About the Lilian Bayly Centre

Transition to secondary school can be daunting and Lauriston works with each student to support her through this period of new subjects, new teachers and new friends. The Lilian Bayly Centre gives students in Years 7 and Year 8 a unique sense of belonging while meeting the specific learning, physical and social needs of girls in this age group.

Students are challenged daily in a supportive and inclusive environment and are encouraged to take part in the larger world.

Situated over two floors and located adjacent to Montrose on the Armadale campus, the Lilian Bayly Centre contains open plan and dedicated learning spaces and is designed to encourage linked learning across the two years.

While entering Year 7 is exciting, the prospect of Senior School can be daunting, with students needing to manage a number of changes, including new classrooms, a variety of new teachers and a more demanding schedule.

Transition begins early at Lauriston, with a comprehensive Year 6 to Year 7 transition program preparing girls for their entry to Senior School. The program begins in Term 3 of Year 6 and comprises workshops, mentoring days and participation in activities with current Year 7 girls.

Girls who will be new to the school in Year 7 are invited to attend these sessions. Similar sessions are held for parents ensuring that all new families to Lauriston feel welcome and supported. Co-locating Years 7 and Years 8 in the same building ensures that transition into Year 8 is also smooth and that girls are well-prepared for the later years of Senior School.

Focus and Philosophy

To support our linked learning philosophy, our Year 7 and 8 House Tutors keep their desks inside the Lilian Bayly Centre. This ensures that they are always available to the students while also building a sense of community.

Once our Year 7 students develop confidence in their new environment they are ready to participate in School activities including sports, community service and the extracurricular program alongside their main subjects and their peers in Year 8.

Lilian Bayly Centre students study two languages, French and Mandarin, as well as English, a full complement of the Arts, Science, History, Physical Education and Mathematics. Pastoral Education and Information Technology are integrated into the overall curriculum.

From Year 7, girls also participate in Lauriston’s student wellbeing program ‘SHINE’ (Strength, Health, Inspire, Nurture and Engagement). The SHINE Program is held every Wednesday during assembly time and provides the girls with the opportunity to consider topics including, mindfulness, time management, organisation, study skills, relationships, resilience and emotional intelligence. SHINE continues through to Year 12 as is part of a Lauriston girl’s weekly routine.

In Year 8 girls participate in two dedicated programs both designed to challenge and extend their learning. The CityCite program, based in Melbourne’s CBD, aims to encourage independence, self-confidence and autonomy through learning in the 'real world'. The popular Activ8 program has been designed to help students develop confidence in the outdoors. Activ8 includes an overnight team-building camp and optional weekend activities that broaden outdoor experience and help students prepare for the outdoor program at Howqua.

For both Year 7 and Year 8 girls, the focus in the Lilian Bayly Centre is on ensuring that the early years of their Senior School journey are productive, rewarding, challenging and memorable. The design and philosophy behind the Lilian Bayly Centre ensures that this is possible.