About our school

How long has the school been around?

Established on the current site close to station pier on Port Phillip in 1889, it continues its long and proud practice of providing a broad quality education to meet the needs of our culturally diverse mix of students. Its historical aspect has resulted in a very strong community links spanning generations.

How many students are at PMPS?

Port Melbourne Primary School has a current enrolment of approximately 751 students from grades Prep to Year 6.

What are the schools core values?

Curiosity – We want to learn, be creative and find out more about the world around us. We take chances and are open to new learning.

Kindness – We look after ourselves, others, and the environment. We demonstrate kindness by showing compassion, consideration, understanding and patience.

Courage – We strive to be courageous by taking risks, trying new things and being responsible for our actions. We stand up for ourselves and others.

Resilience – We are able to respond to challenging situations through reflection, engagement and perseverance using a growth mindset.


Can I attended a school council meeting?

School council meetings would normally be open to the school community. Visitors or observers can be present at a council meeting with the agreement of the principal and a decision of council. There may be times when, for the purpose of confidentiality or other reasons, a council meeting needs to be closed. The school council determines the need for a closed meeting. Please contact the school before attending a school council meeting. You can view the Victorian Education and Training website for further information on School Council Meetings.

Can I donate to the school?

Yes, absolutely! Any contribution from the community is greatly appreciated and goes towards our ability to continue to provide the best facilities and programs to all our students. Please follow this link to donate today.

Can I read the schools annual report?

Yes. You can find all the schools annual reports here.

How can I support the school as a community member?

As a community member you can support the school in many ways. You can attend one of our community events, make a donation, become a member of the school council, become a community partner supporting activities and initiatives. Talk to us today for more information and opportunities.

How do I become a member of council?

To be a part of our council, you don’t need any particular qualifications or experience – we look for enthusiastic parents who want to help improve the learning outcomes and school environment for all students. Learn more about our school council and visit the Victorian Education and Training website for full coverage of the School Council Election process.

What are the schools policies?

Port Melbourne Primary School conforms all our school policies from the Victorian Government Schools governance and operational policies. You can read all our school policies here.

Enroling at PMPS

Am I in the school zone?

The school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

How do I apply for enrolment?

If you wish to enrol your child at PMPS, please fill in our Enrolment Form. You will then be contacted on the e-mail address you provide.

When should I enrol my child?

To start primary school your child will need to turn five years old by 30 April in the year that they start school. Your child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age. This is the compulsory school starting age. We suggest that you start the enrollment process as early as May the year before your child is due to start school.

Learning at PMPS

Are there opportunities for leadership?

Students have an opportunity to be nominated for school captain (two boys and two girls), sport leader (two in total), and/or become a classroom representative.

Do you offer the same curriculum as other schools?

Yes, learning at Port Melbourne Primary School is based on the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum covers Foundation (Prep) – Year 10, and incorporates the Australian Curriculum whilst reflecting Victorian priorities and standards.

What do classrooms look like?

At Port Melbourne Primary School, collaborative teaching (otherwise known as co-teaching) is utilised across teaching pairs/teams to meet the diverse needs of our students and provide quality teaching and enriched learning opportunities. This approach to teaching complements the school’s commitment to collaboration and shared ownership via the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model and our flexible, open-planned learning spaces. It is imperative that every student succeeds at our school regardless of his/her academic ability, learning style, social competence or level of emotional intelligence. Working together assists our teachers to best facilitate this as opposed to working in isolation.

What is taught at PMPS?

Learning at Port Melbourne Primary School is based on the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum covers Foundation (Prep) – Year 10, and incorporates the Australian Curriculum whilst reflecting Victorian priorities and standards. The Curriculum is broken into eight Learning Areas; visit the Victorian Curriculum website for further details on the structure and content. We also offer Sport, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and French.

What is The Resilience Project?

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. All students from Prep – Year 6 will be participating in resilience activities throughout the year.

What specialist subjects are taught at PMPS?

We offer Sport, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and French.

What support do you provide for children who need extra or further assistance with their work?

Port Melbourne Primary School has a team of dedicated staff who are responsible for different aspects of our Wellbeing Program. The program consists of the following; (1) Program for Students with Disabilities, (2) Social Worker, (3) Psychologist, (4) Speech Pathologist and (5) Learning Specialists.