Our Vision

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

Upcoming Events

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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.

State School Spectacular

We are proud and excited to have some of our students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.

Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience.

The Spectacular is a creative vision of industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance).

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via ticketek.com.au/spectacular

Adult: $40
Child Under 15: $20
Concession: $30

Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

The Spectacular will be filmed for broadcast on Channel 7 and streamed online. The details will be forwarded to your school for communication to your community after the live performances at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September.

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


2019 Term Dates

Term 1 | 29th January* – 5th April


Term 2 | 23rd April – 28th June

Term 3 | 15th July – 20th September

Term 4 | 7th October – 20th 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 | 8:35 am

Eating Time | 10:45pm to 10:50pm

Recess | 10:50am to 11:10am

Eating Time | 1:10pm to 1:15pm

Lunch | 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Dismissal | 3:15 pm

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