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Sep 222013

Lend Lease at Belmont State School
A group of Lend Lease employees spent Wednesday 19th September at Belmont State School, planting trees and tidying up to beautify the grounds.

Carindale’s Belmont State School was just one of the organisations helped during Lend Lease’s 18th annual Community Day.

Lend Lease beautifying the grounds at Belmont State SchoolLend Lease Community Day encourages all employees around the world to give something back to local communities.

The initiative helps to develop strong community partnerships, giving employees a chance to apply skills where they are most needed. It also helps to build strong camaraderie and teamwork.

Employees are invited to nominate a project and create small teams to work with the community group or cause.

Activities can include helping senior citizens, homeless people, people with disabilities, the environment, working with children/youth and animals.

Lend Lease employees at Belmont State SchoolWhen I arrived at the school I saw the Lend Lease team undertaking all sorts of tasks. It was a hot day but there was plenty of friendly chatter and laughs. They were moving soil, dressing up the gardens with mulch, planting,  tidying up and more. The plants were Mock Orange for the hedges and Red grass.

Mandy Morrison, team leader of this particular group said the Belmont State School project was chosen because, as an independent Public School, the school places a strong emphasis on establishing and furthering community links.

“This project allows Lend Lease to help establish the local community partnerships by giving back to the local school community, with the manpower and assistance to beautify the grounds,” Mandy said.

Belmont State School is one of the first schools in Queensland to be selected as an Independent Public School. School Principal Noel Seawright says that this provides more autonomy to make decisions locally through the school council. We wrote more about what this means here.

Jul 282013

Belmont Art ShowThe organiser of the Belmont Art Show said the show received the most entries of work that she’s experienced with similar shows she has run. Fiona Felix is an art teacher at Belmont State School and she also was behind the inaugural Belmont Art Show which exhibited works of Brisbane artists along with those of the school’s students.

Previous shows coordinated by Fiona prior to coming to Belmont State School have attracted entries from prize winning artists and members of professional art guilds. This show, with 185 artwork submissions, was no exception.

Both professional and emerging artists entered their work into the ‘works on canvas or board’ or ‘works on paper’ categories. It was a great crowd on opening night (Friday 19th July) with many of the artists enjoying the event with art lovers and parents and students of the school. The exhibition was also open during the school’s fete on the Sunday.

Carindale could do with more arts and cultural events so let’s hope Fiona and the school continue with this event and that others follow her lead.

Jul 162013


Belmont State School P&C Association is putting the finishing touches on its carnival in preparation for this Sunday.

belmont-fete2President of the Belmont State School P&C, Rhonda Gibson, says this is their biggest and best fundraising event for the year and it promises to be a fantastic family day out.

“We are proud to showcase our talented students throughout the day, as each year level performs something special for us,” Ms Gibson says.

Prizes at the fete include a $5,000 Westfield Shopping Spree, an outdoor setting from The Outdoor Furniture Specialists Carindale and a $1,000 Westfield Shopping Spree.

The school will also be hosting their usual multi-draw raffle and Publican’s Purse with an array of prizes. They say their Silent Auction will be offering the chance to secure unique items at never-to-be-repeated prices.

State of Origin 2011 game 1 signed jersey

One of the silent auction items: signed jersey from 2011 State of Origin Game 1. Donated by XXXX and the Hollars family.

The carnival also features traditional stalls; craft and gifts, homemade sweets and lollies, cakes and slices and a large Trash ’n’ Treasure.

“You can also take a moment to relax and grab a fantastic coffee, chill in our Sports Bar or partake of Devonshire Tea to escape the screaming,” Ms Gibson says.

For the first time ever, the school is also hosting a professional Art Show in conjunction with the carnival. Professional artists are invited to submit works in two categories: Board or Canvas and Paper.

Children are also invited to submit art work and prizes are on offer for children in each year level.

The carnival rides include the Scrambler, Rock’n’Roll Round Up, Hurricane, Paratrooper, Supa Swings, Quad Bikes, Rock Climbing Wall, Super Slide and the Jungle Safari Castle.

There will also be Lucky Locks, Showbags, hair and face painting, tattoos, Pick-A-Prize, Lob-a-Choc and Lucky Sticks (every stick is a winner!).

Kids can also take time out to try plaster mold painting or make their own badge.

“The school’s international food stalls get bigger every year, Ms Gibson says.

“Sample Greek food and sweets, Indian or Japanese, topped off with pancakes made on the spot.”

“And, of course, we’ll be firing up our giant Aussie Barbeque as well as cooking up the essential dagwood dogs and hot chips.”

The carnival will finish at 3pm with ‘Slime a Teacher’. Students, parents and teachers are invited to vote throughout the day for their ‘favourite’ teachers to be slimed as the grand finale to the day.

Belmont State School Fete

Teachers getting slimed at a previous BSS fete.

“The competition is hot and we can’t wait to find out which five of our beloved teachers will end up slimed”, Ms Gibson says.

Glenn Millar of Remax United Vision and founder of the Carindale Community Forum will be MC for the day.

Belmont State School is on the corner of Old Cleveland Rd and Scrub Rd, Carindale.

Belmont School Fete

Jul 042013

artworkLocal artists will be showcased at the inaugural Belmont Art Show this month. The exhibition is seeking more artists and a sponsor. It promises to be a great night for local residents to come together to enjoy and purchase quality original art.

The event is being organised by artist and art teacher Fiona Felix. Previous shows coordinated by Fiona have attracted entries from prize winning artists and members of professional art guilds. She is an active member of the Artists’ Guild of Australia as well as the Pastel Society.

Entry of artwork to exhibition

Section 1: Gibson Family ART PRIZE – Works on Canvas or Board
1st $500 (Acq) 2nd $100 3rd $50. (Sponsored by the Gibson family)
Section 2: ACQUISITIVE ART PRIZE – Works on Paper (Seeking sponsorship)
1st $500 (Acq) 2nd $100 3rd $50 Continue reading »

Sep 242012

Belmont State School, following an ‘Expression of Interest’ process, is one of 26 schools selected to become an Independent Public School (IPS) in 2013.

I asked Belmont State School Principal Noel Seawright what attracted him to applying and what it will mean for the school community. Continue reading »

Jul 262012

There will be a showcase of local businesses at the next Carindale & Eastern Suburbs Community Forum and now is the time to secure a showcase spot.

At Wednesday night’s forum, Glenn Millar, the forum’s founder, pointed to the closure of Fancee Fruit when talking about supporting local business.

“We’re inviting local businesses to come along and show us what they sell and where, so that we can learn about them and support them,” Glenn said.

It will be ‘first in, best dressed’ as to who will be showcased, but we’re currently discussing the prospect of doing more of these business showcase evenings. Continue reading »

Sep 032011

The second Carindale Community Group Forum was held on Wednesday night and there were plenty of new faces.

Representatives from the SES Eastern Group and Police Sergeant Darren Smith were the main guest speakers.

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Jul 292011

On Wednesday night a group of locals got together in what will be a regular community forum.  Belmont State School kindly provided the venue thanks to Heather Smith, President of the school’s P & C.

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