Bayside Christian College News

12 September 2019
2019 Issue 14
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11 & 12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
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From the Deputy's Desk

How fast this term has come to an end, and soon we will be in the final term of the year. There have been many opportunities for students and staff to build on their strengths and work through limitations - our focus purpose for Semester 2. Students have had camps, excursions and learning challenges - all opportunities to discover God's creation, and learn through and from experiences. Now is a great chance to remind students to use the break to rest and come back ready for a new term of learning.


One opportunity to build an understanding that limitations are also a part of a healthy self image is the way we teach our children to cope with disappointment. For example, this week, we have had announcements regarding the cast of the 2020 production, and interviews for school leaders for 2020. In both instances, there were more applications than positions available, and about half of those who auditioned or interviewed missed out. This is an opportunity to discuss how disappointment can either be a stepping stone or a tombstone. 


That is: Stepping stones are on a pathway to purpose. One can learn from the experience and choose to celebrate with those who were selected, looking to the Lord for peace and opportunities to develop in the process. 


The alternative tombstone mentality is a dead-end, which might include complaining how 'hard done by' we are, that we are not loved, appreciated or understood, or perhaps refusing to serve in other areas because we did not get the role we wanted. 


Finally, we must remember that God promises in Romans 8:28 that, "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This is a great assurance that disappointment can lead to different opportunities. For example, there are many ways students can serve in the College such as: the Primary choir; our upcoming Arts, Design & Technology Expo; Music and Performing Arts nights; serving during lunchtime groups, and many others.


I pray that families and students also enjoy the upcoming break to rest and come back ready for a new term of learning and opportunities. School finishes at 2:30pm next Friday 20 September, and students return Tuesday 8 October for the start of Term 4.


Woolworths Discovery Garden

Woolworths' new promotion is giving away mini pot plants of herbs and veggies with every $30 spend. If you are not collecting these for your home garden, the Agriculture team would be delighted if you would donate them to the College. Please have your children bring them to the office, and we will pass them on to the team.



For parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, you should have received your NAPLAN results, which were sent out last week. If you have any questions about the results or your child's progress, please contact the relevant classroom or subject teacher.


As a College, we were delighted to note that, compared to the state average, we achieved above average and substantially above average growth in many core areas from Years 3-5, 5-7 and 7-9. More details will be shared at the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association - see the Noticeboard for more info.


Emergency Drills

In our continued efforts to practise emergency safety, last Friday we conducted a fire evacuation drill. 


We pray you have a blessed holiday break,


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Pray for Bayside

Please continue to pray for our Years 5/6 students as they experience the joys of their City Camp.


Pray in thanks for the start of our Arts Building and the fabulous opportunities this new facility will provide for our students.


Pray that families would have a restful and safe school holidays, and that those who have been unwell will return refreshed by the break.


Please pray for all of our Year 12 students as they study for their final exams and prepare to complete school, with a number of events taking place in Term 4.

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

What a privilege we have at Bayside to partner with parents in the education of their children. We appreciate all the support that families give, especially with all the different activities that seem to have been going on this term.


This week sees the Years 5/6 students heading to City Camp, where they will participate in a wide variety of activities including a cruise on the Yarra River, ice skating and visiting The Big Issue. One of the things that the students will be doing is learning how to use public transport. Last week a representative from Metro gave the students a preliminary safety talk to help them to be more equipped for their experiences in the city.


In preparation for the camping program at Bayside, the Years 1/2 students are involved in an activity day on Friday, with the Year 2s also having a sleepover. There may be many tired teachers and students by Friday afternoon! All of the planning, preparation and extra hours that staff put into running camps benefits our students enormously. The parent helpers who give of their time, and those who support them, are very much appreciated as well. 


Prep - Year 4 students will be involved in the intensive swimming program next week from Monday to Thursday. The times of the lessons at Core24 in Somerville (formerly YMCA) are as follows:


Prep: 9:25am 

Year 1: 10:05am 

Year 2: 10:45am 

Year 3: 11:25am

Year 4: 12:05pm 


Parents are welcome to meet classes at the pool.


