Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter

16 February 2018
Issue Two
Principal's Message
Diary Dates 2018
Star of the Week
Year 1 & 2
Year 3 & 4
Year 5 & 6
YRPS Sponsors 
PA/School Community News
Yarra Road Primary School
(03) 9723 4182
222-228 Yarra Road
Croydon North, Victoria, 3136

Principal's Message

The year ahead

Day 10 for our preps today, they have all settled into school and are becoming extremely independent.


Day 15 for all other students today and like the Preps they are settled and beginning on their learning journey for the year.

During Term 4 last year, the staff worked to develop our goals and direction for 2018 – 2021 School Strategic Plan. This work was undertaken after a successful review of the school’s work from 2014- 2017.

Each year Department of Education (DET) schools select areas from the Strategic Plan to develop further in the school’s Annual Implementation Plan. In 2018 our focus will be the improvement of reading skills for all students, building individual student accountability for their reading and increasing student engagement in reading.

A range of strategies will be implemented across the school that are aimed to increase fluency, improve comprehension and build vocabulary. To support this we will be including and refining approaches such as whole school challenges, differentiated learning groups and introducing Volunteer Reading Coaches (VRC). If you would like to become a VRC please see the role description, expectations and expression of interest form below.

Significant additional support will result from our participation in a new DET School Partnership initiative, which will see us working closely with Vermont Primary school on our shared goal of improving practice in reading.

Our Literacy Leadership Team, comprising Hazel van Loenen, Judy Haysom, Rhiana Macrae and me, will be leading and coordinating our focus on reading, which will involve all staff. This team will also train and manage the Volunteer Reading Coaches

All parents can support their children’s literacy development. Try following these tips:

  • Try to spend at least 10 minutes a day reading with your child, it will make a difference to how well they do at school. Listen to them reading and keep reading aloud together even when they are able to read for themselves to improve their fluency and vocabulary.
  • Have a range of different reading material available for your child at home. Encourage your child to read from a book, newspaper or comic or whatever they are interested in reading. You can also ask your child to read school notes, recipes, and instructions to you.
  • Visit your local library and let your child choose books they like. Borrow books and audio books you can read and listen to together. Check out Learning Potential for tips on picking books for your child.


Kate Perkins


Becoming a Volunteer Reading Coach.

If you would like to take the opportunity to be trained in being a Volunteer Reading Coach at YRPS we have ten positions available for this semester.

All coaches will undertake training in supportive reading techniques (approximately 3 hours training over 2 sessions) and will be required to support students in the classroom for a minimum of one hour a week. This support will be in classrooms from Prep to Year 6 and will not necessarily be in your child’s classroom.

For further information, please contact Kate Perkins through the office, otherwise please complete the expression of interest below and return to me through the office.


I am interested in becoming a Volunteer Reading Coach:



Student’s Name:

Contact Number: 

Diary Dates 2018

Term Dates 2018

Term 1:
Tuesday 30th January - Thursday 29th March 

School Holidays: Friday 30th March - Sunday 15th April


Term 2:
Monday 16th April - Friday 29th June

School Holidays: Saturday 30th June - Sunday 15th July


Term 3:
Monday 16th July - Friday 21st September

School Holidays: Saturday 22nd September - Sunday 7th October


Term 4:
Monday 8th October - Friday 21st December 

2018/2019 Summer School Holidays: Saturday 22nd December 2018 - Tuesday 29th January 2019


Curriculum Days/Student Free Days:

To be advised

Prep School Hours

There will be no school for Prep students on Wednesdays for the following dates: February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. 


From Monday 5th March the Prep children will attend school 9:00am-3:30pm, five days a week.



Monday 12 - Friday 16

Getting to know you interviews


Friday 16

Inter School Sport Round 2


Friday 23

Inter School Sport Round 3


Wednesday 28

Prep Social Picnic Night


Friday 2

School Run 4 Fun Colour Explosion

Inter School Sport Round 4

2nd Installment for Parent Payment Charges due


Thursday 8

Teddy Bear Picnic with Grade 5 buddies 


Friday 9

Inter School Sport Round 5


Monday 12

Labour Day (No school)


Friday 16

Inter School Sport Round 6

World's Greatest Shave & Crazy Hair Day


Thursday 22 

House Athletics


Thursday 29

Last day of Term 1


Thursday 19

House Athletics (Back up date)


Wednesday 25

Anzac Day (Public Holiday)


Tuesday 8

School Photos


Thursday 10

House Cross Country


Tuesday 15 -Thursday 17

Naplan Grade 3 & 5


Thursday 24

House Cross Country (Back up date)


Friday 1

3rd Installment for Parent Payment charges due


Monday 11

Queen's Birthday (Public Holiday)


Friday 22



Monday 16 - Wednesday 18

Year 5 Phillip Island Camp


Friday 3

4th Installment for Parent Payment Charges due


Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 

School Dentist 


Tuesday 4

A-K School Production


Thursday 6

L-Z School Production 



Wednesday 10 - Friday 12

Year 3/4 Sovereign Hill Camp


Monday 26 - Friday 30

Whole School Swimming 

Star of the Week


Jules S


For working really hard to hold his pencil in the correct way. 


Lily R


For showing excellence by being so responsible and helpful in our class. 


Kirra S


For always trying her very best.


Jack C


For his excellence in spelling and trying his best!


Jozef O

Choose your attitude

For displaying such a positive attitude in all classroom activities. 


Chloe H


For doing her best work and aiming for excellence in her writing. 


Mikaela C


For continually displaying high quality work.


Joel M


For never giving up and for making Miss Forde's day.


Skye M


For always trying her hardest and presenting work so neatly.


Seth W


For showing excellence with his home reading. What a great start to Grade 3 Seth!


Beth C


For showing excellence in the presentation of your learning log. Well done!


Toby G


For being responsible and taking care of a little buddy that was missing his big buddy. 


Keely P


For aiming high and striving to achieve her best with every class activity! 


Will F


For amazing work in his home learning and putting the effort in. 


Sam H


For being an excellent new student at Yarra Road and an amazing reader.

Stars of the Week certificates will be presented at Monday morning Assembly 19th February.


10 Days of School

Today the Preps are celebrating 10 Days of School. They have settled into school life beautifully as well as our classroom routines. Their teachers are so proud of them!!!
In class the students have made a crown to wear home, they learnt about the number 10 and made a 'number 10 figure'. They also coloured in their 'My Book about 10' to share with their family.
Congratulations to all our wonderful Preps for celebrating 10 Days of School. 


Year 1 & 2

Wow, what a great start to the year we have had so far!

Wow, what a great start to the year we have had so far! We have been very busy getting to know each other at our Social Night and within our classrooms. We have established our classroom routines and are working hard in all learning areas. We are looking forward to the upcoming Colour Explosion event on the 2nd March. This term in Mathematics we are focusing on Place Value and Addition. We will play a lot of games to help us with counting and addition skills. In spelling we have focused on the 'b' and 'a' sounds so far. In Integrated Studies this term we will explore our identity and find out how we have changed since we were a baby. 


We are so excited for the year ahead!!


Year 3 & 4

In Grade 3/4 we have been getting to know each other through Classbuilding and Teambuilding Cooperative Learning activities. Students have written and drawn about themselves in ‘hot air balloons’. We have a new theme this year in Grade 3/4, “Reach for the sky, there are no limits!”



Year 5 & 6

Week 2 and 3

First week back and we have already done some amazing things. We had  time in Home Group, Literacy, Maths, and Specialists. The grade 1 and 2's have really enjoyed; P.M.P., being allowed in the sanctuary, science, playing with clay in art and seeing that all fingerprints are unique. The preps have had fun playing with their buddies and counting numbers. The 3/4's have liked doing 3/4 sport.


The grade 5/6’s have done their first round of Inter School Sport for the year! Yarra Road played against Holy Spirit. I am certain all of our teams with our many different sports have had lots of fun.


Our different teams include; Volley Bounce with Ashleigh J, Ella P, Amy L, Chloe M,  Grace G, Alex K, Natalie V, Caitlin H, Millie D, Ruby D, Kaitlyn H and Aksa M. Who lost two sets to none but showed great sportsmanship.


Hotshots with Cooper D, Brayden M, Aydn K, Mitch M, Patrick S, Cody M, Jake D, Kiara T, Reese C and Isabel D. Lost 121-226


T-ball girls, who drew at 16 all.The team members include; Jess L, Amelia A, Georgia M, Mackenzie A, Teagan M, Lily Mc, Pippa W, Molly G, Ava C, Ella S, Claire A, Ella B and Chloe R.


