Principal’s Report

Principals 2018 Prizegiving Speech
2018 has been the year of the upstander. This year we have encouraged the children to find their inner warrior, to make a difference in the world around them. We have asked our kids to be brave, to be courageous and to stand up for what is right.

An upstander sees something that is not right and does something about it without hurting anyone else. You see schools create societies. Teachers you could say are social engineers. To have a safe and functional community everyone in it has to contribute, they have to have empathy for others and they have to fight for what is right. These values need to be developed by you our fabulous parents and fostered by both you and us as educators. We do this on a daily basis as I know you do too. It’s not easy but Gandhi said ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’. Our Bayview kids are the change makers. I know this because they make a difference at school and I have seen them and had it reported back to me that they are making a difference in our community. They are taking responsibility for themselves and their world. They are learning that whether you say you can or whether you say you can’t you are right. If you are successful whose fault is it? Who is responsible for your choices? These children know that they are in control of their future. They are responsible for their own outcomes, their own choices.

I am so incredibly proud that these children have risen up and made changes, they make a difference, they make Bayview School a better place and our community a better place. And I know that they will continue to do this.
Parents thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s life journey. I know we as a staff are richer for it.

Next year we look forward to NO major building projects! No restricted access around the school! Thank you for your patience around these projects. I am sure you will agree the outcome is well worth the pain we endured. A huge thank you to Erik Corbett our fabulous caretaker who has had to work with and around a range of workmen and projects. Thank you Erik for all you have done. A thank you to our fabulous staff who have worked relentlessly to make school an engaging place for your children. Well done to Mrs Terry for surviving 20 years at Bayview School and Mrs Matuku and Ms Hoffmann 12 years. Our teachers really are dedicated! And so many families whose association with Bayview has been years in the making, some being inter generational. Now that’s dedication! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being part of Team Bayview.

I hope you all have a fabulous summer break sharing time and experiences with your families. We look forward to working alongside you in 2019.
Di =)