Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

Welcome back to another busy term. I pray that many of you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends over the Easter break.

You will have noticed that the carpark has been marked and a number of barriers and signs have been installed for the safety of students, staff and their families. It is expected that everyone will obey the signs so that the carpark can be as safe as possible.

The students have organised a special Anzac Day Ceremony which will be held on Thursday 27 April during pastoral time. This is a significant day for many people, especially Australians, and it is important that we acknowledge the occasion. The students involved have carefully planned the program and I know that it will be a moving experience as some of our students explain to the student community the significance of Anzac Day.

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Near the end of last Term I made a decision, after discussing with the relevant staff, that we would not participate in the Online version of NAPLAN for 2017. This was mainly due to a number of technical issues that had been discovered during some of the testing. During the holidays it was announced that the ACT Government schools would also withdraw from the online version of NAPLAN. All students at Brindabella will be completing a paper version of NAPLAN across all year levels, which is the same as in previous years.

I would encourage you to ensure that you keep up to date with the many events that are occurring this term through the Brindabella App, newsletter or website as it is an extremely busy term.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Mr Bruce Handley

Principal

Whole School News

Changes to School Bus Services 630 & 618

School Service 630 will see a diversion at Gungahlin Marketplace.
Change to route: Due to the closure of Hibberson Street Gungahlin Bus Stops 6043 and 7004 will no longer be serviced. This service will now drop off at Stop ID 5056 – Woolworths car park, Gozzard Street

Also

School Bus Service 618 will see a diversion at Gungahlin Marketplace.
Change to route: Due to the closure of Hibberson Street Gungahlin Bus Stops 7002 and 6135 will no longer be serviced. This service will now pick up at Stop ID 6003 – Raiders Club, Gozzard Street
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School Bus 618 School Bus 618 (265 KB)

SChool Bus 630 SChool Bus 630 (265 KB)

Commencing: Monday 24 April 2017 until further notice.

We encourage you to view this information now available on the Transport Canberra Website.

We further advise that parents and students are able to use our NXTBUS system to view live bus information for selected stops or stations.

 

Regards,

Transport Canberra

Transport Canberra and City Services | ACT Government

496 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601 | www.act.gov.au

Please download the new BCC Phone App from your app store

Dear BCC Parents and Carers,
Due to recent technical difficulties with our BCC Skoolbag Phone App, we
are asking ALL Parents and Carers be patient. We understand the BCC Phone App problems have now been resolved, however, the new version will NOT be available through app providers for 2-4 days.

In the meantime, you can access BCC information via:

When the new BCC App is available, you will need to delete the old App
off your phone and download the new version. Please refer to the attached document for instructions on how to do this.

**I will send out another email to let everyone know the BCC Phone App
is available for downloading.


Please see the attachment for information on how to download your new BCC Phone App:

Instructions for downloading 2017 BCC Phone app Instructions for downloading 2017 BCC Phone app (551 KB)


Changes to the Lyneham Campus Carpark

To ensure the safety of our students, the Lyneham Campus carpark now has new lines, bollards and speed humps. Please ensure you drive slowly and take special notice of all the new signage...and the children.

Open Day and Night

Click here to book in to one of our Open Days/Night.


SPORTS DESK

On Monday April 3 the BCC swimming squad brought home the overall trophy for the North Gungahlin 13years & over carnival. Our squad of 21 swimmers gained 45 first, second & third place ribbons, more than any other school. Congratulations to all the students, your combined efforts as a team were certainly noticed by other schools. Next term a squad of twenty 13 years & over will go to the ACT carnival and a squad of 9 students 12 years & under will also attend. » Read More

The last day of term the inter-house Cross Country was held at Lake Ginninderra. Beautiful weather and keen competition was apparent during the day.
This year the House Captains organized tug-of-war, soccer, fresh and volleyball. These games also added towards the House Tally.

Booroomba House again won the Spirit Cup and must be congratulated on their amazing House cheering and overall win. Natasha and Archie keep up your wonderful leadership of Booroomba.

