Bayside Christian College News

18 October 2018
2018 Issue 14
Principal's Message
Primary News
Across the College
Years 11 & 12 Happenings
Noticeboard
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911
AU

Principal's Message

Welcome back to the final term of 2018. We are into the home stretch for students, with final topics and assessments. On Tuesday, we had our Prep Information Night for 2019 families who will be just beginning the journey with us. At the other end of the College, we are only a few days away from farewelling our Year 12s, who officially complete their Secondary education. Our core mission is to partner with parents to raise responsible disciples of Jesus Christ. We pray for those beginning this journey, that our partnership is a purposeful and prosperous one that helps your child to grow into all God has created them to be. For those in the journey, we thank you for your continued support of your children and the College as we walk through celebrations and challenges together, and we trust that this journey has been a fulfilling one for our Year 12 students and their families, as they enter into the next phase of their lives.

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Indonesian LOTE teacher, Mrs Kelly Davies, who has been awarded a Language Teachers Scholarship by the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association. The scholarship provides fares, accommodation and tuition fees for ten days of intensive language learning and cultural excursions to Yogyakarta in the January school holidays. Mrs Davies will use the experience to enrich her teaching of the Indonesian language in 2019.

 

NAPLAN

The recent NAPLAN results are in, with encouraging outcomes across the College. Our school has achieved results comparable with the state averages, demonstrating sound educational outcomes. We are thrilled that our data also indicate, that across all year levels, students with special needs are outperforming like students across the state. We are also encouraged, that across many areas, student growth from Years 3 to 5, Years 5 to 7 and Years 7 to 9 demonstrates that many students have recorded above average growth compared to the state. Our main area for growth is to challenge students who are capable in order to lift the outcomes of high-performing students.

 

Extraordinary General Meeting

If you would like to know more about what partnership means at Bayside, come to the Extraordinary General meeting tonight (Thursday 18 October at 6:30 pm). Dinner is supplied. Please RSVP to Ben Williams for catering purposes. You will hear more about, and contribute to discussion on, NAPLAN, uniforms, digital safety, careers, and the new campus, and you will meet members of the board. We look forward to having you there.

 

God bless,

 

Toni Steinbergs

Acting Principal

Pray for Bayside

Please pray for all our Year 12 students as they celebrate their last few days at school over the coming week.

 

Pray for our Board and Association as they host an Extraordinary General Meeting tonight.

 

Pray for our new Principal, Andrew Manning, and his family as they enjoy their last term in Darwin and prepare to join us next year.

 

Please continue to pray for God's favour over the North Campus, that we will see progress with plans for pedestrian and vehicle access to the site.

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

It is lovely to see all the students back after the holiday break and settling into the routines of school.  Fourth term is always a term filled with many different activities and celebrations. This week the Prep 2019 Parent Information Night was held and, for some families, this will be the start of their journey with the Bayside community.  New families to the school always appreciate how they are welcomed into the community and this is such a wonderful feature of the College.

 

Last week, the Year 6 students had their very first dance rehearsal for their Graduation, which will be held on 10 December.  During the holidays, the ‘Dates on the Fridge’ notice was sent out to families via email. Please print it out and keep a close eye on events coming up. There may be a few minor changes to dates and activities but will will notify you of these.

 

In G Block foyer there are some trees covered in woollen pom-poms which were made by the Years 5/6 students at the end of term 3.  The display is called “Blossoms of Gratitude”. Attached to the pom-poms, the students wrote about what they were grateful for, and these are some of the things they described:  family, friends, animals, food, basketball, the world, teachers, green, faith, life, dancing and God’s love. Please come in and have a look. It is hoped that everyone feels encouraged to have an attitude of gratitude.

 

God bless you all,

 

Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Blossoms of Gratitude

As part of the recent unit on construction, students in the Years 5/6 area learned how to make pom poms using a number of different methods. The larger pom poms were made using two cylinders and the smaller ones by wrapping wool around their fingers and by using a fork. Students displayed a high level of persistence in perfecting their technique.

Students then cut a small length or ribbon and sewed on a tassel to the end. On this ribbon students were invited to write one word which showed something they were grateful for.  We had a lovely range of answers such as family, friends, the world, faith, God’s love, love and my height!

