Bayside Christian College News

13 December 2018
2018 Issue 18
Acting Principal's Message
Primary News
Secondary News
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Acting Principal's Message

Final words...


What a busy end to 2018 it has been. In the last two weeks I have had the honour of speaking at the Secondary Presentation Night and Primary Celebration Evening, and at the Year 6 Graduation. It is a joy to marvel at the way in which our students grow and change over the course of the year. Thank you everyone for your support as I have been in the Acting Principal role this semester. I am grateful for all your encouragement.


I would like to wish you all the blessings of the upcoming Holy season, and I would like to leave you a Christmas GIFT:


G - for the GRACE of God - which He extended to us when he gave his son as a ransom for our sins. I pray His grace and peace will fill you this season. Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.”


I - for INSPIRED - may God inspire you with His love to share the good news of Christ's gift for all mankind. 1 Thessalonians 1:3: “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”


F - for FAMILY and FRIENDS - I pray you have a wonderful time sharing this precious time with your family and friends. May there also be lots of FORGIVENESS which brings restoration in relationships, so you are more able to share and receive love. 1 John 4:7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”


T - for TRUTH - may the true meaning of Christmas fill your homes and hearts this holy season. May His truth fill you with life and joy. John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.””


Thank you for a wonderful year, and God bless you. I look forward to seeing you again in 2019.


Toni Steinbergs

Acting Principal

Pray for Bayside

Pray in thanks for the year of growth in learning and relationships our students have enjoyed in 2018.


Please pray for our teachers as they enjoy a time of rest with their families after a very busy year, and an especially busy Term 4.


Pray for our new families as they prepare to join us in 2019, for enthusiasm and excitement and that their preparations would be smooth.


As Christmas nears, give thanks to God for the amazing gift of His son, Jesus, who came that we could have life.

School Holidays - Important Dates

Thursday 13 December 2018

Last day for students – 2:30pm finish


Tuesday 18 December 2018

College office closes @ 3pm


Monday 14 January 2019

College office reopens


Tuesday 15 January 2019

Book list collection in G block from 2-5:30pm


Wednesday 30 January 2019

Year 7 Chromebook Evening @ 7pm


Friday 1 February 2019

Years 3-12 students commence


Friday 1 & Monday 4 February 2019

Prep-Year 2 Assessment Days (by appointment)


Monday 4 February 2019

ELC4 children commence


Tuesday 5 February 2019

Prep-Year 2 students commence


Friday 8 February 2019

ELC3 children commence

Uniform Shop Opening Hours


Primary News

From the Head of Primary

December in the Primary School has been filled with many end-of-year events and celebrations.  On Monday 3 December, the students were able to spend the morning visiting their new class teacher and meeting their fellow classmates for 2019. In the evening, nearly 200 students returned to participate in the Primary Dance, ably organised by Mrs Naomi Armstrong, and strongly supported by the Primary staff and some parent volunteers. Popcorn, sausages and fruit tubes were enjoyed by all the students who attended.


Last Thursday 6 December, on a very hot summer evening, the Primary Celebration Evening was held. Every student had the opportunity to participate in a musical item on the stage, the Primary Choir performed, "Mary did you know?", and the 2019 Primary Student Leaders were presented with their badges. The final musical item was Rachel’s Songbirds with a very moving performance of "I can only imagine".


On Monday 10 December, the G Block Gym was transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Year 6 Graduation, by a hard working team of Year 6 parents. Fairy lights, and soft pale blues and white really set the scene. The formalities began in U Block, where the Year 6 students demonstrated their new dancing skills; a graduation speech was delivered by Mrs Toni Steinbergs, full of advice for the Year 6 students as they enter Secondary School; presentations of graduation photos were made; and, then the students were ‘handed over’ to Mr Joel Williamson, the Years 7/8 Coordinator.  A delicious finger food supper was then served in the G Block Gym, prepared by Mrs Karissa Gaskell and her band of willing helpers. It was wonderful to observe the chatter and interactions that went on amongst the parents and students as they celebrated the students’ time in Primary School. Miss Sara Wright, along with the other Years 5/6 teachers, did a wonderful job preparing the students for the event.


