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A Kilvington education

Choose your own path… A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE A Kilvington education offers students a path from today’s realities to tomorrow’s possibilities. We prepare girls and boys for future challenges by providing them with a learning environment that fosters academic excellence, personal growth and global engagement. Kilvington’s reputation for academic achievement is demonstrated by students’ outstanding VCE results. In 2012, 26% of students were in the top 5% of the State, 50% of students were in the top 10% and 79% of students were in the top 25% of the State. This consistently excellent record is made possible by our dedicated teachers and innovative curriculum.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY FOCUS Kilvington is a friendly, family-oriented school which fosters quality, positive relationships and close community ties. This spirit of family and community engagement is central to Kilvington’s educational philosophy.

BUILDING STRENGTH OF CHARACTER Kilvington fosters strong and resilient individuals who are able to achieve their goals while drawing on their learning throughout life. A Kilvington education equips students to become people of depth, strength, integrity and character. To learn more about Kilvington, please join us during the Carnival and Open Day on Saturday 23 March between 10am and 3pm for a day of fun for the whole family. School tours will be conducted throughout the day.

For more information, please call the Registrar on (03) 9578 6231, email, visit or come and see us at 2 Leila Road, Ormond. [4]

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Great teachers. Great education. Great opportunities.




Kalinda Road Ringwood Victoria 3134 Telephone 03 9262 7700 Email


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A great place to start. ESTABLISHED IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE’S EAST IN 1966 AND SET ON A SPACIOUS 29-HECTARE CAMPUS, YARRA VALLEY GRAMMAR OVERLOOKS THE YARRA VALLEY AND PICTURESQUE DANDENONG RANGES. OUR STUDENTS EXCEL UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF GREAT TEACHERS WHO LOVE WHAT THEY DO AND SEEK TO INSPIRE THEM TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. Great teachers are able to communicate complex concepts in simple ways. They can vary the way they teach to suit the way each student learns. This takes patience, flexibility and the ability to see things from the students’ perspective. Yarra Valley Grammar’s team of teachers know their material, love their subjects and love to teach. They have a genuine interest in getting to know their students, so they can teach them effectively, encourage them to achieve their best, identify issues or problems and care for their welfare. Our teachers are also role models for our students, promoting the School’s core values such as respect, concern and action for others, and treating others as they wish to be treated. Yarra Valley Grammar’s broad curriculum is responsive to individual student needs, with extra opportunities for enrichment and support. Key Learning Areas include Art and Design, Business Studies, Design and Technology, English, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, ICT, Languages, Mathematics, Outdoor Education and Science. Students study a common curriculum until the mid secondary years but beyond this, many electives are available from which students may choose, such as a Certificate IV Design combined with the VCE over two years. The School also enjoys exchange programs with schools in France, Japan and China. Yarra Valley Grammar students enjoy a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities, including

academic, sporting and special interest clubs, debating, drama productions, private tuition in singing and musical instruments, band, orchestra and ensembles, the Community Links Program, participation in state and national academic competitions, and specialist enrichment and support programs. Involvement in sport is expected and the School is a member of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria. Sports offered include athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cross-country, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, softball, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There is an extensive inter-house and inter-school sports program and a comprehensive Outdoor Education program. The Head of Student Welfare, along with the School Chaplain, oversees the pastoral care program. Students are encouraged to accept responsibility and leadership opportunities, so they are well-prepared for life after school to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Before and after-school care programs and a holiday care program are also available. A unique aspect of Yarra Valley Grammar is its spacious grounds and extensive onsite playing fields, including a Physical Education and Sports Complex, tennis courts, netball courts, hockey pitch and swimming pool. Yarra Valley Grammar’s Early Learning Centre, opened in 2009, consists of three learning spaces and multi-purpose space catering for full and part time programs. The new Upper Primary Building is a specifically designed, flexible learning space, while the Year 7 Centre is a dedicated facility to support students in their first year of secondary school. Similarly, the contemporary Senior Student Centre provides flexible learning spaces for Year 12 students. There are also superior facilities for music, drama and dance within the School’s 900-seat Performing Arts Centre and state-of-the-art Music School, as well as two resource centres, a Science Centre, and a high-tech facility for the School’s internationally acclaimed Hearing Unit. Wootton Lodge, the School’s country property in eastern

Victoria provides focus for the School’s year level retreats and some of the Outdoor Education Program. An extensive computer network covers the whole School with wireless internet connection and technology integrated throughout the curriculum. Senior School students have access to eight information technology laboratories and two multimedia laboratories whilst Junior School students have access to two information technology laboratories and computers in every classroom from ELC to Year 6.




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Contents Methodist Ladies’ College Kilvington Grammar School Yarra Valley Grammar School Lauriston Girls’ School Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School Camberwell Grammar School

The future is now


nnovation is the key to success in life and our schools are no exception. The best educational institutions must keep abreast of the latest technology and teaching methods, while staying true to values cherished over generations. Achieving this balance in a fast-paced modern world is not easy, but our elite schools are doing it well. They offer students the latest hi-tech resources, new ways to study and amazing life experiences. Many schools send students overseas to immerse themselves in another culture or to work as volunteers constructing buildings or teaching in underprivileged communities. Most parents could only have dreamed of such adventures, now routine in good schools. Things sure have changed. In this 2013 edition of the Independent Schools Guide we look at innovative ways that schools are giving their students the best chance to succeed. As well as travel and cutting edge technology a number offer the International Baccalaureate, a well-rounded VCE alternative recognised worldwide. All good schools also encourage students to explore a range of non-traditional subjects, such as aviation for girls and cooking for boys. They love it. The key is matching innovation with the needs and interests of students to provide them with the best opportunities at all developmental stages. This must involve choosing the right technology and the best teaching methods to engage and enrich each individual. We also profile savvy career counsellors guiding students down a life path that suits them and list handy links for VCE students navigating endless online resources. Today’s students are digital natives so engaging and educating them is a challenge. If the independent schools profiled here are any guide, they are in good hands. The schools boast a range of flexible learning programs and modern facilities with the best technology and the best people. This year we also profile several outstanding school captains who are living proof that the programs offered in our elite schools are producing world class people. Choosing the right school for your child is not easy. Young people are all individuals so a campus must be suited to their needs. We hope that our comprehensive guide to Melbourne’s best independent schools and their programs, facilities, philosophies and academic performance will help guide you in making this life-changing decision. Good luck.

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A golden standard in education Alia College Carey Baptist Grammar School Caulfield Grammar School Eltham College Genazzano FCJ College Fintona Girls’ School Firbank Grammar School Geelong Grammar School Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Kingswood College

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Breaking the mould


Breaking down gender stereotypes Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak Marcellin College Melbourne Girls Grammar School Melbourne Grammar School Preshil Presbyterian Ladies’ College Ruyton Girls’ School

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My year as captain


School leaders reflect Sacré Coeur St Michael’s Grammar School Siena College

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Careers counselling


Guiding hand to find the right path Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School 56 St Catherine’s School 58 St Leonard’s College 60

World at their feet


Cultural exchange broadens horizons Tintern Schools Trinity Grammar School Kew Whitefriars College

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Virtual classroom


Links to learning Xavier College


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Quick guide to key facts Woodleigh School Wesley College Melbourne

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Publisher Antony Catalano Editor/Senior feature writer Cheryl Critchley Designer Sheridan Frawley Sales manager Kimberly Barry Independent Schools Guide 2013 is published by Metro Media Publishing, 214-220 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. Printed by Elephant Group, 113-115 York Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205 and distributed as a special supplement of The Weekly Review. All material published in the Independent Schools Guide 2013 is copyright and no part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Metro Media Publishing and all related companies (together the “publisher”) hereby expressly disclaim, to the full extent permitted by the law, all and any liability whatsoever (including an liability for damages, consequential damages, costs, expenses or the like, “liability”) to any person howsoever arising from or in connection with any copy, information, advertising or other material in Independent Schools Guide 2013 (“copy”), including, but not limited to, any liability arising from or in connection with any action or inaction by any person in reliance on any copy, and each consequence of such action or inaction. The publisher also expressly disclaims any and all liability arising from or in connection with any negligence whatsoever of the publisher. Inclusion of copy must not be construed, deemed or inferred by any person to constitute any endorsement of the same by the publisher.


 Over the years, Camberwell provided me with

wonderful role models, both teachers and older girls. They have inspired and encouraged me to aim for my personal best in all aspects of life and importantly to always step outside my comfort zone. I have graduated with a wonderful group of lifelong friends, a huge variety of experiences and a well-rounded educational foundation like none other.  Elisabeth - 2012 School Captain

Experience Camberwell’s special culture this year... A Camberwell Girls Grammar School education is world class. In part, this is because we are scanning the international scene for best practice, in part because of our pragmatic approach to innovation and because we are excited about investing in the future.  This can be seen in the caring environment, in exemplary teaching, in the use of new technology and in the way the built environment influences learning. Our superb new Woodstock Building has been purpose designed.  There is a focus on sustainability, flexible teaching spaces, concept learning rooms and

integrated common areas. An outstanding Library/Resource Centre is modelled on the concepts used in modern university libraries and is equipped to absorb the inquisitive minds of our students.  Interactive environmental gardens highlight the importance that CGGS places on sustainability.  This willingness to be a part of the transformation that is occurring in education ensures that Camberwell remains at the forefront. CGGS has a consistent pattern of academic excellence with a six year average median ATAR score of 92.4. 

