Drysdale Primary School

Welcome Back to School Prep – Year 2

There has been a lot of information shared with families over past week and we thank you all for reading it and helping implement these small changes to school life. This is to ensure the health and safety of all in our community and we thank you for being able to adjust and make these changes work. We have saved the communications on the Parent Portal (Sentral) should you need to refer back to any information.

This morning we welcomed back our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students. While there were a few tears, our students walked through their new designated gates with smiling faces and a spring in their step. The drop off times ran so smoothly and our staff were happy to welcome students into the school and escort them to classes if needed. It was great to talk about their remote learning and to see them play and laugh and smile with their friends again. Thank you to all our P-2 families for ensuring a smooth drop off for day one, we appreciate your support.

Students enjoyed some specialist classes, working in their classrooms, learning about the new hygiene procedures and spending time with their teachers and classmates. Onsite students have continued with their Remote Learning Grids, WebEx meetings and enjoyed catching up with some of their 3-6 and Specialist teachers. Just a reminder that ALL students are asked to wear their school uniform as of today whether attending their classroom or being supported in a remote learning capacity on school grounds. We look forward to welcoming back the rest of the Year 3-6 students on June 9th.

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Staff were very excited to be back together again yesterday and we are soooooo excited to see all of our Prep to Year 2 students back at school today.

Staff have been working very hard to prepare for the return to onsite for our students. They are also working really hard to continue to support our Year 3-6 students who are learning remotely until June 9th.

Our Wellbeing team will continue to support our school community both remotely and onsite. We understand that many may have some anxiety around returning to school. As families, you may notice a difference in your child wanting to come to school. Students have been told that home is the place to be, but now we need to transition students thinking back to school also being a place they can come. Please talk to your children about school being a positive place and that the teachers and staff are working extremely hard to put all the new routines in place. It is perfectly fine to talk to children about their worries and please let us know at school if we can do anything further to support you in this.

Staff will be present at the gates to support the transition to classrooms.

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National Simultaneous Storytime

This 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.’

We are very lucky to have Mr Stephens read it for us, we will also post it on the school’s Facebook page for you to follow along on Wednesday, 27th May.

Please read more to listen to the story:

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Student Medication

Please be aware that due to new hygiene requirements, students who have Asthma must bring their own Ventolin and spacers to school each day. The school does have a supply of Ventolin in the Sick-Bay for emergency use. The school Ventolin will be disposed of after use. We ask that families please ensure their child’s medication is in-date and clearly labelled with the student’s name.

Please inform your child’s class teacher via FlexiBuzz if they have their inhaler & spacer in their school bag.

We thank you all for your understanding and cooperation on this matter.


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Late Pass / Early Departures

We ask that wherever possible, families schedule appointments outside of school times, but understand that from time-to-time this is may not be an option, we also understand that some mornings can be more tricky than others and we can run late due to roadworks, traffic etc.

If your child/ren arrive later than 9:15am they will need to sign-in at the Administration Office. An adult may accompany them to do this as is usual procedure, however we do ask where possible that adults do not accompany their child inside the school building and remind our community that parents/guardians will not be able to go in to their child’s classrooms and should minimize their time spent on school grounds.

For early departures, parents/carers are asked to write a note in the student diary or send a FlexiBuzz message the day prior to inform classroom teachers. Upon arrival, we can then ensure your child is waiting for you at the Administration Office for collection. An announcement will be put over the P.A for early departures where notice has not been given prior.

We thank you all for your understanding and appreciate your cooperation during these times.

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Student Messages

Due to new social distancing rules we need to minimize the number of people moving around the school grounds. We ask where possible can you please have a conversation and make arrangements with your child/children before school as to where you will meet them after school or remind them in the morning before school if they need to go to after school care. You can also put a note in their diary. Thank you.

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Year 3 Remote Learning

An impressive number of Year 3 students have been engaging with the Remote Learning and sending through some impressive samples of their activities. The grid has morphed into an easy to follow set of activities, which involve all areas of the curriculum. The grids are designed to keep the students in touch with the areas that we have covered while introducing some new concepts. The students seem to have really enjoyed the weekly learning activities and in particular the STEM and SWPB activities. With only nine days to go before we return to face to face teaching and learning, we are going to ‘Accept the Challenge’ to remain focused and motivated.

Please read more to see all the photo’s the wonderful mascot designs, stem creations and resilience certificates the Year 3s have created.

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Resilience During Remote Learning

Remote Learning and Social Distancing present some very real challenges that we all must face. In these challenging times, resilience has become even more important. Click read more to hear from Owen, one of our School Captains, about how he uses resilience to overcome some of the many challenges of remote learning at home. Keep an eye out for some cameo appearances from other current and former students!

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Prep 2021 Enrolments

We are now accepting enrolments for Prep 2021. Parents of children who have a brother or sister already at school also need to complete an enrolment form.

Please visit our website using the following link to access all the information and forms that you will need to enrol your child for 2021, http://www.drysdaleps.vic.edu.au/?page_id=21734. If you have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact the school via email at drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

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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