Letting every child’s light shine
Our visitors often comment on the welcoming atmosphere and great sense of community at Erasmus School, and what a delight it is to meet our pupils. Parents of past pupils say their children have been well prepared for a lifelong journey of discovery, developing and sharing their unique gifts. Our wish for every child in our care is encapsulated in our school motto: ‘Lux Luceat Vestra’ – Let Your Light Shine.
We aim to provide a highly effective, broad and balanced, values-based education for primary school children in which integrity and service are paramount. We aim to nurture the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical development of every child, by drawing out the knowledge and happiness present within.
Our programs build the foundations for scholarship and good citizenship and cultivate an appreciation of the connectedness of all humanity. Knowledge and wisdom from both West and East are incorporated across the curriculum, enabling us to foster a love of truth and justice. Families of various faiths, and those with no specific tradition, come together to share an education that acknowledges God and the innate and divine intelligence of the natural world.
The Board of Governors is responsible for establishing policy, ensuring the school operates on a sound basis, and ensuring the Principal and staff are properly supported in their endeavours. The Principal attends the Board of Governors meeting ex-officio. The Principal is responsible for the daily management of the School, including appointment of staff, formulation of the curriculum and teaching. He leads a team of experienced and dedicated teachers with local and international experience. Many of the teachers are students of the Melbourne School of Philosophy, and all teachers participate in philosophy education as well as external professional development courses.
History and International Affiliation
Erasmus School was established in 1996, with the foundation being the Guiding Principles established in the 1950s by Leon MacLaren, a 20th century philosopher and educator. These principles remain current today and are shared by our affiliated schools worldwide including: St James Schools (London), John Colet School (Sydney), Philosophy Day School (New York), St James School (Johannesburg), The Renaissance School (Trinidad), Ficino School (Auckland), John Scotus School (Dublin).
Principles of Education
The core principles of education upheld by Erasmus School, true to our founding Guiding Principles, are to teach by example and to feed all aspects of the child – body, mind, heart and spirit. To provide children with freedom, happiness and prosperity throughout their lives, primary schools need to provide the finest materials possible. Our approach constantly brings us back to those methods that have stood the test of time, and are able to take us forward, nourishing the four aspects common in every human being.
Firstly, we provide healthy food and exercise, including delicious, healthy meals prepared and served each day for the children in the company of their peers and teachers. Our physical education includes sport and dance for boys and girls.
Secondly, for the mind the children thrive on systematic studies (including some rote learning) in mathematics, grammar and science.
Thirdly, for the heart the children participate in music, art, singing, dance and drama and regularly hear about great men and women throughout time.
Fourthly, for the spirit: we acknowledge and nurture this dimension which is the same in every child, whatever their cultural heritage. It is this sameness which provides a strong sense of unity, enabling the children to learn to love their neighbour as they love themselves. This dimension is the essence of education.
Excursions, Incursions and Camps
During the year classes attend excursions and incursions that increase their experiences and knowledge of subjects covered in class. Examples include Sovereign Hill, Melbourne and Werribee Zoos, Planetarium, Aquarium, Skylab, Ballet and Opera Australia. Incursions also provide inspiration and include visits by scientists, performers, and other great men and women in our society. Years 4, 5 and 6 are taken on a camp each year. Previous camps have been held at Wilson’s Promontory, Camp Manyung, Skiing at Mt Hotham, Camp Howqua and the Year 6 Leadership Camp. Indicative costs are available from Reception.
After School Activities
At the beginning of each term a timetable is emailed to families providing details of the activities offered. Activities vary and may include art, chess, choir, dance, drama and tennis.
Uniform: Our uniform reflects a sense of unity. As such, children are required to wear full regulation school uniform at and to and from school. Many parents and visitors comment how wonderful it is to see children looking so smart and clearly taking care of, and pride in, their uniforms.
Morning tea and lunch are freshly prepared on site daily. Meals are vegetarian, mostly organic and are of fine quality. All children and staff sit down and eat together. The provision of a nutritious, wholesome lunch is an important feature of the Erasmus School day and helps support parents in developing the children’s good health and eating habits.
Homework helps to develop consistent study habits. Children are given homework Monday to Thursday night, and occasionally on weekends.
Children discover the joys of service from their first day at Erasmus School. They are encouraged to widen their awareness and see the needs of others. For example, at lunch, children and adults serve each other. Eating in such a way tends to change lunch from a personal activity to a communal one. Once the meal is completed, classes help with clearing and cleaning the lunch tables, once again broadening the awareness. Parents and friends of the School provide wonderful role modelling to the children as they help to prepare and serve food, and to clean up at the end of the meal. The children also learn by example seeing parents fulfilling service roles daily around the School including laundry, cleaning, gardening, maintenance and flower arranging. Each class performs other scheduled tasks twice a week, cleaning their own classroom as well as another part of the School. They learn age-appropriate, basic skills in cleaning and are encouraged to work quietly, with care and attention.
We invite you to contact our Registrar for more information.