Healesville Primary School (pop. 300) is located on a sloping, treed, 2-hectare site nestled at the base of the Eastern Ranges, in close proximity to the main business centre of Healesville.
The school (established in 1866) is very proud of its history and contribution towards education and the community of Healesville. We celebrated our 150th birthday in October 2016. The Healesville area has strong historical links with its Koorie population. As a school, we celebrate the diversity of our heritage.
Healesville Primary School continually aims to provide a friendly, safe and purposeful environment in which students value respect and enjoy learning together as part of a community of learners. The ever-present helpers and open and friendly communication between teachers, children and parents is a strength. We endeavour to provide an atmosphere that is stimulating, meaningful and in which all students can experience success. This is achieved by providing a curriculum that caters for the individual learning needs of students, where students, parents and teachers work together as partners in education. Healesville Primary School endeavours to be a community school at all times and encourage strong communication, especially between home and school. Our children participate in the town's cultural activities.
The school offers a challenging and comprehensive curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum. Our teaching and learning model is based on the gradual release of responsibility, building students' independent skills.
Specialist programs of Visual Art, Performing Arts and Physical Education are offered along with the following enrichment programs: library, computers, Perceptual Motor Program (PMP), Life Education, camping, swimming (P-6), science program, instrumental program, Bike Education, before and after school care, leadership program (5 and 6), specialist sports, Levelled Literacy Intervention Program, QuickSmart maths, gifted maths, chess club, the Buddy program and transition programs for kinder and secondary schools.
Grounds and Facilities
Attractive gardens have been planted to complement the uniquely tiered playground, which provides quiet areas, creative play space and separate junior, middle and senior school play equipment, interspersed with football, basketball and cricket facilities. We have a school garden where students plant and grow vegetables and chicken coop. Students take care of the chickens and collect their eggs daily.
The canteen provides nutritious food and lunches for children and staff on Thursdays and Fridays.
Yarra Range Special Developmental School
We have a satellite inclusion program from Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School, who have a purpose-built classroom. This exciting program allows all students within the Healesville community to access education at their local school. It is a positive relationship that works for the entire school community. Students in the program also regularly participate in activities with students at their year level. The expertise of the staff within the program is accessed for students across the whole school.