Drysdale Primary School

ANZAC Day Thursday April 25th

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations.  There were many members of our school community directly involved in events during the week, especially our four school captains.  On ANZAC Day Zahra, Harry, Liv and Dom  were a central part of the Drysdale Community commemorations, first in the school hall and then at the Drysdale War Memorial.  During these service they read poems and laid a floral tribute.  They represented the school community with distinction.  This is quite a different event to those in which they are more usually involved because it is a community event rather than a school event.

On the previous day, Wednesday 24th, the school captains attended the Geelong Schools ANZAC Service in Johnstone Park and laid a floral tribute on behalf of Drysdale Primary School.  While they were at this event, four of our other school leaders, Indi, Wallace, Archer and Mia, attended an ANZAC service at Drysdale Grove.

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School Photos – 1st May

Tomorrow, May 1st, is school photo day when we have both individual and class photographs taken of all the children.  Our school uniform policy distinguishes between an informal (every day) uniform and an official uniform that is to be worn on specific occasions.  One of these occasions is school photo day.  The main difference is that Drysdale Hawks tops are not included in our official school uniform.  Children should also wear brown pants or shorts unless they are wearing one of the dress or skirt options.  Children who are not wearing our correct school uniform will be asked to change before their photo is taken.


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Obstacool Fundraiser

Many thanks to all our generous parents and friends who helped raise money through our Obstacool event at the end of last term.  This was a hugely successful day and raised $10,100 to help convert the area behind the football goals at the Clifton Springs Road side of the oval into a space for the older students to use.  Now that this money is available you will see work starting to happen to relocate the GaGa pit and create a gravel bike track through the trees on the hill. Click read more to view a selection of photos from the day.

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Pupil Free Day – Tuesday June 11th

We have now set a date for the second of our four pupil free days which will be Tuesday June 11th.  This is the day after the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.  During the morning the staff will be given additional training in meeting the needs of children who have experienced some level of trauma or present with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  After lunch we will be given Cultural Understanding and Safety Training led by the Department of Education and Training’s Koorie Education Support Officers.  This will support our work with students who identify as indigenous.

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Classroom Libraries

We are looking to increase the number of books available for children to read in their classroom library.  The school will be buying some new books to add to the libraries.  We also wondered if there any books at home that children have grown out of that can be donated to the school to be added to one of the classroom library sets.  If you have any books that you no longer need, please can you bring them to the school’s foyer and add them to the collection there.  Many thanks.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award recipients;

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Ray White Drysdale

This week’s local Business of the Week is the very generous and supportive Ray White Drysdale. We are so thankful for their sponsorship of our recent Obstacool event, along with Total Martial Arts Drysdale, and we can’t thank them enough.

It was terrific to see Ray White staff Sam Lawrence (former student), Melissa Vervest (current parent) and Travis Smith (Principal) come along to join in the fun on the day. This level of community involvement is quite special and is something we are keen to foster and grow.

If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a house, contact the team at Ray White Drysdale. You can be safe in the knowledge that you would be supporting a local business that cares about and supports our school.


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Prep Enrolements for 2020

There are plenty of children who have already completed their enrolement forms to commence Prep at Drysdale Primary School for 2020.  If you have a child who is currently at 4 year old Kinder or who turns six in 2020, now is the time to choose your school.

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Parent Helper Training

Thank you to those parents who came along to the Parent Helper training session last week. We greatly appreciate you giving up your time to attend the training and look forward to having your assistance in the classroom! A reminder that you need to provide the office with a copy of your Working with Children’s Check and complete your online anaphylaxis training before starting to volunteer. The anaphylaxis training can be accessed here https://etrainingvic.allergy.org.au/ Once complete, print out your certificate and make an appointment to see Felicity Stark for a quick practical demonstration.

To anyone that missed the training, another session will be held later in the term.

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How can I help my child with Reading

We are often asked by parents how they can help their child when they sit down to read each night as part of the Learning @ Home activities. We thought these little tips and tricks might help to answer some of these questions and support a love of Reading in your home.

When your child comes across a tricky word, rather than jumping in and telling them the correct word, you can use some targeted questions to help your child to decode the word for themselves. Try asking;

  • What can you see in the picture?
  • What word might make sense?
  • What would sound right?
  • What letter do you see?
  • What would you hear?

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There is a lot happening over the next few weeks. Read more for a summary and for a link to the school calendar.

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Mothers Day Stall 2019

On Thursday the 9th May our Parent’s Group will be holding the Mother’s Day stall. Each class will visit the stall in scheduled class times. Students competing in the District Cross Country event will have the opportunity to purchase their gifts before they leave the school.

All gifts are priced at $5. Each student can purchase one gift. If additional gifts are required, then arrangements can be made with the student’s teacher prior to ensure we have enough stock for everyone.

If your child wishes to make a purchase from the stall, please send them with the money in a marked envelope on the day of the stall.

Students who are absent on this day or forget to bring money will have an opportunity to select a gift on Friday the 10th May at lunchtime.

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CSEF Applications 2019

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

  • • $125 for primary school students
  • • $225 for secondary school students

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Election BBQ

ELECTION DAY BBQ and Cake Stall – Saturday 18th May

Is your favourite part of voting the democracy a sausage sizzle? Even sweeter with a Cake Stall? Then here is your chance to make it all happen! On Election Day (18th May) polling will be taking place in our school hall. The Parent Fundraising Group will be holding an Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall. Money raised will be going toward new soft furnishing for the school library.

A plate and note regarding the Cake Stall will be sent out to all families next week. Baked goods can be dropped off between 3pm and 6pm at the canteen on the 17th May. Our Cake Stalls are always very popular, so we look forward to your contributions.

If you have an hour or so to spare on the day, more volunteers for the BBQ will also be needed. Please keep an eye out on the DPS Parents Facebook page and future editions of The Link for the online “Sign-Up”.

Thanks to Hayeswinckle Real Estate Drysdale for sponsoring this event.


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Book Club

The next Book Club issue has now been sent home. Orders can be made online or through the school office. If making an online order there is no need to return your order form or return anything to school. Your order will be electronically linked to our school. Please visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP

Orders will close on THURSDAY 9th May.


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Nude Food

Thank you to everyone who brings nude food to school. The winning year levels were 1W and 5B; the winning students were Lincoln of Year 2 and Nathan of Year 5. Thanks again to everyone who supports nude food, you are helping your health and the environment.

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Camp Australia

It has been a fun, but very short first week back at OSHC for Term 2. The children have been enjoying telling us about what they did over the holidays. Going camping seemed to be a very popular option. The children also seemed to enjoy discussing and comparing with each other how many mosquito bites they had acquired.

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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