Our school has partnered with an independent provider TheirCare to provide Before, After Care and Holiday Care services to our school community.
The program services the children in the school from 7.00am in the morning until 8.45am and operates from 3.30pm each day until 6.15pm. During school holidays the service will operate from 7.00am until 6.15pm. Families wishing to use this service can visit the TheirCare website: theircare.com.au. Families are also eligible for a Government rebate which reduces the cost per session. Further information can also be obtained by contacting the school or ringing TheirCare on: 1300 072 410.
TheirCare provides a stimulating and safe environment for all children and an environment where children from and enjoy their time in their program. During sessions children develop life skills, friendships, confidence and creativity through play.
7am – 8:45am
3:30pm – 6:15pm
7:00am – 6:15pm
How you can help
Blackburn Primary School welcomes parents and carers to participate in our school life.
Life at Blackburn Primary School is always busy, and we welcome and value our helpers (family members and friends) who are able to volunteer some time to assist. We would particularly welcome volunteers for the following:
- Excursions and Incursions
- Literacy and Numeracy in the classroom,
- School Council and sub-committees, please visit the school council section for more information.
- PE/Sports program is often in need of helpers to ensure the success of many of the fantastic programs that are offered to students.
- Parents and Friends
- Friends of the Band
- Patch cooking and gardening, if you have a love of gardening, our kitchen garden enables our students to grow vegetables, which can then be used either in the canteen or for class cooking activities. Assistance with weeding and watering, especially over weekends and school holidays, would be gratefully appreciated.
- Our Library Technician would be grateful to receive assistance from helpers who can assist with book covering, and other tasks necessary to keep our beautiful and well resources Library a focal point within the school.
- If you have a particular skill or trade qualification that you could offer, we would love to hear from you and work around your availabilities. Each grade has an appointed Contact Parents to whom you can advise your availability and/or skills.
It is a requirement that parent helpers get a Working With Children check prior to volunteering. This can easily arranged by visiting: workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
Our school lunch orders are provided by Miss Peppercorn, a local food service.
The school lunch catering team is passionate about creating great tasting, fresh food that gets every student excited to see what’s in their bag today! Providing a service that delivers fresh, real and as close to whole food as possible that makes children smile is our goal – every child deserves that. It must taste yummy and has to be good for the whole body too!
Why Miss Peppercorn School Lunches
It’s fresh | It’s yummy | It’s nutritious | It’s locally sourced | It’s simple | It’s easy
- Fresh, delicious and nutritious 3-course hot or cold set Meal Deal
- Your child can choose the food they love and create their own Super Saver Meal Deal
- Food is made in our kitchen by our school lunch catering team – passionate + extensively trained staff
- You choose how much you spend – $2.50 to $15.00 and everything in between
- There is no minimum spend
- We focus on fresh, clean food with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables
- It’s very easy, convenient and flexible!
How Does It Work?
Visit the Miss Peppercorn Website (link above) and fill in the registration box.
Then enter your student’s name, school and class, and add funds into a pre-paid account. You can log into the website at any time to place orders, up until 9.15am on the day of the order. As purchases are made, the funds are taken from your pre-paid account. The account can be topped up again in the same way, or set to automatically top-up via credit card when the balance falls below a pre-set minimum. Each order is sent automatically to the kitchen, where an easy-to-read label is produced with the student’s name, class and order details.
At lunch time, Miss Peppercorn staff take the orders to the gym and collate them ready for collection.
Each time you order you can select our ‘allergy alert’ option which will print on your child’s label and advise our kitchen of the relevant allergy.
Please be aware that any and all medication for students must be administered by staff and must be kept securely in the office or sickbay. The Medication Distribution Policy outlines the required procedures and protocols.
If it is necessary for your child to have medicine at school please fill in a Medication Authority Form (attached right) and return it to the office along with the medication which needs to be in a container that is labelled with the name of the medication, name of the student, the dose, and the time it is to be given. Prescription medication must be supported by specific written instructions on the original bottle/container e.g. pharmacy label, noting the name of the student, dosage and time to be administered.
Anaphylaxis, Allergy and Asthma Action Plans used by BPS are available to be downloaded from the newsletter.
The Blackburn Primary School Council has approved the Parent Financial Contributions for 2021.
The payment letter is linked to the right, along with further information on the Department’s Parent Payments Policy.
The preferred method of payment is via Compass, however alternate methods are available by contacting the office.
