Associated Public Schools of Victoria

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Associated Public Schools of Victoria
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Abbreviation APS
Formation 1908
Headquarters APS House
Glen Iris, Victoria
11 Member Schools
Official language
Mr Stephen Meek
Geelong Grammar School
(2016 - 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[1] 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 some schools.[2] The headquarters of the APS is known as APS House and is located in the Tooronga Village Commercial Complex in Glen Iris, Victoria.[3]


Current member schools[edit]

School Location Enrolment Founded Denomination Boys/Girls Day/Boarding Year Entered
School Colours
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, Yarra Junction, Nanjing 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 2,015 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 & Boarding [4] 1900         
Xavier College Kew, Brighton 2,080 1872 Roman Catholic, Jesuit Boys (K-12) & Girls (K-4) Day & Boarding 1900         

Founding member schools[edit]

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.

APS/AGSV sport[edit]

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[edit]

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Caulfield Grammar School
The Geelong College
Geelong Grammar School
Wesley College
Scotch College

The APS Regatta (Heads of the River)[edit]

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.



See also[edit]