Drysdale Primary School

Public Holidays – Wednesday October 21st and Friday October 23rd

In the most unusual year I have ever experienced in school we have a week with two public holidays separated by a day in school. Tomorrow we are closed for the Geelong Cup holiday. Thursday we are in school enjoying our Book Week Dress Up Day and then the school is closed again on Friday.

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Pupil Free Day – December 2nd

Our fourth and final pupil free day of 2020 has been set for Wednesday December 2nd. During this day our staff will be working on deepening their understanding of how our children are developing their writing and the steps we need to take to improve our writing program further in 2021.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Prep 2021 Transitions Program

We are getting very excited! On Wednesday 28th October we will be welcoming our new Prep students who will be starting their schooling with us in 2021. Families will have received an email with times and information about drop off and pick up.

We are still accepting enrolments for 2021 and we have permission to extend our catchment to include any family living in Drysdale / Clifton Springs with a 3222 postcode. if you have not put in your enrolment or have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact the school via email at drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au

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



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Parent Opinion Survey

Each year the Department of Education & Training (DET) conducts a Parent Opinion Survey to give the parents of children attending government schools an opportunity to provide feedback to the school via a range of questions. Responses do not identify parents and are useful for us to identify areas of strength and areas for us to work on to provide an even better quality of education for your children.

Families should have received a link to the survey.

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Surf Junction 

School Photos

Following the recent announcement that school photos are now permitted, we are in discussion with our photographers Arthur Reed to book a date. We are hopeful that the most recent date we had booked, Friday October 30th, is still available. We will provide further information once this is confirmed.

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Drysdale Rotary Writing Competition

Many congratulations to our wonderful writers !  We recently entered the Drysdale Rotary Writing Competition for students in either year 5 or year 6.  Our students scooped three of the four awards which is an amazing performance.  Vianne, Tahlia, Lily, Mae, Will, Elijah and Owen were presented with their winners certificates by the Rotary Club, alongside our other entrants, in a unique and socially distanced ceremony either side of the school gate last Friday.

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Kids Matter Monday 26th October

Next week is our Kids Matter Day on Monday 26th October.  All students are invited to come to school in their house t shirts.  We are having a focus on our school value of integrity throughout the week.

The children will be doing some activities in class linked to this. The competition to design a mascot for each of our School Values goes to the next stage.  A short list of designs is being presented to the students for them to look at during the week.

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Book Week Celebration

We are looking forward to our Book Week celebration on Thursday. Ordinarily, we would have had families watching along with us as the students share their costumes. Unfortunately due to COVID government and DET protocols, this is unable to happen.

We were looking at a number of ‘Live’ options however in line with our Privacy Policy, this is not appropriate. We have devised a plan to have teachers taking some photographs and uploading these for families to view. Please look out for a link to our website and the ‘Book Week Gallery’ on Thursday afternoon.

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Drysdale Primary School is a SunSmart school. Even though many days have been cloudy, the UV rating remains high. This means that students need to protect themselves against the harmful effect of the strong Australian sun.

During this term students must wear their hat outside during recess, lunchtime and any sport activities. Please can they also bring their drink bottle especially on Phys Ed days.

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The AP WrAp

Adam, Eliza and Owen from DPS are bike riding to raise money for those less fortunate. Please see the links below if you would like to support in any way. What a fabulous way of demonstrating our value of ‘Acceptance!’

Adam is riding 21 kilometres for ‘Step Up Your Way’ for Down Syndrome Victoria.

Eliza is riding for ‘Tour de Kids’ for one of our students, Louisa Coleman.

Owen is riding for kids cancer medical research in the ‘Great Cycle Challenge.’

Students have been working well in class and getting back into routine. It has been great to see students working with teachers and class mates during learning time and sharing some great work with Nic and I as we visit classes. One Year 3 student shared a narrative they had begun and were very proud of. Jayden’s story was written neatly and built to the problem for the superheroes. We can’t wait to see how it ends.

We have had some visits to share some excellent learning from some writing lessons. In Year 4 Jai was able to construct a car and write about it, describing the type of car and using great punctuation. Izzy, Elena and Sawyer also shared some descriptive writing about Zog, that also focused on using connectives such as ‘because’ and ‘so’ to add further detail to their writing and develop compound sentences. This writing linked to the drawings of Zog and brainstorming of adjectives completed while reading the book with the class.

