Bayside Christian College News

21 February 2019
2019 Issue 2
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Life in Years 11-12
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

A Vision

In strategic planning terms, a Vision Statement articulates what a organisation wants to be in the future. It describes an aspirational state or place that the whole organisation is working toward. Having a Vision is essential as it serves as the common standard around which all that happens in the organisation is measured.


The Vision of Bayside Christian College is, “To nurture and prepare young people for a life of responsive discipleship”. Because of this vision, it is important that everything that happens at and around the College intentionally works toward becoming a place that nurtures and prepares young people for a life of responsive discipleship.


It is this Vision that differentiates Bayside Christian College from many other school. At Bayside, we want students to excel academically. We are, after all, a learning community. The difference is we don’t stop at excellent academics because academic excellence is moot if it can’t be applied correctly.


Let me share an example. A number of years ago I met two doctors - both extremely smart, attended top universities and both graduated top of their class and are now successful specialists. They both drive really nice cars, have nice houses and go on overseas holidays. What differentiates them, however, is only one is thriving. To cut a long story short, if you ask them why they became doctors, one will say the money and prestige, while the other because they knew God had called them to help people. Both are professionally successful, both very wealthy, but only one is thriving.


Responsive discipleship does not mean second best, or not aspiring to do big, amazing things or not making lots of money. Responsive discipleship can and does entail all of these things. Rather, it means doing what you do in response to a life given and driven by Christ. It means thriving in the world and using your gifts (whatever they are) to serve the Lord. Thus if you are gifted in commerce, be amazingly successful at it and use what you create to serve the outworking of God's kingdom plan.


Now, if you are looking at the Vision and thinking, “but, we do this now - Bayside is nurturing and preparing young people for a life of responsive discipleship!”, you would be in part correct. Yes, the College does a very good job in this regard. The College works hard to ensure that students are being nurtured and prepared. It is in fact, one of the reasons why I chose to bring my children to the College.


I also know that we are not there yet. There are things that we could and can do better. There are things I suspect we have not thought of yet that will better equip students for a life of responsive discipleship. Thus the Vision remains relevant and centring; it remains aspirational. I get excited when I think of the possibilities for our young people, as we continue to partner together striving to build a learning community that nurtures and prepares young people for responsible discipleship.




Andrew Manning


Pray for Bayside

Pray in thanks for the way the Lord has blessed us with a fabulous community that enjoys wonderful surrounds and facilities together.


Please pray for the Board and Leadership Group, that the Lord would provide wisdom as decisions are made for the future.


Pray for our Senior Secondary students as they progress with their VCE/VCAL studies and adapt to new routines on the North Campus.


Please pray for our New Parents' Dinner next week, that the new families to our College would be warmly welcomed to our community.

From the Deputy's Desk

We continue our focus on Purpose 3, specifically the value of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says: ""I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you a hope and a future.""


We find our hope in Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for the atonement of our sins. We know that God has good plans for us. Sometimes we think that those good plans mean that everything has to run smoothly in our lives; that we should be financially prosperous, in good health, and so on. However, we must take our eyes off our desires for worldly comforts and look to the eternal promise of life with Jesus, where that final promise of hope is fulfilled and we dwell with Him. As the blessing of Romans 15:13 proclaims: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


Student Collection Times

Please be reminded that students are only supervised from 8:35 in the morning and until 3:35 in the afternoon. All students should be collected by this time. After this, all Primary students will be sent to the office to await collection. Secondary students are expected to wait at the tables in front of A block, or in wet weather, under the B block veranda. If you are running late to collect your children, please call the office on 5971 6700.


Primary students can be placed in Out of School Hours Care from 7am and until 6pm daily. Please register with Camp Australia.


No Parking Zones

Please only park in the marked bays to collect children from school. Several people are still parking on the council land to the left of the entrance, and also in the zone clearly painted "no parking" in front of the bins.

There is no safe crossing to this area, and it is also the highest traffic zone, as everyone must enter this way. For the safety of our students, we would appreciate if parents did not park there.


Parent Conferences

Our Primary Parent/Teacher conferences and Secondary Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and share our partnership to discuss the progress and plans for best supporting your children's education, both from school and from home. Information will be sent out in the next few weeks regarding how to use our online booking system, PTO, to make a time to meet with your children's teachers.


Please remember that on Wednesday 13 March appointments start after school at 3:45pm, and on Thursday 14 March classes finish at 1:00pm for appointments to start at 1:45pm. Buses will depart the College by 1:25pm for an early bus run this day. Camp Australia will provide care for those already registered with the program.


