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40 Lisson Grove
Tel: 03 9819 1266
Fax: 03 9818 5958
Website: www.erasmus. vic.edu.au
Religious Affiliation: Inter-Denominational
Early Learning: Yes
OUR MISSIONOur mission is our motto ‘Let your light shine’. Our education aims to draw out and develop the very best in each child. We aim to inspire in our students a desire to serve others for the good of all. OUR VISIONOur vision is of a primary education which nourishes the whole child: body mind Heart and spirit. Our students: • aspire to rounded excellence and have the space to discover and express their individual talents. • acquire the principles of each subject which provides a systematic foundation. They begin to learn how to think critically and creatively. They develop an aesthetic appreciation and sense of connectedness with the world around them. • experience wellbeing in a positive school community with integrated social emotional learning. They delight in learning in a loving and disciplined environment. • develop a capacity for stillness and focused attention which leads to inner strength and steadiness. • work independently and with others participating leading and taking responsibility. • keep company with ideals of truth beauty and goodness and examples of greatness. They put virtues into practice and seek to be of good character. • serve their communities wholeheartedly. This is a fine primary school education for the 21st century. Our graduates go on to thrive at a range of schools across Melbourne. OUR COMMUNITYWe welcome families from diverse heritage. Together we celebrate unity and harmony and an education that looks to the best of humanity. OUR ETHOSErasmus School follows the principle that every human being shares the same universal essence. This essence or light comes from God and is the source of truth beauty and goodness. Discovering the light within brings knowledge vitality and happiness. The world’s great spiritual traditions and philosophers acknowledge this principle. OUR FOUNDATION – A LOVE OF WISDOMThe cornerstone of Erasmus School is philosophy which means ‘ love of wisdom’. Love of wisdom is at the heart of human endeavor to seek truth beauty and goodness and informs all that we do. Erasmus School is named in honour of Desiderius Erasmus famous 16th century scholar. His love of wisdom and its application for learning led a renaissance in education. Leon MacLaren th century philosopher and educator inspired the establishment of Erasmus School in 1996 by the School of Philosophy melbourne. MacLaren’s love of wisdom led him to devise guiding principles for the education of children. These principles remain relevant and continue to underpin the mission of Erasmus School. OUR VALUESEverything we do at Erasmus School is guided by four enduring virtues essential in a changing world: wisdom justice courage and self-control. These virtues are inseparable and inspire holiness: seeing oneness and wholeness in everything.
Our curriculum provides a thorough systematic grounding in English and Mathematics. Other subjects include Scripture and Philosophy science social Studies History and Geography. We take a classical approach to languages including studies in Sanskrit and Latin. A diverse palette of visual and performing arts programmes includes Art music drama dance craft and activities such as needlework woodwork calligraphy and hospitality. These pursuits greatly assist in the development of intellectual cognitive and emotional skills self-expression and fine and gross motor skills. All children are set regular homework. All children sing songs of praise enjoy fine music learn prayers read and recite fine literature and participate in plays assemblies and sacred celebrations. Throughout their studies children delight in time-honoured myths and legends from around the world. Incursions and excursions enable them to meet inspiring role models. We use simple mindfulness exercises to help focus the mind and enable children to develop an inner quiet strength and steadiness. They are then able to attend with greater application to the task at hand. For example the children learn to pause and be still and quiet for a few moments before and after each activity. From the age of 10 about 10 minutes is set aside twice a day for quiet reflective time. With parental approval these older children can learn meditation. Health and Physical Education incorporates key pursuits such as swimming athletics gymnastics cross country running and ball games. We participate in Kew District Sport competitions. Children in Years 4-6 attend annual camps. Information & Communication Technology and Design and Technology programmes are integrated into other subjects. After school activities available include art chess dance Yoga and tennis. Students can take up private lessons in piano violin cello and classical guitar. After school care is also offered on site. Student wellbeing is an integral part of child development and the learning experience. We use the Federal Government’s KidsMatter framework to help us develop a positive school community with integrated social emotional learning for students. Classes are non-composite with class teachers supported by specialist teachers in Art dance music and Physical Education. Where learning assistance is needed learning support teachers work with the children one-on-one or in small groups. In situations where more challenge is needed extension is provided by the class teacher and through additional extension opportunities. To help monitor academic progress all children regularly participate in class assessments as well as National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Years 3 and 5 as well as recognised standardised tests for literacy and numeracy. Students may be involved in external competitions in English mathematics science languages poetry and sport or music recitals eisteddfods and visual arts displays.
We provide a healthy wholesome organic morning tea and lunch every day for all children and staff. Meals are prepared with great care in our own kitchen. Everyone sits down together to enjoy the good company and serving each other.