Belridge Secondary ESC News

December 2020

From The Principals Desk

The end of the year is upon us and what a year it has been. 2020 has been a year that has never been experienced before. It provided many trials but our staff rose to the challenge and were amazing, going above and beyond for our students. Despite the difficulties of 2020 we still managed to hold our annual events such as the Whole School Athletics Carnival, Year 12 School Ball and Graduation Ceremony and our Market Day.

Planning for 2021

2021 planning is well underway with our enrolments continuing to be steady which has resulted in 124 students expected to commence with us at the beginning of the school year. Two new transportable classrooms are being installed and we look forward to having some additional space.

Market Day

Once again our Annual Market Day was a roaring success. Students and staff worked hard to create the amazing products sold at each of their stalls. We had many visitors to support our students and their amazing efforts. Special thanks to the Market Day Committee with representatives from Beldon ESC and Joondalup ESC for their input in organising the day. All funds raised on the day go towards student programs within the school that directly and positively impacts on our students.

Staff News

We have some staff members who are leaving us at the end of this year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and dedication in supporting our students. Mrs Yvonne Duyvestein is retiring and we wish her every happiness for her future. Mr Ryan Greer and Mrs Gill Bradfield are taking up positions in other schools and we also wish them all the best in their new roles. Mrs Silvia Samarin is taking some Long Service and Maternity Leave in 2021. Our best wishes to her and her family as they await the arrival of their new baby.

We would like to welcome Mrs Janine Notariani, Ms Keira Savin and Mrs Maggie Read who will be joining us in 2021 in teaching positions. Mrs Nichola Manship also returns to Belridge following her maternity leave-welcome to the Belridge team!

Class of 2020

On behalf of all the staff here at Belridge Secondary ESC, I would like to wish our Year 12 students the very best for their future endeavours and may all their dreams come true! Thank you for all your contributions to our school. We will miss you all but know that you have bright futures ahead of you.

There are a number of special events and dates scheduled for Term One 2021. These are noted below under Important Dates. These include the Year 12 School Ball in Week Four of Term One as well as Staff Development Days and much more.

Please note school resumes on Monday 1st of February 2021.

On behalf of the entire Belridge Community I would like to wish all of our families, staff and the school community a safe and Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

We look forward to seeing our students back in 2021.

Mrs Jenine Wall



School Office reopens - Monday 25th January 2021

First day of Term 1 2021- Students - Monday 1st February 2021

Year 12 School Ball - Thursday 25th February 2021

Public Holiday - Monday 1st March 2021

Staff Development Day/PUPIL FREE - Monday 22nd March 2021

School Board Message

It is difficult to sum up 2020 without resorting to clichés: the words “unprecedented”, “uncertain” and “new normal” come to mind. For parents of students at Belridge SESC, our concerns during these “unprecedented” and “uncertain” times were immediate and unique. Our children face challenges around medical vulnerability, disruption to routine and learning, so it was natural to wonder how our students would be supported during such a volatile and often frightening period.

As a member of the School Board, I was privileged to have a front-row seat observing teachers, education assistants and admin support staff working tirelessly for the benefit of our children. From securing precious PPE to producing tailored, individual remote learning packages, the staff demonstrated their dedication to the safety and well-being of not only their students, but families too.

From a school board perspective, things looked a little different in 2020. The core work of the Board involves establishing and reviewing school priorities, student progress, general policy directions and financial arrangements as well as the approval of contributions and charges and evaluation of school performance. This work continued throughout the year but, like millions of Australians, we learned to embrace electronic and remote communication. 2020 saw board member Sandra Mooney retire from her position with our sincerest thanks and best wishes and we are pleased to welcome new board member Wendy Howell who joins us for 2021.

Despite the global pandemic there were many moments to celebrate during 2020 including achievement of IEP goals and events such as Belsurf, The Year 12 Ball, Market Day and Year 12 Graduation. I was privileged to be present at the Year 12 Graduation and it is always such a joy to see what fine young men and women our students have become. It was my great honour to present the Vocational Education and Training Award to Mailey Kelly and to witness the awarding of the inaugural Jenny Winston Endeavour Award to Keanan Gilbert by Jenny’s family. Jenny was such a cherished member of the school community and the board, and Jenny and her family are never far from our thoughts.

On behalf of the Belridge Secondary ESC Board, I thank all staff for their continued dedication and commitment to offering outstanding educational opportunities for our students. We would also like to congratulate all students for their achievements in 2020 under very challenging circumstances and wish them happiness and personal success in 2021 and beyond.

Mrs Jo Waterman

Board Chair

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Middle School Update

Being the last newsletter of 2020, I would like to thank the parents and carers for the partnerships you have formed in your child’s learning and your continued support of the school. I would also like to congratulate our students for all their hard work, enthusiasm and motivation to have a go during a year which has brought some unexpected challenges. I am so proud of each and every one of you!! Regardless of your ability, you have been given every possible opportunity to be challenged, achieve success and feel valued and you have all demonstrated outstanding results and achieved some outstanding results.

Our school values, ‘Safe, Respectful and Responsible’ have been a big part of everything we do at Belridge SESC and it is great to see all of our students demonstrating these values each and every day. Our quality teaching programs have supported students to strive to do their best which has resulted in students achieving their goals and having fun along the way. When we look back on the 2020 school year, there are so many highlights which has led to the middle school students having both fun and success.

Some of the highlights across middle school included, the Mullaloo coastal garden project, NAIDOC incursion, the swimming program at Joondalup Arena, dental incursion, Enviro-mentals recycling project, Market Day, mental health awareness week activities, book week activities and dress up day, Lego club – Lego builds, Edith Cowan University Sports Clinic, FireTech and coding mechanics in Minecraft, D & T projects, Home Economic master chef challenges, Law Enforcement Touch Relay, Middle school adventure days to Wanneroo Botanical Gardens for mini golf to name a few.

I would like to wish students, staff, parents and carers all the very best over the holiday break and I look forward to working with you all in the new year.

Mrs Shayne Hutchings

Middle School Deputy Principal

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Senior School Update

2020 – The Final Term

The decorations are up and the school festivities are drawing to a close. This time of year is always busy so in amongst the rush I hope you all have time out to relax and enjoy your family and loved ones.

I returned from Long Service Leave in Week 6 and my feet haven’t touched the ground. Thank you to Mr Tom Cann who took over my duties in my absence. Mr Cann ensured that everything continued and it was business as usual – this was reassuring and I was able to enjoy my time away knowing Mr Cann was managing things so capably. Again, My thanks Mr Cann!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 on all you have achieved. 9 students completed Certificate II in Vocational Skills for Work and Employment Pathways, (under Auspice with iVet RTO 4058), and two completed Certificate II in Horticulture at TAFE.

In the Year 11 cohort 6 students completed Certificate I in Transport and Logistics, (under Auspice with ACTIV Pathways RTO 51960), and two students completed 4 Units of Competency for that Certificate. Some Year 11s commenced Certificate II in Vocational Skills for Work and Employment Pathways, which they will complete in 2021, (under Auspice with iVet RTO 4058).

The Year 11s also completed 49 modules on Towards Independence between them as well as two units of Work Right which will be completed in 2021. Year 11 students commenced DFES Cadet program Level 1.

11-2 students completed an ASDAN Short Course in Volunteering as well as commencing their ADWPL units for Work Place Learning.

2021 is looking to be a very busy year as well! Most year 11s will complete Certificate 1 in Agrifood Operations (Fee for Service with NM TAFE RTO 52786) We welcome back Ms Kath Smith who will join with Mrs Hull to deliver this course. They will also commence Certificate II in Vocational Skills for Work and Employment Pathways, which they will complete in 2022, (under Auspice with iVet RTO 4058).

Some Year 11 students will do the Short Course Volunteering (ASDAN) and some will complete Towards Independence modules.

We also have one student undertaking the General Course in Automotive at the Secondary College.

Work Place learning will continue with Simulated WPL, Work Right and ADWPL being on offer.

The staff at our centre are an amazing team and I want to acknowledge their commitment and care. During one of the most challenging years of my career it has be reassuring to have such a great team who support each other so well. Thank you one and all.

I wish the Belridge SESC community a safe and relaxing festive season and I look forward to seeing the many successes I know our senior secondary students will experience.

Ms Wendy Hughes

Senior School Deputy Principal

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Uniform Shop News




Back to School Announcement

We all know WA have done incredibly well during the Covid-19 pandemic and we at Uniform Concepts are very appreciative to all our customers who have adapted to the changes we have made to date within our stores. As we approach the very busy January period, and to ensure the continued safety of our customers and staff, we will be limiting the number of customers within the store to adhere to the physical distancing requirements. As such, we have introduced an appointment system for anyone who requires a fitting service and would encourage you to take advantage of this to avoid longer than normal wait times. Appointments can be made by clicking on the link: - bookings for January are now open.

• “I’m new to this and my child needs to try on uniform” – we strongly encourage you to make an appointment.

• “I know exactly what I want and do not need to try on or view the uniform sizes” – we encourage you to order online at - you can opt for click and collect or we can deliver to your preferred address for just $10.

• Exchanges & Refunds – if you need to try on different sizes, please make an appointment, if you are simply swapping sizes or require a refund, visit our store.

• ‘Walk-Ins’ – Online ordering and appointments are preferred however customers can still visit our store at their discretion – wait times may vary depending on the day and time.

• Hygiene at our Stores – Hand sanitiser is provided on entry to our store for customer use and our uniform samples and fitting rooms are sprayed several times a day with a disinfectant.

To further assist with limiting customers in store, we kindly request that only one parent is present with their child during a fitting

. • Please do not enter our store if you are feeling unwell or are recovering from a recent illness

• Have travelled from interstate or overseas

• Have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

• Have tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting a test result

Uniform Concepts, 5/7 Delage St, Joondalup, WA 6027 Tel: 9270 4660 Email:

Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (Thursday 6pm), Saturday 9am – 1pm

(Closed for the festive season from 1pm 19th December, reopening at 9am 4th January)

International Day of People with Disability

The Law Enforcement Global Torch Run, to celebrate International Day of People with Disability was held at Belridge Secondary ESC on Wednesday 2nd of December . Students were invited to make a torch to carry during the torch relay that took place on our school oval. The Law Enforcement team provided students with a brief talk about the global torch run which is to take place in Perth this week, and then we began our relay with lots of loud chanting, students waving the flag in recognition of people with disability and we proudly held our torches high. We completed a lap around the school oval as a collegial group, students were then able to look over the police cars and even sit in them and operate the sirens. Students were also given the opportunity to try on the riot gear which was a highlight for many. Both staff and students were grateful for the experience and enjoyed being a part of celebrating the achievements and contributions of so many Australians with disability.

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Student Council 2020

The 2020 student councillors have been outstanding role models to their peers at Belridge SESC and have made a significant contribution in creating and maintaining a safe and friendly environment across the school. The student council has worked towards implementing and encouraging the school values through modelling safe, respectful and responsible behaviours through each and every school day. The student council members have also been involved in the introduction of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support – working with staff and students to look at how we can support students’ wellbeing. This work has been ongoing as an integral part of our school’s culture.

Over the last year the student councillors have contributed to a number of events including school assemblies, morning tea’s, information sessions for parents and carers, transition events with our local primary schools, market day, graduation assembly to name a few.

Together the student council worked successfully as a team taking responsibility for specific roles, made responsible decisions, demonstrated confidence in communicating and expressing ideas, developed positive interaction with peers, developed and gained recognition for leadership qualities, developed and helped to plan meaningful events and activities for the school, took an active role in school activities and events and become role models for their peers. Well done to all our student councillors for all their contributions to the 2020 school year.

Student Council 2020: Inca Brightman, Julia Smith, Grace Nerva, Kade Sharkey, Alex Hammond, Megan Daff, Madison Sharp, Leah Sutherland, Zoe Hough, Jacquie Podlich and Cody Johnston

(Photo below: Student Council end of year lunch. Thank you to Sammy Gane for preparing the lunch)

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This month has been very busy as we have been prepping for our big Christmas break. We have been making Christmas gifts for our families. We can’t wait for the big day when our families open our gifts to them. We have been very lucky to have two special days in the last two weeks. One was to celebrate the International Day for Disability. On this day we had members of the police force bring some special vehicles that we were allowed to sit inside of. We also participated in a torch relay. We were gifted stickers and paper hats. It was a great morning!

Later in the week we had a special incursion from the Gym bus! We all loved it and hope that they can come again one day.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

Ms Silvia Samarin

MAG Teacher

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It has been an awesome year and the students are well and truly settled into High School. We discussed our favourite parts of this year and this is what the students spoke about:

Euan - Getting dressed up as Wolverine for Book Week, playing Minecraft Education, eating pizza and other foods from the canteen and making delicious foods in Home Economics.

James - Playing soccer on the oval, going on excursions, having the best friends and having the best teachers.

Malachi - The excursion to ECU to play sports games, going on the mini golf excursion, going to Rotary Park, sports lessons and Maths rotations every day.

Trinity - Cooking burgers and other things in Home Economics, making new friends and playing with them at break times, doing Christmas craft for Market Day and D & T lessons.

Miami - Swimming at HBF Arena, going to Home Economics and especially making pasta, playing games and doing Mathletics on my iPad and making new friends.

Dean - Listening to the noisy bin outside the D&T block, learning new words on my AAC talker, swimming at HBF Arena and going to the canteen to get a cookie.

Ateequ - Playing basketball outside with Malachi, playing soccer on the oval at break times with James and Mr Mac, doing MultiLit and swimming at HBF Arena.

Ashleigh - Going swimming, playing with my friends, speaking to people at break times, doing brain breaks including Go Noodle and meditation, dance classes and gardening.

Liam - Cooking gingerbread and stars in Home Economics, bike riding on the school’s three wheeler bikes, seeing the year 12 dress ups at the Athletics carnival and watching the rubbish trucks from our classroom.

I am proud of all the students for their academic, physical, social and emotional goals that they reached this year. I would like to thank all the students’ parents, carers and therapists for their support throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching 7-1 and wish the students all the best for next year.

Miss Daisy Llanwarne

7-1 Teacher

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The last few weeks of term have been jam packed! All our hard work in D&T and the classroom crafts this semester, paid off and we were able to sell our hand-made merchandise on Market Day.

7-2 enjoyed changing our routine and participating in some incursions and excursions. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the school dentist. Everyone learnt something new. The best part was practising brushing teeth with a giant tooth brush! For our Adventure Day we went to the Wanneroo Mini golf the Rotary Park. We played golf in our Harry Potter teams we had established during world book week. The Slytherin’s were very competitive. The Gryffindor’s worked on their golf skills. The Ravencrawl’s were very supportive of each other and the Hufflepuff’s enjoyed the decorations and wildlife on the golf course.

We have had a fantastic last few weeks of year 7.

Ms Chloe Jordan

7-2 Teacher

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Wow! It has been an awesome year for the students and staff in 8-1.

We have made some new friends and we said goodbye to some old ones. We have learnt to work together in a group and are continuing to work on our independent skills.

Our year has been full of our favourite activities and lessons including Home Ec, Design & Technology, Firetech, Swimming and Visual Arts. We have also been fortunate to go on a few excursions.

We have showed our impressive swimming style in the pool and we all enjoy going in the whirlpool. In Home Economics we learnt how to follow a recipe, we practiced various skills such as measuring, mixing, pouring, beating and baking. We learnt how to work as part of a team, especially when we had to clean up, although our favourite part was still tasting our cooking. In Design and Technology, we sanded, drilled, glued and painted projects such as the whistle we made. In Firetech we programmed spheros, microbits and explored the virtual world in Minecraft. We also experimented with Kubo, Blue-Bots, Ozobots and unplugged technology with Ms Carlyon. During our Visual Arts lessons we created clay monsters, screen printing, experimenting with warm and cool colours and working on our drawing skills. We also loved our bike riding sessions with Miss Thompson.

At the beginning of the year we went to Belsurf. Then we had a great time at Scitech where we enjoyed the planetarium show and all the hands on activities. In Term 4, we went to ECU and worked on our gross motor skills through fun hands on games. We participated in a special visit with the Law enforcement torch relay where we also got to sit in a police car. It was great to see so many of our families at Market Day this year.

We have had so many wonderful experiences and made some great memories this year. Thankyou to all our families for your support.

Ms Helen Carlyon, Mrs Curran, Miss Bagiatis and Ms Hill.

Ms Helen Carlyon

8-1 Teacher

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And so the time has come . . .

we say goodbye to the 2020 school year!

It has certainly been a year like no other, and everyone can take a bow for coping so well.

Our students in 8-2 can congratulate themselves on the adaptability, positiveness and willingness to try new experiences and to embrace school life over 2020. Thank you to all our parents and carers for the support you give us in working with your children. They are a fine group of young people and it has been our pleasure and privilege to be their educators.

Recently, our class completed learning about Medieval Europe in HASS. This culminated in a Medieval Feast. Students helped plan the menu after researching common foods eaten in Medieval times, the clothing worn by people during the period and the social structure of the Feudal System. They also helped with some of the food preparation and dressed up as peasants for the feast. Mr Jonathon Egan, my son, dressed up as the king and joined us during his lunchtime. A Year 11-2 student I taught the topic to when he was in year 8, William McMartin, joined us as well dressing up as a knight Sir William from Edinburgh. They were a great double act, both having an amazing recall of what they had learned about Medieval Europe and acting out their roles with aplomb. Staff also dressed up and were the servers of the feast. Our students demonstrated how much they had learned and really enjoyed the fest. I was impressed that they all tried pottage, a vegetable stew and some even enjoyed it and wanted more! We have included a number of photos from our fest here.

I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make 2020 a great year for all our 8-2 students, especially my hardworking Education Assistants Mrs Bradfield, Mrs McDade, Mrs Hogben and Ms Dunston. Your input has been amazing.

Wishing everyone a happy restful and joyful Christmas and holiday period,

Kindest regards

Mrs Pauline Egan

8-2 Teacher

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Well here we are at the end of another school year! What a year it has been too! Once again I would like to thank the students, parents, support staff and classroom staff for their continued patience, commitment and resilience through some very unpredictable and strange times. We have still managed to enjoy growth in our learning and experience, especially in the last few weeks.

In Week Six we had Market Day and the students enjoyed taking turns to man our class stall and sell the goods they made, checking out other class stalls, the café and some students enjoyed navigating the Market Day with family members.

We enjoyed a Law Enforcement Torch Run with officers from the Joondalup and Hillary’s Police Station and the students really enjoyed getting to explore the police cars, vans and equipment.

We had an amazing indigenous incursion presented by Derek Nannup and organised by Mrs Osborne.

We said goodbye to Oliver Shaw who has taught us so much in Fire tech this year. He is off to pursue his engineering career and we wish him well in his future endeavours. Thank you Mr Shaw for enriching our knowledge when working with cameras, computers, photo and video editing and the Minecraft world.

We had our end of Year reward adventure day with the other Year 9 classes this week. It was a fun filled day of Botanical golf and Rotary Park Wanneroo. It was a great way to celebrate the year we have had and see how each of the students have grown in stature and maturity. Well done to you all!

Wishing you all a happy, safe and healthy holiday session! I hope you all enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

Ms Aileen Finn

9-1 Teacher

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With the year coming to a close, we can not only reflect on the many challenges we have faced, but also the great successes we have experienced. The 9-2 have worked hard, challenged themselves and accomplished so much with style and a big smile on their face. A truly impressive class that I have had the luck and honour of being a part off.

When you think of the great artists, Da Vinci, Picasso, Bansky, you can now add The 9-2 to that list. Their artistic and creative endeavours were a sell-out success at Market Day. The day was a huge triumph with our students managing the stall and contributing to the fun and exciting experience that is Market Day.

To celebrate the International Day of People with Disability, law enforcement officers visited our school The civic minded individuals of The 9-2 had the opportunity to participate and carry the Olympic Torch, the “Flame of Hope”, in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Our work on the Mullaloo Coastal Project and our innovative recycling revolution of collecting and sorting classroom recycling boxes continued throughout the term. As always, The 9.2 embraced these projects with professionalism and pride, helping to create a more sustainable environment for our school.

I would like to say a gigantic heartfelt thank you to the amazing future super stars of The 9-2 for the absolutely brilliant year we have had. Thank you to the fantastic support teams of family and carers who help get these wonderful human beings to school every day. Thank you to the astonishingly awesome Team 9-2 for all your hard work and for your help in creating such a delightful class environment. We hope that you all have a safe and happy break. We wish you all the best as you move on to year 10 and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Stay classy The 9.2


The 9.2 team

Mr Simon Malloy, Mrs Carolyn Street & Mr AJ McCulloch

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What a jam packed term this has been!

We had a so much fun preparing our Christmas decorations, calendars, jewellery boxes, wind chimes, incense holders and packets of Christmas cards for Market Day earlier this term. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to express their creativity in different ways and their finished products looked amazing.

Next was our Scitech excursion. After the Scitech incursion earlier on in the year, our curious minds were very excited to explore more things science. Needless to say we had a fantastic time! The votes were tallied and the favourite activities of the day were the ‘Moonbase One’ show in the Planetarium and the ‘Lightbulb Moments’ show.

Finally, we cannot forget about Adventure Day! Everyone played an awesome game of mini golf then after refuelling, we spent a bit of time at Rotary Park just having some fun in the sun.

As I reflect on the year, I think fondly of the great times we have been so fortunate to experience from seeing the achievements of each student in all their curriculum areas to our lively ‘Just Dance’ sessions where students and staff learnt some new dance moves to our all in soccer, basketball and tee ball games. Well done on a great year all.

Thank you to our Education Assistants for all you have done this year!

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for your consistent support throughout the year!

And finally, thank you to our magnificent students for making the year as amazing as it was!

I wish you all the best as you continue on your journey into Upper School.

Ms Katherine Vales

9-3 Teacher

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Hi Everyone

The DFES team would like to extend a huge THANKYOU to all the Cadets for their outstanding contribution during 2020. You have all been just amazing - during both the DFES lessons and the many excursions.

Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to next years 'adventure'. 😊

Jan Bowler, Nicola Bond & Chris V

The DFES Team

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What a term, what a year! We have had a fantastic time in 10-1 so the time has just slipped away and here we are at Christmas.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff in 10-1, Mrs Van de Peppel, Mrs Duyvestein, Ms Willis and Ms Hughes for their support, hard work and dedication. Without them many of the wonderful projects and events wouldn’t have come to fruition. I would like to also thank my beautiful students for their determination and hard work over the year. It has been a privilege and an honour teaching them and getting to know them in 2020.

Keep working hard and ENJOY!

Have a happy, safe and relaxing holiday!!

Mrs Susan Osborne

101- Teacher

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The end of the school year is fast approaching, with the students in 10-2 continuing to work well across all areas of the curriculum!

The recently held Market Day was a great success, with our students working very hard, making wine glass candle holders, and decorated mugs filled with chocolates and coffee sachets, which all sold very quickly! Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the day!

As part of their DFES course, the students recently visited Mullaloo Beach, where they participated in a clean-up of the beach and surrounding areas. A well-earned BBQ lunch was enjoyed by everyone afterwards!

To mark the International Day of People with Disability, police officers visited the school to inform our students about the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The students then took part in a Torch Run around the oval, carrying the torches they had made in class. Afterwards, students were able to put on riot gear and sit in a police car.

In Community Access, the students made two trips into Perth to gain an understanding that the land where Forrest Chase, Supreme Court Gardens, and Elizabeth Quay reside is recognised as Wadjuk Boodjar (Wadjuk Country), which is of spiritual importance to the Noongar People.

Thank you to all parents for your support this year, and to the staff in our room for your wonderful efforts. Thank you also to the fabulous students, who consistently worked to the best of their ability, I wish you all every success in the future.

Enjoy the holiday everyone!

Mr Steve McMahon

10-2 Teacher

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Congratulations to all students in 11-1 for achieving their ASDAN certificates for their Towards Independence modules: Meal Preparation and Cooking: Introduction, Personal Safety, Out in the Community, The Environment and Workright: Module 1 and 2.

All students contributed towards the making and selling of products on Market Day. The glitter bottles were the most popular, followed by the male lucky dips. The most creative pompoms sold quickly as well as the recycled light catchers. 11.1 students enjoyed the opportunity to see other class stalls while catching up with friends and family.

Students enjoyed their day out at Mullaloo Beach for their DFES excursion. They put on gloves and collected rubbish in their buckets. Once the bucket was full they had to sort the rubbish into recycling and waste. It was a great opportunity to assist our local community by cleaning up the beach environment.

The last of the DFES excursions involved going to Ern Halliday for our two day camp . A variety of activities for individual students were kitemaking, Minute to Win it games, The Big Swing, abseiling and the Flying Fox. The last day involved an orienteering activity to find the “Lost Pilot” and a game of mini golf at the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Wanneroo.

I wish all my students and their families a safe and enjoyable break over the summer.

Ms Kim Butler

11-1 Teacher

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Mr John Pantelis

The Garden has had some new additions thanks to Mrs Hull and particularly three fine young men of 11-2, Jayden Major, Dylan McKay and Jack Terry. They have worked relentlessly all term with the staff of 11-2 to build various sensory items for the garden. Some items built from recycled materials are the fidget board, rain maker, kerplunk and the recycled interactive art.

The class had a DFES excursion to Mullaloo where the students were involved in Coastal Care and recycling. The students, with the help of the DFES team, separated the rubbish collected into three parts recycled, landfill and Green Waste and all were to match the bin colours of red, yellow and green. Following their incredible clean-up of the area, the DFES Team treated all the students and staff to a hearty sausage sizzle. Thank you DFES for organising this excursion. The students are looking forward to the two Ern Halliday Camp.

The annual Medieval Pageant orchestrated and prepared by Mrs Egan was highlighted this year by the addition of William McMartin. William gave an outstanding performance as a Knight. He maintained his character throughout the duration of the pageant and his knowledge of the Medieval period was impressive. Excellent work William!!

The annual Market Day was very successful for 11-2. Items from our Two Dollar store sold like hot cakes. Jayden Major did a fantastic job helping out the DFES crew with the sausage sizzle. Dylan and Jack were of enormous help to Mrs Hull selling many plants. Hayley Mara, Sarah Eiffler and Alisha Hallam did a fantastic job running the class two-dollar stall. Hayley was impressive promoting and spruiking our stall and all our items.


Mr Tom Cann

It is hard to believe that this is the final newsletter article for 2020! What a year it has been for everyone.

I would like to say firstly a big thank the students of 11.2 for being so flexible and willing to adapt to changes within the classroom. Although I have not been in the classroom as the teacher, I have overseen all of the students and they have continued with their schooling like mature and professional young adults.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate all students on a fantastic Semester 2 and writing your reports was a pleasurable experience as they were all so positive! To see how far you have all come over the year is to be commend as you have overcome a difficult year and achieved great things.

Thirdly, I would like to thank the Education Assistants that have worked with the students this year. Your on-going support, patience, care and commitment to the students success has been a pleasure the work with and the student’s achievements are a reflection of your dedication to your job.

Finally, I would like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being your Year 11 Teacher and I hope that you have liked being in our class. We have had so many triumphs this year and we have been there together through them all to celebrate with each other, and it has been a joy to be a part of this journey with you. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you next year.

All the best today and always.

