Drysdale Primary School

Kids Matter Assembly – This Friday, 14th May

This Friday is our first Kids Matter Assembly of Term 2. All students are invited to wear their house coloured t-shirts on Friday.

During our Kids Matter Assemblies the children sit in their house groups. The assembly starts slightly earlier at 2:30pm. However due to the continued COVID restrictions we are still unable to allow parents or visitors to attend such large indoor events.

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Karate Champion

At assembly on Friday we celebrated the amazing talent of Kenzie from Year 2. She travelled with her family to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for the International Sports Karate Association battle of Canberra.

Kenzie competed in four categories, and came home with three gold medals and one bronze medal. She has also qualified for the national championships in Sydney at the end of the year. Congratulations Kenzie!

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Drysdale Community Market 

Pupil Free Day – Wednesday 2nd June

Our third pupil free day is being held on Wednesday 2nd June . Please note that the school will be closed to students on this day.

Our staff will be continuing the training that we started earlier this term to deepen our understanding of teaching children to write. It has been great to see classes introduce the ideas from the first day’s training into their learning.

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Cold, Sore Throat And Other Flu Like Symptions

Current advice from the Chief Health Officer is that students and staff with cold, sore throat or flu like symptoms cannot be in school until they have returned a negative COVID test.

Today’s positive case north of Melbourne is a timely reminder that we must all continue to be vigilant during this continuing pandemic. Please can I ask that parents whose children are showing any of these symptoms take their child to be tested and keep them at home until the test is returned negative.

Thank you for your understanding when we have had to replace staff who are also required to remain home until they have returned a negative test.

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It has been a very busy week of learning and events!

NAPLAN has started today and as we write this, we have Years 3 and 5 completing their first assessment! Well done to all of the students, teachers and staff involved!

We have had students attend their third RDA session, a fabulous Superwoman Stall, Year 5 attended the ‘Livability’ excursion in Melbourne and we held our first School Volunteers session.

We thank all who volunteered for the Superwoman stall to help make the special people in our lives feel all the more special.

Our second Volunteers session will be held TOMORROW evening 5:30-6:00pm in the LOTE room which is located at the front of the Prep building. All welcome!

The Australian Childhood Foundation has some amazing (and free) parenting resources – please see the following link Bringing Up Great Kids Resources – ACF Professionals (childhood.org.au) that you may find helpful.

Nate from Year 1 was very excited to share his learning! He was working very hard on creating words that rhyme and even found a word that made the same sound at the end but had a different spelling pattern! Well done Nate!

Alfie also from Year 1 shared his Procedural text which made us very hungry!!!!! Alfie included very clear instructions on the steps to make toast!

Well done Nate and Aflie!

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Surf Junction 

Ordering School Photos

Our annual school photos have been taken by the team at Arthur Reed Photography 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 images are online before placing orders.
In the webshop 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 2021 school photos can be viewed and ordered.

POST photo day-ONLINE LINK 2021

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Book Fair Update

Discover a whole galaxy of books! Book Fair is getting closer and excitement is starting to build. Flyers are going home this week and students are starting to create their posters for our competition.

The Fair is running from May 18th – 21st and will be open in the afternoon on those dates from 3:30 – 3:45pm for families to have a look and purchase books with both cash and EFTPOS options available.

The Fair will be located in the same room as the second-hand uniform shop. Please practise social distancing and follow COVID guidelines when attending the book fair.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Book Fair_may-2021

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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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Help Needed for Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – Sunday May 30th

We have been lucky enough to be allocated a spot at Bunnings Leopold to run a sausage sizzle fundraiser for the school!

This is on Sunday May 30th between 8:30am-4:00pm.

We are asking for family volunteers please. We have some fabulous staff who have also volunteered. Please contact Nicole Alonso via the school email if you can help drysdale.ps@education.vic.gov.au
Partners welcome. Children under 18 are not as per Bunnings protocols.

It is a great opportunity to raise funds for our school. If you can’t volunteer on the day, we would still love to see you and the family come to Bunnings for a sausage!

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Year 3 Narana Excursion Reminder

Our Year 3s are getting excited for their upcoming excursion to Narana on 26th May!

A big thank you to those families who have already provided permission via the Parent Portal / Sentral app and payment ($30.00) confirming their child will attend the activity. A reminder to those who have not yet provided permission and paid, the due date for this activity is next Tuesday, 18th May 2021. Unfortunately without both permission and payment for this excursion, your child will not be able to attend.

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Year 5 Livability Excursion

Last Tuesday, the Year 5s travelled up to the CBD of Melbourne. When we arrived we had a tour of the city with our own guide. We saw an ‘eco house’ which they predict will be the future of housing. We saw many old pictures of how Melbourne used to look and we were gifted a plastic mini person to create street art with in the laneways of Melbourne. We were very impressed with the street art and learnt lots of information about the history of the city.

Then we travelled to IMAX where we watched the production ‘A Beautiful Planet 3D’. It was very interesting and told us many facts that we didn’t know about how the Earth was made. It was cool wearing the glasses and being at a cinema with such a massive screen. The asteroids were coming straight us!

It was a fun day up in Melbourne that we really enjoyed. It was great to get out of the classroom and spend the day with our friends.
Ella  & Edward Year 5

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Parents and Friends Meeting!

All welcome to the first Parents and Friends meeting of 2021! This will be held in the LOTE room on Thursday May 20th from 2:45pm for a 3:00pm start. It would be fabulous to gain as much input and support as we can to again get this amazing group up and running! We hope to see you there. There may even be coffee and snacks!

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Drysdale Community Market – This Sunday 16th May

This Sunday 16th May is our last market for the 2020-2021 season. The Drysdale Community Market is one of our major fundraisers and it would be fabulous to see as many DPS families attend the last market as possible! The day starts from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the Drysdale Reserve.

There are plenty of stalls with great products for sale and lots to see and do! We look forward to seeing you all there this weekend!


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National Simultaneous Storytime

On Wednesday, 19th May we are participating in the National Simultaneous Storytime. This year, the book ‘Give Me Some Space’ by Philip Bunting will be read from the International Space Station! Students will be able to watch the reading in class and participate in some fun activities.





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Camp Australia

We hope that all of the amazing Mums, Grandmothers, Aunts, Guardians and other special women of the Drysdale Primary School Community had an amazing Mother’s Day. This week our theme is Under the Sea, and we have lots of fun planned that relates to all things aquatic. We will also be investigating how humans can impact on our waterways, and things we can do to help protect our oceans and aquatic life.

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Community News

Bellarine Community Health

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is inviting children and their families on the Bellarine to have their say on the future of healthcare and the development of the BCH 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. The new Strategic Plan will set out the goals and priorities for BCH for the next few years.

BCH want to partner with the community to develop Strategy 2022 and we want to hear the valued voices of our communities, especially families and young people.
We have EXTENDED our competition for one week, we would like to invite kids of the Bellarine to tell us What keeps me healthy, well and happy? Further details are attached.

BCH would also greatly appreciate it if you could please send out this survey link to school families to complete https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Strategy2022 so that we can consider their future needs and aspirations as we build a stronger and responsive organisation. This survey should only take between 5 – 10 minutes.

For further information or to find out how else to get involved please contact Caroline Jordan on 52580814 or email: carolinejordan@bch.org.au 

BCH Strategy 2022

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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