It has been a tremendous blessing having the majority of students returning to the College and resuming their learning together, and we are very pleased that the remainder of students will return in the not too distant future. COVID restrictions and the remote learning experience have reminded us and taught us many things. One of those things it has reminded me about is that people are not meant to be alone.
While I acknowledge that some students can learn very well in isolation, it is widely recognised that learning and doing life is best done with others. I was reminded recently in a sermon at church that God intended for the universe to be experienced as a community and, to this end, created man to share the garden with Him. Then in Genesis 2:18, God declares that “it is not good” for man to be alone, and he gives Adam a partner in the form of Eve. Why? Because God’s intent was for us to thrive in the abundance of the Garden and the only way to do this is together.
With the sounds of students once again filling the College, not to mention the sounds of relief from parents as they send their children back to school, it is easy to be lulled into a sense that things have returned to normal. They have not. Parents remain restricted from the College, students can not gather in large groups, and we, as a community, cannot come together for key events as we normally would at this time of the year. Things at the College are, in truth, far from normal, and will unfortunately remain this way for some time.
In light of this, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you are not alone. The commitment to the parent-College partnership remains as strong as ever. Particularly as we transition students back into life and learning at the College, there may well be a need to have conversations to support them. If this is the case, please make contact with us as needed, and know that we will contact you as well as we strive to care for our amazing students.
I would also like to affirm the commitment to taking what we have learned from remote learning and associated restrictions to better partner with you into the future. For example, Parent-teacher conferences were run via Zoom last time. Although I must admit I was hesitant, the conferences yielded a range of unexpected positives that we are keen to hold onto, with a view to strengthening and affirming the parent-College partnership. On a slightly different note, should there be something that you thought worked better under the restrictions that you would like considered as we go forward, please let us know so we can ensure nothing is missed.
Finally, and I don’t think I can say this enough, thank you for your support. It has been a blessing to receive words of encouragement from you from time to time over the past few months. It has not been easy for some of you, and I know it will be some time before things right themselves sufficiently to be able to say things are back to normal. Regardless of where you are, know that we remain committed to partnering with you and your children in this and the next season.
Pray for Bayside
Give thanks for the return to onsite lessons at Bayside.
Please pray for the Secondary School, with the remaining students still learning at home set to return to physical classes next week.
Pray that the Lord would encourage and sustain College families facing difficulties at the moment, whether that be with physical or mental health, finances etc.
As restrictions prevent us from showing enquiring families around the College, please pray that new families would continue to seek out Christian education at Bayside.
Bayside Prayer Group
Our heart is to support the College through Christ-centred prayer, while creating a platform for students, parents and staff to connect with God’s heart and His purposes for us. We welcome our community to join together, believing for God’s love to be poured out over our College, bringing transformation, empowerment, miracles and blessing.
Please join the Bayside Prayer Group in praying for our wonderful College community! The group meet Tuesdays fortnightly via Zoom commencing at 8pm. The next session is 3 November.
Meeting ID 7335684639