The Geelong College

The Geelong College

Newtown VIC, Barwon-South Western

Boarding is integral to the fabric and culture of The Geelong College and has been since its inception in 1861.

With almost 100 boarders, The Geelong College offers a boutique and tight-knit boarding community that encourages friendship, independence and academic excellence. Boarding life is rich and fulfilling, combining homework, sport and other co-curricular activities with time to relax. 

Each weeknight, boarders have two hours of study time with specialist academic tutors available to assist them. Students focus on their studies without the distraction of phones or access to social media during study time, which is important for productivity. Geelong College boarders do exceptionally well academically.

Our boarding community is diverse and inclusive, with students from country Victoria and New South Wales, the coastal towns and farming areas surrounding Geelong, and Melbourne, as well as international students from Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, China, Hong Kong and Germany. With such a broad range of people, boarders have a greater understanding and respect for different cultures and backgrounds.

The college has two separate boarding houses, just minutes from the school. Mossgiel, the girls’ house, has units where girls from different year levels live together in single or double rooms with shared bathrooms, lounges and kitchenettes. Mackie, the boys’ house, has single rooms with shared bathrooms that overlook the oval. Both boarding houses have informal areas where boarders can watch television, play games, table tennis or billiards, and entertain friends after school. On weekends, house activities include trips to the coast, the football, Melbourne, the theatre or laser tag. Other times boarders will arrange their own activities within their house or with friends.

To find out more, tours can be arranged at a time and day that suits your family. Open days are held each term and include an opportunity to meet our principal and teaching staff, and to experience our school, classes and activities guided by students. 

Visit or phone (03) 5226 3156 to arrange a tour.

Key Facts

School uniform

The uniform is compulsory

Number of students

Total enrolment: 1307
Up to Year 6: 385
In high school: 922
In Year 12: 146

Gender in depth

Female: 43.3%

Male: 56.7%

Other Requirements

Boarding school

Offers IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCAL

Offers VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects Overview

Math classes: streamed
English classes: mixed
LOTE taught:
Chinese, French, Latin

Senior secondary subjects overview

41 VCE level 3/4 studies
251 VCE students

Senior secondary programs overview

9 VET program(s) available
24 VET students

How our students performed in Year 12

Academic Results

Scores of 40+: 16%

Median Score: 33

Satisfactory completions of VCE: 100%

Satisfactory completions of VET: 95%

Activities & Support Staff

Accelerated learning

Accelerated learning (3)


Activities (219)


Extra-curricular (21)


Music (82)


Sports (42)

Support Staff

Support Staff (128)

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School Details









Principal: Dr Peter Miller


Minerva Rd Newtown Victoria 3220

399 Aberdeen St Newtown Victoria 3220

Talbot St Newtown Victoria 3220

Tel: (03) 5226 3111

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