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What is SWPBS?


School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a school- wide framework for developing and explicitly teaching appropriate and positive behaviours. SWPBS comprises a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important student social; and learning outcomes, while also preventing problem behaviour among students.


SWPBS practices and interventions have been designed using research and evidence that have been demonstrated to be effective. Introducing, modelling, and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.



Ashburton Primary School nurtures a positive climate for learning where students aspire to be their best, are challenged and engage cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.


Many teachers implement wonderful, creative, fun and effective behaviour management systems in their classrooms. SWPBS is a collaborative effort that actively involves all staff members in a school; teachers, ES, paraprofessionals, and students. This cooperative approach recognizes the critical importance of consistency across people and settings in creating safe schools and effective learning environments. When linked to a broader system of behavioural supports, effective classroom management strategies and techniques become even more effective and efficient. This makes the work of the classroom teacher easier and the school experience of the student more positive.


The school expectations- Be Respectful, Be Safe and Be a Learner are supported by the student Behaviour Matrix and the Behaviour Management Flowchart. These documents provide the basis upon which behaviours are expected and the appropriate procedures to follow to manage inappropriate behaviour. These expectations were adopted in consultation with school staff, students and the Ashburton community.  The specific set of behaviours that are pro social and focus on prevention and early intervention were developed in consultation with staff and students.

APS Expectations

Be Respectful

Respecting self and others, school and community property.

Be Safe

Being safe in everything we do around the school and online.

Be a Learner

Being curious, having high standards, striving to do our best, and allowing others the opportunity to learn.


A clear structure of positive reinforcements, which includes rewards is essential in complementing and encouraging appropriate behaviour and preventing inappropriate behaviour.


SWPBS programs are determined by up to date research as well as analysis of school data and input from all stakeholders of the school community. Evaluation and refining of our current systems will be done on a regular and as needs basis.


As part of our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework, Ashburton Primary School has a focus on teaching appropriate behaviours to all students and developing a consistent approach to managing inappropriate behaviours. All members of the school community (staff, students, parents and visitors) are expected to model appropriate behaviours as set out in the behaviour matrix.


We believe that positive relationships are imperative in creating successful learning environments. School wide systems and procedures that have been developed in schools to achieve success are:

1. Behavioural expectations are defined

A small number of clearly defined common behavioural expectations are defined in positive, simple rules displayed in our matrix.

2. Behavioural expectations are taught

The behavioural expectations are taught to all students and are taught in real contexts. Specific behaviours of positive behaviours are taught.

3. Appropriate behaviours are acknowledged

Once appropriate behaviours have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis- verbally, through individual rewards and shared rewards.

4. Behavioural errors are corrected positively

When students violate behavioural expectations, clear procedures are needed for providing information to them that their behaviour was not acceptable. The correct behaviour is explained and taught directly from the matrix.

Expected Behaviour Matrix

Visit our school to see our SWPBS board and the rewards students may receive if they show these Positive Behaviours.




Ashy Awards



New for 2019, Ashburton Primary School has introduced the ‘Ashy Awards’. 

Teachers either nominate a specific class for their outstanding work or a specific student. They are awarded to students who have shown attributes greater than expectation, replacing the SMILE Awards.


Parents/guardians will be alerted via Compass if their child is receiving this award so that they can attend the Assembly.  


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:

1. in front of the school over Fakenham Rd;

2. beside Ashburton train station across Welfare Parade; and

3. 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 on the lower basketball court.

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.


In 2015 we introduced a school management system called COMPASS. Parents will be given access to make payments, record student absences, access student reports and generally communicate with the school. Compass provides the school community with a range of facilities which streamline communication and provide improved access to information. Parents are able to login to Compass using their family login details via the “Compass Community Portal” located on the home page of the School Website.

For forms and more information, please see the School Documentation tab under the Community button on Compass. 


In 2015 we introduced a school management system called COMPASS. Parents will be given access to make payments, record student absences, access student reports and generally communicate with the school. Compass provides the school community with a range of facilities which streamline communication and provide improved access to information. Parents are able to login to Compass using their family login details via the “Compass Community Portal” located on the home page of the School Website.

For forms and more information, please see the School Documentation tab under the Community button on Compass. 

Team Kids

TeamKids is a premium before, after and vacation care provider. Their teacher qualified staff enable children to explore exceptional experiences that excite, engage and entertain. Come join TeamKids and let the fun begin!

For the past seven years, TeamKids has been consistently voted by children, parents, schools and now the Department of Education Victoria, as the ‘provider of choice’ for vacation care.

The TeamKids holiday program is industry leading. They run a balanced mix of in-house activities, incursions and excursions with extended hours to suit working families.

Holiday Program Details

Ashburton Primary School
Fakenham Road,
Ashburton, VIC 3147

On-site Location
School Hall

Hours & Fees
Click here to see Hours & Fees

Drop off anytime before 9.30am unless otherwise specified on daily description below. Pickup anytime after 4pm.

Bookings & Cancellations
Click Here to Book Online

Customer Support
9am – 5pm Term Times
7am – 6.30pm Holiday Times

03 9532 0366

Click here to access our Terms & Conditions


School Uniform

School Uniform is now available through Primary School Wear in Mount Waverley. To order online and for more information, head to:

Classroom Cuisine & Milk Bar

Parents have two options for ordering lunch for students. 

1. Classroom Cuisine is an online ordering service that provides 2 or 3-course menu options. Orders close 8.30am on the day of delivery and they will send you a confirmation email. The food is delivered cold to the Front Office where students can collect it. A menu is available from the Front Office and online. 

