Macedon Primary School Newsletter

18 May 2022

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

Principal's Report

Dear parents,

Congratulations to all our students who have completed their NAPLAN testing this week.  The tests were completed online this year and the process has gone very smoothly.  We still have some catch-ups for those students who have missed any assessments due to absences and they will be conducted on Thursday and Friday this week.

Student Sickness

I emailed you all earlier this week in regard to the significant pressure we’re facing with staffing the classes at the moment.  We have been managing to cover the classes through a range of strategies so far and with a little luck we will be able to continue to manage to keep our school open.    

I would like to thank so many of you for keeping your children home while they are sick, this helps us stop the spread of these viruses.  Please support us by informing us if your child is a confirmed case of COVID-19, influenza, gastroenteritis or any other infectious disease so we can put measures in place to reduce the risk for everyone. I have pasted some links below with information about these common illnesses.

Provision of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

RATs will continue to be distributed to you as they have been throughout this school year for the remainder of this term. From Monday 23 May 2022, students will no longer be recommended to undertake twice weekly RATs.  However, RATs will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative over a 7 day period) or who have symptoms.

Families must continue to notify the Department of Health and the school if their child returns a positive RAT result. Additionally, you should inform us if any of your children are household contacts.

Thank you also to all families who have had their child vaccinated. Vaccination continues to remain the best way to protect students and staff in our school.

Student Free Days

For Term 2, 2022, the Department of Education and Training has provided schools with the option to hold each teacher’s allocated professional practice day on the same day for all staff. This is to enable the most effective and efficient use of this day.

As a result, we have scheduled our professional practice day for Friday, 3 June. This is in addition to the planned pupil free day on Friday, 10 June for staff professional learning.  Students will therefore not be required to attend school on either of these days. 

Foundation Enrolments for 2023

Foundation Enrolments for 2023 are now open, if you have a child that is coming to Macedon Primary next year, please collect and enrolment form from the office or on our website.

Democratic Sausages

Happy voting this weekend.  We will have a sausage sizzle at school on Saturday morning so drop in if you are voting here.  If you are available to help out on the day, please see the details below and contact Briohny Lebbink. 

Kind regards,


Important Dates

20 May - SEA Australia visit Yr 3 -6

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

3 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

10 June - Curriculum Day - (student free day)

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

14 June - Yr 5/6 District Netball - Sunbury 

17 June - Winter Solstice 

17 June - CERES "Towards Zero Waste" year 3/4 incursion

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)

Important Information regarding COVID & Influenza

Face masks

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 remainder of this term. The screening recommendations will change from the 23 of May, students will no longer be recommended to undertake twice weekly RATS. However, RATs will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative over a 7 day period)  or who have symptoms.  We will be distributing the rapid antigen tests via your child’s bag when the deliveries arrive at school.


With borders opening and the arrival of colder weather, cases of influenza (the flu) are increasing throughout Victoria. Our community is at risk of higher rates of students and staff affected by the flu or COVID-19 this season.

What to do if your child gets sick

To help keep your child and our school community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms:

* take a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown 

* keep your child at home until their symptoms pass

* common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired

* diagnosis of the flu can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab

* encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccination

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Some people are more at risk of complications from the flu and are eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program including:

* anyone aged 65 years and older

* pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

* all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and over

* children aged from 6 months to under 5 years.

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to everyone aged 5 years and over in Australia.

It is important that children and young people have the best possible protection against the flu and COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

Ensuring your children are protected against serious illness helps to protect everyone in our community, including older family members who may be at higher risk, along with younger children who can’t receive vaccinations yet.

You can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 or at a participating GP, pharmacy, or community health service.

Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the 

From the office

Foundation 2023 enrolments

Foundation enrolments for 2023 are now open. If you have a child that is starting school next year of have friends or family interested in enrolling their child at Macedon Primary, please contact the office for an enrolment form or click on the following link: 

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). 


We have some families with credits on file from camps and excursions that were cancelled last year. If you think you have credits, please contact the office. These can be used to pay for events during the year.

Our email address is or phone number is 54261518.

Voluntary Curriculum Contributions

The process for invoicing parents for voluntary curriculum contributions. If you are unsure if you have paid or if you would like to pay, please contact the office.

