Drysdale Primary School

Drysdale Community Market Thank You

A big thank you to all the parents who volunteered for the Drysdale Community Market season that finished on Sunday 21st May. The market is a longstanding Drysdale tradition, and its continued success is due to the hard work of all the volunteers that contribute to the organisation before the season/day, set up, running on the day and pack up.

A special thanks goes out to Rhiannon Tanner who was the market coordinator and has done a sterling job making sure the market ran smoothly and successfully.

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Reminder: Pupil Free Day Wednesday 31st May

Just a reminder that tomorrow is a student free day and no students are required at school. Teachers will be working on assessment and reporting throughout the day.


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Drysdale Community Market 

Prep bags 2023 survey

Have your say about this year’s Prep bags in a short survey, closing Sunday 9 July. Each year, the Department of Education gives every Prep student attending a Victorian government school a bag full of goodies to celebrate this milestone in their education journey. The information and educational resources in the bags are designed to help Prep students and their families thrive from the start of Term 1.

The Department is inviting parents and carers of current Prep students to participate in a short survey about the 2023 Prep bags by 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023.

Your feedback will help the Department learn what families liked about the Prep bags and what can be improved in 2024.

You can have your say at 2023 Prep Bags – Evaluation Survey. The survey takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.
For more information on this year’s Prep bags, refer to Prep bags.

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Student Survey

Over the next few weeks we will be undertaking the 2023 Student Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS), that students in grade 4 to 6 will participate in.

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to highlight positives and also areas for future development.

The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education to assist schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, resilience, bullying, health and wellbeing, physical activity and life in general.

This is an anonymous survey and we will be able to share results pertaining to this later in the school year.

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Noone Uniform Shop 

COVID Advice

Students who are positive for COVID are recommended to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and not attend school until their symptoms have resolved. Students who isolate as a result of a positive COVID-19 test will be supported in the same way as students with an extended absence due to illness or injury, with learning materials provided to support their continued learning.

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Surf Junction 

Parents and Friends Group Annual General Meeting – 5th June

The Parents and Friends Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 5th June at 6:30pm in the DPS Library. The positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are open and need to be filled to keep our Parents & Friends group up and running.

The main focus for the Parents and Friends Group is to plan fun events for our students and raise funds for our school. There are general membership positions available and all are welcome to join in. Any amount of time is appreciated.

It’s a great way to meet new people and make new connections.

If you would like further information, please email dpsparentsandfriendsgroup@gmail.com


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Working Bee Sunday 4th June


Due to the Drysdale Football Club’s Big Freeze Community Day on Sunday 4th June, we are not able to hold our termly Working Bee on the same day. Therefore, please note the change of date to Sunday 18th June, please keep the morning free to help with some cleaning up of the school grounds, followed by a BBQ lunch.

More details will available the next few weeks.

So get down to the Big Freeze and support FightMND on the 4th June and then we will see you at the Drysdale Primary School Working Bee on Sunday 18th June.

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Sustainability News

Wonder Soft Bread Bag Recycling
Well done to everyone who has been bringing in your plastic bread bags to recycle. Please continue to bring these in as we are almost ready to send off our 2nd 5kg box. Remember for every box we return we earn points that we can redeem for sports equipment, as well as doing a great job for the environment and not allowing all that plastic to go into landfill or into our waterways. Please take your clean plastic bags to the Enviro Hub or to your class teacher.

National World Bee Day
On Friday 19th June students from the Middle and Senior years would have brought home a Bees Wax candle. The Prep and Junior classes participated in reading stories and completed some colouring in around Bees. In all classes we discussed the importance of bees in our environment and what we can do to encourage them to come to our gardens and school yard. It was a great link to World Bee Day on 20/5, and we were excited to connect with a local beekeeper, Coastal Nectar, who provided us with the equipment for the candles and colouring in on the day.

World Environment Day
Monday June 5th – we will be celebrating World Environment Day. All classes will be investigating the focus of #beatplasticpollution and will create a door or hallway display. We encourage all families to come in during next week to look at the displays and promote discussions at home about this issue. Watch the following video as a family to be able to discuss the big issue of plastic pollution and how we can reduce our plastic waste.

Click for the –World Environment Day Video.

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Middle Year Hands On Learning

Students in the Middle Years have been working on different activities each week that support practical and community based learning.
We regularly assist in the school veggie garden by helping weed, plant and water our selection of plants, herbs and vegetables. We also made some class scarecrows that are helping keep our veggies safe and free from birds who like to eat them.

We have had Pamela help us to become designers and make garden art and craft. Kylie has shown us how to be a barista and make hot chocolates and teach us about being safe when working in the canteen. The staff at the Drysdale Library have been extremely helpful and have assisted us each week in borrowing books and learning about the amazing new local library.

These activities have given the students an understanding of who works in the community and ideas about some fun and different activities that they may not have ever done before.

If you have any suggestions or skills that you can offer and you have the time to come and share these with our students, we would be very grateful.

Please let the Middle Years team know of your interest.

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Middle Years Library Excusions

The Year 3/4’s have been enjoying their time at the Boronggook Drysdale Library for our hands on learning sessions.

We enjoyed a tour around the library and enjoyed the large spaces, facilities and the large variety of books available.

Here is MT on the fabulous sculpture of the lady lying down.

What a great facility we have here in Drysdale!

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Success at Winter Lightning Premiership

Congratulations to our Girls Soccer Team who are the Connewarre District Champions from the Winter Lightning Premiership on Monday.

These champions will now go on to represent the Connewarre District at the Division Lightning Premiership on Thursday 8 June. Parents of these girls will receive information about this event once the venue is confirmed.

All of our teams in all of the sports participated positively and represented the school well. It was terrific to see how much everyone enjoyed a day of sport against other schools.

Other highlights included our Mixed Netball team finishing runners-up and our Boys B Soccer team finishing equal first (relegated to third on goal difference).

We would like to thank all the parents who came along and supported our students and a special shout out to those who helped coach/manage some of our teams and/or umpire some matches. The day would not have been possible without their contributions.

Good luck to our Girls Soccer team next week!

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Value Awards

Congratulations to this week’s Value Award Winners

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TheirCare News

Please ‘read more’ for this week’s news from TheirCare.

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Community News

Please see read more for information from Peninsula Sharks Football Team

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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