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Learning that Matters
Beaconhills College’s Pakenham Junior School has raised a whopping $22,600 to help fight heart disease.
Students from Years Prep-4 have spent six weeks taking part in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart, celebrating Friday 31 May with a major ‘jump off’ day of skipping.
The amount raised makes Beaconhills the second highest fundraising school in Australia and the leading school in Victoria.
Students cheered as Physical Education teacher Renyce McConnell revealed the final tally on Friday, congratulating all families for their generous donations.
Every year, more than 300,000 kids in over 1300 schools take part in Jump Rope for Heart, with the help of more than 500,000 generous sponsors including families, friends and community members.
A phenomenal effort from our star athletes at the 2019 Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) Athletics Carnival.
Improving from our 2018 fifth place result, our combined campus team achieved fourth overall, including first place in the boys’ competition and setting six new individual records.
Berwick Year 7 student Rivinaka Dharmaratne ran 25.86 in the boys’ 13 200m dash, and Year 10 student Caitlyn McCormick achieved 35.72m in the girls’ 16 discus throw.
Pakenham School Captain Matisse Lazzari set 2:25.38 in the girls 18 800m event, and Year 12 student Cameron Debruin broke not one, but two, records with 21.37 in the boys 200m dash. He also ran a blistering 10.80 in the boys’ 100m race – just a fraction of a second off world qualifying time.
Amiru Chandrasena (pictured) broke the boys’ 17 long jump record by almost 70cm, with a jump of 6.93m. This effort saw him named male athlete of the meet.
A fantastic result. Well done to all of our athletes for representing Beaconhills College so admirably.
Beaconhills College now has two Cancer Council research awards funded by proceeds from our Relay for Life campaigns earlier this year.
Both Berwick and Pakenham campuses opted to fund ‘low survival cancers’; these include oesophageal, stomach, brain, lung and liver cancer types.
The news was welcomed by the family of Beaconhills student Callum McLoughlin, who lost his battle with cancer in 2018.
Today Headmaster Tony Sheumack and Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy presented Callum’s family, Kerrie and James, with two Beacon of Hope roses to plant in their garden in Callum’s memory.
It is good to know that that the $47,646 our community raised from Relay for Life will help fund research into a cure for cancers that claim so many lives each year. The Beacon of Hope roses are sold online through our College Shop, with proceeds going to our Relay for Life campaigns and other citizenship and service initiatives.
Beaconhills’ piano and keyboard students are lucky to have a teacher as accomplished as Alex Waite.
A passionate chamber musician, Alex has performed in Europe, Asia and across Australia and taken part in festivals such as Shanghai New Music Week, the Metropolis New Music Festival and Melbourne Festival. He has collaborated with artists such as Silvia Carredu (principal flute of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Peter Hill and Steve Davislim. Recently, Alexdid a residency at the Center for 21st Century Music in Buffalo, New York.
Alex grew up in Gippsland and completed a Bachelor of Music (performance) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2016, he moved to Melbourne to study with Timothy Young at the National Academic of Music, where he completed three years of the Professional Performance Program.
He lists the big composers like Beethoven and Bach as his inspirations, but also enjoys the more contemporary work of György Ligeti and Liza Lim.
Alex finds teaching inspiring, and says it complements his performance work: “The whole process of discovering new music and the exploration of ideas is similar between teaching and performing.”
This week he is in Taiwan to play at the National Concert Hall, as pianist with the ELISION ensemble.
Pakenham student Paige Morrison has just been selected to represent Victoria in the 2020 U18 Women’s State Team in softball.
A fantastic effort, and the result of much hard work and determination – congratulations Paige.
Although returning to some wet and wild weather, our Year 3 students had the time of their lives on camp at Forest Lodge Farm.
During their two night stay, students made damper, went canoeing, and flew to daring heights on the giant swing and flying fox.
Beaconhills College is once again supporting charity FareShare’s annual Feed Melbourne Appeal.
From Monday 27 May to Friday 7 June, we will ask families to donate one item; a packet of short pasta, a tin of tomatoes or a pack of plain flour.
This appeal will help support people struggling to put food on the table this winter. FareShare rescues surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks more than one million free, nutritious meals a year. Our Senior School students have volunteered in the FareShare kitchens to help cook meals.
The meals go to more than 400 charities, including the Vinnies Food Van. Beaconhills College staff members regularly volunteer on the Vinnies Van to help distribute meals in the local area.
FareShare also redistributes large quantities of uncooked food collected from supermarkets, wholesalers and farmers directly to Victorian charities.
Beaconhills parent bulletins will have details this week on how College families can donate.
Our Lux Luceat Society Dinners held at each campus give Senior School students the chance to hear our alumni share their inspirational stories of the paths they have followed since graduation.
A spin-off benefit is the fabulous Lux Luceat Society Dinner menu, whipped up beforehand in our own Food Technology kitchens under the guidance of guest chefs. This week we were delighted to welcome Benjamin Smith, Head Chef at Gembrook’s Forest Edge. Students enjoyed learning to create some Spanish tapas-style dishes.
Beaconhills College is a finalist in this year’s ResourceSmart Schools awards for its outstanding environmental initiatives.
Winners will be announced on 13 June at the MCG with the ABC’s host of War on Waste, Craig Reucassel.
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said the award finalists were “doing their bit to create a better place for future generations to come”.
Beaconhills College was nominated in the ‘Campus Infrastructure and Operations School of the Year’ category. The College’s Sustainability Co-ordinator Jack Donkers (pictured) said he was delighted that the College’s leadership in the area of sustainability has been recognised.
More than 100 Berwick Campus students took part in the annual Autumn Concert held at the Berwick Campus on Wednesday 15 May.
The outstanding showcase of dance, drama and music ranged from band and strings performances through to vocal ensembles and dance presentations by some of the Beaconhills scholars.
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Support for health care workers
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Welcome to 2020
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Reports that tell the whole story
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