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The decision to send your daughter to Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School is a choice that will shape her future. 

At Ivanhoe Girls’, we believe the opportunity to educate girls, to prepare them for happiness and success in their adult lives, is a privilege. 

Since 1903, Ivanhoe Girls' has found and nurtured the strengths of our learners. Today, the School continues to provide a personalised education for each girl to explore and extend herself academically, socially and culturally, while developing a disposition founded on integrity and generous service to our community. 

We believe that the pastoral care and character building of our students is as important as their academic achievements. By maintaining our enrolments between 850 – 1000 learners from our Early Learning Centre through to Year 12, we are able to know each student as an individual, to monitor her progress carefully and to ensure she feels accepted, valued and validated in a nurturing atmosphere.

In so doing, we develop articulate, courageous, critical thinkers who are generous of spirit, have a lifelong love of learning, who have a voice and use it to make a positive contribution to their wider community.

As testament to Ivanhoe Girls’ tradition of innovative and socially progressive education, our graduates have achieved outstanding success in a broad range of Australian and international tertiary pathways, across a diverse field of study. The key to success is to encourage and nurture creativity in whatever combination of subjects our girls are interested to study and explore. Which is why Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts and Music are among our most popular and successful subjects. 

At Ivanhoe Girls’, we welcome every student as a unique individual and we foster in her the confidence to discover her talents and to build upon them. Teachers, who are passionate experts in their field, help to provide the inspiration and support each student needs to flourish. Our students are challenged to set personal learning goals and to become deep learners in order to achieve them. We expect our students to think independently, to question their own and other people’s ideas, and to know that there are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn.

Ivanhoe Girls’ is a remarkable and forward-thinking school that enthusiastically embraces innovation, internationalism and new opportunities. I encourage you and your daughter to come and experience school life for yourself. I look forward to meeting you and to introducing you to our students who speak for themselves at one of our many School Tours held throughout the year.

Ms Narelle Umbers

Principal's Blog Thursday, 10 Aug 2023

Colours at Ivanhoe Girls'

Ms Umbers discusses how the Ivanhoe Girls' Colours Awards encourages and recognise exemplary participation.

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