Term 3 Week 8

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

We have been blessed. Over the last two weeks we have been led during our Friday morning staff devotions by Senior Secondary students. Two of our young men stepped up to do what many of us find daunting at the best of times. Not only were they prepared to be at school before 8:00am on a Friday morning, they were also prepared to reflect on some questions we had posed and share with us their insights. We had asked them…

“What is one of the funniest/scariest/most unusual/confounding memories you have from your time at BCC?”

“What aspect of your Christian education at BCC has had the biggest impact on your faith?”

“In your opinion, what is one thing the College could do (new, continued or improved) to best prepare today’s students to live a life of faith once they finish school?”

“What word of encouragement would you give teachers who are walking into their classrooms on day one of next year?”

Tim Taylor and Lewis Brown spoke to us from their experience here at BCC. Both young men spoke with quiet confidence, clarity, with dry humour and wisdom that belies their years. Both young men spoke from hearts of faith in Christ that have been developed through their relationships with their families, through their church lives and through belonging to the BCC community. 

Our staff were so encouraged. We were reminded that young lives are transformed through Christian Education, through relationships and ultimately through the power of the love of Jesus Christ. 

Prayer and Praise Points

Praise Points:

  • Wonderful answered prayer for our Primary School musical. Our young students were still giving 100% during the Friday night performance. They had been sustained. Some had overcome the obstacles of nerves, of weariness, of self-consciousness and they sang and danced their hearts out! I love when Eric Liddell, in Chariots of Fire, said ’When I run I feel His pleasure’. When our students were singing and dancing, altogether, cheering each other on and caught in the wonder of it all, it wasn’t hard to see God’s hand on them and on their efforts.

Please Pray for: 

  • Our precious Year 12 students as they prepare to enjoy their last week of formal schooling at BCC next week. There will be much for them to reflect on and celebrate. Please continue to pray for them as they prepare for their HSC. 
  • Families in our community who are struggling with serious medical issues. We stand together in faith to ask for provision, restored hope and strength as they lean on the One who holds them close. 
  • Our Stage Two and Three Camps as they to head away. Some young children find being away from home daunting. Please cover them in prayer as they take a risk and head away from home to be that little bit more independent.
  • Our Country’s current drought stricken areas, for an abundance of rain.

Thank you for praying for our community.

College ‘Good News’ Stories

Seussical Jnr Primary School Musical 

And what a performance it was! A testimony that clearly demonstrated the outplaying of the unique gifts God has provided our incredible children at Belmont Christian College, and how they chose to so beautifully showcase these gifts. Committed, passionate & determined to have a tonne of fun as they executed each of their significant roles. The leads were front & centre and each performed to a standard of excellence that would make anyone beam with delight. But just as wonderfully significant were the supporting roles – the singing and dancing teams as well as those who played smaller roles. Each child working together brought an infallible strength to the entire cast and will remain a credit to each child involved. The talent, the colour, the passion, the imagination & the energy brought this spectacular show to life. You might tell, we loved it!

Many thanks goes to our many parent helpers, in particular Mrs Sarah Bell who coordinated and created the costumes for each of our cast members. What a mammoth job that was and we will be forever grateful for the time and effort she put into this, and always with a beautiful big smile on her face! Huge thanks goes to Sarah! Our teachers, staff and friends all had specific and significant roles, and only made possible with their willingness, support and organisation. 

Further, the standard of excellence the Primary musical reached was only made possible because of Mr Chris Stewart’s leadership, direction & tenacity from start to finish in ensuring the show’s execution reached the standard it reached. And for Mrs Annelise Stewart, her clear vision, relentless precision, professionalism & expertise would make anyone’s eyes water!  Undeniable, God given raw talent. We are abundantly blessed to have such an incredible individual leading us in the area of Dance and Drama at our College. 

Life long memories of an amazing experience had by all!

Primary Excursion

Fire Safety

Primary students had the opportunity to learn about and engage in some hands-on activities on fire safety from the crew at the Belmont Station. They learnt about the importance of making wise choices in an emergency and what they should do in the case of a fire. Students got to climb aboard the fire truck and shoot water from the fire hose. Lots learnt, along with a tonne of fun!

Secondary School

HSC Science Extension Research Project

Students from the Year 12 Science Extension class have now submitted their Major Research Projects to National Education Standards Authority (NESA). Students were required to select a research topic at the beginning of the year, assisted by industry and university mentors as they conducted their investigation. The information gathered, along with a descriptive statistical analysis, was then fashioned into 3500 word report, to the standard of a scientific journal article. Our four students investigated the following research questions: “Does Social Media Influence Metal Health Illness?”, “Mental Health in Women Experiencing Preterm Birth – What is the impact of preterm birth on maternal well-being?”, “Causes of Colour Vision Deficiency” and “The Effects of alcohol on Cognitive Function”. Although a difficult endeavour, the currency and standard of the student work was excellent.  The reports will be published on the NESA website for perpetuity, recognising students’ achivement and helping seed future students’ own research ideas. We are excited to be offering this excellent subject again in 2020, helping our gifted students to begin to interact with the scientific community, and to extend themselves while engaging with current research. 

