Gilson College

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Gilson College
Latin: Nihil Sine Deo
"Nothing Without God"
450 Taylors Road
Melbourne, Vic, 3037, Australia
Coordinates 37°43′27″S 144°45′47″E / 37.72417°S 144.76306°E / -37.72417; 144.76306Coordinates: 37°43′27″S 144°45′47″E / 37.72417°S 144.76306°E / -37.72417; 144.76306
Type Independent
Denomination Seventh-day Adventist
Established 1988
Founded 1970's
Opened 1988
Principal Mark B Vodell
Years offered P-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrolment approx. 900 (2013)

Gilson College is a P-12 school located in Taylors Hill, Victoria on the outskirts of Melbourne. It is part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist education system.


Gilson College traces its beginnings to the mid-1970s when a primary school was established in the suburb of Pascoe Vale. At the end of 1987 the Pascoe Vale school was closed and this heralded the beginning of a new educational institution on the current Taylors Road site. It was established in 1988 and originally known as the 'Keilor School'. In 1992, the school board voted to change the school's name to Gilson College as a tribute to W J Gilson, a prominent figure in Adventist education in Australia.[1]


The College is set on 12ha near Caroline Springs, on the outskirts of Melbourne. The College has in the past 12 years continued to expand its educational line-up, starting with the Science Wing, Library and E-block of classrooms completed in 2000, IT block and Admin office completed in 2003. The original gymnasium/auditorium was demolished recently, to make way for more modern buildings. Each year a building program has added facilities that are now enjoyed by the students and staff. Modern classrooms have been added or renovated. In addition to this, technology laboratories as well as new science facilities provide for the students. A large gymnasium and an eco-sport centre are elements of the campus.

Curriculum and Enrolment[edit]

The school is registered to take international students. Registration is open to all students provided the prerequisites are met. Intake years are usually Prep or Year 7 while other years are only open subject to the availability of vacancies.

In 1999, the school first started offering the VCE and now offers over 32 subjects.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gilson College 2010 Annual Report". 

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