What are the best schools in the Bellarine Peninsula?
Families moving to the Bellarine Peninsula have plenty of options for primary and secondary school education. From private to public and music to academia, the area and its surroundings offer a variety of schools that are ready to exceed expectations and cultivate a healthy, learning experience for children of all ages
Here are some of the best schools in the area based on academic achievements, values and community activities.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Ocean Grove
Our Lady Star of the Sea Ocean Grove is a Catholic primary school within walking distance of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. The private school hosts Pre-primary to Year 6 and offers students a tangible and more specialised educational experience.
As the unique learning environment includes an outdoor amphitheatre, a barbecue and a garden, no two days are the same. The school provides a modern take on education and students are encouraged to engage with questioning, planning, investigating and communicating with their teachers and peers.
Also, students are offered the opportunity to participate in Specialist Programs each week such as science, sustainability and visual arts.
Wallington Primary School
Located off Wallington Road, Wallington Primary School offers a well-rounded education for children of the rural community with a focus on an adaptable curriculum. A new multi-purpose room, a kitchen and an arts centre are just some of the amenities offered to students. The school grounds have been coloured by generations of the community’s children, making this school so much more than a cluster of classrooms.
This close-knit school allows for plenty of whole school activities, theme days, science fairs and the Strawberry Fair. This school thrives on involving the community and creating a learning environment that harnesses respect, resilience and responsibility.
Bellarine Secondary College
Bellarine College is a co-educational public secondary school with locations at Drysdale and Ocean Grove. Years 7 and 8 are based at the Ocean Grove campus while Years 9 to 12 are based at the Drysdale location.
Bellarine Secondary offers extension academic programs for intellectually gifted students from Years 7 to 10 and a wide range of subjects for senior year students. Alongside academia, students can partake in extra-curricular activities, including student radio, chess club and art competitions.
A College Lease Program is available for students looking to lease a laptop for their secondary studies. Bellarine Secondary has deep connections with the surrounding community and work experience and partnerships offer additional support for young adults and school leavers.
Christian College Geelong
With five different campuses across Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, Christian College Geelong is an independent college that celebrates helping students learn and develop values, knowledge and skills through action and interaction. The Bellarine campus facilitates education for Pre-primary to Year 9 students.
It aims to provide students with an array of different experiences in their school years such as academics, activities, character building, creativity and global connections. The school’s focus is on delivering ‘Learning That Matters’ by helping their students find continuous improvement to seek their passions and purpose. And their academic achievements reflect this. In 2021 100 per cent of the cohort successfully completed their VCE, 24 students achieved an ATAR of 90 and above, and five students achieved an ATAR of 95 and above.