INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF CURIOUS MINDS.
Located in Albert Park Reserve, the new School offers students modern learning facilities in a unique heritage setting, surrounded by parkland and one of Melbourne’s leading sports precincts.
The historic Albert Park Signal Depot and Drill Hall buildings have been repurposed as specialist learning spaces for art, science, technology, music and exhibitions. They sit alongside a new state-of-the-art learning block, designed for 21st century teaching methods, a gym with a competition-grade netball and basketball court.
The school has flexible teaching spaces, allowing us to design a curriculum that develops self-belief, and a thinking mindset. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects are facilitated by an experienced class teacher. Specialist programs in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education and Sport complement class programs.
At its heart, South Melbourne Park Primary School inspires the curious mind in your child to lead an abundant and successful life.
29A Albert Road Drive South, Albert Park VIC 3206
03 9498 3396
Now taking enrolments for 2020
View our Newsletter to read about all about South Melbourne Park Primary School.
A PLACE TO INSPIRE
A NEW GENERATION OF
MEET THE PRINCIPAL
Rosemary Cosentino has been appointed as the Foundation Principal of South Melbourne Park Primary School.
I am extremely privileged and excited to be the Founding Principal of South Melbourne Park Primary school. As an educator for many years, I have a proven track record of inspiring students to discover their passion. At South Melbourne Park we value the importance of students discovering their talents, so that they grow into confident, successful learners. We nurture children to develop self-belief, and a thinking mindset that empowers them to live life with success and confidence.
Our teachers are ‘handpicked’ educators, committed to wanting what is best for students by evoking curiosity and wonder. They are more than passionate educators, they have a purpose and genuine interest in and care for students in their classroom. Together, we all live by our Cultural Values to create a safe, nurturing environment for each child.
As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors; teachers, students and parents alike, are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your contribution.
Contact our Principal Rosemary Cosentino
Contact Rosemary to find out about what South Melbourne Park can offer your child.
WE NURTURE CHILDREN TO DEVELOP
SELF-BELIEF, AND A THINKING MINDSET
THAT EMPOWERS THEM TO LIVE AN
ABUNDANT AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
Now taking enrolments for 2021.
Download the forms below or contact Christine Priddle for more information on how to enrol.
Outside School Hours Care Registration
School Tours for our 2021 enrolments are usually held each Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 am. Please call the office to confirm your attendance and the date and time of the tours that are available. Please find further information concerning our enrolment policy below.
Enrolment Plan and Designated Neighbourhood Boundary
The Department of Education and Training has developed an enrolment plan and Designated Neighbourhood Boundary. However, whilst the school is growing, students from outside the Designated Neighbourhood Boundary are accepted.
Our School Zone
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. Findmyschool.vic.gov.au hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.
Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.
For more information:
If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
Our educational philosophy is grounded in social and emotional wellbeing. We equip children with the tools to become resilient, self-motivated, and engaged participants in their learning journey. The learning philosophy for South Melbourne Park is built around the very best teaching practices guided by evidence-based and international best practice.
The school focuses on creating engaging and authentic learning experiences where children experience purposeful and powerful learning that sparks and provokes curiosity every day.
Nurturing the joy of learning
At South Melbourne Park, students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking. This is achieved by adopting Visible Thinking framework from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Teachers are trained by associates from Harvard University Project Zero Classroom program. Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based conceptual framework, which aims to integrate the development of students’ thinking with content across subject matters.
The 16 Habits of Mind complement this approach by providing students with solutions when they are confronted with problems, the resolution to which are not immediately apparent. The Habits of Mind help children to become more intelligent and successful adults in the world of the future.
Growth mindset is a concept that refers to how we face challenges and setbacks. Growth mindset was developed by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck. She found that kids who pushed through challenges held the belief that they could improve their abilities. Kids who pulled back from challenges believed their abilities were fixed.
At South Melbourne Park we promote and nurture a growth mindset, instead of ‘I’m not good at this’ we ask, ‘What am I missing?’. Instead of ‘I give up’ we try thinking ‘I’ll use a different strategy’. We teach students ‘The Power of Not Yet’, by instilling in them the belief that you can improve.
