The Geelong College is a Uniting Church coeducational school, with approximately 1,450 students from Early Learning to Year 12, and boarders from Year 7.
Since 1861 we have challenged our students to Be of Courage through their actions, thoughts and words, to work hard and to make a difference in some way every day. For this is the way to the stars.
The College is one of Victoria’s finest schools and is highly respected interstate and overseas for its student academic achievements, its broad and innovative learning opportunities, and its experienced, committed and dynamic teachers.
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 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.
The College Vision for Learning identifies and integrates a series of capabilities into all learning experiences, projects and co-curricular opportunities. Identity, Creating, Communicating, Enterprise, Thinking and Contributing are the capabilities young people need to develop to become independent and informed global citizens, and to learn how to learn. This underpins everything we do.
Diverse, challenging and nurturing programs at all levels of the school encourage and inspire our learners 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.
Find out about The Geelong College difference at an Open Day! 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.
The Geelong College aims to provide an inspiring education where all students can learn how to learn, flourish, be innovative and aspire to futures that harness their many skills and abilities.
We aim for our students to be respectful and to confidently develop their academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual potential.
The Geelong College also seeks to provide learning experiences that shape personal development in ways that prepare students to positively contribute to society.
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.
Boarding is integral to the fabric and culture of The Geelong College and has been since its inception in 1861. Our two very comfortable boarding houses, Mossgiel (girls) and Mackie (boys) are home to a diverse and inclusive community which includes students from country Victoria and New South Wales, the coastal towns surrounding Geelong, and from Melbourne, as well as international students from Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Laos. Boarders are accepted from Year 7 to Year 12.
The boarders are in the care of fully qualified and passionate boarding staff who look after the students like their own family with care, compassion and discipline. Staff encourage students to become more independent and to challenge themselves in their studies, school activities and in their social life. Each weeknight, boarders have two hours' allocated study time when they work undistracted on homework, projects or revision. Qualified Academic Tutors provide learning support during this time and House Tutors are available for additional guidance.
Boarding life at the College is designed to develop independence and to foster collaboration. There is structure in daily routines such as study time, sporting activities, Sunday outings and programs and social gatherings, but boarders are also afforded flexibility and freedom throughout the week to arrange their own activities and personal priorities.
Benefits of boarding
A day in the boarding house*
7 – 7.30am wake up, shower and tidy room
7.30am – 8.15am Breakfast in the dining hall
8.15am – 8.30am Preparation for school
8.30am go to House Room for the start of the school day at 8.45am
3.30pm return from school, afternoon tea and free time or sports training
5.50pm Dinner in the dining hall
6.50pm Supervised study
8.30pm Year 7 and 8 to bed
9.45pm Year 9 and 10 to bed
10.45pm Year 11 and 12 to bed
7 – 12 noon in house breakfast and Saturday sport
12.30pm lunch in the dining hall
6pm dinning in the dining hall
7pm Free time on Saturdays and study on Sundays
*This is an indicative day in the boarding house, days, of course, vary due to sports training, other activities, study load and many other things.
Visit www.geelongcollege.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5226 3156 to arrange a tour.
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, General Excellence and Music Scholarships are offered from Years 7 to 11. From time to time other specialist scholarships are offered, these will be listed on our website when they 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.
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.
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 always a pleasure to welcome you to The Geelong College, whether you are a former student or a family visiting for the first time.
The College is a special place and has played a role in the development of thousands of students and their families since 1861. We aim to inspire students to learn how to learn, to flourish, be innovative and aspire to futures that harness their many skills and abilities. But it is not just the students who are learning, staff and parents seek challenges and development here at the College.
Our students learn to be respectful and courageous, as they develop their academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual potential and prepare to be positive contributors to society through a broad range of learning experiences. The Reggio Emilia approach to education in the Junior School is a thread in our Vision for Learning for all students from Early Learning to Year 12. Consequently, a truly liberal education that values experiences across Performing and Creative Arts, Science, Humanities, learning outdoors, sports and a wide range of co-curricular activities is a feature of College.
We believe passionately in coeducation. The world is actively inclusive and diverse, just like College. Ours is a place where children thrive - girls and boys together in learning, living, growing, working collaboratively, exchanging ideas and learning from each other to develop a greater understanding of self and others. Through this our students have a strong sense of belonging.
The College is associated with the Uniting Church. We seek to prepare young men and women to be leaders in their communities, who are able to connect the Christian faith, their personal spirituality and their planned contribution to our world. While we are a Christian school, we value freedom and choice by respecting the rights of all people to live by other faith traditions. We engage in conversations as we learn together to accept the individual beliefs of others which shape their convictions and commitments.
This prospectus is a glimpse of the richness and diversity of the learning experiences at College and of the outstanding levels of success in all areas of our students. I warmly invite you to come and visit us, to meet our staff and students and to experience College for yourself.
Dr Peter Miller, Principal
(as voted by site visitors)
The Geelong College, Newtown VIC