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Why Ivanhoe Girls'? Pastoral Care

At Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School a focus on the individual is at the core of all we do. Our exemplary pastoral care environment allows our students to develop their own individual values, character, identity and beliefs.

Junior School 

Extending beyond the classroom and into the playground, in Junior School there is the highest level of care and interest by staff who have the opportunity to know each girl individually. This caring relationship between the teacher and student, within such an encouraging and supportive environment, helps to develop a strong sense of security in each girl. 

We believe this is crucial to fostering a strong sense of belonging, which in turn enhances girls’ self-esteem and resilience, and enables their learning to flourish. 

The Pastoral Care process in Junior School enables class teachers to ensure all staff are aware of any special needs of their students as they arise. The staff and students are supported by our professional qualified counselling team. 

Our Buddies program, in which younger and older Junior School and Early Learning Centre classes and students are paired, provides yet another level of support and connectedness. 

Senior School

In Senior School girls are placed in a small group with around 14 other girls under the direct care of a tutor. Tutor groups meet daily, and as the tutor comes to know each member of the group closely, they provide strong encouragement and support. The tutor group provides a strong sense of connection and belonging, and a focus for many school activities including social events and community service ventures. 

The team of tutors at each year level work under the leadership of the Year Level Coordinator, to monitor each student’s involvement and achievement. Together, they devise strategies to produce a rich and diverse pastoral care program designed to expose all girls to key life skills and bring out the best in each girl.

The Year Level Coordinators meet regularly as a group with the Head of Senior School and liaise closely with the members of our professionally qualified counselling team to provide a consistent ethos and set of expectations across the School, while acknowledging and catering for the age-appropriate levels of increasing independence and freedom. 

At Ivanhoe Girls, the Pastoral Care framework includes the tutor, class teacher, counsellors and Chaplain, providing each girl with guidance and a sense of belonging. 

In addition, the Peer Support program recruits senior girls to provide mentoring for younger year levels, encouraging cross-age friendships, while developing leadership skills and excellent role models for the younger students.