Drysdale Primary School

Special General Meeting Tonight 7pm to 7.30pm

This evening the School Council is holding a meeting for all parents at which they will present a view of the school over the previous year. This will be held in the Year 6 rooms. A representative of the parents, the staff and the School Council Executive will talk about 2017 from their different perspectives.  The students will be represented by the four school captains who will speak about the last twelve months through the student’s eyes. There will be an opportunity for parents to ask general questions about the school.  Everyone is most welcome to attend the first of what will become an annual presentation.

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Prep Enrolments 2019

There are plenty of children who have already completed their enrolment forms for Drysdale Primary School for Prep in 2019.  If you have a child who is currently at 4 year old Kinder or who turns six in 2019, now is the time to choose your school.  There will be two open mornings at Drysdale Primary School next week on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9 am to 10.40 am.  Anyone interested in visiting does not need to book a tour.  Our student leaders will be available to show parents round with the opportunity to meet the Principal team and ask any questions of us that were not answered during the tour.


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Drysdale Community Market 


The students in Years 3 and 5 started the National Tests today.  Although the outcomes of these tests are important to the school, we are confident that the children have been very well taught and very well supported at home.  As a result we are confident that they will do the best they can whatever that outcome brings.  Our internal assessments and the comparisons we are given of these assessments compared to other schools show that our children receive a high quality education in a positive environment.

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Sayembara Lisan

Sayembara Lisan

Yesterday in Assembly we celebrated the Drysdale Primary School students who took part in Sayembara Lisan.  This is an Indonesian speaking competition, with our school competing for the first time against schools across the Bellarine and the Surf Coast. This was held at St Ignatius College in Drysdale. Many of our students who participated will now go into the state finals at Melbourne University on the 2nd of June.  This was especially exciting as we introduced Indonesian as our fourth specialist teaching subject just four years ago.  In this time Ingrid Blasco and more recently Bridget Henry have created and taught an Indonesian curriculum to all the students from Prep to Year 6.  It is a credit to their dedication, the student’s ability and the encouragement from parents at home that we had so many children who not only put themselves forward for the competition but then performed so well that they have progressed to the state finals.

With Jade Mackenzie’s win in the national art competition last year and our continuing success at the Geelong Show Art competition, the continuing strength of our sports program and now this recognition in Indonesian it is clear that we are able to offer excellence in a broad range of fields.

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James Field

I would like to offer my congratulations to James and Kate Field who are celebrating the arrival of their second daughter.  Gigi was born after school on Friday.  James will be on paternity leave for a couple of weeks returning on Tuesday May 29th.

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Drysdale Primary School Market Coodrinator

Our current Market Coordinator Bre Gage, is stepping back from her role so we are looking for someone to take over this responsibility.  This involves liaising with the stallholders, completing the administration of their bookings and attending the market on the third Sunday of each month between October and May.  The setting up of the market on these Sundays is supported by a School Councillors, staff and parents.  Bre has very kindly agreed to continue her involvement with the market and to provide support for the new coordinator.  If anyone is interested in volunteering to take on this responsibility, please come and talk to me or speak to one of the school’s office staff.


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Camp Australia – Holiday Program

We have had discussions with Camp Australia about running a school holiday program during the winter holiday break starting at the end of June.  This has been a gap for many working parents in Drysdale for the last few holidays.  So I am delighted that Camp Australia are going to run this program as a trial, based in the school’s hall during the next school holiday break.  You can find more details about this by following this link:

11.05.2018 – New Component Letter Vacation Care – Drysdale PS

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Principal’s Award at Assembly yesterday.

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PFG Financial Sevices

At PFG Financial Services we like to make your financial journey through life as easy as possible. We take the confusion and complexity out of financial planning so you can get on with living your life.

For over 20 years we’ve become a trusted source of financial advice for individuals, families and businesses, helping them build wealth, achieve financial independence and enjoy life.

Included in their network of locations across Victoria and Queensland is an office in Barwon Heads, where current parents Julie Penfold and Kevin McCoughtry are able to assist many locals with their financial planning. Julie is also a School Council member and currently holds the position of Treasurer.

No matter what stage of life you’re at we can help you with all of your financial planning needs from insurance and superannuation, to investments, retirement planning and home loans.

For more information, please visit the PFG Website

If you would like your business to feature in The Link, please contact the front office.

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Education Week – 21st – 25th May

This week is  Education Week which has a creative theme this year.  There will be plenty of activity in school to celebrate all things artistic.  There will also be opportunities for current parents and those parents who live locally and are considering enrolling their children at Drysdale Primary to visit and look around while the school is working. We warmly encourage parents to visit our open classrooms on either  Tuesday 21st May from 1.50pm to 3:30pm or Thursday 24th from 9am to 10:40 am.




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Year 3 Olden Days

On Friday the 12th of May, the Year 3 students dressed up as olden day children and enjoyed pretending that their classroom was old-fashioned. They decorated their classroom as if it were the 19th century. They wrote with ink pens, and used chalk boards. Read more for are some kids’ opinions on how they think the day went and a gallery of photos.

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Social Night

Parents Social Night

Parents and Carers are invited to join us at Drysdale Primary School’s FIRST ever SOCIAL NIGHT!

A social event to meet each other and build a sense of community. There will be drinks and nibbles available and participants will be encouraged to contribute to a clay sculpture that will later be displayed in the sensory garden at Drysdale Primary School.

Date: Tuesday 19th June 2018
Time: 7pm- 9pm
Venue: Hazy Tales Studio, 116 Collins St, Drysdale
Cost: $25 per person
Booking: Please book and Pay at the office by Friday 8th June
(please note, there is a maximum of 40 places available)

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Secondhand Uniform Sale

Our Parents Group volunteers will be holding a secondhand uniform sale this Thursday 17th May from 8:45am to 9:15am next to the Canteen. All items will be $1 or $2 each.

There is also a limited supply of secondhand house T-shirts.

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Fresh Fruit Friday

Each week we request parent volunteers from a year level to help cut up fresh fruit and distribute it to classes. If you have time to spare on a Friday morning we would love your help, regardless of what year level your child is in. Younger siblings are more than welcome to join you and play with the toys as long as they remain supervised. Please sign in at the office and make your way to the staff room from 9am.

This Friday, 18th May, we are asking for parent volunteers of Year 4 students to help cut up fruit.

Thank you to the Dyrsdale and Portarlington Community Bank Branches of the Bendigo Bank for sponsoring our school’s Fresh Fruit program for 2018.

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Colour Run Prizes

Anyone who is yet to receive their ordered Colour Run prize can collect them from the canteen.

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The following notes have gone home in the past week;

Division Cross Country (select students) – Due 23rd May

Lightning Premiership (Years 5-6) – Due 24th May

National Story Time (Prep) – Over due

Narana Excursion (Year 3) – Over due



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Camp Australia

At Camp Australia Drysdale Primary School OSHC, we are very proud to announce that School Holiday Care is coming to Drysdale Primary School for the first time this coming set of holidays. This is an exciting time for everyone involved, and we look forward to providing the convenience of a School Holiday Club at your home school. More information will be forthcoming in future newsletters.

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Autism – From Diagnosis to OAM – Autism


Rainbows Playgroup – rainbows playgroup poster pdf


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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
Members: Gary Absolom, Nicole Alonso, Chris Cawkwell, Renee Colley, Bre Gage, Rebecca Hoyne, Shane Kennedy, Kate Lockhart, Anna Richardson, Simone Spencer-Gardner
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email