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Learning that Matters
Beaconhills College is known as a ‘shining light in education’ – and now it’s got a lighthouse to prove it.
Artist-in-residence Brandon Kroon spent two days recently at the Berwick Campus creating this amazing lighthouse carved from a 2.3m high cypress log.
The new installation will complement the 1.5m high wooden pelican created by the talented chainsaw artist for the College in 2018.
Mr Kroon is a former motorbike mechanic who said he originally picked up chainsaw art as a hobby and has never looked back. He has now created more than 2000 art works and his work is constantly in demand.
The lighthouse will be installed next to the Junior School.
The bushfire crisis has significantly impacted our region and College community. We have more than 400 students and at least 25 staff affected in some way – either directly or indirectly (ie cancellation of bus services).
Our community response has been heart-warming and overwhelming. Many people have offered to donate food and uniforms. Others are currently accommodating families who can’t yet access their properties, or are helping to provide horse agistment. Thank you all.
Following a Cardinia Shire meeting today, all emergency services have acknowledged the generous community support. Cardinia Shire is working with all the relief agencies to co-ordinate the response. They have requested patience from the community while they determine where the need is the greatest. At this stage food and clothing donations are not required, but we will keep you updated.
Once again I wish to thank our Beaconhills community for the spirit of generosity and goodwill which never fails to surface during these times. Our thoughts and prayers are with all emergency services personnel and everyone involved in this crisis.
Pakenham Year 3 students have written letters of thanks to the emergency service men and women, currently battling the bushfires.
The fires currently burning in the Bunyip and Gembrook state parks have impacted members of our local community. Beaconhills College will open for school tomorrow (Monday) as normal. We are working with the Department of Education in relation to safe transport routes. We anticipate a number of bus lines will be cancelled and will contact affected families as soon as we are informed.
The College has postponed the Pakenham Unit 3 Outdoor Education camp to Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park scheduled to depart tomorrow and the Pakenham Year 7 Mornington Peninsula Camp scheduled to depart on Tuesday.
The College is committed to supporting students and staff who are impacted and counselling and support services will be available. We are aware that as a result of evacuations, some students may not be able to come to school with a range of practical items such as lunch, school uniform and school stationery. Please be assured that all students impacted in this way are welcome to attend with whatever items they have available. We encourage families to contact our Wellbeing team via the main reception on 1300 002 225 so we can understand your situation and how we can best support your child.
Our thoughts are with everyone in our local community, including the dedicated emergency service teams, during this challenging time.
I am delighted to announce that Beaconhills College is set to expand its boarding residence at the Pakenham Campus to accommodate local students.
This is an exciting new expansion of our existing 10-bed boutique-style residence for international students, enabling us to now offer boarding to both boys and girls aged over 13 years. The new 16-bed accommodation also gives students in our region – and further afield – an option of boarding during weekdays.
I believe this could be a very attractive alternative to a city-based boarding school for families wanting the benefits of a Beaconhills College education. We are proud to be the only school in the Casey/Cardinia region currently offering boarding.
This year we have appointed a new live-in Head of Residence, Ingrid Watson. We also have two former students working as residential supervisors. One is studying arts and music at Monash and the other law/arts at Deakin University. Both girls have been exceptional in helping our live-in students with their studies.
Students also have seven-day access to schools facilities such as basketball and netball courts and of course the local swimming pool, sports competitions or dance classes.
Our residence extension will open in semester 2, 2019. Feel free to contact email@example.com you would like more details.
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Beaconhills French exchange program with our sister school in Laval.
Fifteen students from Laval are visiting the College until 1 March, staying with Beaconhills host families. They have joined classes with local students and visited tourist attractions such as Sovereign Hill and the Great Ocean Road.
The cultural and language enrichment program began when 15 Beaconhills students and two teachers first visited Laval in western France in December 1999. The following year, eight French students reciprocated, stay with host families for three weeks.
Head of French at the Pakenham Campus, Yelena Pinchuk, said “so many strong friendships” had been forged over the past 20 years between the two schools. Many of the French students had returned later to Australia to reunite and even travel with their host families.
College students pictured on the 2004 exchange.
A students from Laval participating in a College Art class, 2019.
A SUPER effort today from our Pakenham Junior School students, ahead of the Cardinia Relay for Life event tomorrow evening.
Year 3 student Daniel Super organised a ‘Beyblades’ tournaments for his classmates, and raised more than $300 for the fight against cancer.
Daniel was rightly proud of his efforts, and is pictured below with his parents who volunteered to help with the fundraiser.
Our updated ‘Green Report’, just released, shows huge steps towards achieving a greener school. We now have a total of 630kW of solar systems across two campuses. Solar electricity generated has surged from 350 MWh in 2017 to 516 MWh in 2018. SCR Group bins saved 2.6 tonnes of clothing and 1.5 tonnes of electrical wasting from going to landfill last year.
Check out some of Beaconhills College’s great green achievements and 2020 targets in the Green Report on the Resources page.
Harrison Pinney, Berwick Middle School Captain, has been awarded the Upper Beaconsfield Young Citizen of the Year for his services to the local community.
Harrison is a very active Scout having completed his Grey Wolf Award and is about to finish his Australian Scout Medallion. He is also a junior CFA member and aside from undertaking firefighter training, he is always assisting with any brigade activities. He has always been involved with sport and assists with coaching the young 6-7 year olds at his basketball club and also umpires junior football. Every year he participates in local community events such as Clean Up Australia Day, National Tree Day, collecting for the Good Friday Appeal and our local Anzac and Remembrance Day services. For the 100th anniversary of Armistice last November, he worked hard to raise $500 in donations from local supermarkets and wholesalers so that he could provide goods for his whole Scout Troop to make 30 care packs to send to Australian Defence Force personnel who were deployed overseas for Christmas.
Harrison was thrilled to be presented his award at the annual Village Festival, coinciding with the commemoration of the Ash Wednesday bush fires.
Well done to a wonderful young member of our community!
I was delighted to hear that our Beaconhills College Board Chairman Noel Martin has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
Noel’s medal recognises his service to the community through charitable organisations Endeavour Ministries Inc, Elevo Institute, The Andrews Foundation and of course his outstanding contribution to the Beaconhills College Board for the past 24 years (he was appointed Chairman in 2011).
At the Andrews Centre, Noel volunteers every day. As just part of his work, he offers free legal advice, supports the administration and drives the van to collect food or furniture for people in need.
Noel is a gracious and generous man who has worked tirelessly for the common good. In his role with our College Board, he is committed to providing affordable, independent, Christian education to the broader community.
This OAM is a well-deserved honour for a person who truly exemplifies the Citizenship and Service pillar of our Beaconhills philosophy.
The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) offers are out! We are delighted to report that 97 per cent of our graduates from the Class of 2018 who applied for a tertiary place have now received an offer.
Once again health sciences and sport were the most popular field of study, appealing to just over 20 per cent of students, followed by business, commerce and management (17 per cent) and society and culture (15 per cent).
Monash University topped the list of tertiary institutions of choice (27 per cent of applicants), followed by Swinburne (20 per cent), and Deakin (19 per cent).
Overall, 77 per cent of students from the Class of 2018 chose a university pathway, three per cent a TAFE, two per cent an independent tertiary institution while 18 per cent preferred workforce/other.
Pakenham pumpkins best in show
Bushfire Appeal results
Family fights energy poverty
Call for Homestay hosts
Beaconhills joins National Day of Action
State athletics results
Beaconhills ‘blues’ are bound for Bunyip
Beaconhills Bushfire Appeal
From log to lighthouse
Twenty years of French exchange program
Bushfires: thanks for your support
Boarding residence now open to local students
Order of Australia medal for College Board Chairman
Welcome to a new school year
Getting a HeadStart
Wellbeing in action
Importance of Child Safe legislation
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
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