Bayside Christian College News

07 March 2019
2019 Issue 3
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11/12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

Thoughts on the Bayside Christian College Mission Statement 


The world belongs to God. Parents should raise and train their children to recognise, honour, respect and serve Him.  


Bayside Christian College exists to support and assist parents in their God given task of educating their children. 


Bayside Christian College’s Mission is an interesting statement in that it is written in an unusual fashion for a mission statement, however it articulates well how the College positions itself in the growing and educating of young people.  


The Mission very intentionally places parents as the primary educators of their children. It respects and honours the immense responsibility that rests on the shoulders of parents in the growing and training of their children to adulthood. It also recognises that it takes a village to raise a child - a task that should not be done alone. 


Hence the Mission of the College is to partner with parents (and other key stakeholders) in the education of their children, not take over from them. The truth is that a key ingredient to success, when it comes to educating young people, is to build the strongest relationship possible between home and school, which provides a space where students can thrive. 


I know this partnership is flourishing when I hear parents expressing a deep trust that their children's teachers know and care about their children. I know this partnership is working when I see parents and teachers talking, sharing and working with each other (in both good and difficult times), demonstrating the power of effective partnership in action to students as together we help them learn. 


My encouragement to all our parents and carers is to embrace this partnership. You have chosen the College because you believe it is the best place for your children to learn and grow. My commitment to you is that we will do our very best to ensure this growth happens. We will provide opportunities for students to learn to read and write. We will challenge their perceptions and encourage them to become wise and discerning individuals who will learn what it is to consistently respond to the call that God has on their lives. But we can’t do this without you. In fact, it rarely works when the parent-school partnership breaks down. 


Thank you for choosing Bayside and I think you have chosen well. I am looking forward to journeying with you in the education of your children, and although we do not know what challenges lie in front of us in the coming years, I am confident that together we can weather any storms and see our young people thrive.  


Andrew Manning


Pray for Bayside

Pray for our Year 9 OES students as they spend a few days exploring God's beautiful creation.


Please pray for our Year 12 students who are already completing assessments and preparing for a busy year ahead.


Pray that our Board and Executive Leadership would be wise in their planning and decisions.


Thank the Lord for the wonderful time that was shared recently at our New Parents' Dinner, where new families were welcomed to the College community.

From the Deputy's Desk

Hope in the Lord

We continue to look this fortnight at the Purpose 3 value of "Hope."  Isaiah 40:31 says: "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." To "wait upon the Lord" here is from the Hebrew meaning to be expectant for help from Yahweh, to trust in him, to put confidence in him.

At assembly last week, I shared that our confidence is based not on the kind of hope which is wishing for something different than what our current circumstances provide, but it is a 'blessed assurance' that God will carry out what He has promised. He has a perfect plan and purpose for each of our lives. Sometimes it requires that our characters are refined through challenges in our lives, but we can always be confident that He will give us the strength to work through it, and that He is working for our good.

Blessings to you all as you go about serving God this week.


Parent Conferences

Information has been sent out regarding how to use our online booking system, PTO, to make a time to meet with your children's teachers for our Primary Parent/Teacher conferences and Secondary Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences NEXT WEEK on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and share our partnership to discuss the progress and plans for best supporting your children's education, both from school and from home.

Please remember that Wednesday 13 March appointments start after school at 3:45pm, and Thursday 14 March classes finish at 1:00pm for appointments to start at 1:45pm. Buses will depart the College by 1:25pm for an early bus run this day. Camp Australia will provide care for those registered with the program.


Student Collection Times

Please be reminded that students are only supervised from 8:35am in the morning and until 3:35pm in the afternoon. All students should be collected by this time. After this, all Primary students will be sent to the office to await collection. Secondary students are expected to wait at the tables in front of A block, or in wet weather, under the B block veranda. If you are running late to collect your children, please call the office on 5971 6700.


