Welcome to Melbourne High School
A New Beginning at the ‘Castle on the Hill’
Welcome to the finest school in Australia. One of the beauties of Melbourne High is that every day is different. Every day will bring its own adventures.
In your first term, much of the School’s life will be new and unexpected; formal assemblies with staff in academic gowns, massed singing, the House system. For some, this may be the first time in school uniform, for many the first time in blazer and tie.
You have been selected from thousands of applicants for your academic ability and commitment to success. You will find yourself in the company of like-minded, highly able boys and much will be expected of you. Your teachers will set you demanding challenges and be keen to test your capabilities. For many, you will need to prepare for your first formal examinations by mid-year. We expect you to set yourself challenging goals…and achieve them.
Because every MHS student is academically able, the School can offer a curriculum program tailored specifically to their unique needs. This means our program has the breadth, depth and pace that would simply not be possible at another school. New students comment on the excitement of being exposed to higher-level concepts and thinking and facing new and challenging ideas every day.
Many describe the realisation that whilst they may have been the most-able student at their previous school with little real effort, at Melbourne High their abilities were far more rigorously tested by equally able students and higher expectations. MHS engenders an unusual spirit of friendly competitiveness, hand in hand with mutual respect and support. It fosters and celebrates achievement in every field of human endeavour and inspires an ongoing desire to always strive for personal best.
There is much more to being a student at Melbourne High School than academic achievement. The School has one of the most extensive co-curricula and extension programs available. The Involvement program consists of over forty clubs and activities ranging from Army and Air Force cadets to Baka Anime and Break Dancing. There will be over thirty different sports activities and teams to try out; from fencing and rowing to chess and lawn bowls. There are also over thirty different musical ensembles from orchestra and choirs to rock bands. Before and after school and at lunchtime there will be a range of events, activities, competitions and clubs to sample and enjoy. This is your opportunity to explore new territory you have never previously encountered.
Term one is always frenetic at Melbourne High. There will be House swimming, Athletics and Choral competitions and election of Form Captains and SRC representatives. There will be much to adjust to as well, finding your way around new buildings and a shifting timetable, longer trips to school and the forging of new friendships.
Ours is a proudly eclectic and culturally diverse community. You will work side by side with students from every suburb, cultural background and walk of life. We value kindness, friendliness and courtesy very highly and you will be treated as the mature and capable young man you are becoming. Much will be expected of your conduct as well. We want to be proud of you. We want you to be proud of the School.
Your teachers, families, fellow students and the general community will now expect more of you as well. Wearing the Melbourne High blazer brings with it public recognition and respect but also new responsibilities. There will be higher expectations and scrutiny of your character and conduct at School, at home and in public. This is an opportunity to leave past habits behind and become the person you have always wanted to be. We want you to expect more of yourself.
Each day there is always something different and new to explore, stimulate and excite. No day feels like the one just passed. From flowing gowns at first assemblies to massed singing, House sports days and the awesome Chorals. School musicals, camps and interstate and overseas exchanges and eventually Speech Night. No-one can remain untouched by the excitement, stimulation and adventure of the place.
For over 100 years, Melbourne High has been able to inspire in generations of young men a lifelong excitement for learning, confidence in their own abilities, a respectfulness and sense of social responsibility and an enthusiasm to make the most of life.
This is what makes this School so different.
Melbourne High prides itself in being an education of the mind, spirit and body. A life-changing journey awaits you. You will grow in confidence, independence and accomplishment. Grasp its opportunities and challenges with a full heart and an inquiring mind and it will change your life…for the better.
I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Melbourne High School.
What do we expect of you?
We expect the exceptional.