Newsletter 26.04.2022

Issue 11

Dates to Remember

Thursday 28th April - Young Engineers Program
Friday 29th April - Young Engineers Program
Monday 2nd May - Hot Lunch orders close
Tuesday 3rd May - District Cross Country
Tuesday 3rd May - Yr. F/1/2 MAMA/Botanical gardens excursion
Thursday 5th May  - School Photos
Friday 6th May - Hot Lunch
Monday 9th May - Finance Meeting 5.30pm
Tuesday 10th May - Friday 20th May - Naplan Testing
Friday 13th May - Application for Year 7 Placement 2023 from due back
Tuesday 17th May - Yr. 3/4 Flora session 12-2pm
Tuesday 31st May - Yr. 3/4 Fauna session 12-2pm
Friday 3rd June - Division Cross Country
Monday 13th June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday 22nd June - Regional Cross Counry
Tuesday 23rd JuneYr. 3/4 Planting day at Yack Creek
Friday 24th June - Last Day Term 2
Monday 11th July - First Day Term 3
Friday 15th July - Winter Sports Carnival (Years 3 - 6)
Mon 8th Aug – Wed 10th Aug - Year 5/6 Sovereign Hill Camp
Wed 10th August-Fri 12th August - Year 3/4 Melbourne Camp
Thursday 25th August - School Athletics Carnival
Monday 29th Aug - Friday 2nd Sept - Wodonga Arts Festival
Monday 29th Aug - Friday 9th Sept -School Swimming Program
Wednesay 7th September - District Athletics
Friday 16th September - Last Day Term 3
Monday 3rd October - First Day Term 4
Friday 7th October - Division Athletics
Friday 14th October - Regional Athletics
Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 18th November - Kanga 8's
Monday 21st Nov - School Swimming Program
Friday 25th November - Kanga 6's Cricket Carnival (Years 3 - 6)
Tuesday 20th December - Last Day Term 4

From the Principal

Welcome back to school for Term Two. Congratulations to the school choir for their beautiful singing at the Anzac Day Service on Monday. A wreath was laid by our school captains on behalf of Yackandandah Primary School at the 10am service.

There are a few things of note taking place this term. The Smile Squad dental service is on site from today providing consultations and dental services to children who have returned consent forms. They will be on site for some time carrying out this service. You may have noticed a new shade structure that is nearing completion beside the Yr. 3/4 classrooms in the north-east corner of the school. This structure will provide shade and wet weather shelter for students and also for families who are picking up children at the end of the day. There will also be roofing works taking place to deal with a couple of pesky leaks, commencing early May. We are aiming for all these works to have as little impact as possible on the day to day operations of the school.

NAPLAN testing takes place in early May. Students in Yrs. 3& 5 will sit the NAPLAN test. The NAPLAN test covers some literacy and numeracy skills – we use the test data to provide us some extra information on learning trends. While it is one of the main tools used to evaluate education across the country, it is of less value for determining individual learning strengths and weaknesses due to its limited and one off nature. The best gauge of individual learning is the day to day learning that takes place in the classroom.

There have been some changes to covid safe practices in schools. Masks are no longer required, though staff and students are encouraged to wear them if they wish. Additionally, household contacts of positive covid cases are not required to isolate – provided they have no symptoms and conduct daily rapid antigen tests with negative results. We have a supply of RATS at school for any families that require them.

Finally, a reminder that hats are still required. We expect hats to be worn until the UV rating falls below 3 – it is still peaking above 4 during the day.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Family Statements
Family statements for school and kinder fees were emailed out at the end of last term.  The school statements only show any excursion/incursion costs for events that are happening.

Thank you to all the families who have paid the 2022 Curriculum contributions. Yackandandah Primary School rely on these financial contributions to assist us with the purchasing of art, music and physical education equipment and resources, which in turn, supports us in offering specialist French, Music and Art classes.  These contributions also enable us to enrich learning as well as provide camps and excursions for students.

Due to Department guidelines, we are unable to show the Curriculum contributions on the family statements until after they are paid.

A summary of the suggested voluntary financial contributions is below.  When paying please ensure you put your name and 2022 contributions in the reference.

Enjoy your week

Assembly Helpers

Max Edwardes & Ruby O’Dwyer

Achievement Awards

Hughie Vorbach for developing confidence and determination to complete activities independently.
Zoe Glanville for always being a curious, determined learner; especially when writing.
James Davis for writing words independently and learning to read aloud his own writing.
Billie May for showing resilience by running in the Cross Country with your Year 6 buddy. Good on you Billie!
Beau Ridgeway for using exciting hooks to begin his writing, making us want to keep reading!
Evie Burston for creating an interesting and informative glossary for her mini book to explain words that readers might not know. Amazing!
Esmeralda Haslett for working hard to create your Non-fiction book and adding lots of facts!
Nate Maybury for taking on feedback ti improve your writing.  Keep it up, Nate!
Alfie Bayne for going above and beyond expectations to improve his learning.
Lara Bebbington for displaying excellent organisational skills.
Sharni Barnes for displaying a consistently responsible approach to all tasks this term.
Grace Westbrook for reading a difficult text with perfect pace and intonation during her Reading Fluency Assessment. You were gripping, Grace!
Archie Korn for taking on feedback to improve his narrative and including Show, Don’t Tell. Amazing stuff, Archie!

