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Term 3 - week 7

Book Fair
Our major literacy fundraiser is happening this week and with literally thousands of quality second hand books for sale. We invite you all to come along and grab a bargain.

We are also calling out for as many volunteers as we can to assist with the smooth running over the two days. If you think you can assist we would be very appreciative as all money raised is strictly focussed on purchasing new quality books that will greatly engage your children with their reading. Please contact the office or Shelley Sandow on 0427 152 949 so that a committed timetable of support can be organised. We very much look forward to the support of all and I look forward to seeing you there.

The Book Fair commences this Saturday (9am – 5pm) and concludes Sunday (10am – 3pm).

Pick My Project Voting
We have had an enormously positive response to our “Pick My Project” theme Learn Robotics @ Daylesford Steam Centre. Please consider voting for us as we enhance our plans to promote and support Robotics and Coding in our school and community. Spread the word and potentially the benefits will be enormous, enhancing and challenging students with up to date, engaging programs supportive of future student learning.

We plan to distribute flyers at the Book Fair and likewise promote the potential of our project to the community electronically via social media. As I said spread the word and you will assist us in accessing this opportunity. If you require further information please log on to the following link.

Words In Winter
Congratulations to the organising committee led so ably by Maia Irell, who have organised such a wonderful community event. We, as a school, feel so fortunate to be so active and welcomed to contribute to the event, with our choirs and drama acting students performing to such critical acclaim. To have many of our students, including Lachlan, Paula, Sage, Alex, Pheobe, Myles, Sophia, Wren, Tilly and Leo being awarded prizes for their various age groups in the Words in Winter competition is a credit to them.

We have such talented and enthusiastic students in all fields, inclusive of both the visual and performing arts; and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase their talents at this resoundingly successful community event. Thank you to all the organisers for your enthusiasm and thank you to our music teachers, Suzanne and Katie, for their dedication! Well done Daylesford students!

Book Week
We have all had the opportunity to celebrate books during our annual Book Week celebrations. Thank you to everyone in ensuring that the vast majority of children were dressed up, reflecting their favourite book characters. We have included a photographic collage of some of our classes actively engaging in the book week celebrations. Enjoy!

Congratulations Nina At South Street
We always like to celebrate the success of our students and it was wonderful to hear the great news that Nina Douglas, during her first time at South Street, won the Contemporary Vocal (Pop, Rock R&B) for 10 years and under.

She also achieved a 3rd placing in the Contemporary Vocal (Country Music) 10 years and under competition Nina has a beautiful singing voice and we look forward to other opportunities to hear her perform. Congratulations Nina!

Debating Win
After many weeks and some 26 competing schools throughout the Ballarat and surrounding areas, our D.P.S debating team competed and WON the Royal South Street Primary School debating competition, defeating Pleasant Street Primary School. Our team consisted of Charlie Scopel, Max Robertson, Indigo Toner-McLachlan and our very capable backup members, Taj Vandenberg and Gabe Vivian were outstanding!

The topic "Bigger Schools are Better" allowed our team to explore the affirmative position and they were confident, competent and great ambassadors for our school. The team was ably supported in the audience by parents and our other debating students.

Congratulations also to Indigo who was runner up in the overall best debater for the whole competition. Thank you to the teams, parents and a huge thank you to their teacher, Trudi Blick, who was outstanding in preparing all teams for this significant and prized opportunity.

You may have heard that the NAPLAN results state wide are now published and schools will receive their individual NAPLAN reports for all year 3 and 5 children this week. The plan is that as soon as we receive the individual reports we will ensure that they are passed on to the students for all parents to read. At the time of writing we as yet haven’t received the NAPLAN reports but no doubt we will shortly. Thank you for your patience!

Eye Assessments For Foundation - Year 3 Students
For those parents who have consented to an eye assessment for their children, the optometrists will be here again on: Monday 3rd September, Wednesday 5th September, Tuesday 18th September, and if required Thursday 20th September.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully we will see you at the Book Fair this Saturday and Sunday.

Trevor Edwards,

Term 3 - week 6

Daylesford Primary School Book Fair
Our annual book fair is fast approaching and we are now concentrating on preparing the stalls and promoting this wonderful event. If you believe you can help out, even for an hour or so, you will be made most welcome this Sunday for another of our Book sort opportunities. This is taking place from 10am to 4pm at the school gym this Sunday. You will be made most welcome! Don’t forget the book fair on Saturday and Sunday the 1st & 2nd of September. We very much look forward to another successful Book fair and further information will be outlined in next weeks’ newsletter! All funds go towards our development of literacy resources and books for the children of the school.

