Latest Happenings at Melba Copland Secondary School

2018 Chromebook

Posted on 16 Nov 2017

The Minister of Education, Yvette Berry has released a statement on the Chromebook loan scheme.

Attached is a form asking whether you wish your child/children to be involved in this opportunity. 
Please complete the form that has been sent to you and return to the school reception or scan and return to by 1 December to be included in the scheme.

Please follow link to see Chromebook Device for Students

College Drama Performance

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

Bus Changes as of 9th October 2017

Posted on 20 Sep 2017

Bus Changes

Melba Copland Secondary School


Description of Change



This service now starts 10 minutes earlier at 8:13am and arrives 10 minutes earlier at 8:45am.


This service now starts 5 minutes earlier at 7:54am and arrives 5 minutes earlier at 8:48am.



This service now starts 2 minutes later at 3:14pm.


Service now starts 1 minute later at 3:14pm. Service now ending at stop 6185 Manning Clark before Flemington Rd.

Melba High


Description of Change



This service now starts 10 minutes earlier at 8:13am and arrives 10 minutes earlier at 8:45am.


This service now starts 5 minutes earlier at 8:21am. It now arrives 3 minutes later at 8:53am.

Now servicing Melba High School.


This service now starts 5 minutes earlier at 7:54am and arrives 5 minutes earlier at 8:48am.



This service now starts 2 minutes later at 3:14pm.


No change.


No change.

ACT College Badminton Winners

Posted on 31 Aug 2017

ACT College Badminton Winners!

On Tuesday the 29th August, MCSS took out the ACT College Girls Badminton competition for 2017. Will have to check the record books, but it could be the first MCSS girls Badminton title, certainly for some years at least.

Year 11/12 students Amy Jian, Tram Nguyen, Cindy Nguyen and Luca Wang were the 4 players that competed in the singles and doubles matches, playing a combined 36 matches across the day and only losing on 4 occasions. Pretty comprehensive.

They all played extremely well and MCSS congratulates them.

MCSS Annerly Poulos

Posted on 07 Aug 2017

Congratulations Annerly on your results in the Asian qualifying rounds and representing Australia in Europe. (Annerly is a year 9 student at MCSS)

"Canberra's tennis prodigy Annerly Poulos is only 14 but she knows what she wants - to become the next Serena Williams.

The teenager is in Europe for the first time and getting a taste of the professional circuit as she prepares to represent Australia at the world junior tennis titles in the Czech Republic on Monday.

Poulos blitzed the Asian qualifying rounds earlier this year with an unbeaten record as the Australian number one seed and now gets her chance against the world's best.

"This is my second time representing Australia and it's a great feeling. You're just really proud of yourself and what you've achieved and knowing that this is something to get you used to for what's ahead," Poulos said."…/canberra-prodigy-annerly-…

MCSS Community Consultation Forum

Posted on 31 Jul 2017

MCSS - Year 7-8 Boy’s Northside Secondary School Sports Futsal Champions

Posted on 27 Jun 2017

MCSS - Year 7-8 Boy’s Northside Secondary School Sports Futsal Champions

The Melba Copland Secondary School year 7-8 boys Futsal Team emerged triumphant after a hard fought 3-1 win in the final against Amaroo School on 31 May, thus claiming the Northside Secondary School Sports Association title. 

MCSS Year 9/10 Parliamentary Debating team

Posted on 02 Jun 2017

MCSS Year 9/10 Parliamentary Debating team and Mr Dunn ready for action at the ACT Legislative Assembly

Mr Dunn has coached our year 10 Interschool Parliamentary Debating team to victory in the ACT Legislative Assembly in both of their allocated debates!

Their two topics were:

· Effective infrastructure planning needs bipartisan support against SFX

· The ACT is leading the country in the move to renewable energy against St John Paul II College.

Given that this is the first time MCSS has entered these debates in 9 years we think that’s  a BIG impact!!

Disney High School Musical

Posted on 26 May 2017

High School Musical!

High School Musical will be performed in week 9
of term from June 19th - 22nd.

This is a great opportunity for you to come along and support all students and staff who are involved.

Tickets can only be purchased online from
We anticipate you will not be able to buy tickets at the door.

Young Raiders making a big impact in schools

Posted on 03 May 2017

Eighteen Canberra Raiders NYC players are currently working in the ACT public school education system as learning support assistants.

The program, organised by the Raiders development and welfare staff, started off with a couple of players and has grown extremely quickly over the past year.

ACT Minister for Sport and Education, Yvette Berry visited Melba Copland Secondary School on Monday morning to find out more about the program and meet with three Raiders NYC players, Sam Bramich, Matt Lyons and Sato Ketia-Opo, currently working as learning support assistants.

Ms Berry spoke highly of the work the young Raiders have been doing and the benefit it will have on students in the schools.

“It’s really great opportunity for the young people across Canberra’s public schools to meet some role models in a sport they may aspire to,” Ms Berry said. 

It’s also important for these young men to have a chance to expand their horizons, not just in a sporting career.

“We want to expand on the relationship with the Raiders. Sport and education go beautifully together so it’s great to have role models like Sam, Sato and Matt come along to the school.”

Sam Bramich, who is currently studying to be a teacher, said working as a learning support assistant has been exciting and a great experience.

“It’s really exciting to work with the kids – I enjoy it a lot. It’s been a great experience. Coming straight from school is a bit challenging since I’m close to their age, but I still find I get respect and I really enjoy the opportunity,” Bramwich said.

“You never know what can happen with footy so it’s great to have that second option. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. You never have the same sort of day, it’s never boring.”

While extremely beneficial for the students, the program has made a difference on and off the field for Ketia-Opo.

“Working with kids helps me build my confidence as a person and as a footy player. Hopefully I get the chance to go to more schools around the ACT,” Ketia-Opo said.

Matt Lyons echoed Ketia-Opo’s thoughts.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to help kids and if footy doesn’t work out it’s what I want to do in the future,” Lyons said. 

With only a small number of NYC players making it through to the NRL squad each year, having a back-up plan for life after football is extremely important for young players.

Feedback has been excellent from the students and teachers the players have come into contact with and the Raiders will be looking to keep improving this program onto bigger and better things.


Enrollments 2018

Posted on 27 Apr 2017

NSW residents applying for years 7 to 12 in 2018.

Applications from NSW residents for years 7 to 12 will be processed later in 2017. We will finalise processing of applications from ACT students before we consider NSW applications; this may be as late as Term 4 2017. If you have any queries about this process please call the ACT Education Directorate on 6205 5429.

NAPLAN Online 2017

Posted on 19 Mar 2017

NAPLAN Online 2017

You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced across Australia from 2017, with the aim for all Australian schools to be administering NAPLAN online by 2019.

NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to you more quickly, within a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months. Please follow the link to see more NAPLAN information.

End Violence

Posted on 19 Mar 2017

One Million Stars to End Violence is a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence.

Our first Star weaving session at lunchtime. Our aim is to weave 200 stars for one million stars to end violence project. They will end up as part of an art installation at the 2018 Commenwealth Games on the Gold Coast. We weave every Friday lunchtime in the high school library.

MCSS Student wins 2016 School VET Award

Posted on 07 Feb 2017

Samantha Morris, who attended Melba Copland Secondary School already knows what she wants to study.

She'll be the third generation of women in her family to take up nursing. She plans to study for a degree in nursing and midwifery at the University of Canberra.

"My grandmother Lorraine Miller and my mother Antionette Tulloh are both nurses," Ms Morris said.

"My grandmother was a palliative care nurse and my mother has worked in disability care for 20 years. They were both inspirations for me."

Ms Morris said taking on VET courses during her final years at school opened her eyes to the opportunities available in nursing. She completed Australian School Based Apprenticeships in Aged Care and Ageing Support while working at the Calvary Hayden Retirement Community, where she was recognised with the Mary Potter Award for kindness, generosity and friendliness.

Melba Copland Secondary School Board Nominations

Posted on 01 Feb 2017

Good Afternoon

We are please to advise that nominations for Melba Copland Secondary School board positions 2017 are now open.  The nomination form and instructions are included in this notification and are also available from the high school and college reception.  Nomination forms should be submitted to the reception or by email to by 11:00am Monday 13 February.

Please find nomination form under the Newsletter heading.


Posted on 13 Dec 2016

A great performance by the school band at Darling Harbour today on our Arts enrichment excursion with Miles Franklin.

A great experience for all students! 
Congratulations Ms Brereton and the MCSS band!

Design and Technology Showcase

Posted on 01 Dec 2016

Hello Parents and Friends on the Melba Copland Community.

