Primary News

From the Head of Primary

There have been many end-of-year events and celebrations in the Primary School during December. On Monday 2 December, the students were able to spend the morning visiting their new class teacher and meeting their fellow classmates for 2020.


Last Thursday 5 December, the Primary Celebration Evening was held. Every student had the opportunity to participate in a musical item on the stage, the Drumming Group and Choir performed “Little Drummer Boy’’, some awards were given, and the 2020 Primary Student Leaders were presented with their badges. The final musical item was performed by the Bluebirds who sang “Speechless”. Thank you to all those who attended this special event and worked behind the scenes.



The Primary School Dance was held during the day this year, and it was a very enjoyable and energetic event led by Zacc Klan. He had been teaching the dances as part of the PE curriculum, and it was a great culmination to these lessons. Thank you to the Dance Committee who organised this event.



On Monday 9 December, the G- lock Gym was transformed into a 'World of Colour' for the Year 6 Graduation, by a hard working team of Year 6 parents. Fairy lights, and lots of bright colour, really set the scene. The formalities began in U Block, where the Year 6 students demonstrated their new dancing skills, a graduation speech was delivered by our Principal, Andrew Manning, presentations of graduation photos were made, and then the students were ‘handed over’ to Joel Williamson, the Head of Junior Secondary for 2020. A delicious finger food supper was then served in the G Block Gym, prepared by Karissa Gaskell and her band of willing helpers. It was wonderful to observe the chatter and interactions that went on amongst the parents and students as they celebrated the students’ time in Primary School. Sara Wright, along with the other Years 5/6 teachers, did a wonderful job preparing the students for the event. 



Every student in the Primary School is expected to be involved in holiday reading. It is hoped that parents/carers will support the students to do lots of reading over the break.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who support the Primary School, who go out of their way to contribute positively in a variety of ways to enhance the community life. It is such a blessing to be able to help support students as they move through the school and to observe how they develop and grow.


It was a pleasure to collect all the Christmas hamper drive items together as a Primary School this morning, our last day for the school year. What a joy it is to bless those in need and to serve our local community in this way.



On behalf of all of the staff and students in the Primary School, I would like to wish all our Bayside community a very blessed Christmas. May you know the joy and peace that the birth of Jesus brings, both at Christmas and throughout 2020 - the most precious gift of all. 



May God bless you,


Glenys Bailey

Head of Primary

Congratulations to all Year 6 Students - from Camp Australia


Water Safety in Years 5/6

Last Wednesday 4 December, the Years 5/6 students went to Mills Beach for their Water Safety Day.


We headed on a group walk down a beach track while we waited for the waves and weather to calm down. When we arrived back after the waves had finely calmed down, we launched into the activities, which included: CPR, beach activities, surf lifesaving, and rescues.


After this, we had lunch and everyone wanted to buy food from the kiosk. In the lunch break, a few students dug a really deep hole with shovels. Soon after, Mr Klan made the announcement for the combined Iron boy and Iron girl challenge, which included a swim, surf ski, and run. The winners were Sam and Estelle.


One highlight was watching Sam surf his way to victory. It was a memorable day at the beach.


Ashton, Joey, & Annameike

Years 5/6 students