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OURS Week 2 Term 1 2024


Principal’s Report

A community that is committed to social impact and community service –
Professor Brett Sutton AO, 2024 Australia Day Award Recipient (MHS 1984-1986)

Australia Day Awards 2024

This year’s recipients include five Melbourne High School alumni. Each recipient is a great example of an ex-student who has used their skills and talents to serve and improve the lives of others.

Officer of the Order of Australia

Professor Brett Sutton, M.B., B.S., F.R.S.P.H., F.A.C.T.M., F.A.F.P.H.M., A.O.

MHS 1984-1986

Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the people of Victoria through public health administration and governance, and to medicine.

Member of the Order of Australia

Adrian Laird Polglase, M.B., M.S., F.R.A.C.S., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.S.Ed., F.A.C.S., A.M.

MHS 1963

Awarded Member of the Order of Australia, for significant service to medicine as a surgeon, researcher, and educator.

Medal of the Order of Australia

Peter Stephen Gaspar, O.A.M.

MHS 1953-1955

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to the Jewish community of Victoria.

David Philip McCabe, O.A.M.

MHS 1947-1949

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to the community of Wangaratta.

Peter Thornton Murray, O.A.M.

MHS 1948-1951

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to the community of Canberra.

A more detailed description of the award recipients and their community service is outlined in a separate news item here.

Next week’s events.

  • Swimming Carnival – Monday February 12
    Students have been given specific details about the event. They will go directly to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) on Monday. Students are expected to be in their full summer uniform (minus the blazer).
  • Millgrove camp
    Tuesday February 13 to Friday February 16 – Year 9 L
  • Year 11 and 12 Parent Information Night
    Tuesday February 13 at 6:30pm
  • International Baccalaureate Information Session
    Tuesday February 13 at 5:00pm

Annual privacy reminder

Our school collects and uses student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where it is permitted by law, as stated in the Department of Education’s Schools’ Privacy Policy and the Schools’ Privacy Collection Notice. (Links can be found on the MHS website and below.)

The Department of Education’s Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy – describes how schools collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn. We ask parents to also review what the guidance provides on how schools use Microsoft 365 safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using Microsoft 365, please contact the school. For more information about privacy, refer to the Department of Education’s Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents –

This information is also available in ten community languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Gujarati
  • Mandarin
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

COVID Update

This week several staff and students have tested positive for COVID 19. The Department of Education policy recommends that staff members, students or visitors who have symptoms of cold, influenza or COVID-19 undergo testing for COVID-19. Parents of symptomatic students will be asked to collect their child from school and keep them home until they are no longer symptomatic.

Celebrating our cultural heritage.

Last Sunday I was invited to a Sri Lankan community event hosted by the Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr Sandith Samarasinghe. The event marking the 76th year of independence was also an opportunity to recognise high achieving students from the Sri Lankan community. Congratulations to Ravine Witanachchi, Damketh Habaragamuwa and Jineth Tissera (Class of 2023).

Today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. This is a significant cultural event for many of our families including those from China, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Enjoy the festivities.

Dr Tony Mordini


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