Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

The first two weeks of the semester have seen a really positive feel around the College. The Assessment Calendar for all students in Years 7 to Year 12 have been made available to parents via the Brindabella App. This provides information about the assessments across all subjects in each year level to assist the students with their planning and time management. More detailed information for each subject will be available to the students on their Course Outlines which students will have received by the end of this week.

A reminder to all families that school begins at 8:55am. There are too many students who are regularly arriving well after 9:00am. Students can arrive at school any time after 8:25am and they should be ready to go to muster or class when the bell rings at 8:55am. Students arriving late to class in the morning not only disrupt their own learning but also disrupt the learning of the entire class.

There has been a lot of sickness throughout the school amongst both staff and students. Please ensure that you notify the school and follow the appropriate procedures if your child is going to be absent. » Read More

It was great to see the Kindergarten students and teachers celebrating their first 100 days at school on Tuesday. It only seems like yesterday that they arrived for their first day of ‘big school’ but they soon settled in and you would think they have been here forever. I am sure parents have noticed a huge growth in their child since that first day in January.

During the holidays Jen Neish informed me that she would be leaving Brindabella Christian College to take up a position at Trinity Christian School. Jen’s last day will be on Friday 11 August and we are in the process of finalising her replacement. Jen has made many valuable contributions to the College since she joined the staff in July 2008. She has been heavily involved in the planning and production for the College Musicals and Presentation Nights as well as taking the college Hospitality class and Middle School classes. We wish Jen all the best as she commences at Trinity in a few weeks.

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

Mr Bruce Handley
Principal

Whole School News

Update your BCC Phone App - to recieve Co-curricular notifications

This Term we have introduced a number of new "push notifications" for different after school activities such as sport and music.

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We ask all parents to double check their 'push notification' settings...so they recieve notifications for the right Year level, and for the right after school activities such as Active Afters, Mountain Bike Riding, Fencing, Senior Workship Group, Junior Choir, Intermediate Band and more.

To ensure your notification settings are correct.... go to your App
- Click More (Bottom right hand side of App)
- Click “Setup Push Notifications”
- Turn on the filters that apply to you.

Please note: Setting up specific ‘push notification’ on your app ensures your push notifications (what flashes up on your phone only) are specific to you. Please be aware the information on the BCC Phone App is relevant to the whole College.

P&F Lyneham Update

The Father’s Day events at BCC will be on Friday September 1 this year.


Due to work commitments of the P&F Executive we are looking for someone to coordinate the breakfast for this event. Assistance on this event will be provided, however the person/s will be responsible for the purchasing and running of the event. All funds will be supplied. If you would like to be a part of this event please email pflyneham.bcc@gmail.com

Please note that if we are unable to find someone to run this component of the day, we will not be able to run it.

Volunteers are also required to help man the Father’s Day Stall on the same day. If you have an hour or two to spare it would be greatly appreciated, as this is a special event that the children look forward to each year.

Congratuations to Christopher Parnell

Congratuations to Christopher Parnell for achieving a High Distinction in the Mathematics Challenge program. This is an outstanding achievement!

Announcing the Brindabella Science Fair 2017!


Students are invited to participate in a Science Fair by preparing a poster describing a scientific investigation that they have carried out. They are also encouraged to enrol in the SEA*ACT Science Fair which follows the Brindabella Science Fair. Students will complete their investigations independently. However, they will have the opportunity to seek guidance and encouragement. We will have three lunch times a week where students may “Ask a Scientist”

Key Dates:

BCC Science Fair projects due: 11th August

Judging: 14th -18th August

Science Fair Display: 21st – 25th August

SEA*ACT Science Fair projects due: 25th August

Details can be found:

BCC Science Fair Manual 2017 BCC Science Fair Manual 2017 (2538 KB)


SPORTS DESK

Parents are reminded if children are excelling in a particular sport to be aware of the opportunities to represent ACT in their chosen sport. Go to the ACT website to see when trials are scheduled. All forms are submitted online. The only sports that are submitted by the school are Swimming, Cross country and Athletics at zone level.https://www.schoolsportact.asn.au/

Active Afters
Active Afters began last week and we welcome Mr Joshua Colbourn who will be running the program with our wonderful group of year 10 students. The program will involve a number of different sports and activities offered up to the final week of term.

Zone Track & Field Carnivals
As the 12 Years & Under Zone Track & Field Carnival is on Thursday 24 August and the 13 Years & Over Carnival is on Thursday 31 August. Monday training at the AIS will begin Monday 24 July for six weeks. It is strongly recommended all students who intend competing at zone level attend these training sessions.

Fencing
Fencing will continue on Wednesdays throughout Term 3 and new comers are most welcome. The session runs from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Please see Mrs Harch for details if interested.

Chris Harch
Sports Coordinator & PE Teacher

Do you need to complete more PIP Hours?

The BCC Library is looking for parents who would like to help with contacting new English text books. Our Library takes pride in it's work and would like parents to either attend a short briefing on how to cover a book, or are looking for experienced parents who have already recieved this briefing. This is an excellent way to do your PIP hours.

