Term Dates | 2021
Start: Thursday, 28 January
Finish: Thursday, 1 April
Start: Monday, 19 April
Finish: Friday, 25 June
Start: Monday, 12 July
Finish: Friday, 17 September
Start: Monday, 4 October
Finish: Friday, 17 December
Curriculum Days (pupil free)
Thursday 18th March
Wednesday 28th April
Tuesday 17th August
Out of school hours care is available on these days. Bookings are required.
Parent Information Booklet
Our School Zone
The Valkstone Primary school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au.
This hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2021 onwards.
Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.
For more information
If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email: email@example.com
2022 Enrolment Documentation
Prep 2021 Parent Information Sessions
School Council Information
Our School Council
School Council, within the framework of overall state policy guidelines, develops systems and processes that best suit our students. Council has a range of responsibilities, including:
- policy making;
- general facilities and grounds usage and maintenance;
- budget approval and oversight;
- employment of the principal and some staff (including Out of School Hours coordinators); and
- community participation.
Whilst overall policy is determined by School Council the day to day programs and operation of the school are the responsibility of the principal and staff.
Composition of Council
School Council is structured to represent the joint interests and responsibilities of teachers and parents for the education of children. Each school council decides on their composition and the numbers of representatives in each category. Our council consists of eleven members in total: six parent members and five DET members including the principal. Councillors serve a two-year term, with half the Council standing for election each year. Elections are held prior to March 31 each year.
The following sub committees have been established to assist in the operation of School Council:
- Strategic Planning
- Grounds and buildings
- Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
Membership of these sub committees is open to parents and teachers. Nominations for membership are called for annually. All sub committees include teachers and at least one School Council representative.
Whilst School Council has the ultimate decision-making responsibility the sub committees initiate improvements, make recommendations and lead the implementation of plans.
The School Council does not act in a vacuum. It seeks to involve the whole school community and, where appropriate, the wider community. Important policy initiatives are moulded in the light of wide consultations with parents, staff and where necessary, students. Involvement in the sub-committees of the School Council is open to both elected members of School Council and members of the general school community. Involvement is generally sought annually, with interest and a willingness to allocate time and ideas being the chief requirements.
Our School Council invites all parents to participate in the work and activities of School Council. Subcommittees are an excellent avenue for such involvement. The council meets at least once per term, usually on a Tuesday evening. School Council meetings are open for observers to attend, and the minutes of meetings are available through the office. Parents are also kept informed through School Council articles in the school newsletter following each meeting.
We invite all parents to consider involvement in this important governing body of our school. Half the Council is up for re-election each year, prior to March 31. Nominations are called via the school’s website and official nomination forms are available from the school office. Elections, involving the whole school community, are held if the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies on Council.
Membership of sub-committees is open to any school community member, based on interest. It is not necessary to be a member of School Council to join a sub-committee. Sub-committees such as the Fundraising sub-committee are vital to the community life of the school and rely on broad membership to achieve its aim of catering for the fundraising needs of the school.
President and Convenor, Strategic planning sub-committee
Mr Joel Chibert
Ms Carli Kawalsky
Treasurer and Convenor, Finance sub-committee
Mr David Rintoul
Convenor, Education sub-committee
Mrs Angela Dawson
Convenor, Grounds and buildings sub-committee
Mr Huw Carisbrooke
Convenor, Fundraising sub-committee
Ms Carli Kawalsky
Convenor, Out of School Hours Care sub-committee
Ms Marilyn Koolstra
School Councillors (2020):
Mr Huw Carisbrooke (Parent)
Mr Joel Chibert (Parent)
Mrs Angela Dawson (DET)
Ms Kate Housden (DET)
Ms Carli Kawalsky (Parent)
Ms Marilyn Koolstra (Principal and Executive Officer)
Ms Michelle Morgan (Parent)
Mr Chandra Ojha (Parent)
Mr Tom Paturzo (DET)
Mr David Rintoul (Parent)
Ms Hannah Southin (DET)
All Councillors can be contacted via the School’s email address.