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Learning that Matters
A Beaconhills College student has received a prestigious Premier’s Award, achieving the top mark in Victoria for work in one of her subjects.
Yassmine Charafeddine, from the Pakenham Campus, scored 46 in Industry and Enterprise, one of the VCE subjects she completed in 2015.
The Governor of Victoria, The Hon Linda Dessau AM, presented Yassmine with her award at a ceremony on Thursday 28 April at Melbourne’s Palladium at Crown.
The subject involves spending time in work placement and Yassmine worked in the Human Resources Department with Yakult Australia in Dandenong South. She said the experience was invaluable.
She also praised her teacher Ryan Shave for his support during her studies.
“He was a very enthusiastic, friendly and approachable teacher,” she said.
The Premier’s VCE Awards ceremony acknowledges the outstanding results of individual students and pays tribute to principals, teachers and families who play a valuable role in supporting and encouraging students during their VCE studies.
This year there were 312 awards presented to 289 students from 132 schools across Victoria, based on their outstanding 2014 and 2015 VCE study scores.
Yassmine is now studying a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne.
The stage is set for two big productions next month at Beaconhills College.
The College’s Pakenham Campus is gearing up for the colourful musical Hairspray, set in 1960s Baltimore, USA, while Berwick Campus students will perform the musical adaptation of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
The enthusiastic new Performing Arts team at Berwick, led by dance aficionado Stephanie Borrie, is working feverishly on rehearsals with a cast of 120 Year 5-12 students. The ensemble is split into two casts – ‘Knives’ and ‘Forks’.
With a huge musical score, Ms Borrie said the department was lucky to gain the services of new Prep teacher Ryan Jacobs, a highly sought-after musical director in his own right. Drew Downing is the director.
The show will also provide some cross-departmental learning for students.
“Our Junior School and Year 6 students will see one of our shows, as their curriculum is based around musical theatre,” Ms Borrie said. “And Year 9 and 10 French classes will enjoy seeing one of our leads, Chelsea R, doing some of the scenes in French (including ‘Be My Guest’).
“It’s a good example of our Learning that Matters in action.”
At the Pakenham Campus, Music/Drama teacher Jesse Sheahan is directing the Hairspray production, comprising 60 Years 6-12 students in the cast, with others behind the scenes in lighting, sound and stage crew.
The popular production was a Broadway hit and features plenty of fun 1960s-style dance music and ‘downtown’ rhythm and blues.
Rehearsals are busy – trying to put it all together before May, but things are coming together well and the students are really enjoying the music and dance in this show especially,” Mr Sheahan said.
Year 12’s Olivia E, who is playing the lead role of the bubbly ‘Tracy Turnblad’, has been dancing and singing most of her life and has loved being part of College productions each year.
She said Hairspray was challenging as there were many lines to remember but the music was fantastic.
“It’s mainly pop and jazz so it’s really fun to dance and sing to – I think the show will get a lot of interest,” Olivia said.
Hairspray – Thursday 12 May at 7pm, Friday 13 May at 7pm, Saturday 14 May at 1pm and 6pm.
Beauty and the Beast – Thursday 19 May at 7pm, Friday 20 May at 7pm and Saturday 21 May at 1pm and 6pm.
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The annual Beaconhills Board and Staff Evening is a chance to pause and reflect on the wealth of talent, creativity and dedication of our Beaconhills College staff.
The fact we have staff working here for 15, 20 and even 30 years speaks volumes about our school. We foster a culture of strong relationships with employees and that’s a good foundation for a positive learning environment for our students.
This year’s Board and Staff Evening recognised a number of College community members for their service contribution. Congratulations to Andrew Staindl, our Team Leader – Property, for his 30 years of employment at Beaconhills – what an achievement. Also congratulations to teachers Anthony Den Hartog (25 years), Colin Burns (20 years) and Maria Tsiagalos (20 years). Our Board chairman, Noel Martin, was recognised for his 20 years’ service to the College Board of Directors.
This year’s inductee into the Hall of Fame was much-loved Berwick Campus pioneer staff member, Scott McConchie, who tragically passed away in 2014. Friend and colleague Peter Frank gave a very poignant tribute to Scott – the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the Sports Department and the wonderful legacy he left the College.
This year’s event gave us many reasons to be proud of being part of Beaconhills.
Andrew Staindl, pictured with colleague Kerry Gee, celebrates 30 years of service
Board chairman Noel Martin (right) congratulates Anthony Den Hartog for his service to performing arts
Visual Arts teacher Maria Tsiagalos: 20 years
Scott McConchie, who passed away in 2014, pictured here with students in 2009.
Year 12 Beaconhills student Gabrielle Dwyer has been selected to join the 17/U Australian Netball Squad after representing Victoria in the recent nationals in Perth.
Gabrielle, who plays Goal Shooter, said after 20 training sessions and a week of competition in Perth, she was thrilled to learn she was among the top 30 picked for the Australian squad. Her next step is a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in May.
“Hopefully from this I get a VIS (Victorian Institute of Sport) scholarship allowing me to train there twice a week with some of the best girls in Victoria,” she said.
