Student Wellbeing


Student Engagement and Wellbeing                                                                                                                                          

Mackellar Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning community where all students feel motivated and engaged in their learning and display a strong sense of connectedness to teachers, peers and school. We also provide exemplary programs in a vibrant, dynamic and technologically rich environment where students are empowered to become 21st  Century learners and responsible citizens of the global community. Mackellar Primary School acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked.

Student Engagement

Student engagement has three interrelated components that underpin our policies and practices at Mackellar Primary School: Behavioural engagement refers to students’ participation in education, including the academic, social and extracurricular activities of our school. Emotional engagement encompasses students’ sense of belonging and connectedness to school and their emotional reactions in the classroom and in the school. Cognitive engagement relates to a students’ investment in learning and their intrinsic motivation and self-regulation. 

Mackellar Primary School practices are consistent with ‘Effective Schools are Engaging Schools’. Student Engagement Policy Guidelines focus on areas such as the encouragement of educational achievement and excellence, prevention of absences and discouraging inappropriate behaviour. Mackellar Primary School also:

  • Fosters a healthy school culture in which high levels of achievement take place within a positive, social environment
  • Provide students with a safe learning environment where the risk of harm is minimized and students feel physically and emotionally secure
  • Provide support for individual circumstances when a student begins to disengage from their learning, when regular attendance is not consistent or positive behaviours are not demonstrated
  • Maximise student learning opportunities and performance through ensuring students are engaged in their learning
  • Provide genuine opportunities for student/parent participation and student/parent voice
  • Build a school environment based on positive behaviours and values
  • Provide both prevention (using cognitive, behavioural and emotional strategies) and intervention for all students at risk
  • Provide a whole school approach to Behaviour Management

Student_Engagement_Policy – To be updated in 2018

Mackellar Primary School Values

Mackellar Primary School’s beliefs about behaviour and learning are supported by our school Values which are aligned with School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS). Students are explicitly taught to strive to achieve their personal best, whilst demonstrating the values of:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Learning
  • Cooperation

Implementing SWPBS is ongoing and constantly adapted to meet the needs of schools. In 2018, Mackellar Primary School will review our current values and create a new whole school matrix to align our values with specific expectations and SWPBS.

Wellbeing approaches, frameworks and programs will be outlined in the following links for 2018:

  • KidsMatter
  • The Resilience Project
  • Better Buddies Program
  • Values and School-wide Positive Behaviour Support
  • Student Leadership
  • Growth Mindset
  • Cybersafety and eSmart
  • Anti-bullying Approaches
  • Transition

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 the following link about the importance of attendance and the possible ramifications of absences.


 Late Arrivals and Early Leavers

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 communicates to the child that school is not an important part of their lives and they may become disengaged in school life. 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.

 Mackellar Primary School Breakfast Club

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 your children 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

Teeth On Wheels 

Mackellar Primary School has a partnership with Teeth On Wheels. The mobile dental service provides bulk-billed, on-site dental care to many of our students every six months. Their next visit is Term 1, 2018. For further information, please explore the Teeth On Wheels website

Community Helplines:


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




Harmony Day 

On Wednesday, Mackellar’s community proudly celebrated cultural diversity and inclusiveness. It was fantastic to see a bright splash of orange around the school. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Students revisited topics related to multiculturalism in Australia. Children really enjoyed talking about their different family backgrounds and cultures that have enriched our nation.

Altona Beach Excursion

Mackellar Primary students attended the whole school excursion to Altona Beach. What a perfect day it was! The weather was magnificent and the staff, students and parents had a fantastic time building sand castles and sculptures, and splashing around in the water. Happy memories were captured in the photos below. Thank you to Fanny Elliott organising this wonderful event!