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Learning that Matters
Beaconhills College now has another Cancer Council Victoria research award thanks to fundraising efforts at the Cardinia Relay for Life event earlier this year.
The Beacon of Hope Research Award will support research into leukaemia and lymphoma. The Beacon of Hope team raised more than $11,000, with Year 10 student Chelsea Scott donating more than $1000.
Chelsea was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma this year, but after months of treatment has just learned she is in remission. Wonderful news for Chelsea!
The Cancer Council has given us a list of some the projects this award will help fund.
Dr Ashley Ng, Dr Kira Behrens, Prof Warren Alexander, Dr Rebecca Feltham, Prof John Silke and Dr David Komander,
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Drugging Undruggable Targets in Ph+ B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (2020 -2022)
Prof Richard Pearson
University of Melbourne
Combinatorial targeting of cellular “housekeeping” processes to treat cancer (2020 -2022)
Dr Lev Kats, Prof Ricky Johnstone
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Development of new targeted therapies for acute myeloid leukaemia (2019-2021)
Dr Donia Moujalled
New treatments for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (2018-2020)
Prof David Ritchie, Dr Nicholas Huntington
The University of Melbourne
Inhibiting immune cell function to improve stem cell transplant outcomes in leukaemia (2018-2020)
Beaconhills students earlier this year getting ready for the Cardinia Relay for Life
Beaconhills has earned a $5000 Cardinia Shire grant to help provide meals to local people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is part of the COVID-19 Meal Relief Program. It enables the College’s food services staff to prepare around 50 fresh, healthy meals each week which are then delivered to the Pakenham Salvation Army for distribution.
As one of its Beacon of Hope programs, the College has already been providing meals and fresh produce from our vegetable gardens to the Salvation Army to help support local residents during the pandemic.
Work is underway on the College’s new community garden at the Pakenham Campus. The garden will produce fresh vegetables to donate to Casey and Cardinia welfare organisations.
Year 9 student Noah Kemp’s Personal Best project has bought some real joy to students from an Indigenous school in north Western Australia.
For Noah’s project, he collected 96 pairs of footy boots to donate to the Ngalangangpum School. He was inspired after seeing his grandparents’ holiday snaps of children playing footy with bare feet.
Noah put collection boxes around the College and was delighted with the response. Cameron’s Trucking even pitched in with an offer of free transport of the boots up to the school.
Noah now has the satisfaction of seeing this video of the Ngalangangpum students getting a huge kick from their “deadly” new boots.
We are singing the praises of 10 of our students who have received their Outstanding Achievement certificates for their performances in last year’s Australian Guild Singing exams.
A very high five to students Caitlin Buckley, Jessica Bult, Araminta Hall, Chenuli Haththimuni, Isabelle Nicoli, Sonachi Okeleke, Sheneli Phillipsz, Keturah Ratnarajah, Aiden Thanapathy (not pictured), Harriet Yates – and of course proud Singing Teacher Anna Castle.
Beaconhills College parents and students have overwhelmingly voted Year 1 teacher Markus Munday as the winner of the Casey Cardinia Outstanding Teacher Competition.
An emotional Mr Munday had a surprise visit today from the Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, to congratulate him and present him with a voucher prize.
Parents described Mr Munday, who teaches at the Pakenham Campus, as a warm and caring teacher who made learning exciting for his students.
One parent wrote: “My only wish is that every child gets to have a ‘Mr Munday’ during their schooling years. He really is an extraordinary teacher.”
A number of other Pakenham and Berwick Campus teachers were nominated by our community in the competition. We will reveal their names next week!
At the heart of racism is ignorance.
I believe strongly that education is the key to creating a better world for all who share this planet. In the light of recent worldwide protests, it’s important to remember the responsibility we – as educators – hold in combatting racism.
The Black Lives Matter movement highlights the injustices and discrimination that have occurred and are still a major issue in many countries including Australia. When I grew up, a very limited view of Australian history was taught and the first Australians’ story was silent.
In recent times, racial vilification of Asian Australians has been heightened with the COVID-19 pandemic being blamed on the Chinese community.
At a 2018 UNESCO conference titled ‘Education is key to deconstruct racial narratives’, participants agreed that from an early age, children should be taught to look at others as equals. And that promoting intercultural exchanges was “crucial for the education system to build more harmonious societies”.
When Martin Luther King Jr. declared he had a dream, it was that his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin, but “by the content of their character”.
Where do we begin to deconstruct racial narratives? At Beaconhills College, it begins in our Little Beacons Learning Centre and is embedded throughout our curriculum across all year levels.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan aims to build relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to embrace diversity and improve understanding. Just recently, the College recognised National Reconciliation Week, through programs and activities across both campuses.
Our international service and language programs give our students exciting opportunities for cultural learning, a life-changing experience for many. The chance to host international students from across the world means Beaconhills families have the chance to appreciate and understand ways of life other than their own.
When it comes to racism, the power of education to create positive change can’t be underestimated.
Year 7s designed clothing with anti-discrimination messages in their French class this week
It was a delight to (finally) welcome all of our students back to Campus today.
While students in Prep – Year 2 and Years 10 – 12 returned to face-to-face learning on 26 May, it was wonderful for students in Years 3 – 9 to be reunited with classmates and teachers in person today.
Students, teachers and parents have spent term 2 coming to grips with a new type of schooling – online. While Little Beacons centres remained open – along with our on-campus blended program – for the majority of students, home has been the new classroom.
There was a tangible sense of excitement in the air as all of our students were warmly greeted at the College gates this morning, before they dove straight back into the action of regular classrooms.
Berwick Campus Principal, Sam Watson, greeted his students with balloons and a smile as they entered school grounds this morning.
Today our students recognise National Sorry Day. We remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
Here is some work from our Year 4 students. They read the book ‘Sorry Day’ by Coral Vass, then created posters to display in their front windows.
I’m sure many parents will be relieved we now have some certainty around when students can return to school, following the Victorian Premier’s announcement this morning.
We are delighted to be able to welcome back Prep, Years 1-2 and our Years 10–12 students on Tuesday 26 May.
Due to the large numbers of Year 10 students who are studying a VCE subject, we have also decided that all of our Year 10s will be able to return on this same date. Remaining year levels – Years 3-9 – will come back on Tuesday 9 June. Children in Years 3-9 who are eligible to attend our on-campus blended program may continue to do so until all students return on 9 June.
Today’s announcement was fantastic news and a credit to all Victorians who have followed our State of Emergency and avoided the tragic outcomes seen in other parts of the world. My thanks is extended to governments and the front line health workers who have led us through to this stage. We all know this is not over and we need to move cautiously forward.
We certainly have missed the vibrant energy of the student population and it will be great to see many more happy young faces back at the College.
Berwick Year 12 student Daniel Sandvik has been making the most of his time at home. Our talented music scholar is currently working on a 9-movement, 29-minute orchestral arrangement of music from the soundtrack of the anime/visual novel CLANNAD and CLANNAD: After Story.
Admitting that he usually goes a little stir-crazy when not working on some musical passion project, Daniel was inspired to undertake this particular work because as a long time fan of anime CLANNAD: After Story stands out to him thanks to its musical score, which manages to be simultaneously both heart-warming and heart-wrenching.
Being self-taught in arrangement and composition, Daniel has had ongoing support from his teachers Dale Condon and James Hampton, who have continued to enthusiastically support the the project over Zoom.
Daniel hopes to one day have the arrangement performed by a symphony orchestra that he himself will conduct.
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1700 cards of thanks
Research award for Beaconhills
Meal Relief Program grant
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Online Learning to continue into term 2
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