Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter

04 April 2019
Issue Five
Principals Message
Diary Dates 2019
Year 1 & 2
Year 3 & 4
Year 5 & 6 
YRPS Sponsors 
School Community News
Yarra Road Primary School
(03) 9723 4182
222-228 Yarra Road
Croydon North, Victoria, 3136

Principals Message

Power Street Retaining Wall Replacement

Everyone that uses our back gates in Power Street will no doubt have noticed the extensive work being undertaken to replace the dilapidated retaining wall that runs along the footpath outside our boundary fence. Whist the work are currently causing congestion and inconvenience they will be completed before school resumes for Term 2.


A huge thanks to Maroondah Council for funding and managing these works which will greatly improve this aspect of the school. The new retaining wall, to be constructed of steel H beams and concrete sleepers, will be a vast improvement and hopefully will last a lifetime! There will be some slight changes to the north end pedestrian entry, widening where it joins the footpath, to match the shape at our driveway. A new footpath and reinstatement of the safety fence along Power Street will complete the construction work.


Replanting the embankment will follow. Maroondah Council will supply the plants and we hope to hold a Yarra Road Tree Planting Day involving all students in planting. A very kind neighbour, who has helped to maintain the embankment for many years, will also be assisting in the planting and maintenance. Thank you, Su, we greatly appreciate your efforts to help the school.


Meriden James



Reminders for tomorrow

  • Canteen is operating as per normal 
  • Hot Cross Bun Morning Tea for those who have ordered
  • Easter Raffle Assembly 1:45pm 
  • School will be finishing early at 2:30pm

Prep Enrolments for 2020

I know it may feel early on in the year to start thinking about 2020, however we have already started taking enrolments for Preps starting next year. If you're child is starting Prep next year and you would like them to continue their learning journey at Yarra Road please fill out an enrolment form and return to the Office as soon as possible. At Yarra Road we hold our Transition sessions early on starting in Term 3 to ensure a smooth transition into Primary School.  


Prep Information Night 

Tuesday May 7th 7pm 


Tour Dates and further information/forms can be found on our school website please click here to view 

Easter Raffle

Don't forget to hand your Raffle tickets into the Office by end of day today Thursday. Spare Raffle tickets are available to purchase up at the Office. Our Raffle will be drawn at tomorrow afternoon's Assembly at 1:45pm. Hope to see you all there!



2019 House Athletics Results 

Age Group Champions:


8/9 Girls: Madeline D


8/9 Boys: Oscar P / Soloman S


10 Girls: Jasmine G


10 Boys: Harrison K


11 Boys: Reuben S


11 Girls: Pippa W


12/13 Boys: Ben H


12/13 Girls: Keely P


Junior House Points:

Turner: 939

Gatter: 886

Wilson: 886

Power: 856


Senior House Points:

Power: 725

Turner: 721

Gatter : 601

Wilson: 466


Overall Points:

1st Turner: 1606

2nd Power: 1581

3rd Gatter:  1487

4th Wilson: 1352


Daniel Quick 


Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Yarra Road Primary School is excited to be participating. Information will be coming home with the students very soon.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc


Hazel van Loenen 



Diary Dates 2019

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 
Tuesday 29 January - Friday 5 April 
Holidays: Saturday 6 April - Monday 22 April


Term 2 
Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June 
Holidays: Saturday 29 June - Sunday 14 July 

Term 3 
Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September 
Holidays: Saturday 21 September - Sunday 6 October


Term 4 
Monday 7 October - Friday 20 December
Summer School Holidays: Saturday 21 December - Tuesday 28 January 2020


