Newsletter 06.09.2021

Issue 28


Register an Absence

Event Calendar

December 2021
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Yackandandah Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, learn and play and recognise the resilience, strength and pride of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We acknowledge the connection to land, waters and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging throughout Australia.

From the Principal

Spring is here and despite the restrictions we have it is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather and lengthening days. Remote learning continues though we can still hold a slim hope that school may return in regional areas before the end of Term Three. Thank you for your continuing understanding with the restrictions and once again, thank you for your support with remote learning. The longer the remote learning period goes on, the more wearing it can be. Rest assured, the support you are giving your children is terrific. Make sure you enjoy that Spring weather!

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Register an Absence
We have now added an electronic link at the bottom of the newsletter where you can notify the office of your childs absence. 

Yack Footwork’s Community Points
Thank you to all the families who have been shopping local and electing their community points to the school. As a result, we have received $551.98 from Foodworks.

Achievement Awards

Ned Westbrook for consistent sensational handwriting
Kyle Van De Hoef for consistent engagement and keeping us up-to-date in the Seesaw world
Esmeralda Haslett for demonstrating lots of creativity and sharing new skills
Sullivan Lucas working so hard at home, completing lots of learning tasks and teaching his brother subtraction facts
Evie Burston engaging with lots of home learning tasks and working alongside her brother Richie
Felix Anderson completing lots of additional home learning tasks that his parents have organised for him
Charlotte Wilson a well written and detailed information report on Foxes
Eleanor Glanville a well written and detailed information report on Dolphins
Pippa Graham for being an Energizer Bunny who always puts in 100% and never gives up. You’re perfect, Pips!
Max Murphy for being an active Home Learner and pushing himself just a little bit further, You’re marvellous, Max!
Will McCormack for sharing thoughtful contributions during Webex Meets and being an organised Home Learner. You’re wonderful, Will!
Marliah Barnes for being a respectful member of our Webex class and a thoughtful contributor
Bella Somerville for taking on leadership responsibilities in her “break out” groups
Manu Quaglio for being a willing contributor to our Webex meetings
Lenny Jones careful and accurate work to correctly pronounce tricky Tribal Nation names
Harriet Brinsdon listening well to instructions to create interesting and creative writing
Jala Street showing amazing persistence when faced with challenges
Rose McKenzie McHarg her positive and studious approach to home learning and always smiling in Webex!
Ada Tracy her excellent application and effort in all areas, particularly in Maths ‘online classes’
James Thornton using excellent description and high-level punctuation in his very engaging Big Write!
Shaynia Clausen for her fantastic commitment to online learning, and being able to navigate various technologies
Mia Nedziak for her enthusiasm and positive attitude towards her learning, as well as any other opportunities that come her way
Tom Wilson for his outstanding creative writing, including great vocabulary, descriptive language, mood, and many other elements we have been learning about in writing


Art News

Artwork of the week

Prints made from collagraph plates students have been working on.

Charlie Killen – 3/4A

Fredi Farley – 3/4A

Lizzie Martini – 3/4A

Willow Anderson – 3/4A                

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch orders have now gone digital! Whilst hot lunch was on hiatus most of term 3, we are optimistic about term 4.

Please find below a link to a Google Form for Term 4 orders. A separate order form needs to be filled out for each student. Please do not yet submit payment as we are still working out credits for last terms missed lunches. An email with credit amounts will be emailed out to families next week.

If you wish to donate your Term 3 credits to the school, please email Sandra.

This link will also be emailed out to families.

Online orders will close Monday 4th October.

Library News

It looks to be a fabulous week ahead- weather wise. Get out into the sunshine to clear your head and get some vitamin D- but make sure you’ve got a book handy for the cool evenings, to snuggle up in bed and escape into a good story!

Book Requests
Email me anytime this week to request books for your children: I’ll email to let you know when they are ready for collection from the school foyer.
We have an excellent selection of picture books, junior fiction, non-fiction- with new books being added all the time.
Please remember to bring with you any read or overdue books when collecting new books. There is a box in the foyer for returns.

Book Week 2021
This year’s theme is: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.  

Save the date: Friday 15 October will be our YPS Book Week Dress-up Day! In the lead up, we’ve got a week of exciting activities planned for the students. We can’t wait to share for more information with you closer to the date. In the meantime- get thinking about and planning those costumes!

Please take care of yourself and each other- and remember: Stay calm and read a book!

Sarah McAlister


It’s been an interesting last month for our OSHC program, as I am sure it has been for the wider community also.

Despite the challenges that we are all facing at the moment our program has continued to provide care to those children who require it. Whilst we may have been quieter than usual, we haven’t had any less fun in OSHC! We have been loving the change in weather, staying outside for far longer and being able to soak up the glorious sunshine. Our children have been exploring many different activities, including really delving into our arts shelves, sports equipment, and board games!

The children have shown great resilience over this lockdown. Educators have noted the children have been in high spirits and are all being incredibly supportive of their peers and teaching staff.

All OSHC educators are wishing all our families stay safe and well during the remainder of our time at home, we can’t wait until we can return to having more of our wonderful children back into our service.

QR code check ins
We have introduced a new QR code feature to aid in our sign in/out process. If you are able there is a QR code visible on our iPad sign in/out screen, by using this feature on your own device you are helping to eliminate a common point of contact within out service. You are still required to use the QR code to check into the building.

Term 3 Vacation Care
Our Vacation care dates for term 3 are 20th – 23rd and the 27th -1st October.

We understand that at his stage there is still some uncertainty around the current lockdown and restrictions in place. We share in the mixed feelings families are feeling. At this stage it means we are unsure as to what it means for our vacation care program.

We are keeping our positive hats on! And we have designed a program for vacation care that currently aligns with restrictions in place (at school program). Bookings are now open for vacation care. As news comes in regarding lockdown restrictions, we will be in touch with families. 



Dry Creek Bed Project

As mentioned in last weeks newsletter, we are getting very close to starting the landscaping works for the Dry Creek Bed Project!

We are very excited to announce the following sponsorships and donations for this project.  Without the help of our school and wider community we would not have been able to implement this project. So a huge thank you to everyone.

Platinum Project Sponsors:

  • Yack Constructions
  • YCDCo

Gold Project Sponsors:

  • Yackandandah Jams & Preserving
  • Mawsons Concrete & Quarries
  • Yackandandah Community Centre

School Council would also like to acknowledge the following organisations/groups that have made significant donations (time, money and/or materials) to the project:

  • Yackandandah Engineering
  • Park Lane Nurseries
  • Bunnings Wodonga
  • Yackandandah Men’s Shed
  • All of the school community that have contributed to fundraising efforts, whether that be the 2019 Folk Festival Dinner and Market, Barrowthon, Billy Cart Races, the Community Picnic Series, and many more.

We look forward to working together with the community to deliver this great project over the next few months.

Also, stay tuned for some working bee dates (COVID permitting).


Yackandandah Primary School Council.


5th September – Max Murphy

6th September – Evie Burston

8th September - Claudia Grech

8th September – Chelsea Dawson-Leitch

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