Newsletter 18.10.2021

Issue 32


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Event Calendar

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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

Return to onsite learning schedule
There is a slight change to the return to school schedule for students in Yrs. 3+. Yr. 3/4 children will be on-site this week on Tuesday and Wednesday and then returning full time beginning Friday this week (22nd October). Yr. 5/6 children will return full time beginning this Thursday (21st Oct). It has been a long time since we have had all children in face to face learning – we are very much looking forward to a full school ‘buzz’ again.

COVID Safety Protocols
I would like to encourage everyone to remember the current covid safety protocols. Masks must be worn by Yr. 3+ (and all adults), QR check in is necessary for anyone coming into our school building, proof of vaccination is required for anyone working or volunteering at school (including hot lunch helpers).  Please email your digital certificate or immunisation statement to the school.  We will soon be entering a time where restrictions are easing across the state, meaning that we must be aware of the chance of local infections.

Dry Creek Bed Project
A group of dedicated, hard-working volunteers spent several hours on Sunday working hard on the project. Huge thanks to all who have helped over the span of the project. There will be more work to be done in future weekends, but the end is in sight!

New Families
I would like to welcome the Pulukkutti and Gilbert families to our school community. I encourage you to help make the children and their families welcome at our school.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

The Transition days and times for 2022 Foundation students are as follows:

Wednesday, November 10th 9:15–11.00am
Wednesday, November 17th 9:15–11.00am
Wednesday, November 24th 9:15am–1.00pm
Wednesday, December 1st 9:15am-1.00pm
Tuesday, December 7th 9am–3.00pm

If you haven’t completed an enrolment form yet and returned it to the school office, please do so as soon as possible.

School Uniforms
We have plenty of uniforms in all sizes in stock at the school office.

Prices are:

Hats: $16
Polo Shirts: $27
Short Zip Polar Fleece:  $34
Full Zip Polar Fleece: $37
Softshell Jacket:  $73

Payment is required at the time of purchase by either cash or Bank transfer into the school bank account.

BSB: 803-070
Account Number: 48135
Reference: Name and uniform

Enjoy your week,

Achievement Awards

Raff Gargiulo for making fantastic growth in his understanding of data and graphs. Right on, Raff!
Zya Davis working hard on her fruit salad procedure and seeking help when needed. Keep up the great effort, Zya!
Phia Smith Deans for demonstrating AMAZING growth in her reading comprehension. You’re a superstar, Phia!
William Boddenberg for an excellent understanding of how to write number sentences that match an array.
Taidhg James Hillier for using lots of descriptive words in sentences about dingoes.
Evie Burston for developing a great understanding of arrays and how to draw and label them.
Peter Kellaway for always displaying a high level of interest in reading as well as writing your own stories.
Henry Lerch for a marvellous effort with all writing tasks, even attempting personification.
Milla Stagg for a high level effort in recording arrays in Maths this week.
Kyle Van de hoef for beginning to share your ideas during number talks.
Violet MacCalman for sharing her new knowledge on using Google Slides effectively.
Lewis James Hillier for being a supportive peer teacher in our lessons on division.
Owen Overall for demonstrating a solid understanding of the key concepts in maths this week.
Ella Owers for her excellent paraphrasing, connection to the reader and strong writer’s voice in her information report about the Glass Frog.
Patrick Murray for his great attitude towards his learning, which reflects in his high achievements in all areas.
Chelsea Dawson-Leitch for her fantastic, clear paraphrasing, great use of vocabulary and connection to the reader in her information report about the axolotl.

Art News

Artwork of the Week
A selection of the 5/6’s Lino prints on textile.

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is a sausage roll/spinach fetta roll for students who have ordered, and all year levels will be onsite.

Helpers for this week are Michelle Croker and Beth Boddenberg.

A reminder that all parent helpers need to be vaccinated.  Please email your digital certificate or immunisation certificate to  The certificates will be stored in a secured file on the server.

Helpers also need to sign in the Visitors Register each week when they are helping out – please call into the office before going into the kitchen.

The roster is below.  If you are unable to help on your rostered week, please email Bron Westbrook at

Library News

Book Week 2021: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.
Our YPS Book Week celebrations have rescheduled! The Dress-up Day will take place in Week 9 on Friday 3 December. In the lead up however, throughout the week we’ve got a bunch of fun activities for the students: drama workshops with Brendan on Mon 29 & Tue 30 Nov; a second-hand book sale on Tue 30 during recess; and lots of art and writing! Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, start thinking about and collecting the bits you need- the Op-Shops are open! And you’ve got plenty of time!

For parents and families new to the school, our Dress-Up Day is when students come dressed as a character from perhaps a favourite book, or one they’ve read and enjoyed in the last 12 months. The theme for this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds- but you don’t have to dress to the theme. If you are stuck for ideas the theme may help guide you, however. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book related to the character, for your child to bring along on the day, that would be great (but not essential). Superheroes and movie characters are not encouraged please. It is a really fun day for the students (and staff!), and they spend the morning at school creating and exploring -through a range of art activities- the winning and shortlisted books from the Children’s Book Council Awards.

See the winners here:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions, or would like to borrow any costume bits:

 You can also ask your child’s classroom teacher about the Dress-up Day and how it all works.

New Books
There is now a tonne of new books in the library ready for the return of our Year 3-6’s staggered over the coming weeks. The students will find a great selection to choose from when changing over their books this week.

Returning Overdue Library Books

With the return of students in Years 3-6 this week, I would be grateful if parents could remind students/assist them to find and return all overdue library books this week. If your child is still reading a book, we can easily renew.

Have a wonderful week!
Sarah McAlister

Year 3/4 News

We are very hopeful that the Year 3/4 camp to 15 Mile Creek will be able to go ahead.  The dates are Monday 8th November to Friday 12th November.   The cost for the camp is $193.  Permission forms will be sent home tomorrow and need to be returned by Friday.  Payment is due before the camp date.


New OSHC email
We have a new OSHC email! We are working to streamline our communications with families in OSHC. Please take note of our new email and use this to communicate with the service when needed. This can be for bookings or general enquiries. A reminder to families that cancellations of bookings should be made to the service via phone or email or on the portal when able.


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 QR code 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. This is helping us to eliminate points of contact within our service, if you need help with using the QR code please talk to our educators on shift, and they will happily help you!

Our Program
We enjoyed a mix of indoor and outdoor days today with the weather being a bit all over the place. But as always in OSHC we have fun, rain hail or shine! This week was a very creative week, with students exploring playdough, drawing and creating books of their own to share in OSHC. We love seeing children’s creative sides shine! Board games were another big winner this week, children have been working together to master the rules of our games and have been working hard on making sure we are playing fairly. All bets are off though when the UNO comes out! Some very competitive, but fun, and intense games were had this week!

This week Felicity shared with us her passion for floral arrangements and painting. Combining these two to set up a beautiful water colour painting activity for the children to enjoy. We were delighted by the beautiful arrangements from our school’s garden and some truly beautiful artworks are now on display in our OSHC space. It was fantastic to see how engaged children were with the challenge of still life painting. Overall, the experience was very grounding and calming for our children, coupled with some beautiful music it was a treat for our senses! The children are planning on finding more objects to paint next week, some suggesting we do portraits of the educators, I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Thanks, OSHC Team



9th October -  Miriam Martini

9th October -  Kayden Street

12th October - James Thornton

13th October - Clancy O’Sullivan

14th October - Chase Grech

15th October - Nate Attwood

Dry Creek Bed Project

Unfortunately we had to cancel our working bee on Saturday because the site was just too slippery.  A special thanks to all those that made themselves available on Sunday instead!

We have now completed the gravel paths.  Our volunteers shovelled and wheelbarrowed over 16 tonne of gravel/crusher dust! 

It was a huge effort and thanks to everyone that helped (in no particular order).

Faith Deans, Jeremy Smith, Louise Thornton, Colin Thornton, Julia Brinsdon-Farr, Bron Westbrook, Peter Westbrook, Jane Shepherd, Michael Edwards, Michael Walsh, Chris Mahony, Matt Bayne, Phil Edwardes and Jamie Dowsley.

Apologies if I missed anyone - we'll thank you next week ;)

We're aiming for another working bee this Sunday.  There are still some spots available.

We will plan the tasks to be completed during the week and organise the materials to be onsite and ready!  

Please find attached a link to a form, p
lease make sure you provide your contact details in case we need to cancel due to weather. 

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):
- Agency of Sculpture 
- Nelmac Construction and Piling 
- 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).”

Community Notices