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Term 4 Week 6

From our Director of Teaching and Learning, Miss Melanie Melcum

From our Director of Teaching and Learning, Miss Melanie Melcum, 104

Learning to engage our head, our heart and our hands.

Recently I attended a Teaching and Learning Conference and I instantly resonated with this idea of what learning is really about…

Formational learning develops the mind, captivates the heart, and equips the hand, encouraging curious and courageous learners to explore God’s world and live out the hope of Christ. Transformation by Design: Crafting Formational Learning

As a Christian College, we don’t just want to fill students’ heads with information, we want them to have a deep understanding of the world around them and the wisdom to use their knowledge in discerning ways. More than that, we want their hearts to be shaped and moved by the knowledge they gain. As they learn more about the world and the way it works, as they begin to understand the problems we have in the world and with each other, we want them to be moved with compassion or anger as Jesus was at times. But then the greatest indication that their head and hearts have been engaged in the learning process will be if it moves to their hands, if it actually creates some action or response. If our students leave us with heads full of knowledge, hearts that are moved by God’s creation and toward His people and if they act in ways that help to bring more of heaven to earth then we can say confidently that formational learning has truly taken place and that God has been glorified in that process.

Prayer and Praise Points

Thank you for supporting our precious community through prayer.

Please Pray for: 

Year 12 as they wait for their HSC Results and as they seek God’s leading for the next step in their lives.

Students across our College preparing to transition to new Stages and Classes next year.

Year 10 during their ‘Readiness’ Week and into their early break, that they may rest in God’s unfolding plans for their next phase of life.

Our end of year Presentation Night and end of term activities.

New students and their families as they prepare to come to our College in 2020.

Our Year 12 students as they prepare to go to Thailand and for Year 10 students as they prepare to go to Vanuatu. Protection, blessing and provision for each student and staff member.

Special request: One of our precious BCC families have asked for prayer for their little one who is currently in Prep, Michaela Gobrial. Michaela was diagnosed with Fibular Hemimelia as soon as she was born as she had only three toes. This alerted Dr’s to discover the condition. FH is a condition that affects the growth of the leg – there is no known cause, it’s a congenital disease. Michaela is about to have her first leg lengthening procedure on the 21st of November at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and afterwards will have to wear an external fixator for 6 months. Michaela’s parents have requested prayer and specifically on 21st November when she undergoes the first procedure. 

Thank you for praying for our community.

Presentation Night

Tuesday, 3rd December | 6.25pm| Civic Theatre

Presentation night will be held on Tuesday, 3rd December starting promptly at 6.25pm at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. This is a wonderful evening celebrating student achievement as well as enjoying the gifts and talents of our children through performance.

Please note that students receiving an award or performing on the night are asked to arrive at 5.50pm. These students have been notified by email this week. Parking may be difficult so please allow time for this.

We are looking forward to a great night of celebration. All welcome!

Hampers for the Salvation Army

Belmont Christian College collecting donations now

Primary School are collecting donations for people in the local community who really struggle through the Christmas season. The Salvation Army try to alleviate some of this need in some practical ways that can really help families.

Belmont Christian College are delighted to partner with The Salvation Army to collect donations for these families to have them delivered before Christmas.

Items needed:

* Mini chocolates/share pack

* Natural confectionary lollies

* Shortbread

* Tin of beetroot, pineapple slices,corn, fruit salad

* Large bag of potato chips

* 1 litre custard – long life pack

* Packet or tin gravy mix

* Christmas/fruit cake

* Fruit mince pies

* Small packet jelly

* Crackers/savoury biscuits

Collection bags will be in each Primary classroom until 29th November, and we would love it if you could contribute.

Hampers for the Salvation Army, hamper 2

‘Grand Day’ Book Parade

Our Primary School had the pleasure of hosting ‘Grand Day’ together with Book Week celebrations. The morning was filled with colour, fun & pageantry! Our special ‘Grand’ parents and friends were entertained by a myriad of book characters in our dynamic Book Parade, together with a beautiful choral performance.