Many blessings to you all,


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal


Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Playground Fun

Have you heard? There are new sandpit toys! A big black tub, full of lots of great equipment to use in the big Primary sandpit, has recently been purchased.

There are also so many other things that younger students can be involved in at lunchtime.


Here is a summary:

Monday - Jogging Club with Mr Klan

Wednesday - Games with Mr Partridge on the oval

Thursday - ’Making Club’ with Mrs Moore and Mrs Chester

Friday - Year 1 and 2 students can go to the oval (Prep students from Term 2)

Library - second half of lunch every day.


There is also the ‘Friendship Bench' to sit on if a student cannot find someone to play with. It is so pleasing when you see other students go and chat with someone when they sit on the bench.


Classroom Helpers

If you are going to help in the classrooms and haven’t yet done the training, please come to a session from 3:30-3:45pm on Friday 22 March. Thank you to all those parents/carers who have offered to help in the classroom or on excursions and camps this year. It is not too late to offer to help. Please see your child’s teacher. A reminder to sign the Child Safety Agreement and show your Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) at the office.


Bank Day

A reminder that Bank Day is a Tuesday. A small group of parents run the banking program and are prepared to welcome some more volunteers to assist them. The processing is done at 9:00am on a Tuesday in G Block foyer.


Grandparents and Special Family Friends’ Day

Next Tuesday 26 February - sign in at 9:15, visit classrooms and enjoy morning tea served by our Year 6 Leaders.


May God bless you all,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Art Can be Exhausting in Prep!



On Monday 18 February, the Years 3/4 classes went to a place called “CERES” to learn about environmental purposes, Minibeasts and sustainability. First we talked about the environment. Someone had a number plate saying “I “heart” Ceres”.

For the first activity, our group (3/4 D) went to learn about some sources of renewable energy such as hydro power, wind power, solar energy and some other activities. After that we looked at a massive mirror that the excursion guides called a “Death Ray”. They called it that because it burns any objects you put in front of it. The solar energy comes from some solar panels. Hydro power was a small fan-like item attached to a hose. It was also dropping into a bucket as a fan started blowing. And wind power works by, as I believe, finding items to weigh and multiply by 0.4 that causes the power to start working.


Secondly, our group went to a compost bin and got a worm to hold. Some had a saddle (a saddle is the part of a worm that contains the baby worms), some kept crawling around other people's hands. Soon after that activity we dug in the dirt for minibeasts. There were slaters, a couple of spiders, a cricket, some larvae or “grass grubs” and one butcher boy.


For the last activity we went for a walk. We saw a few photos of some type of bird with a plastic bag around its neck and beak, and a tortoise with one of those useless parts of the plastic bottle under the cap around its body. Eventually we talked about a trap that can catch rubbish and the rain pushes it into a pit so a crane can pick it up once a month. Then someone spotted a little lizard sitting on a wall. We continued walking. We stopped on a bridge under a road bridge. They said there were platypus sightings. Soon after that our exciting excursion was over.


I believe most of us enjoyed it and found it fun, and they probably did.


Xander - Year 4 


On the 18 February all the Year 3/4 students went on an excursion to CERES Environment Park for part of their integrated studies topic.


At the start of the day we came into class to get our hats and do the roll, then we had to rush to the bus to make sure we weren't late. When we got there we walked/ran to our area and ate our recess.

After that our group had our first activity, the activity was learning about renewable energy. I was in a group that was weighing things and then multiplying the number by 0.4. When we were done with that we were told to come back and the Activity Leader Tom asked some questions about what we did, and then showed us “The Death Ray”, which in other words is tons of little mirrors that reflected the sun-light. If you stood in front of it you would nearly die! We also saw a small pump that if you sprayed water into it you could create some power.


Secondly, we did an activity with Leah and first we had the option to hold a worm. I chose to have a go and the worm that I held pooped on my hand. It was absolutely disgusting on a whole other level - it was unbearably stinky! I had to wash my hands for so long to get the smell gone. After that we each got a spoon and tried to find some minibeasts. I found a maggot and was grossed out.


Finally, we had an activity that was calming. We did a walk around a creek and half way we found a rubbish trap and right next to it was the biggest skink I have ever seen. The trap gets collected at the end of every month and put in the bin. On the way back I spotted a giant snake about 2 metres long.


Overall I thought it was a great trip and I’m pretty sure a lot of people would say the same.   


Tyler - Year 4

Collaborative Art in Years 3/4

The Years 3/4 students enjoyed getting their shoes off and being traced onto the massive

paper canvas. Each Years 3/4 class is making a collaborative artwork which will eventually be displayed in G block when they are finished.


Caroline De Haan

Primary Art Teacher

Sunshine, friends and a good book for Year 4/5A

Mrs Chester’s Year 4/5 class took to the outdoors, enjoying the beautiful weather and some riveting reading.


Berita Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian News

What a joy to begin a new school year! Our very clever Prep students have already been busy learning Indonesian through games, songs and writing. So far we have covered:

  • selamat pagi (good morning)

  • nama saya … (my name is …)

  • sampai jumpa (goodbye)

  • satu, dua, tiga (1, 2, 3)


All primary classes have started learning a verse from the Alkitab (Bible), with some simple actions to help with remembering the meaning of the words.

“Tuhan itu baik kepada semua orang.”

Mazmur 145:9

(“The Lord is good to all people.” Psalm 145:9)


He truly is good! We are blessed to be able to learn new languages to express His goodness.


Kelly Davies

LOTE Indonesian Teacher



Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 20 February, our Primary School Years 1-6 students headed to Pines Forest Aquatic Centre for their Swimming Carnival.

There was much yellow, red and green as the houses competed for points. At the end of the day Overcomers (Red) took out the flag.


Although it was a slightly chilly day, the students all competed with enthusiasm and lots of fun was had by all.

Across the College

Year 7 Camp

Recently, 71 Year 7 students in two separate coaches went to Lyrebird Park Campsite in Yellingbo. Despite a hot afternoon on the day we arrived, we enjoyed a number of team building and communication challenges. We were often reminded about listening to others and valuing the opinion of all group members, and then the groups started to work better as a team.


On the second day, the rain that caused flash flooding just 5 kilometres away missed the campsite (thanks God!), and allowed us to overcome some fears and challenge ourselves in a variety of outdoor activities including the ‘Leap of Faith’, the Flying Fox, Archery and a Mr Johnstone-led combat workout. We were all exhausted, and enjoyed some time chilling with friends with a movie night (and a few lollies) that night.

The final day involved an Amazing Race style leadership activity called Project Maximise, where 10 groups had to work together, strategise and utilise our different gifts. This was a great activity that gave many of us the chance to test our leadership skills (and patience at times). Thanks to all the teachers and parents who came on camp, we had a blast.


Contributions by selected Year 7 students

Year 8 Camp

The Year 8 students had the wonderful opportunity to appreciate some of God's wonderful creation down at Wilson’s Prom for the Year 8 start of year camp. Outstanding times were had as we hiked, swam, competed and played our way through the three day camp. The hike to Oberon Bay, watching a movie in the open air cinema, sleeping in tents, sighting wombats in the bush, and even in some tents and playing games at the beach, were some of the highlights for the students. It was a great start to the year with many friendships made across the whole year level. 


Year 9 Camp

The Year 9 students experienced  3 days of excitement and adventure in the beautiful bush environment of Mill Valley Ranch in Tynong North. They were  encouraged to try new challenges and to develop leadership, confidence, teamwork and communication skills.

For many of our students this was this first time on a horse and their excitement and enjoyment was a delight to see.


The great crate stack and the commando course saw students climb as many crates as they could while they stacked them upon each other. The commando course was a timed challenge of obstacles and endurance.


Canoeing and swimming in the dam was another of the many highlights of the camp. Students also enjoyed their night hike while Eddie explained the history of the area and helped us to listen to and view the creatures of the night .

Students are congratulated on their active participation and cooperation with their teachers and the Mill Valley Ranch facilitators.

Year 10 Camp

The Year 10s had a wonderful time on the Blairgowrie Camp. We are so grateful that the weather was perfect for the beach activities. When we arrived on the first day of camp we visited Bridgewater Bay’s rock pools. The next day was spent mostly at the beach going snorkelling, kayaking and playing lifesaver beach games. On the way home on the last day we took a trip up the Arthurs Seat Eagle and then walked across to the Enchanted Maze to wander around the gardens and do a spot of tree surfing. 


A great time was had by all! 


Secondary Swimming Carnival

On a chilly and wet February day our Secondary Students went off to Mornington Secondary College swimming centre to compete for the prestigious title of "House Swimming Carnival Champion 2019".


At the end of the day it was the Believers who took out the flag with a points total of 672.


Well done, Believers!




Beauty and the Beast rehearsals are underway. Tickets available soon! Stay tuned


The gap between expectations when reporting a cybercrime

Two thirds of victims of cybercrime were not satisfied with the outcome of their reported offence. There is also a relatively low public awareness of the service and little evidence to support increased reporting or reduced repeat victimisation.


The ACORN is an online self-reporting mechanism for cybercrime offences in Australia. It is hosted by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) but works with all Australian police agencies.

The ACORN targets four main offence categories:

  • online scams or fraud
  • issues buying and selling online
  • attacks on computer systems or viruses
  • cyber bullying, sexting, online harassment or stalking.

Importantly, the ACORN does not investigate any of the reports itself. It operates as a referral mechanism based on a series of rules such as the jurisdiction of the alleged offender or victim, or where the money has been sent.


Many victims report to achieve an outcome, and see justice served through the criminal justice system. But we know that for cybercrime offences, this is not usually the case.


There are many legitimate reasons why police are not able to investigate cybercrime offences and achieve similar results to offline offences. The inherent lack of borders on the internet poses genuine challenges for police to identify, arrest and prosecute offenders.


This does not change the fact that victims are reporting cybercrimes with an expectation that police will be able to achieve this. The inability of police to deliver on these expectations creates large levels of victim dissatisfaction.

The large disparity between the expectations of those reporting cybercrime, compared to the reality of what police can deliver, needs immediate attention in terms of educating people about the limitations and constraints on what is realistic in their case. 


If you would like more information that may help you avoid or deal with a reportable situation, the Australian Government eSafety Commissioner website contains a range of resources. 


Original article by Cassandra Cross at The Conversation


Joel Kong

eLearning Manager

7/8 Archaeologists

On Wednesday 20 February, our Years 7 & 8 students became archaeologists for the day as part of their Humanities studies.


They learned about different archaeological methods, how to gather and interpret  different sources, and why archaeology is such an important part of historical exploration and re-constuction. 


Jay Johnstone

Years 7&8 Humanities Teacher



Life in Years 11-12

What a busy first few weeks! It was great to see so many students involved in the swimming sports last week - well done to Believers (Green house) for their win on the day, and also to all those who got involved in encouraging others and giving things a go!


Our City Camp was a lovely time for students and teachers to get to know each other and to discover all that the city has to offer, as well as developing a deeper understanding of diversity in cultures, and the challenges that some face every day.


Students have begun establishing this year’s community groups, and it is exciting to see how many are seeking to make a difference in our local community. Boys’ and Girls’ study groups will be commencing shortly, and Mustard Bible study has resumed on Mondays at lunchtime.


Thank you to all the parents who joined us at the Information night - it was fantastic to see so many of you and to show you around the new facilities. Please continue to stay in touch with your child’s teachers and feel free to pop in and have a look around. Our VCAL students will be opening the Trades Skills Cafe soon, so stay tuned for opening hours!



  • After school study sessions on Monday until 4:00pm - All teachers are available and students are strongly encouraged to attend

  • No student is to be dropped off at North Campus before 8:15am

  • Parent-Teacher-Student conferences Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 March.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11-12 Coordinator

Years 11-12 Camp

I really enjoyed our city camp because it served as an opportunity to discover new things about tertiary education options, learn about the history and heritage of the city we live in, and also just to have fun with our friends and form new connections with our new North Campus neighbours, the Year 11s. One of the highlights was definitely the Amazing Race we had on the last day, which helped us develop our communication and teamwork skills. It was definitely a great way to start off the year.


Samuel - Year 12


Camp this year was an unsurpassed time of growth in our skill sets, perception on life and friendships. Whether learning about effective time management or playing an intense game of slap taxi, it was amazing to spend time with friends and to be fostered in learning in a Christian environment.


Matthew - Year 12


Calling all writers, poets and artists….

To the community of Bayside,


Late last year we started a magazine called “The Overcoat”. We managed to publish one issue. This year we are intending to continue on our mission and are looking for creative submissions. This may include artwork, creative writing and poetry. We would appreciate your submission at [email protected].


Thank you,

Rita - on behalf of ‘The Overcoat’

Subjects in Focus

Year 12 Legal Studies

Students have been studying our criminal justice system, with emphasis on evaluating the degree to which three principles of justice are achieved - fairness, equality and access. In particular, we have been looking at the rights of the accused and victims, and the purposes of committal proceedings. Last week we watched the documentary, ‘Every Family’s Nightmare’, about 15-year-old Patrick Waring from Perth, who was falsely accused of committing sexual assault and jailed for over 12 months before being found not guilty. We examined the ways in which this young man was let down by our legal system. Justice is close to the heart of God. In Micah 6:8 we learn that God requires us to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God”. We will continue to critically examine our legal system through the eyes of a biblical worldview as we unpack the complexity of what justice means and what it looks like in a practical sense.


Sonja Campbell

Legal Studies Teacher


Year 12 Psychology

Students have been building on their understanding of the way neurons function from Year 11 Psychology, looking more in depth at conscious and unconscious responses to stimuli; the kinds of neurotransmitters produced by the brain, and how they activate neurons to create signal pathways; what can happen if things go wrong in those pathways (specifically problems such as Parkinson’s Disease); and, what can happen to us longer term if we are in a state of fight-flight-flee for too long. Over the next couple of weeks we will be reviewing research methodology in preparation for the major research project later in the semester.


