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 new and existing families with relevant information. Our aim is to make every child’s educational journey a positive, enriching experience and equip them with the skills to actively contribute to their 21st Century environment. This is the responsibility of our whole school community, through parents, teachers and students working and learning together. 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 Natalie Nelson


School Profile

Ashburton Primary School is a government education setting for approx. 570 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 of the Department of Education and Early Childhood.

An $8.3 million building redevelopment and refurbishment project under the Victorian School Plan and Economic Stimulus Package was completed in 2014. The school facilities include a full sized gymnasium, performing arts hall, performing arts studio, Japanese classroom, library and art studio. There are 25 classroom spaces in total across the school. There are three ‘Pods’ of four classrooms, which currently accommodate Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students as well as two Mod 5 double portables totalling four classrooms.

The renovated main building has eight classrooms upstairs which currently houses the senior students. All classroom spaces are flexible and open plan. A Team teaching approach is used consistently across the school and reflects the developmental needs of the children. The teaching and learning philosophy states that active learners are developed based on the premise that learning is a social process, learning needs to be relevant, purposeful and authentic, and we all learn differently and at different rates.

Administration areas include school office, first aid facilities, conference room, staff centre, storage areas and offices for leadership personnel.

Outdoor play spaces include a natural sandpit, dry creek bed, an oval, cricket pitch, synthetic grass, netball, basketball and four square hard courts, Junior and Senior agility play equipment, rotunda and passive shaded play 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. Currently all students have weekly sessions in Japanese, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Dedicated staff members teach all specialist areas. The results of NAPLAN (National Student Achievement tests) confirm that our school provides highly successful programs and effective classroom teaching matched to students’ learning needs.

Quality teaching is highly valued at Ashburton Primary School. Staff have access to many educational experts and research to determine the best teaching approach and develop content knowledge as changes occur in the expected curriculum produced by the government. Staff members represent a cross section in terms of age, experience and gender. The current profile is twenty five classroom teachers, four specialist teachers, two support teachers, several integration aides, a library technician, two office staff, a business manager, a wellbeing co-ordinator, two Assistant Principals and a Principal.

Parents have high aspirations for their children and enthusiastically support programs. Parents are involved in Class Representative Scheme, School Council, School Council sub committees, working parties, Parents’ Association, Parent helpers in the classroom, Grand Fair, excursions and as guest speakers.

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

Guiding Principles

At Ashburton Primary School, everything we do is guided by three simple principles. They apply to our students, our staff, our families and all other members of the APS community. The principles are:

Be. We are positive and optimistic people. Our students are motivated, dedicated and resilient; confident, thoughtful and supportive. They lead in many ways, showing good judgement. Our staff and families model this behaviour, guiding our students to fulfil their potential, well equipped for the next phase of their life.

Know. Active learning is the centre of the Ashburton model: a partnership between students, staff and families that fosters enquiry, creativity and critical thinking on a foundation of core academic excellence, and physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Learning at APS is collaborative, stimulating and developmentally appropriate.

Contribute. We thrive on working together to foster community cohesion: within the school, our local area, and beyond, demonstrating respect, acceptance and social responsibility.


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.

Walking Wednesday’s
Students are actively encouraged to walk or scoot on the first Wednesday of every month. SRC students collect data on the number of students who used ‘active travel’. The class who has the highest percentage is awarded the ‘Ashburton Primary School Golden Shoe’ trophy at assembly.