Mentone Girls’ Secondary College offers an Enhancement Program for girls who seek a greater academic challenge.

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. Enhancement Program students work on more complex tasks and learn topics to a greater depth and breadth.

Enhancement Program students also take part in the Instrumental Music and Band Program. They are able to nominate preferences from a range of instruments. No prior musical studies are required. Please note that Instrumental Music lessons cost $500 per year, and instruments can be rented for $200 per year if required.

An Enhancement Program student shares their experience

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

Application process

The application process has four steps:

1. Edutest registration and testing

2. Application for Year 7, 2022 at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College

3. Submission of forms, reports and NAPLAN results

4. Interview

Due by Monday 10 May, at-home online testing on Saturday 15 May

Parents must register at MGSC Enhancement Edutest registration for the formal test, provided by Edutest. Applications close on Monday 10 May. The testing will be at-home online on Saturday 15 May. Late applications cannot be processed.

A payment of $83.00 must be made as part of this registration.

Please contact enhancement@mgsc.vic.edu.au 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.

Due by Friday 14 May

The Southern Metropolitan Region has not yet released its Application Form for Enrolment for Year 7, 2022. This information will be updated as soon as the forms are released. These forms will be provided by your primary school.

Parents must complete the Parent Nomination Form (below).

Please ask your child’s current teacher to complete the Teacher Nomination Form. You may find it easier to copy and paste this link: https://forms.gle/eikxo8ukBoC1...

All forms can be mailed to the school, delivered to the General Office (175 Balcombe Road, Mentone, 3194) or emailed to enhancement@mgsc.vic.edu.au

Candidates whose applications and testing results indicate suitability for the Program must take part in an interview. The interviews run for 15-20 minutes, and will take place online via Webex. Parents are invited but are asked not to participate. The majority of interviews will take place between 8am and 7pm throughout June.

Offer

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 2022 entry

10 MayCut-off date for Edutest application
TBCTransition to year 7 at MGSC applications due
15 MayTesting day
21 may

Parent and teacher nomination forms, NAPLAN results and reports due

JuneInterviews
Early AugustOffers made


Further Information

Please email enhancement@mgsc.vic.edu.au with any other queries.