Top 30+ Private Schools Melbourne, Victoria (2022)

This article is for you if you are looking for the best private schools in Melbourne, Victoria. There are many different schools to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to find the right one. 

We have compiled a list of different high-quality schools that would be perfect for your children's education needs. 

It will take time and research on your part to make sure your kids get into the school of their dreams. However, the more information you have about each school, the easier it will be to make an educated decision that will benefit your child long term! 

To help you get started on your private school hunt, we've rounded up our favourite private schools from right across Melbourne, Victoria.

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    Oakleigh Grammar Private School Melbourne

    oakleigh grammar

    Admissions Phone Number: (03) 8554 0014

    General Contact Phone Number: (03) 9569 6128 

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender Co-Education
    Boarding School No
    Estimated No. of Students 900
    School Fees Low 

    Link To School Fees Page:


    Oakleigh Grammar is one of the Top Private Christian Schools in Melbourne’s South East

    offering excellence in coeducational learning from ELC through to VCE.

    We are dedicated to building resilient lifelong learners, responsible global citizens and empowering young minds.

    Learning at Oakleigh Grammar

    • Early Learning Centre 
    • Junior School
    • Middle School 
    • Senior High School
    • Learning Enhancement
    • Arrowsmith Program
      • Arrowsmith Program
      • Arrowsmith Online Program
      • Barbara Arrowsmith
    • Co-Curricular
      • Sport
      • Music
      • Camps
      • Performing & Visual Arts
    • Greek Language Centre
    • International 
      • International Study
      • Short Study

    Why Oakleigh Grammar? 

    Oakleigh Grammar strives to create quality learning opportunities for every student to reach their full potential.

    Our dedicated teaching staff work collaboratively and embrace opportunities for professional development, ensuring that our educational programs remain at the forefront of contemporary education. Small class sizes and additional teaching support ensure that each child’s learning needs are met through challenge for those who are talented, and additional support for those who have areas of difficulty.

    Our School ensures that every child is known personally and places the utmost importance on student welfare and safety. Oakleigh Grammar is a multicultural environment with Christian values, where diversity is celebrated and inclusion is encouraged.

    Together, we provide our students with a strong sense of belonging to the Oakleigh Grammar School community.

    The Oakleigh Grammar Advantage

    Internationally Renowned Learning Programs

    We are an International Baccalaureate School offering world class programs, including the Reggio Emilia philosophy in our state-of-the-art Early Learning Centre and the Leader in Me process from Prep to Year 5. We are a certified Franklin Covey Leader in Me Lighthouse School which recognises the school’s capabilities to embrace the paradigms and practices of empowerment allowing for transformational change to become apparent.

    The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is a framework of our learning from Year 6 to 10 and encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Whilst The Arrowsmith program enables students to become more effective, confident and self-directed learners. At Oakleigh Grammar, we offer a genuine commitment to ensure your child will be engaged through a range of contemporary learning programs.

    Learning Enhancement

    Catering for the diverse educational needs of our students.

    The Learning Enhancement Department provides specialised support for individual students. Oakleigh Grammar is committed to delivering programs, which meet the needs of the child – from those who may require learning intervention and classroom support to those who show a need for extension and stimulation.

    Following parent and teacher referrals to the Learning Enhancement Department, further assessments identify the individual needs of each student, allowing specific skills to be targeted using evidence based strategies, programs and interventions.

    A Dedicated Co-educational School

    Share in the joy of learning and growing together.

    At Oakleigh Grammar, we endorse the principle of boys and girls developing reciprocal respect and understanding for each other. Working and learning collaboratively in both academic and co-curricular activities, most authentically reflects the wider world in which they will ultimately dwell.

    The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, advocated co-education, for it promotes “a feeling of comradeship”, of trust, confidence, respect and cooperation.

    A Global Perspective

    Oakleigh Grammar honours its commitment to cultural diversity by providing countless opportunities for students to develop global citizenship. With close to 40 different cultural backgrounds represented in the student body, we continue to add new celebrations to the School Calendar so that students can share their stories with peers through traditional customs, song, dance and cuisine. The Chinese (Mandarin) language program provides for sister-school partnerships in China. Travel abroad and cultural exchange programs allow students to enhance their intercultural Understanding in preparation for life in an increasingly global society.

    Co-curricular enrichment

    Students explore their interests and talents through Co-curricular activities, social leadership initiatives and camps which focus on experiential learning, teamwork and the development of character and independence.

    The co-curricular enrichment extends in Year 9 with the ‘9Ways’ program, a classroom and experiential educational program designed to meet the unique needs of Year 9 students as they approach early adulthood. The experiential component of 9Ways includes a series of themed experiences throughout the year such as Community Service, Outdoor Education and Cultural Diversity. Students are given ‘ownership’ of the 9Ways Centre which provides them with a social and collaborative learning space.

    A Nurturing Community

    Our School ensures that every child is known personally and places the utmost importance on student welfare and safety. Oakleigh Grammar is a multicultural environment with Christian values, where diversity is celebrated and inclusivity is encouraged.

    Our Vision, Mission & Values


    To be a leading co-educational school that delivers quality education at international standards.


    To create quality learning opportunities for every student to reach their full potential.


    Our ethos is inspired by:

    • Hellenic Traditions
    • Orthodox Christian Values
    • Diversity and inclusivity
    • Excellence and effort
    • Responsible citizenship
    • Innovation
    • A Zest for Life

    Our International Baccalaureate Commitment

    In line with the International Baccalaureate Mission Statement, Oakleigh Grammar values education that goes beyond academic development. The School encourages students to develop awareness beyond the individual and his or her immediate community.

    Our Child Safety Commitment

    Oakleigh Grammar is committed to the protection and safety of all students under our care. All staff and volunteers are required to hold a Working with Children Check.

    How to Apply? 

    Oakleigh Grammar is an independent, co-educational, open entry School. Students of all learning abilities, nationalities and faiths are welcome.

    We enrol students from 2 years of age for our Early Learning Centre Toddler Program through to VCE.

    Major intakes are at Prep and Years 6 & 7, however students are accepted into all year levels, where vacancies exist in the year level requested.

    Follow our Step by Step Enrolment Process to Apply!

    Step One

    Read our Conditions of Entry

    Step Two

    Read our Student Admissions Guidelines

    Step Three

    Download and complete the Application for Enrolment or complete our Online Application Form

    Step Four

    Please provide copies of the following documents together with the Application for Enrolment.

    • Photocopy of Birth Certificate
    • A copy of the student’s two previous school reports and/or relevant NAPLAN reports
    • Registration Fee of $100 (non-refundable)
    • Family Admission Fee $500 (non-refundable)
    • Copy of immunisation records (ELC enrolments only)
    • Copy of visa (visitors and temporary residents only)

    *A separate application form must be lodged for each student.

    Priority for admission is given as follows:

    • To siblings of existing or past students
    • To children of permanent staff members
    • To children who attended the Early Learning Centre who continue on to Prep
    • To children of former students
    • By date of application

    Our Location

    Located in Oakleigh, Oakleigh Grammar is easily accessible by train and bus services, plus offers door-to-door bus services to selected suburbs.

    Located in Oakleigh, in the heart of Melbourne’s South-East, a suburb known for it’s vibrancy and culture, Oakleigh Grammar is only a five minute drive to Chadstone Shopping Centre.

    Public Transport

    Oakleigh Grammar sits in between both Oakleigh and Hughesdale railway stations and is a short 10 minute stroll from bus hubs offering public transport connections across Melbourne. Detailed information is available from Public Transport Victoria (PTV) as well as regional timetables and routes maps for all services across the Cities of Bayside • Boroondara • Darebin • Glen Eira • Greater Dandenong • Kingston • Knox • Manningham • Melbourne • Monash • Port Phillip • Stonnington • Whitehorse • Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

    Door-to-door bus service

    Oakleigh Grammar manages customisable private buses services offering safe and friendly door-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs across Melbourne. Our busses are driven by Oakleigh Grammar staff members, who all maintain a current Working With Children Check and are part of the School Community.

    Families may choose both morning & afternoon services or a one-way (morning or afternoon) service. The fee for using the bus is added to the student’s account at the start of each Term and payable with regular school fees.

    Availability and routes may vary periodically depending on demand and individual student requirements.

    An example of our extensive list of suburbs can be found in the Google Map. 

    Academic and General Excellence Scholarships

    Oakleigh Grammar seeks to encourage talented, motivated and civic-minded students who have the potential to make a contribution in a leadership and academic capacity and join our current cohort of students in a wide range of School activities.

    Scholarship examinations will take place for all students one year prior to the anticipated year of entry. Following the release of the exam results, interviews are held with students during term 2. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship offer for entry into Year 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 commencing from the start of the school year.

    Oakleigh Grammar in conjunction with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), will hold the Scholarship exams for all students entering into Year 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

    Successful applicants will be curious learners, active sports participants, musically talented or community focused.

    To apply for a General Excellence Scholarship, a student will have a good academic standard, plus excellence in at least one the following: sport, music, leadership, community service.

    All scholarship candidates (including current Oakleigh Grammar students) must sit the ACER examination and also provide the following information when lodging their Scholarship Application form with ACER.

    • School report
    • Naplan test results (most recent)
    • Certificates of achievement
    • Sporting ability/achievements
    • Music ability/achievements
    • Leadership achievements and Community Service.

    All scholarship applicants must include this information with their application, including levels attained.

    All students applying may like to include a reference from a teacher, principal, sporting organisation, church group, community service organisation, etc. (this is not essential).

    Interviews will be held with the Heads of School after the student scholarship exam results have been released.

    All applications are completed online via  for the Primary test applications  and  for the Level 1 & 2 test applications.

    For further information regarding Scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office on (03) 8554 0014 or by e-mail to:

    Mentone Grammar Private School Melbourne

    mentone grammar

    03 9584 4211

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to K-12
    Main Gender Co-Education
    Boarding School No
    Estimated No. of Students 1673
    School Fees Average 

    Link to School Fees Page:


    Welcome to Mentone Grammar. I hope you enjoy finding out about our School and seeing the images which capture the happy, healthy and high achieving environment that we work hard to provide our Community with.

    We embrace the holistic development of all members of our School Community. We do so within our highly acknowledged Together-Apart-Together coeducational model. From the Early Learning Centre through to Year 12 we provide age and stage appropriate programs designed to engage the modern learner in a dynamic environment. We do so with some of the most outstanding Teaching and Learning resources in the country. All of these resources acknowledge the importance of everyone’s wellbeing as well as providing them with the opportunity to learn to the highest level.

    It really is a great time to be a member of this School Community – we have so much to be proud of. We have all of the traditions of a great School whilst being highly contemporary in our practice. 

    Students graduate from Mentone Grammar with a broad range of skills designed to ensure they lead meaningful lives into the future. Our School Values of Integrity, Discipline, Endeavour, Resilience, Caring, Respect and Service provide young people with a strong, safe framework to live by both at School and outside of it.

    This School is a very genuine community-based school. We don’t just talk it – we live it!

    I hope you enjoy your journey through this website and I look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community.

    Mal Cater


    Learning at Mentone Grammar 

    • Teaching and Learning
    • Mary Jones ELC
    • Foundation - YEar 4
    • Years 5 - 8
    • Year 9
    • Years 10 -12
    • Learning Enhancement
    • Co-curricular

    Mentone Grammar’s success is attributed to our constant drive to ‘be even better’, in everything we do, for our students, staff and community. 


    Our Strategic Plan articulates our School's direction and our six pillars of success to which we focus our energy, enabling us to achieve our goals. 


    Our vision is to develop resilient young people with a wide range of skills, interests and attributes to find their place in an ever-changing world, through a leading educational environment which challenges and motivates within a caring community.


    Our mission is to provide our students with a dynamic learning environment in which well-resourced and committed staff lead engaging academic, wellbeing and co-curricular programs


    Mentone Grammar is an Anglican school which welcomes students of all backgrounds and religious beliefs. Our Values are: Caring, Respect, Integrity, Endeavour, Service, Discipline and Resilience. We are committed to these Values which we work to include in school life every day.

    Learning Model

    Mentone Grammar’s dynamic coeducational learning model is one of the key reasons that so many families choose our School for their children, offering them the best of both worlds.

    Together - Apart - Together

    Classes are coeducational from ELC – Year 4 and from Years 10 – 12, with students learning in single-gender classes through Years 5 – 9.

    Our students benefit from a dynamic coeducational environment which encourages and respects diversity. They experience opportunities to work and socialise as reflected in the world around them.

    Early adolescence can be a vulnerable time for children as they experience great change and develop their sense of self as they move towards being a teenager and an adult. Our program from Years 5 – 9 is tailored to the unique needs of boys and girls during a critical time in their physical, social and emotional development, providing them with a greater sense of security and a supportive environment to speak openly with staff and their peers about common and relevant issues.


    Our educational environment is designed to inspire curiosity, enable excellence and feel like a second home to students.

    Our classrooms are designed with each stage of learning in mind from the colourful, playful surrounds of the Early Learning Centre to the stunning Greenways building, the light filled Eblana Learning Centre for the primary years (Foundation – Year 4), and the bright and open Senior Years Learning Centre. 

    Keith Jones Learning Centre

    Mentone Grammar's newest development is the Keith Jones Learning Centre for Years 5 & 6. This exciting new space is purpose-built for our middle years students to practice their independence and cultivate their interests, while enabling teachers to continue to provide the structure and support needed during these formative years.

    The Centre consists of eight light-filled classrooms, a reading lounge, breakout spaces, a multi-purpose performance auditorium and an outdoor learning deck. A professional film studio and recording booths incorporates invaluable digital media skills into the curriculum, enabling students to create video blogs, VoxPops, music and short films to complement their learning. The Keith Jones Learning Centre is emblematic of a new era in primary education, better preparing students for a running start into their senior years.

    Creativity Centre

    Our School has a deserving reputation as a leader in the visual and performing arts with an events calendar filled with extraordinary productions. The Creativity Centre is an outstanding facility which includes a 450-seat theatre, light-filled purpose designed visual arts studios for painting, sculpture, drawing, digital photography, printmaking and visual communication design and specialist labs for robotics, animation, 3D printing, materials and food technology. In addition, there is a recording studio which is part of an extensive new music school, drama and dance studios, passive and active learning zones and courtyards surrounding a stunning gallery space.


