From our Head of Student Services and Wellbeing, Mrs Bronwyn Rappeneker

I remember once being asked what was the best thing about our school. It was so easy to answer that question, ‘Our students, of course!’ A school isn’t a school without children. From the littlest BCC Beginner to our oldest Year 12 student, every student brings something unique and precious to our community. 

Walking in to Student Services for the first time, after our time of isolation, and stepping into our foyer, I couldn’t help but smile as I was greeted by the noisy conversations of Year Nine Students as they busily caught up with each other’s news, I heard the squeals of Kinder children as they headed our way to ask if Lego Club was on that day, the phone was ringing in my office and staff popped their heads around the corner, smiling broadly, as we could all feel the wonderful sense of being back where we belong, doing what we love best – supporting, equipping and celebrating children. 

I am mindful though, as we transition back to school, that it will be exciting for some, and not so easy for others. Any time of transition presents challenges. As a Student Services Team we have recorded a video ‘letter’ for you – our video message answers some questions parents have asked about ways to support their children. We hope you find it helpful now, and into the future, as we re-engage with learning in a face-to-face setting. 

Remember, despite all the challenges, our students are resilient and they will have developed amazing new skills during this time of change. Be reassured, it won’t take long for them to enjoy that lovely sense of belonging and the security of their daily routines again as they reconnect with their BCC family. How wonderful to think we will all be together again next week! 

Student Services are here to help

Our Student Services Team have recorded a video ‘letter’ for our parents – a video message that answers some questions parents have asked about ways to support their children during this time. We hope you find it helpful, not only now, but into the future as we re-engage with learning in a face-to-face setting.

If you are concerned about your child’s progress please contact our Student Services team:
Kindergarten and Stage One Support – Mrs Karen Lumley – karen.lumley@bcc.nsw.edu.au
Stage Two Support – Mrs Bethany Clothier – bethany.clothier@bcc.nsw.edu.au
Stage Three and Stage Four Support – Miss Sarah Newton – sarah.newton@bcc.nsw.edu.au
Stage Five Support – Mrs Kaylene Taylor – kaylene.taylor@bcc.nsw.edu.au
Stage Six Support – Mrs Bronwyn Rappeneker – bronwyn.rappeneker@bcc.nsw.edu.au

If your child has a wellbeing concern their Classroom Teacher or Connect Teacher should be the first contact for assistance. Stage Leaders and the College Counsellor are also available. Mrs Liz Roberts, our Counsellor, can be contacted on 4922 8354 or liz.roberts@bcc.nsw.edu.au.

How to talk to kids about the coronavirus pandemic

How to talk to kids about the coronavirus pandemic

“How do we explain the coronavirus and the various social distancing measures to our kids without freaking them out?” If you are wondering how to educate your children about COVID-19 in a calm and reassured way, then you might find this article from the ABC helpful.

https://www.abc.net.au/life/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-coronavirus-covid-19/12084666?utm_source=abc_life&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=abc_life

Secondary School – Remote & Online Teaching & Learning Policy

Good afternoon BCC Parents/Caregivers and Students,

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE POLICY DOCUMENT MENTIONED IN THIS NOTE HAS BEEN SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR NOMINATED COLLEGE EMAIL ADDRESS  

As you know, the College has transitioned to Remote/Online Teaching and Learning, with the majority of teaching and learning happening through our online platform. Over the past week, teaching staff at the College have been very encouraged by the uptake and application of our students in this new form of curriculum delivery, and look forward with anticipation in enabling the continuity of learning for all our students.

To facilitate the flow of information and to formalise with families the College’s move to Remote & Online Teaching/Learning during the COVID-19 crisis, several new policies and associated procedures have had to be written. Please complete the eform below indicating that you have read and agree to the terms contained in the Remote & Online Teaching/Learning Policy you will find attached.

Parent Acknowledgement eform: https://forms.gle/VMHnGaQmhDFRsZSr8
Student Acknowledgement eform: https://forms.gle/XHvXRj11PyVcXXRM6

If you have any questions about the policy and procedures, etc. please don’t hesitate to contact me. I also encourage you to be in contact with your child’s teachers over the coming week, and then again into Term 2 should the current situation have to be extended.

Thank you for partnering with us, and God bless as we navigate times of opportunity together.

_____________________________

Steve Tidey
Assistant Principal/Head of Secondary 

Belmont Christian College
Phone: (02) 49228300
Email: Steve.Tidey@bcc.nsw.edu.au