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Learning that Matters
It’s that time of the year when Beaconhills students get a taste of what lies ahead for their learning in 2017 with our series of ‘headstart’ programs.
For students in early learning, Year 4, Year 8 and 9, it’s an especially important time as they prepare for the transition to a new sub-school.
Parents often query the rationale behind the sub-school structure. Why, for example, do we have Middle School (Year 5-8) rather than the traditional system of primary (Prep-6) and secondary (7-12)?
My simplest answer is that if you think of a child’s development to adulthood, it falls into three stages: children, adolescents and then young adults. Sub-schools – including our Year 9 program which meets the specific needs of this age group – best match these stages.
Our sub-schools are also small enough to provide a community feel within the bigger College, but large enough to offer great educational opportunities.
Middle School students during the Celebration of Learning event
Berwick Campus students were delighted to see their clothing designs on the catwalk during a Year 11 lunchtime fashion show. Watch the video here.
Students studying Product Design and Technology – Fashion have worked hard during their unit called ‘Collaboration’, forming their own company and creating a brief from their company guidelines.
Fellow students were happy to model the finished garments. The designers were Lilly M, Takira W, Aurelia T, Bodhi W and Maisy T with models Sophie M, LeShea P, Gizem B, Angelina R and Thomas B.
A second Beaconhills College student, Molly Wildes, is a finalist in the ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) awards for her media work.
Molly, who is in Year 11 at the Berwick Campus, will find out tomorrow night (26 October) if her photography series Parallel has won at the inaugural ATOM Photo Comp awards night.
Primary and secondary students from Australia and New Zealand can submit a set of three photographs around a theme in the photo competition. This year’s theme is A Sense of Place.
Year 7 student Dylan Beaumont is also a finalist in the 2016 SAE ATOM awards for his ebook BallSports: an interactive guide. He is competing in the tertiary and industry category, with the winner announced on 24 November.
Calling all treasure hunters! Discover your copy of The Toomuc Treasure children’s book, a fascinating local story of 1960s hidden treasure by our College historian John Waterhouse. Illustrated by Pakenham Campus Year 12 student Krisha Saravanan. Ideal Christmas gift for all ages. On sale now for just $20. Order online through the College Shop or collect a copy (correct change appreciated) at the main Berwick and Pakenham Campus receptions, or at Pakenham Junior and Middle School receptions.
Year 11 Beaconhills student Callum Porter is preparing for a second TAC Cup season with Gippsland Power and has his sights firmly focused on an AFL career.
The sports-mad midfielder hopes to follow in the footsteps of Beaconhills alumni Matt Buntine, Tomas Bugg and Brandon White, all now playing in the big league.
With pre-season training about to start, Callum knows Year 12 is going to be a challenging year of combining studies and football. He also has the leadership roles of Sports Captain and Captain of Millett House.
“My goal next year is to be the best I can be to get drafted,” said Callum. He will have to train three nights a week at the Power’s home ground in Morwell, combined with gym sessions, swimming and running.
Not surprisingly, Physical Education is one of his VCE subjects, along with Health and Human Development. Teacher Damien Hanegraaf said Callum was a great student to teach.
“He really enjoys PE and is able to link all of the theoretical content with what he does practically in class and outside of school, which is a really important concept for students who take the subject,” he said.
Many students who studied VCE Physical Education chose courses like Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Human Movement and Health Sciences, Mr Hanegraaf said.
Callum started playing football nine years ago and has good football genetics on his side. Grandparents on both sides played in the AFL – Don Beard for South Melbourne and Rob Porter for Hawthorn. Callum is also a fourth generation Officer footballer, having played for Kangaroos before earning his TAC Cup selection.
2017 will be an exciting year for Callum. Although he said he would have to sacrifice socialising, he was looking forward to the hard work.
Over the years I have taken hundreds of tours of parents interested in a Beaconhills College education. I think it has given me some interesting insights into what really matters to parents.
As well as a caring and supportive environment, there is one theme that always emerges. Opportunity.
‘Opportunities and choice’ is where Beaconhills really shines over its competitors. In the all-important senior years, students can choose from a wide range of subjects – Physical Education, Music, Systems Engineering, Art, Food and Technology and much more. They have the opportunities to follow their passions, setting the groundwork for their future pathways and life-long interests.
Every year some of the outstanding works of our senior students go on display, such as in our recent Visual Arts and Technology exhibitions and on stage in a wide range of musical, dance and drama performances. They are also evident in the huge number of individual and team sporting achievements.
I invite you to join me on one of our weekly tours of the Pakenham or Berwick Campus.
Good news – Maternal and Child Health services are now at Beaconhills College.
Little Beacons Learning Centre will provide this service, through the City of Casey, once a month starting on Monday 24 October. Residents from the City of Casey can access the service by calling the Maternal and Child Health administration number on 9705-5590 to book an appointment.
The spring issue of Beaconhills College’s magazine Lux Luceat is on our website now! Read about some of the innovative ways students across all year levels are learning at Beaconhills, in this flipbook.
Congratulations to Beaconhills Boltz for third place in the School Aerobics Spring Challenge on Saturday 16 October at Geelong.
The Gold Stars team placed ninth and Galaxy team twelfth. A great effort for the Pakenham Junior School teams as it was the first time in the competition.
3D artwork makes Top Arts exhibition
Emergent Art Exhibition
Beaconhills celebrates its highest ATAR in 10 years
Soaking up Solar Power
Bonjour from the French Exchange
Traffic Lights for Toomuc Valley Rd
Car club gives the gift of light
Picnic celebrates health achievement
Hoop Time heroes
The devil’s in the detail
Getting smart about resources
Students on the map
Getting a HeadStart
Wellbeing in action
Importance of Child Safe legislation
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
Vale Nigel Creese, AM
Roger Lord awarded Life Membership
New school funding model a cause for concern
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