Parent Information

The Port Melbourne Primary School zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. This website hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.

Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.

For more information

If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email: vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Prep 2020 enrolment process

If you have a child that will turn 5 before 30th April 2020 please fill in and submit an expression of interest form and e-mail it to Juanita McKeefry.

If you wish to enrol your child in a grade other than prep, please fill in and submit the expression of interest form. You will then be contacted on the e-mail address you provide requesting documentation and provided with an enrolment form.

Prep 2020 Transition

Our transition activities start with school tours for prospective Prep families on Wednesdays (March 6, 13, 20 and 27, as well as April 3, 24 and May 1st from 9.15am to 10am. To book a tour, contact Juanita McKeefry on 9646 1001 or email Juanita on mckeefry.juanita.l@edumail.vic.gov.au.

In Term 2, we are running our “Taste of Prep” programs on Tuesday May 7 and Wednesday May 15 from 2.30 – 3.15pm. Our annual Open Morning is on Saturday May 18 between 10am and 11am and everybody is welcome to attend.

In Term 3 we will be holding an information night – date to be advised and our Prep teachers will be liaising with our local feeder kindergartens/crèches to get to know the children. In Term 4, children enrolled at Port Melbourne for Prep 2020 will be participating in specific “transition” activities at the school.

TeamKids is the premium provider that exists to enrich children’s lives before school, after school and throughout the school holidays.

Before and After School Care

When attending TeamKids before and after school care, your children are in remarkable hands. Our full-time Director of Service is highly experienced in the field, and their number one priority is fun – your child will love the experiences we have on offer every day at TeamKids.

When children join our team, not only are they able to explore their world through our designated activity zones and TeamKids Clubs, but they’ll get to connect, collaborate and learn with others in a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters their individuality and own unique interests.

They’ll also enjoy an incredible menu, jam-packed with nutritious and delicious food. One thing is for sure, your child will not go hungry.

From the moment you walk through the door, TeamKids provides an atmosphere that is welcoming, relaxed and inclusive. At every opportunity, we aim to promote child agency and help to shape their innate leadership skills through a variety of in-house leadership opportunities and fun, engaging rewards programs.

We offer industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), resulting in safer, better supervised experiences for all involved.

All of our programs are fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

We’re excited and look forward to welcoming you to the TeamKids Family.

Contact us to find out more, register or book.

School Holiday Program

TeamKids holiday programs are conveniently located here at your school, with extended hours to help families juggle work and home.

Truth be told, TeamKids started out being Holiday Program specialists – so get set for an action packed adventure your children are sure to enjoy!

During the school holidays, our focus is on FUN. Our programming team work with the school, parents and children to build the best possible program for your community, including a broad range of exciting experiences that include incursions, excursions and in-house activities that will ensure your child has an absolute blast every day. Programs may include activities like cooking, bubble soccer, trampoline parks, epic excursions, super sports days, giant laser tag, art attack, coding, construction, maker days, STEM days, robotics and so much more.

The Fun Squad is poised and waiting, so don’t delay, book into our holiday program today.

Contact us to find out more, register or book.

All lunch orders for students can be ordered via the flexischools website. You simply;

Step 1 – Download the App or use a web browser
Click ‘Register,’ enter your email address and follow the instructions in the email.
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notifications.

Step 2 – Add your School and Group
Click on the search icon and search for your school name.
Select your school and add your year group or groups relevant to you.

Step 3 – Place your Order
Click on the ‘Order now’ button.
Select the items you wish to order.
Select payment option and complete payment.

Girls Boys
Summer Blue/White Summer Dress
Blue Skort or Shorts
Red Short Sleeve Polo
Black Shoes
Blue Shorts
Red Short Sleeve Polo
Black Shoes
Winter Blue/Red Dress
Red Long Sleeve Polo
Blue Leggings/Stockings
Blue Trousers/Trackpants
Black Shoes
Red Long Sleeve Polo
Blue Trousers/Trackpants
Black Shoes

Port Melbourne Primary School uniforms are available from PSW retail shop at Unit 1, 128 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne.

Second Hand Uniform Shop
The PFA run a second hand uniform shop every first and second Monday of each term. Please watch Konnective notices for actual dates and times.

We value parental involvement.

One way to become involved in the school is through the active and friendly Parents & Friends Association (PFA). The PFA encourages social interaction, improved communication and facilitates fundraising.

The PFA is a group which meets regularly to;

  • provide events which encourage participation and social contact, such as the welcome BBQ, and grandparents’ morning tea,
  • provide support for school events, including as information nights,
  • organise fundraising to support current school projects, and
  • organise regular fundraising events which help bring the school community together.

