BHCS Newsletter

06 December 2018
Issue Thirty-eight
ICAS Results 2018
Chaplain's Chat Dreana, Anthony & Matt
BHCS Did You Know...
End of Year Reminders
General Information
Upcoming School Events
Calendar - 2018 & 2019
Merry Christmas from BHCS
Community Announcements
Belgrave Heights Christian School
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Belgrave Heights, Victoria, 3160


By Andy Callow (Principal)

“Christmas is coming!”  is a phrase that causes many adults to ... groan.  Yes, groan.


Is it the thought of gift buying in crowded shops, or the challenges of mega-catering?


Do family complexities cast a shadow of obligations and tension over Christmas Day (when sadly, incidents of domestic strife are known to peak).


Do we fear being unprepared for the challenges of the Christmas season?


There is a better way.


Although threatened by tinsel, the underlying message of Christmas is to be generous and grateful.  

Wise generosity is a delight both to the recipient and the giver.


Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to Christ followers in the city of Corinth about gift giving:


“A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving”

(2 Corinthians 9:6)


Paul goes on to give many reasons to be generous:

  • Giving is the best investment you can make
    The “farmer” will reap far more than what was sown. This applies to everything in life.

What you give to God He multiplies – your time, gifts and money.

  • Giving should be fun
    Giving should never be forced or grudging, but rather voluntary and cheerful.

God loves a cheerful giver.  Generosity leads to happiness:

  • Giving transforms your character
    Generosity helps free us from the constricting grip of materialism.

  • Giving inspires others

  • Giving meets people’s needs

  • Giving is a response to God’s gift to you

    Our giving can be a response to God’s amazing grace. His ‘indescribable gift’ is the gift of His Son.   He is the reason for the season.

Let’s aim to redeem Christmas shopping and celebrating from the pitfalls of stress and guilt by practicing wise generosity and deep gratefulness.


Have a joyful Christmas!

ICAS Results 2018

By Allen Dickson (Enrichment Coordinator)

I once read a quotation by Michel de Montaigne that has stuck with me… “It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others”


I don’t know about you, but I see a picture of our students buffing their brains like Academy Awards… or at the very least Gold Logies.


And one of the ways that BHCS helps extend our more academically-minded students is through involvement with the University of NSW ICAS Tests. These tests are primarily sat by only the most academically talented students in the country, so merely to be nominated to sit these tests is an honour. To receive a Distinction or High Distinction is exceptional indeed.


This year BHCS had the following results in each of the subjects:


Mathematics: Years 5-12

1 High Distinction, 4 Distinction, 24 Credit and 11 Participation.


Science: Years 5-12

5 Distinction, 11 Credit, 5 Merit and 19 Participation.


English: Years 5-12

7 Distinction, 17 Credit, 5 Merit and 11 Participation.


Writing: Years 5-12

6 Distinction, 13 Credit and 9 Participation.


Spelling: Years 5-7

1 Distinction, 3 Credit, 5 Merit and 6 Participation.


Congratulations to the following students who all received a Distinction or High Distinction and who will receive their certificates at the Awards Assembly tomorrow (or via mail):


Year 6: Lucy T, Seth S & Kaylee P


Year 7: Jemima L, Robert G & Mikhail K


Year 8: Ben C, Bianca G, Tayla R & Isla B


Year 9: Jonathan F, Mitchell D & Sabina N


Year 10: Annabel K


Year 11: Samuel S & Mary B


Year 12: Jonah O’B

Chaplain's Chat
Dreana, Anthony & Matt

What Part of the Body are You?

By Dreana Beitzel

In 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 Paul talks about the different parts of the body and how they’re all necessary to make the body work well.  He likens it to the body of Christ.  All it’s members are important and each have their role to play.  Not one member of the body is more important than another.  Each is unique and essential.  And then he adds, when one member of the body is hurting all the body suffers.  You know if you have a splinter in your toe the rest of your body knows about it!


Our responsibility to the other members is to support and encourage each other for the sake of the body.  There is a temptation sometimes to feel that we’re better than another person but as Peter Lusk (General Manager of Southern Cross Kids Camps) so aptly put it in a message ‘We’re not better, we’re just better off’.  We’re just more fortunate and privileged than those we might be tempted to look down on.


Often we experience being a seemingly insignificant part of the body as training ground before we become a more ‘prominent’ member.  The school community is a ‘body’ each member important and with an essential role to play.  Without all it’s members the community wouldn’t function as the rich and vibrant organic life that it is.


Be assured that whatever your position, whatever part you play it’s vital to the functioning of the community you’re a part of.  The community couldn’t function well without you.  Maybe it’s school, or your family or the local youth group.  Your role is to play your part to the best of your ability and to encourage the other members for the sake of the whole body.  You are necessary, valuable and important.  The rest of the body/community needs you!

BHCS Did You Know...

Article of Interest - Then vs Now

Recently Luke Martin from In The Know Parenting spoke at a parent seminar here at BHCS. 


It was an incredibly engaging and informative evening and parents walked away with plenty of knowledge on the world of social media and the influence of technology on young lives.  While there is tremendous benefit to engaging with the online community, Luke explained just how much our culture is shaped by the internet, and the powerful role that parents have in guiding their children's experience with technology.


Here is a fantastic article by author Benjamin Conlon, that compares the life of a Middle School student ten years ago to now. It highlights just how much the online landscape has changed for today's youth, and the importance of setting boundaries, getting outside and engaging in face to face relationships.

Adam Messenger, Head of Middle School


Art Show Recap - by Jorja W (Yr 5)


This term and some of last term the Preps through to Yr 6's have been working on some extraordinary clay creations. From Pizza to Turtles we have all been putting in some outstanding effort.


As strange as some of these may look they all reflect the positive and safe space Miss Peele has created for us.  From Indi's 'Bobconella' to my 'Larry's Baby Turtles' to Molly's 'Ice-cream' and all the wonderful ideas that have come to life. I am speaking on behalf of all the classes we have loved every second of our clay experience.


End of Year Reminders

Library & Textbook Return

All library books and text books should now have been returned to the Discovery Centre.


Thank you to all students and parents who have already returned many books.


If you do find any books hiding at home, in the car, in a schoolbag or anywhere - please return immediately.

Locker Cleanout

Families are asked to remind their children about ensuring everything is removed from their locker by the end of the school year.  Remaining items found in or around lockers will be disposed of.

Medication Collection

Please remember to collect all medication from Reception at the end of the school year - including Epipens, inhalers, antihistamines or any other medication.  Medication not collected at the end of the year will be disposed of through a chemist.  As Epipens are considerably expensive, we strongly encourage families to place reminders on their calendars.

Medication Reminder

We ask all families to please remember that Students are not to carry on them or administer their own medication.  All Student medicines, including paracetamol must be administered via a trained First Aid Officer.

Lost Property Will Shortly Be Donated

This is your friendly final reminder that all items remaining in lost property will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.


If you have lost spectacles, keys, school uniform items, drink bottles, toy cars, books, casual clothing ....there is a very high chance it is in our lost property. 


Please come and have a look before the office closes next week.

Office Hours

Our office is open from 8.30am - 4.30pm during school terms.  Please note the following closure times during the Christmas/Summer holiday period:

  • Office closed from: Thursday, 13 December  (4.30pm closure)
  • Office Re-opens: Wednesday, 16 January

Uniform Term One

This is a reminder to all families to please review all uniform items over the summer holidays - a prime time for a growth spurt!  When school returns, please ensure all school dresses and shorts are the appropriate lengths and that all hair colours and piercings are inline with our school policies. 


Please remember that hats are compulsory for Terms 1 and 4.

Alinta Uniform Shop Hours

Please take note of the Alinta Uniform Shop Opening Hours for 2018 & January 2019:


Remaining Term 4 2018 Uniform Shop Opening Hours:


Monday, 10 December  8am-10am

Tuesday, 11 December   8am-10am (last day for 2018)


January 2019 Uniform Shop Opening Hours:


General Information

Awards Assembly

We will be holding our All School Awards Assembly (Prep to Year 12) at the School Gym tomorrow, Friday, December 7 from 9.15am to 10.30am.


This provides us with an opportunity to recognise those students who have excelled in a particular area of their schooling in 2018.   Please feel free to stay and visit our cafe at the completion of the assembly.


As per Semester 1, the Semester 2 reports for students in Prep to Year 11 will be emailed home to families. This should occur within the final week of School, unless there are unexpected delays. Year 12 students will not be receiving reports as their results are issued externally.

Should you not receive your child's report via email by the end of the final week, please email [email protected] and someone will look at resolving the issue to ensure you receive the required report.  Queries regarding subject matter and grades should be directed to the teachers concerned.

Canteen & Cafe Closure

Please note that the last day for the Cafe and Canteen will be Friday, December 7.

Last Days for Year Levels

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, please note the following dates regarding the last day of school for Students:


Friday, 7 December 

Final day of classes for Years 8 - 11

3.30 pm (Normal finish time)


Monday, 10 December 

Final day of classes for Years 7

3.30 pm (Normal finish time)


Final day of classes for Years 5 - 6

3.15 pm (Normal finish time)


Tuesday, December 11 

Final day of classes for Kinder - Year 4

  • Kinder finish 1pm
  • Prep-Year 4 finish 1.30pm

Celebration Night - all Students (further detail on the 'Upcoming School Events Page')

Children Unattended In Vehicles

We kindly remind families that at no time can a child be left unattended in a motor vehicle 

The penalties for leaving a child unattended in a car in Victoria include:

  • A fine (currently $3,690), or;
  • A maximum of 6 months jail

Upcoming School Events

Celebration Night - Arrival & Commencement Time  

Celebration Night continues to be an important part of our school year and it is strongly encouraged for all students to attend.  Friends and family (especially Grandparents) are always most welcome to attend and we encourage you to invite them to come along.


The school year finishes up with everyone coming together on Celebration Night. This year’s Celebration Night will be on Tuesday, December 11. All students are expected to attend in full summer uniform. The night includes the handing out of the school yearbook; the presentation of awards; and honouring our graduating Year 12 students.


Please note, we are very happy to have such high attendance at this event, but it does mean the auditorium and car park are almost at capacity.  Here's what you can do to help us, and make the process smoother for you!

  • Arrive any time from 6.00pm.  This helps spread the car park busyness, and the Art Display in the foyer is well worth viewing!  Our parking staff will direct you to find a park.
  • After parking please cross at the designated crossing spot (right near the entrance) to ensure your safety and allow for maximum traffic flow.
  • Auditorium doors open from 6:30pm.  Please follow the usher's directions, and move to the centre of the aisles.  Please don't leave empty seats as we will need every seat.  
  • The night will commence at 7.00pm.
  • For those leaving the night early, we respectfully ask that you refrain from sitting at the front to enable us to easily re-fill your seats upon vacation.


Calendar - 2018 & 2019


Friday, 7 December

- Whole School Assembly (9.15-10.30am)

- Last day of classes Yrs 8-11 (3.30pm finish time)

- Yr 6 Social

- Cafe & Canteen close (end of business)


Monday, 10 December

- Week 2

- Yr 7 Excursion 

- Last day of classes Yrs 5-7 (normal finish time)

- Canteen closed


Tuesday, 11 December

- Last day of classes Kinder - Yr 4

  • Kinder finishes 1pm
  • Prep-Yr 4 finishes 1.30pm

- Celebration Night


Wednesday, 12 December

- Kinder Orientation Day


Thursday, 13 December

- Kinder Clean Up Day

- Yr 7 Orientation Day

- Reception & Administration closes (4.30pm), re-opening January


Friday, 14 December

- ATAR Yr 12 Morning Tea

January 2019

Wednesday, 16 January

- Reception opens


Wednesday, 23 January

- 3 Year Old Kinder Interviews

- Prep Play Date  10.00am - 12.00pm


Thursday, 24 January 

- 4 Year Old Kinder Interviews


Friday, 25 January

- King Parrots Kinder Orientation 9.15am - 2.45pm


Monday, 28 January

- Week 1

- Australia Day Public Holiday


Tuesday, 29 January

- Kinder Orientation Kookaburra 9.15am - 2.45pm

- Term 1 begins for Preps, Yr 7 & Yr 12 (only)


Wednesday, 30 January

- Term 1 begins for All Students

- Kinder Orientation Rainbows 9.15am - 11.30am

- Kinder Orientation Lorikeets 12.30pm - 2.45pm


Thursday, 31 January

- Kinder Orientation Cockatoo 9.15am - 2.45pm

February 2019

- Kinder Orientation Currajong 9.15am - 2.45pm

- Yr 9 Program - Tree Adventures

Merry Christmas from BHCS

Merry Christmas & Thank You

The School would like to wish our community a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

May your holiday period be restful and rejuvenating, ensuring a great start to 2019. 


We additionally take this opportunity to express our thanks to all of those who have helped in big, small and all sorts of ways throughout the year.  Whether you have sizzled sausages, walked in Go The Extra Mile, attended an excursion or camp, read during reader time, folded papers and given us just one minute of your time - we say a heartfelt thank you. 

We love our BHCS School Community and thank you for being a part of it.

Community Announcements





Orchestra Victoria Upcoming Events

Chamber Series

8 December, 5pm - St Luke's, South Melbourne
9 December, 2pm - The Memo, Healesville


Under 26’s are free so perfect for school kids


Peter and the Wolf 

12-15 December - Joan Hammond Hall, Southbank





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