Prospectus 2020

Principal’s Message

Melrose High School is an inclusive government school, which promotes and celebrates diversity in its student and staff profiles. The school has a strong focus on internationalism and globally linked education. Partnerships with schools in Asia, working with the Global Digital Citizen Foundation and Big Picture Education Australia, significantly expand our educational community for teachers and students. The school sets high expectations and achieves quality outcomes in student leadership, academic, sporting and cultural performances. 


Melrose High School reinforces strong values which are based on RESPECT and guide the school community in the way we conduct ourselves. Through our values we focus on respect for Resources, Effort, Self, Peers, Environment, Community, Teachers. These values are embedded in the operation and culture of the school. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. values assists staff and students in maintaining social and emotional wellbeing as well as developing a strong direction for students on how to conduct themselves in our community of learners. The school has excellent specialist learning facilities and is moving into a learning environment that promotes modern learning strategies through inquiry projects, personalised learning, trans-disciplinary learning, community mentors, ACE units cross curriculum projects, and “anywhere anytime” learning using Google Apps for Education. Melrose High School follows a Bring Your own Device model of personalised ICT use and families are encouraged to seek support and advice on the type of device purchased.

The wireless infrastructure of the school has been significantly upgraded to enhance every classroom setting and two outdoor classroom spaces. Our enhanced learning environments enable students to enjoy their learning in an educationally stimulating environment and include a Science Centre, an Astronomical Teaching Observatory, a range of targeted Study Centres, Language classes, Performing Arts spaces, Outdoor Education classroom, a mountain bike track and a broad range of sporting and recreational facilities including a FIFA standard synthetic Football arena.

Melrose High School nurtures and values difference, social, cultural, learning abilities and styles. Our inclusive philosophy is reinforced through a safe and health promoting environment. The wellbeing of every student ensures that each has the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

I invite you to join the Melrose High School community.

Simon Vaughan



The Melrose Community



Melrose High School is founded upon a tradition that encourages achievement in learning within a safe and friendly environment.There is a commitment to strive for excellence and to provide educational programs that meet high standards.
The school aims to help each student develop intellectually, aesthetically, morally, emotionally, physically and socially. In working with students, staff seek to balance their social/emotional wellbeing while ensuring that teaching practice develops 21st Century skills and academic potentials.
We offer a balanced curriculum, which provides a breadth of educational experience through a range of subjects, meeting the interests and needs of students for the twenty first century.

The focus on learning is accompanied by an approach to discipline that values orderliness and a concern for the well-being of all.
The school has a code of behaviour that requires members of the school community to accept responsibility for their actions and to conduct themselves in a manner, which shows respect and consideration towards others.
There is an emphasis upon the development of a school spirit that promotes a positive school identity, an ethos of service to others and a respect for all who work and learn within the school community.

  • Resources

  • Effort

  • Self

  • Peers

  • Environment

  • Community

  • Teachers

R.E.S.P.E.C.T Values

The school values underpin the interactions between all members of our school community. Melrose High School aims to produce students with a deep understanding of how these values relate to all aspect of their school life and their future.


History of the School

Bataba             Red and peaceable

Noola               Gold and friendly

Wallara           Blue and joyous

Mankina          Green and happy

Australian Aboriginal history is further celebrated through the names of our Sporting Houses; Bataba, Noola, Wallara and Mankina.  Each name represents a different colour and meaning.

Melrose High School takes its name from that of an early property, "Melrose", in the Woden District, named after the town of Melrose in Roxburghshire, Scotland.


The School logo displays the symbol of a castle, commemorating this origin.  The Aboriginal history of our country is symbolised through both the motto, Tjangi witja ngawani, or I shall discover the truth, and the boomerangs on the logo.  The early colonial history is represented by the sheep’s head, a symbol of the basis upon which our country’s wealth was built.


The original site of the Melrose homestead now lies within the suburb of Curtin. The School serves the suburbs of:

Sir Douglas
1882 – 1958

William James
1846 – 1906

Pioneer of scientific wheat breeding in Australia. He carried out experiments on his property "Lambrigg" near Tharwa.

Antarctic explorer and geologist.   As a professor of Geology he explored much of the Flinders Ranges with students.

Sir Robert
1814 – 1884

Former Premier of South Australia.  He established the Torrens System of Land Titles.

1870 – 1952

Parliamentarian responsible for the military side of Australia's war effort in World War 1.  He established the Point Cook Flying School.

Joseph Benedict
1885 – 1951

Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949.

Sir Isaac
1855 - 1948

First Australian born Governor-General.  Prior to that he served in the Victorian and Federal Parliaments and was a Justice and Chief Justice of the High Court.

1854 – 1953

Member of the Federal Parliament from 1906-1917. He was involved in the founding of Canberra.

The Melrose High School Board

School Boards were established in the ACT to allow the maximum participation of teachers, parents and students, in cooperation with the Education and Training Directorate, to develop the educational environment within individual schools.


The Board is composed of three elected parent representatives, two elected teacher representatives, the Principal (ex officio), and two elected student representatives.

The Board is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the school budget, considering submissions for curriculum change, helping prepare duty statements for Principal appointments and representing the school community in making submissions to the Education and Training Directorate or other government or non-government groups.


The Melrose High School Board has played an important role in promoting the interests of the school and its students and looks to the continued assistance of parents, students and staff in its future work.


Student Representative Council

Members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) are self-nominated and selected by a panel of the SRC Leaders, Year Co-Ordinators and Executive Teachers. Students apply through a written submission outlining why they want to be a member of the SRC, what they can contribute and any new ideas and initiatives they have for the school.


A Year 9 and a Year 10 student are chosen to act as Student Representatives on the School Board.

The Student Representative Council is led by ten year ten students: two SRC presidents and two house captains from each of the four houses. There are six year nine members, two year eight members and two year seven members.

The functions of the SRC are varied and include:

  •  - Representing the School on behalf of the student community

  •  - Leading student-action initiatives in the school and community

  •  - Organising student involvement in school charity work

  •  - Organising school social events

  •  - Representing student views to staff, Principal and School Board

  •  - Assisting in running school assemblies

  •  - Providing exemplary behaviour and leadership for the student body

The SRC promotes activities such as socials, school beautification and fund raising. In addition, the SRC acts as a hub for the promotion and engagement of the house system. House-based activities will be supported and promoted by the SRC.


The SRC has a substantial budget each year from the money raised at school socials and through other fundraising activities. In recent years some of the money has been spent on school beautification, school culture and equipment purchases.