Emu News Term 3, Week 1 2022


From Mrs W Term 3, W1

Welcome to Term 3 at Dhurringile Primary School.

Wow, 2022 is passing by very quickly. It is hard to believe that we are already up to term 3. 

Talking to our students, they all are glad to be back at school following the holidays. It sounds like some of our families got up to some great family activities.


Please keep an eye on the calendar of events as we have a number of excursions and incursions occurring this term.

Fauna Park excursion

Next Monday we are visiting the Kyabram Fauna Park as an end to our NAIDOC week and our Dreamtime studies. As part of the day, we are participating in an education session at the park.
Hopefully, the weather is nice. I would definitely suggest that the students bring a warm jacket and their school beanie as I know how cold the wind at the park can be.

COVID vaccination requirements for schools

Requirements have currently changed so all staff, contractors, volunteers, and visitors to Dhurringile Primary no longer need to be vaccinated or show their vaccination status.

The wearing of face masks at our school is also optional at present except for people 8 years and older who are household contacts. Please see me if you require further information about this.

Dhurringile Primary continues to support our local community by offering free reusable cloth and disposable face masks through the Street Library. Masks are available in both adult and child sizes.

School Council 

The next school council meeting is Monday 25th July. All school council members should have received an email from me with a WebEx invite and link. Please submit any agenda items to Joyce or myself at least one week before the meeting. 

Book Club 

Book club forms were sent home this week. Please return any orders along with money by Friday 22nd July. It is preferred that payments are through LOOP (see order form of Book Club) or direct deposit to the school.


Semester 1 student reports were sent home at the end of the last term. All families would have received a paper copy of their child's report along with an individualised link to uEducateUs for a digital copy. The digital copy includes photos of the student participating in school activities and events.
Please contact me if you need the log-on details for uEducateUs again.

Parent-Teacher Conversations 

Next week, I will be holding parent-teacher conversations to follow up on the semester 1 reports and planning for semester 2 for each student. I really want to stress to parents how important it is to attend these conversations. Please return the form that has been sent home, with your preferred time.

Bike Education

For term 2, we were fortunate to receive Sporting Schools funding which we used for Bike Education.

To further the range of activities that our students can participate in at school and to extend our SHINE (Strive, Healthy, Include, New, Emotions) program, Dhurringile Primary School decided to spend the Sporting Schools funds on Bike Education in term 2 2022. 

Each of our students was purchased a new bike to use at school along with a helmet and safety vest. 
To support the Bike Education program, we also purchased a set of road signs, traffic lights, model cars and model signs.

Bike Education encompasses a variety of skills and curriculum areas including: 
  • Physical Education,
  • Health,
  • SHINE (Strive, Healthy, Include, New, Emotions),
  • Maths, and
  • Personal and Social Capability.

After initial safety and bike riding skills as part of our PE program, the students have been allowed to ride their bikes at recess and lunchtime.
The students assisted in developing the Dhurringile PS bike riding rules to keep everyone safe.

2022 photos

Around the school


Physical Education, Health, and SHINE




Art, Craft, and Creativity


Life Skills


Indigenous Learning


Excursions and Incursions


Face Masks

While recommended, face masks are not required in any school settings from 11.59pm 22 April 2022.   Any students or staff members who wish to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.


This means students in Grades 3 to 6 and staff and visitors to primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks.

Household contacts attending school who are over 8 years of age are required to wear face masks indoors unless they have a valid exemption.

Everyone including students aged 8 years and above must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.

Dhurringile Primary School continues to support our community by offering free cloth reusable and disposable face masks in adult and child sizes. Masks are available from the Dhurringile School and Community Street Library located at the front of the school.

Every Day Counts

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.  

 Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

Our school will text you as soon as practicable on the day if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why.

If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please contact us as soon as possible by texting / calling 0418 383 064 or calling 5826 6222 to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy https://www.dhurringileps.vic.edu.au/source/BUILD/attendance_policy.pdf

Student COVID test portal

The student COVID test portal is designed to record a student’s positive COVID-19 test result and allows parents or carers to set up an account, add a child to that account then submit their COVID-19 test result into the system.

The portal can be accessed at Student COVID test portal. Further information for families about testing positive can be found at  Checklist for COVID cases.