Macedon Primary School Newsletter

15 June 2021

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

Principals Report

Dear parents,

Storm Damage

I hope you have all managed to clean up after the recent storm and your properties have not sustained too much damage.  We had a few trees down and our boundary fence on the northern side of the school blew down.  Most of this has been made safe or is booked in to be fixed in the coming weeks.


Our teachers are putting the final touches on the Semester One reports this week, and they will be distributed next Thursday, the 24th of June.

The report format has changed slightly this semester.  Where in the past your child’s report would contain a lengthy written comment, we are representing this same information with several statements that break down the skills taught in English and Mathematics.  Your child’s proficiency in these skills will be indicated with a five-point scale checkbox as well as an overall mark which is represented by the dots most parents will know from previous reports.  Teachers have continued to include a written comment on your child personal and social development. 

We have planned our parent teacher meetings for next term in the week beginning 9th to the 13th of August.  This will be another opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at school.  If you require additional time to meet your child’s teacher please reach out to them in person or via email, the staff email addresses can be found here.  Details about the parent teacher meetings will be provided in term three.

Winter Solstice

We have decided to postpone the winter solstice event scheduled for this Friday night until Friday the 23rd of July.  The uncertainty of the COVID restrictions have made it difficult to plan and as it currently stands, we are not able to run the event due to the restrictions.

QR Codes

We have set up a QR code for the school. If you are coming into the school building to sign your children in late or out early, or to meet with teachers, we ask you to use this QR code. If you are visiting the school for an extended time, for example to help at Middle Gully or in the classrooms, we ask you to sign in using the visitors book. 

Matt Forrest


Important Dates

17 June - Inter-school Soccer **selected students**

18 June - Winter Solstice evening - postponed

25 June - Last day of Term 2 (2:30 dismissal)


12 July - School Curriculum Day (no students)

13 July - First day of Term 3

7 September - Whole School Photo Day

17 September - Last day of Term 3 (2:30 dismissal)


5 October - First Day of Term 4

13 October - 15 October - Grade 3/4 Camp Weekaway

25 October - 29 October - Grade 5/6 Cape Bridgewater Camp

2 November - Melbourne Cup public holiday (school closed)

17 December - Last day of year (1:30pm dismissal)

Notes sent home

DET Data collection form - due 25th June

From the Office

Enrolments and students leaving in 2021

We are now accepting new enrolments for Foundation students in 2022. If you have a child or know someone with a child that is wanting to enrol at Macedon Primary next year, please return your forms to the office. A link to the form is available here 2022 Enrolment Form

Alternatively, if you child is leaving Macedon Primary at the end of this year (not including year 6 students), can you please let us know, so we can start planning for next year.

Spare Clothes

With the wet weather now upon us, please make sure your children have spare clothes in their bag. We have a small amount of clothing in the sick bay, however if your child gets wet, we cannot always fully re-clothe them. A spare pair of socks is highly recommended.

Lunch Orders

As you know we offer a lunch order service on a Friday through Red Door Cafe. Over the last few weeks we have seen a rise in the amount of children either missing items from their lunch orders or not receiving their lunches, this creates stress for the children and more work for the office staff.  If you could please read the following tips to make sure the lunch order process is as streamlined as possible:

- Please clearly mark your child's name and class on the lunch order bag.

- Please have correct change.

- If you have a large amount of coins, please make sure they are secure in the bag.

- If you are dropping in the lunch order directly at Red Door, please make sure you have told them the correct class of the child. 

- Please make sure you are ordering from the correct menu

Have a great week!

Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

These awards will be handed out at assembly on Friday afternoon at 3:00pm. Due to current restrictions, parents are not allowed to attend assembly. If this changes prior to Friday, we will let you know.

F/1TT - Tommy G - For working hard at all of his learning and being a great helper.

F/1MS - Sidney Mc- For being kind and caring towards others.

1KH - Isabel G - For working really hard on using a number line to solve subtraction equations.

1KH - Sean P - For having a positive mindset and outlook.

1KH - Isla D - For working really hard on her reading.

3VW - Cooper B - For fantastic writing.

3VW - Harry N - For listening to feedback to improve his writing.

4CS - Grace H - For her smiley approach to her work and friends.