 

The Blossoms of Gratitude were created with the help of parent helpers, Mr Mason (who supplied the branches, pots and bricks), parents and staff who contributed balls of wool and of course, by the fantastically creative students in Years 5 and 6.

 

Donna Doherty

Years 5/6 Teacher

Book Fair

The Bayside Christian College Book Fair is not far away...

 

When: Monday 22 - Thursday 25 October

Time: 3:15-4:00 PM

Where: In the Library

Camping activities with the VCALs

On Thursday 13 December, Year 5/6D and 5/6R got a chance to do some camping activities, such

as setting up a tent with a partner, making a fire, roasting marshmallows on the fire, various activities and making damper as well as roasting and eating it . Overall, we really enjoyed this experience and would definitely do it again if we had the chance. The VCAL students did a brilliant job of hosting this event and I’m sure everyone had an awesome time.

 

Isabel & Aletia - Year 6 students

 

Swimming

Late last term, our Prep-Year 4 students completed a week of swimming lessons at the YMCA Somerville Health and Aquatic Centre - a fun but exhausting week for our students!

 

Prep 2019 - Wednesday Care

 

Prep Holiday program

 

Across the College

Understanding internet filters

In an online rich world it is important for schools to prevent students from accessing any online content that can get students involved with illegal activity or watching / reading age inappropriate material – this also includes ‘off task’ activity. Internet filtering is one of the solutions used at schools to limit and monitor students' internet activity. Implementing these hardware and software filters assures the school community that there are measures in place to partner with parents in protecting children in the school environment.

 

Monitoring the internet use in Bayside mirrors that of workplaces to help ensure these resources are used appropriately. It also helps the school understand areas that may be lacking to help improve teaching resources.

 

Students may find the purpose of internet filters challenging to understand, especially when compared to their use of the internet at home. If you are interested in looking at installing a web filter at your home, there is further information on the parent portal on our website.

 

Joel Kong

eLearning manager

Careers

A reminder that Ms Dawson is finalising VET enrolments in the next few weeks with Year 10 and 11 students. If you have VET forms to return please do so ASAP.

 

In Year 10 Careers classes this week, we are looking at study tips including the importance of sleep, exercise and diet. There might be other Secondary students (and parents) who could do with some reminders as we head into exam season:

Years 11 & 12 Happenings

As we welcome the beautiful sunshine, we prepare to farewell our Year 12 students. The next weeks hold many exciting moments for these students, as they come to the close of their schooling.

 

Next week, Year 12s will thank the school community at a special ‘Thank you’ assembly - all are welcome. That evening we will be having a Year 12 Presentation Night where teachers will be honouring all of our Year 12 students. Their year will conclude the next day with a range of activities. Exams will take place for our VCE students from  Wednesday 31 October.

 

VCAL students had their Showcase Evening in our new Trades Skills Centre on Tuesday night, which was a wonderful celebration of all that they have accomplished this year. Students prepared a meal for their families, as well as making speeches and presentations to all. Thank you to all the students and teachers for their hard work putting this together.

 

A reminder that the Christmas Bayside Community Market will be on Thursday  29 November - we welcome anyone who would like to have a stall at this market. Please plan to come along and find some Christmas gifts!

 

I look forward to seeing all our Year 12 families at Presentation Night next Monday at 6:30pm for finger food, with a 7:30pm start.

 

Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator

Word from the Captains

The much-anticipated week has finally rolled around for Year 12s, with a mixture of excitement and sadness brewing in the year level as our last week of school has finally come. Next week the Year 12s will be celebrating their time at Bayside and hosting an assembly Monday morning to thank all of the people who have encouraged and challenged us in both our faith and learning journeys over the past 13 years. After our last day of classes on Monday, we will be celebrating with the Year 12 Presentation Night where we all can celebrate others' achievements and gifts while having a bite to eat prepared by the magnificent first year Hospitality students. Then next Tuesday is when the real fun begins, with the Year 12's final day. We will be arriving at school in costumes and ready for a few pranks, so be prepared, because we are going out with some fun!

