Showcasing our students’ creativity – the MHS Student Art Exhibition

Showcasing the creative work of our students is always a joy, and this year the MHS Student Art Exhibition delighted those who came to see the variety of work by students of Art, Visual Communication Design, Photography, and Media and performances by Drama students.

We were honoured to have as Guest Speaker this year Richard Roberts, an internationally acclaimed and sought-after stage designer. He has designed for drama, dance, film, television and opera. Alongside his practice as a designer, he established the design programme at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (1991- 96), was Head of the School of Production at the Victorian College of the Arts (2000-07) and most recently, Head of Design at The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (2013-15). Most recently he has designed a new production of Fiddler on the Roof for TML, The Last Man Standing for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Rigoletto and Don Pasquale for Opera Australia and Glengarry Glen Ross for Black Swan Theatre Company. He is currently designing Much Ado About Nothing for Queensland Theatre Company and Caucasian Chalk Circle for Black Swan Theatre Company He is the recipient of four Greenroom Awards. He won best design for Drama in 1998 for Stolen (Playbox Theatre Company), and in 2000 for Life After George (Melbourne Theatre Company) and best design in Dance in 2001 for Requiem (The Australian Ballet) and in 2004 for Molto Vivace (The Australian Ballet).

The Visual and Performing Arts studies give students the opportunity to develop skills and mindsets beyond the created work itself.

As Art educator Clara Lieu points out in her excellent article, Should we protect Arts education, “…  it doesn’t matter whether a student in my class becomes a professional artist or not. In fact, it is perhaps the students who go into other fields for whom my art class could have the greatest impact. Innovation happens when someone is willing to take a risk and try something out of the norm. Art class is the ideal environment to take risks: there are literally no answers at the back of the textbook, and so much of the creative process can be simply trial and error.  In visual arts, you have to facilitate your own path, and be willing to give anything a shot.”

Guest speaker, Richard Roberts, reminded us that creativity is not about whether you were ‘born creative’ but it’s about making things, creating something that previously didn’t exist. In this sense, the work displayed in the Art Show is a visualisation of the ideas and processes taking place in students’ minds. Richard believes that everyone has the potential to be creative but sadly we are often limited by categorisations which rank us as creative or not creative.  It is important to give young people the opportunity to spend time working through creative processes, and also to exhibit the resulting work.

The following is just a snapshot of what was displayed in the Art Show this year. As I look at the work each year and take in the names of students, I discover aspects of the students, their thinking and expression, that I had previously not known. We should be grateful to the Arts for this opportunity, and support events such as the Art Show, music concerts, Drama performances, etc., which showcase what our students are capable of.

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The old light box camera!

 

 

 

Welcome Day – welcoming new students and their families to MHS

On one of the windiest days we’ve seen in many years, Melbourne High School opened its gates on a Sunday to welcome the 2017 cohort of students and their families to their new home. As they entered through the main doors of the old building, perhaps overwhelmed by its history and tradition, they were greeting with the fresh, smiling faces of our assistant principals, Pelissa Tsilimidos and Marcus Sharp.

Earlier, in the dark corridors of the same building, assistant principal, Andrew Sloan, was already rounding up the troops – students who had given up their Sunday to act as guides or help out in different parts of the school in order to showcase some of the many things the school has to offer.

Parents of existing students set up stalls in the dining hall, including Friends of Music who transformed the place into a cheery market place. How inviting were their stalls and wares!

Memorial Hall was filled many times over by new students and their families who were addressed by principal, Jeremy Ludowyke, on the theme and motto of the school, ‘More than just marks’,  as well as by the school’s registrar, Rosemary Dickson, the current school captain and vice-captain who provided a student perspective, and by a representative from Parents & Friends who provided the invaluable parent perspective.

 

The library was open from 8.30 am until well after 3pm, and hosted about 15 large groups, as well as individual family groups, all keen to see MHS library spaces, and find out how the library supported the learning and wellbeing of their sons.

Head of library, Pam Saunders, made everyone feel welcome and drew on her experiences as a past parent, sharing ‘inside’ information and advice ranging from parking tips for whole school functions (such as parent-teacher interviews) to promotion of the very special whole school music event – The House Choral Competitions. She talked about House spirit and conveyed her love of the school as she transitioned from parent to teacher librarian and head of library.

I showed the rich range of online resources developed by the library, in particular, our website (Libguides) which provides both subject- and skill-related content, as well as how parents and students might keep up with what is happening in the library and school through our social media accounts: Twitter, Instagram, our library blog, our library Facebook page and art blog.

Parents and students were keen to find out more about the Interest Groups we run in the library: Library Assistants, Book Club and Writing Interest Group (WIG). The Writing Interest Group also has a blog (Unicorn Express) in which students publish their work to a local and global readership of over 100 people a day.

