Yanco Agricultural High School

A quality secondary education in an historic rural setting

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Principal's welcome

Congratulations to everyone as we complete our first entire Term with the whole school for 2020.

I would like to thank our entire multifaceted staff for their efforts this term to ensure that all our students have good quality board and lodgings as well as plenty of opportunities and support; all whilst coping with Covid-19 angst and fatigue themselves.

A big thank you to our students for their assistance, patience and cooperation as we have continued to change our operations and procedures at the school as we learn to live in this new world and determine the new norm.

Thank you to our parents for their continued support and encouragement this term we appreciate the support you give both your children and our school.

It has been terrific to be notified by the Department of Education that the majority of our Victorian students will be able to go home these holidays and return seamlessly to us in Term 4. We hope this freedom is extended to all our Victorian students in the near future. Congratulations to a dedicated group of parents who have worked tirelessly with numerous government departments to achieve a workable solution for these students and their families. We hope they all enjoy their long- awaited time with each other these holidays.

To improve communication between parents and the school please refer to the attached PDF titled Communication Procedure which aims to ensure that the appropriate staff member deals with a parent’s question or concern and that queries are resolved in a timely, fair and helpful manner.

Year 11 have completed their Preliminary courses this term and will commence their Higher School Certificate courses next Term. A few students will be leaving us at the end of their Preliminary course and we wish them well in their chosen career paths. For those who continue on with their secondary studies we hope their HSC year is uneventful.

Year 12 will definitely be able to remember where they were in 2020 when asked in the future about the impact of a little pandemic. Although this year has been somewhat disjointed we thank Year 12 for the positive impact they have had on the school and for their contributions to the school over the years – from showstock and sporting teams to dormitory and school prefects; from academic success and completion of traineeships to mateship and leadership and even a new dormitory. Each year group that goes through the school is unique and memorable because of the different personalities and dynamics within the year group. Although we are presently unable to have a Graduation Ceremo-ny we will recognise Year 12’s completion of their secondary studies with a final dinner at the school. We would like to thank the P&C for their assistance in livestreaming this event for parents. I would also thank the endless work that the YAHS staff have put in to make this dinner and the last week of Term 3 memorable for Year 12, 2020.

The majority of our Year 10 students have taken up the opportunity to complete a week of Work Experience. Hopefully this week will assist them in finalising their future aspirations. Although the Year 10 Animal Management class are not here for the Annual Ram Sale on the 23rd September, their hard work under the expert direction of Mrs Quinn has ensured that the online sale was a success. Total sale was over $65, 000 with complete clearance. The average price was $1,450 with a top price of $4,350. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to hosting the Ram Sale on site in 2021, conducted by the Yr 10 Animal Management students as part of their authentic learning program, simulcasting with Auctions Plus.

The combined Wellbeing Team (YAHS and P&C) will continue to focus on maintaining and improv-ing the wellbeing programs and supports within the school. With Year Advisors, Head Teachers Welfare, Psychologists, Student Support Officer and the entire YAHS staff there are many supports available to our students. Unfortunately, Rebecca Arnold our Student support officer will leave us at the end of this term to take up a position in Wagga outside the Department of Education. We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for her contributions to YAHS and our students. We hope to fill her position as soon as possible.

Mrs Spencer our Business Services Manager has provided an update on the current building works occurring at YAHS in this newsletter.

Enjoy the two weeks you have your children at home and we look forward to them re-joining us for Term 4.

Lisa O’Brien / Principal (relieving)