Drysdale Primary School

Enjoyment and Success

During this somewhat unusual year I have been especially encouraged this last week by my experiences in school. I have been walking through the school checking in with the children and staff. The students are really engaged with their learning in all the classrooms and positively enjoying their class work. This is so wonderful to see at a time when it would be easy to allow distractions to interrupt.

Whether it is the Prep children learning their sounds, the Year 4s beginning to work out their concert songs or the Year 6s wrestling with how to round decimals, there is an energy, concentration and enthusiasm.

I also happened to meet one of our former School Captains who also demonstrated these qualities when he was at Drysdale Primary. He is now about to leave Bellarine Secondary and is looking to take up a university place in Melbourne next year.

I can see how the success our students achieve here at Drysdale Primary directly translates to success at Secondary School and success in the adult world. Being a school principal is a privilege. Being principal of Drysdale Primary School with such high quality students, staff and community members is a massive honour.

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It’s a Girl!

I am delighted to let the school community know that Angus and Felicity Christian welcomed their daughter Eliza Mary last Wednesday. Eliza weighed 3.05kg and is doing well.

Felicity was one of our Assistant Principals until the end of last year when she moved to become Principal of a school near Ballarat. Congratulations Felicity and Angus!

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Drysdale Community Market 

Sentral Parent App

Most of our community has caught up with the news that FlexiBuzz has ceased offering its services to schools and that we are now using Sentral’s Parent App. This App links everyone directly to the Sentral Parent Portal and its messaging function. This streamlines the communication option between home and school further. If you have not yet downloaded the App, now is the time to jump on board.

An increasing number of our communications are being sent electronically through the Sentral Parent App. Please make sure that you are connected so that you do not miss important information.

Please click on the link for instructions to sign up to the app http://www.drysdaleps.vic.edu.au/?p=22828

Please read more for more information about the Sentral parent app features.

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The teaching staff have raised some concern that many students are arriving late for school on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately this is a situation that can have a negative effect on the education of not only those students who are late, but also the other students in the class. While we understand that staggered drop-offs are necessary at this point in time, the latest your child should be arriving is at 9:15am.

What impact does being late have on the student?
Students who are late miss a lot of instructions and information about what is happening, not to mention important learning sessions. This means that they have to catch up somehow. Students also miss out on catching up with their friends before school. Students can feel unsettled, disorganized and unhappy for the rest of the day and it can take them some time to complete and understand the work that they have missed. It’s similar to being late to see a movie and not being able to understand what’s happening because you have missed out on who the characters are and what the plot is.

How does it affect the other students in the class?
Students who are late have an unsettling effect on the rest of the class. Because not all late students arrive at once, the interruptions go on until the last student is settled. Students who are late often have things that need to be done prior to them joining the class and this causes even more disruption. Sometimes other students have to wait to get the teachers attention and important issues can be forgotten.

We are all human. Cars can break down and unexpected situations can occur. We know that family morning routines are not always straightforward. If you are experiencing problems, speak to us, as we may be able to offer suggestions to help. We are happy to accept that students will be late on the odd occasion because of unforeseen circumstances. However, arriving late on a regular basis is not acceptable

A student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year.

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Surf Junction 

School Photos – Wednesday 5th August

Our school photo day is Wednesday 5th August. Ordering photos will be available online only.

Students will be issued with a unique code on photo day so you can register online to view your child’s images. To register, follow the simple instructions on your child’s individualized flyer once you receive it.

When images are completed and in Arthur Reed’s webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email so you can then view and order photos.

To ensure you are purchasing school photos for the current year, please wait for notifications that 2020 images are online before placing orders.

Please note that on this day all students will be required to wear the official school uniform in the photos. This means that students will be asked to take off any brown jumpers other than those with the school logo or those that are completely plain. Pants, leggings or tights must be brown except in combination with a winter dress or skirt when they can be black.

Please read more for instructions.

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Please note the following message from DET:

  • Schools are reminded that the Department of Education and Training (DET) does not provide personal accident insurance for students.
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.
  • Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.
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Principal Awards

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

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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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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:


Thanks for your support!

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Camp Australia

It has been another fun week at OSHC. I have had positive reports from the educators who worked last week how co-operative and well behaved the children were while I was unavoidably and unexpectedly away last week. I am very pleased with these positive reports, and am very proud of my Drysdale Primary School students and how kind, considerate and adaptable they are. This week at OSHC we are planning on a little mid winter celebration. Originally we were going to do this last week as a Christmas in July celebration, but we had to adjust our program.

Term 3 sees some changes to staffing at OSHC. Kane will be away in weeks one, two and three of term, as well as week six due to being on teaching rounds. Upon completing this placement he will finalise his teaching degree. I know many children have their fingers and toes crossed that he gets a job at Drysdale Primary School and they get him as a teacher next year

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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