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Coordinates: 37°33′31″S 143°51′04″E / 37.5587°S 143.8510°E / -37.5587; 143.8510

Ballarat Clarendon College
Ballarat, Victoria
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Motto E Studis Veritas et Claritas[4]
(Out of Enthusiastic Endeavors Come Truth and Understanding)
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1864 (Ballarat College) & 1868 (Clarendon College)[1]
School number 278[2]
Principal David Shepherd
Chaplain Andrew Boatman
Key people William Henderson (Founder)
Elizabeth Kennedy (Founder)
Colour(s) Red, Black, Gold, Blue                 
VCE average 37[3]

Ballarat Clarendon College is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school, located in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.[5]

Formerly affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Australia, it is now a school of the Uniting Church and a member of the Ballarat Associated Schools.


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 and Clarendon College" in 1974. In recent years, the "and" was removed from the name of the school to become simply "Ballarat Clarendon College".

In 1977 Australian Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches came together to form the Uniting Church and hence the school's denomination changed from the Presbyterian Church to the Uniting Church.

Academic standing[edit]

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.

Academic Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Official Victorian Rank[6] 11th 16th 8th 11th 12th 11th 26th 8th 9th
Median VCE scores 36 36 36 36 36 38 36 37 37
Percentage of VCE scores 40+ 28% 26% 32% 27% 28.1% 31% 26% 34.7% 32.2%

Laptop Computer Program[edit]

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.



The College participates in many sports both within and outside the Ballarat Associated Schools.

The Boys First XI Cricket team won 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 Shepparton 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. In 2008 and 2010 the BCC Girls' 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 Schoolgirls' 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.

Performing Arts[edit]

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. 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
  • Keyboard
  • 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
  • Orchestra
  • 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 2015 was 'Avenue Q', and the Middle School Production for 2015 was 'High School Musical.' They also have an annual Performing Arts Showcase performance for both the Junior & Senior School and a Middle School and Senior School Presentation Night.

Notable alumni[edit]



Diplomatic service

  • Colin McDonald, Australian Ambassador in South Africa 1988-92; Egypt 1993
  • William (Bill) Paterson, 2008 Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism; Public Service Medal 2004, Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 2005
  • Sir Patrick Shaw, Australian Ambassador to Washington 1974-75



Performing arts/media



Jeremy Humm - AFL Footballer (West Coast & Richmond)


  • 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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