Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

Dear Brindabella Christian College Community,
This week the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results were sent home to families whose children sat this assessment in May. There has been much said in the media about the worth of NAPLAN. The ACT Government is currently running an inquiry into Standardised Testing in ACT Schools. NAPLAN of course is one of several standardised tests used in schools; others include the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS). Teachers and parents tend to be either strongly supportive of this rich source of diagnostic information about student growth, or strongly opposed to what is essentially a snapshot of one part of one day in a whole year of learning. There can also be concerns that too much emphasis is placed on what has increasingly become, for some students, a stressful exercise. In the professional learning week held following the end of Term 2, teachers across both campuses completed training in looking at how to make targeted use of the data NAPLAN results in our planning of teaching and learning. On Wednesday, teachers are re-visiting this training, looking at the new business intelligence tool developed by NSW Education that will store current and past NAPLAN data.
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There is rich and valuable information in NAPLAN, and it needs to be seen for what it is- a once every two years snap shot that provides schools and parents information about student growth in some areas of learning. NAPLAN was never intended to comment on the holistic learning of a child, nor does it ever give us a complete and comprehensive picture of the growth in a student’s learning across the entire curriculum and or in their wellbeing. NAPLAN is one source of data to be used in the context of a teacher’s formative and summative assessment throughout the semester and the year. Regardless of what the ACT Government and ultimately the Commonwealth Government determines to do with this national standardised test, what matters most is the progress we see each and every day in your child’s academic learning, wellbeing and happiness to be at school. Whatever your child’s results, it’s important for them to know they will always be supported to grow in their achievements and that every child is of so much more value than this one assessment.

In schools as large as Brindabella Christian College, there will always be movement of staff- no workplaces as large as ours can ever avoid these things happening, be it for maternity leave, promotional opportunities or teachers seeking new challenges. While we don’t seek change for changes sake, we know that change will happen. I am writing to advise you that Mr Don Taylor has recently tendered his resignation, which has been accepted by the Board. Don’s resignation will take effect from the last day of Term 3, Friday 28 September.

In making this decision Mr Taylor indicated that ‘the Lord brought me here for a season and with the anticipated successful renewal of the College’s registration, I believe that the College is now entering a new season. New ideas, new directions and strengthening of our teaching and learning practices all lie ahead. God has equipped us with many capable people to lead us forward. I believe that the Lord has other ministries in store for me and I am excited to pursue these to see where He leads me.’

Don’s time at the College has seen him make a number of contributions to our College community, from his role as a member of the leadership team, to teaching and building terrific relationships with students, to working with our dedicated families and working alongside and supporting many staff.

I am sure you will join me in wishing Don all the very best for his next season of work as he waits upon the Lord for the ministries in store for him. He will be missed by many, and will be kept in our prayers. I am sure he would love to hear from you if you want to contact him to wish him well.

From the beginning of Term 4, Mrs Raylee Kelly will join our staff as the new Head of Faculty for HPE. Raylee is already known to many of us as a parent at our school, and an active sports volunteer. We are delighted to have her join our staff. Raylee brings to our College a lived passion for sports and HPE, and many years of teaching experiences in this field.

Gus Wijnberg is stepping into the role of Head of Pastoral Care Middle School (Acting) until the Head of Pastoral Care Senior School position is appointed. Angus has held a similar position as Middle School Assistant (Year 7 & 8) from the start of this term, and he will be now covering all of Middle School.

The Junior School and Middle School social coordinated by the P & F last week was an absolute highlight of the year. The vision of the P & F to create a fun event for students and create opportunities to engage so many families and staff was very successful. My sincerest thanks to all of the P & F for the work and creativity that made the night such a happy time for our students. I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:11- Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. When we come together as a College community, it is a very effective way to encourage each other both in our walk, and in the important ministry we have to care for and educate our children and young people, not just in their academic growth but in their wellbeing as well.

God bless you.

Christine Lucas

Principal

Brindabella Christian College



Whole School News

Speaker’s Civics and Citizenship Award

During the Middle School Assembly Joy Burch, Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly presented Rebecca from Year 5 with the Speaker’s Civics and Citizenship Award. Congratulations Rebecca! Keep up the good work.

