Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

From all reports students in Years 3-8 enjoyed their time on our BCC Camps. The camps program is an important part of the learning for our students but I will be evaluating the philosophy of what we currently do and whether there are ways that improvements can be made.

As we are past the midway point of the term the assessment period for many students will be well under way. This can cause stress and anxiety in students which can be manifested in different ways. It is important to teach kids to recognise and express their emotions, and to use healthy ways to cope with the stress they experience. Some ways that this can be done are:

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• encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits
• use positive encouragement and rewards
• avoid being critical and negative
• show active interest in their children's activities and hobbies and participate when possible
• help build children's sense of self-worth by recognising their achievements and avoid placing unrealistic expectations on them.

As a Christian College we aim to provide a Christ-centred community where students are encouraged to appreciate the intrinsic worth of who they are and what they can aim to achieve. Stress is part of everyones life but it is important that we learn how to cope with that stress and use it to our advantage.

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

Lyneham P & F

Last week the 2017 Lyneham P&F Committee was elected:

Julianne McMaster - President
Luke Beckett - Vice President
Justine Baekalia - Secretary
Julie Ford - Treasurer

Luke Beckett is the only new addition this year and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. We hope to feature a short piece on Luke in the next issue.

Hyatt Hotel Coffee & Cake Night
While many of the BCC students were away at camp last week, a number of parents took the opportunity to attend the annual P&F HYATT Coffee and Cake night. It was a great time to talk to our Principal Bruce Handley, meet new people and renew old friendships.

Julianne McMaster
P&F Lyneham President


Leaping Boomers jump high in their first Season

Brindabella put in a basketball team in the under 19’s junior basketball competition over the summer and have finished 3rd overall.

Despite having only 2 players who have played organised basketball before, the team has really developed to be competitive against anyone they have faced.
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Mark (Coach) and Peter Maskell (Assistant Coach and captain) said that the focus this season has been all about developing base skills in the players and working as a team to run offence and defence. We wanted to have fun as a team and give everyone a go. To do this well it is important to play as a team, know your part in the team and be willing to help each other out.

Mark and Peter have been really impressed at how well the players have done over the season, particularly in working together and the great attitude they show on and off the court. We have been so happy with how they have gone (and so have the boys) that we have decided to continue to play into the winter season as well.

Thanks to Mrs Harch for her support and to the parents who help out on the bench each week.

The team pictured includes: Jangwon Kim; Jacob Paull ; Nicolas Nocera; Simeon Solomou; Alan Na; Ethan McMaster; Peter Maskell; Jon Shelton and Thomas Shelton.

SPORTS DESK

The last few weeks of this term are packed with activities:
- Swimming A squad of 25 Under 12 students are off to the North Gungahlin zone swimming carnival on Monday 20th Any parents who would like to assist please email sport@bcc.act.edu.au.


- Fencing continues each Wednesday afternoon in the LLC and newcomers are always welcome to come and try under the instruction on Cerrie Murphy.


- Netball - BCC will be fielding seven netball teams for Saturday winter competition and practices for all teams will be every Thursday afternoon at the Netball courts at Southwell Park. Teams will start grading rounds on Saturday 19th March.


- Mountain biking commences on Thursday 23rd March under the leadership of Mrs Rebecca Jeffery.


- Active Afters - Seventy students have been enjoying hockey coaching in Active Afters every Tuesday under the guidance of Mr Simon Wansink. The last session will be combined with BCC hockey muster and more information will be available in the coming weeks. Keep the afternoon of 4th April free as parents are most welcome. Hockey competition will take a new format this season.


- Staff verses Student 20/20 cricket match is scheduled for Friday 31st after school and should once again be an entertaining afternoon with students eager to again challenge the experience.


- Boys Basketball team have been consistently improving and will compete in the gala day on the 31st March and have decided to enter the winter competition.


- Cross Country is the last day of term and the Junior school will be enjoying a AFL skills carnival at school while the older students will again be at Lake Ginninderra.


