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Year 9 Beaconhills Berwick Campus student Mahdee Islam is celebrating his under 15 boys’ team win at the final of the Indoor Cricket Junior World Series tournament held in New Zealand. The team beat South Africa 134-72 and Mahdee was chosen as MVP.
Cricket skills run in Mahdee’s family. His dad Aminul Islam Bulbul (pictured with Mahdee) was former captain of the Bangladeshi cricket team and the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a test century against India.
The final day today for our Year 12 students is always a mixture of joy and sadness for our students and staff.
It’s the end of a long road of education and the start of an exciting new chapter of their lives.
A highlight from today, as always, was the presentation of the signature bears to our Year 12’s, by the Prep students. This is such a touching moment, more so when families are involved. As was the case today when Pakenham Campus Vice-Captain, Bryce Hathaway received his bear from cousin, Willow.
Next week we will formally farewell our Year 12s from both campuses at their respective Valedictory ceremonies – then, of course, exams begin.
Beaconhills College is proud to announce the names of our senior captains for 2019.
Congratulations to Pakenham students Matisse Lazzari, David Harris, Tom Johnson and Kiara Venturi.
Also to our new Berwick Campus captains Phoebe Hird, Zoe Ellis, Trent Hutton and Ethan Christian.
The quality of students who applied for leadership positions for 2019 was so high, that a model of four co-captains at each campus was decided rather than the traditional split of captains and vice-captains.
The fine young people selected aptly demonstrate the qualities needed for the responsibility of these positions. Leadership at Beaconhills is focused around service and all of these students completed a rigorous process of application.
Congratulations again to our new captains, we know they will make fine role models for our Beaconhills College students in 2019.
Pakenham captains (l-r) Mattise Lazzari, David Harris, Tom Johnson and Kiara Venturi
Berwick captains (l-r) Phoebe Hird, Zoe Ellis, Trent Hutton and Ethan Christian
Winners are grinners! Congratulations to our Beaconhills Berwick Campus Year 6 basketballers who beat St Michael’s 32-2 in the divisional finals this week. They will now progress to the regional comp on 1 November.
Today I was proud to be part of the official opening of our new Year 9 centre at the Beaconhills College Pakenham Campus.
As the State Member for Eastern Victoria, Daniel Mulino, emphasised in his speech today, this magnificent facility represents a partnership between the government and our community. Schools like Beaconhills are critical to providing education services in what is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.
We had some 80 guests join us today, including students, parents, former and current staff, Melbourne Anglican Archbishop The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier and Reverend Ann Simons from the Officer Pakenham Mission Area, State Member for Gembrook Brad Battin, Board Members and House patrons.
Today was not just about celebrating the facilities, but also the innovative Year 9 program and those who helped bring it to life when our original centre opened in 1997. This first dedicated, on-campus Year 9 program in Victoria was just three months old when I joined the College as Headmaster that same year.
My predecessor Rick Tudor, who was present today, had extensively researched the concept of the Year 9 campus. His vision was of a campus where:
Twenty-two years on we have affirmed that early vision. We have a beautiful new $5.7 million centre, built on the same village concept as the original centre, with a central courtyard.
For our students, Year 9 at the Berwick or Pakenham Campus is on their list of their most memorable schooling experiences, a life-changing year where lifelong friendships are forged.
Year 6 Pakenham Campus students have arrived in Canberra for their Outdoor Education program. It’s a chance for them experience their civics and citizenship curriculum first-hand, with visits to Parliament House, the War Memorial and Questacon.
The camp also includes a trip to Jindabyne to take part in bike riding, hiking, Indigenous cultural activities and canoeing.
Well done All Stars!
Our boys today won the grand final of the Hooptime Regional competition, producing wins from some very close contests and a stunning come from behind victory.
They have now progressed to the State Finals, which will be held next month.
Beaconhills College is aiming to raise $9500 to buy a semi-trailer load of hay to deliver to drought-affected farmers, as part of the Buy a Bale initiative.
You can donate by going to the Beaconhills page on the Buy a Bale website. The College will also hold a ‘Friday for the Farmers’ $2 gold coin donation day on Friday 26 October.
The College’s Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy said she had received many requests from students and families to help out farmers suffering from financial hardship due to the current drought.
She said the College community had given generously this year to local and international charity initiatives and was known for its spirit of giving.
Good luck to Year 10 Beaconhills student David Noney, who heads off today to the Under 19 Men’s World Floorball Championships Qualifications in New Zealand. If the team is successful, they will qualify to play in the Under 19 Men’s World Floorball Championships held in Canada in 2019.
Congratulations also to Annie Lean, Year 12, who has been named in the Australian women’s team for the 2019 World Floorball Championship Qualifications, held in Thailand in January 2019. If they are successful the team will qualify for the World Floorball Championships in Switzerland later in 2019. Outstanding efforts from these two floorball players.
I welcome the Federal Government decision on non-government school funding announced yesterday, which now gives us a degree of certainty on our College funding for 2019 and beyond.
In my August blog, I had expressed concern about the proposed funding model and its effect on independent schools. However, the decision now enables us to maintain our modest fee levels while continuing to deliver the broad, high quality programs our community has come to expect.
Under the new model, to be phased in over coming years, parental income tax records will be used to assess the socio-economic status of private schools to determine their level of Federal Government funding.
Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has expressed cautious optimism that the model will create the long-term potential for a workable funding system. ISV is pleased the government has not made any “special deals” that unfairly favour one non-government school sector over another.
So how will it affect our fees at Beaconhills?
Our policy has always been to keep fees as affordable as possible. We are now confident that we can – as in previous years – set a modest fee increase when the College Board ratifies the 2019 fee schedule next month.
Beaconhills represents true value. We are an open-entry, community school, offering an exceptional range of programs, outstanding co-curricular opportunities and an all-inclusive fee structure for curriculum-based activities. Teaching staff salaries remain competitive and our program of improving infrastructure continues to flourish, with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. We are now one of Australia’s largest solar-powered schools.
I am delighted that local families choose to educate their children at Beaconhills. We will officially confirm our 2019 College fees in October.
Cricket runs in the family
Farewell Year 12
Introducing our 2019 school captains
Basketball win for Year 6 girls
All Stars Victory
Hay, the farmers need our help!
Floorballers aim for world champs
Teacher achieves PhD
Friends of Ermera
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
Vale Nigel Creese, AM
Roger Lord awarded Life Membership
New school funding model a cause for concern
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Welcome to term 3
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