Recently I have been contemplating returning to university to do some further study (although … almost as soon as I have such grand plans, something will happen to remind me I need to focus far more on the here and now!). Anyway, the point I wanted to make was that in preparing for study, I am reminded by how quickly some ideas, thoughts, and wisdom are considered old and out of date – or even no longer suitable for the time in which we live.
Sadly, many view the Bible in this way (and I must admit to having believed this myself a great many years ago). This view may persist in some because we are not receiving the best instruction in scripture, perhaps we do not ask ourselves how we could apply these words to modern life – that we do not really wish to wrestle with these ideas, or perhaps it is an easy way to avoid the conversation altogether!
For many people, (me included) the Bible’s teaching is just as relevant now as they were almost 2000 years ago. One passage that I read this week was in Ecclesiastes:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! … And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Is this not true of community? Are we not stronger as a community when we stand together? As a country? Yes, Yes and Yes.
As Christians, we are called to stand together for what is right. We are called to proclaim our love for Christ, and to follow Him in all we do. This does not mean that we will not face criticism, ridicule, or attack, but there is a strength in our unity that can overcome the negative. The question is how do we know when to stand together? How do we do this?
I believe that we develop a relationship with each other through our engagement. It is always interesting to see some people walk past others and offer a beautiful greeting and those who walk past, with eyes glued to the ground to avoid eye contact. It’s wonderful to see the care of those who take the time to say hello and offer a word of encouragement to another, those who attend and participate in important College functions and events, and those who are dedicated to building community.
The upcoming Awards Night for Prep–Year 3, Year 4–6, and Years 7–12 is one way in which we can show support and acknowledge not just our own child, but every child. I ask for all parents to make these nights a priority and to come along to celebrate the wonderful achievements of all our students.
As for the relevance of the Bible, may I encourage all to consider attending one of our local Churches, specifically, Fraser Coast Baptist Church, Hervey Bay Baptist Church, or Maryborough Baptist Church. Having heard the preaching that takes place in these Churches, I would say that all of the preachers not only offer us the Word of God, but do so in a way in which we can see the relevance of Scripture to our everyday lives. They help us understand and see the Words of God, in a way we might otherwise fail to do.
There is no book that has been translated, been printed, or lasted as long as the Bible – and this alone is testament to the importance of these Words to the lives of all people throughout time. I hope you will take the time to meet either Tim Eyschen, Brett Wilson, or Rhys McFadden and see them for the wonderful teachers of the Gospel they are. God wants us in a relationship with Him and to be in a relationship with other faithful believers to support and encourage us in all we do.
In Christ, we are never alone!
Deputy Principal’s Message
It has indeed been a busy fortnight at Bayside Christian College, with an array of exciting events and exams that have kept our College active. Our students have demonstrated their dedication and talents, both in academic assessments and extra-curricular competitions like the Spelling Bee. As the end of the school years draws close, we have an array of special events, including the Remembrance Day Commemoration and our highly anticipated Annual Awards Nights. These upcoming gatherings will provide us with the perfect opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the remarkable achievements and milestones of our students.
Spelling Bee Triumph
Congratulations to all our Spelling Bee participants, particularly our Year 8 team, for their success in winning the Spelling Bee finals for Bayside. Their dedication and hard work earned them $400 worth of vouchers. Their impressive efforts also earned our school $500 in vouchers. We wish them continued success in their academic pursuits. We would also like to extend our prayers to the remaining Spelling Bee teams as they advance through the semi-finals and finals. Your commitment and determination make us proud. We thank Mrs. Trudy Herbert for generously dedicating her time and expertise to practice and coordinate the Spelling Bee event. Her commitment to our students’ success is truly commendable, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our College.
Day for Daniel
We would like to recognise and thank all the parents and students who generously donated to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Your contributions will go a long way in promoting child safety and raising awareness about this crucial cause. We appreciate your participation in wearing red on Day for Daniel to raise awareness for child safety. It’s wonderful to see our community come together for such an essential initiative.
A special thanks also goes to the Queensland Police for their efforts in teaching our students about safe people they can turn to when they feel unsafe. We are grateful for their presence and for bringing ‘Cluedo,’ the Police Mascot, to entertain our students on this day.
Remembrance Day Commemoration
This Saturday 11 November, we invite our Year 11 and 12 students and parents to attend the Remembrance Day Commemoration at the Light Horse War Memorial in Freedom Park, Main Street, Pialba. Our Student Leaders will have the honour of laying a wreath to represent Bayside, paying respect to the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Students are expected to wear their formal uniform, and we strongly encourage parents to attend this meaningful event with us.
Annual Awards Nights
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Annual Awards Nights. On Tuesday 14 November, we will have the Years 7–12 Awards Night starting at 6:00pm. On Tuesday 28 November we will celebrate the Prep–Year 3 Awards at 4:30pm and the Years 4–6 Awards at 6:30pm. These are compulsory events, and we ask that students wear their formal uniforms at the highest standard on these evenings. Please arrive ten minutes earlier to ensure a prompt start time. The Annual Awards will be held at Hervey Bay Baptist Church, Nikenbah.
We eagerly look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students and sharing these special moments with their family members. It’s an opportunity for the Bayside Christian College community to come together and celebrate the remarkable journeys and accomplishments of our students.
