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

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: 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.