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Learning that Matters
Beaconhills College has become the first school in the Casey/Cardinia region to offer boarding for international students.
The College now has a modern boutique-style residence adjacent to the grounds of the Pakenham Campus, giving overseas students an option to homestay accommodation or staying with relatives. The spacious residence is staffed 24 hours by experienced supervisors and mentors.
Head of Admissions and Marketing Joanne McKenzie said the residence was an exciting new addition to the College’s successful international program.
I have some good news to share about two of our Year 12 graduates.
Firstly, happy new year to all of our Beaconhills community. I hope you have had a restful Christmas break and found time to connect with family and friends.
Exciting news for two of our graduating students whose technology work has made it into Top Designs 2018, as part of the VCE Season of Excellence.
Congratulations to Lachlan Toth from the Berwick Campus for his chair he created in Product Design and Technology, and to James Wilkinson from the Pakenham Campus for his racing car simulator made in Systems Engineering. Both these projects will be on display, alongside with the best VCE design work in Victoria, at the Top Designs Exhibition, Melbourne Museum from 17 March to 15 July. You can read more about their work here in Beaconhills latest news.
I would also like to congratulate all Beaconhills students who were shortlisted for the VCE Season of Excellence awards. We await results of dance students who have also been invited to audition for Top Class. Outstanding results again for Beaconhills, well done.
The technology design work of two Beaconhills College graduates will feature in the upcoming Top Designs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.
The projects by Lachlan Toth and James Wilkinson are recognised as amongst the best in the state for 2017 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Year 12 students.
For his Systems Engineering project, James designed a racing car simulator that has two degrees of motion and features a custom made steel frame, power supply and circuit board.
James was lucky to have the support and background skills of his Systems Engineering teacher at the Pakenham Campus, Peter Van Waart.
Mr Van Waart is in his first year of teaching after running his own business building V8 supercars and world rally cars for Subaru in England. Four of Mr Van Waart’s Systems Engineering students at Beaconhills scored 40/50 or higher in the subject.
Berwick Campus students Lachlan Toth was excited that the chair he made in Product Design and Technology was chosen for the exhibition. His teacher was Scott Colquhoun.
Lachlan said his task was to create a modern rocking chair for a mother-to-be, which he did using a veneer wood bending technique and combining it with a cowhide sling and headrest.
The Top Designs exhibition is at the Melbourne Museum from Saturday 17 March to Sunday 15 July.
Thought about enrolling your child in the Beaconhills College instrumental music program for 2018? We have talented specialist teachers who will help foster a life-long love of music.
Students can join a band or ensemble, like these Pakenham Campus Year 5s at their end-of-year concert.
Beaconhills Pakenham Campus teacher Marianne Del Papa can be justifiably proud of her students’ VCE results this year.
She claims an impressive eight subject scores of 40 or above in English and Literature amongst her students. Last year one of her students, Tess Wilkens, achieved a perfect score of 50 in English and a Premier’s Award.
So what’s her secret?
“I look for possibilities in students and try to not to label them,” she said. “And a series of small changes can lead to large improvements.”
Ms Del Papa also believe it is important to focus on modelling and showing students the steps needed to build better essays. She also does not shy away from giving constructive criticism.
“The most important thing is to give students the confidence that they can always do better in English.”
Extra congratulations for two of our top 10 VCE students who were unable to make the photo shoot on Friday – Bryannen Gurr from the Pakenham Campus (ATAR 96.2) and Devangee Illukpitiya from Berwick (94.3).
Devangee is about to return to Sri Lanka for a month-long holiday then will be back to study Biomedicine at Monash University. Bryannen’s higher than expected score meant she now is able to study Health Science at Swinburne majoring in forensics and neuroscience. An exciting future for both girls.
Devangee Illukpitiya scored an ATAR of 94.3
Bryannen Gurr scored an ATAR 96.2
Student Cameron deBruin has qualified for the 2018 Australian Junior Championships in Sydney next year after winning his 100m heat at Brisbane’s Carlee Beattie Shield meet on the weekend (time 11.25).
