Drysdale Primary School

Athletics Day

Thank you to everyone who came along yesterday to support the children during our school athletics day. It was wonderful to see the school community coming together to enjoy the sports.

With the day happening onsite, we were able to include all the children from Prep through to Year 6. I witnessed lots of great examples of good sporting behaviour with children encouraging each other, stopping to check on friends, and looking after each other.

It was very special to have the event official opened by The Queen who was looking very spritely after her long trip from Buckingham Palace.

I would like to thank Mitch Sinnott for organising the day, Adam Shawcross and his team for preparing the oval and repairing the long jump pit, the staff and volunteers for supervising each event, timing and record keeping.

Most of all I would like to thank the students for giving their best efforts and having fun.

Please see read more for some photos, there will be more in the next Link

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Mrs Garbutt

I am delighted to inform you that Bridget Garbutt and husband Josh are expecting their first child in mid January. I would like to extend the congratulations of the school community to them.

Bridget will begin her family leave in mid November.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Uniform Shop Onsite

Noone, our official uniform supplier, is busy converting part of the relocatable classroom into an onsite uniform shop which will open in the next couple of weeks.

Parents will be able to buy our new uniform, check sizes and collect orders without the need to go into Geelong.

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Second Hand Uniform

Our second-hand uniform shop will still operate from its current location in the other side of the relocatable on Tuesday mornings from 8.45am to 9.15am and again on Friday afternoons from 3.15pm to 3.45 pm.

There is a range of donated second hand uniform as well as a more limited range of new uniform in the old design.

New items in the old design are being sold at greatly reduced prices:
• short sleeve polo tops with school logo in various sizes $18 each
• long sleeve polo tops with school logo (limited range) $20
• winter jackets – three different designs to choose from $25

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Surf Junction 

Respectful Relationships And SWPBS

​​Respectful Relationships is an initiative from DET to support schools and early childhood education settings promote and model respect and equality. It also supports our staff in teaching our students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Throughout 2022 our students have been learning more about respectful relationships in line with our Personal Learning curriculum.

Each term classes focus on 2 areas of the RR curriculum, led by their teachers to investigate, discuss and build their understanding of themselves and those around them. The sessions link very strongly to our school values and further enhance our work in improving the social and emotional development of all of our students.

This term each year level is focused on the area of HELP SEEKING. Learning activities in this topic area are designed to help students discuss the importance of seeking help and providing peer support when dealing with problems that are too big to solve alone. This helps to normalise and destigmatise help-seeking behaviour. Scenario-based activities help students identify situations in which help should be sought, identify trusted sources of help, and practice seeking help from peers and adults.

Stay tuned at our Kids Matter assemblies, as well as the Link, this term to learn more about what students have been doing in Personal Learning this term.


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Parent Volunteer Online Session – Monday 15th August At 11.00am

There will be a repeat of the DPS Families Volunteer Session, ONLINE on Monday 15th August at 11am.

Please use the below Webex link to access the session and enter the required password. If you attended the face to face session, you do not need to attend the repeat.

Webex Link

Meeting Number: 2654 717 4800 (This may not be required)

Password: volunteers2022

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Prep 100 Days Of School Celebration

The Prep children are celebrating 100 days of school this Thursday 11th August. This is a massive milestone, the Preps will spend the day celebrating.

The Prep children can wear bright clothes to school instead of their uniform.

At the end of the day we will have a parade for Prep families and a certificate presentation for the children in the hall. Please arrive at 3pm ready for the parade.

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to our Principal Award winners.

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club began for DPS on August 20, 2021. Our 1 year anniversary is coming up soon! We know this has been a great addition to our school, serving close to half the school students each Monday and Friday morning. It has been great to see students coming to school ready to learn and ensuring they have had some food to kick start their day.

Each morning we make over 130 cheese toasties and another 40 or more vegemite or jam toasties, so we are super busy and we like it! Feed Me Bellarine have been great at supplying us with seasonal fruit and sometimes yoghurts as well, for those that just need a little snack.

We just want to say a huge thank you to the families that have so kindly donated items for Breakfast Club over the past couple of weeks. It is so wonderful to have your support and we can’t thank you enough for all the vegemite, jam, margarine and paper bags you have dropped off to Breakfast Club or the school office. It goes a long way to keeping our program running.

Donations are welcome any time, so if you would like to support us we are always in need of strawberry jam, paper bags and margarine. Our vegemite supply is strong so we do not need any at this time.

Thank you again, Kate, Kendra and Kylie.


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Book Week Monday 20th to Friday 26th August

Book Week 2022 runs from August 20th until August 26th.

Our school dress up day and parade will be held on Monday August 22nd at 9:15am in the school hall. Students are invited to dress as a favorite character form a book.

All Families are welcome!

The Book Week 2022 theme “Dreaming With Eyes Open” acknowledges Australia’s First Nations People and their rich story based culture.

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Rolling Pin Pie Drive

Reminder that orders close on Thursday 18th August, with delivery to DPS on Thursday 1st September for pick up between 3:00pm to 4:00pm outside the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

To order simply complete the order form along with payment in a sealed envelope marked “Pie Drive” or complete your order form and pay by EFTpos via the Administration office.

Items will be baked fresh and can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer.

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Superman Stall Thursday 1st September

The Parents and Friends Group are busily preparing a variety of gifts for the Superman Stall, to be held on Thursday 1st September.

More information to follow in the next edition of The Link.


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Camp Australia

Many of the children have enjoyed celebrating the Commonwealth Games at OSHC this past week. A big thank you goes to Angus for all his help organising and running activities and events, sharing his passion and spreading enthusiasm for each event.

If you haven’t already, it is time to start thinking about your plans for your children for over the approaching school holidays. Bookings are now open for Camp Australia School Holiday Rocketeers programs, including Drysdale Primary School’s own Rocketeers program. Copies of the program that will be on offer are now available on the Camp Australia School Holiday Club website, which is www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs, as well as the option to make bookings.

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Community News

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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

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