John Monash Science School

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John Monash Science School
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Melbourne, Victoria
Coordinates 37°54′50″S 145°07′44″E / 37.91389°S 145.12889°E / -37.91389; 145.12889Coordinates: 37°54′50″S 145°07′44″E / 37.91389°S 145.12889°E / -37.91389; 145.12889
Type Specialist, Selective
Established 2010 (2010)
Founder Government of Victoria, Monash University
Principal Peter Corkill
Grades 10-12
Enrolment ~650
Campus Clayton
Houses Doherty (Blue)
Flannery (Green)
Blackburn (Purple)
Wood (Silver)
Colour(s) Navy blue, white, sky blue
Affiliations Monash University

John Monash Science School is a state government coeducational specialist selective school in Victoria, Australia. It is the state's first specialist science secondary school.[1]

Main entrance to the school

The school is located on the Clayton campus of Monash University. It opened in 2010 with a year 10 class.[2] It is currently running at its full capacity of roughly 660 students.[3][4] It is named in honour of Sir John Monash.

It is one of three recently built selective high schools in Victoria alongside Suzanne Cory High School and Nossal High School. The addition of these schools are the result of a policy of expansion, and doubles the number of fully selective government schools in Victoria. Prior to these schools, Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne High School and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School were the sole selective entry schools in Victoria. John Monash Science School has a different selection process to these other schools.

A variety of elective subjects are offered in Year 10 at John Monash Science School which cover nanotechnology, marine biology, biomedicine, geology, bioinformatics and physics.


House system[edit]

The student body is divided into four houses:

  • Flannery
  • Blackburn
  • Wood
  • Doherty

Each house is named after an accomplished Australian scientist: Tim Flannery, Elizabeth Blackburn, Fiona Wood, and Peter Doherty respectively.

NBN Virtual School of Emerging Sciences[edit]

On the 13 February 2013, the NBN Virtual School of Emerging Sciences (NVSES) was launched in a coalition effort between John Monash Science School, Monash University, and Pearson Education.[5] Utilizing the Australian government's National Broadband Network's (NBN) educational facilities, lessons are taught by JMSS staff and Monash University scientists via internet to schools all around Australia. Two subjects are currently offered: astrophysics (which leads on to quantum physics) and nanoscience (leading on to nanotechnology).


  1. ^ "First science school to be built in Vic - Breaking News - National - Breaking News". 
  2. ^ "$20m maths, science school for Clayton - National -". 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  5. ^ "NVSES - The National Virtual School of Emerging Sciences". 

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