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Term 1 - week 9

Foundation Students
A huge congratulations to our Foundation students who have successfully completed their first term at Daylesford, Drummond and Yandoit Primary Schools. It is an absolute pleasure to witness their journey, establishing routines and developing their confidence in both themselves and others. Well done to all and we look forward to having all our Foundation students attending every day next term.

Cross Country At Jubilee Lake
Our Cross Country event for our Years 3 to 6 will be held at Jubilee Lake tomorrow. We wish all participants good luck. We will celebrate at a future assembly and in our first newsletter in Term 2.

Thank You
I would like to thank and congratulate all community participants, especially our wonderful students, staff and parents, for your support as we try very hard to make Daylesford, Drummond and Yandoit Primary Schools active and engaging places to learn. Consistently I witness children supporting each other and assisting teachers, which is a credit to them and their parents!

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Final Day Of Term 1
School for term 1 will conclude at 2.30pm tomorrow, Thursday 29th March. Well done on a vibrant term one and we look forward to commencing term two on Monday the 16th April.

Have a safe and enjoyable break!

Trevor Edwards,

Term 1 - week 8

Multicultural Diversity Day
Congratulations to all who participated in our Multicultural diversity day at Daylesford Primary School. A big thank you to both Yandoit and Drummond students, parent and teachers who made their way to DPS to be involved in some great fun activities, acknowledging the cultural diversity that exists in the Hepburn Region and Australia today.

The children were very engaged, we had a musical celebration of gypsy music emanating from Romania and Hungary and all students had an opportunity to celebrate and understand traditions and culture from various countries. Well done to all.

Golf Program (Year 5 & 6)
Our first of two golf sessions occurred last Friday on the school oval. Tony Collier, a well-known and credentialed golf professional and teacher from Ballarat, ran an interactive session with the Years 5 and 6 children. It was followed up today at the beautiful Hepburn Golf club where the children were taught chipping and putting as well as playing various golf shots. Who knows, we may have our next Karrie Webb or Jason Day amongst us!

Coles Sporting Schools Promotion
At this stage, at all of our three sites (Daylesford, Drummond and Yandoit) we have received overwhelming support from the local community as we finalise all of our Coles vouchers. These will be tallied and eventually we will have the opportunity to select a wide range of sporting goods for all three sites. The final day for collecting vouchers is Tuesday the 3rd of April. Eventually we will communicate as to what we have received in the way of sporting goods for the three sites. Thank you everyone from the Daylesford, Hepburn and surrounding communities for your support.

JSC Favourite Colours Day in aid of the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter
On Monday 26th of March, our Junior School Council have committed to raising money for the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter. Children may dress up in their favourite colours, whether it be football teams, netball teams or any other colour they desire, to raise money for this wonderful organisation. A gold coin donation will be accepted. Thank you for your support and well done to our Junior School Council.

Daylesford Primary School Cross Country Event
Please note that our DPS year’s 3 to 6 Cross Country event will be hosted at Jubilee Lake on Thursday the 29th of March commencing at 9.30am. We look forward to everyone’s participation. A permission form accompanies this newsletter and should be returned by Tuesday, 27th March.

End of Term
The final day of term one, 2018 is Thursday the 29th of March. School will conclude at 2.30pm. Please note that all bus travellers will need to be collected from their various bus stops earlier than usual. As Friday the 30th of March, is the Good Friday public holiday and commencement of our term one break, I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to the commencement of term two on Monday the 16th of April. Please note that all Foundation children commence their full week as from the beginning of term two.

Enjoy your weekend

Trevor Edwards,

Term 1 - week 7

Cultural Day (Cultural Beliefs)
We very much look forward to our cultural day to be hosted at the school this coming Tuesday. We hope that everyone (including parents if you wish) dress up to celebrate the culturally diverse population that is Australia and Daylesford today. Our assembly on Tuesday should definitely be bright and colourful and the planned classroom activities will be very much focussed on cultural beliefs and understanding. We look forward to seeing as many community members as possible at our assembly this Tuesday.

5/6 Golf Sessions
Our first of two golf sessions was held at our school oval on Friday (today). We have some very talented junior golfers who, with encouragement, would certainly play this wonderful game with skill and finesse! Our next, and final session, will be held at the beautiful Hepburn golf club next Friday.

School Council Meetings
The following dates and times for our School Council meetings and AGM’s are as follows;

  • Yandoit PS - Wednesday, March 21st
  • Drummond PS - Monday, March 26th
  • Daylesford PS - Tuesday, March 27th

Please note that all agendas will be sent out to our elected representatives prior to each meeting.

