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Learning that Matters
Welcome to the 2020 school year. January has already delivered its own unique set of challenges, but at Beaconhills College we are raring to go for term 1 which starts in earnest on Monday.
I extend a warm welcome to all our new families who have (wisely!) chosen to join our College community and experience the benefits of a Beaconhills education.
Community is a key word associated with our school. It’s a community that supports each other and those who are less fortunate – in our local region and the wider world. We are compassionate, kind and resilient in the face of adversity.
The first day of school can be exciting for some, or overwhelming for others. I would encourage all of students to look out for your friends and classmates. If you see someone who looks lonely, or isolated, give them a smile. Or just say hello. It could make all the difference.
Best wishes to all students for a wonderful 2020.
Prep students (and their families) received a warm welcome for their first day of school at Beaconhills College.
After some initial nerves, students settled quickly into their classrooms thanks to a warm greeting from teaching staff.
Today we also welcomed students from years 5, 7 and 12 back to the College, for the start of what is set to be a wonderful 2020 school year.
Some exciting dance news! Berwick Campus Year 12 student Allie Catrucco has successfully auditioned to perform in Top Class Dance. She will present her skills-based solo on Monday 24 February at Melbourne Recital Centre.
Top Class is part of the VCE Season of Excellence, managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Ticket bookings for the event are here.
Allie is the third Beaconhills student so far who has earned VCE Season of Excellence accolades, putting them amongst the top students in the state in their subjects.
Need a pick-me-up at school pick-up? We’re launching a new coffee kiosk at the Pakenham Campus Junior School this term. It will open from 7.45-9.15am and 2.45-4.15pm each day serving coffees (and hot drinks). A kiosk will also open at Berwick Campus if the trial is successful.
Students must be accompanied by a parent or staff member to make purchases.
We are still seeking casual baristas interested in working at the kiosk. Email your CV to email@example.com
Little Beacons Berwick is up and running – much to the excitement of the youngest members of the Beaconhills community.
The eagerly-awaited early learning centre opened its doors on January 8. It replicates Beaconhills’ award-winning counterpart at the Pakenham Campus, offering the same natural, light-filled design, programs, values and commitment to quality.
The Little Beacons philosophy is a collaborative, community approach where children learn through experience. The programs include Indigenous learning and there’s a focus on environmental sustainability, with natural materials used throughout and a spacious light-filled design allowing children to move freely between indoor and outdoor areas. The building is powered by an 87 kW solar system.
The opening of Little Beacons Berwick now means children joining either campus in the early years can progress smoothly to Prep at the same location.
The new centre is filling fast. However, there are still places available, including for children aged six months to one year, along with four-year-old sessional kindergarten. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Star Berwick student athlete Amiru Chandrasena placed second in Mens Under 18 Long Jump at the Australian All School Championships in December.
Amiru represented Victoria exceptionally well with a personal best jump of 7.30m. Well done!
Recently communities Australia wide have felt the force of the bushfires, which have ravaged homes, habitats and landscapes. The level of trauma caused is unfathomable, and I struggle to express in words the sympathy and horror I feel for all affected, locally and nationally. I would like to express my deepest condolences.
Thank you to the Beaconhills College community for their enthusiasm and involvement in providing charity for those impacted by the fires. I have heard numerous accounts of Beaconhills families who have contributed immensely in their own ways, and I encourage all of you to continue in these efforts of compassion and community spirit.
A number of students have contacted our Head of Citizenship and Service, Clare Tuohy, asking how they can help and we will be formulating a fundraising response ready for the start of term 1 .
I hope for a year of restoration and recovery, where we can continue to address all aspects of bushfire trauma and continue to reflect on an effective means of fire prevention and preparation as a country – to the best of our ability.
Two Beaconhills students have earned a place in Top Screen and Top Talks, part of the VCE Season of Excellence.
Jaime Watts’ selection in Top Talks for her work in Unit 3 and 4 of Extended Investigation is a College first. Her subject score of 48 also placed her second in the state.
She is “incredibly excited” to be presenting at the Top Talks event on Friday 14 February, in the State Library Victoria, on her research topic ‘How does ‘monster in narrative’ reflect humanity’s evolution?’
And 2020 College Captain Callum Pritchard will become the first Berwick Campus student to make it Top Screen, representing the growing numbers of talented filmmakers coming from the media department.
Callum’s film was a music video for the track ‘Deja Vu’ by the group Lastlings.
Both students are in Year 12 this year.
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Relay For Life results
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21 Day Challenge
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