TERM 2 – General Meeting

Wednesday 9th June 7:30pm

Outdoor Education at Blue Gum – Why is it so important?

The meeting will be held in the Hive Preschool at Hackett Campus.

Come and hear about what the committee has been doing, then we’ll turn over to Sophia Williams who will talk about Blue Gum’s Outdoor Education program and why it is so important for students learning, wellbeing and future!


Next Sunday is “Slow Sunday”

What is Slow Sunday?

This year Slow Sunday will be held at the Blue Gum Hackett campus on Sunday 23 May from 11am-1pm

Slow Sunday is the ultimate Blue Gum Community Event. Each of our classes – preschool to high school – curates an exploration that we as parents, family, friends and community can engage with. The explorations will allow us to see what the different classes are researching and the many different approaches to learning that are part of the Blue Gum experience. 

Who can come?

It’s open to family, friends and the broader community, so share our Facebook event with anyone who might like to come along!

It’s over lunch time, what will I eat?

So glad that you asked!

The Families and Friends of Blue Gum (our version of a P&C) will be hosting a BBQ and cake stall. And this is one of our key fundraisers for the year!

Sausage sandwiches (beef, vegan, gf options available) will be $3.50, drinks (juice or milk box) will be $1.50. 

A range of cakes, slices, baked goods will be available at different prices points. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen and want to help us out, sign up here (https://volunteersignup.org/7LFMF) to bring something along!


Even though it’s 2021 and you might not have carried cash since 2017, in the interests of slowing down (and because without an ABN we cannot  access a “tap and go” facility through our bank) cash payment is required. 

If you want to find out where the money we raise from Slow Sunday and other such events goes, stay tuned for an upcoming post where you’ll see the ways that the Families and Friends of Blue Gum support the educational experience at the school. 

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Slow Sunday – Can you help?

Slow Sunday is coming up on 23 May 2021 from 11am to 1pm at the Hackett campus. Families and Friends of Blue Gum will be running a BBQ and a cake stall and we need your help!

On the day we will need people with grilling prowess and customer service skills to run the stalls. We also need bakers to supply goodies to sell at the cake stall. 

All cakes must be nut and alcohol free. We encourage different dietary requirements being catered for including vegan and gluten free. Please be sure to include a full list of ingredients.

All proceeds go back to supporting the school.

If you can help out on the day, or by baking for the cake stall, please sign up at https://volunteersignup.org/7LFMF

Australian Parents Council Event

On Wednesday 28 April the Australian Parents Council are hosting  a Q&A session about NAPLAN and the Australian Curriculum. 

The Q&A is a chance for parents to put questions directly to the person in charge, David de Carvalho, CEO of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), along with other senior members of his team.

You can register for the event via:


The webinar will also be live-streamed via the Australian Parents Council Facebook page: 


Anxious Kids: from Anxiety to Resilience

The Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools Inc (APFACTS) is pleased to be back delivering parenting education seminars for 2021!

In response to the issues raised not only from 2020 but also the Primary School Principals Associations research into childhood anxiety, APFACTS are thrilled to be presenting Dr Jodi Richardson talk  “Anxious Kids: from Anxiety to resilience.”

It will be an online event delivered on Monday the 29th of March from 7.30 pm til 9 pm. Tickets are $30.


More and more children and teens are experiencing anxiety, a challenge amplified by the pandemic, change and uncertainty. It’s taking an ever increasing toll on their happiness, learning, friendships and wellbeing, and placing a strain on families and schools. Parenting an anxious child is hard and, understandably, causes distress and anxiety for parents too.

When anxiety is high kids and teens turn to mum or dad for advice, reassurance and support. This, in turn, means that parents are highly influential when it comes to teaching anxiety management strategies that reduce the impact of anxiety on their children’s lives, now, and over a lifetime.

In this evidence-based seminar you’ll learn:

  • How to recognise anxiety
  • Exactly what’s going on when anxiety shows up
  • The difference between normal anxiety and a disorder
  • How anxiety encroaches on living a full life and how to turn this around
  • Unhelpful patterns of responding to an anxious child and what to do instead
  • The essential skill for anxious kids to calm anxiety
  • A powerful new strategy to manage worries
  • Our role as parents in developing our childrens’ resilience
  • Pathways to professional support and how to access a Mental Health Care Plan

Jodi promises an engaging, skills-rich seminar full of actionable steps and take-home ideas

Online: Monday March 29th 7.30pm – 9.00pm AEST Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for Family and Friends of Blue Gum

Monday 15 March 2021 at 7:30pm Dickson Preschool Campus 49 Stockdale St, Dickson

Would you like to be more involved in the Blue Gum community? This is your opportunity!

Also a chance to see an immersive art experience facilitated by Mikki and Subhadra at the new Art Studio at Dickson preschool campus.

There will also be a chance to nominate for membership of the Family and Friends of Blue Gum (FFBG) Committee. We are looking for parents to lend their energy and expertise to the committee. FFBG exists to create connections and support the Blue Gum community. Volunteers for the committee (office bearers and general members) should be available for meetings, which are held at 7:30pm at the Hackett Campus on a couple of nights a term (typically Monday of week 2 and Wednesday of week 6). If you would like to be involved on an ad hoc basis, we will be collating a helper’s list of parents who want to help out with events over the year.

The FFBG roles include:
1. President: keeps us organised, runs meetings and liaises with the school
2. Vice President: supports the President and stands in at meetings if they are unwell
3. Secretary: takes the minutes at meetings and keeps paperwork up to date
4. Treasurer: maintains the float and bank account, banks takings and reimburses expenses 5. Other roles: Web-master, CPL Coordinator and General Members.

All welcome! Come along for a chat, food and drink and a chance to hear some updates from the school community.

For contact tracing purposes, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/family-and-friends-of-blue-gum-annual- general-meeting-2021-tickets-143006519349

Working Bee + Pizza!!

Saturday 27th of February 10am until 12pm

Come and join us for our first working bee for 2021!!!

Saturday 27th of February from 10am till midday at both campuses. Bring the kids and come help us beautify the school grounds.

Following the working bee Families and Friends of Blue Gum will be providing pizza in the front garden at Hackett campus. 

All Welcome!!! 

2021 Blue Gum Welcome Morning Tea

Monday 1st FebruaryDrop in any time between 8:45am – 10am behind Playgroup’s Nature Studio at Blue Gum’s Hackett Campus 114 Maitland St, Hackett

(Our usual indoor meeting room cannot accommodate the number of people expected, so we need to meet outdoors to comply with COVID-19 precautions – social distancing; hand sanitiser; & please stay away if unwell or been in recent COVID contact/hot spot.)

Families & Friends of Blue Gum are inviting you to join them to celebrate the start of the school year. Meet new Blue Gum Community members and reconnect with those you already know. For Parents, Carers, Siblings – the more the merrier!

Photo by Lain De Macias on Pexels.com

The Blue Gum Chooks need you help!

Hello lovely Blue Gum families

If you have any spare pieces of shade cloth, we need it NOW.

We are going to give the chooks some much needed shade until the plants grow.   Can you please bring any pieces of spare shade cloth to the school at drop off or pick up this week and leave it in the new planter boxes outside the chook shed.