Realising the True Potential of Every Girl and Boy
At Wesley College, our multi-faceted understanding embraces the concept of a true education - one that realises the full potential of every girl and boy. Our rich and comprehensive coeducational program promotes not only excellent academic results, but has a concentrated focus on The Arts, Sport, Outdoor Education, Community and Social Service.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning at Wesley is much more than achieving an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) score. We take pride in providing students with a deep understanding of thinking and learning, and encourage every student to aspire to achieve both academic excellence and their personal best, in all areas of endeavour. Our comprehensive curriculum starts with numeracy and literacy, humanities, experimental sciences, language and cultural studies, and expands much further to include a rich and varied choice of program and subjects, including the Victorian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, Vocational and Education Training and Senior Years Learning Framework.
Wesley has long been renowned for the quality of its productions and performances and achievements in music, theatre and the visual arts. We encourage all students to explore their individual creative and artistic talents through participating in our extensive music, drama, dance and art programs. All students have opportunities to explore their creative talents, simply for enjoyment or to pursue excellence.
A thriving musical environment has been created at Wesley, one where all students can explore their musical talents, either for pure enjoyment or to pursue musical excellence. Our extensive music program from Early Childhood to Year 12 provides expert practical tuition across a wide range of instruments and a diverse array of music ensembles and experiences.
We value our Wesley sporting traditions and history of success in the sporting arena, as well as the many benefits associated with being physically active. A vibrant sport program offers a choice of 19 Associated Public Schools sports, which includes competitive experience. Through sport, our students not only build stronger friendships with one another and with their teachers, but their sense of school spirit, pride, teamwork and good health is naturally enriched.
Experiential Learning - Clunes and Yiramalay
All Wesley College Year 9 students have the opportunity to live at Wesley at Clunes, a purpose-built residential facility in the town of Clunes, 35km north of Ballarat, for eight-weeks, where the program provides them with a truly unique opportunity to gain an insight into the adult years to follow.
The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School is a major educational initiative developed through a partnership between the Aboriginal people of the Fitzroy Valley community in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and the community of Wesley College, Melbourne. Students visit Yiramalay and work in hands-on projects within the Aboriginal community.
Both the Wesley at Clunes program and Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School provide experiential learning at its best.
Wesley offers a remarkable sequence of outdoor experiences that are carefully layered into our school program from Years 3 to 10 in locations at Healesville, the Gippsland Lakes and Cape Bridgewater. All three programs share two common goals - the first is that students experience life in a caring community, and secondly that students experience delight in the natural world. These experiences include understanding environmental concepts, exploring waterways safely using catamarans and sea kayaks, and enjoying hiking, surfing, caving and canoeing.
Wesley embraces and celebrates a diversity of cultures, and believes in a culture of social justice. Students can be involved in groups such as Wescare, WesMob and the Social Justice Group to raise awareness and money for a variety of environmental and charitable causes – locally, nationally and globally.
International Baccalaureate students undertake a Creativity, Action and Service program through experiential learning.
Students across the College can also participate in additional programs, such as tree planting to improve the environment of the College or actively participate in a range of charitable events such as Red Nose Day, Jump Rope for Heart and the 40-Hour-Famine.