STEP 1: Enrolment Considerations & FAQs
Prep 2022 FAQs Page: Click here to download pdf
Are you interested in enrolling your child at Williamstown PS?
Choosing the right school for your child is important. Matching your child’s needs to what a school has to offer can make a significant difference, so any time spent on making the right choice is worthwhile.
You might consider some of the following:
- The emphasis the school places on academic achievement.
- The importance the school places on a child’s social and emotional development.
- If they offer specialist programs and extra-curricula opportunities.
- The school’s expectations on student behaviour.
- If the school seems like a happy place and if this is important for you.
It is also important you feel confident with your choice of school and support the direction the school is taking. Seven years is a significant amount of time to spend in any environment and you need to feel it is the right place for you.
Our school’s most recent NAPLAN (academic) results can be viewed on the MySchool website: www.myschool.edu.au
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. 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 Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
Therefore families who reside with in the wider 3016 postcode may submit an out of area enrolment form if they wish.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.
If you need further information on these matters please contact our office.
I have a child in Prep next year
If you are considering Willy PS for your Prep child, information evenings are held in May every year. This is a great place to start. A pamphlet and email advertising the time, date and venue will be available through all the local kinders early in Term 2 each year and also on this website.
Following the information evening we conduct tours of the school and are available to answer any of your questions.
For dates and times for the Information Evening and School Tours, please click here.
If you are successful in gaining a place for your Prep child at Williamstown we conduct a transition program in Term Four where your child will have the opportunity to participate in “practice” days in readiness for their first year.
To enrol your Prep child for next year, please click here for further information.
I wish to enrol my child now (for current school-aged children)
If you wish to enrol your child at Williamstown PS now, you will need to contact the school and arrange an appointment with the school principal, Ms Andrea Duxson.
Once you have met with Andrea and discussed your child’s situation, and decided on enrolment at Williamstown Primary, you can complete an enrolment form and return it to the school along with:
- Proof of age – i.e. birth certificate or passport
- Immunisation certificate
- Three documents for proof of residency – e.g. drivers license, rates notice, utilities account etc
If your child needs to commence immediately, this is usually accommodated within a day or so of the enrolment form being lodged. The school may be able to assist with uniform, stationery and the like.
If your child will commence at Williamstown in the future, e.g. at the beginning of a new term, it is possible for the school to organise one or two transition days to help your child settle into the school.
Please make sure you raise any matters likely to impact on your child’s learning and wellbeing when you meet with our principal. This will assist us in placing your child in the most appropriate grade, and allow us to immediately cater for your child’s needs.
And certainly feel free to raise any questions about our school and what we offer from your very first meeting with us. The more open the communication, the greater the opportunity for us to quickly get to know and cater for your child.
My child has additional needs
At Williamstown PS we work closely with families to cater for a range of additional learning needs, to ensure that all students are provided with a rich and successful education. We employ around five educational support staff to assist funded children with additional needs, undertake regular staff professional learning to ensure we are engaged in best-practice, and we offer programs in all grades to cater for a range of abilities and interests.
General Questions about Williamstown Primary School
What are the bell times?
Our school day runs from 8:45am – 3:30pm.
• 8:45am – 9:00am: Students enter the classrooms and prepare for the day
• 9:00am – 11:00am: Class time
• 11:00am – 11:30am: Morning recess including snack eating time
• 11:30am – 1:30pm: Class time
• 1:30pm – 1:40pm: Eat lunch in classroom
• 1:40pm – 2:30pm: Outside playtime in playground
• 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Class time
What is the grade structure across the school?
We currently have approximately 520 students in 21 grades. We have three straight classes at each of the following year levels: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. Year 5/6 is a composite class.
Do you have open plan classrooms?
We have single classrooms across all year levels throughout the school and open plan classrooms at the Year 2 level. The open plan classrooms include team teaching spaces, where there are two teachers and two classes that work alongside each other.
Does the school assign homework?
We believe that homework tasks assist students by complementing and reinforcing learning that is occurring within the classroom, and may assist in the development of life-long learning, study skills and work habits. Each year level assigns a small amount of Home Learning tasks at each year level.
