Latest Happenings at Melba Copland Secondary School


MCSS Library Team awarded the 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award

Posted on 13 Dec 2022

Winning Library Team 1

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!




CIT Industry Bootcamps for School Leavers

Posted on 26 Oct 2022

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.

Attachments:

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



Royal Life Saving ACT School Leaver Program

Posted on 26 Oct 2022

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).

Attachments:

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



Vinnies DoNut Stress Homework Club at Gungahlin Library

Posted on 26 Oct 2022

Libraries ACT and Vinnies Migrant and Refugee Program are collaborating to provide homework support for primary and secondary students from a multicultural background. The sessions are every Saturday afternoon during the school term at Gungahlin Library from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. See the attached flyer for more information or email Joanna.bragg@vinnies.org.au.

Attachments:

Contact Sam Chrzczonowicz on 02 620 59346 or EALD@act.gov.au.



ACT Emergency Services Agency – Be Emergency Ready Day – 29 October 2022

Posted on 26 Oct 2022

Are you ready for the hazard season?  The Canberra community is invited to attend the ‘Be Emergency Ready Day’ on Saturday 29 October 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at one of 4 locations across Canberra:

  • Molonglo ACT Rural Fire Service Brigade, 25 Drake Brockman Dr, Holt
  • Tuggeranong ACT State Emergency Service Unit, 51 Johnson Dr, Calwell
  • Stromlo Forest Park, Criterion Pavilion
  • Gungahlin Town Centre, near the Marketplace playground

The family-friendly event is an opportunity to meet some friendly volunteers, learn about emergency services, and prepare your home for the season ahead. There’s also a colouring-in competition. Please share this information and link with your school community: Be Emergency Ready Day on Saturday 29 October 2022 | ACT Emergency Services Agency.

Contact Phoebe Angelatos, Media and Communication Officer, Public Information & Engagement, ACT Emergency Services Agency on 0466 651 521.



2023 CIT Music Enrichment Course information session (27 October) and expressions of interest

Posted on 19 Oct 2022

CIT (Canberra Institute of Technology) invites aspiring musicians in year 11 next year to express their interest in the CIT Music Enrichment Course (Cert IV Music Industry) by emailing mediamusic@cit.edu.au. An information session is on 27 October at 4:30 pm at CIT Reid and online.

This opportunity is free to ACT public college students and is delivered as a series of evening classes over 2 years at CIT Reid. The course will complement your year 11 and 12 studies and may provide credit towards the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and pathways into the professional music industry or further study. Entry is by audition only. For more information and to register for the information session, go to Music Enrichment Course, Canberra Institute of Technology (cit.edu.au).

Attachments:

Contact Mark Webber on mediamusic@cit.edu.au.



Australian School-based Apprenticeship – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy program – applications close 18 November 2022

Posted on 19 Oct 2022

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is recruiting for the ACT National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy (ACT NATSIHA) for 2023. The ACT NATSIHA is a Career Pathway Program that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to complete year 12 and graduate with a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance as an Australian School-based Apprentice. IAHA can visit your school and talk to interested year 9 and 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students about the academy and a career in health. Expressions of interests close on Friday 18 November 2022.

The Australian School-based Apprenticeship will start in February 2023 (2 days a week for about 15 hours a week) on Mondays and Thursdays, with expected completion in December 2024.

Attachments:

Contact Byron Brunhuber, IAHA National Academy, ACT Project Support Officer on
0429 224 771 or academy@iaha.com.au.



eSafety Webinars for all ACT Public School Parents and Carers – term 4, 2022

Posted on 17 Oct 2022

eSafety Parents and Carers Flyer Term 4

The Directorate’s eSafety team delivers webinars for parents and carers to learn how to help their child develop eSafety knowledge and skills. The webinars are updated each semester, and attendees can register using the information in the attached flyers. Please share the flyers with your parent community or use the information in your communication channels (e.g. newsletter, social media, email).

The eSafety team will deliver the following webinars in term 4:

  • Parent and Carer eSafety for secondary schools – Tuesday 25 October from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Parent and Carer eSafety for primary schools – Thursday 27 October from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • ‘Have an eSafe Summer’ Parent and Carer eSafety for P-12 – (repeat sessions) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 November

Attachments:

Contact Ryan Elwell/Sarah Darcy on EDUeSafety@act.gov.au.



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 education.act.gov.au). 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 https://acteducation.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SM21r8U6W56JW6

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 Asish.Chandra@ed.act.edu.au for assistance.

Thank you for your participation.

Yours sincerely,

Ash Chandra

Deputy Principal

Melba Copland Secondary School

Learn more about the survey here:

www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/school-satisfaction-and-climate-survey



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: mcss.careers@ed.act.edu.au 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 https://www.transport.act.gov.au/


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!

Kerrie

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

https://sobs.com.au/pt3/parent.php?schoolid=588



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!

Kerrie



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: college@LegalAidACT.org.au
  • 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.