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Learning that Matters
The recent worldwide cyber-attacks are a significant cause for concern in all organisations, including our College.
Our IT department has worked hard to ensure that in the event of a cyber-attack, we have the ability to minimise the damage to our systems.
One area where we need to be vigilant is around our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for Years 9-12 students, as issues such as use of pirated software can jeopardise our College networks.
Here are some helpful tips from our IT department which may be useful to everyone:
• Do not open any emails that look suspicious and particularly be aware that attachments could damage your important data
• Never give your password to anyone
• Keep regular backups of your important data in a safe place, not connected to your computer
• Ensure that your operating system and anti-virus software is updated to the latest version
• Don’t use pirated software, it often contains malicious content that could damage your important data
• A good free anti-virus solution is available here https://home.sophos.com
Prevention is the best cure.
Rice and pasta donations are flowing in as Beaconhills College families help support the Feed Melbourne Appeal’s Rice and Pasta Drive.
Beaconhills has teamed up with Victorian charity FareShare’s Feed Melbourne Appeal to help support people struggling to put food on the table.
Rice and pasta are quick and filling staples found in the average Aussie pantry, but not everyone in Melbourne has access to food all of the time. The Foodbank Australia 2016 Hunger Report and Foodbank Victoria statistics showed one in 10 Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from and one in seven children go to school hungry.
Beaconhills’ Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy thanked families who had already donated and said the campaign would run until the end of May.
Berwick Campus dancers have once again impressed the judges in the preliminary heats of the Dance Star and Glee competition held on 6-7 May.
In group competition, the glee, small lyrical, large lyrical, large jazz and small jazz all progressed through the state championships. Soloists Holly Neale, Ruby Thornton-Mackay, Allie Catrucco, Molly Whytcross, Georgia Presutto and Teagan Hogben also made it through, with Holly recording the highest score of the competition of 95.8 in the senior solos.
The figures are in. Beaconhills College has officially raised $50,613 to help fight cancer, through its two Relay for Life events.
The College’s Head of Citizenship and Service, Clare Tuohy, said it was an outstanding effort from the 466 Beaconhills community members who took part in the events and those who made donations.
“Once again our College community does not just ‘talk the talk’, we ‘walk the walk’,” she said.
“Every member of Beaconhills is so proud of this magnificent outcome and our contribution to finding a cure for cancer.
“Our $50,612 will be a worthy and highly-valued contribution to cancer research undertaken at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.”
To top off the good news, Berwick Campus’ Beacon of Hope team was also the highest fundraiser in the City of Casey.
Year 3 Beaconhills College student Peyton Haines has become the highest fundraiser in the country for the Heart Foundation’s ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ campaign, raising a staggering $2000 to help fight heart disease.
Peyton is one of 100 Pakenham Campus Junior School students helping raise money for the cause through a series of skipping activities. So far the students have raised a total of $9500, the third highest amount of any school in Australia.
While Peyton says she has lost track of how many skips she has done, she was proud of all the donations from her generous family and friends.
Jump Rope for Heart raises money for life-saving heart research and education programs. Beaconhills College Junior School students have been enthusiastic supporters of the campaign and will keep skipping until 7 June.
At this time each year, my series of Headmaster’s lunches give Year 12s a brief chance to pause, reflect and set goals for the future. Some students, of course, are just there for the lunch!
These House group lunches are a chance for me to talk directly with students and also an opportunity for them to ask me questions.
Setting goals is a focus. This year I am giving students a card with the aim of encouraging some self-reflection. They are asked to jot down answers to two questions, ‘what would their success look like?’ and ‘What do they need to do (to achieve this)?’ They can choose to keep this information for their own reference, or share it with others.
I remind students that soon they will no longer be just competing with their schoolmates’ academic results, but those of students across the entire state. While maintaining a healthy balance of study and personal wellbeing is critical, now is also the time to firmly focus on the future.
Beaconhills College’s popular ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ project is putting a smile on the faces of Melbourne pedestrians once again, as Year 9s hit the streets bearing gifts and cards.
Year 9 students take part in the project each year and it has become very popular. It involves students handing out a simple gift, flower or even a poem to a stranger – just to spread some joy and positivity. ‘Citizenship and Service’ is one of the pillars of learning at Beaconhills College.
Year 9 staff have received a number of letters in recent days from delighted recipients.
One writer said she was delighted to receive a red rose from a student while working in the city.
“After the week I had been having, this was a joyous, spontaneous surprise and I cannot put into words the feelings I had the moment the young man handed me the rose with such confidence, respect and pride,” she said.
A teacher, in a letter he sent today (2 May), said he was amazed to see Beaconhills students donate a new pair of gloves to a homeless man in Elizabeth Street.
“My hat goes off to your school for encouraging such humbleness in your students,” he said.
Another couple praised the College for the initiative and said receiving a simple card reading “I hope this makes your Friday a lot better’ was a ‘feel good moment’ for them.
Year 10 Beaconhills student Jake Cawfield’s debut film Mum’s Chores has won the Green Foot Flicks film festival (under 15 section) run by the City of Knox. The Mayor of Knox presented him with his trophy and a cheque for $300. Mum’s Chores was also shortlisted earlier this year in Tropfest’s junior short film competition. Jake – from the Berwick Campus – is pictured here with his step-mum and dad after the ceremony. Congratulations Jake!
You can now view Jake’s film here on Youtube
Home away from home for international students
Callum’s top talk
Art student to help curate exhibition
Academic excellence across the board at Beaconhills
Donation of hope to the Monash Health Foundation
Aboriginal artefacts donation
Valedictory for the Class of 2020
College families give hope for Christmas
Congratulations Revd Mildred
Annual Dance Concert goes digital
Lesson on human right from Holocaust survivor for Year 9 students
Lockdown spurs on creativity in Personal Best
Get set for the new Community Arts and Recreation Centre
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World Teachers’ Day
7 key questions to ask when choosing a school
The importance of regular school attendance
Combatting racism starts with education
Get ready for a return to school
Supporting our community through crisis
Term 2, with a difference
Online Learning to continue into term 2
Support for health care workers
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