It is interesting to read books from decades ago, to read the way that language expressed ideas and how those ideas aligned and told the narrative of society at the time. For some of these books, the ideas and thoughts still remain today, but for most, our thinking and ways of understanding have surpassed the ideas of old.
How is it then that a book that had its earliest portions written some 3,500 years ago is still relevant today? The Bible is unique in that it was not written by a single individual, in a single time period, or in a single location. It is a collection of writings from approximately 40 authors, and written on three separate continents, and comprised of different languages.
It is not an anthology of works penned by these different authors for different purposes, but rather a harmonious, prophetic message. This is spoken of specifically in 2 Peter 1:20 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. The authors who wrote the Bible related what they saw and heard in human language, but their message came directly from God.
What other book could make such claims or indeed be as relevant to us now as it was then?
One of the lessons Christ gave us was about looking at ourselves in the mirror before we look at others.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
This is rarely easy to do … for any of us. Seeing our own faults can indeed be hard, seeing our children’s faults even harder, but before we look at the faults of others, it is important to confess our own faults, and come to the conversation with a realisation that no one is perfect, not even ourselves.
Only Christ was perfect, and while we are called to be Christlike, we will all inevitably fail. We should understand this of ourselves, and forgive ourselves for this, and as we accept this grace for ourselves, we must also forgive others. The reality is that young people, middle-aged people, and the rest of us make mistakes, and if we expect others to forgive us, so must we forgive others.
While the language may be different, the messages in the Bible are as relevant today as they were yesterday and as they will be tomorrow.
Let us all take a few minutes each day to learn the life lessons found within the most powerful, influential, but sometimes mis-understood book in history.
Seussical JR School Musical
Welcome to the whimsical world of Dr Seuss, where Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat and all of your favourite Dr Seuss characters come to life onstage in Seussical Jr. Come join Horton the Elephant as he discovers the citizens of Whoville floating on a dust speck. Immerse yourself in the Jungle of Nool during three exciting shows. Bayside Christian College students will be presenting Seussical Jr at the Hervey Bay Baptist Church on the 30th and 31st of August at 7pm and the 2nd of September at 2pm.
Wide Bay Rugby League
Congratulations must go to Cassius Kearns who travelled to Townsville during the holidays to represent Wide Bay for Rugby League. He played in a 5 day competition against some formidable opposition. He managed to score the first try for the team on Day 3 and crossed the line again on day 5, receiving the man of the match. Overall, the Wide Bay team placed 8th out of 10 and credit must go to all for working so hard. Congratulations again Cassius.
5-8yr old Athletics Carnival
Tuesday, Week 9 of Term 2 saw all the 5-8yr olds on the Bayside oval keen for a day full of fun and enjoyment. Everyone was excited to show off their athletic skills that they had acquired and learnt throughout the term. The day was a great success, and one that the students, staff and parents as a whole thoroughly enjoyed. There were many displays of sportsmanship and determination and it was awesome seeing everyone wanting to do their best. Congratulations to all for a fantastic day and here’s looking forward to next year’s event.
9-12yr old Athletics Carnival
Thursday Week 9 last term saw the 9-12yr old travel to the Dundowran Athletics track to compete against each other in a fun and friendly competition. The day was a great success and it was awesome to see everyone trying their best and doing so well. It was a long day for all but credit must go to everyone for pushing through and having a great time. Congratulations to the following for their super achievements and congratulations to all who made the Bayside team competing in the Hervey Bay District Athletics Carnival in Week 3.
9yr Girls Age Champion
Runner Up – Rebecca Yeatmen
Age Champion -Ava Carza
9yr Boys Age Champion
Runner Up – Aaron Cummins
Age Champion – Seth Ruhle
10yr Girls Age Champion
Runner Up – Hannah Bourke
Age Champion – Alira Mahoney
10yr Boys Age Champion
Runner Up – Antonio Firouzfar
Age Champion – Judah Friesen
11yr Girls Age Champion
Runner Up – Sasha Sneath
Age Champion – Sophie France
11yr Boys Age Champion
Runner Up – Dylan Mitchell
Age Champion – Cassius Kearns
12yr Girls Age Champion
Runner Up – Isreal Friesen
Age Champion – Sophia Carza
12yr Boys Age Champion
Runner Up – Lucas Mills
Age Champion – Myles Lloyd-Harwig
Futsal Champion of Champions
Monday 24 July saw nine winners of the Fraser Coast as well as the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Futsal Tournaments begin their journey to Nissan Stadium in Brisbane to compete in the Champion of Champions Tournament on Tuesday. After getting over the shear magnitude of the stadium, the number of courts and players, Bayside had a tough first two games losing to very dominant and extremely skillful opposition. Unfortunately, we could not play our game throughout those games but credit must go to the boys for holding their heads high and persevering. We won the third game which was very encouraging but narrowly missed out winning the last game by just one goal.
