BHCS Newsletter

14 March 2019
Issue Seven
  CSEN Music 
General Information 
  5 Effective Ways to Wipe Out Bullying
  National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence 
CSEN Sports Results
Upcoming School Events
BHCS Calendar
Community Announcements
Belgrave Heights Christian School
Ph: (03) 9754 6435
Wattle Valley Road
Belgrave Heights, Victoria, 3160



By Krista La Greca (Administration) 

Authenticity.  It’s a word that is often mentioned in many circles, particularly Christian ones but what does it really mean?  


The Oxford Dictionary puts it like this,


‘Of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine’

‘Made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original’

‘Based on facts, accurate or reliable’

‘Relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life’

‘Containing notes between the final (the principal note) and the note an octave higher.’


As a human being, we know most of these qualities.  Sure, we can be genuine and show others that we care, we can be honest and be a person that is reliable and responsible, but when reading God’s word, it takes on a much deeper meaning.


Ephesians 4:22-24 says "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."


A new self?

What if the idea of being authentic, pure, legitimate – real – is like Margery Williams Bianco so beautifully illustrates in her children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit;


“Real isn’t how you are made’, said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’


‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.


‘Sometimes’, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’


‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up’, he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’


‘It doesn’t happen all at once’, said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time... Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand’


I wonder if this is a bit like us and God.  Whether the insurmountable love that God has for us that it causes us to be Real.  When we allow ourselves to be loved by someone so fiercely, authenticity is a natural by-product.  We cannot help but become our true nature.  Our Real selves.


But as most of us know, being Real can come with sacrifices.  How do we embody lives that are representations of Real Christians, rather than Perfect Christians?


Maybe it’s admitting when you feel droopy and shabby, and allowing someone to love you in the places where you feel deflated.  Maybe you need to check-in with yourself and recognise whether you are showing grace or shame when you react and respond in tricky situations.  Maybe you need to seek help, ask for an extra hand and be vulnerable amidst your busy life.  Perhaps you are constantly aiming higher, to be better, to do better, but need to be reminded of whether that pursuit is realistic and pure; whether it is modelled against Christ.  It may be that your honesty barometer needs re-calibrating, and your actions need to catch up to your words.


Wherever you are in your journey of becoming Real, of living authentically, remember that it is a process.  Be encouraged that when you stick close to the One who REALLY loves you, that you will become your own Real; genuine.


Remember that it doesn’t matter if others believe you are ‘ugly’, but it does matter if you aren’t Real, because then you miss out on the representation of the God you serve.  The God who loved you into being.  The God who is Love.

CSEN Music 

By Darryl Thompson (Music Teacher)

Most weeks throughout the term buses roll out for interschool sport under the CSEN banner - the Christian Schools Events Network is a well-oiled machine that gives hundreds of students the chance to compete against other schools in a whole range of sports.


But in addition to the usual gladiators, last week another team packed very different gear: cricket bats and basketballs gave way to clarinets and baritone saxes; score sheets gave way to musical scores.


And while the weekly sporting events usually pit students against each other in tests of strength and skill, the music rehearsals are a chance to combine with other schools to prepare for a concert typically featuring two bands, a string section and choir. This is more a test of each student’s resilience and concentration, as well as a golden opportunity to meet others with similar interests. The three rehearsals are a gruelling intensive workout of the chosen tunes, under the direction of skilled tutors and conductors. The process is some of the best training students can get for this form of music-making. As they do on the sporting field, many students keenly feel their limitations, but they are well supported in the large groups where they can learn from others doing similar things.


The final rehearsal day, held at Hillcrest on Friday 29th of March, is the last chance to polish up the tunes. This day culminates in an early-evening concert from 6:30-8.00 pm at the Hillcrest Auditorium, after which parents take their children home.


Parents wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets from this link: or via the CSEN Website  Tickets are $5 each, with children under 2, free if sitting on a parent’s lap.


