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OURS Week 4 Term 2 2023


Principal’s Report

Maintaining the legacy whilst creating the future…

This week we officially opened the Rose Garden. This project has re-imagined the front of the school creating a space that will become an extension of the School’s Art and Culture Precinct. The Paul Bangay designed courtyards will provide spaces for outside performances and classes as well as a beautiful space for students to enjoy their breaks and watch sporting activities on the oval.

I sincerely appreciate the support of Mr Lindsay Fox AC who has captured my vision for the project and through his generous support enabled the project to be realised. As the oldest Government secondary school in the state this work maintains a visual and physical testimony of the School’s legacy and also ensures that future generations can enjoy the facilities in a manner that respects the architectural integrity of the building and immediate surroundings.

School Historian, Dr. Alan Gregory has provided a report of the event.

Rose Garden Opening

On 18 May 2023 about thirty people gathered for the official opening of the new Rose Garden that flanks the two sides of the main entrance to the school.

First impressions were of the beautiful paving and new steps that created two large areas. One could envisage multi use gatherings in these attractive areas. Surrounding it all are hundreds of roses, immaculately planted and laid out.

Lindsay Fox AC was there, as was the school council and representatives of the Old Boys and the MHS Foundation as well as students.  The Principal Dr Anthony Mordini started proceedings but his attempt to acknowledge and thank Lindsay Fox for his generosity (once again) was quickly stopped by Lindsay who said he wanted ‘None of that’.

The Principal spoke of how beautiful and spectacular it would be in a few years time and how the school colours were represented as the roses first emerged black amongst the green bushes and then would flower into a glorious red.

It would be a magnificent site.

All then adjourned to the Unicorn Club where a lavish morning tea was provided with the school jazz group performing elegantly in the background. There was then a happy interaction between the groups present.

Dr Alan Gregory
School Historian

School Council Planning Meeting

The role of school council is integral to the effective governance of the school. Mr Henry McLaughlin has provided a brief reflection on a recent planning weekend. I sincerely appreciate Henry’s dedication to his role and commitment to ensuring the school has a strong governance framework.

On the weekend 29 and 30 April 2023, the Council held a Planning meeting, well attended by Council members and some sub-committee members. One session involved a discussion of the role and function of school councils. Other sessions included a review of School Policies and risk management, functioning of sub-committees, and discussion about current projects aspects of MHS strategy, and systems and administration. The Council was assisted by presenters including Colin Axup, President of Victorian State Secondary Principals, as well as being President of Melbourne High School Old Boys Association, and Assistant Principal Sam Crockett.

There was a positive feeling among those who attended that the Council is now better placed to continue its role in governance of MHS.

Henry McLaughlin
MHS Council President

Parent Student Teacher Interviews – Thursday 25 May 10:30am – 6:30pm

A reminder that the second series of interviews will take place next week. Information has been sent via Compass. Please ensure that you log on via your parent account. If you have any difficulties on the day, please call the IT help desk.

Student Leadership Camp – Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May 2023

Our student leaders are on camp this weekend. I am looking forward to spending some time with them on Saturday. The camp will provide the student and staff involved with time to workshop leadership skills and undertake some planning for future events. Thank you to Ms Tsilimidos, Ms Capon, Ms Martin and Ms Liando for their assistance and coordination.

Western Front Tour – Information Session Sunday 21 May at 3:00pm in Memorial Hall

A reminder that an information session is being held this Sunday afternoon for current students, parents and past students who may be interested in participating in a tour of the Western Front. There will be a presentation by ‘Old Boy’ Lambis Englezos and Luke Savage the School Archivist. A highlight of the proposed tour is a visit to the cemeteries, battlefields, and graves of MHS community members who lost their lives on the Western Front. The tour is scheduled for the 2023 September school holidays.

Dr Tony Mordini



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