BHCS Newsletter

28 November 2019
Issue Thirty-seven
Busy and Christmas
Seize the Moment - The ‘When’ of Story-Based Learning
Upcoming School Events
General Information (Pg 1 of 2)
General Information (Pg 2 of 2)
BHCS Calendar
Community Announcements
Belgrave Heights Christian School
Ph: (03) 9754 6435
Wattle Valley Road
Belgrave Heights, Victoria, 3160

Busy and Christmas

By Rowan Jeffery (Year 9 Co-ordinator)

How do you respond to the following questions?


•  Do you regularly work 30 minutes a day longer than your contracted hours?
•  Do you check work emails and phone messages at home?
•  Has anyone ever said to you ‘I didn’t want to trouble you because I know how busy you are’?
•  Do your friends or family complain about not getting time with you?
•  If tomorrow evening were unexpectedly freed up, would you use it to do work or a household chore?
•  Do you often feel tired during the day or do you find your neck and shoulders aching?
•  Do you often exceed the speed limit while driving?
•  Do you make use of any flexible working arrangements offered by your employers?

•  Do you pray with your children regularly?
•  Do you have enough time to pray?
•  Do you have a hobby in which you are actively involved?
•  Do you eat together as a family or household at least once a day?


These are hard questions to answer and as we come into the Christmas season often life gets even more busy. So, what do we do? Busyness is epidemic in the Western World. Until recently, when you asked someone how they were you could expect to hear “fine” or “doing okay” Now the most likely response will include the word “busy”, “life’s busy” “I’m crazy busy”.


People are busy with family, parenting, work, with social lives, buying, selling, upskilling, carting kids to sport, taxiing kids to gymnastics, music lessons, answering emails, posting on Instagram and keeping up with friends on Facebook or in real life. Everyone is busy from the youngest to the oldest in today’s society. Busyness is a part of our day to day lives. 


Being crazy busy is not good for us, it adversely affects us physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually. People feel stretched, stressed, out of control and unable to stop. Busyness rather than God, provides the justification for our existence. Being over busy we show others we are important, we are performing correctly in society. We then receive the affirmation and reward in our lives. If we are not over busy we can often feel inferior, we are perceived as lazy or certainly of lesser worth.


Our Identity, meaning, purpose and trust must be found in God, centred in His acceptance of us, not based on our performance and what people see of us. As we head towards the Christmas season, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on God’s generosity and hopefully slow down.
In John 10:10 Jesus says – “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

This abundance, and the need to share it, is at the heart of Jesus’s message – and of the BHCS mission. It’s something special to reflect on as we edge closer to Christmas and remember what the arrival of Jesus brought to our world – Good News for all people.


Maybe this Christmas we can slow down from the crazy busy and enjoy the reason for the season. Jesus.



Seize the Moment - The ‘When’ of Story-Based Learning

By David Hughes (Head of Learning and Innovation)


When did you learn to walk? Or ride a bike? Do you remember the precise moment that everything clicked or was it a gradual process of tiny steps? Steps that you barely realised were happening until, suddenly, you were doing it!


Learning is often an invisible process. So much of the foundations are laid in secret before we even see any results. But every single footprint along the way has inestimable valuable in the adventure. 


Actually, humans process every single instance of change into a story. You may not even realise you are doing it, but I challenge you this week to test the theory. When something upsets you or excites you, take a moment to ask yourself - ‘what story am I creating about this? How is it affecting me?’ There are neutral facts like ‘the weather is rainy today’, and then there are the meanings we overlay onto them: ‘Argh, great, now my seasonal depression is about to hit’, or ‘Hooray! The garden is finally getting some water!’ or ‘Oh no! This is the worst day. Everything is ruined.’ You can see how a simple statement can turn into a myriad of different stories in each moment. 


But it doesn’t end there. 


These stories then become part of our identities. Our identities lead to certain behaviours and these behaviours result in specific outcomes.


As we write our own stories, they, in effect, write us. 


