Macedon Primary School Newsletter

16 March 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents and carers,

Annual Report to the Community

On Wednesday evening next week, I will be presenting the Annual Report to the community via Webex during our school council meeting.  The annual report is a document that provides an overview of the previous year results and sets out our priorities for improvement over the next year.  There will be an opportunity for questions as well.

I invite you all to attend via to link below.

·         What: Macedon PS annual report

·         When: Wednesday 23 March at 6:45pm

·         Where: Click the following Webex link -

Student Leadership and School Improvement

Tomorrow I am meeting our Year Six leaders to develop a school improvement proposal that we will take to school council next week.  This year we are planning to expand the role of the school leadership program by incorporating student ideas into the school council process.  The purpose of the plan is to generate some authentic student engagement and find out what ideas excite the students.  My dream is that these Year Six leaders feel empowered by the process and get the opportunity to work on a legacy to leave the school with.

Friendship Lessons for our Students - URSTRONG – Friendology

This week the students have been learning about the foundations of healthy and respectful friendships.  We have introduced the concept of the four friendship facts for healthy relationships.

1.       No friendship (relationship) is perfect.

2.       Every friendship is different

3.       Trust and respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship

4.       Friendships change… and that’s okay.

When we know what to expect in our friendships, it’s much easier to understand and accept the ups and downs.  We encourage you to start a conversation with your children about health friendships and event go to the step of making a simple plan to help your child navigate their friendships by developing a friendship plan. 

How to make a friendship plan:

Step 1: Write down what works with my friend?

Step 2: Write down what doesn’t work?

Step 3: Develop a simple plan considering what you wrote in Step 1 and Step 2.

Parent Information Session - Student Wellbeing and Mental Health – Dr William Garvey

We have been fortunate enough to connect with Dr William Garvey from The Royal Children's Hospital.  Billy is a Paediatrician with over 15 years’ experience working with children in a number of settings. He is a specialist in both the Centre for Community Child Health & the General Medicine department at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne.  He is an expert reviewer for the Raising Children’s Network, contributes to the RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines and is a reviewer for several academic paediatric journals. His clinical and research interests include child development and mental health, multidisciplinary collaboration, improving health literacy and promoting community engagement to support all families. Billy teaches medical students and paediatric trainees as a Clinical Teaching Fellow for the University of Melbourne, and holds advocacy and research roles in government and not-for-profit organisations at a national, state and local level. He is currently undertaking a PhD piloting a model to support child emotional and behavioural development in primary schools.  Billy has kindly offered to speak to our school community on the 30th.  He has a presentation about supporting the mental health of children and there will be time for a questions with a selection of panellist.

·         What: A conversation with Dr Billy Garvey

·         When: Wednesday 30th March at 7:30pm

·         Who is this for: All parents of school children in the Macedon Ranges

·         Webex link to be advised closer to the date

 Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time)

 Matt Forrest


Important Dates

18 March - House Cross Country whole school Tony Clarke Reserve (please see details below)

25 March - Ride to School Day (see info below)

31 March - Sushi Day - Orders via QKR! last day to order 29/3

1 April - District Cross Country (selected students)

1 April - Foundation Incursion - Wild Action Zoo

1 April - Yr 1 & 2 Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion

4 April - Yr 3 & Yr 4 Hanging Rock Excursion

8 April - Easter Raffle drawn at assembly 

8 April - Last day of term 1 (2:30pm dismissal)


26 April - First day of term 2

29 April - House Athletics (Year 3 - 6) Dixon Field

2 May - SEA Australia Parent information evening, Yr 3-6,  7:00pm

6 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

13 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3-6

20 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

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

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

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)

Remember to keep COVID safe

Please be reminded that masks are still mandatory for year 3 - 6. 

The latest announcements regarding the relaxation of masks does not apply to Primary schools. We have had a delivery of masks from the education department, if your year 3 - year 6 child doesn't not have an exemption, they will be required to wear a mask.

The RAT (rapid antigen test) Program will continue until the end of term 1. We ask parents to continue to test their children twice a week, for example, Monday and Thursday.  We are waiting on our next delivery of RATs, as soon as we have them we will distribute to the students.

Reporting your child’s positive test

If your child was at school when they were infectious you need to report the positive case through the Student COVID-19 Test Portal or you can notify the school in writing or by phone.

You must also report your child’s positive test to the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.

 Financial support available to people affected by COVID-19:

For more information, visit:

Financial and other support for COVID-19 | Coronavirus Victoria

If you need a payment during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Services Australia

 General advice and support

For general advice and support please call the Department of Education and Training COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663.

Advice and further resources about what to do if you test positive to COVID-19, or you have been told you are a contact, are at: Your COVID Checklist | Coronavirus Victoria, or call the 24/7 Coronavirus hotline on: 1800 675 398


Whole School Cross Country - 18th March

On Friday the 18th of March all students will participate in the House Cross Country. All students will assemble on the basketball court and walk to Tony Clarke Reserve.

Students can wear house colours, please bring a hat, drink bottle, fruit and snack. (if your child is unsure what house they are in, please contact the office)

All courses will have bunting and or tape on them to show the way. Students will be shown a map of where they will run.

Foundation Students will run a lap of Tony Clarke, with some of the grade 6's helping them.

The courses gradually get longer depending on the age group.

Races will commence at around 10:00am with the following order:

 1              Boys Gr.1

 2              Girls Gr 1

 3              Boys Foundation

 4              Girls Foundation

 5              Boys Grade 2

 6              Girls Grade 2

 7              Boys 10yrs and under

 8              Girls 10yrs and under 

 9              Boys 11yrs                                          

 10            Girls 11yrs                          

 11            Boys 12/13yrs   

 12            Girls 12/13yrs

Ribbons will be awarded to those that place 1st - 4th in Foundation, Grade 1, Grade 2, 9/10yrs, 11yrs and 12/13yrs. 

All students should be back at school by lunchtime, so lunch orders will be available to order as usual.

Those in grade 3 - 6 who place well will go on to the district cross country at Dixon Field on the 1st of April.

If parents would like to help on the day, by walking with the students to Tony Clarke or marshalling on the day, you will need to provide the office with a working with children's check and valid vaccination certificate.

From the office

Arrangements at the end of the school day

We have seen an increase in children not knowing what their arrangements are at the end of the school day. Can you please make sure your child(ren) understand the arrangements you have made for them after school. We understand that plans can change at the last minute. Please do not email teachers during the day if there is something urgent, they are often teaching and do not check their emails during the day. If you need the office staff to relay messages to your children before the end of the school day, can you please call  or email the office PRIOR to 3:15pm.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

Credit for cancelled camps / excursions in 2021

Macedon PS has a large number of families who previously paid money over the past year for camps/excursions which were cancelled. As such these families have credit on their accounts. Many of you completed a form last year requesting this money be used for fees/camps/excursions in 2022. If you think this might be you, please contact the office for the amount owed to you, and where you would now like this allocated to (or complete the Parent Payments Family Invoice noting what you would like to use your credit for). You may like to use the money for Curriculum Contributions or voluntary payments if you haven’t already done so, or save it to be used for future camps/excursions. Statements showing what families have paid for and any credit amounts will be forwarded to all families towards the end of term.

Family Invoices

Thank you to the families who have returned your family invoice notices. If you could please return these to the office ASAP it would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Vaccination requirements for visitors and volunteers performing work

Only volunteers and visitors working on school sites who have provided information that they have had their third dose or are excepted persons are allowed to work onsite after 25 February 2022. For visitors and volunteers working on school sites that became fully vaccinated after 25 October 2021, the deadline is 15 March 2022.

In Victorian government schools, parents, carers and other adult visitors  who enter school buildings must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.

