Macedon Primary School Newsletter

29 July 2020

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

Principals Report

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you very much for your positive response to my requests to minimise the time you are spending on the school site at drop off and pickup times.  There has been a considerable reduction to the number of parents and carers onsite.  Thank you very much.  We’re all doing as much as we can to stay safe and continue to keep our classrooms open for learning.

How else can you help?

We are still allowing parents and carers into the front office area of the school to do student pick-ups.  You can help us reduce our face to face contact by calling ahead when you are picking up your child for an appointment.  By calling ahead you give the office staff an opportunity to collect your child from the classroom and reduce the time you need to spend in the front office area.

Update on confirmed COVID case in local school

Our neighbours at Gisborne Secondary College are all currently offsite and the school is closed for an environmental clean due to a student being a confirmed case of COVID-19.  The school has been linked in with Barwon Health contact tracing team, on behalf of DHHS, who are managing all of the contact tracing, communication and advice for the school.  I send my warm wishes to Jon Morley, the Principal and all the students, staff, parents and carers involved with the school.  This is a time where there is likely to be heightened anxiety in the community and I wish the school all the best in dealing with this challenging situation.

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Via WebEx

The parent/teacher meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August and will be conducted via WebEx.  The meeting run times are below.

Tuesday 11 August

·         Foundation - Year 2 (including 23VW) 1:30pm-7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

·         Year 3-6 3:45 – 7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

Wednesday 12 August

·         F-2 (including 23VW) 3:45pm-7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

·         3-6 1:30pm – 7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

The online booking system will be emailed to you early next week and will be open for bookings from 4pm on Tuesday 4 August.  Once you have booked in your time, your child’s teacher will schedule WebEx meetings with you via email.

Student Personal Property

As mentioned at assembly last Friday, there have been a couple of cases of student’s personal property going missing during school hours of late.  Unfortunately searching for these items and questioning the students has not seen these items returned.  We are still hopeful that they will show up.  If you know the whereabouts of the bracelet referred to in our previous newsletter or the football cards and football card books that are missing please contact the office with the information. 

Stay well,

Matthew Forrest


Important Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday 11 August - Parent/Teacher Interviews

    ·         Foundation - Year 2 (including 23VW) 1:30pm-7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

    ·         Year 3-6 3:45 – 7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm

  • Wednesday 12 August - Parent/Teacher Interviews

    ·         F-2 (including 23VW) 3:45pm-7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

    ·         3-6 1:30pm – 7pm (last meeting at 6:45pm)

  • 24 August - ICAS English Exam, 8am 
  • 1 September - ICAS Maths Exam, 8am
  • 8 September - STUDENT PHOTO DAY

Notes sent home

29th July - SEA Wellbeing and Student engagement program for Years 3-6, please return ASAP

From the Office

Parents collecting students early / late arrivals

To minimise adult traffic within the school, if your child needs to leave school early or arrives late, parents need to sign them in and/or out at the office.  If you need to collect your child early, can you please contact the office and we will then arrange for your child to be ready for collection from the office.

Foundation Enrolments and students leaving at the end of the year

If you or someone you know has a child that is due to start at Macedon Primary next year can you please return the enrolment form ASAP. We want to finalise our numbers for 2021. Also, if your child is not returning to Macedon Primary next year (other than grade 6 students) can you please let us know.

Stay safe and well,

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

School Council News


The 2020 Macedon Primary School Council members are:

Parents - Nina Moncrief (President), Justin Sawyers (Vice President), Danielle Grigg (Treasurer), Tiffany Barton (Secretary), Christine Denyer, Danny Kane, Duncan McGauchie and Melinda Rollinson

 Teachers - Matthew Forest, Karren Baker, Martin Smith and Veronica Wuthrich.

During Term 2, the School Council held two meetings (by video conference).  

Among other items, we discussed:

(1)    School Interior Repainting – The funds raised by the 2019 Fete will be used to repaint the interior of the school.  The colour palette and painting design is being considered as part of a complete redecoration plan for the school’s interior.   The interior design plan was shared in the 24 June Newsletter.   

(2)    Financial Position – The Finance Subcommittee reported on the school’s financial position, including the level of payment of fees and voluntary contributions.  We also discussed the impact on the school’s expenses of COVID-19, including in particular on the Out of Hours School Care program. 

(3)    Policy Review – The review of MPS which was to occur in late 2020, will now occur in early 2021.  This provides the School Council with some additional time to finalise the review of the relevant school policies.  A key policy is the “Statements of Values and School Philosophy”, which is due to be reviewed this year.  The Education Subcommittee has commenced this review and will seek feedback from the school community.  

(4)    Grants – Support was given to identifying an eligible project and applying for funding under the state government’s minor capital works fund. 

(5)    The Farmers Market – The Macedon Village Farmers Market which was due to be held on the school grounds at the end of May was cancelled (due to the COVID-19). The next market is scheduled for the last weekend in August.     

The School Council has a number of subcommittees (including the PFA, Middle Gully, Education and Farmers Market).   Please contact Matt Forrest 0449 878 471,  if you would like to be involved and they will connect with the relevant school council members.  

Outside School Hours Care

A reminder to all parents that social distancing rules apply in the OSH room, can parents please remain outside the JCB building during pick up and drop off and please maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and the OSH staff members.

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.

Ranges Music Network Update

The Ranges Music Network is having a blast making music and having fun at Macedon Primary!  Join us for a Before School drop-in jam or sing, group and individual lessons or an After School Band or choir.  This week will see the introduction of our exciting new Drum Line program called 'Big Bang' on Thursdays!  Violin, Harp, Voice, Woodwinds, Doods & Toots, Brass, Keyboard, Guitar & Bass, Drums, Song Writing and Ukulele are all happening at Macedon Primary.


You can find out more about what's on offer and sign up any time at  Programs are sessional so sign up for a couple of weeks and give something a go!


We'd like to thank the generous contribution of Bruce Browning 'The Piano Tuner' ( who donated his services to tune the piano in the JCB.  Bruce is also advising the Ranges Music Network team as we work to create a 'Play Me' piano for all students to enjoy outside at play times.  

Community News

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.