Term 2 Week 4

From our Assistant Principal/Head of Secondary, Mr Steve Tidey

Following a very positive camp program in the final week of last term, and much appreciated holidays, students have engaged in their work for the new term with real vigour and a sense of enlivened engagement. Year 11 and 12 have received their Mid-Course reports and have hopefully had an opportunity to reflect on the feedback received.

Remember, the marks and grades are only a minor aspect of a very valuable learning experience that often entails the ebbs and flows of success. Rather than losing heart, or resting on their laurels, they are encouraged to allocate time with their mentors and other teachers in order to keep achieving their personal best.

I will be interviewing each of the Year 12 students in the coming week before their Parent-Teacher Night to help them consider their coursework so far and what they have planned to further improve their results.

As we partner together I am particularly conscious of the transformative influence and eternal impact that we have on those in our care here at the College. It is a great privilege and awesome responsibility to work together to see our students feel they belong here, come to belief in Jesus here, and go on to become all they were meant to be in Christ.

Prayer and Praise Points

Praise Points:

  • Our students were settled and focused for the NAPLAN Tests. 
  • Our Sports Carnivals went well, we loved seeing the strong team spirit, enjoyed the beautiful weather and celebrated great results. 

Please Pray for: 

  • Families and members in our community who are experiencing significant health issues, for those who are grieving, and for those who are on the long road to recovery. That they will know God’s tender love and generous provision. 
  • Our Primary School Musical, Seussical Jnr, for the many staff and students involved in the lead up. For blessing over the decisions being made and for the plans to come together in a wonderful, exciting way.
  • Please continue to pray for our recently re-elected Government, that those who follow Christ will do so with great integrity and that our country will be led in a God-honoring way.

College Good News Stories

It’s a Girl!

Congratulations to our beloved Kindergarten teacher Mrs Erin Goodman who gave birth to a beautiful 7lb 13oz baby girl on Monday 6 May. 

Tabitha Mae and Erin are doing really well and big brother Jesse is delighted to tell of his new little sister. May God bless and protect this family and we pray that one day, Tabitha will come to know our loving God.

Some words from our Students

Each and every day, students from Belmont Christian College continually amaze and inspire us. We love hearing their stories. Here are just a few of them for you to enjoy.

Parent Survey

We value your feedback

As part of our ongoing commitment to continuously improving the College, we believe it is critical to seek each parent and caregiver’s opinion on a range of issues relating to Belmont Christian College.  I am committed to strengthening our bond with families as we partner together in ‘training young people to “grow up into Christ.” Your feedback, therefore, is very important to us as we continue to build a successful College and strengthen our reputation as an ‘educator of choice’.  

As such, we have engaged the professional services of MYP Corporation (MYP Corp) to undertake a strictly private and confidential School Results Survey on our behalf. The survey should take approximately 10 – 15 minutes and will need to be completed online between 21 May and 4 June. There are no right or wrong answers and we ask that you respond honestly to each statement. 

On 21 May parents will have received an email with survey instructions and a personalised login link. If you have not received this email, please check your spam and junk email folders before contacting the College.While we strongly encourage you to participate, the survey is not compulsory. Thank you for your assistance in helping to shape the future direction of Belmont Christian College as we actively prepare our students to be future fit, not just for their lifetime but for eternity.  

Kind regards
Sharon Sopher

Principal

Supporting Local Business: Zarraffas

At Belmont Christian College, we love supporting local business. We have teamed up with Trent and Oli from Zarraffas Coffee and together, we want to bless our community with a free coffee and upgrade card.

If you are yet to collect your cards from staff at pick-up time, feel free to grab them from the front office. Hold on to the upgrade card, as you can use it again when you visit the team at Zarraffas. This is an exclusive offer for parents, staff and students from Belmont Christian College.

Secondary Camps

The last three days of Term 1 saw Years 7 to 11 embark on their annual camps.

Year 11 had a fantastic and challenging camp, learning how to push their limits and grow together as a group. Between conquering the Raw Challenge, some intense laser tag, a formal dinner and a barn dance, they had an awesome time and are ready to take on the next year and a half!

