Bayside Christian College News

28 November 2019
2019 Issue 18
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

Partnership is Paramount

Monday night saw the Senior Class of 2019 celebrated at the Valedictory Dinner. One of the most poignant messages that I took away from this wonderful event was the importance of the College-parent partnership all the way through to Year 12. As a learning community that is passionate about nurturing young people and helping prepare them for service in the world, we recognise that the nurturing process cannot and should not be done in isolation from parents and carers. We know from years of experience that it is only together, and with God’s grace, we can help young people grow into the people they are called to be. We also recognise that when it comes to growing children, we don’t get too many second chances, so it is essential to get it right the first time.


I have often said the most dangerous place for students is the grey area between home and school. This grey area is the space that is created when home and school are not sufficiently connected. The more we can reduce the grey area between home and school, the more effectively we can encourage and support students in their journey through school. The most effective way to reduce this grey area is for parents and staff to be on the same page, for parents and staff to know, and come to trust each other, as together we seek to teach and prepare our young people. It is very powerful when students experience the support and strength of the relationship that has been intentionally built between parents and teachers effectively partnering together.


We have many tools that help us partner together: email, notes, phones, and face to face meetings all help reduce the grey area. The College newsletter, Facebook page, Parent-Teacher Conference, Bayside Family Network, information nights and a myriad of other events provide opportunities for staff and parents to meet and get to know each other better, further strengthening the parent-staff relationship, and reduce the grey area between home and school. 


The difficulty in all of this I recognise is time. Time, or the lack of it, is as big an issue for staff as it is parents. There are many things that take up our time and, as such, we often find ourselves dealing with things as they become urgent rather than when they come to our attention (often as smaller issues) initially. When it comes to working with children, not starting to address issues early often means that little issues become big problems, creating unnecessary heartache in the long run.


As we begin to think about starting a new year together, it is important that we begin to get our relationships right and ensure that the grey area between home and school is as small as possible. This is one of the reasons that next week, the Primary students are going to spend time with next year's teachers, and that Year 10 and 11 have been participating in Rollover. Good relationships can make all the difference in the world. 


Please take the opportunity to know who your children’s teachers are, meet them and get to know them. Talk with them about your children in the confidence that they too are passionate about your children’s education and want to partner with you in helping them grow and flourish.


It has been a pleasure partnering with you this year and I look forward to partnering with you next year as we continue to work together to help our amazing young people discover what it means to thrive as responsive disciples.


Andrew Manning



Pray for Bayside

Please pray for our upcoming Orientation and Transition Day on Monday 2 December, that staff and students would be at ease as they meet new teachers and make new friends.


Pray for our new students and staff for 2020, that they would prepare to join us with a sense of anticipation and excitement.


Please pray that we would finish the year well; for successful celebrations and appropriate recognition for a great 2020 at Bayside.


Pray in thanks for the wonderful grounds and facilities that we enjoy here at Bayside, including the exciting progress on our new Arts Centre on the North Campus.

From the Deputy's Desk

Farewell Class of 2019

The Bayside Christian College mission is to 'partner with parents to nurture and prepare responsive disciples of Jesus Christ'. One of the greatest celebrations of this is at the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner. We have the joy of seeing the fruition of that partnership, whether it has been 13 years since Prep, or only a few years since joining the College in Year 7 or later. On Monday night, I watched as our Class of 2019 spoke of the blessings of their Christian education and the hope of their God-inspired calling for the future. These young adults articulated what it meant to them to have such a sure foundation - not just educationally, but spiritually, emotionally, and morally. We pray God's continual call upon them and His hand of guidance over the next part of their journeys. Congratulations and farewell Class of 2019.


Primary Staffing and Class lists

In addition to new staff announced in the last newsletter, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs Carolyn Johnson who will be joining the Primary team in 2020.


This week families of Primary School students will receive notification of the students' allocated teachers and classes for 2020. They will meet the rest of their class on Orientation Day next Monday 2 December. Please see the Primary News section for more information.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

From the College Office

Holiday Closure

The College office will be closed from 3pm on Tuesday 17 December until 9am Monday 13 January 2020. Admin staff thank you for your support throughout the year and trust that you have a blessed Christmas season.



There are still many families who have not returned their Student Annual Details Checks, Image Consent form and 2020 Payment Arrangement form. They were posted to families on 18 September in an A4 envelope.

All of these forms are necessary and must be returned to the office as soon as possible. Please contact the office if you have misplaced them and require another copy.



Booklists for Secondary students were sent home with the eldest child on Friday 15 November (Years 7-10) and Tuesday 19 November for Year 11. 


