Newsletter 13.03.2023

Issue 7/2023

Dates to Remember

Wednesday 22nd March - Book club orders close
Thursday 23rd March - Wodonga Middle Years Open Day
Friday 24th March – Sunday 26th March - Yackandandah Folk Festival
Tuesday 28th March - 4/5/6L & 5/6B excursion to Marian College Myrtleford
Tuesday 28th March - Beechworth Secondary College Open Night
Thursday 6th April - School Cross Country
Thursday 6th April - Last day Term 1 2.30pm finish

Term 2
Monday 24th April - First day Term 2
Monday 25th April - Anzac Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 26th April - School Cross Country Back up day
Friday 28th April - State Swimming Sports
Wednesday 10th May - School Photos
Friday 12th May - District Cross Country
Monday 29th May-Thursday 1st June - Yr 5/6 Canberra Camp
Friday 2nd June - Division Cross Country
Monday 5th June - Division Cross Country Back Up day
Monday 12th June - King’s Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 16th June - Regional Cross Country
Friday 23rd June - Last Day Term 2

Term 3
Monday 10th July - First day Term 3
Thursday 13th July - State Cross Country
Friday 14th July - Winter Sports Carnival
Monday 24th July - Winter Sports Carnival Back up day
Thursday 17th August - School Athletics Carnival
Thursday 24th August - School Athletics Carnival Back up day
Monday 4th September-Thursday 7th September - Yr. 3/4 15 Mile Creek Camp
Monday 11th September-Thursday 14th September - Yr. 3/4 15 Mile Creek Camp
Friday 15th September - Last Day Term 3

Term 4
Monday 2nd October - First day Term 4
Friday 6th October - Division Athletics
Monday 9th October - Division Athletics Back up day
Friday 13th October - Regional Athletics
Monday 16th October - Regional Athletics Back up day
Wednesday 1st November - State Athletics
Tuesday 7th November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Wednesday 20th December - Last Day Term 4

From the Principal

NAPLAN commences tomorrow for Yrs. 3 & 5 students. This year the Department of Education has moved NAPLAN forward, usually the tests are taken in May. As always we encourage children to do their best, but not feel any stress about the test. It is important to keep in mind that it is the day to day learning that means the most in a child’s learning. NAPLAN measures one small part of a narrow range of the children’s learning, in one particular way – once every two years.

Congratulations to the students who competed in the Mountain Bike Inter-schools event last week. There were many great individual performances in different categories and phenomenal team performances as well. Attending the event would not have been possible if not for the parents who support their attendance over a number of days. Huge thanks to all who helped. Be sure to read more about their exploits in other sections of this newsletter.

Michael Edwards


From the Office

School Uniform Order
As the weather is starting to cool down and I can only hold limited stock at school I will be putting in an order for school jumpers and softshell jackets tomorrow so we hopefully have them in by the start of Term 2.  If you would like to order a jumper or jacket please send me an email.  There are samples in the office to try on and I do have a few in stock.  Prices are as follows:

Softshell Jacket                    $73

Full Zip Polar Fleece            $39

Short Zip Polar Fleece        $37

Enjoy your week!

Assembly Helpers

Angus Glanville & Summer Johnstone

Achievement Awards

Wesley Paull for consistently trying to do your best with literacy tasks.
Zoe Glanville for a well written descriptive piece of writing during our ‘Photo Starts’ activity this week.
Lincoln Clausen for reaching his goal in counting and making great progress with his recall of sounds in words.
Hush McLennan for excellent progress with making and recognising numbers within 20.
Patrick Kellaway for using humour and story sequencing in his Big Write about the adventures of mealworms Big Blob and Jeremy Crispakell.
Renn Thompson for showing leadership and deeper mathematical understanding when working with a partner on place value and rounding.
Ewan McInerney for using excellent vocabulary and sequencing in his Big Write about mealworms.
Spencer Pretty for using great humour and sequencing in his Big Write about Bob the mealworm.
Will Boddenberg  for responding to feedback to improve the ideas and organisation in his writing.
Ivy Mahoney for being a helpful table buddy and peer teacher.
Kayden Street for displaying real dedication to learning.
Mia Lockett for working hard and showing persistence with tricky activities.
Aliya McCormack  for showing independence and skill with her mathematical thinking.
Ben Hardisty for crafting some good writing through his personal memoirs.

Hot Lunch News

Four weeks left of term 1 and this week we are trying a new meal, Grilled Chicken Burgers, YUM!

Last week we had a Mother and son combo in the kitchen, Hannah and Angus... fun times and a delicious Fried Rice was served, with plenty of second serves going out too, thanks team!

Jane Murphy
YPS Hot Lunch Coordinator
0416 051 473


Social & Emotional Learning

We are Fair

Last week, in SEL, we talked about our third school value- We are Fair. The students thought about ways in which they show fairness at our school and some examples were: sharing equipment, being honest, including others in games and playing by the rules. We discovered that fairness isn’t always about everyone getting the same, but rather everyone getting what they NEED in order to SUCCEED. Conducting an experiment with the game Tic Tac Toe, saw the 1/2 and 3/4 students testing the theory that ‘rules’ ensure everyone feels safe, happy and calm. You might like to ask your child how they felt when the rules were taken away during the experiment.


