Upcoming Dates April
Friday 5th - Last day of term
Tuesday 23rd - Term 2 commences
Wednesday 24th - Anzac Day public Holiday
Thursday 2nd - Yarra Primary open morning for prospective families
Further Ahead SCHOOL TERMS 2019
January 30th - April 5th
April 23rd to 28th June
July 15th to 20th September
October 7th to December 20th
Student free days 2019
Friday 7th June
Monday 4th November
Thursday 19th December
Friday 20th December
Term 2 - Yarra Primary Trivia Night - Friday 24 May
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Year 5 and 6 Gala Day- Shout Out!
I was privileged to join the Year 5 and 6 students for their shout outs after they returned to school from Inter-school Sports Gala Day last Friday. ‘Shout-outs’ are based on an activity the students experienced during their leadership incursion. It was so wonderful to hear the students acknowledge each other and describe the many ways they noticed how they supported and motivated each other. The students showed great courage as they spoke their words of acknowledgement in front of the whole group.
Life Education Van
On Tuesday I joined Prep B for their Life Education Van visit. The children identified how their body responded to emotions and learnt strategies to self-regulate when they experienced stress. The children were most impressed by Harold (a puppet giraffe) and his stickers! This incursion is part of this year’s Health curriculum and the focus across the levels takes a developmental and curriculum-aligned approach
. Rainbow Lap-a-thon – A colourful success!
The lap-a-thon was so much fun last week. So many children embraced the theme and came dressed in bright attire. Thank you for the parent volunteers that organised this fundraiser for our kitchen garden project. Particular thanks to Thanks to Jo,Emily, Nicole F, Nicole K, Joel, Charmaine, Pin, Simone, Tracey, Lexi, Penny, Maggie, Jill , Mrs Portelli, Alexandra and Natalia.
On Friday March 15 we celebrated Friendship Day. This was our response to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Children across the school explored what it looked like to be a good friend and discussed the ‘opposite of bully behaviours’. During lunch time children enjoyed activities that benefited from team work and collaboration including bracelet making, Lego and pavement chalk art. Researcher and author Angela Duckworth writes about ‘Making Kindness Common’ by modelling kindness at every opportunity. She cites research that shows ‘kindness is contagious’ and that “for a long time, social scientists have known that after witnessing another person help others, we tend to act more kindly ourselves”. So, we say NO to bullying, by saying YES to kindness!
On Thursday March 21 we recognised Harmony Day. We Melbournians shifted from our comfort zones and donned orange colours which is a huge leap from our preferred black! However, it was an important recognition of an ongoing priority for our global community. Harmony Day marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. At Yarra we celebrated our pride in our school’s multiculturalism. Importantly, we identified this is not a one day celebration and there are many ways throughout the year we celebrate our diversity. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we celebrate this and work to maintain it.
Sadly for the Yarra Primary community, Emma Bell (Hopkins) is leaving us at the end of term one as her husband has been seconded to a job in London. We wish Emma well and look forward to welcoming her back in eighteen months. We welcome Simon McIntosh to the role of Prep A teacher. Simon has been teaching for 20 years across all year levels and systems. Simon will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Yarra. Simon is currently studying part time a Masters in Positive
Psychology at the University of Melbourne with a focus on student mindsets and achievement in mathematics. Simon will also lead the Prep to Year 2 team and Maths across the whole school.
Reminder: Annual Report to School Community
This week on Compass I posted an invitation to the Annual Report Presentation. The Annual Report provides an opportunity for the school community to celebrate 2018’s achievements, reflect on the school’s performance, and understand where and how improvement efforts have enhanced student achievement, engagement and wellbeing. Completion of an Annual Report by 30 April is a legislated requirement under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Details are below: Date: Monday 29 April Time: 5.30pm (presentation will run for 30 to 45 minutes) Location: Yarra Primary School Library
Report from YPS School Council
Our School Council met last Wednesday evening, and welcomed two new Councilors: Elizabeth Davis and Ross Jones. Much of the work of SC is done by the sub-committees so we are very happy that Elizabeth is now chairing the Finance Subcommittee, providing oversight and governance of the school’s income and expenditure, and Ross will be chairing our Outside School Hours Care Subcommittee, which does the same for our wonderful YOSH facility. Ayla Khan is going to chair our Education and Communication Subcommittee, which will focus on strategies in the School’s curriculum and teaching, as well as how we communicate within the School community. And in other good news, Tammy Jensen continues to chair the Subcommittee which has overseen our very successful School events, now renamed – in a stroke of genius – as the Events and Fun(d) Raising” Subcommittee! At this busy meeting we also heard from Saraid about the School’s priorities for the year, listened to reports from the YPS future planning exercise that our student leaders participated in recently, and endorsed some upcoming School events. Members of the School community are always welcome to come along to the SC meetings (dates and times are on Compass), so we’d love to see you there next time.
Kitchen Garden News
Many thanks to the “garden lovers” out there who have been dropping off their unwanted pots and plant cuttings for us. Our potted garden is really coming along so thank you!
We are chasing some keen helpers to water our garden throughout the school holidays. Please contact Leanne if you can volunteer your time and energy this April.
In other wonderful news, Yarra Primary School is 1 of the lucky 500 schools selected from over 2000 entries, to receive the Woolworths Junior Landcare grant, to further develop our Vegetable Garden. We were also thrilled to be the school chosen to launch the announcements. Thank you to our environment team Aston, Maddie, Jasmine and Harrie who were wonderful hosts to Woolworths and Junior Landcare.
Justine Moore Kitchen Garden Co-ordinator
SUMMER GALA SPORTS DAY
For most of Term 1 Yarra Primary school students have been practising for Friday's Sports Gala and their hard work was rewarded with a fabulous day. This year the basketball matches were held at Richmond High School. Hot shots tennis and newcombe ball were played at Richmond West Primary and the softball games were played at Richmond Primary School. Students participated with a positive attitude and demonstrated team spirit and had good sportspersonship. Unfortunately, no teams were successful in entering the next round but students walked home with renewed friendships, pride, self respect and some excited anticipation of a cold treat!
A huge thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to walk with us and help on the day. Thank you to Joanne Lee, Joanna Burbridge , Murray Blair & Hyph.
RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who participated in our annual Ride to school event on Friday 22nd of March.
News from the Art room
All students have been looking at various forms of Japanese Art as an extension of our LOTE program. The Preps have made a Japanese Geisha collage, the Year 1/2 students have made a collage using a printed ceramic vase, and the Year 3/4 students have made a collagraphic print of a Japanese temple. Next term the 5/6 students will begin their Japanese piece, after completing such amazing self-portraits in the style of Julian Opie.
Whilst working on his or her individual pieces, each student also made a small flower that is going towards a whole school artwork. Please look out for all these wonderful pieces to be displayed in the coming weeks.
Justine Moore Visual Arts Teacher
Just a reminder that we still have our beautiful gift card packs for sale at the office. They are ideal for every occasion but could be great to accompany Easter gifts. Please stop on by the office if you would like to purchase a pack. $15 per pack.