Information on how to find, enrol, and start a child in your care at a school in Victoria is available on the Victorian government website.

To enrol your child at our school:

1.       download and complete the enrolment form

2.       collate the required documents outlined below

3.       return the completed form, along with the required documents, in person or via email to loch.sport.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

Required documents

Required documentation includes:

·         Completed enrolment form

·         Evidence of identity and date of birth (for example, a birth certificate or passport)

·         Immunisation Status Certificate

You will also be required to provide information about:

·         your contact details

·         emergency contact details

·         health information about your child (such as allergies or illnesses they need to manage)

·         other legal orders relating to your child and their welfare (if any)

School zones

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 our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. Our school also has additional capacity available to welcome students who are outside of our school zone.

The Department provides guidance through the Enrolment: Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.

For more information

If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email: vsba@education.vic.gov.au


Parent payments

Under the Department of Education and Training’s Parent Payments Policy, Victorian government schools are required to provide transparent information to their school community on voluntary parent/carer contributions.

Loch Sport Primary School does not request any payments or contributions, and all services are provided at no cost to parents/carers.


Child Safe Standards

Loch Sport Primary School is committed to providing a child safe and child friendly environment, where students are safe and feel safe. 

Our child safety and wellbeing policies outline the measures and strategies we have in place to support, promote and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students:

·         Bullying Prevention Policy

·         Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy

·         Child Safety Code of Conduct

·         Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedure

·         Complaints

·         Digital Learning Policy

·         Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy

·         Volunteers Policy

·         Visitors Policy

As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at Loch Sport Primary School we welcome and encourage your feedback.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions in relation to our child safe policies and practices, please contact the Principal.


School policies

In Victoria, all schools must meet the minimum standards for school registration. The minimum standards provide a foundation for quality schools through:

·         good governance

·         strong financial management

·         effective curriculum

·         sound teaching practices

·         safe environments for children.

The following policies support us in these aims and in meeting the minimum standards.

Good governance and strong financial management

·         Attendance

·         Complaints

·         Enrolment

·         Parent Payments

·         Privacy

·         Statement of Values and School Philosophy

Effective curriculum and sound teaching practices

·         Aboriginal Learning, Wellbeing and Safety

·         Curriculum Framework

·         Digital Learning

·         Mobile phone


School preparedness and pre-emptive actions for the bushfire season

CFA's Fire Danger rating sign. Moderate, High, Extreme, Cat

Fire danger ratings indicate how dangerous a fire would be if one started in those conditions and provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life. They can be a trigger for action in community and for school and household level fire plans.

Schools and children’s services listed on the Department of Education and Training’s Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) and those at some lower risk of bushfire or grassfire on the Category 4 list will be closed when a Catastrophic fire danger rating day is forecast in their Bureau of Meteorology district. 

Schools and early childhood services listed on the Department of Education and Training’s Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) and those at lower risk of bushfire or grassfire on the Category 4 list take pre-emptive actions on elevated fire danger days to minimise the risk of being caught in a fire in these conditions. The category of risk (per the BARR or Category 4 list) determines the actions that the school or early childhood service will need to take on days of elevated fire danger.

Our school has been identified as being one of these schools at high bushfire or grassfire risk, and is listed on the Bushfire at Risk Register (BARR) / a category 4 school.

Our school will close on a day forecasted as Catastrophic fire danger rating in West and South Gippsland fire district.

The department will advise our school of the potential for a Catastrophic fire danger rating as information becomes available, however the pre-emptive closure will be confirmed by 1pm the day prior to Catastrophic fire danger day. 

Fire danger ratings are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology up to four days in advance. Should a Catastrophic day be forecast, we will notify you of the potential closure by an SMS message.  Closure of the school due to a forecast Catastrophic day will be confirmed on the day prior and we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.

Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast.  This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child.  It is also important to note that:

·         No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Catastrophic day.

·         School camps will be cancelled if a Catastrophic fire danger rating day is forecast for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located, or if the travel involves passing through areas that have Catastrophic fire danger.

Families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan on Catastrophic fire danger rating days. On such days, children should never be left at home alone or in the care of older children.

For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) advises that when Catastrophic days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Catastrophic day.

As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan and reprioritised any maintenance works that may assist in preparing for the threat of fire and cleared our facility’s grounds and gutters.

What can parents do?

·         Make sure your family’s bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed due to elevated fire danger or a Catastrophic fire forecast. Further information can be found on the CFA’s website.

·         Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers.  Keep in touch with us by talking to your child’s teacher or any other member of the staff about our emergency management plan.

·         Most importantly at this time of year, if you’re planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.

·         If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family’s Bushfire Survival Plan.

·         You can access current information about school and early childhood services closures, including those due to elevated fire danger, on the Department of Education and Training’s website – see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/closures.aspx

Multiple sources that offer information on emergencies are listed below:

·         VicEmergency app – that can be downloaded on your android and iOS mobile devices

·         VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226)

·         Website https://emergency.vic.gov.au

·         Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vicemergency)

·         Twitter (https://twitter.com/vicemergency)

ABC local radio, Sky News and other emergency