BHCS Newsletter

27 June 2019
Issue Nineteen
Family Tip from Focus on the Family 
13 Fantastic Free Outings for the Winter 2019 School Holidays 
What's been happening? 
Upcoming School Events
General Information 
BHCS Calendar
Community Announcements
Belgrave Heights Christian School
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Belgrave Heights, Victoria, 3160

Family Tip from
Focus on the Family 

By Lance Davidson (Vice Principal) 


Friends play an important part in a kid’s life, but it’s parents that meet their deepest emotional needs. 


Kids need parents as much as they need air and water.


Our acceptance and approval are critical to their sense of self-worth. That’s why it’s essential to look for opportunities to connect with our kids and build into their future.


Use mornings as a time of encouragement. Experts say that the first five minutes you spend with your child are the most important, so don’t take that time lightly. Give them a big hug and a warm smile, and let that set the tone for the entire day. 


After school, ask them how their day went. Talk to them about whatever is on their mind, whether it’s sports or friends or anything else. And listen. This is how you get to know what’s going on in their world.


And always put them to bed with a hug, and another word of encouragement. 


Over the upcoming holiday period, make time to connect with your children, being intentional about how you start & finish your days.


Enjoy your break!


13 Fantastic Free Outings
for the Winter 2019 School Holiday

By Emma Hughes (Writer in Residence) 

With ice crunching beneath our feet and breath turning into clouds of mist, you could be forgiven for wanting to stay indoors this winter. And yet, anyone who has tried the ‘staying inside with kids’ experiment for any length of time will fervently agree that this is perhaps not the best plan. 


We have examined before how important the notion of play is for developing brains. There is magic in the combination of using our hands and bodies to explore our environments. According to Dr Rachel E. White, ‘play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning’. 


Then there is the reality of the wonders of nature for rejuvenating our bodies - lowering stress levels, reducing the risks of disease. It has recently been discovered that we should be spending at least 120 minutes of our time outdoors per week to receive these benefits. Even if you just head to the playground you can congratulate yourself knowing you are participating in an activity that doctors are now prescribing!


But going out is expensive, you might be thinking. And yes, it can be, but if you know where to look, you can find a whole world of fun activities out there that don’t cost a cent. 


Without further ado, here is a list of 13 great (and free!) ideas for you to indulge in this winter: 


1. Visit the Top Arts Exhibition at NGV (Ian Potter Centre)  (10am-5pm daily, until 14 July 2019)

Take in the creativity and hard work of the VCE art students and then soak in the rest of the wonders that the NGV has to offer (both at the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square and the NGV International on St Kilda road). 


2. Marvel at the Wonder of Fire at the Firelight Festival (5-10pm, 28 to 30 June 2019)

Keep warm at the Firelight Festival in the Docklands! There will be 40 free performances, water and light shows, fireworks from 8:45pm and plenty of food stalls. 


3. Learn about Scratch Coding at Emerald Library (4-5pm, 1 July 2019)

For kids aged 8+, get them involved in learning the mechanics of coding with a fun and challenging program! Bookings at the link. 


4. Build Your Own Snowman at Gembrook Community Centre (2:45-3:15pm, 2 July 2019)

If you have a Frozen fan, this one will be a hit - for kids 5+, bookings at the link. 


5. Explore the Secret Garden Cubby Village at Bunjil Place (11am-4pm daily, 3-11 July 2019)

There will also be fairy craft (from 3-5 July) and rock painting (from 8-11 July). Perfect for kids aged 3-8 years. 


6. Build a Lego Technic Machine (10:30am-12pm, 5 July 2019)

Visit the Library at The Dock to experiment with lego robotics! For kids aged 8 plus, bookings required.


7. Construct-O-Rama at City Library (10:30-12:30pm, 8 July 2019)

Get creative with recycled materials and build something amazing! For kids aged 5 plus. Bookings required.


8. Harness Your Creativity at the Library in The Dock (4:30-5:30pm, 10 July 2019)

Head on down to the Docklands for a day of creativity and fun. They provide the materials, you just bring your imagination and your family! There is even an area for babies with sensory toys, boxes and balls. Check out the links for information and booking details. 


