Newsletter 01.03.2021

Issue 5


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

Now that we are heading into Autumn the mornings are cooling down. This means that children are often coming to school in jumpers and then taking them off as the day warms up. Please take the time to check that all jumpers (and hats, containers etc.) are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We also have a number of second hand jumpers in good condition in most sizes. They are free to take. See Sandra or myself if you would like to grab one or two.

Yackandandah Primary School Council would like to thank parents for the voluntary donations that have been paid to the school. These donations help to supplement the government grants that the school receives.

Community Picnic
This Friday the Yackandandah Community Centre is holding a community picnic on the school grounds from about 5pm to 7:30pm. The community centre is organising some live music for people to listen to on the school oval.

School Council will run a sausage sizzle and a cake/dessert stall. For this event we ask that if families of children in Yrs. F-2 could prepare a cake/slice/simple dessert and bring it to school on Friday we would appreciate your help. If you are able to do this please use a disposable (preferably compostable) plate/container and list the ingredients so that those with allergies can make informed decisions.

We are also asking for volunteers to help with the cake stall and sausage sizzle. Please let Sandra or Michael know if you can help for an hour long shift. We anticipate there being 3 shifts over the evening, with each shift requiring at least 3 people.

There will be another community picnic in April – we will be asking families of children in senior classes to assist with that event. Our hope is that our participation in the community picnics will help us generate some of the fundraising that we would normally have collected during the Folk Festival.

DON'T FORGET - Next Monday (8th March) is the Labour Day Public holiday.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Year 5/6 Canberra Camp
The Year 5/6 Canberra camp is from the 24th May to the 27th May.  Students have today taken home a permission form and medical form for the camp.  Please return the forms to school as soon as possible.

The cost of the camp is $395.  To keep the cost below $400 the school is subsidising the camp $42 per student and through the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program it is being subsidised by another $20. 

Payment is not due until the camp date but parents are welcome to start paying it off if they wish.  Please ensure you put camp in the reference if you are doing this.  If your account is in credit or you receive the Camps, Sports and Excursions fund money (CSEF), that may be used as well – please let me know if you are using those funds.

More information will be sent home closer to the camp. 

Softshell Jackets
I will be putting in an order for Softshell jackets next week.  The price for the jackets is $73.  If you would like to order one please call into the office and try one on your child for size this week.

Scholastic Book Club
Students have today taken home Book Club brochures for Issue 2.  Please order via the Book Club Loop.  Orders close on Monday 15th March.  Orders from Issue 1 should be here this week hopefully.

Yackandandah Foodworks Community Points
Thank you to all the families and community members who donate their points at Foodworks to the Primary School.  We received $552.66 from Foodworks last week.

Have a good week,


Assembly Helpers

Assembly helpers this week are:

Ivy Edwards & Jack Gregory

Achievement Awards

Ruby Lebner for great attempts at sounding out words and having a go at writing them.
Ella Williamson for using improved content in her writing and learning to edit her work.
Aiden Hillier for epic focus during writing and sounding out tricky words.
Ewan McInerney for making fantastic attempts at writing.
Ned Westbrook for noticing golden words in guided reading and making connections.  Great effort, Ned!
Olive MacCalman for confidently sharing your ideas and your discoveries with the class.
Lucas Stagg for a positive and enthusiastic approach to our first Big Write.
Ollie Boddenberg for his excellent work in all learning areas, particularly his amazing descriptive writing.
Cianna Leane for always maintaining a positive attitude towards her learning and giving her absolute best.
Eli Willis for his great thinking when investigating various properties of numbers.
Marliah Barnes for consistently demonstrating a positive example of our school values. Wonderful leadership!
Jim Kelley for demonstrating a solid understanding of the concepts covered in Maths this week.

Art News

Art Room Stools
We have brand new colourful art room stools which look stunning in our snazzy specialist space. Families are welcome to buy a little piece of old school art room heritage as we are selling the stools to raise some money to buy art aprons.  Stools are from $10.00 - $20.00.  Please see Sandra if you wish to buy one.

A little piece of history for sale.