It was unfortunate not to get into the quarter-finals and everyone was very disappointed. We took encouragement from the fact that about 400 teams would have had to play each other to get to this stage and we were 1 of 15 to do so. The boys played their hearts out and never gave up. Their behaviour was excellent, and everyone was a true credit and a great example of the Christian character at Bayside. Many thanks must got to all the parents who were able to come and support.
This week Marine Science students investigated the external and internal anatomy of the mullet fish.
Year 7 Science
This term Year 7 Science students are study Space. Here students are modelling the phases of the moon using Oreos.
Senior Biology students this term are investigating Genetics. Here they are learning how to analyse DNA using gel electrophoresis.
Year 8 Science
This term Year 8 Science students are investigating cells. This week students learnt how to use both the light and stereo microscopes to study microscopic and macroscopic world of cells.
Senior art student Jazlyn Deller with her term art project.
Jeans for Genes Day
The Year 12 leaders have chosen to host a Jeans for Genes day for students from P-12. Come dressed in your favourite pair of jeans to reaise money for children born with a genetic disease. Gold coin donation please.
Multisport Excellence Program
Bayside’s Multisport Excellence Program is in full swing this term, starting us off in Week 2 with a challenging bike ride and tough swim training set. Many of our multisport students then competed in a Duathlon (run, cycle, run) on the weekend. Luckily for them, they were treated to a recovery session at B Mee Allied Health, including an infrared sauna and muscle compression (pictured).
Our Multisport Excellence Program is run by Mrs Jessica Davis and Coach Lars Olsen. Lars is an experienced and highly regarded Triathlon coach and we are very blessed to have him on our team. We are currently looking out for more talent to join our program, so if you have an interest in running, cycling, or swimming, please get in contact with Mrs Davis today!
Book Week is coming to Bayside.
Book Week is a wonderful event held every year in Week 7 of Term 3 where schools across the country spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Week 7 is on Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August. This year’s books week theme is Read, Grow, Inspire.
There will be competitions, activities, and crafts in the library each break, and all grades are welcome to attend both breaks during book week.
Every morning before class starts (8:00-8:30) we will have a bargain book sale where you can buy donated books. All funds raised go to Kindness Works.
Friday will be the day we dress up as a book character and have a book character parade. Prizes are given for best costume in each class.
Friday will also be our second grandparents and special friends’ day and we will be holding the book donation sale where grandparents and special friends can purchase books to donate to the library and write their names on a donation tag placed in the books.
Lots of exciting things to look forward to this year in Book Week. Happy Reading!
Whale Festival Parade of Lights
Bayside will take part in the Herveuy Bay Whale Festival, Parade of the Lights, Saturday 5 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
The parade will begin from City Park, with marshalling happening at the large whale statue on the green next to the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Travelling down adjacent to Main Street, the parade will migrate down the whale trail to the Main Street round-about on the Esplanade and will continue into Seafront Oval for the Funtime Amusement Spectacular.
Parents can collect their children at the end of the parade. It is an all-new all-abilities Parade of Lights, which will transform Hervey Bay into a visual feast, celebrating the magnificent whales and the awe-inspiring experience they bring to the Fraser Coast.
This parade is designed as a walking event, ensuring a shorter, safer, and more accessible route that brings people together, regardless of their fitness level or mobility.
This year’s theme for the Parade of Lights is “A Day at the Beach.”
Please check Consent2Go for more information.
On Tuesday, 11th July students from Year 8-12 attended a presentation by The Life Choices Foundation. The presenter, Andrew Fisher, challenged the students to stop and think through the consequences of significant choices while encouraging students to choose the path that is ‘right’ for them. The program provided evidence-based information and real-life stories that inspire young people to stand firm in the face of difficulties and negative influences. It was a really engaging presentation which concluded with Andrew showing the students his racing car. This was an amazing opportunity, and we thank The Life Choices Foundation for coming to Bayside.
This term, Year 7 have been learning about team building in HPE. To practice our teamwork skills, students worked in pairs to create an obstacle course and then guide their blindfolded partner through the course with only verbal instructions. Lots of laughs were had, especially when saying “big step!” to step over the hurdles.
Bumper Sticker Winner!
Congratulations to our bumper sticker winner, Natalie, seen by one of our spotters. The college will be in contact with you to present your prize of two $50 vouchers for Enzo’s!
To be in the running for this fabulous prize, grab a sticker from admin, stick it on your vehicle – and you may be the next winner!
Hervey Bay Schools OzTag
This day is the day in which we, as a community, reflect on and thank those who have given service to our College. Accordingly we have named this day, Founder’s Day.
To celebrate the service of others, we hold an annual Assembly to come together to give thanks to those who have given so much to our College, in God’s service.