Catherine Cloherty

Psychology Teacher

Year 12 VCAL at Barista Training

On Monday, the Year 12 VCAL class caught the train to the city to do the practical component of their Barista qualification as part of their PDS and WRS studies.


They dabbled in the art of the 30ml shot of espresso - the basis of all things coffee. They problem-solved why their shot did not have a rich layer of 'crema' on top, and how to improve their next attempt. They were resilient and improved as the day went on.


Next up was the silky, smooth steamed milk. Practising first on water and liquid soap then moving onto milk, students learnt and perfected where to put the steam wand, what angle to hold the jug on for the perfect swirl, and what temperature to heat to... There were many contented sighs as they sampled their delicious hot, frothy milk :-)

The Year 12 VCAL class learnt that things that look 'easy' done by a practised hand can be more complicated than they seem... and that commuting to the city can be tiring on the train ride home.


Thank you Year 12 VCAL for a great day!


Olivia Williams

VCAL Teacher


Captivated Workshop for Parents

Can there be a greater joy for parents than seeing their children captivated by rich expressions of truth and life, and the gospel of the Lord Jesus? However, other shallow and deceptive philosophies compete to take their hearts captive. The stories of technology and sexuality are increasingly shaping our children’s hearts, longings, self-identity, and purpose. Let’s explore together at Captivated how to parent for captivated hearts.


Click here for more information and to register.


Our Dobsons uniform shop is open during term on Mondays (8:30–11:30am) and Thursdays (1:30–4:30pm). If you can't make it during opening hours, online ordering and click & collect facilities are available from the dedicated Bayside Christian College page on the Dobsons website. Shop contact details can be found on the College uniform page.


Primary polos, PE polos and ELC bucket hats have now arrived in-store and are available for collection.


Families wishing to purchase, sell or swap items of second hand uniform are welcome to use the official College Second Hand Uniform Facebook Group:

2020 Enrolments

We are now accepting enrolment applications for all year levels for 2020. Applications for Prep and Year 7 2020, including for siblings, should be lodged as soon as possible to ensure that a place is available.


Current ELC4 students are guaranteed an ongoing enrolment at the College - you do not need to lodge a separate Prep application form.


The deadline for ELC 2020 applications is 30 June 2019, including for siblings. Late applications may be considered after all on-time applications, and subject to the availability of remaining places.


For all application forms and enquiries, please contact College Registrar, Mrs Julie Rebbeck via email or call 5971 6709 .

Before & After School Care

Camp Australia now provides both Before School Care at the College, from 7-9 each morning, and After School Care from 3:15-6 of an afternoon. See Camp Australia's Bayside Christian College page for details on registration, rates and rebates. Please note that most families are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy and their out of pocket expense will be far less than the advertised fee.


A reminder that morning playground supervision commences at 8:35 and afternoon playground supervision concludes at 3:35. Parents/carers are responsible for the supervision of their children outside designated duty times.


Any Primary student who has not been collected at 3:35pm will be taken to the College Office. The College will make contact with parents/carers of children who are consistently dropped off or collected outside of duty times.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Did you know that learning a musical instrument can enhance your cognitive abilities?  Studies have found that learning an instrument has a positive impact on other learning areas including language, maths, memory, planning and academic performance. 
Bayside Christian College offers affordable instrumental lessons. Our specialist music tutors enhance our College music program by offering private and group lessons in piano, guitar, vocals and drums.  
Please check out the College website for more information and to sign up for enriching music tuition. 

Camp Australia News


CSEF Financial Assistance - do you qualify?

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of Term 2). See the CSEF website to check your eligibility.

Conveyance Allowance

If you are new to the College, your circumstances have changed or your child has just started Prep or Year 7, you could be eligible for a Conveyance Allowance.


For further details go to the conveyance website or call into the College Office for more information.

Year 10 Work Experience

It's the time of year where we begin to explore work experience opportunities with our Year 10 students. If you are/know an employer who might be willing to take one of our students during the week of 24-28 June (last week of Term 2) please contact Ms Dawson with more information (either 03 5971 6708 or [email protected]). Information for employers can be found in the attached below.


VET Programs

External VET programs are now into their third week of classes. Students and parents are reminded that if you have any concerns or are unsure whether you would like to continue in your selected course please contact Ms Dawson before the end of February. Fee refunds (for the full year) are not available after this time. 

Julie Corletto Netball clinics


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