Principal’s Message

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5–6

There are times in which I am deeply troubled, by events in my life, by the things I witness, and sometimes from the complexities I find in my role. I am certainly not alone in at times feeling troubled or challenged, or indeed failing to understand some of the things I see taking place in our world.

When I am indeed deeply troubled, I struggle to find a solution, I cannot see the way forward, and this uncertainty often distracts me in all else I do, gives me sleepless nights as I wrestle with the issue, or indeed causes much stress to the point that I suffer headaches. It is in these moments when I am at my weakest and need God’s wisdom and direction.

The interesting thing is that all too often I fail to make use of the wonderful support and wisdom I have available to me. I tend to rely far too much on myself or on others and do not hand over my problems to God. For many of these troubling issues, I simply do not have the answer, but nor should I expect this of myself – this has taken many years for me to acknowledge this. The reality is that seeking God’s help, trusting in the Lord with all my heart and not attempting to lean on my feeble understandings is indeed the way to ease my burden.

The question is how often do we feel that we must or should seek the solution on our own? How often do we hand these challenges to our Lord and ask him to give us the wisdom and for him to make our path straight? When I actually commit these problems to God, I am not absolved from undertaking what must be done, but I seek God’s wisdom and ask Him to make me an instrument through which the matter can be resolved.

God’s infinite power is made perfect in our weakness. This is given to us so beautifully in 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10:

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

There is much power in prayer, and just about all Churches I have ever known have prayer chains, in which people share praise points or indeed share issues with friends in order that they may pray for them. I know that both of our local Baptist Churches, have such prayer chains, and that they regularly pray for us as a school. This is such a beautiful gesture and I thank them for their prayers.

I would however be keen to develop our own prayer chain – for us to pray for each other, for our students, their families, our staff, for those suffering, for those thankful for God’s blessings, and for our partner Churches – Fraser Coast Baptist Church and Hervey Bay Baptist Church. Should you be interested in participating in a prayer chain, in which we send prayer points fortnightly, please respond to me on and I would be delighted to set this up for our community.

Brian Grimes

Bayside Buddies Website Competition — WIN PIZZA!

Where are our Bayside Buddies hiding?

Our Bayside Buddies will be available for our students to borrow from Wednesday 26 October. What are Bayside Buddies? Our Bayside Buddies consist of seven stuffed toys that can borrowed from our Library and taken with our students on holidays or to special events. Our Buddies will come with a Passport where students can share photos and information on some of the special moments they have shared with their special friend.

Scroll down for competition information.

Say hello to:

Bubbles the wombat
Daisy the crocodile
Flippy the turtle
Fraser the dingo
Lovey the cockatoo
Mimi the platypus
Snuffle the echidna

To be in the draw for the prize, all you need do is look through our new website and find all seven of our Bayside Buddies (this page not counted!). Once you have found the individual pages our Buddies are on, list the pages and fill out your name and email address on the entry form:

This competition is open to residents of the Hervey Bay and Maryborough areas.

Closing date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Winner drawn at random from correct entries: Friday 4 November 2022

Prize: $50 worth of pizza delivered by one of our staff members


Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

In term 3 our school took a part in the operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. As a school, collectively we have managed to collect a staggering 136 shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in third world countries. Our junior school worked diligently at preparing shoeboxes in their classes and filled many with items that will bless other children and bring them hope. For our grade 7–10 students participating in operation Christmas Child, this forms an essential part of serving the greater community as a part of their Christian studies class. Representing the values of Christ, from writing personal letters, collecting items for shoeboxes, even folding the boxes themselves for use by each of the participating students has allowed them to play a small part in something that will make a big difference.

During the term, our grade 8 HASS students also created their own market stalls and sold food to the school population to raise money for the shipping costs of these boxes; in total they were able to raise $516.20.

This morning our boxes were loaded into a Bayside bus and delivered to the Hervey Bay Baptist Church were they will be further sorted, distributed and sent on to begin their journey towards there final destinations.

