Drysdale Primary School

Happy Christmas

As this is the last Link for 2021, I would like to wish all members of the school community a very happy Christmas. It has undoubtedly been another very challenging year.

As a school we could not have managed without the amazing support of the parent community. Along with the staff we have worked together to keep our children safe and do as much as we can to advance both their learning and their well-being.

I hope that everyone enjoys some time over the summer break to take advantage of the many local activities available on the Bellarine.

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Year 6 Graduation

We are formally acknowledging the Year 6 children’s journey through Drysdale Primary School at their graduation ceremony tonight. A lot has happened over the last seven years.

This group of children have brought a lot to the school. We wish them every success as they continue their education at their secondary schools and look forward to hearing of their triumphs in the coming years.


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Drysdale Community Market 

Junior School Council Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported our Junior School Council fundraiser last week. We raised $400 which has been passed on to GAWS – The Geelong Animal Welfare Society.

Please see read more to see all the photos

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End of Term – Friday 17th 2.30pm

Our school year finishes this Friday at 2.30pm. Please note the early finish.

We would like to thank departing staff for their commitment to our students: Rose Gettel, Amy Wright, Rachel Everett, Nikki Hyndman, Hayley Keogh and Jess Wailes.

We are welcoming back to Drysdale Primary Andy Thornton, Tara van Winkel, Kellie Thomas and Bridget Henry. Hannah Alessi will be joining the teaching team in the Middle Grades (Year 3 and Year 4).

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Surf Junction 

Term 1 2022

Our new school year starts on Monday January 31st at 9 am for all students including our new Prep students. We look forward to seeing everyone back on that Monday.

The teachers officially start back on Friday January 28th where they will undertake professional development as a whole staff. No students will attend on this day. 

The school office will be closed this Friday and will reopen on Monday January 31st.

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Book List and Uniform

Please remember to order your stationery through Winc. Information about how to do this was sent home last week, it is also on the sentral app under 2022 Book list and Parent Payment Information folder.

Please remember that there is no delivery charge for orders placed before the end of this week.

Our new school uniform can be ordered through Noone and they are located at 162 Moorabool St, Geelong. Information about Noone, including the pricelist, can be found at the following link https://www.noone.com.au/school/drysdale-primary-school. Staff at Noone are more than happy to arrange an appointment for any parents/carers wanting to checking sizing.


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2021 End Of Year Reports

The children’s 2021 end of year reports will be released on, Thursday December 16th. The Education Department has mandated that reports are limited to assessment scores and a short summary of the curriculum taught. We have followed these requirements. The reports will be available through the Sentral parents’ Portal.

Just a reminder to the year 6 families to please download or print reports for your 6 student as your Sentral access will drop off early in January.

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BPay Payments – Important Changes

In 2022, as per directive from The Department of Education and Training, there will be major changes to the collection of payments from parents/carers.

Unfortunately this means we need to deactivate our BPAY facility. As of this Friday 17th December 2021 we will no longer be able to accept BPAY payments.

If you have automatic payments directed to the school through BPAY please CANCEL them before the 17th December 2021.

There will be further information regarding payments issued in the new school year.




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Drysdale Community Market – This Sunday 20th December

Who needs to finish your Christmas shopping? You are in luck our December Drysdale Market is happening this Sunday 20th December at the Drysdale Reserve from 9 a.m. We have around 100 stalls and are looking forward to bumper crowds just before Christmas.

Sunday’s forecast is looking good. Make sure you come early to grab your bargains before they are sold.



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After what was another challenging year, we can’t thank our school community enough for the support and dedication you have given to our school! We have achieved so much as a whole community throughout 2021 and it was a fitting way to end the year last Friday night with our school community coming together for our End of Year Concert.

Mr Stephens and all the students did such an amazing job pulling together some singing and dancing. There were also some wonderful outfits so we thank you for supporting our students in participating! The rock bands, supported by Tim from Sonic Boom, were a great way to finish the night!

Breakfast Club was a great addition to our school this year and a big success. Staff volunteered their time on Monday and Friday mornings to welcome students to school with a smile, a toasted cheese sandwich and some fruit or yoghurt. We are very grateful to local businesses for their support over the second half of the year and look forward to bringing Breakfast Club back early in 2022. We will let families and students know when the start date will be when school returns. We also hope to have volunteers back onsite and Breakfast Club will be one way parents or carers may like to support our school, so stay tuned for more details next year.

Please note Breakfast Club will NOT be open this Friday 17th December.