    An extensive list of sports is offered as either core or co-curricular programs. These include swimming, softball, netball, tennis, athletics, cross country, cricket, basketball, hockey, soccer, triathlon, surf lifesaving, surfing, golf, snow sports, aerobics, touch rugby, badminton, AFL football, table tennis and sailing. Our Coaching Academy provides specialist coaching across a broad range of sports and makes the most of our excellent sporting facilities. Our sporting facilities include; 

    • an indoor Aquatic Centre which contributes to our continued outstanding performance across water sports.
    • a Sports Centre, featuring two multi-sport courts on a sprung timber floor, seating for 300, an exercise gymnasium and a dedicated Physical Education teaching area.
    • 17 hectares of playing fields at nearby Keysborough, including six tennis courts, three ovals, two soccer pitches, cricket nets, a club house and three pavilions. In Years 7-12, inter-school competition takes place here on Saturday mornings.

    Science Centre

    Our students love learning Science in our state-of-the-art Science and Environmental Studies Centre. Setting a new benchmark for science facilities in Australian schools, the Centre boasts four specialist laboratories for the study of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental Studies, two general laboratories, an aquarium, university standard microscope system and multimedia technology. A learning lounge, all-weather courtyard and outdoor learning deck further enhance learning and pastoral care opportunities.


    Our three-hectare beachfront site at Shoreham, on the Mornington Peninsula, is the perfect location for our recreational camps and off-campus programs. Students engage in leadership programs and team building, as well as studying environmental and marine studies in the Shoreham Learning Centre.

    School Cafés

    At Mentone Grammar, the Wellbeing of our students and staff are our priority. We know that having access to healthy, fresh and nutritious food supports our students to be Happy, Healthy High Achievers.

    Our School is proud to offer a wholesome range of high-quality and good value food and drinks at our various cafés across the school.


    Local Students

    Once you have chosen to join the Mentone Grammar Community, you can follow our simple Enrolment process with the support of our expert Enrolments team to help you along the way. 

    Mentone Grammar welcomes local students from ELC 3 to Year 12.

    Our Enrolment Process​

    Step 1 - Registration

    Parents submit an online Registration for Enrolment with non-refundable registration fee and required documentation. The acceptance of your registration will place your child on our waitlist. Please note that this does not guarantee an enrolment. Please note you will need to complete one form per child.

    Step 2 -Application

    Approximately two years prior to commencement the Enrolments Team will contact families to confirm their intent to proceed with the application. Parents submit an online New Student Profile Form with up to date reports and other required documentation.

    Step 3 - Interview

    Families are invited to attend an enrolment interview with the Head of Campus or other relevant staff member. Places at Mentone Grammar are offered according to waitlist priorities, in order of the date of application and at the Principal’s discretion.

    Step 4 - Enrolment Confirmation

    Upon receiving an offer for a place at the school, parents have 14 days to accept by completing and returning the Enrolment Agreement documentation with the non-refundable acceptance fee. Foundation families are also required to pay a $1000 tuition deposit in the year prior to commencement. The tuition deposit amount is credited upon commencement.

    International Students

    Each year, Mentone Grammar welcomes international students in Years 10 - 12 which we have done for over 65 years. 

    Please note: The acceptance of your registration will place the student on our waitlist. This does not guarantee an enrolment; places at Mentone Grammar are offered according to waitlist priorities, in order of the date of application and at the Principal’s discretion.

    Please contact us on to check availability prior to registering. We encourage students to register for Years 10 to 12 2022/23/24 now.

    To register at Mentone Grammar as an international student there are a number of procedures that should be followed. These procedures can sometimes be complicated and it is recommended that a education agent is engaged to assist with the application. Please note that approved education agent commission is only payable for International Students on 500 visas to Mentone Grammar approved education agents. Please refer to our list of Mentone Grammar’s Approved Education Agents.

    International students at Mentone Grammar require an appropriate level of English language proficiency prior to entry. Each student will be required to take an English assessment. The Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) English report will recommend the length of time required at an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at one of Melbourne’s Intensive English centres. The test results provide detail regarding the student’s abilities (stanine), current proficiency in English and are one of the measures of the candidate’s suitability. Mentone Grammar requires all International Students to take an English assessment twice (in some cases more). Once when submitting an enrolment application and again after completed ELICOS. The cost associated with the English language proficiency testing must be met by the applicant’s family on each occasion. 

    Other means of determining suitability include school-based assessments and conduct during the enrolment interview.

    Students entering Years 10 - 12 should take the AEAS at least 6 - 12 months prior to their anticipated commencement date. This gives them time to plan their ELICOS studies to ensure they are ready to commence school at the beginning of the academic year. Please note the AEAS report is valid for 12 months.

    Students applying for Year 11 or 12 entry must start in Term 1. 

    Students applying for Year 10 entry can start in Term 1 - Term 3.

    It is very important that students entering Mentone Grammar have reasonably proficient English language skills. In particular analytical writing skills will be required which presumes a certain standard of English.

    We require a minimum AEAS score of 50 (intermediate) and stanine 5 (average) to apply and require a minimum AEAS score of 70 (upper intermediate) and stanine 5 (average) to attend a pre-enrolment interview.

    International students enrolled at the School, irrespective of age, to have a care giver for the duration of their enrolment and must live in homestay accommodation approved by school or with a parent. 

    Please note that Mentone Grammar is unable to accept any student transferring from another Australian school within their first six months of study.

    Getting to School

    Mentone Grammar is well serviced by a wide variety of transport systems from all surrounding suburbs, including: train, school buses, public buses and bike paths. The Mentone Railway Station is only a five-minute walk from our School.

    In addition to the Council bus and train services, Mentone Grammar provides seven private Ventura bus routes for students: 

    • Beaumaris Service (NEW for Term 3, 2021)
    • Brighton Service
    • Highett Service 
    • Southland/Oakleigh Service
    • Dingley/Keysborough Service
    • Mt Eliza Service
    • Patterson Lakes Split Service

    Bus Tickets can be purchased online. 

    $200/Term Across All Services in 2021

    $5/ Casual One Way Ticket in 2021

    Purchase a Bus Ticket Online      

    Public Transport

    Suburbs not covered by the private bus routes are connected by public transport.  

    Mentone Railway Station is on the Frankston to Melbourne City train line. Mentone Grammar is a five-minute walk from Mentone Railway Station.  

    Several public buses service Mentone. See for routes and timetables.

    Korowa Anglican Girls’ Private School Melbourne

    korowa anglican

    03 8808 8884

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender ELC: Co-Education

    Prep to Year 12: All Girls

    Boarding School Yes
    Estimated No. of Students 700
    School Fees Average

    Link To School Fees Page:

    Welcome to Korowa

    Our Mission is to develop self-aware, confident and capable young women who understand their responsibility and capacity to influence the world in a positive way.

    We believe in the power of kindness and the values of courage, respect, integrity and service. Be brave, respectful, honest, generous and above all be kind.

    Mission and Values

    At Korowa, our Mission and Values provide the framework for delivering students a holistic education where they are supported to explore their passions, try new things and achieve their best.


    Our Mission is to develop self-aware, confident and capable young women who understand their responsibility and capacity to influence the world in a positive way.


    We believe in the power of Kindness and the values of courage, respect, integrity and service.

    Be brave, respectful, honest, generous and above all be Kind.

    Our values guide every decision we make, and are the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable.

    • Courage – to strive for success in learning and life
    • Respect – for Anglican values that promote authentic social responsibility
    • Integrity – in our conduct, relationships and leadership
    • Service – to our local, national and international communities


    Korowa’s strategy provides the structure to support teaching and learning and the delivery of an outstanding education program.

    Key elements:

    • The Place to connect
    • The Opportunity to excel
    • The Challenge to learn

    Guiding Principles

    Underpinning all that we do are five overall guiding principles:

    • A culture that encourages character and values that equip students to meet future opportunities and challenges.
    • Academic excellence within a meaningful journey of rich, diverse, future-focused and holistic learning experiences.
    • Staff are supported to develop their expertise and this commitment adds significantly to our students’ capacity to enjoy learning and embark on their chosen pathways.
    • A whole School Community strengthened by enduring relationships of trust and a shared vision.
    • Facilities that enhance the quality of our education and draw us together in celebration of our achievement.

    Why KOROWA

    Our student-centred approach draws on the natural curiosity and interests of the individual.

    A leader in girls’ education since 1890, Korowa is renowned for its academic excellence, broad range of opportunities and nurturing community. 


    Developing good people who actively engage in their community is a priority and underpins everything we do at Korowa. Students can easily pursue their passions while balancing their academic studies with an array of co-curricular offerings pertaining to social service, music, drama, visual arts, sport, writing and leadership.


    At Korowa, every teacher knows every student and encourages her to pursue her own unique interests, talents and ambitions – wherever they may lie.


    Small class sizes ensure that every student receives the support they need and build positive relationships with their teachers and peers.


    The staff at Korowa are supportive, dedicated and passionate about teaching and learning. They are supported by a comprehensive professional develop program that ensures that like their students, they too continue to grow and develop their expertise.


    The wide array of co-curricular activities complements and adds to the learning that occurs in the classroom. We encourage our students to explore the breadth of experiences to discover their passions, many of which could last a lifetime.


    There are a number of ensembles on offer for students of all abilities to become actively involved with, both instrumental and voice. There is something for everyone, from choirs, the orchestra, wind symphony and the stage band to jazz, saxophone, strings and rock bands.

    Private tuition is also available on a wide selection of instruments through the Music School.

    2021 Music Tuition at Korowa

    Dance and drama

    With a wide variety of performance opportunities on offer, students can participate in performing arts productions, plays, dance showcases and concerts. A School Production is held every year, alternating between Senior and Cripps year levels and a School Production is held every second year in Junior School.

    Years Prep – 4 are able to participate in an After School Drama Club, held in the Junior School.

    Prep – Year 2 Enrolment Information

    Years 3 – 4 Enrolment Information

    Speech, drama and effective communication

    This program is designed to develop a student’s individual communication skills and performance techniques. The skills of oracy (reading, listening and speaking) are emphasised to enable students to develop clarity and confidence in all areas of oral communication. Private lessons are also available.


    This program runs after school in the STEAM Lab and provides students with access to internal and external industry experts within short-term programs. Workshops have included engineering projects, wearable tech, 3D printing, robotics and digital film making.


    Sport and physical activity are essential to general health and wellbeing. At Korowa we encourage positive physical activity behaviour through School sport, Physical Education, recreation and leisure time activities both at school and through community and club links outside school.

    There’s something for everyone from House sport competitions to inter-school and intra-school sporting opportunities, as well as the Club Sports at Korowa including Netball, Snowsports and Rowing. Regardless of skill level, students have the opportunity to participate, it’s a great way to make new friends, have fun and stay fit.


    Korowa competes in the Debating Association of Victoria’s Schools Competition with teams from Years 8-12. Students can also participate in inter-House debates held at Korowa, or staff-student debates.

    Debating develops confidence in public speaking, is invaluable for interviews later in life, fosters the ability to analyse and research topics, serves as an excellent aid to essay writing and stimulates the ability to ‘think on one’s feet’. It is also great fun!


    Korowa students earn admission into the most selective tertiary institutions in the country. Typically, all students seeking university entry, gain a first round offer each year.

    Korowa girls are not limited to traditional post school options. Each year Korowa graduates embark on tertiary studies as diverse as medicine, business, and design. Some take up cadetships with top level companies, sharing their time between study and work.


    At Korowa we believe in the power of kindness, and the capacity of our girls to develop into young women of good character who understand and act upon the need to be brave, honest, respectful and generous to others.

    Students and their families are well supported as they progress through the years with access to a support network including Heads of Year, Educational and Developmental Psychologist , School Counsellor, School Chaplain, Careers Counsellor, Learning Support and other members of a Wellbeing Team led by our Principal and Deputy Principal. This team works to develop positive relationships with the girls and their families, and monitor and support student wellbeing, both in and out of the classroom.

    The Circle, Community, Crew program underpins the structure of the broader wellbeing program for students from Prep through to Year 10. It is a strategically planned weekly program with a prescribed structure that brings students and staff together to build positive connections.

    Private Schools FAQs

    Make Sure the School Supports Your Child’s Learning Needs 

    Your child’s school should provide all the opportunities they need to succeed. However, children who have special learning needs or other challenges may need specialized teachers, tools, or learning options not available at every school. 

    If your child is academically gifted or far ahead of their peers, you may wish to send them to a school that caters to students like them. For example, some private schools offer extra-accelerated math programs or similar programs for students who seek more intellectual challenges. 

    Like public schools, private schools only have so many resources. Smaller schools, in particular, may not have the teaching capacity for students with special physical, linguistic, emotional, or learning needs. Therefore, depending on your child’s learning requirements, you may need to seek a specialized school or a school that serves more students. 

    Look for Helpful Extracurricular Activities

    Extracurricular activities may not be a priority to you as a parent, but they will have a large impact on your child’s life. For example, after-school clubs and programs will allow your child to bond with other students, build teamwork skills, and explore their interests.

    Some private schools have limited opportunities to participate in sports, scouts, and music programs. Others have a wide range of activities to choose from, including STEM-related programs like robotics and engineering clubs. 

    After narrowing down your choices to a couple of schools that meet your needs, talk to your child about each school and tell them about the activities they could participate in. Ask your child what they are interested in. If you are undecided between schools or certain important activities to your child, extracurricular opportunities could be a decisionmaker.

    Consider Class Size

    In addition to all the factors above, you may want to consider school and class size. Many children learn better in small classes where the teacher has more time for each student. In small group settings, teachers are more likely to have the time to assess and resolve each student’s challenges.

    Your child may also benefit from the opportunity to become part of a close-knit group of peers at a small school. When there are only a few students in each grade, your child will share classes with most of the same students each year and participate in many of the same activities as their peers.

    However, small schools are not better for every student. Group dynamics can become much more important in schools with small class sizes, and it may be harder to escape social difficulties if your child does not mesh with the existing dynamics. Some students may do better at a larger school where they can find friends who appreciate them and share their interests more easily.

    Choose a School That Aligns With Your Family’s Goals

    There’s a reason you started looking at private schools for your child. Beyond the quality of education in core school subjects, you may be looking for a school that aligns with your family’s religious beliefs, a military school, or where boys and girls are kept separate.

