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Weaving by Bellingen students displayed

Regional Recognition for Bellingen Public School Students.

Currently showing at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie Regional Art Gallery is the art exhibition Northern Exposure 5. This exhibition is a celebration of the current visual arts practice within the region. A total of 60 artworks were selected by an expert panel to be included in this exhibition, which includes one of the four NAIDOC weavings created in 2017 by K- 6 of Bellingen Public students. The Acting Gallery Curator, Bridget Purtill states in the exhibition brochure: Northern Exposure is open to all artists on the Mid North Coast and this... Read more


Children waiting for their events at Carnival

PSSA MNC Athletics Carnival

Well done to all our MNC athletic participants who competed in Coffs Harbour at Cex International Stadium on Friday. From all accounts the day was an outstanding success, with Grant Watson key in our school's support. Thank you Grant, and all students competing.... Read more

Bellingen Public School girl and Boy Champions


Congratulations to our Bellingen Public School Athletic Champions. Junior Boy - Charlie Carter Junior Girl - Ava Vandyke 11 yrs Boy - Josh Upsall 11 Yrs Girl - Fern Berry Senior Boy - Tryeke Whyman Senior Girl - Jayme Garrett District Athletics participants. Congratulations to the following students who were also named District Age Champions. Junior Boy - Charlie Carter Junior Girl - Ava Vandyke 11 yrs Boy - Josh Upsall 11 Yrs Girl - Fern Berry Senior Boy - Tryeke Whyman MNC Athletic Participants District Junior Boys – Charlie Carter,... Read more

Stage 1 children outside 2BBB studio


Last Thursday, some of our stage 1 students had the opportunity to visit the local radio station 2BBB. While there, we recorded the narration for our musical ‘Have you seen the witch's cat?' with the very welcome help of Kye Ruigrok and Alice Moseby. The students had a tour and gained some insight into how the radio station works. A lot of fun was had! We would like to thank 2BBB for supporting our school production!... Read more

The band being conducted on the stage

Celebrating Public Education

What a fabulous week it was last week as we all came together to celebrate learning. The Showcase concert was superb, with so many talented musicians performing. The wonderful Liz Scott led the development of this supported by so many of our wonderful music tutors, who with students across our school each week. (Thank goodness for the very handy donation of the music building to us, from the Dept. of Health, as they refurbished the hospital, a few years back!) And didn't the hall look wonderful, with every student across the school (383... Read more

Digging and pruning in the garden


Our "Passion Patch" continues to improve in both productivity and appearance. This is largely due to the parents and families who support our regular termly working bees and help Viv, Anne and myself with structural modifications. We have the visions and in one morning, they all come into fruition. It is SOOO exciting! Stage three students have been aching for a pond outside the music block and have submitted plans to me. With Max's help (SLSO), they have dug the shape and we are thrilled that parent Ross Bailey of Ponds and... Read more

Governors wife, Principal and school leaders

The Governor of NSW’s wife – Mrs Linda Hurley visits

What an extraordinary morning Friday February 23rd was in Bellingen PS. We were able to host Mrs Linda Hurley, the wife of the current Governor of NSW. Our school leaders excelled themselves greeting Mrs Hurley and conducting her to the hall for the most amazing musical concert, put together by the fabulous Liz Scott, together with all our music tutors. Our students were outstanding, both in their musicianship, and engagement. And, to finish, Mrs Hurley, a strong advocate for choirs and signing led us all in singing You are my sunshine…Wow!... Read more

The launch of Education Week

Premier highlights the value of public education

Kiama and Parramatta public schools hosted the launch of Education Week today. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, with (from left): Education Minister Rob Stokes; State Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee; Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott; student performers and comperes, and the Principal of Parramatta Public School, Gail Charlier (far right). Public education can be the springboard to the top job in New South Wales. That was the message from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, as she launched Education Week celebrations today at... Read more

Deputy Secretary talking with students

Dept. of Education Deputy Secretary visit

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to host a visit by Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, from the Dept. Wednesday May 30. Liz Scott's string ensemble very much set the scene for Murat to witness the strength of all our teaching and learning programs within our wonderful school. He commented on the strong culture of student engagement and the obvious success of so many of our learners – students and staff. He also played basketball with some students at lunchtime, getting his 10 000 steps/day tally for his... Read more

Education Week starts on 6 August 2018

Education Week 2018 - Today's schools creating tomorrow's world

The future of education will be showcased in NSW public schools from August 6 – 10 as students, teachers and parents across the state celebrate Education Week 2018. Education Week kicks off on Monday, August 6, with a simultaneous launch at Parramatta and Kiama public schools livestreamed on YouTube so all government schools and their communities can join in. This year's theme, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a... Read more

Students from Condell Park Public School

New uniform policy for NSW public schools

A new uniform policy has been introduced for NSW public schools, which for the first time include the option for girls to wear shorts and pants. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the new "clear and concise" policy today at Condell Park Public School in Sydney. Ms Berejiklian said the "modern makeover" would ensure that uniforms were practical and comfortable for students and affordable for parents. The new policy says all students should have the opportunity to access the full range of... Read more

Craig Reucassel

Public schools building great Australian lives

The Public Education Foundation has launched a new campaign promoting the importance of public schools to the community. The online campaign helps raise awareness and instil confidence in parents and the community that our public schools provide a vibrant, inclusive and high quality education to all Australians. The videos feature three famous Australians who credit their public education for equipping them with the skills and values that have enabled them to go on and make great contributions to society. David Hetherington, executive director... Read more

Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

The successful team of students

Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

NDIS logo

NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

Jack Mellalieu, Principal For A Day

Principal For A Day

Today I was fortunate enough to have the role of principal of the day. As the principal, I addressed the staff administration meeting. This felt weird as I had never been fully allowed in the staff room before. I then went on to visit classrooms which also felt weird as everybody addressed me as Mr Mellalieu which I was certainly not used to. I also went on to observe and give feedback to Mr Harry on his teaching which was hard because I could find almost nothing for him to improve on. I gave a parent a tour of the school, the Director John... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

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