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Enrolment

Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11

Melbourne High School — ‘More Than Just Marks’​​​

Most students enter Melbourne High School in Year 9. For these students it will be one of the most significant and exciting events of their lives. Each year the School is rejuvenated with a new intake of enthusiastic young men.

Melbourne High School enrols a minimum of 28 students into Year 10. This additional enrolment will enable students with high academic achievements and demonstrated commitment to cultural and sporting involvement to enter the School.

Melbourne High School has a very limited number of vacancies available for entry at Year 11. There is no additional enrolment at Year 12.​

Residency Status

Students must be either Australian citizens, either by birth or Australian Citizenship, or a holder of a permanent resident's visa at the time of application. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply, however Melbourne High School cannot enrol international or temporary students.​

Enrolment Dates for 2022 Prospective Students

  • Year 9 online registration opens 18 February; closes 14 May.

  • Year 10 online registration opens 18 March; closes 28 May.

  • Year 11 Arts & Humanities Intake opens 6 May; closes 16 July at 1:00pm.

​​Contact Details

The Registrar can assist with information about becoming a student at Melbourne High School, including the School’s philosophy, its Curriculum and Co-curricular opportunities.  For questions about Melbourne High School, please contact the Registrar.

2022 Enrolment Information Video

 
 

Year 9 Enrolment 

 

Most students enter Melbourne High School in Year 9. For these students it will be one of the most significant and exciting events of their lives. Each year the School is rejuvenated with a new intake of enthusiastic young men.

 

A centralised selection process is used to admit students into Year 9 at the four Select Entry Schools: Melbourne High School, The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Nossal High School in Berwick and Suzanne Cory High School in Werribee.



The Department of Education and Training (DET) has responsibility for determining the enrolment policy and procedures, which includes conducting the entrance examination and allocation of offers.

In 2022 Melbourne High School accepts 336 students to enter Year 9. Approximately 1500 students sit the Entrance Examination for entry into Melbourne High School.

 

How to Apply for Year 9

 

Students must be either Australian citizens, either by birth or Australian Citizenship, or a holder of a permanent resident's visa at the time of application. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply, however Melbourne High School cannot enrol international or temporary students.  

 

Applications open on Thursday 18 February 2021 and are to be made online at the Department of Education and Training (DET) website here>>

The Information Pack for 2022 Year 9 Entry to Selective Entry High Schools contains important information, which prospective parents and students should read before commencing the online application. The Information Pack is available for download here>> or, directly from the DET website>>



Past exam papers or practice questions are not supplied by the school. Sample practice tests are available on the Department of Education and Training  (DET) website>>

 

Applications close on Friday 14 May 2021.



The entrance examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday 19 June 2021.

Notes for Year 9

All students who wish to enrol at MHS must undertake the entrance examination.

 

To be considered for selection, a student must reach an acceptable standard in all sections of the Entrance Examination.

While the examination is based on the areas of English and Mathematics, each student's potential and ability to reason are also assessed.

Students will be examined in the following areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Numerical Reasoning

  • Persuasive or Creative Writing

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Mathematics

The English component of the examination requires students to undertake a Persuasive or Creative writing task in addition to Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension tasks which are both in a multiple choice format. There are two numeracy-based multiple choice sections, Numerical Reasoning and Mathematics.

The examination is constructed to allow all students to demonstrate their intellectual capacity rather than curriculum mastery.

Students who sit the Entrance Examination are ranked according to their aggregate score and entry into Year 9 entry is allocated in the following way:

  • 85% on score and rank order of an acceptable standard after the Entrance Examination.

  • 10% allocated through Equity Consideration (see DET Information Pack).

  • 5% through the Principal's Discretionary Category.



Principal’s Discretionary Category

The maximum number of students admitted into Melbourne High School and The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School, combined must not exceed 5% of any one school’s Year 8 enrolment.

 

At Melbourne High School 17 places are reserved for entry via the Principal’s Discretionary Category. Applicants who missed a place because of the 5% rule or were within 5 marks of the score of the last student offered a place, will be invited by the School to apply under the Principal’s Discretionary Category.



The Principal’s Discretionary Application Form asks for evidence demonstrating academic and co-curricular achievements and a personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to join Melbourne High School. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the candidate’s current mid-year report.

 

Applicants are shortlisted and a limited number will be called for interview.

 

Only photocopies of original documents are to be submitted.  Please do NOT submit original documents.

 

Contact Details

​Please contact the Select Entry Unit of the Department of Education and Training for all information and enquiries relating to the entrance examination.

 

Email: seu@edumail.vic.gov.au

Year 10 Enrolment

Though most students enter the School in Year 9, Melbourne High School enrols a minimum of 28 students into Year 10. This additional enrolment will enable students with high academic achievements and demonstrated commitment to co-curricular and sporting involvement to enter the School.



All candidates wishing to apply for consideration for enrolment into Year 10 are required to sit the Year 10 Academic Ability Assessment Test and must also submit an application using the MHS Application Form. A School appointed Selection Panel will interview shortlisted candidates.



The Academic Ability Assessment Test is conducted on behalf of the School by Edutest. Unlike Year 9 entry, the academic assessment is not used as the main determinant of offers.



How to Apply for Year 10​​

 

Students must be either Australian citizens, either by birth or Australian Citizenship, or a  holder of a permanent resident's visa, at the time of application. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply, however Melbourne High School cannot enrol international or temporary students. 

Please note: all dates are subject to change in accordance with prevailing COVID restrictions.

1. Opening day for online registration is Thursday 18 March 2021 and are to be made online by clicking here>>.

2. Closing date for online registration is Friday 28 May 2021. Registrations remain open until Monday 31 May, however a late fee will apply.

3. The MHS Application Form is available from 18 March 2021Download the Application Form here>>

4. Please read the Selection Procedure, Selection Criteria and Guidelines for Written Application prior to submitting your application form.

5. The MHS Application Form must be handwritten by the applicant.

6. The Academic Abilities Assessment Test is scheduled to take place at Melbourne High School on Wednesday 9 June 2021.

7. Students sitting the Academic Abilities Assessment Test at Melbourne High School must bring their written application documents with them (MHS Application Form, School Reports and photocopied co-curricular documents).

8. Sample practice tests are available on the Edutest website>>

Students Not Sitting the Test at MHS

Students applying for MHS and another Selective Entry School who are NOT sitting the test at MHS need to ensure their written application documents (MHS Application Form, School Reports and photocopied co-curricular documents) reach the Registrar at Melbourne High School no later than Thursday 3 June 2021.

These applications must be sent by mail (using an Express/Guaranteed Next Day Delivery envelope) to:

The Registrar

Melbourne High School

Forrest Hill

South Yarra   VIC.  3141

Notes for Year 10



Melbourne High School selects a minimum of 28 students to enter Year 10.

 

Selection is via the completed MHS Application Form accompanied by photocopies of co-curricular evidence, such as certificates or statements, and photocopies of school reports, the Academic Ability Assessment Test, and, for short-listed candidates, an interview.



The 5% rule and Principal's Discretionary Category are not applicable for Year 10.

Students sitting the Abilities Test at Melbourne High School must bring their written application, containing photocopies of all 2020 school reports and supplementary documents together with the MHS Application Form with them on the day of the test.  Please do not hand deliver your documents to the School prior to the day of the test.

Reminder that students who are not sitting the test at Melbourne High School must submit by mail hard copies of the above documents to reach the Registrar at Melbourne High School no later than Thursday 3 June 2021.

 

Selection Procedure

There are three components of the Year 10 Selection Process.



1. Written Application

Using the MHS Application form, all applicants are required to submit a written application which is to include a statement of achievement against the Selection Criteria, supporting documentation and a single A4 page Personal Statement. All applications are assessed by a School selection panel against the required criteria.



2. Academic Ability Assessment

All applicants are required to sit the Year 10 Academic Ability Assessment. This is conducted on behalf of the School by EduTest. Unlike Year 9 entry this assessment is neither used as the key indicator of academic achievement nor as the main determinant of offers.



3. Interview

All short-listed applicants are interviewed by a School selection panel. Following interviews, the selection panel ranks all short-listed applicants and positions are offered by the School strictly according to this rank order. Please note that the Principal’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.



Selection Criteria

Application for entry to Melbourne High School at Year 10 is assessed against the following three criteria:



1. Co-curricular Achievement

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate significant achievement in one or more areas of co-curricular involvement such as sport, music, debating, and performing arts.



2. School and Community Leadership

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a record of leadership at secondary school level or within the broader community. It is expected that applicants can demonstrate a high level of achievement against each criterion, however applicants are still considered where this is not the case.



3. Academic Achievement

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a record of outstanding academic achievement at secondary school level.



Guidelines for Written Application

The applicant’s written application must contain:



1. A Personal Statement

This should be a hand written on the first A4 page of the MHS Application form.  The applicant’s response should detail the reasons why they are seeking enrolment at Melbourne High School and why they feel they should be selected. Other factors relevant to their application may also be included.



2. Response to the Selection Criteria

This must be submitted on the required Application Form. Applicants should detail and describe evidence of their achievement against each criterion.



3. Supporting Documentation

Applicants should include sufficient material to validate all information included in their selection criteria response or personal statement. Applicants must include all their 2020 interim and academic school reports.

Only photocopies of original documents should be submitted.

 

Other factors which may be considered include:

  • Applicants’ prior educational opportunities, as well as short or long-term disadvantage or hardship will be considered. This could include interrupted schooling or a personal or family situation which may have impacted on the applicant’s educational opportunities.

  • Previous family connections to the School.



Academic Ability Assessment and Registration

  • If you wish to proceed with your application, click here>>.

  • When you have completed your registration, remember to download the MHS Application Form here>> 

 

Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about the School and its enrolment procedures.

The Registrar is the first point of contact in the exciting step towards becoming a student at Melbourne High School. If you have any questions about the process please contact the Registrar.