Library News

This term in the Library students from P3 to Year 6 enjoyed exploring the shortlisted titles from the Children’s Book of the Year competition and eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners. Most classes agreed that 'Rodney loses it' by Michael Gerald Bauer and 'Do not lick this book' by Idan Ben-Barak were well deserved winners. This year’s theme for Book Week was ‘Find your treasure’ and students loved sharing with us and each other the stories they treasure and looking at what the Bible has to say about the things we hold dear. » Read More

Book Week culminated in a Book Character Parade which saw staff and students across both campuses dressing up as their favourite character or representing the theme. Students impressed us with their imagination and creativity and enjoyed showing each other and the visitors for Grandparent’s Day their costumes.


The College once again had a large number of students completing the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge which involves reading 15 books between March and September. More than 350 children from Kindergarten to Year 6 completed the Challenge and will receive a signed certificate from the Chief Minister later in the year. 

During Term 4 we are hoping to hold another Book Fair in the Library which will give families the opportunity to purchase quality books for Christmas gifts with a percentage of the proceeds going towards building up our collection. Stay tuned for further information.

Mrs Rachel Richards

Head of Information Resources


Performing ARTS

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we have had another busy fortnight in the Performing Arts Department. We have a wide range of co-curricular music groups and individual lessons available. Please contact us for more details.

This week we are delighted to announce the launch of three co-curricular groups:

Brindafellas – John Buckley          Tuesday Lunch 2, B3

Mr Buckley has commenced an all-male choir for staff and Senior boys. They will be singing a range of repertoire. We are very excited about this new venture. All interested students see Mr Buckley.

Middle / Senior Choir – Jessica Roberts   Wednesday, Lunch 2, Music Room

The Middle / Senior Choir has recommenced rehearsals after having last semester off due to musical. The group is open to interested students in Years 7 – 12. We will be singing a range of repertoire from the jazz, folk, pop and musical genres. The focus of our time will be part singing, intonation and developing a good sound. Interested students see Mrs Roberts.

Performance Class – Jessica Roberts        Tuesday Lunch 2, Grand Piano LLC

This group is an opportunity for advanced music students to perform and receive feedback from music staff and their peers. During our first class this week Othniel performed a Debussy piano piece and Isaiah performed a movement from a violin concerto and the 3rd Movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata for piano. Interested students see Mrs Roberts.


Upcoming Events

Night Sesh – Student Worship Night

Thursday 20 September, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

All students in Years 7 – 12 are invited to come and enjoy a night of food, fun, worship and an inspiring message from Youth Pastor Chris Ban De Weilan. Night Sesh will be held in the LLC.


Floriade –Stage 88 Commonwealth Park 

Monday 24 September, 10:35am departing BCC, performance 11:45am -12:45pm

All BCC Community members are invited to join us for our annual Floriade performance. This year the Junior Choir, Chinese Dance group, BCC String Group and our Junior, Intermediate and Senior Bands will perform. We are very excited about this fantastic opportunity and look forward to sharing our music with you amongst the flowers and sunshine.


Nova Band Concert 

Tuesday 25 September, 2:00pm – 2:25pm

Nova Band Semester 2 have been working hard and will play a concert to showcase our fantastic achievements so far. All BCC Community members are invited to attend this event in the LLC, Lyneham.


Year 3 String Starters Concert

Thursday 27 September, 1:15pm – 1:35pm

Year 3 String Starters Semester 2 are very excited about sharing their learning with you. They will play a short concert of simple songs. All BCC Community members invited to attend this event in the Junior School building, Lyneham.




Sports Desk

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On Thursday 13 September at the 13 years & over north track & field competition, the following Brindabella students qualified for the 13 years & over ACT track & field Championships to be held on Tuesday 25 September;

Olivia – Shot Put

William – Javelin

Jaimie‑Lee ‑ High Jump

Lena – 100m & 200m sprints, 400m & 800m races and Javelin throw

Stephen – Discus throw, Javelin throw & Shot Put

Kara – 400m & 800m races        

Nicholas – Shot Put & Long Jump                    

Erika – 800m Race

Jordan – 400m & 800m races

Ethan – 800m race

Emma – 1500m race

Christopher – Shot Put & Discus throw 

Olivia ‑ 400m race

Sophie – 800m race

Henry – Triple Jump, 100m & 200m sprints, 800m race, Shot Put & Javelin throw

Annick – Long Jump, 100m & 200m sprints

Congratulation to these students and further congratulations to Stephen Fraser for breaking ZONE athletic records in three events, Shot Put, Discus throw and Javelin throw.

