2023 Prep Enrolment

At Macleod College, we welcome applications for students enrolling for Prep in 2023. To apply for enrolment, please fill in an Enrolment Enquiry Form.

There will be a number of opportunities for families to visit the school and meet our Leadership team and current Prep classroom teachers. 

Prep Engagement and Transition Dates   2022


Open Morning                     Saturday 21 May from 10am – 12noon

                                            Come and see our wonderful new environment.

                                            Play on our new equipment, visit our classrooms and join in the fun activity                                                     stations

                                            Face Painting, Showbags, finger painting, and much more.

                                            Bake Sale by the Parents & Friends of Macleod

                                            All Welcome!



Prep Tasters

3:45pm – 4:30pm               


Tuesday 31 May                Prep classroom visit – Come and see what our students do, Free play activity                                                  stations for your child to explore. Jigsaw puzzles, phonics activities, number                                                    games and much more.


Thursday 16 June             CANCELLED

                                          Explore our wonderful new play space.  Climb all over our new equipment,                                                      sandpit activities.

                                          Meet our Primary teachers.  If the weather is inclement, we will offer indoor                                                      games and interactive activities.


Wednesday 27 July          Art session with our Art teacher.  Come and get messy!


Wednesday 17 August     Music session, singing, dancing and playing instruments with our music teacher.


Thursday 15 September   Visit our wonderful Library and join in with a story and craft activity.




Transition Dates for 2023 Prep enrolments


Wednesday 12 October

9:30 – 10:50am   

includes Parent Information Chat with the Primary Leader


Thursday 20 October

2:15 – 3:10pm  

includes STEAM session


Tuesday 25 October

9:30 – 10:50am  

Meet the Year 6 Buddies for 2023 at Morning Tea


Eligibility for Prep 2023

To start primary school your child will need to turn five years old by 30 April, 2023. Your child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age. This is the compulsory school starting age in Victoria.

Specific concerns about enrolling your child

If you have specific concerns about enrolling your child, for example a child with special needs/disability, please contact Reception on 9459 0222.


Is my child ready for school?
There are many things to consider when deciding if your child is ready to start school. Please ask your child’s kindergarten teacher for advice. If your child’s kindergarten teacher recommends a second year of kindergarten please take this into serious consideration. An extra year will give your child time to develop the skills they need to succeed at school.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are my child’s self-care skills developed?

  • Are my child’s social skills with peers established?

  • Does my child appear to be emotionally mature?

  • Does my child demonstrate self-control?

  • Can my child tolerate frustration?

  • Can my child cope with things that are worrying?

  • Is my child able to communicate their needs and express their feelings?

  • Can my child understand and follow directions?

  • Is my child flexible and able to adapt to changes of routine?

  • Does my child persist when faced with a difficult task?

  • Can my child concentrate and pay attention?

  • Can my child hold a pencil confidently, use scissors and recognise their name?

  • Does my child show physical confidence?

  • Does my child’s kindergarten teacher feel that he/she is ready for school?

Starting School – Literacy at School

When children are about to begin school, it gives them a good start if they are able to:

  •  Recognise and write some letters of their own name.

  •  Notice signs, symbols, letters and words that they see in the environment.

  •  Pay attention to repeated sounds in rhyme, jingles, ads and stories.

  •  Tell stories about events in their lives in sequence.

  •  Listen with interest and courtesy when other people speak.

  • Talk about favourite stories and describe some of the characters or things that happen.

  • Hold a book the right way up and trace their finger from top left to bottom right as they pretend to read.

  • Have experience with drawing, scribbling and making marks on paper.


Starting School – Numeracy at School

When children are about to begin school, it gives them a good start if they are able to:

  • Talk about their age and recognise some numbers.

  • Count a group of objects up to 10.

  • Recognise dots on a dice.

  • Sort things that are ‘similar’ and ‘different’ and talk about why.

  • Name common shapes and colours.

  • Use words to compare items  e.g. ‘This is the biggest’ and  ‘This one is short’.

  • Use words to describe the position of objects  e.g. ‘It’s under the chair, beside the doll, next to the table …’

  • Help adults with everyday maths experiences such as cooking and shopping.

  • Describe the weather.


Helping children get ‘ready for school’ at home or kindergarten:

  • Support them to develop self-help and self-care skills (independent toileting, dressing, eating, cleaning up after themselves).

  • Follow a routine together (eating and opening wrappers for lunch at a set time, read a story before playing etc).

  • Help children learn to recognise and write their name.

  • Provide many opportunities for them to develop their fine motor skills (such as play dough, Lego, threading beads, cutting paper, undoing buttons and zips, drawing with different tools and finger plays and rhymes).

  • Slowly introduce them to more structured activities.

  • Practise sitting and focusing on small and whole class group activities for extended period of time.

  • Learn to wait their turn to speak by saying ‘excuse me’ or putting up their hand.

  • Support them to handle their emotions by reminding them to ‘use their words’ to resolve conflicts.

  • Practise taking turns and asking to join in game.

  • Visit local schools to become comfortable in the environment.

  • Practise playing ‘school’ and dress up in a school uniform.

  • Read picture books about starting school and talk about how the characters feel.

Enrolment Enquiry Form

2023 Prep

At Macleod College, we understand that choosing a school to give your child the best start to their education journey is a big decision.  We endeavour to ensure that every child makes a successful transition to Primary School, and that the promotion is a trouble-free and happy experience.  Parent participation and involvement is actively encouraged and appreciated, and we welcome the opportunity to show you what Macleod College has to offer you and your child. 

Designated Neighbourhood School

Our school zone is available on Findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones.


Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address (proof of residence is required).


The Department provides guidance through the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.


You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department's website under School zones.


​Should you have any Enrolment questions, please contact the appropriate staff member below:

Prep - Grade 6

Karen Butterworth

Primary Leader

Email: buk@macleod.vic.edu.au

Phone: 9459 0222


Emma Wagner

Enrolment Officer

Email: wag@macleod.vic.edu.au

Phone: 9459 0222

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