Every student in the Primary School is expected to be involved in holiday reading.  It is hoped that parents/carers will support the students to do lots of reading over the break.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who support the Primary School, who go out of their way to contribute positively in a variety of ways to enhance community life. It is such a blessing to be able to help support students as they move through the College and to observe how they develop and grow.


On behalf of all of the staff and students in the Primary School, I would like to wish all our Bayside community a very blessed Christmas. May you know the joy and peace that the birth of Jesus brings - the most precious gift of all -  both at Christmas and throughout 2019.


May God bless you,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

ELC4 Christmas Concert

Last Monday 3 December, the ELC 4yo group had their end-of-year Christmas Concert and Graduation. The children performed songs from 'A Miracle in Town'.


My Year of 2018

My year of 2018 was a total blast! It was full of fun, laughter and games. These are only some of the things we did this year.


In Term 1, we learnt about Celebrations and Commemorations for Integrated Studies. As part of that we visited the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. We also went to the Botanical Gardens, also located in the city. The Shrine was a great learning experience and the Botanical Gardens were really amazing. They made us remember and acknowledge what God has made for us.


Another awesome experience this year was athletics day. We participated in a lot of activities. These included track races, long jump, triple jump, shotput and discus. I was really lucky to go to districts for triple jump. It was really cool to go to another school and compete against people who also like triple jump and were really good as well.


A-Maze’n’Things was also really fun. We got to go into a room that was really tricky to stand up in. We also got to go in a room that you look really big and really small in. We got the chance to go on the big, tall drop slide but I didn’t want to, it was way too scary for me.


My favourite activity this year was camp. We did archery, camp cooking, flying fox, canoeing and disc golf. The food was yummy and the beds were really comfortable. I am really grateful that we could have this experience and some people don’t even get a proper education.


I loved 2018, it was one of the best years ever and I will certainly remember it.


Sarah - Year 3

A Day at the Museum

On Tuesday 4 December, our Prep-Year 2 students went off for a day at the museum. With so many interesting things to see and do, the students had such an amazing time.


Year 6 Graduation

On Monday 10 December our Year 6 students had their Graduation. 

They all looked so grown up as they celebrated with family and friends their departure from Primary School and transition into the world of Secondary School in 2019.


Well done Year 6s - we can't wait to see you all in your blazers next year!


Years 5/6 Hit the Beach!

From a triathlon day at Crib Point, to a water safety day at Mills Beach in Mornington, the

Years 5/6 students certainly have had an action-packed last few weeks to Term 4. Bike riding, running, swimming, nipper boards, water safety, snorkelling, rescues, 'resuscitate a mate', and an ironman are just a few of the activities students have enjoyed! Thank you to all the Years 5/6 parents/carers who volunteered throughout the year. Without you, we would not be able to have these fun and exciting events. You really are valued and appreciated. I hope everyone has a wonderful break and continues to look for ways to exercise and be active over the Christmas holidays. 


Kind regards, 


Zacc Klan

Primary PE Teacher

Secondary News

From the Head of Secondary

Secondary School has ended with lots of laughter, comradeship fun and excitement as students and teachers have enjoyed each other’s company engaging in the numerous activities of our final week.


This term has been an exceptionally busy one with exams, Rollover, Awards Assembly, Valedictory Dinner, VCAL Showcase Evenings, the Arts Expo, Music Showcase Evening, Athletics Day, Community Market, Rally Days and our Presentation Evening, where we celebrated our busy but fruitful year.

More important, than all of the busyness mentioned above, is the essence and purpose of why we do what we do. At Bayside, it is our dsire that every event and activity that we engage in is intentional and in line with our College purposes. The College’s function is to nurture and prepare young people for a life of responsible discipleship in God’s kingdom. We want our students to become confident in their identity in Christ and to be aware of their various gifts and talents, ready to meet the challenges of living and applying the Gospel to an ever-changing world.

In light of the above, I hope that, together as parents and teachers, we can look back over this year and reflect on it with joy as we have laughed, prayed, sang, learnt and shared our faith with our precious students/children whom God has placed in our hands to love and nurture.


We look forward to beginning a new journey with the students in 2019. The students will need to return in their full summer uniform with their school hats.


