Bayside Christian College News

02 May 2019
2019 Issue 6
Principal's Address
From the Deputy's Desk
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 Address

"Come, follow me," Jesus said...


"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20 ).


I have always found this scene in Matthew very challenging. On first glance it appears to be a fairly straightforward exchange between Jesus and two men. The consequences however were, in truth, significant considering they left their jobs, families and all that they knew in choosing to answer the 'call' and follow Jesus.


We can learn a lot about Jesus from this exchange, but I would like to focus on just one: Choice. Jesus' call to Peter and Andrew, you might have noticed, was an instruction, not a question. Regardless, Peter and Andrew still had a choice to make about whether to follow Jesus or not; a choice interestingly that Jesus still offers us today. And just like Peter and Andrew, we have a choice to make.


I think that we often forget that we always have a choice. It may not be an easy choice, a fun choice or a choice that will benefit us, but nonetheless, it is a choice. This ability to choose is a gift that I suspect we rarely fully appreciate. The gift of choice places the power and responsibility in our hands and allows us to be truly free.


Unfortunately, however, making the right choice is often complicated and can come with significant consequences. Learning to have the confidence to accept the consequences of a right choice, although difficult, enables us to have peace as we journey through in these difficult times.


One of the things we strive to help students grapple with at the College is the power and consequence of choice. By providing students with opportunities to choose, and then find peace with the consequences because they made the right choice, enables them to build their decision-making capacity. By providing an environment where students are not only reminded that they have a choice, but also have their choices challenged, we enable them to grow to increasingly be able to approach life's big choices with confidence.


As always, we do not do this in isolation. We do it in partnership with parents and carers. Together we provide a space where students can increasing choose well so they can thrive and find peace even in uncertain times.   


Andrew Manning


Pray for Bayside

Please pray for our Open Day this coming Saturday, that many families, both enquiring and current, would come for a visit.


Pray for all the talented people involved in our College production of Beauty & the Beast Jr, for their health and endurance during this busy and exciting time.


Please pray for the students preparing for the Thailand Mission Trip, that God would prepare hearts to learn from this wonderful opportunity.


Pray for our Board and Association as they prepare for the Annual General Meeting, that as a College we would "Honour the Past and Look to the Future".

From the Deputy's Desk


In the Old Testament is the recount of the time when Israel was returning from exile to rebuild the destroyed city and walls of Jerusalem. It was disheartening for them to see the once great city almost ruined, and it required hard work, dedication and cooperation.


Then the governor, Nehemiah, had everyone assembled and the Book of the Law was read to them by the priest, Ezra, as a reminder of what they had forgotten: to love God and serve Him only, and to love one another. The people wept as they were convicted of their neglect, and they turned back to God. Then Nehemiah said, "This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10b).


It was a reminder that, even though life had been difficult, even though it was tough to rebuild, that God was with them, and as they turned to Him, His joy would give them the strength they needed to continue.


We have just commemorated Anzac Day, a time of honouring those who served and who gave their lives to protect the freedom we now enjoy. 'Enjoy' means "the use or benefit of joy".


Perhaps we too can learn from this; that our joy comes from obedience to God, in loving Him and serving others, and that joy gives us strength, and to also share joy with others. May you find your joy in serving the Lord this term.


God bless.

Thailand Mission Trip Trivia Night

This is the major fundraiser to support the Chaing Mai Mission. Firstly, please join us on the night, Saturday 25 May, by booking a table, or taking a few seats on a table via this link.


Also, we are looking for donations to go towards our silent auction, and hoping that you may have something that you could donate to this. If you are able, please contact me via email or call me via the office (5971 6700). All gifts will be gratefully received and you will be really helping our students and the Thai community.



All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake NAPLAN online this year between 14 and 24 May. Students require the book-listed headphones for these tests. An email with further details was sent to all parents and carers in these year levels. Please see your class teacher, or head of school with any questions, or visit the NAP website for information and access to practise questions for familiarisation.


School Photos

School Photo Day is Tuesday 21 May. All students must be in FULL WINTER UNIFORM, including tie and blazer for Secondary students. Ordering information will be sent to families soon.


Car park Reminders

Thank you to all those families who follow the car park etiquette and keep the flow moving. As we commence a new term, please be reminded that students are NEVER to be collected outside the gates. It is unsafe for our students. Please only park in marked bays, or enter the drop off zone and KEEP MOVING FORWARD as far as possible before allowing children to enter or exit your vehicle. This allows others to fit in behind you and speeds up the collection, particularly in the busy afternoon pick-up.


Toni Steinbergs

Deputy Principal



Our incredible shrinking attention spans

From the Family Zone Blog:

When’s the last time you read a book from cover to cover? Watched an entire movie without checking your phone or tablet? Put in a solid seven-hour working day uninterrupted by your Facebook feed? Had a phone conversation without scrolling through your inbox or doing a cheeky spot of Googling?

Primary News

From the Head of Primary

Term 2 has started off well. There are four new students in the Primary School who have been made welcome by the other students. Around the school, it is wonderful to observe the way that students care for each other. It may be opening the door for another student, looking after a friend who has fallen over, or cheering up someone who is a little sad.  


A few reminders:

  • School Banking runs each Tuesday by volunteer parents.
  • Whole School Cross Country is Thursday 2 May.
  • Prep-Year 2 and Years 3/4 performers go to the ‘Beauty & the Beast’ rehearsal at George Jenkins Theatre on Wednesday 8 May.
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' performances are on Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May from 7:30pm - tickets.
  • Winter Sport for the Years 5/6 students starts this Friday 3 May.
  • Book Club orders are due on Thursday 9 May.
  • Mother's Day Stall runs on Friday 10 May. Gifts are $5 if your child wishes to make a purchase.
  • Bayside Family Network Workshop & Morning Tea, Wednesday 15 May, 9am in G-Block. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.

If you happen to shop at Woolworths, Mrs Naomi Armstrong is enthusiastically organising the ‘Earn and Learn’ sticker collection. The stickers can be collected from 1 May to 25 June from Woolworths. At the end of the promotion, the school can use the stickers to acquire  some new sporting or science equipment. Sticker sheets can be collected from Woolworths and when completed, placed in the collection boxes in G-Block foyer or the ELC.


May God bless you all,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

All Homes Should Have Solar Panels

I agree that all homes should have solar panels. We should all use solar panels because they

don’t cause pollution, they are a renewable form of energy, and they are a cheap form of

energy in the long term.

Solar power is a clean, environmentally friendly form of energy. If you don’t use solar panels

you will probably use coal which will cause pollution. Most energy generated in Australia

comes from coal. The carbon dioxide caused by coal will be bad for the environment,

contributing to climate change.

Solar power is a form of renewable energy. Renewable means you can use it again and

again. The sun’s heat will never run out so we can use its energy forever. A guess by BP says

we have 53 years left of oil and another guess by the World Coal Association estimates that

we have 150 years left of coal. Other forms of energy like coal and oil are not renewable.

Over the long term it is cheaper to use solar power. You can use solar power at your house

and not have to pay every time you use electricity. You can also use some of the electricity to charge a battery so when it rains you still have power by using the battery. It is expensive to buy the solar panels in the short term, but the rest is free in the long term.

That is why I think every house should have solar panels.


By Eloise

Year 3/4H

Reptile Incusion

Yesterday we saw a guy called Tim who showed us some endangered animals: it was awesome and lots of fun.

Firstly he showed us a Bettong. It was so cute and fluffy. The animal looked like it was crossed with a kangaroo and a possum. Tim let us pat it and also let some hold it.


Secondly he pulled out a red-tailed black cockatoo. It was called Sammy, same as Sam in Mr E's class and of course Sam got to hold him.


Third he got out some frogs and sadly nobody could hold them because they would hop away but you could hold a container though, it was still fun.


He showed us other things but I'm running out of time so I'll tell you about one of them. It was a huge python snake called Tiny, I loved it. Tiny rubbed her head against my cheek and when Tim was putting her back she tightened her grip on my hands so she liked me and I felt a connection.


So that's it, I loved it.

Jordan R


So yesterday my class went to see some reptiles and I was the first one in. I saw a red-tail parrot and I knew it was male because the males are fully black and the female are white with white spots.

Ruben I


It was a cold scary night,  no just kidding!

On Tuesday 30 April Dan the reptile guy showed us Australian animals that are endangered.


First animal Dan showed us was the Bettong which is a furry creature and to me it didn't really look like a reptile. Anyway the Bettong was actually really cute . . . a cute furry creature I found out was actually a relative to my pet hamster . . . no, no, no, sorry, wrong, a relative to a kangaroo. Who knew.

Milla S


On Tuesday we all scattered to G-block all students excited to see the Reptiles that lived within (OK I think that sounded too dramatic). So really went to G-block to watch this guy named Dan show us different Australian reptiles.

Isabella T

Learning Fun

Our Years 1/2 students spent time doing a range of activities, which were not only fun, but taught them about teamwork.


District Athletics - Field Events

On Wednesday 1 May, selected student in Years 3-6 went to Ballam Park to compete in the District Athletics field events.


The students had a very successful day, showed great sportsmanship and had heaps of fun!

Across the College

Year 7 Resiliency Day

The Girls

On Tuesday 30 ,April we had our Annual Girls day for the Year 7s.


On arrival, our girls were greeted with fairy lights and some of our Years 11 & 12 leaders. With the help of Mrs Patterson and Mrs Scott, these leaders poured their heart and soul into decorating the room with fairy lights, flowers and netting.