As you may be aware, there is a Design and Technology Showcase happening during this week. The Showcase is displaying the wonderful work our students have created in the Design and Technology subjects during 2016.

For those who cannot make it to the Showcase, some photo's of the display have been taken for your perusal.


The Design and Technology Team

Year 10 Formal 2016

Posted on 01 Dec 2016

Thank you for an excellent Year 10 Formal on Tuesday. To get the individual and additional group photos visit the school and you will find them on the T Drive- T:\MCSS\~common\College\Year 12 Formal Photographs. An extra big thank you to Mr Eveston for the beautiful photos. 

Year 12 Formal 2016

Posted on 01 Dec 2016

Thank you for an excellent Formal night on Monday Year 12. To get the individual and additional group photos visit the school and you will find them on the T Drive- T:\MCSS\~common\College\Year 12 Formal Photographs. An extra big thank you to Mr Eveston for the beautiful photos.

Design and Technology showcase.

Posted on 11 Nov 2016

Dear parents and friends of the Melba Copland Community.

You are cordially invited to the Design and Technology showcase.

Through the positive impact of the Trade Skills Centre, there has been a hive of activity in and around the Design and Technology workshops and classrooms during the year. Students have been busy creating fabulous projects and they would like to exhibit their relentless work.

As part of our enjoyment and enthusiasm of the work our students have created, the design team would like you to visit the showcase. This display will exhibit a variety of student projects from the Design and Technology subjects for your perusal.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to place one (1) vote towards your favourite project to which the winner with the most votes will receive a prize.

We look forward in seeing you at the Design and Technology showcase.

Sneak Peek 2016 Year Book

Posted on 01 Nov 2016

Sneak Peek at the  2016 Year Book

The 2016 year book is turning out to be a great work in progress, with a year packed full of school activities and fun.
The Yearbook will be available for pickup in early December and will cost $25.00.

Payments can be paid now via QuickWeb with “Yearbook” as the description or at the Front Office by Eftpos or via cash at student services.


Posted on 26 Oct 2016


On Wednesday the 19/10/16 MCSS was invited to play in the UC Buroinjin Gala day. MCSS not only versed other secondary school in the ACT but also the ACT Community. The teams involved, included ACT Brumbies, ACT Capitals, UC Pre Service Teachers and UC Indigenous students. It was a great day where MCSS students from years 8 to 12 played in two teams and dominated all day but it came down to the finals. MCSS lost in the shoot out against UC Pre Service Teachers by one point. But the students had a great day of memories and the experience.

Mr J Chapman-Freeman and Mr G Buttriss

MCSS Band at Floriade

Posted on 21 Sep 2016

It was fantastic to go and see Ms Brereton and the MCSS Band perform at Floriade on the 21st September 2016. Even though it is very wet, the band were fantastic and our students played with smiles on their faces!

A big congratulations the MCSS Band and thank you to Ms Brereton. Ms Brereton has worked so hard with the band over the past 18 months. They have come such a long way and the band is growing in numbers - to the point that they may not fit in the band room next year!

This is a credit to Ms Brereton enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to build the band program at MCSS.



Posted on 13 Sep 2016


Our Beginner Band students have joined the Concert Band this semester and have been making excellent progress to fit into a bigger ensemble and perform much harder music. This term the band has participated in a combined rehearsal with other IMP bands including Namadgi School, Harrison School and Lanyon High School. The day ended with a performance for the Namadgi Pre-school students who were very appreciative.

On Tuesday 6th September the band participated in the ACT School Band Festival at the Canberra City Band rooms. We were the first band of the festival where we performed a lively set of tunes and then participated in a workshop run by a guest conductor. It was a great experience and the students are to be commended for their efforts.

On Wednesday 21st September the School Band will perform at Floriade. We are all very excited to participate in this event and hope to see you there. Term 4 is looking busy with the Music Showcase, the Uniting Church Fete, BandStrav and the RAP excursion to Sydney where we will also perform in Darling Harbour.


MCSS Melbourne Trip for the International Students

Posted on 06 Sep 2016

MCSS Melbourne Trip for the International Students

38 International students (IPS) left early last Sunday morning and set off for 4 nights in Melbourne.  None of the students had visited Melbourne before and all of them were looking forward to a new adventure in a big city.  Destinations included: Melbourne Zoo (see group photo); Melbourne University to visit former IPS student Bonnie Lee studying architecture; Skydeck 88 for a birds eye view of Melbourne; Old Melbourne Goal to see where Ned Kelly spent his last days; and finally Melbourne Central and the Docklands for the mandatory shopping excursions.

