Latest Happenings at Melba Copland Secondary School

Education Perfect 2020 Global Spelling Bee

Posted on 07 Apr 2020

On Monday 6 April, a number of year 7 students took part in an online Global Spelling Bee competition hosted by Education Perfect. A total of 295 schools were enrolled to compete in the Spelling Bee worldwide, including 288 in Australia and 11 in the ACT. As a result of our students’ amazing effort in the competition, Melba Copland Secondary School has taken 1st place out of all participating schools in the ACT, and 3rd place overall in the competition. Two of our students placed in the top 20 out of over 600 competitors, and one placed in the top 10. Congratulations to Patrick Inall (7th place) and Lizzy Wilding (14th place), and to all other participating MCSS students for this impressive effort.

Capital Chemist Awards

Posted on 16 Mar 2020

Ms Sidhu attended the Capital Chemist Awards, were congratulations goes out to our MCSS College students Benjamin Doherty, Peter Hazlewood and Sam Sawade for winning the Capital Chemist Award.

School Sports ACT

Posted on 02 Mar 2020

MCSS has the pleasure to announce that former Year 12 student Kendall Elliott has been nominated in the School Sport ACT 13 & Over Achievement Category.

The Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11 March at 4.30pm in Reid.

MCSS wish's Kendall all the best at the Ceremony.

School Sport ACT

Posted on 28 Feb 2020

MCSS has the pleasure to announce that Year 12 student Aidan Richardson has been nominated in the School Sport ACT 13 & Over Achievement Category.

The Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11 March at 4.30pm in Reid.

MCSS wish's Aidan all the best at the Ceremony.

LitLinks Awards 2019

Posted on 13 Nov 2019

Ellie Sanders and Klara Steinhauser attended the ACTATE 2019 LitLinks Creative Writing Competition Awards on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

We are proud to announce that Year 8 students Ellie and Klara received Achievement Awards for their story writing, at a presentation ceremony at Canberra College.

Ellie and Klara placed in the top 10% of entries across ACT for the Year 7 and 8 category, and were nominated by ACTATE’s judges to receive a special award.

Congratulation to both girls.  

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

Posted on 04 Nov 2019

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

 Melba Copland Secondary School recently won the new 9 – 12 category of the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge for 2019.  The challenge requires students to read 15 books before September and the winning schools are awarded a book voucher from Paperchain Bookstore.  Jemima, Stephanie and Rachel from Yr 9 were presented with our certificate and voucher by the Chief Minister himself. 

Well done to all students who participated in the Reading Challenge this year and congratulations to students from Year 9 on their win.


Language Perfect championships

Posted on 27 Sep 2019

This term the Language Perfect championships were held across all the Language Acquisition classes. We  have  some great results across the board, with a special mention to Quan Do in Year 9 who was placed third in the world in all language category, and first in the world in the Japanese category. Congratulations Quan Do

National Touch Football

Posted on 26 Sep 2019

Congratulations to MCSS TAP athlete Rebecca Guest who has returned from the National Touch Football tournament in Caloundra. Rebecca had a great tournament coming away with 3 tries. At the team dinner on Saturday, Rebecca was awarded the NYC ACT Raiders Under 18 Coach’s Award for 2019.

Year 8 TAP Athlete

Posted on 09 Sep 2019

 MCSS year 8 TAP student Heli Laajoki has just returned form what has been an amazing winter ski season for her.

 She has finished the season with two Australian titles and the following results:

 NSW/ACT School events / results:

- NSW/ACT cross country interschools ski champs (skate technique), Division 3 (yr 7 and 8) - 1st

- Australian cross country interschools ski champs Div 3 (classic technique) - 1st

 Ski and snowboard Australia events:

- Australian junior champs U16 cross country sprint (classic technique) - 1st, U16 cross country distance (skate technique) - 5th

- Australian Open champs - classic sprint 6th, skate sprint 12th, classic distance 16th

Heli spends many hours every week training, both on and off snow and this year has seen her travel to Europe for intensive training. Heli is a valued TAP athlete as not only does she represent MCSS at National level in Snow sports, she also represents us locally in many school sport carnivals, including obtaining successful X-Country results this year.

Sydney Eisteddfod

Posted on 07 Aug 2019

On Sunday our Magellan Dancers travelled to Sydney and competed in the Sydney Eisteddfod against schools from across the country.

This was a great experience for our students and allowed them to compete against some of the best dancers in their age range from across Australia.

Dean's Excellence Award

Posted on 07 Aug 2019

Congratulations to MCSS Alumni Nathan Lynch who was recently awarded the University of Canberra, Dean's Excellence Award for his outstanding grade point average.

Rugby League Referee from MCSS

Posted on 07 Aug 2019

Aidan Richardson has been selected to referee (match official) at the National 12 years and under Championship (Rugby League). He is the only person selected from the ACT/NSW region. He is one of 10 officials appointed Australia wide. Congratulation Aidan from MCSS

Archibald Prize – ‘Young Archies’

Posted on 23 May 2019

Congratulations to Rika Jammer Year 8. Rika has won her way to become a finalist in the 2019 Archibald Prize – ‘Young Archies’ age group 13-15 years.

 Fynn Jammer

“This is my brother. This moment was a special one, his eyes tell you the story. I think a person’s eyes can hide and still reveal so much. His eyes here showed the fun, playful times we had as children, but also the bitter, sullen moments we somehow haven’t regretted. We think differently, but are still one. We stick together, and one day this showed. We were riding through a forest and stopped to take a rest. He looked up and there it was– the moment. With a swift kick of  the pedals, we were back on the move.”


All Australian Girls Softball team

Posted on 21 May 2019

Congratulations to year 12 MCSS TAP athlete Kendal Elliott for her inclusion in the All Australian Girls Softball team.

Innovation Award

Posted on 14 May 2019

Congratulations to Darcy Gooday and Levi Dowhy winning the Innovation Award in the CIT Bridge Building Challenge. The boys will now participate in the ACT finals.

CyberTaipan Finals!

Posted on 29 Mar 2019

CyberTaipan Finals!

MCSS excels in the National Finals

CyberTaipan is a pilot Australian youth cyber security competition that is modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. The competition which started in Australia this year is designed to educate, engage and inspire young people to develop skills and pursue careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Participants gain exposure to real world defensive cyber security principles and ethics, while developing their technical, leadership, communication and teamwork skills and abilities.

 After several rounds of competition our college team “Cool Kids of Canberra” with Cassandra Goh, Isaac Wetherell, William Pearson and Leighton Burns competed in the National Finals on 16thof March. This was followed by the award ceremony and a gourmet dinner at the Parliament House. Our MCSS team is among the top eight in the National Finals.

Let’s congratulate the team for their excellent effort and I hope CyberTaipan is just the start of many future careers in Cybersecurity.

UNSW Mathematics Winners

Posted on 08 Mar 2019

UNSW Canberra Prize for Best Female in Mathematics 2018 was won by Maneeha Durrani (Year 10) and Caitlin McCreedy (Year 9). These students along with their families were invited to attend the UNSW Canberra Prize for Best Female in Mathematics Award Ceremony on the 7 March 2019 celebrated as International Women’s Day