About Our School


Whitehorse Primary School is a co-educational school that caters for children from Prep to Grade 6. Our attractive campus is located in a quiet residential part of Blackburn North. We have a diverse student population and a warm, friendly and caring community.

 

We are a school committed to a culture of teaching and learning excellence. We are very proud of our strong academic program and a rich curriculum that develops the whole child and promotes real-world learning.  Our class structure allows for a highly flexible, developmental approach to classroom learning. Catering to individual learning needs and interests prepares our children for living, working and succeeding in an increasingly globalised, digital world.

 

The cornerstones of Literacy and Numeracy are given strong emphasis in our daily timetable.  Children learn other foundation subjects - such as Science, Humanities, Health and Technology - through a holistic, inquiry-based approach. These Integrated Studies allow us to respond to the needs, ideas and interests of the children.  Specialist teachers also provide dedicated weekly sessions in Visual Art, Music, Chinese, Science  and Physical Education.  Incursions, excursions and camps complement classroom learning. Technology is incorporated throughout our curriculum, with iPads providing engaging, personalised learning opportunities.  

Special features of our school include:

  • Recently built facilities, designed by award-winning, international architects
  • Large classrooms
  • Full-sized sports oval and large indoor stadium
  • Victoria’s only Questacon maths problem-solving centre (Grade 1 – 6)
  • Australia’s 1st Stephanie Alexander  Kitchen Garden Program in a primary school (Grade 3 – 6)
  • Innovative leadership program, “The Leader in Me” (Prep to Grade 6)
  • Specialist sports and swimming clinics (Prep to Grade 6)
  • Age-appropriate leadership opportunities, including Junior School Council
  • University-sponsored Maths, English and Solar Vehicle competitions
  • Private music tuition (piano, keyboard, guitar and violin)
  • Lunchtime clubs and activities
  • Lunch order service with delicious homemade dishes
  • Before and After School care

Whitehorse Primary School is a member of the University of Melbourne Network of Schools Alumni and recently completed a highly successful School Review which showcased a number of outstanding achievements. 

 

Although Whitehorse Primary School is a young school, it is privileged to have a heritage that dates back more than 90 years. Its founding schools both had long and proud histories: Nunawading Primary School opened in Springvale Road in 1922 (originally as Tunstall State School) and Springview Primary School opened in Junction Road in 1964. Many thousands of students attended the former schools and both are still held with affection in the hearts of the local and wider communities.

 

Families within the local area have the choice of many excellent primary schools.  The decision about where to enrol your child is very personal. We want to help you make an informed and confident decision. Come and see our school in action and discuss your child’s needs. We would encourage you to also to explore our website and attend our community events throughout the year.

 

We would be delighted to show you what makes Whitehorse Primary School special and to explain how we partner with your family to develop your child’s full potential.

 

Our Vision

Whitehorse Primary School actively supports the development of the whole child by delivering life-long learning skills for the 21st Century including relevant academic, social and emotional skills.

 

Our History

Whitehorse Primary School is a member of the University of Melbourne Network of Schools Alumni and recently completed a highly successful School Review which showcased a number of outstanding achievements.

 

Although Whitehorse Primary School is a young school, it is privileged to have a heritage that dates back more than 90 years. Its founding schools both had long and proud histories: Nunawading Primary School opened in Springvale Road in 1922 (originally as Tunstall State School) and Springview Primary School opened in Junction Road in 1964. Many thousands of students attended the former schools and both are still held with affection in the hearts of the local and wider communities.

 

House System

The school is divided into 4 'houses' and each child is allocated to a house upon enrolment.  The houses compete in inter-house athletics and the school cross country. House captains are elected at the beginning of each year.

The school houses are named after significant historical and contemporary Australians: Fiona Wood, Edward "Weary" Dunlop, Edith Cowan and Fred Hollows.

Each house has its own colour.

 

School Council

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
The main functions of the School Council are to:

  • Participate in developing the School Strategic Plan and engaging the school community
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure, and
  • Developing, reviewing, updating and monitoring policies including the Student Engagement Policy (how the school promotes expected student behavior, how bullying will be managed and the school's approach to supporting student wellbeing) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into)

For more information about the School Council, have a look at the Volunteer Page.

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