Dear students, parents and community members,

Welcome to your school! I am fortunate to lead the community of learners at Abbotsford Primary School. Our school has students and families from many cultures and backgrounds, as captured by our motto ‘Diversity in Learning’. I lead a team of highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers that are ‘diverse’ in their teaching approaches. The teachers I lead work together and in partnership with students and parents to ensure that everyone has opportunities for success.

I was honoured to be appointed as Principal of Abbotsford Primary School in 2013, after undertaking several different leadership roles in schools across Melbourne. I successfully completed a Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, and a Master of School Leadership in 2011. My background has been in implementing quality curriculum initiatives in schools, as well as building the capacity of teachers and leaders in the government school sector.

I lead a school that is an internationally recognised and celebrated Chinese / English bilingual school. Our school is the only primary school in Australia that offers a comprehensive and balanced Chinese/English language immersion learning approach. Additionally, our school is committed to improving the learning and wellbeing outcomes of every student in every aspect of school life. I am passionate about every student having the right to a quality education and I lead a team that constantly work towards ensuring this is the reality. The team I lead maximises the opportunities for all students for their future.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino announced in April 2016 that our school has been successful in obtaining a share of $15 million for design/planning funding for a complete school upgrade. Our community has been advocating for this for a number of years so that our facilities reflect the outstanding learning that takes place in our school. We are currently in the planning phase for a multi-million dollar facility upgrade.

Abbotsford Primary School is the right choice for your child if you have high expectations for their learning and social development. I encourage you to contact the office and arrange a time to meet me or the Assistant Principal, Elizabeth Sarroff, so we can show you our fantastic school in action. If you would like to participate in our school events, please email our school to receive our fortnightly newsletter so you can find the dates for our events that you are welcome join us for.

I look forward to meeting with you and your family.

Latham Burns