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PCW Melbourne


187 Dandenong Road, Windsor, VIC, 3181, Australia

General Overview

Girls day school
Commenced in 1873
Number of Students:      600                  
Number of International Students: 30
Nationality mix of international students: Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand
CRICOS Provider Code: 03074B

Website:  www.pcw.vic.edu.au

PCW prides itself on 142 years of sustained commitment to compassion, inclusion, social justice and education for all. The College reflects the contemporary Australia this generation of young women will lead.   PCW is a Catholic secondary school for girls established in 1873 by seven Presentation Sisters - an Irish congregation founded by Nano Nagle. The College has inherited from the Presentation Sisters a tradition of adventure, creating an openness to teaching and learning that infuses the school. Providing six years of education, PCW educates girls for life. Our forward looking education creates pathways beyond school, enriches growth and transforms lives.

With more than 60 nationalities represented, PCW offers a rich, culturally diverse environment where the pursuit of academic excellence is grounded in Christian values. In order to maximise student learning, PCW focuses on knowing and caring for its students.  The wellbeing of all students is a partnership between the staff, students and parents which underpins the academic, social and spiritual dimensions of the entire college community. The College is a small school and is limiting its new International Student program to a maximum of 20 students

PCW is located 6kms from Melbourne CBD (Central Business District). PCW's central location gives proximity to cosmopolitan shopping, bay and beachside suburbs as well as Melbourne’s major cultural centres. This close access enables students to enjoy and participate in a greater range of facilities, excursions and activities than would normally be possible, making the learning experience event more stimulating and varied.

Why PCW is an outstanding choice for your daughter

As one of Melbourne oldest schools, founded in 1873 by the Presentation Sisters, PCW is proud of its strong educational history.  PCW Melbourne is renowned for its multi cultural,  ethnically and socially diverse community. International students will benefit from this as they adapt to the educational setting. They will also provide a taste of global citizenship to Australian resident students by extending friendship beyond known boundaries and intellectual and social horizons.

  • Great Location – very close to city centre, excellent transport facilities
  • Wide range of VCE subjects
  • Sharing of some senior classes with Christian Brothers College (CBC)
  • Broad range of music and art subjects
  • Excellent pastoral care of students
  • Language / homework support offered for international students
  • VCE Results / Pathways
  • Competitive Fees for one of Melbourne's finest girls schools - $21,500-22,500 per year
  • PCW will provide Homestay for International Students
  • Elicos at Hawthorn Language Centre (Melbourne University)
  • Careers counselling provided for all students
  • Introduction of our iPad program - Students from Years 7 to 12 have iPads
  • International Students receive excellent personal care (staff have made trips to China to visit families)

PCW will do all it can to assist international students in meeting their academic and regulatory obligations during their stay. Pastoral care and well-being of all students is a priority. We are confident that you will find PCW is a school where your daughter can grow and mature into all that she has waiting for her in life.

Student Achievement

 Nearly 85% of our student cohort receiving an ATAR score in the top half of the state

Nearly 40% scoring in the top quarter of the state.

2014 College Dux, Damaris Kean, achieving an ATAR of 99.2

Approximately 50% of our students applying for a tertiary course received their 1st preference.

Over 75 % received an offer from their top 3 preferences.

The course selections of the Class of 2014 will produce:

2 Engineers 2 Lawyers 4 Scientists

6 Nurses 8 Designers 3 Teachers

16 Marketing & Comms Experts

16 Business/Finance Specialists

22 Health Professionals

PCW Melbourne has consistently high VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) student achievement.  In 2011 our median study score was 32, with 10% achieving a study sore above 40.  This retains the College in the top 20% of all secondary schools in Victoria.  For additional information relating to VCE, visit http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au   95% of students go onto pursuing tertiary studies, with the remaining 5% heading into employment..
In 2013 the median ATAR for our international students was 81.7. The average median College ATAR over the past five years is 72.15.
In 2014 80% of our international students received an offer at either The University of Melbourne, Monash University or RMIT

School Facilities

•    Science & Technology wing   
•    Computer laboratories
•    Visual Art, Textile &  Design studios   
•    Hospitality training centre
•    Dedicated Music rooms &  individual practice studios   
•    Large outdoor recreation spaces

Curriculum at PCW

In the Senior Years at PCW (commencing in Year 10) students are assisted in developing a course plan that will facilitate them moving through the Senior School enabling them to choose the appropriate senior school certificate for their desired pathway. Students work closely with specialist educational and career consultants who provide study and career advice.

Students may select to study The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or The Victorian Certificate of Applied learning (VCAL).

This certificate recognises the successful completion of secondary education. The VCE provides pathways to further study at University, technical and Further Education (TAFE) and to employment.


Religious Education




20th Century History
History Revolutions
Australian History
Legal Studies
Business Management



General Mathematics
Mathematical Methods

Further Mathematics
Specialist Mathematics


Theatre Studies
Music Performance


Health & Human Development
Physical Education
Outdoor Education


Religion & Society
Text & Traditions




Design & Technology
Information Technology
Visual Communications & Design


Studio Art
*Subjects offered may change

Tertiary Pathways

The College offers multiple senior pathways including VCE, 32 study options, VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and VET (Vocational & Educational Training) 18 study options.  Each student works with an educational and career consultant helping them to select their courses which lead to their chosen pathway of university, TAFE or employment.


The students participate in a large variety of activities including:
•    Dance   
•    Self defence
•    Australian Rules Football   
•    Golf
•    Lawn bowls  
•    Water polo
•    Aerobics and lifesaving   


Tuition per year (Year 7-12)2015


inclusive of the VCAA fees

Application fee (non-refundable)

English assessment fee (non-refundable)

(If required)

(Excludes costs such as OSHC, uniforms, stationery and other school activities)


Homestay fees

Homestay rent per week

Homestay placement cost