18 October 2019
Issue Twelve
Calendar of Events
From the Principal
Whole School Messages
Primary News
Secondary News
Community News
Lakeside College
(03) 5941 7544
2 Portobello Road
Pakenham, Victoria, 3810

Calendar of Events

2019 School Calendar

Term 4


Week 2

Thursday 17th October

- Newsletter released today

Friday 18th October 

- Last day of school for Year 12's

- Year 12 Graduation Ceremony (9am-11am)

Sunday 20th October

- Worship Service 


Week 3

(Scholastic Book Fair 21st-23rd October)

(Year 9 Camp)

(Year 10 Camp)


Tuesday 22nd October

- PTFA Lunch Order Day

Sunday 27th October 

- Worship Service

- PTFA Vision Portraits Fundraiser 


Week 4

(Year 12 Exams) 


Tuesday 29th October

- Reformation Day Service

Wednesday 30th October

- VCE Exams Commence

- VCE English Exam 

- Primary Celebration Day

Thursday 31st October

- VCE Psychology Exam

Friday 1st November

- VCE Biology Exam

- VCE Further Mathematics Exam #1

Sunday 3rd November

- Worship Service


Week 5

(Year 12 Exams)


Monday 4th November

- Student Free Day

- VCE Business Management Exam

- VCE Further Mathematics Exam #2

Tuesday 5th November

- Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 6th November 

- VCE Math Methods Exam #1

- VCE History Revolutions Exam 

- Art Show- MY9 Celebration

Thursday 7th November 

- VCE Physical Education Exam

- VCE Math Methods Exam #2

Friday 8th November 

- VCE Specialist Math Exam #1

- VCE Health and Human Development Exam 

Sunday 10th November 

- Sunday Chapel


Week 6

( Year 11 & 12 Exam Week)


Monday 11th November

- Art Show

- MY9 Project Presentation

- Remembrance Day Service

- Semester 2 Music Concert

- VCE Literature Exam 

- VCE Specialist Math Exam #2

Tuesday 12th November

- VCE Chemistry Exam 

- VCE Legal Studies Exam

Wednesday 13th November

- VCE Physics Exam

- Prep-Year 2 Swimming

- VCE Visual Communications Design Exam

Thursday 14th November

- Newsletter Released Today 

- Prep transition program session 1

Friday 15th November

- Primary - Deutscher Festivaltag

- VCE Studio Art Exam

Sunday 17th November

- Worship Service


Week 7

( Year 10, 11 &12 Exam Week)


Monday 18th November

- VCE Religion and Society Exam

- Transition Evening for local kinder and primary schools (5-7pm)

Tuesday 19th November

- VCE German Exam

Wednesday 20th November

- VCE Exams Conclude

- Prep- Year 2 Swimming

- Secondhand Uniform Shop Open (7-7:30)

- PTFA, AGM and General Meeting (7:30PM)

Thursday 21st November

- Prep transition day session 2

Saturday 23rd November

- Working Bee

Sunday 24th November

- Worship Service


Week 8

(Year 9, 10 & 11 Head Start)


Tuesday 26th November 

- PTFA lunch Order Day

Friday 29th November

- Prep- Year 2 Swimming

- PTFA Colour Fun Run

Sunday 1st December 

- Worship Service


Week 9

(Head Start Year 7 & 8)


Tuesday 3rd December

- Orientation day/Semester 1 2020 commences

Thursday 5th December

- Semester 2 Thanksgiving Service

Friday 6th December

- Prep- Year 2 Swimming 

Sunday 8th December 

- Worship Service


Week 10

Thursday 12th December

- Newsletter released today

Friday 13th December 

- Last Day Term 4

- Semester 2 Reports released


From the Principal

Principal's Note

This week is our final week of classes for our Year 12 students and this very morning we held our annual graduation ceremony for them. What follows is an abbreviated version of my farewell speech to them for those families who were unable to be in attendance.


While our students have had their graduation, the hard work of exams is still ahead - please ensure you keep them in your prayers.


To the graduating class of 2019

I recall sharing with you earlier this year, or perhaps it was last year, that this year marks 20 years since I have graduated from my own high school.


20 years is a long time. In that time you were born and almost finished high school. So very much has happened. I’ve changed careers a couple of times, fell in love and got married, went overseas as a volunteer, led three schools and bought a house.


