Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

I finally commenced at Brindabella on Monday 19 March and it is fantastic to be here! It was wonderful starting my day leading a devotion to the staff at the Lyneham campus and then a visit to the Charnwood campus. I intend to spend the next few weeks visiting classrooms, talking with students and staff, and meeting families to familiarise myself with what this community really values in their school and better understand how we can make this an even better place for learning and growing in our knowledge and understanding of our loving God.

Mr Peter Crimmins has been a gracious, highly effective and wise leader who has led the school while I completed work in my previous role; I am very grateful to him for his caring and comprehensive leadership. I am also grateful to all members of the Brindabella Board who have given me tremendously, generous support as I prepared for what I know will be the best experience of my years in education. » Read More

If you have already seen my video on the BCC website, you will know I am passionate about Christian education, and about creating the best possible learning opportunities for students in partnership with parents and within a Biblically led and informed context.

I met recently with a colleague in Christian education who had just presented at a national conference on academic excellence within Christian schools. We were both puzzled by some of the pushback she received. This pushback was from a few schools who articulated a mindset that said we can either have a focus on Christian education or a focus academic excellence, but not both; that the two are not compatible. This cannot be the case. In Colossians 3:23-24 we are told to work with all our heart, to work at everything as “if it is the Lord Christ you are serving”. One of the four values of BCC is Excellence- at Brindabella, we know that great Christian education and excellence in learning are compatible, and must be across all areas of our school. This expansive mindset rejects the dichotomous either/or approach and needs to underpin our thinking as we support our students through their rewarding journey at this school.

I am really delighted to be here and to be working with the staff of both campuses to ensure all students continue to receive an excellent Christian education that holistically embraces academic excellence wrapped within strong pastoral care, developing skills for a life long love of learning and wellbeing. And all of this based on a strong foundation of supporting our students in knowing and following our Saviour Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

Christine Lucas

Whole School News

Easter Services - Everyone is Welcome

Senior School Easter Assembly
Tuesday 27 March @ 9:50, LLC
Led by Senior Student Leadership Team, Special Guest Marcus Reeves

Whole School Easter Assembly
Thursday 29 March @10:00am, JS Building
You are warmly invited to join us as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus as a whole school community.

Prayer Room – Journey to the Cross
Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March
Students from the Middle School SRC and Senior School Leadership Team are creating an Easter focused Prayer Room for the BCC community. MS 5 will be transformed into a space for students, parents and teachers to be able to experience scenes from the Easter story and reflect upon the meaning of the cross in the lead up to Easter. The Prayer Room will be open during the week and students will have the opportunity to visit the room as part of their Biblical Living and Religious Studies classes as well as during lunchtimes.

Junior School Building Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday 4 April @10:00am, JS Building
You are warmly invited to join with us as we celebrate the opening of our new JS Building.

World’s Greatest Shave

Last week two of our Year 9 boys – Zach and Sam – shaved their heads to raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave. This took place during Connect (Pastoral) time on the café deck. Students who didn’t shave their heads had the opportunity to colour their hair with hairspray and buy cupcakes with gold coin donations. All donations went to World’s Greatest Shave. » Read More

P&F Lyneham Update

Build a slide and they will come

What a fantastic start to the year for the P&F meeting last Thursday evening. It was wonderful that so many people were able to attend and very exciting to meet many new people. We are certain that it had something to do with the slide and it was hilarious watching and listening to the parents coming down the slide.

We began with a very short AGM as we only had one new nomination for the executive. The team this year consists of our President – Julie Ford, Vice President – Luke Beckett, Secretary – Justine Baekalia and our new Treasurer – Kylie Power. Between the executive we all have children ranging from the ELC to the senior school so we are hopeful that we will be able to represent the large community we have at Lyneham. Over the coming weeks we will share a little more about ourselves through the newsletter.
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Julianne Scott from PermaPleat was able to attend the meeting and gave everyone a run-down of how the uniform shop is going over at our Charnwood Campus, how on line ordering and delivery is working and what the changes for the winter cross over period will be. We discussed the shop opening on Saturdays in the near future to assist with parents who work and are not able to get there during the week.

We discussed fundraising and events that will be held during the year and we are very fortunate that we have had a number of people volunteer to co-ordinate events for us. We would like to extend an enormous thank you to Dana Hanna who has volunteered to co-ordinate both the Mother and Father’s Day breakfasts. This is a huge job and as the time draws near Dana will need volunteers to assist.

