Our Parents and Friends Association (PFA) is a highly active and welcoming group who work tirelessly throughout the school year to organise such community events as the popular Fete, Diwali Festival, Trivia Night, Colour Run and many more. These events help to build a strong school community and enrich the experience of every family at the school.
We also have a generous and supportive local business community, who give their time and resources to help us fundraise for the school. If you are a local business and would like to get involved please get in touch.
In addition, we apply for grants from corporate and government funds and recently won the 2018 Pick My Project grant for nearly $200,000 for a new passive play space as well as winning a bid for a retired W-Class Tram.
Passive Play & Oval Upgrade
In 2018, Port Melbourne Primary School submitted a project application in the state Governments Pick My Project initiative. Pick My Project is a $30 million community grants initiative empowering Victorians to come up with project ideas that will help make their local community an even better place to live, then vote for their favourite project ideas to be funded. Our school was one of the 237 successful project ideas from across the state who shared in $30m in funding to help our project idea become a reality.
The funding allowed the school to upgrade the oval and develop a much needed passive play area. The upgrade to the oval has made it a space not only for our students during school hours but also for the local community with numerous sporting and community groups using the space. The passive play area gives students a chance to enjoy some fresh air but engage in activities of drawing, reading, role play, or just sitting and chatting with friends.
In May 2018, the Victorian State Government released an expression of interest for the opportunity to acquire one of Melbourne's iconic retired W-Class Trams. The school was pleased to learn that we had been successful in our submission and plans to incorporate the tram into the extension of our passive play space near the Clark Street double gates has begun.
Playground Safety Barrier
With any new playground comes new safety measures. Through the Transurban Community Grant program, new traffic barriers where installed alongside the Prep playground that borders Graham Street to provide a safety barrier from any local traffic.