Newsletter 15.04.2024

Issue 10/2024

From the Principal

Welcome back to Yackandandah Primary School for Term Two. I hope you found time over the school holidays to spend some unhurried family time together.

You may recall that Sandra has commenced long service leave and will be away for terms 2 & 3. Amber Mitas will be in the office in Sandra’s absence. Please help Amber feel welcome at our school. I’m hoping that you are patient with myself and Amber as we take on Sandra’s work.

The Compass school system has gone live. I have previously sent out access details to all families. No doubt we will encounter a few bugs, as is typical with any new system. I’m approaching this term with a learning mindset, ready to learn on the go and learn from any mistakes along the way. From a parent perspective, you could start using Compass to register absences, track any notifications and class updates. Teachers are also learning how best to use the system. Please remember you can still contact the school and communicate in the same way you always have.

This term Robyn Wilson is also on long service leave. Robyn is being replaced by Leisha Jungalwalla in the Phys-Ed teacher role. Students will be familiar with Leisha – and she is a trained PE teacher!

I’m looking forward to a great term of learning!


Michael Edwards


From the Office

Hello, I would like to introduce myself.

My name is Amber Mitas, I am very excited to join  Yackandandah Primary School community.

I will be Acting Business Manager for Terms 2 and 3 while Sandra is away on her well-deserved break. I am looking forward to meeting all students and their families and being a part of your school. Please let me know if I can help in anyway.

Parent Payments

The Department of Education and Training has reviewed parent contribution practices and have made changes to how schools seek contributions. This means that we can no longer send statements out to families for Curriculum and Other Contributions.  Parents will still receive statements for Extra-Curricular Items and activities such as camps and excursions.

Our school relies on the ongoing support of our families to ensure that we can offer the best possible education and support for our students.  Your financial contributions assist us in doing this.  Within our school this support has allowed us to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and is highly valued by our school community.  The commitment from parents to contribute benefits students and results in improved achievement outcomes, wellbeing and engagement in learning.  At Yackandandah Primary School, we design and develop learning and teaching programs drawing on the best educational knowledge and practices and strive to offer broad and enriched opportunities to students that are above and beyond what is required in the standard curriculum and what is provided for by Government Funding.

A summary of the voluntary contributions is below

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Assembly Helpers

Lizzie Martini & Chase Grech

Achievement Awards

Audrey Costenaro For using growth mindset strategies as a way to reflect, provide feedback and pushing forward in your learning.
James Davis For carefully editing and publishing his narrative entitled 'The Deep Dark Ravine'
Ella Murphy For working collaboratively with a partner to create a poster of a butterfly lifecycle
Eliza Westbrook For working collaboratively with a partner to create an accurate poster about the life cycle of a fly
Joni Mayhew For listening to and acting on feedback to improve her narrative writing
Penny McNicol For publishing a highly detailed and engaging narrative 'Beware the Quicksand of Doom'
Cody Ellingham For impressive work habits and focus.
Angus Glanville For his huge efforts in maintaining a focused approach to his Yr 6 studies.
Sharni Barnes For her conscientious approach in the classroom.
Ewan McInerney For showing creative mathematical thinking to rename numbers.
Spencer Pretty For contributing positively to help out other class members.
Renn Thompson For writing a well-structured and descriptive story about ‘a big adventure’.
Max Murphy For being a kind, helpful, hardworking & positive member of our class.
Will Black For making excellent connections and offering thoughtful solutions in our Fractions Unit.
Angus Glanville For his huge efforts in maintaining a focused approach to his Yr 6 studies.
Sharni Barnes For her conscientious approach in the classroom.

Hot Lunch News

Welcome to the Term 2 Hot Lunch Menu!

A 'Hot Lunch' option is offered to students on Fridays from week 2 onwards during the school term. 

The lunch is served at 11 am, and includes an individually served hot meal and fruit platter to share.

Each Hot Lunch meal costs $5.

Parents, carers and senior students volunteer their time (Friday's 9am-11:30am) to collect ingredients, prepare, cook and serve the hot meal. The meals are delivered to the classroom, where the class teacher will hand them out to the students that have ordered them.  

We have some delicious Hot Lunches on the menu for this term!

Term 2, 2024 - Hot Lunch Helper Roster





26 Apr 2024


BLT/MLT Burger

3 May 2024


Sausage/Veggie Roll

10 May 2024


Hamburger/Veggie Burger

17 May 2024


Fried Rice

24 May 2024


Chicken/Tofu Wrap

31 May 2024


Cheesy Quesadilla

7 Jun 2024


Baked potato

14 Jun 2024


Pie (Beechworth Bakery)

21 Jun 2024


Butter Chicken/Veggies

28 Jun 2024


BBQ Sizzle 

If you would like to place an order, please use the link below to complete a separate Google form for each of your children by 6pm MON 22nd April, 2024.

**We do our best to cater for students with alternative dietary needs (e.g. allergies/intolerances, vegetarian/vegan, etc.). Please indicate these on the order form**

We also need and welcome kitchen helpers, so please indicate on the form if you are able to assist. No experience needed, we love to have new faces in the kitchen! 

T2 Hot Lunch Order Form -

Hannah Glanville-Jones

YPS Hot Lunch Coordinator


29 March Dusty May
06 April Felix Neumeyer
08 April Layla O’Keefe
10 April Huddy Street
11 April Sara Davison
11 April Spencer Dowsley
13 April Cobie Flower
13 April Lizzie Martini
15 April Connor Crispin
15 April Zoe Glanville
17 April Lenny Jones
19 April Finn Summons
19 April Matilda Ridgeway
20 April Oscar Dickson

Mental Health and Wellbeing News

Dear Yackandandah Primary School Community,

My name is Stacey Hogan and I am our school’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader (MHWL) for this year. Throughout 2024, the Department of Education, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Melbourne University are supporting government schools with a roll out of MHWLs in Victoria.

I started my teaching career at YPS in 2011 and haven’t left. You only need to be around our school for a day to see why I’ve stuck around. We have a great school, wonderful students and supportive families. In 2016, I trained as a kids’ yoga teacher with Zenergy Yoga and learned how to combine my two passions- education and yoga/mindfulness. From there, I have provided yoga and mindfulness classes to the youth of Yackandandah, on and off since 2019. I have a strong interest in children’s mental health and wellbeing, and I firmly believe that it is an integral piece of the puzzle in a child’s education.   

I am currently undertaking some training for the MHWL role (through Melbourne University) and you will notice mental health and wellbeing updates from time to time in the newsletter. I am pleased to inform families that alongside our strong SEL program here at YPS, the school will be trialling 2 other programs over Term 2, with the aim to support our students with their wellbeing and interpersonal/social interactions.   



Stace Hogan


Community Notices

Yackandandah Anzac Day Services 25th April 2024

Dawn Service-     Assemble in Memorial Gardens from 5.30 am

Dawn service-     Service commences at 5.45am

Breakfast follows at the Yackandandah Hotel

March-  Assemble in William St from 9.20am

March off at 9.35am

Community Service- in the memorial Gardens, High St From 10.00am

Morning Tea in the Senior Citizens rooms after the service

Co-ordinator- Allan Grogan 0400 821076

Damian Ley

Secretary Kiewa RSL