For Parents - Parent Involvement & Ripper Families

Ripponlea Primary School is fortunate to have an enthusiastic and engaged parent community. There are many ways to become active in school life and we welcome your involvement in whatever way you can offer.

Parent involvement can be as simple as attending one of our school assemblies.  Other opportunities include, but are not limited to:

If you are working with students you will require a valid 'Working With Children Check' - the application process is easy and free for volunteers!

School and Community Partnerships

To promote strong, active and collaborative home-school relationships, School Council has a School and Community Partnerships committee that welcomes your involvement. This committee is made up of a School Councillors and any parent interested in making a contribution to the school through this forum.

The School and Community Partnerships committee meets monthly. Further details and meeting dates can be found on the School Council page.

Ripper Families

Ripper Families is the parent group that oversees school fundraising activities and social events. With input from the parent community, an annual calendar of events is created which we hope offers ‘something for everyone’.

Our major community events on the calendar are the biennial ‘Ripper Fete’ and ‘Ripper Art & Art Attack’ which run on alternate years, and the annual ‘Ripper Twilight Market’.

Other Ripper Families events have included:

  • School Holiday Family Movie mornings
  • Hot Cross Bun sales
  • Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls
  • Bunnings BBQs/Election Day BBQs
  • Cake Stalls
  • Mums’ Night Dinners
  • Keepsake cards, calendars and diaries
  • Sushi lunches and other special lunch days

The fundraising efforts of Ripponlea families have contributed enormously to the learning environment for our children. Some of the improvements and recent investments enabled as a result of fundraising include:

  • The Playscape along the front fence
  • Installation of the automatic front entry doors
  • Teepee Cubbies
  • Library resources
  • Musical instruments
  • Folding doors in the Foundation learning space
  • New carpet in five classrooms
  • Student toilet refurbishment
  • New shade sail over play equipment
  • Computer server upgrade
  • Replacement of the laneway fence
  • Green stage in the Italian garden
  • Barrbunin floodlight
  • Replacement of the garden shed
  • Classroom acoustics
  • Extra iPads
  • Robotics for our Maker Space

Participating in school events is a great way to get involved, meet other parents and support the school community.  If you have any suggestions for events our would like to volunteer to assist, please email

Dates and details of School & Community Partnerships and Ripper Families activities can be found in the school Newsletter and on the Compass calendar.