Bayside Christian College News

12 December 2019
2019 Issue 19
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Secondary News
Bayside Christian College
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Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

There is a very palatable shift in the air. A shift that leaves no question that the end of the year is fast approaching and the Christmas holidays are here. The days are warming, summer beckons and I find myself writing my final piece for the newsletter. 


Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the encouragement and support you have given me this year. It has been a joy to join the Bayside community and I am very much looking forward to continuing the journey with you next year.


As I have shared at the presentation evenings over the past weeks, I think that it has been a good year for us at the College. And my prayer is that 2020 will be another good year. It is also my hope that you be truly blessed this Christmas. Christmas is an incredible time to reconnect with family and friends as we celebrate God's greatest gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ. 


But no Christmas newsletter is complete without a good cartoon or parting poem. So let me leave you with one of my favourite Christmas poems, and a cartoon supplied by a student (who could not work out why his Dad thought it was so funny!):


Once upon a time, A long, long time ago.

Begins the story of a baby, That most of you should know.

His daddy's name was Joseph, and Mary was His mom.

This babe was very special, He was God's only Son.


Some angels came from heaven, And they began to sing.

To the shepherds in the fields below, "Glad tidings do we bring!"


A bright star lit the heavens, to light the magi's way.

To the baby in the manger, who was born on Christmas day.


And all who gathered round Him, rejoiced and praised His birth.

For the babe, the King, named Jesus, is our Saviour here on earth!


So as we celebrate Christmas with candy and presents and more. Remember we have a Savior, giving us life evermore.


Please stay safe across the break and I look forward to catching up with you in a few week's time.


Merry Christmas,


Andrew Manning




Poem - Leanne Guenther

Pray for Bayside

Pray in thanks for Christmas - that Jesus humbled Himself to come to the earth, to dwell among us, and to die for our restoration.


Please pray for all our families - for safety, rest and refreshing over the summer break.


Pray in thanks for a fabulous year at Bayside - for our wonderful learning community.


Please pray for our property, maintenance and ICT teams - as everybody else takes a big break during the upcoming holidays, they are busily preparing the College for the new school year.

From the Deputy's Desk

Another year over!


When our children are young, they rely on structure and routine to learn to trust the predicable, to become organised with routine, and to develop confidence knowing what to expect. However, the end of the year always brings with it transition and change. Our children all progress to a new year level, or even to a new beginning for our seniors who go off to work or further study. 


Of course, the Bible tells us that God never changes, yesterday, today, and forever he is the God who is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (Psalm 145:8–9). So even amidst a changing world, we can trust in God's constant love.


I pray for each family, that this Christmas is a time of refreshing, renewing, and finding God's unchanging love with family and friends. And I pray that as you rest and renew, that the changes of the new year will bring you new adventures and much joy. Many blessings to you all in this holy season.



Reports will be added to Edumate by the end of school on Thursday 12 December. You will need to use your parent account details to log in and view reports. If you have forgotten your login, please click "Can't login?" on the Edumate login screen (accessible from the College parent portal) and follow the prompts to reset your account.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

College Office 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.


The following forms are overdue and should be returned to the office before the summer break:

  • Student Annual Details Check
  • Students Image Consent Form
  • 2020 Payment Arrangement Form
  • Secondary camp forms
  • Secondary ICT forms
  • Secondary book lists (can be completed online).

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

There have been many end-of-year events and celebrations in the Primary School during December. On Monday 2 December, the students were able to spend the morning visiting their new class teacher and meeting their fellow classmates for 2020.


Last Thursday 5 December, the Primary Celebration Evening was held. Every student had the opportunity to participate in a musical item on the stage, the Drumming Group and Choir performed “Little Drummer Boy’’, some awards were given, and the 2020 Primary Student Leaders were presented with their badges. The final musical item was performed by the Bluebirds who sang “Speechless”. Thank you to all those who attended this special event and worked behind the scenes.


The Primary School Dance was held during the day this year, and it was a very enjoyable and energetic event led by Zacc Klan. He had been teaching the dances as part of the PE curriculum, and it was a great culmination to these lessons. Thank you to the Dance Committee who organised this event.


On Monday 9 December, the G- lock Gym was transformed into a 'World of Colour' for the Year 6 Graduation, by a hard working team of Year 6 parents. Fairy lights, and lots of bright colour, really set the scene. The formalities began in U Block, where the Year 6 students demonstrated their new dancing skills, a graduation speech was delivered by our Principal, Andrew Manning, presentations of graduation photos were made, and then the students were ‘handed over’ to Joel Williamson, the Head of Junior Secondary for 2020. A delicious finger food supper was then served in the G Block Gym, prepared by Karissa Gaskell and her band of willing helpers. It was wonderful to observe the chatter and interactions that went on amongst the parents and students as they celebrated the students’ time in Primary School. Sara Wright, along with the other Years 5/6 teachers, did a wonderful job preparing the students for the event. 


Every student in the Primary School is expected to be involved in holiday reading. It is hoped that parents/carers will support the students to do lots of reading over the break.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who support the Primary School, who go out of their way to contribute positively in a variety of ways to enhance the community life. It is such a blessing to be able to help support students as they move through the school and to observe how they develop and grow.


It was a pleasure to collect all the Christmas hamper drive items together as a Primary School this morning, our last day for the school year. What a joy it is to bless those in need and to serve our local community in this way.


On behalf of all of the staff and students in the Primary School, I would like to wish all our Bayside community a very blessed Christmas. May you know the joy and peace that the birth of Jesus brings, both at Christmas and throughout 2020 - the most precious gift of all. 



May God bless you,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Congratulations to all Year 6 Students - from Camp Australia


Water Safety in Years 5/6

Last Wednesday 4 December, the Years 5/6 students went to Mills Beach for their Water Safety Day.


We headed on a group walk down a beach track while we waited for the waves and weather to calm down. When we arrived back after the waves had finely calmed down, we launched into the activities, which included: CPR, beach activities, surf lifesaving, and rescues.


After this, we had lunch and everyone wanted to buy food from the kiosk. In the lunch break, a few students dug a really deep hole with shovels. Soon after, Mr Klan made the announcement for the combined Iron boy and Iron girl challenge, which included a swim, surf ski, and run. The winners were Sam and Estelle.


One highlight was watching Sam surf his way to victory. It was a memorable day at the beach.


Ashton, Joey, & Annameike

Years 5/6 students


Across the College

Christmas Community Market

On Thursday 28 November, we held our first ever Christmas Community Market at the North Campus. We were blessed with sunny weather and beautiful Christmas carols. It is an event which is sure to happen again!


Community Heroes

On 4 December, two of our Bayside parents, Paul Cooper and Denis Mahoney, along with Ricky Bolmers from Gateway Church, were awarded Ambulance Victoria’s Community Hero Award. The awards recognise and thank everyday Victorians who bravely assist someone at the scene of a medical emergency.


Last August, during a Gateway basketball game at Monash University, a player collapsed on the court. By applying CPR, AED and calling for an ambulance, these three everyday people saved a life.


Well done guys!



SchoolTV Special Report: Surviving Christmas

Many people see Christmas as a wonderful time of celebration and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, there are some that view it as a time of stress and hardship. This may be due to a combination of things: financial pressures, relationship issues and, quite often, loneliness, making it a very challenging time.

Often the true meaning of Christmas can be lost due to commercial exploitation, but there are a number of things you can do to create a magical Christmas, without the financial burden. Creating or maintaining traditions can contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging.

Unfortunately for some, there is also an ugly side to Christmas. Support organisations often report an increase in the number of calls from people seeking help due to their inability to cope during this time. If you, or a loved one, is finding that it is all too much, then it is important to reach out to a trusted friend, family member or medical professional.

In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be presented with a number of ideas on how to achieve a stress-free Christmas and where to seek help should they need it. 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.

Here is the link to your special report:

Secondary News

From the Head of Secondary

What a busy time in the Secondary School over the last few weeks: students finishing exams, Rollover and end of year activities.


On Tuesday 3 December, Years 7-11 students came together to celebrate all the achievements of our 2019 year in our Secondary Presentation Night. The night opened with our amazing string ensemble featuring both teachers and students, followed by a presentation of all students from each year level, and the presentation of the overall academic and endeavour awards. We welcomed to the stage for the last time our a capella group "Quintessence", and awarded our overall Christian Character & Long Tan awards, along with the VCE Dux of 2018 and the VCAL Excellence Award for 2019.


The evening concluded with the passing of the baton of student leadership from our 2019 Captains and Vice Captains to our newly appointed student leaders for 2020. 


A big thank you to all who contributed towards making the Presentation Night a memorable occasion for our College community.


I pray that you are all truly blessed in the forthcoming celebration of the birth of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary


A Summer Excursion in Winter Conditions!

On 2 December, in near arctic conditions, our Year 10 students braved the Melbourne Cable Park's ropes and obstacle courses at Bangholme for their end of year activity.


I think the looks on their faces says it all! 


Induction to North

In 2019, our Years 11 & 12 students were the first to inhabit our North Campus.


In 2020, our Year 10 classes will join them. As part of Rollover this year, students were part of a special induction to the facilities and happenings of the North Campus.


Veta Neo

Over 9 & 10 December, our Year 9 students have taken part in the Veta Neo experience days. These activities included a bushwalk around Cape Schanck, and a day at the Enchanted Maze at Arthurs Seat.


The Veta Neo curriculum seeks to help students to bring the Christian faith into their lives as a lived experience. Students are invited to see the difference Jesus makes through the assessment activities they undertake in the course. The two days seek to bring these lessons to a conclusion by taking students into God's beautiful creation in a deliberate invitation to wonder at God's workmanship.

The second takes students through an adventure in which they can feel the excitement of tree surfing in an environment of community. In this way students experience the work and wonder of God in creation and in themselves. Our prayer is that these experiences aid students in their developing Christian walk. 


Jay Johnstone

Secondary Teacher

Frankston RSL

Frankston RSL Secretary and Welfare Officer, Brenton Clyne, spoke to an audience of combined Year 9 students on Australia’s involvement in World War 1. Mr Clyne shared the profound effect that it had on Australian men and women as they served in this terrible conflict, and the hardships many of them faced for many years after returning home from service. He went on to speak about the contribution of many other Australians in various conflicts from World War 2 onwards, including his own experiences in the Vietnam War. Our students listened attentively and asked him a number of pertinent questions. The session was closed with a prayer for our nation, government, servicemen and servicewomen past and present, as well as for a blessing upon Mr Clyne as he continues to assist returned service personnel in his role with the RSL.


Jay Johnstone


Early Finish Thursday

Please note: students will finish at 2:30pm on Thursday 12 December. College buses will leave at 2:45pm.

Host a Japanese student

The College is hosting five Japanese students during Term 1 2020, and are seeking one more family within the College community to host a 16 yo female student during this time. The student will join colleagues in Year 10 each day during the week, as well as excursions with their AAIU Coordinator.  


The student does not need her own room, does not need special meals, just a loving family to welcome and share your family life with her. A stipend of $40.00 per night is paid to assist in the costs incurred in this wonderful home-stay opportunity.  The students arrive on 30 January and depart on Friday 27 March from the College (end of Term 1). 


Please phone the College Registrar, Julie Rebbeck, by Friday 13 December on 5971 6709 to discuss further.

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40 Year Association Commemoration

Save the date! In March 2020 we're celebrating 40 years of the College Association and officially launching our College Alumni. Tickets:


Dobsons Holiday Hours


A Tech Gift Guide

Choosing a tech-related gift for children and young people this year?


This guide, developed by the eSafety Commissioner, aims to help inform parents and carers about what they should be looking out for with technology gifts. In it you will find practical advice on how to stay safe, including advice on turning off location settings and limiting the amount of personal information shared.


For other helpful cyber safety tips, including managing screen time during the holidays, see the Family Zone blog:


Joel Kong

eLearning Manager

Sewing on Favorite Hill

Class Schedule January 2020

All classes have a maximum capacity of 6 people and run for 1 - 2 hours. All materials are provided and included.


Beginners - Tuesday/Wednesday 10-11am

4 x 1hr sessions - 7 & 8 Jan & 14 & 15 Jan.

Skills taught - Learning to identify equipment, ironing, hand stitching and simple "fix-its" such as buttons, press studs and mending a hole, machine threading and making a bobbin, straight and zig zag stitch, making a tote bag with basic applique - $120


Basic Garment Construction - 11:30-1pm

Basic machine skills required - 2 x 1.5hrs:

  1. 7 & 8 Jan

  2. 14 & 15 Jan

Skills taught - Reading and navigating a pattern, learning about fabric (grain, selvage, nap, right/wrong side, composition and uses), cutting out the garment, sewing and finishing techniques - $90 or $70 if you BYO fabric


Teddy Bear Making - 2-4pm

Basic machine skills required - 2 x 2 hrs

  1. 7 & 8 Jan

  2. 14 & 15 Jan

Basic machine skills required (such as beginners course or former knowledge)

Skills taught - attaching eyes and noses, embroidering face detail if required, sewing with fur, stuffing your bear, making bear clothes (time permitting) - $105

Bookings can be made via: 

phone - 04311 838 78 or 

email -

Look forward to seeing you there!!


2020 Twilight Carnival

Looking for a holiday project? Why not clear out the garage or the spare room of clutter and donate it to the Carnival cause?! We're on the hunt for books and other second hand items to sell at our 2020 Carnival, on Friday 20 March. The container is in place and ready to start collecting your well-loved (but in otherwise good condition) items!

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.

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