On Monday night 26 November, we farewelled our graduating class of 2018 at their Valedictory Dinner. It was a special occasion to give thanks for these amazing young men and women who now leave Bayside to go into the world which awaits. We thank families for their support and input as you have partnered with us in your child's education; some for a few years, and four families since Prep in 2006. The parents of our College Captains - the Hames and Gaskell families - spoke on the impact of being in Christian community at Bayside and the importance of the partnership we have.
Most of those reading this are still on the journey with Bayside. We hope that you too find the partnership a joy. For many, that partnership is supported by volunteering in the College. We want to thank each of you for your support throughout the year; for camps, excursions, reading or helping in classes, helping with the production, cooking, photography, coaching and supporting special events such as the disco, social, and Graduations for Years 6 and 12. We could not do it without your help, and we are extremely grateful.
We look forward to our end of year celebrations. The Secondary Presentation Night is next Tuesday 4 December, followed by the Primary Celebration Evening on Thursday 6 December. It will be excellent to see you there.
This week in federal parliament, a bill regarding religious freedoms is being debated. This is very important for all faith-based schools, as some members would seek to remove religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act, thus dramatically changing the legal environment for faith-based schools. Repercussions could include not allowing faith-based schools to employ staff or enrol students based on acceptance of our Christian foundations.
On Monday we participated in the National Day of Prayer for Religious Freedom. We encourage all parents and families to write to the Prime Minister, Mr Morrison; the Opposition Leader, Mr Shorten; and, your local member of parliament to voice support for maintaining religious freedoms in order to ensure the right of parents to choose a school which matches and teaches according to the Christian beliefs you hold at home.