There have been tough times too. Friends, family and colleagues have passed away. My faith has been challenged and God knows that being a Principal is not easy at the best of times.


What I do know is this – I am nowhere near where I thought I would be. 


When I sat in the chairs you currently sit in I would have thought at my age I would be an international opera super-star married to another singer, with a couple of kids, living somewhere in Austria perhaps.

That is worlds away from running this great little school in Pakenham and being married to a physiotherapist.


I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 


The journey of life is exciting and I pray that you come to know that now being able to see the future is a good thing. When I see you at your 20-year reunion, I doubt a single one of you will be where you think you will be. I do know that you have the wisdom, the character and the drive to succeed, and wherever you are, you will be doing well. 


It is usually my custom to share advice with the graduating class but this year, we are going to do things a little differently. I’m going to let you be your own guides and share the wisdom you yourselves wrote in your final piece of assessment in Christian Studies for me.


What follows, is the combined advice of our graduating class.

(Directly quoted!)

  • Everyone has an opinion, that’s just a fact of life, and while you’re free to believe what you will you should also carry respect and understanding for those you disagree with.

  • Stay committed and don’t let other people determine your future because you are the only one that has control over that. Keep pushing yourself and don’t stop until you are satisfied and don’t let obstacles block your success.

  • If there’s anything that speaks the loudest, it isn’t words, its actions. 

  • Be humble - if you are cocky, chances are life will put you in your place and make you learn the hard way and you will be humbled.

  • Get your work done - getting the work done that you need and working at your fullest potential is much more fulfilling than working at your minimum and getting nothing done.

  • Live your life to the fullest before it all fades away. The fewer things you try and do that extend outside of your comfort zone, the more you’ll regret.

  • Be confident in yourself - you have a lot to offer to this world and don't be scared of showing what you're capable of doing.

  • Always work hard towards your goals, don’t compare yourself to others - our goals are all different. If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals, you lack focus and direction.

  • Build all of your bases from the start, establish every single aspect of your life before life catches up with you.

  • Make sure you are nice to your parents, your relationship later on in life will change and they deserve a lot more than that, make sure that you take their opinions and thoughts into consideration

  • Nothing will wait for you - the world still moves and the sun still rises and sets no matter what is happening in your own life

  • Use your time wisely, whether it be completing work, or going out and enjoying yourself.

  • Life can be very hard sometimes and you need friends in order to get through these hard times. In order to keep these friends, you need to give them your trust and loyalty

  • Say ‘YES’ to opportunities when they present themselves, don't be afraid to move out of your comfort zone. Don't let circumstances sway your decisions

  • Life may be hard but you can fight back harder – you are stronger than anything they throw at you

  • Don’t be selfish and leave yourself with nothing.

  • Don’t get caught up on the small things in life, I promise they will have such a minor effect in your huge life span

  • Never tell yourself that you wish it were different, ask yourself how to make it better.


Remember always that life does not depend on you. You walk life with a God who was with you in the beginning, has walked with you at school, and now goes with you now.


Remember always that God is your strength and he will be faithful to you always. 


You will be missed. Do us proud as you continue to learn, care and achieve.


Let me finish with some more wisdom from one of those sitting next to you.


“So if I had to leave you with one final thing,

Your own happiness is what you should bring

Love yourself and always do your best

For your best is enough, let God worry about the rest”


May God bless the class of 2019

Whole School Messages

Term Dates 2020

College Council has set Term Dates for 2020 as below:

Term 1

Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Friday 27th March 2020*

Labour Day Monday, 9 March


Term 2

Wednesday 15th April 2020- Friday 26th June 2020

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Monday, 8 June


Term 3

Tuesday 14th July 2020- Friday 18th September 2020


Term 4

Tuesday 6th October 2020- Friday 11th December 2020**


Student Free Day Monday, 2 November

Melbourne Cup Tuesday, 3 November


*Prep students commence attending Wednesdays from Wednesday 18th March

**Year 10 and Year 11 students finish two weeks after the final VCE exam with a date confirmed when 2020 VCE dates are released

Thanksgiving Service

Families are reminded that all students are required to be in attendance at our Semester 2 Thanksgiving Service happening on the evening of Thursday 5th December. 


The Primary service commences at 5.45 and the Middle/Secondary service commences at 7.15.


More details to follow shortly.

