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Learning that Matters
I am saddened to hear of the passing of one of our House patrons, Nigel Creese, AM.
Nigel played a very significant role in the foundation of our College. He not only served as an interim Principal at Beaconhills in 1989 (after retiring as Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar), but first suggested the Latin version ‘Lux Luceat’ of our original school motto, arranged for the creation of a College flag and wrote our school prayer – still used today.
After his term as interim Principal, he served for a further seven years as Deputy-Chairman of the College Board, bringing his vast experience in education to the Board.
Nigel’s support and commitment for Beaconhills and independent education in general was outstanding. He has also been a mentor to me since I took up the position of Headmaster 21 years ago.
Of course earlier this year we also lost another House patron, Rev. John Leaver. Our Founders’ Day service held this week at the Pakenham Campus paid tribute to Rev. Leaver who, like Nigel Creese, was a significant and active supporter of our College.
Nigel Creese was the fourth of eight House patrons who have passed away. Their contributions to our College should never be underestimated.
The funeral service to honour the life of Nigel Creese, AM, will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 251 High Street, Kew, Thursday 6 September at 11am. Donations to the Mental Health Foundation of Australia in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
Year 9 Beaconhills student Elliot Perez has placed third against competitors from across Victoria in last weekend’s Japanese Speech Contest held in Windsor.
Seven students from the College took part in the competition, run by the Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria. Students took part in two categories of individual speech and pair conversation. Teacher Junji Sakamoto said it was challenging for students to speak in another language in front of such a large audience and they did a fantastic job.
The combined campus Beaconhills College team performed well at the Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) Cross Country Championships held at Bundoora Park last week.
Congratulations to Matisse Lazzari (Year 11) for her gold medal and to Thomas Lambe (Year 7), Jack Carroll (Year 9) and Brendon Mirabito (Year 12) for all placing third in their age groups. And to the Year 7 boys for placing second overall!
A gold medal for Matisse Lazzari
The magical production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will hit the stage at the Berwick Campus this Thursday 30 August.
Middle, Year 9 and Senior School students have been rehearsing tirelessly for the past few months to bring the production to the stage.
Come along and enjoy this timeless classic and be part of the adventure. Performances will take place in the Berwick Performing Arts Hall Thursday 30, Friday 31 August 7.30pm, Saturday 1 September 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out! Go to the Beaconhills online College Shop
Parading pirates, Book Balderdash, gumnut baby librarians…Book Week at Beaconhills had everything. Not to mention a burst of brilliant sunshine for today’s character parades!
National Book Week’s theme this year was ‘Find your treasure’, which made the pirate ship playground at the Pakenham Campus the perfect backdrop for some of our literacy-loving landlubbers.
Both Berwick and Pakenham libraries were a hive of activity during the week, with competitions, dress-ups and inspiring visits from authors like James Maloney and Nova Weetman. And of course the highlight of the week was the character parade, held at both campuses.
The importance of good governance of a school cannot be overstated.
Not everyone may realise that the ultimate success or failure of Beaconhills College rests with our Board of Directors. Board members volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the financial health of the College, to steer us through the waters of risk and compliance and determine the policies that define the shape and purpose of the school. They ensure Christian values on which the College was founded are maintained. They don’t take any of these responsibilities lightly.
Last week we paid tribute to Board member Roger Lord, who has just concluded 19 years of dedicated service. Roger was awarded life membership of the College in recognition of his service.
Roger is a quiet achiever. This year marks the end of an amazing track record of involvement with our school, including the education of his own three children at Beaconhills. His financial acumen has been invaluable, helping guide us through the challenges of the Global Financial Crisis and the growth and development of our two campuses. His keen involvement in all aspects of the College was always evident. At so many events, from official openings to exhibitions, displays and performances, Roger would be there, asking questions and taking a genuine interest in students and our educational programs.
A true example of citizenship and service in action. Thank you Roger.
Year 9 Pakenham Campus student Paige Morrison is thrilled to learn she has made the Victorian under 17 softball team.
Paige will represent Victoria in the nationals in Adelaide from September 28 to 1 October.
A member of the Berwick Braves club, Paige took up the sport when she was just nine. She plays mainly infield positions, but said she also enjoyed second base and outfield.
In September last year she was selected for the Victorian state development team. She said she was excited and proud to learn she will play at the nationals: “I felt speechless because it’s always been a goal of mine to compete as a state softball player!”
Paige Morrison, Year 9
Little Beacons is a finalist in the 2018 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards, which recognise Australia’s top early childhood education professionals and services.
HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the finalists were selected for their leadership in creating engaging and inclusive learning environments for children.
“These finalists have shown outstanding leadership in implementing and designing programs that support children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development,” Ms Blakey said.
Little Beacons is among four finalists. The centre was recognised for its Early Explorers program and camp for four to five-year olds, which encourages children to explore the outdoors and learning about Indigenous culture.
The winner will be announced at the awards dinner in Sydney on 21 September.
Visiting academics from Harvard University and Beaconhills corporate partners were able to see our community service program in action first-hand recently.
The group was at Beaconhills for a special presentation from Solar Buddy founder Simon Doble and joined in with students to help build a solar light. Solar Buddy provides lights to children and families in developing countries, to help children do their homework and avoid using dangerous kerosene lamps.
This year the College will donate dozens of lights to Vietnam as part of its Beacon Explorers program along with schools it supports in East Timor.
The team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education have visited Beaconhills a number of times in recent years as part of the Leading Learning that Matters initiative and their research into educational change.
The morning also included a presentation from peace educator Margaret Hepworth, founder of The Gandhi Experiment.
Pictured (l-r) Dr Flossie Chua and Professor David Perkins from Harvard, Kate Anderson from Independent Schools Victoria (ISV)
(L-r) Beaconhills’ corporate partners Beatriz Durango and Javier Alvarez from Consolidated Property Services and Leah Schapel from Campion adopted the Beaconhills College motto of ‘letting their lights shine’.
Little Beacons Learning Centre has once again achieved the highest government rating possible – assessed as ‘exceeding’ in all seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard.
The centre is of just a handful in Victoria to have achieved such a high standard and can now apply again to continue its overall rating of ‘excellent’.
The outstanding achievement was the culmination of months of work for Little Beacons staff and a rigorous assessment process by the Department of Education and Training.
In its summary comments, the Department said the centre demonstrated a strong commitment to continuous improvement across all seven quality areas.
“Critical reflection was a continuous process and included reflection on each individual child and their interactions with families, educators, peers, specialists and the indoor outdoor environments,” the report stated. “Little Beacons also demonstrated meaningful engagement with their families, Beaconhills College, local and global communities.”
A delighted Head of Little Beacons, Vicki Reid, said the outcome was a “huge accolade” for the staff for their hard work and commitment to quality practice.
She also thanked the combined efforts of the College’s larger team to help Little Beacons continue to deliver high quality educational programs.
“We look forward to celebrating this achievement with the teams, the families and especially with the children,” she said.
Dancers claim silver
Donations put to good use
Year 3 Art Tram
Year 9 Market Day
Families switched on to fighting energy poverty
Passing the baton
Welcoming our new therapy dogs
Snow sports development weekend
Strings duo success
630kg of food…and counting
A commitment to Indigenous education
Help shape our school’s future
Why we value chaplaincy
Recent events in Sri Lanka
A message of hope this Easter
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
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