Macedon Primary School Newsletter

30 March 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents and carers,

We have had another great week at Macedon Primary School this week and there is a lot going on.  We had over 50 students and 10 parents ride from Tony Clarke Reserve on Friday for national ride to school day.  It was fantastic to see such a great turn out and our students getting to school in a green and healthy way. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Easter raffle and bought tickets.  We will be drawing the raffle at assembly next Friday, the 8th of April.  All proceeds from the raffle will go toward our whole school priorities such as the fairy garden upgrade in middle gully and the year six leadership group suggestion of replacing our flag poles.


We also have and number of excursions and an incursion happening over the next week. Our Year 1 and 2 students will be heading to Ballarat Wildlife Park on Friday this week while our Foundation students will be participating in the Wild Action Zoo incursions on the same day.  The year 3 and 4 students are heading to Hanging Rock for the day on Monday 4th of April and earlier this week our Year 5 and 6 students complete an all abilities workshop with Tate who came to speak to the students about living with a disability and how to turn a disability into all abilities.


All the very best to all our students who are attending the district cross country event next Friday.  We have over 50 students representing our school in this event which is another example of student effort and determination.  Good luck everyone.


The year six students have been celebrating their individual strengths, passions and uniqueness in class while learning how they can all fit together to make a strong group.  Take a look at the bee hive project picture from this group to see how amazing the group fits together.


Free Parent Information Session tonight 7:30pm

Conversations around mental health with Dr. Billy Garvey, developmental paediatrician and Jennifer Dix – clinical psychologist.

We are running a parent session on how best to support child emotional and social development with paediatrician, Billy Garvey and Jennifer Dix. It would be great to see you there.



Wednesday, 30 March 2022

7:30 PM

Event address for attendees: 

Event number: 2651 037 1758

Event password: VMhd2MJPP93


Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time)


Matt Forrest


Lunch orders this Friday

Lunch orders will still be available for the Foundation classes and the Yr 3 -6 classes. The Yr 1/2 are on an excursion so no lunch orders for them.

Head lice

We have had reports of headlice in most classes within the school. We ask that you check your child's hair regularly and if possible tie long hair back to avoid transmission of lice.

When can my child return to school?

Health regulations require that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs. More information about exclusion requirements can be found at

We are aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and are committed to maintaining your confidentiality.

Important Dates

31 March - Sushi Day - Orders have now closed

1 April - District Cross Country (selected students)

1 April - Foundation Incursion - Wild Action Zoo

1 April - Yr 1 & 2 Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion

4 April - Yr 3 & 4 Hanging Rock Excursion

8 April - Easter Raffle drawn at assembly 

8 April - Last day of term 1 (2:30pm dismissal)


26 April - First day of term 2

29 April - House Athletics (Year 3 - 6) Dixon Field

2 May - SEA Australia Parent information evening, Yr 3-6,  7:00pm

6 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

9 May - Yr 5/6 District boys and girls football - Gisborne

13 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3-6

20 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

27 May - Yr 5/6 District boys and girls soccer - Gisborne

10 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

13 June - Queen's birthday holiday (student free day)

14 June - Yr 5/6 District Netball - Sunbury 

24 June - Last day of term 3


11 July - First day of term 3

13 September - School photo day 

16 September - Last day of term 3


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)

COVID reminders

Please be reminded that masks are still mandatory for year 3 - 6. 

The latest announcements regarding the relaxation of masks does not apply to Primary schools. We have had a delivery of masks from the education department, if your year 3 - year 6 child doesn't not have an exemption, they will be required to wear a mask.

The RAT (rapid antigen test) Program will continue until the end of term 1. We ask parents to continue to test their children twice a week, for example, Monday and Thursday.  We will distribute some more RAT's next week that you can use over the holidays.

Students and staff who tested positive and completed their 7-day isolation period are not required to participate in the RAT screening for 8 weeks after their release from isolation. In addition, if a staff or student have recovered from COVID-19, they aren’t required to get tested or isolate/quarantine if re-exposed to a case within 8 weeks of ending their isolation period. This period was previously 30 days. After 8 weeks, they must follow the relevant advice depending on the type of contact you are.

Reporting your child’s positive test

If your child was at school when they were infectious you need to report the positive case through the Student COVID-19 Test Portal or you can notify the school in writing or by phone.

