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Learning that Matters
Nicholas S (Pakenham Campus) receives his art award
The depth of creative talent amongst our students never fails to amaze me.
Two exhibitions at our Pakenham and Berwick Campuses have shown the practical work our VCE students have completed in their Arts and Technology subjects.
The enormous amount of skill, time and effort is evident when you see the projects and read the accompanying portfolios explaining each step involved along the way.
Everything from professional-standard photography, to sculpture, complicated Systems Engineering projects and beautifully-crafted woodwork pieces were on display.
We expect a number of these projects will be strong contenders for the upcoming VCE Season of Excellence awards.
I want to congratulate all the students involved for such an incredible effort. Along with their creative skills, the resources and support they receive at Beaconhills really enables them to flourish and explore their creativity.
Giving them the encouragement to develop their passion, across so many fields, is what Learning that Matters is all about.
Berwick’s Caitlyn H with her sculpture made from welded nuts
Another talented Caitlyn H, with her jungle animal comforter
Two exhibitions at Beaconhills College’s Pakenham and Berwick Campuses this week will demonstrate the creative talents of VCE students in Technology and Art subjects.
The exhibitions are the finale of students’ practical work from Visual Arts and Technology in 2015. They include works from Media, Art, Visual Communication Design (VCD), Studio Arts, Product Design and Technology, Food and Technology and Design Technology – Fashion and Systems.
Beaconhills has already notched up numerous VCE Season of Excellence awards over the years in Technology and Art subjects, along with invitations for photography students to present their work in the annual Top Shots exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art.
This year Systems Engineering students from both campuses are hoping again for a chance at a Top Designs award, with some incredible inventions produced.
At the Pakenham Campus, Year 12 students Tim S and Nick K have spent more than 100 hours each building their projects.
A keen player with the Pakenham Floorball Club, Nick designed and built a floorball machine which fires out plastic balls at 110km hour. The pre-programmable device allows the user to train ‘solo’ and improve skills. He believes there is nothing similar on the market at the moment.
Tim S applied his IT skills to creating an automated home security system, which senses when a door or window is opened, takes photos and streams them live to the owner via their mobile phone. An Arduino (open-source electronic board) allows images to be saved.
Tim said he loved the challenge of the project but it involved a lot of trial and error.
“Security systems are really interesting and I wanted to try using a few different technologies such as motion sensors and wireless technology,” he said.
As an extra creative touch to his design, which is presented in a model house, he printed out all the coding and used it as ‘wallpaper’.
Berwick Campus student Jayden S also spent hours building a quadcopter and said he found many hurdles along the way.
“There were some challenges I faced in having to distribute the weight and make it light enough to be airborne, as well as making it structurally stable,” he said.
Jayden used the College’s 3D printer to make precise parts. He said he would like to study IT Engineering at university.
Winding down: Amy and her horse Sharvalley Amazing relax after the nationals
Year 6 student Amy W and her horse ‘Sharvalley Amazing’ competed in the Australian Interschool Championships held in Sydney over the Term 3 holidays.
Amy participated in the Combined Training to finish fourth in dressage and sixth overall, with the Victorian team placing third.
Despite jumping beautifully, Sharvalley Amazing was unplaced in the showjumping, but Amy said next year he would be a “force to be reckoned with”.
“He is a very young horse, very talented, but still has a lot to learn,” she said.
Amy said the whole experience was similar to being at the Olympics and she made many new friends. She thanked Beaconhills College and Equestrian Co-ordinator Michelle Wong for supporting her in the competition.
“Being part of the Beaconhills Equestrian team has been exciting – I am looking forward to next year,” she said.
As many you will be aware, yesterday (6 October) there was a very distressing incident on the nearby Princes Highway where a young boy from a neighbouring school was hit by a car.
Drop off and pick up times around school zones are obviously the busiest for cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Our region’s roads have become increasingly congested. This is a timely reminder for us all to take extra care in and around schools – including school carparks – and for students to use pedestrian crossings and lights when travelling across busy roads.
Yesterday the ambulance helicopter needed to land on one of our College ovals to transport the young patient to hospital. I would like to thank all the Senior School staff and students for their co-operation during this time to enable the paramedics to do their essential work.
