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

Amplify: Empowering students through voice, agency and leadership

Ivanhoe East PS is participating in the DET Learning Labs initiative to support further development of Amplify: Empowering students through voice, agency and leadership (Amplify) which is a tool that was recently released to all schools

throughout the state. We are working in a cluster of five schools where school leaders, teachers and students will design a student voice, agency and leadership (SVAL) implementation approach for their school. The learning and feedback from

Learning Lab schools will be used to develop tools and resources, providing further support for all schools, and will be included in the final version of Amplify.

Our engagement in this initiative allows us to establish a partnership approach with students, acknowledging that students are knowledgeable experts in their lives and that they can contribute to improving their schools and communities. The

team comprising of myself, Ben Phillips, Kim Seng, Justin Bartlett and Tess Ennoss are leading this work throughout the school and we look forward to sharing our progress with you.


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Reporting Review Team

The Reporting Review Team met last week to review the results from the recent parent survey. We had 105 responses and the majority of families indicated that they are satisfied with the current reporting process. We have also been

provided with many useful comments and suggestions for how we might improve the reporting of student progress.  In particular, you have told us that you would like more regular feedback based on specific skills and achievements with

opportunities for individual goal setting. The team will be meeting again in September where we will further analyse the comments relating to improving the written report and we will also review some examples of reports from other schools

to help guide our next steps. We will share our progress with you and seek feedback throughout this improvement process.


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Sibling Enrolments

Parents of children in the school with a sibling who will be starting Prep in 2019 are reminded to collect an enrolment pack from the office. The forms need to be completed and returned by this Friday July 27 so that we can start…

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Road Safety at Pick Up and Drop Off

It is important that we work together to ensure the safety of our students when they are travelling to school and during drop off and pick up time. Karen from Banyule Council is our temporary Road crossing supervisor while Rosemary is on

leave. She came to Monday’s assembly to talk to our students about the rules that they need to follow when they are using the crossing so that they are safe. Karen explained that they must stop when she blows the whistle and wait to be

asked to step out onto the crossing. She also talked about the importance of walking carefully across the road to prevent trips and falls.

Earlier this week, I received a phone call from a concerned member of the public who was nearly hit by one of our students who was riding a bike on the footpath outside IGA. I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about road

safety and what they can do to ensure their own safety and protect those around them while they are travelling to and from school whether they are walking or riding their bike.

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Camp Coonawarra

The Year 5 students are gearing up for their adventure camp at Coonawarra in Gippsland next week. The four-day camp offers group challenges and an opportunity to step outside the comfort zone in a safe, controlled and well-supervised

environment. Thank you to Ms Silvestro for organising the camp and to our teachers Mr Phillips, Ms Gould, Mr Bartlett and Mr Lamers for taking time away from their families so that the students can have this positive outdoor learning

experience. Thank you also to our parent volunteers John Angelopoulos, Peter Stephens, Julie Jensen, Craig Shearer and Stan Eliadis who make this event possible.


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