Term 2 is full of activities with Saturday Netball Competition starting up. Fencing will continue the first Wednesday back and newcomers are most welcome.

Hook into Hockey, an 8 week program for student under 11 years of age, will begin on Wednesday 3 May. Eleven students have enrolled already. This is a skills program with the introduction of games in preparation for Saturday competition when they ready to enter the under 11 Central team in the future. Any queries please contact the sports department sport@bcc.act.edu.au

Dates for Term 2
May 1 12 Years & Under Act Swimming Carnival at AIS.
May 2 12 years & over BCC Athletics Carnival at AIS.
May 3 13 years & over ACT Swimming Carnival at AIS.
May 3 3.45pm Hook into Hockey at the Lyneham Hockey centre (8 week program).
May 19 11 years & under Athletics Carnival at Dickson Oval - See Mrs Jefferys.
May 25       Zone Cross Country Carnival for 12 years & Under and 13 years & over at Stromlo.
June 14 ACT Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo.

Performing Arts

At BCC we have some amazing music opportunities for students.


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Melbourne Music Tour

Rehearsals for our Melbourne Music Tour (23rd June – 29th June) are well under way. Brindabella Christian College and Trinity Christian School students came together for their first rehearsal on Monday. We had a fantastic time and are very excited about future rehearsals and performances together.


Instrumental Music Lessons
Did you know that regular instrumental tuition has been shown to be hugely beneficial for children’s development? We have a number of experienced and inspiring instrumental tutors working at BCC. Please contact them ASAP to arrange instrumental lessons for your child.

Brass - Josh Hart 0434966089 Joshhart_18@hotmail.com
Cello - Megan Taylor 0427417844 taylormcintyre@bigpond.com
Clarinet / Flute - Neille Williams 0413063244 neillewilliams@internode.on.net
Drums / Guitar - Toby Wagner 0479 034 582 tobywagner.music@gmail.com
Flute - Jane Rylands 6273 3884, 0412140289 jrylands@bigpond.net.au
Piano - Mandy Maskell 62424441 maskellfamily5@gmail.com
Piano - Jack Bewsher 0450503288 jack@bewsher.com.au
Saxophone - Oisin Smith-Coburn 0423714024 oisinsmithcoburn@yahoo.com
Trumpet - Louisa Walton 0405437278 louisa.n.walton@gmail.com
Trumpet - Rohan Heffernan rohan.heff@gmail.com
Violin / Strings - Program Co-ordinator Jacqueline Smith 0449183193 jacqueline.stringsmith@gmail.com
Violin / Chamber Strings / Piano / Accompanist - Eliana Piddington 0403429998 elianasuyin@gmail.com
Violin - Elisha Adams 0434865314 adams.elisha@hotmail.com
Violin - Matthew Foster matthew.p.foster@gmail.com
Vocals - Sarahlouise Owens 0406377832 sarahlouowens@gmail.com
Vocals - Rebecca Pryor 0404769138 rebeccajaynetuition@outlook.com


Blessings

Jessica Roberts

Defence News Update Lyneham

Welcome back to Term 2.

ADF Families Survey 2017
– Families get the chance to tell Defence what they think about Military life. Being a member of the ADF is a unique experience, not only for the individuals in uniform, but for their parents, partners and children who are also asked to accept the unique challenges associated with military life. ADF families have the opportunity to provide feedback about their experiences and views on service life through the 2017 ADF Families Survey. This year’s survey will focus on partner employment and support services available for Defence families. If you are a partner or parent of a permanent ADF member or a permanent ADF member looking after dependants on your own, tell Defence about your experiences in the ADF Families Survey.

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The survey should only take about 15-20 minutes to complete and is online at:
- Defence Community Organisation http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/
- Defence Families of Australia http://www.dfa.org.au/
The ADF Families Survey opens on 1 March and will close on 31 March 2017. The results are expected to be available in mid-2017.

