Newsletter 22.02.2021

Issue 4


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

Congratulations to all the children who came back to school ready to slot straight back into learning routines after the three day lockdown last week. Thanks to families who supported the children at home and helped them to readjust back to school so easily.

On Friday last week 18 swimmers from Yackandandah Primary School competed in the Division Swimming Sports in Wodonga. All who competed gave their best and represented our school wonderfully well. There are a number of children who have qualified for the Regional Swimming Sports in Shepparton. Brendan will share details of the Regional Swimming over the next week.

School Council nominations have closed. There were four positions becoming vacant on School Council and four nominations were received. This means that those nominees have been automatically elected and an election is not needed. Congratulations to Jane Dowsley, Michael Walsh, Jane Shepherd and Leigh Attwood on their election to School Council for the next two years. The first meeting for new school councillors will be on March 22nd. There is a school council meeting 6:30 this evening for the current school council.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Attention Health Care Card Holders - Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, please call into the school office and ask for an application form.

You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page

Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.

Achievement Awards

Zack Dickeson for being an engaged and focused learner, and an excellent leader in our class.
Taidhg James Hillier for writing an excellent recount about a party with great attempts at spelling tricky words.
Richie Burston for demonstrating a ‘can do’ attitude and responding to feedback positively.
Kyle Van De Hoef for a fantastic home reading effort.  Keep it up Kyle!
Willow Anderson for giving helpful peer feedback about writing.
Cameron McIntosh for making great connections with your reading.
Oliver Paull for sharing his great knowledge and ideas during science.
Patrick Murray for always going above and beyond in his learning.
Zac Davis for his amazing work when solving challenging maths problems.
Spencer Dowsley for a unique approach to explaining a maths task through writing a procedure.
Eleanor Glanville for a unique approach to explaining a maths task with diagrams.
Katherine Somerville for being a guiding light with our recent number visuals lessons.
Alfie Bayne for working on his maths using My Numeracy while on lockdown this week.
Phia Smith-Deans for excellent use of connectives in her story about a mystery box.
Bella Somerville for displaying the creative use of concrete materials during problem solving.
Lewis James Hillier for always putting 100% effort into ALL learning activities.
Holly Lerch for setting high personal standards for her learning and being a terrific team player.

Sports News

Upper Hume Division Swimming Carnival

Of the 18 students who represented the school at last Friday’s Division Swimming Carnival in Wodonga, an amazing 13 have qualified for the regional event in Shepparton. This is the largest squad we have sent to ‘Regionals’ in many years. Congratulations to:

  • Open Mixed Medley Relay – 1st: Rose McKenzie-McHarg, Oliver Boddenberg, Ava Walker, Ivy Edwards
  • 12/13 Boys Backstroke – 1st: Mitch Waller
  • 9/10 Girls Freestyle Relay – 1st: Violet MacCalman, Charlie Killen, Lara Brenton, Aliyah McCormack
  • 12/13 Girls Freestyle Relay – 2nd: Rose McKenzie-McHarg, Ava Walker, Ivy Edwards, Chelsea Dawson-Leitch
  • 12/13 Boys Freestyle Relay – 2nd: Oliver Boddenberg, Lachi O’Sullivan, Lachy O’Brien, Mitch Waller
  • 12/13 Girls Freestyle – 2nd: Ava Walker
  • 11 Girls Backstroke – 2nd: Lola Mahoney
  • 12/13 Girls Backstroke – 2nd: Rose McKenzie-McHarg
  • 12/13 Boys Butterfly – 2nd: Oliver Boddenberg
  • 9/10 Girls Freestyle – 3rd: Violet MacCalman

A special mention to the other team members who may have missed out on qualification this time, but represented the school so well: Fredi Farley, Saoirse Beatty, Hayley McIntosh, Remy Lane, and Lenni Ridgeway. All students should be immensely proud of their efforts.

School Swimming Team

Lola Mahoney

Violet MacCalman

Mixed Medley Team

Mitch Waller

Rose McKenzie-McHarg

Oliver Boddenberg

Boys Freestyle Relay Team

Girls Freestyle Relay Team

Girls Relay Team

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is Fried rice/Veggie Fried rice.

Helpers are:  Kate Purnell, Cassie Elliott, Mel Carne & Suzanne McIntosh.

Please note – Orders for Term 1 have closed.


2021 Bookings

Just a reminder to families that bookings can be created and deleted for our care sessions via the iParent Portal. We also ask that if you require care and haven’t done so already to create a portal account and enrol your children into our service. If you have any questions regarding this please email The link for the portal is below.

There is a step-by-step guide link below for creating a portal account and enrolling a child.

Toy Callout

As part of our sustainability practices this year we are looking at giving unwanted and used toys a new loving home at OSHC. We would love to give your unused toys, sports equipment, books and art supplies and new lease on life! If you have anything you believe is suitable please feel free to leave them in our OSHC space for our children to use!

Sign in

Please note you MUST sign you child in and out using the iPad provided. As part of our policies this must be done by a parent or guardian as you drop off or pick up their child. Our staff are there to assist you with this process if needed, they are well equipped to manage any troubles which can occur when using this technology.

We recognise that hygiene is imperative during these times therefore we have provided hand sanitiser for you to use prior to using our iPad.


For those students who are attending Before School Care and arriving before 8, we do offer a small breakfast if requested. Please ensure you pre arrange this with Siobhan via email if this will be a regular occurrence to ensure we able to best cater and care for your children. Reminder this is only for students arriving before 8.

Term 1 Vacation Care

We will begin working on our Vacation care program for term 1 this week and will have it published for you soon. We are working closely with children to incorporate some of their wonderful ideas into our program. 

Our Program

Last week was a fun one at OSHC! We have been playing lots of group games, encouraging children to explore ideas around teamwork, encouragement and having fun!

In the upcoming weeks we are going to be looking at other aspects that make our group games fun and fair for everyone!

We are also starting to create a themed window display with our children, this month we will be looking at Japan. We will be exploring traditions, food, culture and language! Have any families been to Japan? Do you have any fun holiday snaps you’d like to share with us?

Children have also begun creating the OSHC box city! If you have any boxes you'd like to donate to this fun creative project please feel free to leave them in the OSHC space. All sizes and shaped boxes welcome, nothing is off limits to the creative genius of our OSHC children.

We would like to put the call out to our wider OSHC community on ideas to incorporate into our program. If your child has a particular interest you'd like us to explore more or if you have something you would love to see us doing at OSHC please let us know, we would love your input!

Thanks OSHC


22nd February – Jonah Leane

Community Notices

Assembly Helpers

Assembly Helpers for this Friday, 26th February are:
  • Indie Barker-Powell
  • Nate Attwood