SENIOR SCHOOL

OUR SENIOR SCHOOL AT CORIO IS HOME TO MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS FROM YEARS 10 TO 12, AND IS DEDICATED TO DEVELOPING THE WHOLE STUDENT.



Our Senior School provides an environment that stimulates a confidence in learning, an enthusiasm for a broad range of activities, respect for others and a spirit of service to the wider community.

Our rigorous Academic Programmes create wonder, curiosity and a desire to learn. In Years 11 and 12, we offer the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for entry into tertiary study.

We believe that student wellbeing is at the centre of education - our focus is on helping our students to discover and develop their strengths so that they can strive for success and lead engaged and meaningful lives. We offer more than 100 co-curricular activities and a wide spectrum of sporting pursuits, whilst the Music, Visual Arts and Drama departments provide rich, dynamic programmes which bring creativity to life.

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Academic Programme

Please view our 2017 Curriculum Guide.

Our Senior School provides the opportunities, environment and academic support to enable all of our students to flourish. Year 10 focuses on consolidating academic skills and providing students with a very wide range of elective subjects, preparing them for the final two years of their secondary education. In Years 11 and 12 we offer both the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for entry into tertiary study. The VCE is designed to cater for students of all abilities and to provide a suitable pathway into tertiary study or direct entry into the workforce. Whilst the VCE enables narrow specialisation, the IB requires requires students to work across a broad cross-section of subjects, including a foreign language. The IB is an international curriculum designed to prepare students for further study at university. Our commitment to both programmes reflects the diversity of our young men and women and the multiplicity of life paths they will follow.

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Positive Education

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Since collaborating with Professor Martin Seligman and the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, Geelong Grammar School has pioneered the development and application of Positive Psychology skills and knowledge to enhance student wellbeing. The School released its Model for Positive Education in 2012, providing a framework to bring together the science of Positive Psychology with best teaching practice. This model comprises six associated domains - relationships, emotion, engagement, accomplishment, health and purpose. Character strengths underpin the GGS Model, linking the domains together. Capacity in each domain is cultivated through a whole school approach that involves explicit learning in the classroom, which is a particular focus in Year 10, and implicit practices integrated throughout school life. Developing and understanding one's character strengths and using them in a variety of different ways builds confidence and competence.

Service

At Geelong Grammar School we believe in service to others and building social responsibility. Jesus' admonition to "love thy neighbour as yourself" is foundational to our Anglican heritage and a precept we aim to engender in all of our students. It develops the human experience of our girls and boys. It teaches them to give because they can, to have a firm sense of social justice, to be active in public life and to respect the environment. The philanthropic energy of the School is remarkable and students find many opportunities to support the wider community, from the annual 160-kilometre relay run from Corio to Lorne and back to the Karen Homework Club.

Boarding

Geelong Grammar School is recognised as the leading co-educational boarding school in Australia with eight Senior School boarding houses - four for girls and four for boys - as well as two co-educational day boarding houses. More than 80% of Senior School students are full boarders, whilst day boarding enables our local students to experience the 'best of both worlds'; the benefits of GGS boarding combined with the comforts of home.

We believe boarding nurtures valuable life skills, building confidence, resilience and independence. Boarding immerses our students in an environment that develops the whole student and promotes strong relationships. Each boarding house is a vibrant community, bringing together young people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries, teaching them to live and learn together. Each house has a resident Head of House (and his or her family), a Deputy Head of House, a House Assistant (Matron) and three tutors (who are also teachers at the School).

Facilities

Spread over 245 hectares, the facilities at our Corio Campus are first class. The campus features both state-of-the-art and heritage buildings, from lecture theatres, science labs and libraries to our historic Chapel and War Memorial Cloisters. Our Handbury Centre for Wellbeing enables our students to maintain good health, featuring a 10-lane indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose indoor courts, gymnasium and dance/yoga studios. The Centre also houses the Kennedy Medical Centre and is surrounded by immaculately maintained sporting ovals and an all weather tennis/hockey facility with competition level lighting. Located on the edge of Corio Bay, the campus also boasts sailing and rowing facilities, as well as a world class equestrian centre.

Our state-of-the-art Fisher Library is home to over 100,000 books and other learning resources. Our Music School is an energetic and creative space alive with the sounds of more than 30 diverse instruments and 42 sessional tutors. There are also performance, exhibition and gallery spaces; recording, photographic and arts studios; language, business and technology centres.

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