Last week we had our whole school transition. It was great to see students and staff eager to meet each other and get to know their 2022 classes for next year. Kinder students that are starting Prep next year also came for the day and enjoyed meeting their Year 5/6 buddies and going for a big tour of the school. We look forward to getting stuck into the learning with the new classes in 2022.

A lot of work has been completed this year around consistent curriculum documents and we could not have done this without the support of our amazing staff! Some of who are moving on in 2022 and we wish them all the best.

Have a safe and happy break and we can’t wait to see you in 2022 for what I am sure will be a year that brings new opportunities and possibly some challenges but together as a school community we have proven we can make it through.

Merry Christmas!

Nic and Kate

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Year 6 End of Year Arrangements

The Year 6s are very excited about the final couple of weeks of their time at Drysdale Primary School. We have a number of events organised to help them celebrate.

At all school events all adults attending must show evidence of double vaccination status or an approved medical exemption.

Graduation night is being held on Tuesday 14th December from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the school hall. This event will see the Year 6 awards being announced and presented.

There is an informal gathering following this event at the Clifton Springs Golf Club that is being organised by some Year 6 parents. The venue has wood oven pizzas that families can order via the app, or you are welcome to order from the general menu. As this is not a school event, parents will be responsible for supervision of their own children. Note – all children 12 yrs and 2mths must be double vaccinated to enter the premises. This is not a school organised event.

The final assembly is being held on Thursday 16th December at 1:50pm. The Year 6s will be farewelled by the school at this event and double vaccinated parents are welcome to attend.

The final day of school Friday 17th December for Year 6 is a celebration that we are calling a Day on the Green. This will see students coming in casual dress to allow them to get the Year 6 shirts signed by the students and staff (BYO texta). The Parent & Friends Group are supplying a BBQ lunch and can of drink to help them all celebrate. We are also organising an inflatable waterslide for the students to enjoy. This will mean they will need to bring a SunSmart clothing option that they can get wet in, a towel, a hat and sunscreen.

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Student Medication

On the last day of term, we will be sending home all asthma ventolin and spacers with students. Please ensure over the holidays they are cleaned and the expiry dates checked.

Please ensure they are returned on the first day of school 2022.

If their Asthma Plan is due for a review by your doctor we will need to receive a copy of this on the first day of school in 2022.

We ask families of students with an EpiPen to contact the school to arrange collection.

Please advise the school if your child will be away on Friday via email so other arrangements can be made drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au 

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award winners.

Please click read more for the details of the winners.

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Canteen News

The Canteen will be open as usual for the rest of the week.

We are running down stock so as things sell out they won’t be replaced. Sold out items will be deleted from the online system or if ordered via the brown paper bag, your child will be offered alternatives.

Wishing all our students and families a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Kylie and Andrea

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Parents and Friends Group

The P&FG would like to say a heartfelt thankyou to all the parents, carers, grandparents and families for your ideas, support and volunteered time this year. As a group we really want to express our thanks, whether you volunteered for ten minutes, an hour or a day, every bit counts and certainly helped in running fundraising events this year.

As a community we have raised substantial funds to go towards building the outdoor stage. We look forward to planning and seeking support again in 2022.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season from all at P&FG!

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Stuck On You Fundraiser

With the students returning back on site it is a timely reminder to label your child’s belongings. We have teamed up with ‘Stuck On You’ to help your child’s items stay away from lost property!
‘Stuck On You’ is a local Breakwater business that provide personalised labels and items. ‘Stuck On You’ has a large range of products including Bento Boxes, School Bags, Drink Bottles, Labels, Gifts, and so much more.

For every purchase made a rebate of 20% goes towards the outdoor stage! Check out our unique fundraising at https://www.stuckonyou.com.au/affiliate/fundraiser/DRYSDALEPRIMARY
Or visit ‘Stuck On You’ https://www.stuckonyou.com.au/ enter our fundraising code DrysdalePrimary at the checkout.


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Camp Australia – Holiday Program At Drysdale

Please note we are running a holiday program these school holidays. Please see attached flyer with dates and information about the activities.

Camp Australia Holiday Program

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Camp Australia

The entire Team at Camp Australia Drysdale Primary School OSHC would like to wish the Drysdale Primary School community a very Happy Christmas, and a relaxing, safe and enjoyable summer holiday period. We hope to see some of you at our School Holiday Program, and if not, we will see you in term 1 2022

A special thank you and farewell to our departing Grade 6 students, especially Isabella and Jasmine. Your leadership, kindness, and helpfulness within the program has been greatly appreciated, and you will be greatly missed by everyone.

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Community News

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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