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Colours Awards at Ivanhoe Girls’ encourage students to be active contributors by participating in the broader co-curricular life of the School.

Through this, students develop their strengths, reach high levels of personal achievement and build collective wellbeing and commitment. Focusing on students’ strengths can have a powerful impact on their sense of self, character and development.  

As a community, we encourage and recognise exemplary participation in Debating, Drama, Music, Service, Sport and House activities.

Ivanhoe Girls' School Colours Awards

Beyond this, School Colours recognise both breadth and depth of co-curricular involvement. The award of School Colours acknowledges significant and sustained service to the School in a number of areas of school life. It is therefore one of the most prestigious awards offered to students at Ivanhoe Girls’.

There are so many ways that students can contribute to the School community. We see their efforts every day. Whether it is a member of the cast for the Twelfth Night who have been rehearsing tirelessly since the start of the year to master their performance, or one of our DAV debaters who are constantly improving their public speaking skills and analytical thinking, or it could be as a member of one of our numerous GSV teams who represent the school with grit week after week.

Our 2023 Intermediate Softball Team celebrating their win in the GSV Grand Final

I am lucky enough to be accompanying the Choir Tour which departs on the last day of Term 2 who have been rehearsing every Friday to prepare for performances in the UK.  Our students’ commitment to Service is diverse; often driven by their own personal passions and values and connecting them with their wider community.  All students at Ivanhoe belong to the House system and are constantly supporting each other as they participate in friendly rivalry for the House cups.  The opportunities for our students to contribute are broad, diverse and endless.

Students on the Red Earth Immersion in Cape York carrying out their Community Project

Later, this term, I will be sharing with students more information about the philosophy behind the Colours Awards and the criteria assigned to each area. Meanwhile, dedicated staff members are working with our students to support and encourage students in their areas/s of interest and passion, allowing them to attain Colours in a specific field.

In Term 3, I am looking forward to celebrating our students’ participation and service in our Colour Award Assemblies. 

Ms Louisa Scerri
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School