Two glorious days outdoors – House Athletics Competition

We were blessed with good weather for our two consecutive days of House Athletics Competition. Congratulations to Forrest, the winning house, and well done to all who competed or participated in any way. The placings were Forrest, Como, Waterloo and Yarra.

A few more moments –

Chow Liu broke the record for under 17 1500 metres by 2 seconds (4 mins 12 seconds).

Innovation is not just something that occurs in class. On this very sunny day these MHS students have discovered a practical use for a healthy snack option.


With a bit of thought, House allegiance can be aligned with style.


The principal’s parking spot.

The first morning – students gathering in forms.

Stillness before the second day.



MHS House Choral Competition 2016

It started with the traditional grilling. Assistant principal, Ms Pelissa Tsilimidos, did a great job.

And then the competition began: the choirs, the soloists, ensembles – all showcasing the talent and hard work of Melbourne High School students. Stage colours changed as the four houses did their best to impress the judges. It was a day of singing, harmonising, playing solo on a variety of instruments, baton waving and cheering.

A short interval to stretch the legs and recharge, and then the second half of the program.

Our staff number this year was a swaying selection of talented teachers singing ‘The lion sleeps tonight’, also featuring the Duke and a surprise guest appearance by ‘the lion’ (rumoured to be our principal, Mr Jeremy Ludowyke). Thank you to Ms Anne-Marie Brownhill for making this happen.

Melbourne High School boys are always up for a competition, regardless of whether it be sport, academics or music. When Waterloo was announced the winner, you would have thought you were at a sporting event. Listen for yourself.

We are so fortunate to host the Chorals Competition in the gorgeous Melbourne Town Hall.

It’s fantastic to see the whole school gathered for a much-loved musical event.

Sincere thanks go to everyone involved – in the weeks leading up to the day, and on the day itself. Thank you to the music staff, in particular, who inspire and train our boys to love music and take the lead in organising, arranging, conducting, etc. Melbourne High School is a wonderful example of what all schools could be in terms of recognising the importance of music and singing for all students. Thanks to  Mr Sloan for organising the event. Thank you to all parents and past students who came to support our students and enjoy the day.

Until next year.

I wrote the Safe Schools LGBTI program, Tony Abbott. It’s vital and it changes lives – Chris Bush

Photo credit: Carol Cho/AAP (from the Guardian article)

Chris Bush is an Economics/Accounting/English teacher at Melbourne High School, and he is also involved in MHS rowing. He is one of the authors of the Safe Schools LGBTI program. Recently he was in the audience for the #QandA program: Safe Schools, Sniping and Senators .

Chris wrote this article for The Guardian.

Tony Abbott says the Safe Schools program is not an anti-bullying program and should be de-funded, but it’s crucial to LGBTI kids, and to an inclusive Australia.

When I hear Tony Abbott say that the Safe Schools program is not an anti-bullying program, I am astounded. When I hear him say it’s “social engineering” I am incredulous. When I hear him say the funding for it should be terminated, I am so dismayed.

I was one of the authors of the program and I know exactly what it is. I also know how vital it is to the lives of young LGBTI students; if it had been around when I was at school it would have changed my life.

Three years ago when I was undertaking my teacher training I was approached to work on a new project. Teachers and principals were constantly asking the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria for a resource that would help them combat homophobia and support LGBTI kids in their schools. All the existing resources were old and out of date and most told stories that were bleak. They needed an anti-bullying program – yes, an anti-bullying program – that stopped what they felt they were currently unable to do.

The resource’s front page clearly states that All of Us is a “health and physical education resource for understanding gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics for Years 7 and 8 and the program aims are explicit.

  1. Increase respect and inclusion of LGBTI people by challenging stereotypes and increasing empathy through exploring relatable real life stories.
  2. Reduce homophobic and transphobic behavior and discrimination in schools and the wider community by increasing understanding of the impact of the behaviour and discrimination on people’s health and wellbeing.
  3. Provide practical strategies and skills to enable students to create a school environment that recognises and celebrates the diversity of each person’s unique sexuality, gender identity or intersex status.

Read the rest of Chris’ article here.

Photo source: The Guardian

The Riddler – challenging our Maths Trust

We are always looking out for puzzles and maths problems to challenge our students – many of whom are highly able in mathematics. It’s not an easy task to find a problem that isn’t resolved within minutes. Finally we’ve discovered something that confounds the brightest maths whiz: The Riddler poses some very tricky challenges.

I’m not sure we have a solution but there is a lot of process.

Can you beat The Riddler?

Gus reads Martin Amis #gusreads #growlingwithgus

What is Gus reading now?

Gus has been reading Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres and Yellow Dog by Martin Amis. Yellow Dog was definitely not what he expected. It

explores the complex lives of five very different men, including Xan Meo, a one-time familial paragon who suffers a personality change following a brutal assault, and King Henry IX of England, whose life is complicated by his incapacitated wife…

No, Gus much preferred Red Dog which is about

a West Australian, a lovable friendly red kelpie who found widespread fame as a result of his habit of travelling all over Western Australia, hitching rides over thousands of miles, settling in places for months at a time and adopting new families before heading off again to the next destination and another family – sometimes returning to say hello years later.

Gus wants to know why he can’t judge a book by its cover. Not that he is discouraged from reading – not at all. Gus realises that a healthy diet of books will always contain some less favourable reads. And so he decides on Peter Goldsworthy‘s Three Dog Night to complete his doggy trilogy, showing his dogged determination to be an erudite canine.

Oh dear, all this reading is making Gus sleepy. Until next time, this is Gus saying ‘goodnight’ for now. Woof.

#gusreads #growlingwithgus

Style and Buttons

The morning started with a request for needle and thread. A button from a blazer had fallen off. So proceeded a lesson on sewing on a button, as naturally, the library had needles and thread.  The discussion then progressed to why that button had fallen off the blazer, it was the middle one of three.

This then prompted the style guidelines posted on the community wall.  Consequently we have been quietly watching the students read, adjust their buttons, undoing, doing up, looking at each other and laughing. Then of course there are those who then only button the bottom button.

“I’m a rebel, Miss”



Thanks to Uqbah who is modeling two buttons done up and the third undone (plus a little photo bombing by Ming).



The library is a learning commons – we learn from our students

Our library houses our book and magazine collection and electronic resources, but, without a doubt, people are our most valued resource. We like to think that we provide a positive learning environment here for our students, and we watch them learn from and with each other in the library. Our students are a wonderful resource to us also, and we often look for experts who can help us or help other students with a variety of things.

The value of technologies in a learning context is often their ability to connect us to people. Using social media with this intent will lead to the most valuable and satisfying kind of learning. People are our greatest resource.

Recently I found a comic I couldn’t understand so I stuck it on our “Learning Commons” common (whiteboard) hoping that a student might be able to help me. In this case, it was a student who pointed a teacher in the direction of a book.