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Pakenham Campus now has the second best junior boys’ netball team in Victoria.
The junior boys’ team was runners-up in the finals of the Victorian All Schools Netball Championships held on Friday 26 August.
Coach Fiona Scarborough said it was an outstanding achievement for the team, comprising players Ethan A, Dakota D, Corbin B, Bailey C, Benjamin C, Jasper H, Luke L, Jy M, Joseph N, Aidan P and Liam W.
“This was a brilliant result,” Ms Scarborough said. “The boys proudly conducted themselves on the day and learnt so much as they developed their skills throughout the tournament.”
Year 11 Beaconhills College student Joshua Hall is set to take his hockey umpiring skills to the next level.
Joshua was delighted to be chosen to umpire the grand final of the School Sport Australia (SSA) girls’ under 16 national championships earlier this month.
Now Hockey Australia has just selected him to umpire at the under 13 boys’ national championships in Perth in late September.
Joshua has worked hard to achieve his high level in the sport and said the pressure to perform at what was his second SSA event helped him enjoy his umpiring even more.
“All in all, SSA Melbourne was lots of fun,” he said. “I made so many great new friends and I’d be overjoyed if I get selected again next year.”
Joshua was asked to become a leader in the umpiring group and said it gave him the chance to teach other umpires a few new skills.
He is now looking forward to further honing his own skills through the feedback he gets from specialist Hockey Australia umpire coaches, during the Perth championships.
“I am excited to be spending the 12 days in Perth with some of my best mates, umpiring the game I love,” he said.
He added that he hoped to come back “a more skilled umpire” and could continue to umpire the top levels of Victorian hockey next season.
Joshua umpiring at the recent under 16 girls’ SSA final
Looking for some school holiday action for your children?
Beaconhills College is offering a choice of tennis, basketball, floorball, netball, gymnastics, t-ball or soccer as part of a Multisport Holiday program at Berwick or Pakenham campuses.
The program is available to school-aged children and runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
The Pakenham Campus program is from 19-23 September, while the Berwick Campus program is 26-29 September. The cost is $55 per day and all children are welcome, whether or not they attend the College.
For bookings go to the Beaconhills College Shop, or for queries email Melanie.Thompson@beaconhills.vic.edu.au
A large contingent of Beaconhills College HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) enthusiasts descended on Bendigo last weekend to compete in a nine hour race.
The EEV/HPV event is a warm-up race to the huge RACV Energy Breakthrough race in Maryborough on November 16 and 17. EEV means Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles.
Year 9’s Graham Broderick, who co-ordinates the College program, said that while the school team wouldn’t compete at Maryborough this year, the huge turn-out out of students and parents showed growing enthusiasm in the program.
“We had our four vehicles going, with 24 riders and about 50-60 Beaconhills community members, which was fantastic,” Mr Broderick said.
“The program now has about 40 students from both campuses – it keeps going from strength to strength.”
He said the race ran from 1-10pm, giving the students a chance to test their skills during night-time. The next race will be an eight-hour event on 8 October at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.
The HPVs at the start of the race
Year 6 Berwick Campus student Daniel S was raring to go
Junior School students from Beaconhills College’s Pakenham Campus bid a colourful farewell to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with their own version of the closing ceremony.
Each student dressed in a costume representing their ‘country’ and took part in a class parade starting from the Junior School quadrangle.
Five Beaconhills College teams have won the finals of the SEISA (South Eastern Independent Schools Association) winter competition.
The winning intermediate and senior teams are the girls’ hockey, senior football and intermediate netball B teams (Berwick Campus) and the senior boys’ hockey and intermediate girls’ netball A teams from the Pakenham Campus.
The Berwick senior football team won the competition for the second year running, while the girls’ hockey team dominated, despite never having won a game before this year.
Coach Kendall Edens said the team beat Gippsland Grammar 1-0 and demonstrated some good early-passing skills and teamwork.
“It was a great team effort and nice to beat the team we lost to in the early round game,” he said. “All players should be proud of themselves.”
