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Learning that Matters
Welcome back to all of our Beaconhills students. I hope you are rested and ready for another wonderful year of learning. Welcome also to our families, and to those of you who are new to our College.
Learning is a privilege. As hard as it is to believe, in some countries it can even mean the difference between life and death. We recently received a communication from the charity we support in Bangladesh, Fred Hyde’s Co-operation in Development (COID). COID has built a network of 45 schools in the low lying delta island of Bhola.
COID’s relatively tiny budget – about equal to the salaries of four Australian teachers – gives full time free education to 13,600 children and employs 168 staff. Just one dollar sustains a Bangladeshi child’s education for a fortnight – teacher salaries, books and stationery costs.
COID is not only a ‘beacon of hope’, but as the organisation points out, it literally helps save lives in a country where children and adults can easily mistake ‘poison’ for ‘medicine’ due to their illiteracy.
I am proud that Beaconhills College can help make a difference in countries such as Bangladesh, as well as East Timor and Vietnam through our service to community – one of the six pillars of our Learning that Matters.
I hope your learning at Beaconhills this year is interesting, engaging and inspiring. Learning is a privilege and you are one of the lucky ones. Enjoy 2016.
Students at a COID school on Bhola Island, Bangladesh
Beaconhills College is delighted to welcome former professional tennis player Maria Bailey (nee Purcell) to the College’s tennis program.
Maria brings a wealth of experience to the coaching role as an accomplished tennis player, psychologist and mother of six.
She holds a degree in Bachelor of Education (secondary), majoring in Physical Education and Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and is a registered psychologist. She has researched the importance of motor development in children’s cognitive development and academic performance and published peer reviewed journal articles on physical activity and mental health.
A former elite athlete, Maria has played on the international tennis tour, was State number one junior and Australian national representative (both Junior and Masters level). She played American College tennis at Oklahoma State University.
A Tennis Australia Development Coach, Maria has worked in sports administration and coached in clubs and schools. She has a particular interest in ‘mindfulness training’ and is passionate about educating and guiding students to attain their full potential.
“As a mother of six, I encourage tennis participation for families to enhance health, wellbeing and promote quality family time – as well as striving for optimal personal performance,” she said.
“I am delighted to be involved with the tennis program at Beaconhills College.”
Maria will be based at the Pakenham Campus on Mondays (including lunchtime sessions), coach in after school programs and work with the College’s Tennis School of Excellence students to support their performance and wellbeing.
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Students a shining light for local community
Japanese exchange trips
4Cs to close
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Sam sails through French competition
Green gifts from down under
We want change!
Public v private school funding
Reports that tell the whole story
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Boarding residence now open to local students
Order of Australia medal for College Board Chairman
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