Wesley College Melbourne, Registered School No. 1, is a coeducational, open-entry school of the Uniting Church with a rich tradition on which to base its liberal, broadly based curriculum.
Opened on 18 January 1866, Wesley has enriched the lives of thousands of young people in its history. In 2016, the college celebrates its sesquicentenary — 150 years of outstanding educational opportunities.
• Elsternwick: three-year-olds to Year 9 —
12 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD
• Glen Waverley: three-year-olds to Year 12 — 15 kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD
• St Kilda Road: three-year-olds to Year 12 — five kilometres from the Melbourne CBD
Wesley believes in a true education — one that realises the full potential of every girl and boy. The rich and comprehensive coeducational program promotes not only excellent academic results, but has a concentrated focus on the arts, sport, outdoor education and community.
Wesley College is one of the top International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Australia. Students from all backgrounds, countries, religions and cultures study at Wesley because of our excellent educational reputation, facilities and student support.
Graduating students move on with much more than an ATAR score; each has been encouraged to aspire to achieve excellence and personal best in all areas of endeavour. Many graduates continue their studies at major Australian universities and others around the world.
The majority of students are offered a place at either The University of Melbourne or Monash University. Students applying to study at The University of Melbourne may receive preferential entry through Melbourne Schools Partnership International (MSPI), of which Wesley College is a member.
Others choose international universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, to study in fields such as medicine, law, commerce, politics, science and information technology.
Our comprehensive coeducational program promotes not only excellent academic results, but has a concentrated focus on the arts, sport, outdoor education and community. A balanced approach to learning, a concern for the whole student, and a rich variety of opportunities is offered within an innovative and caring environment. Programs allow for individual learning and enable students to reach their potential in a challenging and positive manner. Individual needs are supported through a range of extension and enrichment programs.
The curriculum for early childhood to Year 6 is based on the International Baccalaureate organisation’s Primary Years Programme. The International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme curriculum prepares children in Years 7 to 9 for the breadth of choices and rigour of academic study in the senior years.
The Senior Years Learning Framework engages senior school students in a diverse set of learning experiences, ensuring they develop to their fullest potential as knowledgeable, skilled and productive individuals. In Years 10 to 12, students are offered an adult-style learning environment with more than 40 VCE subjects, 29 International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects and three VET subjects offered.
Wesley offers a wide range of co-curricular programs to support students’ learning in music, performing and visual arts, sport and social services.
Our outstanding dramatic and musical productions are regular cultural highlights. Music at Wesley is focused on self-expression and inspiration, and students are encouraged to join Wesley’s numerous bands and ensembles.
Our students have won countless awards for their inspired work — in debating, music, visual arts, drama and literary festivals, as well as in national academic competitions. Wesley values its sporting traditions and history of success in the sporting arena. Sport is a compulsory co-curricular activity for all students from Years 5 to 12, with 19 different sports offered. More than 120 teams compete each week from Year 7 to Firsts level.
Wesley College is establishing Learning in Residence, an innovative residential facility to be built adjacent to the Senior School at the Glen Waverley campus.
Scheduled to open in Term 4, 2016, this exciting, multipurpose, senior years (Years 10-12) residential development will provide a real-life context for holistic experiential learning which builds on the rich history of such residential experiences at Wesley – a century of boarding, two decades of Outdoor Education and the highly-acclaimed residential learning programs in Clunes and Yiramalay.
The architectural design, location and programs have been designed to further enhance learning in the senior years and will again provide students - locally, nationally and internationally - with the benefits of an outstanding Wesley residential experience. Learning in Residence will be a dynamic and diverse community providing a vibrant and safe environment that will stimulate the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, cultural and spiritual development of the students in residence.
The college has produced many outstanding alumni, including:
• two former Australian Prime Ministers
• a Nobel Laureate
• 23 politicians
• 13 Rhodes Scholars
• four current Supreme Court judges and one High Court judge
• 36 Olympic athletes
• a multitude of prominent scientists, teachers, artists and business leaders.