Macedon Primary School Newsletter

23 June 2021

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

Principals Report

Dear parents and carers,

Thanks for your ongoing positivity and support of the school through a tough term.  We have made it to the end and there has been moments that have tested our resilience yet again.  From the lockdown to the storm, we have had another one that has tested us.  I would like to congratulate the students for the way they have adjusted to the disruptions and continued to work hard on everything their teachers have asked of them.


You will receive your child report tomorrow afternoon.  The report format has changed slightly this semester.  In the past your child’s report would usually contain a lengthy written comment, this semester 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's 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.

Library learning Hub Update

I am excited to announce that an architect has been appointed to lead the Library Learning Hub grant project.  We are redeveloping the old multiple purpose room in the main building and Justin Sawyers, our School Council President, and I have a site meeting with the lead architect on the 1st of July.  We look forward to getting this project underway to provide new and exciting opportunities for our students.

Wurundjeri Bush Tucker Garden – Middle Gully Reserve

Many parents contribute to the Voluntary Building and Grounds Fund when they pay school fees.  We are putting some of these funds toward improving the grounds in Middle Gully Reserve this year.  We have engaged Kylie Blade, an ex-parent of Macedon PS, to develop a landscaping concept design.  Kylie has completed multiple phone calls and a site visit with our Koori Education Support Officer, Kerri Douglas.  Kerri is a local Aboriginal woman who works for the Department of Education to support us to integrate the Aboriginal perspective to our programs and school while paying respect to all Aboriginal people.  I am very excited about the prospect of starting this project.  Once the landscaping features of this garden are completed, David Oxworth and the teachers will be working with our students to plants this area out with local bush tucker and learn about our local Aboriginal history.  This work with the students will also be supported by Kerri Douglas.

Fairy Garden Sustainability project – Middle Gully Reserve         

We have also been collaborating with the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre on a sustainability grant that they would like to work with us on.  We have been granted $6500 to complete a sustainability project and we will be contributing additional funds from the voluntary buildings and grounds contributions parents make.  The development of this garden is another exciting opportunity for our students to contribute and learn about rehabilitating a native area and improving our school.  Once the project is completed, we there will be viewing platforms, walkways, and exciting outdoor interactive opportunities for students to use and enjoy Middle Gully Reserve.  I can’t wait to see this come to life.

Performing Arts - Term 3.

I would like to thank Bronwyn Slater for her outstanding work in Performing Arts in Term 1 and 2 this year.  Bronwyn has focused the students learning on dance and drama.  Bronwyn is now taking up her usual position as one of our main relief teachers in the main school.  Thank you for everything Bronwyn.  In term three there will be a new relief teacher supporting us to run performing arts program.  Tom Foster comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in teaching students the arts and a strength in teaching music.  I look forward to working with Tom and increasing the amount of music in our performing arts program.

Enjoy your break and remember we have a curriculum day on Monday the 12th of July. Students return for the start of term 3 on the 13th of July.

Matt Forrest



Qr Codes

The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record keeping is now mandatory in all schools to enable the effective contract tracing of any COVID-19 cases.

QR Code check in are required to be used by:

  • All visitors on school site (including contractors, external Department staff and building maintenance staff)
  • All parents who enter school building when on school site.

QR code check ins are not required to be used by:

  • Staff
  • Students
  • Parents who come onto school grounds for drop off or pick up, but do not enter buildings.

Please be reminded that:

Existing sign in and out process should continue to be used to record visitor attendance, therefore visitors still need to use the visitors book at the office, for legal and regulatory obligations.

Important Dates

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


12 July - School Curriculum Day (no students)

13 July - First day of Term 3

22 July - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Expo Day

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, thank you to the families that have returned these forms, if you could please return them to school by Friday 25th June.

From the Office

Head Lice

We seem to be getting a lot of notifications regarding head lice in the school.  One of the best ways to prevent head lice spreading is to keep long hair tied back. Therefore, if your child has longer than shoulder length hair, we ask that you make sure they keep it tied back in a bun or ponytail.

