‘Connect, Challenge, Inspire’
A message from the Principal
Being part of our school is about being part of a real community – a school where everyone knows each other’s names, where teachers know all the students and where lifelong friendships grow. Our community represents a diverse range of cultures. We work hard at building cultural understanding – because a sense of belonging and understanding is what weaves and connects us together. At MWHPS we have a brilliant wellbeing program that emphasises our core school values – Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Inclusive.
Literacy and Numeracy practices are the core curriculum areas that underpin all learning. Our practices incorporate rich learning tasks, problem solving and higher order thinking – providing meaningful opportunities for students to deep dive into learning.
At MWHPS we are committed to equipping our students to live and work successfully in the 21st Century, through a future focused learning approach. In fact, we believe we provide our students with an edge. We inspire students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. Preparing our students for an ever changing world is embraced through the integration of 21st Century Learning Skills. These include critical and creative thinking strategies, technology skills, communication skills, being flexible and adaptable and developing sound social and emotional skills. Our Inquiry units focussed on Global Issues empower, challenge and inspire students to create solutions for a better future.
Developing an industry partnership with Google, hp, Datacom and BenQ in 2018 saw the transformation of technology practices and the establishment of ‘The Beacon School Project – The first in Australia. Due to the success of the project, it has now been rolled out across the country. The school embraces the Google platform utilising Google Classrooms to collaborate, engage, and provide timely feedback to students in fast and effective ways. Virtual Reality, coding, site development and a range of innovative technology is utilised to enhance learning. The partnership has provided real-life opportunities for students beyond the classroom, connecting them with experts and others across the world. In 2019, MWHPS was recognised as a Google Reference School.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school community.
This website is designed with both prospective and existing members of our school community in mind. The aim is to provide detailed and timely information about the school. We invite you to peruse this website to find out more about the exciting range of learning programs we can offer your child.
Mount Waverley Heights Primary School is located in an established residential area of Mount Waverley within the City of Monash. Our student population is primarily drawn from Mount Waverley and the surrounding suburbs of Oakleigh and Chadstone.
The current school population, of approximately 295 students, is well serviced by attractive buildings and landscaped grounds, which command an impressive view of the Melbourne City skyline. Established in 1967, the school population is experiencing moderate growth as new families move into the area.
In 2015, our school completed a modernisation program creating a wonderful Library, Specialist Centre and Dream Space. These new spaces are further complemented by our spacious and well-maintained grounds. In 2018, building works commenced which saw the construction of our Early Years Centre providing flexible and modern P-2 learning spaces.
We have an exceptional educational facility which house twelve classrooms, Library, Information Resource Centre, Art/Craft Centre and Administration Centre. In addition we have a fantastic Performing Arts Centre to accommodate our performing arts/music program, Out of School Hours Care Program and general school events. All classrooms are air-conditioned and well maintained with modern equipment and resources, providing a bright and inviting atmosphere.
Our buildings are well complemented by spacious and attractive outdoor activity areas, including three modern adventure playgrounds with shade sails, a large oval, basketball court, netball court, large undercover pavilion and various grassed and garden areas. The school community takes great pride in the care and maintenance of all school facilities.
At Mount Waverley Heights Primary School we aim to provide stimulating learning programs rich in values, knowledge and skills that enable every student to realise their full potential in a safe, purposeful and caring environment. In doing so we applaud excellence; foster high levels of confidence and self-esteem and aim to prepare students as life-long learners and effective participants in the local and global community. Our students are provided with the opportunity and support to develop confidence and self-esteem within a flexible, happy and positive school environment. Students are expected to increasingly take initiative, accept responsibility for both their learning and their behaviour and to exercise various forms of leadership. Our main aim is to foster in students the qualities and skills that will enable them to adapt to an ever changing world.
Our school purpose is supported by the following school expectations that are central to the life of the school:
Be Responsible • Be Respectful • Be Inclusive
Vision: To connect, challenge and inspire our students through their learning; developing a sense of who they are, where they fit in and how they make a difference.
Mission: To create a learning environment where we:
- Connect students to their own emotions and feelings so that they can develop their resilience and empathy, exercise optimism and build effective relationships with others.
- Challenge students to be critical and creative thinkers; to question, evaluate and to discover new possibilities, preparing them for a lifetime of learning new things in an ever changing world.
- Inspire students to WANT to make a difference by appreciating and understanding the satisfaction that comes from being selfless.
Our goal is to nurture the best in our students. We achieve this by providing a safe and stimulating learning environment, rich in values, where confidence, personal responsibility, respect and inclusiveness are fostered. This is highlighted through our three behaviour expectations – Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Inclusive. We recognise that all children grow at their own rate and in their own way. In the partnership between home and school, the common aim is to help each child grow into a well-rounded individual – physically, academically, socially, emotionally and ethically.
Strategic Plan (2017-2020)
All Victorian schools undertake an in-depth review of student achievement and school operations every four years. This review involves all members of the school community in the evaluation process. Upon completion of this major review a new strategic plan is developed, outlining new initiatives and further improvements. The formulation of a Strategic Plan is an important step in ensuring that the school continues to grow and develop every year.
Mount Waverley Heights Goals:
Student Learning: To maximise the achievement of high quality learning outcomes for all students in all learning domains with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Embed a consistent whole school approach to teaching and learning based on the accurate assessment of student ability and the delivery of a differentiated curriculum that addresses the learning needs of all students. Continue to build teacher capacity to improve student outcomes through professional learning with a focus on shared learning within professional learning teams, coaching and peer feedback.
Student Wellbeing: To enhance the engagement of all students in their learning and develop in each individual a sense of wellbeing and connectedness to school. Embed a whole school engagement and wellbeing plan that promotes high expectations and includes proactive strategies that focus on the promotion of positive relationships, student resilience, individual wellbeing and engagement in learning.
Student Pathways and Transitions: Enhance transition programs and pathways for all students from Prep to Year 7, with a focus on students with identified needs.