In the first few years of BHCS involvement in CSEN  Music, I’ve taken from three to six students each year. This year I took one look at the list of 23 team members who signed up and said, “We’re gonna need a bigger bus.” Many of these were alumni of our inaugural Year 7 Band Program in 2018, as well as a growing cohort of choristers. The burgeoning BHCS bands benefit brilliantly from the efforts of the CSEN organisers, ably led by Karen Davidson.

It could be said that our nascent musicians are starting to kick a few goals of their own.




General Information 

Transition to Winter Uniform

During Term 2, there will be a uniform changeover period during the first week of the term.  Parents are asked to use their discretion as to which uniform is the most suitable for their child to wear between Monday, 29 April – Friday, 3 May.


As of Monday, 6 May all students will be required to wear the full winter uniform.


A reminder that Alinta Uniform shop will be open on the following Saturdays:

Saturday, 6 April  (last Saturday of Term 1)

and Saturday, 4 May (first Saturday of Term 2) between 9.00am - 12.00pm.

Emergency Evacuation Drill

An emergency evacuation drill was conducted today. As part of the process, the School sent out SMS and Flexibuzz notifications to all families advising of this. If you did not receive a message, please contact reception to advise. In the event of an actual emergency, we wish to ensure that all parents are notified.


The drill was a great success, taking the entire School only 7 minutes to evacuate the buildings and assemble in the gym.

Great job everyone!


Proposed Planned Burn, Birdsland Reserve

Yarra Ranges Council, in Partnership with the CFA are planning a burn in Birdsland Reserve, Belgrave Heights in the coming weeks.  This is to reduce overall fuel loads and bushfire risk to local properties.  We do not know the exact date of the burn, but it is anticipated that it will occur within the next few weeks, dependant on weather.

National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence - Friday, 15 March

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is a day for schools, students and the community to say Bullying.  No Way! 


As a school we will be getting involved with this day and emphasising that bullying is not OK. We will be encouraging our students to take a stand together against any forms of bullying & violence.


The following is a link to fact sheet about what we know and what works as far as preventing bullying.


On Friday, 15 March (Tomorrow)  students can  wear their sports uniform and ODD SOCKS, to show that while we are all different, that is OK. 


NB. Yr 5/6, Yr 8 &  Yr 9 Students participating in excursions  are to be in uniform as specified on CareMonkey notices.

Family Photo Day - Monday, 18 March

A friendly reminder that Family Photo Day will be taking place in less  on Monday, 18 March. If you wish for your children to have a family photo, you MUST book a family photo following this link:


If you do not book using the link above, your children WILL NOT have a family photo taken. Bookings for family photos will close off at 11.59pm, Saturday, 16 March. 


If you have booked a family photo for your children, it is also important to register with Arthur Reed using the details below, so that you will be notified when family photos are ready to view and purchase.


Don’t forget that your children will need to come to school in their full summer uniforms, and can bring a change of runners, or sports uniform for after their Family Photo, IF they have PE.


Family photos are for siblings only, in Prep - Yr 12.  Please ensure that you have notified your children, so that they are aware that they will be having a Family Photo.

Ordering & Purchasing School Photos

We wish to remind you that School Photo ordering will be working a little differently this year. Parents who wish to order photos need to pre-register for this.


You will then receive notification via email and SMS when photos are ready for viewing, which will allow you to create an account on the Arthur Reed website, view your children’s School Photos, and purchase them. These will most likely be available for viewing a week or so after Family Photo Day. 


Your child should have received a paper form at photo day, with a code for registering for school photos. If you have NOT yet registered for school photos, but wish to do so, you can register by following the below link, using the code on your child’s form.


If you have misplaced your child’s form, or did not receive one, you can contact Arthur Reed on the details below, and they will provide you with a code for to register.


You will be able to order your children’s School Photos up to 10 days after you receive a notification that they are ready, and they will then be delivered to the School, where we will distribute them to you or your child. Should you wish to order after this 10 day period, you may incur postage and handling costs.

