Macedon Primary School Newsletter

15 June 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

Library Learning Hub - Update

The works on the new library learning hub are coming along very well.  The carpenters have almost finished the frame and main structures.  We have the bay windows being installed on the northern and eastern walls next week and the plasterers we begin next week as well.  There is a slight hold up with some of the cabinetry, however we will be able to use the space before all the shelves are installed.  We are scheduled to be able to use the new Library from mid—July with the final shelving completed in late August.

Margaret Steet Drainage Hazzard

Please be mindful of the deep drains on Margaret Street when picking up and dropping off your children.  We had an incident last night where a parent’s car slipped into the drain causing a dangerous situation.  I have been in touch with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council about these drains in the past and will be calling them again.  In the meantime, please be careful in this area.

Winter Solstice – June 17 - 5:00pm – 7:30pm

We are excited to have the winter solstice event up and running again for 2022.  Plans are being made for an Arts presentation to occur in the JCB from 5pm followed by a lantern parade in Middle Gully Reserve culminating in a catch up around the bon fire and food in the Eco Shed.  We’re excited to see you all there.

Conversations around Child Mental Health Round Two - Dr William Garvey and Jennifer Dix- Wednesday , 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events.

Earlier this term we held an online event for parents and carers “Conversations around Child Mental Health”.  The session was well attended, and we received a lot of feedback that you valued this session.  Olivia Desormeaux, our Disability Inclusion Leader, has reconnected with Dr Billy Garvey and Jennifer Dix and have arranged to the second instalment of this conversation.   The session will be held on Wednesday, 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events.  More details to follow, including a pre-event survey to find out what you want to hear about.  We are looking forward to continuing this conversation with you.

Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time),


Important Dates

17 June - CERES "Towards Zero Waste" year 3/4 incursion

17 June - Yr 5/6 Emu Sky excursion 

17 June - Winter Solstice family bonfire night

24 June - Last day of term 3 - 2:30pm dismissal


11 July - First day of term 3

13 September - School photo day 

16 September - Last day of term 3 - 2:30pm dismissal


3 October - First day of term 4

18 October - 21 October - Year 5 & 6 Camp - Howqua

31st October - Curriculum Day (student free day)

1st November - Melbourne Cup holiday (student free day)

2 November - 4 November - Year 3 & 4 Camp - Weekaway Lancefield

5 December - 6 December - Year 1 & 2 Camp - Lady Northcote 

20 December - Last day of the year (1:00pm dismissal)

Dressing for Macedon Winter

With Winter on our doorstep and the mornings getting frosty, we remind parents to dress their children with plenty of layers. The classrooms are all warm, however at recess and lunchtime the children need to be dressed appropriately.  Our lost property has numerous jackets, jumpers and coats. I Please come in and take a look.

Winter Solstice - family bonfire night - 17 June

We are excited to have the Winter solstice event up and running again for 2022.  It will be held after school on Friday June 17th. Plans are being made for an Arts presentation, a song by the Foundation Students and a musical performance to occur in the JCB beginning at 5pm. This will be followed by a lantern parade to Middle Gully Reserve culminating in a catch up around the bonfire and food in the Eco Shed. The food includes pizza, soup and some yummy treats. We hope to see as many families as possible to enjoy the Solstice activities and delicious food. If anyone is available to assist with preparations for the Solstice, or make some treats to sell on the evening, please contact the office or Mr O.

Parent information session - conversations around mental health

Expression of interest link


 Parent Information Session – Conversations around mental health 2

 We are running a second parent session on how best to support child emotional and social development. We would really like it to be guided by you so please let us know what areas you would like covered. There will be space for open Q&As in the live chat.


Although this the second session, it is open to everyone!


 Wednesday, 22 June 2022

7:30 PM


 Event address for attendees:

 Event number: 2650 534 2563

Event password: YGmPJ2cpM25


Who is Dr. Billy Garvey?


Billy is a developmental paediatrician with over 18 years experience working with children in a number of settings. His clinical and research interests include child development and mental health, multidisciplinary collaboration, improving health literacy and promoting community engagement to support all families. Billy holds clinical, advocacy and research roles in government and not-for-profit organisations at a national, state and local level. He is currently undertaking a PhD piloting a model to support child emotional and behavioural development in primary schools and is a Churchill Fellow exploring how social media can be used to support parenting. He is also the co-founder of the Pop Culture Parenting podcast which aims support child development and wellbeing using evidence in a meaningful, fun and realistic way.


Who is Jennifer Dix?


Jennifer is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for several years in community welfare, specialising in working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma or are caring for others with a history of trauma. Jennifer has experience in adult inpatient care and community mental health, as well as in facilitating children’s therapeutic groups and parenting workshops. She is particularly passionate about empowering adolescents and young adults to develop the tools necessary to reach their potential.


Important Information regarding COVID & Influenza

Face masks

Face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk. If you are a household contact you must wear a facemask indoors unless you are under 8 and above or have a medical exemption. 

Screening requirements

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.

Household contacts

Students and staff who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine. They can return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above unless they have a valid exemption.

If any household contact returns a positive RAT result during this period, they must isolate for 7 days and not attend school.

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools

Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Rapid Antigen Test screening program extension reminder

The supply of rapid antigen tests will continue for the remainder of this term. The screening recommendations will change from the 23 of May, students will no longer be recommended to undertake twice weekly RATS. However, RATs will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative over a 7 day period)  or who have symptoms.  We will be distributing the rapid antigen tests via your child’s bag when the deliveries arrive at school.


With borders opening and the arrival of colder weather, cases of influenza (the flu) are increasing throughout Victoria. Our community is at risk of higher rates of students and staff affected by the flu or COVID-19 this season.

