About Us

Principal’s Welcome

Ruskin Park Primary School is a vibrant place where learning and relationships are at the centre of our school life.

I am proud to lead a passionate and dedicated staff who strive to ensure the social, emotional and intellectual development of our students is at the forefront. We believe students learn best when they have the confidence to embrace challenges in a safe and supportive learning environment.

In addition to a classroom program that is designed to engage and cater for the individual needs of our students, we have a rich specialist program that includes Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Japanese. Homework and gardening clubs are just some of the many extra-curricular opportunities available at Ruskin Park Primary School.

Positive relationships with the students and their families, based on trust, respect and support are important. The home-school connection is incredibly powerful and key to a child’s development. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s educational journey and this is facilitated by an active parents and friends network.

We believe high expectations and a positive attitude toward learning in a friendly community promotes success today, tomorrow and into the future.

We encourage you to visit our school. For a tour, please make contact by telephoning us on 9723 3886 or emailing the school at ruskin.park.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Andrew Moore

Vision & Values

School Vision

Every student at Ruskin Park Primary School is encouraged to develop their natural curiosity and imagination through new and engaging approaches to teaching.

We believe a positive attitude toward learning in a friendly community promotes success today, tomorrow and into the future.

School Values

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Creativity
  • Building Friendships

Uniform

Boys Summer Uniform

Plain black shorts (no stripes/embellishments)

Gold short sleeve polo shirt with logo

Purple windcheater/bomber jacket with logo or black Year 6 Jacket (Year 6 only)

School Gold brimmed sunhat with logo (September to April)

Black or white Socks

Girls Summer Uniform

Ruskin Park summer school dress (Note: Leggings are not to be worn under the summer school dress), or plain black shorts/skirt/long black summer pants (no jeans/leggings/stripes/embellishments)

Gold short sleeve polo shirt with logo

Purple windcheater/jacket with logo or black Year 6 Jacket (Year 6 only)

School gold brimmed sunhat with logo (September to April)

Black or white Socks

Hair ties and hair accessories need to be of a neutral colour or school uniform colours

Other Items/ Notes

In special circumstances, an exemption may be granted by the Principal.

The dress code applies during school hours, on excursions, including sporting events and traveling too and from school.

It is compulsory for students to wear the school issued broad brimmed hat during outside activities from September until the end of April in line with the SunSmart policy.

Students are not permitted to wear jewellery including earrings, other than studs or sleepers, to ensure their safety during school hours.

Students are not permitted to wear makeup or nail polish to school.

Ruskin Park Grade 5 & 6 sports tops may be worn on days of Physical Education or where organised sporting events are occurring.

Shoes must be sensible closed toe shoes that are laced leather shoes or runners.

Implementation

Parents will need to apply in writing for their child to be exempt of wearing the school uniform in special circumstances.

Parents will be informed of any non-compliance with the dress code.

Parents may purchase the school uniform through Primary School Wear (PSW) at the PSW Lusher Road shop or online at  www.psw.com.au. Further information will be provided to new students and will be available on request at the school office.

Parents will be informed of the changes to the dress code through the school newsletter.

 

Boys Winter Uniform

Long black track pants (no stripes/embellishments or jeans)

Gold short/long sleeve polo shirt with logo or gold skivvy (note not available from uniform shop)

Purple windcheater/bomber jacket with logo or black Year 6 jacket (Year 6 only)

Black or white socks

Plain black beanie (no stripes/embellishments)

Girls Winter Uniform

Tartan tunic

Long black track pants (no jeans/leggings/stripes/embellishments) or black pleat in black/purple/white check school skirt

Gold short/long sleeve polo shirt with logo or gold skivvy (note not available from uniform shop)

Purple windcheater/bomber jacket with logo or black Year 6 jacket (Year 6 only)

Black tights/black or white socks dress (Note: leggings are not to be worn )

Plain black beanie (no stripes/embellishments)

Orders

Special jackets for students in Year 6 (ordered at the end of the previous year)
Ruskin Park Primary School Sports Tops ( Year 5 and 6 )

Uniform Shop

School Uniforms may be purchased at the PSW Uniform Shop conveniently located in Lusher Road, Croydon.

Link | http://psw.com.au/

Check out the online ordering service.

8A/51 Lusher Road,
Croydon, Vic, 3136
Ph: 03 9725 4664
Monday to Friday : 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Canteen

The canteen will provide a lunch ordering service for students every Wednesday. Please find below a copy of the current menu.

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Ruskin Park Primary School Combined OSHC Program is a community based Education and Care service managed by the school council.

