About Us

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Mulgrave Primary School.

Established in 1879, Mulgrave Primary School brings a proud history and tradition and blends it with 21st century teaching and learning best practice. Our school boasts a strong sense of ‘community’. Teachers, parents and students work together to ensure that we offer the best teaching and learning opportunities for all of our students. Our quality programs seek to identify the individual learning needs of every child and teach accordingly so that all students are provided with the opportunity to reach their individual potential.  We offer a broad range of timetabled Specialist programs including Science, Physical Education, Music, Visual and Performing Arts and Spanish. The school is very well resourced with ample computer technology and curriculum resources to meet the needs of all of our students through a collaborative approach to teaching and learning.

Our school offers a warm learning environment where every student is catered for. Our aim is to engage every child at their point of need and to work with parents to deliver excellent academic outcomes each and every year. Our school vision is:

To nurture a collaborative environment that enhances knowledge and supports social, emotional and academic growth; maximising our potential to become effective members of our learning community.

 It is my hope that any visitor to Mulgrave Primary School can see this vision coming to fruition through our actions and through the development of all of our students. In addition, the school aims to be as accessible as possible and I am always happy to meet with parents and students to discuss their individual needs. Recently we have also implemented several tools to assist our parent community – Apps such as Qkr! and Flexibuzz and Online Booking systems such as schoolinterviews.com.au are designed for convenience and enable parents to process payments, receive communication and access meeting scheduling from home.

 I welcome families to come and see the school at any of our advertised school tours or, if preferred, through a private tour by appointment.

Mr. Charles Spicer

Principal

Telephone – 03 9795 2477

Mulgrave Primary School

Mulgrave Primary School is set on beautiful, spacious grounds with lots of room for children to play and interact with each other. Facilities at the school have been upgraded over the past few years, with significant improvements still to come, including a new competition sized stadium and performing arts space.

A major focus at the school is teaching to the individual point of need for every child and our timetabled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program which our students thoroughly enjoy.

Each classroom has a digital television that provides teachers with a powerful tool to both inspire and motivate students to be engaged in their learning. We also have a generous number of computers in each classroom, as well as having portable devices such as netbook computers, laptops and ipads for student use. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide these resources for students in our care.

Enrolments at the school are increasing each year. In 2019 we have 19 grades and a student enrolment of just over 400, including 4 Foundation classes of 17 students. We anticipate approximately 435 students in 2020. All children are involved in sporting programs and Preps attend PMP sessions (Perceptual Motor Program) to assist them in developing strong gross motor skills, good balance etc. The school offers a swimming program, camp program, student leadership programs, extra curricula activities including lunchtime activities and the opportunity to learn a second language – Spanish.

At Mulgrave Primary School, we have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy to ensure that all children have the fundamentals of learning established. We focus on catering for individual needs and work closely with our families on the learning journey. Transition Programs for children due to start school in 2020 will commence in July and we are already taking enrolments for 2021 and 2022. We pride ourselves in providing a quality transition program that ensures children are well-prepared and confident when they embark on their first experience of schooling. Please visit the enrolment part of our website for more information about our 2019-2020 Transition Program.

If you would like more information about Mulgrave Primary School or you would like to arrange a tour, please contact the school at any time. Group tours are available; please contact the office for all bookings.

Other appointment times can be arranged by consultation with our Principal, Charles Spicer.

 

 

Staff

 

PRINCIPAL

Charles Spicer

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Stuart Hattwell

LEADING TEACHER

Tom Boyle

BUSINESS MANAGER

Suzy Shaw

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Christine Miller

PREP

Le-Buu Ly

Marija Kusturic

Erica Shaw

Tania Lavcanski

Grade 1

Hannah Brown

Tim O’Neill

Alyssa Toulios

Grade 2

Nathan Giles

Georgia Lay

Tracy Turner/Stuart McIlwraith

Grade 3

Hayley Brown

Merrilee Christoforou

Janet Melnyk

Grade 4

Kerry Batt

Nicola Weerakoon & Tom Boyle

Grade 5

Ben Rosewall

Lucinda Truesdale

Grade 6

Stephanie Koble

John Stokes

MUSIC 

Sally Bush

SCIENCE

Stuart McIlwraith

LOTE

Lydia Gonzalez

ART

Sandra Teghil

P.E. – SPORT

Tim O’Neill

STUDENT WELL-BEING OFFICER

Ali Hardaker

EDUCATION SUPPORT

Viki Ali

Liz Hodder

You Meng Hooi

Rebecca Storan

Tien Sumarni

Marina Vujmilovic

 

Curriculum

The National Curriculum using AusVels is currently being implemented in some subject areas this year. In 2013, English, Mathematics, Science and History will be reported on against the new curriculum. The other areas are still in progress. The VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards) has provided the basis for curriculum planning in Victorian Schools for years prep to10 and for reporting on student achievement in recent years.

