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Term 4 - week 11

  • Grade 6 Graduation
  • Grade 6 Dinner
  • Highly successful year
  • Ivor Bowen Cultural Awards
  • 2017 School Captains
  • 2017 House Captains
  • 2017 Specialist Captains
  • 2017 classroom teachers
  • Newsletter and website
  • Farewells, final assembly and farewell BBQ

What an amazing night last Thursday night. Congratulations to Suzanne Hobson, her expertise enabled the grade 5/6 students to shine on stage with a terrific performance of 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory'. The academic and excellence awards were presented (refer to list below) and the 2017 School Captains were announced. Thank you to Claire Clifton our School Council President for her kind words and best wishes for me as I move into retirement. Thank you to Sophie and Tim for the terrific photos.

The Grade 6 Dinner was a fitting way to farewell the grade 6 students and I thank them for being such terrific role models across the school throughout 2016. Thank you to the grade 6 Dinner Committee for all their work behind the scenes to make the night a great success for our grade 6 students.

Wow, what a year! Wonderful success stories across the school in so many ways. From Prep to Grade 6. The slide presentation presented at assembly illustrated this very well. Congratulations to all students, staff and parents/carers for an excellent year.

The Cultural Awards were presented at assembly this week. Congratulations to all the students who were recognised. Thank you to Sam Bowen for presenting the awards. Thank you to David Dawson from Overwrought for his sponsorship and the beautiful trophies.

The 2017 School/ House, ICT & Specialist Captains were introduced to the school at assembly. I would like to acknowledge all the 2016 captains for their work this year, a job well done. Of particular note can I say thank you and congratulations to the two school captains, Keylah and Lewin who have done a mighty job throughout 2016.

The classroom teacher’s list has also been included in this edition of the newsletter on page three, our final newsletter. It is important to note that despite a number of composite classes, priority is given to individual learning needs and therefore this will have no impact on learning. In fact we are very fortunate to be able to offer 13 grades (which has resulted in a number of composite classes) as this structure keeps student numbers down in classes across the school.

I would like to acknowledge Marilyn and Leonie who have produced the newsletter every week, throughout the year. They both allocate considerable time to this role to ensure that a high quality is maintained. Thank you Marilyn, Deanne and Leonie. I would also like to acknowledge Ross Richard for his work on maintaining our school website and for posting my Principal Report every week. This is an excellent means of communication for our parents. Thank you Ross.

Farewell and thanks to Mr Garner who is relocating across to Ballarat. Dave has been a very valuable member of staff over the past three years. In his role of Assistant Principal he has supported student engagement & wellbeing and grown our understandings in curriculum and data analysis. His has led the school as the Acting Principal whilst I have been on leave and has touched many other elements across the school, including supporting Drummond Primary School. For all that and more we say thank you Dave and all the very best in your new position.

Finally, as you know, I too will be finishing at the end of the year. It has been an absolute honour to lead Daylesford Primary School and Annexes over the past 10 years. I consider it a privilege to be associated with education for the past 41 years. I have enjoyed working within seven different schools, teaching for 29 years and in Principal class for the past 12 years. I would like to think I have made a difference in the lives of a number of students and in turn their families and our community. I would like to say thank you to the Daylesford, Yandoit & Drummond communities for your support during my time as Principal. The partnership between, staff, parents and the greater community has most certainly resulted in very positive outcomes for our students. I am very proud of what I have achieved over the past ten years, but this was only possible because of the united and team effort of all the staff, School Council and parents. To all of you I say a very huge and sincere thank you and wish the school and the members of this amazing community all the very best for the future.

Finally, thank you to the staff and parents who organised a wonderful send off and farewell at our assembly and farewell BBQ. I very much appreciate the parents who have come forward and passed on their thanks and best wishes. Very humbling, thank you!

Have a lovely holiday, Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 10

  • Yandoit Concert
  • Thank you for cricket gear
  • Christmas Gifts passed onto the Daylesford Family Services
  • Student Leadership Process
  • Overdue Library Books
  • Celebrating Success
  • Transition Up Day
  • KG Volunteers afternoon tea
  • Parent Volunteer morning tea
  • Drummond Concert
  • Presentation Evening

Congratulations to the Yandoit community on a wonderful Yandoit Concert. Well done to the dedicated staff of Deb Rauber, Josie Berto, Nicole Wassell, David Lewis and Michelle Quinn on putting together an excellent night of celebration. It was announced that Deb Rauber will be retiring next year after 17 years at Yandoit, Deb received some flowers and warm appreciation was extended to her by the Yandoit Community.

Thank you to Shane and Tama Gray for organising the donation of children’s cricket gear from the Glenlyon Cricket Club. Mr K will most certainly put this gear to good use.

A representative from each of our Family Groups presented a Christmas gift to Daylesford Family Services staff members Rae Huff & Sally Carmody. Rae thanked the children very much for their generosity and stated that DFS will pass the gifts onto identified families. This is a terrific example of doing something for someone else as we move into Christmas.

The student leadership process was finalised this week. 2017 Captains will be announced in assembly next week.

Thank you to parents who have responded to the call out for overdue books. A great return this week, with only a few outstanding books. Last reminder!

In assembly this week, the grade 2 students combined together with Miss Stevens and Ms Thompson to present two excellent videos on success. The presentations certainly reinforced many great examples of success throughout the year. It was a terrific 'Celebration of Success' our fortnightly focus.

Transition Up Day was a very valuable day, allowing staff and students to meet in their 2017 class groups. The purpose of this day is to assist with the transition from 2016 to 2017. It was a very positive day and I would like to acknowledge the staff for their efforts surrounding the preparation for this day.

Two separate functions were held to thank our Kitchen Garden and Parent Volunteers. They were both well attended and on behalf of the School Council, staff and students I extended our warm appreciation and sincere thanks for their time and commitment to our school in so many different ways. We are indeed fortunate to have such a lovely school community who gets behind the school and supports them to bring about better outcomes for the children.

The Catherine King Community Award was presented to Matthew Spaccatore at our volunteer's morning tea. Matthew was recognised for his enormous contribution across the school, but most significantly within the Prep classrooms. Congratulations Matthew.

Wednesday night was our Drummond PS concert. The night was well organised and great fun. Robyn Stickland who is finishing up at the end of the year, was recognised for her contribution at Drummond. Sincere thanks and a small presentation to Robyn were passed on by the school community.

The Grade 5/6 Presentation Evening was also conducted this week. Next week’s newsletter will include a full report on the night, including Academic Awards and 2017 Captains.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 9

  • Daylesford Art Show
  • Work in school grounds - thank you Barry Phypers Be a Good Citizen
  • Overdue Library Books
  • Parent Volunteer Breakfast invitation
  • Student Leadership Process

Congratulations to all the students whose art work was on display at the Daylesford Show over the weekend. Well done and thanks go to Nicole Wassell our amazing art teacher who supported this event. Thanks also go to Evan-Mae, Sandra, Kerry & Mathew Forbes who assisted with the event.

Barry Phypers has again assisted the school by completing some works in the school grounds. Barry has most recently rebuilt some steps on one of our entrances, this is on the back of shifting sand and preparing the cricket pitches on the oval. Thank you Barry your time is very much appreciated. Thanks also to Sebastian who assisted his grandfather over the weekend.

'Be a Good Citizen' is one of our school values. At assembly this week I called on everyone within our school community to consider how they could be a good citizen over the coming weeks. The school is modelling this in a number of ways, for example we are giving Christmas gifts to Daylesford Family Services next week in assembly. I asked everyone to think about how they could do something for someone else, without the expectation of reward or recognition.

Can I reinforce the message that Library Books are now due! We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful resource in the school, our library. But to maintain the library resource requires a team effort from all members of our school community. Please identify if your child has any overdue books and if so please make it a priority to return them to school on Monday.

If you have volunteered your time within the school at any point throughout this year, please consider yourself invited to our Volunteer’s morning tea next Wednesday 7th December at 11.00 in our gym. It will be our small way of saying thanks for your contribution to our beautiful school. I had the pleasure of interviewing ten grade 5 students who were shortlisted for the 2017 School Captain position this week. The students presented so well, the school is indeed spoilt for choice. It was a very difficult decision. The 2017 School Captains will be announced at the Presentation Evening next week.

I also had the pleasure of listening to the House & Specialist Captain speeches this week. Again the students who nominated did a terrific job. I am so proud of them to have the courage to nominate. I am also very pleased by the strong culture of student leadership within the school. This can certainly be attributed to the current student leaders and their excellent modelling throughout 2016. I say a BIG thank you to our School Captains, House Captains and Specialist Captains, a job well done.

Peter Burke, Principal

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