Brindabella Christian College

Message from our Principal

Dear Brindabella Christian College Community

Many of you may be aware of the report released last Thursday by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) concerning student belonging in Australian schools. The report is based on information from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which is managed in Australia by ACER. A sense of belonging has been shown to contribute to academic success at school.

The ACER report showed that Australian students, on average, reported a poorer sense of belonging at school compared to students across the OECD. As PISA has accessed and assessed a randomly selected group of 15 year olds from around the world for many years now, we can determine trends from the data. It was concerning to see that since 2003 to 2015, Australian students’ sense of belonging had actually declined. Additionally, of interest is that male students in Australia reported a greater sense of belonging than female students. First generation and foreign born migrants, and students who are male, based in metropolitan areas or belong to the highest socioeconomic background report the greatest sense of belonging.

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This report is of interest to us at BCC for a few reasons: a sense of belonging is indicative of educational success, as well as long-term health and wellbeing. A sense of belonging has also been found to promote positive attitudes towards students’ learning. The report from ACER also found that students who feel part of, and accepted by, their school community are not only more likely to participate in school activities, both academic and non-academic, but will be actively engaged in these activities.

At our College, we have a strong commitment to wellbeing through our dedicated Pastoral Care staff as well as having all staff committed to the holistic success of each and every student. When parents are concerned that some areas of schooling are not working well for their child, my commitment is that we will respond to you quickly and thoroughly. In addition to our focus on pastoral care, we are committed to academic excellence. A balance can, and must, exist between academic excellence, and growth and care to the individual. And this balance is strengthened when parents and teachers partner in the planning for, and contributing to, the success of the young person.

It should not surprise us that our Father in heaven reassures us in His word that we need never fear or doubt our sense of belonging with Him. In John 14:1-6 Jesus comforts us by saying “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (NIV). We have been made totally acceptable to God through Christ, we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit, we have been adopted as sons and daughters by God and given an inheritance.

On the same day the ACER report on student belonging was released, I attended an Association of Independent Schools ACT leadership breakfast with some of the BCC leadership team to listen to Professor Patrick McGorry AO, former Australian of the Year and a passionate advocate for youth mental health and wellbeing. Professor McGorry was instrumental in establishing Headspace, an Australian Government funded organisation aimed at proactively supporting young people in mental health related issues. Later that same day I met with two representatives from Headspace, the organisation that has now taken over two well-known and long running national school wellbeing programs (KidsMatter and MindMatters). Our College will build on the strong links we already have with this organisation to be even better at addressing student wellbeing needs and build resilience.

As in any large organisation, we know that staff mobility will occur. Some of our wonderful staff have felt called to other paths and while it is with some sadness that BCC farewells these well-loved individuals, we acknowledge the Lord is calling them to serve Him elsewhere. At the end of this term, the following staff will be leaving BCC:
- Mrs Felicity McLure, our Head of Faculty for Science, has accepted a 3-year post-doctoral research position with Curtin university, where she has been completing her PhD. We hope to continue our connections with Felicity by working with her from time to time as a professional learning mentor for our science faculty;
- Mr Peter Mitchell, our Head of Faculty for Health and Physical Education, will be heading overseas to teach at an international school in Timor-Leste;
- Mr Paul Sainty will be moving to a smaller community based school to pursue research in pedagogical approaches;
- Mrs Cecelia Davey, Head of Pastoral Care- Senior Secondary, will be leaving teaching for a time to be with her family as a full time parent.
- Mrs Anita Stephens, Marketing, has accepted a position with Crossroads Christian Church but will continue to assist BCC, one day a week, with the development of our 2018 BCC Year Book.

I am sure you will join me in wishing them a happy and rewarding future, and thank them for their incredible service to our College community.

On Tuesday 9 May, we were honored to have one of our talented Year 12 students, Hannah McGilvray write and deliver the prayer of Grace at the National Prayer Breakfast at Old Parliament House; this event is held for Christian politicians. Hannah was able to do our College proud by her thoughtful words and perfect delivery. She was invited to breakfast at the VIP table that included guests such as Dr Os Guiness (the guest speaker), the Hon John Anderson AO, and current members of parliament. A photo of Hannah with Sen Fawcett and Dr Guinness is below.

God bless you.

Christine Lucas
Brindabella Christian College

Whole School News

St. John's Care - Certificate of Appreciation

Dear BCC Community,
Thank you for supporting St. John's Care with the provision of food.

