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a co-educational community

welcome to Ivanhoe Grammar School Ivanhoe Grammar School offers a world of opportunities in every way. With our focus on personal, spiritual and academic development, Ivanhoe students are truly prepared for life beyond school with an awareness and sense of responsibility about their world. It is my pleasure to invite you to discover the opportunities available at Ivanhoe Grammar School and share with you our plans for the future. Our vision is to remain as Melbourne’s leading school in the Northern region. We aim to give every student the best possible learning experience, tailored to meet their individual needs and encompassing innovative academic programs, along with co-curricular opportunities. We aim to go far beyond providing for academic success by preparing our students for a successful transition to life after school. If upon reading this Prospectus you would like to enrol your child, or acquire more information about our school, please visit our website at There you can find out more about our school or obtain information on upcoming campus tours. These tours present a great chance for you to experience our programs and facilities first-hand. They also provide you with an opportunity to meet our teachers and students, and have them share with you our school’s culture, character and vision. I look forward to meeting you and your child at Ivanhoe Grammar School soon. Yours sincerely,

Roderick D Fraser, Principal

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The journey so far…


Looking to the future


Discover our school – The Ivanhoe Campus


Discover our school – The Plenty Campus


A world of opportunities


Providing an internationally-minded education


The Primary Years


The Middle Years


The Senior Years

a common experience for students on all campuses As a co-educational Anglican school, our diverse academic and co-curricular program offers students every opportunity to grow. Our innovative co-educational program prepares students for life beyond school.

The journey so far… “A great school should be more concerned with the building of character than with the attainment of academic excellence…Every child is capable of doing something well and has something to contribute. This must be encouraged and developed to the utmost.” The Reverend Sydney Buckley, Founder of Ivanhoe Grammar School Since our school’s inception in 1915 we have grown from 12 students in a Parish Hall to the leading multi-campus school we are today. Whilst the core principles laid down by our founder, The Reverend Sydney Buckley, remain the same, our school has otherwise seen a great deal of change. The expansion of the Ivanhoe Campus into Buckley House, for primary students, and The Ridgeway Campus, for secondary students, was overseen by his successor, Rhodes Scholar Mr Victor Brown. Our third Head, The Reverend Charles Sligo, expanded the school further with the addition of the Plenty Campus in 1990, which became co-educational in 1992.


Our fourth and current Principal, Mr Roderick Fraser, completed our school’s transition to co-education with Buckley House becoming co-educational in 1999 and The Ridgeway Campus in 2003. This helped us deliver on our commitment to

Looking to the future Our school is working towards an innovative, curriculum

and confident with a supportive pastoral care system and a shared set of values.

plan designed to enhance our educational offering. With

The Middle Years at Ivanhoe, encompassing Years 7 to 9, provide an

an international focus and an emphasis on academic rigour,

exciting, innovative and vibrant environment. Our curriculum aims to engage

prepare students for a successful transition into university,

quality teaching and exciting developments both in curriculum

students, foster an interest in learning and be accessible for students with

work and life beyond school.

and facilities, it provides an inspiring vision for the future.

different learning styles, levels of ability and cultural backgrounds.

Another significant milestone for our school has been

At both the junior and senior levels, a new vibrant curriculum

our membership of Round Square, an international network

provides a common experience across all of our campuses.

of schools which share our founding principle that education

It builds on existing international initiatives such as our membership

Baccalaureate (IB) subjects over three years rather than two.

should consist of more than academic achievement alone.

of the Round Square international organisation of schools and

This gives students a clear and consistent framework for achievement

Throughout all these changes, Ivanhoe Grammar School has

service projects in Cambodia. International subjects have been

in their most important school years.

remained focused on providing leading educational opportunities

introduced and curriculum links have been extended to the Round

to all of our students. The continued involvement of our Old Ivanhoe Grammarians, from those who are now in their nineties

Square Pillars of internationalism, democracy, environmental awareness, adventure, leadership and service.

Our Senior Years Program, for students from Years 10 to 12, allows students to study VCE subjects or preparatory International

To prepare for learning in the 21st century, our students have access to advanced information technology infrastructure and outstanding school facilities and learning spaces. Our building program will

to those who have just left the School, tells us that at all times,

Our emphasis on student wellbeing, underpinned by a Positive

continue to provide exceptional facilities that enhance the learning

Ivanhoe was, and remains, a wonderful community to be part of.

Psychology approach, means our students feel valued, safe

experience of all students.