Classroom Cuisine 2019

2. The Victory Blvd Milk Bar provides traditional hot food options for lunch. Orders are written on a paper bag with correct change enclosed and students will place them in the classroom lunch order box during roll marking time. These boxes are delivered to the front of the Hall for collection and returned at lunchtime. If your child arrives late to school, they must bring the lunch order to the Front Office. A menu with prices is available from the Front Office. 

Milkbar 2019

School Term Dates 2019

Term 1

29 January: Curriculum Day – No School

30 January: Curriculum Day – No School

Term Dates: 31 January (Thursday – whole school starts) – 5 April

31 January: Preps attend from 9am – 1pm only

8 March: Curriculum Day – No School

Term 2

23 April (Tuesday) – 28 June

25 April: ANZAC Day – No School

7 June: Curriculum Day – No School

10 June: Curriculum Day – No School

Term 3

15 July – 20 September

Term 4

7 October – 20 December

5 November: Melbourne Cup – No School


Outside School Hours Care

TeamKids is setting a new standard in Before, After & Vacation Care. We develop exceptional experiences that excite, engage and entertain and provide an unparalleled level of comfort for schools and families.

To find out more go to


It has been just over 90 years since Ashburton Primary School first opened its doors to students in May 1928.

We believe that an enduring partnership between our staff, parents and carers is the foundation of our School Community and vital to the success of our school.

The School Community provides strong support for the school through active involvement in management, administrative, classroom, social, and fundraising tasks through:


School Council

School Council members,  representing parents, teachers, and members of the community, are elected or appointed for a two-year term. They meet monthly and parents are welcome to observe; please call The Office if you are interested. Councillors are active on working Committees and may also accept an executive position as Council President, Treasurer or Secretary. Current committees include Finance, Fundraising, Community Engagement, Education and Policy Development. Our current School Council President is Keats Brydon. 

Class Representative Scheme
Early in Term One, parents are invited to volunteer for the role of Class Representative of their child’s class.  Two Class Reps liaise between their class teacher and parents of their class/year level, and other school bodies. They also:


  • call on parents to help in class or other related school activities;
  • generate a class list of student and parent/s names and contact numbers;
  • join other Class Reps in that year level to organise a school activity;
  • organise occasional social activities for parents within their class/year level;
  • encourage other parents to visit the classroom and the teacher informally.

This scheme allows parents to meet others in the School Community.


Class Support
Ashburton Primary School encourages parents to participate in their child’s learning programs by assisting teachers:


  • in class literacy and numeracy programs;
  • in creative arts programs and activities;
  • to walk children to swimming lessons;
  • during inter-school sports and/or
  • during excursions and camps.

A number of supporting parent programs are offered each year e.g. Classroom Helpers Program.


Information Events
Many Information Events are held at the school at night to accommodate all parents. Other such events include the Prep Transition Program for new students and parents, Transition to Secondary School and Human Development.



Prep Transition Program
The Ashburton Primary School’s Prep Transition Program prepares and welcomes new students to their first year of school. The Program begins during the year before preps are expected to begin school. A series of familiarisation activities are held for both the children and their parents. They are run by the Prep Coordinator and the Prep Teachers with assistance from the Enrolment Officer, P.A. and the School community.





Social & Fund Raising Activities
Numerous fund raising activities are held by Ashburton Primary School each year. In the past these have included: the Grand Fair, various food days, Walk-a-thons and more. These raise money for Ashburton Primary and local initiatives. Every year, APS fundraising teams come up with new and exciting programs for us to try.






Effective communication between teachers and parents at Ashburton Primary School is made possible through several avenues during the school year.

These include our school website, newsletters, information sessions, meetings, social gatherings, community events, conferences, individual progress reports, administrative reports, school assemblies, and parent education programs.

Information is also distributed by teachers to familiarise parents with their children’s day-to-day class activities.


A newsletter is distributed every second Wednesday via Compass.

School Assemblies

School Assemblies are held every Friday afternoon.

How do we learn?

Over the course of the year, the Leadership team will be presenting different ideas, theories and research papers on ‘how do we learn?’ Learning theory is complex, involved and as expected has many points of view. At Ashburton Primary School, as at most schools, we have melded a number of learning theories to develop our beliefs and understandings about how students learn in order to provide the best possible learning outcomes academically, socially and emotionally for your children. Most learning theories abide under three premises;

  • We learn through social interaction
  • We all learn in different ways and at different rates
  • Learning needs to be relevant, meaningful and purposeful

Please read the following Learning Theory articles.

Internet Safety

Earlier this year we held a parent presentation on Internet Safety provided by Federal Police and Microsoft.

We want to encourage young people to have fun online and with mobile technologies, but to always stay in control.

Just as you try to protect your child in the real world, you would also like to keep them safe in the online world. Helping to equip young people with online safety skills will help them to get the most out of the Internet and to stay in control whilst doing so. If you would like to find out more go to the Think u know site.

Parent Guide to Victorian Government Schools

A new booklet from the DEECD designed to inform parents about the great things happening in Victorian government schools. This is part of the Shine campagin currently airing on televsion. Click on the PDF file to download the booklet.

School Policies Link

These policies will be reviewed and updated as necessary. They can be accessed on Compass and by clicking on the following link:

Child Safe

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Ashburton Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Ashburton Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Ashburton Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Ashburton Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

For further information, see:

Child Safe Policy

Child Safe Code of Conduct


Ashburton Primary School’s SunSmart policy aims to encourage behaviours that reflect a healthy UV exposure balance, ensuring some sun exposure for vitamin D while minimising the risk of skin cancer.

In line with our SunSmart Policy, students are required to wear their school hat as a sun protection measure from September to the end of April, and whenever UV levels reach 3 and above.

Students are also encouraged to apply SPF 30+ (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen daily at a minimum from September to the end of April, and whenever UV levels reach 3 and above.