Athletics Carnival 2017

On Thursday, Belmore South held our annual Athletics Carnival. Races were run, novelties were fun, and happy faces were everywhere. What a fantastic day!

 

TEACHERS IN ACTION – SHARING GOOD PRACTICE

On Tuesday 26th July, Ms Rhodes and Ms Filacouridis lead our staff in Teacher Professional Learning in the area of Numeracy. We examined the importance of developing place value knowledge to assist our students in gaining a deeper understanding of number concepts. We also explored how patterns in counting, grouping of tens and the position of digits is related to understanding the base ten structure of our numeration system. Teachers were involved in updating student performance data in our CAP (Celebrating Students’ Achievement and Performance) room and analysing the data to inform their practice. Teachers shared a repertoire of instructional strategies and are developing goal setting tools to assist our students to take ownership of their learning in numeracy.

elza1 elza2 elza3

 

Maths in K Franklin

We are very proud of our learning in K Franklin this week. We have been learning to combine two groups of numbers and add them to find the total! We are even starting to keep numbers in our head and count on and then we can write number sentences. We always remember to check our answers with a buddy.

20160721_092615

20160721_092638 20160721_092649

Swinging with the Show Tunes!

The choir attended the second workshop with the combined ‘Our Spectacular’ choir, and are singing some fantastic show tunes in two and three part harmony, with two of our choir members performing in a solo ensemble group. One more workshop, and they will be ready for their performance inside the Opera House in September. Well done!

choir

S2 Bell Assembly item

This term, Stage 2 have been focusing on playing safely in the playground. Due to the weather some areas have been closed and some people didn’t know what games they could play without hurting anyone.

So we researched some games as a class. We have learnt some games that our parents played when they were younger and some that we had simply forgotten about! We created a video to show our knowledge and understanding on how the games are played. We hope to see you in the playground soon, playing a few of these games.

S2 Bell have also created posters to be displayed around the school. If you don’t know what games to play, you can always look at our posters!

Our posters:

capture the flag cop and robbers HENS AND CHICKS Hopscotch Hot lava kick the can laugh test Marbles Ninja Red light green light shadow tag

 

Thank you,

S2 Bell

BSPS Prepare for Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

In Gemstone Learning Teams, we have been learning to ‘have a yarn’. This week, we will share examples of respectful behaviour. Then, we will share the story of Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji people. Paul Kelly wrote a song about these events called ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’. We will be singing part of this song at assembly. It is important to make a stand for what you believe in, like Vincent Lingiari did for his people.

Lyrics: From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Gather round people I’ll tell you a story
An eight year long story of power and pride
‘Bout British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiarri
They were opposite men on opposite sides

Vestey was fat with money and muscle
Beef was his business, broad was his door
Vincent was lean and spoke very little
He had no bank balance, hard dirt was his floor

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Gurindji were working for nothing but rations
Where once they had gathered the wealth of the land
Daily the oppression got tighter and tighter
Gurindji decided they must make a stand

They picked up their swags and started off walking
At Wattie Creek they sat themselves down
Now it don’t sound like much but it sure got tongues talking
Back at the homestead and then in the town

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Vestey man said I’ll double your wages
Seven quid a week you’ll have in your hand
Vincent said uhuh we’re not talking about wages
We’re sitting right here till we get our land

Vestey man roared and Vestey man thundered
You don’t stand the chance of a cinder in snow
Vince said if we fall others are rising

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri boarded an aeroplane
Landed in Sydney, big city of lights
And daily he went round softly speaking his story
To all kinds of men from all walks of life

And Vincent sat down with big politicians
This affair they told him is a matter of state
Let us sort it out, your people are hungry
Vincent said no thanks, we know how to wait

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri returned in an aeroplane
Back to his country once more to sit down
And he told his people let the stars keep on turning
We have friends in the south, in the cities and towns

Eight years went by, eight long years of waiting
Till one day a tall stranger appeared in the land
And he came with lawyers and he came with great ceremony
And through Vincent’s fingers poured a handful of sand

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

That was the story of Vincent Lingiarri
But this is the story of something much more
How power and privilege can not move a people
Who know where they stand and stand in the law

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Shining Behaviour at BSPS

This week, we held our first parent forum to discuss how Belmore South support wellbeing. There were many questions about awards, trading, and fairness, which Mrs Papadis answered. She bought along examples of our rewards, peg charts, shine guide displays, and letters; explaining how it all fits together.

PhotoGrid_1464496025947

Ms Salmon shared the following video of our students explaining our wellbeing policy.

BSPS: Shining Behaviour from Ms Salmon on Vimeo.

We look forward to developing our parent partnerships in this area, so stay tuned for our next forum! You can also ask questions with the Principal or make your voice heard by attending the monthly P&C meetings on the first Monday of the month, which begin at 6:30 in the staffroom.