Drysdale Primary School

Breezeway Toilets Makeover

Many thanks to Clint and Amy Fear who have donated much of their personal time and considerable expertise to refresh the breezeway toilets.  Many of you will be aware that these toilets were closed from Geelong Cup day on Wednesday through to Monday morning.  In that time Amy and Clint have scrubbed them clean and repainted them. The result is outstanding.  We are immensely grateful to both Clint and Amy for their voluntary service to the school.  The children are very excited to have a clean and fresh toilet area.  The challenge is to keep them in this clean condition.

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Barwon Health Grant

At our Kids Matter assembly yesterday we were visited by Leo and Dan from Barwon Health who presented the school with a certificate recognising our “outstanding initiative in Mental Health Promotion” and a cheque for $1,000 to support our Kids Matter program.  They stayed for the assembly and were able to experience a small part of the work we do in this area.  I would like to thank Barwon Health for the great generosity in providing us with this grant which will provide vests for the Kids Matter kids in the yard to make them more visible to the other students as well as a new sign to go above our friendship seat in the yard.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Mental Health First Aid Training

In recent weeks the majority of our school’s staff have completed a course in mental health first aid which required attending one full day of training, which took place on our third pupil free day in September. Also on the first and third Thursday of this term staff attended two further sessions of three hours training. As a result Drysdale Primary School has a higher proportion of staff trained in mental health first aid than any other school in the Geelong area.  I must commend the staff who have actively embraced this opportunity and given up large amount of their own time to complete the training.

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State Athletics Finalists

Last week, four of our students competed in the State Athletics Finals.  Guy of Year 5 came 5th in the high jump.  Prue of Year 4 came second in the shot-put but also competed in the 100 metres and long jump.  Jesse of Year 3 came second in his shot-put event and also competed in the long jump.   Mayson of Year 5 came 4th in the 100 metres and 6th in the 200 metres.  Many congratulations to all four of these students who represented the school with distinction at a prestigious event.

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Surf Junction 

Geelong Show Art Award

Many of students’ art work was displayed at the Geelong Show Schools Art Competition over last weekend.  There was a huge variety of pieces representing the full range of techniques and media taught in our outstanding Art Specialist program.  Drysdale Primary School was awarded fourth place overall.  I would like to thank Mrs Henderson and Mrs Osborne for the time and effort they have spent displaying the children’s work and their skill in delivering our program so effectively.  I would also like to thank all the students for being so amazingly creative and engaging so positively with their learning (as usual).

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Thank You!

Many thanks to Roxanne Stokes who kindly donated a box of garden goodies to the Garden Club! We very much appreciate this donation Roxanne, thank you.

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Working Bee – A Huge Success!

Wow! Many hands made light work. We had more than 30 people show up to help make our school look amazing!  Thanks everyone for a great effort on Sunday morning. Please read on for all the details!

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Junior School Council – Second Hand Clothing Stall

Last Friday, the Junior School Council held a Second-Hand Clothing Stall in the Year 6 classroom. The Year 6 students donated some clothes that didn’t fit them anymore, and we sold each item for $1. In one lunchtime, we managed to raise $65.75. There were a lot of very happy students who managed to grab a bargain.

Because it was so successful, we are going to reopen the clothing stall this Friday at lunchtime where there will be more clothes for sale. Sizes ranged from 6 to 16 so there are plenty of options for everyone.

If anyone else would like to donate clothes, they can be dropped into the Year 6 classrooms.

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Hot Shots Tennis

On Monday morning some lucky Year 6s and 5s headed off to play tennis at Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. Mr Sinnott drove us there in the mini-van. In total, we all played around eight games each, we played doubles and singles on the day. Everyone had lots of fun. The girl’s team came third overall, and the boys came second. It was loads of fun and a great day for it. We would like to thank Mr Sinnott for taking the day out of school to allow us to have this experience, and we promise we won’t mention the Slurpees!

By Zahra (6K)

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Flexi Buzz Parent App

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Parent App, FlexiBuzz. We are committed to strengthening the communication between the school and home, particularly between parents and teachers. The introduction of FlexiBuzz opens up a new channel where the school and teachers can communicate directly with parents in a timely and convenient manner.

The FlexiBuzz App runs on both Android and Apple devices and can also be used via a website on any internet-connected device. The App is free to download and there is no cost involved with the registration.

We would like to thank our Parent Fundraising Group who raised the funds to purchase FlexiBuzz at the Family Dance Night earlier this year.

Click read more for more information, including simple instructions on how to register. Read more…

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The following events are coming up in the near future;

  • Year 5 & Year 6 Select students only – T20 Cricket – Wednesday 30th October
  • Year 2 – Sleepover – Thursday 31st October to Friday 1st November
  • Year 1 – Ecolinc – Monday 4th November
  • Prep – Ecolinc – Monday 18th November
  • Prep – Responsible Pet Ownership – Monday 28th November

Have you noticed our new online calendar?

All events are also on our new Parent App.

The following notes have gone home; 

  • T20 Cricket – forms overdue
  • Yr 2 Sleepover – forms overdue
  • Swimming Trials expression of interest form Years 3,4 and 5 – forms overdue 
  • Ecolinc Year 1 – forms overdue
  • Ecolinc Prep – forms due back – Monday 4th November
  • Responsible Pet Ownership – forms due back – Thursday 14th November
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Year 6 Reports – Important Reminder

We would like to remind parents of Year 6 students that previous electronic reports for your child will no longer be accessible after the last day of the school year (20th December), please take the time to download your child’s reports for your records.

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Camp Australia

It has been a fun, albeit short week at OSHC. Popular activities have included Perler beads, loom bands, active games, cooking, lego construction and drawing activities.

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Community Notices

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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

President: Scott Pearson Vice President: Gary Absolom
Treasurer: Julie Penfold Executive Officer: Phil Dunlop-Moore
Secretary: Chris Cawkwell    
Members: Stephanie Davey, Sandra Jelowyi, Kylie King, Kate Lockhart, Ingrid Orvis, Leanne Sharples, Amy Wright
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email