Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

Dear Brindabella Christian College Community,

Parent-teacher interviews at both campuses are well underway. If you have yet to sign up for times to meet with the teachers of your child(ren) then please make this a priority over the next few days. Parent-teacher interviews are an important way to spend time discussing how your child is progressing with their academic work and organisational skills, any wellbeing matters you both need to be aware of and any additional areas of concern or success you would like to raise. If you are unavailable for the set times, please make sure you contact the teacher(s) you wish to meet with for alternate days/times. » Read More

Last Thursday evening five of our senior students received prizes from the UNSW as part of their program to encourage women in Mathematics. All of the students nominated by the College received, in addition to their certificates and prize money (for two of the students) or movie passes (for the other three), the promise of a $5000 undergraduate scholarship if they take up Engineering as a civilian at UNSW-Canberra within two years of completing Year 12. This is a fantastic achievement! I would like to congratulate the winners: Nandini in Year 10, and Hannah in Year 9, and the runners up, Asher and Angela in Year 10, and Grace in Year 9. I would also like to thank Mrs Linda Johnson who nominated these students.

The very well run senior school student leader’s assembly last week was an important time to stop and reflect on the role of leaders in our College community. The College Captains, read a passage to us from the Gospel of Mark: Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 35-38, 41-45 NIV).

In the passage, Jesus reminds us of what is most important in leadership. Sometimes, we think that is what leadership is about – a special badge or title, a special place at the table, the right to tell people what to do. But Jesus said something that turned the popular understanding of leadership on its head: “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.” Our student leaders play an extremely important role in our College community: they have a responsibility to serve with integrity as leaders in a Christian school, and are required to act with love to those they work with. At Brindabella Christian College, we believe that leadership is summed up in having the same attitude as that of Jesus. Jesus spent time with the unpopular and powerless, He healed those in need of healing, He washed the feet of those who needed cleaning, He told people hard truths when they needed to be said and he always did this with love, He cried at the loss of a friend, and brought comfort to those in mourning, He prayed for hours, and would always prioritise spending time with His father in heaven, and He loved his enemies. We see Jesus serving others when He gave His own life on the cross so that we could be in relationship with God. Being a student leader is a great opportunity to grow in understanding of what it means to be a servant leader. Please remember to pray for our student leaders across both campuses.

Recently, I was re-reading a thought provoking article written by Andreas Schleicher, the Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD. Mr Schleicher published the article in November last year following the release of his latest book, ‘World Class – how to build a 21st century school system’. His article examined why it’s so much easier to educate students for our past, than for their future. His opening statement that ‘schools are inherently conservative social systems’ was not so much what caught my attention, or his reflection that as a ‘parents we get nervous when our children learn things we don’t understand, and even more when they no longer study things that were important for us’, though both are interesting observations. What caught my attention was a section of the article where he discusses some of the myths in education, which I re-print here, in part, for your consideration as we work together to ensure our College is well placed for evidence informed excellence in the learning and wellbeing of our young people:

“One of the reasons why we get stuck in education is that our thinking is framed by so many myths:
The poor will always do badly in school. That’s not true: the 10 per cent most disadvantaged 15-year-olds in Shanghai did better on the PISA maths test than the 25 per cent wealthiest Australian students.
Immigrants will lower the performance of a country on international comparisons. That’s not true: there is no relationship between the share of immigrants and the quality of an education system, and the school systems where immigrant students settle matters a lot more than the country where they came from. Australia is a great example of a country where immigrant students succeed.
Smaller classes automatically mean better results. That’s not true: in fact, whenever high-performing education systems have to make a choice between a smaller class and a better teacher, they go for the latter. Singapore has a student/staff ratio of 12, more favourable than that in Australia, and yet, Singapore has much larger classes (34) than Australia (25). What looks like a statistical fluke has a lot of practical implications. Teachers in Australia have little time for other things than teaching, while the larger class sizes in Singapore allow teachers to spend much more time with their colleagues to observe other teachers’ practice and work collaboratively on new practice. Often, it is small classes that have created the ‘tailoristic’ culture where teachers end up doing little else than teaching, and don’t have the time for individual student support, collaboration with other teacher professionals, or working with parents – the hallmarks of high-performing education systems.
More time spent learning always means better results. That’s not true: study hours in Finland are little more than half what students in the United Arab Emirates spend, but in Finland students learn a lot in little time while in the UAE they learn very little in a lot of time. 

The good news is that our knowledge about what works in education has improved vastly. The first thing is that leaders in high-performing education systems have convinced their citizens to value the future. Chinese parents and grandparents will invest their last money into their future, the education of their children. In Europe we have already spent the money of our children for our own consumption. But valuing education highly is just part of the equation. Another part is the deep belief that every student can learn, and to realise that ordinary students can have extraordinary talents. And nowhere does the quality of a school system exceed the quality of its teachers.”

Lots of food for thought!

God bless you

Christine Lucas



Whole School News

An update from our School Psychologists

Hello Brindabella Christian College Community

Its been a busy start to the year as we spend time meeting and working with students, parents, staff and the wider school community. As promised in the previous newsletter, we are wanting to provide everyone with more information regarding the referral process for students. » Read More

The referral process ensures that we are supporting students who require confidential support and assistance and allows teachers, parents and the students themselves a clear avenue for accessing support. There are three specific pathways that students can speak with us.

  1. A Classroom Teacher may identify learning or emotional concerns with a specific student. The Classroom Teacher will then speak with the relevant Head of Pastoral Care to develop initial interventions and assist with communicating concerns with the student’s parents. If required, and following discussion with the student’s parents, a referral form may be completed for the School Psychologist.
  2. Parents are able to contact the school directly to raise concerns for their child and discuss options for support. This can be through the Classroom Teacher, Head of Pastoral Care or the School Psychologists directly. We are always happy to speak with parents and offer support when required.
  3. Students are able to self-refer directly to the School Psychologists. Self-referral slips can be located in the front office or on the board outside of our offices. These can then be placed in the letter box inside the Psychology waiting room, handed into front office or slid under either of our doors.

Referrals are then reviewed and allocated at a weekly Triage Meeting to ensure the most appropriate support and intervention avenue is implemented. Teachers and parents will be contacted to advise of the outcome of any referral and the process for support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Careers News

We have lots of exciting news from the Careers Adviser, Mrs McMaster.

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ANU School Visit – The new ANU Application Process

Monday 1 April,  9.30 -10 am (in the LLC – Room to be advised)

For Year 11 and Year 12 Students and any parents who are interested to come along.


Schools Recommendation Scheme

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. The application for SRS is via UAC which will be open for the 2019 cohort on Wednesday 3 April.

https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/schools-recommendation-schemes


A message from the ANU

As you know, applications are open for the ANU until the 31 May. To assist all students to access information about the university, courses, accommodation and scholarships, we are hosting the Virtual Open Day (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/) with information and webinars accessible throughout the application window.

There are two recorded webinars that I believe would be very interesting for your students, as many have expressed an interested in the Tuckwell scholarships and on how to provide info on co-curricular activities:


Applying to ANU: Meeting the Co-curricular or Service Requirement

Host: David McLean

In this session we will assist you in completing the co-curricular or service section of your ANU application; we will discuss how you can check if you’ve met the requirement and the types of supporting documentation that you will need to provide. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our Domestic Admissions Team.


Tuckwell Scholarship Webinar - No Ordinary Scholarship

Host: Tim Mansfield

This webinar is an exciting opportunity for students, teachers, parents (and others!) to learn more about the Tuckwell Scholarship Program at the ANU. In addition to a brief overview of the Program and application process, you'll get to hear from a current Scholar about their experience of applying, as well as their perspectives on life and study at the ANU in Canberra. With first round applications closing on 28 March, this is a session not to miss.

To participate, students just need to login at the Virtual Open Day Website (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/) and click on the Webinar tab at the top. These webinars will be available to view at any time following their live recording dates on 12 March 2019.


Do your students have questions about the ANU, their application, co-curricular eligibility etc.?

For questions specifically about a student’s application, I would encourage them to contact our Domestic Admissions team via email (domestic.admissions@anu.edu.au) or phone during business hours (+61 2 6125 5594), referencing their application number. The Domestic Admissions Team will be able to log into their application and assist them with your individual situation.

For general course advice, and information on support services, we encourage students to explore our Virtual Open Day website (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/). There will be an opportunity through this website to access our Future Students Enquiry Team which is dedicated to assisting all students with their course and ANU experience related queries.

Other resources to assist your students include the 2020 ANU Undergraduate Guide available online and ANU Programs and Courses, where students are able to explore all prerequisites, minimum selection ranks, and study options for all ANU degrees including the Flexible Double Degree (https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/).


International Pi Day

Celebrated around the world on 14 March (3/14). Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. Brindabella students celebrated the day by participating in competitions and eating pie. The winner of the ‘Reciting of Pi Digit’ competition was Devraj Rajpurohit who was able to recite 35 digits correctly. William Smidt came second with 31 digits. Gabe Fromyhr won the ‘Estimate Mr Buckley’s Head Circumference’ competition, which measured 59.8314cm

Science Competitions

The Science department is pleased to advise that BCC has opened a link for our students to enter the Big Science Competition to be held on the 21st of May 2019 and the Australian National Chemistry Quiz to be held on 30 July 2019. They are tests set in the multiple choice format which will encourage students to think critically and analyse problems set in real life.

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Australian National Chemistry Quiz
https://www.trybooking.com/BBKBK

BIG SCIENCE COMPETITION(BSC) FOR STUDENTS IN YEAR 7 TO 10
https://www.trybooking.com/BBKBC




Choose Maths Video Competition

The CHOOSEMATHS Student Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools.

The awards encourage students to get creative as they step beyond the classroom to bring their understanding of mathematics to life on film.

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Get your classrooms buzzing with conversations about mathematics as students use their imagination to create and submit a 3–5 minute video based on this year’s theme, MATHS MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.

The aim of the competition is for students to produce a video which explains a mathematical problem, or demonstrates an application of mathematics, using clear and precise mathematical language, in a creative and entertaining way. Students compete as a team in order to foster a positive environment, giving them the opportunity to reason and work collaboratively.

Competition Task

Each team must create and submit a video which runs for a minimum of 3 minutes and maximum of 5 minutes. The video should be based on the 2019 competition theme MATHS MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.

Videos can be produced using any kind of audio-visual media.

The competition is open to students in upper primary and secondary school.

The top 10 winning teams will attend the CHOOSEMATHS Awards Presentation Ceremony to be hosted in Melbourne on Friday 18 October 2019.

Each team will receive a bursary for the students, plus one supervising adult, to go towards their accommodation and travel expenses in order to assist them attending the Presentation Ceremony.

20 additional prizes will be awarded for high commendation, originality and effort. These teams will receive a certificate and prize money sent directly to their schools:

  • Ten prizes of $100 per student per team (i.e. either $300 or $400 per team)
  • Ten prizes of $50 per student per team (i.e. either $150 or $200 per team)

All teams who successfully submit a valid entry will receive a CHOOSEMATHS certificate of participation that will be sent after the awards ceremony in October.

Registration for all video entries open on Friday 1 March 2019.

Videos must be submitted by 31 July 2019.

Further details are on the CHOOSEMATHS site https://choosemathsawards.org.au/student-awards/#guidelines

Contact Mrs Fitzsimons at diannafitzsimons@bcc.act.edu.au if you are interested.

Uniform Shop Update

We are pleased to announce the recent changes to the Uniform Shop on Wednesday to operate from 2pm – 6pm and the shop will now open on the first Saturday of each month from 9am – 12pm. These new times to be on a trial basis for Terms 1 and 2.

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The shop hours can always be found at http://www.bcc.act.edu.au/lyneham/enrol/uniform

Parentline ACT

Being a parent is the hardest job we’ll ever have. All parents at some time experience difficulties and stress.
Parentline ACT is a confidential and free telephone and face-to-face counselling and information service.

Phone Parentline if you would you like: » Read More

To talk with someone about those parenting issues.
Help with some ideas on raising children.
Support in the important job you are doing.
To know what is available for parents, teenagers and children.
To build better relationships in your family.
Help to understand your child or teenager’s behaviour.
Make an appointment for a counselling session.
Parentline ACT.
Monday to Friday (except on public holidays), 9am to 5pm.
Phone: 6287 3833

Communicating with School

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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 Faculty and Head of Pastoral. 

