Noelene Callaghan           

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The making of Bella Vista Public School

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 6:45 AM


Bella Vista Public School is located in Sydney’s North West. This school has the capacity to educate up to 1,000 students in both mainstream and support.


Opened on Day 1, Term 1, 2019, Bella Vista Public School opened its doors to 139 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Under the leadership of Mr Derek Danby, Bella Vista Public School offers students 40 flexible learning spaces, a hall, library, canteen, a FIFA approved soccer field (where Australia’s Women’s Soccer Team, the Matildas train) and a basketball court where the XXXX train. The local community will also benefit from the school’s new synthetic sports pitch and double-court indoor sports hall, which has been built in partnership with Hills Shire Council and is available to the public for local community use.


To maximise the teaching and learning opportunities for its teachers and students, Bella Vista PS are working the Foundations.T4L team to maximise the use of technology in flexible learning environments. This is being achieved by delivering Professional Learning opportunities to staff, creating alliances with 3rd party vendors, co-teaching with teaching staff, embedding technological practice into current teaching programs, and more.


Bella Vista PS have installed fixed and mobile Promethean Interactive Displays in all of its classrooms so that students can engage with their curriculum in enhanced learning opportunities and stimulus materials. Opting to use a Microsoft platform, much of the curriculum offered to students in stages 1-3 is delivered using OneNote. Administratively, teachers collaborate and share their teaching resources via Microsoft’s Sharepoint. This provides the school with a seamless approach to implementing co-teaching pedagogies.


As part of its school strategic direction, Bella Vista PS aims to provide its students with a 1:1 device program which enables students to personalise their learning by creating innovative work through collaboration and vertical learning opportunities. This will be achieved via the school’s philosophy ‘to learn to unlearn, to be literate and numerate’.

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