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Learning that Matters
A fantastic guitar cake created by Year 9 Berwick Campus student Mitchell Johnston has earned first prize in the Dandenong Show cake-decorating competition held earlier this month.
Mitchell created the cake for his Personal Best project. He entered the cake in the Dandenong Show’s adult novice section and not only won first place in that section, but champion in show.
Mitchell said the cake took about 12 hours to make, including baking, woodwork and decorating.
“The hardest part was putting the strings on the guitar, as the icing was too soft to hold them tight,” he said.
It’s not the first time Mitchell has entered his cake creations in the show – he entered a 3D octopus cake when he was only 10 years old.
Despite his cooking abilities, Mitchell has no real aspirations for a career in food: “I would like to be a vet, but I will enjoy making cakes for friends and family in my spare time.”
This kitchen at the Railaco Pre-Secondary College in East Timor must produce around 550 lunches each day for students. We want to help.
Thanks to two of Beaconhills College’s Food Services initiatives, we believe we can raise the $11,000 US needed for a new kitchen at Railaco in less than a year.
Our BeaconMeals program, where Year 8 Certificate of Excellence students prepare family-sized meals for sale through the College, is already supporting local charity 4C’s by way of donation of surplus meals. Now we plan to direct profits from all BeaconMeals sales to the Railaco kitchen project.
In addition, our Food Services department has recently launched ‘Beacon Boxes’. This scheme enables our community to order fresh vegetable boxes through FarmGate and have them delivered fresh to the College each week for collection. Up to 10 per cent of profits from these sales will now also go to the Railaco kitchen project.
Beaconhills College has long supported schools in East Timor and our Year 10s will again have the opportunity to visit the East Timor schools in 2018. I am absolutely delighted that we are able to further support education in East Timor through our College initiatives.
Railaco school kitchen, East Timor
Beaconhills College canteen, Pakenham Campus.
Each year, our Year 9 students have one term to work on a project that is their personal passion and bring it to fruition.
The astounding breadth of creativity never fails to amaze teachers, parents and students when the works finally go on display – and this year was no exception.
Each student’s interests clearly shone through in the finished products. At the Pakenham Campus, Tylah Ryder showed her love of all things equestrian by making a western leather saddle, while Jacqui Dunstan created her own horse jump. Berwick Campus projects varied from a stock whip to a range of sports cream. Madeline Hawley spent nearly 90 hours painstakingly folding paper cranes to create her magnificent art piece.
Beaconhills was the first school in Victoria to introduce an on-campus Year 9 program, in response to the observation that Year 9 was traditionally when students switched off from their learning – often the most unproductive of the senior years. The program became the blueprint for many similar programs in schools across the state.
Here is a selection of photos of project from both campuses this term.
School holidays just got a whole lot easier thanks to a range of programs now on offer at Beaconhills College.
Whether it’s craft, kite flying, kicking a footy, picnics or pancake making, there is something to appeal to all ages and interests.
Little Beacons Learning Centre has a three-day vacation care program from 11-13 December which includes activities such as Christmas craft and a fantastic excursion to the Lillydale Lake ‘splash pad’.
Sports-loving students will enjoy the College’s Multisport program from 11-15 December with a choice of tennis, basketball, floorball, netball, gymnastics, tee ball and soccer.
Go to the College Shop on our website to find more info and under ‘camps and co-curricular’ and ‘courses’ (Junior School art program).
Lest we forget
Students from both campuses attended poignant Remembrance Day services earlier this week, to observe a minute silence for those Australians who have died as a result of war.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we remember them.
State Education Minister James Merlino visited Beaconhills College’s Pakenham Campus on Friday to inspect the progress of the College’s new Year 9 Centre.
The Minister chatted with Year 9 students and viewed some of their Personal Best projects, before a walk-through of the new centre.
The State Government has contributed a $2.865 million grant to build the $5.7 million centre, which opens at the start of term 2, 2018.
“This is the first time in a decade that we have had a specific State Government program for non-government schools,” Mr Merlino said.
During the visit, Headmaster Tony Sheumack also raised the issue of traffic flow and speed restrictions around the Pakenham Campus. The College wants areas where the speed limit is still 80km/hr to be reduced to 50 km/hr during normal hours.
Education Minister James Merlino enjoyed viewing some of the students’ Personal Best projects
I am proud to announce the names of our Beaconhills College senior captains for 2018.
Congratulations to Pakenham Campus students Ashleigh Gilson and Kaigyn Tytler (captains) and Katie Corley and Bryce Hathaway (vice-captains). Also to our new Berwick Campus captains Caitlyn Pritchard and Riley Boland and vice-captains Nakeesha Vogrig and Ben Casey.
These fine young people aptly demonstrated the qualities needed for the responsibility of these positions. Leadership at Beaconhills is focused around service and all of these students completed a rigorous process of application. This involved completing a letter that addressed the statement ‘Consider how you have and will demonstrate the College values of integrity, compassion and respect as a leader within the Beaconhills community and beyond.” Students also did a five to 10 minute presentation outlining why they would be the most suitable applicant for the role.
To further develop their leadership abilities, students will now attend a SEISA leadership weekend in December with students from other SEISA schools.
I congratulate all captains on their appointments. They will make fine role models for our Beaconhills College students in 2018.
Pakenham captains (l-r) Bryce Hathaway (vice), Ashleigh Gilson (captain), Kaigyn Tytler (captain), Katie Corley (vice)
Berwick captains (l-r) Caitlyn Pritchard (captain), Riley Boland (captain), Nakeesha Vogrig (vice) and Ben Casey (vice)
Hear from the students themselves more on what this role means to them in this short video.
Year 8 student Marcus Graham is celebrating his selection on the under 16 Victorian state baseball team. The talented catcher recently learned he will join the blue team, the first of two under 16 state teams.
Marcus plays for the Berwick Cougars in summer and the Dandenong Angels in winter. He is now preparing for the January 2018 national championships in Sydney. Congratulations Marcus!
Three silver and three bronze medals came home with Beaconhills students who competed in the 2017 All Schools Track and Field Championships at Albert Park from 3-5 November.
Amiru Chandrasena, Year 9 Berwick Campus, earned a silver medal in the under 16 long jump and a bronze in the triple jump. He also qualified to represent Victoria in long jump at the All Schools National Championships in Adelaide and the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney.
Caitlyn McCormick, Year 8 Berwick Campus, threw a personal best of 33.86m to take the silver medal in under 15 discus and won a bronze in shotput.
Pakenham Campus’ Sophie Coughlin (Year 10) won silver in the 2000m under 16 steeplechase, placed fifth in the under 16 pole vault and tenth in the 3000m event, while Pakenham’s Cam Debruin ran fourth in the men’s 200m race.
Rhianna Clemow from the the Pakenham Campus earned bronze in the under 15 200m hurdles, 6th in under 15 90m hurdles, 10th in under 15 400m and 11th in under 15 200m.
Amiru mid flight in long jump
A charity drive by 10-year-old Beaconhills College student Jack Thompson has reaped an incredible 2610 of donated items to help the homeless.
Jack’s ‘Socks n’ Jocks’ drive for charity organisation Clean as Casper saw a deluge of donations from parents and businesses such as Coles in Casey Central, Underworks and Hanes underwear.
Proud mum Michelle said Jack had initiated the idea and the words on his promotional poster – the latter designed by a family friend – were his own.
“I am hoping that by doing this drive I will help people who are less fortunate to get back on their feet,” Jack said.
“I think it is very important for all of us to be good global citizens and this is my way of doing that.”
Now that the fundraising is over, the Thompsons have a mountain of underwear in their lounge-room ready for collection on Monday 6 November by Clean as Casper.
Mitchell’s project takes the cake
Personal Best projects unveiled
We have holidays covered
Remembrance Day services
Minister Merlino visits Year 9 Centre
Baseballer to represent Victoria
2017 All Schools Track and Field Championships
Jack’s charity drive helps homeless
Chinese Writing and Speaking Competition
East Timor classrooms ready for the wet season
Laundry bag project lightens the load
Diamonds dazzle at aerobics challenge
Our mission for a new kitchen
Introducing our 2018 school captains
Farewell Year 12s
2018 College fees
Timely advice for exam time
Senior School leadership seminar
Why Year 9?
Calling for senior scholars
Wellbeing in action
Reports that tell the whole story
School funding landscape clearer
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