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Each year Beaconhills students collect a number of VCE Season of Excellence awards, putting them at the top of the State for their work in art, technology and performing arts subjects.
I am delighted to hear that already we have four students confirmed as Season of Excellence awardees – a fantastic result again for our College.
In addition, a number of other students have been shortlisted for awards and we still await news on students due to perform their dance routines in the Top Class awards category.
My congratulations to following students from the Class of 2015 who are confirmed awardees: Kristy Amos (Top Arts) for her portraiture, Nick Karman (Top Designs) for his floorball machine, Alycia Siomos (Top Class) for dance and Alicia Simons (Top Designs) for her photography.
The breadth of talent and creativity in our art and technology departments is incredible. For example, at the Pakenham Campus we have 10 students who scored over 40 in subjects such as Media, Art, Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts. At Berwick Campus we had some outstanding photography and film-making work, as well as dance.
These results reaffirm the College’s strength in the areas of technology, art and performing arts, showing the talent of our students and the dedication of our teaching staff who inspire and guide them to achieve great things. We look forward to more good news in coming weeks.
Artwork by Alicia Simons
Nick Karman with his top design: a floorball machine
The City of Casey has presented Year 11 student Zac V with an Australia Day Study Tour Award.
The Berwick Campus student received the award at a ceremony held on Australia Day at the council chambers.
The council presents the awards each year to 16 year olds nominated by their schools for their interest in politics and community events and issues.
The study tour prize gives winners the chance to experience three levels of government. Zac will spend a half day at a local government evening session, a day in the State Government and four days in Canberra which includes a visit to Parliament House, the High Court and National Gallery.
Zac has been a keen member of public speaking and debating teams during his time at Beaconhills and placed second last year in public speaking at the SEISA Cultural competition. He has an interest in politics but is still weighing it up as a career option.
“I’m not sure I could enjoy being disliked by just under half the population,” he joked, adding that he looked forward to learning more about government during the study tour.
Congratulations to Gemma Roadnight (Class of 2015) who earned a $300 award for her outstanding work in her VCE commerce subjects.
Noble Park business ZJL Partners presented Gemma with the award at the Senior School Presentation morning at Berwick Campus late last year.
Gemma scored 88 per cent overall in her coursework across Units 3 and 4 in Accounting and 89 per cent in Business Management, finishing top of her class.
She is pictured below (centre) with her teacher and Head of Senior Commerce Rodney Gonsalves and Principal Accountant from ZJL Partners Peter Locandro, who presented her with the cheque.
At Beaconhills we work hard to make the transition between year levels as seamless as possible for our students.
Nevertheless, whether students are moving from the early years at Little Beacons to Prep, or graduating from Year 12 to tertiary studies, it can be a little daunting.
No matter what our age, it’s always hard to leave our comfort zone, where we have structure, stability and familiarity. Change can be uncomfortable!
Of course the flipside is that change can bring rewards by giving us new challenges and experiences – exciting possibilities we may not have even considered.
At the end of each year, our students take part in ‘headstart’ programs which introduce them to the coursework for the following year, hopefully inspiring their confidence and interest in what’s ahead.
I hope Beaconhills students are enjoying their holidays and looking forward to crossing the bridge to new horizons in 2016.
School holidays can drag if parents are working but young Beaconhills College students found plenty to interest them during art classes at the Pakenham Campus during the month of December.
Prep to Year 6 students took part in half-day art and activity classes in the Junior School art room, featuring a range of art, crafts and games.
Teachers Angela Powell and Rebecca Driscoll said the program was a great success. The College is considering running other in-house holiday programs in the future.
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