Category Archives: Bell Biennale


The art room is in desperate need of black fabric for the Bell Biennale displays. If you have any black fabric you would like to donate, please drop it off to Chelsea in the art room in Term 2.

The music room is after large asian objects and fabric that could be used as props to decorate the stage for the Bell Biennale performances. If you have anything you would like to lend or donate, please drop it off to Andrew in the music room in Term 2.

Thank you and enjoy your Easter holidays!

Chinese Luogu Ensemble

Today the grade 5/6 students began learning about Chinese luogu ensemble music. This is in preparation for the Bell Biennale Arts Festival. The Chinese luogu ensemble is the percussion ensemble that accompanies the lion or dragon dance. Luogu simply means ‘gongs and drums’ Luo= gong, Gu= drums. A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate enough to witness a fabulous performance by the Chinese Masonic Society Luogu Ensemble and lion dance. Below is an example of 5/6G performing Shi Wu (Lion Dance) music. This piece is made up of three main sets of instruments cymbals, gongs (triangles) and drums.

Parent volunteers wanted!

Are you great organiser, good at working in a team and are passionate about the arts? Then Andrew and Chelsea have just the job for you! We are looking to form a Bell Biennale Parents Committee that will assist with the organisation and running of the Bell Biennale (arts festival), which will be in late Term Two. Jobs and tasks will vary from fundraising and promotion to helping mount artworks and create exhibition displays. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please sign up at: 
Our first meeting:
  • 2nd of March
  • 3:40pm
  • Music room
– Andrew and Chelsea


Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


At assembly on Monday, 16 February, we’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year with a Lion Dance performed by the Chinese Masonic Society. Please wear red (which symbolises fortune, good luck, and joy) or any Asian dress up clothing or hat.

In 2015, which is the Year of the Goat, Chinese or Lunar New Year is officially on Thursday, 19 February. It is based on the lunar calendar and many other countries besides China observe one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. It is a time for families and friends to get together and is the biggest, most exciting event of the year.

No New Year is complete without the appearance of the lucky dragon or lion. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and cymbals with the dragon dancing aggressively can evict bad or evil spirits. The dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the customer and the lion dance team is rewarded with a red packet/envelope containing money.

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Chinese New Year events you may like to attend:


To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, ACMI lights up with a special evening of family activities including magical green screen workshops, lantern making demonstrations, free film screenings, and extended opening hours for the Yang Fudong: Filmscapes exhibition.

Thursday, 19 Feb. FREE

Preston Library or call 1300655355

Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year. A Chinese-themed story time session will be followed by a craft activity where kids will make a Chinese dragon mask.

Saturday, 21 Feb. 10:30am FREE



Chinese New Year Melbourne