For a full day the older girls shared their wisdom on all things pertaining to life as a Year 7 girl. Topics spoken about were friendships, faith, purity, hygiene, love and resilience. 


A great day was had by all. We are forever grateful to our leaders who spent many hours decorating and preparing topics as well as running the day. Thank you Karina, Lwendyl, Tara, Julia, Tilly, Ellen, Anabelle, Teagan, Lydia, Amy and Jacinta for making the day so successful and fun! 


The Boys

Our annual Year 7 Boys Resiliency Day was held on Tuesday 30 April, with a record number of Year 7s in attendance. Students participated in workshops around communication, being a mate, achieving balance, hygiene, diet and mental health.

The students organised a number of fun games and activities, whilst students had the chance to ask questions of our Years 11/12 students about faith, life, relationships, study, part time jobs and school pathways. We all enjoyed some delicious pizza at lunchtime and ended the day with some fun playing Zorb Soccer (Bubble Soccer), although not many were able to see the ball.


Thanks to Mr Williamson and Years 11/12 students Matthew, Lachlan, Sam, Tim, Lachlan, Cade, Jack, Noah, Jake and Tom for their involvement and preparation of the day.


Debating teams

Calling students in Years 7 & 8 who are interested in joining a debating team to represent our College in the Junior Secondary School debating competition in September 2019, and any parents who would like to volunteer to help coordinate this group, and attend on the night, contact Katie Newton.


Years 11/12 Happenings

Welcome back to all our Year 11-12 students and families. It is always good to see our students back after a break - hopefully full of energy and ready to keep learning!


It has been exciting to see so many of our students preparing for the 'Beauty & the Beast' production. If you haven’t booked tickets, make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the amazing talents of our Bayside students. The production runs from 8-10 May at the George Jenkins Theatre.


VCAL students are preparing for their student led camp, which will run from 13-14 May. This is a wonderful experience as students encounter all the challenges involved in running a camp. It is always exciting to see students rise above obstacles and find ways to work together to achieve a positive outcome.


VCE students are now well into their SACs, and are encouraged to be studying regularly. It is expected that they will be completing between 2-3 hours of study per night. Please continue to monitor how time is managed so that students can achieve their best outcomes. A reminder that teachers are available every Monday after school to provide extra support.


Thank you to all the Year 12 parents who came to meet with Ms Dawson and myself this Tuesday to discuss plans for the end of the year and beyond. If you were not able to make this, please feel free to contact Ms Dawson to ask any questions about career pathways or make an appointment using Calendly.


Across our home groups this term, we are studying the book of James. As we study this, we look to encourage each other to put faith into action - to show kindness and to use the power of our words for life and not death. You may like to look at this at home together as well - it may start some interesting conversations!


As always, please feel free to contact teachers throughout the term. We value working together with families in supporting students to honour God and make the best use of their gifts as they seek God’s will for their lives.


Lara Curtis-Morris

Years 11-12 Coordinator

Helpful Tips for Families

Beyond Blue has produced a range of helpful resources for families with a young person completing Year 12. Please follow the link to take a look.  

Well Done, Isaac!

Isaac Paola (Year 11) has received a "Certificate of Excellence" award from VFA Learning for his

progress in the Cert III in Fitness SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship Traineeship). Isaac's weekly training is based at Somerville Secondary College, as well as a paid work placement at a local fitness gym. Well done Isaac!


Community Market

On the final Thursday of Term 1, the Bayside Community Market was held in the G block gym. This market is run by VCAL students, with

stalls from VCAL, Year 11 VCE Business, and a range of stalls by younger students (including Primaries), parents and friends of the College. This is a great time to get together as a community and to support students as they raise funds for charity, as well as develop their entrepreneurial skills! Thank you also to the VCE students who provided a variety of free activities for younger students to participate in. If you would like a stall at the next market, please contact either Mr Sam Waldron or Mrs Lara Curtis-Morris to discuss how you can get involved.

Captains Report

One Term down, three to go. We hope you had an amazing break and have come back to school rejuvenated and ready to learn.


The production cast have been practicing hard  to prepare for our upcoming production "Beauty and the Beast" which brings to life a story of unconditional love, regardless of outward appearance, and will commence next week! The dates are Wednesday 8 th, Thursday 9th, and Friday 10th May, tickets are selling fast so get yours now here:. The cast and production team look forward to seeing you there!


On the North Campus at the "senior precinct”, we continue to create an exciting and positive environment, the Years 11 and 12 have come back from our study break to see our fantastic new chess board one of our home groups have been planning.


For our first assembly back, we had our Anzac commemoration. Our College came together to remember those who fought for us and to acknowledge the cost which the freedom we enjoy today cost.


Ellen Bond and Matthew Dumicich

College Captains


Subject in Focus

Years 11/12 VCE Health & Human Development

Unit 3 students spent their last class of Term 1 putting what they have learnt into practice! Mrs Tanya Walker, a HHD parent, put us to the test with gruelling exercises that had us limping for the next few days =). Then we ate some delicious and healthy snacks before heading off on holidays.

HHD provides great opportunities for students to not only learn about their own health and development, but importantly, how we can work toward a healthier world for all; just as God intended.


Rachelle Cooper

VCE HHD Teacher


Year 11 VCE English

We have been studying Wilfred Owen’s poems where he expounds on his short and horrific experiences in the trenches of the ‘Great’ war. Students are now penning their own creative responses that reflect Owen’s messages and language. This is timely, as we stopped this week to remember and appreciate the great sacrifices made for us by past and present military personnel.


Anthem for Doomed Youth


What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

     — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

     Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;

     Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

     And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

     Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

     The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.


Rachelle Cooper

Year 11 English Teacher

Nick Dale

Nick is currently a basketball ref at Westernport Basketball Association. Although he loves playing the game, he found that he enjoyed officiating the game more. Nick has achieved his Level 1 accreditation as a ref and has continued to challenge himself within the country pathway.

As a result of good performance, Nick was selected to attend various events for further development of his refereeing ability, including the National Schools Zebra Tour and the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Nick was also recently selected onto the VJBL panel.


On 13 April, Nick attended the BVC awards ceremony in Bendigo to be awarded the Basketball Victoria Country Terry Davis award for the most improved Junior Male Referee of the year. He was privileged to be handed his award by Terry Davis himself. Nick's weekend was also topped off by him being selected to officiate the Div 1 Boys under 12s championship division gold medal game.


Well done, Nick!

Careers Corner

This term we have careers excursions coming up for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 as follows:

  • Friday 3 May - VCE & Careers Expo (Year 11 VCE students)

  • Tuesday 21 May - FMP Jobs & Careers expo (Year 10 students plus Years 11/12 VCAL)

  • Tuesdays 4 June - Peninsula TIS (Year 12 VCE students)

These excursions will provide an opportunity for students to pick up 2020 Course Guides and other information about future work and study.


Please also remember to keep an eye on our Careers events calendar and to you get important Tertiary Open Day dates into your diary now!


Claire Dawson

Careers & VET Coordinator

The Other Side

Cert II in Kitchen Operations students were treated to the other side of the kitchen on Wednesday 24 April.

Mr Scott Megee organised an excursion to Shane Delia's restaurant "Maha" in Bond Street, Melbourne.


Students got to partake in well-crafted food, challenging their taste buds and their experience of food to date.


Can you believe that the Bayside Christian College Production of 'Beauty & the Beast Jr' is next week?! Don't miss out, book your tickets here or purchase from the box office on the night.

Join with other parents for a book review and workshop of the New York Times bestseller "The Whole-Brain Child", followed by a delicious morning tea!


G Block Foyer

Wednesday 15 May at 9am 

Dates to remember

Saturday 4 May - Open Day

Wednesday 8 - Friday 10 May - 'Beauty & the Beast College Jr' Production

Tuesday 21 May - School Photo Day

2020 & 2021 Enrolments

We are now accepting enrolment applications for all year levels for 2020 and 2021. Waiting lists already apply to some year levels for 2020.


Applications for Prep 2020 and Year 7 2021, including for siblings, should be lodged as soon as possible to ensure that a place is available. We are soon to commence Year 7 2021 enrolment interviews.


Current ELC4 students are guaranteed an ongoing enrolment at the College - you do not need to lodge a separate Prep application form.


The deadline for ELC 2020 applications is 30 June 2019, including for siblings. Late applications may be considered after all on-time applications, and subject to the availability of remaining places.


For all application forms and enquiries, please contact College Registrar, Mrs Julie Rebbeck, via email or call 5971 6709

Dunkley Election Forum


Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund - you may be eligible!

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2019 are open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of Term 2). See the CSEF website to check your eligibility.



Welcome back to Term 2! 

Come and join in our community at the Corner 1 Community Cafe!

Great students running a great space as a learning tool, to the glory of God.

We are open every Thursday 

10:30am - 12:00pm.


Camp Australia Newsletter



Mount Martha House Community Centre - Kids Programs


Open Day - Sat 4 May

Please join us this coming Saturday for Open Day, which is the perfect opportunity to invite friends to check out the College, or even to take a look around yourself, including at our new North Campus!

Bayside AGM - Thur 23 May

Association Members and all parent/carers and friends of the College are welcome to attend.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Bayside Christian College offers affordable instrumental music lessons. Our specialist music tutors enhance our College music program by offering private and group lessons in piano, guitar, vocals and drums.  


Please check out the College website for more information and to sign up for enriching music tuition. 

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