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Learning that Matters
Last year our sister school in Laval, France celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Now the school, Immaculée Conception, has published a 150-page book on the school’s rich history. One chapter is dedicated to the Beaconhills exchange program, which began in 1999.
In the book, Head of the school, Loïc Bouillée, writes that the exchange program started because Immaculée Conception wanted its students to appreciate other cultures and “surpass the French way of thinking, insufficient for entering world professional space.”
He described the eight host students welcoming the Beaconhills visitors, and our students touring Angers castle and the castle of Saumur, Notre Dame cathedral of Poitiers and Futuroscope.
“Paris would be their ultimate place to visit before returning to Australia,” he wrote in the book.
“France (was) full of surprises for them: there are no old stones and old castles in Australia, the French school rhythm and seven hours school day frighten(ed) them.. the use of space is totally different in France from Australia. “
On February 18, a new group of Laval students will return to Beaconhills to stay with host families and experience life and study in Australia. Head of French, Pakenham Campus, Yelena Pinchuk will present a copy of the book to the College during an assembly at the time.
Immaculée Conception in Laval, France
Congratulations to Beaconhills’ Year 8 athlete Rhianna Clemow who has taken the Under 13 State Champion title at the Little Athletics Victoria State Multi Championships held in Bendigo from 28-29 January.
Rhianna competed in five disciplines in the pentathlon event; 100m, 800m, 80m hurdles, long jump and shot put, with each event scored on the time/distance achieved.
This is the second time she has won the event. In December last year, she was also a member of two medal-winning teams (a gold and bronze medal) at Little Athletics Victoria State Relay Championships. An outstanding effort!
A stunning paper lantern made from 1000 hand-cut paper pieces is among the projects which have earned three Beaconhills College students VCE Season of Excellence awards.
The annual awards recognise the most creative VCE students, showcased in subjects ranging from design and technology to the visual and performing arts.
This year Beaconhills had three awardees who now proudly claim the title of best-in-the-state in their subjects – Studio Arts, Systems Engineering and Dance.
Berwick Campus student Ruby Lang’s Top Arts award was for an enormous, white paper lantern based on the theme of ‘connection’. Ruby spent six weeks painstakingly cutting the 1000 pieces of paper needed for the project.
Berwick’s Holly Neale (now in Year 12) earned a Top Class award for Dance. Her subject score was 49, placing her second in the state. Another Berwick Dance student, Michala D’Elia, was also in the top six in Victoria.
And Tom Algie, from the Pakenham Campus, made it into Top Designs with his ‘exoskeleton’ that he built in Systems Engineering.
Holly will perform in Top Class at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank on 23 February. The Top Arts exhibition will run at The Ian Potter Centre at NGV Australia from 24 March to 16 July, while Top Designs will open at the Melbourne Museum on 17 March and run until 16 July.
Ruby Lang and her lantern
Dancer Holly Neale
Tom Algie’s ‘exoskeleton’
A warm welcome to our students in Prep, Years 5, 7 and 12 who start school today, with the remaining year levels back tomorrow.
You will notice some changes in the College that happened over the summer break. Prep and Year 1 students will enjoy new classrooms at the Berwick Campus Junior School, while both campuses have new audio-visual equipment in Junior and some Senior School areas, along with the Little Beacons Learning Centre. We have upgraded our College Wi-Fi and, of course, there are major improvements to our two canteens and food services.
Staff have been busy preparing for the new year and attended an all-College staff day on Friday 27 January. I am proud to announce that staff donated generously to the offertory that day to support those affected by the recent tragic incident in Bourke Street Mall. We raised $1858, which I believe was the most money ever received in a staff collection. Well done.
I hope you have a wonderful year at Beaconhills College.
Our College chaplaincy team on staff day
Little Beacons opens at Berwick
Silver medal at the Australian All School Championships
Dux with a mission
Choice and diversity the secret to VCE success at Beaconhills
Student design chosen for exhibition
Caedlin gives hope for Christmas
Basketball state finalists
Samoan heritage connection through project
We’re a scouting school
Performing arts awards
Let your light shine
3 meaningful ways for alumni to stay connected
Public v private school funding
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
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