Christmas Hills Primary is a supportive learning community consisting of two multi-age classrooms. We maintain small class sizes of between 10-15 students to ensure that our learning can be individualised in the most real and meaningful ways possible.
We are a proud state school and work to ensure the Victorian Curriculum is delivered in an inspiring and engaging way for our students.
Our learning experiences are multi-modal in all curriculum areas enabling our students to explore concepts and ideas through a mixture of hands-on, paper-based, digital and interpersonal mediums.
School uniform is optional at CHPS except on excursion or special event days and the children call us by our first names. We believe in earning the respect and trust of our students by our actions, not by salutation.
Our school values are built around our emblem, the Blue Wren, whom we have named 'CHIRPS'. The Values were jointly decided by students, staff and parents and they are:
These are the qualities we work to instil in our school community.
I think that this is a great school because everybody works together and everybody plays together. The teachers are so good and we feel like they always help us. We learn great stuff and we wouldn't learn as much stuff if we didn't have such wonderful teachers.
The kids are super nice and they respect each other and be kind to each other. It feels great because you know everybody and you can play with everybody.
Lucy - Year 3
Since coming to Christmas Hills my children have thrived in their learning and in their relationships with others. It's like a big family, everyone looks after each other and resilience and personal best are both strong features of the school.
I'm really impressed with the independent learning opportunities provided by the school.
Damian - Parent
As a parent of CHPS, I have been blown away by the care, attention and individualised approach the teaching staff provide all students at this school. Thought, planning and creativity are in full play as they devise strategic learning plans for each student.
I have been particularly impressed with the needs of each child being met and children are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm for learning in dynamic and creative ways. From my observations in the classroom, children are empowered by their objectives and feel challenged and stimulated to grow and learn in a nurturing and safe environment where they thive emotionally and academically.
The school in and of itself provides a haven for learning with a stunning bush setting and magnificent oak tree that provides a central focal point for games such as 'Whole School Tiggy' or 'Cops and Robbers'. The model of environment as third teacher is fully encompassed here where it's actually difficult to get them to come home at the end of the day as they would rather stay and play long into th evening.
Christmas Hills Primary School is all about fostering relationships within the community. CHPS actively seeks community involvement for example, Tournament of Minds (competing with Yering PS), ANZAC Day Service in Yarra Glen along with being proactive in facilitating children's ideas as they arise. Such as the time there was a wombat with mange which died on school grounds. The children devoted themselves to raising money and awareness for the cause and engaged the Mange Management community group to come and educate the school community on what can be done for wombats with mange. The school actively seeks to engage in excursions with a wide range of experiences for the children and fosters exploration of themes if the children show an interest.
Lauren - Parent
Small Class Sizes
iPad and Laptop Programs
Blue Wren Theatre
Better Buddies Program
Bounceback Wellbeing Program
Frog Bog Habitat
Eltham Copper Butterfly Habitat
Organic Vegetable Gardens
Chicken and Reptile Pet Care Program