Newsletter 13.07.2021

Issue 20


Event Calendar

December 2021
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From the Principal

Welcome back to Term Three at Yackandandah Primary School. Once again I would like to thank you for your support in observing COVID safe practices. While we are in a calm place at the moment it is important to remember to keep your children home if they are at all ill or showing any cold symptoms. Assemblies will be held outdoors on Fridays at 3:10 as normal and parents are welcome to attend. If the weather makes it impossible to run the assembly it will be cancelled.

This term we are looking forward to various activities and events. This includes the Yr. 5/6 Skiing excursions, Art excursions, Winter Sports Carnival, whole school Athletics carnival and the annual school concert. We aim to hold the concert toward the end of the term and have classes perform the item that would have been performed at the Wodonga Schools Arts Festival (which has been cancelled this year). Of course, these events are all subject to weather and COVID conditions.

It is important to keep in the forefront of our mind that our core purpose at school is learning. Term Three is typically a very productive learning time. Children understand their class routines and can build on their terrific work from the first half of the year. I have been proud of the efforts of all our students (and staff) and look forward to seeing the learning continue. It is important to celebrate and recognise the great work the children are doing and see it in their own personal context.

Also this term is our school review. Each school undergoes a cyclical review every three to four years. The purpose of the review is to examine our school improvement practice and set the groundwork for our next strategic plan for the future.

If you are enrolling your child for school in 2022 it is time to get the enrolment forms into the office. Forms can be collected from the office or from the school website. If you would like to book a school tour please contact Sandra or Michael at school.

Yesterday staff underwent First Aid Training. The training is only current for three years and is a requirement for teachers. The training involves several hours of online work prior to the course and a full day of practical skills assessment. Thank you for your understanding and support with there being a pupil free day at the start of the term.

Finally, a huge thanks to Jane Murphy (and family) for the work in the school garden over the holidays. We all appreciate your work!

Michael Edwards

From the Office

School Uniforms
If you ordered soft shell jackets or other school uniform at the end of last term, the items are available to be collected from the school office.

Scholastic Book Club
Students have today taken home Book Club brochures for Issue 5.  Please order via the Book Club Loop on the Scholastic web site.  Orders close on Wednesday 28th July.

Foodworks Community Points
Thank you to all the families and community members who donate their community points to the school.  In June we received a payment of $555.93.  The school has purchased a Defibrillator with the Foodworks money which is in the school foyer.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
To support schools COVID-19 restrictions, the Department has extended the deadline for CSEF applications to Friday 13th August. If you have a valid means-tested concession card valid on either:

  • The first day of Term 1 (Wednesday 27th January 2021)
  • The first day of Term 2 (Monday 19th April 2021)
  • The first day of Term 3 (Monday 12th July 2021)

 please call into the school office for more information. 

Enjoy your week,

Assembly Helpers

Assembly helpers this week are:

Remy Lane & Hugh Mason

Achievement Awards

Ewan McInerney for excellent work with writing and making 2- digit numbers in our place value activities.
Neve Allan for working hard to learn the letter names and sounds at home and at school.
Davina Budge for being a champion teacher in our classroom this week and offering to do extra yard duties every day.
Nate Maybury for always demonstrating excellent work habits in all areas of learning.
Evie Burston for showing enthusiasm in joined writing during formal handwriting activities
Mia Bebbington for always being an engaged and focused learner and an excellent leader in our class.
Eleanor Glanville for displaying a keen interest in all class activities and always digging deep with developing your understanding.
Kye Howarth for always being a kind and caring member of the 2K team.
Peter Kellaway for always being a thoughtful and considerate member of the 2K team.
Maddie Prentice for showing leadership and expertise with using computers in 2K.
Marliah Barnes for presenting a very well prepared Lion’s Club Speech to her peers.
Jim Kelley for using the split strategy effectively to solve addition problems.
Violet MacCalman for thinking strategically when using the “Guess and Check” strategy.



Art News

Term 3 Excursions

Week 2: Bus Excursions for Year 3/4s & 5/6s 
On Tuesday 20th July, Year 3/4 students will be visiting the Yackandandah Forest to go on a short nature walk to collect things to put through the printing press with Kirsten Coates, our resident artist. The bus will leave school at 11:45am and return at approx. 2:30pm. Students will be required to bring a water bottle with them, sturdy footwear, warm jacket, optional beanie/gloves and bring a raincoat if the weather forecast is for rain. There will be no cost for this excursion. 

On Wednesday 21st July, it will be the turn of students in 5/6L.  They will leave at 11.45am and return at 1.15pm.  5/6BE will also have their turn on Wednesday 21st July, leaving at 1.30 and returning at 3pm. Apart from dates and times the same details apply.

There will be no cost for these excursions.  Permission forms have been sent home today and need to be returned to school by this Friday.

Week 3: Walking excursions to Yackandandah Creek for  Year F/1/2
On Tuesday 27th July, students in F/1R will be walking down to the Yackandandah Creek from school at 11:45am and returning at 12.45pm. F/1C students will leave at 12.45pm and return at 1.45pm.  Students will be required to bring a water bottle with them, sturdy footwear, wear a warm jacket, optional beanie/gloves and bring a raincoat if the weather forecast is for rain.  

On Wednesday 28th July, students in Year 2K will be doing the same, but leaving at 9am and returning at 10am and students in 2PS will leave at 10am and return at 11am. 