Stationery requirements (cost covered in the tuition fee) have been ordered by the College and will be distributed to students in classes at the beginning of Term 1 next year. Parents will, however, need to supply a pencil case with writing supplies, and a set of headphones of choice.


The Second Hand Book Sale is on Friday 6 December from 3.30-6.00pm in the College library. Refer to buyer and seller information which has been included with the booklists.


There are no booklists for Primary students – all texts and stationery (cost included in the tuition fee) will be distributed by teachers during class time next year.


2020 School Fees

2020 Fees Statements were emailed to families last week. Please let us know ASAP if you did not receive yours.


Most payment options start in December. Weekly/Fortnightly/Monthly are due on Friday 6 December and Termly/Half Yearly/ Yearly on Friday 13 December. Please remember payment made via EFT or Direct Debit is eligible for a discount. There are no discounts for BPAY/Credit Card/EFTPOS transactions. NO CASH will be accepted at the office for school fees.

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

There are so many exciting things happening!

Celebration of Learning: all Primary classes, Thursday 28 November 9:00-9:30am. Please come in and celebrate student learning this term.


Class Notification: letters have been sent out this week notifying parents of their child(ren)’s class and teacher/s for next year. Teachers will also tell any children who don’t know their new class on Friday afternoon 29 November.


Primary Classroom Teachers for 2020

Prep T - Miss Jennie Taylor

Prep M - Mrs Donna Martin/Mrs Anna Lam

1/2P - Mr Jordan Partridge

1/2B - Mrs Nicole Bolden

1/2J - Mrs Carolyn Johnson (and Mrs Jo Moore, part-time from Term 2)

3/4C - Mrs Maree Coates

3/4K - Mr Nigel Kuipers

3/4T - Mrs Tammie Chester

5/6E - Mr Chris Elkington/Mr Russell Svigos

5/6M - Mrs Monique Manning

5/6R - Mrs Fiona Ryan/Mr Russell Svigos

5/6W - Miss Sara Wright/Mr Russell Svigos


Transition Day - Monday 2 December

Students will spend from 9am to 1pm meeting their new classmates and teacher for 2020. There will be no Primary assembly on this day.


Sports Uniforms are to be worn by all Primary Students during the day of Thursday 5 December.


Primary Celebration Evening - 6:45 for 7:00pm start on Thursday 5 December - formal Summer Uniform to be worn.


Primary Dance - Friday 6 December - casual clothes can be worn for the day.


Final Bank Day - Tuesday 3 December


Years 5/6 Students have swimming lessons on Tuesday 3, Thursday 5 and Friday 6 and their Water Safety Day on Wednesday 4 December. On Friday 6 they will return in time for the Primary Dance.


Year 6 Graduation - Monday 9 December


God bless,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary


Moonlit Sanctuary

The Prep students had a wonderful time visiting the Moonlit Sanctuary. The students discovered more about mammals, reptiles and birds. Some highlights included feeding the wallabies and ducks, laughing at the emu scoffing food, and being up close to some lizards and snakes! Thank you to all the parents who came to help on the day. 


Jennie Taylor

Prep Teacher


Thank you

On Wednesday afternoon, 27 November, in our Primary school, we held an afternoon tea as a thank you to all the parent helpers in the Primary area. We appreciate all that you do. From camps, excursions, athletics days, reading in the classroom, laminating, school banking and so much more.


The staff and students thank you.



Across the College

Music Showcase Evenings

Tuesday 19 November & Wednesday 20 November were the biannual 'Music Showcase Evenings', where students were able to share what musical work they have been learning this semester with their family and friends. There were performances on guitar, keyboard, drums, voice, violin, cello and trumpet, as well as some wonderful performances by small ensembles, including the Primary Choir, 'Bluebells', 'Hummingbirds' and the String Ensemble. It was another amazing pair of evenings which again showcased the musical talent of our upcoming generation of musicians, and the effort which they had all put into preparing their performances.

Thanks are due again to our amazing instrumental teachers, Rach Lomulder (voice), Sarah Roberts (piano), Beck Mulholland (drums), Jacob Mahoney (guitar) and Emma Rogers (woodwind) for all the work they have done with the students this year. This evening also couldn't have run without the help of Tim Mann in organising the sound system, as well as all the volunteers who pitched in to help. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to making these concerts such a success!


Dave Mallen

Music Coordinator



As we say farewell for 2019 to our fantastic Year 10 Agriculture students, we are finishing off our projects like mulching the vegetable gardens, swapping winter to summer varieties and preparing everything for the hot weather.

