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Learning that Matters
Mark Twain once quipped that he could live for two months on a good compliment.
As well as compliments, it’s very important that our students’ accomplishments earn more formal recognition. When they have worked hard, they should know that their achievements are valued and recognised, by the College and the wider community.
I’m delighted that already we have five students shortlisted for the annual VCE Season of Excellence awards run by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
Congratulations to Berwick Campus students listed so far: Kelly Jones (Top Designs – Media), Ruby Lang (Top Arts) and Victor Benko (Top Designs – Systems). Pakenham Campus students Tom Algie (Top Designs – Systems) and Tess Wilkens (Top Art) are also on the shortlist. Congratulations.
Beaconhills is no stranger to VCE awards. Since our inception we have well over 100 students who have achieved Season of Excellence awards, Premier’s awards and perfect study scores. It’s a fine record.
The College also recognises achievements in a variety of other ways and across all year levels, whether it is in academic assemblies, in events such as our recent art and technology exhibitions, dance concerts or through our College marketing.
Tess Wilkens with her book
Kelly Jones’ art
Ruby Lang’s lantern
Tom Algie designed an ‘exoskeleton’ in Systems Engineering
Victor Benko’s Systems Engineering project
Beaconhills College student Tom Collard has earned entry to the prestigious University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.
The program is named after Professor Kwong Lee Dow, the university’s former Vice-Chancellor. It aims to nurture high-achieving students with qualities of leadership, engagement and involvement.
Tom’s Year 11 subjects next year include Japanese, Mathematical Methods, English, Biology, Physics and Physical Education and he hopes to study criminology when he joins the university in 2019.
He said he was “very excited” when he heard news he was accepted into the program.
A keen football player with Narre Warren, Tom was part of the Beaconhills Hillary Challenge (outdoor team competition) this year but broke his leg just before the finals during a semi-final football match.
He said football umpiring is also one of his passions, with his dad and sister Jaimie – a former Beaconhills student – also keen football umpires. Jaimie is in the Female Umpire Academy with the AFL and is studying paramedicine at the University of Melbourne.
Year 11 student Emma Steele has made it to the Under 18 Australian ice hockey team and will travel to Denmark and Spain in January 2017 to compete in the IIHF World Championships.
It is a dream come true for the Beaconhills College Pakenham Campus student, who was also selected for the Melbourne Ice women’s hockey team.
She is one of just a handful of Australian females to reach this level in the sport. Her story is even more extraordinary because she only began playing just over two years ago.
A thrilled Emma said she cried when she heard the news. Her journey to the top of the sport has involved a huge amount of hard work – and sacrifice.
“I had to give up a lot of things like parties, hanging out with my friends and most importantly, sleep, and it was a very overwhelming feeling when they said I made the team,” she said.
When Emma first enquired about playing ice-hockey, she was told it would take at least two years to gain enough skills to qualify for a team. It took her just two months.
Good ice-hockey genetics may have helped. Her great-grandfather William (Bill) Gash was a player with ‘The Pirates’, an Ice Hockey Victoria team. She still has his ice-hockey stick.
The forward player will now have a busy schedule preparing for the international competition.
“I can’t thank my parents enough for always believing in me and pushing me to be better and I’m always thankful to my coaches for putting in the hard work to train me.
“I’m not a big believer in miracles, but it’s a miracle I found hockey.”
I was interested to learn the other day that many students had no idea that teachers have continually-monitored police checks as part of their requirements for teacher registration.
Beaconhills College, along with schools and organisations across Victoria, is now implementing new Child Safe standards which embed a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse.
While police checks for teachers is not a new initiative, there are many new, rigorous requirements under the Child Safe Standards which are aimed at ensuring the care, safety and wellbeing of students in Victorian schools.
For example, did you know that:
• We have a child protection policy in place that clearly outlines what the College expects from all of its staff
• All suppliers and volunteers must undergo an induction program and have a WWC (Working With Children) check – this includes basketball and netball coaches, parents providing support in the classroom, library, College Shop and those working with the equestrian or HPV teams
• We have trained Child Safe officers at both campuses who will respond swiftly in the event of reported case of child abuse
• Appropriate information about the new standards will be made available to students next year
Of course our Wellbeing Committee WELL-COM, will continue to work on implementing the new Child Safe Standards to ensure we maintain the best practice possible in this area.
Four Beaconhills sporting teams were dominant in the recent South Eastern Independent Schools Association finals. Fantastic effort to the Berwick Campus boys’ cricket A team – premiers for the third year in a row! And Pakenham Campus girls’ softball, boys’ tennis and boys’ basketball were also winners.
Year 9 Berwick Campus students had the chance to be forensic scientists for the day during a recent excursion to Monash University science laboratories. Forensic Science is one of the Year 9 electives.
They analysed blood, took fingerprints, ran a DNA profile and even investigated splatter patterns of blood.
