Macedon Primary School Newsletter

22 June 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

We have managed another successful term of student learning in term two.  There have been moments when we have really struggled to staff our school and I have never experienced the level of student absenteeism that we had earlier this term.  To have nearly 40% of our students away for a significant period was difficult for us.  I am sure that many of you will have had sick children at home this term and while this is hard, we really thank you for your considerate approach.  Having fewer sick students in class helps us keep the spread of viruses and germs down.

Our teachers, who’s primary role is to manage the learning growth for their students, have also completed a large body of work including investigating evidence-based strategies to support the inclusion of diverse learns in their classrooms this term.  We are culminating our investigation this evening with a presentation of our learning across the term to each other.  This has been important work for us and was supported by Department of Education staff in the Northwest regional office.  The successful integration of diverse learning has many prosocial benefits to our school and the wider community.

In term three we are turning our staff learning focus to Numeracy. We will be exploring the instructional practices that will give us the best chance to promote student learning and growth in our classrooms.  We also use the evidence based and science backed high impact teaching methods in our teaching.  Our highly experienced staff already routinely incorporate many of these strategies into their teacher and next term we will refining our approach to maintain our energy on continuous improvement.

Acting Principal – Karren Baker - July 11 – July 29

I am taking three weeks of leave after the school holidays and will be away between the 25th of June and 29th of July.  My first day back after the break will be the 1st of August.  Karren Baker will be the acting principal while I am away.  If you require support from her in my absence, please do not hesitate to email her

Winter Solstice – Thank you      

Thank you to everyone who attended the winter solstice event on Friday night last week.  We had a huge turnout, much more than was expected and it was so pleasing to see.  Thank you to everyone who came to join in and support our school.  It is such a special event for our community, and we were excited to finally be able to hold an event like this.  A big thank you must go to all the volunteers who came and contributed on the evening, to those who helped at middle gully in the weeks leading up, who cooked treats, cooked a BBQ, cooked pizza, sold food in the shed and tended the bon fire.  A special thanks must go to Deb Fiori and David Oxworth who organised a large share of the event.

Conversations around Child Mental Health Round Two - Dr William Garvey and Jennifer Dix- Postponed

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed this evening.  One of the presenters has fallen ill.  We will reschedule this event for midterm three. Stay tuned.

Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time),


Important Dates

24 June - CERES "Towards Zero Waste" year 3/4 incursion (rescheduled)

24 June - Last day of term 2 - 2:30pm dismissal


11 July - First day of term 3

13 September - School photo day 

16 September - Last day of term 3 - 2:30pm dismissal


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.

Parent information session - POSTPONED

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event due to one of the presenters being sick. Please keep an eye out for a new date next term.

New COVID Restricitions

As you would be aware, following advice from the Acting Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government recently announced changes to the pandemic orders.

There will no longer be a mandated vaccination requirement for staff working in mainstream schools. This change will come in from 11.59pm Friday 24 June, so in effect from the start of Term 3 2022.

With almost 100% of school staff now vaccinated across Victoria, this will cause little change to our school.

As part of the changes, from 11.59pm Friday 24 June 2022, parents and carers who have COVID-19 can transport their non-COVID-19 children via private vehicle to their primary or secondary school when an alternative person is not available to assist. This will include school holiday programs held on school grounds.

This means that parents and carers will be able to leave COVID self-isolation to take their non-COVID-19 child to school or school holiday programs via a private vehicle.

The parent or carer must travel directly to and from the school only. They must remain in the vehicle at all times, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to walk the child to and from the entrance of the school safely. They must wear a face mask at all times.

Family members are asked to continue reporting positive COVID-19 cases to both the Department of Health and our own testing portal.

You must also let the school know if your child is a close contact. Students who are close contacts and want to attend should still take 5 RATs over 7 days and wear a face mask whilst indoors if they are aged 8 years or over.

Students should continue to stay home if they are unwell, even if they test negative on a RAT.

Thank you for your support as we continue to make these adjustments.