Arthur Reed Contact Details

Should you have any queries regarding your children’s School Photos, or require assistance with registering, please feel free to contact Arthur Reed on the details provided below:


Phone: 1800 032 028

Email: [email protected]

Absent on School Photo Day

If your child was absent on School Photo Day, they will have an opportunity to have their portrait photo, for ID purposes, taken on Family Photo Day (Monday, 18 March) by request.


Should this be the case, please email [email protected] to book for your child to have their portrait photo taken on this day.  Please note: All students from Yr 5 - 12 will receive a complimentary ID card following School Photo Day.


Should they not have had their photo taken at either Photo Day, they will unfortunately not receive this ID card.

End of Term 1

Date:  Friday, 5 April, 2019

Kinder Finish Time: 1pm

Prep to Yr 6 Finish Time: 1.15pm 

Yr 7 to 12 Finish Time: 1.30pm

Bus departure: 1.40pm


If you are not intending to use the bus on the last day of Term 1, please ensure you advise [email protected] in advance.


There will be no lunch orders on this day.

2019 Term Dates

Please find below the term dates for the remainder of 2019

Term 2 : Monday, 29 April - Friday 28 June 

Term 3:  Wednesday ,17 July  - Friday, 20 September

Term 4 : Monday, 7 October- Tuesday, 10 December


BHCS Community Care

We're so excited that our PFA is launching 'BHCS Community Care', practical support for our families facing significant challenges.


Do you have a passion for hospitality?  We'd love your help on the cooking or shopping team!  We're looking at only a few hours each term, and it's a great chance to connect with some other parents too!

Please contact Al Giles-Kaye on [email protected]


If you'd love to help out but are short on time, there are still plenty of ways to be involved!  We're currently seeking lasagne sheets, passata, mushroom soup mix, tomato paste, canned fruit, flour, tinned tomatoes, tinned tuna and sugar or we can do the shopping for you! Please drop any non-perishable donations or monetary donations into Reception.  Anything gratefully received!

Careers Newsletter

Did you know we have a Careers Newsletter?  Click below to take a read. It is a great resource for all of our Yr 11 & 12 students who are planning for the future.

Yr 10 Work Experience Placements

We are looking for work experience placements, across all industries and workplaces, for all our Yr 10 Students in June; 24-28. If you know of a workplace that could assist please contact Michelle Visser or Sarah Jolicoeur via Reception.





Header Photo Credit:  Nathan  H - Yr 10 Photography Student


5 Effective Ways to Wipe Out Bullying

Bullying is an emotional topic. Even the word might provoke responses of fear, anger or even helplessness. As we approach the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence let’s look at how we can work together to reduce these hurtful interactions in our community.


Schools are the first practice ground for relationships. Pecking orders form, power imbalances become evident. Insecurities and brokenness lead to clashes, fear and the fierce yearning to fit in sparks momentary blindness or apparent paralysis in onlookers.


Advances in technology open new grounds for torment. Fragility in developing identities exposes adolescents to deep wounds. Social mistakes become fodder for rewatching, sharing, mocking, staring - the watchers’ hollow laughter a desperate relief that the focus isn’t them. For now.


It doesn’t have to be this way.


Bullying spawns out of a need for power. A child who chooses to target or torment another is searching for belonging and significance in all the wrong places. Where their efforts in putting others down is rewarded by social status or completely ignored, destructive behavioural patterns will thrive.


At Belgrave Heights Christian School (BHCS) our motto is to Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly. This approach helps keep us grounded in responses that are loving and positive. We understand, however, that negative experiences still do occur and students make mistakes in their interactions with each other.


So what can we do to minimise bullying?


1. Encourage Empathy


Relationships are complicated and can provoke heated reactions when things go wrong.


Where hurtful comments are being directed towards our own children, do we become incensed on their behalf or do we guide them to ask good questions? In a world where pain is passed on through generations and the wounded can become the wounding, let’s not rush to paint the world with judgment before we know the whole story.


