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Year 8 student Ava Beck and her team of ‘purple warriors’ will help raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation in the Walk for Epilepsy, October 1-25.
Ava, who has had focal epilepsy for five years, has 200-strong team including family and friends from Beaconhills College. They are confident they can complete the team goal of 2000km and raising $7000 (they are already second on the fundraising leaderboard).
Mum Lisa said the family was very grateful for the enormous support from friends and family and would love more Beaconhills students or families to join Ava’s Purple Warriors team, or donate.
The 1-25 date for this year’s online walk represents the one in 25 people who live with epilepsy.
Ava Beck (right) with sister Abbey.
Students from Years 3 to 8 have read a total of 2179 books for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. Each year, the Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
Doctor Jessica Hamilton (Class of 2009) has just won the Australian Academy of Science’s annual Falling Walls Lab competition for her research exploring the possibility of extracting Carbon Dioxide from old mining operations.
Her work, published by a large international collaboration led by Monash University in Economic Geology, describes laboratory experiments to evaluate two approaches using existing low cost and low energy technologies to reuse stockpiled waste and capture carbon dioxide in the form of valuable carbonate minerals.
The significance of her work is clear as although passive carbonation of mine tailings occurs naturally, the equivalent of approximately 30 years of passive carbonation was achieved within four weeks in one of her suggested experiments.
This is an outstanding achievement and we are all so proud of her as she goes on to represent Australia in the next phase of the competition amidst 100 other pitches from leading scientists worldwide.
Little Beacons at our Berwick Campus can now celebrate attaining all six health priority areas of the Achievement Program, after ticking off ‘Physical Activity and Movement’.
The program is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria. It helps workplaces, schools and early childhood services to create healthy places for working, living and learning.
Berwick Little Beacons can now join our Pakenham centre in achieving recognition for all six health priority areas. These are Sun Protection, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Movement, Healthy Eating and Oral Health, Safe Environments and Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Little Beacons even went one step further, completing the Sexual Health and Wellbeing priority area, normally recognised at school level.
Today, Beaconhills College Pakenham Campus Principal Sarah Rudiger is wearing yellow in support of R U OK? Day.
In a year when so many of us have faced challenges, we encourage our College community to reach out and have wellbeing conversations with loved ones.
And if you hear “No, I’m not OK” listen with an open mind, encourage action while offering what support you can, and make a time to check in again.
Remember, there is more to say after R U OK? Visit www.ruok.org.au for more information.
Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions parents make. We all want the best for our children and, in these tough economic times, this investment in education is very challenging. Families want to ensure they are spending wisely.
The crucial role of a good education in setting the foundations for lifelong learning can’t be overstated. Over the years I have conducted hundreds of parent tours of our school and answered many and varied questions. If you are choosing a school, I would like to share a list of what I believe are the seven key questions you could ask of the headmaster, or school representative:
Next Thursday 10 September and Monday 14 September, we launch our Discover Beaconhills webinar series where you can ask these questions and more. Each webinar is free and you can register here www.beaconhills.vic.edu/enrolment/
Along with our campus principals from Pakenham and Berwick, I look forward to meeting you.
The Beaconhills Home Challenge is the gift that keeps on giving during lockdown. And now Year 6 Pakenham Campus student Zoe Sharpe is the latest to jump on board, with the aim of donating 20 handmade beanies to children in the cancer ward at Monash Children’s Hospital.
Zoe has already made her first beanies and scarf – using Loopz yarn – while her grandmother also plans to donate home knitted tiny beanies and cardigans for premature babies in the neonatal ward.
Zoe said she read about the ‘Being Kind’ initiative – part of the Beaconhills Home Challenge – in the College Middle School bulletin.
“I wanted to help the children who had just gone through a massive thing in their life,” Zoe said. “I don’t think I would be able to even imagine what they have gone through, so I wanted to help them get better, or even put a smile on some of their faces.”
Beaconhills students are taking part of a variety of activities in the Home Challenge, from creating art to recording km in a ‘Run Around Australia’.
Zoe gets to work on her beanie challenge
Today – 2 September – is Early Childhood Educators’ Day, celebrating the wonderful contribution our early learning educators make to the wellbeing and healthy development of the children in their care. So here’s a big thanks to all of our staff at Little Beacons in Berwick and Pakenham.
Year 7 camp
Early Explorers site sod turned
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Top Class Drama award
Headmaster concludes service in 2021
Paige is a Top Class Dancer
Grant to help build ‘nature’s classroom’
Seetali’s solar farm
Staff Day focuses on renewal
Georgia’s Top Art
Get set for the new Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Vale Neville Clark
World Teachers’ Day
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
Celebrating student leadership in 2021
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