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2022 Start dates

MONDAY 31 January - Year 7 and NEW Year 8-10 students - 8:50 am in the Malcolm Barlow Hall.  
TUESDAY 1 February - All students return - An email will be sent to students the week before school starts with the details on where their Year meeting will be.

Posted on 13 Jan 2022

2022 Stationery Requirements

Download the list of recommended stationery items for 2022

Posted on 15 Dec 2021

School Board 2022

The Board is responsible for overseeing the school's strategic direction. School boards must observe Directorate directions and ACT Government priorities and all legislative obligations. If you would like to contribute to the governance of the school this would be the perfect opportunity.

Nominations will open on Monday, 7 February 2022, for the following positions on the School Board.  Each term will be for a period of two years:

  • 1 staff member;
  • 1 local community member; and 
  • 1 student member (year 7-9). 

Note: With changes this year to the Education Amendment Act 2020, as a school without a P&C association, we need to first advertise for a local community member. If we get no nominations for a local community member, then we re-advertise the vacancy as a parent member.

Nomination forms will be available from the Front Office from Monday 7 February.

For more information visit the website or contact the Assistant Returning Officer, Ruth Mahon via email,

Posted on 14 Dec 2021

COVID-19 Communications and Resources


ACT Government Resources

Education Directorate Resources

Melrose High School Resources

5 October

Email - Term 4 Day 1

1 OctoberEmail - Preparing for Term 4
30 SeptemberStudents received Term 4 timetable and class link via  student email
16 September

Email - Week 10  wrap up

14 SeptemberEmail - Term 4 and Remote Learning
10 September

Email - Week 9 Friday Catch up

8 SeptemberEmail - Student Progress reports
Email - Parent Teacher interviews - Booking details 
3 September

Email - Week 8  - Friday Catch up

31 August

Email - Lockdown continues

30 August

Email - Week 8  Monday  - Gratitude

27 August

Email - Week 7  - Update 3 - Support systems for diverse students and Assessment

24 August

Email - Week 7 Update 2 - Wellbeing

23 AugustEmail - Week 7 Update 1 - Vaccinations & Transport Canberra
20 August

Email - Day 1 Online

Email - Groceries

19 August

Email - Remote Learning

Personalised email sent to students with Google Meet Check In codes and Week 7 & 8 Timetable

12 AugustEmail - Home Learning

Posted on 20 Aug 2021

Lockdown Food Delivery

Dear parents and carers

We understand that with a growing number of people in quarantine or isolation that some households are finding it difficult to get groceries delivered in a timely manner due to demand.

Please see if you can get a friend or family member who isn’t subject to quarantine or isolation requirements to do a grocery shop for you and leave it on your doorstep.

However, if you need to order home delivery, there are a range of options to consider when ordering groceries.

As well as the major supermarkets, a number of other grocers and independent supermarkets also offer delivery.

For further information go to:

Posted on 20 Aug 2021

COVID Update -14 August

The ACT Chief Minister announced that from 5pm today ACT public school students should stay at home while the ACT enters a seven-day COVID-19 lock-down. Families should keep their children at home if they can. All ACT public schools will remain open for vulnerable children and for children whose parents cannot work from home.

During this period, home learning resources by year level are available on the Education Directorate’s website for students and families to undertake self-directed learning from home during this period.

Our teachers will be spending this time preparing to move to remote learning should the lockdown be extended.

All students aged 13 and older are required to wear masks at all times outside of the home. Younger children are exempt. Any person who has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask unsuitable is not required to wear a mask. As you can appreciate, this is a fast-moving situation and we will do our best to keep you informed. To assist parents, carers and the broader school community, frequently asked questions and other information is available on the Education Directorate website. I’d like to acknowledge the strength of our school community. I’d also like to acknowledge this has been a challenging period for our families and students, and I thank you for your continued support of each other. I will write to you if further decisions are made that impact our school.

Please also regularly check the latest advice from ACT Health at Home - COVID-19 (, and more information will be available from ACT Health social media channels.

POSTPONED until another day:

  • Athletics Carnival
  • School Satisfaction survey

Posted on 12 Aug 2021

POSTPONED - Athletics Carnival - FRIDAY 13 August

The focus of the day will be on participation in the traditional events and having fun. We strongly advise that students bring adequate sun protection including hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for all weather conditions. Students will not be permitted to leave the venue during the day. As it is Friday the 13th we urge all students to come along in their house colours with a spooky twist, for a fun day at the track.


WHEN:             Friday 13 August 2021 

TIME:               8:50am – 3:00pm 

WHERE:           Woden Athletics Track, Woden Park, Ainsworth St Phillip ACT 2606 

TRAVEL:          Students will be required to make their own way to and from the venue. Students will be dismissed from the venue at the end of the day. 

COST:              Nil- a canteen will be running on the day 

FOOD:             Students are required to supply their own healthy food/snacks and water for the day. A Canteen will also be run by the Big Picture classes. 

