Our school is set in attractive, well maintained, spacious grounds in the rural community of Axe Creek, just 7 kms east of Strathfieldsaye. The area caters for families who look upon the unique features of a rural school as part of their lifestyle choice. The school is highly regarded because of its child-centred approach to learning, its focus on students accepting responsibility for their progress, the development of self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence in a caring and nurturing environment.
Students are in three small multi-age groups supported by dedicated teachers and strong family involvement. Mandarin is taught from Prep to Grade 6 and children benefit from specialist areas of Drama & Music, Physical Education, MARC library Van as well as out Living Green Sustainability Program. Children take part in whole school reading and Mindfulness sessions each morning which create a positive start to the school day. We also take part in cluster athletics sports with other neighbouring schools, the regional cross country as well as many other sporting days.
Eppalock’s school values include Care and Compassion, Honesty and Trustworthiness, Respect and Responsibility. We use the restorative approach across the school to resolve conflict and the school community is currently in the process of implementing KidsMatter, a mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention framework that ensures every child feels important and cared for.
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.
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 an interactive whiteboard which is used to deliver curriculum in an engaging way. All students across the school have access to the use of computers.
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 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.