Yarra PS eNews 28.5.21


Event Calendar

September 2021


Yarra Primary School acknowledges Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pays respect to their cultures and Elders past, present and emerging.

Message from the Principal

Good News Edition

Given the current state of affairs (and constant exposure to negative news can have a negative impact on our health) this edition of the newsletter is all good news!

Annual Report to School Community

Last fortnight I presented the Annual Report to School Community for 2020 (which can now be viewed on our website). There was much to celebrate and some very strong data including:

  • 91% Parent Satisfaction with the school
  • Strong and consistent student attendance
  • Student learning data showing the majority of students performing at or above their age level in Literacy and Numeracy (above 90%).

This data is a reflection of the efforts of the entire school community and shows that as much as 2020 ‘threw’ at us we persevered and even prospered.

Prep Transition Evening

We had a great turnout for the Prep Transition Night. Josiah and Katherine engaged our prospective families with the YPS Prep learning routines and curriculum. It was a positive evening with lots of interest and praise for our wonderful Prep team.

Pie Day

Our annual Pi(e) Day was an extra special event this year with the addition of the Pi competition for teachers. The winner was Rachel, and she received a family pie and a trophy. Rachel’s Year 3 and 4 class were very pleased with this result! A huge thank you to Tanya (and Alyssa) for overall organisation, Pi competition and filming Valeria for graphic design and canteen and the brilliant team on the day, Tanya, Valeria, Oleksandra, Brandi and Barbara. We raised approximately $1,500 dollars which will contribute to our sensory garden (part of the kitchen garden area closest to the playground).

Bee Day

On Thursday May 20 Yarra Primary School celebrated World Bee Day. We recognised bees’ importance to our livelihood and the critical contribution they make to security, biodiversity and the health of ecosystems. There were some fabulous costumes and activities; including the ‘Best Bee Joke’ I had the honour of judging. The winners were Sena and Zoe in 3/4:

Q: What did the sushi say to the bee?

A: Wasabee!

We raised $400 dollars for setting up bee hotels and plants in the kitchen garden.

Kitchen Garden Greenhouse

You may have noticed our new Greenhouse in the Kitchen Garden. This purchase was made with the proceeds from the Family Picnic/Sausage sizzle at the beginning of term. We are so grateful for Reegan’s management of our KG and your contribution to funding this very special part of Yarra Primary’s community.

Notes of Gratitude

Families recently have taken the time to write to the school regarding their gratitude for Yarra Primary School. I want to share how energising these are for everyone as a gesture of acknowledgment goes a long way and sustains us during inevitable times of struggle.

If you feel more energised after reading good news stories, I encourage you to read and bookmark the following: https://www.abc.net.au/news/good-news/

Looking forward,


Cross Country

Well done to all 44 students that represented Yarra at the recent District Cross Country.

Congratulations to the students who were successful in finishing in the top 10 in their age group and will now run at the Division Cross Country Championships.

The Division CX team have been training at Citizens Park before school each Thursday and will take part in their respective 2km and 3km events at Banyule Flats Reserve in Heidelberg on Tuesday 8th June.

We wish them all the best!

Yarra Night at the Museum

Save the date for our whole school community event, ‘Night at the Museum’.

More information to come!

G.R.I.P Leadership Conference

On 25th May, the 5/6 Student Voice Team (SVT) members and the school leaders went to the Melbourne Convention Center where we participated in the G.R.I.P. Leadership Conference. This conference was both interactive and overall fun. The G.R.I.P Leadership conference was a mind-opening opportunity to expand our knowledge on leadership and interact with leaders from other schools. We learnt about how we know when it is our time to lead and the three responsibilities of a leader. The overall message helped us determine how to make our school even better. We played many fun games that taught us how to share our ideas to our peers and how to make our ideas happen. We also played a very fun game called "Loud Noises", which we practiced supporting our schools and teams. We left the conference more confident in our leadership abilities, and with many tips to help us be the best leaders we can be. We had so much fun at the conference. It was a great experience involving other schools. The activities helped us to learn what to do during different situations. All of us are now very confident to share our ideas and speak to different people around the school and beyond. We hope to always be improving in our leadership.

Yarra PS Ski Team 2021

Yarra Primary school is once again participating in the Mogul Ski World Victorian championships at Mt. Buller.

Any interested participants should email Colin Prasad: colin.prasad@gmail.com with the age of your child and the event you are interested in.

Please see the flyer below for more details.


Hello everyone, my name is Garima. I am the Coordinator of the Yarra Primary School TheirCare. It has been lovely meeting some of you over the past few weeks and I look forward to meeting others hopefully soon.

I started my carrier as an Electronics Engineer and worked with Lovely Professional University as an Assistant Professor in India for around 6 Years. Working with children is my love as well as passion which lead me to studying a Diploma of Early Childhood and Education. I have been working in an Early Childhood Setting for 2 years now and have great interest in STEAM (STEM and ART) projects. I am looking forward to adding more fun and learning into our program by incorporating junior science and electronics projects.

Click here to read our TheirCare Newsletter!

Check out our Yarra PS TheirCare Winter Holiday Program by clicking on the picture below. You can also book now by clicking on the link here!

Important Dates and Events

Monday 31st MayYear 3/4 Excursion to Scienceworks (Postponed)
Wednesday 2nd JuneDivision Cross Country for selected students (Postponed)
Thursday 3rd June3/4B Kitchen Garden (Postponed)
Monday 7th JuneYear 5/6 Excursion to Scienceworks
Thursday 10th June3/4C Kitchen Garden
Monday 14th JuneQueen's Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday 16th JuneRegional Cross Country for selected students 
Thursday 17th June3/4A Kitchen Garden
Friday 18th JuneWinter Gala Day
Friday 18th JuneYarra A Night At The Museum

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
Wednesday 28th July
Monday 1st November

Community Noticeboard

Finbar Garden Workshop Term 2