About Us

Principal’s Message

 

I would like to welcome you to Chandler Park Primary School. We are a friendly and caring school providing a quality service to families and an outstanding education for children. Our motto ‘Pride in Excellence’ supports our vision of children achieving to their potential. As children bring a variety of experiences and learning needs to school, we provide a wide range of challenging and flexible programs enabling them to develop as happy, knowledgeable, optimistic, creative and resilient learners who will always do their best and strive for excellence. We have a safe and inclusive learning environment and we expect every student to uphold the values that underpin the management and teaching practices at our school. They are:

  • Collaboration – being friends, caring for each other and working together
  • Respect – for self, for others, for property and environment.
  • Resilience – trusting in ourselves, having a go and not giving up
  • Innovative learning – to use initiative and imagination to create something new.

There are a broad range of activities and learning programs on offer at Chandler Park PS. The staff create exciting and stimulating learning tasks and classrooms that are highly focused on the learning needs and interests of the students. We want students to love coming to school and we want them to strive to achieve their learning goals, take pride in their achievements and value the effort they have put towards that achievement. We want all students to receive explicit instruction that makes sense and is purposeful and we want students to develop social and emotional learning skills such as mutual respect, collaboration, resilience, confidence, persistence and organisation. The school is committed to effective communication, taking a pro-active role ensuring people have their say. Consultative processes have been adopted which enables student voice and agency to grow. Whole school planning is practiced and extra curricula activities are well attended by the school community. Chandler Park has incorporated technology into the curriculum and is proud of efforts to provide a high level of computer availability for students and staff.

All classrooms are shared flexible learning spaces with direct access to ICT devices which are playing an increasing role in student learning. Ipads are increasingly used in specialised learning environments and in the classroom programs. Developing quality partnerships is an integral part of our school culture. We believe that we have a shared role with you in assisting your child to learn effectively and to develop a positive self-esteem. We invite you to be our partners in meeting the needs of your children, helping them to acquire skills for living within a happy, friendly and caring school environment. Parents are welcome at any time. We appreciate your comments and participation in decision making within the school. We anticipate our students will face challenges or problems during their schooling and we will respond with confidence, to achieve a high degree of success. We look forward to a happy and purposeful association with your family and with our open door policy we encourage you to make regular contact with the school either personally, via email or SMS.

Naomi Reed

Principal

School Profile

At Chandler Park we encourage and foster positive attitudes towards learning. We have high expectations of success, a collaborative focus on improving student learning outcomes and an inclusive school environment in which the development of every child is our priority. We have an expectation that students will have:

  • A sense of their own learning strengths- using learning styles, effective learning behaviours, concentration and resilience
  • Organisational skills and strategies to work independently
  • A repertoire of learning strategies to use in a variety of learning situations
  • Self -confidence to persist in the acquisition of literacy, oracy and numeracy skills
  • Develop skills to research, organise and present data
  • The skills to be a reflective learner.

The facilities at the school include permanent classrooms for 17 classes and portable classrooms for 4 classes. There is also a full sized gymnasium for sport and community use with a music room, modern canteen and utility space for parents to meet as part of the design. A Before and After School Care program is operated on site by Camp Australia, a registered care provider.

The school offers strong specialist programs in, Physical Education, Mandarin, Visual Arts, Science and Music . Literacy, Numeracy and Student Wellbeing are priorities for our school. Information technology is intrinsic to all our programs. Constructive and effective student engagement programs ensure that we strive to achieve our motto – Pride In Excellence.

In 2019 the school is focusing on developing a positive school culture with a strong commitment to continuous improvement in student learning outcomes. As we embark on the second year of the school’s Strategic Plan (2018- 2021) which outlines the future direction for the school in relation to student learning, student wellbeing and student engagement we are continually reshaping the Teaching and Learning pedagogy and seeking student voice and agency to maximize student engagement in the learning program.

The core values that underpin the teaching practices at Chandler Park are: collaboration, respect, resilience and innovation.

As a recognized Kids Matter school, students have individual social emotional learning goals based on the YCDI foundations of Confidence, Getting Along, Persistence, Organisation and Resilience. In 2019, the school is focusing more specifically on improving student resilience and will be implementing the “Resilience Project” This project will incorporate and is inclusive of our parents and carers and staff. The aim is to further develop a culture that values and respects the efforts and contributions of all community members as well as promoting open and effective communication and community involvement.

The school has 48 dedicated staff members comprising 2 Principal class teachers, 1 Student Wellbeing Leading teacher, 2 Learning Specialist teachers, 21 classroom teachers, 6 specialist teachers (Art, Music, Mandarin, Science and Health and PE), 3 learning support teachers 1 Speech Pathologist, 1 Occupational Therapist a First Aid Officer and 14 Education Support staff all working effectively in teams and continually striving to improve the learning outcomes for all students.

At Chandler Park, we encourage parent involvement in all areas of the school and the partnership between parent, teacher and each child is highly valued. We offer a variety of opportunities for parent participation. When home and school work closely together, children are able to progress to the best of their abilities. If children have parents with a positive attitude to school, then they are much more likely to succeed.

Parent participation is actively sought and in 2019 parents will be given the opportunity to get involved in school life whether it be as a member of the school Council, attending incursions and excursions, transporting students to sporting activities, attending concerts, assisting with the Talk and Move PMP Prep program, covering books or helping out in the library, canteen or in the classrooms or attending the parent teacher student interview meetings we hope to see you throughout the year.

The external environment of the school is extremely attractive and maintained regularly. The school grounds have been extensively upgraded with a large number of quiet shaded areas as well as a soccer field/ football oval, a netball court, 2 basketball courts and a turf running track. With the completion of the Wattle Learning Centre last year, we are now focused on seeking student opinion regarding the further development of playground court space and play equipment including sandpits to provide engaging areas for play. The school places a great deal of importance in creating attractive gardens and a variety of interesting play areas in our school grounds.

We welcome visitors to experience the school and to see for themselves and their families, whether Chandler Park is the right school of choice. Chandler Park Primary School’s philosophy is based on a commitment to lifelong learning and developing every child’s social, emotional and academic learning and physical well-being.

Naomi Reed
Principal

School Values & Vision

We are a friendly and caring school providing a quality service to families and an outstanding education for children. Our motto ‘Pride in Excellence’ supports our vision of children achieving to their potential. As children bring a variety of experiences and learning needs to school, we provide a wide range of challenging and flexible programs enabling them to develop as happy, knowledgeable, optimistic, creative and resilient learners who will always do their best and strive for excellence.

We have a safe and inclusive learning environment and we expect every student to uphold the values that underpin the management and teaching practices at our school. They are:

  • Collaboration – being friends, caring for each other and working together
  • Respect – For self, for others, for property and environment.
  • Resilience – trusting in ourselves, having a go and not giving up
  • Innovation – to use initiative and imagination to create something new.

School Council

Chandler Park Primary School Council comprises parents, the principal, staff and community members.

School Council elections held annually in February or March each year. All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, and staff vote for staff members. School Council members are elected for a two-year term. Half the School Council retire each year but can stand for re-election.

The current members of School Council at Chandler Park Primary School are:

School Members

Naomi Reed
Principal

Nicole Matsoukas
Staff Member

Mark Chludzinski
Staff Member

Ainslie Waters
Staff Member

 

Community Members

Trevor McCrimmon
President

Vanjalyn Sharma
Parent

Mark Harrington
Parent

Jane Jennings
Parent

Lea’anne Grigg
Parent

Jenai Flanagan
Parent

Vacant
Community Member

School Councils have three main responsibilities

  • Finance – approving the annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept for the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy Development and Review – developing, monitoring, 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
  • Representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • Regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • Creating interest in the school within the community

 