MCSS Girls Soccer

Posted on 17 Aug 2016

MCSS was proudly represented by the 7/8 girls soccer team at the Northside soccer gala day on Tuesday the 16th of August. The team only had a handful of experienced soccer players but showed excellent sportsmanship and a competitiveness to do the school proud. Even though they did not record a win on the day they were marginally beaten by just one goal in three of the games and finished the day on a well-earned draw. The team was exceptionally coached by two of our year 10's, Amy Booth and Imogen Alexander. Congratulations to all involved.

Raiders Development Squad

Posted on 03 Aug 2016

One of our students – Aidan Richardson – was selected for the u14 Raiders Development Squad and played games in Sydney and Goulburn during the break. This is a fantastic achievement of which we hope will spur on further selection in future. Congratulations Aidan.


The Australian National Eisteddfod

Posted on 24 May 2016

“Congratulations to the MCSS Concert Band, which performed at the Australian National Eisteddfod on the weekend.  This event is run across a week, where bands from all over Australia can perform and receive feedback and awards from a well-respected adjudicator. This year, the Melba Copland Secondary School Band entered the High School Band Intermediate Section where they performed very well, receiving a Silver Award for their efforts.”

Rockin Robin

Posted on 23 May 2016

You are invited to the Musical extravaganza of the Year! Our Community Musical ‘Rockin Robin’ show cases talent from around our district, including talented performers from Melba Copland Secondary School as well as students from our 6 feeder primary schools.

Be quick to secure your tickets as this is a show not to miss. Tickets go on sale Monday the 30th May

Careers Expo 2016

Posted on 23 May 2016

Year 7 Immunisation

Posted on 18 May 2016

There has been a change in date for the second year 7 Immunisation. It will now be held on the 15th June rather than the 29th June.

‘Rockin Robin’

Posted on 18 May 2016

You are invited to the Musical extravaganza of the Year! Our Community Musical ‘Rockin Robin’ show cases talent from around our district, including talented performers from Melba Copland Secondary School as well as students from our 6 feeder primary schools.

Be quick to secure your tickets as this is a show not to miss. Tickets go on sale Monday the 30th May at

Naplan 2016

Posted on 09 May 2016

Naplan happening this Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th May for year 7 and year 9

Open Nights for 2017

Posted on 31 Mar 2016

Harmony Day 2016

Posted on 22 Mar 2016

National Athletics Championships

Posted on 17 Mar 2016

Congratulations to the following MCSS Talented Athlete Program students who have just returned from the National Athletics Championships in Perth. Eden Thomas - Year 8, finished 2nd in the final of the U16 400m and 4th in final of the U16 100m & 200m while Matt Walters - Year 12, finished 7th in the final of the U18 mens 400m hurdles 

Well Done to both boys.

CWA – 2016 Scholarship Winner

Posted on 07 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Year 12 student Lavendah O’Rouke for winning the Country Woman’s Association Scholarship Award. On Friday 19 February 2016, Lavendah received a cheque of $350 to contribute to her studies.  Lavendah not only aims to complete her Year 12 Certificate but is also working towards completing an Australian School based Apprenticeship in Hairdressing.  Lavendah attends college, CIT and works at Spence Sophisticuts.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for P&C

Posted on 29 Feb 2016

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

Melba Copland Secondary School

Parents and Citizens Association Incorporated



The annual general meeting of the MCSS P&C will be held on Wednesday 23 March 2016, at 7pm at the MCSS College Campus.

Members will be asked to vote to:

·         accept the minutes of the last annual general meeting

·         accept the auditor’s report

·         accept the annual financial statements

·         elect the new Office Bearers for MCSS P&C Executive.

All members of the MCSS parent and citizen community are invited to nominate as Office Bearers – President, up to two Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary.

Nominations for election as office-bearers of the Association, Public Officer, P& C Council Delegate or as ordinary committee members may be made in writing or by speaking to the returning officer at the AGM.

For further information please contact:

Karen Silsby      ; or             

Debra Burnett    

Welcome Message 2016

Posted on 01 Feb 2016

Please go to the Newsletter page to see the full Welcome Message 2016