As our tumultuous year of 2020 comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect, not only on the remarkable accomplishments of our beautiful children, but also the remarkable work of our dear teachers at Christmas Hills PS.
Without a doubt, each and every one of our teachers are remarkable human beings. Out of a whirl wind of confusion and uncertainty, these wondrous educators have built a learning community that is resilient, courageous, empathetic and hopeful.
Through kindness, patience and grace they have shared their passion for life long learning and the belief that learning does not just happen in a building between the hours of 9am to 3pm. It happens within us, continuously. Without fail, they have endeavoured to show us that learning is a life long pursuit and it is full of adventure, wonder, joy, challenges, bravery and hope. They have ignited curiosity, inspired wonder and infused gratitude into the learning and lives of our children.
We honour the greatness in each and everyone of you.
Annie Hopper - Parent
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 thrive 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 the 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