Drysdale Primary School

End Of Term – Thursday 1st April Early Finish 2.30pm

Term 1 finishes on Thursday of this week at 2.30pm. It has been so good to have school operating close to normality. We are still waiting for the final restrictions of allowing visitors to attend large internal gatherings such as assembly, but having parents back on site and able to speak with staff face to face has been wonderful.

The children have jumped right into their learning and made great progress. Our tutor program has supported just under half of the students who are eligible for support. We are looking to include others over the remainder of the year.

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday!!

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Term 2 – Monday 19th April

Term 2 starts at 9am on Monday April 19th. There is a lot already planned for this term including a Book Fair, NAPLAN and various excursions.


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Drysdale Community Market 

Pupil Free Day – Revised Day

The presenter for our pupil free day that was planned for April 23rd has let us know that he is no longer available on this day.

The pupil free day has been rearranged for Wednesday June 2nd when he is available.

I am very sorry to disrupt plans and sincerely hope that there is sufficient notice for you to make alternative arrangements for your children on this day.

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Congratulations Ms Daffy

On behalf of the school community I would like to offer Tash Daffy our warmest wishes for her wedding to fiancée Georgia during the holiday. Tash will return to school in term 2 renamed as Mrs Irvine.

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Second Hand Uniform Shop 

Ms Sprague

Daisy Sprague who has been teaching technology for the majority of this term will be finishing at Drysdale at the end of this term. She is taking on other opportunities and moving into Melbourne. I would like to thank her for taking on the technology role in term 1 and showing great commitment to teaching our students.

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Surf Junction 

Drysdale Market Sign

Thank you to our local community and Matt in particular for finding our market sign which took an unexpected holiday just before our last market. It was found close to Lake Lorne and returned to us by Matt last week. Our next market is on Sunday April 18th just before term restarts.

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Camp Information

Information about our camp programs for children in years 3, 4 and 5 was sent home at the end of last week. They were also emailed and are on the parent portal. Please read this carefully and take note of the deadlines.

Please note that these deadlines will be enforced because of the cancellation policies of the camp providers. We cannot include children in the camp group who have not returned both the permission form and paid the deposit by the due date. Families who wish to discuss alternative payment options should contact the school office as soon as possible.

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Ad Name 

Principal Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Principal Award winners.

Please click read more for the details and a photo of the winners.

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The AP WrAp

And that’s a WrAp!

Thanks so much for all of your learning, support and engagement through what has been a very busy term 1!

Yesterday Mrs Alonso attended the Year 2 excursion on the Bellarine Railway and wow did we have fun! Linking learning to the inquiry big idea and spending time exploring Queenscliff!

Don’t forget it is Slime Spectacular tomorrow! We can’t wait to have some much needed fun while raising funds for our school community!

Have a happy and safe Easter holidays and we will see you all back for term 2!

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Slime Spectacular – Final Update

Tomorrow is the big day … it is our Slime Spectacular!

We have spectacular weather on order and everything is all set for a memorable day.

Remember to dress your children in a white t-shirt (black/dark if they don’t want to get slimed) that will get very, very dirty. It sounds like K-Mart and Target are a good source of cheap t-shirts. The remainder of the outfit should be casual clothes that don’t matter if they get slimed. Think old shoes, old shorts, etc. You can also add some colour to your outfit to go with the theme.

Note – Participating students will be provided with sunglasses to reduce the risk of slime getting in their eyes.

Last Minute Fundraising Update

We are getting very close to our fundraising target, thanks to some tremendous efforts from our students. The fundraising closes tomorrow, so tonight is your last chance to raise some funds.

Once you have finalised your fundraising, students can then order their choice of prize that they have qualified for through their profile page on myprofilepage.com.au. These prizes will arrive early next term.

There will still be headbands for sale tomorrow (gold coin donation), as well as the Guess the Easter Egg Competition (50c a guess).

We will also be selling our remaining tickets to the Slime the Principal and Slime the Teacher/Volunteer Run tomorrow morning. These cost $10 each and will be such a fun way to finish the afternoon.


We are so excited and thankful that we have volunteers for our first major event of 2021!

Important – All volunteers must have a current Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) to be able to volunteer. Hopefully by now, you have provided the office with either a copy of your WWCC or the confirmation email stating it has been approved.

Remember to dress in bright colours and be prepared to get very messy. A towel or change of shoes may be a good idea.

Group 1 (12:45 start) – Please meet at the First Aid tent at 12:30pm for a quick briefing.
Group 2 (1:45 start) – Please meet at the First Aid tent at 1:30pm.

Running Order

Lunch will be held earlier tomorrow (12:30pm) and the Canteen will be operating as normal. The first Slime Runners will take off at 1pm.

Parent spectators asked to scan the QR codes that will be located at the entrance to the oval.

The running order for the day will be:

Year 6
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Prep (and Year 6 Buddies)
Staff and Volunteers

Students will not return to their classes after lunch and will be dismissed from the oval.

Happy Sliming!

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Victorian Premiers’ Challenge

Don’t forget the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Drysdale Primary School is excited to be participating. The application being used this year offers a range of exciting features including:

• access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
• a modern user-friendly interface
• rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
• the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 18 September 2021.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books (including 20 or more from the booklist) with their parents. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 are challenged to read 15 books (including 10 or more from the booklist).

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

How to log in Premiers Challenge

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House Cross Country

The House Cross Country was successfully held last week. It was such a wonderful sight to see all the Year 3 – 6 students back out in the community together and enjoying a big event again.

We would like to thank all the parent volunteers who came along to help put on the event – Sarah Gallagher, Clancey McKenzie, Kate Lockhart, Alycia Dimirtijevski, Raelene Newton, Miquel Trujillo, Alan Follet, Lisa Friday, Sarene Gribben, Jac Absolom, Nikki White, Casey Benson, Jacqueline Frew, Sally & Travis Edgerton, Kylie Allan and Caitrin Kelleher.

There were some wonderful performances on the day and not just from those at the front of the race, but also sprinkled all throughout. There were so many examples of Resilience and Enjoyment on display as the students tackled the two big hills along the 2km and 3km course.

Click read more for all the results and a photo gallery from the day.

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Garden Club

It has been great to see so many people helping out in the Veggie Garden each Thursday lunchtime. We are continuing to harvest the tomatoes, beans and the final batches of lemons and limes. We have now cleaned out most of our garden beds and have begun to plant some of our Woolworths seedlings. Many thanks to those who have donated these, we now have enough to last us for the next few months.

We would also like to say a huge thanks to our parent helper – Bec Buchanan and Tania Chaplin for their help in the garden and for the donations of flowers and bulbs that Bec provided for our students to begin planting.

If anyone has any spare manure or compost that could help improve the quality of some of the soil in our garden beds we would appreciate your donations. Please let Ms Hoyne in Year 1 know and we can arrange a time before or after school to get it into the garden.

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Camp Australia

Just like that we have reached the end of term one. The Camp Australia Drysdale Primary School OSHC team would like to wish the entire Drysdale Primary School community a happy, healthy and safe school holiday break.. We look forward to seeing you again next term. This week we are celebrating Easter with lots of egg and bunny based crafts and activities. The children are very eager to learn who will be the winners of our annual Easter Egg colouring Competition. These will be announced on Thursday morning during Before School Care, with prizes delivered to classrooms of children not attending that session.

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Community News

Surfside Netball Ocean Grove

Wanted 13/under teams to play in surfside netball competition at the Bellarine Aquatic Centre on Thursday nights. Game times 5pm or 6pm.
Contact Kerry for more information

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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