Perhaps it is our own child who is targeting others. The shock and pain of this realisation can spur defensiveness. Instead of clamming up or shielding our child from the experience, can we stand beside them with an open-heart? Can we help them to see that the best way forward is through facing their mistakes and choosing a different path?


2. Bring in the Bystanders


The Finnish designed KiVa anti-bullying program has had great success in significantly reducing the occurrences of bullying, predominantly by encouraging bystanders to access empathy and involve themselves. The use of role-playing exercises and computer simulations allow the students to picture themselves in the victim’s shoes.


How can we act at home to encourage our kids to look out for those who are being targeted and stand with them?


3. Get Into Gaming


The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has developed a highly engaging role-playing game for 11-14 year olds called ‘The Lost Summer’ that is designed to help students ‘learn the importance of social and emotional skills such as critical thinking, empathy, resilience, respect and responsibility’ by completing challenges to advance through the game.


For students who regularly access technology, perhaps consider downloading the ReThink app which was created by 15 year old Trisha Prabhu with the aim of helping people think twice before sending a hurtful text or tweet.


4. Empower and Engage


The effects of bullying on both victims and bullies can be severe, but it doesn’t have to be. In the helpful article ‘How to Bully-Proof Your Children by Building Their Resilience’, Clinical Psychologist Lisa Firestone offers a comprehensive list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’, incorporating suggestions such as teaching mindfulness, orienting our kids towards the future, releasing them to be problem solvers and inspiring positive emotions.


5. Concentrate on Communication


At BHCS we are here to work with you. If there are any concerns or issues that you have, we invite you to bring them to the attention of your child’s teacher. A simple conversation or email can do wonders to help broaden perspectives and help us to approach the situation with wisdom and care.


We want to be a place where students feel safe, known, encouraged and understood. Let’s work together to craft a culture of connection and hope.


Friday 15 March 2019 is the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence. During the week our students have and will be participating in a range of activities to raise awareness about the damaging nature of bullying, including the creation of an anti-bullying mural. We have also watched Bullying is never OK and Our special superpower during the week. Perhaps you might like to re-watch these videos at home with your children in order to prompt meaningful discussions.

National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence 

Words From Our Student Leaders

This week we are focusing on bullying.  Most of the school have been wearing wristbands that say ‘Bullying NO way’ ‘take a stand together’. There has been class discussions on what is bullying and how to stop it. We are also making a big poster with lots of handprints on it, this represents unity and being together, putting our hand up for what's right.


The definition of "bullying" is when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. 

This can be in the form of verbal, social and physical abuse, this can either be face to face or online via social media. I have learnt that 46.8% of Australian Secondary Students have been bullied. And that being a bystander to bullying and not doing anything about it, is just as bad as bullying itself - Jack W (Yr 8)


Raising awareness about bullying is important as we need to make sure that victims don’t feel as though they are alone. Being isolated can perpetuate the effects of bullying, so being a friend to someone who is bullied is really important. This day is important as we can learn as young people how to help those being bullied, and understand what a victim is going through so we can empathise with them. Just one person stepping forward to show kindness to someone being bullied could change their life, so it’s super important that we show people that they aren’t powerless as bystanders and that we can do something.

- Lilly McD (Yr 12)


It’s important to demonstrate to every person the power that both words and actions have. It is terrific that school participates in days like “No Way Day”, to show to every kid, that bullying in any form is wrong and is not acceptable. As we say no to bullying, lets say yes to encouraging others, to kindness, to acceptance and to celebrating uniqueness.

- Ben S (Yr 12)


CSEN Sports Results

9/10 CSEN Sport Results 


Upcoming School Events

BHCS Parenting Nights

Following the success of last years' parenting nights, this year we're so excited to announce that we are hosting three more nights, and some fantastic and knowledgeable speakers! 