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The Ivanhoe Campus

Buckley House and the Early Learning Centre Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) offers three and four year olds a positive and happy transition from home to school. The ELC has its own bright, friendly rooms and playground but also offers the children access to Buckley House’s specialist facilities for Music, Physical Education, Japanese and Library.

Buckley House and The Early Learning Centre at Ivanhoe Grammar School

After the Early Learning Centre, children continue their educational journey into Buckley House, which houses our Prep to Year 6 students. In addition to a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, Buckley House students enjoy activities that include Music, Physical Education, Japanese, Public Speaking, Service Projects, Dance, Art, Science, Library and Enrichment Programs. All Buckley House students gain a sense of performance in the Buckley House production involving drama, music and dance. There is a state-of-the-art science facility in the Innovation Centre with its own vivarium, housing Australian native animals, which helps bring science to life. The Centre also features the Years 5 and 6 classrooms and an open forum for performances and presentations.


Rich in history and yet thoroughly vibrant, diverse and innovative, The Ivanhoe Campus provides a wonderful environment for students from ELC to Year 6 at Buckley House and Years 7 to 12 at The Ridgeway Campus. A new library, adventure play area and sports fields have

campus, it is filled with energy and there is always something

Leading facilities on the campus include the new Middle Years

recently been opened and Buckley House students enjoy access

exciting happening, from service or environmental projects,

Centre, new science laboratories, synthetic all-purpose playing

to The Ridgeway Campus swimming pool.

fund-raising for charities and house competitions to teachers versus

fields, a Chapel, an International Centre, Food Technology Centre

Throughout their time at the Early Learning Centre and Buckley

students sports matches.

House, students are encouraged in their academic endeavours

and a modern school cafeteria and meeting area which forms the hub of the Campus. Buckley Hall provides the location for

Students are encouraged to reach their full potential academically

assemblies, school musicals, house performances, music concerts

and develop their individual talents while pursuing interests that

and a myriad of other events while Locksley is home to our music

The Ridgeway Campus

range from Sports and Cadets to Performing and Visual Arts, Music,

and art rooms as well as the school pool. These are all surrounded

Ivanhoe Grammar School’s original campus at The Ridgeway is

Adventure, or local and international community service. Senior year

known for its welcoming environment and capacity to provide

students have the option of choosing the International Baccalaureate

students with a diverse range of opportunities. As Ivanhoe’s largest

Diploma Program (IB DP) as an alternative to the VCE.

in a fun and supportive environment.

by sports ovals, lawn areas and trees as old as the campus itself.

The Ridgeway Campus at Ivanhoe Grammar School

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The Plenty Campus at Ivanhoe Grammar School


The Plenty Campus

The Plenty Campus in Mernda offers students from Prep to Year 12 a warm and welcoming environment, where the individual talents and achievements of students are nurtured and recognised.

The Plenty Campus gives parents and students in the Northern region easy access to an education at one of Melbourne’s leading schools. Plenty Campus students enjoy a warm and friendly environment with small class sizes where every student is known and students from Prep to Year 12 interact and support each other. There is a wonderful feeling at the campus of the mutual respect between students and teachers and the enthusiasm the students hold for their School. At the Primary level, small class sizes ensure individual attention for every student and learning is enhanced with enrichment and support programs. We provide students with a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy, teaching through encouragement and inspiring a love of learning. Specialist subjects are offered in areas including Science, Physical Education, Japanese, Art, Music, Instrumental Programs, Public Speaking and Information Literacy with dedicated teachers and specialist learning environments to ensure every student has access to a wide range of opportunities. All primary students have the opportunity to participate in the primary musical production which is a spectacular display of colour and talent. At the secondary level, students are encouraged to reach their full potential through an innovative curriculum, in a technology-rich learning environment that supports success. At the senior level, VCE subjects are offered. There is a strong performing arts culture at the Campus and the annual School musical is an event not to be missed. In addition, students can pursue a wide range of other co-curricular opportunities and activities including Sport, Music, Leadership training, Debating, Performing Arts, Outdoor Education, Cadets, Snowsports, Kayaking, Equestrian pursuits, service projects and student exchange programs. Facilities include a state-of-the-art Creative Arts Centre, a Food Technology Centre, multi-purpose Founders' Centre, junior and senior libraries, primary adventure playground and extensive sports facilities. The building program planned for Plenty Campus continues, with new learning spaces planned in the coming years.

