Thoughts on the Bayside Christian College Mission Statement
The world belongs to God. Parents should raise and train their children to recognise, honour, respect and serve Him.
Bayside Christian College exists to support and assist parents in their God given task of educating their children.
Bayside Christian College’s Mission is an interesting statement in that it is written in an unusual fashion for a mission statement, however it articulates well how the College positions itself in the growing and educating of young people.
The Mission very intentionally places parents as the primary educators of their children. It respects and honours the immense responsibility that rests on the shoulders of parents in the growing and training of their children to adulthood. It also recognises that it takes a village to raise a child - a task that should not be done alone.
Hence the Mission of the College is to partner with parents (and other key stakeholders) in the education of their children, not take over from them. The truth is that a key ingredient to success, when it comes to educating young people, is to build the strongest relationship possible between home and school, which provides a space where students can thrive.
I know this partnership is flourishing when I hear parents expressing a deep trust that their children's teachers know and care about their children. I know this partnership is working when I see parents and teachers talking, sharing and working with each other (in both good and difficult times), demonstrating the power of effective partnership in action to students as together we help them learn.
My encouragement to all our parents and carers is to embrace this partnership. You have chosen the College because you believe it is the best place for your children to learn and grow. My commitment to you is that we will do our very best to ensure this growth happens. We will provide opportunities for students to learn to read and write. We will challenge their perceptions and encourage them to become wise and discerning individuals who will learn what it is to consistently respond to the call that God has on their lives. But we can’t do this without you. In fact, it rarely works when the parent-school partnership breaks down.
Thank you for choosing Bayside and I think you have chosen well. I am looking forward to journeying with you in the education of your children, and although we do not know what challenges lie in front of us in the coming years, I am confident that together we can weather any storms and see our young people thrive.