Drysdale Primary School

Principal’s Report

As a school, we have had a terrific start to week 9! At our whole school assembly on Monday there was much to celebrate. Riley from Prep had a huge impact on the assembly, sharing his recent ‘Make a Wish’ adventure. Riley shared some incredible pictures with us, showing the journey he took to Adelaide to meet his team, the Adelaide Crows. Riley got to meet the players and even have a kick with them! After that, Riley went to the zoo and got up close with all of the animals before returning to the football ground to see the Crows play. Thankfully the Crows came through with a win that night. Riley wanted to thank the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation for giving him this incredible opportunity. I would like to thank Riley for his amazing presentation also – role models come in all shapes and sizes in our school and Riley showed us that you don’t have to be in Year 6 to be a leader in the school! Well done Riley, your resilience, courage and, optimism is an inspiration to us all.

We also recognised five of our students who were part of the winning Drysdale u/13s football team who won their Grand Final by 1 point against Colac! Many congratulations to Hayden, Archer, Oscar and Cohen from Year 6 and James from Year 5. An amazing achievement! Samuel from Prep also had some medals to show the assembly on Monday. He had success in a karate competition over the weekend, getting two medals for his performance in sword combat and sumo! Well done Samuel!

Finally, well done to Ivy from Year 2 who took part in the ‘MS Readathon’ in August. Ivy read 24 books and raised $124 for MS Camps to help families impacted by multiple sclerosis. Well done Ivy, you are a superstar!


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Celebrating learning

I have had more visitors to my office since our last newsletter and would love to share some of their learning success with you!

  • Kaley from Prep wrote a very detailed weekend recount all about her birthday party. Well done Kaley!
  • Isla from Year 2 did wonderful editing of her free verse poem, which was all about dogs!
  • Pearl from Year 2 showed me her maths learning, she had recorded her counting forwards by 2s all the way into the high hundreds!

I also had the privilege of facilitating some conferences with Year 5 students and families last night. It was wonderful to see the students feeling so proud of their achievements. Here are some of the highlights from the conferences…

  • Ben from Year 5 impressed me with a very engaging narrative titled ‘It’s a Disaster!’ which kept me on the edge of my seat!
  • Flynn from Year 5 had composed a very detailed informative text on Germany. I learnt so many new things about Germany, thanks to Flynn.
  • Harley from Year 5 explained how he converts improper fractions to proper fractions, showing us all his working out. Well done!
  • Meg from Year 5 has a keen interest in horse riding and shared a presentation all about Michelle Payne. Meg spoke clearly and confidently as she presented to her family, she clearly knew her content very well!
  • Grace from Year 5 shared a learning activity from Reading. Grace explained that she had read two different texts, both about the Titanic, but each told from a different perspectives. Grace made insightful comments about the differences between the two texts.
  • Karissa from Year 5 has been learning about biographies and choose to compose a biography on Justin Bieber! Karissa’s presentation was very detailed, covering all aspect of Bieber’s family, early life and musical career.

Congratulations to all students who presented their learning last night. I know there are many more conferences happening tonight and I look forward to hearing about these also. It is fantastic to see the students sharing evidence of their learning goals and speaking about their own successes and challenges of the year. Amy from Year 4 has composed a piece of writing reflecting on her conference tonight.

My Student Led Conference- A reflection from Amy (4N)

For my Student Led Conference today I will talking about my learning success and also how I could improve my future learning. I will be sharing my learning goals and showing work that relates to each goal. In Reading I will share a bookmark that I made which has questions to use before/during/after the text. In Maths I will be showing some learning I did with time, using both am and pm timings. I have also been working on asking challenging questions for my personal goal. Some more things I will be talking about it how much I enjoy my teachers and how I get to be in a group that is just right for me, not a level that is too hard or too easy for me. Year 4 has definitely helped me learning, I am going to keep working hard and be the best I can and I am going to keep trying new things that I haven’t ever done before. Even though I don’t know everything I am still very proud of myself and my learning. Wish me luck for my Student Led Conference tonight!

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Drysdale Community Market 

Life Education Van

Last Tuesday our class visited the Life Education Van and learnt so much! We learnt that playing with an online gamer that you don’t know is like letting a stranger in your house, we learnt what to do if you get sent a nasty or rude message online about you or someone else. We helped Harold the Giraffe with a problem he had – Harold was sent a message online that wasn’t very nice. We helped Harold to decide what to do, Harold told us that you should always treat other people the way you want to be treated yourself. Then we helped a character called Jack with his problem. People were making fun of him because a video was shown of Jack playing soccer, Jack tripped and missed the goal and everyone laughed. The video went onto the internet and Jack was getting cyberbullied. We talked about what you could do if this situation happened to you, all of the class ideas were great. It was an honour to have Gaye and Harold talk to us and we want to welcome them back every year. The Life Ed Van linked with lots of our school values, including integrity (doing the right thing) and resilience (how to bounce back from problems).

