Newsletter 19.04.2021

Issue 10


Event Calendar

December 2021
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From the Principal

Welcome back to school for another term. I hope you were able to take advantage of the great weather over the break to enjoy some family time. I would like to thank Carly along with many parent helpers who helped prepare and serve cakes, slices and other desserts along with a sausage sizzle during the community picnic held at our school over the holiday break. It was great to see our school grounds being used for a positive community purpose.

There are a number of upcoming events in Term Two. This Friday is our school Cross Country Run. Children and teachers will walk down to the sports park (cricket oval) first thing in the morning. Bus travellers will be dropped directly at the Sports Park (into the care of staff). Parents are most welcome to come along and cheer. The Yr. 5/6 Canberra trip takes place toward the end of May. It will be the first school camp we have had in some time and we are all looking forward to it. NAPLAN testing also happens in May. There will no doubt be other events throughout the term.

Of course, the core business of schools is learning. We look forward to a full term of learning without unplanned interruptions (I won’t even name it…) We have high expectations for our children, our staff and our parents with regards to learning. The expectations are that we put in our best efforts and keep a positive mindset. While results (or grades, marks, reports or whatever you want to call them) often attract the most attention it is the day to day work of learning that is most important. Keeping a positive attitude and a willingness to persist is probably the most important learning skill we can have. Marks and reports are not learning – and because we are all different, they will be different. We want to help children be the best learners they can be as this is what will give them the best chance at whatever they aspire to.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Anzac Day March
All students who are participating in the Anzac Day parade with the school will need to wear full school uniform and meet in William Street, near the Yack hotel at 9.15am.

The program for Anzac Day day is:

5.45am Assemble for dawn Service in Memorial Gardens High St Yackandandah followed by a breakfast at the Yackandandah Hotel.

9.25am Assemble for March in William St (near Yackandandah Hotel)

10.00am Memorial Service in Memorial Gardens.

Anzac Day Badges
Anzac Day badges will be available to purchase from the school office on Wednesdayfor $1.

As per Department Policy if your child is absent from school parents need to notify the school with an explanation as to why the student is absent.  This can be done by emailing the office at, phoning the office on 60271431 or via the school website and click register an absence.

School Photos
School photos will be taken on Wednesday 12th May.

Each student has today taken home a photo envelope/order form from MSP photography.  To order online please follow the instructions on the order form.  The envelope needs to be returned to school prior to or on the 12th May.

Order forms for sibling photos are attached to the eldest student in the family.

Year 5/6 Canberra Camp
The camp is fast approaching and final preparations are being made.  If you haven’t returned the permission and medical form could you please do so tomorrow.  Thank you.

Scholastic Book Club
Students have today taken home Book Club brochures for Issue 3.  Please order via the Book Club Loop.  Orders close on Thursday 6th May.

Back Orders
Students who have been waiting on back orders from Scholastic have received their items today.

Victorian Primary School Nursing Program
The Victorian Primary School Nursing Program is a free health assessment service offered by the Department of Education and Training to all children during their first year of primary school.

Foundation students have today taken home the Primary School Nursing Program Information Package and School Entrant Health Questionnaire.  The Questionnaire needs to be returned to school by Friday 30th April.

If you do not consent to the health assessment please tick the appropriate box and return the form to school.

Singin in the Rain
The Year 5/6 students will be attending the Albury Wodonga Theatre Company performance of Singin’ in the Rain on Friday 25th June.  Our very own Mia Nedziak is part of the ensemble. More information and permission forms will be sent home next week.

Assembly Helpers

Assembly helpers this week are:

Chase Nelder & Sally Bayne

Achievement Awards

Saige Harmer for maintaining an impeccable home reading record ALL term. Keep it up!
Tarn Charles-Jones for always applying a strong and independent effort to all learning tasks.
Ivy Mahoney for amazing dedication to home reading this term by reading every night and recording all your own reading!
Freya Vorbach for amazing dedication to home reading this term by reading every night and recording all your own reading!
Patrick Kellaway for taking initiative to write his sentence in sequence, in our writing tasks today.
Spencer Pretty for confidently sharing great ideas during our maths sessions.
Mia Nedziak for her fantastic Crazy Hair Day creation.
Isaac Hewson for his incredible caricatures of his school friends.
Chase Nelder for his outstanding improvement in his whole numbers post test.
Lenni Ridgeway for her amazingly creative crazy hair day creation.
Milla Stagg for enthusiastically and successfully ordering the days of the week.
Claudia Grech for beautiful smooth reading during reading groups.

Hot Lunch News

Term 2 Hot Lunch
If you haven’t ordered your hot lunch for this term you may still do so.  Orders close this Friday.

We still need more helpers for this term. If you can help out at all please let Sandra know.

