Our School


School Overview

Research Primary School is located in semi-rural surroundings on the north-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, within the Shire of Nillumbik. The school was established in 1889 during the gold mining days and has a present enrolment of about 180 students and increasing, we expect this to be around 200 – 220 students. The school has recently been upgraded with modern, architectural designed buildings and grounds. . 

Eltham is our nearest suburb, with Kangaroo Ground just beyond Research. The school is small enough to create a caring family atmosphere, yet has a sufficiently large student enrolment to enable us to offer a range of learning programs.

Our Vision

Research Primary School excites, engages and empowers our students.


It is compulsory for children to attend school from the age of 6 years. Children who reach the age of five years, on or before April 30, may commence school in February of that year, however it is advisable to discuss with the preschool teacher the ‘readiness’ of your child to begin school, especially if your child’s birthday falls near April 30.

How do I enrol my child in their first year of primary school:

  • Find your local school on find my school website (see below school zone)
  • Contact a government primary school to book a school tour.
  • Download the Foundation (Prep) enrolment information pack Foundation Prep Enrolment Information Pack Parents Carers
  • Complete an Enrolment Form (available from the school office) or by selecting the link Student Enrolment Form 2024 (PDF Version)
  • Provide proof of your child’s age (birth certificate, passport)
  • Provide Certificate of Immunisation (The certificate must be the Child’s Immunisation History Statement, available from www.humanservices.gov.au/onlineservices or by calling 1800 653 809)

If you wish to find out more about the school or would like to discuss an enrolment, please contact us on 9437 1917.

School Zone

Our school zone is available on ‘find my school’ https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/#school=1295901 which hosts the most up-to-date information on school zones in Victoria.

Students residing within our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. 

Our school manages enrolments using the placement policy https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/enrolment/guidance/placement-policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school if there are available places.

Becoming Involved


School Council

The composition of the School Council is: eight elected parent representatives, four teacher representatives, the Principal and two co-opted members as required. The School Council meets twice per term.

The committee system of School Council allows for the efficient running of council meetings whilst at the same time ensuring a fully informed planning and decision making process on all aspects of school life. These committees may include: Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Education, Fund Raising as well as occasional committees. Committees may co-opt additional members.

The Council meetings are open to interested parent observers. The School Council is vital to the successful running of the school and welcomes your support.

Parents and Friends Committee

Our Parents and Friends Committee (PFC) are wonderful and enthusiastic group of parents who offer tremendous support to all members of our school community. They meet regularly to plan fundraising activities, as well as assist us with the many jobs required to keep our school running smoothly. No job is too large for this fierce group of people, and they even have fun while doing it! They are always recruiting and can’t wait for you to join in the antics.

Activities: Mothers and Father’s day stalls, special lunches, so many BBQ’s, canteen, uniform and countless different fundraising events!

Canteen – The Parents and Friends Committee and our volunteer helpers provide Canteen lunches on a Friday every fortnight. Orders should be written on a brown paper bag, with the child’s name and grade marked clearly. Money should be placed securely in the bag. The canteen also offers over-the-counter sales every Tuesday at lunch time and on alternate Friday along with lunch orders. Volunteers are always welcome and calls for helpers are published regularly in the weekly school Newsletter.

Click here to download the school Canteen Price List Canteen Price List 2023 Feb

School Uniform – The uniform shop is also operated by the Parents and Friends Committee. Click here to download a Uniform Order Form UNIFORM ORDER FORM 2023



‘It is not ok to be away’! Attendance at primary school is compulsory and it is recorded daily with an explanation by parents required in order to meet department regulations.  Please either telephone the school or let us know through COMPASS (our electronic system) if your child is absent and why.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing

Our school philosophy and statement of values demonstrates our approach to student engagement and wellbeing (you can find it in the download section). We pride ourselves on being a calm and proactive environment where we guide our students through restorative practices when things go wrong.  We aim for our students to learn from and rectify their mistakes and we work together with parents to do this.

We use our Community Champions program to reward student who are demonstrating positive behaviors such as respect and excellence.