STAR – School Transition at River Gum Primary School – Is your child starting School next year? Give your child a headstart at River Gum Primary School. Join us for activities that will help your child grow, develop and transition into school.

Featured News

Recently River Gum Primary School featured in Primary Education Magazine with this article.

At River Gum students own their learning and teachers use their pedagogical knowledge to personalise learning. We value community, relationships and reflection. We offer a whole school approach to the teaching of English through the Daily 5 and CAFE framework is used as part of everyday routines. The strategies fundamental to these programs have assisted the implementation of independent and personalised learning through a whole school approach to The Big Ideas in Number and Writing.

Our core focus is to teach students lifelong Literacy and Numeracy skills. We offer a cutting edge, innovative curriculum that meets the 21st Century learning needs of every student.

A kaleidoscope of learning through our specialist programs such as :

  • Our Kitchen Garden works in partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.
  • The Discovery Room: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • Performing Arts – River Gum Performing Arts Centre (500 seat theatre.)
  • Instrumental program – Students work in small groups using,drums, guitars, keyboards and ukulele and wind instruments.
  • Our dance group : “Bugaloo Crew”.
  • Student Voice leaders lead our whole school Assemblies
  • Engage with Asia – A cultural and Mandarin language program.

Our transition program, called STAR, is for students starting school in 2017. This is a great way to build relationships, make new friends, meet our teachers and become familiar with the wonderful programs that we have on offer at River Gum Primary School.

Our Playgroup program runs in partnership with Chisholm Institute and offers sessions from 0 to 2 year old, to our newly established 3 and 4 year old playgroup. We feel very proud of our school and we welcome you to come along for a school tour. For further information about the “STAR” program please contact our office.

This week the Victorian Education Minister James Merlino visited River Gum Primary to launch the Music in Schools program. The Music in Schools program will provide funding for instruments to encourage kids to pick up a music at an early age.

Music plays a valuable role in the lives of children and young people. Students should have the opportunity to engage with music, regardless of their school and background.--Roma McKinnon - Principal

We Are River Gum

Principals Message

River Gum’s motto ‘Together we can for every child, every day, in every classroom’ highlights a student focused culture of 21st Century learning. Our school is located in Hampton Park, a suburb in Melbourne’s south-eastern growth corridor approximately 10 kilometres from Dandenong. The school caters for a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

At River Gum Primary School, students own their own learning and our teachers use their pedagogical knowledge to personalise learning. We value community relationships and reflection. Our core business is to improve student learning outcomes with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Students at River Gum use “rich tasks” and “open ended investigations” to provide developmentally appropriate learning activities that value and respect the individuality and the different learning styles of each child.

Our Multimedia program located in the new River Gum Performing Arts Centre shapes the kind of inspiring learning our students experience. Multimedia uses multi-literacies and captivates our young learners in communicating their thoughts and interests; it develops critical literacy skills and makes learning relevant.

In our school we develop partnerships for learning between the community, school and staff. We have a sport complex comprising of a gymnasium, running track, sporting oval and a community playground funded by the City of Casey. Our School Council recognises community partnerships for learning with our Community Liaison Group.

The teaching and learning environment is supportive and productive through building positive relationships through knowing each student. Our school community is both friendly and welcoming.

As the Principal at River Gum Primary School, I am proud of our school community and its commitment to providing high quality learning approaches for our students. When considering options for your child’s schooling, I encourage you to make an appointment to visit our school and see our fantastic learning programs we offer for our students.

So please come along to see our vision for learning in action!

Contact the general office to organise a personal tour with our executive leadership team and our student leaders.

Roma McKinnon

2016 Term Dates

Term 1
27 January – 24 March *

Term 2
11 April – 24 June

Term 3
11 July – 16 September

Term 4
3 October – 20 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students.

Bell Times

Bag Bell | 8.35am

Sessions 1 and 2 | 8.45am to 10.35am

Recess | 10.35am to 11.05am

Sessions 3 and 4 | 11.05am to 12.55pm

Lunch | 12.55pm to 1.35pm

Sessions 5 and 6 | 1.35pm to 3.15pm

Dismissal | 3.15 pm

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