Bayside Christian College News

21 March 2019
2019 Issue 4
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11 & 12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
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Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

Learning Counter Intuitiveness

I have always found this picture thought provoking. If you have not seen it before, it

displays data collected to help decide how to better armour planes in WW2. The red dots are bullet holes collected from planes returning from missions.


Looking at the data it is easy to see why they planned to better armour the tips of wings, the tail and the middle of the fuselage. The problem is that armouring these areas is not the best idea and will not better protect the planes.


The reasoning behind this is simply that the data only show the damage to the planes that made it back to base and not those that crashed. Those that crashed, it was argued, had been hit in other areas like the engines and cockpit. Armour those critical areas and let the plane collect holes in non critical areas (those marked) and more planes should return home.


This example demonstrates the importance of learning counter intuitiveness. To simply accept what we can see as true and right may not in fact be the best idea. Learning to correctly interpret what we see around us is a critical skill to safely navigate the world and the stories embedded in it.


Jesus’ story is an interesting example of counter intuitive thinking. Hailed as the greatly anticipated conquering King, the person of Jesus was not what was expected by the majority of people at the time. His message and demonstrations of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and mercy for all were, and remain, profoundly counter intuitive. The majority of the big influential thinkers of the day missed what was important because they had a preconceived picture in mind. Sadly many continue to look at Jesus and fail to look deep enough to find the truth and hope that He offers.


Learning to be counter intuitive and applying it wisely takes time to learn and master. Learning to look deeper and ask the right questions better equips us to go into the world and make differences that matter. My hope is that together we will help grow generations of young men and women who are able to think counter intuitively and bravely and boldly, but humbly (when appropriate) not conform to the patterns of the world.  


Andrew Manning


Pray for Bayside

Pray for all the students who have taken leadership responsibilities this year, that they will serve the College community with humility and wisdom.


Please pray for our upcoming Open Day on Saturday 4 May, that many families would come to visit Bayside to find out more about our wonderful school community.


Pray for all those in our community who are struggling with illness.


Pray in thanks to God for the sacrifice of Christ as we head towards Easter.

From the Deputy's Desk

What is this love?

These last weeks of term, we are focussing on the Purpose 3 value of love. On Monday morning I opened up my daily email devotion from Christianity Works, and here's what it said:


God is faithful. That truth rolls so easily off the tongue. Living your life as though that’s true, living your life based on that truth, making decisions, taking steps of faith based on that truth when the chips are down, well, that’s not so easy.


There’s a word that’s used over and over again in the Bible.... It’s the word “steadfast” – and it’s used mostly to describe God’s love - steadfast love. So I set about discovering what that word really means.


The original Hebrew word, Chêsêd, is variously translated as loving-kindness, devotion, faithfulness, loyalty, mercy and unchanging love. And whilst it’s used over and over again, it’s this one quote from Lamentations 3:22-23 that really says it all for me:


"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." 


The writer was casting his eye across Jerusalem, which had been destroyed [by the Babylonians in 587 BC]... The whole book, as the name suggests, is a lament over what’s happened. But at some point, the truth of God’s love touches this man’s devastated heart.


The truth of a love that never fails, of a love that, come what may, shows fresh mercy every morning. A love that never, ever, ever… comes to an end. Chêsêd. This isn’t some intellectual word study. The steadfast love of God… really wrapping your heart around that… is nothing short of life-changing.


May we all walk in that unfailing love.


Student collection during school times

Often there are times that students need to be collected during the school day. When this occurs, please ensure that you contact the office to advise the times and reasons. All students arriving late or departing early MUST be signed in or out at the office. For safety reasons, no student is to call or contact a parent to collect them unless they go to the front office first. All outgoing student calls must be approved. Students who use mobile phones to contact parents during school hours will be subject to our behaviour management policy, as mobile phones are banned during school hours. Please help your children to uphold the College rules in this area.


Student Collection Times Reminder

Please be reminded that students are only supervised from 8:35am in the morning and until 3:35pm 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.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Last week, the Primary Student Leaders went to a Student Leadership Conference in Melbourne. They learned that leadership is about people, not power or position. In helping to develop themselves as leaders, the following core leadership character traits were described to them using the acronym CORE:


Confidence with humility

Others focused




They were encouraged to come back to school ready to make valuable contributions, to influence the school culture and to make a difference. In the foyer of G Block, you will see a very colourful box that the Primary student leaders have decorated, ready to receive ideas from students about ways to improve something at school or to help others.


