Term 4 Week 8

From our Principal, Ms Sharon Sopher

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We live in what sociologists call a post-Christian society. While the majority of Australians still broadly identify themselves as Christian, Christian belief and adherence to Christian teaching is no longer the dominant force in shaping our values. It is therefore unusual that we cling to Christmas as perhaps the most important date in our calendar. What has shifted is that it has all but ceased to be a Christian event. The odd nativity scene in a shopping centre or Christmas carols that refer to the birth of a saviour are regarded as ‘safe’ traditions that don’t get in the way of the modern message of Christmas: spending time with family, going on holidays and buying gifts. These things are wonderful things but they are an insipid substitute for the joy that God has sent his Son into the world to reconcile us to Himself.

As a Christian community, we need to refocus the meaning of Christmas on Christ. It is important that we are aware that the present cultural message is pervasive when it comes to children. If Christian parents do not engage counter-culturally, then we will allow that message to be the only thing our children hear. A Christ-filled Christmas is the most joyful message imaginable for a hurting world. It is the promise of God’s love for his people and his purpose to bring sin and death to an end. It is the hope of salvation for all who are called by His grace.

My encouragement to you is to ensure that in your family that you look for opportunities to talk to your children, to build traditions and to celebrate Christ this Christmas.

I pray that you will enjoy the Christmas season and until we meet again in 2021; be blessed by our most precious Christmas gift, and then pass on that blessing to those you encounter.

Prayer and Praise

Prayer Points

~ Please pray for families who belong to our College who are experiencing grief at this time. Together, we are the Body of Christ, and we desire to uphold those who are mourning, before God’s Throne of Grace, that they might know His tender mercy and loving care.

~ Please continue to pray for our families who have been affected by cancer, and for families in the midst of that journey, that they might know the blessing of His tender love ministering to their deepest personal needs.

~ Please continue to pray for Mrs Janine Ferreira as she recovers from surgery on her hip. Janine is happy to be home and ready for the journey of healing and restoration to begin.

Praise Points

As we move towards the end of our last term for 2020 we pause to reflect and thank our Heavenly Father for…

~ The blessing and provision we have received throughout the course of this year.

~ Our students and their parents – they are our BCC family and we love them and are blessed to be called to serve them.

~ The many new families joining our BCC family in 2021. We are excited to welcome them into our community.

~ The provision of the most beautiful grounds at BCC. Every day we are blessed by hues of green, the wonder of new growth, and the kindness of covering shade.

~ The opportunities we have to speak of the truth of who Jesus is, helping our students understand more fully the reality of who they are when they find themselves in relationship with Him. We are very grateful.

Dear heavenly Father, In your Grace and Mercy we ask for your protection and provision for our families over the Christmas break. Please keep them safe. We ask, in your Mercy, that this Christmas will be a blessed time for our families – that they might experience renewed hope, healing and peace, as they remember the coming of the Messiah. Amen

Prayer Requests

In deeply challenging times such as these, we find our rest in the unchanging nature and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father.

As a Christian community we understand the significance and purpose of prayer. It is the heart-beat of our College. Together we boldly pray to our Father, through the work of His Son, in the power of the Spirit.

If you have a prayer request please complete the form here. We would love to pray for you specifically, and for your family, during this time of change.

‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express’ Romans 8:26b

2020 Presentation Awards

2020 Presentation Awards

As you know, due to Presentation Night having been cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19, we are celebrating student learning and achievement in a different way! Even though the year has looked different and our plans had to change, there is still much to celebrate at BCC.

The growth in our student learning has continued and in fact, they have learned the art of resilience and flexibility like never before. I am very impressed with the growth in our students. As a whole, they have impressed us with their achievements in the classroom, the sporting field and on the stage. Many have grasped leadership opportunities to positively influence the student body, have demonstrated Christ-like characteristics and for that, I am very grateful.

To that end, I would like to draw your attention to our 2020 Presentation Awards page, where you can join me in celebrating our students and their achievements. This page celebrates the many and varied gifts that God has given to our students.

