Drysdale Primary School


Next week the children in Year 3 and Year 5 will be taking part in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.  The tests themselves happen on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the option for children who have been absent on any of these days to catch up on tests on Friday.  The tests cover work taught to the students during the previous couple of years and are useful for providing a snapshot of each child’s progress.

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Sayembara Lisan

On Friday twenty of our children from Years 3 to 6 are taking part in this year’s Indonesian speaking competition, Sayembara Lisan.  It is very exciting to see how positively all the children have embraced the opportunity to participate including both those who put themselves for selection originally and those who have been chosen to represent our school.  I know that they have been practising hard at school with Bu Hurt and at home with their parents.

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Cross Country

On Thursday almost fifty of our children in Years 4 to 6 will be representing the school at the District Cross Country in Eastern Gardens.  These are the children who qualified by coming in the top eight for their age at our school cross country last term.  I would like to thank the staff and parents who have been working with the children and will be supporting them on Thursday.

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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 of the 11th 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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ICAS Tests

Each year we offer the opportunity for children in Years 3 to 6 to take part in the ICAS testing program organised by the University of New South Wales.  Children who thought they might be interested in taking part took home a letter at the end of last week.  Further copies of this letter are available from our ICAS coordinator, Mr Bradford, for anyone who wants a copy and missed out last week.  Please note that there are couple of changes from the arrangements that have operated in previous years.  All tests are now happening in a two week period at the beginning of September.  All tests will now be completed online.  Tests will still take place as a group during school time.

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Annual General Meeting

Each year schools hold an Annual General Meeting at which the School Council presents a review of the previous year.  This year our AGM is being held in the Year 6 space on Tuesday May 21st starting at 7pm.  It will last approximately 30 minutes.  There will be brief presentations from members of the School Council as well as our School Captains who will represent the students.  All parents are warmly invited to attend.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award recipients; Read more…

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Total Martial Arts Academy Drysdale

This week’s local Business of the Week is the very well known and supportive Total Martial Arts Academy Drysdale. They were the second of our major sponsors for our recent Obstacool event, along with Ray White Drysdale, and we can’t thank them enough. Drysdale Primary School has a long connection with TMA with many of our students learning and competing in their martial arts there.

Total Martial Arts Academy Drysdale is dedicated to martial arts, self-defence and fitness in and around Drysdale and the Bellarine Peninsula. They teach professional martial arts and self-defence lessons at an affordable price. At Total Martial Arts Academy – Drysdale, they offer classes in martial arts, with age specific classes beginning from age 4.

Their range of classes has something to suit everyone with regular classes that focus on self-defence with high energy fitness fun. Their XMA (extreme martial arts) class focuses on weapons and demonstration martial arts.

For more information about Total Martial Arts Academy, visit their website at www.tma-academy.com or their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Total-Martial-Arts-Academy-Australia


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Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall – Saturday 18th of May

Please look out for Cake Stall notes and plates coming home with your eldest child this week. Cakes can be delivered to the staff room via the double doors from the sensory garden/flagpole. Please drop cakes off time between 3pm and 6pm on the 17th of May, or at the stall on the day.

We are also looking for volunteers to man the BBQ and Cake Stall on the 18th of May. If you have any spare time on the day, your assistance would be valued. Click on the following link to ‘Sign Up’ your availability –  https://signup.com/go/agxHEsQ

Thank to Hayeswinkle Real Estate for sponsoring this event and IGA St Leonards for donations.

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Wonder Woman Stall

In the lead up to Mother’s Day we will be holding our annual Wonder Woman stall where children will be able to buy a gift for that special woman in their lives.

All gifts will be priced at $5. Each student will have the opportunity to purchase one gift each, students wishing to purchase more than one gift may have the opportunity to do so if there is additional stock leftover.

Students should bring $5 cash in an envelope on Thursday 9th May if they wish to purchase a gift.

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Staff Profile – Mrs Greenhough

With a couple of recent additions to our staff, it is time to introduce some of our newest staff members. This week we are profiling Mrs Greenhough, who is sharing the role of teaching Prep M alongside Mrs Rodgers. Mrs Greenhough is well known to a number of our students as she has already been doing some relief teaching at Drysdale PS earlier this year.

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The following events are coming up in the near future;

Thursday, 9th May – District Cross Country (qualifying students) notes are now overdue

Thursday, 9th May – Wonder Woman Stall – all gifts valued at $5

Friday, 10th May – Sayembara Lisan Competition (Selected Students) notes are now overdue

Tuesday, 11th June – Pupil Free Day

The following notes have gone home;

Year 1 – Barwon Water Incursion – due back 9th May

Year 2 – Mad About Science Incursion – due back 22nd May

Year 3 – Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre Excursion – due 13th May

Year 4 – Earth Ed Excursion – due back 14th May

A full list of dates and events are available on the school calendar at http://www.drysdaleps.vic.edu.au/?post_type=tribe_events

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eSmart Sessions

We are very fortunate to again have Leading Senior Constable Robbie Noggler coming to Drysdale Primary School to run an eSmart session with our students, staff and parents. Robbie is a highly experienced Youth Resource Officer and is an expert on Cyber Safety. His presentations cover the most recent and up to date apps, social media and games along with the dangers children face when they are online. As an eSmart accredited school, we work hard to ensure the safety of our children while they are online and we are looking forward to learning more from Robbie.

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Obstacool Prize Collection

Students who ordered a prize with their Obstacool fundraising can collect these on Friday 17th of May, between 3pm and 4pm at the portables near the down ball courts.

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Year 5 Melbourne Excursion

On Thursday the 2nd of May the Year 5 students enjoyed an excursion to Melbourne to support their learning of their Big Idea ‘The World’s Geography has an impact on the Reciprocal Relationship between Man and Earth’.

They began with a walking tour of Melbourne which included historical sites and more modern structures such as Federation Square. They also enjoyed a very informative IMAX movie on the forces of Earth.

We had a fabulous day!

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Premiers Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Drysdale Primary School is excited to be participating.

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6th September 2019.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Your child’s personal login details will be sent home in their diary by the end of this week.


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Working Bee – Sunday 26th May

Get excited everyone! The next DPS working bee has been scheduled for Sunday 26th May from 9am-12pm. If you can spare some time to come along and help with jobs around the school it would be greatly appreciated!



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Camp Australia

How quickly is the year flying by, it is hard to believe we are already in May.

Last week the children who attended OSHC engaged in activities such as making dioramas, playing board games and card games including Monopoly, UNO, Chess and Checkers, playing Gaga and Soccer, talking about the AFL results and the current positioning of the AFL ladder, and making tracks with the dominos, and talking about the Lego Masters TV show, and making their own Lego Masterpieces. Another highlight was celebrating Star Wars day a day early by playing Star Wars light sabre limbo.

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Community Notices

Please read more to see this week’s Community Notices

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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