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

Ruskin Park Primary School seeks to motivate a ‘Rising to the Challenge’ attitude in students by providing a caring and supportive environment. Students who have a positive attitude and feel secure in accepting challenges are more willing to embrace new experiences and become lifelong learners. 


School Values

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Persistence


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 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 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 to and from school.

It is compulsory for students to wear the school 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 Year 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.


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

Black & purple spray jacket with school logo (optional)

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 )

Black & purple spray jacket with school logo (optional)

Plain black beanie (no stripes/embellishments)


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 | https://psw.com.au/

Check out the online ordering service.

8A/51 Lusher Road,
Croydon, Vic, 3136
Ph: 03 9768 0336

Monday to Friday : 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Our school has partnered with an independent provider called TheirCare to provide exceptional Outside School Hours Care services for our school community.

The program is available for all children at Ruskin Park Primary School from 6:45am until 8:45am in the morning and from 3:30pm until 6:30pm each school day.

During School Holidays & Pupil Free Days the service will operate from 6:45am until 6:30pm.

Families wishing to use this service can visit the TheirCare website: www.theircare.com.au

Families are eligible for a Government Rebate called the Child Care Subsidy which can reduce the cost per session by up to 90%.

More information can be obtained by contacting the school or ringing TheirCare Support Team on 1300 072 410.

TheirCare provides a stimulating and safe environment for all children. During sessions, children develop life-skillsfriendshipsconfidence and creativity through play-based programs.


 Lunchtime Clubs & Extra Curricular Activities

Senior Choir

  • for students in Years 3 – 6
  • open to anyone interested and is free of charge
  • rehearses from the beginning of Term 1 through to the end of the year
  • 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 with
  • develops amazing skills for all students
  • builds bright and successful musical futures

Other highlights for the Senior Choir include assembly performances, the Maroondah Festival and our annual Christmas Concert.


Junior Choir

  • for students in Foundation- 2
  • anyone interested and 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 at school assemblies
  • a great deal of fun is had at this level
  • essential 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 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
  • rehearses weekly for an hour every Thursday lunchtime
  • performs at assemblies, other school events and at the Maroondah Festival
  • is directed by Jim Leftley from Creative Music with the assistance of our music teacher, Miss Lim


 Other clubs include Karate, Library, Coding, Homework and Tennis. 

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 2024, the garden is still evolving with students and parents contributing; 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 the National School’s Tree Planting Day 3 years consecutively, with amazing participation from staff, students, and parents. In 2018, 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 – 2:30 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@education.vic.gov.au