Each girl who comes to CGGS can expect her unique qualities to be valued and developed. We have an outstanding Early Learning, Primary and Secondary staff with high expectations and a passion for education. Their generosity and skill is reflected in the School’s culture.  Good humour, energy and care create a wonderfully vibrant and happy school where everyone strives for excellence – both academically and as people.

We invite you to meet our Principal, Staff & Students by joining us at: SCHOOL TOURS


Saturday 16 February Both Campuses: 9.30am - 11.00am

Monday 18 to Friday 22 March

Festival of Music Concert 6 September

Saturday 23 March Both Campuses: 9.30am - 11.00am


Student Art Show 11 - 12 August

Wednesday 1 May Junior Campus: 10.00am - 12.00midday Senior Campus: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 22 to Friday 26 July

Thursday 30 May Junior Campus: 10.00am - 12.00midday Senior Campus: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Cabaret Night 22 March

Wednesday 24 July Junior Campus: 10.00am - 12.00midday Senior Campus: 2.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 17 August Both Campuses: 9.30am - 11.00am Saturday 12 October Both Campuses: 9.30am - 11.00am Thursday 14 November Junior Campus: 10.00am - 12.00midday Senior Campus: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 18 to Friday 22 February


House Dance & Drama Competition 26 – 27 March House Music Competition 20 May VCE Theatre Studies Production 30 – 31 May Senior School Production 1 - 3 August CamArt - Professional Art Show 16 - 18 August

Carols @ Camberwell 8 December Parent Education Seminars Please call the School for a list of seminar topics and dates.

SCHOLARSHIPS Academic and Music Scholarships will be offered to students entering Years 5, 7, 9 and 11 in 2014. Online Applications Only Applications Close Friday 8 March 2013 Examination Date Saturday 16 March 2013

Secure a place for your daughter! Please call our Registrar Mrs Jacqui Woodbridge on 9811 8503.


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IB explained It’s not an easy ride, but the International Baccalaureate is worth the effort – for students and schools. By Cheryl Critchley


ost of us know someone studying the International Baccalaureate. But what exactly is it? And why do some students choose the I over VCE? Does it give them an edge in their postschool life? It can. The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that works to help students aged 3-19 develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. The IB senior diploma is generally more rigorous than the VCE because students must study all major disciplines. The two-year course is also an international qualification, making it easily transportable overseas. Year 11 and 12 IB Diploma Program students choose six subjects covering languages, social studies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. They must also research an extended essay, complete a theory of knowledge course and conduct tasks beyond the classroom. Assessment involves various tasks throughout and written exams that are marked by external IB examiners and account for 70-80 per cent of final marks.

‘Its curriculum

integrates content, skill development and assessment, which helps in terms of preparation for university and the attitude of universities overseas toward students’ Before offering the IB, schools undergo a rigorous accreditation process. Carey Baptist Grammar School became a member in 1997. Its IB co-ordinator David Hamer says the move acknowledges the increasing internationalism of education and gives students a broader outlook. Hamer says the IB offers challenging education options, caters for individual learning differences, develops pre-tertiary skills,

encourages altruism and increases overseas mobility. He says it prepares students for university and life, producing the “creative generalists” that universities love. The IB particularly focuses on selfmanagement, independent learning, critical thinking, organisation skills and study habits. “The main distinguishing feature … is the way it engages students in a meaningful way,” Hamer says. “It results in greater academic independence, ability to self-manage and academic maturity; attributes that the universities value highly. There is a balance between breadth and depth in the studies which allows for specialisation while not being schooled exclusively in these subjects.” The IB’s philosophy is broader than the VCE, which basically prepares students for university and ranks their performance. The IB aims to develop rounded adults with an international perspective and understanding of humanity. When a student completes VCE, their results are produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) converts the results into subject scores. Scaled subject scores are then used to calculate an Australian UU

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‘It has inspired me to learn, discover and challenge concepts in a broad range of subjects’ ÍÍ Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to a maximum 99.95. Converting IB results into an ATAR is complicated. Explains Hamer: “The ATAR conversion … is based on the IB population weightings from the various states, with this year’s calculations based on the January 2012 rank table from NSW, the 2012 SA rank table and the rank table from Victoria using the 2009-11 local VCE with a LOTE (languages other than English) and 2009-11 local IB results.” But it could be worth the effort. “The IB is growing at roughly 10 per cent per annum around the world and especially in the Asia Pacific region,” Hamer says. “Its curriculum integrates content, skill development and assessment, which helps in terms of preparation for university and the attitude of universities overseas toward students.” At Tintern Schools, about a third of year 11 and 12 students study the IB. IB co-ordinator Nola Brotchie says students must be good all-rounders.

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“You see enormous maturation in the students over the two years and great self-knowledge,” she says. “The other thing I love about it is students bond very much. I’ve had students and I’ve thought ‘ooh golly you’re going to struggle’ and it’s been the making of them. “It’s about having balance in your life but also taking risks and testing yourself. It challenges them to not be uncritical thinkers. All of that works to develop the whole person and I think that’s what’s so important about IB. It sets a bar very high.” Madison Sutton completed the IB at Tintern in 2012 and now hopes to study the arts, particularly history and French. She says the IB program allowed her to explore “the critical pathway of thought and knowledge”. “It has inspired me to learn, discover and challenge concepts in a broad range of subjects,” she says. “Thanks to the IB, I have become an independent learner, with great preparation for my tertiary studies.”

Carey Baptist Grammar IB co-ordinator David Hamer

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE AT A GLANCE • Founded in 1968, it works with more than one million students in about 3500 schools in 144 countries. • IB headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. • Its four programs for students aged 3-19 span pre-school to pre-university. • The Diploma Program for students aged 16-19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final exams and a qualification recognised by leading universities worldwide. • Schools authorised to offer IB are known as IB World Schools. • IB schools pass a rigorous qualification process that usually takes two or more years. Source:

IB SCHOOLS - VICTORIA Auburn South Primary School Australian International Academy of Education Beaumaris North Primary School Benton Junior College Brighton Primary School Carey Baptist Grammar School Coatesville Primary School Cornish College Fintona Junior School Firbank Grammar School, Junior School – Brighton Campus Footscray Primary School Geelong Grammar School Haileybury Highton Primary School Ivanhoe Grammar School Kardinia International College Kingsville Primary School Kunyung Primary School Lauriston Girls’ School Lloyd Street School Macedon Grammar School Mater Christi College McKinnon Primary School Mentone Girls’ Grammar School Methodist Ladies’ College Mornington Primary School Mount Eliza North Primary School Mount Scopus Memorial College Mount View Primary School Plenty Valley Christian College Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne Sandringham House Firbank Grammar Seabrook Primary School Sophia Mundi Steiner School St Margaret’s School St Leonard’s College The Kilmore International School Tintern Schools Toorak College COLLEGE 9822 9622 405 Tooronga Rd Hawthorn East

Sometimes it’s a good thing to stare at the sun. Alia students are encouraged to be adventurous, innovative and self-propelled. This is facilitated by a learning environment that is supportive but not coercive; student wellbeing is achieved by reason and negotiation. Students develop the ability to learn from their own actions, socially and academically, to become a part of a self-directed learning community.

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At Carey we consider the partnership between students, their parents and the School staff to be of utmost importance. There are three main pillars to Carey education: a wellbeing network that monitors the welfare of every student to ensure each receives individual attention; a broad curriculum rich in stimulating challenges and sufficiently diverse to accommodate individual interests and abilities; and an extensive range of co-curricular activities that foster self-confidence and provide a healthy balance with academic studies.

Carey is independent, Christian, co-educational and exceptionally well resourced. Our high academic standards achieve first-class Year 12 results and regularly place us among the top schools in the State, with high levels of tertiary placements. In 2012, 28.9% of our VCE class achieved an ATAR of over 90.

Please visit our website for up-to-date information about the School and our new Strategic Directions, or come to our Open Mornings to see Carey in action.

If you would like to arrange a tour of the School please contact our Registrar, Ms Julianne Brandon. You will find us friendly and singularly focussed on providing the best possible education we can for the students in our care.

BForSci, Dip Ed, MBA, MACE

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Special features

Choice of VCE or IB in Senior School and extensive curriculum choices at all levels; in Middle School a broad range of electives and course options incorporating interdisciplinary studies; advanced studies at Middle and Senior School – visit pathways@ carey on our website for further information.

Co-education; transition programs for students moving into Prep, Year 7 and Year 10; strong social justice programs; supportive community of parents, students and staff.



Music; Drama; choice of 20 sports; debating; musical theatre; yoga; bike fitness; dance and movement; sequential Outdoor Education programs for Years 4 –10 include use of our Camp Toonallook in Eastern Gippsland.

Purpose built for each section; specialist classrooms; advanced ICT with tablet computers and digital classrooms; new Centre for Performing Arts with auditorium, rehearsal spaces and classrooms; fully equipped theatre; sports complex with several ovals, swimming and diving pools, gymnasium, games courts and training facilities.




The Registrar Ms Julianne Brandon

Early Learning and Junior School

Early Learning, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools

Telephone: 61 3 9816 1242

9 Era Court Donvale 3111

349 Barkers Road Kew 3101


Telephone: 61 3 9842 2166

Telephone: 61 3 9816 1222

Carey Baptist Grammar School • CRICOS #00135G • ABN 83 051 576 062 [ 18 ]

We look forward to welcoming you to Carey.


