Bayside Christian College News

13 September 2018
2018 Issue 13
Principal's Message
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11 & 12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
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Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

I am amazed at how quickly this term has gone. It was a pleasure to partner with you at our recent Parent Conferences. If you were unable to make it, please contact your child's teacher/s to arrange a time to discuss your child's progress.


This week, our Prep-Year 4 students were very excited to have parents and family visit for their celebration of learning open morning. It is always exciting to see families visiting the classes and enjoying time with the children as they share their learning for the term. The Years 5/6 students have been building billy carts with Secondary VCAL students, and Years 9/10 Performing Arts students were able to see a live show in the city on Friday night. I was thrilled to see some of our students donate to a homeless person, sharing God's love and enacting our College purpose to serve others as a thankful response for what Jesus has done for us.


This term has also presented us with some sad news and challenges. We continue to hold the Curtis-Morris family in our prayers at their time of loss. We also have families who have loved-ones challenged with health diagnoses, or perhaps there are other situations that are causing distress or concern. In those times, we often wonder how to maintain our faith and trust in God.


2 Timothy 2:13 (TLB) says, "Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us… and he will always carry out his promises to us."


What a wonderful promise that even when we are weak, and our faith is challenged, God remains faithful. He will always work for our good (Rom 8:28), and He always is working to bring forth his plans and purposes in our lives (Jer 29:11) to give us a future and a hope.


Regardless of your circumstances, may you find your hope in Jesus.


Many blessings to you all,


Toni Steinbergs

Acting Principal

For Your Diary

Parent Evening

We are proud to present Dr Lalith Mendis, in a follow up to his presentation on digital addiction.


On Monday 8 October at 7pm he will be speaking on "Strategies to Boost Brain and Study in an age of Digital Domination". Once again, there will be a one hour presentation followed by question time and a light supper. The evening is free to attend, and Dr Mendis will again have his books available for purchase if you desire (books range from $5 to $15 each; the full set of books is only $45).


Term Dates

  • Thursday 20 September - join us for our Community Market in G block gym  from 3:30-4:30 pm. If you would like to book a stall, please contact Mr Waldron.
  • Friday 21 September - Term 3 concludes at 2:30pm.
  • Monday 8 October (student free day); 7pm - parent evening with Dr Mendis
  • Tuesday 9 October - Term 4 commences.


Uniform Shop Open

Our new Dobsons uniform shop is open in A2 (to the left of reception) on Monday mornings 8:30-11:30am and Thursday afternoons 1:30-4:30pm.

Pray for Bayside

Pray for the students preparing for the Community Market next Thursday 20 September.


Please pray that the Secondary students would have a fabulous day using their gifts and encouraging one another at their Athletics Carnival next Tuesday 18 September.


Pray that College families would have a safe and restful school holidays.


Please pray for the College Board and leadership as they make plans and consider changes for 2019 and beyond.

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

As the end of Term 3 rapidly approaches, it is timely to recognise a group of people who work quietly behind the scenes to support our Primary Students with their learning.  These are our Learning Support Assistants led by Mrs Sue Higgs. In the Prep-Year 2 area, you will see them working with small groups of students or with an individual child, helping them with literacy and numeracy concepts. They may be jumping along a number line together outside on the concrete, or practising some letter formations and spelling words. Other tasks seen in older classes are reading groups, maths groups and activities combining reading, maths and practical tasks like cooking. Recently, they all attended a Learning Symposium to understand more about ADHD and Dyslexia, and they have come back with more ideas to try.

Our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Naomi Armstrong, Mrs Brenda Healey, Mrs Judith Kruiskamp, Mrs Mandy McDonald and Mrs Sheree Astuto. Their contributions are really appreciated by the staff and students.

On Monday this week, the Prep-Year 4
students opened their classrooms up for a short period of time allowing parents to come in and see their work. It was pleasing to see the number of interested adults who attended and hear some encouraging comments. The parents were also able to listen to the budding recorder skills of the Years 3/4 students.  
Thank you for the wonderful contributions that
families made across the Primary School during
the recent ‘Can and Sock’ Fundraiser for the charity, ‘Mums Supporting Families in Need’.  Approximately 250 pairs of socks and 330 cans were collected, which was a marvellous effort. Mrs Kia Petersen from MSFIN came to the Primary Assembly on Monday 3 September to receive the donations.    

This term finishes off with a flurry of exciting activities: Years 1/2 Activity Day and Dinner, the Year 2 Sleepover, swimming lessons for all the Prep-Year 4 students, and construction celebration events for the Years 5/6 students, including billy cart races in the billy carts they have built.


Enjoy these final weeks of school and some times of relaxation over the holiday break.

God bless,

Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Bunnings comes to Bayside

Years 5/6 students participated in a Bunnings incursion as part of their construction unit. Wooden blocks and many craft materials were supplied by Bunnings to make wooden people. It looks like there was lots of creativity and fun on display! 

Play Scripts

Years 3/4 students have been working on play script writing and performing in class as part of Literacy. Students worked in small groups to perform familiar fairy tales and also wrote some of their own. The unit helped students work on oral presentation skills and also reading with expression as their played various characters like the Big Bad Wolf, the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as the Gingerbread Man. 


Celebration of Learning

On Monday 10 September, parents/carers and

grandparents came into the Prep-Year 4 classes to see what the children have been working on this term. It was lovely to hear the words of encouragement as the children showed their work. Thank you to all those who were able to come.

Budding Prep Gardeners

Prep M helped Mr Mason plant some Lilly Pilly trees in the Primary playground. The Prep children are now going to be watering them and helping to care for the trees. They had great fun helping loosen the roots and making sure the trees were straight before filling in the holes. 


Donna Martin 

Prep-Year 2 Coordinator

5/6 Basketball

On the last day of Winter, Friday 31 August, 21 selected students in Years 5 & 6 represented

Bayside at the Lightning Premiership Basketball Rally Day! We travelled by bus and arrived at Frankston Basketball Stadium with excitement for what the day ahead might hold. Throughout the day we played really well together, demonstrating great teamwork, sportsmanship and basketball skills. Both the girls and boys teams played a total of 11 games each. The boys won 9, drew 1 and lost 1, and the girls won 7 games, lost 3 and had one draw. To all the players that played, you should be very happy and super proud of yourselves. The cherry on top was certainly that both the girls and boys teams had a very successful day out, finishing first in their respective divisions.


 Lualweng & Kristy


Lunch Monitors

What a special privilege it is for our little Prep students to take on responsibilities in their classes. One of these duties is the Lunch Order Monitors.


Looks to me like these two have it all under control!

Primary Choir

On Wednesday 12 September, our beautiful Primary Choir performed at the Banksia Centre. What a privilege to perform before our older generation.

Across the College

Directors: Rachel Lomulder & Coral Vass

Choreographer: Angie Mathews

Music Director: David Mallen

Production Coordinator: Karen Hooper


We invite all students from Years 5 to 12 (in 2019) to audition for the May 2019 whole school production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JUNIOR.


Auditions are by appointment only.  Audition application forms are available from the office, or by emailing Mrs Hooper. Completed audition forms need to be returned to the B&B Jnr box in the office foyer. Information about what to prepare for your audition will be confirmed and communicated shortly once the application is received. 


Audition Dates:  Monday 15 – Thursday 18 October 2018, 3:30pm and 5:30pm in the Music Room (Week 2 of Term 4)


Dance Auditions: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 3:30-4:15pm G block


Callbacks may be held on Monday 22 October 2018 from 3:30-5:30pm


Rehearsal times: Monday & Thursday afternoons, 3:30-5:30pm. (There will be times where not all cast members are required). There will also be some compulsory holiday rehearsal days near the end of January. Details will be communicated once the cast is announced. 

Years 7 & 8 Touch Rugby Rally Day

On Monday September 3, some boys from Years 7 and 8 took part in the Touch Rugby Rally Day. 2018 is the first year that we have participated in Touch Rugby, and as the game is relatively new to most of the students, it was going to be challenging and interesting watching the teams come together while still learning the rules of the game.

Officials from Touch Rugby Victoria officiated the games, and they were fantastic in the way that they also gave the students coaching and advice as the games progressed. Both the Year 7 and 8 teams were very successful during the preliminary rounds, with both making the final.


It was awesome to watch both teams put in their best game in the final, with the Year 7 team winning 9-2 and the Year 8 team winning 8-1. The way that the boys adapted to the new sports was very encouraging and they displayed some teamwork and tactical skills that the other competing teams were not able to match.


Well done to all the boys who took part on the day!


Andy Lancaster

Secondary PE Coordinator

News from the North Campus

The science building is progressing to plan so it will be ready in 2019. The slab is down, the steel frame is going up and the roof will be on soon!


Berita Bahasa Indonesia - Indonesian news

Last week we were blessed to have Karina and Jack from Suara Indonesia Dance conduct a

workshop for Years 3-6 students, with the Years 9/10 Indonesian and music students joining in too. This was a fabulous opportunity to gain a glimpse into different aspects of Indonesian culture, improve general knowledge, and practise/learn some bahasa Indonesia. Our students joined in with songs and body percussion, and some even got to try out the ‘big pants dance’. Pants as percussion are the best!


Sungguh baik bersyukur kepada-Mu, ya Tuhan, dan memuji Engkau, Allah Yang Mahatinggi…

Mazmur 92:2


Kelly Davies

Guru Bahasa Indonesia

Year 7 Science

In Year 7 Science, we have been completing a unit on mixtures and have learned about atoms, mixtures, solutions, suspensions, concentration, solubility, separating techniques and scientific thinking.

We completed three practicals:

  • Testing a variety of substances' solubility in water.
  • Separating salt and sand using filtration and evaporation.
  • Separating salt, sand and sawdust using decantation and flotation.

Students have had a lot of fun and have been completing a video assessment to finish the mixtures unit. Some students even organised their own experiments to showcase what they have learned in class.


Matthew Hames

Year 7 Science Teacher

What Next?

University Open days are generally done for the year, but students in Years 9-12 are encouraged to keep actively exploring options for future study and work. Many universities will be running various programs during the next school holidays. Deakin, for example, will be running their "Step on Campus" program again. Students are taken on a 45-minute tour of their chosen campus by a current Deakin student, and are provided with opportunities to find out more about university life and specific study areas. You can find out more here:


Careers News

Did you know that you can subscribe to receive monthly careers newsletters on the College's dedicated Careers website? You can also download this month's newsletter. This one highlights:

  • The new Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation
  • Information Technology vs. Computer Science vs. Software Engineering - what is the difference?
  • A Career in Policing: quick facts about applying
  • Undergraduate courses relevant for careers as nutritionists and dietitians 
  • Information about Free TAFE in 2019 
  • Details of RSPCA's September school holiday programs (for those who love working with animals)!

The website includes a list of recent newsletters, in case you want to catch up on what you might have missed.

New Study Links First Person Shooter Video Games To Brain Damage

A recent study published by the Université de Montréal and McGill University has discovered a link between first-person shooter games, such as Fortnite and Call of Duty, and damage to critical parts of the brain. Specifically, the study indicated there was a measurable loss of grey matter in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that handles consolidation of short-term memory into long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation.


The scientists involved in the study stated in an interview that, “People with reduced grey matter in the hippocampus are more at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression when they’re younger and even Alzheimer’s disease when they’re older.” According to the study, the more you game, the more severe this damage becomes, and there is strong evidence to suggest that this damage may not be reversible.


Perhaps the most alarming finding in this study was that this damage to the brain begins to occur even with relatively low levels of gaming time. Among those participating in the study, 85% of those who played games such as Fortnite for more than 6 hours a week saw a drop in hippocampal matter. This is particularly concerning as many children and teens are playing these types of games for periods that far exceed this threshold.


As a parent, these findings are extremely alarming. Not only is excessive video game play contributing to a lack of physical activity and limiting (real) social interaction in our children, it is also causing measurable brain damage and contributing to an increased likelihood of crippling anxiety, depression, and dementia later in life.


So, what steps can parents take to prevent the negative effects of some video games from harming their children?

