Founded in 1901, Lauriston Girls’ School has a long tradition of excellence in educational, sporting and cultural pursuits. Lauriston creates an environment that optimises each student’s ability to learn. Lauriston is a school for life that fosters a life-long love of learning and builds foundations for students to continue their educational growth in the future. The education provided at Lauriston is an academic, international, creative and adventurous platform for girls to grow and develop into individuals. The aims are to deliver a broad education in a caring community where students with a variety of talents and interests can feel secure and equally valued and promote excellence and high standards in all areas of school life. Underpinning every aspect of school life are five core values: relationships, courage, creative reflection, intellectual enquiry and engagement in life. Students learn in an environment which not only fosters academic excellence but also nurtures important life skills such as the acceptance of responsibility for their actions, independent enquiry, effective communication and the confidence to make informed decisions.
Facilities: Both the Armadale and Howqua campuses offer a range of learning environments specially designed to support student learning. The 7/8 Centre at the Armadale campus is a purpose-built centre featuring large and flexible learning spaces. Other state-of-the-art facilities include an arts and visual communication precinct and an integrated performing arts and music centre. Students and staff enjoy a seamless resource centre where the latest information technology enhances learning across all disciplines. The Armadale campus also offers a newly developed science and technology centre for Junior School students. Sporting facilities include a gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a hockey/softball field. The Howqua campus offers a library and resource centre incorporating integrated learning spaces and a new arts centre. In 2014, in a collaborative partnership with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Lauriston opened Australia’s first FabLab@School at the Armadale campus. The Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) is designed to encourage innovation and to actively engage students in the use of technology to solve problems.
Curriculum: Students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills from a young age within a supportive atmosphere. A highly skilled team of teaching staff is committed to maximising the potential of every student and to encouraging a life-long love of learning beyond the students’ schooldays in the classroom.
Kindergarten: co-educational three- and four-year-old programs focused on the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Junior School: Strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy as well as specialist and enrichment programs. The unique Year 9 program comprises a semi-residential year at the Howqua campus. Set in the Victorian high country, Howqua provides a learning environment that encourages girls to meet a variety of new physical, academic and social challenges.
Senior School: In Years 11 and 12, both VCE and IB are offered, allowing choice of curriculum to suit the individual student’s strengths and requirements.
Extra-curricular activities: Teaching staff are committed to bringing out the best in each student in all areas of endeavour including community service, sport and the performing and creative arts. An extensive range of activities is offered including more than 25 sports, orchestras, bands and ensembles, community service, debating and public speaking, drama, photography, horse riding, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and student clubs catering for a range of interests.
The Senior College at Lauriston encourages its students to lead well-balanced lives with a strong focus on their academic studies, alongside engagement in the multitude of co-curricular and service opportunities.
Student welfare programs: Lauriston believes that students learn best in an environment where they feel nurtured and valued for the unique individuals they are. Programs encourage students to develop a sense of belonging, resilience, personal integrity and social responsibility. The primary focus of the Lauriston Pastoral Care Program is to develop the self-esteem and independence of each and every student, while at the same time ensuring that the girls experience happy and healthy relationships with their peers. All members of staff, including the school counsellor and careers counsellor, focus on student wellbeing as a priority.