Co-curricular groups Expo – We are much more than marks

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Monty and Gregor encouraging students to join the Book Club

Melbourne High School’s motto, “More than just marks”, is no mere claim. This week the energy of student-run (and teacher-coordinated) co-curricular groups was evident at the Expo which saw our year 9 students sign up for the clubs of their choice. MHS students are spoiled for choice with interests ranging widely from the ever popular ‘Fun with food & Indo Club’ to the spectacular ‘Breakdance group – Soul Power’. If you’re not interested in joining the Economics group, you might prefer to play with seasoned Scrabblers. We have clubs for the creative, kinaesthetic, political, philosophical, environmental, literary or just hungry students.

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Co-curricular involvement is fun but taken very seriously. The clubs encourage peer involvement across all year levels, peer learning, student leadership, student initiative and offer a constructive way for socialising and informal learning. These are just some of the clubs running this year. Not listed are music and cadet-related groups, and some others.

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Captain, co-captain and executive: Zac, Will and Victor (Writing club)

  1. Book Club
  2. Business Club
  3. Breakdance (Soul Power)
  4. Chess Club
  5. Competition Writing
  6. Cross-Country Skiing
  7. Cycling
  8. Economics Club
  9. Environmental Action Group
  10. Film Crew
  11. Fitness and Health
  12. Fun with Food
  13. Global Issues Education
  14. Habitat for Humanity
  15. Heritage Club
  16. Indonesian Club
  17. Jew Crew
  18. Library Assistant
  19. Mathletes
  20. Maths Extension
  21. MHS Vehicles
  22. Outdoor Education
  23. Peace in the Middle East
  24. Philosophy Society
  25. Photography and Unicorn Publication Group
  26. Political Interest Group
  27. Public Speaking
  28. Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish
  29. Rugby
  30. Science Club
  31. Scrabble Club
  32. Snow Sports
  33. SOFA – the MHS Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  34. Strategy Group
  35. Student IT Support Team
  36. Students Alive
  37. Student Wellbeing Action Group (SWAG)
  38. Theatre Sports

More groups:

  1. Baka Anime
  2. Bridge Club – Connecting People Like You
  3. Food Interest Group (FIG)
  4. Japanese Club
  5. Latin Club
  6. Liberty in North Korea
  7. PC Gaming Alliance
  8. Pool and Snooker Club
  9. Scaled Model Club
  10. S.H.E (Single-Handed Equality)

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Breakdance – Soul Power

In the library we coordinate 3 groups: Library Monitors, Book Club and Competition Writing (with the aim of developing a writing community, both local and global).

I’m positive that our year 9s will find a home in these mini communities, and will remember these experiences fondly long after graduating.

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Scrabble Club

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Economics Club looked serious but was extremely popular

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6 thoughts on “Co-curricular groups Expo – We are much more than marks

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  2. Fabulous! Such a wealth of opportunities for all the students. Logistically though – I wonder how such a large number of different clubs are able to run throughout the year. If they are scheduled at the same time, those wanting to dabble in more than one club miss out. If other school activities, such as sport or musical rehearsals, are scheduled at the same time as the club meetings then it becomes a hard choice for enthusiasts. Would love to hear how MHS tackles these kinds of issues over the busy senior school years.

    • This is from a student’s perspective, but most of these clubs run at different times throughout the week (for example sport/music/cadets usually runs before and after school, but more casual clubs run during lunchtimes)

      There is somewhat of an issue of prioritising which club to go to when they have meetings on the same day, but generally, it’s possible to join multiple clubs and groups, but some sacrifices will have to be made.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Joseph. I assume you are one of the students who successfully manages his time to get the most out of all that is on offer. Excellent! Really excellent! Thanks for giving us this well written and clear insight into events and activities at MHS. You have certainly given those of us at other schools something to emulate!!

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