Arethusa is a private independent school that has been established to meet the needs of students who for numerous reasons, are not fitting into the mainstream education system.

Arethusa College offers students from grade 7-12, alternative educational and vocational pathways to assist them to experience positive educational outcomes and experiences, preparing them for life now and for the future.

Our Strategic Vision is now available for 2020-2024.

Click here to view it as a flipbook or download a PDF version.


At Arethusa College we affirm the intrinsic value and enormous potential in all young people so therefore we commit to…

Believe in our students, Expect great things of them and for them and to Celebrate them.

We will believe in our students (everyday), until they can believe in themselves and then believe in others.

We will raise the bar and expect of our students, until they can expect of themselves and step towards the exciting possibilities that surround them.

We will celebrate our students as they grow, until they can celebrate their lives and their journey and then be a part of celebrating those around them


At Arethusa College our vision is to lead the way in engaging students in exceptional, lifelong, educational journeys within communities that meet the students where they are at; empowering and equipping them to reach their full potential.

We do this by creating educational communities, innovative programs, that facilitate Real Connections, Real Learning and Real Futures.


Arethusa’s values acknowledge that we are inspired and empowered by the love of Christ and His Kingdom. That we, as an organisation, are motivated to do what we do because of what Christ has done for us, and we do it for the outcomes and benefit of the students we serve. We do this so that they can become all that they were created to be.


Arethusa College is a project of Equipping for Life Ltd and takes its name from the historic Training Ship Arethusa, a redundant naval vessel which was used by Shaftesbury Homes for training young people in the UK from 1868-1974.

The philosophy and aims of Arethusa College have been built on a Christian foundation – our College doesn’t teach religion or religious subjects but embraces Christian principles based on respect, good morals and worthwhile values.  Arethusa College values diversity and welcomes people of all faiths and none. The Christian principles that we subscribe to are firmly embedded into our programs and the work that we do. Our heritage and our Christian ethos allow us to work together as a cohesive team to offer the best opportunities for the students attending the College.


The staff of Arethusa College are committed to providing support and guidance to the young people with whom it works. Should you require more information or wish to meet with the staff of an individual campus, please email administration on or call them directly on 1300 720 371.