Entertainment books will be available again this year and we would also like to thank Nadia Sams and April Witteveen who will be co-ordinating this. More information will be available shortly.

After much discussion about sports sponsorship for those students who represent BCC at an ACT or International level, it was agreed that Kylie would write a P&F policy on this which we will discuss at the next meeting in Term 2.

Finally, there were a number of parents that mentioned that they were only able to attend meetings if meetings were on Thursday evenings. We had planned all of the meetings to be on Wednesday’s but have now changed over to the Thursday straight after the first scheduled date! Here are the new dates to pop into your diaries.


P&F Meeting Dates

Term 1

Thursday 15 March 2018

Term 2

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Term 3

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Term 4

Wednesday 21 November 2018


Julie, Luke, Justine and Kylie

AFP Cybersafety Parent/Carer Talk - Monday 30 April 6.30pm

Brindabella Christian College will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation on Monday 30 April at 6.30pm and all parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers about how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

To book into this free event follow:

Library News

Library classes are up and running for the year from P3 to Year 6. We are looking forward to lots of exciting things happening this year including The Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge, National Simultaneous Story Time, Book Week and the Make Your Own Story Book Competition.

During the weeks leading up to Easter Junior School classes are investigating some of Jesus’ ‘I am’ statements and considering how they help us understand what He did for us by dying on the cross and rising again.

Please keep encouraging your children in P – 4 to remember their Library bags each week so they can keep borrowing from our wonderful collection.

Rachel Richards
Head of Information Resources


Summer Boys' Basketball
The Brindabella Boomers summer Basketball team is in the finals this Sunday at 1.05pm at the Basketball & Sports Centre, 42 Oatley Ct, Belconnen ACT 2617. It would be great for students to support our boys.

Girls' Basketball
Linda Adu, a parent, has offered to coach a girls under 19 Basketball team. Linda has previously played for Parramatta Wild Cats Reps & ABA and played in USA college basketball. We welcome her to the BCC sport.

Netball season begins this Saturday 24 March with grading rounds and all players must be registered online before taking the court.

BCC has fielded five teams and these teams can only go ahead if parents come forward to coach or manage teams. Please email if you can assist.

BCC is looking to field an Under 13 mixed soccer team to enter the local competition. This will go ahead if enough students are interested. Please email if your child would like to be involved.

Yr 3-Yr 10 Maths Competition - MCYA

The MCYA (Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians) is a staged program designed to help teachers motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested students in Years 3 - 10 to bring forth the talent and potential within. The MCYA is an ideal program for extension studies and for students who would benefit from a greater challenge. The first two stages of the MCYA provide problems and course work to extend and develop students in mathematical problem solving. Stage 1 is available for students in Years 3 - 10; Stage 2 is available for students in Years 4 -10; Stage 3 is available for students in Years 7 - 10.

MCYA Stage 1: Challenge is held during a consecutive 4-week period between March and June. Students can work on these both at school and at home.

BCC has now opened registration for the MYCA Stage 1: Challenge. If you would like your child/student to participate in this competition please register your interest through the BCC TryBooking link below:

Performing Arts

Musical update
A key focus for the Creative and Performing Arts department this year is our Middle and Senior School Musical: The Little Mermaid. Please note there has been a change to the Proposed dates for the July/August holidays. Please refer to the details listed on the phone app and below. » Read More

Term 1 2018 
• Tuesday afternoon, 3:30 – 5:00

Term 2 2018
• Tuesday afternoon, 3:30 – 5:30 (these may extend to 6:00pm towards the end of term 2)
• Wednesday afternoon, fortnightly 3:30 – 5:00 (not all cast will be required. Schedule will be released closer to the time)

Proposed Holiday and Weekend Rehearsals (REVISED) (Please keep these dates free)
Tuesday 3 July 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 4 July 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 5 July 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 28 July 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 4 August 10:00am – 4:00pm

Openings are still available in the following areas and we strongly encourage student involvement:

Backstage crew (Senior school students only).
Costumes (Senior school students only).
Make-up (Senior school students only).
Production assistants (Senior school students only).
Direction assistants (Senior school students only)

We would love to hear from any parents / carers who would like to be involved in sets, costumes, make-up and hair and front of house. A great way to fulfil your PIP hours! Please email

Photos are still available from the 2016 BCC Musical - Alice Through the Looking Glass

Saturday 6 August 2016 - BCC Musical

Thursday 4 August 2016 - BCC Musical

Carpark Etiquette

To help keep our children safe around the carpark, please take a moment to read the below instructions. Some of our children are very small, and adult actions in the car park can jeopardise their safety.

