The Melrose Spirit

Melrose High School is founded upon a tradition that encourages achievement in learning within a safe and friendly environment. There is a commitment to striving for excellence and to providing educational programs that meet high standards. The school aims to provide opportunities to help each student to develop intellectually, aesthetically, morally, emotionally, physically and socially.

In making choices, the staff seeks to retain the best traditions while ensuring that best practice and up-to-date teaching approaches are utilised. We offer a balanced curriculum, which provides a breadth of educational experience through a range of subjects, meeting the interests and needs of students for the twenty first century. The focus on learning is accompanied by an approach to discipline that values orderliness, a concern for the well being of all and compassion. The school has a code of behaviour that requires members of the school community to accept responsibility for their actions and to conduct themselves in a manner, which shows respect and consideration towards others.

There is an emphasis upon the development of a school spirit that promotes a positive school identity, an ethos of service to others and a respect for all who work and learn within the school community.


I shall discover the truth.


A community of learners building on a tradition of excellence.

School Values

Our school values are based on the keyword Respect.


History of the School

Melrose High School takes its name from that of an early property, "Melrose", in the Woden District, named after the town of Melrose in Roxburghshire, Scotland.  The original site of the Melrose homestead now lies within the suburb of Curtin. The school opened in January 1970.

 MHS Logo

The school logo displays the symbol of a castle, commemorating this origin. The Aboriginal history of our country is symbolised through both the motto, Tjangi witja ngawani, or I shall discover the truth, and the boomerangs on the logo.The early colonial history is represented by the sheep's head, a symbol of the basis upon which our country's wealth was built.

Australian Aboriginal history is further celebrated through the names of our sporting houses:

  • Bataba - Red  - Peaceable
  • Noola - Yellow - Friendly
  • Wallara - Blue - Joyous
  • Mankina - Green - Happy

Priority Enrolment Area

Melrose High School serves the following suburbs:

  • Farrer
  • Phillip (South of Hindmarsh Dr)
  • Mawson, Torrens
  • Pearce
  • Chifley
  • Isaacs
  • O'Malley

Priority Enrolment Areas

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