Official opening of our new library spaces

The first of April 2014 saw the grand, official, opening of Melbourne High School’s new library spaces, including a welcoming, attractive entrance, more spacious reading spaces, and study rooms. Attending were principal Jeremy Ludowyke, assistant principals Dr Janet Prideaux, Andrew Sloan and David Smyth, school council members, architects Michael Fooks and Leah Reynolds, patrons and friends of the school including many old boys, student representatives and library staff.

We were honoured to welcome Mrs Mary Crean, long-standing volunteer and patron of our library for more than 30 years. Mrs Crean was assisted in the official unveiling of the donors’ plaque by her two sons, Simon Crean (former Leader of the Federal Opposition) and David Crean (former Tasmanian Treasurer) - both Melbourne High School Old Boys.

Principal Ludowyke gave a potted history of the library, and reminded those present that Melbourne High School was one of the first government school libraries to employ trained librarians, setting a precedent for other schools to follow.

This is the first in a staged plan for the renewal of our library spaces to provide more options for our students and assist in their transition to the tertiary environment and into the wider world.


                       Mary Crean with her sons, Simon and David


          Principal Jeremy Ludowyke at the unveiling

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   Assistant Principal, David Smyth, chatting with guests

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 Students serving the food. Assistant Principal, Dr Janet Prideaux, in the background

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Row, row, row your car on Chapel St River!

There is a great deal of commotion on Chapel St outside the school (South Yarra Sports Centre side). It seems the road has lifted up and water has filled the road and part of footpaths on both sides. This is particular concern to me (yes, everything is about me) because my car is parked on Chapel and the waters are currently lapping too close to my car. There has been no sign of police but the photojournalists on the ground (ie people with phone cameras) are capturing the scene as I type. News crews have only just arrived (too late for breaking news – Twitter and Facebook have already been informed. Amidst the excitement – cyclists and dog walkers wading through, Melbourne High boys with drenched shoes and socks, risking late passes in order to get some pics, and general mayhem – the reality of extended roadworks and blocked roads, possible water cut, is slowly sinking in.

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That’s my car parked on the right, the white station wagon

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Chapel St under water from Tania Sheko on Vimeo.

The police have now arrived and are blocking off the road which will affect cars, trams, cyclists and pedestrians. Hopefully I won’t have to be ferried out this afternoon.

A bit later…

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Fog, gloom, men in wigs – It’s coming up to World Poetry Day

To celebrate World Poetry Day  we’ve decided to make a bit of a fuss in the library. We are grateful to Mr Blair Mahoney, English Teacher Extraordinaire, for contributing an eclectic and inspirational collection of poetry and art to our display – shared in the presentation below.

Denise has selected literary haiku from David Bader’s One hundred great books in haikuThese have been printed on small cards and displayed adjacent to the corresponding books. Here’s a slideshow of our displays.

Retro library signs – using old keyboard keys

Our first sign using an old keyboard.


If anyone knows where to purchase old typewriter keys cheaply, I would appreciate it. I’m hoping to do signs for ‘fiction’, ‘picture books’, etc. using some interesting materials.

I thought I’d share the wishlist Pam has put up in our Tea Room (sounds more posh than it is). Pam, you are a funny lady.