  • Limit or ban your child from playing first person shooter games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty, or similar games.
  • Create no-go times during the week and on the weekend or school holidays when your child is not allowed to play any video games at all. Limit not only the total amount of time they are allowed to play video games, but also the length of time they are allowed to play at a stretch or in a day.
  • Set times for only “educational” or “active” games that require movement and coordination such as sports games on Xbox Kinect, Nintendo Wii etc. (i.e. with controllers using accelerometers to detect game players' movements).
  • Go for a walk, read a book, or go to the park during gaming break times. This will improve their physical and mental wellbeing and help to relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

Brad Heaton

ICT Manager

Years 11 & 12 Happenings

Thank you to those parents and students who attended the recent Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. We, the teachers, hope this was a beneficial time of understanding more about the learning taking place and areas for future focus.


With under two weeks left of Term 3, both students and teachers are working hard toward their final outcomes. Unit 4 VCE students will be undertaking their last SACs and getting ready to prepare for their VCAA exams, while VCAL students are making great progress with projects and folios.


Please pray for us as we endeavour to ‘Work willingly at whatever (we) do, as though (we) (are) working for the Lord rather than for people.’ Colossians 3:23. I pray that the way we use our gifts would bring pleasure and honour to Him.


We are missing our wonderful Coordinator, Mrs Curtis-Morris, and are praying for her as she grieves the loss of her husband. We look forward to welcoming her back next term with open arms. Until that time, please forward any Years 11/12 queries or concerns to me.


Rachelle Cooper

Years 11/12 Assistant Coordinator

Outdoor & Environmental Studies Camp

On Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 September, the VCE OES class went on a camp to Anglesea. On this camp we got to go surfing in Torquay, mountain bike riding through the Otways National Park, and tree surfing in the forests surrounding Lorne. Whilst we were experiencing the beautiful environment around us, we were also learning about different impacts that humans can have on our planet.

We also visited the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre and learned about Aboriginal cultures and ways they live. We visited the Indigenous artwork at Barwon Heads, where we reflected on the artwork and learned about Indigenous culture and how they lived and survived. We also had a boomerang-throwing session and visited the Australian National Surfing Museum at Torquay. It was an amazing camp with beautiful scenery and time spent in God's creation.


We visited the Marine Discovery Centre and finished off the camp with a bit of retail therapy at the Torquay discount surf outlets.


Overall, it was an amazing experience seeing God’s creation and learning how we impact our environment.



Subject in focus

Year 11 (Unit 2) English        

In Year 11 English, we have been exploring the

classic Australian film, ‘The Castle’. Filled

with amusing deadpan humour, this nuclear family and it’s David vs Goliath narrative is easily contrasted against Anh Do’s memoir, ‘The Happiest’ Refugee’. Anh Do gives an alternative perspective on Australian life, as his family flees Vietnam and builds a new life in Australia. A fitting resolution to this unit, students will see Anh Do perform his show ‘The Happiest Refugee’ in Term 4.


Joanna Beck

English Teacher


Unit 2 Health & Human Development

Bayside’s longstanding and successful virtual parenting program continues this year with Unit

2 students undertaking the care of one of our ‘twins’, Moses or Grace. Experiencing the challenges of parenting forms part of their studies of the life span, focusing specifically on the transitions from adolescence to adulthood.

Here are some of the students’ comments after their parenting simulation:


‘There’s no schedule, it’s so random. I had to revolve my life around her.’

‘I had to learn how to multitask. He made me late for everything.’

‘Getting off the toilet to care for baby was a pain.’

‘I was constantly asking, WHAT DO YOU WANT?!’

We also visited the ELC last week and spent time with the beautiful 4 year olds to investigate firsthand examples of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children.

A word from our Captains

Last week, Year 12s began to prepare for their last assembly, organising thank yous for all the people who have helped and supported us through the course of our school journey. We spent our devotion times in the morning together reflecting on ways to thank these incredible people, and during this time we realised how much they have contributed to our motivation and wellbeing this year, as well as helping us get as much out as we can while preparing us for our new beginnings next year.


In the past few weeks, the Year 12 VCAL students have started getting the cafe (on the North Campus) up and running at the Trades Skills Centre. This has seen them using their skills in making coffees and serving and preparing food for parents and teachers. They have really enjoyed this, and they can’t wait to open it up to the public one day.


