Drysdale Primary School

End of Term

As we come to the end of a very unusual Term 3, I would like to thank every member of our amazing school community for their support during this period of remote learning.

It has been a huge challenge in many different ways. We are almost on the last lap with just the first week of next term to negotiate remotely before we can welcome the children back to face to face learning. Hard though it has been, the bigger picture is that as a community and a state we have reduced COVID infections to a manageable number.

Speaking to my relatives in both the UK and the USA where daily numbers are in the thousands and loss is commonplace, this is very significant. As a school we are working on plans for Term 4 and into 2021 to address elements of 2020 we have lost.

Normally this would be concert week which is one of the special highlights of the school year for so many students and adults. While we do not know what restrictions may still be in place in Term 4, Mr Stephens and the concert team are looking to find alternative ways of showcasing the children’s abilities especially for the Year 6 group.

A reminder that this Friday is our last day for Term 3 with school finishing for the day at 2:30pm.

We look forward to seeing all of the students again next term.

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Design A Mascot

The first week of Term 4 provides the perfect opportunity to hold our very first ‘design your own mascot competition’ as part of personal learning.

Using RAISE values and colours, students can design a mascot that may be made into a real costume for special occasions! Anyone can enter and the only guideline is the character must incorporate the RAISE colour they are representing e.g. Rodney the Resilience Raccoon must be yellow.

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Drysdale Community Market 

The AP WrAP

We have almost made it! The end of term is fast approaching and we are all very much in need of a recharge and refresh. We are so proud of everyone for how you have managed remote learning over the past six weeks. It certainly has been a different term again and everyone has done their best to cope in these challenging times.

We hope you can use the next two weeks to relax and hopefully start to get back to some normal activities with your families, especially as this spring weather is making being outdoors even more enjoyable.

Your wellbeing is important and Drummond Street have shared some information about upcoming events and sessions. Please find attached the Regional parenting Service programs for Term 4, 2020. Also attached is some information from Drummond Street Services.

Enjoy what the JSC are sharing this week with the special daily activities and have a fun last week of term! As always, if you have any concerns or need support please don’t hesitate to call us to talk.
Nic and Kate.

2020 Term 4 Regional Parenting Calendar (D20-339843)

Drummond Street – Term 4

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JSC Fun Week

To celebrate making it to the last week of Term 3, the Junior School Council have come up with four different themed days for the last four days of this week.

The idea is that each day gives an opportunity to do something a little different, share it with your online class (where possible) and have some fun. Click read more to view the details of each of the days.

We are happy to receive photos or short videos of students participating in any of the days. Simply email them through to drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au and we will feature a selection of them next term.

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Surf Junction 

Last Days for Premiers’ Reading Challenge

There are only a few days left until the 2020 Premiers’ Reading Challenge ends. Drysdale Primary School is encouraging all students to keep reading and recording their books for the challenge this year.

Please make sure you log all completed books by Friday night at the latest, so your books can be approved before the deadline on Saturday morning. Well done to those students who have already completed the challenge. There are many students who are very close to finishing as well.

Please see more for the link from there, you can log all of the books you have read. If you have forgotten your login details ask your classroom teacher for assistance and they will help you out.

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RUOK Day

Some of our Junior School Council put together a short video to promote RUOK Day on Thursday September 9. They asked  everyone to bring a touch of yellow to Remote Learning and had some tips on what to say after you ask RUOK?

Click read more to view the video.

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Camp Australia

And just like that term is over. We got there, although it does feel rather strange it being the last week of Term 3 and not having to worry about our relocation to another area of the school due to School Concert. We hope the entire Drysdale Primary School community has a happy, safe and relaxing school holiday period.

We look forward to seeing you next term as we slowly work towards “Covid Normal.” It’s hard to believe that it will be term 4 already. I know many parents won’t want to read this, but I have been reliably informed that there are only 100 days until Christmas…how fast has this year gone?

Are you working from home these holidays? Maybe you’re looking for something for the children to do while you have a piece and quiet? Maybe Holiday Club Online is for you. Camp Australia is working in partnership with StarTime Studios once again to bring families an extraordinary online holiday program that has an even greater focus on technology-based experiences. Some of the live and interactive workshops include Halloween SFX Makeup Tricks, Create and Animate, DJing and Music Producing and Minecraft Building Challenges (I know that last one in particular would interest many of the children at Drysdale Primary School).

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Community

There are a couple of wonderful opportunities coming up from Science Gallery and PrimeSci.

• Science Gallery – Science Gallery Melbourne have opened their applications for Sci Curious – their advisory group for young people aged 15 – 25 years old.
More information about what is involved is on the link here:
https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/news/sci-curious-callout-2020
Applications are due 5PM Friday 18 September

• PrimeSci – PrimeSci School Holiday online science workshops. PrimeSci is based at Swinburne Uni and offer a comprehensive range of high quality live-streamed hands-on workshops for primary school aged children.
For more information see the attached flyer.

Spring 2020 School Holiday Science Workshops[1]

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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