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.


Enrolments for 2025 are now open!

Our Principal, Fiona Vale, would love to take you on a personal tour of our beautiful, community school.

On the tour,  you will see our classroom programs in action including specialist classes of Science and Technology, Library, Physical Education and Art.  Our Project Based Learning Program and space is also one of interest. The award winning facilities and our children’s connection to the peaceful environment will capture your heart!  The tour will also give you the chance to discuss any specific questions that relate to your child and help us to establish a safe and nurturing relationship prior to enrolment.

Please call our office on 9437 1917 to book your tour.

Prep enrolments

The Department of Education has a statewide Foundation (Prep) enrolment timeline.

The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government primary school, including Research Primary School.

You can find information and resources about the enrolment timeline at: Enrolling in Foundation (Prep).

Research Primary School Enrolment Form: Student Enrolment Form 2024 (PDF Version)

Our School Zone

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au 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 based on your permanent residential address.

Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places.

For more information, you can:

If you are not within our zone please call the office for further information on our 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 – RPS Canteen Menu FEB 2024

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 April 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.