Celebration of Learning for Prep - Year 2 was held on Wednesday 11 September due to the swimming program in the final week of term. On Thursday 19 September there will be a Celebration of Learning for the Years 3-4 students from 9:00-9:20am. It is hoped that families get to see some of the work that has been done by students in these classes and to celebrate their successes with them.


A reminder that school finishes at 2:30pm on Friday 20 September - the last day of Term 4. 


Enjoy a great break from the routines of term and we look forward to a wonderful Term 4.


God bless,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

“YouTube Kids” is a website!

YouTube Kids is now available on browsers by accessing Initially launched as a toddler-‘friendly’ app in 2015, it is referred to it as a ‘safer’ version of the mainstream Google-owned video sharing service.


Targeting children in the of 0-12 year-old age range, there have been numerous examples of highly inappropriate content disguised as cartoons becoming accessible to young users.


Although there have since been improvements with filtering out inappropriate content, the best way to ensure children are protected is by watching content with them.


For assistance in setting up parental controls on YouTube Kids see:


Joel Kong

eLearning Manager

Green Thumbs in 4/5A

The Year 4 students in Year 4/5A decided to care for the garden in the Primary area while the Year 5s are at Years 5/6 sport each Friday.


First we started pulling out the weeds from the garden. It was a long and difficult process, though it was worth it in the end. After that we went to the North Campus to get some crops and seedlings from the Year 9s. We are very thankful for that. With help, we planted and watered them. We grew rainbow chard, beetroot, silver beet, and plenty more!


Since the garden was next to the chicken coop we gathered some eggs from our chickens. 


After two and a half terms of work we were rewarded with quiche that we made with the eggs and veggies - it was amazing!


Dane - Year 4/5A


Safety on Trains

As part of the lead up to the Years 5/6 City camp, the students participated in a session on Metro safety. Students were given the opportunity to discuss real-life scenarios and problem solve safety solutions. We look forward to putting out new found learning into practice at camp this week!

Sara Wright

Years 3-6 Coordinator

Footy Day

As part of ‘Footy Day’ in the Primary School, the Canteen had orders for almost 200 hot dogs and Big Ms!

Our wonderful helpers all chipped in and prepared the lunch orders, which were delivered by the very helpful Hospitality Captains, Jasmine Hooper and Oliver De Haan.

Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers - the Primary students had a delicious lunch.


Karissa Gaskell

Canteen Manager


On Tuesday 3 September, all of the Primary students had the opportunity to attend an incursion called 'Planks'. There were big tubs of small parquetry size pieces of wood, which the students could use to build whatever structures they liked. There were some models already set up to provide some stimulus. The students had a wonderful time being creative. There were some great engineering skills being developed from simple towers, to complex structures.



Years 5/6 City Camp

The weather has certainly blessed our Years 5/6 students who are currently on their camp in the city. We pray that they have a fun and blessed time while they are away.


Across the College

Year 8 OES

Year 8 OES students had their final Trangia stove cooking session on Friday 6 September.

We set up our stoves and started cooking just in time for the rain to start and it didn't stop for 45 minutes! The students improvised as much as possible and coped with the situation incredibly well. I was very impressed with their positive attitudes and perseverance.


We head off to Point Nepean for the day next week and I'm looking forward to another adventure in God's glorious creation.

Ken Berry

Secondary Teacher

Honouring our Pioneers

Last Wednesday 4 September, we were pleased to host 20+ of our 'pioneers' at our annual Pioneers' Day. This year, for the first time, we hosted a lunch in the Trades Skills Centre catered by our fabulous Hospitality students.

It was a pleasure to see our guests catching up with people they hadn't seen in a long time, and sharing stories from years gone by. A highlight for many was the opportunity to take a tour around the North Campus, seeing the site and its facilities for the very first time.


Thank you to all the people who made the day a success - the TSC team, Mrs Hughes for decorating, our student performers - Charlotte, Hannah and Lily (Year 8) and the Primary Choir, and especially our Secondary student leader MCs - Karina and Teagan.


Ben Williams

Community Development Officer

MTB Track

Year 10 VCAL students took advantage of spectacular weather last week to complete some work on the Secondary MTB (Mountain Bike) track.