CAREY KEW Middle and Senior Schools Thursday 28 March 2013 9.00 –12.00 noon

CAREY CO-EDUCATION: SEE FOR YOURSELF CAREY KEW Early Learning and Junior School Monday 25 March 2013 9.00 –11.00 am




Baptist Grammar School

CAREY DONVALE Early Learning and Junior School Wednesday 20 March 2013 9.00 –11.00 am

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immersed in caulfield Early Learning Excellence Our Early Learning centres at Wheelers Hill Campus and at Malvern Campus are supported by specialist teachers and are safe, beauful learning environments for our youngest girls and boys. Our learning programs are designed to smulate children’s imaginaon and develop the necessary literacy, numeracy and social skills for success at school. From Kinder at Malvern Campus; from Pre-Prep at Wheelers Hill Campus.

key teaching Learning Mentors Caulfield Grammar School has two qualified teachers in Year 7 and Year 8 classes. A subject specialist teacher and a Learning Mentor who closely monitors and supports each girl and boy in their academic and social development.

Learning Journeys Caulfield teachers understand nd the value of experienal learning and d at Year 9, a series of extended experien n all learning l i programs are designed to engage students and encourage ncourag independent nt learning in prepara paraon for their th VCE years. ears.

Internaonalism Year 9 students are offered the amazing opport opportunity of living and learning in China for five w weeks, based at the school’s Nanjing Camp Campus. Internaonalism recognises that studen students are members of a growing global com community and that the most effecve preparaon for this is through the intensive study of another culture.

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grammar and learning initiatives Earth Studies Our Yarra Juncon Campus has always been the site for educaon outdoors, adventure acvies and farm studies. It is also an exemplar of sustainable living. The Earth Studies Centre and the students’ eco-cabins are powered by renewable resources and learning acvies explore students’ impact on ent. their environment.

VCE from Year 10 Year 10 students at Caulfield Grammar are able to study VCE units suited to their interests and abilies. This means in effect that the VCE can be spread over three years rather than two, enabling students to tailor their learning for these three crical senior years. Our students’ VCE results speak for themselves.

Specialist Teachers rs and a Coaches Specialist teachers and coaches operate in all areas of the learning program. Teachers are supported by strategic weekly professional development sessions and regular peer appraisal - an approach designed to deliver quality teaching for all Caulfield Grammar students.

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OPEN DAY Sunday 24 March 2–4pm GENAZZANO FCJ COLLEGE OLLEGE A Catholic Day and Boarding School ELC –Year 12 301 Cotham Road Kew ew VIC 3101 Telephone 03 8862 1000 au

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Fintona Girls’ School I ELC to Year 12 I 79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn

At Fintona, we like to provide our students with many experiences to stretch them beyond their expectations. Our Year 7 Explorations Program does just that‌‌like learning how to make a hot air balloon from household items. Our curriculum is designed to stimulate thought and promote risk taking in a safe environment. With an average class size of 17 and inspirational teachers who are a constant source of encouragement for their students, our girls are among the highest performing in the country. To learn more about how our stimulating programs lead to great learning outcomes, take a tour with us, call the Registrar on [03] 9830 1388 or visit our website.

TWILIGHT OPEN EVENING Wednesday 6 March 6.30pm to 8.30pm Visit our website to book

SCHOLARSHIPS Academic and Music Scholarships are available for a 2014 entry. Visit our website under Enrolments to register. Applications close Friday 22 February

2012 VCE HIGHLIGHTS Median ATAR score of 95.35 Median ATAR score over 10 years is 93.8 62% of students achieved an ATAR of 90+ 52% of students achieved an ATAR of 95+

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Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Come and visit Open Day: Saturday 23 March 2013

School Tours 2013: Friday 15 February Thursday 18 April Tuesday 7 May Tuesday 18 June Thursday 25 July Wednesday 21 August Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 16 October Friday 22 November

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vanhoe Girls’ Grammar School provides outstanding learning opportunities tailored to the specific needs of students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our Early Learning Centre, with Kindergarten and PrePrep programs, provides girls with a range of opportunities that promote creativity, learning, caring relationships and a positive self-concept. Our Junior School, housed in a series of purpose renovated Federation houses, encompasses a curriculum which is innovative and rich, providing experiences that are carefully planned to meet each girl’s learning style and stage of development from Prep to Year 6. A broad and challenging core curriculum which recognises the central importance of literacy and numeracy, diverse co-curricular opportunities together with a strong focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of each individual, is at the heart of our primary years. The girls’ entry to their secondary years is underpinned by a strong pastoral focus in which each girl is placed in a small and supportive tutor group which provides the basis for girls to take on new challenges and extend their confidence and skills. Their

horizons are deliberately stretched by a broad and comprehensive curriculum, which ensures each girl develops skills and knowledge in all learning areas while also helping her to begin to identify where her interests and strengths lie. Ivanhoe Girls’ is proud of our culture of encouraging girls to take personal responsibility, where adolescent girls will naturally test the boundaries but are helped to reflect on their actions and to grow from them in an affirming and supportive environment of high expectations, free from a punitive culture. The School has outstanding facilities to support quality teaching and learning, including a stateof-the-art Library, Art and Hospitality complex, indoor pool and gymnasium, sports fields, well equipped Science laboratories, Performing Arts Centre, computer rooms, all set in beautiful grounds. The use of ICT is integrated throughout the School, thereby providing students with the skills to flourish in a technology-rich world. Ivanhoe Girls’ proudly sets expectations for every girl to strive for her personal best, academically and socially, while actively supporting the girls in achieving this.

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A child with a healthy mind, body, heart and spirit is a child with the confidence to branch out, grow and realise their full potential. At Kingswood College, our programs provide a holistic, well-rounded experience – one that encourages curiosity, a love of learning and self-confidence in the student. While their journey begins here, it’s one that will continue to enrich them for the rest of their lives.

Girls & Boys from Kindergarten to Year 12

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Breaking the mould Stereotypes are long gone from Melbourne’s independent schools, writes Cheryl Critchley


irls studying aviation? Boys enjoying cooking class? Of course. Good single sex schools now offer all manner of subject combinations, regardless of gender. Girls study sciences such as physics in healthy numbers and boys enjoy social sciences and “crafty” electives. All-girl school Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak introduced aviation and archaeology this year, while the most popular elective for year 9 and 10 Trinity Grammar School boys is cooking. These days the biggest gender issue for single sex schools is how study and social interaction are managed. Haileybury, for example, uses parallel education with both single sex and co-ed classes, while Ruyton Girls’ School and Trinity Grammar have a unique collaboration that allows students to study some VCE subjects at each others’ campuses. Education expert and Early Life Foundations founder Kathy Walker says most schools offer terrific options. “Schools have really caught up and often lead in this area now with great opportunities for both genders,” she says. Walker says schools have also broadened traditional subjects. For example cooking could cover creativity, health, organics and hospitality. “It’s great to be able to have a range of options and to try a bit of each of these in the early years of secondary and then to specialise if you like them,” she says. Walker says the key for parents is to choose a school offering subjects and an environment that suits the child. “The age-old debate about co-ed or single sex is really nothing about choice of subjects,” she says. “It’s more about what suits the individual child, family dynamic, personality, etc. Some schools are really noticing and catering for this now which is fantastic.” Since 1993 Ruyton and Trinity, both located in Kew, have run a Co-ordinate Program allowing girls and boys to choose a wider range of VCE subjects and study some together. Co-educational classes are held at both campuses, preparing students

for university and the real world. Ruyton principal Linda Douglas says this increases the opportunity for students to study their preferred subjects in VCE. The schools also retain their autonomy and hold single gender classes in English. “It is a good prelude to the university environment,” Douglas says. She says the program, probably the only one of its kind in Victoria, suits girls and boys. “They grow in self-confidence,” she says. “We’ve gone way beyond the stereotypes. This is about being able to study your first preferences in an expanded learning environment that promotes independence and responsibility.” Trinity headmaster Rick Tudor says the Co-ordinate Program was started to offer languages and expanded from there. Some students now do up to four subjects at the other school’s campus. Tudor says co-ordinating timetables is a challenge but worth it. For example boys can study media at Ruyton, which Trinity doesn’t offer, while girls can study design technology at Trinity. “It’s hugely successful,” Tudor says. “The parents love it. The boys don’t lose their identity and the girls don’t lose their identity. They’ve got the best of both worlds.” Trinity teacher Rohan Brown had two girls in his 2012 year 11 maths methods class. He says co-ed classes are different but fun. “The sense of humour changes a bit with a co-ordinate class,” he says. “Overall it adds to the enjoyment of the class.” This year Loreto Toorak introduced aviation and archaeology, which would have been unheard of at a girls’ school in the past. Teacher and qualified archaeologist Séamus Scorgie has already had a great response. “One of the students wants to be an astronaut so she’s absolutely over the moon,” he says. Net links:,,, [ 33 ]

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Marcellin College is a leading Catholic secondary school for boys conducted by the Marist Brothers since 1950. In outlining his pastoral approach to students, St. Marcellin stated, “We must love them, and love them all equally”. Through our way of being attentive to the needs of each

Marcellin promotes excellence in learning by providing

individual, each young man is known.

rich and varied educational opportunities and an environment where students, parents and staff work

We are guided by the educational and spiritual

together in a family spirit of cooperation.

philosophies of St. Marcellin Champagnat. Our tradition, promotes

Our College’s motto: Virtute Ad Altissima means “through

unconditional respect, a love of learning and the personal

virtue and courage to strive for the highest”. Our motto

growth of each individual within a cooperative and

comes alive every day as we challenge our students to

supportive faith community.

constantly aspire for excellence in all that they do.







