Bayside Christian College News

01 March 2018
2018 Issue 2
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College 
Years 11/12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

While it does seem like just the other day that we started this 2018 school year we have just entered autumn.


We have a significant number of community events over the next four weeks so I hope that these provide great opportunities for us to gather together to share about life, parenting, education, and how to support each of the elements of this beautiful Christian community.


Earlier this week we had over two hundred extra adults on the property as we enjoyed our annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Moving around the Primary School, it was wonderful to see people enjoying a range of activities, including a Physical Education class, before everyone sat down to a scrumptious morning tea.


Tonight, we have our annual New Parents’ Dinner. This is an opportunity to assist new families in learning more about why Bayside Christian College exists, as well as some of the support mechanisms that we have to ensure that we communicate well as we, together, look to help the children of this community learn more about how we can follow Christ across the whole of life.


Please remember that in March, as well as our Parent-Teacher Conferences on the Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15, we have an after school Community Market next Monday (5 March) and the biennial Carnival on Friday 23 March.




Christopher Prior



Pray for Bayside

Please pray for our teachers as they prepare to share with parents about the progress of the students in their classes at the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.


Pray for our Carnival Committee as they organise our Twilight Carnival on 23 March.


Pray that the VCAL students would host a successful Community Market on 5 March.


Pray for our Year 5/6 students as they head off the camp next week.



From the Deputy's Desk

What a treasured day it was on Tuesday in the Primary School, as we welcomed grandparents and special friends into the classrooms. It was marvellous to see so many grandparents visiting and enjoying games, poems and stories. My highlight was watching a Years 1/2 PE class, as the children and adults competed in some fun relays. The cheering for grandparents was so loud and encouraging. We love to have families share in the education of children and be a part of what we do here.


Next Monday is our Community Market. Straight after school, park your car and come in to see some of the goods and services produced by our students, as well as College community partners. We'd love to see you there.


Parent Conferences Reminder

Our Primary Parent-Teacher conferences and Secondary Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will take place on 14 and 15 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 this week, regarding how to use our online booking system, PTO, to make a time to meet with your children's teachers.


Please remember that Wednesday 14 March appointments start after school at 3:45pm and Thursday 15 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.

Partnering with Bayside Christian College

While Parent Conferences is a wonderful opportunity to touch base with your children's teachers, we value the opportunity to partner with you every day.  We love to hear about child successes and we are aware that sometimes things do not run smoothly, and issues arise. Parenting expert Michael Grose of "Parenting Ideas", in his article "When kids experience problems at school", has some tips for how to work through issues. The full article is here to read.

A summary of his seven main points are:

1. Be empathetic first

Kids, like adults, like to vent. They will often benefit simply from having told their side of a story to a trusted person. Listen to what they are concerned about.


2. Stay calm and take your time

Don't rush into responding, process the concern and recognise that there are usually other points of view in any situation.


3. Get the all facts...


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

On Tuesday, the Primary School was abuzz with the arrival of over 200 Grandparents and Special Friends to visit the classrooms.  They were greeted by some Year 6 leaders who then

guided them to the correct classroom, ready to join in with a variety of activities; Lego and model making in one room, interviews on a computer in another, decorating robots in Prep, participating in Indonesian and PE lessons.  At the end of the visit, there were scones, jam and cream served for morning tea. Mrs Armstrong organised the food in conjunction with the Hospitality Leaders and there were many pairs of hands, working behind the scenes, to make things run smoothly.  It is on occasions like these that we are able to celebrate being part of the Bayside community and reflect on what God has done in the past and continues to do.  We value the rich heritage of the founders of the school, and seek to honour their vision.

Some of the comments that were expressed included:  ‘what a lovely school’;  ‘what friendly, polite students’;  ‘I come to every Grandparents’ Day’; ‘school wasn’t like this in my day.’ Praise God for the blessings that He gives to us every day and how we have the freedom to speak of God’s love to each of His precious children, and work in partnership with families and friends.  


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Water in God's World

As part of our exploration of water in God's world we have been experimenting with bubbles and wondering about if bubbles are always round, what colour bubbles are and if bubbles are a solid or a liquid.


Year 5/6 W and Prep M enjoyed an afternoon of Buddies, making friends and playing together. I’m not sure who had more fun!


Now the Preps love seeing their buddy in the playground to say 'hi'! 

From The Indonesian Room

Prep students have learned about the location of Indonesia and Australia on the world map. They used playdough to replicate the islands of Indonesia and the Australian continent.

They have also learned about the colour of the Indonesian flag, and created flag bunting to display in the classroom.


As you can see from the photos, it was so much fun!

Healthy Patterns

In Prep M they are learning about patterns, and what better way than with our fruit and vegetables?!

Across the College 

From the Head of Secondary

Anxiety and School Refusal

On visiting a community club that I belong to, I got to speak with a parent who found out that I was a teacher. She then proceeded to tell me that she was at a complete loose end as she had a child who was a school refuser. She burst into tears and said that she had tried everything and was at the point of giving up in terms of being able to get her child to come to school.

Your child may not be in the same situation as this parent, but all students have at one time or another experienced varying degrees of stress and anxiety due to the challenges that school provides whether it be due to workload or friendships or even just to the pure routine of a school day.


I decided that I would do some research into strategies that I could give this lady to help her. I felt that it would also be beneficial to share these with our Bayside Community.


Whilst fears are a normal part of everyday life, anxiety is a problem when normal worries become intrusive, extreme and have an adverse effect on a child’s life.


I managed to find some really good strategies on anxiety and school refusal by Professor Michael Gordon who is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. His key message is that the treatment for school refusal is exposure to school. The longer students are away from school the harder it is to reintegrate. Three reasons for this are:

  1. A foundation of learning can be lost and students 
can feel behind academically
  2. Friendships can be difficult to re-establish
  3. The student can exaggerate the concept of returning to school more than the reality.

Professor Gordon recommends a number of practical 
strategies to assist with anxiety and school refusal:

1. School refusal is a problem: The research shows that students who do not return to school have future disadvantages with regards to academic achievements, work, relationships and social functioning. Non-attendance can lead to lowered academic success and higher risk of mental health problems. It is for this reason that if a child is showing signs of school refusal it is most important to address the problem quickly.

2.  Encourage the Stretch Zone: Picture three concentric circles. The inner circle is the comfort zone, the middle is the stretch zone and the outer is the danger zone. By default we prefer to stay in the comfort zone, but it is very important for our mental health to move into the stretch zone every day. The stretch zone varies for each individual. For some children, coming to school is in the stretch zone, but they confuse it with the danger zone. The child needs to understand that they 
are safe at school and the uncomfortable stretch feeling is important and good in the long run. 

3.  Routine: Establish a consistent routine for night-time and morning. Children need sleep to manage their emotions effectively, so a consistent early bed time is critical. Likewise, morning routine is central to arriving at school on time. Expectations drive outcomes. So if there are clear expectations and routines, children will soon stop questioning or pushing back. There is also security and safety in knowing and keeping to a set routine. 

4.  Tip the seesaw: A child experiencing anxiety and 
school refusal is in constant mental flux, like the tipping back and forth of a seesaw. It is important to tip the seesaw just enough to get the child to school. This involves frequent positive reminders and prompts from adults in the child’s life, such as the parent, teacher, counsellor or school leadership team. If the child feels all the adults in their life are encouraging the same message, the seesaw is more likely to tip towards school.

5. Changed drop off : Have a different adult drop the student to school, such as the father, neighbour, family friend or school mate. Often a school refusing child struggles with separation anxiety from the mother. So removing this separation in the morning can be advantageous.

6. Red and green apple choice: Offer the child choice, but the outcome will still be to return to school. So they can choose who takes them to school, where they are dropped off, which teacher will meet them at the gate or whether they participate in all lessons during the day. These choices are like selecting a red or green apple - the child must still choose an apple (coming to school) but they have a sense of a control.

7. Be aware of difficult days: The research shows that returning to school after a holiday period or after the weekend is always the hardest. Therefore, anticipate that Monday will be more difficult
 and put in place a plan that sets the child up for success.

8. Shared Locus Of Control: Imagine a line that has ‘Parents’ at one end and ‘School’ at the other. Where on the line does the responsibility lie to assist a child with anxiety and school refusal? Professor Gordon believes that it is a shared responsibility. Therefore, schools and parents must work together in partnership.

9. Mirror Neurons: Children look to adults to moderate their behaviour. Research on mirror neurons has shown us that children will reflect
 or mirror anxiety displayed by adults. Therefore, as the child dials up the anxiety, the adult needs to dial down. Anxiety is highly contagious. So as the adult we need to become increasingly calm or de-escalate as the child gets anxious or escalates.

