History

Melba College was established in 2012 as the result of the merger of Croydon and Maroondah Secondary Colleges. Today, our 650 students occupy two campuses with the Junior School (Years 7-9) and Senior School located at Croydon and Brentnall Roads respectively. In 2018 all students will be accommodated in a brand new state-of-the-art learning facility on the Brentnall Road site.

The first and current Principal of Melba College is Mr Terry Bennett. He was joined on the first school day in 2012 by our very proud foundation students, staff and parents.

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