The Geelong College
|The Geelong College|
|Newtown, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Co-educational, Day and Boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Sic itur ad astra
(Thus is the way to the stars')
|Chairman||Alexander James Campbell|
|Colour(s)||Navy blue, white and bottle green
Established in 1861 by the Reverend Alexander James Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, the Geelong College was formerly a school of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and is now affiliated with the Uniting Church. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for over 1,200 students from kindergarten through to Year 12, including 95 boarders from Years 9 to 12, and two in Year 8.  The boarding students are accommodated in two boarding houses at the Senior School campus, one for each gender. Boys reside in Mackie House, while girls reside in Mossgiel House.
The college is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV), the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA), and has been a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) since 1908.
Following the closure of the first Geelong Grammar, Campbell established a committee to found a new Presbyterian school. On 8 July 1861, Geelong College was officially established. The school year later started with an enrollment of 62. George Morrison was appointed the first Principal and three years later became the owner of the school. The school moved to its present location in 1871. Architects Alexander Davidson and George Henderson designed its main building.
In 1908, the college returned to the ownership of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and became a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS). Land was acquired for a new in 1946 but the new preparatory campus did not open until 1960. It became co-educational in 1974. The college undertook an extensive re-development and refurbishment of the Middle School, which is on the preparatory campus, in 2012. As of 2014, the buildings and internal work have been completed and landscaping is currently underway.
|1861 – 1898||G. Morrison|
|1898 – 1909||N. Morrison|
|1910 – 1914||W. R. Bayly|
|1915 – 1919||W. T. Price|
|1920 – 1945||F. W. Rolland|
|1946 – 1960||M. A. Buntine|
|1960 – 1975||P. N. Thwaites|
|1976 – 1985||S. P. Gebhardt|
|1986 – 1995||A. P. Sheahan|
|1996 – 2012||P. C. Turner|
|2013 – Present||A. Barr|
- Senior School - Years 9 to 12
Talbot Street, Newtown
- Middle School - Years 4 to 8
Aberdeen Street, Newtown
- Junior School - Years Kindergarten to 3
Minerva Road, Newtown
- Mokborree (Otway Campus) - All Years
A house system operates at both the senior and middle schools. Each house is named after a significant person in the college's history. Sporting and music competitions are held between them each year.
|House||Colour||Origin of name||Year founded|
|Calvert||Maroon||Stanley B. Hamilton-Calvert, an Old Collegian, council member from 1908–39 and council chairman (1922-29)||1921 Barwon; Renamed 1925|
|Coles||Pale blue||Sir Arthur Coles, co-founder of Coles Supermarkets, a major college benefactor, Old Collegian and council chairman (1939-69)||1975|
|Keith||Green||Bertram Robert Keith, Old Collegian, staff member (1927-71), co-author and editor of the 1961 Geelong College Centenary History||1981|
|McArthur||Black||A. Norman McArthur, Old Collegian, council member (1908-47) and interim acting council chairman (1939-1941)|
|McLean||Red||Ewen Charles McLean, staff member 1940-78, first chaplain from 1954 and honorary archivist (1979-98)||1980|
|Morrison||Brown||George Morrison, founding principal from 1861-98 and owner (1864-98)||1921|
|Shannon||Dark blue||Charles Shannon, council member (1908-21) and chairman of council (1908-21)||1921|
|Wettenhall||Gold||Roland R. Wettenhall, Old Collegian and council member (1927-58)||1975|
At the middle school, there are four houses: Pegasus (white), Bellerophon (blue), Minerva (red) and Helicon (green), which meet for sporting events throughout each year. The house model is not used for pastoral care at this campus. The names of these houses originate from Greek mythology.
The Geelong College participates in the Summer, Winter and Spring seasons of the APS (Associated Public Schools of Victoria) school sport competition. Competition occurs weekly on Saturdays and is organized in rounds. Choices offered for Summer sports include Cricket (boys only), Softball (girls only), tennis and rowing. Winter sports include AFL Football(boys only), netball(girls only), soccer and basketball. The Geelong College also participates in a number of local competitions and is renowned for its outstanding results in the various rowing competitions.
