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Why Ivanhoe Girls'? Pastoral Care

At Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, our girls explore and develop their potential in a friendly, nurturing and welcoming school and leave as graduates who are "life ready" as well as "tertiary and career ready".

By maintaining our enrolments between 850 – 1000 learners from our Early Learning Centre (Three Year Old) 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 as she learns how to fly high.

With over 117 years of experience in finding and nurturing the strengths of our learners, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar 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. Our teachers unashamedly put the pastoral care and character building of our students on an equal footing with their academic achievements. In doing so, we are proud to develop articulate, courageous, critical thinkers who are generous of spirit, have a lifelong love of learning, and who have a voice and use it to make a positive contribution to the wider community.


Our Philosophy

At Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School a focus on each individual student is central to all we do. The caring relationships that are at the heart of the School provide the best possible foundation for learning and personal development.

In the Junior School class teachers play the lead role in the pastoral care of each of their students. Then, in the Senior School, the Year Level system is the key element of this approach to pastoral care. Every Year Level, with its own coordinator and tutors, is a community in which our students are known and valued by staff and by their peers. 

The security of an encouraging and supportive environment enables us to achieve our core purpose as a school: to be a forward-thinking community of learners who are thoughtful in their choices and brave in their actions. Our students – thoughtful and brave learners – have four key capabilities that are fostered both through our learning and teaching programs and our pastoral care systems: 

  • Knowledge - to make sense of an increasingly complex world
  • Thinking - because it is so important to think critically, analyse information and consider a range of perspectives
  • Creativity - as this is essential to developing a growth mindset
  • Connectedness - to aid the formation of healthy relationships. 

Our approach to pastoral care and personal development engages students and builds these capabilities in a way that is sequential, age and stage appropriate, evidence based and respectful of the School’s Christian heritage.

Model for Student Success