Macedon Primary School Newsletter

10 March 2021

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

Principals Report

Dear parents,

Student Leadership Opportunities

I am thrilled to announce that our student leaders will be supporting their peers and our younger students at lunchtimes to get involved with activities around the school.  The student leaders, supported by Anthony Bortolot, will start this initiative with a War on Waste Wednesday’s including activities to promote environmental activities and keeping our yard clean and some sports equipment borrowing and games.  I look forward to seeing our student leaders out in the yard in their brand new High Vis Vests supporting and working with the other students to create a more inclusive and fun environment for all students.

School Council Voting – closes Thursday at 4pm

I would like to thank all of the parents who nominated themselves to sit on the school council for the next two years.  Because of the number of nominations we are holding a ballot to elect the new council members.  Voting is currently open and closes at 4pm Thursday 11 March.  Please submit your votes by sending the voting slip you received last week back with your child or placing them in the voting box at the front office.  The first school council meeting with the new school council will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 17 March.

Heidi Winchester

Late last year I wrote about the prospect of a private councillor working in the school to support children who may need the guidance to help them deal with anxiety, friendship issues, behaviour issues, grief or many other reasons. On our website, there is now a link to the information about the councillor, Heidi Winchester, who we have engaged.  The information pack contains some background on Heidi and the steps that you need to take to start your child with the service.  Please read the information in this pack and then see me if you have any questions, or need help to fill in any of the forms. It would be beneficial to meet with me so that we can complete the ‘Counselling Intake Form’ together.

If you are interested, the first step is to read the information and complete the intake and consent forms in this pack.  Please see me if you have any questions, or need help with the forms.

The next step is to take your child to their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss the problem. The doctor can then develop a mental health treatment plan which may involve visits to a mental health professional. The doctor also needs to provide a referral letter to this professional. The mental health treatment plan allows for your child to have up to 10 sessions with the mental health professional each calendar year, with the costs covered by Medicare.

Please find the link to more information here.

Matt Forrest

Principal

The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. It is also important to get tested when the Department of Health recommends it, for example, if you have visited an exposure site. 

you are reminded of COVIDSafe behaviours:  

  • stay home when unwell
  • practise good hygiene
  • ensure physical distancing
  • wear a face mask when required and recommended
  • avoid interactions in enclosed spaces.

Important Dates

19 March - Ride to School Day

26 March - House Cross Country - Tony Clarke Reserve (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)

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

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

19 April -  School Curriculum Day (no students)

20 April - First Day of Term 2

From the Office

Lost Property

Our pile of lost property is growing. If your child has lost an item of property we welcome you to come in and take a look. Restrictions have lifted surrounding parents in the school buildings, so parents are able to search through lost property (situated by the student toilets) for any missing uniform, lunchboxes, drink bottles, etc. 

Viral Gastro outbreak in local area

There has been an increase in viral gastroenteritis in surrounding areas, including Woodend and Gisborne.  Symptoms can take up to three days to develop and usually last one or two days, sometimes longer. Watch out for: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, headache, muscle aches. Kids with any of these symptoms should stay home while sick and for 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. If symptoms persist - visit your GP. Gastro is highly infectious, so hygiene is particularly important. Remember: washing hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent infection - alcohol hand sanitisers, while effective against some viruses such as coronavirus, are not effective against gastroenteritis. If someone in your household is sick, thoroughly clean and sterilise the areas where they have been sick to protect the other people in your house. Find out more about protecting your household from gastroenteritis: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/.../gastroenteritis


Asthma and Anaphylaxis Students

The Department of Education requires each student that has Asthma or Anaphylaxis to have a Management Plan. The plans are written up by the school and will be sent home with the students for parents to sign and return to school. We also require any students with Asthma to fill out a school camp and excursion form that needs to be completed prior to the students going on camps or excursions. 

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.

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; macedon.ps@education.vic.gov.au

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

https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ (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 macedon.ps@education.vic.gov.au

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

Julie  and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

F/1TT - Pip B - For being kind to others and a great effort with her learning.

F/1TT - Archie B - For excellent attempts at writing using paragraphs.

F/1MS - Grace H - For her fantastic efforts when writing independently.

1KH - Theo L - For his positive attitude and caring nature in our classroom.

1KH - Oliver N - For his fantastic focus during class.

1/2KB - Cooper L - For showing a great knowledge of suffixes during reading.

2RG - Monique P - For fantastic work in Mathematics.

2RG - Tally R - For outstanding risk-taking during Mathematics.

3VW - Marlow E - For fantastic work with his narrative writing.

