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Specialist Class

Visual Art 

Our art program enables the students to develop their creative and expressive capacities through making and responding to contemporary, traditional and emerging art forms.  The Visual Arts program taught at Ashby is developed and implemented by a practicing artist and facilitated in a dedicated, well supplied, art space.


Performing Arts

At Ashby Primary School we value the health and well being of our students, staff and the wider community. We believe that Drama and The Performing Arts are essential to a child’s artistic and creative development.


Our students are involved in learning experiences that affect the way students think, feel and act in regard to their well being and that of others.


Drama develops a child’s spiritual, social and cultural dimensions, heightening the intellectual, creative aesthetic faculties as well as developing coordination and social skills.


Relationships, negotiation and cooperation are all necessary components of Drama lessons and performances.



At Ashby Primary School, our Language program helps students to develop an understanding of the Indonesian language and culture.

Students will practice pronouncing words and short sentences with others and will gain confidence with unfamiliar Indonesian words.

The students will learn to count in Indonesian, basic greetings, colours, animals and much more. The Language classroom is an engaging space with displays, posters and student work that are ever changing with the students interests and topics.


Students will have the opportunity to compare the Indonesian and Australian cultures, food, and language so they can gain an understanding and appreciation for the country and the people living there.

Physical & Health Education

At Ashby Primary School we believe in making sure that all of our community members, and in particular our students, are active and healthy citizens. We place a strong emphasis on physical and health education and our students are exposed to this via weekly Physical Education and Health lessons delivered by a specialist teacher.


We expose our students to a rigorous and purposeful program that aims to build their core fundamental motor skills from an early age through to our older students applying their high levels of skills in structured activities, games, and sports.


In addition to this, students in Grades 3-6 also participate in dedicated sport lessons which are facilitated by classroom teachers. This is aimed at building the capacity of our students to work as part of a team and within a cooperative environment.


Students at Ashby Primary School engage in whole school events such as our annual Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and our Swimming Programs.


As a school we involved with inter-school sporting events that are organised by School Sport Victoria. This involves both Winter and Lightning Premierships (T-Ball, Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Netball, Basketball) and Hot Shots Tennis Carnival.


Pakington - Blue            Shannon - Green           Waratah - Red          Lawson - Yellow

Wellbeing and Supported Learning

At Ashby, we pride ourselves on developing our students in all areas. This includes their social and emotional skills. Each week, students extend their skills and knowledge through our Bounce Back program. The program focuses on the following units, building upon previous learning each year:

Core values and Social Values: These units focus on developing pro-social values including values related to ethical and intercultural understanding.

People Bouncing Back: This unit focuses on developing self-management strategies for coping and bouncing back. 

Courage: This unit focuses on strategies to find and act with courage in both everyday life and difficult circumstances.

Looking on the Bright Side: This unit focuses on teaching optimistic thinking, positive tracking, being appreciative and expressing gratitude. 

Emotions: This unit focuses on strategies for developing & boosting positive emotions and managing negative emotions. 

Relationships: This unit focuses on explicitly teaching social skills for building relationships and maintaining friendships.

Humour: This unit focuses on the use of humour as a coping skill. 

Being Safe: This unit focuses on strategies and skills for creating a safe class and school environment and discouraging and managing bullying incidents. 

Success: This unit focuses on skills and attitudes for identifying & applying character and ability strengths, setting goals, planning, persevering (grit & the development of a growth mindset), overcoming mistakes and obstacles and being successful in achieving personal and learning goals.

At Ashby we promote and live by the following behaviours through our school values represented by ‘T.E.R.R.I’.

Thinking - We think about our learning and use our thinking skills to remember, understand, apply, analyse, evaluate and create to learn new knowledge, and build on current knowledge.

Enjoyment -  It is important that when we are at school we feel safe, work collaboratively and enjoy what we are doing. We do this by having a student voice and sharing our thinking. 

Reflection - It is important that as learners we are always reflecting on our learning. We need to know what it is we need to learn, and what to do when we have learnt new knowledge.       

Resilience - We always strive to excel and do our best in all that we do. We work hard to be the best learners and individuals we can be, even when thing do not always go as we planned.

Inclusion - We make sure that we make all members of the Ashby community feel welcome, included, and safe. We do this by being respectful, accepting, and courteous.

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We welcome all enquiries you may have in relation to APS.


The best way to experience the APS difference is to book a tour.


Applications to enrol at APS can be submitted at any time.