Sports News

The House cross-country is taking place on Thursday, April 6, at the Yackandandah Sports park. The event will begin at 9am and we ask that students be dropped off at the sports park directly, after 8.40am, rather than going to school. The school bus will drop kids off at the sports park, and a teacher will walk with students from Before School Care, at 8.40am.

A draft timetable is below.

Students will be competing in their houses and are encouraged to wear their house colours for the day. Students should also wear appropriate footwear and bring their bag with snacks and water. Ribbons will be handed out for students who come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age group and gender. In the senior age groups (9/10, 11, 12/13) up to 10 runners from each classification can qualify for the District event, however, students will need to demonstrate that they can run the course in a competitive time to qualify. The District event will be held in Yackandandah on Friday, May 12.

We do require several parents or carers to assist with supervision of the track on the day. This involves taking a position on the track to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants. If you are able to help with this, please complete the form at this link:

Permission forms have been sent home tonight and need to be returned to school by Friday 24th March.



Music News

Private Music Lessons
Please remember that if your child is absent from school when they have a scheduled private music lesson, it is the parent’s responsibility to let their music teacher know. 

Thanks Bob Haanstra & Jenny Cope-Williams

Yackandandah Folk Festival

This year on the Saturday evening the school is selling ‘Street Food’ in the school grounds.  We need helpers for this prior to the day and on the day.

Thank you to the parents who have offered their assistance so far for the market.  Below is the roster at the moment.  We still need a few helpers for the market side of the weekend.

If you can assist at any time for either the food or the market please click on the link below to access the help sheet.

Thanks Sandra

Classroom Helpers

Year 6 to 7 Transition

Australian MTB Interschools 2023

Last week, seven YPS students travelled to Thredbo to compete in the Australian MTB Interschools.

It was a massive few days with the team battling it out over two divisions in disciplines including Cross Country, Flow and Pump Track.  There were 1400 competitors in total from Grade 3 through 12!

The students competed individually in each event, with our Division 5 boys also qualifying in the teams category (minimum three riders).

The first event was the Fox Flow Motion Cup which was a downhill race through a mix of open berms and long undulating straights.  Each rider started 25 seconds apart and had to be ready to race at their allotted start time. All racers performed exceptionally well, with the keen support crew cheering them on at the bottom of the course!  Our Division 5 Team placed second overall in the Fox Flow Motion event!

The second event was the Rockshox Pump Track Challenge whereby riders completed one circuit of the inner loop (Div 5) or both an inner and outer loop (Div 4) of the Thredbo pump track, with pedaling up until the first tabletop, then no pedaling for the rest of the course.  Heats were held with the top 20 competitors making it through to the final! 

Miles T was our only competitor to make it to the top 20 and he smashed it taking out 9th place individually in Division 5 (to some very loud cheering from the Yack support crew).  Our Division 5 Team placed second overall in the Rockshox Pump Track Challenge!

The final event for our students was the Osprey Cross Country (XC).  The XC course utilised parts of the National XC loop at Friday Flat with racers completing a start loop before two further laps of the full course.  Don’t let the name deceive you – the only flat section was the finish line - with some very long arduous climbs followed by a short sharp downhill section.  The mass starts were challenging given the number of competitors, but our little Yack’s sure proved their climbing prowess (and fitness) performing exceptionally well in this event.

Our Division 5 Team took out the National Championship finishing first overall in the Osprey XC!

Spencer D also had a podium finish taking out second place individually in the event.

The support crew couldn’t have been prouder of the way the students performed and behaved during the entire event; they were fair throughout; showed respect to their teammates, competitors and officials; and learnt from every race experience.

Everyone is looking forward to next year (hopefully the weather is kinder) and welcoming any new members to the YPS MTB race team! 

In the meantime, you'll see the team out practicing with the Kobbos crew in Term 2 - everyone welcome - see upcoming community notices for more info! 

Individual Results:

Fox Flow Motion Cup:

  • Division 4 - Oscar D (132nd) and Jim K (133rd)
  • Division 5 - Spencer D (12th), Miles T (32nd), Sebastian D (42nd), Hugo D (45th) and Zack D (47th)

Rockshox Pump Track Challenge:

  • Division 5 - Miles T (9th), Spencer D (22nd), Sebastian D (26th), Zack D (36th) and Hugo D (38th)

Osprey Cross Country:

  • Division 4 - Jim K (18th) and Oscar D (36th)
  • Division 5 - Spencer D (2nd), Miles T (7th), Sebastian D (13th) and Hugo D (25th)

*Unfortunately, the Norco All-Mountain Assault was cancelled due to poor weather conditions and the infamous Oakley Cannonball Downhill proved a little too treacherous for our young team in the snow, sleet and rain – it’s hard to use your brakes when your fingers are frozen!

All professional photos provided by Outer Image Collective and the event sponsors. 

Oscar D

Jim K

Miles T

Seb D

Zack D

Hugo D

Spencer D


Congratulations to Ella Joy for winning the Queen of Albury in the Baby Show Time last Friday and being invited to the State Finals. As well as following her dream Ella is supporting the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia.


Vacation Care Program

Bookings are NOW open for the Vacation Care Program.

YES!! We are running our Holiday Program over the April school holidays. YAY!!

The program dates are Tuesday 11th – 21st April.

Please note that the Monday 10th is a PUBLIC HOLIDAY and Vacation Care will be closed.

Changes to the Child Care Subsidy



12th March – Florian Whitley

Community Notices