Macedon Primary School Newsletter

4 May 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear Parents,

Middle Gully Improvements – Fairy and Sustainable Garden Grant Application

On Monday evening three representatives from our school met with the Bendigo Bank Volunteer Board of Directors to pitch our proposal for improving the Middle Gully Fairly and Sustainability garden area.  Our project proposal had been shortlisted by the Bendigo Bank autumn community investment grant stream.  Justin Sawyers, our school council president, and Polly and Austin our Year Six School Captains made a presentation to the board and I joined in via Zoom.    We are seeking a $10 000 co-contribution to our Fairy and Sustainability garden.  Our proposal seeks to marry the existing natural elements with these new features

·         Boardwalks, gravel paths, natural stepping stones, logs and raised platforms for play.

·         insect hotels, nesting boxes to support the animals native to Middle Gully

·         features that encourage whimsical and imaginative play

·         additional endemic planting to increase the biodiversity and habitat for animals

Justin, Polly and Austin did a fantastic job of sharing our vision for the space.  We expect to hear if we were successful or not by the end of next week.  Watch this space.

Mothers Day Stall

With Mother’s day just around the corner, we are holding the Mother’s day stall tomorrow, Thursday 5 May, please send your children along with $5 to purchase a gift from the Mother's Day stall. 

Sex Education Australia (SEA) – 3-6 Program

We have the Year 3-6 health and human development program beginning in the school this Friday 6 May.  We arranged for SEA to complete this program with our students with the classroom teachers in the room to support the students. 

Sex Education Australia’s health and human development programs (in the domain of sexuality and relationships education) offer our students the opportunity to gain accurate and age-appropriate information that is delivered in a relaxed and non-judgemental way. SEA is not affiliated with any religious or political organisations, or lobby groups, and acknowledges, and is sensitive to, the wide-ranging values and beliefs that we know families have in our communities. We also know, though, that no matter a child’s background, all young people need access to accurate, fact-based information that will help them as they grow and develop.

Library Learning Hub

On Monday, building works on the Library Learning Hub project (in the old Multi) will commence.  I expect there to be a lot of activity in the school during this project and it will be fantastic to start to see some progress with the renovations.  We will keep you up to date through the newsletter. It’s an exciting project and we’re looking forward to the time when we can open our new space to the students.

Farewell to Mrs Taylor

Belinda Taylor will be leaving Macedon Primary School for the remainder of 2022.  Belinda has obtained a position in another school and will not be returning to teach 1/2BT this year.  Her new position begins on Monday the 9th of May, we wish her all her best in her new role.

Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time)

Matt Forrest


Important Dates

5 May - Mother's Day Stall - please bring $5 for gift for Mum

6 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

9 May - Yr 5/6 District boys and girls football - Gisborne

10 May - Yr 3 & 5 NAPLAN writing assessment

10 May - Foundation Digger's Rest Animal Farm excursion

12 May - Yr 3 & 5 NAPLAN Reading assessment

13 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3-6

18 May - Yr 3 & 5 NAPLAN Numeracy assessment

20 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

27 May - Yr 5/6 District boys and girls soccer - Gisborne

10 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

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

14 June - Yr 5/6 District Netball - Sunbury 

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

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)

NAPLAN for Year 3 & 5 Students

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students are held in May each year. In 2022, the NAPLAN Online test window is between Tuesday 10 May and Friday 20 May. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals and can be used to improve student achievement.

 NAPLAN Online delivers numerous benefits including:

•    a ‘tailored test’ design that adapts to correct and incorrect student responses providing a more precise understanding of student achievement;

•    innovative use of technology, including a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types;

•    the extension of the ‘test window’ to two weeks, allowing schools greater opportunity to schedule the tests at times that suit them best and increasing student participation.

All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN Online tests. Catch up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days up to and including Friday 20 May 2022.

Support can be arranged for students with disabilities, if the student regularly uses similar support for classroom assessment tasks.

Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. If your child is eligible for support due to disability or exemption, you should discuss this with his/her teacher prior to the tests. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the principal. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a student withdrawal form. These forms are available at the school.

While it is anticipated that NAPLAN Online will be successfully implemented in 2022, there are a range of contingencies in place to deal with the unlikely occurrence of significant issues. These contingencies include extended testing windows and the printing of paper-based tests for all participating schools.

Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe your child’s particular skills in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.

I am confident that the information you receive as a result of your child’s participation in the NAPLAN tests will be valuable in helping you to assess your child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.

For more information about NAPLAN Online, please visit the VCAA website at or the NAP website at

COVID reminders

Face masks

From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk. If you are a household contact you must wear a facemask indoors unless you are under 8 and above or have a medical exemption. 

Screening requirements

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.

Household contacts

Students and staff who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine. They can return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above unless they have a valid exemption.

If any household contact returns a positive RAT result during this period, they must isolate for 7 days and not attend school.

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools

Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Rapid Antigen Test screening program extension reminder

The supply of rapid antigen tests will continue for the first 4 weeks of this term. The screening recommendations remain the same and we recommended you all to test your child/ren at home twice a week.  We will be distributing the rapid antigen tests via your child’s bag when the deliveries arrive at school.

Air Purifiers

We also  received another delivery of air purifiers late last term and now have two purifiers in almost all classrooms across the school.

 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

From the office

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). 

 Recess and Lunchtimes

Our students have recess from 11:00am - 11:30

Lunch starts at 1:00pm, the children eat their lunch in the classroom for 10 minutes and then go out to play until 2:00pm

If you wish to collect your child for an appointment during these times, please make sure you still come into the office to sign them out.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

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.

Julie and Emma

Student Achievement Awards

The following awards will be handed out at assembly. Please note,  we will not be holding a formal assembly in the JCB this week, the assembly will be over the loudspeaker at school.

FKB - Will D - for always being an amazing helper.

FKB - River B - for insightful contributions to our InitialLit sessions.

FKH - Lola C - for her incredible participation in all our learning.

FKH- Caleb Mc - for his quick speed in raising his hand and answering questions.

1/2TT - Cameron C - for a big improvement in his written work.

1/2TT - Ted S - for settling into Macedon Primary School well, Great job.

3/4MS - Archie T - for working hard to improve the length of his writing.

3/4MS - Harrison C - for always offering to help others and his teacher.

3/4MS - Holly B - for putting a lot of effort into her creative writing.

3/4GS - Asha T-D - for excellent punctuation in her recount writing.

3/4GS - Tally R - for being organised and in control of his learning.

3/4VW - Darcy S - for great work on a poster about road safety.

3/4VW - Lucy R - for great work creating a poster about road safety.

5/6AB - Lexie J - for completing all her spelling and vocabulary with success.

5/6AB - Spencer R - for being an excellent role model in class and listening to the teacher.

5/6MS - Emmanuel A - for a fantastic transition into the school community at Macedon Primary.

5/6RC - Ayden G - for his excellent work on his 'uniquio' comic.

Visual Art - Isla P - 5/6AB - for her terrific work ethic in Visual Art.

Visual Art - Eva W - 5/6AB - for her excellent attitude in all Art classes.

House Athletics

On Friday the 28th of April the years 3 to 6 at Macedon Primary had athletics. The activities performed on the day were shot put, discus, hurdles, 100m sprint, 800m run, triple jump and long jump with breaks in between the events to rest and eat. Everyone did tremendously well. It was an awesome day. There were 4 ribbons given out for every event: the 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The weather was just a bit windy at times but other than that the weather was amazing.  

By Declan and Erica, Sports Captains

On Friday 29th April we had our House Athletics for grades 3 to 6 at Dixon Field in Gisborne. It was a great day, and it was wonderful to see the students participating so enthusiastically for their house. There were some fantastic efforts and lots of encouragement throughout the day.

We are not able to run events like this without the wonderful support from the teachers and parents. I would like to make special mention for the parents who were not only able to come along and support the students, but help to run the events. Thanks so much to: Kelli Cox, Jill Loper, Deb Fiori, Tess Walliss, Tash Mahony, Elise Rush, Liesl Frankenberg, Jodee Hurley, Liz Phillips, Marie and Tim Blomfield, Narelle Roberts, James Livingston, Silje Eriksen, Peter Taylor, Michael Parchent  and Michael Smith. If there is anyone I have left out I sincerely apologise. I really appreciate all the help you were able to offer to make our athletics day a success.

