Ballarat Clarendon College
|Ballarat Clarendon College|
E Studis Veritas et Claritas
Out of Enthusiastic Endeavors Come Truth and Understanding
|Ballarat, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding|
|Established||1864 (Ballarat College) & 1868 (Clarendon College)|
|Key people||William Henderson (Founder)
Elizabeth Kennedy (Founder)
|Colour(s)||Red, Black, Gold, Blue|
The school currently has 1200 students from the ELC (Early Learning Centre) to Year 12.
Ballarat College commenced on Wednesday 6 July 1864 at the church of the Presbyterian Rev William Henderson, in Sturt Street, Ballarat. Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies' College was established by Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy, wife of the Rev Robert Kennedy in 1876. The two schools had many years of cooperative connections through their history and merged to become Ballarat Clarendon College in 1974.
In 1977 Australian Methodist and Presbyterian churches came together to form the United Church and hence the school's denomination changed from the Presbyterian Church to the United Church.
Clarendon has been ranked number one in regional Victoria for several years. It contests that position with Ballarat Grammar School, and together they are the only schools from Ballarat to feature in the rankings of the best Victorian schools.
|Official Victorian Rank||11th||16th||8th||11th||12th||11th||26th|
|Median VCE scores||36||36||36||36||36||38||36|
|Percentage of VCE scores 40+||28%||26%||32%||27%||28.1%||31%||26%|
Laptop Computer Program
In 1995, Ballarat Clarendon College started a laptop computer program.
Students starting Year 7 in 1995 were required to lease or buy a laptop from the school's provider, Computelec; the school later expanded this program to include students from Year 5.
Students are required to have a supplied laptop computer until Year 9, after which they are permitted to bring any laptop of their choice.
- Senior School - Years 10 - 12
Sturt St, Ballarat
- Middle School - Years 5 - 9
Sturt St, Ballarat
- King Island Campus - Year 9
- Junior Campus - Years K - 4
Mair St, Ballarat
The College participates in many sports both within and outside the Ballarat Associated Schools. In recent years there have been successes in basketball, Australian Rules Football and Netball. There is a strong competition with the catholic boys St Patrick's College next door (particularly in Football and Soccer), as well as with the coeducational Ballarat Grammar School. Other high profile sports within the school include athletics, cricket and tennis.
The Boys First XI Cricket team are noted for winning the premiership in the 2008/2009 season, over rivals St Patricks's College. The firsts then, after winning this premiership, made the final in "The Lord Taverner's Cup" but were defeated in Shepperton by Notre Dame College.
Another notable sport participated within the school is Rowing. The rowing program starts at Year 8 and continues through the years. There is a very strong competition with St. Patricks College and Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School. In 2008 and 2010 the BCC Girl's First's Crew won the annual their respective Head of the River race at the Barwon river in Geelong and consequently won the Head of the Schoolgirl's competition.
College has built a foundation in volleyball, providing many representatives in both Boys and Girls respective competitions. The College boys have won the past 4 premierships inside the BAS realms and have been doing so in impressive succession, losing very little sets for the year. The Girls have provided a good rivalry with an impressive Grammar team and have been unsuccessful in winning their respective season in 2010. But despite losing, the future provides more for Girl's volleyball and even doing so, Boy's volleyball is on the rise.
Alongside the school's reputation for academica and sports, Ballarat Clarendon College has a very strong Performing Arts curriculum. The school has a free standing building on the East of the senior campus where all aspects of Performing Arts take place, subsequently called, The Performing Arts Centre (PAC). From years 5-8 students partake in different Arts Classes which rotate each trimester, Music, Art and Drama or Dance (alternating each year). In year 9 students are able to choose which performing and visual arts they do for each term and Year 10 and VCE students may choose out of the various higher level VCE arts classes the school offers. Beside BCC's character of having very dedicated dance and drama students, the College also has one of the strongest school music programs in Ballarat. Students accordingly participate in music lessons, for:
- Brass - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba
- Woodwind - Flute, Clarinet (+Bass Clarinet), all Saxophone types, Oboe, Recorder and Bassoon
- Piano - Piano, Contemporary Piano
- Guitar - Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
- Strings - Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass
- Music Theory
- Speech Art
- Voice (Classical And Contemporary)
Then, they may participate in any of the student ensembles at the school. They are :
- Novice Band
- The Geoff Smith Jazz Orchestra
- Concert Band
- The Barry Currie Stage Band
- Chamber Ensemble
- Intermediate and Senior Strings
and numerous contemporary bands.
Ballarat Clarendon College also has a contemporary funk/dance band called Feet, who give regular gigs around the school, Ballarat and Victoria.
In addition, the College puts on an annual Senior School Production, Senior School Play and Middle School Production. The senior school musical in 2013 was Little Shop Of Horrors, and the Middle School Production for 2013 will be Beauty and the Beast. They also have an annual Performing Arts Showcase performance and a Middle School and Senior School Presentation Night.
As such, Clarendon boasts a wide range of notable performing arts alumni (see below) as well as current and former staff, including Graeme Vendy, Barry Currie, Chris Dickins, Dani Fry and Constance Coward-Lemke.
- Geoffrey Selwyn Richards
- Maud Crang, OAM
- Gwen Heinz, OAM
- David Baird, OAM
- Keith Edmundson, OAM
- Russell Mein, OAM
- Geoffrey Wilson Oliver, OAM
- Herbert Horace Olney, Knighthood
- William (Bill) Paterson, Public Service medal & Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal
- Major General Harold "Pompey" Edward Elliott, Distinguished Soldier and Senator
- Admiral Sir Guy Gaunt, Chief of British Intelligence in the USA, WWII
- Colonel Arthur Lynch, Journalist; Physician; Author
- Colin McDonald, Australian Ambassdor in South Africa 1988-92; Egypt 1993
- William (Bill) Paterson, 2008 Ambassdor for Counter-Terrorisn; Public Service Medal 2004, Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 2005
- Sir Patrick Shaw, Australian Ambassador to Washington 1974-75
- Joe Saba, Fashion designer
- Margery C Ramsay, Principal Librarian, State of Victoria 1974-81
- Peter Jopling, Queens Counsel
- Rt Hon Lord Augustus Andrewes Uthwatt, House of Lords
- Marie Cutbush Crookston, Medical research
- Dorothea Heitmann, Radiologist
- Bill Hunter, Actor
- Elsie Morison, Soprano
- Florence 'Madame Ballara' Towl, Opera singer
- Barry Cockroft (saxophonist/composer)
- Ben Northey, Conductor
- Chelsea Gibb, Actress
- Kimberley Davies, Actress
- Bruce Roberts, Television news presenter
- James Roche, Music producer & composer
- Cecil Gribble, Missionary & evangelist
Sport Australian Football League
- Percy Beames, Melbourne Football Club, 1930-41 premiership teams; captain-coach 1942-44
- John Birt, Essendon Football Club, member of 1962 and 1965 premiership teams; W.S. Crichton Medalist in 1961, 1965 and 1967
- Alastair Clarkson, 2008 Premiership coach of the Hawthorn Football Club
- Bob "Geelong Flier" Davis, Geelong Football Club, Member of 1951-52 premiership teams, Captain 1955-58, Best and Fairest 1957
- Michael Jamison, Carlton Football Club
- Andrew Symonds, Australian Cricket team
- Percy Beames, represented Victoria in Cricket 1933-46; team captain 1946
- Sara Heard, Rowing, Beijing 2008
- Maragaret McIver, Dressage, Los Angeles 1984
- Graham Crouch, Athletics, Montreal 1976
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