What to do if your child gets sick

To help keep your child and our school community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms:

* take a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown 

* keep your child at home until their symptoms pass

* common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired

* diagnosis of the flu can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab

* encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccination

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Some people are more at risk of complications from the flu and are eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program including:

* anyone aged 65 years and older

* pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

* all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and over

* children aged from 6 months to under 5 years.

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

It is important that children and young people have the best possible protection against the flu and COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the 

From the office

Foundation 2023 enrolments

Foundation enrolments for 2023 are now open. If you have a child that is starting school next year of have friends or family interested in enrolling their child at Macedon Primary, please contact the office for an enrolment form or click on the following link: 

Absences / Holidays

If you have planned absences such as holidays please let the office know via email, phone or there are forms available from the office. We can then let the teachers know and they can arrange a learning plan for your children. 

Spare Clothes for students

We have noticed an increase in the amount of children requiring spare clothing. If you could please put a spare change of clothes in your child's bag (particularly if they are coming home in spare school clothes). We would also appreciate if you could wash the school spare clothes and return them to the office (no need to return underwear, we are unable to reuse this due to heath regulations). 


We have some families with credits on file from camps and excursions that were cancelled last year. If you think you have credits, please contact the office. These can be used to pay for events during the year.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

Voluntary Curriculum Contributions

The process for invoicing parents for voluntary curriculum contributions. If you are unsure if you have paid or if you would like to pay, please contact the office.

Working with Children Check

All parent helpers at Macedon Primary must have a valid working with children check. It is free for a volunteer check, please apply online at you have a valid working with check and have yet to provide it to the school, please email a copy or come into the office and we will take a copy.

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be handed out to children in class Please note,  we will not be holding a formal assembly in the JCB this week, as Friday is a student free day.

FKH - Jack B - for being an environmental warrior! Picking up rubbish at recess.

1/2BT - Crystal K - for going above and beyond publishing her tree poster, its spectacular!

1/2BT - Blake D - for working so hard to publish his tree poster with writing and pictures.

1/2BT - Beatrice B - for being a super writer when publishing her tree poster! 

1/2BT - Stella B - for making a super effort to learn new diagraphs in spelling.

1/2BT - Patrick D - for his excellent listening and active participation in class.

1/2BT - Verity M - for always having a big smile when working at all set tasks.

3/4VW - Josh M - for working hard to have neat joined handwriting.

3/4VW - Mitchell S - for a great map including a key.

3/4MS - Zoey H - for being very kind, gentle and caring student and friend.

3/4MS - James P - for his positive attitude and very caring nature.

3/4MS - Max M - for his positive attitude and amazing work, especially when writing.

5/6AB - Vera C - for always applying her best with challenging work.

5/6AB - Lenny M - for his mature approach and responsible leadership with learning.

5/6RC - Erica S – for her outstanding efforts playing goal defence at netball.

Visual Art

1/2BT - Isla D - for exceptional work with watercolours.

5/6MS - Jessica F - for being a patient and kind teacher to other in creative club.

STEM Award

1/2TT - Billy S - for an amazing 'Super Mario' animation with great care and attention to detail (and a cool soundtrack)

Middle Gully Program Update

The following roster has been put in place for Middle Gully this term;

June 16 – 3/4GS and some grade 5s

June 17 – Winter Solstice

June 23 – Grade 5s and 6s 

If any parents would like to come over to help, you are welcome to attend. The sessions start at 2pm (after lunch). Please make sure you sign in at the office and have provided the office with your working with children check. Younger siblings are welcome, but must be supervised at all times.

3/4WV Enjoying the activities at Middle Gully last week

Visual Art Report

In Visual Art, we have been working very hard to prepare pieces for our Art Exhibition this Friday evening in the JCB building, as part of the Winter Solstice event. Students have been invited to display their favourite pieces but those who prefer not to exhibit have also helped with the display process.

 Since the start of the year we have been working hard in our "Creative Club" to crochet and knit heaps of little pieces which have been slowly stitched together into a larger piece, almost like a blanket. We will use this to "yarn bomb" the gum tree at the school entrance near the Art room. It has been such a fun collaborative project that has seen many busy little hands contributing. Pictured here are just a few of the helpers we've had. Our very talented Art Captain, Jessica has been teaching the younger students crochet and how to whip stitch the small pieces together and has also been teaching students finger knitting. Our yarn bomb features a piece of five-finger knitting and several crochet circles that Jessica made. Sienna taught Mrs. Tulloch and some of the students how to do a type of two-finger knitting and she has been a regular helper, as have many others, with our yarn bombing efforts. A sneak peek of our yarn bomb blanket will be featured at the Winter Solstice Art Exhibition this Friday night. We hope to see you there. 

STEM update

This week in Digital Tech, Grade 1/2 students have been trying their hands at some stop motion animation.

Seeing them work creatively in teams, delegating the acting, producing, directing and sound production was great.

To see a video of the Grade 1/2 TT movies, tap the link below.

Trust me, these are far more interesting than the latest Marvel movie, you will laugh, you will cry.... you may also be slightly confused.

Mr. Garcia

Get the popcorn ready:


Scholastic Thank you!

Here is sample of new books we have been able to purchase for our library with the credits from Scholastic book club sales. Thank you to the families who support the bookclub, every purchase you make helps our library grow!

The latest issue has now been processed and hopefully we will have the orders before the end of term.

Uniform Shop News

Outside School Hours Care

Please notify the office or email if your child is sick and will not be attending before or after school care.  

We now have spaces available for casual days, however you need to fill out an enrolment form PRIOR to your child starting at the service. f 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.

Fees for 2022

Our rates for 2022 are: $16.00 for Before School Care (7:00am - 8:45am) and $23.00 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.

Thank you!

Thank you to the Bendigo Community Bank Gisborne & District for their grant to help with sustainability garden!

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.