The school opened in 1958 and has served the Springvale,
Springvale South and Noble Park communities as a centre of educational
excellence to the present day. The school staff are highly trained educators,
well equipped to provide high level instruction, with high expectations
for academic, physical, social and emotional achievement. Many staff members
are multilingual; languages other than English spoken by staff include:
Vietnamese, Khmer, Chinese, Hindi, Greek, Italian, and Malaysian.
The school is an integral part of the community and the student population
is culturally and linguistically diverse. The school receives National
Partnerships funding. Heatherhill Primary School forges and maintains
strong community links and in 2011 and 2012 received major awards for
its contribution to Cultural Diversity.
The school implements the priorities of the Victorian education system,
emphasising the importance of providing all students with strong foundations
in literacy and numeracy learning. The development of Personalising Learning
through Inquiry, Investigations and Thinking enables students to be well
equipped for their futures in a 21st Century world.
A Pedagogical Master Plan was developed in 2011, outlining the future
directions of the school. The Plan is led by four driving principles:
- Relationships form the basis of all learning. Learning partnerships
are formed to enable students to drive their own learning.
- Learners' engagement needs are met through rich and authentic learning
- Learning starts from the point of need, extending and challenging
learners to achieve growth and success.
- Evidence of learning is made visible within the learning partnership.
Assessment and learning continua are used to match the curriculum
to the learning needs of individual students.
Major building works (BER) completed in 2012 provide the school with flexible
learning spaces, facilitating 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
Heatherhill Primary School's motto is: Learning to Excel Together.
The school logo was redesigned in 2010 to represent the common heath flower,
epacris impressa, a plant indigenous to the Springvale area. The stalks
of the flowers combined with a rising horizontal cross bar, representing
the "hill" of Heatherton Road, make the letter "H" - for Heatherhill.
The symbols are encircled to represent "community".