BBHS Newsletter TERM 1 | wEEK 6 2021


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

Principal's message

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.

Some of our Year 7 parents enjoying the Year 7 2021 Meet and Greet BBQ

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...

Year 11 and 12 participate in iRest during Tuesday and Thursday lunch times
All students have been actively challenging each other during break times with the table tennis tables
In the PAC we have installed a new large movie screen for screening events and presenting student films


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

Agriculture News

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.

Year 9

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.

Year 10

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 stuart.galletly3@det.nsw.edu.au or Mrs Lowe at Michelle.Lowe4@det.nsw.edu.au

Mr Stuart Galletly - HSIE Head Teacher

Sport News

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
From left to right: Flynn Mulligan and Harry Rutter

Good luck at the next round!

Mrs Kelley Caoyonan - Sport Coordinator and Year 8 Year Adviser

Music News

The Buckleys

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

Will MacPherson - Graduate of The Joyality Project's 2020 'Youth Leadership Training in Climate Resilience'

Science News

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

Burning magnesium

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

Flower dissection

Year 8 students have been studying a topic called “The Green World.” Within this topic, students have been learning about the structures and functions of plants. The pictures show students from 8H dissecting a flower and observing the pollen and eggs under the microscope. One student observed that the pollen grains look like the corona virus (spiky ball) under the microscope.

Labelling belongings

Lost Property

We don't actually have a lost puppy... but we do have lots of lost property that is not labelled!

Our lost property bin is full of unlabelled items! Unfortunately we cannot return them to their rightful owner without a name. This includes unclaimed pencil cases, uniforms, etc.

All labelled items are sent to the owner either during class or in their lunch breaks.

If you have not already, please take the time this weekend to label your child/children's belongings.

All items that are NOT collected after being displayed are donated to St Vinnies.

COVID-19 update for families

We're working closely with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health and other agencies to ensure our schools continue to operate in the safest ways possible in the COVID-19 environment.

Commencing Monday 8 March we can welcome parents and carers back to school in a COVID safe way. All visitors to a school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. This includes the requirement to sign the school sign-in sheet where they acknowledge that they will comply with the COVID-19 requirements for visitors, contractors and service providers each time they visit. Visitors must also check in using the Service NSW QR code.

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 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.

School Fees

Byron Bay High School provides buildings, staff and funds for equipment and textbooks. Additional textbooks, equipment, printing and stationery must be purchased by the school. This practice has been in place for many years and although not compulsory, the funds raised through this contribution will be used to provide additional educational resources and programs.

It is the strong recommendation of this school’s P&C Association, to seek from parents and guardians the payment of school fees at the commencement of the school year. Parents who have difficulty paying fees are requested to contact the School to discuss alternative arrangements.

Course/Voluntary Fees

These charges are required to pay for materials actually used by the student in the course being studied. Parents can provide materials and equipment needed for elective courses, but lose the benefits of bulk purchase at wholesale rates.

In electing a subject, students accept that there are material usage fees or a requirement to provide equipment/materials themselves. Faculties can provide a list of these requirements. The cost of printing and paper is included in the Subject Fee.

Our new payment system 'SchoolBytes' allows us to email your School Statement of Account without the printing and posting which aligns with our Waste-FREE School policy. SchoolBytes allows you to make a payment with ease.

Please take the time to have a look at the payment options as there are options to select specific courses, split payments, etc. For instructions on how to do this please click here for a Parent Payment Guide this will open a new tab for you with the instructions, so you can follow whilst making payments.

Vaccinations | No signed consent form = No vaccination

Year 7 Vaccinations - Thursday 11 March

Year 7 Vaccination Parent Information Kit has been given out - spares available at front office for students who were absent

The Year 7 Vaccination program will be commencing on Thursday 11 March 2021, and Parent Information Kits were distributed early this week.

Please read the information and return the card as soon as possible if you wish for your child to participate in the program.

  • PLEASE NOTE - If NO signed consent card is returned to the school your child will NOT be vaccinated. Please ensure that your child has eaten breakfast on Thursday 11 March if receiving a vaccination.

Any questions or queries please contact Jennie Tolman, the School Immunisation Program Coordinator on 1300 066 055 or via email: jennie.tolman@health.nsw.gov.au or contact the school.

Year 8 Vaccinations - Tuesday 9 March

Due to the COVID19 lock downs and restrictions the 2020 Year 7 students did not receive the second dose of Gardasil.

  • The nurses from Public Health will be here on Tuesday 9 March to complete the injections with students and “catch up” any students who had returned permission cards but were absent on the day.
  • If your child has completed the injections with a doctor or there is a change in permission please send an email or note to school explaining the situation.
  • **Please note, if a permission or consent card was not returned last year the student concerned will not be vaccinated.
  • On the morning of Tuesday 9 March please ensure your child has eaten breakfast.

Any questions or queries please contact Jennie Tolman, the School Immunisation Program Coordinator on 1300 066 055 or via email: jennie.tolman@health.nsw.gov.au or contact the school.

Information from the Department of Health

Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.

Parent Information Kits that include an Information sheet, consent form and privacy statement are given to students prior to all vaccinations. Without a completed and signed consent form your child will not be vaccinated.


We welcome Year 7 2022 ...

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Top Tips for Years 10 to 12

Cold and flu symptoms

For any student who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, Free Testing is available at the Ballina Respiratory Clinic, without the need for a referral from a GP.

Join Byron Bay FC

Call out to girls aged 14 - 16 yrs to join the Byron Bay FC soccer team.

Training is on Wednesday afternoons at the Rec Fields.

Register here at Play Football

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