Ken Berry



Learning Assistant Appreciation Week

Last week was Learning Assistant Appreciation Week. Our Learning Support Team are blessed to have the following assistants working in the Primary School - Naomi Armstrong, Sheree Astuto, Ginny Buchanan, Brenda Healey, Mandy McDonald, and Judith Kruiskamp, who also works in the Secondary School. She is joined by Heather George, Wendy Woodhouse, Michelle Smith and Ulli Austermann.


Please take time before the end of term to express your appreciation of the work our wonderful Learning Assistants do to support students and families at Bayside. 


Katie Newton

Secondary Learning Support Coordinator


Melbourne Writer's Festival

On Wednesday 4 September, a group of budding writers from Years 7-11 trekked to the city for a day of literary discoveries. The students heard from a panel of writers about growing up African in Australia led by Maxine Beneba Clarke. Students engaged with the topic of identity and how to live this out in their daily lives.


They also wrote poetry in appreciation of all the facets of the amazing city of Melbourne.


Sam Waldron

Secondary Teacher


Into the Wild

Year 11 VCAL and Years 5/6 students braved very windy and at times wet conditions for the final 'Into the Wild' session on Monday 9 September. The VCAL students did a fabulous

job leading the Years 5/6 students through campfire cooking, bush art, orienteering, a scavenger hunt and survival shelter building activities. This is a major assessment task for the VCAL group and they had to adapt and cope with a variety of different situations throughout the day.


A huge thanks goes out to Mrs Bailey, Mr Elkington, Mrs Ryan, Mr Lomulder, Mr Mason and Mr Harvey for all helping to make this such a fabulous event."

Ken Berry

Berita Bahasa Indonesian
Indonesian News

Year 7 students have been learning about clothing and colours in Indonesian this term. The recent vocab test provided a snapshot of their learning. Other ways to show learning and understanding include following directions,

responding to questions, and using modelled writing to create new sentences. The next assessment task will involve students using the language they have learned about colours and clothing to create posters, slideshows or plays. In the midst of all this hard work, we made the most of the first sunny day in a long time to play a game. “Head Red” doesn’t rhyme nicely in Indonesian - “Kepala Merah”, but we played it anyway. The photos show students following some of the instructions given in the game:


“Tangan kuning”

“Kepala hitam”

“Tangan coklat”


Kelly Davies

Indonesian Teacher

Great Outdoors

On Tuesday 10 September, the Year 10 VCAL students ran activities at Bushrangers Bay as a part of the 'Great Outdoors' field trip. They all did a brilliant job and worked really well together as teams. I was so impressed with their attitude and ability to enjoy the experience of being in God's creation. Thanks to Mrs Williams for coming along to make this day so successful.


Ken Berry



Chemical Reactions in Year 10

The Year 10 Science students are currently studying chemical reactions and exploring which compounds react most strongly with other compounds. 

As part of writing an Extended Practical Investigation Report, the students this week created their own version of the traditional “Mentos in Coca Cola” experiment. They recorded how their chosen variables reacted with a range of liquids. 


Ulli Austermann

Secondary Science Teacher

Secondary Athletics Day

On Thursday 5 September, Bayside's Secondary students took part in our annual House Athletics Carnival at Ballam Park.


We were blessed with amazing weather for the day, particularly considering that the early forecast was for a cold and wet day. The great weather meant that all the events could run and the students responded with fantastic participation and enthusiasm.

Some of the events that the students competed in included High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and a variety of track events, including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.


The Believers team (Green House) took out the overall honours for the day, finishing with 1,097 points, followed by Conquerors (Yellow House) on 966 points, then Overcomers (Red House) with 642 points.


The overall age group champions were:

Year 7: Naomi Mencev 49 points, Ryland McLaren 34 points

Year 8: Deacon Sayers 42 points, Anya Stapp 40 points

Year 9: Jack McDonald 57 points, Jasmyn Shaw 47 points

Year 10: Tom Garth 59 points, Kate Oborn 35 points

Open: Lucy Waring 53 points, Deklin Edmondson 43 points


Thanks to all the students and teachers who worked so hard to make our Athletics Carnival such a wonderful day!


Andy Lancaster

Secondary PE Coordinator

TEAR read-a-thon

Thank you to all who participated in the TEAR read-a-thon. We raised $1834 for TEAR Australia, doing our small part to assist in the eradication of global poverty.


