What a celebration of learning it was on Tuesday night with many families braving the cold weather to come and celebrate Education Week with us. This year, Education Week was all about celebrating careers.

The students and teachers have done an outstanding job setting up the displays of learning across the school.


As a school, we need to know when and why a child is absent and parents/carers need to know if their child is not at school.

As a parent or carer, you must notify the school of your child’s absence as soon as possible on the day of absence using Compass. It is important for parents to have completed this by 9.15am on the day of the absence. If we haven’t received notification by then an SMS will be sent to the parent.


Three way conferences will take place on Tuesday 25th June 2019 between 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Teachers may also indicate some alternative dates and times during the last week that they will be available. Please make sure you log on to Compass and book your time.


Student reports will be available on Compass on Friday 21st June. Please contact the office if you require a hard copy.


On Monday night we had our monthly school council meeting. On this night council discussed a  number of exciting school events and projects.

  • Investigation of installing CCTV in the school grounds
  • Plans for the school disco to be held on Thursday 20th June
  • 2020 opportunities for Year Five Camp due to the numbers of students
  • Suggestions for the Leader fundraising opportunity


Thanks so much to Dylan Hislop and Melanie Kendrick for organising the athletics carnival. It was a very cold day on Tuesday but fortunately, we were able to get through most of the events. Due to the weather forecast, we cancelled Wednesday’s event, however, we plan to hold the track events once we can confirm a date.. so stay tuned. Thanks again to all the teachers and parents who braved the cold to support the students!


Well done to Sam M in Year Six who has been selected as a member of the School Sports Victoria Team Victoria 10-12 Years track and field state team. He will be competing in Darwin in September. We wish Sam all the best for the competition.


Over the next two weeks, the students in Year Four – Six will be participating in the annual Attitudes to School Student Survey. This survey is vital in gaining the student’s perspective on their experiences at McKinnon Primary School. We value their opinion and look forward to seeing their thoughts.


Staff at McKinnon will be participating in a Curriculum Day on Friday (31/5). The professional learning seminar is entitled ‘Scaffolding Literacy: using quality children’s literature to teach complexity and wonder in writing. The seminar will challenge the teachers’ understandings around teaching literacy and introduce the ‘scaffolding literacy’ approach to teaching text and improving students’ writing. The presenter is Misty Adoniou. Professor Adoniou is a highly respected academic in the areas of literacy education and English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching. McKinnon teaching staff are familiar with her recent publication Spelling it Out and she also writes on literacy-related matters for the general public in The Conversation.


A reminder for any parents who are yet to enrol their children for 2020, please do so as soon as possible as places are filling fast and planning for next year has commenced. McKinnon PS is a school of choice within the local area. Please let us know if you are intending to enrol.

Have a great weekend,

Simone, Ben and Suzanne