Xavier College was founded in 1878 and is a Jesuit school. The Senior Campus stands on 40 acres 6km from the centre of Melbourne. Two Early and Middle Years campuses, Burke Hall and Kostka Hall, were founded in 1921 and 1937 respectively. Xavier offers a wide variety of subject areas and co-curricular activities and all programs aim to foster young men of competence, conscience and compassion who will strive to make a difference in the wider world once they leave Xavier.
Facilities: Modern classrooms, science laboratories, art/graphics, drama, media and darkroom facilities, computer centres and resource centres on all campuses. All campuses of Xavier have beautiful ovals which host a wide variety of sports. At the Senior Campus the Stephenson Centre comprises double indoor basketball courts, a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and various multi-purpose rooms.
Curriculum: Xavier offers a broad yet academic curriculum that aims to cater for the diverse needs of students. The college’s VCE results have been consistently excellent with 30 per cent of the class of 2008 achieving an ENTER of 95 or better and 47 per cent achieving 90 or better. While emphasis rests with each class teacher to respond to each individual student’s learning requirements, enrichment and acceleration programs are also offered across the curriculum. LOTE programs are French, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Classical Greek. An extensive student exchange program supports language study with partner schools in France, Italy, the USA and Japan. Information technology is an integral part of student learning across all subject areas at all levels.
Sport: Xavier offers an extremely wide range of sports including cricket, tennis, football, soccer, rowing, rugby, badminton, basketball, table tennis, and athletics of all sorts, volleyball, golf, lawn bowls, hockey, swimming, martial arts, snow sports and gymnastics.
Co-curricular activities: Music accounts for an extensive student involvement at Xavier. There are numerous groups, from large bands to small ensembles, choirs and orchestras, all of which perform publicly in competitions and concerts. Media, drama, chess and debating are also important and popular aspects of the co-curricular program. The Centre for Faith and Service runs many programs throughout the year which encourage students to reflect about themselves as individuals and to be active participants in the wider community, particularly with those who are disadvantaged or marginalised.
Student welfare programs: A Jesuit education insists on the individual care of each person. The House and tutor systems are long-standing and highly regarded aspects of Xavier’s programs and each year level has its own chaplain. Individual pastoral care, counselling and careers guidance are provided for students.
Central College is a registered provider of vocational education and training (VET) that offers a wide range of courses, from Certificate level up to Advanced Diploma level in Accounting, Business, Information Technology, Multimedia and Tourism. Central College offers students access to world-class facilities, dedicated instructors, state-of-the-art technology and Group Colleges Australia’s (GCA) cutting edge online administration system (ISIS). Central College is committed to providing the best possible education to every student, preparing them for any challenge they encounter throughout their careers.
Central College students also have the advantage of the unique situation provided by GCA. GCA owns and operates UIC Sydney, a higher education institution that offers Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Business. The articulation agreement between Central College and UIC Sydney allows Central students smoother entry into a Degree program at UIC Sydney after the completion of their Diploma.
St Clare’s College is a Catholic school that caters for girls in Years 7 to 12. It provides a wide range of opportunities for girls to develop in every aspect of life in a positive, caring, Catholic environment. The college has a reputation for promoting excellence in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits as well as for its strong support of charities through the house system.
Facilities: In recent years the college has undertaken a series of significant upgrading programs to ensure all its facilities are of a very high standard and that the college is keeping up-to-date with developments in education. There are excellent sports facilities including a well-equipped gymnasium.
Welfare and personal development: The extensive pastoral care program ensures that each student receives individual care and attention. Staff members are supported by chaplains who play an important role in developing the faith experiences of students and staff through liturgies and their involvement in other college activities.
Special features: A broad range of curriculum options is offered, as well as exciting extracurricular activities. Specialist teachers are available to assist students in need of different forms of educational support. The college promotes the active participation of all students in the learning process and students have excellent access to ICT.
After leaving St Clare’s, students have moved on to participate successfully in a diverse range of tertiary studies as well as in training and employment. A number of students each year also have the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom to work as tutors in schools with which St Clare’s has close links.
Lakes Grammar is an independent co-educational Christian school, providing a broad education for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The school emphasises the development of intellectual quality in a supportive learning environment and encourages students to adopt a personal Christian faith as the foundation for living in a dynamic world.
Lakes Grammar encourages intellectual endeavour that is guided by Scripture and Christian tradition as historically practised in the Anglican Church. Offering a range of sporting, cultural and other co-curricular opportunities, the school aims to meet the needs of students in a secure, caring and supportive Christian community.
Facilities: Lakes Grammar has a new hall as well as Food Technology rooms, Art room andDesign & Technology rooms.
Frensham promotes a 21st-century boarding model of international quality, where students are inspired to think globally and lead by example. 70 per cent of students board, coming from overseas, interstate, Sydney and rural NSW. Frensham offers an education that inspires the pursuit of academic excellence, emotional and intellectual maturity and passionate engagement in school life.
Facilities: Library, IT-enriched classrooms, sporting fields, cricket ovals, tennis courts, synthetic hockey turf, cross-country tracks, drama studio, weights room, music centre, music keyboard laboratory, gymnasium, dance studio, Sturt Craft Centre (which includes wood, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, Design & Technology and an Art Gallery), cafe, and Science & IT Centre.
Electives Years 8 to 10: The school offers mandatory academic subjects as well as elective History, French, Latin, Japanese, Language Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, and Agricultural Technology. All students participate in the Jamieson Program — a program designed to develop global citizenship, environmental awareness, critical and ethical thinking and a responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing.
Electives Years 11 and 12: English and Mathematics to Extension 2 level, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Agriculture, Modern and Ancient History (and extension), Latin, French, Japanese (including extension in all languages), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education [PDHPE], English as a Second Language, Language Studies, Music 1 & 2 [and Extension], Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Drama, Photography.
Sport: IGSSA competition sports — cricket, hockey, netball, softball, tennis, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, cross-country, athletics. skiing (state and national competition), equestrian (EFI Inter-schools and the Frensham-hosted event).
Extracurricular activities: Debating, public speaking, mock trial, orchestra, jazz band, madrigals, choir, ensemble groups, instrumental and vocal tuition, ceramics, jewellery, wood, yoga, weaving, textiles, cooking, fitness classes, drama, environmental programs, community service, confirmation, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, cattle show team, photography, weight training, gymnastics, dance groups, self-defence, fencing. All students participate in the extensive Outdoor Education program.
Welfare and personal development: Form group tutors, boarding and Year group coordinators work together to form the pastoral care team. Careers advice and resource support are provided, and 24-hour residential nursing includes co-ordination of local medical and dental appointments and arrangements for specialist services.
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