Drysdale Primary School

School Performance Reports

Each year around this time schools receive a range of data sets to help identify strengths and areas for further development. There were some very pleasing highlights in ours that reflect our strong performance in a broad range of indicators i.e. both academic and social.

• 87% of parents were positive about what Drysdale Primary offers their children – higher than the percentage for parents in all schools in Victoria.
• The percentages of our students reaching the top two levels for Reading in NAPLAN in both Year 3 and Year 5 were above the percentages for similar schools.
• The improvement made by our children between Year 3 and Year 5 in NAPLAN in Reading and Maths was much greater than the results for students in similar schools.
• Our students identified our high expectations for success, our inclusive practices and our effective management of behaviour as our strengths – all well above results for all schools in Victoria.

This is a fantastic reflection of the commitment of children, staff and families to ensuring that Drysdale Primary is a great place for primary education.

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Enrolments For Prep 2023

It is wonderful to be able to offer school tours to families whose children will be starting school in Prep next January. We are offering places to all children who live in the 3222 postcode.

Depending on numbers we may also be able to offer places to families who live outside this area. Families interested in booking a tour can arrange this through the school office, 52512272.

Enrolment forms and information are also available on the school’s website.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Marketing and PR

Within our school community we are very grateful for the expertise in a wide range of fields from landscaping to law and finance.

I was wondering if there was anyone in our community with a background in marketing and/or PR who might be willing to spare a few hours to offer some advice as we head into our new review cycle.

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School Uniform

With the arrival of our new school uniform and the arrival of colder weather, please can I remind everyone that only our school jumper is part of our school uniform. The old Hawks jumpers are no longer allowed. Neither are tops or jumpers in other colours. Students wearing these tops will be asked to take them off.

I understand that it is uneconomic for parents of students in the oldest year groups to buy a new jumper that will last a very limited time before Secondary School transitions.

For these students I am quite happy to arrange a free swap of one Hawks jumpers for a school sweatshirt while we have stocks in our second-hand uniform shop.

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Surf Junction 

School Assembly

Last Friday we held our first whole school assembly. It was so good to see everyone together, even though we were a little more spaced out than usual.

Depending on how COVID case numbers in Victoria go over the next couple of weeks, we hope to be able to welcome families back to assembly on Friday 3rd June.

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How To Order School Photos

Annual school photos were taken by Arthur Reed last week.

To view the images of your child and order photos, you will need to first register online.

1. Go to https://order.arphotos.com.au and enter the 2022 image code for your child (from their personalized flyer)

2. Tap on ‘Add another child’ to enter the image codes of any siblings

3. Fill in your email and mobile details and then review all details before confirming your registration

That’s it! When 2022 photos are ready, you will be notified by email and SMS.

Even if you registered last year, it’s important that you do it again each year using your child’s new image code to link their photos for the current year with your contact details.

To ensure you are ordering school photos for the current year, please wait for notifications that 2022 images are online before placing orders.

In the web shop you can view photos and customize your photo package; Choose ANY layout, ANY image and purchase multiple digital image downloads.

All photo orders will be sent directly to the address you provide when ordering.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW to be notified when 2022 school photos can be viewed and ordered.

POST photo day-ONLINE LINK 2022

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Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s and last Principal award winners.

Please click on read more for all the details

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Dogs On School Grounds

Please can I remind everyone that families are not to bring their dogs into the school grounds. If you bring your dog to school at the beginning or end of school, they must remain outside the school grounds.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Scholastic Book Fair – Tuesday 17th -20th May 3.30pm-4.15pm

It is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Dive into reading’ NEXT WEEK when the Scholastic Book Fair is on again!

This will be held in the BER building sand pit end from Tuesday 17th-20th May 3:30pm-4:15pm.

We would love some families to support the running so if you can help please email drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au Att: Nic Alonso. We will need one adult per afternoon to support.

Students will again visit the fair and be provided with a ‘wish list’ this week which they will bring home and share with families.

Previously the fair has enabled us to access so many new and exciting texts for our library so please come along if you can!

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Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall – Saturday 21st May

On Election Day Saturday 21st May polling will be taking place in our school hall. The Parent Fundraising Group will be holding an Election Day BBQ and cake stall. We are seeking contributions from families either by volunteering for the BBQ, and/or donating baked goods for the cake stall.

The cake stall has always been very popular and sells out quickly! Plates and instructions will be issued to students this week.

We are seeking family volunteers from all year levels to assist on the day, there are still 12 spots to fill.

Please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/ypGjCRp

Money raised will go towards the outdoor stage. Without parents and carers volunteering their time for such fundraising events, we are unable to run these events which significantly assist our school and provide funds to improve the school environment for all students.

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Breakfast Club

We are back for Term 2 and it has been busy. It is lovely to see so many students arriving for a toastie before heading to class and getting ready for their day of learning.

Thank you to all the families that supported us in Term 1 with some very kind donations. If you would like to support us during Term 2 we are always in need of brown paper bags, disposable spoons and strawberry/raspberry jam or vegemite.

We also use margarine each day for our toast and sandwiches so if you would like to donate in support of the Breakfast Club, any of those items are used in great quantity each week and are very much needed and appreciated. There is a tub in the foyer of the school office that you can drop your donations to at any time.

Later this term we are hoping to have some of our Year 6 leaders from Kids Matter joining us to help with serving their peers. Letters will be shared to these families in the coming weeks about how their children may be able to get involved to support Breakfast Club this year.

It has been a great addition to our school and we are so grateful to the local businesses and our families that are so generously donating food and other items for it to run twice a week.

Kate and Kendra – Breakfast Club coordinators.


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Walk Safely To School Day Friday 20th May 2022

It’s that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking!

Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t
realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.

You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
• Walking with them the whole way to school
• If they get the bus or train, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
• If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.

Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes. It also gives you a great
opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.

Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday 20 May 2022!

For more information, visit www.walk.com.au



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Superwoman Stall – Thank You

The Parent’s and Friends Group hope that all the Superwomen had a lovely day on Sunday.

Thank you to our Parents and Friends Group for organising the event! 376 gifts were sold over the two days, a BIG thank you to Alycia, Steph, Caroline, Rhiannon, Gabby, Caitrin, Carissa and Jac for running the stall and assisting the students in picking the perfect gift!

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Drysdale School Community Market This Sunday 15th May

The school’s market is taking place this Sunday 15th May at the Drysdale Reserve. It starts at 9 am and runs through to 1 pm.

There will be approximately 100 stalls with a focus on products that are home made or home grown.

This is one of the school’s major fundraising efforts. The money raised supports the school’s Inclusion and Well-Being program. The market is organized by our coordinator, Jac Absolom, with the support of School Council members.

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Camp Australia

Wow, it has been a very busy week at Before and After School care, with the trend set to continue. Our numbers have exploded, which has been amazing to witness. One afternoon last week we had a whopping 46 children attend, which is a number we have not reached since early 2014. We strongly advise that parents make bookings as far in advance as possible to ensure you secure a spot, as we are often reaching our capacity of spaces.

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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