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• Students may not walk through the car park other than to get to a parked car
• Students may not walk through the car park unaccompanied by an adult.
• Children 10 years and under should hold a parent’s or older sibling’s hand in the carpark.
• Students may not walk through the car park but must rather walk down the side of the LLC building or down the far side of the black bollards on the oval.
• Students waiting at the kiss and drop area must remain behind the gates until their parents' car arrives in the kiss and drop zone.
• Students waiting at the bus stop must remain within the area surrounded by bollards.

There are two staff members on duty in the afternoon: one at the kiss and drop zone and one out the front of the school. Their primary task is to keep your children safe. To help them parents are required to:

• Adhere to speed limits (10km).


.• Adhere to no stopping zones (stopping near gates blocks view of small children leaving the ELC)


• Pick up and drop children off in the designated area, not along the driveway - stopping disrupts the traffic flow and endangers children.

• Adhere to the “No Right Turn sign out of the drive way.


• Park in the car parks or surrounding streets rather than mounting the curb with vehicles.

Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe.

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 Faculty and Head of Pastoral. » 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:


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 are getting closer and closer to Easter and as this time of year we are strongly reminded of servanthood. In the Easter story, Jesus was the ultimate servant and listened to God as he was asked to die for our sins. Jesus, the Son of God, is so pure that in His name all sins are washed clean.

We have been talking about the Easter story and working through it with the children. We are learning about the new life we are promised because of God’s selfless act of love, giving us Jesus. When God gave us Jesus, he welcomed us into a relationship with Him. Part of servanthood is putting the needs of others above your own.
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As part of this learning we are reminded of the Bible verse;
‘For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.’
- John 3:17

We are reminded that God gave us His son as an act of pure love. It is said in the Bible that it was not an act of punishment, it was the purest, most unfathomable act of love. The message that we are taught is that God washed us clean of our sin and we have been made a new person in Him. We are sharing this message of grace with our children as they learn more and more about the different parts of the Easter story.

A song that comes to mind when thinking of the renewal God gives us is beautiful things. The chorus says, ‘you make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.’ I think this song sums up the message of Easter. God makes us to be the best people that we can be, He makes us beautiful, by His acts.

As you approach the Easter season and plan to spend time with loved ones, enjoy your break, be blessed by the gift God has given us and stay safe.

In Christ,

PK have been making a double sided Easter Story collage. PK are using mixed media to learn about the different parts of the Easter Story. As we moved through the four weeks of Lent, we are learning more about the betrayal, death and resurrection of Christ. Over the next few weeks, we will be finishing off these collages as we look forward to our Easter break.

P3 have been learning about left and right and comparing sizes. The children had the chance to trace around their hands and then compare the sizes with their friends and teachers. Over the next few weeks, P3 will continue to look through the magnifying glasses in their room to learn more about formative comparative language.

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Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

The past two weeks have been busy for our Junior School students. Their learning has been through exploring, experimenting, team work, visiting other sites, working with our Charnwood students and our Year 12 students. Below are reflections form each of our year groups.

Last Friday 16th March I had the privilege of representing Brindabella Christian College at the funeral of Ezvin, Furaha and their mother Anne. This time of loss is a sad time for the friends and family of Ezvin, Furaha and Anne. During this time, it is our memories of time spent with the children and their mother, which give us the strength to remember and celebrate these three lives. We will want to question why these lives have been taken so soon and our faith tells us that God knows the plans he has for us. Proverbs tells us that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”. May God bless and keep you Ezvin, Furaha and Anne.
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Thank you to those parents who were able to attend Parent/Teacher Meetings last week. I hope this was a time for you to celebrate your child’s learning. The second evening for Parent/Teacher Meetings is tonight, Wednesday 21st March.

Your children have settled into the new building and are enjoying the blessings this brings – more space, new furniture, brighter classrooms, cleanliness and a slide. Can I please ask that if you pick your child up in the afternoon if you could wait on the carpet or vinyl areas near the entry to the building? While it is nice to look into the classrooms to see what your children are doing this can be quite distracting for the class. The teachers will appreciate your support of this.