Pakenham’s intermediate girls’ netball A team beat Berwick Campus 39-20, while the senior boys’ hockey drew 2-2 against Gippsland Grammar but won on penalties. Senior girls’ soccer also drew 1-1 but lost on penalties to Newhaven College.
Berwick’s Years 9-12 girls’ hockey team
Intermediate B girls’ netball team, Berwick Campus
Pakenham’s intermediate girls’ A netball team
Senior boys’ hockey, Pakenham
Unbeatable: senior boys’ football, Berwick
Did you that know that up to 60 per cent of the careers your children may choose in the future don’t even exist right now?
It’s something worth considering, particularly as now is the time our senior students select their subjects for next year, or start thinking about their future pathways.
At Beaconhills, we don’t just prepare students for a course or a job, but try to help them develop skills for life – skills they can transport from one course to another, or one career to the next.
Whether our students become ethicists, drone pilots or environmental scientists, they will apply the Learning That Matters principles from their education at Beaconhills.
The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is always important because it opens doors to tertiary study. Encouraging students to choose subjects that really interest them gives them a better chance of improving their ATAR. However, it’s the diverse range of experiences they enjoy at Beaconhills – the overseas and outdoor education, the public speaking, performing arts, sports participation and community service – that lay the foundations for future success and the capacity to find meaning in life.
Senior students Tess W (left) and Jessica C (right) attended the recent Lux Luceat Society dinner to hear former student Roxy Tamlin share her reflections on life at school and beyond
Two Beaconhills College netball teams have won a place in the finals of the Netball Victoria Schools Championships.
Berwick Campus’ senior girls’ netball team (pictured) were undefeated, while Pakenham’s intermediate girls’ team also finished on top and qualified for the finals. Pakenham’s junior boys’ team also played well, placing second and narrowly missing a finals qualification.
The state netball title finals are on Thursday 8 September at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
The winning Berwick senior girls’ netball team
I am delighted to announce that we now have a new sister school – Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago, USA.
Plans are currently underway for a reciprocal exchange program between our two schools. In April 2017 a group of around 18 students from Walter Payton will visit us for the first time.
We will offer the chance for our Year 10 or 11 students from Berwick or Pakenham Campus to visit the Chicago school in November or December 2017.
We recently had a visit from Katie Gallegos, the Global Connections Chair in Walter Payton’s world language department. Katie met with College staff members Yvonne Ashmore (Pakenham Campus) and Nick Zomer (Berwick Campus) who will be co-ordinating the program on behalf of Beaconhills.
In both Australia and the USA, the visits will have a focus on service and culture – for example learning about Indigenous American culture. More details will be announced in the future when we finalise the program.
The addition of Walter Payton College to our global programs brings our total number of sister schools to five, including the Laval school in France, Linden Hall and Ibaraki in Japan and Suining in China.
(L-r) Yvonne Ashmore, Sam Maddock (Beaconhills), Katie Gallegos (Walter Payton College) and Nick Zomer (Beaconhills) exchanged school gifts on the visit
Beaconhills College will join schools and organisations across Victoria to implement new Child Safe Standards mandated by the Victorian Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
The standards build on existing requirements for schools to ensure the care, safety and wellbeing of students. They move to embed a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse.
Every school must submit a Statement of Compliance by today (10 August) showing each stage of implementation and an action plan where further work is needed.
Headmaster Tony Sheumack said the school had already briefed staff and College Board members on the new requirements and had submitted its compliance statement.
“We have explained that these new standards are an opportunity to build on the policies and procedures that we presently employ – to ensure students are safe and well cared-for in our community,” Mr Sheumack said.
He said that the College already has – and will continue to develop – ‘best practice’ standards.
“However, the new standards are an opportunity to review many aspects of our policies and procedures to ensure our child protection program meets and exceeds industry standards,” Mr Sheumack said.
The new standards fall into seven categories, covering issues such as screening, supervision and training of staff, processes for responding to and reporting abuse and strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
The Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, said: “This is an important step in ensuring all organisations that deal with children can better prevent and respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct.”
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