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john henry primary school

Unique in its status as a state-of-art Educational facility, John Henry Primary School seeks to be at the forefront of education for the Pakenham Community. As a new State Primary School, it offers outstanding facilities for the delivery of both its educational programs and community ventures.

John Henry Primary School Vision

“At John Henry Primary School, we strive to provide the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities for our community.”

Statement of Citizenship

John Henry Primary School statement of citizenship addresses the rights and responsibilities of each member of the John Henry Primary School Community.  The statement of citizenship is as follows:

“A citizen of John Henry Primary School is anyone who works within the school grounds. This includes students, teachers and all other members of our school community.  At John Henry Primary School, we endeavour to create the best possible learning and working environment for all citizens. This statement applies to all John Henry Primary School citizens.”

Citizens of John Henry Primary School aspire to reflect the highest moral and ethical standards. Achievement is of great importance but how we behave is just as significant. The core of citizenship at John Henry Primary School is one of respect. Respect not only means the way we speak to each other, but the way we treat each other and each other’s property. Within the school, true citizenship requires the understanding of these ideals.


Staff and students are privileged to work at John Henry Primary School. Communication, respect and teamwork are necessary for teachers and students of all backgrounds, race, religion or gender, for it leads to a friendly and effective environment. It is essential to be who you are and allow others to be who they are.


The “Mind, Body, Spirit” philosophy covers the primary pillars of the John Henry Primary School values for its citizens. Mind refers to academic performance, Body is sporting involvement and Spirit is wider school involvement. It is through a balance in these three key aspects that a person makes the most of their time at John Henry Primary School.


At John Henry Primary School there is a wide diversity in leadership roles; students and staff have the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, these positions. Leaders of John Henry Primary School lead by example, further developing their maturity, integrity and appreciation for each other.

Honour the Work

It is important to ‘Honour the Work’ and support each other in the process. Staff and students have a strong passion for their work and go about it in a productive manner. Students always produce to the best of their ability just as their teachers provide the best feedback possible.


Great care is taken in handling the property of other people and the School. People’s belongings as well as school facilities are looked after in order to maintain trust between citizens. Care and respect between citizens and their property are vital for John Henry Primary School to work towards the future.

Guiding Principles

John Henry Primary School is committed to developing learners:

John Henry Primary School is committed to development of RESPECTFUL citizens:

John Henry Primary School is committed to the development of RESPONSIBLE citizens:

John Henry Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment for all students by:

Student Expectations and Responsibilities

Students should expect:

Students have the responsibility:

STAFF Expectations and Responsibilities

Staff should expect:

Staff have the responsibility:

Parent Expectations and Responsibilities

Parents should expect:

Parents have the responsibility: