrity. I am a highly organised, an excellent communicator, and a builder of productive relationships.I would like bring these skills to Melrose High School and assist with the School Board.
Tim PotterHi, my Name is Tim Potter and I would love to be involved in the Melrose High School Board. My son Sterling started year 7 at Melrose this year and in 3 years Charlotte will also be joining. I hope to be given the chance to take an active part in the Melrose community for the next 7 years. I have enjoyed the last six years on a Victorian primary school council as vice president and the representative on the finance committee. I believe in smooth running management to allow the true character of the school to flourish through the teachers and students. A school is central to many communities and needs to be a role model for students who are being educated in life as well as studies.
For more information on the voting process please contact the Assistant Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 19 Feb 2016
CMT Music Lessons
Posted on 16 Feb 2016
Swimming Carnival Change of Date
Due to an oversight by the Phillip and Ice-skating Centre we have had to move the date of the swimming Carnival.
The new date is: Tuesday March 1 2016, 8.55am -3.10pm
All other details remain the same.
A reminder, that students must return their signed note to me before they can swim. They must also complete a swim test on the day. Notes are available from the NOTES section of the website.
Posted on 16 Feb 2016
Astronomical Teaching Telescope
Posted on 12 Feb 2016
Year 7 Welcome Night - 17 February 2016
Posted on 10 Feb 2016
School Photos will be on Monday 8 February. Photo envelopes will be sent home on Thursday 4 February. The envelope and payment are to be given directly to the Photographer on the day.
The Melrose High School annual Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 19 February 2016 at Phillip Pool. Notes regarding the carnival were emailed home last year and these need to be returned by students to their Roll Group Teacher by Friday 12 February at the latest. If you need another copy of the note it can be found at http://www.melrosehs.act.edu.au/our_community/notes. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Posted on 03 Feb 2016
MHS 2016 School Board Nominations
If you are keen to contribute to the governance of Melrose High School, then the School Board needs you. The 2016 School Board has a vacancy for one (1) Parent representative and one (1) staff representative. These positions will be for a term of 2 years. Staff are also advised that there is also one (1) casual Board position with a term of 1 year. Nominations open 11 am, Monday 1 February 2016 and will close 11 am, Monday 15 February 2016.
To nominate please fill out the NOMINATION FORM and return it to school by the closing date. Details of how to submit the form are listed on the form. In the event of several persons nominating, an election will be held from Monday 22 February 2016.
Posted on 01 Feb 2016
Getting to school with ACTION BUSES
For very important information regarding traveling to school on ACTION BUSES, please visit the ACTION website at https://www.action.act.gov.au/news/news_articles/tips-to-help-you-get-back-to-school-ready
Posted on 28 Jan 2016