Every day counts

Coming to school every day is important for the all the students…even our preppies. The teachers plan a number of activities and lessons that are designed to support and extend each child’s learning. If a student is away for the day or late, they can miss important information, experiences or time to discover new knowledge and make connections.

Children also like to have strong friendships and connections with other students and their teachers. Missing school days too often can reduce the flow of friendships and positive interactions.

P-2 area

Being part of the classroom and the learning is a great way for students to feel connected to their school. You can find an information sheet attached on how you can help your child attened every day.


Getting ready for 2014

Today the staff returned to work for our first day induction and preparation for a wonderful 2014 school year. As a professional learning community we discussed the direction of the school, team work, student achievement and progression and how we would ensure all our student get the best possible education that they deserve.

Induction day 2014

After a busy and productive morning we came together to have lunch and to reflect on what we had been learning and discussing.


Our staff from left to right:
Maxine (4/5), Jane (Languages and EAL), Lucas (5/6), Felicity (Prep), Kerrianne (Art and Stephanie Alexander Program), Jason (3/4), Helen Wong (Education Support), Mandy (Language Support), Mohammed (Bilingual Arabic ES) , Susan (Library ES), Christina (Business Manager), Kirk (1/2), Nicole (1/2), Erin (Student Wellbeing Advocate) and Kerron (Teaching and Learning Coach). Khadra and Halima are not in the photo. And I am taking the photo 🙂

We are all looking forward to welcoming our students tomorrow.

Who lives here?

Last year in October (2013), Penguin Education came to visit our lovely preppies to introduce to them a new app called Who Lives Here? Our preppies have iPads as part of the school’s iPad program so it was a great idea for our little students to test out the app.

Here is a look at what they thought.

You can read more about the app on the Penguin Teachers’ Academy blog.

Are you a bucket filler or dipper?

Last week Marg Armstrong from Just Practices came to our school to teach us about being kind to and caring of others. She read a wonderful book to the Grade 3/4s which the students all enjoyed.

Here is a copy of the book in a video

The story book is called “Have you filled a bucket today?” and it is written by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing.

We encourage all our students to be bucket fillers every single day!

I kissed my mum!

Here is the last film created by our amazingly creative and inspirational Year 5/6 students. This story was written ans narrated by Hussein from Year 5. His story tells of his desire to fit in and be one of the boys. The film is heartfelt and captures the essence of good story writing. Thank you Hussein, and the rest of your class, for making such a great movie.

We would love to read your comments.

Teachers learn too

In the last week of term the teachers all attended an after school talk by John Hattie who was talking about team teaching and planning and the importance of helping student progress in their learning. The teachers at Debney Meadows School are dedicated to their work and want the best for the students. As the principal I was very proud to see all the teachers attend this session together. We celebrated the end of term by having dinner together after the talk.

Intercultural Understanding

On Monday 19th August the school staff will be having a full day focused on developing further knowledge and skills around Intercultural Understanding and what this looks like for the culture of the school, as well as the development of learning sequences across the curriculum.

We have been very lucky to be involved in a two year project with Deakin University and DEECD to explore four questions:
1. What facilitates/impedes Intercultural Understanding in children and adolescents?
2. What facilitates/impedes Intercultural Understanding in schools?
3. How can this be addressed?
4. How can we know what makes a difference?

Other project partners are:
Together for Humanity
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Pakunui Technology

We look forward to learning more…

A vist from Majak Daw

In July, one of our students, Sabir, was nominated as Auskicker of the Week. This came as a wonderful surprise to not only Sabir and his family, but to all of us at the school. Sabir has been attending Auskick this year and was nominated by the Nth Melbourne Football Club.

As part of his nomination, NMFC and the NAB organised for Majak Daw to come to the school for a visit. This too came as a wonderful surprise and all the students were thrilled to meet him.

Congratulations to Sabir for his selection. You can watch him here:

He is real little champion.

Flemington Multicultural Eid Festival 2013

Once again this year, Debney Meadows PS took part in the Eid Festival. As a school with diverse languages and cultures, we enjoy taking part in the community events and support our local families. Here are some great photos from the day.