In the life of the College, there are many opportunities to partner together in the Christian education of your children. This week, we celebrated Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day in the Primary School, and it was a delight to see over 200 visitors sharing memories and moments with their grandchildren. We also had our Thailand Mission Trip Information Night, where a team of intrepid explorers with a heart to serve found out about how they will serve and teach English to Thai students. And tonight (Thursday) is a welcome dinner for parents new to the College in 2020.
Romans 12 exhorts us to work as a body, each member with our gifts and particular way of contributing to the whole. Sometimes it is like this as we partner in education. When everyone has respectful relationships, seasoned with kindness.
However, sometimes partnership is not always 'pretty'. It is raw and honest, as we face challenges together. Sometimes it is walking with the family who is struggling with illness, sometimes it is partnering to create an individualised learning support program for particularly gifted students in a particular subject, and sometimes it is even creating support programs when kids face challenges with anxiety or learning to relate to others. Whatever it is, Bayside is committed to working with our parents and families to develop responsive disciples of Christ.
Our Primary Parent/Teacher Conferences and Secondary Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and share our partnership to discuss the progress and plans for best supporting your children's education, both from school and from home. Information will be sent out next week regarding how to use our online booking system, PTO, to book a time to meet with your children's teachers. If you do not have an email address on our records, please contact reception to arrange for your login details to be sent to you.
Please remember that Wednesday 11 March appointments start after school at 3:45pm, and Thursday 14 March classes finish at 1:00pm for appointments to start at 1:45pm. Buses will depart the College by 1:25pm for an early bus run this day. Camp Australia will provide care for those already registered with the program.
STE(A)M Teacher Professional Development
This year we are very excited to have opened a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STE-A-M) space. We are calling it "The Maker Space". Lessons are already underway where students are challenged to use the design process and problem solving to address issues and challenges, from straw and sticks in Prep, to robotics and coding in Secondary. Last week our Preps were trying to design suitable houses for little pigs, so that the Big Bad Wolf would not blow them down! Secondary students are building Lego robots and programming them for specific functions. What an exciting time for students to be a part of learning in the 21st century!
To further support digital learning and STEAM, on Tuesday, our teachers were involved in professional development to increase our understanding of how we can use critical and creative thinking to develop the STEAM capabilities of our students across the curriculum. Sam and Meg from the CSIRO shared some excellent resources and thinking challenges, showing teachers how many of the careers of the future are not even created yet, but what we do today will train our students in digital technologies and problem solving for tomorrow.