After our excursion on Thursday, Friday saw the children reacquainting themselves with all things familiar around Dunalley.

After mustering together at the Fire Station first thing, the students then headed off in different directions to explore Dunalley. Some went to the church, which the parishioners have so kindly cleared of pews in order for it to be a community space for a while, and there they undertook some music therapy.

Others used the church grounds to start potting up plants and sowing seeds to create their first gardens in the new school grounds; other went to the Neighbourhood House for a variety of activities; while some spent time on the canal park creating some works of art.

But the big moment came when the children headed up to the cricket oval to partake in a magnificent, long table country lunch laden with platters prepared by parents and/or donated by our wonderful local businesses and producers, and all washed down with gallons of Gillespies’ Ginger Beer.



Of course, that wasn’t the main attraction for the children – it was the visit by the Hawthorn football club. Eight Hawthorn players swooped in to bring more smiles to the school community. They kicked the footy, chatted with the children and signed their names on shirts, hats, school bags, arms, flags, balls, dresses and across the heart of our School Executive Officer (and Hawks tragic) Melinda Blacklow.

Mrs Blacklow and some of her boys.

Mrs Blacklow and some of her boys.

Other highlights of the day were the blackberry and apple pies (thank you Ellie), Stacey Belbin’s hat and Mrs Blacklow’s brilliant performance of the Hawthorn Footy Club song…

We’re a happy team at Hawthorn
We’re the Mighty Fighting Hawks.
We love our Club, and we play to win,
Riding the bumps with a grin (at Hawthorn).
Come what may, you’ll find us striving
Team work is the thing that talks,
One for all and all for one
Is the way we play at Hawthorn.
We are the Mighty Fighting Hawks.

Thank you to those who supplied the sumptuous country feast, with special mention of the Dodges Ferry School Association members who came along to lend a hand and the Bream Creek Farmer’s Market committee who pitched in to help. Thank you to Dayna Mackenzie (Community Manager for Hawthorn Football Club) for organising this event with our School Association.

Being together again for the last couple of days has shown that Dunalley Primary School can truly ride the bumps with a grin.


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