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: 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!

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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.

Post-working bee Pizza Party!

Saturday 7th November Midday Onwards

There’s actually going to be a working bee this term! Saturday 7th November from 10am till midday at both campuses. So bring the kids and come help us beautify the school grounds.

Following the working bee Families and Friends of Blue Gum is hosting an end-of-year pizza party in the front garden at the Hackett campus. Pizza and drinks will be provided, just bring your own water bottle. We hope that everyone from the Dickson campus will also come up and join us.

All Welcome!!!

Mango Drive

The Families and Friends of Blue Gum are having a Mango Drive!

The mangoes are Bowen Special Mangoes (aka Kensington Pride) Approximately 7kg of Mangoes per tray. The number of Mangoes per tray depends on the size of the fruit.

One tray costs $25, and will be delivered to Blue Gum Hackett Campus. We are aiming for a delivery date in the second last or last week of school. The actual date for you to pick up your mangoes will be emailed to you.

We need a minimum of 64 trays ordered.

If you would like to place an order: Please direct deposit the correct amount into the Families and Friends of Blue Gum bank account (details on the flyer sent out in the Newsletter and by your CPL) and send a receipt email to Please include your name, the number of trays ordered, your email and your phone number.

Please place orders by Friday 23 October

Note: feel free to forward this to a family member, friend or work colleague. For them to order, ask them to make a direct deposit to FFBG bank account, and include the details:- The person who send the flyer to them (aka: Blue Gum Contact; the number of trays ordered & their own email & phone number

The more mangos the better! And remember mangos freeze well.

Last minute call out for gardeners

Good evening Blue Gum families

Apologies for the late notice but Amy Barthet, the play group and gardening educator, has asked if there are any parents available to help with some gardening this Friday (4 September), starting at around 3.30/3.45pm.

Amy has ordered some soil for the native garden they are planting near Playgroup, with it arriving tomorrow. She’s hoping some parents could assist help dig in the soil to give the garden the best chance of thriving.

If you are able to help, please email, and the FFBG Committee will get the information to Amy.

APFACTS online event – Recharge our Family Joy

image001Never has there been a more poignant time to run this event! 2020 has been tough and APFACTS acknowledges this and has been looking for ways to help stressed families.

As such we are so proud to present an online event. Over 3 evenings our presenters Wendy Marman and Patricia Falcetta are going to help us “Recharge our Family Joy”

Tickets are free but you must reserve your spot.

Sessions are on the 3rd, 10th & 17th of September at 7.30pm from the comfort of your home through Zoom.

We encourage you to share this with your school parent network and we look forward to seeing you there.


APFACTS (The Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools) has been asked to present to the Legislative Assemblies Select committee on the Covid-19 response.

To prepare for this, they would really appreciate your feedback on how well you feel our school pulled it all together in response to COVID-19, what might have been missing, any confusion you experienced in messages from government … everything!

They’ve asked families to consider completing the 2 minute survey below before THIS FRIDAY in time for their meeting.