Principal’s Message

Welcome to Malvern Valley Primary School; a school with both a rich history and an exciting future.

We are a school with a strong and unrelenting commitment to ensuring each of our students reach their fullest potential. We enable this through a culture of high expectations coupled with a holistic focus on both wellbeing and academic development.

At Malvern Valley Primary School we believe that all students have the capacity and responsibility to make a meaningful and positive contribution to the world in which we live. 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.

We inspire our students by ensuring our staff are exceptional role models. They similarly exist in a culture of high expectations and are supported to model strong habits of positive wellbeing and professional growth. I am very proud of the capacity of our staff and their collective commitment to being life-long learners.

We foster a high level of empathy in our students by enabling meaningful engagement within our community. Using technology enables us to communicate regularly with parents, for them to be engaged purposefully in their child’s learning and to be an outward facing, internationally-minded community school.

We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities, with expansive grounds and new and well-maintained buildings. Our school is exceptionally well-resourced which fosters a strong sense of pride and supports our expectation of excellence.

I am proud of our history of strong academic results, the success of our alumni in their future pursuits and the collective commitment to the journey we are on to be the most outstanding primary school we can be.

I trust that you will find this website houses a range of information that will inform you about our school. I encourage you, however, to attend a tour or make a time to meet with me, as there are many wonderful aspects of our school that a website cannot do justice to.

Together we strive to inspire and empower our students, enabling them to flourish as students and as empathetic members of our global community

Joshua Sheffield    I    Principal

Staff at MVPS

School Leadership:

Principal: Mr Joshua Sheffield
Assistant Principal: Mrs Amanda Howe

Office Staff:

Office Administrator: Mrs Irene Papanikolaou
Business Manager: Mrs Merryn Gould

Class Teachers:

Prep: Miss Casey Gould (Learning Specialist) & Miss Laura Crothers
Grade 1/2: Miss Jennifer Pritchard, Miss Caitlin Webb, Miss Lauren Newton & Ms Cora Evans
Grade 3/4: Miss Sian Katsineris, Miss Stephanie Pollard, Miss Kate Sommerfield
Grade 5/6: Mr Andrew Brown, Miss Lauren Frattin & Miss Linda Ooi

Specialist Subject Teachers:

Visual Arts: Mrs Tina Downard
Performing Arts: Mrs Mariana Surenian
Digital Communications: Miss Stephanie Pollard
Physical Education:
Mr Michael Skoullos
Japanese/Music: Sensei Sayako Nakagawa

Support Staff:

Education Support: Rose Rowed, Candace Davenport, Julie Robinson, Leanne Frost, Helen Cunningham, Sue Parker, Emma Boyce, Bernadette Sheilds & Natalie Wikman
Library: Mrs Jo Alfano
Out of School Hours Care (OSHC): Kerry Prendergast & Chantelle S
ICT Technician: Mr Terry Daemon
Canteen Managers: Mrs Tina Johnston and Jacqui De Boer

School Profile

Malvern Valley Primary School has a school population of approximately 275 students. The school is located in the inner-eastern suburbs, 13 kilometres from Melbourne and close to Chadstone Shopping Centre. Our average class size is under 23 students.

The school grounds include extensive gardens, basketball courts, an AstroTurf Futsal Court, a full-sized Soccer Pitch and Junior and Senior adventure play equipment.

A technology-rich environment assists students to be engaged in their learning and allows them to apply their literacy and numeracy skills in innovative ways. The extensive learning infrastructure at the school includes subject-specific spaces including a STEM Lab, Robotics Studio, Art & Science Room and Performing Arts space, whilst iPads, laptops and TV panels in every learning space ensure students learn in a contemporary environment.
The most recent Annual Report and Strategic Plan for Malvern Valley are accessible via the provided links.

Term Dates & Hours


Term 1: 31st January – 5th April
Term 2: 23rd April – 28th June
Term 3: 16th July – 20th September
Term 4: 7th October – 20th December

Refer to Victoria Online for further details.

Classes run from 9:00am to 3.30pm.

The playground is supervised:

  • Before school 8:40am – 8:55am
  • Morning recess 10:40am – 11:10am
  • Eating lunch 12:50pm – 1:00pm (class teacher)
  • Lunchtime 12:50pm – 1:50pm


Please note that children who are unattended at 3.45pm will be placed into After School Care and charges will apply for this service.

On the last day of each term, school finishes at 2.30pm after a whole-school assembly (1:30pm at end of year).

On wet days and extremely hot days all students remain indoors under teacher supervision.

2019 Curriculum (Student-Free) Days

  • Tuesday 29th January (Holiday Program Operating)
  • Wednesday 30th January (Holiday Program Operating)
  • Friday 26th April
  • Monday 15th July (Holiday Program Operating)


We are very proud of our well-kept grounds, oval and our modern, functional buildings. Please browse the the photos on this page to see what the school community enjoys the use of each school day. Our most recent addition is The Centre, a multi-purpose centre incorporating a large open space and a well-equipped canteen. The Centre is used for all of school assemblies, performances, indoor Physical Education and other school community events.

Working Bees
Each year we run 4 working bees, one per term and we ask parents to attend 2 working bees each year. During the working bees we complete projects which will enhance the school environment for our children.

Working bees run from 9am – 11am with a morning tea provided afterwards. The exact dates are published in the Newsletter and aim to occur in the 2nd or 3rd week of each term.

Some parents are unable to attend the working bees so they pay a grounds contribution which is put towards employing people to do specialist jobs which can’t be done at the working bee.


When should I enrol?

Enrolments are preferred for all students by June 30th each year. For students who live inside the school zone, enrolments are accepted at any time, however, early enrolment is appreciated so that staffing and transition can be efficiently organised. Families who wish to be considered for enrolment are advised to enrol early.

Foundation students need to be 5 by the 30th of April on their year of commencement.

Is my child ready to start school?

All children develop at varying rates and therefore there is no one measure or age whereby all students are deemed ‘ready’. Our school conducts a number of School Readiness Presentations at our local Kindergartens and Day Care Centres which can help parents understand the key determinants in whether your child is ready for school. Speaking with your Kindergarten / Early Learning Centre Teacher will also provide you with great insight into your child’s readiness toward school.

What is the Malvern Valley Academy?

The Academy provides an opportunity for our Grade 3-6 students to develop their talents in a range of subjects, with a particular focus on STEM. The Academy is conducted weekly for all students and enables them the chance to engage in real-world learning with like-minded students and industry professionals using specialised equipment.

Our Academy Programs are: Science, Coding, Robotics, Engineering, Music (violin), Sport and Sustainability

How do you teach English and Mathematics?

We have a strong focus on English and Mathematics in all year levels, committing over 15 hours of learning time a week to these learning areas.

Both subjects are taught with a focus on ensuring all students acquire fundamental skills, through tasks personalised to individual students’ needs. All students are challenged to apply their learning in other contexts, such as other subjects areas or in solving real-world problems.

Our English Instruction is underpinned by the Readers’ Workshop Program, Words Their Way Spelling Program and the Seven Steps and VCOP Writing Programs.

Our Mathematics Instruction is supplemented by the use of PR1ME Mathematics (based on the Singapore Maths Model) and an ongoing partnership and consultation with Melbourne University and the Maths Association of Victoria.