About PHSC

The Princes Hill School was established in 1889 and is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in Victoria.

The College has access to Princes Park adjacent to the school for recreational and sports activities, as well as its own gymnasium. The College also has its own school camp at Mirimbah in the foothills of Mt. Buller. The school is uniquely located within the educational hub of inner Melbourne with access to the resources of The University of Melbourne, Museum and Zoo, all of which are within walking distance.

The College provides for 900 students from Years 7-12. PHSC is non-selective and draws students from over 30 Primary schools in the Cities of Yarra, Melbourne, Moreland and Darebin, with about 20% of our students travelling from more distant suburbs.

The quality and expertise of the College teaching staff is one of the great strengths of the school. It is also a very stable team, with many staff having been at the school for seven years or more. There are also a number of recent graduates who add energy and innovation to the staff group.

The mutual respect established in the school between students and staff contributes greatly to the quality of the teaching and learning environment of the school.

The College Student Code of Conduct sets out clear guidelines and expectations for student conduct and progress with a particular focus upon recognising and rewarding student achievement. Participation in public events, performances and competitions is widely encouraged and successes are enthusiastically celebrated by the College.

Core Values

Princes Hill Secondary College is the centre of a vibrant community of parents, students and teachers. All play an active part in the daily life, decisions and programs of the school. It is a community united by a shared belief in the importance of the following values:

Community: belonging together and caring for each other
Diversity: respecting and valuing individual and cultural difference
Social Responsibility: a passionate commitment to ethical and socially just action
Creativity: nurturing a spirit of innovative inquiry and expression
Achievement: striving to set and reach challenging personal goals
Self-reliance: the self-discipline and resilience required to achieve these goals

These values underpin the teaching philosophy of the school, which recognises that every child is unique and the educational needs of each will be different. Equally the school program is founded upon the belief that every child is able to set and meet challenging goals. The College’s capacity to inspire each student to fulfill their potential is a key to the success of the school.

You will find that these beliefs permeate and inform everything that the school does.