From There to Here

MHS old boy Jon Faine returned to the school on Tuesday to talk to the Year 10 students. He doesn’t generally give school talks anymore but made an exception for us.

Jon Faine 1

He focused mainly on his travel memoir From Here to There, co-written with his son Jack, which relates the story of their drive from Melbourne to London.

Jon Faine 2

Jon kept the students transfixed with tales of his adventure and they had plenty of questions about it at the end. He also talked about his time at the school and his subsequent career as a lawyer and in radio broadcasting. A key message he had for the students was not to be too narrowly focused in their studies and to recognise the importance of telling a story no matter what profession they are planning to go into.

– Mr Blair Mahoney

The story continues….. On 774 ABC Melbourne the morning following his visit, Jon recounted his visit to MHS. We’d presented him with a book on English industrial history as he’d been the last borrower of this volume in 1974. He also recounted visiting his Vietnamese mechanic on the way home. The mechanic told him his son had attended Jon’s talk. The next generation of diverse students continue to attend MHS.

Thank you Jon for returning to MHS and sharing your story, and to Blair for organising our Literature Festival guest speakers. They provided us with wonderful insight into the literary world.


Gold comes to MHS

Motivation, talent, facilities, drive and a training companion are critical to achieving success in all areas of endeavour. These qualities were highlighted when gold came to MHS.

We’ve been watching the world’s greatest athletes win gold in Rio. What is the journey of these exceptional athletes? Each has their own story.

MHS Old Boy Ralph Doubell – middle distance running – and current staff member Lisa Carruthers (nee Powell ) – hockey – unveiled the MHS Olympic Hall of Fame.

Ralph & Lisa

The Olympic Hall of Fame includes such legends as:

to those who are participating in Rio:

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame 2









Students and staff had great delight in holding Lisa’s gold medals for hockey in Barcelona 1996 and Sydney 2000.




Ralph provided an insight into winning the 800 metres in 1:44.3, a world record at Mexico City Olympics in 1968. It was and remains the Australian record.

In Mexico the overwhelming favourite in the Olympic 800 final was Wilson Kiprugut of Kenya who led the field through 400 m in 51.0. The Australian media paid almost no attention to Doubell leading up to the race. Doubell mentioned that this lack of expectations, along with his own personal conviction, propelled him pass Kiprugut, who had been leading for the majority of the race, to win Australia’s first gold medal in this event and equal the world record of 1:44.3.


He participated in the triple jump in the MHS inter-house sports and ran well in the cross-country races. However, he didn’t ever win a school championship. How did Ralph go on to win gold in a world record time at the age of 23? He was motivated. He wanted to travel the world and he realised he could do that if he won races. He was driven to win. He realised that with running being a solo sport, having a training companion was crucial.



Ralph provided us with valuable advice. Step back, decide on the critical issues and write them down. Clarify what you’re good at and start with that.

Thank you to the Heritage Society for organising the event, to Lisa for giving us the opportunity to hold Olympic gold and to Ralph for sharing his inspirational story.



Tony Xie – Year 12 Heritage Society President

Ms Catherine Morton – Teacher Librarian

It’s all happening – Book Week is here!

So, finally, it’s Book Week. Our Book Swap table has been set up and the first book to be purchased for a gold coin is – can you guess? A dictionary!

I’m happy to see a good mix of contemporary and classic books, including some books you’ve not seen for some time or perhaps never before. 







If you’re around, come and join us for our Book Week activities. It’s not too late to submit a photo to ‘Book Face’ or ‘Holding Up Books For No Reason’. Tomorrow’s BookWiz should be fabulous; I’m looking forward to the quartet. Please donate a book or two to our Book Swap table, and choose a book or two for a gold coin donation.