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Thank you for considering Melbourne Girls’ College for your daughter’s enrolment into Year 7.
We appreciate that choosing a secondary school that best suits your child’s needs is a major decision for families. Please take time to browse through our website for information regarding our Year 7 curriculum, extra-curricular program and leadership opportunities.
Melbourne Girls’ College is committed to:
- Providing a clear and transparent enrolment policy for all students.
- Providing an efficient process of enrolment that satisfies the needs of students, parents and guardians.
- Ensuring that every enrolling student enjoys a smooth transition, thus becoming a member of our school community with a minimum of disruption and maximum support.
It must be noted however, that all placements are subject to the availability of accommodation.
Melbourne Girls’ College’s enrolment policy is approved by the Minister for Education.
Students attending Year 6 in a Government primary school (and some Catholic primary schools) are provided with a transition package in April by their current schools. Once the Application for Year 7 Placement Form is completed, parents return this to the primary school who then forward it onto the secondary school listed as the first preference.
Students attending Independent or Catholic primary schools in Year 6 may download an Enrolment Enquiry Form here.This form needs to be submitted by the beginning of May of the year prior to the entry level. Parents email or post the completed Enrolment Inquiry Form directly to Melbourne Girls’ College (MGC).
Students applying for placement at Melbourne Girls’ College will be enrolled in the following priority order:
1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent residence who are attending the school at the same time.
3. 50% of places remaining after criteria 1 and 2 will be allocated to students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds which are the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics – S.T.E.A.M.
4. Remaining places will be allocated to students in order of closeness of their permanent residence to Melbourne Girls’ College.
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds. This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement. Families who wish to apply for compassionate grounds may do so during the appeal process, outlined in the Year 6 To Year 7 Enrolment Timeline For 2021. Families should provide any relevant documentation along with their compassionate grounds appeal and address this appeal to Stephanie Valencia, Year 7 Enrolment Officer at email@example.com.
Why is S.T.E.A.M. important in a high performing State girls’ school?
Creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking are essentials to future life skills. Nurturing future female leaders in S.T.E.A.M. is at the core of this curriculum. As a high performing State girls’ school we need to ensure we lead solutions to issues such as the world-wide decline in girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the declining trend in Australian 15 year old girls’ interest and confidence in Information Technology coding and mathematics. This is currently below the O.E.C.D. average. The introduction of the Arts into S.T.E.M. is based on international research about the curiosity and creativity skills fostered in this discipline and its impact on innovative thinking. At Melbourne Girls’ College for ‘the Arts’ we mean the Visual Arts (such as painting, drawing and sculpture) and Performing Arts (such as acting and musical performance). The Arts develops complementary abilities, understandings, skills and habits of mind in the areas of inquiry, problem-solving, and design. The O.E.C.D. executive summary on agility and movement determined there are no right and wrong answers, only agile thinkers, prepared to take risks. World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students by Yong Zhao and research from Harvard, Stanford, York and Warwick Universities illustrate the relevance of S.T.E.A.M. to future academic success, employment and quality of life.
Curriculum Grounds Selection Process
1. Students seeking entry to Melbourne Girls’ College under curriculum grounds must be registered with the College Enrolments Officer by a set date. For Year 7, 2021, this date is Friday 29 May 2020. Please note that this registration occurs by returning your Transition Application to your primary school listing MGC as your first preference (for government schools and some Catholic schools) or completing the Enrolment Enquiry Form (for independent schools and some Catholic schools). No further registration is required.
2. Registered students will be invited via email to attend the school where they will be provided the opportunity to provide written responses to questions relating to the curriculum grounds. For Year 7, 2021, this date is Tuesday 23 June 2020.
3. Each registered student will be allocated a number to provide anonymity for the selection process. This is a similar process to that undertaken for externally assessed examinations in the Victorian Certificate of Education under the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
4. There will be no time limit on the amount of time students take to complete the questions.
5. The responses will be assessed by a panel of four people from Melbourne Girls’ College. The panel will include representatives of the Mathematics, Arts, Technology, Science Faculties and one member of the Principal class team of the College.
6. The criteria for assessment are:
- Demonstrates capability and interest in at least one of the following areas- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics
- Demonstrates authentic student voice
- Uses clear examples from the students’ own learning to support statements made in response to the questions
Students applying to MGC as the designated neighbourhood school
Findmyschool.vic.gov.au hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2021 onwards. To see if MGC is the designated neighbourhood school for your permanent place of residence, type your address, choose ‘Secondary’ and ‘Single Sex’. Only if MGC is listed is it your designated neighbourhood school:
If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the purpose of student enrolment in Victorian government school, the Department considers permanent place of residence as the address at which a child permanently resides at the time of enrolment. If a child resides at multiple addresses, the child’s ‘permanent residence’ is the address at which the child spends the majority of her weekdays.
Property or Lease documents must be under the parent’s name. For enrolment purposes the minimum lease period is 12 months through a registered Real estate agent and must be concurrent to the year of enrolment. Private lease arrangements, including living with relatives, are not acceptable. The expectation of enrolment under ‘local’ status is that the family will remain permanent residents within the zone for the duration of their child’s education at Melbourne Girls’ College. Enrolment will be jeopardised should inaccurate information be provided.
Families will be requested to provide documented evidence to verify their residential address:
• A copy of Rates Notice or Lease Agreement (the Lease Agreement must be through a registered Real Estate Agent and be for a minimum of 12 months which is inclusive of the proposed start date at MGC); and
• A copy of the most recent electricity or gas account or letter of connection.
Plus one of the following (showing your current residential address):
• A copy of a Driver’s Licence; or
• A copy of a telephone/internet account; or
• A copy of the electoral roll listing; or
• A letter from Medicare or other government agency.
Melbourne Girls’ College has an annual Open Day and Information Evening held in April of each year. For 2020 these events will be held:
- Prospective Year 7 2021 Information Evening – please see the recording at the bottom of this page.
- For the MGC vitual tour, please click here.
*Due to COVID-19, a face-to-face Information Night cannot be held in 2020. A virtual meeting will occur at 7.30pm, and a recording made for any families that are unable to attend.
There is no need to register for either of these events.
Please also see the Prospective Family Information Session PowerPoint, Monday 22nd July 2019 for information about applying as a prospective student.
Individual tours are not conducted throughout the year as they interrupt successful learning for our current students.
Any appeal against a government secondary school’s decision not to provide a Year 7 placement, must first be lodged by the parent/carer with the preferred secondary school, in writing using the Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Placement Appeal to School Form, by Monday 31 August 2020, where it will be considered by the school’s placement committee and/or Principal.
Families who wish to apply for compassionate grounds may do so during the appeal process, outlined in the Year 6 To Year 7 Enrolment Timeline For 2021. Families should provide any relevant documentation along with their compassionate grounds appeal and address this appeal to Stephanie Valencia, Year 7 Enrolment Officer at email@example.com.
What happens if a parent/carers’ appeal to their preferred secondary school is unsuccessful?
In these circumstances, a further written appeal against a school’s decision can be lodged by parents/carers to the relevant Department of Education Regional Director by Friday 25 September 2020 (Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Placement Appeal to Regional Director Form).
Year 7 Enrolment Enquiries
Stephanie Valencia, Year 7 Enrolment Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org