Learn By Doing
Senior Students at Bayside Christian College are preparing to launch into their adult lives, and the learning opportunities and experiences offered support developing confidence to engage in post-school life. It is a busy time, and Senior Students will often be seen putting their book-learning to practice both in and out of the classroom.
Bayside Christian College offers a wide range of General and Applied Subjects allowing Year 12s to attain a QCE and an ATAR.
Our College offers Vocational Education Training and practical application experiences that equip students to continue to make the most of their academic knowledge in real-world settings such as the science lab, the internet, business building and wider community activities.
Beyond the Books
Extra curricular activities enhance the growth of personal and social skills and enables acquisition of skills that are not always accessible in the classroom. At Bayside Christian College, there are many opportunities for students to engage in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities.
Bayside Christian College is a centre for Academic Excellence that is delivered through a community of diagnostically informed and inspired leaders who are driven to achieve continued success for your child. Explore our academically rigorous and intellectually engaging programs designed to help you develop our students learning across a range of subject area and broader contemporary and relevant areas.
In English, students interact with peers, teachers, individuals, groups and community members in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments. They experience learning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, including local community, vocational and global contexts.
Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts, including newspapers, film and digital texts, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic performances, and multimodal texts, with themes and issues involving levels of abstraction, higher order reasoning and intertextual references. Students develop critical understanding of the contemporary media, and the differences between media texts.
At Bayside Christian College we provide a safe and engaging environment for students to learn Mathematics. Our curriculum offers the full range of experiences in each year level to ensure that all students have the chance to be supported and extended by their studies. Students learn to work mathematically – developing fluency, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills.
The syllabus consists of the following strands:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability.
In Year 11 and 12, courses offered include:
- Essential Mathematics
- General Mathematics
- Math Methods
- Specialist Maths (Optional extra subject)
Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science, and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
Humanities & Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences is focussed on the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. It encourages creative thinking and teaches students to reason, question, and make inquiries about what it means to be human and seek answers from the world in which we live/have lived. The knowledge and skills gained are essential in becoming informed and active 21st century citizens.
The Technologies curriculum provides students with opportunities to consider how solutions that are created now will be used in the future. Students will identify the possible benefits and risks of creating solutions, and learn to recognise that views about the priority of the benefits and risks will vary, and that preferred futures are contested. They will use critical and creative thinking to weigh up possible short-term and long-term impacts. They develop solutions to meet needs considering impacts on liveability, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.
Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:
- Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
- Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.
The Arts covers each of the five Arts subjects — Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts .
The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.
In the Australian Curriculum, the Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills.
The curriculum examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places.
Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English.
In the Languages learning area the focus is on both language and culture, as students learn to communicate meaningfully across linguistic and cultural systems, and different contexts. This process involves reflection and analysis, as students move between the new language being learnt and their own existing language(s). It is a reciprocal and dynamic process which develops language use within intercultural dimensions of learning experiences.
The Bayside Christian College Christian Studies Program is about faith formation and a rigorous academic subject. Learning outcomes in the Christian Studies Program are assessed and evaluated. Measurable learning outcomes have been developed for each unit of work for every year level and are reported on through the College Academic Reports. Missions and service are a core value of Bayside Christian College, and as such, are a component of the program. In Junior years, Prep to Year 6, key Bible stories are used to facilitate understanding themes and topics encountered in everyday life. In Years 7 to 10, students deepen their Bible literacy and understanding of Christianity through theoretical learning and practical projects. In Years 11 and 12, students broaden their knowledge to consider applied spirituality through the QCAA approved Religion and Ethics subject. At Bayside, all students are given the opportunity to understand Christianity in theory and practice, as a part of a holistic learning journey.
Health & Physical Education
Health and Physical Education at Bayside Christian College provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health. At Bayside we focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and actively encourage all students to participate in physical activity through the development of motor skills, movement competence and health related physical fitness. We value positive engagement in sport with an aim to provide all our students with a sense of community and social connectiveness which we believe are vital components of overall well-being.
Extra Curricular Programs
Bayside Christian College provides a range of extra curricular programs for students pursuing extension programs or passionate about specific areas of the curriculum.
Spinnaker Extension Program
Bayside Christian College offers extension opportunities to foster and develop the special abilities of both gifted and talented and high ability students. The Spinnaker Extension Program is committed to optimising student’s educational outcomes and work alongside teachers to develop critical, creative and reflective problem-solvers. We strive to provide challenging and meaningful learning experiences within a supportive environment. Students participate in Maths Olympiad, Maths Games and Readers Cup and in 2021 our Year 7 and 8 students entered into the Maths Modelling challenge where they investigated and presented a mathematical response to a current issue. Through the development of an extension program the college addresses an educational responsibility that allows all students to have access to learning experiences to reach their full potential.
Minecraft: Education Edition’s 3D sandbox environment and block-based mechanics make it an ideal workspace for students to learn mathematical principles and test their ideas. Concepts like area and perimeter, patterns, ratios, and coordinates all come alive when they’re laid out spatially and can be manipulated with the click of the mouse. Learning with a game that students know and love also helps keep them engaged and energized. Minecraft: Education Edition prepares students for the future workplace by helping build skills like collaboration, creative problem-solving, communication, and systems thinking.
Studies have shown that eSports provides many of the same benefits of grass sports, minus the physical exertion. There is teamwork, communication, strategy, and sportsmanship learned through participating in organized eSports. For our players, the addition of a digital eSports league can only help them further develop the cognitive skills we currently refine during their play on the grass. Players who participate in eSports programs are found to have a higher interest in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) subjects and have strong average GPAs. eSports helps them engage with their fellow students and their schools.