9. Art Workshops at Bunjil Place (11am-2pm daily, 9-11 July 2019)

Get your art on and learn how to paint with oil pastels (9 July), make posters (10 July) and create a mythical super creature (11 July). For kids aged 6+, parental supervision required. 


10. Make a Peek-a-View Window (10:30-12pm, 10 July 2019)

Come along to the City Library to make your own window as part of the Peek-a-View exhibition. For kids aged 5 and up.  


11. Enjoy a Family Gaming Night at Belgrave Library (5-8pm, 11 July 2019)

Bring along a plate of food and enjoy meeting other local families and playing games together. 


12. Build a Newspaper Tower (10-11:30am, 11 July 2019)

The Southbank Library is issuing a challenge to see who can build the best newspaper tower. There are prizes and everything! (For kids aged 5-8 years)


13. Learn How to Make Bubble Dough (10:30-11:30am, 12 July 2019)

The Kathleen Syme Library is opening its doors to teach kids aged 5-8 how to make and dye bubble dough. Bookings required. 


So, what are you waiting for? Pack a picnic lunch, pull on those warm and woolly jumpers and set out on the adventure!


Want more? 

Check out this great list of affordable activities for teens (from the winter program run by the City of Casey) or What’s On at the City of Melbourne. And if you don’t mind spending money - here is a collection of other activities, or this list of daytrip ideas (both from Mum’s Little Explorers). You can also visit the pop up Winter Village in Fed Square for some ice-skating fun!


Do you have any tips about how to do school holidays well? We would love to hear them! 




What's been happening? 

Year 10 Excursion to METEC Driver Training Facility
By Michelle Visser (Pathway Co-ordinator)

On a rainy Thursday our year 10's were put through their paces in a Driver Training experience. Students were bundled in groups of 3 into a car with a facilitator and taken around the purpose built track. While concentration on learning to drive the students also had to negotiate train tracks and signals, traffic lights, traffic signs and various obstacles. All this while they had the 'encouragement' of their peers in the back seat! For the majority, it was their first time behind a wheel and somewhat terrifying, and not just for the driver. As always, the METEC staff were encouraging and relaxed and made the whole experience a positive one. 



Year 10 Deakin Uni and Holmesglen TAFE Excursion
By Michelle Visser (Pathway Co-ordinator)

Our year 10 students are at the stage of life (already) when they are contemplating their future careers. Very early next term they will be making decisions that will direct their pathways into the next stage of the journey. To help them prepare we took a visit to Deakin uni and Holmesglen TAFE. While these 2 institutions may not be the first choice for some, it is an opportunity to step onto campus and get a feel for tertiary education. Deakin, being a large uni and comparatively local, offers a broad range of options and maintains a reputation for outstanding student support. Holmesglen TAFE offers one of the best ranges of courses, from certificates to degrees and is a great option for students who find it difficult to sit in a "lecture style" of learning.



Year 10 Work Experience
​​​​​​​By Michelle Visser (Pathway Co-ordinator)

Now for something completely different. Our year 10 students are looking at life beyond school and having a little taste of a possible future career option. Putting a toe into the water can soon tell a student if they are about to dive into the right pool, or need to rethink their ideas.

This week we have students at work places ranging from university labs to childcare. Placements include, CSIRO, Law courts, dental rooms, cafes, health care. Students are working with architects, designers, carpenters, in nurseries, school camps, adventure resorts, camera stores, nurseries and auto mechanics. We even have a student shadowing James Merlino. We hope this will be a valuable time away from normal school life and be instrumental in helping our students make good decisions about an exciting career. 



Year 7 Band Showcase
By Darryl Thompson (Music Teacher)

“Ok, everybody, 40 chairs up on the stage. Set them out the way you normally sit. Then get the stands.”


And so it begins; setting up for this year’s first Middle School band Showcase, with 42 young musicians converting the empty gym stage into a concert platform. With an air of excited nervousness, the Year 7 Band moves purposefully into gear, getting everything ready to play their first public concert. It’s their first foray out of the classroom, so these preparations have had to be planned with something approaching military precision, like that of the Navy Band in the same venue only a few weeks ago. 


A few introductions, then it is down to business. I’m sure that the students are as surprised as their audience by the confident sound filling the gym. 