Chris Harch
Sports Coordinator & PE Teacher


Library News

Think Tank
Last week in Think Tank Year 11 heard from Glenn Flanagan from Companion House. This community based organisation works with adults and children who have sought safety in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma. Students were challenged to imagine what life might be like for refugees and to think about how they might better understand and support them.


Rachel Richards

Defence News Update Lyneham

ANZAC Day service at BCC – We are currently planning our ANZAC Day service which will be held on Thursday 27th April 2017. If there are any cadets in the school who would be interested in participating on the day please come and see me in student reception.

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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.

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.

DCO's Doin' Dinner - Thursday 23rd Mar, 7pm - This is a monthly dinner facilitated by DCO for spouses and partners of Defence members to catch-up socially for an evening meal. The March dinner will be held at Tilley’s in Lyneham. Please see attached flyer for further details. RSVP is essential to dco.canberra@defence.gov.au or 6265 8777 by the 13th March 17.

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.

Free workshop for parents/supervisors teaching Learner Drivers Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, in conjunction with Karabar High School will be holding a free workshop for parents/supervisors to assist them in helping learner drivers become safer drivers. The two-hour workshop aims to give supervisors all the practical skills they need to increase their confidence in supervising a learner driver and increase their understanding of the licence conditions for learner and provisional drivers. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 15th March from 6pm at Karabar High School. To book please phone Jo Wilson-Ridley on 6285 6196 or 0481 007 010.

Defence Club – Due to the change in lunch times for Junior and Middle school we will be separating our defence lunch club. We will be trialling running Defence Club at Lunch 1 only for Junior and Middle School this week.

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

Kind Regards,

Janette Airey – Graham (aka Mrs A)

Building Resilience in Children

Andrew Fuller is a Clinical Psychologist who lectures and works in schools and communities in building resilience in children, adolescents and families.

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His website has a lot of information on all ages and he has a parent/family section, his website is www.andrewfuller.com.au.

For parents of teenagers Andrew Fuller has a very good article called “Don’t Waste Your Breath. An introduction to the Mysterious World of the Adolescent Brain.” The direct link to this article is: http://andrewfuller.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Dont-waste-your-breath-an-introduction-to-the-adolescent-brain.pdf

Rhonda Malouf
BCC School Psychologist

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,

We have made it over halfway through our term! The staff and I at the ELC are so proud of all the learning that has been happening in our centre. We have seen gardening projects, superheroes and sensory play. These are all things that the ELC staff feel are essentially important to a child’s growth and development.

We are reminded constantly of the joy all around us when we get to educate your children. Nothing is quite as joyous as the arrival of a new baby. We would like to announce that on the 11th of February at 2:46pm Sarah Barrett gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Amanda, weighing 3.29kgs. Sarah, husband and baby are all doing well. Sarah has asked that there be no visitors for a few more weeks but she and her family are looking forward to seeing people soon.

We are still looking for some eager parents to come and spend some time in our classes- perhaps there is a special talent that you have and would like to share? Or perhaps you have a gift for making really tactile play dough? These sorts of things can be added to your PIP hours and will also help you to build relationships with your room and child.


In Christ,
Tammy



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P3 have been learning about roads and the safety they need to be aware of when crossing the road. There have been such wonderful conversations about responsibility and how to stay safe on the road. P3 hope to have more hands on and practical experiences when they go on walks to ‘cross the carpark.’

PK have been broadening their senses by playing with sand and shaving cream. When the two substances are mixed together it is slimy sand that is created! PK have enjoyed having so many hands on experiences and are looking forward to more science based activities in the coming weeks!

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 Brindabella Christian College Education

Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

It’s been a very busy two weeks for Junior School. We have had a baby pony visit, Year 3 and 4 on camp, a K-2 Camp Day and sausage sizzle and Charnwood students joining us. There has been fun and learning all around the school.
Junior School began their new timetable today. This has enabled us to have more room on our playground. Our time in class is still the same, we just eat a little bit later. Our new lunch times are:


Lunch 1 – 11:15-11:25 – supervised eating
11:25-11:55 – play
Lunch 2 – 1:35-2:05 – play
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There are still far too many students without hats at school. Please ensure your child has their school hat with their name clearly written on the inside.

