Before & After School Care
NEW IN 2018!
Baxter PS Playgroup
Here at Baxter Primary we are excited to have our very own playgroup at our school.
The aim of our Playgroup is to provide a welcoming, safe and fun play space for children to explore, learn and have fun! At each session there will be an opportunity for independent play and exploration, story time, snack time and music and movement.
It is also a great place for parents and grandparents to come, relax and meet other parents/grandparents from our community.
WHO: Parents and caregivers with children aged birth to school age
WHEN: Wednesday & Thursday mornings 9:15–10:45am during the school term
WHERE: Our new Playgroup Room on site
HOW: The session will be run by a fully qualified Early Childhood teacher. Parents and carers will be required to stay and join in the fun!
WHY: It is a great place for children to learn through playing, singing, art and craft, interacting with other children and having fun, all in a safe and happy community environment. It is also a great place for parents to come, relax and meet other parents from our community.
Contact the school for more details!
Baxter Primary School’s Camp Program is truly unique. It provides opportunities for students to develop positive relationships whilst participating in a range of safe, developmentally appropriate activities. The children’s first experience of camping occurs in Year 3 when they are given the opportunity to spend three days and two nights on the Sorrento Foreshore. Although the experiences are different, they then attend the same camp in Year 4. Whilst at Sorrento the children will undertake sessions on the back beach with a local Ranger, visit the site of Victoria’s first settlement, attend the cinemas, go to Top Fun and engage in a variety of beach activities, including fishing.
Once the children have become familiar with the routines and expectations of camp, they are ready to go away for a full week by the time they get to the Senior School. In fact, in both Year 5 and 6 the students attend two full week camps. One year the students will attend the Wilson’s Prom camp and on the alternative year they will travel to Hall’s Gap. These camps usually take place late April or early May. Prior to each camp a great deal of work is undertaken regarding the history, flora, fauna and geological significance of the area. In late October, the children are then given the opportunity to camp down at Sorrento for a week.
Along with the activities previously outlined the children also get the chance to visit either Fort Nepean or travel by ferry to Fort Queenscliff and learn about our recent history.
Our School Camp Program is very well resourced and fully self-sufficient. We rely on members of the school community to assist with the setting up and staffing of the camps and therefore, costs are kept to a minimum.
The Program aims to:
- Challenge children
- Promote resilience, initiative, self-reliance and responsibility
- Encourage relationship building, problem solving, respect and teamwork
- Endorse healthy lifestyle choices
Foundation Transition Program
At Baxter Primary School, we understand the importance of preparing students for change. We offer an extensive transition program to help ensure students know what to expect as they transition from Kindergarten to school. Students will have the opportunity to meet teachers, peers and older buddies prior to commencing school. In addition to classroom activities, children will gain an insight into a variety of Baxter Primary programs including Art, Music and Physical Education.
2018 Transition dates:
Tuesday 19th June – 9:15 – 10:15am
Tuesday 31st July – 9:15 – 10:15am
Thursday 16th August – 11:30 – 1:30pm (attend the School production)
Wednesday 12th September – 9:15 – 10:45am
Thursday 18th October – 9:15 – 10:45am
Wednesday 14th November – 9:15 – 10:45am
Tuesday 11th December – 9:15 – 10:45am
Please contact the school on 5971 1391 for further information.
Senior Transition Program
The transition process has begun in earnest for the Year 6 students. In fact, it has been going on for quite some time now. Neighbouring Secondary Schools regularly liaise with us to make the whole process as easy as possible. Schools will regularly visit Baxter Primary School to outline what they have to offer and will often bring past students back to talk about their experiences. At other times our students are invited to immerse themselves in Secondary School life for a day or attend whole school concerts and productions.
In most cases children will attend their neighbourhood school and are guaranteed a place there. Applications to schools are currently taking place and are due by the Friday 11th May. Although Year 7 placements will be determined by secondary schools, all communication regarding the transition process must be in writing and lodged through Baxter Primary School until the Year 7 placement is confirmed. Notification of your child’s Year 7 placement for 2019 will be confirmed on Wednesday 8 August 2018.
The Department of Education and Training (the Department) website contains comprehensive information on the transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
For information for parents, please see: education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/secondary/Pages/starting.aspx
For information for students, please see:
As part of the transition process students will participate in an orientation day. All government schools hold this orientation day on the same day – usually the second Tuesday of December. At the orientation day, your child will:
- tour the school
- meet teachers and ask questions
- find out about the dress code
- learn what they will be doing in their first year
- meet other students