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Learning that Matters
Congratulations to Year 11 student Nancy Yan who earned a medallion at this year’s Chinese Writing and Speaking Competition.
The competition was held on Friday 13 October at the University of Melbourne and involved 33 students from 15 schools across Victoria.
The annual event is hosted by CLTAV (Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) and Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Beaconhills College’s Mandarin teacher Yanie Chen attended the competition with Nancy and two other students from the College, Julia Liu and Eason Li.
Thanks to Beaconhills community donations, children in the Orema school near Hatolia in East Timor have a new building ready for the wet season.
When Beaconhills Year 10s visited Orema last term, staff cut the ribbon to officially open two new classrooms and staffroom, but the project was then not quite completed.
College students, staff and families have generously donated through church services, House services and other fundraising events to help build the $30,000 facility.
Head of Beacon Explorers, Sam Maddock, said the new building would give the school capacity to run more classes. Until recently there were 175 children using just three classrooms.
He said Beaconhills’ next goal was to raise $11,000 US to build a new kitchen for the school, using funding from the BeaconMeals initiative.
Beaconhills students have visited and volunteered in East Timor for many years as part of the Beacon Explorers program and the College has been a supporter of schools in the Ermera District, which includes Hatolia, since 2001.
The new classrooms
Head of Beacon Explorers, Sam Maddock, cuts the ribbon during the visit to Orema
More opening celebrations, with Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy and Sam Maddock, Head of Beacon Explorers
It may be just a humble laundry bag, but it has to the power to brighten the lives of Australia’s deployed servicemen and women.
Year 9 student Jessica Layton has sewed 27 laundry bags and a quilt for a voluntary organisation called Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags, as part of her Personal Best project.
The personalised bags are in bright colours instead of the standard military-issue colours, giving a connection to home and a welcome morale boost to Australia’s deployed servicemen and women.
Jessica, from the Pakenham Campus, was excited to be invited to Canberra recently to attend the 6th Annual Aussie Hero Quilts Thank You event at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The founder of Aussie Hero Quilts, Jan-Maree Ball invited Jessica to attend to share her project and present her laundry bags to Defence Force personnel.
Jessica said a highlight of the trip was the chance to speak to officers and tour the Royal Military College Duntroon, which she said was “incredible”.
While Jessica’s mum originally inspired the idea (she also sews for the organisation), Jessica tackled the project with virtually no sewing skills.
“Before I started this project, the only experience I’d had sewing was in Year 7 textiles class, so the initial challenge was learning to sew in a straight line,” she said. “It was also important to make sure that the seam I was sewing was a consistent measurement.”
She began sewing laundry bags while waiting for the quilt fabric to arrive. Each bag took her two to three hours, but her sewing speed increased as she went along.
Jessica was thrilled with the response from the servicemen and women to her laundry bags and the quilt, which was on display during the event.
“It’s a way of letting them know that people other than just their family and friends care about what they’re doing,” she said.
• Jessica’s project is just one of many creations on display at the upcoming Personal Best night at the Pakenham Campus on Thursday 2 November.
Jessica during her visit to Canberra
Beaconhills’ Year 5 aerobics team the Beacon Diamonds scored the bronze medal at the School Aerobics Spring Challenge held in Geelong on the weekend.
Five teams comprising 35 students competed, with all students giving a fantastic performance.
Pakenham Campus Physical Education teacher Renyce McConnell said the Year 3 and 4 teams produced their best routine, while the boys fared extremely well against three national champion teams.
Congratulations to our dazzling Diamonds pictured back row left to right: Amelie Reeves and Kelsie Hopgood. Front row left to right: Sienna O’Connor, Skylar Haynes and Sienna Wood. Absent for photo: Harriet Vella.
The final day today for our Year 12 students is always a mixture of joy and sadness for our students and staff.
It’s the end of a long road of education and the start of an exciting new chapter of their lives.
Next week we will formally farewell our Year 12s from both campuses at their respective Valedictory ceremonies – then, of course, exams begin.
