The College Mission and Vision Statements, revised in 2013, guide the College’s policies, priorities and educational innovations.
The Geelong College is a Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school that creates outstanding opportunities for its community of students, encouraging and inspiring all to be positive contributors to our world.
The Geelong College is an innovative and caring community of learners committed to making a positive difference to an ever changing world.
The College Crest
The quartered shield depicts an open book representing learning, the Burning Bush symbolising the Reformed Church faith, a claymore signifying the College's Scottish heritage and the Southern Cross for Australia. The coronet at the top is the symbol of the British Commonwealth.
At the base of the shield is the Motto: sic itur ad astra which comes from Virgil’s “Aeneid” Book IX,. 641. The full quote is “macte nova virtute, puer! (blessing on your new bravery, boy!) sic itur ad astra” (this is the way to the stars). The youthful God Apollo is addressing young Iulus (the son of Aeneas), who has just shot his bow for the first time in battle and been blessed by Jupiter with a victory, and means to instruct him that this is the way to further success and to his destiny.
At the top of the crest is the mythical Pegasus, taken from the Clan Morrison representing the founders of the school.
The Geelong College opened in 1861 but the full college coat-of-arms wasn't designed until 1927. It was registered with the College of Heralds in 1986.