Dear parents and carers,
I was so pleased to welcome your children back to school yesterday. I was delighted to visit each of the classrooms and see our students back talking with their classmates and engaging with their teachers.
I would like to extend a warm welcome our newest families to the Macedon Primary School community, this includes some families with a child starting in foundation and several families who have children starting in other year groups.
We also have some new staff members starting with us this year I would like to welcome them to our school.
Bec Carey – Year 5/6 Classroom teacher
Ginny Tulloch – Visual Art Specialist Teacher
Daniel Garcia – Digital Tech and STEM Specialist Teacher
Karen Masterton – Educational Support in Classrooms
With the start of the new year, we are moving into a new phase of living with the virus in school and we will be doing what we can to avoid the lockdowns we have experienced over the last two years. We have received and installed our air purifiers in every classroom. The mask mandate will stay in place for the year 3-6 students and is highly recommended for the Foundation to Year 2 students. With the beginning of the rapid antigen testing this week we also expect to see positive cases detected in our student cohort. Identifying these cases and the subsequent family isolation will help us reduce the risk of unnecessary spread of the virus in our school.
Rapid Antigen Testing
Hopefully you have all received your rapid antigen testing kits by now. We are suggesting that you test your children on Tuesday and Thursday each week and to make a routine of the process however there are no set days, if you miss a day, please just test the following day. There is no need to report a negative result and positive results can be logged on the department website https://covidtest.educationapps.vic.gov.au/ These results are displayed in a school portal which supports us to keep a track of the positive cases in our school. Thank you for your support with this.
This is a reminder that children who are household contacts of a positive COVID case need to isolate and stay away from school for seven days from the positive test of the person they are living with.
Buildings and Grounds Update
We have had a bit of activity on the school site over summer with the northern boundary fence replaced, further painting and repairs on the inside of the building as well some roof repairs.
Some of you may have noticed the large plastic bubble in the front office of the main building. This is in place as there were some remediation works conducted to repair some water damaged ceiling in that area. I hope to have this removed within a week.
We were recently granted $369 000 dollars by the government to convert our dated old multiple purpose building into a new Library Learning Hub. The design stages of this process are complete, and the job has now gone out to tender for a builder to work with our project manager. I will keep you all up to date with the progress of these works once they begin.
Last Saturday the Macedon Village Farmers’ Market was held on the oval. We had over 50 stall holders and it was lovely to see a lot of our families out and about after the last two years. Thank you very much to Briohny Lebbink for her support and organisation of the event. The school benefits from this market on a social level and we also collect stall holder fees that contributes to our fundraising to make ongoing improvements to our school. Thanks also to all the parents who volunteered to help on the gates throughout the day.
Some of the current fundraising priorities are:
1. Connect power to the Middle Gully Eco Learning Centre so we can run a more comprehensive program in Middle Gully.
2. Purchase of additional reading books to support quality reading instruction.
3. Construction of a Wurundjeri garden in Middle Gully Reserve.
4. Redevelopment of the Middle Gully Fairy Garden.
5. Remediation works on the garden beds outside my office and down the Southen side of the main building.
Science Of Reading – Professional Learning
On Friday 28 and Monday 31 January our staff participated in the InitialLit reading professional learning session. InitialLit is an approach to teaching reading in the junior school area which is evidence based and science backed. The days were highly beneficial for our teachers to learn about this approach to reading and our plan in to implement our key learning and strengthen our reading, spelling, and writing teaching in our school. More information about the InitialLit approach to reading will be shared to parents of student in Foundation to Year 2 throughout the year.
Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time)