If you would like to earn some more PIP hours covering books please email Rachel Richards on: rachelrichards@bcc.act.edu.au

Performing Arts Desk

Interschool Senior Band and Middle/Senior Choir Day, Emmaus Christian College, TUESDAY 15th August

A fun day of music and singing involving students from Emmaus, Brindabella and Trinity Christian School. Students will participate in rehearsals, a pizza lunch and give a brief concert at 2:00pm at Emmaus Christian College.

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Interschool Worship Day @ Trinity Christian College, Wednesday 9th August.
A number of worship pastors from around churches around Canberra are coming to share on worship, song writing and strengthening your relationship with God. Students from Emmaus, Brindabella, Trinity and Covenant College will be involved. Students need to return note ASAP and bring $5 on the day for pizza.

Timetable:
9:30 Welcome, ice breakers
9:50 Worship Set – Trinity Christian School
10:10 Introduction to our speakers
10:30 Morning Tea
10:45 Session 1: ‘Electives’
- Song writing part 1 - CJ Sautelle and Adam Richards
- Hearing from God (Prophecy 101) – Colin White
- Worship Leading – Chris Van De Weilan
11:30 Session 2
- Song writing part 2 - CJ Sautelle and Adam Richards
- Hearing from God (Prophecy 101) – Colin White
- Worship Leading – Chris Van De Weilan
12:15 Pizza Lunch (Students to bring $5)
1:00 Session 3
- Song writing part 3 - CJ Sautelle and Adam Richards
- Q&A – Deb Stanley
1:45 Worship / Show and Tell of Songwriting session / Prayer time
2:30 Depart

 


 

Communicating with School

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

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

Phone: 02 6247 4644

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

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

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families,
Term 3 is well and truly here and we have seen so much happening already.
PK are beginning their transition period, where they will be spending more time in and around ‘big school’ so that they are prepared for 2018.

We have also had our new kiosks installed to make drop off and collection even easier for you, our families. The kiosk means that you get to spend more time with your children and so do our staff; ensuring that your child has the best possible experience every day.

The cool weather is not as frosty as it has been in weeks prior. Although the sky is gloomy in its disposition, we are reminded that from rain, there is new life. Water is part of the growth cycle of plants and so serves as a promise of our growth in Christ.

As the year accelerates and we see the children we love and care for grow, we also are blessed to share their intimate moments with Christ. We share the moments that our children are choosing to take time to spend with God and actively seek Him each day, a life-skill we pray they will carry for the rest for their lives.

All the staff at the ELC and myself would like to share a verse that we have been looking at as we study the story of Noah’s Ark;
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.Genesis 9:16

Although the weather is gloomy outside, there is the promise of a new and blessed life in the rain.
In Christ,
Tammy
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PK have been learning about emotions. Part of learning about emotions, is learning to express them safely and learning how to self-regulate. Part of having emotions is also having the skills to respond and deal with them. In the coming week’s PK will develop their social competency by recognising and responding to the body language of others.

P3 are learning about plants and what they need to survive as well as the processes plants go through as they grow. The next thing that P3 will be learning about is harvesting produce from plants and where it comes from so that we have food.

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Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

Term 3 has started with great positive energy. The children are settled in their classrooms, showing an eagerness to learn.

Our Friday assembly on 28 July was very exciting as we announced our new Junior School leaders for Semester 2. Congratulations to our new leaders:
Year 3: Ali Farahani, Milena Josifoski, Milla Lai & Daniel Lewington
Year 4: Jack Blundell, Mellae Faber, Hayley Guilfoyle & William Tennant

A very big thankyou to our Semester 1 student leaders. These students began the introduction of correct recycling in our classrooms, initiated the lunchtime Book club, were responsible for bell ringing when the bell times changed, set up and led Worship Assemblies and led Morning Muster.

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BCC is a SunSmart school and as part of this recognition we must follow the recommendations from the Cancer Council regarding when to wear school hats. As of Tuesday 1 August students need to be wearing their school hat whenever outside. Please ensure your child has a school hat, with their name and class clearly written on it.

Our school day begins at 8:55am with supervision from 8:25am. Morning Muster is an important part of our school day where we gather as a whole Junior School, share messages and pray together. Please ensure your child/children are at school by this time. Coming into class after the bell is disruptive for the class and the teacher and often the child who is late misses initial lesson instruction. 

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

Yours in Christian Education,
Rebecca Jefferys
Head of Junior School

 

Reader of the week

Congratulations Ahanna Sen for terrific reading during Book club.

This week in Year 3

Year 3 are exploring writing using various poetic devices. This week we wrote poems using metaphors, here is an example –

Owen
He is a bunny
Playing and fun

He is an elephant
Loud and clumsy

He is a guinea pig
Always running around

He is a question mark
Always full of questions

He is a cello
Always singing and playing music

He is a heart
Always loving me and Mum and Dad

By Annabelle 3L


This Week in Year 4

Year 4 and Year 2 have been thinking and praying about people who have no homes and have to sleep outside.

They must be so cold. We decided that we would like to do something about it. Junior School students and their families have been collecting jackets, sleeping bags and beanies to give to people who need it most. Mrs Beckett’s class even decorated and donated amazing blankets! Major Sandy from the Salvation Army came to receive our donations and spoke to us about William Booth and how he served God by caring for and providing for needy people.


