Meet the Principal
May I extend to you and your child a very warm welcome to our school. My name is David Foley and I am the Principal of Eltham North Primary School.
Eltham North Primary is a great place to work because of the positive relationships and values shared by staff, students and parents.
A feature of the school is the strong home-school partnerships which contributes to the high level of student achievement and ensures the provision of a quality educational program for our children. We encourage students to develop a positive attitude towards learning and a feeling of self worth as they are encouraged to view themselves as being competent and responsible. It is their happiness, development and acceptance of themselves as people of worth, together with the acquisition of understanding and skills that will assist them to take part in their wider community. We believe that all children should be encouraged to develop their independence, self esteem, co-operative work skills and their sense of creativity.
We have 600 students enrolled for 2019. There are 26 classes giving an average class size of 20 - 22 in years (Prep - 2) and 24 - 25 in years (3 - 6).
Eltham North Primary School's academic results are very positive and continue to be consistently higher than state and at or above 'like school' averages. Together, the school community is learning to make the school both environmentally sustainable and sustainable in terms of learning capacity and delivery. The school is a '5 Star Sustainable School' and a 'Healthy Eating School' . We have been a finalist in the Victorian Resource Smart Schools competitions over many years at Federation Square.
The curriculum is broad and innovative whilst still emphasising the importance of literacy and numeracy. In addition to the comprehensive classroom programs offered specialist teachers provide instruction in Physical Education, Music, Italian (Prep, level 3 & 4), Visual Arts and Computer Information & Communications Technology (ICT). We have STEAM (Science) and Cooking specialist programs ( whole school). We are very excited about this innovation into our curriculum offering. The school is an active participant in district sport competitions as well as providing opportunities for students to participate in Instrumental Music ~ choir, recorder, brass, guitar, piano, drums and an extensive keyboard program.
Student Leadership initiatives are extensive and opportunities are available in formal processes including Junior School Council, School Captains, sporting, performing arts, environmental education and computer technology.
Staff are enthusiastic and committed to their profession and work diligently to achieve the school goals and priorities. Graduate teachers are employed each year to complement the experienced staff with a strong team spirit evident. This team approach to planning, implementation and evaluation continues to be a very important feature of the school. A comprehensive professional development ensures that staff members participate in frequent, targeted professional learning.
Parents are welcome to join in all aspects of our school curriculum, teaching programs, class activities and school council teams.
We have constructed an environmental cooking and science lab. With good knowledge of the school’s operation, our Parents and Friends Community have developed an effective partnership with the school to the benefit of their children. A comprehensive school website informs the school community about 'What's New' and 'In Focus' topics occurring in the life of the students and the school. A fortnightly newsletter is available 'online' to improve communication of school events and achievements.
This unique learning environment has architecturally designed innovative building and learning spaces that blend aesthetically into the peaceful bush setting. The grounds have been landscaped to cater for both active and passive play in shaded and protected areas.
Our staff and parents share the excitement and the responsibility of ensuring a happy, secure and successful commencement to primary school for your child.
David Foley School Principal