Burwood East Primary School has a long and proven history in education. For almost one and a half centuries the school has provided a caring learning environment for the children of the area.
Established in 1861, Burwood East Primary School is one of Victoria's oldest schools, located in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, approximately 15 kilometres from the city centre. The school currently has a population of 280 students. The school comprises of: a main building incorporating nine classrooms, automated resource library, multi-purpose room, administration centre, canteen and a Reading Recovery centre; a smaller wing with five classrooms and an art and craft centre; and two free standing classrooms. The buildings underwent a refurbishment in 1996, which has given the pupils, staff, and parents a revitalized learning environment. The school grounds include three separate, modern adventure playgrounds - two of which have shade cloth sun protection, basketball courts and an oval with cricket pitch, cricket nets and football posts. Garden beds are planted with Australian native plants, and many mature trees provide shade to assist sun protection.
Students with assistance from staff have established a herb, vegetable and fruit tree garden and enjoy planting, propagating and more importantly cooking and eating the produce. The chicken coop is maintained by the children who also collect the eggs and sell them within the community.
Students are encouraged to maximize their potential in all areas of the curriculum and our vision statement clearly articulates this, ”We strive to ensure that all students are part of a supportive learning community where they are encouraged to reach their full potential socially, emotionally and academically.
We have a strong student welfare program that reinforces our school values of, organisation, getting along, responsibility, confidence, persistence, respect, honesty, courtesy, resilience and tolerance. Our emphasis on personal values along with our Vision Statement ensure that we place a great emphasis upon establishing solid foundations for the future through a supportive environment promoting positive self-esteem and self-confidence