James Merlino - Return to School Message

We are wishing you a safe and happy holiday.

With term 4 approaching, we are providing some information for what it will look like. Further updates will come if things change.

We are currently hoping and planning for:

  • Foundation students returning 3 days a week from the 18th October (Week 3, Term 4)
  • Year 1 and 2 students returning 2 days a week from the 21st October
  • Remote Learning continuing for all students during weeks 1 and 2
  • Remote learning will also continue for students when not permitted onsite

    Please refer to your Seesaw inbox for days and times that students are expected onsite.

    Today there has been confirmation that Remote Learning will continue for the remainder of the term.

    This provides us with some certainty for the rest of the term and allows us to maintain that structure and consistency for our students and community.

    Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you have any questions.

    All families are doing an amazing job and we're here to support you in whatever way we can.

    #WeAreAllInThisTogether

    About River Gum Primary School

    River Gum is a Primary School located in Hampton Park, between Dandenong and Cranbourne. The school caters for a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    At River Gum Primary School students own their learning and teachers use their pedagogical knowledge to personalise learning. We value community, relationships and reflection.


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    Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

    River Gum Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

    This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. River Gum Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse. River Gum Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.

    Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

    Every person involved in River Gum Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

    Principals Message

    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.

    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 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 Arts program located in the River Gum Performing Arts Centre and Digital Technologies program shape the kind of inspiring learning our students’ experience. The Arts and Digital Technologies programs utilise multi-literacies and captivate 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 and sporting oval. Our School Council recognises community partnerships for learning through our partnership with Chisholm Institute who operate our play group, the Women’s Friendship Café The Smith Family and The Ardoch Foundation.

    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.

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

    Contact the general office on 97991216 to organise a personal tour with our executive leadership team and our student leaders.

    Roma McKinnon, Principal

    School Council

    The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

    School councils have three main responsibilities:
    • finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
    • strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
    • policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
    Other key functions of school councils include:
    • raising funds for school related purposes
    • maintaining school grounds and facilities
    • entering into contracts
    • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
    • creating interest in the school in the wider community
    • representing and taking the views of the community into account
    • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
    • operating a children’s service at the school.

    School Council Members

    Ben Goetjens, President
    Nicole Miles, Vice President
    Lynn Fields, Treasurer
    Michelle Delceppo, Parent Member
    Sanja Dinek, Parent Member
    Vicky Methven, Community Member
    Naema Mikheal, Parent Member
    Jade Pantic, Parent Member
    Roma McKinnon, Principal
    Robyn Trzeciak, Assistant Principal
    Philip O'Reilly, Assistant Principal
    Kerrie Ford, Business Manager
    Lyn Hempel, Wellbeing Leader