God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’ Revelation 21:3-4

Yours in Christian Education,
Rebecca Jefferys
Head of Pastoral Care, Junior School

Kindergarten brain gym

As Junior school teachers, we are aware of the benefits of being ready to learn in the mornings when we start our lessons. We have implemented a Neuro-Motor program to develop learning readiness and optimal brain function in our students. The students are enjoying using the big open area in our new building and are beginning to complete the exercises efficiently. Here are some photos of the students completing their exercises, they are doing dinosaur crawl, flip flops and tortoise rock. Perhaps you could ask them to show you at home.

K Camp Day

Last Tuesday was an exciting day for kindergarten as they had their first camp day! The students did many exciting things such as a scavenger hunt, making pretend campfires, doing art activities and camp themed drama activities. The students loved joining with the Charnwood kindergarten students and enjoyed making some new friends. A great day all round! » Read More

Year 2 excursion to the National Capital Exhibition.

On Friday 16 March, Year 2 headed off to the National Capital Exhibition to learn all about Canberra. This tied in perfectly with our HASS unit, Who is Canberra? Splitting into 2 groups, students were guided through a number of activities explaining the Indigenous history of Canberra, the details of how Canberra was designed and named, and information about how Canberra has become what it is today. Students enjoyed watching a short video, looking at the detailed model of Canberra, seeing pictures of the top 4 designs for Canberra, observing some of Canberra landmarks from the excellent position on the lake and creating Canberra landmarks out of Lego. The Year 2 teachers would like to thank all of the parent helpers that attended the excursion. » Read More

Year 3 Camp Day

On the 6th of March, Year 3 students engaged in a fun filled day of camp like activities. The students were challenged as they needed to engage their imaginations as well as be spontaneous as they created tents using various natural elements located in their playground. The student’s tents had to withstand the harsh conditions and be waterproof and be able to remain standing through strong winds. It was amazing to see how creative the students were with the limited resources available and a short time frame. Their results demonstrated how well the students can work under pressure » Read More

Students also went on an adventure scavenger hunt where they had to find a list of items around the Brindabella grounds. They created a campfire scene and pretended to roast marshmallows which helped to create a campfire setting. The activities revolved around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) which allowed the students to use their problem solving skills in different settings to create a fun environment for learning.

We were grateful for the assistance of the Year 12 students who helped and supported and guided the students throughout the day. In the afternoon session all the students participated in Worship and sports rotation activities before heading off for a pizza dinner and a movie. Many of the students brought their pillows and sleeping bags, settling in for the evening.

The 2018 camp day was very successful. All the children enjoyed their time and wished they could continue these activities for the whole week

Year 4 Birriagi Camp

70 students from Year 4 went to Camp Birragai in Tidbinbilla to experience the wonders of nature’s fauna and flora. We went for bushwalks, squeezed through a wombat hole, flew through the air on a giant swing, made fires and cooked damper filled with golden syrup. We took part in the game called ‘Web of Life’ which involved the delicate balance between herbivores, lower order carnivores and higher order carnivores. We learnt about the effects of natural disasters and diseases and the parts they play in ecosystems in the Australian environments. Students worked in teams to problem solve, take risks, have adventures and develop and build on relationships. » Read More

Junior School Assemblies every Fridays @ 12.30pm 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.

This year they will begin at 12.30pm.

Assembly Timetable Term 1:
Week 7 – 23 March - Mr Hayman
Week 8 – 30 March - Easter
Week 9 – 6 April - Mrs Brown
Week 10 – 13 April - No Assembly

Term 2
Week 1- 4 May Worship
Week 2 – 11 May 2M – Mrs Mewett
Week 3 – 18 May - Worship
Week 4 – 25 May - 3L – Mrs Lubilanji
Week 5 – 1 June - Worship

Award Winners for the Week

Each week Junior School teachers recognise student achievements in various subjects.

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Congratulations  The following students have been recognised for their achievements.

