A Message From The Principal
Welcome back to Term 2! It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces on day one and hear all about the wonderful holiday break families had. This term is and nine-week term. Like every other term there is a lot going on within the school. Already, we had our Year 5 students travel up to Sovereign Hill to what was from all reports a fantastic excursion.
DATES FOR TERM 2 (that we know of so far) …
- Tuesday 3rd May – Prep 2023 Information Night – 6pm
- Monday 10th May – NAPLAN begins – Year 3 & Year 5 students
- Friday 13th May – Assembly 3pm
- Monday 16th May – School Council Meeting 6.30pm
- Wednesday 18th May – Year 3-6 Athletics – Landy Field
- Monday 23rd May – Education Week Begins
- Friday 27th May – Reconciliation Week Begins
- Friday 27th May – Lightning Premiership – Year 5 & 6 students
- Friday 10th June – Assembly 3pm
- Monday 13th June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
- Wednesday 22nd June – Student Reports Published on Sentral
- Friday 24th June – Last day of term 2 2.30pm finish
Over the holidays we had some maintenance works completed on all our playgrounds. There are still some things to be completed. The shade sails are currently being cleaned and repaired. They will be reinstalled in the next few weeks. We will also have a delivery of soft-fall surfacing in the next few weeks to top up our playgrounds.
PREP 2023 INFORMATION NIGHT
We will be holding our Prep 2023 Information Night on Tuesday 3rd May at 6pm. We have advertised this at local kindergartens and day care centers. However, if you know anyone who would be keen to attend, please feel free to pass on this information.
Please note – if you already have children at Bellaire PS then this information will not be new. However, feel free to attend if you wish.
This year is the first year that NAPLAN testing is being completed online. NAPLAN will take place over a week (week beginning Monday 10th May) for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. While NAPLAN is an important aspect of schooling in Australia, it is important that we remember it is one test on one day. We endeavour to make the experience as stress-free as possible for our students. All students in our school have different strengths and weaknesses and we like to celebrate all their achievements, not just academic achievements.
This week our shout out goes to our parent community. School holidays are an amazing opportunity for students, families and staff to reset, reenergise and relax after busy terms of learning. That said, they can sometimes present a challenge in that students can be somewhat unsettled and out of routine upon returning to school. However, we have noted a really smooth transition to the start of this term, and no doubt that is due to the wonderful support families have provided their children. Our parent community at Bellaire are incredibly supportive, invested and nurturing, and we consider ourselves extremely privileged to work alongside you all. So thank you! Team work makes the dream work.
Ben Raidme & Abbey Loney
A Letter from the School Council to the Bellaire Community
Dear School Community,
Welcome to Term 2! I hope you all enjoyed the school holidays and subsequent long weekends/short work weeks and took advantage of some of the lovely warm Autumn days we had.
The School Council held our AGM and initial school council meetings in March, where we welcomed three new councillors – parent representatives Erin McHugh and Cameron Knell; and staff representative Miss Matilda Fitzgerald. Office bearers were also appointed at the AGM and I am excited to be representing the school as Council President for another term. Supporting me as fellow office bearers will be Kristy Lazic – Vice President; Olivia Johnstone – Treasurer; and Ben Raidme – Secretary. We look forward to another busy and productive year.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognise our outgoing school council members, whose tenures finished in March – Leigh McCorkell and Jamie Westhorpe after 4 years of membership; and Mrs Kate Esam after 2 years. Through their professionalism, knowledge, and dedication they supported the vision of our school, supported families, and maintained and built on the school’s facilities, continuing to make our school a fantastic place for all our students to learn.
The school leadership team and council have continued to work with the architects and school building authority on plans for the new school build, and we hope to be able to share the design with the community soon. At this stage, we are hopeful that building will commence in Term 4.
We also continue to develop plans for an upgrade of the Terrace, again working with the school building authority, and will commence physical work on this space as soon as we are able. A huge thank you to Steve Knuckey for his support with this.
We will endeavour to communicate with school community after each council meeting, to keep you updated with policy changes, building works and other key initiatives.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you wish to discuss any of the above or raise a topic for consideration. I can be contacted via email at Angela.Sormaz@education.vic.gov.au or feel free to leave a message with the office and I can get in touch.
School Council President
Celebrations and Sports Report
Three of our House Captains, Hannah, Zoe and Indiana all competed in the 100m handicapped sprint races at the Stawell Gift over the Easter long weekend. For these three house captains it was their first experience with handicapped sprint racing.
A handicapped race is one in which all participants’ abilities are levelled, so that every participant, regardless of speed, has an equal chance at being the winner. So, some competitor’s, with the faster recorded times, started further back than others, these are called the back-markers.
While Hannah and Indiana both ran very fast heats, Zoe made it through to the semi-final and raced again on Easter Monday. Zoe didn’t make it through to the final, but like all the competitors gave it her best effort.
Congratulations to all three girls!
Today at the Torquay Foreshore, 48 students from across grades 3-6 competed in the District Cross Country. Bellaire had an outstanding day with some brilliant individual results. Alice A came 3rd in the 11 Year old Girls age group. A number of other students also finished in the top 8 placings and will progress to the Division level at Eastern Gardens. Most importantly, everyone gave it their all and Bellaire managed to win the Schools Event. Points were awarded on a placings basis and due to every single Bellaire Athlete competing as hard as they could, we narrowly beat St Therese. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement
Congratulations to Emily C and Pearl T who played at the Regional Tennis tournament during the week. Both girls did an amazing job to get that far and both made the finals at the event. Unfortunately both students will not progress to the State level.
Congratulations to Kai D who competed at the Regional Swimming competition late last term. Kai came 2nd in the Backstroke event. This is an outstanding achievement Kai, you should be very proud!