Newsletter 03.06.2024

Issue 17 2024

From the Principal

We have a larger than usual number of absences due to illness at the moment, both in staff and students. I would like to thank everyone for their patience as we work to keep the school operating as normal as possible. It is important that we all give ourselves enough time to recover from illnesses and injury. Thanks, families, for keeping us informed via compass, email or word of mouth of any student absences.

Congratulations to the students who competed at the Division Cross Country event last week. Once again students from Yackandandah Primary School performed well and in great spirit. The Regional Cross Country is the next stage with five students from our school competing.

From the Office

Book Club Issue 4


Please have all ordered completed by Wednesday 12th June 2024.

How to Pay

  1. Credit Card - Visit or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school’s order. You do not need to complete the order form.
  2. Cash - Please enclose cash with completed order from to the office by Wednesday 12th June 2024.


Wonga Wetlands F/1/2 Excursion


Reminder to parents/carers who are yet to provide permission/pay for the upcoming Wonga Wetlands F/1/2 Excursion to please do so ASAP.


Students will be attending this excursion on the following dates


1/2 A and 1/2 H: Wednesday 19th June
F/1 K and F/1C: Thursday 20th June

Assembly Helpers

Matilda Ridgeway & Angus Glanville

Achievement Awards

Connor Crispin For always being respectful, kind and considerate.

Otto Deans For always listening and consistently delivering his best work.

Gus Dean
For taking care to present beautifully legible writing consistently. Well done!

Amelia McNicol
For consistently aiming high, being a team player and always showing kindness to others.

Layla O’Keefe
For demonstrating motivation, working conscientiously and consistently displaying our school values.

Cobie Flower For writing a thoughtful setting description to build a picture in the reader's mind in his narrative draft

Amber Wallace For writing a thoughtful setting description to build a picture in the reader's mind in her narrative draft

Rory McIntyre For demonstrating focus and independent learning to complete his narrative draft

Paddy Grogan For demonstrating focus and independent learning to complete his narrative draft

Amaya Whitley For writing a thoughtful setting description to build a picture in the reader's mind in his narrative draft

Mim Martini “Best on Ground” during today’s P.E.

Aiden Hillier For always bringing a great work ethic to class each day.

Patrick Kellaway For injecting humour into his writing to engage the reader.

Hunter Wall For always being a super helpful, friendly and polite member of 56L. 

Willow Anderson For being a kind and supportive friend to her classmates.

Billie McInerney For always being a focused learner and hardworking member of 56L and completing work to a high standard.

Ted Attwood For demonstrating 100% accuracy with his focus letter codes this week in spelling.

Florian Whitley Continuing to be an outstanding friend to his classmates.


3rd June Sebastian Davison

6th June Wil McCormack

8th June Kiera Porteous

9th June Milla Stagg

9th June Ruby Hewitt

Sports News

Division Cross Country:

We had a great day out on Friday with all our Yack PS students competing really well and putting in an excellent effort on the course and throughout the day cheering on our school. We have 5 students who have made it through to Regionals in Benalla in a couple of weeks! Congratulations to

Maeve Van Duinen, Kaia Allan, Spencer Dowsley, Jim Kelley and Finn Summons. 


AFL Clinics 

Yack PS is lucky enough to have a couple of weeks of AFL delivered clinics for our PE sessions starting Tuesday 11th of June. We will have guest coaches in for each PE session to run some great footy lessons. Students don't need to bring any extra gear just the usual running shoes and school uniforms. 

Sessions are 11th-12th, 17-19th and 24th of June. 

Calling all Parent Coaches for Winter Sports Carnival!

Yack PS is again competing at the Winter Sports Carnival which will be held on Friday the 19th of July (First Friday of Term 3). 

We are looking for some parent coaches to help our teams on the day and training. 

We'll be doing some training sessions on Thursdays or Friday afternoons 2:30-3:30pm for the last couple of weeks of term. 

Our sports teams are:

Volleyball x 1 team

Tee ball x 1 team

Netball x 3 teams

Soccer x 2 teams

AFL x 2 teams 

Please email the school if you're interested in helping out! 

2024 Victorian Interschool X Country Skiing and Snowsports Championships


Yackandandah Primary School will be entering a team again this year!!


