From our Principal

Christian Education, Schools Faith, and The Church

It would be nice to think that Christian education is indeed a strong and uniting feature within all Christian schools, that our schools would be filled with God-loving people, people with undeniable and unyielding faith, and that there would be a tremendous synergy between our schools, faith, and our Churches, but this is not always the case.

Recently, I was encouraged to read Psalm 78 in which God speaks clearly to Israel:

My people, hear my Instruction; listen to the words from my mouth. 2 I will declare wise sayings; I will speak mysteries from the past – 3 things we have heard and known and that our ancestors have passed down to us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but will tell a future generation the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, his might, and the wondrous works he has performed. 5 He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children 6 so that a future generation— children yet to be born—might know. They were to rise and tell their children 7 so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep his commands. 8 Then they would not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Jesus reiterates this message with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:

18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

These readings make me consider the nature of the ‘Christian community’ and how it connects with Christianity, our personal Faith, and our Purpose. I have heard people say that they are not religious, and that they do not attend or belong to a Church. What do they really mean by “they are not religious”? In many such situations I have taken the chance to unpack this statement with them and have found that they are not atheists and that they do indeed have a faith, but they do not actively practice their faith because of the discomfort they have found in a Church.

I would like to stress “in A Church” not “in THE Church” – a significant difference. I have felt this discomfort and struggled for many years to find a spiritual home, and I am thrilled to have found this at Fraser Coast Baptists Church. Notwithstanding this wonderful connection to this particular Church community, the people, Pastor Tim, the style of worship, and the sense of genuineness and honour in their approach to faith, there have been times at which I have not attended worship because of work or family commitment.

In these moments when I do not connect for weekly worship, I believe myself to still live in the faith, but I miss out on the support and fellowship of others in communal prayer and worship. We are social animals, created to live in a deep relationship with God and with His creation, but with an ability to choose whether to deepen this relationship or let it dissipate – it is a choice we make.

There are times when we may struggle in our own understanding, in our interpretation of scripture and this can lead to dreadful misunderstandings and misconceptions. Worshipping in fellowship, discussing scripture with others is indeed the best way to consider the deep meanings in scripture, and in the consideration of what the message may mean for us here and now.

The Christian story teaches us that Christ walked with his Disciples, that he sought and started a Christian community that rapidly spread. Just like a teacher guides and steers the child in their learning to help them be all they can be, so too, do we need shepherds to guide our thinking, support us in prayer and to encourage us when we are weakened – we need our community around us.

Over the last few decades, our lives have become progressively more complicated. Technology has certainly brought many advances and new possibilities, but I believe that we have now become overloaded with tasks, responsibilities, and daily pressures, and this has taken a toll on our spiritual life and development. Relationships, take time to build and this is no different with our relationship with God. We need to take the time for prayer, quiet meditation, time to read Scripture and time in fellowship with others to further our collective spiritual needs, but our human-derived processes, the requirements we put on ourselves (or those others place on us), drown us in work that is not of the spirit, and herein lies the problem. I find this personal battle an ongoing challenge.

In a world, obsessed with compliance, regulation and in fear of offending someone, in an age in which so many people feel overly entitled, we add so much unnecessary pressure and burdens that take us away both in mind and body from being in relationship with God. With so many people having left our Churches, how do bring people back to a relationship with God? I think the answer lies in our schools, but we must not be afraid to speak the Word of God, hold true to our beliefs and accept that in doing so, there are people who will not agree with us.

I think it is of great concern to see the censorship of an organisation’s views when they are open about their views, beliefs, and stance. I think society has forgotten that Independent Schools exist to provide an alternative choice for parents to Government-based schools. The mandate of compulsory education should be considered in the Government sector and allow Independent Schools to develop as a community of people who come together for their collective views and beliefs. I find it astounding that anyone would join a Christian school and then complain about attendance at Chapels, deny worship or participation in Christian studies – but it happens.

We feel the pressure of daily demands, the challenge to make ends meet, to provide for our families and to be successful in our jobs, but at what cost? Society needs a new evolution or potentially a revolution, and one that puts our spiritual needs, as the creation of God far higher in the priority list. We need people courageous enough to deal with the complexities of the human processes we have created and enable us to find the time, space, and life approach that honours God and our relationship with Him.

God is found everywhere and is just waiting for us to open the door.

May the Blessing of our Lord be with you all now and forever more.

Brian Grimes
Principal/ CEO
Bayside Christian College

School Assembly Friday 27 May

Some photos from Assembly. Congratulations to those who received awards. Well done!

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Enrolments for 2023

Enrolment interviews for 2023 are already underway and positions filling fast. We encourage anyone that is wishing to enrol for next year to secure their places now by submitting their application forms.

Application packs can be collected from Administration or you can download an Enrolment Application.

For any enrolment enquiries, please email The Enrolments Officer or phone (07) 4124 4417 during school hours.

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Brazilian jiu jitsu afterschool sessions

Science Year 7

The students are exploring different separating techniques for mixtures in their Chemistry unit this term. Attached are some photos of our Paper Chromatography experiment the students participated in on Monday. The aim was to see the separation of colours in different markers/textas.

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Poetry Competition

For centuries the story of human civilisation has been told through song, literature and poetry. It shapes the way we view contemporary social, political, technological developments and human ingenuity have influenced our lives. It describes our folly, our weaknesses and our strengths. It provokes deep thought on our history, our current lives and our futures.

Bayside Christian College is calling all budding poets to write a poem about our College ……

A range of wonderful prizes will be on offer and the winning poems will be published in our annual year book.

Winners will be announced in August!

To enter, please click the button below (entries close 30 June).

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Bumper Sticker Competition Winner!

Emma of Kawungan is our Bumper Sticker Competition winner for this fortnight. The college will be in contact to present your prize of a $100 dinner voucher at Café Balaena. Congratulations!

