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Term 4 - week 8

  • Daylesford Community Fair
  • 2016 Prep transition
  • Planning for 2016
  • Combined SC meeting with DSC SC
  • 2016 A Year of Review
  • P-2 Swimming program
  • Choir Payments
  • SRI Concert – farewell and thanks to our SRI teachers
  • KG Volunteers afternoon tea – Fri 4th December
  • Volunteer’s morning tea – Wednesday 9th December

The Daylesford Community Fair last Sunday was a huge success, and the performances on marimba by our 3/4 students were an integral part of this exciting, festive and connecting community event. Congratulations to our students and Suzanne, and a big thank you to all the parents who helped on the afternoon, particularly Greg Strawhorn, Darren McColl and Harry, Eliza, Isabelle and Lachlan for getting the marimbas down and back.

The second Prep transition day went very well. Meeting the pre-schoolers for a second time has already seen the start of establishing routines and allowing for the children to become familiar with school. The parent information session with our new parents went very well last week. The grade 5 students will meet their buddies next Wednesday. I know the children are looking forward to the opportunity to start developing positive relationships.

The planning day for 2016 was very productive. Staff worked tirelessly on class lists for 2016 and we are now ready for the transition up to the 2016 classes’ day which is scheduled for Tuesday 8th December.

Our SC members met with the DSC SC members in a combined gathering at the DSC during the week. This proved to be most beneficial in a number of ways. Part of the night involved a briefing on strategic planning and the roll SC can play next year which is our ‘Year of Review’. I thank the SC members who attended for their time and commitment.

In the lead up to preparing for the P-2 swimming program, we are having challenges with the swimming pool filter, which may delay the swimming program. I will keep you informed of progress.

A reminder to a number of parents who will receive an invoice for choir, that choir is an optional extra that parents agreed to support. If payments are not forthcoming this will place enormous pressure on the future delivery of the program.

This Friday at 12.30 the final SRI concert will be held in the gym. As SRI will not be delivered in 2016, due to departmental changes to guidelines surrounding the delivery of SRI, I will on behalf of the school community take the opportunity to thank our long standing SRI teachers, who have volunteered many hours of their time. Many thanks to Helen Scrutton for her leadership and guidance, thanks and best wishes to Dianne McHattie, Ruth Hiatt, Lynette Brown and Irene Blake. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the work of Christine Dobson and Jaala Freeman in Buddhism, who have volunteered their services over a number of years.

Finally, if you have been involved in the KG program or volunteered your time across the school throughout the year, we would love to see you at either of our thank you events. The KG afternoon tea will be held on Friday 4th December. The volunteers’ morning tea is scheduled for Wednesday 9th December at 11.00 in the gym. The Katherine King Community Award will be presented as a part of that function.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 7

  • Daylesford Community Fair
  • 2016 Prep transition
  • Planning for 2016
  • Combined SC meeting with DSC SC
  • 2016 A Year of Review
  • P-2 Swimming program
  • Choir Payments
  • SRI Concert – farewell and thanks to our SRI teachers
  • KG Volunteers afternoon tea – Fri 4th December
  • Volunteer’s morning tea – Wednesday 9th December

The Daylesford Community Fair last Sunday was a huge success, and the performances on marimba by our 3/4 students were an integral part of this exciting, festive and connecting community event. Congratulations to our students and Suzanne, and a big thank you to all the parents who helped on the afternoon, particularly Greg Strawhorn, Darren McColl and Harry, Eliza, Isabelle and Lachlan for getting the marimbas down and back.

The second Prep transition day went very well. Meeting the pre-schoolers for a second time has already seen the start of establishing routines and allowing for the children to become familiar with school. The parent information session with our new parents went very well last week. The grade 5 students will meet their buddies next Wednesday. I know the children are looking forward to the opportunity to start developing positive relationships.

The planning day for 2016 was very productive. Staff worked tirelessly on class lists for 2016 and we are now ready for the transition up to the 2016 classes’ day which is scheduled for Tuesday 8th December.

Our SC members met with the DSC SC members in a combined gathering at the DSC during the week. This proved to be most beneficial in a number of ways. Part of the night involved a briefing on strategic planning and the roll SC can play next year which is our ‘Year of Review’. I thank the SC members who attended for their time and commitment. In the lead up to preparing for the P-2 swimming program, we are having challenges with the swimming pool filter, which may delay the swimming program. I will keep you informed of progress.

