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Week 1 - Term 2 Friday 26th April 2019
Upcoming Dates
Wednesday 1st May - Year 6 Transition parent session - 5.30 - 6.00
Thursday 2nd May - Yarra Primary Open Morning  9.30 am
Tuesday 7th May - 1/2 Footy clinic
Wednesday May 8th - Years 3 - 6 Richmond district cross country
Thursday 9th May - 5/6 Richmond High tour - 9.00 - 12.00
NAPLAN -  May 14, 15 & 16
Friday 24th May  -  Trivia Night 7pm

Further Ahead
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
From the Principal
Welcome to Term 2, 2019 at Yarra Primary! I hope you enjoyed a break with family and friends. In the first week I attended the Positive Education in Schools Association’s (PESA) National Conference in Queensland. It was an engaging conference with a number of international speakers including Sonja Lyubomirsky and Sir Anthony Seldon. Key ‘take-aways’ I took included
  • The risk of myths and misconceptions perpetuated about positive education - it’s not all about positive emotion.
  • Cultural differences- gratitude and indebtedness can be the same word (in some languages).
  • Research showing acts of kindness counteracts bullying or negative social interactions
  • Do not ask how intelligent is the child? Rather, how is the child intelligent?
I look forward to further exploring the ways we can apply and integrate these and other theories to enhance our Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support framework.
Events in Sri Lanka
I share with you the communication I received from Education Department Secretary that may be of help to you or your family and community regarding the recent tragic events in Sri Lanka:
As the impact of the tragic events in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday continues to unfold, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
One of Victoria’s greatest strengths is its history of multiculturalism. We’re proud of the diversity within our schools and early childhood settings. Melbourne has a large Sri Lankan population and this is reflected in our schools and their communities.
I understand that some members of your communities may look to you for support. For advice about supporting children and young people and helping them feel safe during this time, see:
Supporting children and young people with distressing events

Year 5 and 6 ANZAC Commemoration Assembly
On Wednesday our student leaders led the school for an ANZAC commemoration assembly. They explained
why Anzac Day is an important occasion in Australia as it marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The respect shown by the entire student body during the Ode was extremely commendable.
Another Reminder: Annual Report to School Community
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

Open Morning – Thursday May 2 9.30 to 11am

Next Thursday morning, we are hosting an Open Morning for prospective families. Current parents are also welcome to attend. I also invite you to promote this to your neighbours looking to enrol their children in 2020!

Please note a full newsletter will be published next Friday.
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