Principal's Message

Welcome to Macquarie Primary School's website, I hope you find it full of information about our school and what makes it such a thriving community hub.

We offer a contemporary education within a largely single classroom physical setting.  We are the oldest primary school in Belconnen, opening in 1968. We respect the many traditions established over the past 50 years, while embracing and accepting the challenges and innovations of today and the future.

21st Century education needs to provide learners with the skills and dispositions to enable them to succeed into the future. By the end of primary school, we have graduates who are able to succeed in high school. We provide the academic and wellbeing requirements children need through authentic investigations where students are solving real world problems and learning through doing. These powerful ways of learning not only engage but create passions and entrepreneurship in our learners.

Our focused and skilled teachers act as facilitators and noticers of learning, to make the links so that rigor is maintained. Our school leaders coach and build the capacity of the teachers to be guiders and prompters and the leadership team is developed to be innovative leaders and educational challengers.

We build and maintain strong relationships with our community. We continually seek and respond to feedback to continue to improve. This occurs each year through formal means such as the school satisfaction survey and more informally through school requests for feedback and community generated commentary.

We have strong student leadership and voice with an active Student Representative Council and School and House Captains elected annually.  These student leaders have an important role in the school gathering student opinions, advocating for change, and being community representatives for us.

We foster genuine partnerships in and out of our school with the broader community. Our active P&C Association support the school through building parental connections such as hosting education forums, working bees, grants and fundraising. We welcome volunteers, both regular and incidental, have a strong commitment to teacher development through hosting undergraduate teachers and ongoing relationships with services such as the School Volunteer Program, Rotary and Canberra Region Community Services.

Over the past twelve months we have engaged in an extensive consultation to review our school values. In 2020 we have launched our new values of persistence, integrity and excellence. These values incorporate the importance of developing the whole child, academically, socially and as a global citizen.

To develop student wellbeing we use an evidence-based framework, Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), to implement a whole school approach to encouraging positive behaviour choices. This looks like consistent behaviour expectations created in consultation with all stakeholders including students, staff and community members consistent language and approaches to support positive behaviour choices explicit lessons used to teach behaviour expectations with opportunities to practise appropriate behaviours in classroom and on the playground. Student behaviour support is underpinned by a trauma Informed approach and an evidence based social and emotional learning program (MindUP).

I hope you enjoy exploring our website, and that you find a chance to visit Macquarie in the near future. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about our programs, or to enquire about our enrolment process.