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
- Mon 8 Mar | FNC Open Basketball Gala Day Trials - BISC
- Tue 9 Mar | Vaccinations - Year 8
- Thr 11 Mar | Vaccinations - Year 7
- Mon 15 Mar | FNC Soccer Gala Trials - Open Girls
- Mon 15 Mar | Zeal Theatre Performance
- Mon 15 Mar | RSA - Year 12
- 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
- Fri 26 Mar | Mufti Day - Harmony Day
- 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
- 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
- Open Boys and Girls Soccer | $22
- White Card Training | $80
- Northern Rivers Careers Expo | $10
We are in the peak of a busy Term 1 and it is wonderful to be back in a position to have internal and external events with lesser COVID restrictions.
I would like to thank the teachers who left their families for two nights and took Year 7 away for a three day camp enabling those students to create long lasting memories. The thirty Year 11 students who participated as mentors have been highly praised by these teachers for their leadership during the camp.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Year 7 2021 Meet and Greet BBQ. The informal occasion presented many with an opportunity to get to know each other and build connections between families and school.
Our students are collaborating and growing with new learning
To support the learning inside of classrooms here are some of the activities they enjoy outside the classroom...
The LOVE BiTES program continues to roll out this term with our junior students. Years 9 and 10 will participate in the Love Bites program also the second half of the year.
LOVE BiTES is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. Love Bites is a flexible model with options to use a full day or multi session delivery approach. The program emphasises the importance of a whole-of-school commitment to respectful relationship education.
LOVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for skill development.
LOVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning:
- Knowledge: youth-led collaborative learning
- Attitudes: critical thinking and decision-making and
- Behaviours: problem solving and communication skills
We need to work in partnership with families and 'The Evening with Karim and Michael' held at the Bryon Community Theatre was an excellent example of the school and parent body collaborating to support our students. There were challenging questions asked of both Michael and Karim who presented research material and very valuable insights and opinions.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Mr Neil Armstrong. Neil has taught at Byron Bay High School for 34 years as a Maths teacher. Today Neil is retiring after a long dedicated career to public education. Many students and staff have learnt a great deal from Neil. Neil will be missed but we wish him and his family all the best with new adventures ahead.
Ms Janine Marcus - Principal
Year 9 Agriculture have made a great start to the semester by weeding and preparing their vegetable gardens for planting. They are also participating well in general school farm activities, such as working under instruction with to learn how to correctly handle the lovely dairy goats.
ZEAL Theatre Performance and Workshop
The annual Zeal Theatre visit is happening Monday 15 March. Permission notes and money is due by 2 pm Friday 12 March. All Drama students plus interested Year 8 students are invited to see the brand new Zeal production “Meltdown” which deals with issues of anxiety, fear, anger and stress through the eyes of the character of 15 year old Zane.
Seeing Zeal perform live is always really exhilarating and their brand of powerful youth-driven theatre is a must see for Drama students. They will see the play and participate in a Q&A with the actors afterwards.
This variation of routine is compulsory for Year 11 Drama and Year 9 Drama students, who will both be studying a Zeal play text shortly. These groups will also experience workshops with the actors after the show (Year 11 Periods 2 and 3, Year 9 Period 4).
Year 12 Drama, Year 10 Drama (both semester 1 and 2 classes) and Year 8 students interested in taking Drama as an elective next year are invited to attend the performance with Q&A session only.
Permission notes can be accessed in the TAS staffroom from Ms Museth and costs vary:
- Year 11 - $27
- Year 9 - $22
- Years 8, 10 and 12 – $17
Year 11 and Year 10 Drama Productions
It’s BACK! After COVID forced us to cancel our 2020 Fourth Annual Year 11 Drama Production, we are pleased to announce the return of this exciting and challenging annual project. The Year 11 Production rehearsals for Zeal Theatre’s gripping play 'The Stones' start in two weeks and continue for three months.
The production will showcase as part of our month long Winter Arts Festival (WAF) and performances of The Stones will run over three nights in Week 8 of Term 2 - Tuesday 8, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 June.
The cast and crew roles have been assigned and the group are ready to sink their teeth into developing a powerful show based on a true Australian story. Watch this space for production rehearsal pics and updates as we embark on three months of solid rehearsals during and after school hours.
In addition, our 2020 Year 9 classes who missed out on devising their own plays for Primary Schools performances last year will be creating plays and showcasing them as part of their Year 10 2021 assessment and course work.
