Drysdale Primary School

Welcome Back to School for 2020

I trust that everyone has had a relaxing holiday and is ready for the enjoyment of school in 2020! We have excitedly welcomed a new group of Prep students who have made an excellent start to their school journey.  Thank you to their families for working with us, and their children in making this transition smooth and successful. A warm welcome to our new families in other year levels whose children have commenced with DPS in 2020, it has been wonderful talking with our new students reflecting on their first week at a new school.

We have also welcomed two new members of staff, Kate Wojcik who is our new Assistant Principal leading the Inclusion and Well-Being Programs, and Fleur Martin who is sharing the teaching of 2MV with Tara van Winckel.  We have also welcomed back from leave Mel Myers and Denise Dean in Year 5, Laura Howard in Year 1, Lizzie Elliott in Prep, and James Field in Year 6.

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2020 Student Leaders

We formally welcomed our student leaders for 2020 in assembly yesterday and presented them with their badges.  Our new School Captains are Brydie, Sam, Owen and Grace.  They have already been a part of our first two assemblies and I am very much looking forward to working with them throughout the year.  Our house captains are:

Bengalat:  Jarvis, Flynn, Lenni and Sophie

Dan Dan Nook:  Sam, Chase, Paige and Grace

Davis:  Talon, Grace, Marley and Meg

McLeod:  Lyza, Grace, Callan, Lucas

Our Junior School Council members are:  Owen, Jude, Mae, Guy, Asher, Ava, Ella and Phoebe

Our Kids Matter Kids are:  Amie, Will, Lily, Vianne, Ashlyn, Sam, Daisy and Indee

We are very fortunate to have such a strong leadership program and outstanding students to fill the positions.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Landscape Plan Part 2

You may have noticed some landscaping happening in the area between the Prep Building and the Canteen. The landscaping will make this into an area where parents and children can sit and relax.  It is deliberately positioned in the centre of the school close to the canteen and within sight of the prep playground which is always such a favourite before and after school.

This is Stage 2 of our school master landscape plan.  The landscape plan has been created with the unswerving support of the School Council with the intention of planning the best use of our outdoor space in ways that support the various needs of our students, parents, staff and, visitors.  Each stage has been carefully costed and is being implemented with the amazing support of our Parents and Friends Group (PFG).

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School Council

At the beginning of each school year, we elect members of the School Council.  Members hold their position for two years meaning that each year half the council positions fall vacant.  This year the following council members are completing their current terms: Gary Absolom, Tammy Burke, Renee Colley, Scott Pearson (parent representatives), Rebecca Hoyne, Shane Kennedy and Simone Spencer-Gardner (staff representatives) and Bre Gage (community representative.)  I would like to acknowledge the great work that these council members have done in helping the school develop and grow over the last couple of years.  Scott Pearson and Tammy Burke have held the additional responsibilities of President and Vice-President respectively.  I am very grateful to them for the perceptive and supportive discussions we have about the school and how we can collectively enable Drysdale Primary to be the best school possible for our community.

I am seeking nominations from parents who are interested in joining our School Council.  Nomination forms are available from the Administration Office.  Our School Council meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month during term time (eight meetings in the year).  Each member also sits on one of our four committees which also meet once per month at times convenient to the members of the committee.

Parents who would like to know more about the role of a school council member are most welcome to chat to me.  I can often be found in the yard before and after school for anyone who wants an informal conversation. Alternatively, I will respond to a message left at the Administration Office in person or by telephone 03 5251 2272 or via email: dunlop-moore.philip.p@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Surf Junction 

Privacy Policy

The Department of Education and Training (which includes all Victorian government schools, central and regional offices) values the privacy of every person and is committed to protecting information that schools collect.

All staff, service providers (contractors) and agents, (whether paid or unpaid) of the Department, and this Victorian government school (our school), must comply with Victorian privacy law and this policy.

In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law).