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

Phone: 02 6190 7300

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

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

If you don't know your teacher's full name, please visit our BCC Phone app, as there is a list of Faculty Heads and Heads of Pastoral. 

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families,

We pray that you have all had a blessed long weekend! God is great! We are thankful for the extra rest and also to be reminded of how lucky we are to live in a country with such generous holiday allowances.

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We are so excited about all the learning and engagement that is happening in our classrooms! We are also humbled at the encouragement that our children are giving one another during their learning sessions. Our children have been inspired by the teachings of Christ and how Jesus’ approach to others and the kindness that He showed to those around him, helped them to learn more and more about His message of good news.

In the coming weeks I encourage you to also reflect on a verse that we will be reflecting on in the ELC;

‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.’

-          Luke 6:20

In the ELC we will continue to encourage our children to be helping and inspiring love, learning and kindness in their daily lives.

Blessings,

The ELC Teams.

The children of P3 have been learning to match and respond to shape prompts. The P3 children have been using ICT to support their learning and their comprehension of shape. Part of this learning is also about memory recall a skill that comes before children understand sequencing. In the coming weeks, the P3 children will continue learning about their sequencing and memory recall.

The PK children have been learning about the story of Adam and Eve. They have been recalling the story and sequencing it in order according to the Biblical teaching. The children have also had the opportunity to practice their cutting and number knowledge. This will continue in the coming weeks.

The children in the composite class have been practicing their writing and control of writing tools when writing letters. The focus the last fortnight has been the letter /b/. Part of this learning is encouraging children to focus on the sound that the letter makes while writing. This builds their awareness of sound as well as muscle memory for formation. These are skills they will continue to practice in the coming weeks.

The Castle children have been categorising and making patterns. A pre-mathematics skill that the children are acquiring is putting things that are similar together. This is usually due to a common theme such as shape, colour or size. Some children are extending further and using these differences to make patterns, a sequence of objects that repeats again and again!



Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

Dear Junior School,

Term 1 is passing us by quickly and we still have some fun learning happening over the next few weeks. This Friday 15 March is ‘National Day of Action’. The NDA gives schools the chance to take action and empower young people to be part of the solution when addressing bullying. It provides an opportunity to focus on bullying and the big changes we can make to create safer communities for everyone. The whole College will be meeting on the oval to create a whole College slogan which will be photographed from above and then shared with our College community. » Read More

Thursday 21 March is Harmony Day. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Information has been sent home through the College phone app and Junior School will be having a special assembly and morning of activities. All parents are welcome to join our assembly at 9:15am on Thursday 21 March. I also extend an invitation to any parents who would like to share at this assembly something from their family’s heritage. Please email me or come and see me if you are interested. Romans 15:7 says Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God’.

The week beginning Monday 18 March we welcome the return of Variety – the children’s charity ‘Just Like You’ program. This empathy based program introduces the concept of disability to children at a young age. sing direct, impactful interactive workshops led by a person with a disability themselves, Just Like You challenges misconceptions surrounding disability and provides a new lens for seeing disability in a positive, affirmative way. The children’s response to this program last year was very positive and enthusiastic so it will be great to build on this again this year. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God’. Romans 15:7

This week has been the first of the College Parent/Teacher interviews. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss how your children are progressing at school and celebrate this with them once home.

We still have an excessive amount of lost property with un-named items. Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled and remind them of their responsibility to look after their belongings.

We have several people in our school community who are going through challenging times at the moment. Please keep all these families in your prayers. May they find strength and peace in the knowledge of God’s love for them.

“Peace begins with a smile” Mother Teresa.

