About MESC

Mount Eliza Secondary College

A Leader in Educational Innovation

A long tradition of academic excellence


“Mount Eliza Secondary College is committed to safe and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be our primary focus of our care and decision making.”


Established in 1975, our students consistently achieve top VCE results and enter world class universities such as Melbourne and Monash.  “In recent years, two of the college’s International Students were awarded Dux of the School and entered prestigious universities such as Melbourne University.”

Striving for excellence in a caring educational community

At Mount Eliza Secondary College every student can achieve his or her personal best. Our students experience a high quality education delivered by dedicated and committed teachers.  Our college and community expect, support and value high achievement.

An internationally minded school

At Mount Eliza Secondary College we recognize the importance of preparing students for the world of tomorrow. We are committed to helping each student to finish their secondary education confidently prepared for further study and an exciting future in a globalised world. Our international program enriches the day-to-day life of all students through classroom experiences and extra-curricular programs. The contribution of international students to the college is celebrated and recognized.

“The college promotes respect for diversity of cultures, interests, abilities and beliefs through annual celebrations such as Cultural Diversity Week.” We are currently hosting international students from Asia and Europe.

Mount Eliza Secondary College is a medium sized co-educational, single campus secondary college of approximately 600 students. It is situated on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately a 50 minute drive or train trip from Melbourne.  It is located nearby to Monash University, Peninsula Campus.  The school is just five minutes’ walk away from a lively town centre and two kilometers from the local beach and yacht club at Davey’s Bay.

The suburb of Mount Eliza is the gateway to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, close to Victoria’s premier tourist attractions: Philip Island and its famous penguin colony, vineyards, markets, national parks, many surf beaches and the cosmopolitan Main Street of Mornington.

Mount Eliza is a safe, comfortable and established suburb in which many professional families choose to live and raise their children. Many local residents are involved with water sports such as surfing and sailing as well as bushwalking, horse riding and sightseeing. It provides the best of both worlds being close to both the sandy coastal beaches of Port Phillip Bay and the modern, multicultural city of Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia.

Please find attached the International Student’s handbook which is a comprehensive guide to help you adjust to living in Mt Eliza and Australia. Handbook 2019

A modern and innovative teaching and learning environment

Mount Eliza Secondary College is a leading school in Victoria with the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) immersed throughout all teaching programs.  The school utilizes technologies such as interactive white boards during lessons to engage students in their learning and many classrooms have been specially designed and equipped with the latest technologies. Our students receive personalised learning that is supported by Ipads, Netbooks, Ebooks and innovative programs. Technology is embedded in a curriculum that encourages the development of skills such as independent thinking and team skills which are essential for the success of students in a global and internationalized world. MESC uses Compass as the main means of communication for both students and parents. It not only allows up-to-date meaningful information about our school, programs and students to be easily accessed it also a comprehensive resource for students regarding all their subjects, learning tasks and progress. A how to use Compass can be accessed via the link.

A comprehensive curriculum that provides academic rigor and extends the creative talents of all students

Mount Eliza Secondary College’s comprehensive educational program offers a wide range of subjects in all years.  Our extensive VCE program provides a full range of VCE subjects which include traditional subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences, Commerce and Humanities, complemented by Outdoor and Physical Education, Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Communication and Design, Studio Arts and Media Studies. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are also offered. There are opportunities to perform in school bands and orchestras, concerts, theatre, the annual musical and participate in interschool debating competitions.

Mount Eliza Secondary College does not currently offer International Students the VCAL program.

Support at every level

To ensure that the individual learning needs of students are met the college is divided into two sub-schools:  middle and senior.  Small groups of students are cared for by a special teacher who acts as a mentor to the students, as well as by year level coordinators, a student welfare coordinator, a career’s counselor and school nurse. Our new International students are offered a subject called International Personal Development. This subject allows the student to gain local knowledge about the environment, history, current events and the Australian lifestyle. It includes visiting local sites of significance.

By providing a caring environment each student is given the support and guidance necessary for success and this has contributed to the school’s strong tradition of academic excellence with an annual pass rate of 98% and a high record of student entry into university courses.

Mount Eliza Secondary College 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 Mount Eliza Secondary College 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. Please read our Commitment to Child Safety Policy on the MESC website. A simplified Chinese translation is also available.

Student’s Education Obligations and Entitlements

Mount Eliza Secondary College expects every International Student to commit to their studies and to abide by the rules and regulations as set by both the Australian and Victorian Government’s Departments of Education and Training.   In order to ensure an understanding of  student’s educational obilgation and entitlements, please read the following : Australian Government ESOS Student Factsheet and DET International Student Program Standard Terms and Conditions




Mrs Angela Pollard         Mr Gavan McCabe            Mrs Danni Vaughan
Principal                            Assistant Principal/ISC   Assistant Principal







Department of Education and Training CRISCOS CODE: 00861K

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