Compass for Parent Communications

The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that you use to access up to date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers
  • News Feeds from the school to keep you up to date with school activities and events
  • Update your email address or family mobile numbers (any other updates please contact the office)
  • Download and view your child’s Semester Reports
  • Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
  • Pay for school fees and other special events
  • Consent for excursions and other activities
  • To access Newsletters and Bulletins login to the compass parent portal and click on the the ‘star icon’ in the toolbar. You can also access older and archived Newsletters there. 

Accessing Compass:

Compass is a web-based system that is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by using the Compass iOS or Android apps. Search for ‘Compass School Manager’ in the App store.

Every family receives a separate login to Compass upon enrolment.  

Logging in to Compass:

To log in you will require your unique family username and password. These details will be provided to you by the office upon enrolment.

Upon first login, you will be required to change your password and confirm your email address and mobile phone number. These details may be used by the school for SMS, password recovery and email communication throughout the year.

If you have lost your details or forgotten your password, you need to contact the school office to reset this.


Anyone who would like to volunteer at the school will require a Working with Childrens Check (WWCC). Voluntary WWCC are free. Please use the button below to apply and list Armadale Primary school as your organisation. We will then receive a copy of your WWCC letter. 

For all volunteering you will need to sign in at the front office when you arrive before you go to your volunteer area.


We need help in the library putting books away on Mondays and Thursdays.

Library Volunteer Sign up


Weekly gardening sessions – Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm

We run a volunteer garden session each Thursday from 2:30-3:30pm to complete jobs such as watering, weeding, pruning, seed sowing etc.

Handy person

We are looking for a handy person who is good with tools to help with occasional building projects around the garden. First up, helping to construct the school’s new compost bay!

Please email

Drop in gardening

Many people cannot make sessions at specific times, so weekly garden jobs will be written on a blackboard outside the garden shed. You can then stop by when it suits to do some gardening.

Please check the blackboard for tasks.

 To volunteer for garden classes please email


Join the 5/6s on Wednesdays for Snackadillo and 3/4s on Fridays for Kitchen garden. 

Although specific cooking classes are listed, we welcome all community members (parents/carers/grandparents) to help with any session. 

All helpers are to sign in at the office and bring an apron if you have one.

Session times are as follows:

Snackadillo PREPARATION Session: 9.50am -10.40am

Snackadillo SERVICE Session: 10.55am -12.00pm

Kitchen Garden 9.00 am -11.30am

Kitchen Volunteer Sign up

Community Maths Evening

A video created by APS staff, outlining the how and why we teach Maths at APS, along with how you can further support your child being a mathematician

LUNCH orders

Our lunch orders are supplied by Classroom Cuisine and are available Monday, Thursday and Friday. Use the link below to register and place your order.

Term Dates 2023

Term 1

Friday 27/01/2023
Staff return

Monday 30/01/2023
Curriculum day

Tuesday 31/01/2023
Students grade 1-6 commence school from 9.00am to 3.30pm

Thursday 2/02/2023
Prep students begin

Monday 13/03/2023
Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 06/04/2023
Term 1 concludes


TErm 2

Monday 24/04/2023
Term 2 commences

Tuesday 25/04/2023
Anzac Day Public Holiday

Monday 05/06/2023
Curriculum Day

Monday 12/06/2023
King’s Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 23/6/2023
Term 2 concludes

Term 3

Monday 10/07/2023
Term 3 commences

Wednesday 30/08/2023
Curriculum Day

Friday 15/9/2023
Term 3 concludes

Term 4

Monday 02/10/2023
Term 4 commences

Tuesday 07/11/2023
Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 20/12/2022
Term 4 concludes

School Council

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

All parents of students attending Armadale Primary School are eligible to nominate. It is important that our Council is representative of our school community and that parents generally become familiar with and involved in the decision making processes of the school.

All meetings are open and parents are encouraged to attend as observers. If parents wish to raise issues on policy matters at Council, they are requested to see either the Principal or School Council President.

Much of Council’s important business is carried out by the following sub-committees:

  • Facilities
  • Education and Policy
  • Finance
  • Kitchen Garden

Each subcommittee discusses their respective agenda items and then make recommendations for our School Council to consider.

Whilst each of these committees has a core membership, the meetings are open to any school parents who would like to attend – please feel very welcome to come along and join in these meetings. We value parental input into the directions that aim to make our school even better. Meeting dates and main agenda items are published in the school newsletter.

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Staff Members

Rochelle Cukier
Executive Officer
Education and Policy Convenor

Zaim Zeneli
Facilities Convenor

Stephanie Drzewucki
Kitchen Garden Convenor

Connie Apostolos

Richard Cornell

Parent Members

Rod Hampel
School Council President

Charmaine Monteiro
School Council Vice President

James Dixon
School Council Treasurer

Marta Cummings
School Council Minutes Secretary

Justin Kemp

Pippa Ironmonger

Nathan Waterson

Gretchen Puccinelli

Sabina Sopov

Jon Anderson

Parents & Friends Association

At APS we have a very active PFA which offers many and varied opportunities for parents to get involved with the wider school community. All parents and carers are welcomed and encouraged to join our meetings and become involved in activities during the school year. There are many opportunities to be part of social functions ranging from informal gatherings to major fund-raising activities.

Through the support of the PFA, the school enjoys amenities and resources that could not have otherwise been purchased. Apart from the financial aspect, the PFA provides an excellent avenue for being connected to the school community on a social level. Parents are able to form strong relationships with people they hold long after their child’s time at APS . The children love their parents being involved in their school and you can become directly involved in your child’s school life through the many opportunities available through the PFA.

Department of Education

For parents wanting more information about primary school please click here to go to the Department of Education & Training website.


Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund (CSEF)

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.

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

Applications close on 3 June.