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Little Beacons Learning Centre has just ticked off two more benchmarks of the State Government’s Healthy Together Achievement Program.
The centre is now one of only two early childhood services in the Cardinia, Casey and Great Dandenong region to receive the ‘healthy eating and oral health’ and ‘physical activity’ awards. The awards add to the existing ‘sun protection’ benchmark achieved in May.
The program has six benchmarks which services can attain as part of an overall aim of promoting healthy lifestyles and improving places where people live, learn, work and play. The Healthy Together Achievement Program is delivered locally in partnership with Monash and is part of Healthy Together Cardinia Shire.
Tell 150 Year 9 students they have one school term to create something that represents their personal passion and what do you get? Something pretty spectacular.
Beaconhills College’s Personal Best projects went on display this week at the school, impressing the crowds of parents who attended the exhibition and night-time event.
The projects were as diverse as each student’s interests – there was a painstakingly-built model train set, refurbished motorbikes, a vertical garden and herb garden, bedroom renovations and clothing designs. There was a range of ‘dream catchers’, sculptures and even a camouflage ghillie suit.
Hours of work went into each project, with students asked to document every step of the way with initial planning, drawings, photographs and receipts for materials presented in a folio. Successes, failures and challenges were detailed.
Student Tiffany Johnston spent hours creating a stunning photography series, with many of the 61 prints snapped up on the night by eager buyers. Tiffany had decided beforehand to donate all proceeds ($650) to beyondblue.
“I chose to raise money for beyondblue because I felt that it was of relevance to our age group,” she said. “Depression and anxiety is not uncommon in people my age and I felt I wanted to raise money for a cause that would be closer to people’s hearts.”
Graham Broderick, Head of Year 9 at the Pakenham Campus, said the Personal Best project gave students the opportunity to follow through on a personal interest without restrictions – other than the timeframe.
“Personal Best is about self-reflection,” he said. “The folios they create along the way are really the heart and soul of it – because they record the personal journey.”
Many students worked with family or friends on projects, gaining new skills, learning resilience, persistence and time management.
Mr Broderick said the standard of this years’ projects was extremely high.
Tiffany Johnston with her photography
Two Middle School students have earned top accolades in the Rotary Club of Pakenham’s annual Primary School Public Speaking competition on 25 October.
Dhuvaragan Senthuran, Year 6, placed second while Moesha Griffin, also Year 6, earned the Chairman’s Award. Dhuvaragan spoke on the topic of discrimination, while Moesha covered women’s rights.
The pair competed against students from 13 local primary schools. Students chose and researched their own topics.
Teacher Rosemary Jackson-Smith said the competition was a great opportunity for Middle School students to demonstrate their public speaking skills. She said the students were a credit to themselves and the College.
Senior footy win
Walk for Disability
Hoop Time winners
Hello from China!
Award for sporting all-rounder
Year 8s head for the hills
Dancers claim silver
Donations put to good use
Reports that tell the whole story
What are your values?
A commitment to Indigenous education
Help shape our school’s future
Why we value chaplaincy
Recent events in Sri Lanka
A message of hope this Easter
Bushfires: thanks for your support
Boarding residence now open to local students
Order of Australia medal for College Board Chairman
Welcome to a new school year
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