“The first breath a choir, orchestra or band takes together, a breath filled with focus, intention and emotion, a breath unified for no other reason than to make something beautiful together... that is the reason we do what we do.” Eric Whitacre, composer, conductor, speaker. 


Then, with the final exultant notes still reverberating in their ears, it is time to pack everything away safely so the next group of Year 7's can take their place to learn the joy of making music. 



Upcoming School Events

"IT'S IN THE BAG"- Morning Tea 

You are invited by the PFA to a special morning tea in support of “It’s in the Bag” campaign. 

Share the Dignity charity exists to makes homeless and poverty stricken women feel special.  For more information on the cause you can visit


Come along for a great morning of yummy food and working together to make a difference!  Please bring with you donations of items that can be placed in a handbag ie. feminine hygiene products, hair brush, lip balm, hand cream, shampoo, hair treatments, toothbrush, something small to wear (ie. scarf, jewellery).


We are also looking for donations of handbags in great condition to use at this event.


If you have any questions in regards to this event, please contact Amanda Wight via [email protected]


Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!


The Alpha Course

BHCS is excited to announce that we will be running the Alpha course in Term 3.  We believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith. To ask questions, and share their point of view in an open, friendly environment.


If you are interested in attending the Alpha course please click here to let us know!


If you are able to help us as a host/leader/helper we would also love to hear from you- please let us know here.


For further information and to see what it is all about you can head to or check out this short clip here.


PARENTING NIGHT: Guest Speaker - Sharon Witt 

We still have one more parenting night scheduled for this year! It has been a privileged to have already hosted some fantastic and knowledgeable speakers. Our next guest Sharon Witt is no exception! We look forward to hosting her as she comes to talk about "building resilience in children and teens" on Monday, 2nd September.


This event is free! Please put the dates in your calendar now, and we'll look forward to seeing you there!  Please book your place here:


General Information 

ATTENTION: Parents & Students with Health Care Cards- Government Money Available!

CSEF (Camp Sports Excursion Funding) is closing at the end of this term and this is you final chance to apply for FREE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, if you haven’t already done so.


Those eligible:-


1.      Health Care Card, Pension Card or Veteran Affairs Card Holders;

2.      Foster Parents;

3.   Students over 16 who hold their own Health Care Cards (not previously eligible but the rules have changed!)


How much will you get:-


                Each Primary Student                     $125.00

                Each Secondary Student               $225.00


Please fill in the attached form or pick up a form from Reception by the last day of term, 28th June.


If you are unsure whether you have already applied, please contact the Finance Office or email [email protected]



End of Term 2 Reminder

Date:  Friday, 28 June, 2019

Kinder Finish Time: 1pm

Prep to Year 6 Finish Time: 1.15pm 

Year 7 to Year 12 Finish Time: 1.30pm

Bus departure: 1.40pm


If you are not intending to use the bus on the last day of Term 2, please ensure you advise [email protected] in advance.


The Canteen will be closed at 11.00am on Friday 29th June (there will be no lunch orders on this day) snacks will be available for purchase at recess for Middle & Senior Students.


The cafe will be serving food up until 12.00 pm and drinks and coffee until 1.00 pm.

Student Reports - Semester 1

At BHCS, all Student Reports are emailed home to families as an attachment. ll families should receive reports at the end of this week for children in Prep to Year 12. If you have not received your child's report by Friday night, 28 June, please email [email protected] and someone will look at resolving the issue to ensure you receive the required report. 


Any queries regarding subject matter and grades should be directed to the teachers concerned. Teacher email addresses can be found in the top right corner of the subject report. 

Junior School Development Update

We are pleased to provide an update on the Junior School Development.  Preliminary works have commenced, with the view to start major construction later this year/early next.  


As many will have seen, the first steps have commenced in re-routing our existing fire track.  Later this year, the Junior playground will be relocated to a new location – of which specifics will be confirmed shortly.

Lost Property 

We have a large amount of non uniform clothing, drink bottles & containers in lost property. 


Please note, at the end of the term all uncollected items are discarded or given to charity.  Please come into reception to check lost property for missing items.

2020 Kinder Enrolment Closing 

Families are reminded that if you have a child who you would like to attend Kinder next year, please speak to our Registrar as soon as possible.  All offers for Kinder 2020 will be made early next term.

The Sound of Music Production
Tickets on Sale Now!

The Sound of Music' tickets are now on sale!

Come and support the cast and crew, who have been rehearsing all year to put together a fantastic show for you!

You can get your tickets by clicking here


2019 Term Dates

Please find below the term dates for the remainder of 2019:

Term 2: Last day Friday, 28 June 

Term 3: Wednesday, 17 July - Friday, 20 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 8 October - Tuesday, 10 December

School Bus & Shuttle Services

We would like to remind all school families of the following:

  • Casual bus use is not available.
  • Students must embark and disembark at their allocated stop and should not get off at a different stop without having made prior arrangements.
  • Travel on an alternative buses for social engagements is not permissible.

Should families experience an emergency they are encouraged to email [email protected].  In cases of emergency, where room is available, the School will work with families to find the most suitable arrangement.

Important for all Middle & Senior School Families - Uniform

Correspondence has been sent home to Middle and Senior School families via email in the last 48 hours regarding Uniform requirements.


Should you have students in these year level(s) we request that you review this correspondence to ensure you are aware of the requirements from Term 3, and moving forward.  


Should you be unable to view this information, please contact Reception and a duplicate copy will be sent to you.

Alinta Uniform Shop


Monday: 8:00am - 10:00am

Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:00am

Thursday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 



Saturday, 6 July 2019- CLOSED

Saturday, 3 August 2019 9.00am- 12.00pm    

Saturday, 7 September 2019   9.00am-12.00pm


Student Achievements 

The school would like to congratulate the following students on outstanding achievements in their extra curricular activities. 


Annabelle L (Yr 9) has earned the Australian Scout Medallion. Only a small percentage of scouts reach this level. Well done Annabelle!


Congratulations to Chloe R (Yr 9) on her recent selection for the Victorian U 16 Girls Soccer Team.


The school would also like to wish Abbie J (Yr 11) all the best as she represents Victoria in the Boarder Challenge (Level 9 Artistic Gymnastics) happening this weekend.

New Caledonia - French Trip 2020

We are getting organised for our 2020 French Immersion Language Tour. This is an OPTIONAL week long trip to New Caledonia (3.5 hours flight from Melbourne).


Any student who is learning French in 2020 from Year 8 onward is welcome to come.


We plan to depart the day following the end of Term 3, 2020 and return the following Saturday.


A “New Caledonia Information Night” will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 in S1 Room (the French room) for those interested in this experience for their child. We encourage parents (students also welcome) to come and have a chat with us and discover the wonderful itinerary we have in store.


We look forward to seeing you there!

BHCS Calendar


Friday, 28 June

- End of Term 2

- Early dismissal times

  • Kinder -1.00pm
  • Prep - Yr 6:  1.15pm
  • Yr 7- Yr 12:  1.30pm


Wednesday, 17 July

Week 1

- Term 3 begins



Thursday, 18 July

Yr 12 PE Camp

- Sound of Music: After School Rehearsal


Friday, 19 July

- Yr 9-11 Basketball Victoria Qualifying


Monday, 22 July

- Week 2

- Whole School Cross Country


Tuesday, 23 July

-Parent-Teacher Interviews K-12

- Sound of Music: After School Rehearsal

- U4 Biology Genetics Workshop at Melb Uni

- U4 Business Management Excursion


Wednesday, 24 July



Thursday, 25 July

-Sound of Music: In-School Rehearsals 

-Yr 10 Careers Excursion - TRADE Taster (selected students)


Friday, 26 July

- Sound of Music: In-School Rehearsals 

Yr 10 Careers Excursion - RMIT & Expo


Sunday, 28 July 

- Sound of Music: Full Rehearsal MPH 


Monday, 29 July

Week 1

- Parent-Teacher Interviews 7-12


Tuesday, 30 July 

- New Caledonia Information Night

Community Announcements





BHCS Newsletter
CSEF Application form 2019.pdf
CSEF Info 2019.pdf
School Nurse - First Aid Officer Ad T3, 2019.pdf
School Nurse - First Aid Officer Ad T3, 2019.pdf