Drysdale Primary School


The children’s mid-year reports will be published tomorrow electronically using the parent portal.  Just as the teachers love writing the reports, over the last couple of weeks the principal team have been reading and commenting on every child’s achievements.  This is something that I look forward to because I never fail to be thrilled by the way the children progress.  Learning is a different type of growing.  It does not happen steadily at an even pace.  Just as children have growth spurts when they shoot up by 5cm in three months and then stay the same height for the next couple of months, the children have learning spurts and then consolidate their learning for a couple of months.  But when I look back to the start of the year picturing the children as they stepped into their new classrooms and then think of how they are now, I can see the distance they have travelled and how they have grown up.

Please take time to read your child’s reports and share the successes with them.  In each section there is an indication of what the next step of learning will be.  This is a joy of learning; it never stops.  You can be very proud of your children and look forward to the second half of the year with confidence that this good journey will continue.

To access the reports, visit the Parent Portal at https://sentral.drysdaleps.vic.edu.au/portal2/#!/login

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Junior School Council Term 2 Fundraiser

Each term our Junior School Council organises a fundraising event that is usually held on the last day of each term.  On Friday there will be a casual dress day with crazy socks in aid of Downs Syndrome Victoria.  Children are invited to come to school in casual dress (not fancy dress) but with unusual socks.  Donations to Downs Syndrome Victoria can be made via each child’s teacher or the school office.

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St Ignatius College VCAL Students

Over the last couple of weeks we have been supported by a group of VCAL students from St Ignatius College who have been working with our indigenous students.  These students also helped lead a part of our assembly yesterday.  I am grateful to St Ignatius College for lending us their students who have helped us extend this dimension of the education we offer.


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School Phones

We are very frustrated with the lack of phone service at school since we switched to Optus NBN.  The office staff are working tirelessly to persuade Optus to take this seriously.  We did receive an e mail from Optus which began “I tried to reach you over the phone but no answer.”  Clearly this was not written by a former student of Drysdale Primary.  I do understand that many of our families are experiencing similar difficulties with their home NBN service.  Please bear with us and use an alternative form of communication – e mail or diary note – while Optus try to resolve their problem.

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End of Term 2 / Start of Term 3

Term 2 finishes at 2.30 pm this Friday.  Please note the early finish.  The children return to school after the holiday on Tuesday July 17th.  The teachers will be in school the previous day for our third pupil free day of the year.  With the holidays approaching, I would like to remind everyone to stay safe.  It is darker than usual at this time of year which means that children playing out are less visible especially at the beginning and end of the day.  It is also a good time to remind children not to talk to strangers and not to go with strangers even if they claim to know you.

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Sayembara Lisan

On Friday the 22nd of June, Alahna and Caitlain were invited to the awards ceremony for the Indonesian speaking competition “Sayembara Lisan.” We travelled to Melbourne for the evening with their families and attended the ceremony at the University of Melbourne. There were Indonesian dances, student performances and food to showcase the Indonesian language and culture that we learn at Drysdale Primary School. Congratulations to Caitlain who placed third overall and Alahna who was awarded state champion in Victoria. This is a huge achievement for both students and keep up with the fantastic learning!


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We have been trialling a short mindfulness / relaxation session with the students in some classes. The sessions are run after lunch and last for 5 to 10 minutes aiming to give the children a chance to relax their bodies and minds, create a quiet, calm atmosphere in the classroom and help the students to focus and make the most of their learning in the afternoon.

These sessions have received very positive feedback from both the teachers and the students. Sessions like this can also help in achieving a better quality of sleep and a more relaxed approach to life.

There are a number of mindfulness and relaxation apps available. At school we have been using a free app called Smiling Minds, this app has different programs for different age groups. Other apps such as Calm are also available. Any of these apps are also suitable for adults.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to following Principal Award winners who were celebrated at Assembly this week.

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STEM club were extremely lucky to have a surprise visit from ‘Reptile Encounters’ last week to develop their understandings around biological science. The group got to meet the following animals;

Lily – Squirrel Glider

Harriet – Barn Owl

Tortellini – Murray River Turtle

Russell – Shingleback Lizard

Boof – Frilled-neck Lizard

Cinnamon – Woma Python

Tiny – Olive Python

Charlie – Saltwater Crocodile.

STEM club learnt about the needs of each animal, their features, habitats and interesting adaptations. Some students choose to pat or hold one of the animals as you can see in the pictures. Thanks to Reptile Encounters for coming to DPS, we had a brilliant time and learnt heaps!

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Gardening Club

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Gardening Club! We harvested our first crop of veggies, picking lovely cauliflowers, lettuce, kale, herbs and lemons. We sold these and with the money we raised we bought a hot house for our seedlings to grow in! You can see a picture here of us building the hot house. Many thanks to Miss. Stark, Kate Lockhart and Fiona Love for running our club. We hope to see you down in the vegie patch ts Friday! From the Gardening Club.


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The following notes have gone home in the past week;

Mad about Science (Year 4) – Due 18th July

Swimming (Years 3 & 4) – Due 19th July

Toon School (Years 5 &6) – Due 27th June

Exploring Energy (Year 6) – Due 18th July

CSEF – All CSEF applications are due by the end of this term. Applications received after this time cannot be processed this year.

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Trivia Night

The new date for the Trivia night is Friday 24th August. Stay tuned for more details.

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Parents Social Night

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Hazy Tales Studio for our recent Social Night. There was lots of conversation, plenty of laughs and a good time had by all. Everyone tried their hand at pottery, making spheres which by the end of the night had been transformed in to creative pieces ready to be constructed into a sculpture for our Sensory Garden.

We look forward to these pieces arriving at our school in term 3.

There was not any ‘money raised’ from the event, but rather we just covered the cost of food, drinks and the pottery.


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Camp Australia

At Camp Australia: Drysdale Primary School OSHC, we are very happy to remind parents that School Holiday Care is coming to Drysdale Primary School for the first time this coming set of holidays. The Program has now been released, and bookings are now open. If you would like to book your child into holiday club, or to view the program please go to https://www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs. Copies of the program are also available at the service. If you would rather your child attend a different School Holiday Program, there are also Camp Australia School Holiday Programs running at Ocean Grove Primary School, Geelong East Primary School, Fyans Park Primary School, Clairvaux Catholic Primary School and Montpellier Primary School.

Because of the School holiday program we will also be open on the Pupil Free day on the first Monday back at school (the 16th of July). Bookings for this day are also open, and can be made through https://www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs

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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