Please slow down, follow the road rules and be cautious when crossing so we can help prevent these terrible accidents.
Beaconhills College narrowly missed winning the national final of the Hillary Challenge after leading 12 schools in the competition throughout the two-day event.
The Hillary Challenge is an outdoor team competition aimed at developing leadership, resilience, creativity and teamwork.
The national finals were held in the first weekend of October at Camp Jungai near Eildon. The multisport event included a series of challenges, including rogaining, cycling, kayaking, raft-building and various other tests of skills, creativity and endurance.
Having progressed through the State finals and trained tirelessly all year, the team of five students were disappointed to just miss out on first place – losing points after leaving a map behind at a checkpoint.
Head of Outdoor Education Sam Maddock said the students had performed brilliantly as a team and had trained hard in the lead-up to the event, including running from Pakenham to Berwick Campus.
“They had really worked out that when you put your mind to it, you can get results,” Mr Maddock said. “It was an outstanding effort, particularly as they were the youngest team in the competition.”
He congratulated team members Cooper R, Madison M, Renae J and Will J from Year 10 along with Year 9 student Kaigyn T.
The team: (l-r) Renae J, Will J, Cooper R, Madison M and Kaigyn T
Madison M during raft-building
Kaigyn T tackles the high ropes teddy bear challenge
Will J running on the Rubicon River aqueduct trail
Little Beacons Learning Centre has achieved an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Little Beacons is the first early learning centre in Cardinia Shire to earn the prestigious rating and the second in Victoria amongst independent schools. It is the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.
ACECQA Board Chair Rachel Hunter congratulated the centre for this recognition.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Little Beacons Learning Centre on such an achievement. It is clear that enhancing children’s learning and skills is at the forefront of their program and practices,” Ms Hunter said.
“The centre has worked very hard developing a number of core initiatives on topics such as children’s social skills, cultural and community awareness, to name but a few.”
Little Beacons’ ‘Looking Glass Learning’ initiative aims to develop children’s social skills over a 10 week course. Children participate in targeted activities, such as role play and story-telling, delivered by the Head of Teaching and Learning. Outcomes are documented for families and educators to support each child’s development.
From a cultural perspective, the centre partners with Indigenous elder Murrundindi and Birra (Lynette George), an Indigenous teacher, to encourage cultural understanding and sensitivity by embedding Indigenous perspectives into educational programs.
Little Beacons also builds awareness of sustainability, healthy eating and innovation through its ‘Let’s Explore’ publication, with proceeds from the book sales helping fund a kindergarten in Bangladesh.
Head of Little Beacons, Vicki Reid, said she was thrilled the centre had achieved this outstanding result.
“The ‘Excellent’ rating recognises our leadership in early childhood education and the programs we have in place to support the individual needs of children,” Ms Reid said.
She said the centre would continue to support the sector in delivering high quality programs by offering opportunities as a demonstration site.
Mr Reid thanked staff for their hard work during the “extensive and vigorous application process”.
We have started Term 4 with some terrific news from our Little Beacons Learning Centre.
Little Beacons has just achieved the coveted ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
This is outstanding news for our College community, as it is the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework, which is designed to drive continuous improvement in the education and care of young children across Australian services.
Little Beacons is the first Early Learning Centre in the Shire of Cardinia to achieve this rating.
I would like to congratulate the Head of Little Beacons, Vicki Reid and her team for their extensive work to achieve this rating. It also confirms that Little Beacons is a leader in its field and the best choice for parents of children in the early years of education.
What a great start to the new Term at Beaconhills.
Little Beacons opens at Berwick
Silver medal at the Australian All School Championships
Dux with a mission
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Student design chosen for exhibition
Caedlin gives hope for Christmas
Basketball state finalists
Samoan heritage connection through project
We’re a scouting school
Performing arts awards
Let your light shine
3 meaningful ways for alumni to stay connected
Public v private school funding
Reports that tell the whole story
What are your values?
A commitment to Indigenous education
Help shape our school’s future
Why we value chaplaincy
Recent events in Sri Lanka
A message of hope this Easter
Bushfires: thanks for your support
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