Macedon Primary School Newsletter

17 March 2021

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

Principals Report

Dear Parents,

Ride to School (with Mr Forrest) Day

This Friday is national ride to school day.  I encourage all students to ride, scoot or walk to school on Friday this week, the 19th of March to increase our collective daily exercise and get some fresh Macedon air.   For those families who would like to ride to school with me, I will meet you down at Tony Clarke at 8:30am and will be riding up to school via Bruce Street, though the pines and then across Margaret Street to school.  It would be best if your children come with an adult for safety and supervision purposes.  I will need a number of parent helpers to ensure we are safely making our way to school along Bruce Street and crossing Margaret Street.  If you can ride with us and are happy to help, please email me at matthew.forrest@education.vic.gov.au .

School Council

I would like to thank all of the parents nominated themselves to sit on the school council for the next two years.  The newly elected school councillor as Sarah Turner, Ben English and Sam Evans.  Our first meeting is this evening and I look forward to welcoming the newest members.

I would like to acknowledge and thank those parents who were nominated and were unsuccessful in the election process.  We are in the favourable position where we have a committed and engaged parent group who are willing to volunteer for these roles.  I am very grateful for that, I think it is evidence of our strong school community.

Heidi Winchester

Late last year I wrote about the prospect of a private councillor working in the school to support children who may need the guidance to help them deal with anxiety, friendship issues, behaviour issues, grief or many other reasons. On our website, there is now a link to the information about the councillor, Heidi Winchester, who we have engaged.  The information pack contains some background on Heidi and the steps that you need to take to start your child with the service.  Please read the information in this pack and then see me if you have any questions, or need help to fill in any of the forms. It would be beneficial to meet with me so that we can complete the ‘Counselling Intake Form’ together.

 If you are interested, the first step is to read the information and complete the intake and consent forms in this pack.  Please see me if you have any questions, or need help with the forms.

The next step is to take your child to their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss the problem. The doctor can then develop a mental health treatment plan which may involve visits to a mental health professional. The doctor also needs to provide a referral letter to this professional. The mental health treatment plan allows for your child to have up to 10 sessions with the mental health professional each calendar year, with the costs covered by Medicare.

Please find the link to more information here.  Printed form are available at the front office.

Matt Forrest

Principal

The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms. It is also important to get tested when the Department of Health recommends it, for example, if you have visited an exposure site. 

you are reminded of COVIDSafe behaviours:  

  • stay home when unwell
  • practise good hygiene
  • ensure physical distancing
  • wear a face mask when required and recommended
  • avoid interactions in enclosed spaces.

Important Dates

19 March - Ride to School Day

26 March - House Cross Country - Tony Clarke Reserve (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)

31st & 1 April - Year 1 and 2 MGR Camp

1 April - Last Day of Term 1 - 2:30pm dismissal

19 April -  School Curriculum Day (no students)

20 April - First Day of Term 2

14 June - Queen's Birthday public holiday

25 June - Last day of Term 2 (2:30 dismissal)

12 July - School Curriculum Day (no students)

13 July - First day of Term 3

17 September - Last day of Term 3 (2:30 dismissal)

5 October - First Day of Term 4

2 November - Melbourne Cup public holiday

17 December - Last day of year (1:30pm dismissal)

From the Office

Lost Property

The lost Property Pile is huge! If your child has lost an item of property we welcome you to come in and take a look. Restrictions have lifted surrounding parents in the school buildings, so parents are able to search through lost property (situated by the student toilets) for any missing uniform, lunchboxes, drink bottles, etc.  These items will be thrown out if not collected at the end of term.

Asthma and Anaphylaxis Students

The Department of Education requires each student that has Asthma or Anaphylaxis to have a Management Plan. The plans are written up by the school and will be sent home with the students for parents to sign and return to school. We also require any students with Asthma to fill out a school camp and excursion form that needs to be completed prior to the students going on camps or excursions. 

Messages for students

If you need to get a message to your child, please ensure you call the office prior to 3:15pm. The end of the school day is very busy in the office and we are not always able to leave the office to locate children and give them the message.

Absence Notifications

If your child is late or absent from school without explanation from parents, an SMS will be sent to Adult A at around 10.15am. Please respond to the SMS promptly. Please note the following: 

If your child is LATE FOR SCHOOL, a parent must accompany the child to the office when you arrive, sign your child in the Early Leavers/Late Arrival book and take a “Late Pass” for your child to hand to their teacher. Rolls are marked promptly at 9am. If the music has finished and your child is not yet in class, they have probably missed the roll.

If your child will be ABSENT FROM SCHOOL, we ask that you either:

  • Log onto Skoolbag and record the absence
  • Phone the school on 5426 1518 and leave a message on the absence voicemail; or
  • Send an email to the school’s email address; macedon.ps@education.vic.gov.au

If you need to take your child EARLY FROM SCHOOL we ask that you:

  • Call or email the office to advise what time you will be collecting your child so we can have them ready at the office.
  • come to the office to sign your child out.

Working With Children Checks

All parents, carers and other visitors to Macedon Primary require a current Working With Children’s Check to volunteer at the school. To apply for a volunteer WWCC you simply log on to

https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ (its free!)

If you have a current WWCC or VIT and have not advised the office, please bring your card into the office to have it photocopied or simply take a photo of the card and email it to the office at macedon.ps@education.vic.gov.au

If parents do not have a current working with children check, they cannot attend camps/excursions.

Julie  and Emma

Seperated families

We understand and appreciate that the domestic situation of families is very personal and private, however, if parents of our students do not live together, it is important that our school database reflects this arrangement. 

If you and the parent of your child no longer live together, can you please fill out the alternative family form (attached below) so we have correct contact details. All information shared will remain confidential and private. 

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Student Achievement Awards

F/1TT - Xavier W - For working hard in Mini-Lit sessions.

F/1TT - Zoe R - For excellent procedural writing on making an Albanian pie.

F/1MS - Owen D - For fabulous learning when blending sounds in words.

F/1MS - Eloise M - For her excellent efforts during writing time.

1KH - Isobel W - For working hard on her addition and drawing her own number lines.

1/2KB - Aahil B - For his improved level of concentration in class.

2RG - Baxter McC - For perfect reading and discussion about frogs.

2RG - Emily B - For outstanding reading and comprehension!

3VW - Syd M - For working hard on his writing.

3VW - Ivy D - For great work on her strengths poster.

3/4MS - Jackson P - For using resources in the room to solve a spelling dilemma.

3/4MS - Chelsea B - For being an attentive, enthusiastic, happy class member.

4CS - Jayden M - For his wonderful, hardworking approach to all areas of learning.

4CS - Zara W - For her fabulous effort towards all class tasks! Keep it up!

4/5BT - Riley S - For excellent reading in character.

4/5BT - Hannah R - For excellent fluency and expression while reading.

6AB - Louis A - For always engaging with his learning.

6AB - Charlie H - For an excellent week with his academic studies.

New Hounds

Every week is Book Week at Macedon Primary School

The News Hounds Team is looking for book reviewers. Students who would like to write a review of a book that is in our library (or one that you think should be in the library) please talk to Bu Deryn on a Tuesday or Thursday.

To get you thinking, our News Hounds Annabel, Akira and May conducted a quick vox pop at lunchtime yesterday to find out what some of our favourite books are. 

4CS chat to students in Myanmar

Last week 4CS had a special webex meeting with Mrs Kean’s grade 3 class in Myanmar. It was so wonderful to learn about our similarities and differences. Mrs Kean said they have been doing home schooling for 12 months. Super proud of the way everyone listened and answered questions. Well done 4CS! 🌟👏🏻🤩 We look forward to doing it again!

Students

Mila 1/2KB  did a clean up of Tony Clarke on Sunday to take part in Clean Up Australia Day and met up with Mr Ewels. The Macedon football team also helped to clean up the area.  Thank you to Kirsten and Hayden Kerr for the donation of bags and gloves, these will be used by the senior students to clean up the school on their WOW (War on Waste).

Ride2School Day - 19th March

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel. It is a day where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future. You can, ride, scoot or walk to school. Let’s see if we can get over 100 students actively travelling to school.

National Ride2School Day will be held on Friday 19 March 2021.

We would also like to raise some money for World Bicycle Relief. We are having a gold coin donation on the day. If you would like to look at the Bicycle Relief program, please check out their website: https://worldbicyclerelief.org/ or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dftK864Pjqo

Sunsmart Reminder

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 https://www.sunsmart.com.au/communities/parents

PFA- Easter Raffle

***Tickets due in by 31 March - raffle drawn at assembly on 1 April***

The Easter Raffle is back for 2021. Tickets were sent home last week.   8 BIG hampers to be won. Extra tickets are available at the office.

We are asking for donations: chocolate, jams, wine, Easter crafts and other treats.  A collection tub is at the front office.

We are also sending home a letter from the PFA asking for volunteers to help with various activities planned for this year. If you can help a little or a lot we appreciate any time or skills you can spare. Below is a Google form you can click and fill out, or a paper form will be sent home tonight. For any questions, please call Melinda Rollinson on 0459665460 or email melinda.rollinson@gmail.com

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsaSNAIwBB4i8YDjFtqbDVUWznNHpBMYFyaRUDbeK2Bh6fhA/viewform?usp=sf_link




Middle Gully Update

The dates for the next few weeks are:

March 18 - 3VW

Grade 1 and 2 camp will have their Middle Gully time during their camp on the 31st of March or the 1st of April.

Please remember, if parents wish to help at Middle Gully they need to have a valid Working With Children Check card sighted by the office.

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 oshp@macedonps.vic.edu.au 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 them from below.
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Community News

Macedon Cats Football Club Registrations open

Registrations Open:

Registrations are now open for the Macedon Cats Junior Football Club. We would love to see you involved in the club so please feel free to register your child and become a Macedon Cat.

Teams:

We will have 6 teams for the 2021 season:

U9 (the requirement for u9 players is that the player has turned age 7 by 30 April 2021). 

U11, U13, U15, U17 AND... u15 female team 

Cost:

Player costings for the 2021 season for male U11-17 age divisions are: 

1st player - $255 

2nd family player - $195 

3rd family player - $90 

3 or more players - $540 maximum per family 

Player costings for 2021 for U9 male players and for U15 female players are $50 less than those listed above. 

Registration Process:

First thing....please go to the following website:  www.macedonjfnc.sportingpulse.net

Macedon Auskick

Hi Everyone,

Macedon Auskick season is coming up!

Our season runs in Term 2 – beginning Saturday 24 April 2021, and finishing Saturday 27 June 2021.

Please make sure you register at http://www.aflauskick.com.au/#/centre-finder-panel to get your packs in time.

We will be running groups for 4-6yo, 7-9yo and the bigger kids up to 12yo – with a fantastic Girls footy program as well.

We want to include more parents as helpers on the day and as part of our coaching team – so please let us know if you are interested in helping out: On the fieldAs a Coach or on the BBQ.

If you have any questions please reach out to via email, phone or over Facebook!

Macedon Auskick

Duncan McGauchie, Coordinator - 0417 735 368

Katie Toll, Coaching Coordinator

Email: macedonauskick@gmail.com

Registrations: http://www.aflauskick.com.au/#/centre-finder-panel

Facebook: facebook.com/macedonauskick

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.