Princes Hill Secondary College


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125 years of PHSC

Farewell Year 12

7A 2009


7B 2009


7C 2009


7D 2009


7E 2009


7F 2009



Nanowrimo at the State Library



Italy Study Tour 2014


On September 11 twenty three very excited year 9 and 10 students departed from Melbourne airport to spend three glorious weeks in breathtakingly beautiful Italy. After three days in the eternal city of Rome where most of the ancient sites were visited, many gladiators were photographed and countless gelati were consumed, we retired to the quieter and idyllic village of Mondavio (Le Marche region). Each morning students attended language classes.  At the ‘liceo scientifico’ in Fano our students delighted their Italian peers with a presentation (in Italian) on life in Australia.  Afternoons and weekends were spent discovering the medieval and renaissance cities of Urbino, Ferrara, Bologna, San Marino and Venezia. Un viaggio indimenticabile!

Happy Birthday Princes Hill

White Elephants can Last

It was a cold, windy Monday morning, but there were Festivities in Arnold Street, Carlton on 2 September 1889. Two hundred and fifty youngsters dressed in their Sunday best, parents, teachers, dignitaries and honoured guests braved the weather to witness the inauguration of State School 2955, Princes Hill.

James Robertson, chairman of the Carlton School Board of Advice, began the ceremonies. In his speech, he pointed out that this was the sixth school to be opened in Carlton. With the suburb’s rapid growth, there were 5000 students on the rolls of the Carlton schools, and almost 4000 were regular attenders. For the rest - the families who drifted from suburb to suburb and ‘sadly neglected’ their children’s schooling - Robertson urged the Department of Public Instruction and its truant officer to ‘take that class in hand’ and enforce the compulsory provisions of the 1872 Education Act.

Robertson then invited Dr Charles Pearson, Minister of Public Instruction and architect of Victoria’s state school system, to open the school. Pearson began by expressing his satisfaction that 230 students had enrolled in the school that very morning. There had been ‘a good deal of demur’ when the matter of building a school at Princes Hill was first raised, but the Department would be happy to extend the school if students attended in sufficient numbers. Pearson lectured the assembled students on the necessity of attending school, then went on to praise the school’s large playground. If the training of the mind went on in the classroom, he opined, the training of the character occurred in the playground. He expressed the hope that the students would carry into the playground ‘the same feeling of discipline and duty, and the same sense of loyalty to one another, and the same morals, as they exhibited in the classroom’.

Dr Charles Pearson

John Gardiner MLA gave a brief reply. He expressed his gratitude at the large turnout, which had given the lie to those who claimed that a school at Princes Hill would be a ‘white elephant’. He thanked all those who had supported him in his campaign to have the school established.

John Gardiner MLA, in his playing days as captain of Carlton Football Club.

He was followed by Mr Leonard MLA, who echoed Robertson’s call for more truant officers. The official function over, fifty of the ‘gentlemen’ present were invited to lunch in the school building as guests of the Carlton Board of Advice. The assembled children were let off for the rest of the day. No doubt many were grateful for the chance to go home and warm their hands by the fire.

- From Prinny Hill: The State Schools of Princes Hill 1889-1989 by Nicholas Vlahogiannis


Careers Information

Attention all parents and guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Please click here to access all the powerpoints from the Transition Information Evenings and also VTAC and tertiary entrance information for Year 12.

School for Student Leadership



Princes Hill Secondary College School Tour

Calling all ex students and staff...

As part of our celebration of 125 years as an educational institution, PHSC is conducting tours of the school during school hours so you can witness, first hand, Prinny Hill in the 21st century. We cordially invite all ex-students and ex-staff to participate in a tour of the school, with refreshments served after the tour.

Tour date:  Wed. 22nd October

Time: 11 am - 12.20 pm

Venue: PHSC

R.S.V.P. – Kim Best at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring the school on 9389 0600 and leave your name and the number of people attending plus the date of the tour you’re attending.

Looking forward to meeting lots of old Prinny Hillers!



Prospective Students for 2015

Please click here for enrolment information for Grade 6 students who wish to attend PHSC in 2015.




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