Curriculum Areas and Courses

At Melville, we believe students should enjoy their education. By achieving success in a range of activities students will develop positive attitudes that will encourage further studies, training, employment and life-long learning.

Educational Aims

Through a well-balanced and effective curriculum, Melville High School aims to ensure students develop as positive, self-confident young people, well prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

We want to enable students to be effective, responsible contributors to society, determined to succeed in any area of interest they pursue.

Junior Core Programme

Junior students study a common two year programme that emphasises the seven essential learning areas:

Qualifications Framework

As an NZQA accredited provider, Melville High School is able to deliver an extensive range of Unit Standards, while still offering all the traditional school qualifications.

The senior Curriculum book can be found here.
Melville High always strives to improve what we offer our students to meet their particular needs.


Successmaker software has been installed in the Learning Support Department. This software package offers tailor-made support or extension for students in maths, reading skills, spelling, ESOL, science and living skills.

Tutorial Assistance

Qualified staff are able to assist in the classroom with identified individuals and groups. One-on-one tuition is also available during school time, lunch hours and after school. Seniors can access extra assistance in preparation for their external examinations and advice and help is provided for students requiring reader/writers. Remedial courses are supported by teacher aides.

Multi-level learning

Academically able students are encouraged to study at the level best suited to their abilities. Accelerate classes operate and extension opportunities are provided so students can achieve their potential.

Campbell Centre

The Campbell Centre is a specialised facility for students with moderate learning difficulties. Students’ well being is important and extensive counselling is provided. Academic, social or emotional special needs are met by improving and developing self-esteem and confidence. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the work experience programme.

Instrumental Tuition

There is a fully equipped music suite with practice rooms, keyboard suite and recording studio, as well as tuition in orchestral instruments, guitar and vocals. The music department has a supply of instruments available for hire to students who want to learn an instrument at school.

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