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Five Beaconhills College students have received a prestigious Premier’s Award for excellence in their 2016 VCE subjects.
Each award puts the student in the top one per cent of their subject in Victoria. The awards also pay tribute to principals, teachers and families who play a valuable role in supporting students through their VCE.
The awards were spread across four subject areas, with three of the students completing the subject in Year 11. It is the most Premier’s Awards that Beaconhills College has ever received.
From the Pakenham Campus, Tess Wilkens received a perfect score of 50 for English, while Nicholas Prowse also scored 50 for Systems Engineering.
From the Berwick Campus, all three Premier’s Awards recipients completed their VCE subject in Year 11. Holly Neale’s award for Dance – with a score of 49 – added to a Top Class award she received for Dance earlier this year. Victor Benko achieved a perfect 50 for Systems Engineering while Madison Schenk had the second-top mark in the state (49) for Extended Investigation.
Delighted Headmaster Tony Sheumack congratulated students on their achievements and praised teachers for their dedication in supporting students through their studies.
“To have five awards across such a range of subjects truly reflects the diversity of our subject offerings at Beaconhills College,” Mr Sheumack said. “This is not just excellence in one subject, but in four very different areas of study.”
He said it was also wonderful to see students achieve such strong results in Year 11, before their final year at school.
Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Judith Graley, said the awards were a chance to pause and reflect on a remarkable VCE score.
“I congratulate these high-achieving students and wish them all the very best in their futures, which I’m sure will be bright.”
The students were presented with their awards on Thursday 27 April at a State Government ceremony at the Palladium at Crown in Southbank.
Watch this video where student Madison Schenk talks about the subject Extended Investigation.
Year 8 Beaconhills College student Caitlyn McCormick hopes to compete in the Olympics one day following her bronze medal win in shotput at the Athletics Australia Championships last weekend.
Caity threw 11.51m in her under 13 age group to claim third place. She also placed sixth in discus with a personal best of 36.47m.
On her bronze medal win, Caity said “I just tried to get my technique correct – and the main thing was just to relax.” She thanked her parents and coach Erik for their support.
Students and staff at Beaconhills College today paid tribute to the ANZACs during services at the Berwick and Pakenham Campuses.
The services offered prayers of peace and honoured the members of the Army, Navy and Air Force who gave their lives for their country. Students laid wreaths during the services, which also included renditions of The Last Post – followed by a minute’s silence – and The Rouse.
ANZAC Day tomorrow commemorates 102 years since Australian soldiers landed on the shores of Gallipoli.
“They shall not grow old; as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor do the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget.”
Term 2 has begun and already we are gearing up for the first major performing arts event coming soon to our stage at the Pakenham Campus – The Wizard of Oz.
Tickets are selling fast, so I would encourage everyone to book tickets as soon as possible through our College Shop. I don’t think this show needs much introduction! Our 70 students from Years 5-12 and staff have been working very hard to make this a professional-standard show – with a live orchestra – and I doubt you will be disappointed.
It has been 20 years since the College first performed The Wizard of Oz so it is wonderful to see this musical returning to our stage from 4-6 May.
Also coming up in May is the annual JAM (Just Add Music) festival for our Junior School at Pakenham where students have the opportunity to try out their singing and music performance skills with students from five local schools. And Berwick Campus students will be taking part, along with Pakenham, in the upcoming SEISA Performing Arts Festival which has music, choir and drama performances. A very busy month of May.
Students from our newest sister school in Chicago, USA are heading to Beaconhills College for the start of term 2.
We are delighted to welcome this group of students from Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, who will be staying with Beaconhills host families until 22 April.
When I visited Walter Payton College last year, the students were excited about the prospect of visiting Australia. They put together this short video at the time, which I thought you might enjoy.
Our Year 10 or 11 students from the Berwick and Pakenham Campuses have the opportunity to visit Chicago late in 2017.
Proud Poppi Plumb has won the primary show hunter class and rider at the Victorian Interschool Equestrian Championships at Werribee Park this week.
Poppi, who is Year 5 at Beaconhills College Berwick Campus, now qualifies for a place at the nationals in Toowoomba, Queensland in September.
Berwick Campus student Yash Pednekar has made the Australia Under 16s cricket squad.
Cricket Australia announced the squad recently, following the School Sport Australia 15 and Under Boys’ National Championship held in Queensland.
Yash, who is in Year 10, said he was excited to be part of the 14-player squad. He was one of just two Victorian players chosen.
The keen batsman is now looking forward to playing in the Under 17 National Championships next summer in Brisbane.
Physical Education teacher Adam Wright said Yash’s selection for the squad was “a great achievement.”
“He has worked really hard on his cricket over the last few years and has been the backbone of our school teams’ successes since Year 7,” Mr Wright said.
Yash was part of the winning intermediate boys’ cricket team (Berwick Campus) which won the recent summer SEISA (South Eastern Independent Schools Association) finals.
Eight Beaconhills College Junior School captains and House captains attended a leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 24 February.
Deputy Head of Junior School Matt Newman said the conference was aimed at primary school children and was a workshop-based day. He said the students gained many practical ideas to help them develop in their role as a student leader.
Students who participated were (l-r) Ava Wrench, Olivia Sutton, Isabelle Nicoli, Lauren Azzopardi, Emily Malone, Owen Whitcher, Jack Lawrence and Jack Thompson (not pictured).
Space Camp at the USA’s Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy was something Year 10 Beaconhills College student Phoebe Hird will never forget.
While her friends were heading back to school in February, Phoebe was at the Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, spinning in space on a gravity chair, taking part in leadership tasks, aviation challenges and robotics.
Phoebe was one of the lucky children of Honeywell employees chosen to attend the program with participants from 27 other countries.
Along with picking up her flight suit, Phoebe said a highlight was the ‘simulated missions’, in which each student had a different role.
“I was mission specialist which meant I had to start in the ‘Orbiter’ and, along with the pilot and commander, had to launch from Earth and dock at the International Space Station (ISS),” she said.
That meant following a checklist of specific actions and performing different scientific experiments while on the simulated ISS.
Phoebe said the mission really sparked her imagination and she is now rethinking her plans for a career in marine biology or environmental science.
“The need for people in space in the ISS, in particular scientists, is high and so I would love to be able to contribute to research on environmental science from the ISS,” she said.
“Space camp has allowed me to dream bigger dreams.”
Photos courtesy of Honeywell
Senior students from Beaconhills are nearing the end of their cultural tour of China and have found it nothing short of fascinating.
The students are currently staying with host families at the College’s sister school in Xuzhou, Suining Senior High School.
Berwick Campus Principal Jenny Williams, one of the staff members accompanying students, said the long school day in Suining for senior students – from 6.20am to 10pm – has been a huge adjustment for the Australians.
She said family life also had its challenges but “everyone is so nice and hospitable to us all – we are learning a lot from each other.”
She said while the Chinese students were keen to practise their English, students have learned to communicate in other ways – through facial expressions, pictures, gestures and the translated apps on phones.
The visit has also included many of the famous attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and of course the Great Wall of China.
Students also travelled to Xian to see the ancient Terracotta Warriors, which date back to 210 BC.
The students return to Australia on the morning of Sunday 9 April.
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