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PAV is Baxter Primary Schools, parent and volunteer school community group.

It is made up of School Councilors, parents, grandparents, extended family and friends of the school, who would like to be involved in either their child’s education or to assist the school in creating an inclusive and friendly community environment for the children and families attending our school.

PAVs objectives are to raise funds, improve facilities and surroundings and create a social, nurturing school community environment for the township of Baxter, its children and families.

Everyone is welcome to join and we are always in need of helping hands. We do require a current Working with Children Check linked to the school and a Department of Education food safety course completed if working in the canteen or with food. Volunteers will be assisted in this simple process.

Please contact the school office if you would like to become involved.

Upcoming Events


School Council

School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools.

The School Council supports the Principal to provide the b​​est possible educational outcomes for students.

The School Council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.

School councils have three main responsibilities:

  • Finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

Baxter Primary’s School Council consists of 12 members, 8 Parent members and 4 members from the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Parent Members

Kylie Bethune (President)

Linda Reeves (Vice President)

Karlee Rich (Secretary)

Carly Millar (Treasurer)

Rachael Poole

Liam Fitzgerald

Leanne Nankervis

Sarah Jewell

DET Members

Nick Schneider (Principal)

Michelle Bremner (Assistant Principal)

Nick Shute (Teacher)

Jade Dahlstrom (Learning Specialist)

School Council elections are held annually in March and each councilor is elected for a term of 2 years.

School Council meets once a month. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office.

Uniform Shop

Peninsula Uniforms are available for purchase at the school, on the first Thursday and last Thursday of Term 1, 2 & 3. In Term 4, the uniform shop will be open at school on the first Thursday of the term and on the statewide ‘Up Day’. This is usually the first or second Tuesday in December.

Uniforms can also be purchased online and directly from Peninsula Uniforms in Carrum Downs.


Every Tuesday is ‘Treat Day’ at Baxter Primary School, when our canteen is open for the first half of lunchtime. Children can bring money to school to purchase a special treat. We offer icy poles, cold milo and Zooper Doopers in the warmer months and hot milo, treat size chocolate frogs and Caramello koalas in the colder months. Treats range from just 50c to $1.

Special lunch order days are also organised throughout the year. These will be notified through the classrooms, with reminders posted on our website and through Compass.


Lunch orders

Lunchiez is a lunch delivery service that specialises in making nutritious food for Primary School aged children. Children can choose a lunch order, every Friday.

Please note: Lunch orders must be completed online by 9pm Thursday night to ensure delivery the next day.


Compass is our school management system that was introduced late 2018. All families receive a letter that explains what Compass does, along with a unique username and password. The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
  • Update your family contact information
  • View a school calendar
  • Download and view your child’s Semester Reports
  • Pay and provide consent for excursions/incursions