Some important dates for your 2019 diary:

  • Book List Collection - Tuesday 15 January 2-5:30pm, G Block Gym
  • Year 7 Chromebook Collection - Wednesday 30 January, G Block Gym
  • Years 7-12 First Day - Friday 1 February
  • Years 7-12 Camps - Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 February
  • Years 11/12 Information Night - Monday 11 February (North Campus)
  • Year 10 VCAL Information Night - Tuesday 12 February

​I pray that God blesses you with His presence and love as you draw close to Him over this Christmas season. I pray that He will protect you and help you to form many happy memories with your family as you spend time together.


Blessings in Christ,


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary

The Overcoat

After a few writers' festivals and creative efforts this year, a group of our Secondary students have collaborated to create a little student zine of creative works. It features poetry, artworks, short stories and illustrations by students in Years 7-12. 


What an amazing effort! Check it out - Link

Holiday Workshops

AIE (Academy for Interactive Entertainment) is running some two and three day holiday workshops in mid January. Courses are open to students aged 12+ and include:

  • Game Development in Unreal 4 (3 days - $365)
  • Game Programming in Unity (2 days - $275)
  • 3D Landscapes for Game and Film (2 days - $275)

You can find out more and register here.


Claire Dawson

Careers/VET Coordinator

Years 7&8 Reach Great Heights

As part of their end of the year 'Activity Week' program, a group of Years 7 and 8 students spent time 'climbing and hanging out' at Bayside Rock in Carrum Downs on Tuesday morning. A few students for the first time overcame their fear of heights and scaled the various challenging vertical walls while safely supported in their rock climbing harnesses. Some students were natural geckos as they wiggled and pulled their way up the walls. Not to be outdone by the students, Paul Mathews and Daniel Briglia tackled the most challenging climbs. 


Peter Bakker

Secondary Teacher


North Campus News

Our new Science Building is coming along very nicely with high hopes to be using it at the beginning of Term 1 2019.


Frankston RSL

Frankston RSL Secretary and Welfare Officer, Brenton Clyne, spoke to an audience of combined Year 9 students on Australia’s involvement in World War 1 and the profound

affect that it had on Australian men and women as they served in this terrible conflict, and the hardships many of them faced for many years after returning home from service. He went on to speak about the contribution of many other Australians in various conflicts from World War 2 onwards, including his own experiences in the Vietnam War. Our students listened attentively and asked him a number of pertinent questions. Mr Jay Johnstone closed the session with a prayer for our nation, government, servicemen  and service women past and present, as well as for a blessing upon Mr Clyne as he continues to assist returned service personnel in his role with the RSL.


Rollover this year started with a series of talks to help students develop their understanding of 'worldview'. It was an engaging and interesting time preparing our students for their 2019 studies.



From the Finance Desk

Thank you to everyone who has returned their blue Payment Arrangement Form for 2019 fees.  These were mailed to all families, with a fee statement, on 19 November. With the introduction of a new fee structure and earlier payment system, it is important that every family return one. There are still a number outstanding; please email your form directly to Helen or hand it into the office.


Note: full Early Bird discounts only apply to payments made via Direct Debit or Direct Bank Transfer (as these have no bank fees or charges). The lower regular rates apply to Credit Card, EFTPOS, or BPAY due to additional bank fees.


If you have nominated a payment option with a discount, the discount is deducted before you pay. Use your account number (refer to your fee statement) or surname as the reference.


We can no longer accept cash at the office for fee payments, but you are welcome to pay directly into the College account at any ANZ Bank branch. Details are on the payment arrangement form, and remember to use your account number from your statement as the reference.


Helen from Finance is happy to assist with any questions – you can send an email or call her directly on 5971 6711.

2018 Year Book

Our 2018 Year Book has arrived, and it looks fabulous - well done Mrs Mahoney and team! Students still at the College on the last day of the year will receive their copy. 


Remaining Year Books will be handed to students on the first day of Term 1, otherwise, if you can't wait until then, you can come into the College office (after it reopens on 14 January) to collect your copy!


Bayside Raiders

The Bayside Raiders Committee wishes all our players and their families God's blessings over the holidays and a peaceful Christmas!


See you in 2019 for the second half of our summer season.

School Holiday Program


Family Zone & SchoolTV

Exciting new initiatives coming in 2019 to help parents keep their children safe online...

Second Hand Uniform

As you prepare for 2019, please remember to check out our Second Hand Uniform Facebook Group, where you can sell, buy or swap good quality items of Bayside second hand uniform.

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