Soldier On If you are looking for employment and have not registered with Soldier On, do so by sending them an email to find out what support they can offer you. Soldier On is not a job agency but they have education/training & employment opportunities specifically for veterans and Defence partners. For example currently they are offering free training and certification to become a personal trainer (Certificate II & IV in Fitness). Email deborah.merritt@soldieron.org.au to find out more about all of the opportunities..

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat about your child.

Kind Regards,

Janette Airey – Graham (aka Mrs A)

Communicating with School

We love hearing from our BCC families. Should you have a query or concern about your child’s learning please be sure to contact their class, Pastoral or Connect Group teacher in the first instance. Should you not be able to resolve the matter, it is advisable to then make contact with their relevant Head of Department. » Read More

This can be done by phoning the school or emailing the relevant staff member.

Phone: 02 6247 4644

All teachers have their unique email address using the following structure: givennamesurname@bcc.act.edu.au

e.g. anitastephens@bcc.act.edu.au

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families

The ELC children have been enjoying a two week break between Terms. We have had smaller groups which has allowed for us to share those extra-special one-on-one moments with our children.

Easter has been such a celebratory time in our ELC as we have learnt that Jesus is not in the tomb anymore, because He is risen!

As we move into Term 2, the ELC is preparing to start their new project of ‘Our World.’ In Term 2 the ELC will have a substantial focus on the world in which we live as well as the universe that God created. This new project will see the ELC children learning in outdoor and indoor environments as well as incorporating more STEM experiences into their daily educational program.

The staff at the ELC would also like to remind parents that we are always happy to have our families involved. This is not only a great way to be immersed in the day of your child, but also will allow for more PIP (Parent Involvement Program) hours to be completed.

All of our staff at the ELC pray that Term 2 brings more opportunities for us to grow, learn and love in Christ.

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation. -Psalm 35:9
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P3 have enjoyed learning about the resurrection of Jesus. To celebrate the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, P3 enjoyed creating empty tombs to remind us that Jesus is in Heaven with His Father, God.


PK have enjoyed the Easter story so very much. There have been lego tombs created, images and even sandpit construction. Our PK are extremely interested in dramatic play and have taken their learning one step further and created an empty tomb for Jesus in our sandpit.

Follow us!

 @ourbcc

 Brindabella Christian College Education

Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

Welcome to Term 2. I trust you have all enjoyed the holiday time with your children and they are all rested and excited to be returning to school. As with Term 1, Term 2 promises to be exciting, busy, filled with challenges and lots of fun learning.

Our student leaders were busy last term researching our rubbish habits in our Junior School classrooms. With a new building on the horizon they would like all of Junior School to begin creating positive and effective rubbish disposal habits. In the first few weeks of Term 2 the leaders will present all Junior School classes with new, colour coded rubbish bins for their classrooms. Maybe you can ask your child/children to explain the new system to you. » Read More

Term 2 is when we wear our winter uniform. Please label all your child’s uniform pieces, especially jumpers and jackets. It’s often a good idea to show your child where their name is written so they know where to look for it.

The last day of Term 1 saw all our K-2 (and some Year 3) students participate in AFL clinics. Thank you to Mrs Harch for organising this event. The students enjoyed themselves and were very pleased to receive a little goody pack each. On returning to school each class ran their Cross Country race on our oval. At 11:00 all of K-2 (and some Year 3) met on the oval for the running of the 8 year old race. Congratulations to all students for running this event. They all gave it their best and showed terrific sportsmanship.

8 Year boys
1st – Xavier Sams
2nd – Sam Pilloni
3rd – Hayden Mead
4th – Lyle McCormick

8 Year girls
1st – Tahlia Rushbrook
2nd – Imogen Vickory
3rd – Savannah Speers
4th – Nanditha

I wish your children every success this term. May they find strength through God’s infinite love to do their best, be happy with who they are and share their joys with others.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Yours in Christian Education
Rebecca Jefferys
Head of Junior School

Junior School Assemblies every Fridays @ 2.30pm in the LLC

Every Friday, Junior School gathers to celebrate and share their learning with each other. Each class will have an opportunity to lead this assembly. On the weeks where no class is timetabled on there will be a Worship assembly. All parents, grandparents, carers and relatives are invited to attend these assemblies.


