About Fairhills Primary School
Message from our Principal
Welcome to 2017! the Fairhills Primary School teaching and learning team is committed to all students achieving their full potential emotionally, academically, physically and socially.
The school motto – ‘Their future begins with us’ underpins the school’s role in making sure that all students leave the school equipped with the necessary skills to not only achieve, but ultimately to be, life-long learners.
We provide a safe, stimulating learning environment that engages and challenges all students, whether they are highly able or experience difficulty with their learning.
“One of the core functions of twenty first century education is learning to learn in preparation for a lifetime of change.”
(David Miliband, 2003)
We embrace this notion. Our enthusiastic staff regularly participate in professional learning to keep up with all educational initiatives.
Fairhills Primary School has recently undergone a whole school refurbishment. The outside structure of the school has been kept. The light timber framed school buildings lends well to natural ventilation in the learning spaces. The new central linking spine known as the CORE houses resource materials provides meeting and presentation spaces as well quiet study alcoves. Our learning neighbourhoods allow learning activities to take place in active hubs and think tanks. The state of the Art building designed by MINX Architecture won the cefpi Category 3: Renovation/Modernisation in 2014.
This innovative facility provides our community with a vibrant learning environment.
Fairhills Primary School is a small, safe school situated in Ferntree Gully within the city of Knox, Victoria. Fairhills Primary School opened in 1965, and is conveniently located on Manuka Drive near the lovely Fair Park Reserve.
Having undergone major refurbishment during 2013/14 the original school buildings were transformed from the two classroom blocks into four flexible learning spaces. These spaces are connected by The CORE, our information and research centre. Outdoor learning areas and decks accessible by each learning centre have been built between the two buildings. Special Features of our school include:
- New School Hall with a performance stage
- Central information and research space
- Visual Arts and Music Centre
- Interactive Whiteboards
- Fixed and mobile ICT and digital devices
Outside school hours care is available to members of our community and is provided by Sherpa.
Outdoor facilities include three separate playground areas, a large sandpit, an oval, our outdoor stage with sound-shell, a wood-fired pizza oven for school community use, recently renewed landscaped gardens, along with brand new garden beds for vegetables and herbs.
Our 2017 student population is 135. This includes families who represent the wide cultural and social diversity of Knox. Our staff is nurturing, dedicated and highly trained and work in partnership with families to meet the challenges of 21st century learning. We are committed to providing the best education for our students through focus on quality teaching and learning, and continual improvement in student learning outcomes.
Our curriculum provides connections between knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions, and links directly with student wellbeing. Connectivity and emotional, social, physical and academic development strengthen lifelong learning and inter-cultural understandings.
We are proud to have a network of committed parents who support our students and staff by taking part in a variety of roles; School Council, Parents & Friends Association, fundraising, taking part in our classroom helpers program, excursions and fruity Friday – to name a few.
The Fairhills Primary School community works together to solve problems and celebrate success.
Students develop and act on the understanding of value and worth in themselves and others. We practise the skills of conflict management and resolution, and know to call on significant others for help and support. We live the values of respect, tolerance, integrity and honesty. We learn to choose our attitudes and accept the consequences of actions.
Behaviour Management Strategies build resilience, respect and responsibility. We separate the child from the behaviour to foster healthy self esteem, self respect and respect for others. Fairhills Primary School is open for enrolments for 2017 and beyond.