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Term 4 - week 4

  • Swiss Italian Festa
  • State Athletics
  • World Teacher Day
  • 5/6 Numeracy Day
  • Melbourne Cup Holiday
  • Farewell to David Garner

Well done to all the families that got involved in the Swiss Italian Festa activities over the past week. Congratulations to our Specialist staff who have supported drawing, mask making, lantern making, the parade banners & singing. Well done Trudi, Nicole, Katie & Suzanne. Thanks also goes out to Deb at Yandoit for enabling the involvement of our Yandoit students. A number of other staff also supported the day. What a team effort!

Our Junior Choir were joined by 1W to repeat their performance of 'Season Song' at our assembly this week. This was a special moment.

A huge thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who put the Swiss Italian Festa Sausage sizzle together. A full report follows. The excellent result of over a $1000 raised has been tagged to support the Swiss Italian resources. An example of this is more puppets will be made in 2017.

State Athletics success! We are so very proud of our seven students who competed in Melbourne at the State Athletic Finals. Thank you to the parents who supported the children, a big commitment and a long day. Results; Sebastian 2nd in the 200m & 7th in the 100m, Charlotte 10th in the 800m & 12th in the 1500m, Lilla 11th in High Jump, James 12th in the 1500m and the 4x100m relay, Josiah, Michael, Jed & James ran a good heat.

Congratulations to Sebastian who has now been selected in the Victorian Team due to his success in the 200m.

At assembly this week, I took the time to recognise all of our dedicated staff, as a part of World Teacher Day. The United Nations' (UN) World Teachers' Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society. We are indeed very fortunate to have a collection of passionate staff assemblied at all three schools who work tirelessly everyday to bring about a quality education for our students. I know that the staff make a difference in the lives of their students. For that I say well done and thank you. Each staff member was present a small token of appreciation, a badge with the caption 'expecting the best, producing succcess'.

I would like to remind our grade 5/6 students of the upcoming Numeracy Day at DSC next Wednesday 2nd November. Also remember that Tuesday 1st November is Melbourne Cup Holiday.

Finally, I would like to announce that Mr Garner has sucessfully gained a promotion to Phoenix P-12 Community College in Ballarat. He will be starting there next year, so we will bid Mr Garner farewell at the end of the year. His contribution at DPS, Drummond PS & Yandiot PS over the past three years have been very positive and he will be sadly missed. I congratulate Mr Garner and wish him all the best in the future.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 3

  • Athletic Results
  • Planning for 2017 - parent requests need to be in writing
  • Swiss Italian Festa

Our largest ever team competed at the Greater Western Athletics event in Ballarat last Friday. I was immensely proud of our students for getting this far and by their performances and attitude on the day. There were a number of personal 'best performances' laced in between some outstanding performances. We have Lila Parr progressing through to the State Finals in H.J., joining her is James Childs in the 1500m and Charlotte Street in the 800m & 1500m. Sebastian Street has also qualified for the State Finals in 800m & 1500m. The 4 x 100m U11 Boys relay team of James Childs, Jed Resuggan, Michael Armstrong, and Josiah Patterson ran a terrific relay and they too have qualified to compete in Melbourne next week.

Congratulations to all 22 students who competed last week at Llanberris and all the best to the 7 children competing in Melbourne at the State Finals next week.

As I continue to put planning in place for 2017, I once again offer parents/carers the opportunity to have input into their child’s placement within our classroom structure. All requests will be looked at and considered. They must be submitted in writing before the end of this month October.

Mask making continued in our Family Groups this week, the Specialist Captains helped Trudi prepare and repair the banners and all is in place for the Swiss Italian Festa this weekend.

Congratulations to the children who were recognised for their art work in the Landscape Art Competition which was announced on Wednesday night at Hepburn P.S. Finally, I hope to see you at the Parade on Saturday.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 2

  • Warm welcome
  • 2017 Planning
  • Mask workshops and Pinocchio Art Competition
  • Cyber Safety Parent Information Session
  • Persistence
  • Regional Athletics
  • Reminder

On my return this week, I have received a very warm 'welcome back' greeting from staff, students and parents. Thank you everyone, it is good to be back! I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Mr Garner and Ms McHugh throughout term three, with a combined effort from all staff, clearly a very successful and positive term for the school.

