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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BOOST Program

The BOOST program (Building Oppurtunity Ownership Student agency and Teamwork) is having an extremely positive impact on students' engagement and learning.

Students in Year 6 choose from 36 electives throughout the year and participate in 4 each term. Students also have daily English and Maths classes with a consistent teacher.

The idea is to prepare our Year 6 students for a smooth transition to high school so we have designed the program to resemble a high school timetable for the all of Year 6 also.

This focus was chosen because of the new FISO priorities of Learning and Wellbeing Data from ATOSS that let us know that students in Year 6 were apprehensive about high school and were concerned about the great unknown.

We also had feedback from the local high school that in general, Year 6 students were ill-prepared for high school.

We wanted our students and families to have genuine choice in choosing what subjects they are learning about, so by choosing from 36 electives throughout the year it allowed all students to choose electives that they're passionate about.

We are seeing students have great success in their chosen fields.

    Student academic benefits:
  • Foster student agency so students feel they have a say over what they learn at school
  • Learn core curriculum Maths and Literacy from teachers who are building expertise through a year of professional learning and mentoring in either Math or English
    Student social benefits:
  • Learn time management and how to work in a rotating schedule in a familiar environment so as the lessen the impact of shock during Year 7 transition.
  • Learn and build relationships with a variety of teachers
  • Work collaboratively with the majority of the cohort to ensure they build friendships heading into high school.
  • Work in a less traditional setting that caters to all skill sets and encourages collaboration.
    Benefits for students with additional needs:
  • Whilst students with additional needs may struggle in traditional school settings, an opportunity to participate in an elective program allows them to engage and succeed within an inclusive culture, giving them agency over what they're learning and giving voice to students to work on their chosen passions.

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

Sanja Dinek, Vice President

Lynn Fields, Treasurer

Nicole Miles, Parent Member

Michelle Delceppo, Parent Member

Jade Pantic, Parent Member

Sohaila Muradi Parent Member

Robyn Trzeciak, Acting Principal

Philip O'Reilly, Assistant Principal

Kerrie Ford, Business Manager

Lyn Hempel, Wellbeing Leader