Newsletter 01.11.2021

Issue 34



Yackandandah Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, learn and play and recognise the resilience, strength and pride of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We acknowledge the connection to land, waters and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging throughout Australia.

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Event Calendar

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Dates to Remember

Friday 5th November – Hot Lunch
Monday 8th November – Friday 12th November – Year 3/4 camp
Wednesday 10th November - Foundation Transition Day
Friday 12th November – Hot Lunch
Friday 17th November – Foundation Transition Day
Thursday 18th November – Hot Lunch
Friday 19th November – House Athletics Carnival
Monday 22nd November – Thursday 25th November – Whole School Swimming Program
Wednesday 24th November – Foundation Transition Day
Friday 26th November – Hot Lunch
Tuesday 30th November – 2nd hand book sale & free books
Wednesday 1st December – Foundation Transition Day
Friday 3rd December – Book Week Dress up day
Friday 3rd December – Hot Lunch
Tuesday 7th December – State-wide Transition Day
Friday 10th December – Hot Lunch
Friday 10th December – Year 6 Graduation
Tuesday 14th December – Year 3/4 Pool Party 11.45am – 1.45pm
Wednesday 15th December – Years 3-6 Kanga Cricket Carnival
Wednesday 15th December – Year 1/2 Pool Party 10am – 12noon
Thursday 16th December – Year F/1 Pool Party 10am – 12 noon
Thursday 16th December – Year 5/6 Pool Party 12noon - 2pm
Thursday 16th December – Last day of term for students 3.30pm finish
Friday 17th December – Pupil Free Day

From the Principal

Our Dry Creek Bed project is nearing completion. Once again there were a core group of School Council and other volunteers working on the site over the weekend. Thanks again to all the contributors to the project.

With the change in COVID restrictions we will be running assemblies again outdoors (weather permitting). Parents are welcome to attend, but please keep social distancing in mind if you are attending the assembly.

We have been fortunate to avoid school shutdowns due to COVID cases. As we have seen in Wodonga schools there is a real possibility that this can happen. Should this happen at our school you will be contacted as soon as possible. Most school shutdowns that have occurred in other places around the state have been limited to a day, with direct close contacts being asked to get tested.

The Yr. 3/4 camp to 15 Mile Creek is scheduled for Monday next week. We are relieved that the camp is able to go ahead (unless unforeseen events arise). There are other events coming up, such as Book Week, Yr. 6 Graduation, pool parties, sports events etc. Please keep an eye on class communications and read all parts of the newsletter to keep up to date with dates and times.

Michael Edwards

Assembly Helpers

Assembly Helpers this week:

Mia Nedziak & Zach Spargo

Achievement Awards

Ruby Hewitt for constructing a well-researched and planned “Attenborough” narration.
Anukhai Pulukkutti for making a wonderful transition to Yackandandah PS.
Abbie Williamson for giving clear explanations to show reading comprehension.
Jaala Street for writing a creative and entertaining dreamtime story
Max Murphy for giving us an interesting Big Talk on Tricking Yabbies and delivering it confidently. You little ripper, Max!
Harlen Webster for showing a ‘can do’ attitude in Maths and doing his best! Hooray for Harlen!
Emily Sheppard for confidently presenting her Big Talk on cartwheels. Excellent work, Em!
Jack McAlister for achieving his own personal goals during writing tasks this week.  Well done!
Sullivan Lucas for using pictorial strategies to solve maths problems independently.
Mia Bebbington for competently writing lots of facts about farm animals this week.  Well done Mia!
Claudia Grech for great reading improvement!
Fela Gilbert for settling in well to our class and always giving everything a go.
Savannah Lockett for writing lots of facts about horses in today’s Big Write.
Ned Westbrook for writing lots of horse facts independently in today’s Big Write.
Miles Thornton for sharing your excellent vocabulary with us when creating Verb Climbs.
Ivy Mahoney for displaying a high level of confidence in learning how to divide with remainders.
Will Black for displaying a high level of enthusiasm in learning how to divide with remainders.

Art News

Artwork of the Week

Strange creatures using permanent markers and watercolour paint by F/1 C & F/1R.

Artists - Milla, Tom, Aiden, Henry, Hugo, Ned, Ezzie and Beau.

Artists - Nate, Jono, Mia, Evie, Spencer, Taidhg, Inneka, Kaia, Molly, Renn, Sully and Kayden             

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is a Steak pie/Cauliflower pie for students who have ordered.

Helpers for this week are Jacqui Schmidt & Cath McInerney.  If you can assist, please email Bron Westbrook

The hot lunch that was scheduled for Friday 19th November will be on Thursday 18th November due to the Athletic Sports.  Unfortunately, our 2 helpers are unavailable on the Thursday so if anyone can assist please let Bron know.

A reminder that all parent helpers need to be vaccinated.  Please email your digital certificate or immunisation certificate to 

Helpers also need to sign in the Visitors Register each week when they are helping out – please call into the office before going into the kitchen.

Sports News

House Athletics Carnival

Our House Athletics Carnival is on Friday, November 19th. The back up day is November 26th.

New permission forms were sent home last week and need to be returned to school by Friday 12th November.

Once again, I am asking for adult helpers for this event. Please note, all helpers will need a current Working With Children Check AND COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Evidence of both will need to be provided to Sandra in the office before the day. If you are able to help out, please complete the form below. We will require the assistance of many helpers for the day to go ahead. It is unclear, at this stage, if spectators will be able to attend.