Blackburn Primary School understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offers a range of support options, including the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) & State Schools Relief. If you think you will have difficulty making payments please contact the General Office, to discuss possible support options and flexible payment arrangements. Any information about your financial circumstances, payment arrangements or status will be kept strictly confidential.
Parents & Friends
Being part of the Parents and Friends Committee and Association is a great way to get to know the school community and contribute to making BPS a better place for our children, parents and teachers.
We rely on volunteers to help plan, coordinate and help with the activities and events during the year for the benefit of the school community.
Many hands make light work and there are many different roles available to suit any level of commitment.
Parent and Friends Committee (PFC)
PFC is a group of volunteer parents that meet twice a term to plan and schedule the social and fundraising activities for our school community with the support of the School Council
Parents and Friends Network
PFN is a network of parents and friends who support and volunteer for the social and fundraising activities. Every parent is encouraged to be part of PFN in whatever capacity.
- Volunteer time. Perhaps one hour per term to an hour each week.
- Volunteer service, expertise, equipment or sponsorship.
The Blackburn Primary School Council plays a key role in our school. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
(see Victorian Education Department’s webpage for more information on the role of a School Council).
The School Council meets on at least 8 occasions in a School Year. Meetings are held at Blackburn Primary School at 7:15pm and are usually 1.5hours in duration. When special circumstances dictate, extraordinary meetings are called and advertised.
Visitors are welcome at School Council Meetings and are invited to make arrangements through the School Principal Andrew Cock to visit a meeting if so desired.
Should parents have questions or concerns we welcome contact with School Councillors. Our parent councillors are often in the school and encourage you to introduce yourself, or Email contact can be made to the Council via the President at Cindy.Kozel@education.vic.gov.au
In 2020, the elected School Council comprises of 11 parents and 5 staff members. They are:
Cindy K (00T,4A,6A)
Shirlee C (2D)
Chrisanthy C (2F)
Melissa G (2C,6A)
Ben S (34F,6E)
Anthony D (00T,4A)
Drew R (00T)
Susan B (00T, 3H, 5B)
Bronwen M (1S)
Mark F (1S)
Maria H (2D,5B)
Andrew Cock (Principal)
Marianne Fusillo (Assistant Principal)
Kaye Fraser (Classroom Teacher)
Clare Parsons (Classroom Teacher)
Angelo Merlino (Classroom Teacher)
Jackie Kapoor (Business Manager – Minute Taker)
Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March *
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September
Term 4: 5 October to 18 December
Term 1: 27 January (school teachers start) to 1 April *
Term 2: 19 April to 25 June
Term 3: 12 July to 17 September
Term 4: 4 October to 17 December
Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 8 April *
Term 2: 26 April to 24 June
Term 3: 11 July to 16 September
Term 4: 3 October to 20 December
* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details. For more dates and public holidays go to https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/datesterm.aspx
Children are required to wear the school uniform everyday. The uniform assists children to identify with the school and aides new students in their association with their surroundings.
Blackburn Primary is a SunSmart school. During Terms 1 and 4 all children must wear a hat during sport, recreational time, and other curriculum activities outdoors. Children who do not bring a hat to school will be expected to remain in the shaded area under the old schoolhouse and will not be able to participate in outside activities.
Please ensure that ALL items of clothing and property (eg; bags, lunch boxes, drink bottles etc) are clearly marked with your child’s name.
Ross Hayward Sports (RHS) uniform items may be purchased online and from their store in Ringwood. The Uniform Shop is located at Unit 14/100 New St, Ringwood and items can be purchased directly from the store. Online orders are available via the link to the right and are delivered to the school weekly.
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Second Hand Uniform
Our Parents & Friends Association run a secondhand uniform sale once a term if sufficient donations have been received. Dates are advertised in the newsletter.
If your family is facing hardship or severe financial difficulties, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help meet education costs, including uniform. This support is provided by not-for-profit organisation State Schools’ Relief (SSR). You are encouraged to talk to the Principal or Assistant Principal about your situation and they will assess what you can receive.
Students starting Prep who meet the criteria for Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) are automatically able to get help with uniforms through State Schools’ Relief (SSR). A voucher will be provided to subsidise a winter warmer uniform package for the Prep student of:
1 x rugby top or windcheater or long sleeve polo
1 x tracksuit pants
1 x pair of shoes (lace up or t-bar or runner/sneaker).
You may need to contribute the difference in value between the voucher and the cost of the items.