a world of opportunities


Ivanhoe Grammar School offers a world of opportunities to all of our students. Our community is enriched with a diverse range of students where each child is valued and supported. Students receive an education encompassing much more

adventure camps and outdoor education activities that build individual

Our students have access to advanced information technology

than academic achievement alone. Vibrant programs in areas

and team skills and help students form life-long friendships.

infrastructure and learning is enhanced through notebook computer

such as Performing and Visual Arts, Music, Sport, Adventure, Debating, Leadership training, Cadets and community service

All secondary students participate in sport and a wide variety

help students to discover and develop their unique range of talents.

of choices is on offer throughout the summer and winter seasons

Learning is taken outside the classroom through a wide range of activities, settings and curriculum enhancements, such as the Year 9 program and our activities and community service programs. Education is tailored to suit the needs and learning style of your child with enrichment and support programs available throughout the Primary and Secondary levels. Our emphasis on student wellbeing, underpinned by a Positive Psychology approach, means our students feel valued, safe and confident. Dedicated teachers, chaplains, school counsellors, career guidance and peer support together with transition programs ensure our students are well supported and well cared for throughout their school life. Students are also involved in a wide range of

including Equestrian, Snowsports and Kayaking.

and iPad programs, a learning management system and elearning support services. In addition, the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association means opportunities do not end when schooling finishes. There is an

Our Round Square membership means students can attend

extensive reunions program, a dedicated website and online

conferences and participate in student exchange programs

directory and social events that allow former students to keep

and service projects in Australia and around the world.

in touch and develop valuable social and business networks.

providing an internationally minded education An internationally minded education at Ivanhoe Grammar School gives children and young people the opportunity to develop critical thinking about complex international issues inside and outside the classroom. Internationalism Through our membership of Round Square, students gain exposure to the wider world through the sophisticated use of information technology, and participation in international exchange programs, Round Square conferences, and local and international service projects. One of our service projects involves travelling to Cambodia to build houses, teach English and help raise money for teaching aids in schools. Our curriculum also supports our focus on internationalism, fostering language and cultural literacy and giving our students a greater understanding of global issues. In the Senior Years, the Round Square Ideals Award encourages students to make a difference in their local and international communities and commit to the pillars of Round Square. Our school is founded on Anglican educational principles and we welcome students from all faiths. We respect individual differences and beliefs and give students opportunities to explore their own spiritual understanding through personal reflection and retreats. In today’s global world, we prepare our students to be valuable members of both their international and local communities.


a fun, supportive and stimulating environment


where friendships thrive in a co-educational community

“I love school because I do Science and I learn things at school. I have a buddy and I like going to our buddies’ classroom and all the other things we do at school.� Heath

The Primary curriculum at Ivanhoe is at the forefront of teaching

Individual student programs are planned and implemented for

Campus life is built around a shared set of values and

and learning in Australia and teachers place a strong focus on

those who need support, and those who need enrichment. These

code of respect: care and compassion; doing your best;

enquiry learning, teaching through encouragement and promoting

programs complement the regular classroom instruction in the key

fairness; honesty, trustworthiness and integrity;

students to think about and understand the concepts being

learning areas.

respect; responsibility; and understanding, acceptance

presented to them.

A wide choice of specialist subjects is offered in areas including

We provide students with a strong foundation in literacy

Science, Physical Education, Japanese, Art, Music, Instrumental

and numeracy which is invaluable for their further education and life. They learn to use and enjoy language through engaging

Programs and Information Literacy. Students are also involved in numerous service projects, both locally and in Cambodia.

literacy programs and develop important skills needed for reading,

The Ivanhoe Campus offers an Early Learning Centre for children

writing and oral language. An emphasis is also placed on

aged from three to four years old. Featuring its own rooms and

developing a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards

playground, the Centre also provides children with full access

mathematics, ensuring students have an excellent grounding

to Buckley House facilities.

in key mathematical skills.

Students are encouraged to take leadership roles in their final year of primary and opportunities include School leaders, House leaders and leaders in sport, music and service.

and inclusion. These values reflect what is important to our students and the respect they have for each other and the School.

the primary years At Ivanhoe Grammar School we understand children have unique personalities, learning styles, interests, and social and academic needs. As a result, our curriculum at primary level combines strong classroom programs with individual student programs so that children enjoy coming to school and have a positive attitude towards education. They feel valued, safe and confident with a supportive pastoral care system headed by the classroom teacher. There is also a welcoming Out of Hours Care program available.

unique, engaging and interactive landscapes


where students can learn in a co-educational community

“I like Ivanhoe Grammar School because of the endless opportunities I am given here. Wearing the Ivanhoe uniform makes me feel exceptionally proud to be at this school and I am confident that I can achieve great things in this wonderful learning environment.� Sebastian The Middle Years at Ivanhoe, encompassing Years 7 to 9, is

Our exciting Year 9 program, A World of Experiences,

an exciting, innovative and vibrant environment. Our curriculum

provides a diverse range of engaging and challenging

aims to engage students, to foster an interest in learning and be

out-of-classroom experiences and offers students

accessible for students with different skills and interests, learning

meaningful learning opportunities that are designed to

styles, levels of ability, cultural backgrounds and gender.

develop life-long interests and independent study skills.

