The Geelong College is a Uniting Church coeducational school, with 1,325 students from Early Learning to Year 12, and boarders from Year 7. We are an innovative and caring community of learners committed to making a positive difference to an ever changing world.
The College is well known as one of Victoria’s finest schools, and is highly respected interstate and overseas for its student academic achievements, and its broad and innovative learning opportunities.
This open and inclusive learning community serves the needs of young people and their families through a diverse range of pathways and experiences. Each student is encouraged and helped to achieve their best, and to explore their passions which helps them to prepare for a changing future. The College is passionately coeducational, and believes that girls and boys learn and lead best together.
With significant and rapid changes in industry, leadership and community and social structures, the College focuses on relevant learning for a future that will be very different to life as we know it. Research suggests that most students at school now will work in jobs that don’t currently exist, will live and work in three different countries and have six career changes. To thrive, they will need to be good decision-makers, strong communicators, be able to think through major issues, to inquire and solve problems, and be ready to show the world what they have to offer.
The new College Vision for Learning identifies and integrates a series of capabilities into all learning experiences, projects and co-curricular opportunities. Identity, Creating, Communicating, Enterprise, Creativity, Thinking and Contributing are the capabilities young people need to develop to become independent and informed global citizens, and to learn how to learn.
Diverse, challenging and nurturing programs at all levels of the school encourage and inspire our whole community to be positive contributors to the world. From the Reggio Emilia inspired Junior School, the Middle School, which includes the Enviro Garden immersion in Year 4, the Year 5 Designing the future program and the Year 6 Media program, and at the Senior School, with approximately 40 VCE subjects available and a rich co-curricular program including APS sport, Drama, Music, Expeditions, Debating and Public Speaking opportunities, there is something to inspire everyone.
Geelong College students are well cared for at every stage of their development by experienced, committed and dynamic teachers. The TripleR wellbeing program works hand in hand with other learning programs to create a nurturing environment through which young people develop resilience, confidence, personal responsibility and the desire to make a difference.
Diversity is highly valued at the College and students and staff from across the state, the country and the globe are welcomed. We share cultures, languages, faiths and values, to make our school community a dynamic, interesting and exciting place to learn.
Because people learn at different paces and in different ways, individual needs are identified and an engaging and supportive environment is created through a variety of approaches to learning. Students receive the help they need to accomplish set tasks and are given opportunities to extend and challenge themselves, in and out of class, and through a range of interest groups and learning programs. Independent project works further extends, challenges and supports students to explore and develop passions, to collaborate with group members or mentors, and to be responsible and resilient throughout the process.
Based on two city campuses, but linked to the beautiful surrounds of Geelong and the Surf Coast, southwest of Melbourne, the College learning spaces and facilities bring together history and modern design. The Keith Humble Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, home to Music, Drama and Dance, the dynamic Middle School learning spaces and the renowned Enviro precinct, are examples of outstanding facilities that support exciting and innovative programs. The state-of-the-art Recreation Centre, and the surrounding ovals and green areas, foster fitness and wellbeing in the whole school community.
Scholarship applications are welcomed from students who believe they can make a positive contribution to our learning community. Academic, Music and Boarding Scholarships are offered from Years 7 to 11. Scholarship exams and auditions are conducted in February for entry into the following year.
Explore the world through our eyes. Tours with our Registrar can be arranged at a time and day that suits your family. Open Days are held each term and include an opportunity to meet the Principal and teaching staff, and to experience our school, classes and activities guided by students.
Visit www.geelongcollege.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5226 3156 to arrange a tour.
Geelong College, shaping the future.
Reggio Emilia Early Learning to Year 3
Year 4 Enviro
Year 5 Designing the Future
Year 6 Multi-media
Year 7 Boat building Maths and Science challenge
Year 8 Outward Bound style adventure and Cre8 self directed project
Year 9 City Week Study Immersion
Year 10 Fulfilling Lives Community Service program
These programs are just some of the many rich and intersting curricular and co-curricular expereinces offered to our students.
Our rich co-curricular program includes APS sport, Drama, Music, Expeditions, Debating and Public Speaking opportunities. Our students also benefit from Community Outreach programs, camps and International study tours.
With almost 100 boarders, The Geelong College offers a family-style boarding experience that encourages friendship, independence and academic excellence. Boarding life is rich and fulfilling, combining homework, sport and other co-curricular activities, with time to relax.