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the 12 years & under ACT track & field championships on Tuesday 18 September:

Variaidzo - 200m race

Jaron – Shot Put

Kira - 70m sprint

Kanyi - Long Jump, 100m & 200m sprints & Discus throw

John – 100m & 200m sprints

Dakota – Discus throw

Koko – Discus throw, Shot Put & 100m sprint

Ava – Discus throw

Jemma - 1500m race

Jack - 1500m race

On Sunday 16 September, the BCC Boomers (Senior Boys Basketball team) lost their Grand Final after a gallant fight for the premiership. Mark Maskell has coached this team for several seasons with the boys putting in plenty of effort every week. Thank you Mark for your efforts both coaching them on Friday nights and being there for their game each week!

  

Four of Brindabella’s five netball teams reached the quarterfinals on Saturday 15 September, with three teams contesting for a place in the finals. On Saturday 22 our intermediate team which coached by Mrs Misty Otts, will contest for the premiership. One of Brindabella’s Cadet teams, coached by Maddy and Claire will also be fighting for the premiership on Saturday as well.





Next term BCC will again play in the summer netball competition. There will be a sign up day during the last week of term three, with games commencing the first week back of Term Four.


Maths Report

This year our students have enjoyed competing in a variety of maths competitions including the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) and the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA). » Read More

The APSMO has been operating in primary schools since 1987 and in high schools since 2003. Each year thousands of schools participate in the competition from around Australia and New Zealand. Last week 40 of our Year 5-8 students sat the 5th and final APSMO event. What a great turnout! This opportunity held through Terms 2 and 3 has helped teach students strategies for problem solving, as well as foster creativity, ingenuity and strengthen intuition within the sphere of Mathematics.  With this year all wrapped up the students are keen to tackle it again next year.

The MYCA, run by The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) was formed in 1992 from the Australian Mathematics Foundation, the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee and the University of Canberra. The MCYA Stage 2: Enrichment program has been enjoyed by 24 of our Year 4-10 students through Term 3.  Their worked solutions are due to be submitted on Friday 21 September.  Competitors are welcome to see me if they have any queries. The MCYA Stage 3: AIMO (Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad) was also held last week. This challenge was undertaken by 11 of our Year 7-10 students. They were asked to solve 10 problems in the 4 hour window.  Whilst challenging, it was very much enjoyed by all participants. Well done for your creativity in tackling things you’ve never seen before!

Linda Johnston
Head of Mathematics

Snow Sports Update

Congratulations Emma on a successful Alpine season. Emma won the women’s in the ACT Schools Cup where she was the fastest female across all divisions. She came 5th in National Inter-schools Competition and went on to compete at the Australian Junior Championships (6th in Slalom, 10th in Giant Slalom) and Australian Open Championships (8th in Slalom, 11th in Giant Slalom) which included international racers. The Australian Alpine Inter-schools saw a massive 3300 children participating this year. Well done Emma!

Athlete’s Foot Rewards Program

This week, Brindabella Christian College was presented with a cheque for $1100 by Athlete’s Foot Marketing Manager Holly Johnson as part of their School Rewards Program whereby $5 of each shoe purchase from anyone in the College community is donated back to the College. Thank you to all the families, and to the Athlete’s Foot, who have helped contribute to The School Reward Program. Be sure to mention you are from Brindabella Christian College next time you visit The Athlete’s Foot Canberra.

Australian Parliament House Open Day

Australian Parliament House is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an Open Day on Saturday 6 October. Entry to the event is free and the day features plenty of activities to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained, it’s sure to delight the whole family!

