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Term 2 - week 1

I hope everyone had a wonderful term 1 Easter break!

Regional Worlds Longest Lunch – Daylesford
Term 1 culminated on the Friday with the Daylesford longest lunch held at the beautiful "Oak and Monkey Puzzle". What a brilliant day for 150 guests. I would like to personally thank both Natasha Morgan and Kylie Himmerman and the stellar line up of chefs and producers throughout the region who hosted such a magnificent event. I would also like to thank all the volunteers from the school who ably assisted in numerous ways. This was a fabulous fundraiser, with profits allocated to support the Kitchen Garden. Well done to all and at the time of writing, an exact amount hasn’t been confirmed but it is believed to be around $15000.00! A huge thank you to both Natasha and Kylie for their sensational efforts, it is very much appreciated and will benefit the children immensely.

Cross Country Championships
Well done to all the children who competed in the Cross Country championships at the beautiful Jubilee Lake on the final Friday of Term 1. Congratulations to the winning team Sutton, and likewise to all children who improved their own times or tried their very best. Well done to those children who have made it to the next level.

ANZAC Day Commemoration
A huge thank you to all children, parents and community members who attended the Daylesford Primary School ANZAC day commemoration on Tuesday 18th April. We had little choice but to host this important event due to numerous clashes next week, the official ANZAC week.

Well done to those Year 6 children who read a tribute to the ANZAC soldiers and likewise a huge thank you to an ex- student, Tim Bull, who played the bugle so well. Thanks Tim.

Head lice
Unfortunately once again, some school children have been targeted by the dreaded head lice. I encourage all parents to check and treat appropriately, consider tying hair back and being vigilant when head lice or the eggs are evident. It is wonderful to hear that parents are on to it ASAP and treatment is timely and appropriate. Further information is available from the school.

House Athletics
Our house athletics carnival is happening this Monday 24th April, involving children from Years 3-6. We are leaving from the school by bus at 9am and heading to Llanberris athletic venue in Ballarat for what should be a wonderful opportunity for the students to demonstrate their athletic prowess. I trust everyone will have returned their signed permission form and all students will be wearing appropriate clothing (house colours or school uniform). All children will be back at school prior to 3.20 for normal pickup or bus connections. We look forward to this wonderful action packed day.

School Camps
I would like to thank all those parents who have paid for the upcoming camps and no doubt, we have some very excited children. We have our Year 3/4 children going to Cave Hill Creek, Mt Cole and likewise our Year 5/6 children venturing to Halls Gap. Campers are leaving on Wednesday the 26th and returning on Friday the 28th. We look forward to hearing some engaging camp stories and trust all children will have a wonderful time. If any parent has financial concerns please contact me at the school.

Enjoy your weekend
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 1 - week 8

Multicultural Day
What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diverse culture that exists in Australia today. Our guest speaker and ex-student, Sissy Austin, outlined beautifully the importance and generational element of Koorie culture as we stand on Dja Dja Wurrung land. We thank Sissy. It was a great honour to have such a proud Koorie woman as our guest speaker. I would also like to acknowledge how wonderful it was to have parents involved, proudly displaying cultural dress and in some cases teaching the children about their own experiences with culture!

It was also fantastic to have our annexes', Drummond PS and Yandoit PS, in attendance on such an important occasion. Congratulations to all and well done as we celebrate cultural diversity.

Debbie Rauber-Retirement
As the head teacher at Yandoit PS since 1999 and as a teacher at Daylesford before that, we congratulate as a community Debbie’s utter devotion to the children at Yandoit PS, one of our annexe schools. Well done Debbie and on behalf of all community members we wish you a wonderful and exciting retirement commencing during Term two. Congratulations Debbie!

Year 5/6 Golf
We continued with our golf lessons with Ballarat Golf professional, Tony Collier, today at Hepburn Golf club. We have some very promising golfers in our midst! Well done to all participants.

Comedy Performance
We are very fortunate to have one of our local residents, Anthony Verity, performing at Daylesford PS on Monday at 2.20pm. Anthony will be performing this show at the Melbourne Comedy festival and for a gold coin donation children will have a fantastic opportunity to witness what promises to be a very engaging and fun filled show. We very much look forward to this opportunity and thank Anthony for his kind offer, at a very much reduced price, so that our children are involved as an audience.

End of Term 1
Just a reminder that next Friday, the 31st of March, children will be dismissed at 2.30pm. Please be aware of this and have an extremely enjoyable break. Term two commences on Tuesday the 18th of April.