    If you have a particular reason beyond academics or safety for seeking a private school education, make sure that the school you choose fits those considerations.

    The right school

    So, with dozens of private schools to choose from, choosing the right one is probably an essential item on this list of factors for successful private school education. Which is the right school? You’ll know it when you visit it and speak with the admissions staff.

    It will be the school that best meets both your requirements as a parent and the requirements of that precious cargo which you are about to entrust to the school. You can review the statistics and data about the school. You can determine that its philosophy and educational mission align with your goals and objectives.

    But the real question for which you need to find the answer is how will your child fit in. If you feel comfortable about your answer to that question, you are all set. You will have chosen the right school.

    The right sports

    As you review private schools, you will begin to realize that each school is unique. Private schools are independent corporations, as a rule. Most are not for profit organizations. However, unless the school is owned and operated by a company that owns and operates several schools, it will manage its affairs independently and under the oversight of a board of directors.

    Consequently, the facilities and programs are different at each private school. Yes, there will be similarities. For example, each school may have a hockey team, but the question you need to ask if that is important to you is at what level is the hockey being played? What is the coaching staff like? Sports are an integral part of most private school programs.

    But, as with everything else in this process, assume nothing. Investigate the sports offered, the level of the programs offered and the facilities. Your child will spend from six to twelve hours a week playing sports. Make it the best experience possible so that you set healthy habits in place for her adult life.

    Apply the same kind of thoughtful due diligence to all the programs which matter to you and your child. If the equestrian program or the arts program are high on your list of things that you expect, then ask questions. Understand the depth and scope of the programs each school offers.

    The right extracurriculars

    By now, you are beginning to understand that a private school is a complete package: academics, sports, and extracurricular activities. Your child deserves a well-rounded approach and balance in her young life. And that is what most private schools endeavour to provide to their students.

    Why are extracurriculars important? After all, it seems that extracurriculars are among the first things to go by the boards in public schools when the money dries up. The truth is that extracurriculars such as forensics, drama, chess, and many more activities, stimulate young minds. They expose your child to options which she perhaps hasn’t thought about before.

    Who knows! She may even have one of those ‘Eureka!’ moments when she discovers her true calling in life. In any case, the depth and breadth of a school’s extracurricular activities are part of what makes it the right school. Examine extracurriculars carefully. Know how they are managed, and they have performed historically at any school you are investigating.

    Caring teachers

    Doesn’t every teacher care? Not always. Caring for their students and being answerable to their parents is simply part of how private school teachers operate. Private schools nurture caring teachers. That is because caring teachers are one of the main reasons parents decide to send their children to private school.

    If teachers don’t care or have a bad attitude, their contracts will most likely not be renewed. Private school teachers are not unionized and, as a result, can be dismissed for reasons and conditions which are spelled out very clearly in their letters of agreement with the school. 

    Now, caring is not the same thing as hovering. You won’t find a private school teacher smothering your child. Instead, your child’s teacher will be direct and guide her so that she can blossom into the confident, articulate young adult you always knew she could be. In addition, private school teachers have another responsibility which their public school colleagues do not have.

    They are responsible for coaching a sport or directing an extracurricular activity. So your child has the advantage of seeing her social studies teacher in a whole different light when she sees him coaching her field hockey team. This is one more example of how private schools practice their philosophy of educating the whole child.

    Teaching the whole child

    Education is for life. Yes, test scores can be important. The same is true with getting into a good college. But what a private school is intrinsically all about is getting an education for life. What do we mean? Your child will face challenges and situations in her adult life, which you and I cannot even begin to imagine. Just look at all we have faced in the past thirty or forty years or so.

    The world seems to be morphing at warp speed. Nevertheless, your child will hopefully emerge from her private school experience with that wonderful combination of creativity, confidence, and accomplishment, which will allow her to face whatever comes her way with equanimity, grace, and aplomb.

    The objective of this article is to point out that there are some very basic components to your evaluation of private schools on your shortlist. In my opinion, these components trump metrics such as how selective a school is.

    Parents want a safe environment for their children. 

    Frequently, private schools offer smaller class sizes and smaller campuses than neighbouring public schools. This makes it easier for staff members to be aware of dangerous situations, student dynamics, and other health and safety concerns.

    Smaller teacher-student ratios are also conducive to building and establishing connections between students and between faculty and students. Positive, healthy relationships reduce the risk and opportunity for dangerous behaviours.

    Parents want a caring community that provides individual attention to their children. 

    Small class sizes allow teachers the opportunity to get to know students. In public schools with large classes, it’s challenging for teachers to help, learn, or advocate for every student. Despite the best intentions, students can get lost in the sheer numbers of some large school districts. Private schools can better identify and address the needs of individual students.

    Parents want a school with a high-quality faculty and curriculum. 

    Most parents who invest in private education want their students to be prepared for college. Teacher experience and expertise can go a long way in helping students achieve in the classroom. The lesson plans, learning experiences, and instructional practices designed and implemented by teachers shape the way students learn and grow as scholars.

    Course plans and design should challenge students to grow, and teachers should execute and design authentic learning opportunities. Standardized test scores may measure academic rigour, the number of advanced courses a school offers, or the amount of homework assigned each week.

    Some schools provide dual-enrollment courses with local colleges; others focus on AP or IB classes. A challenging academic program can help students grow as learners and develop their intellectual curiosity, academic passions, and work habits.

    Parents want to support the school’s mission and educational philosophy. 

    Parents want to find a school that fits their educational goals and aspirations for their children. A school-aligned with parent values and desired outcomes can become a valuable partner in accomplishing these goals.

    When students feel comfortable in a school, and the parent-school relationship is aligned, students will achieve more. Schools will often create or display a “portrait of a graduate” to illustrate the important traits and abilities of the school. Parents can look at this list to see if priority values align.

    Start Early

    Most private school admissions deadlines come early in the calendar year, usually January or February. However, the application process begins much earlier in the school year! So, in addition to researching the right schools for your child, you’re going to need at least six months, and ideally, a full year, to ensure they have everything needed to apply.

    Your exact timeline will depend on whether your child is applying to elementary school, middle school, or high school, as well as your child’s individual needs and goals. But in general, try to start requesting information from schools sometime in the spring or summer.

    Understand Your Child’s Interests

    As you research and prepare, it’s important to frequently check in with your child and make sure they are engaged in the process. For example, do these schools have the extracurricular activities your child wants, like sports or theatre? Are the academics at the right level? If the school offers boarding and day school options, which does your child prefer?

    Checking in with your child ensures that you’ll find a good fit, but it’s also essential to the admissions process. In writing and person, your child will need to articulate why they are excited about each private school, so it’s imperative to include them in the process.

    Seek Out Additional Academic Enrichment

    Whatever grade level you’re applying for, schools are going to care about your child’s past academic performance. If you’re using it at the secondary school level, it’ll be even more important that your child be able to articulate their favourite subjects (and why). And, of course, admissions officers will evaluate their performance in school.

    For those reasons, it’s important not only that students do well in school but that they pursue some form of academic enrichment outside the classroom, too. Whether through the math team, debate club, or language lessons, developing an academic passion is crucial to admission at highly selective private schools.

    Evaluate Your Child’s Extracurricular Profile

    Similarly, just as private school admissions committees consider your child’s academics, they will also care deeply about what your child does outside of class. That means sports, arts, and community service. While they care about a student’s academic performance, they care most of all about what your child will bring to their school community.

    Extracurricular activities show private schools what your child is passionate about and help them see where they will fit into the student body. Activities in which they interact with others cooperate on a team and helps others all show maturity and empathy.

    Prepare for Standardized Testing

    Just like colleges, most private schools use some form of standardized test scores to evaluate their applicants. The most common tests are the ISEE (for elementary school) and the SSAT (for secondary school). These standardized tests are another reason to start early, as doing so will allow your child time to prepare through self-study or tutoring.

    Other private and independent schools use a school-specific entrance exam or admissions test. This is common at charter and Catholic schools, among others. A few secondary schools rely exclusively on the results of this entrance exam, but most schools consider test scores as part of a holistic review of your child’s application.

    Get Letters of Recommendation

    Another feature of the private school application process that you’ll want to consider early on is the letters of support you’ll need for the application. Most private schools ask for two recommendations, often from math and English teachers. These letters will be stronger and more positive if you give your child’s teachers plenty of notice!

    Additionally, you may be able to submit additional letters of support. For example, if your child intends to play a sport at the new school, consider getting a letter from a coach. Similarly, a letter from an art or music instructor can speak to your child’s passions. Additionally, if you have a connection to a school, such as knowing a board member, that kind of support can be effective, too.

    Prepare Your Child for the Personal Interview

    No matter what grade level your child is applying for, it’s almost certain there will be a personal interview stage of the private school admissions process. Depending on your child’s age, this may be one-on-one, observation of social interaction, attendance in a class, or some combination of all three, so the admissions committee can get to know them.

    There’s a lot you can do to prepare your child for the interview, including practising answering (and asking!) questions, working on body language, and preparing a few strategies. It’s also a good idea not to schedule the first interview with your first-choice school; give your child at least one or two official interviews to work out some of their nerves first.

    Attend Schools’ Open Houses and Tours

    Attending school tours and open houses are critical pieces to the application process, so be sure you know when these are and clear your schedule to attend. Most open houses take place in October and November, and while some schools have a few options, they are not limitless. Thus, it’s important to create a visiting schedule before the fall arrives.

    On your visit, you’ll likely meet members of the admissions office and hear from the admissions director. Encourage your child to ask questions on tour, and make sure your questions are answered, too. If you have questions about financial aid, academic advising, or other unique aspects of the school, make sure you get those questions answered!

    Help Your Child Write Strong Essays

    While the interview is certainly an important part of your child’s application, admissions committees will also rely heavily on their written responses to essay questions to see how they will fit into the school community. These questions ask students to reflect on their favourite subjects, ways they’ve matured or grown, and what activities mean the most to them.

    Students must write as many of these essays themselves as possible; admissions officers can tell if a child or an adult wrote a report. At the same time, make sure you talk to your child about how to approach the essays and help proofread their responses.

    Remember That You’re Applying, Too

    It sometimes comes as news to parents applying to private schools that this is really about your whole family, not just your child. You’re almost certainly going to have to write essays yourself and attend an interview, just like your child. These schools want to know that you’re going to be a friendly and supportive part of their community, too.

    You probably don’t need to become a better applicant by seeking out new activities, but you must take the parent parts of the application seriously. Consider having a friend or advisor look over your essays and do a mock interview. Private schools look for certain qualities in parents the same way they do in student applicants.

    Don’t Miss the Deadlines.

    Keep in mind that there are many deadlines involved in the private school admission process, not just the final one in January or February! Most schools have only a few open houses and set deadlines for scheduling tours and interviews, while the ISEE and SSAT only offer a limited number of test dates each year.

    As you embark on this project, it’s important to have a clear grasp of the timeline to ensure that everything gets done and you don’t miss any crucial steps. A good independent school admissions counsellor should help you do that.

    Choice and Flexibility

    An advantage to private schools is that they are often better equipped to offer families quality on-campus and remote learning experiences and even the choice and flexibility to move between the two as COVID impacts their community.

    In addition, private schools tend to have low student-to-teacher ratios and more campus and classroom spaces to break students and teachers into small pods or cohorts as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They also have the resources to invest in the technology and professional development teachers need to effectively teach on-campus and remote students.

    School Choice That Aligns With Your Family’s Values

    There are many different private schools – day school or boarding school, religious or non-denominational, co-ed or single-sex – and, unlike other school choices, private schools are mission-driven with their unique philosophy. As a result, each family can choose the private school whose mission resonates and aligns with their family’s values. 

    Instils a Love of Learning in Students

    Private schools typically can teach how students learn best and deliver challenging academics in innovative ways. This “freedom within a framework” engages students, taps into their natural curiosity and stokes their desire to learn, creating lifelong learners who thrive in school and beyond. 

    Students and Teachers Develop Close Relationships 

    Lower student-to-teacher ratios allow private school teachers to develop close relationships with a stable group of students, which is key to their intellectual and emotional growth and learning. In addition, a close teacher-student relationship helps students feel known, understood, believed in and challenged to be their best.

    Offer Differentiated Learning to Effectively Challenge, Each Student

    Private school teachers can tailor their lessons to their students’ unique skills, interests, passions, and curiosities with lower student-to-teacher ratios. Private school teachers can also respond and meet every child where they’re academically and push students forward with the right balance of challenge and nurture. As a result, students feel confident and assured in their academic abilities throughout their learning journey. 

    Focus on the Whole Child 

    Character education teaches and celebrates character traits like respect, empathy, self-control and cooperation that are integral to both academic achievement and success in life. Private schools recognize the importance of character education and often build it into their curriculum intentionally rather than treating it as an add on.

    This creates an environment where students feel secure knowing their classmate’s value compassion and respect; perform better academically because they can practice self-control; and become the best versions of themselves because they feel more confident.

    Prepares Students for Their Future

    Private schools prepare students for the future with academically rigorous curricula that incorporate tough-to-teach skills like critical thinking, collaboration and proactiveness. Private schools that combine a challenging curriculum with powerful and innovative experiences graduate students with 21st-century skills and purpose-driven leaders prepared to shape the world for good.

    Kilvington Grammar School Melbourne

    kilvington grammar school

    03 9578 6231


    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender Co-Education
    Boarding School No
    Estimated No. of Students 800
    School Fees Average 

    Link to School Fees Page:


    Empowering students to achieve their academic potential

    Your child will be challenged, stretched and supported to help them achieve the learning outcomes of which they are capable.

    Single-gender classes. Co-ed school.

    We offer single gender classes from Y7-Y9 in English, Science and PE and Health, so your child can enjoy diverse learning experiences at a key developmental phase in their lives.

    Big on learning. Big on care.

    With outstanding and passionate teaching staff and our renowned wellbeing program, your child will be given every opportunity to achieve their personal best.

    Our education philosophy

    At Kilvington, we strive for academic excellence within an authentic, inclusive and collaborative teaching and learning environment. The sequential development of skills, knowledge and understanding are underpinned by breadth, depth and challenge in learning. This process is informed by regular monitoring and assessment of student learning and timely feedback.

    Our philosophy is underpinned by our Character Initiative and neuroscience research on the benefits of instilling a Growth Mindset.

