Newsletter 8.11.2021

Issue 35


Register an Absence


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.

Dates to Remember

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 – Years F, 1, 2, 5 & 6 School Swimming Program
Wednesday 24th November – Foundation Transition Day
Friday 26th November – Hot Lunch
Monday 29th November – Thursday 2nd Dec – Years 3 & 4 School Swimming Program

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
Monday 31st January 2022 - First day of school for students

From the Principal

It was wonderful to have a whole school assembly (outside) last Friday. It felt like we are finally returning to a mostly normal school. Thank you to the parents who were keeping the appropriate distancing while observing.

This week our Yr. 3/4 students, staff and a few parent volunteers are heading off to the 15 Mile Creek Camp. We are fortunate that the camp was scheduled at this time of the year. The majority of school camps across the state this year have been cancelled, so we are lucky with the timing. The children will be returning on Friday and I am grateful to the staff and parents who are willing to give so much of their own time to make the camp possible.

This Thursday all students and staff will attend the Remembrance Day ceremony that will be held in Memorial Park, starting about 10:45. No permission form will be necessary as it is a local excursion. The ceremony is open to all members of the public.

This Wednesday will be our first transition day for Kindergarten children joining us in Foundation next year. We are looking forward to having the children on site so they can become familiar with the school, teachers and their buddies. Yr. 6 students will begin their secondary transition soon, with individual secondary schools to communicate their transition activities to families. We will also pass on secondary transition information as it comes to us. The state-wide transition day is Tuesday December 7th. On that day all children will be in their 2022 classes.

Michael Edwards


From the Office

School Swimming Program
The school swimming program will commence on Monday 22nd November to Thursday 25th November for students in Years Foundation, One, Two, Five and Six.  Students will be travelling into the Wodonga Sports & Leisure Centre for swimming lessons at the following times:

12.15 – 1pm:  2PS & F1R
1-1.45pm:       56L & F1C
1.45-2.30pm: 56BE & 2K

Buses will depart from school 45 minutes before the lesson time.

Students in Years Three & Four will be having their lessons the following week, Monday 29th November to Thursday 2nd December at 1.45pm.

Permission forms have been sent home tonight – the Year 3/4 students took theirs home on Friday.    Please return forms to school by Monday 15th November.  Cost for the swimming is $35 – this covers the 4 lessons, entry to the pool and the bus and is subsidised with funding from the Education Department.

The majority of families have already paid when they paid their school fees.  It will be indicated on the permission form if you haven’t yet paid.


Remembrance Day – 11th November
Poppy badges are available to purchase from the school office for $1.

Assembly Helpers

Assembly Helpers this week:
Charli O’Dwyer
Mitch Waller

Achievement Awards

Ivy Mahoney for always being a caring and thoughtful member of 2K
Lenny Graham  for always being and fair and considerate player in games both inside and out
Pippa Graham for making clever connections during Maths. Perfect work, Pips!
Nicholas Shepherd for sharing thoughtful ideas and answers during class discussions. Nice one, Nicholas!
Ted Atwood for being a fair and supportive sportsperson during 4 wicket cricket. Terrific work, Ted
Ed Boddenberg for amazing cricket  leadership during P.E
Alex Beatty for working really well with his partner to create accurate work
Matilda Ridgeway for being a caring and cooperative member of 3/4E
Jack Summons for providing a clear explanation of his thinking during maths
Grace Pritchard for writing lots of detailed facts about different senses for our Information Reports
Kaia Allen for showing great improvement with her reading skills. Well Done!
Nate Millward for writing detailed facts about sight for our Information Reports
Tom Murphy for writing many facts about hearing during our exploration of ‘senses’
Esmeralda Haslett for great reading improvement
Frey Holden for improved focus and effort during writing activities
Irena Purnell for consistently showing excellent post test results in all areas of Maths
Zach Spargo for always contributing to class discussions thoughtfully and with enthusiasm
Lenni Ridgeway for doing an amazing job of her role as part of the Indigo Shire Youth Program
Tess Griska for her outstanding improvements in writing throughout the year
Jack Gregory for showing amazing growth in his understanding of patterns and algebra
Vanessa Williams for persisting and trying creative strategies to solve Maths problems

Art News

Artwork of the Week                                 
Clay worms and dioramas created by 2 PS & 2K

In the Art room for the remainder of 2021, Years 2, 5 & 6 will be exploring a range of illustrative techniques and themes from the 2021 CBCA shortlisted and winning picture books.  