You must also report your child’s positive test to the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.

 Financial support available to people affected by COVID-19:

For more information, visit:

Financial and other support for COVID-19 | Coronavirus Victoria

If you need a payment during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Services Australia

 General advice and support

For general advice and support please call the Department of Education and Training COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663.

Advice and further resources about what to do if you test positive to COVID-19, or you have been told you are a contact, are at: Your COVID Checklist | Coronavirus Victoria, or call the 24/7 Coronavirus hotline on: 1800 675 398

From the office

Medication for students

We have noticed an increase in students with mosquito bites. If your child requires medication for the relief of bites or suffers from seasonal allergies, please supply the office with the relevant medication and a medical authority form Please note, we cannot administer any medication without prior written consent.

Recess and Lunchtimes

Our students have recess from 11:00am - 11:30

Lunch starts at 1:00pm, the children eat their lunch in the classroom for 10 minutes and then go out to play until 2:00pm

If you wish to collect your child for an appointment during these times, please make sure you still come into the office to sign them out.

Arrangements at the end of the school day

We have seen an increase in children not knowing what their arrangements are at the end of the school day. Can you please make sure your child(ren) understand the arrangements you have made for them after school. We understand that plans can change at the last minute. Please do not email teachers during the day if there is something urgent, they are often teaching and do not check their emails during the day. If you need the office staff to relay messages to your children before the end of the school day, can you please call  or email the office PRIOR to 3:15pm.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

Family Invoices

Thank you to the families who have returned your family invoice notices. If you could please return these to the office ASAP it would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Vaccination requirements for visitors and volunteers performing work

Only volunteers and visitors working on school sites who have provided information that they have had their third dose or are excepted persons are allowed to work onsite after 25 February 2022. For visitors and volunteers working on school sites that became fully vaccinated after 25 October 2021, the deadline is 15 March 2022.

In Victorian government schools, parents, carers and other adult visitors  who enter school buildings must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.

The following limited exceptions also apply: 

  • when attending to administer medical treatment to their own child when the treatment cannot be administered by the school 
  • when attending to collect their child who is unwell and cannot leave the school building
  • when attending for a momentary period that does not involve any sustained contact with staff or students, for example, to collect a completed art project, collecting a packet of rapid antigen test or similar.

Proof of vaccination can be checked by a COVID-19 digital certificate (Service Victoria app or smartphone wallet) or printed copy of a digital certificate or immunisation history statement. 

Have a lovely week,

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be presented at our weekly assembly on Friday at 3:00pm.  The assembly takes place outside the John Curtin Building (JCB). Parents are welcome to attend.

1/2CS - Archer C - for displaying our school values in class. 

1/2CS - Oliver M - for being a cooperative, friendly and hardworking student in all his lessons. Super!

1/2CS - Kyle W - for his terrific effort during class. Well done!

1/2CS - Harper M - for her thoughtful contributions to class discussions and her happy, hardworking approach to learning.

1/2CS - Kaley P - for having such a great attitude to school and learning and always giving 100% to all she does!

1/2TT - Asher Mc - for always doing her personal best.

1/2TT - Maddie J - for working hard on all of her learning.

3/4MS - Ted P - for putting a lot of effort into his work.

3/4MS - Arwen J - for her thoughtful answers to questions and interesting contributions to class discussions.

3/4MS - Lukas B - for his amazing mathematical knowledge. Keep it up!

3/4MS - Holly M - for a positive attitude towards her school work.

3/4GS - Daniel R - for a clever and creative picture story book.

4/3GS - Harper J - for excellent use of talking marks, commas and explanation marks.

3/4VW - Ruby W - for a fantastic narrative.

3/4VW - Emily B - for always having a positive attitude to learning.

5/6AB - Phoebe M - for applying herself to all mathematical learning.

5/6AB - Eva W - for outstanding work in all areas of learning.

5/6MS - Elsie M - for modelling how to solve a multiplication equation in front of the class.

5/6RC - Erica S - for taking pride and building her confidence as sports captain.

STEM - Sienna R - 3/4GS - for her detailed and very marketable, IOT 'kite flying' system.

STEM - Owen D - 1/2CS - for his amazing sequencing skills creating music.

