Drysdale Primary School

End Of Term 2

As we come to end of Term 2, I would like to acknowledge the resilience of the school community in responding to the many challenges created by the COVID 19 pandemic. This has been the most unusual term with many unfamiliar experiences and vocabulary: social distancing, remote learning, WebEx.

Throughout all this our amazing children have responded with courage and persistence. This has been because they felt the joint support from home and school focused on their wellbeing and maintaining as much normality of learning as we could manage.

As we begin the mid-year holiday, please find time to relax as a family, to stay warm and to stay safe. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for Term 3 in a couple of weeks.

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Semester 1 School Reports

Reports will be available online through our Sentral Parent Portal tomorrow, Wednesday June 24th. In line with guidance from the Department for Education, the end of semester reports will have a different format and content to the ones normally provided at this time of year. This reflects the differences resulting from the extended period of remote learning.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Last Day Of Term Pick Up Times This Friday 26th June

Term 2 finishes at 2.30pm on Friday June 26th. With our staggered finish times, the first groups (Bengalat and McLeod) will leave at this time.

The remaining groups (Davis and Dan Dan Nook) will finish at 2.45pm. Please note that the school crossing patrols will start at 2.30pm – their earliest permitted starting time.

Parents arriving to collect children at 2.30pm should take extra care crossing Clifton Springs Road prior to the first groups finishing.

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Sharing Food

While we are managing the impact of COVID 19 please can I remind everyone that sharing food is not permitted. This includes sending cake or lollies to school for the class to share when it is your child’s birthday. Thank you for your understanding.

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Surf Junction 

Term 3

Monday July 13th, the first day of Term 3, is a pupil free day. The teachers will be working in school on our literacy and maths programs.

The students will return to school after the mid-year holiday on Tuesday July 14th.

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Brooke Burgess

Brooke Burgess will be returning from her family leave at the beginning of Term 3. She will be teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays, working with Amy Wright in Year 2 each Tuesday and a variety of classes each Thursday.

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The AP WrAP

What a busy term we have had! We are extremely proud of our families and grateful for the feedback we have received. With school holidays upon us, we hope you get to spend some valuable time together relaxing with family and friends.

We had a lovely visit from Luella in Prep this week who shared with us her Narrative writing about a mouse. Luella worked extremely hard to complete this and thought about the sounds the letters were making as she was writing, linking to her Jolly Phonics learning. Her illustrations that supported her writing were amazing!

Please find below some links to supportive webinars and information:

FREE Child and Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Webinar run by Ed Connect Australia, some advice that may further support a positive school holidays for some and sessions around supporting communities and schools in Geelong.

Mental Health Webinar

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Supporting parents in the Geelong community flyer June2020

 

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award winners. Click read more for the details and a photo of the winners.

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Term 2 Dress Up Day This Friday

To celebrate the end of a very, very memorable term, the Kids Matter Kids and Junior School Council are encouraging all of our students and staff to dress up on Friday in our ‘Values Colours.’

Our kids know these colours very well as they match the colours of the tokens they receive for the positive recognition of expected behaviours. Anyone who needs a reminder our colours are Relisience – Yellow, Acceptance – Purple, Integrity – Pink, Success – Blue and Enjoyment – Green. Students can choose one colour or combination of colours. We just want to see colour!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we haven’t been able to hand out tokens, even though we are still awarding them and adding them to the students’ ongoing tallies. We also cannot collect, disinfect, count and then bank cash donations so close to the end of the term. As such, we will not be seeking donations for this dress-up. It will simply be a fun way to end the term that will not be forgotten!

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Prep Community Inquiry

This Term for Inquiry the Prep Big Idea is ‘Every family in our community is unique’. We have been looking at all the different people and places in the Community.The preps have put lots of effort into creating a beautiful display of our community.

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School Holidays and Screen Time

I came across an interesting article that gave three simple steps to establish healthy online routines for the upcoming school holidays. What stood out most for me was that this was the first time I had seen someone recognise the huge impact that Remote Learning had on our children’s screen time, not just for classroom activities, but also for connecting with distanced friends.

As we finish up a term that has been like no other, we are heading into a holiday period that may require a readjustment about how much time our children are spending online and in front of screens for entertainment. Click read more for additional information along with a link to the article.

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Entertainment Membership – Who doesn’t love a discount?!?

Help yourself and help the school community in the process! Have you got your entertainment online membership yet? Your purchase of an Entertainment Membership contributes to our fundraising. Feel free to share this link with your friends and family.

Please click on the link to purchase your online entertainment membership:

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/11312u9

Thanks for your support!

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Camp Australia

We have reached the end of a very interesting and challenging term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Drysdale Primary School community for their support this term. It has been greatly appreciated. We also hope that the Drysdale Primary School community has a happy, safe and enjoyable school holiday period and we look forward to seeing you all again next term.

We would also like to advise parents that the service will be closed on Monday the 13th of July due to the pupil free day being held at the School. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

With school holidays now upon us, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school holidays. School Holiday club bookings are now open, with care being offered at Ocean Grove Primary School, East Geelong Primary School, Fyans Park Primary School, Montpellier Primary School and Geelong Lutheran College. This Winter, Holiday Club is back with an exciting program that puts an emphasis on reconnecting friendships and helping children forge new ones. It gives you a chance to have some much-needed rest, while having that peace of mind that your children will be engaged and connected in a safe space.

With engaging activities like French Explorations where your children will dive into French culture, Weather the Storm where they will explore scientific experiments, or maybe Magic Architecture where they’ll create magnificent designs with magic corn; there are lots of activities to appeal to all ages and abilities, and will ensure they have a great holiday break. To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays and to find your nearest service, visit: www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs.

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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