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Term 3 - week 9

With such a busy week concluding, I would just like to inform every one of the highlights and congratulate students and our community.

Divisional Athletics
Well done to our Llanberris Divisional Athletics sports competitors who performed so admirably last Friday in very trying conditions. To have 29 competitors involved is a wonderful achievement. We have a number of students who will be competing at the next level, namely; Zach Koleski, Charlotte Streat, Banjo Kinnear, Aleesha Walker, Sophie Elderfield, Herbert Harvey, Jed Resuggan, Leni Newton, Michael Armstrong, James Childs and Erin Childs. Well done to all and best wishes.

Mid Year F-4 Concert
Thank you to all children, parents and staff; especially Katie Yeung & Suzanne Hobson, our wonderful music specialists, for providing the opportunity to celebrate the performing arts at the Daylesford Town Hall on Wednesday night. It was a fabulous event with the many excited children performing in front of a large audience. Thank you to all parents and community members for your support as we continue to pursue opportunities for children to actively engage in the arts.

'Three Lost Children Of Daylesford' Commemoration Ceremony
With the 150th anniversary of the unfortunate incident it was fitting that we, as a school and as recipients of the "Graeme Dux Award" since 1889, commemorate and remember William Graham, Thomas Graham and Alfred Burman. It was a respectful commemoration with our magnificent choir setting the scene, along with a retell of the story by Anne E Stewart, a past parent and School Council president of Daylesford Primary School. We had a tribute to the occasion by our special guest, Jack Walker, who was the Graeme Dux award winner in 1948.

Thank you to our organisers and the interest of all, and I would like also to pay special tribute to Yvonne Fix and likewise the Daylesford Historical Society. Their support has been amazing! I encourage all families to research the “Three Lost Children of Daylesford” story as it is a very important aspect of both Daylesford and Australia’s history.

Final Week Of Term 3
We continue to have a very busy week at Daylesford Primary School with our Year 5 & 6 children heading to Daylesford Secondary College for the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Day on Monday. Likewise the 5/6's will be travelling to St Michaels' for our Major Games Day on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Judith Purtell, our School Crossing attendant/lolly pop lady will be at our final assembly for term 3 where we will be acknowledging her retirement. The Rotary concert will be hosted on Wednesday night at the Town Hall. Our senior choir will be performing, as will Drummond Primary School.

Please note: Friday is the final day of term 3. School will be concluding at 2.30pm so it is extremely important that all bus travelling parents, as well as the general parent community, are aware of the change of dismissal time.

Enjoy your weekend and thank you in advance to those parents who are assisting us at the Drummond working bee tonight.

Enjoy your weekend.
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 3 - week 8

Book Fair
We would all like to congratulate the Book Fair Committee, the School Community and the wider local community for supporting the book fair. It was an amazing event that has raised approximately $7,000 with sales reaching more than 2,000 books. What a marvellous effort! We would like to thank the following families and local businesses:

(Families) - Bennett, Dickerson-Bray, Churches, Cooper, Hunt-Dinning, O'Connor/D'Onghia, Douglas, English, Hunt, Madsen/O’Brien, McCaskill, Phelan, Phypers, Richmond, Santurini, Toner/McLachlan, Wells/Thompson, Kinnear, McColl, Sim, Olifent, and Deborah/office staff, and Paul for doing the tables, Trefor John & Richard Perry. (Apologies to those people and families that we have most certainly forgotten to jot down along the way).

(Local businesses) - Hocking Stuart-Daylesford, Coles Supermarket, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, Plastic Bag Free Daylesford, Daylesford Cinema, Daylesford Community Op Shop & Paradise Books

I would like to personally thank both Nel Staite and Shelley Sandow for their magnificent co-ordination and leadership in what was a brilliant event. All money raised supports the school's literacy program.

Three Lost Children Of Daylesford Commemoration
At next Tuesday’s school Assembly we will be devoting our whole assembly to the “Three Lost Children of Daylesford” commemoration. Being 150 years after this tragic event it is very important to recognise the significance of what occurred as an aspect of our important local history. We have Anne E. Stewart telling one story of the Lost Children. We will also be recognising the significance of the occasion by outlining the facts behind the school’s annual “Graham Dux” Awards and we will be promoting the opportunity for the whole Daylesford community to reflect on what was a tragic but extremely moving aspect of Daylesford’s, and Australia’s, history.

We invite all community members along to this important assembly.

Throughout this week we have had all children attend the Historical Museum where they have been able to develop their understanding of what occurred 150 years ago. We thank the Daylesford & District Historical Museum volunteers who have assisted us as a school in the preparation of this important reflection opportunity.

Likewise, the children have been actively involved in preparing for this event by contributing to class wreaths which will be laid in remembrance of these children.

I encourage everyone to undertake some research yourself as this important 150 commemoration opportunity is a very significant event for the Daylesford Primary School and community.

Mid Year Concert
Included with this newsletter is the annual Prep to Grade 4 Concert promotion “Come See the Sea and the Faraway Tree”. We encourage families and friends to attend this engaging aspect of our Performing Arts program.

Llanberis Divisional Athletics Sports
At the time of writing preparations are in place for 32 of our students to compete in these combined athletics sports against various other schools on Friday. Congratulations to all competitors for your achievements in being selected to represent the school and we look forward to finding out as to how everyone went. Well done to all!

Judith Purtell Retirement
Our School Crossing Attendant/Lollypop lady, Judith Purtell, has announced that she will be retiring at the end of term 3. We wish Judith a wonderful retirement after approximately seven years attending to the care and safety of the children crossing Vincent Street.

Judith will be a special guest at our final term assembly on Tuesday the 19th September. Please take the time to thank Judith in the coming few weeks for her care and consideration to all students and families crossing Vincent Street. A new crossing attendant will be announced shortly.

Working Bee At Drummond Primary School
I encourage any person who is able to support one of our annexes, Drummond Primary School's Working Bee, to contact me early next week. The working bee will be held next Friday, 15th September, commencing at 3.30 and concluding at 5.30pm. A BBQ will follow.

If you can assist can you please contact either myself or Meg at Drummond. You will be made most welcome and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your weekend.
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 3 - week 7

Book Fair-this Saturday & Sunday
The weekend has arrived! We look forward to seeing many parents, friends, children and community members this Saturday and Sunday as we host the Annual Book Fair. The effort and support of our intrepid volunteers has been outstanding, with many people foregoing their Saturdays to support this magnificent event. Thank you!

Please spread the word as we raise money to support the schools substantial literacy program!

South Street
Congratulations to all debaters who have competed in the South Street debating competition. As a school we finished a gallant second, with our team of Perri Eaton, Aleesha Walker, Ruby Hunt, Freya Taylor and our videographer Francesca Khoury all contributing and performing extremely well. Perri also received runner- up for the best overall debater. We are all very proud of you, as we are with our Senior Choir, who competed in the South Street choral competition on Monday. Well done to all and I’m sure all participants will have lasting memories of this opportunity.

Dress Up Day
Next Tuesday we look forward to everyone dressing up to support the "One Girl Dress Up Day" at the school. This opportunity will allow funds raised to support girls in Africa to access an education and has been organised by one of our alumni students, Isabella Thomas. Thank you one and all and we look forward to seeing everyone dressed casually. A gold coin donation will be gratefully accepted.

Premiers Reading Challenge
For all those students who have entered and monitored their progress in the Premiers Reading Challenge please note that this inspiring activity concludes on Monday the 11th of September. We look forward to congratulating all participants at an appropriate time into the future.

I hope everyone enjoys their upcoming weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend at the Book Fair.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads this Sunday!
Trevor Edwards, Principal

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