Permission forms are not required for these excursions as the local excursion permission forms cover it.

Artwork of the Week

Leaf litter art works by Year F/1

Tom, Patrick, Ewan & Claudia F/1C 

Sara, Milla, Beau & Henry F/1C

Patrick, Will Ruby & Renn F/1R                                                 

Evie, Taidhg, Ella & Nate F/1R

Yackandandah Sun art works by Year 3/4

 Ruby, Owen, Manu & Bella 3/4E   

Zoe, Jaala, Alex & Ryder 3/4A                                             

Hot Lunch News

Our first hot lunch for the term will be next week – there is no hot lunch this week due to the Winter Sports Carnival.

Orders and payment for this term are due by this Friday.  Please ensure you put your child’s name on the order form.

Thank you to Bron Westbrook who will be coordinating the volunteers this term.  We will be doing a kitchen clean up this Friday at 9am.  If you are able to assist please let the office know or just turn up.

The roster will be sent home next week.

Sports News

Upper Hume Division Cross Country
The much postponed Division Cross-Country event is slated for this Wednesday (tomorrow). If you haven’t returned your permission form, please do. Students will be travelling by bus and leaving at 11.00am.  Rain is predicted for tomorrow so please make sure students have dry clothes to change into after their run.

The program for the day is:

12.00       Official opening/marshalling commences

12.15pm   Race starting time beginning with 9-10 girls

Followed by…..

9-10 boys, 11 girls, 11 boys, 12 girls and 12 boys. The anticipated time between events is between 10- 12 minutes.

Winter Sports Carnival
The Winter Sports Carnival is taking place this Friday (weather permitting) for students in Years 3-6. If you haven’t returned your permission form, please do so tomorrow. If the carnival is postponed due to inclement weather, this information will be broadcast on Star FM and ABC radio between 7.00 and 7.30am. The sports are taking place at the following locations:

  • Football: Wodonga Racecourse (footy jumpers provided)
  • Netball: Kelly Park (wear school uniform tops)
  • Soccer: Kelly Park (wear school uniform tops)
  • Volleyball: Wodonga Tennis Centre (wear school uniform tops)
  • Tee Ball: Willow Park (wear school uniform tops)

Please note, not all venues have a canteen, so students should bring their own food and plenty to drink. Footballers and soccer plays can bring along their boots, shin guards, mouth guards etc., and perhaps a change of warm clothes if the grounds are muddy.  If you haven’t returned your permission form please do so tomorrow.


Year 5/6 News

Year 5/6 Skiing Program
The Year 5/6 skiing program has now been finalised.  The cost for the Cross-Country day is $65 and the Down Hill days are $120 for each day.

Skiing dates are:

Friday 30th July – Cross Country Skiing

Friday 6th August – Down Hill Skiing

Friday 13th August – Down Hill Skiing

The back up days are Friday 20th August and Friday 27th August.

Permission forms have been sent home with the students who are skiing tonight and need to be returned to school by Friday.  Payment needs to be made before each skiing day.


Term 3 Bookings
Just a reminder to double check your child’s bookings for term 3. If you need to make any changes to your bookings, you can do so via the portal or you can email Siobhan.

QR Check in and Face masks
A reminder that all parents entering the OSHC space must be wearing a face mask and must sign in with the QR code located on the front of the door. This is a directive from the Victorian Government.

Vacation Care
Another vacation care over, and we had a blast! We were thrilled to welcome back Nadiene and Cassie from their placement in time for our vacation care program!

We did see lower numbers this holiday. It was disappointing to see so many cancellations. We try to create a fun and engaging program during the holidays for your children, and this often involves the purchase of items, activities and supplies weeks in advance to cater for the numbers we have had booked in.

We enjoyed many activities during our time at school, and we noticed that these holidays were particularly creative! We did lots of painting, drawing, creating, building and more! Our OSHC Art Attack was a crowd favourite!

Our bike and scooter day was unfortunately affected slightly by the rain, but that didn’t dampen our smiles! We got outside when we could and still got to enjoy riding our bikes in the school grounds.

Minute to win it game day was intense! Lots of friendly competition was had and we saw some fantastic teamwork from the children! Sportsmanship I think was the real winner of the day!

Science day, a favourite for the children! This time round we went all out... elephant’s toothpaste, volcanos and Mentos in the fizzy drink. We had anticipated a very explosive, messy day! Unfortunately, we learnt that experiments are called that for a reason. Our elephant’s toothpaste didn’t fizz, our volcano’s bubbled instead of exploding and the Mentos in the fizzy during barely fizzed. Luckily our children could see the funny side and we enjoyed a good laugh over our efforts! I think we will have to practice during term for next holidays!

Thank you to all the children for another wonderful vacation care program!

NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country
NAIDOC week was celebrated last week, and our children have helped create some amazing artworks, displays and projects to mark the occasion. Children took a very active role in self-learning over the holidays regarding NAIDOC week. We will be looking at NAIDOC week this week also, please feel free to come and have a look at the amazing work that children have put together.

Thanks, OSHC Team


26th June – Grace Pritchard
26th June – Molly Schultz
29th June – Will Maybury
2nd July – Kyle Van der hoof
3rd July – Jono Shepherd
6th July – Holy Lerch
7th July – Mietta Nocentini
11th July – Lenni Ridgeway
13th July – Kye Howarth
13th July – Phia Smith-Deans