Easing of COVID restriction – Return to school plan
We have decided that we will not delay the return to school for any children by staggering the return to school in Term Four. All students will be welcome back to school on Monday 12 October. We will re-establish our COVID safe protocols prior to this date and communicate them via our newsletter and email.
Below are some dot points that outline the next few weeks relating to Macedon Primary School.
1. We will will continue to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3, consistent with current settings.
2. 5 – 9 October (first week of Term 4) Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students.
3. On-site supervision (including OSHC) for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided consistent with existing guidelines. (This is the same as our current arrangement)
4. All Macedon Primary School students will start back onsite from Monday 12 October.
Library Learning Hub
In early June I received a letter from our local state member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, informing me of a Minor Capital Work grant opportunity for schools. The Minor Capital Works Fund supports small-scale priority building projects to improve the learning environment, condition or character of Victorian schools. This additional funding is part of the statewide building blitz to help Victoria's economy rebound from the coronavirus crisis. We made a decision at school council to put in an application under the Stream 2 – larger projects from $50,000 - $500 000. We targeted one of the school priorities in the development of the old multiple purpose room that is adjacent to the staff room. The room is currently largely disused and looking very tired. The vision is to develop this room into a dynamic and functional Library Learning Hub including STEM learning facilities and resource centre. Justin Sawyers led the development of the grant and engaged Guymer Bailey Architects https://www.guymerbailey.com.au/ who have experience designing modern functional spaces for school across Australia. Guymer Bailey supported us by developing a conceptual floor and a material pallete free of charge. While we are unsure whether we will be successful with this application we have certainly put our best foot forward in terms of an application that meets the criteria set out in the guidelines. I would like to acknowledge Justin Sawyers for his effort in supporting the school with this application and Guymer Bailey Architects for their generous support. Please see photos below.
Sun Smart – Wearing Hats
With spring here we are starting to get the occasional warmer day. With this in mind, we are implementing the sun smart policy in relation to hats. Therefore, all students on site will need to wear a hat to school if they wish to play outside.