Be prepared for Slow Sunday

Next Sunday is Slow Sunday. Our annual opportunity to slow down as a community and take in research endeavours from across the school.

But as a zero waste, community-run event we need you to be prepared!

(1) Sign up to bring a cake 🧁 or volunteer at one of our stalls so all families have time to take in the day (volunteersignup.org/4HJ4B)

(2) Get some cash 💰 to bring on the day (we don’t have facility for electronic payments)

(3) Pack your picnic set – plates, mugs, spoons, forks and water bottles – aiming for zero waste we need you to bring your own. We will have compost bins for food scraps.

Volunteer now for Slow Sunday!

Hi everyone, Slow Sunday is just two weeks away! We’ve got some great warming treats planned for this year. Please check out our sign up sheet to see when you could offer 30 minutes of your day to support the friends and families of Blue Gum in selling these treats to the community.

We’re after bakers for the cake stall, people to cook bbq, people to serve and sell bbq items and people to serve and sell soup and hot chocolate.

Head to volunteersignup.org/4HJ4B to let us know how you can support the day.

CHANGE OF DATE: Notice of Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday March 23 at 6pm Family and Friends of Blue Gum (FFBG) will be holding the 2022 AGM and educator presentation / school information session. This is a chance to hear an update on what has been happening at school and to nominate for membership of the FFBG Committee 2022.

The topic for this term’s educator talk is An overview of Blue Gum Community School and the Blue Gum educational approach

The Committee is looking for parents and carers to lend their energy and expertise to organising community building activities. Volunteers for the committee (office bearers and general members) should be available for meetings, which are held at the Hackett Campus on a couple of nights a term (typically a Committee only meeting on Monday of week 2 and a general meeting on Wednesday of week 6). 

FFBG roles include: 

  1. President: keeps us organised, runs meetings and liaises with the school
  2. Vice President: supports and stands in for the President when needed
  3. Secretary: takes the minutes at meetings and submits annual paperwork 
  4. Treasurer: maintains the bank account and cash float and reimburses expenses
  5. Web-master, CPL Coordinator and General Members.

If you would like to be involved but cannot regularly attend evening meetings or would like to help on an ad hoc basis such as by helping to organising events (for example coordinating a Slow Sunday food stall or after working bee pizza parties) please contact ffbg@gmail.com.

Who is FFGB and why we’d love you to get involved!

Welcome to all Blue Gum families new and returning! While you may not know it… you are now one of us – you are all members of our wonderful community association! The images below provide information on how Families and Friends of Blue Gum foster community connection and support the school.

Please also check out our Annual General Meeting on 23 March at 6pm. Come along and meet other families; learn about the Blue Gum educational approach and find out how you can contribute to the school community.

Working Bee – This Saturday!!

Welcome to all the new families and friends joining us for 2022! The Families and Friend of Blue Gum Committee are busy getting ready to invite you all to our Annual General Meeting 9 March (more info to follow soon!)

But in the meantime, we hope you’ll join us at your student’s campus for our term 1 working bee THIS SATURDAY 26 February from 10am-12 noon. All working bee attendees are also invited to join us for a pizza lunch at 3rd Space at the Hackett right after the work wraps up.

Don’t miss the chance to meet other families and start building those community connections with this our first “event” of the year!

Can you loan an air purifier?

Do you have an air purifier that you would be willing to lend to Blue Gum?

We are hoping to get one air purifier for each classroom for the start of school in order to bolster existing ventilation measures in response to COVID. Do you have one that you would be willing to lend the school?

In the interests of equity, this initiative will only go ahead if we can get 14 air purifiers by the start of term.

You can register your willingness to loan an air purifier, or contact our parent coordinator, here: https://volunteersignup.org/LKCEM

Help needed over the holidays!

Your mission (should you wish to accept it) is to help keep the garden and chooks thriving while the children and educators are not at school.
Please sign up below if you can help out.

Each task completed will give you 1 credit towards a working bee alternative for 2022. Two sessions (2 credits) will equate to 1 working bee alternative on your 2022 fees statement. You could do 2 tasks (ie water the natives and feed the chooks) on one date, or 2 tasks over 2 dates. A maximum of 1 working bee alternative can be obtained from the school in this way.

When you sign up you will receive a confirmation to your email, and a reminder close to your date.
There will be instructions to follow, but it is pretty straightforward. Nothing complex or physically demanding.

If you want to turn volunteering into a playdate or picnic, other families can nominate for a different task on the same date.

Sign up here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/KMBMW

Your vote needed!

Maureen has reached out to advise that “Over the weekend, we discovered that our new Art Studio has won another Award, this time an Australia-wide Award – a national Design Matters National Award. AND yes, you guessed it – there’s another People’s Choice Award!! But I suspect we’ll need to gather twice as many votes, now that it’s in the national arena… Although it could be a good excuse to contact all those family, friends and even workmates you haven’t seen for ages! Invite them to celebrate getting out of Lockdown by voting for our Art Studio!! What more could they want?? 😊”

Show your support for the beautiful spaces our students enjoy by casting your vote! Just head to the Design Matters Facebook page – and ‘like’ the photo of the Blue Gum Preschool extension:

https://www.facebook.com/designmatters.org.au/photos/pcb.6122753757799646/6122627381145617

Absolute deadline for votes:Tuesday 2 November @ 12noon.