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Guilford Young College


GUILFORD YOUNG COLLEGE, Tasmania's only Catholic co-educational senior secondary college, provides a comprehensive curriculum of academic and vocational courses on learning pathways that take students towards a fulfilling future. Principal Mr Craig Deayton and a staff of about130 provide education for more than 950 Year 11 and 12 students, across two campuses.

The HOBART CAMPUS, with motivating views overlooking the city and the beautiful Derwent River, is in Barrack St while the GLENORCHY CAMPUS is in Bowden St with the majestic Mount Wellington as an inspiring backdrop. In these friendly and supportive environments, the aspirations of students are nurtured and their needs addressed.

We are a welcoming, compassionate community that provides a safe and inclusive learning environment. We promote positive futures and encourage all members of our community to take responsibility for shaping their own lives while promoting a better future for all. GYC students graduate as young people of hope and boundless capacity.

Guilford Young College is modern in age and outlook, yet it draws wisdom and inspiration from the traditions of its founding religious congregations – the Sisters of Charity, the Dominican Sisters, the Sisters of St Joseph, the Christian Brothers and the Salesian of Don Bosco – and Catholic education within the Archdiocese of Hobart which dates back to 1826.

Although the College attracts many of its student cohort from Catholic Association Colleges in south-eastern Tasmania – St Virgil’s College, Dominic College, Sacred Heart College, MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Carmel College, St James Catholic College and St Aloysius Catholic College – it welcomes students from all colleges and schools.


GUILFORD YOUNG COLLEGE opened its doors in February 1995, having been established the previous year by the Archdiocese of Hobart, the Christian Bothers, the Dominican Sisters, the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Sisters of St Joseph and the Sisters of Charity.

Its creation fulfilled the vision, originally articulated by Archbishop Sir Guilford Young (the eighth Archbishop of Hobart who served the people of Tasmania for 34 years until 1988), to build a Catholic secondary college in southern Tasmania. Such a college would provide a community of faith and be a place of learning excellence.

Today, Guilford Young College, in acknowledging the whole person, encourages achievement, participation and service, committing itself to the development of life-long learning and respect for self and others. We encourage students to take responsibility for directing their learning pathway and creating their future so they might be well prepared to make a positive contribution to a changing and challenging world.

As tools, they have the values of the Gospel and the rich tradition which is reflected through the six Houses named for, and embodying, the spiritual grace and gifts (charisms) of the founders of the religious congregations who established those Catholic colleges in and around Hobart from which Guilford Young College draws the majority of its students:
BOSCO (St John Bosco, founder of the Salesians of Don Bosco)
CARMEL (in honour or Mount Carmel, in Israel, and Venerable Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Sisters of Charity)
GUZMAN (St Dominic Guzman, founder of the Dominican Sisters)
MACKILLOP and TENISON (St Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods, founders of the Sisters of St Joseph) and
RICE (Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers).


In choosing a Catholic school, GYC students belong to a community of faith which exhibits as its hallmarks welcome, respect, compassion, inclusion and a strong sense of social justice.

The College motto is CHRIST OUR LIGHT: With Christ as our Light, we seek truth. In our learning we respect all creation and each person and we celebrate the gifts and achievements of our community.

The MISSION STATEMENT reads: Guilford Young College is a Catholic co-educational senior secondary college. In this place of learning all are invited into relationship with God and each other. Central to our learning is a focus on the individual, excellence in teaching practice, equality and diversity of opportunity and personal challenge. We are a welcoming, compassionate community that provides a safe and inclusive learning environment. Guilford Young College values critical thinking, the pursuit of knowledge and life-long learning. We promote positive futures and encourage members of our community to take responsibility for shaping their own lives and assist in shaping a better future for all.

The MINISTRY STATEMENT says: With Christ as our Light, and true to the vision of Archbishop Sir Guilford Young and the founding Orders, we at Guilford Young College minister to one another. Our Catholic community nurtures faith; fosters an environment of care and respect for each individual; celebrates life and all creation; and empowers us to work locally and globally for a just world.


GUILFORD YOUNG COLLEGE is committed to high standards and innovative methods of teaching so that students are challenged to achieve their potential in all their endeavours. They are encouraged to work co-operatively in an environment where the need for equity, mutual respect, tolerance and justice is recognised. GYC provides a comprehensive range of subjects to cater for multiple academic and training pathways.

The Guilford Young College Teaching and Learning Team leads and supports the professional learning and pedagogical review required in order for teachers to provide programs that are stimulating and engaging.

