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: 24 June

Motto: Fuimus – ‘We have Been’

2024 Clan Chief: Annabelle

A Message from the Chief: Ever since I started at Seymour in Year 5, I have admired the Bruce leaders and how they inspire everyone to try their best. I too hope to inspire the younger girls, encourage everyone to give their utmost effort and embrace new challenges with a bold spirit and fully appreciate every moment with Clan Bruce.

 

Clan Cameron

Clan colour: Yellow

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

Birthday: 21 September

Motto: Aonaibh Ri Chéile – ‘Let Us Unite’

2024 Clan Chief: Georgie

A Message from the Chief: I am incredibly grateful to be appointed Cameron Chief and to be given the opportunity to leave my own legacy on Cameron with my chieftains. I will ensure that each and every girl is heard and let them know that their ideas are equally as important as anyone else. I want to use this opportunity as a leader to become a role model for all, inspiring and motivating all Clan members. I will lead with passion, spirit and kindness and inspire others to do the same.

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’

2024 Clan Chief: Imogen

A Message from the Chief:

I feel incredibly privileged to be able to lead Clan Douglas as Chief in 2024 alongside Willow and Charlize, where we aim to collaboratively build an environment where all girls can strive to be their best. It is an extraordinary feeling to be a part of Clan Douglas, and we aspire to foster an inclusive, compassionate and supportive culture throughout the year.

I want to lead by exemplifying humility, kindness and passion while encouraging every Dougie girl to experience situations outside of their comfort zone and grow in the process. As a leader, I want to inspire all Douglas members to embrace the Clan spirit and for each and every girl to build meaningful relationships with others no matter the year level.

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’

2024 Clan Chief: Sofia

A Message from the Chief: Throughout my journey at the College, my passion for Clan Stewart has grown stronger and fonder every year, and I am immensely grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead Clan Stewart as Chief in 2024. The feelings of belonging, passion but, most of all, courage spreads throughout each and every Stewart girl, and the incredible compassion and friendship within our Clan is inspiring. I want to ensure that every Stewart girl feels comfortable to step out of their comfort zone and give something a go, knowing that their Clan is beside them and behind them, always.