BJ (Year 4)


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Being Brave from Brainstorm Productions: Reflections from 2A

On Monday, all classes had the opportunity to see the ‘Being Brave’ performance from Brainstorm Productions. This performance was a great opportunity to connect with our Kids Matter assembly focus value from last week, RESILIENCE. Here are some reflections from students in 2A on the performance yesterday…

Charles: “I learnt that sometimes being brave can be crying and it is okay for boys to cry too!”

Holly: “I learnt that it’s okay to be from a different country, to look different, dress different or sound different. You can be brave, it doesn’t matter where you are from!”

Luke: “I learnt that you don’t always have to show you are being brave. People may not think you are brave but you know inside that you are being brave! It doesn’t matter what other people think!”

Kaitlyn: “I learnt that you can get better at being brave by trying new things!”

Billy: “You can tell people are being brave when they are curled up in a ball. They look sad, but then come back from this sadness and be brave.”

Ella: “I learnt that being brave is facing your biggest fear. You are also being brave when you stand up for yourself!”


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Surf Junction 

Volunteers Shout Out!

Each week I am making an effort to recognise the many volunteers we have in our school. This week I would like to recognise the work of Clancey McKenzie. Clancey is a terrific parent helper in our classrooms, she organises and runs the second hand uniform shop, is a regular helper at all the school working bees and an all-round superstar! Always willing to jump in when needed, we pass on our thanks to Clancey for being a terrific volunteer in our school community.


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Curriculum Days – Term 3 & Term 4

Please be advised that Friday, 13th September is a pupil free day therefore students are not required at school.

Also the Term 4 Curriculum Day has been confirmed as Monday, 25th November.


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From the Junior School Council

On the last Friday of this term, we will be holding a Sports Colours Day. All students are invited to dress in their favourite sport colours or favourite sporting team colours; they will also need to bring a gold coin donation. The money raised will be split between two important charities.

Save our Sons is a charity that helps with all children living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Save our Sons is working to raise awareness for people living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It affects one in 3500 boys and is very rare for a girl. The charity is fighting to find a cure.

Make a Wish partners with sick kids, their families and medical teams to grant wishes as unique as the children who imagine them. Earlier this week, we heard from Riley in Prep who flew to Adelaide to watch the Crows play. Thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation, he got to meet the pilots on the plane and had a personal training session with Tex Walker, Rory Sloane and Eddie Betts.

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements for next Term.

Elsie and Isabella (Junior School Council)

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Concert tickets

Concert tickets are on sale! Adult tickets are $10 each and student tickets are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased through Trybooking by clicking on the following links;

Wednesday, 18th September 6:00pm – Prep, Yr 2, Yr 4 and Yr 6 – https://www.trybooking.com/BENAY

Thursday, 19th September 6:00pm – Yr 1, Yr3, Yr 5 and Yr 6 – https://www.trybooking.com/BENBD

Students will also be performing a matinee dress rehearsal on the day of their performance. These sessions are open to parents on a first come, first served basis. Prep, Yr 2, Yr 4 will be performing from 9:30am on Wednesday, 18th September, followed by the Year 6 performance at 11:30am. The Yr 1, Yr 3 and Yr 5 groups will be performing their matinee from 9:30 am on Thursday, 19th September.

Please note there is no matinee performance for Year 6 on Thursday, 19th September.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s award winners! Click on read more to view a full list.

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Concert hot food, drinks and snacks!

Please be advised that prior to the concert and during the interval the Canteen will be open and have hot food, yummy snacks and hot & cold drinks for sale! Menu and prices to follow.

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Drysdale Hawks win the Flag!

On the weekend the Drysdale Football Club U13s won a thrilling Grand Final. The members from the team proudly showed off some of their silverware at Assembly on Monday. Click read more to read a thrilling match report from Archer and Oscar.

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Concert DVD Ordering

Aperture Films will be producing a DVD of our concert again this year. Both DVD and Blu-Ray are available for $32 each.

These become treasured items as our children get older and they are regularly brought out watched to remember all the old songs, dances and Year 6 performances.