This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website http://www.drysdaleps.vic.edu.au/?p=19458 .

For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents.

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News from the Administration Office

We are excited to share with families that from 2020 you will be able to use the Parent Portal for more than just sending through attendance notifications. In Term 4 we notified you that Sick-Bay alerts are now digital and in real-time (no more white-slips at the bottom of the school bag!), this year our team are working hard to launch digital excursion forms, we are currently creating guides for families to use and learning as much as we can to be able to better assist you. You will also find 2020 Parent Payment information, the canteen menu etc. on the Portal. We encourage you all to log on and see what’s new!

Our team are eager to assist you with your queries. We understand that every school can operate a little differently and that starting at a new school can at times feel overwhelming. If you need to contact the Administration Office (8:30am-4:00pm) we now have a number of ways you are able to do this:

If you need to report your child is absence from school you can do this via the Parent Portal, email the school at drysdale.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au or call us on 03 5251 2272.

For any other questions/queries you can email us, call or come and visit us at the Admin Office.

Please read more for instructions on how to enter absences via the Parent Portal.

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Working Bee

Save the Date!

The first Working Bee for the year will be held on Sunday the 23rd of February from 9:00 am-11:00 am.

There are so many jobs to complete around the school and we would love as many families as possible to attend!

Last year’s Term 4 Working Bee was a record attendance! Let’s beat it!

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CSEF 2020 Applications

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 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.

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Scholastic Book Club

Book Club issue 1 has now been sent home with your child. 
Orders can be made online. 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 13th February.
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Australian Open

Over the holidays one of our students, Adam was lucky enough to flip the coin on Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open! Adam enjoyed every minute and loved being on TV and the big screen. He even got to keep the coin as a souvenir. Well done Adam!

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As a school we use a great number of tissues every year. In order to ensure we have a sufficient supply of tissues we ask that each student kindly donate a box of tissues to their teacher for use in their class.

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Student Banking

Our student banking has started back today. Student banking will be each Tuesday.

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Drysdale Bypass Community Update

Please find an updated communication notification from the Communications and Engagement Officer on the Drysdale Bypass project.

“We will be commencing some significant works on both Jetty Road and Portarlington Rd/Whitcombes Rd this week which will see traffic reduced to one lane and under ‘shuttle flow’ which is where traffic controllers stop traffic in one direction to allow traffic to come from the opposite direction. The traffic managers and engineers will continually assess traffic flow and make sure the impact of these works is minimised as much as possible.”

Please refer find our electronic copy of the latest Summer edition of the Community Update which includes a map and descriptions of work that will be happening during January, February and March.



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Camp Australia

Welcome back to Camp Australia Drysdale Primary School OSHC for 2020. We would like to welcome back all of the existing children, families, staff and Drysdale community, and we would like to take this opportunity to extend a special welcome to all of the new children, families, staff and members to the Drysdale Primary School. We hope you all had a relaxing, safe and enjoyable summer holiday period, and are all prepared for an action packed 2020.

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Sonic Boom Rock School

Rock band music teacher Tim Hulsman is returning to Drysdale PS this year with his new business Sonic Boom Rock School”, a holistic music tuition and performance program designed to free up creative thinking in children. It is a path of discovery between teacher and student and ultimately their whole family and the wider community.

Available at every lesson are a variety of instruments for the children to explore and cross reference back to their main chosen instrument. They include:

  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drums
  • Piano/Keyboards
  • Vocals

Other instruments that can be supplied by special request are:

  • Violin
  • Lap Steel Guitar

Tim is also very excited to be introducing Liam Kealy to the teaching staff this year.  Liam is a renown keyboardist (B3 Hammond) and a very experienced teacher. He will bring a whole new depth to the private and band sessions. Students interested in piano/keyboards should sign up with Liam before classes book out. He also teaches Drums, Guitar, and Bass guitar.

Book Lessons with Liam HERE

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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

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