28 March 2024

A sense of community

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A sense of community
A sense of community
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There are a number of events over the year where families come together and enjoy the special sense of community present at Donvale. Friday 22 March saw one of these occasions: our annual Donvale Welcome Picnic. Blankets and folding chairs decorated the Flat while soccer balls were chased, huts were built and long lines were formed at the ice cream and coffee vans. A sincere thank you needs to be extended to the Carey Donvale Parents Association for their enthusiastic co-ordination of this event.

Most importantly, our families were able to mingle and spend time together. This casual setting was warm and inviting to all who came. A sense of belonging in a community is what makes our children feel safe and secure. When children feel safe, they are more likely to take risks, explore, experiment and socialise appropriately. Contributing to a community and participating in community events gives our children a sense of satisfaction in that they are creating something bigger than themselves; they learn that contributing matters and to think beyond their own personal needs. That feeling of connectedness and safety can also be drawn upon in times of need or hardship.


We would like to encourage all families to enjoy our sense of community, whether it be attending a picnic, sports carnival or helping with a sausage sizzle. The benefits are endless and long serving.

Alysha Byrne
Deputy Head of Junior School Donvale – Student Learning


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