Macedon Primary School Newsletter

20 October 2021

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

As you will have heard, we have had yet another change to the roadmap to returning to school this week.  From this Friday, all of our students are invited back onsite.  I have lost track of the last time that we have had all the students onsite together, but it seems like forever ago. 

A reminder, tomorrow we have the Foundation - Year 2 students and the Yr 5/6 students. Friday everyone is back.

This will be a significant day for us and we’re looking forward to the safe return to onsite learning.  We will be employing COVID safe procedures, ensuring the classrooms are well ventilated and moving the learning outside where practical.

This week we have seen the teachers and classes making full use of the outdoor learning opportunities.  We had the Year 3-4 team down at the Macedon Reservoir yesterday, as well as the foundation classes in Middle gully.  There is a high rotation of classes using the rotunda for lessons and some of the outdoor teaching and learning supplies that were purchased recently are being utilised.

Further to my information last weeks about how school will be dealing with a COVID exposure site, I have learned this week that in the event of our school becoming a COVID exposure site we can expect to be closed for approximately 24 hours.  In this scenario the school administration team will take on a fast response contact tracing role and the school will be cleaned.  One major differences, which is new, is that DET and our school will be aiming to get students who have not been exposed to the positive case back onsite more quickly than in the past.  Those students and staff who have spent prolonged periods of time inside together will be considered primary close contacts and will need to quarantine, however those who have had fleeting contact or contact outside will be considered lower risk. 

I will continue to update you on the COVIDsafe procedures as they evolve to keep you up to date as best I can.

Inclusion Leader

I would like to introduce you all to Olivia Desormeaux who is our newest staff member and new Inclusion Leader.  Olivia comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for creating inclusive environments to support students to access learning in an authentic way.  Olivia’s primary role is to support us to build our individual and school capacity to become a more inclusive.  We cater for a diverse range of students here at Macedon who come from differing back grounds and we’re excited and open to learning new ways and thinking.  We hope this new learning will help us to fulfill our roles so that all of our students feel connected, safe, heard and experience success.

Sampai jumpa (until next time)

Matt Forrest

Important Dates

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)

14 December - Grade 6 Graduation Dinner

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

From the office

Facemasks for Yr 3 -6 

As per the Victorian Chief Health Officer's directive, all students in Year 3 - 6, are required to wear facemasks, only when indoors on school premises. Students in Foundation to Year 2 are encouraged to wear face masks at the same times as Yr 3 - 6.  We encourage students to bring their own facemasks to school, however, if their mask becomes damaged or lost we do have some supplies here in the office.

There are a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a facemask, including for staff and students who are unable to wear a mask due to the nature of their disability, medical or a mental health condition. If you have any concerns, please fell free to call the school to discuss.

Students feeling unwell

Students are required to stay at home if they are feeling unwell. Even the mildest of flu-like symptoms should be followed up with a COVID19 test. Students who present with or develop flu-like symptoms at school will be isolated at school and sent home.

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 receive this order form. 

We look forward to seeing everyone onsite on Friday! Lunch orders will be available, the menu is available here

Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

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

F/1TT - Maddie J - for sensational additional all by herself.

F/1TT - Chloe B - for terrific reading and writing progress and excellent maths.

F/1MS - Cameron C - for being kind and caring towards others.

F/1MS - Owen D - for his positive attitude towards his learning.

1KH - Eli C - for fantastic progress with his reading.

1KH - Liam K - for his adorable echidna made using halves, quarters and eights.

1KH - Hector Mc - for his incredible observations and connections in class.

1/2KB - Raph B - for writing a great story about "Animal Town"

1/2KB - Archer B - for using great figurative language in his "Animal Town" story.

3VW - Marlow E - for consistently completing his work.

3VW - Martha B - for being a friendly and caring class member.

3VW - Paige B - for great work in maths.

3/4MS - All of year 3/4MS for all of the great work posted on Seesaw during remote learning. Well done!

3/4MS - Mason D - for his excellent attendance at all of our Webex sessions. Well done!

3/4MS - Harper J - For all of the great work posted on Seesaw. Well Done!

4/5BT - Will T- for always trying his best during remote learning.

4/5 BT - Deniz N- for focusing in class.

4/5 BT - Eva K- always doing her best during remote learning.

Thank you to the local Ambulance Service for a visit to our 1/2 class

Bandana Day - Friday 29 October

National Bandanna Day is the flagship fundraising and awareness campaign for Canteen. Since Bandanna Day began it has raised more that $33 million to support young people impacted by cancer.

Akira, Mali, Leo and Noah will be selling bandanas out the front of the library from 8:45am on Thursday and Friday this week. 

Bandannas are $5 each - cash only

Scholastic Book Club - Term 4

The last Scholastic book club catalogue for the year is out now.

This is for online ordering only. Orders are due by Monday the 25th of October via the following

If you would like to order gifts, please tick the box when you are ordering and we can set aside the order for you to pick up from the office rather than your child receiving the order.

Finally, a big thank you to Lisa Hall who has been coordinating book club for the last two years. This is Lisa's last year as a parent at MPS, so she is looking to pass this job on to a new parent helper. If you would like to help, please contact the office.

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

Macedon Junior Cricket

Macedon Cricket Club is running Woolworths Cricket Blast again this season. It’s a fun and fast programme for kids of all abilities to learn the skills and play Australia's favourite sport.

 5 - 10 year olds. All welcome. 

It doesn't matter if you've never picked up a bat or ball. (We use rubber balls - not hard cricket balls).

Learn some skills, meet some other locals and most importantly - get out there and HAVE FUN.

 Come and join the fun at Macedon Cricket Club (Tony Clark Reserve), Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00, starting November 14th.  

 Registration will be online via the Playcricket website.

You can find general details at Any queries please contact Andrew (

Other Age Groups

For any budding cricketers 10-12 years of age Macedon Cricket Club would welcome enquires to come and join our U11 or U13 sides.  Please contact Todd ( or Clint (

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

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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.