Bayside Christian College News

15 March 2018
2018 Issue 3
Principal's Message
Deputy's Desk & eLearning
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11/12 Happenings
Bayside Christian College
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Principal's Message

Last week Mrs Steinbergs and I attended the Christian Education National Executives’ Conference. These events are important as they provide opportunities for leaders to learn about aspects of school practice that are common across schools. Given the complex legislative framework in which modern schools operate, much of the conference was dedicated to issues that people may think are at the edges of school life. Rather than education, we were educated and reminded about several key policy and procedural areas that ensure schools are responsible and safe learning environments. With respect to this, I do find that, rather than education, the majority of the time of senior leaders, particularly principals, can be taken up in attending to administration and the oversight of policy and procedures. Given this, schools have leadership teams. At Bayside Christian College, to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the College, we are blessed with a College leadership with a variety of gifts and responsibilities. Mrs Steinbergs (Deputy Principal) oversees the Teaching and Learning in the College. Mrs McCann (ELC Director) coordinates the ELC. Mrs Bailey (Head of Primary) and Mrs Patterson (Head of Secondary), together with the Sub-School Coordinators, carefully lead and manage the Primary and Secondary Schools. Please continue to support these wonderful leaders in both prayer and through encouragement.


One of the significant changes to legislation and, hence, school policy over the past two years has been the introduction of the Child Safe Standards. As a College we are committed to promoting child safety at all times. An aspect of parent partnership is the provision of opportunities for parents to be involved in school life. Given our commitment to Child Safety, we now require all parents who volunteer to ensure that they have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). While we understand that this involves a little bit of extra work, we believe it is very much a part of ensuring that the College promotes child safety at all times.


While I am sure that we will see many of you at Parent-Teacher and Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences this week, we very much look forward to our biennial Carnival next week.




Christopher Prior


Pray for Bayside

Please pray that our Carnival next week would be a safe and special community event.


Pray for our Board as they seek applicants for senior leadership roles in the College.


Please continue to pray for all of our staff who hold leadership roles at the College, that they would perform their roles with diligence and humility.


Pray for our Primary students as they enjoy Friendship Day, learning and practising how they can build each other up.

Deputy's Desk & eLearning

From the Deputy's Desk

Parent Conferences

What a wonderful opportunity it was this week to meet with you and discuss your children's progress. If you were not able to make it to the Parent Conferences, please contact your children's relevant teachers via email to make time for a chat. Teachers are happy to call you for a five minute phone interview to ensure we are partnering together in support of your children's education at Bayside.



This year, once again, we are part of the trial to move to NAPLAN testing online. In preparation for this, the students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will have a practice test on Thursday 22 March at 10:30 am. Students in Years 3 and 5 will use the computer lab or College Chromebooks. Students in Years 7 and 9 will use their personal Chromebooks. To assist in this, please ensure your child has their headphones, and double check that all personal Chromebooks are fully charged and ready as students are not able to charge Chromebooks at the College.


The actual testing will take place between 15-25 May. The tests comprise of Writing, Reading, Language Conventions and Numeracy.  Year 3 Writing will remain a paper-based assessment, and will be completed on Tuesday 15 May, first thing in the morning. The rest of the assessments (including writing at Years 5, 7 and 9) will be conducted using the online platform, and scheduled to take place in the testing window.


Please make plans to ensure your children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are at school for these government-required assessments.


If you have particular reasons you wish to have your child withdrawn from the testing, please email me to discuss further. More information will be sent out early next term to help you understand the NAPLAN testing program.



Next Friday is our Carnival - another brilliant opportunity to be involved in the life of the College. Please come along and enjoy the evening. If you are in a position to help, please contact Ben Williams, to see where your talents could be utilised. See you there.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal


My Child is a Cyberbully – What can I do?

Original article by Hannah Thomas and James Graham Scott

All kids are capable of bullying. A study over seven years showed a majority of kids bully others at some point during their time at school. Many stop as they grow older, but just as many continue. To complicate things further, it’s common for those who perpetrate bullying to also be victims of bullying.