Over the next few weeks, 2 PS & 2K will be looking at the illustrations of Anna Zobel- who used texta and fine liner to illustrate CBCA shortlisted picture book Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green. For Art on (or before) Wednesday 17 November, I’d love it if your child could bring in a photograph of your family in a domestic setting in your home, doing ordinary everyday things. For example, it could be a picture of you all in the kitchen cooking a meal/eating breakfast, getting ready for school, sitting in the loungeroom reading/playing/watching TV etc. Think about what is in the background that would look interesting- a bookcase, indoor plants, a view out a window. Use a timer on your phone’s camera to get everyone in the picture! See Zobel’s illustrations below as an idea.

We will be creating a ‘family portrait’ style drawing using texta and fine liner- just like Zobel’s illustrations.

Your child can bring in a photo printed (on regular A4 paper is fine) or email it to me, and I’ll print at school:

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is an Egg & Bacon roll for students who have ordered.

We still require a helper for next Thursday 18th November. If you’re able to help please email Bron Westbrook

Sports News

House Athletics Carnival

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

Permission forms need to be returned to school by this 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:


Transition News

The Year 6 students who are attending Beechworth Secondary College next year will be attending a transition day on Thursday 18th November. Students come to school as usual and will be collected at 9.10am by bus and taken to Beechworth. The students will depart Beechworth and head back to Yackandandah at approximately 12pm by bus. The program will provide students with the opportunity to build relationships with peers and teachers, exposure to subject content and familiarisation with the school grounds.

Beechworth Secondary College will also be offering open tours to all students and families on Monday the 29th November from 4pm.

Permission forms have been sent home this afternoon, please return by Friday 12th November.

Library News

Book Week 2021: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

Book Week Dress-up Day will take place in Week 9 on Friday 3 December.
We’ve got an exciting week planned- drama workshops with Brendan on Mon 29 Nov & Thu 2 Dec; a second-hand book sale on Tue 30 during recess; and lots of art and writing! Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, start thinking about and collecting the bits you need- the Op-Shops are open! And you’ve got plenty of time!

For parents and families new to the school, our Dress-Up Day is when students come dressed as a character from perhaps a favourite book, or one they’ve read and enjoyed in the last 12 months. The theme for this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds- but you don’t have to dress to the theme. If you are stuck for ideas the theme may help guide you, however. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book related to the character, for your child to bring along on the day, that would be great (but not essential). Superheroes and movie characters are not encouraged please. It is a really fun day for the students (and staff!), and they spend the morning at school creating and exploring -through a range of art activities- the winning and shortlisted books from the Children’s Book Council Awards.

See the winners here:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions, or would like to borrow any costume bits:

You can also ask your child’s classroom teacher about the Dress-up Day and how it all works.

Have a wonderful week!

Sarah McAlister


8th November – Lucas Stagg
12th November – Alex Beatty


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


Pupil free day – last day of term
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 please ask that all families 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.  The QR code can be found on the home screen of our iPad, simply scan with your own device and then sign your child in/out.

Our Program
We have had another wonderful week in OSHC! We were very creative this week, enjoying lots of painting, drawing, colouring and building! The children have produced some amazing artworks that they are incredibly proud of! Next time you are in our service have a look at some of them on display!

We enjoyed a pupil free day this week, and it was also Zara’s birthday! To celebrate the children helped to make gluten free banana muffins, which we decorated with icing and sprinkles, not a bad way to spend a day!

Board games were a hit when we were hit by the rain this week, the children still very interested in chess! They have been working very hard to perfect the rules of the game, watch out, before long were going to have some world class chess players!


Thanks, OSHC Team

Community Notices