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Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Please note that due to increased running costs including staffing and resources School Council has increased fees by 50 cents on all.Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services.

Ivanhoe Primary operates an excellent Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program.  Before School Care is conducted each school day between 7.00am and 8.45am with Breakfast provided for children who arrive before 8.30am.  After School Care is between 3.30pm and 6.00pm with Afternoon Tea provided. 

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Join IPS

The Ivanhoe Primary School community is vibrant and welcoming.  If you'd like more information on how to join us, please read on, and feel free to contact us for more information. Please note: The Placement Policy changed in 2023. All enrolment decisions are made in accordance with the current Placement Policy as outlined at this link  Click here 

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Parent Involvement

At Ivanhoe Primary School we encourage parents to get involved with the school as much as they can whether that is through the formal involvement of the School Council, as a sub committee member, participation in the classroom helpers' program or as member of the parents' association.  School newsletters are a great way to find out about activities you can be involved in.


Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

The PFA assists the school in providing the best possible environment for the children. It is responsible for activities such as the school ball, trivia night, school picnics, film nights, the Mother's Day Stall and the Father's Day Breakfast.

Meetings are each term where events are planned. Joining the Parents and Friends committee helps keep communication open within the school community and facilitates the opportunity to develop many new friendships.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the PFA.

Classroom Helper - 

CLASSROOM HELPER TRAINING - As a result of COVID 19 a truncated program is available and linked below.

Dear I.P.S. families and carers, we are pleased to say that classroom helpers will be resuming in Term 3 for grades Foundation, One and Two. In accordance with Covid-safety measures, training for this program will occur online this year. If you are interested in helping in the classroom and have not completed the training in the past you will be required to read through the attached PowerPoint and sign an agreement. An optional half hour web-ex meeting will follow to clarify any points and ask questions. Please note if you have previously completed the training program no further steps are required to assist in the classroom. We look forward to seeing you back at I.P.S!

Parents can enjoy the opportunity to share in the educational development of students with the support and direction of teachers, by participating in the Classroom Helper program.

The Classroom Helpers' course is a component of the Victorian Early Years Literacy Program and is designed to support the work of parents, helpers and aides who assist in classrooms.  The program runs for three consecutive weeks in Term 1 and is presented by teachers from the school. 

Topics include:

  • Being a Helper
  • Helping with Speaking and Listening
  • Helping with Reading
  • Helping with Writing


Look out for notices at the start of each year or contact us for more information.

School Excursions

Various opportunities arise throughout the year for parents to participate in school excursions and activities, including walking students to swimming lessons, going on day trips (e.g. to the Zoo) or helping out on a school camp.

Please note - for some activities a parent may be required to have a Working with Children Check. As a general guideline, if a teacher is present (for example the whole class stays together on an excursion) then parents do not need a Working With Children Check. However, if a parent will be supervising individual groups without school staff present, then a Working With Children Check will be required. You can find out more information for a particular excursion from the class teacher.

Find out more and apply online (free) here:

Working Bees

working bee foundation


Working Bees are a vital part of ensuring the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the school.  The School Council Facilities sub-committee manages the schedule and roster, and while each working bee is focussed on a particular Grade level, everyone is welcome at every working bee! If you can't make it to your Grade level's working bee, just come to the next one :-).If you can't make there is the opportunity to contribute $20 through the school office towards maintainance.

Key Dates

There is a single Working Bee each school term.

August 15th (Years 3 and 4) 

November 14th (Years 1 and 2) 


Please be advised that if it is not your grades working bee you are still more then welcome to attend the working bee. All help is very much appreciated.

Working bees are  held on a Sunday morning from 9am to 12pm - plenty of notice is given in the school newsletter and the schedule can also be found in the COMPASS and Website Calendars.

Not only do we achieve a lot of work around the school, it is a great opportunity to get to know other school families.

Environmental Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee is a group of parents volunteering with the school to improve our environmental footprint.   The group is actively working towards completing the ResourceSmart Schools accreditation and key ongoing sustainability improvements for the school every year.

More on volunteering at IPS. Click here.

Parent Resources

Ideas for helping your child at home.

We encourage parents to support their children's learning at school, by helping them also at home.

Here are some parent resources to help your child at home to ensure success.


Links and downloads ~ Literacy and Maths tips:



The Victorian Government's website Connect-Primary includes games you can play with your child to build their literacy and maths skills.


Where can I get help?

Your Child's teacher can provide advice about how you can help develop your child’s

literacy and maths skills. Some topics you could discuss with the teacher include:

Your child’s level of achievement on literacy and maths tasks.

The goals your child is working towards in literacy and maths, and how you can support your child to achieve these.

Strategies you can use to assist your child in areas that he or she finds difficult.


Cyber Safety follow up for parents - a helpful handout

Victoria Police’s Tracey Porter sent me through a document that provides a bit more information regarding checking settings, ideas for agreements in the form of a letter to a child, parental controls and privacy settings that can be accessed in the parent resources section of the school website.



Camp Sports and Excursions Fund

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is: $125.

CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

Please contact the school office for an application form.


Discover if your parenting strengths match those of highly effective parents - Free Parenting Profile Below

Being interested and involved in your children’s education is vital to engagement and learning.

You know how important it is to your child’s engagement and attitude towards school for you to show interest and participate in school-related activities. You make a point of attending as many school events as possible. You ask your child about specific learning at school. You take time to learn the names of their teachers. You ask to see examples of their schoolwork and find out what their favourite subjects are and why.

There are literally hundreds of published research articles that show, without a shadow of a doubt, that parent interest and involvement in their children’s education is at the top of the list of ways which you can encourage high levels of achievement in your child.

Mark Kent


Child and Parent Factors That Impact Child Anxiety

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School Council

The School Council is responsible for assisting the Principal and staff in the organisation and development of the school, in particular it is responsible for offering advice on the school’s educational programs and administration and expenditure of school funds as determined in the annual budget. The overseeing of the long-term development of the school and the current maintenance of facilities is a task that rests primarily with School Council.

The Council of this school comprises 10 members elected by parents of the school and 4 members of staff. The Principal is a member by right of office. Elections for school council are held in February each year.

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Ivanhoe Primary School Fair

Ivanhoe Primary School’s Fair brings together our school and the surrounding community in a genuinely homegrown celebration of our school with food, music, amusements, and market stalls. The 2023 Ivanhoe Primary School Fair will take place on Saturday, 25 November 2023.

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Upcoming Events

28 Jun 2024
Term 2 ends
01 Jul 2024
Leapkids popular holiday programs at Ivanhoe Primary School.
15 Jul 2024
Term 3 begins

From The Principal