Drysdale Primary School

Entrance to School (Clifton Springs Road)

At Drysdale Primary School we encourage children to ride and walk to school. Apart from being good exercise, this does help reduce the amount of traffic around the school at the beginning and end of the day. At these busy times it is important to work together to reduce the risks that come from mixing cars and children. For parents and children entering the school from Clifton Springs Road, especially those who have taken advantage of the crossing patrol outside the school, the pedestrian entrance is through the brick pillars and along the path leading to the office entrance. Please do not use either car park entrance. These are for staff cars only and those displaying a valid disabled parking permit (blue badge.).


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Have you updated your contact details ?

It is important that we hold your correct and up-to-date contact details. In the event of an emergency we need to be able to contact you. From time to time we phone the number listed in our records and find that it has changed. It is also important that we hold the correct residential address. I understand that a number of families have moved since they completed enrolment forms. Even if you have moved outside our designated neighbourhood area, you are still entitled to a place at Drysdale Primary School. If you have changed any of the contact details or simply want to check that they are correct, please speak to our Administration Team.


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Drysdale Community Market 

School Council

At the start of each school year, half of the members of the school council finish their two year term of office providing an opportunity either for them to stand for re-election or for parents who are not currently on our school council to seek election. I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the four parents whose current term finishes in March. Each has made a significant contribution to our school. Julie Penfold serves as the school’s treasurer, Dani Macdonald is the school council secretary while Kate Lockhart and Sally Edgerton have taken a leading role in the development of the school’s grounds and our sustainability program. Any parent who currently has at least one child at Drysdale Primary School is eligible for election to the school council. The full school council meets twice each term from 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month. Council members are also part of one of our four sub committees that meet once each between full council meetings and help with the school’s market once each market season. If anyone is interested in joining the school council, nomination forms are available from the school office.

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House Captains

At Drysdale Primary School we have four houses with names which link to the town’s history. Each house is led by two captains and two vice captains and they join our School Captains, Kids Matter Kids and Junior School Council as our formal student leaders for 2019. Read more to view photos of our House Captains.

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Bike Shed

The school’s bike shed is located on the Clifton Springs Road side of the school oval. Children who ride to school wheel their bike from the school entrances to the bike shed to avoid collisions with other children and parents. Bikes should be secured with a sturdy lock during the day. Sadly over the last couple of years we have had two unlocked bikes / scooters taken from the bike shed. Please ensure you send a lock with your child.

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We are looking for students to join our Green Thumbs who are the student leaders of our sustainability program. Ideally we will have one student from each year level. Any student who is interested in being considered for this team, should write a brief letter to Mrs Hoyne and hand it to her in her classroom which can be found in the BER building. We will be running our Nude Food program each week under the leadership of Mrs Elsworth and our Year 6 Nude Food Dudes.

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Sun Smart

Please remember that we are a Sun Smart school which means that we support children’s understanding of how to stay safe in the sun. In particular throughout term 1 we require children to wear a broad brimmed hat when they are playing outside at recess and lunchtime. Please make sure that your child’s hat has their name in it as we regularly have a collection of unnamed school hats that we cannot return to the owner.

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Chicken Pox

We have had 3 cases of Chicken Pox in the school confirmed. Parents have been notified of this the affected families are aware of the exclusion period.

If you have any concerns about how this affects your personal circumstances please see one of the principal team


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Debbie Lee School of Dance

This week’s Business of the Week is the very well known Debbie Lee School of Dancing. Drysdale PS students have a long association with Debbie Lee and the start of the term is a great opportunity to promote enrolment availability for the upcoming year.

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The 2019 parents fundraising group will be holding a general meeting on Wednesday 20th February from 7-8pm in the staffroom.

If you have some fundraising ideas and would like to get involved with helping us at events please come along, everyone is welcome


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Book Club

Book Club is due Thursday 21st Febuary

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Family Dance Night

Preparations for our annual Family Dance are underway. The date has been set as Thursday 7th March (6pm – 8pm) and with the success of last year’s move out onto the basketball courts, we are planning to do the same again this year. All we need is weather like last year! Mark the date in your calendar and more details will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Parent Information Nights

On Tuesday 19th of February we will hold our Parent Information Night to inform our parent community of year group information, curriculum, excursions and camps for your child this year. This is a great chance to hear essential information about the year ahead for your child and to ask any questions you may have about their new year level.

  • Prep Information session will run from 3.40-4.20 in the Prep Building
  • Year 1/2 Combined Information session will run from 4.20-5pm in the BER Yr1/2 Building
  • Year 3/4 Combined Information session will run from 5-5.40pm in the Senior Learning Community (Yr6 rooms)
  • Year 5/6 Combined Information session will run from 5.40-6.20pm in the Senior Learning Community (Yr6 rooms)
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Parent Helper Training

We love having Parent Helpers to support student learning at Drysdale Primary School.

This year we will be holding our parent helper training session in the Year Prep building on Monday 25th February from 2:30 til 3:25pm. If you completed training last year it is still a requirement to come along to this session. At this session we will cover some of the opportunities you may experience in the classroom and some expectations around providing support. If you would like to be a parent helper in Terms 1 or 2 you must attend this training session. There will be another training session offered in the middle of the year for any further parents wanting to help in Terms 3 or 4.

We require all volunteers to complete their anaphylaxis training which can be done at https://etrainingvic.allergy.org.au/ This certificate will then need to be printed and shown to the Administration Office for a demonstration. You will also need to show a current Working with Children’s Check.


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Come and play soccer in Drysdale in 2019

Drysdale Soccer Club is leading the charge on the Bellarine with excellent growth in Junior and Senior ranks. With over 150 Juniors in 2018, we have teams to cater from ages 5-14 years old. There are teams for both boys and girls in each age group.

Junior preseason with Drysdale Soccer Club starts Tuesday 19th February and Thursday 21st February (depending on team/age group). Training is at the Drysdale Sports Precinct (Belchers Rd, Drysdale), with the season to commence in early April.

For anyone interested in pulling on the boots, more details can be found on the clubs website www.drysdalesc.com . The club encourages players of any ability to come down and have a kick.

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Saint Ignatius Open Day

Saint Ignatius College will be opening its doors for visitors on Sunday 24th March from 11am to 2pm with Information Sessions 11am and 12.15pm. On the day there will be tours of the facilities, course information, presentations and exhibitions. Come along and meet the staff and students. Read more for information about enrolments.

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