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.
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.
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.
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.
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