A Message From The Principal
What a big few week sit has been! With Division athletics and our first school concert in three years and R U Ok? Day. We look forward to a wonderful last week of term.
DATES TO REMEMBER
- Wednesday 14th September – Last day to book in for OSHC for Friday 16th September
- Thursday 15th September – FOOTY COLOURS DAY and LAST DAY OF TERM 3 for students. Normal 3.30pm finish time.
- Friday 16th September – No students at school.
- Monday 3rd October – FIRST DAY OF TERM 4
- Monday 10th October – Prep 2023 Transition Information Evening 6pm
- Wednesday 12th October – Prep – Werribee Zoo Visit
- Wednesday 19th October – GEELONG CUP PUBLIC HOLIDAY
- Tuesday 25th October – Prep 2023 small groups
- Wednesday 2nd November – Prep 2023 Transition Number 1
- Thursday 10th November – Prep 2023 Transition Number 2
- Friday 18th November – Prep 2023 Transition Number 3
- Monday 12th December – Whole School Transition Day
- Wednesday 14th December – Year 6 Graduation
- Friday 16th December – Reports Released
- Tuesday 20th December – LAST DAY OF TERM 4 – 1.30pm finish time
STAFFING UPDATE – Baby McDonald on the way!
Congratulations to Mrs McDonald who is expecting her first baby! Mrs McDonald will be finishing the year with 3MM before beginning family leave during the holidays prior to the baby’s arrival.
The staff and I are thrilled for Mrs McDonald, and I am sure you would join with us in congratulating both Mrs McDonald and her husband Ned on their exciting news.
PARENTS/CAREGIVERS/GUARDIANS SURVEY – OPEN until 16th September
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. Currently only 20% of families invited have completed the survey and I encourage you to please have your say before next Friday.
The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement.
I encourage all families sent an invitation to participate in this survey this year. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
A random sample have been selected to participate in this year’s survey and have been sent this invitation via email.
The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 15th August to Friday 16th September.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek. Last year we used the survey results to inform our whole school Inclusion and Wellbeing approach for all students.
On Tuesday 6th September we had 19 students compete in the Division Athletics competition at Landy Field. We were so proud of all our students and there were some amazing results. Please see the results below.
Alice A – 1st 200m, 2nd 80m hurdles
Hannah Ri – 1st 4x100m relay
Zoe R – 1st 4x100m relay
Indi O – 2nd 80 hurdles, 2nd high jump, 1st 4x100m relay
Haolei L – 5th 80m hurdles
Indi O – 2nd 80 hurdles, 2nd high jump, 1st 4x100m relay
Quinn W – 2nd long jump, 4th 80m hurdles
Isabel K – 3rd long jump, 8th 800m
Kitty B – 4th triple jump
Hunter N – 7th triple jump
Ella M – 2nd shot put
Indi M – 3rd 100m, 1st 4x100m relay
Oliver S – 8th 200m
Lachlan W – 2nd discus
Jack P – 3rd shot put
Kai D– 1st – triple jump
Maive M – 5th discus
Patrick F – 9th high jump
Amelia P – 4th high jump
If students finished in the top 2 in their event, of which we had 9, they progress to the next stage which is being held on Tuesday 18th October in Keilor. Congratulations everyone!
BUILDING WORKS OVER THE HOLIDAYS!
Over the school holidays we will be undertaking preparations for our Capital Works project. This includes the demolishing of the canteen/PE/uniform shop building. This building contains a small amount of asbestos and therefore we ask all our families to stay off the school site during the holidays when works is taking place. We will not be hosting Team Kids these holidays due to these works. We will send updates with proposed dates when we have more specific information.
What a day and night! It was wonderful to see all of the bright and happy faces of our students performing during the dress rehearsal and then again during the night. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a special experience for our students and staff. An extra big thank you to Miss Ellie Down and Miss Matilda Fitzgerald who organsied the event with support from Miss Kate Esam and Mrs Maddy McDonald and the whole concert organising committee.
You will find some reflections from our students below.
Wow… there have been a lot of tired faces this week! The dress rehearsal was a blast! The students got a real taste of what it was going to be like on the night. The costumes got better and better as the day went on. After an exciting day, it suddenly got real. The nerves hit everyone….
Early dinners, quick showers and a tad of makeup for Mrs Kennedy and Miss Burns… Just a tad! We all arrived at the arena with butterflies in our tummies, but alot of excitement! The highlight of the night was definitely the teacher’s dance! However, Miss Parlamentas’ scissor kick was the cherry on top!
We know that all the dance moves blew your socks off! But the singing from all the classes really made the show a true Bellaire affair. Macca’s definitely made some business that night! Well done to compares, dance troupe and singing group who sacrificed endless lunchtimes for the concert.
A big thank you to Shen, Tara, Miss Down and Miss Fitzgerald, and the concert committee and many more. The concert could not have happened without you.
Ashlyn (Cleopatra), Willow (Tour Guide 1) and Ruby (Tour Guide 2).