Local or global, it’s all about giving back.
Community lies at the heart of Ivanhoe Grammar School. Whether it be at the School, local, national or international level, you will find Ivanhoe students making a positive contribution to their community.
In light of increased globalisation, and with the notion of community in mind, Ivanhoe Grammar School Principal Roderick Fraser AM, has overseen the development of a more international perspective for the School, facilitating the involvement of Ivanhoe students in a variety of networks and events at both a global and local level, with the key objective of giving back to the community and improving the plight of others.
In an educational context, a number of programs are designed to facilitate a broader, more nuanced engagement with the world. The required study of a language until at least the end of Year 9 is one way of developing skills needed to participate in an increasingly-connected society. There is also the VCE Australian and Global Perspectives subject studied as part of Year 10 Humanities, which allows students to gain a deeper understanding of world issues and Australia’s role on the global stage.
Australian and Global Perspectives is an excellent springboard into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, offered in Years 11 and 12 at The Ridgeway Campus. An internationally-recognised qualification, the IBDP provides students with a more holistic education, facilitating further study at local and overseas tertiary institutions.
The international focus is also evident in Ivanhoe’s membership of the “Round Square” network of schools, which conducts events and experiential learning under the banner of six IDEALS: internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. Experiential learning is also a key element of the School’s cultural opportunities, with recent visits encompassing locations as diverse as India, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Cambodia and the United Kingdom.
One of the School’s more important educational innovations is the “Ivanhoe Diploma”, which offers students the chance to develop skills in creative thinking, physical activity, civic engagement, intercultural understanding, and leadership and responsibility. Ivanhoe students are grateful for their opportunities and understand they have been put in an incredible position to make the world a better place. They take this responsibility seriously, which is reflected in their organisation of, and contribution to, a range of service projects and programs, including:
- Eleven students from Years 8 to 10 participating in the “Live Below the Line” campaign, which raised almost $3000 for people in need.
- “Urban Camp”, another immersive learning opportunity for Ivanhoe students that consists of four days of exploring social inequality and injustice, and how students can make a difference.
- “Cube 4 Cambodia”, a Rubik’s Cube competition organised by Year 10 student, Ethan, which raises funds for various charities in Cambodia by charging entrants a $10 fee to compete.
- Year 11 and 12 students volunteering on weekends at the “OrphFund” stall at the Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy. OrphFund helps abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children around the world by providing shelter, nutrition, healthcare, and education and training.
- A collaboration between alumni and current students to work together on important causes such as St Vincent’s, Soup Van, 300 Blankets and Urban Seed.
These few examples highlight the myriad ways in which Ivanhoe students give back to the community, working together to make the world a more equitable, connected and compassionate place.