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

Election Day BBQ and student run stall

The PFA are holding a sausage sizzle on election day, this Saturday the 21st of May. We are still looking for a few more helpers;

2 people to cook/serve from 12pm - 1pm

2 people to cook/serve from 2pm - 3pm

1 person to cook, serve & pack up from 3pm - 4:30pm

If you can help, please email Briohny

 Thank you to those who have already donated their time, as the saying goes "many hands make light work"

If you can't help but are voting, please bring your cash along and buy a "democratic sausage"

In addition to the sausage sizzle, two year 6 students are holding a stall;

"Hi! Our names are Jessica and Scarlett. We're the owners of Scrunchie Munchie! We are in year 6 at Macedon Primary School and this is our first stall ever.

We are very passionate about art and cooking, so it's awesome to have such a great opportunity to give back. As a thanks, 20% of our profits will be going to the school to improve our learning. We can't wait to see you on Saturday.

Jess F and Scarlett B

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.

FKH - Beau C - for great addition facts. Awesome work!

FKH - William E-R - for his persistence and great effort in doing a directed drawing of a tractor. 

FKB - Harrison J - for showing more persistence to complete tasks.

1/2BT - Beatrice B - for writing a wonderful story about a bear who built a house from a tree.

1/2BT - Luca J - for excellent effort at spelling when writing about a bear.

1/2CS - Shannan B - for being a cheerful and friendly class member who strives to do her best at all times.

3/4GS - Thomas D - for working hard on his math tasks.

3/4GS - Darcy J - for his extensive reach on his recycling poster.

3/4MS - Ayla E - for her positive efforts at school and for working hard on all the NAPLAN tasks.

3/4MS - Sam C - for his positive approach to all learning tasks. Well done!

3/4MS - Archer B - for his positive approach to all class work! Well done!

3/4MS - Baxter Mc - for putting so much effort into all of his NAPLAN tests. Well done Baxter!

3/4VW - Syd M - for his fantastic effort at writing a limerick.

3/4VW - Indi C - for sharing her fabulous limericks with the class.

5/6AB - Jackson P - for being a responsible and respectful learner.

5/6AB - Lexie J - for being a resilient student and always having a go!

5/6RC - Oscar P - for his enthusiasm towards finding and recording perfect numbers.

Art Awards:

1/2CS -  Owen D - for being very attentive in Visual Art.

1/2CS - Kyle W - for being very focused in Visual Art.

Middle Gully Program Update

The following roster has been put in place for Middle Gully this term;

May 19 – 1/2CS

May 26 – 1/2TT

June 2 – 1/2BT

June 9 – 3/4VW

June 16 – 3/4GS and some grade 5s

June 17 – Winter Solstice

June 23 – Grade 5s and 6s 

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.

Last week Mr Smith's 3/4 class went to Middle Gully, Darren Tinker, Environmental Programs and Engagement Officer from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council came to speak to the children. Please find some lovely photos below.

Bottles for Middle Gully Lanterns

We are seeking donations of milk bottles for the children to make lanterns at Middle Gully. Two litre "Farmhouse Gold" bottles are ideal, or the regular 2 litre milk bottles. The three litre bottles are too large. Donations can be made at the office. Thanks!

STEM Update

In Grade 1/2 students went on an excursion to Melbourne.... In Minecraft Education.

The Department of Education and Training and the Metro Tunnel Project have collaborated to create the Mini Melbourne world, rendering the city of Melbourne in mini-Minecraft detail that enables students to learn more about Melbourne and Victoria's past, present and future.

We travelled around looking at Melbourne landmarks and talked about the structures and materials used to make them, linking back to the student's focus on suitability this term.

Students were than tasked with creating their own Minecraft structure based on a place they have been to.

Below you can see Archer and Liam's Memorial Cross on Mount Macedon.

You can find out more about the Mini Melbourne school resource here:

Also, a thank-you to all parents and guardians that have contacted me about getting access to Minecraft Education for their young-people, I am just waiting on a list of logins from the Department of Education and will pass those on as soon as I get them.


Mr Garcia

Visual Art Report

In Visual Art this week we have been learning about the noted Australian artist, Arthur Boyd and exploring his effective technique of painting using his hands. We discovered that finger painting is very good fun too. 

Outside School Hours Care

Please notify the office or email if your child is sick and will not be attending before or after school care.  

We now have spaces available for casual days, however you need to fill out an enrolment form PRIOR to your child starting at the service. f 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

Macedon Auskick - bring a friend

We're excited to announce that Bring a Friend week is back in 2022 for Community Auskick, running over the week of May 16th.

 Bring a Friend week encourages registered Auskickers to experience once-in-a-lifetime moments with their besties. Singing-a-long to their favourite song as they head to the ground together, celebrate their first goal in footy! It’s about sharing great Auskick moments with friends.

Macedon Auskick Centre Bring a Friend week 

Saturday 21st May 


Please register here to assist the centre with planning attendance numbers:

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.