Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter

15 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Principals Message Kate Perkins
Diary Dates 2019
Stars of the Week
Year 1 & 2
Year 3 & 4  Scientists in the making 
Year 5 & 6
Uniform/Canteen/OSHC & General Information 
YRPS Sponsors 
School Community News
Yarra Road Primary School
(03) 9723 4182
222-228 Yarra Road
Croydon North, Victoria, 3136

Principals Message
Kate Perkins


Yarra Road Primary School has been given the exciting opportunity to participate in the BRIDGES program through the Asia Education Foundation. We have been selected to begin a new partnership with a school in Malaysia, ‘Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Precinct 18 (1)’. This school is located nearby to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.


From August 24th-28th Ciaran Hanley and Shanae Stevens will be attending a conference run by the Asia Education Foundation in Sydney. They will meet with the representative teacher from our Malaysian Sister School, Mrs Fairus Dora Abdul Malek. The teacher will then visit our school for a week and spend time with all classes throughout the school.


We look forward to meeting her and for the students to have the opportunity to learn about life in schools in Malaysia. The students can also practise their Indonesian language skills, as Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) are very similar languages and speakers of both languages can be understood by one another.


Here are some short phrases you can practise at home with students for preparation. 

Nama saya ….       My name is ….

Apa Kabar?           How are you?                                                                                               

Baik-baik saja terima kasih     I’m fine, thank you

Halo                       Hello

Sampai Jumpa        Goodbye

Selamat Pagi!          Good Morning!    

Selamat Siang!         Good Afternoon!   


Giving your child feedback 

As parents, we know how important it is to keep up to date with our child’s learning progress. Touching-base with your child’s teacher helps to make sure that your child is actively engaged in the classroom and that they are performing at their best. 


In addition to having conversations with your child’s teacher, it is equally important to chat with your child about their learning successes and challenges. During these conversations, as a parent, we can provide our child with feedback to help them move forward with their learning. 


Here are some tips for giving your child feedback:

  • Make time at home - wait until you are home and have your child’s undivided attention to ensure that what you have to say is heard and well-received.
  • Start with the positives - make sure your child feels they are being acknowledged for their achievements first before addressing areas of improvement.
  • Use concrete examples – these help your child fully understand and connect with what you are describing. 
  • Be sensitive - be mindful not to compare your child’s achievements to those of others as this can increase an unwarranted level of competition and potentially discourage your child from improving.
  • Hold a conversation - having a conversation will allow your child to communicate back to you - it is essential that your child has a voice when reflecting on their learning. Use open-ended questions during your conversations so your child has to think deeply about their learning experiences. 
  • Set goals - take time at the end of your conversation to create a roadmap for growth. If your child needs to work on multiplication, for example, set weekly goals to practice the times tables to increase accuracy and speed. Little milestones are much more achievable for your child and will make improving on the specific points of feedback easier.


For more information on giving your child feedback about their learning, take a look at http://parents.nea.org


School Parent Opinion Survey - Closes Sunday 18th August 

We want our Parents to tell us what they think 


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 percent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 18th August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.


The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September. The survey results will be communicated to parents through our Newsletter and Annual report.

Please speak to the office or Kate Perkins if you would like more information. 


Applications for UNSW-ICAS assessments are now open 

Each year Yarra Road PS offers the opportunity for students to participate in the Australasian Schools Science, Digital Technologies, Writing, English, Spelling and Mathematics Assessments run by The University of New South Wales. The ICAS Assessments series is designed to assess students' ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.


These assessments are not compulsory They are based on the curricula for the relevant year however students are asked to demonstrate a deeper, integrated, and thorough level of learning. They are not recommended for children who are having difficulty in any of these subjects.


Premiers Reading Challenge 

122 students completed

6,446 books have been entered online 

One year we had 13,000 books entered. Can we reach that target?


There will be certificates next week at assembly for each grade that has completed the Challenge so far


Fathers' Day Stall 
Tuesday 27th August


Chirnside Park School Rewards
29th July - 15 September

Can you help us by supporting Yarra Road PS to hopefully win a share of $11,000?


1. Make a spend at any store in centre between 29 July – 15 August*.
2. Submit your receipt/s – either online or in centre.

ONLINE: From Monday 29th of July you can register to begin loading receipts at your own convenience.
CLICK HERE to load your receipts.
IN CENTRE: Visit the customer service desk to register and begin submitting your receipts.
For bulk receipts* you may drop these at the desk and collect at a later date.

Send your receipts (or a photocopy) of them into school to hand in to your child’s teacher. House points will be awarded for all receipts brought into class. Please keep in mind you will not go into the indivudual draw if you take this option. 

By submitting receipts (either online or incentre) you will go into the draw to WIN a weekly gift card and the major customer prize a $1,000 gift card. The more receipts you submit the better your chances of winning.