All events are free, and aim to cover a variety of topics.  Please put the dates in your calendar now, and we'll look forward to seeing you there!  Please book your place here:



Yr 7 Poetry Slam- Wednesday, 3 April

We would like to invite parents of our Yr 7 students  to join us at the Yr 7 Poetry Slam. This is an opportunity for all of the Yr 7 students to share their passion poem with family and friends. Over the term, students are studying poetry and have crafted their own passion poem, a creative response to something they care about.


Wednesday, 3 April  2019

7pm - 8pm

Middle School Building


This is a great opportunity for you to see your child share their passions and to engage with the poetry we have been studying this term. If your child is unable to attend the evening please contact their homeroom teacher.

3 Yr Old Kinder Easter Festival


4 Yr Old Kinder Easter Festival


BHCS Calendar


Friday, March 15

- New Parents Dinner

- Yr 7 Immunisations

- Yr 8 STEM Ranges Tech Excursion

- Yr 9 Program - Grand Prix

-National Anti-Bullying Day


Monday, March 18

- Week 2

- Family Photo Day

- Yr 6 Leadership Training day

- Kinder Photos


Tuesday, March 19

- CSEN Secondary Swimming Carnival

- Yr 9 Ranges Tech ( Selected )

- Kinder Photos


Wednesday, March 20

- Prep 2020 Prep Readiness Information Night

- Yr 7 & 8 CSEN Sport

- Yr 5/6 Science Club ( Selected)

- Kinder Photos


 Wednesday - Thursday, March 20- 21

- Yr 9/10 OES Paddling Camp 


Thursday, March 21

- CSEN Primary Swimming Carnival

- Yr 9 Yarra Ranges Tech Excursion ( Selected)


Friday, March 22

- Yr 9 Program - Sailing and Paddle Boarding

- Kinder Dental Incursion

- Yr 11 Legal Excursion


 Monday, March 25

- Week 1


Monday - Wednesday, March 25 - 27

- Yr 9 Marine Camp


Wednesday, March 27

- Yr 10  Mock Interviews

- Yr 9 & 10 CSEN Sport


Thursday, March 28

- Kinder Excursion - Fire Safety

- Yr 9 French Excursion


Friday, March 29

- Yr 9 Program - 1000 steps and BBQ

- CSEN Music Day


Monday, April 1

- Week 2

- Yr 10 Geography Excursion


Tuesday, April 2

- Yr 1 & 2 Taskworks Excursion

- Yr 9 Careers Expo Excursion


Monday - Wednesday, April 1 - 3

- Yr 11 & 12 Camp


Tuesday - Friday, April 2 - 5

- Yr 5 & 6 Camp


Wednesday - Friday, April 3 - 5

- Yr 10 Summit Camp


Wednesday, April 3

- 3yo Kinder Easter Festival 

- Yr 7 & 8 CSEN Sport

- Yr 7 Poetry Slam (7pm)





Thursday, April 4

- 4 Yr Old Kinder Festival

- Yr 7 OES Overnight Camp


Friday, April 5

- Yr 9 Program - Birdsland

- End Term 1

 P - Yr 6 finish at 1:15pm

 Yr 7 - Yr 12 finish at 1:30pm


Term 2 Commences

Monday, April 29

- Week 2


Wednesday,  May 1

- Yr 7 & 8 CSEN Sport

- Yr 5/6 Science Club (Selected Students)

- Yr 9/10 OE Camp

- BHCS Easter Service (11am MPH) 


Thursday, May 2

Second-hand Uniform Sale 


Friday,  May 3

- Yr 11 VCE Expo

- CSEN Swimming Championships (Selected)


Friday - Sunday,  May 3-5

Gravitate Outreach Training







Community Announcements


When:              Sunday March 17 at 3.00pm

Where:            Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 5 Morris St, Upwey

For catering purposes, please RSVP me for the information session by Friday March 15 by either emailing [email protected] or phoning/texting 0437 592 411

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