Drysdale Primary School

School Values

This week we have added displays of our school values to the corridors and larger spaces around the school, such as the senior learning area and BER.  The RAISE – Resilience, Acceptance, Integrity, Success, Enjoyment – displays are a reminder of the importance of our values in everything we do and every decision we make.  Our values also link to our school-wide positive behaviour strategy and are a reminder of these expectations.

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Drysdale Youth Festival Mural Project

Over the last few weeks, a group of our Year 6 students have been creating murals as part of a community project linked to the City of Greater Geelong and the upcoming Drysdale Youth Festival. The City of Greater Geelong’s Youth Development Unit supported the project and supplied two artists to help the students design and produce the murals. The murals will be positioned on the outside walls of our Prep building. Five different designs were created by the students with four telling the story behind the name of each of our houses; Bengalat, Dan Dan Nook, Davis and McLeod and their link to our local Drysdale community.The fifth one contains our school motto and values. 

Bengalat is the name of the local Wadawurrung clan who lived in the area that is now Drysdale. Dan Dan Nook was a leading indigenous athlete who won multiple competitions in the state during the late 19th century. Henry Davis is one of the town’s ANZACs and recipient of a Victoria Cross and McLeod reflects the name of the Drysdale reserve that is now home to the monthly Drysdale Community Market as well as the football and netball clubs.

The mural will be presented to the school to mark the commencement of the Drysdale Youth Festival this Friday at 3:00pm. Any parents or community members who are at the school are welcome to come along and join in the fun!

I would like to thank Raelene Newton, Shane Kennedy, Tammy Burke and Anna Richardson for making this project happen so promptly.

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Year 3 Camp

Tomorrow our Year 3 students are heading off for their camp at Narmbool, near Ballarat.  This is the final camp for our 2019 camps program.  While they are on camp the children will be visiting Sovereign Hill and completing a range of fun and suitably challenging activities at the camp centre.  I would like to thank the staff and volunteers who are accompanying the children.


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Sick Bay

Yesterday our Administration Team participated in a Sentral professional development session. As a result of this training we will begin using more aspects of Sentral over the coming months, beginning with Sick Bay notifications. From this point forward we will be tracking sickbay visits via Sentral. Parents will be notified of non-urgent visits via email and the parent portal. If you have downloaded the Sentral Parents App on your phone you will also receive notifications on that. We will continue to phone parents regarding any serious injuries. If you require assistance accessing the parent portal, please contact the Administration team.

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Year 6 Canberra Camp

“Camp was very fun and we learnt a lot with many laughs along the way” Kayla

Year 6 just completed an educational tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australian history, culture, heritage and democracy. While in Canberra we visited Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the War Memorial, the National Film and Sound Archive, Questacon, and the Royal Australian Mint.

“Camp was great fun with our friends, especially ten-pin bowling, and we were taught a lot about Parliament and order.” Harry (aka Speaker of the House of Representatives)

At Parliament House, we were very fortunate to have Libby Coker MP, the member for Corangamite speak to us about what has been like to start her new job. Being so new to Parliament, Drysdale Primary was the first school from her electorate that she had addressed.

“We learnt a lot at camp and we answered a lot of our wonderings from Inquiry.” Maya (aka William Henshall, convicted forger and producer of the Holey Dollar)

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program.

Camp was so amazing. The drop slide at Questacon was really fun even though the first time I went down I hit my head.” Wallace (aka Neville Bonner, the first Aboriginal Australian to become a member of Parliament)

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Student Art Display at Drysdale Youth Festival

A number of our students have had their artwork selected for display at The Potato Shed as part of the upcoming Drysdale Youth Festival. Parents of those children are invited to attend the launch of the display at 5pm on Friday 29th November. Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will be on display;

Prep – Dakota, Sawyer, Tanisha and Tahlia
Year 1 – Evelyn, Xavier and Billie
Year 2 – Lily
Year 4 – Tahlia, Grace and Sommer
Year 5 – Grace, Mia, Alice and Kaylee
Year 6 – Lexi, Nathan, Delphi and Hollie

A number of our School of Rock students will also be performing on the main stage in Springdale car park on the same evening. Please come along to show them your support!

