From the Principal's Desk

Dear families

As I reflect on the start to term 2 at YAS, I am pleased to say that the start back has been a positive one. Students have settled back into the school routine with ease and our Primary students have adapted well to having a new Indonesian teacher (weeks 1-5), Mr Olsder who has quickly built positive relationships with students. I feel very fortunate to have already spent six months at the school before taking on the role of Principal, which has ensured a smooth transition for both students and staff.

As we embark on this new phase of the academic year, I am pleased to share with you some of our key priorities for Term 2 which reflect our collective vision for excellence and growth:

  1. Academic Excellence: Our foremost commitment is to provide each and every student with the tools, resources, and support necessary to thrive. Through engaging lessons, personalised learning experiences, and targeted interventions, we are dedicated to nurturing the intellectual curiosity and academic achievement of every student.
  2. Holistic Development: At YAS we recognize the importance of nurturing the whole child. In addition to academic pursuits, we are committed to fostering the social, emotional, and physical well-being of our students. This includes promoting a culture of inclusivity and respect, and supporting students' mental health and wellness.
  3. Community Engagement: A strong sense of community is at the heart of everything we do. In Term 2, we will continue to cultivate partnerships with parents, guardians, and the wider community to create a supportive and enriching educational environment for all. Through open communication, collaboration, and active participation, we aim to strengthen the bonds that unite us as a school community.
  4. Technological Advancement: Improving our communication processes are a key priority for us moving forward and we will be working hard behind the scenes to get ready for our Daymap Learner Management System to go live to parents in semester 2. More information will be provided over the coming weeks.

Over the last 6 months staff and parents/grandparents who attended Student Led Interviews and the AGM have provided valuable feedback to help shape our future strategic directions. I am delighted to share these with you below (see infographics). Is there anything we missed? If you have any ideas or further contributions, please share them with us by emailing  or send us a message through our Facebook page.

Haley Przibilla


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Years 4,5 & 6 Visit the Yankalilla Museum

Students in years 4, 5, and 6 had a captivating visit to the local Yankalilla Museum yesterday as part of “ May History Month”. They witnessed hay baling and rope making demonstrations using historical machinery. The blacksmith forge was in operation, along with displays of knitting, weaving, and wool spinning. They observed the grand opening of the Dairy & Sheep display shed too.

The children engaged with the interactive exhibit themed "A Cure For All Ills," exploring medicines and remedies used in the past. Their favorite parts included the old-time shops and the church, while some were determined to master the tilts and walk confidently on them.

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'Do it For Dolly Day' on Friday the 10th!


On Friday May 10 2024 we are calling on you to help make Dolly’s own dream of a kinder and safer world for Australia’s kids and communities a reality. 

Come to school dressed in blue and bring a gold coin donation.

Blue goodies will be for sale at the canteen at recess time until sold out. Cupcakes with blue icing for $2 and blue jelly in a cup for 50 cents each.

All money raised will go towards 'Dolly's Dream' Foundation. What a great cause!

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Attention Mums & Significant People

Come and join us for the school's Mother's Day thank-you morning, where you can connect with other parents while enjoying a delicious coffee and cake. The event is provided by YAS as a token of appreciation to our Mum’s.  See you at school drop off time.

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'Lest we Forget' - Year 7/8A and 7/8B

As part of HASS learning during Week 1, we had some lengthy discussions and watched some informative short videos about ANZAC Day. I was really impressed to hear that many of our students paid respect to those that served in war at a dawn service on the 25th of April. 

Did you know that the battle of Gallipoli lasted approximately 8 months, or that approximately 8,000 Australian troops died in the battle?

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we designed and created ANZAC silhouettes to display in our classrooms. As you can see, they look absolutely AMAZING!!

We are and always will be thankful for the people that risked their own lives to protect ours. We will never forget them!

Jade Barry

(7/8 HASS Teacher)

Artwork by the students in Years 7 & 8

Wanted Donations of Board Games to the School for Class Games Boxes

The school is seeking donations of board games in good condition. Board games give students opportunities to develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Your generous donations will not only bring joy and fun to the school but also contribute to creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment for all students. Hoping you can support this wonderful initiative!



