mhsoba

About us

What we do

It is the guardian of the ethos of Melbourne High School, providing life long connections with the school and encouraging involvement of its members for life.The

Current Students

MHSOBA prides itself on assisting Melbourne High School and more importantly its students in their pursuit of excellence.

With the extensive range of resources available, the MHSOBA provides current students assistance through:

  • Luncheon seminars: bringing past students back to offer advice in career paths
  • Career nights: industry leaders
  • Mentoring current students
  • Work experience connections
  • Financial assistance for students in need
  • Support for students attending national and international youth conferences and seminars
  • 'Student Well Being' program advisers
  • 'Transition into the Future' program providers
  • Sports team coaches
  • Sports days, such as lawn bowls and golf

To ensure current students do not miss these opportunities, the MHSOBA offers Student Membership whilst they are at school.

Joining MHSOBA as a student member (SM30) gets you:

  • Membership card
  • Electronic newsletters from the MHSOBA – highlighting special events and programs
  • Advanced notice of student luncheon career seminars for all year groups
  • Invitation to special purpose professional evening conducted and sponsored by old boy members

For more information please visit our student membership page

Past Students (Old Boys)

At Melbourne High we shall forever Honour the Work for our boys . The MHSOBA acknowledges the continual support needed by our past students in order for them to achieve greatness. Being titled as an Old Boy, the association maintains connections with past students to ensure they maintain the ethos of this school regardless of their endeavors. For our Old boys we organise:

Reunions: Held 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 50 years out of school, these gatherings are special occasions where students reunite with their former classmates and reminisce about their wonderful time at the castle on the hill.

The Annual Dinner: Once a year the MHSOBA host the grand Annual Dinner. This formal occasion is one of the major highlights of the year as we dine among friends and celebrate the ethos of Melbourne High School. Each year we choose an outstanding guest speaking that will make the night truly remarkable.

Winemakers dinners: At these quarterly dinners, we pair a terrific Melbourne Winemaker with a Melbourne restaurant to create a wonderful night of food, wine and entertainment. Every dinner is unique as is open to everyone.

Furthermore the MHSOBA assists Old Boys in their careers whether it is through networks, finances, or general support. For more information please contact the MHSOBA office.

Parents, Teachers & Friends

In the true nature of the Melbourne High Spirit, the MHSOBA unites the school community, welcoming all parents, teachers and friends to attend our events. We organise many marvelous events that enable the parents and friends to socialize with amazing new people, see the work the MHSOBA do and celebrate the achievements of our beloved school. Such events that appeal you may include:

The Annual Dinner: Once a year the MHSOBA host the grand Annual Dinner. This formal occasion is one of the major highlights of the year as we dine among friends and celebrate the ethos of Melbourne High School. Each year we choose an outstanding guest speaking that will make the night truly remarkable.

Winemakers dinners: At these quarterly dinners, we pair a terrific Melbourne Winemaker with a Melbourne restaurant to create a wonderful night of food, wine and entertainment. Every dinner is unique as is open to everyone.

For more information visit our events page, or be part of our mailing list by emailing the MHSOBA office.

 

Who we are

Founded in 1907, its primary aim has always been the welfare of the school. Each year it grants scholarships and awards academic and general prizes for successful students. 

We are also instrumental in raising funds to assist the school on various building projects and help give the current students the best possible education.

At every opportunity the association does what it can to uphold the school’s tradition and status in the community.


How we do it

  • Organising events where current and former students can re-connect.
  • Support connections and provide introductions to other distinguished MHSOBA members through its database.
  • Reunions to reacquaint yourselves with former classmates, teachers and the school.
  • Providing support services to the school and its students – ticketing, mentor programs, student seminars, etc.
  • Supporting former students beyond school through scholarships and grants.
  • Communicate to the wider MHS community achievements and activities of the school and association.
  • Supporting its Affiliate Clubs

 

History at a glance

Melbourne High School Old Boys’ Association, MHSOBA, was founded in 1907, comprising a football club and an athletics team. In May1909, the organisation was formally established. During 1921, both a glee club and drama club were formed.

The association’s primary aim has always been the welfare of the school. It also provided sporting and social programs.

In 1954, the Melbourne High School Lodge was consecrated. The Fitness and Recreation Club was established in 1960 and 1970 saw the formation of he Old Boys’ Association Swimming Club.

The association has given great financial support to the school support in many ways. The Old Boys raised money to build the Memorial Hall, the Memorial Sport Pavilion and the Peace Memorial Rowing Pavilion at Princes Bridge. Large sums of money have been raised towards the cost of the physical education centre, the library, the forestry school, the cafeteria, the hockey field and the maintenance of the Woodfull-Miller oval. The Old Boys has purchased paintings, commissioned murals, donated musical instruments and other equipment.

