Of course, it’s not Christmas yet, but many events have whizzed by – Speech Night last night; awards assemblies; various celebratory morning teas; year 9 and 10 transitions…
…the end is nigh…
This year’s Laureate, our literary magazine, was launched in the library this afternoon, with award winning Australian author, Chris Womersley, as guest speaker. There is no doubt that Melbourne High School has an abundance of writing and artistic talent, and we celebrated this in style today. After his speech Chris presented our talented students with a copy of the Laureate. We were happy to see so many people at the event – parents (and possibly grandparents), teachers and students all enjoying a lovely afternoon tea and good company. Thank you, Chris, for coming and presenting your speech to encourage our students. Thanks to Mr Sam Bryant for organising the event. Thanks also to the talented students, including those who finished last year. Thanks to our principal, Mr Jeremy Ludowyke, and our assistant principals, Dr Janet Prideaux and David Smyth, for supporting the event. Thanks also to the teachers who came to support their students. Note: This was a photographer’s nightmare with everyone moving and shaking during the Laureate magazine presentations for contributing writers. Please excuse the blurry photos resulting from multiple filters attempting to block out reflection from all the ceiling lights and from windows. Isaac Reichman presents Chris with a token of our appreciation. (… a couple of tokens…) It was great to see our past students again. Many had contributed last year to this year’s Laureate. Interesting – I wonder what what they are pondering. The cover of the Laureate 2014 features art work by Hieu Nguyen, the student whose art was awarded the Melbourne High School Art and Cultural Trust & Melbourne High School Foundation Art Acquisition Prize 2013. A big thanks again to Mr Sam Bryant for organising this very important event. Library staff always enjoy hosting school events, especially if they promote the talents of our wonderful students. Thanks also to parents/grandparents who joined us.
Are our students too young to have any knowledge of Beatles songs? Apparently not. When responding to the question on the white board: How many Beatles songs can we list? (No Google), it seems that this generation has rediscovered the band whose beginning were in the 60s.
It was disappointing that most people (including library staff) had not heard of Mean Mr Mustard. Abbey Road album, guys!
Last week we enjoyed a visit from the librarians at the University of Melbourne.
Our connection with the Melbourne Uni librarians is very much appreciated, particularly since we are a 9-12 school with most of our boys going on to tertiary study. It makes sense to have conversations about how we can best support our students in terms of resources and skills in preparation for life beyond school. We have started to link some of our online resources, and we hope to continue the dialogue and sharing to strengthen our relationship. It’s a positive partnership we greatly appreciate.
To thank all of our hard-working Library Assistants – we give them food! Today was our last morning tea of the year – sadly our Year 12 boys were too busy studying for exams to attend. The rest of them tucked in!
We also appointed our Library Captains for 2015. Congratulations to Joseph – seen here flanked by Nicholas and Alex, his Vice Captains. They’ll make a great team!
What a day we had – Michael Pryor’s visit and workshop, the Reading Awards assembly, and our inaugural Tea Duelling event (see previous post for information). Thanks, Denise, for making this happen down to the smallest detail. We even had Mr Brown’s original Steampunk composition playing. Well done to all the boys who participated in the duelling heats. There wasn’t much jousting but there was plenty of nomming and splodging. (Tablecloths definitely need a wash now). And, of course, much biscuit dunking and tea drinking.
I apologise for the bad quality videos but I think they were not uploaded in high definition. Lots of photos too so be prepared to scroll down a lot. Thanks also to Ms Buckland for the Reading Awards and workshop. Thanks for coming and for being such a good sport, Michael.
The videos are not in heat order.
I give you Carlo Piccolo-Cody on Rubick’s cube – timelapse by Hyperlapse. The real speed version was not much slower.
That was brilliant, Carlo.