Newsletter 14.09.20

Issue 30


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

We’ve made it to the final week of term. It has been a challenging time for everyone and we have appreciated the support that families have given their children with their learning. The situation has shown us that one size does not fit all. Each family faces many similar but some unique challenges with ongoing remote learning and all the other difficulties associated with the COVID restrictions. We understand that every family is doing their best and doing what they can, as are the staff at school.

The current advice is that remote learning will continue in the first week of Term Four. From the Monday of the second week (12th October) ALL children will be back on site and remote learning will finish (unless the advice changes).

There will still be some restrictions in Term Four, for example it is doubtful that excursions will take place, and we are still advised to keep adult visitors on site to a minimum.  Our focus will be to provide a stable stretch of learning before breaking for the Christmas holidays. Teachers will arrange parent meetings at some stage in Term Four, prior to reports being sent out.

Please remember that this Friday is a pupil free day, making Thursday the final day of Term Three. The day will finish (for those that are on site) at 3:30. I will hold assembly on Thursday afternoon and will send out the link and details later this week.

During the holidays I encourage you all to not think about remote learning at all and to simply soak up some lovely spring weather and de-stress before Term Four.

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
On-site supervision will continue the first week of Term four for students whose parents cannot work from home or vulnerable children. Please click on the link below to access the Onsite Attendance form.  Please complete the form and return to school this week or email it to during the holidays.

On-Site Attendance form

Achievement Awards

Gabrielle Gargiulo for being an active and engaged learner during home learning.
Ella Owers for consistently maintaining high personal standards in her home learning.
Aliya McCormack for writing detailed and well-considered answers to her BTN response.
Naisen James Hillier for being a curious and engaged learner in mathematics.
Thomas Geary for making a super effort with his learning this week.
Ryder Stagg for accurate word work each week.
Lewis James Hillier for consistently working hard to develop his writing.
Lizzie Martini for consistently working hard to develop her writing.
Max Murphy for his skills and producing excellent stories.
Will Black for showing solid learning growth in our volume and capacity unit of work.

Wil McCormack for impressive improvement in reading smoothly!
Lily Schultz for great improvement in reading.  Keep it up.
Henry Wyatt for completing all of the extension subtraction word problems.  Super effort Henry!
Maeve Van Duinen for choosing to write her responses to the task "How do people celebrate".
Taidhg James Hillier for working so hard at home and completing and posting lots of work on Seesaw.
Sara Davison for posting many oral presentations on Seesaw and always with a smile.
Aiden Hillier for his keen enthusiasm working on subtraction activities from home.
Aidan Dent for finishing the term strong!
Hayley McIntosh for writing great fictional letters from the goldfields.
Eva Brenton for continuing to master new technology.

Art News

This week in Art, Foundation to Year 6 will be making Truffula tufts and Truffula trunks to make Truffula trees. The very last illustration in the story of The Lorax features the Once-ler dropping the very last Truffula seed to make a new Truffula tree. You might need to watch the video on how to make a Pom Pom Tuft after seeing the Truffula Trees video first. We are looking forward to seeing lots of new Truffula trees! Have fun!

Truffula Trees

How to make a Pom Pom Tuft

Artwork of the Week

Collages of the Lorax

By Alfie Bayne 12PA

Emerson Paul 12PA

Lewis James Hillier 12PA

Taidhg James Hillier FR

Hot Lunch News

Thank you to the parents who have been able to swap their volunteer days from Term 3 to Term 4.

We still need a volunteer to liaise between the businesses, the volunteers and Foodshare.  If you can assist please email Clare Kellaway at and she will let you know what needs to be done.

The student orders will carry over from this term - you do not need to re-order. The first hot lunch will be on Friday, October 16th.

Please click on the link below for the dates of the hot lunches and the roster.

Term 4 Roster and Dates


Pupil Free Day
A reminder that this 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

Library News

Book Week: 17-23 October 2020 Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

Book Week may look a bit different this year (the date has changed three times!), but we are all excited about the chance to dress up and have some well-earned fun when we all get back to school in Term 4! The fabulous theme for this year is: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds, which is loaded with endless creative possibilities! Mandy, Caz and myself will be in the Art room next week, planning a fabulous range of Book Week art activities- so watch this space- we’ll know more about how, when and where our Book Week celebrations will take place very soon!

So- this is just a little message to get you thinking about your costume for your favourite BOOK character! We don’t want families to go to too much trouble, or expense, and encourage you to use what you have at home, or can beg/borrow, to come up with something WILDLY creative! Perhaps you can reuse a costume for a younger sibling? As many of you know Op-shops in Yackandandah have been closed since March, so obtaining pieces for your costumes may be a tad more challenging this year.

This year we’ll be asking for a non-compulsory gold coin donation on Book Week Dress-up Day, to raise money to buy new books for the School Library.

Remote Borrowing & Requests
Now is a great time to request some new books from the Library to see your child/ren through the last weeks of remote learning and school holidays. Please note: I will be in the Library on Thursday 17th this week, from 1-4pm to ensure I can have your loans ready to collect before the holidays start. 

