Good Schools Spotlight: The Geelong College

The Geelong College is a Uniting Church co-educational school, with approximately 1,450 students from Early Learning to Year 12, and boarders from Year 7.

Since 1861 we have challenged our students to Be of Courage through their actions, thoughts and words, to work hard and to make a difference in some way every day. For this is the way to the stars.

We inspire students to learn how to learn, to choose innovation and to flourish in a future where their skills and abilities can be truly harnessed by the world.

For this is the way to the stars.


Our learning spaces and facilities bring together history and modern design. Our state-of-the-art, Reggio Emilia inspired Junior School opened in 2020 and combines indoor and outdoor learning spaces in a village-like atmosphere. Children can explore nature play and the sensory garden — it is a special place to learn.

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

Our recreation centre, and the surrounding ovals and green space, provide fitness and wellbeing facilities for the whole school community.


We pride ourselves on our academic excellence, and the breadth of courses of study offered. From Early Learning, children learn French and Chinese languages and undertake a Reggio Emilia inspired program with specialist educators through their Junior School years.

From Years 4 to 8 at our Middle School, students experience year-long immersions in the environment, designing the future, and media during upper primary. In Years 7 and 8 they have a broad range of electives and self-directed projects to develop passions and independent learning skills.

At our Senior School (Years 9 to 12), our students continue to develop into well-rounded young women and men through a program featuring city and remote learning experiences, community service, sport and the arts, as well as almost 40 VCE subjects.

Our VCE results are excellent. In 2020 more than 11% of our students achieved an ATAR above 95 and 23% of 90 or more. 100% of students who applied for higher education through universities, TAFEs or colleges were offered a place, with almost 90% receiving one of their first three preferences. Our students will continue their learning journeys in some of Australia's finest universities as well as overseas.


Our rich co-curricular program includes APS sport, drama, music, expeditions, debating and public speaking opportunities. our students also benefit from community outreach programs, camps and international study tours.


Members of our community aspire and are guided by these values:

  • Integrity with Community
  • Community with Diversity
  • Aspiration with Humility
  • Respect with Grace
  • Endeavour with Courage

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