Newsletter 19.06.2023

Issue 19/2023

Dates to Remember

Term 2
Friday 23rd June - Last Day Term 2 - 2.30pm finish

Term 3
Monday 10th July - First day Term 3
Thursday 13th July - State Cross Country
Friday 14th July - Winter Sports Carnival
Tuesday 18th July - Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod
Monday 24th July - Winter Sports Carnival Back up day
Friday 28th July - Cross Country Skiing
Friday 4th August - Down Hill Skiing
Friday 11th August - Down Hill Skiing
Thursday 17th August - School Athletics Carnival
Friday 18th August - Skiing Back up day
Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August – Book Week
Tuesday 22nd August – Wednesday 30th August – Somers Camp
Thursday 24th August - School Athletics Carnival Back up day
Friday 25th August - Book Character Day
Friday 1st September - Skiing 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
Monday 6th November - Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 7th November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Wednesday 20th December - Last Day Term 4

From the Principal

Thank you to all the families who helped out with the working bee on Sunday. There was a huge amount of soft fall spread around the playground, mountains of leaves gathered and taken away, heaps of weeding and pruning taken away and general garden tidying. Not only parents but grandparents and children were present and lending a hand. Great work everyone, thanks again – especially given the miserable weather.

Congratulations to the students who represented the school in the Regional Cross Country event. Another amazing performance. Be sure to read more detailed information in other parts of the newsletter.

On behalf of everyone I wanted to say a huge thank you to Jane Murphy for coordinating hot lunch for the last year(s). Jane has streamlined the hot lunch system, renewed a lot of equipment and ensured that the kitchen space is in great condition. Luckily, we have a new hot lunch coordinator! Thanks Hannah Glanville-Jones for taking on the role!

This week is the final week of Term Two. Student reports will be sent home tomorrow (Tuesday). Don’t forget that school ends at 2:30 on Friday. Assembly will start at 2:15. Congratulations to students and staff for a fantastic first semester. Best wishes for a restful winter break.

Michael Edwards


From the Office

Years 3-6 Winter Sports Carnival Permission forms
Permission forms were due back on Friday.  Students who have not yet returned their form have been given another today.  Please return the form to school tomorrow so we are not chasing them up the first week back.  Thanks.

Year 5/6 Skiing Program
We are in the process of finalising the cost of the skiing program and will send out further information and permission forms this week.

Enjoy the holidays!

Assembly Helpers

Aliya McCormack & Ed Boddenberg

Achievement Awards

Ed Hogan for actively searching for ‘r’ and ‘h’ words in different texts over the last two weeks.
Clyde Lucas for excellent work with making tetromino shapes and two-digit numbers in maths.
Billie May for reading texts with improved fluency and expression. Well done, Billie!
Audrey Wyatt for great ideas when completing this week’s numeracy fluency task.
Cody Ellingham for showing great understanding with our ordinal number warm ups this week. Great job!
Tom McAlister for huge efforts with handwriting. Keep it up!
Spencer Pretty for using a systematic approach to solve challenging maths problems.
Jim MacCalman for making great connections in his reading and noticing similarities in books by the same author.
Patrick Kellaway for applying his growth mindset to learn a new maths strategy during subtraction regrouping.
Nate Maybury for applying independent editing skills to level up his narrative.
Alfie Bayne for being a kind and thoughtful classmate who is willing to help others.
Lenny Graham for working positively with learning partners.
Hudson Street for making strong connections in Maths and fully-engaging with tasks to get the most out of each lesson.
Billie McInerney for reflecting on her learning to identify her “wins” and areas for future learning.

Hot Lunch News

We are welcoming the last day of term 2 with the favourite sausage sizzle!

I’ll take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all that helped make hot lunches what it is today.  I have been well supported in the role and have thoroughly enjoyed working with both parents and students within our school community.

Students and staff have provided positive feedback along the way, allowing the program to evolve and grow into what it is today.

So, I look forward to supporting the new Hot Lunch coordinator, Hannah Jones, into next term and beyond, so this wonderful little program can continue well into the future.

Have a great break and thanks again.


Jane Murphy
YPS Hot Lunch Coordinator
0416 051 476


Social & Emotional Learning


During SEL last week, we looked at the brain and how all brains work differently. Race cars go REALLY fast, they need strong fuel to run and if you don’t pitstop them, they don’t drive so well. We explored the text, ‘My Brain is a Race Car’ by Nell Harris, and discovered that, sometimes, our brains can be like race cars.

For example, our thinking can be fast and zippy, our brains require strong fuel (food) to function and just like race cars, our brains need pitstops. Pitstops allow our brains to rest and recover. During the lesson, the children designed their own race car brain and talked about different pitstops that can help when our race car brains are racing too fast. How do you pitstop your race car brain?


Library News

I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks preparing lots of new books for our school library. The library is now BURSTING with fabulous new non-fiction books (on sport, Lego, Minecraft, animals etc) and junior fiction (all the latest releases in series such as Dragon Girls, WierDo, The Bad Guys, Brotherband, Ranger’s Apprentice etc)- PLUS (if you are a graphic novel lover), loads of new Graphic novels, including Wings of Fire and Babysitters Club. There are also lots of new picture books for our younger readers. Time to get reading!