 

The Standards work on five educational principles that underpin schooling for all students.
They are:

  • Learning for all: the belief that all students can learn given sufficient time and support, and that good schools and good teaching make a positive difference.
  • Pursuit of excellence: seeking to accomplish something noteworthy and admirable individually and collectively, and perform at their best.
  • Engagement and effort: acknowledging that student ability is only one factor in achievement, and if students work hard and make an effort they improve.
  • Respect for evidence: seeking understanding and truth through structured inquiry and the application of evidence to test and question beliefs.
  • Openness of mind: being willing to consider a range of different views and consider different ways in which evidence is perceived and solutions can be reached.

 

There are three strands in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards that define what students should know and be able to do at different stages of learning.
They are:

  • Physical, Personal and Social Learning: such as health and physical education and civics and citizenship
  • Discipline-based Learning: of subjects such as the arts, economics, English, mathematics, geography and history
  • Interdisciplinary Learning: covering Communication and Information Technology.
  • Standards for different years

Each Standard describes what students are expected to know and be able to do at that level, and how well they should know and be able to do it. Schools aim to give students the life skills to manage themselves as individuals and in relation to others, understand the world in which they live, and act effectively in it.

The Standards focus on the knowledge and skills of the student. Student behaviour is observed by teachers and included in student reports.

Over the 11 years of compulsory schooling, The Standards are set at six levels that recognise the differing learning needs of students. These levels are generally associated with the following year levels:

  • Level 1 – Prep
  • Level 2 – Years 1 and 2
  • Level 3 – Years 3 and 4
  • Level 4 – Years 5 and 6
  • Level 5 – Years 7 and 8
  • Level 6 – Years 9 and 10

Standards are set at a challenging level, not minimum competence, to suit the age and developmental stages of students. This helps to ensure that students are stretched to learn, rather than doing work they find easy.

More information
For more information, you can contact the school, see: Schools Online or Region

Facilities

Mulgrave Primary School provides very spacious grounds for our students to enjoy. The school provides a large open play space for field games including a football field, two soccer pitches and two hardcourts that can cater for basketball, netball, tennis and other sports. In addition, Mulgrave Primary School has commenced construction on a new competition sized netball and basketball stadium that will also cater for futsal and include a performing arts space, canteen and new toilets. The new stadium is set for completion in late 2020. This adds to our existing facilities that include a library, art room, STEM centre and classrooms for performing arts and Spanish. All of our classroom are equipped with large screen televisions and we provide all the technology that students will ever need, so no need to bring your own device!

The school also provides a range of play equipment, with two brand new playgrounds under construction including a sensory play space. In addition, the school running track, which takes the unique form of the map of Australia’s mainland, has several fitness components dotting it’s 500m path. Of course, this flows through to our Australiana theme, where our classrooms enjoy “outback styled” verandas. You can even find Ned Kelly and Uluru if you know where to look. The running track is even sign posted, so you can check out the capital cities along the way. We haven’t forgotten Tassie either, which is represented by a towering gum, with Hobart sign posted.

Recent additions to the school is the covered outdoor learning area for our senior students, that provide our students with a safe indoor outdoor learning environment. We also have a community garden that is run by the students, with the produce used for all manner of learning tasks. Our central courtyard is a great meeting place before and after school, the tennis rebound wall is always popular and we also have a quite shaded picnic style area for students to enjoy some quiet time. At MPS we take pride in maintaining our facilities so that our students have the cleanest and safest spaces possible and we are constantly looking at ways to improve.

Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing is a most important aspect of a child’s time at school. The school caters for the wellbeing of students in a wide variety of ways. In 2014 our school became a Kids Matter school which promotes a whole-school approach that involves all members of the school community – school staff, parents and carers, students and the broader community – building and refining a thriving positive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging. This means the school is committed to addressing the needs of the school community. It involves looking at what the school teaches in relation to social and emotional learning, ensuring that teaching is interactive and inclusive, building partnerships with families and the broader community that are inclusive and respectful, and reflecting the diversity of the school community in the development of policies and procedures.

It is widely recognised that effective and sustainable interventions in schools occur when a whole-school approach is implemented. Initiatives we incorporate into our curriculum include eSmart, cybersafety, lunchtime clubs, camps and excursions, positive learning environments, excellent recreational spaces, recognised welfare and discipline procedures including Restorative Practice and many extra-curricular activities. In 2016, the school was awarded a grant to enable us to have a Student Wellbeing Officer for the next two year period. This will provide social, emotional and pastoral care for our students and families, particularly those who at times, require specific assistance.

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