School Council

The Balwyn Primary School Council consists of the Principal, parents and teachers working together for the benefit of all students. The major responsibilities of School Council include:

  • determining the education policy of the school
  • allocating resources and managing the school budget
  • developing and maintaining the school buildings and grounds
  • reporting to and communicating with the school community The Council operates through the use of the following subcommittees:
    • Building and Grounds
    • Finance

Education The School Council is reconstituted each year. Nominations are called for early in the school year and advice of this is published in the school newsletter. School Council generally meets at 7.00 pm in the staffroom on the third Wednesday of each month during term. Subcommittees’ meeting times vary depending on the purpose of the group, but most are publicised through the school newsletter. All meetings are open for all parents to attend.



The Parents’, Friends’ and Teachers’ Association is a group of volunteers who meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the school staffroom. Anyone in the school community is welcome to join the committee or simply attend the meetings. They are informal and provide a great way to meet people from different levels in the school, find out what’s happening and contribute to your child’s school and its resources. Officially we are a ‘welfare club’, which in practice means that we provide support for many of the activities that occur within or are associated with the school. For example: * catering for simple morning teas through to formal occasions * help with fundraising * running special occasion stalls e.g. Christmas * providing assistance for excursions, activities and special days * organising school photos, picnics * providing Uniform Shop. The group also provides an avenue for communication between parents and various school bodies by having representatives on other committees, subcommittees, working parties and School Council.


Special Food Days

The PFTA organise special lunch treats for the children (Special Food Days) once or twice a term. This can include a morning tea consisting of a cookie or bun and either pies, sausage in a roll, pizza, sushi or hamburgers for lunch.

It is a fundraiser with all profits going to the school. All food preparation complies with the Government Food Safety Guidelines and is approved by the local council.


International Students

Balwyn Primary School welcomes and is committed to International Students being part of our diverse multicultural and inclusive community. Places are subject to availability at the time of enquiry. Balwyn Primary School does not offer short term placements.

Our dedicated staff provide high quality teaching and learning programs. Our school is centrally located in the Boorondara municipality, close to all facilities, transport and a wide range of secondary schools.

BPS is registered to accept overseas students through the International Student Program (CRICOS Provider number 00861K).

For more information, click on this link to visit the Department of Education and Training – International Education Student web site.

Or Contact:  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – International Education Division, GPO Box 4367, Melbourne Victoria 3001, Australia

Tel: 61 3 9637 2990
Fax: 61 3 9637 2184 / 61 3 9651 4424


For all direct school enquiries, contact the school via this email:

Sustainability at BPS

At BPS we are striving to become a Sustainable School. With the help of the Junior School Council we are making improvements in our school and helping to create and educate about a better future for our planet.

We have joined the AUSSIVIC Sustainable Schools Program. We are striving to become a “ 5 Star Sustainable School”

Working with Ceres Environmental Park we have undertaken the Core Module which means we have taken a survey of our baseline data in the area of Electricity, Water, Gas, Waste & Paper consumption. Ceres supports this initiative by providing a facilitator & training, which the staff undertake in their own time.

Keep up with our environmental journey by reading articles in the BPS Newsletter & on the Ceres Website under “School Programs”.

Keep track of our achievements by visiting: