OLSH College Bentleigh is an independent Catholic secondary school for girls and it is one of many schools worldwide founded and administered by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Our heritage and tradition spans nearly 80 years of inspiring excellence in girls’ education. OLSH College is a medium-sized school and, therefore, we are able to know and care for each student well. We know their strengths and challenges, their passions and interests and we support them to achieve their best. Students are offered a wide variety of choice at OLSH College both in the subjects they select and the extra-curricular activities they enjoy. OLSH College is centred around our four pillars. Students are challenged to be people who are Faith–Filled, Reverence Relationships, Pursue Excellence and Touch the Hearts of Others. This holistic philosophy helps to ensure OLSH girls value their spirituality, respect themselves and others, achieve the best they are capable of and are always kind to others. OLSH College has a unique Year 9 program designed to take students out of their comfort zone to build their independence and resilience.
The program is called ‘Issoudon’ after the town in France where the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart were founded. There are two elements to the program: a four week residential stay in the Southern Highlands in NSW, and a ‘Je Suis’ curriculum the girls undertake over a four week period at the College.
We are always very proud of our students and their VCE results which are consistently excellent. With the help of their dedicated teachers and supportive families, OLSH students are given every opportunity to succeed.
The OLSH digital classroom prepares students to live in a world that is highly-connected through technology. We emphasise the importance of being a discerning user and one that is able to recognise the validity of information provided on line.
We want our students to be women who are not afraid to put themselves forward as leaders in technology. To be beneficiaries of government education funding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as active participants in the push for Australia to become a nation of innovative thinkers.
We recognise that technology also helps schools and families be more connected, our aim is to provide a variety of platforms to suit individual family needs.
At OLSH we embrace technology as an important and necessary tool in the classroom, and continue to skill our staff so we are able support our students in the proper use of technology.
We are also passionate about ensuring that technology does not dominate our student’s lives. We emphasise the importance of relationships and interactions, and spend a lot of time ensuring that our students get the balance right.
At OLSH College we understand and appreciate the importance of the environment and sustainability, particularly in the context of the generations to come. All students are encouraged to reflect on how their actions will impact the environment and its precious resources. In his encyclical about the environment and sustainability titled ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis asked, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
All OLSH College staff attended a professional development seminar to review the content of the encyclical. They were then asked to think about ways in which they could adopt best practice in their classrooms to minimise their footprint and effect on the environment. The Year 10 Environment Group presented a research paper to all staff and students that outlined the use of electricity at the College. They presented ways to reduce usage and demonstrated the positive effect the saving would have on the environment. The students also encouraged everyone to adopt measures to reduce their usage of electricity.
Two OLSH College teams entered the 2016 Young Innovators Showcase conducted by the City of Glen Eira. The competition was designed to foster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills. The students were given the challenge to develop an innovative way to reduce water usage at home or at school. Both OLSH College teams received feedback that their entries were of a very high standard and one of the OLSH teams was declared the winner in the mechanical device section.
- Lecture Theatre
- Science Labs x 4
- Dance Studio
- Music Rooms x 3
- Common Room
- Weights/Circuit Room
- Textiles Room
- Photography Room
- Art Rooms x 2
- Multi-purpose Area
- Drama Room
- Netball Courts x 4
- Tennis Courts x 2
- Careers Centre