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Melba Copeland High School

By 17 November 2011 12

Looking for advice,

I have a child going into year six next year, and so we are starting to think about the big move to high school. I was hoping for any information, advice and opinions on Melba Copeland High School.

Thank you for your help.

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12 Responses to Melba Copeland High School
#1
shirty_bear12:39 pm, 17 Nov 11

Most important thing is that it isn’t Kingsford Smith.

#2
2.012:53 pm, 17 Nov 11

ahh good ol Dopeland

#3
Gerry-Built3:47 pm, 17 Nov 11

Good staff, good leadership. Has been a nice school to teach at. Staff furnish the students with plenty of great opportunities to participate in some great programs, both within the curriculum (ie F1 in Schools, robotics challenge) and extra-curriculum (esp. sporting, Tournament of the Minds etc), should your child be inclined. it would be worth a good look at the (all new) website… Or you could contact the Principal, Michael Battenally, or Deputy, Mary Arnold on 62056711.

Keep an eye out for the Open Night mid-2012, or you could arrange a time to check out the school.

Anything you were particularly keen on knowing about? Any strong interests your child would like to pursue?

…oh, and there is no ‘e’ in ‘Copland’…

#4
JessP3:59 pm, 17 Nov 11

Jess Jnr attends Melba Copland and although I was a little wary (having heard the stories of past issues) I have to say I have been relatively impressed. Now in year 9, the school has offered some great opportunities and experiences. That said – some scumbags also go there…but that seems to be a problem in most schools.

Try to get your child into the fast pace program – this gets them ino classess with kids more focussed on learning.

#5
Hanzic1:47 pm, 22 Nov 11

Thank you all for the feedback.
Yes we will go to the information session that the school will hold next year
Would love some more info on the fast pace program.
My son is in an extended learning class at the moment. He is not super smart but learns very quickly.
Does he have to sit any test or is there some specific course he should look at doing
As you can see he is our first to go to high school and just want to present him with lots of options for his future but we want him to enjoy school.
Guess that is what all parents want!

#6
goynie5:19 pm, 06 Dec 11

I am a current student a Melba it is a really great school the teachers are real supportive, we have a great futsal team that travel around australia in competitions. the students are really nice, we are the only act high school with a careers adviser and we have really great programs like homework centre were you can get help with asignments afetr school on thursdays.

#7
goynie5:25 pm, 06 Dec 11

depend on his interests, if he like’s sport get him to apply for tap at the end of year 7.
if he likes debating we have a debating team.
if he likes drama we have a really good drama and dance studios and we have school musicals

#8
Jethro8:44 pm, 06 Dec 11

Hi Hanzic,

I’m a big believer in public education, and honestly feel that if you look around for a public school that suits your child (eg. would he flourish n a big or small school, does he have particular talents that you would like him to pursue?), then you will find a school that meets their needs.

I would recommend not just going to Melba’s open night, but the open nights of other public schools on the north side. Meet the teachers, see what programmes are on offer and see which school feels right for your child and your family.

#9
jcitizen9:02 pm, 06 Dec 11

shirty_bear said :

Most important thing is that it isn’t Kingsford Smith.

+1

#10
jcitizen9:05 pm, 06 Dec 11

goynie said :

I am a current student a Melba it is a really great school the teachers are real supportive, we have a great futsal team that travel around australia in competitions. the students are really nice, we are the only act high school with a careers adviser and we have really great programs like homework centre were you can get help with asignments afetr school on thursdays.

Do they teach English?

#11
26049:23 pm, 06 Dec 11

Jethro said :

I’m a big believer in public education, and honestly feel that if you look around for a public school that suits your child (eg. would he flourish n a big or small school, does he have particular talents that you would like him to pursue?), then you will find a school that meets their needs.

I think that you should forget about ideological “public vs private” debates and send your son to the school where you think he will:
- learn the most; and
- be happiest.

If that’s a public school, that’s good. If it’s private, that’s okay, too.

#12
goynie4:33 pm, 08 Dec 11

yes they do teach english

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