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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ANZAC 2020

Posted on 07 May 2020

ANZAC commemorative assembly.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and social distancing requirements we had to cancel this year’s annual ANZAC day commemorative assembly. However, as part of our  commemorations we have had a Aleppo pine seedling planted in the garden bed of the carpark to honour the ANZACs and their sacrifice.

The pine is representative of the Gallipoli campaign where the 1st Australian Infantry Division launched a major offensive at Gallipoli on the 6th August 1915. The ridges, once covered with the Aleppo pine, had been cleared to provide cover for the Turkish trenches, leaving just one, solitary pine. The area became known as Lone Pine Ridge. After three days of fighting the Anzacs succeeded in capturing the enemy trenches, but this action cost 2000 Australian soldiers’ lives and 7,000 Turkish lives.

Lance Corporal Benjamin Charles Smith collected some pine cones from the branches used to cover the Turkish trenches. He sent the cones home to his mother, in remembrance of his brother Mark, who had died in the fighting. From one of these cones Mrs McMullin sowed several seeds, and successfully raised two seedlings. One was planted in Inverell, and the other was presented to the Australian War Memorial to be planted in the grounds in honour of all the sons who fell at Lone Pine.

Lest We Forget.

Enrolments 2020

Posted on 28 Apr 2020

1. Go to for information on your local school and to enrol online.

2. Apply before 5 June 2020 to receive an offer from 27 July 2020. This means there is ample time to submit your application to be included in the initial round of offers.

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