From the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members

On Monday when we arrived at school, Yakka was nowhere to be found! Staff were very concerned searching high and low for him. Then we received an envelope in the mail addressed to ‘The Students and Staff of Yakamia Primary School’. Inside this envelope was a thumb drive with a note attached saying: You need to watch this!!!

Today we had a special mini-assembly to watch with students what was on this thumb drive, and to our surprise Yakka had gone on an adventure holiday to ANTARCTICA! This is very exciting as Yakka is the first ever turtle to visit Antarctica.

The video cut out and lost signal before we found out what adventures Yakka and is friend Karen got up to.

Our students are now going to use this amazing experience of Yakka’s to write some imaginative stories that will be displayed at our Learning Journey in Week 9 this term and we look forward to sharing these with you.

This semester Mrs McIntosh is on leave. We wish her all the very best. With Mrs McIntosh being absent, we have had a change of Specialist Learning Areas. Instead of Digital Technologies, students from Years 1-6 will be learning Music with Mrs Grosshans. We are looking forward to this program which is based on Musica Viva – Antarctica theme, and we will have an incursion in Week 9 where students will meet and listen to the musicians who have created the music for this program.

This term we have a number of new staff joining us. Mrs Madison Kinsella is teaching Yr 3 in Rm 23 for this term while Mrs Wood is on leave. Mr Keegan Gatward is teaching Yr 3 in Rm 21 while Mrs Walsh is on leave for the remainder of the year. Mrs Amy Padfield will be teaching Drama to the Yr 1 and 2 students on Tuesdays. We are looking forward to these teachers joining our Yakamia community.

This term we are returning to holding assemblies in the hall. We ask parents to consider wearing a mask when attending these, to reduce transmission of Covid which is still in our community. We are looking forward to being together again to being able to see our students perform at assemblies and receive merit awards. Our next assembly will be hosted by Rm 23 on Friday 29 July commencing at 8:50am.

A reminder that applications for enrolment for Kindergarten 2023 are now being accepted. The application process closes on Monday 25 July. If you have a child who will be turning 4 on or before 30 June 2023, they are eligible to enrol into Kindergarten. Please get your applications in as soon as possible.

Path to Kindy, which is provided at Yakamia Primary School by The Child and Parent Centre, commenced on 20 July. This program is for children who are attending Kindy in 2023 (and younger) and is from 9am – 10:30am each Wednesday. If you would like to attend this program please call the CPC on 9843 0071.

In Week 10 last term, we celebrated NAIDOC week and students thoroughly enjoyed learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and participating in a range of activities. Students worked in multi-aged groups across the school to participate in activities. Thank you to all staff and families for your support and participation.

We finished the term with a ‘Wheely Fun Day’ and students had a great time celebrating reaching 10 000 turtle tickets. If was a fabulous day and lots of fun was had by all.

Next Friday we have our annual P&C Jogathon after lunch. We encourage students to raise money for this fundraising event to support our school and students. Money and forms will be collected from the following Monday 1 August. Please ensure your child returns their form, thanks for your support!

Have a great weekend! Kind regards
Gemma Larham

From the Principal

Yakamia Primary School is located in Yakamia, a suburb of the City of Albany.

Translated from the local Aboriginal language, Yakamia means “Home of the long neck turtle”. In the school emblem, the concentric circles represent the watercourse of Yakamia Creek, which flows past the school. The profiles of two children enclosed by concentric circles symbolises a student-centred school, where our students are at the forefront of everything we do.

The school was recognised as Western Australia’s Primary School of the Year and has built a culture of being a place where children can reach their full potential and where staff and students have earned a reputation for excellence.

In 2012 the new Yakamia Primary School was officially opened following a complete re-build.

Four classroom blocks; science and art rooms; an administration block; library; dental therapy centre; covered assembly area and two hard courts were built on site.

The new classrooms are bigger and have more common areas for group work and collaborative teaching, which boosts learning and maintains students’ interest.

Yakamia is a positive behaviour school.

Students achieve because they:

Feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
Are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
Are actively involved in their own learning
Have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.

Yakamia community members honour three behaviour expectations. They are:
Respect Yourself
Respect People
Respect School
The whole school observes these expectations and staff and students work together to fulfil them.

Highly regarded and successful specialist programs operating in the school include: Physical Education & Health, Science, Indonesian, Music; access to the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program, InitaLit program Kindergarten to Year 2 Classes, Reading Intervention programs MiniLit and MacLit and the Breakfast Reading Club.

Yakamia Primary School is equipped with the latest in computer technology to facilitate student learning. Staff have access to a wide variety of technology including iBenQ interactive flat panels, desk top computers, laptops and iPads. These devices are used to support student learning and are implemented throughout all areas of the curriculum.

We pride ourselves on the positive relationships that exist between staff, students and parents. The school has a very active Parent and Citizens Association and School Board, and a group of highly committed parents that support the school in a multitude of different ways.

Yakamia Primary School strives to develop in each student a positive self-concept, to be respectful and confident to take on life’s challenges. We believe that all our students will be successful lifelong learners.

Welcome to the Yakamia Primary School community.

Gemma Larham