Macedon Primary School Newsletter

13 October 2021

School Values: Respect, Responsibility, Creativity, Integrity, Teamwork

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

It has been wonderful to welcome our Year 3 and 4 students back onsite this week and I look forward to seeing the Year 5 and 6 on Thursday and Friday. 

Performing Arts – Outdoor Education

I have had difficulty filling the performing arts this year.  We have had no less than three teachers in the role this year so far and our most recent appointment, Tom Foster, has also needed to step away so for the remainder of the year.  As a result, I have decided to shift the focus in the session to outdoor education in Middle Gully.  My hope for the remainder of the year is for us to maximise the time students spend outside learning in nature.  The weekly specialist session where the students would usually spend time in performing arts will now predominantly be taught outdoors in Middle Gully with the Eco shed being a wet weather teaching space.  John Ewels, local teacher and former Macedon principal, is going to run the program and he will include bush arts and craft, caring for the environment and Middle Gully, camping skills such as putting up tents, making camp fires and general nature play and appreciation.  John has a long history and passion with this style of teaching, and I look as this as an opportunity for us to do something a little different for the remainder of the year.

Face Mask Mandate

It has been fantastic to see the strong uptake of the face masks in the F-2 and the 3-4 classrooms this week.  With the mandate coming into effect on Monday 18 October, we are in a good place to support our 3-6 students to wear their masks inside.  Please see the info graphic provided for more information and familiarise yourself with our process for our Year 3-6 student and those in F-2 who are wearing a mask.

1.       Face masks are required for students in Year 3 – 6, only when indoors on school premises unless an exemption applies.

a.       Please ensure you have an adequate supply of labelled face masks.

2.       Before entering the school building, students sanitise their hands.

3.       Upon entering the school building, students don a clean face mask.

4.       Where possible, outdoor classrooms and eating time will be a preferred option.

5.       When removing a face mask to eat or go outside, students place it in a labelled snap lock bag in their locker.

6.       Broken mask must be placed in the bin by the user.  Masks are not to be thrown on the ground.

7.       After a student removes their mask, they will sanitise their hands.

8.       Students are not required to wear masks outside.

9.       Masks are not mandated for students under 12 years of age when leaving the school grounds.

10.   Fabric masks are to be washed, disposable masks are replaced, and a new clean mask is packed for the following day.

Foundation 2022 Transition

The current Foundation teachers, Tracy Tadd and Millie Strong, have started developing plans for the transition of our Foundation students for 2022.  The team will be making a visit to the local kinder to meet our new cohort of students.  There will also be several opportunities for the students to visit the school site in the coming months to familiarise themselves with the environment and the teachers.  More information about this process with be sent to families who have children starting next year.

COVIDsafe procedures

We have had several primary schools in the local area close due to exposure to a positive COVID case.  I thought it was worth sharing the process if that were to happen at our school, so you have some idea of what to expect if we find ourselves in that situation.

More information can be found here.

Sampai jumpa (until next time)

Matt Forrest

Important Dates

13 October - 15 October - Grade 3/4 Camp Weekaway - cancelled

25 October - 29 October - Grade 5/6 Cape Bridgewater Camp - cancelled

30 October - Macedon Farmers Market @ Tony Clarke Reserve

2 November - Melbourne Cup public holiday (school closed)

3 November - Foundation 2022 orientation session #1

10 November - Foundation 2022 orientation session #2

16 November - School Photo Day

17 November - Foundation 2022 orientation session #3

20 November - Macedon Primary School Fete

10 December - Foundation - Yr 2 Zoo Excursion (new date)

17 December - Last day of year (1:30pm dismissal)

From the office

Camps / Excursions in Term 4

As was advised yesterday via email, the year 3/4 camp and 5/6 camp have been cancelled. Julie has forwarded correspondence to families in due course regarding refunds of all of the cancelled events.

The Foundation - Yr 2 Zoo excursion has been moved to the 10th December.