    Student learning is a rounded experience that equips students with the skills to navigate, connect and thrive in a transforming world. Learning at Kilvington fosters academic excellence, shapes perspectives, strengthens character and builds skills for success.


    To prepare our students for life and work in the 21st century, we have increased our focus on trans-disciplinary learning. Students work together across year levels and subjects to innovate, create and solve real world problems. So, while we offer our students core subjects within the curriculum, the magic is in how those subjects are combined to create opportunities to extend their learning even further.

    Our flagship programs of STEAM, Writing, Performing Arts, Robotics and Global Connections contribute to our robust learning and co-curricular programs.

    This is such an exciting time to learn and we are constantly assessing how we can inspire a love of learning in our students. 

    Early Learning Centre

    At the Kilvington ELC, our focus is helping children to develop into independent thinkers. Our students learn how to solve problems, reflect creatively and communicate effectively and confidently within a nurturing, safe and inspiring learning environment.

    Our students are taught by warm, caring and highly qualified early years’ teachers who carefully develop each individual child’s knowledge, skills and attitude by guiding their development through intentional teaching practice, along with active inquiry and discovery learning opportunities.

    Within the nurturing and inspiring environment of our ELC, a focus on the development of the whole child equips them for future learning in a Junior School setting.

    Junior School (Prep-Year 6)

    Our Junior School is a place of rich and rewarding learning experiences where students’ needs, abilities and interests are placed at the centre of the curriculum, and differentiated programs and explicit teaching are designed to ensure children reach their academic, physical, social and emotional potential.

    We set high expectations and strive to instil an enthusiasm for knowledge, a positive and brave ‘can do’ attitude when embracing challenges and a genuine love of learning. Our dedicated teachers ensure that each student feels connected, valued, engaged and challenged at all times.


    • Mathematics
    • English
    • History
    • Geography
    • Science
    • French
    • Religious Education
    • Visual Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Physical Education
    • Social And Emotional Learning
    • Digital Technology

    In upper primary, Performing Arts is broken down into choir, music and drama. Students also participate in a formal Sport program in Years 5 and 6.

    We also offer Mathematics and English Enrichment classes for eligible students.

    A range of opportunities are available in our co-curricular program including Chess, Mindfulness, Coding and Design Time.


    To ensure a smooth transition from Year 6 to the Senior School, we have a range of activities designed to prepare students for the move to Year 7.

    A Year 7 Parent Information Evening towards the end of the year is an introduction to the Student Wellbeing program in the Senior School and is a chance to begin building the relationship and connection with their Mentor and Dean of Wellbeing.

    Year 6 students participate in an orientation program where they spend some time in single gender classes in preparation for the transition.

    Year 7 students spend time with the Year 6s to share their experiences and give them the opportunity to ask questions. 

    The Year 6 teachers also provide a detailed handover to the Year 7 teachers.

    Senior School (Years 7 -12)

    Senior School is a place of challenges. Our students build on their previously acquired skills, while developing the resilience and maturity necessary to enter adulthood with confidence.

    Deep levels of critical and creative thinking are fostered through learning programs that equip students with the communication and collaborative skills required for the 21st century. Our students start to actively take more responsibility for their learning and work together with their teachers on shared learning outcomes, ensuring they are prepared for life beyond Kilvington’s boundaries.

    Kilvington’s Senior School (Years 7 – 12) occupies two separate buildings, offering older students their own learning space. Both the Middle School Centre of Excellence and VCE Study Centre offer unique state-of-the art learning environments for students.


    We have broad range of co-curricular activities to suit all students interests:


    Our debating program is open to students with all levels of experience. It provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn to think quickly on their feet, and to confidently deliver a speech in front of an audience – essential skills for tomorrow’s leaders. 

    We are known for our talented public speakers, and many of our students have gone on to win prestigious debating prizes in competition. 


    For one week each year Kilvington students go on outdoor education experiences to a destination within Australia. This begins at Year 3 and goes through to Year 12. The focus of each experience varies according to students’ ages and stages of development and provides the opportunity for them to do something new, different and inspiring. They may bushwalk, waterski, scale rock faces, build rafts, surf, ride bikes and take part in leadership courses.

    Students develop an understanding of self, others and nature. Apart from personal skills, the outdoor education experiences are integrated into the curriculum in a number of ways, ranging from Geography to Science, Photography and English.


    Kilvington is a proud sponsor of the Melbourne Press Club. Once a month our Principal, Jon Charlton, takes a table of students to a lunch where they experience an address given by a prominent state, national or international dignitary, and is attended by the Melbourne press.


    Kilvington’s Chess Club is growing in size and popularity, with regular professional instruction for students of all ages and abilities.  Our Junior School chess students have had the opportunity to compete in large competitions at other schools as well as against their peers.


    Based upon the core conviction that every individual is of infinite value and intrinsic worth and needs to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, we have an enviable reputation for care at Kilvington. 


    We recognise that students learn most effectively when their emotional, social and physical needs are being met. 

    The goal of pastoral care is to support each student, promote self-confidence in a happy and warm environment, and work closely with families to ensure that each child will flourish. Pastoral care consists of mentoring, guiding, monitoring and nurturing the students under our care.

    What is best for students to maximize their care?

    Monitor academic and wellbeing needs of every student.

    A pastoral care system that ensures students are personally connected and individually known and cared for by equipped, empowered and confident staff.


    The Respectful Relationships initiative is a primary prevention program that tackles family violence through education. It involves building and promoting gender equity in relationships, challenging gender stereotypes, and supporting students to develop the pro-social behaviors that translate into equitable and courteous relationships.

    Kilvington has been selected by the Department of Education and Training as a Leading School to help roll out this initiative. We were awarded a $20,000 grant to deliver this new curriculum across the School and help other schools develop their curriculums and build staff capacity in these areas.

    In addition we work with Man Cave - a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence charity that empowers boys to become great men and Flourish Girl, transformative rite of passage social and emotional wellbeing programs for teenage girls, parents and teachers.


    Senior School Mentors meet regularly with students, both collectively and individually, in their small Mentor Group of approximately 10-12 students. 

    Topics discussed include stress management, healthy habits, relationship building and study strategies, as well as one-on-one conversations about each student’s progress and any issues relating to their wellbeing and academic progress. 

    Mentors are the key contacts for parents regarding their child's social, emotional and academic wellbeing. Effective mentoring relies on building strong connections between staff, students and parents, and our Mentors are committed to knowing each student; knowing their interests, strengths, weaknesses, and academic goals and outcomes. 


    Kilvington’s Senior School Pastoral Care System is organised into the four House groups: Barrett (red); Burman (yellow); Fethers (blue) and Fysh (green).

    There are several House competitions run throughout the year including; Athletics, Arts and Swimming.

    The system is divided into Tutor Groups for Years 7–9 and Years 10–12, with three areas of assistance within it: the Tutor, the House Dean and the Head of Senior School, supported by the Counsellor/Chaplain, Year 9 and VCE Coordinators, Learning Support teachers and International Student Coordinator.


    In 2018, Kilvington partnered with The Resilience Project to assist students to build their character strengths and explore the concepts of gratitude and empathy. Students are encouraged to take time to reflect, and practise mindfulness through the use of gratitude journals and guided mindfulness activities.

    Our enrolment procedure

    Kilvington is an independent Melbourne-based Christian school of the Baptist tradition. We are open to families of all faiths or no faith. We offer a friendly atmosphere, a strong sense of community and a rich history, delivering comprehensive education from Early Learning to VCE.

    Situated on one campus in the Melbourne suburb of Ormond, our School has been closely linked to the local community since it was founded in 1923. Thousands of students have completed their education at Kilvington, becoming part of a vibrant Alumni network in Australia and overseas.

    A Kilvington education is based on four key pillars – Academic Excellence, Character, Community and Care.These pillars are interdependent to help our students become thinking, strong, caring and respectful people who once leaving school, will positively engage with and contribute meaningfully to the world around them.


    Before completing our Application for Enrolment, please ensure you have your child’s birth certificate, school reports and any relevant academic, developmental and medical assessments forms to hand as you will need to upload them. You will also be asked to pay a non-refundable Application Fee. 

    We will contact you according to entry criteria to attend an interview.

    Your child will then be invited to attend an interview, generally with the Principal and Director of Admissions and/or Head of School. The purpose of the interview is to identify your child’s interests and strengths and any areas where extra challenge, support or adjustment may be required, to assist in their appropriate placement.

    If we require additional information about your child, please assist or authorise us to obtain such information. There may then be a need for further discussions between us.

    If an offer of enrolment is made, you will receive a formal letter, together with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for completion, and a request for a an Enrolment Fee.

    Once we have receive your completed Confirmation of Enrolment form and Enrolment Fee, we can confirm a place for your child.

    Firbank Grammar Private School Melbourne

    firbank grammar school

    03 9591 5183


    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender ELC to Year 6: Co-Education

    Year 7 to 12: All Girls

    Boarding School Yes
    Estimated No. of Students 1200
    School Fees Average

    Link To School Fees Page:


    Why Firbank

    For more than 110 years, Firbank has been an important part of the Bayside community. We are proud of our strong traditions and heritage, but we haven’t let that limit progress. At Firbank, we take great pride in having some of the most up-to-date facilities and programs in Australia,

    including our digital learning practices. We have been well ahead in the digital learning space, even as other schools around the world continue adjusting to more flexible methods of delivering education.

    Our exceptional staff help us stand out above the rest. We value team members who have a balanced and experienced worldview. Academics and high achievers, our teachers are leaders in their fields, imparting their knowledge from a place of experience and personal achievement.

    Our vibrant, multicultural community reaches far beyond our school walls. Through our girls only and co-educational options, we offer more choice and flexibility for students to find the perfect campus where they will fit in. Later in life, the sense of belonging and the connections

    forged at Firbank evolve into priceless professional and community networks.

    Firbank’s students are encouraged to have a voice and make active contributions to the School every day through their work in the classroom and the community. The Firbank learning journey is about becoming a continuous conqueror of life. We provide students with a balance between

    education and real-life experiences, so they can excel for years after leaving Firbank.

    Firbank’s Strategic Intent

    2021 is the Year of Curiosity at Firbank.

    Following extensive consultation with parents, the Board, external consultants and staff, Firbank is pleased to share its strategic intent. The Plan is a model that will shape our School’s future and focuses on the elements that Firbank feels will best prepare students to conquer challenges and be leaders. The Plan highlights the very essence of our School through Firbank Grammar’s school motto ‘Vincit qui se vincit’ one conquers, who conquers oneself. This model will allow us to work together to make Firbank Grammar an even better learning environment for students.

    Firbank Learning Journey

    ELC at Firbank Grammar


    We understand the significance of choosing the first school for your child. By bringing your child to Firbank, you join a community with shared high expectations and one that promotes the potential of all children. Sandringham Campus Early Learning Centre offers a co-educational experience and the Turner House Early Learning Centre is part of the Brighton girls campus. The two vibrant campuses share common approaches, with each learning space reflecting the care and dedication of the highly qualified educators to make school a special place for your child.


    Flexibility for families lies at the heart of our program offerings, with two-day, three-day and five-day options for 3 year olds and a five-day program for 4 year olds. We also provide a ‘Stay and Play’ Playgroup opportunity for families with younger children (0+ months to 3 years) to connect with the School community, develop relationships and explore all areas of the Early Years curriculum. We appreciate the demands of modern life and, from 2019, will support our families by providing a convenient Long Day Education model commencing at 7.00 a.m. and finishing at 6.00 p.m.

    Our Long Day Education model allows for the transitioning of the children from the Long Day option at 8.45 a.m. to the ELC program in a seamless manner, and similarly at the conclusion of the program at 3.00 p.m. This model supports opportunities for critical planning, programming and reflection, and promotes collaboration in ways that seek to strengthen and support each child’s continuous learning journey.

    Prep to Year 6 Sandringham Junior Co-ed Campus

    The Sandringham Campus provides specialist learning spaces for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Multimedia), Music, Mandarin, Art, Physical Education and Information Literacy.  Our boys and girls from ELC3 to Year 6 enjoy a caring and nurturing environment and expansive playground areas.

    Each classroom teacher uses the framework of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) to plan explicit and inquiry teaching lessons that are engaging and personalised for each child.

    “Schools have a responsibility to educate students and enable them to go into the world as young adults with a sense of integrity, social justice, empathy, knowledge to pursue their goals to the best of their abilities.” Brad Nelsen, Head of Campus.

    From early learning to young adults, the Sandringham Junior School offers a co-educational experience that goes beyond books. We give them the tools, the skills, and the confidence to learn to create their own path through the unique experiences and curriculum activities offered.

    We have four key beliefs at Sandringham Junior Campus:

    • Every student is important.
    • Every lesson is critical.
    • Every encounter is valued.
    • Every opportunity should be taken.

    These beliefs together with the extensive Teaching and Learning program develop the natural curiosity and thinking skills of the students in a caring and inclusive environment. Specialist teachers, high academic standards and a diverse range of curricular activities help our students build confidence, resilience and a love of learning.

    Through their co-ed school journey, our students are encouraged to develop their individual talents. We pride ourselves on being a family school with Christian values, where parents are encouraged to be involved in School life.  Our aim is to enable all students to contribute and to develop a sense of responsibility in their relationships with others.  We believe it is important to promote tolerance and understanding of individual differences, other cultures and the diversity of views in the world.

    The learning and personal development programs on offer at our co-ed private school help our students cultivate essential skills for the contemporary world, including social skills, oral communication, problem-solving, teamwork and creativity.  

    Prep to Year 6 Brighton Junior Campus

    The Firbank Learning Journey continues at our Brighton Junior Campus.

    “Welcome to Firbank Brighton Junior Campus, or as it is otherwise known, Turner House. Visitors to Turner House regularly comment on the delightful learning environment, polite students, friendly, professional staff and the caring nature of our School. Home to 300 girls from ELC 3 to Year 6, our vision is to be a school where all students find their place, now and for the future.” Mel Smith, Head of Campus.

    We have four key beliefs at Brighton Junior Campus:

    • Every student is important
    • Every lesson is critical
    • Every encounter is valued
    • Every opportunity should be taken

    These beliefs together with the extensive Teaching and Learning program develop the natural curiosity and thinking skills of the students in a caring and inclusive environment. Specialist teachers, high academic standards and a diverse range of curricular activities help our students build confidence, resilience and a love of learning.