Government House Open Day - Saturday 6 October

4 September 2018, 10am - 2pm, Saturday 6 October 2018.

Government House Open Day is your opportunity to ‘go beyond the gates’ and discover the house and gardens of Australia’s Vice-Regal residence. » Read More

During the event, the Governor-General, Lady Cosgrove, Government House staff and volunteers from the Australiana Fund will be on hand to answer your questions and share perspectives of life at one of Australia’s most iconic residences.
With free entry, and both the house and gardens available for you to explore at leisure, Government House Open Day is an ideal day out for the entire family.   To help make the most of your visit, please note:
  • While a range of food and beverage providers will be on site, you’re  welcome - and encouraged - to bring a picnic lunch and relax within the grounds.
  • Given the popularity of Government House Open Day, please arrive early to minimise delays. All visitors will be subject to security checks on entry. Sharp instruments are not permitted.
  • Entry and parking are free. Government House Open Day is  an accessible event, with both the house and gardens suitable for visitors with mobility impairments.
  • This year, the event is being held on the same date as Parliament House Open Day, with a complimentary shuttle bus service to operate between the two locations every 15-20 minutes.

National Piano Eisteddfod

The Australian National Eisteddfod is the premier eisteddfod. The Australian National Eisteddfod has a rich history of participation in the performing arts as it offers opportunities in a number of art genres.

Congratulations Oscar and Melanie on your success on the Piano, during the competition. » Read More

Oscar took 1st place in 12 Years and Under, Piano Solo (Own Choice Restricted) and 1st place in 12 Years and under Piano Solo (2 movements of Sonatina or small scale of Sonata).

Melanie 2nd place in 14 Years and under Piano Solo (Own Choice Restricted), 3rd place in 14 Years and under Piano Solo (20th or 21st Century).

Melanie and Oscar also performed together and took 1st place in 14 Years and under Piano Duet. 

What an amazing result, congratulations to you both!


Road safety survey

A School Crossing Supervisor Program has been introduced in the ACT at 20 crossings. School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions to students. » Read More

To help determine if the Program is successful, Transport Canberra and City Services have engaged First Person Consulting to evaluate the School Crossing Supervisor Program. One of the ways that they will be doing this is through surveys to help capture attitudes to children travelling actively (i.e. walking or riding) to primary school. 

To complete the survey please click here, or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4535361/School-Crossing-Supervisor-Survey-Sept18

The survey should take about five minutes. The survey will not collect any identifiable information, and all responses will be kept confidential. You may have completed a similar survey at the start of the year. Please note that this is a follow up survey and we would appreciate your input again.

Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey. If you have any questions please contact the TCCS Schools Program.

Communicating with School

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

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

Phone: 02 6247 4644

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

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

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

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families,

We are almost at the end of Term 3! How quickly this is flying by. As we look towards the end of the year, we are also reminiscent about the journey our children have embarked on this year. Just recently my husband was exclaiming with excitement, ‘Have you seen the buds on our tree? New buds are popping up everywhere!’
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Our children are well and truly blossoming just as the plants are in the warmer days we are now experiencing. Our children have spent the year forming the foundations for this blossoming and transition into new rooms and junior school, in 2019. The children are ready make these moves- we are not sure that the same can be said about the staff who have reserved a special place in their hearts for these beautiful children, yet trust that God will love and look after His children as they continue their journeys.

‘The Lord will give strength to His people: the Lord will bless His people with peace.’

-          Psalm 29:11

The strength that we draw on comes from the Lord, the Lord gives peace to His people. As we prepare our children for their transition, we also prepare our hearts and pray for peace as our children move into the next phase of their lives. For some this is moving a classroom over and for others, it is a leap to a new education environment.

In the coming weeks we will have opportunities for orientation and transition as well as preparing our PKs and their families for the exciting venture of moving to ‘big school.’

We ask that you keep all of our children and staff in your prayers as we begin these new endeavours together.

In Christ,

The ELC Teams.


PK have been thinking of the types of dinosaurs that we know. They have been thinking about how to play on words. One of the ways that the children have been able to do this is by creating a new dinosaur…using their name! We have had some interesting dinosaur names to say the least! In the coming weeks we will be transitioning into our Term 4 learning.

P3 have been learning about Chinese characters! Mrs. Norah speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese and has been teaching the children phrases, characters and words. We are so blessed to have Mrs. Norah and over the coming weeks will be asking her very kindly to share her skills throughout the service! Thanks Mrs. Norah!


Our P3s have also been learning about the solar system and cycles that the sun, moon and stars go through. As part of this learning the children were able to create their ‘favourite phase of the moon,’ and talk about how the moon influences things like the waves in the ocean. In the coming weeks the children will be looking at different cycles such as life cycles and the water cycle in more depth.


Lyneham Junior School News

Junior School Update

Term 3 is almost to an end and what an exciting term it has been. We celebrated the birth of Mrs Brown’s first child, we gave thanks for our Grandparents, we celebrated Book Week, K-2 students learnt to tie their shoelaces, we had breakfast with our dads at school, Kindergarten students celebrated 100 days of school, K-6 had a very successful athletics carnival, the MS/SS students presented the school musical and all of K-4 celebrated each other’s learning at our weekly assemblies. It’s a joy being involved in all these special occasions and when the children are given opportunity to share their learning this joy is also evident. ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. » Read More

Last Thursday evening was the JS Social. The day began with much excitement as children counted down how long until the social started, discussed what they were going to wear and whose parents were staying for the adult gathering. A very big thank you to our P&F and their huge band of volunteers who made this evening such a success. The Café was filled with home baked foods from all cultures which contributed to a very friendly and welcoming evening. To the parents who helped serve 100’s of hot dogs, thank you. Thank you to the staff for their commitment to this evening. The children really do enjoy seeing their teacher outside the usual school hours. Thursday evening was a true reflection of the community of Brindabella.

The Junior Choir will be visiting Floriade next Monday. This is always a beautiful day for the students and a time for Brindabella to display the College’s musical talent. Thank you to Mrs Lubilanji and Ms Mitchell for preparing the choir for this day.

If you have a child in Year 3 you will have received their NAPLAN results this week. Can I please remind you that these tests are one day in a year and are never meant to capture the whole child. There are many ways the teachers assess students throughout the year to gain a thorough understanding of their growth, both academically and socially. Ms Lucas has also included a letter with your child’s results.

It is paramount that our students wear their school hats when outside. At present there are far too many students without hats and far too many hats without names. Can you please remind your children they must be wearing their hats when at school and that it is their responsibility to look after their hat. As the school year progresses we must all remain diligent with school requirements. A few items to remember and remind your children of:

  • Hats must be worn when outside – bucket hat
  • Sports shoes are to be predominately white
  • If hair reaches the shoulders or covers the eyes it must be tied back
  • Names on all items – lunch boxes, drink bottles, clothing, bag

I wish you and your families lovely, restful school holidays. May you have time to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate our gifts from God. ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms’   1 Peter 4:10.

Yours in Christian Education

Rebecca Jefferys

Head of Pastoral Care, Junior School




Junior School Dates for the Diary

Upcoming Events

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Term 3

Week 10 – Floriade Performance Monday, Kindergarten Excursion to The National Botanical Gardens Wednesday, Friday 28 September – last day of term

Term 4

Week 3 – Monday-Friday – K-2 swimming

Week 4 – Monday-Friday – K-2 swimming, Thursday – Kinder 2019 Orientation

Week 5 – Wednesday – Yr 1-Yr 6 2019 new student orientation, Thursday – Kinder 2019 Orientation

Week 6 – Thursday – Kinder 2019 Orientation

Week 8 – Thursday – Presentation Evening, Friday – 2:00pm – Kinder Nativity Play

Week 9 – Wednesday – Year 4 Graduation assembly, Thursday – Last day of school year


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



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

Assemblies begin at 2:15pm.

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Term 3

Week 9 – 3G

Week 10 – 1B

Term 4

Week 1 – Worship

Week 2 – KS

Week 3 – Worship

Week 4 – No assembly

Week 5 – KA

Week 6 – KL

Week 7 – Worship

Week 8 – Kinder Nativity – 2:00pm

Week 9 – No assembly


Award Winners for the Week

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

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The following students have been recognised for their achievements.

Teacher Choice

Kinder – Stephanie, Max, Alexander

Year 1 – Sebastian, Nick, Lachlan, Vardaan, Katherene

Year 2 – Julia, Renee, Caleb, Harriet

Year 3 – Olivia, Oliver

Year 4 – Milena, Alec, Annabelle, Neisha, Charlotte

ROCK

Kinder – Bentlry, Kathir, Ellanore

Year 1 – Andrew, Harry, Gizele, Abigail, Lachlan

Year 2 – Billy, Feier, Poppy, Victoria

Year 3 – Cameron, Shaan

Year 4 – Archie, Teni, Tamera, Isaac







Year 4 Market Day

Year 4E had a fun learning during their hands on Market Day. Products to sell were brought to school. We had lots of 'money' to spend. Students had to calculate change, prices for a half price sale and for other discounts. Learning Maths in such a practical way is great fun.