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What is the Spinnaker Extension Program?

Bayside Christian College offers extension opportunities to foster and develop the special abilities of high ability students. The Spinnaker Extension Program is committed to optimising students’ educational outcomes and complement the classroom teacher’s extension activities, to develop critical, creative and reflective problem-solvers. We strive to provide challenging and meaningful learning experiences within a supportive environment. Students participate in a range of internal and external competitions, as well as lessons to extend and enrich their problem-solving abilities. Through the development of an extension program the college addresses an educational commitment to allow all students to have access to learning experiences to reach their full potential. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various project-based learning activities that will support and provide deeper extension into the curriculum.

Year 1 & 2 Spinnaker

During the Year 1 and 2 Spinnaker Extension Program this week, students were presented with an initial problem that involved placing 5 foods onto plates using a certain criteria. The students used positional language to help them decide where each piece of food went, before being challenged to find different solutions to the problem. Once they were confident in their understanding they were given animal cards and asked to place these into pens using a set of instructions. This activity required students to use their problem solving skills and listen carefully when following directions.

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Year 3 & 4 Spinnaker

This week in the Year 3 & 4 Spinnaker Extension Program students were asked to reconstruct a 3D model from its plan view using unifix cubes and draw the front and side views. Once this was mastered, a much richer problem was developed when the challenge was reversed and the students were asked to create models using only the side and front view. Students were even further challenge when asked to find out the maximum and minimum number of cubes that could be used to create their model. This required lots of trial and error and searching for a pattern that could help them.

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Year 5 & 6 Spinnaker

This term during the Year 5 and 6 Spinnaker lessons the students looked at the impact that plastic straws have on the environment. They were asked to research and present a project that informs others on the effect they have on the environment with suggestions on ways to reduce waste. The students worked hard and created some informative posters that can be viewed in the library.

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Senior Spinnaker

We all know that 64 does not equal 65, but during the Senior Spinnaker lesson students created a jigsaw puzzle suggests that it is true. This paradox puzzle is one of a genre known as ‘missing square puzzles’. Upon closer investigation, students discovered that the puzzle is visually misleading. The search for, and explanation of, the extra square involved many different mathematical tools and the use of Pythagoras theorem.

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Prep Quartz

In Prep Q we have been having fun in Maths. We have been practising our addition with Smarties in Smartie Maths, sorting shapes into size and colour. We have fun reading, using the whisper phones as we read quietly to ourselves.

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3Q Maths

This week during Maths, 3Q have been learning about fractions and how they make up parts of a whole. They investigated how two quarters is the same as a half and when they used fraction tiles they could see that fractions with an even denominator could be grouped to create a half.

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Science with 7Q

Sudents in 7Q recently learnt how to separate mixtures in the lab.

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Reader’s Cup Challenge

On Tuesday 7 June, a group of Year 5 and 6 students travelled to Xavier Catholic College to participate in the Reader’s Cup challenge. The students read five novels throughout the term and in a team competed against schools from across the Wide Bay. The questions were tough, but our Bayside team persevered throughout the competition and every one of our members were smiling and excited after each round. Although they didn’t win, they each took home a book prize and a memorable experience. They are all excited to participate next year and continue with their love of reading.

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Year 7T STEAM Textiles

Year 7T STEAM class has been working on creating dioramas depicting and Aboriginal Dreamtime story. Students were asked to use predominantly natural materials. They will then use the diorama to create a video telling the story they have chosen. 
Nathan and Tobias are featured working on their dioramas. Mia-Bella created the koala and whale diorama.

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Year 8 Food Technology

Year 8 Food Technology has focused on Café Creations this term. Students were asked to analyse the Coffee Club menu and design a new menu item. Vaughn and Carter created new burger recipes to add to the Coffee Club burger selection. Jessica created French toast with strawberries.

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Year 9/10 Textiles

Year 9/10 Textiles have been working on a new unit featuring stretch sewing. Students were asked to design and make a hoodie or trackpants.

So far, the trackpants are finished, but the hoodies will go down to the wire. Lucia decided to create a hooded cape instead and it was a hit with Mrs Farrelly. Well done to the students for learning some new, valuable life skills.

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Special Performance for Grandparents

Sunshine Kindy

Sunshine kindy students ventured to the school oval with Mr Meyers in preparation for their sprint at next week’s school athletics carnival.

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prayer requests

Please send your prayer requests to wellbeing@bayside.qld.edu.au. A note to parents: these requests will be put on SEQTA notices for students and families to pray about.

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PeaceWise Newsletter Article Term Week 8 2022

For the last two weeks of the term, we are learning about taking responsibility of our own part in a conflict through the ‘ME’ piece of the PeaceMaking Pizza or ‘Roadblocks to Peace’. They learn about the importance of owning your own part in a conflict and not playing the blame game. Students will also consider that an Peacemaking apology involves more than simply saying the words ‘I’m sorry’ through the 5 A’s of Apology.

For more information, please visit https://peacewise.org.au/peacewisekids/ or email Marissa.francis@bayside.qld.edu.au

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Vicky Wilson Netball Cup

On Monday 31 May, 13 students from Year 7-8 travelled to Bundaberg to compete in the Vicki Wilson Netball Cup. For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to play in a competitive Netball carnival, but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. The students played to the best of their ability, modelling the college values of integrity and tenacity. The students improved with every game that they played which was fantastic to see.

Well done to Sophie and Mia from Year 7 and Jessica, Lilly CK, Lily D Leilani, Sienna, Chloe, Tianni, Shontae, Alissa, Ruby and Andie from Year 8. Charlotte Knight, Year 11, also attended as an umpire. This was an amazing opportunity for her to umpire some high-level games.

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