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Beaconhills College VCE students have produced some spectacular 2020 VCE results, including a perfect 99.95 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for College Dux Sam Sail.
Sam, a Pakenham Campus student, recorded perfect scores of 50 in French and Mathematical Methods, 47 for English and 44 for Specialist Mathematics, along with his 2019 score of 50 in Physics.
Berwick Campus Dux was Jaime Watts with 98.25. Jaime scored 39 for French, 38 for Literature, 40 for Media and 42 in Theatre Studies and Psychology to add to her 48 for Extended Investigation in 2019. Year 11 Berwick student Sharni Seamons also scored 50 this year in her Extended Investigation subject.
The College is celebrating strong results across a wide range of subjects, with 12 students achieving ATARs of 95 or more and 27 students with 90 and above.
Headmaster Tony Sheumack said students from both campuses achieved 40s in all learning domains. These included English, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Technologies, VCE Vet Programs, Humanities, Science, Digital Technologies, Health and Physical Education, Business and Economics, Languages and Extended Investigation.
“These results really reinforce the benefits of our open-entry, diverse College, where students can follow their passions and succeed,” Mr Sheumack said.
He said despite the challenges of COVID-19, the exceptional work of teachers in supporting students through months of remote learning – along with the resilience shown by students themselves – had paid dividends.
“I am extremely proud of how our students have risen above the difficulties of 2020 and shown the tenacity and resilience to achieve these results,” Mr Sheumack said.
College Dux, Sam Sail said that finding a genuine interest in the subjects he studied helped keep him engaged throughout Year 12. This year Sam also studied Physics as part of the University of Melbourne’s Extension Program and hopes to do a Bachelor of Science at the university in 2021.
And while remote learning had its challenges, Sam said there were also some COVID positives.
“For studying maths subjects, I think it (remote learning) was actually an advantage. COVID affected us all in slightly different ways, but it brought us all together.”
Round 1 offers from Victorian tertiary institutions are released on 14 January 2021.
More information on our 2020 results is here on our VCE flyer.
In 2020, the College was proud to support the Monash Health Foundation with a donation of more than 340 items for families seeking medical care through Monash Health.
Representative from the Foundation, Melissa Moyle, visited our Pakenham Campus to collect the baby beanies, booties, toys, aprons, cardigans and scarves, and to thank Year 9 student Ruby Van Beveren for her personal donation of a large toy box containing essentials and a letter to a new mother in need. Ruby, one of the 2020 Berwick Year 9 captains, compiled the donation as part of her Common Good project.
Thank you to all among our College community who had a hand in making and donating these much-needed items, they will be delivered to the families who need them most this Christmas as a gift from Santa.
This initiative was just one of the incredibly successful programs run by the Beacon of Hope this year.
Representative from the Monash Health Foundation, Melissa Moyle, accepts a donation from Year 9 captain, Ruby Van Beveren.
This amazing collection of Aboriginal artefacts including spears and baskets have been kindly donated to Beaconhills by Bill Rue and family, long-time members of the College community.
The Rue family lived in the Aboriginal community of Maningrida, Northern Territory. These artefacts have been in their family for many years and were traditionally used by the family and community members.
Beaconhills’ Head of Indigenous Initiatives, Lynette George, said some artefacts were very old and the College was lucky to have them entrusted to our care.
Pictured is our Reconciliation Captain Isabella Cameron-Dukes accepting the artefacts onto Country from Bill Rue.
Beaconhills College and the local community will benefit from a spectacular new performing arts and sporting facility due to open for the 2022 school year.
Work is ready to begin on the new Community Arts and Recreation Centre at our Berwick Campus. This is a $12.2m development, including $2m funding allocated from the State Government.
It’s exciting news not just for our students, but for our local region, with the community able to hire a range of spaces catering for large and small audiences, community arts and health and fitness programs.
The planned development was due to start in 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. While the existing multipurpose building has served us well for 17 years, it was never purpose-built. During the construction phase next year, our chapel has temporarily relocated to the lecture theatre until a new chapel is built on campus.
This exciting new state-of-the-art development will provide professional standard facilities for our students and community, including a much larger stage area, orchestra pit and fly tower for technical equipment such lighting, sound and props.
It spans three levels, including:
As with all developments at the College, we build for the future and I am delighted to see this facility – which will be enjoyed and used by our students and the wider community – finally begin.
2020 has been a challenging year, and a true team effort from parents, students and staff. We all look forward to the ‘new normal’ of 2021 as Beaconhills continues to deliver the wide range of programs and opportunities for which we are renowned.
The Class of 2020 had greater cause for celebration than ever before as they attended their Valedictory earlier this week.
After a challenging year of uncertainty and change, the event looked very different from previous years – held on Campus with families joining in over Zoom – but was a fitting recognition of the resilience and adaptability of this years graduating students.
Congratulations to all!
Beaconhills families have opened up their hearts and their wallets to support the College’s Hope for Christmas appeal.
Donated gifts have rapidly piled up the Christmas trees at each campus, including some spectacular hampers prepared for distribution to local charity groups.
Beaconhills College Board member Nigel Boltwin and his wife Lisa have assembled 30 beautiful hampers to donate, with help from suppliers to their Pakenham restaurant along with College families.
The Boltwins are keen to involve even more families in the appeal next year and aim to bump the number of hampers up to 100.
The Berwick Campus community has also pitched in with a number of hampers created and donated by a group of mums.
Our congratulations to Berwick Campus Senior Chaplain, Revd Kathy Mildred, who was ordained as an Anglican Priest on the weekend.
Due to COVID-19, the ordination took place at St James Anglican Church, Pakenham, in a service with family and friends.
Revd. Mildred is one of two chaplains at the Berwick Campus. Revd. Steve Terrell is a Uniting Church Minister. She is pictured here at her ordination ceremony with Berwick Campus Principal Sam Watson (left) and Headmaster Tony Sheumack.
Revd Kathy Mildred at her ordination with Berwick Campus Principal Sam Watson, left, and Headmaster Tony Sheumack.
Pakenham performers put their best foot forward for the Annual Dance Concert. This year in the style of 2020 there was, of course, a COVID safe twist. Rather than performing to a packed auditorium, the showcase was filmed and will be sent home for families to enjoy.
Students performed jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, ballet and hip hop numbers to enthusiastic applause from their classmates side stage. After a year of ups and downs, it was truly heartwarming to see the passion from our staff and students at the event.
Berwick Year 9 students contemplated the value of human rights in the context of the Jewish Holocaust in WWII by engaging with a firsthand account from Holocaust survivor, Paul Grinwald, recently over Zoom.
Born to Jewish parents in Paris 1933 (the year Hitler was made Vice Chancellor of Germany) Paul told our students his account of life during the Nazi occupation of France 1940-1944 and the decay of human rights that resulted in the systematic deaths of around 6 million Jewish people in Europe.
His message was that there is only one race, the human race, and we should all value the wonderful diversity this brings to our lives.
Last term’s lockdown was no fun, but did produce some of the most creative Year 9 ‘Personal Best’ projects we’ve seen yet.
Pakenham Campus students proudly displayed their projects last week, the results of hours of planning, design and creation.
Keen equestrienne Olivia Bartlett applied her love of horses to building an amazing horse sculpture, made from 184 individually-buffed horseshoes and fencing wire. Jackson McNeill spent 38 days doing up his 1993 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T, which he now plans to use for legal drifting.
Many projects required students to learn new skills. Ava Cashmore’s decision to make a bamboo water feature meant she had to learn how to use a welding tool. She said: “I wanted to learn to weld and do something creative – so dad taught me how to use different power tools.”
Personal Best gives students one term to create project representing their personal passion. Along the way, they document their work in a folio, including sketches, budget consideration, materials and tools used.
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