Billanook College

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Billanook College
Billanook College logo.svg
97-199 Cardigan Road

Coordinates37°47′21″S 145°20′26″E / 37.789243°S 145.340431°E / -37.789243; 145.340431
TypeIndependent, co-educational secondary school
MottoGrowing and Caring
DenominationUniting Church
PrincipalRoger Oates (2010-)
Staff129 FTE[1]
Qualifications offeredVictorian Certificate of Education
Years offeredEarly learning - Year 12
Enrolment775[1] (2018)
Color(s)     Red and      green
MascotThe Billanook Tree
CRICOS no.00131M

Billanook College is an independent co-ed school with an early learning program through to Year 12, located in Mooroolbark, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is a school of the Uniting Church in Australia, and a member of Round Square, it was founded in 1980 by the founding principal Peter Harris. The College's current principal is Roger Oates.[1]

Billanook College is named after the name the local Wurundjeri people called the area, on which the College now stands.[2]

Billanook College is a member of the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne. EISM member schools in the same area regularly play each other in sporting activities ranging from Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey and Australian Rules Football to Badminton and Table Tennis. Billanook College hosts the local VET Media and Music course as it has since 2004.


The College has recently begun an ambitious building program and since 2009 have constructed several new buildings, including The Alan Ross Centre (The ARC), a 475-seat auditorium named after the College's long-serving former principal, Alan Ross, who served from 1997 to 2009;[3] the new Junior Early Learning Centre was opened in 2010 and four new fully equipped science laboratories were also opened in mid 2010.[4]

On 28 January 2016, Billanook College opened its $1.8 million Discovery Centre building.

About a year later Billanook opened the Mastery Centre for students from Year 7 to 9.[5]

They're now looking into refurbishing Senior School, and then the Performing Arts Section of the college.


Billanook College has expansive grounds including two full sized ovals, one half size oval, a large gym, three basketball courts and a volleyball court.[6]

In conjunction with Yarra Valley winemakers Billanook College has developed its own working vineyard and Viticulture Skills Centre on the school property, which first produced 68 bottles of their first vintage in 2004.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Billanook College. Annual Report 2017 (PDF). Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Billanook College Story".
  3. ^ "About the ARC - Billanook College". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Billanook College Annual Report 2009" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Billanook College, Discovery Centre".
  6. ^ "Billanook College Grounds".
  7. ^ Russell, Alice (6 September 2004). "Something for everyone". The Age.

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