Principal's Welcome | Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

Principal's Welcome

Dr Heather Schnagl AM, BSc (Hons), PhD (Melb), DipEd, MEd, FACE, FACEA, MAICD

Heather has been Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ since 1998. As an industry leader in education, Heather’s passion is to help young people, especially girls to build the knowledge, skills, courage, confidence, resilience and even the realism to enable each student to choose her own unique path in life’s journey.

In addition, Heather is the Deputy Chair, Independent Schools Victoria; Treasurer, Girls Sport Victoria; Council Member, The Invergowrie Foundation; former Council Member, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT); and former Board Member, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

At Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, we help young women find their voice.

At the very core of what we do is the desire to inspire each student; to help her develop the skills and confidence to achieve her individual goals. Key to achieving this is identifying and celebrating each girl’s unique strengths, supporting her to overcome challenges, fostering her inquisitive spirit and inspiring her to achieve her personal best.

Our tight-knit School community of only 1000 students (from ELC to Year 12) means that Ivanhoe Girls' is small enough to focus on each student as an individual learner, yet large enough to be able to offer a broad range of choices within the formal curriculum and a wide range of co-curricular opportunities.

An excellent education is the best gift we can give our young people today, and Ivanhoe Girls’ is committed to providing the best possible learning environment. Students are encouraged to develop a broad range of thinking and learning skills and strategies, and each girl is encouraged to achieve academic excellence, as well as develop leadership skills and teamwork in a supportive and stimulating environment. They also have the benefit of developing resilience and self-esteem in an environment which encourages respect for the individual, together with tolerance and understanding of others.

We have found the most effective way for our girls to find success is to let them be their authentic selves. Offering them opportunities to make their own choices gives them the confidence to find their own voice; to set and pursue goals with purpose and vigour.

Our girls are evidence of what we do well. Articulate, courageous, critical thinkers who are generous of spirit, have a life-long love of learning, and who have a voice and use it to create change.

Because at the end of the day, our girls speak for themselves.

Ivanhoe Girls’ looks forward to helping and supporting your daughter to be whatever she dreams of being and to take on whatever future she chooses.

I warmly invite you to experience what Ivanhoe Girls' has to offer your daughter.

Warm regards

Dr Heather Schnagl AM

Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

123 Marshall Street
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079

Telephone: + 61 3 9490 6222
Facsimile: + 61 3 9490 6200
ABN 77 004 098 748