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