The Waharoa was installed and blessed on Thursday 18 November. On behalf of the school and community we would like to thank Kenny and Dave Trinder and Morgan Watson for these beautiful taonga. The Waharoa is named Nga kete matauranga, linked to the baskets of knowledge carved on it. At the south gate, on Bell Block Court, facing the mountain, we have Pou o te Raukura, to the east on Wynyard Street is Pou Pukaea and to the north on Murray Street is Pou Tangaroa. Each of these taonga have many stories and teaching points carved into them and we look forward to sharing them with the students and community.
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16 June 2021
At 5:30am we left school to go to NYLD Hamilton. When we arrived we went in and found our seats. My favourite speaker was Cam. Cam has cerebral palsy. People told him he wouldn’t be able to talk and walk properly but he accomplished something big. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the biggest freestanding mountain in the world. We all wore our new school blazers that the 2020 Student Council fundraised for their legacy project.
by Ollie McCallum
11 June 2021
Last week on Friday we had two new Principals. Miss Buckley (Hannah Room 20) and Mr Harris (Ziggy Room 6) won the Principal for a Day raffle at the gala and took over the Principal’s office.
They were very busy touring the classrooms, presenting awards and organising the assembly. Miss Buckley even took the opportunity to cancel Room 20’s homework for this week. They both did a fantastic job and enjoyed the day.
5 May 2021
On Wednesday 5 May our Librarian, Ms Manukonga took two teams to the Kids’ Lit Quiz held at Sacred Heart Girls College. Both teams had tough competition with 28 other teams entered from around the Whanganui and Taranaki area. Both teams represented the school really well, and while we didn’t place this year we have plenty of reading time between now and the next quiz! Well done to both teams.
Pictured are: Charlize Duncan, Riley Davis, Katie Martin, Maddie Dagger, Merope Amoore, Erin Lim, Benjamin Whiteley
Absent: Delevan Mackey
15 April 2021
To provide the Intermediate students with an audience for their learning this term, and to show what the new Technology Programme looks like at Bell Block School we will be holding a Technology Showcase on Thursday 15 April in the hall from 6:00-7:00pm.
There will be presentations from the Dance and Drama and Music Technology groups and the Wearable Arts groups will be displaying their amazing creations. The event will also feature food prepared and served by the Hospitality groups. You will also be able to see what the Manufacturing, Coding & Robotics, Environmental and Digital Media groups have been doing with demonstrations and displays. The evening will end with the presentation of awards to the students for their efforts in Technology this term. We are very pleased to be able to offer this programme to our students and we would love for you to come and see what the students are capable of doing.
25 March 2021
With 18 months of work completed, last week we blessed and opened our new building with the support of Te Pohi Campbell and Leanna Poutu, representing Te Ātiawa iwi. It will house three of our Intermediate classes and some of the new Technology subjects. Although the ceremony marked the end of the building process for us as a school, it represents the start of something new and the next step in helping us to deliver the best possible outcomes for our students during their time at Bell Block School. I would once again like to thank all the people involved in helping bring this project to completion. It has taken a great deal of work from a huge number of people to reach this point, and we are very grateful for their support.
We would like to invite our community to come and have a look at our amazing new building next week on Wednesday after school. We will have the building open to view from 3-4pm so feel free to come in and have a look at our new Intermediate hub.
Our next building project is currently being drawn up and will involve refreshing at least eight of our existing classrooms.