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Feb 2016

Term 1 - week 4

  • 3-6 Swimming Program
  • House Swimming Sports
  • Regional Swimming Sports
  • Family Groups
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • Specialist Captains
  • Bus Captains

Our 3-6 swimming program finished on a really positive note. Well done to all our staff and a special thank you to Maree Phypers and Amy Kinnear.

The House meetings last Friday have resulted in high levels of participation in the upcoming House Swimming Sports. We are looking forward to Friday, a full report will appear next week.

Our largest Regional swimming team competed at Eureka Pool on Sunday. There were an extraordinary number of Personal Best times by a large number of swimmers with so many swimmers swimming for the very first time in an event of this magnitude. Our U10 boys and U10s girls relays teams placing 3rd (just missing on 2nd place and regionals - especially the girls time only 1 second off second placed Ballarat Grammar). Our amazing 13 and under girls medley team (5th) with two 10 year olds and a nine year old swimming way up in age! - A gallant effort by Sebastian Streat in 50m free and back! Such a great sense of "team" with everyone cheering each Daylesford swimmer on, the relays were especially exciting and OUR AMAZING QUALIFIERS FOR REGIONALS 18 MARCH IN BALLARAT at the Aquatic Centre:

  • Charlotte S 50 m breaststroke (2nd/34), 55.12
  • Jessica V 50 back, (4th), 53.29
  • Taj V 50 back (4th/18), 54.67
  • Keylah W 50 free (3rd/45), 36.55
  • Lila P 50 free (2nd/76), 39.72; 50 butterfly (1st/7) 54

A special thanks needs to go to Shelley Bowen and Karen Walker for their efforts as team managers. Also a BIG thank you to Maree Phypers for working tirelessly on the day with warm-ups and marshalling of our swimmers, also Amy Kinnear for great support. Thank you Tim and Sophie Loft for taking lots of photos of our swimmers (soon for website) and finally great to see Finlay Loft and Jonas Paar (past students) who took the two DPS timekeeper places ALL DAY. Finally, thank you to Mr Kiellerup for all work on the day and in the lead up.


Our Family Groups Program commenced on Monday. The Preps were collected by their buddies and introduced to their Family teacher and Family Group. A highly successful start to a program which builds positive relationships across the school.

A BIG thank you to Barry Phypers who not only has cleaned up our back gate entrance, but has dug out a Beach Volleyball Court for us on the oval. The sand will also serve as a Long Jump and Triple Jump Pit for training for our Athletics program. This has been made
possible due to the generous support of parents who have given voluntary contributions for grounds.

A reminder to parents to flag either Tuesday 8th or Wednesday 9th for Parent Teacher Interviews in your diary.

Congratulations to the students who were selected as our Specialist Captains for 2017; Visual Arts – Evan Mae Haby & Billy Crooks, Performing Arts – Demi Henderson & Edward Kandel and LOTE/Italian – Caelan Rouse & Nia Oram.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in a very important position of responsibility as our Bus Captains:
Bus 1: Mackenzie Downing and Mowee Butsai
Bus 2: Marissa Fisher and Zenay McCahon
Bus 3: Harry Strawhorn and Trinity Paderno

Peter Burke

Term 1 - week 3

  • Prep Parent Morning Tea
  • Lockdown Practice
  • 3-6 Swimming & House Swimming Sports
  • Regional Swimming Team
  • Family Groups start next week
  • Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you very much to all the Prep parents who were able to attend the Prep Parent’s morning tea after assembly this week. It was a good opportunity for parents to talk with each other and to ask questions of Mr Garner or myself.

The ‘Lockdown’ policy was practiced at school this week which created an opportunity for staff to reinforce to all students what the procedures are and under what circumstances we might need to put such practices in place. Later in the year we will also practice our Emergency Evacuation procedures, whereby the school would evacuated to the school oval.

The Grade 3-6 swimming program concluded this week. I am very pleased with the high level of participation and the rate of improvement that the students showed over the two weeks. However, I would like to reinforce that swimming is a lifelong skill and the ongoing commitment to developing good swimming techniques needs to continue outside what the school can offer.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all parents, grandparents and friends along to our House Swimming Sports next Friday 26th February.

This Sunday at the Eureka Swimming Pool we have a large team of 22 students competing in the Regional Swimming Sports. I would like to wish the students all the very best on Sunday and acknowledge their willingness to compete at this level. I would like to thank parents who are supporting the children on the day and in particular our thanks go to Shelley Bowen and Karen Walker who are acting as the swimming team managers on the day.

Our senior students visited the Prep rooms last Friday and worked with their buddy on a ‘Buddy Bear’ activity. This is in the lead up to the commencement of our Family Groups program which will start next Monday.


