Mill Park Heights Primary School is located in Melbourne’s north with 901 students, 39 classes and 80 staff. With 33 different nationalities, our community is rich and vibrant and cultural diversity is a celebrated feature of our school. The school’s reputation continues to grow within our school community, local area and Whittlesea Schools Network.
The main permanent building houses administration and staff facilities, staff lounge, senior art room, ICT Lab, library and twelve general-purpose classrooms. We have two additional permanent buildings and an extension of two permanent classrooms onto the main building. The Foundation building attached to the main gymnasium, canteen and Community Hub. The Community Hub also caters for our Out of School Care Program CAMP Australia and Breakfast Club each Wednesday morning.
MPHPS works in partnership with Camp Australia to provide families with before/afterschool and vacation care.
Two brand new permanent buildings built 2018 now accommodate the Year 1 & 2 cohort. The Year 3 & 4 cohorts are accommodated in modern new and refurbished Relocatables that include six classrooms in each building, collaboration galleries, wet areas and kitchen facilities.
The Language room is in a modern relocatable next to our Very Important Person (VIP) classroom that was also used by afterschool providers i.e. Creative Music, Action Drama School and Bricks 4 Kids. We have an Arts precinct that accommodates Junior and Senior Visual and Performing Arts. These buildings are of the relocatable type. Another relocatable houses the curriculum office, acceleration/intervention centre; school Chaplain, English as an Alternative Language room and integration room. In 2016, we began a major 6 million Capital Works Project and 2017 saw many changes to our buildings. In 2018, we will move into 14 new permanent classrooms.
The school grounds have undergone extensive landscaping with the installation of a new soccer pitch, reinstallation of playground equipment, new sand pit and garden beds. After an Arborist’s report, we had many of our ‘high priority’ trees cut down. We will continue to replant small shrubs and medium sized trees around the exterior of the school.
There are a number of play spaces for students including three adventure playgrounds, 2 basketball/netball courts and an oval. The school has established a strong commitment to developing a sustainability culture with an urban forest, vegetable and sensory garden. This has had an impact of how we manage our waste at MPH both within classrooms and in the playground.
The learning environment at MPHPS is defined as respectful, supportive, calm and safe. Student voice is a priority and students are given the opportunity to share and celebrate their learning at year level and whole school assemblies. Students are given the opportunity to participate in student-leadership initiatives/partnership involving some of the local feeder schools, YMCA Whittlesea and the local council. We continued with a ‘Clubs’ program at lunchtimes for interested students in 201 and will review this at the end of the year in preparation for 2020.
Specialist programs include The Arts, Language (Italian) and Physical Education/Sport. Acceleration/Intervention and Extension Programs.
At MPHPS, our core beliefs about how students learn drive everything we do in all aspects of school life and are the determining factor in decision-making. Our beliefs are;
- Children bring with them their own beliefs, knowledge and experiences that we value and build upon.
- Children learn best through interactions, active exploration using all of their senses and experimentation.
- Children learn best when the intention and expectations for learning are clearly articulated.
- Children learn best when they can articulate, reflect upon, review, and represent their learning in different ways.
- Children’s positive dispositions to learning and to themselves as learners are essential for success in school and beyond. (Readiness to learn) They need to be given the time to develop their school readiness.
- Children learn best when there is a place for creativity, imagination and self-expression in learning.
- Children learn best when assessment is used to evaluate and inform teaching and learning.
- Children learn best when there are supportive relationships among all partners (including peers) in the learning community.
- Children learn best when their learning is structured to ensure continuity of learning as they children move to and through school ensuring foundations for their future success.
Every minute counts.