Welcome back to Term 2 for the 2023 school year – we hope that everyone had the opportunity to have a break and spend time with your families over the Easter long weekend.
School council held its AGM and the first meeting with the new council structure on 27 March. On behalf of school council, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to outgoing president Angela Sormaz for her leadership, dedication and advocacy on behalf of the school community. We are very grateful for the positive and significant contribution Ange has made to our school, and that she will continue on as a valued school council member.
This year our School council members are as follows:
- President – Ben Craven
- Vice President – Kristy Lazic
- Treasurer – Cameron Knell
- Secretary – Ben Raidme
- Parent Members – Angela Sormaz, Emily Dalton, Steve Knuckey, Kristen Archer, Tim Debenham, Erin McHugh
- Staff Members – Matilda Fitzgerald, Ellie Down, Alexandra Forssman and Suzanne Prendergast
We would also like to thank our outgoing School Council members – Olivia Johnstone, Lauren Dolheguy and Derek Dobson.
There are some key updates that I would like to mention:
Building Works project
As you may be aware, in the 2020-21 State Budget, our school received $7.64 million to build a new learning centre and refurbish Block B.
The school leadership has been working closely with the architects and school building authority in progressing the building works, with the project’s design completed.
The next stage in the project is to appoint a builder, and unfortunately this has been set back by delays beyond the school’s control. The school building authority has acknowledged this, citing external issues regarding labour and material costs resulting in the process taking longer than they initially anticipated. As a result, the construction commencement date has been delayed.
We appreciate your patience during this time, and please be assured that the school leadership and council is advocating on your behalf to the school building authority to mobilise this project and appoint a contractor as soon as possible. I am confident that once we get over this hurdle there is a lot to look forward to in terms of delivering these fantastic new facilities for the students and our community.
In coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates on the project.
In the meantime, if you have any further questions, the school building authority has suggested to reach out to them directly at:
Phone: 1800 896 950
It is fantastic news that the contract has been signed and works on this will be underway shortly. Thanks to Steve Knuckey and Angela Sormaz for their tireless work on this initiative.
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 email@example.com or feel free to leave a message with the office and I can get in touch.
On behalf of Bellaire School Council