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A Message from our Principal

Term Two has certainly ended with lots of action at Bayside.

Some of the memorable moments of the last week are listed below:

  • Observing the final assembly where so many great student achievements were acknowledged.
  • Watching the students compete with such enthusiasm in the Athletics Carnivals.
  • The delight on the student’s faces as they were presented with a ribbon, trophy or medal.
  • Watching the new Senior Block take shape with 8 learning centres where we will offer a wide range of Senior subjects in classrooms with the latest technology and resources.
  • The Junior School in their PJ’s for Pyjama Day – “Little Kids with Big Dreams”

Along with the above, will be the memory of attending the College at 3.30am on Tuesday morning to see E block flaming and full of smoke. We are very thankful for the quick attendance of the Fire Brigade, the Police, Ergon Energy and Mr Brett Carter all of whom acted in a professional and expedient manner to put the fire out. The police have the CCTV footage from our security cameras to identify the offenders. The Insurance Assessors have attended the site and we are hopeful to have the classrooms in E Block ready for the start of Term Three; the library may take a little longer.

At the beginning of Term Three, we will be welcoming the Year 11s and 12s back permanently to the College Campus as the Year 9 to 12 students move into their new Senior Block. Next term is shaping up to be an exciting term with the Year 10 Work Experience, the Australian Mathematics Competition, Year 12 Brisbane Experience, Science Week, our musical “Aladdin”, Gala Sports Days and much more. Please use the calendar on the College Website to keep updated on events.

Semester One Reports will be available for viewing on SEQTA Engage by 25 June. If you experience difficulties with SEQTA Engage, please refer to the instructions included in this newsletter or email Our College office will be open from 9am to 1pm each day of the Semester Break.

Wishing you and your families a restful and well-earned break and look forward to your return to Bayside Christian College on 12 July with anticipation of what great things we will achieve in Term Three.

 Noela Ensbey

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USC is delighted to be offering our eDiscovery School Holiday program at the Fraser Coast this school holidays.

The eDiscovery program is a wonderful opportunity for young explorers and scientists to collaborate with new friends and stretch their creativity while learning about technology.

It will run on-campus here at USC Fraser Coast on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July with sessions for children between 8 and 15 years.

Each session is $35 per child and students will have the opportunity to learn about bots, micro-drones, animation, Scratch and Arduino.

Please contact if you would like more information.


It is important to celebrate all the successes we have at Bayside. Therefore, I would like to make you all aware of Rosie-May’s incredible achievement.

Rosie-May auditioned and was successful in getting a chorus role in the Musical Wicked!!

She was up against a lot of teachers, adults, and many other teenagers from all over the Fraser Coast. This is such an incredible experience for her, so please congratulate her and wish her luck for the performances this weekend!

Also, if you have nothing to do and would like to drive down to the Brolga Theatre to support her, there are tickets left!

They are doing 3 shows:

Friday 18 June – 7:30pm
Saturday 19 June – 1:30pm
Saturday 19 June – 7:30pm

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Wicked is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz and tells the story of the witches. It has incredible music, amazing costumes, and it’s also quite funny.


Bridget W who is a TA and our Science Technician is one of the Dance/Movement coaches for the Wicked production at The Brolga Theatre, pictured here with Rosie-May (right).

Why we should all be reading, no matter how busy we are and why our children should too

Reading was once was assumed, but no more. So why should we be readers?

  • Reading shapes us differently than other forms of media
  • How we read matters
  • Reading stories teaches us to live wisely and well, morally challenges and form us in ways that argument doesn’t, helps us develop courage and empathy, and help us recognise injustice.

According to a study by the (US) National Education Association, we are reading less, comprehending what we read less, reading for pleasure less, and reading stories less. Reading scores have fallen significantly in the last 30 years, with shaper declines for lower level readers and boys. Reading literature in particular is in decline, with some saying “we don’t have time for make-believe”.

Reading is being crowded out by the electronic. Whereas teens and young adults spend several hours a day on electronic entertainment, they spend less than 9 minutes per day reading.

So, why read?
Stories engage the whole person – they encourage left and right sides of the brain by cultivating the imagination, as well as reason. Noted Christian author CS Lewis was highly concerned with the importance of reading – and we have him to thank for the Chronicles of Narnia as a result.

Stories teach us by example e.g. how to be brave; stories embolden, strengthen and establish how we can become our very best. What great stories have in common is a journey whose conclusion appears uncertain. They are full of hope, they are about courage, the tragic ones are about someone who did not have the courage to do something they had to do, or who took the coward’s way out. Storytelling becomes central to conquering fear. Stories create new ways of seeing, which lead to new ways of feeling and thinking.