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From Wendy Lindsay - Pastoral Care Worker

Hi there,
How did you spend your Easter? Did you eat hot cross buns and (overpriced) chocolate eggs or enjoy lunch with family and friends? Perhaps you made the most of the spectacular weather and headed to the beach? Maybe your family tradition is to pack up and going camping. Whatever we each did, the four-day long weekend is something we Aussies look forward to each year.
My Easter started last Wednesday when, together with Mike and Gayle from the local churches, we hosted the annual Easter presentation ‘Dave the Easter Donkey’ to over 80 primary students. The students, all with parent consent to attend, were wonderful participants. There was storytelling, pin the tail on the donkey game, we danced to ‘Boss of the Cross’ (Colin Buchanan) and each student then left with an activity sheet and of course, a mini chocolate egg. The students were so well behaved and enthusiastic as we looked at the first Easter and the message of the cross. This message of hope that as Christian’s, we acknowledge particularly at Easter, never gets old.
Thank you to the many families that allowed your children to attend this year’s Easter presentation.  By joining in, this provides the children with the opportunity to hear the meaning behind the long weekend.

Blessings, Wendy Lindsay (PCW)

Dave the Donkey - Easter Message Snapshots

Kids club is happening on Friday and the first Friday of each month.

Easter Bunny Visits YAS

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Attendance Messages

Our admin staff have implemented a new system that allows us to send SMS text messages to families notifying them of an unexplained absence for their child. These texts are based on home group attendance. Please ensure that if your child arrives at school after 9am you sign them in at the front office to ensure that the correct codes are applied to their attendance for the day. If you receive a text from the school, you can also respond to the message explaining the absence.

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Year 11 Child Studies Students Create Hairdressing Salon Experience for Reception Students

A few weeks ago, a group of Year 11 Child Studies students set up the hairdressing dressing salon at YAS for the Reception students. This experience assisted the Year 11 students with completing the SACE requirements of Child Studies and development in children. The Reception students had the opportunity to brush and style mannequins, and also have their own hair styled. All of the Reception students had a glorious time engaging and socialising with the Year 11s. It was an enjoyable experience for all!

Wild and Wacky Hair Adventures for Students"

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Connecting international students to Yankalilla Area School through Word of Music Wednesday.

At Yankalilla AS we are working to make connections, be it through the power of music and dance, with our WOM (World of Music) Wednesday, or by sharing learning experiences with international visitors.

Recently, we hosted the international students from Hallet Cove School. 

The Hallet Cove students shared information about their home countries, taught us some phrases of their home language, as well as the experiences of being exchange students.  YAS students were fantastic listeners and asked some really interesting questions.

Our wonderful YAS hosts, Lilly, Chloe and Christine managed to get our speakers to their correct destinations and pointed out highlights in the yard.  At the farm, Year 10 and 11 Ag experts explained the learning that happens down on the farm and in the aquaculture shed. 

Sharyn Braithwaite talked to groups of Hallet Cove students about her role caring for kangaroo joeys and the joey cuddles were a highlight for many students.

Finally, the visit was capped off with a BBQ cooked expertly by Graham Alexander and his helpers.  Our visitors enjoyed a variety of Australian favourites, including lamb chops and kangaroo. Yum!

Thank you to everyone for their support of this program, we are hoping to have another visit in the near future and are currently working on a "Making connections" mural to be displayed in our yard, which will further cement our cross-site relationship.

YAS students welcome our International Students Guests

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Farewell from Principal Bell

Hi everyone

As I write my last newsletter to you all, my heart is full with a myriad of emotions. After being entrusted to lead our school for twelve remarkable years, the time has come for me to say goodbye and embark on a new chapter.

My learning journey, rich with growth, challenges, and triumphs, has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my professional life. From the very first day, your support, and collaboration have been the bedrock upon which we've built a learning environment where our children have been able to connect, belong and grow with pride. Together, we've weathered storms and celebrated numerous milestones, always with the best interests and future of our students at the forefront of our collective efforts. Your involvement and dedication have been instrumental in creating a supportive atmosphere that extends well beyond the classroom, for which I am eternally grateful.

