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OUR LADY OF SION COLLEGE, BOX HILL VIC

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OUR LADY OF SION COLLEGE, BOX HILL VIC
1065 Whitehorse Rd
BOX HILL
VIC
3128
Melbourne East
03 9890 9097
Established in 1928 by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and, faithful to their vision and mission, Our Lady of Sion College celebrates each student’s gifts and all that she brings to our community.
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Mrs Tina Apostolopoulos
  • Secondary School
  • Solitary School Location
  • Catholic
7-12
Catholic
Refer to College website for more details.
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Girls
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Gifted & Talented Program
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  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Culture / Tradition
  • Discipline
  • Educational Support
  • Employment Pathways
  • Faith / Religion
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Resources / Facilites
  • Robotics
  • Science/Technology
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Special Needs
  • Sport
  • Tertiary Pathways
Cantonese, French, Italian
  • Athletics (Track & Field)
  • Aerobics
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Diving
  • Hockey (field)
  • Indoor Cricket
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball

The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion established the College in 1928, and our vibrant community has worked tirelessly over the last 92 years to continue the vision the Sisters had in those humble beginnings – the desire to provide an excellent education grounded in faith for generations of young women. 

The community at Our Lady of Sion prides itself on the fact that every student here is named and known. Our student leadership program supports young women who want to stand up for other young women. Their voices tell us about the issues to which they want to make a difference. 

Our interfaith and social justice programs encourage students to look beyond the school gates and reflect on how they can be a voice for those without one. 

The opportunities for growth and learning at Our Lady of Sion come in many different forms, from public speaking competitions to our award-winning voice and instrumental ensembles; from ballroom dancing to AFL umpiring. 

When students leave our College at the end of Year 12, they leave knowing that they are forever part of a loving community that has supported them to embrace whatever life has to offer. 

Our Lady of Sion College offers a challenging, diverse and rigorous curriculum, characterised by a focus on academic excellence and the explicit teaching of critical and creative thinking, literacy and numeracy.

Our learning and teaching programs are also enriched by opportunities for students to engage on a local, national and international stage with a rich array of local experiences, immersion opportunities, and cultural and language study trips to China, France or New Caledonia, Italy, and the United States.

Our curriculum, aligned with the Victorian Curriculum, takes students on a journey from transition into Year 7 to their futures beyond secondary education.

Complemented by a Pastoral Care program that recognises that learning and wellbeing are interdependent, students are introduced to a breadth of disciplines in Year 7 and encouraged to take responsibility for their learning at each stage.

Importantly, Religious Education – through the lens of the Sionian charism – is infused in every aspect of College life, with Religious Education studied at every year level.
We are very proud of the excellent facilities we provide. Recent projects have included the Miriam Theatre, the Emmanuel Learning Centre which caters for the collaborative learning needs of Year 7 and 8 students and our most recent building project completed in 2016, the Notre Dame Centre, specifically designed for our VCE and VCAL students.

With a wide range of choices, our girls have many opportunities to embrace our co-curricular programs. There is something for everyone. We offer sports including Girls Sport Victoria, music, choir, chess, leadership roles, community service, overseas travel, an Indigenous Immersion experience, debating and public speaking, drama productions and library clubs.

At Our Lady of Sion College students are encouraged to live in fidelity to the Word of God known in the Scriptures and the life of Jesus. Our students inherit the tradition of the Church and the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, which calls them to actively seek to transform the world and where the Biblical values of compassion, justice, reconciliation, peace and love are the central guiding principles for all that we do.

Mass is celebrated with our College Chaplain at the opening and conclusion of each school year
Each year level participates in a Retreat where prayer and Mass is celebrated
Opportunities to gather and enhance the Catholic identity of the school prioritises prayer and liturgy as essential elements in all celebrations.
Once a fortnight each year level attends Chapel, providing students with time to gather, sit quietly with each other and their God, and to pray together.

The Chapel is open throughout each day for any student or staff member to use as a place for quiet prayer and reflection.

The wellbeing of our students is at the centre of all that we do.

We pride ourselves on the fact that every student at Our Lady of Sion is ‘named and known’. We are able to achieve this through our transition processes and the manner in which all our teachers work to support each student. Since we live in an increasingly impersonal world, student wellbeing at Our Lady of Sion must consciously strive to maintain the 'Sion Family Spirit'. Each person will be known by name, and in the same biblical sense, know that she or he belongs in the community, with individual differences valued and making a unique contribution to the whole.

The friendly and harmonious climate at the College is a source of pride. The College cherishes individual differences, appreciates the varied learning styles of students, and encourages each student to feel that she can achieve success.

The College has an explicit focus on supporting the development of strong, self-reliant, caring and empathetic young women who expect to be change-makers in society. To foster this sense of independence, belonging and empowerment, students have access to a rich College life that includes extensive leadership opportunities, teamwork through the Girls Sport Victoria competition, a large array of music ensembles, STEM experiences and involvement in a significant number of Social Justice initiatives.

Our Lady of Sion College has a proud tradition of ensuring each student is assisted to find their place within the College community. Students’ sense of belonging is nurtured by their involvement in their homeroom and year level activities including camps and retreats. Inter-level relationships are fostered in an extensive array of House events, co-curricular opportunities and our Big Sister–Little Sister program.

Students are supported by their Year Level Coordinator, their Homeroom teacher and the Student Counselling team. Students with particular needs have access to learning and enrichment support. Our Lady of Sion College also offers careers guidance and Work Experience programs.

Sowing the seeds of hope, uncovering excellence within and inspiring a commitment to justice.
Our Lady of Sion College is a Catholic College where young women are encouraged to live in fidelity to the Word of God known in the Scriptures and the life of Jesus. These young women inherit the tradition of the Church and the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, which calls them to actively seek to transform the world.

This tradition calls them to be:

creative and contemplative
passionate and compassionate
concerned always for justice, truth, reconciliation and peace
people who build bridges with others and remain open to change.
These young women will be offered opportunities that will enable them to become individuals filled with hope, who speak to the divine within themselves and beyond their imagining. They will become young women who will always strive to:

discover the presence of God
discern
have the courage to speak the truth, and the energy to act for change
bring the gifts of healing and nurturing in places of discord.
Our Lady of Sion College imbues in our young women:

a sense of belonging to a tradition
a hunger for achieving what is right
calls them in all things, to speak the truth in love.

Our Lady of Sion College has a long and proud history of educating young women in the Box Hill and surrounding areas. The College was established in 1928 by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and, faithful to their vision and mission, the Biblical values of compassion, justice, reconciliation, peace and love are guiding principles that underpin all that we do.

Our College works in partnership with our families to support each student’s development. We respect, value and celebrate each student’s gifts and all that she brings to our community. Our faith, wellbeing, academic and co-curricular programs seek to affirm and celebrate each student’s uniqueness.

We aspire to be a school that seeks truth through learning in a community of caring relationships – a community where each student is known and named, valued and nurtured, encouraged and supported through the personal relationships we foster.

We aim to foster in our students a love for learning, an inquiring and discerning mind, the pursuit of personal excellence, a compassionate concern for others and a strong sense of hope that they can become positive agents of change in their world. Ultimately, our learning environment and the varied opportunities we provide aim to support each student’s journey towards becoming the young person God created her to be.

 

Tina Apostolopoulos
Principal

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