Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School is a strong community with invaluable support provided by a dedicated number of groups who support the School and its activities throughout the year.
An overview of the Associations are outlined below:
Cooerwull is the original name of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School and is now the name of the Association that recognises service to the School. It provides opportunities for current and past parents, staff and others who have served Ivanhoe Girls’ to meet socially and retain links to the School.
Membership is open to anyone who has been a committee member of an Ivanhoe Girls' Association or has been a staff member at Ivanhoe Girls' for five years or more. Service is recognised at an annual presentation event where awards for various milestones or contributions to the School are presented. Social occasions are also arranged to involve Cooerwull members in the current life of the School and to continue their links to each other and specific School activities.
Cooerwull is also the registered company through which financial donations to Ivanhoe Girls’, such as bequests, are recognised. Cooerwull members also run a Mentoring Program to assist Alumni of Ivanhoe Girls’ with their career choices.
Parents joining one of the Ivanhoe Girls’ Associations automatically commence their eligibility period for the five year qualification criteria. Financial donations can be made at any time and these also provide Cooerwull membership.
The aims and objectives of the Friends of Music Association are to support and promote music within the School community and to create friendships by this common interest.
The Friends of Music fosters and maintains a close link between the School community and the Music Department by:
- Fundraising to support a wide range of activities, including scholarships, tours and the purchase of sundry equipment for the Music Department. Friends of Music has assisted financially with the purchase of various equipment for the Music Department such as new banners and sconce lighting for the music stands, a portable sound system and mixing desk
- Providing a mobile workforce for those occasions where extra hands are needed i.e. the occasional working bee to help with the minor maintenance of Music Department equipment, assisting with stage management and supper at all musical functions
- Encouraging a social network for parents, students and friends who share a common interest in music.
The Greek Parents’ Association was established in 1974 by a group of School parents with Greek heritage. The aim was to celebrate all things Greek, including dance and music, and provide ongoing support to the School community and our children.
Each year the Association organises a dinner dance for the School community which is held at the end of May. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Association.
The Ivanhoe Girls’ Old Grammarians’ Association invites all past students of the School to become Life Members when they leave the School.
The Association seeks to encourage girls to maintain contact with the School and each other to provide mutual support, networks and friendships. A wide variety of events are hosted by the Association which provide an opportunity for past students to maintain links with the School and their fellow past students. A newsletter “GAB” is distributed twice a year to our members.
Each year the Association presents the School Captain’s Badge, the Vice Captain’s Badge, the Junior School Captain’s Badge, The Elspeth Dean Award, The Jean Willey Bursary and The Jean Chapman Memorial Prizes for Visual Arts (Art and Studio Art) for Year 9 (Junior) and Year 11 (Senior).
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The Mothers’ Association was established in 1926 and aims to inform and connect members, support the interests and welfare of the students and the School through various social events and fundraising. A regular feature of many meetings is a guest speaker from the School community.
The Mothers’ Association hosts the two Welcome Morning Teas at the beginning of Term 1. The first Morning Tea is for Year 7 parents on the Year 7 girls’ first day and the second Morning Tea is on the following School day for all new parents, however any parents are most welcome to attend.
Annual events that the Mothers' Association traditionally has long standing roles in supporting are: Open Day, the Year 11 Dinner Dance and the Year 12 Graduation Ball. Two major social events are the Mothers’ Day Luncheon in May and the Christmas Luncheon held in Hillsley in late Term 4.
The Primary Fundraiser for the Mothers' Association is the Second Life Uniform Shop.
The Parents and Friends’ Association is a group that has a goal to build effective partnerships between school, home and community.
This is done through:
- Coordinating and assisting with seminars on topical issues for students, staff and parents
- Promoting awareness of educational issues
- Financially assisting with the development of educational facilities, including the Careers and Counselling Centre’s Parent Library
- Encouraging a sense of fellowship amongst parents
- Arranging fun family events which offer the School community the opportunity to build relationships whilst raising funds to support the Association’s objectives.
In the last year two well attended parent seminars were run to discuss the needs of adolescents and some of the things parents can do to support them through this time of their lives. The Parents and Friends' Association also supports the School community through assisting on Open Day and at the Year 12 Valedictory Service.
The Parents and Friends' Association runs a number of social functions each year including the Annual Trivia Night and other social events.
All current parents, staff, past students and their parents are automatically members of the Association. New parents are very welcome and are encouraged to join the committee and become actively involved in the School community. Committee members have a lot of fun while getting an insight into how the School operates.
The Ivanhoe Girls' Snowsports Committee is a committee of parents of girls involved in snowsports. It's teams are very active in Alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. The focus of the School and the parents’ committee is to give the girls an excellent on-snow experience, regardless of whether they have ever skied or snowboarded before. The Committee supports the dedicated staff through fundraising, organising social activities and assisting with training and competitions at Mt Buller, Lake Mountain and Falls Creek. All interested parents, regardless of whether they ski or board themselves are welcome.
In addition to the above, at the beginning of the year, parent representatives are invited from each class throughout Junior School and each year level in Senior School to coordinate and encourage social interactions between parents and families.