Week 4
Kindergarten – 
Teneal Kimberley, Tahlia Chitsaka, Cooper Rath, Zara Fardell, Hannah Mannanakunnel, Nidhi Marineni
Year 1 – Henry McNamara, Imogen Power, Lachlan Weenick, Amelia Li, Naomi Feng, Jai Grant, Vanessa Coolahan, Adah Aquilina
Year 2 – Amelia Clark, Jacob You, Noah Webb, Charlie Lum
Year 3 – Carter Freeman, Shaan Samuel, Anasimone Ibrahim, Anya Malhorta
Year 4 – Maddison Kemp, Tayliah Baekalia, Charlie Henderson, Lila McKay, Noah Esplin, Jai Muthiah

Junior School Dates for the Diary

Upcoming events in Term 1 include:

Upcoming Junior School events
Tuesday 21 March - Parent Teacher Interviews
27 & 28 March - Year 1-6 Disability Awareness Incursion
Thursday 29 March - Whole School Easter Assembly
Friday 30 March - Good Friday
Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
3, 4, 6 & 10 April- Year 1-6 Disability Awareness Incursion
Friday 13 April - Cross Country
Friday 13 April - Last Day of Term 1
Monday 30 April - First Day of Term 2
Monday 30 April - AFP Cybersafety Parent/Carer Talk, 6.30pm
Thursday 10 May - P&F Mother's Day Breakfast and Stall

Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Junior School

During Term 1 students are to wear full Summer Uniform.

Please check the uniform requirements on the BCC 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.

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Middle School students. In addition to all the classwork students have had to complete, assignments, tests and camps have seen an increase in activity, in tiredness and in greater demands being placed on our students.

I had the privilege of attending the Year 8 camp at Waterslea. The venue was amazing, with beautiful views overlooking the Shoalhaven River—it was a beautiful venue. Year 8 students were amazing! They tackled all activities with a determination to push them beyond their comfort zone and did so with great enthusiasm. It was a fabulous time.
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A major focus of the past six months in the Middle School was to use manners, to hold doors open as others walk through and to look at ways we can serve each other. When I think of these small acts of kindness, it reminds me of what Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 22:27:

“For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”

Service (one of our core values) is underpinned by the one who showed us how to serve. Serving with the love Christ has for us enables His love to be demonstrated to those around us. As I witnessed Year 8 love, care and serve one another on camp (they even cleaned up for one another after their meals), they demonstrated their capacity to honour and prefer the other person despite the physical and mental challenges they faced.

It is my prayer that Middle School students would continue to look for ways to serve each other, their communities and their families.

Yours in Christian Education,

Paul Thompson
Head of Middle School (Pastoral Care)

Creative and Performing Arts Middle Schoool Update

Year 8 Visual Arts students had the wonderful opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 14 March as part of their study of Portraiture. Students were engaged by the guide who gave interesting insights into the portraits on display. Students were challenged to consider artists’ use of colour, texture, composition and symbols and were excited about using this new knowledge in their own work. They were given the task of drawing some of the portraits on display and as you can see they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Ms Staker for organising this excursion. » Read More

Camp Report

In week 5, Year 7 travelled to Attunga Camps and Conference centre. During camp, students participated in activities including horse riding, raft building, bush cooking, challenge activities, archery and scaling the heights of the powerfan. A night walk and bonfire enabled students to make new friends and solidify friendship in another setting. A big thank you to the teachers who came on camp—who could forget the coconuts and pineapples.

Year 8 had an amazing camp on the Shoalhaven River at Waterslea Christian Outdoor Education Centre. Times of worship and Christian discovery enabled students to delve deeper into who Jesus is and what He has done. Activities including raft building, abseiling, orienteering, swimming, the waterslide, team building games, initiatives and rope climbing pushed us out of our comfort zones. A highlight was seeing Mr Andrew and Mr Thompson carry each other to victory in a game of “Knights, Mounts and Cavaliers”.
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What was the best part of camp?
• Spending time with my friends and getting to do all the fun activities. Horse riding was my favourite. The food and staff we also amazing.
• Horse riding because it was awesome to command and ride a horse for the first time.
• Talking to friends.
• Being with my friends.

How did camp strengthen my friendships?
• It gave us opportunities to work together in groups and learn about each other in our cabins, the bonfire and during free time.
• It was nice to meet many other people and make new friends.
• Learn more about friends through being placed outside of our comfort zone.
• I could see the different sides to people that I don’t get to see at school.

What challenged you?
• Cooking damper in the bonfire because of the smell.
• Anything with heights, but I pushed it away and reached the top.
• Trying to do the activities – they were hard.
• The teamwork challenge—it was hard working with six other girls.

What did you learn about God on camp?
• He wants us to listen to wisdom—it will help us make the right choices in life.
• Wisdom is better than most things you have.
• The value of Wisdom.
• What wisdom is and how you can show wisdom.

