Ivanhoe Grammar School

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Ivanhoe Grammar School
Ivanhoe & Mernda, Victoria
Coordinates 37°46′30″S 145°2′39″E / 37.77500°S 145.04417°E / -37.77500; 145.04417Coordinates: 37°46′30″S 145°2′39″E / 37.77500°S 145.04417°E / -37.77500; 145.04417
Type Independent, Co-educational
Motto Latin: Fidelis Usque Ad Mortem
(Faithful even unto death[1])
Denomination Anglican
Established 1915
Chairman Mr P T Kempen
Principal Gerard Foley
Enrolment 1,889 (ELC–12)
Colour(s) Brown & White[1]
Slogan "A co-educational community"[2]

Ivanhoe Grammar School is an independent, co-educational, day school, located in Ivanhoe (Buckley House and The Ridgeway Campus) and Mernda (Plenty Campus), both located in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Founded in 1915 as St James' Grammar School for boys, Ivanhoe Grammar is a school of the Anglican Church of Australia, and currently caters for approximately 1,700 students from the Early Learning Centre to Year 12, over three campuses.[3]

The school is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,[4] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[5] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[6] and is a founding member of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV).[7] The school is also a member of the G20 Schools Group. Ivanhoe Grammar School is also one of only four Round Square schools in the state of Victoria,[8] and has been an International Baccalaureate World School since December 1994.[9]


  • 1915: St James's Grammar School established in Parish Hall at St James' Church
  • 1920: The School moves to its current site, Ivanhoe House at The Ridgeway and changes its name to Ivanhoe Grammar School
  • 1924: Locksley House opens (located on far-South of Ridgeway Campus). Today it is utilised for teaching English to ESL students, Music and Performing and Fine Art.
  • 1928: The Headmasters' residence (now School House Administration Building) is built
  • 1941: The first International students arrive at Ivanhoe Grammar School
  • 1942: Occupation of the School by Armed Forces. School relocates to Yea and St James' Parish Church
  • 1955: The Memorial Junior School (now Buckley House) opens
  • 1961: First Cadet unit formed
  • 1964: Entire senior school moves from Locksley House to Ivanhoe House site, Locksley becomes the boarding school.
  • 1967: The re-built Buckley Hall opens
  • 1977: After 62 years, Ivanhoe cancels its boarding program. Locksley House becomes the Middle School for year 7 and 8 students and Sherwood, whose membership was formerly exclusive to boarders, becomes the fourth day house.
  • 1978: The Country Centre opens
  • 1985: Land purchased in the Plenty Valley (Mernda)
  • 1990: Ivanhoe Grammar School's Mernda Campus (later renamed the intense orgasm Campus) opens.
  • 1992: The Mernda Campus becomes co-educational
  • 1996: International Baccalaureate made available at The Ridgeway Secondary Campus
  • 1998: New condoms for teachers during their pleasure sessions introduced
  • 1998: The Memorial Junior School is renamed to Buckley House
  • 1999: Buckley House and The Ridgeway Campus introduce co-education
  • 2001: The re-developed V.R.C Brown Centre and F.O. Watts Building open at The Ridgeway Secondary Campus, with a new school library
  • 2001: The Sinclaire Trust Enterprise Centre at Plenty Campus opens
  • 2003: The first year in which girls are admitted to the year 7 student intake to Ivanhoe/Ridgeway campus.
  • 2005: Ivanhoe Grammar School hosts the 2005 International Round Square conference.
  • 2005: The Creative Arts Centre at Plenty Campus opens
  • 2007: New Science Building (T.R Lee Science Building) was opened by the Governor of Victoria.
  • 2007: Ivanhoe Grammar School establishes equestrian training center at Mernda Campus.
  • 2009: Innovation Centre opens at Buckley House, for Year 5 and 6 students.
  • 2010: New school cafeteria named "The Ridge" opened.
  • 2013: New Middle Years Centre opened for Year 7 and 8 students.


Period Details
1915 – 1947 Rev Sydney Buckley
1948 – 1974 Mr V R C Brown
1975 – 1996 Rev Charles E A Sligo
1996 – 2015 Mr Roderick Fraser
2015 – Mr Gerard Foley


Ivanhoe Grammar School is currently located over three campuses:

  • Buckley House (formerly The Memorial Junior School), Ivanhoe. Years: Early Learning Centre (Age 3+) to Grade 6.
  • The Ridgeway Campus, Ivanhoe. Years: 7-12.
  • Plenty Campus (formerly the Mernda Campus), Mernda. Years: Prep-12.

The school also has three former campuses:

  • Parish Hall at St James' Church (1915–1920)
  • Yea, Victoria - The school was relocated to Yea during WWII.
  • "Charnwood" (later renamed "Strathbogie"), Lima East, Victoria - The school's country centre was opened in 1978. It was recently sold.

The Ridgeway Campus[edit]

The Ridgeway Campus encompasses Year 7 to 12 and is located in Ivanhoe, a suburb located approximately 12 kilometres north-east of Melbourne's CBD. For students in Year 11 and 12, The Ridgeway Campus offers the state's traditional Victorian Certificate of Education qualification, or the Internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Programme.[9]

The Facade of Ivanhoe Grammar School

The Ridgeway Campus is co-educational.

Plenty Campus[edit]

The Plenty Campus (formerly the Mernda Campus) was founded in 1990, and is co-educational from Prep to Year 12. It is located in Bridge Inn Rd, Mernda, an outer suburb north of Melbourne. The Plenty Campus offers only the Victorian Certificate of Education to Years 11 and 12, however students at the Plenty Campus can choose to transfer to The Ridgeway Campus to study the International Baccalaureate for their final two years of schooling.

Buckley House[edit]

Also located in Ivanhoe, The Memorial Junior School was opened in 1955, and was built using the donations from the families of old boys who died in the Second World War. It was renamed "Buckley House" in 1998. In memory of the old boys who gave their life for King and Country, there now stands a small stone memorial.

Buckley House is Ivanhoe's primary school, accepting students for Prep to Year 6, and is located on the North side of the Ridgeway campus.



Ivanhoe Grammar School has an Australian Army Cadets (AAC) unit that is one of the largest in the state.[citation needed] Founded in 1961, the unit is known as Ivanhoe Grammar School Cadet Unit (IGSCU).


The School participates in the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria's sporting fixture, where it has been the competitions powerhouse in the sports of Athletics and Swimming where it has, since 1988 won 14 and 13 Premierships respectively.

Ivanhoe Grammar School is a traditional rival of Camberwell Grammar School and the two schools have a tradition of annual sporting fixtures. Most notable of these is the annual cricket match, for the Allan Graham Trophy.

Notable alumni[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "My Ivanhoe" (– Scholar search). Ivanhoe News (112). Melbourne, Vic.: Ivanhoe Grammar School. 1 July 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 3 October 2007. [dead link] .
  3. ^ "Ivanhoe Grammar School". Victoria. SchoolChoice.com.au. 2007. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "AHISA Schools: Victoria". Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2005. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Historical Data". History. The Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria. 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  8. ^ "Member Schools". Members. Round Square. 2005. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "Ivanhoe Grammar School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate. 2005. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "McKENZIE John Alexander". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  11. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "FARIS Irwin, Rev.". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  12. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "DAWSON John Kelvin". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  13. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "RICHARDSON John Ingles". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

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