I will always cherish the memories we've created together and remain a steadfast supporter of Yankalilla Area School and our community. I look forward to hearing about the school's achievements and the wonderful accomplishments of our students, whom I have had the privilege to know and serve.

In closing, I extend my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to be a part of your lives and your children's educational journey. It has been an honour and a privilege. Let’s embrace this transition with optimism and a shared commitment to the ongoing teaching and learning of our young people. I am excited to see where the journey takes us all next, knowing that our paths may cross again in Life’s Journey.

With my deepest gratitude and warmest regards

Christine Bell


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Student Led Interviews

Bookings are now open for families to go into School Interviews and book time(s) for Student Led Interviews in Week 9.

 Letters have been emailed to families this afternoon that gives a booking code and instructions on how to make a booking.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

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Senior Years

The senior school at Yankalilla Area School are committed to creating an environment where each student is welcomed and included. We aim to develop the ‘whole person’ and are focused on fostering positive relationships through Restorative Practices. This is enhanced through our Pastoral Care program, which enables our staff to build further on knowing each individual student and how they learn best. This Semester, Students in year 10 and 11 are working towards 10 SACE credits in support of their SACE journey through the Pastoral Care program. Our senior students will be exploring their career options, analysing & maintaining academic success and building on their Wellbeing & understanding of safe practices.

Thank you to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for visiting Yankalilla Area School today. Students across Year 9-12 found the session to be very informative and valuable.

Did you know….almost every trade and profession is represented in the Navy, Army and Air Force. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) can set you up for the future with world class training, being paid to develop vocational and life skills. There are career options to suit people with broad ranging backgrounds, skill levels, expertise and interest, so you’ll be sure to find a role that’s right for you.

Feel free to visit to look through the jobs available.

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Meet our New Principal

Meet Haley Przibilla and hear about the future direction of school. Have your say! AGM to follow where you are encouraged to take a role on our governing council. This is a chance to have a direct impact on the decisions and policies that shape our school community. Your participation is greatly appreciated as we work together towards a brighter future for our students and staff.


                                               3 April 2024 @ 6pm

                                               RSVP to Trudy by 2 April 2024 -

                                               Ph: 85580888 or Email:

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World of Music

On Wednesdays at recess, students take to the stage in the quad to dance to the week's themed music. Others prefer to sit and enjoy the music or watch some of our inventive dancers.

The experience has been made even better with the purchase, through our Internationalising Schools grant, of a JBL party box, complete with synchronised disco lights! We look forward to hearing from students and the school community with ideas for weekly music themes or songs suggestions.

This week's theme is "Nature", with the play list including songs like "Flowers" and “Green, Green Grass". Should be a lot of fun seeing the dance moves!

Next week, as part of Harmony Week celebrations, we will play songs that are happy and harmonious. If you know of a song with orange in the title, please let us know!  

Bu Ellin


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Canteen News

The canteen has been utilising fresh produce from Amaroo Farm, with a fresh tomato passata made by one of our wonderful volunteers, Louise.  We love using fresh ingredients from our farm and making dishes with love and care. 

Please remember to use the QKR app for lunch orders and keep an eye open for some new specials coming soon. 

Our Harmony Day Menu is looking amazing:

Orange jelly cups

Orange cup cakes

Honey crackles

Orange fruit boxes

Fried rice and spring rolls

Spaghetti bolognaise

Limited amounts – so no preorder, once it is gone it’s gone.

Thank you for supporting the canteen. A lot of work and care goes into us serving the students with a smile. 

Candy Turner

Canteen Manager

School Holiday Program for YOSHC Program

Harmony Day

Celebrate Harmony Day with us on Wednesday 20 March.  

Wear Orange

Join the World of Music at Recess for some Harmony Day themed songs to dance to.

Orange food provided by the local churches and Wendy Lindsay

Purchase orange food at the canteen.

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Thanks to Club Fleurieu

Thank you to Club Fleurieu for donating $1000 to support Senior School in Party Safe Education Programs.  Their support will make a important impact on our students. Their kindness and generosity are truly appreciated.


One or two days a week doesn’t seem like much but…

If you miss…

That equals…

Which is…

And over 13 years of schooling that’s…

One day per fortnight

20 days per year

4 weeks per year

Nearly 1 years

One day per week

40 days per year

8 weeks per year

Nearly 2 years

2 days per week

80 days per year

16 weeks per year

Over 5 years

3 days per week

120 days per year

24 weeks per year

Nearly 8 years

How about 10 minutes late a day? Surely that won’t affect me?

Missing just…

That equals…

Which is…

And over 13 years of schooling that’s…

10 minutes per day

50 minutes per week

Nearly 1 weeks per year

Nearly  a year

20 minutes per day

1 hr 40 minutes per week

Over 2 weeks per year

Nearly 1 year

30 minutes per day

2 hrs 30 minutes per week

4 weeks per year

Nearly 1 years

1 hour per day

1 day per week

8 weeks per year

Over 2 years


If you want to be successful at school then YES,

attendance does matter!

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Pastoral Care News from Wendy Lindsay

Hello, and welcome to our latest newsletter! As a pastoral care support worker, I am here to offer guidance, support, and a listening ear to all members of our community. Week 7 has just about come and gone already.

I have a couple of exciting updates on the horizon that I would love to share with all of you.

Thursday 21st March

Parents/Carers Coffee Morning

Come and join me - it’s been too long since we have had a Parent/Carer catch- up. 

Where: outside our Canteen

When: 8:45am -10am

We are lucky to have $3 coffees & teas prepared by John Noack from the Barking Bean Coffee Van who will be on site.

I look forward to connecting with you! 

Wednesday 27th March

Our Annual Primary Easter Program, supported by our local churches.

These programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about the religious significance of Easter. More details to come.

Dave & the Cross. 

Who: Rec - Year 6 

When: 2:30 pm 

Where: In the gym 

Cost: no charge

Permission Note must be returned to the classroom teacher by Tuesday 26th.

(I will send notes home with students at the end of the week.)

Kind Regards,

Wendy Lindsay

Pastoral Care Worker/SSO- Yankalilla Area School

PH: 0414 818 601

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A note from the Principal

Hello everyone,

I hope you all stayed cool over the weekend, what a scorcher it was! Not the most ideal time to have your active grandson around, who loves being outdoors.

Our teachers have planned an engaging week of learning, here are some key highlights:

Tuesday: Encounter Youth & Empower Education will present a Vaping Program for students in Years 7-12. We've obtained a $3,500 grant to offer this educational session at no cost to the students.

Wednesday:  The Defence Force Presentation will explore various career paths for senior students, offering valuable insights for informed decision-making. A big thank you to Ms. McEvoy for organizing this. Also, our popular recess activity "World of Music" will take place, allowing students to enjoy the latest hits and timeless classics with fellow music enthusiasts. This initiative by Bu Ellen aims to unite students through music, creating a celebration of sound and movement.

Friday:  I will be accompanying Heidi on a trip to Her Majesty's Theatre, where students from Years 6, 8, and 9 will be treated to a circus dance performance titled "Time Machine."

The NAPLAN assessments for students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 will start on Tuesday until March 22. These assessments provide essential information for students, parents, teachers, and principals, helping to improve student achievement.

I encourage you to schedule a Student-led interview. These meetings empower your children to showcase their progress, strengths, and goals, fostering confidence, ownership, and self-reflection in their learning journey. More details can be found in the newsletter.

Remember to mark Harmony Day on Wednesday, March 20 in your calendar. Students can wear orange and take part in the provided activities to celebrate the valuable contributions people from diverse cultures make to society.

Another busy week to enjoy.

Christine Bell


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Our Wellbeing Leader

Dear Yankalilla Area School Parents and Guardians,

My name is Caleb Macrow and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Wellbeing Leader at Yankalilla Area School.

As Wellbeing Leader, my primary focus is to foster an environment where every student can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting each of you and collaborating to strengthen the wellbeing initiatives at Yankalilla Area School. Together, we can create an environment where every student feels supported, heard, and empowered to succeed.

