Welcome to Bell Block School. We are very proud of our school and the achievements of its students both past and present. Bell Block school has a rich history and for over 150 years it has served the families of Bell Block.

Our dedicated teachers provide a caring and supportive learning environment for all our pupils and focus on ensuring that each child’s academic and social needs are catered for. While our teaching programmes have a strong focus on academic achievement, we also provide a wide variety of other opportunities for students to experience success both inside and outside of the classroom. The students enjoy taking on lead roles in the biannual school production and our amazing Kapa Haka group. The enjoy success and camaraderie in a range of sports opportunities including being the current Linkhorn Cup holders for Rubgy, our school triathlon and athletics sports. Academically our students perform very well in international competitions as well as national achievement testing.

All students benefit from working in small groups with teachers, teacher aides, other adults and other students with similar skills and interests.  As part of our enrichment programme we offer the Outdoor Academy, for senior students interested in outdoor adventures.  Other extension programmes include a Maths extension group who have their thinking extended through problem solving. Students who need extra help in reading, mathematics or with learning english also receive support to improve achievement.

A school-wide Values programme is an important part of our curriculum with a termly focus taught across the school.  Our five school values are incorporated in our logo.  One of the Principal’s awards at assembly each fortnight is given to a child in each class modelling the value all classes are focusing on for that term. We also work hard to develop positive citizenship and are a restorative school. This means we not only support those students with challenges but also reward the students who consistently show the school values. Each class has a circle time each week where the staff actively teach positive behavior and work through positive responses to challenging situations.


As well as an overnight “getting to know each other camp “at school”, the Year 7/8 children take part in an annual week long camp alternating between a back to basics experience and a week at Mount Ruapehu skiing, snowboarding and exploring the area.  The Year 5/6 children also have a camp every second year, the venue for which varies. Parents are always keen participants in camps, many taking annual leave to be a part of this experience.

Over recent years a wide variety of digital technologies have been purchased which are enhancing the learning for our children, allowing them to become effective, independent learners.

We enjoy having our families in the school and provide a number of opportunities to see the children in action from sports days and arts performances to our fortnightly celebration assemblies. We value the input of many parents, grandparents and other community members who work closely with the school to support the learning of our students. We have an open door policy and encourage families to come in and ask any questions they may have.

Sport has always been a priority for children at Bell Block School and our school encourages this by fielding a large number of sports teams, including touch, basketball, hockey, netball, soccer, rugby, rugby league, in line hockey, canoe polo and cricket.  Swimming sports and the triathlon are eagerly awaited annual events.  We are fortunate to have daily use of the Bell Block Methanex Aquatic Centre in Term 1 and for a three week block in Term 4.  Bell Block students swim at least three times a week during these times.   The teachers and teacher aides follow the State Kiwi Swim Safe programme to enable them to help our students become competent swimmers who enjoy the water.  In 2013 Bell Block was the State Kiwi Swim school of the year.

Due to an increasing roll over the past years the Ministry of Education introduced an enrolment scheme to ensure there is sufficient space for children at school.  All children who live in the Home Zone are able to enroll automatically.  Usually there are a small number of spaces for Out of Zone students.  Please come and talk to me if you are interested in enrolling your child.

I enjoy talking with parents of our students and encourage you to call in and share your ideas with me. If I can be of any assistance to you do email or phone me.

Conrad Hailes