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History of CLC

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.

Catholic Identity and culture

Our 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 help to nurture personal faith and communal spirituality. This includes access to beautiful spaces specially designed to foster a spiritual connection and provide a calming environment for meditation. We often celebrate together to mark important events and occasions throughout the school and liturgical year.

A spiritual community

Catholic Ladies’ College is a Mary Aikenhead Ministry in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity. We seek to develop in each member of our community a contemporary understanding and application of the charism of Mary Aikenhead, the spirituality of the Sisters of Charity, the mission and vision of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and their values of justice, love, compassion and hope.

Mary Aikenhead Ministries

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 would grow and flourish through the 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