Creating a vision for the school

Last Wednesday (20th February) we held a community forum to help us develop our school vision. It was a fabulous evening with just over 50 participants. We had a range of people attending from teachers and students, to community and educational partners and parents and carers.

We asked three key questions:
1. What do you want for your child by the time they graduate from Year 6 at Debney Meadows Primary School?
2. What is the one thing that you love about the school and would not want to change?
3. If you could change one thing about the school, and only one thing, what would that be?

Our responses were wide-ranging and they will be published shortly on our website. Some of the main themes that came through were a sense of community, commitment and dedication from all stakeholders. People felt that the school was an important part of the local neighborhood.

At DMPS, we pride ourselves on the commitment we make and the dedication we have for the education of our students. This was echoed in the forum with a number of positive comments about the work that happens in the school. My favourite comment from the forum was: The school is shining and going up.

To further refine our work and create the school vision, we will be having a focus group. The group will aim to have representation from each of our stakeholders. If you are keen to be part of the team, please come and see me or let Christina know at the office.

We have many opportunities to be part of the school community including:
• Parent and Friends Association
• School Council
• Student Representative Council
• Volunteering and helping in the school
Thank you for the incredible interest in our school. I feel very proud to be principal of the school and look forward to another wonderful year.

A visit to RMIT for careers exploration

This term we have two students from RMIT studying Social Work. One of their projects is taking our Year 3- 6 students on self-elected mini-excursions to various workplaces to experience different career options. The first group headed off to RMIT to explore what it looks like to be a tertiary student. They toured the buildings and grounds, the library and the student hub. Here is a compilation of their photos from the day…

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The next visit was to the Arts Centre to look at the costume designs and making. More info soon…

The Sultan’s Daughter

‘The Sultan’s Daughter’ is the story of Ali who sets out to prove that he is worthy of his father and who comes to a city ruled by by a cruel princess. Our students from Years 4 – 6 will be performing the play on Tuesday 8th November.

Here is some great artwork from the children.

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This performance is based on an African folk story from a collection of Nelson Mandela’s favourite African folk-stories. It is the result of a ten week artists’ residency in the school by experienced teaching artists from Western Edge Youth Arts and local young, emerging artists.

I’m really looking forward to seeing our older students perform in just over a week. Parents and families are welcome to come along. (More details to follow.)