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Learning that Matters
Year 9 student Noah Kemp’s Personal Best project has bought some real joy to students from an Indigenous school in north Western Australia.
For Noah’s project, he collected 96 pairs of footy boots to donate to the Ngalangangpum School. He was inspired after seeing his grandparents’ holiday snaps of children playing footy with bare feet.
Noah put collection boxes around the College and was delighted with the response. Cameron’s Trucking even pitched in with an offer of free transport of the boots up to the school.
Noah now has the satisfaction of seeing this video of the Ngalangangpum students getting a huge kick from their “deadly” new boots.
We are singing the praises of 10 of our students who have received their Outstanding Achievement certificates for their performances in last year’s Australian Guild Singing exams.
A very high five to students Caitlin Buckley, Jessica Bult, Araminta Hall, Chenuli Haththimuni, Isabelle Nicoli, Sonachi Okeleke, Sheneli Phillipsz, Keturah Ratnarajah, Aiden Thanapathy (not pictured), Harriet Yates – and of course proud Singing Teacher Anna Castle.
Beaconhills College parents and students have overwhelmingly voted Year 1 teacher Markus Munday as the winner of the Casey Cardinia Outstanding Teacher Competition.
An emotional Mr Munday had a surprise visit today from the Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, to congratulate him and present him with a voucher prize.
Parents described Mr Munday, who teaches at the Pakenham Campus, as a warm and caring teacher who made learning exciting for his students.
One parent wrote: “My only wish is that every child gets to have a ‘Mr Munday’ during their schooling years. He really is an extraordinary teacher.”
A number of other Pakenham and Berwick Campus teachers were nominated by our community in the competition. We will reveal their names next week!
At the heart of racism is ignorance.
I believe strongly that education is the key to creating a better world for all who share this planet. In the light of recent worldwide protests, it’s important to remember the responsibility we – as educators – hold in combatting racism.
The Black Lives Matter movement highlights the injustices and discrimination that have occurred and are still a major issue in many countries including Australia. When I grew up, a very limited view of Australian history was taught and the first Australians’ story was silent.
In recent times, racial vilification of Asian Australians has been heightened with the COVID-19 pandemic being blamed on the Chinese community.
At a 2018 UNESCO conference titled ‘Education is key to deconstruct racial narratives’, participants agreed that from an early age, children should be taught to look at others as equals. And that promoting intercultural exchanges was “crucial for the education system to build more harmonious societies”.
When Martin Luther King Jr. declared he had a dream, it was that his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin, but “by the content of their character”.
Where do we begin to deconstruct racial narratives? At Beaconhills College, it begins in our Little Beacons Learning Centre and is embedded throughout our curriculum across all year levels.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan aims to build relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to embrace diversity and improve understanding. Just recently, the College recognised National Reconciliation Week, through programs and activities across both campuses.
Our international service and language programs give our students exciting opportunities for cultural learning, a life-changing experience for many. The chance to host international students from across the world means Beaconhills families have the chance to appreciate and understand ways of life other than their own.
When it comes to racism, the power of education to create positive change can’t be underestimated.
Year 7s designed clothing with anti-discrimination messages in their French class this week
It was a delight to (finally) welcome all of our students back to Campus today.
While students in Prep – Year 2 and Years 10 – 12 returned to face-to-face learning on 26 May, it was wonderful for students in Years 3 – 9 to be reunited with classmates and teachers in person today.
Students, teachers and parents have spent term 2 coming to grips with a new type of schooling – online. While Little Beacons centres remained open – along with our on-campus blended program – for the majority of students, home has been the new classroom.
There was a tangible sense of excitement in the air as all of our students were warmly greeted at the College gates this morning, before they dove straight back into the action of regular classrooms.
Berwick Campus Principal, Sam Watson, greeted his students with balloons and a smile as they entered school grounds this morning.
Alumni wins Australian Academy of Science award
Little Beacons Berwick completes Achievement Program
R U OK? Day
Zoe takes on the beanie challenge
Early Childhood Educators’ Day
ACS Chess Tournament 2020
Great Boarding House Bake Off
Seizure alert dog success for teacher’s family
100 days of school
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
A sobering story for Year 9s
Beaconhills runs around Australia
7 key questions to ask when choosing a school
The importance of regular school attendance
Combatting racism starts with education
Get ready for a return to school
Supporting our community through crisis
Term 2, with a difference
Online Learning to continue into term 2
Support for health care workers
From humble beginnings
Welcome to 2020
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