Eye Assessments For Year F - 3 Children
We have had an overwhelming response from F-3 parents for their children to be assessed by a qualified optometrists which commenced on Thursday of this week. As there were so many children being assessed we have booked in both Wednesday & Thursday of next week to undertake further assessments if required. This free assessment has certainly been popular and thank you for your support!

Daylesford Secondary College Year 5/6 Numeracy Day
Please note that all Year 5/6 parents should have received a permission form for the DSC Numeracy day this Monday. We look forward to hearing how the children progress as they get a feel for the Secondary College experience. Further opportunities to engage with the Secondary College will arise in Term 4.

Royal South Street Debating Competition
It is with great pleasure that I announce that our debaters representing DPS (Charlie, Max and Indigo along with our backup debaters Gabe & Taj) won the semi-final on Monday and now are competing in the Grand Final this coming Monday at 1pm at ACU. Well done to all, a huge thank you to Trudi Blick for teaching all our debaters and congratulations to our wonderful students who have competed throughout the South Street Debating Competitions. We await the outcome with optimism.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Trevor Edwards,

Term 3 - week 5

Pick My Project
We have submitted a project to equip our school with LEGO, robotics and technology equipment as part of the State Government’s Pick My Project initiative.

This funding will allow us to offer hands-on robotics and coding activities for children across the school (F-6) as well as giving children in the broader Daylesford community opportunities through after-school clubs and holiday programs.

We want to be a leadership school in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) – giving our students important skills for the future.

We need your support! The successful projects will be decided from community votes, so we need everyone in the school community over the age of 16 to vote for the project.

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Tuesday Power Outage
Thank you to all for your understanding during this power outage. The children were dressed appropriately and fortunately the weather was reasonable. Our programs continued as normal and, although classrooms were not heated, we didn’t hear many complaints! Thank you to all!

Education Support Staff Week
As was announced in last week’s newsletter, this week is Education Support staff (ES) week throughout Australia. I would like to sincerely thank our 13 ES staff for their extremely valuable and professional support to the children, the teaching staff and likewise the school leadership. Their contribution is immense and very much appreciated.

Go Girl IT Event
Our Year 5 and 6 girls participated in an I. T. conference at Deakin University, Burwood campus yesterday. It was a valuable opportunity to support girls in gaining an understanding of the I. T. industry and was attended by many girls throughout the state. We trust that the girls did get ideas and perhaps it has sparked an interest as they progress through their educational journey. Thank you to the parents and staff who supported the 2 hour journey down to Melbourne and we trust that there will be a further report in a subsequent newsletter.

Daylesford P.S. Debating Finalists
Congratulations to one of debating teams who will now compete in the Debating finals of the Royal South Street Primary School Debating competition on Monday the 20th of August at ACU in Ballarat. Best Wishes to all!

Eye Assessments for Year P-3 Children
Please note that we would like to receive all consent forms if you wished your child to partake in the free eye assessment undertaken by an Optometrist on Thursday the 23rd of August. Monday the 20th is now the last day to provide this consent form. Again, it is purely voluntary with no compulsion to have your child assessed. Please contact myself if you have any enquiries.

Neave English success at South Street
Congratulations Neave on finishing first for your Australian piano composer solo at South Street recently. She also achieved an honourable mention in her popular performance. What a great achievement Neave!!

Jump Rope for Heart
Well done to all who competed on Monday in our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraising opportunity. It was wonderful to witness everyone enjoying themselves and having fun! If everyone could please now collect any money raised and return it to the office by Monday August 20th it would be greatly appreciated. All money raised contributes to lifesaving heart research, and work to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians.

Scarlet Fever
While not wishing to alarm the school community, a student at our school has been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever. Your child may have come in contact with this student. A letter including details of symptoms was sent home with eldest family members on Wednesday for your information. Please contact your Doctor if you have concerns.

Thank you everyone and enjoy your weekend

Trevor Edwards,

Term 3 - week 4

Interuption To Electricity Supply Tuesday 14th Aug.
As you have no doubt heard, much of Daylesford and Hepburn will have an interrupted electricity supply between the hours of 10.00am until 2.00pm on Tuesday the 14th of August. This interruption impacts many businesses and obviously schools. As a school, we will be staying open. We will keep all heating on overnight and try to maintain a warm classroom environment. Our toilets are operational and we have skylights, which will allow us to operate without lighting. Likewise, we will ensure that the natural lighting is used extensively throughout this four-hour period. Please note that the phone lines will be disrupted during this time. Please be aware phone contact may be unreliable. Make sure you always communicate with your children about any plans for the day. It is vital children come dressed appropriately as once the electricity is turned off we will have no heating. We would like everyone to remain in school uniform but wear warm layers underneath. We are sorry that this disruption is going to impact the school but if everyone dresses appropriately we will be able to ride this through. If you have any concerns please contact me at the school. Remember, appropriate clothing inclusive of coats, gloves, long pants and warm socks will be very important to maintain the comfort level. Again, Daylesford Primary School will remain open as per usual!