We aim to encourage international awareness in young people with an emphasis on the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to participate in an increasingly global society. Students work in whole class, small group, partner and individual activities so they benefit from a variety of learning methods. We provide support and enrichment programs to meet individual student needs and our homework policy establishes sound study habits.

This program includes a university experience at La Trobe University, an urban history and city experience at our city campus in Richmond, and a careers-based experience with After9. An optional International journey provides an opportunity to explore the culture, education, adventure and environmental sustainability of Asia.

the middle years The move to secondary school is an exciting time where students look forward to new friendships, new adventures and greater independence. Our transition program, beginning in Year 6, involves a wide range of fun activities that help students settle into Year 7. Our pastoral care program underpinned by a Positive Psychology approach ensures each child is known personally and supported and there is also a student mentoring program which helps students familiarise themselves with school routines.

an exciting and inspirational curriculum


“Ivanhoe creates a friendly and supportive atmosphere that makes learning an enjoyable experience.” Micky

The Senior Studies Program allows students to prepare for

Learning is enhanced through regular assessment and

Our VCE and IB students regularly perform well above

the challenges of the VCE or International Baccalaureate Diploma

the monitoring of progress. Students have access to course

the state average, giving them access to University

Program (IB DP) over three years rather than two.

counselling, including careers testing and advice, and support

placements and courses of their choice.

The Round Square Ideals Award recognises a student’s

programs are available for students who have English as

Our emphasis on independent, self-directed learning

commitment to the pillars of Round Square – Internationalism,

an Additional Language (EAL) and other learning needs.

Democracy, Environmental Care, Adventure, Leadership and

Academic enrichment programs, including courses equivalent to

students for a successful transition to tertiary

Service. This gives students the opportunity to be involved in

first year university studies for Year 12 students, and competitions

education and the workforce.

actions that help others and to make a difference in their local

are available for the highly able students.

and international communities.

Throughout the Senior Years, students maintain their

Our curriculum supports the School's focus on internationalism, which

involvement in other areas of learning such as Sport, Music,

gives our students exposure to different cultures and world issues to

Adventure, Leadership, Debating, service and a comprehensive

assist them in developing a deeper understanding of their world.

co-curricular program (which includes the opportunity to be part

Attention to the transition to tertiary education and the

of the School Cadet unit). We ensure a wide range of leadership

workplace is a priority, assisting students to maximise their

opportunities are available, including school and Cadet leadership

success, not only during their time at Ivanhoe Grammar

positions. Leadership training also forms part of an Ivanhoe

School, but also in the years ahead.

student’s Senior Years.

in a co-educational environment helps prepare

the senior years Our Senior Years’ Curriculum builds on approaches to learning developed in the Middle Years. Using these solid foundations, students are guided towards independent and self-directed learning in readiness for university study and on-going learning in the workplace. As an evolution of our school’s very successful Year 9 ‘out of classroom learning’ program, we also offer a leading three-year Senior Studies program. Characterised by academic rigour, the program requires a high level of engagement to ensure students remain focused on their studies. The program begins in Year 10 and runs through to the end of Year 12, giving students a clear and consistent framework to achieve the best results possible in their most important school years.


A number of Campus Tours are held at each campus throughout the year. For further information or details on scholarships, please visit our website at

Buckley House The Ridgeway, Ivanhoe 3079 VIC Australia Co-educational ELC to Year 6

The Ridgeway Campus The Ridgeway, Ivanhoe 3079 VIC Australia Co-educational Years 7 to 12 VCE, International Baccalaureate

Plenty Campus 730 Bridge Inn Road, Mernda 3754 VIC Australia Co-educational Prep to Year 12 VCE

Telephone +61 3 9490 1877 | Facsimile +61 3 9490 3490 | Email |


Ivanhoe Grammar School Prospectus


Ivanhoe Grammar School Prospectus