Macedon Primary School Newsletter

1 June 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

Library Learning Hub – Progress

We are excited to let you know that the building phase of the new library learning hub is progressing well.  We have the main framing starting to take shape and we are getting a feel for how the room will appear once it is finished.  I will continue to keep you up to date with the progress of this exciting project and we will have an opening ceremony later this year.

Reconciliation Week – Be brave, make change

We are acknowledging reconciliation week this week in classes by sharing video and content about the stolen generation, Eddie Mabo and reconciliation with our students.  Please keep the conversation going at home with you children by watching a relevant video together and having a conversation over dinner.  While we have a relatively low percentage of students and families in our school who are Aboriginal.  It is incumbent on us all to carry forward the conversation of reconciliation.  “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Reconciliation Week

Took the Children Away – Archie Roach

Mabo Day – Behind the News

Reconciliation Week – Behind the News

Winter Solstice – June 17 5:30pm – 7:30pm

We are excited to have the Winter solstice event up and running again for 2022.  Plans are being made for an Arts presentation to occur in the JCB followed by a lantern parade in Middle Gully Reserve culminating in a catch up around the bon fire and food in the Eco Shed.  We excited to see you all there.

Conversations around Child Mental Health Round Two - Dr William Garvey and Jennifer Dix- Wednesday , 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events.

Earlier this term we held an online event for parents and carers “Conversations around Child Mental Health”.  The session was well attended, and we received a lot of feedback that you valued this session.  Olivia Desormeaux, our Disability Inclusion Leader, has reconnected with Dr Billy Garvey and Jennifer Dix and have arranged to the second instalment of this conversation.   The session will be held on Wednesday , 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events.  More details to follow, including a pre-event survey to find out what you want to hear about.  We are looking forward to continuing this conversation with you.

Student Free Days – Friday 3 June and Friday 10 June

This is reminder that we have a student free day on Friday this week, the 3rd of June and Friday next week, the 10th of June. 

The staff will be focused on a range of professional learning, planning and assessment activities on these days.  They are important whole staff learning days that help us set our direction, upskill our staff and provide time for important planning and assessment.

 Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time),


Important Dates

3 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

10 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

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

14 June - Yr 5/6 District Netball - Sunbury 

17 June - CERES "Towards Zero Waste" year 3/4 incursion

17 June - Yr 5/6 Emu Sky excursion 

17 June - Winter Solstice family bonfire night

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)

Dressing for Macedon Winter

With Winter on our doorstep and the mornings getting frosty, we remind parents to dress their children with plenty of layers. The classrooms are all warm, however at recess and lunchtime the children need to be dressed appropriately.  Our lost property has numerous jackets, jumpers and coats. I Please come in and take a look.

Tuning into Kids

The Macedon Ranges Shire are running  2 Tuning into Kids programs for parents of children in grades five and six. Tuning into Kids is an emotion focused parenting program. The program provides parents and carers with skills in emotion coaching, which is about recognising, understanding, and managing their own and their child’s emotions. The program is evidence based and has proven success in improving parenting, parent-child relationships, and children’s emotional resilience.

We are excited to be offering this program to parents in the Macedon Ranges, to help support them while parenting through the ups and downs.

The Macedon Ranges Primary School Mental Health Project has progressed significantly since the beginning of the year, and we have some exciting activities coming up. Stay tuned for more!

Please email to register your interest.

Important Information regarding COVID & Influenza

Face masks

Face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk. If you are a household contact you must wear a facemask indoors unless you are under 8 and above or have a medical exemption. 

Screening requirements

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.

Household contacts

Students and staff who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine. They can return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above unless they have a valid exemption.

If any household contact returns a positive RAT result during this period, they must isolate for 7 days and not attend school.

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools

Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Rapid Antigen Test screening program extension reminder

The supply of rapid antigen tests will continue for the remainder of this term. The screening recommendations will change from the 23 of May, students will no longer be recommended to undertake twice weekly RATS. However, RATs will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative over a 7 day period)  or who have symptoms.  We will be distributing the rapid antigen tests via your child’s bag when the deliveries arrive at school.


With borders opening and the arrival of colder weather, cases of influenza (the flu) are increasing throughout Victoria. Our community is at risk of higher rates of students and staff affected by the flu or COVID-19 this season.

What to do if your child gets sick

To help keep your child and our school community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms:

* take a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown 

* keep your child at home until their symptoms pass

* common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired

* diagnosis of the flu can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab

* encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccination

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Some people are more at risk of complications from the flu and are eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program including:

* anyone aged 65 years and older

* pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

* all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and over

* children aged from 6 months to under 5 years.

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

It is important that children and young people have the best possible protection against the flu and COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the 

From the office

Dropping students to school early.

If you need to drop your children at school earlier than 8:45am we ask that you place them in our before school care service. The children are not supervised on the school grounds before 8:45am and the mornings are too cold for them to be sitting outside in the open air. Before school care is $16.00 per child and is open from 7:00am.

Foundation 2023 enrolments

Foundation enrolments for 2023 are now open. If you have a child that is starting school next year of have friends or family interested in enrolling their child at Macedon Primary, please contact the office for an enrolment form or click on the following link: 

Spare Clothes for students

We have noticed an increase in the amount of children requiring spare clothing. If you could please put a spare change of clothes in your child's bag (particularly if they are coming home in spare school clothes). We would also appreciate if you could wash the school spare clothes and return them to the office (no need to return underwear, we are unable to reuse this due to heath regulations). 


We have some families with credits on file from camps and excursions that were cancelled last year. If you think you have credits, please contact the office. These can be used to pay for events during the year.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

Voluntary Curriculum Contributions

The process for invoicing parents for voluntary curriculum contributions. If you are unsure if you have paid or if you would like to pay, please contact the office.

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.

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be handed out to children in class Please note,  we will not be holding a formal assembly in the JCB this week, as Friday is a student free day.

1/2TT - Mason K - for a great start at Macedon Primary.

1/2TT - Isobel W - for terrific effort with all her work and learning.

1/2BT - Ted D - for sharing his depth of knowledge about waste with his 1/2 peers. Amazing!

1/2BT - Crystal K - for always doing her best with all set tasks.

1/2BT - Pip B - for always trying her best to complete all set tasks.

3/4GS - Levi F - for helping at the sausage sizzle and being a star!

3/4GS - Lauren B - for an outstanding effort in our measurement unit.

3/4GS - Sienna R - for always approaching our learning tasks with enthusiasm. Well done Sienna!

3/4GS - Tally R - for working hard in all areas of our learning. Keep up the great work Tally!

3/4VW - Millie C - for always doing her best work.

3/4VW - Isaac B - for completing a challenge to build a 24 cubic unit tower.

3/4MS - Remy L - for her positive approach to all of her work and for her great efforts.

3/4MS - Holly B - for thinking about ways she can decorate and present her work. Well done

5/6MS - James M - for working hard on his vocabulary word bank during spelling time.

5/6MS - Mia P - for making excellent growth in maths!

5/6AB - Phoebe B - for excellent work during maths and english.

5/6AB - Ava K - for outstanding academic accomplishments.

5/6RC - Grace H - for striving to improve the quality of her writing.

Visual Art

Holly M - 3/4MS - for her exceptional surrealist portrait!

Cooper B - 3/4VW - for his fantastic surrealist watercolour in visual art.


Jessica F - 5/6MS - for being one of the smartest young person I know and blowing my mind with her animation skills.


Lukas B - 3/4MS - for outstanding sportsmanship at Division Cross Country.

School Council Report

Hello All. Many achievements and milestones were acknowledged at the recent school council meeting on Wednesday 11 May. Of note was the $10,000 grant awarded by the Bendigo Bank for improvements to the Middle Gully Fairy and Sustainability garden and the recent Farmer's Market. Improvements to school infrastructure, such as the Library Learning Hub, complement the ongoing commitment by staff to support diverse learners and increase awareness about mental health literacy following the successful online seminar featuring Dr Billy Garvey and Jennifer Dix along with Olivia Desormeaux.    

In their ongoing role as school leaders, the Grade 6 students have proposed improving the bike shed to better accommodate storage of bikes. Matt and Mr O will work with the Grade 6 students to develop a plan and potentially seek funding.

School councillors noted the recent incidents of vandalism of school property. This will be discussed in further detail at our next meeting with the hope of devising a plan to reduce and counter future vandalism.  School councillors also nominated to participate in one or more the school council subcommittees, which include Finance, Facilities (which will also oversee the pine plantation), Parents and Friends Association, Middle Gully/Landcare, and OHSC.  

We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you all at the Winter Solstice event on Friday June 17. This will be a great opportunity to meet and reconnect with members of the school community.

The next school council meeting is Wednesday the 15th of June at 7:00pm in the JCB, these are open meetings and all parents and carers and welcome to attend.

Julie Monk on behalf of the Macedon Primary School Councilors

Cross Country

Macedon Primary was well represented at the District Cross country in Bacchus Marsh last Thursday. All of the students tried their hardest, with  Harry N, Erica S and Austin B through to the Regionals at Brimbank Park. A special shout out to Lukas B for helping another runner when they fell over in the race. Well done everyone!

Middle Gully Program Update

The following roster has been put in place for Middle Gully this term;

June 2 – 1/2BT

June 9 – 3/4VW

June 16 – 3/4GS and some grade 5s

June 17 – Winter Solstice

June 23 – Grade 5s and 6s 

If any parents would like to come over to help, you are welcome to attend. The sessions start at 2pm (after lunch). Please make sure you sign in at the office and have provided the office with your working with children check. Younger siblings are welcome, but must be supervised at all times.

Milk bottles for Middle Gully Lanterns

We are seeking donations of milk bottles for the children to make lanterns at Middle Gully. Two litre "Farmhouse Gold" bottles are ideal, or the regular 2 litre milk bottles. The three litre bottles are too large. Donations can be made at the office., please make sure bottlers are cleaned, with labels removed. Thanks!

Interschool soccer reports

Soccer day: Boys

Last Friday the 27th of May a lot of the grade 5/6 boys went to soccer day at Gisborne Soccer Club. It was lots of fun and we enjoyed it. We played 4 games that day against 4  different schools, Gisborne Primary, Mt. Macedon Primary, New Gisborne Primary and Riddells Creek Primary. We were good players and won 3 out of the 4 games. The amazing players of the team were the best, but they did not win 1st place, sadly. Although we did do amazingly and I’m sure we all tried our hardest to win our games. It was a sunny day and it didn't rain during any of their games. We won their games against Mt. Macedon and Riddles Creek but our winning streak was cut short by Gisborne. We played well against Gisborne, but Gisborne secured the win,  fortunately they got to play another game. All of the players did great but especially Flynn who got a lot of goals even against Gisborne. Overall it was a fun day and we did amazingly well; we also ended up coming 3rd overall.

Visual Art Report

This week in the Art room we have been learning about Frida Kahlo. Frida painted in the Surrealist style and also did a lot of self-portraits. We used the watercolour pencils to draw some fantastic surrealist pictures and portraits. Next week we will apply water to create watercolour paintings. WATCH THIS SPACE!

STEM Update

Our Foundation students got very up close and personal in our class this week learning how a microscope works.

After being shocked at "how old and wrinkly" - Foundation Student Quote - my hands looked under the microscope, they went outside to find some nature objects they could scan themselves.

It was all very interesting and we even found some gold in this rock!*

 *(we didn't, but don't tell them that)

 Mr. Garcia

Scholastic Book Club - Term 2

Scholastic catalogues were sent home last week. Thank you to the families that support the school through the purchase of Scholatic books. The current order will close on the 10th of June.  

Head to to place your order, please note, we do not accept cash payments.

Winter Solstice - family bonfire night - 17 June

We are please to advise that our Winter Solstice family bonfire night is back for 2022. Macedon Primary families are invited to enjoy a family friendly night, commencing at 5:00pm in the John Curtin Building with a lantern parade, local drumming group and bonfire in Middle Gully Reserve. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase on the night.

Foundation Students - PMP - Perceptual Motor Program

Outside School Hours Care

Please notify the office or email if your child is sick and will not be attending before or after school care.  

We now have spaces available for casual days, however you need to fill out an enrolment form PRIOR to your child starting at the service. f 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.

Community News

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is almost here. Running over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, the event kicks off with a FREE community fireworks event on the Friday night, 5-7 pm at Buffalo Stadium in Woodend. There will be several food trucks available with a variety of delicious food and free entertainment before the fireworks.

Young Voices of Macedon

Young Voices of Macedon, a community choir for children of the Macedon Ranges invites primary school children to join us in Term 2. Under the direction of well-known and highly respected conductor Polly Christie, the choir has groups for younger and older children, which work both separately and together to learn a great variety of fun songs. The current emphasis is on songs about the environment. The choir also aims to provide quality training in voice production, part singing and performance, and features a friendly social environment.


Rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 4.15 pm at the Norma Richardson Hall, Buckland Street, Woodend. For further information visit


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.