Toorak College Senior School specialises in girls’ education. It is a place where girls can learn and be challenged in a caring and supportive environment so that each Toorak girl emerges from her schooling as a confident, independent and resourceful 21st century woman.
Our commitment to academic excellence is delivered through innovative and collaborative teaching programs and our dedicated teachers encourage our girls to discover their individual passions and academic strengths. A strong work ethic exists and girls come to understand and appreciate the joy that learning and discovery brings, which will ensure they continue on the path of lifelong learning.
We believe that a holistic approach to education is the best preparation for later life, giving our girls the skills of independence to manage their lives and studies at university, the communication tools necessary to play an active role in society and the resilience to make their way in our increasingly competitive world.
We recognise that for students to achieve their best academically they must also mentally and physically be at their best too. Through our pastoral care program, which continues all through Senior School, a focus on empathy, respect for difference and respect for oneself is embraced.
The range of sports and co-curricular activities are extensive at Toorak College. All girls are strongly encouraged to ‘have a go’ at sports they may not have tried before, whilst continuing to pursue sports they already enjoy. Music and Drama also play a very big part in the girls’ lives at Toorak. They are encouraged to pursue the arts and to discover the richness that these bring to one’s life.
Many of our girls follow in the footsteps of mothers, aunts and sisters and there is a sense of belonging and pride in knowing you are a part of a tradition and culture that has a history of over 140 years. There are those that have come before you, and those that are still to come. It is this 'spirit' that is instilled in all the girls which makes being a Toorak College girl something very unique and special.
The All-Girl Advantage
Research consistently shows that girls perform better in an all-girl environment and our girls-only Senior School is a personalised, supportive learning environment designed to inspire and encourage our girls to become confident and highly capable young women. Your daughter will enjoy not just equal opportunity, but will thrive in a culture of academic excellence, collegiate collaboration and a focus on individual strengths to maximise her potential as a global citizen. Find out more about the All-Girl Advantage.
Senior School Programs
In Years 7 and 8, girls develop a sense of self and our teaching teams and tutors focus on the growth and wellbeing of students alongside their academic progress. There is a strong focus on each student striving for personal academic excellence.
Your daughter’s academic progress will be individually monitored in a caring and supportive way to ensure each learner will develop to their potential. Under the guidance and expertise of specialist subject teachers, your daughter will enjoy working on a range of topics that draw the threads of learning together, thriving in a supportive academic and collegiate learning environment.
Wellbeing is important part of school life and to ensure a smooth transition into Senior School, each Year 7 and 8 student is assigned a dedicated tutor to monitor her academic progress and personal wellbeing. Your daughter will have the opportunity to attend our Year 7 Orientation camp where she will build confidence and enjoy making new friendships.
A range of other personal development programs continue throughout the year to help them continue on their journey to adulthood.
To ensure our girls are equipped with the technological skills for the ever evolving demands of the 21st century we have a 1:1 Laptop Program and a focus on STEM knowledge and state-of-the-art learning in our DIGI (Design, Innovative, Gamify, Inspire) Zone.
The range of extra curricula activities such as Sport, Music, the Arts, various clubs; are extensive and all girls are strongly encouraged to get involved and try things they may not have in the past as well as to continue pursuing already found interests.
At Toorak College we believe that we can provide the best education for your daughter for her to find and achieve her dreams. Your daughter will be immersed in the spirit of a Toorak College education with a focus on leadership, decision-making and good citizenship at the forefront of our philosophies in developing smart, capable young women.
The Year 9 program has a diversity of learning experiences to enrich and engage our students to reach and achieve beyond their potential. The academic program builds on core subjects to allow for greater academic diversity, informed choice and guided specialisation through a variety of electives from all educational disciplines, ensuring all pathways are available to them.
Girls investigate and develop their social conscience, leadership and communication skills by engaging in activities that encourage them to be empathetic, globally minded citizens of our world through our Beyond Boundaries program.
They will explore attitudes, values, goals, and practices of a community different to their own and are encouraged to develop their leadership skills by serving the community. This experience will be supported in the Toorak College curriculum through the Year 9 Global Citizen program.
Preparing For Future Learning
At Toorak College, there are many opportunities to engage in valuable learning experiences. We help our students consolidate their skills and acquire knowledge for future learning. Your daughter can choose from an exciting range of learning electives.
This is an important transition year to VCE where students are closely guided in their planning for the future. Our girls are supported and encouraged to consider the full VCE program, including pre-requisite courses for specific vocational aspirations, with plenty of scope for individual choice and enrichment offering a combined core and elective curriculum with VCE options.
Students develop a thinking toolbox of the crucial skills of innovation, creativity, problem finding and solving, and collaboration which will best prepare them for their future. Working in groups, students work with mentors within and beyond the school to explore an innovation they wish to develop. Students navigate their way through the course with the application of digital tools. This program also explores the study skills required to best prepare students for their VCE studies while providing a careers component to support and guide them in subject selection.
Toorak College has a proud track record of achieving outstanding VCE results, and regularly achieves the best results on the Mornington Peninsula. VET and VCAL options also allow students to attain recognised qualifications.
The combination of a world class education, proud heritage and idyllic bayside setting provides the ideal environment for our students to achieve their best in their final years of school. Our School is a popular choice for the many new day and boarding students who are welcomed at this level.
Bardon House VCE Centre
Bardon House, our purpose-built centre for VCE students, is designed as an adult-style learning environment. The centre promotes positive, independent study practices and prepares students for a smooth transition into tertiary education. Exceptional staff to student ratios, extensive resources and facilities mean your daughter will have the best educational opportunities at her fingertips.
Bardon House facilities include:
- Fully networked multimedia lecture theatre
- A large student lounge
- Study and tutorial rooms
- Wi-Fi connectivity throughout
The Year 12 Orientation Program begins in the final term of Year 11 and aims to prepare students for the academic demands of their final year, embedding the importance of developing skills in independent learning.
VCE Programs and pathways
Most girls choose six subjects in Year 11 (VCE Units 1 & 2) and five subjects in Year 12 (VCE Units 3 & 4). Some Year 11 students may also undertake Units 3 & 4 as part of the extension program. Our Year 11 students can apply to participate in a university extension course as part of their Year 12 program.