Our School

Principal’s Welcome

It is a pleasure to be the principal of a very progressive and highly regarded school. Since taking up the principal position in May 2000, I continue to be impressed by the school’s sustained focus on continuous improvement, ensuring that we collectively provide a sound basis for lifelong learning for all of our students.

Our IB – Primary Years Programme School status is an example of our whole school commitment to pedagogical change to deliver the best Learning and Teaching opportunities for our students.

I am extremely proud of our students. They are eager learners, considerate and respectful of others and together, they are helping to shape their own identity and future by working towards excellence and being the best person and learner that they can be.

I am equally proud of our School Team – our staff are extremely committed and understanding of the importance of their role in ensuring that our students have access to the best learning environment and opportunities possible. Ongoing staff learning is a feature of our school.

I am very grateful for the support that our parents provide. A strong and supportive partnership between home and school is essential for a child’s learning to be successful and this is highly regarded at Macclesfield Primary School.

Macclesfield Primary School is certainly a school to be proud and we are firmly committed to ensuring continuous improvement well into the future.
If you are a prospective parent, then please make sure you contact us to learn more about our school. School tours are conducted at mutually agreeable times and we would be more than happy to meet you and show our school at work.

School Overview

Macclesfield Primary School was established in 1909 and is situated within a semi-rural residential area on the eastern edge of the Dandenong Ranges, approximately 50 kilometres east of Melbourne in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Macclesfield Primary School is committed to implementing a comprehensive Teaching and Learning program to provide the best educational opportunities for all students. Our Teaching and Learning goal is to give all students access to educational experiences that are challenging, purposeful and comprehensive, and that result in all children achieving success in learning. The provision of high quality teaching and learning in a multi-age setting is the goal of a continuous improvement cycle.

At Macclesfield, parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all school activities and to be partners with teachers in developing positive relationships between home and school. The school council and parent community provide highly valued support to all aspects of the school’s endeavours.

We look forward to you joining our school community at Macclesfield Primary School.


Then & Now

(1909 – current) A State School opened in Macclesfield with 6 pupils at the local hall on 3rd May 1909, under HT Miss J Walker. The date of the first recorded Committee meeting was 7th August 1911 with W. Marr (President) and W. Bolduan (Secretary and Treasurer). The minutes of the first meeting record a motion to inquire about medals to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.

The Department leased the hall for 20 years. After numerous requests for a school building the committee arranged a deputation to meet with the relevant minister in 1928. E.G. Risk became the first teacher to teach at the new school which was opened on land sold to the Department by H.J. Legg.

The new building was officially opened on 4th December 1929 by George Knox. A school residence requested in May 1950 was first occupied in September 1952.

Electricity was connected to the school in July 1964 and a room was added to the original building in 1967. A Mothers’ Club was formed in 1951.

We celebrated our centenary in 2009 and it is our challenge as a school community to continue with similar optimism, commitment and willingness to do what we can to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our own children – and for the students who will attend Macclesfield PS in the years to come.

Mission & Vision Statement

Macclesfield Primary School Vision Statement:
Macclesfield Primary School aims to create an inspiring teaching and learning community, where we nurture curiosity and bestow a life-long love of learning.


Macclesfield Primary School Mission Statement:
Our unique setting at Macclesfield Primary School aims to develop a community hub which provides a quality, inquiry-based education. We believe this allows everyone to reach their full and unique potential within a caring and joyful environment, celebrating cultural diversity and sustainable practices.


Our communal goals are:

To cultivate a desire of learning in children and provide them with the skills they need to be knowledgeable, adaptable, empathetic and resilient in a rapidly changing world.

To educate students to be mindful of other perspectives, to take personal action towards shared guardianship of planet Earth and help to create a better, more peaceful world.

For more information:

Our Macclesfield Primary School IB PYP Brochure

The Primary Years Programme Of Inquiry Grade Units Of Inquiry

Child Safety Standards

Macclesfield Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.  As part of the Victorian Government?s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards.

Standard One: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

  1. John Chiswell (Principal) is the designated Child Safety Wellbeing Officer
  2. Macclesfield Primary School is committed to child safety.
  • We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and  respect all children,       as well as our staff and volunteers in all school environments and Outside of School Hours Care.
  • We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
  • We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
  • We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child?s safety, which we follow rigorously.
  • We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. The school has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers and regularly trains and educates staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
  • We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
  • We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

Standard Two: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

Standard Three: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

Standard Four: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.

Standard Five: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.

Standard Six: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

Standard Seven: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.