Macedon Primary School Newsletter

15 September 2021

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

It has been uplifting to have the youngest students in the school back onsite this week.  Our teachers have been planning activities outside all week and the learning has been engaging and fun.  We’ve had Middle Gully Maths, collaborative chalk murals on the basketball court and nature craft portrait activities to maximise the time we are spending outside and reconnecting with one another.  This is going to be a theme that we continue into term four.  Our teachers are planning for term four today and a key focus will be making the most of the local outdoor opportunities available to our students in Macedon.  We know and understand that our students have missed out on many of the typical school experiences, and we plan to develop an engaging program for term four whereby students get a chance to reconnect with each other, spend time in our local environment.  We have also put thought into the remote program if the lockdown continues to try and provide some variety and novelty to maintain student engagement.

Staff Vaccination Rates

The Macedon Primary School staff are all aware that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect our students and community from the spread of COVID-19.  Currently there is no mandate for school teachers to get vaccinated, however we have had a very strong vaccination rate amongst our staff.  100% of our staff will have had their first vaccination by the end of the first week back at school in term four and 88% are currently fully vaccinated.  Our staff are the people who will be working face to face with your children on a daily basis and it is heartening for me to know that we’re all doing what we can to protect our community and ourselves. 

You can support us by being vigilant about avoiding sending your child with any COVID like symptoms and getting tested if you have the slightest symptoms.  If you or a family member have been to an exposure site, please contact me as soon as possible so I can enact our COVIDsafe plan and help us reduce the risk to everyone.

We have all worked so well as a supportive school community through the last 18 months and this new phase will require the same kind of collective community positivity and solidarity.

COVID Vaccinations for Students 12 years old and over

Some of our oldest students who are aged 12 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect your child, your family and our school community from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.

Students and parents can book and/or change a vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre through the website or contact the Coronavirus hotline by phoning 1800 675 398. To find a vaccination centre and opening times, visit the website.

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at a state vaccination clinic, a Commonwealth vaccination centre, or through a GP clinic, pharmacy or community health service. You can book your appointment online or by calling the vaccine provider nearest to you.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit

Living with the virus Safety Procedures

It is not lost on me that we are moving into a new phase of living with the virus as we are moving into term four.   It will be interesting to read the government’s roadmap that is being announced on Sunday to see what implications we have for our school in term four.  I have been in contact with the Department of Education for clarity around how we are to effectively manage in the likelihood of a higher number of confirmed cases in the community, managing primary and secondary close contacts and the safety measures that we currently have and the effectiveness of the current approach.  In our recent staff Occupational Health and Safety meeting we discussed the management of a student with COVID symptoms.  This is an example of how we are trying to prepare for this new phase.  We have been through this procedure with our staff and discuss the safety measures required to reduce the risk of spread of COVID in our school.

Footy Colours Day – Friday 17 September

With the AFL grand final on the middle week of the holidays we’re celebrating with a footy colours’ day on Friday.  We’re encouraging our students and staff to dress up in their footy colours for our final day.  With an all Victorian grand final and the two week build up it is set to be a great game.  Miss Hall (Doggies supporter) and Mrs Coates (Dees tragic) have been busy trying convert a few of their students to their way of thinking without much luck.  All the best if you’re team is playing.

Early Finish Friday

Being the last day of the term we’re finishing at 2:30pm on Friday.  We will have a WebEx assembly at 2pm and dismiss on student onsite at 2:30pm.

I hope you have a safe and restful school holidays and get some down time to spend with your family over the break.

Sampai jumpa (until next time)

Matt Forrest

Qr Codes / Facemasks

Face masks at schools

It is now recommended primary-school-age children wear masks while indoors and outdoors, except when in the home or when an exception applies. However, it is not mandatory.

For communication purposes, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching.

All other staff and visitors must wear a face mask at all times, unless a lawful exception applies

Visitors and parents must observe indoor face mask requirements. Face masks continue to be worn outside at all times.

QR Codes

The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record keeping is now mandatory in all schools to enable the effective contract tracing of any COVID-19 cases.

QR Code check in are required to be used by:

  • All visitors on school site (including contractors, external Department staff and building maintenance staff)
  • All parents who enter school building when on school site.

QR code check ins are not required to be used by parents who come onto school grounds for drop off or pick up, but do not enter buildings.

Please be reminded that:

Existing sign in and out process should continue to be used to record visitor attendance, therefore visitors still need to use the visitors book at the office, for legal and regulatory obligations.