Other free Festival events include a Harry Potter movie screening, workshops in dance, printmaking and clay.

For more events and info please click on the links.





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High Voltage Rock School Concert

High Voltage Rock School participants will be holding their final live music concert for the year, in the school hall at lunchtime on Tuesday, 17th December (1:00 -1:50pm)

This will be a fantastic opportunity for individual students and bands to showcase their new skills to their parents, teachers and friends.  It’s a great opportunity for parents to celebrate their progress as individuals and as musicians.

All are welcome to attend.

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The following notes have gone home; 

  • Responsible Pet Ownership – forms overdue
  • Canteen Special Lunch Orders – due back Wednesday 28th November
  • Swimming Trials – forms are due back – Thursday 12th December
  • Prep End Of Year Activity – forms are due back – Thursday 12th December
  • Year 1 End of Year Activity – forms are due back – Thursday 12th December
  • Year 2 End of Year Activity – forms are due back – Thursday 12th December
  • Year 4 End of Year Activity – forms are due back – Thursday 12th December

The following events are coming up in the near future;

  • Prep – Responsible Pet Ownership – Thursday 28th November
  • Special Lunch Order Day – Tuesday 3rd December
  • Prep & Years 1-2 – Athletics Day – Tuesday 17th December
  • Years 3-5 (select students) Swimming Trials Carnival – Wednesday 18th December
  • Prep – End Of Year Activity – Thursday 19th December
  • Year 1 – End of Year Activity – Thursday 19th December
  • Year 2 – End of Year Activity – Thursday 19th December
  • Year 4 – End of Year Activity – Thursday 19th December

Have you noticed our new online calendar?

All events are also on our new Parent App Flexibuzz.

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Lost Property

Some important reminders to all parents regarding lost property;

  • Please label all clothing that comes to school! If items came labelled to school our mountain of lost property would be much more manageable. We often find brand new jumpers or pants that are in perfect condition, but with no name. Please label everything!
  • If your child doesn’t bring home an item of clothing, go to the lost property at the back of the hall and look for it
  • Any items that haven’t been claimed from lost property by Monday 16th December (last Monday of term) will be given to second hand uniform for sale

Also, please be advised that we currently have a couple of items of lost property that your child may be missing! We currently have a mobile phone and a fitbit which have been handed in, if you believe these belong to your child please send them to the Administration Office to describe the item and collect them.

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Camp Australia

Welcome to Week 8 at OSHC. Only 19 days to go until the school holidays. If you haven’t already, it is time to start thinking about your plans for your children for over the Summer school holidays. Bookings are now open for Camp Australia School Holiday programs for over the summer holidays. Holiday club is now being offered on the 23rd and 24th of December, before being closed between Christmas and New Years Day, re-opening on the 2nd of January, and running throughout January to the 24th. Copies of the program that will be on offer at our two closest Holiday Clubs, Ocean Grove Primary School and Geelong East Primary School, are now available on the Camp Australia School Holiday Club website, which is www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs. If these locations do not suit your family’s needs, then programs are also located at Fyans Park Primary School, Montpellier Primary School and Geelong Lutheran College.

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Community Notices

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Drysdale Primary School

School Council Members

President: Scott Pearson Vice President: Gary Absolom
Treasurer: Julie Penfold Executive Officer: Phil Dunlop-Moore
Secretary: Rachel Scott    
Members: Stephanie Davey, Sandra Jelowyi, Kylie King, Kate Lockhart, Ingrid Orvis, Leanne Sharples, Miquel Trujillo Coll, Amy Wright
School Councillors can be contacted via the school office or school email