From Our Principal


It is a pleasure, as principal of this exceptional school, to extend a very warm welcome to you, your child and family to our dynamic learning community.

The Ivanhoe East Primary School community greatly values learning, education, social competence and healthy relationships. A strong sense of moral purpose leads to high aspirations and seeks to provide the best possible learning environment for current and future students.

Students are respected as individuals, encouraged to be active and co-operative and develop into curious and inquiring students able to accept increasing responsibility for their own learning and conduct. We encourage each student to give of their best efforts and develop a caring, responsible and proactive attitude towards helping others and ensuring future environmental sustainability.

The school’s values of integrity, co-operation, respect, learning, caring and fun very much reflect the school's culture and the community the school serves.

Our core purpose is to develop well-rounded students who have every opportunity to gain all the skills and attributes needed to contribute significantly to our future society. As well as the provision of a strong academic program complemented by rich programs promoting creativity, the arts, physical activity, healthy living and languages, the school is committed to building community and social capital.

A key feature of our school is the consistently high level of parental involvement and support in all aspects of the school each year, which is reflective of a strong and healthy partnership between home and school. The wider community utilises our facilities including an indoor basketball court complex, grounds, Performing Arts rooms and meeting rooms.

Extensive intervention and enrichment programs cater for student diversity with an emphasis on intellectually challenging and extending them. Students excel in a range of extra-curricular activities such as the performing arts, public speaking and sports. The wide use of technology to enhance learning is evident as is the strategic construction of extensive new facilities to cater for 21st Century learning needs.

With a current enrolment of approximately 550 students, the school is generally organised into single year level classes with a multi-age class where numbers require this. Staff at each year level work closely in teams to plan and deliver excellent classroom programs. Our teachers are proactive, approachable, highly capable and dedicated to ensuring that every student in their care achieves to the very best of their abilities.

We look forward to sharing and significantly contributing to the exciting educational journey you and your child are about to embark upon.

Mrs Justine Mackey

Please contact us if you have any queries.

Principal's Blog

Planners, Payments and Permissions

The Term 2 Planner and Area Newsletters will be distributed to all families on Friday. Occasionally there are times when dates need to be changed or new events are added so we encourage you to always check the Bulletin and Compass for the latest news. There are many exciting learning experiences and social events planned for the term.…

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Call for Prep Enrolments

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Even though it was very difficult to say farewell to all the wonderful people who make up IEPS, collectively you made it a very memorable and wonderful celebration for me. The cards, hugs, good wishes, flowers, gifts and praise for my work was generous and thoughtful. All these were indicative of the exceptional learning community I was privileged and proud to be part of. I really was overwhelmed in my last full week by the JSC students who presented me with a special assembly where I was seated on a pink chair, almost feeling like royalty, students not only gave some of the best speeches I have ever heard but I also had musical accompaniment with their thoughts about my principalship and their good wishes. The staff morning tea on Wednesday with past staff members also present was also an occasion never to forget. Staff know how highly I regard each one of them and I was touched by what they expressed and the important life milestones we shared. Things only ramped up as the week went on and then there was the adults only cocktail party on Friday evening.…

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Thank You for My Warm Welcome

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