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Learning that Matters
Disco fever came to the Berwick Campus last Friday in the form of the annual Junior School Disco.
It was a chance to don the glow-in-the-dark accessories and burn off some energy on the dance floor. A great night had by all.
A Year 3 Beaconhills student has generously decided to donate his birthday money to charity SolarBuddy this year.
Vidusha Kodagoda was promised a big birthday, but after he and his family took part in a SolarBuddy morning at Beaconhills College, Vidusha thought the money ($500) would be better spent to help children living in energy poverty across the world. The funds will now help buy 20 solar lights.
Vidusha said he felt sorry for children who couldn’t afford birthdays and was glad to help.
SolarBuddy lights help children do their homework without using dangerous kerosene lamps. Beaconhills launched the SolarBuddy initiative in the College in 2017 and has held events throughout the year where families and students assemble the lights and write an accompanying ‘letter of kindness’ to the recipients.
All aboard the Beaconhills College tram!
Our Berwick Year 3 artists were thrilled to be invited to view their tram in person today.
The colourful design currently weaving its way around Melbourne for Yarra Trams was collated and submitted by teacher Kyla Whitfield as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
The perennial topic of private versus public school public school funding was back in the media recently. However, reports do not always paint the whole picture of school funding.
It would be easy to assume that some private schools are awash with funding, but it’s important to understand the underlying funding model.
Beaconhills College runs on 50 per cent of government (largely federal, not state) government funding and 50 per cent parent fees. Because 50 per cent of the cost of operating Beaconhills is paid for – after tax – by parents, this is in fact a significant saving per child for the government.
We actually receive a lot less funding from governments per child than our state counterparts. We are not diverting money from government schools, rather providing an alternative education option for parents who choose to pay extra for an independent education.
The total cost of running our school is included in all funding we receive; that means all programs, salary costs, maintenance and grounds works. Funding to state government schools does not cover excursions, some subject levies and other costs. We have also seen in, recent media reports, that government schools need to ask parents to help meet these costs.
Salaries of Beaconhills staff supports 500 people in the local workforce, accounting for more than 70 per cent of our school running costs.
Given the size of our program and the breadth of educational opportunities we offer, Beaconhills College is running efficiently and effectively. It would cost the government – and thereby the taxpayer – significantly more to educate our 3000 students.
An exciting visitor dropped by Beaconhills College yesterday – the real Melbourne Cup!
The Cup, accompanied by Victorian Racing Club officials, was visiting our region as part of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Members of our Equestrian Club and students gathered on the oval to get a close-up view of the iconic golden Cup as it made its way around the school.
Former Beaconhills student and Chemistry PhD candidate Lauren Blakeley (Class of 2012) dropped in to the College recently with a special gift for our science labs.
In case you didn’t know, 2019 is the Year of the Periodic Table and Lauren came armed with a complete set of elements to present to the school.
She has helped Professor Stuart Battern from Monash University to assemble 600 sets to distribute to high schools across the nation. Each set has an authentic sample of each known element (within safety boundaries).
Lauren also took time out to give an interesting presentation on her work to senior students and offer some wise words of advice to those thinking of a career in chemistry.
Lauren pictured with teacher Wendy Prendergast, who was her senior Chemistry teacher during her time at Beaconhills.
Senior science students examine the element samples
To celebrate World Nude Food Day today, we can reveal the winners of our Beaconhills College Junior School Record Book cover competition!
The following two students created a design around the theme of Nude Food. Congratulations to Berwick Campus student Sean Zheng (Prep AJ) for his artwork ‘We are living on one world’ and Kristina Nastoulis (Year 1) from the Pakenham Campus.
In 2020, our Junior Schools will be implementing ‘Nude Food’ initiatives to help cut our waste to landfill.
Tomorrow is World Nude Food Day! So what better timing to share a passion project of Nathan Russo, Beaconhills alumni (Class of ’99) and current classroom teacher.
Meet the Garbage Guts monsters – don’t worry they’re super friendly! These monsters have very particular diets that coincidently align with the different bins around our school (with an extra character to eat soft plastics from REDcycle bins that are found in local supermarkets).
Recycling is one of the simplest ways to minimise negative impacts on the environment, but the effectiveness of recycling programs rely on waste being sorted correctly. That’s why Nathan created Garbage Guts Education! The program aims to teach children in schools how to correctly sort rubbish into the right bins in a way that is fun and educational, and will have a lasting impact for local households and communities.
Congratulations are in order for a number of our students, who were recently recognised for their service to our community with Brad Battin’s Gembrook Community Awards.
Well done to Aaron Sharpe, Zoe Ellis, Chloe Ward, Alysha Hall, Charli Guthrie, Michael Lorne, Phoebe Hird, Shannon Carrigg and Milie Paterson.
“We are lucky to have so many wonderful members in the Gembrook Electorate who selflessly go the extra mile to build a stronger community,” Mr Battin said.
“It was inspiring for all on the night to hear the amazing work each awardee contributes for their community, expecting nothing in return and celebrating their hard work.”
The chance to experience Japanese family and school life with our two Japanese sister schools is an unforgettable opportunity for Beaconhills students.
Sixteen senior students recently returned from their exchange with Ibaraki Christian High School. As well as improving their Japanese language skills, the students took part in classes, learning about traditional hospitality, paper cutting, flower arrangement and cooking.
There were also visits to Taki Falls and the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, a ride on the bullet train to Miyajima, a visit to Hiroshima and the famous Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum and exploration of Kyoto and Tokyo. Student Charlotte Rue described the exchange as one of the most incredible trips of her life.
And Middle School students are currently visiting our other Japanese sister school, Linden Hall.
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