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.


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!


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.


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.


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.

Suzanne Prendergast


Whole School News

Family Statements

Pyjama Day

Next Friday, the 20th October we will be holding a Pyjama Day to raise money for the Story Dogs who come and visit our Junior students. A gold coin donation would be greatly appreciated to support the continuation of this program for our students.

Colour Run – Time to start Fundraising

Let’s kick off our fundraising efforts and make our goals a reality 🎉💰

TAKE NOTE❗ Students have received their sponsorship booklet and can now create their online profile at www.australianfundraising.com.au.

Big prizes are up for grabs! Unlock your first incentive prize simply by raising $10 online. The more your child raises, the more prizes they will receive.

You can also share in $200k of extra prize credit, win a PlayStation 5 Gaming Bundle and become a Fundraising MonSTAR! ⭐

#schoolrun4fun #funrun #australianfundraising #fundraising #colourexplosion

Scholastic Book Club

Orders Close Friday 20th October.

Please clink on the LOOP Picture to place your order.

2023 School Concert USB

Purchase a USB to be able to watch the magic of Disney as performed at the fabulous 2023 School Concert.


Bellaire Parents Group – Mango Fundraiser

Bellaire Parents Group

Bellaire Parents Group Term 4 meeting will take place on Thursday 19th of October at 7pm @ Piglet (134 High St, Belmont). All welcome! Come for a chat and celebrate our successes this year as we start to plan for an even bigger 2024!

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

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Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. It is the practice of thinking and focusing on what’s happening right now – moment by moment. You can be mindful anywhere! For example, you can be mindful while you are eating, walking, sitting, listening to music or solving a puzzle. There is growing research to suggest that practising mindfulness can help children to reduce stress and anxiety, foster a sense of calm, improve attention, boost empathy and self compassion, support emotional regulation and improve sleep.

There are many ways to help your child build and practice mindfulness, such as:

  • colouring, jigsaws, wordsearch puzzles, mazes, sudoku etc;
  • walking through nature and using the senses to notice things that you can see, hear, smell and feel;
  • listening to music and focusing on the different instruments;
  • guided meditation and mindfulness apps;
  • breathing exercises (shape breathing, five finger breathing, wave breathing etc); and
  • blowing bubbles or watching and noticing the shapes in clouds.

Mindfulness and focusing our attention can take lots of practise. Some people like to build it into their daily routine and others use everyday moments.

Amy Sier


Community News

A message from Sophie M – 5DJ

State Schools’ Relief

Children’s Week 2023

Huge variety of FREE events happening throughout the region. Details of all the events can be found at


Gforce ParentsNext Program

Alexander Thomson Cricket Club – Highton Reserve


Woollies Cricket Blast is a fun and active program for all kids (Girls /Boys 5yrs to 10yrs) of all abilities, whether it’s your first time with a bat or you’re a backyard cricket star. During each week we aim to build on the skills of Movement, Batting, Bowling, Wicket Keeping & Fielding through a series of games. Kids will gain the skills and knowledge to progress through the program to Club Junior Cricket. Our No 1 aim at Alexander Thomson CC is a safe, fun and family friendly environment.

$99 12 Week Sunday Program, Kit, Delivery & Presentation Day.

Start 9:30a.m Sunday 29 Oct to Sunday 10 Dec (7 weeks)

Break for Xmas then Sunday 4 Feb to Sunday 3 March (5 weeks)

At Highton Reserve next to Woolworths Highton.

Places Limited to 50 Children. Enquiries: Jenny Page Coordinator 0448 987 089

Register at: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/register/287e94

Art News

Royal Geelong Show Scarecrow Competition

Hooray! Our 2023 Scarecrow Team have created a fabulous entry for the upcoming Royal Geelong Show. You can find Bluey on display at the Education Pavilion from Thursday 19th (Geelong Showgrounds) – Sunday 22nd October 2023. The following students helped with our Scarecrow construction: Chelsea M, Ruby K, Eva A, Sinbone R, Charlotte C, Isabella, C, Abigail H, Matilda L, Skye A, Claire S, Isla C, Rosie A, Hiba A, Hannah F, Hannah P, Samuel W, Grace M and Mikaylah H. I’m sure we can all agree their Bluey Scarecrow is, in the words of Bingo… “OUTRAGEOUS!”

Barwon Water Poster Competition

Bellaire PS once again had fabulous results for this year’s Barwon Water Poster Competition, with a number of our students having success at both locally and at a state level. We will be hosting a special celebration assembly this Tuesday 17th October at 9.05am with Fernando Garcia from Barwon Water’s education team presenting winning students with their prize packs. We also look forward to seeing a strong showcase of other Bellaire entries in the upcoming Water Connects Us All exhibition at Geelong Gallery. A 190 student works will also be featured, which will be an amazing opportunity for students to see their works hung professionally. More details can be found here: https://www.geelonggallery.org.au/whats-on/events/water-connects-us-all-4178

Picasso Cow

Our Grade 6’s have worked very hard on designing, voting and painting our fabulous Picasso Cow. Their chosen design is inspired by the flora and fauna of the Barwon River and surrounds. We will be showcasing their beautiful finished cow at our celebration assembly this Tuesday 17th October at 9.05am.

Students of the Week – Term 4, Week 1


  • PHM Leo S

  • PHH Caroline N

  • PMF Franki A

  • PTM Billy R


  • 1TS Isla T

  • 1EM Elsa J

  • 1LS Kingsley K

  • 1CB Tobi F

  • 2SK Hunter L

  • 2DP Remi B

  • 2JB Arlo W

  • 2EP Evelyn M

  • 2CN Alfie L


  • 3AW Sophia E

  • 3BL Zoe M

  • 3LD Emerson D

  • 3KE Fletch F

  • 4AT Oscar W

  • 4EC Rosa A

  • 4JG Hugh P

  • 4TC Olive B


  • 5DD Harris F

  • 5DJ George M

  • 5ED Emma J

  • 5GM Blake M

  • 6JB Elliott S

  • 6KO Pearl S

  • 6ZP Faria N

  • 6LM Eva K

  • 6RN Max M

Students of the Week – Term 4, Week 2


  • PHM Russtin T

  • PHH Max L

  • PMF Memphis J

  • PTM Hamza A


  • 1TS Gurjapman K

  • 1EM Mack D

  • 1LS Oliver P

  • 1CB Stevie H

  • 2SK Marlee P

  • 2DP Max R

  • 2JB Alyssa H

  • 2EP Ted S

  • 2CN Jasper L


  • 3AW Moksh P

  • 3BL Alora K

  • 3LD Jasmine D

  • 3KE Ollie B

  • 4AT Georgia C

  • 4EC Jace A

  • 4JG Lili D

  • 4TC Zahara O


  • 5DD Arley O

  • 5DJ Bonnie P

  • 5ED Liam S

  • 5GM Lilly E

  • 6JB Bianca C

  • 6KO Elliot Y

  • 6ZP Dia J

  • 6LM Harrison M

  • 6RN Stella P

Specialist Awards

STEAM: Sierra S (6LM) & Mason B (1LS)

FRENCH: Nickan T (PMF) & Hiba A (2JB)

ART: Franki A (PMF) & Lowan C (4JG)

PE: Joseph P (PTM) & Hazel P (1TS)