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Library technician at Melbourne High School

Blind Date with a Book #LibraryLoversDay


February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, but also Library Lovers’ Day. Libraries and their users all around the world are celebrating loving their library. Here at the MHS library, we decided to celebrate by having a ‘Blind Date with a Book’. You never know what you might check out…

First of all, have a look at what’s available…


Look at all these lovelies (with a chocolate as a sweetener)…!




So many to choose from!

“I think you’d like this one”


No Angus, you can’t see through the paper!


By recess, quite a number of dates had been taken out…


At the end of the day only the desperate and dateless were left….


Happy reading!


Happy Library Lovers’ Day!


3rd Annual MHS Tea Duel

Time once again for our gentlemen to show their mettle. The tea brewed and, after the ‘Biscuitgate’ fiasco of 2015, we reverted to the tried and tested ‘Cows’. Tony Thompson – visiting author – gamely signed up to duel despite having no clue as to what he would be doing. Well played, good sir, well played.

The duellers,and many of the spectators, were conversant with the rules of Tea Duelling which ensured fair play and good spirit, as well as healthy competition. Tactics were discussed, debated and argued.

Thank you to the ‘Cosies’ who ably assisted the Tiffin Mistress (and to Ms Buckland who inadvertently became our chief Keg washer), and to Eric of 9K, Ms Morton and Ms Hainstock for being our photographers.

Congratulations to Jacob [11N] our 2016 Tea Duel Champion, and to Angus [10K] the runner-up.                                                                                                                                          Aside from a few splashes, splatters and splodges, it was a good, clean fight. gg everyone.


Setting up


Setting up


Let the games begin….


Our visiting author looks perplexed!


Tea Duelling is a serious sport


Tea Duelling is a serious sport


Tea Duelling is a serious sport

Some of us weren’t taking it that seriously…


Heats over, now it gets really serious


After the quarters it was down to the final four Jacob v. Nathan and Angus v. Firdavis:


And now the final…. Jacob v Angus.


It was a short, sharp final with Jacob the winner – splatter beating splash


Jacob the victor…


Angus – Tea and Biscuit


A gallant second place




… are grinners


Jacob and Angus with the Tiffin Mistress and Tony Thompson






Library Assistants visit the MHS Archives

A group of MHS library assistants visited the Melbourne High School Archives along with Catherine Morton and Denise Beanland. The Archivist, Jock Murphy, gave the group an introductory talk – which included the sharing of a not-so-resplendent report belonging to a boy in 1936! The group then had a look at the treasures to be found in the John Elden Room, before braving the wind outside on top of the Tower. Thanks for a great visit, and a number of the boys showed an interest in joining the Heritage Club.

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

Up top...

Up top…

Up top…

Up top…

Up top…

Escaping the wind - the end of the tour

Escaping the wind – the end of the tour

Library Assistants’ Morning Tea

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!

Last Library Assistants' Morning Tea of 2014

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!

2015 Captains

Governor General’s visit to Melbourne High School

The School was honoured yesterday with the presence of Her Excellency, the Governor General Quentin Bryce to present the inaugural Lambis Englezos Scholarship.
Lambis is an Old Boy whose persistent research led to the discovery of over 250 soldiers in unmarked graves at Fromelle He gave a fascinating and moving presentation of his endeavours over the years to find the missing fallen. Lambis has agreed to assist Melbourne High School in researching and reclaiming the histories of the nine Old Boys who were amongst the fallen.
The M.H.S Foundation has introduced a tertiary scholarship in his name, to be presented to a student whose studies will include Australian-French relationships. Aaron Zee was presented with this prestigious award by the Governor General.


Sitting behind Dr Barry Jones, Old Boy, who gave an enthusiastic rendition of the school song


Library Assistants’ Morning Tea

Our library assistants work very hard during the term, so to thank them, we had a Morning Tea at recess on the last Thursday of term. As usual the boys brought hearty appetites to the table! Thanks to the library staff for providing some yummy homemade goodies. Books & food – always a winning combination! Thanks boys!