Our Semester 1 Year 10 class are about to start devising a play on issues surrounding the transition to high school and performing it for Year 6 students form Bangalow Public School and other small schools. Semester 2 class will do the same for Year 6 students from Byron Bay Public School in November. What a big year it will be for Drama.
Ms Simone Museth - Drama Teacher
Positive Change for Byron High
The first PCfBH meeting of 2021 took place this week. In addition to an existing group of students, 20 new members have joined the PCfBH group for 2021.
Over the next few weeks the group will be involved in a number of workshops aimed at providing them with the skills they will require to lead and initiate changes within the school and local community.
On Monday, Sarah Child from Byron Shire Council Resource Recovery helped the students understand how an environmental audit may be implemented, so that prior to introducing any program they can establish a base line.
Students in the group will attend the following workshops during Period 3 each Monday until the end of this term:
- Week 7 - Podcasting and Successful Media Liaison (M Caine and previous group members from Year 11)
- Week 8 - Importance of Native Species and Bush Regeneration (M Ladkin)
- Week 9 - Scientific Solutions - Photo Bioreactors (S Nicholas)
- Week 10 - Marketing, branding and graphic design (T Wilson)
Early in Term 2, the group will begin to refine their focus for 2021 with some innovative ideas already being suggested. If you have any ideas or skills to share in terms of environmental sustainability and initiatives, please get in touch with myself at email address email@example.com or Mrs Lowe at Michelle.Lowe4@det.nsw.edu.au
Mr Stuart Galletly - HSIE Head Teacher
North Coast Swimming at Coffs Harbour
Twenty one swimmers traveled to Coffs Harbour this week to compete at the North Coast Swimming Championships. Well done to everyone and a special mention to Meg Porter and Jay Dunbar-Reid who have qualified for the NSW CHS State Championships in Sydney. Good luck to you both!
Also a shout out to Meg Porter and Seth Carter who, as our Year 12 students have competed for the last time at a CHS North Coast Swim event. Both students have been valuable members of the Byron High Swim team and you will be missed next year!
FNC Rugby League Trials
Well done to all the boys who trialled for the FNC Rugby League team last week. Feedback was the boys played well and showed great sportsmanship. Selected players this year for the FNC team below.
- 15 boys FNC Rugby League Team - Flynn Mulligan
- Opens Boys FNC Rugby League Team - Harry Rutter
Good luck at the next round!
Mrs Kelley Caoyonan - Sport Coordinator and Year 8 Year Adviser
Hippy Country international music sensation, The Buckleys, performed at Byron Bay High School last Thursday lunchtime. A select few students attended a songwriting workshop after the gig. It was such a joy to see these outstanding young musicians in their element.
The band includes past Byron Bay High School students Lachlan Buckley (guitar), Molly Buckley (mandolin/vocals) and Vincent Sebastian (drums).
Mr Paul Todd - Head Teacher CAPAL
Well done Will
Will MacPherson won a place in, and is a graduate of, The Joyality Project's 2020 'Youth Leadership Training in Climate Resilience'. Will was supported by a Resilience to Climate Change community grant from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Will continued on to form part of a small team of graduates who collaborated to design and co-facilitate a 'Community Climate Resilience Workshop', which was delivered in December 2020. This workshop was designed to complement the Byron Youth Theatre's "How on Earth" production to help audience members transform their theatre experience into positive action. http://www.joyality.org/how-on-earth
Meet a Scientist 2021
The United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognises the critical role women and girls play in Science and Technology. At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and only 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science-related fields.
The Women’s at the Royal Women’s Hospital is dedicated to improving the health of women, supporting vulnerable women, and advocating for women’s rights. They are passionate about inspiring the next generation of women to pursue a career in science, nursing, midwifery, allied health, biomedical engineering, medicine, and research. They advocate for change, gender equity and full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls.
Thank you to all the senior girls who attended the Meet a Scientist virtual event. Students heard directly from research scientists about their own journey, their advice and their achievements. Through this event I hope students were inspired to pursue a career in science and help them understand the paths and opportunities through higher education and beyond.
Ms Sarah King - Biology Teacher
Year 7 Science
Year 7 students have been learning how to work safely as a scientist in a laboratory setting. In the pictures above, 7E are demonstrating their skills by igniting magnesium. They were very excited as it burnt with a very bright white light.
Year 8 Science
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