Welcome to 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. MCSS provides a rich education for 21st century learners, supporting students to Connect, Learn and Thrive.

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13 Dec 2022

MCSS Library Team awarded the 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award

Please join us in congratulating our exceptional Teacher Librarians Mali Jorm and Lisette Robey who were awarded the 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award at the Public Education Awards on Monday evening. They received the award because “The Melba Copland Secondary School Library team are active innovators in the development of their student-focussed library strategy. Their program has resulted in incredible results in increased loans and engagement from students and evidence of creating a safe and supportive space for students. The team are recognised nationally as professional leaders and actively share their ideas and success across many forums.”

We are very lucky to have the best library team in the ACT managing our two beautiful library spaces and programs!

26 Oct 2022

CIT Industry Bootcamps for School Leavers

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is offering eligible school leavers, ages 17 to 24, the opportunity to undertake fee-free industry courses in hair and beauty, hospitality, dog care and safety in construction through JobTrainer.

The aim of these programs is to provide the skills, certifications and connections to industry to allow school leavers the opportunity to enter employment. To apply, visit JobTrainer at CIT: Canberra Institute of Technology.


Contact Catherine Pappas, CIT Business and Engagement Officer on catherina.pappas@cit.edu.au.

26 Oct 2022

Royal Life Saving ACT School Leaver Program

Royal Life Saving ACT (RLSA) is offering eligible school leavers, ages 17 to 24, the opportunity to undertake Swim Teacher and Pool Lifeguard training through the Job Trainer program, leading to tangible employment pathways and careers within the ACT Aquatic Industry. There are 80 Swim Teacher and 30 Pool Lifeguard course positions available.

As a result of the increased seasonal demand from industry, RLSA may be able to provide employment opportunities through their own Aqua Safe Schools Program. To apply, visit Course Search – JobTrainer – RLSSA ACT (royallifesaving.com.au).


Contact Ashley Kalz on 02 626 05800 or act@royalact.com.au.


High School Campus (Yrs. 7-9): 15 Conley Drive, Melba ACT 2615

Senior Campus (Yrs. 10-12): 97 Verbrugghen Street, Melba ACT 2615

+61 2 6142 0333
Fax: +61 2 6142 0343
Email: school.information@mcss.act.edu.au

All student absences via email: MCSS.StudentServices@ed.act.edu.au

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