Triple A: Ability - Attitude - Action
At Bell Block School we aim to develop students who are prepared for the challenges they will face and be successful in an ever-changing world.
Attitude - Have a positive outlook and willingness to grow
Ability - Embrace the things we can do and strive to reach our potential
Action - Use our abilities and knowledge to make a positive difference in our world
Our values have come from our more than 150 years of tradition and recent community input. They underpin all that we do and are actively taught in each class across the school. At celebration assemblies we acknowledge students who have been living our school values.
Respect - Whakaute: At Bell Block School we value other people and celebrate uniqueness
Manaakitanga – Caring: At Bell Block School we act in a way that shows we care about ourselves, others and
the world around us
Responsibility – Takohanga: At Bell Block School we take personal action to do our best always.
Tu Maia - Standing Brave: At Bell Block School we face challenges with positivity and self-belief
Restorative practice is about building and restoring relationships. There are two parts to the Restorative Practice plan at Bell Block School. Firstly we build the school culture so that we all have the skills we need to relate effectively to others. Secondly we have processes to solve our problems. Restorative Practice is the foundation of the whole school culture at Bell Block School.
Each class is allocated to a Whānau Group within the school. These four Whānau - Piwāiwaka, Tākahe, Kotuku and Kereru are the basis for some of our school activities and include children from all age groups as well as an opportunity for interaction with staff from other areas of the school. A Whānau Shield is presented to the winning house at the end of each term.
Celebration Assemblies occur fortnightly, and whanau are welcome to attend. Children have the opportunity to share with the school, their achievements are celebrated, and Principal’s Awards are given out.
There are a number of opportunities available in the Performing Arts, including whole school singing, ukulele group, Choir, Orchestra and a Jump Jam Performance group.
In Years 7 & 8 students get to experience a range of technology subjects. Currently students take travel out to Manukorihi to take part in Coding, Hard Materials, Science and Cooking. Back at Bell Block students engage in Digital Media and Filmmaking, Sign Language and French, Music, Visual Arts and Sport Science.
Bell Block School organises a wide variety of team sports throughout the year including; Cricket, Touch, Netball, Inline hockey, Canoe Polo, Hockey and Basketball. With highly involved parents and whanau, our teams develop great skills in both the physical aspects of sport as well as developing how to work effectively in a team. Bell Block School is a school that values physical education. This is showcased in our whole school events throughout the year like Swimming Sports, Triathlon and Cross Country 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 twice 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.
Kapa Haka is provided for all levels at Bell Block School, from Junior through to Intermediate. Through learning Te Reo and tikanga together and practising and performing together, our four groups, their tutors and teachers involved all contribute positively to the cohesion in our school community. Each group performs throughout the year at school and out in the community. This year is the first time for many years that our most senior group will step into the competitive arena in festivals. We are working hard towards this and look forward to Tātarakihi and Puanga festivals later in the year.
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.
Outdoor Academy is a way of recognising and providing opportunities for our intermediate students who demonstrate and strive towards our school Vision Triple A- Attitude/ Ability/ Action and our school motto Kaha i ngā wa katoa - Our Best Always. Examples of these opportunities range from outings such as horse riding, archery, surfing, SUP, kayaking and learning to sail. These activities aim to help develop confidence and promote team building.