Canberra’s Light Rail is Fast Approaching. Are you Rail Ready?

We appreciate your patience as Stage 1 of Light Rail construction - Gungahlin to City - continues. Below is a summary of upcoming works. Visit the interactive map to see the full list of current works along the corridor. » Read More

Light Rail Testing and Commissioning - Mitchell Depot to Gungahlin Place Stop

Prior to light rail service commencing, a rigorous testing and commissioning process is being undertaken. This important phase of the light rail ensures the system is fully functional and safe to carry passengers. Initially, most testing will be undertaken during night shifts to protect workers who are finalising construction works...

UPDATE - Temporary Road Closure - Between Kate Crace Street and Manning Clark Crescent (North) on Flemington Road - Extended until 2 June
**UPDATE This closure will now be extended until 2 June to allow for landscaping works** From Monday 19 March the southbound lanes on Flemington Road, between Manning Clark Crescent (North) and Kate Crace Street, will be closed, 24 hours a day for one week.

Out of Hours Notice - Flemington Road - Well Station Road Intersection, 25 May - 1 June
Construction Works : Additional haulage of cables for traffic signals is required within the Light Rail median for one night only, between Friday 25 May and Friday 1 June 8:00pm – 12:00am.

Out of Hours Northbourne Avenue - Antill/Mouat Streets Intersection, 18-21 May
Construction Works: Construction works, in preparation for rail installation needs to be undertaken on Northbourne Ave, at the Antill-Mouat Streets intersection. This includes: Traffic signal re-location Installation of storm water drainage, Upgrading the road surface and curbs Boring works.

Out of Hours Northbourne Avenue Between Elouera/Gould and Morphett Streets, 21 May - 22 June
Construction Works : Rail installation , involving welding, grinding, lifting and installation into the track slab is required on Northbourne Avenue. The hours of work will be 5:30am to 10:30pm from Monday 21 May to Friday 22 June. No grinding work will take place before 7:00am and after 8:30pm.

UPDATE: Out of Hours Notice - Federal Highway (Barton Highway to Flemington Road Intersections), 22 May - 1 June
UPDATE: Out-of-hours work in this area has been brought forward by one day to allow for some low impact activties to be undertaken within the median on the night of Tuesday 22 May. This work will involve a small two man team with hand trowels, finishing concrete.

No Right-Turn Into Condamine Street from Northbourne Avenue, 18 May - 2 June
Motorists heading towards Civic (southbound) on Northbourne Avenue are advised that there will be no right-turn into Condamine Street, Turner from Friday 18 May until Saturday 2 June. Detour: U-turn at the Girrahween/Masson Intersection. Thank you for your patience during these important works.

Out of Hours Notice - Northbourne Avenue (Between Barton Highway and Antill-Mouat Streets Intersection), 27 May
New connections to the stormwater network are required on Northbourne Avenue, between the Barton Highway and Antill-Mouat Streets intersection, on Sunday 27 May between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Federal Highway reduced to one lane
, 26 April -31 May
**UPDATE** In an effort to complete works in this area, this lane reduction will continue until the end of May. Canberra Metro Construction wishes to thank motorists for their patience and understanding during these important works.

Please share this email with anyone who may be interested in subscribing to receive Light Rail construction updates. Construction updates are also available on our website at as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions, please contact us: - Information line: 1300 208 824.

P&F Lyneham Update

We are getting close to the end of the term, and this week we are having our community meeting. Our meeting will be held this Thursday 14 June at 7.30pm, upstairs in the junior school building. We hope to see you there.

Entertainment books are now available to purchase. » Read More

There are limited numbers of hard copy books available at the front office and the link to purchase online is

The cost remains the same as previous year and the P&F earn $12 per item purchased. Our school contact should you have any questions is Nadia Sams and you can send her an email

There have been some changes in our second hand uniform shop this term. Rebecca Higgins has chosen to stand down as the coordinator. We would like to thank Rebecca for her hard work over the last few years. She took what was essentially a cupboard full of dumped items and turned it into the great space we now have. We know this has been a lot of work and we are thankful that we had someone so dedicated. We will be looking for a new coordinator over the next few weeks and are also looking for additional volunteers to work during the week. If this is something that might interest you please send an email to and we will be in touch.

Julie, Luke, Justine and Kylie

Carpark Etiquette

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

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

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

To help them parents are required to:

• Do not double-park or park-in another car (if it is not acceptable in a shopping centre, it is not OK in the College car park).