The Story-Based Learning model is based upon the notion that to enhance the learning outcomes of students we need to design new experiences so new stories can emerge. It isn’t enough to just tell students to tell themselves a different story. So often these stories are hard to isolate because they have been with us from an early age. To change - to actually see transformation - we need to provoke a conscious recognition and retelling, through a new, positive and life-giving experience. 


When we follow the river back to its source, and discover the unparalleled power of story, we can start to unravel the painful or unhelpful tales that have shaped us. But it isn’t through a mere impartation of facts, or flicking through the pages of a textbook, that we arrive in this space. True learning - learning which reaches to the very core of our characters - must be discovered through experience. And new experiences are most transformative when they happen in a deep and well-connected community.


So, as we go through life, let’s keep an eye out for transformative moments. They can happen anywhere, and often occur when we least expect them. And just as Jesus met with people in their moments of need - whether it be spiritual, physical, intellectual or emotional - so too are we (those who believe in Christian education) called to do the same.

All it takes to see a life transformed is to truly see a person in the moment and to speak a new story - a new life - into being.



Upcoming School Events

Boom Day- Breathe for Eve

Six months ago, one of our teachers - Mr Doherty and his wife Georgie had a beautiful baby daughter named Eve. 


Eve has had a very rough start regarding her health, struggling with numerous rare conditions including severe respiratory issues and an unknown gene disorder. Eve's health problems are incredibly difficult for the Doherty family and doctors alike as the cause and a fully effective treatment is currently unknown. 


To support the Doherty Family, BHCS will be holding a fundraising day on Thursday, December 5.


For the cost of a gold coin donation, students are welcome to come to school in (school appropriate) colourful clothing, to symbolise the artworks that little Eve and the family make. ( 


There will also be events running on the day including a 'Teacher Sponge Splat' ($2 per throw) with the addition of mini games such as 'Guess how many lollies in the jar' (cost = gold coin donation) and Zooper Doopers for sale ($1). 


We would love for everyone to come along and support this cause!    


Kinder Families, You are invited to a very special night.

We really hope you come and join in all the fun!




The school year finishes up with everyone coming together on Celebration Night.  This takes place in the evening on the last day of school with all students expected to attend in full summer uniform. The night includes performances by students and sub-schools, snippets from productions, and the presentation of significant awards to students, as well as farewells to staff who are leaving, and the Principal’s address. This is also the time we honour our graduating Year 12s. Celebration Night continues to be an important part of our school year and it is strongly encouraged for all students to attend with their families.



General Information (Pg 1 of 2)

Term 4 - Important Dates


End of Term 4:  Please note the varying finish times:

  • Yr 8-11 last day of classes - Friday, December 6
  • Yr 5-7 last day of classes - Monday, December 9
  • Prep-Yr 4 last day of classes - Tuesday, December 10 (half day)
  • Celebration Night - Tuesday, December 10

Office Hours (January 2020)

Our office is open from 8.30am - 4.30pm during school terms. 

Please note the following closure times during the Christmas/Summer holiday period:


The School office closes Thursday, December 12 at 4.30pm and reopens in January  (please see below for times).

January 2020 Opening Times: 

10am-1pm: Thursday 16 Jan, Friday 17 Jan 

11am - 2pm: Monday 20 - Friday 24 January


Full office hours resume 8.30am - 4.30pm on Tuesday January 28

BHCS Canteen & Cafe

Please note that the last day for Canteen & Cafe will be Friday 6 December, 2019.  

Sun Smart in Term 4

As the weather begins to warm up, it is strongly encouraged that students bring a labelled, reusable water bottle to school each day to ensure that they stay sufficiently hydrated. 

Alinta Uniform Shop


Monday: 8:00am - 10:00am

Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:00am

Thursday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Please see the below for the extended opening hours over January 2020.


Awards Assembly, Friday 6 December

We will be holding our All School Awards Assembly (Prep to Year 12) at the School Gym on Friday, 6 December  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 2019.   Please feel free to stay and visit our cafe at the completion of the assembly.

End of Year Reminders- IMPORTANT

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.


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.


Library & Textbook Return

Please return all library books and text books to the Discovery Centre by Friday 29th November. 

Teachers have received a list of all outstanding loans for students in their class.  Students in Year 3 and above have also received emails with all their outstanding loans. 

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

Please email or feel free to drop into the DC if you have any questions regarding student loans.

Lost Property

Our Lost Property areas (located at Reception & Junior School) are VERY full!  If you have lost spectacles, school uniform items, drink bottles, toys,  books, casual clothing ....there is a very high chance it is in our lost property.

All unclaimed lost property will be donated to the Op Shop/Charity at the end of the school year.

Congratulations Zoe!

The school would like to congratulate Zoe J from Year 9.  On the  weekend Zoe competed in the Victorian State BMX Championships at Casey and came 1st in 15 girls and also came 1st in Womens Superclass events. She also attained the Keith Williams medal, for the most points accumulated for a female rider at this event. Well done, Zoe!


General Information (Pg 2 of 2)

A great day, a tough afternoon

We ask a lot of our young people at school. The skills that they draw on across the day can leave them feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. When we remind ourselves of this, we can begin to unpack the reasons behind the child who at 4:00pm is withdrawn, moody or throwing things around the house.

Having been expected to eat/go to the toilet and play at set times, cooperate with others, follow directions and manage interactions with others, is it really fair to think that they should be as wonderful after school as their teacher says they have been through the day?

Home is often where students feel safe and secure, where they can ‘let their hair down’. Parents can feel disheartened with the ways their children behave. For suggestions on how to make afternoons more manageable, visit Learning Links:

Everyone is different, so find out what works for your child.


- Christine Walker (Learning Enhancement Specialist – BHCS Junior School)

Procedures for the Bushfire Season

BHCS is a school listed on the Department of Education's Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR).  This means our School will be closed on days deemed to be Code Red.  On Code Red days no staff will remain at school and out-of-school care will be cancelled.  


Attached is more detailed information on Code Red days and the steps that families should take in times of high fire danger.  This document also includes links to up-to-date information on this year's fire season.

We continue to review our emergency procedures on a regular basis to ensure we maximise the safety of our entire School community.


School Buses & The Shuttle Bus

We would like to remind all school families of the following:

  • Casual bus/shuttle use is not available.
  • Students must embark and disembark at their allocated stop and should not get off at a different stop without their gaurdians having made prior arrangements.
  • Travel on an alternative buses for social engagements is not permissible.

Should families experience an emergency they are encouraged to email  In cases of emergency the School will work with families to find the most suitable arrangement.

BHCS Calendar


Friday, 29 November 

-Y r 1/2 Excursion - Healesville

- Yr 11 & 12 - Study Sensei


Monday, 2 December 

Week 1

- Headstart Program Year 8-11 and 11 VCAL

- Kinder Insect Incursion

- Middle & Senior School Choir 

- Year 12 (2020) VCAL Program running


Tuesday, 3 December

- Yr 12 (2020) VCAL Program running


Wednesday, 4 December

- Kinder Nativity Night


Thursday, 5 December

- Yr 12 (2020) VCAL Program running

- Junior Assembly (3/4s Hosting)


Friday, 6 December

Final day for VCAL Programs

- Year 6 Social

- Awards Ceremony (All School)

- Last Day of Classes / School Yrs 8-11


Monday, 9 December 

Week 2

- Yr 7 Excursion - Rush HQ

Last Day of Classes / School Yrs 5-7


Tuesday, 10 December

- Kinder Excursion to BHCC

Kinder Finishes 1pm

- Prep - Year 4 students finishing at 1.30pm

- Celebration Night (Whole School) 


Wednesday, 11 December

- Kinder Orientation 2020


Thursday, 12 December

- Kinder Clean up Day

- Year 7 2020 Orientation

- Reception / Office closes until January 2020

Community Announcements







BHCS Newsletter
Uniform Sale.pdf
Bush Fire Procedure- Information for Parents.pdf