Our regular fundraising events include;

  • Trivia and auction night
  • Community Fete
  • Mothers’, Fathers’ and Special Persons’ Day stalls
  • Family Colour Run
  • Easter raffle
  • Christmas concert

Over the last few years, the PFA has raised enough money to contribute to the following, including but not limited to;

  • $100,000 upgrade to the oval
  • $25,000 of wireless networks in A, D & E blocks
  • $12,000 interactive whiteboards for the music room, and new Mod 10 classrooms
  • Money raised to go towards the garden club, take home books, listening centres and a Sony sound system for the junior choir
  • A host of events such as welcome morning tea, grandparents morning tea, staff thank you lunch, 125 year celebrations
  • Emergency lunches and treats for the children at sports and Green Day events

The PFA meets monthly and we encourage and welcome everyone to come along and get involved. Meeting days and times may be vary to suit the needs of the group. Please contact the PFA via email to find out about our next meeting time and place.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our School Council has reviewed and approved charges and contributions for 2019. We believe it is important to explain the charges and how vital they are to ensure adequate materials and equipment.

We are a government school – don’t they fund the education of our children?

We receive a State Government School cash grant which funds, to a minimum standard, parts of our curriculum programs, some IT, a share of utilities and some maintenance. This is only a portion of the running costs for the school. The essential education items are stationery packs which parents are required to pay. We ask them to also pay the voluntary contributions.

What is the ‘Voluntary Contributions’ money used for?

The Voluntary Contributions cover the gap between what the government provides and what the school actually needs. These contributions pay for resources and equipment in Literacy, Numeracy, the Arts, Humanities, French and Sport and improvements to play equipment and outdoor play areas.

The Port Melbourne Primary School Council has approved the school’s Parent Payment Policy. This policy can be accessed at Port Melbourne Primary School’s website.

What if I want to pay but am unable to due to financial hardship?

We wish to maintain the charges at a reasonable level and not to put any family under any financial strain. The school appreciates that families may sometimes experience financial difficulties in meeting payment requests. There are a number of options available, such as the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF for holders of an eligible Health Care Card), the Schoolkids Bonus and State Schools Relief. Please contact the school office if you would like more information.

What payment options are available?

Payments can be made via Qkr! (details on the school website), BPay, credit card or by cash to the classroom teacher or school office. Please complete the attached invoice here and return it with your payment. Payments can be made in one lump sum or by instalments. Those wishing to pay by instalment should contact our Business Manager, Kaye Linsdell (9646 1001) to make appropriate arrangements.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind regards,

Annette Maloney
School Council President.

Collaborative Teaching

At Port Melbourne Primary School, collaborative teaching (otherwise known as co-teaching) is utilised across teaching pairs/teams to meet the diverse needs of our students and provide quality teaching and enriched learning opportunities.

This approach to teaching complements the school’s commitment to collaboration and shared ownership via the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model and our flexible, open-planned learning spaces. It is imperative that every student succeeds at our school regardless of his/her academic ability, learning style, social competence or level of emotional intelligence.

Working together assists our teachers to best facilitate this as opposed to working in isolation.

You can read more about the benefits and approaches on our Curriculum page.

Homework Expectations

In general, homework is used to help children practise skills they have learnt in the classroom. You can help your child by making time and space for homework, while being encouraging and positive. Home tasks vary by year level.

Prep to Year 4 homework will:

  • Consist of daily reading. This includes reading to self, and/or reading to, with, and by parents/caregivers or older siblings. This should include the learning of High Frequency (Magic Words), as appropriate.
  • Consist of 3 Mathletics tasks, set weekly, by the classroom teacher. This may be less for Preps.
  • Generally range from 20 to 30 minutes per day, is discouraged on weekends and will not be set during school holidays.

Year 5 and 6 homework will:

  • Consist of daily reading. This includes reading to self, and/or reading to, with, and by parents/caregivers or older siblings.
  • Consist of 3 Mathletics tasks, set weekly, by the classroom teacher
  • Generally range from 30 to 45 minutes per day, is discouraged on weekends and will not be set during school holidays.

F.A.Q.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for?

We have provided more answers to some of our most commonly asked questions on our FAQ page.

Is there before and after school care?

TeamKids is the premium provider that exists to enrich children’s lives before school, after school and throughout the school holidays. Contact TeamKids for all your registration, booking and pricing information.

How do I notify the school of student absence?

You can advise an absence note by logging into Compass, emailing the teacher or call the school office. If the school is not made aware of an absence, you will receive a text message that flags the unexplained absence triggered from the morning roll call.

Where do you buy the school uniform?

The Official School uniform can be purchased from PSW retail shop. You are also welcome to investigate other retailers for uniforms as long as it is in the correct colours. The Official Port Melbourne logo t-shirt is to be worn on excursion days.

Is there any homework that needs to be done?

In general, homework is used to help children practise skills they have learnt in the classroom. You can help your child by making time and space for homework, while being encouraging and positive. Home tasks vary by year level. Please talk to your classroom teacher for further guidance.

How do I volunteer for school events?

The best way to get involved in school events is to attend a PFA meeting. Please contact the PFA via email to find out about the next meeting time and place.

Contact Us

415 Graham Street Port Melbourne VIC 3207

03 9646 1001