Sport is an essential element of education 'George Sheehan'. Fortius Quo Fidelius, has a rough translation between 'Strong and Virtue' and 'Strength through loyalty'. This is a characteristic we wish to impart on all of our charges at Brisbane Bayside State College and the sporting program that we provide promotes this.

The sports program at Brisbane Bayside State College continues to play a massive role in our students individual and collective experience at school allowing our students a well-rounded education, balanced with a healthy competitive streak.  At Bayside we believe that valuable lessons are taught through participation in sport, and these lessons compliment the learning that happens in the classroom, allowing our students to grow and develop into model citizens of today’s society.

At Brisbane Bayside State College we encourage all students of all abilities to compete for sporting prowess. Our definition of 'sporting prowess' includes the elements of participation, sportsmanship, teamwork and skill acquisition to name a few. We believe that having a go, and fair play is far more important than winning at all costs. That being said, preparation, training and a willingness to learn and succeed are beneficial in the sporting world. At BBSC we believe that success is a journey and it can be measured by willingness to learn, effort, and good old fashioned hard work.

Many of our past and present students have provided pride in our community with their commitment to training, tenacity in sport and their promotion of fair play. 

We have had many members of the school represent the region, state and national teams.

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Mr Dan Nightingale

Head of Department -

Mr Ben Sanderson

Sports Coordinator

Cross country

Our cross country is held at the end of term 1 to try and use the great weather in all its glory. The course is a true cross country course that covers all types of terrain such as hills, creek crossings as well as swamp areas and foot pathed areas. The course utilises both school and public facilities as it starts in school grounds before heading out into the local streets and parks. We also have a walking course that covers 1.8km, catering for student who do not wish to run but still want to represent their team and gain points for the shield. As with all carnivals competitors are timed and students who make the qualifying times are invited to represent the school at Bayside District Cross Country.

Athletics carnival

Our athletics day (track and field) occurs towards the end of term 2. With pure numbers of student competitors, we stagger the events so that not are all held on the main day. This involves some lunch time events prior to the date but still provide a spectacle for students to watch as they enjoy their lunch. Events such as high jump, javelin and the long distance running are held earlier for both safety and logistical reasons. On the day of competition, we encourage participation by having a real carnival atmosphere with music, food and festivities apparent. Intermittent between track and field events we also hold novelty events that score points for Champion House, these events sometimes provide more excitement from houses as all students are involved and excited to score points for the team. This event also provides a setting for selection into the Brisbane Bayside State College squad that attends District Trials that occur in term 3.

Swimming Carnival

The Swimming Carnival is the first cab off the rank and takes place early in the year at The Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler. Students pre nominate for their events if they are looking to be competitive and compete for Age Champion honours. Non-competitive races as well as novelty events are also run so that all students have the opportunity to participate and compete for house points. The day is a lot of fun with novelty events, house war cries, music and dress up competitions. Times from these events allows us to appropriately select a team that will represent Brisbane Bayside State College at the Bayside District Trials that is also held at Chandler. 

Program Sport

Program sport is an opportunity for our students to specialise in a particular sport with specialty training session and coaching. Students who choose a program sport will have access to individual uniforms and kit as well as external competitions. The program sports include, Basketball, Futsal, Oztag and Volleyball.

For more information please contact Mr Strachan on

Last reviewed 10 February 2021
Last updated 10 February 2021