Drysdale Primary School

Welcome Back to Term 3

I trust that everyone has had a relaxing holiday and is ready for Term 3.  This is often a term when the children learn most quickly which makes it particularly exciting.  During the term there are plenty of other events happening too.  In the last week of term there is the school’s annual concert which is always a highlight of the year.  In early August there is the Athletics Carnival for the senior students.  We are also running a number of excursions and incursions to support our learning programs.  Look out for more information about these events in the weekly Link published electronically each Tuesday. The DPS website also contains a calendar of events.


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Staffing News

There are some teachers joining our staff team at the beginning of this term.  Meaghan Ward is replacing Simone McGeorge who has now begun her family leave.  Meaghan has been teaching at Christ Church Grammar in Prahran.  Cara Behnke is taking over 5A from Joanne Black who has formally started as the on-going Principal at Oberon South where she has been on secondment for a year.  Cara has recently relocated from Bendigo.  Amy Callaway who has a background in Special Education is moving to the Year 2 team to provide some extra support for children with additional needs in this year group.  Wendy Butteriss, who really needs no introduction to the Drysdale Primary School community, is replacing Amy in 3CV.  Andrew Page will be away from school for the foreseeable future following surgery.  He is being replaced by Andy Booth who is on secondment to us from Northern Bay College.  I am grateful to my colleagues Andrew Kohane and Fred Clarke, Principals at Northern Bay College, for agreeing to release Andy to step into our Phys Ed program.  Donna Mills from our office team has two terms of long service leave and is being replaced by Jesse King.  We are in the process of appointing a new Business Manager to replace Mel Burton.  I will let you know the name of the successful applicant once that process is complete.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Pupil Free Day

Yesterday the teaching staff spent the day extending their skills of questioning, reflection and metacognition.  This day was led by Dr. Jeni Wilson Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne who is one of Australia’s leading exponents of an Inquiry Learning Approach.  Over the last couple of years we have introduced an Inquiry Learning program and developed skills in teaching the required curriculum content.   Dr. Wilson helped us to understand how to deepen our skills in supporting the children’s research skills and their individual understanding of how they learn and how they can learn more effectively.  This is really important for helping our academically gifted children stretch their abilities as well as ensuring that children who find learning harder are able to make the most of their learning.


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Gas Heater

Gas Heating

During the holidays the builders inadvertently broke the high pressure gas pipe coming into the school while installing the fence around the staff car park.  This pipe has been repaired but the required testing of the gas system identified some further leaks.  Most have been repaired but there is a slight drop in pressure on the pipe taking gas to the BER and Prep buildings.  This is expected to be repaired during the next couple of days.  In the meantime there is no gas heating in years Prep and 1.  The year 2 classrooms have split systems.  We are providing some temporary heating in these two year groups.  Other year groups are not affected.

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Bendigo Bank 

School Uniform

The recent amendments to the school’s uniform policy allowed for children to wear brown sweat tops including Drysdale Hawks tops as part of the informal uniform provided that they do not have other logos on them.  On formal occasions, e.g. excursions or when receiving an award in assembly, children must wear either plain brown sweat tops or a sweat shirt with the school logo.  Other tops and coats are not permitted during class time.  Children who are not wearing the correct uniform will be asked to change it.  A copy of the school’s uniform policy is available on the schools website.

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Inclusion Team

Curriculum Day – Inclusion Team

The Inclusion team spent the curriculum day at Deakin University and officially welcomed three new team members:  Anthony Martino, Fiona Belcher and Jody Madden.  The day was spent exploring the Department of Education’s latest resources around Inclusive Education in mainstream schools.  There was much reflection around the work we do on a daily basis. A session on Sensory Processing difficulties focused on the ways we can support students with sensory needs both in the classroom and in our new sensory room.  The afternoon was an opportunity to reflect on some of the Professional Development that has taken place in the first half of the year and also a chance for each team member to reflect on their own professional goals.  It was a full day of team bonding and some great collaborative learning!


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Sensory Room

Sensory Room – Donations

The Inclusion team at DPS have been working hard to establish a sensory room for the use of students across the school.  This room can be used for brain breaks, activity circuits, social skills groups, fine motor development activities, yoga, lunch clubs, mindfulness or small group work.  We are currently seeking donations of any of the following items.

  • Colourful ground mats/rugs/carpet car tracks/hopscotch mats
  • Wooden kitchen/cafe play items
  • Wooden train set
  • Jigsaws, dominoes
  • Timers
  • Medicine ball
  • Fairy lights
  • Dance ribbons on sticks
  • Lava lamps

If you have any of these that you no longer need at home please send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  Any donations will be much appreciated.


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2018 House Athletics

We are seeking volunteers to help run our House Athletics competition. Our annual House Athletics competition will be held this year on Thursday 2nd August. For many students, this is one of the highlights of their school year. It is particularly special for the Year 3’s as it is their first chance to head to Landy Field and join in the excitement of competition.

To run the day successfully, parent involvement is critical. Without the help of our wonderful parent volunteers, this event would simply not be possible.

The day itself will run from 9:30am until 3:00pm with a short parent briefing at 9:15am. Each parent volunteer will be allocated an event and will also be paired up with an experienced staff member, therefore eliminating the need for any knowledge or experience in athletics (although our Little Aths parents would be very valuable!).

If you are able to help, could you please fill in the form below

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New Seating Installed

Over the holidays some fantastic colourful bench seating has been installed around the BER. This was installed to allow children somewhere to sit in and around the grassy area between the Year 1/2 and Prep classrooms.

Charlie and Casey Benson from Tasweld (for all your metal and welding needs) donated their time and expertise in for the supply and manufacturing of the seating. And, with assistance from Tim Edmonds and Morgan Westmoreland (and their very helpful kids), installed the benches over the holidays. We would like to send them a huge thank you for donating their time for this project, and particularly Charlie for all he did to make this seating happen. Click read more to view some before and after photos.

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The following notes have recently gone home;

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

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

Toon School (Years 5 &6) – Overdue

Exploring Energy (Year 6) – Due 18th July

Athletics (Years 3 -6) – Due 27th July


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Fresh Fruit Friday

We look forward to resuming our Fresh Fruit Fridays next week on the 27th of July.

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Term 2 Casual Clothes Fundraiser

Thank you to all the students who got into the spirit of our Lots of Socks Day. Our current total is $478.70, which will be donated to Down Syndrome Victoria, an organisation that provides valuable support for children like Emma, Lilly, Adam and Jessie. Thank you also to the Junior School Council who selected the charity, publicised the event, collected the donations and counted the total.


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Camp Australia

Welcome back to OSHC by Camp Australia for Term 3. We hope you have all had relaxing and enjoyable holidays. We have been busy running our very first ever School Holiday program, and there will be more stories to come in upcoming newsletters.

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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