Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School is extremely fortunate to have a large number of talented and professional staff who are experienced, dedicated and always striving to improve their performance in order to provide a better level of engagement with our students. Our staff are the School’s greatest asset.
All teaching staff are registered teachers with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), whilst professional staff all have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). The School is also committed to the induction and mentoring of all new staff, especially beginner teachers. Each year the School appoints mentors for formal training, conducted by the VIT, for colleagues new to the profession. Of 244 full time, part time, contract and casual staff, 78% of the School’s workforce is female and 22% male.
Ivanhoe Girls’ has a large number of staff who have been with the School for many years, and such stability and loyalty are greatly valued as they lead to high morale and strong collegiality. The School recognises and celebrates service to the School with its annual Cooerwull Service Awards. The Cooerwull Service Awards are organised and hosted annually by the School Board and the Cooerwull Inc. Committee to acknowledge commitment and service to the School by staff, parents and community members. Awards are presented for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years and beyond of service. It is important, however, to have some staff turnover to maintain a healthy balance.
Ivanhoe Girls’ invests significantly in professional development opportunities for all staff. Ivanhoe Girls' undertakes a triennial Ivanhoe Girls’ Staff Conference. The Staff Conference is seen as an opportunity for all staff to develop a sense of belonging to the entire School. Rarely do we get the opportunity to reflect on what we do or to consider the School as a whole. The conference provides many opportunities for staff to get to know staff from other areas of the School and develop positive relationships. Further opportunities for professional learning for our staff are available regularly in a variety of settings, including a number of professional learning days, various staff and faculty meetings, the Peer Appraisal program, collaboration, workshops, guest speakers, attendance at external programs and feedback to faculty/working groups following such attendance.