Term 3, weeks 5 & 6

From Mrs W term 3, Weeks 5 & 6, 2022

Welcome to the Dhurringile Primary School Emu News for Terms 3, Weeks 5 & 6 2022.


2023 students 

Dhurringile Primary accepts enrolments for new students all year round.
We would love to show any potential new students and their families around our exceptional small school.

Please call me on 0418 383 064, to arrange a time for a tour and to discuss the differences we offer.


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

 Parent-Teacher Conversations 

Thank you to the families who have participated in our parent-teacher conversations. I really want to stress to parents how important it is to attend these conversations. For the families who have not had a conference, please contact me to arrange one ASAP. Conferences can be held face to face or virtually.

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 

All school council members will receive an email from me with a WebEx invite and link. Please submit any agenda items to Joyce or me at least one week before the meeting. The next school council meeting is Monday 29th August 2022.

Home Breaky packs
We have a new supply of home breaky packs available for families.

Please contact Lisa or come into the school to pick up a pack.

The next lot of packs will be available at the end of the term.

Italian Fashion Parade 

High fashion isn’t just in Italy.

On Tuesday 9th as part of Virtual Italian, the students concluded their study of clothing with a fashion parade. They had organised an outfit from home to wear and persuaded Mrs. W to have an 'out of uniform' day so they could wear the outfit for the whole day. Organising the outfit involved drawing, labelling, and writing about the clothing they would present. All in Italian, of course.

Before the show began, like all good fashion parades,  a quick rehearsal was held. They enjoyed seeing and hearing all about the many wonderful and sometimes weird clothing that was on show.

The students should be very proud of their achievements. It’s not easy to stand up and speak in front of others. Let alone in Italian!

Buon lavoro ragazzi. Signora Acca.


EduTECH is the largest trade show and conference for the entire education lifecycle across Australia. I was fortunate to be able to attend both days of EduTECH this week as a delegate.

EduTECH consists of 13 conferences together with forums and breakout sessions alongside a vast trade fair. People attend either as delegates who pay for the entire package or visitors who get to attend just the trade fair for free. 

This year, the focus of the trade fair was 'interactive'. Interactive whiteboard companies had the first stands as you walked through the doors followed by VR (virtual reality) and robotic technology.

As well as talking to the industry representatives (who came from all over the world), I got to try out the technology they were showcasing. VR sets are really cool, and expensive! The old antiquated interactive whiteboards that we have still at Dhurringile, don't even compare to the ones that were on offer at EduTECH. 3D printers are amazing with endless educational opportunities through both the process of creating a piece and learning using what is made with the printer. 

I attended the conferences and professional development sessions that I was interested in, choosing from the wide range that was on offer across the two days. 

I came away from EduTECH exhausted (getting up at 4 am to travel to Melb by train two days in a row assisted in the exhaustion), but having gained lots of new knowledge and ideas about the possibilities for Dhurringile.

Keep smiling,

Tatura Blue Light Disco

Friday 2nd September for 6 to 12 year olds.

2022 photos

Around the school


Physical Education, Health, and SHINE




Art, Craft, and Creativity


Life Skills


Indigenous Learning


Excursions and Incursions


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

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.

Speed zones

A reminder of the school speed zone at the front of the Dhurringile Primary School.
The following information comes from the Vic Roads website

School speed zones

Slow down during school times and help keep our kids safe.

School speed zones are reduced-speed areas that operate near schools. They’re designed to keep kids safe by lowering the speed limit at peak times when children are travelling to and from school.

Find out more about road safety near schools.

What’s the speed limit?

In most cases the speed limit during school speed zone times is:

  • 40km/h (when the original speed limit is less than 80km/h)
  • 60km/h (when the original speed limit is 80km/h or higher).

The speed limit and operating times will be clearly displayed on nearby signs.

When do school speed limits apply?

This depends on the kind of zone you’re travelling in. There are two types of school speed zones:

  • permanent 40km/h zones 
  • variable, time-based zones. 

What dates do these limits apply on? 

Time-based school zones operate:

  • between 8 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4pm
  • on weekdays during Victorian school terms (except for public holidays).
 Start dateEnd date
Term 128 January 20228 April 2022
Term 226 April 2022 24 June 2022
Term 311 July 2022

16 September 2022

Term 43 October 202220 December 2022

Give me a sign

Keep an eye out for the following signs and make sure to travel within the speed limit shown.  

Advance warning signs

Speed Sign Advanced Warning

Prepare to slow down as you approach a school speed zone. 

Permanent School zone sign

40km/h speed sign

Always drive at or below 40km/h within a school speed zone. 

Time-based school zone sign

40km/h school speed zone sign60km/h school speed zone sign

Always drive at or below the speed limit displayed within a school zone.

Variable electronic signs

60 km/h electronic variable speed sign

These signs are often used on roads with high speeds or large traffic volumes. The speed limit displayed will change depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.

Dhurringile Vision and Values

Dhurringile Primary School
Vision and Values

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.