About Us

Principal

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit Heany Park Primary School’s website. We are an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to teach the Primary Year’s Programme. I hope that as you look through the various pages you will get an understanding of our passionate and energetic community that has a long history of being one of the most respected and admired primary schools in the area. Our caring and dedicated teaching team build strong relationships with students to develop them cognitively, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally to strive to achieve their personal best in all areas. Our strong school values of respect, acceptance, integrity and lifelong learning are embedded in all that we do and contribute towards the development of independent, confident and resilient learners. We aim to prepare students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society, so they will have the skills, values, understandings and courage to undertake a positive, productive and rewarding role in the world.

We recognise the importance of literacy and numeracy and have a strong focus on these areas and dedicated time to explicitly teach these skills. At Heany Park there is also a focus on developing critical capabilities to prepare students to be global citizens in the 21st century. Our rich curriculum fosters students’ capabilities in critical and creative thinking, intercultural and ethical understanding and personal and social learning. It challenges students and expands their knowledge, understandings and skills in Science, Humanities and Design and Technology. Students attend lessons with a specialist teacher in Performing Arts – Dance, Drama and Music and Visual Arts 2D and 3D, Physical Education and Languages – Indonesian. A guided inquiry approach fosters students’ natural curiosity and ensures they are supported to uncover deep understandings about the world in which they live and also develop an inquiring mind. Heany Park Primary School has a strong commitment to digital learning technologies throughout the school including interactive whiteboards, class sets of iPad’s and notebook computers. We believe everything we plan must be an investment in our students, to support them to be independent, thoughtful, open minded and compassionate young people.

If you haven’t yet experienced all that Heany Park Primary School has to offer, please call to arrange a school tour. I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and showing you first hand why our school is a caring community and an exceptional learning environment.

Janet Evison,
Principal

Covid-19 Advice

Following advice from the Victorian Government, from Thursday 6 August 2020 Metropolitan Melbourne commences Stage 4 restrictions and Heany Park Primary School will remain teaching via remote and flexible learning.

This is a step all Victorian government schools are taking to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

The Department’s latest advice on coronavirus can be found at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

It is important that we work together and support each other during this challenging time. The Remote Learning Handbook details what remote and flexible learning will look like at our school.

In the meantime, you might find it useful to look at the Department’s Learning from Home website. It provides resources and guidance for teachers and parents and carers. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/learningfromhome.aspx

Profile

Heany Park Primary School is an accredited International Baccalaureate Organisation World School that develops active global citizens. We offer an engaging Primary Years Programme in a stimulating learning environment where students are challenged and encouraged to achieve their full potential. Our community proudly demonstrates our school values of Acceptance, Life-long learning, Integrity and Respect. Our high quality, comprehensive educational program, encourages a culture of optimism, resilience and tolerance. We develop students’ knowledge and understandings, skills and attitudes to support life-long learning using exemplary teaching practice. Our comprehensive, balanced curriculum prioritises literacy and numeracy. We develop understanding of the world in which we live using an inquiry approach that guides students to explore, wonder, question, experiment, make connections and solve problems. This is enhanced by quality specialist programs in Indonesian, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education and an impressive array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students with special needs are supported through a range of strategies and programs. Our children achieve significant results in academic, sporting and creative activities.

Staff at Heany Park are actively engaged in ongoing professional learning, with the aim of improving outcomes for all students. We are committed to working in partnership with our school community. We have an active parent body who contribute to our school through participation in School Council, involvement in our Parent groups and support on excursions, camps and in school programs. Our school classrooms, with Interactive Whiteboards, notebook and iPad technology utilise wireless access. The spacious, extensive grounds and modern sporting facilities support the active participation of students in a healthy lifestyle.

 

Reports, Plans & Policies

 

The purpose of the annual report to the school community is to inform parents and the wider school community of the school’s successes, activities and achievements throughout the year, and to meet legislative and regulatory requirements under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the National Education Agreement 2008.