  • Shop at any fresh food retailer and receive TRIPLE BONUS POINTS. The 6 fresh food retailers you receive triple points at are: Rainbow Meats, Bakers Delight, Deli world, Poultry & Game, Marketplace (Chirnside Park Fruit & Vegetable Market) and Chirnside Seafood.
  • Shop at Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart or Target for DOUBLE POINTS!*


More information about Chirnside Park School Rewards can be found on their website please click here 

Live leaderboard 

Entertainment Books 


Diary Dates 2019

Term Dates 2019

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:  -

Victorian Public Holidays 2019

Friday 27 September
AFL Grand Final Day

Tuesday 5 November 
Melbourne Cup Day


Wednesday 25 December
Christmas Day


Thursday 26 December
Boxing Day

Transition Dates 2019 for Prep 2020 Families 

All sessions run between 2:15-3:15pm 

Term 3 

Friday 2 August 

Friday 9 August 

Friday 23rd August 

Friday 13 September


Term 4

Friday 18 October

Friday 1 November 

Friday 15 November 


For a schedule of each session please visit our school website.

School Dates 2019


Monday 12 - Friday 16

Mobile School Dentist


Wednesday 14

Coon Truck Toastie Lunch

School Improvement Committee Meeting 7:30pm


Thursday 15 

Science Expo Incursion Year 3/4


Friday 16

Year 1 Picture and PJ Night 


Tuesday 20 

Wheelchair Basketball Year 5 & 6 


Thursday 22

Wheelchair Basketball Year 3 & 4 


Tuesday 27 

Fathers Day Stall


Thursday 29 

Melbourne Writers Festival 


Friday 30

Year 2 Father's Day Breakfast 



Friday 18 

School Disco 


Monday 28 
Production CAST A -  A-K 


Tuesday 29 

Production CAST B -  L-Z 


Wednesday 13 - Wednesday 20 
Book Fair 


Friday 15

Year 2 Sleepover


Friday 22
Whole School Colour Run 


Monday 25 - Friday 29 
Whole School Swimming Week


Tuesday 3

Prep Information Night 7:00pm


Wednesday 4

Intake Interviews 


Friday 6 

Year 1 Fairytale Ball 


Tuesday 10

Orientation Morning for New Prep students

Stepping Up for current students

Orientation Day for Year 6 students


Thursday 19 
Year 6 Graduation 


Friday 20

Year 6 Fun Morning 






















Stars of the Week

Prep F

Kade E


For doing a great job stretching out unknown words. 

Prep Mac

Archer HG


For always trying his best with his take home words and reading book.


Sari K


For reading over 100 nights at home. 


Kirra S


For working independently in reading groups. 


Sofia S

Choose your attitude

For always being an active contributor to our class discussions!


Mia H 

Be there 

For using an outstanding amount of expression in her reading. Well done!


Alexis W


For being such a wonderful helper when Mrs Cooper was away 


Amelia M 

Choose your attitude 

For caring for her friends by cheering them up. 


Zahra R 


For always trying her hardest and showing excellence in her work. 


Angus B 

Make their day 

For always wiling to help others. 


Matilda S


For taking responsibility for her learning by practising her joined handwriting at home.  


Ruby P 


For showing excellence as her reading skills continue to imporve!


Olivia G 


For consistently being a responsible and trustworthy member of our class. Well done!  


Chloe P 


For working hard on your Readers Notebook entries in Literacy. Well done!



Marni B


For being such an enthusiastic reader!


Jasmine G 


For always giving everything her very best!


Jack Mc


For demonstrating what an accomplished reader he is by having the highest Lexile score in the school!


Hugh R 

Choose your attitude

For being polite, sharing and cooperative part of the Wednesday card-making group in the Art Room


Caitlin H 


For outstanding improvement in her writing. 


Pippa W

Choose your attitude 

For having an amazing attitude towards her writing and showing continuous improvement and clever ideas. 

Our School

Together we can make it great!

Let’s BE THERE for each other by staying focused on what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. A kind gesture can MAKE THEIR DAY when we do things big and small to make them feel good. Good and bad things happen every day, but you can always CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE. We know learning is more fun when we throw ourselves into it, so lets PLAY!

YRPS School Values

Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Confidence and Resilience.

Stars of the Week will be presented next Monday morning 19th August at Assembly.














Around our Level

Last week the prep classes celebrated 100 days of school!

Each day since beginning school, we have counted the days we have been at school, working hard and learning lots.


Our classrooms were decorated with balloons and streamers and we all bought a plate of food to share during our party lunch.


Our parents stayed to help us with all sorts of fun activities to do with the number 100. We did 100 different exercises, threaded 100 beads on a necklace, coloured 100 different rainbow dots and made a 100 number train. Our favourite activity was the 100 Hershey’s kisses hunt.