Yours in Christian Education

Rebecca Jefferys

Head of Pastoral Care, Junior School



Junior School Dates for the Diary

Term 1
Week 8 – Thursday 21 – Harmony Day & Assembly 9:15am
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri – Just Like You Incursion – Disability awareness
Week 10 – Tuesday 2 April – Cross Country
Week 11 – Friday 12 April – Last day of term

Term 2
Week 2 – Friday 3 May – Mother’s Day Stall (tbc)
Week 3 – Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 May – NAPLAN
Week 4 – Monday 20 – Friday 24 May – NAPLAN
Week 5 – Monday 27 May – Reconciliation Day (holiday)
Week 7 – Monday 10 June – Queen’s Birthday (holiday)
Week 9 – Friday 28 June – Learning Journey
Week 10 – Friday 5 June – Athletics Carnival


After School Chinese club

This year 2019, it is very exciting that Brindabella will accommodate an after school Chinese club for our K-6 students! The after school club will be run by FCCCI Chinese Community School. It will be a great opportunity for our K-6 students to extend and enrich their learning experience of Chinese language and culture. It is on Wednesdays, from 3:15 pm to 5:30pm. There are still spaces for you to join now! » Read More

Junior School Assemblies Fridays @ 2:15pm in the Junior School Building



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 there will be a Worship assembly. All parents, grandparents, carers and relatives are invited to attend these assemblies.

Assemblies begin at 2:15pm.

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Junior School Assembly roster

Term 1

Week 7 – Worship

Week 8 – 2M

Week 9 – 2W

Week 10 – 2P

Week 11 – no assembly

Term 2

Week 1 – Worship

Week 2 – 4L

Week 3 – Worship

Week 4 – 4E

Week 5 – 4C

Week 6 – 1D

Week 7 – Worship

Week 8 – 3G

Week 9 – no assembly

Week 10 – no assembly



School Banking 2019

Exciting new rewards for 2019 are now available!

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Get involved in the School Banking program.

Brindabella Christian College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2019 are:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set                
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffly Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

School Banking day is Tuesday. Each week you need to hand your deposit book to your classroom teacher or Student Reception.

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2019 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking



Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Learning in the Middle School has been a buzz word in 2019. But what does it mean to learn? Is it just about their cognitive growth? I would say the answer to that is no. As soon as we stop learning in life, we start going backwards. Much of the development of Middle School students is around their behavioural and emotional domains. » Read More

So when we look at what engages students, we need to consider the following:

Primary Factors – positive peer relationships; positive teacher relationships; positive and involved families.

Secondary Factors – Learning spaces are positive, supportive and fair, where students have input into their learning; Students feel safe, able to overcome issues and feeling physically and mentally healthy. (Reference: Colin Pettit, 2018, “Why don’t we ask the students what engages them in their learning?”, Adolescent Success – Volume 18 – Number 2, p.17-19)

What I am encouraged by this is how integrated support from home, school and co-curricular activities help develop young people who are well rounded members of our community. It was great to see so many parents at the Parent Teacher interviews. Thank you for coming and being engaged in your child’s development and learning. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Let’s keep this in mind as we deal with those in our care.

Friday 15 May is the national “Bullying, No Way!” day. Students have been learning about bullying, what it is and what it isn’t. During Pastoral on Friday, K-12 will be making a stand against bullying of all types.

Next Friday (22 March) is Harmony day. A note has been sent out on regarding celebrating Harmony Day. I look forward to seeing students wear their national dress or orange in support for this day.

Year 5 camp is next Wednesday-Friday – students are looking forward to this. Please be prayerful during this time, for fun, safety, friendships and for learning opportunities as they study the goldfields.

Finally, there is a Middle School Pastoral Care page on Schoolbox. There is a lot of information on this page. I would encourage you to look at with your child. There will be new items added to it throughout the year, so make sure you check it out.

Yours in Christian Education,

Paul Thompson






Year 7 Camp at Attunga

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Year 7 students had an amazing time at Camp!  After an early start on Wednesday we hit the highway and made our way to Attunga just in time for morning tea.  Students were given an orientation of the campsite, placed in their activity groups and given time to set up their cabins.

Then the activities began!  The 13m jump off the Power Fan was one of the favourites!  Students were pushed to their limits and challenged to take a leap of faith.  Jovaan Muthukumar said, “There are many fun activities but the Power-fan was the scariest. It was still fun though”.

Another activity highlight was the Flying Fox, which was a brand new addition to Attunga this year.  Students enjoyed flying through the air and seeing the beautiful views of the treetops whiz past.  Jacob French said, “I liked the height of the zip line even though I have a major fear of heights”.