Middle School Maths Competition - APSMO

Would your Middle School student like to participate in the Maths Competition - APSMO?
The fee for this event is covered by the school. To participate you will need to complete the registration form.

Th APSMO is a series of 5 separate events in which students are presented with 5 questions to answer in 30 minutes under exam conditions. The dates for 2018 are 23 May, 13 June, 25 July, 15 August and 12 September.

BCC has now opened registration for the APSMO. If you would like your child/student to participate in this competition please register your interest through the BCC TryBooking link below:

Compassion Pies

All the year 8s have been baking ‘Compassion Pies’ this last couple of weeks, in Biblical Living. The intention of the exercise was to show they understood the meaning of the word, but also how to put it into practice. I want to share one with you, from Jessica Semple, which I think shows a great depth of understanding
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Compassion Pie
½ cup of understanding
½ cup of concern
¼ cup of caring
1 cup of helping laughter
½ cup of sensitivity
1 scoop of helping

Firstly put ½ cup of understanding and concern to make the base, ½ cup of sensitivity in the middle for flavour, put in the oven for 20 mins, take it out and sprinkle one scoop of helping inside of the pie, ¼ cup of caring underneath and lastly 1 cup of laughter through-out the pie. Eat from bottom to top!

Award Winners

Each fortnight Middle School teachers recognise student achievement in various subjects.
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Edith Corin
Brooke Hastie
Amelie Hetherington
Samantha Higgins
Matthew Howard
Esther Kamau
Jedidiah Lamech
Elmi Marais
Jarrod Newman
Ashtan Parmar
Griffin Speirs

Big Science Competition (Year 7 to Year 10)

The Big Science Competition is around the corner. Interested students (Yrs 7-10) are encouraged to register before 6 April. The competition will be held in early May, with the exact date being announced in Term 2. This is a great opportunity for those interested in science as it tests students’ critical thinking skills rather than just information recall. Questions also use real-life situation making them more interesting and challenging.

To register for The Big Science Competition, visit the link below:

What’s on in Middle School

Look at all the activities that are ahead for Middle School.

All Middle School students have a diary this year. We are teaching them how to use them properly, so please encourage and help them use it properly.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday 29 March, Whole School Easter Assembly
Friday 30 March Good Friday
Saturday 31 March y Easter Saturday
Sunday 1 April Easter Sunday
Monday 2 April Easter Monday
Thursday 5 April Class Time Poetry in Action (Years 7 – 12)
Thursday 5 April Year 5 Excursion to the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Friday 13 April Cross Country
Friday 13 April Last Day of Term 1
Monday 30 April First Day of Term 2
Monday 30 April AFP Cybersafety Parent/Carer Talk, 6.30pm




Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Middle School

During Term 1 students are to wear full Summer Uniform

Please check the uniform requirements on the BCC Website to ensure that all students are dressed appropriately.

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.



Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Is anyone currently struggling to get out of bed in the morning? Mornings can be tough anyway, however I am finding it increasingly difficult to want to get out of bed when my alarm goes off at 6.00am and I am trying really hard not to hit the snooze button. The darkening mornings are one of the biggest indications of the change of season (plus the cooler nights, where I find I am sleeping a little better), but are not particularly conducive to keeping a good routine.

Without a good start to the day, it is easy to feel ‘off’ for the remainder of your day – whether that is to attend work or school, get through the daily chores or look after the children (yes – that is definitely work!). Usually, having a good start to the day means ensuring that your routine runs smoothly – getting up on time, getting showered, having breakfast, preparing the kids for school (breakfasts lunches, uniforms, hair etc.) and actually getting yourself (and the children) out of the house at the correct time so you don’t hit that very inconvenient traffic on the way in… I don’t know about you, but it’s usually the last one that gets me every time.
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This is why I did a little routine check-up recently. In trying to get to the bottom of what had realistically become a very disorganised form of myself (I used to be the type of person who turned up everywhere early), I found that the cycle of events that continuously pull me forward to the next obligation – which seemed to start at break of dawn for me – was leaving me feeling rushed, unfocussed and out of rhythm. Sadly, I found that I was not starting the day with a quality of peace and this was not only impacting on me (I had become rather highly strung), my family and those that I work with, but also was starting to impact on my relationship with Jesus.

