Established in the heart of Melbourne’s east in 1966 and set on a spacious 30-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.
OUTSTANDING VCE RESULTS
In 2020, our VCE students have once again achieved some excellent and well deserved results. Our outstanding VCE results included:
We believe 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 sports complex including playing fields, courts and gymnasium. A newly built indoor swimming facility opened in 2017, a new Research Centre and Chapel opened in 2019 and our new Fine Arts Building opened in 2020. There are also superior facilities for music, drama and dance within the school’s 900-seat, newly refurbished Performing Arts Centre, as well as facilities for Mathematics and Science, a Food Studies kitchen and classroom and a high-tech facility for the school’s internationally acclaimed Hearing Unit.
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 and beyond this, many electives are available from which students may choose. The school also offers exchange programs with schools in France, Japan and China. A newly introduced Year 8 and 9 curriculum STEAM (Science Technology Enterprise Arts Mathematics) initiative brings entrepreneurial challenges into the classroom.
There is a school-wide Wellbeing curriculum in conjunction with The Resilience Project focusing on building students’ resilience, sense of self and empathy for others through daily reflections and class-based workshops and lessons.
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 provides opportunities for social justice and fundraising within the community for students across the year levels. There are also opportunities for participation in state and national academic and sporting 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: High achieving students who are Australian citizens are eligible for scholarships in the areas of academia, music, sport and general excellence. Academic scholarships are offered to students entering Years 5 to 11. Music, sport and General Excellence scholarships are offered for entry into 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 teachers and students, learn about the unique approach to teaching and learning, and explore the vast grounds and excellent facilities. Please visit the website or contact the Admissions Office for open mornings and school tour dates.
Enrolment: Approximately 1400 students.
Fees: 2021 fees from $17,508 for ELC (full time program) to $28,593 for Year 12 (approximately) with family discounts available
Principal: Dr Mark Merry
Kalinda Road, Ringwood 3134
Tel: 03 9262 7700