Newsletter 11.10.2021

Issue 31


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

This week and next week Yrs. 3 & 4 students will be on site for face to face learning on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yrs. 5 & 6 students will be on site for face to face learning on Thursday and Friday. Yrs. F, 1 & 2 students are back full time. From Monday 18th October (next Monday) students in Yrs. 3+ will need to wear masks. This is a direction from the Department of Health. Please ensure your child has a mask when at school and is familiar with wearing one. I strongly suggest you write your child’s name on the mask if it is a reusable one. It is also hat weather – please remind your child to bring their hat to school if it is at home.

Another health measure implemented by the Department of Health is the requirement for anyone working or volunteering on site in education facilities in the proximity of children to be vaccinated. This requirement commences on Monday 18th October. This extends to parent helpers (including hot lunch helpers) along with any other adults who are working or volunteering on site. I will update you on the logistics of checking vaccination status when I have a firmer understanding of the process. I am happy to answer clarifying questions about this, but if you have any complaints or ideological protests please direct them to the Department of Health (Chief Medical Officer) as that is the source of this directive.

We know that the transition back to face to face learning can be difficult for some students after a long period of remote learning. We will be mindful of this over the next weeks and class teachers will be working with students to ease the transition back to class.

We are aiming to begin the transition days for new Foundation students a little later than usual due to the current restrictions. A letter will be sent out this week to families who have a child enrolled in Foundation in 2022.

Just a reminder that the Monday before Melbourne Cup day (Monday 1st November) will be a pupil free day. Staff will be planning for the 2022 school year.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Family Statements
Statements were emailed home last week.  Payment for outstanding amounts would be greatly appreciated.

NAPLAN Reports
A reminder that NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 3 & 5 can be collected from the office.  

Scholastic Book Club
Students have today taken home Book Club brochures for Issue 7.  Please order via the Book Club Loop on the Scholastic web site.  Orders close on Monday 25th October.

If you ordered items through Issue 6 last term they are available to be collected from the school office.

Enjoy your week,

Achievement Awards

Lachy O’Brien for his outstanding PARAPHASING skills in writing
Hugh Mason for an incredible pre-test score on his TIME assessment
Nate Atwood for his excellent commitment to his home learning and maintenance and focus in challenging times!
Irena Purnell for working so hard to participate in all lessons despite being away from home and internet challenges
Alfie Bayne for starting the term with excellent focus and concentration. Keep it up, Alf!
Billie McInerney for beginning to share her ideas during class discussions. Keep sharing, Billie!
Will Maybury for regularly sharing his answers and thoughts during class discussions. You’re wicked, Will!
Angus M’Crystal for using excellent author’s voice and connection to reader when paraphrasing research.
Stella Brinsdon for showing initiative in preparing and sharing a wonderful presentation about her ideas for graduation.
Naisen James Hillier for showing dedication to his learning and paraphrasing like a pro!
Oscar Dickeson for settling back into the school routine and picking up many new remote learning tricks.
Aidan Wall for consistently applying a strong effort to develop his accurate use of multiplication strategies.
Saige Harmer for including eye-catching visuals in her online learning journal for “Australia’s First Peoples”.
Sara Davison for working persistently when creating repeated addition number problems.
Jim MacCalman for effectively using all resources to support your success as a writer.  Keep it up!
Beau Ridgeway for using lots of describing words in your writing about Dingoes this week.
Sullivan Lucas for great improvement in reading high frequency words during reading tasks.
Ella Williamson for writing detailed facts about dingoes during writing tasks this week.
Spencer Pretty for writing lots of number sentences using repeated addition.
Kye Howarth for working hard to turn your Holiday recount into a masterpiece!
Hudson Street for working hard to complete class activities.  We are all proud of you, Hudson.
Madelyn Prentice for working hard on your holiday recount and confidently reading it to the class.

Art News

Artwork of the Week

Foam reduction prints by students in year 2.

Hot Lunch News

Our Term 4 hot lunches will commence this week and we will be having a Quiche from the bakery. 

Helpers for this week are Sinead Mahoney & Kerri Murrell

Online orders will close tonight and payment is now due.  Click on the link below to access the online order form. If you ordered for last week and haven’t yet paid, please deduct $5 from your payment.  Also don’t forget to allow for your Term 3 credit when paying.

Thank you to all the parents who have offered to assist during the term.  Bron Westbrook will be in touch with you.

Commencing on Monday 18th October helpers will need to be vaccinated – if this is going to prevent you from assisting please let Sandra know.

Sports News

Because of the current restrictions on interschool sport, the District athletics carnival has been cancelled. The Division athletics carnival, however, is still scheduled to go ahead on Friday, November 5. This is assuming that restrictions on interschool sport have eased by then (it is possible that it may be cancelled, too). To give students aged 9-12 the best opportunity to compete, I will be hosting optional try-outs at school this week on the days students are on site. Some events, such as hurdles and other running events, may not be trialled, but I will do my best. These preliminary results will then be compared to students from other schools in the Beechworth District to decide on the final entries for Division. This is far from ideal but the best that the District can do in very trying times. A whole school athletics carnival is still planned for later in the term.

Kanga Cricket Carnival
The Year 3-6 inter-school Kanga Cricket Carnival that normally takes place at Willow Park in November has been cancelled for 2021. I hope to organise our own intra-school event down at the sports park later in Term 4.

Other School News

Visit of Life Saving Victoria
On Tuesday, all students will receive a virtual visit from Life Saving Victoria and learn about water safety from a surf lifesaver. This 45 minute program hopes to empower students of all ages to keep themselves and others safe in a range of aquatic environments including beaches, rivers, lakes, pools and the home.  There is no charge to families for this activity.


Term 4 Bookings
Just a reminder to double check your child’s bookings for term 4. If you need to make any changes to your bookings you can do so via the portal or you can email Siobhan. We are doing our best to correct bookings to fall in line with the current return to school plan for term 4 set out by the government.

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 in our sign in area. This is a directive from the Victorian Government.

Kidsoft QR code sign in
We now have a new feature on our iPad allowing parents to sign their children in and out of our service using their own device. We encourage all families to please use this QR code when able.

Our Program
We have had a great first week of term 4! The children have been excited to be back, and we have enjoyed seeing all their smiling faced in OSHC!
This week we have been making the most of the glorious spring weather, enjoying games and free time outside in the playground. We have noticed that the children have been particularly interested in playing group games this week, enjoying the teamwork and laughs with their friends.

On Wednesday we were treated to Cassie’s First educator experience, something we have introduced this term for educators to be able to share with us interests of their own. This week Cassie helped children to make terrariums with succulent cuttings from her very own plants! Cassie is a lover of plants, with many house plants of her own she was excited to share with the children her knowledge and love for succulents. The Children thought this was great, they got to work together with Cassie and take home their very own terrarium to look after! Remember to water them kids!

Dry Creek Bed Project

We've had lots of people asking when they can help - now's your chance to get involved!

Progress this week

Once the site dried out we managed to get all of the large boulders on site and mostly in place.  This work should be completed today.

You'll now see the Yackandandah rocks in place at the verging of our two creeks - a huge thanks to Xavier Pinard and Ben Gilbert for creating this sculpture, pinning and gluing them together to make them safe.  

"The word for the Yackandandah area is reported to have a number of meanings, including “one boulder on top of another at the junction of two creeks”, possibly referring to the intersection of Yackandandah and Commissioners Creeks."

Yackandandah Place Plan

We've also placed a large number of boulders around the gathering circle as seating (and serving the double purpose of a retaining wall). The climbing oak has also been moved into position - however has not been made safe, so plesae remind kids to stay off the log whilst we're still a work site :) 

A huge thanks to Alan Rockliff, Ben Gilbert and Justin Maybury for the earthmoving equipment to make this all happen! And those that were onsite on the weekend to help with these activities (Michael Walsh, Michael Edwards, Faith Deans, Jeremy Smith, Matt Bayne, Jamie Dowsley).

We need your help!

Please find attached a link to a form to complete for working bees over the next two weekends.  We will finalise the activities during the week but will likely involve installing edging, spreading gravel and top soil, compacting gravel, moving/installing smaller rocks, setting up the raised planters. 

We are aiming for Saturday 16th and Sunday 24th October.  Please make sure you provide your contact details in case we need to cancel due to weather.  It would be great if we could get 10 volunteers for each session! We will email out a schedule before the day. 

And... let's not forget....

Without the help of school families and the wider Yack community this project would not be going ahead.  

Platinum Sponsors:
- Yack Constructions

Gold Sponsors:
- Yackandandah Jams & Preserving
- Mawsons Concrete & Quarries
- Yackandandah Community Centre

In adidtion to our sponsors, those that have made significant donations so far (whether that be time, money and/or materials):
- Yackandandah Engineering
- Park Lane Nursery
- Bunnings Wodonga
- Yack Men's Shed
- Yack Folk Festival Committee
- and.. last but not least, everyone involved in school fundraising inititiaves!

About Us:

Yack Constructions is a family and locally owned business based in Yackandandah, North East Victoria. Being a local owned, family business gives our customers the ultimate advantage, being a small man team, we are quick to respond and act to any concerns or queries during the build.

Justin Maybury has over 10 years of residential, commercial and industrial experience around the North East Victoria region. He is a member of the Master Builder Association, holds a Victorian commercial and domestic license and a New South Wales domestic license. With his team of qualified carpenters and industry professionals, the team at Yack Constructions are young enthusiastic with an eye for quality and detail.

Our Team and Sub Contractors:

We currently have a number of qualified carpenters and an apprentices working with the team. We actively support our community by using local labourers, trades and suppliers within the North East region using quality materials from local suppliers.

We are also proud to support local clubs such as the Yackandandah Football & Netball Club, Yackandandah Golf Club, Yackandandah Bowls Club and the Yackandandah Cricket Club.

We use a select and reliable team of local qualified sub contractors that take pride in their work and provide the best quality material and finishes for your project. With our team of local professionals, you can be assured that your next project will be run smoothly by a company that understands the area. Our relationships with our sub contractors ensures your home gets the star treatment it deserves. Our focus is on quick site starts and build times where, your land won’t sit idle when building with Yack Constructions.

Where We Build:

Our building projects are mostly throughout the North East Victorian region and Southern New South Wales. We will happy to travel throughout the region within a rough 100km radius of Yackandandah. If your ideal home site is not within that perimeter, please feel free to contact us to see what opportunities we can provide.

Our professionalism is reflected in the quality of the home we create for you and your family.

About YCDCo:

The Yackandandah Community Development Company Ltd (YCDCo) was established in March, 2002 by seven concerned locals with the initial goal of securing the future supply of fuel in Yackandandah (a basic service function for the town that it is crucial to retain).

Having secured fuel supplies for Yackandandah now, and in to the future, YCDCo has extended its product range to include rural supplies and hardware, and concentrates on its returns to the community by way of wages and sponsorship.

YCDCo’s goals:

  • to undertake projects and initiatives which will economically and socially and culturally benefit the community of Yackandandah and its surrounding areas;
  • to operate YCDCo on a commercially sustainable basis and generate profits to shareholders in the long term;
  • to retain the broad-based community ownership of YCDCo;
  • to return 50% of any future profits the company generates (e.g. after operating expenses) back to community causes and projects (to be defined); and,
  • to return the remaining 50% of any profits to YCDCo shareholders.

YCDCo Constitution:

The constitution of YCDCo can be downloaded on their website.

Community Commitment:

As part of the YCDCo’s commitment to the development of Yackandandah, we offer sponsorship to local groups and organisations to assist with local initiatives that are consistent with the company’s ideals of community development.

Under its Constitution, YCDCo. Ltd. is required to contribute 50% of all distributed profits towards community projects or causes (the other 50% is distributed to shareholders as dividends).  Assistance may be provided to community groups, organisations or individuals for initiatives or projects that are:

“…intended to benefit the economic, social or cultural condition of the Yackandandah community or its surrounding areas. (YCDCo. Ltd. Constitution clause 27).”


5th October – Patrick Murray
7th October – Neve Allan
7th October – Kaia Allan

Kindergarten Mango Fundraiser

Community Notices