Erasmus Primary School, Hawthorn

Erasmus Primary School is an independent, non-denominational primary school that draws on some of the great philosophic traditions from across the world.
School Founded
Student Numbers
up to 250
Year Levels
$9,027 - $13,840

40 Lisson Grove

We are one of only 11 Renaissance schools worldwide.

Our focus is the cultivation of every aspect of the child – body, mind, heart and spirit. We offer an ambitious and creative curriculum including philosophy, meditation and mindfulness as a way of nurturing these four aspects. All staff and students eat together every day, enjoying a freshly prepared vegetarian morning tea and lunch where children are taught to serve each other before serving themselves. The school has around 125 students and is based in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

The first Renaissance School was established in London in the 1970s – St James Schools London. Since then others have been established around the world. Erasmus Primary School was first established in 1996 by theSchool of Philosophy Melbourne. A group of teachers and parents inspired by the philosophy teachings wanted to offer traditional education grounded in philosophy to children. Since its inception in 1996, Erasmus Primary School has been dedicated to using philosophy in education.

At Erasmus Primary School, we recognise the power of attention as the master key to the development of your child. Focused attention brings stillness, intelligence, happiness, courage and every virtue that is needed for the discovery and development of your child’s talent – be it academic, artistic, physical or emotional. We use simple mindfulness exercises to help focus the mind and enable your child to develop an inner quiet, strength and steadiness. They are then able to attend to the task at hand with greater application.

At the heart of all we do at Erasmus Primary School is the desire to provide your child with what they need to flourish and live a civilised and cultured life for the good of society. This means developing a character that is caring, thoughtful, resilient, happy, effective and disciplined.

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An Erasmus education gives each student the opportunity to thrive and flourish according to his or her own unique talents.

We provide a thorough, systematic grounding in Literacy and Numeracy. Other subjects include Philosophy, Thinking and Learning, Health & Physical Education, Science, History and Geography. We take a classical approach to languages including studies in Sanskrit and Latin. A diverse palette of visual and performing arts programs includes Art, Music, Drama, Dance and activities such as Needlework and Woodwork. These pursuits greatly assist in the development of intellectual and cognitive skills, self-expression and fine and gross motor skills.

Special Needs
Co-Curricular Activities
Creative Arts
Student Health and Wellbeing
Gifted and Talented
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
Outdoor MultiPurpose Sporting Courts

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