The following limited exceptions also apply: 

  • when attending to administer medical treatment to their own child when the treatment cannot be administered by the school 
  • when attending to collect their child who is unwell and cannot leave the school building
  • when attending for a momentary period that does not involve any sustained contact with staff or students, for example, to collect a completed art project, collecting a packet of rapid antigen test or similar.

Proof of vaccination can be checked by a COVID-19 digital certificate (Service Victoria app or smartphone wallet) or printed copy of a digital certificate or immunisation history statement. 

Have a lovely week,

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be presented at our weekly assembly on Friday at 3:00pm.  The assembly takes place outside the John Curtin Building (JCB). Parents are welcome to attend.

1/2BT - Tommy G - for reading tricky words

1/2BT - Elliott P - for reading tricky words

1/2BT - Willow B-P - for trying her best in class

1/2TT - Archer D - for working hard on all his learning - great job!

3/4VW - Annie T - for always being willing to share her work

3/4VW - Clio F - for fantastic descriptive writing.

3/4VW - Hugh W - for taking on feedback to improve his writing.

5/6AB - Isla P - for being a bright spark in class with all her learning.

5/6AB - Flynn L - for excellence in confident student.

5/6MS - Noah S - for his excellent work solving multiplication equations.

5/6MS - Freya D - for doing a fantastic job of incorporating powerful adjectives into her writing.

5/6RC - Jade L - for working hard during independent writing.

Visual Art - Remy L -3/4MS - for achieving a unique visual perspective of a body part. 

Visual Art - Yuka P -3/4GS- for achieving a unique visual perspective of a body part.  

Visual Art - Josh M - 3/4VW - for achieving a unique visual perspective of a body part.  

Middle Gully Roster

The students heading over to Middle Gully have been using the noughts and crosses stones which have been painted by the Landcare classes we have had this term.

Please remember,  parents or carers are welcome to come and help at Middle Gully from 2:00pm on a Thursday afternoon. Please sign in at the office as a visitor and make sure the office have seen your double vaccination certificate and current working with children's check. If you have younger children with you, please make sure they are adequately supervised and please,  no dogs.

March 17 – 1/2CS

March 24 – 5/6MS

March 31 – 5/6RC 

April 7 – 5/6AB

If you have any further questions or would like to become involved, please contact Mr O -


Middle Gully Report - by Chelsea B

Here at Macedon Primary School we have our wonderful Middle Gully. This week 34VW went over and did Landcare.

 Deb and Christine were doing Rock painting. We had to make bugs and beetles to play noughts and crosses. Once we finished we got to make our own design. I saw some wonderful designs. Thanks Deb and Christine!

Mr Ewels, Penny and Mrs Ewels were doing the art of nature and seeds. We went and got some Ovens wattle, black wattle and more. Then we took the seeds out and got sand paper. We rubbed the sand paper onto the seeds and then we put them in hot water. Next the seeds that sunk to the bottom were the good ones and the ones that didn’t sink were bad. Thankyou Mr Ewels, Penny and Mrs Ewels!

Bram and Mr O were telling us about koalas, helping us look for signs that the koalas had made and we tried to make a koala print in the sand pit. We started walking around looking for marks on a tree. It was fun and we learnt a lot of information.  Thanks Bram and Mr O!

Thankyou to everyone who made this happen!

By Chelsea B 

Middle Gully Report - by Ruby W

This week in Macedon Primary School we had our lovely 3/4VWs come over to Middle Gully for a wonderful hour and a half of Landcare and if you’re wondering don’t worry, everyone got a turn at everything.

Once everyone made it over the road, they were all told about what they were going to do. Deb and Christine were inside the shed with lots of rocks and after we were all separated into groups one of those three groups painted bugs and beetles so that we could play noughts and crosses but without the nots or the crosses. Everyone had amazing ideas and had so much fun. Deb and Christine are really talented so give them both a thank you.

Mr Ewels, Mrs Ewels and Penny were teaching us all about the wonders of nature and seeds. Everyone had a great time finding seeds and getting them ready with sandpaper. It also got a bit more exciting after we put them in boiling hot water and saw how many would grow into a beautiful big ovens wattle tree. I think Mr Ewels, Mrs Ewels and Penny need a thank you as well because everyone was happy.

