Latest Happenings at Melba Copland Secondary School

2022 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey

Posted on 02 Sep 2022

The 2022 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey is now open! 

Dear parents and carers

As part of our continuous effort to improve ACT schools, the Education Directorate invites you to give feedback in an online survey about your experience of your child’s school. Your responses will help your school to identify what it does well and how it can improve. The data will also be used to underpin school improvement practices and inform government priorities, as well as in research projects and longitudinal studies aimed at improving the quality of education services in the ACT.
The survey will be open from Friday 19 August 2022.

All personal information will be handled in accordance with the Territory Privacy Principles set out in the Information Privacy Act 2014. Details about how personal information is stored and used are available in our Privacy Policy (available at Your responses will be only reported and used in aggregate with responses from other students. No personal identifying information will be provided to any school or college.

Please complete the survey ONLINE at

Your login details: Your login for the survey is the email registered with the school, and the school code is MCSS.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and you can access it from any mobile device until midnight, Friday 16 September 2022. Your participation is voluntary, but we do hope you will help.

The Education Directorate is committed to ensuring this survey is accessible for all. If you have difficulty accessing or interpreting the survey, please contact for assistance.

Thank you for your participation.

Yours sincerely,

Ash Chandra

Deputy Principal

Melba Copland Secondary School

Learn more about the survey here:

Book Week 2022

Posted on 12 Aug 2022

2022 Book Week

Book week is coming!

During week 6 (20 – 26 August), we will be celebrating everything to do with stories, imagination and writing 😊

The theme this year is Dreaming with eyes open...

Dress up as your favourite character will be on Wednesday 24 August.  Prizes will be up for grabs so get involved and let’s boost bookish vibes here at MCSS!

Helping your Teenager with Career Planning

Posted on 20 Jul 2022

Helping your Teenager with Career Planning

Engaging Parents in Career Conversations (EPICC) Helping Your Teenager with Career Planning

Parents and Carers can have an enormous influence on their child’s career decisions and pathway planning, but it’s not always easy to know where to start!

The ACT Education Directorate in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology, will present a workshop for parents and carers at Melba Copland Secondary School. During this workshop, experienced career practitioners will present useful career information, resources and strategies to start career conversations with your young person including:

  • Up to date information on career pathways
  • Communication strategies
  • Leading by example
  • Seeking support

Where: Melba Copland Secondary School Senior Campus Library

When: Tuesday 26 July

Time: 5:00 - 7PM

Contact: for more information

Updated MCSS School Bus Timetable

Posted on 23 Jun 2022

From the start of term 3, Monday July 18 2022, there will be an updated MCSS school bus timetable to better suit the needs of our students on both campuses.

View all MCSS school timetable updates here.

MCSS Senior Campus

  • 1048 - now leaving school at 3:30pm (currently 3:10pm)
  • 1049 - now leaving school at 3:30pm (currently 3:20pm)
  • 1068 – now leaving school at 3:29pm (currently 3:22pm)
  • Minor updates to timings of routes R3, 41, 42 and 43 in the afternoon

MCSS High School Campus

  • 1048 - now leaving school at 3:33pm (currently 3:13pm)
  • 1049 - now leaving school at 3:27pm (currently 3:17pm)
  • 1068 – now leaving school at 3:32pm (currently 3:25pm)
  • Minor updates to timings of routes R3, 41, 42 and 43 in the afternoon
For more information visit Transport Canberra

2023 Years 7 - 12 Prospective Families School Tours

Posted on 09 May 2022

Dear Community

We are excited that the ‘season of enrolments’ is nearly upon us!

Although we will not be holding physical information evenings this year (in order to keep everyone as safe as possible) we have provided a short video to help you to get to know our staff, our school and what to expect when your young person starts at Melba Copland Secondary School in Year 7 or Year 11 (or any other year!)

We are able to host some school visits and tours for students in the coming months.  There are very limited spaces available and bookings can be made via the link on this page.

If you prefer reading, then please just click here to see what you need to prepare so that you are ready to enrol.

You might also like to check out our videos from 2021 to see some of the amazing opportunities our school offers. Melba Copland Secondary School Video.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


To book a school tour please click on the link below.

Enrolments for Year 7 and Year 11 2023

Posted on 30 Mar 2022

Dear Community

We are excited that the ‘season of enrolments’ is nearly upon us!

Although we will not be holding physical information evenings this year (in order to keep everyone as safe as possible) we will be providing you with some virtual opportunities to get to know our staff, our school and what to expect when your young person starts at Melba Copland Secondary School in Year 7 or Year 11 (or any other year!)

We will post a release date for these opportunities at the start of next term and expect to have information available here, on our website, within the first four weeks of Term 2.

We are very hopeful that we will be able to host some school visits and tours for students in the coming months.

In the meantime please click here to see what you need to prepare so that you are ready to enrol.

You might also like to check out our videos from 2021 to see some of the amazing opportunities our school offers. Melba Copland Secondary School Video.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Photo Day is coming!

Posted on 18 Feb 2022

MCSS Photo Day is on Tuesday February 22, 2022.  Remember to bring your envelope on the day. Payment can either be placed in the envelope or you can pre-pay online.