Enjoy your weekend
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 1 - week 7

Parent/Teacher Interview
It is so pleasing and ultimately rewarding to see so many parents attending our parent/teacher interviews hosted on TuesdayandWednesday. Astheeducationofyourchildren is a partnership of parents, students and teachers we develop supportive relationships during these occasions to influence and build learning and development. It is also important to touch base with teachers and/or myself throughout the term so that each child’s learning opportunities are fostered and developed. Communication is the key.

Cultural Diversity Festival
Just a reminder about Daylesford Primary School's Cultural Diversity Festival that will be hosted next Tuesday the 21st of March. We encourage all students to dress up in a culturally aware manner, to highlight the diversity and cultural aspects of the communities in which we live. Parents to come along to our special school assembly next Tuesday morning at 9am as it will highlight and showcase the students in their costumes/dress ups. The assembly will feature an acknowledgement to country by Sissy Austin, an ex-student and proud Koorie woman. The activities throughout the day will feature aspects of culture featuring a variety of interesting and diverse cultures. We very much look forward to the day.

Longest Lunch fundraiser
We are extremely fortunate to have two of our parents: Natasha Morgan & Kylie Himmerman hosting a fabulous long lunch at Oak and Monkey Puzzle on the 31st of March 2017. This lunch features a fabulous cuisine incorporating many local restaurants, chefs and producers.

Funds raised will be supportive of our Kitchen Garden program. To facilitate and assist with this wonderful fundraiser we require volunteers. If you can help with: dishwashing, packing down at the end of the day, assisting with parking, waiting staff and other designated roles please contact myself at the school.

The function will begin at approximately 12 o'clock and conclude at 4.30pm

Best wishes
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 1 - week 6

School Council
A huge thank you to all the people who nominated for School Council. It is my pleasure to announce that all positions are now current and there will not be a need for an election. I would like to welcome Tanya Madsen, Possum Sullivan, Jo Steiner, Kathy Douglas, Jendy Fry, Natalie Hardy, Lindy Churches, Jenni Brennan, Liss Stevens, Claire Clifton, Karen McColl, Toby Sime, Karen McHugh, Alex Playstead and Trevor Edwards to the 2017 School Council at Daylesford Primary School. Thank you to all as we prepare to work toward Daylesford Primary School continuing to be an outstanding and innovative school. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Peter Burke, Dave Garner, Shelley Bowen and Lauren Bennett for their outstanding contribution to the Daylesford Primary School School Council over many years. Thank you to all, especially Lauren Bennett & Peter Burke for 10 years of dedication.

Parent Teacher Interviews
We look forward to focusing our attention toward the parent teacher interviews which will be hosted at the school on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, the 14th & 15th of March. We look forward to communicating with all parents as to the progress and expectations of each child as we work toward developing a collective and communicated educational journey for all children at the school. During the parent teacher interviews we will be having some information tables aligned with volunteering at the school and oral health. Please make yourself known to these people. The tables will be located at the front of the school. If you can support the school and wish to be further informed about oral health. We encourage you to visit the designated tables.

Thank you to all who have responded to the year 5/6 golf program being taught by Tony Collier, a well known and respected golf professional. We look forward to every child being involved.

I wish everyone a wonderful and fun filled Labour Day long weekend.

Best wishes
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 1 - week 5

School Council elections
Currently we have 2 vacant positions for the Daylesford School Council. The normal tenure is a two year period and I am very keen to involve parents who are interested in supporting the positive elements and direction of the school into the future. If you are interested, please feel free to discuss with me your potential involvement. The required nomination forms are available at my office. As the election process is to be completed today I look forward to providing this opportunity up to Wednesday the 8th of March at 4pm when we will hopefully have the required school council configuration of numbers. I look forward to hearing from you.

Athletics practice
At this stage we have the GR's 3-6 children practicing their athletics and field event skills. This will be a weekly opportunity, culminating in the House cross country championships at Jubilee Lake on Friday the 31st of March, the last day of term. Further information regarding the proposed date for the athletics sports will feature in future newsletters.

It was wonderful to hear first of many choir practice sessions during the week. We have some very talented singers who demonstrated an obvious enjoyment of group singing and choir opportunities. Well done to all.

Labour Day Holiday
Finally, just a reminder to everyone that Monday the 13th of March is the Labour Day public holiday. No children are required at school.

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards, Principal

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