Year 9 Tay Creggan

Year 9 is an important year for your daughter; a time of maturing intellectually, socially and emotionally, striving for greater independence and a clearer understanding of personal identity. It is a year when 14 and 15 year-olds need space to explore their world and grow as individuals.

Strathcona recognises this special year by having a separate non-residential campus, Tay Creggan, providing a rich, challenging and unique experience for our Year 9 students. Our core curriculum is supported and enriched by our Envision , Camp to Campus and Duke of Edinburgh Programs.

Envision Program

The Year 9 students are involved in Tay Creggan’s Envision program for five periods each week. The program promotes independence, interdependence and self-motivation. It has been designed around a rotating cycle of six-week experiences, carefully designed to build student engagement through a personalised learning model which involves one of three components: Enterprise, Explore and Engage.

In each of these components students are actively challenged, making choices and developing life-long, transferable skills.

In the Enterprise component students work innovatively and creatively, taking and managing risks and cultivating a can-do attitude and the drive to make their endeavour happen. Enterprise skills are central to the skillset that the Foundation for Young Australians have identified as desirable to 21st century employers, including digital capability, financial literacy, critical and creative thinking, and teamwork. Examples of possible endeavours include a night market, high tea, fringe festival, or student led conference.

In the Explore component students are involved in a guided inquiry with the central theme of Melbourne. The students take part in a variety of excursions exploring the city of Melbourne and use these experiences to help formulate their big question. The ability of students to develop and seek to answer their own questions is an essential part of education that is sometimes lost in schools where the teachers tend to ask the questions. The Guided Inquiry Model provides a structure that supports real exploration by students and opens up their world to new understandings. This powerful model supports learning in all subjects and beyond school, fostering a spirit of curiosity. At the end of each six week rotation, parents are invited to the campus to celebrate their daughter’s learning.

The creative process is developed in the Engage component. It is no longer sufficient for students to do well in tests and skills of engagement with others in various forms are essential in preparing for the 21st century workforce. The student focus for this component is to provide entertainment and technology for the Enterprise endeavour. Examples of how students might bring engagement include creating scripts and drama productions, composing and performing musical pieces, producing movies for a film festival.

Camp to Campus Outdoor Program

All Year 9 students embark upon the Camp to Campus outdoor program at Tay Creggan. This seven-day, 130km journey follows the Yarra River from its source down past Mt Donna Buang and the Warburton Trail, into the Yarra Valley region, through rapids at Warrandyte, and along the Yarra River Bike Trail, concluding at the Year 9 Tay Creggan campus.

Students will bushwalk, bike ride, and canoe over the week, reflecting on themselves, their environment, and their peers throughout the journey from camp to campus.

Successfully completing the challenge gives the girls a huge sense of achievement and creates a stronger bond with peers. Camp to Campus also contributes towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, in which all Year 9 students participate.


The Tay Creggan program has been carefully constructed for our Year 9 girls of today, taking into consideration educational and developmental research, developments in ICT and trends in learning. The unique learning environment and location of Tay Creggan are fully utilised to enrich the learning experience of our students.

All students engage in timetabled lessons in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • English
  • Humanities (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship)
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Students also study two of the following:

  • French
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese

Advanced Learning classes are available to support specific learning needs. It is not based on academic ability and there is a formal process for accessing these classes.

Click here to download the Years 7-9 Curriculum Handbook.

Pastoral Care and Personal Development

The Pastoral Care Program develops a sense of community where each student is known and valued. Through House Groups and subject classes, House sports, drama and music activities, friendships are extended and students become well acquainted with the entire year level.

A structured Personal Development Program explores various issues related to health education, careers education and goal setting. Areas explored include:

  • Dancing
  • Drug education
  • Health education
  • Leadership and goal setting
  • Self-defence
  • Sex education

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Program, with its focus on leadership, service, skill development and outdoor challenges, provides further opportunities for personal development. All Year 9 students endeavour to complete their Bronze Award at Tay Creggan, with their achievement recognised in a ceremony at the end of the year.

Students have the chance to develop and exercise leadership skills through roles such as:

  • House Captain
  • Music Captain
  • Drama Captain
  • Form Captain
  • Social Service Representative
  • Writers for School Publications
Purpose-Built Facilities

Tay Creggan provides students with an environment that engenders both a respect for the past and an enthusiasm for the future.

Facilities include:

  • Spacious classrooms
  • Fully equipped science laboratory
  • The Learning Lounge (library)
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Large, light-filled art room.
  • The Yarra River at our doorstep, providing an environment for water activities such as canoeing, kayaking and rowing.

In addition, the close proximity of the main school campus enables Year 9 girls to continue their participation in inter-school sport, choirs and instrumental ensembles.

A core group of staff works continuously at Tay Creggan. Specialist teaching staff travel to Tay Creggan to provide girls with the expertise required at this stage of their education.


History of Tay Creggan

Tay Creggan is a magnificent historic house set in beautiful grounds on the Yarra River in Hawthorn. Built in 1893 as a family home, it quickly became the social hub for fashionable Hawthorn. Strathcona bought Tay Creggan in 1969. The following year it opened as Australia’s first designated campus for Year 9 girls.

Click here to read a detailed history of Tay Creggan.

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