Parents must be clear that bullying is always unacceptable. But, they should also try to see the situation through their child’s eyes, as young people may not have the maturity to fully consider the consequences of their actions.

Children will often try to justify their behaviour, so a parent’s role is to help them develop empathy for others.


This requires ongoing discussions and encouraging the child to reflect on how their behaviour makes others feel. It is unhelpful for the child to be shamed or to ban access to the technology. This kind of response prevents the child from opportunities to learn responsible online behaviour.


Parents must take charge in setting the conditions of using technology. This includes monitoring its use until a time when the young person shows they can manage their online behaviour responsibly.


If the behaviour continues, then it may be necessary to involve health professionals and the child’s school. It’s better for parents to be proactive in taking steps to manage the behaviour rather than waiting for other systems to step in (education or police).


Online interactions are complex. Young people need parents to support them in making good choices about how they conduct themselves online. Strengthening parents’ skills in effectively managing issues of cyberbullying is an important part of the solution.


Published on 9 February 2018 – for the original article:

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Last week, there was a great deal of history being studied by Primary students. On Friday, the Years 1/2 students and teachers all dressed

up in olden days clothes and participated in games like pick-up sticks and quoits. At the end

of recess, the students returned to class when the metal bell was heard ringing across the playground. There were waistcoats, long skirts, shawls, bonnets and caps, and it was wonderful to see the effort that families went to, in helping the children dress up for their special day.  


The Years 5/6 students were involved in their own history lessons, learning about life on the goldfields while on their three day camp to Ballarat. They visited Sovereign Hill and experienced life in a classroom from the gold rush era. Exploring the past can help students appreciate the blessings they have today and how the relationship between students, teachers and families have changed over time.


This week, the Parent-Teacher Interviews give a really important opportunity for parents and teachers to work together in supporting the students with their learning. I know that teachers always appreciate learning more about their students from speaking with parents, and the opportunity to ask questions of each other is really valued in building trust. There may be ideas discussed on how parents can support their child or information conveyed that the teacher needs to know in order to understand the student more.  


Last week, the Primary Class Carers had an opportunity to meet and chat over morning tea. Primary parents can watch out for any emails sent by the class teachers, on behalf of the Primary Class Carers, as there may be opportunities for families to catch up with each other. The Primary Class Carer may also liaise with families if there is a particular need within the class e.g. coordinating a meal roster. I am very appreciative of those who have committed to taking on this role for the year.


Will your child be wearing red, green or yellow on Friday 16 March, when the Primary Athletics Carnival is being held? Parents are welcome to come and support the students down on the oval as the Believers, Conquerors and Overcomers participate for house points. The Prep-Year 2 students will be taking part up until morning recess, while the Years 3-6 students will be involved most of the day.


On 23 March, Friendship Day will be celebrated in the Primary School. Students may wear free dress and bring a gold coin to donate to the Monash Children’s Hospital. The focus on the day is ‘Building Each Other Up’, and there will be special activities held between recess and lunch on the day. The students won’t need to go home and change before enjoying some time at the Twilight Carnival, after school with their families.  It will be a busy but exciting day!  

‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just at in fact you are doing.’  1 Thessalonians 5:11.


May God bless you,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary School

Friendship Day

Friday 23 March is Friendship Day. This event is across the whole Primary School and is a Free Dress Day with a gold coin donation. All proceeds go to Monash Children's Hospital.


Swimming Champions

Congratulations to students Oliver De Haan (who finished 3rd) and Joel Berry (who finished 5th) for giving it their best efforts in the Northern Peninsula Division Swimming Championships on Wednesday 14 March. Well done boys!


Zacc Klan

Primary PE Teacher

Tt is for Tiger Toast

Learning about the letter Tt is lots of fun in Prep. We made Tiger Toast and wrote our first procedural writing piece. 

