2015 School Year - The first bell rings at 8.55am, with lessons starting at 9am and concluding at 3.30pm. (Recess is 11 -11.30am and Lunch from 1.30 - 2.30PM.) Foundation students do not attend school on Wednesdays during Term One.
Bellbrae Primary School offers students, staff and families a strong sense of community and belonging. This enables our students to develop and grow in a unique environment that is enjoyable, supportive, relevant and able to offer challenges that empower students to be 21st Century life-long learners. In 2015 we have nearly 415 students and in excess of 30 staff members across all facets of the school, yet are able to offer a strong sense of community where individuals are respected and appreciated. The school is highly committed to the mental health and well-being of all students, with an active welfare program falling under the banner of 'Kidsmatter.'
Dr Adrian Waters - School Principal
The school principal, Adrian Waters, has extensive experience in education having held school leadership positions locally, nationally and internationally. His educational interests lie in critical and transformational pedagogies, sustainability and preparing students for 21st Century living. He emphasises the link between a 'healthy body and healthy mind' and encourages students to actively participate in a range of extra curricula activities. From an academic perspective, Adrian holds a number of higher research degrees, with the central focus examining the relationship between contextuality and constructions of knowledge and reality. Adrian can be contacted directly via the school e mail address for information regarding the school's curriculum, or for any other information pertaining to future enrolments.
Stuart McCoombe holds the position of Assistant Principal and has a strong educational background in digital learning, digital coaching and classroom teaching. He plays an active role in both student learning and staff professional development with a strong commitment to 21st century learning.
Vanessa Gunn is currently one of two Leading Teachers with the core responsibilities of co-ordinating the Foundation Department and leading 'Assessment and Reporting.' Michael Georgiadis holds the other position of Leading Teacher and is responsible for 'Curriculum Development and Implementation.' Department coordinators are: Vanessa Gunn (Foundation), Lionie Brown (Grade One), Alison Baeck (Grade Two), Kate Rudland (Grade Three) Michael Georgiadis (Grade Four and Five), Luke O'Meara (Grade 6) and Ann Jarrold (Specialists). All teams are represented at Management level and have the opportunity to plan and design learning units together in weekly planning sessions, as well as during a full day allocated to each Department every term.
- A safe, supportive and friendly environment with an average class size of less than 22 students per class. (Foundation classes average 16 students.)
- Active promotion of confidence and self-esteem.
- A well resourced school in a unique rural setting.
- A quality curriculum developed by a team of dedicated and professional staff with a good balance of experience and gender.
- A focus on critical thought, independent learning and transformational pedagogy.
- An emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Learning skills.
- A support, intervention and extension program ensuring all individual learning needs are catered for.
At Bellbrae we recognise the importance of providing a safe environment for all students. As some children at our school suffer from allergic reactions, we request that all parents take significant precautions to prevent any risk to students with allergies. We encourage parents, where possible, not to send food to school that might pose an allergy risk to any classmate identified as being anaphylactic. All staff members are trained in anaphylaxis management, and the school has additional EPI Pens to complement the personal EPI Pens anaphylactic students store at school in the First Aid Room. Parents are also encouraged to regularly speak to their children about ways they can help to ensure anaphylactic students are not exposed to any risk that might trigger a reaction. All staff are trained in anaphylaxis, diabetes and asthma management.
Dyslexia Friendly School
Bellbrae Primary School has been accredited as a Dyslexia Friendly School. Click here to view our certificate! Bellbrae also supports individuals with special needs through the Program for Students with Disabilities and the provision of Integration Aides, as well as running a Reading Recovery/Literacy Support Program to ensure Literacy benchmarks are met.