All students must have their photo taken for an ID card. 

Melba Copland Secondary School Senior Campus Lawyer

Posted on 08 Feb 2022

A lawyer from Legal Aid ACT attends the MCSS Senior Campus every second Tuesday (even weeks) from 9am to 4pm.

The lawyer provides free and confidential legal help to students and their families. The lawyer may be able to:

  1. Give you general legal information so that you understand your rights and responsibilities
  2. Give you advice about specific legal issues so that you know your options and the best steps forward.
  3. Help you by negotiating, drafting letters or preparing for court.
  4. Appear on your behalf in mediations and court.
  5. Refer  you to non-legal community and support services.

The lawyer can help students across a range of legal areas including family violence, moving out of home and renting, Centrelink issues, protection orders (PPOs and FVOs), family law, police matters and criminal law, employment law, driving and traffic matters, Care and Protection involvement (CYPS), debt and fines and reporting crimes to the police. The lawyer can also help students to understand the laws around drugs and alcohol, sex and consent, and their rights when interacting with police. To speak to the Legal Liaison Officer, you can drop by her office on campus at MCSS Senior Campus on a Tuesday, or call or email her on the details below:


  • Legal Aid Lawyer for Melba Copland Secondary School Senior Campus: Jodie Campbell
  • Email:
  • Phone: (02) 6243 3431
  • On campus office: the school counsellor’s office (every second Tuesday in even school weeks, from 9am to 4pm).

Please note that only students can ‘drop in’ without an appointment. Family members who would like free legal advice from the lawyer must make an appointment first.

Melba Copland Secondary School Arts Showcase

Posted on 30 Nov 2021

Join us for an evening of creativity, live performances, and music, as we celebrate MCSS student's creative works. 

Tickets available at:

Tickets only available online

Tuesday, 14th December, 6pm -7:30pm.

MCSS Copland Theatre.

MCSS Parents and Citizens AGM 2021

Posted on 29 Nov 2021

Melba Copland Secondary School

Parents and Citizens AGM 2021

Monday 13 December 2021



Click here to join the meeting


Agenda to be provided

New Executive Structure for 2022

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

Rescheduled Wear It Purple Day

Posted on 16 Nov 2021

Due to having postponed Wear it Purple Day because of lock down, we’ve rescheduled it to week 7 of term 4. We’re encouraging all staff and students to come wearing purple or rainbow colours on Friday 19 November.


Students are invited to sign our pledge book and collect a wrist band from the library during their regular cohorted Library days at lunchtime:

Wednesday: Years 9 and 10

Thursday: Year 7

Friday: Year 8

Dedicated school buses and revised interim bus timetable from Monday 25 October 2021

Posted on 19 Oct 2021

Transport Canberra’s dedicated school bus services will recommence on Monday 25 October 2021. This includes ‘S’ trips that divert into schools.

Timings have changed for dedicated school services and the regular timetable. We are strongly encouraging families to check their school pack and plan ahead.

Special Needs Transport continues to run for those families that need this service.

A range of COVID Safe measures are in place to help keep students safe on public transport. Please remind families to familiarise themselves with these measures and talk to their children about them prior to the return to school.

From Monday 25 October 2021 buses will run to a revised interim timetable. This timetable is a similar frequency to the timetable that has been running over the past two months, but with some changes to timings to allow better connections for school students.

Light rail is continuing to run to its regular frequency but will see an increase in frequency from Monday 1 November 2021. This will assist with physical distancing on board. Customers will benefit from extended afternoon peak frequency on weekdays and increased frequency on Sunday mornings.

Consider walking or riding to school – or using a Part way point

Parents and carers may also consider alternative ways to get their children to school. If they live close by they can take advantage of the warmer spring weather and walk, ride or scoot to school!


Part way points are also a great way to get some exercise into children’s days for families that live a little further away and this also helps to ease congestion around schools. Parents or carers can simply drop their child at a point, or park and walk the rest of the way with them.

Park safely and legally
All 40km/h school zones are in place between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Speed limits in school zones are there to ensure the safety of children by allowing motorists extra time to stop in an unexpected situation.

Parking across pedestrian crossings, corners, verges and double parking can block kids seeing the road.


School packs and timetable information

The revised interim timetables and school packs are now available online.

For enquiries customers are encouraged to visit or call 13 17 10.

Canteen ordering using Flexischools

Posted on 14 Oct 2021

Ordering from the Canteen when students return to school

Just a reminder that the canteen will be opened for Flexischools pre-orders only and only for lunchtime (not recess).  You will have to pre-order using the Flexischools App which can be downloaded onto your phone.

Orders will be prepared and then students will collect their order as per direction from staff.  This decision has been made in order to minimise risk of year group cohorts coming into contact with one another AND to allow us to support students to engage with all areas of their curriculum for learning.

For information on how to use Flexischools and download the app click here:

AST Update

Posted on 17 Aug 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 ( 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


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


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


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.


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. 


Posted on 13 May 2021

MCSS Presents:


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


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.




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

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:

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.