“Train a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
This wisdom from Solomon is foundational to the way we
parent our children. We instill in our children values and beliefs that will
guide them through their early years and also into their adult years. Simple
values, such as politeness and respect, truthfulness and honesty, kindness and
gentleness. But also the more difficult and challenging values of forgiveness
and grace. Raising a child is a privilege that our heavenly father has blessed
us with. However, this responsibility can be both challenging and rewarding and
always one that we should not take lightly.
As a parent of four children, I have indeed seen both
the challenging and rewarding sides of parenthood and I am incredibly grateful
that I have not been on that journey alone. Each of my children have been
schooled at BCC. However, this has been much more than education, as we have
partnered in raising my children with the values and beliefs that will prepare
and equip them for ‘life’. After nineteen years of being a “BCC school dad”, my
youngest finishes his schooling this year. What a blessing it has been to know
that my children have been educated, nurtured and cared for, and yes
disciplined, by such committed and hardworking staff who take their wisdom and
guidance, values and beliefs from God’s word and their relationship with Him.
Our Charity Golf Day last weekend was a successful day with beautiful weather and great fellowship.
Please Pray for:
Our HSC students: Thank you for praying for our HSC students. They will continue to need our prayer cover over the next few weeks.
Families in our community: Please continue to cover our students and our College families in prayer. We have families in our community who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please pray that each one will know the tender company of Christ and the strength of belonging to Christian Community.
End of year preparations: Please pray for our preparations for the end of the year – for the exam and reporting processes, for enrolments for next year and for Presentation Night.
Discipleship activities that are happening in our Primary School: Please pray for our staff and students as they meet together to grow in faith. Tuesday 8am – Stage 3 Girls Bible Study, Tuesday 1pm – CRU Leaders meeting, Wednesday 1pm – Stage 3 Boys Bible Study, Thursday 1pm – CRU meeting, Thursday 2pm Fortnightly – Stage 3 Devotions.
Living Smart Festival’s ‘Best in Show’ goes to BCC!
During the holidays 20 schools entered the Living Smart Competition at Speers Point Park. All Stages from BCC contributed to the display. Primary School’s Earth Care Team helped with the Compost Display and the Plants for Better Health Garden. Year 9 Visual Arts students painted recycled cable drums and Year 12 student Amelia Bird’s Design & Technology HSC Major Work was also on display.
We are pleased to have received 1st place in ‘Best in Show’ judged by Costa Georgiadis and 2nd place in the ‘People’s Choice’ prize.
This is so exciting, only having had our community garden for one year, and are very proud of this achievement.
A big thank you to Wendy Abel, our amazing resident garden guru and her team Kerry Button, Bec King, Nat Black and Tryphena Pearson. Thank you to all who participated and visited. Well done team!
If you would like to be part of the BCC Common Grounds Community Garden please visit the garden on Wednesdays from 1pm.
Top Honours in the Lake Macquarie Schools Environment Awards
Belmont Christian College were awarded ‘Overall Winner’ for the Environment Awards in the ‘High School’ category, for our “highly productive garden with vegetables, fruit trees, and herbs that spans a huge 150m2 and have recently carried out water and energy audits throughout the school to improve sustainability.”
The presentation speech below gives you a great idea of all that we are doing here at Belmont Christian College to help the environment.
“Belmont Christian College has a dedicated and enthusiastic environment team made up of students that meet on a weekly basis to discuss sustainability goals and strategies for their school.
A highly productive garden with vegetables, fruit trees, and herbs spans a huge 150m2 area at the front of this school. Students, teachers and parents tend to this amazing area ensuring fresh and tasty produce. Food from this garden is used in Food Technology classes, teaching students valuable life skills in food production and healthy eating. Fruit scrap bins collect students’ and teachers’ food scraps, which are then emptied into 5 Compost bins and 3 wormfarms.
A large rainwater tank also supplements a block of toilets and the science labs. Bathrooms and bubblers throughout the College now have push button and sensor tap ware to ensure minimum water wastage. Water audits conducted throughout the school identified old leaking water pipes, which have since been replaced, reducing water usage.
Belmont Christian College has recently replaced all of the older style fluro lighting with low power LED lights throughout the College. Although there were initial costs to this, the long term cost and energy saving will be significant.
Additional recycling bins help to recycle extra paper, cardboard and hard plastic. Printer cartridges, mobile phones, and batteries are also collected for recycling and low waste lunch days are promoted to reduce the amount of packaging students bring in their lunch box. The Mathematics faculty collects bottles and aluminium cans for Return and Earn. Through this process, data is collected and analysed and the money raised is put towards more environmental improvement initiatives.”
Once again the annual Belmont Christian College Golf Day proved to be a fantastic day of laughs, friendship, mulligans and dress-ups. There was also some golf played on the day! This day is built around supporting our charity partners in Thailand, The New Light Foundation.
In 2019, the ongoing generosity of players and sponsors, along with the fantastic team from Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club ensured that New Light Foundation will continue to support young people of the Baan Nam Kem community with a food and education program throughout 2020 and beyond.
The day does not run without our amazing sponsors. A massive thank you to the following local businesses for their ongoing generosity, donations and support of this annual event:
Allambie Care Atune Health Centres Charlestown Canvas Manufacturing Cold Rock Newcastle Dexion Newcastle Guardian Safety Solutions KLM Accountants Mardi Park Turf Narellan Pools Paynter Dixon Constructions PB Quality Constructions Rundle Tailoring Speed Gas Newcastle Training Wheels – High Risk Work Licensing