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Term 2 2019
A Busy Term Two
Term 2 started with our school running its Cross Country Carnival on 9th May. This was a great day of fun and competition. All students performed exceptionally well, with a number of them going on to represent our school at the State Cross Country Carnival on 31st May.
We also celebrated ‘Mother’s Night’, where we invited our precious mums to school spoiling them with supper and gifts and special time spent with their children in their classrooms ahead of Mother’s Day.
On 17th May, we took part in Walk Safely to School Day – where children met our Principal, Mr Dodd at ‘the crossroads’ and walked together with some parents to school. This is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of NSW and is run each year to encourage safe use of footpaths and pedestrian crossings. On this afternoon, our P&F organised a wonderful Disco for all BCS children. Students were treated to games, coloured hairspray and glowsticks, dancing and a sausage sizzle. A great time was had by all and we are very grateful to our P&F for organising such a wonderful event.
In Week 4 our Year 3-4 class had a wonderful time away on an inaugural overnight camp at Crusaders Galston Gorge Conference and Recreation Centre. Students enjoyed activities such as rock climbing, orienteering, bush survival and archery – led by the fabulous camp leaders. The general consensus from all who attended was that it was a fantastic time.
Our Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday 12th June, and again, students conducted themselves with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. The weather was fine, parents volunteered with timekeeping, marshalling and BBQ-ing; the children ran and threw and jumped and we had many qualify for the Zone Athletics to be held in Term 3.
A Small School Soccer/Netball Gala Day was also attended by Years 3-6 as we competed against other Christian Schools in this fun day out at Kellyville
Aside from all this activity we also ran NAPLAN testing, an OOSH Cake Stall, our P&F Meeting, Meet the Principal Sessions, Parent/Teacher Interviews and issued Semester One Reports.
On the last day of Term we had a visit from NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as we took part in this process which confirms registration of our school for the next 5 years. We are very grateful to all staff for all their hard work in preparation for this review, especially our School Co-ordinator, Mr Simon Mattinson. Of course, we passed with flying colours!!!
School Birthday and National Ride to School Day
Our school celebrated its 33rd Birthday on 22nd March with a mufti day and an afternoon of games. At the end of the day the oldest child and youngest child in the school were joined by their partners to blow out the candles on the birthday cake, which was then shared among the students. The day began with a ‘bike bus’ led by our Principal to support National Ride to School Day, which encourages fitness and safety when riding to school.
P&F Cake Stall Fundraiser
On Saturday March 23, our fabulous P&F organised a Cake Stall Fundraiser at Wahroonga Village shops. It was a great day, with the school community supporting the venture by baking, transporting and serving our wonderful array of cakes and slices. The stall was a big hit with the locals and every last item was sold! Thank you so much to Jo West and Jane Mohsen for their hard work in co-ordinating the stall – and our wonderful parents for supporting it so enthusiastically.
Last week, Berowra Christian School combined with Liberty College on a tour of our Nation’s capital. The students had a wonderful time learning more about our country’s history and government. They also enjoyed a fun filled day at Perisher where many got to see snow for the first time, make snowmen and enjoy a friendly snowball fight. The students can be commended for their excellent behaviour and being great ambassadors for the school.
Soccer Metro Cup
After qualifying through the Small School’s Gala Day, the Junior Boys Soccer Team represented Berowra Christian School at the Soccer Metro Cup in Penrith. The level of competition was high with teams from 16 independent schools being represented. Our boys played well and continued to develop their ability to work as a team. After three tough pool games our team progressed to the quarter finals only to be beaten in the dying minutes. Congratulations must go to our boys for a fantastic effort and achievement.
The Christian Inter-school Debating Competition (CIDCOM) has once again commenced. It is always wonderful to be part of this competition as it is a wonderful opportunity for the senior students. They get to meet students from other school, develop research and speech writing skills and practice speaking in front of a range of audiences. All the students involved have shown amazing dedication and effort, and have been wonderful ambassadors for the school. Due to their hard work they won their debate against Toongabbie Christian College, convincing the adjudicator and audience that, ‘Every family should have a pet.’ We wish the team well as they prepare for their future debates.
State Cross Country
On the 1st June, our team of 22 students competed in the CSSA State Cross Country. It was a fantastic day and it was so encouraging to see each of our students run with determination and perseverance. It was particularly encouraging to see the huge improvements that some of our students had made from last year as a result of them setting goals and training hard. A special congratulations to Ben of Year 3. Ben, who lives with spina bifida, made everyone at Berowra Christian School very proud with his amazing effort at completing the course and qualifying for the Combined Independent School’s (CIS) State Carnival later this month.
Swimming Carnival Fun
Last Thursday, 22nd February, the Berowra Christian School community came together to encourage, support and celebrate the wonderful efforts of the children at our annual swimming carnival. It was a joy to see every child being cheered whether they were coming first or 8th. This behaviour was a wonderful reflection of the students living out our school’s core values of ‘Respect,’ ‘Best Effort’ and ‘Kindness’. These values were also evident when the students in Kindy and Year 1 competed in their novelty races supported in the pool by their older partner.
Thank you to all the parents who helped on the day. We wish the students going to Zone all the best as they represent BCS.
A New Year
The staff of Berowra Christian School pray that all current and past families have had a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year. Please note that the school’s Enrolment Day is on the 29th January and formal classes will commence on the 30th. Families should receive their Parent Handbook and other information shortly.