Mr Tom Cann

11-2 Teacher

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Year 12 is finishing with a bang!! What a busy second half of term 12-1 has had.

We have had several DFES excursions. The Mullaloo Beach clean-up was a great way for the class to give back to the community by cleaning the beach of rubbish. We also had our 2-day camp (split over several weeks by weather) at Swan Valley and Kerem Adventure Centres. The students had a fun filled time canoeing, completing a commando course, team games and a treasure hunt.

The final car was washed for our Business Enterprise program raising much needed funds for Koala victims of the bushfires. 12-1 is extremely proud to announce they have raised $445.00 over the year.

Our Year 12 excursion to Outback Splash and the Maze was held on a beautiful sunny day so all students were able to fully enjoy the water slides and attractions. It was fantastic to see all students giving everything a go. Some of those slides were huge!!!

Our final Graduation Assembly, Parent morning tea and Graduation Lunch all took place without a hitch. The students were very mature and responsible throughout the whole day. It was a credit to them and their increased maturity that they handled an action packed emotional day as they did.

All Year 12 students also completed and presented their gift to the school of a mosaic sign that truly represents the population of Belridge SESC.

The staff of 12-1 wish all our wonderful year 12 students all the best for their futures outside of school. We know they are all Superstars and we will miss you all.

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tonya Vander Loop, Janine Razza, Jacquie McCrory and Kim Adams

Ms Tonya Vander Loop

12-1 Teacher

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The last five weeks of Term Four have been a time of celebration and preparation for life after secondary school.

Our final Cobra Cafe of the year was on Thursday in Week 8 where the class prepared a 'Traditional Christmas Lunch' for our customers. This included Roast Turkey, Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing Balls and Pigs in Blankets. It was a tremendous effort for the Cobra Cafe team and the calmness, positivity, teamwork and smoothness displayed on the day really demonstrated how far the students have come over the course of this year.

On the Monday of Week 9, Year 12 students were invited to attend the end of year celebration excursion at Outback Splash. It was an amazing day where students and staff were able to enjoy the fun activities together and share a BBQ Burger Lunch. A lot of time was spent having fun on the various waterslides and then small groups went and either played mini golf or got lost in the mazes.

The Year 12 Project and Gift to the school was completed in time for the graduation assembly. Students worked together to create eight mosaic puzzle pieces that spell out BELRIDGE which were then mounted onto a wall with the phrase 'We all fit together'. This project was a big team effort and a big thank you to the Year 12 staff, Mrs Hull and Ms Mellows for all of their work and support.

The Graduation Assembly was held on Thursday of Week 9 where the Belridge SESC community came together to celebrate the Year 12s. Students were presented with their Leavers' Magazine and the class teachers shared a few words and presented a comical gift to each student. A family morning tea followed and then the Year 12 students and staff enjoyed a lovely lunch at Portofino's Restaurant where the restaurant staff were amazing with their timing and service.

The last week of the term will be spent at the Waterskiing Excursion, baking Christmas treats, making cards and presents and spending time saying goodbye. Many students in the class have attended interviews and meetings regarding work, study and activities for next year and all seem very excited about their plans for the future.

A big thank you to all of the 12-2 staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, ensuring that our students are supported and have the best opportunities possible. It has been fantastic to work in an amazing team.

I hope everyone has a fun, relaxing and safe holiday break and I look forward to hearing news from students and families about what they are up to next year.

Ms Lauren Thompson

12-2 Teacher

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Market Day

Our annual Market Day on the 19th of November was another huge success. Parents, grandparents and siblings came to Belridge to celebrate the hard work and successes of our students. Christmas cakes, body scrubs, cookies, chopping boards, coasters, calendars, succulent bowls, fridge magnets were just a few of the items the students created and sold on the day. The Year 12 run café had one of their busiest days ever making 124 coffees/hot chocolates in 2 hours.

Well done to everyone for all your hard work in making the day so successful!

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Farewell to the Class of 2020

On behalf of everyone here at Belridge, we wish each and every one of our Year 12 students the very best for their future endeavours and may all your dreams come true!
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