Drysdale Primary School
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Welcome Back

We were delighted to welcome the children back for the start of term 4 yesterday.  There is a lot happening this term with our camp program for children in Years 3 to 6 starting next week with the Year 5’s visit to Maldon.  In a couple of weeks we are holding our school Art Show, Friday October 26th.  This is something we do every second year.  It provides a showcase of the fantastic creativity of the children and represents the range of skills learnt from Prep to Year 6.  Shortly after the Art Show is our Spring Fair, Friday November 16th.  The committee have arranged an awesome event with some new attractions.  There is usually some gruesome torture for the Principal team.  This is a closely guarded secret although I have heard the word “slime” mentioned.  We are looking forward to meeting up with you all at these community events over the next eleven weeks.

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Drysdale Primary School Community Market

The Drysdale market which has been run for nearly forty years by members of the school community starts its new season on Sunday October 21st.  The market runs from 9am until 1pm and is held at the Drysdale Recreation Reserve.  We are very fortunate to have a dedicated co-ordinator, Bre Gage and a new team of helpers drawn from our parents and school councillors.  I would encourage everyone to come down and support the market which is one of the school’s main fundraising efforts of the year.  The money raised from this event helps to pay for the additional welfare support for the children through the Inclusion Team led by Blanche Denmead.  This makes such a big difference to the children’s happiness at school.

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Walk to School

During the month of October we are joining many of the schools on the Bellarine in promoting the benefits of walking or riding to school.  This is a great way to start the day with some physical activity now that the weather is improving.  We understand that for many families it is not practical to walk the whole distance to school.  Please find a safe parking place a little way from school and walk the remaining distance or pack a scooter and ride the last part of our normal school run.  There is a spacious bike shed for storing bikes and scooters located on the Clifton Springs Road side of the school.  Please remember to lock bikes and scooters up as the school does not accept responsibility for bikes and scooters left in the bike shed.  When planning your walking or riding route to school, remember that there are a number of crossing patrols locally to help children and adults cross our busy roads.

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SunSmart

Term 4 marks the beginning of SunSmart season. Already the UV, even on cloudy days, is high during the middle of the day when the children are outside. It is a requirement of SunSmart schools that children wear a broad brimmed or legionnaires style hat during recess and lunchtime. It is also good practice for children to wear sunscreen.

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Values

Integrity

Yesterday in assembly we had a brief focus on one of the school’s five values – Integrity.  This means that we aspire to children and adults doing the right thing even when no-one is actively paying attention.  For the children this is about making good choices about how they work and play.  For the staff it is about treating children and adults fairly.  For parents and other adults in our community it is about treating children, staff and others adults with respect and kindness.  It is a feature of the school that there are high levels of integrity being demonstrated by all sections of the community.  Our aspiration is that this is shown by all members of all sections of the community.

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2019

Planning for 2019

At this stage of the year we are busy planning for next year.  In particular we are working out how many classes we can run in each year group.  If you know of families who are hoping to enroll their children here for 2019 but have not yet completed an enrolment form, please can you let us know and encourage them to send through the paperwork. Similarly if you are moving away from Drysdale have not already let us know, please can you do so as soon as possible. A really important reason for knowing this right now is that this week we will be asking students to nominate five peers they have a positive learning relationship with so that we can start working on our 2019 class structures.

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ICAS English Certificates

We have received the certificates from the ICAS English tests completed earlier this year.  We will present these certificates to the children who took part in the test at assembly this coming Monday, October 15th.

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Staffing News

Today has been Denise Dean’s last day before starting her family leave.  On behalf of the school community we wish her well and look forward to hearing news of the new arrival.  Denise’s teaching position with Year 6 is being taken by Tim Dungey for term 4.  Tim is well known to Drysdale Primary and has previously taught year 6.  Kethly Hemsworth has been appointed as the Performing Arts Specialist at Wyndham Vale Primary School from the beginning of 2019.  Wyndham Vale will be setting up its performing arts program from new.  This makes it an unusual and exciting challenge for Kethly.  We are sorry to lose Kethly who has done so much for our performing arts program.  We will begin the process for recruiting a replacement shortly.  April Irwin is relocating to Darwin over the summer to be closer to family.  April took over from Louisa Taylor in June and has provide excellent teaching for Prep T during this semester.  April’s teaching position here will be taken by Rachel Everett who is completing her teaching degree at Deakin University before Christmas.

 

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Humans in Geelong Writing Competition

Congratulations to Alisa and Alice who both entered the Humans in Geelong ‘Discover your Inner Journalist” Writing Competition. Alisa was awarded first place and Alice received an Hounarable Mention in the Upper Primary School Section.

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Coles Sports for Schools

The start of new term saw an exciting delivery arrive at Drysdale PS; our order from the Coles Sports for Schools program. Thank you to all of those in our community who diligently returned their Coles vouchers. We collected almost 60,000 vouchers and were able to use these to place a significant order of new equipment for our Sport/PE program. Two of our Junior School Councillors, Alicia and Riley, took charge of the entire program from coordinating the collection of the vouchers, liasing with our PE teacher about what equipment to order, placing the order and checking and unpacking the goods. Through this program we have received new T-Ball, Lacrosse, Football, Netball, Tennis and Cricket equipment. Thanks must also go to Coles and RHS Sports for such a valuable initiative.

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Prep Orientation for 2019

Please read more for information on the Prep Orientation for 2019 students.

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Concert DVD Orders

With the concert now over, parents are encouraged to order their DVD’s so that they are ready as soon as possible! As in previous years, we are using the company Apeture Films. They have consistently produced DVD’s of the highest quality for our school concert, making it a perfect memory of your clever kids, or perhaps a Christmas gift for grandparents?! DVD or BlueRay is available for $32 from aperturefilms.com.au/order using the Performance ID dps2018.

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Save The Date – Spring Fair Nov 16th 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Spring Fair is fast approaching! We are still looking for market stall holders for the fair. Spring Fair tickets and the Flower Shower will go on sale soon. Keep and eye on The Link and facebook for further updates.

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Sensory Garden

On the last day of term 3 some of our students worked in the sensory garden. New plants were planted which are flowering now. The stones were refilled, the music beads were redone and put up. The garden had a good weed and water.

Thank you to all the students and Inclusion team that helped work in the sensory garden, it looks great and is a nice place for students to relax at recess and lunch.

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Notices

The following notes have recently gone home;

Final Camp Payments are over due for all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students attending camp

Year 4 Science Works cancellation letter

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Geelong Cats Transition Evening – Year 6

The Geelong Football Club is hosting an evening to support Year 6 students with their transition into High School. The night will feature their VFLW Best and Fairest winner, Richelle Cranston and all attendees will be in the running to win a 2018 signed Cats Guernsey. Entry is free and dinner is included. Read more for detailed information, including RSVP details.

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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, 12th October, we are asking for parent volunteers of Prep students to help cut up fruit.

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

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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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Camp Australia

Welcome back to term 4 at Drysdale Primary School.  We hope that everyone had a happy, safe and enjoyable break, and are ready for the last term of 2018.  How quickly has this year flown by?

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Community Notices

See below for this weeks community notices

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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