160 Bulleen Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105

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For all enrolment enquiries:

+61 3 9851 1589

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Melbourne Girls Grammar An exceptional education for your daughter – ELC to Year 12 World class learning facilities and educators

The world class Melbourne Girls Grammar grounds boast unmatched science laboratories, sporting fields, specialist Art and Drama spaces and the constant introduction of the newest technology on offer, right on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD. Within world class learning environments, supported by leading and experienced educators, our girls are continually challenged and achieve their amazing personal best. Our staff are passionate about teaching and learning. We have a commitment to quality professional development and this means we are always exploring current research, thinking and new developments in education. How girls learn and how this impacts on what and how we teach are questions that promote innovation within our curriculum.

Opportunities for Every Girl

We aspire to develop in every girl the confidence to strive for her personal best in all aspects of life. We provide varied opportunities for each girl to pursue her unique passions and interests.

Diverse subjects within an extensive Melbourne Girls Grammar Curriculum include but are not limited to Drama, Music, Physical Performance and Health, Mathematics, Science, Art, Digital Design and Media and Humanities. Through our extensive and challenging Co-curricular Program, our girls have the scope to shape their own journey and discover enjoyment and pride in their strengths and talents.

An exceptional education for contemporary girls

We are a forward looking community and understand that our students must be prepared for life in an increasingly complex and globally connected world. Our focus is the development of young women with the confidence, skills and experience to excel in life beyond school. Leadership, team building, social and cultural awareness, and a strong sense of personal self worth are crucial components of an education at Melbourne Girls Grammar.

To discuss beginning your daughters MGGS journey please contact the MGGS Enrolments Office on (03) 9862 9200 or email to register for a personal or 2013 Information tour.

Melbourne Girls Grammar an Anglican school

ELC – Year 12

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Early Learning Centre 3 and 4 Year Old Program Junior Years Prep - Year 4 Middle Years Years 5 - 8 Senior Years Years 9 - 12 [ 39 ]

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Prep to Year 6 Coeducational

Boys Years 7 & 8 Day & Boarding

Boys Years 9 to 12 Day & Boarding

At Melbourne Grammar School, it is precisely as many as your child will require. Children need different things at different ages. That’s why our educational model reflects their growth. Three unique campuses provide the best possible opportunities for our students: Grimwade House prepares a child with resilience for life, Wadhurst provides a smooth transition to adolescence and Senior School nurtures capable, self-reliant adults. Each campus is united by the same vision, values and educational goals. Regular tours of Grimwade House, Wadhurst, Senior School and the Boarding facilities are held during term time. You can join one of these by contacting the Admissions Office on (03) 9865 7570 or via email:

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Lisa Gorton’s journey started at Preshil. A gift that was nurtured at Preshil has taken Lisa Gorton on a spectacular path. Studies in literature led her to a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford where she completed a Doctorate in Literature. Her first poetry collection won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of Cloudland and published in three countries. Where will your child’s journey take them? Visit or call our registrar on 9816 7901 for details about open days, information nights and monthly tours.



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Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne Since 1875, PLC has been a leader in education for girls, achieving some of the finest results in Australia. We offer a well-rounded education, enhanced by diverse and challenging co-curricular opportunities. From the sporting field to the stage, from cutting-edge web design to community activities, our girls benefit from the unique PLC Experience that enhances their potential and wellbeing whilst fostering integrity, resilience and compassion. Our Christian ethos underpins our affirming school environment where girls are encouraged to fulfil their potential and their love of learning will last a lifetime. Our girls graduate with a desire to lead, serve and make a difference to their world.

Our Curriculum

Academic Performance Discover PLC

The Junior School offers exceptional

PLC’s Class of 2012 has achieved

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early literacy and numeracy programs

extraordinary results in the VCE and IB.

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that empower students’ pathways for developmental learning. The Middle and Senior Schools engage girls in a strong core curriculum that prepares them for either the VCE or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Co-Curricular The co-curricular opportunities for girls are almost endless and include all GSV sports as well as music, theatre and the arts and a sequential outdoor

• 4 girls achieved an ATAR of 99.95 • 14% achieved an ATAR of 99+ • 25% achieved an ATAR of 98+ • 46% achieved an ATAR of 95+ • 70% achieved an ATAR of 90+

• Wednesday 22 and Saturday 25 May • Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 August Tours at 9.30am and entry is via Parer St.

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Ruyton Girls’ School Why choose Ruyton? It is a question any parent or community member considering sending their daughter to Ruyton asks. Ruyton aspires to give each girl an opportunity to learn and grow so that she achieves educational excellence and personal fulfilment. Ruyton provides a supportive environment enabling girls to demonstrate that: • as individuals they are confident, resourceful and resilient • as learners they are intellectually curious, versatile and can work both independently and collaboratively • as members of the community they are inclusive and compassionate • as leaders they act with integrity, self assurance, initiative and an awareness of the value of service • and as citizens they are enterprising, creative and have a commitment to community service, sustainability and a global society. Our School offers a dynamic learning community with strengths such as our vision for girls’ education, the size of our community,

nc and a commitment to academic excellence individual development, the quality and diversity of our curricular and co-curricular activities, active community involvement and a strong sense of community. The size of Ruyton enables us to know our students individually, but our programmes’ unique connection with Trinity Grammar School, including the Co-ordinate Programme in Years 11 and 12, allow us to offer a wide range of opportunities. Ruyton maintains a strong and loyal teaching staff whose commitment to excellence is reflected in the outstanding results our students achieve at VCE. We are one of the top performing independent girls’ schools in Victoria. In 2011 seven girls achieved ATAR scores over 99 and there were eight perfect scores of 50. 46% of our girls received ATAR scores of 90 and above. (2012 VCE results not available at time of publication.) The performance of the girls attests to the quality of teaching and learning at Ruyton. There is no better way to understand our School than to come Inside Ruyton on one of our Open Mornings or to attend one of our Principal’s Conversations to see the School at work.

An opportunity to see our School at work from ELC to Year 12 Open Morning Thursday 14 March 9am – 11am Thursday 5 September 9am – 11am Scholarships Saturday 2 March Senior School Snap Shot Thursday 23 May 9.30am Principal’s Conversations throughout the year, bookings essential Contact the Registrar, Mrs Nadine Hibbert, on 9819 2422 [ 44 ]

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[Independent Schools Guide 2013]

My year as senior prefect METHODIST LADIES’ COLLEGE 2013

PHOEBE ALLEN is looking forward to her leadership role this year


LC’s 2013 senior prefect, Phoebe Allen, will have plenty of support from fellow school leaders this year including her twin sister Stephanie, who was also chosen to represent her peers. Allen was surprised to be named senior prefect but is a natural for the job. Since arriving at MLC in year 7 she has served as home group captain three times, year 10 Nevile house captain and cross country captain and was a year 11 outdoor leader on a year 7 camp last year. “I generally have a go at everything,” says Allen, 17, who has also competed in netball, rowing, athletics, football and water polo. Early in 2012 the first eight rowing team she is part of finished second at the national titles held in Western Australia. This year Allen, also an accomplished debater, will continue with “as much as I can” but knows it will be a juggling act with her International Baccalaureate (IB) studies. The IB is intense so she will have her hands full. IB students learn critical thinking, conduct community service and study a subject from each of six categories: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and

societies, experimental sciences, the arts and maths and computer science. “I like that it’s a different style of learning,” Allen says. This year she will head the prefect executive with deputy senior prefects Nicole Merrillees and Catriona Miriklis, head of houses Taylor Capannolo and head of boarding house Joyce Yip. They were appointed their positions late last year. 130 students nominated for 43 prefect positions. Year 11 classmates and teachers voted to narrow the list to 60 before senior staff selected the prefects and their executive through an interview process. The positions were announced early in term four at the school’s celebration evening. As a fellow prefect, Stephanie was also on stage and had to nudge her surprised sister to accept her position. “I’ve been involved in a lot over my time at MLC but I didn’t expect it,” Allen says. The out-going 2012 senior prefect, Anna Lane, addressed the Melbourne Town Hall audience and gave Allen a taste of what was to come. Lane spoke about the importance of failure, which impressed her successor. “[She said] ‘Your greatest failures can lead to your greatest successes’,” Allen recalls. “We shouldn’t fear failure. It’s all an opportunity for you to learn.” Lane also advised Allen to make the senior prefect position her own and not just repeat what others had done. Allen’s first role with the prefect executive was allocating portfolios to general prefects in areas such as houses, music, drama, sport, environment and sustainability, social service and social justice, faith and worship. She will also play a big role in the 2013 prefect fund-raiser. A diplomat, she is happy to wait until ideas are discussed before imposing decisions: “I try to stay open-minded to the different points of view before I form a firm conclusion.’’ After returning from the prefect training camp full of ideas, Allen hopes to hit the ground running. “I know there will be lots going on and I will make copious lists to stay on top of things” she says. “I’m very excited and honoured. There’s nothing I’m not looking forward to or nervous about. I’m eager to support all students and be a worthy ambassador of the college.” [ 47 ]

