School Description

Mission Statement:

Melville High School provides a quality learning environment which challenges all students to achieve their personal best and develop a positive vision for their future.

E whakarato ana te kura tuarua o Merewira he
akoranga tino pai, na tena ka wero i nga akonga
katoa kia whakatutuki taratou ake kaha, me te
whanake he whakaaro pai mo ta ratou wa e ake nei.

At Melville High School we value:

The School and its Community

Melville High School has a commitment to excellence and aims to be an excellent school. We provide quality educational opportunities for all of our students. We actively encourage all students to achieve the best they can. We seek to promote within our students a positive vision for their future and we help our students become balanced and successful citizens.

Melville High School is a co-educational, Year 9 –13 state funded secondary school, which caters for 12 to 18 years olds on the one campus in southwest Hamilton. It has a decile 4, medium socio economic parent community with 15% of the students traveling to school by bus from adjacent rural areas.

Hamilton with a population of 130,000 is New Zealand’s fourth largest city, and 1.5 hours south of Auckland.

The school is situated on a picturesque 9.3 hectare site. The school campus is attractive and inviting with landscaped gardens, established trees, seating areas, a large sail covered area and expansive fields. The astro turf area is well used by students and the community and our buildings are well maintained and presented.


The climate is temperate, with a warm summer and moderate winter. The average temperature ranges between 15-28 C in summer and 8-15C in winter.

School Background

It is many centuries since Maori brought with them to Kirikiriroa their system of education. Education played a major part in their culture and likewise with the arrival of the first European settlers schooling was ranked highly. Melville High School was opened in 1964 to meet the growing population in the area and built on land which formerly owned by the Melville family.

Student Population

The 2015 current school roll is 612 students and we have a rich and diverse roll with 23 different cultures in our school family.

Special Character

Our committed staff is proud of the wide range of programmes we offer to cater for our students. Academic success is the most important goal for all students at our school. We have a range of programmes designed to meet this objective.

The curriculum at Melville High School is designed to help every student reach their individual potential and as a result we have several pathways for students to succeed. Programmes include Integrated Programmes, Learning Assistance, Enrichment and Maths Acceleration. The school is part of the Gifted and Talented programme too.

Our Learning Initiatives Department is consolidating the integrated programmes offered. We have a special needs unit, The Campbell Centre and are currently piloting a programme “Early Start to Qualifications” which a largely home roomed course for Year 9 students. Successmaker is an individual computer based learning programme is being utilized to support students with their academic study. We have an attached unit called Te Kuhuna, which is situated on the Kirikiriroa Marae and use Te Huarahi as our Alternative Education provider.

Students are encouraged to participate in education outside the classroom. A large range of sports are offered and music and drama play an important role in our school. Our Kapa Haka and Polynesian groups are strong and they perform regularly on public occasions- our Kapa Haka group have gone on to win the 2013 Mana Ariki Competition.

Raising student's self-esteem is an important component of our pastoral care. We have a very effective Deans Network who work closely to support and advise staff, students and families. A Student Support Network has been developed. Peer mentors, mediators, safe room monitors and tutor assistants go through a rigorous training programme which begins in Term 3 Year 12 and continues through to Year 13.

Our Counsellors provide confidential and professional support in matters of a personal, family or educational nature. They meet weekly with the Senior Leadership Team and the RTLB to discuss students' needs. All student successes are celebrated in assemblies and newsletters. There is an active School Council who work hard for their fellow students.

We have a very committed and enthusiastic Board of Trustees who is clearly focused on providing the best possible education for the students of this community. They have affirmed the following rights:

They have made these three affirmations the focus of their governance role. The Board’s relationship with Senior Leadership and staff is positive and supportive. The school has two parent support forums, the PTA and the Te Manaakitanga Committee. Both these groups help staff, work with students organise forums for parents. New parents are welcome to join. We are deeply grateful to the large number of parents who help with school activities.

All students are placed in Vertical Tutor Groups. A Dean is in charge of each House and there is also a Junior Curriculum and Senior Curriculum Dean.

The House System is used for school-wide sports, i.e. athletics, swimming, cross-country and other inter-house activities.

Melville High School has first-rate variety of facilities for Sports and Physical Education, including access to an on-site heated indoor pool. A diverse range of sports are encouraged.

The school also offers a wide range of musical opportunities. These include a Music Suite; tuition in orchestral, instrumental, guitar and vocals. Regular performances are given by our bands.

The school acknowledges its dual cultural heritage e.g. Powhiri on our Marae, Te Manaakitanga, which has an important place in the life of our school. We have Kapa Haka and Polynesian groups which perform regularly. Te Manaakitanga, which was the first marae established on a school site in New Zealand, is a focal point of the school.

Our excellent facilities include a Library, Art Block, Technology Block, four Information Technology suites and other facilities, which allow the school to be able to offer a wide range of subject choices.

In the quest for excellence we also have:

Melville High School is NZQA accredited.

Clive Hamill

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