Drysdale Primary School

Potato Fair Friday 22nd March

The Potato Fair organisation is going ahead at full steam. We have a great team putting together all the activities and rides for a fun night for our community.

Keep an eye out on the socials and the newsletter for all the details.

This year we will have an electronic sign up for volunteers and we need as many as possible for the night to be a success.

Check out the article in the Bellarine Times.

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Drysdale Community Market – Thank You

I would like to formally recognise and thank Rhiannon Tanner for the amazing work she has done in organising, administering, and supervising our Community Market on Sunday’s for the past two years.

The market is the school’s largest and longest running fundraising event. Each year we are able to support the school’s well-being program with a fantastic donation of $20,000.

It is a very important community event both for the Drysdale PS community and for the broader Drysdale community and the effort that she has put into making it a success has been amazing.

Due to work and family commitments Rhiannon has stood down as the organiser. Thank you, Rhiannon, for all the work you have done.




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Drysdale Community Market 


Preparation work has already begun in Year 3 & 5 for this year’s NAPLAN testing which is held from March 13th – 25th. As always, it is a family decision to have your child participate in NAPLAN. If you have any concerns about your child participating, please see Mrs Irvine in Year 5 or Mrs Thomas in Year 3 (or myself or Kate Wojcik) for further advice and discussion.

There are protocols and forms to complete prior to NAPLAN, should a family withdraw their child.


Glen Lauder

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Parent Curriculum Contributions

A huge thank you to our families who have supported us with making voluntary Curriculum, Connewarre District Sports (Seniors Only), Grounds & Maintenance, Sentral and/or Wellbeing Contributions via WINC. Your support is greatly appreciated as these funds will be used to enhance the learning environment for your children.

If you didn’t pay voluntary contributions through WINC and would still like the opportunity, an option to make part or full payment for voluntary contributions will be available via the Sentral Parent Portal this week.

Curriculum Contributions (previously known as Essential Student Learning Items) – support items and activities that help deliver fundamental curriculum or subject learning e.g. General classroom materials and equipment. Further information regarding Parent Payments and Curriculum Contributions can be found at 2024 Parent Payment Information in the Resources Folder on Sentral and on our website 2024 Booklists & Parent Payment Information. Parents/Carers can choose the amount they would like to contribute. If you are unable or choose not to make financial contributions, your child will not be disadvantaged or denied access to the resources required to deliver the curriculum. We will continue to provide all students with instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian Curriculum.

Connewarre District Sports (Seniors Only) – supports our budding athletes with the provision of competitions at district, region and state level.

Grounds & Maintenance – assists the school with basic maintenance of our grounds and buildings.

Sentral – our subscription to Sentral allows us to communicate with families and also assists staff by providing essential administrative tools eg. attendance, activities, sick bay, reports.

Wellbeing – benefits all students during their primary school years in areas of inclusion, social interaction, general health and wellbeing.

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Noone Uniform Shop 

Potato Fair Sponsors

The Potato Fair is Drysdale Primary School’s major fundraiser and this year money raised will go towards improving our outdoor play spaces.


We would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to our Gold Sponsors who each very generously donated $2,500 to help with the event:

Everyday Energy


Souva Bar Drysdale 

Coastline Advice

STS Locating Services


We would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to our Bronze Sponsors who each generously donated $500:

Hayden Real Estate Ocean Grove

Drysdale Mowers

KG Lawyers



If you would like to be a silver ($1,000) or bronze ($500) sponsor for our event, please get in contact with the office and we can provide you with the information.

If you know of any food vendors or community groups who would like to be involved, please contact the Potato Fair Committee drysdalepspotatofair@gmail.com to be involved in this fabulous community event.

Have you followed us on social media? For Facebook, go to DPS POTATO FAIR 2024. On Instagram, go to drysdaleps_potatofair.

Stay tuned for more information!!!!


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Potato Fair Gold Sponsors 

Potato Fair Volunteers – Can You Help?

Our Potato Fair is a major school event and we need volunteers! This year we need your help more than ever.

If everyone can assist in at least ONE timeslot on the evening it would be appreciated.

This year we have split the activities into year levels so families will be able meet other families in their child/ren’s year level. When signing up please look for your year group. eg Junior Classes Volunteer – Animal Farm.

If you have children in different year groups feel free to sign up for both!!!

Please sign up by accessing the link below. It’s a great way to help and meet others in your school community! Look forward to seeing you there!

Potato Fair Events: Potato Fair Volunteer Sign Up

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Entertainment On The Night

We are very excited to have Lachy Cartledge performing again on the night.


Other entertainment on the night will include:

Sonic Boom Rock band

Total Martial Arts Academy

Family Dance Night


Families can sing and dance along to DJ Steve’s sounds.


Free entertainment that all the  families can join in!! Potato Sack Races, Potato Spoon races and a Colour Run.

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Cake Stall

We are holding a cake stall at the Potato Fair and would love some help from our school community by baking some yummy treats to be sold. Cake stall donation packs (plate, label, bag, tie and drop off instructions) are getting ready to be sent home with your child this week.

Please remember to use the label enclosed to write the name of the product and list the ingredients – anything without an ingredient label unfortunately cannot be sold.

Please note we do not have access to a fridge to keep things cold, therefore please avoid using fresh cream or anything which can spoil without refrigeration.

Baked goods MUST be dropped off on the day of the Potato Fair (Friday the 22nd of March) in the Haven from 8:30-9:15am (opposite the canteen) or at the cake stall from 2:30pm onwards near the Prep Building and get your plate recorded by a Parents and Friends Volunteer.

If your child has misplaced their donation pack or you wish to bake up some extra delicious goodies for our Cake Stall, there are extra plates available in the office.

Thank you for your ongoing support. See you at Potato Fair!

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Potato Fair Raffle

We will be sharing the link to the online raffle soon.

Some of the prizes are:

  • Ovens Valley Accommodation Services Bright – 2 nights accommodation for 2 people in a self-contained 1 bedroom unit
  • Body & Soul Wellbeing Co – $500.00
  • More prizes to be announced soon


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Junior School Council Potato Colouring Competition

All students are invited to take part in the Junior School Council colouring competition that started on Monday 26th February.

Junior School Council will pick a winner from Prep, Juniors, Middles and Seniors! We will announce the lucky winners at assembly on Friday 15th of March.

Good luck everybody! Happy colouring!

The lucky winners will receive $10 dollars worth of tickets to use on Potato Fair rides!!!!!!!

All students need to do is colour in as best as they can and submit the sheet to Mrs Dean in SD by Friday the 8th of March. Don’t forget to write your name and class on your colouring in sheet.

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Labour Day Public Holiday This Monday 11th March

Don’t forget that this weekend is a long weekend!!! With no school on this Monday 11th March for the Labour Day Public Holiday.


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Whole School Special Lunch Order Day Wednesday 20th March

A Whole School Special lunch order is available to all students on Wednesday 20th March. Order forms were sent home last week and are due back to the canteen this Friday 8th March.

Orders can be made online via flexischools.com.au or handed into the canteen no later then this Friday 8th March.

Please note that normal canteen items are NOT available on this day.

Please find a copy of the order form

Term 1 Whole School Lunch Order

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Value Awards

Congratulations to our Values Award recipients.

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Year 7 2025 Information Evenings

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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