Old Grammarian Tutoring/Mentoring

Young Grammarian Guru Program 

Ballarat Grammar made the decision to move to Learning at Home from Thursday 19 March. As a result, we started delivering our learning and pastoral care programs online.  In making this decision, the School’s highest priority was and remains the safety and wellbeing of our School and the wider community.   

Over the term break, many past students contacted the School with offers of help and assistance, especially regarding supporting our current Year 12 students. The Headmaster, Mr Adam Heath, formulated the idea of an Old Grammarian (OG) mentoring program asking recent Ballarat Grammar graduates (who finished Year 12 in the years 2015 to 2019) to volunteer to be tutors or ‘Gurus’ to our Year 12 students currently studying remotely.  


Depending on their VCE subjects or University course, Gurus are being matched with a current student who has indicated they would like assistance in that subject area. Gurus will also their Year 12 student in maintaining motivation and their goals as they study remotely.  

In response to the call for support: 

  • 30 Young Old Grammarians signed up within one day to support and promote the Young Grammarian Gurus program
  • Over 200 Young Old Grammarians, themselves recent Year 12 graduates from the last five years, signed up inside four days to be a Young Grammarian Guru.  This response has been overwhelming, and the program is now full.   

According to John Taylor OG (1967), President of the Ballarat and Queen’s Old Grammarians’ Association, “It is fantastic to see Old Grammarians step up and help fellow Grammarians out in a time of real need. This is what being an Old Grammarian is about. As a community we look to network and support each other when and where we can. I encourage all Old Grammarians to sign up and register to Ballarat Grammar Connect so we can continue to network and support each other both now and into the future”.  

Information for YG Gurus

All YG Gurus need to have a valid Working with Children Check. As a volunteer, there is no cost. On completing an application, you will receive a registration number which the School needs to have BEFORE you commence mentoring.  WWC will send you a card via mail. Apply by accessing the following link: https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/individuals/applicants/how-to-apply 

Old Grammarians connect! 

To all Old Grammarians, please register in Ballarat Grammar Connect. This is the Old Grammarian portal for professional networking, mentoring and connection between OGs. This will enable us to support each other now and into the future.