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Learning that Matters
Term 2 has begun and already we are gearing up for the first major performing arts event coming soon to our stage at the Pakenham Campus – The Wizard of Oz.
Tickets are selling fast, so I would encourage everyone to book tickets as soon as possible through our College Shop. I don’t think this show needs much introduction! Our 70 students from Years 5-12 and staff have been working very hard to make this a professional-standard show – with a live orchestra – and I doubt you will be disappointed.
It has been 20 years since the College first performed The Wizard of Oz so it is wonderful to see this musical returning to our stage from 4-6 May.
Also coming up in May is the annual JAM (Just Add Music) festival for our Junior School at Pakenham where students have the opportunity to try out their singing and music performance skills with students from five local schools. And Berwick Campus students will be taking part, along with Pakenham, in the upcoming SEISA Performing Arts Festival which has music, choir and drama performances. A very busy month of May.
Students from our newest sister school in Chicago, USA are heading to Beaconhills College for the start of term 2.
We are delighted to welcome this group of students from Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, who will be staying with Beaconhills host families until 22 April.
When I visited Walter Payton College last year, the students were excited about the prospect of visiting Australia. They put together this short video at the time, which I thought you might enjoy.
Our Year 10 or 11 students from the Berwick and Pakenham Campuses have the opportunity to visit Chicago late in 2017.
Proud Poppi Plumb has won the primary show hunter class and rider at the Victorian Interschool Equestrian Championships at Werribee Park this week.
Poppi, who is Year 5 at Beaconhills College Berwick Campus, now qualifies for a place at the nationals in Toowoomba, Queensland in September.
Berwick Campus student Yash Pednekar has made the Australia Under 16s cricket squad.
Cricket Australia announced the squad recently, following the School Sport Australia 15 and Under Boys’ National Championship held in Queensland.
Yash, who is in Year 10, said he was excited to be part of the 14-player squad. He was one of just two Victorian players chosen.
The keen batsman is now looking forward to playing in the Under 17 National Championships next summer in Brisbane.
Physical Education teacher Adam Wright said Yash’s selection for the squad was “a great achievement.”
“He has worked really hard on his cricket over the last few years and has been the backbone of our school teams’ successes since Year 7,” Mr Wright said.
Yash was part of the winning intermediate boys’ cricket team (Berwick Campus) which won the recent summer SEISA (South Eastern Independent Schools Association) finals.
Eight Beaconhills College Junior School captains and House captains attended a leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 24 February.
Deputy Head of Junior School Matt Newman said the conference was aimed at primary school children and was a workshop-based day. He said the students gained many practical ideas to help them develop in their role as a student leader.
Students who participated were (l-r) Ava Wrench, Olivia Sutton, Isabelle Nicoli, Lauren Azzopardi, Emily Malone, Owen Whitcher, Jack Lawrence and Jack Thompson (not pictured).
Space Camp at the USA’s Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy was something Year 10 Beaconhills College student Phoebe Hird will never forget.
While her friends were heading back to school in February, Phoebe was at the Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, spinning in space on a gravity chair, taking part in leadership tasks, aviation challenges and robotics.
Phoebe was one of the lucky children of Honeywell employees chosen to attend the program with participants from 27 other countries.
Along with picking up her flight suit, Phoebe said a highlight was the ‘simulated missions’, in which each student had a different role.
“I was mission specialist which meant I had to start in the ‘Orbiter’ and, along with the pilot and commander, had to launch from Earth and dock at the International Space Station (ISS),” she said.
That meant following a checklist of specific actions and performing different scientific experiments while on the simulated ISS.
Phoebe said the mission really sparked her imagination and she is now rethinking her plans for a career in marine biology or environmental science.
“The need for people in space in the ISS, in particular scientists, is high and so I would love to be able to contribute to research on environmental science from the ISS,” she said.
“Space camp has allowed me to dream bigger dreams.”
Photos courtesy of Honeywell
Senior students from Beaconhills are nearing the end of their cultural tour of China and have found it nothing short of fascinating.
The students are currently staying with host families at the College’s sister school in Xuzhou, Suining Senior High School.
Berwick Campus Principal Jenny Williams, one of the staff members accompanying students, said the long school day in Suining for senior students – from 6.20am to 10pm – has been a huge adjustment for the Australians.
She said family life also had its challenges but “everyone is so nice and hospitable to us all – we are learning a lot from each other.”
She said while the Chinese students were keen to practise their English, students have learned to communicate in other ways – through facial expressions, pictures, gestures and the translated apps on phones.
The visit has also included many of the famous attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and of course the Great Wall of China.
Students also travelled to Xian to see the ancient Terracotta Warriors, which date back to 210 BC.
The students return to Australia on the morning of Sunday 9 April.
Years 3-6 students from both campuses swam well at the recent School Sports Victoria (SSV) District Swimming held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The under 12 medley relay team from Pakenham Campus scored a bronze medal. Congratulations to Cooper Lambert, Ben Carson, Terry Prendergast and Tyler Norton. Cooper Lambert also won silver in the under 12 backstroke event.
And Berwick Campus student Sophia Hogg won silver in the under 11 girls’ 50m breaststroke.
The Under 12 Medley relay team
Year 8 Berwick Campus student Rochelle Paris has donated her hair to help make a wig for someone going through cancer treatment.
As part of the Service and Citizenship criteria of the Year 8 Certificate of Excellence, Rochelle decided to donate her very long hair.
She said her hair would “grow in no time, but a person going through cancer treatment could go for months and months with no hair”.
Work is about to start on a major new Year 9 centre for Beaconhills College’s Pakenham Campus.
The $5.7 million project is jointly funded by the College and a $2.865 million capital grant from the State Government.
Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, was at the school last week to turn the first sod of earth on the building works, after the College Board accepted a tender to start works. The new building will be ready for the start of term 2, 2018.
Headmaster Tony Sheumack said the new Year 9 centre was a long-awaited project. The original centre, which opened in 1996, had served the College well but was well past its intended life-span.
“I am proud of the fact our Year 9 program was the first dedicated, on-campus program of its type in Victoria,” said Mr Sheumack, adding that the new buildings offered some “fantastic features” to greatly enhance Year 9 teaching and learning.
These include six general purpose and two specialist classrooms, a large multipurpose area for lectures, exhibitions, student/parent meetings and assemblies, areas for music and AV productions and extensive landscaping.
Children from the College’s early learning centre, Little Beacons, regularly use the grounds for the bush kinder ‘Early Explorers’ program and the area will be redeveloped to create an attractive natural habitat.
The centre also includes rainwater harvesting systems and a large solar installation as well as energy-efficient lighting and environmental controls.
(l-r) Head of Year 9 Pakenham Campus Graham Broderick, student Brenton Hathaway, Member for Gembrook Brad Battin, student Rebecca Thorpe and Pakenham Campus Principal Suzanne McChesney
How the new Year 9 centre will look
Yash makes national cricket squad
Junior leaders attend conference
Space camp was a blast
Lessons in China
Strong swimming at SSV
A cut above the rest
Year 9 centre works set to go
Governor welcomes international students
SEISA summer finals
Letting their lights shine
Harvard guide to feature our Indigenous learning
Performing Arts at its best
Welcome Chicago students
Term 1 holidays and Easter
Thank you Beaconhills volunteers
Jabiru – new to Beacon Explorers
New Year 9 centre
Junior School upgrade at Berwick
Learning through service
Welcome to 2017
Kudos to our teachers
Credit where it’s due
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