Across the College

Year 7 Science

Today in Year 7 Science, we were putting the theory about forces to the test by using magnets. We were racing the magnets, attracting other metal materials and designing magnet-towers that could attract A LOT of metallic paperclips. 


The students also learned that giant magnets are used on waste disposal sites to separate rubbish, and in a range of factories. 


Paris Farr & Ulli Austermann

Secondary Science Teachers 

Return to School


Many returning students forgot their locker codes. Fortunately, Mr Mathews was happy to assist.


Students are happy to return to electives. Here, Year 7 students are enjoying Art, Design Technology and Performing Arts.


Students using cardboard and elastic bands in a Rich Learning Task in Mathematics:


Frozen Chromebooks

'Mrs Piening, my Chromebook is frozen!' says Ollie.

'Mine is frozen too!' says Jack. 

Mrs Piening walks over to take a look to see if she can help... 


Science Talent Search

This year has brought many challenges. As a relatively new Science teacher, I put my hand up to oversee the Science Talent Search this year. The STS is a competition between students from all around Australia, who have an interest in scientific investigations and creative thinking. 


Unlike other competitions, the Science Talent Search does not dictating to participants what kind of project they create. The STS has three broad aims: 

  1. to encourage young people’s interest in Science through independent self-motivated project work among students
  2. to give students the opportunity to present their achievements to a public audience
  3. to recognise and reward effort and achievement in a scientific project and get students directly involved in scientific processes.

Each year, this talent search has a different theme. This year’s is “Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans”. 


STS is for everybody: for students interested in Science or IT, for those who love writing essays, designing posters, creating videos, taking amazing photos or working on a game or model. Students can enter individually, work with a partner, or even enter as a whole class. The future of our oceans was possibly one of the best themes so far, as it relates to real-life problems around us, which many young people take an interest in.


There are nine categories, some of which were very hard to run this year, like building a scientific model or photography of sites. With our students in remote learning during Terms 2 and 3, a number of those originally interested decided to pull out. 


Our remaining students did a terrific job with their entries. We had in the creative writing category great pieces written by Chloe (Year 7), Elijah (Year 8), Ezekiel and Caitlin (Year 9), and Joel (Year 10). 


As the STS coordinator is also asked to volunteer as a judge in one of the categories, I judged entries that were not from our school, and was very impressed and a bit intimidated by the quality of the entries I reviewed. It is therefore even more extraordinary that we have two Bayside winners, Chloe K, who was up against Years 7 and Year 8 students from around the country, achieved a minor bursary for her story; and Joel M, who competed against a lot of Year 10 students, achieved a distinction for his unique story. 



Unfortunately, I am not able to physically take our winners to the exhibition and ceremony - all will be done online - but they still deserve a big 'Congratulations!'. 


I can't wait to see who will participate in 2021!


Ulli Austermann


Here is a summary of the mural project completed throughout last term.


Over the duration of Term 3, students of permitted workers completed a mural that represented their experiences during remote learning. This was completed by students in Years 7-9. Each student was given a ceramic tile to design and paint, and were asked the following questions as a guide to completing their section of the mural.

  • What message of hope, encouragement and positivity could you share with the rest of the Bayside community?
  • What (or who) are you thankful for?
  • What are some of the funny and ridiculous aspects that have come out of lockdown?
  • What things kept you sane during lockdown?

The responses from each student were highly creative, taking inspiration from memes, and using images people can relate to as a way of representing their experiences. They covered a range of topics from masks, social distancing, Zoom fails, bad haircuts to toilet paper hoarding. These individual artworks were then put together to create a mural that represents the class's collective experiences during remote learning. The mural is currently located at the front office, so the kids can see the completed work when they sign in. Please take the opportunity to have a look at the mural up close, as some of the artwork is very clever. This will find a new home outside in the Years 7-9 area in the coming weeks. 


Chay Williamson

Secondary Art Teacher

Student Reflections

I'm so happy that we are back at school and I hope that we are here to stay. I am also glad that restrictions have eased meaning that we can do more things than we have been able to lately.


Alexandria - Year 7