Melbourne City School
|Melbourne City School|
|Type||Private school, Independent, Co-educational|
|Head of school||Belinda Cupples|
|Grades||Kindergarten - year 9|
|Color(s)||Red, White, Black & Grey|
Melbourne City School was an independent, co-educational Prep to Year 9 school located in the Melbourne Central Business District on King Street. Melbourne City School was founded in 2010 as an initiative of Eltham College of Education, but closed at the end of 2012 due to low enrolments.
Melbourne City School is the first and only school in Melbourne’s CBD.
Melbourne City School was located in a three-story heritage building and comprises two schools, Melbourne City School (Prep – Year 6) and the Eltham College City Campus (Year 7 – Year 9). During Year 9 students from Eltham College’s Research Campus participate in a unique year-long City Experience at the City Campus which prepares students for life in the city should their career path be based there. The Year 9 City Experience program, previously located on Flinders Lane has been in existence since 1996 and was the catalyst for establishing Melbourne City School.
The development of Melbourne City School acknowledged the regeneration of Melbourne’s CBD, and the need for a city school, with more families choosing to live in the city and neighbouring suburbs such as The Docklands and Southbank.
Melbourne City School offered a personalised learning approach which is equally focussed on individual development and social and emotional intelligence. The school utilised the diverse resources of the city and connections to city businesses to compliment the formal curriculum and extend student learning and engagement. The school had a two-way partnership with Zoos Victoria.
Inquiry Learning and Discovery Projects
As well as timetabled music sessions students could also participate in private instrumental lessons for piano, guitar and violin. Students participated in the record-breaking 2012 Moomba parade.
Mandarin Chinese was taught, from Year 3, by a native Mandarin speaker.
The city’s facilities, sporting calendar and Melbourne City School's connections to organisations and clubs were integrated into the school’s sports curriculum. Students used the onsite courtyard and facilities at Flagstaff Gardens, the MSAC, City Baths and Princess Park for their sporting activities. Students participate in a whole range of programs including, European handball and Tri-Athlon training as well as more traditional sports.
Extended Hours Care
Melbourne City School offered an extended hours care program operating from 7am to 7pm during term time. There was also an onsite holiday program. The extended hours care program and school flexibility has been recognised as a unique selling point of Melbourne City School, targeted at working families, and was featured heavily in the media when the school opened.
- Price, Nic (11 February 2013). "Residents in inner Melbourne's newest suburbs, the Docklands and Southbank, renew calls for a new school.".
- Tarica, Elisabeth (1 February 2010). "New School for the Big Smoke". The Age.
- "The Year 9 Experience".
- "Melbourne City School - About Us".
- "Melbourne City School - Curriculum".
- "Melbourne City School - The Right Fit".
- Hoggett, Georgina (3 July 2012). "Students try to Seal the Loop". Docklands News.
- MCS News (1 March 2012). "Students Prove they are Active Conservationists".
- "Melbourne City School - Curriculum Prep - 6".
- "Melbourne City School - FAQs".
- MCS News (14 March 2012). "Students are Moomba Allstars!".
- "Melbourne City School - Facilities".
- MCS News (13 March 2012). "TRY-Athlon Success".
- Tomazin, Farrah (16 January 2009). "City-centre School Rings the Bell for Working Parents". The Age.
- Masanauskas, John (24 June 2010). "Melbounre City School Lets Parents Pick Holidays". Herald Sun.