We provide a range of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities which are enthusiastically embraced by students and viewed as school highlights.
Primary students enjoy a wide variety of excursions and incursions including cultural and sporting opportunities. Visits from musicians (Musica Viva), arts’ groups, the Science Road Show and numerous guest speakers provide variety and supplement the curriculum.
A range of camps are made available for our secondary students each year. These include visiting Canberra and hiking the Bibbulmum Track and Leadership camps.
Year 10 to 12 students enjoy the social highlight of the year — the glitz and glamour of the Merredin College Ball.
Some of our talented athletes also have the opportunity to participate at Country Week and at football and netball competitions.
Merrredin College offers a set of varied co-curricular activities which complement the academic program and cater for the overall development of our students. By providing these learning experiences we embrace some of the cross-curriculum priorities through our sustainability focus in the primary area of the school.
In secondary, we support new students to make a successful transition to Year 7 and Year 11 through the Transition Program. The Careers’ Program caters for the important decisions a student must make in choosing a realistic but challenging pathway beyond school.
Following a waste audit in 2016, Merredin College has implemented a comprehensive focus on sustainability in Kindergarten through to Year 6 with all classes involved in waste wise practice. These include:
- Paper recycling of all office and class waste paper
- Organic waste recycling from all meals
- Waste free Wednesday lunches
- Worm farming for organic and paper wastes
- Providing a community station for ‘Mobile Phone Muster’, ‘Lions Specs for a cause’ and ‘Planet Ark Cartridge Recycling’
- Kitchen garden – weekly vegetable garden and cooking lessons
- Composting for organic and paper wastes
- Community Recycling Station
Merredin College also received a ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ grant in 2017 to produce and provide all students with re-usable sandwich wraps to eliminate the need for sandwich wrap, an item identified in our 2017 waste audit as being a problem.
The Merredin College Career programme has been incorporated as a learning area responsibility. Each learning area is responsible for delivering Career Education to a different Year group as indicated below.
Year 7 – Mathematics
Year 8 – English
Year 9 – HASS
Year 10 – Science
As part of the Career programme, students from Year 7-10 complete an Individual Pathway Plan (IPP). This is contained in a booklet that helps students identify their interests and personal attributes as well as evaluate their learning and career goals and pathways.
Individual interviews are held with students in Year 8 and 9 to discuss their IPPs and each student’s academic progress. Year 10 students also have an individual interview to discuss subject selection for Year 11.
The progress of upper school students is monitored by the VET Coordinator and Academic Performance Manager. They also provide advice and support to students as they transition to pathways beyond school. This includes opportunities for Work Place Learning.
Every two years, Year 9 and 10 students take part in a Careers’ Carousel which gives students the opportunity to listen to over twenty presenters from a wide variety of industry areas. The presenters discuss their jobs and the required skills and qualifications, enabling students to make informed decisions about their own career pathways.
Future Moves Workshops
All students take part in interactive career workshops presented by Future Moves which covers topics such as resume building, employer expectations and core skills required for work.
Periodically the Rutherford Trade Training Centre plays host to Year 9 and 10 students from Merredin College and surrounding district high schools. Students have the opportunity of sampling trade programmes over several days to a week.
Student from Year 10 are invited to attend a Perth-based careers’ camp or excursion. Students get the opportunity to find out about a range of professional and trade roles from people who work in the field.
Combined Universities Visits
Merredin College is visited annually by representatives from the major universities. Upper school students benefit from this presentation.
Moving from primary school to secondary school or from a district high school to a larger school like Merredin College is a significant event in every child’s education journey. Most students move to their new schools and thrive on the challenges of the new environment and varied experiences that secondary schools offer. They find it both exciting and scary to be going from being the oldest group in the school to the youngest; to be moving from a familiar environment to a larger and unfamiliar environment; and from being well known by many teachers to being relatively unknown. Even for students who complete primary education at Merredin College the thought of moving into secondary can be daunting.
Our Transition Program is designed to alleviate the anxiety which both parents and children may feel.
The Merredin College Transition Program begins in Term 3 when College staff visit the schools where Year 6 and Year 10 students indicate an intention to enrol at Merredin College as Year 7 and Year 11 students. The visit is aimed at informing parents and students about what is on offer at Merredin College. Prospective students are encouraged to attend our Open Day in Term 3 which is usually held around the Friday of Week 8. The Open Day involves some performances by students in Dance and Drama. It also includes a tour of the College to see students at work in classrooms.
The school visits are followed up with separate Open Days in Term 4 for prospective Year 7 and Year 11 students. These days are generally organised by the Year Coordinator and involve a visit by students to the College with the aim of:
- Providing essential information about Merredin College (how to read a timetable, routines, ordering lunches etc.)
- Developing some familiarity with the campus layout
- Meeting new students and starting to form new friends
- Meeting some staff – Principal, Deputy Principals, Chaplain, AIEOs/ALO and Year Coordinator
- Engaging in ‘ice breaker’ activities with other students
- Providing parents with a Q&A session
- Providing parents with the opportunity to order the College uniform
Information about strengths and areas requiring support is accessed from the feeder primary schools by the Deputy Principal. Parents of students with special educational needs are asked to make an appointment with our Education Support Coordinator so that the College can provide the necessary support for your child. At any stage we are happy to conduct a tour of College facilities for new parents.
At the start of the new school year, Year 7 students participate in ‘The Big Day Out’ – a fun day of activities to support social inclusion.
For information about dates of school visits or Open Days, parents are encouraged to contact the Deputy Principal (secondary) on 9041 7520.