BBHS Newsletter tERM 1 wEEK 9


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


  • Tue 30 Mar | White Card Training


  • Thu 1 Apr | Last day of Term 1
  • Fri 2 Apr | Good Friday
  • Sun 4 Apr | Easter Sunday
  • Mon 5 Apr | Easter Monday
  • Mon 19 Apr | Staff Development Day
  • Tue 20 Apr | First day of Term 2
  • Tue 20 Apr | ANZAC Day Assembly
  • Tue 20 Apr | P&C Meeting
  • Thu 22 Apr | Cross Country
  • Thu 29 Apr | Northern Rivers Careers Expo

Payments now due

  • School Fees
  • Wednesday Sport fees - Years 7 - 10 | price varies
  • Girls Can't Surf Doco - Year 8 - | $17
  • Open Boys Basketball Semi Finals | $10
  • Edrolo Subscription for Year 11 Biology, Chemistry & Physics
  • Edrolo Subscription for Year 12 PDHPE

Principal's message

Thank you to all staff, students and families for such a brilliant Term 1 of 2021! This Newsletter is really a celebration of how full this term has been. It has been lovely to have families back on site for the Year 7 2021 BBQ, Year 7 2022 Information Evening and for our P&C Meetings.

Our ‘Evening with Karim and Michael’ held for parents’ information earlier this term was well attended with positive feedback from those who attended. The P&C and I are keen to continue the parent forums. At the last P&C meeting the issue of Consent was highlighted as a suggested topic for the next parent information evening. I am following this up with a few organisations and will present more information at the next P&C Meeting held in the library at 7 pm on Tuesday 20 April. I look forward to seeing you there, but before this, have a wonderful, safe and joyful holiday! ​

Ms Janine Marcus - Principal

Youth Leadership Conference

On Wednesday 10 March Byron Bay High School attended the Brisbane Youth Leadership Conference. It was great to see our students be inspired and motivated by the inspirational leaders that presented at the conference.

A highlight was watching the way they spoke with other students from various schools as they discussed ways to improve their schools future and how they could implement change.

On the bus trip home students spoke about how they were inspired and reflected on how they could help themselves become future leaders.

Mrs Miles and Mrs Cranfield

By Students - Lily Dubois and Astara Ball

It was inspiring to be around like minded people and it was great to learn about the journey that the speakers had taken to be so successful. It was great to see good role models of good leadership and it has given us the tools to take back to Byron Bay High School.

Congratulations Kiahn Ladkin on 2021 Nanga Mai Award

Kiahn Ladkin | Year 12 - awarded for Outstanding achievement in Performing, Creative and Visual Arts

The NSW Department of Education’s 15th annual Nanga Mai Awards celebrate excellence in Aboriginal education in NSW Public Schools. Nominations were reviewed by a state selection panel and Kiahn Ladkin has been chosen to receive an award for Outstanding achievement in Performing, Creative & Visual Arts. Well done Kiahn on being selected to receive this award and for your outstanding contribution to Aboriginal educational excellence in NSW Public Schools.

Nanga Mai award winners will be recognised in a unique virtual Awards Ceremony highlighting all the outstanding achievements in 2020 in Aboriginal Education. All award winners will have their citation read out by the ceremony hosts which will coincide with their photo displayed on screen.

Agriculture news

For the Agriculture “How to grow a Hamburger” project, the students of class 8Tech have been capably growing ingredients for their hamburgers by a variety of methods.

Mrs Jennifer Woodward – Agriculture and Science Teacher

CAPAL news

Visual Art

Bella and Jolie gained places in the Dobell Drawing School at Sydney's National Art School

Well done to Bella and Jolie in Year 12 who were both successful in gaining places in the Intensive Drawing Program in the Dobell Drawing School at the National Art School in Sydney. Originally a 2020 program, because of COVID19 restrictions the course was conducted over a weekend this term.

It is a scholarship program, where the schools nominate students with outstanding skill sets and when accepted, the students stay in the city with other HSC students from regional centres. Many new friendships are made as they spend their days in the art studio with expert tutors in a variety of studio practices.

The girls both extended their considerable drawing skills with observational, experimental, figure and portrait drawing classes. Bella is seen here showing Jolie the charcoal piece that she worked on in her portrait session. Congratulations to both girls, an amazing experience that will benefit your creative growth.

Ms Margo Simpson - Visual Arts Teacher

Drama news

Our Drama students have been treated to some fantastic experiences this term!