Primary students can be placed in Out of School Hours Care from 7am and until 6pm daily. Please register with Camp Australia.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Last week, the Primary School hosted over 200 visitors on Grandparents’ Day.  The visitors

travelled from near and far to join in activities with the students. Their visit ended with morning tea, served by the Hospitality Team. It was wonderful seeing the different generations interacting, and students who didn’t have a special visitor being included.  


Once a fortnight, the Bayside Family Network Prayer Group meet in the LOTE room (F1) to pray for the College.  This week, the Year 6 leaders visited and were prayed for by the group. If you are able to be part of the prayer group, the next meeting is on Monday 18 March at 9am.


Each class in the Primary School has a class carer. We are very thankful for the people who are undertaking this role. During the year, the carers will be praying for their specific class and also planning a social gathering or two with the other carers. Many families in past years have been really blessed with meals etc. organised by the class carers through a roster system. Class carers will communicate, through the class teacher, to let you know if there is another family needing any extra support or when there is a social event organised. All of these efforts help to build a strong and caring community.


On Thursday 7 March, there will be an information table set up after school if you are interested in the School Banking Program and have any questions to ask the bank representative. This year we are fortunate to have a small team of parents who meet and process the banking on a Tuesday, and they would welcome even more bank books to process, or willing helpers to assist them.  

Don’t forget to book your interview times for the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March.  Details were sent out last week. If you are having any difficulties with the PTO system, please contact the office.


May God bless you all,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Mapping in Years 1/2

The Years 1/2 students have been learning about maps in a range of fun ways.


District Swimming

Last Friday 1 March, at Pines Aquatic Swimming Pool, five of our Primary School students competed in the District Swimming Carnival.

They all performed well representing Bayside Christian College. The morning was great fun with all our students enjoying themselves and giving it their best efforts. We are still awaiting confirmation about who has made it through to the next round.


Whether or not they get through we are still proud of their achievements and the way they represented our College.  


Zacc Klan

Primary PE Teacher

Guinea Pigs Visit Bayside

Year 1/2M had a visit from Bodhi’s guinea pigs this week. There were 4 babies and a mummy guinea pig, and the mummy is already pregnant with more babies. We enjoyed learning how to carefully hold the guinea pigs and marveling at God’s good (and very cute!) creation.



Primary Art

The Years 3/4 students' collaborative art projects are coming along nicely. The students were able to work together to problem solve the logistics of having 25 people painting the same artwork. 

Caroline DeHaan

Primary Art Teacher


Grandparents' Day in 4/5A

Her's a snapshot of Grandparents' Day Fun in Year 4/5A with lots of games, colouring, interviews and stories!


Across the College

Cooking up a Storm

Food Technology is well and truly underway for students in Years 7 & 8. The students have quickly become accustomed to the various tools and equipment in the Food Tech room, and they’ve been working with a partner each week to create meals including savoury muffins, pasta dishes and blueberry bagels.

It is great to see the students having so much fun while learning new skills!


Andy Lancaster

Food Technology Teacher

Years 7/8 Rally Day

On Thursday 21 February, Years 7 &  8 girls went on a netball rally day, and the Years 7 & 8 guys had a touch rugby rally day. B team had a good crack at the rally day and came out with 2 wins out of 7 games. The other teams had a lot of experience so we went in aiming to have fun rather than winning. All the girls improved at their positions throughout the day.


All the girls had so much fun and enjoyed the opportunity to have a crack. We are thankful for the opportunity.


Hannah & Charlotte - Year 8 students

The day was very successful with the Years 7 & 8 girls winning their netball competitions. The Years 7 & 8 boys’ rugby teams performed really well, both coming 2nd in their respective finals. Throughout the course of the day each team improved their understanding of the game, as well as what worked and what didn’t out on the court/field.


In between games we had the opportunity to strategise and plan for our next game, which we used wisely. Although my team did not place particularly high, I believe we had a very successful day. We worked really well as a team and had lots of fun, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.


