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Term 4 - week 8

  • Parent Letter – Mr Burke is finishing up!
  • Community Fair
  • Transition to 2017
  • Breakfast Program
  • P-2 Swimming Program

It's been yet another busy period of events coupled with planning for 2017, which is fast approaching. Please take the time to read the attached letter from Mr Burke regarding 2017.

Last weekend saw students from our Choirs perform throughout the Community Fair. We are always so proud of how our students, your children, represent our great schools at such events. Thank you to Suzanne and Katie for enabling this opportunity, as well as the parents and students who represented the school so well at this community event.

Wednesday this week saw the final 2017 Prep transition session where our new Prep students met their buddies. This is always such a significant part of the transition both into the school, and into our Family groups. Our "pre-Prep" children and Year Five students were very excited and made immediate connections which will build a strong foundation for the start of 2017. Also on the day, we held our Year 2-3 transition evening - another significant part of our extensive transition structures across this school. We recognise, with regards to both programs and the curriculum, there is a significant step between Year Two and Three. As such, this evening provided a chance for students and parents to get a sense of what the transition will be like and how we can continue to work together in partnership to support children through these transitions.

Monday 28 November will be our final Breakfast Program for the year, again at 8:30am in the Gym. All students are welcome. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers - Annette and Alan Thomas – who donate so much time and energy into running this program for us. They do this on top of a lot of community work throughout Daylesford and the wider community. Annette and Alan, you are making a big difference - thank you!

Lastly, a reminder to our P-2 families that the swimming program starts in less than two weeks - on Monday 5th December. Notes have gone home outlining the timetable and payment is required ASAP to allow us to fully plan and organise this wonderful program. We are so lucky to have the swimming pool as a resource for this school to utilise for Early Year swimming - a vital survival skill for all children to have.

David Garner, Vice-Principal

Term 4 - week 7

  • Remembrance Day
  • Prep Transition
  • 2017 Planning Day
  • Grade 5 leadership positions
  • Numeracy Day Presentations
  • School Review

Thank you and well done to all the families who supported the RSL by purchasing a Remembrance Day Poppy last week. Our School Captains represented the school and laid a wreath at the Cenotahp ceremony on Friday. Lily Austen and Eliza Strawhorn from our school also attended the ceremony, respresenting the Girl Guides. It was a very moving ceremony and all the children stated that they felt it was very worthwhile attending.

Our second 2017 Prep transition morning went very well on Wednesday. Our grade 5 students will meet their buddies next week, which I know they are looking forward to.

Wednesday's Pupil Free Day enabled the staff to put some planning in place for 2017. Staff worked in teams, discussing class structures and student placement for 2017. Part of the day was also dedicated to student data analysis and report writing.

Over twenty grade 5 students have nominated themselves for the 2017 School Captain positions. This is a very large percentage of our grade 5 cohert, which is very pleasing to see. I would like to acknowledge each of these children and thank them for their speeches. It takes a degree of courage to stand in front of your peers and deliver a speech about your leadership qualities. An excellent experience for all the students. The student votes have been considered and the students who have been shortlisted for further interviews will be notified in writing.

Allie Morrissey from DSC attended our assembly this week and congratulated our grade 5 & 6 students on the success of the Numeracy Day that was conducted at the Secondary College. Results from the competitions were announced and certificates were then presented to the three winning teams.

Our School Review process continues, with a core team of staff scheduled to work with our reviewer next Monday. The terms of reference that will guide our discussion was constructed by the Principal and the Reviewer, in consultation with the School Education Improvement Leader (SEIL), the school's selected Challenge partners and the School Council President. The purpose of the day is for the panel to provide recommendations to inform the school’s strategic direction and the preparation of our next strategic plan.

Finally, a call out to all families regarding overdue library books. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school library, but we need to remain focused on retaining this resource. There are a number of overdue library books outstanding at the moment and I ask all families to gather up any school library books and pleased send them in to school. Thanks for your action on this matter.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 6

  • Swiss Italian Prizes
  • Family Groups - Gold Coin Donation
  • Movember
  • School Singlets
  • 2017 Prep Transition
  • Pupil Free Day - Wednesday 16th November
  • Remembrance Day
  • Student Leadership 2017
  • Parent Letter - Important Information about 2017

At this week's assembly we revisited the amazing work of many of our students in the Swiss Italian Landscape Art & Pinocchio drawing competitions. Special mention certificates were also handed out to a number of students by the specialist staff and their work was displayed in front of all the children.

Once again a call out to all families to support the giving of a Christmas gift to Daylesford Family Services, by offering a gold coin donation to their classroom teacher. Gifts will then be purchased and these gifts will be given to Family Services at our assembly on Tuesday 6th December.

The male staff are participating in Movember. If you wish to get behind men’s health then simply visit and search for Daylesford Primary School.

We are still missing a number of school athletic singlets, which have been used by our students for XC, aths, cricket etc. If you come across one in your spring clean please send it in to school. Thanks.

This Wednesday we welcomed our new 2017 Prep students and their parents at our first Prep Transition morning. It was wonderful to meet our newest students and the information session for the parents was well attended. The grade 5 students will meet their buddies on Wednesday 23rd November.

A reminder that Wednesday 16th November is a Pupil Free Day, to allow staff the time to put planning for 2017 in place.

Friday 11th November is Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. At assembly this week the school honoured this day by a minute's silence and by making poppies available. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War 1, their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Thank you to all the families who purchased a poppy during the week and therefore supported the RSL.

The grade 5 students were briefed his week on the 2017 leadership processes. I encouraged all the students to consider nominating for School Captain, House Captain, Specialist Captain or all three if they feel they have some leadership qualities and would like to develop them further in 2017.

Finally, accompanying this newsletter is a letter for parents/carers outlining some important information for 2017. You will note that the school will continue to offer the marvellous service of purchasing all the student requisites for 2017 and passing on the cost saving to parents. Again we have again been able to keep the costs down but at the same time keep the quality of provision up. It is of course vital that ALL parents commit to this payment in the new year in order for the service to remain viable.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 5

  • Breakfast Program
  • Remembrance Day Assembly
  • 2017 Prep Transition starts
  • Pupil Free Day-Planning 2017
  • Class Requests 2017-Now Closed
  • Movember
  • School Singlets missing

Our breakfast program will run in the Gym on Monday 7th November at 8:30am - all students are welcome!

Next Friday is Remembrance Day. The School Captains and myself will be attending the RSL ceremony at the Cenotaph in Daylesford. We will be holding a remembrance day Assembly on Tuesday 8th November. Poppies are available for purchase.

We are looking forward to our Prep Transition morning next Wednesday.

A reminder, Wednesday 16th is a pupil free day, the staff will be involved in planning for 2017. A very full day for staff!

Class requests for 2017 are now closed.

Some of our 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. To donate: Visit and search for: Daylesford Primary School.

Finally, we have a large amount of school singlets missing. These singlets are used for sporting events and activities where students represent our school. Could I ask all parents and students to have a thorough look at home and return as soon as possible.

Peter Burke, Principal

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