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The Geelong College, Newtown VIC
A Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school from Early Learning to Year 12.
Talbot St
03 5226 3111
Melbourne West
PO Box 5, Geelong VIC 3220
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Melbourne West
Mr Andrew Barr
Uniting Church
Uniting Church
Early Learning to Year 12. Boarding from Year 7.
$12,920 (Early Learning) to $22,356 (Year 12). Boarding $10,500 (Year 7 to $19,500 (Year 12)

Welcome to The Geelong College. We are a Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school from Early Learning to Year 12, based in central Geelong.

At The Geelong College we are committed to bright futures, to helping every student achieve their own bright future and to contributing to a brighter future for both local and global communities.

More than 150 years ago Dr George Morrison set us on this path when he adopted the motto 'Sic itur ad astra' or 'thus is the way to the stars.'

We recognise that each student will have their own galaxy of stars as an aim and will have many ways to reach their own potential. This shapes our curricular and co-curricular offerings which cater to the broadest range of subjects, courses, activities and experiences.

We also recognise that our world needs clever and confident citizens eager to lead us into the future and we are committed to seeing develop compassionate, broad-minded and curious young people of integrity who will treat their communities and their world with care and commitment.

This is our way to the stars and our bright future.




Our school is open every day! Tours with our Registrar can be arranged at a time and day that suits your family.

Come and experience learning with us, visit our website or phone (03) 5226 3190 to arrange a tour.

About Us

Our learning spaces and facilities bring together history and modern design.

The Keith Humble Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, home to our Music, Drama and Dance programs, and our Year 4 Enviro precinct, are examples of outstanding facilities that house innovative programs.

Our-state-of-the-art Recreation Centre, and the surrounding ovals and green space, provide fitness and well being facilities for the whole school community.
We pride ourselves on our academic excellence, and the breadth of courses of study offered. With approximately 40 VCE subjects available, there really is something to inspire everyone.

Our VCE results are excellent. Each year since 2009, approximately 32% of students have achieved an ATAR score of 90 or more, and an average median ATAR score of 82.67. Across the same time frame, 99.5% of our students who applied for higher education through Universities, TAFEs or Colleges have been offered a first round place.

Our rich co-curricular program includes APS sport, Drama, Music, Expeditions, Debating and Public Speaking opportunities. Our students also benefit from Community Outreach programs, camps and International study tours.

Boarding life at the College is busy, rich and fulfilling. We offer a broad range of courses of study and co-curricular adventures and pride ourselves on our vibrant learning community focused on excellence and care.

Boarding has been an integral part of the College community since its inception in 1861 and is integral to the fabric of the school. Our two very comfortable boarding houses are home to a diverse and inclusive community which includes students from country Victoria and New South Wales, the coastal towns and farming areas surrounding Geelong, and from Melbourne, as well as international students from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Honk Kong and Germany. 91% of our boarders say they have mixed with a broader range of people since they started boarding.

Our boarders are in the care of fully qualified and passionate boarding staff who look after their charges like their own family, with care, compassion and discipline. Staff encourage students to become more independent and to challenge themselves in their studies, school activities and their social life.  Each week night, boarders have two hours allocated study time, as a minimum, where they work undistracted on homework, projects or revision. Qualified academic tutors provide learning support during this time and House Tutors are available for additional guidance. 90% of our boarders say boarding has had a positive impact on their academic performance.

Boarding life at the College is designed to develop independence and to foster collaboration. There is structure in the daily routines such as study time, sporting activities and social gatherings, but boarders are also afforded flexibility and freedom throughout the week to arrange their own activities and personal priorities. 98% of boarders believe they have become more independent since they started boarding.

“Without the privilege of being a boarder I would not be in the amazing position I am now, with a great education, many co-curricular activities and a broad range of friends in a safe and friendly environment.” Clodagh - Year 12

Come and experience living and learning with us, phone Deb Fanning, our Registrar, on (03) 5226 3190 to arrange a tour at a time that suits your family. Flexible, weekly or full time places are available from Year 7 to Year 12. Visit for more information.

These guiding principles form a foundation for our actions.

We are committed to:

-An all-round education where every student can develop competence, and find confidence and joy in learning.
-Coeducation, which is the most natural setting for educating boys and girls. It helps to develop the equality, diversity and social competency required for a worthwhile and fulfilling life.
-Continued excellence in our teaching and learning, pastoral care programs, facilities and practices, in everything we do.
-A strong sense of community and concern for others, both locally and globally.
-Being forward thinkers who develop creative responses to an evolving world.
-A sustainable future.

We aim to bring these principles to life in all we do, and encourage our students to commit to them, and to their personal values.
Our students are well cared for at every stage of their development by experienced and committed teachers. We are proud of our nurturing environment, our pastoral care system and our efforts to develop resilient and responsible young people.
The Geelong College is a co-educational school which aims to provide one of the finest all-round educational experiences in Australia.

The school is grounded in Christian principles where striving for individual achievement and self-fulfillment combines with concern for others.
Conveniently located across two campuses in the safe, quiet and well-established suburb of Newtown near the centre of Geelong, The Geelong College is home to a vibrant learning community of 1,245 students.

Principal's Message

Welcome to The Geelong College. For more than 150 years this school has been helping students "find their way to the stars" through rich and diverse academic, co-curricular and community programs. From the Reggio Emilia inspired Early Learning Centre full of colour, fun and life, to the enviro garden and richness of the Senior and Middle Schools, our students are guided by experts at every stage of their development and there is opportunity at every corner.

I am committed to further developing the excellent educational offering and to ensuring our students continue to discover the multiplicity of talents they possess, be that in mathematics, the visual or performing arts, on the sporting field, in writing or history. We know that human intelligence is infinitely diverse and it is incumbent on our school to enable young people to discover their natural aptitudes, interests and passions and use them creatively and purposefully. To do this they need guidance from teachers who will inspire and encourage them with their own passion for learning.

As my family and I begin our journey here, I look at the breadth of opportunity, the dedicated and talented staff and the vibrant learning community and look forward to a bright future for all here at the College.

This is just a glimpse of what The Geelong College can offer your family. Words and images can only convey so much of the richness and diversity of our community, so I warmly invite you to come and visit us, to meet our staff and students and to experience the College for yourself.

Andrew Barr, Principal


The Geelong College offers a range of scholarships which include Academic, Music, Boarding, Visual Arts and Indigenous. Please read the general information below and select the Year Level your child will be entering in 2014 to see the available scholarships. Please note, all scholarship applications must be received by close of business on Monday, 11 February 2013.

General Information

The Geelong College Scholarships are open to:

  • Students already attending the College; and
  • Students who wish to enter the College into Years 7, 9 or 11 in 2014

Scholarship examination:

  • All Academic and Boarding Scholarship candidates must sit a Scholarship examination.
  • The Scholarship examination will be administered by ACER. Please visit for more information on the test.
  • Candidates must be available to sit the exam at the College on the specified date.

Examination venue:

Scholarship examinations will be held:

  • For Years 9 and 11: The Geelong College Senior School, Talbot St, Newtown
  • For Year 7: The Geelong College Preparatory School, 399 Aberdeen St, Newtown

Examination date:

  • Scholarships for 2014 have closed. Please check later in the year for the 2015 scholarship exam dates.
  • Tours are available at 9am on the day of the exam.

Music Scholarships:

  • Candidates must attend an audition at the College on the specified date.
  • Candidates must have completed AMEB Grade 3 or equivalent to enter at Year 7, or AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent to enter at Year 9.


  • The academic and general progress of scholarship recipients will be reviewed annually.
  • Scholarship holders are not entitled to other concessions such as sibling discount.

How to apply:

  • Academic and boarding candidates must also register and pay the application fee on our Scholarships Registration page.
  • All candidates must fill in The Geelong College Scholarship application form and provide supplementary documentation if required.
  • All candidates must provide school reports and evidence of a wide range of interests.

Indigenous Scholarships are administered through the Smith Family Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, for more information on this program please visit the Smith Family Website.

For further information about scholarships, please contact our Registrar, Deb Fanning. Email: Tel: +613 5226 3190


Reggio Emilia Early Learning to Year 3

Year 4 Enviro

Year 5 Writers Workshop

Year 6 Multi-media

Year 7 Boat building Maths and Science challenge

Year 8 Outward Bound style adventure

Year 9 City Week Study Immersion

Year 10 Fulfilling Lives Community Service program

These programs are just some of the many rich and intersting curricular and co-curricular expereinces offered to our students.

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