Education Support Staff Week
Throughout Victoria, all schools are taking the opportunity next week, from the 13th of August, to celebrate all Education Support Staff at all schools. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Education Support Staff for their invaluable contribution to assist and support your children. Our Education Support Staff at Daylesford, Yandoit and Drummond contribute immensely to assist and praise children and likewise play significant and major roles in the classroom, office, library, first aid room, canteen, grounds & maintenance, on excursions and camps and in the undertaking of great programs such as Kitchen Garden. It would be wonderful if you could take the opportunity to thank them at some point next week.

Go Girl I.T. Event
Our year 5 and 6 girls have been invited to participate in a significant IT event at Deakin University Burwood Campus next Thursday. This program will be attended by many girls throughout the State and is aimed at promoting the opportunities presented by using Interactive Technologies into the future. We await the outcomes and I’m sure the girls will enjoy this opportunity.

Foundation To Year Three Eye Assessments
All parents of our Foundation to year three children should have received information about a free eye assessment to be undertaken by an optometrist from the 23rd of August. If you are interested could you please return the consent forms by Friday the 17th of August. Again, this is voluntary but it certainly presents as an important opportunity to have your child’s vision assessed free of charge. Likewise free glasses are available should they be required. Please see me if you have any further questions and if you have, for some reason, missed receiving the information sheet and consent forms they are available at the office.

P.A. System @ Assembly
Thank you for the feedback in regards to the P.A. being inadequate at assemblies. We are currently investigating ways to improve the situation.

THANK YOU to the Glenlyon Sports Club for their kind donation of $350 that will go towards student welfare.

Enjoy your weekend.

Trevor Edwards,

Term 3 - week 3

It was wonderful to once again reconnect with the students and parents after my short leave break and I trust everyone is once again settled into the routine of school. I would publicly like to acknowledge both Karen McHugh and Trudi Blick who supported my role during my absence. Thank you!

Book Fair September 1st And 2nd
Thank you to all the team who have been working so diligently in preparation for our Annual Book Fair. Once again, I would like to acknowledge Hocking Stuart and their generosity in promoting this wonderful event with the huge sign displayed at the school and likewise at an appropriate location near the Coles carpark. Thank you Will and Nel who did all the negotiations and arrangements. Our next book sort is this Sunday at the school gym between 10am and 4pm. If you can help out, even for an hour, it would be greatly appreciated and you will be made most welcome. If you have any books that you would like to donate to the Book Fair the gates will be open on Sunday. You can drive up to the gym area and pass over your book donations. Thank you in anticipation and once again, if you wish to enquire about book pickups, please leave a message at the office and we will endeavour to collect the books asap.

Huge congratulations to all of our participants and supporters in the Royal South Street debating competition hosted at ACU Ballarat on Tuesday morning. Please read Trudi’s report as we await as to which teams go on to the next stage in four weeks’ time. All parents should be very proud of their child’s efforts as the confidence and competence of our student’s public speaking and debating skills was very evident. Well done to all!

Garden Beautification
I would sincerely like to thank the DeVecchi family for their devotion to improving our school’s gardens. You hopefully will have noticed the planting of succulents and other plants near the entrance of the 3/4 building. Thank you Bridie, Marc, Jaya and Grace for adding so much to the improvement of our school grounds. Please be in contact with me if you wish to assist in any way to develop our gardens. As the weather eventually improves, we will be organising a working bee (term 4) so we really would like to continually ensure our grounds develop and improve as spring arrives.

Foundation To Year 3 Glasses For Kids Program Thursday 23rd Of August
The Foundation to Year 3 children have the opportunity to access free eye testing and free glasses on the above date. This is strictly with parental written consent. If you would like your child to be assessed by a trained optometrist you will need to complete the appropriate consent form which will be sent home with the Foundation to Year 3 children on Monday, along with information about the program. There will also be copies of both parental information and consent forms at the office. This is purely an opportunity, at no cost, to have your child’s eyes assessed and potentially access free glasses. This is voluntary and if you don’t wish this to happen then that’s fine! I encourage parents to read the information and complete the consent form if they desire. If you are intending to be involved, could we have the consent forms back by Friday the 17th of August. I would just like to reiterate that this is voluntary and there is no need to do anything if you don’t wish this eye assessment to occur.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend.

Trevor Edwards,

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