STEM update

In Digitial Tech / STEM this week, Grade 1 & 2 students continued their look at sequencing, this time to make noise... I mean, music.

Below you can see Owen's composition using the free, Chrome Music Lab.

They were all keen to show you how it all works, so this can be done with any device on the web at:

(and if they tell you I said they should try it out at 6 in the morning, that's a horrible lie)

Grade 3 & 4 students continued their focus in I.oT. (Internet of things) this week, designing their own I.o.T system that could be used in the home.

Below you can see Sienna's self-powered 'Time to fly a kite' system, something I must say, I would love to have!

Mr. Garcia

Middle Gully Roster

The students heading over to Middle Gully have been using the noughts and crosses stones which have been painted by the Landcare classes we have had this term.

Please remember,  parents or carers are welcome to come and help at Middle Gully from 2:00pm on a Thursday afternoon. Please sign in at the office as a visitor and make sure the office have seen your double vaccination certificate and current working with children's check. If you have younger children with you, please make sure they are adequately supervised and please,  no dogs.

March 31 – 5/6RC 

April 7 – 5/6AB

If you have any further questions or would like to become involved, please contact Mr O -


District Cross Country - 1st April

The Macedon Ranges District Primary Schools Cross Country Championships will be held at Dixon Field Reserve, Gisborne on Friday 1st April 2022 commencing at 10:00am.  The students will be leaving the school by buses at approximately 9:15am. The  buses will return to school around 1:00pm.

The twelve year olds will be competing first, then the eleven year olds and finally the ten year olds.

  The children will need to wear runners, shorts or track suit, broad rimmed hat, school sports tops (supplied by the school for the competition on the day)

Please also bring snacks and drink bottle.

The cost is $5.00 for transport.

Please make sure you have returned your permission form PRIOR to Friday.

Best of luck to everyone!

Ride to School day

We had a fabulous response to ride to school day with around 50 students riding with Mr Forrest and some parents from Tony Clarke to Macedon primary. There were also a lot of other students riding and scooting to school from other directions.  Well done to all involved!

Congratulations Tom!

Congratulations to Tom G who competed in the Division tennis competition in Bacchus Marsh yesterday. Tom won all his matches and made it through to the grand final, which he narrowly lost. He is now off to the Regional championships on the 26th of April, we wish him the best of luck!

Lovely Loombands

The Lovely Loombands girls have raised $74.10c the girls that where involved were: Martha B, Harper J, Bella D, Ivy D, Monique P, Lauren B, Asha T-D, Lorna L, Sienna R. The money was raised for the NSW and QLD flood repair’s. The money has been sent off and hopefully the repairs are now being made for all the home’s that were damaged in the floods. Also we would like to thank Martha's Mum and Dad for sending the money, Bella's mum for supplying the girls with loombands, and a special thankyou for everyone who bought loombands. The next cause we will be doing next  is for the homeless people, and we hope to raise a lot of money for people in need. 

Easter Raffle

The PFA is organising our 2022 Easter Raffle. Raffle tickets will be sent out to the eldest in the family this week so please check your child's bag.  

Donations of Easter goodies are greatly appreciated, collection boxes 

will be provided at the office. 

(Easter chocolates, decorations, crafts, mugs, books, soft toys, home made jams & chutneys, etc)

These donations will be made up into hampers. More donations, more prizes!

Extra tickets are available at the office.

Please return butts, money and any unsold tickets by Wednesday the 6th of April

The raffle will drawn at assembly on the last day of term, Friday the 8th of April.

Hot Cross Bun drive

Our hot cross bun orders are open until Easter.

Orders are available through QKR! Orders close on Tuesday mornings at 9am for delivery on Thursday afternoons between 3:00-3:30pm. 

Orders are available through QKR! Orders close on Tuesday 29th March No late orders will be accepted

If you would like to help volunteer with either of these activities, please fill out the forms that were sent home earlier in the week or email the office. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca on 0418504809 or see her at the Carrington Street crossing.

Tesselaar Bulb Fundraiser

The PFA are running a blub fundraiser with all proceeds going to the school. All families should have received a catalogue with the details. If you need a catalogue, please contact the office. 


Orders will be sent directly to your home address. 

Products available to order until the 15/04/2022 unless sold out prior

Thank you for your support!

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.

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.

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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.