A Message from our Deputy Principal
Counting our Blessings – another new Australian!
As we begin Term 3, I have been reflecting for a few moments on an aspect of my conversation with the whole school at our final assembly of Term 2. Having just experienced the lowest temperature for 12 years, an almost-freezing +2.6 degrees Celsius, measured out at Hervey Bay Airport at 05:00 on 11th June, I had looked back at my ‘extremes’ when it comes to temperature.
Working in gold exploration in northern Canada, in mid-winter, back in 1988 found me coping with deep snow and -38 degrees Celsius, which really does keep a person moving and well covered up; and then in Western Australia’s summer of 2011, wandering the shores of the shallow, extremely salty, Shark Bay, the thermometer pushed up to a little over +46 degrees! I remember the feeling of being totally, overwhelmingly, way too HOT. Hervey Bay has a very fortunate, rather temperate climate, typically not too cold and, even in midsummer, the Pacific Ocean’s cooling influence prevents us from experiencing over +35 or +36, in any normal year.
As we shivered, outside, on those cold, concrete basketball courts for what was, actually, a really lovely, uplifting assembly, celebrating so many different sorts of success, I concluded that, despite the cold ‘snap’ in the weather, we are extremely lucky to live here. Not just the climate; but the scenery, our society that is free and, for the most part, safe and fair, with opportunities for everyone who chooses to focus their efforts in the right direction. Very few countries, or regions are this fortunate.
So, being in Australia, and being an Australian citizen, is a wonderful thing and that is why so many people, over the centuries, have made huge efforts to come here and decide to stay. Our students know all about ‘The Mexican Wall’, part-built/extended during the Trump presidency to keep USA-bound Mexican migrants out of his country. Let’s face it, if we had land borders with many nations in the Asia-Pacific region, the pressure of folks wanting to share Australia’s wonders might have led to some feeling similarly here? Being Australian, or American, is the ultimate dream for many who make sacrifices of all sorts to achieve that status and so often they then contribute greatly to their new nation, by way of returning the favour, and faith shown in them.
Back in 2017, very fortunately for me, and my family, we were encouraged to pursue becoming Australian citizens. The overall cost, for a family of five, when all stages of the process were accounted for: immigration agents, visas, then permanent residency status, then citizenship, was about $75,000.
On Thursday, 15th July, Bayside Christian College will welcome another new Australian into the fold. Mrs Mandy Mulder, ‘legend’ of the Junior School and formerly of East London, then Port Elizabeth, in the Republic of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, will become a fair-dinkum Aussie at a ceremony in Maryborough; with Fraser Coast Mayor, George Seymour, officiating.
Mandy has lived in Australia for 6 years and is the last of her Australia-based family to become a citizen. As for many who make the life-changing decision to emigrate, away from so many family, friends, familiar places and cultural experiences, this was not a simple choice. However, a woman of immense, devout faith, Mandy says Jeremiah 29:11, ‘kept ringing in my ears’:
‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.
The ceremony, at The Brolga Theatre, will be a very grand, but joyous affair as others from many corners of the world will also be there to formally accept the rights and responsibilities that citizenship bestows. As the National Anthem says, ‘for those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share’, so please congratulate Mandy when you next see her. Our beloved Mrs Mulder, Class Teacher of 1T, becomes one of the newest citizens to share in, but also contribute greatly to the bounty that this most fortunate country really does hold for those prepared to commit their talents and loyalty to.
Nobody has said it better with regard to the rewards of having a truly multi-cultural society than American President, Lyndon B. Johnson:
“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.”
And now all Mandy has to decide is who to barrack for in the, let’s face it, unlikely event that the Springboks will face Australia in the next Rugby World Cup Final……I must say I think England are more likely opponents!
Please send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. A note to parents: these requests will be put on SEQTA notices for students and families to pray about.
Upcoming Duathlon (run/ride/run)
Hervey Bay Triathlon Club have opened registration for Race 1 of the 2021/2022 season. Let’s get racing again!
To register, click on the link below: https://raceroster.com/events/2021/49698/race-1-hbtc-2122-series-duathlon
For more information contact: email@example.com
Pizza will be sold every Thursday at first break, outside the Library. Please only bring cash, as this is a Fundraising Event for an advendture camp to the Whitsundays.
Secondary Athletics Carnival
A spectacular day was had by all staff and students at the secondary athletics carnival on Friday 18th of June. Our mascots were out and about boosting team spirit and cheering on all competitors. We had some impressive sportsmanship in both our track and field events including several records broken. The tug-of-war showed that our strongest house was Burrows and the staff relay race was dominated by Chisholm house.
Thank you to the Hervey Bay Athletics Club for hosting our carnival and all our wonderful staff for making this day possible.
Congratulations to all our student age champions and runners up.
|12 Years Girls||Lilly
|12 Years Boys||Cale||Tyler|
|13 Years Girls||Layla||Isabelle|
|13 Yeears Boys||Colton
|14 Years Girls||Abbey||Chloe|
|14 Years Boys||Jack||Cody
|15 Years Girls||Charlotte||Skyla
|15 Years Boys||Tobey||Noah|
|16 Years Girls||Rosie-May
|16 Years Boys||Kurt
|17 Years Girls||Emily||Astra-Skye|
|17 Years Boys||Joel
|18 Years Girls||Chloe
To view the Senior Athletics Day Photo Album, click on the photo below.
9 years – 12 years Athletics Carnival
Thursday Week 9 saw the 9 – 12-year old’s going head-to-head in the Athletics Carnival out at Dundowran Athletics Track.
Everyone had a great day with lots of fun and games. The competition was hot, yet it was awesome to see excellent sportsmanship.
Congratulations to the people below for ending up age champion and runner up.
|9 Years Girls||Amika||Sasha|
|9 Years Boys||Cassius||Malakai|
|10 Years Girls||Sophia||Raphaelle|
|10 Years Boys||Myles||Not for publication|
|11 Years Girls||Elizabeth||Lilly|
|11 Years Boys||Jhaspah||Noah|
|12 Years Girls||Lilly||Harper|
|12 Years Boys||Tyler||Lucas|
New Building Progress
It might not look like much has changed on the outside, but inside is a different story. The builders have been fitting it out with light fittings, floor coverings and furniture. Landscaping has started taking place, driveways and fire vehicle access.
Parents & Friends Association
Below is a list of our Parents & Friends Comitee members:
Joanne Milne (President)
Shilo O’Bree (Vice-President)
Carmen Yeatman (Treasurer)
Jacqueline Beckett (Events)
Riandi van Dyk (Parent-Teacher Representative)
Joanne Milne/Carmen Yeatman (Acting Secretaries)
To contact them, please email:
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