Mernda Park Primary School (Mernda Park PS) is located at 40 Riverdale Boulevard, Mernda in the City of Whittlesea. Our school opened in January 2017 and programs cater for students in Years Prep to 6.
Nestled in Melbourne’s best kept secret Mernda Park PS is in a significant pocket of Mernda, with the Plenty Gorge to the rear, views to Kinglake and the mountains, parks abounding with flora and fauna, Plenty Road a main artery passing close by, nearby historical buildings a future modern train station and town centre. Mernda Park PS is perfectly situated to enhance learning opportunities, beyond the classroom, that the surrounding history, sustainability opportunities and modern innovation can provide.
At Mernda Park PS the Learning is at the centre and purpose of all that we do. Our teachers and support staff work hard to provide a teaching pedagogy reflective of 21st Century designs including ICT rich environments and differentiated learning for all students. This innovative, rich and rigorous curriculum is delivered in a positive, stimulating and challenging learning environment where every child has the opportunity to experience success and develop a love of life-long learning. Our students are encouraged to explore their world through inquiry learning to become thinking, informed, resilient, creative, kind and collaborative learners who are able to be the best they can be and contribute actively to their community.
Mernda Park PS has architecturally designed buildings that highlight modern sustainability standards and contemporary educational design that mirrors the school’s pedagogy of learning centred innovation and creativity. Our state of the art facilities include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) areas, a Resource Room, Stadium with a Stage and Performing Arts Rooms. Within the school spaces have been designed with adaptability and flexibility in mind allowing teachers to co-teach and plan in teams and students to collaborate. Teachers and students work cooperatively in Learning Communities, with flexible teaching options catering for the individual needs of all students. All teachers are committed to having a shared responsibility for the academic success and general well being of all students within each Learning Community.
Mernda Park PS has been constructed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project. Under the PPP model, the school is financed, designed, constructed and maintained by the private sector to high contractual standards over 25 years, allowing school staff to focus on student learning and improving student outcomes, rather than asset management which our partner Spotless will deliver. As part of the PPP model trusted enterprises, the YMCA and CERES, work closely with our school to provide, not only curriculum support, but also to foster a sense of community. The relationships between the staff, students, parents and the community is a fundamental strength of Mernda Park PS, which will emphasise participation. This partnership complements and enhances the health benefits offered to students through our physical education program. The YMCA operates the community hub where before and after school care and a variety of activities that local people can utilise and engage in will take place.
The YMCA also operates an Early Learning Centre and a Kindergarten on the same site as our school. This will ensure a seamless transition for children from birth to primary school and the convenience of easy drop off and pick up for parents who have children of various ages.
CERES is another valued partner of our school. CERES is an organisation dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through education in schools and community based learning. The name Mernda Park Primary School was chosen as attractive parklands and open spaces surround the school. This new school provides the perfect location for CERES to work with school staff to provide genuine sustainability education opportunities for students in our ecologically rich environment.
Here at Mernda Park PS we believe that the education process is a partnership between home and school so we seek to involve you in your child’s educational program. Your involvement in our school can help your child achieve the best possible learning outcomes and my staff and I look forward to working with families to build strong and meaningful partnerships. As Principal I am available to assist both you and your child in any way I can.