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Our School


Dodges Ferry Primary first began after a small group of community members decided there was a real need in the area for our own school. They wanted the parents of the growing community to have an input into their childrens’ education.

Dodges Ferry Primary was officially opened on May 6, 1988 with the first Principal being Margaret Bird.

Our school logo was designed by John De Stefano. The feature of the tree symbolises the school having strong roots with our community, something that we very much value today.

The naming of our sports houses was a school competition with Loatta, Mungara and Pagari chosen to pay respect to the Aboriginal land on which the school was built.

The school has grown rapidly with the expanding southern beaches community, now with around 500 students and more than 50 staff.


Dodges Ferry Primary School is unique because of its outstanding physical setting that includes the beaches and wetlands of Frederick Henry Bay and the surrounding bush environment. We pride ourselves on the close bonds that exist between the local community and the school. Those bonds are best exemplified by the extensive shared use of school and community facilities and resources. The school is a genuine community resource that thrives because of open and generous partnerships between students, families, staff and community organisations.


School Grounds

Community Garden

The Okines Community Garden and Okines Community House are a fantastic asset to our local community. Dodges Ferry Primary Students enjoy extending their learning beyond the classroom and participating in learning programs supported by the community garden.

Please find more out about the community house and Garden on their Website - Okine Community House.


Sports Day Sack Race

We share our wonderful sporting facilities with our community. Our oval, Shark Park, is the home of the local Football and Cricket team and our Gym is utilised by many community groups including senior citizen indoor bowls and the SEBA Basketball competition.



Early Years - LIL

Pre Kinder

We highly value the Pre Kinder program (Starting in Term 2) and encourage all our families with children starting kindergarten in 2021 to attend.  

Moving with Wiggling Wombats

Come along to move, dance, play and get physical.

Wiggling Wombats Music Beats

We sing, We dance. We play instruments.

Story Time 

Foster a love of reading by enjoying story time. Borrow a book to take home.

Playing and Learning Together

Come and enjoy playing and learning together in a creative environment.

Before & After School Care

Gumnut Outside School Hours Care

Before and after school care is offered on our school site and operated by Gumnut Long Day Care Centre. The service is offered between 7:00am-8:30am and 2.45pm-6.00pm Monday – Friday.

For Further information on this Service Please contact the Gumnut Team on (03) 6265 7173 or come in to the school office to collect an information pack.