This College has a long and proud history of educating young women. The College is conducted in the traditions of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion: the Biblical values of compassion, justice, reconciliation, peace and love are the central guiding principles for all that we do. We aspire to be a community that seeks truth through learning, in a culture and community of caring relationships.
There are many opportunities and invitations extended to our students to walk a variety of pathways that will enable them to experience the unfamiliar, to be challenged to achieve their absolute best in their interests and talents, and to grow as individuals and as community. Our pathways include academic programs of excellence, liturgical celebrations, retreats and reflection days, sports, and many other daily activities of the College.
We invite you to walk the many pathways you find here on this website, to explore what it means to be a member of this exceptional education community of Our Lady of Sion, and to gain an understanding of who we are and what we do.
Our Lady of Sion College is a Catholic Secondary College for girls, with an approximate enrolment of 890 students from years 7 to 12. The College is incorporated under the Australian Companies Act and is governed by a board of 12 members.
The College supports the principles of the Australian Democracy and is committed to supporting the elected Government, the rule of the law, equal rights for all before the law, freedom of speech and association, freedom of religion, and the values of openness and tolerance.
Students are requested to be at school by 8.30am, to commence homeroom at 8.35am. Students are dismissed at 3.15pm. Students are expected to be punctual for all lessons. The college operates on a 10 day teaching cycle of four 80 minute periods per day.
Our Lady of Sion College is unique among Melbourne's secondary colleges for girls. Behind its name is a history which is of interest and particular relevance to our times.
The College was founded in 1928 by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion with 15 students. MM John was the first Director/Principal who led the new school through the financial difficulties of the Depression.
The Sisters had almost nothing for themselves as they wanted the College to get underway.
Enrolment continued to grow and by 1958 there were 238 girls studying at the College. Now over 890 students are taught and supported by almost 100 staff members.
Our Lady of Sion College continues the Sisters'; commitment to the Biblical values of justice, peace and love and invites the girls to make a contribution to the Church and world.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion was founded in France in 1842 by Theodore Ratisbonne and a small group of women.
The Ratisbonnes were a well known Strasbourg family, highly assimilated Jews, who knew very little of their Jewish faith. Theodore set out on a search for meaning. He joined a group studying philosophy, and slowly made a decision to become a Catholic and later a priest.
The Jews of Europe had suffered anti-Semitic attitudes and been forced into ghettoes. In Theodore’s time they were emancipated from the ghetto and many felt assimilation was a security. How wrong the Holocaust in the 1930 - 1940s proved them.
Because of this journey Theodore insisted on religious freedom in relation to the children who came into his care. He said: 'The Religious of Sion will respect freedom of conscience and will allow each student to practise her parents' religion.' The Sisters were not to proselitize. He wanted the Sion family to be respectful of each person in all her diversity and to be united in love.
Today the sisters are present in many countries and this tradition of inclusion and tolerance is very much alive.
Sowing the seeds of hope,
uncovering excellence within
and inspiring a commitment to justice.
Our Lady of Sion College is a Catholic College where young women are encouraged to live in fidelity to the Word of God known in the Scriptures and the life of Jesus. These young women inherit the tradition of the Church and the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, which calls them to actively seek to transform the world.
This tradition calls them to be:
These young women will be offered opportunities that will enable them to become individuals filled with hope, who speak to the divine within themselves and beyond their imagining. They will become young women who will always strive to:
Our Lady of Sion College imbues in our young women,
The motto of Our Lady of Sion College is 'VERITAS IN CARITATE'. These words, 'Truth in Love', capture the essence of the passage in Ephesians 4:11-16 from which they were taken. The passage issues a call to all God's people to grow into unity with one another and full maturity centred in Christ. By respecting and encouraging the diversity of gifts possessed by different individuals, the community will guide itself to greater strength through love.
'Speaking the truth in love' is the way to draw people towards maturity. The indecision and changeable loyalties of youth can be transformed into a consistent orientation of values. In any community there are also some who have been hurt by negative experiences but who are able to grow and mature through love.