Welcome Back!

After what seemed like only a few days, Term 2 has re-commenced, and with vigour, but with Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Labour Day and then the Fraser Coast Show holiday, it will be some time before we have a full week back in the classroom. I am sure we could all get used to a four-day week.

I said this jokingly to one of our Year 6 boys just recently, and he quickly said “yes, 4 days would be a wonderful week, but we would get used to it and then we would all want a 3-day week”. What an insightful thought – he was very right.

It is interesting that we can so easily get used to certain aspects of our life and all too easily forget what life was like before. I remember a teacher I met in my third year of teaching in Western Australia and recall him complaining about the students in his class – how poorly behaved they were; how they did not engage as he wanted them to do; and how poor their attitude was. I remember the conversation as if it was yesterday – we were standing in the photocopying room (and he was even complaining he had to do his own photocopying!). Having come from a very challenging Government school, I thought the students at the school were amazing and truly appreciative of all we did as staff members. Why his reality so different from mine? Had he simply become too comfortable in such a wonderful school, or had he never seen schools in which disengagement, violence and abuse were prevalent?

This event did make me consider that sometimes we can forget about how lucky we are or how good we have it. This is human nature and there is probably a PhD study there in explaining this trait!

The two most recent holidays – Easter and ANZAC day are interesting from this perspective. Christ came to our world with the knowledge that He would be betrayed, tortured, and suffer the most horrific death, but did so for us – that we might come to know the Father and to be freed from our sin. Thinking about this sacrifice, I struggle to find the words to express how fortunate I feel to know this. While I know this is at the forefront of my mind at Easter time, it is indeed something that I should be thankful each and every day.

With so much to be thankful for, how often are we truly thankful? How often do we stop and actually thank God for the many gifts we have been given? How often do we thank Christ for freeing us from sin and bringing us into a new covenant? I suspect the answer is not often enough. Are these things not so incredibly important to us that we can cease our day for a few minutes each day to simply talk to God and say thank you?

On a very different level, but still of much significance, we acknowledge and commemorate those men and women who gave their life so we can have the way of life we presently enjoy on ANZAC day. They stood against those who would do us harm and enabled us to live as we now do- in relative freedom and safety. It also stands as a reminder of the losses and pain of war, not a celebration.

Is such a sacrifice not worthy for us to stop for a mere one hour a year to attend a March or a Dawn Service? Why do people not realise how fortunate they are? Do the atrocities in so many parts of the world not remind us that we are very lucky to live in this country? Why is it some would not get out of bed a little earlier on one day of the year and attend a Service or a local ANZAC March. To this end, I would like to thank the many staff, students and parents who attended the local ANZAC Day March with the College. I would like to think that more students would attend a Service on this day and hope that we will see greater attendance in the future.

Sometimes it is all too easy to get caught up in the challenges and routines of daily life and we forget to recognise and be thankful for all we have. Happiness is not found in riches, possessions, or wealth, but found in our relationships – with God, family, and community. It is my dearest hope that our community will grow in spiritual depth, appreciation, and thankfulness for all we have, and in genuine service and support of those in true need.

God Bless you all.

Brian Grimes
Principal/ CEO
Bayside Christian College

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Bayside Bedtimes launched

The moment finally arrived! After hours of planning, rehearsing, filming and editing, Bayside Christian College is proud to have presented the launch Bayside Bedtimes on Tuesday night (26 April 2022).

Bayside Bedtimes is a series of bedtime stories read by many of our wonderful staff, students and even some celebrities! Our first episode was Thelma the Unicorn, read by our Librarian/Teacher Mrs Magrin and the response we received on social media was very positive.

A new bedtime story will be released every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, so grab your blanket, a pillow, a comfortable place, family and friends and tune in with your streaming device. Videos may also be downloaded for later viewing.

If you missed the first two stories (and Mr Grimes Dreaming), click the buttons below.

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Bayside Baldies raise $4,256.35!

A great effort! Thankyou to everyone that participated and those who made donations for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

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ANZAC Day Commemorations

On Friday, we had the privilege of having Guest Speaker Dutchie Lensing from the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch attend our special ANZAC Day Commemoration Service. Dutchie spoke about the arrival of ANZAC troops in Gallipoli and how the ANZACs got their name which they carry to this day.

On ANZAC Day, many students and staff marched together with other Hervey Bay Schools and organisations in the ANZAC Day March. College Captains Brandon and Astra laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the College. We were even treated to a rather low, and impressive, fly-over by a C17 Globemaster which was a very special treat. Thank you to everyone who was in attendance for this important day.

