Parents & Community
Funding Boost for Baxter P.S.
On Tuesday 28th May 2019, our Principal received a very exciting letter from the Honorable James Merlino—Deputy Premier, Minister for Education. Please see the below excerpt:
“This year, the Victorian Government has announced a $4.1 billion education package, continuing it’s commitment to make Victoria the ‘Education State’.
The 2019-20 State Budget provides $1.8 billion to build new schools, upgrade existing schools and buy land to ensure future educational demand can be met. This includes an investment of $179.5 million to continue the largest ever removal of asbestos from government schools.
Having modern and up-to-date classrooms and facilities in our schools is a fundamental part of ensuring that every child has the best possible education. We cannot build the ‘Education State’ without investing in our schools’ bricks and mortar.
I am delighted to confirm that the Victorian Government has allocated $2.581 million to fund a new permanent modular school building at Baxter Primary School as part of the Permanent Modular School Buildings Program.
I have asked the Victorian School Building Authority to work closely with you to deliver this project, ensuring that the new building accords with the school’s education vision.”
We are extremely excited by this news! As soon as we know exactly what this means, which buildings are affected, timelines, etc, we will share the information with the school community.
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 or join our Facebook communication page (PAV- Parents and volunteers of Baxter Primary School) if you would like to become involved.
School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools.
The School Council supports the Principal to provide the best 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).
Simon May (President)
Kylie Bethune (Vice President)
Paula Gailey (Treasurer)
Nick Schneider (Principal)
Jackie Wilson (Business Manager)
Rosalea Andrews (Teacher)
Lori Frowd (Teacher)
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.
Peninsula Uniforms are available for purchase at the school on alternate Thursdays from 2:45pm to 3:45pm on the following dates:
10th December (9am – 11am)
Uniforms can also be purchased directly from Peninsula Uniforms in Carrum Downs.
Every Monday is ‘treat day’ at Baxter Primary School, when our canteen is opened for the first half of lunchtime. Children can bring money to school to purchase a special treat. We offer ice cream cones, cold milo and Zooper Doopers in the warmer months and hot milo, treat size chocolate frogs and Caramello koalas in the colder months
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.
Lunchiez is a lunch delivery service that specialises in making nutritious food for Primary School aged children. In a Lunchiez lunchbox, children receive four items:
1) A wrap or warm meal (you decide)
2) A mini muffin
3) A drink (fruit juice or water)
4) A box of dried fruit
These lunches are only $5.75 per child and can be ordered 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