Year 6 2022 Bomber Jackets

A note was emailed to the current Grade 5 students regarding Yr 6 2022 Bomber Jackets. Please contact the school if you did not received this order form.

We look forward to seeing the 5/6s on Thursday and Friday.

Lunch orders will be available to the students onsite on Fridays.

Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be read out at our virtual assembly on Friday at 3:00pm

F/1TT- Oliver M – For being kind to others and great learning.

F/1TT - Luca J – For terrific literacy and numeracy work.

F/1MS - Stella B - For being a fantastic classroom helper!

F/1MS - Roisin M - For her wonderful work measuring the capacity of different containers.

1KH - Maggie S - for her wonderful problem solving skills in showing halves, quarters and eighths in multiple ways using Kinder squares. 

1KH - Anja E- for her amazing cooperation with her partner to make a clock using a hoop and nature. 

1KH - Joe G- for his amazing teamwork and cooperation to make a clock using a hoop and nature with his partner

1/2KB - Willow B– showing enormous improvement in her reading fluency

1/2KB - Ted D – showing such enthusiasm at all times.

2RG - Isaac B - for making a fantastic Thank you card for the police.

 2RG - Toby C - for Outstanding reading! 

6AB - Akira H -  for always showing excellence with her learning and leadership.

6AB - May D -  for excellence with online learning and completing tasks.

Yr 1KH and 1/2KB Outdoor Learning

Check your letterbox, you may have mail :)

School Photos - Postpones - New date 16th November

School photos have been postponed again due to COVID restrictions. We have confirmed Tuesday the 16th of November with MSP Photography.

Please hold on to your original envelopes.

Remember to be SunSmart

Weather you are learning at home or at school it is important to be aware of the sun. With the change of seasons we remind all students to please wear their hats when they are outside. UV radiation cannot be seen or felt , can be reflected off surfaces, can pass through light clouds and varies in intensity across the year (it is highest in Victoria from mid-August to the end of April). 

For the students that are onsite, at lunchtime and recess we ask that children seek shade, slip on protective clothing, slap on a sun protective hat, slop on some sunscreen and slide on some sunglasses!

Hats are available to purchase from the Beleza Store in Gisborne

Outside School Hours Care

Spaces are filling up for OSHC.  Most spaces are taken up by permanent bookings and we are unable to book casuals in (they will have to be placed on a waiting list).  If you have a permanent booking and do not need the service for After School please advise the program as soon as you know, preferably before 11.00am on the day so we are able to give that space to another child.  For Before School, please call before 6.30pm the day before or email the service on

Late cancellation fees apply if your child’s place is cancelled after 11.00am.  Further, if you do not cancel your child and they do not attend, fees may still apply.

Our rates are: $15.00 for Before School Care (7:00am - 8:45am) and $22.00 for After School Care (3:30pm - 6:30pm). All you need to do is call the school 5426 1518 or email to book.  If the unexpected happens and a casual booking is required within 24 hours, please contact the school via phone, we cannot accept walk-ins after school.  Please note that enrolment forms need to be completed at least one business day before the first session of care.

Please pay through the school via Direct Deposit, using the following details (not BPay):

Account name: Macedon Primary School

BSB: 063-840

Account: 1003 4330

Vicki, Helen, Karen & Marie.

Community News

Centre for Non-Violence: Recognising Family Violence

The Macedon Ranges 16 Days of Activism Working group are excited to offer an opportunity for Macedon Ranges community members to attend an online event delivered by the Centre for Non-Violence: Recognising Family Violence on Tuesday 26 of October 2021, 5pm – 7pm 

 Register for the event here:

The information session will build community knowledge around family violence in the lead up to the 16 Days of Activism campaign in the Macedon Ranges.

Learn how to recognise the signs of family violence, respond appropriately and refer victim survivors to support.

For further information contact Rhani at Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health on 5421 1666 or at

For ticketing contact

Please share widely with your networks and in your newsletters – flyer and social media tile attached.


Macedon Primary School

Macedon Primary School acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the country upon which we learn and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.