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ANZAC Day Kindy style

On Friday 22 April we came together to learn about ANZAC Day and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country.

After reading “Why are they Marching Daddy?” the children respectfully walked to the school flagpole and placed the “remembering flowers” in the ground.

The poppies had been created by the children, and each child displayed their own understanding of this sombre occasion.

“Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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Celebrating Easter in Sunshine Kindy

While reading the Easter story we talked about the last supper and when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.

To create a hands on learning experience we shared in a meal of Ribena and Hot Cross buns together; and remembered that Jesus loves us and will always be with us.

As we gave each other ‘Jesus foot washes’ we again remembered how Jesus will always love and care for us. It was wonderful to see the children trusting each other as they enjoyed a foot wash using gentle caring hands.

The story continued … Jesus was placed on the cross and in the tomb. The cross is a symbol that reminds us of the love of Jesus, while the hollow Easter egg is like the tomb.

Jesus is alive – He has risen indeed!

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BOOK FAIR is coming to the Bayside Library. Monday May 2 to Monday May 9. A display of books will be in the library to purchase. Students and families can come the library before school from 8:10 to 8:30 and in the afternoons from 3:10 to 4:00 to browse and make any purchases. Hope to see you there!

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Life Cycle of Plants

4 Topaz studied the life cycle of plants during their Term One Science unit, ‘Plants in Action’. As part of their assessment, the students worked in groups to grow bean seeds and investigated how the amount of water, light or air impacted on the growth of the seed. The students thoroughly enjoyed the unit!

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Year 12 Visual Arts

Jonathan: For this module we were to focus on Juxtaposition, the comparison of two objects that differed in their concept. For my artwork, I will be comparing and contrasting a dreamlike state and ethereal dancing fish shapes, placing the water creatures into the unfamiliar sky environment…

… I came up with this idea genuinely the day after I had a dream of this scene but also because of an anime I regularly watch called One Piece. I was taken with the setting of the places the crew experienced. I thought, wow, I wish I could go there, I wish it was real. The closest way I thought I could get to that world is through this art piece…

My personal take from this artwork is that even through you may think you know where you are now, if you just leap forward into a new setting, it changes your whole view on what you thought it was and allows you to have a new perspective. When I looked at fish in the water, I always imagined they were flying. I feel that with myself also when you just float yourself in the water you feel yourself floating. It’s this sense of floating and flying that I wanted to recreate in my artwork…

The artwork is to be displayed in the S Block lobby where a majority of the senior school have classes. The artwork may bring a sense of calm to the viewer. My intent was to create a sense of peace and tranquillity when it was viewed.

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Harrison: The Maiden Nezalezhnosti or better known as Foundation square or Independence Square is a place that is centered in Ukraine and is the foundation of the city. Its symbolism and connection to the community is very much present, with thousands visiting the monument daily… 

The reason I chose this type of artwork was to inform people of the devastation that is happening today in our world. It’s images like these that humble us into who we are and create realisation that things can change in an instant. Not only this, but the other reason I chose this setting was all in the name. Foundation square is a place that symbolises the unity between Ukraine and its people which was threatened February of this year… 

When we consider the several occurrences of juxtaposition within this artwork of emotion and construction/deconstruction, the representation of this artwork is aimed towards remembrance. Remembrance of this time in our lives and how quickly all this can change. An artwork that even in decades to come can be looked upon and remember the tragedy of the events unfolding.  

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Grace: This assessment task is focusing on the theme juxtaposition and the concept of comparing and contrasting an enviroment…

I settled with the theme nature vs man-made as I liked all the ideas that I had seen representing that theme, and I thought it would be the best option to create it. My main inspiration was the third picture because it was simple and displayed the idea of nature vs man-made theme through the landscape/animals being the nature part and the UFO being the man-made part. I also knew I could incorporate spray-paint into it which I wanted to try…

My intention for this artwork was to show an audience the contrast of nature and man-made elements and how they fit into the world with each other, and can both be seen as beautiful even though they are very different concepts. I think that the issue examined through my work of man-made vs nature is that sometimes man-made tends to destroy the natural aspect of beauty, but it can also fit into the landscape to create a story…

Juxtaposition can be seen in paintings, drawings, and sculptures where they are placing two different elements side by side, contrasting and comparing the different aspects of each. In this artwork I used spray paint and acrylic paints which are very different types of painting media and have differing properties to create one artwork.  The soft blended spray paint is in contrast to the opaque acrylic paint which adds a heavier element to the subject matter. Juxtaposition can be seen though different techniques used, different colours, different themes and even different artworks put together and it can be seen everywhere in all types of art forms.

