Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

During the Principal’s devotion to the staff on Monday morning I took some time to reminisce about how news was communicated to students not that long ago. During the time I was a Boarding House Master it was always so exciting when the girls received a letter or parcel from home or a friend as this was the main form of communication. There was no internet, email or mobile phones and the only phones available for students to use were in the staff rooms, so they always had to ask permission to contact someone outside the school. The girls would find out about the latest local, national and world news by reading a newspaper, listening to the radio or watching the news broadcast at night. It was delivered by professional journalists, who would have done the ‘fact-check’ regarding their sources and the information they were delivering. My family and I would often sit with the girls in front of the 7pm ABC news to see what was happening. We would have the opportunity to discuss what we had seen and what impact it may have on them. » Read More

How different it is today with the ability to be in contact with people 24/7. News is instant, often with video or photos attached. Anyone with access to a mobile phone, tablet or computer can be a reporter and there is no mechanism to ensure that what is posted is true or accurate. Reflecting on the news, many of the stories provide details about tragedies occurring throughout the world. None of us are immune to hearing or seeing about these stories and we can’t help but be impacted in some way by them. We can turn to God to help us cope with what we are being bombarded with from so many different sources. Paul provides some advice in his letter to the Christians at Phillipi.

Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

This is the final newsletter for the semester and a letter will go out this week explaining the staffing arrangements for next term. I wish all the Brindabella community who are travelling during the break a safe and enjoyable break, especially those staff, students and parents who are going to Melbourne and China with the school.

Mr Bruce Handley

Principal

Whole School News

The Entertainment Book 2017-18


If you have not already ordered your entertainment books you can go the front office or order online.

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/239j25

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

On Friday at the Dickson Playing fields, BCC held the Junior Athletics Carnival. Both Charnwood and Lyneham campuses were involved in a day full of novelty and Track & Field. The younger children were kept busy with a twelve-station rotation while the older students participated enthusiastically in the conventional track & field events. A Big thank you to all the parents who came out to support us on the day. It was great to have your help and support.

First, Second & Third place ribbons, Age Champion medals for students in Year 2-6 & winning house presentation will be on Friday 23 June at 2pm in the LLC.

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Hook into Hockey
In Term 3 Hook into Hockey will again be available to students eleven years & under.  The sessions will begin second  week back on  Tuesday 25 July and again a staff member will walk the students down to the Lyneham Hockey Centre.  Please go to this site to register

12 Years & Under Zone Track & Field Carnival

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

Library News

Make Your Own Story Book Competition
Do you love story books?
Have you ever wanted to create your own? Now is your chance.

Write and illustrate your own picture or story book for the chance to win great prizes.

Entry is for students in Yrs 1-6 and entries can be given to Mrs Richards before the end of July. For more information and an entry form go to http://cbcaact.org.au/myosb/

Rachel Richards

Show Empathy to Teenagers


This is a link to an article about how to show empathy to
teenagers when they are stressed. It also gives some good examples of how
to talk to your teenagers.

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/04/16/how-empathy-is-important-for-parents-and-teens-when-things-get-stressful/

Rhonda Malouf
School Psychologist

Performing Arts Desk

Evening Musical Showcase
On Wednesday 7 June we were treated to a night of fabulous entertainment by our music ensembles. Act 1 showcased the musical talents of the Junior Choir and String Orchestras, while Act 2 was a chance to hear from our Middle and Senior Choir, Concert Bands and School of Rock Ensembles. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to our students performances and are grateful to be part of a community that celebrates the musical gifts that God has given us!
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Melbourne Tour Final Rehearsal and Family Performance

On Monday 12 June we had our final big rehearsal with Trinity Christian School preparing for our upcoming Melbourne Music Tour. At the end of the day we presented a concert for our family and friends. There are 33 students in the tour group, performing as a Jazz Band and a Vocal Ensemble. We are really enjoying working with other musicians and really excited about leaving for Melbourne this Friday.

