Central to the very heart and core of Bayside Christian College is the aim of developing the finest young men and women, and to inspire in them Christian character. The College strives to achieve this by challenging students to develop an understanding of God’s plan for them, developing the intellectual character necessary to become passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning; to have the skills and confidence to succeed in an increasingly complex world; and to become committed to creating positive futures for the good of all, through faith, leadership, and active service in their communities.

While only a very young school, our graduates are doing some amazing things and we are very pleased to celebrate their achievements with them.

Our graduates have undertaken further study at universities throughout Australia, continued their vocational training, and commenced work in a large range of careers. We are so pleased to see our graduates follow their own path and use their many gifts from God so positively for the good of all.

We value our Year 12 Graduates as Alumni of our College, and ongoing members of our community. Year 12 Graduates are welcomed to the membership of the Bayside Collegians, our Alumni Association, by the College Board on the night of their College Graduation.

We welcome past Graduates of both Hervey Bay Christian Academy and Bayside Christian College into our Alumni Association. Past Graduates may contact our Head of Enrolments, Sharleen Sneath, who acts as our Alumni Coordinator by email on baysidecollegians@bayside.qld.edu.au


Bayside Collegian Profiles

Dr Derek Long

Dr Derek Long

Bayside Collegian

As a past graduate of Hervey Bay Christian Academy (now Bayside Christian College) in 2009, Dr Derek Long (BEng USQ, PhD USQ) works at the University of Southern Queensland as a researcher with the Centre for Agricultural Engineering and lecturer at the School of Environment and Agriculture.

Specialising in image analysis for agricultural applications, Dr Long has worked with a range of camera platforms including drones, tractors and smartphones to enable machine monitoring in typically labour-intensive applications across the cotton, grains and livestock industries. His current research focuses heavily on tapping into the potential of smartphone sensing for crop scouting on-farm.