Latest Happenings at Melba Copland Secondary School

AST Update

Posted on 17 Aug 2021

ACT SCALING TEST (AST) 2021

The ACT Scaling Test (AST) was scheduled for Tuesday 31 August and Wednesday 1 September 2021.

As the ACT is in lockdown, the AST has been postponed until Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 October 2021.

The Board acknowledges that this can be a stressful time for students and families.

The Board is committed to the health and well-being of students and to processes that support the validity of academic results.

All plans and arrangements for the AST will be subject to the public health directions and advice at the time.

As principal, I also acknowledge that this is a stressful time.  We encourage students to continue to undertake test practice when time allows and to contact Graeme Cook (Graeme.cook@ed.act.edu.au) if they would like further support.  In the meantime, stay safe and well and keep in touch!



School Sport ACT Announcement

Posted on 17 Aug 2021

  • All SSACT events scheduled to take place up until the 2 September will not be conducted on the dates currently displayed on the calendar of events – this includes; all four Primary and two Secondary Region Track and Field Carnivals, all Secondary Netball events and the Secondary Football Finals.
  • With no qualifying Regional Track and Field events, the ACT 12&U Track and Field Champs (Tues 7 Sept) and ACT 13 and over Track and Field Champs (Tues 14 Sept) will also not take place as originally scheduled.
  • If permitted, the three Primary Football events scheduled for the end of Week 9 and mid-Week 10 may still proceed.
  • If permitted with ACT Health COVID Exemptions approved (as they have between 500 and 1500 attendees) and alternate dates found with the AIS and Woden Park, the Regional and ACT Track and Field events will be rescheduled for late Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4.
  • Priority will be given to completing the Secondary Football Finals as the Regional qualifying events have been conducted, over the yet to commence Secondary Netball competition. If permitted, Secondary event dates will be postponed to within the first four weeks of Term 4.
  • Whilst SSACT continues to plan events, whether they can take place is dependent on ACT Health advice and restrictions imposed by the ACT Government, we must all be prepared for the outcome of no School Sport events for the remainder of the school year.

As you can understand, this space is ever evolving and many plans have to be kept fluid, School Sport ACT will keep you informed as to what might or might not be possible as it comes to hand with the aim of allowing school’s time to prepare should events be permitted late term 3 / early term 4.



Book Week is coming!

Posted on 12 Aug 2021

During week 7 (23 – 27 August), we will be celebrating everything to do with stories, imagination and writing 😊

There will be numerous lunchtime activities including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Kahoot Contests, Hamilton Live Performance, Spelling Bee and much more!

Dress up as your favourite character will be on Wednesday 25 August – and the theme this year of Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds is broad enough to cover everything and everyone.

Prizes and literary-lover showbags will be up for grabs so get involved and let’s boost bookish vibes here at MCSS!

Wakakirri Competition

Posted on 02 Aug 2021

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Congratulations to our dancers who recently competed in Wakakirri Competition at Canberra Theatre.

MCSS received the following Story Award:

Outstanding Inspirational Story Award!

This is an excellent performance and result for our dancers as we were the only ACT High School to receive an Outstanding award.

Here are the additional performance and production awards MCSS also received:

  • Excellent construction and clarity
  • Excellent theme/concept
  • Best direction: Choreography
  • Amazing moment
  • Amazing finale

Feedback from our panel member Will Tran was as follows:

Majestic but powerful choreography, a knock out performance from the entire ensemble! This was visual poetry and it's beauty is found within it's restraint. Enchanting, sincerely, you are all beautiful capable dancers who gave a strong performance.

Due to COVID and the unlikeliness that all schools will be able to perform live the awarding process has changed this year.

We may be awarded again later in the year at the Wakakirri Celebration Evening, however we will not know more until later in the year……..

For now a huge congratulations and thank you to our dancers for their outstanding achievement and quality recognition from this national competition.



International Writing Competition

Posted on 16 Jul 2021

Zara Vale: Winner of International Writing Competition

Congratulations to Year 10 student Zara Vale who is the winner for a recent Write the World short story competition.

Write the World is an online global community of young writers (ages 13-18), hailing from over 120 countries.

 Zara’s story titled ‘Flower (verb)’ was judged as the winning entry earlier this month in a science fiction genre writing competition.

Australian author and New York Times bestseller Amie Kaufman judged and reviewed Zara’s winning entry:

I was absolutely intrigued from the first moments of this story—at one point I realised I was so absorbed that I had leaned in closer to my computer screen as I read. It has a fantastic premise and a fresh take on first contact. The worldbuilding worked well, and I found my footing in the story quickly. The language and imagery in this work are used so effectively—the narrative feels more conversational at first, and then becomes more evocative and sophisticated as we encounter the flower. Writing in second person is really hard to pull off, and the author does it very well in this piece. Congratulations!

It is exciting to see this talent and creativity emerging from our students. Zara’s story will be printed and available to read at the Junior and Senior MCSS campus libraries.

Well done, Zara!



MCSS Fundraisers

Posted on 23 Jun 2021

In semester 1 the Student Voice Forum held fundraisers of a BBQ on the open night, a BBQ/bake sale on the wellbeing day, and a mufti day. Our school has raised $1167.45 and with this money we adopted eight nights and one tutoring session at Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

These nights provide families with a place to stay while their children are sick in hospital. The charity also provides food, water, entertainment, and support for those families. Four students from the Student Voice Forum went out to the Ronald McDonald House  Level 2 of the Canberra Hospital. They got a tour of the house and learned more about the charity. It was a great experience that made them understand how they are helping the community.

Thanks to everyone who donated.

Student Voice Forum



ACT U16 SCHOOL GIRLS RUGBY LEAGUE

Posted on 21 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Chloe Cooper, who has just been selected in the ACT U16 School Girls Rugby League squad. Chloe is in year 11 and a member of the College Sports Development class and MCSS Talented Athlete Academy.

Well done Chloe!!!



Welcome to Reconciliation week 2021

Posted on 09 Jun 2021

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2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word, Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

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Please follow the link to our presentation: Reconciliation Day - Melba Copland Secondary School



Sydney Eisteddfod

Posted on 07 Jun 2021

On Saturday 5 June, MCSS Magellan Dancers travelled to Sydney to compete in the Sydney Eisteddfod. 

MCSS is THRILLED to tell you that they placed 3rd in this National Competition! 

A truly proud moment for us all. 

We were the ONLY public/non-selective school and only school from Canberra.

Congratulation and well done to all. 



NDIS Expo

Posted on 13 May 2021

MCSS Presents:

NDIS EXPO

Wednesday 19 May 2021
MCSS College Campus Library
4:00pm to 7:00pm
97 Verbrugghen Street Melba 2615



Melba Copland Library featured in National Library Publication

Posted on 29 Apr 2021

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Melba Copland has been featured in the Special Report of the Australian Library and Information Association’s publication ‘Scoop’. We have attached the article for your reading enjoyment.

ALIA is the peak Library Industry body and they asked us to share our insights on working with High School students and how public libraries can successfully engage with the teen demographic.

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SPECIAL REPORT

Teen library engagement: learning from the high school experience

High-school aged students have many barriers to accessing library services. Homework, sports, increased social pressure and digital devices all compete with young people’s limited free time. At Melba Copland Secondary School Library we have developed an engagement strategy that uses research-based approaches to help to create a connection between our students and the library. Since the implementation of the strategy 5 years ago student borrowing levels have increased by 90%. The core pillars that the Melba Copland strategy is based on are:

  • The library performs an essential wellness role in the school
  • Collection development should be driven by engaging students to read for pleasure over reading for study
  • Students should see their values and interests represented in the library

Follow the link and under the issue heading click on Special report for the full Scoop publication https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=3d85c7e31956025c7f13258fb&id=690c450203



Capital Chemist Awards

Posted on 25 Mar 2021

Capital Chemist Award Winners

The Capital Chemist Award Ceremony was held on March 11 2021. The award acknowledges the wonderful efforts of the Year 12 recipients Eleanor McInnes and Imogen Welch as well as the MCSS school and community.

David Hetherington and Emma Davidson presented the Capital Chemist Awarded Scholarships to both Eleanor and Imogen. Each scholar receives $1000 to be used for their direct educational benefit during their final year of schooling to cover educational expenses such as face-to-face or online tutoring, uniforms and equipment, stationery and books, a laptop or excursions and camps.

Congratulations to our recipients.



MCSS Arts Showcase 2020

Posted on 12 Mar 2021

MCSS is pleased to share with you the MCSS Arts Showcase 2020. This showcase was created as part of our school’s Regional Arts Program (RAP). RAP’s purpose is to strengthen MCSS’s connection within the Belconnen School Network though teaching the Arts. This showcase features over 100 students from Evatt, Miles Franklin and Mount Rogers Primary Schools combined with MCSS.

Click here to watch now:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H7GJB1t954e2dohIkwuC6g31nvOQsBgX/view?usp=sharing



2021 NSW Country Championships – Tenpin Bowling

Posted on 25 Feb 2021

2021 NSW Country Championships – Tenpin Bowling

Orange Tenpin Bowl runs the NSW Country Tenpin Bowling Championships every year.  This year Emily Morris (year 8) made the trip to Orange to compete.  During these games Emily scored her PB for game with 189 (which she has since beaten already)  and her PB series with her first 500 series.  Those that qualified were then able to enter the Restricted Masters on Monday 25 starting early at 8.30am.  The Restricted Masters involves bowling 8 games and points are awarded for pinfall over average. 

As the last games were bowled and the judges decided the winner, Emily waited anxiously for her final score and position.  The presentation was held and the announcement for 3rd place called, then 2nd place and Emily’s smile got wider and wider.  Finally it came down to the winner and with 1571 pins with pinfall the winner was Emily Morris!  She proudly walked to the presentation to receive her prize and to be named as the 2021 NSW Country Championships Champion.  Well done Emily, look forward to hearing how you do in your next competition in February with the ACT Championships.