T-ball boys with Isaac N, Krissada G, Mitch VDG, Hayden S, Alex R, Will B, Lochie G, Beau K, Archie S, Max L and Bailey S. Lost 11-14 although they played so well.   


Lacrosse with Tamara N, Teagan Mc, Harrison W, Rj M, Toby G, Archer H, Logan S, Jack J, Ben H, Ethan R  and Ronen D. This is a new sport for Inter School competition and unfortunately the team lost 2-8.


T20 girls cricket with Jadah K, Shonae B, Keely P, Ashleigh P, Jess M, Alex O, Maddie C, Lucy D, Matilda S and Abby M. Won, 99 to 96.


Basketball Girls with Savannah W, Emma J, Ana Carolina P, Grace C, Ava G, Ava C, Ebony T, Alex L, Keira T and Charlie O, won 89 to 10.


Basketball Boys won, 88 to 10. Ryan N, Josh D, Ethan G, Ryan G, Cooper A, Tom K, Jay O, Andre M, Anthony M and Sam H, all played with determination.


T20 Boys Cricket with Ryan G, Christian P, Cooper S, Will F, James Mc, Jordan C, Zak P, Cody M, Luke D and Kalan T, lost 93 to 81.


In addition, I'm sure our new teachers, Mrs Shalders and Miss Ford are having a great time working here. I wonder if they have learnt everyone's names yet.  Anyway, we are sure everyone has had a wonderful second week back and will have lots of fun again next week!


Publicity Captains, Kaitlyn H and Amy L.




Uniform Shop Hours 

Tuesdays 8:30am-9:15am

Thursdays 3:15pm-3:45pm



Our School Canteen is open on Friday's Only 

Canteen Roster Term 1 


Friday February 16

9-10AM Leanne Phillips

12-2PM Rebecca Smith & Chelsea Weeks 


Friday February 23

9-10AM Kristy Dicarla

12-2PM Jen Stone & Karen Lucas 

Registering with Camp Australia 

Registering With Camp Australia

We hope you and your family had a fantastic school holidays! The new school year has arrived and with it plenty of adventures in OSHC.  Have you registered with Camp Australia yet? Even if you do not plan on using the OSHC program at your school there are many benefits for your family.


What Are The Benefits Of Registering?

Some of the benefits to registering with Camp Australia are:

  • A stress-free back up plan for “just in case”
  • Flexible access to our programs
  • Will ensure we have all the information for your kids to ensure they have the best time possible


How Do I Register?

Registration is simple and hassle free! To register visit www.campaustralia.com.au.


How Do I Find Out More About The OSHC Service At My School?

To find out more about our program as well as view and fees, please visit www.campaustralia.com.au and search for your school on the homepage.

Otherwise, feel free to come visit the program and see what it is all about.


We look forward to seeing you and your family in soon.

The Camp Australia Team.


YRPS Sponsors 

These companies support us so please help by supporting them




PA/School Community News

Book Club 

Book Club Catalogues were handed out to students last week. Parents need to place orders using the LOOP online system at scholastics.com.au/LOOP. Orders need to be finalised by this Friday, 16th February. If anyone had any problems please contact
Kerry Graham Library Tech 9723 4182 


Get ready for a Super Savers adventure with School Banking

Click on the link above for more information


School Run 4 Fun Colour Explosion 




Coles Sports for Schools

Coles Sports for Schools vouchers can be collected from all Coles stores and Coles Express stores nationally. You can also collect electronic Coles Sports for Schools vouchers when you shop at Coles Online.  

How it works

Step 1: For every $10 spent at Coles, customers will receive one Sports for Schools voucher. 

Step 2: Your school's families can then bring vouchers to your school, placing them in the collection bins provided. We also have a collection bin for Yarra Road at Croydon North Coles and Chirnside Park Coles. 

Step 3: Every voucher recieved by your school will go towards your tally. You will the nbe able to order sports equipment your school needs. The more vouchers the more sport equipment. There is lots of exciting gear to choose from, like brands such as Kookaburra, Nike, Sherrin, Spalding, Wilson, Steedan and Nyda. 

THE RACE IS ON - Start collecting Coles vouchers from your regular shop.







Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter
Pricelist 2018.pdf
Uniform Order Form 2018.pdf
Uniform Order Form 2018.pdf
Pricelist 2018.pdf
Canteen Menu 2018.pdf
Term 1 Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites.pdf
School Colour Explosion.pdf