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Term 2 - week 11

  • 3/4 Expo
  • Major Games Day
  • P-4 Concert
  • Reports
  • Staffing

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who attended our highly successful 3/4 Expo on Sustainable Houses last week. The engagement by the students was outstanding. The thought that went into the design of their sustainable house was amazing. I believe real learning was clearly demonstrated. I could also see the modelling of the school, with our solar panels, kitchen garden, composting, and harvesting of water also played a role.

We were extremely proud of the Year 5/6 students today when they represented our school at the Major Games Day at St Michael’s. The students showed a lot of drive, focus and respect in the way they competed.

It has been a busy week of rehearsing and final preparations for our Prep-Four students in lead up to the Early Years concert. Wednesday night’s performance was yet another example of the outstanding extension opportunities we are able to offer here at DPS through the specialist programs. Integrating LOTE Italian into the performance just emphasised our students’ aptitude for both Performing Arts and Language.

Congratulations to all the students who performed and a big thank you to Suzanne and the teachers and parents that helped put this performance together. A gallery of photos will be placed in next term’s first newsletter and on the school website.

Peter Burke and David Garner

Term 2 - week 10

  • Greater Western Cross Country results
  • Winter Raffle
  • Farmers Arms Raffle
  • Book Fair – how you can help on Saturday 4th July
  • Local Landscape Exhibition in Melbourne
  • P-4 Concert – can you help Suzanne?
  • Sick Leave
  • Highly successful term

On Friday 12th, four of our students travelled to Warrnambool to compete in the Greater Western Cross Country Finals. A BIG thank you, to the parents who drove all that way and for supporting their child on the day. The school is very proud of Tyson, Charlotte, Lila, James and Sunny (Drummond P.S.), all who qualified for this event, which is only one step below the State Finals. The children have been training in the lead up to the event and on the day they gave it their very best on a hilly, wet and demanding course.

Charlotte placed 5th and James placed 11th. Both have qualified for the State Finals in Melbourne next term. Congratulations to them both, what a great achievement!

The Winter Raffle will be drawn next Tuesday in assembly. It has been highly successful due to a very dedicated group of parents. I would like to thank Melanie Scott, Samantha Doidge, Julie Russell, Joanne Reid, Shannon Marshall, Helen Murphy, Jen Bray and Leonie Naylor for their tireless efforts in gaining outstanding sponsors, selling tickets, developing a promotion board and putting the hampers and tickets together. What an amazing effort! Please remember to sell your tickets and get them back to the school by Monday.

Sales of raffle tickets at the Farmers Arms are going well. We still need help on Friday 3rd & 10th July (over the holidays). Please contact the front office if you can help.
The Book Fair committee are doing a great job in the lead up to our Book Fair in August. Help is need on Saturday 4th July between 11.00-3.00 to help for one hour sorting books in our gym. It is warm and fun and children are welcome.

Congratulations to the 25 students who have entered their painting into the Local Landscape Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Parents are invited to attend the Local Landscapes Exhibition on Saturday 20th June 2015 : 12.30pm, at the NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, Federation Square, Melbourne. Thank you to Nicole for all the work she has done to enable the students this opportunity.

I am taking some sick leave as of next Monday, as I have some minor surgery scheduled. In my absence Mr Garner will be acting Principal.

As this is my last report for the term, I would like to reflect on yet again another highly successful term. This is due to an excellent partnership with our families and the school. The very dedicated group of staff who provide a very high standard of education have just completed your child’s report. Can I encourage you to sit down with your child over the break and read the report together. It will be a chance to celebrate the successes together and a chance to reflect on areas of focus for next semester. The students will be developing their goals for the second half of the year on their return and will be sharing these goals with you at the Student/Parent/Teacher interviews in week 2 of next term.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 9

  • Warm Welcome
  • Western Zone XC Finals
  • Winter Raffle
  • School Photos
  • Crazy Hair Day
  • Farmers Arms Raffle
  • Student Reports
  • Family Statements
A warm welcome to the Comber Family who have returned to Daylesford after extensive travel, Neve is in 1W and Rani is in 2S. Also a warm welcome to Lachlan Smith who has joined us and is in class 56C.

