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Term 2 - week 2

  • ANZAC Day assembly
  • 3/4 Camp
  • Fund Raiser ‘Regional Produce Day’
  • Letter B in Prep
  • House Athletics -postponed

The ANZAC assembly was a great success. We launched our ANZAC book, based on our WW1 Honour Board. ‘Discovering Daylesford State School’s ANZACs’, which now can be downloaded by clicking the link on the left of this page. We need help with photos, letters and original documents, particularly of the 15 soldiers that we have yet to find any information on. Please contact the school if you can help. We are already working on a second edition of the book which will be made available to the general community in the future. If you would like to order a copy please contact the office.

I am very grateful to Dr. Jenene Burke and the Pre Service Teachers from Federation University for their work. My understanding is that this is the first time the Federation University has entered into a partnership with a Primary School to undertake such a project. It may well be a Victorian first or in fact it may well be a first within Australian.

I am also extremely proud of our students who embraced the research and art work with great endeavour. My thanks also go to Nicole Wassell for her outstanding work with the students in art. All the children received an ANZAC Penny.

It gave me great pleasure to present our ANZAC book to the President of the RSL, who was highly complementary and most grateful to the school.

The grade 3/4 camp, which attended Cave Hill Creek last week was also a resounding success. The planning and preparation by staff ensured that the camp resulted in very positive outcomes. I would like to acknowledge, Alex, Gill, Andrew, Carol and Nicola for their efforts. I would also like to thank the parents that attended, Sam Kinnear, Claire O’Connor, Tony English, Sandra Evans and Brett Cooper. They too worked very hard and contributed in such a positive way. There are a number of photos on our photo gallery
A number of parents are helping at our fundraiser, the Regional Produce Day, this Sunday at the Lake House, selling our KG recipe book. I would like to thank them in advance and Kathy Douglas for co-ordinating the event.

Letter B in the Prep room resulted in a number of Bird Boxes being created.

Due to poor weather predicted for next Monday, we have decided to postponed the House Athletics. A new date will be communicated in the near future.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 1

  • Welcome back
  • Positive finish to term 1
  • Term2
  • Fundraiser – Regional Produce Day
  • Reminders

Welcome back everyone. Thank you for presenting the children so well in their uniforms to start the term. I am looking forward to working with you all again throughout this term. We had an excellent first term and finished on a very positive note by raising $338.95 for the Good Friday Appeal. I thought this was an excellent effort by our school community. The other positive note to finish the term was our XC event for the grade 3-6 students. What stood out the most for me was the effort that the students put in throughout the entire race. Photos of the event are can be viewed here.

Term 2 has started well and we have emphasised the focus of the fortnight ‘Respect Self and Others’ very strongly as we believe this to be very important and if we as a school get this right then many of the other social values will follow.

Grade 3/4 have been on camp at Cave Hill Creek. I was able to attend camp on Thursday and I was very pleased with the behaviour of the students and impressed by the positive outcomes at the camp. There were many highlights that will be shared next week in a full report.

The Regional Produce Day at the Lake House provides an opportunity for the school to raise money for the KG program by selling our ‘Grow Eat Cook’ recipe book. Can you help for an hour Sunday 26th April? If so please contact the front office.

I would like to finish with a couple of reminders. Firstly, it is very important to maintain punctuality to school as we move into the winter term. If your child is late to class they miss the daily introduction which outlines the program for the day and places a purpose around the learning. It is disrespectful to be late and places unnecessary pressure on staff. Please maintain high standards in this area.

Secondly, there are 98 books overdue from the library. This needs immediate action, otherwise an invoice will be issued.

Thirdly, can I draw your attention to the English Curriculum Overview included with this week’s Newsletter. This is a guide for parents to understand what is taking place in each year level.

Finally, can I formally invite you to our special ANZAC assembly next week on Tuesday morning at 9.00am. Our ANZAC Book will be launched, winners of the ANZAC writing competition will be announced and there will be a special guest speaker from the local RSL.

Peter Burke
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