The final results are being worked out this week and we will let you in the newsletter next week.

Thanks very much

Mr O

Visual Arts Resport

In Visual Art this term we are exploring painting. We turned in to the Inquiry topic of 'sustainability' and worked in small groups to come up with some questions we have about sustainability on earth. We are using our 'wonderings' to stimulate our creative expression this term in painting and drawing.

STEM Update

After regaling Foundation students with stories of my childhood and how old, film cameras worked (they were not impressed, especially the bit about having to take them to the chemist and wait a day before you could see that you just took a picture of your feet) we talked about how digital cameras work, then of course, we went outside with our newfound knowledge and went on a 'scavenger hunt' tasked with finding my list of nature objects and taking a digital photo of it.

The results were impressive with some great snaps of Macedon Primary's unique forest setting.... and only 275 selfies taken.

Middle Gully Program Update

This Thursday afternoon Mrs Baker's class will be going over for their first session at Middle Gully. 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.

Mr O is working on the roster for the rest of the term, we will provide an update in next week's newsletter.

Last week Miss Hall's foundation class went to Middle Gully with some Grade 6's. Please find some lovely photos below.

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.

Community News

Kyneton High School Pre-Orientation Day

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers of Grade 5/6 students,

We would like to invite children whose parents/carers are considering enrolling them at Kyneton High School to attend our Pre-Orientation Day. This year, it will be held on Friday, 3 June. The purpose of the day is to give students an opportunity to learn about the Kyneton High School environment and programs to assist in the transition from primary to secondary school.

Signing Up

As your child’s primary school is not one of our designated ‘feeder schools’, either because it lies outside our updated government school ‘zone’, or because it is a non-government school, if you would like your child to attend, please either:

·         Contact the school on 5421 1100 or OR

·         Fill in the Sign Up form:

More information

Please note that children will need to be dropped off at 9am and picked up from the school at 3pm by a nominated adult.

Once you have signed up, you will be sent further details and a permission form directly from Kyneton HS.


A child’s journey from being a primary school student to a high school student can be an exciting but overwhelming one – both for the child and their family! As in any major life change, knowing more about what to expect in the next stage can leave us feeling more comfortable about the process.

We would like to invite parents, guardians and carers to a High School Transition Information Session on Friday 3 June. This is an opportunity to find out about Kyneton High School’s:

·         Transition supports and the enrolment process

·         Curriculum offerings and pathways from Years 7-12

·         Co-curricular offerings and clubs

·         Special programs to support diverse student learning needs

·         Equity and Inclusion support

·         Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support program

·         Student Excellence Program (formerly the Gifted and Talented Program)

·         Student Wellbeing Program

·         Buildings Program

 Information Sessions

Morning Session (on site): 9.30 -11.30am – School Hall. Please enter through the main entrance on Epping Street, and then sign in at the General Office. This session will include a tour of the school and morning tea with staff.

Evening Webinar (remote): 7.00-8.00pm. A remote information session will be run using WebEx. Please RSVP to and you will be sent a meeting link closer to the time.

School Tours

Tours of the school with our Executive Principal, Ana Rees, are held fortnightly on Wednesdays at 9.30am. Call the office to make a booking on 5421 1100.


For government secondary schools, the enrolment process begins during Term 2 of the year the child is in Grade 6. For government primary school students, information will be provided through the child’s current school. Parents/carers of students at non-government primary schools may contact us directly on 5421 1100 or to apply for enrolment.

Keep up-to-date with us!

Consider following our Facebook page – Kyneton High School (@kynetonhs) to see what is going on in our school. Our website also hosts a lot of useful information – please have a look at

We look forward to meeting some prospective students!

Young Voices of Macedon

Young Voices of Macedon, a community choir for children of the Macedon Ranges invites primary school children to join us in Term 2. Under the direction of well-known and highly respected conductor Polly Christie, the choir has groups for younger and older children, which work both separately and together to learn a great variety of fun songs. The current emphasis is on songs about the environment. The choir also aims to provide quality training in voice production, part singing and performance, and features a friendly social environment.


Rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 4.15 pm at the Norma Richardson Hall, Buckland Street, Woodend. For further information visit


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.