Our BER opening ceremony

On Wednesday 14th December we had our BER opening ceremony. BER stands for Building the Education Revolution. The Student Representative Council (SRC) and Jason helped with the organisation of the day, as did the many other teachers and staff.

We were joined by three politicians – Senator Gavin Marshalll, MP Bronwyn Pike and MP Adam Bandt, with Senator Marshall being the official representative of the day. The students performed four songs on the day which all represented a part of the Debney Meadows life-
Welcome song by all students -Funga Alafi
Grade 1/2s – Making Friends
Grade 3/4 – World Shapers
Grade 5/6 – Our time at Debney Meadows

Here’s a little snapshot of the students at Debney Meadows PS…

The Song Room at DMPS

At Debney Meadows PS we are lucky to enjoy the extra support for learning by The Song Room. Our teacher is Zoe, and she works with all of our students once a week. Our students explore themes around identity and storytelling. They use their imaginations, share ideas, collaborate on song writing, sing, move and build confidence in the process.

Our Year P and 1/2 students have been using songs to think about ways they can deal with new situations, new people and being part of a group – a community. They are performing Yellow Bird on Wednesday 2nd November at Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Carnavale performance. As principal, this will be my first performance that I have the pleasure to watch. I can’t wait 🙂
Our 3/4s have had fun looking at the characters and stories in fairytales and fables and messages of dealing with challenging situations.

The 5/6 students have explored emotions through rap and blues and have worked together to create their own raps.

Check out more about The Song Room here…

Thank you TSR for the great work you do with our students.

Roald Dahl – a favourite for many

Today on my walk around the year 3 – 6 learning areas, I noticed that there were some great authors selected for independent reading time. One of them was one of my early favourites as a teacher – Roald Dahl. I always loved reading his stories to my own class, including the BFG, Charlie and the Great Elevator and especially The Witches. Two being read today were James and the Giant Peach and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.


Check out the official website.

What’s you favourite Roald Dahl book?

Having fun with our iPads and Preppies

During the last week of term 3, we opened up our school for parents to come in and see the great things that we were doing. Our parents joined in the fun and decided to be the learners in the prep classroom. Our preppies were not too shy to show of their new skills, creations, and even read and share an online book or two.

Check out our learning!

Check out our learning!

The smiles were priceless!


The new Debney Meadows PS blog is up and running. As the new principal, I am hopeful that this can work alongside our website and be an an extra way to share news, events, milestones, achievements, as well as our challenges along the way.

A little about me…
My name is Helen Otway, and I became the principal of Debney Meadows PS at the beginning of term 3 in 2011. I have worked in a range of schools, both primary and secondary, as well as with the regional office. I have enjoyed leading the school this term and have enjoyed the working with the staff, the children and the community. I believe there is much potential in the work that is happening in the school and look forward to seeing the school develop its full potential.

My other blog can be found here.