The Year 9 students will soldier on and tackle the artistic design on the newly finished chicken coop - those Bantam hens will have a very colourful new home! 

The Agriculture department looks forward to next year having our Years 7 & 8 as well as Years 9 & 10. 


Ulli Austermann

Agriculture Teacher

Year 9 Outdoor Ed take to the track

On Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 November, the Year 9 OES class went on the awesome mountain bike riding camp at Lysterfield, the You Yangs and at Red Hill.

Epic times were had, huge air was achieved and some exciting crashes were survived. The weather threw everything at us - constant rain, gale force winds and even hail - the students survived it all, and it was true testament to their characters that they pushed on and didn’t complain once.

Well done to all students for their fantastic efforts and to Andy Lancaster for winning the ‘cash of the trip’ award, with Aiden coming runner up.


Daniel Briglia

OES Teacher 

Year 7 OES Camping with the Drop Bears

On Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November, Year 7 OES class set off of on the overnight adventure of the year.


The students hiked into Bear Gully in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park where we camped for the night. We even had a real ‘drop bear’ experience, with a koala falling out of a tree and landing on a tent!

The next day we had an epic rock scramble back to the bus. The students did an amazing job with lots of fantastic teamwork and encouragement.


Well done to all the students and a huge thank you to the parent helpers who joined us. 


Daniel Briglia


Years 11/12 Happenings


As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on all that has been in 2019.


This year, our Years 11 & 12 students have been blessed to move into the beautiful facilities at North Campus. Together with teachers, they have created a warm and inviting atmosphere, built outdoor areas, expressed their musical talents and opened up a cafe. They have studied together, laughed together and grown closer to God and each other. As teachers, we have been honoured to be a part of their journey.


On Monday night we farewelled our Year 12 students at their Valedictory evening. Their beautiful speeches, and those of the parents, reflected the way in which, as a College, we are able to partner together to truly grow young people in Christ who will serve God and His kingdom. We pray God's richest blessings on them as they continue on their life journey.

Over the last couple of weeks, it has been a joy to welcome the incoming Years 9 & 10 students. Students were involved in two days of induction and workshops investigating Christian worldview and resilience. This week they began their VCE & VCAL subjects for 2020. Next week, students will end the year with activity days and Presentation Night on Tuesday 3 December.


We look forward to seeing Years 11 & 12 students back at school next year and ready for the 2020 camp.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator



Canteen Closure

Please note: the College Canteen will be closing for the year on Friday 6 December.

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TEAR Australia

TEAR's Useful Gifts Catalogue was born in 1994 and, quite by accident, became one of the world's most successful fundraising concepts. Having had a stall for the past two years, this time we are running a 'virtual' shop. If you're not familiar with the concept please have a look: these clever cards really capture what the spirit of Christmas is all about!


If you have friends, family and colleagues to purchase gifts for and know they already have everything they need, why not consider blessing someone else instead? 

You can find our shop here and there will be a small display promoting the concept at today's Community Market. Gifts start at $5 (e.g. a chicken) and there is a huge range to choose from! All proceeds support the work of the Christian aid & relief organisation TEAR.  

Camp Australia Newsletter


Dobsons Extended Trading Period 2019-2020

In addition to regular Monday and Thursday trading, the Dobsons uniform shop will be open the following additional/adjusted hours before the end of the year:

  • Monday 2 December (Orientation Day) 8.30am-4.00pm
  • Thursday 12 December (Last Day) 1-4pm

Extended January can be found in the attachment:

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

Discounted Spray Jackets

The College has acquired some limited stock of spray jackets from our previous uniform supplier. Jackets in sizes 2 and 4 are available for purchase for $25, and jackets in sizes XS, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL are available for $30 (size 10 sold out!) - from the College office only. Spray jackets can be worn until the end of 2021, including in the ELC.

2020 Twilight Carnival

Make sure to keep bringing in your pre-loved items in good condition to sell at our Trash & Treasure and Second Hand Book Stalls. The storage container is in place and ready to receive your items (come via reception)!


We are also keen to hear from anybody who would like to run a stall at Carnival to feature their own business or hobby. Please contact Ginny Buchanan for more details.





Updating our website testimonials - can you help?

We're currently on the search for some updated testimonials for our College website:


Please email me if you'd be willing to contribute some text (we can help you with this) and a family photo.


Thanks in advance for your support!


Ben Williams
Community Development Officer

Bayside Christian College News
2019 VCAL Rollover Christmas Hamper Drive.pdf
Congratulations Graduating Students.docx
Camp Australia Newsletter.pdf
Extended Trade BCC.pdf