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Learning that Matters
An outstanding effort from Year 9 Pakenham Campus students who this year have raised $5790.20 for the annual Salvos’ Schools Fundraising Challenge.
Students spent part of last term’s City Experience program out on Melbourne’s streets, shaking tins for the Salvos. Beaconhills has taken part in the fundraising challenge for many years and raised thousands of dollars.
Pakenham Campus’ annual Middle School Celebration of Learning is always a feast for the senses and this year was no different.
The vibrant event, which showcases the rich variety of Middle School learning, drew its usual crowd last week of families keen to sample the food, see the costumes and displays of ancient civilisations and enjoy live performances.
Some of student work on display covered themes of Middle Ages, Shakespeare and ancient civilisations, along with artworks, French and Japanese plays and performances from music enrichment classes.
Beaconhills College Berwick dancers have made it through the nationals of the Dance Star and Glee competition after collecting gold, silver and bronze at the state finals.
Secondary large lyrical won gold for the fourth year in a row, with secondary large jazz group also scoring gold for the second year running. Other results were gold in secondary senior solo (Holly Neale), silver in secondary small contemporary, bronze in secondary junior solo (Ruby Thornton-Mackay), gold in ‘glee up tempo’ and gold in ‘glee down tempo’.
Congratulations also to secondary small jazz for fourth, Allie Catrucco (fifth) in secondary junior solo, Teagan Hogben (fifth) in secondary senior solo and Georgia Presutto (sixth) in secondary senior solo.
The dancers are now off to the Gold Coast Convention Centre on 5 August for the national finals. The state competition was held on 16 and 17 June at Ringwood’s George Wood Performing Arts Centre.
Imagine if your child’s report covered more than just academic results. What if it assessed commitment to community service, leadership or environmental stewardship? What if it painted a picture of your child’s personal growth after an outdoor education or overseas experience, through their own reflections?
I believe in a reporting system which gives the whole picture of each student, one that is multidimensional and reflects the learning that really matters to universities and future employers.
In the coming years Beaconhills College will be working towards a much more comprehensive reporting system which will go beyond just traditional ‘grades’. Beaconhills senior students recently completed exams and parents will soon be able to view their reports online to help track their child’s academic progress. However, it’s important to remember that exams are just one measure of the learning they will need beyond the classroom – and into their future lives.
Unforgettable experiences for our Year 10 students currently visiting Jabiru, in the beautiful Kakadu and West Arnhem region of the Northern Territory.
The art camp is giving Beaconhills College students the rare opportunity to meet local indigenous leaders and venture out on country to learn traditional methods of creating art using natural materials.
Acclaimed children’s author Sally Rippin was at the Berwick Campus library recently to launch her new book called The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster.
The book is the first of the Polly and Buster junior fiction series aimed at children aged seven to 10. It’s about a forbidden friendship between a witch and a ‘feelings monster’.
Head of Information Services at Berwick, Carmel Byrne, said Junior School students were excited to be part of the launch, ask questions and have their books autographed. Students also performed a short play written by the author.
As part of the SolarBuddy program, Year 10s due to visit East Timor next month were building solar lights in class today to take to students in the remote regions of Hatolia, where electricity is beyond the reach of many people.
The lights help children do their homework at night and avoid the use of dangerous kerosene lamps.
Student Trent Hutton, who visited East Timor with Beaconhills College last year, thinks the lights would be a welcome donation. He said the long distances the East Timorese children had cover each day on the walk to school meant there was plenty of time to charge the lights on the way.
Beaconhills has teamed up with Australian charity SolarBuddy – which partners with national education not-for-profit organisation Cool Australia – to provide solar lights to children and families in developing countries.
Trent Hutton, Year 10, works on his solar light
Beaconhills has welcomed a new member to its College Board, Janet Aumann.
Ms Aumann is a parent at the school and is the Manager Organisational Development at the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation. She has a keen interest in providing opportunities for all, global learning, and good governance.
“I am really enjoying learning about the roles of the Board and the Governance structure. There are many parallels with my day job and I look forward to enhancing my knowledge in this area,” Ms Aumann said.
Ms Aumann is a current member of the working group ‘Lead and Learn’, which strives to support the professional development and skills of staff across the state in all Victorian public libraries, including the State Library. She has also worked at Melbourne Girls Grammar and Methodist Ladies College.
Portia Hall is only in Year 5 but already showing great promise on the golf course.
The Beaconhills Pakenham Campus student recently won the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Primary Schools golf tournament, hitting 45 off the stick for nine holes and five shots ahead of her nearest competitor.
Earlier this month she also won the Rookie Series at Spring Park Golf Competition with a score of 47.
Portia said she enjoys playing golf with her dad at Sandhurst Club and wants to be a famous golfer one day. She now qualifies for the regional SSV event in mid-November and if she’s successful could make it to the state finals.
Former Beaconhills student and MasterChef guest chef Blayne Bertoncello is a generous supporter of the Vinnies Soup van, which delivers meals to people in need in the local area.
Beaconhills College staff, who regularly volunteer on the van, were at Blayne’s O.MY restaurant in Beaconsfield last night (13 June) to collect pasta donations from the restaurant.
He said bookings at O.MY had jumped since his appearance on MasterChef, screened earlier this month.
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