In 2014 Elphinstone Primary School started KidsMatter Primary, a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools that integrates proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. Lessons about mental health, resiliency, being accepting and kind, etc, are built into the curriculum at Elphinstone Primary School.
Grades Prep, One and Two enjoy an annual sleepover night whilst the grade Three and Four students and Five and Six students have a two night annual camp at destinations such as Anglesea, Swan Hill, Lady Northcote and Melbourne City.
All students above grade 3 participate in the chess program each year. This program includes specialist chess sessions within the math curriculum, developing thinking, maths and problem solving skills. The program culminates in a chess tournament at the end of third term with students from many other schools in the Castlemaine region. All students are encouraged to enter the competition and represent their school. Our school usually performs well and there have been several years where students have progressed to the state championships in Melbourne.
In 2012 the school entered a team in the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) devision of the Maryborugh RACV Energy Breakthrough. This was a life changing experience for all involved the the team performed admirably. The school has participated every year since then. It is an event that is highly anticipated by the grade five and six students each year.
Elphinstone Primary School participates in a lot of extra activities throughout the year including chess, cross country, gym, swimming, small school group days, Castlemaine State Festival visit, library visits and other one-off activities such as the Youth Leading the World forum.