Following the parade, students welcomed their ‘Grand’ parents and friends to their classrooms where together they played a number of fun, interactive games – both modern and from the days of old! This was concluded with a beautiful Morning Tea in our stunning outside Library space, on the lawn. Spectacular!

Year 9 Photographic & Digital Media visit Ken Duncan

Ken Duncan Photographic Gallery

Year 9 Photographic and Digital Media students have visited the Ken Duncan Photographic Gallery in Erina. They viewed an exhibition of some of his latest photographic work, alongside some outstanding images taken by Ray Martin from all over the world.

The trip turned out to be very special as the students were able to meet Ken Duncan himself. They listened to stories about his own photographic journey and technical practice. Mr Duncan shared a few tips about how to make it in the photographic industry. These Year 9 students are to be commended for bringing a positive attitude to their learning journey.

Recommended Reading

‘Get Your Hopes Up’ by Glen Gerreyn

Every year Glen comes to talk to our Yr 12 students about their goals and motivations, their plans and dreams. His personal, engaging presentation always has a lasting impact on our students and we see the benefit of his insights in the students’ renewed approach to their learning. Glen’s book targets many of the main points of his presentations and encourages students to discover their purpose, realise their potential and live a life that counts. 

For further information and to purchase the book visit:

Recommended Reading, GYHU book

Creative Arts News

The Nativity

Kindergarten and Stage 1 will be performing ‘The Nativity’. This is the perfect and straight forward telling of the Nativity story. The children have been working hard and are excited to perform for you. We hope that you can join with us as we celebrate this very special time of year.

WHEN: 11am Thursday, 5th December 2019
WHERE: College Hall

Sport News

CSSA Basketball

Our Primary Senior Boys and Girls teams travelled to Penrith on Monday for NSW CSSA Basketball. It’s always a tough competition, although Belmont has had quite a bit of success over the years.

The Boys team were coming in off the back of winning the Zone competition at the end of last term. They started well, posting two very convincing wins. In their 3rd and 4th games, they came up against two very evenly matched sides, and with fatigue setting in, our shooting started to go wayward. The boys narrowly lost those two games to 3rd in their pool.

The Girls team were semi-finalists at Zone and like the Boys, started very strongly. They went into their final pool game undefeated, but needed a win to progress to the semi-final. It was a very scrappy contest against Pacific Hills and went down to the wire, with the Belmont side unable to replicate their earlier form, going down by just 3 points to finish equal 5th in the whole competition.

Def Mamre 36-10Def Mamre 40-2
Def Aust. Christian College 26-4Def Aust. Christian College 48-2
Def Inaburra 18-6Lost to Inaburra 12-17
Lost to Pacific Hills 4-7Lost to Pacific Hills 7-10

CSSA Cricket

Our Primary Cricket team recently competed in the NSW CSSA Knockout Cricket competition.

The first round sees schools play for their Zone title, with the winner playing another Zone champion in the semi-finals. Our Zone only consisted of one other side, so we ventured out to Singleton to take on Carinya, Tamworth.

With a very inexperienced side, the boys were not sure how they would go, but quickly settled into the match. Belmont bowled first and restricted Carinya to 5/86 in the 20 over format, with Jed Pennington taking 2 wickets. Our batting started very slowly and as the required run rate crept up, Belmont looked like they were in trouble at 2/32 at the halfway point. However Amos Maddison and Kane Valaire came in and made some fast runs, with Belmont winning the game, and the Zone title, with 8 balls to spare. Belmont 3/87 (18.4 overs – A. Maddison 28no, K. Valaire 16no) def Carinya 5/86 (J. Pennington 2/20, A.Bell 1/11)

This meant we travelled to Sydney to play Northern Beaches in the CSSA Semi-final. On a wet and windy day in Terrey Hills, we lost the toss and batted first. Once again our run rate suffered, scoring just 30 runs off the first 10 overs. There would be no heroics from our Singleton game-winners, as Amos Maddison was involved in a mix-up, to be runout for just 7 after looking good early. Joshua Culjak scored 15, but it was going to be a struggle with the team finishing at 7/74.

