Welcome to Ascot Vale West Primary School
Welcome to the website of Ascot Vale West Primary School. It is my privilege to lead a school with such a rich history and diversity. Ascot Vale West Primary School is a vibrant and dynamic learning community, committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for all students. Our aim is to ensure that our students are given the environment in which to thrive and the opportunities to achieve in all areas of school life.
Students at Ascot Vale West Primary School embody our school values of Be a Leaner, Be Safe and Be Respectful. Students are enabled to participate in a variety of programs and activities that support their academic, social and emotional growth. The student leadership opportunities provided to our students creates an engaging and interesting environment that promotes student voice and agency.
Our dedicated and enthusiastic teachers are passionate about evidence based, high-quality teaching and learning programs that are underpinned by the Victorian Curriculum. They are supported and encouraged to continually develop their expertise and knowledge to ensure teaching and learning is at the point of need for all students.
The school prides itself on its community approach to education and welcomes the involvement of parents in the education of your child. As parents, your participation in the education programs and your interest in the school activities will value-add considerably to the enjoyment of your child’s primary school years. We work in partnership with our School Council and Parents and Families Committee to encourage and provide opportunities for involvement and participation in all facets of school life.
My Leadership Team and I are proud to be able to lead Ascot Vale West Primary School. Choosing the right primary school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child, so I invite you to visit our school and discover all that we have to offer. Meet our staff, inspect our facilities, discuss our programs and most importantly, ask questions. Please make a time to see our wonderful school.
Shortly after World War 1 the Maribyrnong Hill and Bagotville Progress Association, assisted by Mr Thomas Ryan MLA, campaigned for a primary school in the Ascot Vale West area. The original site was to be Victory Park but a change of site was decided to give more open space surrounding the school.
The school was established on the 20th May 1920 under the direction of Mr Lightfoot. headteacher
at Moonee Ponds West Primary School and some children attended at the church hall in Charles Street, Ascot Vale.
On the 19th February 1923 the school moved into its new two story brick building on 4 acres of land in Langs Road, south of Victor Park. It went from prep to grade 8.
The brick building was the first school erected in Victoria on plans jointly approved by Victoria and South Australia. Mr Frank Tate, Victorian Director of Education and Mr Williams of South Australia went to England and brought back plans which were used for the school built here.
419 Pupils were enrolled, most of whom had transferred from Moonee Ponds West and Ascot Vale
primary schools. The first enrolled student was Frances Barrett.
Crockford Library is named in honour of 3 generations of the Crockford family, for services rendered to the School Committee. The Crockford family owned the local dairy in Epsom Road.
( Teams used for internal school sporting events )
Bagot (Blue) was named after Bagotville, a subdivision of land surrounding Flemington Racecourse and included our school area. It was formed in 1849.
Fisher (Yellow) was named after C.B. (Charles) Fisher, a famous racing steward with the Victorian Racing Committee and prominent early settler who owned a considerable amount of land in Ascot Vale.
Lumsden (Green) was named after A.J. Lumsden, the first headmaster of Ascot Vale West P.S.
Trainer (Red) was named after the popular late “Snowy” H Trainor an elderly man who lived in Victory Parade opposite the school. For many years as a council employee he cared for Victory Park and showed great affection for the children of AVW.
The School Council is a governing body responsible for the overall planning policy development and management of school finance.
The Ascot Vale west Primary School Council comprises 12 members – eight parents and four staff.
Each member is elected for a two year term with half of the members retiring each year.
Meetings are currently held Mondays evenings at 7pm eight times per year
School Council has three sub committees – Finance, Resources and Education.
These sub committees meet on a Monday evening two weeks prior to the School Council meeting.
Any member of the school community may attend School Council or sub – committee meetings.
The Parents Association of volunteers provide support and fundraising throughout the year.
The group often referred to as Parents & Friends meet regularly to plan activities and fundraise for special projects to support programs at the school.
They rely on families to assist with planning, organising and running events & activities and welcome all members of the community to join the committee or assist in any way throughout the year..
The Committee organise many events throughout the school year such as:
- Summer/Twilight Picnic
- Student Disco
- Mother’s Day & Father’s Day events.
- Working Bees