From the office

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: 

Absences / Holidays

If you have planned absences such as holidays please let the office know via email, phone or there are forms available from the office. We can then let the teachers know and they can arrange a learning plan for your children. 

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

Winter Solstice thanks

Winter Solstice – Thank You

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our Winter Solstice night last Friday at Middle Gully. It was a fantastic night and it was amazing to see how many people in our community came along to help and enjoy the night. Thanks so much to Shaun for his musical presentation, and to Kirstie Hall and Karren Baker for the Foundation performance. A HUGE THANKS to Ginny, our wonderful art teacher, for putting on an amazing display of the students artwork. Also, a big thanks to Mr Ewels who lit the fantastic bonfire which kept everyone warm throughout the night.

Another big thanks to all our helpers at Middle Gully, especially in the Eco Shed helping to prepare and sell food. The legends at the pizza oven were fantastic!

My biggest thanks and appreciation goes to Deb Fiori for all her energy and enthusiasm in helping to organise such a fabulous event.

 Mr O / David Oxworth

Solstice Photos

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be handed out to children at assembly this Friday. Due to the early dismissal time, assembly will be at 2pm.

FKH - Isadora M - for her fantastic commitment to learning

FKH - Sophie G - for working really hard in our Initial Lit sessions.

FKB - Edwina C - for excellent progress in reading.

FKB - Matthew H - for making excellent progress in reading.

1/2BT - Zoe R - for producing a wonderful tree poster filled with facts and beautiful tree diagrams.

1/2BT - Isabella M - for always being an exceptional listener and dedicated hard worker everyday of the week!

1/2BT - Mabel P - for writing an excellent rhyming Pamela Allen story! Very funny.

1/2BT - Elliot P - for always spreading his happy, positive energy in the classroom. It's wonderful!

1/2BT - Eli C - for being an energetic and helpful classmate when working in groups. Great work! 

1/2TT - Xavier W - for always doing his personal best. Fantastic effort!

1/2TT - Pippa B - for her terrific attitude towards her learning.

1/2TT - Leni S - for terrific work and fantastic learning.

3/4GS - Yuka P - for outstanding work on her maths catalogue activity.

3/4GS - Thomas D - for a wonderful effort with his writing.

5/6MS - Max P - for being a responsible and respectful member of our class.

5/6MS - Will T - for working hard on his narrative writing piece!

5/6RC - Zara W - for working really hard to finish her "captured" story.

5/6RC - Austin B - for doing an excellent job navigating our Melbourne Uni tour.

ICAS - Assessments for Yrs 3 -6

What is ICAS? 

ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English and Mathematics. 

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals. 

We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.  

 Learn more about ICAS here. ( 

 How to participate in ICAS 

If you wish for your child to participate in ICAS this year, please: 

1.   read about ICAS subjects and prices here: (

2.   go to Parent Portal here 

3.   enter our school’s access code –     FUW928

4.   enter your child’s details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment. 

 Please note that the ICAS tests shown for selection are at the school’s discretion.  

After payment is made via the Parent Payment System, you will receive an order confirmation email, please keep this for your records. 

We will notify you of the date(s) that we run ICAS at the school and when your child’s ICAS results are ready. You and your child can access the results once released via the Reports Portal using the TAP ID and pin found on the back of the ICAS certificate. 

The following information is a privacy notification about how your child’s data is kept private and secure. 

Privacy Collection Statement 

Janison is aware of our responsibility to protect the identity of, and all information relating to, children, and students in general, from disclosure and consequently Janison does not: 

·  collect any personal information or data of children other than as required for the purposes of completion of the assessment, test or exam; 

·  transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of assessments, tests or exams conducted in Australia to any jurisdiction outside of Australia other than with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian; 

·  transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of assessments, tests or exams conducted in other international regions out of the child’s jurisdiction other than with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian; 

·  share any personal information or data relating to children or students with any third parties (other than a third party whose services are necessary for servicing our products, e.g. print/distribution companies, medal engraving, etc.) except with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian; 

·  use any personal information or data relating to children or students for marketing purposes. 