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Assembly Timetable Term 2

Week 11 – Friday 28 April – Worship

Week 12 – Friday 5 May – 2M

Week 13 – no assembly

Week 14 – Friday 19 May – 1W

Week 15 – Friday 26 May – Worship

Week 16 – Friday 2 June – 2KB

Week 17 – Friday 9 June – 4M

Week 18 – Friday 16 June – 3L

Week 19 – no assembly

Cross Country


Wow, what a way to finish our first term. The weather was excellent with all runs and the day was topped off with the generosity of P&C with greatly received refreshments.

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be undertaking Naplan testing in Week 3 of this term and students in these years are reminded to come prepared, on time to school, well rested, having had a good breakfast and appropriate food for the day.
Our School has elected to do the full paper version with the dates and schedule listed in the table below. Further information will be sent by the Naplan Coordinator Mrs Rebecca Jefferys, Head of Junior School.

A Timetable of the NAPLAN program will be distributed closer to the date.
» Read More

 

Monday

8 May

Tuesday

9 May

Official test date

Wednesday

10 May

Official test date

Thursday

11 May

Official test date

Friday

12 May

Session 1

 

Language conventions

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 45 min

Yr 9: 45 min

 

Reading

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7: 65 min

Yr 9: 65 min

 

Numeracy

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

Yr 9:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

 

catch-up tests permitted

Session 2

 

Writing

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 40 min

Yr 9: 40 min

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety in Mathematics

Many conversations with students and parents revolve around the issue of anxiety in Mathematics. I was reading an article about anxiety in Mathematics and thought it raised some very good points. In my opinion, one of the difficulties of Mathematics is that it is right or wrong.

So much of the world we live in, being right is relative.

Mathematics is a beautiful thing, as it reveals to us order - much like God's order in the World. Without going into the theology of Mathematics, the article raises many points as to why students feel anxious when studying Mathematics.

Regardless of your child's natural understanding of Mathematics, learning Mathematics must come from a place of hard work, as if we are doing it to glorify God. As you read this article, I would encourage you to talk with your child about the challenges they face in mathematics and show them the relevance of the skills they will need in the world we live in.
How to Overcome Math Anxiety


Yours in Christian Education,


Paul Thompson
Head of Mathematics

Junior School Dates for the Diary

Please keep track of up & coming events listed and advertised here in this newsletter, on our social media sites, and often in a reminder letter in the organisers. There are many ways you can access information from BCC.

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Upcoming Junior School events

Week 11 - Thursday 27th April – Whole school ANZAC service @ 10:30am outside the Café.
Week 12 – Thursday 4th May – Mother’s Day Stall
Week 13 – 9th-12th – NAPLAN (Years 3, 5, 7, 9)
Week 13 – Friday 12th May – K-2 Athletics Carnival @ Charnwood campus.



Award Winners for the Week

Each week Junior School teachers recognise student achievements in various subjects. This fortnight's award winners are:

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Congratulations to our recent award winners

Chinese
Kinder – Nick Zhang, Charlotte Beevor, Myah Aquilina
Year 1 – Emily Hare, Vanessa O’Meara, Abigail Eriksson
Year 2 – Aarumi Mishra, Archer Tanswell, Carter Freeman
Year 3 – Nanditha Gopalakrishnan, Aaron Wan, Ahaana Sen
Year 4 – Venny Reddy, Isaac Foster, Hannah Rowland

Teacher Choice
Kinder – Lachlan Stevens, Zachary Zhao
Year 1 – Sophia Guo, Feier Yang, Mike Chizaka
Year 2 – Evan Newman, Jack Fletcher
Year 3 – Matthew Eriksson, Jorja MacDonald
Year 4 – Hugh McMahon, Elmi Marais, Eliza Kelly

ROCK
Kinder – James Schwarz, Adhiessh Siva
Year 1 – Elsie Teng, Talisker Fowler, Mia Donaldson
Year 2 – Chloe Nguyen, Hamish Yorke
Year 3 – Michael Axelby
Year 4 – Josephine Hunt, Charlotte Seymour, Chloe Nguyen


Uniform Requirements for Term 2 - Junior School Winter Uniform

Please note that all students are expected to wear full Winter uniform. Please avoid mixing uniforms, especially on cold mornings and with sports uniform. We encourage our children to take pride in their uniform and ask that you assist in dressing the children correctly.

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

Dear BCC Middle School friends and families,
Last term we finished with a very busy couple of weeks: Parent/Teacher Interviews, combined Easter Assembly, excursions and our annual Cross Country Event. I pray that you all had a blessed Easter and a rejuvenating holiday break.
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On the last Wednesday of Term 1 Middle School combined with the Senior school for an Easter Assembly. This assembly allowed for our students to reflect on the sacrifice that was made for us. We would like to thank all the students that took part and again I find myself amazed at the incredible talent we are blessed with at Brindabella. I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs Roberts and the worship group that continued to demonstrate their devotion to our Lord's work at various assemblies this term and the great job they did at the Easter Assembly.

According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

If you missed the opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers at the parent/teacher Interviews at the end of Term 1, I recommend that you make sometime to touch base with their teacher early this term. There are several ways this can be achieved, all Middle School Teachers can be contacted on their school emails and for Year 5 and 6 parents a brief note can be written in their child’s organiser.

 

Yours in Christian Education

Mrs Rebecca Dromgold
Head of Middle School

 



Swimming Trophy Awarded

Aiden Donaldson receiving one of the two trophies he was awarded for his contribution at the swimming carnival, he was boy age champion and received the Trindorfer Shield, 50m Free Style School Champion Award for the fastest male at the school.

Code Club - Starts Friday 29 April

Code Club begins again this Friday afternoon from 3.30 to 4.30 for any interested students from Years 5 to 12. No Coding experience is necessary. For more information and a note please see Mrs Richards in the Library.

SRC

SRC continues this term to meet each Thursday with Mrs Reeves at Lunch 1 in the Year 5 classroom at the end of D Block. If a student would like to bring up an issues or promote an activity, I suggest they get in touch with their class captains to bring it to the SRC meeting.

Cross Country


Wow, what a way to finish our first term. The weather was excellent with all runs and the day was topped off with the generosity of P&C with greatly received refreshments.

Anzac Assembly

As we return this Term we are taking time to remember families that serve in our forces and the contribution they make to our community. The ANZAC Day service will be a whole school event and is planned for Thursday 27th April at 10:30am. We are hoping that weather will be fine and we can hold the service outside.

Yr 5 Science Excursion to Australian Botanic Gardens

On Thursday the 6th April our Year 5’s travelled to the Botanical Gardens to look at how various plants have adapted to the conditions of their environments. The weather was perfect and the students were actively engaged in a range of discussions to improve their understanding. Thanks to Mrs Kelly Reeves for organising this excursion. » Read More

 

   

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be undertaking Naplan testing in Week 3 of this term and students in these years are reminded to come prepared, on time to school, well rested, having had a good breakfast and appropriate food for the day.
Our School has elected to do the full paper version with the dates and schedule listed in the table below. Further information will be sent by the Naplan Coordinator Mrs Rebecca Jefferys, Head of Junior School.

A Timetable of the NAPLAN program will be distributed closer to the date.
» Read More

 

Monday

8 May

Tuesday

9 May

Official test date

Wednesday

10 May

Official test date

Thursday

11 May

Official test date

Friday

12 May

Session 1

 

Language conventions

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 45 min

Yr 9: 45 min

 

Reading

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7: 65 min

Yr 9: 65 min

 

Numeracy

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

Yr 9:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

 

catch-up tests permitted

Session 2

 

Writing

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 40 min

Yr 9: 40 min

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety in Mathematics

Many conversations with students and parents revolve around the issue of anxiety in Mathematics. I was reading an article about anxiety in Mathematics and thought it raised some very good points. In my opinion, one of the difficulties of Mathematics is that it is right or wrong.

