Our Vision for Learning

Our Vision for Learning provides a broad framework for the development of learning experiences that invite students to thrive in the global economies of today and tomorrow. Increasingly, for students to be active contributors to their world, they must learn not just subject knowledge, or so called “21st century” skills, but also the most fundamental aspect of a modern education, learning how to learn. 

Our Vision for Learning establishes seven key learning dimensions: Identity, Creativity, Thinking, Communicating, Contributing, Creating and Enterprising. These underpin everything we do. They are the capabilities that our young people need for growing, working and participating in their communities in a changing and global society. They are the key to engaging in every learning area across the College, and are encouraged, modelled and explored across all ages.

Developed collaboratively by our teaching staff, this approach has drawn widely on national and international research and is future focused. It embraces aspects of the Teaching for Understanding framework of Wiggins and McTighe, the Reggio Emilia approach, experiential and constructivist learning philosophies, and many national and international curricula frameworks including the Australian Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate. 

It is a blueprint for shaping an exciting and productive future.


Explore our curriculum


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Early Learning

In their Early Learning years children are encouraged to be curious, to ask questions and explore answers through a range of experiences based on the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

Our Early Learning Centre is a caring environment with highly qualified, experienced staff and generous staff-to-child ratios. Children are grouped into four classes; two classes for three to four-year olds (Early Learning 3) and two classes for four to five-year olds (Early Learning 4).

Junior School

Our award winning Junior School, at Campbell House, is a dynamic community for students from Early Learning to Year 3. Children are encouraged to be curious in their learning, to ask questions and explore answers through a range of experiences based on the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

When children first enter the Junior School, they learn the language of learning, and explore what productive learning feels, sounds and looks like. Children discuss problems, ask questions and learn how to learn. This culture of thinking and learning comes to life when the children explore ideas and themes that expand their knowledge of the world.

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Middle School

Our Middle School is home to Years 4 to 8. Overlooking Queens Park, it is a thriving learning centre for more than 500 students. Middle School features open learning spaces, year level precincts, a science centre, a drama studio and a café style canteen, as well as a full-sized gym and ovals, courts and fields. The Enviro Garden is the heart of our Middle School inspiring discussion on sustainability, environmental and community.

Middle School learning is about extending the development of curiosity, imagination, creativity and problem solving, while developing a deeper understanding in learning, of self, and of self in relation to others.

Senior School

In Year 9 students transition to our Senior School on the original College site on Talbot Street. Senior School is home to both history and innovation, with state of the art facilities including the resource-rich George Morrison Library, the Recreation Centre with its diving area, heated indoor pool, gymnasium and weights room, the Austin Gray Centre for Design and Creative Arts and the Keith Humble Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, as well as ovals and sports fields nestled within the historic grounds. The Boarding Houses are also found on the Senior School campus.

Students in the Senior School at The Geelong College are encouraged and supported to find their passions in learning, to gain a deeper disciplinary and inter-disciplinary understanding, and to develop the independent learning skills to prepare them for life beyond school.

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