An early reminder to parents/carers, that information about our Parent/Teacher interviews will be coming out next week. Please look in your diaries and set aside either Tuesday 8th or Wednesday 9th March for an interview. Interviews will occur between 4.00 – 6.00 and they are between parents/carers and teachers only. Students are not required to this early interview. They will be directly involved in the term 3 interviews.

Peter Burke

Term 1 - week 2

  • Code Red – Fire Danger Rating
  • Extreme Fire Danger Rating days
  • School Lockdown – practice next Tuesday
  • Positive school environment
  • Preps Parent’s Morning Tea
  • Early Years Picnic – Jubilee Lake
  • 3-6 Swimming Program
  • Curriculum Documents

As it is the start of the year, I would like to remind our school community that all Victorian schools and early childhood services listed on the Bush-At-Risk-Register (BARR), which includes Daylesford, Yandoit and Drummond schools, are required to pre-emptively close if they are located in a Bureau of Meteorology district where a Code Red Danger Rating day has been determined. We have not had a Code Red Day this season, but if one is announced by BOM, then the school will be closed on that day.

A new policy update for Government schools listed in the Bushfire-At-Risk-Register (BARR), has just been announced by the Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley and the Department and Training Secretary, Gill Callister in exceptional circumstances, some government schools may pre-emptively close when an Extreme Fire Danger Rating day is forecast. More information about how this will affect our school community will be forwarded in a parent letter, once I have discussed this change with staff and School Council.


Meanwhile, next Tuesday the school will be practicing a ‘Lockdown’ procedure, which is a part of our Emergency Management Plan, if an external risk such as a bushfire threatens the school. Lockdown can occur in two stages; stage 1 is return and stay in our classrooms, stage 2 is relocating the whole school to our main building. Next Tuesday we will only be practicing stage 1 of the Lockdown and staff will be discussing with the students what to do in the case of stage 2 being called.

I would like to thank all parents/carers and acknowledge all staff on what has been a most positive start to the 2016 school year. I think this is an excellent team effort, well done everyone.

I would like to stem an invitation to all Prep parents to attend an informal gathering after assembly next Tuesday 16th at 9.30 in the gym. The Prep parent morning tea is to allow Prep parents an opportunity to network with other Prep parents and for parents to ask questions of Mr Garner or myself.

Thank you to all our Early Years parents who were able to attend the EY Picnic at Jubilee Lake on Tuesday night. It was a lovely evening and terrific to catch up and talk with so many parents.

The 3-6 swimming program is going very well. I have put three extra staff in place to support classroom teachers and lower staff:student ratios. A reminder that there will be no swimming next Tuesday 16th due to DSC swimming sports.
Also a reminder to parents that the swimming program levy is now overdue to be paid in full unless you have put a payment plan in place with Deborah our business manager.
Finally, for your convenience and reference I have placed into this newsletter, a copy of our school curriculum in Literacy for P-6. Next week’s newsletter will feature our Numeracy curriculum outline.

Peter Burke

Term 1 - week 1

  • Welcome back
  • Welcome to all our new families
  • Welcome to a new staff member
  • Vale – previous staff member
  • Very Positive start to 2016
  • Student Requisites
  • 3-6 Swimming Program

Welcome back everyone, I trust you had a lovely break, a delightful Christmas and more recently enjoyed Australia Day Celebrations.

Welcome to all our Preps & new students and their families, I know that the Daylesford PS school community will embrace our new families.


Welcome to Katie Yeung our new staff member, who will be teaching P-2 classes in Performing Arts and taking the Junior Choir. Suzanne Hobson remains with us but in a reduced time fraction.

We were saddened to hear the news that Melissa Ray passed away before the New Year, losing her battle to cancer at the age of 29 years. During her illness we were continually amazed at her bravery and her courage, our hearts go out to her fiancée and her family. Melissa taught MiniLIT and a number of classes over several years at DPS and will be truly missed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the school community for supporting our staggered start this year. The EY testing program has proven to be highly beneficial, the 1:1 time has enabled staff and students to develop a positive relationship and the extensive works completed by the 3-6 staff on student data has allowed for a very dynamic start, whereby allowing all the staff to know where their students are currently positioned both academically, socially and emotionally.


The school has yet again gone to a great deal of trouble to order, purchase, sort and supply a wide range of student requisites to all our classrooms, thereby replacing booklists which parents would otherwise have to fulfill. All student’s have already received some of the these requisites. Statements will be sent out in the near future. We would appreciate payment for this excellent service asap. Please contact Deborah our Business Manager if you would like to orgainse a payment plan. Centre Pay and BPay are available, please contact the office if you are unsure how to utilise these options.

Finally, Grade 3-6 parents will have received a permission form and payment summary for the Swimming Program. Extra staff have been put in place to support this program and we are looking forward to the House Swimming Sports on Friday 26th February.Please ensure that permission forms have been returned by Monday 8th and that full payment has occurred by the end of the first week of the program.

Peter Burke
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