Our Bilingual SchoolThe key to our bilingual school is the people. As you will see as you scroll through this website, the vision and values of our school are lived by each individual whether it be student, staff, parent, volunteer or community member. These people make the team that makes our school the innovative place it is.
On your first visit to our school you will be drawn to the quiet, relaxed and happy atmosphere created within the school. Our children love learning and display wonderful curiosity and an eagerness to achieve.
Meet our Principal
Welcome to Huntingdale Primary School! I am proud to be Principal of this wonderful Victorian Government school which provides an extraordinary education for all our students. Huntingdale Primary School is a vibrant place that encourages learning, laughter and play in a friendly and warm environment. Our school is widely recognised both in Australia and internationally as a leader in bilingual education through the success of the outstanding Japanese Bilingual Language Immersion Education.
Learning a language is the greatest gift we give our children at Huntingdale Primary School. Through our exceptional bilingual learning all our children are immersed in Japanese language. Research has long recognised immersion as the most natural way for young children to learn language.
Our school motto is- Engaging Minds Together.
‘Engaging’ children each and every day in a safe and secure environment is a key focus. We know that without children feeling safe they are unable to engage fully with their learning. The key to engagement is curiosity and creativity and these are key elements in the children’s explorations and learnings each day at school.
‘Minds’ are what benefit from our unique bilingual education. The academic rigour and the power of how we work at Huntingdale is in the careful curriculum planning that underpins the learning as one whole. Research shows that learning another language stimulates brain development, enhances English literacy skills and improves memory, concentration and numeracy skills.
‘Together’ we achieve more. The students in isolation will explore but require guidance and scaffolding to excel. More can be achieved with a partnership between the child, teacher and parents which truly achieves the greatest outcomes.
Through our bilingual education each day our students develop critical and creative thinking, personal and social skills and intercultural understandings. Our students are challenged to see their world using an ‘international lens’ and the experiences offered at the school support this.
As a teaching team we are committed to providing all children with the opportunity to achieve through our highly differentiated curriculum. Extensive use of technology, thinking tools and a wide range of extra curricula activities extend and enrich their learning.
The culture of our school is underpinned by our deep belief that childhood is a precious and unique moment in time. Children need to be nurtured in a quiet yet stimulating environment. Childhood is a time to be exposed to a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences to discover talents, ignite curiosity, passion and optimism. The ‘Early Years’ of schooling are when a child develops their self-esteem as a learner and this growth needs to be nurtured and developed with care and dedication. This crucial time is also when strong foundations in literacy and numeracy are built to ensure future success.
Thank you for your interest in our school.
Meet our Staff
Principal – Ms Ruth Biddle
Assistant Principal – Mrs Naomi Mori-Hanazono
Business Manager – Dr Rosella Dossi
Office Manager – Mrs Gillian Penfold
Foundation A – Miss Amelia Olsson & Ms Yuko Iida
Foundation B – Ms Yuko Iida & Miss Amelia Olsson
Foundation C – Mr Dan Thomas & Ms Kiko Watanuki
1A – Miss Joanne Ewart & Mrs Tomoko Smith
1B – Mrs Tomoko Smith & Miss Joanne Ewart
1C – Ms Kiko Watanuki & Mr Dan Thomas
2A – Miss Nozomi Koyama & Mr Tadashi Hanazono
2B – Mr Tadashi Hanazono & Miss Nozomi Koyama
2C – Mrs Maria Perrella & Mr Ryoki Fukaya
3A – Mr Nick Tolliday & Mrs Hisae Hatigan
3B – Mrs Hisae Hatigan & Mr Nick Tolliday
3C – Ms Keiko Harada & Mrs Maria Perrella
4A – Ms Alyson Wakely & Mr Eiji Nishikubo
45B – Mr Peter Magart & Mr Eiji Nishikubo
56A – Mr Brett Herskope & Ms Yukiko Shoya
56B – Mrs Maria Mathrew & Ms Yukiko Shoya
56C – Mrs Linda Ooi-Chan & Ms Yukiko Shoya
Miss Rebecca Wood – Art & PhysEd
Ms Akiko Hiraki – Drama & PhysEd
Ms Ryoko Yamaoka – Tutor
Ms Audra Simkus – Tutor
Mrs Honami Ando
Mrs Mayumi Cake
Mrs Mayu Harada
Mrs Wakana Karchnak
Mrs Kaoru Kruithof
Chaplain – Mrs Jenny Celle
Meet our School Council
2021-22 School Council
President: Dennis Moschoyiannis
Vice President: Adam Ward
Treasurer: Alex Lord
Secretary: Gemma Thomas
Executive Officer: Ruth Biddle (Principal)
Dr Nafisa Zabeen Ovi
Naomi Mori-Hanazono (Assistant Principal)
Huntingdale School Song Lyrics
Each day we learn
Each day we share
With courage in our minds
We try our best and help the rest
For everyone is kind
We come from near
We come from far
Together we all show,
Knowledge comes from diversity
Our cultures help us grow
Huntingdale Primary School
Where everyone one belongs
We welcome everyone,
We’re proud to sing our song.
