Independent Reading

As part of our Start Up program and getting the students settled and into a routine, Independent Reading plays a significant part of our Literacy program.  The images demonstrate how students use this silent independent reading to dive into what interests them most.  It might be an information text, a comic, a chapter book…but whatever their choice the kids at Bell are definitely avid readers.

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Mindmapping – 3/4 E as members of the Bell P.S School Community

The 3/4E Learning Community have spent the first two weeks of school learning about one another as well as revising the Bell P.S School Values.

As part of a whole class discussion during the week, our class discussed the importance of all members of the school community living the school values of:

Respect, Learning, Teamwork, Honesty and Creativity

We place a large emphasis on upholding these school values and we encourage the entire school community to work together to experience success at school, at home and within the wider community.

Our class has broken down each value and worked with the rest of the Year 3/4 team to develop a shared ‘Code of Conduct’ that has been agreed upon. Our class went even further and created a mind map about who in our school community should use our school’s core values to help us achieve our PERSONAL BEST.

Here are some student reponses to our mind map!

We worked on a mind map about our school community. We identified that staff, students, parents and people who run ‘after school hour programs’ at Bell as the people who should work together to see us achieve our personal best – Audrey

We took part in a really good lesson about the Bell P.S school community. We spoke about the staff (teachers, principal, vice principal), the students (clubs, classes, leadership) and parents (fundraising, parent helpers) working together – Evie.


3-4 Information Night

Please make a note that we will be holding a Grade 3/4 Information night on February 12th from 6.00 – 7.00pm in the Learning Centre.  We look forward to seeing you there.

3/4 Team


Communication satchels

Hi Parents,

Today we sent home blue ‘communication satchels’ with students. The satchels are to remain in students bags and we encourage you to check them daily. The satchels will include all communication going home, for example, newsletters, excursion forms, notices, etc. We are aware that from time to time paper goes missing so we are hoping that this whole school system will eliminate this.

Thanks 3/4 Team

Welcome to Grade 3/4 in 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a brand new school year.  This year’s team will comprise of Joy O’Neill (3/4O), Keara McIntyre (3/4M), Xenia Matani (3/4X) and Dean Emmanuel (3/4E).

In the first weeks of term we will be sending home to you, our 3/4 Curriculum News outlining what we will be covering in Term 1. Please remind your child to ensure they bring a hat to school everyday as well as a drink bottle.  As we know, it always seems to heat up when the kids return to school.  During ‘Start Up Week’ one of the things we will be focusing on is ensuring students have all their personal items labelled ie. school jumpers/hats etc.  Can you please ensure these items are clearly labelled so that they do not end up in lost property.

Our team blog is one form of communication that we encourage parents to use.  Please check it often as we are continually updating it.

Please make yourself known to your child’s classroom teacher.  We all look forward to meeting with you at the upcoming ‘Meet & Greet’ evening (date to be confirmed).