 

Interschool Band Day

Last Wednesday students from Trinity and Brindabella’s Junior and Intermediate Bands participated in the Interschool Band Day. We had lots of fun in instrumental tutorials and ensemble rehearsals polishing our pieces. After a delicious pizza lunch we performed a concert for parents, friends and other Brindabella students. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and hone our performance skills. We are looking forward to holding more combined events with other Christian schools.

 

Sir Leslie Morshead Manor

Last Monday students from our Senior Band performed for the Rhythm of Life Festival at Sir Leslie Morshead Manor. The residents faces lit up as students performed a number of jazzy tunes including (…). After our performance we spent time chatting with the residents over a lovely morning tea. What a privilege it is to serve those in our wider community! Thank you Sir Leslie Morshead Manor!

 

 

Semester 2

 

New Ensemble – Middle School Choir

Next term Mrs Roberts will be starting a Middle School Choir that will rehearse at Lunch 1 on a Monday in the Music Room. A number of students expressed interest in the Middle / Senior Choir but were unable to make the afternoon rehearsal (Middle School students currently participating in the afterschool rehearsal are welcome to continue). It is our hope that this will allow more students to participate in the joy of singing and performing together. We will sing a mix of pop, jazz, classical and musical numbers and perform at a number of school events. We strongly encourage all Middle School students to consider participating (especially those hoping to perform in next year’s musical).

 

Year 5 Extension Band

In Semester 2, we will be offering Nova Band students who show interest and aptitude on their instrument the opportunity to participate in the Year 5 Extension Band. This band will rehearse at the same time as the Nova Band but will explore more challenging repertoire and require a slightly increased commitment to at home practise. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who wish to further develop their playing skills and experience the challenge of playing in a smaller ensemble. Please return the note that came home or contact Mrs Roberts at performingarts@bcc.act.edu.au to register your interest.

 

Extension Strings

We are delighted with the progress Yr 3 students are making on their string instruments and would like to offer them the opportunity to further their development in Semester 2 through the Extension Strings program. Extension Strings involves either small group (3-4 students) or individual tuition, Junior String Orchestra (Wednesday 3:30 – 4:15pm) and various performances throughout the year. Please return the note that came home or contact the Jacqui Smith or Jessica Roberts at performingarts@bcc.act.edu.au to register your interest.


 

Term 3

Date / Time

Event

Group

25 July

9:45

CSO Noteworthy @ Llewellyn Hall

Years 3 – 6

 

6 September

 

Morshead Manor

Junior Band

Intermediate Band

Intermediate Strings

 

21 September

Encore Festival of the Arts

K -12 Event.

ALL CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS. More details to follow.

 



Changes to School Bus Services 630 & 618

School Service 630 will see a diversion at Gungahlin Marketplace.
Change to route: Due to the closure of Hibberson Street Gungahlin Bus Stops 6043 and 7004 will no longer be serviced. This service will now drop off at Stop ID 5056 – Woolworths car park, Gozzard Street

Also

School Bus Service 618 will see a diversion at Gungahlin Marketplace.
Change to route: Due to the closure of Hibberson Street Gungahlin Bus Stops 7002 and 6135 will no longer be serviced. This service will now pick up at Stop ID 6003 – Raiders Club, Gozzard Street
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School Bus 618 School Bus 618 (265 KB)

SChool Bus 630 SChool Bus 630 (265 KB)

Commencing: Monday 5 June 2017 until further notice.

We encourage you to view this information now available on the Transport Canberra Website.

We further advise that parents and students are able to use our NXTBUS system to view live bus information for selected stops or stations.

 

Regards,

Transport Canberra

Transport Canberra and City Services | ACT Government

496 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601 | www.act.gov.au

Congratulations to Jamie-Lee Burns and Brooke Ellis

Jaimie-Lee Burns of year 9 and Brooke Ellis of year 6 both competed at the NSW Equestrian Interschool State Championships on Friday and over the weekend, both girls represented the school with the utmost respect to the judges, competitors, and volunteers and represented Brindabella with great pride and were a great representation of the School and its community.