Across the College

From the Head of Secondary

Further to my weekly correspondence to the Secondary Parents, our present focus is on the correct wearing of the College uniform.


We often hear from teachers and parents as to why we should or shouldn’t wear a school uniform. I thought it would be interesting this time to look at this topic through the eyes of a student.


Why I like wearing a school uniform – through the eyes of a student

A shirt, tie and blazer may not be the ingredients for my favourite outfit, but if I were given the choice, I wouldn’t throw away the idea of school uniform. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student.


“Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says we’re all in this together."  “Also, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half-way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about. Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.”


A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. “Uniforms help students to prepare for when they leave school and may have to dress smartly or wear a uniform.”


Some people believe that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically.


Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which would put a great deal of financial pressure on students and parents. Potential bullies have one less target for their insults; it’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when you’re dressed exactly the same.


Having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying. A strict uniform gives the impression that rules are strict too, perhaps helping maintain a sense of order at school.


A year-eight student, says: “I like uniforms because everyone is the same and no one can be left out by the way they are dressed. Our new uniform looks smarter, which is good. My uniform might not be what I would wear in my own time, but it gives me a sense of belonging, takes away the pressure of what to wear and deters the bullies. School uniform isn’t fashionable, but that’s exactly why I think it should be here to stay."


Can I please encourage both teachers and parents to help us to wear our Bayside uniform with pride? In the discipling of our students, it is a way to teach them respect and honour as well as integrity. It also encourages students to look at the inner person and their heart rather than to judge others by their outward appearance.


Blessings in Christ,


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary

Bayside wins Inter-school Swimming Carnival!

Bayside sent a team of 40 talented and enthusiastic students to the SEISS Inter-School Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 13 March.

The team was selected following the students' efforts at our Secondary event back in February, and the students were excited to test themselves against the best swimmers from the other schools in our district.


All of our students were fantastic in the effort that they gave, particularly on occasions when several students stepped up to represent the school in older age groups and to fill gaps.


Bayside also had three individual Champions on the day: Caitlin Buchanan was the 13 year old Girls Champion, Emma De Haan  (14 year old), and Lauren Dodge (16 Year old). Well done!


Overall, we were able to have an entrant in every race for the day, and Bayside came away as the overall winners, which was fantastic!


Thank you to all the students who raced and helped with marshalling on the day. All of your efforts were very much appreciated. Thanks also to Mrs Lara Curtis-Morris and to Mr Chay Williamson for all of their support and help.


Andy Lancaster

Secondary PE Co-ordinator

Year 9 Basketball Rally Day

On Thursday 1 March, the Year 9 basketball teams attended the Inter-school Rally Day. The girls, coached by international Super Star Dave Lamoulder, did an outstanding job remaining undefeated for the day, winning the Grand Final in a display of teamwork and sportsmanship.

The boys had an excellent day making it into the grand final where, in an amazing game, they were narrowly defeated. Well done to both teams! 

Year 10 Basketball Rally Day

Bayside recently attended the SEISS Year 10 Basketball Rally Day at Pakenham. Our girls team dominated the competition all day and won the final, displaying awesome teamwork and a great attitude towards all players on the day. The boys played really well and their final against Heritage was a draw at full time. Heritage went on to win during extra time, and the boys worked hard throughout the day.

University Open Days

Most universities have now finalised the dates for their Open Days in Term 3, so now is a great time to get these important dates in your diaries!


Swinburne (Hawthorn: Sun 29 July)

Monash (Sat/Sun 4/5 Aug)

LaTrobe  (Bundoora: Sun 5 Aug)

ACU (Melbourne: Sun 12 Aug)

RMIT (City: Sun 12 Aug)

University of Melbourne (Parkville: Sun 19 Aug)

Deakin (Burwood: Sun 26 Aug)

Fed Uni (Berwick: Sun 26 Aug)

Year 10 at the Community Market

Both of the pictured stalls gave 40% of their profits to the following charities:



  • Plant Frenzy - Cancer Council
  • Creative Grainz - Red Cross 


Years 11/12 Happenings

This week, I was privileged to spend some time in a Year 12 Literature class as they shared some poems they had written. These poems were based on their response to Matthew Chapter 5, where Jesus shares what is known as ‘The Beatitudes’. I have included some of these below. It is great to see students not only reading the Word, but reflecting on how they respond to this personally, and what this might mean in today’s world.


