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byron breeze what's on | tERM 1 wEEK 7 2021

OUR VISION

Byron Bay High School delivers a collaborative learning environment where students achieve excellence through our connection with community and land, creating holistic leaders of the future.

Dates for your diary

March

  • Mon 15 Mar | Zeal Theatre Performance
  • Mon 15 Mar | RSA - Year 12
  • Mon 15 Mar | FNC Soccer Gala Trials - Open Girls
  • Tue 16 Mar | FNC Soccer Gala Trials - Open Boys
  • Tue 16 Mar | Year 7 2022 Parent Information Evening
  • Tue 16 Mar | P&C Meeting
  • Wed 17 Mar | Year 7 2022 Taster Lessons
  • Thu 18 Mar | Opens Water Polo Gala Day
  • Thu 18 Mar | Year 12 SLR Beach Fitness
  • Fri 26 Mar | Mufti Day for Harmony Day
  • Fri 26 Mar | Bill Turner Cup Girls Round 1
  • Wed 30 Mar | White Card Training

April

  • Thu 1 Apr | Last day of Term 1
  • Fri 2 Apr | Good Friday
  • Sun 4 Apr | Easter Sunday
  • Mon 5 Apr | Easter Monday
  • Tue 20 Apr | First day of Term 2

Payments now due

  • School Fees
  • Wednesday Sport fees - Years 7 - 10 | price varies
  • Aquatics Program - Years 7 to 10 | $40
  • Year 9 PASS Beach Fitness | $20
  • Zeal Theatre Performance | price varies
  • QCUP AFL Opens boys and girls | $10
  • Open Boys and Girls Soccer @ LHFC | $22
  • White Card Training - $80
  • NR Careers Expo | $10
  • Opens Water Polo Gala Day | $15
  • Bill Turner Cup Girls Round 1 | $25

When your child is absent

What you need to know

When your child is absent from school you will receive a text message at around 11 am.

Please reply to this message with a detailed reason for their absence. If your child is unwell please be specific with your explanation Ie. gastro, migraine, head lice, conjunctivitis, chickenpox, earache, cold/flu.

If your child has cold or flu like symptoms they will need to get a COVID test and have a negative result before they can return to school. (The latest information regarding COVID19 and helpful links are at the end of this newsletter).

Plea to Parents

From the students at Byron Bay High School

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Byron Bay High School,

As parents of our future leaders we write to you on behalf of the students of Byron High, asking you to support the removal of single use plastics in our school community.

On 26 October 2020, Byron High pledged to play our part in the fight against consumerism and dwindling resources by implementing a zero waste policy and a sustainable composting system at our school.

As the devastating effects of climate change become ever more prevalent with the worst bushfires on record, a major coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef and the devastating droughts of last year, there is no more important time for all of us to adopt sustainable practices.

The longer it takes for action plans to be implemented, the more extreme and frequent these weather events become.

In an attempt to resolve the impacts of climate change, the waste free system at Byron High aims to minimise the school’s carbon footprint and encourage the school community to adopt sustainable practices. Although this may seem simple and insignificant on a grand scale, it is a vital step towards sustainability that can only be achieved with the support of you, our parents.

We cannot do this without your support. We are asking for your help in avoiding single use plastics.

We appreciate that this might mean making some adjustments to the daily routine but really they are quite minor and we have some suggestions to help.

  • Use tupperware that is big enough to hold the ‘messy’ items like used tuna tins and small yoghurt containers. You or your kids can dispose of these in your council bins afterwards at home.
  • Buy larger packets of biscuits and put them into reusable containers to avoid all that wasted packaging.
  • Wrap lunches in compostable paper that can be thrown in the compost bins at school.

We think it would be a tragedy for us to be in the position of looking at our future children, knowing the damage we are doing is irreversible and we had the information available to us but didn’t do our part to act on it.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We look forward to seeing the collaboration of our school community in an ongoing effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Yours sincerely, The students of Byron Bay High School

Congratulations Mia Thom

Mia Thom, 2020 graduate, received an award at the Society and Culture Association awards. Mia placed fifth in the state for her HSC exam and received a Distinction for her Personal Interest Project (Decolonising the Patriarchy).

Mia also placed third in the state for Advanced English and was shortlisted for her Extension English Creative Writing piece.

These impressive results are a testimony to her intelligence and hard work but also to the dedicated staff at Byron Bay High School.

Sport News

Far North Coast Basketball

Our girls and boys opens team competed in Ballina on Tuesday at the FNC Championships. Girls had a solid first round against Wollumbin putting them into the finals against a very tough Ballina Coast.. Despite the score the girls never gave up and played their hardest to the last whistle. Good on you girls. Runners up on the day.

The boys played a tough opener against a very tall Banora team, steam rolled Mullumbimby to put us into the finals against Ballina Coast. What a great final it was, up against a loud home crowd the boys continued to play to their strengths to secure the win. Far North Coast Champions 2021.

Special mention to Elena Nagel, Harley Kent, Luke Smith and Jonah Caoyonan for their selection in the far North Coast team, and an honourable mention to Jasmine Breheny who narrowly missed out on selection (next year Jas!)

Thanks to Jodie, Sue and Penelope, our wonderful parents, who helped with transport, particularly Jodie whose wheels took a beating with six big basketballers in her car!

Mrs Kelley Caoyonan - Sport Coordinator and Year 8 Year Adviser

Overflowing Lost Property

We are only in Week 7 and our lost property is overflowing again. We are onto our third wheelie bin this year already.

We do not have the capacity to store such an enormous volume of items. So today, after several weeks of newsletter reminders and over a week of displaying lost items, all lost property will be donated to charity.

We ask you to please label your child's items. We cannot return belongings to their rightful owner without a name. This includes swimmers, towels, pencil cases, uniforms, etc. Thank you for your cooperation.

Latest COVID update - 4 March

In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.

  • NSW Health has requested that schools encourage anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, to arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.
  • Students and staff with flu-like symptoms need to be tested and provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom-free before being permitted to return to school.
  • Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test will not be permitted to return to school for a 10-day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.
  • Students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where their symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition. If the student develops new or changed symptoms, they should get tested for COVID-19. Find more information about COVID-19 symptoms.

Tax Deduction Opportunity

To support our students and donate now simply click on the image above and follow the simple steps below.

1. Go to our website and click 'Make a Payment' at the top of the homepage

2. Fill in the fields with an asterix

3. The Reference field needs to say 'Donation to Building Fund'

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity!

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Ange McDermott
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Created with images by Paige Delacour - "Byron Bay" • Unknown - "Resources and Plastics Community - GREEN BROWN BLUE" • clarbner - "fire heat flame" • Tumisu - "coronavirus virus mask"