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

Parent Opinion Survey Results

Each year the Department of Education and Training conducts Parent and Staff surveys to monitor school climate. Only a small group of randomly selected (by the Education Department) families are sent a survey to complete. There are 18 aspects of school life looked at and these are in three categories:…

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Year Four Camp

Students, teachers and parents will be dressing up again next week when we attend our highly regarded Year 4 camping experience in Ballarat. Thanks to Maree Joseph, the Level 4 co-ordinator for all her efforts once again to organise accommodation, buses, collect medical information, money and permission forms. Students have been practising their parts and preparing themselves for life in an 1850’s gold mining town. The excitement is growing as the departure date approaches. …

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Grade Placement

Thank you to the parents who came in over the past month to talk to me about their child and grade placement aspects which need consideration when making up 2016 groupings. Emails from parents have also been very valuable when parents were not able to come in for a meeting. The information you have provided will be added to all the information we have at hand from teacher knowledge and also student requests to make up what we hope will produce 23 well-balanced classes.…

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IEPS Swimming Program

According to Gail Moncrieff, our Prep coordinator, our Foundation and Year One swimming program started really well on Monday. The start of our program coincided with some sobering comments made by the head of Life Saving Victoria. According to their data a third of students leave Year 6 not able to swim 50 metres or float on water for 2 minutes, and we do have a high number of drownings in Australia. …

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