Essex Heights PS has a very strong Science program.

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Our school applied to be part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program and was successful!

‘ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio.


May 20, 2016

A telebridge contact via VK5ZAI with students at Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia was successful  Fri 2016-05-20 08:35:16 UTC 30 deg.  Astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ answered 22 questions from 11 students.
Watch a story produced by local media that features students preparing for the upcoming interview:

The ARISS linkup into Essex Heights held on 20.May was covered into both China and Indonesia and translated into their respective languages.
Essex Heights Primary School is situated in Mount Waverley, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. It provides a primary education of the highest quality for children and is recognised as a school of excellence. 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 able children are appropriately met. 
At Essex Heights Primary School, the curriculum is designed around the Victorian Essential learning Standards aimed at ensuring all students have the capacity to:-
  • Manage themselves as individuals in relation to others
  • Understand the world in which they live
  • Act effectively in that world
 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.





Watch the International Space Station pass overhead

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 965 kilometres per hour; the space station flies at 28,160 kilometres per hour).


Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

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When do I Spot The Station?


Mon Jun 6, 5:17 AM 2 min 27° 27° above ESE 10° above ESE   
Mon Jun 6, 6:50 AM 5 min 18° 10° above WSW 10° above SSE   
Tue Jun 7, 6:00 AM 2 min 26° 26° above S 11° above SSE   
Wed Jun 8, 5:10 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE   
Wed Jun 8, 6:42 AM 3 min 12° 10° above SW 10° above S   
Thu Jun 9, 5:52 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above S 10° above SSE   
Wed Jun 15, 7:02 AM 3 min 13° 10° above S 10° above SE   
Thu Jun 16, 6:10 AM 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above SSE   
Fri Jun 17, 6:52 AM 4 min 22° 11° above SSW 14° above ESE   


All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.


For more information




Science Competitions


ICAS Science

Test Date - Tuesday 31 May 2016

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement.

The Science Talent Search (STS) theme for 2016 is Drones, Droids and Robots

Website for further information is  

Registration closes 30th May and Judging Day is Saturday August 6th.

Students may submit work individually or with a partner.

Categories include: Posters, Inventions, Experimental Research, Creative Writing, Working Models, Computer Programs, Videos and Photography.

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Entries are to take the form of a 1-3 minute film and must tell a real scientific story, which may be a scientific concept, discovery or invention. Complete the online entry form by Friday 6 May 2016  Website for further information - 


This is a national schools competition run by Origin that aims to foster creativity and innovation in students from Years 3-8. The Top 12 ideas – including the three overall winners - will be selected based on an exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. website for further information -

2015 Year 3 and 4 Winner Greta (aged 9) came up with a wonderful idea for vehicle safety.A device which alerts emergency services with a car's location using GPS when an airbag is deployed. She won a 7-night trip to the USA to visit the NASA Kennedy Space Centre.