Meet Our New Principal
Welcome to Mt Eliza Primary School
Kim has been so excited to recently join Mt Eliza Primary School (MEPS) as Principal. It has been a momentous start, with the area in Stage 4 lockdown and the challenge of running a school ‘virtually’. Kim has spent the last few weeks getting to know students, staff and families online and has shared her passions for learning, reading, music and cooking with the community. She has been incredibly impressed by the MEPS team and has already settled into the role.
As the Principal, Kim brings over twenty-five years’ experience in the education sector in international, independent and government schools, having previously enjoyed positions as Head of Junior School at Firbank Grammar, Brighton; Deputy Head and PYP Coordinator (Head of Curriculum) of Wardle House – Toorak College’s Junior School; and a member of the leadership team at Mount Eliza North Primary School. Prior to this, Kim spent over 10 years in Italy where she, her husband and their three children lived and worked. During this time, Kim continued her career as a professional singer as well as holding the position of Chair of Mathematics at the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR). Whilst in Italy, study tours to Reggio Emilia left an indelible impression and has inspired the child-centred lens through which she approaches education.
Kim returned to Australia in 2012 with a focus on community, a love of languages and exceptional food, and an authentic understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. Kim holds a Master in School Leadership and has completed The Advanced Leadership Program through Women and Leadership Australia, spurred on by her passion to promote leadership for young people. Kim is extremely excited about her role at Mt Eliza Primary School and is looking forward to developing strong relationships across the community.
Before and After School Care
Both our Before and After School Hours Program operates in the Community School House at Mt Eliza Primary School. Before School Care is from 7:00am till 8:30am, and our After School Program runs from 3:15pm till 6:00pm. The program includes a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities and the costs are kept to a very reasonable rate, with Government subsidies available to eligible families. Please click on the Camp Australia logo which will take you to our Mt Eliza Primary School registration page. Alternatively, please call (03) 8851 4100 for any queries or to enrol your child.
DET Reports, Policies and Protocols
Mt Eliza Primary School is located south-east of Melbourne at the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula. The School comprises 2.5 hectares of attractive gardens in a native treed setting. Excellent sporting facilities, including two multi-purpose facilities (the BER gym facility plus our original basketball stadium/hall), external courts and turf oval. There are extensive play spaces, adventure playgrounds and passive areas with shade cover.
Mt Eliza Primary School is over 130 years old but moved to its present site in 1929 when a one-roomed rural school was moved from Mordialloc as a facility in which to educate an increasing number of students. This building is now known as our “Old School House” which stands proudly at the front of the school. The building was saved from demolition in 2004 by a group of hard working and passionate members of our school community. Over the years many buildings have been added to accommodate more students. Our oldest wing was replaced in early 2019 with a new $2.9 million building. The school has also developed an extensive ‘Kitchen Garden’. There is a fully equipped kitchen in the BER building, run by a cooking specialist. These are both an integral part of our Mt Eliza Primary School Kitchen Garden Program operating in the school.
Parents and Teachers Association
The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) of Mt Eliza Primary School is made up of a mix of dedicated volunteer parents and teachers. Our goal is to promote the unique community spirit that thrives at our school and sets it apart from others. The PTA is responsible for organising events and fundraisers that enhance the students’ enjoyment and learning experiences, whilst raising much needed funds for many projects and equipment at the school.
Mt Eliza Primary School enjoys a reputation of having a friendly and welcoming environment for children and their families. Developing a sense of belonging in the school community is widely promoted and families of our school are encouraged to be as active as possible in many school activities, both educational and social.
The rewards of belonging to PTA are many – to see the joy on children’s faces at a school disco, the excitement of a raffle draw or enjoying a delicious treat on a special food day as part of the many special events that are organised throughout the year. Parents are included with many events too, with regular morning teas, Mother’s Day Lunch, Father’s Day Breakfast and the now ‘infamous’ Annual Trivia Night that is such a highlight on the school calendar.
Our school spirit is strong and the thanks must be directed to the school staff, our parents for supporting the many fundraising events and of course the greater business community. We are lucky to be part of a unique community in Mt Eliza that embraces and supports its local schools and PTA would not be able to raise the funds that it does without this partnership.
Joining PTA is a great way to get to know other like-minded parents at our school, many lifelong friendships are made and it is a great way to get to know more about our school, the needs of the students and have an opportunity to be involved in your own child’s education. New parents to our school often find that joining PTA is an easy way of meeting others, which can sometimes be daunting when moving to a new school or suburb.
PTA meetings are held each month, alternating between day and night meetings, parents who have younger children are very welcome to attend during the day time. Whilst a Committee is formed at the start of each year, new members are welcome at any stage and we encourage all parents to become as involved as possible.
The bonus of being a PTA member for both you and your children becomes apparent, by a real sense of belonging and pride in our school, teamed with the knowledge that you have helped create and shape its heart.
We encourage and welcome all parents to become involved in PTA, please contact the office for any additional information or details of meeting dates and times.
The School Council is the elected body responsible for controlling many details of School operations.
Consisting of the Principal, four Department of Education and Training (DET) members, eight members from the School community (non DET) and two co-opted members. The 15 Councillors give their time for the purpose of benefiting the entire School and many projects only come to fruition as a result of the efforts of the School Council and its members.
At the annual elections, half of the positions are declared vacant, giving each Councillor a two year term. Office bearers are elected annually at the March meeting. A full list of the members of the School Council is published in the School’s Newsletter after the annual elections. Please become involved in School activities and don’t hesitate to contact any School Council member with any concerns.
Each year, many students from Grade 6 are selected as Student Leaders. This process actually begins at the end of Grade 5, where interested students write letters and participate in interviews to demonstrate their abilities. Student Leaders assist and oversee the many areas of school activities and events throughout the year or to perform other school leadership duties. You may have had one assist you on a school tour! Our students in Grade 6 have the potential to become our;
- Communication Leaders
- Library Leaders
- Sports House Leaders
- SRC Leaders (Student Representative Council)
- ICT Leaders (Information and Communication Technologies)
- MEET Leaders (Mt Eliza Environment Team)
Our school takes action to become more environmentally sustainable through a Victorian Government initiative called ResourceSmart Schools. This is a free program offered by Sustainability Victoria that supports Victorian schools to embed sustainability across the school facilities, community and curriculum. Each year we aim to reduce our resource use (like electricity and water), minimise our waste and increase our indigenous plant and animal habitat in the school grounds.
A student-led environment team, called the Mt Eliza Environment Team (MEET), initiate events and activities throughout the year to educate and encourage us all to be resource smart, such as Go Green for Green Day; Recycling with Mondo and Walk, Ride, Scoot to school days. Senior MEET representatives are given the opportunity to participate in the Dolphin Research Institute Ambassadors’ program which aims to develop leadership in students around marine environmental issues.
At the moment the uniform shop on-site is closed. We will advise when it is possible to open the shop to the community. For your information, the Uniform Shop is operated by Fashion Clubwear and is normally open Mondays 8.30am – 11.00am and Wednesdays 2.00pm – 4.00 pm. Outside of these hours, an order form may be sent to the office with payment of cash or credit card. Orders are also able to be placed online through the link on our website. The orders will be completed when the shop is open and then delivered to the classroom. Unfortunately cheques cannot be accepted.