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Beaconhills College athletes smashed old records at the Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) athletics championships held at on 26 May at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.
The College placed fifth overall, with students from both campuses recording some outstanding results.
Our 13-18 year girls’ 4×400 relay team broke its own record set in the same event last year, with a time of 4:14.52. The team comprised students Victoria Tiplady, Teneille Morrell, Rhianna Clemow and Matisse Lazzari.
Caitlyn McCormick (Berwick Campus) broke both the discus and shot put records, with a throw of 11.66m in the shot put and 30.67m in the discus. Amiru Chandrasena from Berwick also broke the triple jump record with 13.00m and equalled the current long jump record with 6.35m.
Congratulations to all students who competed.
4×400 girl’s relay team
The Beaconhills chess team placed third in the Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) chess tournament held on 22 May at St Michael’s Grammar School.
The combined campus team played well against some strong opposition. Regan Crowley was undefeated in all of his games and Aryan Mittal, who is in Year 6, impressed by winning five out of his six games against senior players.
Accompanying teachers Michelle Gummer and Rodney Gonsalves said the students appreciated the chance to socialise with and learn from their opponents.
Participation rates were high this year for the Berwick Campus’ annual Middle School, Year 9 and Senior School cross-country race events on Wednesday 17 May.
Head of Sport Adam Wright said cool conditions on the day allowed all runners to perform at their peak.
“It was one of the most successful cross-country carnivals at the Berwick Campus with great House spirit and really good participation across all year levels,” he said.
The carnival creates the team for the SEISA cross-country event in term 3, along with a team from the Pakenham Campus.
Photography students from the Berwick Campus have experienced working in a real studio with local professional photographer Rob McGregor of Perspective Images.
Students learned the art of lighting diagram setup, flash unit photography, tethering and cyclorama use during the recent studio lighting workshop.
VCE Media teacher Nick Zomer said the industry workshop was invaluable for the Year 10s: “The students each shot imagery of a Harley Davidson, which will be on display in the Visual Arts Gallery (at Beaconhills College) in the coming weeks.”
I believe it is important for our children to understand the injustices of our past in the treatment of the first Australians.
That’s why I am proud that Beaconhills College students are taking part in a series of events during these next two weeks to highlight National Reconciliation Week (27 May- 3 June) and NAIDOC Week (2-9 July).
This Friday 26 May also is National Sorry Day, which remembers Australia’s past policies of forced child removal.
Thanks to the efforts of our Head of Indigenous Initiatives, Lynette George, the College has a number of activities and assemblies spread across these significant dates. These include Reconciliation Assemblies, Indigenous cooking incursions, guest speakers, a ‘Connecting to Country’ activity day, fundraising for our upcoming Jabiru camp and Reconciliation Breakfast on Tuesday 30 May at the Berwick Campus (all welcome, bookings through the College Shop).
Our students have incredible opportunities at Beaconhills to learn about overseas’ cultures, but the upcoming events at our College give us the chance to learn about Aboriginal culture and history, as well as reconcile events from the past, present and into the future. It’s learning with Indigenous people – and learning from them. Learning together.
Artwork presented to the College by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, a guest speaker at our upcoming Reconciliation Assemblies
Year 9 students studying Japanese were happy to help out in the Junior School this week, teaching Year 4s some traditional Japanese games.
They included kendama (ball with a string), fukuwarai (similar to ‘pin the tail on a donkey’, but with a face), ohajiki (Japanese flat marbles), kingyo tsuri (fishing) and origami (paper folding).
Co-Head of Japanese at the Pakenham Campus, Kellie Ogawa, said Japanese children played the games in their free time or at festivals.
“We believe that learning about Japanese culture is integral to learning the language – and makes it more relevant to the students,” she said.
What does Luna Park have to do with Physics? Beaconhills College Physics teacher Jim Prendergast explains, in our new Inspired Teachers video series.
Watch the video here
Jim Prendergast talks physics
Relay for Life and the Cancer Council officially recognised Beaconhills College’s Beacon of Hope team from the Middle School (Berwick) this week for being the highest fundraising team in this year’s Casey Relay for Life.
Twenty-two students received certificates at Assembly for their personal contributions to Relay for Life fundraising. The combined College campus total was $50,613.
Pictured is Donna Harrison, Chairperson of the Casey Relay for Life Committee, presenting Year 6 student Keturah Ratnarajah with a Citizenship and Service Award. Keturah raised $700.
The recent worldwide cyber-attacks are a significant cause for concern in all organisations, including our College.
Our IT department has worked hard to ensure that in the event of a cyber-attack, we have the ability to minimise the damage to our systems.
One area where we need to be vigilant is around our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for Years 9-12 students, as issues such as use of pirated software can jeopardise our College networks.
Here are some helpful tips from our IT department which may be useful to everyone:
• Do not open any emails that look suspicious and particularly be aware that attachments could damage your important data
• Never give your password to anyone
• Keep regular backups of your important data in a safe place, not connected to your computer
• Ensure that your operating system and anti-virus software is updated to the latest version
• Don’t use pirated software, it often contains malicious content that could damage your important data
• A good free anti-virus solution is available here https://home.sophos.com
Prevention is the best cure.
Rice and pasta donations are flowing in as Beaconhills College families help support the Feed Melbourne Appeal’s Rice and Pasta Drive.
Beaconhills has teamed up with Victorian charity FareShare’s Feed Melbourne Appeal to help support people struggling to put food on the table.
Rice and pasta are quick and filling staples found in the average Aussie pantry, but not everyone in Melbourne has access to food all of the time. The Foodbank Australia 2016 Hunger Report and Foodbank Victoria statistics showed one in 10 Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from and one in seven children go to school hungry.
Beaconhills’ Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy thanked families who had already donated and said the campaign would run until the end of May.
Records tumble in ACS aths
Good turnout for cross-country
Students focus on the big picture
Language learning fun
Inspired Teachers: Jim Prendergast
Helping feed Melbourne
Dancers through to state championships
$50,613 raised in Relay for Life
Skipping to beat heart disease
Random acts of kindness roll on
Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week
Think before you click
Lunches with the Year 12s
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
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