Each week a group of retired men from Melba Men's Shed spend a morning building meccano models with boys from our senior classes. This mentoring program provides boys with friendly and positive experiences with older males, having fun constructing Meccano models in a group situation. It also focuses on the skills of perseverance, responsibility and public speaking. Participants have 10 one-hour sessions working with a mentor building a model. At the end of the program the student demonstrates and describes their model to the rest of the school at assembly. This program is run through the Schools Volunteer Program of the ACT (SVPACT). If you are interested in becoming involved or would like to know more about the program go to the Melba Men's Shed website.
As part of our leadership program students across the school are involved in a buddies program. Classes meet regularly for mutually arranged activities aimed at developing leadership skills for senior students and strengthening partnerships between students across the school. These sessions include activities such as reading to younger students or listening to younger students read; art appreciation and skills sessions; PE skills, games and motor skills training sessions; cooking; science experiments; and support with research and computer use.
Each year a major school concert is held featuring a performance from every child in the school. Parents and other family members are encouraged to attend the concert. The concert is based on our whole school Outreach music program.
The Jolly Rogers Café is an enterprise coordinated and run by our senior students for our community. Everyone is welcome. The café operates at special events during the year.
A range of activities is offered during the lunchtime play period each day. These activities vary each term depending on student interest and staff expertise. In 2012 and 2013 these activities have included gardening club, chess, lego, cartooning, board games, Wakakirri Story Dance, carpet bowls, Girl's Club - craft, SUPA Club - non-denominational Christian based program, soccer and other sports.
Our students have access to an online mathematics program titled Mathletics. Mathletics is an Australian developed program linked to the Australian Curriculum. It is a useful resource, which can be accessed from home as well as at school. Students pay an annual fee to access Mathletics. More information can be found on the Mathletics website.
Melba Copland Secondary School students provide regular sporting programs for our students and support the running of our swimming and athletics carnivals. Students from Melba Copland Secondary School have also developed computer programs for our students over the past two years.
Students in the senior school are provided the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills through participation in the ACT Rostrum Competition.
In Term 2 each student in Years 3-6 prepares and presents a 3-minute speech to their class. Two finalists from each class are selected to perform at the school final. The winner of this final represents the school at the ACT quarter finals. More information about the ACT Rostrum Competition, including hints for students and details of preparing a speech can be found at the Rostrum ACT website.
Transition programs operate each year for students in Year 6 as they prepare for high school and for students in our preschools as they prepare for Kindergarten. Details of the Kindergarten transition program can be found under the Our Schools - Enrolments tab.
We have 2 woodwind bands for Years 5 and 6 students. Interested students audition for the band at the beginning of Year 5. Participation in the school band is a two-year commitment. Our bands regularly perform in school Assemblies and at special events. Our bands are held in high regard with many of our Year 6 students being selected for the ACT Primary Concert Band.