Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Acting Principal

Dear Brindabella Christian College Community,

Over the past month I have been pleased to unpack with you, some of the tenets of Christian School education. Please allow me to continue this discussion.

We are all aware that 'Education' is a life-long process, one which starts at birth, is nurtured through the family, continues through formal schooling and culminates in adulthood. Our need for 'Education' is obvious and parents have the responsibility of providing it for their children.

We live in a multi-cultural, multi-valued world that offers a bewildering range of options. Our children need the best education they can get! It is not possible these days for parents themselves, to adequately teach their children in all aspects of their education.

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The school is an extension of the home. It is wonderful when there is a consistency in standards, values and discipline. The school cannot assume the role of the home and the Christian School should not attempt to replace the church. Each entity has its separate function and only when each is co-operatively working together will true Christian Education be achieved.

Children need to be encouraged to become actively involved in their world, being empowered through their education to make changes to society that will make it more caring and just.

Christian Education should point children to Christ. It should also aim at excellence, the giving of one’s very best! The curriculum should challenge and assist each child to reach his or her God-given potential. Through a wide range of learning experiences, students should develop academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and culturally.

The Christian school should foster an atmosphere of love and discipline, it should be an environment in which children feel secure and accepted, enabling them to do their best with their God-given talents. An important outcome of education is that children learn to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.

God plants His Christian Schools for His purposes. It is important for us to catch His vision for His school and to diligently institute administrative and educational programs that mirror this.
Christian education for our children is so important, as we are reminded in Proverbs 22:6 "<em>Train a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not turn from it</em>".

As we come to the end of our school year and the Christmas season is fast approaching, let us pause for a moment and consider God’s faithfulness to the people He loves.

Jesus was, is and always will be our Saviour, if we are willing to submit to His Lordship. Christmas is a wonderful time for you to reflect on your personal relationship with Jesus.

May God richly bless you and your family this Christmas.

Carl G. Palmer

Acting Principal

Whole School News

PIP Hours

The cut off for submitting your 2017 Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Form is this Friday, 24 November, at 4.00pm Forms will NOT be accepted after 4pm.

Your completed PIP form needs to itemise your 12 hours of volunteer work. Please submit this form to the BCC Front Office.

If you have not submitted your form by the cut off time you will be charged the additional $330 PIP fee.

Term Dates 2018

Term Dates for 2018:

Interview Days: Thursday 1 & Friday 2 February
Term 1: Monday 5 February - 13 April
Term 2: 30 April - 29 June
Term 3: 23 July - 28 September
Term 4: 15 October - 13 December

P&F Lyneham Update

The lights of the end of the school term are shining bright. I cannot believe that we are at the end of another school year. On Friday night Year 10s had their formal. The arrivals, the dresses and the young men and women who attended looked amazing. "Best night of my life so far" was the comment from my son. A huge thank you to all who co-ordinatored and organised the night, it will be a memory for every one for these amazing young people.

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As we finish the year we would like to thank everyone who has assisted us over the year. We could not do what we have done without your help. Thank you to all who have attended P and F meetings and contributed to planning of events. Thank you to parents who assist with the uniform shop and school banking, this has been a real blessing to our College community.

As we come to the end of 2017 I will be standing down as president of the P and F. I would personally like to thank the executive Julie Ford, Justine Baekalia and Luke Beckett for all of your support, care and many hours of hard work that you have put in to support the school and myself. Thank you for the support I have received from the community as well.

Bring on 2018 and the excitement of new buildings and a new year. May God bless 2018 and may He reveal the plans that He has for each and everyone of you.

Julianne McMaster
President P and F

Performing Arts Desk

Presentation Night, Monday 4 December
We are very excited about the performances that are being prepared for Presentation Night.