School Banking 2018

Print off the above and fill in your details or write down your reward choice and include it with your next banking. If you are unsure how many tokens you have, please write us a note and we will let you know. 10 tokens = 1 reward. Students with 20 tokens can choose 2 rewards.
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Vanessa & Jenny
School Banking Co-ordinators

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

Dear Middle School Families,

‘Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.’ Phillipians 2:4 » Read More

Thursday the 13th September was R U OK? Day, which is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. This is a day that raises awareness of the importance of looking after your own and others Mental Health. It’s a day where we can make sure we are looking after one another by asking the question “R U OK?”.  There were some wonderful conversations that could be overheard between students who showed genuine care for their peers.

Year 5's excursion to the Museum of Australian Democracy was a fantastic reminder of the amazing privileges we have in this country to serve each other in formal ways; as political representatives but also as a voice in matters that we care about through voting, protests and engaging in discussions about the things that are occurring in our society. No matter who we are or what our background, Australia’s political set-up allows everyone a chance to be heard and a chance to serve. It is encouraging to see students serving each other and the BCC community in the classroom, through being on time to class, helping each other or simply engaging in the lessons, to making an effort to keep the playground tidy and looking after school property. Even the simple things like retrieving lost property or holding open a door; these simple acts of service make way to reinforcing the message of our responsibility and opportunity to serve each other. May you find some way to serve others this week.

It was wonderful to see so many students running around and showing off their moves on the dance floor at the Middle School Social. A special thank you to the P&F for their wonderful job in organising the event and for both our Middle School SRC and Senior School Leaders who helped to run activities on the night. Without all of their help we would not have been able to enjoy as wonderful an evening.

Yours in Christian Education

Gus Wijnberg

Head of Pastoral Care, Middle School 


Museum of Australian Democracy Trip

In preparation for the Civics and Citizenship unit ahead of Year 5 in Term 4, we attended a session of ‘Who’s the Boss?’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy (formerly known as Old Parliament House). » Read More

It was fantastic to be able to participate in their interactive digital treasure hunt, searching for answers to the questions in the exhibition. We then sat in the Senate and ‘met’ Neville Bonner (Sean) and Dorothy Tagney (Georgia). We heard inspirational stories of courage and determination in our interesting people-powered political system (because that’s what democracy means: demon – people, kratos – power).
We are looking forward to finding out more in a few weeks!

We were thankful for some amazing weather! While we were there we enjoyed the Rose Gardens, a walk to ‘New’ Parliament House and learning about the Tent Embassy.

Year 8 Dickson China Town Excursion.

On Thursday 13 September, Year 8 students went on a culture excursion in Dickson. » Read More

The students enjoyed a delicious Chinese lunch at Scholar Seafood Restaurant, exploring the diverse and wonderful cuisine this ancient culture has to offer. 


The students were able to visit  Asian grocery stores and explore a range of Chinese products.

School Banking 2018

Print off the above and fill in your details or write down your reward choice and include it with your next banking. If you are unsure how many tokens you have, please write us a note and we will let you know. 10 tokens = 1 reward. Students with 20 tokens can choose 2 rewards.
» Read More


Vanessa & Jenny
School Banking Co-ordinators

Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Dear Senior School Families,

Time and time again I marvel at our students—their accomplishments, their character and their willingness to go over and above the ordinary. I would like to share a great example of this. Vera, one of our Year 9 students spoke at the 'service themed' Senior Assembly on Wednesday. This is a snippet of what she said: » Read More

“Today I’m going to share with you a little about how service has impacted me. First of all, what is service? To me, service is genuinely willing to help with no personal gain or expectation of reward.

One of the major aspect in my life is mission work. I’ve been involved in mission work since a very young age as my grandparents are full-time missionaries. Growing up, they would share many stories about their missions in various countries. Through a slum school in Phmon penh, Cambodia has a special place in my heart. 