Huntingdale Primary School
Where everyone one belongs
We welcome everyone,
We’re proud to sing our song
Meet our Student Leaders
2021 Year 6 Leaders
School Captains – Keitaro & Ellie
Honshu – Joey & Kenny
Hokkaido – Misha & Orlando
Shikoku – Billie & Rebecca
Kyushu – Rio & Crystal
Community Captains – Jamie, Mika & Lily
Environment Captains – Noemi, Satoshi & Takuma
Multimedia Captains – Rika, Hector, Mei & Lindsay
2021 Student Leadership Council Representative
56A Selina & Mancy
56B Oliver & Utano
56C Zalia & Hanna
4A Arush & Isla
45B Abby & Bianca
3A Kazuki & Ayra
3B Elin & Julia
3C Ivan, Albert & Jamie
2A Natsuki & Leo
2B Noa & Kazuto
2C Kathleen, Samaira & Georgia
School Vision & Values
In defining our Vision and Values for our school community it is essential we look to the future and the world and workplace our students will be entering as adults. Huntingdale’s vision is future oriented providing:
- Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
- Authentic language competency in an additional language (Japanese) and deep intercultural understandings
- Thinking skills to access, synthesise and transfer information in a 21st century knowledge economy
- High level personal and interpersonal skills to facilitate strong social connectedness and personal wellbeing
The following Values are central to the life of our school and all members of the school community are required to demonstrate:
- Personal Best
As a school community, we apply these attributes in our everyday interactions with one another and in the development of our programs and policies.
Our School Motto ‘Engaging Minds Together’ underpins the quality of our teaching and learning. When these three powerful words come together we have a way of working whilst also explaining why we all call Huntingdale ‘our school’.
‘Engaging’ the children each and every day in a safe and secure environment is a key focus for each and every one of us. We know that if the children are not feeling safe they are unable to engage fully with their learning. The key to engagement is curiosity and creativity and these are key elements in the children’s explorations and learnings each day at school.
‘Minds’ are what benefit from our unique bilingual education. Without the Japanese program there is a monolingual education but without the English program there is also a monolingual program. The academic rigour and the power of how we work at Huntingdale is in the careful curriculum planning that underpins the program as one whole. The neuroscience that lies behind our wellbeing and academic programs and the benefits of our bilingual education bring the ‘mind’ element.
‘Together’ we achieve more. The children in isolation will explore but require guidance and scaffolding. The children with a teacher achieve more through a gradual release of responsibility stemming from modelling through to independent application in a real life setting. The children, teacher, parents and families however are what truly achieve the greatest outcomes.
Our commitment to preparing our students for success in a global 21st century, through innovative teaching and learning programs, attracts students from both the local neighbourhood and a wide range of suburbs. The educational experience provided for students is multi-dimensional extending well beyond the physical parameters of the school. This is embodied in a diverse range of educational and cultural events in the broader community through excursions, in-school visits, family involvement, camps, overseas trip, international visitors and a range of individual, group and whole school performances.
Our students are taught through two languages, English and Japanese and view the world through an international lens. Our school has a reputation for strong academic achievement, authentic bilingual education, happy and engaged students, a dedicated, enthusiastic and professional staff and a highly supportive parent community.
You can learn more about our school by reading our Statement Of Values And School Philosophy. The school has a Lighthouse vision which can be accessed here. This was developed with input from School Council, parents, teachers and students. A document explaining each Lighthouse moments can be found here.
School Strategic Plan
Our school completed its 4 years review in Term 4, 2020 and it now has a New Strategic Plan.
The School Strategic Plan is the school’s statement to its community about what it stands for and intends to do over the next four years to improve student outcomes. It defines what the school values most and sets out the school’s goals and targets, key strategies for improvement, and therefore influences resourcing priorities.
See attached our School Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.
The Annual Report provides the community with information about the school’s performance in implementing their improvement strategies and how the school’s resources have been used as outlined in the School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan.
Annual Implementation Plan
The Annual Implementation Plan is our one year improvement plan based on goals in the School Strategic Plan.
One-year targets are developed as smaller steps towards achieving the broader targets set in the School Strategic Plan. The school then reports on the progress achieved to date through the Annual Report to the school community. See attached our Annual Implementation Plan for 2021:
Oakleigh Education Plan
The Oakleigh Education Plan will formally connect three local schools (one secondary and two primary) and will focus on sharing our teaching and learning resources. Celebrating the diversity of the community, inclusion and learning from each school’s expertise will also be a priority across the area.