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Learning that Matters
Beaconhills College students are up and active during the lockdown by running around Australia, but not how you imagine. Students have been recording their local runs (through apps like Strava), and each time a running distance is submitted, it’s added to the grand total which is then simulated as a running path on a map of Australia.
At the moment, students’ recorded runs collectively amount to 729KM, reaching Batemans Bay in New South Wales. With the competitive element of scoring by house (Tregoning currently 1st), there are no signs of slowing yet!
After being diagnosed with severe dyslexia last year, Year 3 Berwick Campus student Mia has created a YouTube channel where she reads children’s story books aloud.
Hoping to inspire a passion for reading and persistence in other children with dyslexia, the videos, aimed at 3-7 year-olds, were all created using her own initiative.
“When I was told I had dyslexia I thought I’d never read but I’ve worked really hard on my reading and I’ve developed my confidence and I’ve realised I can do it. I want to inspire other children with dyslexia.”
Keep up the good work Mia!
Head of Wellbeing, Yvonne Ashmore, offers seven tips for staying positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s easy to feel bleak about the world amidst a global pandemic. But how do we stay positive and maintain perspective? Here are seven suggestions (artwork by Year 5 student Meg Barrett):
1. Try to focus on the ‘here and now’ and what is going well for you at the moment
2. At least once or twice a day, try to reaffirm to yourself what you are grateful for
3. Maintain your support networks and connections with others
4. Limit your media intake each day and stick to reliable and reputable sources of information
5. Be kind to yourself and others. Remember that everyone is feeling a little bit stressed
6. Students, trust that your teachers will help guide and support you. They are there to help
7. Stay positive for the future – we will manage through this! Have faith that it will eventually end.
Beaconhills College students have helped create three videos to thank the everyday heroes – police, ambos and firefighters – for their extraordinary work in these challenging times.
The Giving Thanks Project is yet another one of the Beacon of Hope initiatives, encouraging students to express gratitude by valuing contributions ‘greater than self’.
Watch the video to the Ambulance Victoria here, Victoria Police here and to firefighters here.
More than 1700 cards designed and written by Beaconhills students have been delivered to local healthcare workers with a simple message. Thanks.
These beautiful cards and messages are now proudly on display in places like the Special Care Nursery at Casey Hospital. Staff were delighted, emailing “a big THANK YOU to the children from both campuses….(the cards) gave us so much joy to read and also gave us a big ‘pick me up’ in these uncertain times.”
The card project was called ‘Giving Thanks’, one of the College’s many Beacon of Hope programs shining a light during these dark COVID-19 pandemic times.
Year 1 students have just loved sharing photos of themselves dressed in clothing from their cultural background – there was even a piece of pizza!
Berwick students based at home, or in our on-campus blended program, are learning all about family cultures and countries. Today they discussed their ideas in a Zoom session.
Searching for COVID cure? These future scientists from our Little Beacons Learning Centre at Berwick may well be the ones who help save the world.
The children from Circuit Boardwalk and Waterways enjoyed making crystals today out in the sunshine.
Little Beacons future scientists were busy making crystals today
Beaconhills College now has another Cancer Council Victoria research award thanks to fundraising efforts at the Cardinia Relay for Life event earlier this year.
The Beacon of Hope Research Award will support research into leukaemia and lymphoma. The Beacon of Hope team raised more than $11,000, with Year 10 student Chelsea Scott donating more than $1000.
Chelsea was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma this year, but after months of treatment has just learned she is in remission. Wonderful news for Chelsea!
The Cancer Council has given us a list of some the projects this award will help fund.
Dr Ashley Ng, Dr Kira Behrens, Prof Warren Alexander, Dr Rebecca Feltham, Prof John Silke and Dr David Komander,
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Drugging Undruggable Targets in Ph+ B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (2020 -2022)
Prof Richard Pearson
University of Melbourne
Combinatorial targeting of cellular “housekeeping” processes to treat cancer (2020 -2022)
Dr Lev Kats, Prof Ricky Johnstone
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Development of new targeted therapies for acute myeloid leukaemia (2019-2021)
Dr Donia Moujalled
New treatments for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (2018-2020)
Prof David Ritchie, Dr Nicholas Huntington
The University of Melbourne
Inhibiting immune cell function to improve stem cell transplant outcomes in leukaemia (2018-2020)
Beaconhills students earlier this year getting ready for the Cardinia Relay for Life
Beaconhills has earned a $5000 Cardinia Shire grant to help provide meals to local people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is part of the COVID-19 Meal Relief Program. It enables the College’s food services staff to prepare around 50 fresh, healthy meals each week which are then delivered to the Pakenham Salvation Army for distribution.
As one of its Beacon of Hope programs, the College has already been providing meals and fresh produce from our vegetable gardens to the Salvation Army to help support local residents during the pandemic.
Work is underway on the College’s new community garden at the Pakenham Campus. The garden will produce fresh vegetables to donate to Casey and Cardinia welfare organisations.
100 days of school
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
A sobering story for Year 9s
Beaconhills runs around Australia
Mia’s YouTube channel
7 tips for staying positive in the pandemic
Video thanks for the everyday heroes
1700 cards of thanks
Research award for Beaconhills
Meal Relief Program grant
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
Let your light shine
3 meaningful ways for alumni to stay connected
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