Welcome to the Cardinia Primary School website. Our school is located in the small rural township of Cardinia and has been educating local children since 1911, historically being a small school that served its small rural community. The school has undergone significant change in recent years. Urban development in the south-east growth corridor, in particular the rapid expansion of Pakenham, has delivered additional enrolments. In 2018, we have an enrolment of 307 students who make up 14 classes, two at each level from Foundation to Year 6. Cardinia Primary School has 37 staff including two Principal class, 16 full-time teachers, six part-time teachers and 11 Education Support staff.
We implement several programs across the school, including the VCOP Writing program, Brightpath, Reading Comprehension (ARCOTS-Patrick Griffin), Cardinia Spelling Program, Reading Recovery and GRIN (Getting Ready in Numeracy). Specialist teaching areas include Music, Visual Arts, Science and Auslan (LOTE).
At Cardinia Primary we are proud of our reputation for being “A Caring Family School”. Our community supports the school to engage in many activities throughout the year, including our school picnic at Phillip Island. The school prepares a float for the Yakkerboo Parade and staff and students participate in this event in Pakenham. We have a family and friends’ day, a whole school sleepover, an art show day and a whole school camp. Our school community comes together for an end of year celebration where all grades present a concert item, and awards and certificates are given out.
I would like to pay tribute to Mr Allan Armstrong who was Principal here for over 20 years. During this time, with the support of amazing staff, he built the school to what it is today. His sudden passing in early 2018 was a loss for the whole community, his legacy will live on in the students who continue to be educated in the environment he created.
I am privileged to now be serving the Cardinia community as Principal of Cardinia Primary School. It is an honour to work with the dedicated staff as we continue to provide an excellent education for the children in our care.