The first of April 2014 saw the grand, official, opening of Melbourne High School’s new library spaces, including a welcoming, attractive entrance, more spacious reading spaces, and study rooms. Attending were principal Jeremy Ludowyke, assistant principals Dr Janet Prideaux, Andrew Sloan and David Smyth, school council members, architects Michael Fooks and Leah Reynolds, patrons and friends of the school including many old boys, student representatives and library staff.
We were honoured to welcome Mrs Mary Crean, long-standing volunteer and patron of our library for more than 30 years. Mrs Crean was assisted in the official unveiling of the donors’ plaque by her two sons, Simon Crean (former Leader of the Federal Opposition) and David Crean (former Tasmanian Treasurer) – both Melbourne High School Old Boys.
Principal Ludowyke gave a potted history of the library, and reminded those present that Melbourne High School was one of the first government school libraries to employ trained librarians, setting a precedent for other schools to follow.
This is the first in a staged plan for the renewal of our library spaces to provide more options for our students and assist in their transition to the tertiary environment and into the wider world.
Mary Crean with her sons, Simon and David
Principal Jeremy Ludowyke at the unveiling
Assistant Principal, David Smyth, chatting with guests
Students serving the food. Assistant Principal, Dr Janet Prideaux, in the background