Our Guiding Statements
(Vision, Mission, Tagline and Guiding Principles)
Essendon North Primary School prepares learners for a positive and confident life. The school is recognised as a leading co-educational learning community that is committed to delivering an international standard of education for every child in every classroom.
CIS and IB PYP
Essendon North Primary School is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is now pursuing full accreditation with this world wide organization.
Essendon North Primary School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This school is undertaking the authorisation process to be an IB World School. Our ENPS vision reflects the IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Quality Learning and Teaching
Our dynamic curriculum offers a well-rounded primary education. A passionate and talented staff team delivers individualised teaching approaches and learning programs that are tailored to the interests, needs and abilities of your child. Your child will be encouraged and challenged to extend their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom and into the world.
The Early Years
Our Prep to Year 4 Teaching Teams place a high priority on developing the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours in literacy, numeracy and also other areas including physical and social capacities that underpin all future learning.
The Middle Years
Our Year 5/6 Teaching Team place a high priority on extending student’s knowledge, skills and behaviours in literacy and numeracy, expanding learning to promote higher levels of thinking, independence and creativity.
eLearning for a New Generation
The school provides a technology rich learning environment. Our classrooms and global partners engage in meaningful and purposeful 21st Century learning to:
- Learn and prepare for the future
- Develop information and communication skills
- Foster teamwork and collaboration
- Create multi-cultural understanding and appreciation
- Connect learning and teaching with the rapidly changing world
Central to our vision is the learner and improved learning outcomes. Learning is a dynamic and interactive experience. For us, it is a process that naturally integrates subject disciplines into one and necessitates higher level, independent thinking. Students develop meta-cognitive skills to think about thinking and learn about learning. These skills enable our students to recognise what they have learned and understand how they learned it. E-learning is an integral tool to support and enhance the quality of education for children and young people.
Uniting and connecting People
Learning takes place in a a safe and enriching educational community in which all members are encouraged to enjoy learning and respect each other. Our School Essential Agreement values the rights and responsibilities of all students. This includes:
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
- Be a Role Model
- Be Safe
Lasting friendships are formed at our school. We value the enduring connections and involvement of all our families and community partners. A broad range of interest groups and activities provide enjoyment and social occasions for students, staff and parents alike. Our Friends of Essendon North regularly organise:
- Special activity days
- Family Fun Nights
- School Fetes
Our Kindergarten to Prep and Year 6 to 7 Transition Program provides support for student and families to create individualised educational pathways.
Challenges and Opportunities
Our broad curriculum and extensive co-curricular activites enables students to experience new challenges and opportunites beyond the classroom whilst achieving to the maximum of their ability. The range of activities and programs that we offer include:
- Individual Literacy and Numeracy Support Programs
- Physical and Life Education
- Interschool Sport
- Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)
- Visual and Performing Arts
- School Choir
- Instrumental Music Tuition
- Junior School Council
- Student Buddy Programs
- Prep to Year 6 Camping Program
- Incursions and Excursions
- Before and After School Program
Prospective families and students are warmly invited to visit during school hours or open day activities. Please contact the school’s reception for an appointment.