At Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School a focus on the individual is at the core of all we do. The caring relationships that are at the heart of both the Early Learning Centre, Junior and Senior Schools, especially between class teacher and each individual student, provides the best possible foundation for learning.
The security, which comes from such an encouraging and supportive environment, fosters a strong sense of belonging and enhances girls' self-esteem and resilience enabling their learning to flourish.
Beyond the classroom and into the playgrounds there is the highest level of care and interest by staff who have the opportunity to know each girl. 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 Special Friends program in which younger and older Junior School and Early Learning Centre classes and students are paired provides another level of support and connectedness.
In the Senior School every girl has her own unique timetable and, instead of being seen as part of a class group, she is placed in a small tutorial group with around fourteen other girls under the direct care of a tutor who meets with the group on a daily basis and comes to know every member of the group closely enough to 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 works closely together under the direction of the Year Level Coordinator, to monitor each student's involvement and achievement and 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 as an individual. At the same time, we aim to foster community awareness and a commitment in all of our girls to respect others and have an active appreciation of the value of diversity in our culture.
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 which our girls and young women need as they mature. At all times, very high behavioural expectations are set and very clearly communicated to the students.
Throughout the School, every girl has a range of significant adults to provide her with guidance and a sense of connection. Additionally, frameworks such as the Peer Support program enable senior girls to provide mentoring for younger year levels, encourage cross-age friendships, develop leadership skills and enable the provision of excellent role models for the younger students.