The Reporters’ Academy (TRA) is an extra curricular program aimed at extending students academically and socially and preparing them for the 21st century workforce. We aim to develop the most highly sought after employability skills, which compliment the academic program students are completing within the classroom.
The program runs across the whole college and offers two distinct programs.
TRA – Junior Program (Years 7-9)
Junior students complete an extracurricular education program aimed at building skills in writing news articles (predominantly for the school community via the fortnightly newsletter), story telling using print and video mediums, interview skills and public speaking. This group works with Junior school leadership on the promotion elements of the school’s marketing program and will be ambassadors to our local primary feeder schools in promoting The Reporters’ Academy and other Melba programs.
Outside of the college we continue to build links with our community. Formal partnerships have been forged with the Maroondah City Council, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and the Croydon Rotary Club. Our students, once skilled, will be producing content for our partners as part of our whole college “Community Partnerships Program”. (could link here to the partnerships weebly I have set up)
TRA – Senior Program (Years 10-12)
Senior students work as a collaboration of five schools across the city of Maroondah called the Maroondah Education Coalition (MEC). Students enroll in the Vocational, Education and Training – Certificate 2 ad 3 in Digital Media and Information Technology and complete this as the education component of The Reporters’ Academy. This program is open to all students in years 10-12 and requires the commitment of two hours 4pm -6pm on Thursdays at the Ringwood Trade Training Facility (RTTF) based at Ringwood Secondary College.