Janison may retain personal information and data relevant to a child for their future purposes or for research purposes by Janison for the duration of the school life cycle of the child. However, if you or your child at any time wish to have their personal information or data removed from our systems, they or you may opt out by simply contacting our Privacy Officer at


We are proud to offer ICAS and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year. 


Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions. 

5/6 Excursion to Emu Sky Exhibition, Melbourne University

Grade 1/2TT drawings about "when friendship is hard"

Interschool Netball report

On the 14th of June the fives and sixes of Macedon Primary School headed to Boardman stadium in Sunbury for a fantastic day of Netball. Everybody split into three groups, a Girls team which won 1 game, Mixed team B which won 2 games and Mixed team A which won 3 games! We all did really well and had an Incredible time. 


The girls won one of their games, with Freya scoring a fantastic goal winning the game 5/0 and Hunter scoring 8 goals throughout the day. Mixed team A had amazing passing, teamwork and intercepting and all did amazing. Riley scored 12 goals as the position of goal shooter along with Andrew scoring 8 for the fantastic duo. Austin, Declan, Ava and Erica all had wonderful clean movement around the court. We won 3 out of 6 games. The Mixed team B had awesome shooters such as Jackson and Lenny shooting 10 goals and winning the game! The whole team got way better as the day went on and all had fantastic teamwork.


By Lilly, Hunter, Ava, Jess and Erica

Indonesian Posters

STEM Update

This week in Digital Tech:

Grade 1/2

So, after the thunderous applause and multiple Oscar wins of Grade 1/2 TT's stop motion animations last week, we now present the much-requested sequels, with a bigger budget (well, still $0) and even more special effects (paper explosions are special effects, right?) prepare to be amazed (yet still, slightly confused)

1/2 CS:

1/2 BT:



Grade 3/4

After a term of exploring the world digitally, for our last session it was time to take it to the next level, and explore some of the world, virtually using VR.

Students donned a VR headset and flew around the world in Google Earth VR, and then did some digging in Minecraft Education VR.

And yes, everyone looked fabulous in the headwear, clearly a Macedon Primary Fashion statement...

Middle Gully Program Update

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

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.

Visual Art Request

Urgent call out from the Art room for the following handy items, before our exciting print making unit next term. Do you have any of the following at home that might be donated to the Art room?

* Box board (not corrugated cardboard, but the thinner, denser cardboard pictured here).

* Corflute (the plastic sheets used for signs such as real estate signs).

* Old yoga mats (namaste!).

* Thick string or jumbo sized yarn/wool.

* Plastic table cloths (C’mon she won’t be into purple unicorns next birthday!).

If anyone has such magical treasures they would be prepared to donate, we will be eternally grateful and promise in return at least one unique and priceless, personally rendered masterpiece…It’s the least we can do! 


Uniform Shop News

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.

Thank you!

Thank you to the Bendigo Community Bank Gisborne & District for their grant to help with sustainability garden!

Gisborne Secondary Excursion

On Thursday 26th of May, the Macedon Primary School year sixes went on an excursion to Gisborne Secondary College for the day to experience what it was like to be in high school. They were greeted by a handful of friendly year twelves that lead the year sixes around the school. They completed a multitude of fun classes throughout the period of the day. The classes they completed were drama where they competed in acting games, science when they had the chance to make polymers then during humanities they were educated about the cultures of the world and also multiculturalism. They had a tremendous day of fun activities with St Bridgids and Romsey Primary School.

By Riley S and Bryn G.

Community News

Saver Plus

Parents, who are carers, may now be eligible to join Saver Plus and get up to $500 for education costs.

We at Saver Plus understand that carers have extra responsibilities, which means they are unable to work. So, we have expanded our income requirement to reflect this and have included Carers Payment as an eligible income source. 

Parents can email us directly at or call us on 1300 610 355.

Kind Regards,

Lynn Jacob (She/Her)

 Saver Plus – Community Engagement Specialist I Brotherhood of St Laurence

P: 0407 817 758 I E:

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.