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
Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth
We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.
Camp Australia programs are centred on child enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.
Camp Australia recognises that children need a different experience in term time to the experience they have on their holidays. Families can choose Your OSHC for before and after school experiences during term, or Rocketeers during the holidays.
Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires
At Your OSHC by Camp Australia, every before school, after school and pupil free day program is tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play, creative expression and more - they believe in learning through experience so that each child can grow.
Rocketeers – Extraordinary Holiday Adventures
Rocketeers by Camp Australia is a space for children to escape the ordinary and experience the extraordinary during their school holidays. Every school holiday break is a new mission for children to embark upon. With carefully designed programs, directed by the children and informed by family feedback, no two days are the same with Rocketeers. Experiences planned could include games, arts & crafts, sport, excursions, cooking, coding and more.
DET Reports, Policies and Protocols
Department of Education and Training Policies
Employment Checks Policy: The Department of Education and Training (the Department) and school councils have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all children and employees, and to maintain the security of assets by requiring and maintaining high standards of professional conduct from employees and volunteers. In meeting these responsibilities, the Department and school councils must be satisfied that only those employees and volunteers who meet the highest standards of probity and suitability are employed. Such assessments may include reference or referee checks, medical assessments, qualification verification, a criminal record check and/or a Working With Children Check.
Enrolment Policy: Our school zone is available on which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. Students residing in our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. The Department provides guidance through the to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
Equal Opportunity Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, the Department is committed to providing safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces which are free from discrimination and harassment. Equal opportunity means that every person can participate freely and equally in areas of public life such as in the workplace, in education or in accessing goods and services. Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably or bullying them because of a personal characteristic protected by law.
The policy is available at this address: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/equal-opportunity/overview
Head Lice Policy: This policy sets out the requirements for schools to prevent and control the transmission of head lice.
Hire Of Facilities Policy: Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act), school councils have the power to enter into agreements with third parties for the use of school facilities when they are not required for ordinary school purposes. The proposed use must be for the purpose of educational, recreational, sporting or cultural activities for students, the local community or young persons. Any other purpose requires the Minister’s approval.
Local Mobile Policy: The mobile phone policy for all government schools specifies phones brought to school must be switched off and stored securely during the school day. The link for the policy is: www.vic.gov.au/mobile-phones-schools
In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law).
This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.
The link for the policy is: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/schoolsprivacypolicy.aspx
Respectful Behaviours Within The School Community Policy: This policy outlines the shared roles of parents, carers and school staff in creating a positive environment for learning. There are also other policies that set out clear standards of behaviours that are specific to school staff and students. When parents/carers and school staff work together as one team, our students do better. Victorian Government schools want to work with parents and carers to achieve this. The expected standards of behaviours apply to different school settings. This includes at school events, camps, excursions, outdoor activities, online learning and other places online related to schools.
Restraint And Seclusion Policy: This policy outlines when physical restraint and seclusion are permitted to be used in Victorian government schools and lists practices that are not permitted to be used in Victorian government schools. This policy details reporting and notification requirements and the responsibilities school and Department staff have in relation to incidents of physical restraint and seclusion.
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 Year 6 are selected as Student Leaders. 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 Year 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)
We are so proud of our new Year 6 Leaders as they received their badges at assembly this week. The Communication Leaders did an impressive job leading the assembly in such a professional manner. They warmly welcomed the Preps who were attending for the first time.
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.
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.