A Message From The Principal
We have had a wonderful start to the final term of the year. There has been lots of incredible learning taking place, the building works are underway and we have begun our school review. We are looking forward to the term ahead.
DATES FOR TERM 4 – lots on but important to know! All of these dates can be found on Sentral
- Monday 23rd October – Prep 2024 Information Night 5.15pm, School Council Meeting 6.30pm
- Tuesday 24th October – Prep 2024 Pre-prep screening sessions 9 -10am or 10-11am
- Wednesday 25th October – GEELONG CUP PUBLIC HOLIDAY
- Friday 27th October – World Teachers Day, Assembly 3pm
- Tuesday 31st October – French Day
- Wednesday 1st November – Prep 2024 1st Transition Session, Debating
- Thursday 9th November – Prep 2024 #2 Transition
- Friday 10th November – Assembly 3pm
- Wednesday 15th November – Prep – 2 Junior Sports Day
- Friday 17th November – Prep 2024 #3 Transition Session
- Friday 24th November – Assembly 3pm
- Friday 1st December – STUDENT FREE DAY
- Monday 4th December – Wednesday 6th December – Year 5 Camp
- Friday 8th December – BELLAIRE COLOUR EXPLOSION! School Captains 2025 Announced
- Tuesday 12th December – Statewide Transition Day
- Wednesday 13th December – Year 6 Graduation
- Thursday 14th December – Year 3 Excursion
- Monday 18th December – Reports released
- Tuesday 19th December – LAST DAY OF TERM 4 for students NORMAL FINSIH TIME
- Wednesday 20th December – Curriculum Day – please note NO OSHC will be running
We are extremely excited that our building works are beginning! It has been a long, long road but we are finally there, things are finally starting and I can’t wait to see how the school develops over the next few years.
Our School review began on Tuesday. This was the first of four days of the review. We have two more days on Monday and Tuesday, with the final day on Monday 30th October. The School Review includes the panel observing classroom practise, speaking to groups of students, teachers and parents as well as examining our data from the last four years. With all this information we look forward to the next four years and set goals for the school. More information about the review will come over the next few weeks.
DROP OFF TIMES AND THE SCHOOL CROSSING
Just another reminder that the school yard is not supervised until 8.45am. We are having a lot of students arriving early, some before 8.30am. Please consider there is an amazing OSHC service that can be accessed if required.
We have had several concerned members of the community contact us about students not crossing the road using the School Crossing, instead crossing with no supervision and in areas that can be considered dangerous. Could you please consider reminding your children to use the school crossing if they need to cross the road.
Mr Canny has sent home information regarding the Colour Run. It has been a fantastic event in the past and we can’t wait for this one!
We have undertaken fundraising already this year that has resulted in sports equipment and play equipment (photos have been in previous newsletters) and we have ordered three new flag poles, two cubby houses and another Gaga pit – all which we hope will be undertaken before the end of 2023.
The funds we are hoping to raise for the Colour Run will go towards completing the works in the cricket pitch practise nets and take-home readers. We thank you all for your support with these fundraiser efforts for the school and students.
Last term Mr Raidme successfully won the GDFL Football Grand Final playing with Torquay Football and Netball Club.
Over the holidays there were two more Grand Final wins for our staff. Mr Morey was successful in winning the Ovens & Murray Football League Grand Final with the Yarrawonga Football Club. Miss Crompton was successful in winning the GFL C Grade Netball Grand Final.
Congratulations to our teachers!
SUN SMART TERM 4
A reminder to all families, that students are now required to wear their school hat during recess, lunch play, PE lessons and all outdoor activities in line with our commitment to SunSmart.
ORGANISING CLASSES FOR 2024
Within the next month the process of organising students into classes for next year will begin. Our school’s enrolments for 2024 we anticipate will be approximately620 students and it is anticipated that we will be operational with 29 classes.
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 Thursday 19th October (please note we cannot accept late requests).
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 with the teachers leading this activity. They will be guaranteed to be placed with at least one of the students they have nominated.
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.
A MESSAGE REGARDING THE EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Dear parents and carers,
Many in our school community are affected by the devastating events in the Middle East.
All of us are upset and disturbed by the awful events depicted in media footage and images.
This time is particularly distressing for staff, students, families and carers who have family and friends in Israel and Gaza.
We are also aware that students of diverse backgrounds, including Jewish and Muslim students, may be significantly affected by public events, mainstream media coverage and social media at this time.
Please be assured that all staff are aware of the extreme emotional toll on many in our community at this time. But please also feel free to get in contact with any of the staff at our school if you would like to ensure we are aware of what your child is going through at this time.
Our support staff will continue doing all they can to support all our students, and support is also available for our staff.
I also want to assure you that the department is monitoring the situation from a school security perspective, and have advised there is no further action we need to take at this stage.
It is possible that extremely distressing scenes from the conflict may be posted online in coming days. Please ensure your children are aware of where they can find support in the event they come across such images. At our school, this includes speaking to their teachers straight away.
You may find some aspects of this resource helpful:
Support is also available through external services including:
My door is always open and I am sure we will all look to support one another in this very difficult time.