YAS News-Week 7 Term 1 2023
A Note from the Principal
As we near the end of week 8 of the school term, I wanted to share some of the positive things we have loved this week:
- The R-2 students have been at swimming this week, I am sure they have been sleeping well after a busy day!
- Yesterday was the catch up photo day on Thursday for those staff and students who missed out on getting their 2023 photos taken.
- Our partnership with SAPOL continues to build on educating our youth and young adults on ‘CYBER SAFETY’. On Tuesday two SAPOL facilitators presented to our Middle and Senior School students. Some of the topics included ‘Privacy and preventing inappropriate contact, Self-generated content, Sexual Extortion, Sharing Content’ and ‘Meeting people on-line’.
- On Monday Anna took a group of students over to the showgrounds for the Agfest. Congratulations to Harvey E who was one of two students closest to guessing the number of beads in the glass jar competition. Harvey has won a family ticket to the Yankalilla Show later this year.
- Tuesday 21st March was Harmony Day “everyone belongs”. Orange was the colour of the day and students participated in many activities including a disco at lunch time.
- On Wednesday we had the International Students from Hallett Cove School visit. Our guides led an informative tour of the school and our staff and students showcased our school beautifully.
- NAPLAN commenced this week and will continue next week.
- Our team of baristas are fine tuning their skills and our Cockatoo Café has been serving coffee and snacks to our staff on Thursday’s at recess time in preparation to open soon to the community.
- Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday evening, thank you to everyone who attended.
A reminder that Sports Day is getting closer. This year it will be held on Friday 31st March. Families are welcome to attend!
Families would noticed the return of daily COVID updates via email as we have had a slight increase in the number of positive cases at our school. Our school still continues to maintain safe COVID measures and will continue to do so. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home.
Finally, I would like to thank all families for their ongoing support of our school. We are grateful for the strong sense of community that exists within our school and we look forward to continuing to work together.
Harmony Day Celebrations
As your Principal I am so proud of our school and how hard we all work to project a positive image in our community. I do however have some concerns at the moment about the large number of students constantly out of uniform which was highlighted recently when our senior students attended Agfest in our community along with 6 other schools.
Our uniform is:
- Black pants / tracksuit bottoms or shorts
- School marron shirt
- School maroon jumpers
- School dress uniform
- Senior school jumpers
- Year level commemorative jumpers
The following is not allowed at school:
- Active wear
- Shorts above mid-thigh length
- Brand or plain jumpers
- Grey tracksuit pants
It is a leadership decision that as of next week any middle or senior school students arriving at school out of uniform will be asked to accompany a sub school leader to contact families by phone. Primary students will have an out of school sticker placed in their diary. I am seeking your support to ensure students wear our school uniform at all times as we continue to maintain a high standard.
A note from your Pastoral Care Worker
This week I wanted to briefly write a few thoughts around compassion.
The word has its roots in French and Latin. Compassion means ‘to suffer with’.
You may have heard the sayings "they were moved with compassion" or "it breaks my heart..." Compassion is often the motivating emotion that leads us to care and action. Active compassion is the desire to go out of our way to alleviate another's physical, mental or emotional suffering.
An act of compassion is defined by its helpfulness. It may involve encouraging words, a gentle smile, a handshake, a hug or simply sitting alongside someone saying very little.
Some of the qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve. Sometimes we just want to 'fix' the situation, but we all know this is not always possible. This is when wisdom and rational thinking come in.
The difference between sympathy and compassion is that sympathy responds to others' suffering with sorrow and concern whereas the compassion responds with warmth and care.
An article by the Clinical Psychology Review suggests that "compassion consists of three facets: noticing, feeling, and responding." Compassion is the emotion that stops us in our tracks, arrests our attention and motivates us to think we can make a positive difference in someone's life.
Wendy Lindsay (Pastoral Care Worker)
Our future Baristas!
The Cockatoo Cafe crew were very fortunate to visit Ben Tugwell from Fleurieu Roast at Aldinga to continue our barista training on Thursday the 23rd of February.
Ben showed us how to roast coffee beans and how to make coffees from his coffee machine that was out of this world!
The smell of fresh coffee was amazing, and the students were put to the test by making coffees and hot chocolates for everyone. I've got to say, my cappuccino was the best!!
On Thursday the 16th of March, the Cockatoo Cafe will be up and running for staff only to purchase hot drinks and food. If all goes well, we should be open to the public by the end of the term.
Our opening date and times will be advertised around the school and in the community, so please keep posted.
We hope to see you at the cafe soon!
Jade Barry (Cockatoo Cafe Manager)
This rotation we have been using the process of ideation, which involves the stages of generation (of ideas), selection and development of the selected design. We also reflect on our final designs, using stars (what worked well) and wishes(ways we could improve or would do next time). We will be adding our stencil Street Art designs to the GLA Street Art gallery behind Mr Currie's room.
This week we trialled our stencils and made any necessary adjustments...next stop - The wall!
A big thank you to Bunnings
A big thank you to Bunnings Victor Harbor who supported our gardening project for HASS. In 3/4A we have been learning about native plants to Yankalilla, as a class we discussed different plants needed to survive and thrive in our school. We researched different plants and Miss Ray contacted bunnings who kindly donated enough plants so we could replant our 5 planner boxes in the quadrangle.
We worked with John (our grounds person) and our R/1A buddies and dug out the old dead plants, filled them with fresh soil and planted our new plants. We have now started creating information posters about these plants.
Thank you Bunnings Victor Harbor - 3/4A
AgFest - Competition
How Many Nails/Beads were in the Jars?
At the AgFest on Monday 20th, March, there was a guessing competition at the Yankalilla Show Stall. There was a jar of nails and a jar of glass beads. 66 people tried guessing the number of nails and 59 people tried guessing the number of glass beads. These were the results.
Average estimate was 2549
Highest estimate 7850
Lowest estimate 325
Closest was 1874 by a student from Murray Bridge High School
There were 1803 nails in the jar.
Average estimate was 237.5
Highest estimate 732
Lowest estimate 76
Closest was 250 by 2 students. One from Kangaroo Island Parndana and one from Yankalilla Area School.
There were 254 glass beads in the jar.
Each of the winners will receive a Family Ticket to the Yankalilla Show on Saturday, September 30th. The tickets will be sent to the schools later this year.
Hallett Cove School - International Students Visit
On Wednesday we had a group of International Students and staff who are currently attending Hallett Cove School visit YAS. Each year we have International Students tour our school and visit our classes.
We are very proud of our Year 9 Middle School leaders Lilly and Chayse, and Ella and Ruby (our volunteer guides) for their work to make the day successful. They led an informative tour and also made sure that speakers arrived at the correct classes.
Classes R/1 & 3/4A Farm Produce
3/4a and R/1a picked, prepared and sold produce from our farm.