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2021 Stationery requirements

Download 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: 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) Midday to 3am AEST, 7 days a week 
  • Kids helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Helpful articles:

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):

Friday 20 March Parenting ideasLeading the way for children during the Corona pandemic
Developing a resilience mindset
Four critical tools for kids' anxiety
Tues 24 March Directorate EmailHome Learning: Resources for students and families
Wed 25 March MHS EmailPrevent the spread of germs
Thursday 26 March MHS EmailHeadspace - support during isolation
Monday 30 March MHS EmailParent Survey - ICT access in the home
Tuesday 31 March MHS EmailInsights - Helping siblings resolve their fights
Wednesday 1 AprilMHS EmailHome Learning Challenge - Family Handout_Updated
Minister Letter - COVID 19 - April 2020
Friday 3 AprilMHS EmailLearning from home - Ask us a question
Monday 6 AprilMHS EmailParent letter from School Psychologist/Student Engagement
Google Chrome - Approved Extensions/Applications
Thursday 9 AprilMHS Email (Simon)
MHS Email (Shannon) 

Register Children to attend school

Student Protocols for online learning 
Term 2 Week 1 Timetable

Friday 17 AprilMHS EmailRegister Children to attend school
Wednesday 29 AprilMHS EmailFrequently Asked Questions #1
Friday 1 MayMHS EmailTimetable Weeks 2-10
RW4G Parent Workshop Webinar
Thursday 7 MayMHS EmailDirector General letter to parents - Back to school
CHO advice on ACT Schools
Friday 8 MayMHS EmailOnline learning spaces - Home learning poster
MARSS - Australia Inc Bulletin
Insights - Expect more from kids in these difficult times
Insights - Successful close quarters living
Tuesday 12 MayMHS EmailFrequently Asked Questions #2
Insights - establishing a personal learning centre at home
Friday 15 MayMHS Email 
Monday 18 MayMHS Email 
Friday 22 MayMHS Email

Tips for helping kids cope with anxiety about COVID-19
Preparing Kids to move back to school after COVID-19
Webinar - Positive Partnerships - Returning to school
Webinar - Positive Partnerships - June Schedule

Wednesday 27 MayMHS EmailYear 7 Immunisation Parent letter
Year 7 Immunisation Information
Year 10 Immunisation Parent letter
Year 10 Immunisation Information

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

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.


Katy Haire

Director-General, ACT Education Directorate

Posted on 23 Mar 2020


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:

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.


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


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. 

Lodgement Information:

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

· 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


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 50

Melrose 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

The Melrose High School Board will be seeking nominations for the following positions in February 2020:
Parent Representative x 1
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 (

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:


  1. Dane: talk first day, what to expect, support for new students, peer support program, communication home.
  2. Year 7 students to give a short recount of their time in year 7.
  3. Meet and greet members of Melrose for QandA


·         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.


  • Canberra College Richard Johnston
  • Erindale College TBA
  • Tuggeranong College Lalita Deo
  • Narrabundah College Glenda Nimmo


Focus on:

  • What does Day 1 look like for students?
  • How do parent/carers get information about their young person
  • Package, what does this mean?
  • Q&A


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.  


Posted on 06 Nov 2019

School Polo Shirt Order

Melrose 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

We welcome you to our Parent Engagement Session: ThinkUKnow, on Monday, 2 September 2019 at 5 - 6 pm. All parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers of how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit 

Posted on 21 Aug 2019

Big Picture Information Evening

We are pleased to invite you all to an information session about our Big Picture Academy at Melrose High School. On Wednesday 28 August, at 5:30 pm, we will be meeting in the Melrose High School library. CLICK HERE for further reading, briefly outlining our Big Picture Academy and the learning design.
If you’re curious about a leading-edge approach to education you are very welcome to join us and find out more about the program. Light refreshments will be provided and we will start promptly at 6 pm. We hope to see you there, share our innovative educational design and answer the questions you may have regarding your children and their learning.

Posted on 20 Aug 2019

Athletics Carnival

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.

Download the note here

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 

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

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

Semester Awards

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 2020

The 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 Sport

Interested 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

All attendance discrepancies (Absent or Unjustified) need to be explained by emailing the Rolls Office on

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 behaviours

5-5:20 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


Posted on 25 Feb 2019

Year 7 Meet the Teacher

Posted on 20 Feb 2019

Swimming Carnival

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

We look forward to having all students participating in and supporting their School Houses.



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

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

Download the 2019 stationery requirements HERE.

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

In 2019 the following positions will become vacant on the Melrose High School Board:
2 x Parent and Citizens Members
1 x Staff Member
1 x Student Member
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

Nominations will open on Monday 4 February 2019 and you will be forwarded nomination forms and instructions prior to the nominations opening.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ruth Mahon, Assistant Returning Officer

Posted on 21 Dec 2018