Support for our local and global community is at the heart of Ivanhoe Grammar School

One of our key focuses is to recognise and respect the challenges faced by many people in Australia and around the world. Our school is founded on Anglican educational principles, but we welcome students from all faiths. We respect individual differences and beliefs and give students the opportunity to explore their own spiritual understanding through personal reflection.

In today’s global society, we prepare our students to be valuable and honourable members of the community through local and international service projects.

Local service opportunities

Through the student-run IDEALS Committee, a number of partnerships with local charity organisations have been established including OrphFund, 300 Blankets, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Big Group Hug. Many alumni continue to be involved with their service partnership long after they leave school. Students and alumni regularly ‘shake the bucket’ for OrphFund at the Rose Street Market, and senior students get involved in the 300 Blankets project, visiting and providing blankets and other essential items to homeless people in the CBD during winter. Junior students regularly visit Aged Care facilities and Hospitals to learn the importance of providing support to the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Round Square

Round Square is a unique group of schools around the world who are committed to increasing international understanding and education through co-curricular experiences, based on the theories of famed educationalist, Dr Kurt Hahn. As a Round Square school Ivanhoe Grammar School students gain exposure to the wider world by participating in international exchange programs, conferences and local and international service projects. Read more about Round Square.

IDEALS Program

Founded upon the attributes of the Ivanhoe Learner, the IDEALS program provides an exciting opportunity for students to further develop skills and attitudes, allowing them to become exceptional members of the wider community. Students are provided the opportunity to work alongside a number of leading non-for-profit organisations, immersing themselves within a wide array of rewarding and meaningful activities.

The IDEALS Program includes units that have four significant areas of focus, in line with the Duke of Edinburgh Award:

  • Adventurous journey
  • Community service
  • Developing skills
  • Physical recreation

During the Annual Camp week for Cadets, IDEALS students will be involved in the Adventurous Journey, partaking in introductory surf camp. Here, students will be challenged both in and out of the water, hiking, camping and surfing along the pristine Victorian coastline. This camp provides a wonderful opportunity for students to reflect on their transition into Term 1, as well as look towards what Term 2 holds for them.

Throughout the camp, the attributes of the Ivanhoe Learner are aligned to a multitude of tasks undergone by both staff and students.

All programs are aligned with both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Ivanhoe Learner. We are confident that by supporting these programs our students will gain an appreciation of the value of serving the community in which we live.

Ivanhoe Diploma

The Ivanhoe Diploma is a voluntary Senior Years program that recognises an individual student’s contribution to the co-curricular life of the school. Read more about the Ivanhoe Diploma.

Cambodia Service Project

The annual Cambodia Service Project gives students the opportunity to serve local communities in Cambodia while learning about the culture and hardships its people have faced. Read more about the Cambodia Service Project.

Northern Territory Service Project

2020 will see the first running of the Northern Territory Service Project.  This trip will provide students with a terrific opportunity to learn about and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, as well as play a meaningful role in enhancing the lives of those in the Minyerri community.