“This is on top of two training sessions a week with a Victorian netball league side and also once a week with my local footy netball club, as well as a game for each.”
Gabrielle said her ultimate aim would be to play a level higher in the Victorian league, make the state team again and – one day- play for Victorian Fury in the Australian league.
Meantime, she is concentrating on Year 12 studies and want to pursue a career in paramedicine. She is also Senior Vice-Captain at the Berwick Campus.
Services at both College campuses this week paid tribute to the ANZACs and members of the Army, Navy and Air Force who gave their lives for their country.
School captains and members of the College’s Cadet Unit helped lead the services. At the Pakenham Campus, students watched a poignant presentation of war images and heard a reading of the famous John McCrae poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
At Berwick Campus, teacher Helen Comport presented Vietnam veteran Ken Earney with a special quilt created as part of the Quilts of Valour program, an organisation with which she has been involved for many years.
This year the College’s ANZAC Day tributes also extended to the Beaconsfield Football Club. Beaconhills student Jackson D (Year 10, Berwick Campus) last year designed a ANZAC tribute footy jumper, pictured below, for his Year 9 Personal Best project.
The club has now had the jumpers produced through the associated leagues South East Football Netball League and South East Juniors to wear each year for ANZAC matches. This weekend all senior team members will wear Jackson’s jumper in their matches against Narre Warren Football Club, along with Jackson’s own Under 17s’ team.
Cameron R salutes during ‘The Last Post’ at the Pakenham service
Teacher Helen Comport (left) and Headmaster Tony Sheumack (right) present Vietnam veteran Ken Earney with his quilt
Jackson’s ANZAC football jumper
Beaconhills’ Under 16 rugby team went into battle for the first time at the 22nd Xavier Sevens Carnival held on 16 April.
The competition was fierce against the likes of Melbourne Grammar, Scotch College, Melbourne High and Haileybury but the Beaconhills team played strongly, particularly given other schools each fielded two teams.
Sevens is a variation of rugby union where teams comprise seven, rather than 15, players and the matches are shorter. Coach Chris Leadbeatter said Sevens had a growing interest in Australia and was now an Olympic sport.
Congratulations to team members William A, Ben C, Michael B, Ushan H, Stephen S, Jarom L, Lachlan T and Andreas T for a great effort on the day.
Jarom L tackles opposition
I believe good education should embrace modern technology.
Some recent media coverage has focused on the negatives of learning technologies in education. One Sydney independent school has banned all devices in the classroom. But it is also important to remember the enormous benefits that technology delivers.
iPads were never intended to replace student and teacher interaction, but to enhance and support students’ learning, enabling them to access information, extend their learning and become good global and local citizens.
Our one-to-one iPad program has allowed our students to access information from around the world and to challenge their ideas against the world’s best.
I recommend an article here by Beaconhills’ Pakenham Campus eLearning Co-ordinator Scott Wallace, which explains the rationale behind our technology program.
Year 4 Beaconhills students were excited to take part in a leadership conference held recently at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Year 4 House Captains and Junior School Captains were chosen to attend. They travelled by train to the conference, accompanied by Berwick Campus Principal Jenny Williams and teacher Matthew Newman.
Mr Newman said the conference was aimed at primary school children and was a workshop-based day. He said the students gained many practical ideas to help them develop in their role as a student leader.
The independent GRIP Leadership organisation runs the conference each year, part of a series across Australia which attract tens of thousands of students.
Welcome back to Term 2 at Beaconhills College.
Term 2 is a long one, with two wonderful major performing arts productions at each campus among the many events in our busy calendar over coming weeks. I hope your term break was a good one.
I would like to thank the staff involved in our inaugural multi-sport holiday program held in the last week of the holidays at the Pakenham Campus. We had about 35 children aged from four to 12 years taking part, and by all reports the program was generally very well received.
The program offered six sports; cricket, football, baseball, tennis, t-ball and gymnastics and made good use of some of the College’s fantastic facilities including our new indoor multi-purpose stadium and the Human Movement Centre.
We will continue to develop this program – which we believe meets a need in our parent community and local area – for good, healthy, school holiday activities. Whether you are a Beaconhills family or not, you are welcome to contact Melanie Thompson on Melanie.Thompson@beaconhills.vic.edu.au to enquire about vacancies for the next program at the end of the term.
I hope students enjoy their first week back at Beaconhills.
Young Beaconhills athletes excelled in the State Track & Field Championships held at Cranbourne’s Casey Fields on 19 and 20 March.
Bailley M placed second in the Under 12 1500m race, while older sister Teneille was fourth in the Under 15 400m and seventh in the 800m. Matisse L ran sixth in both the Under 14 300m hurdles and the 800m run.
In the Under 14 events, Amiru C (pictured) placed fifth in the triple jump and the long jump.
Congratulations also to Rhianna C for a well-deserved second place in the 80m hurdles, followed up with a third in 60m hurdles. Caitlyn Mc also added to the medal tally with a third in shot put. Little Athletics Victoria organises the championships.
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Japanese Speech Contest
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School funding model announced
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