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The college provides an outstanding secondary education for girls, developing confident, independent thinkers who are well equipped to face the promise and challenge of the future. Students are secure and positive in their outlook and are encouraged to achieve their best in academic, sporting, cultural, leadership and community endeavours and in personal relationships. The academy is uniquely placed in both history and location. It is the oldest girls’ secondary school in Victoria and enjoys a superb location at the top of Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, overlooking the Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Exhibition Gardens. Established in 1857, the college is owned and administered by the Sisters of Mercy.

Facilities: The college environment is a vibrant, seamless mix of the historic and modern. Students from all over metropolitan Melbourne benefit from well-maintained learning facilities set in beautiful enclosed grounds and amongst grand old buildings. The college’s facilities include a gymnasium, an information resource centre, dedicated IT areas, a Year 7 e-Learning Street, music centre, performing arts areas with professional sound and lighting equipment, and well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Taking full advantage of its central location, students access parklands, outdoor sporting facilities, and enhanced learning opportunities with Melbourne’s premier educational and cultural institutions. The academy is extremely well served by public transport (Parliament Station, passing city trams and buses).

Curriculum: The academy offers a wide range of academic and practical subjects, preparing students for further study or the workforce. Students study all domains of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS) in Years 7 and 8 including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Religious Education, Languages (French, Italian and Japanese), Health and Physical Education, Technology, Performing and Visual Arts. In the middle years they continue with core subjects and begin to explore areas of interest through electives. In Years 11 and 12, students specialise, choosing from a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) courses, to meet future educational needs and career aspirations. Enhancement studies at university level are also available. The academy offers students a broad range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates. Students have the option of studying the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) as a standalone certificate or in conjunction with the VCE Certificate.

Sport is an integral part of the school structure and contributes uniquely to the harmonious relationship between the intellectual and physical development of students. The academy offers 14 inter-school and house sports including indoor/outdoor team sports, athletics, aerobics and aquatics.

Extra-curricular activities:
Students are able to choose from a diverse range of activities that promote creativity, confidence and the pursuit of individual talents. Visual Arts: exhibitions, life drawing classes, excursions, artist incursions, educational lectures and an art and design team. Music: individual and group tuition, instrumental and choral ensembles, drama clubs and performance opportunities. Academic Extension: public speaking and debating, junior school philosophy, overseas study tours, LOTE competitions, college magazine, Mathematics and Science Competition and extension and Book Club.

Student welfare programs: Leadership is promoted through peer support and peer mediation, Student Representative Council, and the many clubs and teams led and initiated by students. Pastoral care is comprehensive with an emphasis on programs that promote student resilience, self-discipline, leadership opportunities and self-esteem. Academy personnel promote a real partnership with parents in providing the best care for students.

School tours: The academy welcomes prospective families to morning “Talk & Tours” running throughout the year. Visitors see students and teachers in real learning situations, tour the college and talk with student ambassadors.

Religion Catholic
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Girl
Years Year 7 - Year 12
Enrolment 650
Fees 4k - 8k
year 7 $4250 to year 12 $4645 per annum
03 9419******* 03 9419 3044
03 9419******* 03 9419 3885
Address 88 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy 3065
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