About Ashburton Primary School


Principal’s Message

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all families who are connected to Ashburton Primary School both past, present and future. This website has been designed to provide potential families with relevant information. Ashburton Primary School is a dynamic learning community where students are nurtured to grow and flourish. Our parents, teachers and students work together to achieve this. We invite families to participate in all school programs and activities and look forward to seeing you in the classroom and around our school. Your children enjoy and do benefit from your involvement. We hope your connection with Ashburton Primary School is a long and happy one.

Mrs Margaret Staley 


School Profile

Ashburton Primary School is a government education setting for 595 students from Prep to Year 6. It is located 12 kilometres East from Melbourne and has been providing public education since 1928. It is located in the Boroondara Local Government Area and is part of the North Eastern Region of Victoria.

A total of $9.3 million has been spent on redeveloping and refurbishing the school through Commonwealth and Federal government funding.  Our learning spaces provide an education that is contemporary, relevant and rigorous.  A dedicated team of professionals apply their skills and knowledge to personalise students learning and collaborate together, whilst developing strong relationships. Staff surveys confirm a deep satisfaction in the school climate in particular the development of professional knowledge and practice. The culture of a learning community is fostered through educational programs that cater for a range of abilities physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively to ensure our students flourish. The performance data confirms that high standards are achieved in all areas.

Ashburton Primary School offers a broad curriculum for its students with explicit focus on Literacy and Numeracy.  The Victorian curriculum areas of science, humanities (history, geography, economics), health, civics and citizenship, design, creativity and technology are taught through an integrated approach titled ‘Connected Learning’. Currently all students have weekly sessions in Japanese, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and a term session of STEM. Dedicated staff members teach all specialist areas.

Ashburton Primary School reflects a high socio economic profile with many families from diverse cultural backgrounds.  Over twenty different languages are spoken at home, with many bi- and tri- lingual students. There is very little student transfer during the academic year. Parents have high aspirations for their children and enthusiastically support programs and fund raising activities.

There is a strong sense of connection between all stakeholders at Ashburton Primary School.

It is an exciting time at Ashburton Primary School as we embark on a renewed direction outlined in the Strategic Plan 2019-2022.  Following a rigorous and productive 14 week review process it was agreed that most targets were attained and nearly all actions successfully completed.  The agreed highlights were;

  • We are a great school that continues to improve.
  • Sense of community from parents, students and staff including cohesion and a sense of belonging.
  • Students are actively engaged in their learning. Next steps are to focus on student agency.
  • Teachers connect with professional learning. Next steps are to focus on precision and rigour.

The following goals have been agreed upon (Strategic Plan 2019-2022);

  • Improve student learning growth.
  • Develop student voice, leadership and agency to empower student learning.
  • Strengthen student connectedness and engagement.

The school has completed the review of Strategic Plan 2014- 2018 and are in the process of endorsing the Strategic Plan 2019- 2021.  The 2018 Annual Report will be available shortly.

2018 Annual Report APS

Vision Statement


Ashburton Primary School is a dynamic learning community where students are nurtured to grow and flourish.

Our purpose is to engage and challenge students to achieve their best.

Our students are expected to

  • Be Safe
  • Be respectful
  • Be a learner

Our imperatives are

  • Safety, people, culture
  • Organisational capacity and capability
  • Consistent teaching and learning framework

Our approaches are

  • Positive behaviour
  • Evidence based teaching practice
  • Partnerships
  • High expectations

Our metrics will be

  • Naplan
  • Teacher Judgement
  • Opinion surveys
  • Student, staff and parent APS generated feedback forms

School Values

The key values that form the basis of the actions of our whole school community are:

Being accountable for your own actions

Respecting others and the environment

Maintaining a positive attitude and demonstrating persistence


Getting to School

The safety of our children must be our foremost concern when we travel to and park near Ashburton Primary School, so please take extra care and vigilantly observe all the parking signs and speed regulations within the school vicinity. Ashburton Primary School (M 60 E9) is bordered by Fakenham Rd to the north, Carool Rd to the west, and private residences to the east and south.

Pedestrian Crossings
Pedestrian crossings near the perimeter of the school are manned by Boroondara Council employees from 8.45 – 9.00 am and 3.00 – 3.45 pm every school day. These are the safest places to cross these roads. Ashburton Primary School families should seek out these pedestrian crossings:

in front of the school over Fakenham Rd;

beside Ashburton train station across Welfare Parade; and

near Carool Road across High Street.

Driving & Parking
While building works proceed at our school, there is slightly less parking. However, there is still plenty of parking available in the streets around the school, in car parks adjacent to the train station and behind the nursery in Welfare Parade. Parking is regulated according to Boroondara Council Regulations. There are many parking restrictions around the school. Please read the street signs carefully.

2 Minute drop off Zone
Fakenham Rd has a 2 minute parking zone to pick up and drop off your child. We ask that parents do not leave their cars in this zone.

Riding Bicycles or Scooters
Students who ride scooters to school must wear an approved safety helmet. Scooters are stored near the portables on the oval. Students may ride bicycles to school if they have parent/guardian permission. Bicycles must not be ridden in the school ground. All bicycles must have a lock. Bicycles are stored behind the lower basketball court. Parents wishing to ride to school with young students may seek approval from the Principal.

Public Transport
Ventura Bus Service operates a fare paying bus service which comes from Warrigal Road. A morning service only, it arrives at 8.45 a.m. The route varies depending on demand, so prospective passengers should check with Ventura Bus Lines. Public buses also travel regularly along High Street (south of the school) and Warrigal Road (east of the school). One block west of the school, within easy walking distance across Welfare Parade, is the Ashburton Train Station on the Alamein train line.

The Travel Plan
The Ashburton Primary School Travel Plan is intended to support the students, parents and staff of Ashburton Primary School to reduce the number of car trips to and from school and increase the number of students travelling by active and sustainable modes of travel such as walking, cycling and scooting. This travel plan has been developed in collaboration with the City of Boroondara and Ashburton Primary School staff and parents. It has been driven by the Ashburton Primary TravelSmart Working Group which was formed to address traffic congestion and safety concerns around the school and to encourage parents and students to adopt more active and sustainable modes of transport. The Travel Plan can be accessed on the schools website.