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Important Dates


Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 29 March (Thursday) *
Term 2: 16 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and ​administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.

Public holidays in Victoria for 2018

Holiday 2018
New Year’s Day Mon 1 Jan
Australia Day Fri 26 Jan
Labour Day Mon 12 Mar
Good Friday* Fri 30 Mar
Saturday before Easter Sunday Sat 31 Mar
Easter Sunday Sun 1 Apr
Easter Monday Mon 2 Apr
ANZAC Day* Wed 25 Apr
Queen’s Birthday Mon 11 Jun
Friday before the AFL Grand Final TBD
Melbourne Cup Tues 6 Nov
Christmas Day Tues 25 Dec
Boxing Day Wed 26 Dec

 All public holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change.*Restricted trading days

Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday across all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.

Useful Information

The first days at kinder can be an anxious time for you and your child. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone!

Visitors are welcome at any time, just call 03 9801 6771 for further details or to make an appointment.

Nearest Maternal & Child Health Centre is Vermont South.

Feeder Schools are Vermont, Livingstone, St James, Weeden Heights, Holy Saviour and St Timothy’s Primary Schools.


The staff at Barriburn Preschool are passionate about sustainability. Our aim is to make sustainability part of our culture and routine.

Examples of our sustainable practice include:

  • encouraging the children to wash hands appropriately and not waste water
  • using individual hand towels in the bathroom, rather than paper towel or air blowers
  • toilets at Barriburn use rain water to flush
  • fruit peel is collected for the compost bin at snack and lunchtime, this compost is then added to our vegie garden between harvests.
  • we have two large mini wheelie bins inside to mimic the real waste and recycling bins. Children learn about which bin to put items in
  • the majority of our art and craft paper is recycled packaging and paper
  • our garden is watered using rain water
  • lights are switched off when we go outside

We regularly discuss why we do these things and what the benefits to the environment are.

The students are actively involved in:

  • collecting compost and delivering to the large compost bin
  • turning lights off when we go outside
  • making decisions about which bin to put items in
  • choosing vegies to plant
  • watering and caring for the plants
  • harvesting and eating the plants
  • washing hands efficiently, not wasting water

In 2017 Barriburn Preschool won the Whitehorse Sustainability Education award for our education and encouragement of sustainable practices.

We are very proud of all the hard work the WHOLE Barriburn community has contributed towards our sustainable practices. We look forward to continuing and extending our sustainable practices encouraging future energy savers.