To solve my issue, I took some very good advice from a friend and began by getting up 15 minutes earlier (6.00am instead of 6.15am) and ‘journaling’. Now by this I don’t mean the ‘dear diary’ style of journaling. What I actually mean is that I have begun to write down all the thoughts I wake up with – which are usually worries about the things that I need to get done or concerns about how a student is tracking or even how many emails I will begin the day with and how I will get through everything that needs to get done – and then I give them to Jesus, asking for His wisdom and guidance for the day. It really is incredible how this one simple little thing has made everything else run remarkably smoothly in the morning and for the remainder of the day and I give this to the peace that Jesus gives me when I spend some quality time with Him at the beginning of each day.

If you are finding that your days are beginning like mine were, I encourage you to try the same thing – spend some quality time with Jesus first thing in the morning.

On Monday, our Year 9 students had a visit from some members of the Mental Illness Education ACT (MEIACT) team, who delivered their School Education Program. The presenters, who are trained and supported to deliver the program to students, spoke about their own personal experiences with mental illness. In the session, students were provided with statistics about mental illness and gained understanding of the stigma which surrounds mental illness and why stigma exists. In addition, they were given information about who to ask for help and where they can get help and they learned that it’s never too late to get help. Even with all the amazing facts and the statistics provided about mental illness and all the information that the students came away with, the one thing that the presenters talked about that I found key to the whole presentation was that there is always hope. As Christians, and with Easter just around the corner, I think the message provided about hope was particularly timely and pertinent, because it is through Jesus – his death and resurrection – that we have a living hope.

1 Peter 1: 3-6:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

Finally, I want to wholeheartedly thank all of the parents/carers who attended last week’s Parent Teacher Interviews and I look forward to seeing many more at tonight’s interviews. It is always such a pleasure to catch up with so many of you and I believe that the value of the positive partnerships formed between staff and parents/carers cannot be understated.

Parent/teacher interviews are important milestones in the school calendar, as they help to provide a big picture of how your child is doing, not only in terms of their academic development, but also their emotional, physical and social development. They help to build understanding of a child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide insight into classroom interactions. In addition, they can provide an opportunity to discuss homework expectations and routines, shared goals and to discuss the need for further academic support or enrichment opportunities.

This Semester we placed the parent/teacher interviews a little earlier on the calendar than in previous years, with the aim of the earlier timing to ensure that students had settled well into their classes and to identify any additional needs and address them quickly. In order to continue to improve the parent/teacher interview process, the College Leadership Team would greatly appreciate your feedback, not only on the earlier timing of the interviews, but also on ease of accessing the Parent Portal, the days allocated (split days over the two weeks) and the ease of gaining an interview timeslot. Please feel free to email me your comments to assist us in future planning (

Yours in Christian service,

Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Pastoral Care (Senior School)

Creative and Performing Arts Senior Schoool Update

There is lots of creativity happening in the Creative and Performing Arts faculty. The studied units are well under way and students are enjoying unpacking the new ideas and topics. Year 9/10 Music students are studying different musical styles from around the world. Year 9/10 Drama students are learning all about performance techniques and how to engage an audience through comedy and tragedy. There is so much more going on in the different classrooms and a lot can happen in a semester! So we are looking forward to the final products in all of these exciting projects. » Read More


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:

Big Science Competition (Year 7 to Year 10)

The Big Science Competition is around the corner. Interested students (Yrs 7-10) are encouraged to register before 6 April. The competition will be held in early May, with the exact date being announced in Term 2. This is a great opportunity for those interested in science as it tests students’ critical thinking skills rather than just information recall. Questions also use real-life situation making them more interesting and challenging.

To register for The Big Science Competition, visit the link below:

Uniform Requirements Term 1 - Summer Uniform Senior School

During Term 1 students are to wear full Summer Uniform

Please check the uniform requirements on the BCC Website to ensure that all students are dressed appropriately.

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.

