Mackellar Primary School is recognised by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation as a Better Buddies showcase school due to our successful integration of the Better Buddies Program. The program delivers positive anti-bullying and anti-violence messages and assists Mackellar Primary School in maintaining a caring culture where older students look after younger students. Our Wellbeing Team plan a Better Buddies yearly overview as a preventative program and whole school approach to promoting pro-social skills, positive student relationships and community connectedness.

Supported by our implementation of the KidsMatter Primary Framework for mental health and wellbeing, Better Buddies reflects our school values, as well as our commitment to being one of Victoria’s lead schools for Respectful Relationships Education. Better Buddies is also aligned with wellbeing programs at Mackellar Primary School such as Student Leadership, Peer Mediators, Transition, The Resilience Project and the eSmart Schools Curriculum, to ensure safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm at Mackellar Primary School.

Key Better Buddy events at MPS are: Better Buddies Altona Beach Excursion Better Buddies Games Day
Book Week and Buddies Celebration Wear Purple to School Day and Fundraiser Better Buddies Walkathon

Better Buddies Lunches, and Carnival – our community biannual school fete.

‘Better Buddies enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected.’ Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Buddy Grades

Older Buddy Grade Younger Buddy Grade
1 Grade 6E Prep K, M & P
2 Grade 6A Prep K, M & P
3 Grade 5K Grade 3G
4 Grade 5M Grade 2B
5 Grade 5W Grade 2P
6 Grade 4G Grade 2X
7 Grade 4P Grade 1E
8 Grade 3S Grade 1W
9 Grade 3K Grade 1G


Throughout the year, buddy grades also enjoy regular luncheons and engaging learning sessions across many areas of the curriculum.

This year, we raised money for The Alannah and Madeline Foundations Buddy Care Bags, which assist families in times of crisis. The Buddy Bags help to make children feel safer and more secure during difficult times.

Please click on the following links for more information about Better Buddies: