Drysdale Primary School

City of Greater Geelong Mural Project

On Friday we were joined by Councillors Trent Sullivan and Jim Mason from the City of Greater Geelong for the official opening of our School and House murals.  Our House Captains were presented with plaques that describe how each house is connected to our local community of Drysdale.  The plaques will be placed on the wall next to the murals.  I am grateful to our School Council, Shane Kennedy and Raelene Newton along with the support of the City of Greater Geelong and our talented students for the creation of these wonderful murals. I hope everyone enjoys them for many years to come.


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Christmas Movie Night

As December has now arrived we are looking forward to a number of events to celebrate a very successful year at Drysdale Primary School.  Our Parents Fundraising Group have organised a Carols and Movie night on Friday, 13th December. The children will be getting the evening into the Christmas spirit by singing some Christmas carols, then we are expecting a visit from Santa and later in the evening we will be showing the movie Elf. We are looking forward to all the festivities and celebrating with all our students and their families on the night.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Last Week of School

The last week of our school year will be an exciting and busy time for all with numerous events and activities taking place. We will be holding an assembly as usual on Monday, 16th December starting at 9:05am in the Hall.  At this assembly we will be announcing the students who will be our Student Leaders, House Captains, Junior School Councillors and Kids Matter kids, for 2020. We encourage parents/guardians to attend to share the success of our students.

On Tuesday we anticipate releasing end of year reports to our parents/guardians via Sentral.  As a result of technical changes within the Sentral system, we are able to make the reports even more personalised for each child.

On Wednesday evening the Year 6 students will attend their graduation celebration. We hope that they enjoy the evening and the celebrations!

On Thursday each year level has class parties and activities planned (remember to return your permission forms, the day will be lots of fun!).

On Friday morning we will hold our final assembly of the year where we will announce the major award winners for the year and farewell our Year 6 students.  This final assembly begins at 9:05am in the Hall.  All parents/guardians, family and friends are welcome to attend and we look forward to sharing our students achievements with you.

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Stonehouse Place

The school has recently been informed that a number of parents are driving along Stonehouse Road in the wrong direction during morning and afternoon drop off/pick up. Stonehouse Place is a one way road which runs from St James Church, past the school hall and leads out to Bennet Street. The school is not responsible for the enforcement of the one way direction but I am sure you can understand that this is not acceptable and it is extremely dangerous. However, I am hoping that common sense and concern for children’s safety will prevail and ensure that all vehicles drive in the correct direction from now on.

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Surf Junction 


Sadly over the weekend the school was affected by a vast amount of vandalism, to witness such destruction of school property is extremely disappointing.  The damage has been repaired and the graffiti removed thanks to Alan Climpson, who looks after maintenance of our school.  We are working closely with Bellarine Police to identify those responsible for the vandalism and charge them accordingly.

Generally we are happy for the community to come onto the school site and enjoy our facilities. To those in the community who take care of our school property I am grateful for the respect that is shown. Could we please ask that if anyone is on site and sees others causing damage to please contact the police immediately.

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Last Day of Term

As we are rapidly approaching the end of Term 4, please note that the last day of this term is Friday, 20th December and dismissal time will be 2:30pm.



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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this weeks Principal Award recipients. Please read on for more details.

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Late Pick Up

We understand there are unplanned circumstances that can delay you at pick up time. However, as our last yard duty finishes at 3:40pm, this means our grounds are not supervised from this time. We ask that you make every effort to arrive on time to collect your child each day. If you are aware that you will be late to collect your child please contact our Administration Office via telephone on 03 5251 2272.

If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, your child will be required to attend the after school care program. Please arrange for your child to attend our after school care program with Camp Australia on 1300 105 343 or via their website www.campaustralia.com.au (please be aware that bookings with Camp Australia must be made directly).


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Junior School Council Fundraiser

The Junior School Council have been busy raising money to fund their legacy gift back to the school. After a month of very successful second-hand clothing stalls, we are now planning our next exciting event. We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding a Donut Stall on Friday, 6th December.

Daniel’s Donuts from Portarlington are generously supplying us with a range of three flavours to choose from

  • White chocolate M&M
  • Chocolate Iced Jam Filled
  • Original

Students will be able to buy a donut for $3 from the stall that will be set up in the Quiet Area at recess on Friday. Please note this is optional and no money should be sent into school beforehand. Donuts will be served on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee them to be nut-free.


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Christmas Celebrations

Our Christmas celebration is coming up on Friday, 13th December. We are really looking forward to a relaxed evening to celebrate the end of a successful year.

The children will be singing Christmas carols in their year level groups, on the stage, on the basketball courts from 5:30pm. There will even be a very special visit from Santa at the end of the carols.

Dinner will be available with many options available to purchase from the canteen from 5-8pm. Then from 8pm it’s time roll out the picnic rugs and enter the outdoor cinema area on the oval. Don’t forget to grab a drink and some popcorn from the snack bar on your way in.

Tickets for the cinema are available here https://www.trybooking.com/BGNES

On the night we will also have raffle tickets for sale, make sure to buy a ticket to be in with the chance to win a “VIP GOLD CLASS EXPERIENCE”. You will be able to sit in comfort and watch the movie from the couches and beanbags supplied, at the front and enjoy a drink and snacks on us!

Also our Christmas raffle will be drawn by Santa on the night so don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes!

We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends and families dressed in their Christmas best enjoying the night!

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School Banking

Please note that the last day for student banking in 2019 is Tuesday, 10th December (next Tuesday), this is also the last date that reward items can be ordered. Any reward items that have not arrived by Tuesday, 17th December will be issued at the start of next year, and any unused tokens will be rolled over to next year. Thank you from The School Banking Co-ordinators.

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High Voltage Rock School Concert

High Voltage Rock School participants will be holding their final live music concert for the year, in the school hall at lunchtime on Tuesday, 17th December (1:00 -1:50pm)

This will be a fantastic opportunity for individual students and bands to showcase their new skills to their parents, teachers and friends.  It’s a great opportunity for parents to celebrate their progress as individuals and as musicians.

All are welcome to attend.

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Sick Bay Notifications

Last week our Administration team participated in a Sentral professional development session. As a result of our professional learning we are now using more aspects of Sentral, this has started with using electronic Sick Bay notifications. We are now tracking sickbay visits via Sentral and parents/guardians will be notified of non-urgent visits via email and the parent portal. If you have downloaded the Sentral Parents App on your phone you will also receive notifications on your device.

We will continue to phone parents regarding any serious injuries. If you require assistance accessing the parent portal, please contact the Administration team.

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Lost Property

Some important reminders to all parents regarding lost property;

  • Please label all clothing that comes to school! If items came labelled to school our mountain of lost property would be much more manageable. We often find brand new jumpers or pants that are in perfect condition, but with no name. Please label everything!
  • If your child doesn’t bring home an item of clothing, go to the lost property at the back of the hall and look for it.
  • Any items that haven’t been claimed from lost property by Monday 16th December (last Monday of term) will be given to second hand uniform for sale.

Thank you for your help with trying to minimise the amount of lost property at school.


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2020 Term Dates

Please be advised of the following term dates for 2020. Also note that the first day back for students next year is Wednesday, 29th January. 

Term 1

Tuesday 28th January (this is a curriculum day & students are not required to attend school) – Friday 27th March

Term 2 

Tuesday 14th April – Friday 26th June

Term 3 

Monday 13th July – Friday 18th September

Term 4

Monday 5th October – Friday 18th December

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Nude Food

Thank you to everyone who brings nude food to school. The winning grades were PO & 3E; the winning students were Thomas from Prep & Taylan from Year 5. 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

Christmas has arrived at OSHC, with Christmas themed activities on offer for the next few weeks, including Christmas Storybook reading, decorating cardboard baubles, Perler bead Christmas decorations, Christmas card collages, photo frames and Santa door hangers. Of course, there will be non Christmas based activities on offer as well, and our usual range of active games.

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Community Notices

Please read on for all of our 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