Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to term three. We’re glad to see the students again after the break. It has been smooth start to the term and we’re doing our best to create a calm and safe environment for your children.
We need to remain vigilant in our approach to managing the COVID-19 risk at school. Thank you to the great number of parents who are social distancing at pick up and drop off times. It is important to support our Melbourne Metro and Mitchel Shire friends and fellow Victorians by doing the right thing where we have a little more freedom to move around.
We are using the COVID-19 Return to School policy to outline all of the measures we’re taking to reduce the risk of transmission.
You can help us at pick up and drop off time by
· Dropping your child/ren at the gates if possible
· Avoiding lingering on the school grounds before or after school.
· Staying outside all of our buildings, including the main building, and the John Curtain building.
· Only entering the foyer if you really need to.
If you use our before or after school hours care service please support the risk reduction measures for our OSHC staff and students by
· Remaining outside the John Curtain building during OSHC drop off and pickup.
· Avoiding lingering in the playground area near the John Curtain building, this is used by students in the service.
Additional Learning Support
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Lauren Barham who has recently joined the Macedon PS team. Lauren comes to us with a strong background in teaching and leading literacy improvement in schools. She will be providing additional learning support to students learning to read and providing important time release for our leading teacher Karren Baker.
School Council Sub-committee invite
We have an active and strong school council in 2020 who are all involved in sub-committees of the school council. Each sub-committee has specific purpose linked to school improvement and governance. If you are interested in supporting our school in this way please email me at Matthew.Forrest@education.vic.gov.au and indicate which committee you would like to be involved with. Sub-committee meetings occur once a term and report back to the school council via a written report.
Below is a brief outline of the role of each committee
Overview of Role
Valuable Skills and/or interests
Buildings and Grounds Committee:
Support the schools buildings and grounds maintenance and capital works through support on the working bee days or preparation for working bee days. Support the Principal in prioritising and making decisions about maintenance and capital works of all of the buildings and grounds.
Trade or home handy person experience or interest in.
- Landscape gardening
One meeting per term and support in preparing for the working bee days through purchase of equipment and supplies for working bee jobs. Attendance at working is helpful but not essential.
Education and Policy Committee
Reviewing old and developing new school wide policies to support the safe, effective and efficient running of the school. This committee is supported by DET template policies for most DET required policies.
An eye for detail and an interest in developing strong written processes.
One meeting per term and ongoing policy work between meetings.
Support the school by helping the OSHC service to run efficiently and maintain a focus on continual improvement.
Budgeting or accounting experience or childcare experience and/or an interest in supporting the OSHC service to make improvements.
One meeting per term and ongoing support of the OSHC service between meetings.
Pine Plantation Committee
Support the school to manage the Macedon PS pine plantation on Cable street in Macedon. This pine plantation is ready for harvest and will be the focus of the work in 2019.
Town planning, local government or experience with writing and negotiating contracts and/or a keen interest in the Macedon Pine Plantation.
One meeting per term and email communication between meetings with the committee and other key stakeholders