Artwork of the weekYear 2 Calendars superbly illustrating the elements of art.

2K class

2PA class

Pippa Graham

Phia Smith-Deans

Harlen Webster

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is a hamburger/veggie burger.

Helpers are:  Hannah Glanville-Jones, Jane Murphy, Vanessa Page & Nicola Carr.

Library News

We received our first delivery of Australian Standing Orders subscriptions last week, and there are some really fabulous new Picture Books and Junior Fiction novels to add to our collection- in particular Olive by our very own Edwina Wyatt (which, by way, has been getting five-star reviews by the students at YPS!). I’m working hard to get them all covered and catalogued and on the shelves by the end of Week 6, however- if you are interested to know more about the Picture Books we’ve received, you can look here:

And here for Junior Fiction:

In The Library
Back in Week 2 we introduced the Library to our F/1R Foundation students. The Year 1 students were a great help and very enthusiastic to share their knowledge of the Library procedures with our newest members of the school. To assist them learning about how Picture Books are catalogued, the students chose books by authors who share the same first letter of their surname.

In Week 4, F/1R began exploring the work of great Australian author, Alison Lester- reading her books and spending time exploring her illustrations through detailed colouring sheets. Again, we borrowed books- this time focusing on books by authors whose surname shares the same letter as the students first name. Unfortunately, due to the snap lock down, both Year 2 classes missed school Library in Week 4.

This week, in Week 6, F/1R will complete their work on Alison Lester. Years 2K, 2PA and 3/4A will be making bookmarks, from re-purposed wallpaper sample books, to keep in their tubs for use at school.

Overdue Books
It has been brought to my attention during the past week, that there are quite a number of students who still have overdue books from 2020. We would dearly love these books back, as I’ve had a number of students requesting them, and many of them are brand new or part of a series. Your child/children might come home this week with an envelope addressed to you (parents)- please assist your child to find the books listed and return to their classroom teacher any day of the school week. You could even leave them with Sandra at the office, who will pass them on to me. Thank you!

Book Week: 21-27 August 2021
The CBCA Book Week for 2021 has been announced with a list of Notables and a fabulous theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds, interpreted by Shaun Tan in a stunning original artwork specially to promote this year’s Book Week. Congratulations Edwina Wyatt who has made the Notables List with her Picture Book- Sometimes Cake. Very exciting!  At YPS we don’t always hold our Book Dress-up Day during the Book Week dates set by the CBCA, but we’ll let you know as soon as a date has been set.

Enjoy a wonderful week of reading!

Sarah McAlister


Other School News

Cultural Performance

Didjeribone is coming to Yackandandah Primary School this Thursday 4th  March at 2:30pm!

With his quirky laid-back style, cultural performer Tjupurru will quickly have our students greeting him and responding to questions in the language of his ancestors the Djabera Djabera people from the Kimberly region of WA. With numerous opportunities for both individual on stage and whole school audience participation, Didjeribone is a uniquely Australian musical experience accompanied by both personal and ancestral stories.

The cost for the performance is $5.50 per student which has been added to family statements. This is our first Cultural Performance of the year!



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
We would love to give your old books a new lease on life here at OSHC. We have looked at what books we have and feel that our bookshelf needs a bit of loving! If you have any books you would like to donate please leave them in the OSHC space.

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. When children are outside the iPad will be with an educator, you are still required to sign your child/ren out of our care.

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 in OSHC we were looking at respect and what that means for us. The children had lots of thoughts on this and were happy to engage in activities that looked at what respect is and how we can be respectful. Together we created a mind map, had fun doing some role play and encouraged one another to show respect to each other and our OSHC space.

We are continuing with are window display. We have lots of new colouring in pages that explore Japan and its culture. The children have enjoyed having a new take on our colouring pages.   

Children have also continued creating the OSHC box city! We now have a food works, post office and hospital, so we are well on our way to being a certified city! The children have shown great creativity in this project and have enjoyed working together to create it.

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!




27th February – Ben Hardisty
29th February – Tarn Charles-Jones
2nd March – Mia Nedziak
3rd March – Elijah Leane
5th March – Shaynia Clausen

Community Notices