Each box represents a child in another country, that as a college, we have been able to bless and bring joy to.

Future Stars Dance Competition

On Sunday 11/09/22 Mia, Maddison, Emily and Tiffany competed at the Future Stars Dance Competition Finals at the Gold Coast as part of their competition dance team. They competed against many other dance teams from across the state and their group placed in both sections. They received 1st place in Lyrical and 2nd place in contemporary. Mia also competed as a soloist and received 1st place in her section. Congratulations.

Assembly Awards

Many awards were handed out for the AMC Maths Competition, Dance, Production and Reading Challenge. In the AMC Maths Competition, the group of seven students gained credit and distinction. Romeijn M got a distinction and came first in the school for the same competition.

Science News

This is an exciting time at Bayside Christian College, we have recently spent considerable time and resources to enhance our Science facilities. This has allowed us to increase our focus on hands-on learning. Students are having an amazing time conducting experiments and making their own discoveries. As a result, we have seen a large increase in student engagement.

We also welcome Jackson Milburn, our new Science Laboratory Technician, who joined our Bayside family last term. Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our Science team.

Year 7 have been learning about natural resources. Students investigated the energy stored in organic material. They discovered that Doritos may be a valuable addition to their camping trip, not only for a tasty treat but as a powerful fire starter. They have also cooked nachos in the solar ovens they designed and built, though due to the rainy weather we had to cook them in the lab under heat lamps.

Year 8 have been investigating potential and kinetic energy. Students have made flic-flacs and rubber-band powered boats to investigate elastic potential energy transforming to kinetic and sound energy. They really enjoyed burning food to investigate the chemical potential energy stored within it. They have experimented with conduction rings and modelled convection currents with investigating thermal energy. And they have investigated the laws of refraction and reflection of light energy using the light ray boxes.

Year 9 students have begun the term either studying Electricity or Psychology, mid-term they will swap. Psychology has been offered to our senior students for the first time this year.

It has also been an important time for our senior students. Our Year 12 students have been sitting their Mock Exams in preparation for their upcoming external exams. Our Year 10 and Year 11 students transitioned this term, Year 10 into Year 11, and Year 11 to Year 12, and are all well into the new content.

Year 12 Biology students explored measuring biological diversity this week using quadrats and transects.

Year 12 Marine Science students investigated the effect of global warming on sea levels. They modelled the effect of thermal expansion on sea levels and the effect of glacial melting on land and in the sea.

This term is progressing at a frantic pace but there is still plenty of time to explore the new equipment as it slowly comes in.

Bronwyn Ashton
Head of Science and Technology


Year 1 and 2 Spinnaker

This week the Year 1 and 2 Spinnaker students explored the story of Eric the Sheep. Eric is last sheep in the line and too impatient to wait his turn, so every time the shearer takes a sheep from the head of the line, Eric jumps forward 2 sheep. The students were presented the problem given that you know how many sheep are in the line in front of Eric at the start, how many will be shorn before Eric gets to the head of the line? Initially they acted out the problem and compared the results to the number of sheep in front of Eric, before working in pairs to solve how long will Eric wait if there were 25 sheep in front of him. The students compared their results to determine any discrepancies and methods for solving the problem. They worked to collate their data in a graph and began to talk about how to mathematically solve the problem. The students enjoyed expanding their problem solving skills and learning simple algebraic expressions.

Year 3 and 4 Spinnaker

The Year 3 and 4 Spinnaker students conducted an investigation to understand more about the psychology of fairground games and how they lure customers by prizes appearing to be easier to win than they really are. They used their knowledge of Probability to play a game and determined that after collecting data from several tries, the game was too generous and had a higher probability of winning than losing. The students investigated possible outcomes and pathways on the game board that could be taken and worked backwards to create their own game board that had a lower probability of winning, but still appeared to be generous to customers. Lots of rich conversation about developing a new game using Mathematics was heard and the students were proud of the new games created.

