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Week 3 - February 15th 2019
Upcoming Dates
Term 1 -  30th January to 5th April
Term 2 - 23rd April to 28th June
Term 3  - 15th July to 20th September
Term 4  - 7th October to 20th December

11th February - School Council Elections - call for nominations

15th February - Family Movie Night
18th February - Closing date for School Council Nominations
18th February - New families information night
22nd February - School Candidates and nominators published
26th February - Ballot papers prepared & distributed (if required)

1st March - New families information session 5 - 5.45
11th March School Council close of ballot
12th March - School Council vote count & declaration of poll
23rd March - ride to school day
23rd March - Gala sports day


Further Ahead

January 30th to April 5th
April 23rd to June 28
July 15th to September 20th
October 7th - December 20th

Here is the first official Yarra Primary School newsletter for 2019! It’s been an action-packed first few weeks with students and staff establishing learning goals, parents working hard on our Family Movie Night (tonight!) as well as finishing touches completed on our recent building works!
A few reminders of upcoming events include:
Monday 18 February – New Families to Yarra Primary 2019 Presentation (inclusive of Prep to Year 6). Start time is 5pm to 5.45pm and will be held in the staffroom. The focus of this presentation is our administrative processes including Compass, medical procedures, YOSH and camps and excursions. Lynne Davies from Finbar Neighbourhood House will also share information about getting involved in Finbar’s programs and activities. Please RSVP to Leanne at
Wednesday 20 February -Members are generally elected for a two year term. Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the school at 6.30pm for approximately 2 hours. Membership on a subcommittee is also a requirement.
If there are more nominations than vacant positions a vote will take place. This will commence Monday February 25 (further information provided prior to this date).
For more information, chat with a current School Council member or Saraid, and go to:
Friday 1 March – Open Night followed by school picnic (BYO) 5.30 to 6.30pm. Junior School (Prep to Year 2) Curriculum Information Session will run from 5.30 to 6pm and Senior School (Year 3 to 6) Curriculum Session from 5.30 to 6pm. During these times teachers will supervise students in the yard. Following the sessions, families are encouraged to bring their own picnic and get to know other families and teachers over a relaxed dinner (weather permitting). Families may also choose to use the barbecue.
This Open Night for current families will focus on our teaching and learning content and approaches.  Please also know we have an open door approach at Yarra P.S and you are encouraged to make a mutually agreeable appointment with any member of staff to discuss your child’s learning at any time throughout the year.
To help the whole school community get to know the new staff at Yarra P.S I include brief bios they have composed for this edition of the newsletter:
Josiah Conner (1/2 A)
Josiah is passionate about working with youth and kids. He has worked previously as a social and youth worker. Having completed his Master of Teaching he is excited to be a part of the Yarra Primary School team. When he is not at school you will probably find him listening to a vinyl record, going to the gym (attempting to try yoga), reading a book or visiting a new spot in Melbourne.
Hang Tran (Physical Education)
I've returned from Family leave and am enjoying work with students and staff here.
I enjoy cooking, solving escape rooms and going to the movies. I also enjoy a number of recreational sports such as cycling and ten pin bowling.
I love learning about students' sporting interests and look forward to supporting them in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Yasmin Vachha (3/4A)
I am so excited to be starting at Yarra PS this year. This is my sixth year of teaching in Melbourne. I am passionate about finding ways to engage with students in their learning to encourage that they have a say in what they learn and how they learn it. I have a real interest in Inquiry learning, where different parts of the curriculum are brought together.
Outside of school, I am an avid traveller and I love to cook! I also enjoy running, swimming and yoga. Yarra has made me feel so welcome already, I am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant and caring community!
Joanne Watson (Teacher’s Aide)
This is my first year at Yarra Primary after 4 years as a stay-at-home parent.
Previously I have worked with children in a childcare setting and recently completed Certificate IV in Integration Aide through Monash University.
I have a true passion working with our youngest learners! Assisting teachers with each child’s progress in all areas of their development is rewarding each and every day.
I’m excited to be part of this wonderful team at Yarra Primary and look forward to having a positive impact on the children’s growth and development.
Jacob Bryant – (3/4 C)
A Bendigo boy who has just recently made the move to the big smoke.
Passionate about creating positive relationships and working a part of a team. 3+ years teaching experience in central Victoria.
Interest and hobbies – Playing the guitar, watching and playing basketball, Western Bulldogs supporter, travelling.
Our new staff have shared how welcoming Yarra families have been in these first few weeks and I am buoyed by this fine example of our school community living our values of Caring, Respect and Commitment.

Child Safety is fundamental. All members of the Yarra School Community from staff to School Council and parent volunteers are expected to follow child safe principles. In keeping with this it is school and departmental policy all volunteers hold a Working with Children Check and provide the school with a record of this prior to commencing volunteering at the school. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak with Leanne regarding obtaining a WWC or Saraid for further information on the policies.
Saraid Doherty
Term 1 Assembly Roster
Kitchen Garden News
Many thanks to the Yarra families who kept the Kitchen Garden watered over the summer holidays.  We certainly copped some extreme heat yet many plants have kept on producing for us. The Year 1/2 classes have been able to harvest some very large zucchini as well as many other vegetables for cooking in the kitchen. 
Also a very big thank you to Helen from Seasol for donating some  of their excellent fertilizer for our garden, and Kieran for arranging it!
Justine Moore
Kitchen Garden Co-ordinator
Kitchen Garden recipe of the month
News from the Art room
All students have started the year creating self-portraits, inspired by the very different styles of artwork by M.C.Escher and Julian Opie, both currently on exhibit at the NGV.  Look out for the new displays in the coming weeks.
If you have any materials that can be used in the Art room, please send them in to the office.  We love donations of any kind, particularly any tiles or patterned crockery that you may have lying around.  There are plans for some mosaics for the kitchen garden!

Justine Moore
Visual Arts Teacher
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