What school council does not do

  • Does not manage the day to day running of the school
  • Does not discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff of parents
  • Not appointed to represent specific interests groups or permit special interests to dominate agenda of the council
  • Not allowed to purchase buildings, land or motor vehicles, and it cannot enter hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless given permission by the minister

(Reference: Department of Education and Training DET)

House System

The school operates four house groups which came into place after the school merger in 2009 when the two communities of Maralinga and Chandler came together as one school. The four houses are:

Hutton (Red)     Luxford (Blue)     Keys (Yellow)     Blackmore (Green)

The classroom teacher has the responsibility of allocating new children to houses. During special class events and sporting events, the children are organised into their house teams and each house has a House Leader from Year 6 who has the responsibility of collecting the House points from the classrooms each week and announcing the winning team at Assemblies. There is a trophy for the winning House.

The choice of House names was decided by the School Board in 2010 in consultation with the school community and each House name has an historical significance to the Keysborough community.

Hutton

Colonel Thomas Bruce Hutton was a veteran of the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. He came to Noble Park in 1873 and purchased a house named “Cumberoona” It was situated in the vicinity of Dunblane Rd oval and it consisted of 464 acres of land. This occupied most of the land bordered by Corrigan Rd, the railway line, Heatherton Rd, Chandler Rd and the Princess highway. He ran sheep and was elected to the Dandenong Council in 1877 and remained until 1893. He died at the age of 80 in the fire that burnt Cumberoona to the ground. On his demise the estate was subdivided and sold.

Luxford

The Luxford family came to Noble Park with other families after the gold rush came to an end at Walhalla. The Luxfords cut and supplied timber to be used for support in the “Happy Go Lucky” mine located about four miles from Walhalla. Charles Luxford worked clearing his property while his sons looked elsewhere for employment. David assisted in the building of the house on the corner of Leonard Avenue and Stuart Street (now Kirk Street). George left Noble Park in 1919 and returned in 1933 to take over and develop the 11 acre block.George worked on the railway siding and was heavily involved in the local organisations and was a life governor of the Dandenong District Hospital.

Keys

Keysborough was named after the Keys family. In 1839, William Keys acquired land in Carrum and in 1841 George Keys established his family of 8 on land between Mordialloc and Dandenong. The Federal electorate takes its name from one of the sons, namely Issacs. John Keys became a member of the Legislative Assembly for Dandenong and Berwick and two of the Keys brothers were chairmen of the Roads Boards before one of them became the first Shire President in 1873. He was involved in the building and opening of our existing Town Hall, the establishment of the Dandenong Market, the Dandenong cricket club and he was responsible for building the first Post Office on Lonsdale Street as well as the Methodist Church.

Blackmore

The Blackmore family is a classic example of pioneering stock. Edward Kirkham purchased 20 acres of land on the Dandenong side of the creek in 1850 in the road that carries his name. He worked as a builder and also constructed post and rail fences in the district. His daughter Jane, Alice Kirkham married William – and this union created Arthur (Arty) Blackmore family. Arty selected 15 acres of land in 1912 on Chandler Road. The three boys Arthur, Gordon and Walter and one girl Murial all worked on the property. In 1956 the entire property was subdivided into building blocks, roads and services were supplied and the property sold. The street names all have family connections and Murial and Walter today have homes on the estate.

Enrolment

Enrolment for Prep 2020 is now open.

Prep 2019 – ENROLMENT Process

Your Prep child for 2019 needs to turn 5 years old by the 30th April 2020 to be eligible for enrolment.

 

Our School Zone

School zone info can be found below.

 

Enrolment Procedure

  1. Read the Information about the Enrolment document before you complete the enrolment form.
  2. Download the 2020 enrolment form and fill it out.
  3. Please bring all required documentation as listed on the information page.

 

Further Information

Please call 03 97898 2228

or email

For international callers please dial: 613 9798 2228

School Zone Information

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. Findmyschool hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.

Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.