You may have seen the front page of the Advocate where the article ‘Budding distance runners set to go’, featured five of our students, Tyson, Sunny, James, Charlotte and Lila, who have all qualified for the Greater Western Region Cross Country Finals which are held in Warrnambool this Friday. All the very best to our students, we are very proud of your achievements thus far and look forward to hearing a full report next week.

Thank you to the school community who are getting right behind the Winter Raffle. The hampers look amazing and it is certainly a result of some excellent work by our grade 6 community. Can I refer you to the list on the back page of all the businesses that have supported the winter raffle and ask you to support these businesses.

Thank you to parents for presenting the children so well in their school uniform for our school photos. The day went very smoothly and the children were excellent in their behaviour throughout the exercise.

The JSC council have decided to get behind the people of Nepal in their time of need. The crazy hair day on Friday is our small way of generating some funds to send to Nepal to assist in the re- building stage of their recovery. Thank you to parents and students who entered into the spirit of the day and for donating so generously. A full report will be presented next week at assembly.

A final call out for volunteers to help with the Farmers Arms raffle on Friday night between 6.00-7.30. Can I refer you to the roster at the bottom of my report.

Staff have been working very hard on the semester one reports. The reports will give parents an overview of students’ progress throughout terms 1 & 2. Work habits will also be reported on and ‘areas of improvement’ will offer suggestions of focus for the future.

Parent/student/teacher interviews have been schedule for Wednesday 22nd July, which is week 2 of term three. There will be no formal classes conducted on this day to allow staff to meet with students and parents/carers. This will occur by appointment only. Booking sheets will be distributed early in Term 3. Please place this day in your diaries, so as to be available to attend interviews and supervise children as there are no classes on that day.

Finally, thank you to all the families who have already attended to payments for student materials as per the statement that was posted out last week. The school does a great job at purchasing and distributing all the classroom materials that the children require throughout the year and it is appreciated that parents/carers have responded by way of payments for these services. I would not like to introduce booklists as most other schools do, which requires parents to purchase all the books, pencil etc. etc. Therefore it is vital that the family payment statements are actioned on asap.

Peter Burke

Term 2 - week 8

  • Welcome to new students
  • 5/6 Camp
  • ICAS Science test
  • School Photos
  • Queen’s Birthday Holiday
  • Winter Raffle
  • Farmers Arms Raffle
  • Mid-Year Concert
  • Personal Safety

Welcome to Jack McCosker and his family, who have joined our school community from NSW. Also welcome to Lachlan Smith and his family. Jack is in 5/6P and Lachlan is in 5/6C.

The Grade 5/6 camp was an outstanding success. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents that assisted. So many excellent reports of good behaviour, great activities and apparently even the food was good.

It was very pleasing to see 25 students sitting the ICAS Science test this year. This provides students with an opportunity to develop examination techniques and to develop higher order thinking skills.

School photos are scheduled for next Thursday. To ensure that the photos run smoothly it is important to consider two things; firstly please ensure that your children are on time and secondly that the children are dressed in correct school uniform.

A reminder that next Monday is the Queen’s Birthday Holiday.

The grade 6 dinner committee of parents, have been extremely active and this year’s Winter Raffle has some fantastic prizes. The Hampers look amazing. I would like to acknowledge all the businesses that have supported our school and ask you to support these businesses. Can I refer you to the back page, where we have placed an extensive list of businesses who have donated towards our Winter Raffle.

The Farmers Arms are once again allowing the school to run their community raffle. This raffle continues over a number of weeks, until we secure $2,000. This money will go towards our KG program to cover costs for the program. Can you help? Friday 12th June we start. Can you help sell tickets on one Friday night from 6.00 until 7.30 when the raffle is drawn? Please contact the front office if you or your family can help.

The Prep – 4 students are looking forward to the Mid-Year Concert, which will be held in the Town Hall on Wednesday 24th June. They will be showcasing some of their work that they have achieved together within the P.A. program.

Based on a recent media report, it is timely I think to re-visit ‘Personal Safety’. I encourage all families to reinforce ‘Personal Safety’ with their child, with particular reference to travelling to and from school, emphasising stranger danger. We at school have addressed this at assembly, reminding ourselves of our protocols and our procedures based around movement throughout the school, toileting and bus travel.

Peter Burke
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