Drysdale Primary School

Staggered Return to School

We are very excited to have welcomed our Year 3 and 4 children back to school today as part of the staggered return arrangements.

This week, Year 3 and 4 are onsite today and tomorrow. Next week Year 3 and Year 4 are on site on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October.

This week and next week Year 5 and Year 6 are on site on Thursday and Friday’s.

The whole school is back on site from Tuesday October 26th.

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COVID Update – Masks for Students

From Monday 18th October students in Years 3 to 6 are required to wear a mask when they are inside the school buildings. Please make sure that your child’s mask is named. It is an obvious risk for one child to pick up and wear another child’s mask.

We encourage you to pack a spare, clean mask in a zip-lock bag in your child’s school bag in case the mask you send them to school in gets wet or dirty.

We anticipate that there will be some exemptions for a limited number of students. Once the detail of this information is available I will communicate this with our school community via Sentral.

As present, children under the age of 12 are the only part of our society who do not have access to a vaccine. The primary purpose of the mask is to protect the children. A secondary purpose is to help limit the spread of any infection by a child who is unknowingly positive.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Geelong Cup Public Holiday – Wednesday 20th October

Next Wednesday October 20th is a public holiday in Geelong for Geelong Cup Day. Drysdale Primary School will be closed.

Please note that we are open on Melbourne Cup Day because this is not a public holiday in Geelong.

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Curriculum Day – Monday 25th October

Drysdale Primary will be closed on Monday October 25th for our fourth and final Curriculum Day for 2021.

This has been brought forward from later in Term 4 partly because the school review to which it was going to be linked has been postponed to Term 1 and partly because all children in Years 3 to 6 will already be at home on the 25th.

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Surf Junction 

Drysdale Community Market This Sunday 17th October

The first market of the new season is happening this Sunday, October 17th. The market is held at the Drysdale Reserve next to the Football and Netball Club. It begins at 9am and runs through to 1pm. There are just under 100 stalls with a focus on home grown produce and home made items.

The market is run by the school. I wish to acknowledge the work of our market Co-Ordinator, Jac Absolom, and members of our School Council who help stallholders set up each month. The market is one of the school’s biggest fund raisers. All the money raised goes to support the school’s Well-Being and inclusion Program.

Please call in at the market on Sunday and help support this event.


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Bellarine & Surrounds Cleaning 


Welcome back to all our Year 3-4 and Year 5-6 students this week. While only with us for two days a week this week and next, it is so wonderful to see them back and filling the classrooms and school yard with smiles, laughter and learning. It has been a long few months for our Year 3-6 students and we are so close to a full time return. Thank you to our staff, students and families for your persistence and support during these lockdown periods. I am sure everyone is just as excited as we are to have classes back at school.

Prep – 2 have settled back into the routines of school so well this term. Everyone has been busy in class, working hard and achieving some great success. Kevin shared some wonderful handwriting, as he practised writing letters with ‘tails’. Ryder and Ella in Prep have been practising their counting skills and working on addition skills of numbers from 0–10. They discovered some answers were in the teens!! So much clever work happening in P-2 already this term.

Nicole is on leave for the next two weeks and Amy Wright is stepping into her place to as Acting Assistant Principal through this time. If you need any support please call or email the school and as always, one of us will be in touch.

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Scholastic Book Club

Book Club has arrived!

Booklets have been sent home with students in Prep to Year 2 last week.

Please click on the link to the online catalogue and place your orders by Wednesday 27th October.

Kids Club 7 – https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/6530/bc721final.pdf

All books will be delivered and handed out at school.


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Bendigo Bank 

School Magazine

It’s that time of the year where we need to finalize our school magazine orders! If you would like to order a school magazine please fill in the attached google order form (see below). Orders and payments need to be paid via BPAY by Friday 29th October. The magazine costs $20.

If you have already ordered a school magazine you do not need to fill in the order form. If you are unsure if you have ordered one please email the school at drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

School Magazine 2021 Order Form

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SunSmart Term 4 Reminder

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 make sure your child/children’s hats are clearly named.

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Bunnings Leopold Sausage Sizzle

Our BBQ at Bunnings Leopold is on this Saturday, October 16th between 8:30am-4:30pm.

We are in need of a few more volunteers between 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Please email the school if you can help drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au.  Partners are welcome but children under 18 are not permitted as per Bunnings protocols. It is a great opportunity to raise funds for our school!

Can’t volunteer? You can still come down and say hello and buy a sausage or two to support our school!

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Bogan Bingo – Saturday 6th November

Bogan Bingo is only four weeks away on Saturday 6th November. Bookings can be made via Try Booking using this link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BUBSV.

Bogan Bingo will be held in Senior Learning Space at school.

We will have a silent auction (or prizes up for grabs) running on the night, if you would like to donate an auction item or prize please contact Carissa at dpsparentsandfriendsgroup@gmail.com.  In return, we will advertise your business in upcoming newsletters.  So far the following local organisations have donated prizes: Dimos Mechanical Repairs, Van Loons Nursery, The Whiskery, Adventure Park and Lunar Lotus.

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Routleys Bakery Pie Drive

Thank you to all those who ordered from our recent pie drive fundraiser, we hope you enjoy your yummy goodies!  We appreciate everyone’s understanding with the date change and last-minute change with the order collection arrangements.

In such a difficult time with so much uncertainty and change impacting us all, we appreciate the support from our school community. Approximately $500.00 was raised towards the outdoor stage, a great result! We will share the final amount raised once the school has received the money from Routleys.

A huge thank you to Alycia for arranging the Pie Drive on behalf of the Parents and Friends Group and working through numerous challenges faced in and out of lockdown.

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Camp Australia

We hope that the entire Drysdale Primary School Community had a amazing first week back, whether it was face to face, or the continuation of remote learning. It has been a quiet week at OSHC, with the children enjoying our brand new games and books, as well as spending lots of time outside and enjoying the sunshine.

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Community News

Clifton Springs PreSchool

We have vacancies in our 3 Year old and 4 Year program.

Please see attached flyer

Clifton Springs Pre School

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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: Rachel Scott    
Members: Stephanie Davey, Sandra Jelowyi, Kylie King, Kate Lockhart, Ingrid Orvis, Leanne Sharples, Miquel Trujillo Coll, Amy Wright
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email