A reminder of the following rehearsal schedule for those involved (Junior Choir, Middle / Senior Choir, Year 3 Strings, Junior, Intermediate, Senior Strings, Junior, Intermediate, Senior Band, Senior Worship, Middle / Senior School Dance Group, Senior Dancers, Senior Drama):

Monday 27 November - Rehearsals @ BCC - Timetable TBC
Friday 1 December - Rehearsals @ BCC - Timetbale TBC
Monday 4 December - Technical Rehearsal @ Llewellyn Hall
(Students to be dropped at venue by 8:55am and will be bused back to school)

Please ensure your child has returned their permission note for the technical rehearsal.

Students need to arrive at Llewellyn Hall, ANU William Herbert Place, Canberra ACT 2601  by 5:15pm, ready for a 6:15pm start.

Term 4 Dates
Wednesday 22 November 2018 Musical Call Backs
Monday 27 November Presentation Night Rehearsal all day @ BCC
Tuesday 28 November St Ninians Senior Friendship Group Christmas Concert 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday 1 December Presentation Night Rehearsal all day @ BCC
Monday 4 December Presentation Night Rehearsal all day @ Llewellyn Hall. Presentation Night, 6:15pm.
Tuesday 5 - Wednesday 6 December 2018 Musical, all day rehearsals

Library News

Carnival Book Fair

This week (20-24 Nov) the Library is holding a Book Fair. It will run during First Lunch for Junior School and After-School until 4.30pm. There is a variety of books for a range of ages and prices. Please come along and take advantage of this opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Awards

On Wednesday morning Mrs Richards, along with Evan and Olivia from Year 2, attended the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony at the National Library to collect our Award for an outstanding achievement in the P to 2 category.
Our students were presented the award by Yvette Berry MLA and represented the College beautifully.
Congratulations to all the Brindabella students who participated in the Challenge this year.
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Help Us Help Your School Library!
The School Library Coalition wants ALL Australian school children to have opportunities in their lives.
1. If you have children in school, please complete this quick survey.
2. Please listen to this 8 min summary of why you should investigate your child’s school library.

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Summer Netball has two more weeks of competition left for 2017.

Netball practice will resume Week 2 in 2018, on Thursday afternoon at the Southwell Courts 3.45pm – 4.345pm. Students will be able to walk to Southwell with a staff member.

The boy's Basketball team with their dedicated practices under coach Mr Mark Maskell continue to have some great wins. Our Oztag teams are showing a noticeable increase in their skills at practices and in competition.

Coaching for a number of softball teams will commence in week 2 of Term 1 next year with BCC entering local competition in 4th term.

The Year 6 Oztag team had another win last week against the Devils. Final score 19-8

Again, please email if you would like to coach/manage a team next year. If you have not done this before the sport department can offer assistance. Competition sport relies on BCC parents playing a coach/managerial role.

Chris Harch
Sports Coordinator & PE Teacher
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ACFS Panda Competition

Congratulations to our 17 students who won prizes in the ACFS Panda Competition
for making creative Chinese dresses. These students are: Charlotte Beevor, Myah Aquilina, Vanessa O’Meara, Shibi Otesile, Victoria Seymour, Olivia Lubilanji, Sophie Colquhoun, Charlotte Plrice, Abigail Hare,Ada Zhang, Ben Francis, Jemma Pilloni, Jessica Higgins, Zach Fergusson, Sam Fergusson, Yasmine Madden and Stephanie Stephens.

On 7 November our students attended the exciting presentation Ceremony at the Chinese Embassy. We are so proud of their creativity!

2016 BCC Musical Photos

Last year Geoff Roberts took photos of the 2016 Musical Alice: Through the Looking Glass. He volunteered his time to take these photos and has kindly offered these as a gift.

06/08/16 - BCC Musical

04/08/16 - BCC Musical

You are welcome to make a gift to Geoff via PayPal or directly to his account (Geoffrey Roberts - BSB: 062919 Acc: 00597446)
0408 002 835

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:


If you don't know your teacher's full name, please visit the staff page on our BCC Website. 