• Adhere to speed limits (10km).


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


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

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


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

Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe.

Library News

COPYRIGHTAGENCY - Booktopia Voucher competition
In Library classes in Term 2, students have been encouraged to enter the COPYRIGHTAGENCY - Booktopia Voucher competition. Winners will walk away with $100 vouchers from Booktopia. Hurry time is running out.

Sports Desk

A squad of 43 BCC students competed in the 12Years & Under Zone Cross Country on Wednesday in Week 5. The following day 17 students competed in the 13Years & Over Zone Cross Country at Stromlo Forest. The results were very pleasing with the following students competing at the ACT Carnival this week. » Read More

Joshua Varughese
Charles Granger
Jemma Wilson
Jack Blundell
Henry Sides
Charlotte Carroll
Lachlan McGilvray
Jordan Hately
Ethan Wombwell
Vince Dede
Lachlan Kelly
Sophie O'Meara
Sarah Zwajgenberg
Victoria Garrard

Congratulations to these students and we wish them well on Wednesday.

Last Tuesday our annual BCC Inter-House Athletics Carnival was held at the AIS Track and Field. The day was for the most part very pleasant weather wise but some high jump events were not completed due to a few late showers. The Age Champions and the Winning House will be announced on Thursday.

The following records were broken, some of them standing for many years. Brodie Goeke-Beard broke Danny Hately’s 26 year old Long jump record, one of BCC longest held records by .07metres




Former Record

Former Record Holder

Year of Record

NEW Record

NEW Record Holder





Joel Findlay



Henry Sides





Danny Hately



Brodie Goecke-Beard





Blake Jessica



Lena Christopherson





Lachlan Jenkins



Stephen Fraser





Caleb Sheard



Stephen Fraser





Michael Steel



Lachlan Schilling

All students who want to compete in any sports at state level are reminded to go to the ACT school sport web site and enter.
All trial entries are online and not through the school sport/PE departments.

Up and coming school team events early next term are Equestrian, Snow sports and Mountain Bike competitions. These events are deemed school competitions but are not run under school sport ACT.

The Equestrian competitions are entered by individuals and BCC may have enough students to enter a team event this year.

Snow Sports
Snow Sports Team Manager is Mrs Raylee Kelly who managed the team last year and has offered to manager the BCC team for the 2018 season.

Mountain Bike team
BCC will enter a Mountain Bike team this year. Students wanting to compete must have trained consistently on the Stromlo track otherwise will not be eligible to compete.

The following students must be congratulated on being selected in the ACT swimming squad. Annie Carroll, Charlotte Carrol and Hannah Hall who will compete at nationals in Tasmania in late July.

Performing ARTS

Sir Leslie Morshead Manor Performance Visit
On Thursday 7 June Cello group, Chamber String Orchestra, Junior Choir and a number of string soloists spent the morning performing at Sir Leslie Morshead Manor. Chambers Strings and Cello groups gave both gave their first performances of the year delighting their audience with a number of beautiful classical works. Junior Choir was thrilled to be able to sing an impromptu happy birthday to one of the residents and we were all very moved as the audience joined in singing and doing the actions for Do - Re - Mi from the Sound of Music. We are very grateful for the opportunity to share our music with the residents from Morshead and enjoyed spending some time chatting after our performance. Congratulations on a beautiful concert Brindabella students.
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InterCru Day @ BCC
Students from Brindabella, Canberra Girls Grammar, Radford and Burgmann Anglican School came together for InterCru last Thursday. Crusaders is a Christian organisation that supports students and staff running lunchtime bible studies at their schools. InterCru is a time for students involved in Christian lunchtime groups to come together for food, fun, fellowship, worship, testimony, prayer and biblical input. The students had a great time yesterday and were thoroughly engaged by the great worship time facilitated by the Senior Worship team and moving testimonies of Chloe Halpin and Isaiah Bondfield. Chloe and Isaiah shared about their own faith journey and learning to be bold in following Jesus and going against the flow. Claire Wimble from Crusaders shared a message from the book of Daniel encouraging us to not be afraid to be open about our love of Jesus and faith in God. We concluded the day by praying and encouraging each other. We look forward to the next InterCru in August.

