Parent Testimonials

“Our son found his voice at Essendene Lodge. He was made to feel welcome from the day he joined in Year 3 and the once rather shy boy threw himself into many of the activities the school offers: music, chess, drama, ski trips and even a netball match with the girls! We have seen his confidence grow not only on the sport field and academically, but also in himself. He has become part of the close-knit school community where everyone cares for everyone and whatever talent your child may not even know he or she has, is discovered and encouraged. He has had outstanding preparation for his secondary school exams and throughout the daunting process we as a family have had much-needed guidance and support from the head and his class teacher. Essendene is like a Tardis: you won’t believe how much goes inside.”

Mrs. Koetze

Our daughter came along to a taster day at Essendene in Year 3 and has never looked back. She felt at home immediately and could not wait to join. Since day one, Mae has bounced to school every day. She loves it and so do we. Most importantly, our little girl is very happy at school. Benefitting from a combination of superlative pastoral care and top-notch academic tuition, she is thriving in every way. Essendene is a small school with a huge heart and I do not hesitate to recommend it to any parent looking for a happy, yet high-achieving, family environment for their child’s primary education.

Mrs. Warner

“Essendene Lodge School provides a caring environment where children are encouraged and nurtured. Both our boys are learning at their own pace and throughly enjoy learning and school. Every Child Matters’ is often quoted in education, at Essendene Lodge it is true, each child really does matter.”

Mr. and Mrs. Berbuto

Mr. and Mrs. Berbuto

“When we were deciding on which school to send our children to we were looking for a nurturing, inclusive and unpretentious school environment with modest class sizes.  We wanted the teaching team to be approachable and have an opportunity to help shape the schools future.  Essendene Lodge School fits that bill completely.

Our children are very happy, love going to school, enjoy learning and take great pride in their own and their peers’ achievements.  What more can we ask for.”

Mr. And Mrs. McAllen

Mr. and Mrs. McAllen

“My 2 children have been coming to Essendene for more than 5 years, my youngest was signed up as ‘bump’ as we were that sure we had found the right place for them. I am so glad that we found Essendene, the sense of community is outstanding and my children are so very proud to be part of the school.”

Mrs. Murray

“Both of my children have enjoyed and benefitted from their time at Essendene Lodge immensely. The small class sizes are clearly of enormous academic benefit, while the care shown for the children by all the staff is to my mind even just as important. The school has a genuinely caring and family feel to it, while producing excellent academic results.”

Ms. Lochrie


“Shortly after my daughter started at Essendene Lodge School, she told me that she really didn’t like her old school. I asked her why she hadn’t told me this before, and she replied that she didn’t know how good school could be until she started at Essendene Lodge.”

Miss West