Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at Melbourne High

Our annual cancer fundraiser, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, is always a fun, whole staff, event – today being no exception.  A huge thanks to Lynette and Paulette for organising everything and bringing in so many home-cooked foods. On a cold, dreary day it was lovely to have the warm baked aromas fill our library. Thanks to all who continue to bake/cook for this (Flanno cookies are always a hit), to the FIG boys who drove a full Woollies trolley full of food they’d sourced as donations (and who helped with the food preparation), and to everyone who came and donated to this very worthy cause.












There comes a time when it’s all the same.




When I added the above photo to our library Pinterest board, it suggested similar photos so I thought I’d share one of them.








Drawing on the furniture – update

The art building furniture project is coming along nicely. Well done, year 10s. It’s amazing considering the students’ tools are textas. Some are experimenting with using textas like they might use paint. The thinking behind the choice of subject matter is interesting, for example, one chair which has natural forms and soft, smudged colours on one side and mechanical drawings in black texta on the other. I wonder what Dali thinks of all this?


Tammy Talks Trash

The Environmental Action group welcomed students from the other three selective schools on Thursday for a whole day Sustainability Forum. The discussions were loud and passionate.

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A highlight of the day was the talk by Tammy Logan of Gippsland Unwrapped .


Ryan welcomes Tammy to the stage.


Tammy stuns the audience by revealing how much rubbish she has generated this year. It half fills the jar in her hand. We all look at each other amazed. She and her family aim to live plastic free and have zero waste.

How? They follow the five R’s and she urges the audience to adopt them also, stressing the first is the important one. For example, do you really need that plastic drink straw? Just ask for a drink with no straw.

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Tammy encourages everyone to live with less; we all have too much stuff. Tammy shared how little she and her family have purchased this year and how much they borrow or swap with friends or neighbours, sharing tools, sewing machines and clothes. They follow the Buyerachy of Needs, shown in the image below.



Thank you Tammy for talking to us, thanks also to the students and staff who attended from Nossal, MacRob, Suzanne Cory High schools and the other guests who spoke throughout the day. You all inspired us.

Australia’s first non-profit crepe van: Crepes for Change

We were overjoyed to discover that as part of Language Week we could buy crepes all day long. Turned out to be a cute pink van with 3 of our old boys making and selling crepes. But wait! There’s more: it’s part of a social enterprise founded by old boy, Dan Poole, to help disadvantaged and homeless youth.

I can’t say it any better than the ‘about us’ on their website:

Crêpes for Change is a project that has been a dream for a long time.

We live in an exciting time full of opportunities to be had, but the sad reality is that not everyone starts off on the same level. Many lack not only the tangible basics such as food and accommodation, but also the things that shape a person’s life immeasurably: a loving family, inspiring teachers and mentors, support from their community and people who will give them a shot. It’s heartbreaking to see people unable to leverage themselves out of a bad situation.

Our goal is to be able to employ,  train and support young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and allow them to find long-term employment and prosper on their own.

We are proud of you, boys! We recognized Terence Felix’s smiling face (thanks for the recommendation of salted caramel which partially ended up on my dress but also mostly in my mouth – so good!). Dan was creating the crepes, and sorry we didn’t know who the other young man was. Check out their website and read about the initiative and how you can get involved.


You can follow Crepes for Change on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Rare sightings of teachers in the library makerspace

Thanks to Sam Loh (smiling on the right of the photo above), the Lego Club is a hive of activity in our small makerspace in the library. If you’re very quiet and move slowly, you may even spot a teacher or two rummaging in the Lego boxes along with the students.

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Our numbers in the library during recreation time are growing as students continue to find spaces and activities for social activities.

Drawing on the furniture – Year 10 Art project

What if we combined creativity with functionality? Make that a collaborative project, mix it up with different drawings styles, themes and concepts, and apply to IKEA furniture. This what Ms Brysha’s year 10 Art students are up to. They are creating furniture for the empty foyer of the art building.

Take a look at the work in progress –

This is a small, low, round table.

More tables

How much more kinaesthetic can you get?

Going from drawing to chair. The students tell me it’s tricky drawing on the vertical, sometimes rounded, surface.

Experimenting with textas to create a painterly effect.

A bit of mechanics amongst the botanical themes.

How could you sit on this?

I can’t wait to see this colourful furniture transform the empty space in the Art building!

Our year 9s workshop with Mark Wilson – endangered species, Vietnam war, comics and looking for the shapes in things

Mark Wilson visited our year 9s today. His most recent book, Beth: the story of a child convict, has almost sold out even though it isn’t officially released until May 30.

Mark kept 2 classes of year 9 transfixed talking about his 2 main interests – our natural environment and endangered species, and his experiences of the Vietnam war. The combination of his passion and talent for storytelling was followed by a hands-on workshop where he focused on identifying shapes in things as a drawing tool. Mark fired drawing prompts at the boys while he demonstrated how it was done on the whiteboard.

“It’s all about movement”. – Mark Wilson (who grew up on comics and learned by studying how comics were drawn.

Thank you, Mark, for a very entertaining, informative and inspiring session which I’m sure our boys will remember for a long time. Whether in terms of awareness of our environment or endangered species, issues associated with war, or drawing techniques, our students’ understanding and appreciation for these things has been broadened. Thank you to Marie for organising the workshop, and to Suelyn and Mihaela for their support. It was also great to have the opportunity to collaborate with Stonnington Libraries.