2020 staffing announcements

Ms Carly Mackey


The College is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Carly Mackey to the College for the 2020 school year.


With the growth in the Middle School, the College is pleased to be able to add Ms Mackey to the College staff. Ms Mackey brings a wealth of experience to her teaching of Middle School English and Humanities.

Are you free for a working bee?

Our Term 3 working bee is taking place on Saturday 23rd November from 9am to 1pm.


We will be doing some light painting and gardening.


Please click the link below if you can assist.

Grace project update

A big THANK YOU to all students, staff and parents who donated towards our effort to provide education for students in refugee camps in Africa.


Our final fundraising total was $4236 and this will provide education for over 160 students in African Refugee Camps.


Well done to everyone.


Chapel by the Lake

On Monday morning our Secondary school was treated to beautiful weather as we joined together for our first ever Chapel by the Lake. It was a particularly significant Chapel service, as it was the Year 12s' last during their time at Lakeside College. Chapel by the Lake was time to hear from God’s word, enjoy his creation, give thanks for what has been, and pray for the future.


So much of Jesus’ teaching happened around the water, so there were many relevant passages we could have chosen for this event. We looked at John 21:15-17 - a conversation between Jesus and his disciple Peter by the Sea of Galilee, after they’d eaten barbecued fish for breakfast. This was after Jesus had risen from the dead, as he was preparing to return to his heavenly Father. In preparing to leave, Jesus had truths he wanted to impart to his follower and friend. It seemed appropriate to share some of those truths with our college community, as we prepared for our Year 12 students to finish their time at the College.

• The grace and love of God, when we want to see what God is like, we can look to Jesus, who is God in skin and flesh. At this point, Peter has betrayed Jesus, denying him three times before he was crucified. Jesus here, however, shows him his love and grace – assuring him of his forgiveness and acceptance.

• Jesus ate a fish (see Luke 24:43) Jesus was not a ghost when he was raised from the dead. He was a real person who could eat and drink – he had been really dead and was now really alive. This may seem like a crazy thing to believe, and is something we naturally may have questions about. But if it is true it changes everything! Keep asking these questions, keep working out what you think about this for yourself.

• God’s love is personal Peter had had other conversations with Jesus after he was raised from the dead, but here Jesus addresses him directly – using his name, and meeting his need. The truths students learn about God at Lakeside, whether in Chapel or in Christian Studies, are not simply abstract truths. Just as God’s love and grace was for Peter as an individual, so it is offered to each of us.

This chapel was organised at the initiative of our student leaders. We look forward to repeating this event in the future.


Young Life

Our College continues to be blessed by Isabelle and the team from Young Life. Students are enjoying yummy pancake breakfasts that will continue fortnightly through Term 4. In addition to this, Isabelle has started a Monday lunchtime games program for secondary students. Our first session on Monday was great fun, with lots of laughter and some healthy competition.

Primary News

Scholastic Book Fair




Who: Primary Prep-Year 6

When: Wednesday, 30th October, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.


Once again the Primary School is hosting a special afternoon on Wednesday 30th October from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm to celebrate significant adults in our lives who love and care for us - grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, godparents or special friends. Celebration Day recognises the wonderful support provided by a variety of carers, extended family and friends within our school community. On Celebration Day, special guests are invited to visit our Primary classrooms to share our learning and some afternoon activities with the students from 1:30 pm. Guests will also be invited to hear our choirs perform at various times throughout the afternoon.


At 2:45 pm special guests are invited to move to our Wellbeing room, located next to the Prep classroom for afternoon tea, while students and teachers pack up and get themselves ready for you to collect students at our regular home time.


To assist in the smooth running of the day and to ensure minimal disruption to other College programs, we would ask all those attending Celebration Day to sign at the front of Administration at the 1:30 pm start time. We would kindly ask that families do not exceed 5 guests where there are multiple siblings attending Primary School or a maximum of 3 guests where there is a single child attending Primary School.


We look forward to seeing you!

Year 5 Classroom News – A Space Adventure!


How is the Earth a part of the system of planets and objects orbiting the Sun? Why does the earth rotate? How do planets maintain their orbit? Can humans actually land on other objects in the Solar System? These are just some of the questions that students in Year 5 have posed at the commencement to their inquiry into ‘Our Place in Space’ unit of work.


