A Message From The Principal
Welcome to Term 4! It was lovely to see the students on day one walking through the school and catching up with their friends and teachers.
SOME IMPORTANT DATES
The Sentral calendar has all the dates we are aware of at this stage for Term 4. We will add to this as we are made aware of them. Some important dates coming up in Term 4 –
- Monday 10th October – Prep 2023 Parent Information Night 6pm in the Prep classrooms
- Wednesday 12th October – Prep excursion
- Friday 14th October – Girls cricket competition
- Tuesday 18th October – Regional Athletics (selected students)
- Wednesday 19th October – Geelong Cup public holiday
- Monday 24th October – School Council Meeting 6.30pm
- Wednesday 2nd November – First Prep 2023 Transition Session
- Thursday 3rd November – French Day – school uniform with a ‘touch of French’ (more information to come)
- Monday 7th November – Year 1 excursion
- Thursday 10th November – Second Prep 2023 Transition Session
- Friday 18th November – Last Prep 2023 Transition Session
- Monday 28th November – School Council meeting
- Wednesday 14th December – Year 6 Graduation
- Thursday 15th December – Year 5 excursion
- Friday 16th December – Reports released, Year 4 excursion
- Monday 19th December – Year 6 excursion
- Tuesday 20th December – LAST DAY 2022 1.30pm finish
BUILDING WORKS UPDATE
You will all have seen, or your child/ren will have seen, that the old canteen building was demolished over the holidays. The shade sail was also taken down. This is an exciting first step towards our new school. I am not able to tell you the timing of the next stage in the building works as at this stage. I do not know, I just know it is coming soon! Watch this space.
Due to the works, we now only have one entry point at the front of the school. This will remain the case until the completion of the building works. We understand that this is not ideal, however we believe it will be worth it in the long run.
PREP 2023 INFORMATION NIGHT
On Monday night we will be holding our Prep 2023 Information Night at 6pm. During this session we will be introducing the Prep 2023 teaching team as well as talking through the transition sessions and information for 2023. This information will be available on the website after the session.
We are excited to announce that our Prep team for 2023 is –
Miss Tamika Moor, Miss Hannah Powell (Mrs Herman in 2023), Miss Matilda Fitzgerald and Mrs Heather McArthur.
TRANSITIONS – WHOLE SCHOOL
We will be holding whole school transitions in Week 9, 10 and 11. In Week 11 students will find out their teacher and class for 2023.
ASSEMBLIES THIS TERM
Due to the impacts of the building works, assemblies this term will be held on the Senior Basketball Court.
Unfortunately, we have lost our large undercover area, therefore if there is extreme weather (hot or wet) we will hold the assemblies online and students will be in their classrooms. Parents will be welcome to come into the classrooms for these assemblies. If this occurs we will send a message out that day – these extreme weather assemblies will begin at 3.10pm.
Our normal assemblies will begin at 3pm.
PLANNING FOR 2023
Within the next month the process of organising students into classes for next year will begin. Our school’s enrolments for 2023 are stable with 635 students and it is anticipated that we will be operational with 29 classes (with a possibility of 30).
If there are any issues or concerns we need to be aware of when allocating your child to a class, please make sure you put this in writing, via letter dropped off at the office or email to the Bellaire email address, to me by no later than Wednesday 19th October. Please note this date is a hard cut off date. No letters will be accepted after this date. The teachers and I will be meeting early in Term 4 to begin the process of placing children into classes.
It is not my intention to provide parents with the opportunity to select a teacher of choice. We have a quality teaching team and parents can be confident the needs of their child will be met by any member of our team.
Developing well-balanced classes is best for everyone and that can be made difficult if there are large numbers of requests – as such, it is important that placement requests be founded on significant reasons and not related to specific teachers. I will endeavour to accommodate parent requests regarding student placements, but you will understand that this is not always possible. Students also get the opportunity to nominate friends they wish to be placed with. This happens in the classroom. They will be guaranteed to be placed with at least one of these students.
It is also important when we come to organise classes that we know of students who will not be at our school next year. If your family is moving on for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting the front office.
Parents are reminder to not park across driveways. The kinder has also requested that we remind you the kinder car park is not a drop-off / pick up area.
We have some Bellaire hats available for purchase at our front office.
CONGRATULATIONS – Ruby N
Ruby N took part in the Cheer State Competition during the holiday break. She shared this experience with us. Well done Ruby, and all the best of luck for Nationals.
“It was the 18th of September and I was at the Cheer State competition for my team ‘Force’. We had just performed in our Youth 2 category routine. After coming off the stage feeling as good as ever, our coaches had come to tell us that we hit ‘Zero’. Which means that we didn’t make any mistakes during our routine. We all celebrated with joy with the great news.
It was now time for our awards. We were waiting with excitement. The presenter gave us the good news that we had come first and would be off to the Nationals which will be held in Queensland in November. The team and I can’t wait for this wonderful experience.”