 

Aside from all of the events happening, both of us  would like to thank everyone at Bayside for encouraging us in our leadership journey and giving us the opportunity to step up and serve and lead such a great community. 

 

This year has been full of challenges, memories, and milestones that neither of us will ever forget, and for that we are forever grateful to the school, for making our time at Bayside the best it could have been.  

 

It would be great if you all could keep the Year 12s in your prayers in the coming weeks as they face exams and step out in faith and follow into what God has called them to do in the future.

For the Last time,

 

Annabelle Hames & Grace Gaskell 

College Captains

Subject in Focus

Further Maths

The most recent topic we have finished is Networks and Decision Mathematics. This topic was initially received by students with comments like, "This isn't even Maths". It is a topic which has students using procedures and algorithms to find shortest paths, minimum spanning trees, solve issues of flow, job allocation problems and project management. Although not all these skills will be used by students in their vocation, there was an acknowledgement of many jobs which could, especially in relation to planning all the jobs involved in building a house. 

Our students are currently working through practice exams and creating their "Bound Reference" for their examinations, which are coming very soon. Please encourage and pray for our students as they prepare for this and all their other VCE examinations.

 

Paul Mathews

VCE Maths Teacher

Careers - VTAC, sign up etc. for change of preference

The Department of Human Services has put together a helpful little page outlining "4 options for 2018 school leavers". It includes links to find out more about various benefits available to students and those looking for work.

 

And a final reminder for Year 12 VCE students that 14 December is ATAR release and change of preference day. Please see Ms Dawson to make an appointment, if you haven’t already. Year 12 students - both VCE and VCAL - are also very welcome to come in at other times, especially those needing a longer appointment, to explore options for work and study in greater detail. Remember that you can make appointments using Calendly.

Picnic with the Year 2s

It was a very special day on Thursday 11 October as our Year 12 students joined together with all the Year 2 students to share a picnic lunch. Our Year 2, and a few Year 1, students will be a very important part of our Thank You assembly next week, and this was a great way for the students to get to know each other.

VCAL Showcase Night

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one definition for Showcase is "a setting, occasion, or medium for exhibiting something or someone especially in an attractive or favorable aspect. showcase. verb. showcased; showcasing."

Our VCAL students this week exhibited themselves and our program in a very favourable aspect! They organised the night, decorated the night, set the night up and ran the night. They even fed everyone on the night! Teachers were there just for their good looks…

 

VCAL is about applying learning, learning through doing. Students are encouraged and empowered to take responsibility for real events, and given the opportunity to reflect on what worked well, consider what might be good to change and what they will definitely change the next time they encounter similar situations. In this way, learning is retained and transferable to life beyond the school gates.

 

Well done to our VCAL students - I am so very proud of your efforts!!

 

Olivia Williams

VCAL Teacher & TSC Coordinator

Noticeboard

Bayside Arts & Technology Expo

On Wednesday 31 October, you are invited to help encourage and celebrate the creativity of students across the college at the annual Arts and Technology Expo. Come and enjoy great entertainment, food and displays of student work from ELC, Primary and Secondary students. The event will take place in G Block from 3:15-5:30pm, and will showcase the diverse range of creative talents within the college. 

 

Term 4 Working Bee

The only working bee for Term 4, and the last for this year, is scheduled for Saturday 27 October from 8am-12pm. A reminder that families are to complete eight hours at working bees this year or are liable to pay the Working Bee Levy of $150.

Uniform Updates

There have been plenty of recent uniform changes, so please read all the details below:

  • The Dobsons uniform shop is open Monday mornings 8:30-11:30am and Thursday afternoons 1:30-4:30pm during school term. Private appointments are now also available for sizing and fitting new students on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only - email [email protected] for an appointment. Summer holiday opening hours will be advertised soon.
  • With the arrival of Dobsons, a few uniform items have changed. There is now only one Bayside backpack - for Primary and Secondary students, and the PE track pant material has changed. The PE jacket is being progressively phased out and replaced with a more durable 'soft shell' jacket. The current PE jacket, some sizes of which can still be purchased through Dobsons, can be worn until the end of the 2021 school year to ensure they get fair wear.
  • The second hand uniform shop is no longer open, and will soon begin returning items of uniform to the respective families. Families wishing to purchase, sell or swap items of second hand uniform are welcome to use the official College Second Hand Uniform Facebook Group.  
  • All details about uniform can be found on the College website, including a link to our recently-published Uniform Policy, which replaces the 'Dress Code Handbook'.

