Student Wellbeing


Tanya O'Brien

Wellbeing Coordinator

Student Wellbeing

Mackellar Primary school is committed to providing an environment where all students will feel safe, be motivated and engaged in their learning, displaying a strong sense of connectedness to teachers, peers and the school. The school values: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Cooperation and Learning are reflected in all aspects of school life.

A Code of Cooperation, established at the beginning of each school year and in partnership with the students, ensures that a consistent and whole school approach to student welfare is achieved.

Every Code of Cooperation includes:

  • A Purpose: (Why do we come to school?)
  • The classroom Vision: (What do we want our classroom to look like?)
  • Our agreed Values and associated behaviours (Written as I statements)
  • Breaches of the Code of Cooperation (These are the same for every classroom)

All classroom teachers are committed to ensuring that all students fulfil their potential as learners. Students have access to programs to meet their individual needs educationally, socially and emotionally. Both teachers and parents are involved in all decisions relating to their childs participation in school programs.

Families and students have access to a range of services to support their welfare needs. The designated position of a full time Primary Welfare Officer for student welfare provides co-ordination of student support services, focussing on primary prevention and early intervention. The school receives the services of both a social worker and psychologist to assist students and families. Acess to the social worker or psychologist requires a referral by either the teacher or the parent and a signed permission form is needed before they can be seen.



Absent Line When your child is away. Please call the school on 9364 0200, wait for the prompts, then press 1 for absences. Leave your child’s name, grade and reason for absence. This will be recorded as an absent note for that day.

Please refer to our school website about the importance of attendance and the possible ramifications of absences.



Arriving on Time Classes begin at 9:00am.  All children need to be in the classroom, organised and ready to learn by that time.

Researchers have discovered that constantly being late or leaving early indicates to the child that it is not an important part of their lives and they may become disengaged in school. Student Engagement is very important to the development of your child’s social, emotional, physical and academic wellbeing. Please ensure that your child arrives on time. If your child arrives late, please remind your child to collect a Late Pass card from the office before entering the classroom.

FOUNDATION LEVEL (PREP) PARENTS In welcoming our new Foundation Level parent community, we have provided valuable information and videos on our school website (under the Parent link for Foundation Level Parents) about the following areas:

  • Starting school
  • Thinking about transitioning to school
  • Getting ready for school
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Problem-solving
  • Coping skills
  • A change for the whole family
  • Getting help when starting school
  • Additional helpful resources

BE SAFE ONLINE Students will continue to engage in programs about online safety throughout the year. Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers also provides tools and resources for parents, to support childen in preventing cyberbullying and how to practice Netiquette. Being Cool Online (Bully Stoppers) resources for parents, are available on the Bully Stoppers website, at

We will provide more information to parents about online safety for your children thoroughout the year.


Mackellar’s Breakfast Club is supported by Foodbank Victoria and the Department of Education. Breakfast Club provides students with a healthy breakfast, a positive, nutritious start to the day and energy that allows students to engage fully in educational and social opportunities throughout the day.

If our students aren’t eating breakfast at home, they are very welcome to come along to Mackellar’s Breakfast Club where they will be happily served with a smile.

WHEN: Monday to Friday (every morning)

TIME: 8.45am to 8.55am

LOCATION: At the Before & After School Program building.

Ms. Tanya O’Brien

Primary Welfare Officer


Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800

DHHS Child Protection Crisis Line/ after hours call service – 131278

DHHS Child Protection Brimbank Melton – 1300 664 977

Lifeline:  13 11 14

1800 RESPECT – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732

Safe Steps – 24/7 Family Violence Crisis Line 1800 015 188

Parentline – 13 22 89  Website:

Care Ring – 24 hour counselling service 13 61 69

Relationships Australia – 8311 9222

Gamblers Help – 1800 858 858

Depression website  Phone – 1300 22 4636

Mensline – 1300 789 978  

Nurse-On-Call – 1300 606 024   

Victorian Poisons Information Centre: 131 126

School Dental Service: 1300 360 054


Transition involves moving from one year level to the next. At each transition stage students experience changes in: social and personal experiences, curriculum and teaching and learning. Our School transition program ensures that students are well prepared and ready to transfer into their new level.

Our Prep Transition program begins early in the year with visits to the local kindergartens by the Early Years coordinator. These visits continue to build on our relationship with the local preschools and allows the kinder students to become familiar with some of the faces they will see when they come to school. During Term 4, transition days are held. These days provide an opportunity for the children to become familiar with the school setting, meet the prep teachers and experience a day in the life of a prep student.

The ‘Step Up’ Day forms part of the whole school transition process and is designed to introduce students to the year level they will be in the following year. It provides an opportunity for students to begin establishing connections with other students and areas of the school. The ‘Step Up’ Day coincides with the prep and Year 6 transition programs.

The transition for grade 6 students starts early in the year with visits to the local secondary college. During these early days they become familiar with a secondary school setting and have fun participating in activities organised by the secondary school. An orientation day is held for all students who attend government schools. On this day students meet new students and teachers and take part in lessons and activities designed to introduce them to secondary life.
At the Parent Information night the local secondary schools attend, showcasing their school. Throughout the first part of the year the secondary schools also invite students to attend information nights and expos. This information is conveyed to parents via the newsletter.
Grade 6 Transition Day is December 10th.

Prep – Grade 1. A series of classroom visits are organised for the prep students to become familiar with a new area of the school and a different grade structure.
Grade 2-3 and Grade 4-5 transition consists of organised activities where the students mix with the students they will be with in the following year.
On the last day of the school year students move to their new grade to meet their teacher and classmates. New students to Mackellar are invited to attend this day.


We believe that opportunities for students to begin to establish connections and build relationships with other students from areas within the school is an important part of a student’s social development. All P-6 classrooms are involved in a Buddy program established at the beginning of the school year. Buddy grades meet on a regular basis and over the course of the school year are each responsible for a collaborative display on our Values board.

Our Better Buddies Program reinforces the positive behaviours and values which underpin social competency. Older buddies undertake training designed to help/prepare them to be a better buddy. Through this training they learn how to support a younger buddy, have the opportunity to be a school leader, develop and reinforce their own social skills and most importantly learn how to have fun in a happy and safe environment.