Principal’s Message

Andrew Buesnel

Our children are growing up in a world where there is a saturation of information and communication. In order to function effectively they need to develop skills that allow them to think critically, creatively and be able to evaluate what is important and needs their attention and what does not. Children need to solve complex problems and be able to communicate effectively with those around them, whether they are in the same learning group at school, or on the other side of the world.

A strong foundation in key learning areas such as Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Science, is still as important as ever. The demands of the current world we live in require schools to prepare students for occupations that may not yet exist. At Maribyrnong Primary School we have a whole child approach to learning and teaching which acknowledges and celebrates the important role that families and communities play in the education of our students. We provide a learning program from preschool to year 6 that caters for the whole child, celebrating difference and acknowledging that all children are individuals.

Our school is a safe and happy place, where children are valued and nurtured. Our bright and stimulating open plan learning environments allow collaboration between students and staff where our values and passion for lifelong learning are clearly evident. Our preschool program incorporates the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and as students move into kindergarten and beyond, the Australian Curriculum is utilised to drive outcomes for teacher planning and student learning. Our collegial teaching teams plan together and deliver consistent programs which differentiate for individual student needs. Strong links to real life learning and experiences underpin our motivating and vibrant learning programs.

We enjoy the benefit of strong relationships with the community around us. Parents and carers are welcome and encouraged to participate in school activities through volunteering in the canteen, assisting in the classroom, attending school excursions or camps, helping out in the library, nominating for a role on the School Board or joining community events through the P&C. In accordance with the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011, volunteers in schools are now required to have a 'Working with Vulnerable Card'. For more information regarding how to apply for the free card please visit the following website (Working with Vulnerable People).

Before and After School Care is available at the school from 7:30 am to 8.45 am and 3.00 pm to 6:00 pm daily. For further information please contact Communities@Work on 1300 212 273 or visit the Communities@Work website.

A number of specialist teachers work in the school providing rich programs in a range of areas for all children. Science, Music, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Visual Arts are included. We also have a bike program for students in years 5 and 6 where key skills and road safety are explicitly taught. We also have a strong values approach through social and emotional learning which is currently being strengthened by the roll out of Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL). All students in the school understand, can articulate and display what it means to be a safe and respectful learner in all areas of the school. This language and behaviour is modelled and championed by all staff members at Maribyrnong.

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. We hope that you enjoy having a glimpse of what our outstanding school has to offer.

If you would like to learn more about our school, please call to arrange a personal tour so that you can see and feel what makes Maribyrnong Primary School a very positive learning environment.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Buesnel