Sports News

The House cross-country is taking place this Friday, April 23, at the Yackandandah Sports Park. The event will begin at 9am and we ask that students be dropped off at the sports park directly, after 8.40am, rather than going to school. The school bus will drop kids off at the sports park, and a teacher will walk with students from Before School Care, at 8.40am.

A draft timetable is below.

8.40am-9.00amStudents arrive at the sports park. Parents, carers and buses drop students off. Before School Care walk to sports park with teacher.


Mark the rolls and Welcome



5/6 year-old girls and boys plus buddies - 1km run

Event not timed


7 year-old girls and boys - 1km run

Event not timed


8 year-old girls and boys - 1km run

Event not timed


9/10 year-old girls - 2km run

Event timed


9/10 year-old boys - 2km run

Event timed


11 year-old girls and boys- 3km run

Event timed


12/13 year-old girls and boys - 3km run

Event timed




Students will be competing in their houses and are encouraged to wear their house colours for the day. Students should also wear appropriate footwear and bring their bag with snacks and water. Ribbons will be handed out for students who come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age group and gender. In the senior age groups (9/10, 11, 12/13) up to 10 runners from each classification can qualify for the District event. Students will need to demonstrate that they can run the course in a suitable time to qualify. The District event will be held in Yackandandah on Friday, April 30.

Permission forms were sent home last term.  Students who have not yet returned their forms have taken another one home tonight.  Please return it to school tomorrow.

We do require several parents or carers to assist with supervision of the track on the day. This involves taking a position on the track to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants. Helpers will require evidence of a Working With Children check. If you are able to help with this, please contact the office or Brendan Hogan @

Music News

Senior Choir at ANZAC Service, Sunday, 25th April.
The Senior Choir has again been asked to present a song at the Yackandandah town ANZAC service which will be held in the Memorial Gardens THIS SUNDAY, 25th April.

Choir members will meet the rest of the school at the bottom pub at 9:15 and walk the length of High Street to the Memorial Gardens where the service will take place at approximately 9:45.

Students are welcome to stand with their parents and carers during the ceremony and move to the stage or steps of the rotunda to sing. They will be singing one song, ‘Song of Australia’, and also lead the National Anthem. Regardless of the weather, the ceremony will go ahead so I ask that students equip themselves with wet weather gear over their school uniform if needed. Again, students are reminded to wear full school uniform with neat hair and no colourful scarves, earrings, or jewellery.

Thank you in advance to all parents and carers for their support in bringing their children to this significant event.

Jenny Cope-Williams

Junior Beats is looking forward to welcoming its new students this week!

Limited places still available for Term 2 enrolments during school hours on Fridays.

Contact Edwina Wyatt via the website: or Sandra McKibbin via the office.



Year 6 - 7 Transition

Students in Year 6 have today taken home a Year 6 to 7 Transition Pack with information on how to enrol your child into secondary school. 

Parents need to:

  1. read the Department’s Placement Policy at

  1. Locate your designated neighbourhood school or preferred secondary school using

  1. Complete the Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 form and return to the YPS school office by Friday 14th May 2021.

Further information is available at

Junior School Council News

Crazy Hair Day 2021
The Junior School Council put on a very fun day for the last day of term 1. All students came with the most crazy hair creations! Well done to everyone who participated and went to so much effort! It was a fantastic day! A very big thank you to each and every student who made a gold coin donation!! We raised $297.45c to go towards a bubbler on the oval! Congratulations to 56BE who made the longest line of coins on the day also! JSC


Our Program
Welcome back to School! We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays as much as we did, we loved our holiday program and had so much fun with the kids!

We did so much these holidays! The children really enjoyed being part of a program that they helped to create, and we loved watching them be so involved in their program at OSHC.
Our excursions to Oddies Creek Park and Bounce were a hoot! Both excursions leaving the children happy, laughing and a little tired! It was great to see our school group engaging with other people using both facilities in such a kind and caring way. Our visit from Mini Mindfuls was wonderful! Stacey provided a fantastic and engaging morning program for the children and it has inspired them to continue to explore yoga in term 2!
We have really enjoyed our collaborative approach to creating our program and we would love to continue to do this for our next vacation care program. If you or your children have any ideas or would like to see us do something in particular please let us know!

All in all, I’d say we have had another successful vacation care! We are so looking forward to getting back into the swing on term!

Term 2 bookings
Please ensure that all your bookings for term 2 are correct on the iParent Portal. If you have any trouble with this please contact me via email.



2nd April – Zoe Riley
2nd April – Harry Schmidt
7th April – Ella Williamson
10th April – Hudson Street
11th April – Sara Davison
11th April – Spencer Dowsley
13th April - Lizzie Martini
17th April – Lenny Jones
18th April – Manu Quaglio
19th April – Finn Summons
19th April – Matilda Ridgeway
20th April – Oscar Dickeson

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