This Month's Family Zone Blog

Mean girls on social media: The worst thing - and the best - parents can do to help

It’s a fact. Your daughter is being bullied more often than your son is. So what can you do about it?

Read more


Family Zone is a complete cyber safety solution available to all College families. See the Bayside Family Zone page for more details.

Years 11 & 12 Happenings

Greetings from North Campus!

Today our Year 12 students met to discuss the end of Year 12 celebrations - it is hard to believe that we are already here!


Please note the following important event dates for Year 12:

  • 21 October: Thanksgiving Assembly 9am

  • 21 October: Graduation Night 6:30pm

  • 22 October: Final Day

  • 25 November: Valedictory


A reminder to all Year 12 VCE students that the first week of the term break has been set aside for trial exams. Please refer to the schedule that was emailed to parents and students earlier this term.


Last week, it was wonderful to see so many of our Years 11-12 students at Secondary Athletics full of team spirit and enthusiasm! Well done to everyone for their fantastic community attitudes. 


This week, some of our Year 11s have been involved in interviews for Captain or Prefect positions in 2020. It is always a privilege to be a part of this process and to hear their journeys to where they are now. We are always touched by their passion for the College, for Christ, and for the community. Congratulations to all who have put forward applications.


A reminder that our next Community Market, led by Year 11 VCAL, will be held next Thursday 19 September. There are many exciting stalls being brought to you by Years 11 & 12 students, as well as a range of other year levels and community members.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator

Free Study Skills Webinar for VCE

In the lead up to end of year exams, VCE students are encouraged to participate in one of these free study skills webinars run by LaTrobe University:

  • Thursday 19 September at 6pm
  • Monday 23 September at 2pm
  • Tuesday 24 September at 2pm.

You can find out more and register here


Claire Dawson

Careers/VET Coordinator

A Word from our Captains

The Year 12s have entered a super hectic fortnight - during these last two weeks of term there are around 3 SACs a day. If that doesn’t sound like fun I don’t know what does! As Year 12 is coming to a close, every class is finishing off their last SACs. Please keep the Year 12s in your prayers these next weeks as they balance assessments and prepare for the end of year activities. 


This week we also had Athletics Day, where the Secondary School community came together to show their God-given gifts and abilities in athleticism. Some of the students came dressed up in their house colours for Athletics Day, including the Year 12s, where the boys dressed up much better than the girls... in Matthew’s opinion that is! The girls creatively dressed up as 1980s marathon runners, featuring thoroughly attractive moustaches and afros. The boys bought morph suits online, "how creative!" (Eleanor's words). You can be the judge!

On Friday just before snack we also had some students completing the CASper test, which is a test that helps determine the outcome of your application for a teaching course. We also had a fire drill to test our school's capability to assemble in case of a fire and to keep us safe in an emergency. How fun!


We pray that everyone has a great end of term, continue to finish strong and stay motivated, regardless of how excited they are that it's holidays soon. We hope you all have an amazing holiday so you can return to Term 4 refreshed and ready with all your holiday homework perfectly finished. 


Matt & Ellen

College Captains


Year 11 Media students are currently working on a group production. Their intention is to use the medium of photography to capture the gifts and talents of their peers - an inspiration from 1 Peter 4:10 and Romans 12:6-8.


The distribution method of these photos will be a fictitious Instagram account, where students are exploring positive ways of using social media tools. The BCC Arts & Technology Expo will exhibit the complete set of photographs.


Joel Kong

Media Teacher


HHD in the ELC

Unit 2 VCE Health & Human Development students visited the ELC to see firsthand how children develop physically, socially, emotional and intellectually. Everyone enjoyed playing and learning together.

Rachelle Cooper

Health & Human Development Teacher


Year 12 PE Visit Monash

Recently the Year 12 PE class had the opportunity to attend Monash University for the second time this year. The purpose of this visit was to be involved in the Unit 3&4 Enrichment Program. Students were able to complete a range of Laboratory tests during this session, which was essential revision of the whole VCE PE course.


The session focused on the concept of fitness assessment. The students were involved by participating in the following tests:

  • Repeat Sprint 90 seconds
  • Repeat Sprint 60 & 30 seconds
  • Vertical Jump
  • GPS tracking basketball game


Kyron was the ‘lucky’ student who also got the opportunity to do the very expensive VO2 Max test on the treadmill, where he achieved very high results.

Well done to the entire class for the effort they put in while conducting these different learning experiences.


Michael Pleiter

Secondary PE Teacher

Night & Day Cards

For Year 11 VCAL studies we were required to create an instructional activity with any year level. On Tuesday this week I completed my workshop with a Years 1/2 class. I chose this year level as I knew they would enjoy making the cards I had in mind.

I decided on doing cards as I knew it would challenge them as well as develop their fine motor skills. As you can see in the picture, they either created a Spider-Man night or day card. I loved doing this activity as seeing them smile/happy made me happy.


Lucy - Year 11 VCAL

Enjoying the Sunshine

Our Years 11 & 12 students took advantage of our spectacular North Campus outdoors by soaking up some sun and fresh air.



Partnership Forum - Thursday 10 October


College Office Closure

During the term break, the College office will be closed on Friday 27 September, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October. On all other days the office will be open between 9am and 3pm.

Notice of Intention to Withdraw from the College

Please be mindful that a minimum of one full term’s notice in writing is required when withdrawing from the College, including when finishing at the end of the College year. As we approach the end of Term 3, now is the time to provide written notice if you are intending to leave at the end of 2019.


An exit letter is to be addressed to the Principal, Mr Andrew Manning, and should be handed to the Registrar or emailed to on or before 20 September - last day of Term 3.  Please note that a full term’s fees will be charged when less than a full term’s notice is provided.


Helen Spink

Finance Manager

From the Finance Desk

A friendly reminder that under our new fees policy this year, all 2019 fees must be paid by 30 September. The only exception is if you have an approved transition plan as indicated on your payment arrangement form. Please contact the Finance Office immediately if you have any concerns.

2020 Fees

The Fee Schedule for 2020 has been approved by the Board and will be posted to families at the end of next week.


Fees for 2020 are due a term in advance for all families and are due by 15 January for Term 1. The same discounts apply for next year – the higher discounts are only available for direct debit or EFT payment options as there are no transaction fees. Note - no cash can be accepted at the office for fees.


Individual fee statements will be posted out in early October.

Bayside Business Directory

For some time now, College parents have asked if we would host a business directory to let the Bayside community know about the trades and services provided by other members of our community. We have recently partnered with B2Me, an online networking platform, to turn this request into a reality.


See our community directory at:


Be on the lookout for details of how to join over the coming weeks, or contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams, to be one of the first to sign up!

Step on Campus with Deakin

A reminder for students in Years 9 to 12 that this school holidays Deakin University will again be running their Step on Campus tours. These days provide a great chance to get an inside look at what life is like at Deakin University and ask questions about further study. 


Tours at their Burwood campus will run at 10am, 11am and 12pm on Wednesday 25 September. 


For more information and/or to register please visit this website. 


Hosting a Japanese Student


Discounted College 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 10, XS, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL are available for $30 - from the College office only.


Spray jackets can be worn until the end of 2021, including in the ELC.

Dobsons Buy Early & Save Sale

It’s begun, Dobsons annual Buy Early & Save Sale is on NOW! Save on selected uniform items when you shop with Dobsons online or in store from now until 3 November 2019. Beat the back to school rush and save on a range of selected items, including:

  • Blazers
  • Jumpers
  • Summer dresses
  • Summer shirts
  • Sportswear.


With a pain free returns policy, now is the time to plan ahead. Whether your child finds a few extra centimetres over the holiday break or not as many as you’d thought, Dobsons Uniform Shop has you covered with free returns and exchanges*. For further details or to book a professional 20-minute uniform fitting please call the Uniform Shop on: 5971 4202 or email before the end of Term 3.


During the upcoming school holidays the shop is open:

  • Thursday 26 September 10am-1pm, and
  • Monday 7 October 10am-1pm.

The normal school term (not during holidays) opening hours are:

  • Monday 8:30–11:30am
  • Thursday 1:30–4:30pm.


*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale available online and in store.

Carnival 2020 is Coming!

Save the date - Carnival is locked in for Friday 20 March 2020! If you're interested in hosting a stall, please email Ginny Buchanan. Be on the lookout for further details in the months ahead!

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