Skate Park Design Consultation
The Hepburn Shire officers, along with Councillor Kate Redwood and Michelle Anderson from Sport and Recreation Victoria, hosted a community forum at our school yesterday afternoon to gauge and impact the planning and design process for an improved Skate Park at Daylesford. Convic, a skate park design company, presented their design brief and attendees were able to present their views which were eagerly sourced and considered. It was well attended and I look forward to informing the school community as updates arise.

Enjoy your weekend

Trevor Edwards,

Term 1 - week 6

Parent/teacher Interviews
Thank you to all who attended our Term 1 parent/teacher interviews. One of our aims of these is to openly communicate strategies of support, acknowledge achievement and collectively work together to support your child/children.

School Council Finalised
The School Council election process has concluded and I would like to congratulate the following parents who are now duly elected representatives on each School Council.

Daylesford PS : Karen McColl, Catherine Meadows, Karri Flood, Toby Sime and Russell Newton. Similarly, the following parents remain on the Daylesford School Council as their second year of involvement continues: Possum Sullivan and Tanya Madsen. We also have as the DET reps: Trevor Edwards, Karen McHugh, and Jendy Fry. We will elect up to two community members during our AGM to be hosted on Tuesday the 27th March at 6.30pm.

Our Yandoit School Council consists of the following elected representatives: Marnie Ireland, Dale Fuller and Michael Watson who join Michelle Rushworth and Louise Cruikshank. Trevor Edwards and Nicole Wassell are the DET representatives. Our Drummond School Council consists of Jodi Zillig, Jodi Becker and Jason Keating. Our DET representatives are Karen McHugh and Meg Cox.

Again thankyou to all who have nominated, all retiring school councillors for their splendid contribution and we look forward to all school councils being both active and supportive as we move into the new school council cycle. Further information about our community representatives will be acknowledged in follow up newsletters. Congratulations to all who nominated and we look forward to another great year.

Pupil Free Day And Labour Day Public Holiday
As reported previously, tomorrow we have a pupil free day with all staff involved in professional development to support our significant Numeracy and Maths program. Monday is the annual Labour Day Holiday.

Golf Program
Our annual golf lessons for our Year 5 and 6 students commence next Friday on the school oval with golf Professional Tony Collier. A further lesson will follow at the beautiful Hepburn Golf Club.

We hope you all have a wonderful short break over the next four days, thank you for your involvement in our term one parent/teacher interviews and we look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday, the 13th of March.

Trevor Edwards,

Term 1 - week 5

Emergency Management
As required, we as a school, undertake Emergency Management evacuation drills and lockdowns. These are practised consistently as obviously we need to ensure our processes are appropriate. Of course, we hope that circumstances do not arise when the evacuation is not a drill but is required.

On Wednesday, we had a sewerage leak near the art room that certainly smelled similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, we evacuated the school students, staff and volunteers down to the oval while the circumstance was checked. All students were safe, the issue identified and we continued with lessons after about an hour. I would like to thank the children, staff and volunteers, it proved our Emergency Management drills are appropriate and timely and we have the correct strategies to ensure that safe practices of either evacuation or lockdown are undertaken. Thank you for your consideration and we will continue to provide a safe and supported school environment for all children, staff and parents. If you would like to discuss this with me, please contact me at the office.

Year 3 To 6 Swimming House Sports
Congratulations to all who competed at the swimming sports last Friday. Although chilly initially it turned out to be a warm day with all children, celebrating and cheering with gusto! Well done to our swimming champions; Taj Vandenberg and Charlotte Streat. Congratulations to all who competed in the parent, student, teacher race. The day was extremely well organised by both Andrew K. and Sherilee! Thank you also to Kara Cooper and Maree Phypers for their support during swimming lessons over the previous two weeks. We now wish our 24 students all the best, who are participating at the Eureka Combined Swimming Championships at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre today.

Big Steps For Tiny Feet Feature
On Wednesday, the Ballarat Courier had a special feature with pictures of all children in Foundation throughout Ballarat, Daylesford and Hepburn. It was a wonderful photo and celebration of children beginning their primary schooling.

Pupil Free Day/labour Day Long Weekend
Please note there is a Pupil Free Day on Friday the 9th March coinciding with Labour Day Holiday on the 12th of March. The newsletter will be sent home with the children next Thursday.

Enjoy your weekend

Trevor Edwards,

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