Miss Franklin and Mrs Macrae had hidden Hershey’s kisses all around the classrooms. Each one had a number. As we found them, we placed them on a 100 chart. It was great fun and the best part was eating them when we were through.



We all had a fantastic day! We cant believe that we have already been at school for 100 days and learnt so much.


This week we are getting ready for book week. We have been reading some of the shortlisted books and summarising what they have been about. We have even created our own hidden mouse pictures based on the book Blue House, Red House, Yellow House,  Tree House, which you can see in the Junior corridor. It was really tricky only using one colour in our illustrations.


We cannot wait to see each other in our Book Week costumes on Monday.






Year 1 & 2

Around our Level

This week is National Science Week and to celebrate our year 3 and 4 students are conducting a Science Expo in the gym.


The children in year 1 and 2 were able to visit the Science Expo and discover and learn more about scientific principles in action. There was a range of science experiments set up by the children and they thoroughly enjoyed asking questions, making predictions and describing their observations.


As part of our Mateship program the children took part in science activities across the school.



Year 3 & 4 
Scientists in the making

Around our Level

In the last fortnight we were fortunate enough to have a representative from Melbourne football team ‘Neville Jetta‘ and Kai and Ava’s Dad ‘Matthew Whelan‘ speak with the students about their Koori heritage and culture.


The Year 3/4 students who participated in Hoop Time had a wonderful day! While these students participated in Hoop Time, the rest of Year 3/4 participated in STEAM activities at school, producing their own design of a Marble Run.



In Year 3/4 we have been preparing for our upcoming Science expo! Lots of experiments are in the process of being trialled and tested.



Year 5 & 6

Around our Level

In the last 2 weeks in Year 5/6 we have been reading and writing poetry, for example haikus and limericks. In science, we have been learning about micro-organisms and what their job is. For reading, our topic is summarising, we read about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was a spectacular musician. We have just finished fractions and we are now starting probability. Our Chinese student Gladys sadly left to go back to China.

Last week the Year 5’s went to Karalyka to see Grease the Musical by Mooroolbark Secondary College. In Science class we activated yeast and Mrs V is growing mould in her fridge so we can look at it under the microscope next week. A group of Year 5 students are card-making in the Art room at lunchtime on Wednesdays. We are also working towards getting our eSmart Digital Licences. We have made up some great limericks this week!






  Ruby and Millah made insect rings using paper magiclay and a ring base



This week in Indonesian we have been learning all about Indonesian Independence Day which is on August the 17th. All levels have been studying about what Independence Day represents, and the Indonesian emblem, the garuda bird. Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan!



& General Information

School Office Hours 

Monday - Friday 

8:30am - 4:15pm 
9723 4182
[email protected] 


Uniform Shop 

Uniform Shop Hours

Thursdays: 3:15pm-3:45pm



Our School Canteen is open on Friday's Only. 
Please click  on the link below to view our Canteen menu

Please note: All lunch orders are to be handed in prior to 9:30am in the morning. Please make an effort to ensure they are in first thing.
Payment: cash in the lunch bag, no eftpos. If you have more than 1 child please ensure you write up a separate lunch bag for each child. 


Canteen Roster Term 3 2019

Friday 16th August 

9:00-10:00am Janet White 

12:00-2:00pm Karen Lucas & Trudi Smith 


Friday 23rd August

9:00-10:00am Jo Hassett 

12:00-2:00pm Vanessa Kennedy & Sam Soutar 


Friday 30th August 

9:00- 10:00am Jacque Grey 

12:00-2:00pm Shelley Atkinson & Michelle Carmusciano


Friday 6th September 

9:00-10:00am Jen Stone 

12:00-2:00pm Cathy Crowe & Laura Abrahams 

Lost Property

We have our Clothing Lost Property located in the Gym outside of the Canteen and we also have another Lost Property up at the office for personal items, toys, sporting equipment(balls) among other things. If you have lost clothing or an item please check both of our Lost Property boxes. At the end of each term anything that is not collected is donated to the Salvation Army. It is important to make sure you name your childs clothing and toys so we can return them back to their rightful owners. 


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.



Further information

YRPS Sponsors 

These companies support us so please help by supporting them




School Community News

Violin Tuition 


YRPS Noticeboard 

To view our Noticeboard on our School Website please see the link below 


Our School Website


Like us on Facebook


Connect with our local police on Facebook 

Eyewatch Facebook page connects local police to their communities to help with crime prevention, neighbourhood safety and solving local crimes.   

Yarra Road Primary School Newsletter
Pricelist 2019.pdf
Uniform Order Form 2019.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
Gold Account Camp Australia.pdf
Child Care Subsidy Flyer.pdf
2019 UNSW information permission form.pdf