Macedon Primary School Newsletter

8 September 2021

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

Changes to Restrictions

With the changes to the restrictions for regional schools announced this morning we will be inviting our Foundation, Year One and Year Two students back onsite on Friday 10 September as well as the students with Authorised Workers for parents and vulnerable students as per the current settings. 

One important distinction under these new restrictions is that for students who live in Metro Melbourne who are in Foundation, Year One and Year 2 are currently not allowed to attend school onsite. 

I do not have any of the finer details about how these restrictions will work just yet, however, I will send an update email tomorrow once I know more.

Bug Hotels and Bird Boxes

For those families still completing remote learning next week, if you’re looking for something a little different to complete with you family from now until the end of the term, I am inviting you and your children to make a bug hotel for Middle Gully Reserve.  This is not a compulsory task, but an opportunity for those who are interested to complete something that will support biodiversity in Middle Gully Reserve.  Please see the attached flyer below for inspiration and instructions.  Once completed you may wish to find a place for your bug hotel in you own garden, but if you’re out and about for your daily exercise and are walking past the school, please feel free to find a spot in Middle Gully to place your bug hotel. or 

For those parents who are a little more adventurous, if you want to take your building to the next level, I invite you to work on a bird nesting box project with your children.  We are trying to encourage greater biodiversity in Middle Gully and by providing suitable nesting boxes. We hope to encourage birds and small animals to take up residence in the space by providing some nice new houses.  Feel free to drop your completed nesting box off at the front office before the end of term or in term four and I will arrange for them to be installed.

Please find instruction for the home-made bird boxes at the links below.

General Information about nesting boxes

Grey Shrike Thrush nesting box plans

Crimson Rosella nesting box plans

Laughing Kookaburra nesting box plans

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools – (ICAS) – University of NSW testing

The annual ICAS assessment period is approaching and parents and carers of students from Year 3 to Year 6 may register their children to sit a range of assessments to challenge their children.  This is an opt in and pay as you go program, and the assessments will be run before school between 8am and 9am in October by me.  Please follow the link below to register your child’s interest.  Registrations close on September 19.  The participating students receive certificates for participation and the various levels of success which will be presented at assembly in celebration of our students who strive for academic success.

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

16 September  - Whole School Photo Day - postponed (new date 16th November)

17 September - Last day of Term 3; 2:#0 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

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

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

From the office

We hope you have had a chance to enjoy the sunshine today. I was admiring the lovely daffodils that pop up each year at the front of the office and just had to take a photo.

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.


Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

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

F/1TT - Ethan P - for a terrific job at completing his Remote Learning activities and for challenging himself in Maths.

F/1TT - Shannan B – for working so hard on all of her Remote Learning activities and for always doing her personal best.

F/1MS - Isaac M - For his fantastic procedural writing about ‘How to Make Playdough’.

F/1MS - Louie J - For his excellent factual writing about penguins. 

1/2KB - Johnny F – being such a fun and energised class member during WebEx.

1/2KB - Myles C – for his perseverance while learning division.

2RG - Asha T-D - for outstanding work in Mathematics. 

2RG - Zara G - for outstanding work in Mathematics

2RG - Bella D -  for outstanding work in Mathematics 

2RG - Everyone for the extra Maths they are completing and for attending Webex meetings and completing extension Maths tasks.

3VW - Bree M– for her bright and cheery greetings everyday on Seesaw

3VW - Darcy J  – for always completing all his tasks to a high standard

3VW - Kai F – for sharing his amazing project about Tornados

3/4MS - Sienna R - for sharing lots of great facts about our topic, “Natural Disasters,” during Webex meetings.

3/4MS - Ruby S -  for always joining our Webex sessions with a big smile and working hard on all of her activities.

3/4MS - Maddie D - for putting lots of effort into her online work and working very hard on her short story, “Wolf Dog.”

3/4MS - Max M for consistently joining our Webex session and sharing  his work and funny jokes.

3/4MS - Duncan Mc for being brave to play his guitar beautifully to the class on Webex. 

4/5BT - Bryn G outstanding efforts in remote learning

4/5BT - Evie W- outstanding efforts in remote learning




F/1TT and F/1MS Making Play Dough

3/4MS Class Activities, measurement and drawing

1/2KB Enjoying the change of season

Uniform Shop Update

Great Western Water Poster Competition

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 10th 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

Girls Junior Cricket at Macedon

Have your say

I would like to let you know that our draft Municipal Early Years Plan CREATE 2021-2025 is now open for community consultation.  There are a number of ways that the community can provide feedback on the plan, including completing a brief survey through the webpage, or phoning, emailing or posting in feedback via 5422 0333 or  There are two online feedback sessions for community members, which they can register for through the Have Your Say webpage.

 Additionally, we are conducting an online feedback session for stakeholders on Tuesday 24 August from 1:00-2:00pm, which you can register to attend through this link:

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.