About Us

School Profile

Greythorn Primary School would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. Our school is located on the land of the Wurundgeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to their cultures and to elders past, present and emerging.


Greythorn Primary School serves the educational needs of families in the area of North Balwyn. The school opened in 1953 and occupies a site of just over two hectares with sweeping views to the city.


The current enrolment of 460 students is accommodated in 20 fully air-conditioned classrooms. Additional facilities include a resource centre/library, a multi-purpose sports and learning centre, a school hall, a well-equipped art room, Languages - French and English as an Additional Language rooms, a Discovery (science) Centre, extensive outdoor play areas and adventure playground and an Out of Hours Care Program (Their Care).


Greythorn Primary School, ‘working together’ with its community, has the expectation that all students will pursue excellence whilst acquiring a lifelong love of learning and the skills and attitudes necessary to contribute successfully in our global society. Our pedagogical focus is to create an environment where students are encouraged to take risks, ask questions and seek answers to stimulate their curiosity. Students are supported to develop the strategies and confidence to engage in all tasks, demonstrating a sense of purpose and a zest for life.


Our dynamic learning environment encourages students to become active learners, acquire and practise higher order thinking skills and utilise Information and Communication Technology skills. ICT hardware including PC’s, laptops, individual iPads and netbooks form part of the learning tools available to all students. Our school seeks to support students’ learning through 21st century learning programs. 


Providing leadership opportunities and developing students’ social competencies is a priority at Greythorn. The school culture is influenced by a common purpose that we need to continue to acknowledge and pursue high performance whilst embedding a social framework to support students on their learning journey. Our school is committed to child safety, including all school environments and outside of school hours.

Strong parent-school partnerships enable parents to participate in all aspects of school life. This partnership promotes a cooperative school culture where a spirit of mutual respect is evident. Parent participation complements and extends the quality programs provided by the staff.



Greythorn Primary School, 'working together' with its community seeks to optimise the potential of each child, as they grow to become life-long learners, who are confident, responsible citizens with a sense of connectedness, purpose and zest for life.



Greythorn Primary School has a distinctive ethos, where excellence is encouraged and recognised, diversity is embraced and students, staff and parents work together with energy and a unified vision.  The school's philosophy, policies and motto 'Working Together' reflect our core values of pride, optimism, respect and integrity.


Our belief in strong parent-school partnerships enables our parents to participate in all aspects of school life.  This partnership gives rise to a cooperative school culture, where a spirit of mutual respect is evident.  Parent and community participation complements and extends the quality programs provided by the staff.  Extensive staff training and Professional Development programs promote a commitment to continuous improvement in maximising student achievements.

We believe that all students can and will learn and grow in self- confidence and esteem as a result of:

  • becoming motivated, self-extending, independent, life-long learners
  • achieving mastery of the curriculum
  • acquiring decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • being encouraged to display initiative and accept challenges in learning
  • working together effectively as part of a team