Thank you to all the parents who assisted with cooking and serving sausages at the K-2 camp day. Your generosity of time is greatly appreciated by all staff and students.

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 Camp Action - Video

A camping we will go….

Kindergarten had a fun filled day on Wednesday pretending that we were camping at school. We made cubby houses, roasted marshmallows on a make believe fire, listened to camp stories around the “fire” and played charades. Then it was onto fishing for alphabet fish, making a camp picture out of shapes and going on a scavenger hunt. We painted with leaves and did some leaf rubbings which taught us about different textures. We all joined together at playtime and enjoyed getting to know our friends from the Charnwood Campus. We worked up a camp sized appetite from all the action and really enjoyed eating our sausage sizzle. By the end of the day we were all tired out and watching The Lorax, while eating popcorn, was the perfect way to wind down and end off a fun filled, adventurous camping experience.

Mrs Gayle Smith

Excitement in Kindergarten

Last Friday, the 3rd of March Kale and Jack Blundell created an exciting farm-like experience for Kindy and Year 4. The Blundells brought in their Shetland pony and its 4-week-old foal. Our students were lucky enough to be able to pat both of the ponies, as well as some chickens! It was such an exciting experience for everyone, and all the students were delighted to be involved with the animals.

Miss Ashleigh Larsen


        

Year 3 Camp

On Wednesday 8th March the Year 3 students from both Lyneham and Charnwood made their way to Jindabyne for their first school camp. Throughout the time away we experienced rock climbing, circus skills, archery, traditional Indigenous games, slider trikes, team work activities and a whole heap of other games. One of the highlights was the cookout. Students were taught how to make a campfire, how to check if the rocks are hot enough and how to check if their food was cooked. They then had to cook sausages and damper on the hot rocks whilst being supervised by our fantastic Year 12 helpers and staff. Even though some of us missed our families at night, we all had a great time. Thank you to all the staff, parents and students for such an awesome opportunity.

Junior School Assemblies most 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 1

Week 7 – Friday 17th March – Worship
Week 8 – Friday 24th March – 4D class assembly
Week 9 – Friday 31st March – 4E class assembly
Week 10 – Thursday 6th April – Easter Service/assembly

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
Mathematics
Kinder – Chloe Mathew, Abigail Robin
Year 1 – Noah Webb, Audric Pantier
Year 2 – Yasi Heenatimullage, Victoria Shang, Katie Han
Year 3 – Millie Hassett, Isabelle Howie, Toby Hood
Year 4 – Alvin Zhao, Isaac Foster
Teacher Choice
Kinder – Vicki Yang, Alessandra Brown, Annalise Miles
Year 1 – Vicky Seymour, Subomi Otesile
Year 2 – Benji Santos, Sarah Mekhael, Ropafadza Chanakira
Year 3 – Samuel Pilloni, Austin Perry, Emily McGregor
Year 4 – Madeleine Hood, Emily Harrington
ROCK
Kinder – Adah Aquilina, Harry Whalan, Lydia Liu
Year 1 – Diya Sen, Sanduni Batuwanage
Year 2 – Charlotte Firth, Oliver Blight, Carter Freeman
Year 3 – Michelle Siu, Akash Mishra, Ethan Kimberley
Year 4 – James Parsons, Jack Blundell

Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Junior School

Please check the uniform requirements on the website to ensure that all students are dressed appropriately. Students failing to wear the correct uniform will be issued with a letter to parents. Makeup and coloured nail polish are not permitted and students will be sent to the student administration office to remove. Click below to view the new Sports Uniform.

