About Us

Principal’s Message

On behalf of the Fairhills Primary School Community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family.

At Fairhills Primary School we are committed to teaching skills that will guide our students to be active citizens, who contribute positively to society and pursue their dreams. Our STARR Values of Safety, Teamwork, Achievement, Responsibility and Resect underpin everything we do and create a school culture where every student is supported to be the best version of themselves with a growth mindset and a desire to learn.

As a smaller school, we know and celebrate every student, understanding that our community is enriched by the differences each individual brings.

Our expert staff are fully committed to ensuring that the values and traditions of all our community members are nurtured each and every day. 

We look forward to working in partnership with parents, students and the whole Fairhills Primary School Community.

Tanya Burton

School Profile

Fairhills Primary School is a small, safe school situated in Ferntree Gully within the city of Knox, Victoria. Fairhills Primary School opened in 1965 and is conveniently located on Manuka Drive near Fair Park Reserve.

With an enrolment of 140 students which includes families who represent the wide cultural and social diversity of Knox including international students. Fairhills Primary School provides a learning environment that nurtures resilience and wellbeing in all students. The school recognises that students are life-long learners with a need to be socially adept, environmentally responsible and are encouraged to realise that they are part of a wider global community.

The recent Strategic Plan has a focus on improving English and Mathematics through the implementation of a student facing Instructional Model and establishing effective processes around the analysis and use of data to maximise student outcomes.
Wellbeing is an important part of the school community at Fairhills Primary School with the STARR Values imbedded in everyday practice and present around the school.

The school has large, beautiful classrooms and buildings that have been recently renovated and these spaces are connected by The CORE, our information and research centre.
Large well-maintained grounds, that include four playgrounds and a recently installed covered basketball court, are part of the school environment.

Our staff are nurturing, dedicated and highly trained and work in partnership with families to meet the challenges of 21st century learning. We are committed to providing the best education for our students through focus on quality teaching and learning, and continual improvement in student learning outcomes.

School Council

Fairhills Primary School has a strong School Council that meets monthly and is committed to the ongoing development and improvement of our school. The main function of School Council includes:

  1. Setting and Reviewing School Policies
  2. Approving spending and Annual Budget
  3. Approving the Strategic Plan

The Fairhills Primary School Council is made up of members representing staff, parents and our community. Positions are as follows:

Executive Officer:
Tanya Burton

Bev Shaw

Vice President:
Kate Bolton

Kate Bolton

Secretary & DET rep:
Stuart Beever

Parent Representatives
Sarah Jenkins
Kelly Mills
Jodie Sablyak
Sharon Zmood

We encourage you to connect with our school councilors, support them in their leadership and share feedback with them as we continue to strive for the very best education for our students.

Nomination Process

School Council Members are elected at the start of each year for a two year term.


School Council meetings are open to all Fairhills Primary School community members unless declared a closed meeting.
Contributions are welcome by all and are presented through the chairperson. Only School Council members have voting rights.


Sub- committees are coordinated by, but not limited to, School Council members and are advisory bodies reporting to the School Council. Each sub-committee meets monthly and provides a report which may include recommendations at School Council meetings. All decisions must be approved by School Council.

Our current Sub-committees are:

  • Finance and Management
  • Education
  • Promotions & Marketing
  • Buildings & Grounds

Joining a School Council subcommittee can be a great way to contribute to the improvement of our school.

Parent Payments

At Fairhills Primary School we have high expectations that children will be challenged and supported in their education. We are proud of the achievements our students have made, and, to this end, we require support from the school community via Essential Student Learning Items and Voluntary Contributions. We give priority to areas such as English, Mathematics and Wellbeing – areas of study that require large amounts of funding to resource satisfactorily.

All payments can be made via Compass

The Parent Payment Policy can be accessed here.