At Toorak College, we are advocates for girls’ education, yet we understand that the world does not cater to a single gender. We do not seek to replicate the world, we seek to challenge it, by offering our students an environment that enables them to focus on achieving their personal best, whilst also discovering their passions.
Ranked as the number one Mornington Peninsula secondary school, we develop agile learners who are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workplace with confidence. Through Project Illuminate and Project Radiate, we foster creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and problem solving.
Our academic program is delivered through innovative and collaborative teaching. Our students thrive in small classes where our dedicated teachers encourage them to discover, grow, and unlock their individual passions and strengths.
We believe that for students to achieve their academic best, they must also mentally and physically be at their best too. Through our daily wellbeing program, a range of co-curricular opportunities, house program, leadership opportunities, and community engagement programs, a focus on respect and kindness for oneself and for others is embraced.
In Years 7-9, our Senior students commence Project Illuminate. After exposure to a broad range of subjects and co-curricular opportunities through Project Ignite, students now bring together their learnings and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world challenges.
Through Project Illuminate, girls develop skills such as critical thinking, complex information processing, design thinking, collaboration, problem solving, adaptability, empathy and resilience. Through these years, they begin to understand what is truly meaningful to them and start to define their future ambition.
With direct instruction and exposure to a range of subject offerings in English, Mathematics, Science, Language, Health, Humanities and the Arts, Project Illuminate uses these ever-developing foundations to extend all our learners through three key programs:
All students are a part of a Growth Mentoring team. Growth Mentoring involves a group of no more than 8 students to one teacher who meet in timetabled class time. This group explores, through the themes of cognitive psychology, how to learn, how to interpret data and feedback, how to put in place structured and achievable goals along with many more themes. By putting the student at the centre of the learning journey, Growth Mentoring ensures the learning in every class is strengthened and that academic and personal growth is evident. It empowers students as they learn to understand how to interpret the feedback and data they receive in a meaningful way.
All students participate in Agile Learning, a unique subject designed by Toorak College. This subject brings together the best of Technology, Business & Commerce, Society & Culture and Design, and sees students embark on an empowered learning journey where they identify real-world problems and challenges. Using the design thinking process, students work in groups to strategise and find solutions to complex problems. This multi-disciplinary approach to learning inspires understanding and empowers our students through entrepreneurial, business, political and ethical mindsets.
Underpinning Project Illuminate is the focus on the development of skills deemed necessary for the future. Our Year 7-9 program focuses on developing and tracking skills such as collaboration, design thinking, decision making, emotional intelligence, and complex problem solving, as it is these skills that form the foundation of successful life-long learners and contributors.
Project Illuminate also introduces the element of choice. Students are able to explore not only what subjects they wish to study, but how they like to learn as well. This is supported through our student futures program, and by exploring life beyond school, where students explore influences in their local community and the global world in which they live and which they themselves will one day influence.
Our Senior Years program, Project Radiate, is designed to allow our students to do just that, let their light be seen and project into the future that awaits them. Our students graduate ready for the world beyond school with confidence, diverse skills and a head start.
Alongside a VCE offering that has a high global reputation due to its breadth, rigour, and results, Project Radiate ensures our girls are well prepared for the future career pathways.
Project Radiate not only equips Toorak College graduates for life beyond school, it allows them to experience it. This in turn, helps our graduates make better choices and find the fusion of where potential, passion and curiosity meet.
Project Radiate ensures our students are informed and connected through three distinct resources:
A Morrisby Report comprises of a series of twelve tests that focus on identifying strengths, abilities and personal style. It builds a picture of an individual’s talents, potential and preferences and, together with our Student Futures Specialist, provides students with a clearer understanding and framework of the world of work when discussing career options and pathways beyond school.
LinkedIn Learning is an online platform that helps individuals learn software and creative and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. It allows students to undertake micro-credentials in any field they choose. The student’s experience is completely personalised. Once units are completed they are published to the student's LinkedIn profile to be viewed by their professional networks and potential employers. Due to the importance of our Toorak student’s engagement in this product, LinkedIn Learning is also offered to our Collegians upon graduation to ensure their continued opportunity.
The Empower Network is where our Senior students unite with our Collegians. We are proud that our students applaud one another’s success and have a formalised way to do this in the career world. The Empower Network connects current students with Collegians, who are at both new and established stages of their careers.
Through virtual and live mentoring opportunities, our students are introduced to experts in many fields, each who have undergone the same transition they will go through. Above this, our students are provided exclusive opportunities including internships, introductions or employment, as we draw on the connections of our network of 5,000+ active Collegians.