10. Menu: When dealing with anxiety and school refusal, children have a menu they can choose from. They have the option of healthy 
or unhealthy ‘food’ choices. For example, when feeling anxious a healthy food choice might be to have a bath, do some exercise, read a book or talk to an adult. An unhealthy food choice might be to hide in your bedroom or throw a tantrum. It is important for children to tell an adult if they are anxious so they can choose a healthy option from the menu. If they decide to just show by negative or unproductive behaviours, they are choosing an unhealthy option from the menu.

11. Internal Dialogue: A key to changing a child’s perspective on school is their internal dialogue. It can be helpful to decide on four or five key phrases that the child needs to repeat in their head when they are anxious. For example: ‘I can control my nerves’; ‘I’ve been to school 1000 times before and I can do it again’; ‘Nothing bad is going to happen to mum and dad’; ‘I can get out the car’. A good exercise to establish these thinking routines is to have a table of positive and negative thoughts. The child brainstorms all the negative thoughts that they ruminate upon and then the child and parent create a list of counteractive positive thoughts. When driving to school, the parent can prompt the child to say these positive thoughts out loud.

12. We Agree: When speaking to the child, all the adults need to be on the same page when dealing with school refusal or anxiety more broadly. Parents or teachers may be in disagreement as to the exact strategies or causes for anxiety or school refusal. Conversations to agree on the plan or approach must be done with the adults and away from the child. There can be robust discussion between the adults. However, with the child present there needs to be a unified approach with little wriggle room. This creates a sense of safety and trust for the child because all the adults are saying ‘we agree’.

13. Tag Team: Managing anxiety and school refusal is emotionally and physically exhausting. At times it can feel unsolvable. Therefore, use the adults in the child’s life to tag-team. When mum is exhausted and can’t push any more, allow dad to step in with fresh energy. Research shows greatest successes come from a team approach.

14. Which Key: Treatment of school refusal is first and foremost exposure to school. However, there are a number of strategies that might be effective in tipping the seesaw so that the child is able to move into the stretch zone and regularly attend school. A helpful illustration is a set of keys. There are many keys or strategies that can be used. It can take a while to work out which key is most effective. Parents and teachers need to collaboratively make a plan that might involve trying a number of keys before seeing success. Effective management of anxiety and school refusal necessitates a growth mindset. Students, teachers and parents must exercise determination, persistence, resilience and grit. Real growth takes place when students push through anxiety to overcome personal challenges. Growth and learning involves struggle. Feeling anxious and overwhelmed is an opportunity for real growth, as children are at the edge of their competence and entering the stretch zone. It is vital that parents and teachers project a sense of hope and expected growth for the child that they can overcome their anxiety and flourish at school.


I hope that some of these strategies will prove to be useful for your family not only for school refusal but also for helping to manage anxiety in your child wherever it may lie on the continuum.



e-Teaching May 2017 (14) –ACEL by Emma Clemens, Deputy Head of Primary, Emanuel School, Randwick. Think Teach Learn -


Blessings in Christ


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary


Badging of SRC

On Monday 19 February, Mrs Toni Steinbergs (Deputy Principal) and Mr Joel Williamson (Years 7/8 Co-ordinator)  presented the SRC leaders for 2018 their badges. 


Secondary House Swimming Carnival

Our Swimming Carnival was held on Thursday 15 February at Mornington Secondary School.


Each year, the level of the students' enthusiasm in terms of dressing up in House colours, making banners and practising House chants has increased. We have found that this in turn has provided an added incentive for increased student participation in the various races.

Green House (Believers) took away the trophy this year. The secret to their success was that the House Captains ensured that a swimmer filled each and every one of their events. In this way, Green House managed to accumulate points for every race and thereby secure a strong victory. Yellow House came in 2nd and Red House 3rd. Congratulations must go to all of the swimmers who gave their very best on the day.


Andy Lancaster planned the Carnival exceptionally well, which meant that there was time for both student and staff relays. These relays generated a great deal of House spirit. In the student versus teacher relay, the teachers still proved themselves to be fit enough to take away the prize!

Thanks also needs to go to all the swimmers, House Captains, timers, marshals, officials, organisers, first-aiders, lifeguards, photographers, disciplinarians, ribbon givers, encouragers and all the other roles that people played at the Carnival.


We now look forward to our swimmers giving their very best at the forthcoming Interschool Swimming Carnival, which will take place on Tuesday 13 March.


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary


Students in Years 7-9 enter the Chromebook program under a College lease arrangement. The Chromebook provides access to the Google suite, where students can store all of their work, access class instructions and resources through Google Classroom, submit work through either Classroom or our learning management system, Edumate. They can also access online textbooks and resources from their booklist.


