Drysdale Primary School

Family Dance Night

Family Dance Night will be happening on Thursday March 4th at 5.00pm to 7.30pm. This is an evening for our school community to come to together to celebrate the start of the school year, make contact with new families and old friends while the children have fun dancing. We will be running the event slightly differently this year to respond to potential COVID restrictions.

This year the event will be held outdoors on the oval. We are inviting families to bring a rug (to support appropriate social distancing) and a picnic. Please note that there will not be any food available to buy at the event this year. As this is a primary school event, it must also be alcohol free. Moving the event to be fully outside with no inside alternative available, means that it is a weather dependent event.

It will be so amazing to have a whole school event again!

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2021 School Leaders

Our 2021 student leaders were presented with their badges last week. Unfortunately, this could not take place at the Assembly as planned, due to the announcement regarding the latest lockdown. However, we did manage to get an individual photo of each leader receiving their badge from Mr Dunlop-Moore. Click read more to view the gallery.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Welcome Daisy

We have welcomed Daisy Sprague to the staff.  Daisy will be teaching each class technology during term 1 as our fourth specialist program.  This program temporarily replaces LOTE (Indonesian) in 2021 while we evaluate the future of the LOTE program and our ability to recruit a suitable languages teacher.

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School Council Parent Representatives

Thank you to the four parents who have nominated for our School Council. I am delighted to congratulate them and announce that Kate Lockhart, Julie Penfold, Rachel Scott and Miquel Trujillo Coll will join the school council from March. Kate and Julie are returning members while Rachel and Miquel are new to council.

I would like to thank Chris Cawkwell for his efforts as Secretary of the School Council for the last couple of years. Chris has work commitments that prevent him from continuing.

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Surf Junction 

Drysdale Market

We held our monthly market on Sunday. This was a sell out again as it has been for this whole market season. This reflects the tireless work our coordinator Jac Absolom puts into making the market such a success. The market is our single largest fundraiser.

This season we are on course to raise close to $20,000 which goes to supporting the work of our well-being team. I would also like to thank Kevin McCoughtry and Julie Penfold who arrive around 6.30 a.m. on market days to help the stallholders find their site and to set out bins. At that time of the morning there are not too many people around to see these three parents voluntarily supporting the school’s market fundraiser each month. The school acknowledges their commitment and is very grateful to them.

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Lock Down

I would like to thank each and every one of our families for their amazing response to the sudden lock down last week. The school switched to off-site learning over the weekend and arranged on-site supervision for just a handful of children whose parents had to go to work as permitted workers.

Seeing the children come back to school on Thursday with such a positive attitudes told me so much about the support they received at home.

I would also like to thank the staff who did everything in their capabilities to make the transition into and out of lockdown so smooth for the children and our community.

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Week 5 already!!!!
Thanks to all of our families who again supported our students through lockdown 3.0!

As always, if you or your child requires any further support, please contact the school and one of us will be in touch with you.

Our 2021 Lunch Clubs are up and running supported by our staff who are volunteering some of their lunchtimes. These clubs will provide another focus for play and another layer of support and engagement for students. Students can choose to attend these and there are some great choices on offer! The content of these will alter as the year progresses and the weather changes!

The High Abilities program has also begun. A big thanks to Mrs Croxford for supporting this. Participants this week were learning about Egyptian and Chinese numerals.

Our Prep students and teachers have completed their Maths and English Online Interview assessments and the data is now being used to guide the teaching and learning for those students. Thanks to our families for bringing in students for their interviews.

Miley from Year 6 has been working hard on her Narrative writing titled ‘The Wolves.’ Miley has added in so many adjectives that when we listened to her read it, we felt like we were there! Well done Miley.

We have upcoming dates for Riding for the Disabled. This is a long term partnership between us and RDA and we will have 4 very excited students attending this valuable program in 2021!

DPS hosted the DET ‘Professional Learning Community’ training with some other schools from across the region attending. DPS implemented PLCs in 2018 and It is has been fabulous to revisit this model and see our teaching teams further target and guide teaching and learning collaboratively at DPS.

Lunchtime Club Activities Term 1

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award winners.

Please click read more for the details and a photo of the winners.

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Parents and Friends Group

We are excited to welcome back parent/carer classroom helpers in 2021! This will begin early in Term 2 with an information session to be held week 1 of Term 2.

Thanks so much to those parents/cares who have already put forward their names to volunteer within the school community. If you are interested in volunteering at school, please complete this Volunteers Form

One of our friendly coordinators will be in touch with you.

And don’t forget our  ‘Meet and ‘Greet.’ sessions this Thursday 25th. Come along and chat about how you can be involved in classroom helping and/or volunteering at events or on a weekly basis in an area of interest. E.g. Library, Garden

There will 2 sessions on Thursday February 25th.