Veggie Garden
COVID has not been kind to our veggie garden this year. We have been unable to be in there and as a result it was very much like a forest! We have spent some time in there over the holidays and the past couple of weeks mowing, edging and weeding! Our Green Thumbs, Sustainability team and eager volunteers from the Alonso family have ‘found’ the garden beds and yesterday, Mrs Hoyne and Mrs Burgess worked with a small group of students, following COVID protocols, to complete more weeding and planting of some seedlings. Unfortunately, our Scarecrows have seen better days and really need a revamp!

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Thank You

We are so grateful to have had a large quantity of brand new Andy Griffiths texts donated to the school! We have divided these amongst year levels and all students will have access to these through our classroom libraries. Thanks so much to the Wolfenden Family for thinking of DPS!

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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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Year 5 Amazing Race

Last Wednesday, the Year 5 cohort participated in an ‘Amazing Race’ competition at school. The students were spilt up into seven different teams and had to compete to answer many maths questions and perform ‘road block’ activities in order to move to the next station.

It was fantastic to see the levels of teamwork, effort and enjoyment that was on display throughout. At the conclusion of the race, teams entered their responses from the maths questions. Every incorrect answer received a time penalty of 3 minutes. When their time was calculated along with the time penalties, we had a clear winner.

Congratulations to Green team on their victory. Team members were Tahlia D, Tahlia C, Maddie, Mya, Rebecca, Jas, BJ, Harvey and Nic.
Special thanks to Ms Thomas for the amazing organisation of the event.

The Year 5 team.

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House Cup Week 2

Firstly, we finished the soccer tournament with a carryover penalty shootout. It took a shot from every member of the house before the deadlock was finally broken with Sam scoring the winner to see Dan Dan Nook claim the House Soccer Shield over McLeod and 50 valuable points in the Cup.

Then, we moved onto Netball and we were blessed to play under beautiful sunshine on Friday afternoon. The preliminary rounds were just about finished and the finals will be played this afternoon.

Finally, we also had another Spelling competition with Cruz (Dan Dan Nook), Mayson (Bengalat) and Jude (Bengalat) taking out the top three.

Current standings as of Week 2 are:

McLeod – 235
Dan Dan Nook – 200
Davis – 130
Bengalat – 130

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School Magazine

It’s that time of the year where we need to finalize our school magazine orders! If you want to order a school magazine or confirm that you have ordered one, please email the school at drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au. The magazine costs $18, all orders need to be placed and paid for by end of October.

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Camp Australia

As many parents have now experienced and discovered, we have had to change our drop off and pick up procedures to be in line with Government regulations and Camp Australia’s Covid Safe Plan. Parents are no longer able to enter the OSHC building. We ask that when you arrive with your child you call the service on 0404 427 452. We will then get your child ready and bring them to the door with their bag.

Please be patient, as sometimes they have an activity to pack up before they can go. During the mornings we will meet you at the door, take your child’s temperature and then accept your child into care. During all of this we ask parents to wear their face mask, as the area outside the OSHC door is public property, and unless you fall into a category where masks are exempt, you are legally obligated to do so.

OSHC will be closed on Wednesday the 21st of October and Friday the 23rd of October due to the Geelong Cup public Holiday and the Grand Final Eve public holiday. This coincides with the days the school is closed. We will be open on Thursday the 22nd of October. While this makes the OSHC week rather short we still have lots of fun planned as we celebrate a combination of Footy/Sports week and Book week.

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Community News

Geelong Advertiser

The Geelong Advertiser is inviting families to be part of a special 2020 gallery of book week costumes for an online parade. Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

Book Week Geelong Advertiser

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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

President: Julie Penfold Vice President: Gary Absolom
Treasurer: Rachel Scott Executive Officer: Phil Dunlop-Moore
Secretary: Leanne Sharples    
Members: Stephanie Davey, Kate Lockhart, Miquel Trujillo Coll, Seumas Spark, Nic Alonso, Bridget Henry, Rebecca Hoyne
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email