A word from our Deputy Principal
Did Much Happen While We Were Out?
Launching Year 8 into their Civics and Citizenship program, with a quick recap of the major events in Australia during the two weeks of the recent holidays, seemed an appropriate way to start my first lesson with the awesome 8.2, during period 1 on Tuesday.
Initially, most claimed not to have noticed anything significant (!) but with prompts from the latest in a series of hilarious, current affairs Youtube posts by Melbourne-based comedian and former TV presenter, Jimmy Rees (alias ‘Jimmy Giggle’, the host of the ABC Kids’ Giggle and Hoot show) soon these young and highly absorbent minds began to appreciate they were indeed aware of many significant circumstances that all neatly fall within the realm of the Australian Curriculum’s HASS program.
Despite freely admitting to almost never watching TV news, still my major source of such insights, through the 21st century’s myriad channels of information gathering and distribution many of our youngsters are actually quite well informed.
Everyone knew, ‘Gladys quit!’ One capable wordsmith spelt her surname correctly, without hesitation, but we had to unpick what ICAC stood for and what its relevance is for anyone in public life in New South Wales. Wins for Sydney (Penrith) and Melbourne (Demons) in NRL and AFL, in respective Grand Finals had been noted by the boys, and that led to some friendly banter about the relative status of each code, illustrated by an awareness of what poor role models some professional sportspeople are. HASS meeting Health and PE head on!
However, I was most pleased to hear students were aware of the extremely rare natural hazards of the NSW tornado (a learned young man named the nearest town) and the Victorian earthquake, coming as I do from a background of physical geography and geology. Some students knew the magnitude of the earthquake was a respectable 5.9, probably the largest in Victoria since European settlement, even if the impact was, as Jimmy Rees mocked, only that, ‘7 bricks fell over!’.
So, despite a slow and shakily uncertain start to the discussion, 8.2 were far from ignorant of what has been going on around their nation while school has been out. Certainly, it helps enormously when parents and their children share such stories on a regular basis, allowing for extra explanation that deepens understanding and encourages fuller engagement for youngsters in society. As we discussed, the legal voting age is not that far away for them, yet uncertainty reigned when asked about the titles, roles and responsibilities of George Seymour, Anastasia Palaszczuk (nobody was keen to attempt to spell her surname!) and Scott Morrison.
However, I had to outright disagree with the students who claimed that the most significant events of the last fortnight were the release of some sort of update to the online ‘defence-shooter-survival’ game, Fortnite, (although, admittedly clever word association!) and the latest episodes of Squid Games!
Teaching HASS in the 21st century is a thoroughly enjoyable if sometimes slightly uphill battle!
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P & F Update
Our Junior School Disco was a great success and we would like to thank everyone for helping promote and encourage students to attend. We had an amazing night with over 190 students enthusiastically dancing away to The Macarena, We Will Rock You, The Cha Cha and everything else in between!
It was wonderful to see so many parents stop and chat, getting to know others in our community, while enjoying some delicious Coffee and Pancakes. It was great to have Delightful Dutch Pancakes and Billy Beans Coffee on site supporting our first P&F event and we look forward to working together again at future events.
Thank you to all the teachers and school staff that volunteered their time to help on the night, and to all the parents for getting your children there for a fun night. We appreciate all the time and effort everyone put in and look forward to hosting another Disco next year.
The P&F are currently compiling all of the recipes and artworks that have been submitted. The school cookbook will be a special memento to keep and share with family and friends. We plan to have these printed and ready for sale sometime next term so that you can include them in your Christmas gifts for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and family friends.
If you would like your child/children to feature in the cookbook please be sure to send your recipes and permission slips in asap to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand in to the office. We would love to include every Bayside student in the cookbook – but need your help to make this possible! Please send in your recipes if you haven’t already as we don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity.
*The Art Competition winners and will be announced at an assembly in Term 4.
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Multisports- Term 3 Adventure Day
For their Term 3 Adventure Day, the Multisport Excellence Program athletes accepted the challenge of a half marathon along part of the Cooloola Great Walk, a coastal sand trail in the Great Sandy Strait National Park.
All 12 athletes successfully completed the challenge by running and walking the 21km circuit from Rainbow Beach to Poona Lake – and back!
It was a fun and challenging day all rolled into one. Well done to all athletes – your endurance, determination and team work was inspiring
Hervey Bay Under 14 boys basketball team won gold in Division 4 at the Qld State Championships in Brisbane last week. Well done to you all, and especially to 3 of our Bayside Christian College boys who are on the team! They went through the whole championships undefeated! And, this is the first State Title that Hervey Bay Basketball have won in a long time. It is also the very first title in Under 14 boys. Very well done!
National Futsal Championship Success
Malakai was selected to be in the U9 QLD Country Futsal team for the National Futsal Championships, September 2021. The team all played extremely well and were undefeated throughout the tournament. They had a nail biting Grand final where Malakai scored the golden goal in overtime, beating a highly ranked Brisbane City team. Malakai was one of the top 5 goal scorers in his age group. The team stood with honour, representing Queensland Country, as they received their gold medals at the presentation ceremony. This is a huge achievement for QLD Country and one their coach, Peter Souvlis, is extremely proud of.
Additionally, Malakai was nominated by opposing teams coaches and officials and has been selected to be part of the Australian Futsal AllStars U9 team. This is an incredible honour and we could not be more proud of him and this achievement. He played his heart out and has done himself, his family and his team proud. Malakai is still on cloud nine and we are excited to see where this journey takes him!
Lucas and his U10 Qld Country team made it to the Grand final of the National Futsal Championships September 2021. They came away with a silver medal, of what was a very intense final! They had only just played in the semi-finals, defying the odds and beating a strong Brisbane team to make it to the Grand final. At the presentation ceremony they received their silver medals, and stood with honour representing QLD country. It was a very proud moment for Lucas, his team and his family. This was Lucas’ first ever futsal tournament. He plays casual futsal Monday nights, and he was hand picked by selectors to play for QLD country in the Nationals. The rumour going around was “who was this Lucas kid? ”! This was a huge achievement in itself and to come home with a silver medal was a huge honour and achievement for Lucas and his team. He hasn’t stopped talking about it!
Both students have been selected to go on an overseas tour to Fiji next year. With uncertain times ahead due to Covid, we will have to wait and see what happens.
Parent and Teacher Interviews
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