Friday both girls competed in the Show Horse component with Jaimie-Lee placing 3rd overall in the year 7 to year 12 with 48 competitors qualifying her a position on the NSW team to represent NSW at the up and coming Nationals to be held in QLD, Jaimie-Lee was also awarded the Off the Track Highest Point score in year 3 to year 12.



Brooke also had a tremendous day placing 5th overall in the year 3 to 6 with 18 competitors, Brooke then stayed in Sydney for the weekend to compete in the Dressage and with amazing results with a 2nd in the Novice 2.2 on the Saturday and 6th in the Novice 2.3 on Sunday placing her 4th overall with 10 competitors in the Year 3-6 also qualifying her a place on the NSW Team.

Both girls are very talented and train extremely hard to be at the top of their field in a sport that not only consists of the rider but a horse that can weigh up to 700kg they are both very dedicated and loyal to the partnerships they take on with their horses.

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,

Frosty mornings are well and truly upon us! The children of the ELC have been enjoying their learning experiences indoors as some days the weather is just too icy!

When the earth is cold and the plants are all in hibernation over the winter, we are given the chance to reflect on the time of harvest and giving to others from the bounty we have.

Both of our ELCs are currently running fundraisers to fund some of our future purchases at the ELC and OOSHC. While collecting the boxes and the money from the fundraiser, we are talking about giving with our children.

Many of the children at the ELC have noted that ‘giving’ is like when we give our offerings at church. To support our children and their servanthood hearts, over the coming weeks we would like to develop ways that we can care for those in need around Canberra and those who might just need a little extra love and support. This is something that we feel is an essential skill and part of life-long learning.

We pray that in the coming school holidays you are refreshed and are blessed to bless others.

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

In Christ,
Tammy Brown
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PK have been learning more about their world and the changes that are observable every day. PK have particularly enjoyed making rain and rain clouds, learning how to differentiate these from regular clouds. As we approach the coldest months of the year, PK will be exploring snow and snow clouds and how to identify them.

 

P3 have been learning so much about their city and their world. This past fortnight has seen the children making their own transport! Transport in cities is extremely important, especially in the cooler months. Next, P3 will be making a township to ‘drive’ their transport in!


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Lyneham Junior School News

Announcing a New format for K-6 Report Cards

Dear Parents and Carers,
The College is pleased to announce that at the end of the semester student progress will be reported on in a way that provides parents with a more detailed understanding of their child's progress.

The new format for the End of Semester Reports provides a clear and concise picture of a student's levels of attainment against a National Achievement standard and shows where a student's grade is placed in relation to the results of the other students in their cohort or year group. » Read More

Three short information sessions will be held for any interested parents and carers on Wednesday 21 June

 

Morning Session: 8.30 am in the PAC room

Evening Sessions 1 : 6.30pm  in the LLC

Evening Session 2: 7.00pm in the LLC

A Parents Guide to K-6 Student Reports at BCC A Parents Guide to K-6 Student Reports at BCC (653 KB)


Suzanne Power
Director of Curriculum K-6
Brindabella Christian College, Canberra

Junior School Update

Another term is almost completed and I would like to thank all of our parents for supporting the school throughout this term. Without parent support, there are a lot of school activities which would not be as successful. Whether you assist in the classroom, at the disco, at the athletics carnival, attend P&F meetings, your time is highly valued by the school community.

Last Friday was the K-U12’s Athletics Carnival. It was wonderful to have our Charnwood community join us and despite the very grey and cold day the children all participated with enthusiasm and demonstrated great sportsmanship. As so many students were participating a number of races had to be run with several heats and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were decided by times recorded. This process has been explained to the students however if your child comes home confused could you please explain again.
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Supervision of your children begins at 8:25am. There is a high number of children arriving at school well before this time. Not only are they unsupervised but the mornings are extremely cold and as the bell doesn’t ring until 8:55am it is a long time for them to be sitting outside. If children arrive before 8:25am they are to sit on the white seats outside the Kindergarten classrooms until the teacher on playground duty arrives. Please support the school in keeping your children safe and having them at school from 8:25am onwards.

During the holidays you will receive your child’s Semester 1 Learning Progress Report. The reports have a new format this year. On Wednesday 21 June there will be an information session you may like to attend to be informed of how to read/understand this new format. There is an 8:30am or 6:30pm session. The room for this is to be confirmed.

Our Wednesday Book Club is well attended. It is a joy to see children enjoying this time to just read. Our two Star Readers are Lila McKay and Noah Webb. Congratulations Lila and Noah.

Term 2 will finish this Friday 23 June and Term 3 will commence on Monday 17 July. I wish you and your children safe, restful holidays.

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.  Exodus 33:14



Yours in Christian Education,
Rebecca Jefferys
Head of Junior School

2CB have been busy

Keyboard skills are essential in this day and age, and as part of the 2CB Technology unit we have become well acquainted with the qwerty keyboard.

We used our Maths position skills to locate each key on a blank keyboard, then made up some fun keys of our own with those we hadn’t labelled (there was a relaxing key, someone had a lolly key, and Mrs Beckett has a Tea Key!).

Now we are working our way through the BBC Dance Mat Typing course


(http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr
it’s free and it’s fun) and we’re becoming much quicker and more efficient at typing.

Athletics Carnival


The students enjoyed participating in 12 rotations across the day with activities that included; parachutes, ball games, tennis, stretching, shot put and many more. Each child had the opportunity to compete in a running event and many exceeded their own expectations for speed and perseverance. It was a great community event and the students enjoyed making new friends. Thank you to the parents who joined us and cheered and for the wonderful BCC Charnwood staff for organising and delivering rotation activities.

  

A whole school Mufti Day - Thursday 22 June

A whole school Mufti Day will be held this Thursday, with students asked to dress up in their favourite sporting team colours. Proceeds from this event will be donated to headspace to support counselling services in both the Headspace centres and eheadspace online, as well as to support their education programs.

Kindergarten have been very busy during Term 2.

The Kindergarten children have been learning about fictional stories and have looked at several fairy tales over the past weeks. One of the children's favourites was the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Through their dramatisations of the story, it became evident that their favourite character in the story was the troll. They discussed the features that a troll should have and used adjectives to describe what their trolls would look like if they were drawing the pictures for the book. They then had the opportunity to model their trolls out of clay. This was a great activity and their effort is evident in the wonderful creatures that they have produced. Mrs Gayle Smith

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"I like my troll because it looks like one out of a movie" - Naomi Feng

" My troll has lots of eyes" - Laura Esplin

" I like my troll because it has lots of spikes" - Mani Bray

 " I like my troll's feathers" - Henry McNamara

 

 

Last week Kindergarten focused on writing letters. On Monday morning KL was surprised to receive a post card from their class naughty spider (a soft toy spider that mixes up our number line while we are out of the classroom).

The students got such excitement out of reading the spiders post card and finding out where he had been. They then wrote post cards back letting him know what they had been doing and asking all sorts of questions! They even got to post their post cards in our class post box! Miss Ashleigh Larson

Inky's trip to Fiji

Over the past few week Inky, our KS Phonics Mouse, has been on a trip to Fiji. Here are some of the Highlights that children enjoyed hearing about in class….”F” for Fiji; “W” for Water slide:

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


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 2

Week 19 – 23 June - no assembly

Junior School Dates for the Diary


Please keep track of up & coming events listed and advertised here in this newsletter, on our social media sites, and often in a reminder letter in the organisers. There are many ways you can access information from BCC.

Thursday 22 June - Mufti Day
Thursday 22 June - 2CB visiting Sir Lesley Morsehaed Manor
Friday 23 June - Last Day of Term 2
Monday 17 July- First Day of Term 3

Uniform Requirements for Term 3 - Junior School Winter Uniform

Please note that all students are expected to wear full Winter uniform. 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.

Lyneham Middle School News

Announcing a New format for K-6 Report Cards

Dear Parents and Carers,
The College is pleased to announce that at the end of the semester student progress will be reported on in a way that provides parents with a more detailed understanding of their child's progress.

The new format for the End of Semester Reports provides a clear and concise picture of a student's levels of attainment against a National Achievement standard and shows where a student's grade is placed in relation to the results of the other students in their cohort or year group. » Read More

Three short information sessions will be held for any interested parents and carers on Wednesday 21 June

 

Morning Session: 8.30 am in the PAC room

Evening Sessions 1 : 6.30pm  in the LLC

Evening Session 2: 7.00pm in the LLC

A Parents Guide to K-6 Student Reports at BCC A Parents Guide to K-6 Student Reports at BCC (653 KB)


Suzanne Power
Director of Curriculum K-6
Brindabella Christian College, Canberra

Big Science Competition


Congratulations to students who entered the Big Science Competition from Years 7-10. The following students did very well:

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Year 7 – Credit

Charlotte Nuessler

Grace Jung

Kaitlyn Lloyd

Victoria Hunt

 

Year 8 – Credit

Asher Freudigmann

 

Year 9 – High Distinction

Matthew Cooper

Maxwell Etherington

Zoe Malone

 

Year 10 – Credit

Emily Dawe

Hayley Turner

Sarah Zwajgenberg

 

Year 10 – Distinction

Andrew Moszczynski

Ethan Mackay

Yr 5 Plight of Refugees

In Year 5 we have been researching the plight of refugees in our literacy unit on the novel 'Boy Overboard' by Morris Gleitzman. We created persuasive texts to convince our readers of our opinions, concerns and desires for people affected by the current refugee crisis. Here is Jamie Henderson receiving a letter from Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull in response to her letter asking the government to take action to help needy refugees. The whole class was inspired by the idea that one girl in Middle School has a voice in our democratic society.

Kelly Reeves
Year 5 Classroom Teacher

Athletics Carnival


The students enjoyed participating in 12 rotations across the day with activities that included; parachutes, ball games, tennis, stretching, shot put and many more. Each child had the opportunity to compete in a running event and many exceeded their own expectations for speed and perseverance. It was a great community event and the students enjoyed making new friends. Thank you to the parents who joined us and cheered and for the wonderful BCC Charnwood staff for organising and delivering rotation activities.

  

A whole school Mufti Day - Thursday 22 June

A whole school Mufti Day will be held this Thursday, with students asked to dress up in their favourite sporting team colours. Proceeds from this event will be donated to headspace to support counselling services in both the Headspace centres and eheadspace online, as well as to support their education programs.

Year 5 visited Mogo

Year 5 completed their HASS unit on Gold with a trip to Mogo to visit the historic Gold Mining Town. We learned so much on our guided tour of this authentic historic site. We saw the grinding machine in action pounding out the rock to reveal any gold, we saw the huts of the gold diggers, we talked with a Blacksmith and wood turner and we even had the opportunity to sift for our own gold nuggets. Everyone went home with a sample of gold. Thanks Miss Choi, Mrs Swanepoel, Mrs Neish and Mrs Reeves for giving us this opportunity to step back in time and experience the world 250 years ago when the Gold mining boom hit Australia.

Kelly Reeves
Year 5 Classroom Teacher

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Award Winners

Each fortnight Middle School teachers recognise student achievement in various subjects.

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WISE AWARDS – Wednesday 21 June 2017
Year 5

Timothy Bondfield
Caleb Kimberley

Year 6
Grace Axford
Omotara Balogun
Joshua Chow
Alessandro Dede
Samantha Higgins
James Jayatilaka
Jordan MacDonald
Abigail McMaster
Tinaye Nhachi
Amelia Paull
Cooper Radcliffe
Caitlin Smith
Jake Brown
Shayla Green


What’s on in Middle School


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

Thursday 22 June - Mufti Day
Friday 23 June - Last Day of Term 2
Monday 17 July - First Day of Term 3




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

Big Science Competition


Congratulations to students who entered the Big Science Competition from Years 7-10. The following students did very well:

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Year 7 – Credit

Charlotte Nuessler

Grace Jung

Kaitlyn Lloyd

Victoria Hunt

 

Year 8 – Credit

Asher Freudigmann

 

Year 9 – High Distinction

Matthew Cooper

Maxwell Etherington

Zoe Malone

 

Year 10 – Credit

Emily Dawe

Hayley Turner

Sarah Zwajgenberg

 

Year 10 – Distinction

Andrew Moszczynski

Ethan Mackay

Senior School Update

As I begin to write this fortnight’s newsletter article I am reminded of the verse in 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV) – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. With the number of events and activities taking place in Senior School this semester, it has certainly at times felt like a marathon and I’m sure for a number of students (and their families) a large amount of perseverance was required to overcome challenges and to get themselves over the finish line. Congratulations to all students, staff and parents and carers for finishing Semester 1 well.

This fortnight has seen a number of events taking place in the Senior School community. On Tuesday 6 June we were privileged to host the Eternity Church Worship Team. Students engaged well with the worship session led by Chris and Bec, as well as with the message from Tori about searching for the right things in life. We also had surprise performances from two of our students, Lena and Chazelle – what amazing talent these students possess.
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This week Ms Johnston’s Senior Girls Connect group presented to the Senior School assembly on what it means to behave with integrity. They enjoyed sharing some of their ideas with the rest of the Senior School through some short role plays and audience participation.

This fortnight has also seen a large number of students participate in the ICAS Writing and Spelling tests and some amazing performances by the Interschool Band – a combination of bands from Brindabella Christian College and Trinity Christian School.

This Friday sees 23 Senior School students travelling to China to complement their studies in Chinese and Yrs 11 and 12 History and Global Studies. They will be accompanied by Mrs Liu, Mrs McLure, Mr Sainty, Mr and Mrs Zwajgenberg and Mrs Warwick and will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an to further hone their language skills and experience Chinese culture.

Coming up quickly is the ACT Scaling Test (AST) for our Yr 12 students. This week students had another practice session, with the focus on the writing task. Next term sees further practice sessions taking place before the real thing takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September. It is essential that the Yr 12 students attend all practice sessions to prepare them for the testing process.

The Senior School Ski Trip is fast approaching, with notes handed out to interested Senior students early this week. If your child is interested in attending the ski trip and has missed out on this very important note, spare notes are available in student reception and on the website and BCC app. If you wish to secure a place on the ski trip, it is imperative that notes and payment in full are submitted to reception by Friday 21 July. Students studying Outdoor Education in Yrs 11 and 12 will have priority for this trip, followed by students in Yrs 12, 11, 10 and finally Yr 9 students.

The end of Term 2 sees a couple of staffing changes that will impact the Senior School. The first of these is the resignation of Mrs Renee Adams. Renee has worked at Brindabella Christian College since 2015 and has developed a strong connection in that time with students and staff. She will be missed terribly by all of us in Senior School and we wish her all the best for her future endeavours. Also finishing his extended relief time with us is Mr Terrence De Luca. Terry came to us, out of retirement, when we were in need and has served us selflessly throughout that time. The staff and students of Senior School wish him the best and hope to continue to see him in a relief capacity in the future. Joining the Senior School team is Mrs Rachel Owens-Jones She comes to us with degrees in Journalism and Education and has worked in Queensland and the UK. We are looking forward to meeting her at the commencement of Term 3.

I pray that the holiday period provides each and every one of you a well-deserved break. For those travelling interstate, or farther afield during this time I pray also for safe travels. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you when you return for the beginning of Semester 2.


Yours in Christian education,


Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Senior School (Pastoral Care)

A whole school Mufti Day - Thursday 22 June

A whole school Mufti Day will be held this Thursday, with students asked to dress up in their favourite sporting team colours. Proceeds from this event will be donated to headspace to support counselling services in both the Headspace centres and eheadspace online, as well as to support their education programs.

2017 China Trip

On Friday 23 June, a group of 29 Senior School students from our Chinese classes, Chinese History Class and Global Studies Class will start their exciting China Trip. It is the first time students from the College have travelled overseas to experience Chinese culture and practise their Chinese language in China itself.

They will be accompanied with Mrs Liu, Mrs Mclure, Mr Sainty, Mr Zwjagenberg, Mrs Zwjagenberg and Mrs Warwick to visit Bejing, Shanghai and Xi’an in the following two weeks.

iParent

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

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

The website can be accessed via the following address:

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

What’s happening in Senior School

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

Mufti Day

Date: Thursday 22 June

Theme: Colours of your favourite sporting team

Cost: Gold coin donation

Charity: Headspace (www.headspace.org.au)

 

Last Day of Term (all students)

Date: Friday 23 June

China Trip

Date: Friday 23 June to Wednesday 5 July

Melbourne Music Tour
Friday 23 June – Thursday 29 June

First Day of Term 3 (all students)

Date: Monday 17 July 

Year 11 Study Package Interviews

Dates: Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 July

 

Mental Illness Education ACT Presentation (Students in Yrs 11 and 12)

Date: Friday 28 July (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.

 

Careers Expo. (Yrs 9 – 12)

Date: Wednesday 2 August

 

University Info Evening

Date: Wednesday 2 August

 

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

Date: Thursday 10 August

 

Senior School Ski Trip

Dates: Wednesday 30 August – Friday 1 September

Humanities and Careers

It was a real blessing to head to LaTrobe University in Wodonga with a group of Yr 11 & 12 students last month. Students spent time wandering about the campus and getting a feel for what it would be like to move away from home to a new town or city. LaTrobe offer a number of degrees not available in Canberra, and it was pleasing to hear such positive reports from students about the learning environment offered at LaTrobe. There will be more opportunities for visits to other interstate universities in the remainder of the year, and I will be providing details about these as they become available.

The Times Higher Education Supplement rankings came out while I was attending a Careers Adviser conference in Sydney last week. Representatives from three of the Australian universities who were in listed in the top 50 at the conference had the same message: “University rankings do not matter for undergraduate students”. They all refused to say that their university was better than another because of their ranking. Instead, each university spoke about their culture and what type of students their university would appeal to. Early next semester I will be meeting one-on-one with our Yr 12 students and their families to discuss pathways to further work and study. These interviews will be focussed more on finding out student dreams, aspirations, and lifestyle choices before talking training, qualifications and scholarships. They’re an important step in helping to navigate your child’s options post school, and I strongly encourage students and families to attend.

Ben Archer
Head of Humanities and Careers


Information for Yr 10 Students

The University Admissions Centre (UAC) have published their pre-requisite guide for courses in 2020. This has been published to help inform your subject selections for Yr 11 & 12. It can be downloaded for free via the UAC website: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/publications/year10-booklet-20.pdf


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 Admissions – 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 in the next few weeks, and students need to check their Brindabella email in order to access this information.

Students who are interested in applying for universities in Victoria, 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.

University Application Information Evening – 2 August 2017

To coincide with university admissions opening, Brindabella will be hosting an information evening in the LLC on Wednesday 2 August to go through the process. Students and their families are welcome to join us as a representative from UAC will walk us all through the application process. Mr. Archer will also go through the application process for Queensland, South Australian and Victorian universities as well. Save the date: Wednesday 2 August in the LLC at 6:00pm.

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 – Accommodation Applications Open NOW

If you’re interested in studying at the University of Wollongong next year, living on-campus is a great way to build instant friendships in a supportive environment. Residences at UoW have an excellent reputation for their positive social environments and academic support. Students who live on-campus have access to:
- A mentoring program with alumni to help provide academic and career support
- Counselling available 24/7 through the Residential Advisors who are all trained in helping people manage homesickness, anxiety and depression
- Free shuttle buses around Wollongong and parts of the South Coast
- Guaranteed accommodation for first year students
- Free internet access and wifi

The fee for living on-campus covers all utilities, and a variety of catering options are available. Students can apply now via the UoW website: http://www.uow.edu.au/accommodation/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 0434966089 Joshhart_18@hotmail.com
Cello - Megan Taylor 0427417844 taylormcintyre@bigpond.com
Clarinet / Flute - Neille Williams 0413063244 neillewilliams@internode.on.net
Drums / Guitar - Toby Wagner 0479 034 582 tobywagner.music@gmail.com
Flute - Jane Rylands 6273 3884, 0412140289 jrylands@bigpond.net.au
Piano - Mandy Maskell 62424441 maskellfamily5@gmail.com
Piano - Jack Bewsher 0450503288 jack@bewsher.com.au
Saxophone - Oisin Smith-Coburn 0423714024 oisinsmithcoburn@yahoo.com
Trumpet - Louisa Walton 0405437278 louisa.n.walton@gmail.com
Trumpet - Rohan Heffernan rohan.heff@gmail.com
Violin / Strings - Program Co-ordinator Jacqueline Smith 0449183193 jacqueline.stringsmith@gmail.com
Violin / Chamber Strings / Piano / Accompanist - Eliana Piddington 0403429998 elianasuyin@gmail.com
Violin - Elisha Adams 0434865314 adams.elisha@hotmail.com
Violin - Matthew Foster matthew.p.foster@gmail.com
Vocals - Sarahlouise Owens 0406377832 sarahlouowens@gmail.com
Vocals - Rebecca Pryor 0404769138 rebeccajaynetuition@outlook.com


Blessings

Jessica Roberts

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

Da Vinci Machines

Lego Holiday Workshops

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

Raising Girls
Presented by: Steve Biddulph
Adjunct Prof. of Psychology
Author - Raising Boys, Raising Girls, and The New Manhood

Date: Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Time: 7:30pm- 9pm
Venue: Canberra Girls Grammar School
Senior School Hall
Address: 48 Melbourne Ave, Deakin ACT 2600

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/QLNT
NB: Please note that children and babies cannot be admitted to the talks.

All over the world, girls are in trouble. Their mental health has plummeted in the last 10 years. They are being forced to grow up too fast. Powerful, funny and practical, this talk is an urgently needed call to arms which has reached thousands of parents around the world. It covers girls at every age from baby to young adult.

You’ll learn how you can help your daughter become wise, warm and strong. The five stages of girlhood, and the unique roles of mums, dads, and aunties in girls lives. How to give your daughter inner security, a confidence that goes beyond the trivialities of looks, fashion, or pleasing boys.

Raising Boys
Presented by: Steve Biddulph
Adjunct Prof. of Psychology,
Author - Raising Boys, Raising Girls, and The New Manhood

Date: Thursday 26th October 2017
Time: 7:30pm- 9pm
Venue: St Edmund’s College
Brother Bob Wallace Hall

Address: 110 Canberra Ave, Griffith, ACT 2603

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/QLOE
Come and hear Steve's world-famous talk, covering boys of all ages.
How to raise sons who are kind, confident, and safe.
Boys and emotions.
The importance of dads.
What single mums can do.
Testosterone.
The 3 Stages of boyhood and how to have them go smoothly.
Boys and housework.
NB: We regret babies and children cannot be accommodated in the theatre.


“Biddulph is a spellbinder - 60 Minutes
“Electrifying” UK Telegraph
Steve’s books including Raising Girls, and Raising Boys are in 4 MILLION HOMES, and his talks are world renowned for making parents laugh, cry, and learn to love their kids even more.
Don’t miss out!



                                 


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

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