One of my first priorities is putting planning in place for 2017 for all three schools (Daylesford, Yandoit & Drummond) and therefore I ask of parents to inform me of any planned exits of students for next year and I make one FINAL call for any Prep enrolments for 2017. Parents are also invited to put in writing any requests they would like me to consider in the placing of their child in relation to peers and staff for 2017. I will only accept requests in writing up until the end of this month.

Swiss Italian preparation continued with mask making this week and the entries of the Pinocchio Art Competition. I trust you have put the 22nd October in your diary, as I look forward to seeing you at the parade.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Cyber Safety Parent Information Session by Ian Wallace from the Victorian Police on Wednesday night. His presentation on appropriate internet use and internet safety certainly passed on awareness to parents about functionality of apps, websites, including tips and things to look out for. Ian also delivered presentations to our Grade 5/6 students and staff. All three sessions were informative and valuable.

At assembly this week I shared with the children my personal goal setting challenges and how I will need to persist in order to achieve my goals. The presentation by Mr Comber's 5/6 class relayed a very strong and clear message about the value of persistence. Persistence is a quality that we all need to call on as we move through life.

Also at assembly Jenni Thompson's Family group presented a short video on a project they have been working on for the past few weeks. The outcome was that they then presented two Jenga Sets to the school for use in the yard. Thank you and well done to all the students in Ms Thompson’s Family group. This is another wonderful example of persistence and cooperation.

22 students are competing in the Greater Western Region Athletics at Llanberris in Ballarat this Friday. Good luck to our entire team, what a marvellous effort to get this far, with weather having a huge impact on the previous carnival. We introduced all the athletes at assembly this week and wished them well.

A reminder that the Children's Landscape Art Prizes presentation is at Hepburn Primary School next Wednesday 19th October at 5.00.

Peter Burke, Principal

Term 4 - week 1

  • Welcome Back – Persistence
  • Divisional Athletics
  • Lantern Workshops
  • Welcomes
  • Hats and Breakfast

Welcome back to what shapes to be a very big, but exciting term 4. Our first Focus of the Fortnight is Persistence, a timely reminder that we must keep working hard towards achieving our very best. Term 4 isn’t a term for resting on our laurels, but taking on our goals and building momentum towards the challenges ahead next year and beyond.

Unfortunately, the terrible weather has forced, yet again, the cancellation of the Divisional Athletics carnival this week. Andrew Kiellerup and Sherilee will now work on the placement of children based on results from the last event. So stay tuned to see which children will make it through to the Regional Athletics in Geelong next week.

Students have been busy in the lantern making workshops this week in preparation for the wonderful annual community event – the Swiss and Italian Festa which is on the 22 and 23 of October. Everyone appeared to be having a lot of fun with their creative designs.

We officially welcome Kerry Carman to the helm of 1J for Term 4. Ms K has been a Casual Relief Teacher and Short-Term replacement teacher both at Daylesford and the Yandoit and Drummond annexes over a number of years and it is great to have her back on staff for this term. Kerry brings a lot of energy and innovation into her classroom practice. Welcome back to Kim Wrigley, who had a wonderful six week LSL stint travelling the country. Our last welcome this week is a family of three children from Geelong – Maeve (PF), Will (1W) and Freya (5/6S). Welcome to the Daylesford Primary School to this lovely family.

Lastly, despite the weather, Term 4 is a "hat-wearing" term. As part of our Sun Smart Policy, we require all students to wear hats in the yard and when outside during Sport/P.E. activities. We have some hats in lost property and anyone needing to purchase a hat can do so from our front office. It is very important children have a hat on regardless of the weather this term – "No hat, no play".

Finally, our breakfast program will run in the Gym on Monday 10th October at 8:30 – all students are welcome!

A quote about persistence:

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (Writer)

David Garner, Acting Principal

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