I’m super excited to say that we also had Bram helping us as well. He loves wildlife and taught us all about koalas, unfortunately we didn’t find any koalas but everyone was being great detectives which is why we should say thanks to Bram.

Thanks to all of our adults who helped and thanks to you for helping. Goodbye from Ruby W

Ride to School Day - 25th March 2022

Ride to school day is back in 2022. Join in the celebration and ride, walk, scoot or skate to school on National Ride2School Day. Let’s see if we can get over 100 students riding, scooting or skating to school. At recess we will take a big picture of all the students with their bikes, scooters and skateboards. You can ride all the way from home, or just ride part of the way. Make sure you are safe – wear your helmet and stay safe on the roads.


From the Art Room

We’ve been really busy in the Art room this term, practising our Observational Drawing skills. We have looked closely at our own faces using mirrors and sketched what we see. We have also sketched teapots and vases and a whole selection of vegetables and fruits from Mrs. Tulloch’s veggie patch. Every one of us have practised hard and we’ve definitely improved our ability to look closely at objects and accurately represent them using graphite and conte’ crayon on paper and card.

One of the most important ideas we are learning is that there is no such thing as “I’m not good at this”. Instead, we always say “I’m practising this so I get better at it”.

The rest of this term we will be studying the drawings and life of Leonardo DaVinci, Albrecht Durer and we will be continuing our observational drawings in Middle Gully Reserve. 

Easter Raffle

The PFA is organising our 2022 Easter Raffle. Raffle tickets will be sent out to the eldest in the family this week so please check your child's bag.  

Donations of Easter goodies are greatly appreciated, collection boxes 

will be provided at the office. 

(Easter chocolates, decorations, crafts, mugs, books, soft toys, home made jams & chutneys, etc)

These donations will be made up into hampers. More donations, more prizes!

Extra tickets are available at the office.

Please return butts, money and any unsold tickets by Wednesday the 6th of April

The raffle will drawn at assembly on the last day of term, Friday the 8th of April.

Hot Cross Buns / Sushi Day

We are so excited to be able to start having fundraisers and special lunch days again. We are offering hot cross bun deliveries for the rest of term 1 and a sushi day on the 31st of March.

Orders are available through QKR! Orders close on Tuesday mornings at 9am for delivery on Thursday afternoons between 3:00-3:30pm. 

We are also holding a PFA Sushi & Hot Cross Bun lunch on Thursday 31st of March.

Orders are available through QKR! Orders close on Tuesday 29th March No late orders will be accepted

If you would like to help volunteer with either of these activities, please fill out the forms that were sent home earlier in the week or email the office. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca on 0418504809 or see her at the Carrington Street crossing.

Tesselaar Bulb Fundraiser

The PFA are running a blub fundraiser with all proceeds going to the school. All families should have received a catalogue with the details. If you need a catalogue, please contact the office. 


Orders will be sent directly to your home address. 

Products available to order until the 15/04/2022 unless sold out prior

Thank you for your support!

World's Greatest Shave


My name is Evie McGregor.

I’m in grade 5 at Macedon Primary School and on the 18th of March I’m doing the Worlds Greatest Shave.

Last year in 4CS, we were talking about charities & fundraising & we got onto the topic of The Worlds Greatest Shave.

I thought it was such a good thing to do & then found out we have had Leukaemia in our family….So that was it, I decided to do it!!!

It would mean a lot if you could donate to help support this great cause.

Wish me luck!!

Evie McGregor


Issue 2 is out now. We wont be sending out catalogues for this issue, but if you would like to place an order please do so, 

Orders for this issue close on the 25th of March.

Outside School Hours Care

Spaces are filling up for OSHC.  Most spaces are taken up by permanent bookings and we are unable to book casuals in (they will have to be placed on a waiting list).  If 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.

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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.