Session 1: Ground Zero Cafe
9am-10:30am Feel free to arrive at any point within this timeframe.

Session 2: Outside DPS Prep Rooms- Picnic table area
7:00pm- 8:00pm

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Free eSafety Parent Online Seminar

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner and headspace Schools are delivering a free online webinar titled, “Supporting Adolescents to make positive, safe and responsible choices online”.

The session will include:

  • online trends for adolescents
  • ideas to start the chat
  • social media and the impact on mental health
  • managing screen time

The online world is something our children are becoming more and more dependant on every year. This would be a very valuable opportunity for parents to pick up some useful tips for negotiating this

ever-changing environment alongside their children.

Date: Tuesday 9th March 2021, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Click here to register

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Google Classroom

The Year 3-6 students have been introduced to Google Classroom in their ICT lessons over the last couple of weeks. This is the platform we will use across the school to manage our learning materials. The Year 6s trialled this last year and found it particularly successful in communicating with the class during Remote Learning.

One of the immediate benefits of this rollout is that the Learning @ Home has been posted to the Years 3-6 classroom pages. This means students can access their Learning @ Home (in the unlikely event that they forget to bring their copy home!).

The students’ Google accounts also opens up Google Drive and the Google Apps for Education (Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc). The use of these will be a focus of the ICT lessons over this term.

Students from Prep – Year 2 will also be activating their Google accounts in the coming weeks.

Links to each of the Classroom pages, which can only be viewed by members of that class, have been posted on the home page of our website in case students forget how to access it.

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District Tennis

We had five students represent the school at the Connewarre District Tennis Championships in Ocean Grove.

Click read more to read a report from Paige and Ava along with some photos from the day.

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Garden Club


We had another very successful Gardening Club last Thursday. Even though it was a very hot day we still had many keen green thumbs come out to help harvest, weed and water the garden. They did an amazing job and all received an ENJOYMENT token for their enthusiasm and the fun they had during lunchtime. We have had a great supply of tomatoes, silver beet, rosemary and some delicious strawberries. Don’t forget Gardening club is 1pm on Thursdays. The more help, the better it is going to look in the next few weeks.


We are now looking for donations for the Woolworth’s plants, herbs and veggies. If you shop at Woolworths and are not collecting the seedling we would love you to donate these to our garden club. Also if you are able to also donate a seeling tray, which are sold at Woolworths we could use this with our seedlings in their sprouting stage. Please bring these to Ms Hoyne or Mrs Burgess so we can start these growing and get them into our garden before the end of term.

Please read more to see all the photos of the garden

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A Focus on SWPBS

Our students love our lunchtime clubs!

There are so many clubs for our students to choose from. Some of our students chose to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club. They participated in ‘Lego Masters’ where they were asked to create a home using the lego provided. They worked in teams within a time limit and had to problem solve, create, assess, evaluate and provide a final model. The students then presented their models like a real life lego masters scenario. There was lots of cheering and applause for the presentation round.

Another much loved club is our Just Dance club. Students love the Just Dance videos on the big screen in the hall and it’s great to see many children from a variety of year levels participate. The most requested songs are ‘Wakka Wakka’ and ‘Power’. It’s a Thursday groove-a-thon!

There is so much variety for our students to choose from.

Please see read more to see photos

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Newspapers Needed

The art room is in need of newspaper donations. Please send any old newspapers from home in with your child to drop at the art room.

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Geelong Year 7 Information Evenings

Bellarine Secondary College

Bellarine Secondary College information night is on Thursday 11th March from 5pm.

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there.

Join us for Year 7 2022 Information Evening, Thursday 11th March 2021 from 5:00 PM.

Register soon as space is limited. We hope you’re able to join us!

Please click on the link below to book a time.


BSC Year 7 Info Night Flyer 2021


Please find attached a copy of the Information Evening nights for all Geelong & District Regional Government Secondary Schools.

Geelong 2022 Year 7 Information Evenings




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Camp Australia

Despite last week being impacted by the lockdown, we still had fun at Before and After school care at Drysdale Primary School. We made cute pandas to give to our friends and family, and we played lots of active games, like tennis, sprouts and octopussy. This week we are focusing on animals.

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Community News

Drysdale Soccer Club

Drysdale Soccer Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities to come and try. Check out the Drysdale Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.


Geelong Hockey Association

Geelong Hockey Association is offering boys and girls aged 5 to 10 the opportunity to have a go at hockey, through a Hookin2Hockey program.

Please see their flyer for more information

Geelong Hockey


Ocean Grove Calisthenics College

Have classes available for children aged from 3 to 14. Calisthenics has many health and development benefits.

In addition to being fun, calisthenics also enhances…
• Coordination
• Balance
• Strength
• Flexibility
• Confidence and;
• Focus!

Please see their attached flyer for more information.

Ocean Grove Calisthenics


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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