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YARRA VALLEY GRAMMAR


Established in the heart of Melbourne’s east in 1966 and set on a spacious 29-hectare campus, Yarra Valley Grammar overlooks the Yarra Valley and the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. Students excel under the guidance of great teachers who love what they do and seek to inspire them to strive for excellence. Yarra Valley Grammar offers an extensive range of contemporary opportunities and sets high standards of performance, encouraging all students to achieve their personal best.

Yarra Valley Grammar’s team of teachers know their material, love their subjects and love to teach. They have a genuine interest in getting to know students so they can teach them effectively, encourage them to achieve their best, identify issues or problems and care for their welfare. Teachers are also role models for students, promoting the school’s core values: respect, concern and action for others, and treating others as they wish to be treated.

In 2016, Yarra Valley Grammar once again achieved some excellent VCE results, including:
• A top ATAR of 99.80
• 21.1 per cent of the study scores were over 40
• More than 35 per cent of students achieved results in the top 10 per cent in Victoria
• The median study score for the year was 34, with the state median being 30.

“The VCE provides a pathway into tertiary studies and positions in the workplace. Our students have once again gained access into a broad range of preferred pathways after school and we wish them all the very best in this new stage in their lives,” says Dr Mark Merry, principal. Dr Merry believes that it is the powerful combination of hard work and dedication from our students and great leadership, guidance and commitment from their teachers which contributes to Yarra Valley Grammar’s consistently excellent VCE results.

Facilities: A unique aspect of Yarra Valley Grammar is its spacious grounds and extensive on-site playing fields. These include a physical education and sports complex, tennis courts, netball courts, hockey pitch and swimming pool. A newly built indoor swimming facility will be completed in 2017 and construction begins on a new Research Centre and Chapel. There are also superior facilities for music, drama and dance within the school’s 900-seat Performing Arts Centre and Music School, as well as two resource centres and a high-tech facility for the school’s internationally acclaimed Hearing Unit. In 2015, a state-of-the-art Science Centre and Mathematics faculty and a new Food Technology kitchen and classroom were opened. Wootton Lodge, the school’s country property in eastern Victoria, provides focus for year level retreats and some of the Outdoor Education program. 

Curriculum: Yarra Valley Grammar’s broad curriculum is responsive to individual student needs, with extra opportunities for enrichment and support. Key Learning Areas include Art and Design, Business Studies, Design and Technology, English, Humanities, ICT, Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education and Sport, Outdoor Education and Science. Students study a common curriculum until the mid-secondary years but beyond this, many electives are available from which students may choose. Yarra Valley Grammar offers a Certificate III in Media combined with the VCE over two years, as well as VET subjects as part of the VCE program. The school also offers exchange programs with schools in France, Japan and China. A new Levavi program offers extension, enrichment and enhancement opportunities for Year 6, 7 and 8 students in English, mathematics, science and humanities.

Extra-curricular activities: Yarra Valley Grammar students enjoy a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities, including academic, sporting and special interest clubs, debating, drama productions, private tuition in singing and musical instruments, band, orchestra and ensembles, the Community Links program, participation in state and national academic competitions, and specialist enrichment and support programs.

Sport: Involvement in sport is expected and the school is a member of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria. Sports offered include athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cross-country, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, softball, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There is an extensive inter-house and inter-school sports program and a comprehensive Outdoor Education program.

Scholarships: Academic scholarships are offered in Year 5 and Years 7 to 11; Music scholarships are offered in Years 7 and 9; and General Excellence scholarships are offered in Years 7 to 11. “The scholarships program at Yarra Valley Grammar aims to make the school more accessible to students who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend,” says Dr Merry.

School tours: Yarra Valley Grammar invites you and your family to tour the school. Meet the teachers and students, learn about the unique approach to teaching and learning, and explore the vast grounds and excellent facilities. Visit the website or contact the Admissions Office for open mornings and school tour dates. Private tours are available by appointment.The next open day will take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. 

Principal: Dr Mark Merry

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Religion None
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Kindergarten - Year 12
Enrolment Approximately 1300 students
Fees: Over 16k
2018 fees from $9,640 for early learning to $28,101 for Year 12 (approximately) with family discounts available
Phone
03 9262******* 03 9262 7700
Fax
03 9876******* 03 9876 1077
Address Kalinda Road, Ringwood 3134
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