Indigenous Studies Centre

The Indigenous Studies Centre supports all staff and students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The Centre provides a welcoming environment that offers support to all students. Melrose High School is striving for cultural integrity supported by all staff, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer (IEO) and the Melrose High School community. We are currently reviewing the purpose of the space and we plan on refurbishing soon.

The Centre is a focal point for celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Parents and caregivers and the extended community are welcome to visit the space at any time and often attend lunch meetings and functions and these are advertised throughout the year. Parents and caregivers and extended community can access staff to support their student in achieving successful outcomes at Melrose High School.

This year twenty students representing Melrose participated in the ACT Buroinjin Gala Day at Deakin touch fields.

 

We are looking forward to our NAIDOC Week assembly celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.  

Hall

Our hall is used during the day for assemblies, PE, drama, pastoral care and other learning activities. It is used at lunch times for sporting and recreational activities and in the evenings by a range of community groups.

 

Library

The library has several display areas and we activity encourage staff and students to share their creative work; both school related and personal creations.

 

Melrose High School has an attractive and spacious library that supports all forms of learning while also providing a social space for staff and students. It is staffed fulltime by a Teacher Librarian and supported by a part-time Librarian.

 

The library opening hours are 8.30 am – 4.00 pm (closed at recess). Teachers, with their classes, access the library during class time for research, using the library collection and the facilities. Students also access the library for independent study subject to staff approval. The Library is open before school and at lunchtime for students to work on assignments or enjoy quiet reading and games. There are desktop computers and if the need arises the students can also access the Chromebook collection for use in the library or classroom.  Students can print their assignments to the library printer.

The library uses Oliver, a web-based Library Management System to manage its catalogue, circulation and enquiry facilities. Students can access Oliver at home via their Digital Backpack allowing them to search the physical collection or borrow from the Central Collection (eBooks and AudioBooks). The library collection is constantly updated to provide staff and students with authoritative, relevant and topical nonfiction and fiction resources. Supplementing the physical resources within the collection are Internet based resources, accessible to the students via QR Codes dotted around the library.  Additionally the library holds popular magazines, newspapers and a DVD collection. Students may borrow up to four library books at a time, in addition to one DVD and Faculty textbooks. 

 

Playground Areas

Students have access to a sports ovals, tennis, netball and basketball courts for sports and recreational use at recess and lunch.  They also have use of shaded and grassed areas equipped with tables and chairs. The main quadrangle is available for small ball games and the inner quadrangle is available for Year 7 students only in term one. The inner quad also has a stage that hosts lunchtime concerts, dance performances and various other school wide events.

 

International Private Students Program

Melrose High School is a school of choice for many international students from a range of countries

 

The IPS Co-ordinator is in charge of the overall well-being and pastoral care of International Students. The IPS Co-ordinator’s duties include student enrolment, organising a buddy to assist with transition, liaising with the Department’s International Education Unit, home-stay families and having meetings with IPS students and their home stay families.

The students, who are home stayed  with host families, are provided with extra support in their transition into the Australian school system.

Support offered includes:

 

  • An IPS Co-ordinator

  • Compulsory Uniforms      

  • Compulsory Curriculum Resources

  • Support with English language

  • Home stay liaison

  • International Education Unit Liaison

  • Completing IPS  Reports

  • Translation services

Charity Work

Each year the School supports the appeals conducted by charities including Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Representatives of these organisations address the School Assembly on the services provided by these groups. Students have always responded generously to the call to volunteer to work as helpers in door knock appeals. 

 

Harmony Day

The school holds a Harmony Day Assembly in term one involving the whole school community. Students from diverse backgrounds take part in discussions about the significance and the meaning of harmony, and often present their talk in front of an audience.

 

Multi-Cultural Week

The school runs Multi-Cultural Day in term three involving the whole school community.  Students have the opportunity to experience other cultures in the form of food tasting, performance, dressing in ethnic costumes, language activities, talks by Embassies and other associated organisations and games.

 

The students, who are home stayed  with host families, are provided with extra support in their transition into the Australian school system.

