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Learning that Matters
Our Pakenham Campus Junior School aerobics team, the Beacon Boarders, has won gold!
The team competed yesterday (Sunday 28 October) in the School Aerobics Spring Challenge in Geelong. Beaconhills had 29 students from Years 3 and 4 plus five Middle School students competing and all teams had trained hard during terms 2 and 3.
The Boarders won their gold medal in the Future Legends creative section. Congratulations to all teams, with fifth, sixth and seventh placings in the Primary Creative Stage section, and to student coaches Sienna and Maddison Jude.
Year 9 Pakenham Campus student Elliot Perez has collected first prize in the Casey Cardinia Libraries Short Story and Poetry Competition this month.
Congratulations Elliot on your beautiful poem which we have shared here:
A barren landscape devoid of character, of life,
Delicate and pure, but yearning for true existence,
Its desire for freedom calls not only from the canvas,
But from within me as well, I feel I must answer.
I do not see the brush as simply a tool,
Nor think of the paint as just a medium of colour,
For the brush is a vessel that extends from myself,
and the paint is my soul, my voice and my mind.
The brush hovers over the canvas for just a moment
the compelling power of the painting pulls it forth
and as the painting takes its first breath, I realise
that I am no longer the one in control.
Paint spills from the brush, emotion spills from my heart
Now not only is the brush the vessel, but my being itself,
the painting once blank and empty has become another,
Its face has a mind, beneath the paint it wants to learn.
It searches me for inspiration, scouring thoughts and feelings,
The empty spaces of the canvas find filled ones in my mind,
Buried with the deepest of feelings
The voice that sang out no longer asks for permission
The face grows more familiar with each new line
Eventually the portrait is painted with a touch of tears,
Which is taken on and returned as sorrow,
And the face sheds a single tear of her own
The portrait darkens, and with the darkness comes pain
The face of tragedy smiles faintly, the familiarity sharp as knives
The eyes hold me frozen, gazing into my soul
With silent communication, the painted one demands an answer.
Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day on Friday 26 October.
“The mediocre teachers tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”– William A. Ward.
Happy World Teachers’ Day to our great teachers.
A Year 6 Beaconhills student has started her own campaign to help brighten the day of people living with cancer.
Charli, who is at the Berwick Campus, is encouraging students to design a card and write a short positive message of kindness or inspiration to the recipient. Charli and her mum then plan to deliver the cards to oncology wards at hospitals such as Berwick’s St John of God.
Anyone who wants to contribute a card can drop them in a box Charli has waiting at the Beaconhills College Berwick Campus library. She has also launched her own Instagram account where she will post some of the messages @charliscardsforcancer
Charli said she came up with the idea for her cards because she just wanted to help cheer up people undergoing cancer treatment. And like many families, her family has also been touched by cancer.
“My grandpa passed away from cancer. I was very close to my grandpa,” she said.
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.
Videos for Change winners
A big camp for Little Beacons
Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships
We are now an eSmart school
Harmony Club means no-one has to play alone
Brain Food: What to Eat When Revising
Vale Snr Antonio
Tribute to our teachers
Importance of Child Safe legislation
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
Parent input benefits BeaconNet
Welcome to term 3
Tony talks Beacon Explorers
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