Newsletter 07.09.2020

Issue 29


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

You will probably have seen the news about the return to onsite learning date. Students at Yackandandah Primary School will all return to onsite learning at the start of the second week in Term Four (12th October).

The first week of Term Four will continue to be remote learning. While we were hoping for a return at the start of Term Four, at least the end is in sight. Please be mindful that a return to onsite learning does not mean ‘situation normal’. We will still be asking parents and carers to maintain social distancing, only come on site when necessary and we will continue to practice increased sanitation measures at school. With that in mind we are certainly looking forward to seeing the year out with the children on site.

The government is seeking feedback on the Disability Standards for Education. You can follow this link if you wish to provide feedback.

I would like to say a big thanks to Phaedra Barnes for her donation of time and skill to take some photos for our website and newsletters. Thanks Phaedra, we appreciate your time and work.

The UV rating is creeping above 3 on a daily basis now. Please ensure your child has a hat if attending on site. For the majority who are learning from home, I suggest you locate your hats as they will be mandatory when we return to full onsite learning.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
The CSEF ensures students from lower-income families do not miss out on important extra-curricular activities that increase their overall engagement and participation in school and the community.  The Minister for Education has approved that the eligibility to qualify for CSEF be extended to 5th October 2020.  

If you have received a valid means-tested concession card (Health Care card) recently you can apply for the CSEF. Payment for these students will be made at 50 per cent as opportunities for camps, sports and excursions have been limited in 2020.  Please call into the office to fill out an application for.

On-site Attendance Form
Please click on the link below to access the Onsite Attendance form for next week (last week of Term).  The Friday is a Pupil Free day - if you need your child to attend on this day you will need to book into Vacation Care for the day.  Please complete the form and return it to school by Thursday afternoon.

On-site Attendance Form

Yackandandah Foodworks Community Points
Thank you to all the families and community members who donate their Community Points to the school.  We received $567.73 in August from Foodworks.

Achievement Awards

Chase Nelder for approaching all of his learning tasks with his best effort and a great sense of humour.
Charli O’Dwyer for giving her reader’s theatre performance 100%.
Sienna Warren for continuing to work hard every day of remote learning.
Edward Boddenberg for being an active learning when up levelling his writing.
Lenni Ridgeway for working consistently to create her best work
Florian Whitley for enthusiastically reading his fractured fairytale in our Webex meeting.
Finn Summons for a well structured and detailed fairy tale.
Lachie Korn for bringing a positive attitude and applying strong efforts to his learning
Jaala Street for demonstrating diligence, organisation and enthusiasm for her learning
Ruby O’Dwyer for sharing her knowledge and expertise with her peers during Maths
Katherine Somerville for recreating a wonderful 'growing in slow-motion' video and sharing it on Seesaw.
Chase Grech for fabulous engagement in all home learning activities.
Oscar Dickeson for always smiling even when technology doesn't co-operate.  Thanks for your efforts in our class webex!
Billy Brenton for working hard on Home Learning tasks.  Keep it up, Billy!
Eleanor Glanville for an outstanding effort with completing writing of your fractured fairy-tale at home.
Frankie Barker-Powell for digging deep and thinking of great answers during our volume and capacity activities.
Evie Burston for taking her writing to the next level by writing a series of her own stories.
Hugo Dickeson for being so patient with technology issues and using the chat function to talk with me.
Zack Dickeson for confidently talking to me over the phone about his experiences at home.
Savannah Lockett for persistence with working on letter sounds and making great progress.

Art News

This week in Art, the Year 3/4/5/6s are making a Thneed collage and Foundation/Year 1/2s are making a collage of the Lorax. Collage describes the art of arranging and then sticking various materials, such as paper, photographs and fabric onto a new support surface. If you can cut using a pair of scissors, then you can collage. Foundation and Year 1/2s might need some assistance with this art activity to cut out the features of the Lorax. 

Thneed Collage link for Year 3/4/5/6s: 

Art Work of the Week

The Truffula Fruit

By Grace Pritchard FR

Taidhg James Hillier FR

Olive MacCalman 12C

Hot Lunch News

Hopefully Hot Lunches can continue in Term 4.  The plan is to pick up from where we left off starting week two.
We are looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate the remaining hot lunches.  This will involve liaising with the businesses to make sure they are still able to provide the lunches and with the volunteers each week.  If you can assist please let Sandra know.


Pupil Free Day
Friday, 18th September is a Pupil Free day.  Vacation care will be operating for children whose parents cannot work from home.  Bookings can be made through the school office.

Vacation Care
The Vacation Care program will be running during the school holidays from Monday 21st September to Friday 2nd October for children whose parents cannot work from home.
Please click on the link below to access the program

Vacation Care Program

Other School News

Dear parents and carers,

Below are a few parenting resources that may be of interest.

Raising Learners podcast

The Department of Education and Training has funded a 10-episode podcast series through the Raising Children Network called ‘Raising Learners’. It features parenting experts from organisations including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Career Education Association Victoria, as well as the Australian eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman-Grant.

Raising Learners provides parents with practical advice, tips and ideas for supporting children’s health, wellbeing and engagement at school and at home. Topics include how to connect with your child’s school and community, how to best support your child’s learning, what to expect for VCE and VCAL students and how to keep your child safe online.

These topics were drawn from common questions that parents raised with the Department’s coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline and Parentline.

The first three episodes will be available on 1 September, and the rest throughout terms 3 and 4. Raising Learners can be accessed via podcast apps and Raising Children Network website.

Managing the Coronacoaster webinar

Renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is back by popular demand to repeat his Coronacoaster webinar.

On 15 September, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will again present Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era. His first webinar in August booked out in three days, with more than 12,000 registrations.

In this webinar, Dr Carr-Gregg provides tools and strategies for parents and carers to help manage the lockdown period and remote learning. Topics include:

  • your supportive role
  • setting the emotional tone
  • focusing on what you can control
  • how to deal with disappointment
  • more resources and where to get help.

Webinar details

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 15 September

Duration: 45-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session

Format: online via live stream

Cost: free

Register for the Managing the Coronacoaster webinar via Eventbrite


The Positive Parenting Program online is now free in Victoria. You can find out more via this link:



5th September - Max Murphy
6th September - Evie Burston
8th September - Claudia Grech
8th September - Chelsea Dawson-Leitch
9th September - Charli Hobbs

Community Notices

Yackandandah Tennis Club – Junior Tennis

The tennis season is just around the corner (fingers crossed!). With that in mind, our teams need to be sorted by the end of this term (18/9).

Saturday competition tennis is designed for children who have had some coaching or experience of the game and are ready to begin match play. Section 4 involves doubles matches and players must be able to hold a rally. Section 3 is for experienced players and involves both singles and doubles. The tennis season should hopefully begin early next term.

The plan is to resume tennis coaching on Wednesday afternoons next term. If you would like professional lessons, contact Paul Sykes on 0447359023. Lou Thornton will provide information about Hot Shots community play when dates are finalised.

For any further information, please contact:
Bec Stamp on 0437253334 or
Matt Bayne on 0447727002.

Women's Health Week
YHMC is supporting Women's Health Week with a Webex on Tuesday 8th September.  Please click on the link below to access the flyer and further information.
Women's Health Week Flyer