Upcoming Events

Interschool Junior Band Day @ Emmaus - 20 June

On Wednesday 20 June Nova and Junior Band students will attend the Interschool Junior Band Day. The day will be hosted by Emmaus Christian School and will involve small group and full ensemble rehearsals. Students from Brindabella, Trinity and Emmaus will be in attendance. A short afternoon concert showcasing our learning will be held at 1:30pm in the Emmaus school hall. Please note that students will need to be dropped at Emmaus Christian College from 8:30 on the day and students need to bring $5 for a pizza lunch. We are really excited about joining other young musicians for lots of fun and music making.

Strings Soiree - 20 June

We are delighted to invite you to our Semester 1 String Soiree. Our students have been working hard with their tutors and are looking forward to presenting a wonderful program to you. The evening is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the learning of the students. Please direct any queries regarding what your child will play to their strings tutor or Ms Rebecca Lovett. Students are asked to arrive promptly at 5:30pm to tune. We sincerely hope that you are able to join us for this special occasion.

Creative and Performing Arts Showcase - 27 June

We are delighted to be showcasing the achievements and learning of students in the Creative and Performing Arts on June 27 from 5:00 – 8:00pm. The evening will include Music and Drama performances as well as gallery spaces for Visual Arts, Design Technology, Food Technology and Media.

Please find an approximate timetable of music and drama performances below.

If you are performing in Act 1 will need to arrive at 5:00pm to warm up.

Music students in Act 2 will need to arrive by 6:00pm to warm up in the PAC


We are delighted with the progress that students are making this term. Our performances in August are approaching very fast. Our nerves and excitement are building! Costumes have begun to come in and we are seeing sets and scenes come together. Thank you all for your support and hard-work in bringing us this far.

Please find the updated rehearsal plan on the school app. There have been a number of changes since the last plan was released so please read carefully. As we enter the final phase of our production we really appreciate everyone making an extra effort to be at all necessary rehearsals and to practise their parts at home. Thank you to everyone who has paid the costume / t-shirt fee. Prompt payment via student reception from everyone else would be appreciated as we need to order our t-shirts this week.

Please let me know if you have an questions or concerns, or would like to add your name to our parent volunteers list.

Tickets will be available very soon.

Communicating with School

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

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

Phone: 02 6247 4644

All teachers have their unique email address using the following structure:


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

Lyneham ELC News

ELC Lyneham Update

Dear Families,

I have been pondering these past few weeks about how we approach our children and how we understand them, their needs and support their aspirations.

One of the many things that we pride ourselves on at the ELC is our use of The 5 Love Languages and The 7 Habits of Healthy Children to support the children as they grow and learn each day. We value the moments with our children and the love that we can share together are truly a blessing. As we reflect on the Love Languages of our children, we are also seeing how we can use these Love Languages with one another as well as utilising these skills in our personal lives. These make us able to communicate with others just as Christ asks us to, through and by loving one another, Romans 12:10.

As our children grow and develop, we are utilising The 7 Habits of Healthy Children which are powerful principles that enrich the lives of children, adolescents and eventually adults. The principles outlined coincide with the Christian values of our wider BCC community but also promote the principles and practices as stated in the Early Years Learning Framework. These values are ones such as responsibility, goal setting, respect, teamwork and balance. Having core values and structured goals that are achievable for our children, in conjunction with the tools needed to execute these goals are fundamental aspects of our everyday learning and interactions.

This reflection has prompted me to begin questioning what are our indicators of happiness? For me, I know that my indicators of happiness are being surrounded by laughter, children expressing themselves and constantly being grounded by the word of Christ.

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As the nights are cooler and grow darker, it is easy to forget the warmth and love that surrounds us; giving us joy and happiness. The challenge that I would like to pose to the families of BCC ELC is to find the things that bring you joy and ground you in the love of Christ in this winter season.

Blessings to you and yours,

PK have been continuing their learning about under the sea. As we have been learning about under the sea, we have incorporated the literacy learning of the children in the class. Part of this learning has been practicing the formation of letters! One of the favourites of the children in PK were our /j/umping /j/ellyfish. We will continue this learning over the last few weeks of term.

P3 have been learning about how to have strong muscles and how to cross their mid-lines. The mid-line is the invisible line that separates left and right, which, when crossed assists the children to have higher functioning abilities when it comes to fine motor, cognitive and social skills. All those skills underpin communication, development and growth. Over the next few weeks, we will be thinking of creative ways to challenge crossing mid-lines and strengthening our skills.

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Lyneham Junior School News

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Junior School Update

The Winter season has hit us recently. Following the guidelines of The Cancer Council children do not need to wear their hats for outside activities in June and July. This is an opportunity for hats to be washed and re-labelled. Children are always welcome to wear their hat during this time if they like.

Your children are kept busy at playtimes with various lunch clubs and Library time however there is still a need for more outdoor play opportunities. This week we started ‘Messy Play’. This is play using recycled materials and imagination. If you have any items you would like to donate to our ‘Messy Play’ please leave in the coloured tubs outside my office. Items may include hoses, plumbing pipes, hose reels, pots and pans, spoons, cups, buckets, cones, smooth timber. The list is endless. Please ensure all items are clean and free of sharp edges.
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During Week 8 our Junior School leaders will be looking at lunch boxes again to see how well we are doing with bringing minimal or no rubbish to school. In advance we thank the parents for considering this when packing their child/children’s lunches.

On Friday 29th June Kinder to Year 6 students will be having their Athletics Carnival at Dickson Ovals. This is a fun day for all the students. Please be aware you will be asked to drop your child/children off at the Dickson Ovals in the morning and they will then be bused or walk back to school in time for the 3:15pm bell. More information will be coming home soon. If you are available during the day to assist please contact Mrs Christine Harch.

Our school day begins at 8:55am with playground supervision beginning at 8:25am. Before School Care is available from 7:30am each morning if you need to have your child at school before the official supervision time.
‘Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless’ Mother Teresa

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

Maths buddies in Year 2

A small group of wonderful Year 11 and 12 maths students have been taking the time this semester to mentor some of our Year 2 students needing extension in Mathematics. The Year 2 students have enjoyed getting to know their new maths buddies and explore some challenges prepared by the Year 11 and 12 students. We look forward to ‘Maths buddies’ each week and finding out what our buddies have prepared for us. Thank you to the Year 11 and 12 students for taking the time to mentor these students.

Year 3 - Larry Brandy incursion

On Tuesday 5 June, the Year 3 students attended an incursion where Larry Brandy, an Aboriginal Storyteller explained how the Indigenous people lived in the past, the tools and equipment they used to hunt and gather their food and to seek shelter. The students were able to re-enact different traditional dance scenes by wearing traditional face paint and jewellery made from beads and nuts. Larry showed the students what it was like to hunt emus and kangaroos and trick them into the hunter’s directions by using different sounds and tools. It was a great interactive experience for the Year 3 students. » Read More

Australian Mathematics Competition (Students in Years 3 to 12)

I am pleased to advise that BCC has opened a link for our students to enter the AMC (Australian Mathematics Competition) to be held in August.

This competition is provided by the AMT (Australian Mathematics Trust). It is a single event in which students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12) under exam conditions.

The advertised date for this national event is Thursday 9 August, but due to this coinciding with both the BSSS Moderation Day 2 and the BCC Musical we have been given permission to hold it during the following week and after much consideration we have decided to hold it for all students on Thursday 16 August.

If you would like your child to participate in this competition please register your interest and pay through the BCC TryBooking link below.

TryBooking link:
Competition fee: $7.15
Closing date: Thursday 14 June @ 11pm

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

Junior School Assemblies every Fridays @ 12.30pm in the Junior School Building

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

This year they will begin at 12.30pm.

Term 2
Week 17 – 15 June - No assembly
Week 18 – 22 June - 2P - Mrs Price
Week 19 – 29 June - 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.

ROCK Award
Kindergarten –Cooper Rath, Jesse Clark, Tahlia Chitsaka
Year 1 – Elliot Sams, Lydia Liu, Aarna Bodar, Katie Derryberry, Nisha Kaladabadi, Charlotte Beevor
Year 2 – Joshua Li, Talisker Fowler, Hannah Liang, Benita Aby, Poppy Ots, Samuel Knight
Year 3 – Oliver Smidt, Nitya Garlapati, Aarumi Mishra, Natasha Schwarz, Natalie Yule
Year 4 – Milena Josifoski, Emily Marca, Ama Moby-Akomaah, Anthony Xu, Summer Morrison

Teacher Choice Awards
Kindergarten – Ethan Tamasate, Braxton Arentz, Hannah Mannanakunnel
Year 1 – Owen Cosh, Miriam Knight, Jude Jacob, Emily Zhang, Syon Chen, Joseph Wang
Year 2 – Elijah Sham, Emily Hall, Amorina Aho, Matthew Phythian, Laura Nuessler, Henry Witteveen
Year 3 – Brian Wong, Jack Fletcher, Mia Darmody, Cameron Thornley, Billy Carroll
Year 4 – Samuel Low, Matthew Eriksson, Kavi Seneviratne, Gordon Gao, Alexandria Miller

Junior School Dates for the Diary

Upcoming events in Term 1 include:

Upcoming Junior School events
Friday 29 June – Athletics Carnival – Last day of Term 2

Reminder: Uniform Requirements for Term 2 - Junior School Winter Uniform

Please note that all students are expected to wear FULL Winter Uniform during Term 2. 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.

