Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne

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Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne
Formation 1964
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
22 member schools
Official language
Secretary General
Mr. Steven Kenworthy (Aquinas College)
Website www.eism.org

The Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne (EISM or EIS) are a group of twenty two independent secondary schools in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The schools compete against one another in sporting competitions.


The first instance of the Independent Schools in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne coming together is in 1964 as the Eastern Independent Schools Association. Initially the competition was for boys only, and the only sport offered was Australian Rules Football. It developed rapidly to include Athletics, Cross-Country and Swimming carnivals, Cricket, Tennis, and Debating. These competitions were held on Saturdays. The 1966 Swimming carnival was held at Croydon Memorial Pool on 5 March. Tennis, Softball and a Swimming carnival were contested for the first time in the 1971 season. The Boys by this stage had included Soccer, Basketball and Table Tennis into their sporting fixtures.

Cultural Component[edit]

Part of the original intention of the EISM was for it to have a cultural component for the boys. This took the form of a Music Festival. Students from all schools would meet at a central venue and give a performance. The girls also had the opportunity to do this and also participate in a Drama festival which was discontinued in 1982 due to lack of interest.

Amalgamation of EISA & EIGSA[edit]

In 1978, moves were initiated to combine the boys and girls competitions, with the 2 meeting formally in the middle of Term 2, 1978. After 12 months of joint meetings, the motion That there be an amalgamation of E.I.S.A. with E.I.G.S.A. to form one association was put to the Principals meeting on 8 August 1979. The motion was defeated. An alternative motion was then put which established a committee of principals and sport teachers whose task was to investigate the special needs of schools and also draw up a draft set of rules and regulations. The second draft of this committee had the name of the association as the ESISA, The Eastern Suburban Independent Schools Association. Eventually, the name Association of Eastern Independent Schools was agreed upon in April 1980.


Current Member Schools[edit]

School[1] Location Enrolment Founded Denomination Year Entered
School Colours
Alphington Grammar School Alphington 493 1989 Non-Denominational 1998             
Aquinas College Ringwood 1,637 1961 Roman Catholic 1964             
Bialik College Hawthorn East 831 1942 Jewish 1971         
Billanook College Mooroolbark 760 1980 Non-Denominational 1982             
Donvale Christian College Donvale 1,130 1975 Non-Denominational 1996             
Eltham College Research 635 1973 Non-Denominational 2010             
Emmaus College Vermont South 1,265 1980 Roman Catholic 1989         
Huntingtower School Mount Waverley 636 1927 Non-Denominational 1971         
Kilvington Grammar School Ormond 576 1923 Non-Denominational 2012             
The King David School Armadale 548 1978 Jewish 2004             
Kingswood College Box Hill 569 1890 Uniting Church 1964         
The Knox School Wantirna South 735 1982 Non-Denominational 1991             
Luther College Croyden 1,180 1964 Lutheran 1964             
Mount Lilydale Mercy College Lilydale 1,449 1896 Sisters of Mercy 1970             
Mount Scopus Memorial College Burwood 913 1949 Jewish 1989         
Nunawading Christian College Nunawading 170 1964 Non-Denominational 2001         
Oakleigh Grammar Oakleigh 510 1983 Non-Denominational 1998             
Oxley Christian College Chirnside Park 844 1979 Non-Denominational 2008         
Plenty Valley Christian College Doreen 815 1981 Non-Denominational 1997         
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School Warranwood 471 1972 Non-Denominational 1997         
St. Joseph's College Ferntree Gully 1,046 1965 Roman Catholic 1966         
Tintern Schools Ringwood East 803 1877 Non-Denominational 2003             

Former Member Schools[edit]

School Location Years Competed
John Paul College Frankston 1980-1886
Kingswood College Doncaster 1987-1989
Lilydale Adventist Academy Lilydale  ?-2011
Loyola College Watsonia 1991-1997
Mater Christi College Belgrave 1977-?
Mazenod College Mulgrave 1968-1998
Mt Evelyn Christian School Mount Evelyn Associate
Our Lady of Sion College Box Hill  ?-1997
Sacred Heart Girls' College Oakleigh 1980s-?
Salesian College Chadstone 1966-67, 1984-1998
St Bede's College Mentone 1987-1997
St John's Regional College Dandenong 1983-1986
St Leonard's College Brighton East  ?-1997
St Leo International College Box Hill 1964-1994
St Michael's Grammar School St Kilda 1980-1997
St Thomas More College Forest Hill 1966-1979
Wesley College Glen Waverley Associate
Whitefriars College Donvale 1964-1988
Westbourne Grammar School Truganina  ?-1997
Yarra Valley Grammar School Ringwood 1967-68, 1987-1997

Eastern Independent Girls Schools Association (1970-1980)[edit]

There was a push for girls to have access to inter-school sport, and after extensive meetings in 1970 the following schools formed the EIGSA:

School Years Competed
Aquinas College 1970-1977
Chavoin College 1970-1979
Huntingtower School 1970-1980
Luther College 1970-1980
Kingwood College 1978
Mater Christi College 1977
Mt Lilydale Mercy College 1970-?
Mount Scopus Memorial College 1970-?
Our Lady of Sion College 1970-?


Swimming - Division 1[edit]

School No. Championships
Huntingtower 18
St Michael's 10
Billanook 5
Mount Scopus 5
Tintern 5
St Leonard's 3
Aquinas 2
Eltham College 2
Luther 1
Kingswood 1

Athletics - Division 1[edit]

School No. Championships
Aquinas 17
Luther 15
Kingswood 6
Mazenod 3
St Leonard's 3
Yarra Valley Grammar 3
Billanook 2
Emmaus 1
Mt Lilydale 1

Cross Country[edit]

Note that schools are divided into three separate divisions which are determined by student population rather than level of ability.

  • Eastern Division (1990 - present)
  • Central Division (1998 - present)
  • Southern Division (2013 - present)
School Division No. Championships
Huntingtower Central 14
Luther Eastern 11
Aquinas Eastern 10
Alphington Grammar School Southern 2
Donvale Christian College Central 2
Mt Lilydale Eastern 2
Oxley Central 2
Rudolf Steiner Southern 2
St Leonard's Eastern 2

Presidents of the Association[edit]

Term President School
 ? - 2014 Mr Sholto Bowen Huntingtower School
2014–Present Mr Mark Robertson Oakleigh Grammar


Students from Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne participate in a wide range of sporting activities including:

Weekly Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Cricket
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country

See also[edit]


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