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Please note there is a new Sport Uniform being fazed in during 2017. If you require a sport uniform please purchase it through the BCC Uniform Shop. Please assist us to ensure that all students wear their uniform with pride

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

Dear BCC Middle School friends and families,
Last week Middle School headed out to the various camps at Tathra (5/6), Longbeach (7/8 boys) and Attunga (7/8 girls). It was excellent to experience their enthusiasm as they boarded the bus on Wednesday morning and then to see how happy although exhausted they were on their return Friday afternoon. Students and Staff used camp time to build on their relationships and were encouraged to reach beyond their comfort zone to achieve something they hadn’t done before. In this newsletter I have included some more specific information from each camp.
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The Canberra Day Long Weekend has given us all a bit of a downtime to rest and recover after the busy camp period! I encourage our students to refocus on their academic studies. During this term some faculties are allocating lunch times to help and support students, I also recommend that students seek assistance from their classroom teachers. Over the last week I have been visiting some of the Year 5 classes to see their progress with building of biomes representing a range of animal habitats. I have been astonished by their creativity and resourcefulness to create amazing new worlds.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men Colossians 3:23

 

Yours in Christian Education

Mrs Rebecca Dromgold
Head of Middle School

 

Maths Tutorials

Room MS4

Week A

 

 

 

 

MonA

TueA

WedA

ThuA

FriA

Mrs Dromgold - L2

Mr Thompson - L1

 

Mrs Johnston - P7

 

 

Week B

 

 

 

 

MonB

TueB

WedB

ThuB

FriB

Mrs Dromgold - L2

Mr Wijnburg - AT - Library

Mrs Johnston - L2

Mr Thompson - L2

 



2017 BCC Middle School Camps - Video

Year 5 & 6 Camp

Year 5/6 had a fantastic time at Tathra where we challenged ourselves in many activities. The Flying Fox and the Raft Building were two favourites for sure. One session was a beach carnival down at a gorgeous section of Tathra beach where skills of body boarding and running in the surf were practiced.

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Champions, like Jaiden MacArthur and Cameron Neish, emerged from the sand castle building competition and teamwork was developed as we relied on each other for many of the experiences.

Watch out for Shannon Chan, Megan Ratcliffe and Ivy O’Meara in the archery section of the next Olympics. They are stars in the making for sure! It was encouraging to hear testimonies from the staff and Jaedin Garrard around our bonfire and a big thank you to our Yr 12 students for their leadership in the cabins, leading worship and organizing games. Camp is such an opportunity to develop relationships and for students to shine outside the classroom!

Year 7/8 Boys Camp

Year 7/8 Boys Camp in 2017 woke up nice and early to take the winding road down to Longbeach for 3 fun filled days. When we arrived we were greeted by grey skies and wet weather. This did not dampen our spirits as we went ahead with all activities guns blazing for laser tag, a fire in our hearts for bushcraft and ready to roll for beach carnival.

That evening we listened to our College leaders as they shared their wisdom and stories of overcoming obstacles. We woke to grey skies again on the Thursday but then slowly saw the grey change into a brilliant blue just in time for some surfing, canoeing and raft building. We left the beach with some red faces and took in the last nights activities led again by our College Leaders.

Our last morning saw with it the last round of activities before winding our way back up the mountain and making our way for home. A special thank you to all of our college leaders who prepared and led activities both nights as well and a final special thank you to Mr Baines, Mr Andrew and Mr McDonald for all their help on camp.

Cheers,
Gus

Year 7/8 Girls Camp

Year 7/8 Girls had a fantastic time at Attunga. Our 6 activity groups had a go at archery, canoeing, bushwalking and the flying fox. One of our favourites was the 13 meter high jump off the power fan! The free fall was exhilarating but we were so glad to feel the power fan slow us down before we hit the ground! Another one of our favourite activities was horse riding. » Read More

We enjoyed learning about how the trainers teach the horses to follow their instructions.  The best part was choosing a horse to ride on and learning how to go, turn and stop.  Our Year 12 student leaders did an excellent job of organising the evening activities. 

We enjoyed worshipping and learning from them about having Godly friendships.  The quiz was also lots of fun!  We are looking forward to continuing our newly developed friendships back at school.

Gemma White

Maths Tutorial for Middle & Senior School Students

This year we are offering Maths Tutorials for students who need help and support with their Maths. It is a drop in time where students can come with specific questions and/or do their Maths homework during school. » Read More

Maths Tutorial - MS4

The availability is as follows:  

MonA - Mrs Dromgold - L2

TueA - Mr Thompson - L1

ThuA Ms Johnston - P7

 

MonB - Mrs Dromgold - L2

TueB - Mr Wijnberg - P7 - Library

WedB - Ms Johnston - L2

ThuB - Mr Thompson - L2

FriB - Mrs McMaster - L1

New Mathematics Resources Yr 7-12

The new Mathematics textbooks have arrived and have been rolled out throughout years 7-12. We are very excited that this has occurred. With the new textbooks come an online component to supplement and extend students. » Read More

Some of the time, homework will be set via www.cambridge.edu.au/hotmaths . It would be worthwhile getting your child to log in and show you the various features of the program. If they have forgotten their username and password, please contact their teacher. Extra worksheets, tutorials, explanations and NAPLAN practice are all available through the online portal.

I would encourage you, as a parent, to engage with your child’s learning through this. You might even find that you learn something yourself.

God bless, and good luck!

Paul Thompson

Head of Mathematics

 

What’s on in Middle School

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Upcoming Dates

22 March - AFP Cyber Safe

28-29 March - Parent teacher Interviews

7 April - Cross Country

8 April - Start of School Holidays



Parent/Teacher Communication

As we move through the year it will be important for teachers to partner with parents in the education of their children. Essential to this partnership is effective communication. To improve communications, it is now recommended that you email the teachers directly with your questions eg rebeccadromgold@bcc.act.edu.au

Students in Year 5 and 6 should receive a student organiser over the next few weeks. These books can be used to help communications between the classroom teacher and parents and plan for future events.


Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Middle School

Please note that Term 1 means Middle School students must wear Summer Uniform. It is also extremely important as the UV levels continue to rise that all students wear a hat during lunch times. Please ensure that your child has a hat as part of their Summer Uniform.

Click below to view the new Sports Uniform.
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Please note there is a new Sport Uniform being fazed in during 2017. If you require a sport uniform please purchase it through the BCC Uniform Shop.

Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

I can’t believe how quickly this term has gone – we have already passed the halfway point of the term and students are now in the midst of handing in assessment tasks and a number of tests have already taken place. The result of this is that a number of students have already visited my office feeling a little overwhelmed. I would like to encourage families to discuss upcoming assessment tasks with their child and ensure they are coping well. The test and assignment planners have now been posted on the Brindabella Christian College app. so that you can get a good overview of when tasks will occur. Rhonda Malouf (College psychologist) and myself are also both available to assist students with planning and organisation where required. » Read More

Last Monday the Senior School student leadership team attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference at the Australian Institute of Sport complex at Bruce. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away feeling inspired by the topical seminars. They appreciated meeting student leaders from other High Schools and Colleges from the ACT and surrounding areas, with one school having travelled all the way from Western Australia to attend the conference. The impact of the seminars has been particularly positive for the students attending, with strategies being provided to adapt current ideas and think outside the box.

Last week our Year 12 students attended the Year 3 to 8 camps in a leadership capacity – taking their learning from the Year 12 Leadership Camp to a new level. Students assisted College staff with the running of activities, led worship and devotions and ran a number of fun, team-building activities, all the while also acting as mentors for the younger students.

This Friday (17 March) is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. In recent years the worldwide incidence of bullying has increased significantly, with Australian statistics now reporting the rate of bullying at 1 in 4 people. Bullying can take a number of forms, with most incidents being categorised into 4 categories – physical, verbal, social and cyber-bullying. In Connect assembly today, students listened to a modified version of a true story about social bullying and the roles that different students played in the incident. Students were encouraged to look at what happened through three perspectives – that of the ‘victim’, the person bullying and that of the onlookers. If you would like further resources on bullying please visit the website https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/ - they have some fantastic resources.

The annual Senior School Social is also fast approaching – in fact it is this Friday (17 March)! Students are getting very excited about this event and I would like to encourage all Senior School students to attend what promises to be a fantastic evening. Students will participate in a number of activities organised by the Senior School Leaders, including the dance room, digital and non-digital games room and volleyball. The cost to attend is $10.00, with the fee going toward providing dinner (pizza and drinks) and snacks. Any remaining money goes toward our fundraising efforts to assist the students of Macleay Vocational College in Kempsey.

Yours in Christian education,


Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Senior School (Pastoral Care)

2017 BCC Senior School Camps - Video

Senior School Social

On Friday 17 March Senior School students will have the opportunity to attend the Senior School Social evening from 5:30pm - 9:00pm in the Leadership and Learning Centre. This will be the first event organised by the newly inducted Student Leaders and is always an exceptional night for the students with fun activities and dinner together. Please mark this date in the calendar for what promises to be an excellent night.

Maths Tutorial for Middle & Senior School Students

This year we are offering Maths Tutorials for students who need help and support with their Maths. It is a drop in time where students can come with specific questions and/or do their Maths homework during school. » Read More

Maths Tutorial - MS4

The availability is as follows:  

MonA - Mrs Dromgold - L2

TueA - Mr Thompson - L1

ThuA Ms Johnston - P7

 

MonB - Mrs Dromgold - L2

TueB - Mr Wijnberg - P7 - Library

WedB - Ms Johnston - L2

ThuB - Mr Thompson - L2

FriB - Mrs McMaster - L1

New Mathematics Resources Yr 7-12

The new Mathematics textbooks have arrived and have been rolled out throughout years 7-12. We are very excited that this has occurred. With the new textbooks come an online component to supplement and extend students. » Read More

Some of the time, homework will be set via www.cambridge.edu.au/hotmaths . It would be worthwhile getting your child to log in and show you the various features of the program. If they have forgotten their username and password, please contact their teacher. Extra worksheets, tutorials, explanations and NAPLAN practice are all available through the online portal.

I would encourage you, as a parent, to engage with your child’s learning through this. You might even find that you learn something yourself.

God bless, and good luck!

Paul Thompson

Head of Mathematics

 

Humanities and Careers

We are now well and truly into the swing of Term One and for our Year 12 students, the journey to the end is starting to speed up. It’s time to start gathering information and to begin thinking about what 2018 can hold. As a parent, you can help guide this process by asking your child where they would like to see themselves – which university, which course, and even where in Australia or the world would they like to go? There are endless possibilities available and while the question can seem daunting, it’s not a bad idea to ‘think out loud’ and create a space where any all options can be discussed. If you or your child would like some assistance in talking this through, please do not hesitate to contact me to make an interview time.

Yours in Christian Education,

Ben Archer

Head of Humanities and Careers


  

 

Australian School Based Apprenticeships

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Business Administration – Year 11 Students Only

A position is available for School-Based Apprentice in Yarralumla. The apprenticeship entails learning basic skills in business administration, including filing, transcription writing, emails and customer service. It is a two day a week commitment – including one day at CIT. If you’re interested, please contact Mr. Archer – benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au    

Early Childhood – for Year 11 & 12 (ACT Wide)

There are currently 18 vacancies School-Based Apprenticeships in Early Childhood in the ACT. Students will have an opportunity to complete a Certificate II or Certificate III in Early Childhood and gain on the job work experience and training whilst completing their Year 12 Certificate. Applications close on March 5th. Please contact Mr. Archer for more details: benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au     

Warehousing Operations – for Year 10 & 11 (Belconnen)

Reece Irrigation are looking for a School-Based Apprentice in Warehousing Operations. Students will have an opportunity to complete a Certificate II whilst gaining valuable experience in Retail and Retail Logistics. Students must be available to work two days a week, including Saturdays. Applications are open until the position is filled. Please contact Mr. Archer for more details: benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au


 

Thinking of Law, Medicine or Dentistry at University?

