Bayside Christian College News

17 November 2017
2017 Issue 17
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11&12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
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120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

On Monday afternoon, we held a whole school assembly marking our 35th Anniversary. Again, it was wonderful to be able to watch, listen, and

encourage our students as they displayed their gifts and gave thanks for this community. It is my hope that the celebrations of this year will help us to remember our vision for Christian schooling, and to be thankful to the Lord for the many blessings we enjoy.


Over past newsletters, I have made a few announcements about upcoming changes to our teaching staff. In summary, our teacher changes are as follows: Mr Brendan Elliget, who teaches Secondary Mathematics, is retiring at the end of this year; Mrs Janienne Woodbridge is taking early retirement as she considers some missional activities; and Miss Ellen Baker has completed a short-term Secondary teaching position. In 2018, we have three new teachers: Mrs Tammie Chester will work part-time in the Primary School; Mrs Olivia Williams will Coordinate the Trades Skills Centre and work as a member of the VCAL team; and Mrs Rosie Alley will work part-time as an Agriculture and Science teacher in the Secondary School. Please join with us in praying and thanking our leaving teachers, and in praying and welcoming our new teachers as they prepare to join our team in 2018.


As we enter the final four weeks of the College year, I hope that you are able to participate in our upcoming end of year events including our Presentation Evenings in early December.




Christopher Prior


Pray for Bayside

Please pray for our Senior Secondary students as they enter rollover and start their studies for next year.


Pray for our Board and Leadership Team, that they would have great wisdom as they lead our wonderful school community.


Pray in thanks to God for His provision and blessing of Bayside for 35 years.


Please pray for a smooth end to the year, for the organisation of celebration events and for achievements to be honoured.

From the Deputy's Desk

Give Thanks

Psalm 107:8 says, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonderful acts to the children of men”. 


It was an honour to be a part of our Celebration Assembly this week, where we were able to gratefully give thanks to the Lord for all his goodness over the past 35 years. This was the final celebration event for our 35th Anniversary commemorations this year. 


We gratefully acknowledge the work of the 35th Anniversary Committee, and particularly the extra work of Christina Lomulder, Janine Mann and Leanne Wells, as they have worked throughout the year with Ben Williams, our Community Development Officer, to plan and implement the events which have helped us to reflect on the wonder of God’s provision in grounds, buildings, staffing, dedicated board members, parents, families, and of course, students.


Allwell Testing

As part of our planning for 2018 and beyond, Years 2, 4, and 6 students will soon be participating in Allwell academic testing. The testing in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Numeracy and General Reasoning Skills enables the teachers to gain a clearer picture of student strengths and needs, and then plan to meet needs accordingly. Years 2 and 4 will be tested on Monday 27 November, and Year 6 on Monday 4 December as part of their transition to Year 7. In addition, some Year 9s who missed Careers testing in October, and students new to the College who missed out on testing with their cohort last year, may be requested to sit the tests. Further information for the students involved will be sent soon.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Primary News

ELC in the "Big School"

Our ELC students enjoyed some "Big School" classroom time with our Years 3/4 students and teacher Mrs DeHaan. It is a wonderful time for the students when the smaller children spend time with and see what it is like to be in Primary School and the older children share their learning with the younger ones.

It's a Mystery

During Term 4, Years 5/6 have been studying a variety of Mysteries. 

We have looked at some mystery greats in literature and mysterious phenomena such as the Bermuda Triangle and the Pyramids. We also created escape rooms to challenge our friends. 


Recently, we had a visitor who ran a forensic science incursion. During the incursion we learned about finding clues to solve a crime. We developed fingerprints and looked at what the characteristics of our fingerprints were. We investigated tool marks and other impressions, and how to identify hairs and other fibres. We looked at blood, bones, animal faeces and DNA. Some of it was gross!

We were amazed at all the different ways you could find information and how overprotective they were with every little bit of evidence. It was great to learn about the job of a forensic scientist - maybe one day one of us will be a forensic scientist!


Millie G and Hannah P  - Years 5/6 students

Across the College

Years 7/8 Rally Day

Last Thursday 9 November, a very full bus load of Years 7 and 8 students competed in the

annual Volleyball and Badminton Rally Days. The volleyball teams all improved throughout the day, with the Year 7 girls making the final, losing narrowly in a see-sawing final. We also had several teams in the Badminton finals, but our sole victory for the day was in the Year 7 Girls Badminton, won by Isabelle Hooper and Madison Bursa. All teams competed with the usual Bayside spirit and represented the school with pride.


Joel Williamson

Years 7/8 Coordinator

SEISS Interschool Athletics Competition

On Thursday 2 November, a group of Baysiders headed to the  Knox Athletics Track to compete in the SEISS Interschool Athletics.


Our students achieved some amazing results, bringing home more achievements than we can list,  so it was no surprise that Bayside came first overall for the competition.


Well done, to all the students who competed and to all who came home with a prize.


Go Bayside!

Arts Design Tech Expo

On Thursday 2 November, ELC-Year 12 students presented a beautiful array of work

from their various creative subjects. It was wonderful to celebrate the various giftings of all our students. We were entertained by the many musical and drama items and well fed by our Food Tech students.


Thank you to all the students and teachers who contributed to this event.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator

A Taste of Secondary

Year 6 students have just completed taster sessions in the electives offered in Year 7 as part

of their transition to our Secondary School. Students have enjoyed cooking muffins, making keyrings, playing theatre sports and clay sculpting as part of these sessions. It has been fantastic to see the excitement and anticipation building among our Year 6 students as they prepare to move to Secondary School next year.


Joel Williamson

Years 7/8 Coordinator

Years 11&12 Happenings


As our school celebrates 35 years, it has been good to reflect on the years that have been. With our Years 11/12 team last week, Mrs Cooper and I enjoyed sharing some of our memories of Bayside in the last 20 years. We have certainly seen some amazing changes in the physical aspects of the College, with many new buildings and spaces, and the introduction of computers and phones to our offices  - yes, it seems we are that old! What has not changed is the commitment to journey with students, parents and staff as part of a community that seeks to honour God with all He has entrusted to our care. This time of celebration is a good opportunity to remember and be thankful for all that God has given us, and continues to bless us with everyday.


Our Year 12 VCE students have been very thankful that their exams are drawing to a close - and there have been some very content looking young people coming out of exams. Please continue to uphold them in prayer as they finish exams on Monday 20 November.

Year 11 VCE students have completed their exams this week. It is important to remind students throughout this time that exams form only part of their learning, and that their value and purpose is not defined by their results, but by their identity in Christ.


It has been wonderful to be a part of the Year 11 VCAL Assessment Panel this week, and to listen to these students share what they have learnt throughout the Semester - reflecting on their strengths as well as ways they can grow and improve their learning in the future.


On 2 November, we celebrated the creative gifts of our students at the Arts Design Technology Expo. It was lovely to be able to view the works created by all of our students, as well as sample their cooking and listen to many musical talents. Thank you to all the students who allowed us to share their work.


I look forward to seeing many of you at our final Bayside Community Market, with a touch of Christmas, on Thursday 30 November.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Year 11-12 Coordinator


Rollover will begin Tuesday 21 November. Students in Years 10 and 11 will begin their 2018 classes during this week. It is essential that all students attend throughout the rollover period.

Final Day

Our final day for Year 11 will be Tuesday 5 December. This will be a fun day out in the city, discovering all the Christmas events that Melbourne has on offer, as well as a Christmas picnic in the park.  Parents are warmly invited to join us. A letter was sent home last week with details for this day.


Presentation Night will be that evening, and students will be expected to attend in full school uniform.

Christmas Community Market   

Our Year 11 students and Year 10 VCAL students will be presenting the final Bayside Community Market on Thursday 30 November. We also have some parents, staff and younger students in the College who will be joining us with stalls. There will be food, entertainment, craft activities for the children and gifts to buy for Christmas.

Make the most of this community afternoon to get prepared for Christmas, as well as support the various charities the students’ businesses donate profits to, and to catch up with the Bayside community.

VCAL Happenings

Students have undertaken their Assessment Panel interviews this week, and it has been a privilege to be reminded of the variety of tasks and initiatives they have completed as they reflect. The panel interviews allow students to display their personal learning and collaborative strengths, while also serving as a time for students to identify areas they could further develop. Though the process serves naturally as preparation for job interviews, it has been encouraging to witness the wider self-reflective skills of the students.


Sam Waldron

VCAL Teacher

Head Cook - Lamb and Chook

The Mustard Seed Cafe is known for a rigorous training induction, exceptional standards and a comfortable setting. Year 11 student Jack Grant took the helm at the grand cafe on Friday night.


Here is a rough review of the key criteria of the night:


The service was timely,

The food: tasty; presented nicely.

The company - magnificent,

Jack was diligently vigilant.


Jack is anything but shy, and the portion sizes reflected this admirably. It’s not every day that you get to meet the star of the show after the performance, but Jack was humble enough to ensure he greeted and shared a few moments with each customer and supporter. It was a true blessing to witness Jack sharing his heart for service and hospitality in another environment.  


Sam Waldron

VCAL Teacher


Year 12 students sat their exam on Wednesday. During the holidays, they hosted students from other local schools for a revision lecture.

The Year 11 Physics students have just finished their sound extended particle investigations.

The extended investigation is an opportunity for the students to independently conduct an investigation over six periods.

