Ruskin Park works hard to ensure that the social and emotional wellbeing of our students is catered for as much as their academic outcomes. As a result, wellbeing is a major focus. Combined with regular access to our Department of Education appointed educational psychologist and speech pathologist, we have a psychologist who works within the school weekly to support the needs of our students.

We are also a member of the Maroondah Plus 10 schools who are deeply involved in the Victorian government funded Positive Education initiative where staff have completed a range of professional development to more deeply implement positive psychology practices into our school. This year, two staff members have completed their Certificate in Education, Positive Education units through the University of Melbourne and staff members consistently attend the Maroondah Positive Education network meetings. Through our staff strengthening their understanding of positive education, we can better implement the practices into classrooms to even further enhance our student’s wellbeing.

In 2021 our school began the process of implementing both the Respectful Relationships and School Wide Positive Behaviour Support programs which tie in well to Positive Education and the current practices we use within the school. This is the beginning of a journey we are looking forward to.


Ruskin Park Primary uses Compass to update and track student absences. Should a student not be at school by 10am, a text will be sent to parents through the system. Previous, current and future absences can be explained through Compass. Should a parent not have access to the internet or their account, a phone call or a written note to the classroom teacher is acceptable.

It’s Not Ok To Be Away

Parents should ensure their child:

  • attends school on ALL school days.
  • is on time each day
  • arrange doctor and dentist appointments out of school hours (where possible)
  • not allow your child to stay at home for minor reasons.

Regular attendance at school is important:

  • from the first day, if your child misses the basic skills in primary school they can experience difficulties with their learning
  • regular attendance is essential to make sure learning is not disrupted. Regular learning provides building blocks for the future
  • schools help children to develop important social skills, such as friendship building, teamwork, communication skills and a healthy self-esteem