In 1980, The Association for Christian Education of Frankson was formed. It was a community of parents who desired to have a Christian school to educate their children. They began with a meeting in the Reformed Church in Frankston, where the first board was formed, and the vision set. They sacrificed much to build Frankston Christian School, which opened in 1982 with 39 students. In 2018, this is now Bayside Christian College, with around 590 students from ELC to Year 12.
Those founding parents had a vision for the College with six purposes, the first of which is "Leading students into the service of God and of others as a thankful response to the work of God in Christ". So how do we do that? In classes, students are encouraged to look for ways to be grateful, to recognise the blessings we have: firstly, for just being born in Australia - where we are in the top 7% of the world's richest people; and secondly, for being able to attend a Christian school, where God is honoured and His word is central to our understanding of life and learning. Students are encouraged to respond to learning in a way that serves God and others, and demonstrates a thankful response.
Today, we look to honour our founders, and will celebrate their sacrifices and commitment at our whole school assembly on Monday.
Pioneers’ Day Assembly
You are cordially invited to attend our Pioneers’ Day assembly next Monday 20 August from 9am. This will be an annual event to honour those who have given into the life of the College, particularly those who had the vision to begin the College.
On Thursday 23 August, we are pleased to partner with New Peninsula Baptist Church to sponsor renowned speaker Dr Patricia Weerakoon at 370 Craigie Rd, Mt Martha, from 7pm - see the Noticeboard for details.
Please note, there is a change of date for Dr Lalith Mendis' return. He will be with us on Monday 8 October at 7pm. This is the evening of the student free day, before classes resume for Term 4. He will be speaking on "How to Boost Brain and Study in an Age of Digital Domination", and providing strategies to combat digital addiction and overuse.
Congratulations & Farewell Mrs Turner
It is with both excitement and sadness that I announce that well-loved ELC Teacher & Assistant, Mrs Nickie Turner, will be leaving us at the end of the year to take up the role of inaugural Kinder Teacher at Chairo Christian School's Leongatha campus. Nickie has been involved in our ELC since it started in 2011, and has served our community in many other ways, including through the College Production. Congratulations Nickie - we will miss you!