Macedon Primary School Newsletter

18 November 2020

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

Principals Report

Hello everyone,

Stranger Danger

At times, given the nature of our grounds and the Macedon community, we find that people stop along the fence of the school during recess or lunch.  Most often this is secondary school students on a curriculum day or a local resident throwing a ball back to our students.  The staff on yard duty, wearing high visibility vests, are vigilant and when they see someone stop on our fence line we approach them, introduce ourselves and ask them if they need help.  This is more often than not a pleasant interaction with a local resident.

In recent weeks, a man has stopped along our fence with his dog a number of times.  On every occasion staff have approached this person, however he has moved on before we have been able to interact with him.  As a reaction to this staff have increased their vigilance around anyone stopping along the fence line.  Staff have also reminded their students about the best way for them to respond to someone stopping along the fence line.  We have reminded the students to come and find a staff member on yard duty if someone stops along the fence during recess or lunch and to not to talk to people they do not know who stop along the fence. 

I must stress that this person hasn’t posed any threat - this could be an innocent local resident.  I do however see the potential for this to be concerning behaviour and as an additional precaution I called the Gisborne police station to seek their advice about the matter.  They advised us to seek their support if this continued.  No patrol cars have been called to the school, however staff have been briefed - we are on a higher alert than usual.

Please remind your children about the importance of seeking a teacher’s support if they see someone along the fence line.

Fire Season

As the fire season approaches the school has been working with the local business School Safe Consulting to develop the attached flow chart graphic that outlines our process on each of the three following fire danger scenarios for our school.

1.       Our Pre-emptive actions for a CODE RED Fire Danger Rating day

2.       Our Pre-emptive actions for an EXTREME Fire Danger Rating day

3.       Our Actions responding to FIRE ACTIVITY IN THE LOCAL AREA

Please read and familiarise yourself with these processes before the upcoming fire season.

School Bushfire Preparedness Projects

As part of the Department of Education’s bushfire preparedness program we have been allocated funds to prepare our school for the coming and future bushfire seasons.  We have completed a number of vegetation reduction projects around the buildings and have the site and gutters cleared of debris regularly throughout the summer season.  This year we have also engaged contractors to install a sprinkler system on our JCB building which is our last resort “shelter in place”.  The system is going to be connected to a rain water tank and will be operated by a diesel pump which is independent of mains water and the local electricity grid.   

Matt Forrest


Important Dates

16 December - Grade 6 graduation

18 December - Last Day of term 4 - 1:30pm finish

Notes sent home

- Parent payment letter for 2021

- Parent request for credit / donation / refund (Years 1 & 2)

- Grade 6 Billy cart notice

From the Office

School Photos

The beautiful weather today made for lovely school photos. If you have not paid for photos or have any issues regarding the ordering of photos, please contact MSP photography direct on 5333 5577or email Please note, we cannot receive envelopes after photo day at the office.

Remember your hat

Please remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat. (Hats are available to purchase from Beleza in Gisborne)

Drink bottles

All children need to bring a labelled drink bottle to school, we have the water taps on to refill drink bottles, but due to COVID restrictions the drinking bubblers are turned off.

Stay safe and well,

Julie  and Emma

Medication Authority Form

If your child requires medication during the school day, please fill out the form below and provide to the office with clearly labelled medication in its original packaging.

Student Achievement Awards

Sunsmart Reminder

***School hats are available for sale at Beleza in Gisborne***

Although it may still be cold, Victoria’s UV levels are on the rise so please check the daily local sun protection times to see when you need to be SunSmart.  The sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher in your location. At these levels, sun protection (hat, clothing, sunscreen, shade and, if practical, sunglasses) is recommended for all skin types

When outdoors, whether that be for the two hours of permitted exercise in metropolitan Melbourne or if you’re lucky enough to be allowed outside for longer, to  check the sun protection times and use sun protection accordingly. For more information for families please check out

Lunch order form

Lunch orders are available through Red Door cafe. Please make sure you have correct money in the lunch order bag and if you have a reusable bag, please make sure they are clean. 

Middle Gully Update

We are still not allowed to have volunteers for the Landcare program, so the Landcare sessions will be with Mr Oxworth and the class teacher.

19/11 -  Week 7 – 3MS 

26/11 - Week 8 – 45BT 

3/12 - Week 9 – Outdoor activity week – Foundation x 2 

10/12 - Week 10 – Both 5/6 CLASSES

Hopefully, if restrictions ease we will be able to welcome our parent helpers back to Middle Gully soon.

Outside School Hours Care

A reminder to all parents that social distancing rules apply in the OSHC 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 OSHC 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.

OSHC Enrolment update forms

If your child is going to attend OSHC next year, an update form needs to be completed. Paper copies are available at the office or your can download the from below.

Uniform Shop News

School Council update

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.


At the School Council WebEx meeting held on 9 September 2020, the discussion included:

  • School Review – Macedon Primary School is due to undertake a school review in early 2021.  Preparations will commence in Term 4.
  • Pupil Free Day – Monday 16 November will be a pupil free day for the teachers to engage in these preparations.
  • Child Safety – A presentation was given in respect of the school’s child safety policies and procedures.  The Education subcommittee will review these policies ahead of the school review.  
  • Facilities – A competitive process has been used to select a contractor to install a new retaining wall between the oval and JCB.
  • Pine Plantation – Further information is being requested to assist the school council to consider the next steps.  
  • Finance – The finance subcommittee provided an update on the school’s financial position, including in respect of OSHC.   

  • The next school council meeting will be on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 7pm.

    Community News

    Macedon Ranges Orienteering Summer Series

    Wednesday 25th November at 6.30-7.00pm  at Ash Wednesday Park Smith St Macedon sees the start of the annual Macedon Ranges Summer Orienteering Series. This is a popular introduction to navigation sports for the family and for fitter people looking to add interest to their regular walk or training run. The events take up to an hour (all in daylight) and use a map of each local town. One can participate individually or in a group in short, medium or long courses. Power walkers have the added interest of a score course, in which control points are of different values,

    Adults $5 Children $3 

    Beginners course and coaching available

    Dates and locations for the pre Christmas events are:

    Wed 4th Dec 82 Stewarts Lane Sunbury

    Wed. 11th Dec. Riddells Creek lions park Main St Riddells Creek

    Wed. 16th Dec. Barry Doyle Rotunda  Piper St    Kyneton

    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.