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We have embraced the Chinese culture at EPS and we’re proud to have a strong curriculum in Mandarin that begins in Prep, with weekly lessons for every class.

Our school is noted as a leading school in the implementation of Asian literacies.

In addition to having a sister school in China, we also promote the use of Mandarin in the school and celebrate the many fabulous Chinese festivals throughout the year.

  • At EPS students from Prep to Year 6 learn Mandarin as their language other than English (LOTE), giving them every opportunity to succeed as a future global citizen.
  • While placing a strong emphasis on learning Mandarin, students also engage with China’s rich history and culture through various activities.
  • Every year, students participate in Chinese New Year celebrations at school and EPS students have even constructed a magnificent Chinese dragon for use at school celebrations. (PICTURE)

Sister school

  • The relationship with our sister school, Bo’ai Primary School in Changzhao, Jiangsu Province, China, offers students the chance to practise their Mandarin and observe life in modern day China. They have pen-pals and enjoy Skype sessions with students in Changzhou.
  • We also have a unique ‘Panda Book’ where Year 2 students document their daily-life through the narrative of two giant soft toy pandas, Bo Bo and Ai Ai, which were a gift from our sister school.
  • We are extremely proud to host exchange students from our sister school in China giving the children from both countries the chance to appreciate and learn more about their cultures.

Chinese Art and Performance Dragon 

Our Chinese mural art installation, ‘Good Morning China’, is a beautiful reminder to the Elsternwick Primary School community of our passion for learning about the language and culture of China.


Teacher: Ferry Ferry