As a staff, we have been reading the book of Luke as we prepare for Easter. The reading this week was about the call to forgive. Chapter 17:4 reads: “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent’, you must forgive them."  Like the Beatitudes, these are counter-cultural ideas where, rather than living out of a sense of entitlement, we are called to think differently and live out a life of service and honour to God. These are the challenges that we encourage our students to think through and wrestle with as they study all of life through a biblical perspective.


Thank you to all those who supported students at the Community Market. It was fantastic to see the great businesses run by students, as well as other members of our community. We would love to have anyone else who would like to run a stall join us next term on Thursday 28 June.


We look forward to meeting with all our students and their parents at the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences this week. This is a significant time for students to, together with parents and teachers, set goals and consolidate strategies for learning in order to strive for excellence in all that they do.


Don’t forget the Twilight Carnival on Friday 23 March!


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11-12 Co-ordinator

Year 12 Literature Poems

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

How can one receive salvation if he thinks he doesn’t need it?

Does not a man who thinks his glass is full turn off the tap?

‘Ever hearing but never perceiving,’ rejecting the stone for they didn’t believe it,

Wealthy in spirit by their own hand, they’ll never taste the vine’s sap.


Does a man on the street who has no food ever cease begging?

Will he not receive every morsel offered by the stranger?

When his cup is full, he’ll bring some more, his stomach never starts settling,

He gets what he needs, for he knows he needs it, he’ll be protected from danger.


The humble are those who admit that they lack sufficient spirit,

These are those who will beg of the lord and when they are ready, receive it,

On The Great Day, all these men will see the spirits, seven,

Therefore, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.’



Blessed are Those Who Mourn

 Tears and more tears, running down your cheek,

What sufficient consolation for you?

Only words falling short can I speak.


Though I care for all, all don’t care for one,

People simply suffer they say,

Mourners are simply shunned.


But I tell you surely that those who watch you cry,

That those who leave you suffering,

They will surely die.


Listen, all you mourners for whom no one will care,

A comfort you all share,

That I, the LORD, will surely bring repair.


Gian Babare-  Year 12 Literature


Old Me (Baptised) Based on: Matthew 5:4, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted’


Tsunami shielding me from shadows,

One of my biggest fears providing me peace

A power you possess that can’t be disposed.


You washed away my mistakes

Gave me a reason to keep fighting,

Stripping me from heartaches.


Although I still wanted to give up then

But you told me my story was not over,

That you refused to put down the pen.


So my head submerged in the sea,

Saying goodbye to the old me

The day I met he Holy Trinity.


Kristen Mackenzie - Year 12 Literature

Boys’ Group

Boys’ Group runs every Monday lunchtime.


It’s a chance for all Years 7-12 guys to get together, build friendships, have fun and go

deeper with God. Each week we’ll have devotions, snacks and ask the big questions

about God, life and our purpose.

All boys in Years 7-12 are welcome.


Why don’t you come down and check it out?


Lachie Vass - Year 11 student

Word from our Captains

Throughout the past two weeks, we have seen the Secondary School coming together to impact the community around them. Last Monday morning we saw everyone from Years 7-12 expressing their interest in ways to serve the Bayside community using their God-given gifts and abilities through running and participating in activities and community programs ranging from sports, arts, food drives, buddy programs, even the construction of bike tracks, and much more. Seeing the whole student body coming together and bonding over common interests, with the intention to impact the community around them, has us excited for the weeks ahead.


