Newsletter 16.11.2020

Issue 36


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

We have entered the final half of the final term for the year. Each class is working hard to squeeze in as much learning as possible before the end of the term. Teachers either have, or soon will be in contact regarding parent teacher interviews. We have been instructed to conduct the discussions via Webex this year.

Reports will be handed out towards the end of the year. Comments from teachers will be more heavily weighted to Term Four. Parents will have had the opportunity to directly observe their children’s learning during much of Term Three. Teachers will be a little more conservative with reporting against standards this year and will probably opt for a lower point if a student is sitting in between two benchmarks. This will not affect what or how the students will learn next year – it is simply due to the extended remote learning making it a little more difficult to determine the exact progression point. It is important to remember that children are assessed against the curriculum standards, not against each other.

Please remember the COVID safe precautions are still in place. I think we are all looking forward to the next announcement on November 23 to hear about the next steps.

Michael Edwards 

From the Office

School Photos
School photos will be taken next Monday, 23rd November.  A reminder that the order form with the ShootKey on it needs to be returned to school either prior to the day or on the day.

Year 3/4/5/6 Big Day Out
As the Year 3/4/5/6 students missed out on their school camps this year due to COVID the teachers have arranged a ‘Big Day Out’ on Friday 4th December.

The students will be travelling to Albury and going swimming at the Albury swimming pool with the waterslide and roller skating.  Lunch and morning tea is included in the cost.  The cost per student is $32.

Permission forms have been sent tonight and need to be returned to school by Monday 30th November. Payment needs to be made before the excursion.  If you would like your CSEF money or any credit that you may have put towards please indicate on the permission form.

Achievement Awards

Bella Somerville for making positive contributions to our class. Thanks for sharing your story for NAIDOC Week.
Aidan Wall for being an organised and hard-working member of class
Aliya McCormack for developing strategies in chance games. Great thinking!
Ben Hardisty for confidently sharing your knowledge of fractions with the class.
Will Maybury for your dedication and enthusiasm in selecting poetry for your poetry anthology.
Charlotte Wilson for impressive reading improvement.
Lenny Graham for confidently sharing your new discoveries about fractions with the class.
Kye Howarth for confidently sharing connections you’ve made about fractions vocabulary with the class.
The Owners of Go Go Juice (Cooper, Dawson & Darcy) for remaining calm under pressure and for working so well as a team in their business venture.
Indi Barker-Powell for showing great writing skills in her cold write.
Emma Pinard for a very creative and well written cold write.
Evie Burston for having lots of fun measuring length using wool, paper strips, sticks and comparing lengths.
Hugo Dickeson for completing lots of fantastic posters about koalas.
Zack Dickeson for completing detailed posters about koalas to a high standard.
Will Rooney for showing good improvement in his writing – keep it up, Wil.
Amy Schilling for demonstrating great writing techniques in our cold write.
Billy Mahoney for having a great commitment to learning over the past two weeks.
Oscar Barker-Powell for using and explaining how to use good probability strategies.

Imogen Rolfe for being flexible and willing to try new strategies in maths.

Art News

Artwork of the Week

Students in FR working on the NOP masterpieces for Book Week.

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is Ham & cheese croissants and Cheese & tomato croissants from Vintage Rose Tea Room.
Helpers are Hannah Glanville (Foodshare) and Nicola Carr (Friday).


iParent Portal
Thank you to the parents who have signed up to the iParent Portal and are now managing their OSHC bookings.

If you haven’t yet done so please click on the link in the invitation which was emailed to you from Kidsoft on the 5th November to register.  Another invitation will be emailed out this week to the families who have not yet registered.

A link will be sent to new 2021 families this week to enable them to enrol their children into OSHC for next year through the iParent Portal and iEnrol.

Pupil Free Days
OSHC will be operating on Thursday 17th December and Friday 18th December.  Please make bookings through the iParent portal or the school office.

Vacation Care
Vacation Care will be operating during the school holidays from Monday 11th January 2021 to Wednesday 28th January 2021 except for Tuesday 26th January (Australia Day Public Holiday).  The program will be available shortly.  Bookings can be made through the iParent Portal or the school office.  2021 Foundation students are able to attend Vacation Care.

Library News

In The Library
Week 6 in the Library was all about celebrating NAIDOC Week (8-15 Nov). We read books by Bronwyn Bancroft (Why I love Australia) and Sally Morgan (Dingo in the Dark). I also pulled out all the books in our collection by indigenous writers or illustrators and put them on display, so the students were easily able to access for borrowing. It did highlight however, that we do need to make more of an effort to get a better representation of Indigenous authors in our Library. This is something I’ll work to do.

As mentioned last week, in the coming weeks we will be exploring Blackout Poetry and collage, using old books from the Library.

New Books
With the recent Book Week gold coin donations and money from the crazy sock project in Year 1/2CK, we raised $52 towards new books for the Library. I purchased a small collection last week- Minecraft Maps, Funny Kid by Matt Stanton, Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend (Book #3); Wizards of Once: Never and Forever by Cressida Cowell (Book 4); The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (local Bright writer) and a few more. Thank you to all who donated!

A big thank you to the Jones family who donated a big bag of preloved books in immaculate condition (thanks to the Shaw family!) which include some exciting titles such as the Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child, and the ever popular Our Australian Girl series.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books……and that’s kind of the same thing  -Unknown

Sarah McAlister

Other School News

$20 Boss Program

Students in the senior classes are taking part in a program called ‘$20 Boss’. Thanks to the support of the Foundation for Young Australians, students were given $20 to start up a social enterprise (a business that makes a profit to have a positive impact on people or the planet). Business are currently trading, some at school, and some outside of school, and each have committed a percentage of their profits to a community group, charity and other organisation.  At the link below, you can find a directory for many of the businesses, along with further information.

If you’re so inclined, you can support these businesses along with their social enterprise. Trading ends on December 4, 2020.
Brendan & Lauren

Students enjoying juice from Go GO Juice.


14th November - Grace O'Dwyer
16th November - Thomas Geary
16th November - Jim Wilson
16th November - Tom Wilson

Community Notices

Calling anyone keen to try TENNIS! 
There will be a ‘come & try’ hit of tennis happening at Yack Tennis Courts open to anybody no matter their skill level (encouraging 5-10 yr olds) for 4 Wednesdays. The first Wednesday will be the 18th November, and thereafter the 25/11, 2/12 and 9/12 (if there is any inclement weather, we can have Wed 16/12 as a back-up session).

The idea is to inspire/expose/nurture kids and tennis to see if they like it and if so continue offering options for kids to help develop enough skills to go on and play junior competition etc. 

THIS IS NOT COACHING and PARENTS NEED TO STAY, support their child/ren, even have a hit to their child or another’s. There is a mandatory cost of $10/child (insurance under Yack Tennis Club) but that covers them for as many/as few of the sessions that they might attend. 

I also propose 4 more weeks in Term 1 of 2021 so watch for news of this in the newsletter again early in the term.

I will be attending all sessions so please let me know your interest or just show up :) my contact is 0425 707 346 if you have any questions. 

I look forward to seeing you on these dates for lots of fun and something new and exciting. 

Louise Thornton