Students enjoyed the range of activities, including Archery, Raft Building, The Challenge and Horse Care.  The camp leaders shared about courageous people in the Bible and how God gives us courage when we trust in him.  This helped students to go deeper with their faith in God and encouraged them to step out of their comfort zone.  Skyla Buckley said, “I loved the activities that were provided and the opportunities we were given”.

In the evenings, Mrs White led worship and Mr Dredge shared devotions about God’s love for us and Jesus’ power over sin.  Then we were treated to a bonfire to celebrate the final evening.  Students enjoyed toasting marshmallows and sharing memories of their experiences over the fire.

Overall, students and staff had a wonderful time!  A big thank you to Mr Dredge, Mrs Goldsmith, Mrs Kelly, Mr Leslie, Mr Lucas and Mrs White for caring for the students over the 3 days.  Annabelle Mickelson said, “It was heaps of fun and loads of adventure. It is a good way to overcome your fears and get to know people more".







After School Chinese club

This year 2019, it is very exciting that Brindabella will accommodate an after school Chinese club for our K-6 students! The after school club will be run by FCCCI Chinese Community School. It will be a great opportunity for our K-6 students to extend and enrich their learning experience of Chinese language and culture. It is on Wednesdays, from 3:15 pm to 5:30pm. There are still spaces for you to join now! » Read More

School Banking 2019

Exciting new rewards for 2019 are now available!

» Read More

Get involved in the School Banking program.

Brindabella Christian College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2019 are:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set                
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffly Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

School Banking day is Tuesday. Each week you need to hand your deposit book to your classroom teacher or Student Reception.

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2019 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking



Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Dear Parents,

Last week, our Senior School Student Leadership Team was officially inducted for 2019. Students received their certificates from Principal Christine Lucas and received their leadership ties and badges from Deputy Rachel McClure. » Read More

Before the student body, Student Leaders recited their Pledge of Office to:

  • Support the Christian ethos of the College and be willing to grow spiritually through prayer, reading the Word of God and participating in community;
  • Seek to live out the College values of Wisdom, Integrity, Service and Excellence;
  • Show genuine respect and consideration for others, and concern for their wellbeing;
  • Be patient in their dealings with others, displaying a gentle and self-controlled spirit;
  • Work for the good of the College, being a fine ambassador for the College within the local and wider community; and
  • Be a responsible and positive role model to their peers and younger students.

It was lovely to see parents pinning badges of office on their children’s blazers, and to celebrate the opportunity for our students to use their gifts in a way that will bless others within the College community.



Yesterday, Student Leaders gathered after school for a time of socialising, worship, prayer and planning for 2019 organised by Mrs Jessica Roberts. It was exciting to see them wait on the Lord and share their vision for the year ahead. Please pray for our leaders as they seek to serve Him and their peers through their roles. We believe that this will be a positive and exciting year!

‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’ ~ 1 Timothy 4:12

Mrs Keturah Jones

Coordinator of Pastoral Care (Senior School)            


Careers News

We have lots of exciting news from the Careers Adviser, Mrs McMaster.

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ANU School Visit – The new ANU Application Process

Monday 1 April,  9.30 -10 am (in the LLC – Room to be advised)

For Year 11 and Year 12 Students and any parents who are interested to come along.


Schools Recommendation Scheme

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. The application for SRS is via UAC which will be open for the 2019 cohort on Wednesday 3 April.

https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/schools-recommendation-schemes


A message from the ANU

As you know, applications are open for the ANU until the 31 May. To assist all students to access information about the university, courses, accommodation and scholarships, we are hosting the Virtual Open Day (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/) with information and webinars accessible throughout the application window.

There are two recorded webinars that I believe would be very interesting for your students, as many have expressed an interested in the Tuckwell scholarships and on how to provide info on co-curricular activities:


Applying to ANU: Meeting the Co-curricular or Service Requirement

Host: David McLean

In this session we will assist you in completing the co-curricular or service section of your ANU application; we will discuss how you can check if you’ve met the requirement and the types of supporting documentation that you will need to provide. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our Domestic Admissions Team.