So much of the world we live in, being right is relative.

Mathematics is a beautiful thing, as it reveals to us order - much like God's order in the World. Without going into the theology of Mathematics, the article raises many points as to why students feel anxious when studying Mathematics.

Regardless of your child's natural understanding of Mathematics, learning Mathematics must come from a place of hard work, as if we are doing it to glorify God. As you read this article, I would encourage you to talk with your child about the challenges they face in mathematics and show them the relevance of the skills they will need in the world we live in.
How to Overcome Math Anxiety


Yours in Christian Education,


Paul Thompson
Head of Mathematics

What’s on in Middle School

Look at all the activities that are ahead for Middle School: » Read More

Upcoming Dates

Athletics Carnival (12 years +)
Date: Tuesday 2 May
Who: All students from age 12 and up
Where: Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce

NAPLAN
Date: Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 May (Make-up Day - Friday 12 May)
Who: Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9

Poetry in Action
Date: Friday 26 May
Time: All Day (timeslots for each year group)
Who: Students in Years 5 to 12



Uniform Requirements for Term 2- Middle School Winter Uniform

Reminder: In Term 2 students in Middle School are required to wear Winter Uniform.

Please encourage your child to wear the correct uniform with pride. Uniform requirements can be located on the college website. Students wearing make-up or nail varnish will be sent to the student office for removal.
Generally, students are to wear their formal uniform to all excursions unless stipulated otherwise on the note.

Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Welcome to Term 2! I hope you had a restful holiday and a joyous celebration of the Easter season and that you had the opportunity to pause and reflect on ANZAC Day to honour all the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world. » Read More

Senior and Middle School students celebrated the life, death and resurrection of Jesus with an Easter service on the final Wednesday of Term 1. A powerful message was heard from Mr Don Taylor, a dramatic performance was delivered by the Senior Leadership Team on Jesus’ resurrection and we worshipped as a community in a service that celebrated the blessed hope and offer of salvation by the finished and complete work demonstrated by the sinless life of Jesus, his death, and resurrection. John records these words of Jesus that we find in John 11:25-26 (NIV):

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this wonderful event which aimed to focus our attention on our God and the central event of the Christian calendar.

On the final Thursday of the term, the College held their first Mufti Day for the year, with students wearing pink in memory of Vanessa Sutton (mother of Will in Year 8 and Samantha in Year 10) and to support fundraising efforts for breast cancer awareness. An incredible $1156 was raised from donations on the day and this will be forwarded to the McGrath Foundation to aid in breast cancer awareness and providing specialist breast care nurses wherever they are needed. Thank you to the Senior Leadership Team for their efforts in making the day such a success and for the exciting activities held throughout the lunchtimes to boost donation efforts.

It would be remiss of me to finish writing this week’s newsletter article without mention of the special event held on the afternoon of Friday 31 March (second last week of term). The afternoon saw the staff and Senior students competing for the 2017 title in the Staff vs Students cricket match. I would like to acknowledge our senior students for a fantastic effort and a terrific run score. However, I must also commend my very talented colleagues for a great game and for claiming victory. A very special thank you to Mr Garrard for umpiring this match and to everyone who was involved in either playing or supporting this community building event. We have heard murmurs of another staff vs students match in a different sport later in the year… further details to come!

We have another eventful term ahead of us with some great excursions and incursions planned. Also occurring will be the Senior exams, the athletics carnival, the Senior College Information Evening, College Taster Day, NAPLAN and the Year 9 Australian Business Week experience. With so many exciting opportunities we are keen to get into lessons and settle straight into learning.

Yours in Christian education,


Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Senior School (Pastoral Care)

Code Club - Starts Friday 29 April

Code Club begins again this Friday afternoon from 3.30 to 4.30 for any interested students from Years 5 to 12. No Coding experience is necessary. For more information and a note please see Mrs Richards in the Library.