DVD’s can be ordered directly through Apeture Films at aperturefilms.com.au/order using performance ID: dps2019

Online ordering is now active and available now.

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Drysdale Bypass Community Update

Please find attached a communication notification from the Communications and Engagement Officer on the Drysdale Bypass project.

It is designed to provide the community with a good overview of what to expect over the next four months as they connect the bypass into the local road network.

Please be advised the connection work has been staged with traffic modelling and trials undertaken, however there will be some disruption to the community.

Refer to the attached file for further information – Drysdale Bypass works summary _community letter_SEP

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Newspapers for Art Room

Please keep sending your old newspapers to the Art Room. Thank you to our generous families who have already made donations!

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Save the Date!

Be sure to save the date for the Drysdale Primary School Christmas celebration and Outdoor Cinema!! It will be a great night – not to be missed!

When: Friday, 13th Dec

Where: Drysdale Primary School

Time: 5pm onwards

More details to come next term!



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The following events are coming up in the near future;

Year 3 – Cricket Blast Carnival Day – Thursday 17th October

Year 2 – Sleepover – Thursday 31st October (Information coming at a later date)


The following notes have gone home; 

Cricket Blast Carnival Day – forms due back – Thursday 12th September


Please note that Geelong Cats Healthy Heroes visit for Prep – 2 students has been postponed until term 4.

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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Nude Food

Thank you to everyone who brings nude food to school. The winning grades were 2GV & 3E; the winning students were Ewan in Year 1 & Cooper in Year 3. Thanks again to everyone who supports nude food, you are helping your health and the environment. Nude food also helps keep our playground beautiful.

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Camp Australia

Wow, and just like that, there are only two weeks left of school…less than that when you factor in the Pupil free day on the 13th of September. How fast has this term just flown by…even the children have commented on it.

Please be aware that OSHC will be closed on Friday the 13th of September due to the pupil free day, we will be back open as normal on Monday for the last week of term.

Parents please be advised that on Tuesday the 17th, Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of September, After School care will be based in the Thinking Space due to School Concert. This does not affect Before School Care. Please ensure that if you want your child to attend After School Care on any of these days you sign the permission form available at OSHC, as the thinking space is outside of our approved area, so even though we are not taking the children outside school grounds, we still need to treat this as an excursion. Thank you for your support in this matter, and to the team at Drysdale Primary school, especially the grade One team, for making this space available to us.

Please also be advised that After School Care will commence operation an hour early on the 20th of September for the last day of school to accommodate the early finish of class on that day.

With less than two weeks to go until school holidays the time has come to make your bookings for School Holiday Program. The theme for these holidays is Superheroes. Your Children will experience fun workshops and activities to build their superhero characters from concept to reality. They’ll create their costumes in Masks & Magic, bowl away the baddies in Strike Force and complete their first superhero mission in Operation: Rescue.  Copies of the program that will be on offer at our two closest Holiday Clubs, Ocean Grove Primary School and Geelong East Primary School, are now available on the Camp Australia School Holiday Club website, which is www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs. If these locations do not suit your family’s needs, then programs are also located at Fyans Park Primary School, Montpellier Primary School and Geelong Lutheran College.

OSHC at Drysdale Primary School operates out of the School hall,  We open at 7:00 each school day, and send the children off at 8:50, when the teachers are scheduled to commence their yard duty. Unfortunately we are unable to accept children into our care earlier than 7:00. At 3:30, once the school bell goes, children attending after school care walk over to the hall from their classrooms, with preps being picked up from their classrooms and we provide a safe place for them to play and engage with other children until they are collected.  Our closing time is 6:00. For more information on our service and fees, you may visit our website www.campaustralia.com.au. If you prefer to speak to us, you can contact our friendly Customer Care Team that is available to support our families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – except for National Public Holidays. Alternatively, you’re welcome to visit us in service and chat with our qualified Educators about the Camp Australia program at your child’s school.

A friendly reminder for parents that for staffing and catering purposes children should be booked into OSHC through the Camp Australia head office, and that should you need to cancel their booking please can this be done through head office as well.  This works out much cheaper for you, as there are additional fees involved if children do not attend sessions they are booked in for.  Bookings can be made or cancelled by logging into the Camp Australia website https://www.campaustralia.com.au or by ringing 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon! From the Team at Camp Australia.

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Community News

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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, Renee Colley, Bre Gage, Rebecca Hoyne, Shane Kennedy, Kate Lockhart, Ingrid Orvis, Anna Richardson, Simone Spencer-Gardner
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email