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Term 4 - week 3

Swiss Itallian Festa
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate and thank all the students, parents and staff who participated in this wonderful community event. As this was my first opportunity to witness the Festa, I believe that it is a testament to the community spirit of the Daylesford and Hepburn region. It was wonderful to witness the Daylesford and Yandoit children performing at the event. Well done to all!

School Enrolments For 2018
At this stage, I encourage all parents who intend to enrol their children in Prep/foundation next year to collect an enrolment form at the office, come and have a chat with myself, and confirm any enrolments. We are currently at the stage of organising classes and staffing but are heavily reliant on having accurate student numbers confirmed as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please organise an appointment at the office. We would love to have your children at our school!

SMS Testing Trial
As outlined last week in the newsletter we had an SMS texting trial for all three campuses yesterday to ensure accuracy of information and to confirm that this will be one method of quickly conveying information, especially in an emergency situation such as a bushfire. I thank everyone for their support in ensuring that they received the test message and likewise encourage all changes in address or phone numbers to be conveyed to the office to ensure all our information is accurate. Thank you for your support with this.

Premiers Reading Chalenge
Congratulations to all children who participated in the Premiers Reading Challenge. During the week I received some 139 certificates for students who have achieved reading the required number of reading opportunities. Likewise, I thank all parents and staff who have supported the challenge. Certificates will be handed out to children early next week, class by class. Congratulations to all students who participated and we look forward to being involved once again in 2018.

T20 Blast Cricket
Today we had 41 of our year 5 and 6 children compete in the T20 Blast Cricket competition at Victoria Park in Ballarat. Throughout the previous month, Mr Kiellerup has organised many a cricket training session in preparation for our five teams competing. We look forward to announcing as to how it all went at next Tuesday’s assembly.

Drummond Working Bee-nov 3rd
Next Friday, the 3rd November, Drummond Primary School are hosting a working Bee from 3.30pm until 5.30pm with a BBQ to follow! If you are able to help out please contact myself or Meg at Drummond Primary School. We look forward to your support and hope the weather holds up!!

Melbourne Cup Holiday
Please keep in mind that Tuesday the 7th of November is the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. No students are required at school.

Enjoy your weekend.
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 4 - week 2

Bushfire at Risk Register
As we approach the bushfire season, we at all our three sites are deemed to be on the Bushfire at Risk Register. All schools in the state have been audited and as such we are now in the process of communicating to all three communities as to what this entails. During a 'Code Red' day, as communicated to the schools via the Education Department and not by the Bureau of Meteorology, all schools will close and no children or staff are to be at school. The notification will occur via SMS and we will be testing this on Thursday the 26th of October so please be aware that this will be happening. It will be only for testing purposes to make sure we have correct numbers in our system for communication purposes. On Extreme days, Yandoit Primary School will close and no children or staff are to attend the school. However all children and staff will be asked to attend Daylesford Primary School on these days. Again up to 4 days' notice will be given to all parents. All information and communication about Code Red days, as we proceed into the bush fire season, will be sent via SMS, newsletters, teacher handouts and school signage indicating as to when the school will close. As a result of the notification of a Code Red day or, in Yandoit’s case, a Code Red and an Extreme fire day forecast, I've attached to this newsletter further information, which I encourage everyone to read, to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the procedures. Please contact me if you have any concerns.

Greater Western Zone Athletics Sports
Last Friday, as you may well recall, we had a number of children represent the school at the combined Zone Athletics Sports at Llanberris. Huge congratulations to Sophie Elderfield (shotput) and Charlotte Streat (800m & 1500m) who won their individual events or placed to progress through to State level. Both girls will now be competing in the Victorian championships later this term. Well done to all competitors.

Swiss-Italian Festa
We thoroughly look forward to this event, which celebrates the history and culture of Hepburn shire. The children have been working on a variety of tasks and activities to celebrate the opportunities the Festa provides. I encourage all Daylesford, Drummond and Yandoit families to be involved, enjoy the many facets of the Festa and have a wonderful time. See you there at the parade!

Prep/Foundation Enrolments
On Monday, we hosted a Prep/Foundation transition information session for all parents who have children currently in kindergarten who will be attending a primary school in the Hepburn Shire in 2018. It was a wonderful opportunity for all schools represented to assist and provide information about the transition process. If you know of any prospective parents who are considering enrolling their children at Daylesford, Drummond or Yandoit Primary schools for 2018 could you please encourage them to contact me for further information and/or a tour of any of these school sites. Thank you in anticipation.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully I will see you at the Swiss Italian Festa.

Enjoy your weekend.
Trevor Edwards, Principal

Term 4 - week 1

Welcome back everyone to what is an exciting and busy final term for the year. I trust everyone had an enjoyable break in preparation for some major educational opportunities and eventual celebrations, especially for our 2017 Year 6 students, towards the end of the term.

Kinder to Prep Transition Session
In conjunction with the Daylesford Community Child Care Centre and various Primary Schools throughout our region, we are hosting a Transition to School information session aimed at all current kinder parents who have their children attending any Primary school in 2018. The afternoon program commences on Monday the 16th of October at 3pm at Daylesford Primary School. The session will be located in the school's OLC (Kitchen Garden area) and we invite as many interested parents along. A guest speaker will present strategies to support your child through the transitioning process. Please see the attached flier for further details and we look forward to your possible attendance.

Western Zone Athletics Championships
I would like to congratulate all our athletes who have competed today in the Western Zone Athletics Championship at Llanberris. We undoubtedly will recognise their achievements at our assembly next Tuesday.

Swiss-Italian Festa
All is in preparation for next weekend's celebration of the Swiss-Italian heritage of the Hepburn Shire. A huge thank you to Signora Trudi for her drive and passion to ensure this magnificent event is successful. The children have been involved in a series of wonderful workshops in support of the festival and I certainly encourage all parents and children to embrace the many opportunities and events. A big thank you to the Swiss-Italian Festa organising committee who have been outstanding in ensuring the Festa is enjoyed by the community.

Piano Performance
I would like to thank and congratulate Neave English who performed two piano items at Tuesday's assembly. It was outstanding Neave! She played a Sea Chant by Peter Sculthorpe and runaway Train by Margaret Goldston. They were beautiful renditions and it helps highlight the success and achievement of the children at the school. Well done Neave!

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable week and we look forward to a wonderful term.

Enjoy your weekend.
Trevor Edwards, Principal

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