Annabelle Hames

College Captain

Community Market

Last Monday afternoon, the VCAL students organised our first Bayside Community Market of 2018. It was brilliant to see some new businesses debut, and provide some interesting new products! I would like to commend the students for their diligent work on the day, and for the encouragement they offered one another. The students are focusing on how they can truly operate purposeful businesses, and not merely rate success by monetary gain. Thank you to all who supported and attended the markets!


If you would like to run a stall at future markets, we would love to provide a space - please email me!


Mr Sam Waldron

VCAL Business Teacher

Home Group in Years 11/12

In our Senior Home Group, student leaders have been spearheading the study with our fellow

students through the book “Find your true identity, value, purpose & worth in God” by Ruth Lewis-Jones. The text prompts students to develop their true identity through questioning thoughts and actions through the lens of Christ, as well as tools to guard our hearts, minds and beliefs from the bombardment from the world around us. Students have enjoyed the process of examining their own lives in their peer groups, and praying together to support each other in this journey.


Mrs Olivia Williams

Years 11/12 Home Group Teacher

Business Management Year 11

In Business Management so far this year, we have been studying how businesses are developed and the inspirations for new businesses. We have considered how businesses can be used to make a positive difference in society and not just exist to make money for ourselves. Businesses can bring about change in society and make a true difference! We are now studying the environment in which businesses operate - the things over which we have no control, and the areas over which we can exercise influence. In all these areas, we consider how, as business owners, we can have Godly responses, and consider the impact we have on others. Well done to all students for running their first stall at the Community Market!


Mrs Lara Curtis-Morris

VCE Year 11 Business Teacher


Carnival Raising Funds for Bike Tracks

Here at Bayside Christian College, we are all about creating community and appreciating God's greatness. With the awesome addition of the new campus across the road, we have been given a wonderful opportunity to do both of these things through the creation of a mountain bike track. Mountain biking is an incredible Olympic sport that allows you to quickly get off the beaten path and enjoy the solitude and majesty of nature.


We are currently in Stage One of the building of the track, which is the Primary School section of the track, with Stage Two, the High School section, to get underway soon. The track will be designed with challenges for all students no matter what their personal skill level may be and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts in an activity that is not only fun, but has many health benefits. The challenges on the track will help to develop the students' 'on-road' riding skills and awareness, which is very important on today's busy roads. The track will be created for use from Primary through to Secondary, and with the aim of having club or community after school sessions that will be open to the wider school community.  It's a very exciting project and we cannot wait to share it with you all when it is completed.

We look forward to seeing you at the Carnival next Friday 23 March. For all last minute details, be sure to check out the Carnival Newsletter sent to inboxes tomorrow - 16 March.


Carnival in brief:

  • Be on the lookout for opportunities to help at your children's stall/s
  • Ride wristbands can be purchased online or at the College Office for $30 until Thursday 22 March
  • Entries are sought for our cake competition from adults and students
  • We are still accepting donations of items for our Trash & Treasure and Second Hand Book Stalls
  • Carnival is a cash only event so please come prepared!
  • Contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams, for all things Carnival-related.

Date Reminders

Friday 16 March - Primary School Athletics Carnival

Friday 23 March- Free Dress Day across the College - gold coin donation.

Friday 23 March - Primary School Friendship Day

Tuesday 20 March - Years 3/4 Excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance/Royal Botanic Gardens

Friday 23 March - Twilight Carnival - 4-8pm

Thursday 29 March - Last Day Term 1 - 2:30pm finish for all students

Friday 30 March - Good Friday

Winter Uniform

In Terms 2 & 3, students are required to wear winter uniform. To avoid any rush, parents are advised to head down to Hip Pocket as soon as possible to ensure you have all items of the winter uniform before Term 2 begins.


Please note there is no transition from summer into winter uniform. The students need to be in correct winter uniform from Day 1 of Term 2.

Bayside Raiders News

Dear families, our registration for the winter season is about to close. If you have any children who would like to play basketball in Prep- Year 12, please get in touch with Ulli Austermann, club secretary ASAP - 0400 172 188.

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