Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill

E No. E1121
Principal: Mrs Tina Apostolopoulos
Address: 1065 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill 3128
Year Levels: 7 to 12
Melways Reference: Map 75A J 4
Phone Number: 9890 9097
Fax Number: 9899 1456
Diocese: Archdiocese of Melbourne
Region: Eastern
Parish: St Francis Xavier's

History:

Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill, is a member of the world-wide congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion. The congregation is the living fulfilment of the vision of the founders of the order, Theodore Ratisbonne and his brother Alphonse. These two Jewish brothers converted to Catholicism, became Catholic priests and established the congregation from the small group of women who worked with them.

Since its beginning and for over 150 years, the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion have lived their vocation, mainly in educational institutions, open to all classes and religions.

Our Lady of Sion College operates within the Catholic tradition of Christianity and is sensitive to the richness of the total Jewish–Christian heritage. Today there are approximately 21 educational institutions throughout the world. Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill, was opened in 1928 with 15 students and today maintains an annual enrolment of around 890 students.

Description:

Our Lady of Sion is a secondary girls college catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12. The college fosters the pursuit of excellence in all fields of human endeavour. As well as engaging students in the pursuit of knowledge, the curriculum also offers students the opportunity to experience the values which are essential to Christian living. The College provides a holistic education which prepares students for employment and tertiary and other post-secondary study.

All junior school students take compulsory studies in the areas of Religious Education, English, French, Italian and Chinese languages, Health and Physical Education, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Creative and Performing Arts and Technology. Middle school students study a core curriculum, special interdisciplinary programs called AYIN at Year 9 and L'Chaim at Year 10. They also study a number of electives which include Music, Drama, IT, Food Technology, Art, Textiles, Literature, History, Geography, Photography, French, Italian, Chinese, etc. There is also the opportunity to complete accelerated VCE units at Year 10.

At VCE level, students are able to choose from a broad range of studies, enabling them to construct individualised programs in the all discipline areas. The College is also a member of the Eastern Region Vocational Education and Training (VET) cluster, which offers a large range of VET studies. The College also offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) as an alternative to VCE.

Features:

The pastoral care of students is incorporated into all aspects of College life. The friendly and harmonious atmosphere is a source of pride and is nurtured and encouraged. The College cherishes individual differences, appreciates the varied learning styles of its students and has programs that enable each student to experience success. Students are supported by their homeroom teacher, year level coordinator, and Director of Students.

Students with special needs have access to remedial and counselling assistance. The support also includes careers counselling and work experience programs.

The Faith life of the College is rich, spiritual and inclusive. Religious Education is at the forefront of both the curriculum and the College.

Our Lady of Sion College is a member of the Eastern Independent Schools Sports Association, the Secondary Catholic Sports Association and the Catholic All Schools Sports Association. A wide range of sporting activities – including squash, aerobics, trampolining, swimming, diving, fitness training, athletics, soccer, downhill skiing, equestrian, hockey, basketball, tennis, netball and volleyball – is offered at the College.

Students are able to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including musicals and drama productions, debating, Tournament of Minds, maths and science competitions, outdoor education programs, cross-age tutoring, optional overseas and interstate trips, ballroom dancing, student exchange and the newly established Gifted and Talented Program. The Music program at the College is extensive, with junior and senior bands, instrumental and voice ensembles, junior and senior choir, and core instrumental lessons. Private music tuition is available in a wide range of instruments.

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