“It is not good for man to be alone.” — Genesis 2:18 In the spirit of unity, we reflect upon these words from the Book of Genesis, reminding us of the fundamental truth that we are designed for community and teamwork. Our recent activities and the exciting events to come, demonstrate the strength of our Bayside Christian College community, where students, parents, and staff come together to support and inspire one another. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a collective effort to nurture and celebrate the achievements of our students. We are truly blessed to have this supportive community and look forward to our upcoming gatherings.
Chappy Karl Spross
To our dear Bayside Christian community.
Thank you for your warm and special welcome to me as I began working here at the school. I felt very blessed and am looking forward to getting to know you as staff and parents of students and of course the students themselves. My desire is to know most students/staff and some parent’s names by 2nd term next year. Please pray for my reflective processes (otherwise known as memory) that I will gain help from the Almighty for this venture haha.
I am excited about our next season as a school and believe we have great things in store for the lives of our community.
As we approach the season of our loving saviour’s birth, I am reminded of His tremendous love shown to each one of us through his coming to earth in human form. Immanuel God with us. (Mathew 1:23)
Year 8 Phys Ed
The Year 8 Physical Education students have actively participated in an array of beach games, encompassing volleyball, bocce, sand castle building contests, relay races, sprints, kickball, and inflatable boat races. These activities offer students an exceptional chance to engage in physical education lessons while enjoying the sandy shoreline and refreshing waters, creating an enjoyable, interactive, and effective approach to learning and, most importantly, staying physically active in an unconventional environment. We are indeed fortunate to have the beach within close proximity and relish the opportunity it provides.
Year 9 Phys Ed
In the Year 9 Health and Physical Education program, students have delved into a unit centered on teamwork. They’ve actively participated in a series of challenging activities that have emphasised the importance of effective communication and successful collaboration. Recently, the students undertook a collaborative project, assembling an all-inclusive playground in a relay format. This not only allowed them to test their individual skills in activities like climbing and running but also encouraged them to work together in determining each team member’s strengths. It serves as a fitting conclusion to a productive year in Physical Education.
Antonio Selected for UK Tour
I’m a proud parent of my son Antonio Firouzfar whose was recently selected for UK tours next year. He’s well deserved and earned that selection. Well done Antonio!
Lucas Selected to Attend UK Westham Training
Lucas has been given a second opportunity to go to the UK (September 2024) to attend the training academy in football for Westham. He trialled regionally for George Cowie Westham football mid 2023, was then selected to go the nationals just recently (Sep 2023) . There were 4 selectors attending from the UK. He received an email last week offering a spot to go to the UK! We are very proud of him, and hope this time we can get him to the UK.
Science at Bayside
This term Year 3 have been learning about heat. This week Mrs Ashton invited Year 4 students into the science lab. The students had a lot of fun exploring heat in science experiments.
Year 7 science students are studying energy this term. Here they are investigating the amount of energy stored at n common foods and modelling the stages of the water cycle.
Year 10 Science students are seen here investigating the pH of a range of household chemicals.
Forensic Science students have been learning about trace evidence. They have had a lot of fun creating and analysing shoe prints and blood spatter patterns.
Marine and Biology
This week Year 12 Marine and Biology students went down to the beach at Pialba to conduct an ecological survey on the rocky foreshore. Students conducted a number of experiments and collected a lot of data. You will be pleased to know that all measurements indicated that our beach and water are in pristine condition.
Legacy is still caring for tens of thousands of widows who have lost their loved ones and been affected by their partner’s service in the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Vietnam War; as well as campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and in peacekeeping operations across the globe. Originally, it was returned servicemen who took this duty of caring for and supporting widows and children. They later became known as Legatees. To this day, it is the Legatees who volunteer the support that Legacy provides to its beneficiaries.
This year, two Bayside Senior students, Ava Atkinson and Jayda Cox, volunteered their time and assisted by manning a Legacy stall in Stocklands Shopping Centre, which was a pure reflection of our college value of service.
Last Wednesday, we had more girls training and trialling for a position to be part of the Bayside Barracudas for 2024. They showed great athleticism and effort as they were put through an afternoon of training. The girls all supported and encouraged one another throughout the session. Bring on 2024.
Aussie Gold Cheer & Dance State Championships
Sasha Yr 6 and Mikaela Yr 7 attended the Aussie Gold Cheer & Dance State Championships last weekend. Their Hip-Hop routine placed 3rd and Junior Cheer 2nd. Miss Izzy, an educator from our Kindy placed 2nd in her Open Cheer routine and 2nd in her Open Hip Hop routine.
Eggleston, one of our Bayside Buddies came along to show his support in the Coach’s chair!
Bumper Sticker Winner!
Congratulations to this fortnight’s winner, Shay. To be in the running for the fabulous fortnightly prize two $50 vouchers from Enzo’s, grab a bumper sticker from admin, stick it on your vehicle and register here – and you could be the next winner!
Scholastic Book Fair
It’s about books. It’s about your children. It’s about fun! It’s our Scholastic Book Fair — a special time for our entire school community, being held at the Bayside Christian College Library in week 6 from Monday 6 November to Friday 10 November.
Book fairs are a wonderful chance to purchase new books and stock up your home library, promote reading with children or get some early Christmas gifts organized. Remember a portion of the sales made go back to the school and allow the school library to have the most engaging and current books available for students to read.
There will be lots of things available to buy including posters, stationary items and of course lots of great books. We will be hosting book fair in WEEK 6 this term every morning from 8:00am to 8:30am and every afternoon from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. We hope to see you all there!
Happy reading everyone.