Newsletter 25.06.2024

Issue 20/2024

From the Principal

We are into the final week of Term Two. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff and students for their focus and work over the term – especially considering the illness that has been running amok. Students have responded very well to different teachers and staff have stepped up to cover for those who were ill. And through it all the learning kept going. Great work all and I hope you have a relaxing holiday.

This Friday school finishes at 2:30 as it is the last day of term. Assembly will be at 2:10.

Don’t forget to get your recipes into the Yackandandah Primary School Cookbook! The cookbook will be a high-quality publication and it’s worth getting your recipe in for posterity. See further details in the rest of the newsletter or follow these links:

You can submit the recipes here -Yackandandah Primary Cookbook — Create Cookbooks ( Or by emailing

From the Office

I would like to thank all students, parents/carers and staff of Yackandandah Primary School for making my first term at your beautiful school so enjoyable.

Everyone has been so welcoming; I cannot believe we are at the end of Term 2.


I will be back as Acting Business Manager for Term 3, then Sandra will return from her well-deserved break in Term 4.



Please return Permission note and payment.

Winter Sports Carnival Years 3 – 6

Friday, 19 July 2024

Cost $10.00


Hot Lunch: There are still a few families who are yet to pay for Term 2 Hot Lunch.

Please do so ASAP so your child can continue to enjoy the yummy lunches on offer.


OSHC: Statements will be sent out this week.

It is important to keep UpToDate with your payments for OSHC, please continue to do so you can continue to use this service.


I hope everyone enjoys a restful and safe term break.


Thank you



Assembly Helpers

Zoe Blair & Arden Cole

Achievement Awards

Isla Wallace For working co-operatively and confidently during our exploration of “Tenzi”.

Cody Ellingham For active listening and participation during our excursion to Wonga Wetlands.

Edward Crispin For showing and explaining his thinking clearly when finding the total amount of a collection of coins

Kinu Edwardes For showing and explaining her thinking clearly when finding the total amount of a collection of coins

Hush McLennan For confidently and clearly explaining her thinking in our number talk about adding money.

Neve Allen For throwing herself into number talks during maths and sharing her perspective.

Milla Stagg For Perseverance in her maths learning, especially connecting multiplication fact families.

Ned Westbrook For consistently attacking his problem solving from a range of angles and strategies.

Dara Freeman For working collaboratively to type a shared narrative.

Joni Mayhew For working collaboratively to type a shared narrative.

Grace Pritchard For being an attentive and independent student, consistently staying on task.

Paddy McIntyre For showing attention to details and checking work to ensure accuracy.

Spencer Pretty For showing great focus during maths work on times tables and arrays.

Bonnie McLeod For her calm, polite and focused approach in the classroom.

Wil McCormack For showing confidence and engagement with his classmates and school activities this week.

Lucas Stagg For excellent reading with expression while preparing for public speaking.

Zoe Blair For showing excellent creativity and use of technology skills when editing videos.


24th June Amber Wallace

26th June Grace Pritchard

26th June Molly Schultz

28th June Wesley Paull

29th June Will Maybury

2nd July Marly Flower

2nd July Kyle Vandehoef

3rd July Jono Shepherd

7th July Billie May

11th July Macey Hogg

13th July Phia Smith-Deans

Sports News


On Friday, 21st of June, 6 of our students travelled to Benalla to compete in the Hume Region Cross Country. They ran their hearts out and made us super proud! Congratulations to all of you on reaching this level of competition and showing great athleticism and sportsmanship. An extra special congratulations to Spencer Dowsley who came 1st, and Jim Kelley, who came 4th in the U11 boys race. The boys have now qualified to compete at the State Cross Country in Melbourne on July 18th. We wish you all the best, boys! Thank you to the families of our runners for transporting and supporting them on the day.

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.


Ewan Mcinerney (3/4A)

Ben Hardisty (5/6L)


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.


Art Room News

Pastel drawings by 5/6 Students
 by Alex Beatty

 by Billie McInerney 

 by Ebony Roberts

 Graphite pencil drawing
by Willis Hogg

Hot Lunch News

The final Hot Lunch for this term is a BBQ Sausage/Veggie Burger Sizzle.

Last week we reintroduced Butter Chicken/Veggies onto the Hot Lunch menu for the first time in a couple of years. Parent volunteers Clare and Leah, and student helpers Matilda and Lewis did an amazing job smoothing out some first-cook hiccups. The finished lunch was very delicious and will definitely be back in term 3! Special thanks to Emma MicNicol for a huge effort cleaning up the bowls afterwards (see 'bowl mountain' below!)

Thanks to all the students and parents that have helped out with Hot Lunches this term. It is not always easy to fit volunteer duties into a busy schedule, but your efforts are so much appreciated. It is lovely to end the week with smiling faces and happy bellies :)

Have a lovely holiday break!


Hannah Glanville-Jones

YPS Hot Lunch Coordinator


Yackandandah Primary School Cookbook

Don't forgot to add your recipe for the Yack Primary Cookbook Fundraiser. A great task for the holidays to do with the kids.

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:



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