Schools are required to submit a school annual report to the Department by 31 March each year.

Annual reports are made available to the school community at a public meeting organised by the school principal, and on the VRQA State Register.

Find attached below the current Annual Report for Heany Park Primary School:

HPPS Annual Report 2019

Current plan to be uploaded soon.

Heany Park Primary School aligns all policies and actions with Government guidelines. We use the School Policy and Advisory Guide as a quick and easy reference to governance and operational policies and advice. It complements the Department’s extensive web resources and directs users to relevant websites and supplementary information. For more information on Government policies, advice and guidelines, please access the website at: www.education.vic.gov.au/spag. The Guide’s content is subject to ongoing change. We encourage you to visit this site regularly to obtain the latest information. General Policies include:

 

Staff

Janet Evison

Janet Evison

Principal

Adriana Dickinson

Adriana Dickinson

Assistant Principal

Kym Ryan

Kym Ryan

PYP Coordinator

Penny Esposito

Penny Esposito

Numeracy Learning Specialist

Lisa Bito

Lisa Bito

Business Manager

Angie Boustead

Angie Boustead

Administration

Tricia Pollard

Tricia Pollard

Administration

Sharon Lai

Sharon Lai

Visual Arts Specialist

Prue Cunningham

Prue Cunningham

Physical Education Specialist

Rachel Wheeler

Rachel Wheeler

Languages (Indonesian) Specialist

Natalie Wheaton

Natalie Wheaton

Performing Arts Specialist 3 – 6

Serena Ang

Serena Ang

Performing Arts Specialist Prep – 2

Olga Anagnostou

Olga Anagnostou

Foundation Teacher & Team Leader

Daniela Jorgic

Daniela Jorgic

Foundation Teacher

Elisha Simmonds

Elisha Simmonds

Foundation Teacher

Raewyn Williams

Raewyn Williams

Junior School Teacher & Team Leader

Hania Lada

Hania Lada

Junior School Teacher

Smitha Boddupalli

Smitha Boddupalli

Junior School Teacher

Eshani Shantha

Eshani Shantha

Junior School Teacher

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

Junior School Teacher

Sonya McLeod

Sonya McLeod

Middle School Teacher & Team Leader

Marcus Lo Ricco

Marcus Lo Ricco

Middle School Teacher & IT Leader

Christine Vavasseur

Christine Vavasseur

Middle School Teacher & Literacy Learning Specialist

Tahnee Akkermans

Tahnee Akkermans

Middle School Teacher

Deniz D'Atri

Deniz D'Atri

Senior School Teacher & Team Leader

Mark Stanton

Mark Stanton

Senior School Teacher

Debbie Beimers

Debbie Beimers

Senior School Teacher

Claire Panton

Claire Panton

Senior School Teacher

Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell

Library Technician

Sue Houghten

Sue Houghten

Educational Support

Lisa Johnson-Boe

Lisa Johnson-Boe

Educational Support

Bonnie Lung

Bonnie Lung

Educational Support

Alison Munyard

Alison Munyard

Educational Support

Sharyn Suisted

Sharyn Suisted

Educational Support

My School

FInd out about “our school” by clicking the “My School” site. This site has been updated and re-released in March 2015, with these extra features:

  • an easy-to-use profile page with key facts and figures;
  • financial information for each school;
  • an indication of students’ literacy and numeracy achievement as they progress through school; and
  • students’ NAPLAN performance over a number of years.

Remember to always contact the school administrators, principals and your child’s teacher in regard to interpreting data supplied.

School Council

Please note the new members on School Council for 2020:

Staff: Janet Evison, Kym Ryan, Adriana Dickinson and Mark Stanton

President: Alan McKinlay

Vice President: Jacquie Nicholson

Treasurer: Damian Ware

Members: Chris Parker, Gillian Poulton, Tracy Baulman, Nilupa Dediwalage and Diana Yousry

Email the School Council at heany.park.ps@education.vic.gov.au

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