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







Do you have what it takes? – 2nd Annual Tea Duelling Competition

Tea Duelling? I hear you ask. Yes – it’s a sport for the modern age:

Tea Duelling is an elegant sport for a more civilized age. Instead of hacking away at each other with long, sharp wedges of metal or, heaven forbid, shooting guns at one another, Major Thadeus Tinker and Dr. Geof Fetishman devised a way to test the mettle of an opponent through the use of a simple cup of brown joy and a biscuit.

Tea Duelling is now an annual institution at Melbourne High School. Enjoy photos and videos.

The final play-off (going backwards)

The secret to tea duelling by an experienced dueller

Inspecting the integrity of the biscuit.

A big thank you to all of you who came and those who participated. Judging by all the cheering and noise, Tea Duelling is a serious sport.

The presiding officer, known as a “Tiffin Master” or “Tiffin Mistress” then tells both duellists when to dunk their biscuit into their tea. The biscuits are to be held submerged in tea for an audible count of five seconds, and then are removed and attempted to be eaten.

The goal of tea duelling is to get a clean “nom”, which is when you put the biscuit in your mouth and bite it without having lost any pieces along the way. This sounds easy, but as the biscuit has been submerged in hot tea, it will want to immediately fall apart, presenting difficulty in achieving a clean “nom”.

A huge thanks to Denise who organised the whole thing, dressed up as Tiffin Mistress to take the contestants through their paces, researched the biscuits, made the tea and organised and wrapped the prizes.

See you all again next year.

Spelling Bee @MHS 2015

As I said last year, spelling is a serious sport at Melbourne High School. This year 10 competition drew crowds of enthusiastic and noisy spelling fans. Luckily for you, Reader, we caught some of the dramatic action on camera. Well done to all the finalists, and especially to Victor Fagundes of 10K who outspelled them all.

‘Classic Captions’ competition


It’s still a little while before Book Week, but we already have one of our competitions on display in the hope of attracting a healthy number of competitors. Our inaugural Classic Captions competition invites students (and teachers) to add their own captions to some classic art works.

You can enter as many times as you like! Prizes to be won, of course. So, something like this –

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The best captions will be published in this blog, so start thinking.

Playing with book titles – Book spine poetry competition for Library and Information Week

One of the competitions we’ve run for last week’s Library and Information Week has been the Book Spine Poetry competition. I’ve always loved seeing creative examples of this. It’s fun, hands-on and once you start you can’t stop. Only things I have against it is the shelving after the event! (just joking – I don’t shelve, haha).

At first it seemed that nobody could be enticed into the competition. Our boys are so incredibly busy and suffer from major over-involvement. We have so many interest groups at the school that it can be very difficult for our students to do anything extra. Anyway, I was thrilled when Matt Lyons started the ball rolling – thanks, Matt! – and soon a few more boys started playing with books to create spine poetry.

Here are a few of the entries. We will be judging and awarding prizes some time this week.






Premier’s Reading Challenge at MHS

At Junior Assembly last week we were fortunate to have Michael Pryor, an ambassador for the 2011 Premier’s Reading Challenge, present the “George Georgiou Reading Cup” to 9K and make special reading awards to some of our students.
Overall, 249 Year 9 students completed the challenge representing 81% of the cohort – a fantastic result.

It was exciting to see our students enjoying a range of high-quality writing including Australian & international Young Adult literature. Choices ranged from literary classics such as Homer, Dickens, Hemingway, and Erich Maria Remarque through to modern classics by Hosseini, Toltz, Martel, and Hartnett. We noticed an increased interest in biographies, and non-fiction reading. Graphic novels have also been more popular this year, especially the socially illuminating books by Shaun Tan, Marjorie Satrane & Art Spiegelman.

Book prizes were awarded to  Stephen, Terrence and  Zhengyu for reading across a wide range of genres. Austin had an interesting selection of graphic novels. Jean-Marc tackled some challenging non-fiction. Yunxu is our Shakespeare enthusiast, and Leo read the most Michael Prior books. Congratulations to all readers and we hope you will consider entering the Challenge again next year.