School Philosophy and Values
Orchard Grove Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that engages curiosity, promotes learning, personal growth and wellbeing for all students. We strive to develop adaptability and resilience so students can become valued members of the local and global communities and prepared for future life experiences.
Our school values are:
RESPECT – treating people with dignity and property with care
VALUING DIVERSITY – accepting and celebrating difference
INTEGRITY – displaying honesty and trust with ourselves and others
WORKING TOGETHER – shared effort and responsibilities when working towards common goals
FOSTERING GROWTH – promoting academic, social, emotional and physical development.
Orchard Grove Primary School is situated at 101 Orchard Grove, Blackburn South in the City of Whitehorse, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school is in a residential area and opens onto native parklands and Wurundjeri Walk.
The school opened on its present site in 1991 and was the result of the amalgamation of Blackburn South, Killoura, Mirrabooka and Warrawong Primary schools.
Historically, our School Houses have reflected part of the history of Orchard Grove Primary School and most of the names of our houses have an Aboriginal meaning.
Mirrabooka means ‘Southern Cross’, Warrawong means ‘side of hill’, and Wurundjeri refers to the parkland adjacent to the school and the name of the Aboriginal people who lived in this area. To honour and acknowledge the Aboriginal heritage of our area we were keen for all of our house names to have an Aboriginal meaning. So, in mid 2016 we changed the spelling of Killoura to Killara which means ‘always there’.
Welcome to Orchard Grove Primary School’s web site. We hope you enjoy navigating your way around and learning what Orchard Grove is all about and what we have to offer. I am very proud to be the Principal of such a fantastic school where the children have wonderful educational opportunities, are happy and enjoy coming to school.
Orchard Grove Primary is considered a school of choice within our wider community with excellent academic results; we provide challenging, innovative and engaging programs, assisted by great resources and a dedicated staff. We definitely encourage parent and general community involvement and love the sense of ownership that comes with that. We believe that this strong community feel is a strength of our school, with parents and community members being warmly welcomed to assist and become involved in many different areas of our school program.
I have a strong belief in the value of public education and desire to give each and every child the opportunity to succeed to the best of their ability. Our focus is on having a friendly and supportive learning environment with high quality teaching and learning, surrounded by an atmosphere of care and respect.
Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision and we are always delighted to welcome new families to our school. We do conduct regular school tours so you can come along and see us in action for yourself; we know you won’t be disappointed. If you are interested please contact the school office to make an appointment.
Back in the early 1990s Orchard Grove was originally an amalgamation of four primary schools so we have a very rich history. We are very fortunate to have such amazing grounds, being surrounded by not only fantastic sporting grounds but beautiful parkland as well. As a result of our extensive grounds it certainly creates a very peaceful and tranquil setting that promotes positive physical and passive play.
We are very proud of our academic results and together with our community we aim to educate the whole child and provide them with lifelong learning skills in an exciting and engaging educational environment.
Principal of Orchard Grove Primary School