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Learning that Matters
Students from across the middle and senior schools of our College recently travelled to St Margaret, to debate current issues with inter-school peers.
Year 7 students Ruby, Keturah and Arlene competed in the D grade competition, which is at a Year 9 level. They were given the topic ‘employers should support a 4 day working week’ and showed some great creative thinking under pressure. A special mention to Ruby who was awarded best speaker.
Year 10 students Holly, Jaime and Jack (supported by Joel), represented the College in C grade, debating the topic ‘home schooling should be banned’. Jaime was awarded best speaker.
Though both teams lost their debates, they showed great teamwork skills and worked extremely well under pressure.
Former Berwick Campus student Matt Mettes, from company Digital Medium, snapped this amazing drone photo of our Pakenham Campus on Tuesday 26 June.
Matt had spotted a photo of the campus taken in 1994 and decided to send his drone up to take the shot from the same angle. The photograph shows the incredible development of the campus over those 24 years.
Matt graduated from Beaconhills College in 2009.
Pakenham Campus in 1994
Pakenham Campus in 2018
Year 9 Berwick Campus student Jacob Laver will represent Victoria during July and August in the Australian National Ice Hockey Championships.
Jacob, who began skating at the age of nine, learned he would play in both the under 18 and under 15 teams.
He has also ready represented Victoria in the under 13 and under 15 teams and played in Canada during 2017/18 for Sylvan Lake in the Central Alberta Hockey League.
Jacob said he would love to play another season in Canada and hopes to make the national team one day. He said was a “great honour” to represent Victoria at the upcoming national championships, and believed the team was very strong.
Learning mindset. It’s a phrase that will be prominent when Beaconhills parents read their child’s reports on Tuesday.
What it a learning mindset? As well as percentage marks for their semester’s work, why are students assessed on whether they are adaptive, responsible, focused, knowledgeable, collaborative and reflective? What does it all mean? What’s wrong with the good old A to F grades?
Put simply, the learning mindset is a framework designed to encourage our students to think of themselves as learners. As the nature of work in the future continues to change our students will need to not just ‘know stuff’ but have the approaches and mindsets that allow them to be continually skilled learners.
Unfortunately, the grade can be for our students the singular defining judgement of themselves as learners, leading them to creating fixed mindsets about what they believe are their capabilities. This can lead to our students not reflecting on what aspects that they can improve on the way they learn instead of what they have achieved.
At Beaconhills, we want our students to:
Thinking is the cornerstone of learning. And learning is the cornerstone of achievement. The more we encourage our students to think about their learning will lead to them develop themselves as learners and consequently improve their learning outcomes.
I hope you all have an enjoyable school holiday and we look forward to our students returning in the new term.
This blog was written by Stephen McGinley, who is Beaconhills College’s Deputy Headmaster. Headmaster Tony Sheumack has been on long service leave during term 2.
The first sod of earth is now turned on the site of the new Little Beacons centre, which will be built at the top end of the Berwick Campus near Year 9.
Little Beacons Berwick will open in semester 2, 2019, and is an ‘integrated children’s services centre’. It will have 48 places for children aged six months to three years, 88 places in Early Learning (three to five years), before and after school and vacation care, two maternal and child health rooms and two consulting rooms for services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and family support services.
The model is based on the College’s successful ‘excellent’ rated centre at Pakenham, with a focus on a collaborative, community approach.
A group of Year 8 students from across both campuses of the College are having the time of their lives, on study tour in New Caledonia.
Students are taking this opportunity to practice their French, interacting with locals in everyday situations.
Exciting news for our Year 12 Performing Arts scholar Samuel Loomes who was invited last week to play keyboard in his first professional show, Bring It On: The Musical.
Samuel, from the Berwick Campus, received a last minute call from Daniele Buatti, Musical Director of the show, to play that same night. He did such a great job that he was invited to join the band until the close of show this weekend at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre.
Samuel said he was “absolutely thrilled” at the invitation.
“I couldn’t believe it was happening,” he said. “After playing piano in amateur musicals for less than two years, it was a dream come true. I have loved the show so far and I hope it is the first of many!
He said he couldn’t have done it without the continuous support of piano teacher Dean Moore. Tickets for the show are on sale through Ticketek.
Some fantastic shots have come through of the diverse and entertaining acts from the Berwick campus Autumn Concert, held in May.
Well done to all of the staff and students involved, who put on a wonderful show for our community.
There’s much more to our teachers and staff than meets the eye. The hidden artistic talents of our Berwick Campus staff are now revealed in the Beaconhills College’s inaugural Staff Art Exhibition, on display at the Berwick Campus.
Students and staff will have the chance to see the variety of works in the Visual Arts centre until the end of term. They range from quilts to cupcakes, tapestry, paintings and digital images.
No, it’s a not a new form of student punishment, but rather a great way to improve initiative and teamwork skills! Pictured are members of the College Cadet Unit tackling the ‘Gilwell Gauntlet’ during the Cadets’ Annual Bivouac held recently at Gilwell Park in Gembrook.
Videos for Change winners
A big camp for Little Beacons
Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships
We are now an eSmart school
Harmony Club means no-one has to play alone
Brain Food: What to Eat When Revising
Vale Snr Antonio
Tribute to our teachers
Importance of Child Safe legislation
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
Vale Nigel Creese, AM
Roger Lord awarded Life Membership
New school funding model a cause for concern
Parent input benefits BeaconNet
Welcome to term 3
Tony talks Beacon Explorers
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