Enrolling your child at Hastings Primary
School tours are available throughout the year, for new families to the area and Foundation (Preps) for the following year. Please ring the office on 03 5979 1517 for an appointment
Your child must turn 5 years old by the 30th April in the year they begin school.
At the time of enrolment we need to complete a confidential school record (enrolment form) for each child. You will need proof of your child’s identity such a birth certificate and an immunisation certificate.
Your child’s immunisation certificate can be accessed by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) Child History Statement (CHS) and is accepted as a school entry certificate provided it states, “This child has received all vaccines required by 5 years of age”. Please read the attachment re: School Entry Certificate for more information. Contact ACIR on 1800 653 809.
2024 Foundation (Prep) enrolments
The Department of Education has released a new statewide Foundation (Prep) enrolment timeline.
The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government primary school, including Hastings Primary School.
The new timeline will apply for children starting Foundation (Prep) in 2024. All government primary schools will follow the new timeline in 2023 to support Foundation (Prep) enrolments for the 2024 school year.
You can find information and resources about the new timeline, including factsheets and the ‘Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents/Carers’, at: Enrolling in Foundation (Prep).
You will be able to apply to enrol your child in Foundation (Prep) 2024 at Hastings Primary School from 24 April 2023.
What you need to do:
- Contact our school to book a school tour or to learn more about our school and the enrolment application process
- Download the Foundation (Prep) enrolment information pack from Enrolling in Foundation (Prep)
- Submit an enrolment application for Foundation (Prep) by Friday 28 July 2023
- You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Friday 11 August 2023. If you receive an enrolment offer, you should contact our school to accept the offer by Friday 25 August 2023
- Take part in enrolment information and transition sessions during Term 4, 2023
- Your child will start Foundation (Prep) from Tuesday 30 January 2024.
Enrolment applications submitted after 28 July 2023 will be processed by our school as they are received, in accordance with the department’s Placement Policy.
Our school zone
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information on school zones in Victoria.
Students residing within our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined based on your permanent residential address.
Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places.
For more information, you can:
- visit School zonesfor answers to frequently asked questions
- call the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) on 1800 896 950
- email the VSBA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your child need some extra support starting Prep?
As teachers and parents we often see children who have trouble settling into school life and struggle to develop their daily learning patterns. Some children are not quite ready for the structure of a formal school day, week or term.
To best support children who are beginning to develop social and emotional maturity, we are offering the ‘Flying Start for Prep program. This program is designed for children who are of school age (5 years old by 30th April the year they start school) but are not yet socially or emotionally ready and confident for the formalities and demands of school life, especially when an extra year of Pre-school or child care is not an option.
The Flying Start program is a transitional kinder to school program, structured around using developmentally appropriate experiences for children, involving lots of talking and play based opportunities both inside and outside. The students gradually build confidence and skills with reading, writing and number experiences. Social and emotional development is also nurtured through the the very social and interactive aspect of the program.
Flying Start class number is limited to 15 students and can be booked out before the end of enrolment period.
Being a Restorative Practices school (formerly a KidsMatter school) we have built a positive school community and understand the importance to foster student well-being and mental health.
We nurture the development of each child through:
- Explicitly teaching a social and emotional curriculum through RRRR (Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships)
- Student well-being programs including Code of Conduct and Anti-Bullying and Cyber Safety policies
- Student well-being team including school counsellor and other health professionals
- Student leadership including School and House leaders and the Student Representative Council with students from Prep-Grade 6
- Celebration assemblies with awards, acknowledgements and performances
- Additional assistance for Students with Disabilities and special learning needs
- Additional programs such as Equine Therapy, Canine Therapy, Art Therapy and Drumbeat
- Lunchtime clubs
- Breakfast club
The School Council and staff of Hastings Primary School value having a wide range of communication opportunities with families and community.
Effective communication between staff and families at Hastings Primary School is supported throughout the year by our school website, newsletters, information sessions, meetings, social gatherings, community events, student lead conferences (parent/teacher/student interviews), individual progress reports, administrative reports, school assemblies and parent support programs.
The school administration office is easily accessible and has reception services available throughout each day between 8:30am and 4:15pm.
The fortnightly school newsletter is published Wednesdays and is available electronically via Sentral Parent Portal and will be available on the website.
Sentral Parent Portal is our main communication platform. Please contact the school to assist with access to your account and receive updates, newsletters and much more from Hastings Primary School.
Whole school assemblies are held fortnightly on Friday afternoon as face to face sessions at 2:30pm, except for special assemblies or assemblies at the end of term in which a date and time will be confirmed via communication to our school community.
A number of publications are available if you want to learn more about the school and our programs, including the School Information Booklet and Student Well Being and Code of Conduct document (see Student Well Being page).
The school website has more information available including a calendar with regular updates and the fortnightly newsletter attached.
A dress code and uniform policy reinforces, in students, a pride in their own appearance, instills recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code and Uniform Policy.
The school’s official uniform supplier is Primary School Wear (PSW) which has relocated to 1/22 Watt Road Mornington. Phone 9768 0346.
The Dress Code and Uniform policy accepts school clothing without the school logo as long as all garments are plain navy or white (for polo shirts), without other logos or embellishments such as stripes.
Please find the full Dress Code and Uniform Policy attached below.
Before and After School Care
Hastings Primary School provides an Out of School Hours Care program onsite.
Team Kids after school care (Before and After School hours programs)
Hastings Primary School Hall
10 -20 Hodgins Road Hastings
Phone: 1300 035 000
This service is available 7am-8:50am and 3:30pm-6:00pm held in our school hall.
The Hastings Primary School Council is confident in recommending this services to our families.
Team Kids School Holiday Program
TeamKids holiday programs are conveniently located at Hastings Primary School, with extended hours to help families juggle work and home.
Truth be told, TeamKids started out being Holiday Program specialists – so get set for an action packed adventure your children are sure to enjoy!
During the school holidays, TeamKids focus is on FUN. The programming team work with the school, parents and children to build the best possible program for your community, including a broad range of exciting experiences that include incursions, excursions and in-house activities that will ensure your child has an absolute blast every day. Programs may include activities like cooking, bubble soccer, trampoline parks, epic excursions, super sports days, giant laser tag, art attack, coding, construction, maker days, STEM days, robotics and so much more.
The Fun Squad is poised and waiting, so don’t delay, book into our holiday program today.
To find out more, register or book, click here
We have excellent indoor and outdoor facilities that provide a safe, welcoming and comfortable learning environment for all members of our school community.
Spacious grounds include landscaped gardens, high quality playground equipment, synthetic turf playing field, walking track, netball/basketball courts and bicycle enclosure.
Classrooms are large and comfortable, well heated and cooled, with interactive whiteboards and computer hubs in each of them.
The Visual Arts room, library, gymnasium/hall, kitchen classroom and community café all add to the experiences we offer our students and families.
Hastings Primary School is a ‘community’ school. We welcome all members of the school and broader community into the school environment in many ways.
Volunteers are a vital section of our community, and include parents, relatives, neighbours, friends and representatives from many local organisations, services and agencies.
The school hall is available for hire to community groups and activity providers.