PRESBYTERIAN LADIES COLLEGE
Independent Presbyterian girls, Early Learning Centre to Year 12, boarding for Years 7 to 12
Since its establishment in 1875, Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) has encouraged students to aim for the highest possible personal achievements in academic studies. PLC students were the first women admitted to Melbourne University and to graduate from the Faculty of Medicine. The college aims to provide a liberal, humane and scientific education within the context of Christian teaching and values. It offers a broad and challenging education.
Facilities: Boarding facilities, science laboratories, library and information resource centre, computing facilities (including internet and laptop library), art and ceramics studios, music school, tennis, netball and basketball courts, ovals, hockey fields, gymnasium, heated indoor aquatic centre, 200-seat lecture theatre, Early Learning Centre, all set in 16 hectares of parkland. The East Burwood tram from the citypasses the gate and school buses service many eastern suburbs.
Curriculum: Subject areas leading to the VCE include Accounting, Art, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, Information Technology, International Studies, LOTE (French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Latin and Mandarin Chinese), Mathematics, Physics and Studio Arts (Multimedia). The International Baccalaureate is also offered in Years 11 and 12. Enrichment, extension and support are available on an individual basis. The use ofinformation technology, including multimedia and internet resources, is integral to the curriculum at all levels. However, parents are not required to purchase a laptop computer as the college provides computer laboratories and a laptop library.
Sport: Hockey, tennis, netball, softball, cricket, athletics, swimming and diving, water polo, skiing, aerobics, gymnastics, rowing, Australian Rules football, badminton, equestrian sports, surfing, volleyball, weightlifting, golf, cross-country, fencing, soccer and triathlon are available.
Co-curricular activities: There is a compulsory sequential outdoor education program in Years 7 to 10. Girls can join clubs for equestrian, bushwalking, chess, drama, environment, music, debating, literature, SUIS and Amnesty International. Also, extensive choral, ensemble, band and orchestral activities are available.
Student welfare programs: A chaplain, two part-time counsellors and a full-time careers counsellor are available to assist students. Year 11 students participate in work experience and a leadership camp. A sequential personal development program enables each student to develop confidence and to value her own and others' talents and interests. Integrity, self-discipline, initiative and consideration for others are encouraged at all times. The school is open to those of other faiths.
Boarding facilities: The boarding house has single or shared study-bedrooms, a dining hall, three common rooms and a recreation room. Email and fax facilities are available for girls to communicate with their parents. Staff consists of senior mistress, nursing sister and house staff.
Policies: Cooperation and trust, self-responsibility and concern for others are fostered in a supportive family atmosphere. Girls' ties with their families are recognised as extremely important. Boarders participate equally with day girls in all lunchtime and after-schoolactivities. They can go shopping locally any weekday after school, or farther afield on weekends. Younger girls go in small groups. Regular study time is set aside each evening during the week for homework. Each week, boarders are expected to attend a church service of either their family's choice or boarders' chapel. Alternatively, since it is important for girls to maintain the closest possible contact with their family, they can choose to go home on most weekends where this is practicable, or to visitfriends or relatives approved by their parents or guardian.
Boarding programs: Boarders participate in choirs, orchestras and individual instrument practice. Sport training and inter-school competition, self defense classes, dressmaking, ceramics, chess and aerobics are offered. On weekends there is occasional Saturday sport, swimming, socials with other schools, ice-skating, bowling, live theatre, ballet, films and markets, and an occasional picnic.
Enrolment: 970 secondary, 340 primary, 140 Early Learning Centre, 110 boarders
Fees: Tuition from $9692 for Prep to $17,640 for Years 10 to 12; boarding $17,972 per year. Fees cover all compulsory camps, excursions and visiting speakers.
Principal: Mrs E Ward
141 Burwood Highway, Burwood 3125
Tel: + 61 3 9808 5811
Fax: + 61 3 9808 5998