Drysdale Primary School

Colour Run And Assembly – Postponed

We have decided to postpone the Colour Run. We will advise of the revised date once we have confirmed with our amazing team of volunteers.

As I am sure you are aware, there are lots of children off school this week with either Covid or gastro or both.

We think that it would be prudent to avoid whole school events this week to avoid as much transmission as we can.

For the same reason there will not be a whole school assembly this Friday.

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COVID Update

Gastro is a symptom of this strain of Covid. Please continue to use the Rapid Antigen Tests. It appears that some people return a negative test for a couple of days before the RAT becomes positive. Government guidelines about managing positive Covid cases has changed.

Please check with your health professional, the appropriate website or the school if you or your child has a positive test result and you are unsure of your next steps.

We are here to help you.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Class Teachers 2023

Our teaching teams for 2023 are as follows:

Prep: Lucy Croxford and Tara van Winkel
Juniors (Year 1/Year 2): Lizzie Elliot, Rachel Bright, Josh Burnie, Simon Keogh and Danielle Thompson/Trent Stephens.
Middles (Year 3/Year 4): Bec Hoyne, Alice Kuenzer, Kellie Thomas, new appointment
Seniors (Year 5/Year 6): Tash Irvine, Denise Dean / Jodie Robins, Olivia Martin, Lea Mendelson
Visual Arts: Bron Osborne / Melinda Henderson
Indonesian: Nikki Hyndman / Ingrid Orvis
Performing Arts: Trent Stephens
Physical Education: Shane Kennedy

I would like to welcome Alice, Jodie and Olivia to the DPS team. I would also like to welcome Ingrid Orvis back to the school after her parental leave.

I will let the community know as soon as we conclude the final appointment process for a fourth teacher in the middle years team.

Bridget Henry and Mitch Sinnott remain on staff but are taking a period of parental leave.

In addition to the teaching team Anthony Martino has been appointed as the school’s social worker. I would like to congratulate Anthony on completing his training and securing this position. He will work within our inclusion team, led by Kate Wojcik.

We are making some additional appointments to this team over the next few days.

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Whole School Transition

This year our whole school will be involved in 4 transition sessions to help prepare for the upcoming school year. We have always provided an effective and engaging transition program for new Prep students starting their school journey and this year we are extending this to include our current Prep to Year 5 students.

It is important to us as a school, that we support the needs of everyone and know that moving classes or year levels can be a daunting time for many. Involving the whole school in this program will hopefully alleviate some of the worries around the new school year.

The next session is on Tuesday 6th December, with the purpose to support the social and emotional needs of students as they transition into their next year of schooling. Students will visit their 2023 learning community and participate in friendship building activities, getting to know new people and staff and be involved in discussions about what to expect in their 2023 learning community.

They will be given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the things they’re looking forward to and may be worried about, in preparing them to Start Right in 2023.

Our current Year 6 students will be at DPS for the first 3 sessions, before they also attend their own transition to their 2023 secondary school on Tuesday December 13th. They will be supervised and working with some of our staff during these times, so are expected to attend school as normal.

If you have any queries about the transition process please email the school at ap.suport@drysdaleps.vic.edu.au

Transition dates and times:
Tuesday December 6th, 9.30am – 10.30am
Tuesday December 13th, 9.30am – 12pm – this will be the session students meet in their proposed 2023 classes and teachers.

Please see read more for photos

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Working Bee This Sunday 4th December

It is that time of year again when we need to focus on the school garden and hold our termly working bee. We have a lot of work to do to clean up the school veggie garden and get it ready for planting and to clean up around the library area, we therefore need as many families as possible to help and lead a hand with these jobs around our school environment.

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
What we need: Please bring along wheelbarrows, brooms, shoves, rakes, garden gloves, whipper snippers, hammers and nails,

On the day we will have many jobs for all ages and skill levels. Some of the jobs will include: pruning tress, whipper sniper edges, weeding and removal of garden waste, repairing and setting up new garden beds and emptying compost bins.

Please click on the link and fill in the details so that we can keep track of how many people to expect on the day and how many cold drinks we will need to supply.

Click on the link to express your attendance

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Election Day BBQ And Cake Stall

Thank you to everyone who donated a plate for the cake stall, they were very popular!

Thank you also to everyone that purchased a sausage or a drink on Saturday and supported our fundraiser sausage sizzle. We had very successful day and raised $2,355.52 for our school!

A HUGE thank you to Coles Drysdale and Bakers Delight Drysdale for their generous donations of sausages and bread.

A BIG shout out of thanks to our Parents and Friends Group and our wonderful volunteers: Rachel, Carissa, Jonah, Jac, Gary, Steph, Shane, Rhiannon, Patty, Melissa, Lindsey, Gus, Leanne, Ben, Julie, Alycia and Caiti. Without parents and carers volunteering their time for such fundraising events, we are unable to run these events which significantly assists our school and provides funds to improve the school environment for all students.

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2023 Booklist and Parent Payment Arrangements

The 2023 Booklist and Parent Payment Arrangements information for all year levels is now available for families. WINC are offering free delivery for all booklist orders placed on or before 20th December 2022.

Full details including how to order can be accessed as follows;
Sentral Parent Portal/App – under ‘Resources’ in the ‘2023 Booklist and Parent Payment Information’ folder.

Drysdale Primary School website under the ‘Enrolments & Parent Payments’ tab – 2023 Booklists & Parent Payment Arrangements


See attached 2023 WINC Booklists and 2023 Parent Payment Arrangements:

2023 WINC Booklist – Prep      

2023 Parent Payment Arrangements – Prep

2023 WINC Booklist – Junior Years

2023 Parent Payment Arrangements – Junior Years

2023 WINC Booklist – Middle Years

2023 Parent Payment Arrangements – Middle Years

2023 WINC Booklist – Senior Years

2023 Parent Payment Arrangements – Senior Years

Parent Payment Policy



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Book Fair

Well that was a success!!! Thanks so much to our school community who managed to help us gain $3,080 worth of new books for our library!!!

Scholastic Book Fair was a winner again with students also choosing some fabulous texts to take home and enjoy!

Thanks also to our staff who supported and ran the fair!

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School Magazine

Our school magazine has arrived!!! We will be sending them home with students this week to families who have ordered and paid for a magazine.

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Important Dates

We have a very busy last couple of weeks of term with a lot of incursions/excursions, please make sure you have actioned permissions and payments for your child/children via the Sentral Parent Portal/App.

Thursday 8th December

Year 1 Stay Late @ School 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Year 2 Sleepover 5:30pm

Monday 12th December

Whole School Colour Run starts at 1:00pm – (permission due by tomorrow, 7th December)

Tuesday 13th December

Whole School Transition Day

Wednesday 14th December 

Middle Years Walk and Picnic- (Permission and payment due before Friday, 9th December)
Prep End of Year Celebration Day – (Permission and payment due before Friday, 9th December)

Thursday 15th December

Final Assembly and End of Year Awards presentation starting at 9:15am
Year 5 Big Day Out – (Permission and payment due before Friday, 9th December)
Year 6 Graduation starting at 6pm

Friday 16th December

Year 6 Day on the Green – (Permission and payment due before Friday, 9th December)
End Of Term, school finishes at 3:30pm

Monday 19th December – Student Free Day – Curriculum Day

Tuesday 20th December – Student Free day – Professional Practice Day



All students commence back at school on Monday, 30th January 2023

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Student Medication

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

Please ensure they are returned on the first day of school 2023.

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 2023.

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 16th December via email so other arrangements can be made drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au 

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will be finishing on Monday December 12th this year. Please note that there will be no Breakfast Club on Friday 16th December.

Thank you for supporting our Club this year. We look forward to coming back again in 2023.

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Sustainability News

Wonder Soft Bread Bag Recycling Rewards.
We are so happy to announce that due to all the plastic bread bags our school community have collected, we were able to receive some free sports equipment for all our students to enjoy.

Well Done Drysdale Primary School and THANK You to everyone who helped out with this program.


Woolworths Junior Land Care Grant.
Earlier this year we were lucky to receive a monetary grant from Woolworths and Landcare to assist us in developing our school garden and environmental program.

We are pleased to announce we have used this money to purchase some worm farms. These have been set up in our garden by our Monday Gardening club students and we now can’t wait to watch them grow and help our soil to become more fertile and sustainable.

Please see read more for photos.

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Camp Australia

We have received instruction from Camp Australia’s upper management, which has been relayed from the Education Department, that we ask parents to commence signing their children in and out of care once again, rather than this being done by educators on their behalf. This was a Covid response put into place during the pandemic, and this is a promising sign of everything returning to normalcy.

We would like to remind everyone that sun smart hats should be brought to OSHC each day so that the children can go outside and enjoy the typically amazing weather we get this time of year at after school care. Even if your child is happier inside doing quiet activities, hats still need to be brought if we are doing a whole group activity outside, such as a picnic snack or group games. We understand that some teachers ask that school hats be left in classrooms, and suggest that maybe a spare hat, such as an old Kinder or Daycare hat, could be kept in bags for use at OSHC.



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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

President: Julie Penfold Vice President: Stephanie Davey
Treasurer: Seumas Spark Executive Officer: Glen Lauder
Secretary: Evan Wailes    
Members: Gary Absolom, Kate Lockhart, Miquel Trujillo Coll, Nic Alonso, Tara van Winckel, Rebecca Hoyne, Kate Wojcik
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email