Friday 30 January 2015

Students help celebrate Centenary

St James Church of England Grammar School for Boys opened its doors for the first time in 1915 with fourteen boys in the initial enrolment and The Reverend Sydney Buckley as Headmaster. The School has certainly come a long way since then, with close to two thousand students currently at the School over three campuses.

The first event to mark the celebrations is Student Event to be held on Thursday 5 February.

At The Ridgeway Campus, senior students process from St James’ Church, the original site of Ivanhoe Grammar School, though to the South Ground, engaging with the rest of the School along the way. Once on the South Ground, a re-enactment of an address by the 'Reverend Sydney Buckley' will take place, followed by the community singing the School song and then a roll-call of the original 14 first day students will take place. Students have been chosen from around the School to fill these roles. Once the formal proceedings are completed, students will be involved in a number of activities that highlight the significance of our past and then move back to their appropriate areas of the School for further celebrations.

At Plenty Campus, all students process through a Guard of Honour to an assembly for a reappearance by the School’s Founder, The Reverend Sydney Buckley, accompanied by his First Day Boys.

Students, staff and parents will enjoy music of the period, followed by a symbolic cutting of the Centenary cake.

“The celebration of 100 years of Ivanhoe Grammar School provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, but also to recognise and celebrate the strength and vitality of the School as it is today” said Principal, Rod Fraser.