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OURS Week 3 Term 1 2024


Principal’s Report

Exploring new partnerships

This week Melbourne High School hosted several visitors including students from an overseas school and one closer to home. These exchanges help students build connections with young people beyond their local communities. With respect to international partnerships, they also enhance global perspectives and cross-cultural understandings. These life lessons are invaluable and not easily sourced through conventional lessons. Thank you to the staff and student leaders who helped facilitate this week’s activities.

Visit from Berlin Cosmopolitan School

One of our visiting groups came from Germany. The Berlin Cosmopolitan School was on tour in Australia with its basketball team led by coach and teacher Sven Wehrmeyer. Under Mr Wehrmeyer’s leadership the Berlin Cosmopolitan School has developed a sports academy and undertaken several international sporting exchanges.

Their final day of competition was with Melbourne High School. The German boys played courageously but unfortunately were not able to hold out against the Melbourne High team on the day.

Thank you to Mr Michael Chandler, Director of Sport for helping with the coordination. Both schools got a lot out of the experience. I hope we can continue to grow our partnership with the Berlin Cosmopolitan School in the ensuing years. Both schools have a lot in common. We place a strong focus on academic achievement, the study of philosophy/ethics and a strong investment in sport and other co-curricular activities.

Members of the Melbourne High School team who represented the School in the Berlin Cosmopolitan School match – Adit Murugavel, Henry Lake, Rushi Vayeda, Oscar Eberbach and Diluk Samarawickrama.

John Monash Science School and Melbourne High School Student Leaders Forum

The student leaders of both schools met on Friday to discuss and workshop a range of key issues affecting students in their respective schools. These discussions will help inform the planning of student events and initiatives aimed at improving inclusivity, school culture and the way we celebrate our diversity.

House Swimming Carnival – Congratulations to Waterloo

It has been a busy week for sport. This year we are all green with envy. Waterloo just ‘smashed it’ in the pool. As I noted at the presentation of the trophy, it was a day all should be proud of. There was strong participation from all teams.

I want to acknowledge Waterloo’s Justin Zou (12B) in particular. Justin broke two records –

  • 50 m breaststroke – 31.49 seconds
  • 50 m backstroke – 29.63 seconds.

Mobin Zarei – Oceania Freestyle Wrestling

Congratulations to Mobin Zarei (11B) who recently returned from this international competition in Guam. Mobin has returned to Australia with several medals and awards including Youth Nationals 65kg U17 Gold. He has also been ranked first in the Oceania trials. These trials are used to determine the Australian national team. We wish him ongoing success.

Solve for Tomorrow – Nationwide STEM Competition – Congratulations Flynn Megahan

Flynn was part of the Melbourne Team that received a runner-up award. His group presented an eco-friendly logistics network “Sustainabili-tree”, designed to recycle old Christmas trees into next year’s wrapping paper.

Coming events

Next week is a busy one for many of our committees – The Foundation, Parents and Friends and the School Council. I am very appreciative of the support these groups provide the school. In the ensuing months there will be some opportunities for new members to join the P & F and the School Council. I look forward to receiving these expressions of interest.

Dr Tony Mordini