The small total would require exceptional bowling, but wides and no-balls would haunt the side. Belmont removed the opposition’s dangerous batsmen fairly early, but the damage was done with a number of wides costing the team in the end. Northern Beaches 4/76 (15 overs – N. Tepper 2/11) def Belmont 7/74 (J. Culjak 15, K. Valaire 9)

Woolworths Cricket

Over 40 students from Yr 6 (plus 2 x Yr5’s) had a great day out at the Woolworths Cricket Day last Friday at Cameron Park.

This is a fun day, where teams from schools in our Zone come together and play some quick Super 8 style cricket. There’s no competition as such, although I’m sure the students were keeping a count of their wins, and it is a day where students can have a great day out, hone their cricket skills, whilst representing the College in a relaxed atmosphere.

Our students displayed great sportsmanship and comradery with the other schools on the day.

Good for Kids Tips

Sport News, GFK T4 W6

Uniform Shop News

Uniform Requirements for 2020

Reminder of previously advised uniform requirements for 2020.

All Secondary boys in Years 7 to 12 will wear grey shorts in summer and grey trousers in winter.

All Secondary girls in Years 7 to 12 will wear grey skirt all year round.

All Senior Secondary students in Years 11 and 12 will wear a white shirt or blouse. The current blue shirt or blouse may only be worn as an alternative for those in Year 12 in 2020. Students commencing Year 11 in 2020 will wear a white shirt or blouse.

Socks: All boys K-12 will wear grey BCC striped socks, and girls K-12 will wear new white BCC striped socks.

All old crest logo items will be phased out fully by the start of 2020 with the exception stated above for Year 12 shirts in 2020, school bags and items with the ‘BCC’ embroidery eg formal shirts, sport shorts, sport pants, wet weather jackets.

Extra Opening Hours

The Uniform Shop will open Monday, 2nd December 8am – 11am by appointment only. Appointments can be made online:, by phoning the shop during opening hours phone: 0403587385 or email:

The regular Shop hours are: Tuesday 1 – 3.30pm and Thursday 8 – 11am

Lost Property

The College has quite a collection of unmarked lost property. Could you please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Lost property is located in the Office and Primary School hallway. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to come and look for their child’s lost property, after first signing in at the Office.

Community Noticeboard

Homework Club

Stage 4 Homework Club

Thursday Afternoon’s | 2:50pm to 4:00pm | BCC Learning Hub

BCC Learning Hub is now offering an after school homework club for Stage 4 Students.


BCC Library Remote Borrowing

BCC Library Remote Borrowing

Pick-&-Collect service for families to borrow books from our BCC Library collection

We will pack your selection and notify you via email when your books are ready to be collected from the College office.

Fundraising with Entertainment Book

Fundraising with Entertainment Book

From $69.99 – with $14 towards our fundraising!

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Before and After School OSHC

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Before and After School OSHC

Available 7.00am – 8.40am & 2.50pm – 6.00pm @ the College

To register and manage your before and after school care bookings click below. Available for BCC Beginners to Year 6.

FACTS tuition Management System

FACTS tuition Management System, Capture


Tuition Management System

Giving you more payment options and greater flexibility to break up your payments over the course of the year. Making your tuition payments more manageable. To sign up, check your nominated email address now.

Common Grounds Community Garden

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Common Grounds Community Garden

1.10pm | 65 John Fisher Rd, Belmont North

Mondays during College Term.

Join parents and students as they tend to our Community Garden which provides food for our College and the community. All welcome!

Belmont Christian College Community Playgroup is a group for parents and caregivers of children 0-6 years in the local community.