The students undertook the following investigations:


Jarryd Wyatt - How does the loudness (amplitude) of sound decrease over distance?

Jacob Mahoney - Do common speech sounds have unique waves patterns?

Ethan Lock -  How long does the echo last in different sized rooms ?


Lara Cartledge

Physics Teacher


Year 11/12D Homeroom

This term in Year 11/12D, we started off by prayerfully encouraging all of our Year 12 students as they finished up at Bayside and prepared to sit their final exams. We have continued to pray for and support all of those who have had important exams during this time. The  Year 11 students have enthusiastically taken up the opportunity to lead our morning devotions, and it has been fantastic to see them  studying the Bible together and praying several mornings a week. For the remainder of the term, the homeroom is busy visiting ELC students and preparing for the always popular Community Market!


Mr Lake & Mr Waldron

Year 11/12D Homeroom Teachers

Year 12 Literature

Our Literature students have just written their Literature exam, and the prompts and passages for analysis that came up were perfect. The students were well-prepared, and our focus in the lead up to the exam was that language engagement is every bit as important as ideas. Literature essays are all about finding balance, and here, that balance meant that the students were well aware that it involved language engagement. Whether they were writing about literary criticism or a passage analysis, they knew that they had to support their interpretations with textual evidence. This required creative thinking from the students, and they had lots of fun with it in the lead up to the exam.


I will miss our chats and our discussions and the little learning community that we had formed in our Lit class. I will miss them all deeply and will continue to hold these precious students in my prayers as they enter into this new season of their lives.


Blessing in Christ.


Shirley Patterson

Literature Teacher/Head of Secondary

Trades Skills Centre

On Wednesday afternoon, 15 November,  we hosted a short information session at our new Trades Skills Centre. It was wonderful to welcome a student from another school who will join us for Kitchen Operations classes in 2018. Two VET/Careers staff from Mount Erin College also came along to have a look. 

Our 2018 enrolments for Kitchen Operations are looking good with just a few spots left in the first year course. We are still hoping for a couple more students to enrol in Agriculture to enable this course to run.

Wednesday's TSC information session was also the first opportunity that some of our new TSC staff had to meet each other. Olivia Williams will be our TSC Coordinator, along with teaching VCAL; Scott Megee and Gino Ciancio will be teaching Kitchen Operations and Food for Life; and Rose Alley will be our Agriculture trainer, including an elective unit for students in Years 9/10. 


If you'd like to know more about the opportunities for VET training at our TSC please contact Claire Dawson, Careers & VET Coordinator. 


Hip Pocket discount and closure

Our uniform supplier, Hip Pocket Mornington, are offering a 5% discount from Friday 1 December until close of business Friday 15 December. The store will be closed for Christmas-New Year from 4pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and we re-opening Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 8am.


See attached for full details.


Library Returns

The time is approaching when we will be asking students to return their book loans for our annual end-of-year stocktake. All Library books are due for return to the Library no later than Friday December 1. Now is the time to begin the checking process for any books that may be at home or in classrooms. Prompt return of any books that are no longer required for the year would be appreciated. 


Janienne Woodbridge & Jennie Champion

Teacher Librarians

Showcase Evening

Our amazing students will be performing their musical talents again at the Bayside Showcase Evening.


When: Wednesday, 22 November

Time: 6:00pm start

Where: G Block (Primary) Gym

Bus Passes for 2018 – Northern and Southern Routes

One of the services provided by Bayside Christian College over the years is a bus service to assist families in transporting students to and from the College on a daily basis.


Ventura Bus Lines provide an excellent and extensive service including stops in Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Balnarring, Bittern Station, Hastings, Tyabb, Somerville Station and Baxter in the South, with the Northern Route including stops in Pearcedale, Botanic Ridge, Langwarrin, including Southgateway, Carrum Downs and Seaford Station.


Seatbelts are provided on all buses, with compulsory seatbelt policy in place for all students.  Ventura Bus Line buses utilise PTV stops along both routes.  For enquiries about utilising either the Northern or Southern bus routes on a regular basis in 2018, contact the College Registrar, Julie Rebbeck on 5971 6709 or email: [email protected].

Host a Japanese Student

Bayside Christian College will be hosting three Japanese students in Term 1 of 2018. This is not only an amazing experience for these students themselves but also for host families. If you would be interested in hosting a student please see the attached flyer for further information.


Camp Australia Newsletter



Coles Supermarkets are running a competition to design a reusable bag. With such enormous artistic talent at Bayside it may be of interest to some of our students to enter. Follow this link.


Bayside Christian College News
Christmas closure letter 2017-2018- school.pdf
Christmas closure letter 2017-2018.pdf
Japanese students.pdf
Camp Australia.pdf