School Profile

Essendon Primary School was first opened in 1850 and is situated in quiet surroundings on the corner of Nicholson and Raleigh Streets Essendon. Opposite the school is the famous `Windy Hill' football ground. The school is approximately eight kilometres from the centre of Melbourne with a current school enrolment of 460 students.

Essendon Primary School fosters a strong community spirit and prides itself on being a learning community where teachers, parents and students continue to work in true educational partnership.  We are sensitive to individual student learning needs and circumstances and our supportive environment encourages students to be enthusiastic learners.  Individual students are encouraged and supported to develop their talents, build resilience and confidence, and have respect for themselves and others. The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework is used throughout the school with lessons emphasising the Essendon Primary School values of co-operation, respect, responsibility and achievement.  Students take up a wide range of leadership roles and actively participate in the Student Representative Council. Parents are keenly involved in a wide range of school programs at all levels including fundraising, facility enhancement, School Council, and the Classroom Volunteer Program.

There is a strong emphasis on the delivery of high quality Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated Inquiry Curriculum in a 21st Century learning environment with teachers committed to developing their skills through professional learning programs and coaching. Teachers plan the curriculum in year level teams where the focus of a balanced and comprehensive program reflects best practice and provides students with a wide range of opportunities to develop thinking and problem solving skills.  Year five and six students are developing a more sophisticated approach to their learning as teachers lead them through negotiated curriculum tasks and provide inquiry-based learning frameworks, including the use of the 1:1 i-Pad program. As well as Literacy and Numeracy priority school programs Essendon Primary School also provides specialist programs in Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Japanese, providing students with outstanding opportunities to discover and develop their interests, talents and skills. Essendon Primary School recently implemented a range of evidence-based strategies to support the learning and development of our students with high potential. Extra curricula activities and opportunities for students include instrumental music tuition, mathematics competitions, Essendon Primary School choir, Essendon Primary School Rock Band, Code Camp holiday programs, Chess Club and Kelly Sports lunch time and after-school Sports program.