Buddies is a Mt Eliza PS program that was developed by our Wellbeing Team. Different classes are ‘buddied’ up across the school, for example; Prep classes are paired up with Grade 4 classes. Most classes begin by sharing lunch with their buddies or by reading together in our beautiful library. This builds positive relationships between students and allows a natural friendship to form. Throughout the year various activities are organised between the classes to help further these friendships and to support student interpersonal learning. We believe our Buddies program helps to make school transition a welcoming experience.
Grade 6 Market Day
For the past four years the Grade 6 students have hosted their own Market Day to raise funds. The money raised is split between; A charity of the Grade 6’s choice and a school project chosen by the students that is left as a legacy from the grade level. Please enjoy reading a student reflection about our 2019 Market Day.
On Thursday, 13th June, 2019 all of the Grade 6’s held a stall for Market Day. There were 19 different stalls, some food, some games and more! It took us 8 weeks to establish our stalls and took a lot of planning, trial and error and agreeing as a team. All of the stalls had to try and get sponsors anywhere they possibly could. As a group, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for any donations they made. There were only a few more days until Market Day and everybody was starting to stress to make sure everything was perfect! The day had arrived! When the bell had gone, we all started to set up for Market Day. It took us 2 hours to make sure everything was set up the way we wanted it. Finally, the bell had gone and now it was time for Market Day! People came rushing down to our stalls with their money in hands. In only an hour, some stalls had sold out of all their items! No matter who came to your stall, they had a great big smile on their face! Some people had a few complications but otherwise everything else went very well! This year all of the Grade 6’s made $7936.90! We would like to thank everybody who came to our 2019 Market Day. We hope that everybody enjoyed our Grade 6 Market Day as much as we did!
Students in Grades 4 to 6 participate in our annual Mt Eliza Primary Athletics Carnival at Ballam Park, Frankston. Students have the opportunity to participate in all events on the primary athletics program. Whilst the main aim of the day is participation, our carnival is also used to select our MEPS Athletics Team for District Competition.
All students from Prep to Grade 6 have the opportunity to participate in our House Cross Country day. Younger students are encouraged to participate and are led around the track by some senior students. The length of track increases with each year level, with our Seniors completing a similar distance to that of District Cross Country. There are medals presented to the top 3 place getters for both boys and girls in each year level/age group. Students in Grades 4 to 6 have the opportunity to represent MEPS at District Cross Country.
MEPS has been participating in the Human Powered Vehicle program for 3 years. The program is offered to students at MEPS in grades 5-6. The students train once a week, out of school hours and participate in various competitions throughout the year, culminating in the Energy Breakthrough Human Powered Vehicle Race, held in November in Maryborough, Victoria. This is one of the biggest events held for students in Australia with hundreds of schools participating, from primary through to senior secondary school.
The Energy Breakthrough is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an energy breakthrough. School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.
The Energy Breakthrough aims to;
- Provide an excellent technology project for students from FOUNDATION to VCE level
- Encourage young people to explore solutions to environmental and transport issues
- Provide an opportunity for women and girls to participate in what has traditionally been a ‘male’ dominated area of the curriculum
- Be a fun program with real world challenges
- Offer students opportunities to explore and address vehicle design, driving skills and vehicle and passenger safety issue.
Jogging Club – Start the day in an active way!
Jogging Club is held weekly on the school oval from 8.15am to 8.40am in Terms 2 and 3. Jogging Club is all about participation! We want to see as many students as possible out on the oval walking, jogging or running laps. Get your child to set themselves a goal and see if they can achieve it!
All the laps students complete are recorded on their own individual Jogging Club Card. Five laps of the school oval equals one kilometre. Awards are given out by our Sport Leaders if students reach 10km, 25km, 50km, 75km or 100km. Each week our Sport Leaders will also be looking for their ‘Runner of the Week’, someone who really challenges themselves and gives a great effort.
Jogging Club is a great way for children to start the day. It’s also great preparation for our School Cross Country in the middle of Term 2 and House Athletics in Term 3.
We hope to see lots of you there this year!
Why do Jogging Club?
- Regular physical activity enhances academic performance.
- Regular physical activity improves children’s mental health and contributes to their growth and development.
- Daily physical activity improves skeletal health, which in turn reduces their risk of developing osteoporosis in the future.
- It is important to educate, encourage and motivate students to participate in regular physical activity because the habits they establish in childhood carry over to adulthood.
- Participation in regular physical activity has a positive impact on behaviour and healthy lifestyles in students.
We are fortunate to have a bright, spacious and large library for our students and staff. It houses an excellent collection including up to date digital resources that assist student learning.
