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.


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.

Zone Cross Country

On Tuesday we had 28 students take park in the Wiley Park Zone Cross Country at Lees Park. Children had a fantastic time versing other schools and tried their very best. There were 15 other schools which means that in each race there were 60 students! Very proud of Belmore South for always having a positive attitude and sportsmanship!


A big congratulations to Aya! She came 2nd in the race which means she is now off to run in the district level of Cross Country. Well done to all the students and good luck Aya!

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Debating Recount: BSPS vs. CPS

Written by Zana (Class Banks)

On Thursday the fifth of May 2016, it was the first debate of the year. Belmore South public school was the affirmative team and Campsie public school was the negative team. The topic for debate was ‘competition is a bad thing’. The first speaker was Jacinda. The second speaker was Darrell. The third speaker was Najib. Our last speaker was Kenda. Rahel was the timer person. Ilham was the bell person and Aseel was the chair person… the winner was Campsie Public School. We would like to thank Campsie Public School for coming, and Mrs Kassem for setting it up and for bringing food for the morning tea.


Parent Volunteers Supporting Our Students

Parents and community volunteers participated in a 3 hour training workshop, conducted by Lisa Boland from Learning Links. The program, Reading for Life, provides 1-1 reading tuition for selected students in years 2-4. The program is funded by Campsie RSL and would not operate without the valuable contribution made from our parents and community volunteers. The students and teachers at Belmore South are grateful for the commitment they have made to provide this worthwhile learning opportunity for our students.
Reading for Life

S3 Morse ‘Sing Out Loud’

S3 Morse had their first visit to Leigh Place to sing with some of the residents and build community connections. The residents were so excited to see their little buddies, and the singing director described how much they loved working with Belmore South Public School.

Everyone sang some classic jingles, and some traditional Australian songs. The residents shared some of their memories and connections, and helped our students work out what some of the tricky words meant. When we sang ‘Kookaburra, Kookaburra’, Mary did an amazing kookaburra impersonation, and when we sang ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Harold described his mother, who was named Mathilde. While chatting, about food, two residents shared how they were born in 1926, the same year Vegemite was invented. Another resident discovered she had the same birthday as her Belmore buddy, just ‘a few’ years apart!

There will be a concert at the end of the term, so lots of practice ahead! Students also get the chance to prepare some group talent items at the concert, and their Leigh Place buddies are very excited to find out what Belmore students can do. I wonder what skills they will discover? Music? Magic? Dance? Gymnastics? Impersonations? Poetry?

Thank you, Leigh Place, for this fantastic opportunity!

Farewell Mrs Pericles!

We are very sad to farewell the amazing Mrs Pericles, who has been teacher at Belmore South PS for “about a hundred years”. She has accepted a new teaching position, and we wish her lots of luck in her next adventures!


Our first 2016 debate!

Today, the debating team challenged Campsie Public School to determine if “competition is a bad thing”. We were affirmative, which means we agreed that competition is a bad thing. Some of our arguments were that:

  • competition can be stressful and can lead to low self esteem as there is a 50% of chance of being the loser
  • low self esteem can lead to depression, which leads to bullying, which leads to suicide
  • rivalry and tension is caused during competitions

Our feedback from the adjudicator was that we used high modality words, had strong arguments, and were very confident speakers. After a very close debate, we were unfortunately defeated, but we made our school and teacher very proud!