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 2:00pm. Under the current restrictions, parents are not allowed to attend assembly. If this changes prior to Friday, we will let you know.

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

F/1MS - For doing a wonderful job solving subtraction equations.

F/1MS - Mietta P - For her enthusiastic attitude towards learning.

1KH - Verity M - For starting every day in a positive way.

1KH - Coen L - For working really hard on all his classroom activities.

1/2KB - Millie C - For giving her best to all learning tasks.

3/4MS - Madison C - For always presenting her work in beautiful and creative ways.

3/4MS - Rupert R - For expanding the ways he presents his work and for being creative.

3/4MS - Mason D - For showing how well he can concentrate when working. Well done Mason!

3/4MS - Jasmine H - For her beautiful Aboriginal game poster, about the game "Kai-Wed"

4CS - Zara W - For demonstrating how to dance her "Emu" dance, it was brilliant!

4CS - All of Grade 4CS for being the BEST grade in the school. Everyone is so kind each other!

Soccer Report

On the 17th of June some of the year 5/6s went down to Dixon field to play soccer. We slipped, slid and it was super splashy in the mud but that's what made the day fun. The girls did their best and had a very fun day. First off we played Holy Cross and we lost 4:0.

Our second match we played Gisborne we lost again 4:1  with me scoring the only goal. Then in our 3rd game we played Braemar who we lost to 

We would like to thank Mr B and Mr K for taking us and having fun down there.

A special thankyou to Mr O for organising the soccer for us to go as such short notice

These awards are given to the students who showed and displayed our Macedon values of respect, responsibility and teamwork.

For the girls team these awards are given to Ava K - 4/5BT - For being a fearless goalie and awesome team player and Elsie M - 4/5BT - For amazing soccer skills and being fearless on the soccer field.

For the boys teams these awards are given to Blake B - 6AB - For awesome speed on the soccer field and being a great team player and Hudson P - 6AB - For being an amazing sportsman and fantastic goalie.

Bye Charlie and Sarah

Honouring Indigenous Music and Dance

On the 24th of June the Winter Solstice [the shortest day of the year – 18th of June] was celebrated at our school. To honour our first peoples at Macedon primary School we did a big flash mob dance for winter solstice inspired by our local famous aboriginal artist ‘Baker Boy’ and their hit song ‘Music is the Meditjin’. We have been researching dances from the 1950’s to now and looking at our ancestors and cultural dance moves to honour our traditional owners of the land. 

By Levi E and Noah R 

Uniform Shop Update

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

Library News - school holiday program

Creative Writing Workshop for Middle Years with Dee White  

Tuesday July 6, 10.30am  

In this session for ages 11-14, led by local author and professional writing coach Dee White...  

  • Discover how to craft stories based on your own personal experiences and identity.  
  • Learn how literary devices add emphasis and layers of meaning to characters and story.  
  • Write about your own life or let your imagination run wild!  

Bookings required.

Find Your Voice - Short talks from young people 

Tuesday June 29, 11am 

Find Your Voice is the culmination of a term program at The Field Trip youth group which has encouraged young people to find their voice and share their unique perspective of their lives and communities.  Speakers aged 8-25 will share their views in short 3-minute talks on a variety of topics. Come and be surprised!  Bookings required.   

Very Hungry Caterpillar Find and Seek 

Every day, school holidays 

Can you find all the food the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate? Collect an entry form to find and seek – hand in for a small reward and the chance to win an Eric Carle book pack! 

A walk-in activity for ages 4-8. 

 National Science Quiz Viewing Party  Thursday August 19, 6pm  This year the Woodend Library will be joining the video link to the National Science Quiz!   Charlie Pickering hosts this celebration of the world of science. Join a panel of scientists and science communicators as they ponder intriguing scientific questions such as - Does the grass grow at night? and Is an empty roller-coaster faster than a full one? Enjoy panel discussions, experiment videos and the opportunity to win a prize pack!   A family event for all ages. 

Bookings required. 

For bookings please visit or phone us on 5427 2074.  

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.