Public Speaking

In Years 3 to 6, students participate in a House Public Speaking competition, which involves children writing and presenting a public speech. This builds each child's confidence in speaking publicly as they learn how to engage and impress an audience.

Students have the opportunity to present in front of their peers and the community and overcome the challenges of speaking to an audience.


Participating in leadership activities helps students to build confidence, self-esteem and character, and grow to become responsible, successful young adults. Ivanhoe believes all students have the ability to lead, therefore all students are provided with opportunities to do so.

In their final years of primary school, students take part in leadership programs and are given solid foundation skills in leadership qualities. All students are given the opportunity to lead their House in many activities that make up school life, including Sport, Music, Service and Media.


Primary students are involved with numerous service projects. By participating in these projects, children better understand society and receive aspects of their education that would not be available in the classroom.

At Buckley House, children in Year 5 make regular visits to a local elderly people’s home. In these visits, children sing, participate in activities, make morning tea, play instruments, chat to the residents and have even built a mosaic garden.

Supporting the School’s service work in Cambodia is a focus for all members of the Buckley House community. Our annual fundraising efforts support the work done by staff, alumni, parents and students in Cambodia. Students organise the Carnival for Cambodia at Buckley House to raise money for senior students to build houses.

Plenty Primary students give assistance to Treasure Home, an orphanage, in Nadi, Fiji by collecting and distributing essential items for the children at the home. Students also raise funds for a number of other overseas charities including Iris Ministries in Zimpeto, Mozambique.

The Young Round Square Team is involved with many fundraising initiatives. In the past they have raised much needed funds for earthquake stricken Haiti, or closer to home, for the Kinglake Middle Primary School which was devastated by fires.

Performing Arts

In addition to the music classes and instrumental lessons, there is ample opportunity for students to perform throughout the year at both formal and informal concerts. Musical performance ensembles include choirs, string ensembles and percussion as well as individual performances.

Highlights of the Music Program are the Primary Production, with all students in Prep to Year 6 appearing on stage including Soirees, Recitals and the annual Plenty Primary Showcase Concert and Buckley House Showcase Concert. Primary students also have the opportunity to perform at the School’s Gala concert, held every three years at Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre Melbourne.


In addition to Physical Education classes, children develop their athleticism and fitness levels by being involved in Cross Country, Swimming and Athletics programs as well as taking part in district competitions and the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria competitions.

Children compete in sports such as Football, Netball, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Bat Tennis, Cricket and Sports Aerobics. Often they are successful in the district and go on to represent the school in Zone, Regional and State championships.

Primary students also have the opportunity to participate in the Alpine Snowsports Program, which includes Cross-country Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding in Term 2 and 3 during the winter season.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in after school sports programs focusing on a range of sports throughout the year including Auskick (AFL), DOC Soccer, Milo Cricket and Net Set Go (Netball).

At Plenty, Primary students can also take horse riding lessons at the School's equestrian facility, and participate in interschool competitions.

House Activities

Each student is placed into one of the School’s four Houses: Sherwood, Athelstane, Lincoln or Thorseby and remain in that House throughout their time at Ivanhoe. In the Primary years, students participate in a range of House activities and competitions including sports, fundraising and public speaking and Year 6 students have the opportunity to become House Leaders. Houses are made up of students from all year levels so the House program is a great opportunity to interact and make friends with students across the whole School.