Drysdale Primary School

School Updates

Thanks again to all of our families for their continuing support over these past few months. Staff have been working extremely hard to ensure that our students at DPS and their families are as supported as possible.

As you can appreciate, there is a large amount of information being sent out to schools at present. There will be daily advice coming out to support the return to onsite learning via Flexibuzz. Yesterday you will have received information about Semester One reporting. Today you will receive some guidelines around hygiene and safety. Wednesday will be based around drop off and pick guidelines. Thursday there will be more safety advice particularly for adults and Friday will be further information around first aid, illness and return to onsite learning.

If you have any specific queries or you need to contact one of the Principal team, please don’t hesitate to contact the office or send an email directly to the school (drysdale.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au).

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Curriculum Day Monday 25th May

From Monday May 25th all staff are to return to working onsite. This is a Curriculum Day (pupil free day) mandated by the Victorian Government to support staff in preparations for the return to onsite learning and to ensure health advice is followed, routines are in place and a smooth transition back to face-to-face teaching and learning is established. Please note there will be no onsite supervision available.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Canteen Reopens on June 9th

In discussion with the school and Kylie, our Canteen Manager, it has been decided that the canteen will resume service from June 9th. Until this date there will be no food and drink service. We apologise for this inconvenience.

When the service does resume, social distancing markers have been placed on the ground to assist students in lining up. To limit the number of students lining up and the duration of them in a line at breaks, we strongly encourage all food purchases to be pre-ordered each day, where possible. This will limit the handling of cash onsite by students and staff and ensure the line moves as quickly as possible.


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School Uniform

As students return to onsite learning, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students are required to wear full school uniform from Tuesday May 26th. While Year 3-6 students are learning remotely, we do encourage those onsite for supervision to begin to wear their uniform again.

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Surf Junction 


We are very much looking forward to seeing our Prep to Year 2 smiling faces on Tuesday morning! Please keep an eye out for the updates around returning to onsite learning. These will be coming out via FlexiBuzz.

As always, please ensure you make contact with the school if you require support around your child’s wellbeing.

Next Wednesday is the National Simultaneous Storytime. National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. This year the chosen text is ‘Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas.’

This year will be a virtual event! There may also be a surprise reading of ‘Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas’ available on the school website and Facebook page for you to follow along with at 11:00am next Wednesday the 27th May.

Hang in there…..we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You are all amazing!

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Online Multiplayer Games

Online multiplayer games have become extremely popular among our students with the numbers playing each year seeming to outdo the previous. When this trend is combined with our current challenge of social isolation, we have the perfect conditions where their popularity could reach unprecedented levels. 

There are undoubtedly positives in allowing our children to remain socially connected during these isolating times, but we need to be aware of the potential repercussions of the heavy playing of multiplayer games. Read more to learn about three behavioural trends that are very apparent in our students that could be linked to time spent playing these games along with some resources designed to assist parents in learning more about them. 

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2020 Camp Survey’s

Thank you to all the families who responded to our camp survey’s. The final decision about whether the Camp Program runs maybe taken out of our hands if there is a directive from the Department of Education as part of the return to “normal” school. We will keep you informed as soon as we receive advice from the Department.

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Family Contact Details

It is important that we have up to date contact details for every family therefore, in line with Department guidelines, you will have received an email from the school detailing all the important enrolment information we have on system in relation to your child/children. When you receive this email please check all the information carefully and advise the school via email of any changes, drysdale.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au.

If you have quite a few changes it may be easier to print the form out to amend details. In this situation please either scan the amended document and email it back to the school or post the forms to the school, Drysdale Primary School P.O. Box 122 Drysdale Vic 3222.


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Year 2 Remote Learning

Remote learning did not slow down our Year 2s in the slightest. Our students have been working really hard and showing incredible resilience while learning from home. We largely focused on learning about information texts in Literacy. We have seen some wonderful work including posters and books written and illustrated by our students about animals they find interesting.

In Maths, we have been investigating time. The Year 2s have really been challenging themselves to tell time to the quarter hour both on an analogue and digital clocks. They used hands on, open ended activities to explore this concept. The Year 2s have also thoroughly enjoyed tackling our weekly STEM challenges. They used their critical and creative thinking skills to design and build a variety of different structures using materials they found from home.

Miss Wright, Mrs van Winckel, Mrs Martin and Miss Everett are all very proud of our students as a cohort. We can’t wait to celebrate all of your wonderful accomplishments next week at school!

Please read more to see all the amazing work

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PSW Stores Reopening

All PSW stores are reopening from Wednesday 20th May. They supply all our school uniform so if you need to purchase any supplies for the cooler weather please see the attached flyer with opening times.


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DPS Boredom Busters

Wow thank you to all the families who have sent in their crossword and word find answers! We have selected one correctly answered of each for you to correct yours at home.

Students, staff and families are invited to have a go at solving this weeks fun puzzles. We’d love to see your answer sheets and will feature a correctly answered crossword or word search in next week’s Link to share the answers with our community.

To submit your answer sheet, please email it through to the school: drysdale.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Please find answers to last week’s crossword and word search:

Dps Boredom Buster Cross word 4 Answers DPS Boredom Buster Word Search 4 Answer

This week’s puzzles:

DPS Boredom Buster Cross word 5

DPS Boredom Buster Word Search 5

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Camp Australia

What a fantastic week we’ve had weather wise this past week. We’ve been enjoying spending time outside during after school care, with the children enjoying chalk drawings and going for walks around the oval, due to the playground equipment not being available for use.

The other highlight of the week was making special glow in the dark slime. The children then scouted around for a dark area to test their slime out. They were very impressed with their results.

Other popular games and activities have included Uno, Night and the Musuem, Dead Fish, Minecraft dramatic play, landscape drawings, basketball skill building and anime drawings. Some of the children even decided to do some of their school work during their time at OSHC to get ahead for the rest of the week.

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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