Our program focuses on children’s play and leisure and is guided by the National Quality Standards for Education and Care Services and the National Framework for School Age Care in Australia.

We provide children with a variety of fun and engaging play and recreational activities in safe, supportive and relaxed environment. Children are presented with choices and challenges and are encouraged to develop life skills, independence and friendships.

Programs Provided

Before School Care
The Before School Care Program operates from 7.00 am to 8.45 am each weekday during school terms. A healthy breakfast is provided each morning as part of the program

After School Care
The After School Care Program operates from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm each weekday during school terms, except on the last day of term when care is available from 2.30 pm. A nutritious snack is provided at after school as part of the program.

End of term early dismissal, term one, two and three – 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

End of term early dismissal, term four – 1.30pm to 6.30pm.

Curriculum Day Care
All day Curriculum Day Programs operate from 7.00 am to 6.30 pm.

2018 Fees

  • Before School Care (casual) $14.00
  • Before School Care  (permanent) $12.00
  • After School Care (casual) $19.00
  • After School Care (permanent) $17.00
  • Curriculum Day (In house) $50.00
  • Curriculum Day (Excursion) $60.00

Handbook

Click below to download the OSHC program Family Handbook.

Lunchtime Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities

Senior Choir

  • for students in Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • open to anyone who fits into this age group and is free of charge
  • rehearses from the beginning of Term 1 through to the end of the year. (Rehearsals are held during school hours, every Friday after assembly)
  • performs regularly, their most notable performances are given in collaboration with the Croydon RSL, on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, with whom Ruskin Park Primary has a strong and respectful relationship
  • developing amazing skills for all students
  • building bright and successful musical futures

Other highlights for the Senior Choir this year have been assembly performances, the rock band debut, the Maroondah Festival and our annual Christmas Concert.

 

Junior Choir

  • for students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2.
  • anyone who fits the right age group is welcome to join and being part of the choir is free of charge
  • starts rehearsing in Term 2 and runs to the end of the year
  • rehearses every week for half an hour during Friday lunchtimes
  • performs in school assemblies
  • a great deal of fun is had at this level
  • assential choral and musical skills are learnt for being able to sing effectively in the Senior Choir

 

Other highlights for the Junior Choir are when they will perform at the Maroondah Festival and our annual Christmas Concert.

 

Rock Band

  • an auditioned group open to anyone who is able to play an instrument or sing
  • rehearse weekly for an hour every Thursday lunchtime
  • perform at assemblies, other school events and at the Maroondah Festival.
  • they are directed by Jim Leftley from Creative Music with the assistance of our music teacher, Mrs Burgess.

 

 

Garden Club

The garden club began with a dream of a vegetable patch for the children to potter about in and grow tasty treats. In 2010 and 2011 the dream was being realised, with wonderful results. 2012 was a dry patch for the club, with direction being lost…. until in 2013 two grade 2 girls decided they wanted to work in the garden as part of their inquiry unit, then one teacher and one parent offered to assist. Within 2 weeks there were 20 children busy watering, digging and drawing designs of what their hearts desired the patch to become.

Now, in 2018, the garden is still evolving with students and parents meandering about; tending the soil, turning compost, planting, watering, harvesting and sharing stories and ideas of different ways people spend time in their garden, of foods we enjoy, and how we can care for our environment in a sustainable way.

We now boast a wicking bed with strawberries and a hot compost system, which are terrific demonstrations of science and engineering principals working within the humble garden setting. We have had the privilege of learning about bees, and their significance to our environment, directly from an expert in the field. We are creating a magnificent Indigenous Habitat corner and Butterfly garden to increase the bio-diversity of our school, to provide a terrific outdoor learning space, and to passively problem solve the winter water pooling around the playground.

Garden club is run by parent volunteers, but is supported by the staff. It is open to all students at Ruskin Park Primary School, and although the focus is at the vegetable patch near the garden shed, other environmental interests are covered.

We have organised and implemented National School’s Tree Planting Day 3 years consecutively, with amazing participation from staff, students, and parents. Last year, 2017, we planted 200 plants, with 7 classes, the senior environment and sustainability student teams, the garden club children, and over 60 parents.

Anyone is welcome to participate in Garden Club, we run from 1:30 – 3:00 each Thursday, but also with ‘special days’ such as Tree planting Day. Adults require a current Working With Children Check, but students are welcome to pop in at any time to say ‘Hi’. Gardening experience is not necessary, as we are all learning together.

For more information, please email the school at ruskin.park.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

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