    Through their educational journey at our all-girls school, our students are encouraged to develop their individual talents. We pride ourselves on being a family school with Christian values, where parents are encouraged to be involved in School life.  Our aim is to enable all students to contribute and to develop a sense of responsibility in their relationships with others.  We believe it is important to promote tolerance and understanding of individual differences, other cultures and the diversity of views in the world.

    The learning and personal development programs we offer help our students cultivate essential skills for the contemporary world, including social skills, oral communication, problem-solving, teamwork and creativity. 

    Brighton Senior Campus

    “Firbank’s Senior School is the perfect place for our students to learn, grow and become leaders. We encourage our girls to be conquerors of learning and to face new challenges with the knowledge that they will be supported by the very best teachers, curriculum and our strong School community.  Firbank supports students in their endeavours so that they may achieve, be adaptable and strive to give new opportunities a go.” Leandra Turner, Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School.

    Firbank Senior School is instrumental in your daughter’s journey into adulthood. From Year 7 to VCE, our private girls high school in Melbourne offers an array of choices that arm Firbank students with the necessary tools to progress and transition into a life full of learning and discovery. At Firbank, we give students the opportunity to shape their own destinies through the expert guidance of dedicated and experienced staff, real life experiences and world class facilities. We don’t shape minds, we give girls the tools, skills and confidence to shape their own.

    The learning and personal development programs at our girls’ high school help students cultivate essential skills for the contemporary world, including problem-solving, communication, teamwork and creativity. Through these programs, our girls grow up to be articulate, eloquent, well-rounded members of the community.

    Firbank offers a range of options for our students to excel in their area of passion.  We believe that students who come together with common interests is a great way to learn, socialise and grow confidence. Some of the Club activities we offer include: Chess, Writers Club, Drama, homework club, debating, philosophy and more. 

    Boarding House in Melbourne

    “The Boarding House is a place to learn, a place to relax, a place of comfort, friendship and independence. We are more than friends, we are sisters, we are family and Firbank is our home.”  Captain of Boarders.

    Since 1909, the Boarding House has been an integral part of life at Firbank in Melbourne. Students from rural Victoria, interstate and overseas live onsite in Tovell House, our purpose-built boarding facility. Year 12 students have their own study bedrooms and all other boarders are in twin-share study bedrooms. There is also a Health Centre adjacent to the Boarding House.

    Students who board at Firbank are usually involved in a range of extra-curricular activities and are well integrated into the School community. On weekends, our boarders are free to leave the grounds and explore Melbourne with approved host families.

    To ensure that our boarders get the most out of their time at Firbank, they are given support from academic staff during the day and supervised evening study times.  They also have access to the School’s facilities including music and sporting facilities.

    Firbank Community

    Our Firbank community is where students, parents, Old Grammarians and the wider community come together to connect.  We believe that school doesn’t finish when you leave Firbank – you are a Firbank student for life.

    We organise social functions, fundraisers and, most importantly, support our current students at every opportunity to make sure they can get the most out of their Firbank experience.  The same goes for our parents, who are the lifeblood of the School. You can join any number of associations that support your child’s endeavours.  


    The whole school in 1911

    In 2019 Firbank celebrated its 110 year anniversary with year long Celebrations. Firbank was established in 1909 as a day and boarding school for girls, by the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Henry Lowther Clarke, when he was left a legacy for ‘educational purposes’. 

    He purchased the property, Gawsworth, which stretched between Outer and Middle Crescents and established a school for girls. The School was named after his birthplace in Westmorland, England. He gave the School his crest as Archbishop and chose the motto, Vincit qui se vincit (One conquers who conquers oneself).

    Enrolments grew under the leadership of Miss Maud Cameron, who was Headmistress for 43 years and further land was purchased, including the Pen-y-bryn Estate in Brighton and Atherstone in Sandringham.  Our Sandringham Campus, originally called Atherstone, was founded in 1896. In 1932, it became a part of Firbank Grammar School and established itself as a fully co-educational Junior school in 1994. Since that year, the number of boys has grown progressively. 

    Founded on Christian principles, Firbank has always maintained a strong connection with St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton and All Souls Sandringham where formal school services are held.

    Girls have a guaranteed pathway to Firbank’s Senior School in Brighton while our Sandringham Campus boys have a guaranteed pathway to our brother school, Brighton Grammar.


    The School has an extensive archival collection dating back to its foundation. The collection is conserved and maintained by an archivist. It includes a collection of past uniforms, school memorabilia, an extensive photographic collection, samples of student work and archival footage. The collection has been catalogued for ease of reference and is utilised in the History curriculum.  For the last 100 years, the school has been home to thousands of students from Prep to Year 12, and has gone through considerable changes. It is important that these are documented and records retained.

    Haileybury Private School Melbourne


    03 9904 6009


    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender Co-Education
    Boarding School Yes
    Estimated No. of Students 3615
    School Fees Average

    Link to School Fees Page:


    Welcome to Haileybury

    Haileybury is one of the leading independent schools in the Asia-Pacific region with campuses in Keysborough, Brighton, Berwick, Melbourne (City), Darwin and Beijing. The School is acclaimed for its outstanding academic achievements, small class sizes, broad range of co-curricular activities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Learning is based on the different learning styles of students, and on their gender, age, interests and potential.

    With over 125 years of history, Haileybury has changed dramatically, and is now one of the leading private schools in Australia. Haileybury's mission is to develop high-achieving students, connected globally, to each other, and to the communities in which they live and which they will serve.

    The Parallel Education Model at Haileybury allows boys and girls to learn together in younger years, and then separately as they move into middle and senior years. Haileybury also has a strong sense of community, with links through activities that bring the School together throughout the year. Acclaimed as a great, leading independent school, Haileybury is proud of the highly successful parallel education model, caring teachers, small class sizes and unmatched level of attention to each student.

    Did you know?

    Haileybury is one of the top private schools in Melbourne, with campuses in Keysborough, Brighton, Berwick, Melbourne CBD and Beijing (China). Haileybury is acclaimed as a great world school, having been named Australian School of the Year at the 2018 Australian Education Awards, while CEO | Principal Mr Derek Scott was named Australian School Principal of the Year in 2019. This acclaim stems from our highly successful parallel education model, outstanding teachers, small class sizes and an unmatched level of individual attention.

    Year Level

    Early Learning

    Each child is supported to develop their unique capabilities and a love of learning. Through flexible educational programs, children aged three to five learn to apply their newfound knowledge to every aspect of their lives.

    Junior School

    This is a crucial time in your child’s development. Classes are coeducational to establish a pathway for girls and boys to learn, discover and grow.

    Middle School

    Our Middle School Program caters for the changing needs of students in these formative years. As part of our Parallel Education model, separate Middle Schools operate for boys and girls at each campus.

    Pre Senior

    The shift from adolescence to early adulthood is a crucial stage of a child’s development. Our unique Pre-Senior Program help students transition from Middle School to Senior School as smoothly as possible.

    Senior School

    Haileybury students begin their VCE studies in Year 10 and select a program according to their individual needs, talents and interests. Spreading VCE studies over three years allows a balanced approach.



    Haileybury is an open-entry school that achieves remarkable academic results through the highly successful parallel education model, outstanding teachers and small class sizes. Information regarding Haileybury’s enrolment process can be found in our Business Notice. To join Haileybury’s waitlist for enrolment, you are required to complete an Application for Enrolment (see below) with a copy of your child’s birth certificate, Visa information (for non-citizen and non-residents) and payment of a non-refundable and non-transferrable application fee of $235. Following the completion of the Application for Enrolment your child will be added to the waitlist for your preferred year level, year of enrolment and campus. Available positions are filled in accordance with policies guiding our waitlist management, and although we may not always able to provide an enrolment for your preferred year or year level of intake, your child will maintain their position on the waitlist for subsequent years.


    Our main entry points for new students into Haileybury are ELC - 3 year old Reception, Year 5 and Year 7. A small intake of new students is taken into Prep at our Brighton and Berwick campuses, and places occasionally become available at other year levels across all of our campuses.


    If you have any questions regarding an Application for Enrolment for 2021 or 2022, please contact Haileybury Admissions to discuss availability before submitting an application on 03 9904 6110 or


    Haileybury may decline to make an offer without providing a reason.

    By submitting an Application for Enrolment you agree to the terms and conditions set out in the Business Notice and agree to be bound by them.

    Non-citizens are required to include a copy of their passport and visa and new citizens should provide a copy of their citizenship certificate.

    Students are eligible to attend Reception (ELC) provided they have turned three (3) by 31 January of the year they are seeking to attend. This eligibility applies for Prep entry and requires a child to be five (5) by 31 January of the year they are seeking to attend.


    Haileybury is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students across a range of areas including, academic, general excellence, indigenous and socio-economic.

    Scholarship applications open at various times through out the year with application processes differing dependent on the scholarship on offer. To find out more about the Scholarships on offer please read below.

    Academic Scholarships

    Year of Entry: 2023

    Applications Open: Wednesday, 1 September 2021

    Applications Close: COB Friday, 8 October 2021

    Application Type: Scholarship test

    General Excellence Scholarships

    Year of Entry: 2023

    Applications Open: TBA March 2022

    Applications Close: TBA April 2022

    Application Type: Application form and accompanying documents

    Socio-Economic Scholarships

    Year of Entry: 2023

    Applications Open: TBA March 2022

    Applications Close: TBA April 2022

    Application Type: Application form and accompanying documents

    Indigenous Scholarships

    Year of Entry: 2023

    Applications Open: TBA March 2022

    Applications Close: TBA April 2022

    Application Type: Application form and accompanying documents

    Haileybury Foundation Scholarships

    Year of Entry: 2022

    Applications Open: 15 March 2021

    Applications Close: 31 May 2021

    Application Type: Application form and accompanying documents

    Camberwell Grammar School Melbourne

    camberwell grammar school

    03 9835 1774

    Early Learning Centre No
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range Prep to Year 12
    Main Gender All Boys
    Boarding School No
    Estimated No. of Students 1300
    School Fees Average

    Link to School Fees Page:


    At Camberwell Grammar School, we aim to give every boy in our care the very best possible education in order to prepare them for life beyond school. Our School was created in 1886 by A.B. Taylor for ‘the boys in the local community’ and our motto, Spectemur Agendo (By Our Deeds May We Be Known), encourages our students to act with integrity, and to be people of their word.

    Learning here takes place in many shapes and forms. Students have the opportunity to participate fully on the sporting field, on the stage and on the debating platform.

    The sort of education which encourages students to be curious, to ask searching questions, to debate rationally and civilly is hard work, and requires great effort. But it is essential if we are to build a future in which citizens can challenge the status quo, defend their rights, and the rights of others, hold governments to account and participate fully in public discourse. It is equally essential if our students are to lead full and meaningful lives. Such education requires clear vision, and hard work, so that we can teach our students what it means to be a good person, a good man, and an active citizen. This is a vision of education which is transformative, and which aims to make the world a better and more humane place. That is our goal at Camberwell Grammar School.

    Our Vision and Values

    We are curious about and engage with the wider world, explore ideas and strive to be our best, individually and as members of a team.

    We aim to develop and maintain a culture which values academic achievement, knowledge and skills, whilst nurturing and encouraging positive interpersonal relationships, diversity, integrity and a commitment to the service of others.

    We have a vision of learning which encompasses all aspects of life – not just the intellectual, but also the social, cultural, physical and spiritual. Our programs are deliberately structured to educate the whole student – not just the mind. We hope to educate committed citizens of the future, interested and passionate about the problems facing our world and with the skills necessary to do something about them.

    To achieve this aim we:

    • provide an intellectually and personally challenging program for students,
    • value cultural, sporting and recreational activities,
    • employ the highest quality staff,
    • respond creatively and contribute to the latest developments in curriculum,
    • encourage innovative approaches to teaching and learning,
    • give attention to each boy,
    • provide a rich co-curricular program,
    • promote respect for others,
    • encourage parents and Old Boys to become actively involved in the School community,
    • nurture Christian values within a diverse and tolerant community,
    • provide a safe, secure environment.

    Camberwell Grammar School has a commitment to the education of boys, with the methodology and curriculum directed towards the educational and social needs of boys.

    We believe that boys and girls can learn the same things, but sometimes they need to learn them differently. As a boys’ school, we are well-equipped to meet their developmental needs at every stage of their education and our teaching strategies are designed to maximise their learning in ways which are suited to them.

    At Camberwell Grammar School, students can explore just what it means to be ‘male’ in today’s society without distraction or feeling that they need to conform to gender stereotypes.

    We encourage each and every student to embark on a lifelong learning journey. We seek to foster a love of learning and a commitment to high academic standards. We ask our students to strive for success – a success measured against their personal goals and acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses. Our students are expected to be active participants in the learning process and are urged to ask searching questions. The needs of each student are important to us and we actively seek ways to engage the interest and passion of our students in their learning.

    Anglican Values

    Camberwell Grammar School is an Anglican school. As such, we are committed to Christian values and we encourage our students to explore the spiritual dimensions to their lives and to follow Christian ethics.

    The School Chaplain is an Anglican priest and Communion is offered to the boys every Friday for those who wish to be involved. A representative of St Mark's Church is also on the School Council.

    At the same time, we welcome people of all faiths and traditions and seek to understand and respect values and beliefs which are different from our own. Other faith perspectives are also taught in our Religious Education Program.

    Democratic Principles

    At Camberwell Grammar School we support the principles and practice of democracy. We want our students to be young men who are interested in their world, and who are interested in improving it.

    We encourage our students to support:

    • elected and democratic government,
    • the law of the land,
    • equal rights for all,
    • freedom of religion,
    • freedom of speech and association,
    • openness and tolerance.

    Campus and Facilities

    Our School campus caters for students from Pre-Preparatory to Year 12, blending period architecture with exciting contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities.

    Our School is located in Canterbury, on land originally inhabited by the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people’s elders, past and present, and their educational vision and stewardship of the land. We were ‘Welcomed to Country’ by Joy Murphy Wandin, a Senior Elder of the Wurundjeri people in 2005.

    With around 1,300 students, our school offers your son the personalised attention of a smaller school and the extensive facilities of a larger school.

    Located on our campus:

    • Norge Junior School (Pre-Preparatory to Year 5),
    • William Angliss Middle School (Years 6 to 8),
    • Senior School in the Wheelton Centre, HR McDonald Building (Years 9 to12),
    • Performing Arts Centre, accommodating 800 people,
    • Mallinson Music School,
    • David Dyer Physical Education Centre,
    • Keith Anderson Oval and Jack Tobias Oval,
    • 50-metre swimming pool,
    • gymnasium and weights room,
    • basketball courts,
    • ergonomics room,
    • underground parking for 256 cars, five mini-bus spaces, and seven drop off and pick up spaces,
    • All Souls Chapel, accommodating 200 people.

    Student Wellbeing

    Providing a safe, secure and happy learning environment for your son is our priority. Pastoral care is provided for all students, with teachers, specialist staff, counsellors, parents and our school Chaplain working together to help each boy build esteem, feel valued and included, and face challenges.

    Our Senior School students help out by participating in a mentoring system. It’s what you’ll notice between the boys when strolling across campus. Our policies around positive behaviour, anti-bullying and social skills are designed to build self-confidence and develop positive interactions.

    Our school Chaplain is an Anglican priest and our School Council includes a representative from St Mark’s Church.

    Spiritual Awareness

    We are an Anglican school that nurtures Christian values within a diverse and tolerant community, welcoming people of all faiths and traditions. Through our Christian Education and Religious Education Programs, we encourage students to explore the spiritual dimensions of their lives and to understand and respect values and beliefs different to their own.


    We provide staff who are specialists trained in clinical, educational and developmental psychology. They are able to offer individual, group and family counselling in relation to the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of all students. Their role is to offer confidential support and guidance to students and families regarding personal, developmental and family issues. They support teaching staff by providing advice on educational assessment and management of students, which may include diagnostic testing.

    They work closely with Learning Support staff in developing individual learning programs for students identified as having special needs. They initiate and liaise with external support personnel where appropriate and provide support within the School’s pastoral care system.

    Learning Enhancement

    The Learning Enhancement Department employs a variety of strategies to identify students needing additional support, including testing and academic performance, teacher, parent or self-referral.

    Our teachers are specialists in educating boys; engaging, supporting and challenging them as they progress through each stage of development in our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

    Teachers in this department work with students in a variety of ways. This includes the provision of Literacy and Numeracy classes focused on explicit instruction and targeted skill development for each student so that they can achieve optimal outcomes.

    We also provide individual or small group sessions which are designed to target skill development for students who may need additional time and support to consolidate their learning. We are driven by a belief that when provided with such opportunities the boys can and will experience success in their learning.

    Student Learning Profiles

    In addition, to ensure they receive the support they need in all classes, Student Learning Profiles are created for each student diagnosed with a learning difficulty. Staff liaise with classroom teachers, form teachers or tutors, other support personnel and outside specialists to develop classroom strategies and individual plans and to monitor student’s progress.

    Learning Enrichment

    The Learning Support Department provides a comprehensive program of enrichment and extension studies.

    Camberwell Grammar School aims to deliver a curriculum which is consistent with the current learning potentiality of each boy.

    Opportunities are available for gifted students across a variety of domains and subject specialities.

    In-class enrichment, pull out programs, subject specific competitions, connection with other local schools through the Boroondara Gifted Network, opportunities in Public Speaking, Chess, Robotics, the Australian da Vinci Decathlon and a Middle School Enrichment Program are among a number of in-school and broader community opportunities at a local, State, National and International level.

    A dedicated staff member, the Enrichment Co-ordinator, sources and organises enrichment, extension and gifted specific units of work throughout the year.

    Enrolment Process

    Join the Camberwell Grammar School community here by enrolling your son. Student admissions are processed through our Admissions Office, which runs regular tours and information mornings throughout the school year.

    Join Our Community

    Join the Camberwell Grammar School community here by enrolling your son. Student admissions are processed through our Admissions Office, which runs regular tours and information sessions throughout the school year. It also administers the school’s scholarship and overseas student enrolments. The School Prospectus outlines the opportunities that await new students while the Enrolment Booklet has detailed information on curriculum, VCE results, the Pre-Preparatory Centre and travel to and from the School.

    Intake Years

    The key intake years are those years where extra classes are added. Our main student intake years are at four-year-old Pre-Preparatory*, Year 4 and Year 7. There are also some places available at other year levels, for example Year 9, but these are dependent on individual vacancies as they arise. We usually have an indication of vacancies at non-intake years by the October prior to the year of entry. Please contact the Admissions Office for details.

    We have an open entry enrolment policy, although places are only offered subject to a successful interview. On occasion, specific testing may also be requested prior to an offer being made. Preference in enrolment is given to brothers of current students as well as the sons of alumni. Beyond that, preference is primarily determined by the applicant’s original date of enrolment. View our Terms of Enrolment. Our enrolment policy takes account of all requirements of laws relating to privacy, immunisation, discrimination and equal opportunity.

    Contact can be made with the Admissions Office for more specific information about enrolment availability.

    *It is a requirement of the School that boys turn four years of age before January 1st of their entry year into Pre-Preparatory and five years of age before January 1st of their entry year into Preparatory.

    Download detailed information about our current local student fees and charges here, for all Australian residents.

    Overseas Students

    Is your son planning to study in Australia on a student visa? Please visit our Overseas Students page, which includes information about agents, local guardians and fees. (Please note that regarding fees, overseas students do not receive Australian Federal or State Government support).


    Camberwell Grammar School has a range of Scholarships available.

    As part of our open-entry enrolment policy, Camberwell Grammar School’s scholarship program includes:

    • Academic − Years 7 and 9*
    • Music − Year 7 and above*
    • General Excellence − Years 7 to 11
    • Indigenous - Years 7 to 10

    *Applications for the 2022 Academic and Music scholarship programs are now CLOSED.

    The 2022 General Excellence scholarship program opens on Friday, 25 June 2021 and closes on Friday, 13 August 2021.

    Presbyterian Ladies' College Private School Melbourne

    presbyterian ladies college

    03 9808 5810

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender ELC: Co-Education

    Prep to Year 12: All Girls

    Boarding School Yes
    Estimated No. of Students 1550
    School Fees Average

    Link to School Fees Page:


    Why PLC?

    PLC is modern Melbourne, a school for today's girls with a rich heritage, a warm welcoming community and an exciting future.

    We invite you to explore what sets PLC and our girls apart.

    Girls Thrive at PLC

    Choosing a school for a child is an important decision for any parent and one that is dependent on the needs of the individual student. Some children are more naturally predisposed to a certain kind of learning environment, while for others this might not be immediately apparent. 

    While we understand the need for different kinds of schools for different kinds of students, it is our strong belief that single-sex education is the ideal option for girls. 

    Girls-only schools are specialists in girls' education and are best positioned to educate and inspire female students of all ages. Research on the benefits of single-sex education for girls repeatedly confirms PLC’s experience since 1875: that girls-only education in an environment free from gender stereotyping enables female students to flourish and to maximise their social, emotional and academic potential. 

    In co-educational schools, girls have to compete with boys for resources, attention and leadership opportunities. Single-sex schools allow girls to be more confident and competitive, and student leadership roles are 100 per cent available to girls in single-sex schools.

    At PLC, we are committed to ensuring that all students are given every opportunity to achieve their personal and academic best. 

    Christian Faith

    The Christian foundation of PLC is expressed in our motto, Lex dei vitae lampas: The law of God is the lamp of life.

    PLC is a Christian school that is firm in its faith and its commitment to reflecting the loving nature of God in all areas of school life. We educate our girls so that they understand life on the basis of biblical truth, and are motivated to walk with God to serve Him in their lives.

    PLC is committed to maintaining and building upon its strong Christian heritage, actively promoting and nurturing the Christian faith within the school community in an appealing way that is also reflected in the Christian Studies program that forms part of the core curriculum from ELC to Year 12.

    We celebrate the Christian message through relevant and contemporary worship experiences, prayer, biblical teachings, by emphasising the links between faith and service, and by endeavouring to exemplify Gospel values in all that we do.

    We promote the Gospel as foundational to life, providing opportunities for girls to explore the Christian faith, developing our chaplaincy and ministry programs, and supporting and encouraging Christian growth and fellowship within the student body and the wider PLC community.

    In the Junior School the JOYCE (Joy in Christian Education) Club meets weekly at lunchtime, with girls enjoying a variety of craft activities and games which help to build and encourage faith. In the Senior School, the Christian Union group meets each week to share time together, to pray and investigate the Bible.

    Parent Prayer groups are held each fortnight in both Junior and Senior School, and Family Fellowship evenings are held each term. These groups are greatly valued by the school in their support and encouragement of our Christian mission. A popular Christian Family Conference takes place every three years. 

    While the fine tradition of Presbyterian education with its strong academic emphasis remains the foundation of the College, the school also responds to the diverse needs of girls growing up in the twenty-first century, instilling in them the Christian principles that will uphold them during their lives.

    Beyond the Classroom

    Performing Arts

    The PLC Performing Arts program offers a range of enjoyable and stimulating opportunities for girls to participate in theatre both on and off the stage.


    The breadth and depth of our musical offering is outstanding and has been at the heart of a PLC education for generations.


    At PLC, we believe all children should be active in some way, every day and we are proud of our sporting excellence on and off the field.

    Outdoor Education

    PLC's Outdoor Education program is designed to challenge our students and open their eyes to the wonder and beauty of Australia’s natural environment through many exciting activities.

    Leadership and Service

    We provide girls the tools and insights they need to develop a clear sense of purpose and identity, and to lay the foundations for their roles as the leaders of tomorrow's world.

    Clubs and Activities

    Girls at PLC have access to a diverse range of extra-curricular clubs and special interest activities that allow them to engage in their passions.  

    Our Values and Ethos

    At PLC we provide a stimulating, nurturing and challenging Christian environment where the gospel and teachings are central to the life of the school.

    Our girls, regardless of their talent, ability or background are challenged to pursue their passions and develop their strengths. Our focus is on the development of the whole person: academic, emotional, social, creative, physical and spiritual, with personal achievements across all areas of endeavour being acknowledged and celebrated.

    Similarly, our girls are taught compassionate awareness, to understand the needs of others and the injustices in the world and how to respond with a proactive mindset to make a difference. 

    These values are fostered by our professional, passionate and highly capable staff who have a genuine love of learning and an interest in our students and their personal pursuit of excellence.

    The PLC Tradition 

    Founded in 1875, PLC has a proud tradition of producing young women of the highest calibre who go on to make a significant contribution in their world. 

    A modern school with a distinguished history, the educational foundations of our earliest days remain the basis of a PLC education today.

    They include:

    • A love of learning; a broad stimulating curriculum to cater for the needs and interests of all students 
    • A climate of encouragement, tolerance, respect and self-discipline
    • Encouragement to see the importance of using one’s education to make a difference
    • A strong Christian foundation
    • PLC has an outstanding record of placing graduates in highly selective universities and tertiary institutions in Australia and throughout the world. We pride ourselves on launching young women into worthwhile and rewarding vocations and careers, with many of our graduates becoming leaders in their field.

    Our School

    PLC leads education for girls

    PLC has been renowned as a leader in girls' education for over 140 years.

    Nurtured within a Christian environment, girls are encouraged to develop a respect and concern for others, to acquire leadership skills and self-discipline and to have a sensitive, informed understanding of other cultures.

    We passionately believe that for our students, every opportunity should be explored, any goal is achievable and that every girl has her own excellence just waiting to be found.

    We look forward to working with your daughter to encourage, inspire and help her realise her own personal excellence as she prepares to take her place as a modern woman in tomorrow’s world.

    Our Mission

    As a Christian Independent girls’ school, Presbyterian Ladies’ College aims to provide breadth, strength, balance and quality of education in both the national and international context for the purpose of encouraging leadership, service and life-long personal development and learning.

    Our Motto 

    ‘Lex dei vitae lampas’ – The law of God is the lamp of life.

    The K to Year 12 journey

    PLC offers a leading and comprehensive educational experience located on one campus in Burwood. 

    As girls develop and mature, their transition from kindergarten to primary education and then to secondary level involve small “steps up the hill” on the same campus, rather than full relocations to new and different educational settings.

    A PLC girl’s Kinder to Year 12 journey begins when she is three or four years old, and progresses until she graduates at the end of Year 12. In undertaking this amazing journey, every girl establishes her own pathway to personal excellence and is helped to find her place within our diverse, caring and celebratory community.

    Educational opportunities start at the earliest ages in the Early Learning Centre, where we encourage our very youngest students to be kind and conscientious, and to actively explore the beautiful and rich environment which is tailored to their needs.

    As they mature, Junior School students’ days are filled with social and personal development activities across a wide range of challenging and stimulating learning experiences in and outside the classroom.

    During Years 7 to 12 in the Senior School, girls enjoy our spacious and contemporary learning spaces that foster collaborative engagement, as well as niche zones which cater for individual reflection and pursuits.


    At PLC we inspire girls to achieve their own personal excellence across all fields of endeavour, and to help them establish the foundations for life-long learning that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future.

    Early Learning Centre

    PLC’s Early Learning Centre provides an exceptional educational experience for pre-school girls and boys from six months old to school age, and for older children, innovative kindergarten programs.

    Junior School

    The Junior School is a dynamic and vibrant learning community with a rich educational environment that helps establish strong foundations for learning and life beyond the classroom.

    Senior School

    We inspire girls to achieve their own personal excellence across all fields of endeavour, and establish the foundations for life-long learning that will enrich their lives.

    International Baccalaureate

    PLC is one of 3,000 schools in more than 140 countries to offer students the option of studying for their International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in Years 11 and 12. 

    eLearning and Technology

    At PLC we are committed to preparing girls to be discerning technology users who are ready to adapt to and take advantage of the swiftly-evolving nature of our highly-connected world.


    PLC aims to nurture, encourage and support our students and help them on their journey to becoming confident and independent, ready to take their place in today's modern world. This process begins from the moment your daughter takes her first steps at PLC.

    Our highly skilled staff support the girls as they experience new challenges. In the Senior School, Form Teachers, Year Level Co-ordinators, school counsellors and the teaching staff work closely with one another to support the girls’ progress, and ensure they receive the care and encouragement needed to help them thrive and find their own excellence.

    Fellow students play a big part in this process as well. Interpersonal engagement is inspired at PLC through student-led activities, House events and co-curricular programs that include “buddies”, “big sisters” and rich and varied experiences inside and outside the classroom.

