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Learning that Matters
Sam S from Pakenham ponders his next move
From debating to check-mating, it was an afternoon of action at the recent SEISA Cultural Day at Sale’s Gippsland Grammar School.
Teams from Beaconhills’ Berwick and Pakenham Campuses squared off against four other schools in public speaking, debating and chess competitions, with Berwick Campus winning by a massive 12 points overall in the public speaking and Pakenham Campus second.
Berwick’s Chelsea R (Year 9) won the junior section of the public speaking competition by 12 points, speaking on the topic of ‘Children in refugee camps’, while Year 10’s Zachary V placed equal second for his speech on ‘Live is evil spelt backwards – capital punishment’.
In chess, Pakenham Campus finished second and Berwick Campus fifth in the team event.
Chess co-ordinator Joy Board said the stand-out competitor was Regan C (Year 8, Pakenham) who was unbeaten and the highest ranked individual student in the competition.
“This is an amazing effort considering he was often playing much older students,” she said. Sam S (Year 7) also placed well individually, playing against much older students. Lili-May C from Year 7 was the highest ranking girl in the competition.
Congratulations to Berwick Campus’ Bill Y (Year 9) who was the second ranking chess player for the tournament.
Berwick Campus placed third in debating, winning two of the four debates, while Pakenham was fourth.
Singing for JAM: (l-r top row) Scarlett D and Thomas K, (l-r mid row) Maddison M and Liam M and (front) Maddie T
Junior School choirs and string orchestras from local schools enjoyed the chance to perform together at the annual JAM (Just Add Music) Festival at Beaconhills College on Friday 1 May.
Students from the College’s Berwick and Pakenham Campus Junior Schools played and sang alongside students from St Margaret’s School, Hillcrest Christian College, St Paul Apostle South Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School.
Event co-ordinator Natalie Ireland said with 400 participating students and about 200 audience members, the event was bigger than ever this year.
She said there was plenty of variety and contrast in the performances and the students loved being part of the event.
James L on his violin
Watch the Equestrian Team perform at Open Day
Beaconhills College’s new Equestrian team will be giving live demonstrations at this year’s Open Day on Saturday 9 May.
And the interactive ‘Pony Playpen’ at the Pakenham Campus will give visitors the chance to pat the ponies while watching some of the College’s top riders demonstrate their equestrian skills.
The College’s two campuses, at Pakenham and Berwick, will each open their buildings and grounds to visitors from 10am to 2pm and there are plenty of activities planned and exciting displays to see.
At Pakenham, visitors can try taking a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) for a test ride, or warm up with a coffee available all day from the Coffee Chix van.
At Berwick, students will be working on their technology projects in the state-of-the-art Technology Centre, with hands-on activities also on offer in the science laboratories. Dance Star rehearsals and music performances are happening all day in the Performing Arts precinct, with lattes, hot chocolates and morning tea available from the cafeteria.
Friendly enrolments staff are on hand to answer questions all day, or visitors can take a guided student tour across the campuses, located at 30-34 Toomuc Valley Rd Pakenham or 92 Kangan Drive, Berwick.
For more details call 1300 002 225.
Elliot receiving his prize, pictured with Fellowship of Australian Writers vice-president Pauline Csuba.
Middle School students have scooped the prize pool in the recent Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards.
Five students received prizes at the awards ceremony held last month at the Brunswick Masonic Hall, for their 2014 creative writing work in their English extension class.
First prize – the Michael Dugan short story award – went to Elliot P (Year 6), with Bastiaan S and Hayley D (also Year 6) receiving second place and Jalen A (Year 6) and Jasmine H (Year 7) third.
Elliot’s amazing fictional piece entitled ‘The Fairytale Crisis’ tells the story of fairy tale characters coming to life and jumping from book to book.
He said he had fun writing the story.
“At first I wanted to write a story in Rudyard Kipling’s style,” Elliot said. “He wrote about how animals developed their unique features, for example how the camel got his hump.
“My first idea was to write about how books got their spine but my story evolved, completely changing everything.
“I came to love my main character, the magician ‘Arcanum Magus – one day I might go back to this character and write more about him.”
The Fellowship of Australian Writers runs the national competition annually.
At Beaconhills College, our mission is to support an holistic education for our students.
When I first started teaching, the notion of an holistic education described those talented and hard-working students who received good grades whilst still being able to a have a fulfilling co-curricular program (through which they also excelled).
Over the last few years at Beaconhills I have been pleased to see this concept being developed by our staff into our Learning That Matters. The pillars of our Learning That Matters underpin our approach to an holistic education for our students. Not only do we focus on their learning and wellbeing but we also provide opportunities for them to see the importance of serving others, protecting the environment, reaching out and learning from other cultures and leading a life with a fine character and values of compassion, integrity and respect.
We know as adults that it is the whole person who makes a difference to our community, our nation and our world, whilst also gaining an enormous sense of wellbeing themselves.
At Beaconhills our mission is to provide a pathway for our students that allow them to see an education that will contribute to so many aspects of their lives.
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