Term 2 Week 8

From our Head of Primary School, Mrs Leoni McNeill

The year is flying by so very quickly, with many exciting events in the pipeline. Along with a number of fun and varied co-curricular activities, of particular significance, at the forefront of our minds, is the Primary School’s musical, Seussical Jnr. Much ‘behind the scenes’ work is being undertaken by the children, parents and teachers in the lead up to the performance. Boys and girls are rehearsing enthusiastically, every week, in preparation for the event to be held in Term 3 later this year. The musical is sure to be a wonderful celebration and showcase of some of the gifts with which God has blessed each one involved!

From the classroom, boys and girls are once again working hard this year, with their teachers guiding them as they undertake new learning. Careful, ongoing assessment measures ensure that individual children are challenged to benefit both academically with extension work and/or remedially. Each child’s strengths and areas for improvement are identified and recorded as they progress. Student Progress Reports will be distributed in Week 9 of this term. Parent Teacher Meetings to be held in Week 10, and we encourage parents to make an appointment to chat about their child’s progress to date, this semester. We look forward to continuing to partner with parents as we nurture each child as they ‘grow up into Christ’. 

Prayer and Praise Points

Praise Points:

  • Sharon has been very busy interviewing new families who are interested in joining our College Community. 
  • John Betterridge, our previous Assistant Principal, is on a mission trip to Kimberley remote communities – helping to install 15 God TV systems to help bring hope and God’s love to isolated Indigenous communities.

Please Pray for: 

  • Please lift up before God’s throne of grace members of our community who are experiencing challenging health issues.
  • A past student Oska Johnson, post-surgery, that he will know God’s protection and healing power. 
  • Members of our community who are grieving, that they might know God’s comfort and peace.
  • Continued prayer for work involved in the upcoming Primary Musical would be appreciated.
  • Upcoming College Tour.

Below: A photo of ‘that cloud’ taken by Charlotte Robinson on the way to school last week. Aren’t the mysteries of our God who can create such beauty incredible?!

College ‘Good News’ Stories

Local Member Leadership Awards

At last Tuesday’s Secondary School Assembly, MP Yasmin Catley, NSW Member for Swansea was our special guest. After addressing the assembly about the merits of good community leadership, she congratulated our Prefect Team on their willingness to serve and presented Leadership Awards to the College Captains, Vice-Captains and Prefects. Those receiving her Leadership Team Awards were:

Captains
Eliza Davies and Tim Taylor

Vice Captains
Hannah-Kate Proctor and Isaac Watts

Prefects
Kye Horton, Regan Swaine, Willliam O’Toole, Katelyn Prior, Lauren Irvine, Jasmine Brown, Samantha Abel, Elijah Troyer, Samuel Edwards, Benjamin Rogers, Lewis Brown 

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Primary School Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3rd July from 3.10pm. Interview appointments can be made online only from now until appointments close on Monday 1st July. Parents should have received an email from the College with a link to make appointment times with their child’s classroom teacher. If you are unable to access via that link, or have not received an email, please check your spam and/or junk folders then contact our Primary School Administrative Assistant, Deb Paardekooper, at the College on 4922 8311. If you cannot attend the interviews please contact your child’s teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.

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 help enable them to do their very best as we work in partnership to support students. Communication between the College and home is vital. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd July.

Primary Excursion

Oakvale Farm

On Thursday, 13th June, Kindergarten went on an adventure to Oakvale Wildlife Park. It was a day filled with lots of learning about farms. Our students had the opportunity to interact with a wide range of animals, including finding out what animals eat, where they live, if they produce food or products and how to behave around them safely. Kindergarten enjoyed their tractor ride tour around the farm learning about Australian animals, farm animals as well as additional animals not regularly found on farms in Australia. They had keeper talks about koalas and reptiles, where the python was a definite favourite of the students! By the end of the day many animals, particularly the baby goats, had been very well-fed and just like our Kinders, were ready for an afternoon nap.

Creative and Performing Arts News

Secondary Vocal Ensemble

Rehearsals have resumed.

When: Thursday 7.45 – 8:30am
Where: A Block Secondary Music Rooms
What: A vocal group learning a range of styles including a Capella, Blues/Jazz, Musical Theatre, Gospel and Pop.
Who: For any Secondary students who enjoy singing and want to grow their singing ability, especially in harmony/parts.

The group is directed by Sophie Aked, our Singing tutor specialist here at BCC. Sophie comes with a host of experience including a BA (Music), Music Theatre, Pop and Jazz as a soloist, and has performed in many choirs, including Echology, a local award winning choir. 

Sign up with this enrolment form: https://forms.gle/qwdfanL2GzSTKn86A

Theatresports

Our Year 10 Theatresports Improv team competed in the finals at Knox Grammar last Thursday 13th June. Up against some of the toughest, experienced teams in the state, BCC was placed 6th in a competition of over 20 teams. Congratulations to the four students, Peter Hyslop, Zoey Thomas, Sarabi Sponza and Carmen Rickards, for representing our College and giving your best. A big thankyou to Mrs Rebecca Thomas for stepping in last minute to transport the team to Sydney, as Mr Kable was unwell.

Sport News

CSSA State Gymnastics

Congratulations to Laurie Holland of Year 11 who recently represented the College at the CSSA State Gymnastics Championships. Laurie placed 4th overall, in Level 6. Individually she placed 3rd in Vault, 4th in Beam, 7th in Floor and 8th in Bars. Well done Laurie!

Netball

Secondary Netball Representative selection 

Our Secondary Open Girls Netball team represented the College at the CSSA Netball Gala Day this week. Unfortunately they were not able to progress onto the next competition but a great day was had by all. Thanks again to Samara Elder for coaching our girls.

Congratulations to Georgie-Annah Elder of Year 8, Alyssa Chesterfield of Year 8, Grace Middleby of Year 10 and Mia Brown of Year 10 who have been selected in the ‘train on squad’ for Under 15 Girls CSSA State Netball Team.

Mountain Biking

Hunter All Schools Mountain Biking Championships


Last week around 15 students represented the College at the Hunter All Schools Mountain Biking Championships in both the Primary and Secondary divisions. The event is run by Hunter Christian School and Glenrock Mountain Bike Park. Congratulations to Hamish Rae of Year 4 who came 10th in the Under 11s and Aidan Rae of Year 6 who came 7th in the Under 13s.

Bus Service Information

From 30th June there will be improvements to Newcastle Transport timetables. Some school timetables have also been updated at certain bus stops to better reflect congestion and travel times to get students to and from school in the Newcastle Transport area. School students who use Newcastle Transport dedicated school services or regular routes will need to check their timetables to and from school prior to the changes commencing 1st July (Term 2, Week 10). Please click here to check your timetable.

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