A reminder- you can request books by title, author, genre, or topic. Or I can make the selection for you

Email requests to:

Overdue Books
Thank you to all the people who have returned overdue books over the past few weeks! Fantastic! I am still chasing some books that have been on loan for a VERY long time. Can I please ask all parents assist their child/ren in locating and returning any library books that are finished with. Students can easily renew a novel they are still reading by emailing me:

I’ll be sending home some ‘Overdue’ slips in learning packs over the next few weeks to assist you in finding the missing titles. Thank you for your help with this!

Keep calm and read a book!

Sarah McAlister


12th September - Ethan Williams
14th September - Vivienne O'Brien
16th September - Charlotte Wilson
16th September - Leila Jansen
17th September - Rose McKenzie-McHarg

From School Council

School Council Report – August 2020
Our last School Council meeting was held at on the 31st August.  We discussed a number of topics including child safety, 2021 student fees and new projects.  

Child Safety
We commenced a review of our Child Safety Policies in regards to health professionals, visitors, tutors, volunteers and others attending the school.  The review will include privacy, confidentiality, visibility and relevant working with children checks when on the school premises.

No news yet on our application for the Dry Creek Bed Inclusive Play Space.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Michael E submitted a grant application under the Department of Health’s Shade Program for next year’s Foundation students’ hats.

Pergola near the new portable classrooms
We have communed design work on a free standing pergola to be placed near the new portable classrooms, including additional seating.  If you would like to contribute to this project please let us know!

School Council Governance
The Department of Education have made changes to the way that Fees and Parent Payments can be communicated to families in 2021.  School Council have commenced discussions on the new requirements and plan to present/endorse the 2021 fee structure at our October meeting.  All welcome to attend.

School Council endorsed taking out insurance to cover damages to property not covered by the Department of Education.

Updated logo images have now been finalised – these are in line with the existing acorn logo/uniforms etc. however provide higher resolution images for our eNewsletter and website.  If there are any parents/carers with design skills and would like to help us develop some new letter/policy/manual/report templates we would love to hear from you!  

Our next meeting is on the 26th October.  All members of the school community are welcome to attend.


Jane Dowsley

Yackandandah Primary School Council President

School Councilors – Michael Walsh, Beth Boddenberg, Orrin Pritchard, Carly Frank, Robyn Wilson, Kate Stagg, Tennille McIntosh, Paige Rolfe, Faith Deans, Michael Edwards and Jane Dowsley.


Yackandandah Kindergarten Mango Fundraiser

It's that time of year again, the Yackandandah Kindergarten is once again running their Annual Christmas Mango Fundraiser.  

Each tray of mangoes is $30. The mangoes are grown in Queensland with approximately 7kg of mangoes per tray.  Numbers may vary from 12 large up to 23 small Mangoes. Depending on size of mangoes this year, the cost per mango works out to between $1.20 and $2.50 each.  The variety of mango is Kensington Pride and comes directly from the farm, with no long periods in storage and minimal use of chemical pesticides and soluble fertilizers. They taste fantastic! 

Delivery will occur between 7th – 11th December 2020 and pick-up will be from the Yack Public Hall (we have organised a drop off point in Beechworth as well). We will inform you by email of the exact delivery date (dependent on ripening). 

Please note there are two order forms – one for individual and one for group orders. If one person is paying, use the individual form and if there are multiple people paying, use the group order form.

Links to the order forms are below. 

Please complete your payment prior to sending the spreadsheet to   

Whilst we do aim to be flexible, please be aware that for the fundraiser to be successful we are hoping to keep things simple. If possible please email the form back, rather than printing it out as this makes it easier for us to keep track of orders. If you do need to print it out, please then give it to Jennie in the Kinder office so that she can email it to the Mango Co-Ordinator Kiera Maybury. 

Please submit the form once your order has been paid for, there are 3 options: 

  1. Electronic Funds Transfer to: Account Name: Yackandandah Primary School. BSB: 803-070.  Account No. 48135  

          Important: Please write MANGO and the surname of the person appearing on the order form in the reference. 

  1. Take your payment to the WAW bank and deposit directly using details above 
  2. Pay cash to Jennie McKern in the Kinder office or Sandra McKibbin in the Yack Primary office. 

Orders must be emailed to the Mango Co-Ordinator at  or received at the Kinder Office by 26th October 2020. 

Thank you for your support, 

Individual Order Form

Group Order Form

Community Notices

Indigo Shire Libraries
Indigo Shire libraries has prepared some fun school holiday activities about bugs and insects that are suitable for all ages.

We would love to see what the children create so please send in your photos on the library Facebook page or to

 These activities are available in two ways

1. As take away bags from each of our branches at Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah.

Please contact your local branch or call 1300 365 003 to arrange to collect a bag.

2.  Online through the Indigo Shire website. Visit

 We hope you have fun inside and outside in the school holidays!

Click on the link below to access the flyer for more information

Bugtastic Flyer

Indigo Shire Libraries.