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Associated Public Schools of Victoria

The Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) are a group of eleven independent schools in Victoria, Australia, similar to the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales in New South Wales and the Public Schools Association in Western Australia .

Associated Public Schools of Victoria
HeadquartersAPS House
Hawthorn, Victoria
11 member schools
Official language
Tom Batty
Scotch College
(2018 - present)

The Association was established in 1908[1] so that students of the member schools may compete against each other on the sporting fields, the original competition sports were Australian Rules Football, Athletics, Rowing and Cricket. Students now compete in a variety of sports, which are split into three seasons, Summer, Winter and Spring. Students in Year 7 and above compete on Saturdays and students in primary year levels compete on Wednesday afternoons. Major annual competitions include the APS Head of the River Rowing Regattas, the APS Combined Swimming & Diving Championships and the APS Combined Athletics Championships.

In March 2005, the APS member schools formed a set of guidelines regarding the awarding of sporting scholarships to students, following criticism of recruiting practices employed by some schools.[2] The headquarters of the APS is known as APS House and is located on Church Street in Hawthorn, Victoria.[3]


Current member schoolsEdit

School Location Enrolment Founded Denomination Boys/girls Day/boarding Year entered
School colours
Brighton Grammar School Brighton 1,268 1882 Anglican Boys Day 1958         
Carey Baptist Grammar School Kew, Donvale 2,344 1923 Baptist Boys & girls Day 1958             
Caulfield Grammar School Caulfield, Malvern, Wheelers Hill, Yarra Junction, Nanjing 3,115 1881 Anglican Boys & girls Day & boarding 1958         
The Geelong College Geelong 1,291 1861 Uniting Church Boys & girls Day & boarding 1908             
Geelong Grammar School Geelong 1,466 1855 Anglican Boys & girls Day & boarding 1900     
Haileybury Brighton, Berwick, Keysborough, City, Tianjin, Darwin 3,927 1892 Uniting Church Boys & girls Day 1958             
Melbourne Grammar School Melbourne 1,799 1858 Anglican Boys (K-12) & girls (K-6) Day & boarding 1900     
St Kevin's College Toorak 2,065 1918 Roman Catholic Boys Day 1958             
Scotch College Hawthorn 1,866 1851 Presbyterian Boys Day & boarding 1900             
Wesley College Melbourne, Glen Waverley, Elsternwick 3,109 1866 Uniting Church Boys & girls Day & boarding (GW)[4] 1900         
Xavier College Kew, Brighton 1,943 1872 Roman Catholic Boys (K-12) & girls (K-4) Day & boarding 1900         

Founding member schoolsEdit

The APS was founded by the following member schools:



Combined sportsEdit

Students from the Association's member schools participate in a number of Combined Sports (Championship Carnivals) during the year including Swimming, Diving, Rowing and Athletics.

APS regatta (Heads of the River)Edit

The Victorian Head of the River race is contested between the 11 APS schools, the race is usually the last race of the official APS rowing season and has recently been rowed on Lake Nagambie which is a full buoyed international standard course allowing six boat finals. Girls from the APS also participate in the Head of the Schoolgirls regatta, where they compete with schools from the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) group.


  1. ^ "Associated Public Schools of Victoria, Celebrating 100 Years" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  2. ^ Leung, Chee Chee (29 March 2005). "Top schools pledge to play fair". The Age.
  3. ^ "Associated Public Schools of Victoria". APS Sports. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  4. ^

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