Drysdale Primary School
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Thank you for you support

Thank you to everyone who supported our three events Last week; Harmony Day and World Down Syndrome Day which both happened on Thursday March 21st and Ride to School day on Friday March 22nd. It was a very busy end to the week.  We are very grateful for the commitment and partnerships of families at Drysdale Primary School. It is one of the great things about our school that helps us offer a well-rounded educational experience to our children.

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T1 JSC Fundraiser – Casual Dress this Friday March 29

Each term our student leaders who form our Junior School Council hold a fundraiser to support a cause that is important to them as children. They have decided to hold a casual dress day this Friday the 29th March with a gold coin donation to support AWARE, the peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria. The aim is to raise awareness of children and young people with autism. As part of the casual dress day we are encouraging children to wear non-school uniform (not fancy dress) that includes a hoodie top. Our Junior School Council casual dress fundraisers are typically held on the last day of each term. We have brought this forward one week to accommodate the Obstacool event. Read more for information about AWARE and the Hoodie Up for Autism Day.

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Student Led Conference

Student Led Conferences – Monday April 1st and Tuesday April 2nd

On Monday and Tuesday of next week we are holding our Term 1 Student Led Conferences.  Thank you to everyone who has already booked appointment times.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to talk to their teacher and their parents about their successes for this term of which there are many.


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Obstacool – Friday April 5th

On the last day of this term we are holding a major fundraiser called Obstacool.  The children will be challenged to navigate under, over and through a series of obstacles set up around the oval.  Staff and students will do this in house groups and are asked to wear their house t-shirts for the day.  If they would also like to wear accessories e.g. hair ties in their house colours this will be welcomed too.

Children are asked to seek sponsorship for their participation in this event, hopefully everyone has set up their online profiles as these are used to order the students prizes.

Prize ordering is open online from the 6th of April until the 12th of April, please be aware this is during school holidays. Any cash donations collected must be handed into the office by the morning of Friday, 5th of April to be processed for prize ordering.  Please note that administration team will be unable to process any cash donations after midday on the last day of term.

Events like these cannot happen without volunteers; come and be a part of the fun, sign up at http://signup.com/go/jUNWhTP

The money raised from this event will go towards stages 1 and 2 of our landscaping master plan.  This is the development of the area behind the football goals on the Clifton Springs Road side of the oval.  The GaGa pit will be moved there and become part of an amphitheater with seating that can be used as an outdoor classroom.  We are also planning to construct a gravel cycle track which can be used as part of our Bike Ed Program. This is primarily intended for our Year 5 and Year 6 students.  This means that over time all the children currently at our school will be able to benefit from this enhancement to our natural environment.



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End of Term 1 – Friday, April 5th

Please remember that school finishes for the Easter holiday on Friday April 5th and that on this last day of term the children will finish at 2:30 pm. Please also remember that daylight savings finishes for this year on Sunday, April 7th with the clocks going back one hour.

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Lost Property

As we near the end of term, there is an increasing amount of lost property.  We do tend to have less lost property than many other schools because our school community is so good at naming everything.  Our lost property is stored at the oval end of the hall.  One of our parents, Jo Wright, has very kindly donated a rack and hangers to make the task of looking through our lost property collection much easier.  I would like to thank Jo for doing this and for sorting the lost property.  If you have anything that has gone missing, please take advantage of Jo’s great work and check the collection at the back of the hall.  It would be amazing if we could finish the term with no lost property.


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Street Lighting Stonehouse Place

The school has been approached by our neighbours at St James Church about street lighting at the corner of the Collins Street and Stonehouse Place near the tennis courts.  Anyone who uses this junction at night or during winter knows that visibility is poor and would be enhanced by the addition of a street light at this corner.  The City of Greater Geelong have asked people affected to indicate their support for this change.  The easiest way of doing this is by signing a petition.  St James Church are providing us with a petition for parents to sign if you support the proposal for a street light at this corner.  The petition will be available at the school’s Administration Office from tomorrow (Wednesday).



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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award recipients who were awarded their certificates in Assembly on Monday morning.

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Simpson’s Bargain Basement Gifts

Simpson’s Bargain Basement Gifts have been generous sponsors of our Spring Fair in the past and we are so pleased that they have donated items to help with Obstacool next week. Located in Drysdale, the store has a huge range of art supplies, stationery, craftware, pet accessories, kitchenware and tools. We thank them for their continued support of Drysdale Primary School.

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Active April

Mr Sinnott has registered Drysdale Primary School in the Premier’s Active April, an initiative that encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and there are lots of freebies, discounts and resources for all participants. Read more to find out how to join the Drysdale Primary School team to help us earn some excellent prizes, such as Bike Ed resources and visits from high profile athletes.

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Cross Country

Cross Country – 28th March

Don’t forget that this Thursday is Cross Country day for students in Years 3-6!

Students should meet at school before walking with their class to the Drysdale Reserve to participate in a fun house colours day.

Start Run in the following order: Note times are an estimate. The next race will start as the majority of the previous race has finished.

9:40am                 Race 1                   12/13 Year Old Boys & Girls

10:10am               Race 2                   11 Year Old Boys & Girls

10:45am               Race 3                   9/10 Year Old Boys & Girls

11:20am               Race 4                   8 Year Old Boys & Girls

1:00pm                 Arrive back at school

A reminder that students should wear your house colours (please see your child’s teacher or Sentral if you are unsure what house your child is in), bring a snack, hat and, a drink bottle.

Thank you to all of our generous families who have volunteered their time to assist for the day. If you have volunteered, a note has been sent home with your child today.

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Year 3 Parent Thank you

A special thank you to our wonderful parents who provided our Year 3 students with the opportunity to learn more about plant reproduction. The hands on activities were fantastic and the children learnt a great deal as they planted seeds, split plants and made cuttings. Thank you Fiona Love, Kate Lockhart, Sally Edgerton and Hilary Cox for giving your time and sharing your expertise with us.

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PFG Secondhand Hand Uniform Shop


Open Thursday 4th April 8:45 to 9:15am in the room opposite the Music Room in the old building.

All brown shorts and non-logo t-shirts only $1! So come along and get a bargain!

All other items as below:

All jumpers, DPS logo t-shirts, house t-shirts, leggings, tracksuit pants, dresses and hats $5.

Donations welcome! We especially need 2nd hand girls uniform i.e.: skorts, dresses and kilts ready for winter. If you have any, and you are in a position to donate we would appreciate them.

A full list of dates for 2nd Term will be available first week or Term 2 via The Link.


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Entertainment Book

The 2019 / 2020 Entertainment book is now available for ordering. By ordering through Drysdale Primary School you will be helping to support our school, with all profits going towards extra resources for our students. Follow the link to order your Entertainment Book today.



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Camp Australia

It’s hard to believe there are less than two weeks left of term 1. How fast has this term flown by? It seems like only yesterday that we were all getting ready for the first day of school for 2019.

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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