The photo below is for reference only as Grace did not finish her artwork.

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Sporting Dates for Term 2

9-18 years Cross Country Carnival

On Friday the April 1 students from 9-18 years of age competed in the annual cross country carnival at the Baptist Church. A tough course with many hills and rocky tracks was witness to many grimacing faces and exhausted bodies. Well done to all our students who participated and congratulations to those students finishing top 6 and being selected to represent the school at the upcoming district cross country carnival on Tuesday May 3. Parents of students attending will receive a consent to go email.

Special mention to Odin Howell and James Grant for winning the spirit award. Both dressed for the occasion wearing house colours with accessories and throughout the day cheered for house participants. Both ran up to 24km for the day after endless cheering. Congratulations to these boys and thank you for being such outstanding role models for our sports carnivals.

See this link for the results table.

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Is your child interested in competing in a Triathlon?

Upcoming Triathlon event: Club Bargara Olympic Distance Triathlon

Location: Archies Beach Bargara

When: Sunday, May 1, 2022 6.00am- 11.00am

Registration: https://www.webscorer.com/


GIAT: (Give it a try): 375m/10km/2.5km

Sprint (13yo+): 750m/20km/5km

Olympic (16yo+): 1500m/40km/10km

Turtles (7yrs-12yrs): 100mtr/3km/1.5km

Hatchlings (3yrs-7yrs): 30mtr wade/1km/400mtr

All Abilities: 70mtr/3km/1km

Please let Mr Ashley Meyers know if your child is attending.

Multisport long-distance running excursion

On Monday March 28, 9 students from the multisport group were selected to embark on a long-distance running excursion along the Hervey Bay esplanade. Students ranging from 9-16 years of age ran the distance of 7-10km from Point Vernon to the Urangan Pier. Students finished with a delicious ice cream and a team bonding session. A great experience for students to build on their endurance, resilience and stamina. Multisport is open to all ages and abilities with training on Wednesday afternoons 3:15-4:15pm. Thank you to Lars, Mr Meyers and Miss Baumann for assisting.
Jaydee van Dyk, Sophie France, Rory Sloan, Tyler Mulhall, Hugo Lucas, Lilly Peaker, Ruby, Lilly Sloan, Noah Corf-Keller.

Easter holiday achievements

During the Easter holidays there have been some notable achievements from Junior school students. It’s excellent to see such dedication from the students and many thanks to the parents for all their support.

Congratulations to Danielle Ibbetson for competing in the Bundaberg Festival of Dance during the Easter break, and winning three second places in Jazz, Tap and Classical dance routines. Well done to Danielle for an outstanding achievement.

Malakai Yeatman played for the Wide Bay Wolves U10’s at the Regional Futsal Comp in Brisbane. The team played well but unfortunately just missed out on making the semi-finals. However, from this competition and Malakai’s efforts, he was selected to represent QLD Country at the Sydney 2023 National Titles. Our congratulations go to him for such an achievement.

If you would like to highlight a primary sporting achievement outside of school please let Mr Glover know at bruce.glover@bayside.qld.edu.au . We would love to hear about it.


3Q having fun with maths

Who said maths had to be boring? 3Q had an awesome time solving multiplication questions while completing an obstacle course. The students were broken into groups and each group had to solve a multiplication problem, show Mrs Carter their answer, race through the obstacle course and then add to their groups poster. Once they were done they were able to collect another problem and see how many questions they could complete. They demonstrated exceptional teamwork and excellent recall of their multiplication facts all while having fun.

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Jiu Jitsu now available as a sport

Our new Jiu Jitsu coach, Mr Gary Langford represented Great Britain in the 1976 Summer Olympics and the 1980 Summer Olympics.

He represented England and won a gold medal in the 90kg middle-heavyweight, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Four years later he represented England and won a silver medal in the 100kg sub-heavyweight division, at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Jiu Jitsu is starting the second week of term 2.

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Bumper Sticker Competition Winner!

Tahnya of Toogoom 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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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.


Over the next two weeks, we will explore the idea that not all conflict is bad, and that conflict can actually be an opportunity to grow. Conflict can be the catalyst for healthy, cohesive relationships where there are clear relational and behavioural expectations between people, and healthy personal boundaries that help to create and maintain these. We will learn about the four steps to take on the PeaceMaking Path: starting with God, then me, then you, then us. We can be peacemakers just like Jesus!

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

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