Bayside Christian College News

29 March 2018
2018 Issue 4
Principal's Message
From the Deputy's Desk
Primary News
Across the College
Bayside Christian College
03 5971 6700
120-128 Robinsons Road
Langwarrin South, Victoria, 3911

Principal's Message

Thank you to everybody who was able to participate in the biennial Carnival last Friday night. It was a marvellous warm evening and it was great to see so many community members sharing the evening together at the College. My encouragement would be that we continue to find ways to foster community and spend time together as we look to raise and educate our children in partnership.


During Term 1 of this year our staff devotional times have been focused on the Gospel of Luke. Again this last week we were reminded that the teaching of Jesus was turning his world upside down as he was calling people to live in ways that were honouring God; ways that were often different to those of the society of the day. Jesus encouraged hospitality. He taught that religious observance was not enough – the lives of those who claimed to follow God were to be focused on treasures in heaven rather than possessions on earth (Luke 12:33). While we are now some two thousand years into the future, Jesus’ teaching remains counter cultural. Take, for example, the fact that Jesus encouraged love for enemies (Luke 6:27), to turn the other cheek (Luke 6:29), and forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4). Is this the standard by which we as disciples of Christ live and encourage our children to live by?


This weekend we celebrate Easter. Over the Easter weekend, it is my hope that as we celebrate the last moments of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, death, resurrection, and the forgiveness that is promised to us who call on Jesus, that we will also remember the importance of allowing God’s grace to abound in our lives and live by his standards and not those of the world around us.


It is my hope that all families do have the opportunity to rest and spend time dwelling on what it is to follow Christ. I look forward to seeing you back for the start of next term, Tuesday 17 April.




Christopher Prior


Pray for Bayside

Pray that we would stop to reflect on the sacrifice and significance of Easter.


Please pray for our families as they spend time together this Easter break.


Continue to pray for the Board and the College leadership group as they lead us through this next season of change.


Give thanks for the wonderful Twilight Carnival we shared together.

From the Deputy's Desk

Last Friday was a beautiful day, and perfect weather for a swim. Fortunately for me, I had the chance for a quick dip (or six) as I sat perched on the dunking tank at the school Carnival. Some students with careful aim had the satisfaction of seeing me 'take the plunge.'  I also had the pleasure of wandering around and seeing many children enjoying the rides, and many families enjoying the food, the community and even a few bargains to be had at the various stalls. Thank you to all who came and supported the event, and especially to the volunteers and the organising committee who made it possible.


As we look toward the Easter break, I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Luke 23:34, when at his crucifixion, he cried out, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  Christ hung on that tree, not just for the forgiveness of our sins, but as full payment of the debt we owe. He did not just die for us - he died in place of us. As we seek to nurture students in a biblical understanding of the world and of life, we recognise it cannot be complete without understanding the grace, mercy and love shown to us by the Father, as he allowed his son to be sacrificed in order that our relationship with him could be restored. May the message of restoration bring you closer to God this Easter.


Late Students

This is a reminder that the College day begins at 8:45am for Secondary and 8:55am for Primary students. Please have all children to school on time. Secondary students are likely missing important announcements and reminders or notes being handed out, and it can be disruptive to devotions and prayers as they are getting organised. In the Primary, students may be also missing important announcements about the day, and missing the introductions to lessons which contain the core learning for the session. In addition, lateness disrupts the office staff as they seek explanations, write late slips, and update attendance rolls.


While we recognise that sometimes there are circumstances that are out of the ordinary, lateness is disruptive to the class and the individual student. Please assist your children by ensuring they are on time each day.



The trial for NAPLAN Online went well, and most classes were able to proceed without issues. Year 3 had some technical glitches, so an alternate practice will be scheduled after the holidays in order for students to become familiar with the testing platform. A reminder that the formal testing will take place between 15 and 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. Students in Years 7 and 9 must ensure their Chromebooks are charged each day, and have their headphones.


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.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal


Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Have you been into G Block foyer this week to see the amazing ‘Friendship Wall’ made up of paper bricks?  Most students drew or illustrated on a brick about something that they can do to ‘build each other up’. It was part of the Primary School ‘Friendship Day’ which was held last Friday, prior to the Twilight Carnival.  The focus of the day was based on 1 Thessalonians 5:11 -  “Encourage one another and build each other up.”  If you look closely at the bricks, you will see many great ideas which include:

  • Sharing toys

  • Asking are you ok?

  • You can go first

  • Have a go

  • Sharing a flower

  • Saying hi to everyone in the morning

The Primary Students raised $242 by coming in Free Dress on the day, with the money going to support the work of the Monash Children’s Hospital.  


Lost Property

At assembly this week, the students were reminded to check the lost property which has been set out under the verandah near the Indonesian room. There is a pillow, a pair of lime green sports shoes, swimming goggles, an array of plastic bottles and containers, as well as unlabelled uniform items.  Any unclaimed, unlabelled uniform items will be washed and given to the Second Hand Uniform Shop at the end of the week so please check in case any items belong to your family.



A reminder that on the first day of Term 2, Tuesday 17 April,  all students are required to be wearing the winter uniform unless they have PE. If for any reason a student is not wearing the correct uniform, a note/email needs to be sent to the class teacher informing them of the reason for being out of uniform.  A reminder to make sure that everything is labelled clearly.


School Banking

School Banking for Term 2 will commence in week 2 on Tuesday 2h April. Many families take the opportunity to use this student banking service, and the work of the parent volunteers who organise it is much appreciated.  If you are able to offer your services to help with the banking, please come and see me as more helpers are still required.



At the Primary Assembly, the students from Year 3/4H reminded us that Easter is both a commemoration and a celebration - a commemoration of the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us, and a celebration that He rose again. As you eat hot cross buns, reflect on the way that He suffered for us, and while eating Easter eggs, celebrate the empty tomb and that He is Risen! Rejoice!


May God bless you over Easter and the holiday break.


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Friendship Day 2018

Primary Friendship Day was held last Friday 23 March. The theme was 'Build each other up' based on 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up".


Primary students participated in activities during class time focusing on social confidence. We looked at ways we can be confident friends who build each other up, such as saying hello to a student they haven't met yet, sharing an encouraging word, random acts of kindness, taking a wise risk and trying something new.

One of the highlights was the friendship wall, displayed in G Block. Students wrote on paper bricks a goal they want to work on with their social confidence. They also created people cut outs with words displaying what makes them unique or a good friend.


The day was a Free Dress Day, and Primary students, with help from the Secondary students as well, raised $500 for the Monash Children's Hospital.


Friendship Day officially launched our KidsMatter initiative for this year. Thank you for your support.


Chris Elkington
KidsMatter Coordinator

Japanese students visit 5/6W

Year 5/6W enjoyed meeting the Japanese exchange students. They had fun learning to play with Kendama (sword ball). 

Years 1/2 Advertising Department

It is such a joy to see our students involved in our College community events. Leading up to our College Carnival, our Years 1/2 students were very busy working on posters to advertise the event. 


Who knows, there could be some budding advertising gurus amongst them!

Across the College

From the Head of Secondary

Sam Waldron and myself had the enormous pleasure this week of being able to take all of our Secondary student leaders to Iluka Retreat in Shoreham for a time of bonding and of learning what it means to be a student leader at Bayside Christian College. 


I thought it pertinent to ask our College Vice Captain, Jarryd Wyatt  to articulate his reflections of the camp.


Many blessings for Easter and the upcoming break. I look forward to seeing everyone back at the College on 17 April. A reminder that students need to be in full winter uniform at the start of Term 2. 


Shirley Patterson

Head of Secondary

Secondary Leadership Camp

Between Monday 26  and Tuesday 27 March, student leaders from Years 7 to 12 were invited to escape to Iluka Retreat in Shoreham. This

retreat for us served not only as a way to better ourselves as leaders, but as a way to grow, serve and inspire others through Christ. It was through the amazing teachers of Mrs Patterson and Mr Waldron that we learned about how leaders must be filled with faith and courage, must impact the world we are in, and make sacrifices for those that follow us. We also learned that we alone cannot lead, but through God we can.


We also undertook small fun activities during our short camp. Late Monday night we went on a short walk through the Retreat, enjoying the air and 'star-ing' at the stars! On Tuesday afternoon we had an 'a-maze-ing' experience at the Ashcombe Maze, getting lost in the labyrinths or acing the labyrinths.


Overall Iluka Retreat was a great experience for us. We ultimately learned about our areas of gifts and talents provided by God and how we can employ these through God.


Jarryd Wyatt

College Vice Captain


What an exciting and fun time we shared as a community at our biennial Twilight Carnival on Friday night. We were truly blessed with some amazing weather.

There were many highlights, but among them would surely be seeing some of our favourite teachers get soaked on the dunking machine!


All the rides were a massive hit, and with plenty of food and entertainment on offer, everybody seemed to be having a fantastic time.

We look forward to putting the funds raised towards the new bike tracks under construction across the road at 97 Robinsons Rd.


And while it's still two years until our next Carnival, we're on the lookout already for new people to join our organising team. Please drop me a line if you're interested.


Ben Williams

Community Development Officer


Our Agriculture students have been working hard to build garden beds this term, and were grateful to receive donations of very useful items from Frankston Bunnings, including sun hats and gardening gloves, as part of their community involvement.


Mr Joshua Coates also kindly donated some thyme and strawberry plants, which we will be incorporating into our gardens.

Donations of bags of manure would be very welcome as we seek to build the fertility of our garden beds for planting. Please contact Mrs Williams or Mr Lomulder if you wish to bring donations to the Trades Skills Centre.


Rosie Alley

Agriculture Teacher

Year 8 OES - Dessert week

Our Year 8 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students took to the outdoors, on the College grounds,  to enhance their outdoor cooking skills.  


The menu was  delicious desserts.  Whilst we're not sure there will be any Masterchef winners, they all look to be having a great time and learning some very handy skills at the same time.

Year 8 Basketball Rally Day

On Monday 19 March, Year 8 students attended the SEISS Basketball Rally Day. Our Bayside teams had been training for a number of weeks in the lead up.

The boys team had a difficult day, losing a number of close games and not making an appearance in the finals. Whilst the boys defence kept the opposition honest, many close shots didn’t drop in when they were needed.


The girls team dominated the field on the day, winning all their games by more than 25 points, including the final by a margin of 47 points, 51 - 4. The girls demonstrated strong teamwork and passing throughout the day, and most importantly played with integrity and humility throughout.


Well done to both teams on the way you represented the school.


Joel Williamson

Years 7/8 Co-ordinator

Community Service Program

It was wonderful to see all our Years 11/12 student led Community Groups starting last week. It was also fantastic to see some Years 7-10 students taking the lead on some groups as well!


Groups include Chess club, Bible studies, bands, choirs, basketball teams, bike track making, veggie patches and more!


This is great opportunity for students to express their God given gifts through service to others, and through building community across the year levels in the Secondary School.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Year 11/12 Coordinator

Year 10 Work Experience

A reminder for Year 10 students that they should be aiming to get work experience placements and paperwork finalised over the school holidays. 


In 2018, work experience week will run in the last week of Term 2 (25 to 29 June ). 


Spare forms can be downloaded from the Careers website.

Melbourne University STEM program for Years 10-12

Discover upcoming events and activities, designed to inspire and engage students about the opportunities, applications and careers in STEM.


Hospitality Brunch

As part of their formal course assessment, our Year 12 Hospitality students this week served up a delicious brunch of Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter, Cold White Gazpacho Soup, Oven Roasted Field Mushroom, Spanish Eggs and Sourdough Toast. The delicious meal was thoroughly enjoyed by a hungry group of staff over at the Trades Skills Centre - well done Hospitality Team!



The Secret Garden

TIckets are now on sale for the Bayside Christian College production of The Secret Garden. Follow the link to book now as there are only three shows. Be sure you don't miss out!

Snags for Max

Hi everyone! My name is Aaron Sinclair and I am a Year 9 student at Bayside Christian College. I will be running a 'SNAGS FOR MAX' fundraiser for a very good friend of mine named Max Perkins who is battling cancer.


About Max:

Max has been a childhood friend of mine that I have known since I was born. He is battling a rare form of cancer known as Ewing's disease, which is present in his spine. He has also had part of his left leg amputated already because of a cancerous tumor that was found in his leg. 



The fundraiser will be a sausage sizzle at Ballam Park, Cranbourne Road, Frankston South, 3199.

The sausage sizzle will be on 7 April, from 11am - 2pm.


Sausage in bread:   $2.50

Soft drink can:         $1.00

Enjoy both for         $3.00


We would really appreciate you support.


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Good Food Hero

Beginning in Term 2, the Canteen will be supplying hot meals for winter from “Good Food Hero”.

Good Food Hero has been supplying meals for the childcare industry for many years, and have now developed a range of healthy, allergy-aware meals for school canteens.

We will be selling single serves of Bolognese Pasta Bake, Mac and Cheese and Fried Rice with chicken for the Primary students, and Butter Chicken and rice (gluten free) or Thai Green Chicken Curry with (green beans and rice) in larger serves for Secondary students.

These meals can be ordered in LUNCH ORDERS ONLY.

Please see the school website for the details and pricing.



School Holiday Program


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.

Junior Ranger Program Autumn 2018

Southern Peninsula National Parks and Reserves are hosting FREE Ranger hosted activities these holidays.


Get dirty, get active, get curious and get outdoors in our parks with Junior Ranger fun for kids aged between 6 to 12 years old. Hang out with a ranger and answer the call of the wild!


  • Learn about coastal critters
  • Binge on binocular time bird watching
  • Super sleuth on a park treasure hunt
  • Unlock the mysteries of the Quarantine Station
  • Make art in the park

All activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential.



Raiders Ramblings

This week ends the summer season of basketball, and many of our 24 teams have played finals or are about to. We had some outstanding results, like a gold medal win by the 5/6 boys of team Charlie and, more importantly, have seen wonderful examples of mateship and teamwork.


A huge 'Thank you!' to our 24 volunteer coaches and team managers as well as the people who support us at the College; we couldn't do it without you!


We wish all College families a blessed Easter and God's hand over your travels. Here's to an even bigger winter season - go Raiders!

I Can Only Imagine

Antioch House are hosting the movie, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ on Sunday 8 April, 6.30pm at

Village Karingal cinema 2.


Tickets are $16 per person and bookings are to made online:,

This movie is getting great reviews, so invite your family & friends along.


Movie Trailer


2018 Open Day - Saturday 5 May


Bayside Christian College News
Junior Ranger What's On Southern Peninsula - AUTUMN 2018 A4 Flyer.pdf