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Term 3 - week 10

  • Events of the last week
  • Thank you
  • Looking ahead – Term 4

It's hard to believe we are in the last week of term and what a busy last week and a half it has been. We've had a wonderfully rich Year 3-4 Excursion (read the student report in this newsletter), preparation for, and then postponement of, the Divisional Athletics carnival which will now be held on Tuesday 4th October in the first week back next term, Favourite Colours Day supporting the Kathy Freeman Foundation as well as Rotary Concert and the official launch of our Healthy Eating Policy. As we take stock of what we have collectively achieved this term, I am immensely proud to have led the school during Term 3, and we will welcome back Mr Burke next term after his LSL.

I need to thank absolutely everyone involved in the success of the term – teachers and other staff, parents and community members as well as the students. Your hard work pays off and you can just feel the positive culture around the school when we are all working together.

Specifically, I would like to thank Amy Kinnear and Matthew Spaccatore for filling in to cover LSL this term. Your commitment to the school and the children in your care is first class and I am very grateful. Ms McHugh, thank you also for your leadership this term and working alongside me in Mr Burke's absence. I'm sure 4M will be looking forward to having you back at the helm. I would also like to thank Ralph Bosley who has done some wonderful work around our school gardens and yard areas over the last six months. Ralph has been a gracious member of the DPS team and we wish we could have Ralph stay on in a larger capacity. He will, however continue to do some small work for us and at Drummond PS. Lastly, as mentioned last week, we wish Emily Joyce all the best as she moves to Camberwell PS next term, she will be missed. Thank you, Emily for your dedication to the students and community at DPS over the past 3 years.

At the end of a busy term, it is important to take stock of our achievements and measure this progress against our goals. What has worked? What hasn't? What needs to change, the goal or the strategies to achieve them? As Term 4 approaches staying focussed on these goals is vital, as there are so many events and opportunities which present; P-2 swimming, 5/6 Presentation Evening, 2017 Student Leadership Roles, Incursions and Excursions and the list goes on.

Thank you once again for a wonderful term, and have a very safe and restful break.

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
- Jack Canfield (American Author)

David Garner, Acting Principal

Term 3 - week 9

  • Book Fair Success
  • Italian Sister School Visit
  • Events – 3/4 excursion, Divisional Athletics, Breakfast Program
  • Congratulations Emily Joyce

Yet another big week started on the back of our successful Book Fair weekend. This year we raised in money and book resources for the school a grand total of $6939.55. Just an amazing effort. It was great to see so many people come in over the two days, which wouldn't have been possible without our large band of volunteers, a list of whom has been placed in this newsletter. A massive thank you must go to Nel Staite, Shelley Sandow and Peter D'Onghia for heading up the Book Fair committee. They put in months of preparation all in the name of contributing to our school’s literacy program. We are truly grateful.

On Tuesday, we were visited by our sister school teacher and other delegates from the "About Taste" team in Italy and St Kilda Park PS. 4K, under the guidance of Sandra and a band of fabulous parent volunteers, created a delicious menu and meal for our guests who were joined by acting School Council President Claire Clifton, KG Patron Alla Wolf-Tasker and Catherine King MP. A great promotional opportunity for our Kitchen Garden and our school. In the afternoon the junior and senior choirs, along with Prep and Year One students put on a small performance in the Gym which was a wonderful celebration of the event and welcome to our guests. Thank you Trudi and your team for organising this day.

This week also saw our 3/4 students attend a wonderfully rich excursion to Mt Franklin – a full report from some of the students will feature in next week's newsletter. We also had thirty-three students prepared to represent our school proudly at the Divisional Athletics carnival on Friday, weather permitting – a full report to come following the event. On Monday at 8:30, we will host our final Breakfast in the Gym for the term – all students are welcome to come along for a healthy “brain starter” to the final week in the term.

Lastly, I announced at assembly this week that with mixed emotions we celebrate Emily Joyce's next exciting chapter in her teaching career. She is heading to Camberwell Primary School from the start of Term 4. We are sad to see such a talented teacher leave our school but know this is a wonderful opportunity that Emily cannot miss out on. Ms Kerry Carmen will take over class 1J for Term 4, and will be in the class room a number of days next week in handover with Emily. Congratulations Emily, you should be very proud of this achievement.

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
- Nelson Mandela

David Garner, Acting Principal

Term 3 - week 8

  • Book Fair - this weekend
  • Sister School Visit
  • 5/6 visit DSC stage production
  • School Council

As we move towards the end of the term, the energy and feel around the school is so positive. We have achieved so much this term, with more in the coming weeks, starting this weekend with our 6th Annual Book Fair. This event is our major fundraiser for the year, with the money raised being used to support the school's Literacy program. Volunteers for set-up on Friday afternoon, assistance on the Saturday and Sunday and pack up on Sunday afternoon are more than welcome. If you are unable to assist, if would be great if you could come along and support this fundraiser by picking up a few books!

Tuesday next week, 6th September, we will be hosting members of the About Taste team from Italy, which will include delegates from our sister school, as well as educational leaders from Italy. A year four class will be cooking lunch for our guests, before we host a mini-concert in the Gym at 2:30. Signora Trudi will play the role of tour guide with her colleagues from the other Victorian schools involved in the project. Parents are more than welcome to come to the concert in the afternoon to hear the Junior and Senior Choir as well as the Year One classes perform for this unique event.

On Tuesday afternoon, our 5/6 students visited Daylesford Secondary College to see a performance of 'Dazzle' this year's performing arts event. It is a wonderful part of the transition for our students, most of whom will attend DSC. There are also plans for a "Maths Day" early in Term 4 at DSC with all the students from the local primary schools involved. We will keep you posted on that event.

Lastly, I would like to emphasis my callout in last week's newsletter for any nominations onto School Council. We have a parent vacancy at present and I welcome anyone interested to discuss the commitment with me or complete a self-nomination form available at the office. There are two meetings remaining in Term 4 for this year (occurring on the fourth Tuesday of October and November). It would be great to have another member of the parent body join the dynamic school council.

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain

David Garner, Acting Principal

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