Be of Courage

For this is the way to the stars

Since 1861 we have challenged our students to be of courage, in their thoughts, actions and words. Sic itur ad astra, our school motto, comes from Virgil’s “Aeneid” Book IX,. 641. The full quote is “macte nova virtute, puer! (blessing on your new bravery, boy!) sic itur ad astra” (this is the way to the stars). From this we are inspired to Be of Courage.

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Boarding has been integral to the fabric and culture of The Geelong College since its inception in 1861. Boarding life at the College is designed to develop independence and to foster collaboration.

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We believe that education goes beyond the classroom, with the aim to develop the most important skill of all: Learning to learn.


We are committed to understanding the science of learning and the art of teaching.


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