Geelong East Primary School was established in 1857 and currently has an enrolment of 284 students. The school has extensive gardens and grounds providing active and passive play areas, and several well maintained play equipment areas. The school has a long tradition of excellence and commitment to the total education and wellbeing of the students in its care.
The school has extensive programs embedded in a strong values base. The entire staff work together in a purposeful and professional manner to plan and implement a curriculum which is based on enquiry learning models. This strengthens and enhances each student’s potential – academic, social and physical.
The school is proud of its commitment to providing a wide variety of programs and activities to enhance its strong core curriculum. Particular strengths are its values ethos, student leadership development programs, commitment to the environment, intervention and enrichment programs. These programs cater for our many individual student needs. Geelong East PS utilises a 1:1 iPad program in years 3-6. Banks of iPads are available in each classroom Prep-6 as well as Laptops and netbooks.
The school continues to build teacher capacity in numeracy, literacy and wellbeing through a school-based consultant/coaching approach. The school has a variety of support programs to develop student academic and social needs . The Levelled Literacy program assists children from 1-6 who need support. Numeracy is also a priority with the school investigating and investing in programs to support the children in our care.
We employ a speech pathologist 2 days a week and provide an oral language program to support our student needs. Our Healthy Living Victoria accreditation is a celebration of the whole school program aimed at the total child which includes the Wellbeing and Physical Health of our children. As part of this our Canteen is fully accredited by Nutrition Australia.We are an accredited eSmart school which celebrates the fact that we consistently support Cyber safety.
Our strong culture of care is extended through our Wellbeing program and strong community partnerships. As part of the Alannah and Madeline ‘Better Buddies’ program our children have a student buddy to help and assist them in the yard. An extension of this is the Peer support program where students meet in cross-age groups once a week to discuss student issues and work collaboratively to support our culture of learning in a supportive environment.
Geelong East Primary School continues its support of a positive environment through the Positive School Wide Behaviours program. Our student leadership program includes opportunities to be School Captains, Sport Leaders, Junior School Council members, Environment Club, Chess Club and Activities Leaders. Our Leadership Team have the opportunity to be involved in the Junior Rotary Award program.
The school has an ‘app’ to keep the community informed and involved and maintains communication through a bi-weekly newsletter posted on the ‘app’. The different Levels of the school publish a newsletter on the alternate weeks which is printed and taken home by the students.
We have strong parent representation on School Council and its subsequent sub-committees. Our Parent and Friends group raise money to support our students. We are proud of the accomplishments of everyone in our community and hold a regular assembly every Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the children’s successes.Once a term we hold a ‘celebration’ of the children’s learning where the whole community can come into classrooms and share with our children the learning that has occurred. Children proudly exhibit their accomplishments to the community.