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Our story.

“We are a smaller school where students can nurture big ambitions. CLC is a place to feel supported, with a culture of care and all the resources needed to pursue a purposeful education.”

— Stephanie Evans, Principal

CLC students are part of a long, proud and progressive tradition.

Today, we are proud to continue that mission by offering education for the whole person, paying attention to wellbeing and learning in equal measure.

The CLC difference

Our Vision and Purpose

To inspire young women to realise their personal excellence and confidently shape their future.  We create opportunities for young women to achieve and champion justice in the global community.

Our Mission

To educate, in partnership with parents, women of faith, integrity, individuality and compassion.

Our Values

We are proud to represent the Mary Aikenhead Ministries values of justice, love, compassion and hope every day.


Justice seeks to ensure that all people are treated in accordance with their unique dignity. We advocate particularly for those who are vulnerable, marginalised and rendered voiceless, even if it puts us at odds with more powerful voices.


Love lies at the heart of all human relationships. We seek to be a place of loving care where the unique dignity of each person is recognised and where the human spirit is nurtured. We place person and spirit above property and possessions.


We seek a profound awareness of the joys and sufferings of those we serve, we are impelled to reach out with humility and love. We give priority not to ourselves, but to our neighbours in need.


We are beacons of hope, motivated by a vision of walking together with diverse people.

The Sisters of Charity

Our founding sisters were forward-thinkers, who advocated comprehensive education and new possibilities for young women.

The Sisters of Charity founded Catholic Ladies’ College in East Melbourne in 1902, and moved the school to its present eight-hectare, tree-lined setting in Eltham in 1971.

The College is now governed by Mary Aikenhead Ministries, named after the founder of the Sisters of Charity and we continue to provide quality education for young women in the tradition of these founding Sisters.


Our Catholic identity

We are welcoming to all families. Here, students come to know the Catholic tradition within the context of a multi-faith and multicultural world in Religious Education programs.

Prayer, liturgy, retreats and reflection days nurture personal faith and communal spirituality, with beautiful spaces designed to foster a spiritual connection and a calming environment for meditation.

Mary Aikenhead

In 2009, the Holy See established Mary Aikenhead Ministries (MAM), to oversee and expand the Sisters’ various health, aged care, education and social services ministries. Through MAM, the work of the Sisters grew and flourished through a transition to lay leadership. The Sisters of Charity contribute their presence, experience, involvement, wisdom and spirituality in the collective enterprises of MAM, including Catholic Ladies’ College.

Mary Aikenhead Ministries