Senior School

About Senior College

Lauriston’s Senior Students in Years 10 - 12 form Lauriston’s Senior College and are located together at the School’s main Armadale campus.

The student cohort is varied and comprises girls who have been Lauriston students from Kindergarten, girls who entered in Junior School and girls who joined in Years 7 or 8 or for Howqua. We also welcome a number of girls in Years 10 and 11.

This is a crucial period for girls’ secondary school education as they begin to turn their attention away from school to plan the next phase of their journey.

Senior College provides an extensive academic program, a stimulating environment, leadership opportunities and a learning framework that underpins the final years of schooling. Girls have access to leading facilities and are encouraged to be active initiators of their own learning.

Choice is an integral part of the Lauriston Senior College experience. Girls can choose either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) as their preferred pathway to further study. Students are also encouraged to balance their studies with a selection of extra-curricular activities.

Our balanced approach to the latter years of secondary school has yielded strong results with Lauriston Girls’ School students consistently achieving outstanding results in their final years.

Focus and Philosophy

The focus in Senior College is to ensure that all students are well-prepared for their final years of school and beyond. This is achieved by working with each student individually and guiding her through the important choices that are made in this phase of schooling.

At Lauriston, Years 11 and 12 girls choose either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) for study. Lauriston has a history of outstanding results in both the VCE and IB and both programs are popular with students. To learn more about the VCE and the IB Programme please visit our dedicated section here. Students also have the option to study some subjects at an accelerated level.

To help prepare for Year 11 and Year 12, our Year 10 students participate in a week of work experience and continue to participate in the School’s SHINE personal development program. Academic programs are complemented by an extensive careers program designed to develop the key skills required for tertiary, further study and job opportunities.

Engagement in Life is a fundamental value at Lauriston, and all Senior College students participate in a range of activities designed to encourage connections and life-balance. These activities include leadership, global tours and a range of extra-curricular activities including artistic, dramatic, musical, debating and community service pursuits.

Lauriston Senior College students perform consistently well in both the IB and VCE programs and – importantly – in their post-school endeavours. Skills learnt at Lauriston in the final years of secondary schooling build on the foundations developed earlier but also form a strong platform from which to launch the next phase of life.