THE Yaapeet Primary School proudly began its 99th year of education for its districts children on Tuesday January 31. It was especially exciting for two new students who began their official school time bringing the enrolment to seven in 2017.
The School welcomed back Mrs Mary Anne Allan to continue her literacy and numeracy focused teaching for two days per week mainly with the Foundation (Prep) and Grade 1. Mary Anne replaces Ian Herben who had been leading three remote schools in the Northern Territory atAmanbidji, Watiyawanu, and Imanpa for 18 months and is leading Beulah PS this year. Sheryl Herben has returned to the Principal role at Yaapeet PS after also teaching at Imanpa in 2016.
Like most schools in our district our school offered a swimming program in Term One, which endeavours to build confidence in the water and also improve stroke technique for the
students. Fortunately we have continued a positive relationship with both the Rainbow and Beulah schools and have been invited to join in with them to experience a “BIG”school swim program. This also gives our students broader social opportunities.
We sent our smallest team ever to the Southern Mallee Lakes District Swim sports with Celie Fuller (Grade Five) and Maggie Fisher (Grade Two) proudly representing our school.
Our school is teaching the students respect for the traditional owners of our land and that there are a number of Indigenous Language groups that have been a part of our area for longer than white man’s settlement. We are also using Video Conferencing technology to again access German with Jackson O’Neill a teacher based at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.
We are also fortunate to have Birte a German language assistant at the Dimboola, Rainbow and our school share her expertise every second Friday afternoon with us.
On March 21 a severe storm hit Yaapeet during the afternoon. Mrs Allan was at school teaching solo on that day and was able to supervise the students and provide reassurance in a calm manner through a wild blast of weather. The school buildings sustained some damage and we lost over half of the trees in the school grounds. Fortunately we were given assistance by the department for the official make safe stage afterwards.
At the end of Term, Yaapeet PS often has a barbecue to celebrate the completion of another term of experiences and learning with families. Students read their Easter narratives (stories) to those present and enjoyed a treasure hunt around the school grounds with clues hidden in all corners of the yard and
Breanna and Celie represented our school laying a wreath made by all seven students at the Anzac day service in Rainbow. Once the swimming program finished during Physical Education/Sport we focussed on getting some kilometres into the students legs in preparation for the Cluster and the Rainbow P-12 cross country. We even used a “new” track around the Turkey Bottom Ponds along the main street of Yaapeet to bring some variation to the training.
Taylor Fisher came second at the cluster run at Beulah and ran first at the Albacutya run on the first Friday in May.
Yaapeet Primary School Our school could not provide the wide and varied opportunities for our students without our school bus. This was used recently when we delivered meals on wheels to a number of residences in Rainbow. This community service activity helps the students understand the importance about extending an arm of help by volunteering without personal gain, looking out for others and the simplicity and benefit of a cheery smile and companionship. Simple but important values that
will make us better citizens for the future.