Macedon Primary School Newsletter

24 February 2021

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

Principals Report

Dear parents,

Family Fun Night

I hope by now that you have received your invite to the family fun night on Friday night via Facebook or Skoolbag.  The event will run from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with the games beginning at 5:30pm.  I hope this will be a nice evening for us to get together as a school community for the first time in a long time.  The PFA will be running a sausage sizzle and you are welcome to bring your own picnic dinner.  Please note that this is an alcohol free event.

District Swimming

Our district swim team went to Sunbury Aquatic Centre today to compete against the clock and other swimmers from our local area.  I wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing about the personal best times and the effort our team put into competing for our school.

School Review

On Monday 22 February we completed the first day of our school review.  The review panel had a look in all of our classrooms, heard from some of our student leaders and spoke to classroom teachers about our school and the progress toward our strategic goals. 

There are an additional two days to complete where the panel will conduct further classroom observations, speak to students, our staff and some parents.  At the end of the process we will have completed a thorough inquiry into our school and developed a new and ambitious strategic plan to guide our work into the future.

Matt Forrest


Important Dates

26 February - Family Fun Night BBQ & Games from 5:00pm

8 March - Labour Day Public Holiday (no school)

24 March - House Cross Country - Tony Clarke Reserve

31st & 1 April - Year 1 and 2 MGR Camp

1 April - Last Day of Term 1 - 2:30pm dismissal

From the Office

Messages for students

If you need to get a message to your child, please ensure you call the office prior to 3:15pm. The end of the school day is very busy in the office and we are not always able to leave the office to locate children and give them the message.

Separated Parents' contact details

A form titled “ALTERNATIVE FAMILY DETAILS” is available which is specifically for parents of students who do not reside together. By completing this form, address and phone details for both parents are able to be listed on our database.

 If you would like a copy of this form to complete or to make further, strictly confidential enquiries, please contact the school office.

Parent payment invoices

Parent payment invoices were sent home with the eldest student in the family yesterday. Preferred payment method of these accounts is BPAY or QKR! Each family has its own BPAY code which is printed on the invoice. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, we encourage you to speak with Matthew Forrest or Julie Stein-Reeves to discuss alternative arrangements.

 Accounts with outstanding amounts are issued once per term.

Absence Notifications

If your child is late or absent from school without explanation from parents, an SMS will be sent to Adult A at around 10.15am. Please respond to the SMS promptly. Please note the following: 

If your child is LATE FOR SCHOOL, a parent must accompany the child to the office when you arrive, sign your child in the Early Leavers/Late Arrival book and take a “Late Pass” for your child to hand to their teacher. Rolls are marked promptly at 9am. If the music has finished and your child is not yet in class, they have probably missed the roll.

If your child will be ABSENT FROM SCHOOL, we ask that you either:

  • Log onto Skoolbag and record the absence
  • Phone the school on 5426 1518 and leave a message on the absence voicemail; or
  • Send an email to the school’s email address;

If you need to take your child EARLY FROM SCHOOL we ask that you:

  • Call or email the office to advise what time you will be collecting your child so we can have them ready at the office.
  • come to the office to sign your child out.

Working With Children Checks

All parents, carers and other visitors to Macedon Primary require a current Working With Children’s Check to volunteer at the school. To apply for a volunteer WWCC you simply log on to (its free!)

If you have a current WWCC or VIT and have not advised the office, please bring your card into the office to have it photocopied or simply take a photo of the card and email it to the office at

If parents do not have a current working with children check, they cannot attend camps/excursions.


A reminder for parents/guardians and staff that the Department of Education does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Parents or guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs. Parents/guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers.

Camps, Sports, Excursion Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual CSEF amount per student is $125 for primary school students. Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form. If you received CSEF last year, please note that you must complete a new CSEF Form for 2021 and return to the office by the end of February. 

Conveyance Allowance

Parents have primary responsibility for transporting their children to and from school. The Department of Education (DET) provides financial assistance in the form of a conveyance allowance to help families in rural and regional Victoria with the cost of transporting their children to their closest appropriate school. The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards transport costs and is not intended to cover the full cost of transporting children to and from school. The allowance is an acknowledgement of the often limited government-provided transport infrastructure available outside metropolitan Melbourne. A conveyance allowance is provided to a student on the basis of individual eligibility.

To receive a conveyance allowance individual students must meet all of the following criteria:

1.      Attend a school/campus located outside the Melbourne Urban Growth Boundary.

2.      Attend the closest appropriate school/campus. For students attending government schools, this will be the closest school appropriate to the age and gender of the student (e.g. primary, secondary, single sex).

