Re-imagining Year 9 at our University Campus
For ten years, the Year 9 Program at Ivanhoe Grammar School has featured learning experiences that go beyond the classroom. From 2019 the School will take this program a step further by re-imagining the classroom altogether at a new University Campus; a hybrid, year-long university experience.
Our original Year 9 Program was designed to allow students in this key developmental stage the opportunity to explore the adult world in a safe environment. Out-of-classroom learning experiences engage the developing brain to promote enduring critical thinking habits. Principal Gerard Foley calls the Year 9 Program an opportunity to ‘embed our key values at a critical time in a young person’s development.’
The La Trobe University segment of the Year 9 Program, a two-week intensive science program, has been so successful that it has evolved from once a year, to three times a year to its most recent evolution in the form of a dedicated University Campus for Year 9 students. This final step is an Australian-first that will provide Ivanhoe Grammar School students with a hybrid university-school experience, and one which will hopefully inspire a life-long relationship with inquiry-based learning.
Over the course of the year, students will be exposed to the kind of big ideas you would expect to find in a university environment. Based at a separate campus, students will have access to a number of La Trobe University facilities and La Trobe academics will contribute to students’ studies through a joint educational program. Students will have the opportunity to reach out to academics in their field of interest and pursue lines of study previously unavailable to them.
Head of University Campus - Stella Batsanis
The School has appointed experienced educational leader Mrs Stella Batsanis to the role of Head of Campus, leading a team of 20 school staff. Formerly the Head of Middle Years and currently the School’s Wellbeing Director, Mrs Batsanis brings a breadth of knowledge to the position and is excited about her inaugural role as the head of a unique campus.
‘At the new University Campus, students will experience authentic experiential learning of a rich, varied and rigorous curriculum’ - Stella Batsanis