Yarra Valley Grammar
|Yarra Valley Grammar School|
Latin: Levavi Oculos
I lift up my eyes
|Ringwood, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Co-educational, Day school|
|Colour(s)||Red, Gold & Black
|Slogan||"Confidence to Achieve"|
The school was established in 1966 as Yarra Valley Church of England School, and catered for boys only.
In 1973, Yarra Valley Anglican School established a Hearing Unit for the Deaf under the tutelage of Bill Robinson. Its premise was that deaf children should receive the opportunity to grow and develop with their "hearing" peers in normal classroom settings. Deaf students were encouraged to participate in all extracurricular activities, such as school sports. It has since grown to encompass every year level. The Hearing Unit also has its own classroom facilities where students receive assistance with speech therapy, classwork and so on.
Girls were admitted to the two senior levels in 1978, and the school progressively became fully co-educational from 1993 through 1995.
The school has recently adopted a healthy food policy, ending the sale of a number of unhealthy foods within the school's cafeteria. This policy has since been adopted by a number of schools within the region of Victoria.
In 2006, the Yarra Valley Grammar celebrated its 40th birthday with many special events, including a whole-school photo and an aerial photo of the students positioned to create the number 40. The school celebrated its birthday in a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne in September 2006.
- 1963, School Founded - at the time of the opening ceremony, surrounding the school were orchards which were progressively replaced with housing estates. By retaining the forest the school has preserved a slice of the area's history.
- 1966, First assembly takes place - 135 boys attend
- 1970, School invited to become a member of the AGSV
- 1971, Headmaster invited to be a member of the Headmaster's Conference of Independent Schools Australia
- 1973, Hearing Unit for the Deaf established with Deaf students fully integrated as part of the school community.
- 1978, The first girl students are admitted into the school
- 2006, School celebrates its 40th birthday
Unlike other private schools and some other public schools, Yarra Valley does not issue students school laptops. Instead, Yarra Valley has invested in multimedia machines and bandwidth intranet infrastructure.
There are four houses, named after important figures during the school's history, each with a specific house color - these are Hughes (Yellow), Arnott (Maroon), Annells (Blue) and Plummer (Green).
Yarra Valley lays claim to a number of students who have gone on to success in corporate and public life. The Past Students Association offers the opportunity for alumni to stay in touch with one another.
Australian Rules Football
Several Yarra Valley Grammar students have had AFL careers. Drafted players include.:
- Travis Cloke - Collingwood
- Jason Cloke - Collingwood
- Cameron Cloke - Collingwood, Carlton, Port Adelaide
- Sam Blease - Melbourne
- Jordan Gysberts - Melbourne
- Kelvin Moore - Richmond
- Andrew Moore - Port Adelaide
- Aaron Young - Port Adelaide
- Brad Harvey - Brisbane Lions
- Kieran Harper - North Melbourne
- Matthew Scott - North Melbourne
- List of schools in Victoria
- Yarra Valley Old Boys Football Club
- List of high schools in Victoria
- Victorian Certificate of Education