CBCA Book Week 2023
This year’s theme is: Read, Grow, Inspire….  The CBCA Book Week is taking place from 19-25 August this year. Check out their website for more information about the shortlisted books:

And this year, for the first time in a long time, our Dress-up Day will fall during Book Week!

Save the date: Friday 25 August will be our YPS Book Week Dress-up Day!

Caz, Mandy and myself are starting to plan the art activities. We can’t wait to share for more information with you closer to the date. In the meantime- get thinking about and planning those costumes!

Book Sale 2023!
I will again be running a second-hand book stall in Week 7 of Term 3, as part of our Book Week celebrations, to raise money for the library. Please consider donating to the school, any children’s books you might be finished with, instead of taking them to the op shop. Date to be confirmed.

Have a wonderful week of reading!

Sarah McAlister


Sports News

Regional Cross Country
On Friday, 16th June, 9 of our students represented Yackandandah Primary School at the School Sports Victoria Regional Cross Country in Benalla. The sun was shining, and our athletes were full of nerves and excitement. After a team warm up and familiarising themselves with the 2km and 3km courses, our athletes began marshalling for their races, one age group at a time. The students and their families cheered each other on and congratulated their fellow runners. We are so very proud of how beautifully this bunch of fast footed kids represented our school. Congratulations to all our runners on their achievements – you all did SO well amongst some very tough competition. An extra big congratulations to our runners who have qualified for the State Cross Country, this is an outstanding achievement, and we look forward to cheering you on from little old Yackandandah! The State Cross Country will take place in the first week back of Term 3 on Thursday, 13th July, in Yarra Glen (more details to come). The runners who will be representing us at the State Cross Country are Spencer Dowsley, Zack Dickeson, Oscar Dickeson, Tarn Charles-Jones and Gabriella Gargiulo. We would like to extend a special mention to our medal winners, Spencer Dowsley, who won GOLD, and Oscar Dickeson, who won BRONZE on Friday – INCREDIBLE WORK! A very big thank you to our families who transported their athletes to the track and cheered them all on and took amazing photos and videos – we are very grateful.

Music News

Students in the senior choir (years 3-6) will perform as part of the Albury Eisteddfod on Tuesday 18 July. Those involved received a permission form on Friday, which needs to be returned to school by this Friday.  Cost per student is $10.

All classes and both choirs have now performed assembly items during terms 1 & 2 and I look forward to presenting more performances in terms 3 & 4. Any students who learn an instrument and would like to perform a solo or group item at assembly sometime, please let me know. 

David Pietsch 


Bookings are now open for the Vacation Care Program which is operating from Monday 26th June to Friday 7th July.  Please book in to secure your child’s place.


19th June – Mia Bebbington

23rd June – Jack McAlister

Community Notices

Indigo Shire Libraries School holiday activities
June 2023

The Magician’s Secrets
Dane The Great Magician will be with us these school holidays! He has performed magic for many people around the world and has just returned to Australia from Japan. 

Would you like to amaze your friends and family? Dane will teach you how to do your own magic tricks and share some of his secrets with you.  

Ages: 6–12   Bookings required.

Where: Beechworth Library                           
When: Thursday June 29                                
Time: 10.00 am -11.00 am

Where: Rutherglen Library 
When: Thursday June 29                
Time: 2.00-3.00 pm

Enchantment, dragons and more
Enter the fantastic world of dragons, castles, wizards and witches, princes and princesses. Spend some time with us and let’s share the fun of magical crafts, the excitement of an enchanted treasure hunt, bewitching bingo and more! You might even like to wear a costume if you have one!

Ages: 5-12   Bookings: Required

Where: Yackandandah Library.       
When: Monday June 26 
Time: 10.30 – 12.00 am 

Where: Tangambalanga St. Mark’s Hall
When: Thursday July 6
Time: 10.30 – 12.00 am

Jigsaws, Jigsaws, Jigsaws
Are you a fan of jigsaw puzzles? Have you ever thought of creating your own jigsaw? Have some fun designing and making a puzzle to take home. We’ll have some puzzles for you to solve as well!

Ages: 5–12   Bookings: Required

Where: Rutherglen Library                          
When:  Wednesday July 5  
Time: 10.00 – 11.00 am 

Where: Beechworth Library
When: Friday July 7
Time: 10.00 – 11.00 am 

Designer Pens and Notebooks
Are you ready to design your own writing materials? Join us to make a personalised pen and notebook using gift wrap, coloured paper, markers, paints and much more.

Ages: 5–12  Bookings: Required

Where: Chiltern Library
When: Wednesday June 28
Time:      10.30 – 11.30 am

Basket Weaving
Get creative and weave your very own basket. You will take home a basket as a gift for someone special or to store precious items in.

Ages: 7–12   Bookings: Required

Where: Yackandandah Library
When:     Thursday July 6
Time:  2.00 – 3.15 pm

Winter Craft Bags
Collect your Winter craft bag and be ready for the school holidays. There will be activities and crafts for you to enjoy. Suitable for preschool and junior primary ages.