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


Parents are asked to respect that the 2 minute parking spot at the front of the school means exactly that. Parents are coming in to the office and reporting that, “It is inconsiderate and disrespectful to stay there for long periods of time and inconvenience other parents who are also trying to collect or drop off their children each day”. 

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Make Every Minute Count

It is pleasing to see that the number of students who are coming late to school has considerably decreased over the past few months. Getting to school on time ensures everyone has a calm and orderly start to their day. Bags, lunch orders and notices dealt with at the right time. Learning is easier because no-one has missed the start of any lesson. Children are happy and secure because there is a known routine which is being adhered to. Teachers are happy that their lessons will be received by all students in their class at the same time. 

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School Incident in the Eastern Region

In the media you may have read or heard of a serious incident that was alleged to have happened at a primary school in Blackburn on Monday. No doubt the school community there is doing all they can to ensure that measures are in place to increase security and counselling is provided.

If you are new to IEPS no doubt you may be wondering about what measures we have in place to ensure we provide a safe and caring environment.…

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Communication to Parents

Of course everyone wants accurate information from whatever source they hear or read it. The Term 2 Parent Planner, which will be distributed on Thursday with the Term 2 Area Newsletters, is as accurate as we could possibly get it when going to publication. We would hope that there are no changes and that the events listed are all correct. The best way to ensure that you do not miss out on knowing about changes that may crop up is to check the Bulletin each week for the latest news. …

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