Gabrielle Wang’s Visit


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 28, 2015

Today author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang joined us for a fantastic session. She spoke a little bit about herself as a child, her experiences and challenges as a published author and her creative process. Gabrielle read her favourite passage from her book ‘The Lion Drummer’ and taught us a step by step process on how to draw ‘Peng’. We saw photographs of ‘Da Long’, the lion drummer dragon and had a look at her different books from other countries. Students are continuing to work on their illustrations of Peng, adding details such as scales, using a fine liner and coloured pencils.

Here are a few comments from the students about their favourite part of Gabrielle’s visit:

“I liked it how I had a go at copying Gabrielle’s drawing. I was really brave and had a go even though normally I might be a bit scared to try copying something.” – Verity

“I liked how Gabrielle took her time to draw her dragon. She looked very cute in her photo from when she was a kid.” – Dana

“I like the front cover of The Lion Drummer because the illustrations are very detailed.” – Alice

“I really liked Gabrielle’s first illustratios because it had non-fiction animals like koalas, kookaburras and wombats, and it also had a fictional character which looked like a bear-skunky-thing.” – Oscar

“I liked Gabrielle’s skateboarding dog called Saffy” – Iona

“I liked how Gabrielle drew in particular steps because it was easier for us to copy.” – Archie

“I liked it when we heard about her books because I liked to learn about how she came up with her ideas.” – Acacia

“I liked it when we did the drawing because we could choose the colours and we learnt how to draw scales, a lion’s head and lolly pop tails.” – Ashlin

“I liked doing the drawing because we got to learn how to draw a lion.” – Chloe
“I liked looking at the pictures of Da Long because I had never seen him before but we’d read about him in The Lion Drummer.” – Malachy
“I liked drawing the dragon because I liked doing the scales, the head and the tail.” – Tully
“I liked looking at the pictures of the dragons and Da Long.” – Leon

Volunteers wanted for Bell Biennale


Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Art and Craft, Music | Posted on April 24, 2015

Hi parents, guardians and friends of Bell PS,

Below are a series of jobs essential to making the Bell Biennale Arts Festival (Our Asian Neighbours) a successful experience for the students and audience. Each job has a link to volunteer spot where you can simply sign up with your email address (no password required) and view the job. As they say ‘many hands make light work’. It’s now getting to the pointy end of the organisation and preparation phase of the Biennale and Chelsea and I are in desperate need of your help. Please have a look at the jobs listed below and see what you can do. Chelsea and I would like to thank those who have already dedicated your time and skills to helping us out. The support of the parent community is what makes working at Bell PS so special.

Art Work display set up

5/6 costumes

Creating a comment book

Cutting Eyes Out Of Masks

Cutting up tickets and delivering them

Decorating and preparing the performance space (Music Room)

Taking down displays

Thank you,

Andrew and Chelsea

Maths website / app suggestion


Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 21, 2015

IXL Maths is a maths website and app that your grade 1/2 student may like to use at home to enhance their learning. IXL is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and covers topics which can be accessed by year level or topic.
A large number of the exercises are available free of charge. Click HERE to access the site.
Simply select your child’s math level eg. year 1 skills, year 2 skills, and select a topic to practice. Counting and number patterns, place values, addition and subtraction would all be fantastic topics to practice at home and would support your child’s learning at school.

IXL Maths

1/2 Fun!


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 17, 2015

Yesterday we had a wonderful day of ‘Our Asian Neighbours’ tasters. Below are some pictures of our origami dogs we made in Japan. I wonder if your child can teach you any Japanese….?

We also had a great time this afternoon dressing up and playing cooperatively during developmental play!

1/2ST Patterns!


Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 13, 2015

1/2ST haven’t skipped a beat on our first day back to school! Today we were learning about patterns.

  • Patterns are things that are arranged following a rule. 

Patterns are all around us and help us predict what will happen next. They can be made of lots of different things. Today we looked at patterns made of shapes and colours.

Have a look at the patterns 1/2ST made today and see if you can identify their rules.

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Class Meetings in 1/2M


Posted by rylee26 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 9, 2015

Every Friday afternoon, 1/2M hosts a class meeting. We always start by collecting any questions we may have about what’s been happening in class or at school. Some of our questions were:

  • “Why do we have two teachers?”
  • “Why do most classrooms have a class pet?”
  • “How can we make the people in tiggy slow down?” (Which then prompted many discussions about the rules of tiggy and what is fair.)

Then we discuss any changes we would like to make either in class or in the yard. When appropriate, we have a vote to decide what we will do in the future. Some suggestions that came up were:

  • “I think we should change the reading corner, it’s very squishy and too small.”
  • “I don’t think it’s fair that someone told me what to do in the yard.”
  • “I think we should do the roll first thing in the morning so that the reading monitors have time to do their job.”

We also discuss any Aha moments. These are times that we realised something or made an unexpected connection. Some ‘light bulb moments’ were:

  • “I found out that we have a collection of dictionaries.”
  • “I didn’t realise we have coloured paper on the windows to block the sun.”
  • “I can see that we need to have some more discussions about tiggy.”

Finally, we finish with positives, where we list all things that are going well (that we have time for, there’s always many hands in the air for this section), such as:

  • “I like what we’ve been doing in writing.”
  • “I’ve been having fun outside.”
  • “I like everything.” (How lovely is that?!)

Below is a list of some of the changes we have made based on our class meeting discussions:

  • Mrs. McGowan bought us a class pet and changed the configuration of the reading corner so that it wasn’t so squishy.
  • Rylee and Mrs. McGowan had quite a few extra meetings with the students who play tiggy to help ease some of the frustrations that were bubbling up during the game and Rylee ran a lesson on problem solving based on these discussions.
  • We now mark the roll at the different time so that the sachet monitors can have some time to do their job.
  • We now change our monitor jobs every two weeks.

As you can see, this meeting is an important chance for us to come together as a group and reflect on how everything is going. The teachers take minutes and act on as many suggestions as they can. Because we all make sure to show respect when someone is talking, it is time when all members of the class (students and teachers) can share their ideas to make our class great.

In the past we’ve also tacked on a JSC report from Zach, our JSC Representative once our discussion is finished. However, in the next meeting, Rylee’s going to suggest that we move it to the beginning so that he’s not so rushed. We’ll have a vote and see what the class decides. 🙂

Class meeting 1 Class meeting 2 Class meeting 3


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