Please ensure all items of your child’s uniform are named.

Lyneham Middle School News

Middle School Update

Welcome to another e-Newsletter and another busy two weeks. No doubt parents are feeling the pinch regarding assessment due dates—trying to help organise their students start and finish their assessments. For many parents where it is their first time tacking Year 7, take heart, your child will become more independent. It may not be today, but they will get there (if you doubt me, talk to my Mother)!
At last week’s assembly, I spoke with students about being organised. It is amazing how often assessment due dates slip through the cracks. Each week, Pastoral teachers go through due dates with their classes and encourage them to plan, write down their tasks and work on setting goals to achieve these. We all know that working together as part of a team lays the platform for students to achieve. I would encourage parents to discuss these with your children each week.
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With the pressure of assessment and reports, students (and parents and teachers) can feel overwhelmed. It is through these times that a kind word or a random act of kindness can make someone’s day. The small things in life are often the ones we remember most.

Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”. As we journey through educating our students, may we learn kindness and love towards our young people with the sacrificial love Christ displayed to humanity.

Yours in Christian Education

Paul Thompson
Head of Middle School (Pastoral Care)

Australian Mathematics Competition (Students in Years 3 to 12)

I am pleased to advise that BCC has opened a link for our students to enter the AMC (Australian Mathematics Competition) to be held in August.

This competition is provided by the AMT (Australian Mathematics Trust). It is a single event in which students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12) under exam conditions.

The advertised date for this national event is Thursday 9 August, but due to this coinciding with both the BSSS Moderation Day 2 and the BCC Musical we have been given permission to hold it during the following week and after much consideration we have decided to hold it for all students on Thursday 16 August.

If you would like your child to participate in this competition please register your interest and pay through the BCC TryBooking link below.

TryBooking link:
Competition fee: $7.15
Closing date: Thursday 14 June @ 11pm

Year 5 - Big Breakky

Today we completed our third iMaths investigation called “iFlakes” based on our unit on Statistics and Probability. We enjoyed eating a Big Breakky together and then read the nutritional information panel to work out which of the cereals were the healthiest for us and why. We graphed our results and presented them on brightly colored paper that will be displayed with pride in our classroom.

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

Award Winners

Each fortnight Middle School teachers recognise student achievement in various subjects.
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Charlotte Bick for for consistent effort and application in mathematics.
Louis Bick for for excellent application to Stile quizzes and practical sessions in Science.
Eric Chen for having a great attitude in class towards his learning, particularly in Mathematics.
Kimi Er Lan Chen for for consistent effort and application in mathematics.
Jaron Chitsaka for achieving outstanding results on his Mathematics post-test on Statistics and Probability. Well done!
Isabella Colquhoun for for excellent application to Stile quizzes and practical sessions in Science.
Rebecca Derham for continually upholding the values of Respect, Obedience and Kindness. Rebecca demonstrates integrity in her attitude to learning and in her dealings with both staff and students a like. Rebecca is an excellent role model.
Timothy Donaldson for for excellent application to Stile quizzes in Science.
Mindy Duan for outstanding responses to the daily Science recap questions from the I Lava Science Day experiments.
Alexander Efstathiou for continually upholding the values of Respect, Obedience, Confidence and Kindness in his dealings with students and staff. Alexander is an excellent role model and valued friend to many.
Georgia Granger for outstanding responses to the daily Science recap questions from the I Lava Science Day experiments.
Michael Herald for for exceptional work in the Fibonacci mathematics assignment.
Cheryl Mabvira for for excellent application to Stile quizzes in Science.
Emma McKune for for excellent application to Stile quizzes in Science.
Amelie Miles for her dedication in playing her violin for a wide range of audiences and representing her college so well.
Darcy Miller for continually upholding the values of Respect, Obedience, Confidence and Kindness. Darcy is focussed in class and is respected by both staff and students alike. Darcy is an excellent role model to other students.
Matilda Morgan for for consistent effort and application in mathematics.
Connor Palmer for for excellent application to Stile quizzes and practical sessions in Science.
Devraj Rajpurohit for outstanding responses to the daily Science recap questions from the I Lava Science Day experiments.
William Smidt for for great application with Stile quizzes in Science.
Kaitlyn Thompson for outstanding responses to the daily Science recap questions from the I Lava Science Day experiments.
Lilliana Tin Tun for her maturity and work ethic in class. Lillianna responds with confidence and depth of thought, treating others with respect. She is an excellent role model to all.
Sophie Willis for for excellent application to Stile quizzes and practical sessions in Science.
Sarah Zhao for for excellent application to Stile quizzes and practical sessions in Science.