Our library is managed by our Librarian/Technician whom is supported by our Grade 6 Student Library Leaders. These leaders are students with a love of reading and have been selected to be ambassadors of the library. With guidance and support, students are empowered with a range of responsibilities that promote the importance of reading and the function of a library.
Our students have access to the library during their class session and during selected lunchtime sessions. They are able to access a wide variety of Fiction and Non-Fiction books with many of these being the most up to date books from the Children’s book council of Australia. We have a large collection of Lexile Literacy Pro readers to ensure children continue to enjoy reading that is relevant to their ability as well as their particular interest. We utilise the Wheelers eplatform which boasts a huge collection of ebooks enabling students to access our eLibrary anywhere, anytime, on multiple devices. Our students learn to value the library as an important learning tool. Library computers are equipped with various research and inquiry databases. Most importantly, our students foster a love of reading by having regular access to a welcoming and peaceful environment.
At Mt Eliza during Terms 2 and 3 we have a fantastic Lunchtime Clubs program. It is all possible due to the wonderful work of some dedicated students and staff. The Grade 5 students have all worked together in small groups to plan, organise and run a successful lunchtime activity during their own free time. We are extremely proud that our students and staff run these programs during their own lunchbreak with such positive success. The clubs are announced at the beginning of each lunchtime and below is an example of some of our excellent clubs available:
Here is an example of some of our excellent clubs available:
- Football Club
- Minecraft Club
- Dance & Gymnastics Club
- Arts & Crafts Club
- Mindfulness Club
- Kahootz Club
- Slime & Playdough
The Mt Eliza Environment Team (MEET) is a student organisation that meet on a regular basis to discuss and organise various ways in which we can care for our environment (and encourage others to do the same). There are 2 representatives from each class from Grades 3-6 that are chosen by their fellow students and their teachers. The MEET Team oversee recycling, ways in which we can conserve energy and ‘Nude Food’ lunches where students are encouraged to bring their lunch and playlunch in containers – with no paper or plastic wrapping. Senior MEET representatives are given the opportunity to participate in the Dolphin Research Institute Ambassadors ‘I Sea, I Care’ program which aims to develop leadership in students around marine environmental issues.
Mt Eliza Primary School offers a user-pays program in Instrumental Music. These sessions are run for half an hour during the school day and are run in small groups or individually. Steph Born teaches guitar, keyboard, rock band and singing. Concerts are held at the end of the year for parents to attend and individual children also perform at assemblies and in music classes.
Information regarding private tuition is available at the school office.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
At Mt Eliza Primary School we aim to empower student agency through leadership opportunities within the school that promote student voice. Our SRC program, for many students, is their first formal introduction to taking on a leadership role within the school. Led by a staff member from the Wellbeing and Engagement priority team, the SRC aims to impact upon four core areas of value; the MEPS school community (including school grounds and projects to promote student connection), our local community (inclusive of projects within Mount Eliza and the wider Bayside Peninsula Region), school sustainability and acknowledgment of First Nation’s culture. Projects initiated by the SRC are based upon feedback received from each class in the school. Through our innovative student-led working groups, the SRC leaders collaborate with student volunteers and the MEET team to implement projects that will benefit and improve school culture and the wider community.
At Mt Eliza Primary School our students from Grade Prep to Four are given the opportunity to participate in a week-long intensive swimming program held at the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) in Frankston. The PARC Schools program has been closely mapped to the Victorian Curriculum, offering each and every student the opportunity to fulfil the curriculum requirements at every stage. We travel to and from PARC on bus as a grade level group; with parents and carers able to meet us at PARC if they wish to come along and watch.
During the middle of Term 1, our Grade 5 and 6 students are involved in our very own beach program. Students spend time learning about being safe in the water and ‘having a go’ at many different activities such as; beach first aid, flags, beach cricket, surf skis and search & rescue. This wonderful event is organised, ran and supported by Staff, Parents and the Mt Martha Life Saving Club making it a true community event.
Every second year, our Grade 5 and 6 students have the chance to participate in Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness.
Walk & Ride to school
Each year Mt Eliza Primary School hosts their own Walk & Ride to school day. This is a culmination of Walk to school and Ride to school days, where students are encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to school. We have two meeting points for a “Walking School Bus” which involves teachers supervising students walking to school. This is a wonderful option for some families that may not be able to walk from their home to school; but are able to park further away and walk to school with their fellow students and staff. Prizes, healthy breakfasts, crazy helmets, funky shoe designs and house points have been past incentives and fun activities to compliment the day.
Whole School Concert
Mt Eliza Primary School stages a whole school concert, including a senior school production, every second year that involves every student in the school. These high quality productions are performed in front of an audience of over 1500 people over 2 nights at the Frankston Arts Centre. Most importantly, every student in our school gets the opportunity to put on full costume and make-up and be a part of this incredible event.