Geelong College Challenge
The Geelong College Challenge is a competition run by the college at the preparatory school campus in which government schools in the region can enter. The challenge started in 1993. Participating schools send in an entry based on the set theme and the teams with the 16 best entries are accepted. These schools then form a team of four Year 6 students (two boys and two girls). On the weekend of the challenge, the teams participate in various challenges, which include art, music, drama, technology, information technology, physical education and mathematics challenges.
Alumni of The Geelong College are known as Old Geelong Collegians and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA). Some notable Old Geelong Collegians include:
- Sir Robert Honeycombe – scientist and metallurgist, Emeritus Professor of Metallurgy at Cambridge University, UK.
- John Marden – first headmaster of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney (1888–1919) and Pymble Ladies' College (1916–1919); pioneer of women's education; Presbyterian elder
- Bill Dix – former Managing Director of Ford Australia and Chairman of Qantas.
- Don Kendell – founder of Kendell Airlines
- Entertainment, media and the arts
- Roger Beilby – Jazz archivist/collector/broadcaster
- Russell Boyd – cinematographer: Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, Crocodile Dundee.
- John Duigan – film director and writer
- Gideon Haigh – journalist and author
- Peter Hirst – Internationally acclaimed Savoyard performer/producer
- Robert Ingpen – artist, writer and illustrator
- Joss Russell – musician
- George Ernest Morrison – Australian adventurer; correspondent for The Times Peking (Beijing)
- Guy Pearce – actor.
- Rebecca Maddern - journalist
- Medicine and science
- Politics, public service and the law
- Justice Barry Beach – Supreme Court Judge
- The Hon John Button – federal politician in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments
- Sir Arthur Coles – retail founder, MP, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne; first Chairman of Australian National Airlines (TAA)
- The Hon Robert Doyle – Lord Mayor of Melbourne, politician; Member for Malvern in the Legislative Assembly (1992–2006); Leader of the Victorian Opposition (2002–2006)
- David Epstein – former chief of staff for Kevin Rudd (Australian Prime Minister 2007–10)
- Major General Peter "Gus" Gilmore, Deputy Chief of Army appointed September 2013
- Major General Sir James Harrison – former Governor of South Australia
- Fergus Stewart McArthur MP – Federal Member for Corangamite (Liberal Party)
- Sir Gordon Stewart McArthur – Liberal Party politician, President of the Victorian Legislative Council (1958–1965), grazier and barrister
- Sir William Gilbert Stewart McArthur – Supreme Court Judge
- Justice Alan McDonald – Supreme Court Judge
- Lloyd Davies - former Greens councillor for the Borough of Queenscliffe, former Greens candidate for Corangamite
- Jaxson Barham – current AFL footballer for the Collingwood Magpies
- Tim Callan – former AFL footballer for the Western Bulldogs
- Tim Clarke – former AFL footballer for the Hawthorn Hawks
- Bowen Lockwood– former AFL footballer for the Port Power
- Ayce Cordy – current AFL footballer for the Western Bulldogs
- Ed Curnow – current AFL footballer for Carlton FC
- Josh Dunkley-Smith – 2012 Olympic rowing silver medallist
- Edward 'Carji' Greeves – winner of the inaugural Brownlow Medal for the best and fairest player in the Victorian Football League (1924)
- Lindsay Hassett – captain of the Australian Test cricket team from 1949 to 1953
- Lachlan Henderson – current AFL footballer for Carlton FC
- Peter Hirst – Champion footballer, golfer and cricket mentor to Ian Redpath.
- Jack Iverson – Australian Test cricket bowler
- John Neil McArthur – horse racing identity
- Edward Russell Mockridge – Olympic cyclist
- Ian Redpath – Australian Test cricketer
- Josh Saunders – current AFL footballer for St Kilda
- Will Schofield – current AFL footballer for the West Coast Eagles
- Paul Sheahan – Australian Test Cricketer; Former Headmaster of The Geelong College, and Melbourne Grammar School
- Alec Boswell Timms – VFA footballer for Geelong and Scottish rugby international from 1896 to 1905
- Steve Horvat – former Australian International football player
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