Ms Sharon Sopher
Principal

Farewell

Farewell Mr Armsberry and Mr Mosely

At the end of each year, we find ourselves having to farewell valuable members of our community. To that end, I would like to take the opportunity to both thank and farewell Mr Nate Armsberry and Mr Jed Mosely who have each worked at the College for 13 years. Mr Armsberry served as our College Chaplain before becoming a teacher in the Secondary School. He is passionate about students understanding their place in God’s world. Mr Mosely has been working in the Science faculty and has a deep knowledge of the syllabus for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  We wish them well as they pursue a new direction and path and pray that God will continue to bless the work of their hands.

2021 School Leaders

Primary School Leaders

Meet our 2021 Primary Leadership team. From left to right Alex Campbell, Hamish Rae, Bridie Yeomans, Abi Hendriks. Student leadership is integral to our College. It was a great privilege to induct our 2021 Student Leaders at our recent Year 6 Graduation Ceremony.

2021 School Leaders, 2021 primary leaders

Secondary School Leaders

Meet our College Captains and Vice Captains for 2021, from left to right Mr Peter Hyslop, Mr Joshua Hale, Miss Mia Brown and Miss Zoey Thomas. It was a great privilege to induct our 2021 Student Leaders at our recent Year 12 Graduation Ceremony.

2021 School Leaders, 2021 secondary leaders

Our Student Leaders are integral to us as a Christian community. In response to our Lord Jesus’ example, student leadership at the College is all about service of others, humility and a willingness to do the hard yards, even when times are tough. We look forward to watching these young leaders help shape the direction of our College this coming year.

Year 12 Formal

Year 12 Formal

The Class of 2020 was able to finish off their year with a night of celebration. Held at the prestigious Civic Hall in Newcastle, the Year 12 Formal was one of the most memorable nights of the year. Students, parents and teachers were able to have a meal together,  share stories and mark some of the significant achievements of our impressive Year 12 cohort. In a year where nothing was certain, we were all blessed to have this opportunity and share in this important night with Year 12. Well done, Year 12!

Office News

Office Holiday Hours

The Office will be operating with reduced staff and hours over the school holiday break from Friday, 4th December until it closes on Monday, 21st December to Monday, 4th January 2020. For urgent enquiries please email college@bcc.nsw.edu.au. Students return from Wednesday, 27th January when Office hours return to normal hours of 8.10am – 4pm.

Lost Property

We have 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. Unmarked lost property will be donated or disposed of at the end of the Year.

Uniform Shop News

If you have any queries about the College uniform, make sure you visit our dedicated Uniform page on the College website. Alternatively, get in touch with our uniform partner, Alinta Apparel.

Sign in at the Uniform Shop

You are now able to sign in at the Uniform Shop. Using your mobile phone you are able to scan a QR code for quick sign in. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping inline with Covid-19 Government regulations.

January 2021 Uniform Shop Hours

Appointments are not necessary

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Keep Informed with the BCC Website

Keep Informed with the BCC Website

The College website continues to grow and evolve as a fantastic resource for parents and students. Make sure you take a look at our Community Hub. Why not share the weblink with friends and family and give them a look inside the BCC Community. 

BCC also communicates home to parents and caregivers via the Skoolbag App. Skoolbag provides an easy and convenient means of communication of essential information including the College Newsletters, notices and alerts which are communicated directly to parents and caregivers through the Skoolbag Mobile App on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. We encourage parents to download the Skoolbag App and check-in to the App on a regular basis for any announcements to keep you informed.

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2021 Tuition Fees Calculator

As previously advised there will be no increase to our fees for 2021. The fee schedule used for 2020 will remain the same for next year. We pray that this decision will bless our families who have all faced the challenges and uncertainty of this year. 

To assist with budgeting for 2021 we have a fee calculator available on our College website https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/fees/ 

2021 Term Dates

The 2021 term dates are now available on our website https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/term-dates/

Virtual College Tours

Do you have friends and family who cannot make it onsite to check out the College on a personal face-to-face tour? Maybe you know of folk who are considering a relocation to the Hunter region? Why not encourage them to join our College Registrar, Ms Teena Knott, on a Virtual College Tour. For more details and to book a face-to-face or virtual tour, click here

Parents Directory

Our website now hosts a Parents Directory. The Parents Directory is an up-to-date online directory summarising all of our key communication channels and links need-to-know information between the College and families. Communication between your family and the College forms a crucial part of the education journey. Click here to view the page and keep informed https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/parents/