Celebrating diversity and belonging

This week coming is Diversity Week with Harmony Day on Friday 21st March. We are really excited to be celebrating the week with a number of events at school and in town.


On Wednesday we are having three exciting events:
1. Early morning launch of an important new program in partnership with the AFL and DEECD….and we get to be involved.

2. A lunch time screening of our three student films I Kissed My Mum, New School, Searching For at Federation Square.

We would love to see lots of people there enjoying our films.

3. Our 2nd community forum to help us shape our vision and prepare for the next 5 years.

End of the day supervision

At the end of the school day our students are walked to the gate by their teachers. Many of our families wait for the children at the end of the day. The informal interactions between parent and teacher at this time of the day is a great way to build relationships. The students are able to share their day with their parent or carer and follow this up with a chat with the teacher.

Here is Felicity, the prep teacher, walking with one of her prep students while waiting for the parent.


We encourage all parents and carers to arrive on time at the end of the day, or phone the school if they are running late or if they have made alternate arrangements.

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.

Information Sessions

Our school information presentations ran smoothly last week and we had a number of parents attending our sessions. The teachers ran the night and provided a general overview of the learning programs, the expectations and the requirements for the students. As the principal, I was pleased to see my teachers work as a team, which is the kind of behaviour we love to also see from our students. At Debney Meadows PS we value the need to work alongside each other: students, staff and families. We know we make a much greater impact on our students’ academic learning and general wellbeing when we work as a team.

Prep – Year 2 information session

Year 3 – 6 information session

Filson and Tracey discussing the iPad program

Teachers are always happy to help parents understand the programs in the school. Tracey, our Grade 1 teacher, is sharing the iPad with Filson here in the photo. Filson is also on our School Council and is a great representative of the school, having attended as a student and now a parent. Both of her children are part of the 1:1 iPad program.

New school council

Today we had our school council and AGM. Our new school council for 2013 – 2014 is:
Executive Officer: Helen Otway (principal)
President: Ahmed Ahmed (parent)
Vice President: Filsan Ahmed (parent)
Secretary: Kerron Worsdell (teacher)
Christina Byrne: (business manager)
Quem Sung Ng: (parent)
Penny Jordan: (co-opted member – Flemington Neighborhood Renewal)
Asha Saleh: (co-opted member – Jessuit Services)

We have two parents on a tied position which we will confirm, and one parent absent on the night also to confirm.

Congratulations to our new members and a big thank you to our exiting members:
Jason Carabott (teacher), Daud Duhur (vice president), Iman Barabiaa (president), Semira Abdelkader (parent), Anita Moore (teacher), Saaimah Ali (parent).

The council is keen to support the education of the students and to create a stronger school-home partnership.

An overview of DMPS

DMPS 2012 info flyer

• Great teachers
• iPad 1:1 program in Years Prep and One
• Arabic, Italian or Vietnamese taught in P to 6.
• English and Maths from P – 6
• Inquiry learning from P- 6
• Huge learning areas for all classes
• Vibrant library room and many books
• Pre-school story telling
• Song Room music classes P- 6
• Student Representative Council
• School band
• Performing Arts classes with Western Edge Youth Arts
• Outdoor Play POD for active play and imagination
• Multi-cultural Aides
• ESL support

Our school values:

All our teachers work with our students to develop the Debney Meadows Primary School values:-
Care and Respect

Our curriculum:

Our curriculum includes a comprehensive curriculum, which includes:
English and Maths
Science, Geography, History and Economics
Art, Music, Drama and Language
Physical Education and Sport

The way we teach:

We use a number of different approaches in the way we teach our students. These approaches include:
Small groups and mixed groups
Direct instruction
Inquiry based learning – investigating, researching and asking questions
Hands on activities – such as making, playing, using ICT
Reflection – thinking about their learning, sharing their learning and making goals

All teachers make the learning clear to the students by explaining the LEARNING INTENTION and by providing the students with SUCCESS CRITERIA

Parent Involvement:
We encourage parents to be involved in the life of the school as much as they can.

Parents can help out in many ways:
Classroom helpers
Cooking days
Looking after our gardens
Covering books in the library
Coming to assemblies

Community Involvement and Partnerships

We like to be involved in many aspects of the community such as:
Clean Up Australia Day
Eid Festival
Moomba Celebrations
HIPPY program
Homework clubs and tutoring clubs

And we like to have close partnerships with educational organisations such as:
The Song Room
Western Edge Youth Arts
Play for Life
The Huddle

Prep Transition

To help our new Prep students adjust to school, we have organised five school sessions. During the sessions the children:
• Become familiar with the school environment
• Meet their new teacher
• Meet the other children in their new class
• Become more confident about coming to school.

All 2013 Prep students are asked to attend these sessions with a parent or family member.

Tuesday 16th October: 2:15 to 3:15pm
Learning with Mathematics
*Parent information session*

Tuesday 23rd October: 2:15 to 3:15pm
Learning with iPads

Tuesday 30th October: 2:15 to 3:15pm
Learning in the Library

Tuesday 13th November: 2:15 to 3:15pm
Learning with Art

Wednesday 21st November: 1:45 to 3:15pm
Book making

You can contact the school
at: debney.meadows.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au
Ph: 03 9376 1570