Term 4 Week 2

From our Primary Coordinator, Mr Alan Watts

“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.

Prayer and Praise Points

Praise Points:

  • 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.

Thank you for praying for our community.

Belmont Christian College receives multiple awards!

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.”

See the full story here: https://www.facebook.com/lakemaccity/posts/2981566065209478

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.”

Welcome to the World

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Secondary School Teacher Paul and his wife Lizzy Barnes on the safe arrival of their third beautiful baby girl, Lydia Ruby.  She was born 1st October.

May God bless this little life and family.

Years 4, 5 and 6 Camp fun

Year 4 to Camp Toukley

In the last week of term Year 4 students participated in an overnight stay at Camp Toukley. We were blessed with amazing weather and a group of great kids ready for adventure. On Wednesday our first stop was Soldier’s Beach at Norah Head. Students participated in a sand modelling competition and achieved some impressive results. Our next stop was Camp Toukley. Students were placed into day groups and rotated amongst four camp activities; Archery, Crate Climb, Quad Biking and Bush Initiatives. These groups were run by Camp Toukley staff who quickly developed a great rapport with Year 4. On Wednesday night Year 4 teachers ran a games night, Teddy Bear Competition and devotions. Lots of fun was had. On Thursday Year 4 completed their rotation of activities and then packed up to come home. Students are to be commended on their behaviour and their willingness to support each other when attempting new challenges. Thanks to Mr Watts for organizing Camp Toukley and thanks to Mr Keast and Mrs Morris who attended as parent helpers.

Years 5 and 6 to Jenolan Caves and Bathurst

After the fantastic experience of being part of our Primary musical in week 7 last term, Stage 3 backed it up with another wonderful experience on camp. They arrived at Jenolan Caves to find snow and they visited the Caves wearing their winter woollies. They discovered how things were in the Gold Rush era and walked on the Bathurst 1000 race track. Enjoy the short video below of part of their trip.

Showcase Success

HSC Showcase

Year 12 displayed their talents and hard work in exhibition and on stage as part of this year’s HSC SHOWCASE. The night was well attended by family and friends to view the Major Projects and Management Folios presented by Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Software Design and Development, English Extension 2, Drama and Music.

The works are a culmination of a whole year of planning and execution of their ideas. The Management Folios included their planning, drawings, research, time management, budgeting, evaluations and documentation of the construction process.

Students works have been externally marked by NESA which will count towards their HSC mark for the subject. 

These works reached such a high standard, and credit is certainly due in part to the gifted Year 12 teachers who work tirelessly to bring the best out of our students. Thank you to all the behind the scenes staff involved in making such a night happen.

Creative Arts News

Spotlight

On Wednesday, 30th October we will be holding ‘Spotlight’, a night to celebrate excellence in Years 9-11 Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Photography and Digital Media, Visual Arts and Woodwork students.

6-9pm in the College Library / Hall.

All welcome! Entry by donation with proceeds going towards next year’s Secondary musical.

HSC Music ‘Encore’ Nomination

The HSC Music performance exams were held at the College toward the end of last term. All of our students performed at a very high standard and one student in particular caught the attention of the examiners.

We are very pleased to announce that Adelle Austin has received an Encore nomination. This is a terrific accolade in itself and Adelle has been rewarded for the many, many hours of diligent practice that has gone into producing a wonderful program.

Congratulations Adelle!

Group Piano Lessons

Our Piano Tutor is offering a 4 week trial of group Piano lessons for Stage 1 students. Commencing week 3 until week 6 (inclusive).

WEDNESDAYS LUNCHTIME 1:10PM-1:40PM. COST : $40

For more information please contact De Farthing on 0411286303 or by email: denisefarthing@optusnet.com.au

Seussical Jnr on YouTube

Our wonderful Primary production of Seussical Jnr is now available as an unlisted video on YouTube. Filmed and edited by Year 10 student Peter Hyslop, the show has been captured so that our Stage 2 and 3 students can re-live this exciting event for years to come.

Sport News

Primary Oztag

Our Open Primary Mixed Oztag team had a great day down in Sydney a few weeks ago.

The team represented BCC with an amazing sense of sportsmanship and competitiveness. Our team did a terrific job making it to the semi-finals, but were defeated in a nail-biting match.

Well done to our team of Year 5/6 players!

Primary Basketball

On Tuesday, 24th September, selected students from Stages 2 and 3 represented our College at Zone Basketball in Broadmeadow. All our teams made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations to the Senior Boys team who were victorious on the day, becoming the Zone winners! All the other teams were unfortunately beaten in their semi-finals, although the Junior Girls game was extremely close, going into overtime twice.

Primary Rugby

At the end of last term, the Primary Rugby Union team made their way out to Hunter Valley Grammar School to compete in a ten-a-side competition. 

It was an very warm day to be playing rugby union. However, the team did a terrific job, winning all of their pool games. Unfortunately, on a countback of points (for and against), our Belmont team did not progress through to the final, even though they were undefeated.

The Primary Rugby Union Team has improved immensely throughout the season and should be proud of their effort. 

National Athletics

Congratulations to Victoria Robinson who won Bronze in 12yr Multiclass Discus at the School Sports Australia National Track and Field Championships in Darwin.

An outstanding achievement and Victoria’s second consecutive national bronze medal in the same event. Well done Victoria!

NSW CIS Athletics

Congratulations to Daisyanne Linnane who won Gold in the NSW CIS 16yr High Jump at the end of last term. Daisy repeated her jump of 1.66m from the NSW CSSA carnival and won the event by a massive 11cm.

Tyler Ford finished 5th in 14yr Shot Put and Michellie Robins was 4th in 12yr Triple Jump, 9th in Long Jump and 15th in Shot Put.

Uniform Shop News

Blazer and Uniform Fittings for 2020

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