Newsletter 09.11.2020

Issue 35

From the Principal

This week is NAIDOC week. I encourage you to have a look at the community news section of the newsletter to see what events are taking place in Albury/Wodonga over the week.

Wednesday is Remembrance Day. Our school usually participates in the community ceremony but due to restrictions will not be doing so this year. We will observe a minute of silence at school along with the rest of the country.

This Wednesday is also another Kindergarten to School transition visit. We look forward to hosting our future students again. The times and procedures will be the same as the previous visits.

I’m sure you are just as happy as I am that Victoria is recording no new COVID cases now. It is important to remember that restrictions are still in place. Keep your child at home if they are feeling ill in any way. Only come onto the school grounds if necessary. Observe social distancing during drop off and pick up times.

This week we will be encouraging students from Yrs. 1 & 2 to exit the school at the end of the school day either at the High Street side of the school or near the general office. The aim is to reduce congestion and gathering at the Hammond/Wellsford St corner. This helps with social distancing and potential traffic and pedestrian build up at that corner.

Michael Edwards 

From the Office

Remembrance Day Poppies are for sale from the School Office for $1, $2 and $5.

Scholastic Book Club

Students have today taken home brochures for Book Club Issue 8.  If possible please order through the parent LOOP at  Orders close Wednesday 25th November.

Items ordered from Issue 7 have been sent home with students today.

Achievement Awards

Indi Barker-Powell for her excellent understanding of prefixes and what they do to base words!
Mia Nedziak for going above and beyond to create her amazing BOOK WEEK costume!
Ollie Boddenberg for his incredibly generous contribution of 100% profits to go to their social enterprise in $20 Boss.
Mitch Waller for his incredibly generous contribution of 100% profits to go to their social enterprise in $20 Boss.
Olive MacCalman for showing great initiative during spelling activities.
Matilda Ridgeway for writing an impressive free verse poem.  Well done!
Billie McInerney for showing understanding of ‘halves’ and confidently exploring other ways to look at fractions.
Alex Beatty for an excellent effort with poetry writing at school and at home.
Miles Thornton for always being an enthusiastic and helpful partner in partner/group tasks.
Aiden Hillier for making great connections this week with his learning, particularly with the ‘ur’ sound.
Sonny Gorham for working hard to sound out words in his writing this week.
Savannah Lockett for writing lots of sentences with correct capital letters and full stops.
Alfie Lebner – for making positive steps to revise and develop his stories
Harlan O’Brien – for demonstrating clear thinking in our science lessons
Flynn Graham – for making a sensational suggestion for our new class novel
Oliver Paull – giving clear explanations during science.
Nyssa Overall – creative and imaginative thinking.

Art News

Showcasing some more incredible works of art from Book Character Day!

4/5/6's and their mysterious illustrations inspired by Yahoo Creek and 
briliant illusttrations of Nop of the Year by the 1/2's - in particular Ruby Hewitt's artwook and her artist statement.

We hope you enjoy the video of everyone dressed up last week to the tune of ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ …have fun!

Mandy & Caz

Molly Wilson

Rose McKenzie-McHarg

Lilli Martin

Oscar Bayne

Mary Nolan

By Ruby Hewitt - I want you to notice the way I made the bunting (the) same sort of colours as the sky. 

Tarn Charles-Jones

Oscar Dickeson

Nicholas Shepherd

Jayde Pritchard

Grace O'Dwyer

Freya Vorbach

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is a Steak Mince Pie or a Spinach & Fetta roll from Beechworth Bakery.

Helpers are Jane Murphy & Ash MacCalman.


iParent Portal

All families who utilise OSHC should have received an invitation to sign up to the Kidsoft iParent Portal.  This will enable families to make & change bookings as well as update their information.

If you are enrolling a child into OSHC please click on the link below to access the iEnrolment form.

If you need any assistance please contact Laura or Sandra.

Library News

In The Library

Due to the Public Holiday on Tuesday last week, there were no Library sessions for Foundation, Years 1 & 2.  

In Week 6, however, we’ll be celebrating NAIDOC Week (8-15 Nov) by exploring books in our collection by Indigenous writers such as Bronwyn Bancroft, Aunty Joy Murphy, Sue Lawson, Aunty Fay Muir, Sally Morgan, Bruce Pascoe and more.

In the coming weeks we will be trying our hands at Blackout Poetry and collage, using pages of old books from the Library, and doing lots of dressing up!

 One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us – Cassandra Clare

Sarah McAlister


8th November – Lucas Stagg
8th November – Alfie Lebner
12th November – Alex Beatty

From School Council

School Council Report – October 2020

Due to school holidays, there was no September School Council meeting. Our last meeting was held on the 26th October.

Road Safety

During the school holidays, representatives from School Council met with Indigo Shire Council (ISC) regarding road safety around the school. A productive meeting was held with a number of outcomes including:

  • School Council to organise a survey to gauge pedestrian traffic across Wellsford Street and provide feedback to ISC.
  • ISC to conduct a review of 40km/h signage and traffic levels around the school.
  • A commitment from ISC to raise our concerns regarding road safety at their next quarterly meeting with Vic Roads (responsible for all School Crossings in Victoria)

School Council request that all families please complete the road safety survey (to be emailed our shortly).

Yackandandah Kindergarten Fees 2021

In recognition of the potential impacts caused by COVID-19, School Council ratified that 2021 fees will remain unchanged from 2020 levels.

Yackandandah Primary School Fees 2021

Yackandandah Primary School’s operating income is funded from two sources; the Department of Education & Training (DET) and parent/care-giver payments through school fees.

Yackandandah Primary School relies on school fees to be able to provide the standard of education and quality of programs that your children deserve, and our families expect.

You will soon receive a letter explaining the fee structure for 2021. This fee template will look very different to previous years due to changes in DET policy. These DET changes have resulted in a reduction in 2021 school fees (between $40-$150 per student).

School Council are encouraging families to make a voluntary contribution equivalent to the reduction in fees. This will ensure we do not have to reduce spending on teaching resources in the 2021 operating budget.

More information will be provided in the DET templates and accompanying letter distributed to all families. If you have any questions please contact Michael E, Sandra, Michael W (School Council Treasurer) or myself.


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

We were successful in our grant application under the Department of Health’s Shade Program for the 2021 Foundation students’ hats!

Next Meeting

Our next Finance Sub-Committee meeting is on the 16th November, at which the 2021 budgets will be reviewed.  The School Council meeting will be held the following week on the 23rd November.  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.

Community Notices

Free Child Car Restraint Fitting or Safety Check

Quercus Beechworth invites local parents and carers to book in for a free child care restraint fitting or safety check.
Please click on the link below for more information.

Free Child Care Restraint Flyer