Principal's Message

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, the Middle Years Program for years 7 to 10 and 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.

MCSS has integrated the Australian Curriculum (AC) with the IB framework, which provides a learning focus that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Through the AC Achievement Standards and IB Learner Profile, MCSS will continue to develop a 7 - 12 school culture that fosters the development of skills for communication, independence towards learning, community service, intercultural understanding and global engagement - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global citizens.

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 2019 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.

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 teaching of VET across a number of  course areas is of great importance to student seeking a non-tertiary pathway after school. Expanding learning pathways for young people, MCSS has a Trade Skills Centre for Hospitality, Construction and Horticulture at the High School campus as well as significant refurbishment in Hospitality and Horticulture at the College campus provides students access to vocational career learning and nationally accredited studies.

The relationship with many industry workplace providers continues to see students complete industry certification through sustainable partnerships serving the school and community.

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
  • Full Motion Flight Simultor
  • Strength and Conditioning Gym
  • Student Welfare/Services Suite
  • Specialist IT Labs and BYOD wifi and mobile device access
  • Learning HUB

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
  • Learning HUB
  • Specialist IT Labs, BYOD wifi and mobile device access
  • A Connect Centre (Youth Worker)

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.

Kerrie Heath