We will feature Years 7 and 8 camps in the coming weeks.

Community Garden

Stuck for dinner ideas?

The Year 7 Food and Agriculture class had a design brief to bring technology into the garden. Using ingredients from the BCC Common Grounds Community Garden they have created a class food blog. All recipes have been tried, tested and photographed by the Year 7 class.

To find a recipe, head to the Common Grounds Community Garden with your phone, scan the QR code and it will take you directly to the recipe on their food blog. Alternatively, if you are unable to get to the garden, click on this link to the class food blog. https://bccfoodblog.weebly.com/

IT News

Parenting in a Digital World

All Parents, Caregivers and Students are welcome to attend our Parenting in a Digital World information night held in the College Theatrette on Wednesday 29 May. In an everchanging digital world it is essential to stay informed. To register please click here.

Bus Service Information

Importance of Opal Cards use on Hunter Valley Buses

For families using the Hunter Valley Bus services to the Westlakes area please click here to read a letter from Hunter Valley Buses regarding the importance of students using their Opal Cards when getting on and off the bus. This will greatly assist in providing a more efficient and effective service and ensure the service is able to continue to be offered. Your support would be appreciated. 

Creative and Performing Arts News

Physical Theatre Workshop

Last week BCC Drama students participated in a physical theatre workshop with Swoop Theatre Director, Danielle MacKinnon. The students learnt many acro balance techniques as well as how to devise a group performance using movement scores.

This was a quote from Danielle: “I had the absolute pleasure of delivering a physical theatre workshop to the entire Drama ‘company’ at Belmont Christian College today. From the moment I entered the College, I felt welcome and respected. I very quickly realised the focus, openness to learning and industriousness of the Drama students and the talent and commitment of their teacher Mrs Stewart.

Our five hour workshop flew by and I am so impressed at what the students were able to absorb and use in creation.”BCC Drama students have once again represented the College well through their commitment to learning, extending themselves and their care for each other. Well done Years 9-12 Drama students.

New Drama/Dance Studio Opening

With the help of our Secondary Drama students, the Creative Arts department was pleased to open our NEW Drama/Dance Studio in Week 4 of five-hour term. This new space has been in development for several months and currently features the professional nuances of a Dance/Drama Studio. This includes black walls and sprung, vinyl flooring. Several additions will be added in the coming weeks and months so that this remains a dedicated room for the two Performing Arts subjects.

The investment in building this space speaks to the ongoing growth in Performing Arts at BCC and the value that many of our students place on subjects like Drama and Dance. I am always encouraged to witness the significant learning that takes place in the Creative Arts, especially in what is educationally known as the 4 Cs: Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Collaboration. Each of these are incredible skills for life and work post-schooling, and with our new space, students will have the opportunity to build these skills in a purpose built room.

Mr Chris Stewart

Creative Arts Coordinator K-12

Sport News

BCC Sport Website Launch

The PDHPE Department is proud to announce that we now have a sports events information website. The website will provide information relating to up and coming sports events, permission eforms, event results, training information and team lists. The site can be accessed by students and parents. Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/bccsport

Secondary Athletics Carnival

The annual Secondary School Athletics Carnival was held last Friday, in what could be described as exceptional conditions, blue skies and warm air temperatures greeted the students. With 83% attendance, the competition was hot across all age divisions. Congratulations to our Age Champions, Record Breakers and all who attended. Well done to Booth house for taking out the point score of the day.

House Points
1st Booth – 1756
2nd Cuthbert – 1625
3rd Liddell – 1405
4th Robinson – 1388

Age Champions         Boys                               Girls
12 Yrs                            Charlee Bullis                Ellie-Sue Lusis
13 Yrs                            Ethan Cowling               Jorja Simolin
14 Yrs                            Tobias Maddison           Sophia Hart
15 Yrs                            Noah Edwards              Grace Middleby
16 Yrs                            Morgan Fairweather     Georgia Hale
17 Yrs                            Isaac Smith                   Kiana Toole
18 Yrs                            Isaac Watts                   Sophia Pyke