Reminder: Uniform Requirements for Term 2 - Middle School Winter Uniform

Please encourage your child to wear the correct uniform with pride. In keeping with our school's sunsmart hat policy, students are now expected to wear a hat.

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

Lyneham Senior School News

Senior School Update

Dear BCC Parents,

It is with great sadness I inform you of my departure from BCC at the end of Term 2. Over the last year and a half, I have enjoyed working in the role of Head of Pastoral Care (Senior School) with its many and varied challenges and joys. However, now is the time for me to move in a different direction, although I’m sure the direction will still be in the education sector.
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A school is about teaching and our ‘customers’ of course, but for me, a school is the people in it. One of the saddest things, for me, is saying goodbye to one of the most skilled, dedicated and talented teaching teams I’ve ever worked with. They make coming into work a joy. I count on their guidance, advice and friendship every day. It is an extraordinary group; which makes saying goodbye all the harder. I will miss them.

As I leave, I need to thank my husband, Adam and my children, Harmony, Baxter and Sabrina. Looking after the pastoral care of students is a never-ending challenge, with no set hours and continual interruptions. The fact I have been able to grow and accomplish so much in my time in this role is due to their love and support and I am deeply and humbly grateful.

Of course I want to thank each of you and let you know that I will miss you – the students I care so deeply about and the families I have come to know so well. But the time has come to move on and it is time to say goodbye. I’m looking forward to whatever the future brings – whatever it is that God has planned for me now and I’m honored that I could share the past years with you.

Coming up this week we have the Year 10 exams (Thursday and Friday), the APSMO Mathematics Olympiad (Wednesday), the ICAS Writing Task and the 13 and Over Cross Country and this Friday we have also the Staff vs Student Ultimate Frisbee match taking place after school. Good luck to all students participating in these events.

A reminder to all Senior College families that the Year 11/12 Exam Period begins next week and continues for the whole week. Please encourage these students to use their time wisely leading up to these exams.

Yours in Christian service,

Mrs Cecelia Davey
Head of Pastoral Care (Senior School)

Australian Mathematics Competition (Students in Years 3 to 12)

I am pleased to advise that BCC has opened a link for our students to enter the AMC (Australian Mathematics Competition) to be held in August.

This competition is provided by the AMT (Australian Mathematics Trust). It is a single event in which students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12) under exam conditions.

The advertised date for this national event is Thursday 9 August, but due to this coinciding with both the BSSS Moderation Day 2 and the BCC Musical we have been given permission to hold it during the following week and after much consideration we have decided to hold it for all students on Thursday 16 August.

If you would like your child to participate in this competition please register your interest and pay through the BCC TryBooking link below.

TryBooking link:
Competition fee: $7.15
Closing date: Thursday 14 June @ 11pm

Creative and Performing Arts - Senior School

Senior School Music students performed a piece this week as part of their World Music unit. As part of their assessment schedule, students selected a piece of music influenced by a World Music genre. They researched details about the composer, rehearsed the piece and performed it to the class. Here are some recordings for you to enjoy.

Angela Angela (86996 KB)

Asher Asher (51115 KB)

Jasmine and Lillian Jasmine and Lillian (68459 KB)

Jesse and Tim Jesse and Tim (34239 KB)

Lachlan Lachlan (64258 KB)

Wednesday 27 June is an important date in the Creative and Performing Arts calendar. This will be our Showcase Evening where students have the opportunity to show their work from Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Food Technology and Design Technology. The evening will run from 5pm-8pm in the New Junior School Building. We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours in Christian Education,

Mrs Gemma White
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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:

Congratulations to our Senior Students

Congratulations to Hayley Turner (Year 11) who is soon to be attending the Skipping National Championships and the World Jump Rope Championships in the USA. This is an amazing achievement and the College wishes Hayley all the best in the competitions.