We are both looking forward to another amazing week, and we hope you enjoy the lovely weather that God is providing for us!


Grace & Annabelle

College Captains

VCAL Deck Building

Our VCAL students have been very busy at the Trades Skills Centre building a deck to the side of the building. Past student Josh Lambert was there to offer some expertise. We can't wait to see it finished!

Bayside Coffee Corner is Open!

Our learning cafe, “Bayside Coffee Corner”, is up and running, providing plenty of learning and reflective opportunities, linking in with the world of work beyond school.

Juggling customers, orders, OHS and the finances is a team effort, and each week students are learning ways to optimise their processes to improve their workflow, their communication, their teamwork and their stress levels in the midst of business.  Big thanks go to our leadership team: Matt Holt (Cafe Manager); Tah Mupamhunga (Front of House); Jack Grant (Head Chef) and Ibrahim Ibrahim (Assistant Chef) for their excellent work, along with the Year 12 VCAL class. The cafe would not run without them!


The cafe will be open again first day of Term 4, Tuesday 9 October, 11:30am-1:00pm (last orders 12:45pm).


Thank you to our customers for working with our students in this exciting opportunity.


Olivia Williams

VCAL Teacher

Community Groups

This year at Bayside, we have seen the introduction of Community Groups. These

groups cover areas such as Music, Sport, Buddies, Media, Art and more. Community Groups see students working together to make an impact on their peers and the wider community.



From the Finance Desk

Thinking of Leaving?

It is timely to remind everyone that you must provide one full term’s notice in writing (addressed to the Acting Principal) when you are withdrawing from the College – and this includes when you are finishing at the end of a school year. This gives us advance warning when planning classes and staffing requirements, programs and setting budgets. As per college policy, a full term’s fees will be charged when less than one full term’s notice is provided.



Term 4 fees are due by no later than Friday 5 October. Note: that the College Office will be open each day of the school holidays to assist families. All 2018 fees are to be paid by no later than 30 November, unless alternative arrangements have been discussed and agreed to by the business manager.


Lost Property

With the end of term almost upon us, the lost property bins are overflowing in both the Primary and Secondary Schools. Parents, please take a look and see if any of the many items belong to your family.  Eight unnamed blazers remain in the Secondary lost property bin.  It is disappointing to see so many unnamed items in both bins, and we would strongly encourage parents to please name all items of clothing to enable them to be returned to the right child.

Music lessons

Bayside Christian College offers affordable instrumental lessons. Our specialist music tutors enhance our College music program by offering private and group lessons in piano, guitar,  vocal and drums.  


Did you know that learning a musical instrument can enhance your cognitive abilities?  Studies found that learning an instrument has a positive impact on other learning areas including language, maths, memory, planning and academic performance. 


Please find the link on our website for more information and to sign up for enriching music tuition. 


David Mallen

Music Teacher

Dobsons Uniform Shop

The Dobsons Uniform Shop hours are Monday 8:30-11:30am and Thursday 1:30-4:30pm. Please ensure summer uniform items are ordered prior to the end of term to ensure ample stock is available for transitioning into the summer uniform for the first day of Term 4 on Tuesday 9 October 9. Orders for uniform items can be emailed directly to the Uniform Shop: [email protected].


Year 7 2019 Enrolments

For all Year 6 students transitioning into Year 7 in 2019, please arrange a fitting appointment  with the Store Manager to ensure your blazer will be available in readiness for the commencement of the 2019 school year.


School Banking

School Banking is organised through the Commonwealth Bank and a group of parents volunteer their time to process the deposits at school. You can support the program by regularly sending your child’s bank books to school each Tuesday. It will be processed and then returned on a Wednesday.


There are three ways that you can open a new account:

  1. Apply online at

  2. Log on to your CommBank app (if you bank with CommBank).  Head to the menu on the top left corner, select ‘Products & offers’, then  ‘Bank accounts’ and ‘Student & youth accounts’, scroll down to Kids and tap ‘Open account’.

  3. Visit any CommBank branch

You will need personal identification for you and your child, e.g. birth certificate, passport, driver's licence or citizenship certificate.

Your child will receive a Dollarmites deposit wallet which they can then use to make their School Banking deposits.


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