Term 3 Week 8

From our Head of Primary, Mrs Leoni McNeill

From our Head of Primary, Mrs Leoni McNeill, McNeill Leoni 000171

God remains the same yesterday, today and forever; Hebrews 13:8. What a wonderful reassurance this is for us as followers of Christ.

The lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic forces us to reconsider and alter our ‘normal’ and expected ways, which, if looked at from a different perspective, can also provide us with some surprises and delightful moments in our days should we allow it.

While our curriculum looks different as teachers deliver it remotely, there are positive elements to our days for students and parents working from home. Learning continues in a meaningful, albeit varied format, certainly with unique delivery for every family. We fully understand that there are more challenges for some families than for others. Still, together with many excellent outcomes, we sincerely thank you for your positive feedback and encouragement as we work together. Furthermore, Wellbeing Wednesday, a day we have designed to provide relief and release from the daily demands of school life at home, has proven a positive and welcome experience for many families. We have been privileged by parents sharing images and stories, which has been and continues to be an immense encouragement to us all! Thank you, parents, and we ask that they keep coming in!

The College’s participation in RUOK Day today is another reminder of the importance of personal wellbeing and happiness for individuals and families. We encourage ongoing ‘real’ conversations amongst all, not only during the pandemic but always. In all, knowing God is our ‘rock’ is paramount.

The family plays an essential role in every aspect of a child’s life, learning, living and loving! So this Father’s Day, we trust that dads were duly celebrated as they so deserve; dads play such a vital role in their children’s lives.

We thank you for your tremendous support as we navigate this challenging season together. We pray for every individual’s excellent health, abundant blessings and joy that only God can provide.

Prayer and Praise

Prayer over 2021 – a year of growth – for our community – in our personal lives, our spiritual walk, and in our expression of His love in and through our lives. And for a flourishing for our students in their endeavours…to His glory.

Prayer Points

~ Year 12 students finish well, and have the opportunity to celebrate the closure of their schooling
~ Motivation and encouragement for those students who are finding the new routine of lockdown difficult
~ Staff as they juggle work and their own families
~ Continued hope, that whilst the world is changing daily and there appears to be no certainty, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow
~ Positive and healthy connection to friends, family and school
~ Those who are struggling with work, their mental health or isolation, that they reach out to professionals for help and support

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

Prayer Warriors

Parents are invited to join our prayer group on Mondays at 8:15am and Fridays at 2:15pm. Meeting at the College flag pole after signing in at the College office. However, due to current Covid-19 restrictions our meetings will be held via Zoom. For more information please contact Wendy Robinson wendy@wendyrobinson.com.au or phone 0409987939. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Current COVID-19 Regulations

Current COVID-19 Regulations

As you know, COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our society, and so, maintaining the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and College community continues to be a priority for us all.

Our website will be kept up-to-date with the current COVID-19 regulations. Parents and caregivers will continue to receive all official communication via Skoolbag and email as well.

Staff Update

Farewell…

Mrs Michelle Hadson – Food Technology Assistant

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Mrs Michelle Hadson has been faithfully working at the College for 21 years as our Food Technology Assistant and previously volunteered in our school canteen.

We want to thank Mrs Hadson for her faithful service in our Food Technology department and her contribution to our College community over many years.

We pray God’s richest blessings to Michelle and her husband Allan as they venture into the next chapter of their lives and enjoy their ‘tree change’.

 

Staff Update, Michelle Hadson

R U OK? Day

R U OK?

R U OK? Day is today Thursday, 9th September 2021. It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

We are currently living in a challenging time and this has made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. R U OK? Day helps Australians know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.

To recognise the power of casually checking in with your friends on R U OK? Day, we are encouraging students and staff to dress in yellow on Thursday, 9th September. No donation is required.

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School Photo Day

School Photo Day

School photographs have again been re-scheduled and pending Covid-19 restrictions will now be taken on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021 for Beginners, Kindergarten, Years 1, 2, 6, 11 and 12 students and on Tuesday, 16th November 2021 for Years 3, 4, 5, 7 8, 9 and 10 students. We will advise closer to the time which of these days we will be taking Sibling photos.

Please note a reminder of our Summer Formal Uniform requirements for the day:
~ Kindergarten – Year 6 boys are requested to wear short sleeved shirts.
~ Year 7 – 12 girls are requested to wear white striped socks, not stockings.
~ Year 11 and 12 must wear their shirts and blazers.
~ Hair needs to be off the face, tied back or up.
~ Plain surgical studs or sleepers and one watch only.

