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Why Ivanhoe Girls'? Purpose and Values

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.

Statement of Democratic Principles

Ivanhoe Girls', through its Statement of Purpose supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian Democracy on which our society is based, including our elected governments; the rule of law and that of all equal rights for all before the law; freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association (whilst still demonstrating respect for all); and the values of openness and tolerance.

School Values

We defined our School Values in 2022 to ensure they were strong and concise; to mean something; and reflect the unique culture and environment that is Ivanhoe Girls’.

We wanted to ensure that our Values:

  • Drive community – belonging and respect
  • Help decision-making and collaboration – what matters to us and how we support each other
  • Educate the community about our identity – who we are
  • Deliver consistency – what we say and do.

It became clear that an important aspect of our connectedness comes from our traditions and our shared values. The five School Values importantly sit alongside our Statement of Purpose. 

Our five School Values are:

The Ivanhoe Girls' School Values

In addition to outstanding academic outcomes, if our students can graduate from our school as kind, curious, brave, connected and vibrant young adults, they are well prepared to take responsibility for their own lives and to effect positive change in the lives of others.

Embedding our new School Values will help the Ivanhoe Girls' community to live with direction and purpose – providing us with a guiding compass to establish a positive school climate and culture, show us a path forward and inform our actions and choices. 

We are working together to ensure that our new School Values inform every aspect of school life from ELC through to Year 12, parents, staff and our wider school community. The School Values will be integrated and underpin all our learning and wellbeing programs, processes and who we are and want to be.