From our Principal
I would like to extend a generous and warm welcome to you, your child and family to Macedon Primary School.
Set at the foot of Mount Macedon, Macedon Primary School boasts a long and proud history of providing high quality learning opportunities for children. The teaching and educational support staff at Macedon Primary School offer high level expertise in providing quality educational outcomes to all of our students. The teachers work in close knit teams and strive to continually improve their practice to support the emotional and academic growth of all students. Our learning community is guided by our school motto, “caring, sharing, learning” and we pride ourselves on our supportive culture and our continuous endeavour for excellence.
At Macedon Primary School, the environment plays an important role in bringing our curriculum to life. Students are regularly immersed in their bushland surroundings which play an active role in inspiring and setting the tone for their educational experiences. The school week includes regular teaching, learning and play in Middle Gully Reserve, a five acre bushland reserve opposite the main school site. In Middle Gully Reserve students, supported by teachers and a dedicated volunteer parent committee, take part in a number of exciting initiatives. We link in with experts in the field such as the CSIRO scientists in schools program and the students engage in meaningful learning. Some of the activities we complete regularly include monitoring the water quality in out dam, regularly tending to the garden, tracking and photographing local wildlife and learning about our local indigenous history through immersion in the bush.
The learning in Middle Gully Reserve is complimented by our extensive camping and outdoor education program in which students learn about teamwork, responsibility the natural surroundings while developing their resilience.
A key feature of our school is the high level parent involvement and support in all aspects of the school year. This strong and healthy partnership acts as an important home school link and benefits our students and school thoroughly.
We look forward to meeting you and working closely with all families who become a part of the Macedon Primary School community.
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Macedon Primary School is located 60 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and serves the semi-rural community of Macedon. Established in 1869, the school maintains a current enrolment of 272 students and draws additional enrolments from nearby postcodes predominately from south of Woodend. In recent years, Macedon has experienced a slow and steady increase in young families moving into the area. There is a considerable level of parent participation in various aspects of the school with the school special outdoor education and environmental activities well supported.
Currently, there are 22 staff members; a principal, 11 full-time teachers, 3 part-time teachers and 5 part-time educational support, comprising of 3 integration aides and 2 office staff. The part time teachers provide specialist programs in Art, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Languages (Indonesian) and Literacy/Numeracy support. The Leadership team comprises of the Principal and 2 Leading Teachers who drive the improvement agenda for all aspects of the curriculum (teaching, learning and assessment practices), whilst staff work in Professional learning Teams (PLTs) to collectively plan the programs that support student academic, social, emotional and physical growth. The principal also works collectively with School Council to foster a community approach to educating the students, holding a shared belief that building learning communities is the best approach. Macedon Primary has a collective commitment to growing the whole child.
The school motto, “Caring, Learning, Sharing”, encapsulates the ethos of the school community and the following mission statement underpins the strategic direction and decisions that are made to improve the School as a learning community:
To provide comprehensive and innovative programs to enable our children to reach their full potential and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners. To develop in children a sense of resilience and the ability to value themselves and others. To encourage the qualities of initiative, persistence and excellence to be successful in an ever changing world.
The school values outline the behaviours and attitude we hope to see in all members of the school community to foster the ideal learning environment for the students:
Respect: Showing care for yourself, others, property and the environment
Responsibility: Being accountable for your words and actions
Creativity: Producing original ideas and using your imagination
Integrity: Being honest, sincere and trustworthy
Teamwork: Working together and learning collaboratively
The school is fully committed to the KidsMatter framework being a proactive initiative focusing on children’s mental health and wellbeing; the school values are a crucial element of the KidsMatter whole school approach.
The school offers an attractive and engaging learning environment with the school undergoing a refurbishment (admin areas) and rebuild (classrooms) in 2003. The well maintained grounds include an adventure track, various climbing equipment and oval for active play, as well as numerous passive play areas including a dry creek bed and multiple sand pits. Middle Gully is a 1.6 hectare environmental reserve across the road, which boasts a solar powered eco-shed, vegetable and herb gardens, chook pen, dam and wetlands. The reserve is the key resource for the school’s focus on environnmental and outdoor education.
Environmental education and sustainability are embedded in the curriculum through regular hands-on learning activities, grade level study topics and a kitchen garden program. Long term scientific investigations focusing on local flora, fauna and natural resources are also being developed. A weekly parent based Landcare program supports the Middle Gully Environmental initiatives. There is a strong emphasis on outdoor education involving camping in tents, hiking, bike riding and orienteering. These activities are aligned with the school based camping program from Foundation to Year 6 where they explore the local landscape on bushwalks and bike rides in the older grades. Students in years 3-6 attend external camps in locations throughout Victoria providing more outdoor educational experiences and opportunities to study contrasting environments in great depth.
The school offers a range of extra-curricular activities including instrumental music tuition in keyboard on Mondays and Guitar on Fridays. These user pay programs are utilised by many families from Grade 1 upwards. School Council operate an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service with both the before and after care programs becoming more popular in recent years as families juggle the challenge of work-family commitments.
Macedon Primary is a community school, not just in words but in the attitudes, actions and values we endeavour to uphold with everyone, every day.
Principal & Admin
Principal / Executive Office & Treasurer School Council
Mrs Heather Coates
3/4CS - Room 7 (Mon, Tue, Wed), School Council
Wed, Thu & Fri
Mrs Belinda Taylor
Classroom Teacher, 4/5 BT - Room 5, Learning Specialist, Library, School Council
Mr David Oxworth
PE Teacher, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Tue, Wed & Thu
Ms Deryn Mansell
Indonesian Teacher, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tue & Thu
Student Support / Intervention
Reports Plans & Policies