Yarra PS eNews 3.5.21


Principal's Report

Community BBQ

Last Friday's Community BBQ was a huge success! Thank you to all the families that joined us to celebrate the opening of the new playground. We raised $700 from sales of BBQ, soup and preserves. These funds will be put towards Our Kitchen Garden Program which is entirely resourced by the school. A huge thank you to the parent and student volunteers that ran the afternoon- Emily, Jessie, Jo, Aimee and Brandi!

Athletics Day

The sun shone for our Years 3 to 6 Gala Athletics Day this week. Held at George Knott Athletics Track, students participated in a number of sports. Teachers and parents observed the students supporting each other to ‘be their best’ and the day was imbued with ‘team spirit’. We acknowledge our parent volunteers and teachers for their tireless work, enthusiasm and energy which ensured the smooth and successful running of our House Athletics. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the enormous effort and organisational skills of our YPS PE teacher and coordinator,  Lauren… thank you. Congratulations Buckingham!!!!

Reegan, our official photographer, took (thousands) of fantastic pictures and these will be compiled and shared at our next newsletter and upcoming assembly. 

Prep 2022 Information Night

On Wednesday May 19 we are hosting an information night at YPS on transition to school for parents of Prep 2022 children. The session runs from 6.30 to 7.30 pm in the current Prep spaces (enter via Main Office). We welcome you promote this to relevant families. No RSVP is required. There will be paper or digital check-in on the night as per coronavirus protocols for contract tracing. 

Finbar - Community Sustainability Workshops

Connections with the community is a focus of our school’s improvement agenda. We are very grateful for our partnership with Finbar and there is a mutual value of sustainability and protecting our natural resources and environment. For more detailed information, I include below a note from Finbar’s Kath Jones (and parent of YPS 2019 graduate)

Hello Yarra Community!

You may have noticed some mysterious things happening in the pocket of land on Kent st near Finbar and I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and the project.

I’m Kath Jones, a permaculture designer and educator. I coordinate the sustainability programs and the garden project at Finbar and teach Kitchen Garden at Findon P.S. I have also studied sustainable living, plant and soil science at The University of Tasmania. I have taught short courses and workshops on carbon farming, Natural Sequence Farming, Permaculture and Regenerative Land Management in Australia and Timor Leste. 

Environment Victoria awarded me a grant to collaborate with Finbar and Yarra P.S to deliver a $10,000 project that is a Social and environmental regeneration exercise that values the three ethics of permaculture, Earth Care, People Care and Future Care (or Fair Share). The project is for the Yarra P.S community and wider community to enjoy and get involved, workshops have started and will run every Saturday until 29th May. Please register by contacting the Finbar office by phone or email. Final plantings will happen in June. Some of the features to get excited about are a community share shed/tool library, an edible ecosystem food forest, compost and worm farms to use and harvest from, natural and cultivated habitats, a seed bank and an Indigenous and beneficial plant library.

The natural asset instillation will increase water and fertility recharge and filter rain water runoff, increase biodiversity belts in our urban environment, sequester carbon, provide a living laboratory for students to utilise with opportunities to participate in citizen science activities like the wild pollinator count and enjoy some cheeky harvests I’m sure.

Feel free to get in touch through Finbar if you would like to know more and I look forward to an exciting install. Best, Kath

This Saturday’s family friendly workshops are:

Nature Produces no Waste. 2.30-3.30

Learn how to make a cheap and effective fuss free inbuilt composter system into your garden, waste explained, recycling right, innovative waste solutions.

Compost to Fight Climate Change and the Molecule Dance. 4pm-5pm

Why all the cool people are composting, hot composting, worm farming. A fun, interactive amateur dance performance theatre that explains greenhouse gasses and atmospheric warming

Warm Welcome

My wholehearted thanks for the warm welcome back I have received over the past two weeks. Your kind words and gestures have helped make the transition a really positive experience. I also take this opportunity to specifically acknowledge the staff team at YPS. They have been so supportive as I return to the role. I am so very grateful for their hard work and commitment.

It is a wonderful community and some time away has given me perspective, to see with ‘new eyes’, the positive community culture of Yarra Primary School.

Art News

What a wonderful start to the term in the Art room! All students have looked at the significance of the Poppy for Anzac Day. The Poppy flower appeared in the battlegrounds of France and Belgium in World War 1, where little or nothing seemed to grow. The soldier John McCrae wrote a poem “In Flander’s Field” about the Poppy and the symbol grew. 

The Prep and Year 1/2 students created their own Poppy prints using various materials to print their image.

The Year 3-6  students painted a lovely dawn sunrise and cut out a poignant silhouette to complete their Anzac image.

These artworks and more are on display around the school so take some time to have a wander and appreciate the incredible talents of the YPS students!

Justine Moore

Visual Arts Teacher


ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corp. ANZAC day is important for all of Australia to commemorate for it is a day to commend the soldiers' efforts and what they sacrificed for the country. 

This year we celebrated ANZAC day by getting together as a whole school in assembly and some of us shared some interesting stories about old friends and grandparents during the war. We also commemorated ANZAC day with a minute of silence, as well as some art pieces we created in our art classes- The art pieces were an interpretation of the dawn service, held on every ANZAC day. 

Important Dates and Events

Monday 3rd May School Photos
Tuesday 4th MaySchool Photos
Thursday 6th May5/6B Kitchen Garden
Thursday 6th MayPrep - 2 Excursion to Melbourne Museum and iMax
Tuesday 11th May NAPLAN
Wednesday 12th May NAPLAN
Thursday 13th May NAPLAN
Thursday 13th MayPrep A Kitchen Garden
Friday 14th MayDistrict Cross Country
Thursday 20th MayBee Day
Friday 21st MayTentative date for Family Trivia Night

Further Ahead

Term Dates 2021
Term 2: 19th April - 25th June
Term 3: 12th July - 17th September
Term 4: 4th October - 17th December

Student Free Days
Friday 28th May
Wednesday 28th July
Monday 1st November

Yarra STEAM Labs Term 2

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Lanewway Dance

Finbar Garden Workshop

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Beginners Hoops


Friday Play Group