Study and life skills, such as time management, goal setting, mindfulness, note-taking and other important skills are also supported in our website, and parents were happy to hear that, should they ever need support, their sons would be recommended to work with teacher librarian, Catherine Morton, in academic mentoring sessions.

All in all, a great day, and we look forward to our new students settling in next year and becoming part of the MHS community.

  • Tania Sheko

 

 

 

9F students represent MHS in the OutLoud Teen Poetry Slam (Melbourne Writers Festival event)

Congratulations to Alex Shang and Jian Lam of 9F for their outstanding performance in this year’s MWF OutLoud Teen Poetry Slam at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria. Well done, boys!

Thanks for coming to Roald Dahl’s birthday party

Thanks to Denise for organising a successful birthday party for Roald Dahl, with chocolate decorating (and eating) activities. We had a crowd lining up for a seat in order to decorate and eat their chocolate. So many talented chocolate artists!

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Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

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Take a trip down memory lane by revisiting Roald Dahl’s stories by decade.

 

 

 

 

 

Slam Poetry is alive and well at MHS

Last month Year 9 English classes gathered in Memorial Hall to support and barrack for their class teams in an entertaining competition for the opportunity to perform in the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Out Loud Poetry Slam Competition.

Dynamic duo, Alex Shang and Jian Lam of 9F gave a stirring performance of The Black Dog and were chosen to represent Melbourne High. Two weeks later semi-finals were held in the State Library with teams from 14 Victorian schools.
Competition was hot and only five teams could be selected for the MWF finals.
Slam poet and organiser of the contest, Emilie Zoe Baker remarked that this was the best prepared MHS team ever.

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Special thanks to 9F English teacher, Mrs Hamilton and Performance Coach, Ms Brownhill and congratulations to all Year 9 English teachers for creating such a fun and lively competition across the year level.

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9F students enjoyed their class reward – yesterday’s visit to the Out Loud Finals at Deakin Edge in Federation Square

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Year 11 Psychology students conduct an original research investigation into attitudes

Year 11 Psychology students have designed and conducted an original research investigation into attitudes. This assignment also required students to analyse data and critically evaluate the results. They have presented their findings as scientific posters, which have been on public display at the MHS library since 17/08/16. (Teacher: Sam Crocket)

Here is an example of work by Jacob Yap:

Youth and Parental Attitudes Towards the Use of Social Media by Jacob Yap 11H

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Below is a link to Jacob’s research assignment:

Jacob Yap Pychology poster

Some other examples:

James Dinh 11H : Analysis of the effect of one’s perception about the cause of homeless on their attitudes towards the homeless

Jathin Patil 11PY01 Attitudes towards gender stereotypes on career pathways (1) : Attitudes towards gender stereotypes on career pathways.

Jonathan tan Principled propaganda Poster: The effect of charity promotions on the public’s attitude towards donating.

Psych Poster_DavidNguyen_11PY001: The influence of titles on observers’ attitudes towards features in a video.

Tim Koh Attitudes Project Poster- Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers and Refugees Based on Immigrant Generations.

Some of the other research topics:

Investigation on the effect of gender on peer pressure – Charith Jayawardana

The effect of gender on attitudes towards rugby – Dominic Guo

An investigation of attitudes towards compulsory school uniform in male and female adolescence – Ben Yu

The influence of titles on observers’ attitudes towards features in a video – David Nguyen

The effect of formality of clothing on the likelihood of taking a flyer – Ashwin Muraleetharan

The effect of headlines on attitudes – Simon Zhang

Attitudes towards profanity – Wesley Lee

An investigation into attitudes towards politics based on gender – Charles Salzman-Bye

The effect of gender on attitudes towards fast food – Alec Yu

Attitudes towards underage drinking – Sean Bennie and Harry Popple

Attitudes towards learning a second language – John Ye

Effects of Cadet membership on attitudes to war veterans and memorials – Shannon Allas-Scott

Attitudes of age towards voting for a political party – Shlok Thakur

The affect of gender on attitudes towards homework – Hitesh Arumalla

 

These research posters will be displayed in the library for a bit longer so come up and have a look. Students are learning important research skills which prepare them for academic work at the tertiary level.

 

 

 

Stepping out of a book. The library comes alive with story characters #bookweek

What a great way to finish a fantastic week! Thank you to all the students and teachers who made an effort to dress up as a literary character. There was so much colour and creativity in the library on Friday. My vote for the most original goes to Mr Richard Edge who dressed as Mr Blair Mahoney (of ‘Poetry Remastered’ and ‘Poetry Reloaded’ fame). Thanks to Mr Marcus Sharp for judging the costumes. The library came to life in the most enjoyable way. We look forward to next year when more literary characters will step out of a book and into our library.

How many characters and corresponding books can you guess?

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