Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We are delighted to share with you the latest highlights from the Year 8 cohort as we approach the end of another enriching term at South Coast Baptist College. 

The term commenced on an enjoyable note with the Year 8 Movie Night, an event that fostered connections among our students. The evening featured a new movie, complete with popcorn, pizza, and lollies. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all attendees and form teachers who contributed to its success. 

In the realm of Extended Pastoral Care, our students received a visit from Bully Zero, an organisation specialising in cyberbullying awareness and online safety. This informative session equipped our students with essential knowledge about identifying and combatting cyberbullying, while also providing practical tools to develop personal strategies for online protection. 

Building upon the foundation of study skills instilled during the Elevate Study Skill presentation in Term 2, we initiated refresher training sessions at the commencement of the term, ensuring our students are well-prepared for the challenges that lay ahead in Term 3. This commitment to skill development will persist into Term 4, nurturing our students’ academic growth. 

Science Week added an extra layer of excitement to our educational journey, featuring captivating scientific activities during class time, recess, and lunch breaks. A particular highlight was the enthusiasm of our Year 8 students, who thoroughly enjoyed eating dry-ice ice cream and other frozen treats. 

In acknowledging the significant growth potential of Year 8 students, we have witnessed the blossoming of their connections with both peers and educators. This strong sense of community forms a crucial component of our pastoral care program. As our Year 8 students prepare to transition to Year 9, we are pleased to announce a Year 8 Well-Being Day in Term 4. This event will reinforce the lessons learned this year and prepare our students for the challenges that may lie ahead. 

We are excited to welcome “Armed for Life,” who will conduct a comprehensive series of workshops for our students on December 12, 2023. The program will emphasise the importance of resilience and impart vital life skills, including respect, self-awareness, emotional management, and self-esteem. We anticipate that this experience will offer our students valuable insights to contemplate during the holiday period and will provide support during their transition to Year 9. 

As we reflect upon this term, we take immense pride in our students’ accomplishments, spanning academic achievements, sporting triumphs, and exceptional performances in the dramatic arts. Equally commendable is their daily commitment to kindness and thoughtful interactions with their peers and staff. Term 3 has been a remarkable journey, and we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in Term 4. 

We deeply value the partnership between parents and our educational community. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Warm regards, 

Ms. Emma Edmonds