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Term 4 - weeks 10 & 11

  • Yandoit Concert
  • Drummond Concert
  • Farewell to Dianne Van Baalen
  • Thank you Kerry Carman
  • KG Volunteers afternoon Tea
  • Presentation of Christmas presents to Daylesford Family Services
  • Volunteers morning tea
  • Catherine King Community Award
  • Transition to 2016 class
  • Welcome to new students for 2016
  • House Captain speeches
  • Graduation Evening
  • Grade 6 Dinner
  • Ivor Bowen Cultural Awards
  • 2016 School Captain
  • 2016 House Captain
  • Farewell to departing Families
  • 2016 Starting Dates
  • Merry Christmas

Congratulations to the Yandoit and Drummond School Communities on their concert evening. A wonderful sense of community was present at both functions. The Drummond Community took the opportunity to farewell Dianne Van Baalen who is retiring, for her years of service and dedication to Drummond Primary School. Congratulations Dianne and thank you for your contribution to education in Victoria and for your significant contribution to Drummond Primary School. A retirement function has been planned for Dianne early next year.

Thank you also to Kerry Carman for her work at Drummond Primary School. Kerry has embraced the Drummond Community and we are very appreciative of her work over the past three terms.

Sandra and our Grade 3/4 students put on a wonderful afternoon tea to thank our ‘Treasures’ who have volunteered their time in the KG program throughout the year.

Our Family Groups presented Christmas presents to Daylesford Family Services at our assembly last week. It was a lovely gesture by the school. Messages of giving rather than receiving and doing something for someone else were clearly on display.


Thank you to all the volunteers that attended our thank you morning tea last Wednesday. A sincere thanks to all parents who have assisted in the school throughout the year, so much more can be achieved when we have such a strong commitment to the school.
Congratulations to Samantha Doidge who was presented with the Katherine King Community Award for her dedication towards our school community. Her contribution and assistance to our library and KG program has been outstanding.


The transition to 2016 classes went very well, all the hard work by the staff and long conversations during our planning day have proved to be most worthwhile. The grade structures for 2016 look exciting and I am looking forward to seeing some terrific benefits.
During our 2016 transition day we were able to welcome fifteen new students who will be joining us in the New Year.

Congratulations to all the grade 5 students who nominated for 2016 House Captain positions. A quality field made it a very difficult task for the staff. I am looking forward to working with the newly elected leaders next year.

Our Graduation Evening was a highly successful event. This year our Preforming Arts students showcased their talents under the expert guidance of Suzanne Hobson. The performances and acts were outstanding. The Academic Awards were presented and next year’s school captains were announced. For more information see page 3.

The Grade 6 Dinner was a night of celebration. It was an opportunity for the Grade 6 students to come together for the final time before they leave the school. Thank you very much to the dedicated band of parents who have been working all year on the planning of this event. Due to their dedication the night ran very smoothly and was a fitting farewell for the grade 6 students.

Our final assembly included the presentation of our Ivor Bowen Cultural Awards and the presenting of the School and House Captains to our school community. Congratulations to all the recipients of a Cultural Award. A BIG thank you to David Dawson from Overwrought, for his work in designing and creating the beautiful awards.

A number of Families are relocating at the end of the year. I took the time to farewell those children departing along with the grade 6 students at assembly this week. I wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for your contribution to DPS.

By now you would have received a letter from me outlining the arrangements for 2016. It is VERY IMPORTANT to note the 2016 student starting dates on the front page, as they vary according to the age group.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and thank you all for a wonderful year, which has been packed full of so many wondering and exciting things. I look forward to working with you all again in the New Year.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 9

  • Senior Choir Hepburn House
  • 5/6C Making a Difference
  • School Captain Speeches
  • Junior & Senior Choir Performances
  • P-2 swimming program
  • Daylesford Bendigo & Community Bank
  • Yandoit concert


Well done to the Senior Choir who performed at Hepburn House last week. They certainly brought some joy to the senior citizens.

Grade 5/6C continue their commitment to ‘Making a Difference’ see their article on page 3. Congratulations and well done to the entire 15 grade 5 students who nominated for 2016 school captain. The quality of speeches was excellent and was very well received by an appreciative grade 3-5 audience. It pleases me greatly the so many students want to aspire towards leadership roles.

The Junior and Senior Choirs performed on the terrace at The Grande Hotel on Sunday. It was a lovely afternoon and the children performed beautifully. Thank you to all the families who were able to attend. Some funds were raised to support the choir program which we are committed to offer again in 2016. Sincere thanks goes to Ian and Jodie Hawkins of the Grande for supporting the school with this function and fund raiser.



A HUGH thanks to Paul Thomas our groundsman for his BIG effort to get our pool up and running for this week’s P-2 swimming program. It is such an excellent resource and we are very fortunate to be able to offer the swimming program. Already we can see an improvement in the children’s water confidence. At assembly this week, I encouraged the EY students to maximise this opportunity, by swimming every session and working hard to improve every day. Some photos will appear on the website soon.

I would like to acknowledge the sponsorship by the Daylesford Bendigo & Community Bank towards our swimming program. Without their support the school would struggle to cover all the costs associated with the running of the program and the levy to parents would be far greater.

Well done to the Yandoit school community. The end of year concert was yet again another very successful event. Congratulations to the team of Deb Rauber, Josie Berto, Nicole Wassell, Dave Lewis and Michelle Quinn. This very dedicated band of staff have combined together extremely well throughout the entire year to deliver an excellent program at Yandoit P.S. We are indeed very fortunate to have such a dynamic group of staff. I would also like to thank the Yandoit SC for their support this year. Acknowledging their willingness to do what is required to bring about the best for the children.

Peter Burke
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