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families,

The year is ending faster than we would like it to! The children are all well and truly ready for their transition into new classes. At the ELC we have well and truly begun our Christmas festivities. The children are learning more and more about the real Christmas story and are being given increasing opportunity to express their ideas and their understanding of the story.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope of the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 15:13

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I am sure many of you have heard the Mariah Carey Christmas song, ‘all I want for Christmas.’ I am sure many of you have sung this tune and bopped to the song as it plays in the shopping centre or on the radio. I have done this too. It is only during the past few years I have actually stopped to think about what I wanted for Christmas.

The ELC children are very talented at articulating their understanding and relationships with Jesus. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they welcome the birth of our Saviour as if they have been invited to a friend’s birthday party, is truly a gift. Again, it brings me back to my thought of what I really want for Christmas.

I have my beautiful family and my dear friends who share the festivities with me. I am thankful for their presence at my table and throughout this season. This year, I am making the effort to dwell on the presence of those around me, and in so doing, refocus my sights to Christ and reflect in His presence.

My prayer for all of the ELC families is to reflect on the presence of people around you in this holiday season. That you would find Christ in those who bless you in their works, words and deeds. I ask that during this time you would be uplifted, filled with unwavering joy and sing praises to our King.

As all of the children of the ELC transition into their new journeys, we as the ELC pray God’s blessing upon them and ask that His word be a light unto their path.

Blessings and have a Merry Christmas!

In Christ,

PK have been making their own nativity scene! One of the PKs made the point that the sky would not be dark because the star that led the wise men and shepherds to Jesus was so bright. We are so proud of the progress they are making on their scenes.

P3 have been making sense of the nativity story. The children have been sharing the story and recreating the story with resources around them. The children are sharing the message of Christ- so wonderful to be a part of!

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Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

You know the school year is near the end when the orientation morning is on for our incoming Kindergarten children. This year we welcomed 58 eager little people, who all confidently walked off to experience a morning in a Kindergarten classroom. Six of our current Kinder children presented the incoming parents with an overview of what to expect in 2018. These six children spoke confidently and were great ambassadors for Brindabella.

Our Year 4 Graduation Assembly is on Wednesday 29 November at 9:30am in the LLC. The Year 4 students have been busy rehearsing for this important occasion. All parents of Year 4 should have received an emailed invitation. There will be a morning tea for parents and Year 4 students in the Café after the Graduation assembly.
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The first school day for 2018 is Monday 5 February. On Thursday 1 and Friday 2 February between 9:00am-12:00pm, there will be an opportunity for your child to visit their new teacher and their new classroom. You will receive an email in early January with instructions on how to book this time (similar booking system to Parent/Teacher meetings). This meeting time is optional but is a lovely time for your child to share with their teacher their hope for 2018. Book packs will be available to collect on either of these days.

Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped throughout the year. Your time and support is highly valued and appreciated. If you haven’t completed your PIP form please do so and submit by this Friday 24 November to avoid being billed the PIP fee.

Remember to check the fortnightly newsletter and the phone app for up to date information about school events.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23

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

What’s been happening in Year 3?

In Year 3 we have been looking at Colin’s Thiele’s ability to write descriptively, specifically through the book ‘Storm Boy’. The students have been working at applying the language features Colin Thiele uses into their own writing. This week the students wrote a descriptive paragraph of their trip to school one morning.
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One the way to school, by Charlotte –
On the way to school I saw these huge black cows swishing their tails angrily in a field. My sister was talking away at my mum as if she was a radio. Many thoughts were spinning around in my head, as if there was a mini tornado going on in my brain. I thought about reading my book but decided against it because then I would have a lot more to think about. The cars went rushing by many different shapes, colours and brands. I couldn’t wait to get into the busy school playground area.