If you can help, please complete the form at the link below:



OSHC email
OSHC has its very own email address! Please contact us via this email regarding all bookings and other enquiries.


Pupil free day
The last day of term, Dec 17th, is a pupil free day. If you require care for this day, please book in via the portal or via email to our service. Our operating hours will be 8am to 6pm.

QR Check in and Face masks
A reminder that all parents entering the OSHC space must be wearing a face mask and must sign in with the QR code located in our sign in area. This is a directive from the Victorian Government.

Kidsoft QR code sign in
We encourage all families to please use this QR code when signing their children in/out of our service. This is part of eliminating points of contact and helping to keep us all safe.  

Our Program
Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! We had an amazing week enjoying our outside play spaces and the wonderful warm sun! Children enjoyed adding some new group games to our repertoire. We saw some fantastic teamwork from the students this week, with the older children really stepping up and helping our younger kids get the most out of our sessions!

We enjoyed adding some spooky colouring ins and art activities this week to mark Halloween, even having a look through our dress ups to see what scary outfits we could put together.

Overall another great week with our students!

Thanks, OSHC Team


31st August – Saoirse Beatty
2nd November – Renn Thompson
2nd November – Ella Owers
3rd November – Claire Walsh

Dry Creek Bed Project

Wow!  How fantastic in the new nature based play space looking!

Progress this week:

A huge thanks to the small group of volunteers that helped plant on Friday and finish off a few jobs on Sunday!  

You may have also noticed that Xav Pinnard has commenced installation of the interactive play item representing our mining heritage. Please remind kids to stay off this item until the play space is open. 

We only have a few items to bring into the space to complete the works, which will hopefully happen over the next week. 

We very much look forward to welcoming kids into the play space soon!

Sponsor Update:

Platinum Sponsors:

- Yack Constructions

Gold Sponsors:
- Agency of Sculpture
- Yackandandah Jams & Preserving
- Mawsons Concrete & Quarries
- Yackandandah Community Centre

In addition to our sponsors, those that have made significant donations so far (whether that be time, money and/or materials):
- Jenny Kjar Landscape Design
- Steady Chameleon
- Nelmac Construction and Piling 
- Yackandandah Engineering

- Park Lane Nursery
- Bunnings Wodonga
- Yack Men's Shed
- Yack Folk Festival Committee
- and.. last but not least, everyone involved in school fundraising initiatives!

About Us:

Yack Constructions is a family and locally owned business based in Yackandandah, North East Victoria. Being a local owned, family business gives our customers the ultimate advantage, being a small man team, we are quick to respond and act to any concerns or queries during the build.

Justin Maybury has over 10 years of residential, commercial and industrial experience around the North East Victoria region. He is a member of the Master Builder Association, holds a Victorian commercial and domestic license and a New South Wales domestic license. With his team of qualified carpenters and industry professionals, the team at Yack Constructions are young enthusiastic with an eye for quality and detail.

Our Team and Sub Contractors:

We currently have a number of qualified carpenters and  apprentices working with the team. We actively support our community by using local labourers, trades and suppliers within the North East region using quality materials from local suppliers.

We are also proud to support local clubs such as the Yackandandah Football & Netball Club, Yackandandah Golf Club, Yackandandah Bowls Club and the Yackandandah Cricket Club.

We use a select and reliable team of local qualified sub contractors that take pride in their work and provide the best quality material and finishes for your project. With our team of local professionals, you can be assured that your next project will be run smoothly by a company that understands the area. Our relationships with our sub contractors ensures your home gets the star treatment it deserves. Our focus is on quick site starts and build times where, your land won’t sit idle when building with Yack Constructions.

Where We Build:

Our building projects are mostly throughout the North East Victorian region and Southern New South Wales. We will be happy to travel throughout the region within a rough 100km radius of Yackandandah. If your ideal home site is not within that perimeter, please feel free to contact us to see what opportunities we can provide.

Our professionalism is reflected in the quality of the home we create for you and your family.

About YCDCo:

The Yackandandah Community Development Company Ltd (YCDCo) was established in March, 2002 by seven concerned locals with the initial goal of securing the future supply of fuel in Yackandandah (a basic service function for the town that it is crucial to retain).

Having secured fuel supplies for Yackandandah now, and in to the future, YCDCo has extended its product range to include rural supplies and hardware, and concentrates on its returns to the community by way of wages and sponsorship.

YCDCo’s goals:

  • to undertake projects and initiatives which will economically and socially and culturally benefit the community of Yackandandah and its surrounding areas;
  • to operate YCDCo on a commercially sustainable basis and generate profits to shareholders in the long term;
  • to retain the broad-based community ownership of YCDCo;
  • to return 50% of any future profits the company generates (e.g. after operating expenses) back to community causes and projects (to be defined); and,
  • to return the remaining 50% of any profits to YCDCo shareholders.

YCDCo Constitution:

The constitution of YCDCo can be downloaded on their website.

Community Commitment:

As part of the YCDCo’s commitment to the development of Yackandandah, we offer sponsorship to local groups and organisations to assist with local initiatives that are consistent with the company’s ideals of community development.

Under its Constitution, YCDCo. Ltd. is required to contribute 50% of all distributed profits towards community projects or causes (the other 50% is distributed to shareholders as dividends).  Assistance may be provided to community groups, organisations or individuals for initiatives or projects that are:

“…intended to benefit the economic, social or cultural condition of the Yackandandah community or its surrounding areas. (YCDCo. Ltd. Constitution clause 27).”