All in all it was an amazing day - thank you to all the teachers and umpires that made this day possible.


Jasmine - Year 8


The Years 7/8 Touch Rugby Rally Day was a heap of fun! Our team (the ‘B team’) included some fast runners, great taggers, and some all rounders. As a team, our defence got better throughout the day and our forwards began to work really well, unfortunately only scoring a couple of tries for the day. We played 6 teams throughout the day: lost 3 and drew 3. The ‘A team’ made it through to the final, sadly finishing runners up, while we came 5th overall. I really enjoyed the opportunity to play touch rugby against the other schools. Thank you to the referees and teachers for helping us play on the day. Well done boys.


Hayden - Year 7

Years 9/10 Rally Day

The Years 9 & 10 girls went to a very successful netball rally day; all the girls played amazing and there was a lot of encouragement. The finals ended up being a very close game between the two Year 10 girls and the Year 9 girls came 1st in finals. It was a fun day full of netball, socialising and encouragement.

Rachael - Year 10 student


The Year 9 boys went into the the Touch Rugby rally day with thoughts of just having fun no matter the result. We gave it a red hot effort but came out only winning 2 games but we had a lot of fun, we were happy socialising with our friends and those from other schools. Overall I think everyone liked the day other than the steaming hot weather that we had to deal with.

Aiden - Year 9 student

Artist in Residence

Bayside students again had the privilege of working with Cameron Semmens (a renowned Melbourne based Poet) during our artist in residence program. Cameron spent most of his time conducting poetry writing and performance poetry workshops with Year 7 students who are in the midst of their poetry unit at the moment. In addition, he ran three class workshops for our Years 5 & 6 students, focusing on vocabulary and poetry writing. Overall, Cameron was really well received, and the poetry written by our students during these workshops was of a very high quality.


      Crumpled Metal


Have you ever seen a car crash?


          Tires screeching

People screaming

Hearts pounding

Tears Streaming

        Emergency services

          Metal crushing

# Panic


A Dylan Thomas Portrait by Alexandra -  Year 7


Started secondary school

My English teacher is super cool

# Mr Williamson


A solage written by an obsequious Year 7

Join us for a Clever Experience

On April 12, during the Easter school holidays, La Trobe University will be running their Experience Clever University Day. It is held at their Melbourne Campus in Bundoora, providing a chance for Years 10, 11 and 12 students to experience university life for a day. Students get to choose from over 50 workshops in a broad range of study areas. Students experience real classroom environments and interact with university staff and current La Trobe students. For more information, or to register, please visit the event website.


Claire Dawson

Careers & VET Coordinator

Teacher & Student Team-up

The Peninsula Chamber Musicians gave a wonderful performance on Sunday, thanks to our great musos, Rupert and Emdwyn!


This month on SchoolTV - Grief & Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Children and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand. 


Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.


In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn how to acknowledge their child’s feelings and the best way to support them through the grief. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.


If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.


Here is the link to this month's edition.

Years 11/12 Happenings

As I write this article, I am sitting in our lovely student run cafe - ‘Corner 1’ Community Cafe at the Trades Skills Centre on North Campus. Our VCAL students opened the cafe last Thursday and are offering wonderful hot drinks, cakes and slices. The purpose of this space is not only to provide real world training for our students, but to create another welcoming gathering place for our school community. We warmly invite you to take the opportunity to meet here. Opening hours are:


Week A

Tuesday - Lunch, periods 6 & 7

Thursday - Period 3, recess, periods 4-5, lunch


Week B

Monday - Periods 1-2, recess

Thursday - Periods 2-3, recess, period 4


Years 11 and 12 students are now well into their year, with VCE students having completed several SACs and excursions, and VCAL students working on decking, bike track, amphitheatre, cafe and building a partnership with local retirement villages. We welcome Mr James Siede to the VCAL team while Mr Berry is away on Long Service Leave.


A reminder to please encourage students to stay on Mondays after school for VCE workshops. Teachers are running these workshops to provide extension and extra support for students - it is important that students take up every opportunity to strive for excellence in their studies. Homework Club also operates every lunchtime on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Our new Years 11/12 Centre is fast becoming ‘home’ - students this week established a pop-up library, cricket pitch, table tennis and are working on community groups to continue to connect across the College. It is exciting to partner with our students and with parents as we, together, create an educational environment characterised by faith, hope, love, joy, peace and service.


We look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences next week.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator

A graduation of a different kind

Tonight I officially graduated from The Royal Children’s Hospital!


Five years ago I entered this hospital as a sick little girl, and now I’m leaving as a healthy young woman!

I am so thankful for all of my nurses and doctors who helped me along my journey at the RCH.

Although it is sad changing hospitals, I have my whole life ahead of me and I am very excited to see where God takes me! 


Grace Gaskell - 2018 College Captain

Subject in Focus

Unit 3 Health & Human Development

Area of study 1 is all about understanding health and wellbeing, specifically looking at the health of Australians. It’s super interesting and important!


Here’s some of what students have learnt so far:


We’ve learnt which cereals are healthy in terms of fibre, fat and sugar - Callum

We need to (but mostly are not) consuming at least 5 serves of veggies and 2 serves of fruit a day - Karina

Males are more at risk for a variety of diseases and conditions due to risky behaviour choices - Erin

We’ve learnt a lot of health status terms that help us to analyse health data and information - Maddie

Obesity is on the rise but smoking rates are decreasing in Australia. Life expectancy is increasing - Teagan

Passive smoking is as harmful to the body and its systems as actually smoking- Courtney


Thanks HHDers! Hope you learn lots more!


Rachelle Cooper

Health & Human Development Teacher


Further Maths

CAS, CAS, CAS: What is it good for?


In Year 12 Further Maths we are studying Statistics and learning how to do Data Analysis utilising the Computer Algebraic System (CAS) a.k.a “Fancy Calculator”. Students are investigating the strengths of relationships and learning how to recognise the difference between correlation and causality. The CAS enables them to calculate summary statistics and find graphs and even to discern whether the relationship is linear or non-linear.

I had a great time at the parent information evening chatting with parents about what we would be covering, including the awesome 5 hour long investigation (spanning 7 periods) which will be their first School Assessed Coursework (SAC) for the subject: which funnily is CAS spelt backwards, which nobody but a slightly OCD Maths teacher would probably even notice!


So back to the title of this article: What is CAS good for? Students need to be familiar with all the processes on their CAS, but also know how to interpret the information so that they are not just regurgitating figures, but also applying them in a real life context.


Paul Mathews

Mathematics Teacher

From our Captains

It's great to see the valuable contributions that students are starting to bring to Bayside as the Vice Captains, Prefects, House Captains, and SRC reps are trying to increase student voice throughout the College. A fast growing example of this is on the North (new) campus. The Year 11s and 12s have recently started implementing new recreational activities into their lunchtime such as a table tennis, cricket, cards, music and an outdoor chess set. Inside N block there’s also an art corner where we’ve all been enjoying creating both artistic and humorous masterpieces for both de-stressing and entertaining our fellow classmates. Along with this, the cafe has recently opened on the North campus and both teachers and students have enjoyed trying the different coffees and sweets that the Year 12 VCAL girls are selling. But with new opportunities comes new challenges; so as we work past the halfway point of Term 1, we pray that everyone continues to stay motivated and encouraging to one another as we all finish the term as positively as the first half.


God bless,


Matthew Dumicich & Ellen Bond

College Captains

VCALs at Work

Year 11 VCAL students have been busy developing projects for both the North and South Campus as they get their Intermediate studies underway. The class is working on the design and construction of an outdoor amphitheatre adjacent to the new Science building on the North Campus. This concept has proved to be quite difficult with design considerations (lots of angled timber cuts and calculations) and structural concerns to keep people safe well into the future. The group has been blessed by having Mr Daniel Harvey working with them throughout this process. Mr Harvey will be working with VCAL classes all year and guiding them through several construction and community awareness projects.

We also have a group looking into student and teacher recycling across the College, as the recycling bins are regularly contaminated with food waste and non-recyclable materials. They’re putting together a two pronged approach of designing and installing signage on all bins and also creating instructional videos for both Primary and Secondary students.


I’m really looking forward to seeing the growth and development of our Year 11 VCAL students throughout 2019.


Ken Berry

VCAL Teacher

Year 12 Shakespeare

On Thursday evening 28 February, our Year 12 Literature class, along with a baker's dozen other theatre enthusiasts, went to experience Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 


Laughs were had - some during the play. There were gasps and cries but consistent air flow. Such a group of young theatre-goers might have made mine own mother envious of the joys of 21st century youth! 


The play questions the power of the pen, those who consume it, promote it and wield it. Students can be mindful of corrupting words or revealing the truth behind them. 


Special mention to Tara who overcame injury to attend the play, and those particular few who laugh with so much gusto they encourage audience and actor alike.


Sam Waldron

Literature Teacher

Leaders Camp

Late in February, our Years 11 & 12 Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects and House Captains headed down to Shoreham for the Student Leadership Camp.

Although this camp was ably supervised by Mrs Patterson and Mrs Scott, the Captains and Vice Captains were responsible for all the team building and planning activities for which they did an amazing job.

First Ever

Our Years 11/12 students have listed a first at Bayside by catching the first ever yabbie!



Our Cafe is Open for Business!


Beauty & the Beast Jr


If you own a business and would like to place an advertisement in our programme booklet for the upcoming College production of 'Beauty & the Beast Jr', then please email Karen Hooper as soon as possible! It is a great way to support our production and increase awareness of your business within our local and broader community. 

Welcome back to Canteen for 2019!

We have had a great start to the year! 


Our veggie patch has some lovely new arrivals - we are currently growing capsicum, cauliflower, Dutch carrots, cucumbers, and lemons! These fresh ingredients will all be used in salads and soups which are made fresh daily in the canteen.


A reminder that we have EFTPOS available to all senior students over the counter.

School Banking

Welcome back to all of our school bankers. Check out the exciting new rewards for this year. There is a poster with pictures outside G block. To our secondary students, why not join in with the program and start your own savings journey? You could be saving for a car, a new phone or just for the future. We are happy to help. Come and talk to us on Thursday afternoon near the crossing at 3pm.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund - you may be eligible!

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of Term 2). See the CSEF website to check your eligibility.

Conveyance Allowance

If you are new to the College, your circumstances have changed or your child has just started Prep or Year 7, you could be eligible for a Conveyance Allowance.


For further details go to the conveyance website or call into the College Office for more information.

Australian Youth Choir


Gravity Zone


Camp Australia Newsletter


Footpath Petition

Earlier this year we launched a petition calling on Frankston City Council: "to work with relevant state transport agencies to expedite the design and construction of the shared use path between the Peninsula Link and Frankston-Baxter Trails alongside Robinsons Road, Langwarrin South."


This is an important "missing link" in the local trail network, which is desperately needed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the vicinity of the College, including our own students. Please drop by College reception to sign our petition.


Our Dobsons uniform shop is open during term on Mondays (8:30–11:30am) and Thursdays (1:30–4:30pm).


During the upcoming school holidays, the shop will be open at the following times:

  • Thursday 11 April, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday 24 April (first day back to school), 8:15-11:15am.

Full winter uniform is to be worn from the first day of Term 2 - there is no changeover period.

2019 College Open Day


Pioneers' Day 2019 - Save the Date!


Combined Churches Event


Bayside Christian College News
Final Amphitheatre design
Week One Newsletter - 01032019-1.pdf