Guilford Young College learning opportunities enable students to develop a rich knowledge and appropriate skills, competencies and values. Guilford Young College community shares a common vision for the future of our young people and has a deep understanding of our responsibility in helping to shape their lives.

Guilford Young College provides the following facilities across both campuses to encourage the best outcomes for all students in its care:
• performing arts centres and music rooms
• a variety of specialist art, media and photographic studios
• computer laboratories
• libraries and information centres
• modern hospitality facilities, including industry-standard commercial kitchens
• Trade Training Centre
• student services including careers advice centres
• learning support centres
• English as Another Language and special support for newly arrived students
• sports gymnasiums and practice fields.

As a Registered Training Provider, Guilford Young College also offers an expanding range of nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. Our facilities were expanded in 2010 to include a world-class Trade Training Centre in partnership with other Catholic Colleges to provide a comprehensive range of VET programs.


GUILFORD YOUNG COLLEGE is an inclusive College offering a range of targeted programs to meet the needs of all our students.

GENERAL LEARNING SUPPORT: Guilford Young College offers assistance for students who may require extra support to improve their literacy, numeracy or general learning skills.

SPECIAL NEEDS: The College prides itself on catering for all its students; in particular students with disabilities. Life skills, community access, social skills and transition programs are all provided for students who require particular learning needs support. These students are encouraged to participate in all areas of College life, in particular work experience programs. Guilford Young College ensures ease of access is provided to students with physical disabilities by the installation of ramps and lifts at the Hobart Campus. Of the two campuses, the Glenorchy Campus is the least physically challenging for students because the site is flat and mostly on one level.

ENGLISH AS ANOTHER LANGUAGE SUPPORT PROGRAM: Guilford Young College welcomes newly arrived overseas and other students from non-English speaking backgrounds, including exchange students. Classes are available from beginner to Senior Secondary TASC 3 levels. In-class and additional assistance with English may be available on a one-to-one or small group basis.

ABORIGINAL STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM: Guilford Young College provides cultural, curricular and vocational support to Aboriginal students and encourages the student group to meet regularly to arrange Aboriginal cultural events and other projects.


Since our establishment in 1994, Guilford Young College has welcomed students from schools and colleges across Tasmania, interstate and overseas and provided for them a challenging and fulfilling learning experience. Flexibility, breadth and depth are the hallmark of our learning pathways. We value and celebrate achievement and generosity. Our staff members are dedicated to delivering an exemplary, multi-faceted and engaging curriculum. We care for the individual and understand the need to offer the broadest range of courses culminating in vocational qualification and work readiness and to academic profiling enabling access all levels of university entrance.

Guilford Young College occupies a unique position in the education community and our students have established a record of outstanding achievement in further study, career path, sporting and cultural endeavours and service to community.

Guilford Young College has excellent facilities at both campuses and commits to continued refurbishment and building in order to provide a comfortable, welcoming and modern community of learning.

Our aim is to companion our learners as young adults, supporting growth in self-direction and resilience, while encouraging responsible contribution to community and stewardship of our Earth. The forming of good friendships and the building of 'school spirit' are vital to our community. Our students recognise this and value it.

Relationships between our students and staff are described as being adult, respectful and supportive. Teachers regard their students as individuals and welcome the role of providing nurture, encouragement and guidance during these significant years.

Guilford Young College has a deep understanding of its responsibility to help shape the lives of our young people. In proclaiming a powerful vision for our students' futures we also engage the support and collaboration of their parents.

CRAIG DEAYTON (03 6238 4357 or

Guilford Young College

PO Box 241
Glenorchy, TAS 7010
Phone: 03 6238 4333



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Key Details:

  • Type: Catholic
  • Level: Senior
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • Indigenous Education: Yes
  • Trade School: Yes
  • International Students: Yes


GUILFORD YOUNG COLLEGE is a senior secondary Catholic co-educational college whose students have established a record of outstanding achievement in their studies, careers, sporting and cultural pursuits and service to the community.
In a friendly and supportive environment, the aspirations of students are nurtured and their needs cared for as we encourage them to develop into young men and women of integrity and generous commitment. Our students graduate as young people of hope and boundless capacity. Please visit:
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Located on two campuses 
Bowden St, Glenorchy and Barrack St, Hobart. GYC welcomes students from all schools and colleges.

Forms and further information are available on the
GYC website
03 6238 4312 or email
College visits can also be arranged.


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