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A True Education
At Wesley, we believe in a True Education - one that realises the full potential of every girl and boy.
Our rich and comprehensive coeducational program promotes not only excellent academic results, but also supports students’ learning through a wide range of cocurricular programs, including Visual and Performing Arts, Sport, Music, Outdoor Education and Community Service.
Wesley College is a leading coeducational, open-entry school. Established over 150 years ago, the College has enriched the lives of thousands of students throughout its history.
At the heart of Wesley’s approach to education is our commitment to developing well rounded individuals who aspire to achieve their personal best in all areas of learning.
The College supports the development of every girl and boy from early childhood years through to Senior School, across 3 campuses.
- Elsternwick: 3 year olds to Year 9 - Glen Waverley: 3 year olds to Year 12 - St Kilda Road: 3 year olds to Year 12
In addition to providing an outstanding education within the classroom, we are also renowned for the real-life learning opportunities we offer our students, which include:
- A unique Year 9 residential program in Clunes - 3 Outdoor Education Camps in Victoria – near Healesville, Paynesville and Portland - A Studio School in the Kimberley, Western Australia - A dynamic, new boarding facility, Learning in Residence
International Baccalaureate at Wesley College
Wesley College is one of the leading International Baccalaureate (IB) coeducational schools in Australia, and is the only school in Victoria to offer an IB Programme which spans from Primary through to Senior School.
Our world-class IB Programme includes:
• The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) – 3 Years-olds to Year 6
• The Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) – Years 7 to 10
• The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) - Years 11 and 12
The IB Programme applies Wesley’s ethos of a True Education, providing a balanced approach to learning, with an emphasis on developing the whole person. It aims to instil in our students enquiring, internationally- minded thinking, in order to become active, compassionate, global citizens.
Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)
At Wesley College, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is focused on building our students’ conceptual understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes, not only to excel in their studies, but also for their personal growth and understanding of the world. It is grounded in a deep belief about the nature of learning and a desire to develop students who have an international outlook.
Six transdisciplinary themes of global significance provide a dynamic framework for exploration and study:
• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organise ourselves
• Sharing the planet
An international education is dynamic and responds to ever-changing global needs. Through an exploration of concepts such as conflict resolution, cultural identity, individual and collective responsibility and sustainability, we aim to develop in our children an understanding of their power to enact change at personal, local and global levels.
— Wesley College Primary Staff
Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) enables students to learn and grow during a pivotal time in their lives. It builds on the knowledge and skills developed through the IB PYP, fostering a sense of intellectual curiosity, and providing students with an opportunity to express their thoughts and perspectives on what they have learnt.
Diploma Programme (IB DP)
Wesley offers a number of pathways to Senior School students, and a growing number of students (nearly half the Year 12 cohort), are electing to do our globally recognised International Baccalaureate Programme (IB DP).
Our IB DP provides a rigorous two-year pre-university curriculum, characterised by:
• Academic breadth, depth and rigour, which are recognised by universities worldwide
• Emphasis on promoting international awareness among students
• Attention to developing socially responsible citizens of the world with an awareness of global perspectives
At Wesley, we work with each student to help them select the study path that is right for them, to ensure they make informed choices about their future.
The IB DP is suited to students who aspire to pursue tertiary studies at university in Australia or overseas, and are interested in developing their international awareness and communication skills.
The Community College at Wesley provides for the myriad of activities that occur outside normal school hours. It offers a range of programs designed to support families, encourage individual learning and provide positive outcomes for the Wesley and broader community. Programs are available year round and are offered at all campuses and also the College’s Clunes and Outdoor Education sites.
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The Wesley College Institute
An integral part of Wesley College, it harnesses creative competencies through connections with partners such as universities, community organisations and philanthropic groups. It encourages a culture of learning, reflection and connection in the College to advance educational practice and contribute to community debate.
The Institute has already been instrumental in a number of projects of national and international significance. Such opportunities allow Wesley staff to further their understanding of educational issues in both an academic and practical context, by undertaking projects on secondment. This places Wesley teachers at the forefront of international educational research.
The Wesley College Foundation
Since its establishment in 1866, Wesley College has relied on the generosity of its donors and benefactors- alumni, current parents, past parents and friends within the Wesley community - to enhance its facilities, develop its academic programs, fund the rich diversity of cocurricular and sporting activities, and increase the number of scholarships on offer.
The Wesley College Foundation was established in 1978 and is the vehicle that raises funds to assist the College with so much of its vital work that directly benefits every Wesley student. It seeks to inspire financial support through a comprehensive philanthropic program that includes raising funds for: buildings and facilities, scholarships, library, sport, the performing and visual arts, Yiramalay and The Wesley College Institute. It also promotes bequests through The Sapere Aude Bequest Society.
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Wesley’s new boarding facility, Learning in Residence, is purpose built for Senior School students in Years 10 – 12, who come from metropolitan Melbourne, rural Australia, and international locations across Asia and Europe.
Learning in Residence builds on Wesley’s four fundamental principles of learning; learning to know, learning to do, learning to live with and learning to be, in the real-life context that living and learning in residence provides.
Now open for enrolment, Learning in Residence offers boarding options to suit every family:
Full-time boarders are resident 7 days and nights a week - an option well-suited to international and regional families.
Weekly boarders arrive at 8.00am on Mondays and return home at 3.30pm on Fridays - an arrangement that suits many local Melbourne families.
What sets Learning in Residence at Wesley apart?
There are a number of unique features of our Learning in Residence program:
Full integration into the Senior School Learning in Residence is situated adjacent to the Glen Waverley Senior School campus with sport, music and drama facilities catering for all interests and needs. The rich Learning in Residence evening and weekend curricula are available to all students – day and boarding.
Learning side by side in a culturally and linguistically diverse community Learning in Residence at Wesley fosters a true understanding of our shared humanity and a lived appreciation of the things that unite us. We prepare students to be global citizens with the knowledge, skills, attitude and mindset to participate actively in resolving global challenges and harnessing opportunities.
A dynamic, stimulating learning space Learning in Residence provides a supportive context where real-life learning occurs. Rigorous academic mentoring, outstanding pastoral care, and unparalleled cocurricular opportunities develop the whole student - intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual.
Modern living in a safe and secure environment The contemporary design and build of Learning in Residence reflects the importance of social and cultural engagement. The modern, twin share student residences are located around a central courtyard with access to a 240-seat communal dining room for day and boarding students.
Learning in Residence Scholarships Program
Scholarships for Learning in Residence are open for girls and boys in Years 10 or 11 who are Australian citizens.