Newsletter 18.03.2024

Issuer 8/2024

From the Principal

The Folk Festival begins this Friday! The school will be involved in the Parade to kick off the festival Friday afternoon. Please make sure you read the relevant sections of this newsletter for all the details. Thanks to those who have volunteered their time to support us on the Saturday evening or the Sunday morning.

The school is moving to the Compass school management system at the start of Term Two. You will receive more details and instructions before the beginning of next term. You will be able to log absences, approve permissions and communicate via the compass app. Over time more features will be added as we become familiar with them. As with any new system, there may be some initial bugs or hiccups – but feedback from schools and parents that already use Compass indicates a much more streamlined and easier way to deal with ‘school business’ from a parent’s perspective. You can download the school compass app from whichever place you access your phone apps, but we have not yet set up parent passwords. Keep an eye out for more details in the next newsletter and/or direct emails.

Congratulations to all students on their participation in the Jump Rope for Heart program this term. It was great to see children enthused with skipping and become experts! Well done to those who chose to join in the fundraising. An amazing effort to raise the money and contribute to such a worthy cause.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Outstanding Swimming Charges
There are still quite a few families who haven’t paid for the swimming sports that occurred during the term.

Statements will be emailed to these families today.  Payment this week would be greatly appreciated.  A reminder that pool membership did not cover the school swimming sports.

Cross Country permission forms
Student’s who have not yet returned their Cross country permission form have taken another one tonight.  Please complete the form and return it tomorrow.  Thanks.

Enjoy your week!

Assembly Helpers

Lewis James Hillier & Elena Dean

Achievement Awards

Kleo Schlup Carson for being an enthusiastic member of our class who enjoys sharing ideas and stories with the class.
Grace Dowling displaying more confidence with classroom routines and with sharing learning with the class.
Kaidence Corben for being an enthusiastic learner who confidently shares her ideas with the class.
Wesley Paull for a positive attitude and enthusiasm for writing our own mini books.
Jasper Bulman for making great observations during Maths this week.
Taj Dean for demonstrating strong problem solving skills and discovering connections during multiplication and division.
Ed Hogan for trying and applying new skills during our first ever laptop session! Go Ed!
Grace Scobie for creating a moody and layered poster explaining the setting of our mentor text during writing.
Eddie Crispin for being a thoughtful classmate who is always ready to help others.
Macey Hogg for creating a wonderful, descriptive poster explaining the resolution of a hero’s quest story.
Cooper Visentin for showing persistence to think through tricky problems this week.
Grace Pritchard for demonstrating strong organisational and independent work habits.
Arden Cole for her amazing efforts towards increasing her confidence for public speaking.
Lenny Jones for his consistently focused and hardworking approach in class.
Spencer Dowlsey for always demonstrating an excellent work ethic by being organised, focused, and giving his best effort to all tasks.
Phia Smith-Deans for writing a wonderful memoir full of rich language and description.
Jayde Pritchard for always being an outstanding leader in the senior space.  So full on of enthusiasm and energy!
Hunter Wall for showing resilience and determination in everything he puts his mind to!

Hot Lunch News

Outstanding payments
If you received an email from Sandra last week in regard to payment for Term 1 hot lunch and you haven’t yet paid could you please do so.

The final Hot Lunch for this term is Fried Rice
This is one of our biggest and busiest meals to prepare and we are now a helper short. I know it's a busy weekend, but please let me know by email or via messenger if you can volunteer. We have our normal helper shift from 9-11.30 am, and also a clean up shift from 11-12.30 (washing bowls) and can shuffle helpers around to suit everyone's schedules. 

Many thanks in advance!

Hannah Glanville-Jones
YPS Hot Lunch Coordinator


Folk Festival - Roster

Thank you to the families who have offered to assist over the Folk Festival weekend.  We still need more helpers from 5pm Saturday with the BBQ and 6am Sunday with the market setup.  If you can assist please let Sandra know or complete the form at:

Food Preparation during the afternoon will be in the school kitchen.  Eskies can be dropped off at the school office on Friday or at the school kitchen Saturday afternoon.  Signs for the cars can be picked up from Sandra on Friday.

The roster is below and will also be emailed out to families.


Folk Festival Parade

Students at Yackandandah Primary school are being asked to wear any solid-coloured clothing (preferably in the colour scheme of the book by Dr Seuss – Oh The Places You’ll Go and without logos - the Folk Festival Official T-shirt is fine). Stripes are strongly encouraged at Yack PS and could be stripey socks, scarves, shirts, leggings or hats. Students at Yack PS will have a school banner in the parade for students to walk behind. 

