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Mac.Robertson Girls' High School

VIC, Melbourne City Central







About Mac.Robertson Girls' High School

Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, one of the finest schools in Victoria, is a selective entry government school for girls in Years 9 to 12. With an outstanding record of academic excellence, the school remains at the forefront of education for girls in Australia.

Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School students consistently top the state in VCE results and excel in sport, music, visual arts, drama, debating and public speaking.

The school provides an educational experience that equips girls for tertiary study and leadership roles in academic, professional and business communities, and develops interests and skills to enhance their personal lives. The school has a prestigious history, tracing its origins to the establishment of the first Victorian state secondary school in 1905. Its many eminent former students provide strong role models and inspiration for current students.

Close to the CBD, in an attractive parkland setting adjacent to Albert Park Lake, the school offers outstanding facilities for the delivery of its programs. The school is easily accessible by public transport.

Academic performance 2013

Mac.Rob’s exceptional record of academic performance was evident in students’ 2013 VCE results, the culmination of four years of exposure to a culture of excellence.
In 2013:

  • 37 per cent of study scores achieved were 40+
  • the median study score was 38
  • 100 per cent of students satisfactorily completed the VCE
  • the median ATAR was 96.8
  • 12.6 per cent of students achieved an ATAR above 99
  • 81.5 per cent of students achieved an ATAR above 90
  • 19 students achieved a perfect study score of 50.

Entry requirements

Year 9 entry is via an examination conducted in June by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and is open to all girls currently completing their second year of secondary schooling. The school does not enrol international fee-paying students. There is a small number of vacancies at Years 10, 11 and 12. Further information is available on the school website.

Learning environment

Students’ talents, efforts and achievements are rewarded in an environment that fosters mutual respect, personal integrity and a strong sense of self-worth. True to its motto, Potens Sui (‘Mastery of self’), the school adheres to a code of conduct based on self-discipline and responsibility to oneself and others. There is a strong work ethos and classrooms are collaborative, inclusive and focused on learning. An outstanding aspect of the school is the care and support that students show for each other.

All new students are supported by an extensive transition program, which includes peer support and transport buddies. A high level of pastoral care is provided by the sub-school structure and trained welfare staff. All students receive comprehensive careers counselling and orientation programs for VCE and tertiary entrance. Civic responsibility and community involvement are encouraged through the school’s social service program.


High-quality, purpose-built facilities include a learning resource centre, a theatre, a gymnasium, science and computer laboratories, a music technology laboratory, a school canteen and a Year 12 common room. Extensive ICT facilities include access to networked computers in all classrooms and class sets of tablet PCs. Electronic whiteboards are used as learning tools in all subject areas.


Mac.Rob has a vibrant and enriched curriculum, offering students the ability to personalise their learning while working in an environment that is dedicated to intellectually gifted and academically talented girls. In the Middle School, students are presented with a wide and creative variety of elective subjects, allowing them to flexibly navigate their educational path, with options to specialise at a high academic level. The VCE curriculum is similarly characterised by academic rigour and a wide variety of student choice. Our school curriculum is supplemented by collaborative programs with other schools and universities and through flexible modes of delivery such as seminars, student forums, lectures, scholars-in-residence and online learning.

Co-curricular program

The very extensive co-curricular program includes sports, chorals, musical ensembles, drama productions, leadership programs and student-run interest groups, camps and clubs. The house system plays a vital role in the provision of opportunities for students to gain enjoyment and achieve success. Excellence in music is a source of pride for the school. All students are actively involved in the music program and are provided with many opportunities to participate in public performances at local, state and national levels. Students can enrol for individual instrumental lessons at the school with specialist teachers who have experience at VCE and tertiary level and in AMEB examinations. Overseas study trips and language exchanges with sister schools in France, Germany, Indonesia and Japan connect students with the international community. The school is recognised internationally for best practice in the education of gifted and high-performing girls and is visited regularly by educators from overseas.

School tours and information evenings

School tours and information evenings for prospective parents are organised during the first semester. For further information, please contact the Registrar on (03) 9864 7755.

Some key facts in depth

School Uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory and enforced

Number of students

970 total Enrolment:
970 in high school
243 in year 12

Gender in Depth

Other requirements

Boarding School

Offer IB

Accepts International Students

Offer VCAL

Offer VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes are of Streamed ability
English classes are of Mixed ability

Senior secondary subjects overview

Senior Secondary Subjects overivew

49 VCE level 3/4 studies
515 VCE students
LOTE taught to Unit 4 level:
French, French, Japanese, Japanese, German, Indonesian, Indonesian, German,

Senior secondary programs overview

Senior Secondary programs overivew

12 VET program(s) available
28 VET students

How our students performed in year 12


Scores of 40+ 36%

Median Score 38

Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%

Satisfactory completions of VET 97%


Bachelor enrolled 93%

TAFE/VET enrolled 1%

Employed 2%

Activities and Support staff



11 music options
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22 sporting activities
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45 other clubs or activities
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Support staff

Support Staff

16 support staff
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Message from the Principal

Established in 1934 as The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, our school has had a long and rich history spanning across two centuries. In this time, it has developed a unique culture of excellence and vibrancy of education provision for girls. Our students connect as an alumnus on a life-long basis as supported by the Palladians.

We are committed to a set of core values that genuinely permeate the life of the school and have a significant impact on the educational experience and achievement of our students. These values include:

  • engendering a love of learning
  • offering an education based on liberal, democratic values
  • achieving exceptional academic success
  • providing a challenging, tolerant and supportive environment
  • fostering confidence, responsibility and self-discipline
  • cultivating integrity and mutual respect
  • developing effective leadership skills
  • meeting the challenges of the future while respecting the past.

The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School is a contemporary and generous school with strong future and global thinking where student voice is central to our core values. In essence, I see The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School as a 'thinking' school - one that is a trusted space where students can be themselves, love learning and aspire to academic excellence. We have a reputation as a world-class learning environment with inspiring teachers where students develop a passion for learning, are empowered to synthesise the complexities of the world and to be creative, respectful and ethical citizens. As Principal, I seek for all our students to be critical, creative and caring thinkers, well prepared to make their mark on the world.

Dr Toni Meath

School Details

Principal: Dr Toni Meath

Address: 350-370 Kings Way Melbourne VIC 3004


Tel: (03) 9864 7755

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