I am excited to share with you some key areas of responsibility that I will be overseeing to ensure the holistic development and wellbeing of our students, including

  1. Attendance Improvement (R-12): Regular attendance is fundamental to a student's success and our dedicated team is committed to promoting a positive attendance culture. We will be working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and community stakeholders to identify and address any barriers that may impact attendance. Our goal is to create an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages regular school attendance, laying the foundation for academic achievement.
  1. Student Voice/Agency: We strongly believe in the importance of amplifying the voices of our students. Through various initiatives and forums, we will be actively seeking input from students to ensure that their perspectives, ideas and concerns are heard and valued. This commitment to student agency empowers our young learners to actively participate in shaping their educational experience and fosters a sense of ownership in their learning journey.
  1. Flexible Learning Options (FLO) and Coastal Programs: Our commitment to meeting the diverse needs of every student is reflected in our Flexible Learning Options (FLO) and Coastal Programs. These initiatives are designed to provide tailored support to students in senior year levels who may face unique challenges. By collaborating closely with teachers, parents, and external partners, we aim to create personalised learning pathways that empower every student to reach their full potential.
  1. Leadership of the Wellbeing Hub: Our school sees wellbeing as an integral part of our students’ learning experience and aims to foster and develop a community where students can connect, belong and grow with pride. The Wellbeing Hub consists of individual 1:1 office spaces where students can confidentiality explore issues in a private setting with a member of our dedicated counselling team.

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share, please feel free to reach out. Your partnership is essential in creating a positive and thriving community for our students.

Warm regards,

Caleb Macrow

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A Note from the Pastoral Care Worker

Welcome back to school for 2024.

We have many new families at YAS. My name is Wendy Lindsay. I am the Pastoral Care Worker (Chaplain) at the school. I look forward to catching up with you and your children over the coming weeks. I am at school Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri. If there is anything I can support you with, please chat with the Front Office and they will let me know to give you a call.

At Breakfast Club on Monday, we acknowledged Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) a day early.

The tradition of cooking pancakes on this particular day is traced back in Christian religion, but to many it's a non-denominational cultural custom.

What is Shrove Tuesday?

It's the day before Lent, which is the 40-days before Easter. The idea symbolises enjoying all the yummy stuff like butter, sugar and eggs, with pancakes being a good way to use them up, and celebrate with friends and family, before a time of fasting, in the lead up to the Easter celebration.

The date of Easter changes from year to year depending on the phase of the Moon, so the date for Shrove Tuesday changes too.

This year: Good Friday is March 29th /Holy Saturday: March 30th /Easter Sunday: April 1st

Kind Regards,

Wendy Lindsay

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A Note from The Principal

Welcome back to another exciting year here at Yankalilla Area School. We are delighted to have 11 new staff join our school family this year which is super exciting. Both my husband John and myself will be retiring on the last day of this term and we have been allocated some time during the end of term whole school celebration on the last day of term to say good bye and thankyou to everyone for the wonderful experience we have both enjoyed. Further information regarding this event will follow shortly.  Ms Haley Przibillia will be continuing as Deputy for term one and then will take up the position of Acting Principal until the end of the year when the Principal position will be advertised.

Our new staff are:

  • Belinda McEvoy – Senior Leader SACE and VET
  • Caleb Macrow – Senior Well-being Leader R-12
  • Holly Loxton – Junior Primary Teacher
  • Kelsey Mitchell – Specialist Primary Teacher
  • Marc Mullette – Middle School Teacher
  • Chrystal Stewart – Primary Teacher
  • Bella Briggs- Primary Teacher
  • David Todd – Upper Primary Teacher
  • Richard McEvoy – Groundsman
  • Aiden Cain – SSO
  • Caelan Ramsay – ICT support

It was so lovely seeing so many parents and families at our acquaintance night on Wednesday. It was such a great opportunity for you to meet your children’s teachers, learn a little about the curriculum and seek answers for any questions you may have had. The weather was amazing and the sausages even better. Thanks to all our staff who made this such a special occasion and for all your work making our classrooms sparkle and shine.

Stay connected with us through our various communication channels, including newsletters, emails, our school website, Facebook and direct classroom apps. These resources will keep you informed and our school happenings, announcements and important updates.

Together we can make this year filed with growth, learning and success for all our students.

Christine Bell

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