In the second half of lunchtime, the ‘Peacemakers’ can be seen in their bright orange vests. Two of the student leaders are rostered to be in the playground to help younger students solve small problems they may have while playing in the yard. These peer mediators have been trained by Mrs Ryan to know when to refer an issue to the Duty Teacher.


Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and family friends who supported the students at the Primary Athletics Carnival last Friday. The students had a great time rotating through a range of different events. The help of parents who assisted with the running of different aspects of the day was much appreciated.


This week, the Primary students will bring home Scholastic book order forms.  If you and your child wish to purchase a book, orders need to be returned by this Friday 22 March. Either hand the order to the class teacher or deposit it into the secure metal box under the stairs in G Block, labelled ‘Book Club’.


The Parent/Teacher Conferences held last week were certainly valued by the Primary staff. Please keep communicating with your child’s teacher if you have any questions, concerns or positive news that they need to know - to keep growing strong partnerships.


If you are seeking advice on suggested ways to respond to the Christchurch shooting, a link is provided to an article from ‘Parenting Ideas’ which you may find helpful. Most of all, in these times of tragedy, remind your children about the hope we have in Christ.


God bless,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary


Primary Athletics Day

Last Friday 15 March, the Primary Athletics Carnival was yet again a highlight for many students and parents. In the younger year levels, students loved the 20-metre sprints, water relays, and 'over and under'. In the middle and upper Primary years, students loved the opportunity of competing against students of the same age in high jump, triple jump, and all the running events. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and carers that helped make the event possible.


Zacc Klan

Primary PE teacher


GRIP Leadership Conference

On Wednesday 13 March, all of the Primary School leaders had the privilege to go to the GRIP Leadership Conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre with different schools. There was a total of 2,500 students and 350 schools.


We had 3 sessions with fun games and the GRIP leadership team speaking to us. They gave us ideas about how leaders can make differences with their team and not focus on themselves. We learnt a lot about the people pathway.


Some of us had a chance to go up on stage to do some fun games with the GRIP leadership team, as well as the other schools. We had to choose two people to sit up the front and be ready to go up on to the stage.


In the activities, we interacted with the other schools and talked with them to get the answers for the activities that we had to do. Each student had a booklet full of exciting activities and learning opportunities. We wrote down notes to help us become better leaders. We spoke about leadership pathways and how we could make our school a better environment.


The leadership conference was a great experience and we got a lot out of it. We have already made a plan with the ideas box, which is where people from across the Primary School can put their ideas and the leaders will try and get their thoughts into action. We have some really creative thoughts already and we encourage the students to give us as many ideas as possible!   


We give a special thanks to Mrs Bailey and Miss Wright for taking us and all of our parents for letting us go to the conference.


Sam Mcdonald & Chloe Kidney

Primary School Captains

Amber Bareira & Bella Gleed

Primary School Vice captains


Years 3/4 Collaborate

The Years 3/4 classes have all finished their collaborative murals and they look fabulous. If you would like to have a closer look at them, they will be displayed in the G Block gym very soon. 


Caroline De Haan

Primary Art teacher


A Visit to 5/6W

Our Japanese students not only learn and experience many things during their time with us, but they can also teach us a thing or two as well.


Recently Tomomi Masuko and Yoji Okumura visited our Year 5/6W class and showed them some Japanese games, origami and talked about leadership at their school


Sara Wright

Years 3-6 Coordinator

The new Bayside Puppet Club - Years 3-6


God's Magnificent Prep/1M

Prep/1M have been learning about God's magnificent creation. God made this absolutely glorious world for us to enjoy and take care of. 



Across the College

Year 7 Design Tech

The Year 7 students have been working on creating a ‘sign’ in Design Technology. It has been outstanding to see all their creative designs coming into reality. It is fantastic to see the students unpacking their God-given gifts.


Year 7 Student Leaders

Announcing our Year 7 leaders for 2019:

  • Zali Schwarz
  • Alice Gaskell
  • Emma Martin
  • Ryan Hooper
  • Elijah Manning
  • Marcus Aucamp



Year 9 OES

During week 6, the Year 9 OES class had the fantastic opportunity to go and explore the Cathedral Range. We set off on a three day hike, where everybody was tested both physically and mentally. The students did an outstanding job climbing, hiking, cooking and working as a team. It was wonderful to see students helping and encouraging one another. The students even survived a night in their tents where the temperature got down to 3 degrees. It was excellent to get out and enjoy God's creation and to see his awesome glory.


Dan Briglia

Secondary Teacher


It's Time!

In just a few weeks' time, we will see our 2019 College musical production of 'Beauty & the Beast Jr' come to life on the stage of the George Jenkins Theatre at Monash University, Frankston. 



New Bike/Scooter Space

We have created a new bike/scooter space - it is better visually and is also weather proof! It is located next to the Design Tech building.

Students will still need to bring their own padlock if they want their bike secured. 

Students should use this space rather than dropping bikes/scooters at the office.


Berita Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian News

We have been getting down to serious business in Years 7 & 8 Indonesian.


“Satu, dua, tiga, empat. Ayo perang jempol cepat!”


This is our thumb war battle cry. So far just 8A has been battling and the very talented Kate has been “jago” (champion) twice in a row.


In other news, we have played “Siapa saya?” (Who am I?) in Indonesian. I have been “polisi bahasa” and might have to establish a “penjara bahasa” for repeat English-speaking offenders.


Year 7s have been using their knowledge of Indonesian greetings to create comic strips, and it has been fantastic to see the effort students have put in to learn and revise new phrases.


All Year 7-10 Indonesian students have joined Quizlet classes. In these classes I have added relevant sets of vocabulary for each year level. This is a way students can revise independently at home.


“Terima kasih banyak” (thank you very much) for your support of the Indonesian program at Bayside.


Kelly Davies

Guru Bahasa Indonesia

Years 11 & 12 Happenings

Life in Years 11-12

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Years 11-12 Rally Day for Touch Rugby and Netball. Both teams won their games, which was a pleasing achievement, but what was most impressive was their wonderful attitudes on the day. For the girls playing Netball, there were challenges, meaning that they had to play the entire day of continuous games. One of our students even stepped in to play for another school so that they could still participate. It was great to see our students embracing the challenges before them and showing what it is to work as a team.


This week in the Years 11-12 assembly, our students worked through what it means to be a leader. They discussed the characteristics of people who have inspired them and considered how they, as leaders in the College, can make a difference and influence others. It was encouraging to see that all the discussion groups concluded that the most important part of leadership is to serve others, to be humble, and to listen. Next week, students will begin to run a range of community groups across the College, as they develop their ability to serve God and others by creating community using their gifts.


This week, our Years 11-12 girls gathered for a special high tea in the Trades Skills Centre. This was an opportunity for the girls to connect with each other across year levels as well as their teachers.


Our next Community Market is fast coming up and will be on the last Thursday of term - April 4 from 3:20pm in G block. Our Year 11 Business Management students, and all VCAL students, as well as some Year 10 stalls will be running. If you would like to have a stall, please contact either myself or Sam Waldron and we will be happy to assist. Our students are looking forward to your support on the day! All stalls will be donating proceeds to charities.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11-12 Coordinator

Captain's Report

As the end of term is drawing near, we are making use of the few days we have left until we leave school. The Year 12 students have around 220 days until they finish at Bayside and the Year 11 students have around 585 days left (totally not counting)! But with the little time we have left, we have many SACs on the horizon and have been busy studying for these numerous SACs. We’ve also had a number of exciting excursions including the Legal class' trip to the County and Supreme Courts, and Unit 3 & 4 Outdoor Ed’s camp. Years 11 & 12 also brought home wins in both the Netball and Football Rally Days.


We pray that everyone finishes off the term safely and no one stresses too much about any tests or assignments. Have a great week folks!


Matthew Dumicich

College Captain

Youth of the Year

Having won the local award last December, Lachlan Vass progressed to the Regional Finals on Thursday 7 March.


He was very successful and was not only announced as the Overall Winner, but was also announced as the Public Speaking Winner of the night.


Lachlan now progresses to the next stage - the District Finals on Sunday 24 March in Trafalgar.


Well done, Lachie!


Years 11/12 Rally Day

On Tuesday 12 March, a great group of Years 11 & 12 students represented the College at the Touch Rugby and Netball Rally Day.

Both of the Netball teams were very successful throughout the day and met in the semifinals, with the A team triumphant and then going on to defeat MECS in a close and tense final, 9 goals to 7.


The Touch Rugby team also played MECS in the final, and after a close loss to them in the earlier rounds, knew that they would have to play to the best of their ability - which they did! The boys won 5 tries to 1 in the final.


Well done to everyone for your efforts and an enjoyable day.


Andy Lancaster

Secondary PE Teacher

Subjects in Focus


In response to God’s love by loving others, Year 11 students developed car recovery kits to help those who may find themselves in tricky situations. After some brainstorming, students imagined innovative ideas to assist those stuck in scenarios ranging from flat batteries to leaking pipes. Perhaps in some ways, this is a bit like a modern version of the ‘Good Samaritan’. Well done Year 11s!


Joel Kong

Media & VCD Teacher


Subject in Focus


Years 11 & 12 Chemistry students are currently exploring the intricacies of God’s creation as they examine the nature of chemicals and their use and bonding. In their studies of metallic and ionic bonding and galvanic cells, the structure, production and versatility of chemical substances are explored.


During practical sessions, Year 11 students recently grew metal crystals using displacement reactions, and tested the properties of materials to determine their usefulness for particular purposes. They also examined the way that heat treatment changed the properties exhibited by the metals treated.


Year 12 students have constructed galvanic cells then determined the voltage of the cell using multi metres and digital voltmeters. At the moment they are contemplating the method that they will use to explore the effect of concentration variation on the voltage of their chosen galvanic cell.


During classes, students develop understanding of the characteristics of these diverse materials, often examining the inherent beauty of God’s design. You may like to share in this experience by watching the video clip found by following this link.


Sharyn Hadlow

VCE Chemistry Teacher

Subject in Focus



Thank you for perusing this portion of our newsletter. Though the position may not appear prominent, prominence has much in common with Providence. 
The Year 11 Literature class have been presenting on a collection of poetry and short stories by various authors. Their teaching has been dynamic and wonderful. We have studied the constant availability of Christ's love and place in our lives through studying "The Death of Ivan Ilyich". Tolstoy challenges the worldview of those around him, and our students have started preparing their own creative pieces, seeking a purpose no less than a text that impacts how we go about life. 


Sam Waldron

Literature Teacher

Step on Campus at Deakin

Deakin University will again run its 'Step on Campus' events during the April school holidays (Wed 10 and Wed 17). Step on Campus gives students and their families an opportunity to take a personalised tour of Deakin University and to learn about Deakin’s study areas, campus life and how to make the best transition into university. You can find out more and register here: Deakin Step on Campus

Inside Monash

Monash University's Inside Monash series kicks off on Wednesday 27 March with a focus on studying Business. 


Sessions covering study in areas such as Criminology, Politics, Music, Engineering, IT, Law, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Science continue over the next five months. Students have found these invaluable in previous years. Why not look ahead and put a few sessions in your calendar now? 


You can find more information and register here: Inside Monash


School Photo Day

This year's School Photo Day is scheduled for Tuesday 21 May. Stay tuned for further details.

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.

Open Day - Sat 4 May

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to invite friends to check out the College, or even to take a look around yourself!


We are always on the lookout for parent helpers - if interested, please contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams.


Our Dobsons uniform shop is open during term on Mondays (8:30–11:30am) and Thursdays (1:30–4:30pm).


During the upcoming school holidays, the shop will be open at the following times:

  • Thursday 11 April, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday 24 April (first day back to school), 8:15-11:15am.

Full winter uniform is to be worn from the first day of Term 2 - there is no changeover period.

2020 & 2021 Enrolments

We are now accepting enrolment applications for all year levels for 2020 and 2021.


Applications for Prep 2020 and Year 7 2021, 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 .

Footpath Petition

Earlier this year we launched a petition calling on Frankston City Council: "to work with relevant state transport agencies to expedite the design and construction of the shared use path between the Peninsula Link and Frankston-Baxter Trails alongside Robinsons Road, Langwarrin South."


This is an important "missing link" in the local trail network, which is desperately needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the vicinity of the College, including our own students. Please drop by College reception before the end of Term 1 to sign our petition.


Australian Youth Choir


Become a Puppy Carer

Ever thought about being a puppy carer and supporting your community, but not sure what is involved?


“The Seeing Eye Dogs puppy teaches the children and community about another way we can help people" - Karen, a puppy carer and a teacher at Balnarring Pre-school.


Why not come to one of our Puppy Carer Information Sessions to find out more:

  • Speak with our staff and volunteer carers who share their real-life stories
  • Meet our puppies
  • Choose your preferred date & time at an upcoming event.

Location: Seeing Eye Dogs, 17 Barrett Street, Kensington

  • Thursday 28 March, 6-7pm
  • Thursday 11 April, 12pm-1pm
  • Monday 29 April, Time: 6pm-7pm

For registration and enquiries:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0428 010 843

Party in the Park


Camp Australia Newsletter


Julie Corletto Netball Clinic


SchoolTV Special Report

The Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. For New Zealand, it was a loss of innocence. SchoolTV was actually filming in Auckland when news broke of the harrowing events unfolding in Christchurch.


Unfortunately, this will impact on many kids throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world. 


It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations.


In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk to their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 


If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Bayside Christian College News
AYC Insert.pdf
Party In The Park 2019.pdf
Camp Australia.pdf
Julie Corletto Netball Clinic - FRANKSTON.pdf