Year 5 and 6 Spinnaker

This week the Year 5 and 6 students worked through a problem based on the song Sing a Song of Sixpence. The students were presented the problem; after the pie was open, the Queen decided that she liked the singing of the blackbirds so much that she built some feeding platforms for them in the Royal Garden. The platforms were built at the four corners and the four mid-points of the rectangular Royal Garden. Each morning when she came to listen to the singing, she counted 24 blackbirds and she noticed that they always arranged themselves in a certain way. The students worked to find a solution and realised that the sum of the corners had to equal 12 before placing the other birds. The determined that to solve the equation they needed to find collect the data and find a pattern. Patterns invite hypotheses and hypotheses need to be tested and proven. The students enjoyed the challenge and were excited to share this activity with friends and family.

Cyberbullying: factsheet

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools at Bullying. No Way! describes behaviour that is repeated or has the potential to be repeated. Cyberbullying is covered by this definition even when there is only a single instance of abuse, because the fact that it occurs online means it may be ‘repeated’ through sharing.

Cyberbullying can take many forms, including posting mean comments or messages, excluding or ignoring someone, tricking or humiliating them through fake accounts, or sharing a photo or video that will make them feel bad. Threatening to share an intimate image without the consent of the person in it, such as a naked selfie, is called image-based abuse.

Find out more here…

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weekly Scripture

Games on the Beach

Students in year 8 PE have been engaging in the “Games on the beach” unit. Bocce, volleyball, cricket and kickball are just some of the many activities they will complete this term. Definitely a highlight of the year to be able to visit the beach every week for PE.

Year 4 Whale Watching

In Week 10 of Term 3, Year 4 students had the exciting opportunity to go Whale Watching abroad the Quick Cat II.
Along with some parent volunteers, we set out for an afternoon of fun on a boat, with the added bonus of spotting some of the world’s largest animals! We studied whales and wrote an information report on their appearance, lifestyle, and diet so it was very special to see them in real life up close!

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Our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in week 6 Monday the 7th of November to Friday the 11th of November. The book fair will be held in the library and open in the mornings from 8:00 to 8:30 and the afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00.

You and your child will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects kids love and want to read about. From newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and perennial favourites.

This is also a great way for you to learn about and discuss your child’s interests and every book sold benefits our school, adding resources to our library and classrooms.

Scholastic Book Fairs help us show students the wonder of reading. After all, when kids choose their own books, they will be more excited to read, and they will naturally read more!

We hope to see you all there!

Mrs Magrin


Fraser Coast Baptist Church Chess Tournament Flyer
Bumper sticker promo logo

Congratulations Shilo O, you are this fortnight’s bumper sticker winner! The college will be in contact with you to present your prize of a $100 dinner voucher at Café Balaena.

Athletics in Maryborough

Sophia and Ava Carza as well as Dylan and Jack Mitchell competed at the Maryborough Athletics Carnival on 8-9 October and produced some great results placing in all of their events.

Congratulations must go to:
Sophia for coming 2nd in the 100m and 200m and 3rd in Long Jump and Discus.

Ava for coming 1st in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump.

Dylan for coming 2nd in the 100m and 200m and 3rd in the 400m.

Jack for coming 2nd in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

West Ham Developmental Training Camp

Malakai Yeatman has made it to the West Ham Development Tour! In Bayside’s last Newsletter, there was an article outlining Malakai and several other boys going to a 4 day training camp on the Gold Coast during the last holidays. Malakai was successful and because of this he has this fantastic opportunity. The development tour will be held in late January and it will involve Makalai going to London and Manchester in England as well as Edinburgh in Scotland. During the 12-night trip, he will be involved in many training sessions both with West Ham and other clubs, play games, have a West Ham United Stadium tour and attend 4 topflight games including West Ham United vs Everton United.

This is a truly incredible achievement, an awesome experience and huge congratulations must go to him. We hope he goes well and Bayside’s best wishes go with him.

Malakai with soccer ball