Macedon Primary School Newsletter

10 June 2020

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

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

Return to Face to Face 3 -6

I am happy to report that it has been a smooth start to the week with our Year 3-6 students returning to face to face learning.  By sheer coincidence (or brilliant planning) Joy to the World by Three Dog Night was playing over the loud speaker when the Year 3-6 students walked through the doors at 9am yesterday, the song captured the feeling in the moment beautifully.  It was so lovely to have all of our students back onsite and working with their classroom teachers.  Thank you for all of your efforts throughout remote learning.  It was a roller coaster ride and there is plenty to learn from the experience.  The students from Grade 5/6AB made a poster with their reflections from lock down, I have included a photo of this.

Lunch orders commencing Friday the 12th of June

We will commence lunch orders again through Red Door Cafe this Friday the 12th of June. Can you please ensure your reusable lunch-bags have been thoroughly cleaned and you have correct money (cash only) in your lunch orders. A copy of the menu can be found on the school's website.

Victorian School Remote Learning Summit

The Department of Education is planning to investigate what enduring improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote and flexible learning experience.  They are bringing together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors to discuss the lessons learned from this period.  I see this as an important opportunity for us to shape the future of education.  There were many challenges throughout the period but also some rich and deep learning about what works well for students.  We will also be trying to capture the best bits and incorporate them into our Macedon Primary School practice moving forward.  Please keep an eye on the newsletter and emails from me for an opportunity to contribute.

Letter From Jenny Atta, Secretary of the Department of Education

Below my report you will find a letter to parents and carers from Jenny Atta, the Secretary of the Department of Education.  Jenny wishes to express her gratitude to all parents and carers for their support and commitment during the period of remote learning. 

Outside School Hours Care – Please re-confirm your booking

I am happy to report that our before and after school care service is open.  Our numbers are steadily growing and to support us to have the correct amount of staff onsite please confirm your booking with Vicki prior to sending your child to the service.  You can do this by emailing Vicki at

2021 Enrolment teleconference tours

I will be running school tours via teleconferencing from now until the end of term two.  If you are aware of prospective parents in the local area, please let them know about this opportunity.  The tours are a chance to chat privately with me and ask any questions.  I will share a presentation highlighting the key features of our education program, the facilities and our beautiful grounds.  Tours can be booked in by calling the front office on 03 5426 1518 or emailing

Warm regards,

Matthew Forrest


Letter to parents and carers from Jenny Atta


Important Dates to Remember

  • 26 June - LAST DAY OF TERM 2 
  • 13 July - FIRST DAY OF TERM 3

From the Office

Lost Property

We have gone through the lost property and given any labelled items to the correct child. Can you please ensure your child's uniform is clearly marked with their name. If you have purchased second hand items, please erase the previous owners name and ensure your child's name is clearly marked.  

Parents collecting students early / late arrivals

To minimise adult traffic within the school, if your child needs to leave school early or arrives late, parents need to sign them in and/or out at the office.  If you need to collect your child early, can you please contact the office and we will then arrange for your child to be ready for collection from the office.

Return of digital devices - please bring to the office.

Can parents please make sure that when you return digital devices to the office that the chargers are included. We are missing numerous iPad chargers that will need to be replaced at a cost to the school, and in the meantime, we are unable to charge all the iPads in a timely manner.

Drink bottles - please remember to bring to school

The drink bubblers have been turned off in the school due to COVID-19, therefore all students must bring their own drink bottles from home. Can you please make sure the drink bottles are clearly labelled with your child's name.

Second hand uniform / limited uniform available on QKR!

We have a limited amount of second hand uniform available from the office and some uniform on QKR! including some warm tracksuit pants at a special price of $10.  For a full range of Macedon Primary uniform, please visit the Beleza store in Gisborne or visit their online store.

We are pleased to see all the students back!

Julie and Emma

Enrolments for 2021

We are now accepting enrolments for Foundation for 2021. If you have a child due to start at Macedon Primary next year, please fill out the enrolment form below and return it to the office along with your child's birth certificate and Medicare immunisation statement.  If you have friends that are interested in enroling at Macedon Primary, please advise them to contact the school. Mr Forrest is conducting 'virtual tours' of school while COVID restrictions are in place. Please call the office on 5426 1518 to book.

Student Achievement Awards - this week

Talent Show - Lots of Prizes to be won!

All entries will need to be submitted in digital form. They must be clearly marked with age group, name and category in which you are competing. This can be done via Seesaw, email or USB dropped to school. This competition will remain a digital one.

Please have your entry in by close of business, the last day of term 2 (Friday June 26).


Drama can come in many forms, you can create and perform something yourself, or you could choose a piece of work. Some ideas include; a play, a story from a book, a poem, monologue or a duologue (one person acting alone on stage or two together). This will depend on how many people you have in your family. You may have enough for a whole play? Don’t forget the work we have done this semester on how to use your voice to create a character.


Dance is a fun one. It is such a free way to express yourself. You have the choice to either create something and perform it, or choose something that has already been choreographed. Perhaps you know ballet and would like to showcase what you can do?

Think also about the dances we did in Term 1. You could always film yourself doing one of those. I will also allow circus skills in this area of the competition.

Remember, these are just ideas, you can be as creative as you want!


For all of our musicians out there, this one's for you. Have you been dying to show us a hidden talent? Now is your chance. If you play an instrument you might want to record yourself doing a solo. If you have someone to jam with….. go ahead.

Perhaps you’ve written a song and you finally have a chance to show someone. Or…. Maybe you love singing covers (someone else’s songs), that’s fine too!

Multi Media

There are so many of you that have computer and technology skills that I could only dream of. This particular category is open to all kinds of ideas - as long as you use multi-media. As the name implies, multimedia using multiple forms of media. This could include; text, graphics, audio, video, etc. For example, a presentation involving audio and video clips would be considered a "multimedia presentation."

Maybe you have directed your own short film or film clip? Now is your chance to show it. It could be as simple as a PowerPoint presentation.

Script Writing

Do you prefer to be behind the camera instead of in front? Script writing is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. You could choose to write a traditional play or perhaps a monologue of duologue?

Who knows, if it’s good enough, we might want to use it in class!

If you are in P-2, one to two pages is enough. Older students and beyond, write as much as you want - this could be in the form of a narrative story.

These are just ideas, feel free to be creative and come up with something totally unique!

Remember everyone, whatever category you wish to present, must be G rated and family friendly.

Scholastic Book Club - due 15th June

Our next Scholastic book club catalogue has been distributed to the children. If you could please place your order by the 15th of June. Please note we do not accept cash, online orders only via

Music Foundations

Dear Parents,

As students begin the transition back to onsite lessons many are keen to start their keyboard lessons again as well.

Unfortunately the Department of Education has ruled that instrumental teachers cannot return to onsite face to face lessons until term 3.

This means that all students who took up online/Zoom lessons during term 2 will continue to receive their lessons online until the end of term 2.

For those  who wish to return to their keyboard lessons at school in Term 3, please either call Music Foundations on 

0404 469 220 or  email

We really hope to see you all back at a keyboard very soon.

Dianne Trickey

Music Foundations

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 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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