A reminder to a number of parents who will receive an invoice for choir, that choir is an optional extra that parents agreed to support. If payments are not forthcoming this will place enormous pressure on the future delivery of the program.

This Friday at 12.30 the final SRI concert will be held in the gym. As SRI will not be delivered in 2016, due to departmental changes to guidelines surrounding the delivery of SRI, I will on behalf of the school community take the opportunity to thank our long standing SRI teachers, who have volunteered many hours of their time. Many thanks to Helen Scrutton for her leadership and guidance, thanks and best wishes to Dianne McHattie, Ruth Hiatt, Lynette Brown and Irene Blake. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the work of Christine Dobson and Jaala Freeman in Buddhism, who have volunteered their services over a number of years.

Finally, if you have been involved in the KG program or volunteered your time across the school throughout the year, we would love to see you at either of our thank you events. The KG afternoon tea will be held on Friday 4th December. The volunteers’ morning tea is scheduled for Wednesday 9th December at 11.00 in the gym. The Katherine King Community Award will be presented as a part of that function.

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 6

  • Remembrance Day
  • 2016 Prep Transition
  • Movember
  • Pupil Free Day – next Wednesday

At 11.00 am on 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. At assembly this week we stood in silence for a minute as a mark of respect in the lead up to Remembrance Day. 4/5B’s presentation about a minute silence assisted us in reflecting on why we do this. The Senior Choir sang a very moving song about war “Sadako From Horoshima’, the song was introduced by Yemaya and Caprice who read a beautiful piece about the song which has a strong message about peace.

I revisited our DPS ANZAC book and spoke about the Tatti brothers, two were killed in action and one lost his leg in battle. The School Captains and I attended the RSL ceremony and laid a wreath on behalf of the school community.


Jasmine Gruar and Lulu Partyka Turnbull, along with Nicole attended the Remembrance Ceremony in Melbourne at the Shrine of Remembrance. The girls met the Premier and were with presented with their Highly Commended certificates for recognition for their achievements in the Primary School Poster Competition.


The 2016 Prep Transition morning went very well and we welcomed our new families into our school community. The grade 5 students will meet with their buddies on the third transition morning, Wednesday 25th.

A number of staff are participating in Movember. The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier and longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $685 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. We have raised over $150 so far. Thank you for your support. If you would like to support the foundation you can log onto our school’s page - https://au.movember.com/donate/payment/team_id/2090729

Finally a reminder that Wednesday 18th is a pupil free day, the staff will be involved in planning for 2016 and writing reports. A very full day for staff!

Peter Burke

Term 4 - week 5

  • Remembrance Day
  • Prep Transition
  • Pupil Free Day
  • Parent requests for 2016 now closed
  • Emergency Management
  • Parent Payments
  • Movember
  • Breakfast Program

Next Wednesday is Remembrance Day. The School Captains and myself will be attending the RSL ceremony at the Cenotaph in Daylesford and we have two children attending the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne who are finalist in the poster competition. Congratulations and good luck to Jasmine Gruar and Lulu Partyka Turnbull.



We have decided to conduct a minute’s silence on Tuesday morning at our regular assembly. There will be a special presentation by 4/5B.

We are looking forward to our Prep Transition morning next Wednesday. The grade 5 students will meet with their buddy on the third transition morning, Wednesday 25th. A reminder, Wednesday 18th is a pupil free day, the staff will be involved in creating class lists for 2016, planning for our 2016 assessment days and writing reports. A very full day for staff!

Parent requests for 2016 are now closed.

Based on a dry Spring and pending dry & hot Summer we will be discussing and practicing our Emergency Management Plan with all the students over the coming weeks.

There are number of outstanding parent payments, which is concerning at this time of the year. A final parent statement will be issued in the next two weeks. We appreciate those parents who have attended to this matter already as this payment is vital to our school’s finances.

A number of staff are getting behind Movember. The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $685 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. If you would like to support the foundation you can log onto our school site. https://au.movember.com/donate/payment/member_id /12323077/

Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to our breakfast program, which will be conducted for the last time this year next week. Monday, P-4 classes are invited to join us in the gym and Friday, 3-6 classes are most welcome.

Peter Burke
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