At Seymour College, we proudly embrace our Scottish heritage. Our community immerses itself in our long-standing traditions and enjoys celebrating all that makes our College unique.

School heritage

Then and now

Barr Smith House, formerly Wootton Lea, was built in 1861 and has been the home of boarders, art classes, swimming lessons and Principals throughout the years.

Making a true difference for 100 years

Formerly Presbyterian Girls’ College, Seymour College is proud to be celebrating a century of educating women, whose lives have become the inspiration for those who come next.

Crescam Ministrando – I grow by serving has been the College’s motto since our foundation in 1922, and this guiding philosophy continues to inform the worldview and influence the actions of our students. Service Learning is embedded in our curriculum and our whole school approach is centred around ‘Justice’ for people and the world in which we live.

Proudly celebrating our Scottish heritage and traditions

While we are proud to offer a distinctive Australian education, we pay respect to our rich Scottish heritage and longstanding traditions.

The Seymour College crest is made up of the cross of St Andrew, the thistle and the College motto Crescam Ministrando. Since 1927, the Black Watch tartan has become synonymous with Seymour, following second Principal Isobel MacDonald’s venture to Scotland to personally seek permission from the Commander in Chief of the Black Watch Scottish regiment.

Whilst other schools have houses, our Clan system pays tribute to our Scottish heritage and creates a connection between Clan members that remains forever.

The four Clans of Bruce, Cameron (Wallace, 1927-29), Douglas and Stewart, become families away from home for our girls. The intensity of Clan spirit is something that has to be seen to be believed!

Clan Bruce

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Clan Cameron

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Clan Douglas

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Clan Stewart

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Clan Bruce

Clan colour: White

Origins: Named after Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots from 1306 to 1329.

Birthday: 23 June

Motto: Fuimus – ‘We have Been’

2022 Clan Chief: Chelsea

A Message from the Chief: I feel incredibly honoured to be serving as Clan Bruce Chief for 2022. Being able to represent the robust and unique Bruce family alongside my Chieftans, Mia and Emma, brings me a tremendous sense of pride. This year, I hope to support my Bruce sisters in achieving excellence in all aspects of Seymour life.


Clan Cameron

Clan colour: Yellow

Origins: Named after Donald Cameron, the 19th Chief of Lochiel

Birthday: 21 September

Motto: Strive and Endure

2022 Clan Chief: Lauren

A Message from the Chief: I am incredibly honoured to have been selected as Clan Cameron Chief. Working alongside Monique and Isabel, is a privilege and we hope to end the year knowing every single Cameron girl. We encourage every Cameron girl to reach for the stars.

Clan Douglas

Clan colour: Blue

Origins: Named after Sir James Douglas, the Scottish knight and feudal Lord.

Birthday: 19 March

Motto: Jamais Arriere – ‘Never Behind’

2022 Clan Chief: Bridgette

A Message from the Chief: I feel honoured to be elected as Clan Douglas Chief and to guide all my Douglas girls alongside Phoebe and Mia. Douglas girls never fail to uplift each other and show courage in their participation. I am beyond excited to share my passion for my Clan and the amazing girls in it.

Clan Stewart

Clan colour: Red

Origins: Named after the Stewarts of Glenfinnan

Birthday: 19 August

Motto: Virescit Vulnere Virtus – Courage grows strong at the wound.

2022 Clan Chief: Molly

A Message from the Chief: Together with Charlotte and Tallulah, I am delighted to be leading the Clan Stewart Sailors this year. The girls of our Clan are enthusiastic and have already had so much success. I could not be more excited for what the rest of the year holds.