Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten is recognised for our commitment to academic success, complemented by a holistic approach to the needs of each child. Inherently we understand that an individual’s wellbeing is the foundation on which success in life is built. If students are able to develop healthy levels of personal wellbeing then they will be more likely to achieve academic potential; more likely to establish supportive relationships; more likely to make a meaningful contribution to their community and more likely to lead a fulfilling life. Our focus on Positive Education is a crucial aspect of every aspect of our school.
Our comprehensive programs provide students with a balanced development of the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and cultural elements of life in order to enable them to reach their potential both as a student and as a member of the community.
Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten Primary School has a commitment to excellence in a caring, cooperative and inclusive environment. As a rich, multicultural community we share the common values of respect, responsibility, cooperation, friendliness, honesty and trustworthiness.
Building on firm foundations, the school now looks to the future in a 21st century approach to learning. 21st century thinkers require a range of qualities that our future will need: open mindedness; the ability to work collaboratively with others; to engage in problem solving; to analyse and integrate knowledge; to think creatively and imaginatively; to apply knowledge to respond to emerging needs and trends; and to communicate accurately, clearly and effectively. Our approach needs to evolve to meet these challenges, to give our students the best opportunity to engage with their preferred future.
I look forward to working with you and our students and making your association with Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten a fulfilling, productive and a rewarding experience.
Our aim is for each child to become a happy and confident person, well equipped for the challenges of life long learning, contributing to the society in which they live and able to achieve their full academic, creative and social potential. At the heart of Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten’ s educational philosophy is the firm belief that all students can become successful learners and that there are no predetermined limits to what students can accomplish at any age.
The Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten community work collaboratively and share common goals, values and beliefs about the best way to support children and families on their educational path.
We encourage respectful, collaborative relationships between children, families, the school, communities and educators, with our common focus being the child. We value an inclusive, supportive and caring environment where children, families and educators come together as a community of learners. We provide support to each child to promote their health and wellbeing through a spirit of warmth and respect underpinned by a commitment to social justice.
We respect and celebrate the culture and diversity within our community and beyond. We support the individual needs of our children to develop the view that learning is fun, exploratory and exciting.
A broad range of materials, activities, approaches and interconnected learning experiences encourages each child to discover and develop his or her own strengths. Students are also taught to recognize those areas where they may need assistance or practise to master required skills and content.
The values that form the basis of the actions of our learning community are:
Respect: acknowledging and accepting differences; valuing ourselves, each other and the environment.
Cooperation: working together to achieve the best possible outcome for all; sharing ideas and solutions; helping each other.
Confidence: setting goals and working towards them; aiming high and always trying your best.
Responsibility: taking charge of your own actions, behaviours and mistakes; thinking before doing and making wise decisions.
Persistence: sticking to a task even when difficulties arise; not giving up easily.
Resilience: the ability to recover strength, confidence and good humour when things go wrong; being able to ‘bounce back’.
1854 First Oakleigh School- Pioneer families erected a hut school from saplings and mud, with a bark roof, on a site which is now occupied by the Oakleigh Swimming Pool. Mr Robert Moresby was appointed as the first teacher to the Oakleigh area. The school soon closed.
1855 Wesleyan School- The Wesleyans erected a schoolhouse on their site in Dandenong Road, just west of Drummond Street, on the north side. In 1862 The Wesleyan School became Common School No. 479.
1872 Education Act- The Act making education free, compulsory and secular was passed and the government set about establishing its own system of schools. The first land considered for the Oakleigh School was five acres on the east side of Atkinson Street.
1873 First State School in Oakleigh- Common School no. 479 was leased to the government for two pounds per month.
1874 Land secured for a State School- 2 acres of allotment C.13, corner of Logie and MacMillan Streets (now Warrigal Road).
1875 State School No. 1601- The school building was erected and on July 1st was opened by the Head Teacher, Thomas P Bamber. The school was renumerated 1601, and had a capacity of 160 pupils. The children transferred, and the average attendance through the year was 72: 38 boys and 34 girls.
1889-1913 Overcrowding was a continual problem- The Department agreed to build extra accommodation for 300 pupils, but this did not happen until 1914. In the interim, small improvements were made to the school and various local halls were hired. In 1912 The Head Teacher found it necessary to exclude 58 students due to overcrowding.
1914 The Infant Building was opened– allowing for 300 more children. However, by October 1915 attendance was 756 and enrolments were rejected for children under 6 years of age. By July 1920, attendance was 823. Two classrooms were added and a Sunday School rented.
1923 The Inaugural Mothers’ Club- was formed in July.
1924 A public meeting was held in May to discuss erecting Memorial Gates at Oakleigh State School. On 9th December, it was ‘proposed that gates be erected facing the centre of ‘Euston Road’.
1951 More halls rented- Out of 822 children attending school, 125 were receiving their schooling in three Sunday Schools.
1976 In April, the ‘Grand Fire’- destroyed the original school building, leaving only the infant Building intact.
1977 In May the Warrigal Road pedestrian overpass was completed. On 29th September the new building was officially opened.
1978 On 23rd April, the canteen began operating.
1980 After a road accident, the original Memorial Gates were removed. On 9th November, the Memorial Gates were re-dedicated in their new position on the corner of Logie and Warrigal Roads
2006 A kindergarten was built on site following the closure of the Holy Trinity Kindergarten. The school became Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten.
2010 A Performing Arts Centre was built on site using Federal Funds (BER – Building Education Revolution).
2014 About 330 children are enrolled at the school, enjoying exceptional facilities and a program of which all our ancestors would be proud.
Oakleigh Primary School,
20 Warrigal Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166 Australia
Phone: (03) 9568 0558
Kindergarten: 9568 6315
Fax: (03) 9569 0293
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