Newsletter 17.05.2021

Issue 14


Event Calendar

December 2021
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From the Principal

Last week students in Yrs. 3 and 5 completed NAPLAN testing. It was pleasing to see the children take the testing in their stride. They demonstrated a great attitude: do your best and then move on to the real learning.

We say farewell to Emma, Caroline and Rachel who have been with us as student teachers over the last few weeks. They have done a wonderful job at Yackandandah Primary School and it is good to know that the teaching profession will be in the hands of excellent people in the future. We wish them best of luck in the future.

Students in F-2 are off on an excursion to see ‘Magic Beach’ today. It’s great to get involved with excursions after last year and the children (and teachers) are looking forward to the show. Next week our Yr.5/6 students are heading to Canberra for three nights and four days.

In SEL we are beginning on the topic of positive coping. This includes building resilience and using positive self-talk. The aim is to build some skills around bring ourselves out of negative thinking traps and helping to avoid negative self-talk.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Book club
Items ordered from Issue 3 have been sent home with students tonight.

Each student has today taken home a Scholastic brochure for Issue 4.  Orders need to be made via the Loop on the Scholastic website – please do not send cash into the school.  Orders close on Monday 7th June.

Year 5/6 Wizard of Oz and Singin In The Rain Permission Forms
Another permission form has been sent home today with students who have not yet returned their forms.  Even though the excursions aren’t until the 16th June and the 25th June we would appreciate it if all forms could be returned this week before the students head off on camp.

Year 6 Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 Forms.
A Transition Application pack was sent home with all Year 6 students at the start of this term.  If you are applying for a non-government school please complete Section 5 on the form. The application form was due back at school last Friday.  If you haven’t returned it yet please do so this week.

Victorian Primary School Nursing Program
Foundation students took home the Primary School Nursing Program Information Package and School Entrant Health Questionnaire on this first day of this term. If you haven’t returned the questionnaire could you please do so tomorrow.  IF you need a new package please call into the office.

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

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Departures.
If your child is absent from school, as per Department Policy the school must be notified and a reason given for the absence.

If you are dropping your child off after 9am or picking up prior to 3.30 the student must be signed in or out at the office by the parent and as per Department policy a reason given.

Enjoy your week,

Assembly Helpers

Assembly helpers this week are:

Hayley McIntosh & Max Edwardes

Achievement Awards

Bella Somerville for always approaching her learning with a determined and positive attitude.
Archie Korn for valuing his learning by seeking help with problem-solving strategies in maths.
Matilda Ridgeway for using summarising effectively to demonstrated her understanding during reading this week.
Florian Whitley for demonstrating a strong understanding of place value.
Ted Attwood for demonstrating improvement in writing.
Kaia Allan for excellent work with reading and making two-digit numbers.
William Boddenberg for consistently striving to challenge himself in all learning areas.
Renn Thompson for his enthusiasm in reading, making and writing 2-digit numbers.
Jake Blair for persistence with expanding 2- and 3- digit numbers.
Richie Burston for his use of reading strategies to help de-code words.
Ivy Mahoney for showing commitment to her reading and deepening her understanding by recording her thinking.
Olive MacCalman for a well written and detailed persuasive piece on ‘No Hat, No Play’.
Ava Walker for showing great resilience and skills in unicycling!
Hugh Mason for really challenging his reading skills by choosing high level texts by various authors.
Irena Purnell for asking some excellent questions about the House of Representatives in Integrated Studies.
Lily Houston for demonstrating extraordinary persistence when learning how to unicycle.
Remy Lane for consistently working to the best of her ability and being willing to share her excellent ideas and knowledge.
Charli O’Dwyer for being willing to work with others to resolve disagreements in a mature and responsible way.

Art News

Artwork of the Week
The art room was full of creative energy and enthusiasm last week as we welcomed Kristen Coates to our studio space! 

The Year 5/6s were focused on taking their lines for a contour walk and Year 2s had to draw with their scissors, using artwork created by Year 3/4 and F/1!

Hot Lunch News

Hot Lunch this week is a sausage roll/spinach & fetta roll.

Helpers this week are: Jane Shepherd & Hima Whitley.

We still need helpers for Friday 28th May, 4th June, 11th June and the 25th June otherwise these hot lunches will be cancelled.   If you can assist please let Sandra know. 

Library News

During Week 4 in the Library we looked again at Alison Lester in the lead up to today’s trip (for F/1/2) to The Cube to see an adaptation of Alison Lester’s Magic Beach. Students enjoyed discovering Yikes! In seven wild adventure, who would you be?- another of Lester’s magical picture books exploring adventure and imagination. In 2018 it celebrated 25 years since its first publication, and a special hardcover edition was released. Well worth getting your hands on for your home library! All the students have enjoyed exploring the book, but F/1C was particularly enthralled and on the edge of their seats, literally!

Moving through the remaining weeks of Term 2, we’ll be starting a new topic to link in with what Kirsten Coates is doing in the art room. In Library we will be using Jane Godwin’s new book Arno and his horse, illustrated by Felicita Sala, to inspire abstract drawing in nature. This will culminate in artworks created on pages from old books, inspired by American artist Julie Wolfe.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sarah McAlister

Open Day


18th May – Mitch Waller