Drysdale Primary School
Harmony Day

Harmony Day Thursday March 21st

We celebrated multi-cultural week and Harmony Day in our Kids Matter Assembly yesterday.  The focus was on our school value of Acceptance.  In an increasingly multi-cultural and diverse society it is vital that our whole community practises tolerance and acceptance of the people we meet.  As part of the assembly children whose families speak a language other than English welcomed us in their other language.  There was such a wide range of languages from all over the world. This Thursday, we ask all children to wear orange to school. Orange is the official colour of Harmony Day. If you don’t have anything orange at home, please wear your school uniform this Thursday.

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World Down Syndrome Day is also on Thursday March 21st

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, which has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2012.  On this day, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down Syndrome, creating a global voice, advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down Syndrome.  One way in which we can mark this day is to wear the wrong socks (i.e. any socks that you would not usually wear). So if you would like to wear ‘odd socks’ as well as your orange this Thursday you are definitely encouraged to!

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Ride to School Day Friday March 22nd

National Ride To School Day is this Friday.  Everyone is encouraged to ride, scoot or walk to school.  We will tally the number of children from each class who ride/scoot/walk and the class with the largest tally will receive the ‘Ride2School’ class trophy! Bikes can be left in our bike shed which is at the edge of the oval closest to Clifton Springs Road.  Please ensure that bikes are locked.  Children who ride to school must wheel their bike through the school grounds. If you live a long distance from the school you might like to park further away from the school and walk the rest of the way. By taking part in this day we are encouraging everyone to get physically active and at the same time look after our environment by making eco-friendly transport choices.

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Student Led Conferences

The booking system for our student led conferences in now open.  These conferences are taking place on Monday April 1st and Tuesday April 2nd.  The Monday evening runs until 5:15pm with Tuesday finishing later at 6:55pm.  Each conference last ten minutes and is an opportunity for your children to explain their goals to you and show work that demonstrates their progress towards achieving this goal.  Appointments are necessary for each classroom teacher.  The specialist teachers do not have appointments because they are holding open classrooms where there will be some activities for the children to show parents and an opportunity for a less formal discussion of their progress with the teacher.  I would strongly encourage every family to book appointments with their children’s teachers to share in the many Term 1 successes.


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School Uniform

As we have a few days of cooler weather it is a moment to remind everyone about school uniform policy for windcheaters.  Our School Council recently reviewed and simplified our uniform policy so that our uniform is more accessible and affordable for all our families.  Our school colours are brown and gold.  This includes windcheaters.  Windcheaters must either be plain, or have the school logo or have the Hawks logo.  It is an important part of attending Drysdale Primary School that every student wears our uniform.


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Principal’s Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award recipients.

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Another Parent Helper training session added!

There has been a lot of people interested in helping in our classrooms, which is absolutely wonderful. Thank you to everyone who came to the last training session, we know that many of you went to great lengths to attend this session. If you missed out and would still like to volunteer, the next training session will be held during the first week back of Term 2- Wednesday 24th April, 9-10am in the Year 6 rooms. If you would like to be a parent helper in a classroom, you must attend a training session, even if you came along last year.

All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children’s Check and complete their online anaphylaxis training https://etrainingvic.allergy.org.au/



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Dates for the Diary;

20th March – Year 4 Geelong City Visit

20th March – Bellarine Division Swimming (select students)

28th March – Years 3 to 6 House Cross Country

3rd April – Bellarine Division Girls Football (select students)

5th April – Obstacool (last day of term, early finish 2:30pm)
The following notes have gone home;

Year 4 – Geelong City Visit – overdue

Select Students – Bellarine Division Swimming – overdue

Years 3 to 6 –  House Cross Country – due back 21/03/2019

Whole School – Obstacool – permission form due back 22/03/2019

Select Students – Bellarine Division Girls Football – due back 28/03/2019

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Staff Profile – Mr Nelson

We are continuing our weekly profile on our newest members of staff who have joined Drysdale PS this year. This week we learn more about Mr Nelson, our Year 4 and Maths Specialist teacher.

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Year 3 and 4 Netball Carnival

On Wednesday the 13th of March, Year 3 and 4 attended a Netball Carnival at the Drysdale Reserve. The carnival was run by The Melbourne Vixens with students from Grovedale College assisting. Drysdale students walked to the reserve before participating in a rotation of activities developing skills such as passing, shooting, leading and defending. Students thoroughly enjoyed their taste tester of netball. Thank you to the parent helpers who assisted on the day it is greatly appreciated.

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eSmart Digital Licences

This week, our Years 4-6 students will be starting their journey towards gaining a Digital Licence. This program has been developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, with support from Google, to help protect children from online risks. This engaging resource was designed with cyber safety experts, teachers, and industry leaders in education and technology.

Here at Drysdale Primary School we endeavour to embrace the benefits of technology, and at the same time educate and protect our children from cyberbullying and other online risks. With thanks to the generous support from our Parent Fundraising Group and our School Council, we have been able to implement the Digital Licence, the most comprehensive educational resource for online safety and responsibility, for all students in Years 4-6 levels. Anyone who wishes to learn more about the program can visit the website digitallicence.com.au.


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Obstacool Update

It’s just over 2 weeks to go until Obstacool, the excitement is building.  Please return the permission slip and entry fee by this Friday for your child so everyone is set to go.  It will be a great day for all involved and we would love to see lots of families there.  One way to be involved is to volunteer on the day.  We are using online registration this year.  Visit signup.com/go/jUNWhTP to reserve your place.

Don’t forget to keep fundraising!

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Book Club

The latest Book Club issue has been sent home.

Orders can also be made online. If making an online order there is no need to return your order form to school as your order will be electronically linked to our school. Please visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP

Orders will close this THURSDAY 21ST MARCH

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Camp Australia

Despite last week being shorter than normal due to the long weekend, it was still action packed at Before and After School Care. It was the first week when we started to notice the transition beginning from summer sports being more popular, to winter sports being more popular, such as Football. As some of the children have now started Football training for this year, this makes a lot of sense.

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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