Annual Appeal


Government funding only provides for core school programs and basic facility maintenance.

Each year MHS Foundation calls on parents, past students, businesses and friends to help us fund the schools most urgent projects. Through the generous support of our donors, we can continue providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment for all students. In 2017, generous donations enabled us to:

• upgrade our classrooms and facilities
• support low-income students
• offer a greater diversity of academic, artistic, sporting and recreational activities
• provide health and well-being programs for students and staff
• purchase a new grand piano

You can help our students to achieve in every aspect of their lives. In 2018, we are raising funds for the projects listed below. All donations large or small are tax deductible.

Future Fund

Help us future-proof our academic programs, facilities and resources

Your unrestricted gift to the recently established Future Fund will enable us to respond to the most pressing funding requirements and provide Melbourne High School with financial flexibility and stability into the future.


Help us build state-of-the-art classrooms.

Most of our classrooms have not been renovated for decades and desperately need to be modernised to meet the needs of contemporary educational programs. We need your help to throw out the chalk duster and move into the digital age. We have set a target of upgrading 40 classrooms by our centenary in 2027. Last year we renovated two classrooms. With your support, we plan to upgrade three classrooms in 2018.

River Centre

Help us build a multi-purpose facility for rowing, workshops and gatherings.

We are raising funds to build an education, events and sporting facility on a scenic spot at Como Park. The River Centre will provide a permanent home for our rowing program and a flexible space for student, staff and community activities. To date, we have raised $400,000. Help us to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Help us reach our target of $1.25 million.


Help us support students in need

All students should have the opportunity to benefit from Melbourne High School’s all-encompassing education, regardless of background or circumstance. Donations to the Scholarship Trust allows us to, give much-needed assistance to students who cannot meet the basic costs of education. In 2017, 76 students were supported. Activities included school fee contributions, cash awards, the provision of laptops, school uniforms and book subsidies.

It is time to give back.