Enrol to Year 7

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.

Transition Timeline for Year 7, 2023

MGC Year 6-7, 2023 Timeline

Parents/carers who have a Year 6 student in an Independent Primary School can download an application form here.

Enrolment Principles

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.

Please see: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/enrolment/guidance/placement-policy

Melbourne Girls’ College’s enrolment policy is approved by the Minister for Education.

Enrolment Process

Students attending Year 6 in a Government primary school 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 which will be available from term 2. This form needs to be submitted by Friday 13th May, 2022 (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. Families should provide any relevant documentation along with their compassionate grounds appeal and address this appeal to Transition Coordinator, Year 7 Enrolment Officer at junior_enrol@mgc.vic.edu.au.

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. 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 which will be available from term 2. 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.

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 2022 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 comes up listed as your ‘Secondary zone’ is it classified as your designated neighbourhood school.

If MGC only appears in the ‘nearest single sex school’ section, then it is not your designated neighbourhood school.

If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

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 their weekdays.

Property or Lease documents must be under the parent’s name. For enrolment purposes the lease should be registered through a Real estate agent where possible, and must be concurrent to the year of enrolment. Applications from families with private rental agreements to reside with relatives living within the zone may not be accepted. Please contact the school for more information. The expectation of enrolment under ‘local’ status is that the family will need to be living within the MGC zone at the commencement of the school year. Enrolment will be jeopardised should inaccurate information be provided.

Families will be requested to provide documented evidence to verify their residential address.  This helps keep our education system fair and equitable and ensure that children who live within the school zone are being prioritised for enrolment, families will be asked to provide documentation to verify their child’s permanent residence by completing a 100 point residential address check.

Any combination of the following documents is acceptable, as long as they add up to at least 100 points.

Enrolment applications may not be successful if the requested information is not provided.

On request, you may also be required to complete a statutory declaration confirming the student is living in the address provided in the enrolment application and that the arrangement is genuine and intended to be permanent

Visiting MGC

Melbourne Girls’ College has an annual Open Day and Information Evening held in Term 2 of each year.

For 2022 these events will be held:

  • Prospective Year 7, 2023 Information EveningTuesday 3rd March
  • Open Day 2022 – Wednesday 4th May.

***The College does not accommodate individual tours throughout the year as they are a great disruption to the student learning. 

Appeals process

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 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. Families should provide any relevant documentation along with their compassionate grounds appeal and address this appeal to Transition Coordinator, Year 7 Enrolment Officer at junior_enrol@mgc.vic.edu.au.

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.

Year 7 Enrolment Enquiries

Transition Coordinator, Year 7 Enrolment Officer – junior_enrol@mgc.vic.edu.au