Graduating from high school is often the first of many major educational milestones in a person’s life.
There is undoubtedly a sense of pride and achievement, but there can also be a feeling of loss for those going from the comfort and support of a school community into the big, wide world. For many students, the end of their school education is the end of their sense of belonging and they can feel incredibly alone and isolated. This is thankfully not the case for Ivanhoe graduates, who have numerous ways to keep connected and continue contributing to their school community.
The most effective way to stay in touch with other Ivanhoe alumni is through the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians' Association, the primary organisation for Ivanhoe graduates. Founded in 1920, the association facilitates social connections for former students through a range of functions and events.
In 2015 alone, there are no fewer than ten opportunities to mingle with old friends and new connections over dinner and drinks. Amazingly, these get-togethers take place not only in Australia, but also across the globe, so whether you are in Melbourne, Sydney, London or Hong Kong, you can be sure to remain connected.
The Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association is not simply about social events, however. It also promotes graduates in their professional, sporting, artistic, and humanitarian endeavours through various avenues including social media.
Old Grammarians wanting to give back to the school community have many possibilities available to them. There are opportunities to participate in school events and to help develop the next generation of Ivanhoe Grammarians. Past students can assist current students through conducting mock interviews with Year 9 and leading work experience programs with Year 10. For Year 11 students there is the Leaders’ Camp, Nigel Kendall Cup and the 1%ers, while Year 12 students are able to engage with and seek advice from former students through OIG breakfasts and lunches.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just as important as socialising, giving back and getting ahead professionally. A healthy lifestyle is fostered in the sporting clubs available to graduates. Old Grammarians can get fit on the football and soccer fields, the cricket pitches and the netball courts. Sporting groups are great for building fitness and strength, but they are also a brilliant way to consolidate connections made elsewhere and to meet new people.
The close-knit Ivanhoe community doesn’t end with graduation. In fact, once the school bell rings for the final time, it continues to go from strength to strength. Outgoing principal, Roderick Fraser says that what he loves most about Ivanhoe, is ‘our commitment to serve others and be community and socially responsible. Our Centenary year has demonstrated the established connection we have with our School community; reconnecting with past students who have continued to develop a focus and commitment to both local and international charitable projects has been gratifying and inspiring.’
So what are you waiting for? Get in touch and stay connected with the Ivanhoe community. They’d love to have you.