Sydney’s Zeal Theatre troupe, Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou came to perform their powerful new play about mental health and stress, ’Meltdown’.

Students and staff who saw it were deeply moved and impressed by all aspects of the play; the relatability and clever crafting of the characters and story as well as the incredible performance skill these men model for our students.

Afterwards, Years 9 and 11, who are both currently or about to study another Zeal Theatre play written by Tom and Stefo, enjoyed performance training workshops with these actors.

Year 11, who will be putting on a production of Zeal Theatre’s ‘The Stones’ in June for the public, gained great insights into the staging of these very physical contemporary plays whilst they workshopped scenes with the playwrights. Year 9 were led through a group- devising workshop which they all thoroughly enjoyed.


Year 12 Drama students were able to experience a specialist workshop from Alessandra De Oliveira, a teacher who has worked under the guidance of the late world-famous theatre practitioner Augusto Boal in Brazil. Alessandra took the students through an Image and Forum theatre workshop, cementing their recent HSC study of Boal’s theatre of the oppressed and giving them some real insight into their key practitioner’s work .

Year 10 Drama

Year 10 Drama students have started conducting research for devising their original Primary School production about “Transition to High School” to be showcased in May, and they have done this through leading and directing workshops with some Year 7 students, as well as sending surveys to Year 6 students, to access some authentic stories and experiences to build upon.

Our Year 10's showed real leadership, empathy and confidence and the Year 7 participants were open, mature and creative in sharing their ideas collaboratively through theatre.

Watch this space for Year 11 and 10 production dates to come!

Ms Simone Museth - Drama Teacher

Year 7 2022 | Open day taster lessons

A great day was had by all at the Open Day Taster Lessons

Year 7 of 2022 students were welcomed to Byron Bay High School on Wednesday 17 March to participate in our Open Day Taster Lessons as part of the school’s extensive Transition Program.

Students from our partner primary schools enjoyed some of the lessons Byron Bay High School offers and had the chance to meet many of the teachers who will be with them for their time at Byron Bay High School.

Throughout the day students were involved in Science, Agriculture, Wood Technology, Drama, HSIE, Mathematics and Music lessons. They also enjoyed the canteen and being entertained by one of our school bands at lunchtime.

Our Year 10 Mentors were outstanding leaders assisting the Year 6 students with getting around the school and during each activity. A great day was had by all.

Mrs Kelly Todoroska - Transition Coordinator

Sport news

Term 1 Sport

Byron Bay High School continues to provide wide variety of sports on Wednesday thanks to the support of many businesses in the community. Reminder that notes for Term 2 sports are now due.

We kick off Term 2 sports in Week 1 of Term 2, so it's important that notes are in before the end of this term. Enjoy the photos below!

School Cross Country

It’s time to pop on your runners and get out for a few k's! Our school Cross Country Championships are BACK! The school carnival will be held in Week 1 on Thursday 22 April in periods 2 and 3. Students are expected to be at school and can either run, jog or power walk one of the most scenic cross country courses in any school!

We will finish with a BBQ and an icy pole for every student who crosses the finish line.

Top 6 runners in each age group will qualify for the Byron Bay High School team.

Competition dates

  • Far North Coast | 21 May - Splendour site
  • North Coast | 4 June - Lismore

We look forward to a fun day. More details to come.

Snorkeling at Julian Rocks

Photographs courtesy of Zaia Graham – Year 9

Students had a great time snorkelling out at Julian Rocks for school sport on Wednesday 10 March. They enjoyed some great conditions with clear, warm water and lots of marine life to see. They were lucky enough to see turtles, leopard sharks, rays, a moray eel, wobbegong sharks and lots of colourful fish. We are so lucky to have this as one of our school sport options!

AFL North Coast selection

A huge congratulations to Archie Brown, Sunny O’Neill, Ishta Raju and River Clifford-Hoskings who were recently selected for the North Coast 15's boys AFL team to compete at the NSW CHS State Competition in Coffs Harbour. Well done boys!

Rugby League selection

Well done Harry Rutter (opens) and Flynn Mulligan (15’s) who were selected for the Northern North Coast team to play in Grafton. Feedback from selectors was they were extremely impressed with both boys work ethic and play. Awesome job boys.

North Coast Basketball selections

Congratulations to Harley Kent and Jonah Caoyonan who were recently selected in the North Coast Opens Boys Basketball team. The team will compete at the NSW CHS State championships in April over a 3 day tournament. Well done and good luck you both.