Upcoming Curriculum Days/Student Free Days:  Friday 10 May

Victorian Public Holidays 2019

Monday 11 March
Labour Day 


Friday 19 April 
Good Friday


Sunday 21 April
Easter Sunday 

Monday 22 April
Easter Monday 

Thursday 25 April 
Anzac Day

Monday 10 June 
Queen's Birthday 

Friday 27 September
AFL Grand Final Day

Tuesday 5 November 
Melbourne Cup Day


Wednesday 25 December
Christmas Day


Thursday 26 December
Boxing Day

School Dates 2019


Friday 5

3rd School Charges/Fees Installment 

Last Day of Term 1 (2:30pm finish)


Tuesday 23

Term 2 Starts


Thursday 25



Wednesday 1 
School Photos


Wednesday 8 

School Improvement Committee Meeting 7:30pm 


Thursday 9 

House Cross Country 


Friday 10

Curriculum Day 


Monday 20 

School Nurse Prep Health Checks


Tuesday 21

Whole School Author Visit 


Wednesday 22
Open Night 


Wednesday 22 - Wednesday 29 
Book Fair 


Tuesday 28 
District Cross Country 


Friday 7 
4th Installment Parent Payment Charges 


Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 
Year 3/4 Camp 


Monday 17 - Wednesday 19
Year 5 Phillip Island Camp 


Monday 12 - Friday 16

Mobile School Dentist


Thursday 29 

Melbourne Writers Festival 


Monday 28 
Production CAST A -  A-K 


Tuesday 29 

Production CAST B -  L-Z 


Wednesday 13 - Wednesday 20 
Book Fair 


Friday 22
Whole School Colour Run 


Monday 25 - Friday 29 
Whole School Swimming Week


Tuesday 3

Prep Information Night 


Wednesday 4

Intake Interviews 


Tuesday 10

Stepping Up 

Orientation Day for Year 6 students


Thursday 19 
Year 6 Graduation 


Friday 20

Year 6 Fun Morning 


Around our Level

Where has the term gone? We are now at the end of our very first term at school and what a busy term it has been!


We have had so many new experiences already; reading and writing, practising our M100 words, making loads of new friends, sharing lots of time with our buddies and our first excursion just to name a few.

Over the past two weeks we have made poppies with the year 6's for ANZAC Day, been creative with our hair styles for Crazy Hair Day and traveled on our first bus trip together to participate in House Athletics Day. 


As the end of the term draws near, we have been enjoying lots of Easter activities ready for the Easter Bunny to arrive at the end of holidays.

Miss Franklin and Mrs Macrae are very proud of all of us and how much we have grown in our first term of Prep. They are planning a very special excursion to the Botanic Gardens in term two and cannot wait to share in all of our new learning adventures when we see them again after holidays.


Our Preps

We've come a long way

With so much learning

It's so amazing just look and see

How much we've grown now

We hope you're so proud

We're as bright as bright can be!

We practiced reading 

We practiced writing

We've done maths and some science too.

When every day ends

I've been a good friend 

And tried my best in all I do!


Happy Holidays

From the Preps!



Year 1 & 2

Around our Level 

Last week in Level 2, we enjoyed celebrating Crazy Hair Day. Our school raised over $9,000 for the World’s Greatest Shave. The children came in crazy wigs, hairstyles and sprayed their hair to support the Leukaemia Foundation.


We also participated in our Whole School Athletics Carnival. The weather was cold and windy but the day was fantastic and all the children strived to earn points for their house. Turner House was successful on the day.


We had 2 students in our level showcase their amazing talents. Harry G played the guitar and Lily C read her special book to the class.


Happy Easter Everyone.


On Friday 29th of March we had Crazy Hair Day some had their hair down. It was really noisey in the gym when it was World's Greatest Shave. The whole day people were yelling and screaming. It was smelly because of the spray paint. The World's Greatest Shave was in the gym. The whole school bought a $2 coin each and gave it to the Grade 6s. My brother got shaved, he is bald now. I had a rainbow in my hair some people even had food. It was a really crazy day. My Pop shaved Cooper's hair and then Mrs Macrae did it. It was really fun on Friday. We also had slushies! There were blue, red and orange. It was the best day ever! 