In the early years, the objective of homework is to practise and consolidate the concepts that have been introduced during class time. In the upper year levels, the objective of homework is to build on the concepts of self-discipline, responsibility and initiative to prepare students for secondary school. Please see here to access our school’s Homework Policy.
How do you care for the health of our children?
All Williamstown Primary School ALL teaching and education support staff are trained in First Aid at Level 2. Additionally, all staff have current accreditation in Asthma Management, Epilepsy, and Anaphylaxis Management. To ensure the provision of high-quality health care, students have access to a dedicated first aid leader during recess and lunch time who ensures children are cared for and given first aid in a professional and consistent way.
Do you run before and after school care, or vacation care?
Yes, OSHClub is our service provider for before school, after school and vacation care. OSHClub runs their program from the school’s dedicated OSHClub room, next to the Red Brick Building (in the Prep area). To attend OSHClub, children need to be enrolled before attending. Bookings are made via an online platform.
Click here to find out more about OSHClub @ Williamstown.
Do you have a buddy program?
Yes, all Foundation and Year 1 students are partnered with a Year 5 and 6 buddy at the start of the year. A number of opportunities for buddies to get to know one another and come together to complete collaborate tasks / activities take place throughout the year.
Am I able to volunteer in my child’s class?
We welcome and value parent volunteers at Williamstown Primary School. Parents may come in to hear children read, assist with aspects of the classroom learning program, attend school excursions and camps, help with making costumes and sets for school concerts, assist at sporting events, and so on. Our parent community is very active in helping organise school events such as our Seaside Fair, our Art Show, the Colour Run and parent events such as trivia nights.
To comply with the government mandated Child Safe Standards, all volunteers require a Working with Children Check card on file at the school. The check is free for volunteers and is valid for five years.
Do you have any lunchtime clubs?
Yes, we offer a variety of clubs at lunchtime. These activities are staff-led. Clubs may change/evolve on a termly basis. Example clubs include: Gardening Club, Chess Club, Library, Lego Club, French Club, Choir and Yoga.
What camps do you run?
Our offsite camp program is run in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
• Year 3: One-night camp at the Melbourne Zoo ( Zoo Snooze)
• Year 4: Two-night camp at Wombat Corner (Emerald)
• Year 5 / 6: an alternating camp program involving two-nights camp at Anglesea Coastal Forest Lodge and Toolangi.
We also run a camp preparation program for our younger students.
• Year Prep: Prep Breakfast
• Year 1: Year 1 Dinner
• Year 2: Year 2 Sleepover
Do you have a swimming program?
Yes, we offer a warm-water swimming program for students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2.
For Prep students, the swimming program is held across eight weeks in November and December at Sweeney’s Swim School in Altona. Lessons are held during the school day and are 45 minutes in duration, with an instructor/student ratio of around 1:8. Classes attend this program in single class groupings.
Year 1 and 2 students also undertake warm water swimming at Sweeney’s Swim School, with Year 1 attending in the last three weeks of Term 2 for an intensive program, and the Year 2 students attending two days a week in Term 1. Please note that these times are subject to pool availability and may change year-to-year.
Our Year 3 – 6 students engage in a one day beach safety program at Williamstown SLSC in December of each year. This day focusses on aquatic safety and rescue strategies.
There is an associated fee for participation in the swimming program.
Do you have a school canteen?
Yes, we do. Our school canteen is outsourced and operated by Jude Fina foods. Students can order their lunch on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Parents are required to order and pay for lunches online using the Qkr! App.
Do students have to wear a school uniform?
The school uniform for students at Williamstown Primary is based on the traditional blue and gold colours of Williamstown. Sports T-shirts and Choir t-shirts are considered part of the school uniform and for Year 6 students, graduation ‘hoodies’ are also recognised as part of the school uniform.
Wearing the school uniform is strongly encouraged, however it is not compulsory. Families are well-supported through the generous giving of good quality second hand uniform.
Where can I get a school uniform?
DCS Uniforms supplies Williamstown Primary School with our uniforms. You can visit their store, Double C Jeanery, at 2 Aviation Road, Laverton. Orders can also be placed online at www.dcsuniforms.com.au
Have you any other questions about enrolment?
While we aim to provide easily accessible information on this website, we acknowledge it is not possible to answer all of your questions. If there are matters you need to discuss, please call or email the school and we will assist you.