STUDENT LED LEARNING
Student led learning equips the child with the skills to become independent, responsible and confident. In a student led classroom, students and teacher share the focus while being encouraged to learn, collaborate and communicate with one another. Students learn to direct their own learning, ask questions, and complete tasks independently.
With kids at the heart, South Melbourne Park nurtures the joy in learning. We believe that by fostering student confidence in their unique talents and interest, providing the tools needed to be independent and critical thinkers, and building resilient students who are ready to face and respond to future challenges are key to a successful 21st Century education.
OUR CULTURAL VALUES
KIDS AT THE HEART
We are here for the students.
WHERE CHILDREN LOVE TO BE
We nurture joy in learning.
A STEP AHEAD
We raise the bar to inspire each other.
PLAY, AS A TEAM
We collaborate and thrive together.
LEARNING DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN AT SCHOOL
We connect with our community and beyond.
BE A TEAM
Child Safety Commitment
South Melbourne Primary School:
- Ensures that every person 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 is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
- Is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
- Has zero tolerance for child abuse
- Actively works to listen to and empower children so their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.
- Has systems in place to protect children from abuse, and will take all allegations and concerns very seriously and responds to them consistently in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures
- Is committed to promoting physical, emotional and cultural safety for all children – with particular attention paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, vulnerable children, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
- Is committed to providing a safe environment for all children
The new South Melbourne Park School incorporates the old Albert Park Signal Depot and Drill Hall heritage buildings, alongside brand-new facilities including a double-storey classroom building and gym. Design and development of the school was overseen by parents, educational experts, project planners and representatives from the community.
The architects worked closely with Heritage Victoria and their own advisors to retain and make best use of the existing buildings. Reusing the heritage buildings provides a great design opportunity to showcase the area’s history and offer students a unique learning setting in a beautiful lakeside environment. The repurposed Drill Hall houses our ‘learning communities’, a Learning Resource Centre and a dedicated art/science/technology space, as well as a flexible exhibitions space and a student canteen.
The separate Mess Hall contains the reception, leadership and administration areas. The existing West House has been transformed into a specialist Art Studio and the East House into a specialist Music Studio.
A new double-storey learning communities building hosts a variety of spaces for learning and collaboration, as well as a large outdoor educational and playground space. There is a new gym with a competition grade netball/basketball court with seating, that accommodates whole-of-school performances.
All facilities are designed with an environmentally sustainable approach. New insulation has been installed in the ceilings of the historical buildings whenever possible with 2500 litre rainwater tanks added to both the East and West Houses and the Drill Hall. Our new buildings are all naturally ventilated with openable windows or using outside air fans or mechanical services in areas where natural ventilation is not available.
At South Melbourne Park Primary School we provide a large range of extracurricular activities for our families to engage in.
Library, Curiosity (Lego) and Minecraft
2019 Extracurricular Programs:
Tuesday: Code Club (1:00 – 1:40), Choir (1:00 – 1:40), Chess (3:45 – 4:45), Dancing (Walking Bus) – Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo Class (3:45 – 4:45)
Wednesday: Library (1:00 – 1:40)
Friday: Yoga (1:00 – 1:40), Garden Club (1:00 – 1:40)
Aussie Hoops Basketball (9:00 – 12:00)
BBaller Basketball (1:00 – 4:00)
* Please note that these are the 2019 programs and all program dates and times are subject to change. Please check with the office or the individual program for updated times and dates
29A Albert Road Drive South, Albert Park VIC 3206
03 9498 3396
If you have any questions, please contact our Founding Principal, Rosemary Cosentino, for more information.
School Council Contact Information
School Council – Mark Vassorotti (President)
Strategic Development – Tania Quick
Wellbeing – Matthew Vines
Environment and Facilities – Rosemary Cosentino
Finance – Kjetil Pedersen (Treasurer)
These organisations have been instrumental in launching South Melbourne Park as well as the ongoing care of your children.