Mentone Girls’ Secondary College offers an Enhancement Program for girls who seek a greater academic challenge. We are looking for our third cohort of Enhancement Program students!
A presentation from Sam Haines, Director of Curriculum and Enhancement, about the Enhancement Program and applying for Year 7 2021
Year 7 Enhancement Application
The Enhancement Program runs from Years 7 to 9 and has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn through higher-order thinking, inquiry and rich tasks as part of an enhanced curriculum in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science. Students have access to a number of co-curricular activities such as the Writers’ Festival, STEAM programs, and a variety of other incursions and excursions.
Enhancement Program students work on more complex tasks and learn topics to a greater depth and breadth. The Program will thoroughly prepare students for one or two Unit 1 & 2 subjects in Year 10.
Students in the Enhancement Program are also able to take part in the Instrumental Music and Band Program. Please indicate whether or not your daughter would be interested in this in the relevant section of the Parent Nomination Form. Please note that Instrumental Music lessons cost $500 (approx.) per year, and instruments can be rented for $200 (approx.) per year if required.
The application process has four steps:
1. Edutest registration and testing
2. Application for Year 7, 2021 at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College
3. Submission of forms, reports and NAPLAN results
Step 1: Edutest Registration and Testing
Due by Monday 11 May. Online testing on Saturday 16 May
Parents must register at MGSC Enhancement Edutest registration for the formal test provided by Edutest. Applications close on Monday 11 May. The testing will be online this year, and will take place on Saturday 16 May. Late applications cannot be processed.
A payment of $82.50 must be made as part of this registration.
Please contact email@example.com if financial assistance is required, as funding for a limited number of tests can be provided by the school.
Participation in the testing does not guarantee a place in the Enhancement Program. The results of the testing will be made available to all candidates as early as possible.
Step 2: Application to study at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College
Due by Friday 29 May (extended by 2 weeks)
Step 3: Submission of Forms
Due by Monday 22 May
Parents must complete the Parent Nomination Form.
Please ask your child’s current teacher to complete the Teacher Nomination Form.
Please submit .pdf versions of students’ Grade 5 Semester 2 reports and Grade 5 NAPLAN results.
All forms can be mailed to the school (PO Box 52, Mentone Vic 3194) delivered to the General Office (check if open) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 4: Interview
Candidates whose applications and testing results indicate suitability for the Program must take part in an interview. Students are requested to bring in a small portfolio of recent work that demonstrates their skills and interests. The interviews run for 15-20 minutes. Parents are invited but are asked not to participate. Some applicants prefer to attend the interview without a parent present, so we strongly recommend that you discuss this option.
Parents will be contacted by a staff member to arrange an interview time. The majority of interviews will take place between 8am and 6pm throughout June. (TBC)
Offers will be made by early August at the same time that school offers are made. Candidates who are not initially offered a place in the Program will be added to a wait list, and may be offered a place later in the year if spaces open up.
Timeline for 2021 entry
11 May Cut-off date for Edutest application
16 May Testing day (Online in 2020)
22 May Parent and teacher nomination forms, NAPLAN results and reports due
29 May Application forms due to primary school
Mid-August Offers made
For further information on entry in 2021 at Year 7, Year 8 or Year 9 level please email email@example.com.
From an Enhancement Program student shares
I am a student in Year 8 part of the first group of students in the Enhancement program at MGSC. Being part of the Enhancement program has helped me step out of my boundaries and meet new, amazing people. It runs from Year 7 to Year 9. The two enhancement classes work quite closely together and follow the same structure. It allows you to make new friends and develop connections between the enhancement classes in class time, but also to make friends from other classes at recess and lunch time.
The work and CATs (Common Assessment Tasks) are mostly different to the other classes. The work is more extended and we usually do topics at different times. The texts studied in English are different to the other classes. The teachers and classmates are always ready to help if someone’s struggling in grasping the content.
Enhancement students also have the chance to participate in things like ICAS for Maths and Science and the Australian Maths Competition. This may not seem very fun, but it is important to test your knowledge on more difficult things that are not based on the school curriculum and revolving around only one topic.
The Enhancement Program is a great opportunity for students willing to challenge themselves a bit more. It is a good experience and I encourage new students to be a part of this community.
Akshaya (Year 8)