Far North Coast Opens Soccer team selection

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the Far North Coast Opens Soccer team. These students will now trial for the North Coast team next week.

  • Ali Dean
  • Carita Ness (Reserve)
  • Aaron Spry
  • Alby Kay
  • Hani Addis
  • Jack Wilson

Best of luck everyone, please return your notes asap.

Outside of CHS school sporting competition and worthy of a mention!

Our students often have fantastic achievements outside of school. It takes effort and commitment to juggle training and school life. A special mention to the following boys who have achieved success in their selected sports.

  • Harley Kent - NSW 18 years Country Boys Team Selection to play at National Championships
  • Louis Trisley - Nationals qualifying time in the U18s men 2000m steeplechase 6.34 (qualifying time was 6.45)

Well done boys!

Mrs Kelley Caoyonan - Sport Coordinator, Sporting Excellence Program Coordinator and Year 8 Year Adviser

TAS news

Year 7 Technology Mandatory

These students are currently participating in a 5 week “taster” course in Food. They have most recently made Bean Nachos and are learning about the importance of teamwork; good communication, helping each other and kitchen hygiene. This week we focused on how to wash up - a valuable life skill!

Ms Nadine Ebb - TAS Teacher

Visiting Year 6 students at our feeder schools

As part of the Transition Program Jules St Claire Honey, Georgie Field and Calum Kirkpatrick joined Mr Nicholas our Year 7 Year Advisor for 2022 and Mrs Todoroska on Tuesday 9 March to visit Byron Bay High Schools partner primary schools. They shared information about Byron Bay High School, the subjects on offer and their experience on the Year 7/11 Camp.

The students were a credit to the school and spoke with confidence, passion and enthusiasm about their time at Byron Bay High School so far. The visits also provided an opportunity for the Year 6 students to be invited to take part in taster lessons which happened in week 8.

Mrs Kelly Todoroska - Transition Coordinator

Science news

Year 7

Year 7 students having fun with the Van De Graaf generator!

7O started a new topic Playing the Field this week. Students thoroughly enjoyed using the Van De Graaf generator that makes your hair stand on end.

A Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic generator which uses a moving belt to accumulate electric charge on a hollow metal globe on the top of an insulated column, creating very high electric potentials. The device looks like a big aluminum ball mounted on a pedestal, and you can see its effect in the above images.

Ms Sarah King - Science Teacher

Year 7 update

Year 7 have been absolutely amazing at overcoming their fears and stepping up to life at Byron Bay High School in 2021. New teachers, new friends and a whole range of other exciting opportunities have been experienced by this cohort.

Camp Koinonia

Camp Koinonia at Evans Head was so much fun. We engaged in a range of activities that included The Vertical Challenge, Rope Swing, Rock Climbing, Beach Games and Canoeing. The students built some great relationships with others in their Year group, the Year 11 mentors (who were outstanding) and staff. So many awesome memories were made on this camp experience and there were some very, very sleepy kids that arrived back at school on Friday afternoon!

BIC Awards

Each 7 day cycle I will be handing out BIC awards (Best in cycle) at Year assemblies. These awards are to acknowledge great work in our school community. It could be for kindness, being positive, consistent effort or simply for always trying your best. Class teachers will nominate these students every cycle and they will receive a BIC certificate, BIC pen and a newsletter mention.

This first round of BIC awards were handed out to the following fantastic students.

Remy Ilic, Oliver Zimmer, Neisha Ness, Sam Jeong-White, Charli Ridgewell, Chloe Morrall, Shakyra Walker, Abbie Barton, Sunny Ashton, Marcella Allen, Eloise Knezy, Odin Bennett, Maise Hall, Emma Chew, Bowie Green, Diaz Mesman, Valley Christou, Harry Gilbert, Sienna Lagos, Taj O'Connor, Rhea Khanna, Emma Kennedy, Phoenix Adams.

This is an outstanding year group, I look forward to supporting and working with them in 2021 and the years ahead.

Mr Harry Humphreys - Year 7 Adviser

HSC Minimum Standards Online Tests - Years 10, 11 and 12

All Year 10 students are being supported during their first attempt toward demonstrating HSC Minimum Standard via the three NESA online tests. General Studies teachers are conducting the tests which are a NESA prerequisite for the HSC credential and serve as Literacy and Numeracy certification for school leavers.

See the flyers at the end of this newsletter, or for more information or visit NESA here

Students have 4 attempts each calendar year to meet the required standard. Testing commences in Year 10, and continues throughout Years 11 and 12.

Current Year 11 and 12 students who have not yet sat the tests, nor met the Minimum Standard (in either Writing, Reading and/or Numeracy), have been asked to see Mrs Croft to schedule an opportunity to attempt them during a study period. She is available on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or via the school email. Students still requiring testing have been emailed and lists are available outside Mrs Croft’s office.

Mrs Leanne Croft, Mr Tristam Horn and Mr Warren Lee (Test Administrators)

High Resolves - Creating Citizens and Leaders

Throughout Week 7 and 8, High Resolves were at Byron Bay High School presenting a range of workshops aimed at empowering years 7 to 10 to create a more inclusive, just and optimistic world.

Year 7 students

Year 7 students were led through engaging and thought-provoking sessions about Identity and Purpose. Through the immersive whole group experience, they explored how they see different elements of identity and the way they form groups.

Students examined the benefits of forming groups and investigated when grouping has been used to create division between those who are different. Through an association activity, they examined how society influences the way we understand and categorize ourselves and others and how this impacts our interactions.

Year 8 and 9 students

The Year 8 and 9 students experience began with participants examining a story illustrating how the ‘veil of ignorance’ can be a helpful thought experiment when evaluating fairness in society. They then engaged in ‘Draw the Line’, to gain a deeper understanding of the unfair distribution of resources around the world and of what is meant by the term ‘Social Justice’ and how it is reflected in society. Next, students considered the concepts of equality, equity and liberation in relation to social justice and took part in choosing how to ‘fairly’ divide resources. Finally, participants explored a framework to help strengthen their understanding of how they can be social advocates.

Year 10 students

Social Progress was the theme for Year 10 students, their experience centred around an immersive simulation that enables participants the opportunity to explore the complexities of collective action problems and practice mobilizing others to work together and take positive action.

The CO2 Simulation involves 20-40 nations who have signed the General Agreement on Climate Change (GACC) promising to reduce their annual carbon emissions by certain pledged amounts. The challenge required ambassadors to balance what is best for the planet and their own country. In the debrief, participants reflected on the choices they made and recognized the connection between micro-actions and macro-outcomes.

The perceived tensions between short-term, self-interest and long-term, collective interest in the simulation were explored to demonstrate the contagious nature of defection and the need to mobilize others to take actions that help achieve the common good.

Students identified other collective action problems people encounter on both a local and global level and examined how mobilizing others to change their micro-actions can result in a positive macro-outcome for all.

Participants used their experience to identify the attitudes and skills needed to be an inclusive leader and recognized that winning the support of 51% is not enough when trying to create social progress.

The links between the High Resolves content is obviously complimentary to teaching and learning programs within all faculties.

Students who enjoyed the challenges and thinking behind High Resolves are encouraged to speak to their classroom teacher to find out more about HSC courses that build on the skills and knowledge presented by High Resolves.

Positive Change for Byron High

Caring for Country and Bush Regeneration

Last week students learned about successful media communication and were introduced to podcasting by Mr Caine. In this week's workshop students spent time with Melissa Ladkin, a local and passionate advocate for sustainability and native vegetation regeneration.

Melissa grew up on Awabakal Country and spent many years working with Dune Care in the region. Removing invasive species and replanting dune ecosystems as a first line of defence against the impacts of climate change was a priority and remains so. The workshop introduced students to the value of ecosystem regeneration, which goes beyond the contemporary yet somewhat outdated view of ‘sustainable ecosystem management’. The students learned about native plant identification, weed identification, as well as the immense benefits of getting to know your local flora and fauna.

Mr Stuart Galletly and Ms Michelle Lowe

HSIE news

Year 10 Commerce inspired by Farmer Jo

Students studying Commerce have recently spent time learning from a local company who are leading the change in breakfast products in creating healthy, tasty and nutritious products.

The Year 10 Commerce students are about to embark on a project that will see them develop a breakfast product of their choice, from conception through to packaging and marketing strategies. The presentation from Farmer Jo has helped to inspire the students and we look forward to seeing what they create next term.

Scott and Sally, the CEO and Creative Director behind the brand gave an engaging insight into their approach to starting up a business and their journey to success.

Farmer Jo will return next term to give feedback to the students along the way and be at their final presentations which will take on a ‘shark tank’ format.

Miss McEwen and Mr Galletly

Congratulation Mia Thom

In 2020 Mia Thom excelled, she was ranked as the 5th best student in New South Wales. Her PIP was recognised by the Society and Culture Association of NSW and duly awarded a distinction for her insightful and pertinent project.

Mia conducted ‘an investigation into the effects of the innately patriarchal systems of colonisation and its enduring societal impacts on the value and status of Aboriginal women within contemporary Australian society and culture.’

Mia is congratulated for her achievement and wished all the best as she travels within Australia next year before commencing university.

The Society and Culture course is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with contemporary social and cultural issues on a range of scales. It is available for students in Year 10 to choose as a HSC course into their senior years and is regarded favourably by many universities for its sociological perspective.

Mr Stuart Galletly - HSIE Head Teacher

The 2021 Student Support Officer recruitment campaign

$88.4 million is being invested over the next four years to provide every public high school in NSW with a full-time school counselling allocation, as well as a full-time Student Support Officer. This initiative will make it easier for students to access mental health and wellbeing support.

To support this initiative, the NSW Department of Education will be employing an additional 207 Student Support Officers (SSOs) from July, 2021.

Hero Video

Jenny is an experienced SSO working at Sir Joseph Banks High School in Revesby. In this video, she shares her experiences as an SSO and encourages others to join the profession. View the video here.

Tax Deduction Opportunity

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Thank you in advance for your kind generosity!

E Cigarettes and Vaping

E Cigarettes or 'vaping' is a health and safety concern for students and young people in our community who are often unaware of the risks associated with the practice.

The NSW Department of Education has advised schools that students should not bring e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories onto school premises or use them during school-based activities.

Consistent with the Department of Education and school policy - vaping, selling, or being in the possession of e-cigarettes will result in disciplinary action that may lead to a student being suspended from school.

Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapour produced by an e-cigarette or electronic vaporizer. The vapour can contain nicotine and other substances and may expose users to chemicals and toxins which are harmful to health. The devices are small and can be easily hidden in a pocket or bag. The most popular disposable vapes resemble large USB sticks or highlighter pens.

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 was amended in 2015 to define e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to be separate from tobacco products. The Act makes many of the provisions that apply to tobacco products also apply to e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories. The Act makes it an offence:

  • to sell e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to persons aged under 18, and;
  • for adults to buy e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories on behalf of persons aged under 18. |

Parents, carers, and the community can support the school and our students by being informed about this ongoing concern and to speak to their children about making positive decisions. Additional information to support parents, carers, community, and students can be found at NSW Health website here.

PLEASE slow down at the crossing

A friendly reminder to both drivers and children to SLOW DOWN in Arakwal Court. Drivers have reported that children are running across the road in front of them. Please have the conversation with your children to slow down when using the raised red crossing in Arakwal Court.

Library news

How to report online abuse via the e-Safety Commissioner

The eSafety Commisioner website contains loads of useful information for parents and students.

If you scroll further towards the bottom of the homepage you will notice tile guides on how to report online abuse.

30min Safe on Social Masterclass - Group Chats

Available for Teachers and Parents

The first of our 30min Masterclasses is about "Group Chats". The apps, the risks, and strategies to support young people.

Click here to RSVP

Mia Thom's Introduction (see earlier article under HSIE)

Past students shine at BYT

Poster features Serren Glenn, former BBHS student and Seth Freeman, former CBSS student.

Local not for profit, social action Company, Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) is going on tour! After two sold out shows of How on Earth Part 2 last November BYT and the Joyality Project received more funding, this time from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to take the production to Maclean and Grafton. The 10 strong cast includes four former Byron Bay High School students, Sahaj Blatt, Seren Glenn, Anoushka Blake and Angus Farrand.

"It has been wonderful to have these experienced performers as part of the Company again. I met Sahaj and Serren when they were 15, in Year 9 at Byron Bay High school when they first joined BYT." shares Director Lisa Apostolides.

The cast head off to Grafton and Maclean late March to deliver 6 performances for schools and the community. BYT have one final performance back at the Brunswick Picture House on Easter Monday 5 April, officially the last performance before they close for renovations.

"Being part of this production has been an incredible process" Anoushka Blake comments. "BYT has enabled me to extend my drama and theatre experience and provided a much-needed creative outlet during the COVID restrictions"

Please support our local youth theatre by coming to see this play - click here for more information. (See flyer below).

Volunteer at Vinnies!


Your local Vinnies shop at Byron Bay is currently recruiting new volunteers (16+). Weekend shifts available on Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteers can help with customer service, operating the cash register and sorting donations.

For more information please drop into the shop, email retailvolunteering@vinnies.org.au or call or text 0428 977 454

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