Eppalock Primary is set in attractive, well-maintained, spacious grounds in the rural community of Axe Creek, just 7 kms east of Strathfieldsaye. The area caters to families who look upon the unique features of a rural school as part of their life style 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, resilience and the pursuit of excellence. Students are in three multi-age groups supported by dedicated teachers and a strong family involvement. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum with Literacy and Numeracy being priority areas.The schools 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 Trivial Night.Social Calendar highlights include:
The school has a strong environmental focus through our Living Green Sustainability Program which is undertaken by all students weekly. The school is also involved in water saving initiatives, National Tree Planting Day and sustainable energy projects. Through our links with Department of Natural Resource and Environment, Catchment Management Authorities, Land Care, City of Greater Bendigo, Axe Creek Fire Brigade and Scope, students have the opportunity to take part in many authentic learning tasks.The school has interactive white boards in each classroom, computers including Netbooks shared throughout the school and digital cameras which children use as part of their learning. Each day begins with half an hour of reading during which classroom teachers, support workers and parent volunteers listen to individual students read on a rotating basis.PE, Drama, Music, LOTE (Mandarin), Art and MARC (mobile Library van) are enjoyed by all students.In order to promote engagement of students we have introduced Clubs, which run on Friday afternoons. Children choose club activities for example, cooking, box construction, computer programming, sport, music and board games. These activities change on a monthly basis and are supported by teachers, parents, grandparents and community members. Children are in multi-age groups for these activities and is a most successful program.We encourage families who may be considering sending children to Eppalock to visit the school and take advantage of a tour of our facilities and discuss our educational programs and our rural unique community approach to education.