About Us

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Le Page Primary School.

Leadership is the umbrella term to encompass the many character traits and basic life competencies that parents, business leaders, and educators are voicing as the desired skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. Leadership is a concept we don’t normally consider when thinking of young children. However, young children are very capable of learning leadership skills and using them at home and at school. By developing well-rounded children who know their strengths, we help them to unleash their potential to lead their own lives and to influence others.

Through the use of the 7 Habits, students begin to realise that they have control over much of what happens in their lives and can be true leaders. Their choices can affect their day, their relationships, and their future. The 7 Habits empowers even young students to stop and think about their choices and the different outcomes that may come with those choices. Based on timeless principles, the 7 Habits become the “hands-on” tools students can rely on while on their journey to becoming leaders – of themselves and of others.

When you visit us, you will see, hear and feel the difference we are making in the lives of our students.

George Danson
Principal

School Profile

Established in 1995, Le Page is an attractive school on a vast property comprising green fields, adventure playgrounds and ball courts. Adjacent to the school is a football oval, netball courts and parkland. Located in Argus Street, Le Page is the hub of extra-curricular and sporting activities in Cheltenham. Weeknights and weekends are a buzz with several associations coming together for sporting competitions. Our school grounds and facilities are open for local residents to enjoy out of school hours. The hall hosts martial arts, yoga and other community group activities, whilst the music room provides a base for our local and talented orchestra. The evening Spanish program caters for students of Spanish Nationals. The Born to Soar Gifted and Talented program attracts students from across the South Eastern suburbs.

Le Page is also the home of the Gould League, an environmental education group. A section of the main building boasts environmentally themed rooms and exploration spaces where students learn about sustainability and recycling.

In 2017, newly appointed principal George Danson came with a new vision and mission. The school was relaunched and instantly captured the interest of local families. Le Page Primary has begun a new and exciting journey. A small school, with a country-school feel, is destined for statewide recognition. With a new and inspirational leader, and a new dynamic staff, it is projected Le Page Primary School will experience exponential growth and lead the way in educational excellence.

Staff

Principal: George Danson

Assistant Principal: Courtney Mason

Business Manager: Heather Gillott

Administration:  Brooke Sheppard

Education Support:

Mersa Keskic

Giancarlo Siclari

Kelli Colvin

Bethany Rusden

Katy Kritharidou

Anna Ottersbach

Sam Bootnjes

Jaquleine Buchan

Shellie Ryan

Emily Tremewen

 

00A: Narelle Diggins

00B: Olivia Pinzone 

12A: Madeleine Simos

12B: Anna Verrios 

12C: Richard Earl

34A: Kayla Mugford 

34B: Marisha Telegin 

34C: Candice Nassim

56B: Nicholas Duckett

Leading Teacher / Wellbeing: Jennifer Hayes

Leader in Me : Marisha Telegin 

Performing Arts: 

Physical Education: Jarrod Bradley

Health: Jarrod Bradley

Visual Arts: Shelley Bradley

Cultural Studies: Shelley Bradley

EAL: Katy Kritharidou

Our Vision

There is a prosperous path for every child. Each journey is theirs to lead. There is a place, in which every child can shine.

Our Mission

Identify the talent, develop the confidence and create the leader.

Our 7 Habits

Be Proactive (I’m in charge)

Begin with the End in Mind (have a plan)

Put First Things First (work first then play)

Think Win-Win (everyone can win)

Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood (listen before you talk)

Synergise (together is better)

Sharpen the Saw (balance feels best)

Our Attitude

Gratitude: Be thankful for what we have.

Empathy: Practice random acts of kindness.

Mindfulness: Keep in the present moment.

 

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

Privacy Collection Notice

Information for students, parents and carers

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) values your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal and health information that schools collect.

All school staff must comply with Victorian privacy law and the Schools’ Privacy Policy. This notice explains how the Department, including Victorian government schools (schools), handles personal and health information. On occasion, specific consent will be sought for the collection and use of information, for example, for a student to receive a health service. Our schools are also required by legislation, such as the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, to collect some of this information.

Throughout this notice, ‘staff’ includes principals, teachers, student support service officers, youth workers, social workers, nurses and any other allied health practitioners, and all other employees, contractors, volunteers and service providers of the school and the Department.

On enrolment, and during the ordinary course of a student’s attendance at a school, schools will collect information about students and their families for the following purposes:

  • educating students
  • supporting students’ social and emotional wellbeing, and health 
  • fulfilling legal obligations, including duty of care, anti-discrimination law and occupational health and safety law
  • communicating and engaging with parents
  • student administration
  • school management
  • supporting policy in relation to student education and wellbeing.

If this information is not collected, schools may be unable to provide optimal education or support to students or fulfil legal obligations.

For example, our schools rely on parents to provide health information about any medical condition or disability that their child has, medication their child may take while at school, any known allergies and contact details of their child’s doctor. If parents do not provide all relevant health information, this may put their child’s health at risk.

Our schools also require current, relevant information about all parents and carers so that schools can take account of safety concerns that affect their children. Parents should provide schools with copies of all current parenting plans and court orders about or that affect their children and provide updated copies when they change.

When parents enrol their child in primary school, they will be asked to provide personal and health information in several ways, including via the Enrolment Form, the School Entrance Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) and the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) Transition Form.

The Enrolment Form is used to collect information that is essential for the purposes listed above, and requests information such as:

  • Emergency contacts – Individuals parents nominate for a school to contact during an emergency. Parents should ensure that their nominated emergency contact agrees to their contact details being provided to the school and that they understand their details may be disclosed by the Department if lawful, e.g. in the case of emergency communications relating to bush fires or floods.
  • Student background information – Information about country of birth, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, language spoken at home and parent occupation. This information enables the Department to allocate appropriate resources to schools. The Department also uses this information to plan for future educational needs in Victoria and shares some information with the Commonwealth government to monitor, plan and allocate resources.
  • Immunisation status – This assists schools to manage health risks and legal obligations. The Department may also provide this information to the Department of Health and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to assess immunisation rates in Victoria, but not in a way which identifies students.
  • Visa status – This is required to process a student’s enrolment.

All schools may use departmental systems and online tools such as apps and other software to effectively collect and manage information about students and families for the purposes listed above.

When schools use these online tools, they take steps to ensure that student information is secure. If parents or carers have any concerns about the use of these online tools, please contact the school.

School staff will only share student and family information with other school staff who need to know to enable them to educate or support the student as described above. Information will only be shared outside the school (and outside the Department) as required or authorised by law, including where sharing is required to meet duty of care, anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety, and child wellbeing and safety obligations. The information collected will not be disclosed beyond the school and Department without parent consent unless such disclosure is lawful.

When a student transfers to another school (including Catholic, independent and interstate), personal and/or health information about that student may be transferred to the next school. Transferring this information is in the best interests of the student and assists the next school to provide the best possible education and support to the student. For further detail about how and what level of information is provided to the next school, refer to the: Enrolment: Student transfers between schools

Schools only provide school reports and ordinary school communications to students, parents, carers or others who have a legal right to that information. Requests for access to other student information or by others must be made by lodging a Freedom of Information (FOI) application.

To update student or family information, parents should contact their school.

 

Policies

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, an entity to which the Child Safe Standards apply must have:

  1. strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

 

Find operational policies and guidance for schools from the Department of Education and Training at 

https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal