Essex Heights Primary School is situated in Mount Waverley, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. It provides a primary education (Prep to Year 6) of the highest quality for children and is recognised as a school of excellence, where children develop positive attitudes and acquire skills that equip them for their future.
At Essex Heights, all children are valued and differences are accepted within a supportive school environment. The curriculum caters for the needs of all children and encourages each child to reach his/her potential in a stimulating and challenging classroom environment. The various needs of children with disabilities and highly ablility children are appropriately met. Essex Heights sees education as a partnership of children, staff, parents and the local community.
The school has an outstanding Outside School Hours Care program which operates Monday to Friday during school terms, on student-free days and during school holidays. A weekly after-school Chess Club is also offered.
At Essex Heights Primary School, the curriculum is designed around the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (replacing Victorian Essential Learning Standards), introduced in 2017, aimed at ensuring all students have the capacity to:
Whilst literacy and numeracy remain a key focus, students are prepared for their future by being actively involved in learning programs covering a wide range of domains:
Essex Heights Primary School has a proud history of over 50 years in the Mount Waverley community. The diversity of students and families at our school provide us with a vibrancy derived from embracing our community. We place great value in working in partnership with members of the community to provide a rich and engaging learning environment that will prepare our students to confidently embrace the wonderful opportunities our society offers them.
At Essex Heights we place a strong emphasis on the development of each student's learning potential through challenge, reflection, lateral thinking and optimal learning experiences. The whole community encourages high expectations and promotes innovative and contemporary curriculum, differentiated to cater for the needs of all children. The school engenders a culture of connectedness and creativity. Our key strategic priorities are Literacy, Numeracy, as well as Student Engagement and Wellbeing. In addition, we have engaged leading world consultants, such as Michael Ymer, to work with our teams to develop contemporary and best practice curriculum. The school also has very close links with Deakin University and has been part of several STEM related school-based projects.
Our school has an extensive music program. The classroom music program is designed to engage students and develop a lifelong passion for music. Children are encouraged to sing and to learn music theory. Music extension activities are available for students at all ages. Children perform in year level choirs. In addition, the school has an extensive instrumental music program which caters for all children who would like to learn a musical instrument and play in a band or ensemble.
Through our ‘School Values’ of friendliness, honesty, inclusiveness, persistence and respect, children develop positive attitudes and acquire the necessary skills to equip them for their future. The welfare of our students is a high priority, as we believe students learn best when they feel safe and secure in a stimulating learning environment. The school has also developed an innovative program (ArtSEL - Art and Social and Emotional Learning) to prepare our students to be confident and self-aware young adults, as they make their way to secondary school and into our complex society. This active and creative educational program allows children to achieve success in emotional management and academic achievement. ArtSEL is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. Our school is also very proud to have entered a partnership with The Resilience Project. This renowned and outstanding program builds upon ArtSEL and continues to teach the skills required to create resilient and confident young adults.
At Essex Heights, the children have contemporary, well-resourced and innovative learning spaces throughout the school. These, in addition to the well maintained and excellent outdoor environments, provide an ideal setting for learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Our current enrolment is about 570 students, distributed across the school as follows: