Principal’s Message

Dear Parents
A question I have been asked often in past years is “how can my child overcome this challenge?” I wonder if the question shouldn’t be “how can my child face this challenge?” I think this distinction is very important as in life there are a great many times that we face challenge and do not succeed, and the question of how we face or prepare for the challenge becomes highly relevant.

Through every experience we have the ability to learn and adapt. This sometime means that we take a stumble or two, and these learnings can be so critical to our success. I remember trying to learn to ride a pushbike as a young boy, far too many years ago now, and distinctly remember riding my bike into what my brother and I called “the bee bush.” After numerous stings as a result of invading the space of these industrious insects, I found the determination to stay upright and avoid the bush!

Through all we do, we have the ability to adapt and learn. This does present a challenge to parents and that is, sometimes lessons and experiences need to be had to enable growth. Rescuing a child from every possible challenge or impeding struggle can in fact be counterproductive and does not help them fall gently and learn from the experience.

One way we could consider this issue is that challenges, much like conflict, can be opportunities for us to grow. Perhaps this is God’s way of helping us to mature spiritually, to help us face relatively easy challenges first, that He knows we can cope with, as He prepares us for our journey ahead.

God never gives us more than He knows we can handle. The question here may be – who does the word we represent? I do not believe God gives us challenge, wipes His hands clean and says, “go solve that!” but rather he invites us to receive the challenge by faith in divine assistance. So, He is not thinking of we as just ourselves, but we as being dependent on the grace that comes with the difficulty, and that comes with our faith in Him.

The word handle is important too. I do not believe God meant we will succeed in everything we try, but rather that through His love and Grace, we are supported by God, so that we never fall so far that we cannot recover or that we are forever lost or without hope, as long as we have faith in Him.

1 Corinthians 10: 13 states:
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

My take on these matters is that God will truly never give his people trials in which He will not sustain them and bring them through to everlasting glory. We do however need to not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, we should feel great comfort in talking to our children and family through challenge and use this as a wonderful opportunity to seek the divine assistance of God in all we do.

Brian Grimes

School Canteen is on its way!

It won’t be long and our new canteen will be here! Named the Castaway Café, the new canteen will be a popular addition to our school. The area is fenced off ready for the foundations, then once the services are in place, the building can be put in position. Stay tuned for more photos as the build progresses.

Canteen foundation

District Cross Country

Congratulations to all our students who competed at the District Cross Country carnival on Tuesday 2 May at the Sports Precinct. Well done to our three podium finishers and the nine student who were selected to compete at the Wide Bay carnival on Tuesday 6 June.

2nd Rory Sloan (WB selection)
2nd Lucas Mills (WB selection)
3rd Ben Barkley (WB selection)
4th Cale Sneath (WB selection)
4th Lilly Sloan (WB selection)
5th Sophia Carza (WB selection)
5th Tobey Pehi (WB selection)
6th Macy Keen (WB selection)
6th Violet Atkinson (WB selection)
7th Brock Wicks
7th Sasha Sneath
7th Fletcher Cox
9th Dylan Mitchell
10th Jack Mitchell
10th Sophie France

Bayside Boys Chosen for Wide Bay Soccer

Congratulations must go to Lucas Mills and Bo Hanley who have been selected for the 10-12 year old Wide Bay Soccer Team. They will travel with the team in August to compete in the QSS School Football 10-12 years Championships in Cairns! There was stiff competition over the two days of play coming from five other district teams. Malakai Yeatman and Antonio Firouzfar made the final stages but were unlucky to miss out on Wide Bay selection. Overall, for the boys to get this far they would have been trialled against hundreds of players.

Girls Lift Their Game!

Last weekend, sisters Lillian (year 9) and Rebekah (year 12) travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in the Queensland Weightlifting competition. Both girls did exceptionally well, bringing home a medal and certificates. Future Olympic Athletes? Definitely! Check out the Talk Times video below with the girls chatting to Mr Grimes about their sport.


Aquatic Safety

Last term, Year 10 students were involved in a Health and Physical Education unit centered around Aquatic Safety, with the expectation of meeting the criteria equivalent to the attainment of a Bronze medallion. The unit comprised several challenging components, such as swimming 400m in less than 11 minutes, towing a person for 50m unaided within a stipulated time frame, performing water entries and exits, executing rescues, and completing a CPR course. It is worth noting that not all students succeeded in meeting the requirements, given their complexity. Nonetheless, these skills are essential survival skills that could potentially save lives in and around bodies of water. The program equipped students with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions regarding the health and safety of themselves and others.

Congratulations to the following students; Dyshart Morgan, Ryan Collings, Caleb Hill, Matthew Stone, Jacob Amodeo, Anastasios Bekos, Samuel Clow, Rory Sloan and Cameron Tipple.


Year 5/6 Camp to Mapleton

Reflection by Paige 6Q
Camp was fun, we did so many activities such as giant swing, abseiling, archery, canoeing and a leadership activity. In our free time we had a movie night and watched “Puss in Boots”. On our second night we had a chance to go swimming, a disco and a quiz about the teachers. The low light of camp is that everyone took so long in the showers! On camp I learnt that it takes a team to get us through times when we are stuck and that sticking to a plan also helps. Altogether, camp was fun.

Weekly Scripture- Romans 122 NIV

Science Year 7

Year 7 Science students are studying ecosystems. Here they are measuring abiotic and biotic factors at school.

Science Year 8

Year 8 science students conducting experiments to investigate compounds. This term Year 8 science students are studying chemistry. Here students can be seen conducting the ‘pop’ test. Testing if gas produced during an experiment is hydrogen gas.

Engineering Year 7

Year 7 students in Engineering this week designed and created paddle boats that were powered with rubber bands. Students came up with some very unique and creative designs.

Food Technology Year 7

Year 7 Food Technology students making pancakes.

Mathematics Department News

I am excited to report that we just had an amazing week of activities and competitions as part of our school’s Celebrate Mathematics Week during Week 2 of this term. The week was filled with engaging activities that challenged us to use our mathematical skills and creativity.

We had a variety of competitions, including brain teasers, times table challenges and the QAMT Maths problem Solving Competition, and was thrilled to announce the winners out our recent senior school assembly with the assistance of Mr David Lee (Board member).

Brain Teaser Competition
These students put their critical thinking and logic skills to the test. Please congratulate Chloe Mills, Alyssa Tipple, and Cameron Tipple for their impressive work in the brain teasers competition. Well done!

Times Table Competition
These students demonstrated their mastery of multiplication facts and their ability to solve quickly and accurately. Please congratulate in secondary school: Nathaniel Watson, Christian McLoed-Robertson, Sejuti Saha Eesha, Nathan O’Dell, Chloe Mills, Trent Russell, Marley Klein, Dyshart Mogan, Gracie O’Bree, Violet Howard, Noah Corfe-Keller and finally Rhys Etherington. Rhys is also the overall winner in Secondary. (Primary results pending).

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated last week. All students demonstrated exceptional skills and problem-solving abilities, and they should be proud of their accomplishments. I hope that you continue to challenge yourselves and grow in your mathematical ability.

T. McKendrick
Head of Department

National History Challenge

National History Challenge

All entrants receive a certificate of participation in this Australia-wide competition, and aside from the fun of researching important history participants can go on to win cash prizes and even a trip to Canberra.

There is no Entry Fee for the NHC.

“The National History Challenge is a free research-based competition for Australian students. It gives students a chance to be historians, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.”

This year’s theme is ‘Change and Continuity’.

For more information, please email

Year 4 Report

Year Four have been learning about Place Value in Mathematics. This term we learnt about place value to tenths and hundredths, and put this into practice by using the S Block footpath. The students lined up to receive their number, and then had to race to stand along the correct line in our life-size “number line”. Each line on the footpath represents one tenth, or 0.1. Our efforts paid off, and every student in our class got the tenths on a number line question in our assessment fully correct, plus it was lots of fun, so we even tried it with hundredths!

News from the Library

Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to all the families that came and helped to support our Book Fair. We had lots of sales and as a result will have lots of points to purchase new books for the library from Scholastic. Lots of fun was had and we hope everyone enjoys the wonderful new books to add to their collections. Happy Reading!

Mrs Magrin and Miss Shrives

Sunshine Kindy would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, special females and carers (both male and female) who fulfil a mothering role a blessed Mothers Day 2023.

The Kindy children have been busy creating gifts with love, for their mums and special carers.

Proverbs 31:25-31 (NIV)
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 
 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 

Fair Haven Aged Care Visit

On Tuesday 9 May, a small group of eager students visited Fair Haven Aged Care, down the road from our College. Pastor Tim from Fraser Coast Baptist Church and Principal Mr Brian Grimes initiated the idea of providing some service to the residents at Fair Haven in the form of entertainment.

Today, was our inaugural visit, with a selection of songs and poems being performed. It started with a talented Year 7 student, Amelie Brasell-Dellow, bravely singing some solo oldies while accompanying herself on her acoustic guitar.

Nine members of Year 2Q formed a choir to sing a song for the residents, with two extremely brave young Year 2 students, reciting a poem to the staff and residents.

We will be organising another group of students to continue with this service activity, which is hoped will be happily received each fortnight.

Bumper sticker promo logo

Bumper Sticker Winner!

Congratulations to our bumper sticker winner, Hannah, seen by one of our spotters. The college will be in contact with you to present your prize of a $100 dinner voucher at Café Balaena!

To be in the running for this fabulous prize, grab a sticker from admin – you may be the next winner!

Baking Club

The Baking Club gifted biscuits that Secondary Food Technology students made for Mother’s Day. Junior school students decorated bags to hold them in. The photos show the undecorated biscuits as the result was to be a surprise.

On Friday morning they were distributed at kiss and drive, Junior school assembly and at the sign in desk at Kindy.