Parent Information

Communication with parents/guardians


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The school uses Compass to communicate information about:

  • excursions
  • parent information sessions
  • meetings with your child’s teacher
  • school holidays
  • student progress reports
  • student absences

Parents/guardians receive an email telling them how to log in on their child’s first day of school. Please see reception if you need support with Compass and check it regularly so that you have up to date information from the school.

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Information Sessions

Blackburn ELS provides a series of comprehensive and informative sessions for newly arrived parents/carers to familiarise them with our program and the Victorian education system.

These sessions cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • teaching and learning in the language school,
  • supporting students’ health and wellbeing and
  • the Victorian Schooling System

Communication with parents/guardians is facilitated through:

  • translated information and
  • the use of interpreters.

The school invites parents/guardians into classrooms, through formalised sessions, to:

  • observe their children learning and
  • gain an understanding of the role of parents/guardians in their child’s learning.

School Term Dates

Start Date
Finish Date
Term 1

29 January

28 March

Term 2

15 April

28 June

Term 3

15 July

20 September

Term 4

7 October

20 December

Start Date
Finish Date
Term 1

28 January

4 April

Term 2

22 April

4 July

Term 3

21 July

19 September

Term 4

6 October

19 December

School Policies

We have a number of policies guiding our practice and procedures and welcome feedback from parents regarding these policies. Parents have the right to have a say in both the development and review of all policies particularly the school’s child safe and wellbeing policies and practices. Interpreters are available to assist parents if required. Key policies are introduced to all new parents each term at our Parent Induction Information Session.


Child safety and wellbeing at Blackburn English Language School: information for families and the school community

Blackburn English Language 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:

As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at Blackburn English Language 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 Mark Melican Principal, Leah Kontos Assistant Principal on 9803 4022 at the Whitehorse Campus , Alexandra Perry Campus Principal at the Maroondah Campus on 9729 8900 and Lorence Ferro, Campus Coordinator at the Wodonga Campus on 9727 8979.

Parent Payments 2023

Blackburn English Language School is looking forward to a great year of English Language teaching and learning and would like to advise you of Blackburn English Language School’s voluntary financial contributions for 2023.

Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian curriculum and we want to assure you that all contributions are voluntary. Nevertheless, the ongoing support of our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and support for our students.

Within our school this support has allowed us to supply each student with specific stationery needs, a wider offering of subjects and special curriculum experiences including a wide range of library books and enhanced digital learning opportunities.

For further information on the Department’s Parent Payments Policy please see:

Parent Payments: Guidance |

To find all school policies please visit School policies under our school tab.