Our Space focus in Term 3 engaged and immersed students as the classroom was transformed into a model of the Solar System. With the endeavour to promote higher order thinking, students were encouraged to investigate and inquire, working both independently and collaboratively to seek answers to the questions they posed.


Students researched the Mars One project which aims to send the first humans with a one-way ticket to live on Mars. They explored the solar system with an incursion by Science Discovery Domes, as well as investigated the massive distances in space between each planet. The unit culminated with each student presenting their understanding of Earth’s place in Space by preparing research projects using mediums of personal choice to suit their individual learning styles. This resulted in a wide range of terrific 3D models, diaries, posters and iMovie presentations.


Mrs Cox and the class of Year 5.


Secondary News

Cape York Indigenous Immersion

In 2020, Lakeside College is giving students the chance to travel to the remote Indigenous homelands of the Cape York Peninsula to experience life On Country and contribute to the restoration of the Lutheran church in Wujal Wujal.


Students will have the rare opportunity to make real connections with Indigenous Australians living on their own land with a deep connection to their culture and history. They will learn from Elders and Traditional Owners, and play with young Indigenous children eager for a window to the outside world.


The group will stay in safe areas on privately held Aboriginal land, not accessible outside of this setting. They will learn, make, gather, eat, give, grow and connect with Traditional Owners and Indigenous Australia.

Please click on the handbook above for more information.

Class of 2019

Today,  we celebrated our Year 12 Graduation Ceremony. It was a great day full of happy tears, laughter and pride in their achievements. As they come toward their exams, we send our prayers out to each and every one of them.

It has been such a blessing having these beautiful students at Lakeside College and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.


Community News

DIWALI  - The Indian Festival of Lights

Diwali, or Deepawali, gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deep) that people light outside their homes. One of the most popular festivals of India, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance". Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated and decorated, people present gifts to family and friends, eat sweets, dance and light fireworks and candles all around the house. Join IACC in the celebrations at...


Cardinia Diwali at Lakeside Square
19th October 2019, Saturday, 2pm to 9pm

Casey Diwali at Bunjil Place
26th October 2019, Saturday, 12pm to 9pm

Festival of Lights at Gumbuya World
2nd November 2019, Saturday, 10am to 9pm




Secondhand Uniform Shop

Students are required to wear Summer Uniform in Term 4. The Secondhand Uniform Shop will be opening the second week of the school holidays on Monday 30th September between 10:00am-12:00noon.  

Opening Hours for Term 4:

Mondays 8:30am – 9:30am

Wednesdays 2:30pm – 3:30pm 


More information can be found by tapping the ‘Uniform’ icon on the Lakeside College Mobile App.


TERM 4 - PTFA Fundraising Events/Activities

There is lots of fun things happening in Term 4. Here is a snapshot of the activities organised for the remainder of the year …



Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Tuesday 26th November 2019



An opportunity for families and extended family to have family portraits taken by ‘Vision Portraits’ making everlasting memories and great gifts. Photo sittings will take place on Sunday 27th October. Bookings are now OPEN:


Booking link:

Use the password fundraise2019 to gain access.



You are invited to join us for a PTFA Shopping Tour Fundraising event! Fancy a hassle free day of shopping? Invite family and friends … more the merrier! This event will be on Saturday 19th October and just in time to get your Christmas shopping list ticked off! Departure Time: TBA, Departure Location: Lakeside College. You will be able to book tickets through Trybooking. Please note there will be NO REFUND for bookings unless the event is cancelled entirely. More information will be sent home by the end of Term.



The Parents Teachers and Friends Association AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th November commencing at 7:30pm in the Parent Resource Room. All Executive positions will be declared open for election. Invitation and Nomination Form will be distributed during Term 4.



This fundraising event will be heaps of fun for the whole family and is taking place on Friday 29th November, 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start. 5 Colour Stations! Single Entry $5, Family (2A + 2C) - $20. Tickets will be available online via Trybooking. More information to come out in Term 4.


How to make contact with the PTFA

If you have any questions, have ideas to share or would like to get involved in the PTFA please send an email to and a PTFA member will get back in contact with you.


Officer TC Free Tennis Event.pdf
CCLC Spring-Booklet-WEB.pdf
Festival of lights A4 Digital Flyer 6 (with link).pdf
2019_Fundraising_Poster_Vision Portraits (4).pdf
Lakeside College Handout 2020 V4.pdf