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

Safety Reminders

Red Lines 

We have painted a red line around the perimeter of our school grounds. This line delineates our safe and out of bounds areas. At Monday’s assembly I reminded children that they need to ask teacher permission if they need to cross that line. We hope that parents will also reinforce that message at home…

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Green Team

Congratulations to the Year 5 & 6 Green Team students who received their badges on Monday at assembly. Their presentation to the assembly on Monday morning showed their enthusiasm and willingness to make our school truly environmentally sustainable and very green! Even down to their green shoelaces! It was a great pleasure to present each one with their symbol of responsibility in front of their peers and I have noticed them wearing their badges proudly on their uniform.…

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Parent Teacher Interviews

Teachers are coming to the conclusion of their start of the year Parent Teacher Interview nights. This year we offered 5 late nights to ensure that we provide as much opportunity as possible for working parents to meet with teachers. We hope that every family was able to send along at least one parent to share important information with your child’s 2016 teacher so that he/she can plan fully informed. 

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Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis

In Australia, it is estimated that up to 2% of adults and 6% of children have food allergy ( Nine foods cause 90% of food induced allergic reactions. These foods are: egg, milk, peanut, fish (fin fish), soy, sesame, tree nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachio etc.), shellfish (prawns, crab, lobster etc.) and wheat. The most severe allergic reaction to food is called anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening. At Ivanhoe East, 24 students have been diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis and another 8 students have a food allergy.…

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As we head towards the end of another school year it is time to reflect on all the fantastic things that have happened this year at IEPS. Many of these activities, be they daily, weekly or less frequent, rely on the terrific parents that volunteer at the school. There are classroom helpers, canteen volunteers, excursion helpers, uniform shop assistants, PTFA members, School Councillors, working bee attendees, campers, Class Reps, Council Committee members, swimming helpers, Fruit Angels and of course all our ‘Fair-ies’.…

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