Years 10-12 students have the option of bringing in their own device (BYOD) to be connected with the school network. If you are considering this as an option for the future, please have a look at the school website (Parents > BYOD > Approved devices) to find out more.


Joel Kong

eLearning Manager

A day of Poetry

Poetry is the best words in the best order - Samuel Coldridge


That was the order of the day for our Year 7 students who enjoyed workshops run by guest poet Cameron Semmens. Students were thrilled to hear a live performance of Fruits 39 (a well loved classic of Cameron’s), and worked on creating the most vivid and interesting Dylan Thomas Portrait poem that they could come up with and perform in their writing workshops.


The Solage


Poet came

Wasn’t lame



Poetry writing

Brain enlightening



Poetry writing

Cameron sighting



Dylan Thomas Portraits


Have you ever cut your head open?







Jasmine Gleed 


Have you ever been in a traffic jam?






Gavin Lin 

Our friends from Japan

This year, we have three Japanese exchange students studying English at Bayside Christian College during Term 1. Shota, Takaya and Ryosuke are in the AIIU immersion program in Year 10. 

They have settled in well to Australian school life and are enjoying their home-stay with their very kind host families.


There was eager anticipation of the Year 10 camp where they had many first-time experiences like getting close up to a stingray while snorkelling! The camp provided the three boys with a wonderful opportunity to meet their classmates in a more relaxed setting and helped them to form friendships with their new school friends and teachers. They even participated in the talent show, with Ryosuke taking out first prize with his karate demonstration and Shota and Takaya receiving third place with their school song.


As well as this, all three boys participated in the College Swimming Carnival with Ryosuke coming first in the 50m breaststroke! I'm so impressed with their attitude to try anything.


Last week, the three boys visited the ELC and, while unsure of how to interact at first, they soon relaxed, happily chatting to the Bayside students while helping them at play. We hope to return there again during the term.


There was also an interaction in the Food Technology room with Mr Ciancio's Years 9/10 class, once again fitting in with the lesson and happily interacting with Bayside students while making 'Gourmet Savoury Squares'. 


I have also taken them out of the school on Tuesdays to give them an sctive English lesson. We visited the Moonlit Sanctuary where they loved feeding the wallabies and kangaroos.  They all, very bravely, touched a python for the first time, and Ryo actually had it draped over his shoulders for a photo!


Earlier this week we went strawberry picking on the Peninsula and they snacked on strawberry smoothies, ice cream and other delicacies while practising their English conversation skills and playing a game of 'Eye Spy' in the car.


We are looking forward to the next few weeks to see how much their English progresses with many more interactions planned.


Zina Ferrarin

Group Co-ordinator

Australian Institute of International Understanding (AIIU)

Years 11/12 Happenings

Years 11/12 Update

Week 5, and school is well under way! Our Years 11 and 12 students are working hard - most VCE students have now completed their first Outcome  and VCAL students are developing their first major events, as well as preparing for the Community Market on Monday 5 March.


It has been exciting to see and hear from the students about the community groups that they are developing. The range is vast, with students engaging with their many varied gifts to serve others. Students are currently working on ironing out the details for their groups so that they can get started. Some of the lunchtime groups have already begun, which has been fabulous to see.


This week I met with our Captains and Prefects for lunch. It was so encouraging to listen to them share their faith, challenges and their heart for Bayside - I encourage all students to connect with and support this group of leaders as they step into their roles this year.


As we hit the halfway mark for Term 1, stress levels are starting to increase for some students. Below is an excerpt from the weekly Years 11/12 bulletin. Please continue to encourage students to face challenges and ask for support when they need it.


“Challenges are there to be overcome. Remember that you are never alone. God promised that He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Deuteronomy 31:6 says “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you" .


You are also a part of a community of people who care about you and are here to support you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, prayer or just to talk.


Proverbs 3:6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”


The Years 11/12 teaching team is looking forward to meeting with parents again at the Parent Conferences on March 14-15. Years 11/12 students are expected to be involved in these meetings.


We also look forward to seeing everyone at the first Bayside Community Market for this year next Monday 5 March from 3:15-4:15pm. Please come along and support all the students who are running stalls in order to raise funds for a range of causes. We welcome any parents or other members of the Bayside community who would like to run a stall. Please contact me if this is you!


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Co-ordinator

Community Market

Some of our stalls:


Fresh 2 Go

Fresh 2 Go will be at the market! This is the first market of the year so we have got a lot in store! Come down, grab a bite to eat from us and enjoy the arvo!


Face Painting


Holly and Marina from Year 11 are running a face painting stall with prices ranging from $5 to $12. The purpose is to bring the community together and have a fun environment for young kids. The money raised will go towards the Thailand mission trip. Hope we see you there.


Tiny Treats

Tiny Treats is a business run by Matthew Wells and Hannah Hayes. We will be selling desserts such as brownies, cupcakes and yoyos at the market stall on Monday in G Block. Our funds are going towards a charity named Kids with Cancer and we are giving 50% of our funds towards them.



We sell boxes, candles, lemonade, leather polish

We support the

Breast Cancer Foundation.


Smooth Smoothies

Tom McLean and Bahlin Wishart will be doing fruit smoothies. We do have competition in the smoothie and milkshake area (cafe culture) run by some of the Year 11s. They also do good products but we must say that our smoothies are beyond unbeatable! So look out for two good looking roosters making milkshakes and smoothies and we will whip you up a little something. Happy to sign autographs also.

Zac n Dan’s ice cream   

Come and join our spectacular stall after school on 4 March between the times of 3:15-4:15pm, and you know it’s gonna be super cool (wink). Come and get our cold ice-cream - only $1.50 with toppings... I know you're going to want the topping, (come on) you know I would!

Don’t forget…

Bayside Community Market 

Monday 5 March 3:15-4:15pm

Home Groups/Community Groups

The first few weeks of Term 1 have been both busy and exciting as the Years 11/12 Home Groups prepare for the Community Market, College Carnival and their Community Service Groups. All students in Years 11 and 12 are involved in the Community Service initiative, with students coming up with their own ways to use their God-given gifts and talents to bless and support both the Bayside community and the local community as a whole.


It has been exciting to see how enthusiastically the students have committed to their projects! These initiatives include bands, Bible study groups, sports competitions and a food bank.


We are looking forward to seeing the Years 11/12 students grow as they share their gifts and work together to contribute to the life of the College.


Mr Jonathan Lake - Home Group teacher

Words from our Captains

The weeks have flown past for Years 11 and 12s, and I have no doubt it is the same for all the other year levels too. This week, the prefects and captains met together to discuss areas in the College that need improving or addressing, with hopes to bring the Primary and Secondary Schools closer and start getting to know the younger Secondary years. We are excited for our plans to come into motion in the near future and to see good changes happening throughout the school.


Annabelle Hames & Grace Gaskell

College Captains

Subject in Focus - Mathematical Methods 

How to Love Maths

An article inspired by my Year 11 Maths Methods class.


I know for some of you this heading may seem like an oxymoron: how can I love Maths when it makes me feel this  way?

One of my students was found by his parent:writing out a question he’d already completed in class. The student commented “This is my favourite Maths question”.

The joy I felt in hearing this centred on the fact that this student was developing passion for my subject; the reason: because the skills he learned had turned something convoluted into something simple. The beauty and wonder of what “God”, the creator of Maths, is capable of achieving: turning ugly to beautiful.


I am reminded of a conversation Mrs Mathews had with one of her Biology students: “How do I do well in this subject?” Her answer (borrowed from her own mother): “Get interested!”


In an email from one of my Year 8 parents referring to her child: “… she had a big smile when I mentioned Maths and she said she loves her Maths teacher as he is so passionate about Maths. She said the lunchtime class was great!” Passion inspires! How else could a lunchtime class be considered great?


I know it may seem like a challenge, and this article is not entirely about Maths, but I encourage you, parent and student alike, find ways to become passionate about what you are doing and you will succeed.


A tangent is a straight line which “just touches” a curve at a point.  “Going off on a tangent” means to start saying something that is not directly connected with what you were saying before, moving away from the original point. Often this can be considered a waste of time, but sometimes valuable experiences can be had when you allow yourself to go on a tangent, as I have done here.


Paul Mathews

Maths Methods Teacher

Year 12 English?

Year 12 VCE English students enjoyed reading and analysing children's picture books, relating them to the study of our current text.

From the Careers Desk….

Students and parents are reminded that they can make appointments to see Ms Claire Dawson, Careers Co-ordinator, via her new booking system:  


She will be catching up with Year 12 students later this term to begin conversations about plans for 2019 and beyond!

Basketball Rally Day

On Monday 19 February, a selected group of girls from Years 11 & 12 travelled to Pakenham to compete in the Basketball Rally Day against four other schools. Despite not being the best basketball players, all of the girls played to their strengths and gave it everything and were able to enjoy the day.


Thanks to Dave Lomulder for coaching us to NBA level! 


Annabelle Hames - Year 12 Student

Girls lunchtime group

Girls Group runs on a Tuesday afternoon and is an opportunity for Years 7-12 females to build a stronger relationship with one another and with God - through weekly devotions, food to snack on and advice on life and any situation the girls would like to talk about. This group is run by two Year 12 girls, Shanae McGillivray and Kristen Mackenzie, Tuesday lunch times in S4.


Kristen Mackenzie - Year 12

Poet Visit - Year 11

Year 11 VCE English and Literature students were treated with a visit from renowned ​Christian poet, Cameron Semmens.


Students enjoyed Cameron's performances and produced their own poetic creations during the workshop.

Boys Group

We had a really great start with Boys Group last Monday, and Lachie and I would love for you to come down on Monday at lunch to come and see us make some new friends older or younger. We have snacks every week, play some games, meet new people and we want to get to know you better. So if you don’t have anything on at lunch feel free to come up to U3 at lunch time on a Monday and have a good time.


Callum Osterberg- Year 11 Student

VCAL Escape rooms excursion

On Tuesday 13 February, the Years 11 & 12 VCAL students headed to the Escape Rooms in Mornington to have a go at trying to escape the rooms! This activity really helped us with team-building and problem-solving skills. We were put into groups of about 6 or 7 and we had to work our way out of the puzzles and codes that were in the rooms. It was good to work with people that we may not have talked to much.


Amy Wakely - Year 11 Student


Camps, Sport & Excursions Fund

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card from Centrelink you may be eligible to claim a CSEF payment. Please see attached for application and details:


Travel Conveyance

If you live more than 4.8km from the College you may be eligible for a travel payment. Please come the the College Office to enquire.

Details Forms Now Due

The Family and Student Annual Details Checks (purple forms) sent to families at the end of last year are now due to be returned. These important forms are used to update contact and medical details in Edumate. If you have misplaced your family’s forms please contact the College Office.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher and Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday 14 March 3:45-8:00pm and Thursday March 15 1:45-8:00pm. All login details have been emailed to parents. Please contact either Hilary Mahoney or Trish Longhurst if you have any issues with making bookings.


Please note: all students in Prep-Year 12 will finish at 1:00pm on Thursday 15 March. After-School Care is available from 1:00pm.

Twilight Carnival 23 March

Preparations are well underway for our Twilight Carnival on Friday 23 March from 4-8pm. Each class has just been allocated a stall to run, so be on the lookout for details of how you can help.

We have a trailer in the staff car park now accepting your Trash and Treasure items and second hand books. Please ensure all items donated are in good condition.


As a major community fundraising event, parents and friends are invited to showcase their business, craft or hobby at the Carnival. Please contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams, if you’d like to be involved in this way: [email protected].


Ride wristbands are now on sale online or from the College Office. Pre-purchased wristbands are the most cost-effective way for children to enjoy the rides so make sure to get yours!


Second Hand Uniform Shop

The College second hand uniform shop, located in room ELC12 (near Primary playground), is open each Wednesday afternoon during school term from 3:20-3:40pm.


Second hand uniform items for sale or donation can be left at the shop during opening hours or at the College Office.

To contact the shop outside opening hours, please call 5971 6746 (answering service – please leave a message) or email [email protected].

Jogging club days have changed

Jogging Club is now held on:


Tuesdays 1:10-1:35pm and Fridays 8:15am-8:45am.


All students are welcome and parents and guardians are invited to attend the Friday morning session.


Please come along as it is a great way to burn energy and get active, not to mention an easy way to get to know new people and Mr Klan!

2019 Enrolments

Bayside Christian College is now accepting enrolments for 2019. If you have any friends or family interested in finding out about Christian education, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Julie Rebbeck, on 5971 6709 or [email protected].


School Banking

Welcome back to all of our wonderful bankers. Our first day of banking was 13 February, with banking every school Tuesday thereafter. Have a look for the poster in the community noticeboard to see all of the wonderful new rewards available this year. The bank is offering a grand prize this year being a trip for a family of two adults and up to three children to Hawaii, including airfares and accommodation. All you need to do to go into the draw is make 15 deposits  before the end of Term 3. Happy saving!

Adolescent Mental Wellbeing Series - New Peninsula Baptist Church




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