Tuckwell Scholarship Webinar - No Ordinary Scholarship

Host: Tim Mansfield

This webinar is an exciting opportunity for students, teachers, parents (and others!) to learn more about the Tuckwell Scholarship Program at the ANU. In addition to a brief overview of the Program and application process, you'll get to hear from a current Scholar about their experience of applying, as well as their perspectives on life and study at the ANU in Canberra. With first round applications closing on 28 March, this is a session not to miss.

To participate, students just need to login at the Virtual Open Day Website (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/) and click on the Webinar tab at the top. These webinars will be available to view at any time following their live recording dates on 12 March 2019.


Do your students have questions about the ANU, their application, co-curricular eligibility etc.?

For questions specifically about a student’s application, I would encourage them to contact our Domestic Admissions team via email (domestic.admissions@anu.edu.au) or phone during business hours (+61 2 6125 5594), referencing their application number. The Domestic Admissions Team will be able to log into their application and assist them with your individual situation.

For general course advice, and information on support services, we encourage students to explore our Virtual Open Day website (http://virtualopenday.anu.edu.au/). There will be an opportunity through this website to access our Future Students Enquiry Team which is dedicated to assisting all students with their course and ANU experience related queries.

Other resources to assist your students include the 2020 ANU Undergraduate Guide available online and ANU Programs and Courses, where students are able to explore all prerequisites, minimum selection ranks, and study options for all ANU degrees including the Flexible Double Degree (https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/).


iParent

iParent is a valuable resource from the Office of the eSafety Commisioner. It is aimed at educating parents about online risks and online safeguards and provides numerous strategies and resources for parents to help their children to stay safe online.

Also on the website is a link to the web page where you can make a complaint about cyberbullying and have serious cyberbullying material removed from social media sites.

The website can be accessed via the following address:

www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

General News

Brindabella Christian College is a Nut-Free-Zone!

At BCC we have a number of students with severe life threatening allergies. Staff have been trained to supply emergency medical assistance should an accident occur.

Accordingly, we remind BCC parents to read the list of ingredients on the back of products to ensure they do not send products containing nuts to school.

If a product states that it “may contain traces of nuts” it can be brought to the College but cannot be shared with any students.

Thank you!


We ask families NOT TO park in St Ninian's Uniting Church car park.

The church car park is not part of the BCC Campus and we ask you to respect their request not to park in their grounds.

OUT OF HOURS CARE

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.

There is no playground supervision prior to this time and no guarantee that staff are on the premises. Students also have the option of attending the Before School Care.

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Parents please note that school finishes at 3.15 pm and Brindabella staff supervision finishes at 3.45 pm each day. If your Junior School child is onsite after 3.30 pm they will be taken to After School Care and you will be charged for the casual fee. If your child is in Middle or Senior School they are welcome go to our BCC Library from 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm. Younger students who are onsite after 3.45pm should be enroled in After School Care.



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If you would like to book your child into the After School Care or Before School Care program at Lyneham, please complete the Child Enrolment Form and OSHC Enrolment Agreement Form

OSHC Enrolment Form 2018 OSHC Enrolment Form 2018 (988 KB)

One form is to be completed for each child every year.
Forms are to be handed directly to the OSHC Director or emailed to <a href="mailto:OSHCLyneham@bcc.act.edu.au">OSHCLyneham@bcc.act.edu.au</a>
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Please note that no bookings will be accepted without a completed OSHC Enrolment Form. 

See http://www.bcc.act.edu.au/lyneham/quicklinks/afterschool-programs for further details.

Is your Working with Vulnerable People Card up-to-date?

If you are a BCC Volunteer you need to have a current Working With Vulnerable People Card (WWVPC). If you don't have a card please follow the attached link to apply for one. If you already have one, please take a moment to double check the expiry date on your card and if necessary apply for a new one. » Read More

Once you have a current WWVPC card, please come to the BCC Front Office so we can put a certified copy on file.

Thank you.
https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804/~/working-with-vulnerable-people-%28wwvp%29-registration


Community News

Chistian Education in Schools (CEIS)



P: 62305155 | E: coord@ceis.org.au | W: www.ceis.org.au

For training details: http://ceis.org.au/volunteer/training-and-resources/

For e-news or prayer points: http://ceis.org.au/subscribe/

For schools participating: http://ceis.org.au/for-parents/schools/

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