Posted on 12 Aug 2021

Big Picture Information Evening

Posted on 02 Aug 2021

Canteen closed on Friday

Please note the school canteen will be closed on Friday 25 June.  The canteen will re-open on Monday, 12 July.


Posted on 22 Jun 2021

Skills for the Future Information Night

Do you want to know what skills, attributes, passions etc. is our community looking for in future employees/members/students? Are you keen to hear what opportunities exist for young people in Canberra?

Parents/Carers and students are invited to hear from experts in the field:

· Kirsty Spence, Talent Sourcing, ActewAGL & Icon Water

· Maurice Walker, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body 

· Keith Cantlie, Director of Cantlie Recruitment, Canberra Business Chamber

· Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, Professor Royston Gustavson, ANU.

· Emily Hills, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education, University of Canberra 

· Arian McVeigh, Manager, Young Workers Centre 

· Kris McCreath, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) 

· Ian Mackay, Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Southern Cross Club

· Joanne Farrell General Manger, Kane Constructions & Founder of Build Like a Girl

WHEN: Thursday 10 June 20, 5-7pm

WHERE: Library, Melrose High School (please note updated venue)

Students and parent/carers welcome, RSVP: By Monday 7 June 2021 by email at: to secure your spot.

Posted on 04 Jun 2021

Melrose High School - enrolling now for 2022

Year 7 enrolments from our PEA (priority enrolment areas) for 2022 opened on Tuesday 27 April 2021.  

You will need to visit the Education Directorate site to complete an application form.

School tours

Students and parents/carers from priority enrolment areas are welcome to ring the school to make an appointment for a school tour at any time. Please call on 02 61420700 or email

Priority Enrolment Area

Melrose High School serves the following suburbs:

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

Posted on 01 Jun 2021

How to parent a teen from a teen’s perspective video

How to parent a teen from a teen’s perspective video 

Posted on 27 May 2021

2022 Enrolments and Information Session

Year 7 enrolments for 2022 open on Tuesday 27 April 2021.  You will need to visit the Education Directorate site to complete an application form.

Come and Try days
Tuesday 4 May 2021 - Mawson & Farrer Primary schools
Wednesday 5 May 2021 - Torrens Primary School and interested students (limited spaces - bookings for interested students not in a PEA primary school MUST be made for this on 6142 0700).

Information Night
Thursday 6 May 2021 - 6-8 pm.  Principal's address starts promptly in the Hall at 6 pm.  All visitors to the school MUST sign in using the Check In CBR App before entering the building.

Priority Enrolment Area

Melrose High School serves the following suburbs:

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

Posted on 23 Apr 2021

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 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.
Thank you to all the nominees.

Posted on 19 Mar 2021

Parent Engagement Session

Our popular Parent Engagement Sessions are back. Here's what's on the agenda for our first session.
1. Simon Vaughan - Acknowledge of Country, introduction and invite for parents to engage with Logo update.
2. Key note speaker – eSafety presentation Nicole Agius.

eSafety presentation focusing on the following questions:

  1. How to have the hard conversations?
  2. How to get out of online trouble?
  3. 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
Venue: MHS Library
Time: 5:30-7 PM
We look forward to seeing you then.

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.

Ros Lockley
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.

Richard Perry
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

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 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

Bookings here:



Posted on 18 Feb 2021

Meet the teacher

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

The Education Act 2004 (the Act) requires that a school board be established for each public school. The Act describes the functions of school boards, including the composition of school boards, proceedings of board meetings, responsibilities associated with financial and reporting requirements, and the board’s role in principal selection.
The board is responsible for overseeing the school's strategic direction. Operational matters are the responsibility of the principal.
School boards must observe Directorate directions and ACT Government priorities and all legislative obligations.
From 1 January 2021, the Education Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) came into effect and changed the composition of the parents and citizens members on school boards. The changes created sub-categories of parents and citizens members within the Act.
For schools with parents and citizens associations, these sub-categories are:
1. parents and citizens association (P&C) representatives (coming from anyone who is a member of the P&C Association for the school)[1];
2. parent representatives (including carers and guardians); and
3. where there are insufficient nominations to fill a parent position, a local community member (which is from people who live nearby or are otherwise associated with the school, who are not also a parent, carer, or guardian.[2]
For schools without parents and citizens associations, these sub-categories are:
1. parent members (including carers and guardians); and
2. local community members (people who live nearby or are otherwise associated with the school who are not also parents, carers or guardians).[2]
[1] The membership of each parents and citizens association depends on the constitution of that association as registered with Access Canberra under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991.
[2] Note: This is a separate role to the ‘Appointed Member’ positions which are directly appointed by the Director-General to school boards. The Appointed Member is sometimes colloquially referred to as the ‘Community Member’.
Melrose High School does not have a P & C Association and so will be seeking nominations from:
1 x Parent member
1 x Local community member
as well as
1 x Staff member
1 x Student member

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

Posted on 04 Feb 2021

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