Drysdale Primary School

Swimming Program

The swimming program that ran last week for the Juniors, Middles and Seniors was a resounding success. It was so great to be able to use our local Drysdale pool as it meant there was so much less interruption to the rest of our day. We were also able to extend our lessons from 30 to 45 minutes. This meant our kids were spending less time in a bus and more time either in the pool or back in the classroom.

We also felt proud of the fact that we were the first school to run a swimming program at the new pool!

The feedback from the pool was very positive. They really enjoyed teaching our students and loved the fact that so many had a great time. There were also many examples of children making huge progress in their swimming ability.

A big thank you to parents/carers for making sure their children were all organised and ready, it certainly adds a layer of complexity to out early morning routines. It was also wonderful to see so many parents pop in to watch a lesson or two, another advantage of swimming locally. Thank also to the staff for assisting the student to get to and from the pool on time.

Finally, a big thank you to Shane Kennedy for organising the program and making sure it went as smoothly as possible.

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2024 Privacy Policy & Collection Notice

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, which can be found on our website Drysdale Primary School Enrolments – Privacy Collection Notice.

Our Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy, DPS Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy (2024), describes how we collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn.

We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace for Education, please contact the school.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents.

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Drysdale Community Market 

Mobile Phones

A reminder that the Department of Education has in place a mobile phone ban that requires students who bring mobiles phones to school to have them switched off and securely put away during school hours at the school office, phones must be handed in as students arrive at school.

The ban applies equally to all government schools right across the state.

This helps ensure that school is a learning environment free from unnecessary distractions and disruptions.
By ensuring mobile phones are kept away, students can interact with each other face-to-face, without the distractions and social pressures that mobile phones can cause.
I ask for the support of all our families, staff, and students in continuing to support the implementation of this policy in our school.

Further information
Exceptions: For a small number of students with particular health needs, an exception to the policy may be granted. Please contact Glen Lauder if you would like to discuss this.
Emergencies: In the event of an emergency or if you need to immediately contact your child, I ask that families contact the school office who will pass on a message as required.
School mobile phone policy: A copy of our school’s local mobile phone policy, which implements the government’s mobile policy in line with our local context, is available here:

Parent support: The Mobile phones in schools webpage provides links to resources for families to help them balance their children’s time using mobile phones.
If you have further questions, please contact the administration office.

Glen Lauder


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2024 CSEF Applications

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is an annual payment of $150.00 per primary student that is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply.

A Special Consideration category also exists for:
• families on a bridging visa, temporary protection visa, are in community detention or are asylum seeker families – a letter from Australian Red Cross or similar welfare institution, visa grant notice or ImmiCards is required as evidence.
• students in temporary out of home care arrangements, including statutory kinship care – a letter of support from the institution facilitating the arrangement (for example Mackillop Family Services) or the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is required as evidence. Copies of court orders are not required.

Families can list more than one student in the one application form if they are attending the same school.

If you applied for CSEF at your child’s school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

You only need to complete an application form if any of the following changes have occurred:
• new student enrolments; your child has started or changed schools this year.
• changed family circumstances; such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing this year.

Application forms have been attached below but can also be accessed in the Resources tab of the DPS Sentral Parent Portal.

2024 CSEF-application-form

Once completed, the form needs to be returned to the school office. The final cut-off date for 2024 is the 24th June, but if you would like to be able to utilise the funds before then, it’s important to hand the form in as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding CSEF please contact us via email at Drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au or phone the office on 03 5251 2272.

Further information please see attached flyer.

2024 csef-financial-assistance-information-parents


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Tennis Success

Congratulations to Streicher, Maeve and Eliza who all represented Drysdale PS at the Connewarre District Tennis Championships in Ocean Grove last week. The feedback we received from the organisers was that all the players represented their schools so positively and the sportsmanship that was on display was fantastic.

Streicher and Eliza both ended up as champions after winning their respective finals. They will now be heading off to the Bellarine Division Tournament at Geelong College in early Term 2 where they will be competing against all the other district winners. We wish them both the best of luck.

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Kid Matter Assembly Next Week Friday 1st March

Our Kids Matter Assembly will be held next next – Friday 1st March.

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Values Awards

Congratulations to our Values Award recipients. Read more…

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TheirCare News

Please see read more for Theircare’s newsletter.

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Community News

Please see read more for community news from: Bellarine Sharks and Saints Hockey Club

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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