Associated Public Schools of Victoria
Glen Iris, Victoria
|Membership||11 Member Schools|
|Chairperson||Mr Stephen Russell
St Kevin's College
(2013 - present)
The Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) are a group of eleven independent schools in Victoria, Australia, similar to the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales in New South Wales.
The association was established in 1908 so that students of the member schools may compete against each other on the sporting fields, the original competition sports were Australian Rules Football, Rowing and Cricket. Students now compete in a variety of sports, which are split into three seasons, Summer, Winter and Spring. Students in Year 7 and above compete on Saturdays and students in primary year levels compete on Friday afternoons. Major annual competitions include the APS Head of the River rowing regattas, the APS Combined Swimming & Diving Championships and the APS Athletics Championships.
In March 2005, the APS member schools formed a set of guidelines regarding the awarding of sporting scholarships to students, following criticism of recruiting practices employed by the schools. The headquarters of the APS is known as APS House and is located in the Tooronga Village Commercial Complex in Glen Iris, Victoria.
Current member schools
|Brighton Grammar School||Brighton||1,145||1882||Anglican||Boys||Day||1958|
|Carey Baptist Grammar School||Kew, Donvale||2,168||1923||Baptist||Boys & Girls||Day||1958|
|Caulfield Grammar School||Caulfield, Malvern, Wheelers Hill||3,035||1881||Anglican||Boys & Girls||Day & Boarding||1958|
|The Geelong College||Geelong||1,170||1861||Uniting Church||Boys & Girls||Day & Boarding||1908|
|Geelong Grammar School||Geelong||1,433||1855||Anglican||Boys & Girls||Day & Boarding||1900|
|Haileybury||Brighton, Berwick, Keysborough||3,289||1892||Uniting Church||Boys & Girls||Day||1958|
|Melbourne Grammar School||Melbourne||1,782||1858||Anglican||Boys (K-12) & Girls (K-6)||Day & Boarding||1900|
|St Kevin's College||Toorak||1,841||1918||Roman Catholic||Boys||Day||1958|
|Scotch College||Hawthorn||1,868||1851||Presbyterian||Boys||Day & Boarding||1900|
|Wesley College||Melbourne, Glen Waverley, Elsternwick||2,969||1866||Uniting Church||Boys & Girls||Day||1900|
|Xavier College||Kew, Brighton||2,080||1878||Roman Catholic, Jesuit||Boys (K-12) & Girls (K-4)||Day & Boarding||1900|
Founding member schools
The APS was founded by the following member schools:
Students from the associations member schools participate in a number of carnivals during the year including Swimming & Diving, Rowing and Athletics.
From 1968 to 1999 Tennis was the only sport played between the Associated Public Schools of Victoria and the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria. In 2000 a full range of Summer and Winter Combined matches at Firsts level commenced.
Current member schools
|Carey Baptist Grammar School|
|Caulfield Grammar School|
|The Geelong College|
|Geelong Grammar School|
- Cross Country
- Table Tennis
The APS Regatta (Heads of the River)
The Victorian Head of the River race is contested between the 11 APS schools, the race is usually the last race of the official APS rowing season and has recently been rowed on Lake Nagambie which is a full buoyed international standard course allowing six boat finals. Girls from the APS also participate in the Head of the Schoolgirls regatta, where they compete with schools from the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) group.
- Associated Public Schools of Victoria, Celebrating 100 Years
- Leung, Chee Chee (March 29, 2005). "Top schools pledge to play fair". The Age.
- "Associated Public Schools of Victoria". APS Sports. Retrieved 3 September 2012.