Drysdale Primary School

Family Dance Night

Thank you for coming to the Family Dance Night and for the very positive feedback I have had about the changes we made.  Holding it outside was obviously a winner and was possible because we had invested some of our fundraising in an outdoor sound system which we can also use at other events such as The Colour Run next week and Spring Fair.  Dance Night has been a part of the school for a long time and is a great opportunity at the beginning of the year for families to reconnect after the summer break.  So it was brilliant to see so many families here enjoying each other’s company.  I would like to thank Kethly Hemsworth for masterminding the event, Blanche Denmead and Felicity Stark for making sure everything was in the right place at the right time, the Parent Fundraising Group for coordinating volunteers, selling accessories and setting up and packing up, the staff for providing the sausage sizzle and the Canteen staff (and helpers) for remaining open after a full day to serve drinks, coffees, ice creams and icy poles. Click Read More to view a gallery of the night. A very special thank-you also goes to Coles Drysdale for their generous sponsorship of our BBQ and Springdale $2.  Thanks to their generosity we were able to raise a total of $1,783.45 on the night.

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Key Dates and Events

Before the end of term there are five major events in the school calendar.  On Friday March 16th we are holding our first Colour Run.  The week beginning Monday March 19th is a multicultural week when we will celebrate harmony and diversity.  On Friday March 23rd we are holding our annual school cross country event for children in years 3 to 6 at the Drysdale Reserve.  Sunday 25th March from 10.00am – 2.00pm is our school Working Bee. Finally on Monday March 26th and Tuesday March 27th we are holding our first student led conferences.  Please make sure you have these dates in your diaries.


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Drysdale Community Market 
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Kids Matter Assembly

Next Monday we are holding our second Kids Matter Assembly of this first term.  Children are invited to wear their house t-shirts to school on Monday for assembly.  We will be celebrating the diversity of our country to mark Harmony Day.  The Kids Matter Assembly starts at the usual time of 9.05 in the hall.  These assemblies often run a little longer than a normal assembly finishing around 9.45.

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Student Led Conferences

On March 26th and March 27th students are invited to lead a discussion with their parents and their teacher about the work they have been doing and the progress they have been making towards their learning goals.  These Student Led Conferences replace the parent teacher interviews. Bookings are now open on the Parent Portal, Sentral.

As the title suggests this will be an opportunity for each of our students to demonstrate greater ownership of their learning.

Increasing student leadership, students’ self-awareness and improving self-confidence while offering parents a greater involvement in their children’s education, are all important goals at this stage of Drysdale Primary School’s development as an outstanding school.

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Inquiry Learning Parent Information Session – Tuesday 20th March 3.45 pm

If your child has been coming home passionately talking to you about inquiry learning, excursions, big ideas and wonder walls but you have no idea what they are talking about then this is the session for you! At 3.45pm on Tuesday 20th March Felicity Stark (Assistant Principal) will run an information session on Inquiry Learning, giving you an understanding of the approach we take to the teaching of subject areas outside English and Mathematics. The session will be held in the new prep space, with some toys out to keep the little ones occupied whilst we chat. Anyone is welcome, hope to see you there.

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Gardening Club

Do you have a blossoming vegetable garden in your backyard? Do you have seedlings or plants that you could donate to get our veggie patch going? The DPS Veggie Garden club would love your help. We are looking for seedlings to plant in our garden here at school and would be very grateful for any donations you can make. If you would like to volunteer to help with the veggie garden on a regular basis please get in touch with the school, all help is welcome!

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Colour Run

The wait is almost over as Friday is our CUA School Colour Run!!! The kids are all very excited and they have done a great job fundraising for our school. Permission forms and registration fees due now! Also, don’t forget to bring goggles and a scarf or something to cover your mouth and nose on Friday.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to assist on the day, we still need more help so if you could spare an hour please register online at http://signup.com/go/HGOYCui we hope to see lots of you there cheering the kids on!!

A huge thank you to our Colour Run sponsors Ocean Grove Service Centre, Coles and WRG for their support.

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Cross Country

On the morning of Friday 23rd March students in years 3-6 will be competing in the Drysdale Primary School Cross Country Run at the Drysdale reserve. To ensure that this event is as successful as it has been in recent years we need parent helpers and spectators. If you are able to help out please reply using the feedback link below, leave your name at the office or indicate on your child’s permission form which will be coming home soon.

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Bullying No Way

National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence

This Friday the 16th of March is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

As a school we have committed to this day and are standing together with schools across the country.  The students of DPS will be involved in conversations and activities that explore social and emotional interactions as we reinforce the importance of prevention, and educate our students around their actions and choices.  We will also be linking our work to our school values, particularly that of Acceptance and Integrity.

For information on how you can support this action please explore the recommended actions for parents:




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Division Swimming

On Wednesday 14th March Drysdale Primary has a team of nineteen swimmers from years 4-6 competing in the Geelong North and Bellarine Division Swimming championships at Kardinia Pool. They are competing in individual events and we have three relay teams. Good Luck to all our competitors!





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Permission forms have been sent home with students from Year’s 3 to 6. Students are invited to participate in ICAS testing in Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling, Writing, English and Maths. If a child participants in a ICAS tests they will receive a certificate. Students will also receive their individual results outlining which questions they answered correctly, with the questions ordered from easiest to most difficult. Participation in ICAS testing in voluntary.

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Multicultural Week – Next Week

Multicultural week will run next week. We have lots exciting activities lined upto celebrate diversity and the cultures of our students and the people of the world.

Please note that we have changed the date of the dress up day to ensure our senior students who are participating in cross country don’t miss out. Cultural dress up day will be on Thursday the 22nd. We ask that students dress up to represent their own culture or another culture of interest to them. It is optional to bring along a gold coin to help us raise money to purchase an aboriginal flag.

Other activities will include a special lunch order (cultural cuisine) and flag making.


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Uniform Shop

Our on-site Uniform shop will be open on Monday’s again. If these hours aren’t convenient for you there is also a store in Geelong as well as online ordering.

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The following notes have gone home in the past week;

Canteen Special Lunch Order (all students) – Due back by 9th March

Colour Run (all students) – Due back by 13th March

Year 4 Community Walk – Due back by 13th March

ICAS Years 3 to 6 – Due back 16th March

Swimming Program (Year’s 5 and 6) – Due back 23rd March

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Run for the Kids ‘Team Jack’

Some of our students are participating in their 5th Run for the Kids under ‘Team Jack’  this weekend. Run for the Kids is a 5 km walk in Melbourne on Sunday 18th March. All money raised in the fun run goes to the good Friday appeal. If you would like to contribute to this great cause go to https://runforthekids2018.everydayhero.com/au/team-jack-2


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Fresh Fruit Friday

Due to the Colour Run there will be no Fresh Fruit this Friday.

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Entertainment Books

Support Drysdale Primary School with your Entertainment Book purchase for the 2018/19 edition.

Subscriptions cost $60 for the book or digital version can be ordered online at https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/11312u9

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Camp Australia

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend, and everyone is ready for the last few weeks at school.

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Community events this week are;

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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

President: Scott Pearson Vice President: Tammy Burke
Treasurer: Julie Penfold Executive Officer: Phil Dunlop-Moore
Secretary: Danielle Macdonald    
Members: Gary Absolom, Sally Edgerton, Bre Gage, Bridget Henry, Rebecca Hoyne, Shane Kennedy, Kate Lockhart, Anna Richardson
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email