Huntingtower School

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Huntingtower School
The Huntingtower Logo
77 Waimarie Drive


Coordinates37°52′37″S 145°8′11″E / 37.87694°S 145.13639°E / -37.87694; 145.13639Coordinates: 37°52′37″S 145°8′11″E / 37.87694°S 145.13639°E / -37.87694; 145.13639
TypeIndependent, co-educational, day and boarding school
MottoLatin: Nosce Te Ipsum
(Know Thy True Self)
DenominationChristian Science
PrincipalSholto Bowen OAM
Colour(s)Navy Blue     

Huntingtower School is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational, day school and boarding school, located in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia. The school currently caters for approximately 730 students from pre-prep to Year 12. Huntingtower is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV) and is a member of the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne (EISM), it is a member of the Victorian Ecumenical System of Schools (VESS).

In 2011, the VCE results table reported by The Age newspaper ranked Huntingtower the top co-educational school in the state of Victoria, and second overall. Huntingtower is consistently ranked in the top 10 Coeducational schools in Victoria.

Huntingtower's global outreach is extensive and includes support for schools in Kenya, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. Students have many opportunities to travel internationally for community service activities and also academic experiences.


Huntingtower commenced as a co-educational boarding school in February, 1927 making it Victoria’s oldest co-educational boarding school;[1] the school was originally a co-educational school for children from Christian Science families. Its first home was in Huntingtower Road, Armadale. During the next two decades, the school expanded to a point where it was seen as necessary to sell the Huntingtower Road property and move to its present site in Mount Waverley; the present campus was opened in 1954.

In 1974, the school decided to open its doors to all faiths and is now a school with a Christian Science foundation but has a multi-denominational student body, it shares Christian Science principles and ideas but does not teach religion.

Crest and motto[edit]

The school crest includes an open book - symbolising the availability of all knowledge to the seeker - and the letters "HT" interwoven; the motto "Nosce te Ipsum" is a Latin translation of the demand that is made of each Huntingtower student: "Know thy true self".


Period Details
1927 – 1940 DB Coutts
1941 – 1944 RM Jukes
1945 – 1948 F Ebbells
1949 – 1972 JB Mather
1973 – 1975 BL Warrell
1975 – 1990 SB Paine
1991 – 1998 JA Callaway
1999 – present SG Bowen OAM

House system[edit]

The senior school's House System currently arranges the students into four different houses: Bruce (Red), Mather (Blue), Warrell (Yellow), Rayner (Green). The House Competition involves students participating in the House Music Festival, Swimming Carnival, Athletics Carnival, Cross Country Carnival, Debating and Chess, in order to win house points; the House with the most points at the end of the year wins the House Competition.

Similarly, The Junior School competes in a number of House events; the two houses represented in the Junior School are Thomson (Blue and Yellow) and Ruthven (Red and white).

Music and drama[edit]

Huntingtower School has a history of performance music and drama, holding house music events annually and either a school play or musical each year; the performing arts centre (PAC) is where the school holds its productions. A new PAC was completed in April 2018 and officially opened in August 2018.[2]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of Huntingtower School are known as 'HT Grads' and may join the Huntingtower Old Students Association (HOSA); some notable Huntingtower students include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Victoria's Oldest Co-ed Boarding School". Huntingtower School. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ Julia Banks (22 August 2018). "Statements by Members Chisholm Electorate: Huntingtower School". Australian Parliament.

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