Students Anastasia C and Yash P said it was fun meeting other students, applying all the knowledge from the classroom in a real laboratory and using the high-tech equipment.
Yash (left) and Anastasia were forensic scientists for a day
Remembrance Day services at both Beaconhills College campuses on Friday 11 November paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed during times of war and on peacekeeping operations.
Berwick Campus students presented two young veterans, Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Rout and Able Seamen Anita Hogan with a hand-made quilt as part of the Quilts of Valour initiative.
Teacher Helen Comport leads the Quilts of Valour initiative, which over the years has seen hundreds of quilts presented to returned servicemen and servicewomen to provide comfort and healing.
Ms Comport said students started sewing last year and, along with teacher Mary Gast, had worked hard to create the many blocks of the large quilt presented to the veterans.
She congratulated students Jaida W, Anitshka W, Isabelle C, Jordyn C, Chloe M, Talia A, Nandana S, Lily B, Stewart H, Flynn W, Aislin S, Aditi R and Shelby H. These students all contributed blocks to make the quilt.
At the Junior and Middle School service at Pakenham, students were reminded of the history of Armistice Day and heard the story of Bill Lorimer, a Gallipoli veteran, great-grandfather of four Beaconhills students and father of Richard Lorimer – one of the College’s original steering committee and Board members.
The Melbourne Memorial Service for Fred Hyde, AM, who passed away last week aged 96, will be held on Wednesday 7 December, 11am at St Michael’s Church at 120 Collins Street.
All welcome to the service, but please RSVP by 30 November to email@example.com or 1300 731 916 for catering purposes.
Beaconhills College has had a long association with Fred and his charity organisation COID (Co-operation in Development), which builds schools and kindergartens on Bhola Island, Bangladesh.
Beaconhills College is hoping to once again make Christmas a little brighter for local families in need with its annual Empty Christmas Tree Appeal.
Each year the College calls for gift donations of books, toys and toiletries to place under trees at the Pakenham and Berwick campuses.
Berwick Campus donations will support community services organisation Windermere. You can bring presents (for age groups 5-7 years, 8-10 years or 10-12 years) to the reception or to the Carol Service.
Pakenham Campus gifts for ages 0-14, 5-7, 8-10, 10-13 and 13-16 should be delivered to Little Beacons Learning Centre, the Junior School or the main reception. The campus will support local charity 4Cs.
It would be appreciated each gift was wrapped and includes a note on the outside indicating the gender and age level it suits.
Zach R, Year 4, had the first gift ready this week for the Berwick Campus tree
Fred in Bangladesh
I would like to pay tribute to a truly great man, Fred Hyde, AM, who passed away peacefully this week at the age of 96.
Beaconhills College has had a long association with Fred and his charity organisation COID (Co-operation in Development), which builds schools and kindergartens in one of the poorest and remote areas of Bangladesh.
This extraordinary man first visited our College in 1994 and, since then, we have worked with CO-ID to support its work in Bhola Island, Bangladesh. Our collections through the eight House church services, the annual Run for Bangladesh and fundraising through Little Beacons has helped build two schools and a kindergarten in the region. This support will continue into the future.
Fred last visited Beaconhills in 2010 where he met with students and celebrated his 90th birthday. His warmth and ability to connect with students and their respect and admiration for him was evident to all during that wonderful time.
And of course six of our students, accompanied by teachers Mark Tory and Yvonne Ashmore, were lucky enough to visit Bangladesh in 2012 to see first-hand Fred’s success in improving educational opportunities for children on Bhola Island.
Our College archivist/historian John Waterhouse knew Fred well and continues to serve on the CO-ID committee. Here are his reflections on Fred’s passing:
“It is hard to speak of Fred in the past tense, but he was one of Australia’s greatest fighters. He fought throughout almost the whole of World War II, in the Kokoda Trail and in the Middle East, and as soon as he had accumulated enough wealth to live out his life, he turned to fighting poverty. He spent almost 40 years, from the age of 57, working in India and Bangladesh, in the latter setting up a network of 41 schools in some of the most impoverished parts of the world…mud islands that Australians would consider almost uninhabitable. He lived hard: sleeping under the stars, out in the open during cyclones, no hot water, no electricity, no telephone, and eating the same meagre meals as the people around him. He set up one of the nation’s largest educational charities with one of the smallest annual budgets, and the impact of ‘Fred’s way of doing things’ will be felt for many years to come. Not just one of Australia’s greats, but one of the planet’s special people.”
John Waterhouse and I will attend Fred Hyde’s funeral in his home town of Warwick, Queensland on Thursday 17 November. Plans for a memorial service on an upcoming weekend are underway with times and dates yet to be advised.
Meantime, if you wish to donate to CO-ID you can do so here.
Rest in peace, Fred. A great man. A great life.
Beaconhills’ initial fundraising committee for Bangladesh in 1995
Fred’s 90th birthday celebrations at the College in 2010
Children in Bhola Island during our students’ 2012 visit
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