Principals Message

Principal Michael Battenally

Amalgamating to form a single Year 7 to 12 school in 2008, Melba Copland Secondary School (MCSS) continues to build upon the proud traditions of Copland College and Melba High School in developing young Canberrans to think critically as independent learners.

Our success across academic, vocational, sporting and cultural programs continues with students achieving vocational career pathways and academic admission offers to our prestigious local Australian National University and the University of Canberra, in addition to many interstate universities.

MCSS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are completing authorisation for the Middle Years Program for years 7 to 10 and offer the Diploma Program at the Senior Campus for year 11 and 12 students.

The IB approaches to learning at MCSS are based of world leading research and international standards for teaching practice. The IB Diploma is widely recognised by the world's top leading university and tertiary institutions. Students may seek admission into selected leading universities with entrance being based on their IB grades.

The Magellan Program for gifted and talented student caters for high achieving students in year 7 to 12, and a targeted approach for year 5 and 6 students in our local primary schools. The Magellan Program implements best practices in educating motivated, talented and hard working students in their intellect, achievement and social development. Year 7 Entry into this program is by application, interview and diagnostic assessments.

The Talented Athlete Program (TAP) is an established extension program for identified year 7-12 students. In 2016 this program will be extended to work with our local primary schools. Similarly, the MCSS Dance program caters for 7-12 students and the highly regarded annual MCSS Dance Showcase involving 6 local primary schools.

This is an exciting time for our school community. The merger of a separate high school and college into a single school twin campus model places us in the very best possible position to cater for the personal, social and learning needs of our students while easing the transition process from high school to college. Our high school and College staff meet constantly to develop programs designed to help individuals to achieve their full potential in their transition from year 10 to year 11 and 12 studies.

The student as an individual matters to us. We have in place a year 7 - 12 Pastoral Care (PC) program that ensures that every student has a teacher to whom they can go to for help, assistance and guidance. The PC program plays a significant role in promoting the personal and social development of each student as they strive towards individual pathways to success. Our students are encouraged to establish relationships based on respect, tolerance and a healthy attitude to life and society.

The schools vocational education pathways have been significantly enhanced by the completion of the Trade Skills Centre for 2016 where Horticulture, Construction and Hospitality Industry studies will be offered for students at both campuses.

Melba Copland Secondary School offers students a modern and well resourced learning environment. Both campuses have continued to undergo annual refurbishment programs. Some of our key facilities include:

College Campus:

  • Trade Skills Centre - Horticulture and Hospitality Industry
  • Performing Arts Centre including Music and Dance facilities
  • 400 tiered seat Performance Theatre
  • Strength and Conditioning Gym
  • Student Welfare/Services Suite
  • Specialist IT Labs and BYOD wifi and mobile device access

High School Campus:

  • Trade Skills Centre - Horticulture, Construction and Hospitality Industry
  • Modern Office Administration Centre
  • Performing Arts centre for Music and Drama
  • Health and Fitness Gym
  • Student welfare suite
  • Modern Science Laboratories
  • Specialist IT Labs, BYOD wifi and mobile device access

Parents play a vital and crucial role in each student's success. We are committed to maintaining effective communication so as to ensure that parents are well informed of each student's progress. Parent participation is welcomed in various forums including the Parents and Citizens Association and the School Board.

Together the staff provide the challenge, support and positive environment for the success of every student welcomed to our IB World School.

Michael Battenally

Principal

Phone: (02) 6142 0333
Fax: (02) 6142 0343
Email: michael.battenally@ed.act.edu.au