4CS - Lola B - For her terrific approach to learning and always putting in 100%

4/5BT - Abbie C - For being caring and kind towards a friend.

4/5BT - Eva K - For always doing her best learning.

4/5BT - Ryan D - For reading with lovely fluency and expression.

5/6SK - Polly S - For her positive, enthusiastic and mature approach through his semester to her learning.

5/6SK - Lydia A - For participating with enthusiasm in all aspects of her learning.

6AB - Stella M - For outstanding working both literacy and numeracy.

6AB - Noah R - For excellent teamwork during his inquiry time.

Recent storm activity

The storm on Wednesday night that hit the Macedon Ranges caused major power outrages and damage due to felled trees. The school escaped serious damage, however we did have power out for most of Thursday and the alarm system was triggered. The students showed remarkable resilience and were well behaved during the uphevel. Please find below some photos of the Foundation and grade one students who carried on with their art class in the limited daylight.

The Power Outage

On Thursday when I awoke, I walked out of my bedroom and looked outside. You wouldn’t believe what was there….it was a tree that had fallen down on my wet, thick, green grass. It was soooo windy! I walked back inside my bedroom to see if the power was back on. Guess what? When I turned on the lights it was still dark. I was very disappointed.

When I was in the car and my Mum was driving me to school there was a big tree lying on the road, so my Mum had to go the other way.

When I got to school, I saw a huge tree close to the JCB. I kept walking and when I got inside there was a loud siren, so everyone in the building had to go outside. Then the siren turned off, so we went back inside. Then the siren turned on again. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat!

Later that day 4CS (my class) and 3/4MS (Mr Smith’s) were in the portables. Raven, Niamh and I were talking about the storm, then we all got picked up early by our parents. When I got home, I ate food and the power turned back on, so I watched my favourite TV show Gilmore Girls.

By Quynn K - 4CS

Storm Hits Macedon PS

With the massive winds and rain storms during early June, Macedon district got pummelled like other towns in the area. We just got over a week's lockdown and Macedon Primary Students were faced with some devastation at our school. 

After the storms and rain Macedon Primary lost a few trees. Branches were everywhere, one of the major trees was a massive tree nearly fell onto our John Curtin Building and water tank and luckily nobody got injured or hurt.  We would like to thank all the SES and volunteers who have been helping our community.

By Levi E & Cohen B

Outside School Hours Care

Donations of Wool welcomed.

We have some Winter craft planned for the remainder of term. If you have any new, clean wool at home that you no longer need, we will gratefully accept it at OSHC. You can leave donations at the main office.

We are currently booked out on Monday afternoons, if you are looking for casual care please contact Vicki or the office to confirm there is a space available.

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 - Term 3 update

The Ranges Music Network has been having fun making music at Macedon Primary since 2020.  We'd love to welcome more music makers to our group and individual lessons and after school bands in Term 3!


Choose from Harp, Woodwinds, Doods & Toots (Beginner Woodwinds), Brass, pTrumpet, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Singing, Drums and Violin.  We also have three fun after school bands in Term 3:  Tuesdays - Musical Theatre Club, Wednesdays - The Big Band and Thursdays - The Big Bang Percussion group for all ages and abilities!


To learn more and get started please email our Program Director, Shaun Evans at or visit

Community News

Get Active Kids Program

Please be advised that Round 2 of the State Government’s Get Active Kids Voucher Program is now open.

The program helps eligible families get their children involved in organised sport and active recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each.

To be eligible, children must be Victorian residents, aged 4-18 years and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, as well as a Medicare Card.

The program is being delivered across four rounds until April 15, 2022. Applications for this round opened yesterday and close at 5pm on Friday, July 9.

Subject to availability, eligible applicants can apply for up to two vouchers per eligible child in total during the entire period, however only one voucher per eligible child can be claimed per round. Please note that you cannot claim on expenses that you have already successfully claimed in a previous round of this program.

In Round 2, applicants can claim eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2021 and July 9, 2021.

What we need you to do:

  • Please promote the program by utilising the promotional resources the program has created which includes posters, social media, web tiles and communications copy for you to place on your own websites and publications as well as send to your membership base and networks promoting Round 2 opening from Monday 31 May 2021. These resources are available at

To find out more information:

If you have any additional questions that cannot be answered via the above information, or you require further support in assisting to promote the Program, please contact

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.