Each week night, boarders have two hours of study time with specialist academic tutors available to assist them. Students focus on their studies without the distraction of phones or access to social media during study time, which is important for productivity. Geelong College boarders do exceptionally well academically.
Our boarding community is diverse and inclusive, with students from country Victoria and New South Wales, the coastal towns and farming areas surrounding Geelong, and from Melbourne, as well as international students from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Germany. With such a broad range of people, boarders learn greater understanding and respect of different cultures and backgrounds.
The College has two separate boarding houses, just minutes from the school. Mossgiel, the girls’ house has units where girls from different year levels live together in single or double rooms with shared bathrooms, lounges and kitchenettes. Mackie, the boys’ house has a single rooms with shared bathrooms and looks out over the oval. Both boarding houses have informal areas where boarders can watch television, play games, table tennis or billiards and entertain friends after school. On weekends house activities including trips to the coast, the football, to Melbourne, the theatre or laser tag are arranged. Other times boarders will arrange their own activities within their house or with friends.
Explore the world through our eyes. Tours with our Registrar can be arranged at a time and day that suits your family. Open Days are held each term include an opportunity to meet our Principal and teaching staff, and to experience our school, classes and activities guided by students.
Visit www.geelongcollege.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5226 3156 to arrange a tour.
Geelong College, shaping the future.
Our students are well cared for at every stage of their development by experienced and committed teachers. We are proud of our nurturing environment, our pastoral care system and our efforts to develop resilient and responsible young people.
At The Geelong College we welcome scholarship applications from students who believe they can make a positive contribution to our vibrant learning community.
We offer scholarships from Years 7 to 11, and encourage diversity and excellence at the College through this program.
Academic, Boarding and Music Scholarships are offered from Years 7 to 11.? From time to time other specialist scholarships are offered, these will be listed below when applications are open.
The fee remission offered to each candidate is at the discretion of the Principal and will take into consideration the scholarship exam results as well as current school performance and the candidate's community, sporting and personal achievements.
All scholarship candidates* must sit an examination facilitated by Edutest at The College on a Saturday in February, one year prior to the entry year. The date of the exam will be communicated when scholarship applications are open in November of 2016. A College presentation, morning tea and tours for parents will be available during the test.
Scholarship applications open in November 201?6 for entry into 201?8.
Registration for candidates is online through Edutest.
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must email copies of the candidate's most recent school report and NAPLAN results in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org before their application can be processed.
*All external students applying for music scholarships are required to sit the academic scholarship test as well as audition. Current Geelong College students will only be required to audition. Auditions take place after the academic testing
Practice tests are available from Edutest here. These tests cover Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics and are suitable for students from Year 6 to Year 10 (current Year Level).
The scholarship exams also include a Written Expression component which is not replicated in the practice tests. Click here for more information on the practice tests.
For further information about scholarships, please email our Registrar, Deb Fanning or call on (03) 5226 3190.
The College has a vibrant music program offering individual lessons and ensembles of high standards across a range of instruments and musical styles. Music Scholarship recipients will be offered full remission of instrumental tuition fees on one instrument and part remission of academic fees, the amount of fee remission offered to each candidate is at the discretion of the Principal. For more information on Music Scholarships click here.
Private Geelong College buses run from Ocean Grove, Torquay and Jan Juc, Colac and williamstown/Point Cook in additional to public teansportation options.
It is a great pleasure to welcome people to The Geelong College, whether they be students and families visiting for the first time or past students and others returning after years away.
The Geelong College is an open and inclusive community of learners, serving the needs of young people and their families. We want our young people to develop their curiosity, their imagination and their confidence in themselves. We want them to be compassionate and caring, thoughtful of others. We want them to think and problem-solve, as well as to develop independence and personal and social responsibility. And we want them to aspire to be the best they can be.
We believe in rich learning that extends beyond knowledge, as important as that may be, to deeper understanding and the development of wisdom. So much of that happens through learning experiences and challenges, as well as through the guidance and encouragement of highly qualified, talented and passionate staff, eager themselves to further their own learning in the interests of their students.
We also believe passionately in coeducation, where girls and boys, and young men and women, learn how to learn and how to lead together in a respectful environment.
This website is merely a glimpse of the richness and diversity of the learning experiences at our College and of our community, so I warmly invite you to come and visit us, to meet our staff and students and to experience the College for yourself.
Dr Peter Miller, Principal