Location: Mount Buller


Disciplines include:

  • X Country (Sunday 4 August, 2023)
    • Individual
    • Relay
  • Downhill (Monday 19th-Wednesday 21st August for Primary School Ages)
    • Alpine
      • Alpine Giant Slalom
      • Ski Cross
      • Moguls
    • Snowboard
      • Snowboard Giant Slalom
      • Snowboard Cross


Important Dates:

  • Mon 11 June - Event Entry system and Lift Ticket OrderingOPEN for the 2024 Victorian Interschools Cross Country and Snowsports Championships
  • Mon 22 July - Event Entry system and Lift Ticket Ordering CLOSEfor the 2024 Victorian Interschools Cross Country Championships
  • Mon 5 Aug - Event Entry system and Lift Ticket Ordering CLOSEfor the 2024 Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships

For more information check out the following links:


The official website pages:


Event schedule:


Event entry and lift access pricing:


If your child is interested to participate please get in touch with Cathy Derham (school coordinator for Victorian Interschools for Yackandandah Primary) via email at or on 0406 607 621

Times Table Rockstar

Congratulations to the following students who have turned their heat maps green on timetables rockstars this week. This means they are consistently answering the 12x tables questions in 4 seconds or less.


Ted Attwood (5/6E)

Elena Dean (5/6E)

Lily Schultz (5/6L)

Dane Holden (5/6B)


A reminder to all Grades 3-6 students and parents at home, it’s recommended a “little and often” approach is adopted; 3 minutes practice a day, 4 or 5 times a week is a good target.

Contact your child’s teacher if you require more information on how you can support your child to turn their heat map green.

Social and emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

 In SEL, students have been learning about all the different emotions that humans can experience. A program that can help students learn about their emotions, assist with labelling emotion and regulating emotions when required, is The Zones of Regulation (ZoR).

Each class has been learning about the 4 coloured zones- Blue, Yellow, Red and Green. In the image below you will see the different emotions within each coloured zone.

It is ever so important that when we use this program with children, we emphasise that all humans experience emotions, and that being in a particular zone for a short period is ok. However, if a particular emotion or zone is making us feel uncomfortable or is affecting our relationships, this program can highlight some tools we can use to ease our feelings of discomfort. Over the last few weeks, classes have been developing Zone Toolboxes full of strategies that students may find helpful. Some examples are, Take 5 Breath, exercise/heavy work activities, mindfulness activities, laughing, sensory fidgets, and happy baby pose.


Families may find it useful to use this ZoR language at home, or you might ask your child/children about it and get them to teach you.



Hot Lunch News

This week's Hot Lunch is Baked Potatoes. 

 Somehow we only have a few more Hot Lunches left for the term... time flies!

Thanks again to everyone who has volunteered so far, and especially to parents who have stepped in to fill gaps at the last minute. 

If you can help this week (June 7) or in week 10 (June 21) please reach out by email or via facebook/messenger. 

Yackandandah Primary School Cookbook

The Yackandandah Primary School Council would like to thank everyone who has contributed recipes so far.

You can input your recipes here:

Create Cookbooks Recipe Form (


Or alternatively, you email

Or directly message the Fundraising Committee - Sophie Dewar, Matt Flower, Janine Lerch, Michael Edwards or Andrew Davison


The recipes we have so far are listed below:


Community Notices

2nd Annual Yack Winter Disco Ball: 

Yackandandah, it's winter time, the cold is here, and This Way North is inviting you to spend an evening with them keeping warm at the Yack Winter Disco Ball on Friday the 28TH of June 5:30-11:30pm!
And yes let's celebrate the start of the school holidays in style!
This Way North will be doing this as a fundraiser for the awesome organisation called Way Out Wodonga,  who support young LGBTIQA+ people in Albury-Wodonga and surrounds to create safe spaces to connect, be celebrated and foster a sense of pride.

Now this year we're going to start earlier and finish later!

We have a designated kids time of 5:30-7:30pm and then from 7:30pm to 11:30pm it's time for the adults to get their boogie on!

There will be dance competitions with prizes, a raffle and kids activities!
There will also be food (the local Scouts Group will be cookin up a storm!) and drinks to purchase and a licenced bar and of course the very best music to bust a move to!

Tickets are:
$25 for adults
$10 for kids
Under 5 are free

Get your tickets now at:

Let's boogie!