Our school is set in attractive, well maintained, spacious grounds in the rural community of Axe Creek, just 7 kms east of Strathfieldsaye. You will find us by driving down Mannes Lane (off Strathfieldsaye Road) and turning at Patons Road, we are not far at all.
The area caters for families who look upon the unique features of a rural school as part of their lifestyle choice. Students are in three small multi-age groups supported by dedicated teachers and strong family involvement. Mandarin/AUSLAN is taught from Prep to Grade 6 and children benefit from specialist areas of Drama/Music, Physical Education, MARC library Van as well as our Living Green Sustainability Program and STEM Program. We also take part in cluster athletics sports with other neighbouring schools, the regional cross country as well as many other sporting days. We also participate in the annual Energy Breakthrough event at Maryborough each year, entering teams in the pushcart and Innovation events.
Eppalock’s school values include Be Resilient, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Respectful . These values were chosen by our school community in 2019 as what we see to be most important to us. We use the restorative approach across the school to resolve conflict and the school community is currently in the process of implementing SWPB (School Wide Positive Behaviour). As part of the SWPBS framework our school has a matrix of expectations across the school and in each classroom which has been made with input from students, families and staff. Our school community works hard to live by these values and expectations, at school, home and in the community.
The encouragement of academic rigor is a high priority with the implementation and embedding of a curriculum that supports the development of a differentiated program. Students have Individual Learning Plans when needed and staff and parents work together in a cooperative and supportive environment. Classroom differentiation and point of need learning is supported by the school tutoring program and extension of students into other class levels where needed.Our school has two School Captains and three House Captains which form an enthusiastic and positive student leadership group. Students from all grades are elected as Junior School Councillors and take a leading role in the organisation of community service activities. Classrooms are well resourced and each classroom has a television screen used for displaying digital learning content. All students across the school have access to two class sets of netbooks and a class set of ipads.The school has an organised camps program along with incursions and excursions throughout the year. We have strong links with the local community groups such as Land Care, DSE, Axe Creek Fire Brigade and the City of Greater Bendigo. The school runs a social community night each term and many local community members and past school families attend. For example, our ever popular Crazy Bingo night and annual Trivia Night.The school has a strong environmental focus through our involvement in water saving initiatives, National Tree Planting Day and sustainable energy projects. Our school has recently won an award from the Bendigo Sustainability Group in the Early Education/Primary category for showing commitment to sustainable learning through our Living Green Program. We just won a Bendigo Sustainability Award. The involvement in these activities provides many opportunities for authentic learning to take place. Eppalock PS is also a 5 star resource smart school.Eppalock Primary School is an open, friendly and caring school that strives to provide quality education that maximises all student abilities and produces well-adjusted, responsible and self-reliant students.