Jada B 



Year 3 & 4

Around our Level

In Year 3/4 we have had an exciting few weeks! Lots of students showed great creativity in their hairstyles on Crazy Hair Day!


Some of the students also chose to perform at Market Night, which was fantastic to see!


Students enjoyed participating in House Athletics and showing their house colours!


4PA performed “I am Australian” at level assembly, and dressed up for the occasion! Great effort 4PA!              

Crazy Hair Day 

Year 4PA performing "I am Australian" at the Yr 3 and Yr 4 Level Assembly


Year 5 & 6 

Around our Level

Last Friday the 29th of March, Yarra Road held a World’s Greatest Shave day to help people with leukemia. We had an assembly and we raised around $9,900. So many Year 5s and 6s coloured or shaved their hair, well done to Jack J for raising over $2000! We also got slurpees.


Last Monday was Athletics day. We had an outstanding time at Yarra Hills Secondary College. All students wore there house colours. Mr Quick did an outstanding job organising this amazing event, special mentions to all of the parents, community and the students for participating.



Melbourne Shrine 

On the 3rd of April the Captains of Yarra Road went to the Melbourne Shrine. We went on a short tour of the Shrine Museum and learnt a bit about World War 1 and World War 2.  We saw a small transport boat that was at the start of the Gallipoli battle. We really enjoyed our day in the city and loved learning about the wars. Thanks to the teachers for taking us into the city and great job to the students for behaving fantastically.


Written By Ben H


Hero Award 

Bang! Down goes another plane. That is the work of my great poppa Sandy. He was an Anti-Aircraft Gunner in World War II. Now, he probably got a couple of medals  but I think that as he is my hero ( or one of them ) he deserves a special hero award. Why, you ask? Because he did great things. And I am going to tell you a few of them.


The first one is that he saved many lives. He and his comrades saved people in Papua New Guinea and Egypt from the Japanese planes that would have attacked innocent people. He risked his life to save people.


The Japanese planes and troops could have killed him but he survived World War II. He shot planes that were trying to blow cities up.

He even survived the war and came home to Australia.


He put time and lots of effort to help people and endured lots of hard stuff. I’m not sure, but he might have even gone on the horrible hike through Papua New Guinea to help people in danger. I think that was very nice of him.


I hope that you now agree that my Great-Poppa deserves an award for his bravery and honour.


The end.


By Jack Mc


Uniform Shop Hours 

Tuesdays 8:30am-9:15am

Thursdays 3:15pm-3:45pm



Our School Canteen is open on Friday's Only. 

Payment is not to be made via the office, cash in the lunch bag only!

If you have more than 1 child please ensure you write up a separate lunch bag for each child. 


Canteen Roster Term 1 2019


Friday 5th April 

9:00-10:00am Rebecca Ross 

12:00-2:00pm Jenny Brown & Sam Soutar 


Canteen Roster Term 2 2019


Friday 26th April 

9:00-10:00am Laura Abrahams 

12:00pm-2:00pm Karen Lucas & Ruth Robertson 


Friday 3rd May 

9:00-10:00am Jo Hassett 

12:00pm-2:00pm Jacque Grey & Cathy Crowe 




Registering with Camp Australia 

Registering With Camp Australia
The new school year is well underway and we are having plenty of adventures in OSHC.  Have you registered with Camp Australia yet? Even if you do not plan on using the OSHC program at our 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.





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Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter
Pricelist 2019.pdf
Uniform Order Form 2019.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
Child Care Subsidy Flyer.pdf
Gold Account Camp Australia.pdf
headlicepam - PDF.pdf
Lillydale Lake Fun Run 2019 A4 V2.pdf
Parenting Children Who Worry Too Much.pdf
Top tips on sunscreen @ school 2018.pdf
PS _We are SunSmart family note _2018.pdf
Reading - Free event @Croydon Library 210319.pdf
Market Night Performers.pdf