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Congratulations to our Junior Students on their Academic success

 


Recently, some of our students received outstanding results when they participated in the academic competitions run by the International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) program. ICAS is run by Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), an enterprise owned by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The competitions are in the areas of digital technologies, English, mathematics, science, spelling, and writing. The competitions are held throughout the year and the results released progressively.
This year over 980,000 students from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand, and over 20 other countries, including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA, registered to participate.
Students are awarded grades and certificates based on their results according to the following breakdown:
High Distinction – the top 1% of participants
Distinction – the next 10% of participants
Credit – the next 25% of participants
Merit- the next 10% of participants.
Participation – all remaining participants
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The College would like to congratulate the following students for their achievements so far:

SCIENCE
Junior School
Isaac Wong - High Distinction
Cameron Thornley - Distinction
Jasmine Stevens - Distinction
Oliver Smidt - Distinction
Amelie Miles - Credit
Oluwalani Otesile - Credit
Abigail Hare - Credit
Raymond Zhuang - Credit
Mindy Duan - Credit
Milena Josifoski - Credit
Ahaana Sen - Credit
Aaron Wan - Credit
Max Ng  -   Credit
Lila McKay - Credit
Ali Farahani - Credit
Ollie Menakaya - Credit
Lyle McCormick - Credit
Milla Lai - Merit
Chris Rendina - Merit
Liam Ahmed - Merit
Yasi Heenatimullage - Merit

 

ICAS Spelling

Year 2

Yasidu Heenatimullage- Merit

Ollie Menakaya- Merit

Cameron Thornley - Credit  

Lyle McCormick- Distinction

 

Year 3

Milena Josifoski - Merit

Annabelle Cosh- Merit

Sarah Goswell - Credit

Isaac Wong- Credit

Anthony Xu- Credit

Nanditha Gopalakrishnan- Distinction

Max Ng- Distinction

Year 4

Venny Reddy- Merit

Abigail Hare- Credit

Mindy Duan- Credit

Raymond Zhuang- Distinction

Amelie Miles- Distinction

Jarrod Newman- Distinction

 

by Suzanne Power
Director of Curriculum K-6

Junior School Assemblies every Fridays @ 2.30pm in the LLC


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

Assembly Timetable Term 3:
Week 3 – 4 August- Worship Assembly & & Kinder present their 100 days of school items
Week 4 – 11 August - Worship
Week 5 – 18 August - Worship
Week 6 – 25 August - no assembly
Week 7 – 1 September - 1A
Week 8 – 8 September - 1W
Week 9 – 15 September - 3L
Week 10 – 22 September - no assembly
Week 11 – 13 October - Worship
Week 12 – 20 October -Worship
Week 13 & 14 – 27 October & 4 November - no assembly due to swimming lessons
Week 15 – 10 November - 3H
Week 16 – 17 November - 1L
Week 17 – 24 November -Kindergarten – KL, KB, KS
Week 18 & 19 – no assembly

Junior School Dates for the Diary


There will be a lot of events during Term 3. Please check the fortnightly newsletter, phone app, student organiser and P&F Facebook page. There will be more specific information closer to each event. Upcoming events are:

Week 3
Thursday 3 August - Wycliffe Bible Translator Fundraiser

Week 6,– Book Week
Wednesday 23 August - Yr 1 Larry Brand Incursion,
Thursday 24 - Track & Field U12,
Friday 25 August - Grandparents Day (Friday 25)

Week 7
Thursday 31 August – Yr 2 Water Walk,
Friday 1 September - Father’s Day Breakfast & Staff

Week 8
4-6 September – St John’s First Aid student training

Week 9
11 -13 September – St John’s First Aid student training,
12 -13 September –Parent/Teacher interviews,
Friday 15 September - Yr 2 National Museum

Week 10
Tuesday 19 September – Track & Field C/ships U12,
Thursday 21 September - Festival of Arts (5:00pm-7:30pm),
Friday 22 September - Jump Rope for Heart Finale

Award Winners for the Week

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

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Congratulations to our recent award winners

Literacy

Kinder – Gizelle Josifoski, Elliot Sams, Lydia Liu

Year 1 – Amelia Clark, Samuel Knight

Year 2 – David Nguyen, Ollie Menakaya

Year 3 – Aaron Wan, Asha Freeman

Year 4 – Sophia Maddock, Kaitlyn Thompson, Ada Zhang

 

Teacher Choice

Kinder – Indiana Alley, Laura Esplin, Holly Stockdale

Year 1 – Zara McKee, Poppy Otts

Year 2 – Charlie Wu, Olivia Mathew

Year 3 – Ama Moby-Akomaah, Noah Esplin

Year 4 – Kate Cotterell, Christopher Donaldson, Jessica Huynh

 

ROCK

Kinder – Grace Wasef, Harry Whalen, Annalise Miles

Year 1 – Jacob Cainero, Alessia Pertile

Year 2 – Hayden Mead, Patrick Deeves

Year 3 – Evelyn O’Meara, Milla Lai

Year 4 – Layla Haavisto, Erica Li, Jesse Reid

 

Uniform Requirements for Term 3 - Junior School Winter Uniform

Please note that all students are expected to wear full Winter uniform during Term 3. Please avoid mixing uniforms, especially on cold mornings and with sports uniform. We encourage our children to take pride in their uniform and ask that you assist in dressing the children correctly.

Students may like to wear a navy beanie however as of the Tuesday 1 August the Brindabella school hat (bucket style) must be worn. Please ensure all items of your child’s uniform are named.

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

The past two weeks has been a great start to the semester in Middle School. I have thoroughly enjoyed entering classes to see all the learning and relationship building that has occurred.

The past couple of weeks has seen Middle School students challenged to “be more awesome” (Kid President), to use their “please” and “thankyou’s”, and to be “doers”, not “do notters”. The response from Middle Schoolers has been amazing! An example of this is in my Year 7 Mathematics class—I get thankyou’s at the end of every lesson and the boys wait outside until all the girls have entered the room. The way students interact within the Middle School continues to impress me and reflects well upon the culture we have here at Brindabella Christian College.
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Over the next week there will be a bullying survey taking place in Pastoral class. Through this, Pastoral teachers will be able to teach and discuss what bullying is and what bullying isn’t, whilst giving students a confidential way to let their teachers know of any issues that have occurred this semester. This data will enable us to shine light into any dark areas and give us opportunity to build a better culture within the school.

I would encourage all parents to discuss this with their children. If you would like further information about bullying, I would encourage you to go to https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/ .

Finally, it is my prayer that all Middle School students feel connected, supported, cared for and given the opportunity to develop their God given gifts. Parents and staff at Brindabella Christian College, together, have the privilege of guiding our Middle School children along a path of Wisdom, Integrity, Service and Excellence.

Yours in Christian Education,
Paul Thompson
Head of Middle School (Pastoral Care)

Year 6 Science - It’s Electrifying!

We have been very busy in Year 6 Science studying our Energy and Change Unit. Students have been particularly captivated by the hands-on learning experiences and with the increasing complexity of our world.

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This term Year 6 has been learning about electrical circuits in science and so far it's been a blast. We learnt all about how circuits works and how much all of us rely on them every day. After we understood how they worked we were split into groups and tasked to make our own circuits using a small light bulb, a bunch of wires and a battery. All of the groups succeeded in lighting up the bulbs and we had so much fun doing so. After that we incorporated a switch or button into our circuits to break and reconnect them causing the light to turn off and on. My class has had so much fun and I can't wait to learn more about electrical circuits and how they power our world in the future.

-Miles W

We have been looking at electrical circuits and how they work in Science. So far we have had a close look at the inside of a torch and experimenting with wires and batteries to make our own torches. We made all sorts of circuits with different equipment such as paper clips, switches, different sorts of bulb-holders and finally, different size batteries. We have also tried making a torch with limited things such as two batteries and only one wire, two wires and only one battery, and even three wires and one or two batteries. We have also learned what all the specific parts of the bulb are called and what they do after closely examining them with a magnifying glass. After that we drew a labelled diagram of a torch and two drawings of a light bulb. The first of which was of what we remembered of a light bulb after only glancing at it, and the second diagram of the bulb after carefully observing it. It was incredible looking at the difference between the two drawings. Finally we watched a video on who founded electricity and exactly how they discovered it.

• Isabella C

Congratulations to our Students on their Academic success

 


Recently, some of our students received outstanding results when they participated in the academic competitions run by the International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) program. ICAS is run by Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), an enterprise owned by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The competitions are in the areas of digital technologies, English, mathematics, science, spelling, and writing. The competitions are held throughout the year and the results released progressively.
This year over 980,000 students from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand, and over 20 other countries, including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA, registered to participate.
Students are awarded grades and certificates based on their results according to the following breakdown:
High Distinction – the top 1% of participants
Distinction – the next 10% of participants
Credit – the next 25% of participants
Merit- the next 10% of participants.
Participation – all remaining participants

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The College would like to congratulate the following students for their achievements so far:

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
Year 5
Lily McCormack - High Distinction
Lachlan Blight - Credit
Harrison Brown - Credit
Jovaan Muthukumar - Credit
Jeshua Nery - Credit
Matthew Prior - Merit

Year 7
Christopher Parnell - Distinction
Will Smidt - Distinction

 Year 8
Asher Freudigmann - Distinction

 

Middle School
Year 5

Lily McCormick - High Distinction
Harrison Brown - Distinction
Jovaan Muthukumar - Distinction
Isaac Hanna - Credit
Matthew Prior - Merit

Year 6
Omotara Balogun - Credit

Year 7
Christopher Parnell - Distinction
Will Smidt - Distinction
Connor Watts  - Distinction
Anna Rose Vattoly - Merit

Year 8
Asher Freudigmann - Distinction
Eva Goswell - Merit

ICAS Spelling

Year 5

Matthew Prior- Merit

Timothy Santos- Credit

Liesl Toime- Credit

Jamie Henderson- Distinction

Lily McCormick- Distinction

Jeshua Nery- Distinction

Year 6

Omotara Balogun- Credit

Sarah Zhang- Distinction

 

Year 7

Grace Jung- Credit

Emily Kong- Credit

Christopher Parnell- Credit

Connor Watts- Distinction

 

by Suzanne Power
Director of Curriculum K-6

 

 

Maths Report

On Wednesday 26 July, 21 students in Years 5-6 and 15 students in Years 7-8 competed in the Maths Olympiad contest number 3 for 2017 (run by APSMO: Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad). Each year BCC encourages students with an interest in Mathematics to enter this exciting series of events. The Olympiad 4 and 5 contests are scheduled for 16 August and 6 September and students are looking forward to hearing the results in November.

The Australian Mathematics Competition (run by the AMT: Australian Mathematics Trust) was held last Thursday all across Australia and the South Pacific. At BCC we had 52 students in Years 9-10 who sat the Intermediate paper and a further 25 students in Years 11-12 who sat the Senior paper. All participants will receive certificates later this year. In 2018 this competition will be made available to students from Year 3- Yr 12.
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This Semester we are pleased to welcome Miss Una Zhao to the Mathematics teaching team. Una is already known to the Brindabella community as a teacher of Mandarin to Year 6 and 7.  With a degree from the Australian National University majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, and a minor in Korean, she is eminently suited to take over the Year 10 Mathematics, Year 11 Specialist Methods and Year 11 Specialist Mathematics classes following Paul Thompson’s move to Head of Middle School.

It is such a blessing to have an amazing team of Mathematics teachers and we are keen to provide each child at Brindabella the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts. Last semester we offered assistance beyond regular classes through lunch time “Maths tutorials” almost every day of the fortnightly timetable. Tutorials will be offered again this semester and students have been invited to provide feedback about how this is done. Advice about private tutoring arrangements is also available.

Linda Johnston
Head of Mathematics

What’s on in Middle School


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

Week 4: 11 August - 40 hour Famine
Week 5: 15 August - Maths ICAS, 16 Aug - Maths Olympiad, 17 Aug - Yr 5 Science Excursion
Week 6: 21 August – Book Week, Science Fair
Week 9: 12-13 September - Parent Teacher Interviews
Week 10: 19 September – Track & Field C/ships U12, 21 Sep - Encore (5:00pm-7:30pm), 22 Sep - Jump Rope for Heart Finale

 

 

 

Uniform Requirements for Term 3 - Middle School Winter Uniform

Reminder: In Term 3 students in Middle School are required to wear Winter Uniform.

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

Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

As I sit writing this week’s newsletter article I can smell the distinct smell of rain as it lands on the ground (did you know that there is actually a name for this smell…petrichor) and am listening to the sound of the rain on my metal roof – a sound that has been missing throughout much of this winter. This smell and sound makes me truly grateful. Grateful to our wonderful God and provider who knows exactly when we need that rain to fall. The impact of this small amount of rain (and I am certainly praying for quite a bit more) is incredible. It is enough to soak into the top layer of soil and penetrate the roots of the grass to begin that new green growth that will enable the sheep and cows to survive. It is enough that the locals can hold off purchasing water for their tanks for drinking and showering and it is enough that the spirit of the local community becomes more positive.

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If a small amount of rain can have such a positive impact on a local community, imagine the sort of impact we can have on each other. I’m talking about the little things like acknowledging others, saying hello, giving a smile and listening when someone is talking. These little things take less than a moment, but can have a lifelong impact on the person receiving the attention. My challenge to all of the Senior School students this fortnight is to acknowledge those around you. To take your eyes away from Instagram or Snap Chat long enough to look someone in the eye and say hi. This small moment could make a big difference in their life.

It has been another busy fortnight in Senior School. The Year 12 students are continuing with their AST preparation schedule ahead of the upcoming AST and all Senior School students should by now have received their course outlines (with upcoming task due dates outlined) and the first of their assessment tasks.

Other events held in Senior School included a significant number of students participating in the Australian Mathematics Competition, the Year 12 English students attending George Orwells’ production of 1984 at the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Year 11 students attending their Study Package Interviews and a Worship and ‘Grill a Christian’ session with our own Don Taylor on the hot seat at the Senior School Assembly.

Coming up in another busy fortnight in Senior School is the English ICAS, Careers Expo and University Information evening, Wycliffe Bible Translator fundraiser and Year 12 Pathways Interviews.

We have had a number of students and staff away sick over the last couple of weeks. To assist in stopping the spread of germs I would like to encourage the use of simple hygiene principles. These include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If the illness is impacting on your ability to study, staying home from school and resting is the best option for a speedy recovery.

Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Senior School (Pastoral Care)
 

Riddle Room, Escape Room League

Do you like to exercise your brain? Do you like mental challenges and riddles? Are you a logical thinker? Do you enjoy reasoning and most importantly do you enjoy working with others to solve problems? Then make sure you read the rules below, visit the website and if you are still interested form a team, so that your team can be in the running to be chosen as one of the two teams that will be representing Brindabella Christian College.

Riddle room is a team problem solving activity where a group of people are required to think inventively, assess facts carefully, think creatively, communicate effectively and reason logically in a theme designed room. As teams solve each puzzle they’ll reveal more information about the story and ultimately solve the riddle and escape the room, hopefully before time runs out. This is a unique opportunity that is available for students to represent the School in a way that focuses on cognitive ability and problem solving.

Brindabella Christian College would like to offer the opportunity for two teams of (aged 15+) to take part in the Riddle Room, Escape Room League. The teams of 5 players will have the opportunity to take part in the escape room and compete against the clock or even against other Canberra Schools.

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Find out more here  http://riddleroom.com.au/escaperoomleague/

If you are interested make sure your submit the team’s name, full names, date of births and year levels of all 5 team members (and include an extra person who can be your ‘reserve’ in case someone can’t make it on the day) to Mrs Ernst in person before the end of Week 5, 18th August.  

Your team will then be judged by a panel of School judges who will make the decision as to whether your team will represent the School.  Winners will then be notified by the end of Week 7.

Please pay careful consideration to the make-up of your team as strengths in deduction reasoning, problem solving and good communication and cooperative skills are essential.  All decisions by the School judges will be final.

Things to know -

  • Each teams must be booked through Brindabella Christian College in order to take part in Riddle Room’s Escape Room League for Schools.
  • All groups members must be Senior School students from Brindabella Christian College 15 to 18 years of age.
  • Each team will model their best behaviour and will represent Brindabella Christian College with pride.
  • The event will take place 8B / 160 Lysaght St, Mitchell ACT 2911 on September the 20th – team members arriving at 8:45am sharp to begin their challenge at 9:00am, arriving back at School at 10:55 am.
  • Each player can only play each room once.  Second timers will disqualify their whole team.
  • Participants must fill in a waiver before the game.
  • Each team must provide an appropriate team name.
  • Cheating will automatically disqualify a team.
  • Fastest overall team for each room will be declared the winner for that competition.

What you need to know to put a team forward for selection:

1)      Make a team of 5 students (must be 15 to 18 years of age).

2)      Make sure you are able to attend on the date and for the times indicated.

3)      Submit team details in person to Mrs Ernst.

4)      Await decision of School judges.

Maths Report

On Wednesday 26 July, 21 students in Years 5-6 and 15 students in Years 7-8 competed in the Maths Olympiad contest number 3 for 2017 (run by APSMO: Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad). Each year BCC encourages students with an interest in Mathematics to enter this exciting series of events. The Olympiad 4 and 5 contests are scheduled for 16 August and 6 September and students are looking forward to hearing the results in November.

The Australian Mathematics Competition (run by the AMT: Australian Mathematics Trust) was held last Thursday all across Australia and the South Pacific. At BCC we had 52 students in Years 9-10 who sat the Intermediate paper and a further 25 students in Years 11-12 who sat the Senior paper. All participants will receive certificates later this year. In 2018 this competition will be made available to students from Year 3- Yr 12.
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This Semester we are pleased to welcome Miss Una Zhao to the Mathematics teaching team. Una is already known to the Brindabella community as a teacher of Mandarin to Year 6 and 7.  With a degree from the Australian National University majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, and a minor in Korean, she is eminently suited to take over the Year 10 Mathematics, Year 11 Specialist Methods and Year 11 Specialist Mathematics classes following Paul Thompson’s move to Head of Middle School.

It is such a blessing to have an amazing team of Mathematics teachers and we are keen to provide each child at Brindabella the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts. Last semester we offered assistance beyond regular classes through lunch time “Maths tutorials” almost every day of the fortnightly timetable. Tutorials will be offered again this semester and students have been invited to provide feedback about how this is done. Advice about private tutoring arrangements is also available.

Linda Johnston
Head of Mathematics

What’s happening in Senior School

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

 Year 12 Pathway Interviews

Dates: Thursday 3 – Monday 7 August

 

Mental Illness Education ACT Presentation (Students in Yrs 9 and 10 )

Date: Friday 4 August (Period 2)

Presentation Information: The aim of the program is for students to gain an understanding of how common mental illness is and its relationship to physical illness. They will understand more about the stigma associated with mental illness and why stigma exists. They will find out about who to ask for help and where to get help. They will learn that it’s never too late to get help and will learn multiple strategies for getting help and the various recovery processes involved. Presenters will discuss their experiences with mental health.

 

Moderation Day 2 - Students in Years 7-12 .

Date: Thursday 10 August

 

Senior School Ski Trip

Dates: Wednesday 30 August – Friday 1 September

Humanities and Careers

It’s a very busy time now with our Year 12’s turning their focus toward the AST and university entrance. Applications for all systems open on August 2nd and I strongly encourage all families to discuss plans for 2017. It’s a time filled with nerves and anxiety and reflecting on my own experience of finishing Year 12, it was when the spectre of ‘leaving home’ was raised. In the town where I grew up, if you wanted to go to university, you needed to move to a larger city at least three hours drive away. This raised all sorts of questions surrounding costs, loss of day-to-day family support and even wondering how I was going to survive given my vast lack of cooking skills! Living on-campus provided a cheap alternative to renting a place myself, and where I moved to provided a strong support network as well as 5 meals a week. This helped smooth the transition from home to the ‘big wide world’ and it helps me relate to both student fears and anxieties as well as parental concerns. If this is something you would like more information about, please feel free to make an appointment to see me once university applications have opened and I will be able to talk through the practicalities of sourcing on-campus accommodation. It is important that these discussions happen now, as many on-campus residences close their applications before university offers are made.

You can read a concise overview of on-campus accommodation life here via the Good Universities Guide:

https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/education-blogs/student-life/living-on-campus

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching report for 2016 was released on July 27th, with some very surprising results. Within the Australian Capital Territory, the Australian Catholic University in Watson & the University of Canberra ranked first and second for student satisfaction with teaching. Unsurprisingly, ADFA & Charles Sturt University topped student employment outcomes primarily due to their pathways into the Defence Force and Anglican Church. Again, ACU and University of Canberra also scored above the national average for employment outcomes. Nationally, the University of Notre Dame in Sydney and Bond University on the Gold Coast were ranked top for student satisfaction, with Charles Sturt University topping employment outcomes. It’s important for families to talk through options for finding the ‘right fit’ for future studies. What the QILT data shows is that it is important to consider what is important to you in order to help achieve success in post-school life.

There are several events coming up that I need to draw your attention to:

August 2nd: all of Brindabella Senior School will be attending the CareersXpo at Exhibition Park. Years 9 & 10 will be departing at 9:00am and returning at 11:30am, with Years 11 & 12 departing school at 12:15pm and returning at 2:30pm. Please return your notes via your connect teacher.

August 2nd: For our Year 12 families, we are hosting a university application night. We have representatives from the NSW/ACT University Admissions Centre (UAC) providing a presentation on the application process, as well as Crimson Education providing an overview of how to apply to universities overseas. I will be providing an overview of applying to Victorian, Queensland and South Australian universities as well.

August 24th: A representative from Bond University will be available in the café to meet one-on-one with students who are considering studying on the Gold Coast. Please ask students to come see me to book in a time.

August 25th: A representative from the University of Canberra will be available in the café to meet with students regarding entry requirements and pathways into their degrees in 2018 and 2019. This is a drop-in session with no bookings required.


Ben Archer 
Head of Humanities and Careers

Christmas Casual Jobs – Apply Now!

If you are thinking of earning some cash over the Christmas period many organisations are conducting recruitment drives now. Take a look at: https://au.indeed.com/Christmas-Casual-jobs

In Year 10 or 11? Considering Law? New admissions requirements affecting students.

ACER in conjunction with the University of NSW have introduced the Law Admissions Test (LAT) for all students considering Law in 2019. This impacts current Year 10 and Year 11 students as universities begin to switch to an ATAR+ system of admission into a Bachelor of Law program. The ATAR+ system uses an ATAR plus a students’ result in the LAT to determine the selection rank for admission into the degree. Please let Mr. Archer know if you are considering Law and we will keep you informed about LAT preparation and dates for 2018.

URGENT: University Applications – Check Your Brindabella Student Email

Australian university admission centres (UAC for NSW/ACT, QTAC for Queensland, VTAC for Victoria and SATAC for South Australia & Northern Territory) now only communicate to students via their school emails. Login details for the UAC website will be emailed through to students by 11:59pm tonight and students need to check their Brindabella email in order to access this information.

Students who are interested in applying for universities in Queensland, South Australia or the Northern Territory must make contact with the admissions centre for that state in order to get their username and PIN. Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) do not have a PIN – students just need to provide their BSSS number to access their application.

LaTrobe University – Early Entry Program Open Now for Year 11 & 12

LaTrobe University’s Aspire program is open now for applications. Aspire takes into consideration a students’ community involvement (such as volunteering or sporting achievements) as well as academic results. Students who apply through Aspire will receive an offer in September if they are successful. Find out more about Aspire here: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/aspire/how-to-apply

Year 11 students can also apply now to be a part of the Aspire Generation – a program that involves academic mentoring and work experience. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an offer for LaTrobe in September 2018. You can find out more about the Aspire Generation program here: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/aspire/aspire-generation

Macquarie University Bonus Points

If you’re considering a degree at Macquarie University, students can gain 3 bonus points by completing the Big History Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). The MOOC is a self-paced program that students can complete at anytime in Years 10, 11 & 12 and when they apply for any degree (except Actuarial Studies and Psychology), three bonus points will be added when their application is considered. You can find out more about the program here: http://www.mq.edu.au/study/admissions/entry-requirements/domestic/macquarie-entry/bonus-points/big-history-scheme

Notre Dame – Early Offer Program

If you like small classes and supportive teaching environments, then the University of Notre Dame in Sydney is a good option to consider for Nursing and Education. Notre Dame’s Young Achievers Early Offer Program gives Year 12 students a chance to join Sydney’s top-ranked university for graduate employment even before the commencement of their final exams.
Avoid the stress of Year 12 by securing your university spot before final exams and apply now by clicking: http://notredame.edu.au/sydney/early-offer.php

University of Sydney – Early Entry + Scholarship Applications now open

University of Sydney’s Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme makes your path to uni easier. If you apply successfully, we will hold a place at the University of Sydney for you. As long as you meet some conditions, such as the E12 ATAR cut-offs (which are lower than standard ATARs) and the HSC subject requirements for your preferred course, you’ll have a definite place when results come out.

The scheme has some other great benefits too. You will also receive a $5950 scholarship (paid in two equal instalments of $2975 after the Autumn and Spring census dates) and lots of support to help you get started at uni.

http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/undergraduate/e12/


University of NSW – Bonus Point Applications Open NOW

The University of NSW have bonus point schemes available for students who are:
- Undertaking sport at a state or national level (either school or club based)
- Referee sport on a regular basis
- Are in leadership roles at school
- Are involved in defence force cadets
- Have completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Have achieved music instrument gradings from AMEB, IMEB, ABRSM or Trinity College London
- Studying subjects directly related to a degree

Please note these only apply for students considering study at UNSW’s Kensington or Paddington campuses in Sydney and are not available for students considering UNSW@ADFA.

If you are considering UNSW, please make an appointment with Mr. Archer (benarcher@bcc.act.edu.au) to discuss how you could benefit from the UNSW bonus entry programs, as an application has to be made before the ATAR is released.

University of Wollongong – Early Admissions Open – August 1st

Students who are considering the University of Wollongong are strongly encouraged to apply for Early Admissions. Applications open on August 1, and you must register your interest here: http://www.uow.edu.au/future/early-admission/index.html

Yr 11 + 12 Students – Access Your Results Online

The Board of Senior Secondary Studies have a portal that allow all students in Yrs 11 & 12 to access their grades and results in one place. The portal is called Profiles Online and is accessible via:  https://student-profiles.ed.act.edu.au/Account/Login

To login students will need to know their student number and access to student emails. Students who are not aware of their student number can contact Mr. Archer.

Uniform Requirements for Term 3 - Senior School Winter Uniform

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

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

General News

Lost Property

There continues to be a large amount of lost property in the Lost Property Area.

When your child misplaces an item, please encourage them to look for their lost property. Any items found on the playground are placed into the Lost Property Area, located outside the IT Office, on shelves that are easily accessible.

Please ensure you label ALL your clothing with your name (jumpers, hats, drink bottles, containers, AND lids). Every effort will be made to reunite your child with their item, but it is their responsibility to look after their property and reflect the College ROCK value of Respect for their property and others.

Any lunchboxes or drink bottles not collected by the end of school on Friday will no longer be kept on the premises.

Clothing items without a name will be given to the second-hand clothing store.

Performing Arts

At BCC we have some amazing music opportunities for students.


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

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


Blessings

Jessica Roberts

School Banking 2017

Keep saving for a chance to win a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.
All students who make 15 or more School Banking deposits of any amount by the end of Term 3, 2017 will be automatically entered into the draw to win an unforgettable family trip, for up to two adults and three children, to Tokyo Disneyland.

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2017 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit


OUT OF HOURS CARE

Before School Care


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

Early Arrivals

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

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

School Fee Finance

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

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

Community News

Come join Mr Mac at Supa Sports camp this spring school holidays.

Canberra Christian Conventions


Canberra Women's Christian Convention
Talks on the Lord's Prayer with Susan Ravenhall
Saturday 21 October
Click here for more information

Canberra Men's Christian Convention
Talks on Genesis with Rory Shiner
Saturday 5 August
Click here fore more information

APFACTS Updates

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

On the 1st July 2017, there were significant changes made to regulatory requirements for Incorporated Associations. (our thanks to ACT P&C Reporting requirements for sharing this summary with APFACTS)

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission 

ACNC Manage ReportingAnnual Information Statements

 

Charities registered with the ACNC must submit an Annual Information Statement every reporting period (unless they have an exception). You can check if your charity is registered by searching for it on the ACNC Register.

P&F’s now submit the following to ACNC:

-Changes in committee members should be made to ‘responsible persons’ online via charity portal.

-Changes to registered office location or opening hours. Notify ACNC of changes to Address for service

-Accounts, audits and financial returns are now submitted to the ACNC via your Annual Information Statement.   The ACNC has no audit requirement under $250K revenue however it is strongly recommended that P&F’s complete an annual audit.

 

Access Canberra -Licensing & Permits (previously known as Office of Regulatory Services ORSAccess Canberra Incorporated associations

Access Canberra is responsible for the incorporation of associations in the ACT and maintaining the associations public record under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (the Act) and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991 (the Regulation).

There are three items that need to be reported to Access Canberra these are:

New or amended governing documents (constitutions, rules or trust deed)

·        submit constitution to Access Canberra Change of rules or objects of an association

Change to Public officer

·        submit change of public officer form to Access Canberra  Change of public officer particulars

Charitable collections

·        Exempt from needing a licence in the ACT to undertake charitable collections

·        Persons conducting charitable collections must be authorised by an ACNC charity (or not for profit).

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

Da Vinci Machines

edspace@Mount Stromlo High School

Hi,

headspace Canberra runs free information/education seminars for parents, carers, and other interested people about mental health and well-being for young people (ed-space).

We wanted to let you know about the upcoming third ed-space session for 2017 on the topic of Talking with Young People.


Date: 25th July 2017, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start.


Special Location @ Mount Stromlo High School

See flyer attached for more information incl address and RSVP details.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP via phone (6201 5343) or email info@headspacecanberra.org.au

All welcome!

edspace@Mount Stromlo High School edspace@Mount Stromlo High School (519 KB)

ArtKids - Term3

IMPORTANT DATES:

See BCC Calendar BCC Family Connections

IN THIS ISSUE:

Whole School:

Lyneham: