A grammar school is one of several different types of school in the history of education in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries. Originally this referred to a school teaching Latin, but more recently the term describes an academically oriented school, different from less academic schools. Grammar schools are known to emphasise high academic standards and follow the traditions set in the United Kingdom independent schools’ system. This culture of academic pursuit can be found at Yarra Valley Grammar which has a strong emphasis on academic endeavour and academic achievement. The idea of high standards is captured in the school’s motto: Levavi Oculus (I lifted up my eyes). This is our aspiration… to always aim high.
It is not enough though to concentrate wholly upon the intellect. We see the importance of the development of character so that our students are prepared to contribute in a constructive way to the community. This is the concept we call the skilful citizen. The skilful part refers to the quality of education our students receive to prepare them for the workplace or future study. Our aim is to provide them with the best education possible so that they can make sense of the world; have as many opportunities as possible and many options in terms of pathways after school. The citizen part refers to their inclinations to contribute to others; their families, friends and broader society. An education at YVG is meant to equip our students to serve the community in which they live. Our students and Old Grammarians have shown time and time again their willingness to serve.
Our students are part of a diverse, exciting and inspiring school. Their experiences include an amazing range of sporting, cultural and academic experiences. In among all this, school should be fun. Our aim is to make the experience a positive one to be remembered fondly as a significant time in the lives of our young people.
We often hear of the Yarra Spirit. This is understood to mean the genuine affection for the school felt by students, their parents and my colleagues. It is this spirit that sees a commitment to each other and a sense of belonging to a community. As neighbourhoods become less neighbourly and families see less and less of each other, community is more important than ever. This is what we aspire to be.
Dr Mark Merry
Principal, Yarra Valley Grammar
Established in the heart of Melbourne’s east in 1966 and set on a spacious 30-hectare campus, Yarra Valley Grammar overlooks […]