Contact: The Registrar's Office
Phone: +61 3 9823 7152

Fax: +61 3 9826 8767
Email: enrol@mhs.vic.edu.au

 
 

Year 11 Arts & Humanities Intake

 

Inspire.  Create.  Excite.

 

Are you in Year 10 and excited by the arts and humanities?

 

* Do you have an aptitude for visual or performing arts and humanities?

* Would you like to extend your arts and humanities experiences?

* Can you see yourself attending Victoria’s leading government secondary boys’ school?

* Do you want a broad education that includes a study of the arts and humanities?

 

Melbourne High School is a selective entry Years 9 to 12 boys’ school that offers an arts and humanities intake at Year 11 for a two-year VCE arts and humanities course of study.  This additional enrolment enables students who are excited by the arts and humanities, and who have a demonstrated commitment to these disciplines, to take advantage of the School’s learning environment to achieve excellence.

 

How to apply for Year 11

 

1. Students must be Australian citizens, by birth, having Australian citizenship or being a holder of a permanent resident visa at the time of application.  Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply; however, Melbourne High School cannot enrol international or temporary students.

 

2. Applications open on 6 May.

3. Closing date is Friday 16 July at 1:00 pm.

 

4. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a full-time Year 10 program.

 

5. An applicant must select at least TWO VCE Units from the Arts and Humanities domains. Students who select more than two units will be prioritised.

 

The 2022 VCE Units 1 and 2 Art and Humanities subjects offered are listed below. Please note that these subject options are subject to demand. There is no guarantee that all subjects listed will be offered in 2022.  Successful applicants will be advised of confirmed selections prior to any final offering of a place.

Visual and Performing Arts

Media Studies

Music Investigation

Music Performance

Studio Arts

Theatre Studies

Visual Communication Design

Humanities

Geography

Global Politics

History: 20th Century (Units 1 & 2)

History: Revolutions (Units 3 & 4)

Philosophy

Sociology

 

Notes for Year 11

 

Selection is via the completed MHS Application Form (located at the bottom of this page), accompanied by photocopies of two school reports and, where applicable, submission of a folio.  Short-listed candidates will attend an interview and where relevant an audition.

 

The 5% rule and Principal’s Discretionary Category are not applicable for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities Intake.

 

Selection Procedure

There are two main components of the Year 11 Selection Process:



1. Written Application

Applications are made using the MHS Application Form, located at the bottom of this page. The candidate, in their own handwriting, must write their personal response outlining the reasons why they wish to attend Melbourne High School. Statements of achievement against the selection criteria are to be made with supporting documents, such as certificates or coach’s reference.  Photocopies of two school reports are required. All applications are assessed by a school-appointed selection panel against the required criteria. 

 

Additional Information

A photocopy of the 2020 mid-year and 2020 end of year 10 school reports must be included with the written application. Applicants wishing to study Media are required to submit a two-minute film.  Applicants wishing to study Studio Arts and Visual Communication are required to submit up to six photographs of their work with an artist’s progress statement. Those applying for these subjects need to email the School Registrar to request a personalised Electronic folder (email is link provided below).  An Electronic folder with the candidate’s name will be set up so that all the applicant’s material can be saved in their own personalised folder and submitted to Melbourne High School.  Full application instructions appear in the MHS Application Form.

 

Based on written applications, students may be shortlisted for further consideration.

 

2. Interview and Audition (where relevant)

All short-listed applicants are interviewed by a School selection panel.  Applicants wishing to study Music Investigation, Music Performance and Theatre Studies are required to perform works for the selection panel.

 

Following interviews, the selection panel ranks all short-listed applicants and positions are offered by the School strictly according to this rank order.



Selection Criteria

Application for entry to Melbourne High School at Year 11 is assessed against the following criteria:



1. Outstanding Potential in VCE Arts or Humanities Subjects

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate significant ability and potential in at least two of the Year 11 Intake subjects listed above.  The written application, supporting material, together with performance at audition(s), if relevant, and interview, will be taken into consideration.

 

2. Co-curricular Achievement

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate significant achievement in one or more areas of co-curricular involvement such as sport, music, debating and the performing arts.

 

3. School Leadership

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a record of leadership at the secondary school level or within the broader community.  It is expected that applicants can demonstrate a high level of achievement against each criterion.

 

4.  Academic Achievement

Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement at secondary school level.



A previous close family connection to the School may be considered.

Application Forms

1. Download information and application form here>>

2. Download monologues for Theatre Studies audition here>> 

 

Confirmation of offer

Melbourne High School will confirm an initial offer of a place during the first week of September 2021.  However, this will be conditional on our confirmation of the current availability of subjects selected (i.e. a subject may not be offered in 2022 if there are insufficient subject enrolments; in this event, applicants and parents will be notified to select another subject).  A formal offer of a place will only occur once subject selection and availability have been confirmed.  Course confirmation is advised  prior to the end of Term 3.​

 

Contact: The Registrar's Office

Phone: +61 3 9823 7152

Fax: +61 3 9826 8767

Email: enrol@mhs.vic.edu.au

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