It is lovely to see our second generation Beaconhills students graduate, showing how our College has truly come of age. This year Pakenham Campus student Madeline Anderson graduates.
Madeline’s mother Meagan (nee Burridge) was at Beaconhills from 1986-1991 and was very involved with many aspects of College life including the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. (Meagan and Madeline are in the first picture)
I wish all our departing Year 12s the best for their exams and I thank their dedicated ‘support team’ of parents and teachers as we all celebrate this special day together.
A film by two Year 10 students from the Berwick Campus has made it to the finals of one Australia’s largest short film festivals – the National ACMI ‘Screen-IT’ film competition.
Jake Cawfield and Kai Van Leeuwen’s film A1 will be judged in the Senior Live Action (Year 9-12) section of the festival.
Media teacher Nick Zomer has helped Jake and Kai work on the film during lunchtimes, as a co-curricular activity, and said making the Screen-IT finals was “an incredible reward for effort from these two boys”.
Winners will be announced at a gala event at ACMI in mid-November.
This year ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) received a record-breaking 829 entries from more than 3000 students.
Kai Van Leeuwen (left) and Jake Cawfield
Some of the incredible art, textile, photography and technology work created by Beaconhills College graduating students has been on show this week at both campuses.
Pakenham Campus launched its VCE Visual Arts and Technology exhibition last night, while Berwick Campus held its opening night for the CRE8 exhibition on Tuesday.
Here is a gallery of photos of the some of the works on display.
Beaconhills College’s Head Tennis Coach Mark Stevens recently travelled to China where he gave a presentation at the Shanghai Masters Tennis Conference.
Mr Stevens spoke on the topic of transitions from ground strokes to net play. He’s pictured here (second from right) outside the futuristic Qizhong Tennis Centre, which has a retractable roof featuring eight sliding petal pieces to represent a flowering magnolia.
The annual Little Beacons Learning Centre camp held on the weekend was another huge success.
It was the second year of the camp for the College’s four and five-year-olds, held at Camp Jungai in Rubicon, Victoria.
Little Beacons introduced the pre-schooler camp last year, believed to be an Australian first. This year 39 children took part, travelling to Rubicon in the afternoon and joined by their parents later on for a sleepover.
The Jungai program is based around Indigenous learning and includes activities such as a cultural session and nature trail walk.
Head of Little Beacons, Vicki Reid, said parents loved the opportunity to spend time with their child on camp and connect with other families.
She said due to popular demand, the College is considering extending the camp to two days next year.
The Early Explorers program at the centre is the first step in Beaconhills College’s huge outdoor education and global program – Beacon Explorers. It begins with four year olds and builds to longer and more challenging experiences, including visiting and volunteering in destinations such as East Timor and Vietnam.
Year 11 student Jamie Mita will represent Australia at the World Dressage Challenge event held at Boneo Park next week (16 October).
Jamie, who began competing at the age of five, has already won four state and three national championships. She is a member of the Victorian Young Rider ‘A’ squad and was chosen to represent Victoria earlier this year at the 2017 New Zealand Young Rider Championship.
She also was selected as one of the top three finalists for the role of 2017 Young Dressage Ambassador of the Year. She hopes to represent Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Jamie said while competing in dressage was nerve-wracking, it was also exciting to be able perform in front of an audience and show people her love for the sport.
“I also believe one of the most challenging parts of dressage is to develop the horse’s trust in me as a rider,” she said.
“They are naturally flight animals so to educate them to be active and responsive but still relaxed in a big environment is the biggest challenge.”
Jamie is pictured here on her horse Carabino. She will compete on Carabino and her other horse Westewind in the upcoming event.
Pakenham pumpkins best in show
Bushfire Appeal results
Family fights energy poverty
Call for Homestay hosts
Beaconhills joins National Day of Action
State athletics results
Beaconhills ‘blues’ are bound for Bunyip
Beaconhills Bushfire Appeal
From log to lighthouse
Twenty years of French exchange program
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
Getting a HeadStart
Wellbeing in action
Importance of Child Safe legislation
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
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