Macedon Primary School Newsletter

2 December 2020

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

Principal's Report

Hello everyone,

Sun Competition

You may recall during the term three remote learning period I asked our students to design and draw a sun to be printed and placed in our foyer when the painting works are completed.  Thank you to all the students who sent in an entry.  We have now collated these drawings and set up a voting system.  All students will vote on them in the next week to decide the winner.  I will announce the winning entry at assembly before the end of term.  Once this is complete I will have the sun drawing printed on a sticker and placed in our foyer.

Gas Bottles

We have a number of 9kg gas bottles that we are trying to clear out of our camping shed.  Many of them are full of gas and we’re asking for a donation to the school in exchange for them.  We no longer need these bottles for our camping program and would like to try and reduce the flammable material onsite before the bushfire season.  These would be perfect for a second BBQ bottle to have in your shed.  If you are interested in grabbing one, please email the school at  First in best dressed.

Staffing Changes in 2021

As we close in on the end of the year I would like to make some announcements about our teaching team in 2021.  Earlier in 2020 Belinda Taylor, our learning specialist and leadership team member, stepped back from her whole school leadership role including her role as a learning specialist.  Belinda will carry on in her capacity as a classroom teacher here in 2021.  As a result we have had to restructure the leadership team.  The learning specialist roll was advertised externally and a new learning specialist has been employed.   Our new teacher's name is Seraphim Kyprianou and he joins us from Wales Street Primary School in Thornbury.  Seraphim comes to us with a strong background in leading curriculum initiatives and a strength in teaching Mathematics.  He will make up a part of our teaching team and have classroom teaching responsibility.

Unfortunately as a result of these changes, Stacey Hamilton will be moving on from MPS at the end of 2020.  Stacey has successfully obtained a position at Pentland Primary School in Bacchus Marsh.  Stacey will be missed, she is a dedicated teacher who often goes above and beyond in her role.  I wish her all the very best with her teaching career.  I trust she will continue to contribute to the education system significantly into the future. 

Lauren Barham, who has been working here developing our reading intervention program is moving back to her home school at Sunbury Secondary College.  Lucy Butler-Rees our current Performing Arts teacher has also picked up a job closer to her home in Bendigo and will not be returning in 2021.  We are currently in the process of replacing Lauren and Lucy through our recruitment process and will have the team finalised by the start of 2021.

Matt Forrest


Pictured: A collaborative colouring piece completed by 4/5BT

Important Dates

11 December - Year 6 Billycart Decorate It Day

16 December - Year 6 Graduation & Dinner

17 December - Year 6 Billycart Race Day 1:30pm

18 December - Last Day of term 4 - 1:30pm finish

Notes sent home

- Raffle tickets

- Grade 6 Billy cart notice

- Grade 6 Graduation

Please note, forms can be found on the school's website under 'parents tab'

From the Office

Outstanding fees

We encourage all families, particularly those leaving Macedon Primary at the end of the year to settle any outstanding accounts. Please contact the office if you have any queries regarding your account.

Remember your hat

Please remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat. (Hats are available to purchase from Beleza in Gisborne).

Drink bottles

As you would have read in Mr Forrest's email regarding the lifting of COVID19 restrictions, our drinking taps are now open and available for the students to use. We would, however, encourage the use of personal drink bottles, especially when students go to Middle Gully  or on excursions.

Stay safe and well,

Julie  and Emma

School Crossing Safety

We have been informed of two near-miss incidents on the Carrington Street crossing, where the drivers did not stop for the School Crossing Supervisor when she was standing on the road and the 'Stop' sign was erected. 

Can all parents please remember to practice safe driving practices in the school speed zones and remember it is a legal requirement to stop when directed by the School Crossing Supervisor.

If parents witness any activity that they would like to report to Council, please contact the Local Laws Administration Team on 5422 0333.

Christmas Raffle

Grade 5/6 Walk

Sunsmart Reminder

***School hats are available for sale at Beleza in Gisborne***

Although it may still be cold, Victoria’s UV levels are on the rise so please check the daily local sun protection times to see when you need to be SunSmart.  The sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher in your location. At these levels, sun protection (hat, clothing, sunscreen, shade and, if practical, sunglasses) is recommended for all skin types

When outdoors, whether that be for the two hours of permitted exercise in metropolitan Melbourne or if you’re lucky enough to be allowed outside for longer, to  check the sun protection times and use sun protection accordingly. For more information for families please check out

Middle Gully Update

Great news! Parent volunteers are now allowed at Middle Gully subject to public gathering limits. Please make sure you sign in at the office and have a current Working With Children check that has been sighted previously by the office.

3/12 - Week 9 – Outdoor activity week – Foundation x 2 

4/12 - Yr 1 Middle Gully session (both classes)

10/12 - Week 10 – Both 5/6 classes

Outside School Hours Care

***Please note After School Hours Care will commence at 1:30pm on 18 December (the last day of school) and close at 5:30pm***

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.

OSHC Enrolment update forms

If your child is going to attend OSHC next year, an update form needs to be completed. Paper copies are available at the office or your can download the from below.

Uniform Shop News

Community News

Summer Reading Challenge

Goldfields Library are pleased to announce this year's Summer Reading Challenge. 'Hang Out and Read this Summer'

The challenge opens on Monday 14 December 2020 and runs right through to Friday 22 January 2021.

The Summer Reading Challenge aims to encourage school aged children to read for pleasure over the long Summer break, enjoy stories in many forms. and to continue developing great reading skills learnt at school.

This year's challenging is also open to families with pre-school aged children so that young families can enter the challenge and enjoy stories together.

Challengers will be in the running to win great prizes including book vouchers, book sets and Lego sets. Sign up at any of our libraries (including agencies) or download a Challenger Booklet here

For more information contact or phone 5449 2700

Macedon Ranges Orienteering Summer Series

Wednesday 25th November at 6.30-7.00pm  at Ash Wednesday Park Smith St Macedon sees the start of the annual Macedon Ranges Summer Orienteering Series. This is a popular introduction to navigation sports for the family and for fitter people looking to add interest to their regular walk or training run. The events take up to an hour (all in daylight) and use a map of each local town. One can participate individually or in a group in short, medium or long courses. Power walkers have the added interest of a score course, in which control points are of different values,

Adults $5 Children $3 

Beginners course and coaching available

Dates and locations for the pre Christmas events are:

Wed 4th Dec 82 Stewarts Lane Sunbury

Wed. 11th Dec. Riddells Creek lions park Main St Riddells Creek

Wed. 16th Dec. Barry Doyle Rotunda  Piper St    Kyneton

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.