    Pastoral Care

    PLC is large enough to provide a wealth of opportunities, yet small enough for each individual girl to be known, cared for and valued. 

    Our Student Wellbeing program is an integral part of an environment where staff lead by example, students’ voices are valued, and where diversity and personal excellence are celebrated across a school community that champions the unique value of every individual.

    Christian Ministry

    PLC welcomes girls from a wide variety of Christian denominations and other faiths.

    Mentor Program

    Inspiration and guidance are at the heart of PLC's mentoring program for girls in the Junior and Senior Schools.


    At PLC, we are committed to providing our students the best possible start with a holistic education that equips and prepares them for life beyond Year 12.


    Our Counselling Department is staffed by qualified, registered psychologists who work closely with the entire PLC community. All services provided are free and confidential. 

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    Early Learning Centre

    Entry into the ELC is offered to boys and girls for childcare from six months to three years of age. Kindergarten and Pre-Prep programs are available from three years of age on either a term-based program or a 48-week extended hours program.

    Priority is given firstly to girls who are fully enrolled to enter Prep in the Junior School, and then to those with a family association with PLC.

    Places are offered approximately six months prior to commencement of the following year or when a position becomes available during the year. Once a place is offered, return your signed acceptance form together with a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure your child's place.

    Junior School

    Entry is offered to girls at Prep and Year 5 and at other year levels where places are available.

    Places are usually offered once an application form is received, with preference given to early applications and those with a family association with PLC. Girls who enter Junior School would normally continue studying at PLC until the end of Year 12.

    The enrolment process commences once a completed application form has been returned to the College with a non-refundable application fee of $150. Copies of the applicant's birth certificate, passport and most recent school report, and NAPLAN report, if applicable, are required as part of the application process.

    Senior School

    Entry is offered at PLC from Year 7 up to Year 11.

    Overseas students are recommended to enter by Year 9 or Year 10 at the latest, in order to give them the opportunity to become familiar with the College's culture and the English language before commencing either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

    Places are considered once an application is received, with preference given to early applications and those with a family association with PLC.

    Place offers for Year 7 are typically made approximately 2-3 years prior to entry. Place offers for other year levels are made as places become available.

    The enrolment process commences once a completed application form has been received by the College with a non-refundable application fee of $150. Copies of the applicant's birth certificate, passport and most recent school report, and NAPLAN report, if applicable, are required as part of the application. An application to enrol at PLC does not confer a guarantee of placement.

    International students and students coming from schools outside Australia

    Enrolment Steps

    PLC receives a completed application.

    1. The applicant arranges an assessment with AEAS. Assessments are valid for up to one year and should be taken for the year level being applied for at PLC.
    2. Upon receipt of your assessment:
    3. PLC will advise if a place can be offered and will request payment to confirm acceptance of the place.

    For International students: on receipt of the enrolment fee, appropriate welfare details, ELICOS confirmation (if applicable), payment of tuition fees for one year and boarding fees for two terms (if applicable) PLC will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

    A Confirmation of Approved Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) will only be issued to boarding students.

    International Students apply online to the Department of Home Affairs for a student visa for entry to Australia.

    School tours

    The best way to get a feel for PLC is to see it for yourself. We warmly encourage families and girls to visit the College prior to commencing at PLC, to meet our Principal, staff and students and to see the bustling community in action.

    Wesley College 

    wesley college

    03 8102 6509

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender Co-Education
    Boarding School Yes
    Estimated No. of Students 3511
    School Fees High

    Link To School Fees Page:


    Since 1866, Wesley College has been recognised for excellence in education and as a pioneer in teaching and learning.

    Our values

    Wesley provides a world-class education that embraces, encourages and celebrates inclusivity, acceptance, diversity and the development of the whole child.

    We value:

    • The individual talents and worth of each person
    • The achievement of personal best in all areas of learning
    • Diversity and openness
    • Care for the emotional and social wellbeing of everyone in our community
    • A broad and balanced curriculum
    • Spirituality – embracing Christianity and other faiths
    • The history and traditions of the school.

    Attributes of a Wesley graduate

    Wesley’s holistic approach to learning, embodied in a true education, prepares our graduates to achieve in all aspects of life and contribute to creating a better world.

    We aim for all graduates to possess:

    • A sense of personal confidence – a feeling of belonging, self-worth and place, strengthened by supportive and trusting relationships.
    • Knowledge – the ability to thrive and function in different environments with a diverse range of people; knowing how to deal with challenges, seek solutions and make ethically sound judgements.
    • A developing understanding – an appreciation of community, human rights and cultural diversity, and a commitment to social justice.
    • Balance – the understanding that a balanced life is dependent on intellectual, creative, spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth.

    Educational approach

    Wesley’s holistic approach to learning – a True Education – is our passionate commitment to the development of the whole child in an inclusive, coeducational environment.

    The richness, breadth and depth of a Wesley education provides unparalleled opportunities for students to discover their passions and nurture their talents.

    The four timeless principles of a True Education are:

    Learning to know

    Our programs are designed to help students become independent thinkers in a rapidly changing world, seeking and acquiring new skills and knowledge at every stage of life.

    Learning to do

    True learning is developed through experience, action and engagement. Through real-life experiential learning, Wesley students understand how to put their knowledge and skills into action in meaningful and positive ways.

    Learning to live with

    Much of what we learn about ourselves is in relation to our experiences with others. Our students develop collaborative, interpersonal, social and language skills to help them appreciate the wider world and their place within it.

    Learning to be

    From ECLC to Year 12, students embark on a journey to discover and embrace who they truly are and help them become the best versions of themselves. They emerge into the world as open-minded, balanced and resilient global citizens.

    Benefits of coeducation

    At Wesley, we believe coeducation is the best way to prepare girls and boys for the world in which they will live.

    We inspire learning in an environment that reflects real-world communities and workplaces, setting students up to thrive and succeed beyond our walls.

    As a leader in coeducation for over 40 years, Wesley has made this proven pedagogy central to our philosophy and vision.

    Fostering inclusiveness and interaction

    By learning in a coeducation environment, boys and girls cultivate mutual respect, understanding, and support for one another. Students realise and appreciate their own individual value as well as each other’s.

    By learning together, girls and boys cooperate and collaborate in ways that enable them to embrace and celebrate their differences as well as their similarities. Students develop skills as they navigate the range of perspectives that coeducation brings through lively debate, critical questioning and exploration.

    Girls and boys embrace leadership positions across all areas of learning, providing all students with strong female and male role models.

    Tailored learning

    Our teachers recognise that every girl and boy is a unique individual and they are skilled at developing students with diverse learning needs, abilities and interests. They create a safe and supportive environment where every girl and boy feels comfortable and confident to express themselves and are encouraged to actively participate in all facets of school life.

    Preparation for life beyond school

    Developing and learning in a coeducational environment provides girls and boys with a strong foundation for building respectful and enduring social and professional relationships. Our students develop strength and independence and emerge as balanced, well-rounded individuals.


    A Wesley education is not only holistic in its content but also in its implementation.

    It prepares students for the new world of work, academic achievement and tertiary education and careers in an increasingly globalised world.

    Structure and curriculum

    As a fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Wesley provides a three-programme continuum – the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and IB Diploma Program (IB DP).  In the Senior School students select from either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the IB DP.

    Experiential learning

    Learning at Wesley expands beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Students are immersed in a wealth of experiences through which they engage and interact with a wide range of people, cultures, circumstances and contexts.

    Technology in learning

    Technology is integrated into teaching and learning from Prep to Year 12 to enhance students’ learning experiences, encourage new ways of thinking and connect with the global community.

    Across all key learning areas, our students develop technological literacy skills to support them into the future.

    Our teachers

    Great teaching is at the heart of what we do. Wesley’s teachers inspire, encourage and empower every girl and boy to achieve their best.

    With a deep knowledge of students’ unique interests and abilities, our teachers support students in all aspects of their education and wellbeing.

    Education research

    Education research through the Wesley College Institute fosters the development of teacher professional practice in support of student learning and growth.

    The Institute conducts evidence-based research approaches to teaching and learning to identify what has a direct and positive impact on learning outcomes.

    School life

    Our Students

    Wesley’s 3,400 plus students are united in their diversity. Hailing from more than 150 suburbs across Melbourne as well as regional and remote Australia, and international locations in Asia and Europe, it’s easy to see why Wesley is a microcosm of our truly multicultural world.

    Our students embody Wesley’s principles of inclusiveness, openness, pursuit of personal best and social justice, not only in their day-to-day interactions on campus but also as active leaders of our many cocurricular programs, clubs and committees.

    Whether supporting local charities, running special-interest clubs across year levels, arranging an annual program of prominent guest speakers, or publishing student magazines , our students learn about themselves and the world, together.

    Student leadership

    Every student has the potential to lead, and our leadership program supports all students to develop their capabilities and reach their potential as leaders.

    Our Year 4s are leaders in our Junior Schools, and students embrace the many leadership opportunities available as they progress through our Middle and Senior Schools.

    Students lead our school community across a broad range of portfolios, from the arts to the environment, charities, international relations, aboriginal advocacy, welfare, community life and sport.

    Our buddy, House, and cocurricular programs not only help our students develop as leaders and role models, but strengthen our Wesley community and encourage every student to live well and lead by example.

    Performing arts

    Wesley’s cocurricular Performing Arts program engages hundreds of talented students each year and is a thriving part of school life.

    Under the guidance of specialist directors, choreographers and musicians, students produce 10 performances each year across the College in campus-based productions. This includes six musicals and four plays and a vibrant mix of genres.

    Students are involved in all aspects of production – not only onstage performances, but also music, backstage and technical roles such as sound and lighting.

    High quality productions

    The cocurricular production process closely mirrors a professional performing arts environment. Students utilise world-class resources and sophisticated technology to create high-standard performances, set design, lighting, sound, costume design and music.

    Middle and Senior School students choose to take part in one or more major productions each year. They also have the opportunity to perform at world-class venues and experience highly acclaimed theatre productions as part of the International Performing Arts tours.

    Our cocurricular Performing Arts program is available from Years 5 to 12.

    Recent productions include The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Oliver!, Mulan, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Threepenny Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan, The Wind In The Willows, One Man, Two Guvnors and Accidental Death of An Anarchist.


    Swing choirs, a cappella, jazz bands, string ensembles, wind ensembles, orchestras, big bands, rock bands, soul bands, pop choirs... you name it, Wesley plays it!

    Cocurricular music offers every student incredible opportunities to practice, improve and perform. With 21 chamber ensembles, 23 bands, 10 orchestras and 16 choirs across the College, Wesley’s vibrant music program inspires a love of music in students of all ages and abilities.

    Performing excellence

    Performance helps students understand music excellence and strive to achieve it. Our students have many opportunities to perform; from attending music camps, representing Wesley at community events to travelling interstate and overseas for competitions and public performances.

    Optional music tours travel to Italy, Germany, Belgium, France and the USA and our highly regarded jazz ensembles regularly perform at the Australian Jazz Awards.

    Regardless of the event, our students and teachers display outstanding commitment and passion to honing and enjoying performance. It is this energy and dedication that defines the culture and quality of Wesley’s music program.

    Private tuition

    Students of all ages can master an instrument as part of Wesley’s private tuition program. Private music lessons are taught by specialist tutors across 21 instruments, including woodwind, brass, strings, percussion and voice.

    This popular one-to-one program prepares students to play and perform to the best of their ability. More than 25% of students undertake private instrument lessons and over 500 lessons are taught each week across the College.


    19 sports. 3 seasons. 680 teams. The scale of cocurricular sport at Wesley inspires students of all abilities — from novice to elite — to discover and develop their sporting passions.

    Cocurricular sport

    Cocurricular sport is compulsory from Years 5 to 12. From Year 7, students participate in the Associated Public Schools (APS) sports competition held on Saturday mornings and also in the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) and APS girls sport competitions.

    For students in Years 5 and 6, sports training and matches are scheduled during school hours.

    Our philosophy

    Our sporting philosophy focuses on inclusion and participation and encourages all students to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Competitive sport within the APS helps students understand that success is about much more than winning or losing. No matter the outcome, students develop a sense of belonging, teamwork, cooperation and respect for others.

    Skilled coaches

    Many of our head coaches have competed at a professional or semi-professional level. During weekly training sessions, our specialist coaches guide students to hone their skills, master tactics and understand the strategy of their chosen sport.

    Pastoral Care 

    Wesley has an established reputation for excellence in pastoral care. Our approach is holistic and encompasses the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of every student.

    Connecting students, parents and teachers

    Pastoral care is central to fostering our students’ connectedness in an environment where they feel safe, valued and appreciated.

    There are many layers to pastoral care at Wesley that are shaped by an integrated network of classroom teachers, homeroom teachers, Heads of Houses, Cluster leaders, school counsellors, chaplains and cocurricular staff.

    Regular communications within these networks and with students and parents are facilitated through face-to-face meetings, online via our learning management system, WiSE, and through formal feedback sessions.

    Creating caring communities

    Students and teacher at pastoral careOur campuses are organised into ‘mini schools’ to provide pastoral care programs suited to the developmental stages of our students as they progress from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood.

    Our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are small learning communities that enable our teachers to build in-depth knowledge of each student. Students are supported by Homeroom teachers in our Junior and Middle Schools and House tutors in the Senior School.

    Our House system and Cluster levels create opportunities for students to connect and collaborate across a range of sports, arts, personal development and social activities engendering a strong sense of belonging.

    Buddying up

    Students across year levels learn from and support each other through a range of programs that facilitate collaboration and teamwork. Mentorship programs provide opportunities for senior students to provide inspiration and support to our younger students.

    Student health

    Health Centres located on each campus provide students safe, open and confidential spaces for their physical and emotional needs. Registered nurses with experience across all areas of healthcare deliver first aid, emergency treatment and health counselling.

    All staff across our campuses as well as at Clunes, Yiramalay, Outdoor Education camps and Learning in Residence undertake regular asthma and anaphylaxis management training.

    After school classes

    Wesley’s after school programs provide children with opportunities to try different activities, develop their skills, explore their passions, and make new friends.

    All interests, all year levels, all abilities

    After school classes at Wesley College provide a great opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to explore new activities, develop their skills and express their creativity. Whether they're looking for a new mental challenge or some fun physical activity, each Wesley campus offers a variety of stimulating and engaging after school programs for children.

