About Us


Mackellar Primary School was built in 1991 and since that time the dedicated staff have provided innovative, quality education for the community. At Mackellar we pride ourselves on our three core values of Excellence, Respect, and Integrity.

Our Learning Community provides a safe, caring and positive environment in which all Students are challenged and supported to learn and develop to their full potential. The use of the gradual release of responsibility model supports students to take responsibility to manage their learning through the use of personal learning goals, feedback and student learning portfolios. All members of staff have embraced ongoing professional development; professional learning teams and school based coaching to continue to develop teacher capacity to address student learning, instructional practice, assessment and reporting. The whole school has strong foundations in inquiry learning, which provides the students with enriched learning experiences and addresses the importance of student growth in personal and social learning.

The School facilities and grounds consist of a core building housing the Prep to Year 4 classes, Specialist and administration areas. The Grade 5 and 6 students occupy a freestanding building with six classrooms and a large central open learning space with two smaller learning areas. Our outdoor learning areas feature a large rotunda and undercover eating areas, established trees and other shaded areas that surround our large oval area.

New Parents at Mackellar Primary School – Foundation (Prep) Level

 Mackellar Primary School aims to have every student successfully enter, move through and leave Mackellar Primary School with confidence, independence and resilience.

Transition programs assist all students to feel safe, motivated and engaged in their learning where they also display a strong sense of connectedness to their school community.  Mackellar Primary School welcomed our newest community members during our highly successful Foundation (Prep) Level Transition Program in Term 4, 2018.

Starting school is a major milestone in a child’s life and an exciting time for parents and families.  Our Foundation Level teachers, Kerrie Elsbury, Christopher Malane and Cory Perry have planned engaging programs to cater for the needs of your child starting school.

We have also provided some valuable resources and video presentations that you may access here during this time of change for your child and family.

Here’s wishing our new students and parents a smooth, happy and exciting start to school life at Mackellar Primary School.

Department of Education

Starting School http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/primary/Pages/starting.aspx

Learning at Primary School




 Starting school – video presentation


Thinking about transition to school – video presentation


Getting ready for school – video presentation


Understanding behaviour – video presentation


Problem Solving – video presentation


Coping Skills – video presentation


A change for the whole family – video presentation


Getting help when starting school


Additional resources