Blue Gum Parents Creative Nature Walk at Mt Majura

Come and join other Blue Gum parents to walk and create in a natural environment. Bring your sketch pad or camera, a notebook for creative writing, or even your needles and yarn; any portable art or craft.

This is a get together for adults in the Blue Gum community (not the kids this time), a chance to connect with nature and other parents while developing our creativity.

We will meet at the Hackett gate on MacKenzie Street at 2:30pm. We will then walk and explore for around 30 minutes before finding a spot to draw, paint, photograph, write, knit, have afternoon tea etc. As well as art or craft tools, also bring along water, your afternoon tea and something to sit on.
Date: Saturday May 6th
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm approx.
Location: Mt Majura Nature Reserve. Meet on MacKenzie Street.
Organiser: Emma Young (please find her number on Educa)
Send a text to let me know you are coming so we can set out when everyone has arrived.

Blue Gum Mumma’s Clothing Swap

Just a reminder that the Blue Gum Mumma’s Autumn Clothing Swap is on this weekend!
When: 3 – 5 pm, Saturday 25th March 2017
Where: Rozi’ place (please see the notice on Educa for the address)
Come and go between 3 & 5pm, or stay for the whole thing (no kids, no daddies)
1. Empty your wardrobe of any clothes you no longer wear that are in good condition
2. Include accessories, gently worn shoes & unopened cosmetics
3. Bring your items, yourself and a plate of something to share
4. Swap for new items
5. Items not swapped can be taken to charity, or returned to their owners
RSVP Rozi (Phoebe & Ben’s mum)
If you don’t find time to or don’t need to sort out your wardrobe, you are still welcome to come along and say hello!

2017 AGM Roundup

Following the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday last week we now have a new Families and Friends of Blue Gum Committee, consisting of 16 members! (The largest committee in many years):

President: Alex Reale

Vice-President: Simon Geach

Secretary: Toni O’Keefe

Treasurer: Grant Bond

General members:

Beck Bobroff

Katrina Federici

Lucy Alexander

Emma Young

Ali Corlette

Veronica Doerr

Lisa Oxman

Fiona Schulz

Amy Barthet

Emily Stuchbery

Eszter Szabo

Jocelyn Cutler

It is great to see so many members of the community wanting to participate as well as a good mix of the school’s classes being represented on the committee for the coming year.

Just before the voting took place we had the opportunity to hear about plans for the new Hackett preschool campus from Michaeli.

The school’s grant application for a new preschool at the Hackett campus  has been successful. The project team is now busily working toward a start date for building in April 2017. Looking forward, the Dickson and Hackett preschool campuses will work together with Scribbly Bark and Iron Bark to form a new Early Childhood Team which will also work more closely with universities as a centre of research.

Next steps following commencement of building work during April 2017 includes a new enrolment process being developed, the preschool opening for the start of the 2018 school year, and finally will be the welcoming of the Hackett preschool into the Blue Gum community.

Families & Friends of Blue Gum AGM

Annual General Meeting &

Parent Information Session


Join us for our Annual General Meeting, and Term 1 Parent
Information Session, focusing on the plans for our new Hackett

Wednesday 22nd February


Hackett Campus

Everyone is welcome from both the Preschool and Hackett Campuses

We hope to see you there!

2017 Welcome Morning Tea

The holidays are almost over and as we look forward to the start of the school year the Families and Friends of Blue Gum would like to invite you to Blue Gum’s

Welcome Morning Tea

Monday 30th January

from 9am

It is being held in the Hackett Campus Meeting Room next to the front office. Come for a drink, snack and a chat. It’s a great way to reconnect with our Blue Gum community after the long summer break and welcome in all our new parents. We hope to see you there….


Slow Sunday Postponed

You all will have seen Maureen’s notice on Educa about Slow Sunday being postponed to the 26th June due to the bad weather this weekend, up to 70mm tomorrow!
Families and Friends of Blue Gum would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help out and we are hoping that most of you will still be available to help out on the 26th of June.
If you are yet to volunteer but feel like you could help out then we still need people to bake things for the cake stall. It could be cake or cookies or a slice, whatever takes your fancy really. If you are able to help out please email us on
Stay dry this weekend!

A successful Term 2 Information Session and General Meeting…..

What a great gathering at the Information Session and General Meeting held on Wednesday night (18/05/16). With guests showing particular interest in the fabulous information session presented by the Blue Gum High School students (past and present).

The High School students provided a personal insight to their experiences across the school year as well as the skills and interests that they have developed. Students discussed the breadth of experiences and opportunities such as intensive community internships that are offered at Blue Gum as well as the close friendships, resilience and capability they have built. Students described some challenges in their transition to the mainstream college system however all felt they were very well prepared for these challenges. In most cases better able to adapt than their peers, which was demonstrated in the many successes that the students have achieved. We thank the High School students for sharing their experiences with us.

Maureen provided us with an update on recent happenings at the school as well as announcing that the new Blue Gum website is up and running – please have a look at the site and send in your feedback on the new format and information that is now available.

The next General Meeting will be held in Term 3 on Wednesday 10 August 2016.