[Independent Schools Guide 2013]

My year as captain KILVINGTON GRAMMAR 2012


STEPHANIE MOORHOUSE enjoyed the opportunity to lead in her role as school captain

Pictured top right: Stephanie as Lumiere the candelabra in Kilvington’s production of Beauty and the Beast Bottom: At school sports day [ 48 ]

ear 12 is a juggling act and few students had more balls in the air last year than Kilvington Grammar school captain Stephanie Moorhouse. The high achiever and inspirational leader worked part-time in a restaurant and continued her dancing while helping fellow students. Moorhouse, 18, also found time to study biology, English, psychology, French and maths methods, after completing VCE dance in 2011. She hopes to study arts at Melbourne University and eventually work with an aid organisation. As school captain Moorhouse had many opportunities to lead, learn and “get a lot closer to all the year 12s and all the other teachers”. She had a range of duties, with one highlight laying a wreath at the Caulfield Anzac Day ceremony with school vice-captain Joanna Hill. Kilvington school captains are appointed in the final term of year 11, so they can ease into the role while year 12 students concentrate on their exams. This also allows for a handover period. Moorhouse’s fellow leaders included Hill, social service captain Jennifer Gong and SRC captain Amelia Barrow. Their 2012 theme was “Together we can be heroes”. Inspired by Chris Lilley’s satirical TV series of the same name, they recognised unsung heroes in the local community, organised fund-raising events, encouraged students to help others and used the power of the student body to create change. The community focus was a natural fit for Moorhouse, whose parents Michele and Philip have long been involved in social service through Southern Cross Ministries Anglican church. Younger brother Matthew, 14, has Down Syndrome, so Moorhouse has helped care for and encourage him. “He’s definitely helped me to be a much more patient person, patient with myself and definitely patient with other people,” she says. “He doesn’t have a lot of language but he’s very cheeky, he’s very active.” Moorhouse loved Kilvington’s relatively small size and community feel. In year 8 she was social service captain and in year 10 joined Melbourne University’s Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars program. In year 11 she was vice house captain of Fethers. Moorhouse is a talented ballet dancer at Sefra Burstin Dance Studios and appeared in a number of school productions. She played Lumiere the candelabra in last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

She says year 12 was a juggling act and advises her successors to have a balance, be organised and “take each day as it comes”. “I’m a big person for lists of the things I want to achieve. It’s like a marathon throughout the year so you don’t want to be sprinting right at the start.” Boys were reintroduced to Kilvington at some levels during Moorhouse’s senior years; this year they are welcome in all levels. Moorhouse says the move was well received by the school community. Her other brother Hayden, 16, now attends Kilvington. Moorhouse says boys have added vibrancy without compromising the school’s ‘‘not for our own but others’ good’’ ethos. “It certainly hasn’t lost its caring values,” she says.

[Independent Schools Guide 2013]

My year as captain YARRA VALLEY GRAMMAR 2012

ELLA GOW speaks at the opening of the school’s new pavilion

JOE NAPOLEONE plays the trumpet at the school’s food, wine and music festival

he biggest problem Ella Gow had with being school captain was how quickly the year “flew by”. Gow says others lucky enough to lead their school should make the most of every opportunity. “Although there will no doubt be times of pressure and stress, just remember if you are feeling overwhelmed to have a chat with your teachers because they only want the best for you,” she says. “If you keep positive and work consistently, you’ll be absolutely fine.” Gow, 18, has served on the Student Representative Council, joined the choir, debated and helped the school’s Supportive Friends program. Last year, she also worked on the Good Friday Appeal, tutored refugees and kept her casual job. “I definitely had to improve my time management and organisational skills,” she says. Gow and co-captain Joe Napoleone had to plan ahead for speeches and events. “If my workload ever became overwhelming I made sure I communicated with my teachers so that they would understand and guide me through it,” Gow says. “Joe and I helped run fortnightly whole school assemblies and spoke at presentation nights and information nights to parents,” Gow says. “We


attended fortnightly meetings with fellow prefects to discuss ways of improving the school and we regularly met with our principal and deputy principal.” A highlight of her year was the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) school captains leadership day at Ivanhoe Grammar. “It was a great opportunity for Joe and I to meet likeminded leaders from other schools, some of whom I have still kept in contact with,” Gow says. “I really enjoyed the opportunities to attend school functions and meet so many new people in the community. I’ve also found the public speaking to be very rewarding, despite how daunting it was initially.” Gow studied English, psychology, legal studies and multimedia last year after doing year 12 health and human development in year 11. She hopes to study arts at The University of Melbourne and possibly work in psychology or law. She says her experience last year will help with whatever she chooses. “I have gained a lot of confidence, particularly with public speaking,” she says. “My communication and organisational skills have also improved dramatically and I have loved being able to contribute ideas to help improve the school.”


specialist maths, English, physical education and physics, after completing year 12 legal studies in year 11. He hopes to study law and engineering at Monash University. The best part of year 12 for him was public speaking. “I’m normally a rather reserved person and to finish a speech in front of the whole school was a nerve-wracking, but very rewarding feeling. “Ella and I were privileged to have a huge amount of input into year 12 and even school-wide issues,” he says. “We met many other school leaders and principals throughout the year and we now know how important these relationships are. We have also had an increased insight into the roles that the principal and deputy principal have within the school. To represent the school was such a great honour.” Napoleone and Gow handed over their positions at last year’s presentation evening and offered some timely advice to their successors. “The biggest thing to remember is that every teacher and staff member is at the school to help you manage every commitment ... to the best of your ability,” Napoleone says. “The year will fly by, so make the most of it.”

eing school captain didn’t stop Joe Napoleone continuing his football, tennis, kayaking and snow sports. He was also involved in the school production, several school bands and peer support programs. All he dropped were athletics and some music commitments. “My time management and organisation skills were tested,” he says. Leadership – and being busy – was not new to Napoleone, 18, who was 2012 co-school captain at Yarra Valley Grammar with Ella Gow. He was already co-captain of the kayaking team and served on the Student Representative Council several times. As school captain, Napoleone spoke at assemblies, presentations and parent nights and represented the school at outside events. A highlight was an event for young leaders at State Parliament organised by Legislative Council president Bruce Atkinson. “The tour given by Liberal MP Jan Kronberg was full of passion for the parliament and every single happening and detail of Parliament House was interesting,” Napoleone says. “It was also a great opportunity for Ella and I to meet leaders from other schools.” Last year Napoleone studied maths methods,

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In 2013, Sacré Cœur celebrates 125 years of educating girls and active community participation at our Burke Road home. Our founder, St Madeleine Sophie Barat wrote ‘Your example, even more than words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world’. This dedication to adding something to the lives of others has continued at Sacré Cœur since our beginning in 1888. Our talented and committed staff continue to help generations of women achieve their full potential through nurturing new levels of confidence, achievement and ambition. This devotion to girls’ education has helped forge our place as one of Victoria’s leading Catholic schools. At Sacré Cœur we look at our past and present achievements with pride while embracing the challenges of the future.

Visit us on Open Day, Sunday 17 March 2013. Principal’s presentation at 1pm followed by School Tours. Last tour commences at 3pm.

Sacré Cœur

172 172 Burke Burke Road, Road, Glen Glen Iris, Iris, Victoria, Victoria, 3146 3146

International crred H Heart ear t International School School of of the the Sacred Sacred Heart Registrar: Registrar:9835 98352713 2713


St Michael’s scholarships are different… … they stand for social equity, contributing to the community, developing personal strengths and individual success. They are supported by the wider School family to foster a culture of reciprocity.

Take a bite out of a great opportunity! To apply for scholarships for girls and boys entering Years 5 – 10 in 2014, visit

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Applications close 22 February 2013

Come and see how a Siena education inspires a lifelong love of learning. Our vertical house structure connects girls across year levels, creating a warm and supportive learning place; a place where they can feel most comfortable. To register your attendance at our Open Day, 22 March or one of our Open Mornings please visit our website, email or call 9835 0200.

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Everyone has their place in this world where they feel most comfortable to be themselves, this was my grandparent’s farm, but now that place, my place, Maddie, Year 12 is Siena. [ 53 ]

[Independent Schools Guide 2013]

Careers counselling Knowing your strengths and interests is important when deciding what to be ‘when you grow up’, writes Cheryl Critchley


ccounting or art? Medicine or media? French or food tech? Deciding what to study in the senior high school years has never been trickier. Today’s graduates face an increasingly fluid job market, with many adults still unsure what they want to be “when they grow up”. Yet we expect year 9 and 10 students to have a career crystal ball when choosing VCE subjects. With countless subjects on offer and industries expanding or contracting by the minute, choosing subjects can be a confusing and stressful time. Some students also tackle year 12 subjects in year 11, forcing them to consider potential career paths even sooner. Good schools have expert career counsellors to help, but they can only stretch themselves so far. As a result, more students are seeing private practitioners to identify jobs they might enjoy and be good at. Considering possible careers while keeping your subject choices as broad as possible is a must from about year 9 or 10 to boost your chances of taking the right VCE subjects. While there is some room to move later, nailing it early makes life much easier. Fees for career counselling can range from $88-$200 an individual consultation. Some career counsellors also offer group programs or discounts for predetermined packages. Annette Davie-Smythe is career counsellor at Firbank Grammar and a private career practitioner with 20 years’

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experience. She says by year 9 only one in five students know what they want to be. Some have particular skills and interests, such as creativity or a mathematical mind, but have not considered how to use them. Davie-Smythe helps students pinpoint their strengths and drafts several possible pathways. After providing students with career and personality testing she devises an individualised career action plan. She says it is important to reach for the stars, but there must also be a Plan B. For example a would-be doctor missed medicine so studied science and joined medicine later. Another girl who missed physiotherapy activated Plan B, radiography, and loved it. “She topped her year, every year for three years,” DavieSmythe says. “She’s so happy.” Most schools do have good career counsellors. A private counsellor offers extra time and another expert opinion. They can also boost the self esteem of students who inevitably discover special talents. ‘‘It helps build them as a person,” Davie-Smythe says. Rachel Abramson is a psychologist, career counsellor and hypnotherapist. She offers an individually tailored CAREER DAYZ program of two to five consultations that include vocational and personality testing to identify career interests and aptitudes. Abramson also runs career management and development seminars. ‘‘Students who know what they want must choose the right subjects and identify several pathways into their

career, particularly if it is competitive like medicine,” she says. Abramson uses vocational and personality testing to help identify occupations that would be interesting and enjoyable. She also provides a vocational report that can be taken away and reflected upon. From there, she and the student can develop a short list of three to four potential occupations that the student can investigate further by talking to practitioners and doing work experience. “What comes out of these reports always makes sense,” Abramson says. “In some cases, they’d thought about one or other of the options that came up in the report, but hadn’t expressed it. For others, it’s given them something to think about.” Abramson says students with good school career services available should make use of them and only see an independent career counsellor if they are still “scratching their heads”. Exploring options in years 9 and 10 can help avoid changing course later. “Be proactive, review and have a back-up,” Abramson says. “And keep your options open. If you don’t get into your first preference at the end of year 12 … there are still other ways that [you] can get there.” Former English and history teacher and now qualified career counsellor Annie Rubira worked as a career counsellor at Xavier College and with Regan Consulting before starting her own consultancy, Career & Education Planning. She works with

CHOOSING VCE SUBJECTS • Have short and long-term career goals. • Remember several pathways can get you there. • Focus on your strengths and interests. • Study the highest level of maths you can pass. • Attend career expos. • Visit workplaces to get a feel for them. • Research university courses and VCE pre-requisites at • If needed, investigate interstate or overseas courses. • Consider career aptitude testing if you get stuck. Source: Firbank Grammar Careers counsellor and careers practitioner Annette Davie-Smythe. Email:


people aged 15-40 and says it is crucial to identify their interests, aptitudes, personality and values. Rubira says knowing all four is essential to finding a suitable and satisfying career, as is having a Plan B. For example someone with strong ethical values may not be suited to marketing cigarettes and an “arty” person may not enjoy working in a technical field. In some cases Rubira must also deal with parental expectations that don’t always match a student’s interests or ambition. Most parents want their children to follow their own hearts and interests, but some still expect their children to enter certain careers. In one case a girl was studying business but wanted to work in beauty. She ended up running a successful beauty business when her parents accepted that was her passion. “I see so many cases of students who are at uni in a course because that’s what their parents want,” Rubira says. “What we’re looking for ultimately is fulfilment and satisfaction in our working lives.” Annette Davie-Smythe, Rachel Abramson and Annie Rubira are members of The Career Development Association of Australia (cdaa., which lists career counsellors and their specialties. Abramson is a fellow, the highest level of membership. Net links: rachel-abramson-and-associates.,,, [ 55 ]

academic performance In 2011, 10.7% of students achieved ATARs of over 98 and 24.2% achieved over 95. The median study score was 35 and the median ATAR 87.4. Five students achieved a perfect Study Score of 50.

facilities Strathcona has excellent facilities at all three campuses. The coeducational Early Learning Centre caters for 3 and 4 year-old sessional kindergarten as well as full-time Pre-Prep.

Information Resource Centre and a refurbished Aquatic & Fitness Centre, opened late 2010.

curriculum There is an extensive choice with the VCE program offering all prerequisites for tertiary courses and a wide selection of studies in Mathematics, Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Business and Creative Arts. Languages studied at Strathcona are French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. Teaching of the curriculum is supported by extensive professional learning activities for staff.

The Junior School is located next to the Senior Campus and the facilities include a library, curriculum extension area, art room, multi-purpose activity room, music room and individual music studios. Strathcona’s diverse co-curricular program encourages participation in a wide range of activities, including an extensive range of drama, Year 9 students spend the year at Tay Creggan, a magnificent music and sport, debating and public speaking. historic property located on the banks of the Yarra River in Hawthorn. Strathcona promotes a holistic education to assist in empowering students to seek out a productive and The Senior Campus has a modern Science and Middle School satisfying life. Centre, a new Creative & Performing Arts Centre, a VCE and


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her hopes. her dreams. her future. Her time at Strathcona will be unforgettable. We nurture our girls, intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally. It’s an exciting, enriching journey of building self-esteem, fostering creativity and encouraging a sense of responsibility. Her future is not just important to you. To us, it’s everything.

scholarships • Academic Scholarships for Years 5, 7, 9 and 11 commencing in 2014. Testing on Saturday 23 March 2013. • Music Scholarships commencing in 2014. Auditions on Saturday 27 April 2013. Students currently in Years 5–10 may apply.

Main Campus: Senior/Middle School & ELC, 34 Scott Street, Canterbury Year 9 Campus: Tay Creggan, 30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn

For further information and to register please visit

Junior Campus: Mellor House – Prep to Yr 6,

general information

Tel: 8779 7500

Fees: From $7,028 in ELC (Sessional) to $23,264 in Year 12


Enrolment: 780 students

School Tours/Major Events: Please refer to website for a list of tours and major events for the year.

bring out her best.

173 Prospect Hill Road, Canterbury

All three campuses are well serviced by train, bus and tram. For further information or to arrange a personal tour, please contact Jo Wilson, Director of Enrolments & Marketing. [ 57 ]


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At St Catherine’s School, our core philosophy is to nurture independent and thoughtful young women with the confidence to maintain strong values and aspire to their personal best.

Inclusive Size, greater opportunities

Our outstanding co-curricular program, exceptional teachers and supportive community provide every student with opportunities to achieve. We are proud of our reputation for excellent academic results and the quality and character of our St Catherine’s students.

perform well. Every girl is involved, and

Outstanding VCE results Celebrating the achievements of the St Catherine’s Class of 2012.

Our extensive range of subjects and activities are comparable with many larger schools and yet our size means that nobody is overlooked. At St Catherine’s it is not just the elite sportspeople or the most proficient musicians who it is our team spirit, dedication and inspiring teaching that sees our students consistently rise to outstanding results.

Independent Learning Classes The introduction of Independent Learning Classes sees St Catherine’s once again at the forefront of educational thinking and practice. This individualised program is available to students of high intellectual potential whose style of learning does not suit the traditional classroom. Through her own personal learning framework, every girl has the opportunity to succeed.

Dr Sylvia Walton AO Principal

4% of students recorded Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores of 99 or higher, placing them in the top 1% of all Victorian students 28% achieved scores of 95 and above which places them in the top 5% of the State 45% achieved scores of 90 and above which places them in the top 10% of the State Perfect Study Scores of 50 were attained in English, History: Revolutions and Studio Arts Study scores of 45 or above (top 2%) in 13 of the 25 subjects taught at St Catherine’s School: Biology, Business Management, English, Geography, Global Politics, Health and Human Development, History: Revolutions, Literature, LOTE: Japanese, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Media, Philosophy and Studio Arts To request a copy of our Prospectus or to make an appointment with our Registrar, Amanda Bennett, please contact our Admissions Office on (03) 9828 3071 or email

Proud history with a progressive approach

ELC to Year 12 (ELC includes boys)

Boarding and Day School provides diversity

Non-denominational Christian School

and international influences

with strong values

Close community with approximately

Situated close to the city, in picturesque

700 students


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ELC to Year 12 (ELC includes boys) 17 Heyington Place Toorak Victoria 3142. Ph: (03) 9822 1285 ABN 90 004 251 816 CRICOS 00574F

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A chance to be

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St Leonard’s College offers all students ‘A chance to be…’ A chance to be the best they can be, and a chance to be themselves. While our focus is on developing the key academic fundamentals, we are also mindful of the need to develop young people with enquiring minds that are capable of strong critical thinking skills. Our students enjoy modern facilities and learning resources that cater to a wide range of interests and provide a unique learning environment for academic and personal growth. Our goal is to ensure all students are confident and socially able to take on the challenges of further education, work and life. IB or VCE? Interested parents can find out more about the pathways available for completing secondary education at St Leonard’s College. Upper School staff will be on-hand for advice and guidance. For further information and tour dates visit, call 9909 9300 or email St Leonard’s College 163 South Road, Brighton East, Vic 3187

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[Independent Schools Guide 2013]

World at their feet Spending time in other countries and cultures provides immeasurable opportunities, writes Cheryl Critchley


chool excursions are not what they used to be. While their parents were lucky to visit Melbourne Zoo or the National Gallery, today’s students are jetting everywhere from Paris and London to Cambodian orphanages and the Pilgrimage of Hope in India. Secondary students are increasingly travelling the world, often as volunteers in Third World countries where they might help build a school or work in a hospital. Others enjoy international sport and music trips or organise their own cultural exchange. Most schools offer overseas trips that help students to develop leadership and life

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skills. Students gain an awareness of other cultures and learn financial responsibility through fund-raising and budgeting. As part of their curriculum Firbank Grammar year 9 students visit Thailand through the Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, working with poor people in Northern Thailand’s mountains. In year 10 they can choose to do community work in Laos, where the school works with and raises money for an orphanage. In the past, Firbank has also joined the Pilgrimage of Hope where volunteers work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Sisters in India, Fiji, Bali and Alice Springs.

Firbank deputy principal Ian Robertson says the trips, which sometimes include constructing buildings, are educational and life changing. “The message is that they’re [students] making a difference to other people’s lives in a meaningful way,” he says. “Experiential learning is so valuable.” Straight exchanges with host families are still popular, but many students are joining community service trips in Third World countries. One Firbank student organised her own trip to India where she worked with underprivileged children and plans to return. For those who need help, several organisations guide schools and students

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through overseas trips. Each year World Challenge sends more than 3000 Australian and New Zealand students from more than 300 government and independent schools on expeditions to 50 destinations worldwide. Among them are Xavier College, Haileybury and Carey Grammar. With the help of expedition facilitators, students plan their own itineraries and volunteer in a developing community. The 28-day trips have a build-up of about 18 months involving in-person and online support. The total cost is $5000$8000 and students are encouraged to raise their own funds. Before leaving they complete a two-day training expedition to prepare for their project, which could include building basic amenities for a remote hill tribe in Northern Thailand, renovating a Cambodian orphanage or working in a Costa Rica turtle conservation sanctuary. World Challenge director Daniel Donati says since the school expedition company entered Australia in 2004 student numbers have doubled almost every year. “It’s gone bananas,” he says. “Schools are wanting to give their students a really holistic view of not just their school, their surroundings, their countries and overseas.” Trips are risk-assessed and schools only participate if they have teachers motivated to go. Most students are aged 15-18. In 2011 World Challenge assisted Xavier College visit Nepal, where students helped at two local schools. In 2012 Xavier students built a concrete path for

a village in Borneo. Both trips included acclimatisation, treks through the jungle and recreation at local beaches and landmarks. Xavier’s director of outdoor education and World Challenge expedition coordinator Jay Henderson said while the adventurous component was the major initial attraction for students, the community project and immersion were clear highlights for them at the end. This year Henderson will take students to Ecuador and Galapagos and next year plans to visit Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro. The school organises the trips while World Challenge provides the infrastructure and back-up. Henderson says year 10 and 11 students are at the ideal age to appreciate the trips. He says they involve many months of preparation and most students do a lot of their own fund-raising. “The more fundraising they do the more they generally get out of it.” Projects Abroad offers trips to 29 countries where students live and work beside locals. Projects can involve teaching, conservation, sport, community programs, medicine, human rights and journalism. Most trips are organised by individuals who join Projects Abroad teams, but it also handles some school groups. Director Will Pashley says popular countries at the moment include Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal and Peru. “They [students] do a lot of work in children’s homes, in orphanages as well,”

Pashley says. “It certainly does put them in situations they’ve never been in before.” A one to three-month trip can cost $5000-$6000 which covers everything, including flights. Students are billeted with local families. Many year 10 and 11 students organise projects during their holidays and a growing number replace their year 12 schoolies celebration with a community service trip. Pashley says students love the trips and learn an enormous amount about themselves and others. “When they come back and you listen to their stories they almost can’t believe what they’ve done,” he says. Other organisations offer exchanges where students live with a host family and attend a local school. Stays range from several months to a year. They include Youth for Understanding and WEP (World Education Program) Student Exchange.

Net links: World Challenge Expeditions, (; Projects Abroad, (; WEP Student Exchange, (; Youth for Understanding exchange, (; Pilgrimage of Hope, ( [ 63 ]

bring your wings Each and every student has a special talent and purpose in life. At Tintern, we unearth these abilities and prepare our students to take flight. Small classes, dedicated teachers and our proven Parallel Learning Model, which allows boys and girls to learn separately at their own speed during those critical years. This is just part of what makes Tintern students so well prepared for life after school. In fact, 83% of Tintern graduates have gone on to University putting us in the top 5% of schools in Victoria. Let your child soar, enrol today.

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70 girls and boys in the Early Learning Centre. Next year, Trinity will celebrate 20 years of our Co-ordinate Program where we share many classes with Ruyton Girls’ School at Years 11 and 12. The program continues to provide a breadth of subject choice for students at both schools. All students at Trinity from Year 5 to Year 12 have their own notebook computer (Tablet) and from 2013 we will introduce the BYOOOD program where boys in the senior school can Bring Your Own Other Optional Device to enhance their school work. This will include mobile phones and IPads. Trinity was fortunate to win the AGSV Football and AGSV Athletics premierships last year and was also successful in winning the RACV Energy Breakthrough Competition held in November last year.




Applications close Fri 15 February 2013

ACADEMIC: Applications close Fri 22 February 2013 We invite you to tour the School, come to an Open Day by contacting the Registrar, Mrs Mandy Coxon 9854 3600 or email

OPEN DAY: Sat 23 March, 2013, 10:30am 40 Charles Street, Kew 3101 Ph: 9854 3600


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Trinity Grammar School, Kew was founded in 1903 as an Anglican School for boys. We currently have 1330 boys from Prep to Year 12 with an additional

Be l on g. Be li eve. Bec ome. Investing in your son’s future is a decision not to be undertaken lightly, that’s why you need to visit Whitefriars College. We know that boys learn differently which is why our teachers specialise in teaching boys and our curriculum features exciting and challenging programs to make learning fun, inspiring and engaging. Our specialised staff inspire our boys to strive towards high personal achievement, to develop confidence and direction. Extensive resources and unique setting provide the basis for rich and extended learning. To learn about the opportunities our diverse academic, environmental, spiritual, sporting and cultural curriculum, supported by an innovative Tablet computer program, can provide, visit the website and register to attend an Open Morning Tour. Engaging, quality Catholic education in the Carmelite Tradition, catering for your son’s unique individuality. Whitefriars - focusing on learning and teaching to engage boys. G5407896AA-a13Feb©FCNVIC

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Links to learning


urfing the net to research school work can be fun, but for VCE students with limited time to cram in a mind-boggling array of tasks it can be daunting. So where should you start your search? We’ve listed some helpful sites for popular VCE subjects to get you going. Also helpful are the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority site,, which has everything you need to know about the VCE, and, which includes articles, advice and links for many VCE subjects. Always ensure a website is reputable before using it and remember that anyone can alter a Wikipedia entry.

Keep this list of URLs handy


to make your web searches lists links to dozens of helpful sites. These are just a few of the many art sites that it includes. ABC Arts (, Art Education Victoria (, National Association for Visual Arts (, National Gallery of Australia (, National Gallery of Victoria ( au), Public Galleries Association of Victoria (, Arts Victoria (, Guggenheim museums (, National Gallery, London (, Metropolitan Museum of Art (, Museum of Modern Art, New York (

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Some helpful general biology sites include Biology Online (, DNA Interactive (, Biology Mad ( and the online biology textbook ( BioBookTOC.html).

Government websites are useful, but remember they will present their particular perspective. Also helpful are sites for organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), (, AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), (, the United Nations (UN), (, and International Monetary Fund (IMF) (

ENGLISH The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, au, provides a number of links to resources. They include Australian poetry (, The Wheeler Centre (, Centre for Youth Literature (, The Conversation ( and the National Film and Sound Archive (

FURTHER MATHEMATICS Several sites offer free advice and explanations. Try former student Shannon’s, and maths teacher Patrick’s free videos at The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, (www.vcaa., also has helpful material on previous exams.

GEOGRAPHY Geography is a wide ranging subject. This selection of sites may help with several aspects: The Age education research pages, (, the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria, (, the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, ( and Environment Victoria, (

HISTORY – REVOLUTIONS For those studying the American, French, Russian or Chinese revolutions, The History Teachers Association of Victoria (htav. has links to a number of useful sites. For learning materials and basic information about the French Revolution, is a good place to start. Fordham University ( has a detailed section on the Russian Revolution in its modern history section. PBS has a great section on the American Revolution at (, and BBC news’ Asia Pacific section ( has extensive information on Chinese history.

LEGAL STUDIES Basic legal information can be found at Victoria Legal Aid (, Law Institute of Victoria (, the Victorian Department of Justice ( and Law Stuff, Know your Rights ( Find the courts at, supremecourt.vic. and

MEDIA STUDIES All major media organisations, such as, and have websites; some charge for full access. For analysis try Australian Teachers of Media (Victoria) (, Media Watch (, The Australian Press Council (, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (, Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance, ( and Crikey ( For production try the Australian Film, Television and Radio School ( and Screen Australia (

PHYSICAL EDUCATION There are dozens of sites that cover aspects of the physical education curriculum. Start with Australian Sports Commission (, Australian Institute of Sport (, VicHealth (vichealth., World Health Organisation (, Heart Foundation Australia (, Nutrition Australia (, Champion Data (www. and Coaches Information Service ( [ 69 ]

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Schools directory Key facts about independent schools in this guide

Alia College

The Currajong School

Contact Bob Morgan 405 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East, 3123 Phone 9822 9622 Email Website Fees On application Students Years 7-12, co-educational

Contact Belinda Wright, administrator 90 Darling Road, East Malvern, 3145 Phone 9571 7869 Fax 9571 7867 Email Website Fees On application Students 48 (prep–year 8). For children with social/emotional/ behavioural disorders.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School Contact Jacqueline Woodbridge, registrar, 9811 8503 Senior Campus/Admin: 2 Torrington Street, Canterbury, 3126 Junior Campus: 4 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, 3126 Phone 9813 1166 Fax 9882 9248 Email registrar– general– Website Fees $15,058–$20,867 (ELC–year 12) Students 750

Camberwell Grammar School Contact Peter O’Connell, registrar 55 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, 3126 Phone 9835 1777 Fax 9835 1752 Email Website Fees Year 7 $23,900 – year 12 $25,000 Students 1300 (Pre-prep–year 12)

Carey Baptist Grammar School Contact Julianne Brandon, registrar 349 Barkers Road, Kew, 3101 (ELC–year 12) 9 Era Court, Donvale, 3111 (ELC–year 6) Phone 9816 1242 Fax 9816 1263 Email Website Fees $15,864–$24,556 Students 2300 across two campuses

Caulfield Grammar School Contact Joan Goode 8562 5300 (Wheelers Hill) Kay Mitchell 9524 6300 (Malvern and Caulfield) Wheelers Hill campus: 74–82 Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, 3150 Malvern campus: 5 Willoby Avenue, Glen Iris, 3146 Caulfield campus: 217 Glen Eira Road, St Kilda East, 3183

Phone 9524 6300 Fax 9524 6299 Email Website Fees $13,263–$21,582 pa (Pre-prep–year 7) Students Wheelers Hill campus: Junior 404, secondary 1016 Malvern campus: 430; Caulfield campus 1350 [ 72 ]

Eltham College Contact Russell Ives 1660 Main Road, Research, 3095 Phone 9437 1421 Fax 9437 0038 Email Website Fees $9888–$22,576 Students 850 approximately

Fintona Girls’ School Contact Kathy Byrne 79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn, 3103 Phone 9830 1388 Fax 9888 5682 Email Website Fees $6568–$23,064 (ELC to year 12) Students 600 approximately

Firbank Grammar School Contact Ian Robertson 51 Outer Crescent, Brighton, 3186 Phone 9591 5188 Fax 9593 1158 Email Website Fees $15,450–$25,710 pa Students 1200

Geelong Grammar School Contact Angela Mellier 50 Biddlecombe Avenue, Corio, 3214 Phone 5273 9307 Fax 5275 6151 Email Website Students 1500 approximately

Genazzano FCJ College Contact Gabrielle Callaghan, Registrar 301 Cotham Road, Kew, 3101 Phone 8862 1000 Fax 8862 1133 Email Website Fees Prep $13,554 – year 12 $21,240 Students 1130

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Marcellin College

Contact Liz Davidson 77 Waimarie Drive, Mount Waverley, 3149 Phone 9807 8888 Fax 9888 1089 Email Website Fees $8468–$17,412 Students 645

Contact Ann Greenslade, Registrar 160 Bulleen Road, Bulleen, 3105 Phone 9851 1540 Fax 9851 1555 Email Website Fees $8330–$8780 Students 1300 boys

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Melbourne Girls Grammar

Contact Suzanne Bluck, registrar 123 Marshall Street, Ivanhoe, 3079 Phone 9490 6222 Fax 9490 6200 Email Website Fees $14,360–$20,040 Students 3 year-old to year 12, approximately 1050

Contact Enrolments office 86 Anderson Street, South Yarra, 3141 Phone 9862 9200 Email Fees $12,758–$27,147 Students 900

Kilvington Grammar School

Melbourne Grammar School

Contact Nicola Borcoski 2 Leila Road, Ormond, 3204 Phone 9578 6231 Fax 9578 3378 Email Website Fees $6296–$22,819 Students More than 500

Contact Julie Girdwood 355 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004 Phone 9865 7555 Fax 9865 7577 Email Website Fees Prep–Year 6 $21,540; Years 7–8 $24,880; Year 9 $26,340; Year 10 $28,200 ; Year 11–12 $26,3400 Students 1800

Kingswood College

Methodist Ladies’ College

Contact Narelle Gassner Registrar 355 Station Street, Box Hill, 3125 Phone 9896 1700 Fax 9896 1800 Email Website Fees $9156–$20,517pa Size 650 students

Contact Fiona Hughes 207 Barkers Road, Kew, 3101 Phone 9274 6316 Fax 9819 5143 Email Website Fees Prep $14,434 – year 12 $24,596 Students 2000 approximately

Korowa Anglican Girls’ School

Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne

Contact Maria Vakkas 10 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, 3146 Phone 9811 0200 Fax 9885 8378 Email Website Fees $8760–$25,800 Students 700 approximately

Contact Angela Hurley 141 Burwood Highway, Burwood, 3125 Phone 9808 5811 Fax 9808 5998 Email Website Fees $13,232–$23,856 Students 1430 approximately

Lauriston Girls’ School

Presentation College Windsor

Contact Donna Galloway 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale, 3143 Phone 9864 7555 Fax 9822 7950 Email Website Fees $6280–$26,836 Students 920 approximately

Contact Trish Chester, registrar 187 Dandenong Road, Windsor, 3181 Phone 8517 2777 Fax 9525 2367 Email Website Fees From $6320 Students 650 girls

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School

Contact Admissions office 10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak, 3142 Phone 9823 8211 Fax 9823 8120 Email Website Fees $15,021–$22,962 pa Students 900 approximately

Contact Cressida Batterham-Wilson 395 Barkers Road, Kew, 3101 Phone 9817 6135 Fax 9816 9466 Email Website Fees 3 & 4 year-old $7420–VCE $21,052 Students 320 [ 73 ]

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Ruyton Girls’ School

Tintern Schools

Contact Nadine Hibbert, registrar 12 Selbourne Road, Kew, 3101 Phone 9819 2422 Fax 9818 4790 Email Website Fees $16,052–$25,284 Students 800 approximately ELC–year 12

Contact Sarah Murphy admissions and marketing manager 90 Alexandra Road, Ringwood East, 3135 Phone 9845 7777 Fax 9845 7712 Email Website Fees $7048–$23,748 Students 900

Sacré Cœur Contact Julie Muldoon, Registrar 172 Burke Road, Glen Iris, 3146 Phone 9835 2700 Fax 9885 5936 Email Website Fees $7094–$19,713 (prep–year 12) Students 730 approximately

Trinity Grammar School Kew Contact Mandy Coxon, registrar 40 Charles Street, Kew, 3101 Phone 9854 3600 Fax 9853 9457 Email Website Fees $17,212–$24,996 Students 1330 boys (prep–year 12) and 80 boys & girls in ELC

Siena College Contact Registrar 815 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, 3124 Phone 9835 0200 Fax 9836 3561 Email Website Fees $7660–$8566 plus $1429 capital levy per family Students 720

Wesley College Melbourne Contact Admissions Elsternwick campus: 5 Gladstone Parade, Elsternwick, 3185 Glen Waverley campus: 620 High Street Road, Glen Waverley, 3150 St Kilda Road campus: 577 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004 Phone 8102 6888 Email Website Fees $15,140–$25,540 Students More than 3000 across three campuses

St Catherine’s School Contact Amanda Bennett, registrar 17 Heyington Place, Toorak, 3142 Phone 9822 1285 Fax 9822 7595 Email Website Fees $12,700–$27,860 Students 700 approximately

St Leonard’s College Contact Lucy Wilmott 163 South Road, Brighton East, 3187 Phone 9909 9422 Fax 9592 3439 Email Website Fees $15,436–$24,500 Students 1400

St Michael’s Grammar School Contact James Anderson 25 Chapel Street, St Kilda, 3182 Phone 8530 3310 Fax 9529 4723 Email Website Fees $14,407–$26,020 Students 1300 approximately

Whitefriars College Contact Cherie Tucker 156 Park Road, Donvale, 3111 Phone 9872 8200 Fax 9872 4343 Email Website Fees $8190–$9260 all inclusive (excludes uniform and Landmark supplies) Students 1190 approximately

Woodleigh School Contact Sally Hicks, director of enrolments main office and senior campus Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, 3911 Phone 5971 6100 Fax 5971 1010 Email Website Fees From $720 per term for 3-year-old ECC Students Approximately 240 at junior campus, 580 at senior campus

Xavier College Contact Di Odgers, registrar 135 Barkers Road, Kew, 3101 Phone 9854 5307 Fax 9853 3728 Email Website Fees $14,770–$21,850 Students 2060

Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School Contact Joanne Wilson, director of enrolments and marketing 34 Scott Street, Canterbury, 3126 Phone 8779 7500 Fax 9888 5440 Email Website Fees From ELC $7028–year 12 $23,264 Students 780 [ 74 ]

Yarra Valley Grammar Contact Natasha Alexander Kalinda Road, Ringwood, 3134 Phone 9262 7700 Fax 9876 1077 Email Website Fees $7824–$22,803 Students 1100 approximately

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