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Learning that Matters
Berwick Campus student Chenuli Haththimuni (Year 7) has earned first place in the recent West Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod.
Chenuli won in the category of ‘Classical vocal song in costume solo – 12 years and under’. She is coached by Beaconhills College Voice teacher, Anna Castle.
Chenuli (left) with her Voice teacher Anna Castle
When it comes to mental and physical wellbeing, as a College we strongly believe it is important to “walk it like you talk it”.
Hence our Wellbeing Day for all College staff on day 1 of term, which focused on how each staff member could maximise their own wellbeing as well as strategies and ideas for teachers to share with students.
As part of this day, we had two excellent guest speakers. Dr Craig Hassed from Monash University’s Department of General Practice spoke at length on ‘mindfulness’ – essentially the practice of ‘living in the now’. Dr Hassed is an internationally recognised speaker on holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine. His presentation set out some of the evidence linking the practice of mindfulness to improved cognitive and academic performance, increased immunity and reduction in stress.
Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, also spoke about his work in the area of mental health and resilience, sharing some practical ways to help build resilience. Volunteering in an underprivileged school in the Himalayas helped him discover resilience in its purest form and he has since developed and facilitated programs for schools, National Rugby League clubs, the AFL, Cricket Australia and the Australian Netball team.
I am including here some resources from Dr Hassed – a mindfulness description and useful daily mindfulness tips. Dr Hassed also has a free online mindfulness course.
Staff at a Wellbeing Day workshop
Six Beaconhills students took part in the recent Junior Australian Floorball Open, NSW, the major international floorball tournament in Australia.
Congratulations to Sam Watt, Mitchell Hall, David Noney, Annie Lean, Liam Watt and Emily Noney (assistant coach) for scoring gold in U17s, silver in U13s and 5th in U15s. Mitchell and David were also invited to train with the U15s Accelerated Athlete Academy Program.
Visiting Japanese students from Osaka High School were popular with children at Little Beacons Learning Centre this week as they shared some of their traditional skills.
Little Beacons children in the Discovery programs learned origami, calligraphy and ayatori (a string game). The Osaka study tour is at Beaconhills until 24 July.
Beaconhills students are helping East Timorese children this week assemble solar-powered lights as part of the SolarBuddy program.
SolarBuddy provides lights to children and families in developing countries, to help children do their homework and avoid using dangerous kerosene lamps.
Our Year 10s were delighted to show children in Dato Rua how to build the lights. Head of Outdoor Education Sam Maddock said that while electricity was reaching remote areas of East Timor, power use had to be prepaid, meaning it was still too expensive for many people.
Beaconhills students have visited and volunteered in East Timor for many years as part of the Beacon Explorers program.
To all Beaconhills College Relay for Life team members – did you ever wonder exactly how Cancer Council Victoria is using your $50,613 of donations this year?
You’ll be pleased to hear that the funds are being put to good use by The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
The Beacon of Hope team donation will help fund a project led by Dr Gemma Kelly, which is investigating the role of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in certain types of lymphomas. EBV is associated with a number of human cancers, including lymphomas and carcinomas, contributing to 200,000 cancers annually worldwide.
The researchers have found that in one of the cancers, Burkitt Lymphoma, the virus can express a protein called BHRF1. They are now researching how BHRF1 interacts with cellular proteins to keeps cells alive, contributing to cancer growth and chemotherapy resistance.
The long-term goal is to design a drug against BHRF1 that could treat patients with aggressive lymphoma.
The Cancer Council’s Head of Fundraising and Communication, Andrew Buchanan, said the organisation relied on the generosity of the Victorian community to fund cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
“More than half our income comes from donations, bequests and community fundraisers, like Beaconhills College, who generously raise money to support our work,” he said.
Berwick Campus Visual Arts students created these striking ‘eggshell dragons’ with guest artist Rob Matheson last term at the South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) Visual Arts Day. The campus hosted 70 students and staff from the six SEISA schools in the region. Media students worked in groups to create a film.
Year 8 students Riley Pedersen and Charlotte Dodin competed last month in the Australian Taekwondo 2017 Cadet Team Selections at Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport.
Riley won a silver medal and Charlotte a bronze, both representing their club Evolution Taekwondo. The duo also competed at the Sydney Taekwondo Festival, each winning a silver medal.
Club members enter the events to help develop athletes to a higher standard and gain valuable experience against some of Australia’s top taekwondo clubs.
Year 8 Beaconhills College students had the opportunity to help create some tactile picture books for blind and vision impaired children, thanks to a visit by educators from Berwick’s Insight Education.
The students were taught to build the books by using their own story, or modifying an existing picture book by pasting different materials onto the images. Braille text inserts are then included.
Beaconhills’ Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy said it was wonderful for students to be able to provide support and resources for the library at Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Students who are involved are completing their ‘Certificate of Excellence’.
Would you like a bird’s eye view of our major new solar system at the Berwick Campus?
Click on the image below to see the drone footage taken last year. It shows our new 200kW system, adding a huge power boost to the existing 100kW system. With a further 100kW of solar at the Pakenham Campus (and plans for an extra 130kW with the new Year 9 Centre), Beaconhills is one of the biggest solar-powered schools in Australia. We aim to be totally powered by renewable energy by 2021.
Japanese visitors discover Little Beacons
Solar lights for East Timor
Your Relay for Life dollars at work
Enter the dragon
Medals for taekwondo students
Insight into other ways of reading
Drone footage shows our huge solar system
$5790 for the Salvos
Celebration of learning
Wellbeing in action
Reports that tell the whole story
School funding landscape clearer
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
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