Important Dates

17 September - Footy Colours Day

17 September - Last day of Term 3; 2:30 dismissal for onsite students


4 October - Curriculum Day (student free day)

5 October - First Day of Term 4

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

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

2 November - Melbourne Cup public holiday (school closed)

16 November - School Photo Day

20 November - Macedon Primary School Fete

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

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

Footy Colours Day - 17th September

Friday is Footy Colours Day! All students can come dressed in their favourite teams colours on Friday. Even if you are remote learning, you can still join in the fun!

From the office

Camps / Excursions in Term 4

In regards to payments and permission forms for camps, please hold off paying until next term when we can confirm these are definitely going ahead. We know the Yr3/4 camp form is due by the 17th of September, but we can extend this until the first week of term when we have a clearer idea of restrictions.

Your child will not miss out if we do not have the forms back by the 17th of September.

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

The IMAX excursion will not be able to be moved due to dates and other existing booking, the teachers are planning on something special with the students locally.

We are unsure if the swimming program will proceed, this will depend on availability at the pool and restrictions that are in place.

Once things are clearer, Julie will be in contact regarding refunds/credits on your accounts

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 hope you have a safe and happy holidays and hope to see you all in term 4.

Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

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

F/1TT - Blake D - For always trying his personal best!

F/1TT - Pip B - For her caring nature and class leadership.

F/1MS - Beatrice B- For her positive attitude towards her learning.

F/1MS - Piper E - For always trying her best and working hard.

1/2KB - Edith P - For showing great creativity in her writing.

1/2KB - Crystal K - For making such a positive and start at her new school.

1/2KB - Xander D - For being super focused and engaged during remote learning. 

1KH - Sarah B - For always putting her best effort into everything she does.

1KH - Isobel W - For her determination and perseverance in improving her division understanding.

2RG - Joshua M - For fantastic diary writing and accurate spelling.

2RG - Toby C - For outstanding estimating and measuring.

2RG - Teague K - For being kind, considerate and compassionate! 

3VW - Hugh W – sharing his writing from the workshop he attended last week

3VW - Ivy D – for her creative “Save the Koalas” poster

3VW - Lorna L – for her Diamante poem about dogs and humans

Levi – for his Diamante poem about frogs and birds

6AB - Mya L – for stepping in as a leader especially during assemblies and completing her work online

6AB - Noah R – for always attending online catch ups and being a diligent student

6AB - Charlie H – for also attending all online meetings and being a supportive class students towards others




3VW Poems and Poster

Chalk Drawings - F/1 Classes

Uniform Shop Update

Great Western Water Poster Competition

Entries cut off extended, now closes 5 pm, Friday 17th of September for digital posters

Great Western Water are holding their annual poster competition. 

Remember to either send the poster via the mail or email it. Please send it to Great western Water, not the school.

The official entry form must be stuck firmly to the back of the poster (no paper clips) or you can send it as a pdf email. Make sure to have a full name, school and year level.

The school will be separated into five categories.


Grade 1 and 2

Grade 3 and 4

Grade 5 and 6

Special need students

The theme is caring for water and country. Make sure to include these in your poster.

We recommend big colors, drawings and text that will make the poster pop!

Judging criteria:

 Winners will be chosen by: 

  • How well does the poster communicate relevant water-related issues?

  • How attractive does it look from a distance? 

  • Have art materials been used effectively? 

  • Does the poster use innovative imagery, design or concepts?

Prizes are: 

1st place: $100 gift card

2nd place: $50 gift card

3rd place: $30 gift card.

Entries close 5 pm, Friday 17th of September for digital posters

If you are sending the poster via mail, it is best you send it on Wednesday before 3:00pm 

Akira H & Noah R

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

2021 ICAS Exams

ICAS is open to all students in Yr 3 - 6 to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external situation. This year we are offering English and Mathematic assessments.

The assessments will commence at 8am. with the test time ranging from 30- 60 mins.

PAYMENT: $17.05 per test per child.

Parents need to pay directly using the following link and code- by the STRICT cut-off date of 19th of September.

The parent access page address is:

Code: FQS757

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.

Photography Fundraiser - update

Thanks so much for supporting the Macedon Primary Fundraiser and taking the time to book a spot. Unfortunately, due to the Victorian lockdown we have had to postpone the Macedon Primary fundraiser :(

We will work with Macedon Primary to organise an alternative date and as soon as we have a date we will let you know.

Once we have a date locked in your session time will be moved to the new date and will remain the same, if you are unable to attend of the day please let me know and I can arrange a credit.

We look forward to seeing and your family soon.

Thanks so much for understanding. 

Warmest regards

Belinda from Aver & Line Photography

Community News

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.