It has been a few great weeks in the life of the College. I have really appreciated moving around the College seeing the smiling faces of the students as they engage in this new year of learning. It has also been lovely to see so many parents around the College at assemblies, information evenings and at the Secondary swimming carnival last week.
It is hard to miss the banner on the front wall of the property that signifies the thirty-fifth anniversary of Bayside Christian College. I often get asked questions about our particular approach to schooling. There are a number of ways to answer these questions. One is to begin by asking what is Christian about the Christian school? The answer to this is that just like there are many expressions of the Christian church, there are likewise various expressions of Christian schooling. That is, the aspects of the Christian faith in a particular Christian school should represent the particular denomination or heritage that they have emerged out of. Bayside Christian College is a member of Christian Education National, a group of schools previously known as Christian Parent Controlled Schools. At the heart of our beliefs and hopefully, our practice, is that Christ is Lord of all things, including education. This means that we look to develop practice that is consistent with the Biblical story across everything rather than confine faith to a devotional time. As such, we seek to incorporate our beliefs throughout the school day including within our policies and the curriculum. To further understand this, I recommend a resource on Christian schooling that is consistent with our approach: Thinking about schooling: Christians considering schooling options for their children. This is available at our reception if you would like to read a little more.
We would appreciate your prayers for Mrs Jo Piening, one of our Years 5/6 Teachers who last week had eye surgery. Mrs Piening is recovering well and should be back with us soon. With Mr Svigos who teaches part-time in Years 5 and 6 not available to cover the class for the duration of Mrs Piening’s absence, and to ensure that there is minimal disruption to student learning, Mrs Janine Harvey will work with the Years 5/6 team. Please pray for Mrs Piening as she recovers and Mrs Harvey in her absence.