BSSC students heeded the call to action during the week as staff and students enjoyed the wide variety of activities on offer for ParticipACTION Week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday students packed U1 to support their brave friends auditioning for “Get your act together – BSSC’s got talent”.

Wednesday’s “Speed Dating with the Pollies” attracted 80 undecided first-time student voters from BSSC and other schools to hear about the policies of three of Bendigo’s local candidates.  While at lunchtime many enjoyed the challenges of trying something new:  juggling (courtesy of former student Chris Holton), table tennis, cane ball, science experiments – even performance poetry.

There was also live music by the Stage Band and BSSC regulars The Beanbags.

The Staff versus Students netball match on Thursday may have been a one-sided affair (well, let’s be honest, a crushing defeat), but it was played in good spirits, there was no scratching or biting, and everyone went home with chocolate – it doesn’t get much better than that. Well done to the students on their 24 – 4 victory in the annual grudge match.

Friday lunchtime saw the finale to the week – BSSC’s got Talent. The Ulumbarra theatre came to  life in a showcase of exceptional ability as some of the finest talent we’ve seen for many years competed for one of BSSC’s most coveted prizes.  Congratulations to the popular winner Dee Jerman who performed “Take Me or Leave Me” and as celebrity judge Duane Anderson said, “smashed it out of the park”.

Congrats to all the performers who made the finale: The Beanbags, Olivia Ryan, Steph Bitter, Austinn Colliver, Maddie O’Connor, Abby Sloss, Jaydon Flynn and Johanna Colquhoun.