If you have any feedback regarding uniform, please contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams.

Uniform updates

There have been plenty of recent uniform changes, so please read all the details below:

  • The Dobsons uniform shop is open Monday mornings 8:30-11:30am and Thursday afternoons 1:30-4:30pm during school term. Private appointments are now also available for sizing and fitting new students on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only - email [email protected] for an appointment. Summer holiday opening hours will be advertised soon.
  • With the arrival of Dobsons, a few uniform items have changed. There is now only one Bayside backpack - for Primary and Secondary students, and the PE track pant material has changed. The PE jacket is being progressively phased out and replaced with a more durable 'soft shell' jacket. The current PE jacket, some sizes of which can still be purchased through Dobsons, can be worn until the end of the 2021 school year.
  • The second hand uniform shop is no longer open, and will soon begin returning items of uniform to the respective families. Families wishing to purchase, sell or swap items of second hand uniform are welcome to use the official College Second Hand Uniform Facebook Group.  We acknowledge this doesn’t meet all our parents’ needs so are we are open to simple solutions!
  • All details about uniform can be found on the College website, including a link to our recently-published Uniform Policy, which replaces the 'Dress Code Handbook'.

If you have any feedback regarding uniform, please contact our Community Development Officer, Ben Williams.

Principal's Tours - 25 Oct

 

7 reasons why you should come to the BCC partnership forum

 

Bayside Family Network & Morning Tea

When: Wednesday 24 October, 9-10am

Where:  G block

What: 12 Essential Coping Strategies Every Child Can Use When Life Gets Hard

 

RAISING RESILIENT KIDS

Book available at reception - $20

Resilience is a term that has gained traction in recent years, becoming the "buzzword" if you will. It’s easy to see why. It’s a word that resonates with parents, carers, educators - anyone who is involved in the lives of children and teenagers, as we all have similar goals – namely, to develop strong, capable, well-balanced and above all, kind, decent, and resilient young people.

 

Throughout this book, a number of Australia’s best experts will touch on some of the biggest and most challenging influences on young people today including cyber-safety, pornography, anxiety and self-harm – and they offer not only current statistics and information, but strategies to help us as parents, educators and carers, to navigate this minefield and raise them to become confident, resilient people.

 

Topics covered include:

  • How to build happy and resilient children
  • Nurturing resilience in our children during their early years
  • Building resilience in the digital space
  • Building resilience in a society that is highly impacted by pornography
  • Understanding and responding to self-harm in our young people
  • How gratitude is important to developing resilience
  • Helping our young people manage anxiety
  • How parents and others caring for children and teens can build their own resilience.

Contributing authors:

  • Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
  • Susan Mclean
  • Melinda Tankard Reist
  • Sharon Witt
  • Michael Grose
  • Michelle Mitchell
  • Dannielle Miller
  • Hugh van Cuylenberg
  • Wendy Mason.

Webinar - Help kids develop impulse control - Mon 29 Oct

How many of you have been in a situation where, after being on a diet for a few days, a colleague comes to work selling chocolates for a fundraiser? Do you give in and buy a chocolate? It’s for a good cause after all. Or do you resist?

Austrian psychologist Walter Mischel conducted an experiment in 1965 involving four-year-olds and marshmallows. Mischel invited individual children into a room where a marshmallow was on the table. The man who brought the child into the room explained that he had to step out for a couple of minutes and if the child wanted to, he or she could eat the marshmallow. However, if the child could wait until the man returned before eating the marshmallow, they would be given an extra marshmallow – so two instead of one. Sure enough, some children couldn’t wait and ate the marshmallow before the man returned, while others were able to resist the temptation in order to earn the reward.

 

How to use the voucher
1. Go to www.parentingideas.com.au/product/developing-emotional-intelligence-in-children/
2. Click ‘Add to cart’ and proceed to the cart when you are ready.
3. Enter the coupon code "Emotions" and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order.

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Operation Safe Plate

 

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