Bayside Christian College News

19 October 2017
2017 Issue 15
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's desk
Primary News
Secondary News
Years 11/12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

Welcome back to Term 4, 2017. I hope you enjoyed a delightful school holiday. Term 4 is action-packed with lots of events as we join together to celebrate school life. Over the next few weeks, we have a number of end of year events connected with our Senior School including a final assembly, last day, presentation evening and the Year 12 Valedictory. Please pray for our Year 12 VCE students who will be soon completing their end of year external VCAA examinations. If you are at the College during the examination period, you will notice that the area around the Secondary Science building will be out of bounds. This assists us in maintaining a quiet environment. The last day for Year 12 to be at the College is Tuesday 24 October. The exams commence on 1 November.


Earlier this week, we had our Prep 2018 Parent Information Night. Starting school is a very exciting time and it was wonderful to hear the Bayside Christian College staff sharing on how we work with parents in Christian schooling. During the evening, we also enjoyed watching a video of Prep students who provided some helpful advice to the 2018 Prep parents. 


Over the past few months, I have been busy with preparations for 2018. We have a few changes of teaching staff. Mr Brendan Elliget (Secondary Mathematics) is retiring, while Mrs Janienne Woodbridge (Librarian) and Mr Jonathan Lake (Secondary English and History) are both leaving to pursue callings in other ministry areas. In addition, Mrs Anna Lam will be on parental leave for 2018! While in the coming weeks I will be announcing all of the new staff, I can at this time announce that Mrs Olivia Williams will be joining our staff team in 2018. Her role will be coordinating the new Trades Skills Centre and working in the VCAL team. We would appreciate your prayers as we look to finalise our 2018 staffing team.


May you enjoy a wonderful term.




Christopher Prior


Pray for Bayside

Please pray for the College as we celebrate together at a number of end of year events.


Pray for all of our Year 12 students as they graduate from Secondary School next week.


Please pray for our College leadership as they finalise plans and budgets for 2018.


Pray for our Trades Skills Centre, that it would provide wonderful opportunities for our students to expand their learning.

From the Deputy's Desk

Striving for Excellence

Next week marks the close of Secondary education for our Year 12 students. They have run the race, they have given their all, and they are at the end of one part and the beginning of a new journey. As a College, we have been focussed on Purpose 6 this semester - striving for excellence. We often place importance on the finished product, the outcome or the achievement; that is, we place importance on the excellence. The apostle Paul had a slightly different view. In Philippians 3:12-14 he says:


Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


For Paul, it is pressing on, straining toward - the striving that is important. He does not expect to attain his goal in this lifetime. We too, must sometimes learn to focus on the journey, on striving. Striving could look like persistence when things are difficult, wrestling with a difficult problem or concept until we get it, listening to others share how they worked it out, paying extra attention in class, taking notes rather than passive listening, and being prepared to learn from failure as much as from success. Sometimes it is not simple or easy, it requires effort, persistence, resilience and striving.  


I pray God's blessing and purposes over our departing Year 12s and I pray that we who are continuing the journey at Bayside will continue to strive for God's glory in all we do.


Year 12 Farewell Assembly and Presentation Evening

You are cordially invited to attend the following Year 12 Farewell events:

Assembly - Monday,23 October at 8:55am.

Year 12 Presentation Evening - Monday 23 October at 6:30pm (finger food), 7:00 pm (presentations).


Reminders for Term 4

Summer Uniform

All students must be in full summer uniform with the College broad brimmed hats to wear outside at all times.


Late arrivals

Please be reminded that Secondary homeroom begins at 8:45am and the Primary bell is at 8:55am. All late arrivals should have a note of explanation from a parent or guardian.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Welcome back to Primary for Term 4!


Whenever there is a new term at Bayside, you come back and find something new.  This term, have you seen the new yellow lines that have been painted in the Primary area?  These lines are to assist the Prep-Year 2 students, in particular, to know where they are allowed to play.  A solid yellow line means that any Primary student is not to cross that line during recess or lunch play times. The broken yellow lines are only to be crossed by the P-2 students on certain occasions. There are laminated charts displayed around the school to help explain these lines.


Years 5/6R have learnt the power of writing a persuasive letter. Last term, I received a letter from the class describing how difficult it was for them to sit to have their recess snack as there wasn’t enough seating. Mr Lomulder was consulted and now there are seven new seats in the Primary area for students to use. They are proving to be very popular and much appreciated by the students. (And now there is no excuse for them to be walking around when they eat!)


The Spelling Bee started this week at lunchtime and there are two more weeks for the competition.  Mrs Coates has organised the Spelling Bee and she has been ably assisted by our resident puppet Calvin (aka Mr Elkington).

There were over 60 students supporting their friends at the Spelling Bee this week.  The next two sessions will be held on Tuesday 24 October and Wednesday 1 November at 1pm in G-Block Gym. Parents are welcome to attend.


On Tuesday night, the Prep 2018 Parent Information Night was held and it was a time for families to find out about starting Prep.  Dr Prior explained to the parents how our faith and relationship with God is woven through all that we do. The five specialist teachers were introduced to the parents and the information night finished off with a delicious supper and lots of chatter.  We look forward to welcoming the new families into the Bayside Community.    


With this lovely warm weather, please make sure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day, to keep hydrated.


May God bless you.


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Constructing in Prep

Our Preps have been hard at work building construction vehicles in Art. It is quite amazing to see how much they have grown and learnt during their first year at school.

Coal Creek

On Friday of last week, the Years 3/4 students travelled to a beautiful part of Gippsland to visit the Coal Creek Historical Park. We have just begun our final Integrated Studies unit for the year, "Victoria, Then and Now". The students gained an insight into what it might have been like to live in a Victorian town 100 years ago. They listened to instructors who explained various aspects of life, in particular, what it was like for a child of similar age to them. Each class group enjoyed a train ride through the park and a formal lesson in the school house. They each had the chance to learn how to write with a fountain pen and write in the 'copperplate' cursive style of handwriting. They were horrified to be told that children were smacked with a large stick whenever they showed disrespect or misbehaved! The highlight was our visit to the General Store where students could spend a few dollars on boiled lollies or souvenirs. 

Our students represented Bayside CC extremely well with their excellent behaviour and respectful listening. It was a wonderful day of learning and historical experience. 


Karen Hooper

Years 3/4 Teacher


Primary Divisional Athletics

In the Primary School, there were ten students who had a slightly different first day back to Term 4. They were competing at the Northern Peninsula Division Athletics Day at Ballam Park. Hayden Chester, Oliver De Haan, Adam Flemming, Lily Saltmarsh and Matisse Spark all gave it their very best effort, unfortunately just missing out on qualifying for Regionals. It is a tough competition, so it is a super effort nonetheless! Finn Calic (Discus), Pascal Veerman (High Jump), Jarrett Richardson (Long Jump), Sitaya Fagen (Discus) and Kyle Horne (100m) all finished second overall in their events, meaning that they have now qualified to compete at Regionals on Thursday 19 October at Casey Fields Athletics Centre. Keep up the great work guys, everyone at Bayside will be cheering you on!


Zacc Klan

Primary PE Teacher



Back to the past for Years 3/4

Our Years 3/4 students are learning about the state of Victoria at the moment, and exploring things past and present, including life before the computer (very hard for them to imagine!), games and many other aspects of a life in the past.

Secondary News

From the Head of Secondary

What an eventful and inspiring Term 3 we had, full of energy and excitement for our students. One of my highlights was our Annual Athletics Carnival at Ballam Park, which was held on Thursday 21 September. The enthusiasm displayed by our students was exhilarating. The way that they engaged in their various year level events was most encouraging. I was inspired by the determination of the students and their desire to do their very best.


The participation of student in events was also markedly increased from previous years. This was due to the fact that we placed a greater emphasis on student leadership involvement in the lead-up to the event, focussing on aspects of participation, House spirit and most importantly on ‘giving it a go’. The Year 10 VCAL students also presented a most entertaining and motivational video at the House Assembly, leading up to the event, which added to the overall impetus and motivation of the Secondary students to engage whole-heartedly.


A difference this year was also the involvement of our Year 12 Students, and how they positively contributed towards the overall atmosphere of the day. One downside that I would like to make mention of was that this was a compulsory event for all students and some chose to stay away. This was disappointing and those students who had unaccounted for absences will need to be held accountable.


A very big thank you goes to the staff for their involvement in making the Athletics Day run well, and in particular to Michael Pleiter for his organisation and many hours spent in ensuring that all aspects ran efficiently. It was great to see our parents coming to support us on the day. We loved having you there!


We are currently in the process of selecting our College student leadership for 2018. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing group of students with such a heart for God and for service in our College and community. Please pray for these students as they embark on this journey, and for wisdom of those making the decisions. Please also pray for our Year 12 students as they enter into their final days of schooling. This can be a time of great joy but also a little sadness and uncertainty as they enter into the next era of their lives.


May God bless you all.


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary

Year 9 Food Security Project

In Geography during Term 3, the Year 9s have been exploring the issue of food security and how there are many people around the world in danger of experiencing famine and malnutrition. As part of this topic, the Year 9s have been growing their own veggies and herbs to sell at the community markets. This was to raise money to support agriculture projects in developing countries through TEAR Australia.

Despite the chickens eating almost all of the veggies, they were still able to sell produce from the herb boxes planted out around the school. They managed to raise enough money to start 3 agricultural businesses in areas with high rates of malnutrition. TEAR Australia provides businesses with the resources and training needed to get established, which then provide people both an income and access to fresh produce.


Thanks to everyone who supported the project, especially those who made generous donations. The Year 9s were really happy that they were able to raise some money to help others.

House Athletics 2017

The Secondary House Athletics Carnival was at Ballam Park on the second last day of school last term. This year for the first time our amazing Year 12 students were able to take part in this exciting event.


We were blessed with plenty of sunny weather throughout the day and managed to complete all our events on time. Our Year 11 House Captains were sensational leading the way, as they dressed up in awesome House colour costumes, gave their best effort in events and worked hard to encourage and support younger students. The lead changed many times throughout the day with Believers eventually overcoming the Conquerors.

The final results were:

Believers (1092)

Conquerors (1025)

Overcomers (804)


Congratulations to the Believers team for taking out this year’s trophy!


Please see below for the 2017 champion students:-


BCC Overall Male Champion 2017

Jack McDonald / Riek Woul

BCC Overall Female Champion 2017

Ellen Bond

BCC Year 7 Track Champion 2017

Ryan Edsall

BCC Year 7 Field Champion 2017

Jack McDonald

BCC Year 8 Track Champion 2017               Hayden Berechree

BCC Year 8 Field Champion 2017               Rutendo Muduwa

BCC Year 9 Track Champion 2017               Madelon Veerman

BCC Year 9 Field Champion 2017

Isaac Paola

BCC Year 10 Track Champion 2017

Ellen Bond

BCC Year 10 Field Champion 2017

Riek Woul

BCC Open Track Champion 2017                 Rebecca De Chalain / Benny Cooper

BCC Open Field Champion 2017

Jacob Withey


Each year this event gets better - so a big thankyou to all of the staff and other helpers who made this carnival so successful.


Michael Pleiter

Secondary PE Co-ordinator    

Years 11/12 Happenings

It is hard to believe that we have already arrived at Term 4! It is good to see all of our students back at school and, for our Year 12 students, the countdown has well and truly begun!


Well done to all the VCE students who came in over the holiday break to participate in revision sessions and practice exams. Students are now studying hard for their upcoming exams, which begin on 1 November.


It was fantastic to see the community market at the end of last term, and to see so many people engaging with this part of our college. Our next market will be a ‘Christmas’ market on Thursday 30 November.


On Monday 9 October, many of our Year 11 students joined in the Celebration Ball. It was lovely to hear the students talking about their gifts and the call that God has on their lives, as well as to see them demonstrate their dancing skills. A big thank you to Mrs Angie Mathews for organising this evening.


The last few days has seen several of our Year 11 students being interviewed for College Captain and Prefect position, as well as presenting speeches to staff.  I was very impressed by what these students shared; their heart for God, for the College and the communities they are a part of. It is wonderful to know that all of our students are learning to identify the gifts that God has given them, and to step out into using these no matter what area they are in.


I look forward to seeing many of you at our VCAL celebration evening on Thursday 19, as well as seeing all our Year 12 parents at the Year 12 Presentation Evening on Monday 23 October. Families are also warmly invited to attend the assembly being run by Year 12 students on Monday morning.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Year 11-12 Co-ordinator

Subjects in focus

Units 3/4 Health and Human Development

Health students completed their course late last term and have been diligently preparing for their exam on 10 November - only three weeks to go! Our Year 11 students will sit their first external assessment and our Year 12s have only one more week of school before starting SWATVAC (study). We have journeyed through learning about the health and human development of ourselves, of all Australians, and of those living in the developing world. My prayer is that my Health students would live out what we have learnt: to truly love others through our words and actions.


Rachelle Cooper

VCE Health & Human Development Teacher


Years 11/12 Psychology

This semester, there has been a research focus in both Unit 2 and Unit 4 classes. Many students have been asking participants to taste various foods and drinks, look at ambiguous images and identify what they are and learn things - all for the purpose of writing research report SACs. Thank you to those guinea pigs who participated. If you missed out, there will be another opportunity to help next year!


Unit 4 students have completed their coursework and are deep in revision, coming up with many curly questions for me. Hopefully they are managing stress levels well, as studying stress and its contributing factor is part of the Units 3/4 course. Please do uphold in prayer all the students who have external exams over the next few weeks.  


Catherine Cloherty

VCE Psychology Teacher

Year 11/12B

In homeroom this year, Years 11/12 students have been forming small groups to do a study to help enhance our knowledge of God and improve our relationships and faith. Through the session ‘Getting a Grip’, we were able to find a balance in our daily lives, which was very helpful in finding balance between work, school and social life.


We have found this opportunity to study God’s word both exciting and challenging.


Joel Kong & Sonja Campbell

Year 11/12B Homeroom Teachers


At the end of Term 3, the Year 12 Art students submitted their Unit 4 folios and finished

artworks. The effort, creativity and attention to detail reflected in each folio is to be commended.  All VCE artwork will be able to be viewed at the upcoming Arts and Technology Expo on Thursday 2 November. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and encourage students' creative talents in a range of different subjects.


Chay Williamson

VCE Art Teacher


As we approach the end of the year, I will be asking Year 10 and Year 12 students for their feedback as they think about the programs and support offered as a part of the Careers & Pathway process. Feedback is invaluable for our learning and development, and it helps us shape and improve what we do moving forward. If you would like to provide feedback about any aspect of the BCC Careers program please consider emailing your feedback ([email protected]) or contacting me by phone on 5971 6708.



In Numeracy, students are contemplating the value of opportunity, and God's intention for our present and future motivations. Students are studying critical data from a selection of nations, and contrasting the sets to attempt to understand other societies. Through this exercise, students challenge what we might consider as 'normal' worldviews in Australia. The final assessment will involve students presenting their findings and analysis to the class. 



In Business, students delivered their third Community Market event for the year. It has been wonderful to see the student products improve and some regular favourites return and grow each time. It was brilliant to collaborate with the home group students, and extend the reach and value of the market. Students demonstrated some excellent craftsmanship in their care in preparing and refining their businesses. 

Celebration Ball

The Brighton International was lit up again by Bayside Christian College's wonderful students at the Celebration Ball on Monday 9 October. Students confidently displayed their new found ballroom dancing talents, entertaining us all and bringing to life the efforts of rehearsals and preparation.

A wonderful night was had celebrating the gifts and talents of our students. Thank you to all who were involved in making it happen.


Angie Mathews

Celebration Ball Co-ordinator


Important BCC Information

Next week, you will receive via post a print out of the family details which we have on file for your child/ren. In addition, all Secondary students will receive a camp authorisation for 2018. We would appreciate your assistance in returning the Family Details Forms, whether there are any changes or not, and the camp forms must be returned for your child to attend camp.


Please contact the College office if you do not receive either of these forms as the gathering of this information is of the utmost importance.

Dressmakers Model

We are in need of a dressmakers model to display our textiles projects for the up-coming Art Show. If anyone has one we could borrow, we would need it on Tuesday 31 October until Wednesday 7 November (after the long weekend). 


If you can assist please contact Angie Mathews via email: [email protected]

Working Bee

Our last working bee for the year is taking place next Saturday 28 October from 8am-1pm. Come and help out around the grounds to keep our beautiful College neat and well-maintained!


A reminder to families that they must contribute eight hours at working bees throughout the year or are liable to pay the Working Bee Levy of $150. 

Ping Pong-A-Thon

This Friday 20 - Saturday 21 October, the Ping Pong-A-Thon will be running in the G Block gym. This event, run by Restore Family Church along with 100s of other churches around Australia, is raising funds to stamp out human slavery.


Our Primary students in Years 3-6 will be playing during the day, and at 3:30pm the event is open to anyone else who wants to support this cause. 


Please support this event by either registering to play yourself and getting sponsors or simply sponsoring one of the teams already registered. The Years 3-4 have a team registered and also the Years 5-6.


We can all do our part to give others the freedom that we enjoy.



Find out more

Canteen News

This term in the canteen we are offering some delicious frozen treats! We have 3 flavours of “Twisted” Frozen yoghurt available:

  • Watermelon/Mango
  • Strawberry/Vanilla
  • Chocolate/Vanilla

Only $2 each, these are all natural, fat free, gluten free with no artificial colours or flavours.


We also have a new treat called “Juicies”, which are a fruit-based icy pole with no added sugar made from 100% fruit juice. They are available in four delicious flavours - Wild Berry, Orange, Lemonade and Tropical, and are $1.50 each. Please remind your children that the 50c icy poles will no longer be available.


Fresh sushi is available from Wednesday-Friday over the counter or in lunch orders - assorted flavours available -  two sushi rolls for $4.
Please continue to send along fruit for our basket - it’s as popular as ever in this warmer weather.


Karissa Gaskell
Canteen Manager

Past student New business

One of our past students, Ashlee McLachlan, (graduating class of 2014) has started up her own business. So if you are in need of some pampering give Ashlee a call.


Frankston Basketball

Frankston Basketball are excited to launch our Term 4 Introduction to Basketball Program! 


Run by our very own past student Ryan Wells, the program is designed for kids aged between Prep to Year 3.


The program teaches kids the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment.


New player registration includes a player pack containing a basketball, t-shirt, sling bag and drink bottle.


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