Keilor Heights Primary School is located in the north-western suburb of East Keilor, in the municipality of Moonee Valley, approximately 16km from Melbourne’s CBD. It is situated within a quiet residential area on an attractive treed site of approximately two hectares. The school has high quality facilities, including a library, multi-purpose inquiry centre, teacher resource room, gymnasium, canteen and renovated classrooms. The grounds are also attractive and include an outdoor amphitheatre, landscaping and student-produced artworks and garden sculptures.
The student population is continuing to grow and will reach 500 students within the period of this Strategic Plan. The school draws enrolments from outside of the local area. The student population is quite diverse with families coming from 26 language backgrounds other than English. The schools SFO is 0.47 and this has been increasing in recent years. There are approximately 25% of families receiving support through the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.
The school has a reputation in the local community as a high achieving and excellently resourced primary education facility. In 2012, the school engaged the services of educational researcher and consultant Dr. Jane Pollock. Most teachers have attended professional development with Dr. Pollock in the ‘GANAG’ Lesson Schema, Interactive Note Booking and the Nine High-Yield Instructional Strategies for impact on successful student outcomes, based on her research with Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering. The school has also subscribed to the work of N.Z. researcher, Professor John Hattie, using his work with Effect Sizes to inform teachers on the most effective practises to maximise success in student learning.
The school has heavily invested in ICT resourcing over the past three years. Each classroom is now fitted with an Interactive Whiteboard/Apple TV and allocated computers and/or iPads access.
The specialist program includes ICT, Performing Arts (music and drama), Visual Arts and Physical Education. Additionally, the school has introduced Languages Other Than English (LOTE) – Italian for Prep students in 2015, extending to Prep and Grade 1 in 2016. The school also provides a number of intervention and extension support programs for students in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Other extra-curricular activities offered include Instrumental Music Tutoring, Inter-School Sports, House Athletics, Swimming, School Choir, Victorian State School Spectacular Choir, Art Group, Eco-Warriors Group, Student Representative Council and camps. The school is fortunate to have forged strong community relationships, being heavily supported by an active Parents and Friends Association and School Council, as well as local organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch and Bendigo Bank. There is a school Chaplin working with students 2 days per week and the 'Kids Hope mentor Program' was introduced in 2013. Psychologists and a speech therapist are available for students with specific needs. The school has a strong transition program at Prep and Grade 6 with the “Buddies” program supporting the incoming Preps and the senior students being given many opportunities to take on leadership positions and provide exemplary role modelling.
School Council have taken a leading role in the development of the school’s external environment through the development of the old canteen and renovating it to a high quality Out of School Hours Facility and the organisation of working bees focusing on the cleanliness and safety aspects of the school.