What’s happening in Senior School

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

Tuesday 21 March Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 29 March Whole School Easter Assembly
Friday 30 March  Good Friday
Monday 2 April  Easter Monday
Thursday 5 April Class Time Poetry in Action (Years 7 – 12)
Thursday 12 April 5.00pm Senior School Social
Friday 13 April  Cross Country
Friday 13 April Last Day of Term 1
Monday 30 April First Day of Term 2
Monday 30 April AFP Cybersafety Parent/Carer Talk, 6.30pm
Thursday and Friday 14 – 15 June  Year 10 Exams
Monday - Friday 18 – 22 June  Year 11 and 12 Exams
Monday - Tuesday 25 – 26 June  Year 12 AST Practice

General News

2018 List of Music Tutors

Please "read more" to see the full list of 2018 Music Tutors available at BCC. » Read More

Individual and Group Tuition @ BCC

We are fortunate to have a number of exceptional instrumental tutors providing individual and group lessons at the College. Individual and group lessons are organised with the tutors themselves. For individual and group lessons on string instruments contact Strings Coordinator Rebecca Lovett. Please see tutors contact details below.

Nova Band Trombone & Euphonium Josh Hart 0434966089

Dan McClean 0411407901
Dan McClean 0411407901

Year 3 Strings Cello Tutor Megan Taylor 0427417844

Nova Band Saxophone Tutor
Nova Band Clarinet Tutor
Sam Andrews 0401 619 542
Bori Cser 0435 482 369

Clarinet Tutor Bori Cser 0435 482 369


Simeon Staker 0424488716

Drums / Guitar
Nova Band Percussion Tutor Toby Wagner 0479 034 582

Nova Band Flute Tutor Rebecca Timoney 0409108674

Christopher Van De Weilan 0468515358

Brooke Pearson 0437763318

Mandy Maskell 62424441

Megan Goswell 0421 014 941

Jackie Frogley 0412 898 573

Trumpet Tutor (Semester 2)
Louisa Walton 0405437278

Trumpet Tutor (Semester 1)
Patrick Haesler 0458 511 579

Violin / Strings Program Co-ordinator
Year 3 Strings Tutor
Rebecca Lovett 0437 882 295

Year 3 Strings Tutor
Elisha Adams 0434865314

Matthew Foster

Sarahlouise Owens 0406377832

Rebecca Pryor 0404769138

Please feel free to contact me via the Front Office or through with any questions or concerns regarding any element of the Performing Arts program.

Yours in Christian Education,

Jessica Roberts
Performing Arts Coordinator

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.

School Banking 2018

Remember school banking day is TUESDAY.

We are back for a new year of school banking. Students are encouraged to complete the deposit slip themselves, with an example provided below for you:
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The student number is written on the inside of the deposit book – if you have previously banked through a different school, you will get a new student number from BCC. If you let us know which school you previously banked through – we can arrange for your token balance to be transferred, so the student doesn’t miss out on getting rewards.

Tokens transfer from previous years, so students can request an early reward, or save them up for a reward later in the year – please keep them at home in a safe place. If you are not sure of your token balance, just pop a note into the banking book and we can let you know.

Tips to help with school banking:

  • Complete the deposit form – as shown above.
  • Keep your tokens at home in a safe place – storing them in the deposit wallet causes it to tear and money can fall out.


School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. In 2017 BCC received almost $520 through the School Banking Contributions program. The contributions paid to schools will be changing in 2018 and will be based around the regularity of deposits by students.  BCC will receive a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student (regardless of the amount of the deposit) as well as an Annual Contribution (based on the number of students who deposited at least once in the previous year).

If you have any questions you can always put a note in the deposit wallet – more than happy to answer or help with any queries.

Vanessa and Jenny

School Banking Co-ordinators


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 (see below)

Late Collection

Parents please note that school finishes at 3.15 pm and Brindabella staff supervision finishes at 3.30 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 changed 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 3.30pm should be enroled in After School Care.

Before and After School Care

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 Kathryn Arnold (OSHC Director) or emailed to

Please note that no bookings will be accepted without a completed OSHC Enrolment 2018 Form.

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:

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 register your name and number.

Thank you.

Anita Stephens

Community News


Canberra Youth Orchestra's first concert in 2018 is an Opera Gala, featuring Tobias Cole, Louise Page and our own singing tutor and conductor, Sarahlouise Owens.

Tickets are available now at Ticketek and MFC members can access $15 tickets by using the code ‘MFCMEMBER’. Each MFC student is entitled to a free CYO concert ticket, for their own use - please email the office for an online code.

Date: Saturday 24 March 2018 at 7.30pm
Venue: Llewellyn Hall

Subscription tickets are also available to all four concerts in the series.

Cool Kitds

Chistian Education in Schools (CEIS)

P: 62305155 | E: | W:

For training details:

For e-news or prayer points:

For schools participating:

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See BCC Calendar BCC Family Connections


Whole School: