Bayside Christian College News

31 October 2019
2019 Issue 16
Principal's Message
Special Announcement
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

Greta Thunberg

I have tried to resist the temptation to use Greta Thunberg as a newsletter topic, but clearly I have failed. Greta Thunberg, whether you agree or disagree with her message remains an interesting and polarising character on the world stage today. But when I read about and listen to the commentary surrounding this young lady it's not her message that grabs my attention. But rather, it’s her passion and commitment to a cause that jumps off the page for me.


I am surprised that most people (particularly students) only see her and know her for her activism as she bluntly challenges world leaders and speaks to the UN, while unaware that Greta began her public journey in August of 2018 when she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) "School strike for climate".


Now, again, I am not advocating that students should give up school in quite the same way to pursue their passion as Greta did. I am however advocating that students should get passionate and pursue that passion with a similar determined commitment. I don’t think that Greta woke up one day and suddenly and miraculously become passionate about global warming. I suspect it took years of pondering and debating with teachers and peers to come to the place she has.


My question is… how do we encourage the young people in our care to find and pursue their passions and influence the world around them? I wonder if the structures of our schools tend to stifle rather than stoke passion. I wonder if in the busyness of our parental lives we fail to see the passion and thus fail to nurture it.


Wherever you stand on these thoughts it is my hope that we can agree that deeply embedded in a Bayside student's passion should also be hope, humility and generosity; three key traits that, when present, provide the foundation of a significantly more influential discussion and debate (regardless of the topic).


Andrew Manning


Pray for Bayside

Please pray for our Year 12 VCE students as they undertake their examinations over the next couple weeks.


Pray in thanks for the many wonderfully talented students who had the opportunity to display those talents at our Arts Expo.


Please pray God's peace and sustaining grace throughout Term 4, as it is a particularly busy time of celebrations and wrapping up the year.


Pray for safety and rest for families as we take a short break over the next several days.

Special Announcement

2020 will see some significant changes to the leadership structure at the College. One of these changes will see Mrs Shirley Patterson step from the role of Head of Secondary into the new role of Director of Innovation and Discipleship. The role of the Director is twofold; firstly, to support the teaching staff in ensuring that they and their programs are serving to the best of their ability and, secondly, to focus on creating opportunities for students to explore what it means to serve as disciples of Christ in the College and wider community. 


With Mrs Patterson stepping into this new role the process to recruit a new Head of Secondary began late in Term 3. Although, I am pleased to be able to inform you that this process is now complete, the outcome was not quite what I originally anticipated. However, I hope that you will agree with me that the conclusion that has been reached is a positive step forward. 


The short explanation is that we have come to the conclusion that the current role of Head of Secondary, that has served us for a long time, will not serve us well into the future. With the Year 10s moving 'over the road' next year, an opportunity has arisen to take a more intentional approach to shaping the learning environments and the care of students in the Junior and Senior Secondary sections. To this end, the Head of Secondary role has been split into the two roles of Head of Senior Secondary and Head of Junior Secondary.


Fortunately, the recruitment process for the Head of Secondary encouraged a number of high quality applicants to apply, from which we were able to identify two people to fill the new roles of Head of Senior Secondary and Head of Junior Secondary.


I am pleased to be able to inform you that in 2020:

  • Mrs Sharyn Hadlow has been appointed to the position of Head of Senior Secondary, and 
  • Mr Joel Williamson has been appointed to the position of the Head of Junior Secondary.

I am also pleased to affirm that Mrs Glenys Bailey will continue as the Head of Primary in 2020. 


I am very much looking forward to working with Joel and Sharyn and seeing them settle into their new roles, and ask that you pray as we make the transition. 




Andrew Manning


Primary News

From the Head of Primary

It was delightful to see the wonderful works on display at the Arts Expo last night. Thank you to Caroline De Haan, Janine Harvey, Kerri Bernon and Russell Svigos for the Primary displays of Visual Arts and STEM items, and David Mallen for coordinating the musical items with the students and Music Instrumental Teachers. 


Please make sure that jumpers and jackets are clearly labelled as there are several unlabelled items in lost property. On the cool mornings the students start the day with their jackets or jumpers on, and as the day warms up, these get discarded! 


This week the Bayside Primary Spelling Bee continues, and the final will be held next Wednesday lunchtime, 6 November.


Congratulations to our two Primary students who won the IT C.A.R.E. Poster competition: Annabel in Years 5/6 and Sarah in Years 3/4. There were many excellent posters submitted to the competition. The winning posters will be photocopied and laminated to remind students to ‘Care for And Respect Everyone’ when using computers. All other posters will be displayed in the Primary Computer Lab or in G-Block. 


A couple of reminders:

School Hats - please make sure that your child has a school hat at school each day and that it is labelled.

Jumpers and Jackets - check they are labelled clearly.

Years 3/4 Coal Creek Excursion - Monday 11 November.


Advanced notice: Please keep Thursday 5 December free for the Primary Celebration Evening. All Primary Students and their families are expected to attend. 


Enjoy the mid-term break.


God bless,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Shadow Animals

The Years 1/2 students made the most of the beautiful sunshine; we took our Art lesson outside and traced the shadows of the animal figurines. This proved tricky, with our friends making shadows on our papers and the wind blowing our animals and paper away, but we persisted and traced some great animal shapes.


Caroline De Haan

Primary Art Teacher


Blessing Bags

A huge THANK YOU to all who donated hygiene products, books and healthy treats to our Blessing Bags fundraising stall at the recent Bayside Community Market. Thanks to your generosity and purchases, we were able to donate a trolley-full of products valued at around $500 to be bagged up at the Aspendale Gardens Community Centre on Sunday! 


Love from Year 4/5A


Marble runs/maths/angles in Years 5/6

Students in Years 5/6 are busy building their marble run designs to demonstrate what they have learned about angles. 


Sara Wright

Years 3-6 Coordinator


Well Done Chloe!

Year 6 student, Chloe, received the runners up

in the recent 2019 HTAV Historical Fiction awards with her 4000 word historical fiction work titled, "The royal Egyptian handmaid". 


Well done Chloe! 


1/2 Fun at the Zoo

On Friday we went to the zoo. My favourite animal was the lion. We also saw a giraffe and a tiger and an elephant - Louis


On Friday we went to the zoo. We saw snow leopards, tigers, lions, turtles, snakes, elephants, giraffes and zebras. My favourite animal is a tiger - Jayden 


On Friday we went to the zoo. The animals we saw were giraffe and lions, tigers, elephants and seals. My favourite animal was a tiger because they are cute. I've never seen a lion before. We went into a room that went under the water and we saw a lot of fish - Kaylee


On Friday we went to the Melbourne Zoo. First we saw the wild pigs. They were stinky. We saw the giraffes, which were very tall, zebras, seals, lions, tigers and heaps more. Then we went to a hut sort of thing to eat lunch. After lunch we saw more animals including elephants. But my favourite was the penguins. It was a good excursion - Quinn


On Friday we went to the zoo. The animals we saw were a lion, penguins, seals and a lot more. We saw the penguins and seals underwater and above water. My favourite animals were the otters because they came to say hello and are so cute, and my second was the seal as it was sunbathing - Brielle


Indonesian Cooking Class with Ibu Newton!

Fruit tasting

The Years 5/6 students are currently learning about traditional Indonesian markets and different types of fruits that they can buy in the market. The highlight of this unit is when students get to taste some of these fruits in class including: buah naga putih (white dragon fruit), buah naga merah (red dragon fruit), kelengkeng (longan), buah nangka (jackfruit), pepaya (papaya), rambutan (hairy fruit), jambu biji (rose apple) and durian (stinky fruit).


With excitement, courage and some nervous looks, each of the students in Years 5/6 tried the fruits one by one. Some fruit elicited a big smile and a desire for another serving. However, most students agreed that durian had the worst smell, texture and taste. Unsurprisingly, no one requested an extra serving of durian. Even though some of the fruit disagreed with our Australian tastes, the students loved the experience and enjoyed having their eyes opened to the existence of whole new types of fruit that God created for us to enjoy. 

Cooking Class with Ibu Newton!

On Tuesday 29 October, our Years 5/6 students did some cooking as part of their LOTE Indonesian program. As well as being heaps of fun, the experience helped the students to put the language they have been learning into practice and understand the Indonesian culture better.


On the menu was Indonesian pancake (dadar gulung) and sticky rice balls (klepon). 


The best part was the tasting afterwards!


Ibu Newton (Mrs Newton)

Indonesian teacher

Cricket Gala Day Smoothies

Our Years 5/6 students recently competed in their annual Cricket Gala Day. A particular highlight of the day was the Woolworths bus, at which you could peddle your way to a free smoothie!


Across the College

The term was certainly off to a busy start with our guest speaker - Ben Pettingill - Rally Day, the Arts Expo and more! Last week the Years 9 & 10 students competed in their annual Volleyball and Badminton Rally Day, and this week we had the Arts Expo, where the diverse skill and talent of our young artists was on display through their artworks. The Expo was immediately followed by solo and group performances by our Years 9 & 10 Performing Arts students.

On Thursday evening our Year 10 families are invited to join the Science teachers as we view the night sky guided by a member of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. The time for this event is from 8:00 until 9:30pm.


Semester 2 examinations will be conducted during Week 6. All students should be following the advice of their teachers as they prepare for this final examination period for the year.


Sharyn Hadlow

Years 9 & 10 Coordinator 

Year 8 OES

Year 8 Outdoor & Environmental Studies students practised remote first aid skills in class and came up with some interesting results!


On Friday 25 October they braved very cold, windy conditions during their trip to Trees Adventure in Belgrave, and they all did a brilliant job working their way through treetop obstacles. Mrs Scott and I were incredibly impressed with the fabulous attitude shown by all students during this excursion.


Ken Berry

OES Teacher


The Mountain Bike Track

In the Year 9 OES class the students have been working hard to get ready for the upcoming three-day mountain bike-riding camp. The students have also been building the mountain bike course at school and, in exciting news, have been able to ride some completed sections.


Daniel Briglia

OES Teacher


Year 9 History

As part of their unit on Australian History, Year 9 students created an interactive presentation about life during the time from the gold rush to Federation. This included learning about living conditions, weaponry, survival skills and the motivation behind the Eureka Stockade.

Each group of students based their creative presentation on the aspect that interested them most. The classroom was filled with self-designed 19th century clothing and hats, student-made damper and even a tree hut, which housed Aboriginal tools and hunting equipment. 


Ulli Austermann

Secondary Teacher

Years 7&8 Rally Day

Years 7 & 8 students went to Casey Stadium to compete against four other schools in both volleyball and badminton. They worked really hard in their teams and 7 out of 8 teams ended up in the grand final. Unfortunately all of these teams lost their final, however, they displayed fabulous teamwork and peer support throughout the day. A huge thanks goes to Olivia Williams and the Year 10 sports captains for helping out on the day. Andy Lancaster did a brilliant job running the entire event.


Monday Secondary Girls Group

It has been such a pleasure getting to know each of the sweet, caring and humorous girls who have attended Secondary Girls Group during

Monday lunchtime this year. Together we have played games, eaten some delicious food, spent time reading God's word and prayed for one another. Unfortunately Girls group will be on hold for the next three weeks, until the busy exam period is over. We will be returning on Tuesdays in future, with the first being 12 November.


All Secondary girls are more than welcome to join us, I hope to see you there. Keep an ear out for an announcement on the school speakers.

God bless you all,


Karina - Year 11

Year 9 Policians

Term 3 saw our Year 9 students engaging in a study of politics. This course of learning takes students through Australia's system of governance, and involves an exploration of elections and the reasoning behind the political system we have in place in our country.


To cap off the term of study, our local state member of parliament, Neale Burgess MP, spends an afternoon talking with our students. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to have Mr Burgess speak with students, sharing his journey and some of the experiences he has had as a member of the state parliament. As points of discussion, Neale discussed current issues of climate change and corruption with students, seeking their thoughts and opinions. 


Jay Johnstone

Secondary Teacher


Year 10 Science

This semester, Year 10 Science has been all about Astronomy. Students practised their

understanding of stellar parallaxes through measuring and investigating. They also created posters with life cycles of stars, and will have a night excursion with a member of the Astronomical Society, so the students can apply their theoretical knowledge to the world around them. 


Ulli Austermann

Secondary teacher

Year 7/2020 - Family Fun

On Tuesday 29 October, our Year 7 2020 students and families met for dinner and a games night. 


After dinner the students were hosted by our Chaplain, Kathy Scott, in a Bayside version of "The Amazing Race", and the parents went off to participate in a trivia quiz hosted by our Years 7/8 Coordinator, Joel Williamson.


As well as bringing out a level of competitiveness, everyone had a lot of fun. Thanks to all at Bayside who were involved in the organisation of the night; it is very much appreciated. 


Arts & Technology Expo

The Bayside Christian College Arts & Technology Expo took place on Wednesday 30 October, and once again we were not disappointed!


From the artwork on display, to the musical and drama performances from both our Primary and Secondary Schools, we are so blessed to have so much talent in our College.


Year 7 OES

With the sunshine comes the camping! Our Year 7 students were practising putting their tents up on the College grounds on Tuesday, battling against a breeze. As they go into Year 8 next year, their camp will involve a camping trip to Wilsons Prom... I'm thinking that a little bit more practice wouldn't go astray!




With many of our students now preparing for important end of year exams, it can be really important to keep stress in perspective, and to learn to use the adrenaline rush to one's advantage. This timely article provides some really helpful suggestions:


This Month on SchoolTV - Resilience

Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.

However, being resilient does not mean your child won't experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Over-protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful towards the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition:

Years 11/12 Happenings

Last week we farewelled our Year 12 students. As always at this time of year, celebrations are a mixture of joy and sadness. As we walk alongside our students, we are excited to see them step into the next chapter of their lives filled with hopes and dreams. We pray that they will always remember to seek God’s face - his purposes and plans - and that they will set their hearts on seeking first His kingdom knowing that everything else will be added to them. 

Jeremiah 6:16

 This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls.”


Please continue to pray for our Year 12 students as they move into the world of work or continue their exams, which commenced on Wednesday 30 October.


For Year 11 students, assessment is wrapping up, with exams (VCE) and assessment panels (VCAL) fast approaching. A reminder that the Year 11 Social is on Monday 18 November and RSVPs are due today. Monday 18 November is a student free day for Year 11. Rollover will begin the next day. 


The Christmas Community Market will be taking place on Thursday 28 November, and I encourage you all to come along and join in the carols and Christmas stalls and food! This will be held for the first time at North Campus. Bring a picnic rug! 


The Year 11 exam timetable for 12-15 November will be available soon - these will be emailed to families.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11/12 Coordinator

VCAL Showcase

Years 11 & 12 VCAL students ran a brilliant Showcase event for their families to celebrate a successful year of learning. They all worked together to provide a fabulous insight into their growth and increased depth of knowledge in the VCAL program. We even had a delicious three course meal and thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students shine.


Ken Berry

VCAL teacher


2019 FMPLLEN VCAL Awards

Two of our senior VCAL students were honoured at the recent FMPLLEN awards: Kiri receiving an excellence and Mitch receiving an encouragement. Well done!



Mid-Term Break

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday 1 November, is a student-free day due to teacher report-writing. As Monday 4 November is mid-term break, followed by Melbourne Cup, students can enjoy a five-day break! We'll see you back at school next Wednesday 6 November.


You will have received a pack in the mail late in Term 3 with a number of forms to complete:

  • Payment Arrangement Form,
  • Student Annual Details Check(s),
  • General Declarations & Occupation Index pages, and
  • Student Images Consent Form.

These forms are now overdue and should be returned to the College office immediately. If you have misplaced your forms or did not receive them please let the office know.


Individual 2020 fee statements will be distributed to families soon.

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Calling all Netballers

Bayside Christian College is pleased to announce the start-up of our very own Netball Club, "The Baysiders". Any Bayside student that is interested in joining a team, or if you already have a team (made up of a majority Bayside Christian College students) and would like to play under the Baysiders banner, please contact the Baysiders committee at the following email address:


We will be putting the teams together and ordering uniforms shortly.


VET/SBAT enrolments for 2020

Students still wishing to enrol in a VET/SBAT program for 2020 are reminded to see Michelle Smith (our new VET Coordinator) ASAP. Some classes fill up really fast, while a few classes are cancelled each year due to low enrolment numbers. It's best to get in quick!

Uniform Shop Hours

A reminder that the Dobsons uniform shop is open the following regular times during term:

  • Monday 8:30–11:30am
  • Thursday 1:30–4:30pm.

The summer holiday opening hours have been confirmed and will be published shortly.


Families wishing to purchase, sell or swap items of second hand uniform are welcome to use the official College Second Hand Uniform Facebook Group:

Discounted Spray Jackets

The College has acquired some limited stock of spray jackets from our previous uniform supplier. Jackets in sizes 2 and 4 are available for purchase for $25, and jackets in sizes 10, XS, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL are available for $30 - from the College office only. Spray jackets can be worn until the end of 2021, including in the ELC.

Camp Australia Newsletter



Basketball Clinics


2020 Carnival is Coming!

Staying home and need a project this extra long weekend? Why not clear out the garage or the spare room of clutter and donate it to the Carnival cause?! We're on the hunt for books and other second hand items to sell at our next Carnival on Friday 20 March. The container is in place and ready to start collecting your well-loved (but in otherwise good condition) items!


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