Each year it grants scholarships and awards academic and general prizes for successful students.

At every opportunity, the association does what it can to uphold the school’s tradition and status in the community.

The sustained loyalty of MHSOBA has exerted an influence unprecedented in the State school system. In fact, no other high school in Victoria has stimulated such a degree of interest and support among former pupils and teachers.

 

MHSOBA Council

Members of the Committee are elected annually at the AGM. Usually held in March/April.

For 2018, the Council comprises of:

Peter Stathopoulos (MHS 1982) – President
Peter has overseen a period of growth in the MHSOBA in terms of engagement, membership, attendances and finance. He is an incredibly active MHSOBA President in the broader school community, extending his role beyond its ordinary scope by attending meetings and being involved in functions of the MHS Council, MHS Foundation and GM&B. Peter has worked collaboratively to deliver strategic initiatives that will continue to ensure the growth of the MHSOBA.

Warren Fall (MHS 1975) – Vice-President, Chair of the Membership Sub-Committee
As a former Assistant Principal of MHS and current President of the MHSOB Football Club, Warren has developed countless relationships across the wider school community, including with staff, current students, Old Boys and members of associated clubs. His knowledge of the operations of the MHSOBA and its associated entities is unparalleled.

Ted Goldstein (MHS 1966) – Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee
As a member of the GM&B, Ted has established numerous relationships with prominent Old Boys and members of general public to assist in the growth of the MHSOBA. Through regularly hosting MHSOBA events, Ted has developed a rapport with our many senior Old Boys and positively mentored our younger members. Ted is a qualified CPA.

Marco Dogliotti (MHS 2011) – Secretary, Chair of the Facilities Sub-Committee
Marco is an active advocate of the MHSOBA, presenting to the student body on countless occasions. As Secretary of the MHSOBA and former Manager of the Unicorn Club, Marco has an in-depth understanding of the operations of the MHSOBA and the level of professionalism required to manage the MHSOBA’s various stakeholders. Marco is a graduate accountant at EY, working in the financial services assurance department.

Peter Douros (MHS 1984) - Chair of the Scholarships Sub-Committee
Peter Douros exited Melbourne High School in 1984 and has been involved professionally in delivering dental care in an inner suburban clinic for the past 25 years. In recent times he has been a member of the Melbourne High School Council and currently sit on the MHS Directions Committee. An Old Boy with a high regard for the education enjoyed at Melbourne High, Peter is enthusiastic about supporting the school so it can continue to prosper.

Luca Gonano (MHS 2003) – Chair of the Digital Sub-Committee
Luca has been responsible for the development of the MHSOBA’s social media presence since joining the Committee in 2015. His efforts have ensured that the MHSOBA is now recognised as a leader among alumni associations in the digital media space. Luca was the Editor of the Sentinel in his final year at Melbourne High School, as well as being involved in countless other extra-curricular endeavours. He is committed to ensuring the engagement between Old Boys and the MHSOBA continues to grow.

Brad Gofman (MHS 2003) – Chair of the Member and Corporate Engagement Sub-Committee
Brad was a student between 2000 - 2003. Since leaving school, Brad has studied finance at Monash and Macquarie Unis, worked in finance at NAB and CBA, and lived for some time in London working in marketing and advertising. Brad also sits on the Board of the Young Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. His main aim as a committee member is to build and further strengthen corporate partnerships and sponsorships.

Guy Velik (MHS 2016) - Chair of the Student Engagement Sub-Committee
Guy Velik completed Year 12 at Melbourne High School in 2016. He was the Captain of Yarra and the Captain of Boats, successfully leading the MHS rowers to the National Championship. He is currently studying Science at the University of Melbourne. Guy provides a fantastic voice on the Committee for younger Old Boys and current MHS students.

Nicholas Psyhogios (MHS 1982)
Joining the Committee in 2018, Nicholas is responsible for the upcoming MHSOBA Footy Finals Luncheon.  

If you would like to join the MHSOBA Committee or one of its Sub-Committees, please contact Peter Stathopoulos at president@mhsoba.asn.au.

 


Get involved

The MHSOBA can only achieve its aims with the continued support from various members of the MHS community. We continually seek out and appreciate assistance (in whatever form) that you may be able to provide.

Volunteers assist in many ways which include (but not limited to):

  •  Mail outs
  •  Office assistance
  •  Contacts and introductions
  •  Event assistance
  •  Involvement in activities – e.g. Mentor program

If you feel you can contribute in some way or would like to know more about how you can get involved please contact the MHSOBA Office.