Support offered includes:

 

  • An IPS Co-ordinator

  • Compulsory Uniforms      

  • Compulsory Curriculum Resources

  • Support with English language

  • Home stay liaison

  • International Education Unit Liaison

  • Completing IPS  Reports

  • Translation services

School Assemblies

Full school assemblies are held regularly throughout the year in the School Hall. They are a vital part of the School program in helping to build school spirit, promote school values and in making students aware of community projects and needs.

 

Assemblies provide an opportunity for celebration and recognition of individual and group achievements and include public performances by various school bands, dance groups, drama groups and vocal ensembles.

 

Digital Pedagogies

From 2016 we have implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model, where students their personal devices to connect to the school’s wireless network and Google Apps for Education to support their learning, collaboration and creation skills.

 

The BYOD model is complemented by additional specialist desktop computers for student use, which are located in two large computer rooms and in the library, as well as class sets of laptops, which can be used throughout the school via the wireless network.

 

Since the beginning of 2018, all students have the option to opt into the Education Directorates Chromebook initiative, where students are issued with a Chromebook to use for educational purposes throughout their time in secondary education. Under this initiative, devices are issued to students and can be used both in school and at home. More information is available via the Better Schools for our Kids Website.

 

Learning Technologies (LTs) such as computers, Smart Boards, interactive televisions, digital still and video cameras, data loggers and scanners are used in all curriculum areas as appropriate, as tools for effective teaching and to improve learning outcomes for students. Melrose High School embeds learning technologies into all learning areas.

 

The use of Google Apps for Education across all learning areas complements the teaching and learning program in each class. Google Apps for Education provides secure access to students’ class information and an email account through the use of user names and passwords which are allocated to each student.

 

Driver Education

Leadership

Work Experience

 
 
 

Work experience is where students learn first-hand about the world of work by doing an unpaid work placement. At Melrose High School all Year 10 students are expected to do work experience and they are encouraged to take responsibility for organising their placements. The ACT Education Directorate has implemented a new web based application, InPlace, to connect students with the workplace.  InPlace can be accessed through their Digital Backpack.   Year 9 students may also participate in work experience.

 

Prior to contacting any employers, students should arrange a session with the Work Placement Coordinator who will assist them with instructions on how to use InPlace.   To confirm a work experience placement, an agreement is drawn up and signed by the student, parent/carer, host employer and Work Placement Coordinator.  Work experience is available throughout the year, but there are some sought after placements and students are advised of these placements early in term 1.

 

Students enjoy the opportunity to explore the "world of work" and valuable lessons are learnt firsthand concerning employer expectations and the importance of a good attitude and consistent effort.  It also provides a great stimulus for students to focus on what they need to achieve if they are to gain employment in a career that interests them.  

All Year 10 students have the opportunity to complete the Road Ready driver education course during their final year at the school. Students will also be able to take the theory test to obtain their learner's licence at the school. Attendance at the ACT Government course costs approximately $170. The course offered in school is $50.

 

Students will be provided with an ACT Road Rules handbook. It is their responsibility to study this book as the course does not explicitly teach students about the road rules. Students will also be provided with a Road Ready workbook. It is their responsibility to complete the required sections during the course.

 

Students will then be required to hand their workbooks to their Road Ready teacher on the due date allocated. The online testing will take place following the completion of the course.

At Melrose High School, students are able to become involved in a range of activities and programs that provide leadership opportunities for interested students. Students in each year group elect SRC representatives and House Captains.  Members of the SRC can then be selected as student representatives on the School Board and for the ACT Student Network.

 

Year 10 SRC students also host the school’s assemblies in the Hall. Students in other years have the opportunity to host their year assemblies. Year 10 students can also train to take part in the Peer Helpers program – a student mentoring, mediation, wellbeing promotion and anti-bullying leadership group at Melrose.

 

All Year 9 students are trained in leadership and team work. In Year 10 successful applicants have the opportunity to join a leadership class in first semester which works with Year 7 students using a peer support model. Other opportunities in this area include being a school representative at the ACT Youth Parliament.