Cameron, shown in this Youtube video in lane 9, was the fastest under 17 year old the competition, ranking 22 overall against much older runners. Cameron is in Year 11 in 2018 at the Pakenham Campus. He also qualified in the 200m. Congratulations on a fantastic run.
Beaconhills College is celebrating excellent VCE results across a sweeping range of subject choices.
Twenty students from the College’s Pakenham and Berwick Campuses received ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 90 or above, with an impressive one third of all ATARs across the College exceeding 80.
In total, 83 students scored 40 or more across 24 different subjects. Beaconhills offers a choice of 40 VCE subjects.
The huge subject choice also shone through in results from the top 10 students; they followed their wide-ranging interests in everything from Biology, Literature, Psychology, Extended Investigation, Physical Education and Theatre Studies, to Music Performance, French, Japanese and much more.
College Dux was Berwick Campus student Madison Schenk (97.8). Madison has already earned a Premier’s Award for her second-top mark in the state last year in Extended Investigation. Pakenham Campus Dux was Russell Reader with a 96.7.
Teachers were proud of their students’ efforts, with some outstanding marks in English and Literature, Legal Studies, Dance and Systems Engineering.
Headmaster Tony Sheumack said this year’s VCE results continued to demonstrate the breadth of the College’s programs and the dedication of its teaching staff.
“We are proudly a community school that provides a huge diversity in VCE offerings – and the results reflect the quality of teaching and learning in so many different subject areas and student pathways,” Mr Sheumack said.
“These are wonderful results that really demonstrate the success of our ‘Learning that Matters’ program, one which best equips young people with the tools they need for their future lives – much more than just an ATAR.”
Top 10 Beaconhills students:
Madison Schenk – 97.8 (College Dux, Berwick Campus), Holly Neale (Berwick) 97.4, Bridget Taylor (Berwick) 97.35, Alysson Jeanes (Berwick) 97.05, Russell Reader – 96.7 (Pakenham Dux), Bryannen Gurr (Pakenham) 96.2, Olivia Hagioglou (Pakenham) 95.25, Courtney Strachan (Berwick) 94.9, Emily Millman (Pakenham) 94.65, Devangee Illukpitiya (Berwick) 94.3. NB: Devangee and Bryannen absent from photo below
I would like to congratulate all of our VCE students on their results for 2017.
Once again we have had excellent results across both campuses, truly demonstrating our extraordinary subject choices and determination to give our students the opportunity to follow their passion. It’s pleasing to see a strong culture of high expectation throughout the year level.
Twenty students achieved ATARs of 90 or higher and one third of all our VCE students who received an ATAR scored above 80. This is outstanding.
I am proud of our students’ achievements and Beaconhills’ reputation as a community school that enables a choice of some 40 VCE subjects.
Even among just our top 10 students this year, there were 19 different subjects studied. These included Biology, Legal Studies, Psychology, Extended Investigation, Chemistry, English Language, Music Performance, Physical Education, Drama and Dance to name a few.
I would also like to congratulate our College Dux Madison Schenk, from the Berwick Campus, who achieved at ATAR of 97.8. Russell Reader was our Pakenham Campus Dux with 96.7. Congratulations to Madison and Russell.
I wish all of our Year 12 students the very best for their future. Whatever path they choose in life, I hope they will carry with them fond memories of Beaconhills College.
I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all of our College community for peace and joy this Christmas. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2018.
Headmaster Tony Sheumack pictured with 2017 College Dux Madison Schenk, who achieved an ATAR of 97.8.
Congratulations to all of our VCE students who received results this morning. Our College community is incredibly proud of each and every one of you.
We will share further details this afternoon.
Boarding at Beaconhills
Beaconhills tech projects make Top Designs
We’re making music!
English teacher hits the write note
Rounding out our top 10
Broad subject range reaps excellent results
Congratulations to our VCE students
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Relay for Life campaign launched
To market, to market!
Happy new year – and congratulations…
International education flourishing at Beaconhills
Our mission for a new kitchen
Introducing our 2018 school captains
Farewell Year 12s
2018 College fees
Timely advice for exam time
Senior School leadership seminar
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