Melbourne Grammar School offers AIEF Scholarships for Indigenous boarding students.
It has been another eventful year. Whilst 2021 was a challenging year for our School community due to Covid-19 lockdowns, border and travel restrictions, our wonderful Indigenous student cohort and program continue to thrive, in large part due to the support of the AIEF.
The Melbourne Grammar School Indigenous Program aims to benefit all Melbourne Grammar students and the whole School community. As the Indigenous Program grows and develops, so too will the School’s influence in fostering greater recognition and meaningful reconciliation across Australia.
Melbourne Grammar School commits to increased knowledge and education in building our nation into one in which full reconciliation is embraced. We aim to be a leader in Indigenous education by maintaining and enhancing the integration of Indigenous cultural immersion across the School and its communities. We aim to lead, innovate and influence to help Indigenous people achieve leadership positions, both within the School and the broader community.
Year on year we continue to strengthen our recruitment and retention of Indigenous students. Our work and our actions are guided by the First Nations Learning Principles.
We are fortunate to receive great advice through our School’s Indigenous Steering Committee, chaired by the Headmaster. This committee provides project guidance and support to the Indigenous Program Manager, Robbie Ahmat.
Robbie Ahmat continues to build meaningful relationships across Australia to enhance our recruitment efforts. Five Indigenous students have been accepted in the entering class of 2022 from all over Australia, and pleasingly we have our first Indigenous student coming to us from Tasmania. The program will again have 13 Indigenous students in 2022.
I am especially thrilled to share that in 2021 we appointed Reverend Helen Dwyer, a proud Ngarrindjeri woman, as Chaplain of our primary school – Grimwade House. I believe this to be an excellent example of our commitment to ensuring Indigenous culture is immersed across our School community.
The 2021 graduating class of Melbourne Grammar Indigenous students is already demonstrating their incredible potential to forge a better future for themselves, their community and for our country. Students from this group will attend some of the top universities in Australia to further their studies, whilst others pursue careers which will see them follow their lifelong dreams.
Thank you to AIEF for your continued support and partnership with Melbourne Grammar School. I look forward to a full return to face-to-face learning which will help us continue to achieve our shared objective of local and national reconciliation.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at Melbourne Grammar School were spread across Years 8 to 12.
In 2021, the 11 Indigenous students enrolled at Melbourne Grammar School were representative of 0.6% of the total population of 1801 students.
In 2021, AIEF Supported 10 students at Melbourne Grammar School.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at Melbourne Grammar School was 91%.
Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.