In 2011, my grandparents were called to Cambodia. Not knowing anyone, they started a non- profit Christian school and church in one of the poorest, roughest communities. God blessed the ministry and in 2016, another school was established. On top of the schools and church services, their ministry also evangelises and helps surrounding villages including rougher villages with gangs such as the Graveyard Village nearby.

Since 2011, I have been involved in this work and visit the place frequently.  I have seen how much the children around me have grown and flourished. This makes me really glad as I can see how much service starting with two people can significantly impact many lives, breaking the cycle of poverty and so much more. My grandparents are my biggest inspirations and what they do daily inspires me to serve as I’ve learnt that it’s much more blessed to give than to receive.”

 Vera, thank you for sharing your heart to the Senior Section. As quoted by you, “I’ve learnt that it’s much more blessed to give than to receive.” May we all live by this.



Yours in Christian service,

Mr Paul Thompson

Head of Pastoral Care Senior School

iParent

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

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

The website can be accessed via the following address:

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

General News

2018 List of Music Tutors

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

Instrument

Name

Phone

Email

Brass (Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone)

Nova Band Trombone & Euphonium

Dan Mclean

0411407901

trumpetdan@gmail.com

Cello

Year 3 Strings Cello Tutor

Megan Taylor

0427417844

taylormcintyre@bigpond.com

Clarinet / Saxophone

Nova Band Saxophone Tutor

Sam Andrews

0401 619 542

samueldavidgraeme@gmail.com

Clarinet

 

Nova Band Clarinet Tutor

Bori Cser

0435 482 369

bori.cser@gmail.com

Drums / Guitar

Nova Band Percussion Tutor

Toby Wagner

0479 034 582

tobywagner.music@gmail.com

Drum

Simeon Staker

0424488716

simeonstaker@hotmail.com

Flute

Nova Band Flute Tutor

Rebecca Timoney

0409108674

bec.timoney@gmail.com

Guitar

Christopher Van De Weilan

0468515358

chrizza.v@gmail.com

Guitar

Brooke Pearson

0437763318

brookepearson28@gmail.com

Piano

Jackie Frogley

0412 898 573

jackie@frogley.com.au

Piano

Mandy Maskell

62424441

maskellfamily5@gmail.com

Piano

Megan Goswell

0421 014 941

megangoswell@gmail.com

Saxophone

Nova Band Saxophone Tutor

Oisin Smith-Coburn

0423714024

oisinsmithcoburn@yahoo.com

Trumpet

Nova Band Trumpet Tutor (Semester 2)

Louisa Walton

0405437278

louisa.n.walton@gmail.com

Trumpet

Nova Band Trumpet Tutor 

Patrick Haesler

0458 511 579

pachaesler@gmail.com

Violin / Strings Program Co-ordinator

Year 3 Strings Tutor

Ms Lovett will direct all violin tuition inquiries to one of our many violin tutors.

Rebecca Lovett

0437 882 295

rebeccalovett@bcc.act.edu.au

Vocals

Sarahlouise Owens

0406377832

sarahlouowens@gmail.com

Vocals

Rebecca Pryor

0404769138

rebeccajaynetuition@outlook.com

Brindabella Christian College is a Nut-Free-Zone!

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

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

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

Thank you!


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

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

OUT OF HOURS CARE

Early Arrivals


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

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

Late Collection


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

Before and After School Care


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

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

One form is to be completed for each child every year.
Forms are to be handed directly to Kathryn Arnold (OSHC Director) or emailed to OSHCLyneham@bcc.act.edu.au

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

School Fee Finance

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

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

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

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

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

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


Community News

artkids

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After-school art workshops for K–6*, which build on drawing skills and use projects that focus on the elements of art and design. Exploring a variety of mediums, children investigate techniques and artists to learn the language of visual art so important in our modern world. We focus on individual creativity where there are no such things as ‘flops’ in art, only ‘flopportunities’!

Workshops run on Thursday, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. The children meet at the front of the school and are walked next door to St Ninian’s hall. Parents collect children at 5 pm sharp.

Cost for the 10-week term is $350, including afternoon tea and all materials used in class.

* Kindergarten children will be considered after a trial session.



For more information please contact artKids on: 0405 014 180

Or contact them via email at, admin@artkidscanberra.com

Chistian Education in Schools (CEIS)



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

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

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

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

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