Year 4 @ The National Zoo and Aquarium

Year 4 were super excited to see some of God's amazing creatures at the National Zoo and Aquarium. We started our visit to the zoo with guided tours, learning many interesting facts about animals. We now know that hyenas eat a lot of bones, their poo is white and full of calcuim so other animals like to eat it! We patted an emu, a corn snake, a deer and the oldest wombat in the world (31 years). Some lucky ones saw the lastest arrivals to the zoo - a baby zebra and three baby meerkats.

Understanding the importance of conservation and being aware of protecting endangered animals and their environments is an essential part of sustainging the environment for future generations.

We spent an interesting and exciting day at the zoo and would like to say a big 'Thank you' to the mothers and grandmother who came along.
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A walk to the shops

Last Tuesday, the Kindergarten students went on a walk to the Lyneham shops and Wetlands. We visited many of the local shops to find out why they are needed by communities. These included the pharmacy, butchery, bakery, news agent, book store, post office, dry cleaners and the IGA. We asked the people in the stores some interesting questions about their jobs and discovered some interesting facts. Perhaps the one that astounded us the most was that the bakers start work at 4AM to make sure our bread is ready by the time the store opens. Once we had visited all of the shops, we went onto the Wetlands for a picnic. While we were there, we spoke about how we can care for special places such as the Wetlands and why it is important that we do so. Once we had enjoyed our lunch, we collected all of our rubbish and made our way back to school. We came back to school and had a long rest as we were all really tired after our 7km long adventure.

Eco Bus Tour for Year 4

On Friday 18th November, Year 4 Junior School leaders went on a Ecobus tour to visit 3 schools around Canberra (Palmerston, Maribyrnong and O'Conner Co-operative School). Students took us on a tour around their school to show us how they recycle and care for the environment using sustainable resources. We saw a green house made out of recyclable plastics bottles, native bee hotels, bird houses, a carbon forest plantation, vegetable gardens, chickens, compost heaps and outdoor learning areas. We think it would be great if Brindabella could have chickens so that we can sell the eggs and use them in the Cafe. We want to make a native bee hotel with native flowers and bird bath close to it to attract the bees. It would be great to make solar cars and solar ovens aswell. We enjoyed spending time with other students and learning how to be a sustainable school. » Read More

Year 4 Graduation

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.

Kinder – Joseph Wang, Allessandra Brown, Ethan Cadiz, Mirabelle Chen, Hannah Steele, Alexander Lu
Year 1 – Charlie Lum, Gemma Ly, Samuel Knight
Year 2 – Nitya Garlapati, Natalie Yule, David Nguyen, Archer Tanswell, Sophia Lawson
Year 3 – Amy Ho, Connor Derryberry, Tobias Graham, Millicent Hassett, Milla Lai, Asha Freeman
Year 4 – Madeleine Heywood, Emily Harrington, Kanyi Menakaya, Kate Cotterell, James Hodgson, Annie Carroll

Teacher Choice
Kinder – Darcy Darker, Austin Tong, Sophina Zhao, Seowoo Park, Henry McNamara, Eric Wanigasekara
Year 1 – Joe Duncan, Vanessa O’Meara, Talisker Fowler
Year 2 – Shaan Samuel, Ollie Menakaya, Lucy Hassett, Zoe Tennant, Tahlia Rushbrook
Year 3 – Morgan Fowler, Daniella Everingham, Kavi Seneviratne, Sophie Barrie, Michael Axelby, Ryan Hanna
Year 4 – Jude Vanzwan, Erica Li, Beau Babyack, Caitlin van der Walt, Amanda Willis, Sasha Mead

HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Kinder – Joel Smidt, Elliot Sams, James Schwarz
Year 1 – Eamon Fraser
Year 2 – Olivia Lubilanji, William Carroll, Abhay Ramanaboyana
Year 3 – Daniel Lewington, Austin Perry, Alexandra Miller
Year 4 – Kiara Mangu, Oluwalani Otesile, Mikayla Rushbrook

Kinder – Indiana Alley, Sanvi Yellamarthy, Annalise Miles
Year 1 – Thomas Pellow, Caleb Hood
Year 2 – Savannah Speirs, Ava Rath
Year 3 – Nandhitha Gopalakrishan, Isabelle Howie, Milena Josifoski
Year 4 – Mindy Duan, Ada Zhang

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 4:
Week 17 – 24 November -Kindergarten – KL, KB, KS
Week 18 & 19 – no assembly

Junior School Dates for the Diary

Upcoming events in Term 4 include:

Upcoming Junior School events

Week 8
Wednesday 29 Nov– Yr 4 Graduation Assembly, 9.30am

Week 9
Monday 4 Dec. – Presentation Night @ Lewellyn Hall, 6pm
Wednesday 6 Dec – Last day of school year – Movie at Hoyts

Uniform Requirements Term 4 - Summer Uniform Junior School

During Term 4 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

With only two and a half weeks to go, the race is almost finished. Middle School has been discussing how important the end of a race is—that whilst the start might have been good, we need to finish the race strong. Whilst assessment is finished, and many aspects of the day to day running of the school is winding up, there is still much to be done.

The year to date has seen many wonderful achievements, stressful moments, and times where we sit and marvel at all the Lord has done. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says:
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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” ESV
We need to hold on to this as we gear up for a big end of year.

Things to look out for include:
• Musical auditions & call backs
• Year 8 Graduation
• Presentation Night
• Middle School end of year pool day
So it is my encouragement, that whilst things are busy and drawing to end, that all Middle School students would finish well and finish strong, knowing that it is the Lord who sustains us and helps us every step of the way.

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

Year 5 Update

The Year 5 students hosted an assembly for the Middle School on Wednesday 8 November discussing why Australians commemorate Remembrance Day. The students presented the traditions surrounding Remembrance Day and the history behind those traditions. All Year 5 students with a parent serving in the Australian Defence Force participated in the assembly as did many of the Year 5 students.

The focus of the assembly was the peace that can be found when God reigns supreme. We also considered the service that the men and women of the Australian Defence Force provide for Australia in an effort to keep the country safe and free.
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In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of an appropriate poem. One traditional poem that is often recited on Remembrance Day is the Ode. The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon who wrote the poem about World War I in 1914. The Year 5 students recited part of the Ode at the assembly:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

The students then read a verse from Micah, Chapter 4: 1-5. The reading from Micah was considered appropriate for Remembrance Day as Micah speaks during a time of armed conflicts and he almost certainly witnessed war and its effects first-hand. The reading speaks of the hope that there will be when God’s rule comes, and God Himself will judge the disputes ‘for strong nations far and wide’. Micah is clear that true peace can only come to the world when God’s rule reigns supreme. Micah explains that our role in this world order is ‘to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’. We are to work hand in hand with God to bring about the peace which he describes.

Why is this day special to Australians?
Remembrance Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is celebrated on 11 November at 11am. This is to mark the cessation of fighting in World War 1 on November 11, 1918. (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). On the first anniversary of the cease fire in World War I in 1919, the English government observed two minutes of silence. The silence was proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey, who was working in Fleet Street. At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it. King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice. The two minutes' silence was quickly adopted around the world on 11 November at 11am.
As the years passed, it no longer was appropriate to celebrate only Armistice Day as many other wars took place subsequent to World War I. In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11 am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

Why do we wear poppies on Remembrance Day?
Poppies were often the only sign of life across the battlefields of the Western Front and in 1915 they inspired Canadian doctor Lt Col John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders Fields. It begins with the lines:

'In Flanders' fields the poppies glow
Between the crosses, row on row'.

A century later, red poppy flowers remain a powerful symbol of lives lost through service to our country.  In the lead up to Remembrance Day each year millions of Australians pin replicas of the flowers on
their chests in honour of those who serve in the Australian Defence Force.


The Year 5 students are studying poems this term. During the assembly, some students from each class shared their poetry and the artwork they completed to illustrated their poem. The students wrote moving poems and then created a stunning piece of art to complement their poetry about service, remembrance or bravery. The students also reflected on how ideas are represented in artworks they make and how the display of artworks enhances meaning for an audience.

The Year 5 students presented to a respectful audience. All the students were attentive and quiet during the assembly which was held outside, out of consideration for those in our community taking exams.

Year 8 Graduation

Uniform Requirements Term 4 - Summer Uniform Middle School

During Term 4 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.



What’s on in Middle School

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

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday 29 November - Year 8 Graduation, 11.30am
Monday 4 December - Presentation Night, 6.00pm
Wednesday 6 December - Last Day of School




Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Welcome to Week 7 of Term 4 and the final newsletter for the year. 2017 has truly been an incredible year and I would like to use this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Senior School community for their contribution to making this year a success, but also to take the opportunity to pause and celebrate the many triumphs of the year. At this time of year when things are beginning to slow down for our students, isn’t it great that we can take opportunities such as the upcoming Year 10 and Year 12 Graduations, Presentation Night, the Christmas Assembly, Year 12 Retreat and the end of year fun days for Years 9, 10 and 11, to pause and look back at the year and celebrate our successes. When we look to scripture we find that God instituted the rhythm of celebration – particularly for celebrating significant milestones. This is especially evident in Nehemiah, when after the building of the walls (which involved leadership, assignment of tasks, efficiency of work and lining up of resources) there was a huge celebration, with music, dancing and food and shouting with joy over the blessings God had provided them. Too often our focus is on the work that we do and we don’t take the time to celebrate what we are given. I encourage you all, as we enter the Christmas season to pause and celebrate everything that has been provided to you. » Read More

With the Semester 2 exam period over there is an overwhelming sense of finality creeping in to the Senior School, with students noticeably relaxing and beginning to smile again. It’s funny how you say the word exam and students automatically panic and the anxiety begins to creep in. I would like to congratulate all students for the mature manner in which they approached the exam period and to thank families for their support for the students over the last few weeks.

The Year 12 Carnival, Exo Day and Sausage Sizzle took place last Thursday and although the rain caused the carnival activities to be cancelled, the enthusiasm for Exo Day and sense of community shown by the senior students are cause for celebration. I would like to personally thank the Year 12 students who coordinated the activities and cooking for the day as well as thank Mrs Jess Roberts for her management of the Student Leaders and for organising the incredible youth ministry and worship team from Life UC who performed and spoke so beautifully on the day. All money raised from the event will be used to support the Brindabella Christian College students involved in the Pacific Games which will be held in Adelaide in December.

I am writing this article whilst traveling with the Year 12 cohort for the Year 12 Retreat. Students were up bright and early this morning (Sunday) for a 7.30am departure to travel to Crescent Head in northern NSW. Accommodation for the week is at Crescent Head Resort and throughout the week students will be spending time with the staff and students of Macleay Vocational College, both to serve, as well as learn more about the indigenous culture and community. They also have the opportunity to learn to surf and paddleboard, time to spend on the beach, and hike to a waterfall where they will be able to swim in a pristine environment. Even with this busy schedule, there will still be plenty of time left to celebrate the end of their formal years of study and time provided to spend in reflection and devotion each evening with the College staff presenting devotions. Thank you to Felicity McLure, Dianna Fitzsimons, Greg Baines and Ralph Whitten who gave up their time to spend this final week with the Year 12 students.

In week 18 Senior School will come together at the final worship assembly of the year to celebrate Christmas. Students in each Connect class are working together to produce a song, artwork or performance to celebrate the birth of Christ and the Christmas season. This will be combined with worship, a Bible message and devotions presented by the Student Leadership and Senior Worship teams.

On Wednesday 29 November and Thursday 30 November we will mark a number of significant milestones in the Senior School community – the Year 10 and 12 Graduations. These events allow us to pause and celebrate and honour the significant achievements of our Year 10 and 12 students. I would like to invite the families and friends of Year 10 and Year 12 students to join us in celebrating these important events – further details will be mailed to families.

College ‘Handback Day’ this year will take place over two days – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December. On these days, Year 12 students will be collecting their ATAR results and all Year 11 and 12 students will be able to view their unit scores for Semester 2 as they are posted in the LLC. A reminder also that some student assessment work will be required for ACT BSSS moderation packages as it is a requirement in the ACT and so in some instances students will not be able to collect all marked assessment tasks on this day as it will be forming part of a package of student assessment work being used to demonstrate student assessment and grading and feedback at the College. Mr Don Taylor and myself will be available to discuss results with students at this time.

As we conclude 2017, I would like to challenge everyone during this period of celebration to take God at his word, to thank him for all of the blessings He provides and to joyfully celebrate the things God has brought into our lives.

Finally I would like to wish all of the Senior School Community a blessed Christmas and for those travelling over the summer holiday I wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Yours in Christian education,

Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Senior School (Pastoral Care)



Year 10 Graduation

Year 12 Graduation

Year 12 Retreat

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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:

What’s happening in Senior School

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Year 12 Retreat
Sunday 19 November – Friday 24 November

Musical Call Backs
Wednesday 22 November

Presentation Night Rehearsals
Monday 27 November

Year 10 Graduation
Wednesday 29 November

Year 12 Graduation
Thursday 30 November

Year 12 Formal
Thursday 30 November

Last Day of Classes – Year 10
Friday 1 December

Last Day of Classes – Year 11
Friday 1 December

Year 10 excursion Gungahlin Leisure Centre
Friday 1 December

Year 11 excursion Big Splash Water Park
Friday 1 December

Presentation Night
Monday 4 December

Road Ready (Year 10)
Monday 4 December – Wednesday 6 December

Last Day of Classes – Year 9
Wednesday 6 December

Year 9 excursion Gungahlin Leisure Centre
Wednesday 6 December

Musical Rehearsals
Tuesday 5 December – Wednesday 6 December

Uniform Requirements Term 4 - Summer Uniform Senior School

During Term 4 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.

Click below to view the new Sports Uniform.

University of NSW Civilian Engineering Alternative Entry

Are you interested in doing Engineering in Canberra? UNSW @ ADFA have opened up their Engineering programs to civilian enrolments. If you’re achieving high results in Specialist Mathematics and Physics, then consider the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme. Applications are open now and can be made here:

University of NSW Scholarship Applications are now OPEN » Read More

UNSW have opened their scholarship applications. These will close before UAC offers are made, so if you have a UNSW course on your preferences, then apply now:

Year 11 Students – ADFA Information Session

Current Year 11 students who are considering ADFA Officer Entry are encouraged to attend an Information Session this year. Keep an eye on the Defence Jobs Website over the coming weeks as the remaining sessions are advertised:

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:

Have you worked out where are you going to live at uni next year?

Once you’ve chosen where you want to study (and what you want to study there) the next thing to think about is where you’re going to live.

Unless you chose your university for its accommodation (close to Mum & Dad so you can stay at home, for instance), the first thing you need to do is weigh up your options:
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Can you stay at home?

If uni is close enough and good public transport is available staying at home might be a good idea for at least the first semester. That way, you can work out which halls your friends live in or if you’d prefer to find share accommodation before making any big decisions.

Pros – staying at home is most likely the cheapest option, plus you’ll be able to concentrate on your studies in the first semester without the stress of moving out at the same time.
Cons – living at home is less social than living with friends, and you might find it harder to get to uni for extra study groups or late-night library sessions.

What if staying at home isn’t an option?

You’ll need a job (or lots of support from your parents) to move away from home, but if uni is too far away or you would prefer to be in the thick of the action then you might need to move closer to campus.

So, share house or on campus?

Finding a share house or room for rent when you’re just starting out can be tricky – and you’ll want to avoid overcommitting early on. Most students who share a house generally come from on-campus accommodation or from living at home after first year is finished.
On campus accommodation however is designed to be easy for students who are moving out of home, and you’ll find lots of support and assistance from your chosen university. Plus, when you add up all the bills including utilities and transport, living on-campus may end up costing you less.

Pros – when you live on campus, you’ll be in the heart of all the action and it’ll be easier to roll out of bed to get to lectures on time.
Cons – campus accommodation can be pricey, and is often noisy and busy. Food hall cuisine will probably not live up to your parent’s cooking, and you’ll have to share facilities like bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.

If you decide living on campus is the way to go, the next thing to do is choose a college and secure your room

Most universities offer quality student accommodation on or near their campuses. You can choose from private or shared rooms, and now many uni’s offer self-contained apartment-style rooms as well. There are usually a mix of co-ed and single sex colleges, and sometimes colleges are aligned with interest groups or areas of study.

Many colleges even offer scholarships, and but most of them have cut-off dates that are closing soon – each college or residence is different so check with your chosen college for details. Sometimes universities offer subsidised accommodation or bursaries for regional and remote students as well, like this program from the University of Wollongong.

The best residences are usually popular, so it’s wise to get your application in as soon as possible. I’ve put together links to the most popular universities here, so you can start looking today:
Charles Sturt University:
Deakin University:
Federation University:
LaTrobe University:
University of Canberra:
University of Newcastle:
University of NSW:
University of Wollongong:

Honeywell Summer School Engineering Program
Sunday 10 - Friday 15 December in Sydney
Run by the Institution of Engineers Australia. Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) aims to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.

Over the week, students will attend lectures and demonstrations at five prestigious NSW universities. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Visits with industry provide a valuable opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the role of professional engineers in a wide range of activities including the management of major projects.

Applicants must be entering year 12 in a government or non-government high school in 2018. They must be studying two or more units of mathematics and a form of science, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Sydney.
Registration Closes 3 December at 9am.
Find out more and apply -

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 ( to discuss how you could benefit from the UNSW bonus entry programs, as an application has to be made before the ATAR is released.

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:

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.

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.

School Banking 2017

Don't forget School Banking day is every Tuesday.  Please hand your Dollarmites deposit wallet to your teacher or to student reception.

Did you know that the CommBank School Banking Reward Card is now available online?  Simply visit to download and print.

The Term 3 CommBank School Banking Rewards are the smiley emoji keyring and volt handball – items from term 1 and 2 are still available (cyber handball in limited stock).  To redeem a reward, please place your Rewards Card coupon along with your 10 Dollarmites tokens in your Dollarmites deposit wallet next time you make a School Banking deposit and your child will receive this at school shortly. 


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:

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:

Community News

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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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

Friday 27th October (Australia)
Can you think of a time where a teacher’s influence was a turning point in your own life?

My favourite teacher was Miss Leeton in Kindy and Year 1. I can’t even tell you what made her so special, but I can tell you that I was inspired to do my absolute best for her. What a positive start to schooling life to be so inspired from the beginning. How could you possibly measure the full value of that early influence?

We all have experienced a teacher that stands out. A teacher who was unique and special.

Perhaps a teacher identified your skills in music, encouraged your interest in English, discovered your talent for art or were so passionate about maths that you found their enthusiasm contagious.

Often the interactions, guidance and support from a particular teacher, can have a profound effect on how you think of yourself and the avenues you pursue in life.

The efforts of your child’s teacher are not always immediately evident. Sometimes it is only as an adult that we reflect and appreciate a past teachers impact on our life.

In support of world teacher day, we urge you to take a moment to thank your child’s teacher, for all that they do for their students.
APFACTS would also like to say thank you to our teachers who each and every day, support our children, helping them to learn, to grow and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.
We value you and what you do.
Thank you

Fresh Tastes: Healthy Food at School

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