Congratulations also to the following students who recently received WISE awards:

Year 9: Isaiah Bondfield, Samuel Frost, Jessica Gooding

Year 10: Navyasree Garlapati, Timothy Jayatilaka, Christopher Jones, Jack Jones, Lachlan Kelly, Holly McGilvray, Annick Theron

Year 11: William Blucher, Emily Dawe, Kye Smith, Jacob Paull, Hayley Turner, Declan Watts (x2)

Year 12: Stephen Fraser, Victoria Garrard, Grace Gooding, Nayree Khalil, Madison Lam, Emma Wishart

What’s happening in Senior School

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Term 2 Dates
Thursday 14 June ICAS Writing
Thursday and Friday 14 – 15 June All Day Year 10 Exams
Monday to Friday 18 – 22 June All Day Year 11 and 12 Exams
Monday and Tuesday 25 – 26 June All Day Year 12 AST Practice
Friday 29 June - Last day of Term 2
Saturday 30 June - Sunday 22 July - Winter School Holidays
Monday 23 July - Start of Term 3
Wednesday 25 July APSMO Maths Competition
Tuesday 31 July  ICAS English
Monday 6 August All Day(s) Musical Bump-in
Tuesday 7 August All Day(s) Musical Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 8 August All Day(s) Musical Tech Rehearsal
Thursday 9 August All Day(s) Musical
Friday 10 August All Day(s) Musical
Saturday 11 August All Day(s) Musical
Tuesday 14 August  ICAS Mathematics
Wednesday to Friday 15 – 17 August All Day(s) Senior School Ski Trip
Wednesday 16 August  APSMO Maths Competition

Reminder: Uniform Requirements for Term 2 - 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

2018 List of Music Tutors

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





Brass (Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone)

Nova Band Trombone & Euphonium

Dan Mclean



Year 3 Strings Cello Tutor

Megan Taylor


Clarinet / Saxophone

Nova Band Saxophone Tutor

Sam Andrews

0401 619 542



Nova Band Clarinet Tutor

Bori Cser

0435 482 369

Drums / Guitar

Nova Band Percussion Tutor

Toby Wagner

0479 034 582


Simeon Staker



Nova Band Flute Tutor

Rebecca Timoney



Christopher Van De Weilan



Brooke Pearson



Jackie Frogley

0412 898 573


Mandy Maskell



Megan Goswell

0421 014 941


Nova Band Saxophone Tutor

Oisin Smith-Coburn



Nova Band Trumpet Tutor (Semester 2)

Louisa Walton



Nova Band Trumpet Tutor (Semester 1)

Patrick Haesler

0458 511 579

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


Sarahlouise Owens



Rebecca Pryor


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.


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

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

School Fee Finance

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

For more information please go to:

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

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

Once you have a current WWVPC card, please come to the BCC Front Office so we can register your name and number.

Thank you.

Anita Stephens

Community News

BCC Family Business focus

One of our Brindabella Christian College families has just opened a Poke Bowl restaurant in the City. They were featured in Canberra Times and Good Food. Why not try them out and support our BCC community.

First Eucharist and Reconciliation Dates for 2018

(children in Year 3 or older)

Parent Information Session: Tuesday 26 June at 1:00pm or 6:00pm
Commitment Mass followed by Enrolment: Saturday 30 June at 6:00pm OR Sunday 1 July at 9:30am OR 5:30pm
Celebration of the Sacrament: At Masses on weekends of 15-16 or 22-23 September

For more information please contact the Sacramental Coordinator via email:

Holy Spirit Catholic Parish

Please feel free to feature this in your church parish newsletter.

The Parenting Children Course - (SUN 5 AUG – 23 SEP with a break for Father’s Day)

Surprise, surprise … children do not arrive with an instruction manual. We can all learn how to make even the happiest family stronger. The Parenting Children Course is for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0-10 years. Whether you are parenting on your own or as a couple, this course will help you learn practical tools to build strong families. Come and learn with other parents over 7 Sunday morning sessions starting 5 August at 9am at Life Unlimited Church, 46 Lhotsky Street Charnwood (in the Mezzanine Area – directly up from Café). Children are welcome to attend KidsLife while the course is on. Register at

The Smith Family - Saver Plus

Writing Camp

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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