Welcome to Malvern Central School; a unique multi-campus school with a long, rich history of excellence and an exciting narrative for the future.
I proudly lead this school with a strong and unrelenting commitment to ensuring each of our students reach their fullest potential. This, I enable through a culture of high expectation coupled with a solid focus on a well-rounded, holistic approach to social, physical, and academic development of each of our children.
As your child takes their journey through the school years at Malvern Central School, they will receive more than just a great education. Students are offered a rich, diverse and stimulating range of opportunities that will spark their creative interest, inspire them and encourage them to be life-long learners. We empower them to achieve this through a rigorous, rich and relevant curriculum, which is designed to challenge all students and provide them with the skills and understandings they will require to flourish in our school and as global citizens into the future. They engage in this curriculum in a contemporary and technology-rich environment, reflective of the world in which we live.
This journey begins in Foundation, where your child will be introduced to school life by caring and dynamic teachers. They endeavour to support your child in every way as they enter this exciting new stage of their lives. This first year of school is an important year and we recognise you feel this way too. There are numerous social activities, school events, parent clubs and learning assistance opportunities for parents and families to engage in. We recognise the importance of sharing the learning journey with you and welcome a strong partnership between school and home that helps your child to reach their full potential.
I hope to forge a strong relationship with you as you become an integral part of our wonderful school community. Our website houses extensive information about the school and our programs and I encourage you to investigate this further. I extend an invitation for you to tour the school and meet with me personally if you wish. I have an open door policy and enjoy the opportunity to meet with parents, students and families.
Madeline Clements (Team Leader)
Chelsea Lewis (Team Leader)
Kelly Cutler (Team Leader)
Loris Le Teno
Meg Fruend (Team Leader)
Sarah Mcpherson (Team Leader)
Shona Dubbeld/Dora Vlachos
Emma Simpson (5/6 Team Leader)
Specialist Program Teachers
LOTE – Japanese
Cheryl Newton (3-6)
Zoe Smail (F-2)
Liz Regan (Numeracy)
Courtney Howard (Literacy)
Malvern Central School is located in Malvern, in the City of Stonnington. Established in 1875, the School has built its own unique identity in the local and wider community. The School has 2 campuses :
- Park Street – Foundation to Year 2; and
- Spring Road: Year 3 – Year 6.
The Malvern Gardens are located between the two campuses enabling our students and teachers to access an expanded space for learning, play and physical education. There are currently 450 students enrolled, predominantly from an English speaking background. However, our School is enjoying an increasingly diverse school community.
The School is organised into straight year levels and is contemporary in its approach to educating our students who learn in an environment that is conducive to preparing them for a rapidly changing world that demands technological capacity and intelligence, heightened interpersonal skills, significant emotional intelligence, resiliency and strong literacy and numeracy skills. Teams of teachers plan together, instruct, assess, and moderate student work, then feedback to students to support personalising their learning. Teacher quality is crucial for optimal student outcomes and so our energies are directed towards coaching and capacity building of our teaching staff.
All learning spaces have a range of digital devices including interactive whiteboards, notebook computers, desktop computers and iPads. The School also offers a range of engaging activities to its students including camps from Year 2 to Year 6, excursions and incursions, a school theatre production, a coding club, a chess club, dancing and a learn to swim program.
The school is particularly proud of its progressive approach to educating students for the 21st century. The school leadership and staff of professional educators are intentional and purposeful in pursuing the optimal learning experiences for each student and as such, seek to provide all children with instruction that is personalised, contemporary, research-based, evidence-based and technologically rich.
Vision & Values
Creating independent, collaborative and contemporary thinkers with a passion for learning who make positive contributions as global citizens in an ever changing world
- We act at all times in a responsible and ethical manner.
- We are truthful, honest and caring.
- We ensure that the classroom and the school environment is positive, safe, caring and purposeful.
- We value and appreciate the strengths and skills of ourselves and others.
- We speak, act and treat others fairly and equally irrespective of individual differences.
- We treat all members of the school community equitably, justly and with kindness.
- We engage parents, carers and the broader community and acknowledge the vital role they play in supporting successful learning outcomes for all students.
- We learn from others and share our ideas.
- We use evidence to reflect on how effective our practice is and look beyond what we currently do to identify best practice through research.
- We foster creativity and deep level learning to transfer our understandings, skills and knowledge from one context to another.
- We use technology to enhance our learning.
- We create contemporary and flexible learning spaces that support and inspire learning opportunities both individually and collaboratively.
- We foster a social responsibility both locally and globally.
- We foster a positive and inclusive culture based on healthy relationships between all members of the school community.
- We provide students with a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment, where the risk of harm is minimised and students feel physically and emotionally secure.
- We foster high standards of behaviour based on school values.
- We are committed to continual improvement of learning.
- We strive to develop a deep understanding of our strengths and capabilities.
- We are risk-takers and agents of our own learning through constantly being challenged by creative learning activities.
MCS Commitment to Child Safety
Malvern Central School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
Malvern Central School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
Malvern Central School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in Malvern Central School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations Malvern Central School will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
More information about Child Safety
Child Safe Code of Conduct
Malvern Central School is required to adopt the Victorian Government’s Child Safety Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists school staff to understand how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
Department of Education and Training Child Safe information for Parents
This site contains additional information for parents with regards to:
- Speaking with your child about sexual abuse
- Recognising when a child is at risk
- The law
- Where to get help
This presentation states the child safe standards and how MCS ensures the standards are addressed in the culture, policies, procedures and actions of the day to day running of the school.
MCS Response To COVID-19
Malvern Central School is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment by managing risks relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) during key interactions between students, parents and staff when students return to school in Term 2, 2020 and until further advised. We will be following the advice from the Department of Education and Training including, Health and safety advice for return to onsite learning in the context of COVID-19 which can be found on the Department’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website and detailed in our local school policy.
We would like to remind all staff and members of the school community that Malvern Central School operates under the Child Safe Standards at all times.
A New State School
Malvern’s first state school No. 1604 originated from the school at St George’s Church. Classes were also held in the Court House until 1874, when a new two-roomed school was built on the reserve in Spring Road. The Spring Road School grew rapidly, as new urban settlers populated the district. Later expansion in the east of the study area during the inter-war period brought increasing demands for new schools to ease overcrowding in existing schools. Considerable campaigning by local communities was necessary before the State Government addressed the backlog. The Park Street infant school was opened in 1915 and central classes to year 8 were established in 1926. The following year, 1196 students were enrolled.
Central schools were the State Government’s way of compensating for the lack of a state secondary education system. They provided education to the equivalent of years seven and eight classes so that children could be educated up to the age of fourteen in the state system. Students were awarded the Merit Certificate on successful completion of year eight. Most central schools in Victoria were gradually phased out after the introduction of state secondary schools, but some remained in the study area for a particular purpose. An important role of central schools in the study area was as feeder schools for Melbourne’s two prestigious state high schools, which commenced at year nine – Melbourne High for boys and MacRobertson Girls’ High in South Melbourne. In 2014 due to the complexities of different funding and demands of a Secondary school, Malvern Central School became a Foundation to Year 6 only school, but keeping its name as a reminder of its rich and varied history amongst the community.
Reports and Plans
The School Strategic Plan is the school’s statement to its community about what it stands for and what it intends to do over the next four years to improve student outcomes. It defines what the school values most and sets out the school’s direction, its goals, targets and key strategies for improvement.
The ACHIEVEMENT GOAL of our current School Strategic Plan is to improve the learning growth of every student with a focus on extending students capable of high achievement by:
- embedding a school culture of collaborative Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
- building teacher capability to effectively utilise data literacy to inform the planning, delivery and assessment of a differentiated curriculum
The ENGAGEMENT GOAL is to provide a positive climate for learning by explicitly planning to:
- promote confident, collaborative and creative learners who connect in a globalised world.
- empower students to be active agents in their learning and to be strongly connected to the school community.
The WELLBEING GOAL will be achieved through embedding a cohesive and consistent approach to student wellbeing that builds students’ resilience, social and emotional health and develops respectful attitudes towards each other and their learning.
The Annual Implementation Plan outlines how the strategic plan will be implemented, monitored and evaluated. The plan also contains the goals and targets from the school strategic plan, breaking these down into 12-month targets, which are smaller steps towards achieving the broader targets. The annual implementation plan is reported on in the school’s annual report.
The Annual Report provides the community with information about the school’s performance in implementing their improvement strategies and how the school’s resources have been used. It is the school council’s responsibility to report annually to the school community about the school’s progress.