Melba Copland Secondary School

Melba Copland Secondary School (MCSS) is a dual campus secondary school situated in the West Belconnen region of Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is the only government school in the Canberra region providing secondary education for all students from years 7 to 12, and offering both the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP). MCSS provides a rich education for 21st century learners in a context of Excellence, Integrity and Harmony.

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International Writing Competition

Posted on 16 Jul 2021

Zara Vale: Winner of International Writing Competition

Congratulations to Year 10 student Zara Vale who is the winner for a recent Write the World short story competition.

Write the World is an online global community of young writers (ages 13-18), hailing from over 120 countries.

 Zara’s story titled ‘Flower (verb)’ was judged as the winning entry earlier this month in a science fiction genre writing competition.

Australian author and New York Times bestseller Amie Kaufman judged and reviewed Zara’s winning entry:

I was absolutely intrigued from the first moments of this story—at one point I realised I was so absorbed that I had leaned in closer to my computer screen as I read. It has a fantastic premise and a fresh take on first contact. The worldbuilding worked well, and I found my footing in the story quickly. The language and imagery in this work are used so effectively—the narrative feels more conversational at first, and then becomes more evocative and sophisticated as we encounter the flower. Writing in second person is really hard to pull off, and the author does it very well in this piece. Congratulations!

It is exciting to see this talent and creativity emerging from our students. Zara’s story will be printed and available to read at the Junior and Senior MCSS campus libraries.

Well done, Zara!



MCSS Fundraisers

Posted on 23 Jun 2021

In semester 1 the Student Voice Forum held fundraisers of a BBQ on the open night, a BBQ/bake sale on the wellbeing day, and a mufti day. Our school has raised $1167.45 and with this money we adopted eight nights and one tutoring session at Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

These nights provide families with a place to stay while their children are sick in hospital. The charity also provides food, water, entertainment, and support for those families. Four students from the Student Voice Forum went out to the Ronald McDonald House  Level 2 of the Canberra Hospital. They got a tour of the house and learned more about the charity. It was a great experience that made them understand how they are helping the community.

Thanks to everyone who donated.

Student Voice Forum



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