Rutherglen Network

Rutherglen High School is a government secondary school providing an excellent education, and a broad range of pathways into further education, or employment, for the students of Rutherglen and surrounding communities. Rutherglen High School (enrolment 286) is situated in North-East Victoria servicing the rural townships of Rutherglen, Springhurst, Chiltern, Wahgunyah and the surrounding farming communities. As a secondary school, we provide a coherent and structured education for students from Year 7 through to Year 12. We are educating students for their future as both local and global citizens, and ensuring that they have a pathway that is meaningful to them on completing their education. Paramount in all of this is our continued focus on developing and improving both our teaching and our curriculum to meet the ongoing needs of our students. Literacy and numeracy needs are a key component of this ongoing focus. The school’s small size enables us to really get to know our students and provide for them as learners as well as young people, and to build their connectedness to their learning and to their wider community. The School atmosphere is supportive, caring and friendly. Parental involvement is welcomed and high value is placed on the home/school partnership. The School also encourages and enjoys strong links with the community including our rural feeder schools. Our size and our relationships with our primary schools, the school community, parents and caregivers are all factors that allow us to work towards developing an effective literate community.


In 2016, the three feeder schools involved in The Best of Both Worlds included Rutherglen Primary School, Springhurst Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School.

All the Primary Schools in our network are highly regarded small to medium sized rural schools. Rutherglen Primary School, Springhurst Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Chiltern Primary School and Wahgunyah Primary School all share a desire to work towards the best possible opportunities and outcomes for their students, believing the development of self-esteem and confidence is an integral part of their students’ development. All cite Literacy as one of the core considerations in the educational outcomes of their students.

Rutherglen Primary School is Rutherglen’s largest Primary School and the oldest school, with historical links to the town and community. The school offers an exciting and well-planned curriculum and a well-rounded education that challenges students to be a part of a cooperative environment and to develop skills of interdependence and independence. The school focuses on developing the values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Empathy with all members of the school community and it plays an integral role in celebrating the township of Rutherglen.

Springhurst Primary School is a small rural school situated in an attractive, semi-rural environment just off the Hume Freeway between Wangaratta and Chiltern. It serves a local community and offers a learning environment that caters for all learning styles. Their intention is to stimulate and challenge their students to enable them to reach their full potential as individuals, members of our community and as citizens of the world. The school has a long history of community support and their families are an integral part of their small but committed learning community.

St Mary’s Primary School is the local Catholic School in Rutherglen and they have welcomed the opportunity to be a part of the project. They believe the role of the school environment must be diverse, collaborative, practical, supportive and sustainable to allow for all 21st century learning styles. They, like the other Primaries have a strong support network involving parents and community.

In 2017, Chiltern Primary and Wahgunyah Primary will join us in working towards a shared approach to promoting literacy in our schools through The Best of Both Worlds project.

Chiltern Primary School is a small rural school situated in the historic North East Victorian town of Chiltern. The town is located off the Hume Highway 30 kms from the provincial city of Albury -Wodonga. Chiltern Primary School is an essential hub of the community. The school is an inclusive school where staff know their students, understand their learning needs and ensure each child is engaged in meaningful learning experiences. The school values underpin the learning of the students both academically and socially.

Wahgunyah Primary is a small rural school in the town of Wahgunyah on the Murray River in Victoria. It was built in 1857 on a parcel of land given to the people of Waygunyah by John Foord. In 2013 the school started on their journey to become a 'KidsMatter' school; a school that values and includes all students, staff, and community and invites them to join in the journey to establish a positive learning community.

More information about Rutherglen High School and each Primary School and details about their philosophies and approaches can be found on their respective websites.


Kerrie Ware - Rutherglen Network Coordinator

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This project is no longer running.

For further information please phone: 9411 8500



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