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Term 3 - week 10

Congratulations to all the athletes that represented Goldfields at Llanberris last Friday. Mr Kiellerup reported that the students tried their best and that their behaviour was excellent. A full report is available of page 3 of this week’s newsletter.

This is my final call for Prep enrolments for 2015. If you have a four year old kinder child and are intending to enrol them here at DPS then the paper work should be at the office.
Can you help with the Farmers Arms Raffle next term? What is required is to help sell raffle tickets at the Farmers Arms on a Friday night. More information will be forthcoming around dates next term.

Thank you to the JSC for organising the Crazy Hair Day. Well done to the school community for getting behind this fun day. $250 was raised and has been passed onto the Cancer Council of Victoria.

What a great term. So many highlights throughout the term, such as; excellent goal setting by the students, excellent writing in Words in Winter, great participation in the Goldfields and Divisional Athletics, a successful Jump Rope for Heart, amazing success at South Street in debating and the choir, excellent partnerships between home, staff and students results in wonderful learning outcomes, the Indigenous Day, the incursion ‘People Who Help Us’ and so much more.

All this could not be achieved without the dedication of an amazing staff that work and teach at Daylesford, Drummond and Yandoit PS.

Finally, have a happy holiday, a restful break and come back refreshed ready to finish the year on a most positive note.

Peter Burke

Term 3 - week 9

The Indigenous Day incursion that the grade 3/4 students participated in all day last Friday, was highly successful and worthwhile. We witnessed high levels of engagement and willing participation by all the students. The highlight for me was the dance ceremony at the end of the day, whereby many of our students demonstrated a willingness to have a go!

At assembly this week we wished our Goldfields Athletics Team all the best for this Friday. The Divisional Athletics will be conducted at Llamberris in Ballarat and we are sending over 38 students to compete with the larger Goldfields Team.

Also at assembly this week we celebrated with many recognition certificates. Achievements were recognised in spelling, home reading, team work and our focus of the fortnight, Integrity.
The examples of Integrity were very pleasing, reinforcing that our Focus of the Fortnight and explicit conversations about emotional intelligence do make a difference. I encourage parents to reinforce the focus of the fortnight at home by using the language and talking about examples of integrity. Integrity is not easy to fully understand, so using real life examples and applying the language is an important role parents can play in our social competencies program. It is worthwhile revisiting the current focus on the front page of our newsletter and even placing the newsletter on the fridge where it can be easily referred to.

Mr Garner used a terrific quote in assembly to reinforce our focus of the fortnight. “People won’t always believe what you say, but they will believe what you do”. Please reinforce to the children that it is their actions on a daily basis are so very important when interacting with other people. We as adults must also remember that we play a vital role as role models in this area.

A couple of reminders. It is Crazy Hair and/or Favourite Colours Day on Monday, a gold coin donation will go towards cancer research. Also you are all invited to the Rotary Concert on Wednesday night, where our choirs will be performing along with other schools.
Finally, a reminder that Prep enrolments for 2015 are now due. This is vital to my planning for 2015. Please action on this before the end of term.

Peter Burke

Term 3 - week 8

It is great to be back. Thank you to Mr. Garner and Ms McHugh whom have done a terrific job whilst I have been absent.

Congratulations to staff and students who have been working so well together with so many positive initiatives across the school, such as the writing competition during book week etc.
Thank you also, for all the well wishes I have received from parents, students and staff. It was very much appreciated.

Our assembly this week continued to celebrate Book Week, with presentations by Mrs. Wrigley to the winners and runners up of the writing competition, and presentations by Ms Wassell to the winners, runners up and highly commended of the posters competition. A thank you, also goes to Gill Pearce for all her work surrounding Book Week.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Leah Schulter who has organised the Scholastic Book Fair. Offering the children and parents an excellent service.

In this week’s newsletter we have included a document entitled ‘Numeracy at DPS’. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the curriculum overview, so you are aware of our Maths curriculum, and therefore better placed to support the ongoing learning at home.

This week the NAPLAN Student Reports have been circulated to the Grade 3 and Grade 5 students, along with the Student Report Information Brochure which outlines how to read the results.

The grade 5/6 students attended the DSC school production on Tuesday as a part of the transition program.

We look forward to the grade3/4 incursion on Friday, based around Aboriginal studies.

Peter Burke
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