3.      Reside 4.8km or more from the school (shortest practicable route calculated by school at time of application from the student’s home to the school attended).

4.      Be of school age (between five and 18-years-old at the time of application), and a resident of Victoria.

5.      Be enrolled and travelling to school three or more days per week.

Students’ circumstances can change during their school years (e.g. moving residence or changing schools). Change of circumstances affects eligibility and a new application must be submitted with each change of circumstance. If you are unsure if you are eligible for Conveyance Allowance please contact the office.

If you received Conveyance Allowance last year, please note that you must complete a new Conveyance Allowance Application Form for 2021 and return to the office ASAP.

Conveyance Allowance applications must be lodged in early March, therefore the Conveyance Allowance Application Forms must be received at the office no later than Friday 5th March 2021.

(No late applications can be accepted).

School Crossing

I have received a message from our friendly crossing guards about some unsafe crossing use.  Please make sure you are not parking over the crossing, or doing u-turns in front of the crossing.  Our ultimate goal is to keep our most precious little people safe.  Please do your bit by using the dedicated crossing and waiting for the guards to stop traffic and blow their whistle.  

Staff Carpark

The car park bays on Smith Street are reserved for staff carparking. Can parents please refrain from parking in these carparks during school pick up and drop off.

Book Club 

Welcome to the Scholastic Book Club for 2021! All book orders should be made through the Scholastic LOOP ordering system which can be found at  Please note that Macedon Primary School does not accept cash or cheque orders at the school.  The first catalogue was sent out this week and orders need to be completed by Friday 19th February.

Julie  and Emma

QKR! - Our preferred payment method

QKR – this is the preferred payment method at MPS and is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer. Basically it allows you to pay for all school activities. No more coin searches!

Getting started is easy……. Go to your app store on your phone and look for the following icon. If you are still having trouble, call the school office for assistance.

Please see below instructions on how to register QKR!

Student Achievement Awards

F/1TT - Oliver M - For a terrific effort with all of his learning.

F/1MS - Mia S - For showing persistence when solving numeracy problems.

1KH - Hugo S - For fantastic writing about "The Terrible Plop"

1/2KB - Annie T - For always being a caring and thoughtful classmate.

3VW - Archie T - For always being helpful in the classroom.

3VW - Sam C - For being a kind and considerate class member.

3/4MS - Thomas M - For his positive attitude towards all of his school work.

3/4MS - Sienna R - For helping Mr Smith to return books in the library. 

3/4MS - For her beautiful outlook and positive attitude towards school.

6AB - Polly S - For her incredible writing piece.

6AB - Darcie H - For inquiring into her own learning.

6AB - Wyatt K - For his determination and confidence in all areas of learning.

6AB - Cassandra I - For an awesome work ethic during learning time.

Performing Arts - Jasper C - 4/5BT -  For an excellent unprepared performance in performing arts.

News Hounds

Our Grade 6 reporters and photographers this week are Annabel, Sophie, Akira, Kody and May. This week we bring you news from the playground, asking the question: ‘Where do Foundation students like to play?’

News Hounds meet in the library at lunchtime (1:10pm) on Tuesdays – come along if you’re a keen journalist or photographer or ask Bu Deryn if you want to find out more.

Ride2School Day - 19th March

National Ride2School Day is Australia's biggest celebration of active travel and one of the best days on the school calendar. Its a day where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

Below is a link for parents to fill in regarding how their children come to school and how to to design relevant and responsive active travel programs

We will have more information in coming newsletters.

Sunsmart Reminder

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

Middle Gully Update

We are happy to be able to welcome parent helpers back to our Middle Gully program. The sessions run from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Thursdays. 

Please make sure that you have a valid Working With Children Check and that this has been shown to the office. 

The dates are as follows:

February 25 – 6AB

March 4 – 4/5BT

March 11 – 5/6SK

 March 18 – 3VW

Grade 1 and 2 camp will have their Middle Gully session on either 31st March or 1st April.


Outside School Hours Care

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 them from below.

COVID Evaluation Survey

As part of our collective evaluation of COVID-19 response initiatives, we have developed an all of community survey to capture local residents experience of COVID-19, where they went for support, what were the gaps and ultimately how we can respond in the future. 

Hardcopy surveys are available upon request and we encourage you to support those around you who may not be digitally connected to access a hardcopy via contacting me on this email or at / 5472 5333.

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.