Record Breakers
Natalie Benn – 12 Yrs Girls 400m – 1:13.13
Isaac Carroll – 16 Yrs Boys 1500m – 5:03.48
Amalie Ford – 12 Yrs Girls 200m – 33.26
Tyler Ford – 14 Yrs Boys Shot Put – 12.20m
Daisyann Linnane – 16 Yrs Girls – High Jump – 1.55m
Ellie-Sue Lusis – 12 Yrs High Jump – 1.30m
Tobias Maddison – 14 Yrs Boys 1500m – 5:22.71
Grace Middleby – 15 Yrs Girls 1500m – 6:23.46
Sophia Pyke – 18 Yrs Girls Long Jump – 4.25m
Michellie Robins – 12 Yrs Girls – Shot Put – 6.74m, Long Jump – 3.79m, Javelin – 17.75m
Isaac Smith – 17 Yrs 1500m – 5:12.55

Zone Soccer Gala Day

On Monday 13 May, our College competed in the Secondary School Zone Soccer Gala Day in Tamworth. Our teams played well and displayed courage and great teamwork. The Junior and Senior boys and our Senior girls narrowly missed playing in the Grand Final. However the Junior girls made it into the Grand Final. They were valiant but were unfortunately beaten on the day. Congratulations Junior girls and well done to all of the teams.

Uniform Shop News

Change to Uniform requirements for Winter
A notice previously issued incorrectly advised that boys can wear short pants in winter. This is not correct. The requirement for winter uniform is that boys in K-6 wear navy long trousers and 7 – 12 wear grey (navy permitted in 2019) long trousers. Short pants are to be worn for Terms 1 and 4 only.

As has previously been communicated, boys in K-12 have the option of wearing short sleeve shirts in winter. This remains correct, however the shirt must have a top button that can be done up when wearing a tie. We apologise for the confusion this has caused.

All students still have the option to wear sport shorts or pants in winter, on sport days.

Also a reminder of changes already announced at the end of 2018, for 2019 and beyond:All Senior Secondary students in Years 11 and 12 will move to a white shirt or blouse. The current blue shirt or blouse may be worn as an alternative and be an option to wear either for those in Years 11 and 12 in 2019, and for those in Year 12 in 2020. Students commencing Year 11 in 2020 will need to wear a white shirt or blouse.All Secondary boys in Years 7 to 12 will move to grey shorts in summer and grey trousers in winter. All Secondary girls in Years 7 to 12 will move to grey skirt all year round.In 2019, students in Years 7 to 10 will have the option to wear navy shorts for boys or blue skirt for girls to allow time to plan and transition to the new uniform.Socks: Boys K-12 will wear grey BCC striped socks, and girls K-12 will wear new white BCC striped socks. The uniform shop has stopped selling uniform items with the old logo where a new logo item is available. All old logo items will be phased out fully by the start of 2020 (with the exception stated above for Year 12 in 2020).
Secondary School Sport Uniform Days

Please take note of the days Sport Uniform is required for Secondary School students. If your child is in the subjects listed below the Sport Uniform is to be worn on these days only. Formal Uniform is required on all other days 

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Year 11 and 12 Interviews

Year 11 and 12 Parent-Teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 29th May from 3.30pm until 8.30pm in the College Library. There will be a break from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. During this time, a ‘Parenting in a Digital World’ cyber safety information session (targeting Years 7 and 8 parents but everyone is welcome) will be presented by Asher Morrison and our Director of ICT here at the College Mr Joe Haig in the theatrette.

We encourage you to attend the Parent-Teacher night so that you can speak to teachers about your child’s progress and ask questions about how you can enable them to do their very best as Stage 6 students. As we work in partnership to support students through this important year, communication between the College and home is vital. 

You should have received an email with a link from the College allowing you to book your Parent-Teacher Interviews in PCSchool, our student management system. If you are unable to access via that link, or did not receive an email, please check your spam and/or junk folders then contact our Secondary School Administrative Assistant, Kathy Evans, at the College on 4922 8312. If you cannot attend the interviews please contact your child’s teachers directly to make alternative arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

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