An excerpt from one of a student, Bailey Storey’s, report in reference to social impacts of Instagram collected from a survey in 2018 “Does Social Media Influence Metal Health Illness?”

“Instagram: From the graph we can see that Instagram had a smaller Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) rate compared to Snapchat, however body image proved to be rather high in the negatives at -.75. Instagram appears to be playing a negative role in people’s ability to sleep after using Instagram as it was rated the lowest aspect, being at approximately -1. Self expression appears to be the highest positive score being at almost 1, however most aspects of mental health including Anxiety, Depression, Sleep, Body Image and FOMO all appeared in the negatives. Overall, Instagram proved to be having a negative affect on aspects of mental health to participants.  (Royal Society of Public Health, 2019)”

Secondary School Leaders

2019-20 Prefect Team Induction

It is our pleasure to announce the new Prefect team for 2019-20. They are:

Year 10 – Mia Brown, Joshua Hale, Peter Hyslop, Samuel Wilson

Year 11 – Joshua Bruton, Lucinda Cameron, Kye Horton, Lauren Irvine, Gabi Oliver, Will O’Toole, Katie Prior and Regan Swaine

The incoming prefect team was inducted last Thursday where they took their pledge in front of their families and College community, to serve the Lord faithfully and formally accept the role of Prefect. Each Prefect is a Christian who acknowledges the Lordship of Christ in their life and demonstrates their faith through their lifestyle.  They undertake, amongst other things, to set a good example and to use their gifts to minister to the student body and encourage others.

Please keep them in your prayers as they seek to follow the example of Christ in servant-hearted leadership and glorify Him, here at Belmont Christian College.

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations

2019 Final Visit

Hunter New England nurses will return to the College on Friday 25 October to complete the second dose of the HPV Vaccine for Year 7 students. Additionally:

  • Any 2019 Year 8 student who commenced HPV vaccination while in Year 7 and are yet to finish the course of HPV (and who has not received any from their local doctor) can still receive this on the day at school (as long as 6 mths have elapsed).
  • Any Year 10 student who returned a signed consent card for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine earlier in the year but did not receive this in 2019 (and who has not received it from their local doctor) can still receive this on the day at school.

If your child has not received both HPV Vaccines before the end of 2019 they can be caught up in 2020 school visits. Also any student who has missed school program vaccines or any childhood vaccines can receive these vaccines from their local doctor.

A Record of Vaccination is given to each student for each vaccination. Parents/Caregivers should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination. 

If you have not done so already please return your consent form to the office prior to the day. For further information visit the NSW Ministry of Health website at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schoolvaccination.aspx or http://www.hpvvaccine.org.au/

Sport News

Individual Achievements

Victoria Robinson of Year 6 has travelled to Darwin where she will compete at National (SSA) Athletics. She will compete in 12yr Multiclass Discus and Victoria is there until the Closing Ceremony next Monday. All the best Victoria.


Amos Maddison 
competed at NSW CIS Athletics last Thursday. Amos finished 5th in Shot Put, throwing a personal best 9.35m,  and 12th in Discus with a throw of 21.79m. Well done Mossy!

Joshua Bruton of Year 11 has had recent success in the  Australian All Schools U16 Hockey Championships, representing NSW and coming away with a Bronze Medal. Congratulations Joshua.

Colby Robins of Year 9 won Silver at the Australian Intermediate Schoolboys Fencing Championships last weekend. Colby was the defending National Champion in this competition and fenced well through the poule rounds, dropping just one bout 5-4. After ranking second, he continued his good form through the knockout rounds, before going down in a nail-biting, all NSW final, 15 – 13. Congratulations Colby. 

Secondary OzTag Gala Day

Zone Oz-Tag Gala was held on Tuesday, 10th September in Gosford. BCC entered four teams, two in the Open division and two in the U15 division.

Both Division 1 teams in U15 and the Open division played brilliantly in their round matches, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals. They came up against some fierce competition but displayed some awesome moves. The Division 2 Open team comprising of Year 12 superstars made it all the way to the grand final, but came up short against Hunter Christian School as they simply ran out of steam.

The U15’s team, playing in the B Division, were unbeaten all day and made it through to the grand final where they beat the Australian Christian College comfortably. Well done to the following team members who achieved this outstanding result: Daniel Culjak, Kayden Webber, Jay Troyer, Jesse Butt, Ethan Cowling, Michellie Robins, Amalie Ford, Georgia Hall, Jorja Simolin, Isla Clout. 

Daniel Culjak was named Most Valuable Player in the U15’s B Division. 

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