Principal's Message

Welcome!  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce new families to Glen Iris Primary School.  We believe you will find our community to be an open and friendly one, with a sincere desire for parents to take an active part in their children's schooling.  For our current families, I invite you to enjoy finding out anything you might need to know and what’s new at GIPS through this website.

With a current teaching staff of around 40 and an enrolment of approximately 420 children, divided into 19 classes from Foundation (Prep) to Grade 6, excellent programs are provided across all areas of the curriculum, with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy.  In addition, we deliver specialist programs in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Library, Physical Education, Languages (French),  Literacy and Numeracy Support and a well-supported Disabilities & Impairments program.

Glen Iris Primary School is a happy and engaging learning environment for children.  Programs that develop student self-esteem and resilience underpin a positive approach to student wellbeing and management. The Resilience Program, Buddies; Life Education; and Anti Bullying practices build lasting friendships and harmonious peer relationships. Our shared school values - Empathy, Honesty, Resilience, Gratitude and Respect - focus our expectations of attitudes and behaviours and are central to the life of our school and community.

Great emphasis is placed on the essential learning areas of Maths and English where we strive to develop each child's skills to their maximum individual potential.  Our motto “Aim High” inspires a proud tradition of excellence and high expectations for our students and of ourselves as learners and role models.  We also recognise the importance of providing a comprehensive curriculum with Humanities, Science, the Arts and Health all being incorporated into classroom programs through an inquiry based curriculum that focuses on student engagement and critical and creative thinking.

Glen Iris places great importance on the integration of digital technologies into all curriculum areas, with a bank of laptops in every classroom, banks of iPads in all classes and a 1:1 program in years 5 and 6. All classrooms have interactive electronic whiteboards and Apple TVs all ensuring that students have the opportunity to work with relevant technology. We also have a classroom set of laptops in the technology centre.

Glen Iris delivers a highly regarded specialist program comprising Performing Arts, Physical Education, Visual Arts and French to all classes.  These programs incorporate sports carnivals, the camping program, a whole school concert, soirees, French Day and whole school arts projects, swimming, gymnastics and interschool sport to name a few.  Performing Arts classes are conducted in our purpose built Arts Centre. This year, students have been given the opportunity to perform in Instrumental Soirees, community events including our school Evening On The Green , Prep family BBQ and school assemblies.  Tuition is available in a variety of instruments, provided by external tutors. Students can also choose to join the school Choir and Rock Band.  Biannual whole school concerts are a feature of the Performing Arts program.

Glen Iris Primary School adopts an environmentally-responsible approach.  The school uses recycled rainwater to irrigate the grounds and in the student bathrooms.  Classes undertake units of work focussing of various aspects of environmental awareness including the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” message; Sustainability; Walk to School days and shared responsibility for managing the school vegetable garden, and our chickens. We have installed a solar panel system to meet a large proportion of our energy needs now and in the future.

Parental involvement is an important part of learning at Glen Iris and participation in the learning process can take many forms ranging from assisting in classrooms and programs; helping at Working Bees through to involvement on Parents Association and School Council. Whilst parental involvement is a welcome assistance to the teachers, it is, most importantly, an active, “hands-on” involvement in the development of your children that has many benefits for the child, family and wider community.

At Glen Iris, we value the opportunity to work with you to guide the development of your child.  We recognise the significant responsibility and commitment this involves.  Your input and feedback is genuinely welcome and sought to ensure the best possible learning experience is provided for every child.  Together, we can enable each child to be their very best.  Please feel free to contact myself, teachers and the school at any time.  School tours are available by contacting the school Office on (03) 9885 3624.

I look forward to getting to know you and your children and hope your association with Glen Iris Primary School is a happy and productive experience.


Garry Collins