3VW - Zoey H - For great effort with her maths.

3/4MS - Chelsea B - For her positive outlook and wonderful work ethic. Well done!

3/4MS - Jack B - For putting a lot of effort into his work. Well done!

3/4MS - Lukas B - For displaying a wonderful attitude toward mathematics!  Well done!

4CS - Hamish C - For his super tree story effort and always giving his best towards all class tasks.

4CS - Max P - For his fabulous start to his tree narrative and super contributions to our class discussions.

4CS - Evie Mc - For her terrific tree writing and being a diligent member of our class.

4/5BT - Hunter E - For being helpful towards her peers and in the classroom.

4/5BT - Harvey R - For always trying his best in handwriting and writing.

5/6SK - Max S - For being principled in his approach to his learning.

5/6SK - Jess B - For being a caring and honest friend.

6AB - Belle Mc - For excellent focus with all her learning.

6AB - Matilda G - For excellent resilience at school this week.

'Got Ya' Awards

Week 5: 

Joseph C- 3/4MS- Curtin- being a great role model 

Ruby S- 3/4MS- Bourke- being a great helper 

Week 6: 

Joseph C- 3/4MS- Curtin- caring for someone who was hurt 

Marley V- 2RG- Hume- outstanding listening 

News Hounds

News Hounds meet in the library at 1:10pm each Tuesday. Come along if you would like to be part of the team, especially if you’ve got a great idea for a story that needs to be told.

This week, News Hounds Lucy, Abbie and Polly bring you news from Middle Gully.

What’s happening at Middle Gully?

Middle Gully is just across the road from Macedon Primary School. It is an awesome place to be. Every year level has one lunch play a week here. We asked some students to tell us what they think of Middle Gully.

Ride2School Day - 19th March

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel. It is a day where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future. You can, ride, scoot or walk to school. Let’s see if we can get over 100 students actively travelling to school.

National Ride2School Day will be held on Friday 19 March 2021.

We would also like to raise some money for World Bicycle Relief. We are having a gold coin donation on the day. If you would like to look at the Bicycle Relief program, please check out their website: https://worldbicyclerelief.org/ or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dftK864Pjqo

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 https://www.sunsmart.com.au/communities/parents

PFA- Easter Raffle

The Easter Raffle is back for 2021. Tickets will be sent home with the eldest in the family today.   8 BIG hampers to be won. Extra tickets are available at the office.

We are asking for donations: chocolate, jams, wine, Easter crafts and other treats.  A collection tub is at the front office.

We are also sending home a letter from the PFA asking for volunteers to help with various activities planned for this year. If you can help a little or a lot we appreciate any time or skills you can spare. Below is a Google form you can click and fill out, or a paper form will be sent home tonight. For any questions, please call Melinda Rollinson on 0459665460 or email melinda.rollinson@gmail.com

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsaSNAIwBB4i8YDjFtqbDVUWznNHpBMYFyaRUDbeK2Bh6fhA/viewform?usp=sf_link




Middle Gully Update

4/5BT had a wonderful day at Landcare last week. We helped prune our fruit trees, repair tree netting, make a new garden bed for rhubarb, did lots of watering and took mindful observations of our environment and ecosystems. 

Thank you to our helpers and Mr O

The dates for the next few weeks are:

March 11 - 5/6SK

March 18 - 3VW

Grade 1 and 2 camp will have their Middle Gully time during their camp on the 31st of March or the 1st of April.

Please remember, if parents wish to help at Middle Gully they need to have a valid Working With Children Check card sighted by the office.

Grade 6's Clean Up Australia!

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 oshp@macedonps.vic.edu.au 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.
Download

Community News

Macedon Auskick

Hi Everyone,

Macedon Auskick season is coming up!

Our season runs in Term 2 – beginning Saturday 24 April 2021, and finishing Saturday 27 June 2021.

Please make sure you register at http://www.aflauskick.com.au/#/centre-finder-panel to get your packs in time.

We will be running groups for 4-6yo, 7-9yo and the bigger kids up to 12yo – with a fantastic Girls footy program as well.

We want to include more parents as helpers on the day and as part of our coaching team – so please let us know if you are interested in helping out: On the field; As a Coach or on the BBQ.

If you have any questions please reach out to via email, phone or over Facebook!

Macedon Auskick

Duncan McGauchie, Coordinator - 0417 735 368

Katie Toll, Coaching Coordinator

Email: macedonauskick@gmail.com

Registrations: http://www.aflauskick.com.au/#/centre-finder-panel

Facebook: facebook.com/macedonauskick

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.