to learning for children on the Mornington Peninsula

No Limits brings together five outstanding primary school principals and their feeder kinder educators with aspirations to increase educational engagement for children in prep and kinder classes.

Crib Point, Wallaroo, Eastbourne, Mornington Park and Tyabb Rail Primary Schools and their feeder kinders will focus on oral language through fortnightly specialist speech therapy and daily individual and group implementation by trained classroom aids.

Based on the encouraging pilot of 2018 at Crib Point Primary and generously funded by a group of MPF donors, this major project will support over 500 children over three years to improve oral language and literacy capacity. 

Feuerstein Program, Advance Community College

Smiles and laughter say it all! The wonderful staff of Advance Community College relax with trainer, Larissa Monastursky, after an intensive three week residency in which they were immersed in the theory and application of the intentionally renown Feuerstein Program.

A program based in Israel and created after the second world war in response to high levels of cognitive dysfunction due to intense trauma by Professor Reuven Feuerstein, this highly structured program is based on the premise that no matter what adversity or environmental challenges a person experiences, it is always possible to rise up to their full potential.

After the three week intensive training all staff are excited to be embarking on an enhanced curriculum in which they will incorporate the Feuerstein program that uses highly developed instruments to support cognitive development, stimulate motivation and open pathways to individual success in education and its application in life. Thanks to very generous donors Sentinel and 6A Foundations.

Southern Peninsula Scholarships

To send a child to secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula can be no easy financial task for families living on low incomes. It is estimated that a state school can average $3,500 in transition expenses.

Spotlight Eric White!!! MPF have liaised with St Vincent De Paul and local primary school partnerships to create scholarships of $500 to help offset these costs to families. Over $20,000 in Scholarships have been granted to date with an aim to expand our recipients from Rosebud/Tootgarook to include the schools in the NO Limits Project.

Families are followed up with each year (in the MPF way!) to see how they are going and to get feedback regarding the project, keeping us all on the path to a better future for families living on the Mornington Peninsula.

Tyabb Rail Primary Literacy Program

One on one daily literacy support for children below average in literacy.

Westernport Educational Assistance

Financial assistance for families unable to meet the basic costs of education.

After School Tutoring, Southern Peninsula

One on one tutoring with family support to bridge gaps in literacy and numeracy and bring kids up to par.

Westernport Secondary STEM outreach to feeder primary schools

Bridging the gap between primary and secondary and training young people in new technologies that are part of the new world of work.

Speech and Occupational Therapies Crib Point Primary

Identifying developmental delays early and providing targeted responses.

Preventing Homelessness Fund

Financial support to reduce this risk of homelessness.

Westernport Community Support Centre

SPLASh: Southern Peninsula Shower and Laundry

Outreach to people experiencing homelessness, supporting people led engagement with services and community.

SPCSIC Food Pantry

If people could pop into the local shop, they would.

Crib Point Kinder 

Learning through play

Connecting Local Agencies on the Southern Peninsula

Understanding how local agencies do and don’t work together and how this can be enhanced for better client outcomes.

Southern Peninsula Family Support Program

Understanding complex needs and supporting aspirations of families through client led engagement.

Private Rental Assistance 

Assisting people at risk of homelessness to maintain stable housing through case management and community connections.

Family Support at SPCSIC

Using technology to distract little ones from adult conversations

Mornington Community High Teas 

Bringing people together in response to social isolation.

Child Care Scholarships, Seawinds Community Hub

Gap fees for children in families who welcome the chance to attend child care on a more regular basis.

Rose-budding Youth Art Competition 

Supporting budding artists, creativity and talents

Homeground Cafe Mornington Park

Creating a local community hub that also trains and employs disengaged young residents.

Projects originally funded by Foundation 59

Biala provides high quality early childhood intervention programs, therapies and services for children with disabilities or developmental delays and support for their families. Funding from Foundation 59 has supported:

  • Music Therapy - a weekly program available to all children attending Biala;
  • Premmies on the Peninsula - a monthly program for families with a premature child up to 2 years of age;
  • Family Counselling - family counselling free of charge with a qualified staff counsellor;
  • Team Sibsclub - a support group for the 5 - 12 year old siblings of Biala children from any program;
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services - supporting children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry and their families, providing special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and coordination.

Capel Sound Children's Project

Seawinds Community Hub, Capel Sound, engages the community in a range of integrated services and programs that achieve their vision of belonging, learning and growing.

The Abecedarian Program is a kindergarten program specifically tailored for each child which focuses on literacy and language development to improve the child's developmental outcomes, reduce their vulnerability and become school ready.

YMCA Southern Peninsula Youth Services

Southern Peninsula Youth Services engages teenagers for the long term who are dealing with problems related to financial, emotional or psychological stress. They provide a safe place to meet in a supportive and fun environment. Intervention, prevention and connection are the key drivers that underpin this work.

The current programs include weekly youth groups, annual youth camps, annual teenage girls' retreat, teenage health and wellbeing programs plus delivery of mental health first aid courses.

Westernport Secondary College

The College endeavours to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and cooperation which is underpinned by their core values of respect, challenge, opportunity, honest and integrity. This will enable students to thrive in a diverse and changing world. 

The Year 9 Project, supported by Foundation 59, is an alternate Year 9 program developed to focus on providing students with 21st Century skills which will be crucial in developing important skills to prepare them for the challenges of life and their future pathways into the workforce.

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning is an innovative education program that schools use to cater to the different ways young people learn, giving participants the hope and aspiration to stay at school and realise their potential.

Foundation 59 has been supporting the following projects:

  • Boneo Primary School - Development and landscaping a dry river bed and adding a water feature;
  • Crib Point Primary School - Building a remembrance path for local soldiers and landscaping at the school entrance;
  • Dromana Primary School - Renovating a boat shed and constructing pathways around the school;
  • Westernport Secondary College - Renovating the Community House (pictured);
  • Eastbourne Primary School - Building a pizza oven within the Hands on Learning precinct;
  • Rosebud Secondary College - Constructing a community fitness and pump track;
  • Rosebud Primary School - Purchasing new tools, ongoing landscaping and garden bed projects around the school;
  • Somerville Secondary College - Constructing new seating adjacent to the athletic track to accommodate 120 people, complete with drainage.


Lifelong Learning

At Wallaroo Primary in Hastings and Mornington Park Primary the Lifelong Learning Program is run by Russell Ardley. The children get involved in practical activities such as gardening, cooking, looking after chooks and making things which spark their interest. Russell also runs a breakfast club that all parents and children are invited to attend and a lunch at Mornington Park Primary on Wednesdays. 

As the merge of Foundation 59 with MPF takes place these projects originally supported by 59 will continue to be supported by MPF in 2019. Ongoing donations are encouraged for these projects.

Grants to date



Westernport Secondary Educational Guarantee Pilot

After School Tutoring for Children with Below Average Literacy & Numeracy

Abecedarian Program at Eastbourne Primary


Crib Point


Thanks Tanya Fry of TanyaFryPhotography for your beautiful photographs 🙂

The Mornington Peninsula Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurung / Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of these lands and waters.