Day 2 – Grade 6
Waratah Bay Camp!

A great start to the day with cereal and bacon and eggs for breakfast! After a good night’s sleep
day 2 was all about the students getting to experience all of the activities Waratah Bay Camp has to offer! From the Giant swing, Aeroball, Initiative courses, Ropes courses and volleyball these activities tested and challenged our students, while promoting teamwork, initiative and good communication skills. They had an absolute ball and it was amazing to see the great connections formed in their teams. We were blessed with good weather, although a little chilly we escaped any rain! Tonight we look forward to a beach walk after dinner, our trivia show and a disco!



Day 1 – Grade 6
Waratah Bay Camp!
After a very lovely (and rainy) drive down to Waratah Bay, the students excitedly unpacked their bags in their cabins and enjoyed a walk to the rock pool ramble!
We then had some down time before yummy dinner (fried rice/chicken/veggies!) we had a fun and enjoyable night of indoor sports and trivia!


Tournament of Minds Club

Since the beginning of Term 2, students across 4, 5 and 6 have filled the Tournament of Minds club with great enthusiasm, creativity and passion. Today’s activity got the students to think of the importance of particular items in a room and then portray that object while also persuading the audience why they should not be thrown out! For example…. I’m a light bulb, you can’t see without me! I’m a couch, I’m there for you to relax and wind down on after a long hard day!
The students used great collaboration, critical thinking and drama skills all while having a lot of fun in their teams!

Tournament of Minds. TOM offers teams of students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. 

TOMS team – Miss Meredith, Lisa and Dan


Waratah Bay CAMP Information Session

Thank you to the parents/carers who could attend the camp information session tonight.
If you couldn’t make it, I have attached the powerpoint information below – If you have any further  questions please do not hesitate to contact myself, Dan or Brett.
We are very much looking forward to this camp and the rewarding experience that it brings for your children!

Waratah Bay Camp 

2.5 hour drive from Melbourne along the scenic South Gippsland Highway

Across the dunes from one of Victoria’s most beautiful and pristine beaches

Only 15 minutes drive to Wilson’s Promontory National Park

Ensuite bedrooms, spacious dining halls and fun-filled recreation rooms are all located in the one building. And it’s all situated barely a stones throw from one of Victoria’s most stunning beaches.

Rebecca Foulds, Dimi Efthymiou, Laura Meredith, Brett Allen, Dan Guglielmini,  Ajay Singh, Julie Waugh, Lisa Mcleish.

Three nutritious meals per day with plenty of variety, accompanied by generous portions of fruit, vegetables and salad!
Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea and Supper are also served daily
Vegetarian options and other dietary requirements, including food allergies are all taken with care.

Activities are designed to test and challenge students, while promoting teamwork, initiative and communication skills. Team building activities challenge students to express themselves in new ways, to form new connections that might never have happened in the classroom.
Activities include: Rock pool ramble, Giant swing, Initiative courses, Disco, Aeroball, Camp fire, Ropes courses, Beach games and Trivia. 

Everything you’ll need to bring on Camp is listed on the “WHAT TO BRING LIST” which was sent home on Monday. We really encourage you to go through and pack with your child so they are aware of what items they have.

Below are a few main items to make sure you pack!
Sleeping bag/doona
Fitted sheet
Waterproof raincoat
Drink bottle
Long pants/closed toe shoes for all activities
Garbage bags for dirty clothing
Slippers/socks for indoors
Packed lunch for first day (please keep separate from your clothing bag)

All medication needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and dosage.
On the morning of the camp, medication is to be handed to

Year 5 – Brett Allen

Year 6 – Jack Fray

All medication must be accompanied by an additional form outlining dosage, etc.


Students will not be permitted to phone home.

The staff will contact parents immediately if it is necessary.

If there is a need to communicate with your child, please contact the school and they will be in touch with staff on camp (emergencies only).

Students are not permitted to bring mobile phones or devices to camp.

We will be blogging once a day while on camp so please make sure you check out our page to see what we are up to!!!




2019 Camp Information Night!

Dear Grade 5 and 6 parents and carers,

A reminder of the Camp Waratah Bay Information Night that will be on this Tuesday!

When: Tuesday 21st May.
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Where: Miss Meredith’s classroom. (room 14)

This will be an opportunity to hear from us a little bit more about the camp and to ask any questions you may have.  A friendly reminder to please make sure you have returned all camp forms and paid the camp fees to the school office.

Grade 6 camp will be Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th June and
Grade 5 will be Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

The grade 5/6 team


Preparation for Tournament Of Minds has begun, currently we are holding lunchtime sessions every Thursday to give the students a taste of what TOMs might be like. Currently we are just putting out feelers for how many students would like to participate so there is definitely still time for your child to come and join in if they missed this weeks session. Teams will not be created for TOMs until late in the term, currently we are just running sessions to get the students interested but encourage them to come to as many sessions as possible to show they are interested and have experience in the different activities.


We did hold information sessions for the students late last term but feel free to visit the website and speak to your child about whether this is something they would like to participate in.

TOM – About

Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme for teams of students. TOM aims to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.


Best wishes!

Daniel, Laura and Lisa


I would just like to take this time to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful 6 years at Bell Primary School. I have loved teaching art at Bell and will miss all my students dearly. They have always amazed me with their creativity and I look forward to seeing what they create in the future! I would also like to thank all the parents that have helped out in the art room over the years. I’m so very grateful because without your help I could not have run the projects I have. So thank you all and I look forward to popping back for visits along with my little one!

Much love,



What a lovely and memorable day for the grade 5 students!

Our day started with a walk to Bell station, high-fiving the police that helped us cross St Georges Road (due to broken lights) was the first highlight!

The commemorative ANZAC service at The Shrine was a special time for students to learn more about its importance in Australian history and why we remember our veterans, both past and present, and also remember the families of those who gave their lives or health in service, particularly in Gallipoli.

Our JSC Jo, Alice and Lachie did a great job representing Bell PS and bringing forward the beautiful wreath, laying it near the Eternal Flame.

After the service we had a lovely time stretching our legs, running around and enjoying our lunch in the gardens before walking around Botanical Gardens via the Sidney myer Music Bowl before boarding the train home from Flinders Street!

A big thank you to Andy, Bethia, Lynne and Vesna for being super star helpers in making sure our students had a fun, safe and lovely day out in the city.

Well done to our grade 5 students for representing Bell PS on their special excursion. They should all feel extremely proud for being considerate while on public transport and for showing respectful behaviour on their day out!

Miss M

Metro Trains Incursion

Today the Grade 5 students were visited by Metro trains!

The Community Education Unit is a team of Metro Customer Service Officers who have undergone specialised training to facilitate engagement with a variety of audiences. The program educates the wider community about issues that affect them while travelling on public transport, specifically trains and aims to put students on the “right track”.

The presentation today covered topics related to:

  • Platform and train safety
  • Safe use of rail crossings
  • Journey planning
  • Tickets and concessions
  • Laws and behaviours
  • Roles of an Authorised Officer

The students really enjoyed the incursion and were very excited to receive a metro trains band!

Tournament of the Minds

Today the grade 5 and 6 students listened to a  Tournament of Minds (TOM) presentation.  TOMS is an international body that conducts competitions in creative thinking and problem solving. The Northern Metropolitan Regional finals are held at Latrobe University in August.

At the start of Term 2 Lisa, Dan and Miss Meredith will be holding a TOMs club once a week to provide students with the opportunity to practice their creative thinking  in solving a range of problems and quick spontaneous tasks. We highly encourage students to attend these clubs to see if they would like to try out for a place in the TOMs teams later on in the term.

TOMs overview:

  • Teams of 7 from mixed year levels (4, 5 and 6)
  • 4 Disciplines (STEM, The Arts, Language Literature and Social Sciences)
  • 6 weeks to formulate a solution
  • 10 minutes to present
  • 1 Spontaneous challenge on the day
  • $10 per student

There are Youtube videos showing schools presenting past problems if you wish to search for examples. Also the Tournament of Minds website – gives useful information if you wish to know more.

Miss Meredith, Lisa and Dan will be the teachers running TOMs for 2019.


 TALKING THE TALK – Parent seminar for parents Prep – Grade 6
Respectful Relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety Presentation
Presented by Vanessa Hamilton
(24 Years Experience Sexuality Educator, Mother Of Three)

2nd , April 2019
Bell Primary School
Scotia St, Preston
7.30 – 9.00pm

Learn how to tailor conversations with your children about:
Healthy & Respectful Relationships
Body & Protective Safety
What Is Normal Early Childhood Sexual Behaviour
How Babies Are Made And Born
Puberty Preparation
Internet Safety And Our Sexualised Society

Learn how to tailor conversations with your children about:
What is appropriate for my family?
How much do I need to tell them?
At what age should I discuss these topics?
More information at
*For Bell PS parents and carers
*Bookings Essential (Limited Seating)
*Free session, provided by Bell Parent Vanessa
Hamilton. Gold coin donation at the door, with
100% of proceeds going towards Human Sexuality
Education resources at Bell PS

Testimonials from Parents
“Brilliant, every parent should have access
to this talk…”

“Such a clear presenter – Easy to listen to,
I liked the humour as it took the pressure
off heavy topics…”

“I feel a lot more confident talking to my
kids now…”

“Vanessa’s presentation is probably one of
the best parenting sessions I’ve ever
attended. Honest, engaging,
knowledgeable, fantastic. Thank you…”

*For Bell PS parents and carers
*Bookings Essential (Limited Seating)
*Free session, provided by Bell Parent Vanessa
Hamilton. Gold coin donation at the door, with
100% of proceeds going towards Human Sexuality
Education resources at Bell PS
Please note this session is not suitable for
children to attend



On Friday 29th March Bell Primary are hosting the World’s Greatest Shave on the South Oval Astro Turf from 3pm to 4pm. 

The following grade 5 students will be shaving their heads. You can click on their individual link to kindly donate OR come along Friday afternoon and donate to their WGS bucket! Cant

Ben –



Lachlan –