I am proud to state we have had a seamless transition back to school, as the dust settles on our first full week back!
We would like to welcome Samantha French, who is teaching in the 1/2 Team along with Kira and Sam Fenton.
Jo Dalton has taken leave for Term 1 due to an illness within her family and Meghann Blakeman has taken on the role of both LOTE P-6 and Science teacher for Years 1-6, while Simon McIntosh is teaching Prep Science. Year 5/6A kickstarted our Kitchen Garden Program for 2021 on Thursday 4th February, creating tasty treats that we all enjoyed!!
Welcome to our new Prep students who have found their way around the school, are connecting with their buddies and enjoying the change of ‘pace’ with their Specialist teachers. Preps will continue to attend school four days a week with Wednesday being their assessment Interview day until the week commencing 8th March. Prep students will attend school on Wednesday 10th March.
We would also like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and families to Yarra PS in the other year levels. All students in Years 1-6 have experienced a smooth transition to onsite learning in 2021 and are embracing their new year of learning, challenges and friendships.
Saraid is in her final phase of treatment and is scheduled to return to Yarra Primary School in Term 2. This has been a long and unpredictable personal journey for Saraid and I’m sure we are all excited about her return. However, in your enthusiasm to welcome her back I ask that you consider and appreciate that it may be an overwhelming experience for all concerned.
Our Playground installation is well underway with initial excavation completed. We are now waiting on a 62m2 reinforced concrete slab to be poured and the arrival of our upright poles (being shipped from Western Australia, which could face a minor delay with the current Covid related shut down).
As with any worksite, temporary fencing has been put into place to keep inquisitive students safe and ensure that any building materials remains out of reach. This fencing will remain in place, to ensure your child is always safe whilst at school.
We just had our online Prep Information Evening on Thursday 4th February and our other year level information evenings will be conducted on Thursday 11th February. These sessions are held to provide parents with insight into the daily classroom schedule and expectations. Your class meeting link can be located on the Yarra@Home page.
Online Parent/Teacher “tell me times” are available from 15th-19th February, for parents to book a brief 10 minute session ( with a 5 minute change over period) and speak with their child’s teacher to share information about their child and seek clarification on any issues.
Students from Years 3-6 will have nominated themselves for our Swim Trials which will be conducted on the 17th February at the Richmond Leisure Centre. Please contact Lauren Thomson P.E Coordinator/Specialist if you have any queries or are able to assist on the day.
Selected staff (five in total), will continue through Term 1, their learning journey of professional development in the field of Professional Learning Communities and how to implement positive change within the school.
Last but not least, we have two positions vacant on School Council for 2021 and will be forwarding nomination forms and information to all parents via Compass. Please keep your eyes peeled for this information, take the time to read it and potentially nominate if you are interested in being involved.
Thank you to all for such a smooth start to the school year. I look forward to the next two weeks of activities.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count!” - Muhammad Ali
Yours in partnership,
Welcome back to all our carers and parents - and an especially warm welcome to those who are new to the school community. First days at school always pose some challenges but our experience has been that the Yarra teachers and office staff are incredibly understanding and supportive, and the bigger kids make the Preps feel very much part of the school from day one.
School Council helps to set the direction of the school and represents the school community in decisions about school policies and strategy. It also drives fundraising, care for buildings and grounds, financial governance and more. It’s chaired by a parent President and members serve two year terms - you may have seen a call for new members in Compass recently, and if you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Right now we are in the early stages of a major project to upgrade our heritage-listed school building, which is showing its age in parts. We want to ensure that we renew our current spaces and create new versatile and modern spaces to support the amazing education that happens inside, for the benefit of both current and future students. The first steps in such a project include getting access to government funding for the work, which will cost significantly more that we can raise ourselves.
Last year, School Council (with wonderful support from many parents) was able to build and strengthen relationships at both Local and State government levels. Several Yarra City Councillors visited the school and we have been in regular contact with our local MP, Richard Wynne, who is very supportive of our goals. School Council has also corresponded with the Minister of Education, James Merlino, to make him aware of the community support for the school.
(We have also worked very hard to get funds from Yarra City Council to help with the cost of our replacement playground - so far unsuccessful, but we’re still hopeful!)
We will continue to update the school community regularly on School Council activities and remind you that, even if you are not a part of School Council, carers and parents are always welcome to attend our meetings as observers.
School Council President
Hi all, welcome back to school and a special welcome to new families to YPS.
The Events and Fundraising Committee has already started work on some events in planning - obviously all subject to restrictions and with a need to be flexible. Keep Friday 26th March free for a family event - we will let you know more as we can. We are hoping to get one or two parents per year level as Social Leads - to help us make sure we are planning for everyone and finding volunteers from across the school community.
For more informal social connections, check out the Yarra Primary School Community Support Hub on Facebook, plus most year levels have a more specific Facebook group. I encourage you to step up, plan something and invite other families to join you - from a Sunday arvo get-together in the school grounds, to barefoot bowls, trips to the museum...
Looking forward to a big 'community building' year after a quiet 2020. Get in touch if you would like to join the Committee, become a Social Lead or need help finding the Facebook groups.
Emily Hughes, Events and Fundraising Committee
A little bit of TLC goes a long way, and our school garden is well under way to make a comeback in 2021.
We kindly ask any families who shop at Woolworths and have no need for the Discovery Garden seedlings to graciously donate them to help our garden reach its full potential.
If you would like to contribute, please drop them off to Leanne at the front office.
|Monday 8th March||Labour Day Public Holiday|
|Wednesday 10th March ||Preps @ Yarra|
|Thursday 11th March||3/4C Kitchen Garden|
|Thursday 11th March||Prep to 2 SEDA Soccer Clinics|
|Tuesday 16th March||Regional Swimming Competition for selected students|
|Thursday 18th March||Year 5/6 Science Incursion|
|Thursday 18th March||1/2A Kitchen Garden|
|Thursday 18th March||Prep to 2 SEDA Soccer Clinics|
|Monday 22nd March||Harmony Day - Students wear Orange for this day|
|Tuesday 23rd March||Year 3/4 Science Incursion|
|Wednesday 24th March||Regional Lawn Bowls Competition for selected students|
|Thursday 25th March||1/2B Kitchen Garden|
|Thursday 25th March||Prep to 2 SEDA Soccer Clinics|
|Friday 26th March||Yarra Family Trivia Night "Stitch Presents..."|
|Friday 26th March||Summer Gala Day|
Term Dates 2021
Term 1: 27th January (Teacher's start) - 1st April
Term 2: 19th April - 25th June
Term 3: 12th July - 17th September
Term 4: 4th October - 17th December
Student Free Days 2021
Friday 28th May
Wednesday 28th July
Monday 1st November