Principals Message

Chatham Primary School is situated in the leafy eastern suburb of Surrey Hills, approximately twelve kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. The school community is friendly and welcoming, and we take pride in our school/home relationships.


Our students learn in a supportive and caring environment. Students work both independently and collaboratively, and are involved in a diverse range of curriculum and extra curricula activities. Our curriculum programs target the individual needs of children, with the aim that each child attains their full potential. Literacy and Numeracy skills and understandings are of prime importance as they underpin other aspects of the curriculum. Specialist programs currently offered are Physical Education, Art, Music and Japanese. Chatham also has a great library facility that is well-utilised by students and our teaching teams.


Students participate in a Physical Education program across all levels and take part in a wide range of interschool sporting competitions in Year 6, alongside district and divisional swimming, athletics, cross-country and basketball. Individual students have reached state selection in football and cross-country this year. In 2018 our fifth Japanese Study Tour will take place. Approximately twenty students with staff will visit our Japanese Sister Schools and locally significant cultural spaces whilst also practising our Japanese language skills. This is a highlight for these students and something that is looked forward to as students move through the year levels.


The School’s Values are Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Learning, Honesty and Partnership. We focus on these as Learning Intentions in our Junior School classrooms as students develop understandings about what each of these values ‘look like’ in their daily actions and behaviours. Values are referred to across the school in our day-to-day operations with students, staff and community members with the expectation that our values are demonstrated. ‘Be Safe, Be Fair, Be Kind’ is a motto we aim to uphold at all times.


We are recognised for our work on sustainability, taking pride in our daily actions that work towards a sustainable environment. Our chickens are a highlight with both visitors and students. Chatham students enjoy growing a variety of vegetables in our veggie patches, which are used in our cooking programs.


Officially opened in 1928, Chatham now boasts a fantastic mix of buildings, including heritage school buildings combined with a newer two-storey Junior School building. We are excited in 2018 to have a Building and Maintenance Grant from the Department of Education and Training that will be used to maintain, repair and upgrade some of our facilities.


At Chatham, our students learn and play in an atmosphere of care and respect, and are supported by our Leadership, Peer Support, Values and Buddy programs.

Our staffing profile reflects a breadth of experience and expertise, and this contributes to quality classroom programs. Just as our students inquire, solve problems and work cooperatively together, so too do our teachers. Teachers work and plan in teams and are continually improving their teaching and learning techniques through quality professional development, and peer coaching and mentoring programs.


Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. We are very proud of our school and the achievements of our students, and believe that you should consider Chatham Primary School before making that decision. 


Come and see our great school – you won’t be disappointed.

Please contact the school for further details.


Shirley Allison


Chatham Primary School

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