Drysdale Primary School

Pupil Free Day – Wednesday 2nd December

Our fourth and final pupil free day for 2020 will be held on Wednesday, 2nd December. This means that the school will be closed to students for the day. Our staff will be in school working on gaining a deeper understanding of developing children as writers.

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Drysdale Community Market

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Drysdale Community Market on Sunday. There was a lot of extra arrangements to be made to ensure that we complied with the agreed COVID Safe Plan.

Many thanks to Jac Absolom for taking this on and making it happen, negotiating last minute changes resulting from a dangerous tree branch and dealing with a myriad of enquiries about having a stall at the market. The market was very well supported by our local community. This is the school’s main fundraising effort to support our well-being program. It is a big effort but one that is made easier by lots of people from within our community each doing a bit.

I would also like to thank the parent and staff team who volunteered to be on site throughout the market: Kylie King, Leanne Sharples, Carissa Ainsworth, Madeleine Chapman, Steph Davey, Alycia Dimitrijevski, Danial King, Simone Winterburn and Lizzie Elliot. Alan Climpson, who looks after the school premises, helped re-mark the sites and put out the temporary signs around Drysdale and Clifton Springs.

I am particularly grateful to the Julie Penfold and Kev McCoughtry who help out from 6:45am with the set up as they do each month.

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Drysdale Community Market 

2021 In School Tutoring Program

All government schools have been briefed by DET about the small group tutoring program we will be running in 2021 for students whose education was particularly interrupted during remote learning. This is in addition to the plans we have already formed to enable all of our students to make the progress expected between December 2019 and December 2021.

In the first couple of weeks of December we will be reviewing all student’s learning this year and identifying children who will be offered additional tutor support. This will focus on the amount of progress made in 2020 compared to the expectation and may therefore include children who are working at higher levels but have missed out on elements of their learning this year.

Parents of students who can be included in this program will be contacted in the last couple of weeks of term. This tutoring program is a very significant commitment by the Department of Education and Training to support the learning of all young Victorians.

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Drysdale Primary School Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 8th December

All government schools hold an Annual General Meeting at which we present our annual report for the previous year. Normally these meetings are held in May but have been delayed by COVID restrictions. This year’s meeting will be at 6 pm on Tuesday December 8th.

Unless restrictions are eased, this will be held using the WebEx online meeting platform. Further information about joining the meeting will be provided to school families along with a copy of the Annual Report for 2019 shortly.

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Surf Junction 

The AP WrAp

Students have been working hard over the past week. Year 4 students were completing narratives that centred around ‘The Box’. They had to develop a story that involved a box and what could be in it. Some very creative minds developed spooky stories, funny stories and realistic stories.

Harley from Year 5 shared a narrative about a haunted house. He was very proud of the effort he put in to plan, draft, revise and publish his story. He used lots of descriptive language to describe what the characters were doing and what they looked like.

Next week Wednesday 25th November is the third Prep 2021 transition session. Families have been emailed the details for this. There is also another Information Night next Wednesday 25th November from 6:30 – 7pm. These details were included in the email also. We look forward to see our 2021 Prep families online again next week.

With the term fast coming to an end, the staff are busily planning end of year events for their classes. If you haven’t already, there will be information shared to families about these in the coming days. We can’t wait to celebrate the year with everyone. We are so proud of our students, staff and community in making through such a challenging year. Well done to everyone!!

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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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Book Fair – Tuesday 17th November until Friday 20th November

We have been fortunate enough to book a spot for a Scholastic Book Fair for 2020! We are extremely excited the books arrived Monday! Although the Book Fair will need to be COVID friendly, we are still so happy that our students get to experience this.

The Book Fair will begin Tuesday, 17th November and run through until Friday, November 20th.

Students will visit the fair as a class and create their own wish list! Students can then take this wish list home and families can purchase their texts online.

Parents/Carers, please record the 8 digit receipt number on the back of the Wish List and return this to school by Friday 20th November where students will then be given their purchased text at a specific time to avoid year levels crossing over. How easy is that!!

IMPORTANT: Students in classes 5DM, 4E and Prep E will be visiting the Book Fair on Friday, we ask that any wish lists from these classes please be returned no later than Monday morning as Scholastic are coming back to pick up the books on Monday during the day (we would hate to see anyone miss out on their orders)!

Last year we were able to access over $700 worth of new texts for our library thanks to your generosity! I wonder what this year will bring?

Book Fair

Book Fair Flyer and Payment Information

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Sustainability News

The Year 1 students had fun in the lunch time garden club last week rejuvenating our veggie garden. Lots of weeds were pulled out last week, they were very excited to find potatoes at the end of some of the weeds!

We are still collecting milk bottle lids for recycling. The tubs are filling quickly and we will need to deliver them to be recycled very soon. If you have some lids laying around home, please bring them in to the collection tubs outside the Year 3-4 rooms or near the Year 1 classrooms. Remember recycling these, goes to a great cause in making prosthetic limbs for children in need. Thanks for your support.

Please see read more for all the photos

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Book Club

Book Club Issue 8 is out online now. Please place your order via the link below.


All Book Club orders must now be made via the LOOP online by Thursday 26th November. We do not accept cash payments.

All orders will be distributed to students at school.

Please see more for the LOOP details

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Camp Australia Virtual Information Sessions – 2021 Booking Are Open

Camp Australia operates our before and after school program for students at DPS. If you would like more information about their program they have a virtual information session on Monday, 23rd November at 12:30pm. Please read more to view

VIC Flyer – Camp Australia Virtual info sessions

Bookings are now open for 2021
Families can prepare for the new school year as OSHC bookings for 2021 are now open. Registration is free for families interested in attending our care – and we recommend that all families register so that they can access care whenever they need it. You simply need to log in and register through our Parent Portal and start booking.

As we operate a childcare service governed by the Education and Care National Law and Regulations, we can only operate our services within Educator to child ratios and licensed space. So, we recommend families to book in advance to secure their children’s spot. This also helps gives us time to staff and support our service to meet the needs of the children in our care.


Camp Australia Parent Information Leaflet




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Camp Australia

We had a lot of fun during Creative Kids week. Alot of children worked on entires for the Big Art and Expression competition, which will close on this Wednesday. Good luck to all of the children who have entered.

We have noticed some things about the use of the car park (Stonehouse Place). Please remember that this is a one way street at all times, not just at pick up and drop of time. Just because there are few or no other cars around, and you are running late for work, or want to get home at the end of the day, you are not supposed to drive into the car park from the Bennett Street end, nor are you legally allowed to exit on the Collins street end. This is a serious safety matter, and a legal issue. Please also be mindful of the speed limit in the car park.

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Community News

Bellarine Peninsula Basketball

We are going to run an “intro to basketball” program for kids 5-10 years old starting on Saturday the 21st of November. The program is called Summer Hoops and it will run for 4 weeks (last session 12th of December). Very similar to Aussie Hoops and Slam Jam that we have been running, we just brand it differently this term.

See attached flyer



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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