An envelope has been distributed to students. It is our preference that ordering be completed online to reduce administration and potential security issues related to the return of cash and envelopes. If ordering online is not possible, order envelopes and cash can be returned to the photographer on photo day.

Orders can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school’s unique 9 digit advanced order code: P5L NEY LXP. Portrait and group package orders are due on photo day. Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph online, the order must be placed no later than 29th October. Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed.

Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please email to enquiries@advancedlife.com.au.

ORDER NOW, go to: www.advancedlife.com.au and enter the code: P5L NEY LXP

Prefect Devotions

Prefect Devotions

It has been remarkable how our community has come together during remote learning. One of the most encouraging aspects of this time has been how our Year 12 and Year 11 student leaders have led the College in a devotional series on the Fruit of the Spirit. Each Prefect chose a specific fruit and spoke on how we could be developing it in our lives, providing practical and simple applications, while also not losing sight of our dependence on God for personal and spiritual growth.   

What’s more impressive, is that they prepared these devotions during their Year 12 Trial Examinations and  their Year 11 Yearly Examinations. Staff and students all appreciated their desire to serve our College and help us to not lose sight of what is most important. While our Year 12 and Year 11 students have demonstrated their usual grit and resilience, they have also displayed something even more important: loving service. It is easy to be proud of our student leaders and their proactive kindness to our Community. 

We’d love you to take the time to sit down with your morning cuppa over the next few days and enjoy these
devotions yourself: https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/devotions-from-our-prefects/ 

Well done, Prefects. 

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Parent and Caregiver Webinars

Upcoming Parenting Webinars

Parent and Caregiver Webinars, headspace

Careers Information

Sport News

Primary Design your own Cricket Bat Competition

All students have been invited by the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association to enter a ‘Design your own cricket bat’ competition. There are prizes available for individuals, as well as the College that has the highest number of students who enter.

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CSSA Rocket League Esports Tournament

Students have the opportunity to represent Belmont Christian College in a CSSA Rocket League Esports Tournament. Primary and Secondary Divisions are available.

To enter, students need to form a team of 3 and email your respective Sports Coordinator by 16th September.
Secondary – Mr Hall – mark.hall@bcc.nsw.edu.au Primary – Mr Robins – ben.robins@bcc.nsw.edu.au

Note: there are no age divisions, your team can come from across year groups. However because we are offering to both sectors of the College, teams must remain within the Primary or Secondary Division.

Only Sports Coordinators can enter teams for their respective schools.

Click here for further information.

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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.

Online Orders Only

Whilst our region is in lockdown our Uniform Shop will be closed on-site. However, online orders are available.

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Updated Pricelist

Please find below a copy of the updated pricelist, effective as of 3rd September 2021.

Keep Informed with BCC

Social Media

Insight into the heart and soul of College life across all grades is best engaged with via our Facebook and Instagram social media feeds. We encourage you to join both groups and stay up to date with the latest from BCC.

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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Tuition Fees Calculator

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

2022 Term Dates

The 2022 term dates are available on our website https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/term-dates/

Virtual College Tours Available Now

Do you have friends and family who might be interested in joining our College? 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 virtual tour, click here

Parents’ Directory

We understand that communication between your family and the College forms a crucial part of the education journey. Our website hosts a Parents’ Directory. The Parents’ Directory is an up-to-date online directory summarising key communication channels and links. This includes a live link of key dates on our College Calendar! Click here to view the page and keep informed https://bcc.nsw.edu.au/parents/

Fundraising with Entertainment Book

 

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Entertainment Book Available Now

Entertainment Memberships are now 100% digital. Saying goodbye to the iconic Book wasn’t easy but the new Entertainment Memberships start anytime and are valid for 12 months from activation. Packed with thousands of substantial savings to delight and inspire, an Entertainment Membership is your pass to exclusive offers and quality experiences, activities and benefits. The digital membership is easy to download to start using instantly. New offers are added weekly for ongoing value all year round.

Benefits of the App include:

  • User-friendly: Instantly search and redeem offers or check out the Near Me tab to find offers, wherever you are.
  • Memberships start anytime: Flexible start date, Memberships are valid for 12 months from when you activate (16 months if you take advantage of the Early Bird offer now).
  • New offers automatically added: As soon as a new offer is available, you get access to it. No more waiting for the next print run!
  • Multiple devices: You can still share your Membership with your family. Encourage your partner and kids to download the App so they can access valuable savings when out.
  • Convenient: The App means that as long as you have your phone, you have your Membership too (no more lugging around the book).
  • Easy gifting: We’ve made it simpler than ever to gift an Entertainment Membership – simply purchase from your chosen fundraiser and the gift Membership will be delivered instantly to your inbox.