Principal's message


I can’t believe that only a few days ago I didn’t have to wake up to the sound of that dreaded alarm clock! Now I’m back at work and what a whirlwind of a few days it has been. Thought this would be the perfect time to hijack the newsletter and introduce myself to everyone.

The start to Term 4 has been very different for me. I spent Term 3 as Acting principal at Toorak Primary School…. Prior to that I spent twelve months as the Acting Principal at Kingston Heath Primary School…. And prior to that I spent five years at Middle Park Primary School as the Assistant Principal, and knew a majority of the school community…..now I’m the new kid on the block; surrounded by strangers, lots of people’s names to learn, finding my way around the school grounds without getting lost, feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Luckily for me, everyone here at Clayton South has been extremely welcoming and already made me feel like part of the community.  

Education for me has always been an exciting, stimulating, rewarding and demanding career choice. The highlight for me is coming to school each day and working with students. Every day they bring a smile to my face and surprise me with their insight, perception and their wonder. It is truly an honour to be involved in the lives of these incredible individuals. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be involved in some amazing schools, worked with some great people, and I look forward with enthusiasm to the next chapter of my career here at Clayton South.

Other than school, my life revolves around family, friends, relaxing….and basically just doing things that make me happy!

I would like to invite you all to a “Meet the Principal” morning tea next week on Wednesday (October 16th) from 9:30 – 10:30am. If you are free, please pop in a say hello. Otherwise, make sure you come and introduce yourself to me when you see me around the school. My office door is always open to students, staff and parents if you have any issues you would like to discuss or even just a casual chat.


Other exciting things happening around the school this term include:

  • Incursions & excursions
  • School council meetings
  • 5/6 gala day and lawn bowls
  • “Step into Prep” begins
  • Melbourne Cup Day
  • Years 3 – 6 camp
  • Book fair
  • CSPS 90th birthday celebrations
  • State-wide transition/orientation day
  • Year 6 Grduation
  • End of year reports
  • Curriculum Day (date to be confirmed….stay tuned)
  • Much more

I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

Should I stay or should I go?

I know it’s hard to believe but, planning for the 2020 school year is in full swing! To assist us in making sure we are ready for next year, if you or anyone you know would like to be a part of our school community in 2020, and they are not yet enrolled, could you please make sure enrolment forms are completed and returned to school as soon as possible.

Likewise, if you or anyone you know, intends on not being a part of our school community in 2020, could you please let us know as soon as possible.

That’s it from me this week. I’m looking forward to working with the community, continuing to make Clayton South Primary School the best school it can be.

Megan Dell

Acting Principal