If you’re thinking of undertaking Law, Medicine or Dentistry you may need to sit an additional test to be offered a place at university. The LAT (Law
Admissions Test) and UMAT (University Medical Admissions Test) are fast approaching. Please register your interest with Mr. Archer –

 benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au

to begin the registration process.

Game Design & Development – for Years 10-12

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Watson are
accepting applications for students considering a career in Game Design and
Development to undertake work experience. This is a competitive process, and
students are asked to submit an application directly to the AIE here:
http://www.aie.edu.au/StudentInformation/work-experience-canberra

Scholarships and Early Entry Schemes

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ACU

Early Achiever’s Program for 2018. Applications open on April 26th, but now is the time to begin preparing. Please visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/pathways_And_entry_schemes/year_12_student_entry/early_entry for more information.

ANU

Tuckwell Scholarship for 2018. Applications are open NOW and close 3:00pm on March 27th. Visit: http://tuckwell.anu.edu.au to apply.

Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Senior School

The appropriate wearing of College uniform is an important part of the culture here at Brindabella and we would like to ensure it is worn perfectly. I ask families to please partner with the College in ensuring that skirts are knee length – that is – the skirt must touch the knee - and not be sitting ANY higher, and that shirts are tucked in and no makeup is worn. We understand that students grow quickly and it can be difficult to keep up with growth, however, students will be issued with a letter requiring attention if uniform is not worn correctly. We are aiming not to ‘major on the minors’ by doing this which I often hear students complain about when addressed for uniform matters, instead 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.

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Please note there is a new Sport Uniform being fazed in during 2017. If you require a sport uniform please purchase it through the BCC Uniform Shop.

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

Making the most of our BCC Phone App

Our school App has the ability to sort and filter the 'push notifications' you receive.
To turn these filters on:
go to your App
Click "More" (Bottom right hand side of App)
Click "Setup push notifications"
Turn on the filters that apply to you e.g. Only receive information for Year 7 students.

If you already use this function, don't forget to update it for 2017.
This year we can also send Alerts out via email. For this option please look in the Alerts folder for the link.

Community News

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

APFACTS Member Meeting
APFACTS held its first member meeting of the year on Thursday 23th February. It was wonderful to have some new school representatives join us for the evening.

Some of the topics discussed with our representatives were:
• Justin Coulson’s interview on 2CC’s Sunday Roast on the 5th March from 10am-12pm
• Australian Parents Council (the national body for non-government schools) and its strong advocacy platform for education issues.
• Establishing an AFPACTS award for parent volunteers in schools.
• School Traffic Safety Survey. The responses have been forwarded to each school P&F for review. APFACTS will be guided by each P&F as to how they would like to proceed & what they determine to be their priorities.

Have you ever had a parenting moment when you’re just not sure what to do?
Have you ever looked at your children and wondered if they are physically attached to their devices? These presentations are designed to help parents understand their children and provide proven and practical strategies for positive outcomes.

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most qualified parenting and wellbeing experts. He is a celebrated author, has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is well known expert in this field. He regularly appears in the media for expert commentary. Justin also lives what he promotes, as the father of six girls ranging from 2 to 16. He is down-to-earth and relatable, not afraid to share his personal experiences and learning.
Pre-Sale tickets will be made available only to parents at APFACTS member schools before they are opened for public release ($25) in Week 3.

The ticket price for APFACTS school members is $20. Simply enter the discount code “Member” when booking your tickets.

Date: Wednesday, March 8th 2017
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Venue: Daramalan College
Topic: Parenting Tools to Help Your Adolescent Thrive
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-your-adolescent-thrive-tickets-31588851104


Date: Thursday, March 9th 2017
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Venue: Canberra Grammar School
Topic: Are your children addicted to technology?
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-my-children-addicted-to-technology-tickets-31589124923

We can’t wait to hear this brilliant presenter!
Get in early before tickets are opened to the general public.
Send us an email: executiveofficer@apfacts.org.au  


We are keen to hear your thoughts. Send us an email: executiveofficer@apfacts.org.au 

Linda Fleming
Executive Officer
Email: executiveofficer@apfacts.org.au
02 6287 3538

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