History

Melba College was established in 2013 as the result of the merger of Maroondah and Croydon Secondary Colleges. Today, our 600 students occupy brand new state-of-art learning facilities on Brentnall Road Croydon.

The founding Principal of Melba College was Mr Terry Bennett.

The current Principal Aaron Sykes was appointed in 2018.

Traditions established in our founding year include the:

House system: Bluegum (Blue), Waratah (Red), Wattle (Yellow), Banksia (Green)
Student voice and leadership structure
The newsletter: Melba Voice
The College Yearbook
Presentation Balls
Celebration Evening

Permission was granted from the descendants of internationally acclaimed Australian Opera Singer, Dame Nellie Melba, to name the college after her. Dame Nellie is a wonderful inspiration for our students. She honed her musicianship as a student, before taking the courageous step of pursuing her craft overseas. She forged her highly successful international career to much acclaim, becoming a virtuoso by capitalising on opportunities.

Click here for further insights into our namesake.
Coombe Yarra Valley - http://coombeyarravalley.com.au/ or http://coombeyarravalley.com.au/our-story or the Nellie Melba Museum http://www.nelliemelbamuseum.com.au/

The Melba College logo, a soaring stylised bird, evokes the notion of perpetual movement upward and forward. It symbolises our commitment to facilitating the constant progress of all students toward their every growing potential.

The earthy colour palette chosen to characterise Melba, with its tones of eucalyptus green, terracotta and charcoal reflects our local native environment.