Exam Preparation

Effective preparation makes everything run a little smoother when exam period rolls around. Read on for some great exam preparation tips and what to do on exam day. If you're struggling or feeling stressed, there are also people you can talk to for help.

Follow the link to read the rest of the ReachOut article: http://au.reachout.com/exam-preparation#.WP7F6FfXjMU.email

Cross Country


Wow, what a way to finish our first term. The weather was excellent with all runs and the day was topped off with the generosity of P&C with greatly received refreshments.

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be undertaking Naplan testing in Week 3 of this term and students in these years are reminded to come prepared, on time to school, well rested, having had a good breakfast and appropriate food for the day.
Our School has elected to do the full paper version with the dates and schedule listed in the table below. Further information will be sent by the Naplan Coordinator Mrs Rebecca Jefferys, Head of Junior School.

A Timetable of the NAPLAN program will be distributed closer to the date.
» Read More

 

Monday

8 May

Tuesday

9 May

Official test date

Wednesday

10 May

Official test date

Thursday

11 May

Official test date

Friday

12 May

Session 1

 

Language conventions

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 45 min

Yr 9: 45 min

 

Reading

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7: 65 min

Yr 9: 65 min

 

Numeracy

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

Yr 9:

Part A (calculator): 50 min

Part B (non-calc): 10 min

 

catch-up tests permitted

Session 2

 

Writing

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 40 min

Yr 9: 40 min

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety in Mathematics

Many conversations with students and parents revolve around the issue of anxiety in Mathematics. I was reading an article about anxiety in Mathematics and thought it raised some very good points. In my opinion, one of the difficulties of Mathematics is that it is right or wrong.

So much of the world we live in, being right is relative.

Mathematics is a beautiful thing, as it reveals to us order - much like God's order in the World. Without going into the theology of Mathematics, the article raises many points as to why students feel anxious when studying Mathematics.

Regardless of your child's natural understanding of Mathematics, learning Mathematics must come from a place of hard work, as if we are doing it to glorify God. As you read this article, I would encourage you to talk with your child about the challenges they face in mathematics and show them the relevance of the skills they will need in the world we live in.
How to Overcome Math Anxiety


Yours in Christian Education,


Paul Thompson
Head of Mathematics

Year 12 University Admission Process

Last week the University Admissions Centre (UAC) announced their application process for 2018. There are significant changes to the process from previous years, and if you have had children go through the UAC process in previous years it is important that you are aware of what these changes entail.

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1. The number of course preferences is being reduced from 9 to 5.
2. There is no longer a ‘main round’ of offers.
a. Offers will be made on December 21st, January 12th and January 31st.
b. UAC anticipate that the majority of offers will be made on December 21st and January 12th, however this will differ from university to university.
3. There are no restrictions on early offers – students can be made multiple offers in October and November early offer rounds.
4. The School Recommendation Scheme round will be in November

We will be hosting a special university admissions information night on August 2nd, where a speaker from UAC will go through the process in more detail. I will also explain the process of applying to universities in Victoria and Queensland on the evening as well. I strongly encourage you to place it in your calendar and plan to attend what will no doubt be an informative evening.

Defence Families and University Admissions

Many universities offer a separate admissions program for children of families who are experiencing a relocation or deployment in 2018. If relocation or deployment is something that is likely to impact your family in the year after you have a child graduate from Year 12, please contact either Jeanette or myself for an appointment to discuss if these programs are suitable for you.
Mr. Archer – benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au

Scholarships and Early Entry Schemes

Please see below the deadline for Scholarships and Early Entry Schemes. » Read More

Torrens University

Torrens University early entry applications have opened. Torrens is Australia’s newest university with campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. If a degree in Business, Graphic Design, Health, Hospitality or Sport is of interest, then I would strongly recommend contacting Torrens about their Early Entry Scheme. More information is available here: http://www.torrens.edu.au/apply-online/early-entry-program

Year 10 Careers Information


I am currently in the process of reviewing our Work Experience procedures and information dissemination to our Year 10 families. There will be a Year 10 Work Experience week occurring in Term 2, with the exact program still being finalised. This is wonderful opportunity for our students to get some ‘real world’ experience in the workplace and have a taste of a potential career.

