Macedon Primary School Newsletter

2 September 2020

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

Principals Report

Dear parents and carers, 

Indigenous Literacy Day

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, a day to celebrate the literature from our first Nations people. In celebration of the day there was a live event held on Youtube that highlighted the joy of books and reading, and the importance of first languages. If you missed it, you can find the link here

Professional Learning Communities Initiative

On Thursday last week a team of teachers, Karren Baker, Anthony Bortolot, Millie Strong, Belinda Taylor and myself completed the introductory session to the DET Professional Learning Community (PLCs) initiative.

​​​​​PLCs are an approach to school improvement where groups of teachers work collaboratively at the school level to improve student outcomes.​  PLC schools start from a simple idea: students learn more when their teachers work together.  Building a PLC is a proven way for schools to increase student learning by creating a culture that is:

·         focussed on continuous improvement by linking the learning needs of students with the professional learning and practice of teachers

·         committed to professionalism

·         fuelled by collaborative expertise.

We are excited about the prospects this initiative will have for our school and the benefits for our students.

Emergency Management Planning

Yesterday I completed my annual review of our emergency management plan.  Part of these plans, given that we are on the Department of Education’s Bushfire at Risk register, include our relocation plan to Sunbury West Primary School on Extreme fire danger rating days.  There will be detailed information about our bushfire preparedness plans coming out in the coming weeks and more general information about our bushfire planning in the newsletter each week now for the remainder of the bushfire season.  I encourage you read this information and familiarise yourself with the plans the school has and consider how they will impact you this bushfire season.

Sun Smart – Wearing Hats

With spring here we are starting to get the occasional warmer day.  With this in mind, we are implementing the sun smart policy in relation to hats.  From today, all students on site will need to wear a hat to school if they wish to play outside. 

We would like to wish all the Dad's in our community a happy Father's Day. May it be a day for reflecting on the important role that they and other special people play in our lives. 

Remember to call or email me if you need support with anything. 

Stay well,

Matthew Forrest


Important Dates

We had a number of events due to take place in term 3 which have now been postponed to term 4. We are in consultation with the other parties and when we can confirm dates we will.

School Photos - new date 18th November

SEA (Sex Education Australia) Program - postponed, we are looking at confirming dates in term 4

ICAS - original dates postponed, will confirm new dates shortly

Virtual Zoo Experiences

There are exciting virtual experiences that are being offered by our Melbourne Parks, Zoos and Aquariums. These are online events where you and your families can get up close to some of our most fascinating and majestic creatures.

 Animals At Home - Melbourne Zoo Virtual Tour of Healesville Sanctuary:

Virtual Tour of Melbourne Zoo: Virtual Safari Tour at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Virtual walking tour of Werribee Open Range Zoo:

Koala keeper talk from Melbourne Zoo: 

The Penguin Parade at Philip Island is also being streamed every evening

A Peregrine Falcon has laid eggs in a nest at one of Melbourne's high rise buildings, you can check it out at

From the Office

Advising office of absenteeism

If your child is unable to complete remote learning for the day, can you please advise the office as you would on a normal school day. The rolls need to be marked daily by the teachers and we still need to report this data to the Department of Education.  Please advise the teacher by 10am each day that your child is completing tasks.

Office is open

Please note that during this period of remote learning the school office remains open. We can be contacted via phone on 5426 1518, email on, or if necessary, over the counter (please observe social distancing and wear a mask). 

Stay safe and well,

Julie and Emma

Indonesian News

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! Teteh Putri and Bu Deryn have spent the past 2 weeks compiling and editing everyone’s photos and videos to create the Macedon Primary School Karnaval Sepeda in celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations on 17 August. Please follow the links below to see each year level’s parade and stand by for awards announcements.


Huge thank you to Teteh Putri for video editing – we couldn’t have done this without her!



F-Yr4: ‘Lagu Kemerdekaan’ by Ngacaprak Kids


Yr5-6: ‘Bendera’ by Cokelat

The Foundation students completed two different capacity activities last week and this week they learning about length with an activity of measuring their shoes

TheYear 1’s made play dough last week. They wrote the procedure, used their play dough to spell out their spelling words, made arrays and also made 3D shapes

3MS love sharing lovely pictures and messages with each other

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 one hour 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

Outside School Hours Care

A reminder to all parents that social distancing rules apply in the OSHC room, can parents please remain outside the JCB building during pick up and drop off and please maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and the OSHC staff members.

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.

Recipe of the week - Iced biscuits

Thank you to the Kime family for another great recipe. Its Fathers Day this Sunday and these biscuits would be the perfect way to show Dad how much you care!

Makes: about 45


·       150g butter, chilled

·       2 cups plain flour

·       ½ cup caster sugar

·       1 tsp vanilla essence

·       1 egg

·       100g white chocolate

·       Sprinkles and lollies to decorate



Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.

Step 2: Cut butter into cubes and rub into flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Step 3: Stir in the sugar, vanilla and lightly whisked egg.

Step 4: Press mixture together to form a dough.

Step 5: Roll dough out to 5cm thickness and cut out into shapes. Place onto the tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

Step 6: Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Step 7: Melt the chocolate and spread onto the cooled biscuits and decorate with the sprinkles and lollies.

School Council update

The 2020 Macedon Primary School Council members are:

  Parents - Nina Moncrief (President), Justin Sawyers (Vice President), Danielle Grigg (Treasurer), Tiffany Barton (Secretary), Christine Denyer, Danny Kane, Duncan McGauchie and Melinda Rollinson.

Teachers - Matthew Forrest, Karren Baker, Martin Smith and Veronica Wuthrich.


At the School Council WebEx meeting held on 19 August 2020, the discussion included:

  • Grant Application Made – An application has been lodged for funding under the state government’s minor capital works fund.  A response is due by the end of September.
  • Repainting Commenced – With students learning from home, the repainting of the school’s interior has commenced.   
  • Pine Plantation – The school had recently received confirmation that it may continue to use the land, but that there is no agency available to manage the site other than as a pine plantation.  
  • Farmers Market – The Macedon Village Farmers Market scheduled for August will not be held, and it is likely that one scheduled for October will also be cancelled.  A Farmers Market representative will be invited to attend a School Council meeting to update on plans for 2021.
  • Working Bees – With COVID-19 restrictions, the school has not been able to run any working bees on school grounds.  Instead, contractors have been paid to complete the required general maintenance and gardening.   

  • The next school council meeting will be on Wednesday 9th September 2020 at 7pm.
  • Scholastic Book Club - Term 3

    Due to the current COVID restrictions we have decided to move Scholastic bookclub orders to home delivery only. This means you can still order through Scholastic and receive credits for the school, however, there is a delivery fee of $5.99.

    Community News

    Free Webinar from Cobaw Community Heath

    Webinar: Specifically designed for Parents/Carers to address anxieties in children and young people arising from COVID.

    When: 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm Wednesday 9th September 2020

    Presenters: Jac Van Velsen Mental Health and Wellbeing Educator WISA and Lyn O’Grady Community Psychologist

    This webinar will explore anxiety and how it might play a role in the lives of children, young people and families during these times, such as a pandemic. While some anxious feelings can be helpful and keep us safe, sometimes anxiety can become a concern. How to respond to anxiety to reduce its impact and help build resilience will be outlined. 


    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.