    Classes run for the duration of each term and typically commence at the end of the school day, allowing children an easy transition from the classroom to their after school class.

    Information and enrolments

    Classes and timetables vary each term and by campus.

    To learn more about the after-school programs and how to enrol, please download the relevant brochure below.

    As programs are popular and places are limited we advise you to enrol early.


    Domestic applications

    A young female child laughing and clapping

    Wesley College is an open-entry, coeducational, day and boarding school. We welcome applications from three-year-old Early Childhood Learning through to Year 12. Explore the 4-step application and enrolment procedure and what you can expect along the way.

    International applications

    Students from around the world join our diverse community in Melbourne. Wesley College welcomes 100+ international students from over 10 different countries across Asia and Europe. Explore the application and enrolment process for International students.


    A female school captain walking while smiling and laughing

    Wesley College offers a broad range of scholarships, which reward academic excellence and achievement in sport, music, performance, community service and leadership.

    Strathcona Girls Grammar Private School Melbourne

    strathcona girls grammar

    03 8779 7509

    Early Learning Centre Yes
    Primary School Yes 
    High School  Yes
    Course Range ELC to Year 12
    Main Gender ELC: Co-Education

    Prep to Year 12: All Girls

    Boarding School No
    Estimated No. of Students 800
    School Fees Average 

    Link to School Fees Page:


    To become unstoppable, a girl must first be set into motion

    Strathcona is the catalyst of a life-shaping momentum, ensuring each girl discovers a trajectory as unique and full of potential as she is.

    Upon their respective journeys, Strathcona girls break the stereotypes of private education — and we are proud of it. Action, meaning and fulfilment take precedence, and are aptly expressed in the School motto: ‘Bravely, Faithfully, Happily.’

    Through a culture of academic excellence and a rich selection of co-curricular activities, girls grow and thrive. Strong, resilient, empowered — at Strathcona these are more than just words. We imbue them with impetus tied to each girl’s uniqueness and personal ambitions.

    As a student’s voice and identity emerge, so does her character.

    And it’s here that Strathcona truly sets itself apart. A Strathcona girl is balanced in mind, body and spirit. Her robust sense of self is founded upon respect, integrity, compassion, courage and genuine community spirit. Being ready for life isn’t about bettering others — it’s about improvement within.

    In essence, Strathcona affords its girls the opportunity to discover who they really are, and to pursue their life’s potential by being themselves.

    Vision & Values


    Strathcona aspires to be a nurturing learning community that develops intellectually curious, optimistic, life-ready young women who are empowered to shape their future in a rapidly changing world.

    Our Values

    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Compassion
    • Courage
    • Empowerment 

    Our Guiding Principles

    To be courageous and creative in thinking, learning and research

    Focus: Learning, curriculum, teaching and research

    Strathcona will rigorously pursue intellectual and ethical understanding. In a culture that is curious and discerning, we will embrace difficulty and complexity to create new perspectives and ways of working. People in the Strathcona community will understand the importance of a growth mindset and consider themselves to be life-long learners continuously seeking to understand, innovate and improve.

    To act judiciously and purposefully in contribution to the world

    Focus: Service, leadership, global engagement and active contribution

    Service to others and to community is an enduring value of the School. As a community, our contribution to humanity and the environment will be consciously grounded in considered principles of service, justice, respect, generosity and courage. In order to engage ethically with the world, and act as agents of change, Strathcona will instil in students a balance of knowledge and set of skills including leadership, empathy, eloquence, confidence and experience.

    To be resourceful, resilient and optimistic in spirit

    Focus: Wellbeing, health, care, faith and spirituality

    Individuals will develop the intrinsic motivation and ‘know how’ to be resourceful and resilient in a complex and dynamic world. Through action and reflection the ‘spirited self-agent’ will be optimistic and purposeful in learning, thoughtful in decision-making, modest in success and robust in adversity. Strathcona will commit itself to equip and support every individual to develop their own ‘voice and identity’ as well as health in body, mind and spirit.

    To utilise authentic and agile learning places and systems

    Focus: Learning environment – physical and virtual

    Strathcona will be a place where new patterns of learning flourish. Learning is an organic, life-wide process that can occur anywhere at any time, particularly in the contemporary context of mobile technologies and global engagement. The learning ecosystem of Strathcona will enable the acquisition of deep knowledge, skills and understanding across multiple domains, in simultaneous experiences (intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, aesthetic) through flexible structures that challenge orthodox boundaries.

    To enrich and strengthen our multi-faceted contemporary community

    Focus: Wider community, alumnae, families and partners

    At Strathcona, we will develop and extend enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with existing and future Strathcona community members, in order to further enrich and strengthen our multi-faceted contemporary learning community.

    To ensure visionary leadership and wise stewardship

    Focus: Leadership, governance and operational performance

    Strathcona will consciously nurture a culture of prudent stewardship where resources are optimised for the benefit of students, staff and our community while also strengthening the foundations for a sustainable and confident future.

    Statement of Philosophy

    • We are committed to advancing education within a Christian learning community and operating in a manner which bears witness to the Christian faith having regard to the School’s Baptist foundation.
    • We are committed to offering our students the best education possible, and allowing each student to realise their full potential.
    • We are committed to offering the best academic environment possible. To do this, we support each student’s learning and ensure that each student can learn in an environment free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination.
    • We are committed to caring for each student’s emotional and pastoral needs. To do this, we have a pastoral care framework and provide support such as counselling services and education on resilience and mental health.
    • We are committed to allowing each student to achieve in areas of their own interest. To do this, we accommodate each student’s interests, allowing them to balance curricular and extra-curricular activities, and encourage them to pursue their interests.
    • We are committed to fostering leadership in all of our students. To achieve this, we have programs and activities which encourage each student to lead among their peers.
    • We are committed to allowing each student to live a healthy and active lifestyle. To do this, we provide education on a healthy lifestyle, and encourage sporting and other co-curricular activities

    Why Strathcona

    Why forward thinking families choose Strathcona

    Choosing an all-girls’ school is one thing. Choosing which one is another thing altogether.

    Strathcona’s passion for helping girls reach their full, unique potential, to become truly unstoppable in and beyond the classroom is at our core.

    We have a certain personality — a personal touch — that separates us from the more corporate-themed institutions you may be considering. It’s this personal approach, our belief in knowing each girl as an individual and supporting her in being her whole self in mind, body and spirit, that is unlike anything you’ll find among our contemporaries. We’re unafraid of breaking private education stereotypes for something more meaningful.

    Where other schools may be selective in their enrolments, Strathcona develops high achievement in all, commensurate with an individual’s unique blend of skills and abilities. We are as committed to realising a girl’s dream of becoming a videogame designer or author as we are another girl’s desire to pursue medicine or civil engineering. What matters to us is that your daughter’s inner spirit has the chance to flourish, in an environment that is supportive, challenging and rewarding.

    Why a Girls’ School?


    Rest assured, the decisions you are faced with for your daughter’s education are shared by parents everywhere. Among the most fundamental of these is whether to enrol her in a co-educational or single-sex school.

    To be fair, each has its merits. But, increasingly, there is a swelling amount of international research indicating that girls perform at their best — academically and personally — in a single-sex educational environment.

    Through our junior, middle and senior years, Strathcona is a girls’ school. Our long and proud tradition of providing high-quality education is augmented by our emphasis on developing each girl according to her own strengths and interests. A girl is at her best when she is free to be herself, and though girls-only schools everywhere provide an environment for this to happen, at  Strathcona we embed it into our culture.

    Teaching & Learning


    At the heart of our School, is the motto: fortiter fideliter, feliciter – bravely, faithfully and happily. It is these values which also underpin the core beliefs in our teaching and learning philosophy, as thinking is at the centre of everything we do. 

    We are a future-focused and individualised learning community which is committed to academic excellence and the best education for girls. Each student is as valued for her unique capacity to contribute to the life of the school, as they are for their thinking and approach to learning. A sense of self-worth is encouraged, by providing an atmosphere in which every girl is empowered to take their own individual pathway, choosing from the many areas of the curricular and co-curricular programs. In this, it could be said that we shape the school to fit the girl, rather than shaping the girl to fit the school. So too, with each student’s personalised learning journey to become global citizens with the character, skills and attributes essential for future success. 

    Strathcona students are encouraged to embrace difficulties and complexity through being intellectually robust and ethically minded; challenging their thinking and becoming emboldened with the courage to take risks. Students develop a growth mindset where persistence is encouraged to create a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for both academic and life accomplishment. Our students develop dispositions of life-long learners, discovering and creating new perspectives and ways of working in a more flexible, adaptable and responsive manner, continuously seeking to understand, innovate and improve.

    Led by specialist educators and bespoke programs, we ensure connections in pedagogy from the Early Learning Centre (ELC), all the way through to VCE Year 12. In the ELC, our educational practice is underpinned by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy which views each child as being capable, resilient and a co-constructor of their own learning. Relationships are fostered and nurtured in this environment and each child’s interests are documented and used to guide the curriculum. These foundations prepare each child for a seamless transition to the Junior School. A purposeful and research-based approach to the teaching and learning of English and Mathematics ensures the growth and development of these skills that form the foundations of all learning. 

    We are committed to providing opportunities and broadening students’ educational experience beyond the classroom. These authentic experiences enhance motivation and achievement. Critical, and Creative Thinking underpins the Design Thinking model that is used in several areas of our curriculum in the Junior and Senior Schools. This approach is used in the teaching of Digital Technologies, Art and Design and is the cornerstone of our transdisciplinary programs in the Middle School while a focus on STEAM delivers subject expertise and learning programs that integrate the disciplines. Visible Thinking, an approach developed at Harvard University, aims to improve learning through techniques that help students become effective thinkers. Our Learning Enhancement program also includes differentiation within mainstream classrooms, as well as targeted withdrawal sessions.

    Our Year 9 Tay Creggan campus also emphasises enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through its specialist Envision Program while our Senior Years Academic Pathways provides a fully elective learning model at Year 10. The VCE program provides an extensive program and a broad range of activities. This combined with our Centre for Learning Futures, exposes our students to dynamic and rewarding career paths that might not have been considered before.

    The quality of any school is also embodied by its teachers. The research tells us it is our teachers, and the quality of their teaching, that makes a profound difference to student learning. At Strathcona, our teachers are dedicated and skilled practitioners, with a commitment to exceptional teaching and learning practices to engage all our students in the learning process. Our teachers foster rigour and deep understanding, educating students to use disciplined and critical inquiry. It is this culture of continuous development, feedback and improvement that places our teachers at the forefront of the profession. Through conference presentation and participation, research, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) collaboration and other professional learning opportunities, teachers as role models for ongoing life learning, reinforces learning and growth as the centre of everything we do.

    All of this takes place on campuses that emphasise agile and multimodal learning spaces that highlight our student-centred approach to learning. This is intended to promote classroom discussion and collaboration, as well as enhance creativity and deep thinking. The pedagogy and activities being embraced are also intimately linked to our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program which enables multiple points of focus and diverse teaching and learning strategies. Interactive projectors and whiteboards offer students and teachers the ability to engage with each other in many different modes which suits different learning styles and ultimately allows everyone to learn and perform at their best.

    Our students enter the School as girls and leave as life-ready women of character – bravely, faithfully and happily; women keen to succeed on their own terms and to make an impact in this world.



    At Strathcona, we support each individual girl to develop her own voice and identity, as well as health, mind and spirit. Learning is the heartbeat of our culture and throughout the history of the School each student has been instilled with the self-belief and resilience to embrace new opportunities and the confidence to pursue their passions so they make their way bravely, faithfully and happily through life.

    Strathcona offers a limited number of Academic, Music and Special Scholarships on an annual basis. Scholarships recognise achievement, enable success and assume a commitment to the School. 

    Before making an application for a scholarship, please take the time to read all the information below outlining the types of scholarships on offer, the process of applying for a scholarship and the terms and conditions for successful candidates. We also encourage you to attend one of our upcoming School Tours prior to submitting an application.

    Location and Transport

    Conveniently located in Melbourne’s inner-eastern suburbs of Canterbury and Hawthorn, Strathcona offers students and families easy access to both campuses.

    Public Transport Victoria (PTV) can provide helpful information to assist you with your commute planning, and a map is available of all of the local public transport options in the immediate area.

    Canterbury Campus

    Senior School

    Our Senior School, located on the Canterbury Campus, is home to middle school (Year 7 and 8) and senior school (Years 10 to 12) students.

    • Canterbury train station (Belgrave and Lilydale Lines) 
    • Tram stop on Riversdale Road (Route 70 via City / Surrey Hills)
    • Bus stop at Canterbury Stations (Route 612 via Chadstone / Box Hill and Route 285 via Doncaster)

    Parking is readily available in the local area (please be mindful of signage) and drop-off zones are available on Bryson and Scott Streets.

    Junior School

    The Strathcona Early Learning Centre is home to our 3 and 4 Year Old students, and is located on the Canterbury Campus adjacent to Junior and Senior Schools.

    • Canterbury train station (Belgrave and Lilydale Lines) 
    • Tram stop on Riversdale Road (Route 70 via City / Surrey Hills)
    • Bus stop at Canterbury Stations (Route 612 via Chadstone / Box Hill and Route 285 via Doncaster)

    Parking is readily available in the local area (please be mindful of signage) and drop-off zones are available on Scott and Logan Streets.

    Early Learning Centre

    The Strathcona Early Learning Centre is home to our 3 and 4 Year Old students, and is located on the Canterbury Campus adjacent to Junior and Senior Schools.

    • Canterbury train station (Belgrave and Lilydale Lines) 
    • Tram stop on Riversdale Road (Route 70 via City / Surrey Hills)
    • Bus stop at Canterbury Stations (Route 612 via Chadstone / Box Hill and Route 285 via Doncaster)

    Parking is readily available in the local area (please be mindful of signage) and drop-off zones are available on Bryson and Scott Streets.

    Hawthorn Campus

    Tay Creggan (Year 9) Campus

    Our unique Year 9 campus, Tay Creggan, is located at 30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122 and, much like the Canterbury campus, offers a range of transport options within 5 minutes walk:: 

    • Hawthorn train station (Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale Lines)
    • Tram stop (Route 75 via Etihad Stadium Docklands / Vermont South) 
    • Bus stop (Route 609 via Fairfield / Kew)

    Parking is available in the local area (please be mindful of signage) and the drop-off is possible in the driveway.

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