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OURS Week 6 Term 1 2024


Principal’s Report

Inspire Inclusion – International Women’s Day 2024

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

I spent part of the day at a lunch hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce with guest speakers including Debby Blakey, CEO Hesta; Kate Roffey, AM President of Melbourne Football Club; Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece; and James Sutherland, CEO Golf Australia, who led Australian cricket through the introduction of the highly successful Big Bash League, Women’s Big Bash League and Day-Night Test Cricket.

As a school, we make a very deliberate effort to ensure that our boys are engaged in discussions and activities that foster respectful relationships, pro-social behaviours, empathy, and kindness.

Women are represented in leadership and positions of responsibility across the school (46% of these roles are held by women) including two out of the four Assistant Principals, the Business Manager, Director of Curriculum, Registrar and Wellbeing Coordinator.

At the Junior School Assembly, Junior School Captain Jet Cheung gave an impressive and well-executed address. An excerpt of his address is included below.

“We recognise the women in our lives, from our mothers and sisters to our female friends and the crucial role that women play in shaping our society today. We acknowledge and applaud that women are ambitious, capable, and accomplished…

…To Honour the Work means to lead by honour, showing respect for all, striving for fairness, justice and speaking out to inspire and inform our peers of a better society which comes from when there’s equality of genders and all people.

Everyone has a responsibility to lead and to include others and respect their backgrounds.

This International Women’s Day let’s both celebrate and recognise women’s contributions and success and let’s have the courage to make a better society, build on equality, kindness, and respect for all.

The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”

School Sport Victoria (SSV) Beachside Division 2024 Swimming Championships – Outstanding success

I often note that we not only excel academically, but also in a range of other areas including the creative arts, sport, entrepreneurship activities, chess tournaments, debating and language competitions.

This week we competed in the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Beachside Division 2024 Swimming Championships. Melbourne High School was the overall winner and winner in the Boys’ Category. MHS won in every age group it competed in. The only exception was the Junior Boys and that is because we do not have year 7 and 8 students. (I am working on this!) Congratulations to all involved. Our Sister School the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School emulated our performance in the Girls’ Category.

Indonesian Visitors

This week we hosted the Head of Development and Fostering Agency, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Mr E. Aminudin Aziz. He is seen here with members of his delegation and Indonesian teacher Ms Silvy Wantania (third from the left). The Indonesian Government has placed significant resources to encourage the study of Indonesian language and culture. We value this support and it has enabled us to have aides in the classroom and add experiences to our oversees trips.

Arts Enterprise Program

A group of budding entrepreneurs embarked on a six-week program on Thursday to develop and broaden their entrepreneurial skills. The program will be led by Sophie Fox from the Stride Foundation. This is our second year in the program. It has proven to be very successful and an excellent adjunct to our academic programs in areas such as Economics, Business Studies, Accounting and Commerce.

Dr Tony Mordini