The Geelong College is a Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school with approximately 1,500 students aged three to eighteen, including 100 boarders. The College is situated on two campuses in central Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, and has strong links to the beautiful surrounding coastal and rural areas.

Our Purpose

The Geelong College aims to provide an inspiring education where all students can learn how to learn, flourish, be innovative and aspire to futures that harness their many skills and abilities.

We aim for our students to be respectful and to confidently develop their academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual potential.

The Geelong College also seeks to provide learning experiences that shape personal development in ways that prepare students to positively contribute to society.

Our College Values

Members of the College community aspire to and are guided by these values

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Integrity with Compassion

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Community with Diversity

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Aspiration with Humility

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Respect with Grace

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Endeavour with Courage

The College Motto

Sic itur ad astra which comes from Virgil’s “Aeneid” Book IX,. 641. The full quote is “macte nova virtute, puer! (blessing on your new bravery, boy!) sic itur ad astra” (this is the way to the stars). The youthful God Apollo is addressing young Iulus (the son of Aeneas), who has just shot his bow for the first time in battle and been blessed by Jupiter with a victory. He means to instruct him that this is the way to further success and to his destiny.

From this we take Be of Courage. Our students have the courage to try, to speak out, to help others, to discover and to learn from the past. They develop a good work ethic and values through a broad range of learning experiences that prepare them for a happy and successful life.

We inspire students to learn how to learn, to choose innovation and to flourish in a future where their skills and abilities can be truly harnessed by the world.

For this is the way to the stars.


The College Crest

College_CrestIn August 1927, the Old Geelong Collegians Association presented to the College Council a design for a coat of arms. The Council accepted the design and the arms have been used continuously since that time.

The armorial bearings consist of a shield surmounted by a coronet and the 'Pegasus' crest. The 'Pegasus' was taken from the arms of the Clan Morrison, representing the founders of the school. The shield is quartered and has emblazoned on it an open book representing learning, the Burning Bush symbolizing the Reformed Church faith, a claymore signifying the College's Scottish heritage and the Southern Cross, Australia. The College motto, Sic Itur Ad Astra, is at the foot of the arms. The coronet at the top is the symbol of the British Commonwealth.

The full College Coat-of-Arms was designed in 1927 but was not registered with the College of Heralds until 1986. The 'Pegasus' crest and the motto were chosen for the College by Mr George F Hutton, one of the two original assistant masters of 1861.

Strategic Plan

In 2018 the College delivered a new strategic plan to take us towards 2025.

2020 Strategic Plan

Commitment to Australian Democratic Principals

The College is committed to upholding Australian Democratic Principals you can download our Statement of Commitment here.