Hot Lunch News

Term 2, here we come!

The Term 2 hot lunch meals will begin in week two, Friday 6th of May, and the meals are;

There are vegetarian options for each hot meal and every meal will be served with fruit.

If you would like to order, please fill in and submit the electronic form for each child.

Link to the electronic form;


Once you have submitted the form, a confirmation email will be sent to you.  Please count how many lunches you have ordered and multiply it by $5, total amounts can be deposited into the  school bank account.

We require 4 helpers each week – please tick the boxes on the form for the days that you are available.  Volunteers need to show proof of vaccination.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

Many thanks 

0416 051 473

Year F/1/2 News

On Tuesday 3rd May the F/1/2 classes will travel to Albury to visit MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury), the Library Museum and the Albury Botanic Gardens.  We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning to school by 3pm. 

Cost per student attending is $10.  Permission forms were sent home the last week of Term One. If you have not yet returned the form please do so tomorrow.  Please indicate on the form if you would like to use CSEF money (if you are eligible) or credit from your family account.

School Photos

A reminder that school photos will be taken on Thursday 5th May.  Students took home an order form the last week of Term One.  Instructions on how to order are on the envelope and below.  Even if you order online the envelope needs to be returned to school before or on the 5th of May.

Envelopes for family photos have been attached to the eldest child’s form.

Music News

Senior Choir at ANZAC Day

Yesterday, members of the Senior Choir gathered at the Memorial Gardens to sing as part of the town ANZAC ceremony. Again we were very honoured to be included in the program and the choir sang beautifully! They certainly made the school community, and myself, very proud.

A big thank you to our wonderful singers and also to parents and families who made the effort to bring their children along and to attend themselves.


Sports News

House Cross Country
Congratulation to Kars who took out the whole school cross-country championship at the end of Term 1. It was a great morning down at the sports park, with all students competing to the best of their ability and earning points for their house.

Help Needed
A big thank you to all of the parents and carers who helped out on the day. We are looking for more parent helpers for next Tuesday as Yackandandah Primary School organises and hosts the District Cross-Country event. If you are able to help out, please let Sandra or Brendan know. We need about 6 parent helpers, especially at the finish line, to make the day run smoothly. The event will run from 10.15am until 1pm.

District Cross-Country
We are taking a squad of almost 60 students with us to the District Cross-Country which will be held  at the Yackandandah Sports Park, next Tuesday, May 3. Permission forms will be sent home today and will need to be returned by Friday. Unlike the House Cross-Country, students are not to go straight to the sports park, as the first race is not until 10.30am. A timetable for events is below:

10.30am 9/10 girls (2km)

10.50am 9/10 boys (2km)

11.10am 11 girls (3km)

11.35am 11 boys (3km)

12.00 noon            12/13 girls (3km)           

12.25pm                12/13 boys (3km)         


Year 6 - 7 Transition

Students in Year 6 have today taken home a Year 6 to Year 7 Placement Information pack. 

The Application for Year 7 Placement 2023 form needs to be returned to the Primary school by Friday 13th May.

If your child will be attending a Non-government school (Catholic or independent school) please ensure you complete Section 5.

Junior School Council News

The Junior School Council are proud to announce that the casual clothes day raised $376.60! This money will go towards the installation of a bubbler on the oval. The class that raised the most money was 3/4A! Well done to all students who donated! Congratulations to the Junior School Council for organising this event and a special thank you to Jack Summons and Marliah Barnes, who spent their breaks on the last day of school counting and bagging the money! Amazing work!


Paver Fundraiser

School Council are running a new fundraiser!

Money raised will support staff in implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, including the purchasing of associated resources.

In exchange for a generous contribution of $50 to the new STEM Fund, a personalised engraved paver will be placed in the new Dry Creek Bed Play Space between the timber bridge and the pedestrian access gate onto High Street (photo below).  This area was meant to be paved in the original design, however we ran out of time last year!

Each paver can be personalised with up to three lines of text (maximum of 17 characters per line including spaces, all caps lock and centred on the paver).  Buy one for the whole family or one each!

But you’ll have to be quick – with a limited number of pavers available, we will sell out!  Don’t miss this opportunity to leave a long-lasting momento at Yack Primary!

 How to order:

  1. Complete the google form (one per paver) found here
  2. Transfer payment ($50 per paver) to the school bank account (Westpac) including "PAVER: SURNAME" as the reference.

    (The *NEW* Westpac bank account details are listed at the bottom of the google form)
  3. We will send you a confirmation email once your order has been processed.  


10th April – Hudson Street
11th April – Sarah Davison
11th April – Spencer Dowsley
13th April – Cobie Flower
13th April – Lizzie Martini
15th April – Zoe Glanville
15th April – Hughie Vorbach
17th April – Lenny Jones
18th April – Manu Quaglio
19th April – Finn Summons
19th April – Matilda Ridgeway
20th April – Oscar Dickeson
25th April – Aisha Willis
25th April – Nyssa Overall
28th April – Marliah Barnes
29th April – Joni Mayhew

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