 Key Dates & Times - Important information for families

  • The Opening Parade will be on Friday 22ndMarch 2024 @6:00pm
  • Road closures will take place from 3:30pm
  • FREE face Painting will be set up in the Rotunda at the Memorial Gardens from 3:30pm for students marching in the Street Parade only, until 5:45pm
  • Assemble students for the parade at 5:50pm

 Proposed Running Sheet: Friday 22nd March 2024

2024 OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Folk Festival Opening Parade

  • 3:30pmHigh Street will be closed to all traffic.
  • 3:30pmface painters will be located in the Memorial Gardens. Lots of stripes, lines and Dr Seuss inspired shapes and patterns!!
  • 5:50pmstudents in full costume are to look for their class teacher OR school/parent representative. This year we will be assembling on the High Street, as close to the roadblock at Bells Flat Road and Kars Street.
  • 6:00pmthe High Street Shufflers will lead the parade, down the High Street, turn the parade participants around in front of the Bottom Pub, and walk back up High Street to the intersection of High Street and Wellsford St.
  • 6:20pm Acknowledgement of Country
  • The Parade will conclude with a drumming finale by Yackandandah Primary School’s Year 5/6 students, led by Yack PS Music Teacher Miriam. Any Yack PS parents and friends who can stay back after the parade to support the return of instruments and buckets to the Art/Music room would be most appreciated.
  • 6:25pm High Street Shufflers will lead followers, students and community members back down to the Street Stage for the Bush Dance with Di and Billy of the OLD JIG JOG dance band at 7pm!!

Parents/Guardians and caregivers please collect your ‘Dr Seuss themed’ little people from the following locations once the parade has concluded.

If you can't find them, please go to:

Yack Kindergarten at Yack PS – in the dry creek garden bed
Osbornes Flat, Middle Indigo, and Wooragee PS, on the basketball court at Yack PS
Yack PS on the Yack Playground

Look for the chalk drawings of Dr Seuss signs and shapes to help find your location and the parade starting point.

Please note that teachers and parent helpers are not responsible for the supervision of students once the Parade officially concludes. 

The order of the parade will be:

  1. The High Street Shufflers band
  2. Yackandandah Primary School
  3. Yackandandah Kindergarten
  4. Middle Indigo Primary School
  5. Wooragee Primary School
  6. Osbornes Flat Primary School

Caz, Mandy & Miriam

Sports News

House Cross Country

The House cross-country is taking place next Tuesday 26th March, 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 Beechworth on Wednesday, 15th May.


Jump Rope for Heart

Over the past five weeks, we had 91 students registered, with 60 families who actively fundraised, with a final whopping total of $6524 in fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart!

Just a reminder that fundraising has now finished (as of 15th March). I am now organising prizes for students and families who fundraised. Prizes may arrive early in Term 3 and will be distributed to students then.


Junior School Council News

Year 6 to 7 Transition


The Vacation care program will be operating during the April school holidays from Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 12th April.  Unfortunatley due to staff shortages we will not be operating on Wednesday 3rd April.  Bookings can be made through the Xplor portal or by emailing


19th March – Lewis James Hillier

21st March – Jim Kelley

22nd March – Saige Harmer

Community Notices

 School holiday activities @ Indigo Shire libraries

Bee-Bots at Beechworth
Bee-Bots are programmable floor robots designed for children to use. They turn on the spot and move forwards and backwards. Why not have a go at programming one?

Ages: 5 – 8.                                           Bookings: Required, as places are limited.

Where: Beechworth Library.             When: Thursday 4 April.              Time: 10.00 – 11.00 am.

Sand Play Fun
Come along for some imaginative play and create your sand picture using found objects from the beach.

Materials will be provided and you can bring your own beach found objects to show others.

Ages: 5 – 85! Bring a special older or younger person with you to enjoy the fun!

Bookings: Not required. This is a drop-in session: call in whenever it suits you.

Where: Chiltern Library.                   When: Monday 8 April.               Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

All things Harry Potter
Join us for an afternoon of activities, creativity and craft. We’ll make a quill pen, your own house bunting, a corner bookmark and go searching for some Harry Potter treasure. You might even dress up as your favourite Harry Potter character!

Ages: 7 – 12.                                 Bookings: Required, as spaces are limited.

Where: St. Mark’s Church Hall, Tangambalanga.              When: Tuesday 9 April.       Time: 2.00 – 3.00 pm.

Games Galore
Would you like to play a game of 4 in a row, tangram, tumble tower or have a try at the marble maze? We’ll have these giant games, and others, set up for you to try! Please bring your hat, drink bottle and lots of energy. (If the weather is inclement, we will move indoors.)

Ages: 5 – 12.                                                Bookings: Required, as spaces are limited.

Where: Rutherglen Library                       When: Thursday 11 April.                  Time: 10.00 – 11.30 am.

Where: Yackandandah Library.                When: Thursday 11 April.                  Time: 2.00 – 3.30 pm.

For more information, please contact one of our libraries.

Beechworth Library      03 5728 8043
Chiltern Library              02 6028 1143
Rutherglen Library        02 6033 6801
Yackandandah Library  02 6028 1180

Or visit