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Vol. 3, Issue 2, 5 March 2021

Welcome to the new online version of The Bayside Bulletin newsletter for 5 March 2021. Here you will find interesting stories on past and upcoming events at Bayside Christian College.

From the Deputy Principal’s Desk

There’s always something new at Bayside Christian College!

It is always a privilege to be asked to write a few lines for a College publication, even during severe, but thankfully rare moments of ‘writer’s block’.  This opportunity is especially humbling as today sees the launch of a new style of Newsletter, building upon the outstanding success story that was the 2020 version, compiled and edited with tremendous skill and devotion by Mrs Madhu Sengupta, our Head of Year 11 and 12.

While Madhu retains a key role as compiler and an editor of Newsletter content, we have added two new, multi-talented professionals to the College staff in Sharleen Sneath and Paul Taylder, who have designed this new-look, streamlined publication that should appeal to everyone and allow extremely easy access to those all-important, very high-quality photographs of our loved ones.

One of the key differences in ‘Newsletter 2.0’ is that Sharleen and Paul will be trying to convince we, the teachers, to write shorter articles!  I must admit that, once past the slippery paving stones of the first paragraph I always seem to find myself suddenly at a word count of 745, still with plenty more to say and, most likely, a readership that has long since given up or flicked on to the next, vastly more engaging item. 

I shall take Sharleen and Paul’s advice to heart as the amazing diversity and richness of life at Bayside will speak entirely for itself in the articles that follow.  While the 2021 academic year is well and truly underway, there spreads out before us all weeks and months, terms and semesters of opportunities for everyone in our College community to shine, each in their own, unique, God-given way.  I will be flicking through, every fortnight, soaking up the wonders!

Photos of our recent Swimming Carnival

Click the photo below to view an online gallery of the Swimming Carnival.

Bayside Christian College House shelters at Hervey Bay Pool

Run/Walk Around Australia update

We have now gone 8659km since the start of last year! That’s way past Esperance in Western Australia. Come on everyone! Well Done! Keep it up!

Come out before school. It’s a lovely time of the day. Well done to the students that got the bi-weekly vouchers for those who reached the goal.

Thanks must go to Zambrero, Ibo Kebab, Macdonalds, Yo-Get-It and Burger Urge for kindly donating vouchers for weekly prizes.

A Splash of Art

Year 5’s are working on a sea and marine life theme and examining the work of Winslow Homer and later Maud Smith.  This week they viewed several of Winslow Homers art works and discussed the mood he created through colour and movement.  Students were to choose media that represented their intention to create calm seas or rough seas.

Sailing Ship

Year 6 are examining adding value using sketching techniques.  This week they chose a black and white image and recreated the values found in the photo.  It was a great tool for recognising values, looking for the varying shades and keeping the highlights.  The results were very impressive as you can see.

Year 6 Shading techniques
Year 6 Shading techniques

Pancake Day

Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before the Christian period of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter) starts. The date of Shrove Tuesday changes each year because it’s dependent on when Easter Sunday falls, but it’s always between early February and early March. This year it fell on February 16. Year 12 students had gastronomical fun making (and eating!) pancakes.

Making Pancakes

National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying

Students are invited to wear Orange on Friday 19th March to support National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying. We encourage everyone to show their support including Staff and Teachers.

School Dental Van Visit

The Dental Van will be at the School on Monday 8th March. Expression of interest Dental Forms have been sent home to all students Prep-Year 10.

Alternatively you can complete the form online by following this link:

Please note that a parent or legal guardian will need to attend each initial appointment for their child, every time the Dental Van returns to the School. Dental staff will contact you once you have returned your form to arrange appointments. For any enquiries please contact the School Dental Van Administration on (07) 4122 8861.

The Learning Curve

Taking Responsible Risks

Being prepared to leave your comfort zone and adopt an attitude of welcoming a challenge and the unknown. Realising that not taking the risk of a challenge is missing an opportunity to improve yourself. Being more afraid of a lack of success than a fear of failure and avoiding statements such as “I’ll look stupid”, “I don’t want to be wrong”.Ask yourself the following questions:

  • When have I shown a willingness to try new things in my learning and how?
  • What things can I do to challenge my thinking to change the ways I learn?
  • Who has impressed me with his/her willingness to challenge his/her thinking and try something new?

Upcoming Events

Movers and Shakers

This week our Senior Leaders participated in the quarterly, Hervey Bay School Captains Network Breakfast hosted at Urangan State High School. College Seniors Kiara, Lacey, Zeta and Sophie can be seen working with Fraser Coast Mayor, George Seymour on developing student initiatives focusing on the topic of Water Conservation.

House Competition Winners

Congratulations to our Johnson House for winning last week’s House Competition!

Hervey Bay Woodcrafts Club

An agreement has been made with the President of Hervey Bay Woodcrafts Club to use their facilities for our Year 8-10 Woodworking Club. Click the photo below to view our Woodcrafts Photo Album:

Covid Check In Procedures

We’re using the new Check In Qld app to help keep you COVID safe.

All you need to do is:

  • Visit for links to download the app from Google Play or Apple App stores 
  • Enter your details once when you first open the app 
  • Open the app when you next visit us 
  • Select ‘Check in Now’ and scan or enter our code

Run 4 Bibles

Service and Missions are an integral element of education at Bayside Christian College, as is our Sporting Activities. This year, we are excited with the opportunity to combine both as we raise money for Bibles to be distributed to students in Africa during our Cross-Country Event on the Thursday1st of April 2021 for Year 4 to 12 students.

Since 2009, and with the support of thousands of students across Australia and New Zealand, Run4Bibles has seen more than 300,000 students in South African public schools receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

As little as $7 is needed to raise to provide one Bible.

All students will be provided with a Run4Bibles sponsorship form to collect their sponsors. We ask that students work with their parents and caregivers to obtain sponsorship for the event to ensure student safety.

Please return the sponsorship form completed to the College office with money if paying by cash by Monday 29th March 2021.

Sponsorship money can be paid online, or students can send the money to the College office with their completed form. The College will forward all money raised to the Run4Bibles project.

All money raised will be calculated and will go towards a House Competition to see which House raises most money to purchase the Bibles. The winners of the House Competition will be announced after the school holidays.

For more information about Run4Bibles visit

Optus Digital Thumbprint

Students in Years 4-10 were actively engaged in workshops regarding Cyber Safety. Representatives from the Optus Team engaged students in a fun and interactive session. For more information on topics that were covered in these sessions, please visit the Optus Website:

If you ever feel like you are struggling with any situation, please call the Kids Help Line on 1800 551 800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Upcoming Pizza Day