Universities are beginning to release their pre-requisite information for students who will be completing Year 12 in 2019. This information is being collated by UAC, as well as the Victorian and Queensland Admissions Centres and we expect the pre-requisite booklets to be released in June of this year.

What’s happening in Senior School

Look at all the activities that are ahead for Senior School: » Read More

Athletics Carnival (12 years +)
Date: Tuesday 2 May
Who: All students from age 12 and up
Where: Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce

NAPLAN
Date: Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 May (Make-up Day - Friday 12 May)
Who: Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9

Year 11/12 College Information Evening

Date: Wednesday 17 May
Time: 6.00pm for a 6.15pm start
Who: Families of Students entering Year 11 and 12 in 2018

Year 10 Exams
Date: Monday 22 May to Wednesday 24 May

Poetry in Action
Date: Friday 26 May
Time: All Day (timeslots for each year group)
Who Students in Years 5 to 12

Year 11/12 Exams
Date: Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June

Uniform Requirements for Term 2 - Senior School Winter Uniform

All students are reminded that we are now in full winter uniform and a particular reminder that the blazer must be worn to and from school in Terms 2 and 3 and it is always to be the outermost garment for warmth. If a student is cold they should wear their blazer at school, if they are very cold they should put on their jumper WITH the blazer over the top. The jumper is not to be worn as the outermost garment. If any students do not yet have their blazer they are asked to liaise with the College uniform shop as soon as possible to arrange for a blazer. » Read More

We are working hard to instill a sense of College pride, modesty and discipline in our young people as they represent the College with their uniform. Our students when dressed in full College uniform, look absolutely fantastic and we want to protect this important aspect of our culture.

General News

OUT OF HOURS CARE

Before School Care


Brindabella Christian College offers before school care to interested families. For further information please contact Tammy Brown in the Early Learning Centre on 02 6248 9736 or by emailing: elc@bcc.act.edu.au

Early Arrivals

Parents are asked to note that school commences at 8.55am and that Brindabella teaching staff commence work at 8.25am each day. » Read More

There is no playground supervision prior to this time and no guarantee that staff are on the premises. Should parents make the choice to drop children at school prior to 8.25am, the children will be required to sit in the designated 'no play' area on the white benches until supervision commences.

School Fee Finance

School Fee Finance offers parents an easy, convenient and affordable way to spread the cost ot school fees, improving cash flow.

For more information please go to: https://www.schoolfeefinance.com.au

Community News

Lyneham Commons

APFACTS Updates

The Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS) is the voice of non-government school parents (Catholic and Independent) in the ACT. » Read More

Welcome back to Term 2!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could report to only one agency instead of both the ORS and the ACNC?

The ACT government introduced legislation that will reduce reporting obligations for charities that operate in the ACT and are registered with the ACNC.

LINK: Reduced rep tape for charities in the ACT

The ACT and ACNC will also stage a forum in Canberra in May where we will discuss the changes and answer any questions you might have.

APFACTS will be submitting a letter of support for these changes. We urge you to send your feedback to regulatoryreform@act.gov.au



School Funding for Non –Government schools

We invite all those interested in school funding to join us for Andrew’s presentation on the outcomes of the Economic Study & ACT Budget outcomes.

Andrew has an incredible amount of knowledge of how this complex system works (or doesn’t work) in the non- government sector.

Presenter: Andrew Wrigley - Executive Director of AISACT.
Date: Thursday 18th May, 2017 (Term 2, Week 4)
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Weston Community Hub
Andrew will speak on the outcomes of the Economic Study & ACT Budget outcomes.

If you would like to join us to hear this important information please RSVP to
Linda: executiveofficer@apfacts.org.au
Linda Fleming
Executive Officer
Email: executiveofficer@apfacts.org.au
02 6287 3538

IMPORTANT DATES:

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