Great books expand our vision. A great reason for reading biographies is they tell the stories of the lives of fascinating people – and expand the imagination’s scope for what is possible. You learn how other grappled with similar problems. Fiction helps us to better understand and empathise with others. Story reading may even help us to better recognise injustice.

So what can we do?
Read. Mortimer Adler famously said, in the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

Read well. Slow reading is very different from how we read and extract meaning from scanning texts or email.

Re-read. CS Lewis famously said, no book is worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of 50 or beyond.

Write. Writing helps us be productive and also to appreciate reading.

Adapted from a recent ACS Conversation with Cherie Harder, Friend of ACS, and President of The Trinity Forum Washington DC

Kindy to Year 3 Athletics Carnival

Held on the school oval on Tuesday 15 June, the Kindy to Year 3 Athletics Carnival saw some very close competition in running, long jump, tug-o-war, vortex, novelty and relay events.

Teachers, house mascots and even some parents competed in the 100m dash – fun for all! Congratulations to everyone who competed and to those winning places. Congratulations must also go to Chisolm House, overall winner for the day.

Here are some photos of our mascots. There will be a complete photographic record of the day’s events on the school’s website soon.

BCC mascots

Hervey Bay Basketball

We had four boys represent Hervey Bay last weekend for the Hervey Bay Basketball in Bundaberg. Elijah J, Lucas L and Ajani A played for the Under 14s and Noah J for the Under 12s. Well done!


Year 4 Garden Ornaments

Year Four have been busy this term in Design and Technologies designing and making their very own garden ornaments. The garden ornaments had to be made with the following success criteria in mind:

  • be made from only recycled materials
  • attract birds and butterflies to the garden
  • must also look attractive in the garden

Students in 4Q and 4T then had to write a procedure for their English assessment explaining how to make their garden ornament.

4T Garden Ornaments
4Q garden ornaments

SEQTA Engage

SEQTA Engage is a parent portal that allows you to view your child/ren’s lesson plans, timetables, reports, and progressive grades. It allows you to easily communicate with teachers, read the College notices, and engage with your children’s education pathway. This effortless transparency, combined with SEQTA’s powerful continuous reporting functionality, brings parents into the learning journey, enabling parents to view their child’s results immediately and respond to their progress sooner. As this information is student specific, login details are personalised and confidential.

Access to SEQTA Engage begins on receipt of a welcome email from the College inviting you to set up SEQTA Engage to be registered within seven days of receiving the welcome email. To activate, parents click on the link in the email and will be directed to a login page to set up a username and password. You can set up your account using any web browser or through the mobile app.

If you have not activated your account, please contact the school by email to

To access your child/ren report cards you will need to have activated your account.

A Few Handy Tips

The Dashboard Tab
The Dashboard Tab provides an overview of many important summary components of a student.

Information such as, dates of unresolved absences, pastoral care records and contains various pieces of information.

Please note that you must tick and select from the drop-down menu at the top of the page for these items to be visible.

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Report Tab

The Reports Tab allows you to view current and past Academic Interim and Semester Reports.

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New Building Progress Report

What a difference a fortnight makes! Our new building has a roof, walls, doors and windows with excellent progress being made for the internal rooms. Stay tuned for some internal photos in our next newsletter in the new term.

Thank you to Mr Meyers (aka Ironman!) for taking some awesome drone footage of the building.

New building clad

Year 10 Chemistry

Year 10 have been studying chemistry this term and were excited to observe the reactivity of metals in action. The demonstration went off with a bang.

The Learning Curve: The Thinking Trap

No evidence, then true?

Because there is no evidence or points against something, then it must be true.

e.g. I’ll eat more ice cream because no-one has proved it’s not good for me.

Click the thumbnail to open a PDF you can fill out.

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Prayer Requests

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

Prayer Requests

Year 9 HASS Skypes with Indian School

Year 9 HASS had two Skype discussions with a school in India … MBS International School, Dwarka, New Delhi. They travelled virtually to New Delhi and gained insight into how the state functioned as a global city. They also had a lot of information about the culture, monuments, cuisine of India and how India is battling the Covid pandemic.

In the second part of the discussion, Bayside students informed the Indian students important snippets why Sydney is considered a global city.

It was the first-of-a-kind virtual travel and interactive experience with overseas students of their age for our kids here at Bayside!

Run / Walk Around Australia

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