Geelong Grammar School believes boarding nurtures valuable life skills, building confidence, resilience and self-reliance. Recognised as the leading school in Australian co-educational boarding, Geelong Grammar School prepares students for the dynamics of the modern world through enabling boys and girls to live and learn alongside each other. The school prides itself on providing an all-round education and boarding immerses students in an environment that develops the whole student and promotes strong relationships during these crucial growth years. The Corio Campus is home to more than 600 boarders and each boarding house is a vibrant community, bringing together young people from different backgrounds, different cultures and different countries, teaching them to live and learn together. Geelong Grammar School offers a unique educational adventure and boarding at Middle School (Years 5 to 8) best prepares students for Timbertop, the remote Year 9 campus located in the foothills of the Victorian Alps.
Boarding: Boarding is available from Years 5 to 8 (Middle School) and Years 10 to 12 (Senior School) and is compulsory for Year 9 at Timbertop, the school’s remote campus located in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Geelong Grammar’s Corio Campus (Middle and Senior School) is situated on a 245-hectare site on the edge of Corio Bay, 60 kilometres from Melbourne and just 12 kilometres from Avalon Airport. There are three boarding houses at Middle School and eight boarding houses at Senior School – approximately 80 per cent of Senior School students are boarders. Each boarding house has a resident Head of House (and his or her family), a Deputy Head of House, three tutors (who are also teachers at the school) and a full-time assistant. Year 12 students have their own study-bedrooms, Year 11 students generally share smaller rooms and younger students are in dorm-style accommodation. All houses have common rooms, computer work areas, tennis courts and other games and recreational facilities.
Positive Education: Positive Education is a transformational approach to learning developed from the science of Positive Psychology. Geelong Grammar School developed Positive Education from the science of Positive Psychology in collaboration with Professor Martin Seligman and his team from the University of Pennsylvania. Positive Education focuses on cultivating positive emotions and character traits, encouraging students to find purpose and lead engaged and meaningful lives. Positive Education is taught at each year level, at every campus and across all aspects of school life. Explicit teaching is delivered in Year 7, Year 9 and Year 10 through specific Positive Psychology programs written by the world’s leading research psychologists and developed in collaboration with experienced classroom teachers.