School Profile and History of the Hunt Club
The land that the Hunt Club estate is being developed on was once host to the Melbourne Hunt Club, home of Melbourne’s equestrian elite. The Melbourne Hunt Club was founded by George Watson in 1853 and moved to its present location in the 1920’s. The club attracted many big profile and notable riders and was reocognised as the best in Australia.
The property spanned in the order of 70 hectares and included kennels to house the foxhounds and a clubhouse for social gatherings after races. The Annual Melbourne Hunt Club Ball was a highlight and held in high regard along with many highly social affairs, attracting the Governor and as many has 300 socialites from around the country.
From the 1920’s to 1995, the Melbourne Hunt Club thrived on tradition and its success relied on passing the sport on to generations. The remaining original jumps and brush fencing now live on at the Cranbourne Pony Club, after being donated by the Dennis Family Corporation.
Development of the estate first started in 2000, and the first allotment was sold in 2001. Today the estate covers an area over 211 hectares and provides three distinct open space areas featuring wetlands, the restored Hunt Club Gardens and a lake for residents to enjoy.
Cranbourne East Primary School is an exciting state of the art facility built under the Partnerships Victoria in Schools Project (PViS), which opened at the start of 2011. The school is built for a long-term student enrolment of 450 students, however due to ongoing and rapid enrolment growth this figure has been surpassed with current enrolment at 1234 students. It is likely the school will continue to experience rapid enrolment growth.
A differentiated, inclusive and co-teaching curriculum model is implemented to meet the diverse needs of all students. This model is child centred and operates in a learning environment that encapsulates complimentary alignment of space, pedagogy, belief and values. The cutting edge, purpose-designed facilities reflect a twenty-first century educational approach to teaching and learning through the provision of open flexible learning areas capable of catering for a range of student groupings.
The core purpose is to help children grow into lifelong learners and future citizens. The school is a place that encourages and enables professional learning and effective teamwork as well as developing a strong, welcoming and inclusive school community.
Cranbourne East Primary School is a place of outstanding learning and professional practice. It is a happy, exciting and engaging information technology rich learning environment where student centred learning occurs. The learning programs are led by professional, collaborative teams who make a real difference in meeting the needs of each and every student at a local level within a global setting. Staff at all levels work towards a shared vision with the local community to create a school environment that is cooperative, caring, encouraging of community involvement and which celebrates diversity and success.
All staff at Cranbourne East Primary School are on a journey of continuous learning and reflection to contribute to the evolution of a learning community. Staff possess the capacity to deliver the levels of energy, enthusiasm and flexibility to respond to the many exciting challenges that a dynamic and vibrant school entails. Individually and collectively staff have a shared belief that they possess the ability to contribute to the creation of a school of excellence.
The school facility brings together the best in contemporary educational design and Key features of the school include high expectations for all learners, high quality teaching and innovative learning opportunities based on personalised and inquiry-based learning, well-resourced programs, environmental sustainability and high level parent and community involvement.
The building is designed around innovative learning spaces and flexible multipurpose learning neighbourhoods. In addition, there are cutting edge Performing Arts and Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning spaces, a Learning Resource Centre, Music studio, technology rich resource hubs (notebook computers, iPads, interactive TV’s), football oval and soccer pitch, and indoor gymnasium. There are two sheltered playgrounds as well as a Pirate Ship playground and sandpit, and environmental wetlands.
Cranbourne East Primary School is located in the Hunt Club Estate in one of the fastest growth areas in the South Eastern growth corridor. The school is located at No 2 Bowyer Avenue (Melways ref 134D4).
The school is co-located with Cranbourne East Secondary College, Marnebek Specialist School (Outpost) and shares facilities including the gymnasium, theatre, soccer ground and football oval. Shared-use facilities are a valued feature of this school site. A three-room kindergarten and maternal health centre and sports pavilion have been constructed by the City of Casey adjacent to the school site.